Chinese researchers have developed an app to identify wild giant pandas using facial recognition, building the database from at least 10,000 videos and 120,000 photos. The wild population of pandas is under 2,000, and they are difficult to track because they live in secluded areas.
Google will allow the use of existing Huawei Android smartphone devices with the Google Play app store, which will provide security using Google Play Protect. The company is reportedly dropping its Mobile Services suite from future Huawei phones, due to heightened US security procedures around the Chinese smartphone vendor.
Apple TV and AirPlay 2 are now fully integrated into Samsung's smart TVs, making the manufacturer the first to totally incorporate the app and technology. Users will be able to access 10,000 movies and TV shows on iTunes and watch Apple TV and Apple TV+, as well as using AirPlay to send content from mobile devices to TVs.
China's Meituan-Dianping says its multi-service platform is responsible for creating as many as 20 million jobs through its food delivery, entertainment and leisure services. One of China's most popular apps, it has a base of more than 400 billion people, and half of the smartphone users in China make payments with it.
Instagram users will soon see a redesigned Explore page featuring Stories and shortcuts to IGTV and shopping with tabs that can be used to access content and videos related to art, travel and food. "We want to provide a more immersive experience so people can actively engage with content and be more specific about what they want to discover," says Will Ruben, Instagram product lead for discovery.
Kwikset has introduced its latest Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect; the devices protect the home whether the user is at home or away. The smart locks cost $129 and come in the more traditional round design, plus a contemporary square style.
Garmin has unveiled its new all-terrain Overlander, a GPS designed for those who want to explore remote regions. The device, which does not need a cell signal, comes with built-in topography maps, as well as preloaded, adventure-specific points of interest and campground locations.
A report by The NPD Group has found that smart home devices were purchased from a wider range of retailers in 2018. The survey of 5,000 US Internet households found that purchases from cable/telco providers jumped from 6% to 13% last year, purchases from home improvement retailers rose from 16% to 27% and online-only sales of power devices leaped from 38% to 51%.
Users of Magic Leap's augmented reality headset can now watch AT&T's DIRECTV Now streaming app, accessing up to 120 TV channels and a library of on-demand content that tops 45,000 clips on one to four screens. The two companies partnered last year, when AT&T also announced plans to test 5G wireless at Magic Leap's Florida site.
Julian Chokkattu offers insight -- from size and features to pricing --- into Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which is now available in the US. Preordered devices are being delivered, and the phone is now available in some Verizon stores.
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