Technology

August 23, 2019

If you assault a robotic, it’d {photograph} you within the act

Humans haven’t quite reached a WALL-E-like society where robots care for our every possible need, but we do have a few roving security robots that can monitor places like banks, casinos, malls, and hospitals so human security guards can catch a break. Some people don’t seem to like the new robot cops: earlier this month in Hayward, California, a security robot captured video of an alleged attacker shortly before he bowled it over.
August 23, 2019

Google Photos now permits you to seek for textual content in photos you’ve taken

Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for text that appears within photos and screenshots. Then, you’ll then be able to easily copy and paste that text into a note, document, or form.
August 23, 2019

HP has a brand new CEO

HP Inc. has announced that CEO Dion Weisler will be stepping down “due to a family health matter” and will be succeeded by Enrique Lores, who is currently president of HP’s printer division. Lores will officially begin as CEO on November 1st, according to the press release. HP says Weisler will be a director on the company’s board until the next annual stockholder meeting, which should be in April 2020.
August 23, 2019

YouTube’s AI Flagged Robot Battles as Animal Cruelty and Removed Them

On Monday, numerous video creators were shocked when YouTube removed their videos for animal cruelty. The problem? None of the videos showed animals at all — rather, they were of robots fighting.
August 23, 2019

YouTube disabled 210 accounts for spreading disinformation about Hong Kong protests

Google just published a blog post revealing that it has disabled 210 YouTube channels that the company says “behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.” Google cites the behavior as being “consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.” The accounts were disabled earlier this week.
August 23, 2019

DoorDash unveils new tipping coverage and pay mannequin designed to present drivers more cash

DoorDash today announced more concrete details about its updated tipping policy, which the company says it’s been testing this month and plans to roll out to all of its delivery contractors starting next month. Under a newly revamped pay model, all drivers will receive 100 percent of the tip amount a customer adds through the DoorDash app either at checkout or after delivery. Drivers will be informed of this total and the breakdown before they decide to accept an order. DoorDash is also pledging to increase base pay earnings across the board for all drivers.
August 23, 2019

News Corp is making a information service referred to as… Knewz

News Corp is developing a news distribution service designed to offer an alternative to Google and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s currently being called Knewz, and it’s meant to give the Rupert Murdoch-owned publishing empire leverage over the two tech giants, both of which have become integral to the distribution of news — often to publishers’ consternation.
August 23, 2019

How to allow cross-save together with your Destiny 2 knowledge

Bungie has activated the long-awaited cross-save feature for Destiny 2, meaning you can finally move your Guardians, with all of their loot, to a different platform and freely jump between console and PC at your leisure. Here’s how to do it, whether you want to transfer your account data between a PC and PS4, an Xbox One and PS4, or even (in the future) a PC and Stadia.
August 23, 2019

Lenovo’s Smart Clock can now showcase your Google Photos assortment

One of the disappointments my colleague Dan Seifert had with Lenovo’s Smart Clock was that the device’s tiny screen didn’t do as much as it could (or should) compared to similar products. At launch, it didn’t even offer the basic function of acting as a digital picture frame for your photo library. That’s something the Google Nest Hub smart display can do, as can Amazon’s various bedside Echo devices with screens. Lenovo and Google are rectifying that today with an update that allows the Smart Clock to showcase your Google Photos collection.
August 23, 2019

How to sync standard health apps to your Apple Watch

With about a quarter of the worldwide market, the Apple Watch is far and away the most popular fitness watch. Many of its wearers, though, want to track their activity with third-party applications. If you’re one of their number, don’t fret — happily, the Watch’s popularity means that many commonly used apps — such as MyFitnessPal, Couch to 5K, Strava, and Nike Training — have made that process pretty simple.