Trent Lapinski from Hacker Noon writes an informal letter to Apple, asking "who the hell actually asked for Face ID?"and calling the iPhone X and new face-scanning security measure "Orwellian" and "creepy": For the company that famously used 1984 in its advertising to usher in a new era of personal computing, it is pretty ironic that 30+ years later they would announce technology that has the potential to eliminate global privacy.I've been waiting 10-years since the first iPhone was announced for a full-screen device that is both smaller in my hand but has a larger display and higher capacity battery.However, I do not want these features at the cost of my privacy, and the privacy of those around me.While the ease of use and user experience of Face ID is apparent, I am not questioning that, the privacy concerns are paramount in today's world of consistent security breaches.Given what we know from Wikileaks Vault7 and the CIA / NSA capabilities to hijack any iPhone, including any sensor on the phone, the very thought of handing any government a facial ID system for them to hack into is a gift the world may never be able to return.
Hurricane Maria has caused catastrophic flooding in Puerto Rico and left a wake of heavy rainfall that NASA measured using a fleet of satellites in space.The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite, a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency can measure rainfall from space.That rainfall data, combined with data from other satellites provided a tally of Hurricane Maria's rainfall over the course of several days.IMERG estimated that rainfall totals greater than 10 inches (254 mm) were common along Maria's track.IMERG rainfall estimates indicated that more than 20 inches (512 mm) of rain fell over a large part of Puerto Rico.Hurricane Maria has now moved to the northwest of Puerto Rico but is still expected to contribute to rainfall over the island on Friday.
The malware attack on Windows utility CCleaner may have been more targeted and sophisticated than it seemed.In the days since the attack was announced, researchers have been poring through data from a seized command and control center, finding evidence that the attackers were using the compromise to target some of the world’s most powerful tech companies.New posts from Avast and Cisco’s Talos research group detail the findings, as first reported by Wired.At the time the server was seized, the attackers were targeting a string of internal domains with a second-stage payload, designed to collect data and provide persistent access to any infected device.The list of domains, published by Talos, reveals a number of major tech companies.Other targets include Sony, Samsung, Intel, and Akamai.
New submitter Zorro writes: A ransomware attack sweeping the globe right now is launching about 8,000 different versions of the virus script at Barracuda's customers, Eugene Weiss, lead platform architect at Barracuda, told Axios, and it's hitting at a steady rate of about 2 million attacks per hour.What to watch out for: An incoming email spoofing the destination host, with a subject about "Herbalife" or a "copier" file delivery.Two of the latest variants Barracuda has detected include a paragraph about legalese to make it seem official, or a line about how a "payment is attached," which tricks you to click since, as Weiss puts it, "everyone wants a payment."
Filipino fast chain Jolibee is seeking to buy British sandwich company Pret A Manger from private equity firm Bridgepoint for a speculated $738m.Jolibee, which is worth £3.79b (263 billion Philippine pesos), currently has a presence in the US, Middle East and Asia Pacific, where they have over a thousand stores, including Singapore.It had massive queues in the city-state when it opened in 2013.Pret is available in the UK, France and the Middle East, and it is also has a presence in Asia Pacific with stores in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
Oh my… this looks awesome – if you take away the Xiaomi-like wallpaper on it.Have a look at the Nubia NX595J, the first trully bezel less wonder from ZTE, ready to take on the Mi Mix 2 flagship.The device shares similar characteristics with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 flagship but we’re here to go on past them.It appeared earlier today out of nowhere with minimal top/bottom bezels measuring a mere 3mm each, along with an awesome 5,73 inch display.The device has a fully aluminum frame, curved glass on all 4 sides and Gorilla Glass 5 protection of course.The not yet unveiled nubia NX595J model (that’s not its official name of course, just a model number), comes with a dual camera set up on its back (with a two tone flash separating the two lenses) and a rear placed fingerprint scanner.
Mockups are a key part of creating new marketing campaigns and redesigning entire websites.As partners in the process of producing those new experiences, search-engine-optimization professionals should offer feedback at every stage of the process.And optimizing for SEO from a mockup is worlds better than waiting until all the design and UX decisions are made.We need review mockups to identify the challenges and opportunities that the new design presents.To be sure, offering recommendations based on mockups is not as effective and efficient as optimizing an experience that has been developed already.Textual content is critical to contextual relevance, one of the major components of every search engine algorithm.
