Lighthouse Is The Perfect Security Camera For Surveilling Your Own Family
This new camera isn’t just for security. It’s also a way to catalog every move.
1Password bolts on a ‘pwned password’ check
Password management service 1Password has a neat new feature that lets users check whether a password they're thinking of using has already been breached. At..
Snap stock falls as Kylie tweets, but banker ratings are in the mix too
At this point, if you haven’t accepted the celebrity influence of the Kardashian/Jenner machine, you probably haven’t been paying attention to pop culture at large. Snap is definitely paying attention. Yesterday, Kylie Jenner tweeted a pretty brutal takedown of Snapchat with the nonchalance that only a celebrity who has mastered social media better than most can do.
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SpaceX launches first set of Internet-beaming Starlink satellites https://usat.ly/2BJxk8W pic.twitter.com/OpSpuWywhB
In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snap’s Market Value
Snap Inc.’s flagship platform has lost some luster, at least according to one social-media influencer in the Kardashian-Jenner clan.
Apple’s AirPower wireless charger could finally land in March
We certainly hope so, as it’s been a long time coming. The iPhone X , iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the first Apple phones to support wireless charging and the company even went so far as to switch from a metal back to a glass one to enable it, yet still hasn’t launched its own wireless charger for them – though there are of course third-party options.
Amateur astronomer gets 1-in-10-million shot of supernova’s first lig
Catching a glimpse of a supernova is tricky business. Not only do you need the right equipment, you also need to have some incredible luck. Fortunately for amateur astronomer Víctor Buso, lady luck decided to pay him a visit on September 20, 2016, while he was testing a new camera mounted to his 16-inch telescope in Rosario, Argentina.
Once the sky was dark, Buso pointed his telescope at NGC 613 — a spiral galaxy located some 70 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor — to take a series of short-exposure photographs. To ensure his new camera was functioning properly, Buso examined the images right away. This is when he noticed that a previously invisible point of light had appeared on the outskirts of NGC 613, and the point was quickly growing brighter as he moved from one image to the next.
Within no time, astronomer Melina Bersten and her colleagues at the Instituto de Astrofísica de La Plata learned of Buso’s fortunate photo shoot. They immediately realized that Buso had caught an extremely rare event — the initial burst of light from a massive supernova explosion.
Apple reportedly releasing new AirPods 'as soon as this year'
The next AirPods will have an upgraded wireless chip designed by Apple for managing Bluetooth connections, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. You'll also be able to rouse Siri by saying "Hey Siri," instead of physically tapping the AirPods.
Sony’s new flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact phones leak ahead of MWC
Sony’s Mobile World Congress plans seem to have leaked out ahead of time: details for its new flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones have hit the internet a few days early, according to Evan Blass at VentureBeat .
Google Assistant will soon detect what language you’re speaking in
Being able to switch between languages on the fly is a big improvement, too. Previously, you had to completely change Android’s language settings in order to change what language the Assistant was in, which essentially meant you were stuck speaking only one language since switching was a hassle. One thing the Assistant still can’t do, though, is decipher multiple languages in the same sentence; it’s still one language at a time. The multilingual feature will be limited to English, French, and German at launch but is supposed to expand to more languages “over time.”
Samsung Max replaces Opera’s data and privacy app in India and beyond
The app works by scanning users’ phones and identifying which apps are using the most data. It’s also able to actively compress images, videos, music files, and webpages in apps and browsers to save on data quotas. There are also options to manage data permissions for specific apps and to block auto background data usage. If you’re often working on public Wi-Fi, the app’s privacy features include a useful tool that encrypts open, untrusted, and unknown hotspots with just one tap. There is also tracker blocking and a Domain Name System (DNS) masking service.
