One night in February of 2017, Wylie Overstreet wheeled his telescope out in the street of a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles to observe the Moon. Within a couple of hours, more than 20 people had walked up to him to take a look. A young couple was so amazed by what they saw through the telescope — it was “one of the most incredible experiences we’ve had in memory,” they said — that they told Overstreet he’d just made their night.
“I was like, well, I had no intention,” Overstreet tells The Verge. “This is crazy! If people react like this we should be doing this more often.”
So Overstreet, who is a filmmaker, decided to take his telescope out again and again —…
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It’s 1 AM and you’re lying in bed. It’s been a long day and your brain is still overworked with everything you did and everything you still need to do tomorrow. To avoid forgetting things, you shout at your Google Home or Google Assistant on your phone, “Ok Google, set a reminder to read Android Police more diligently tomorrow at 10 AM,” or you know, something more critical than that (HOW DARE YOU?!).
Snap is far from the simple ephemeral messaging app it once was.
Snapchat is doing something new this year: It’s compiling users’ old videos and photos into an end-of-year highlight video, giving users a chance to look back on some of the snaps they sent during the year.
There are a few nuances here. Snap will only use photos and videos you saved inside Memories, Snapchat’s archive feature that lets users save snaps so they don’t disappear forever.
Not everyone gets a year-end summary, either. You’ll only get one if you saved enough photos and videos throughout the year. Snap isn’t saying how many that is.
But Snapchat’s new feature, which the company is calling a “2017 Story,” is interesting for a number of reasons.
Showing people a bunch of old Snaps is a reminder of how far Snap has evolved from the ephemeral messaging concept that made it so popular to begin with. The days of Snapchat as an app simply for disappearing messages is long gone. A year-in-review video is another way to encourage users to save their photos and videos, and the more you rely on Snap as your archive of memories, the harder it will be to ever abandon the app for something else.
It’s also a reminder of the kind of “creepy” technology that Snapchat has at its disposal. The year-in-review videos are created using software that can analyze the images and text on each video or photo, which means Snap knows if you’ve taken a selfie or a sunset picture, and can read and understand any text you’ve added to those videos as well. The company spokesperson says this data is not used for other purposes, like targeting you with ads, but as big tech companies like Facebook and Google begin to rely more and more on artificial intelligence technology that can be borderline creepy (facial recognition, etc.), it’s good to remember that fun apps like Snapchat have similar capabilities.
The year-in-review video has been a core feature inside Facebook for years. Now Snap is borrowing the idea, which must feel nice considering how many times Facebook has copied Snapchat over the past couple of years.
You’ll find your year-in-review video inside Memories, assuming you saved enough content there to create one. The video is private just to you, unless you choose to share it with a friend.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai might be the villain du jour, but it’s important to remember that he didn’t act alone. Below you’ll find a list of all his accomplices and how much they received from telecoms during their last election cycle. Think of it as a handy cheat sheet detailing who not to vote for in 2018 — if you’re still salty about net neutrality, anyway. All credit goes to The Verge for compiling the list. Up for grabs are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives as well as 33 (8 of which voted against net neutrality — in…
In lieu of an advanced facial recognition platform, Samsung is apparently working on something else: biometric palm-reading.
A recent Samsung patent application details a system of scanning a user’s unique palm features as a means of identification. Interestingly, the system as explained in the patent application isn’t meant to be used to unlock a device. Instead, it’s portrayed as a way to help users get access to a forgotten password.
In addition to identifying — and presumably authenticating — a user’s unique palm lines through a camera view, the system would also display certain fragments of a user’s forgotten password and hid them within the distinct patterns on their hands. It won’t show a complete password, but show display enough of a hint for a user to guess.
It’s not clear if the password hint abilities would be limited to a user’s device passcode, or if it could be applied to saved passwords in a browser. The latter would, of course, be a lot more useful in a practical sense.
Even though the patent application uses the method specifically for forgotten password help, there’s always the possibility that it could be used for more traditional authentication purposes — like unlocking a device or authenticating a user’s identity for Samsung Pay. On that note, Samsung would need to implement some type of depth-sensing technology to thwart spoofing.
It’s an interesting method, and unusual considering most biometric systems rely on fingerprint or facial recognition. But, since it’s just a patent application, there’s no guarantee that the platform will end up on the Galaxy S9 or a future Samsung device. If it does, it’ll join the litany of security features on Samsung handsets, including fingerprint, iris and facial recognition as well as the stock Android PIN and pattern passcode options.
The Korean phone maker may be a few years off from developing a facial recognition system as advanced as Face ID, but this patent suggests the company is still striving to one-up Apple.