Johnathan Owen

Johnathan Owen

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In a moment of distress, a person making a 911 call can’t always communicate clearly, if at all, making it all the more difficult for first responders to get to the scene quickly.While wireless carriers can at the current time provide an approximate ground location regarding the whereabouts of a 911 caller — vital if the caller is unable to provide it themselves — a new proposal announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requests that carriers provide an accurate vertical location so a caller can be quickly located inside a multi-story building.The location data should be accurate to within just three meters of the of the handset used to make the emergency call, the FCC said.The proposal is part of the FCC’s ongoing effort to improve its Enhanced 911 location accuracy rules, which require carriers to automatically transmit information on the location of an emergency caller to 911 call centers.According to a news release, the rules require carriers to meet “an increasingly stringent series of location accuracy benchmarks in accordance with a timetable, including provision of the caller’s ‘dispatchable location’ (such as the street address and apartment number) or vertical location.” With the cooperation of carriers, the system could launch on a phased-in basis starting in April 2021.The FCC said the plan had been in the pipeline for a while, but it’d decided to hold off on a decision until it had received additional testing data, which has now occurred.
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After Comcast's 2018 acquisition of Sky, it's starting to integrate Sky's and NBCUniversal's ad targeting capabilities.It will morph NBCU's Audience Studio into Sky's AdSmart offering in Comcast's first joint ad initiative since closing the $39 billion deal for Sky.NBCU hopes the effort will help it compete with Facebook and Google by enabling advertisers to target ads on a global basis.Comcast is starting to make good on getting benefits out of its 2018 acquisition of European pay-TV giant Sky.The deal will give NBCU access to Sky's AdSmart, which lets advertisers target ads to individual viewers of digital and linear TV, using information on subscribers, and is considered by analysts to be one of the TV company's most valuable assets.NBCU contributes its 3-year-old Audience Studio, which lets advertisers target digital and linear audiences based on consumer behavioral attributes.
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Insider threats are not the only security challenge faced by security and risk professionals.It is generally agreed upon in the security community that insider threats persist due to a lack of understanding over exactly what an insider threat is, how it manifests and what basic steps can be taken to mitigate it.Annually, our insider threat analyst team performs assessments across our global customer base to produce our insider threat intelligence report, which is free and openly available to the security community.This group is comprised of people who do not intend to cause any harm.They end up placing their organisations at risk via mistakes, poor decisions and a lack of education and understanding regarding what smart security decisions are.Finally, we witnessed additional cases of compromised users.
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The Australian government says its budding blockchain industry needs to be a “world leader,” so it’s promised to write a roadmap and donate AU$100,000 ($71K) towards advancing its usage within the public sector.In a press release, Karen Andrews, Australia‘s minister for trade, tourism, and investment, laid out plans to position the nation at the forefront of decentralized tech.“The national strategy puts us on the front foot in exploring how government and industry can enhance the long-term development of blockchain and its uses,” said Andrews, after calling for Australians to “seize the opportunities presented by blockchain.”She then promised a roadmap, geared toward a number of “policy areas.” These were described with a number of obscure business buzzwords like: skills and capacity building, innovation, international competitiveness, and collaboration.In order to create a well-rounded roadmap, the Australian trade and investment commission will contribute $100,000 ($71,000) in funding to Australian blockchain startups keen on attending Coindesk’s Consensus conference taking place in New York this May.The idea is they will work with blockchain experts in order to develop Australia‘s national blockchain strategy, as well as contribute to an incoming government report into blockchain use-cases.
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Indonesian ecommerce unicorn Bukalapak denies that 13 million of its user accounts were hacked, though the company admits that it was the target of a security breach.According to a company statement, “confidential, important, and private data such as user passwords and financial information remain secure despite [a] past attempt made on Bukalapak’s old and stale information.”A Pakistani hacker who goes by the alias Gnosticplayers claims that he had stolen 27 million user records from six websites, including Bukalapak.The accounts were allegedly put up for sale on a dark web market called Dream Market for roughly US$5,000 worth of bitcoin.Another Indonesian startup, Youthmanual, was also targeted.In past operations, the same hacker had stolen user data from fitness apps ClassPass and MyFitnessPal, as well as the dating app CoffeeMeetsBagel, among others.
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Let's talk about specs baby, let's talk about real 5GComment Executive editor Andrew Orlowski was invited to share his thoughts on challenges to the uptake of 5G at a Westminster Forum event on Thursday 14 March.Imagine that a friendly and curious civilisation of Little Green Men and Women – who may or may not be little – had crossed deep space to eavesdrop on the state of human technology.These tend to make a machine more expensive and less reliable – not the best basis for an industrial revolution.In an analogy Noam Chomsky likes to use, today's AI is akin to scrapping the physics department and trusting data analysis to produce the weather forecasts."You seem to have made them slower."
