Microsoft have announced plans to rebuild their Edge browser on the open source Chromium Web rendering engine. The new Edge will be available on the older Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems, as well as on Mac OS!
This is an intesting post on the Google AI Blog describing how they achieve portrait mode on the Google Pixel 3 with one camera. Using a CNN, sharpness depth cues within the image can be combined with the shape estimation of everyday objects as components of the AI that runs on the phone using Tensorflow light to accurately produce blurred background for portrait mode.
Tom Whitwell has an interesting list of 52 facts he learned in 2018 published on Fluxx Studio Notes, such as taht Peppa Pig tattoos are big in China and that only 100 of 1000 crosswalk buttons in New York city are functional.
24ways have created a web development Advent calendar and are releasing some really interesting articles in the run up to Christmas like how best to secure your website or how to create your first Chrome extension.
Thank you Tom Cruise! For years I've preached to whomever would listen how that stupid setting on HDTVs make things look crap! Finally, Tom Cruise and his Hollywood mates have come to my rescue to tell the world that motion smoothing is wrong, even if it is on by default on most HDTVs. Take back your quality HDTV viewing experience and turn off motion smoothing, because Tom Cruise asked you to! :-p
Amazon have produced a handy factsheet describing how to go about designing an Alexa skill, starting from defining the customer value of voice interface, and matching that with the available features of an Alexa voice skill.
youbionic have developed a set of 3D printed remote controlled robotic arms that can be mounted onto things. To demonstrate this, they mounted their bionic arms on Boston Dynamics Spot Mini quadruped robot. The STL files for 3D printing the set of bionic arms can be downloaded from the youbionic website for $179.