How Trump Is Changing The Landscape Of Hate In America
Beirich is unequivocal on the driving force behind all of these trends. “There has been a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of President Trump, who has tweeted out hate materials and made light of the threat to our society posed by hate groups,” she says. “Trump has brought them into the political system in a way that hasn’t happened in decades.” Until Trump began his campaign, she adds, white supremacist groups used to view politics as a waste of time. When the SPLC analyzed 10,000 posts on white nationalist website Stormfront a few years ago, the most popular topics, by a long shot, were Holocaust denial and black-on-black crime. This past year, the nonprofit replicated the analysis and found that 23% of the posts related to Trump. With the understanding that their views are now accepted in the political sphere, even glorified, far-right members are beginning to run for office: Art Jones , a Holocaust denier, secured the GOP’s nomination for a vacant congressional seat in Illinois, and the GOP candidate running to replace Paul Ryan’s seat in Wisconsin recently appeared on the anti-Semitic white-power podcast, Fash the Nation .
How to Begin Integrating AI into Data Center Operations - InformationWeek
"IoT and AI will enable data center issues to be root-caused and resolved automatically by software," Rogers said. Data center administrators will no longer be woken-up at night to troubleshoot outages. "Voice technologies will enable data center operators to monitor and manage their data centers from any location, be [they] at the grocery store, gym or living room couch," he predicted. IT Infrastructure gear will be deployed and maintained autonomously. "You simply stock new compute nodes and disk drives and robotics [will] streamline the technology to the appropriate systems," Rogers explained.
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ICYMI. US border officials have failed to cryptographically verify the passports of visitors to the US since 2007 — because the government didn't have the proper software. CBP still hasn't responded. http://www.zdnet.com/article/us-border-officials-havent-been-properly-verifying-visitor-passports-for-over-a-decade/ …
Dubai's autonomous flying taxis: A reality in 2018? | ZDNet
Similar to a two-seater helicopter, the Volocopter taxi is designed for 30-minute flights to and from 'voloports,' which are basically train stations for flying taxis. But, despite the tests, experts agree: Autonomous flying taxis almost certainly won't get off the ground as a commercially viable reality in 2018.
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Man sues feds after finding spy camera on his property and refusing to give it back http://gizmo.do/lKS0ElF pic.twitter.com/ph9nOhb3lx
6 things to expect from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
The world’s biggest mobile technology event is upon us. This coming week’s Mobile World Congress is the alter ego of January’s Consumer Electronics Show. Where CES is full of far-out concepts, increasingly autonomous cars, and furnishings for the smart home, MWC is unapologetically fixated on mobile and phone tech. Hosted in Barcelona every year, MWC plays host to some of the biggest Android flagship launches, and this year’s no different with Samsung preparing to unveil its new Galaxy S9.
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You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history.
Intel did not disclose chip flaw to US government despite risk to national security
AMD, ARM, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc also responded to questions from lawmakers. Microsoft said that it did inform several antivirus software makers about the flaws “several weeks” ahead of their public disclosure to give them time to avoid compatibility issues. AMD said that Alphabet extended the disclosure deadline from the standard 90 days twice, first to January 3, then to January 9.
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Social media is corrupting the youth slightly less than we feared http://gizmo.do/Vlkz3KP pic.twitter.com/JW7YYPz6o4
Smartphone sales decline for first time ever in 2017 | Cult of Mac
Smartphone sales data released today from the number crunchers at Gartner revealed that worldwide smartphone sales declined for the first time ever during the last quarter of 2017. Both Apple and Samsung saw their market share decline just slightly, but good news could be on the horizon.
SEC will now require US companies to disclose cybersecurity risks and breaches
Also worth mentioning is that the SEC's statement is an interpretation, meaning that it isn't legally binding. They are statements of how the SEC interprets existing law and are designed to serve as a guideline, so companies should do their best to comply: The interpretive statement may be the legal reasoning behind a case should the government catch wind of a violation.
