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A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he developed, marketed, and provided technical support for software he knew customers used illegally to take control of other people’s computers.Colton Grubbs used the handle KFC Watermelon to advertise the LuminosityLink administrative tool on Hackforums[dot]net, federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment filed last month.The indictment said the tool provided a variety of malicious capabilities including the ability for purchasers to control others’ computers, surreptitiously record users’ activities, and to view their files, login credentials, and personal information.On Monday, Grubbs signed a plea agreement that admitted that from 2015 to 2017 he designed LuminosityLink and sold it for $40 apiece to more than 6,000 individuals, knowing that some of them were using it maliciously.While previously claiming the software was a legitimate tool for system administrators, Monday’s plea agreement admitted he knew some customers were using it to control computers without owners’ knowledge or permission.The document, which was signed by Grubbs, stated:
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Prime Day, which began Monday, is one of Amazon’s biggest promotions of the year, when the retailer offers deals to subscribers of its Prime service.This year, some Amazon workers in Europe are striking during Prime Day, hoping to draw attention to working conditions like proposed cuts in wages and health benefits.Nearly 1,800 workers went on strike on Monday in Spain, where the planned protest was first conceived as a way to fight pay cuts and restrictions on time off.But workers in Poland, Germany, Italy, France, and England are also reportedly joining the call for a transnational strike around Prime Day.The unions representing warehouse workers involved in the strike are Comisiones Obreras in Spain and Verdi services union in Germany.Prime Day is a bit of a misnomer, as the promotion lasts for 36 hours.
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A study exploring the roles that applications play in organizations’ productivity and customer experience.Organizations and other official bodies are using more and more applications as central functions in their operations, both internally and to connect with customers.Increasingly, these applications are being placed on the cloud.However, we are concerned that applications are not being used to their full potential within organizations.This can have an impact upon the customer experience, aswell as sales where e-commerce applications are concerned.
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A full-frame sensor on the other hand has larger dimensions of 36 x 24mm - the same size as a frame of 35mm film, hence the name 'full-frame', and offering a surface area 2.5x larger than an APS-C sized sensor.This allows for larger photosites (pixels to you and I) on the sensor, delivering better light gathering capabilities, which in turn means better image quality - especially at higher sensitivities.To find out more, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences.Sensor: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 45.4MP | Autofocus: 153-point AF, 99 cross-type | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 7fps | Movies: 4K | User level: ExpertIt may be pricey, but the Nikon D850 is the ultimate full-frame DSLR you can buy right now and possibly the most complete DSLR we've ever seen.The 45.4MP full-frame sensor delivers detail-rich images with brilliant dynamic range and excellent high ISO noise performance, while the advanced 153-point AF system is hard to beat.
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Take a peek at the Doctor's new friends.A new teaser for Series 11 of Doctor Who debuted Sunday during the World Cup, showing the newly regenerated Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker as she whizzes by her three new companions.And I do mean whizz, as she's portrayed as a ray of light that flashes by actors Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh, leaving behind a hint that she just passed through.The end of the teaser shows the Doctor form outside of a shop, possibly looking forward to her adventures ahead.Doctor Who Series 11 will premiere this fall, and will have 10 episodes.More information is expected to be revealed at Doctor Who's Thursday panel at San Diego Comic-Con, during which Whittaker, Cole, Gill, Walsh, showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Stevens will take the stage.
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A high-contrast, black-and-white image of your bones is an effective tool for spotting fractures or breaks.But after 120+ years, x-ray imaging is getting a remarkable update with 3D, full-colour images that reveal far more than just the bones inside you.These images will improve what a doctor can diagnose without cutting you open.The traditional approach to imaging the insides of a patient involves blasting them with x-rays.This electromagnetic radiation has a shorter wavelength than visible light, so it can easily pass through soft tissue, but it has more trouble passing through harder materials like bones.On the other side of your body, a sensor, or film, produces an image based on the intensity of the x-rays that make it through, thus revealing what’s inside you.
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While touchscreens are great for navigating on smartphones and tablets, your greasy fingers leave annoying prints on the surface, blurring the view.Microsoft aims to change that, at least on future Surface devices, by implementing a design that relies on touch-free input.This design appears in a granted patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on July 10 simply named as “Touchless input.”Similar to how Apple’s TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X maps your face to eliminate the need for login credentials, Microsoft’s design would rely on a similar camera that captures a series of depth maps of an entire scene, including a human subject.A detection system built within the device scans each pixel in each map to determine what is static junk and what consists of the device owner.According to the patent, this process includes “modeling the human subject with a virtual skeleton including a plurality of virtual joints including a virtual hand joint and one or more other virtual joints.” These virtual joints are compared across all captured depth maps to determine a finger gesture based on machine learning.
