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Google counts calories, Amazon ships potatoes, Steam offers refunds, Caitlyn Jenner tweets, Bethesda teases Fallout 4, and Bing launches its own self-driving car.

Google Wants to Ruin Your Food Porn

Google is developing technology that can count the number of calories Count Your Calories As Google Search Dips Into Nutritional Data For Over 1000 Food Items [Updates] Count Your Calories As Google Search Dips Into Nutritional Data For Over 1000 Food Items [Updates] Google's recipe search is handy; but in our calorie counting times, you need accurate (and quick) nutritional information on the food you are gulping down. That's why Google is serving us with nutrition info in... Read More in a plate of food from nothing but a photograph. The artificial intelligence project known as Im2Calories will be able to guesstimate the calories present in a photo of any foodstuff.

Im2Calories does this by analyzing the pixels in an image, identifying the foodstuff, figuring out its size and weight, and using “sophisticated deep-learning algorithms” to determine the number of calories present.

Google researcher Kevin P Murphy announced the project at the Rework Deep Learning Summit. He later told Popular Science, “To me it’s obvious that people really want this and this is really useful. OK fine, maybe we get the calories off by 20%. It doesn’t matter. We’re going to average over a week or a month or a year.”

This would actually give people a legitimate excuse for posting endless photographs of their food Photographing Food? 6 Tips To Help You Make That Dish Look Appetizing Photographing Food? 6 Tips To Help You Make That Dish Look Appetizing Do you know what’s better than sitting down to an amazing meal? Taking pictures of it, of course. With that said, some food photos… Well, they just plain suck. Read More on social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook. Which is the last thing we need. However, if seeing the numbers means people start making healthier choices How To Lose Weight...Fast - The Best Web Resources For Fasting Diets How To Lose Weight...Fast - The Best Web Resources For Fasting Diets The latest craze in the world of dieting is intermittent fasting. We pull together some of the best resources online related to this popular method for losing weight and getting healthier. Read More when it comes to eating, Im2Calories could literally save lives.

Amazon Ships Small & Light Items for Free

Online retail giant Amazon will now ship small and light items for free within the United States. “Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light,” as the new service is called, means U.S. residents can get free shipping without the need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber or place a minimum order amount.

According to Bloomberg, “Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light” is available on items weighing no more than 8 ounces (230 grams), most of which come from third-party retailers. Items will be shipped from Kentucky, and take between four and eight business days to arrive.

This might not seem a big deal, especially as it only counts for items around the size and weight of a potato. However, the price of these small items can double when shipping is added, so this could save some people a lot of money over the course of a year. It also paves the way for Amazon Prime Air The Best Amazon Prime Air Parodies [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Best Amazon Prime Air Parodies [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we look at how the Internet reacted to the news that Amazon is building a fleet of delivery drones for Amazon Prime Air. The Internet had a field... Read More , which promises deliveries of smaller items by flying drones Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon Delivery Drones, Facebook Hack, Kindle Fire Vs iPad Air [Tech News Digest] Amazon aerial drones, Facebook friends list hack, Google Nexus handsets vulnerability discovered, Black Friday numbers are released, Steam introduces user reviews, and the Kindle Fire HDX is compared favorably to the iPad Air. Read More .

Steam Offers Refunds for Any Reason

Steam, the digital distribution platform from Valve, is now offering refunds on games. As long as a game has been bought within the last 14 days and has been played for less than two hours, the purchaser can get a no-questions-asked refund for any reason. This is, on the face of it, a very good thing, and something that Steam users Why I’m No Longer Buying Games On Steam [Opinion] Why I’m No Longer Buying Games On Steam [Opinion] Steam is now approaching 10 years old. Its impact has been undeniable. Millions of gamers enjoy the service’s seamless community services, low prices and excellent selection. I have been one of them – until now.... Read More have been requesting for a long time.

However, Steam Refunds means DRM-free titles could be copied and then refunded, short indie titles could be played in full and then refunded, and people could buy a game just to give it a bad review before seeking a refund. In other words, this is all far from perfect.

Caitlyn Jenner Breaks Twitter Record

Caitlyn Jenner has broken the record for gaining 1 million followers in the fastest time. Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce before her transformation into a woman, managed the feat in 4 hours and 3 minutes, one hour faster than U.S. President Barack Obama Ban Smartphones In Schools, Barack Obama Joins Twitter, & More... [Tech News Digest] Ban Smartphones In Schools, Barack Obama Joins Twitter, & More... [Tech News Digest] Smartphone school ban, Obama tweets, Google mines public photos, YouTube Kids for adults, Anderson Cooper is a ClickHole, and how to schedule your poops. Read More .

This was managed by a well-organized PR campaign which saw the Twitter account opened at the same time as Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover was released. This confirmed the rumors that Bruce Jenner was a transgender woman, and revealed her new identity as Caitlyn Jenner.

Bethesda Teases Fallout 4 for E3

Bethesda is currently teasing a new Fallout game widely expected to be Fallout 4. At the time of writing, a timer is counting down to zero, which means by the time you’re reading this the game may have been revealed in full. Or at least by way of a teaser trailer.

We’ll have more details in tomorrow’s edition of Tech News Digest, but it looks as though the company is primarily targeting E3 2015 (June 16-18). It looks likely that Fallout 4 will be a cross-gen title appearing on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and possibly even PS3 and Xbox 360.

Introducing the Bing Self-Driving Car

And finally, Microsoft has revealed the Bing self-driving car, a rival to Google’s self-driving car How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google's Autonomous Car Program How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google's Autonomous Car Program Being able to commute back and forth to work while sleeping, eating, or catching up on your favorite blogs is a concept that is equally appealing and seemingly far-off and too futuristic to actually happen. Read More . Who wouldn’t want an automobile powered by Microsoft’s search engine? After all, Bing is more capable than Google Is Bing Better Than Google Search? We Find Out Is Bing Better Than Google Search? We Find Out By many accounts, Bing is really giving Google a run for its money. On November 6th of this year, the Guardian reported that Google's search share in the UK dipped under 90% as Bing's share... Read More in some areas.

OK, so as you may have already guessed this isn’t real, and Microsoft isn’t working on a self-driving car of its own. At least as far as we know. Instead, this is a just a parody video from the funsters at Rooster Teeth. Still, it could happen one day. Maybe.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you want Google counting your calories? Will you be using Amazon’s free shipping on small items? Have you ever wanted a Steam refund? Are you following Caitlyn Jenner on Twitter? Are you looking forward to Fallout 4? Would you ever step into a real self-driving car powered by Bing?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Tom Willoughby
    June 3, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I don't think that a picture can accurately represent the calories in food. You can change all kinds of ingredients to make it more or less healthy, and the end result looks pretty much the same.

  2. Howard A Pearce
    June 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Anyone know anything about the last transgender male ?

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