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Google's new Monster Mash isn't a 'graveyard smash' — it's for 3D animation

Google's new Monster Mash isn't a 'graveyard smash' — it's for 3D animation

3D animation isn't an easy task. Each stage in the process is incredibly complicated, often taking large teams of people to create even small animated scenes. Google wants to beginners learn the tool of the trade with a new tool called Monster Mash, a web-based open source project that lets anyone experiment with 3D animation.

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Google is breaking language barriers in India

Google is breaking language barriers in India

It's no secret that India is one of the most linguistically diverse nations in the world. With 22 official languages and a hundred more that aren't, it can be quite challenging for a company to break the language barrier. But Google has been making efforts to localize its products and services for a billion Indians and it's now sharing all that it's accomplished so far at its L10n India event.

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Samsung mobile chief hints at Galaxy Note series demise, even cheaper foldable phones

Samsung mobile chief hints at Galaxy Note series demise, even cheaper foldable phones

Hoping to upgrade to a Samsung Galaxy smartphone next year? If not, you may be formulating plans after you hear about how the company is prioritizing the development of its future slabs: mobile chief TM Roh has hinted at cheaper foldables and, perhaps, S Pens across more phones.

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Xayn wants to be your privacy-first Google replacement, complete with its own Discover feed

Xayn wants to be your privacy-first Google replacement, complete with its own Discover feed

Whenever you search for something on Google, your data is sent to the company's servers, including details about your most intimate desires and queries you wouldn't think of sharing with a stranger on the streets. That's where privacy-minding alternatives like DuckDuckGo come in, but they won't give you personalized results at all in order to protect your data. The Berlin-based tech company Xayn wants to change that with its new privacy-centric search engine, trying to give you the best of both worlds: Personalized results without all the tracking.

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YouTube finds a fun new way to ruin music videos with an infinite pool of cover versions

YouTube finds a fun new way to ruin music videos with an infinite pool of cover versions

Music streaming services are cooking up some kitschy personalized ways to enjoy your favorite pop hits over and over again. Spotify has been infusing AI into some web experiences featuring artists like The Weeknd. Now, YouTube Music is experimenting with doing a bit of the same, this time featuring covers of Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy."

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FaceApp's new video selfie filters are exactly as goofy and embarrassing as you'd expect

FaceApp's new video selfie filters are exactly as goofy and embarrassing as you'd expect

FaceApp — the well-known, sometimes-controversial, AI-powered selfie filtering app — is launching version 4.0 with a bang by bringing its unique beautification and aging tricks to video post-processing. And hell yeah, we're gonna try them. What? You thought Halloween was over?

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Latest Lightroom update lets you do more with color grading and watermarks (APK Download)

Latest Lightroom update lets you do more with color grading and watermarks (APK Download)

Abode Lightroom for Android is a powerful photo editor that lets you do a lot more with your images than just basic tweaking, and the best part is that most features are available for free. With its latest update announced at the recent Adobe Max keynote, the popular app is getting some big additions. Besides a more robust color grading toolset and the option to add images as watermarks, Adobe is bringing a whole bunch of new features to the table.

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Google Assistant can now call a salon to book you an appointment

Google Assistant can now call a salon to book you an appointment

Duplex, Google's machine learning-powered concierge service, spent most of the year in mothballs — at least when it came to its primary intent of booking its users tables at restaurants — but as we inch from mid-pandemic toward post-pandemic normality, the public need for on-site services has become evident. All of that to say that Duplex is now able to book appointments for salons and barber shops in the United States.

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Microsoft's Trove marketplace lets you sell your photos for money and science

Microsoft's Trove marketplace lets you sell your photos for money and science

There are various photographer marketplaces on the web, which help professionals find interesting gigs that match their skills. These can be photoshoots for a new restaurant's dishes, a wedding, or even a new phone that's coming out. In most of these cases, the pictures are meant for private or commercial use, but I had never heard of images being captured explicitly for a machine's enjoyment, until now. Microsoft’s Trove project helps connect developers with people, who could supply photos to train machine learning models.

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Google’s latest AI experiment wants you to lip-sync a song to help it learn how we speak

Google’s latest AI experiment wants you to lip-sync a song to help it learn how we speak

Google's AI projects are by far some of the most impressive in the world. If you use a Pixel device, there's AI behind almost everything you do, from taking photos to talking to Assistant. Google's latest experiment asks you to lipsync with a popular song, and in return, you get a scorecard rating your efforts. Think Singstar without the music videos or the ability to choose the song, and you've got an accurate idea of what this does.

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