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There’s an obvious gender imbalance in technology and voice assistants.Whether it’s Siri, Cortana, Alexa, or another female voice telling you when to turn right on Google Maps, it’s most commonly an AI ‘woman’ who takes our commands.With so much female servitude in our smart devices, along with the rapid deployment of AI, it should come as no surprise that technology is hardwiring sexism into our future — but Q, the world’s first genderless voice, hopes to eradicate gender bias in technology.Created by a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers, Q hopes to “end gender bias” and encourage “more inclusivity in voice technology.” They recorded the voices of two dozen people who identify as male, female, transgender, or non-binary in search for a voice that typically “does not fit within male or female binaries.” To find this voice, the Q team conducted a test involving over 4,600 people, who were asked to rate the voice on a scale of 1 (male) to 5 (female).From this experiment, audio researchers were able to define a frequency range which is gender neutral.They recorded several voices, working on the pitch, the tone and the format filter and finally achieved “Q.”
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Google+ is a few weeks away from shutting down, with the task of deleting content associated with the social network beginning on April 2.While there’s a way to download and save everything you ever posted on Google+, the folks at the Internet Archive are now working diligently to preserve public posts from Google+ so they can be viewed for all eternity … or at least, for a very long time.The Internet Archive, for those not in the know, is a non-profit digital library that’s been keeping a record of every webpage since 1996, when the internet as we know it today was in its earliest stages of development.In a recent announcement on Reddit spotted by The Verge, the Internet Archive said volunteers have been working to save “most” of the public content posted on Google+.It said that if you do hold off deleting your Google+ account, it’s likely that much of the public content associated with it will land up on the Internet Archive, where it can be viewed by interested parties.If you’re cool with that, then just leave your Google+ account online (assuming you haven’t already scrubbed it from the internet) to ensure that the team is able to grab the content for the archive.
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To prevent this from happening, we need to develop forensic techniques to detect automatically generated text.”GLTR takes the same models that are are used as the basis for fake text generation by GPT2.By looking at a piece of text, and then predicting which words the algorithm would likely have picked to follow one another, it can give a verdict on whether it thinks it was written by a machine.The tool is available for users to try online.Until now, it’s been relatively easy for humans to pick out writing generated by machines — usually because it is overly formulaic or, in creative writing, makes little to no sense.However, at the moment machines do not actually understand the content of a text.
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What's a persistent online shooter without a decent loot system?Doomed, that's what, and Anthem developers Bioware seem to have noticed that.The sci-fi jetpack-fuelled shoot-em up has got off to a rocky start after years of hype, with players finding that worthy in-game loot drops were not only rare, but in some instances absolutely pointless too, given that the game scales a player's power in an unusual way after levelling up.A new update is launching for Anthem to address this.Rolling out server-side (meaning you won't have to download an update or new version of the game yourself), the drop rate of powerful items will be "increased" during "specific scenarios"."In the latest server-side update, we've made some notable changes to the loot drop rate in specific scenarios, which will take effect immediately in a server-side tuning update," the team said on publisher EA's website.
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Technologists like to put machine learning on a pedestal, exalting its ability to complement and even exceed human labour, but these systems are far from perfect.In fact, they are still tremendously vulnerable to self-owns.A research paper from January details how just how easy it is to trick an image recognition neural network.“If you start from a firetruck, you just need to rotate it a little bit and it becomes a school bus with almost near-certain confidence,” Anh Nguyen, assistant professor of computer science at Auburn University and a researcher on the study, told Gizmodo in a phone call on Thursday.The paper, titled “Strike (with) a Pose: Neural Networks Are Easily Fooled by Strange Poses of Familiar Objects,” collected a dataset of 3D objects from ImageNet, rotated them, and then tested the image classification of a deep neural network.When the objects’ positions were slightly altered, the neural nets misclassified them 97 per cent of the time.
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Cambodia-based internet startup Groupin announced that it has raised US$5 million in a series A funding round from Mekong-focused private equity firm Belt Road Capital Management.This is possibly the largest startup funding round raised in Cambodia’s nascent startup scene, according to Belt Road’s press release.The claim is verified by Tech in Asia’s own data.Co-founded by Vichet In, Vichea In, Visal In and Mayan In – all siblings – Groupin is the holding company of Little Fashion, an ecommerce player in Cambodia, and Mediaload, a digital media firm with operations in Cambodia and Myanmar.Launched as an informal Facebook retailer in late 2010, Little Fashion, through its online platform L192, sells clothes, accessories, and lifestyle products via its online platform, social media pages, and retail stores.Its main Facebook page has over 1.6 million Facebook followers.
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According to rigorous new tests undertaken by AV-Comparatives, two-thirds of the antivirus apps available for Android devices offer no protection whatsoever.In its ongoing mission to offer systemic testing of security software, the independent organization put 250 Android antivirus apps through their paces, finding that all but 80 of them failed to meet even the site's minimum requirements for basic security.According to the site's 2019 test, less than a third of the apps examined managed to detect at least 30% of 2018's malicious apps with zero false alarms – many of the apps that failed to meet the site's standards regularly found popular genuine (clean) apps to be harmful, and malicious ones to be safe.Where did they go wrong?That ineffectiveness, in large part, stems from the apps not actually scanning code.Many were discovered to be working from outdated and dubious blacklists and whitelists, failing to detect malicious packages if their names sounded like trusted apps (e.g.
