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|sl||Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix 3 in Beijing Thursday with a magnetic slider to access the front facing camera, instead of a notch. It has a 6.4-inch 1080p OLED screen, and 6GB to 8 GB of RAM and 128GB to 256GB storage. A “Forbidden City Palace Museum” special edition variant comes with 10 GB of RAM and 256GB. The Mi Mix 3 will also come in a 5G version to launch in Q1 next year. The Mi Mix 3 goes on sale first in China on November 1st with the Forbidden City model coming later next month.||https://www.cnet.com/news/xiaomi-just-launched-the-first-5g-enabled-phone-you-cant-buy|
|jry||Google Maps now lets users follow their favorite businesses, like restaurants, bars, or stores. By tracking a business, you'll get news from those places like upcoming events, special offers, and other updates right in the “For You” tab on Google Maps. Google also says businesses can also use the Google Maps platform to start reaching potential customers before they open to the public.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/25/google-maps-takes-on-facebook-pages-with-new-follow-feature-for-tracking-businesses/|
|tm||Amazon announced that third-party devices can now work with Alexa for Business, which lets users dial into conference calls, check business calendars, and look up info in tools like Salesforce. Amazon says its working with Plantronics, iHome, Blackberry, Linkplay and Extron among others to bring voice assistant capability with a software update to those companies devices like whiteboards and confrence equipment.||https://www.geekwire.com/2018/talking-white-board-alexa-business-extends-non-echo-devices-workplace-environments/|
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|:33||sl||In response to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who spoke out against data collection at a keynote speech during the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners conference in Brussels on Wednesday, former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos tweeted that Apple needs to “come clean” about how it blocks ways to provide secure ways to access apps in China. Stamos said “We don’t want the media to create an incentive structure that ignores treating Chinese citizens as less-deserving of privacy protections because a CEO is willing to bad-mouth the business model of their primary competitor, who uses advertising to subsidize cheaper devices.”||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/24/ex-facebook-exec-alex-stamos-calls-out-apple-practices-in-china.html|
|:36||jry||The New York times reports that Clorox paid to license information from Kinsa, which sells internet-connected thermometers that sync to an app to track fevers and symptoms. The data showed Clorox which ZIP codes around the country had increases in fevers, In those areas Clorox increased ads for products like its disinfecting wipes. Kinsa says its thermometers are in more than 500,000 American households, and says its “illness data,” contains no identifying personal information before being passed along to other companies. But critics like the Electronic Privacy Information Center say even though Kinsa appears to be using information in a privacy-compliant manner, federal regulation around how this type of consumer data is handled is needed.||https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/23/business/media/fever-advertisements-medicine-clorox.html|
|:40||tm||In its triennial publication of exemptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, Carla D. Hayden, the Librarian of Congress on recommendation from Karyn A. Temple the Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the US Copyright Office, included an exemption for repairs and maintenance. The exemption would apply to smartphones, tractors, cars and home appliances allowing a user to break DRM for “the maintenance of a device or system … in order to make it work in accordance with its original specifications.” Another change expanded the exemption for unlocking a used phones and tablets to apply to new devices as well and the exemption for jailbreaking a device was expanded to smart speakers. The rules go into effect October 28th.||https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-23241.pdf|
|:43||jry||Sources tell TechCrunch that Facebook is building an app called Lasso to let users record and share videos of themselves lip syncing or dancing to licensed music. If that sounds like Musical.ly or Tik Tok which Musical.ly has been rolled into, thats because it is very much like that. One source said "It’s full-screen, built for teens, fun and funny, and focused on creation.” The team developing it is under Facbook's principal lead product designer Brady Voss. App Annie ranks Tik Tok as the number 5 iPhone app in the US.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/24/facebook-musically-competitor/|
|:46||sl||Twitter reported higher-than-expected earnings and revenue for the third quarter, with earnings per share of 21 cents and revenue of $758 million, up 29% YoY. Advertising revenue reached $650 million, also a yearly increase of 29 percent. It's the company's 4th straight profitable quarter. Monthly active users fell 1% year over year , the second quarter in a row that Twitter missed monthly active user estimates. Daily Active users rose 9% on the year the 8th straigh quarter of DAU growth. Twitter chief financial officer Ned Segel said a third of the people who see Twitter each day have never been on the platform before.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/25/twitter-q3-2018-earnings.html|
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|:48||Christie’s sells its first AI portrait for $432,500 - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/25/18023266/ai-art-portrait-christies-obvious-sold|
|How three French students used borrowed code to put the first AI portrait in Christie’s - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/23/18013190/ai-art-portrait-auction-christies-belamy-obvious-robbie-barrat-gans|
|We are Obvious, a Paris-based collective of artists, Machine Learning researchers and friends interested in AI for Art.||https://firstname.lastname@example.org/ai-the-rise-of-a-new-art-movement-f6efe0a51f2e|
|Thursday, Christies' sold a print on canvas titled "Portrait of Edmond Belamy" for $432,000. Th expected price was between $7,000 and $10,000.|
The work was created by a collective called Obvious which is made up three 25-year-old French students.
So far so :why are you talking about this on DTNS?"
The students used a generative adversarial network to create the picture. It was trained on a dataset of historical portraits until it could create its own.
Open source code from AI artist 19-year-old Robbie Barrat was used to create the Obvious collective's GAN.
Hugo Caselles-Dupré, the tech lead for Obvious “If you’re just talking about the code, then there is not a big percentage that has been modified. But if you talk about working on the computer, making it work, there is a lot of effort there.”
Other AI artists say that the works from Obvious don't appear much different from running Barrat's code without any modification at all.
German artist Mario Klingemann told the Verge “To me, this is dilettante’s work, the equivalent of a five year old’s scribbling that only parents can appreciate. But I guess for people who have never seen something like this before, it might appear novel and different.”
Obvious doesn't take credit for the art though crediting it to the algorithm. The portrait is signed with a part of the GAN's algorithm. “min G max D x [log (D(x))] + z [log(1 – D (G(z)))]”
And many AI artists think it gives readers the false impression that machine learning systems are more complex and autonomous than they actually are.
ALSO Christies's approached Obvious about the auction.
The name Belamy is a French pun on Bel ami which means good friend and is a pun on the name of the creator of GANs Ian Goodfellow.
|Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are generative models created in 2014 by Ian Goodfellow, a researcher in Machine Learning. They put two algorithms in competition one with another to perform training.|
A generator will create new images by mimicking characteristics of images from the training dataset, and try to fool a discriminator into thinking those images are “real”. The generator trains until no difference can be made by the discriminator.
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|One thing worth keeping in mind about Apple's TV shows, you might not have to buy the most expensive Apple device, they are just saying you have to own an Apple device.|
Wouldn't an Apple TV or a $150 iPhone 5 get people the shows. Even a used iPhone should work. Plus it gets people into the iOS ecosystem, a plus for Apple.
|I like to Sarah’s idea about the smart fridge. We had mechanism’s now to limit our kids screen time, maybe we should give them control over limiting our fridge time. “I’m sorry your fridge excess is locked out after 8 PM”. Or maybe allow access to the salad drawer but not the ice cream drawer.|
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