FaceApp launches 'blackface' feature, then deletes it after social backlash

FaceApp has removed a feature which changed people’s ethnicity in selfies less than 24 hours after updating it. The app, which launched in early 2017, changes photos with filters to make users look older, younger or swap gender. But its latest feature was criticised for being racist within minutes of going live. It allowed people to change their faces to look more black, Asian, Indian or Caucasian in photos. FaceApp was criticised in April for…

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AMD Launches Massive Radeon Driver Update 17.7.2

AMD Launches Massive Radeon Driver Update 17.7.2

AMD released the latest version of its Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition (whew) last night, with a significant performance and feature boost for Team Red GPU owners. It’s part of a significant transformation in how AMD handles its drivers that kicked off in earnest back in November 2015, with the launch of Radeon Software Crimson Edition. From 2012 to 2015, AMD adhered to a limited driver release schedule with periodic updates and more driver betas…

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Germany Luxury Brand Montblanc Launches the 1926 Heritage Collection

Germany Luxury Brand Montblanc Launches the 1926 Heritage Collection

[embedded content] Germany luxury brand Montblanc has recently announced the launch of the 1926 Heritage Collection. Understanding the needs of the sophisticated traveler, the leather collection is a testament of exquisite craftsmanship. The vegetable-tanned leather creates a unique, yet refined vintage look, perfect for world traveler looking for style, durability, versatility and individuality. The unique process of vegetable tanning gives each piece its own distinct character. Enhancing the look, touch and smell of the leather,…

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Nintendo Unveils Super NES Classic Edition, Launches Sept 29 with 21 Games

Nintendo Unveils Super NES Classic Edition, Launches Sept 29 with 21 Games

Mode 7 freaks, get ready: Nintendo has unveiled the Super NES Classic Edition, a miniature version of the beloved SNES in the vein of the NES Classic Edition that everyone wanted and few people were able to actually buy. The system will come with 21 games, including many of the titles that made the SNES famous. Built into the system is Zelda: A Link to the Past (widely considered the best Zelda in the 30-year-old series,…

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative’s initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation. Facebook has faced criticism for being slow to react to terrorist propaganda on its platforms. “The recent terror attacks in London…

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Microsoft’s 4K-Ready Xbox One X Launches November 7th at $499

Microsoft’s 4K-Ready Xbox One X Launches November 7th at $499

During last night’s E3 press conference, Microsoft unveiled the finished version of its long-awaited half-step console. Dubbed “Xbox One X,” this high-powered gaming machine is designed for full-on 4K gaming and media playback. And when it ships on November 7th, it’ll cost $ 499 — twice that of the current Xbox One S. The console formerly known as Scorpio is Microsoft’s answer to the PS4 Pro, and a compelling offering for gamers with deep pockets. After…

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macOS 10.13 High Sierra Focuses on Performance, Launches Fall 2017

macOS 10.13 High Sierra Focuses on Performance, Launches Fall 2017

On stage at today’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, Apple SVP Craig Federighi gave us a glimpse at the next version of macOS: High Sierra. Drug jokes aside, this derivative name harkens back to the days of Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion — polish-focused releases that eschew loads of flashy new features in favor of performance and quality of life improvements. Some new and notable user-facing features include HEVC video support, enhanced privacy controls for…

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AMD refreshes its budget, midrange cards with the RX 560 and RX 570, launches new Polaris 12-based RX 550

AMD refreshes its budget, midrange cards with the RX 560 and RX 570, launches new Polaris 12-based RX 550

AMD launched an entire refresh cycle of its midrange graphics cards today. While our review focuses on the RX 580, AMD is also shipping new SKUs for the RX 460 and 470, as well as a new part, the RX 550. Let’s step through what’s changed for these chips, and what the updates mean for gamers in these market segments. RX 560 and RX 570 The RX 560 and RX 570 are both iterative improvements…

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