Tag: Promises

Author Promises ‘No Filter’ Look At The Instagram Story

By iwano@_84

Less than two years after photo-sharing mobile app Instagram launched a decade ago, its founders made the “gut-wrenching” decision to sell it to Facebook in a $1 billion deal.

Journalist Sarah Frier promises her book “No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram” is a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at how Instagram became a social media sensation as a member of Facebook’s family of online services.

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger wanted a quick way to share photos in an age when smartphones cameras had people capturing all kinds of moments in pictures.

The also wanted to add artistic touches, giving rise to “filters” that overlay effects to transform life moments into nostalgic memories.

Instagram’s founders also wanted to build a community, inviting just a select group of people to join at the start, such as artists or musicians with strong online followings.

Everyone was really just exploring and trying to provide

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Lakeshore Home Builders Association Parade of Homes promises a variety of design trends

By iwano@_84

While there are fewer homes this year, the Parade offers a variety of price-points, types of homes and design trends.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The Lakeshore Home Builders Association Parade of Homes was pushed back because of the pandemic, but it’s time to let the tour begin. Sue Schurman from the Homebuilders Association said, while there are fewer homes this year, the Parade offers a variety of price-points, types of homes and design trends. 

Schurman said this is still a good time to build a home but that builders are busy so buyers need to move quickly to get on the schedule. In addition to pushing back the dates of this year’s Parade, the COVID-19 crisis has changed up the experience just a bit. For your safety:

• Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19

• Bring and wear your face covering

• We will be limiting

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LG OLED TVs’ Nvidia RTX 30 Problems Will Be Fixed, Promises LG

By iwano@_84

As I reported over the weekend, PC gamers have been experiencing a couple of significant problems when trying to use some of the high-end features of their new RTX 30 graphics cards with LG’s 2019 and 2020 OLED TVs. Happily, LG has already announced that it believes it can solve both problems, and intends to do so via a firmware update it intends to roll out ‘in the next few weeks’.

For those who missed my earlier story about the problems, they involve LG’s 2019 and 2020 OLEDs only showing a black screen when RTX 30 users try to activate G-Sync variable refresh rate technology on 120Hz outputs, regardless of bit depth or resolution; and LG’s 2020 OLED TVs downsampling RGB/120Hz/4:4:4 feeds to lower quality 4:2:2.

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Waymo Manager Promises Self-Driving Cars Are Very Safe, Despite Risks

By iwano@_84

A self-driving car with Waymo Lidar at the top. Waymo

Daphne de Jong learned to fly a plane before she could drive a car. And her job today at self-driving software maker Waymo is to make sure that very soon no one has to ever drive again.

de Jong is an aerospace engineer by training and an adventurer by heart. Having flown planes (including commercial jets) since the age 16 and climbed the world’s most dangerous mountains (she summited Mount Everest in May 2019), she understands better than most of us the consequence of risk and how to prevent it.

It’s all about safety. It doesn’t sound very sexy, and I know that,” she said of the similarities between aviation and building self-driving vehicles. 

In a recent interview with Observer, de Jong revealed the boringly rigorous process of how Waymo builds up its autonomous driving system and whether the

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