Apple: We’re defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line

Apple has said it has decided not to implement 16 web APIs in its Safari browser’s WebKit engine in part because they pose a privacy threat. Critics of the iGiant, including competitors like Google, see Apple’s stance as a defense against a competitive threat. These APIs, developed in recent years to allow web developers to Read more about Apple: We’re defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line[…]

OpenAI GPT-2 creates credible texts from minimal input

We’ve trained a large-scale unsupervised language model which generates coherent paragraphs of text, achieves state-of-the-art performance on many language modeling benchmarks, and performs rudimentary reading comprehension, machine translation, question answering, and summarization—all without task-specific training. Our model, called GPT-2 (a successor to GPT), was trained simply to predict the next word in 40GB of Internet Read more about OpenAI GPT-2 creates credible texts from minimal input[…]

Experiment confirms 50-year-old theory describing how black holes could generate energy

In 1969, British physicist Roger Penrose suggested that energy could be generated by lowering an object into the black hole’s ergosphere—the outer layer of the black hole’s event horizon, where an object would have to move faster than the speed of light in order to remain still. Penrose predicted that the object would acquire a Read more about Experiment confirms 50-year-old theory describing how black holes could generate energy[…]

Depixelizing Video Game Characters using AI Creates Monsters

A new digital tool built to depixelize photos sounds scary and bad. Another way to remove privacy from the world. But this tool is also being used for a sillier and not terrible purpose: Depixelizng old game characters. The results are…nevermind, this is also a terrible use of this tool. “Face Depixelizer” is a tool Read more about Depixelizing Video Game Characters using AI Creates Monsters[…]

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and a host of other tech giants will have to pay billions of dollars in extra tax after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on a stock-option case. America’s top court said [PDF] on Monday it will not review a decision by the Ninth Circuit of Appeals that stock-based Read more about Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing[…]

‘BlueLeaks’ Exposes Files, personal and banking details, emails from Hundreds of Police Departments spanning 24 years

Hundreds of thousands of potentially sensitive files from police departments across the United States were leaked online last week. The collection, dubbed “BlueLeaks” and made searchable online, stems from a security breach at a Texas web design and hosting company that maintains a number of state law enforcement data-sharing portals. The collection — nearly 270 Read more about ‘BlueLeaks’ Exposes Files, personal and banking details, emails from Hundreds of Police Departments spanning 24 years[…]

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner

Machine learning models built for doing business prior to the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer be valid as economies emerge from lockdowns, presenting companies with new challenges in machine learning and enterprise data management, according to Gartner. The research group has reported that “the extreme disruption in the aftermath of COVID-19… has invalidated many models Read more about Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner[…]

Beidou: China completes rival to the US-owned GPS system

China sent the last satellite to space on Tuesday to complete its global navigation system that will help wean it off U.S. technology in this area. The network known as Beidou, which has been in the works for over two decades, is a significant step for China’s space and technology ambitions. Beidou is a rival Read more about Beidou: China completes rival to the US-owned GPS system[…]

tens of thousands of mobile numbers of 50+ year olds sold for whatsapp fraud

Names, adresses and mobile numbers have been sold for fraud using WhatsApp. Most of these numbers come from callcentres, mainly those selling energy contracts. The fresher a lead is, the more they are worth: betwween 25 cents and 2 euros. The money is usually transferred through mules, who keep a percentage of the proceeds. Source: Read more about tens of thousands of mobile numbers of 50+ year olds sold for whatsapp fraud[…]

Microsoft Edge Accused of Sneakily Importing Firefox Data on Windows 10

In the case of Firefox users, some discovered that the new default Windows 10 browser, which is shipped to their devices via Windows Update, sometimes imports the data from Mozilla’s application even if they don’t give their permission. Some of these Firefox users decided to kill the initial setup process of Microsoft Edge, only to Read more about Microsoft Edge Accused of Sneakily Importing Firefox Data on Windows 10[…]

Facebook Bans Sale of Historical Artifacts Due to Rampant Black Market Trade also from within conflict zones by terrorists

Facebook has finally said it would now prohibit the sale of all historical artifacts due to rampant black market trade in looted antiquitieson the site, per the New York Times—a problem the social media company has known about for years. The new rules ban any “attempts to buy, sell or trade in historical artifacts,” defined Read more about Facebook Bans Sale of Historical Artifacts Due to Rampant Black Market Trade also from within conflict zones by terrorists[…]

Teaching physics to neural networks removes ‘chaos blindness’

a neural network can be trained to identify photos of dogs by sifting through a large number of photos, making a guess about whether the photo is of a dog, seeing how far off it is and then adjusting its weights and biases until they are closer to reality. The drawback to this neural network Read more about Teaching physics to neural networks removes ‘chaos blindness’[…]

