OnePlus 7T Pro render shows familiar design with a new camera sensor

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The OnePlus 7T Pro isn’t expected to come to the United States, as it doesn’t look like that much of an upgrade over the impressive 7 Pro from earlier this year. But a new press render of the phone from @Onleaks and iGeeksBlog indicates that OnePlus is adding a new sensor to the side of the triple-camera system. It’s likely a time-of-flight sensor, which is something that many phone makers are experimenting with lately.

Otherwise, the 7T Pro looks identical to the 7 Pro, with the same pop-up camera, tiny bezels, and even down to the blue finish. 9to5Google notes the shade is a little lighter than the 7 Pro, but that might just be the angle of this specific image. Just yesterday, OnePlus itself offered a first glimpse of the standard…

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Borderlands 3’s boring, evil YouTubers are a huge missed opportunity

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One of the optional missions in Borderlands 3, a cooperative sci-fi shooter that released last week, is to bring a minor character some coffee. The task seems easy enough: go to a cafe, fix a machine, and find a container to hold the brew. Choose to accept it, however, and you’ll meet resistance every step of the way. A dozen people will die in a pitched battle over a single coffee cup in a corporate office. And absolutely nobody will find this strange. It’s morbid, silly, and a good example of Borderlands’ over-the-top parody.

Borderlands launched in 2009, and it’s known for its mashup of post-apocalyptic tropes, space opera, and dark humor. Borderlands 3 repeats a now-familiar formula with mixed success. If you like the games, it’s a…

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Instagram will restrict who can see posts about cosmetic procedures, weight loss products

Instagram will restrict people under the age of 18 from seeing posts that promote weight loss products or types of cosmetic surgery as part of a new policy that targets a rapidly growing and controversial sect of influencer marketing.

In some cases, posts may be removed entirely, too. Instagram will apply the age restriction in cases where posts include an incentive to buy or are accompanied by a price for a product. The company will remove posts entirely if it “makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a commercial offer such as a discount code.”

Instagram’s advertising guidelines and policies never allowed for the promotion of these products, according to a statement from the company, but…

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Trump moves to kill California’s clean car standards

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President Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will try to revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards. The news comes just a few weeks after four automakers (Volkswagen, Ford, BMW, and Honda) announced a deal with California that would see them make their new car fleets cleaner year over year, which was viewed as a side-step of the Trump administration’s ongoing attempt to roll back an Obama-era rule regarding vehicle pollution regulations.

This new fight centers around a Clean Air Act waiver granted to California in the 1970s that lets the state set separate standards from the federal regulations. California was granted the waiver because, at the time that the Clean Air Act was being…

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Amazon will soon let you make campaign contributions through your Alexa device

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On Thursday, you’ll be able to make campaign donations to 2020 presidential candidates through your Amazon Alexa devices — or at least to those candidates whom Amazon deems eligible to set up an account.

If a campaign chooses to sign up for Alexa donations, you’ll be able to donate to it by merely saying, “Alexa, I want to make a political contribution,” or “Alexa, donate [amount] to [candidate name].” All donations will be processed through Amazon Pay, and users will receive email receipts for their contributions as well.

Strangely, the feature is only available to 2020 presidential candidates Amazon defines as “principal campaign committees.” It’s not apparent who Amazon considers…

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NBCUniversal’s new streaming service could spell trouble for Hulu

On Tuesday, NBCUniversal announced a name and initial launch plans for its streaming service, Peacock. Preparing to launch with a couple of exclusive titles, including The Office and Parks and Recreation, Peacock is the latest entry in the streaming wars between some of the biggest names in entertainment, including WarnerMedia, Disney, Amazon, and Apple.

The platform’s main draw is its back catalog. It will launch with dozens of adored shows from the ‘90s and early ‘00s, including 30 Rock, House, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. If you’re streaming those shows today, you’re probably doing it on Hulu. While some of them will stay there, others will end up exclusively on Peacock. WarnerMedia and Disney will also be taking back some of…

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A new Netflix docuseries heads inside Bill Gates’ brain, but it keeps getting sidetracked

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Software magnate Bill Gates is one of the most famous people in the world, but the public barely knows him. Gates has been a household name for decades for two reasons: he was the face of Microsoft during an era when the company’s products became ubiquitous, and, perhaps more notably, he’s very, very rich. Yet, he’s never been the kind of celebrity whose personal life and political opinions are splashed across the tabloids and social media. And unlike the late Steve Jobs — his contemporary and occasional rival — Gates is rarely discussed in terms of some ineffable mystique.

The title of Davis Guggenheim’s three-part Netflix documentary Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (which debuts on Friday, September 20th) speaks to its…

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AI can’t protect us from deepfakes, argues new report

Jeff Bezos/Elon Musk FakeApp model training

A new report from Data and Society raises doubts about automated solutions to deceptively altered videos, including machine learning-altered videos called deepfakes. Authors Britt Paris and Joan Donovan argue that deepfakes, while new, are part of a long history of media manipulation — one that requires both a social and a technical fix. Relying on AI could actually make things worse by concentrating more data and power in the hands of private corporations.

“The panic around deepfakes justifies quick technical solutions that don’t address structural inequality,” says Paris. “It’s a massive project, but we need to find solutions that are social as well as political so people without power aren’t left out of the equation.”

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North now lets you order Focals smart glasses by taking a 3D scan of your face

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North’s Focals smart glasses have had pretty limited reach so far, requiring potential buyers to visit one of two boutique stores that the company runs in Brooklyn and Toronto. (There are also pop-up showrooms elsewhere from time to time.) But now, the company is widening the availability significantly by using Apple’s TrueDepth camera — the depth-scanning system on iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max — to find the right fit without requiring an in-person visit.

The new Focals Showroom app will gather measurements for your face with a 3D scan, let you preview how the different colors of Focals will look on you, upload a prescription, and place an order. “Shortly after, we’ll ship your Focals directly to you with set-up…

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