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Huawei tested facial recognition system to identify Uighurs

It triggered an “uighur alert”

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Chinese telecom giant Huawei and artificial intelligence company Megvii developed and tested facial recognition software that identified Uighurs. The test was carried out to see if Huawei’s hardware is compatible with Megvii’s facial recognition software.

According to a document found by Pennsylvania-based research group IPVM, Huawei tested Megvii’s software on its video cloud infrastructure. The report noted that Megvii’s software “passed” and was able to determine “ethnicity” as part of its “face attribute analysis.”

The document dates back to January 2018. Huawei provided hardware such as cameras, servers, and cloud computing infrastructure, while Megvii provided the software, it added.

The ethnic minority Uighurs are a repressed Muslim group often targeted by the Chinese government, who mostly live in Xinjiang’s western region. China is facing growing criticism over its persecution of some Muslim minority groups, huge numbers of whom are allegedly being held in internment camps.

Human Rights Watch says Uighur people, in particular, are subject to intense surveillance and are made to give DNA and biometric samples. China denies there are internment camps but says people in Xinjiang are receiving “vocational training.”

The U.S. government already blacklisted Megvii last year, claiming it and several other Chinese tech companies aid the Chinese government in spying on Uighurs.

However, in a statement to IPVM, Huawei claimed that the report is simply a test and it has not seen real-world application.

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Foldable Pixel reportedly delayed to next year

Google isn’t happy

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For years, Samsung has been the most dominant force in the foldables market. Though other brands, especially Chinese ones, have brought their own devices to the table, Samsung’s lineup of foldables are undeniably strong, flaws and all. That said, other giants are working on their own entrants. However, it will take a lot longer before the crowd really fills up. According to reports, Google has postponed its own foldable Pixel for next year.

Reported by TheElec, Google has reportedly decided to delay the first foldable Pixel. The company was supposedly unhappy with the current iteration of its prototypes. The next target launch window is next spring. Notably, the device, which has been in development since last year, is sourcing its screen from Samsung Display.

Currently, not much is known about the foldable device yet. Previous reports have speculated on a 7.57-inch main screen (and a 5.78-inch screen when folded), though. A more recent one has also dropped “Pixel Notepad” as a potential name for the device.

Regardless of the status of its foldable Pixel, Google is enjoying a lot of success with its new lineup of smartphones. Last year, the Pixel 6 series refreshed the company’s slate of devices, bringing new hype for the company. This year, Google is continuing that trend with the Pixel 6a and the upcoming Pixel 7 series.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Google foldable might be called Pixel Notepad

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Sony confirms ‘Horizon’ and ‘God of War’ shows are coming

And a Gran Turismo show

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After years of terrible video game adaptations, the entertainment industry just can’t get enough of them in the past year or so. Shows and films based on popular video game titles are setting the world on fire. If Sony’s latest investor’s meeting is anything to go by, it looks like we’re not done with the genre. Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War are reportedly getting TV series soon.

Sony had a lot to say during its latest meeting. However, amid all the announcements, the general implication was simple enough to understand. The company wants to expand and grow its branches outside of console gaming. That plan includes adapting more of its exclusive properties into television.

Reported by analyst David Gibson on Twitter (via IGN), Sony has officially confirmed development for a Horizon series on Netflix, a God of War series on Amazon, and a currently untethered Gran Turismo series.

Unfortunately, the presentation did not reveal any other details for the upcoming shows. Plot and casting details are still an unknown.

All three titles, especially Horizon and God of War, are part of Sony’s prized possessions. An adaptation for any of these titles is huge. However, it’s always a hit. Most recently, Sony allowed an Uncharted film to show in theaters, and the response was… mixed. While the sheer number of video game adaptations are impressive, their quality is definitely all over the place for now.

SEE ALSO: Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

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Samsung prints cat billboard to show off 200-megapixel camera

Look at all those pixels

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it. That said, if you have a gigantic 200-megapixel camera, what can you do to flex your chops? Obviously, you print every photo onto a billboard. Samsung, in one of the craziest flexes this year, has printed a billboard of a cat photo taken with its 200-megapixel camera.

From two years ago to early last year, Samsung teased plans for a much, much larger camera in the megapixel race. Reports at the time already confirmed the coming of the 200-megpiaxel camera, but Samsung went so far as to tease a 600-megapixel shooter.

Now, the 200-megapixel ISOCELL camera is now ready for launch. Of course, it’s not our first time seeing the huge camera. Samsung previously unveiled the sensor back in September but didn’t confirm its launch on a specific device yet.

The lack of a device won’t stop Samsung from showing off its power, though. The company got a photographer and used the sensor to take photos of a cat. Then, they printed the photo onto a billboard to show off the captured detail.

However, though the flex is certainly impressive, not everyone has the money or the desire to have their own billboard. The specifics of the 200-megapixel camera might go over most users today. Still, once the camera drops into mainstream shooter, it’s good to know what it’s exactly capable of.

SEE ALSO: 200-megapixel Samsung camera is ‘coming soon’

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