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This app lets you ‘cut-and-paste’ real life objects

Apple has boasted a lot about the AR capabilities of its new LiDAR equipped iPhone 12 Pro. It means that your new iPhone will be able to ‘map’ the room better to place objects. However, I hadn’t found an AR app that I might use regularly — until now. A few months ago, developer Cyril Diagne showed off a demo of an app called ClipDrop that lets you ‘drop’ real-life objects to your desktop. Now, the app is here as a beta version, and I already love it. It’s pretty evident by the feature image of this story. Aaand here it is..!!! 😱 After months of hard work with @jblanchefr, @ClipDropApp beta (AR Copy Paste) is now publicly available on #Android, #iOS, #macOS, and #Windows 🔥 https://t.co/52eLMEfXNR 🔥 Here’s a thread of what you can already do with it ↓ 1/n#ML #AR #AI pic.twitter.com/0fQJQ8KRBv — Cyril Diagne (@cyrildiagne) October 22, 2020 The concept of the app is cool. You can take a picture of any object and the app with automatically remove the background and convert it into a image. You can then paste the image on your desktop and use it in your applications. In addition to object and people, you can also extract text from a book or page that you have. ClipDrop mostly does a good job of sperating the object in focus from the background. But sometimes you’ll see blurred edges or missed parts. Since the app is in beta stage, hopefully it’ll improve over time. It also…Continue readingThis app lets you ‘cut-and-paste’ real life objects

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Tech Radar

Amazfit Pop smartwatch with 9-day battery life launched in China

One of the popular wearable makers, Huami has added yet another affordable smartwatch to its portfolio. The company has announced Amazfit Pop smartwatch in China. The Amazfit Pop certainly looks like the rebranded version of the Amazfit Bip U which was launched in India recently.  The Amazfit Pop’s highlight is the big 1.43-inch screen, 60+ sports mode, and 9 days of battery life. It is also extremely light at just 31 grams. The Amazfit Pop is available in three colour options – Black, Green, and Pink.  Amazfit Pop features and specs (Image credit: Amazfit) Just like the Amazfit Bip U, the Amazfit Bip Pop comes with a 1.43-inch display with 2.5D glass on top. It is a colour touch screen TFT panel as we’ve seen on many other budget wearables. You get a resolution of 320 x 320.  The smartwatch comes with 24×7 heart rate sensor and there is also a SpO2 sensor to measure your blood-oxygen level. It also brings sleep tracking, Menstrual tracking, stress monitoring, and breaking training features. Apart from this, there are over 60 sports  modes. Sensors onboard include a BioTracker 2 PPG optical sensor and 6-axis acceleration sensor. The smartwatch doesn’t come with a built-in GPS so, you’ll have to carry your phone to track all your outdoor activities. (Image credit: Amazon) The Amazfit Pop is also water-resistant up to 50 meters and can even track your swim. The smartwatch is made up of polycarbonate material and it comes with a 20mm inter-changeable silicone strap. For connectivity,…Continue readingAmazfit Pop smartwatch with 9-day battery life launched in China

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Why the moon’s early magnetic field might be responsible for life on earth

The habitability of a planet depends on many factors. One is the existence of a strong and long-lived magnetic field. These fields are generated thousands of kilometers below the planet’s surface in its liquid core and extend far into space – shielding the atmosphere from harmful solar radiation. Without a strong magnetic field, a planet struggles to hang on to a breathable atmosphere – which is bad news for life as we know it. A new study, published in Science Advances, suggests that the Moon’s now extinct magnetic field may have helped protect our planet’s atmosphere as life was forming around 4 billion years ago. Today, Earth has a strong global magnetic field that protects the atmosphere and low-orbiting satellites from harsh solar radiation. In contrast, the Moon does not possess either a breathable atmosphere or a global magnetic field. Global magnetic fields are generated by the motion of molten iron in the cores of planets and moons. Keeping the fluid moving requires energy, such as heat trapped within the core. When there is insufficient energy, the field dies. Without a global magnetic field, the charged particles of the solar wind (radiation from the Sun) passing close to a planet generate electric fields that can accelerate charged atoms, known as ions, out of the atmosphere. This process is happening today on Mars and it is losing oxygen as a result – something that has been directly measured by the Mars atmosphere and volatile evolution (Maven) mission. The solar wind can…Continue readingWhy the moon’s early magnetic field might be responsible for life on earth