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T-Mobile, the official wireless provider of Major League Baseball, is readying a full roster of initiatives for the league’s All-Star break next week.During the 2017 World Series, T-Mobile donated $20,000 for every home run that was hit and $2 for every tweet including the HR4HR hashtag up to $500,000 toward Team Rubicon’s hurricane relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.The wireless carrier is running a similar initiative for MLB’s 2018 regular season, donating at least $1 million to Team Rubicon—$1 for every tweet and Instagram post with the HatsOff4Heroes hashtag throughout the season.The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be held Monday night at Nationals Park—site of the 2018 All-Star Game and home of the Washington Nationals—and the wireless carrier will donate $5,000 for every home run, doubling that when a magenta ball is hit over the fence during bonus time.The championship game of the inaugural Armed Services Classic tournament will be held at Nationals Park Friday and, following the game, one representative from each of the five military branches will compete in a home run contest.T-Mobile will donate $300,000—$50,000 to charities supporting each military branch—and the two finalists will hit alongside the pros at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, with an additional $50,000 going to the charity of the winner’s branch.
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Canary, the startup behind the Canary All-in-One, the Canary View and the Canary Flex DIY home security cameras, today added a "safety button" to its mobile app.It's designed so you can quickly contact first responders if you feel unsafe wherever you are.You access the safety button on the Canary app home screen by pressing and holding the shield icon.Canary says you'll have 10 seconds to disarm the distress call with a PIN code.If you don't disarm it, emergency responders in your area will get your GPS location.The safety button is only available to Canary Membership subscribers.
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– To teach robots to navigate on their own is tricky, says Ali Abdul Khaliq, a researcher at the University of Örebro.He has worked with the problem for many years but six years ago he took a new approach by letting himself be inspired by how ants in nature.– It means that they are using their environment as an external memory to store, read and share information, " says Ali Abdul Khaliq.In the same ways he has in his research created a external memory in the form of rfid tags embedded under the floor and that the robots use in a similar way that the ants – as a data warehouse.And the results have been good, he notes.It is rare and difficult to achieve with the technology used in the day.
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Follow the money: Florida judge signs off on new IP attackPayPal and Google have been hit with court injunctions telling them to freeze accounts associated with websites hosting pirated content.Florida judge Kevin Michael Moore signed off [PDF] on the injunctions, believed to be the first time that a copyright holder has managed to get at the finances of a website operator.The company is question – Philippine media giant ABS-CBN – took a novel route to finding out which PayPal and Google Ads accounts were connected to the websites: it subpoenaed internet security company CloudFlare.ABS-CBN then tracked those email addresses – most of which were from Gmail – back to the companies the pirates were used to run ads and take money (mostly Google Ads and PayPal).It is an interesting and novel "follow the money" approach and one that ABS-CBN appears to be pioneering after similar successful efforts to seize domain names and ad revenue.
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China just approved a new LG OLED plant in Guangzhou.The approval came only two weeks after a reported LG/Apple partnership hit the news.The new LG OLED plant will primarily focus on televisions, but it’s likely it will create smartphone panels as well.LG announced today in a press release that the Chinese government just approved LG to build an OLED production facility in Guangzhou.A mock-up of the plant is pictured above.Here’s Why Guys Are Obsessed With This Underwear…
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Animated photos are really videos in disguise — but a new tool could help photographers create moving images without video.Corel has unveiled PhotoMirage, a Windows-only software that animates a still photo to create a GIF, WMV or MP4 from a single image.PhotoMirage works by placing animation points over the image, then telling the software which way (and how fast) to animate those pixels.There’s no artificial intelligence involved, the program just grabs and moves those pixels based on the settings the user chooses.With those tools, PhotoMirage can do things like add motion to the clouds the sky in a still photo, or animate a body of water.The result is similar to a cinemagraph, but starts from a single photo instead of a video.
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When most think back on Old Spice’s iconic “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like,” it’s understandable that they likely think of a shirtless Isaiah Mustafa and his tantalizing opening line, “Hello, ladies.” Or maybe you think of the two tickets to that thing you love, or the fact that he was on a horse.What’s often overlooked, though, is the strategic message of the ads: Women often make the decisions on men’s grooming products.They’re the key influencers, so to speak, in many relationships and households, and Old Spice’s market research had shown strong potential in focusing on the women rather than (in the vein of old Axe ads) trying to convince guys that products could be a magic potion of sexual attraction.The newest Old Spice campaign, “She nose best,” is quite a bit different from the 2010 campaign featuring Mustafa, but the underlying strategy will be familiar.In these spots, women strongly recommend men begin using a wide range of Old Spice products, often at times when it seems the men have bigger problems on their minds.But first he has to get a handle on himself, and obviously some Old Spice deodorant and pomade.
