First, there was the Bob Marley blackface feature, and now, there s the alleged skin-lightening filter.A number of Snapchat users have recently lambasted the popular social media app for filters that seem to make users complexions seem whiter.Particularly problematic, some users note, is the association of words like pretty and beauty with lightness.pic.twitter.com/bSK2yQFqP3— panda @pandaprince ss March 9, 2016For Coachella, Snapchat debuted a flower crown filter that does indeed whitewash the entire photo or video in question, but Snapchatters are also taking issue with beautify, a filter that makes the skin lighter, the face slimmer, the eyes wider, and blemishes disappear.But the effects were a bit less noticeable on a colleague, who said that her own change was fairly subtle.The filter evened out her skin tone and added pink and yellow hues to her complexion.
View photosMoreGoogle engineering director Erik Kay talks about the new Allo messaging app and Duo during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Mountain View, Calif. Google unveiled its vision for phones, cars, virtual reality and more during its annual conference for software developers.Google said it had created a reference design for a headset that a partner manufacturer would have ready for the fall, and designs for a new controller that has a few buttons, a touchpad, and sensors that track its orientation and where it's pointing.The company previously revealed that Android N will offer a split-screen feature so users can toggle between apps more easily.Mario Queiroz, a vice president at Google, says the sleek, flower pot-like device also lets you ask Google about "anything you want."Google designs it to highlight its search engine, maps and other features, giving the company more opportunities to sell the digital ads that generate most of its revenue.Besides updates for the phone, Google is likely to unveil new features coming to other gadgets such as Android Wear smartwatches and possibly Android TV streaming devices.
MUMBAI Reuters – When Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend as part of an Asian tour aimed at boosting sales, he will sit down with a man whose penchant for a selfie – often using his gold iPhone – can get him into trouble.Modi breached electoral rules when he photographed himself holding his party s symbol of a lotus flower immediately after casting his vote in the 2014 general election, one of the many selfies he regularly takes with his Apple phone.Cook meets the 65-year old prime minister in New Delhi on Saturday, and will be hoping Modi s enthusiasm for phones can help Apple as it tries to bolster sales in India.While smartphone usage is surging as the middle class swells, most Indians still can t afford Apple s iPhones and the company has only about 2 percent market share in a country where 100 million phones were sold last year.Apart from snapping the usual selfie, Modi is likely to tell Cook that if Apple wants to sell more phones in India, it should make them there, and help the prime minister realize his ambition of turning the country into a manufacturing powerhouse.Cook will also have to remember not to come between Modi and his love of the limelight: on a trip to Silicon Valley in September Modi appeared to shove Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg aside so that the cameras could capture him fully.Cook and Modi s meeting will cap an unusually long trip to India that has seen the Apple boss pray at an elephant-god temple in Mumbai, watch cricket and dine with Bollywood stars.Editing by Tommy Wilkes and Mark Potter
One of the more outlandish Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumors is gaining steam, as it looks like the phone might pack an iris scanner.The possibility of eye scanning tech was first brought up in April, when it was discovered that Samsung had been importing "iris camera" modules for research and development, but now a new trademark application suggests that whatever Samsung is using them for could be near completion.GalaxyClub.nl spotted that Samsung recently filed to trademark "Samsung Iris" and "Samsung Eyeprint" in the EU and there's really only one thing those terms are likely referring to.Hint: it's not the flower.Might not make the Note 6So we can say quite confidently that Samsung is working on an iris scanner of some kind - alongside plenty of other next-gen tech, presumably - but what's still not clear is which device it's first going to ship with.The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is a logical choice, as the company is almost certainly going to reserve the tech for a flagship and that's the next flagship we're expecting to see from Samsung.