Here's how the 'unlimited' plans from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile compare
You can opt to get free standard two-screen Netflix worth $11 with T-Mobile's One plan that streams video at the standard 480p resolution. If you want to step up to the higher 720p HD resolution, you'll need to add the One Plus for an extra $10 per line a month, which is essentially the cost of a Netflix account. You can also get HD Netflix streaming with the One Plus International package for an extra $25 a month. It's also
Optical processor startup claims to outperform GPUs for AI workloads
Fathom Computing , a startup founded by brothers William and Michael Andregg, is aiming to design an optical computer for neural networks. As performance increases in traditional transistor-based CPUs have relatively stagnated over the last few years, alternative computing paradigms such as quantum computers have been gaining traction. While optical computers are not a new concept— Coherent Optical Computers was published in 1972—they have been relegated to university research laboratories for decades.
Apple repair centers are accidentally calling 911 dozens of times a day
Since last October, Elk Grove emergency responders have been receiving around 20 calls a day from Apple repair and refurbishment facilities in the area. There’s never anyone on the other end of the call, and it’s not clear if the calls are made by iPhones or Apple Watches.
Building a backup bee - Food and Environment Reporting Network
Every February an extraordinary research project resumes in the southwestern corner of California’s Central Valley. It takes place inside a series of huge cages that span 20 acres by a vast pistachio grove. Each cage is shaped like a rectangular warehouse but is made entirely of extremely fine netting, pulled tight and straight along strong, narrow beams to form see-through walls and ceilings. The experiment is run by Gordon Wardell, director of bee biology for the Wonderful Company, the largest almond grower in the world. For the past eight years Wardell has been using these cages to develop an alternative insect to replace the honeybee.
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L.A. Times website injected with Monero cryptocurrency mining script
The cryptojacking attack appears to have persisted for weeks before being addressed, as it was configured to not max out CPU usage. Hackers injected it through an unsecured AWS S3 bucket.
This great iOS Spotlight trick lets you know everything about a person | Cult of Mac
This is definitely a power-user feature, but it’s so easy to use, and so helpful, that it’s a great one to learn. If you communicate with people in several ways — Mail, iMessage, WhatsApp, and so on, then having a way to search all of those services simultaneously is fantastic. The alternative is searching or scrolling through each app to find what you want, one after the other. Don’t do that.
How to point your Wi-Fi router antennas for the best reception
If you have a Wi-Fi router that has antennas, here’s how to orient them in the best way to maximise reception in your house.
Glossier snags another $52 million in funding, in the name of customer experience
Barely a year after closing its series B round , the cult beauty brand has locked down another cash infusion. Glossier just received $52 million in Series C funding, its biggest round to date, led by the same investors that backed its series B. (The company has now raised $86 million in total.)
I've been announcing the Open Beta release of my game HexSolve for Android and iOS. HexSolve was written in Smalltalk and people have been asking me how it's possible to run Smalltalk on mobile devices. I thought I'd write up a little description of the technology behind it.
I've wanted to be able to run Smalltalk on Android and iOS for many years. I finally decided to do something about it. I chose VisualWorks for my development environment. Unfortunately iOS doesn't support dynamic compilation so getting the regular VisualWorks VM to run on iOS is virtually impossible. I decided to skirt around the issue by writing my own VM.
My VM is written in C. It interprets the same bytecodes as those generated by VisualWorks so I can use the VisualWorks compiler to compile all of the code for the mobile Smalltalk. Being a pure interpreter, I get around the problem of dynamic compilation on iOS. Apple is okay with an interpreter so long as all of the code it's interpreting is delivered with the product and not downloaded dynamically.
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China's Huawei set to lead global charge to 5G networks
FRANKFURT/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s Huawei is forging closer commercial ties with big telecom operators across Europe and Asia, putting the company in prime position to lead the global race for next-generation 5G networks despite U.S. allegations it poses a security threat.
