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4/19/2019

"Pokemon Detective Pikachu," debuts next month, and 7-11 is offering an augmented reality activity among its various movie tie-ins. Users can win free products each week by finding Pokemon in the Ryme City Neighborhood AR app.

4/19/2019

Microsoft is developing a 14-tool kit that would allow virtual reality players who have low vision to customize their experiences. The tools include a bifocal lens, a magnifier, controls to adjust brightness and contrast, edge enhancement, depth measurements and an option to have objects in a scene described or read out loud.

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4/19/2019

Video game fans have discovered that artificial intelligence upscaling can improve the graphics of classic games. "It was like witchcraft," said Daniel Trolie, a Norwegian teacher and student who used AI to upgrade visuals for 2002 classic game "The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind."

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AI
4/19/2019

In an effort to shift focus to providing China with goods from other countries, Amazon will discontinue its domestic marketplace in China. Consumers will no longer be able to purchase goods from Chinese merchants, but Amazon will still provide Amazon Web Services, Kindle e-books and cross-border operations.

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4/19/2019

Internet administrators are bracing for 768k Day, when the number of IPv4 addresses for networks could overwhelm router memory. A global crisis took place in 2014, when addresses exceeded the 512,000-route limit of the time, but preparations are now underway to upgrade old equipment and establish workarounds to limit the chaos.

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ZDNet
4/19/2019

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch school system has adopted Anonymous Alerts to fight bullying by allowing students, teachers and parents to report threats, harassment, substance abuse and suspicious activity. School officials can investigate the situation quickly using two-directional messaging.

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Texas school district
4/18/2019

In a sign that Amazon and Google are mending their sometimes contentious relationship, YouTube will be available on Amazon's Fire TV devices soon and Amazon Prime video will operate with Chromecast and Android TV devices. A Google representative said the main YouTube app will be released first, followed by YouTube TV and YouTube Kids.

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Engadget
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Amazon, YouTube, Google, Chromecast
4/18/2019

About 100 Mercedes and other high-end cars were stolen in Chicago using Car2Go's app. The car-sharing company has temporarily suspended operations in the city, saying only that the crime was fraud, not a hack, and that members' personal information remains secure.

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Mashable
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Car2Go
4/18/2019

Eyeglass retailer Warby Parker lets customers evaluate frames using augmented reality. The Virtual Try-On app uses Apple's Face ID to map a customer's features, then recommends frames and offers a a 3D preview of the look.

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Forbes
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4/18/2019

Shutterstock has launched a "view in room" augmented reality feature, which lets iPhone users place a virtual product on their wall to help them with their purchase decision-making. "We decided to put this hack into production because of its potential to have an immediate customer impact," says Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer.

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Shutterstock, AR