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Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a pedestrian detection system for smart vehicles and self-driving cars that spots pedestrians in real-time with an impressive accuracy. Using deep-learning models and computer vision technology means the system can detect pedestrians at a rate of 2 to 4 frames per second – or roughly as well as the human eye can. To achieve reliable accuracy at this rate and in real-time, the algorithm filters out areas where human activity is not detected – for instance, the sky or the surrounding buildings. Considering Nvidia’s decision to go into smart cars and Google’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Just a few weeks after the launch of Zcast comes another startup with a fresh take on social audio. Anchor, which is out today on iOS, bills itself as an easy way of creating short podcasts that others can respond to with their own audio comments. I like to think of it as ‘audio blogging’ – more casual than podcasting, and something we haven’t seen tried like this in quite a while. After a slick, easy onboarding process, you’re thrown into a feed that includes posts from all the people you follow on Twitter who are already using the app. Right now,… This story continues at The Next Web

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January brought us several interesting announcements that will have some impact on Latin America’s tech scene in the next few months, such as the imminent opening of Google’s Campus in São Paulo, while startups also kept busy fundraising and expanding. Here’s the news you don’t want to miss: Big players As mentioned, Google is getting ready to open its São Paulo Campus in the Paraiso neighborhood. As previously announced, it will be its sixth Campus around the world. It will be headed by São Paulo-born entrepreneur André Barrence, former director of Minas Gerais’ SEED startup acceleration program and an advocate of… This story continues at The Next Web

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1Password has updated its Android app, adding support for fingerprint log-ins and a Material Design makeover. Other improvements include a consistent floating toolbar that can be accessed from any screen within the app, and a new action button that allows you to add passwords and sites easily. 1Password has also redesigned its categories section and settings icons. Perhaps the most notable addition is support for fingerprint recognition, that works on the Nexus 5X or 6P if they’re running Android Marshmallow. This allows users to scan their finger instead of entering their master password. The updated version also includes a trial of… This story continues at The Next Web

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TNW Europe will be back in Amsterdam in May. Get your tickets here   With an abundance of blogs, podcasts, YouTube videos and webinars at our fingertips, why spend precious time and money on going to conferences? I mean soon we’ll all be sitting half naked on our couch with VR headsets on, ready to take on the tech world… right? Wrong. Even in 2016, physically going to conferences is more relevant than ever, and this blogpost is here to tell you, in the form of a short but sweet list, why you too should book those tickets.   A… This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has a surprise: it’s built a free, open-source 3D engine for game developers called Lumberyard. Built for “AAA” games, the engine integrates the company’s AWS cloud platform deeply to provide server-side processing. Lumberyard is a full game studio; you can build and design levels, create your visuals, animate characters, generate particles, engineer audio, handle weather and AI and basically everything else you can imagine. It provides both the infrastructure for the multiplayer component of the game as well as the tools to build the game itself. The game engine uses Cryengine for graphics, which can generate ‘photo-realistic’ worlds — it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the wake of the floods that engulfed the Indian state of Tamil Nadu that killed 500 people and displaced nearly 2 million more towards the end of 2015, Google has announced that it will display flood alerts in its apps and sites for users in the country. The company says it will use data provided by the Central Water Commission (CWC) to allow users to track floods and check river level information for more than 170 areas observed by the agency across India. Google will now display flood alerts in India along with timelines and tips on staying safe… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year, Twitter was at the center of debate as it struggled to effectively deal with harassment and trolls. So much so that Dick Costolo, who was CEO at the time, said, “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years.” Costolo vowed to fix it personally, and while he implemented some smaller improvements, the company has moved forward today to try and ensure users feel even more safe on Twitter. In pursuit of that it’s announced the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, a panel of representatives from 40 diverse organizations around the… This story continues at The Next Web