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Smartphone maker HTC today released sales figures for June which showed the company is currently undergoing its biggest slump in more than two years.HTC said its consolidated revenue for June 2018 came in at 2.23bn Taiwanese dollars (£55.3m), falling 67.64 per cent from the same month last year at $6.8bn.Its numbers also fell month-on-month, after clocking in $2.45bn in revenue in May at a fall of almost 9 per cent.Sales of HTC's flagship smartphone this year have been lower than expected, which according to Reuters has reduced the company's market share.It faces strong competition from rivals like Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi, in a climate where global smartphone sales have also fallen into decline.Samsung and LG released their second quarter profit expectations this morning, warning that both companies will miss earlier predictions.
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When Lewis Hamilton lines up for this weekend’s British Grand Prix, he can breathe easy in the knowledge that whatever happens during the race, the data his drive produces will be safe and sound.That’s thanks to Rubrik, which is working with Hamilton's Mercedes F1 team to ensure that the vital information that could make the difference between victory and defeat stays safe and sound.Ahead of this weekend’s race, TechRadar Pro headed to Silverstone to find out just how Mercedes F1 manages to stay on top of its data needs to create a championship-winning team."We've organically changed quite a lot...over the years we've had several different backup solutions - but what we had was one of my team permanently changing tapes, or managing backups."Mercedes began working with Rubrik earlier this year in order to ensure that the vast amounts of data gathered over the course of a race weekend stays protected, as real-time analysis of telemetry data from the hundreds of sensors attached to the car can be used to make split-second decisions on race-critical scenarios such as making pit-stops or spotting a fault with the car.“In some forms (Mercedes F1) is a very special customer,” says Jerry Rijnbeek, Rubrik vice president, sales engineering EMEA, “high demand, and they push us to the limit which is good.”
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London's Metropolitan Police haven't had much success in using facial recognition tech, but they're not giving up, either.The head of the Met Police, Cressida Dick, on Wednesday defended the controversial use of the technology even as she downplayed its effectiveness."It's a tool, it's a tactic," Dick said at a hearing before the London Assembly, The Register reported."I'm not expecting it to result in lots of arrests."The Met has used automated facial recognition technology four times this year and plans for five more before the new year, including by the end of this month, according to The Register.However, the technology apparently hasn't been very accurate.
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Step aside humans, your copy writing days are almost done.Chinese tech firm Alibaba has an AI that can generate 20,000 lines of copy (the text you see in an ad) in a second, and has even passed the Turing Test.And it seems that brands, such as Esprit and Texas-based clothing brand Dickies, are already using the tool in China, reports Mumbrella.The Chinese-language tool is able generate copy that can be "promotional, functional, fun poeitic or heartwarming" with a single button click, and will be used on mainly Alibaba's version of Amazon in China, Tmall and Taobao.There's no word if it's being developed for other languages just yet.All hope is not lost, however.
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Many researchers have co-opted powerful graphics processing units, or GPUs, to run climate models and other scientific programs, while tech and financial giants use large banks of these processors to train machine-learning algorithms.They all have video-game players to thank for the emergence of these workhorse processors: It was gamers who stoked the original demand for chips that could do the massive amounts of parallel number crunching required to produce rich graphics quickly enough to keep up with fast-paced action.By 1995, movies like Pixar’s Toy Story, the first full-length digitally animated movie, had demonstrated the potential of high-quality computer animation.This demand for faster and better graphics had existed since the advent of mainstream video games in the 1970s.By the late 1990s, graphics chips for the games market had considerably improved from their humble beginnings when displaying say, a handful of colors at a resolution of 300 by 200 pixels was considered impressive.Generating rich imagery on the fly for a video game was still a tremendous computational challenge in 1998, when the Nvidia team began working on the NV20.
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When I opened Instagram on my Pixel 2 XL moments ago, I noticed something different: the Stories bar remained visible as I scrolled down my main feed.Usually it stays at the top and doesn’t follow you down, but clearly the company is testing a more persistent, sticky approach to keeping Stories in front of you at all times.To this point, I think Instagram has developed and built onto Stories very well.I post and watch often.But between the obnoxious neon-orange IGTV notifications in the main app that I can’t turn off and now this, it seems like some bad decisions are being made.Let people use the app how they want.
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