This new animation technique might actually make selfies interesting


Let’s face it: Selfie filters have gotten boring. 

No one cares anymore that thanks to the miracle of modern technology you can vomit rainbows or stick a dog’s nose on your face. It’s just, well, played out.  Whether that’s in spite of or because of Facebook’s recent push into the filter game is anyone’s guess, but all the Zuckerberg money in the world can’t make something cool. 

But hey, all you filter lovers out there, there’s hope yet. Say hello to the definitely sexy sounding technique known as “example-based synthesis of stylized facial animations” that is to be presented at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference scheduled for later this summer in Los Angeles.  Read more…

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‘Sgt Pepper’ at 50: Every song on the album, ranked


With characteristic swagger, the Beatles warned us ahead of time it was going to be the greatest album ever made. We believed them, and they didn’t disappoint. 

Fifty years ago today, on May 26, 1967, we began to listen to it; half an hour later, we began the endless debate over whether it had surpassed the Fab Four’s previous greatest album ever made, Revolver

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It isn’t that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has aged well; it’s that it hasn’t aged at all. It’s a fixed point in time, a constant in musical history. So since there’s no argument about its greatness, and the Revolver vSgt Pepper debate will never be settled, what is left to determine?  Read more…

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Future iPhones and iPads might have a special chip just for processing AI


Apple’s reportedly working on a new kind of chip — potentially for future iOS devices — that’ll be used just for processing AI, Bloomberg reports. 

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Bloomberg says the chip’s called the Apple Neural Engine internally, and could be used for “offloading facial recognition in the photos application, some parts of speech recognition, and the iPhone’s predictive keyboard to the chip.”

By moving AI processing to a dedicated chip, battery life in devices could also see a boost since the main CPU and GPU wouldn’t be crunching as much data and gobbling as much power. Read more…

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Theater expertly trolls men angry over women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ screenings


Men didn’t like being excluded from Alamo Drafthouse’s women-only screening for the upcoming superhero film Wonder Woman.

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So naturally the film house went ahead and added more screenings — pointedly sans men. And they announced the new showings with a killer GIF and spot-on tweet.

We heard your complaints have taken swift & decisive action. Another women-only #WonderWoman show on sale now!

— Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) May 26, 2017

Men had been quick to voice their complaints after the Austin theater posted this week about the women-only event that quickly sold out, along with a second screening.  Read more…

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These giant snakes hunt in packs, says study from your darkest nightmares


Nope. No. Noooooooooooo.

A researcher witnessed boas in Cuba hanging from the ceiling of a cave to snag flying bats out of the air. That’s terrifying enough. 

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But he also saw them form a wall of snakes so the bats couldn’t escape without getting within striking distance of a hanging boa.

So yeah, just a group of snakes hunting together in a pack, nothing scary about that. (The Cuban boa, by the way, averages anywhere from eight to nearly 10 feet long.)

The three snakes observed didn’t always hunt together, according to the study, published recently in Animal Behavior and Cognition. But when they did, they almost always caught a bat — unlike when they hunted alone, when they’d leave hungry two-thirds of the time. Teamwork, yay! Read more…

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White House staff wants to vet Trump’s tweets —good luck with that


President Donald Trump’s tweets cause crises so often we’re all just like, “Oh hey, there goes Donny T again, haha,” as some company he doesn’t like takes a stock hit or he suggests that maybe he records people who come to the Oval Office. The White House knows this is a problem. Next week, some staffers are going to try to put a stop to it. 

The world wishes them the best of luck. 

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The Trump administration is reportedly considering a host of operational changes that may take effect soon after the president gets back from his first overseas jaunt. One of those is reportedly having his tweets vetted by a team of lawyers.  Read more…

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Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron should just get matching jackets already


The seemingly already robust friendship between Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron is the toast of the internet after the two shared a nice moment in an Italian garden this week. But honestly? It’s time for these two to take their friendship to the next level.

Matching jackets. 

You know, there’s nothing like a light coat to stave off the wind as you stand on a terrace and discuss how great it is to be the politicians who are hotter than the other politicians. And decorative jackets can be fashionable, too! Just think of all the potential pins and patches.

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Elsewhere in Europe, America’s dad Barack Obama went golfing


While President Donald Trump stumbled through Europe shoving foreign leaders and showing off his wife’s $51,500 coat, former president Barack Obama is off in Scotland enjoying a leisurely round of golf. 

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Per The Guardian, America’s dad played a round at the Old Course at St. Andrews ahead of a charity dinner in Edinburgh, where he was set to address attendees. Obama arrived in Europe on Thursday, flying into Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before heading to Scotland on Friday. 

He is, almost certainly, having a better time than his successor. Fore! Read more…

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French officials investigating if Apple devices played a role in 2016 EgyptAir crash


French officials have opened an investigation into the possibility that a deadly Egypt Air crash in May 2016 could have been caused by a fire resulting from two Apple products overheating.

The report comes from French paper Le Parisen (via Business Insider), which says French investigators are pursuing a theory that a pair of mobile devices – a iPhone 6S and an iPad Mini 4 belonging to the plane’s first officer — may have been plugged into an incorrect socket.

This, they suggest, might have led to the overheating of the devices and, thus, a fire in the cockpit that spread and brought down the plane which was traveling from Paris to Cairo.  Read more…

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