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HD Face Tracking Demo 2012 (Tech Inside XBox One Kinect)

This is the demo of the high precision face tracking and face shape modelling prototype tech I made back in 2012. This technology was shipped in Xbox One Kin…
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Counting minutes with Durr, the watch without a face

I started wearing Durr at the beginning of perhaps the busiest Verge week of the year, CES. Due to the passing of a relative I skipped the journey to Vegas and stayed back in London, tasked with keeping the site ticking overnight while my colleagues got some well-deserved sleep. At 6AM on the first morning of the week, I attached Durr to my wrist, activated vibrations, and got to work.

Within seconds of starting my shift, big news broke from Google. After reading through various press…

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Nokia’s dumbphones face an uncertain future at Microsoft

“Year-on-year decline.” Those are words that no company looks forward to publishing in its earnings reports, but unfortunately we’ve seen them printed more often than not on Nokia’s quarterly statements. Though there have been a few ups and downs, …

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HP woes continue as 5,000 more employees face the axe

It certainly won’t be a happy new year for thousands of HP employees — not when the company has increased its layoff numbers yet again. Hewlett-Packard already adjusted the number of people it needed to let go from 27,000 to 29,000 a year ago, but …

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HP woes continue as 5,000 more employees face the axe

It certainly won’t be a happy new year for thousands of HP employees — not when the company has increased its layoff numbers yet again. Hewlett-Packard already adjusted the number of people it needed to let go from 27,000 to 29,000 a year ago, but …

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French Uber users face 15-minute delay starting next year

To the surprise of virtually everyone in France, the government has just passed a law requiring car services like Uber to wait 15 minutes before picking up passengers. The bill is designed to help regular taxi drivers, who feel threatened by …

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Google could face heavy fines after EU rejects latest antitrust settlement offer

More than three years after it opened its investigation into Google’s search practices, the European Commission has warned the company that time to settle the case has all but run out. According to Reuters, Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia …

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Clack-Clack FACE gives a typewriter new life as a text-based portrait painter

There’s something oddly romantic about taking a piece of archaic technology and giving it new life as a work of 21st century art. Take the Royal Empress typewriter you see above. This particular model was built in 1961 and eventually landed in the …

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Apple Patents Face Recognition Tech For Enhanced iPhone Privacy And Automated Controls

Apple has been issued a patent by the USPO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a system for using facial recognition and detection on a mobile or desktop computing device. This could work a lot like the Android face unlock option, which has been criticized before for its fallibility, but is also designed to prompt activity and use facial expressions as input for controlling the device.

This could be used to not only protect data on an iPhone in a locked state, but also determine how much information is shared on the lock screen for a user. So if a person is receiving a call and their iPhone recognizes them (determined by a number of factors, including skin tone, vectors, feature distance and size, etc.) then it’ll display caller ID and information from the user’s contacts app. If it’s not someone the phone has listed as a user of the device, it’ll block all that data.

Likewise with emails or messages, it could scrub the content of any actual info until there’s a positive recognition match for a phone’s rightful user. In a desktop computing context, the recognition could be used to analyze a user’s behavior over time as they sit in front of their Mac, determining when to trigger certain actions like screen savers, or enter a movie mode, or switch audio devices to prepare for a Skype call, for instance.

Apple has just acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli firm that helped created the original Microsoft Kinect’s motion sensing capabilities, so it’s tempting to link the two, even though the Apple patent far pre-dates that subsequent deal. Still, Apple has shown that it places a premium on innovation that helps users access their device more securely and more conveniently with the introduction of the iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor, and this could provide a way to allow users more access to things like Siri from the lockscreen, without the privacy compromises that come along with some of the assistant’s more useful convenience features.

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