The search giant’s Arts & Culture app, which pairs a selfie you take with one of the thousands of artworks available on Google’s database, has already seen more than 30 million downloads, according to the company.While most of the internet is enjoying taking selfies and seeing what artwork they’re matched with, other users raised concerns over the app’s alleged facial recognition technology and what exactly Google’s doing with that data.According to a disclaimer on the app and in a blog post, Google doesn’t permanently store your selfie; the company “only keeps it for the time it takes to search for matches.”Hey this one ain’t so bad.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 13, 2018Travis Jarae, CEO of One World Identity (OWI), an identity research company, doesn’t think people need to fret about any privacy concerns.
Disney is continuing to make progress on building itself one of the top streaming video services when it launches sometime in 2019.The media giant has already been pulling its content and ending deals with rival Netflix, and now it appears to have hired someone with experience at some of the biggest tech companies to head operations.Specifically, Kevin Swint, who has served as an executive at both Apple and Samsung in recent years.During his five years at Apple, Swint worked on the iTunes team, eventually running the worldwide movies business and overseeing the launch of HD movies and the iTunes Extras feature.He was then hired by Samsung in 2013 to head its own Milk video and music services, both of which never really took off before being shuttered.Now, Variety reports, Swint will serve as the SVP and general manager of Disney’s BAMTech Media, where he will be in charge of the upcoming streaming service.
Thank God, then, for technology; Modern backpacking gear no longer requires the same comfort-or-weight choices it did in previous decades.After spending 11 days trekking to and from Annapurna Base Camp, I realized yet another incredibly evident fact: Nepali trekking isn’t reserved for only the gruffest outdoorspeople on the planet.Great books, knowledgeable, English-speaking guides, and a plethora of no-tent accommodations along most major routes means you can travel to one of the most beautiful places on Earth with nothing more than comfortable walking shoes, a decent pack, and a small assortment of well-made layers.Trail runners seemed to be a better bet for a long journey we didn’t anticipate would see much snow in the Fall, and they also have the added benefit of not needing as much traditional break-in time as normal hiking boots.The open toebox and thick padding meant that nothing rubbed around in the front of my feet (where many blisters occur), and that both feet were never sore after a long day carrying a pack over rough terrain.Socks were also key to a comfortable shoe experience and three pairs of lightweight trekking socks from REI (plus one thicker pair for nights and really cold days) worked great.
Slack’s ambition to become the default, go-to place for employees chat to each other and link into hundreds of other applications to get work done is getting one more step up today by becoming available on a new platform.From today, Slack will be available as a Snap, an application package that’s available across a range of open-source-based Linux environments.This opens the app up to a wide, new group of people: there are “tens of millions” of desktop users across multiple Linux distributions, according to Jamie Bennett, VP of Engineering, Devices & IoT at Canonical.(As a point of comparison, Slack in September 2017 said it had over 6 million daily active users, with 2 million of them paying.)In addition to Ubuntu (which is developed by Canonical), this will open Slack up to users of Linux-based services like ArchLinux, OpenSUSE, Solus, Debian, KDE Neon and others.As you might know, Slack was originally conceived as a service for the developers of TinySpeck, the startup that eventually became Slack.
For years, Craigslist has been the premiere website for scoring a free sofa or finding an available apartment (and sometimes white van scams), but there are now plenty of other free services that do an equally fine job, with a more attractive interface and fewer spam postings.Whether you’re merely looking for a short-term loan or to post your ad both online and in print circulation, here are our top picks for the six best Craigslist alternatives for online classifieds.Facebook Marketplace has been around for years, but the company relaunched the feature in late 2016.You’ll need to have a Facebook profile to get started, but it allows buyers and sellers to interact in the Marketplace via their Facebook profile, adding a name (and often a face) to a listing unlike the anonymous Craigslist format.Oodle has also been a service of choice for many companies in the past who used to offer classified sections, such as The Washington Post Express.It also boasts compatibility with social media sites, so you can link your Oodle account with your Facebook page and post status updates on the front page asking about services or specific items for sale.
A Canadian man has been arrested and charged in Canada for operating the infamous LeakedSource and selling billions of stolen personal credentials and passwords online.Jordan Evan Bloom, 27, of Thornhill, Ontario, was arrested on 22 December, 2017 and charged with trafficking in identity information, unauthorised use of computer, mischief to data and possession of property obtained by crime, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.The website, which has been operational since October 2015 until early 2017, harvested about three billion stolen identities, user names and passwords from a string of major breaches and sold them for a fee online.Home to one of the largest online collections of stolen usernames and passwords online, the website collected data from numerous massive data breaches including LinkedIn, MySpace, DropBox and AdultFriendFinder with the website heavily advertised on underground hacker forums.LeakedSource allowed anyone to purchase a subscription and browse through troves of data breach files.Users could also easily search for a victim's name, username and email address to access other details such as cleartext passwords.