How tech professionals can use virtual career coaching to boost their skills
Compared to in-person career coaching, virtual coaching lets the job seeker to work in their own space. Talking over the phone instead of in-person can decrease anxiety, leading to more open interactions between the job seeker and coach, according to Kimberly Schneiderman, practice development manager at RiseSmart. There are options to talk via webcam to the coach or to peers—group coaching is common for in-person coaching, Schneiderman said—but only when a person feels ready.
These smart glasses convert words into voice for people who are visually impaired
Users will look at some text and blink to capture a photo of what’s in front of them, which gets transmitted to a dedicated Raspberry Pi cloud system, analyzed for text, and then converted into a voice that plays through the earpiece. If the system is unable to read those words, a remote worker would be available to troubleshoot. Some of those ideas sound similar to Google Translate, which is already capable of taking a photo and converting it into voice. But to use the app, you still have to take out your phone and swipe over lines of text, which feels somewhat more unnatural than blinking at text through your glasses.
The era of blind faith in big data must end
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The mini-tumor technique was better at predicting whether a drug would work against a patient’s cancer than simply sequencing a tumor’s DNA. https://trib.al/KlYBSY0
New Lawsuit Claims “The Shape Of Water” Ripped Off A 1969 Play
Significantly, KRAUS is both on record as an admirer of Zindel’s work, and came up with the “idea” for the Picture the very year the A&E production of Zindel’s Play first aired on national television. These and other telling details from the writing and production of the Picture strongly evidence that Defendants knowingly infringed Zindel’s Play. Indeed, without Zindel’s Play, which artfully blended an emotional human drama with a highly original science fiction story, it is difficult to imagine that the Picture could have connected so profoundly with audiences and critics.
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"If you had 50 or 100 qubits and they really worked well enough ... you could do unfathomable calculations that can’t be replicated on any classical machine, now or ever.” https://trib.al/8BEukA9
Why the GDPR could speed up DevOps adoption
Datadog Chief Product Officer Amit Agarwal explains how the GDPR will impact the major public cloud providers and the growth of various cloud-native technologies.
“I Felt Like I Was Representing Every Black And Young Person”
McPhatter understands what it’s like to be pigeonholed and stereotyped, as she’s often been the only woman of color in the room. She was raised in a mostly white suburban Ohio town and attended West Point (where she was one of less than 15 African-American female cadets). She then became the youngest vice president at a multinational consumer goods company, and now she’s the tech developer behind her own company. Through all of these experiences, McPhatter has learned to encourage people to strip off the labels and see her as an individual. Here are some of her experiences and the lessons she’s learned from being the only young black woman in the room.
US AG creates a new 'Cybersecurity Task Force'
It's difficult to guess what this group may achieve or identify as problems, but Sessions said in a statement that "The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate, and participate in our economy, but these tools can also be exploited by criminals, terrorists, and enemy governments...At the Department of Justice, we take these threats seriously. That is why today I am ordering the creation of a Cyber-Digital Task Force to advise me on the most effective ways that this Department can confront these threats and keep the American people safe."
Dell launching certifications to prepare enterprise IT for digital transformation
"Organizations as well as individuals realize that investing in workforce readiness and new skills is key to future success and competitive differentiation," Charles Atkins, vice president for Dell EMC Education Services, said in the press release. "Dell EMC recognizes successful digital transformation requires more than technology, so we are helping our customers develop the critical talent - in-house and within technology partners - needed for the future."
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Disney fails in move to block Redbox's crafty workaround for selling download codes
Hackers can now hide cryptojacking scripts in Microsoft Word documents
The issues present in the Microsoft Word video system could also be used to embed phishing pages inside files as well, the report said. Business leaders and professionals should be wary of suspect Word files they receive via email, and should employ caution when dealing with the Online Video feature in Word.
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@BryanDisagrees This article is pretty poorly written/mostly biased opinion. You don't explain the anti-discrimination law in CA or why it wouldn't be applicable. If they are treating him differently b/c of his race the statute seems directly on all fours, does it not?