Even before Apple announced the iPhone 7 Plus, I made the decision to go big with this year's model. Once I decided to order the iPhone 7 Plus, there was little that could stop me, despite my reservations. Once Apple confirmed nearly every rumor we'd covered and read leading up to the iPhone 7 announcement, including two cameras on the back of the 7 Plus model and increased battery life, there was no turning back. On launch day, my iPhone 7 Plus arrived, and I spent a weekend adjusting and tweaking how I held the phone and where I placed it while driving my car. Fast-forward two months, and it's (mostly) as if I've always used the larger iPhone.
Old, young, and everyone in between will be stoked to hear that Apple has confirmed a slew of new emojis being made available to everyone later this year – and your foodie Instagram feed is about to get a whole lot better. It might come as a shock to you, but the social media landscape has been living without a sandwich emoji up until the Unicode Consortium decided to include this much-needed emoticon in their 10.0 update. The much-anticipated depiction of everyone's favorite lunch includes two slices of white bread, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, golden-yellow American cheese, and what appears to be ham – not Spam, surely. The other food items that will revolutionize your daily texts include a juicy cut of steak, a salted pretzel, a freshly baked pie, a tropical coconut, and a lush broccoli head. You can even express your love for carbonated caffeine with the new soda-cup emoji.
AI is going to be huge for artists, and the latest demonstration comes from Nvidia, which has built prototype software that turns doodles into realistic landscapes. Using a type of AI model known as a generative adversarial network (GAN), the software gives users what Nvidia is calling a "smart paint brush." This means someone can make a very basic outline of a scene (drawing, say, a tree on a hill) before filling in their rough sketch with natural textures like grass, clouds, forests, or rocks. The results are not quite photorealistic, but they're impressive all the same. This software isn't groundbreaking exactly -- researchers have shown off similar tools in the past, including one from Google that turns doodles into clipart -- but it is the most polished demonstration of this concept we've seen to date.
With a little help from AI, you can now create a Bob Ross-style landscape in seconds. In March, researchers from NVIDIA unveiled GauGAN, a system that uses AI to transform images scribbled onto a Microsoft Paint-like canvas into photorealistic landscapes -- just choose a label such as "water," "tree," or "mountain" the same way you'd normally choose a color, and the AI takes care of the rest. At the time, they described GauGAN as a "smart paintbrush" -- and now, they've released an online beta demo so you can try it out for yourself. The level of detail included in NVIDIA's system is remarkable. Draw a vertical line with a circle at the top using the "tree" label, for example, and the AI knows to make the bottom part the trunk and the top part the leaves.
Following Huawei's lead with the Mate 20 Pro, Samsung has introduced a third piece of glass for its new Galaxy S10. The additional wide angle lens should make short work of landscapes and large group shots. The third "ultra-wide" lens has a 123-degree field of view and its sensor supports 16-megapixels. It's the only camera on the phone that has the dual-pixels and dual aperture options. Meanwhile, the 77-degree and 45-degree cameras use 12-megapixel sensors and have optical image stabilization.