Flashing the peace sign is now a security risk

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Your fingerprints can now be snatched straight from your selfies.
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Next time someone poses for a selfie with their fingers held up in a peace sign, maybe tell them to leave it at a smile.

An ordinary photo of the universal sign of goodwill might be enough for a thief to copy a fingerprint, thanks to the high quality of digital photos these days. And since Touch ID and similar technologies turn fingerprints into keys that unlock our devices and the data we keep in them, that’s cause for concern.

Apple offers first glimpse at its secretive AI work

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iOS 10's Photos app can automatically recognize content in images.
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Researchers on Apple’s artificial intelligence team have published the first ever research paper ever from the iPhone-maker, ending Apple’s long standing ban that safeguarded company secrets.

The paper details methods on how to train AI algorithms to recognize images. Apple’s researchers reveal that they have tried using both computer-generated images as well as real-world images to train to algorithm, but each have serious drawbacks.

BitCam brings Mac OS 6-style retro photography to iPhone

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BitCam on iPhone.
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Remember those awesome pictures you used to take on your Game Boy Camera? Now you can snap them on your iPhone, thanks to BitCam.

Created by Iconfactory to celebrate its 20th anniversary, BitCam brings retro photography from the ’90s back to life. It even has an 8-bit interface inspired by Apple’s early Mac OS operating system.

Apple takes over Bill Graham Auditorium ahead of WWDC

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WWDC is nearly here.
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There are only a few days left before Apple unveils its biggest software updates of the year during its WWDC 2016 keynote, and the final preparations are underway.

Apple’s iconic logo was just placed on the side of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco where Tim Cook and company are expected to announce some huge features coming to iOS, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and more.

Cult of Mac got an early look at Apple’s decorations for the event which construction crews are still working on.

Check it out:

Twitter will stop counting links against 140 character limit

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Twitter wants to give you more flexibility.
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Don’t you just hate it when you compose the perfect tweet and then insert a link that takes it over the 140 character limit? Well, that could soon become a thing of the past.

According to sources familiar with Twitter’s plans, the company will soon stop counting the URLs and photos inserted into your tweets.

Facebook videos are about to get extremely intelligent

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Automatic tagging is coming to video.
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Facebook is upping its game with video. Soon, Facebook will be able to automatically identify friends in videos and tag them. Better yet, it’ll store this information so when you want to find that moment again, you could find the video by searching for your friend’s name and then jump straight to when they appear in frame.

How to make your own hilarious memes with Aviary

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Photo-editing app Aviary is a meme-making machine.
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Have you ever wanted to make your own memes? You know, the funny pictures with the bold text on the top and bottom that all the kids are going crazy for these days?

With Photo Editor by Aviary, you can do just that, plus add stickers, frames, and even do some pretty great photo editing right in the same app.

Here’s how to make your own hilarious memes with Aviary (though we don’t guarantee your memes will actually be funny — that’s up to you).

Pocket-size Polaroid spits out instant prints

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The Polaroid Snap can turn Instagram-like shots into prints without ink.
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The Polaroid Snap is a new 10-megapixel camera that instantly prints out photos you take without any ink. It works with ZINK paper that produces 2-inch-by-3-inch prints and essentially lets you keep physical copies of photos you’d put on Instagram and probably quickly forget about.

Believe it or not, it’s also pretty affordable.