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Ice Check McDonalds

Ice Check by Pure Vanity is a strange, yet real, app that enables you to see if the nearby McDonalds locations have working ice cream machines. It was created by Raina McLeod and uses GPS as well as user input to tell you if a machine is in service, based upon crowd-sourced reports. "I came up with the idea for the app around a year ago, after a late night Oreo McFlurry craving went unfulfilled due to the ice cream machine being down," McLeod told Buzzfeed. App page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Let's Enhance AI Images

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Sometimes, you just end up with grainy, low-quality images, regardless of what kind of camera you used. Introducing "Let"s Enhance," a free website that uses artificial intelligence and neural networks to upscale your photos like you've never seen before. Not only is it free, but the service promises to upscale your photo by 4x by removing JPEG artifacts, while filling missing details with textures to make it look natural. Continue reading for examples and the website information.

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$50 iTunes Gift Card

Apple's $50 iTunes Gift Card is perfect for the holidays, or just for anyone looking to top-up their account with credits, and it's being offered for just $42.50 shipped, today only. Use the App Store & iTunes Gift Card to get apps, games, music, movies and TV shows. Available in a variety of denominations - spend it on in-app content, books, TV show subscriptions or even iCloud storage to secure files from all your Apple devices. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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iPhone Document Scanner

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Before shelling out money for a paid document scanning app on your iPhone, be sure to update to iOS11 for a free version. That's right, to access this feature just open the Notes app, place the document(s) on a flat well-lit surface, create a new note (or to a related Note, tap the "+" symbol at the bottom, and then select Scan Document. It will then automatically capture a scan once the document is recognized, or you can manually capture as well. A small thumbnail will be shown in the bottom-left corner, and you can either continue scanning multiple pages, or just tap Save. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of insane baseball trick shots.

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AIM AOL Instant Messenger

AOL announced today that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service officially on December 15. The company is shutting down the service to focus "on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products." Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Computational Zoom

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Sometimes, you just want to capture yourself with something in the background, but conventional photography techniques just won't allow it. Introducing Computational Zoom, "a framework that allows a photographer to manipulate several aspects of composition in post-processing from a stack of pictures captured at different distances from the scene. We further define a multi-perspective camera model that can generate compositions that are not physically attainable, thus extending the photographer's control over factors such as the relative size of objects at different depths and the sense of depth of the picture. We show several applications and results of the proposed computational zoom framework," according to UCSB researchers. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Adam Savage building an Excalibur Sword in just one day.

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MS Paint Discontinued

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Microsoft Paint, previously known as Paintbrush, was bundled in the first version of Windows back in 1985 and went on to become one of the operating system's most popular programs. However, it's bittersweet, as Windows 10 does include Paint 3D, which is a separate application to the original Paint. Paint is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases," according to the autumn update. Continue reading for another speed painting video and more information.

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Audio Tattoos

Skin Motion is a mobile app and platform for playing back sound wave tattoos. How does it work? Well, you use an app or web-based platform to upload a recorded sound or video to the Skin Motion platform, and then the sound wave is created visually, enabling a tattoo artist to customize the design. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.

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Colorized

UC Berkley researchers, lead by Richard Zhang, have developed an innovative app that uses artificial intelligence to colorize black and white photos near instantly. It begins by automatically colorizing the image, and then offers "suggested colors" to let users manually fix any mistakes, while the computer analyzes the markers in real-time to create the final product. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Turkey's ingenious tow trucks in-action.

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MS Paint Book

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Camp Redblood and The Essential Revenge by Pat Hines was illustrated entirely in MS Paint, and not for the novelty. "I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years...I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk," said Hines. The book is basically about a summer camp set in the 1980s that is surrounded by ghosts and monsters and 'filled with goofy campers and counselors, where the teenagers are always trying to get drunk.' Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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