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Mona Lisa ‘brought to life’ with deepfake AI

[ad_1] Image copyright Samsung Image caption A YouTube video explains how the researchers brought Mona Lisa to life The subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting has been brought to life by AI researchers.The video, achieved from a single photo, shows the model in the portrait moving her head, eyes and mouth.The latest iteration of so-called deepfake technology came out of Samsung's AI research laboratory in Moscow.Some are
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Texting while crossing road may be banned, and other news

[ad_1] BBC Click's Paul Carter looks at some the week's best technology stories including:Lawmakers in New York have proposed a bill to make crossing the street while texting illegal with transgressors having to pay finesGoogle has barred the world's second biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, from some updates to the Android operating systemThe US government has issued an alert warning that Chinese-made drones could pose a cyber-espionage risk to American businessesSee
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Google thwarts Baltimore ransomware fightback

[ad_1] Image copyright Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images Image caption Baltimore's government servers were hit on 7 May by ransomware Google has inadvertently thwarted attempts by Baltimore's city government to fight off crippling ransomware.The cyber-attack struck civil computers in Baltimore on 7 May, blocking email accounts and online payment systems.City officials set up GMail accounts to restore communications between citizens and staff.The mass creation of the accounts triggered Google's GMail defences which
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Trump says Huawei could be part of trade deal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has said Huawei could be part of a trade deal between the US and China, despite branding the telecoms firm "very dangerous". The US-China trade war has escalated in recent weeks with tariff hikes and threats of more action. Washington has also targeted Huawei by putting the firm on a trade blacklist. The US argues Huawei poses a national security risk,
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Five tech trends shaping the beauty industry

[ad_1] Image copyright P&G Image caption Could make-up printers be the shape of things to come? Beauty brands are using everything from artificial intelligence (AI) to augmented reality (AR) to keep their customers engaged in a fiercely competitive market. But do such innovations actually work or are they simply marketing hype?When L'Oreal said last year it no longer wanted to be the number one beauty firm in the world, but
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Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Facebook has published its latest "enforcement report", which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019.During that six-month period, Facebook removed more than three billion fake accounts - more than ever before.More than seven million "hate speech" posts were removed, also a record high.For the first time, Facebook also reported how many deleted posts were appealed, and how
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DJI drones to come with plane detection

[ad_1] Image copyright DJI Drone-maker DJI has pledged to add plane and helicopter "detection" features to its consumer drones, to reduce the risk of collisions.Some of DJI's industry-focused drones already have the feature built in but it has now pledged to add it to all drones weighing more than 250g (9oz).Its AirSense system picks up location signals broadcast by other aircraft.The drone pilot will then be warned that a plane
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Nintendo removes mobile games in Belgium

[ad_1] Image copyright Nintendo Image caption Belgium took a tough stance on loot boxes in games Two Nintendo mobile games will soon no longer be available in Belgium as the game-maker moves to comply with local gambling laws.In 2018, Belgium outlawed games that used "loot boxes" to reward players with random items. The game mechanic is an illegal form of gambling, the country's gambling regulator says. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
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Apple to warn iPhone users about update impact

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Apple has pledged to warn iPhone owners if a software update is likely to slow down the device or affect battery life.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK had expressed concerns in 2017 that people had not realised an operating system update could affect the performance of the phone.It was concerned that iPhone owners had been repairing their devices or replacing the batteries
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EA shows off its next-generation hair

[ad_1] Image copyright EA Gaming giant EA has been showing off its next-generation hair-rendering capability in a blog post.It said it had put together a team of developers to work on hair shading, scattering, smoothness and volume in its Frostbite gaming engine.The demo videos posted by EA show a faceless mannequin leaping around an empty room, whipping long, colourful hair from side to side.The Frostbite engine powers games such as