Plus, how the drama with the Belgian monarchy played outBrussels, Belgium, has waited a good long while for its first-ever Burger King restaurant, and the transition hasn’t been smooth.Months later, following Antwerp, Charleroi and Namur, the King (of burgers) finally has a home of its own in Brussels—in Auderghem, to be precise, which isn’t exactly central.The Whopper Bus, a bus line that crosses and takes people to Burger King to scratch their BK itch.“When Burger King reached out to us to face Belgian agencies in their competition, we knew they were seeking this kind of idea, a little crazy but precisely insightful,” explains president and executive creative director Georges Mohammed-Chérif of Buzzman in Paris—which ideated the work—to AdFreak.They had concerns about the restaurant being isolated, and when we told them it was the first ‘drive-to-store’ that actually , I think they appreciated our understanding of the brief.”
Yes, Apple claims that Face ID on the iPhone X is far more secure than Touch ID ever was.Yet the poetic and the paranoid have already been concocting scenarios in which unlocking your phone with facial recognition is fraught with danger.What if, for example, a thief -- or, perish the idea, a police officer -- demands you stare at your phone to unlock it?Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering -- who had his own seeming snafu (denied by Apple) with Face ID during Apple's event on Tuesday -- says there are two things you can do to stop nefarious actors from forcing you into Face ID.Thieves -- or even one or two police officers -- aren't always so reasonable as to let you not do what they want.They might just force you to stare.
The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed Hurricane Jose and found some very tall, powerful thunderstorms within, despite still being battered by wind shear as it moves between Bermuda and the Bahamas.On Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10:35 a.m. AST/EDT (1435 UTC) the GPM core observatory satellite traveled above persistent hurricane Jose as it was meandering in the Atlantic Ocean.GPM found that even though Jose was affected by strong northwesterly shear, it contained very powerful convective storms.GPM's Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) found extremely intense downpours within these storms where rain was measured by DPR falling at a rate of over 8.9 inches (227 mm) per hour.At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, GPM's radar (DPR Ku Band) was used to create a 3-D cross-section of the precipitation within hurricane Jose.This 3-D examination by DPR showed that some of the powerful convective storms within Jose had tops that were reaching altitudes greater than 10.85 miles (175 km).
Apple yesterday held its special event revealing the latest devices, including iPhone 8 and X, and Watch Series 3.Along side gadget reveals, the Cupertino company managed to wow audience members and online viewers with a peek at the first competitive multiplayer game designed to be played entirely in augmented reality.The game is called “The Machines” and it looks absolutely stunning.It’s the most exciting thing we’ve seen in AR since Microsoft showed off Minecraft in a Hololens demo at E3 back in 2015.During yesterday’s demo, Atli Mar Sveinsson, CEO and Co-Founder of Directive Games, showed of the immersive features of the game in real-time.While the tech community at-large debates which headset is worth purchasing and whether or not VR will ever find its way into mainstream gamers’ homes, none of us can dispute the popularity of “Pokemon Go.”
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is a giant phone with a ton of features, but one of its most prominent ones is its new dual-camera setup.TheNote 8’s camera also lets you mimic the blurred background that you can get with a larger, DSLR camera.This can be cool for portraits, close-ups, or anything else where you want your subject to stand out from the background as much as possible.But you can launch it even faster with a shortcut: double-tap the power button in rapid succession.Flip the toggle if it’s not on and you’re good to go.One note here: the tele camera on the Note 8 is not nearly as good as the wide angle camera in low light, and depending on where you use it, the phone might decide to just crop the wide-angle camera instead of switching to the tele to give the same effect.
Ellen L. Weintraub, a member of the Federal Elections Commission, has submitted a vote on revamping disclaimer rules around political ads on the internet following Facebook’s admission yesterday that Russia bought $100,000 worth of ads on the social network to influence the US presidential election last year.Weintraub, who posted her letter to the FEC on Twitter, says the goal is to decide whether the “American people deserve to know who’s paying for the political info they see on the internet?”“It is imperative that we updated the Federal Elections Commission’s regulations to ensure that the American people know who is paying for the internet political communications they see,” Weintraub writes.“Given the revelations of the past few days regarding the secret purchase of thousands of internet political ads by foreign actors during the 2016 presidential election, there can no longer reasonably be any doubt that we need to revise and modernize our internet disclaimer regulations.” The letter was sent to Chairman Steven T. Walthier, and Weintraub says she intends to include input from Facebook, Twitter, and Google, among other tech companies, once a new 30-day public comment period has taken place and a new hearing is scheduled.The ad campaign, which was conducted by a notorious Russian “troll farm” with a history of using online tools and campaigns to spread state propaganda, was relatively small.However it’s yet more incontrovertible proof that foreign actors with ties to the Russian government attempted to meddle in the US presidential election.
