The feature, as Apple displayed on stage — or tried to — during its most recent iPhone event takes an algorithmic approach to unlocking a phone by mapping your face with sophisticated sensors.Unlike previous attempts in facial recognition, Apple’s sensors use multiple reference points, including the distance between facial features and depth readings that map facial contours.In fact, Apple doubles down on the claim by suggesting the chance of a random person unlocking your phone is one in a million (as opposed to one in 50,000 for Touch ID).Chief among these was ensuring Face ID details were saved to the phone itself, not stored in the cloud on Apple servers — something Apple promised us wouldn’t happen at its latest event.And security issues aside, Sen. Franken wonders about the feature’s effectiveness in ensuring “its system was trained on a diverse set of faces, in terms of race, gender and age.”You can read the letter in its entirety, here.
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If you read a news story that mentioned a tweet by President Donald Trump during his first 100 days in office, odds are that the story was not favorable to Trump.Pew Research Center released its analysis of more than 3,000 news stories during the administration’s early days, saying that across the 24 outlets it studied, 16 percent of news stories about Trump or his administration mentioned a @RealDonaldTrump tweet.In a release summarizing its findings, Pew said news stories mentioning Trump’s tweets “were more likely to have a negative assessment of the administration’s words and actions and to include a challenge by the journalist to something Trump or a member of his administration said.”Pew added that roughly one out of every 10 stories included direct refutations of statements by Trump or members of his administration, with that figure jumping to 21 percent for stories that contained Trump tweets, compared with 8 percent for those that did not.News stories that contained Trump tweets were more likely to focus on Trump’s leadership and character than those minus tweets, at 85 percent and 72 percent, respectively.
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Jared Leto is known to many as an Oscar-winning actor, but he's also a longtime tech investor who regularly cold calls perspective companies he's thinking of investing in.Leto, who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in the 2013 movie "Dallas Buyers Club," most recently appeared in "Blade Runner 2049" and is the lead singer of the band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.He is also a familiar face in Silicon Valley, thanks to his investments in such startups as Spotify, Uber and Airbnb.When it comes to investing, Leto looks "companies that are changing the way that we behave, founders or CEOs that are incredibly passionate, smart geniuses," Leto said Wednesday during an onstage interview at the Wall Street Journal's D.Luxe fashion and technology conference.Leto's interest in tech stems from his experience years ago with his band, which grew in popularity as Napster users shared its music on the now-defunct peer-to-peer network.He said his band was also one of the first itself online.
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When buying a home theater projector, people typically only think about the one room in which they plan to use it, and ignore all the other places it could also go.Wherever you take it — from a dark home theater, to an airy, open-concept living room, to the backyard for a movie night — your video will pop.The white casing is designed to melt into the ceiling for overhead mounting (if that’s how you decide to install it), and side grates kick out heat and audio well enough that the former doesn’t drown out the latter.Despite having to support just a 10.1-pound unit, the 1450’s feet didn’t instill much confidence on making level adjustments, but never caused any problems.Still, ample inputs make this projector a prize for presentation pros; the 1450 has ethernet, USB-A, USB-B, MHL, HDMI (a pair of them), a couple VGA-ins, and both audio in and out jacks.Lacking a handle or a case, it isn’t easy to move it around, though you certainly can, and may find yourself wanting to.
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Docker containers can now move their existing applications to the cloud more quickly.IBM is cosying up to Docker by expanding its relationship with the container technology company.The partnership between the two is aimed at making it easier to modernise applications with the Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) offering combined with IBM Cloud, software and services.Docker EE for IBM Cloud will give users the ability to bring up a Docker environment sothat they can put existing workloads into containers that will then run on the IBM Cloud.Big Blue is also going to participate in the Docker Modernize Traditional Applications program, the goal of which is to help customers to modernise their applications.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently sat down with a reporter from The Wall Street Journal to discuss where the food portion of the FDA is heading and talk about the agency’s operating definition of “healthy” when it comes to food claims.He told The Wall Street Journal, “I want to see the agency step in to adjudicate some of the important claims that product developers want to make on labeling that could be important in informing consumers.”“When certain claims that might be important to providing information to consumers get made in the absence of a scientific framework and get litigated in state courts and torts, outside [FDA] review, I think that isn’t what was intended.As consumers look more closely than ever at labels, they should be able to believe the health benefits made on product packaging because companies are required to have scientific proof backing their statements.The reality is, however, that food manufacturers sometimes toe the line between truth and making a questionable claim for marketing purposes in order to sell a product.There are countless examples of label claims that have been struck down or challenged in recent years.
