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Lens a dish, get a meal: Pinterest lets users scan food for recipe info

Imagine if it were possible to scan the dinner you're eating at a restaurant and get all the ingredients: well with Pinterest, you can!

Back in February, Pinterest introduced a new feature for iOS called Lens that allowed you to point your camera at your surrounding environment and discover new ideas, objects, and details based on what was situated around you.

Now, Pinterest is taking their Lens feature a full step further with the new ability to scan food and get the ingredients that went into making said food – if you're pinterested, of course!

Pinterest in the App Store


And now we're rolling out a way for you to Lens an entire dish and get recipes to recreate the meal. So the next time you want to copycat the waffles at your favorite brunch spot, Lens them to see what ideas turn up.

How does it work?

It seems like all you have to do is launch the app and scan whatever food you want some info on!

You'll then be able to look for recipes "by time, diet, and the ingredients you have on hand".

What else is new?

Along with the new food feature, the app is partnering with "sites like epicurious, Martha Stewart, and Food Network".

When can I start scanning food?

The new feature should roll out in the next couple of weeks and months for users.

What do you think?

Do you think Pinterest is going to totally nail this new feature on their app, or do you think it's only going to half-work? Are you excited for more apps to introduce features like these or do you think it's a silly, attention-grabbing feature that's more flash-in-the-pan than useful?

Let us know what your thoughts are on Pinterest's latest update in the comments below!

How to stop Facebook from accessing your Microphone

Facebook has gone on record to state that it is not listening in on your conversations, but those coincidental ads seem really creepy. You can turn off the microphone.

If you've ever received an advertisement in your Facebook feed that was eerily related to something you were just discussing with a friend, you might be thinking that Facebook is listening in on your conversations through the Messenger app, of which you may have given permission to access the microphone when you started using it.

Facebook has gone on record to state that it does not listen in on your conversations.

Facebook does not use your phone's microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed. Some recent articles have suggested that we must be listening to people's conversations in order to show them relevant ads. This is not true. We show ads based on people's interests and other profile information – not what you're talking out loud about.

We only access your microphone if you have given our app permission and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio. This might include recording a video or using an optional feature we introduced two years ago to include music or other audio in your status updates.

But, it is a really creepy coincidence when your mom tells you, in a face-to-face conversation (not via any chat method) that she needs Apple Cider vinegar for a recipe and then less than a half hour later, she sees an advertisement for apple cider vinegar (this actually happened to my mom and I). Even though Facebook says its not listening, you might be wishing you could make sure its not.

You can. Just as you gave Facebook permission to access your microphone, you can revoke that access in your iPhone's privacy settings. Here's how.

Note: If you revoke permission for Facebook to access your microphone, you won't be able to use it to send audio chats and you won't be able to share Facebook Day stories in Messenger without re-enabling it.

How to turn off the microphone in Facebook Messenger.

In order for any third-party app to have access to your iPhone or iPad microphone, you have to give permission when it first asks for it. When you first installed Facebook Messenger, you may have given permission for Facebook to access your microphone. If you'd like to revoke that permission, you can do so in the Settings app.

Note: The official Facebook app does not request permission to use your microphone, so you only have to do this for the Messenger app.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Microphone.
  4. Tap the Messenger switch to turn it off.

You should also review other apps you've given permission to access your microphone and disable any that you don't actually use its microphone feature with.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to stop Facebook from accessing your iPhone or iPad microphone? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Denise Young Smith to head diversity initiatives at Apple with new VP role

It seems that Apple might soon be making more of an effort to increase diversity within the company, with human resources VP Denise Young Smith apparently taking on a new role in that arena. Formerly Vice President, Worldwide Talent and Human Resources, Smith now works under a newly-created title: Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity.

According to 9to5Mac, Smith will continue to report to Apple CEO Tim Cook:

The executive shuffle will see the creation of a new VP role for Apple's Inclusion and Diversity team with Smith reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Sources say Smith has long had a passion for diversity initiatives at the company and the newly created position reflects an increased focus on the company's efforts.

Apple SVP and CFO Luca Maestri will reportedly temporarily fill in for Smith at the now-vacant VP role for human resources.

Previously, Apple's Inclusion and Diversity fell under the Human Resources umbrella and was led by a director, reporting to Smith in her role as head of that department. As a separate entity reporting directly to Tim Cook, hopefully we'll see issues of diversity within Apple get more attention from the top levels of the company.

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Surface Laptop vs. MacBook: Which should you buy?

Should you buy a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook... or Surface Laptop? Now that Microsoft is in the notebook business, you have more options to consider than ever!

At first glance, Surface Pro looks like a MacBook Air with a Retina display and is priced like one too. Start adding options, though, and you quickly reach MacBook Pro pricing. But with only one port, like a MacBook, but USB-A rather than the newer USB-C. So, depending on how you look at it, Surface Laptop might be the best of all the MacBook worlds. Or the worst.

