Wristcam lets you take pictures with an Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has never had a camera. Apple may never add one. But one company is giving the Watch the power of sight via a watchband accessory called the Wristcam.

As watchbands go, the Wristcam is a bit of a beast; it looks thick and rigid on the wrist. But there’s a lot of technology inside. The band packs two cameras—an 8-megapixel world-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. Both use Sony sensors (like the iPhone), and both capture high-definition photos and 1080p video.

A large button on the band activates one or the other of the cameras (you double-press to switch between the cameras, single-press for photos, and long-press for video). The Wristcam connects to the Apple Watch via Bluetooth, so that images or video immediately show up within the Wristcam app on the screen of the Watch.

The device has 8 GB of memory, enough to

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Amazon now lets you text Alexa on iOS to ask for things instead of only using your voice

Amazon is testing a new feature for its iOS Alexa app: the ability to type out Alexa commands, instead of having to ask questions or requests by speaking out loud.



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“Type with Alexa is a Public Preview feature available to iOS Alexa app customers allowing you to interact with Alexa without using voice, meaning everything you can currently say to Alexa can now also be typed using your Alexa mobile app. Type with Alexa is available to iOS customers in the U.S.,” said an Amazon spokesperson.



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The new feature — first spotted by The Ambient — is available for iOS users in the Alexa app. To access it, simply tap the keyboard icon that now appears on the top left of the main menu of the app. The typed-out commands should work identically to verbal ones, although

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Trinamix’s molecular sensing lets smartphones assess the best cosmetics for your skin

Trinamix has created molecular sensing technology that lets you use your smartphone to test which cosmetics would be best for your skin. But that’s just one of the potential applications.

The Ludwigshafen, Germany-based company is talking about the technology at the Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital 2020 event. While it’s not the first to come up with the technology, Trinamix believes it can integrate its sensors into smartphones to put the tech into the hands of consumers.

Uses of the technology could extend beyond using smartphone sensors to scan your skin so beauty apps can make cosmetic recommendations. Rival Consumer Physics, maker of the Scio sensors, created a similar tech in 2014 and talked about how you could use it to verify whether a bottle of Viagra was authentic or not. It also talked about testing your food.

Trinamix said the applications has developed or will be developing can also be

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Nintendo Switch system update lets you send screenshots straight to your smartphone

A brand new Nintendo Switch system update is out now, enabling you to send screenshots directly to your phone.



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You can see a brief preview of the update through the tweet from Nintendo just below. Now, when you press A while viewing a screenshot on your Switch, you’ll have the option to send the screenshot to your phone, as well as posting it straight to social media then and there.

You can transfer a maximum of 10 screenshots at once from your Switch to a phone. Additionally, you’ll need to use your phone to scan the QR code that pops up on your Switch after you select the

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Microsoft Announced a ‘Productivity’ Feature That Lets Managers Keep Track of Everything You Do. It Didn’t Go Over Well

One of the most challenging things about the shift over the last eight months to working remotely is how we all measure productivity. In the past, managers could often see exactly what an employee was working on since they often worked in close proximity to each other. That’s not the case when we’re all working remotely.

Actually, calling it a shift is probably not entirely accurate. It was more of a sudden–and, in many cases–painful reaction to a world that had changed almost literally overnight, as companies were forced to send their employees to work from home. It’s also not likely to change any time soon.

Figuring out how to stay productive under those circumstances has been a challenge, to say the least. In many cases, people are simply trying to figure out the best way to balance work, life, and everything else that comes with keeping your family safe

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Twitter Bug Lets People See Fleets Past Their Expiration Dates

Twitter can’t catch a fleeting break.

Twitter can’t catch a fleeting break.
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It looks like Twitter just can’t catch a fleeting break. Days after the company unveiled Fleets, its new Instagram Stories-like posts that are theoretically supposed to disappear after 24 hours, a bug has basically made them pretty useless. Even worse, the bug could open the door to snooping galore.

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According to TechCrunch, Twitter users disclosed the bug, which allows others to view Fleets on public accounts past their 24-hour expiration date, on Saturday. In addition, the bug allows anyone to view and download a person’s fleet without sending the author a read notification or informing them of who had viewed their fleet. Do you all see the problem here? It means that people could snoop on your posts without your knowledge via a tool that’s supposed to help you

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Technology lets clinicians objectively detect tinnitus for first time — ScienceDaily

A technology called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) can be used to objectively measure tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, according to a new study published November 18 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Mehrnaz Shoushtarian of The Bionics Institute, Australia, and colleagues.

Tinnitus, the perception of a high-pitched ringing or buzzing in the ears, affects up to 20% of adults and, when severe, is associated with depression, cognitive dysfunction and stress. Despite its wide prevalence, there has been no clinically-used, objective way to determine the presence or severity of tinnitus.

In the new study, researchers turned to fNIRS, a non-invasive and non-radioactive imaging method which measures changes in blood oxygen levels within brain tissue. The team used fNIRS to track activity in areas of the brain’s cortex previously linked to tinnitus. They collected fNIRS data in the resting state and in response to auditory and visual stimuli in 25

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Apple lets some Big Sur network traffic bypass firewalls

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Firewalls aren’t just for corporate networks. Large numbers of security- or privacy-conscious people also use them to filter or redirect traffic flowing in and out of their computers. Apple recently made a major change to macOS that frustrates these efforts.

Beginning with macOS Catalina released last year, Apple added a list of 50 Apple-specific apps and processes that were to be exempted from firewalls like Little Snitch and Lulu. The undocumented exemption, which didn’t take effect until firewalls were rewritten to implement changes in Big Sur, first came to light in October. Patrick Wardle, a security researcher at Mac and iOS enterprise developer Jamf, further documented the new behavior over the weekend.

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Let’s Compare The Most Popular Video- Game Speech Modules Of The 1980s

As someone who was alive and at least semiconscious during the 1980s, I vividly remember the strange thrill of having a machine talk. For reasons that I think are more emotional than rational, there was a time when the idea of having a talking computer or video game system was a Big Deal, at least in short bursts. Everyone was excited when a Berzerk arcade machine would announce “coin detected in pocket!” or when the computer in WarGames asked if you wanted to play a game. Speech seemed like a big deal, but in hindsight I’m not so sure it was, at least for home consoles.

Artificial speech synthesis is a complex thing, something that people have been working on, starting off fully mechanically, for literally centuries. By the 20th century electronic solutions started to become possible, and combined with a developing understanding of the fundamentals of speech —

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Stadia now lets you message your friends

Google’s Stadia game streaming service is officially adding support for messaging, the service has announced. Messages can be sent to members of your party (who you could previously voice chat with) as well as other players more generally. Alongside it, the service has also announced support for sharing screenshots and video clips on the web via sending links, and it’s adding more information to Stadia profiles. Although these are all fairly basic features, they’re a standard part of most online gaming services, and it’s good to see Stadia finally implement them.

Stadia notes that its messaging feature also includes support for smart replies, saving users from typing out full messages using a gamepad. According to tweets posted by Stadia Product Manager Mario Anima, messaging is currently rolling out across every country where Stadia is available: Italy, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK,

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