Today, we embark upon the next major evolution of Mixer…. a journey we’re calling “Season 2.” We’re specifically calling it a Season because it’s not just a one-day thing. Season 2 reflects the living, breathing nature of Mixer with new experiences and new things to try all the time. As part of Season 2, we’re continuing to grow and refine our existing experiences with new video capabilities for streaming and viewing. And then we’re also investing in three big new areas: expression, supporting creators through new monetization opportunities, and strengthening streamer communities. Excited? Us too! Let’s take a deeper look at what’s coming today and on the horizon for Season 2…
Apple unveiled the biggest revamp to the iPad since its launch – with the screen covering the whole front of the gadget. The iPad Pro also now has Face ID, so users can unlock it and approve purchases just by looking at it, instead of the fingerprint scanner. Apple said new, bigger “brains” mean it is more powerful than nine in ten PCs – despite being in a super-slim case just 5.9mm thick.
WhatsApp ads are coming. After being free to use for years, details are starting to come out about just how Facebook will monetize WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging app it purchased for $19 billion in 2014. According to India’s The Economic Times, WhatsApp vice president Chris Daniels revealed that the company is going to start putting ads in the “Status” feature of the app.
Is it scratching an itch? Does it represent bad Botox? Perhaps it’s your reaction to an awful pickup line. A new emoji with an uneven face and rosy cheeks is driving the internet wild. One eye is open, one eyebrow is slightly furrowed, and the mouth is doing something pretty inexplicable. According to the Emojipdia, the go-to blog about emoji, this Woozy Face digital expression represents the state of being tired and emotional (aka drunk), but people on the internet seem to think it represents a wide range of other occurrences…
Flickr is making some big changes, following its acquisition by SmugMug earlier this year. The company announced this week it’s addressing a series of issues on the site, including spam, customer support and use of the Yahoo login, for example. But more notably, it’s also revamping its account structure to impose increased limits for free users, while rolling out unlimited storage for Pro subscribers.
The streamer was trying to catch a supply drop in midair using a helicopter he was piloting, with Skadoodle, just9n and anythING directing him on how to steer the helicopter so it would be directly underneath the falling package. Shroud was able to position the helicopter perfectly, with the supply drop landing neatly on top of the helicopter. Unfortunately, instead of sitting on top of the vehicle, it began to drag the helicopter down to the ground, and Grzesiek could only watch in horror as he was pushed through the map and into an abyss below.
Google not only recently announced two new Pixel phones, but the company also unveiled a new call screening service launching first with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that will surely help you deal with calls from unknown numbers or people you’d rather avoid. Call Screen answers incoming calls, asks the person for more information and gives options throughout the screening process to better handle the call. The entire experience is well done, impressive and easy to use.
Earlier this month, Facebook announced Portal, a camera-equipped smart device that’s meant to compete with Amazon’s Echo Show. But the company’s hardware ambitions apparently go far beyond that: Cheddar is reporting that Facebook is working on a TV camera that would offer Portal-like video chatting on a bigger screen and allow users to stream content from Facebook Watch.
Stop looking everyone, the stupidest product of the year has arrived. It’s the Palm (2018), a device that should never have got past the point of conception, and certainly never have actually been made. It’s so baffling, even those that made it don’t know what it’s for. However, heads were nodded, budgets allotted, boxes were ticked, and production lines were fired into life. And now it has been vomited into the world.
Food lovers feel strongly about their bagels. Some fans of the boiled and baked bread product took offense at Apple’s new emoji rendition of a bagel. Apple seems to have heard their cries of anguish because it’s now released a redesigned, more appetizing version.
Discord is marching further onto Steam’s turf by opening up its game store to all users. The store arrived in August in a limited beta, and now everyone can pick up games directly from the app. The curated store includes recognizable titles such as Celeste, Into The Breach, Dead Cells and Subnautica along with a number of exclusives. Games featured in the First on Discord program will only be available on PC through the app for 90 days — developers get a showcase for their games, and Discord gets some limited-time exclusives.
Battlefield V returns to World War 2, which means a lot of focus on the heroism of a just cause, the Greatest Generation, and all the imagery that entails. The single-player story trailer embraces that spirit wholeheartedly with a cinematic presentation that intermingles personal sacrifices with the bombastic moments that come in a theater of war.