MorePresidente-executivo da Apple, Tim Cook, fala em evento na sede da empresa, na Califórnia 21/03/2016 REUTERS/Stephen LamMUMBAI Reuters - When Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend as part of an Asian tour aimed at boosting sales, he will sit down with a man whose penchant for a selfie - often using his gold iPhone - can get him into trouble.Modi breached electoral rules when he photographed himself holding his party's symbol of a lotus flower immediately after casting his vote in the 2014 general election, one of the many selfies he regularly takes with his Apple phone.Cook meets the 65-year old prime minister in New Delhi on Saturday, and will be hoping Modi's enthusiasm for phones can help Apple as it tries to bolster sales in India.While smartphone usage is surging as the middle class swells, most Indians still can't afford Apple's iPhones and the company has only about 2 percent market share in a country where 100 million phones were sold last year.Cook will also have to remember not to come between Modi and his love of the limelight: on a trip to Silicon Valley in September Modi appeared to shove Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg aside so that the cameras could capture him fully.Cook and Modi's meeting will cap an unusually long trip to India that has seen the Apple boss pray at an elephant-god temple in Mumbai, watch cricket and dine with Bollywood stars.
The snow is gone, the flowers have bloomed, and your lawn is probably looking pretty open and bare right about now.What better way to fill the void than with a tasteful monochromatic R2-D2 lawn ornament?ThinkGeek has a new one in its catalog, joining the seemingly endless array of other R2-D2 and Star Wars products.Of course, you could place it inside if you wanted — despite how it looks, the lawn ornament only weighs 6.5lbs.This is one of a few Star Wars products the company has introduced recently — there s a new BB-8 blueprint scarf, for example, and a Stormtrooper Infinity scarf.Also new are a pair of black ceramic travel mugs with the Star Wars logo on one side and the Galactic Empire logo on the other side.
None of these headphones are cheap by any means, but all of them offer sound quality that both audiophiles and EDM junkies will love.Design and featuresI usually avoid talking about packaging but Klipsch deserves praise for its presentation of the Reference X8Ri Hybrid.The earbuds are suspended in a clear plastic box and look like flower buds with the cable neatly tucked away in a plastic base – a subtle touch that goes a long way in assuring you that you're buying a premium product.The Reference XR8i are built exceptionally well with its zinc earbud housings and thick, black and gold cable.The controls can be used to play/pause, skip tracks, change volume and activate Siri on the iPhone, but Android users won't be able to skip back to a previous track with a triple-click, which is a minor annoyance.Klipsch's oval ear tips do a great job of being comfortable and isolating you from the noise, all without the need for active noise cancellation, which requires battery power and bulky circuitry.
A new emoticon, to honor the day. When Mother's Day was celebrated in the US a while ago, users had where an extra emoticon to choose from. Now, on May 29, when Mother's Day is celebrated in Sweden, has the flower come here too. If you select it, it becomes not only one but a shower of animated flowers, much like the hearts flowing across the screen when you like something in the Periscope. If you click it when you write your message will be flowers in the corners of the message. Do you want to give Mom something more than a digital symbol?
Prices for single flower bouquets start at 98 RMB US$14.88 and 168RMB for mixed ones.Like fresh groceries, the speed of delivery and freshness of the flowers are the top priorities for the flower business.According to Wang Ke, the founder of FlowerPlus, the company will invest its latest round of funding into these two aspects.The Shanghai-based startup currently cooperates with over 500 flower farms, most of them in China s Yunnan Province, and provides services in major cities, including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.The floral business is a new opportunity for startups targeting China s rising middle class.Compared to western countries, there are fewer brick-and-mortar flower stores in China.In addition, in a country where people were struggling for basic necessities like food and clothing just a few years ago, buying flowers on a regular basis is not very common.However, China s rapid economic transformation has raised incomes, allowing people to spend more on consumer discretionary products and services.Since physical stores cannot meet the rising demand from customers, online flower delivery has become the preferred option.Chinese startups are tapping the market from different perspectives: RoseOnly is a high-tier online flower store targeting the gift market; EasyFlower is B2B platform that bridges flower farmers and stores; Floral & Life is an e-commence platform for flowers.
