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Facebook is developing its own voice assistant for Oculus VR and smart speakers

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Facebook is working on its own voice assistant to compete with rivals Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. According to CNBC, the social media giant has been developing an artificial intelligence-based digital assistant since 2018, with the project being spearheaded by the team handling the Oculus devices.

The project has officially been confirmed by a company spokesperson, who stated that Facebook is "working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across [the company’s] family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products".… Read the full article

Facebook prepares live-streaming crackdown in response to NZ shootings

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In the wake of the Christchurch attack, Facebook has been under pressure from governments around the globe to do something about how it handles live broadcasts on its platform. One of the biggest proponents asking for restrictions on live streams is the Australian government.

Following the attack, a new Australian law has been passed that makes the failure to take down “abhorrent violent material” a criminal offense.

Facebook is scheduled to meet with a taskforce from the Australian government later this month to discuss the issue, but a report this morning by the Sydney Morning Herald suggests the social media company is already preparing to crack down on live streams on its platform.… Read the full article

Eva the photography robot shoots her first professional wedding gig

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The news that robots are coming for our jobs has been making the rounds for a few years now. And while automation is definitely taking over our lives, many of us have nothing to fear… unless you're a wedding photographer, maybe?

UK-based company Service Robots has droids for hire or purchase, and one of those is a photographer robot called Eva. The humanoid robot uses facial recognition technology to identify people before asking them if they would like to have their picture taken.… Read the full article

Canon’s EOS 200D Mark II is a lightweight 4K DSLR that’s heavy on features

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

According to rumours that surfaced only hours ago, the Canon EOS 200D II wasn’t due to be officially announced until next month. Well, it turns out those rumours were dead wrong, because Canon has just introduced its newest APS-C DSLR snapper to the world.

The Canon EOS 200D Mark II – which is confusingly known as the EOS Rebel SL3 in the US, and EOS 250D in Europe – is the company’s smallest and lightest DSLR yet, successor to last year’s affordable EOS 200D (aka Rebel SL2).… Read the full article

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Leaked Sony sensor could open way for 100MP full-frame cameras with 6K video

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

100 megapixel sensors aren’t new to the world of photography. A Sony-made 100MP back-illuminated (BSI) sensor is already being used in the Phase One iXM photography drone and the Phase One XF camera, but they’re both medium format. In September 2018, Fujifilm unveiled a 100MP body but that, too, would house a medium-format sensor.

Currently, Canon is the only camera manufacturer rumored to be working on a full-frame 100MP sensor for its EOS R mirrorless camera. However, if a leaked product information document (first reported by AndroidLad on the EOSHD forum) holds true, then Sony could well be the first to release a 35mm full-frame 100MP sensor with 6K video recording capabilities.… Read the full article

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Google Maps adds a Snake game to mobile and desktop applications

By | April 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Google has never shied away from pranking people on April Fools’ Day – in 2016, the tech giant added a ‘mic drop’ button to replace ‘Send and Archive’ which, when clicked would send everyone in the conversation to a GIF of a Minion.

While that gag may or may not have been funny (depending on whether you thought Minions were ever funny), the tech giant has taken a different tack this year and has added a fun version of the classic Snake game to Google Maps, adding a sense of wanderlust and directions to the 1990s.… Read the full article

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Amazon’s Echo Input makes dumb speakers smart, now available in Australia

By | March 28th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon may have entered the Australian smart speaker market a little late but the e-commerce giant is doing everything it can to make home automation simple and affordable for Aussie users. The Echo range of smart speakers are some of the most affordable options available to anyone looking for a new voice-activated audio system, but what if you already have a Bluetooth speaker you love or a home Hi-Fi system set up?

That’s where the Amazon Echo Input comes in. It's a small (80mm across and 14mm tall) web-connected device designed to pair with your old-school stereo via either Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm audio cable.… Read the full article

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Facebook is putting an end to white nationalist and separatist content

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Since the tragic events at the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, Facebook has tried to weed out racist and hateful content. The social media giant banned posts relating to white supremacy, but controversially maintained that white nationalism and white separatism were different.

Following discussions on content moderation at Facebook’s Content Standards Forum, that policy has now been revised, with Facebook implementing a carpet ban on posts and comments relating to white supremacy, nationalism or separatism.

According to the new rules, explained in a Facebook Newsroom post, users searching for, or posting, content relating to hateful or racist rhetoric will be redirected to Life After Hate, a not-for-profit organization that helps individuals wean themselves away from violent far-right groups.… Read the full article

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Sony’s RX0 II boasts a flip screen and Eye AF on the world’s smallest 4K video cam

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The 2017 release of the Sony RX0 didn’t create too much buzz, even though it was a tiny still-and-video camera that could well have given any video or action camera a run for its money. 

While it had some impressive specs – a 1.0-inch 15.6MP stacked image sensor, Sony's BIONZ X image processor and a wide-angle Zeiss-branded Tessar T* 24mm f/4 fixed lens – that apparently wasn’t enough for people to shift the focus away from the likes of GoPro. You could capture 4K video of course, but not internally – you could only record it via HDMI to an external recorder.… Read the full article

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Leaked Powerbeats Pro images show off Apple’s upcoming AirPod alternatives

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The much anticipated iOS 12.2 update has arrived. Not only does it bring support for Apple News Plus and more Animoji, it also reveals the look of a new set of Beats headphones.

Rumors of Apple working on a wire-free version of the Powerbeats sports headphones has been making the rounds recently, and hidden within the code of Apple’s latest mobile operating system update is an image and an animation for what we now know to be the Powerbeats Pro, as first discovered by 9to5Mac.… Read the full article

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