Kenneth White

Kenneth White

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In the absence of proactive tools to prevent dirtbags from nonconsensually uploading intimate photos to the internet, victims of revenge porn have little surefire recourse to ensure the photos stop circulating online.That’s why Facebook’s announcement today that it’s ramping up its program to police nonconsensual image-sharing feels like a glimmer of hope in the fight against revenge porn.But Facebook’s latest effort, as promising as it is, remains frustratingly vague, leaving vulnerable users with key questions unanswered.Facebook announced in a blog post today its “new detection technology” that will help flag and remove intimate photos shared on its platform without the subject’s consent.“By using machine learning and artificial intelligence, we can now proactively detect near nude images or videos that are shared without permission on Facebook and Instagram,” Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, wrote in the post.“This means we can find this content before anyone reports it, which is important for two reasons: often victims are afraid of retribution so they are reluctant to report the content themselves or are unaware the content has been shared.”
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After carefully selecting a semi-automatic weapon from the trunk of his car, one of at least three, a 28-year-old Australian, calmly walked to the front door of the Masjid Al Noor mosque.The shooter was calm, collected, and business-like in his task, gunning down man, woman, and child before returning to his car to reload, and then ultimately making his way to another nearby mosque to repeat his actions.The footage quickly found its way to Twitter, then Facebook.For three of the four, it represents an affront to their terms of service.As for inciting violence, it took months to ban the popular QAnon subreddit, which routinely called for attacks on political opponents.Ditto one of Reddit’s largest subreddits, r/The_Donald — a pro-Donald Trump fan page that acts as a powder keg for young Conservatives waiting to explode.
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This court case alleged that Apple infringed upon a number of Qualcomm patents with its smartphones iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X.Because the court found Apple’s devices to have infringed upon Qualcomm’s patents, the jury awarded Qualcomm around $31 million USD in patent infringement damages from July 6th, 2017 through the end of the trial.Further, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X are said to have infringed upon Qualcomm’s U.S. Patent No.In all other allegations in this case, Apple was found not guilty.It’s important to note that this court’s finding did not rule in favor of Qualcomm on all counts.At the point at which Developer and former Apple employee Arjuna Siva gave his initial deposition to the court, one of the 6 patents was removed from the list of complaints.
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On Friday, the IT operations company PagerDuty filed its S-1 to go public.PagerDuty previously confidentially filed for its IPO, but at the time, the government couldn't review its prospectus due to the government shutdown.The IT operations company PagerDuty filed its S-1 on Friday to go public.PagerDuty, which was founded in 2009, helps alert employees when there are IT incidents.In the last twelve months, it has generated a revenue of $107 million.It now has over 10,000 customers.
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They were hailed as the solution to the notch problem, but it seems punch-hole cameras have already outstayed their welcome.VP of Samsung's R group, Yang Byung-Duk, has said that the company is already moving on from punch-hole screens to phones with all-screen bodies.That doesn't mean no more selfie cameras -- it means that like the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10, the camera would be underneath the screen.The speaker would also be sub-screen, which is something we've already started to see in devices like the LG G8 ThinQ phone and the Sony A8F TV.Both devices use the display itself as a speaker, vibrating the screen to create sound.That means Samsung's next phone could potentially literally be entirely screen on the front side -- no notches, holes, cutouts, bezels -- just one giant, uninterrupted display.
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Sometimes, Mars looks like a familiar desert landscape.Other times, it reminds us it's an alien planet.New images from the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter show the Red Planet in all its exotic glory.One image in particular looks like a hairy creature stretching long legs across the surface on Mars.The color-composite image shows what ESA describes as a "dust devil frenzy."In actual color, the streaks would look dark red.
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After showing it off at IFA and CES, Loewe has now introduced age-personalised sound tech to its range of TVs.In the same way that someone seeing a blurry picture might reach for a pair of specs, Loewe says its audio tech is an individual fix for the sound coming out of your TV.The company worked with German audio software creators Mimi Hearing Technologies to create MimiDefined, a software update to Loewe's TVs that personalises sound based on the average hearing of the viewer's age.The data is based on more than a million anonymous hearing tests, stratified according to their age of birth.However, it's not just a case of turning up the volume if you're older: the software personalises the mix depending on the types of sound you're likely to be able to hear better or worse.For instance, it might pull out the speech sounds so they can be distinguished better against background noise.
