May 25, 2019

Boston man says someone broke into his house, cleaned it, then left

Discovering that someone had broken into your home while you were away is a terrifying thing. What did they want? What did they break, rummage through, or steal? These are questions that were surely running through the head of Nate Roman, a Boston man who returned home from work earlier this month to find that his front door was open. Initially believing he may have accidentally left the door unlocked, he investigated a bit and discovered that everything in the house was, well, clean. In fact, entire rooms had been tidied up while he was away and, while nothing appeared to be missing, he immediately contacted authorities. As CNN reports, police arrived and swept the house to see if anyone was still there but came up empty-handed. A check of the home's security system revealed that it had not been activated, preventing the alarm from sounding, but it did track when the home's doors were opened. It revealed that someone had entered the home during the day and left about 90 minutes later. Whoever committed the bizarre act took the time to clean Roman's son's room, organizing toys and folding blankets neatly. The perpetrator even vacuumed the home and spent considerable time constructing tiny roses on the home's toilet paper rolls, similar to what you might find in a high-end hotel. Aside from trespassing, no actual crime was committed, leaving police with very little in the way of clues. There are zero suspects, and the only theory that even makes the tiniest bit of sense is that a professional cleaning service or maid may have arrived at the wrong address, let themselves in, and cleaned the place. However, nothing in the kitchen was cleaned, so Roman doesn't believe that is the case. It's a "crime" that may never be solved, but Roman has taken some steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. He reportedly changed all the locks in the home and will presumably be making sure his security system is activated before heading to work in the future.
May 25, 2019

8 new trailers from this past week: Toy Story 4, Terminator, Spider-Man, and more

John Wick 3 stole Avengers: Endgame’s crown at the box office last week, but it might not hold on to it for too long considering that Disney’s Aladdin remake hits theaters this weekend. And you can bet there are plenty of Aladdin fans out there who will want to see what Disney has done with this iconic tale, especially considering this is the live-action version. Also out this week is Brightburn, that disturbing anti-Superman hero story we’ve told you about in the past, as well as a new silly high school comedy, Booksmart. All in all, it should be a great weekend at the cinema, providing you with ample entertainment choices to make you forget all about the Game of Thrones TV series that you’ve grown to hate. By the way, Endgame is still playing and it’s getting closer and closer to beating Avatar’s box office record. We also have a few interesting new trailers this week, including the first trailer for Schwarzenegger’s new Terminator flick.

Abominable

Let’s kick things into gear with a brand new animated feature, Abominable, set to launch in late September. This time around a Yeti has to return home with the help of humans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap0NRJD-2ts

Downton Abbey

You know the drill, Downton Abbey fans. It’s the same house, the same setting, and the same characters. Well, almost the same characters, because this time around the royal family is coming to town. If you loved the series, you’ll probably want to see this one as soon as it hits theaters on September 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMkiSqBraD0

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

It’s got a strange, unassuming title, but don’t be fooled: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood needs to be on your must-see list of films this year. Not only is it a Quentin Tarantino flick, but it also stars a great duo -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Not to mention all the other faces you’ll recognize from the trailer. The film comes out on July 26th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELeMaP8EPAA

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Sony released a new clip in international markets for the final MCU title of Phase 3. We've already talked about Spider-Man: Far From Home at length, so let's get right to the new footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGv_IjuBaHQ

Stuber

Stuber is a great way to mock our relentless chase of instant validation and the way modern society has embraced likes, upvotes, retweets, and five-star ratings and turned them into businesses. Take Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), an Uber driver who’d do practically anything to keep his five-star rating, even if that means helping a cop (Dave Bautista) chase a killer. The comedy is out on July 12th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtYEiBR1sCk

Terminator: Dark Fate

I absolutely want to get excited about this new Terminator movie, but I’ve been there before. I’m just going to pace myself on this one, especially considering that it already seems like they’ve tried recreating some of the most iconic moments from the Terminator we all love. Will Dark Fate be the next Judgment Day? We’ll have to wait until November 1st to find out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCyEX6u-Yhs

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain isn’t just a metaphor about life. The film is also about actual car racing, and the star is a good boy played by Kevin Costner. Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried, meanwhile, play the humans in this one — The Art of Racing in the Rain is out this summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp2ufFO4QGg

Toy Story 4

June 21st can’t come soon enough, am I right, Woody and Buzz fans? That’s when the final installment in this saga launches, complete with a brand new toy hero. Let’s caboom! — and check out the final trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl9JS8-gnWQ
May 25, 2019

First American security flaw leaked 885 million real estate documents

First American Financial Corporation left as many as 885 million real estate documents dating as far back as 2003 exposed, according to Krebs on Security. The company, one of the largest real estate title insurance firms in the US, has already...
May 24, 2019

Apple reportedly buys asthma-monitoring startup

Apple has snapped up a company called Tueo Health, which was working on an app to help parents monitor asthma symptoms of their sleeping kids, according to CNBC. The startup's CEO and chief operating officer switched their employer to Apple on Linked...
May 24, 2019

Every Xbox One title will be playable on Project xCloud

A major selling point for Xbox One is its broad backward compatibility with an array of Xbox and Xbox 360 games, giving it an enormous library of more than 3,500 titles. When Project xCloud debuts, it'll be capable of streaming any of those games out...
May 24, 2019

Facebook is fact checking the ‘drunk Nancy Pelosi’ video, but won’t remove it

Facebook won't remove a viral video that purports to show Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nacy Pelosi slurring her words. Instead, according to a Gizmodo report, the social network will display an article from a third-party fact...
May 24, 2019

Who would buy a $50 Echo Dot when this Alexa speaker is just as good for $19.99?

