Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, better known as the Winkelvoss twins, may not have been given an ownership stake inn Facebook, but they became billionaires anyways. For those who don’t know, they officially launched ConnectU, a social networking website, on May 21, 2004, and users could add people as friends, send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. They were also placed in networks based upon the domain name associated with the email address they used for registration. As you already know, that didn’t quite work out. Read more for a recent interview on their journey.
Petz, a Brazilian pet shop chain, has decided to use facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence to let dogs to buy their favorite products by simply analyzing their facial expressions. How does it work? Simply turn on your internet connected camera, put the dog’s face in frame and then allow the AI system to analyze its facial expressions as you scroll through the various products listed on the site. Once it detects excitement, it automatically adds the product to your shopping cart. Read more for a video and additional information.
Grumpy Cat, the famed internet celebrity for her permanent frown, died this week, aged 7. Despite being cared for by top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection. “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere,” said the family. Read more for another video and additional information.
Want to check out a nifty Google Easter Egg right now? Simply type “Thanos” into Google search on desktop, and then click the power gauntlet for some interesting results, literally. If you’re not on a desktop, after clicking the gauntlet, the search results start vaporizing like at the end of “The Avengers: Infinity War.” Read more for a video and additional information.
Animal conservation advocate Mike Holston recently posted a video on Instagram of a chimpanzee who seems to be very familiar with how the social media service works, and is very focused on scrolling through his caretaker’s feed. Sure, it may have taken the primate quite some time to learn how to use a smartphone, but as you can see, it has no problem clicking “like” or going through several different photos / videos. Read more for the video and additional information.
Many are familiar with YouTube’s Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, but there was a third co-founder, Jawed Karim. He was the very first person to upload a video to the site, titled “Me at the Zoo” and uploaded April 23, 2005, which has been viewed over 65 million times as of April 2019. How did Karim meet Hurley and Chen? During his time working at PayPal, where he designed many of the core components including its real-time anti-internet-fraud system. Read more to watch the video and for a few more interesting facts.
Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world from 2005 to 2009, and it once hosted more than 50 million songs from 14 million artists, but it has just lost all of that content today, due to a server migration issue. That’s right, every piece of music uploaded between 2003-15 was lost, which means all links to those tracks no longer work. “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch,” said the company. Read more for a video explaining what happened to everyone’s MySpace friend Tom and additional information.
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Courise.sg is a website by GovTech (Government Technology Agency of Singapore) that uses deep learning artificial intelligence to colorize black & white photos. The colors may seem off for some photos because the system was trained by engineers specifically for old Singaporean photos, unlike Algorithmia, which pulls from a 1.3-million photo ImageNet dataset to produce even more vibrant results. Try it out here yourself. Read more for five more examples.
Created by security expert Troy Hunt back in 2013, Have I Been Pwned? is a website that lets you check if your personal data has been compromised by data breaches by collecting and analyzes hundreds of database dumps. It allows users to search for their own information by entering their username or email address, with the option to sign up to be notified if they’re detected in future dumps. One thing you may not know is that a password like “ji32k7au4a83” is more commonly used than you think, according to Robert Ou, and it’s a simple reason actually, as it’s comprised of characters from the Zhuyin Fuhao system for transliterating Mandarin. Read more to see a picture of the Chinese keyboard, and how the characters come about.
Marc Köhlbrugge launched Expensive.chat as a social experiment, and it’s basically a web-based chat service where every letter typed costs $0.01. This chatroom has somewhat been gamified with a leaderboard showing users who have spent the most money up top. As you scroll through the messages, you’ll realize that most of them are just advertisements for services, and there’s a box at the bottom to post your own. The website accepts Stripe, debit, and credit cards for payment. Read more for a Tweet showing how to get more than your money’s worth.