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Collar AG is a wearable collar the will try to control you #WearableWednesday

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00

This scary art exhibit uses wearable tech to examine the relationship between personal freedom and new technology.


Collar AG is a wearable device that creates a unique experience of spatial intervention. The device pretends to be an audio guide to walk you through the exhibition site, giving you the information about the artwork automatically. Yet, the device will intervene your behavior. Collar AG is a fashionable object that act as a remediation of the ideological frames of the internet. The project attempts to experiment this seductive and contradictory situation.

Creators describes more about the wearable:

Its features were inspired by Google’s filter bubbles, wherein the company’s algorithm begins to provide users with selective search results aligning with their pre-existing worldview, based on previous activity. In pursuit of mimicking this ideologically limiting behavior, the Collar AG closely monitors its wearer and instructs their actions in the gallery space. “We installed different sensors in space, so when the visitor puts on the Collar AG and walks through the space, our system will know their location,” XCEED Artistic Director Chris Cheung tells Creators.

The sensors not only track movement, they also trigger Suri, a hacked version of Apple’s Siri. Suri acts as a guide for the wearer, explaining details about different pieces in the exhibition. As Suri offers opinions on the art and prevents visitors from diverging from her prescribed path, the more Big Brother-esque aspects of the Collar X and Collar AG come into play. Depending on the size of the space, the countdown clock forces wearers to adhere to a strict 20 to 30 minute timeframe for viewing the exhibition. As the timer approaches its pre-ordained deadline, the collar emits a disruptive buzzing noise.

Check out Collar AG at XCEED and read more about it at Creators

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Vulnerability Discovered In Latest Ubuntu Distributions, Users Advised To Update

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00
Celarent Darii writes: There is a vulnerability in the latest ubuntu distributions due to the DNS resolver included in systemd. The inclusion of the dns resolver was lamented by many on the mailing list, not without cause. All are advised to update their distribution.

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Tinder's new Gold subscription shows your likes before you swipe

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:42
Tinder is introducing another subscription option, which comes with an exclusive perk to get existing premium members to fork out some extra cash. Tinder Gold gives you access to a new "Likes You" option that basically allows you to browse through al...
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Toshiba Sues Western Digital For $1 Billion in Damages

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:40
Toshiba has raised the stakes in an embittered legal row with its joint venture partner, suing Western Digital for a $1bn in damages and hoping Japanese courts will quash the US firm's interference in the sale of its memory chip business. From a report: The litigation, filed Wednesday in Tokyo District Court, seeks to stop Western Digital from making ownership claims over the enterprise that Toshiba is trying to sell. The Japanese company said in a statement that Western Digital's employees improperly obtained proprietary information. The relationship between Toshiba and Western Digital has gotten more acrimonious, as Toshiba moves toward a sale of the flash-memory division. Last month, Western Digital invoked an arbitration clause in their business agreement, seeking to block Toshiba's transfer of ownership of the unit to a separate legal entity in preparation for a sale. Toshiba, which has since reversed that transfer, then had its lawyers send a letter demanding that the U.S. company stop its "harassment" as Toshiba tries to sell the business.

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Priorities: British Man Gets Hit By Runaway Bus, Stands Up, Walks Into Pub

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:30
This is a video from Reading in Berkshire, England, of a man who gets hit by a runaway double decker bus, pushed around twenty feet, then stands up and walks into a pub, presumably where he'd already been headed before the incident. Except now he's probably getting a whole bunch of free pints bought for him. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Do not try to get hit by a bus in front of a bar for free drinks." But I don't get paid till Friday! Keep going for the video of the classic joke, "So a guy gets creamed by a bus and walks into a bar..."
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Xiaomi is bringing cinema tech to a living room projector

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:18
When it comes to home theater setups, high-quality projectors have traditionally been the pricier way to enjoy your movies. Now, however, Chinese tech company Xiaomi is hoping to change that with its new cinema-quality Mi Laser Projector. Priced at a...
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Wearable Technology gains Traction in Workplace Safety

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:00

Via Business Insurance!

The momentum around wearable devices continues to build both in the general population where activity trackers have become nearly ubiquitous and within workplaces, where such devices promise to increase worker safety and reduce workers compensation claims.

But employers should put thought into how and why to deploy wearable devices if they hope to see a meaningful return on their investment, experts say.