From left Anders Andreasson, Director of Business Development worldwide in automation and industrial safety at Flir Systems AB, Christer Hill Flower, automation engineer at the production Electricity and automation Söderenergi AB and Claes Nelson, manager of systems for industrial automation and early fire detection of Thermal Systems AB . And by connecting the sensor to a PLC can easily control a process or alert based on temperature values sent from the sensor. The temperature is measured absolutely without contact and sometimes from very long distances. A specific case is the ability to detect and prevent fires in the very early stages, for example, long before there's smoke. Properly utilized, technology can provide new opportunities in new application areas, but it can also allow for effective new solutions to old applications. We have more than 50 years of experience and was in the 60's the first to use the technology for industrial applications, where a thermal imager was sold to Vattenfall as the first customer.
Top tips for taking beautiful flower photosThe birds are singing and gardens are blooming into life, with bulbs and shrubs bursting into ﬂower on the ground and trees filled with luscious green leaves.However, capturing these ﬂeeting moments of beauty at this requires commitment, patience and a liberal dose of good weather!For the past 30 years Clive Nichols has travelled all over the UK and Europe recording the best gardens and ﬂowers on his Canon EOS-1Ds Mk III pro-level camera.Over the following pages he's going to share his top tips for shooting great garden and ﬂower images, both outside and inside…
Making your own bouquets is an inexpensive way to enjoy beautiful flowers at home or give them as a gift, but you don t have to visit the florist to have them.Here are the flowers that will grow fast enough in your garden for you to enjoy beautiful, fresh, colorful bouquets all spring and summer.Whether you have space for just a few pots or a whole garden plot you can dedicate, these flowers will give you choice in color and shape for your homemade bouquets.They come in lots of color varieties, grow quickly, and in general are easy enough to care for.Check out the link below for details on each flower including which zones they thrive in and how to best care for them.15 Fast-Growing Flowers for a Cutting Garden This Old House
It is an underwater exploration game created by Matt Nava and his new studio Giant Squid.Nava was previously the art director on Flower and Journey.The latter was set in the sandy desert and a cold mountain, but Nava wanted to create a beautiful underwater environment for Abzû, which is an ancient Sumerian name for water and knowledge.That translates to the ocean of wisdom.Nava showed Abzû off a year ago at the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 trade show, and he s back this year with a new version that looks different.You can get lost in the ocean, but also follow a story.You find drones who help direct you to different places in the ocean.But each underwater region has its own borders and a path to move on to the next level.
The discovery that bumblebees use hair on their legs to detect a flower s electromagnetic field offers another reminder that human senses don t always measure up.Their skin has patterns that are entirely invisible to human eyes because they re hidden in light s polarization – the direction up and down or side-to-side that light waves oscillate as they travel.Instead of alerting them to danger, these proteins – concentrated in a bat s nose – tell them when they re above skin warmer than about 86 , where there s a big, juicy blood vessel hiding underneath.Getty ImagesEven the lowly roundworm needs to know which way is up as it shimmies through dead plants or squirms in a petri dish.Although roundworms are among the most exhaustively studied species, no one realized this about them until last year, when scientists in Texas discovered their worms from Australia burrowing in the wrong direction.While humans work that out, the bees will just continue using Earth s magnetic field – mocking our limited senses in the process.
In our guide on how to watch UEFA Euro 2016 championship in style, we show you how to watch all the games online and on TV, as well as taking you through some of the best kit to make sure you have a brilliant time – even if the country of your choice gets knocked out.Dominate in OverwatchIf you're more into e-sports and like many of us are hooked on Overwatch, then use this weekend to brush up your skills with our10 Overwatch tips guaranteed to end in success.You could try building your own – and we show you everything you need to know about building a Hackintosh – including all the legal implications.Capture great garden scenes and flower shotsIf the weather is glorious this weekend fingers crossed , then why not step away from the TV or PC and take some stunning outdoor photos of your garden or the flowers that are now in full bloom.To find out all the cool things you can do with Google Now, head over to our guide on how to use Google Now.Turn photos into drawings with PhotoshopFancy making your very own super hero comic?
