AI camera tech in LG V30S was developed with EyeEm, which beat Google last year

LG launched its own artificial intelligence platform – ThinkQ – and it brought it to phones with the new LG V30S ThinkQ. Among its new features is AI CAM, a layer of artificial smarts on top of the camera viewfinder. It recognizes what’s in the scene and adjusts the camera settings accordingly. AI CAM was done in collaboration with EyeEm and its Vision API. The company’s app was recently featured on Google’s Android Excellence list, but there’s more to it than that – EyeEm’s image recognition is better than Google’s. A benchmark performed last year graded multiple algorithms on how…

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Google app beta’s screenshot editing and sharing popup is now working in other apps as well for some

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For those that edit a lot of screenshots, an on-demand editor can be a godsend. It’s one of my favorite things about my Galaxy S8+. Google recently added the option for a quick editor and sharing options to pop up when screenshots were taken in the Google app beta, but it looks like that functionality is spreading to other apps as well now.

Some funky stuff is going on in the status bar.

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Google Lens coming to more Android and iOS devices

Google Lens was first announced at the I/O 2017 event last year and since then it was only available in Google Photos and in Assistant for Pixel phones. However, Google today announced that Google Lens will roll out to more Android and iOS devices running on latest Google Photos app in the coming weeks. Lens will be available to all English-language users using the latest Google Photos app. Google also mentioned that English-language users on compatible flagship devices will get the camera-based Lens experience within the Google Assistant in the coming weeks. The company says it will add support for more devices gradually. Google Lens allows you to scan your photos for landmarks and objects and fetch more details, all within the same screen. Moving past the compatibility cycle, Google says that in the coming weeks it will add support for recognizing common animals and plants, like different dog breeds and flowers making it easier to search and take action on what you see. Along with Google Lens, the company has also made some major ARCore announcements along with support for more devices. Source
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[Update: Official response] Google investigating battery drain bug on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

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Over the past few weeks, many owners of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have reported battery drain problems. The February security update appears to be the likely culprit, but since so many Android components are updated outside of system upgrades, it’s impossible to know for sure.

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Neil Young lambasts Google for profiting off of links to piracy sites

In a new essay posted to his website, musician Neil Young called out major tech companies such as Google for linking to piracy websites and thus depriving musicians of income, and wondered how the next generation of musicians will survive.

In his post, Young begins talking about his 1996 album Broken Arrows, and how the lyrics for the song “Music Arcade” made him reflect on his earlier successes, which he’s not sure can be attained by musicians nowadays. “Today, in the age of FaceBook [sic] GOOGLE and Amazon,” he writes, “it’s hard to tell how a new and growing musical artist could make it in the way we did.” He goes on to say that Google profited immensely from searches (including ones for piracy websites), but left artists out of the…

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