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The Morning After: Ford's hands-free driving assist is coming in late 2021

Mach-E owners can buy the hardware first and add it with an update later.

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June 18th, 2020
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Mustang Mach-E delivers three unique drive experiences – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled – each offering finely tuned driving dynamics packaged with a unique sensory experience to make driving even more enjoyable.
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This morning, Ford announced driving assist tech that can better compete with GM’s Super Cruise and Tesla’s Autopilot, but there’s some bad news — Active Drive Assist won’t arrive until late 2021.

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The electric Mustang Mach-E crossover is its first vehicle where customers can order Co-Pilot360 2.0 features and a “prep package” of hardware that will be ready for an over-the-air software update to add hands-free driving tech later.

— Richard

'DeepFaceDrawing' AI turns simple sketches into detailed photo portraits

It’s a talent.

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DeepFaceDrawing

Researchers have found a way to turn simple line drawings into photo-realistic facial images. Developed by a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, DeepFaceDrawing uses artificial intelligence to help “users with little training in drawing to produce high-quality images from rough or even incomplete freehand sketches.”

It doesn’t require the same level of detail in source sketches that previous AI iterations needed, and it works largely through probability — instead of requiring detailed eyelid or lip shapes, for example, the software refers to a database of faces and facial components and considers how each facial element works with others. 

The technology is due to go on show at this year’s (virtual) SIGGRAPH conference in July. According to the project’s website, code for the software is “coming soon,” which suggests we could see its application in the wild in the coming months.
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A new 'Pokémon Snap' game is coming to Nintendo Switch

Praise the Pokémon gods.

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Nintendo

Pokémon Snap 2 is a thing. Well, for now it’s called New Pokémon Snap, teased with a surprise trailer broadcast during a Pokémon livestream. The Pokémon Company is returning to the beloved photography formula of the N64 classic, and the teaser showed a new island brimming with Pokémon from multiple generations, including the new Sword and Shield games. There's no word on a release date, but Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, confirmed the game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch.
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ASUS's latest ZenBooks are thin and light but don't skip on ports

They include USB-A sockets and a microSD slot.

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ASUS

ASUS has unveiled a trio of new laptops it says are the “world’s thinnest” — the ZenBook 13 ZenBook 14 and ZenBook Flip 13. The devices, which have been popping up at retailers over the past week, are meant to be ultra portable without sacrificing I/O capabilities.

The ZenBook 13 and 14 are both 13.9 mm thin, but also offer full-size USB Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB-C port and a microSD card reader — many of which don’t make the transition in the thin-and-light laptop world.

They’re still powerful, though. Perhaps the most notable feature is the ZenBook 14’s AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8-core mobile processor. The ASUS Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop, which we scored 90 in our review, also includes this chip. It’s a lot of power.
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Facebook removes hundreds more accounts over hate speech

The company says it's continuing to 'map out the full network.'

After removing around 200 accounts associated with hate groups, including the Proud Boys and American Guard, last week, Facebook has confirmed it’s taken down a further 500 Facebook accounts and more than 300 Instagram accounts.

In a statement to Reuters, a Facebook spokesperson said, “We initially removed a set of accounts for both organizations on May 30 when we saw that both organizations started posting content tied to the ongoing protests. We were continuing the work to map out the full network.”

The move comes not long after Facebook took measures to crack down on white nationalist groups and heavily armed proponents of civil war.
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'Fortnite' Chapter 2 Season 3 features Aquaman and rideable sharks

There's even Jaws-like music.

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Epic Games

The new Fortnite season is finally here, and it’s very… wet. Continuing the story from the “Doomsday” event earlier this week, Chapter 2 Season 3 drops you on a partially flooded island and wants you to try new things, like battling computer-controlled marauders, hitching a ride on a shark and exploring new areas covered by rising water levels. 

There are new ways to get around the island, including by car and even shark. If you get yourself a battle pass, the new banner skin is the (super relevant) DC character: Aquaman.
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