You look familiar: humans recognize 5,000 faces, study says

by Patrick GALEY Agence France-Presse From family and friends to strangers on the subway and public figures on 24-hour news cycles, humans recognize an astonishing 5,000 faces, scientists said Wednesday in the first study of its kind. Through most of history humans lived in small groups of a hundred or so individuals, a pattern that has changed drastically in recent centuries. A study by scientists at Britain’s University of York found that our facial recognition […]

Instagram ramps up battle against bullying

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Instagram on Tuesday added more weapons to battle cyber bullying, using artificial intelligence to scan photos for abusive content at the Facebook-owned service. The move comes after Facebook also increased anti-harassment measures, following a survey which said young victims of online abuse feel social media firms aren’t doing enough to fight the problem. Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said artificial intelligence is being used to detect signs of bullying and […]

Google launches connected speaker with screen, but no camera

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Google on Tuesday launched a new version of its connected speaker with a touchscreen display designed to be a hub for smart home devices but without a camera for privacy reasons. The Google Home Hub, competing against Amazon’s Echo Show, was unveiled at a New York media event at which the tech giant also announced its upgraded Pixel 3 smartphone and a new tablet computer dubbed Pixel Slate. The […]

Gold Coast’s Light Rail System, changing the scene of Australia’s public transport

  By Patricia Madronio, Diego Madronio, Xelinne Ryan-Andrews and Mark Calaguas EBC Australia Bureau, Eagle News Service (Eagle News) — Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and with population growth comes increased travel demands. In order to counter congestion, maintain the great lifestyle in the city, and turn Gold Coast into a mature and world-class destination, the Australian government launched a light rail master plan. Now almost a $2 billion investment, […]

Three museums to visit in Seoul

  By Emily Manuel Contributor Eagle News and Features    Seoul is known as the land of K-Drama and K-Pop. It’s also a favorite destination for shopping and food. For those who like immersing themselves in culture, there are several palaces where one can rent a hanbok, or a traditional Korean attire, to enter for free. With so many attractions to see, it’s not surprising that a visit to a museum is not always on […]

Facebook says no sign recent hack spread to other apps

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook on Tuesday said hackers who stole digital keys to tens of millions of accounts appear not to have tampered with third-party applications linked to the social network. Facebook engineers analyzed logs of outside applications and found no sign of trouble, according to product management vice president Guy Rosen. “That investigation has so far found no evidence that the attackers accessed any apps using Facebook Login,” Rosen said in […]

Facebook adds new tools to stem online bullying

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook on Tuesday stepped up ways to battle bullying and harassment at the leading social network. The initiative calls for new tools and programs to help users control “unwanted, offensive or hurtful experiences on Facebook,” global head of safety Antigone Davis said in a blog post. “Everyone deserves to feel safe on Facebook,” Davis said. Facebook users will be able to hide or delete groups of comments, including responses, […]

Apple-1 computer fetches $375,000 at auction

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — An Apple-1, a rare model of the first computer produced by the now-iconic tech firm, fetched $375,000 in an auction this week, according to Boston-based RR Auction. The computer was among 175 of those sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak from their production in a garage in Silicon Valley in the early days of Apple in 1976 and 1977. The model originally went for $666.66 when it was […]

Facebook unveils upgraded wireless Oculus headset in VR push

SAN JOSE, United States (AFP) — Facebook on Wednesday unveiled an upgraded Oculus virtual reality headset with power to handle the intensive graphics of digital worlds in a wire-free experience. The new Oculus Quest headset unveiled at the Facebook unit’s developer conference is being aimed at gamers seeking immersion in virtual worlds, with other potential applications likely in the future. “This is the wireless virtual reality experience we have been waiting for,” Facebook chief executive […]

Instagram departures add to woes for Facebook

  by Rob Lever Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger adds to the woes of parent firm Facebook as it tries to repair its image hurt by privacy scandals and curb manipulation and misinformation. Instagram, created as a photo-sharing app and purchased by Facebook for $1 billion, has been one of the fastest-growing segments of the California tech giant’s “family” of applications and […]

Instagram co-founders resign from Facebook-owned company

  by Julie Charpentrat Agence France Presse SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced they are leaving the photo-sharing app bought by Facebook six years ago, setting a new test for the parent company as it works to quell mounting turmoil. “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom said in a statement late Monday, […]

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils $2 billion philanthropic fund

  by Rob Lever Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet, said Thursday he was creating a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and launch preschools in low-income communities, committing an initial $2 billion to the cause. Bezos made the announcement on Twitter a year after asking for ideas on how he could use his personal fortune — now estimated at more than $160 […]