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While the term “cloud” used to be the main topic of discussion in the technology industry, “cloud-native” is taking its place—and with it, “cloud-native security.” There are many elements to keep in mind as more organizations begin to build their IT and security in the cloud, but here are five key observations to consider as your organization seeks to understand the different elements.Cloud-native security has nothing to do with cloud access security brokersWhen people started focusing on working in the cloud, many organizations realized they needed to switch gears and start to consume software-as-a-service.This all underscores the “every company is becoming a software company” and “software is eating the world” themes.[ Get the most out of Google with InfoWorld's quick guide "25 tips and tricks for Google Drive power users."But if you built an application for your company’s customers, and you don’t want to be the next Equifax, you have to put several layers of security around it.
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Especially, some believe, its keyboard.Some people maintain that it's prone to seizing up when dust creeps into it.His song, entitled "I Am Pressing the Spacebar," manages to be infectious, while at the same time evoking the constant infuriating pain some technology can cause.It's an anthem that will surely attract choirs of the disappointed, as it tells the story of a year-old computer that cost a lot of money, yet malfunctions because of a speck of dust.It was fine until a week ago when a speck of dust must have gotten under the space bar and, well, the song really is a true story."The company's instructions specifically tell you to hold the computer at a 75 degree angle when cleaning the keyboard with compressed air.
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Media giant CNN has been granted a waiver to make routine drone flights above crowds, a milestone for the drone industry, which is expected to experience dramatic growth in the next few years.The Part 107 waiver represents the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a waiver for unlimited flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over people, the news network said in a statement.FAA rules prohibit drone flights over people, but waivers are available when applicants can demonstrate no risk of injury."This waiver signifies a critical step forward not only for CNN's UAS operations, but also the commercial UAS industry at large," David Vigilante, senior vice president of legal for CNN, said in a statement.New FAA regulations for commercial use of drones went into effect in August 2016, making it easier for pilots to use drones for everything from structural or crop inspection to search-and-rescue operations to film production.CNN will be allowed to fly a Vantage Robotics Snap drone weighing 1.37 pounds and featuring four enclosed rotors to reduce the chance of injury.
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There are a few questions that have been confusing the SEO industry for many years.Let’s try to clear up some of the confusion by answering some frequently-asked (or frequently-wondered) questions about duplicate content.None of Google’s representatives has ever confirmed the existence of such a penalty; there were no algorithmic updates called “duplicate content”; and there can never be such a penalty because in the overwhelming number of cases, duplicate content is a natural thing with no evil intent behind that.Still, lots of SEO experts keep “diagnosing” a duplicate content “penalty” when they analyze every other website.Duplicate content is often mentioned in conjunction with updates like Panda and Fred, but it is used to identify bigger issues, i.e.Google keeps urging website owners to focus on high-quality expert content, which is your safest bet when it comes to avoiding having your pages flagged as a result of thin content.
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Nielsen, the company which has been monitoring television show views and providing ratings for over ninety years, today announced it was creating a new service casting light on “Subscription-based Streaming Content Consumption” — in other words, Netflix, Hulu, and the like.One way the company is going to track ratings is via Nielsen meters — specifically, via audio recognition software.According to the New York Times, the company listens via its set meters, devices connected to TVs in several thousand homes across the country.The meters record data and send it back to Nielsen nightly.That’s more than a little creepy, not to mention an ineffective way of monitoring Netflix.Nielsen might be able to measure who’s streaming stuff on their set top box, but it has no way of measuring Netflix views on devices, such as laptops or tablets — which is the only way I watch Netflix these days.
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They are difficult to obtain and worth a great deal to ecommerce businesses.Losing one because of a misstep in an otherwise well executed marketing plan would be a shame.In this article, I’ll address how to avoid four email practices that are sure to annoy your subscribers.This not a surprise, as we all receive many emails from brands.Different types of subscribers will have different thresholds for “too many.”Consider the example, below, from Loft, a women’s apparel site.
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Hearst has bought Rodale Inc., the publisher of some of the largest, most established health and wellness lifestyle brands—including Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World—and a book publishing arm.The announcement, which was released on Wednesday evening, did not disclose the exact terms of the agreement, but it did state that Rodale’s 93 editions in 64 countries would become part of Hearst’s portfolio in early 2018.This news comes months after Rodale executives discussed the desire to sell all or most of the company’s titles.Upon completion of the acquisition, which will need government approval, Hearst Magazines will operate Rodale’s multi-platform content business.Hearst Magazines already owns and manages more than 300 editions and websites around the world, including 20 titles in the U.S.“We have a long-standing respect for Hearst’s commitment to connecting consumers with imaginative, engaging content across an ever-diversifying choice of platforms, technologies and experiences around the world,” said Maria Rodale, the CEO of Rodale Inc., in the statement.