The 3rd-generation Echo Dot is great because it lets you spread Alexa around your home for just $50 a speaker, which is a big discount compared to some of the other Echo speakers in Amazon's lineup. But why pay $50 when you can get the same thing for $19.99 a piece? Check out the Eufy Genie Smart Speaker with Hands-Free Amazon Alexa, which is made by Anker so you know the quality is as good as it gets!

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • eufy Genie is a voice-controlled smart speaker with Amazon's intelligent Alexa voice assistant. Just say the wake word "Alexa" and Genie plays music, controls your smart home devices, answers your questions, sets calendars, reports the weather and news and more.(2.4GHz Wi-Fi Network Support Only, No Bluetooth) If you have more than one Eufy Genie or Echo in your home, Spatial Perception Technology intelligently selects the Eufy Genie or Echo closest to you to answer your request.
  • Built with a 2W speaker that delivers dynamic audio and room-filling sound, so you can truly enjoy your favorite playlists from streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Pandora and iHeartRadio. Call or message almost anyone hands-free with your Eufy Genie and instantly connect to other Alexa-enabled devices in your home using just your voice.
  • Enables a true voice-controlled smart home experience. Use Genie to control all Alexa-compatible Eufy smart products, such as RoboVac 11c and Lumos LED Smart Bulbs, in addition to other brands that work with Alexa.
  • Easy setup with the free EufyHome app. Use the Amazon Alexa app to access 10000+ skills and services, such as Sirius XM, Domino's Pizza, Uber, ESPN, NPR News, and much more. Plus, Genie is always getting smarter. Future updates include: Alexa messaging and calling. (EufyHome requires a smartphone or tablet running iOS 8.0 (and above) or Android 4.3 (and above) to operate.)
  • What You Get: eufy Genie, AC power adapter (5ft/1.5m), AUX cable (5ft/1.5m), user manual, safety instruction card, our worry-free 12-month warranty and lifetime technical support.
May 24, 2019

Samsung perfected its own deepfake AI, and it’s equal parts amazing and terrifying

Imagine using a black and white photo of your great-grandparents to see what their facial expression would have looked like as they speak. That's the kind of trick current technology can actually make possible. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, companies only need a single picture to bring it to life, whether it's someone's photo or a painting like DaVinci's Mona Lisa. Now imagine someone using this deepfake technology to create and spread fake clips of politicians saying horrible things. Yes, the tech is equal parts amazing and terrifying, and Samsung is the latest company to create mind-blowing deepfakes. Samsung's AI lab in Russia published a paper that explains how one can train a neural network to learn facial movements and expressions and then apply the obtained data to stills from images, videos, and even paintings. The results are indeed mesmerizing, as you'll see in the video at the end of this post. Famous personalities including Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein have been animated with ease in these tests, and the AI recreated several potential models for the Mona Lisa. It's easier pulling the trick off with actual images of a person rather than paintings, as photos are a lot closer to reality, but the Mona Lisa deepfakes are still quite impressive. Samsung's AI only needs a single image to animate it, which makes the tech even more interesting. But this is the kind of feature that could put a dangerous weapon into the hands of people with malicious intentions. The AI doesn't use voice, so you can't use it to create a Trump video delivering a fake declaration of war. But the technology that might make something like that possible is also in the works. The system uses various facial expressions on top of the source image, turning a photo into a moving head. The more images you have for the person whose stills you want to animate, the better the end result will be, as the computer will be able to take into account multiple angles, facial movements, and poses. The result is so sophisticated that in many cases you won't be able to tell the difference. The Mona Lisa example is the best one to check out, as the researchers offer three distinct faces to bring Mona Lisa to life. Check out the brief explanation of Samsung's deepfake tech in the clip below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1b5aiTrGzY
May 24, 2019

Snapchat employees reportedly snooped on users with ‘SnapLion’ tool

A bombshell Motherboard report reveals that employees across several departments at Snapchat can view user location information, saved Snaps, phone numbers and email address through a tool known as SnapLion. It's not clear exactly how widespread abus...
May 24, 2019

MSI crams an unlocked, desktop-class Core i9 into its new laptop

MSI's Titan-series laptops can only be described as an Absolute Unit, and with a laptop this beefy, you need a chip that can keep up. That's why the new GT76 Titan is packing an unlocked, desktop-class Core i9 into its hefty frame.