Andy Haas

Andy Haas

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Use this to match profiles to names of people at an organization.Nothing could possibly go wrong hereFinding people's social media profiles can be a slow and manual business – so why not get facial recognition to help?That's the pitch coming from Trustwave's SpiderLabs, which wants to make life easier for penetration testers trying to infiltrate clients' networks and facilities using social engineering and targeted hackery.SpiderLabs' Jacob Wilkin explained that new tool Social Mapper can start with the name of an organisation on LinkedIn, a folder full of named images, or a CSV listing of names with URLs to images.With those inputs, he explained this week, the software's facial recognition capabilities can “correlate social media profiles across a number of different sites on a large scale.”
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There’s no lack of fantastic movies and shows that prove the bonds a sport can forge are perfect fodder for gripping stories.The major players in sports games — Madden, FIFA, NBA 2K, and MLB The Show — have only recently started to explore the role of stories, with varying degrees of success (emphasis on the word “varying”).The less game, the better.I still love the original Longshot, but the utter disaster which is Madden 19’s Homecoming has forced me to re-think why I was enamored with its predecessor.Longshot: Homecoming continues the story of best friends Devin Wade and Colt Cruise.“Four times the gameplay” sounds great at a glance.
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Have you ever wondered why you, like each of us here, is such a pessimist – apart from, y'know, the fact everything inevitably goes horribly wrong all the time?There are, we're told, c-shaped nubs buried within each hemisphere of the brain called the caudate nuclei.A group of neuro-boffins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in America found that when these were stimulated in a pair of macaque monkeys, it caused them to make more pessimistic decisions.“We feel we were seeing a proxy for anxiety, or depression, or some mix of the two," said MIT Prof Ann Graybiel, a senior author of the study, which was published on Thursday in the journal Neuron.She believes it's an important result because: "These psychiatric problems are still so very difficult to treat for many individuals suffering from them."In one experiment, the team tempted the monkeys with a reward of fruit juice.
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Chinese game apps are spreading abroad like wildfire and the US has become one of their top markets.From the first half of 2017 to the first half of this year, Chinese game makers raised their profits by 52% in the US earning more than $600 million, according to new data from App Annie.Downloads of Chinese games in the US iOS App Store and Google Play Store increased by 54% during the same time.This follows the overall trend of Chinese mobile games going abroad.According to an earlier report from App Annie published July 31, during the first half of 2018, mobile game publishers hit $2.6 billion in overseas revenues from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, a 40 percent year-on-year hike.Overseas expansion has become a necessity, according to the report, as China experiences a slowdown in domestic mobile game revenues.
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It seems every single news outlet has published a line similar to this over the last week: “The tech world has been abuzz with talk of Google’s rumored secret plan to return to China.”Rumors, however, are just another form of gossip.They’re unconfirmed, without much evidence to support them.The political and regulatory winds are always changing.However, it seems that a general direction has been agreed upon: When looking at the foreseeable future of the Chinese internet, Google will be playing a role.But what does that mean for everyone else in a competitive environment that is already notoriously fierce?
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These days it’s almost too easy for anyone to get the latest updates from social media and news sites at their fingertips.But, sometimes, those fingers might be busy with something else just when you’re dying to find out the hottest news on your favorite tech craving.Furthering the age of voice, Google is pushing out a new update that ties together its newly revamped Google News with the ever so helpful Google Assistant so that all you need to say is “Hey Google” and you’ll never have to fear missing out on the important stuff in life.Our ancestors will probably call us lazy and spoiled.Where they had to wait the next day or the next few hours for “news” (technically history by then), all we have to do is to Google, Facebook, or Twitter for hopefully not-fake news.Sometimes the most important things in life need your hands and half your attention.
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Samsung's latest monolith of a phablet has officially been unveiled, and we've now got the lowdown on what makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 special.The Note 9 has been announced in two different colours – Ocean Blue and Midnight Black – as well as two configurations, one with 128GB of onboard storage for $1,499, and the other with an unprecedented 512GB of storage for $1,799.With prices like this, it seems that Samsung is going for the throat of the iPhone X, but is this work-meets-play powerhouse enough to sway Apple die-hards?And does this generation of the Note offer enough promise for those upgrading from the Galaxy Note 8?The best Samsung Galaxy Note 9 plansGiven the $1,499 starting price of this monolithic handset, there's a good chance you'll want to soften that blow with a 24-month contract.
