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April 1: Where is Waldo, shoe smartphones and facial recognition at lecture

It’s April 1 again and that means that tech companies are doing their best to make jokes, with this year Where is Waldo in Google Maps, and a shoe from T-Mobile with which you can call.

Like every year, Google is once again taking a big hit with a series of new ‘features’. For example, a version of the famous Where is Waldo is built into Google Maps. Those who open the ticket service will see a waving Waldo. In the game you can then follow Waldo all over the world, where you have to find him in a picture before going to the next level. You can also start the game by entering the command “Hey Google, where is Waldo” in the Assistant.

In addition, Google comes with the so-called Cloud Hummus API, a machine learning -tool to ensure that everyone can find his favorite taste Hummus. An api is necessary according to Google because there are many different types of hummus, and everyone wants something different. In addition comes the Japanese branch of Google with a physical ‘swipe’ keyboard, and there is a way to free up space on your smartphone, by removing all content with bad jokes . Furthermore, Google undergoes a ‘rebranding’ in Australia, and from then on the company is called Googz .
But not only Google participates in 1 April. For example, T-Mobile intends to re-introduce the Sidekick. The Sidekick is a kind of smartphone that you hold horizontally, and includes a sliding screen. These were made by the company Danger, which was taken over by Microsoft about 10 years ago . T-Mobile wants to revitalize the product, but by putting it in a shoe, as shown in the video below.

Snapchat has introduced a function that puts a Cyrillic sauce on the app, a nod to Russian bots that roam on social media. When the filter is switched on, text is displayed with Cyrillic characters, but then in a way that it can be read for those who do not speak Russian.
The American company Pindrop thinks a new, safe way of security to have found for smartphones. Where many smartphone makers use fingerprint scanners, Pindrop thinks that the use of the tongue is safer. With the Tongueprinting technology, the smartphone must therefore be better secured, and a device can be unlocked by licking the screen.

Vrije Universiteit has announced that it will introduce facial recognition in lecture rooms in collaboration with a Chinese university. This means that not only the presence of the students can be traced, but the technology can also see whether the students are paying attention. On 3 April VU University Amsterdam will give a lecture in which students can ask questions about their privacy, as learns a Facebook event .
The Dutch company Kippie is planning for ready-to-serve meals with drones. In the past year it has already tested in secret, and recently received an exemption from the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate for delivery with drones. Kippie starts with ten drones, and wants to expand to thirty afterwards.

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