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The congressional hearing is one of many government probes into Russian election interference, this one turns its focus on social media’s involvement.All three tech companies found evidence of ad tampering over the course of internal investigations this year, and subsequently reported those findings to congress.Facebook reported hundreds of Pages and advertisers tied to a Russian troll farm, which had purchased over 3000 advertisements totaling over $100,000.Twitter uncovered at least 200 accounts tied to similar ones flagged by Facebook, and hundreds of bots spamming propaganda.Google, for its part, found thousands of dollars in ads were purchased by Russian agents, and continues to investigate over $50,000 in questionable ad purchases from accounts that haven’t been confirmed to be bad actors yet.The same meddlers are using malware to hijack our browsers and use our Facebook accounts to like ads and fake-news stories — with us none the wiser.
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Chinese smartphone manufacturer, OPPO, announced that its first 18:9 FHD smartphone with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution, OPPO F5, will be announced on the 26th of October.Rumors have it that this smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.In the camera department, OPPO F5 boasts of a rear dual camera setup with a 20MP camera supported by a 16MP snapper.To keep the lights on, this smartphone will come with a large 4000mAh battery.This smartphone is expected to debut in the Philippines and a fresh comprehensive information from the Philippines suggests that most of the speculations about this device were correct except for one point.It says that the selfie settings will be a 12MP dual camera setup.
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No difference in protons and antiprotons have yet been found which would help to potentially explain the existence of matter in our universe.However, physicists in the BASE collaboration at the CERN research center have been able to measure the magnetic force of antiprotons with almost unbelievable precision.Around the world, scientists are using a variety of methods to find some difference, regardless of how small.The multinational BASE collaboration at the European research center CERN brings together scientists from the RIKEN research center in Japan, the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the University of Tokyo, GSI Darmstadt, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and the German National Metrology Institute (PTB) in Braunschweig.The BASE collaboration published high-precision measurements of the antiproton g-factor back in January 2017 but the current ones are far more precise.This is the equivalent of measuring the circumference of the earth to a precision of four centimeters.
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In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers show that they can use surface plasmon polaritons -- propagating electromagnetic waves confined at a metal-dielectric interface -- to transform light from completely incoherent to almost fully coherent and vice versa.The ability to modulate coherence could be useful in a wide variety of applications from structural coloration and optical communication to beam shaping and microscopic imaging."There had been some theoretical work suggesting that coherence modulation was possible, and some experimental results showing small amounts of modulation," said Dongfang Li, a postdoctoral researcher in Brown's School of Engineering and the study's lead author.Lasers, for example, emit light that's highly coherent, meaning the waves are strongly correlated.The sun and incandescent light bulbs emit weakly correlated waves, which are generally said to be "incoherent", although, more precisely, they are characterized by low yet measurable degrees of coherence."Coherence, like color and polarization, is a fundamental property of light," said Domenico Pacifici, an associate professor of engineering and physics at Brown and coauthor of the research.
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Researchers from Caltech and the University of Southern California (USC) report the first application of quantum computing to a physics problem.By employing quantum-compatible machine learning techniques, they developed a method of extracting a rare Higgs boson signal from copious noise data.Higgs is the particle that was predicted to imbue elementary particles with mass and was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012.The new quantum machine learning method is found to perform well even with small datasets, unlike the standard counterparts.The details of the program as well as comparisons to existing techniques are detailed in a paper published on October 19 in the journal Nature.A popular computing technique for classifying data is the neural network method, known for its efficiency in extracting obscure patterns within a dataset.
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Irvine, Calif., Oct. 18, 2017 - River deltas, with their intricate networks of waterways, coastal barrier islands, wetlands and estuaries, often appear to have been formed by random processes, but scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions see order in the apparent chaos.Through field studies and mathematical modeling, they have concluded that deltas "self-organize" to increase the number, direction and size - or diversity - of sediment transport pathways to the shoreline, boosting their ability to withstand human disturbances and naturally occurring factors.The research team's findings have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."Could there be some common 'goal' on the part of deltas to sustain their existence by diversifying the spread of their fluxes to build land on their way to the ocean?"Looking at 10 major river deltas around the world, they determined the probability of flows dividing into smaller channels and merging again at confluences, discovering that all but one, the Niger Delta in Africa, exhibited a high "nonlocal entropy rate," meaning a large diversity of delivery pathways to the sea.The team confirmed these findings through numerical models, demonstrating that even when major channel avulsions take place - leading to network reorganization - flows tend to re-create diverse water routes.
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Razer has a penchant for rapidly upgrading it’s laptops, so when I reviewed the company’s Blade Stealth laptop a few weeks ago, it was with the reservation that it would likely be upgraded to Intel’s latest processor by the end of the year.Well, surprise, Razer has upgraded the Blade Stealth.This time though, it’s more than the usual small performance bumps between generations.Kaby Lake R, as Intel’s 8th-gen mobile chips are called, is said to provide a 40 percent boost in performance for multi-tasking applications.That’s because rather than two cores, it has four – something normally reserved for Intel’s more power hungry chips.Considering the Stealth is aimed at power users who want an ultra-portable, it’s a welcome upgrade.
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