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Another Google ac­qui­si­tion

Google has ac­quired AIMat­ter, the pro­ducer of the AI-driven selfie app Fabby. Be­larus-based AIMat­ter con­firmed the news in a short and sweet no­tice posted on the firm’s web­site on Wed­nes­day, but as re­ported by TechCrunch, the deal has been ru­moured since May. AIMat­ter is the startup be­hind Fabby, a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion which uses ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to boost self-taken pho­tos with a range of cre­ative ef­fects, such as tone ad­just­ment, colours, masks, back­grounds, and makeup de­signs. The app has been down­loaded over two mil­lion times among iOS users, while the An­droid ver­sion – launched in March – has snagged be­tween 100,000 and 500,000 user down­loads. Fi­nan­cial de­tails were not dis­closed.

VR trained driv­ers

UPS driv­ers pre­par­ing to get be­hind the wheel will soon be us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity to do so. The com­pany’s new VR train­ing pro­gramme will be rolling out next month at nine of the com­pany’s train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, sim­u­lat­ing some of the un­cer­tain­ties and chal­lenges of de­liv­er­ing pack­ages on city streets. Trainees will in­ter­act with the con­tent us­ing voice com­mands to iden­tify ob­sta­cles while wear­ing head­sets. “Vir­tual Re­al­ity of­fers a big tech­no­log­i­cal leap in the realm of driver safety train­ing,” said UPS exec Juan Perez in a state­ment. “VR cre­ates a hy­per-re­al­is­tic streetscape that will dazzle even the youngest of our driv­ers whose pre­vi­ous ex­po­sure to the tech­nol­ogy was through video games.” While com­pa­nies like Wal­mart have signed onto pro­grammes with en­ter­prise-fo­cused star­tups like Strivr Labs, UPS will be build­ing its train­ing ma­te­ri­als in-house

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