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Huawei’s Honor subsidiary today launched a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered app called PocketVision, which is designed to help those with visual impairments read documents, menus, and text using their smartphone camera.The PocketVision app, which was unveiled today at the annual IFA conference in Berlin, was developed in conjunction with Eyecoming, a Chinese social technology company specializing in visual impairments.According to Census Bureau data, roughly 20% of people in the U.S alone have a disability, more than half of whom report a “severe” disability.This figure is roughly consistent with other countries around the world, too.PocketVision uses quad camera technology and AI smarts for three core scenarios.Finally, with “zoom-in” mode, users can use the volume button on their device to magnify and enhance small text, making it less blurry and more legible.
The week may have started relatively quiet, but it ended with a shock: Google security researchers revealed Thursday night that it had observed a hacking campaign that hit thousands of iPhones, completely upending conventional wisdom about iOS security.Apple patched the problem in February, but it had persisted for at least two years prior.In another concerning development, security researchers at Belgian university KU Leuven discovered that they could crack the encryption of a Tesla Model S key fob, letting them clone it within seconds.That's bad enough as it is, but made a little worse by this being the second year in a row the KU Leuven team pulled off this particular trick.WIRED contributor Garrett Graff traced the long-standing tradition, dating back to the Atomic Age, of scientists suggesting nuclear strikes against everything from polar ice caps to the Sahara desert.In less oddball news, the Justice Department this week announced the indictment of eight men in connection with running popular piracy streaming sites Jetflicks and iStreamItAll.
However, rumors and consistent reports started to spread out revealing the upgrades that will justify the newer models.A new report came to push the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro sooner than expected along with the OnePlus TV on September 26 in India.The standard OnePlus 7T will also represent a major upgrade over the standard variant with a new rear camera system and a 90Hz higher-res screen.The OnePlus McLaren Edition will get a sequel with the OnePlus 7T ProToday a couple of high-quality CAD-based renders leaked giving us a close look of the OnePlus 7T Pro along with a McLaren Edition.Interesting enough, the custom edition boasts the same colors, orange accents, and design language.
While usually held every four years, there's been a bit of a longer wait for Basketball fans this time out, with the tournament delayed by a year, meaning it now falls out of sync with the FIFA World Cup for the first time.The Basketball World Cup 2019 will be played across eight venues in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.The USA go into the tournament as two-time defending champions as well as clear favourites, and will be looking to become the first nation to win the World Cup three times on the bounce.Beyond the tournament itself there's more at stake - the FIBA World Cup will this year act as qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, with seven of the twelve spots up for grabs (the top two finishers from both Europe and the Americas, along with the top one from each of Africa, Asia and Oceania).FIBA World Cup 2019 GroupsGroup A: China (hosts), Venezuela, Poland, Ivory Coast
Thanks to groundbreaking science, conservationists could save the critically endangered northern white rhino.Only two animals of this species remain – Najin and Fatu, both of which are female – and an international team of scientists have come together to harvest 10 eggs from the hopeful rhino mamas in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.And now scientists have successfully inseminated seven of the 10 eggs already, which means our first artificially bred northern white rhino may be in the foreseeable future.The northern white rhino has faced severe threats from poachers looking to saw off their horns and sell them on the black market.The last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died last year, dealing a potentially fatal blow to the entire species.The plan to save the northern white rhino by fertilising eggs and using tissue samples has been in works for some years now.
If you find shopping for furniture a real hassle, Amazon's latest interactive feature could save you schlepping around your local department store on the hunt for a new floor lamp.Called Amazon Showroom, the feature allows you to 'try before you buy', by helping you visualize furniture in a virtual living room, that you can customise to look just like your own.With the ability to change the wall paints and floor coverings, you can fill your virtual living room with a variety of products available to buy on Amazon, including floor lamps, armchairs, sofas, rugs, and coffee tables.Amazon says that "by clicking on an item in the showroom, customers will have three options: to display product details, to replace the product or to show a list of all items in the room".Should you like the look of your virtual living room, items can then be placed individually in your Amazon shopping cart – or you can buy the whole room in one go.The new Amazon Showroom feature (which has already launched in the US), is part of Amazon's push to make shopping online more interactive, which includes Amazon Discover and Amazon AR View.
