April 19, 2018
The Gossip Girl alum teased her Sesame Street debut in April 2018. “Finally. I have friends,” she captioned an Instagram video of herself dancing with the characters. The actress got a shout-out from the show via Instagram with a photo of her with the Muppets. “Sunny days on Sesame Street with our friend, @blakelively! Thanks for visiting us!,” the caption read.
April 05, 2018
Are Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez going to rekindle their romance? Never say never. “He loves her. He wants her back,” a Bieber source says of the singer, adding he “misses” Gomez. A rep for Bieber did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. After Gomez, 25, and the Weeknd split in October, she and Bieber, 24, reconciled and began hanging out but were never “officially” back together. Since the fall, the pair took several trips together, celebrated Valentine’s Day together and even traveled to Jamaica for Bieber’s father’s wedding in February. But in March, the singers — who have dated on and off since confirming their relationship in 2011 — pumped the brakes on their latest go of it. “They weren’t getting along and decided to take a break,” an insider told PEOPLE at the time. “It doesn’t seem like a big deal and they will probably be fine soon again.” After years of fueling headlines with some very public growing pains, Bieber appears to be in a much better place now, focusing on his family, friends and spirituality. And the Bieber source says Gomez is good for him, adding: “He’s definitely different around her.” Indeed, in February, a separate source told PEOPLE, “Their relationship is very special. They have both changed, their lives are so different and it really seems things could work out great this time. They have both hugely matured. Justin is very supportive of Selena feeling her best.”
in Tech NewsMarch 21, 2018
If you want a phone with secure 3D facial recognition, Apple's iPhone X is your best choice. And it may stay this way for a while. Apple's facial recognition technology, embodied by Face ID on the iPhone X, is estimated to have a two-year lead on the Android competition, according to "three major parts producers" who talked to Reuters. This means you may have to wait until 2019 before you can buy an Android phone with facial recognition abilities as advanced as Apple's Face ID. What makes the iPhone X's Face ID so special? The answer lies in its 3D sensors. When the iPhone X was announced, Apple placed a lot of emphasis on its TrueDepth camera system, which sits next to the front-facing camera and shoots out thousands of tiny infrared dots to create a virtual 3D model of your face. With this model it can use advanced AR features, such as animoji, or secure facial recognition like Face ID. Other phones just don't have the hardware to keep up. The brand new Samsung Galaxy S9, for example, uses 2D cameras to do its version of facial recognition called Intelligent Scan. Samsung's solution isn't as accurate and therefore not as secure. So much so that Samsung won't allow you to use it to verify mobile payments. Android phone manufacturers are struggling to acquire the same tech that Apple already has, according to Reuters. One of the key components in the 3D facial recognition equation is vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). VCSELs are a relatively new technology that few manufacturers have access to, but thanks to Apple's big R&D budget and tight control of its supply chain, it was able to get its hands on a large amount of these parts. In December Apple signed a $390 million dollar deal to secure parts from VCSEL manufacturer Finstar. This has created a bottleneck for Android makers hoping to acquire the same parts. Android makers will have to wait until more companies are producing VCSELs. As a result Android phones might not get 3D facial recognition until next year. This coincides with an earlier report that Samsung may be working to secure 3D camera tech for its Galaxy S10 phone. Meanwhile, Apple is rumored to be bringing Face ID to more devices. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who regularly comments on Apple stories, says that three new iPhones released in 2018 could come with Face ID, as well as the next iPad Pro. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The actress Cynthia Nixon officially jumped into the race for governor of New York on Monday, setting off what promises to be a tumultuous six months as she challenges Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in this year’s Democratic primary. Ms. Nixon, 51, has never before run for elected office and has chosen a huge undertaking for her first bid: seeking to unseat a two-term incumbent (and son of a three-term governor) who is sitting atop more than $30 million in campaign cash.