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f116279%2fgettyimages-529718284June is the month of dads and grads, and this year Facebook is ready to help you celebrate Father's Day.Last month, Facebook celebrated Mother's Day with a new purple flower reaction; this month, it'll help you celebrate Father's Day on the social network with a new sticker pack.The sticker pack, called "Fatherly Love," will have stickers featuring fathers of all cultures, family types and background, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable.They offer Facebook users a fun little way to show appreciation for their father figures.Stickers on Facebook were first introduced in 2013, and more have been added over time, including the recent Australia Day stickers.So far, most of the stickers launched for specific days have stuck around, so unlike the short-lived Mother's Day reaction, your Father's Day sticker pack probably won't go away any time soon.
Robot explorers have found Mars to be a world of sulfur, acids, magnesium, iron and chlorine compounds, all of which are sunbaked and wrapped in a carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere.The results are typically synthesized to create a scent that mimics the smell of those molecules," said Jacquelyn Ford Morie, founder and chief scientist of the California-based company All These Worlds LLC, which uses virtual reality VR and other technology to create "immersive experiences" for a variety of applications."Imagine 30 or 40 years from now, when we have established colonies on Mars, and the colonists have become not only accepting of the scented detritus they track into their habitats, but actually consider it the smell of home," Morie said.In addition, artisan Carrie Paterson has investigated making scents of life on Earth that can be embedded as olfactory information into multichannel interstellar messages.Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google .Copyright 2016 SPACE.com, a Purch company.
Yet another maths problem aimed at kids is proving too difficult for adults to answer.The puzzle in question, that requires children to work out the values of different flowers in algebra-style, was uploaded to Facebook on 15 June.Although it hasn t been stated what age group the question is aimed at, it s certainly sparked a debate as to what the answer actually is.TrendingToday The majority have agreed that the red flower is worth 20.Yet the issue seems to lie in the final line, where the blue flower has four petals instead of five.According to the professor, the answer is in fact, 81.
Robot explorers have found Mars to be a world of sulfur, acids, magnesium, iron and chlorine compounds, all of which are sunbaked and wrapped in a carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere.The results are typically synthesized to create a scent that mimics the smell of those molecules," said Jacquelyn Ford Morie, founder and chief scientist of the California-based company All These Worlds LLC, which uses virtual reality VR and other technology to create "immersive experiences" for a variety of applications.Many top fragrances have small bits of those otherwise smelly elements in them.""Imagine 30 or 40 years from now, when we have established colonies on Mars, and the colonists have become not only accepting of the scented detritus they track into their habitats, but actually consider it the smell of home," Morie said.Once the astronauts took off their helmets, the moon's smell — which was likened to wet ashes in a fireplace, or spent gunpowder from a just-fired shotgun — was evident.In addition, artisan Carrie Paterson has investigated making scents of life on Earth that can be embedded as olfactory information into multichannel interstellar messages.
I spoke to a number of folks over the past few weeks about the Gawker case as well as the future of journalism and have come away with some interesting information regarding the disconnect between readers and writers and the general concept of clickbait.Ask a lawyer or politician if that sounds like a good way forward and I suspect you ll get a different answer.This mission is often fogged and often obfuscated but any journalist with proper training will not forget it.For a media company whose sole mission is to sell eyeballs in a world where those eyeballs are flitting from app to app like picky hummingbirds flitting from flower to flower.This torrent of information was pleasing to the human brain as the pleasure centers lit up and the frisson of FOMO led us to refresh page after page.And this medium has changed over the past decade from a free and open exchange of ideas to a morass of opinion and hate.