Xiaomi reveals the existence of custom emojis on the Mi 8 to rival Apple’s Animojis.
Just as previously reported, Xiaomi is set to unveil its latest flagship phone on its May 31st event. And recent updates reveal that the Chinese company has taken inspiration from the iPhone X’s Animojis.
The company, through its official Weibo account, posted an official teaser that shows a video of 3D AR emojis very similar to Apple’s. Characters like a panda, a fox, a pig, and Xiaomi’s official mascot singing the company’s flagship tune were featured. The video ends with a countdown for the May 31st event in China.
Additional leaks also give us more information regarding the upcoming flagship phone. Promo shots of the Mi 8 were posted on SlashLeaks. These were reportedly first seen from a Telegram group which features Xiaomi topics.
The image shows wide notch on the front with an bezel-less design and a significant bottom chin. You can also see a vertically stacked dual camera at the back together with a fingerprint sensor. It was previously rumoured that he Xiaomi Mi 8 will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor so that might not be the case.
Apart from the unveiling of the Mi 8, the company is also expected to launch the Mi Band 3. Lastly, Xiaomi is also set to announce the MIUI 10, it’s latest OS.
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Your Mobile Can Play AI-Powered Emoji Scavenger Hunt
Google has developed a new AI-powered emoji scavenger hunt that you can play on your mobile phones. You can try this fun emoji scavenger hunt by opening emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com and see how far you can get.
This may be an indication of Google’s future plans to use artificial intelligence on your mobile phones.
Time and again, Google has released fun little games for us. This time it is back with another entertaining game that is based on artificial intelligence and emoji.
The Emoji Scavenger Hunt
To play this game, you have to use your mobile phone’s camera to look for and find objects that match the emoji within the time limit. Every time you find an emoji, your time increases.
Its object recognition feature may not be that perfect though, because it refuses to recognize some items. For example, it recognized a dish towel stand as a scarf. Meaning, there is a possibility that it may mistakenly identify objects, since its object recognition is not that perfect.
But despite of the game’s little imperfections, it is fun in its simple way, and playing the game gives us a first-hand experience on how artificial intelligence works. Besides, it will probably help us understand and appreciate AI better, and accept its future role in our lives.
AI features like object recognition are finding their way through our every day lives. Developers are finding ways to develop new devices with artificial intelligence.
Other AI Developments From Google
This coming week is Google’s I/O developer conference. The company is expected to have some Artificial Intelligence news to share. There is a rumored update planned for Google Lens. More might probably be heard about the company’s cloud offerings.Google gave users a glimpse of how far the development of its natural language processing, which deals with machine reading comprehension.
Google’s Semantic Experiences
The Google Research division has rolled out Semantic Experiences. These are websites with interesting activities which demonstrate AI’s ability to understand how we speak. They have two experiences to enjoy, and the third one is is for developers to help them create their own experience.
The first two experiences are called “Talk to Books”, in which users can explore a new way to interact with books. The third is “Semantris” where people can play word association games powered by semantic research. Google trained its AI by feeding it a “billion conversation-like pairs of sentences”, so it can learn to identify what a good response looks like.
What The Future May Have In Store
Google is finding and developing ways to satisfy its users. Among these is developing Artificial Intelligence. The company is using it for your mobile phones now. They may be starting with just this simple, fun game like the emoji scavenger hunt. And its developers have one thing in mind: to give us the best.
The water pistol has has taken over all major online platforms, replacing the gun emoji.
First it was Apple and then Twitter. And just two days ago, Google announced it was changing its revolver emoji to a water pistol. Facebook also confirmed to Emojipedia on the same day that they too are in the process of making the switch. Which left Microsoft the last one standing.
Today, Microsoft finally joins in on the brigade and has ditched their revolver to an orange and green water pistol.
In a Tweet, the company said that the switch reflects their values and the feedback they’ve received.
Another important reason for the change is definitely for cross-platform communication.
Jeremy Burge, Emojipedia’s editor explains the importance of the consistency.
“When dealing with an emoji like this, the most important part is that there is some form of consistency between platforms. It probably doesn’t matter too much which eye is closed in the winking face emoji, but when we’re talking about the difference between a toy and a weapon the difference is important.”