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On Sunday, a day after threatening to do as much, an anonymous hacker released the names, job titles, email addresses and phone numbers of over 20,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) employees and 9,000 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), just for good measure. The hacker also claims to have hundreds of gigabytes of data from a Department of Justice (DOJ) computer, although this information has yet to be released. Of the leaked information, many of the employees and operatives are working in non-public positions, including approximately 1,000 FBI employees currently holding intelligence analysis roles. A spokesperson for the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Xcode 7.3 beta 2 is out, and adds one feature developers using Swift will really enjoy: Interactive Playgrounds. While Playgrounds have been a favorite for testing code for some time, it was a fairly static I/O protocol for making sure the code was correct. Now, you can test to see if the code you put in will actually perform while in use. Apple also has a nifty example of how Interactive Playground will work. So long as you have the Xcode 7.3 beta 2 installed, the NewtonsCradle.playground file is a good example of how you can actually test code in Playgrounds. It’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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To help avoid slowed performance when you update code, Apple’s Swift team has open sourced its benchmark suite of tools for developers. Designed to “catch performance regressions before they are committed,” the Swift benchmark suite has 75 different benchmarks with core libraries for benchmarking functions. A dedicated utility for comparing performance across Swift builds is also included, as is a driver for displaying your performance metrics. And because it’s open source, you can contribute to the suite as well. If you think there’s a better solution than the one Apple has, build it and make a pull request! The suite… This story continues at The Next Web

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It looks like SpaceX is gearing up for another round trip with its Falcon 9 rocket, as partner SES S.A. announced today the company would shuttle a new SES satellite and attempt a water landing on February 24. This is the fourth sea-based landing attempted by SpaceX, which hasn’t had any luck making it happen. Although the last trip, held in January, was largely successful for the commercial spaceflight company, high seas and other factors caused the rocket to come in a little too hard upon landing. As there is not enough fuel this time to get the rocket back to its… This story continues at The Next Web

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Researchers at UC Berkley are building a robot designed to scamper through tight spaces with articulated movement similar to that of a cockroach. This project, partially funded by the US Army, is the first step in creating a highly effective search-and-rescue robot. The robot, called CRAM, has a jointed exoskeleton and a soft shell that allow it to move through spaces previously unreachable by modern tools. “[Cockroaches] are great at revealing nature’s secrets about design,” said Robert Full — one of the scientists involved in the build — in a comment to The Verge. Roaches — even robot roaches —… This story continues at The Next Web

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After months of testing, Instagram announced today that its latest update finally supports multiple accounts. Now, Instagram power users and brands will be able to link up to five accounts. Available in Instagram version 7.15 for both iOS and Android, users can link accounts through profile settings. From there, switching accounts is as easy as tapping the username and selecting the new alias. The app also comes with several new visual cues for users so they’ll never be confused as to which account they’re on. Additionally, the app supports push notifications for all linked accounts, provided that they have them turned… This story continues at The Next Web

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StubHub may soon be the place you go to for all your ticket needs. Starting with the Philadelphia 76ers, StubHub is selling tickets directly from a venue. Typically, StubHub is that site you turn to when major ticket retailers like TicketMaster (or the venue’s own ticket office) have run dry. People who can’t go (or scalpers) sell directly on StubHub, which means you get tickets — but may pay a premium. With the partnership, the 76ers will direct all single-game ticket sales through StubHub. The team plans to use the StubHub partnership to grow its season ticket holder-base. Ticket holders can… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a long time since a game has sucked me in so well that I’ve played it from beginning to end in one sitting. Firewatch, however, had my full attention from the moment I started it up. The game is set in Yellowstone National Park, and you, Henry, have been employed to live in a tower and spot wildfires before they get out of control. Firewatch starts with you setting the tone When you start the game you’re thrown head-first into a text based choose-your-own-adventure that sets the tone: Henry’s early adulthood, the story of falling in love, then slowly… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has released new beta builds across its lineup, with OS X, iOS, tvOS and watchOS all getting a bit of attention. The iOS 9.3 beta 3 fixes a few bugs with shared iPad authentication and Bluetooth pairing, but also keeps beta features like Night Shift and the secure Notes app which hides your thoughts behind Touch ID. Apple’s tvOS 9.2 beta 3 brings Live Photos to your TV screen, as well as full support for iCloud photo library (not just your shared album). There’s also a “conference room display mode” and the ability to put your Apple TV apps… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s obviously on your calendar already and you’ve been looking forward to it for months, but tomorrow is “Safer Internet Day” which means Google is bringing the celebration to you. For a few minutes of your time, and a painless checkup to ensure your account is secure, Google is offering an extra 2GB of Drive storage absolutely free. The checkup is pretty basic, and just includes things like reviewing your account recovery options, services with permissions to use your account, your connected devices and 2-step verification settings. If you’re wondering, it’s not deja vu, Google did the same thing last… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mars is basically Earth’s hottest club that no one can get to – but that doesn’t stop NASA from consistently releasing new footages of the red planet for everyone back at home to enjoy. If sand dune close-ups don’t cut it for you, today you can take a virtual tour of Mars with a new 360-degree image that lets you explore around the Namib Dune. NASA says the images were taken on December 18, 2015 by the Curiosity rover, and suggest that dunes in this region “move as much as about 3 feet (1 meter) per Earth year.” Since the rover cannot take 360-degree images,… This story continues at The Next Web

