Apple could release a camera app that SPEAKS to help the visually impaired snap the perfect photo

Apple’s next iPhone could speak to users in order to help those who are visually impaired snap the perfect photo. The tech giant received a new patent for technology that reviews the scene and determines if the iPhone needs to be adjusted or pointed in a certain direction. The feedback can be projected as the smartphone vibrating or audible directions such as ‘two people in the lower corner of the screen’ or ‘two faces near the camera.’ The application could also recognize faces from the user’s Photos and mention those…

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Zoom temporarily pauses new features for three months while it attempts to solve security issues

Zoom is attempting to address a rash of security issues that compromise users’ passwords, webcams, and microphones as its user numbers balloon across the world. According to the video conferencing platform, the company will freeze new feature updates for the next 90 days as it attempts to focus its energy on rectifying issues with user security. ‘Over the next 90 days, we are committed to dedicating the resources needed to better identify, address, and fix issues proactively,’ wrote Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan in a blog post. ‘We are also…

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NASA tests giant 21-foot mirror on James Webb telescope for the first time in simulated zero-gravity

NASA is inching forward with its plans to launch a successor to the Hubble space telescope. In an unprecedented step, NASA tested a giant 21-foot mirror on its James Webb space telescope that is designed to observe a range of frequencies not currently seen by Hubble.  In the test, NASA simulated some of the conditions the telescope will encounter in space, including zero-gravity, with the mirror – which is actually 18 hexagonal mirrors segments – fully unfurled. Named after the second administrator of NASA, the replacement flagship telescope (pictured) has…

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Quebec government moves forward with a plan to use airships to supply remote northern territories 

The government of Quebec is developing a fleet of airships to deliver goods to the province’s often difficult to reach northern territories. The government signed the agreement, worth $23million ($30million Canadian), with the French company Flying Whales and expects the first deliveries to begin in 2022. The airships from Flying Whales will be able to carry up to 60 metric tons of cargo and travel at speeds of up to 62mph. The Quebec government is partnering with the French company Flying Whales to develop airships that will be used to…

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Pink jellyfish invade the Philippines as beaches have become deserted during the coronavirus

The beaches of Palawan, Philippines were once a tour destination, but are now deserted amid the coronavirus pandemic allowing nature to flourish along the coastline. Biologists have witnessed thousands of pink jellyfish in the ocean that have been absent for years due to the human activity inland. Nicknamed ‘sea tomato’, these creatures are now rising to the surface because they no long feel threatened in their natural habit – experts believe the jellyfish have stayed closer to the bottom of the sea due to the presence of tourist. The Philippines…

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One in five people could be left handed

Being left-handed may not be as rare as it is thought, according to the biggest study ever to look into the genetic peculiarity.  Scientist found around one fifth (18.1 per cent) of all people could be left hand dominant — but say the figure could be as low as 9.34 per cent. Understanding what causes left-handedness is a long-standing mystery of human evolution and genetics.   Scroll down for video   Understanding what causes left-handedness is a long-standing mystery of human evolution and genetics. A landmark study found the figure could be as…

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McLaren F1 engineers develop a prototype respirator for NHS staff

Engineers at Formula 1 motor racing team McLaren have developed a respirator prototype to protect frontline NHS staff from COVID-19. It’s hoped that the personal respirator, which consists of a fabric hood connected to an air filter, could soon be used in UK hospitals. The device, developed in partnership with University of Southampton medical staff, is connected to a small portable unit that supplies clean air. It uses readily available components and has an open-source design, meaning it could potentially be modified by medical teams globally. If tests are successful,…

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John Wick Hex video game coming to PS4 this May

John Wick Hex – not the sort of tie-in you’d expec (pic: Good Shepard) One of the best licensed video games of recent years – and one of the most innovative strategy games – is coming to consoles next month. John Wick Hex is not what you’d normally expect from a video game based on Keanu Reeve’s all-action movie franchise. For a start it’s really good, which certainly goes against the grain for most licensed games, but it’s also essentially a strategy game, albeit a very fast-paced one that’s not…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons update 1.1.2 bug fix out now with full patch notes

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – now with less of the bad kind of bug (pic: Nintendo) Although they’re not known for their online games, Nintendo seem to be making a real effort with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has just had its third patch in less than two weeks. Predictably it doesn’t add any new features, but it does fix some serious bugs that people were complaining about (and not the kind you catch with a net). It has nothing to do with Bunny Day though, the game’s equivalent of…

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Shipwreck in Maine is identified as a British vessel that went missing during the Battle of Yorktown

The skeletal remains of a shipwreck trapped off in the Maine coastlinehas been identified as a British vessel from the Battle of Yorktown. The ship sits in the Short Sands beach and has been exposed several times in the past by storms ripping through the area. The wreck, which consists of the bottom of the hull, is about 50 feet long and was 60 feet prior to being destroyed. Researchers investigating the ship used drones equip with geographical dating technology to determine it was built in 1754 and laid to…

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