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Mashable

Pixar’s new ‘Soul’ trailer looks at the bright side of life in death

A new trailer for Disney and Pixar film Soul has arrived, giving us another look at Joe Gardner’s (Jamie Foxx) music-filled life and his journey to get back to it. Soul follows Joe, a jazz musician whose fantastic day is rudely interrupted when an unfortunate accident sends him to the Great Beyond. He isn’t ready to shuffle off this mortal coil just yet though, leaping out of line and ending up in the Great Before — the place where souls develop before they’re sent to Earth. “You can’t crush a soul here,” quips cynical soul 22 (Tina Fey). “That’s what life on Earth is for.” The film looks as though it will be a very optimistic take on life and death, and is already getting good reviews. Originally slated to arrive in theatres in June, Soul will now hit Disney+ on December 25, making for some family-friendly Christmas viewing. Source linkContinue readingPixar’s new ‘Soul’ trailer looks at the bright side of life in death

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24 planets that are warmer, wetter, and better for life than Earth

Where to look? Where to look? An artist’s concept of the first terrestrial planet found by the Kepler observatory orbiting in the habitable zone around its star, where temperatures are “just right” for liquid water — and perhaps, life — to form. Image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Researchers examined data from terrestrial exoplanets orbiting in the habitable zone around their stars, where temperatures allow liquid water to pool on their surface. Just a small percentage of the 4,500 exoplanets now known to orbit other stars are known to have conditions relatively friendly to life. “Most important from the perspective of an observer searching for extrasolar life is that such a search might be executed most effectively with a focus on superhabitable planets instead of Earth-like planets. We argue that there could be regions of astrophysical parameter space of star-planet systems that could allow for planets to be even better for life than our Earth,” researchers describe in an article published in the journal Astrobiology. Each of the planetary systems examined in this new study sit more than 100 light years from our family of planets. It took nearly four billion years for complex lifeforms to develop, suggesting that longer-lived stars may be more likely to host planets awash in life. The Sun, and other G-type stars like it, live for about 10 billion years. This study also examined planets abound cooler, less-massive K-type stars, which exist for between 20 and 70 billion years, allowing plenty of time to life to develop. However, extremely old…Continue reading24 planets that are warmer, wetter, and better for life than Earth

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5 upcoming WhatsApp features that will make your life easy

WhatsApp is one of the most preferred messaging apps globally. Over 2 billion users from all over the world use this as their primary mode of textual communication regularly, hence it becomes imperative for the company to keep innovating and add as many features as possible to improve the user experience. It is now reported that the Facebook-led chat application is testing a slew of features with the beta testers. These features will help users stay away from annoying messages from chat groups that they just can’t quit, multi-device support and some changes in the UI. Here’s a quick look at the upcoming features of WhatsApp. Always Mute While you can mute any group that you’re a part of, however, the maximum you can do so is one year. So, if you have muted a few groups on any given day, exactly a year later you’ll find your WhatsApp flooded with notification. Now WhatsApp is testing a new feature known as “Always Mute” where you’ll be able to mute the alerts from a group forever. If you’re one of this who feel pestered with unending alerts from a family or an office group, you’ll soon be able to turn them off for good. Multi-Device Support Probably the most vociferously demanded feature that may soon get introduced by WhatsApp. While the company has been reportedly working on this feature since some time already, it is about time Multi-device support will be made available to users. According to reports, users will be…Continue reading5 upcoming WhatsApp features that will make your life easy

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10 gifts for the aspiring TikTok star in your life

Do you know someone who wants to make it big on TikTok?  Folks have used TikTok since its evolution from Musical.ly two years ago, but in the months since the pandemic confined most social interactions to the internet, the app’s popularity has skyrocketed. Thanks to its prevalence in online culture, more people are open to creating their own account to produce content on the app. Even though you don’t need anything but a phone and the app itself to make TikToks, there are some essentials to give your videos a boost.  Here are 10 must-haves for the aspiring TikTok star in your life — or for anyone who, like most of us in quarantine, just watches a lot of TikToks.  Decent lighting can make or break a video. Whether you’re trying to go viral or trying to look good for your Zoom crush, this ring light can up your on-screen presence. It also comes with a tripod and remote shutter for optimal recording. Price: $49.99 on Amazon. It seems like everyone on TikTok has LED strips lining the ceiling of their bedrooms, and for good reason — it can change the mood in an instant. This remote controlled light strip is 24 feet long and can be adjusted via remote.  Price: $59.97 from Home Depot. This is the dress of the summer. Lirika Matoshi’s dreamy, gauzy strawberry dress went viral this year, just as cottagecore went mainstream. And if pink isn’t your color, the designer also released a version in…Continue reading10 gifts for the aspiring TikTok star in your life

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The Verge

911 outages have become a fact of life — are we even fixing this?