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HERE Maps now gives you transit directions for over 1,000 cities across the globe. Today, the company is announcing transit directions coming to a slew of new cities, which it also notes is no small feat. Rather than just feed you info on subway lines or bus routes, HERE takes all forms of mass transit into account: Remember, every city on the list might have several public transit providers local to that area. There are thousands of agreements, feeds and updates that need to be established and plumbed into our databases to achieve this level of coverage. The transit lines… This story continues at The Next Web

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As magical as Wolfram Alpha often is, I find myself forgetting it exists more often than not when I need it. ‘Nimble,’ a Wolfram Alpha menubar client, aims to change all that by giving the knowledge engine prime real estate at the top of your screen. Nimble works much like the Wolfram Alpha website in that it’s as simple as asking a question — in natural language, no less — and getting a quick answer to just about anything. The only difference is, there’s no navigation required other than a quick tap on the menubar icon and a few keystrokes… This story continues at The Next Web

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Months after opening up its SDK for tvOS, ad network AppLovin has decided to take a more active role in bringing developers to the Apple TV platform by hosting its very own large-scale hackathon. The two-day AppLovin App Challenge will be held on April 16 and 17 in San Francisco and offer more than to $40,000 in prizes for the winning and runner-up teams. The the big stakes are in the $25,000 contest that invites developers interested in creating an app in any category to submit their app by the end of March and potentially showcase it onstage in front of the judges. Day-long… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been said that happy couples tend to get fatter together – and for fairly logical reasons. Dates mean a lot of going out for indulgent meals, drinks, and desserts – or lounging around the TV with guilty pleasure foods. Studies also suggest people in happy relationships are less concerned about attracting new partners, so keeping in shape may be a lower priority. So, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Find Your Trainer, a service dedicated to helping you find a personal trainer on demand, is launching a partner training tool to help small groups get fit together. Find Your Trainer lets you specify the type of training… This story continues at The Next Web

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Emil Kalstø has built a small remote control (RC) car that can receive signal over cellular network. That means the days when remote control vehicles were restricted by the tiny receivers inside them are officially over. As long as the car can pick up a 3G or 4G connection, it can be controlled from any distance. As a point of reference, that would mean you can drive your car in any metropolitan area in the US. Inside the car is a Raspberry Pi board that allows the vehicle be controlled via an Xbox controller. There’s also a camera mounted onto… This story continues at The Next Web

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New year, new emoji. In 2015, a campaign started by former New York Times journalist Jennifer Lee sought to get a dumpling emoji added to your phone. Now, the campaign has successfully pulled it off, with the Unicode committee adding fortune cookie, chopsticks, takeout box and dumpling to the candidate list for the next release of the standard in June. The two emoji join a plethora of others planned to be released, including green salad, baguette bread, croissant and shark. Last year we finally got taco, unicorn, cheese and burrito emoji when Apple released iOS 9.1. The Kickstarter for the dumpling emoji has… This story continues at The Next Web

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