Snapchat now recognizes food, pets, and more when suggesting filters

From The Verge: Snapchat is now using object recognition to identify what’s in users’ photos and serve them relevant filters. So, if you take a picture of some food, Snapchat will suggest filters with slogans like “get in my belly” and “what diet?”

Pokemon Go Players Caused Billions in Driving Damages

From PC Mag: Don't Pokemon Go and drive. That's perhaps more obvious now than during last year's Pokemon Go heyday, when I saw plenty of drivers in Silicon Valley awkwardly flicking Pokeballs on smartphones mounted to their dashboards.

According to a working paper from two researchers at Purdue University, cleverly titled "Death by Pokémon GO," misuse of the mobile game caused millions in damages in just one Indiana county the researchers tracked.

Imgur just learned 1.7M accounts got exposed in 2014 hack

From CNET: Image-sharing site Imgur says 1.7 million email addresses and passwords were compromised in a 2014 breach that was only recently discovered.

Imgur said Friday it first learned of the years-old hack on Thursday from a security researcher. The security researcher has been identified by ZDNet as Troy Hunt, who runs data breach notification service Have I Been Pwned.

The hack, which affected a fraction of Imgur's 150 million monthly users, didn't include users' personal information because the site never gathered real names, addresses or phone numbers.

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D-Link Covr Review (Page 1 of 5)

Recently, I got a call from a friend who lived very close and needed some help with his house. "The heat in my house is not working and the utility company told me my programmable thermostat is broken," he said. "What do you think?" Now, I am no expert in HVAC systems, but I decided to drop by to see what I could do to help. After getting to his house, I began to doubt it was his thermostat. For one thing, it is not common for thermostats to break down. Secondly, I could hear his furnace fan running, indicating the thermostat was clearly trying to start the furnace. Therefore, I went down to the basement and took a look. A quick look inside the furnace revealed the problem: There was no flame. But why was there no flame? I looked around and something caught my eye. The gas valve feeding into the furnace was in the "off" position. Aha! I turned the valve into the "on" position, and we were back in business. Now, this may be an obvious solution, and I was surprised the technician from the utility company did not realize this. But every solution is obvious when someone says it, right? In the same way, how do we fix Wi-Fi dead spots in your house? How about adding extra wireless access points? Now, this may be an obvious solution, and like the Linksys Velop and TP-Link Deco M5, the D-Link Covr mesh wireless system aims to achieve total and complete coverage to every corner of your home seamlessly under one SSID. But the Covr has one fundamental difference compared to the competition. While the Velop and Deco M5 uses identical nodes throughout, which limits its wireless backhaul speed due to weak antennas, the Covr has a high-power router as the main unit. Will this make the Covr be a winner in performance? Read on to find out!

Crucial BX300 240GB Review (Page 1 of 11)

In the past few weeks, many movies have been released that I want to go and watch at the theaters. So far I have been successful, watching both Thor: Ragnorok and Murder on the Orient Express. I will not be comparing the movies, since they are entirely different and do not seek to accomplish the same type of entertainment. Each movie has different intentions of how to entertain. However, at least for me, both movies were successful at keeping me glued to the screen. Thor: Ragnorok did well and many critics supported the movie. On the other hand, Murder on the Orient Express did not do as well in terms of ticket sales. The critics did not like it, and the audience score is not great either. I definitely disagree with much of the criticism, as I thoroughly enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express. For curiosity's sake, I read some of the reviews for the movie. Many of them focused heavily on the fact that Hercule Poirot is not a relatable character. My response is this: Of course he is not. He is meant to be an oddity, which is what makes him such a good detective. The point is not to relate to him, but to be amazed at his exceptional abilities. The intention of the character is different than what the critics assumed and so I think their evaluation is wrong. I am not a film critic, however, so feel free to disagree with me. Knowing the intention of any product is always important in order to evaluate it effectively. At APH Networks, it is important for us to evaluate a product as to how it is intended. Today, we have the Crucial BX300 240GB SSD, which promises fast speeds compared to your HDD and increased reliability. Read on to find out how it does!

Twitter is now testing Bookmarks, its save for later feature

From The Verge: Twitter is testing a new feature called Bookmarks, which allows users to privately save tweets for later. Staff product designer Tina Koyama tweeted a sneak peek into what the feature looks like, with a bookmarks option listed on the users’ navigation menu.

Amazon workers to strike in Italy, Germany this Black Friday

From CNET: Amazon won't be enjoying Black Friday -- and the rest of the holiday season -- this year.

Over 500 workers at the e-commerce giant's main distribution hub in Italy have agreed to strike for the first time this Black Friday after disappointing talks with Amazon for bonuses and better pay, Reuters reported Wednesday. The plan follows strikes scheduled for the same day at six Amazon warehouses in Germany.

Microsoft Facing HoloLens Patent Lawsuit and 'Triple Damages' Threat

From PC Mag: When talking about virtual reality, multiple companies are leading the way including Oculus, HTC, and Sony. But for mixed reality, there is one clear frontrunner in the form of Microsoft and its HoloLens smartglasses/headset. However, Microsoft is now facing a lawsuit threatening a jury trial and triple damages based on two patent infrignements.

YouTube Returns to Amazon Echo Show

From PC Mag: Good news, Amazon Echo Show owners and prospective buyers: YouTube is back after an almost two-month hiatus.

Amazon confirmed the news in a Tuesday email to PCMag, noting that Vimeo and Dailymotion are also now available on the device.

"We're excited to offer customers the capability to watch even more video content from sources such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion on Echo Show," Amazon's statement reads. "More video sources will be added over time."


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