Netgear was told in January its routers can be hacked and hijacked. This week, first patches released – after exploits, details made public

Netgear has issued patches to squash security vulnerabilities in two router models that can be exploited to, for instance, open a superuser-level telnet backdoor. Those two devices are the R6400v2 and R6700v3, and you can get hot-fixes for the holes here. However, some 77 models remain reportedly vulnerable, and no fixes are available. For the Read more about Netgear was told in January its routers can be hacked and hijacked. This week, first patches released – after exploits, details made public[…]

Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness

A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions. Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said it removed more than 70 Read more about Massive spying on users of Google’s Chrome shows new security weakness[…]

Google isn’t even trying to not be creepy: ‘Continuous Match Mode’ in Assistant will listen to everything until it’s disabled

Google has introduced “continuous match mode” for apps on its voice-powered Assistant platform, where it will listen to everything without pausing. At the same time it has debuted related developer tools, new features, and the ability to display web content on its Smart Display hardware using the AMP component framework. The Chocolate Factory has big Read more about Google isn’t even trying to not be creepy: ‘Continuous Match Mode’ in Assistant will listen to everything until it’s disabled[…]

Groundbreaking Technology Allows 3D Tissues To Be Printed Directly Into Human Body

LOS ANGELES — The world of 3D printing has come so far that scientists can actually produce biological products like bone, skin and blood vessels. Of course, there are numerous safety risks involved in using 3D-printed body parts in human patients. There is progress on that front, though. Scientists have developed a method for printing Read more about Groundbreaking Technology Allows 3D Tissues To Be Printed Directly Into Human Body[…]

New Technique Allows 3D Printing of Flexible Materials using droplets

Engineers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new approach to 3D printing that allows printing of finely tuned flexible materials. By using a droplet-based, multiphase microfluidic system, the team was able to efficiently print materials with potential applications in soft robotics, tissue engineering and wearable technology. The work is published June 15 Read more about New Technique Allows 3D Printing of Flexible Materials using droplets[…]

3d Printing tissue inside the body

Abstract We develop and characterize a biomaterial formulation and robotic methods tailored for intracorporeal tissue engineering (TE) via direct-write (DW) 3D printing. Intracorporeal TE is defined as the biofabrication of 3D TE scaffolds inside of a living patient, in a minimally invasive manner. A biomaterial for intracorporeal TE requires to be 3D printable and crosslinkable Read more about 3d Printing tissue inside the body[…]

Zoom will offer proper end-to-end encryption to free vid-chat accounts – not just paid-up bods – once you verify your phone number…

Zoom today said it will make end-to-end (E2E) encryption available to all of its users, regardless of whether they pay for it or not. The videoconferencing overnight-sensation has walked back its initial plan to limit E2E cryptography to schools and paid-for accounts, after facing a storm of criticism for the restriction. It will, from next Read more about Zoom will offer proper end-to-end encryption to free vid-chat accounts – not just paid-up bods – once you verify your phone number…[…]

Steris, Medical Device Maker Threatens iFixit Over Ventilator Repair Project, publishing manuals

A popular website with a comprehensive database of repair manuals for ventilators and other medical devices has received a letter from a medical equipment company saying that its copyrights are being infringed. Kyle Wiens, CEO of the repair website iFixit—which posts guides on how to repair anything from sewing machines to video game consoles—shared the Read more about Steris, Medical Device Maker Threatens iFixit Over Ventilator Repair Project, publishing manuals[…]

Researchers taught a robot to suture by showing it surgery videos

Stitching a patient back together after surgery is a vital but monotonous task for medics, often requiring them to repeat the same simple movements over and over hundreds of times. But thanks to a collaborative effort between Intel and the University of California, Berkeley, tomorrow’s surgeons could offload that grunt work to robots — like Read more about Researchers taught a robot to suture by showing it surgery videos[…]

‘DeepFaceDrawing’ AI can turn simple sketches into detailed photo portraits

Researchers have found a way to turn simple line drawings into photo-realistic facial images. Developed by a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, DeepFaceDrawing uses artificial intelligence to help “users with little training in drawing to produce high-quality images from rough or even incomplete freehand sketches.” This isn’t the first time we’ve Read more about ‘DeepFaceDrawing’ AI can turn simple sketches into detailed photo portraits[…]

Super secretive Russian disinfo operation discovered dating back to 2014

Social media research group Graphika published today a 120-page report [PDF] unmasking a new Russian information operation of which very little has been known so far. Codenamed Secondary Infektion, the group is different from the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Sankt Petersburg company (troll farm) that has interfered in the US 2016 presidential election. Graphika Read more about Super secretive Russian disinfo operation discovered dating back to 2014[…]