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You’ll need to show your face to use ATMs in Macau

Engadget - 17 min 42 sec ago
Macau, the gambling capital of the world, is upgrading all 1,200 of its ATMs with facial recognition cameras. According to Bloomberg, any user looking to make a withdrawal will need to enter their PIN and then stare into a lens for six seconds to ver...
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Let's Encrypt Hits New Milestone: Over 100,000,000 Certificates Issued

Slashdot - 21 min 42 sec ago
Josh Aas, the executive director of Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) writing for Let's Encrypt: Let's Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority has reached a milestone: we've now issued more than 100,000,000 certificates. This number reflects at least a few things: First, it illustrates the strong demand for our services. We'd like to thank all of the sysadmins, web developers, and everyone else managing servers for prioritizing protecting your visitors with HTTPS. Second, it illustrates our ability to scale. I'm incredibly proud of the work our engineering teams have done to make this volume of issuance possible. I'm also very grateful to our operational partners, including IdenTrust, Akamai, and Sumo Logic. Third, it illustrates the power of automated certificate management. If getting and managing certificates from Let's Encrypt always required manual steps there is simply no way we'd be able to serve as many sites as we do. The total number of certificates we've issued is an interesting number, but it doesn't reflect much about tangible progress towards our primary goal: a 100% HTTPS Web.

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Enginursday: X-Band Motion-Triggered Music

Sparkfun news - 36 min 7 sec ago

Some of you might remember the Enginursday: Sound Wave Printing post I did back in January when I mentioned getting more into Doppler Radar sensors. I did some experiments with an HB100 Microwave Motion Sensor, but I also ended up ordering one of Parallax’s X-Band Motion Detectors. Motion Detectors that operate in the X-Band frequency, at 10.525 GHz, are commonly found in security systems and automatic door-operated applications.

My first prototype was pretty neat with the ability to detect movements within a room or yard — or even through walls and windows. Not only that, but it did what I needed it to do in terms of being less susceptible to false triggers in comparison to the passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors I’ve utilized in the past.

I mounted all the components onto a small wooden board with a base to make it easily portable. On the front, you’ll see the ON/OFF SPST Rocker Switch and NeoPixel Ring.

On the back I installed the Parallax’s X-Band Motion Detectors, SparkFun RedBoard and a small self-adhesive breadboard.

The blue trimpot you see in the photo above adjusts the sensitivity, offering direct line of sight detection via the antenna printed circuit board (PCB) surface, which includes the module’s transmit and receive antennas, from roughly 8 to approximately 30 feet. When enabled, the detector takes short Doppler radar measurements.

Any motion detected from the antenna PCB area causes oscillations at the module’s output pin that I hooked up to the SparkFun RedBoard. It’s really trying to look for that frequency difference between the outgoing and returning signals. If motion is detected, the output signal oscillates from a low to a high state.

To represent the intensity of the motion, I added the visualization from the NeoPixel Ring for 12 color state changes starting from white (with no detected motion) to red (as the highest detected motion).

All that being said, I do want to take it a step further eventually and implement some sort of audible alarm. For those of you who know me or have read any of my other posts, I’m not ashamed to say this was initially inspired and created as a paranormal investigation device. I actually used it quite successfully to not only validate some unexplained phenomenon, but as a helpful debunker tool.

As it’s been sitting on my desk for a while now, I thought to myself, “Well, what else can I do with it and still keep it relatively portable?” Let’s just forget ghosts for a second. Music maybe? Yeah, sort of like a mini theremin. I mean they are both essentially comprised of the same fundamental building blocks: antenna, oscillator and mixer.

Great thing was I only really needed to add two extra components to make it happen: SparkFun’s MP3 Trigger and an external speaker.

The toughest part of the project was really playing around with the sensitivity of the detector. In the end, I decided to keep it simple and represent an octave of piano notes. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to expanding more on what I started here.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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'AMC Premiere' will let you stream 'The Walking Dead' ad-free

Engadget - 39 min 42 sec ago
Today, AMC announced a new way to watch its programming -- through a new service called AMC Premiere that allows subscribers to watch episodes of its current season shows without ads. However, unlike HBO's and Showtime's standalone apps, AMC Premiere...
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Uber says it had nothing to do with stolen Waymo data

Engadget - 1 hour 42 sec ago
Uber has denied conspiring with Anthony Levandowski to steal Waymo's self-driving tech in its latest court filing. According to Bloomberg and Reuters, Uber refuted Waymo's accusation that it colluded with Levandowski to steal 14,000 files before the...
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Hacks Raise Fear Over NSA's Hold on Cyberweapons

Slashdot - 1 hour 11 min ago
Nicole Perlroth, and David Sanger, writing for The New York Times: Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States -- Britain and Ukraine. The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons (alternative source). White House officials have deflected many questions, and responded to others by arguing that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the manufacturer of their weapons. But the silence is wearing thin for victims of the assaults, as a series of escalating attacks using N.S.A. cyberweapons have hit hospitals, a nuclear site and American businesses. Now there is growing concern that United States intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands. On Wednesday, the calls for the agency to address its role in the latest attacks grew louder, as victims and technology companies cried foul. Representative Ted Lieu, a California Democrat and a former Air Force officer who serves on the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees, urged the N.S.A. to help stop the attacks and to stop hoarding knowledge of the computer vulnerabilities upon which these weapons rely.

