Consumer Electronics & Product Reviews

Motorola India Android TV

Motorola is making Android TVs too

By

It’s becoming a trend for smartphone brands to release TVs, as OnePlus, Xiaomi and now Motorola are doing it. OnePlus is due to unveil its own Smart TV this month, so Motorola effectively beat it to the punch. With all the hoopla around Apple TV+ (the service), I think it’s important to remember that Google’s […]

AR Glasses

Another high-flying, heavily funded AR headset startup is shutting down

By

Enterprise-grade AR headset builder, Daqri is getting ready to close its doors. The 10-year-old company has raised mored than $275 million and was concentrating on industrial applications for the nascent technology. “You can always tell who the pioneers are. They’re the ones with the arrows in their backs.” — Anonymous Politically Incorrect Person AR (Augmented […]

iPhone 11

In Defense of Apple — No, Really!

By

In case you missed it, Apple announced its new iPhone 11 line of smartphones yesterday. Here’s everything we know about the new devices and services featured in the press conference. I have been in an abusive relationship with Apple since the mid 80s. They keep torturing me and I keep buying their products. From the […]

Shelly Palmer on CNN

Apple: Innovative or Iterative?

By

Are Apple's new iPhones (11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max) innovative or just variations on a theme? Shelly Palmer speak with Amara Walker on CNN Today about the state of the smartphone business and what Apple and Samsung are doing well (and not so well). Original Airdate: September 10, 2019

Shelly Palmer on CNN

Apple’s iPhone 11 Announcements

Shelly Palmer speaks with Richard Quest about Apple's newest line of iPhones, the Apple Watch, iPads, Apple TV+ and its other new products and services. Original Airdate: September 10, 2019

Shelly Palmer on Fox 5

Detecting Deepfakes

How can we protect the 2020 election from deepfakes? Shelly Palmer speaks with Kerry Drew and Robert Moses on Fox 5 New York's Good Day about what Facebook, Microsoft and others are doing to help solve the problem. Original Airdate: September 10, 2019

Zao

China’s Red-Hot Face-Swapping App Provokes Privacy Concern

By

It has been just a week since my essay, Deepfakes 2.0: The Sequel Is Even Scarier. Now, Bloomberg is reporting about Zao, a next-generation deepfake facial replacement tool (a la FaceApp) that is taking China by storm (details below). When you see the results of this “anyone can do it at the tap of a […]

Emotion Detection

Facial Recognition Knows How You Feel

By

Amazon says its Rekognition facial recognition software can now identify fear and seven other emotions including, happy, sad, angry, surprised, disgusted, calm and confused. What Amazon is not telling you is that facial recognition when combined with other data will be able, in short order, to take a pretty good guess about lying, cheating, jealousy, and other emotions that you do your best to hide with your "poker face." Lie detectors are so last century.