April 1: Where is Waldo, shoe smartphones and facial recognition at college




It is again April 1 and that means that tech companies do their best to make jokes, with this year Where is Waldo in Google Maps, and a shoe from T-Mobile with which you can call. Tweakers has no joke this year, but by coincidence it introduces TweakStone.

Like every year, Google is once again taking a big hit with a series of new ‘features’. For example, a version of the famous Where is Waldo is built into Google Maps. Those who open the ticket service will see a waving Waldo. In the game you can then follow Waldo all over the world, where you have to find him in a picture before going to the next level. You can also start the game by saying “Hey Google, where is Waldo” in the Assistant.

Google Maps Waldo

In addition, Google comes with the so-called Cloud Hummus API, a machine learning tool to ensure that everyone can find their favorite taste Hummus. An api is necessary according to Google because there are many different types of hummus, and everyone wants something different. In addition , the Japanese branch of Google with a physical ‘swipe’ keyboard, and there is a way to free space on your smartphone, by removing all content with bad jokes . Furthermore, Google undergoes a ‘rebranding’ in Australia, and the company is now called Googz.

But not only Google is participating in April 1st. For example, T-Mobile intends to re-introduce the Sidekick. The Sidekick is a kind of smartphone that you hold horizontally and which contains a sliding screen. This was made by the company Danger, which was taken over by Microsoft about ten years ago. T-Mobile wants to revitalize the product, but by putting it in a shoe, as shown in the video below.

Snapchat has introduced a feature that makes a Cyrillic sauce about the app, a nod to Russian bots that roam on social media. When the filter is switched on, text is displayed with Cyrillic characters, but then in a way that it can be read by those who do not speak Russian.

The American company Pindrop thinks it has found a new, secure way of securing for smartphones. While many smartphone creators use fingerprint scanners, Pindrop thinks that the use of the tongue is safer. With the technology Tongueprinting, the smartphone must be better secured, and a device can be unlocked by licking the screen.

VU University Amsterdam has indicated that it will introduce facial recognition in lecture rooms in collaboration with a Chinese university. This means that not only the presence of the students can be traced, but the technology can also see whether the students are paying attention. On 3 April the VU will give a lecture in which students can ask questions about their privacy, as a Facebook event teaches .

The Dutch company Kippie is finally planning to deliver ready-made meals with drones. In the past year it would have been testing in secret, and recently received an exemption from the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate for delivery with drones. Kippie starts with ten drones, and then wants to expand to thirty.


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