In 2014, after what we described as “frequent failures,” a previous administration’s FCC attempted to change how the United States’ emergency 911 system works, including making it clear who’s responsible when multiple states inexplicably lose the ability to dial 911 at once. Some of that accountability might have come in handy this week — because we still don’t know what caused yesterday’s 911 outage. And it’s not clear anything would change even if we knew. Yesterday, 911 services reportedly disappeared in at least 14 states nationwide, some for as long as an hour and a half. Police departments and public safety agencies across the country had to hand out alternative numbers to call — and in some cases, warn residents not to dial 911 just to test if the systems had started working again. 911 services are down in the City of Tucson. If you need to make an emergency call, dial 520-372-8011. We will let you know when 911 is back online. pic.twitter.com/aDfAIX3yDU — Tucson Police Dept (@Tucson_Police) September 28, 2020 But strangely, the outage didn’t seem to get all that much attention, and most of the usual suspects didn’t want to talk about it. We reached out to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to confirm that the outage was even happening, and if so, if they could steer us to the root cause. None of the three major cellular carriers would even answer the question. The FCC didn’t reply to a request for comment, period. We also reached out…Continue reading911 outages have become a fact of life — are we even fixing this?

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I tested Apple Watch sleep tracking to save you time and battery life

If you’re an executive seeking peak performance from the moment you wake up, or a parent hoping to create a better nightly routine for your family, you’ve probably heard about sleep tracking wearables — devices that promise to improve your health and productivity by monitoring your sleep. Sleep tracking is rapidly becoming more ubiquitous: This month, Apple added the feature to tens of millions of Apple Watches in a free watchOS 7 software update, and Fossil did so for select Google Wear OS watches in August. But despite years of work by researchers and wearable developers, meaningfully useful sleep tracking remains closer to a dream than reality. After trying the feature in pre-release versions of watchOS 7, I spent the last week testing Apple’s finished sleep tracking app, which meant changing my daily charging routine, wearing my watch to bed each night, and checking my phone for insights each day. Having gone through that, I’m convinced that I’ve experienced the core of a valuable solution, but just like the very first Apple Watch, it feels half-baked, and not fully ready for prime time. For the time being, I can’t in good faith recommend that busy professionals waste precious time on Apple’s current sleep tracking app, and I don’t have much confidence in rival solutions, either. Even with the latest and greatest Apple Watch, users can expect little in the way of actionable insights, coupled with the inconvenience of mid-day smartwatch recharging, every day — a step beyond the prior “leave it on a…Continue readingI tested Apple Watch sleep tracking to save you time and battery life

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The 4 most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system

The Earth’s biosphere contains all the known ingredients necessary for life as we know it. Broadly speaking these are liquid water, at least one source of energy, and an inventory of biologically useful elements and molecules. But the recent discovery of possibly biogenic phosphine in the clouds of Venus reminds us that at least some of these ingredients exist elsewhere in the solar system too. So where are the other most promising locations for extra-terrestrial life? [Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked] Mars Mars is one of the most Earth-like worlds in the solar system. It has a 24.5-hour day, polar ice caps that expand and contract with the seasons, and a large array of surface features that were sculpted by water during the planet’s history. Mars has polar ice caps. ESA & MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA), CC BY-SA The detection of a lake beneath the southern polar ice cap and methane in the Martian atmosphere (which varies with the seasons and even the time of day) make Mars a very interesting candidate for life. Methane is significant as it can be produced by biological processes. But the actual source for the methane on Mars is not yet known. It is possible that life may have gained a foothold, given the evidence that the planet once had a much more benign environment. Today, Mars has a very thin, dry atmosphere comprised almost entirely of carbon dioxide. This offers scant protection from solar and cosmic…Continue readingThe 4 most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system