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Consider it globalization of the supernatural: Thanks to the proliferation of the internet, the Romanian witch community—also known as the vrăjitoare—has migrated their ancient practice onto the web.Using social media to livestream rituals or to video chat with clients for fortune readings, witch entrepreneurs are better able to grow their business using self-referential devices (clothing, jewelry, idols) to effectively market the storied mysticism of Roma women to searching souls.The practice is even regulated: In 2011, a new law required the vrăjitoare to pay a 16 percent income tax, the same as any other self-employed Romanian citizen.Some supported the tax, arguing that it established witchcraft as a verifiable profession, while others angrily threw poisonous mandrake plants into the Danube River.In 2013, Slovakian photographer Lucia Sekerková Bláhová discovered the vrăjitoare practice when watching a documentary on the Qatari news channel Al Jazeera.Bláhová employed the help of ethnologist Ivana Šusterová, who specializes in the culture of the Wallachian Roma people, to help gain access to the vrăjitoare for her eponymous photo series.
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2018 was one of Tesla's most important — but most difficult — years to date.The company worked at break-neck speed to ramp up production of the Model 3 and become profitable.CEO Elon Musk opened up about those struggles in his unveiling of Tesla's newest car on Thursday, saying last year felt like aging five years in one.In his unveiling of Tesla's newest car, the Model Y, on Thursday, CEO Elon Musk opened up about Tesla's struggle to mass-produce cars and become profitable in 2018."2018 felt like aging five years in one," he told a Tesla design studio packed with journalists, Wall Street analysts, and other Tesla fans.The chief executive even said in a 2018 interview that he was sleeping on the floor of Tesla's factory because he "wanted to suffer more than any other employee" while keeping pace with the company's grueling schedule.
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Human speech involves all sorts of wacky noises, from the ubiquitous “m” and “a” sounds found in virtually all languages to the rare click consonants expressed in some South African dialects.Anthropologists and linguists have traditionally assumed that the inventory of all possible speech sounds used by humans has remained unchanged since our species emerged some 300,000 years ago, but new research published today in Science is challenging this long-held assumption.An interdisciplinary research team led by Damian Blasi from the University of Zurich is claiming that “f” and “v” sounds were only recently introduced into the human lexicon, emerging as a side effect of the agricultural revolution.Here’s the story, as presented in the new study: Around 8,000 years ago, as humans transitioned from predominantly meat-eating lifestyles to agriculture, the foods our ancestors ate became softer, which had a pronounced effect on the human bite.The paper is intriguing because it suggests human sounds used in language have been more dynamic in history than conventionally assumed, and that certain aspects of language can be traced to relatively recent changes in human biology.Writing in the new study, however, the authors conceded that Hockett, who died in 2000, may have been onto something, saying “recent anthropological evidence has demonstrated that tooth wear... is indeed the principal mechanism of post-adolescent bite change, and that despite considerable variation, there has been an overall decrease of edge-to-edge bite since the Neolithic.”
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“Spotify’s aim is to make more money off others’ work”Apple has hit back at music streaming service Spotify’s decision this week to file a competition complaint with European regulators against its App Store rules.Spotify is “wrapping its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric” Apple said – adding a sharp dig at Spotify’s own approach to music artists for good measure.Spotify’s move this week was announced in a blog post by founder Daniel Ek.The move once more put the spotlight on the increasingly controversial platform power of companies like Apple, as regulators around the world ramp up rhetoric against the ability of major tech companies to offer their services on the platforms that they operate.Spotify has launched a dedicated website for its campaign, with sections like “Five Fast Facts that Show Apple Doesn’t Play Fair.”
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On a crystalline blue morning in the Chugach Mountains southwest of Anchorage, Mike Welch skis about 70 yards through untouched powder before stopping abruptly.Welch, the snow safety director and lead guide for helicopter skiing operator Chugach Powder Guides, removes a shovel from his backpack.Above him, on a slope nicknamed the Reef, the other skiers stand waiting, itching to lay down tracks on the beckoning curtain of snow but not daring to proceed without a go-ahead from Welch.Avalanches, especially in winters like this one, with huge, even record-breaking, snows, kill about 25 to 30 people in the U.S. every year.Should one or more members of a party get buried, those who were not caught in the slide can switch their beacons from send mode to search mode and begin the hurried hunt for anyone under the snow.The big change in rescue tech over the last decade is avalanche airbags.
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Facebook recently announced a move toward encrypted communication on its platforms, and one-to-one messaging could be a way for brands to stand out on the platform.As more marketers experiment with messaging and chatbots, 10-year-old firm Conversocial is acquiring bot startup Assist.Conversocial works with 250 brands including Macy's, Alaska Airlines, and Lowe's to power chatbots that handle customer service questions staffed by human reps.Assist also builds chatbots for clients such as 1-800-Flowers but uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to handle customer needs like tracking a package or checking the status of an order.A few years ago, a slew of marketers built customer service chatbots on Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and WeChat.Joshua March, CEO of Conversocial, said such chatbots have failed because they can't respond to both quick and detailed queries from customers.