The buzz around wearables was evident at last week’s American Society of Safety Engineers Safety 2017 conference in Denver. Several conference sessions were dedicated to wearables discussions and on the expo floor, wearable safety devices were on display. Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated a solution it created to reduce accidents involving collisions between heavy machinery and construction personnel. Using a small beacon that fits inside a hardhat and a receiver mounted in the cab of a vehicle or machine, the solution can detect when a worker is dangerously close to the equipment and alert the driver with an alarm.

The construction industry is a prime early target market for wearable devices designed to improve workplace safety. Albert Zulps, director of virtual design and construction, and David Korman, environmental, health and safety director, both of Parsippany, New Jersey-based construction and development firm Skanska USA, outlined the potential of a variety of new and emerging wearable devices to improve safety and efficiency on construction jobsites.

Mr. Zulps and Mr. Korman demonstrated a worker positioning system using wireless beacons placed around the room and safety vests outfitted with transmitters that allowed software to track their movements throughout the aisles and among audience members in real time. Such systems could be deployed on construction sites and allow supervisors to define restricted or unsafe areas and send audible or visual alarms to a wearable device to warn workers to stay out.

In addition to safety applications, these devices could facilitate trade stacking — the organization and management of multiple contractors or subcontractors on a site at the same time — they said.

Mr. Korman and Mr. Zulps also touted the potential of wearable applications that can automatically or manually alert supervisors to accidents or warn workers if an evacuation is necessary due to weather or other environmental hazards.

However, it is important for employers to consider a bigger picture when it comes to investing in and deploying wearable technologies, experts say. That includes defining goals for a wearables program and understanding new risks such devices can introduce.

Typical objectives for a wearables program fall into three broad categories, said Rachel Michael, senior consultant and ergonomics thought leader with U.K.-based Aon Risk Solutions. The first is to collect worker data on an activity like bending over to do work and compare it with a threshold. The difficulty with that goal is finding reliable thresholds to compare collected data to, said Ms. Michael.

A second goal is often to change individual behavior, but Ms. Michael said evidence has shown that wearables are not very effective on their own at changing behavior. A study published last year conducted at by the University of Pittsburgh compared weight loss results among 471 adults on a prescribed weight loss plan, some of whom were asked to use a wearable device to monitor diet and physical activity. The study found that participants who used wearable devices lost less weight than participants who monitored diet and physical activity through self-monitoring.

“The fundamental idea behind many wearables ultimately is to change behavior,” said Ms. Michael. “Evidence gathered from years of progress in this area is that behavior is driven predominantly by organizational culture and systems to reinforce desired behaviors and discourage deviations. If a tool to measure behavior is used, then the feedback loop — positive reinforcement, habit-making time measurement, and further reinforcement — must already be in place.”

The third goal employers might want to strive for with a wearables project is to collect data in order to make changes to organizational behavior, such as changing workflows or processes to make work safer or more efficient.

“Wearables are hardly a panacea for solving the spectrum of workplace safety and productivity issues,” said Ms. Michael. “Thus, their acquisition and deployment should include an assessment of potential issues and a framework for addressing them.”

In addition, employers need to be aware of the potential pitfalls wearables can introduce, including information overload, potential data breaches, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act considerations and other liabilities related to collecting and storing personal information. Most employers aren’t properly equipped to interpret the amount of data that can be generated by wearables, which could lead to a wearables program that ends up collecting data just for the sake of collecting data, Ms. Michael said.

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Théoriz recreates the Holodeck with AR tech and projectors

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:00
If you had to list the most mind-blowing tech demos in recent memory, Microsoft's Hololens AR headset would need to be included, as would its projector-enhanced Illumiroom. A company called Théoriz from Lyon, France has married both of those t...
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Chinese tech giant LeEco can’t stop losing money

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:41
Chinese tech company LeEco has been busy over the past decade, producing everything from TVs to electric cars (or at least, trying to). But now, the conglomerate is in trouble: They are in a cash crunch and haven't been able to raise enough money to...
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President Trump Attacks Amazon, Incorrectly Claiming That It Owns The Washington Post For Tax Purposes