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Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory -- Andrew Burnham, Keith Hardy, Amgad Elgowainy and Jeongwoo Han (now with Exxon) -- have earned Distinguished Achievement awards for helping to reimagine transportation, sustainability and mobility.Argonne's Burnham, an environmental scientist, and Hardy, who leads the U.S. Electric Vehicle (EV) Smart Grid Interoperability Center, received the awards in June from the DOE's Vehicle Technology Office, part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).Elgowainy, team leader and principal energy systems analyst, and Han, an energy systems analyst, also recently earned the awards from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, also part of EERE."Argonne and DOE are making real strides in transportation research, thanks, in part, to their efforts, and their success in removing barriers to commercialize alternative vehicles."The Vehicle Technology Office praised Burnham for his exemplary work creating the AFLEET -- Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation -- Tool.Burnham designed the tool for fleet buyers of vehicles to gauge technologies that aim to reduce operating costs and emissions.
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NEW YORK CITY—I have touched a Galaxy Note9, and I'm back to talk about it.Samsung's flagship smartphone for the back-half of 2018 was announced earlier today, with headline features like, uh, a new S-Pen?It's "new," and Samsung hopes that will be good enough.The display is huge and beautiful, although the 0.1-inch increase this year is something you'll only notice by looking at the spec sheet.Samsung will gain a lot of fans this year by just standing still and not adopting any of the controversial smartphone trends that are spreading across the industry in 2018.The phone still has a headphone jack, and it hasn't adopted a notch design, both of which are two big actual differentiators for the phone this year.
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Sony is to release a specially designed PS4 as a thank-you to PlayStation fans for helping the platform surpass 525.3 million unit sales worldwide.The PlayStation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition is due to release on August 24 and will be available for £449.99 ($499.99) - other pricing TBC.The special design sees the classic black PS4 traded for a deep blue translucent console with copper PS4 logos, with the unit’s individual number (1 to 50,000) inscribed on the front.Only 50,000 of the limited-edition consoles will be made available – so you’ll want to move fast.Special design PlayStation 4 Pro system (HDD 2TB)Special design wireless dualshock controller
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A University of Manchester PhD student has developed a prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft that could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars.This design is the first in the world to utilise centrifugal forces that stiffen lightweight materials to prevent burnup.Current spacecraft heat shield methods include huge inflatables and mechanically deployed structures that are often heavy and complicated to use.Rui Wu, from Manchester's School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, says as well as being lightweight in design is prototype is also "self-regulating".He says: "Spacecraft for future missions must be larger and heavier than ever before, meaning that heat shields will become increasingly too large to manage."To address this demand Wu and his team have developed a flexible heat shield that is shaped like a skirt and spins like a sycamore seed.
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Engineers and medical researchers at the University of Minnesota have teamed up to create a groundbreaking 3D-printed device that could someday help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function.The guide would be surgically implanted into the injured area of the spinal cord where it would serve as a type of "bridge" between living nerve cells above and below the area of injury.The research is published online today in Advanced Functional Materials, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.A video related to the research can be found here: https://z.umn.edu/3Dguidespinalcord"This is the first time anyone has been able to directly 3D print neuronal stem cells derived from adult human cells on a 3D-printed guide and have the cells differentiate into active nerve cells in the lab," said Michael McAlpine, Ph.D., a co-author of the study and University of Minnesota Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the University's College of Science and Engineering."This is a very exciting first step in developing a treatment to help people with spinal cord injuries," said Ann Parr, M.D., Ph.D., a co-author of the study and University of Minnesota Medical School Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Stem Cell Institute.
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Apple says it doesn’t rely on user data for revenues – but the same isn’t true of its many app developers, including Google and FacebookApple has told US lawmakers it “minimises” the collection of personal data by its devices and services using means such as on-device processing, in response to privacy queries earlier this year.The company further specified that its devices do not make recordings of ambient sounds and conversations saying third-party apps are not permitted to do so either.Representatives Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Gregg Harper and Robert Latta wrote to Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Alphabet chief Larry Page in July over privacy concerns triggered in part by Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal.They cited reports saying smartphones could “collect ‘non-triggered’ audio data from users’ conversations near a smartphone in order to hear a ‘trigger’ phrase, such as ‘Okay Google’ or ‘Hey Siri’.”In its response to Walden, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Apple said iPhones do not record audio while listening for Siri wakeup commands and that Siri does not share spoken words.
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Apple’s reputation for reliability has seemingly taken another knock when it comes to the MacBook Pro – following well-documented keyboard woes – as the latest models of the firm’s laptops have reportedly got issues with crackling speakers.As Mac Rumors highlights, MacBook Pro 2018 owners have been complaining about speaker-related problems on its own forums, as well as on Reddit and YouTube, and of course Apple’s support message boards.The issue is that when audio is playing, crackling comes from the speakers – sometimes very slight crackling, and sometimes sharper, noisier bursts, which would definitely get annoying quite quickly.This time around, some folks are also complaining about a correlation between the crackling and Boot Camp, but others are experiencing it while playing songs in iTunes, or videos on YouTube, and elsewhere.Note that we didn’t have any issues with the speakers in our reviews of the latest MacBook Pros, and they behaved themselves perfectly.Obviously this isn’t a problem which will affect every model – or we’d have heard a lot more about it already – but it does appear to be plaguing some MacBook Pro 2018 notebooks.