Thousands still experiencing issues since April launchMore than 6,000 parents looking to access financial help with childcare have had difficulties with using HM Revenue and Customs' frequently broken Childcare Choices website.Applications, reconfirmations and the paying of fees for the government's tax-free and 30 hours' free childcare initiatives have all been affected, with many parents having to resort to a series of phone calls to complete their tasks.The site has been known to cause issues, having appeared in the news in August last year.As 1 January marked the start of the school term, a new wave of parents looking to make new applications or reapply for their entitled childcare had to do so by 31 December, meaning that the site's previously identified issues with handling large quantities of simultaneous users have flared up again.In August last year, following the initial round of problems and complaints, a response to Treasury Committee chair Nicky Morgan by HMRC revealed that the site had been down for more than 160 hours during a four-month period.
The world’s top athletes all have their own ways of preparing themselves for world-class competition.Some simply need a bit of rest and relaxation to recover from the slog of a grueling season while others train year-round to meet the demands of a seemingly never-ending competition schedule.But for a niche sport like short track racing, Samsung is here to help.It developed what looks to be essentially a motion-tracking suit much like what is used to record computer graphic imagery — dubbed it the SmartSuit — and enabled every movement to be tracked by a smartphone.The device is being used by a couple Dutch skaters to log some winter training in preparation for February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.The suit reportedly tracks each skater’s movement down to the millimeter and sends the data to a smartphone, allowing a coach or athlete to analyze each skating stride to see how they can better pull off those razor-sharp turns.
The upcoming Huawei P20 (or Huawei P11, as it might be called) smartphone may have a little more information available despite it likely still being a couple months from release.The latest details come from a leaked browser benchmark spotted by PhoneArena that indicates the phone's screen will have a somewhat unorthodox 18.7:9 aspect ratio.The unusual aspect ratio and screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 suggest that the rumored bezel-less screen is going to be a reality for the Huawei P20.Other smartphones with bezel-less displays have had unusual aspect ratios that don't line up with 16:9, which is starting to feel a bit old-school.A bezel-less display might help the P20 keep up with the competition, but Huawei will still need something to set itself apart in an exciting way.The Huawei P20 may be somewhat exciting with its expected Kirin 970 chipset and 8GB of RAM.
The meme references a popular laundry product and how it looks like candy.The rise of the meme has coincided with incidents involving people intentionally ingesting Tide Pods, but the reviews have not been taken down yet.Don't eat the yellow snow — or the orange, white, and blue pods.A viral meme referencing eating the laundry product Tide Pods has exploded on the internet in recent weeks.The meme refers to the pods as if they were a food item, like the snack known as Fruit Gushers, and how they look like they should be edible.A search through the product page for Tide Pods on Amazon yields numerous joke reviews and answers to customer questions that refer to the laundry product as a healthy snack.
Microsoft’s given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux.PowerShell Core 6.0’s both an upgrade and a replacement for its predecessors.It’s a replacement because Microsoft’s no longer actively developing its predecessor, “Windows PowerShell”.That tool will be kept secure in future updates to Windows Server and Windows.That moniker reflects the fact it runs with the .Net Core, rather than the Windows-only .NET framework.The change has been made because Microsoft wants sysadmins to have one toolset to work with in whatever operating environment takes their fancy.
Security tools that prevent screenshotting are nothing new.Android's had it for a while, preventing people from taking screenshots of sensitive apps like banking.That sort of things doesn't seem to be available on iOS, but Confide wants to make it a reality - adding screenshot protection to its own app as a first step.In case you haven't heard of Confide, you should know that its a messaging app with a big emphasis on privacy.The goal is to make it as secure as having a verbal conversation, with end-to-end encryption, time limits on messages, and screenshot protection where available.iOS has been a weak link there, since Confide claims screenshot protection isn't technically feasible.
Pimax, a Chinese startup developing an 8K virtual reality headset, came to CES this year to show off its latest prototype, the fifth in just a year since the first version was unveiled at last year’s show.After a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, one in which Pimax raised more than $4.2 million and beat out even Oculus VR’s initial crowdfunding campaign, it’s working toward mass production of the consumer version that is slated to come out later this year after an initial shipment to backers.In my very brief time with the device, I can say that it is does achieve stunning high-resolution visuals, 3840 x 2160 dual displays to be exact, and a rather remarkable 200-degree field of view.Pimax’s unit is without a doubt what the bleeding edge of VR hardware technology looks like.Because while the Pimax headset may be an impressive technical feat, it’s not so stellar in the design department.The headset is gigantic and cumbersome, weighing much more than a standard VR headset like the Rift and even more it seems than HTC’s weighty Vive.