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:41
The Washington Post, which has been critical of Donald Trump and his administration in its coverage, has become the latest victim in Trump's Twitter tirade. On Wednesday, he accused Amazon of not "paying internet taxes (which they should)," adding that the company is using The Washington Post "in a scheme to dodge" the taxes. Quick fact check: Amazon doesn't own The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos -- in his personal capacity -- does. At any rate, Trump's furious tweets come a day after The Washington Post reported that a fake issue of Time magazine with Trump on the cover was hanging in some of the president's golf clubs. The timing of this is also awkward because just last week the president met with Bezos and other top executives to discuss ways the White House can modernize government and aid the tech industry. But the two have a long history. As Recode reminds: Meanwhile, Amazon is about to embark on what could be a lengthy government antitrust review of its bid to buy Whole Foods. Already looming large over the roughly $14 billion deal are the president's own comments: He has previously attacked Bezos and claimed the Post is a tax-dodging scheme for Amazon. "He thinks I'll go after him for antitrust," Trump said at one point during his campaign. "Because he's got a huge antitrust problem, because he's controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing." Months later, Trump charged: "Believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems, they are going to have such problems." Meanwhile, Bezos isn't one to shy about his anti-Trump views either. At one point during the election, Bezos tweeted that he'd save a seat for Trump on his Blue Origin spacecraft, with the hashtag "sendDonaldtospace."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Whatever Works: Panasonic's Deodorizing Coat Hanger

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:30
This is Panasonic's MS-DH100 'Nanoe X' electronic deodorizing coat hanger scheduled for release in Japan this September. The $180 hanger uses negatively charged ions to remove odors like cigarette smoke or sweat from garments. Unfortunately, it takes a minimum of five hours to complete a cycle, making it impractical to use as a quick fix for a smelly shirt before a date. And that's when you just douse yourself with cologne and hope for the best. *later, at dinner* What do you mean I smell like a Sephora store exploded?! Yeah well when you got in the car your legs rubbing on the vinyl seat made it sound like you farted. Haha -- I was already thinking of nicknames! I'll just pay and leave. Thanks to vishal, who agrees there's nothing more deodorizing than fire.
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Redesigned PS4 media hub showcases the best streaming videos

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:21
Sony is streamlining the way it presents TV and video on the PlayStation 4, making it easier to discover films and shows from across apps, all in one convenient location.
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Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Defends Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:20
An anonymous reader writes: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has absorbed blistering criticism for the way he handled allegations of sexual misconduct at the San Francisco riding-hailing service. But he can at least count on the support of one big name in Silicon Valley: former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Speaking at the annual Stanford Directors' College Tuesday, Mayer defended Kalanick, suggesting that he was unaware of the toxic culture brewing at Uber because of the company's rapid growth. Mayer's name has come up in reports as a possible replacement for Kalanick at Uber, though there's no indication the company has had talks with her. "Scale is incredibly tricky," Mayer said. "I count Travis as one of my friends. I think he's a phenomenal leader; Uber is ridiculously interesting. I just don't think he knew," she said. "When your company scales that quickly, it's hard." Mayer then compared Uber's situation to the early days of Google when it first brought in Eric Schmidt as CEO to help co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page manage the company.

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Pulse Dress #WearableWednesday

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:00

Jazsalyn McNeil and Dr. Jesse Jur talk about the Pulse Dress in this video from Jazsalyn Nachelle McNeil on vimeo

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Now you can make local Snapchat filters on your phone

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:00
Geofilters have been making Snapchat boatloads of money, so it doesn't come as a surprise that the company is making them even more accessible. Starting today, you can create Geofilters right within the application, but only if you're in the US. If y...
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The Guardian Backtracks On WhatsApp 'Backdoor' Report

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:45
Five months after The Guardian published an investigative report, in which it found a "backdoor" in the Facebook-owned service, the publication is finally making amendments. The January report immediately stirred controversy among security experts, who began questioning The Guardian's piece. Weeks later, Zeynep Tufekci, a researcher and op-ed writer for the New York Times, published an open letter with over 70 major security researchers working at major universities and companies like Google condemning the story, and asking the publication to retract it.. Paul Chadwick, The Guardian's reader's editor, said "The Guardian was wrong to report last January that the popular messaging service WhatsApp had a security flaw so serious that it was a huge threat to freedom of speech." From his article: In a detailed review I found that misinterpretations, mistakes and misunderstandings happened at several stages of the reporting and editing process. Cumulatively they produced an article that overstated its case. The Guardian ought to have responded more effectively to the strong criticism the article generated from well-credentialled experts in the arcane field of developing and adapting end-to-end encryption for a large-scale messaging service. The original article -- now amended and associated with the conclusions of this review -- led to follow-up coverage, some of which sustained the wrong impression given at the outset. The most serious inaccuracy was a claim that WhatsApp had a "backdoor", an intentional, secret way for third parties to read supposedly private messages. This claim was withdrawn within eight hours of initial publication online, but withdrawn incompletely. The story retained material predicated on the existence of a backdoor, including strongly expressed concerns about threats to freedom, betrayal of trust and benefits for governments which surveil. In effect, having dialled back the cause for alarm, the Guardian failed to dial back expressions of alarm.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Pricey electric bicycle wheel gets you to work sweat-free