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Instagram puts AI to work burying offensive comments

Engadget - 1 hour 20 min ago
Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it had begun using a language AI called DeepText on its platform. Language is complex, and in order to better understand intent (an important part of flagging hate speech, for example), any computer program...
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Light-powered 'robot' cleans while it crawls

Engadget - 1 hour 39 min ago
Scientists in the UK and Netherlands have developed the first-ever device that can "walk" along like a caterpillar using a single, constant light source for power. The concept is clever: A polymer material is installed in a frame shorter than itself...
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Anchor lets you record and publish podcasts from your phone

Engadget - 2 hours 1 min ago
If you haven't heard of Anchor yet, it's an app that lets you record little bits of audio and broadcast them to your followers with minimal fuss. In a lot of ways, it's like Instagram or Snapchat stories, but focused purely on audio recordings -- you...
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The iPhone Turns 10

Slashdot - 2 hours 1 min ago
"Every once in awhile a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything," said co-founder and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, as he kickstarted the iPhone keynote. Ten years ago, thousands of people around the world listened to him in a mock turtleneck talk about a phone. They liked it so much that they decided to wait outside Apple stores for hours on end to buy one. Little did anyone know the phone -- called the iPhone -- would go on to revolutionize, in the truest sense of the word, the smartphone industry as we know it. From an Economist article: No product in recent history has changed people's lives more. Without the iPhone, ride-hailing, photo-sharing, instant messaging and other essentials of modern life would be less widespread. Shorn of cumulative sales of 1.2bn devices and revenues of $1trn, Apple would not hold the crown of the world's largest listed company. Thousands of software developers would be poorer, too: the apps they have written for the smartphone make them more than $20bn annually. Here's how some journalists saw the original iPhone. David Pogue, writing for the New York Times: But even in version 1.0, the iPhone is still the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles. Walt Mossberg, writing for the Wall Street Journal: Expectations for the iPhone have been so high that it can't possibly meet them all. It isn't for the average person who just wants a cheap, small phone for calling and texting. But, despite its network limitations, the iPhone is a whole new experience and a pleasure to use. John Gruber's first impressions of the iPhone: The iPhone is 95 percent amazing, 5 percent maddening. I'm just blown away by how nice it is -- very thoughtful UI design and outstanding engineering. It is very fun. Jason Snell, writing for Macworld: To put it more simply: The iPhone is the real deal. It's a product that has already changed the way people look at the devices they carry in their pockets and purses. After only a few days with mine, the prospect of carrying a cellphone with me wherever I go no longer fills me with begrudging acceptance, but actual excitement. Recode has some charts that show how the iPhone has grown over the years. Here's the primer: 1. The iPhone put the internet in everyone's pocket. 2. The iPhone transformed photography from a hobby to a part of everyday life. 3. The iPhone App Store changed the way software was created and distributed. 4. iPhone apps changed everything, even how people work. 5. The iPhone made Apple the world's most valuable company. Apple commentator Horace Dediu writing for Asymco: The iPhone is the best selling product ever, making Apple perhaps the best business ever. Because of the iPhone, Apple has managed to survive to a relatively old age. Not only did it build a device base well over 1 billion it engendered loyalty and satisfaction described only by superlatives. To summarize I can offer two numbers: 1. 1,162,796,000 iPhones sold (to end of March 2017). 2. $742,912,000,000 in revenues. $1 trillion will be reached in less than 18 months. In closing, security researcher Mikko Hypponen tweeted, "iPhone is 10 years old today. After 10 years, not a single serious malware case. It's not just luck; we need to congratulate Apple on this."

