BGR: This new app lets you create photorealistic fake people – and it’s mind-blowing

BGR: This new app lets you create photorealistic fake people – and it’s mind-blowing. “Epic Games earlier today announced a new browser-based tool that lets users create photorealistic characters and, not surprisingly, the end result is quite impressive. Dubbed the MetaHuman Creator, the new tool is designed to make what would otherwise be a potentially costly and resource-intensive task accessible, quick, and straight-forward.” There’s a video embedded in the article that is absolutely wild.

The Register: Machine-learning model creates creepiest Doctor Who images yet – by scanning the brain of a super fan

The Register: Machine-learning model creates creepiest Doctor Who images yet – by scanning the brain of a super fan . “AI researchers have attempted to reconstruct scenes from Doctor Who by using machine-learning algorithms to convert brain scans into images. The wacky experiment is described in a paper released via bioRxiv. A bloke laid inside a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, with his head clamped in place, and was asked to watch 30 episodes of the BBC’s smash-hit family sci-fi show while the equipment scanned his brain. These scans were then passed to a neural network.”

The Register: Amazon sues NY Attorney General in preemptive strike: Web giant faces claim it did not fully protect workers in COVID-19 pandemic

The Register: Amazon sues NY Attorney General in preemptive strike: Web giant faces claim it did not fully protect workers in COVID-19 pandemic. “Amazon on Friday sued New York Attorney General Letitia James to prevent her office from bringing legal action that would punish the behemoth computing biz for alleged worker health and safety violations. The lawsuit follows from a year of rancorous disputes with Amazon warehouse workers who claim the company hasn’t done enough to ensure their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Click on Detroit: Epicurious is righting cultural wrongs one recipe at a time

Click on Detroit: Epicurious is righting cultural wrongs one recipe at a time. “With a new Black editor in chief and ambitious promises to do better, a little corner of the Conde Nast universe is taking on racial and cultural injustice one recipe at a time. Since July, the small staff at Epicurious, a resource site for home cooks, has been scouring 55 years’ worth of recipes from a variety of Conde Nast magazines in search of objectionable titles, ingredient lists and stories told through a white American lens.”

CBS Boston: Study Finds Vitamin C, Zinc Don’t Help Fight COVID

CBS Boston: Study Finds Vitamin C, Zinc Don’t Help Fight COVID. “Despite the popular use of vitamin C and zinc to fight off or lessen the severity of viral colds and flu, the new study, published Friday in JAMA Network Open, found the two supplements were of no benefit to people isolating at home with Covid-19. In fact, the findings were so unimpressive that the study was stopped early.”

NBC Boston: New Service Sends Text Alerts For Leftover COVID Vaccines Nearby

NBC Boston: New Service Sends Text Alerts For Leftover COVID Vaccines Nearby. “A new website, called ‘Vaccination Standby,’ was launched to prevent wasting as many doses of the coronavirus vaccine as possible. Registered providers sometimes end up with a surplus when people miss appointments or when vails come with extra doses, according to the VaxStandby website, which must used within six hours lest they be thrown away.”

Sidney Herald: Copper Book available in digital archive and hardcopy

Sidney Herald: Copper Book available in digital archive and hardcopy. “The Montana Legislative Services Division announced [January 28] that the 2021 Lawmakers of Montana, better known as the Copper Book, is available in hard copy, and that past issues are now viewable in a digital archive. The books include professional and personal details about the men and women who have made legislative history in Montana since the middle of the last century.”

How-To Geek: How to See an iPhone App’s Privacy Details Before Installing It

How-To Geek: How to See an iPhone App’s Privacy Details Before Installing It. “Until recently, the ways iPhone and iPad apps could track you or use your personal data wasn’t entirely transparent to the user. Apple has set out to change that with new App Store labels that represent a sort of ‘Nutritional Label’ for digital privacy. At a glance, you are now able to see the privacy performance of each app and decide whether it fits your personal comfort level.”

Beta News: Microsoft releases off-schedule KB5001028 update for Windows 10 to fix WPA3 flaw

BetaNews: Microsoft releases off-schedule KB5001028 update for Windows 10 to fix WPA3 flaw. “Just days after the regular update release date of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch to address a problem with WPA3 connections in Windows 10. The KB5001028 update is for Windows 10 version 1909, and it fixes a problem that caused blue screens and stop error 0x7E in nwifi.sys when using a WPA3 connection.”