Samsung’s new app translates emoji into simple phrases to help people with speech disorders

Samsung’s new app translates emoji into simple phrases to help people with speech disorders
Samsung Italia, the Korean company’s Italy-based team, thinks emoji can help people with aphasia communicate. The neurological disorder affects the language part of people’s brains so they often have difficulty speaking, reading, and writing. It doesn’t affect cognition. That’s why Samsung made an app called Wemogee, which allows people with aphasia to communicate with others through emoji. Users can select from a list of emoji phrases, and those on the receiving end of a message will see a …
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Amazon is taking a more simplistic approach to music streaming

Amazon is taking a more simplistic approach to music streaming
Six months ago, Amazon launched Music Unlimited, its on-demand music service, designed to compete against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. Six months later the company hasn’t shared any subscriber numbers, but it is very bullish about its prospects, encouraged by the success of its Echo smart speakers, which are deeply integrated with its music offerings and in millions of homes across the country. “I see us as one of the top global streaming services,” Steve Boom, the vice president of …
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Facebook to start showing fact-checked ‘related articles’ in News Feed before you click a link

Facebook to start showing fact-checked ‘related articles’ in News Feed before you click a link
Facebook announced today that it’s testing a new version of related articles that appear in your News Feed, which will underneath the linked story. It’s similar to the existing implementation of the related article feature, but instead of only showing the relevant content after you read an article, Facebook will now surface those links to appear directly in your News Feed before you’ve clicked on the link. According to Facebook, the goal of the showing rel…
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Google takes steps to limit offensive and inaccurate search results

Google takes steps to limit offensive and inaccurate search results
Google today announced a new set of changes to its search engine, in an effort to deliver higher quality results and limit fake news. The company outlined changes to its search ranking, feedback tools, and transparency practices in a blog post published today. To limit the spread of offensive or inaccurate search results, Google recently updated its Search Quality Rater Guidelines, which human evaluators use to gauge the quality of search results. The updated guidelines provide clearer exampl…
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FaceApp's creator apologizes for the app's skin-lightening 'hot' filter

FaceApp's creator apologizes for the app's skin-lightening 'hot' filter
FaceApp’s founder Yaroslav Goncharov has apologized for its “hot” filter after some users pointed out it made their skin appear lighter, The Guardian reports. The selfie app uses neural networks to change a person’s appearance by plastering a fake smile onto their face or making them look older or younger. But the app’s hot filter seemingly just makes people look whiter. “We are deeply sorry for this unquestionably serious issue,” Goncharov said, according to The Guardian. “It is an unfortuna…
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Apple cuts affiliate app commission rates by nearly 65 percent

Apple cuts affiliate app commission rates by nearly 65 percent
Apple is cutting commissions for affiliates for App Store apps and in-app purchases from 7 percent down to just 2.5 percent starting May 1st, as per MacStories’ Federico Viticci. According to the document shared by Viticci, the changes only affect affiliate referrals for apps, with other iTunes and iBooks Store content like music, movies, TV shows, and books still receiving the 7 percent rate. So, yeah, this change in affilate commissions pretty much sucks. We don’t rely on links alone (t…
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Apple is redesigning its biggest stores for the first time in 15 years

Apple is redesigning its biggest stores for the first time in 15 years
Apple is about to change the look of its top stores for the first time in 15 years. The company is adding conference and meeting rooms, new video screens, and living trees to its 100 biggest locations; it’s also changing the name of the Genius Bar to “Genius Grove.” In addition, almost all of the company’s 500 retail stores will start offering free educational programs that Apple has branded “Today at Apple.” Those will launch at the end of May, but the rest of the changes could come “litera…
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Juicero teardown reveals the secrets of a wildly overengineered juicer

Juicero teardown reveals the secrets of a wildly overengineered juicer
Juicero became the laugh of the tech industry last week after Bloomberg revealed that its custom fruit and vegetable packs could be squeezed into juice by hand. But it turns out that Juicero’s big and expensive juicer really is no joke. Ben Einstein, a founder at the venture capital firm Bolt, took apart a Juicero juicer piece by piece to see what made the device — which currently sells for $399 and went for $699 at launch — so expensive. It turns out, the juicer really is an impressive piece…
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Seagate built a hard drive with a microSD slot for DJI drones

Seagate built a hard drive with a microSD slot for DJI drones
Seagate has announced a new hard drive specifically designed for drone users, the DJI Fly Drive, via SlashGear. The drive offers up to 2TB of storage and features an integrated USB-C cable, both of which are fairly routine for an external drive these days, but what separates it from other hard drives is the built-in microSD card slot. According to Seagate, the included microSD slot is designed to make it easy to quickly transfer drone footage over to the drive while out in the field. To that …
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ZTE announces 6-inch Android Nougat phone for $130

ZTE announces 6-inch Android Nougat phone for $130
ZTE announced its new Max XL phone today, a Boost Mobile exclusive that features a 6-inch Full HD display and Android Nougat 7.1.1. The phone will cost only $129.99. It’s nice to see ZTE launching even its budget phones with updated Android software as well as a rear fingerprint sensor. But while the company is marketing the device as ideal for streaming videos and playing games, the puny 2GB of RAM will likely be quickly filled up. Still, for the price, users are getting a nice size display,…
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