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Marketers less concerned about data tech, IAB annual report findsDigital marketers and publishers increased data-related spending in 2018, and 78 percent plan to spend more next year, one of several findings in the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s newly-released annual report.Podcast Growth Is Popping in the U.S., Survey ShowsThe number of U.S. podcast listeners grew at the fastest rate since Edison Research began tracking statistics in 2006, and with young listeners also on the rise, podcasts may have reached a tipping point, which the New York Times explores.Twitter debuts new analytics tools for publishers focused on improving video engagementTwitter has released a slew of updated and new analytics tools, with Media Studio additions aimed at helping digital marketers achieve better video engagement rates by examining more data, the firm announced.
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Apple tore into Spotify in response to the music streaming service's EU antitrust complaint.Apple said Spotify wants to keep all the benefits of a free app on the App Store, without being free.The iPhone maker saidSpotify "wraps its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric" and its treatment of artists is a "damaging step backwards for the music industry."Spotify did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.Apple has torn into Spotify in a response to the music streaming service's EU antitrust complaint."After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem — including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store's customers — without making any contributions to that marketplace," Apple said.
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Valve has just launched a major update to its Steam Link service: you can now stream and play your collection of games on a desktop or Android device wherever you are.That’s an upgrade from nearly a year ago, when Steam Link supported streaming between your gadgets, but required them to be on the same Wi-Fi or wired network.With this, Valve has now joined the ranks of tech firms racing to make game streaming go mainstream.That tragic ending to my racing career tells me my mobile data connection is most likely to blame – but it’s also possible that the game stream could be better optimized for delivery across a mobile connection, and it could benefit from being beamed via servers closer to my geographic location.Your mileage with this will probably vary depending on your connection speed and where you’re playing.Regardless, I’m excited about this, because it means that I can enjoy my collection of PC games while on vacation, or when I’m working remotely and don’t want to lug my gaming laptop around.
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We’re looking at where Tesla’s two smallest models overlap, and how they’re different.Stylists made it as aerodynamic as possible to increase its driving range, which explains why it has an almost fastback-like roof line that flows into a trunk lid with an integrated spoiler.Sharp lights that stretch into the quarter panels emphasize the car’s width, while the use of chrome trim adds a touch of elegance to the overall design.The Model 3 embodies this approach with a 15.0-inch screen that looks like a super-sized iPad.Positioned on the dashboard, it displays the car’s infotainment system, and it bundles a long list of functions in order to replace nearly every stalk, button, and dial commonly found inside the car.Do you want to adjust the mirrors?
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India-based mobile point-of-sales company Mswipe has raised around 2.2 billion Indian rupees (US$ 31.7 million) in a new round of funding from existing investors.The list includes US-based hedge fund Falcon Edge, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin-promoted B Capital Asia, technology investment firm Epiq Capital, and DSG Consumer Partners.This round came after Mswipe’s series D fundraising in 2017, when UC-RNT Fund and existing investors infused around 2 billion Indian rupees (US$28.8 million) into the company.Currency converted from Indian rupees.
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The Model Y is here, and Elon Musk has once again shown why Tesla may be the most exciting car company on the planet—seemingly never-ending crises and controversies notwithstanding.You can now preorder the car via Tesla’s website, if you put down $2,500.Tesla plans to release the Model Y in four flavors.The “Performance” version, due out in fall 2020, will go from 0 to 60 mph in a blistery 3.5 seconds, and offer 280 miles of range for a cool $60,000.The Dual Motor AWD, also slated for fall 2020, should do 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds, hit a 135 mph top speed, and travel up to 280 miles on one charge for $51,000.Tesla promises the “Long Range” version, also due fall 2020, will have 300 miles of range, hit 130 mph, and clock in a 5.5-second 0 to 60 sprint for $47,000.
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The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been out in the market for quite a while now and, like their predecessors, the reception has been mostly positive with a few criticisms and problems here and there.One of the things that prevent them from being as popular, aside from market availability, is their price.That’s why when rumors of a Pixel 3 Lite and a Pixel 3 XL Lite broke out, there was no small amount of interest.Those phones have yet to actually materialize but, when they do, they may come with a different name.Aside from the same leaks that practically revealed the Pixel 3 duo ahead of their time, the existence of the Pixel 3 Lite pair has still been in doubt.After all, these days it’s almost too easy to fake even smartphones themselves.
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