The company last year began requiring advertisers get authorized to run ads about social issues, elections, or politics, which involves advertisers providing identification to confirm who they are and where they’re located — including a U.S. street address, phone number, business email and website matching the email.Starting in mid-September, Facebook says advertisers will now need to submit more information about their organization in order to run political ads.There are five options for submitting more information, three of which will confirm the advertiser is registered in some way with the U.S. government.This includes submitting a tax-registered organization identification number (EIN); a government website matching an email ending in .gov or .mil; or a Federal Election Commission (FEC) identification number.The advertiser will also be allowed to use their registered organization name in the ad disclaimers and the “i” icon that appears on the upper-right hand corner of the ad will read “Confirmed Organization.”For smaller businesses or local politicians who want to run ads about social issues, elections, or politics, they can choose to submit one of two other options instead: an organization name with a verifiable phone number, business email, mail-deliverable address and business website with a domain matching the email; or they can provide no organizational information and use the Page Admin’s legal name on their personal information document.
Yesterday, Lucasfilm gave us our latest, shocking glimpse at the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga.After a montage of clips from Star Wars’ past, the special look’s new footage opens with our heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) looking over a large settlement of some kind—with Poe looking a bit defeated.This is the same planet we saw the speeder chase and Rey’s dance with a TIE fighter seemingly flown by Kylo Ren in the first trailer, so what the team and the First Order are doing there really remains to be seen.Vanity Fair’s set visit from a few months ago named the planet as Pasaana, so add it to your handy list of Star Wars single-biome desert worlds if you haven’t done so already.We see Leia Organa (the dearly missed Carrie Fisher, included in the movie through scenes originally shot for The Force Awakens) look on at someone with a smile.Given her outfit matches the one we see her embracing Rey in a similar environment in the first trailer, it’s presumably Rey she’s smiling at.
Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced his plans to let New Yorkers choose what the state’s next license plate will look like.Online, residents can choose from one of five designs, all of which include the previous plate’s signature dark blue and gold colors.Voting for the new plate closes on Sept. 2., and the winning look will debut in April of next year.In true New York form, there was no shortage of opinions, most of them not exactly glowing.Sayaka Sugimura, senior designer, Work & CoNew York City is so fortunate to have a rich visual design history, with contributions from icons like Massimo Vignelli (the Subway) and Pentagram (the Parks).
Google yesterday announced it’d banned 210 YouTube accounts “related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong” and the discovery was “consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.”If you’re not an avid reader of social media company blogs, let me clear things up for you: Google banned 210 accounts that the People’s Republic of China was using to spread disinformation and propaganda about the protests and protesters in Hong Kong.This week has been rife with revelations that China‘s engaged in a massive global disinformation campaign encompassing both Chinese and US social media companies.Twitter and Facebook independently released statements indicating they’d found their own platforms had been used in the propaganda efforts and outlined steps they would take to ensure such coordinated efforts would cease to occur.Here’s a snippet from Facebook‘s blog post on the campaign, wherein Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy says the company removed multiple pages, groups, and accounts:The individuals behind this campaign engaged in a number of deceptive tactics, including the use of fake accounts — some of which had been already disabled by our automated systems — to manage Pages posing as news organizations, post in Groups, disseminate their content, and also drive people to off-platform news sites.
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories.If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.Overstock CEO resigns after ‘deep state’ commentsThis comes after CEO Patrick Byrne released a statement declaring that he cooperated with federal investigators back in 2015 and was in fact “the notorious ‘missing chapter 1’ of the Russia investigation.” He subsequently gave interviews that also touched on his relationship Maria Butina, who’s been accused of working as a Russian agent.The ensuing controversy sent Overstock’s share price tumbling, and Byrne said yesterday that he would have to “sever ties with Overstock, both as CEO and board member.”Founded in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Sphero and littleBits took separate approaches to creating STEM toys, but ultimately ended up in similar spaces.
Too much energy can cause a fire.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.One document viewed by Business Insider put the number of parts that needed to be quarantined sitting in warehouses and distribution centers at over 120,000 as of September 2018.In the lawsuit, Walmart claims that Tesla installed faulty connectors, but Tesla has failed to provide Walmart with the "root cause" of all of these issues to this day.The issues that caused that ground fault alert likely caused or contributed to the subsequent fire in the fall of 2018, revealing Tesla's utter incompetence or callousness, or both.One former Tesla employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said that life at Tesla was chaotic, and it was more chaotic during Project Titan.
Google and Mozilla have taken the rare step of blocking an untrusted certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which critics say it forced its citizens to install as part of an effort to monitor their internet traffic.The two browser makers said in a joint statement Wednesday it deployed “technical solutions” to block the government-issued certificate.Citizens had been told to install the government-issued certificate on their computers and devices as part of a domestic surveillance program.In doing so it gave the government ‘root’ access to the network traffic on those devices, allowing the government to intercept and snoop on citizens’ internet browsing activities.Researchers found that only a few sites were being monitored, like Facebook, Twitter, and Google.Although the Kazakh government is said to have stopped what it called “system testing” and allowed citizens to delete the certificate, both Google and Mozilla said its measures would stop the data-intercepting certificate from working — even if it’s still installed.
