Add comic book dialogue boxes to your next video call with this amazing gesture-based add-on

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So if you wave, it’ll say “Hello.” A thumbs-up produces a “Yes.” A closed fist a “No.” Raise a finger, and it’ll show that you want to ask a question. Laugh, and the words “Ha Ha” will flit across the screen. Best yet, if you leave the frame at all, text will appear telling the call’s other participants that you’ll “be right back.”

Little things like this are so cool to me. It really is the little things in life.

Source: Add comic book dialogue boxes to your next video call with this amazing gesture-based add-on on The Verge

We’re making garbage patches on the ocean floor, too

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Wow

” Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic enter the oceans. If they’re buoyant, they get swept by surface currents into massive “garbage patches” like the famous ones in the North Pacific Ocean. But the tiny fragments and fibers of microplastics are harder to trace. As researchers have built up more evidence of their distribution, it’s becoming clearer that they may have a tendency to accumulate in particularly unfortunate places, like the surface currents where prey is plentiful and juvenile fish do a lot of feeding.”

We’re making garbage patches on the ocean floor, too originally published on Ars Technica

Half of Americans won’t trust contact-tracing apps, new poll finds

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I’m not sure is trust this either.

Contact tracing in a small or medium-size community is one thing, but doing it at scale is quite another. There are roughly 330 million people living in the United States, and reaching them all, even with a small army of trained contact tracers, is a challenge, to say the least. Scale, however, is one thing modern technology excels at, so Apple and Google have proposed a platform that would let everyone’s smartphonesbecome part of a massive national contact-tracing network.

Before the platform is even developed, though, it’s showing two huge problems. First, billions of phones won’t be able to use the tech. And second: even among those who could, a solid half of Americans would refuse to because they don’t trust insurers or tech companies with their health data.

Half of Americans won’t trust contact-tracing apps, new poll finds originally published on Ars Technica

As Coronavirus Panic Spreads, Living Underground Doesn’t Seem So Strange

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Not long ago, it crossed Joe and Jennifer’s minds that maybe they had made a mistake installing a 50-foot-long fortified bunker 10 feet below their property in Northern California.

Then toilet paper flew off the shelves, and gun sales skyrocketed as the U.S. edged into panic amid the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, the pandemic ushering in massive interruptions to daily life and unprecedented uncertainty.

I wish I had an underground bunker right now.

This handheld will let you play NES and Famicom cartridges

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I really dig emulators so this is next level.

Retro Champ is My Arcade’s latest foray into classic gaming. Previously, it released a system that allowed users to play both SNES and Sega Genesis cartridges on one device. This new handheld is compatible with HD TVs, wireless controllers, and includes a built-in screen and cartridge cleaning kit. It comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts around three to five hours on a single charge.

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Apple brings iCloud Photos and more to Android with new Web-based apps

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” With no fanfare or public announcement, Apple has launched a mobile version of its Web-based interface for accessing iCloud services like Notes, Reminders, and Photos. Located at icloud.com just like the desktop version, this mobile site works on the default browsers for both iOS and Android devices (with some caveats for the latter) and has a more limited scope than users already saw on the desktop Web.

Apple brings iCloud Photos and more to Android with new Web-based apps originally published on Ars Technica

All users can now access Facebook’s tool for controlling which apps and sites can share data for ad-targeting | TechCrunch

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Facebook is making available to all users worldwide its “Off-Facebook Activity” tool, which allows users to manage and delete the data that third-party websites and apps share with Facebook. The feature was first introduced in 2018 at Facebook’s annual developer conference, but only launched to users in select geographies last year. When the tool was […] — Read on techcrunch.com/2020/01/28/all-users-can-now-access-facebooks-tool-for-controlling-which-apps-and-sites-can-share-data-for-ad-targeting/