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Apple’s AirPods with wireless charging case drop to $150 on Amazon

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Apple's AirPods with wireless charging case drop to $150 on Amazon

Buy AirPods on Amazon – $130

As has been true ever since launch, the AirPods’ chief allure is convenience. They’re easy to set up on an iOS device, switch seamlessly between multiple Apple devices and have conveniences like always-available “Hey Siri” and automatic pausing when you remove a bud. The wireless case makes it that much easier to top up at the end of a long day.

The same caveats still apply. While you technically can use AirPods with Android and Windows devices, they clearly work best within Apple’s ecosystem. The buds’ five-hour claimed battery life is strictly acceptable (you’ll be thankful for that battery case). And if the EarPods that came with your iPhone don’t fit you well, the AirPods won’t either. You’ll want to look at alternatives like the AirPods Pro if you want something better-suited to workouts. Still, there are some reasons why AirPods are popular — they take many of the hassles out of Bluetooth earbuds.

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Twitch signs multiyear deals with popular streamers Summit1G, Dakotaz, and JoshOG

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Twitch signs multiyear deals with popular streamers Summit1G, Dakotaz, and JoshOG

Twitch has re-signed popular streamers Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar, Brett “Dakotaz” Hoffman, and Josh “JoshOG” Beaver, ensuring they will stay with the service at a time when others are taking deals to stream elsewhere (via The Washington Post). The terms of the contracts were not disclosed, though they are “multi-year content deals,” according to a press release from Loaded, the talent agency that represents all three of them.

Combined, Lazar, Hoffman, and Beaver have more than 11 million Twitch followers. Lazar has more than 5 million followers, making him one of the top 10 most-followed streamers on Twitch. Hoffman has 4.3 million followers, and Beaver has 1.73 million followers.

“At a time when community is paramount, these Creators are a core part of Twitch’s mission to bring people together, and we’re excited to continue our partnership as we build the future of gaming and live entertainment,” said Michael Aragon, Twitch’s SVP of content, in a statement.

Some other popular streamers who developed large followings on Twitch have moved to other streaming platforms in recent months. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek, and Cory “King Gothalion” Michael have all moved to Microsoft’s Mixer, for example, while Jack “CouRage” Dunlop and Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter stream exclusively on YouTube.

Today’s signings aren’t Twitch’s first among this streamer exodus, however. Twitch re-signed Ben “DrLupo” Lupo, Timothy “TimTheTatman” Betar, and Saqib “Lirik” Zahid in December and Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm in March.

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Pokémon Go Reshiram raid guide: best counters and movesets

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Pokémon Go Reshiram raid guide: best counters and movesets

Reshiram is finally making its first appearance in Pokémon Go raids.

The white-hot Pokémon will be active in tier-five raids from May 26 at 4 p.m. until June 16 at 4 p.m. ET.

The fire- and dragon-type Pokémon is powerful, and is only weak against three types: ground, rock, and dragon. Use any of these to take it down:

  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Salamence with Dragon Tail and Outrage/Draco Meteor
  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Terrakion with Smack Down and Rock Slide

Keep in mind that Reshiram can have the moves Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor, so taking a dragon-type in against it can be a risky move. Pay close attention to what party the game recommends you in the lobby, as this will tip you off on what moves Reshiram is packing. If you notice that there are no dragon-types in your line-up, that probably means that Reshiram has one of the dragon-type moves.

Once you get a Reshiram, hook it up with Fire Fang and Overheat to make it one of the best fire-type attackers in the game for PvE content. It’s still a strong dragon-type attacker, but if you have a Rayquaza, Salamence, Palkia, or Dialga, you’re fine to use them instead.

Players can raid remotely to grab Reshiram. Check out our raid guide for more information on how to raid.


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D-ID, the Israeli company that digitally de-identifies faces in videos and still images, raises $13.5 million – Report Door

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D-ID, the Israeli company that digitally de-identifies faces in videos and still images, raises $13.5 million – TechCrunch

If only Facebook had been using the kind of technology that Report Door Startup Battlefield alumnus D-ID was pitching, it could have avoided exposing all of our faces to privacy destroying software services like Clearview AI.

At least, that’s the pitch that D-ID’s founder and chief executive, Gil Perry, makes when he’s talking about the significance of his startup’s technology.

D-ID, which stands for de-identification, is a pretty straightforward service that’s masking some highly involved and very advanced technology to blur digital images so they can’t be cross-referenced to determine someone’s identity.

It’s a technology whose moment has come as governments and private companies around the world ramp up their use of surveillance technologies as the world adjusts to a new reality in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.

“Governments around the world and organizations have used this new reality basically as an excuse for mass surveillance,” says Perry. His own government has used a track and trace system that monitors interactions between Israeli citizens using cell phone location data to determine whether anyone had been in contact with a person who had COVID-19.

While awareness of the issue may be increasing among consumers and regulators alike, the damage has, in many cases, already been done. Social media companies have already had their troves of images scraped by companies like Clearview AI, ClearView, HighQ and NTechLabs, and much of our personal information is already circulating online.

D-ID is undeterred. Founded by Perry and two other members of the Israeli army’s cybersecurity and offensive cyber unit, 8200, Sella Blondheim and Eliran Kuta, D-ID thinks the need for anonymizing technologies will continue to expand — thanks to new privacy legislation in Europe and certain states in the U.S. 

Meanwhile, the company is also exploring other applications for its technology. The services that D-ID uses to mask and blur faces can also be used to create deepfakes of images and video.

The market for these types of digital manipulations are still in their earliest days, according to Perry. Still, the company’s pitch managed to intrigue new lead investor AXA Ventures, which joined backers including Pitango, Y Combinator, AI Alliance, Hyundai, Omron, Maverick (U.S.) and Mindset, to participate in the company’s $13.5 million round.

D-ID already sees demand coming from automakers who want to use the technology to anonymize their driving monitoring systems — enabling them to record drivers’ reactions, but not any public identifying information. Security technologies that monitor for threats are another potential customer, according to the company. While closed circuit television monitors a physical space, it doesn’t need to collect the identifying information of people entering and exiting buildings.

“The convergence of increased surveillance and individual privacy protection places enterprises in a position where they must either anonymize their stored footage or risk violating privacy laws and face costly penalties.” said Blondheim.  

The technical wizardry that D-ID has mastered is impressive — and a necessary defensive tool to ensure privacy in the modern world, according to its founders. Consumers are demanding it, according to D-ID’s chief executive.

“Privacy awareness and the importance of privacy enhancing technologies have increased,” Perry said.

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