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February 25, 2019, 1:05 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with Facebook content moderation contractors in US show they make ~$28K/year, some develop PTSD, and a few are even radicalized by what they see  —  The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America  —  She spent the past three and a half weeks in training …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
The SD Association unveils microSD Express format for mobile with data transfer speeds of up to 985 Mb/s, lower power consumption, and backwards compatibility  —  The SD Association has unveiled microSD Express, a new format that will bring speeds of up to 985 Mb/s to the tiny memory cards used in smartphones and other devices.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority:
Google says it is bringing Assistant to Android Messages and it will utilize on-device AI so that no conversations will be sent to Google  —  The Google Assistant is everywhere.  To access it on your Android phone, you can either long-press your phone's home button, use the “Okay, Google” …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony unveils 6.5-inch Xperia 1 with a cinematic 21:9 4K HDR OLED display, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, triple 12MP cameras, and a 3,330mAH battery  —  The tall phones are coming  —  Sony has long struggled to get its phones noticed in the sea of top-tier Android devices, so at MWC 2019 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Azure Kinect, a new depth-sensing camera for enterprises that uses Azure cloud; pre-orders for the dev kit are open now for $399 in China, US  —  It's for developers to build AI algorithms  —  Kinect originally debuted as an Xbox 360 accessory for motion sensing so you could control games with your hands or body.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Keyword:
Google says Android One activations grew 250% YoY, 50%+ of new entry-level Android devices are Android Go, and Digital Wellbeing tools are coming to more phones  —  Android's mission has always been to work closely with a broad and open ecosystem of partners to push the boundaries of hardware and software …
Frank Chen / Andreessen Horowitz:
Real-world examples of how AI can augment human powers, help us be more creative, make better decisions, be safer, understand others better, and more  —  This is a written version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2018.  You can watch a video version on YouTube.
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority:
Qualcomm says it will release its first chipset with an integrated 5G modem in the first half of 2020  —  At Mobile World Congress 2019, Qualcomm made a few announcements pertaining to its future products when it comes to mobile chipsets and modems.  One of those announcements revolves around …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
LG's 6.1" G8 ThinQ has a speaker embedded in the screen and a front camera that scans the user's palm to unlock and enables non-touch mid-air gesture controls  —  A palm scanner?  AirMotion gestures?  What's going on here?  —  Once upon a time, a few years ago, LG came to Mobile World Congress …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Among foldables unveiled in 2019, Huawei's Mate X feels the most complete compared to Royole FlexPai or Galaxy Fold, but questions about their software remain  —  A foldable that folds without a gap  —  Samsung's Galaxy Fold announcement isn't even a week old yet, and we already have a competitor …
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