Which is it?

TL;DR: Do you need to run macOS?

If you know you want to run macOS, you have to get a Mac. If you want to run Windows, you can get a Surface Laptop or a Mac — the latter lets you run both. Keep reading the rest for more details, but if running Mac software, including developing for iOS, are key to you, your decision tree is already done.

Surface Laptop vs. 13-inch MacBook Air

Microsoft's Surface Laptop looks like a MacBook Air, is as light and portable as an Air, and is priced like an Air, so that's the easiest comparison to get started with. There are several important differences, though.

Surface Laptop comes in Burgundy, platinum, cobalt blue, and graphite gold, while MacBook Air only comes in aluminum. It also has a high-density, multi-touch capable display, something Apple has never gotten around to adding to the Air. Plus, Surface Laptop has current-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors while MacBook Air hasn't had a spec bump in years.

On the down side, Surface Laptop has only a single USB-A port + DisplayPort (and a proprietary Surface Connect port) while the MacBook Air has two USB-A ports and a Thunderbolt 2 port. It also has a faux-fabric finish around the keyboard and trackpad which… may not hold up to dirt and grime the way MacBook Air aluminum will.

  • If you need to run macOS on as inexpensive a laptop as possible, you need to get a MacBook Air.
  • Otherwise, unless and until Apple updates it's entry level, Surface Laptop is the better bang for your buck.

See 13-inch MacBook Air at Apple

See Surface Laptop at Microsoft

Surface Laptop vs. 12-inch MacBook

Because the Surface Laptop has only one USB port, it's easy to draw comparisons to similarly single-ported 12-inch MacBook. There are, however, differences.

MacBook has a USB-C port, the modern standard that the entire industry is moving towards. Surface Laptop has USB-A, the legacy standard the entire industry is moving away from. Both will require dongles or docks, though MacBook will require them less as time goes on and Surface Laptop will require them more.

Both have high-density displays, though MacBook lacks the multi-touch functionality of the Surface Laptop. It also lacks the faux-fabric finish around the keyboard and trackpad which…may not hold up to dirt and grime the way Apple's aluminum will.

Surface Laptop comes in Burgundy, platinum, cobalt blue, and graphite gold, while MacBook comes in silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. Surface Laptop, however, has an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor which, while requiring a fan and increasingly noise, is more powerful than the virtually silent Intel coreM series in the MacBook.

  • If having the absolute smallest, lightest, and quietest — and potentially pinkest! — computer is imperative to you, get the MacBook.
  • If you want more power, a multi-touch display, and a cobalt blue color option, get the Surface Laptop.

See 12-inch MacBook at Apple

See Surface Laptop at Microsoft

Surface Laptop vs. 13-inch MacBook Pro

Surface Laptop might look like and be priced like a MacBook Air, but start upgrading it and you quickly reach MacBook Pro price points. With a few differences, of course.

No matter how much you pay for a Surface Laptop, you still only get the one, legacy USB-A port that sounds like a good idea today but will become more and more of a constraint over the next few years. MacBook Pro, on the other hands, comes with the option for two or four USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 ports that may need a dongle now but will become table stakes in a year or two.

Surface Laptop comes in Burgundy, platinum, cobalt blue, and graphite gold, while MacBook Pro only comes in silver and space gray. MacBook Pro lacks the faux-fabric finish around the keyboard and trackpad which… may not hold up to dirt and grime the way Apple's aluminum will.

Both have high-density displays, though MacBook lacks the multi-touch functionality of the Surface Laptop. MacBook Pro does have the option for Touch Bar, a multi-touch strip that replaces the function keys with something more dynamic, though arguably not much more useful. Better, though, Touch ID, which lets you use your fingerprint to log in and authenticate for apps and purchases, including Apple Pay.

Surface Laptop is a generation ahead when it comes to Intel processors but it's arguable how much, if at all, that helps with graphics. Apple stayed on Skylake, in part, for Iris Pro options that didn't yet exist on Kaby Lake. If graphics are more important to you than central processing, you may be better off with MacBook Pro.

  • If a multi-touch display or brighter color options are a must, go with Surface Laptop.
  • If Touch ID and more numerous, advanced ports are what you need, go with MacBook Pro.

See 13-inch MacBook Pro at Apple

See Surface Laptop at Microsoft

Still undecided or have more questions?

If you're still not sold on either the MacBook or the Surface Laptop, take a breath. The higher-end Surface Laptops won't be shipping for a while and Apple is rumored to be updating the MacBook lineup as soon as June. Take your time, check out all the options, and see which one suits you best.

If you still have questions, drop them in the comments below!

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