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AI will predict key moments at the Tour de France

Engadget - 2 hours 20 min ago
Machine learning is popping up in a range of different sports, helping to predict everything from athletes' injuries to peak performance levels. Enter the Tour de France -- the world's biggest cycling event, consisting of 198 riders across 22 teams w...
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The SNES Classic is probably the last retro console Nintendo will make

Engadget - 2 hours 35 min ago
When Nintendo announced the SNES Classic earlier this week, nerd hearts everywhere were aflutter at another opportunity to relive old gaming glory. There was a hint of caution, though, as fans remembered how demand for Nintendo's first retro console...
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The 'Futurama' crew returns today in a new mobile game

Engadget - 3 hours 1 min ago
Good news, everyone: after no small amount of hype, you can revisit the Futurama universe on your phone. Jam City's TinyCo has released Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow for free on both Android and iOS. It's clearly another not-so-subtle attempt to cash...
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WikiLeaks Dump Reveals CIA Malware For Tracking Windows Devices Via WiFi Networks

Slashdot - 3 hours 1 min ago
WikiLeaks has published the documentation manual for an alleged CIA tool that can track users of Wi-Fi-capable Windows devices based on the Extended Service Set (ESS) data of nearby Wi-Fi networks. According to the tool's 42-page manual, the tool's name is ELSA. Bleeping Computer has an image embedded in its report that explains how the tool works. There are six steps that summarize the ELSA operation. Bleeping Computer reports: Step 1: CIA operative configures ELSA implant (malware) based on a target's environment. This is done using a tool called the "PATCHER wizard," which generates the ELSA payload, a simple DLL file. Step 2: CIA operative deploys ELSA implant on target's Wi-Fi-enabled Windows machine. Because ELSA is an implant (malware), the CIA operator will likely have to use other CIA hacking tools and exploits to place the malware on a victim's PC. Step 3: The implant begins collecting Wi-Fi access point information based on the schedule set by the operator. Data collection can happen even if the user is disconnected from a Wi-Fi network. Step 4: When the target user connects to the Internet, ELSA will take the collected Wi-Fi data and query a third-party database for geolocation information. Step 5: The CIA operative connects to the target's computer and fetches the ELSA log. This is done via the tools that allowed the operator to place ELSA on his system, or through other tools. Step 6: The operator decrypts the log and performs further analysis on their target. Optionally, he can use the collected WiFi data to query alternate EES geo-location databases, if he feels they provide a better accuracy.

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'Limbo' and 'Inside' will make for one creepy retail disc

Engadget - 3 hours 30 min ago
You've probably already beaten Limbo and Inside from Danish development team Playdead. But if you've wanted a physical version of the pair, that hasn't been available. Well, until now. Publisher 505 Games is partnering with the studio to put its maca...
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Cox expands its 1TB data caps to more territories

Engadget - 3 hours 59 min ago
Cox is bringing its terabyte internet data caps to a bunch of new territories, having already introduced the plan to Cleveland, Ohio; Omaha, Nebraska; Sun Valley, Idaho; Florida, and Georgia. As a result, customers in Arizona, Las Vegas, Louisiana, a...
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Scientists made an AI that can read minds

Engadget - 4 hours 30 min ago
Whether it's using AI to help organize a Lego collection or relying on an algorithm to protect our cities, deep learning neural networks seemingly become more impressive and complex each day. Now, however, some scientists are pushing the capabilities...
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Windows 10 preview build protects your files from ransomware

Engadget - 5 hours 42 sec ago
Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Preview Build for Insiders in the Fast ring introduces what's obviously meant as a response to all the ransomware attacks targeting the platform these days. The build comes with a new feature called "controlled folders"...
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The Morning After: Thursday, June 29th 2017

Engadget - 6 hours 1 min ago
This morning, we're talking hidden smartphone fingerprint readers, 77-inch paper-thin TVs for a 'mere' $20k and a global ransomware cyberattack that might not even be ransomware. We'll explain that last one further, we promise.
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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

Slashdot - 6 hours 1 min ago
theodp writes: Noting that Apple CEO Tim Cook's advice for President Trump at last week's White House gathering of the Tech Titans was that "coding should be a requirement in every public school," the New York Times examines How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms (Warning: source may be paywalled). "The Apple chief's education mandate was just the latest tech company push for coding courses in schools," writes Natasha Singer. "But even without Mr. Trump's support, Silicon Valley is already advancing that agenda -- thanks largely to the marketing prowess of Code.org, an industry-backed nonprofit group." Singer continues: "In a few short years, Code.org has raised more than $60 million from Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Salesforce, along with individual tech executives and foundations. It has helped to persuade two dozen states to change their education policies and laws, Mr. Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, said, while creating free introductory coding lessons, called Hour of Code, which more than 100 million students worldwide have tried. Along the way, Code.org has emerged as a new prototype for Silicon Valley education reform: a social-media-savvy entity that pushes for education policy changes, develops curriculums, offers online coding lessons and trains teachers -- touching nearly every facet of the education supply chain. The rise of Code.org coincides with a larger tech-industry push to remake American primary and secondary schools with computers and learning apps, a market estimated to reach $21 billion by 2020." Singer also mentions Apple's work to spread computer science in schools. The company launched a free app last year called Swift Playgrounds to teach basic coding in Swift, as well as a yearlong curriculum for high schools and community colleges to teach app design in Swift.

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