Amazon's voice-orientated Amazon Echo line-up makes it the perfect gadget for quiz-show style applications, something the company capitalized upon with the release of its Amazon Echo Buttons.The connected push-to-play pucks add a tangible element to interacting with an Alexa device, and at CES 2018 the company revealed that it's got much more planned for the add-on gadgets.Speaking to TechCrunch, Steve Rabuchin, the vice president of Amazon Alexa said that "I think you'll see a lot more games come out this year that take advantage of the buttons."At £20/$20 a pair, the Echo Buttons are priced at impulse-purchase territory, but the relative lack of Alexa Skills that they can be paired with is stopping them from really taking off.But with Amazon looking to expand the related 'Alexa Gadgets' line (with Amazon creating the hardware with the intention of letting developers experiment to find the best possible software uses), you may soon see more Skills and ideas unlocking the potential of Alexa add-ons.Right now, the Buttons are limited to trivia games.
When instrumentation goes too farGood developers instrument their applications.Good ops teams monitor everything.This near-fetishisation of telemetry has been extended to DevOps, where it now risks becoming something of a problem.Inventing new curses while cutting through the monitoring software-generated insanity is a rite of passage.When you're working on a DevOps team whose remit is "all the things" and the scale of your deployments is "do not do without scripts", this becomes another conversation entirely.
We were supposed to get a little preview of Google’s CES booth ahead of the official opening of CES today.But that wasn’t meant to be.See, it’s raining in Las Vegas and Google’s two-level outdoor CES booth clearly wasn’t meant to withstand rain.My guess is that its IP rating is probably somewhere around 50.For now, the booth is closed, with tarps covering the roof and all of the electronics inside and out.Usually, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but this is the first time Google exhibits at CES and the company clearly put a lot of thought and effort into its presence here.
Digital Storm revealed a new miniature gaming desktop PC dubbed as Project Spark during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.It’s based on the Micro STX platform, meaning it only measures a mere 12 inches in height.But that small size doesn’t mean Project Spark is short in performance, as it’s capable of packing up to an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to a GeForce GTX 1080 discrete chip, and up to four storage drives.The TARDIS it’s not, but there’s enough room inside for a few other goodies as well.We suspect it is the same one used in the updated Z370 DeskMini GTX desktop manufactured by ASRock making its debut at CES 2018 as well.The board is roughly 5 by 7 inches in size, fitting between solutions found in NUCs, and those in standard Mini ITX systems.
In 2014, digital agency R/GA launched Ventures, which holds the investments made by the agency through its accelerator programs.Backed by R/GA’s parent organization, IPG, Ventures has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2015 to help 15 companies broaden their knowledge and capabilities in the sports tech and entertainment space through a national program called Dodgers Accelerator.Now, the duo is taking a revamped form of the program globally.No compatible source was found for this video.Announced today, the Global Sports Venture Studio will replace the previous Dodgers Accelerator program in providing young brands with exclusive analysis, business and creative strategy, startup sourcing, networking opportunities and investment.The studio will open up participation to companies worldwide across the sports, tech and entertainment categories, including sports teams, leagues, player associations, broadcasters, retailers, esports organizations and others.
A decade ago, when the first iPhone was launched and there was an explosion of mobile videos, Titan Young Yoon had a vision: to build an ecosystem that distributes and protects such content.At that time, the boom meant that understanding the new technology and content protection issues was an urgent concern.Young is now the CEO and founder of Titan Platform, a smart content and device company based in Korea with a focus on intellectual property protection.“They understood the key value chain of the company and Titan Platform’s content paradigm.”While it’s a good thing that the gap between revenue gained from legitimate streaming services and lost to piracy is widening, content protection still remains a sore point among creators.According to Digital TV Research, TV and movie online piracy will continue to soar and is estimated to result in lost revenue worth US$51.6 billion in the next five years.
Cryptocurrency enthusiasts relying on the popular Electrum wallet to store their Bitcoin ought to hurry up and update to the latest version of the app: Google researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered a critical flaw in the wallet that allowed any website to steal your coins.Over the weekend, Ormandy took to Twitter to urge Electrum users to get the latest reiteration of the wallet as soon as possible, adding that he recently stumbled upon a severe vulnerability which has since been patched.The bug purportedly affected all versions from 2.6 to 3.0.3.The Googler further noted that another sharp-eyed researcher had already reported the issue by the time he spotted it himself.Still, he had to reach out to Electrum to stress the urgency of the matter.“I was gonna report it…but there was already an open issue from last year,” Ormandy said.