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The stiletto breed of snakes are tricky for scientists and handlers to deal with.It's not because they're particularly aggressive, rather it's because they inject their venom by stabbing their fangs out to the side of their mouth.In what's good news for nature lovers and bad news for anyone who may have to actually hold one of these snakes, a new species of stiletto snake has been discovered in West Africa by Dr. Mark-Oliver Roedel and his team from Berlin's Natural History Museum.The new snake is called Branch's Stiletto Snake, or , in honour of South African snake expert William Branch, who passed away last October.The team found three of the new snakes, and said in their paper that the species can be found in western Liberia and southeastern Guinea.Scientists usually hold snakes with good ol' fingers-behind-the-head technique, since most snakes attack by opening their mouth and lunging forward.
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Don’t call it a comeback—call it a renaissance, a golden age of retail.Contrary to headlines bemoaning the death of merchandising, the so-called “retail apocalypse,” it’s still alive and kicking and was all anyone talked about at this year’s Shoptalk retail/commerce conference.While legacy retailers are experimenting with all sorts of ways to keep customers coming through the door—nail salons, laundry service and buy-online-pickup-in-store offerings—a new breed of store is cropping up, one that brings the digital experience to a brick-and-mortar environment.Brands like Quip, a DTC toothbrush company, and Function of Beauty shampoos, for example, pay a member fee starting at $6,000 per month to join Showfields; the price changes based on in-store location and square footage.“All the brands are consumer centric, brand oriented, design driven,” said Showfields co-founder and CEO Tal Zvi Nathanel.Brian Trunzo, a senior consultant and trend forecaster at WGSN, isn’t sold on Showfields’ concept, noting a similar model exists in Europe.
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In Android 9 Pie, Google introduced a new navigation system that almost threw away years’ worth of refinement in favor of gestures.Naturally, it was compared a lot with Apple’s gestures that it introduced starting with the iPhone X.Depending on your preferences, Android’s version might either be too iPhone-like or not enough.For better or worse, Android Q might change that and by change, we mean making its gestures resemble Apple’s even more closely.There have been equal amounts of resistance and acceptance when it came to Android’s adoption of gesture-based navigation.On the one hand, it throws away one of Android’s identifying features and requires a bit of thumb exercise to use.
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Nintendo Switch controllers, namely the Joy-Cons and the Pro controller, will soon be supported by Google Chrome, showcasing Google’s future plans for gaming.A new commit titled “Improve support for Nintendo Switch gamepads” was spotted in Chromium’s Gerrit source code management by 9to5Google.The Nintendo Switch Pro controller had early support on Linux, but the new code looks to expand compatibility by adding the Joy-Cons.Instead of just improving support for the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, which may be connected through USB and Bluetooth, the commit also seeks to add Chrome support for Bluetooth connections with Joy-Cons, both as a pair and as separate devices, and even the Joy-Con Charging Grip through USB.Chrome’s support is possible through the standard Gamepad API, which means that developers will be able to easily enable Nintendo Switch controllers in their games and apps.There is no definite timeline yet as to when the support for the Nintendo Switch Pro controllers and Joy-Cons will be added to Google Chrome.
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A solid elevator pitch can be the difference between a successful startup launch or a lost opportunity.Venture capitalists want to speak with people who have the power to make decisions.Get them on the hookYou need to come up with a good sound bite for your pitch.Whether it’s for consumers (B2C) or for businesses (B2B) it needs to solve a problem.You got their attention and they know what business your problem solves, it’s time for the “death blow.” You need to make it clear now how the business plans on making money.
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The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has been showing off its new toys, recently sharing first light images from its new telescopes Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.Each telescope is powerful on its own, but they really shine when the four are combined together into the Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars (SPECULOOS) instrument.Now the ESO has released the first image collected by SPECULOOS, and it’s a stunning portrait of the Lagoon Nebula, also known as Messier 8 or NGC 6523.SPECULOOS isn’t even designed to study nebulae — it is designed to search for habitable planets — but it’s hard to object to the gorgeous results.The Lagoon Nebula is vast, stretching over 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall.It is also far away, at 5,000 light-years’ distance from Earth, but because of its huge size it still appears three times larger than the full Moon in the sky.
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And not for any of the standout apps or ludicrously expensive straps, but because it has a “send your heartbeat” feature.It’s because when my husband Dion is in the pub, his boss and workmates are quite snooty about him texting me every hour or so to let me know he hasn’t died — but with this watch, he could just discreetly send a heartbeat.In Silicon Valley, they know this, and are pouring billions of dollars into ambitious life extension technology like Google’s Calico, or Peter Thiel’s biotech portfolio, though so far to little avail.It seems like the only thing that all the advances of the past few decades have done is to intensify our mortal terror by giving us hope that death will be optional soon — but maybe not quite soon enough, for some of us.People hate it when you think they’re dead.Either they’re uncomfortable with the suggestion that they’re as perishable as a carrot, or they ask if you’re “alright” and suggest you “might want to see someone” — just for reacting logically to the simple fact that people die without letting you know.
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