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The $299 Nest Cam IQ’s big pitch is intelligence.

It combines high resolution with smart people tracking to automatically zoom in on a subject when it sees a person in the frame and still maintain good image quality.

It can “see” friendly faces that you identify in the Nest app and it can alert you when it sees a person that it doesn’t recognize.

To make this work, you need to subscribe to the Nest Aware service, which is available with 10 days of rolling back ups for $10 per month or $100 per year, or 30 days of rolling back ups for $30 per month or $300 per year.

Without the subscription service, the Cam IQ will still provide push alerts to your phone for motion, sound, and people, but its Familiar Faces feature will not work and it will only be able to rewind the last three hours of footage.

There are also three microphones and a speaker on the Cam IQ, so if you have it set up in the right place, you can talk to a person through it. theverge.com
Launched as the technology giant's comeback phone after the disastrous roll-out of the fire-prone Note 7 handset, the phone allows users to unlock the device merely by pointing the camera at their unique iris patterns.

Tricking the S8's iris recognition system by utilizing 'night mode,' Europe's largest association of German hackers, the collective Chaos Computer Club (CCC), fooled the phone's sensor with infrared light.

The infrared image was then printed using a laser printer and a contact lens placed on the printed photograph of the infrared image.

When held up to the phone, it was recognised as the eye of the person for whom the handset was registered to and unlocked itself. sky.com
Google revealed a cascade of exciting innovations to its Google universe this week at the annual I/O developer conference. 

The search and software giant is making tremendous strides in AI through Assistant; image search and detection through Google Lens; web search through Instant Apps; and search through Jobs on Google. 

In other words, Google's ecosystem is positioned to run circles around Apple's, whose tightly integrated software and hardware have failed to innovate at Google's pace when it comes to Siri, VR, the smart home and car dashboards.

While Google's approach, which draws on deep databases of information, wants to own the platforms that other companies build upon, Apple prefers to control a complete, reliable package -- and that historically means it takes longer to get everything "right".

In a few weeks at Apple's developer conference on June 5, it'll have the chance to swing back at Google (and a rejuvenated Microsoft) with its own advancements in iOSfor the iPhone, Macbook, Siri AI, watch and maybe even the smart home. cnet.com
Carnegie Mellon University researchers unveiled a super-sensor technology, which can detect just about anything.

Containing a small range of sensors commonly used in enterprise and commercial environments, encased board functions utilize a single black-box sensor that plugs into a wall or USB power source and connects via Wi-Fi.

In other words, one small device functions as an all-purpose super sensor, sensing every application from sound, vibration, and light to electromagnetic activity and temperature. computerworld.com
A 3D-printed model of what’s said to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 appeared on Chinese social media, leaking three real-life images of the model while sharing an alleged press render of the device in Coral Blue. 

While the reference device resembles both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the thicker shape of its physical Home button excludes the latter.

The prototype itself sports a vertical dual camera setup on its rear panel, as well as a combination of a standard LED flash and a heart rate monitor located immediately below its two main lenses.

There are several slots for a selfie camera and an iris scanner, while its overall design indicates an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, curved screen, and a nearly bezel-less design.  androidheadlines.com
Android Go product manager Arpit Medha revealed the Go device is the company’s latest attempt to make Android smartphones accessible for all.

One of the first questions asked was is Android Go a replacement for Android One? Arpit’s answer: no. 

Android One is focused on the mid-range market while Android Go is for the entry-level market. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai's response was similar, yet provided further clarity.

Simply put, Google does not see Android Go as a replacement for Android One, rather they are two products co-existing within the overall Android ecosystem. androidauthority.com
Appeals court judges in Washington, D.C. agreed with a drone enthusiast's challenge to a FAA requirement that all hobbyists register their drones in a national database and pay a $5 fee.

Previously, failing to comply with regulations resulted in fines and jail time.

The court found that the FAA’s drone registration rule conflicts with previous federal legislation saying the FAA lacks authority to regulate “model aircraft.” The appeals court categorizes drones as model aircraft. fortune.com
Apple looks to have a sizable advantage over its competitors in one important metric: customer loyalty.

A new AlphaWise survey found that 92% of surveyed iPhone owners "somewhat or extremely likely" to upgrade in the next 12 months plan to stick with the Apple brand the current stock price. 

That led the rest of the field by a wide margin as Samsung (77%), LG (59%), Motorola (56%), and Nokia (42%) all lagged behind.

Morgan Stanley analysts' also raised their Apple stock — currently $150.50 per share — price target from $161 to $177, publishing their predictions on Apple's 2018 outlook. businessinsider.com
It’s called NSynth, a device scheduled for demonstration at Moogfest, the annual art, music, and technology festival.

Collecting a wide range of notes from about a thousand different instruments, feeding them into a neural network, and analyzing the notes, the neural net—several layers of calculus running across a network of computer chips—learns the audible characters of each instrument.

It then creates a mathematical “vector” for each one, allowing the machine to mimic the sound of each instrument and combine the two sounds.

The NSynth “slider,” recently demonstrated at Google headquarters, has a two-dimensional interface that also explores the audible space between four different instruments at once. Essentially, AI is working in tandem with AI. wired.com
Even those who really enjoy travel will admit that lugging baggage around is far from fun.

If only there was some way to get around without having to constantly worry about carrying, pulling and monitoring your bag…Well now there is: a smart suitcase. 

The CowaRobot R1 is an autonomous robotic suitcase that follows you around everywhere you go—like the luggage equivalent of R2D2—as long as you’re wearing the bracelet that lets it know where its owner is.

The clever carry-on will keep apace at a 4.5 mpr maximum, which is sufficient considering the average walking speed is 2.7 miles per hour. snapmunk.com