Scientists from China's Zheijiang University have proved it’s possible, publishing new research that demonstrates how Siri, Alexa, and other voice-activated programs can be controlled using inaudible ultrasound commands.This provides a new method of attack for hackers targeting devices like phones, tablets, and even cars.As pointed out in a FastCompany report on the topic, Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Dash Buttons both use inaudible sounds to pair to your phone.And advertisers take advantage of these secret audio freeways too, broadcasting ultrasonic codes in TV commercials that work like cookies in a web browser; tracking a user’s activity across devices.Deploying these high-pitched frequencies to hack voice assistants has also been suggested before, but this new work from Zheijiang provides the most comprehensive test of the concept to date.Then, they tested whether those commands would be obeyed by 16 voice control systems, including Siri, Google Now, Samsung S Voice, Cortana, Alexa, and a number of in-car interfaces.
Major US technology firms, including Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, are lining up to attack Trump’s government for its decision to end a programme protecting almost a million young migrants from deportation.Microsoft has promised to go to court to defend any employee who faces deportation once the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme ends in six months’ time.If the government tries to deport a Microsoft employee, the company’s president, Brad Smith, said: “It’s going to have to go through us to get that person.”Smith later clarified what that will mean in practice: “If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees.If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel.We will also file an amicus brief and explore whether we can directly intervene in any such case.”
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: Investigators for Major League Baseball believe the Boston Red Sox, currently in first place in the American League East, have used the Apple Watch to illicitly steal hand signals from opposing teams, reports The New York Times.The Red Sox are believed to have stolen hand signals from opponents' catchers in games using video recording equipment and communicated the information with the Apple Watch.An inquiry into the Red Sox' practice started two weeks ago following a complaint from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who caught a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying information to players.It's believed the information was used to determine the type of pitch that was going to be thrown.Baseball investigators corroborated the claim using video for instant replay and broadcasts before confronting the Red Sox.The team admitted that trainers received signals from video replay personnel and then shared them with some players.
In the customary way the announcement is heavy on utopian hyperbole and self-congratulation but light on substance.This first stage of the project announced in the spring budget will consist of chucking £10 million at six pilot schemes.They are expected to ‘test innovative ways of connecting offices and public sector buildings with the next generation of broadband – full fibre networks that run fibre connections straight to the doors of customers’ homes or businesses,’ according to the announcement.Putting that into telecoms-speak, this seems to be more about FTTB than FTTH, but it’s a start.Here’s where the trials will take place: Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.Credulous reporting in mainstream media is generally supporting the utopian government line that promising ‘up to’ 1 Gbps will change everything and that these trials prove the promised land is within touching distance.
Looking at the best Facebook ad examples is one of the top ways to learn about Facebook advertising.In addition to gaining insight into what your competition's doing, you'll also get an overview of the latest design innovations and copywriting hacks used by top brands.We collected the very best 142 Facebook ad examples to bring you tons of inspiration.How to use this article: The first 50 ad examples come with an explanation of what makes them good – so that you can get a better overview of Facebook ad best practices.While browsing all these examples, analyze: What makes the ad’s image good?What copywriting hacks you can learn?
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A South Carolina couple claims in a proposed federal class-action lawsuit (PDF) that Amazon sold defective eclipse-watching glasses that partially blinded them during the historic coast-to-coast solar eclipse on August 21.Corey Payne and fiance Kayla Harris say in their lawsuit that because of the eyewear Payne purchased from Amazon, the couple is now suffering from "blurriness, a central blind spot, increased sensitivity, changes in perception of color, and distorted vision."Amazon issued a recall of defective and perhaps counterfeit eclipse eyewear in an e-mail sent out to customers before the event.Payne said he did not receive the message.His suit seeks to represent others who were injured or may be injured from the eyewear purchased on Amazon.The alleged Tennessee-based maker of the glasses, American Paper Optics, is not named in the suit.
Instagram is blaming a bug in its API for the partial breach of verified users' accounts.All verified users have been notified that some of their profile data – email address and phone number – could have been viewed by one or more attackers.The Facebook-owned organisation isn't explaining any details of the API flaw, which it says has been patched.It's not clear, for example, whether the API only leaked verified members' details, or that attackers only dug into verified accounts because they're more likely to be celebrities.The notice to users says the malicious activity “was targeted at high-profile users,” and added extra vigilance, particularly if anyone encountered “unrecognised incoming calls, texts, and e-mails”.As entertainment industry bible Variety has reported, someone recently hijacked actor Selena Gomez's account to post Justin Beiber nudes.