The second iteration of UE's grapefruit-sized Bluetooth speaker is markedly better than the first.It kicks out clear audio with improved bass in a 360-degree arc for study breaks (of up to 13 hours!).The rugged design is waterproof too, making the Wonderboom the perfect accessory for the shower or the beach; it even floats.This sub-3-pound Windows notebook comes with a nice full-size keyboard, a nimble Intel Core i3 chip, and a 128-GB SSD for stuffing full of coursework, games, and memories.Dell's 13-incher has long been our top PC pick for college students because of its solid mix of price and performance; now that the camera has been moved from below the screen to up top, we can make that recommendation more heartily.A lidded and vacuum-insulated mug like this one is essential for dorm life, where you'll be consuming many hot things you want to keep hot and even more cold things you'll want to keep frosty.
All the way back at CES 2019 in January, Alienware rolled out what the company said was the world's most powerful gaming laptop, the Area-51m.The result of several years of design and engineering work, the new laptop overhauled the outside as much as the inside with a new industrial design named Legend.And what started with that laptop is now being finished with the Alienware Aurora R9 midtower desktop as well as accessories including a 55-inch OLED display.Like its latest laptops, the Legend ID allowed Alienware to make the Aurora more compact but not at the cost of performance.The 460- or 850-watt power supply is on a hinge inside the body, swinging out to give you full access to your components.Your options are expansive as you might expect.
This story requires our BI Prime membership.To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.VCs have poured close to $1.6 billion into the cannabis industry startups as of July, according to data from PitchBook.That's up from just $16 million in 2013, as Colorado became the first state to open its doors to the commercial cannabis industry.Sign up for Cultivated, our new weekly cannabis newsletter.
Between February and March this year, after Google released a Chrome extension called Password Checkup to check whether people's username and password combinations had been stolen and leaked from website databases, computer scientists at the biz and Stanford University gathered anonymous telemetry from 670,000 people who installed the add-on.On Friday, the boffins – Kurt Thomas, Jennifer Pullman, Kevin Yeo, Ananth Raghunathan, Patrick Gage Kelley, Luca Invernizzi, Borbala Benko, Tadek Pietraszek, and Sarvar Patel, and Elie Bursztein from Google, with Dan Boneh from Stanford – presented a paper describing the results of their data gathering at the USENIX Security conference.The paper [PDF], titled "Protecting accounts from credential stuffing with password breach alerting," reveals that about 1.5 per cent of logins on the web involves credentials that have been exposed online."During this measurement window, we detected that 1.5 per cent of over 21 million logins were vulnerable due to relying on a breached credential – or one warning for every two users," the paper says, noting that the figure is significantly less than a 2017 study where the rate was 6.9 per cent.For the 28 day period, 316,531 logins involved leaked credentials.Warnings sent to users were then ignored about a quarter of the time (26 per cent); these notifications also resulted in password resets about 26 per cent of the time.
The final season of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" received rave reviews last month.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.READ MORE: The top 7 TV shows to watch if you miss Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black'"No show of the current era has so sharply used juxtaposition to depict inequality in America," The Atlantic wrote of the final season.Netflix description: "Features eight vignettes that follow the complicated, loosely connected lives of young Chicagoans in their twenties and thirties as they tackle love, sex and self-improvement."What critics said: "The final season fulfills the possibilities of the show's concept, informing it with humanist fury."
An astrophotographer has spotted what looks to be a moon orbiting the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission.The Rosetta mission launched in 2004, and arrived at 67P in 2014.Aside from producing lots of interesting data as well as thrills, it also sent many images of the comet back to Earth.These photographs continue to yield interesting findings.Comets are icy solar system rocks that typically have oblong orbits and, when they get close to the Sun, heat up and emit gas and dust to create an atmosphere-like “coma” and sometimes a tail.The Rosetta mission was the first to land a human-made object on a comet (though the landing was rocky).
The Mad Titan has to eat, too.And sometimes, tacos and burritos inspire Thanos to practice his twerking.In what appears to be a TV commercial for the restaurant Takesabroso in Veracruz, Mexico, footage from Avengers: Infinity War (or Avengers: Endgame), shows Thanos (Josh Brolin) delivering his now-famed deadly snap as he dissolves half of all life on Earth.In the movies, Thanos snaps half the world away, then retreats to a quiet life until the Avengers come gunning for revenge in Avengers: Endgame.But in the ad, the Snap simply inspires Thanos to twerk and dance around various images of the restaurant's food.Representatives for Marvel and Takesabroso didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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