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:39
Yes, I own a bike. But it's nothing to get excited about. A neighbor put it on the sidewalk with a "free" sign, and bam! I had a bicycle. It's old and rusty but perfect for neighborhood errands. I normally wouldn't use it to ride to work, but the $1,...
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Volkswagen’s cars will be ‘talking’ to each other by 2019

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:20
Vehicles will be communicating with other as soon as 2019, if Volkswagen's plans come to fruition. Just one day after announcing its autonomous vehicle AI partnership with NVIDIA, the German car manufacturer says pWLAN (public wireless LAN) technolog...
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Microsoft's Telemetry Shows Petya Infections in 65 Countries Around the World

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:06
From a blog post by Microsoft: On June 27, 2017 reports of a ransomware infection began spreading across Europe. We saw the first infections in Ukraine, where more than 12,500 machines encountered the threat. We then observed infections in another 64 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Russia, and the United States. The new ransomware has worm capabilities, which allows it to move laterally across infected networks. Based on our investigation, this new ransomware shares similar codes and is a new variant of Ransom:Win32/Petya. This new strain of ransomware, however, is more sophisticated. [...] Initial infection appears to involve a software supply-chain threat involving the Ukrainian company M.E.Doc, which develops tax accounting software, MEDoc. Although this vector was speculated at length by news media and security researchers -- including Ukraine's own Cyber Police -- there was only circumstantial evidence for this vector. Microsoft now has evidence that a few active infections of the ransomware initially started from the legitimate MEDoc updater process. A New York Times reports how rest of the world is dealing with Petya. From the article: A fuller picture of the impact will probably emerge in the coming days. But companies and government offices worldwide appeared less affected than the WannaCry attack, notably in places like China, which was hard hit in May. Reports from Asia suggested that many of the companies hit were the local arms of European and American companies struck on Tuesday. In Mumbai, India, a port terminal operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk, the Danish shipping giant, was shut after it disclosed that it had been hit by the malware. In a statement, Indian port authorities said they were taking steps to relieve congestion, such as finding places to park stranded cargo. The attack shut the terminal down on Tuesday afternoon. On the Australian island of Tasmania, computers in a Cadbury chocolate factory owned by Mondelez International, the American food company, displayed the ransomware message, according to the local news media.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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What Designers Can Learn From The New Science Of Eye-Tracking

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:00

Via Fastcodesign

Designers loathe to be told to design something “eye-catching”—it’s the vaguest of briefs. But for Amy Alberts, a user research manager at the data visualization company Tableau, determining the things that catch a person’s eye is an exact science.

With a masters degree in applied cognitive psychology, Alberts has done years of research on what involuntary patterns in eye movement reveal about the human brain. As a researcher at Microsoft and now at Tableau, Alberts has applied her psychology background to examine what those eye movements can teach us about interface and data design.

At last year’s Tableau Conference, Alberts conducted an eye-tracking study with the conference’s participants. She asked them to look at various dashboards—the presentation displays that show a company’s analytics—while an eye tracker traced the movement of their gaze across the page. She recently released the results of those tests in a whitepaper, which details the elements of the data visualizations and layout design that most draw a viewer’s attention.

Designers know implicitly that certain things, like strong imagery and high contrast colors, will grab a viewer’s attention. But the value of the Tableau study is that it shows that even within commonly held standards of good design, there are some approaches that work better, and more consistently, than others. “The thing that I think was interesting is that there seems to be—in this research as well as general brain research—certain elements like maps, big number, line graphs, and so on, that are more compelling than others,” Alberts says. “They draw attention faster than other ones; there’s a hierarchy.”

In tracking attention-grabbing design, this nascent science seeks to quantify user experience by viewing design and functionality through the user’s eyes.


One of the most striking patterns that the study showed was how effective large numbers were at drawing a viewer’s attention.

The analysis showed that numbers set in large type got a lot of “visual attention”—a term Alberts uses to distinguish eye movement from actually seeing and absorbing content, the latter of which can’t be proved just from eye-trackers. Numbers set in large type were also consistently one of the first things on the page that received that attention. “A big number is the neon sign of dashboards,” says Alberts. “Eyes go to it immediately.”

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