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Porsche Motorsport is really turning the screws squishing the hearts of rallye fans with a tweet published recently.The tweet shows a Cayman GT4 Clubsport racer that is decked out for rallye racing.Porsche Motorsport says that this is just a concept car for now.However, it will be collecting feedback at the German WRC round to see what the “rallye scene” thinks about the car.The decision if a similar car will be produced for racers to buy will be made later in the year.No real details are offered on the car other than what we can see in the images.
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"While the growth in investment from 2016 to 2017, at 23.2 percent, slowed from growth between 2015 and 2016, this was affected by applying a narrower understanding of robotics, leaving out categories like autonomous cars," said Rian Whitton, research analyst at ABI Research.Had the same definition of robotics been used as in previous years, total investment would have exceeded $5 billion.Given the narrower definition, the sizeable increase in investment is a further indication of the growing confidence in the robotics industry, and the sense of urgency investors have in funding these key technologies.That being said, the robotics market is still evolving.In analyzing the geography of the 152 companies that received VC investment, there were striking differences to 2016.While in terms of the number of investments were largely similar, with the United States retaining over half the number of individual investments and China following a distant second, when cumulative investment was considered, the United States had lost significant market share, accounting for 49.4 percent of funding ($1.4 billion) as opposed to 63 percent in the previous year.
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Did you just get a TV from Tokyo or some flowers in France?Blockchain, that potentially disruptive but much-derided technology, might have helped deliver the goods.A blockchain-based IBM partnership with global shipping colossus Maersk has now expanded to include 94 partners, Big Blue said Thursday.That includes shippers, customs houses, ports and others who have to wrangle paperwork as containers full of goods move around the world.The result is shipping times that dropped a whopping 40 percent on average, according to Marie Wieck, who leads IBM's 1,600-employee blockchain work.That's the kind of improvement that every inventory manager and bean-counter in accounting loves -- and ultimately, lower prices for anyone buying that TV or those flowers.
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A honeypot project operated by Japanese comms company NTT has turned up a bunch of new approaches to malware obfuscation.Yuta Takata of NTT's Secure Platform Laboratories has published an analysis at the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) here.In it, he wrote that since JavaScript can be used to identify different (and vulnerable) browsers, it's worth watching to see if malware authors are using it that way.Takata's group identified five evasion techniques that all abuse differences between JavaScript implementations, he stated, which is more complex than familiar redirection attacks that look at the User-Agent and redirect victims to pages specific to their browser.In other words, this code would redirect an Internet Explorer 8 user to an attack site, but leave others alone: if(ua.indexOf(“MSIE 8”) > -1) {
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The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are among the best phones on the market today on account of their excellent cameras, snappy performance and tight integration with Google's homegrown Android software.But the next generation of Google's flagship phones -- likely to be called the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL -- could be radically different.. After all, Google acquired HTC's phone hardware team in September 2017, and has since folded it into its own operation.On Monday, it also debuted the latest version of its Android operating system, known as Android Pie, which includes compelling new features -- such as multiplayer AR and enhancements to its already-superior voice assistant -- that can't be found on any iPhone (yet).That phone suffered from burn-in issues and other defects related to the phone's OLED display -- missteps which resulted in quite a bit of media attention, marring some initial positive reviews with caveats.Editors' Note: This piece was originally published on June 10, 2018 and is updated frequently.Confirmed: Pixel 3 won't be the first to get Android Pie
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Shenzhen-based marketing firm CN Solomo Technology (欣所罗门科技) has issued an apology after the popular short video app Douyin filed a lawsuit against it for spreading false information.Douyin issued an official statement (in Chinese) on Tuesday regarding the rising number of false allegation and accusations against its app over the past two weeks.The company said over 1000 posts and articles on Weibo, Baidu’s Bai Jiahao (百家号), and other platforms were found containing fabricated content, some of which have become viral posts.These posts, which implicated that Douyin purposefully let pornographic and inappropriate content run rampant on its platform to attract attention and traffic, have negatively reflected on Douyin’s brand.In one post headlined as “four-year-old daughter paralyzed after father accidentally dropped her while reenacting a viral video for Douyin,” was, in fact, an image of a father carrying his daughter who had climbed out the window and accidentally fell.Another article also falsely accused Douyin of putting up a video of a couple conducting “off-limits” behavior in a public park.
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