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Google Camera and its post-processing algorithms undoubtedly changed the game in terms of what we expect from smartphone cameras, elevating the Google Pixels to some of the best Android phones you can buy for the camera. That’s the exact reason why Google Camera ports are so highly requested for non-Google devices. With the appropriate ported Google Camera app, you can use Google’s superior HDR+ optimization as well as their Portrait Mode on virtually any smartphone that supports the Camera2API. See if your phone is listed for Camera2API at #technology #mobile #camera #photography #googlecameraport

Scientists have developed a laser with artificial intelligence (AI) designed to neutralise cockroaches as a new form of pest control. The team’s experiments showed that its laser system “enables the immediate and selective neutralisation of individual insects” from a distance of up to 1.2 metres. You certainly want to be sure to have some remote kill switch for this device, as I would not want to walk up to it to disable it if it has some malfunction. Will also be interesting to see what else it zaps by mistake… although mosquitoes would be great! See #technology #AI #cockroaches #pestcontrol

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Ten legally free books about FPGA, ML, signal processing, and more

Elon Musk tells Twitter he wants to go ahead with original deal
Will this end the saga? Will another wave of Twitter refugees come to Fediverse?

Blood glucose monitoring is touted to be the next big breakthrough for wearable devices like the Apple Watch. However, the hardware is yet to be seen on a commercially available, mass-market device. That might change soon. A team from Georgia’s Kennesaw State University claims to have developed a noninvasive system of blood glucose level measurement, thanks to a device called GlucoCheck. It follows the same fundamental approach as the oxygen-level analysis sensor on smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 8 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. Team lead Maria Valero, an assistant professor at the institution’s College of Computing and Software Engineering (CCSE), notes that the device delivers 90% accuracy in analyzing glucose concentration in blood samples Blood glucose monitoring via a generally available wearable device is going to be the next big driver of wearable sales, mainly because so many people globally have an issue with this (known and unknown). It would be even better if it could work across devices and platforms, but we probably won't see anything generally available for a while yet. See #technology #health #wearables #bloodglucose #diabetes

8 of the 'best' social apps on Android in 2022, which are not Facebook - Sometimes alternative apps are also better
Like it or not, social media is essential in today’s society. While it can have its cons, the pros certainly outweigh them. Along with staying connected with family and friends, social media is a great way to meet new people and stay up-to-date on topics of interest. Further, if you have a business or service to offer, it’s one of the most effective marketing methods. Unfortunately, there are so many social sites and apps available now that it’s impossible to keep up with them all; you’ll need to pick the ones that are best for your needs and go from there. To help you with that, we’ve created an intriguing list of social apps to try on your favorite Android device. Yes it is probably better to do your family stuff away from a social network, as you'll discover if and when you want to change social networks, your family stays stuck where they are. With that in mind, trying out a few alternatives can be a lot of fun and very interesting (just remember to block the trolls as you get them everywhere). Also, it is worth trying out alternative apps for a social network, for example for Reddit try Boost for Android, or Apollo for iOS. Not only is the presentation often better, but they listen to users and include extra functionality, and of course often also have less tracking by the social network itself. See #technology #socialnetworks #socialmedia #alternativesto

An investigation by Consumer Reports has found that popular video-sharing app TikTok has partnered with hundreds of organisations to collect data on people as they browse the Internet. The organisations in question embed TikTok trackers dubbed “pixels” in their websites, which lets them gather data for ad-targeting within the TikTok app. The information included in the trackers can be your IP address, the page visited, and what you clicked, typed, and searched for. Among the websites containing TikTok pixels were United Methodist Church, WebMD, Weight Watchers, and Planned Parenthood. A TikTok spokesperson said the data was used to improve the effectiveness of its advertising services. So understand this is not from the app itself, so the app gets through the checks from Apple and Google Stores. This is about pixel tracking that is embedded in various websites, that report back to TikTok, much the same as was happening with Meta/Facebook before. So your only friend here is a proper privacy based browser. See #technology #tracking #tiktok #pixeltracker

I must have missed this video last year because of all the Trump/Covid noise.


In a research paper titled "The sensitivity of bone conduction for dental implants," published earlier this month in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, researchers at Tongji University in Shanghai describe tests to determine how well implanted teeth conduct sound. The authors, Fengxuan Ren, Yutong Li, Lidan Chen, Jiaqi Huang, and Jianxiang Tao, explain how it's well-known that bone conduction through natural teeth can produce an auditory effect. But sound transmission through artificial teeth hasn't received as much study. The results suggest "dental implants were more sensitive to bone conduction than natural teeth and mastoids at some frequencies," the authors observe. See #technology #research #medical #health #hearing

> In the latest illustration of our marvelous new decentralized, resilient blockchain future, one single Solana node apparently was able to take down the entire Solana network. Solana outages are nothing new, and tend to end (as this one did) with Solana issuing instructions to the people who run their validators, asking them all to turn them off and on again. > > A validator operator reported that "It appears a misconfigured node caused an unrecoverable partition in the network." It's a bit startling that, in a supposedly decentralized network, one single node can bring the entire network offline.

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