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Facebook is building chips to analyze and filter live video

May 25, 2018 - 9:04 PM - by Reverend
Facebook is in the process of making its own chips for filtering video content, chief AI scientist Yann LeCun revealed today in a talk at the Viva Technology industry conference in Paris.

Conventional methods are no longer sufficient as they require too much energy and compute power, LeCun said, according to Bloomberg. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Facebook is building its own semiprocessor.

Facebook currently uses Intel CPUs for many of its AI services, engineering manager Kim Hazelwood recently told attendees at Intel AI DevCon this week. A transition to a specialized chip could help the company more quickly filter video content for violations of its terms of service, like if a person commits suicide in a livestream or performs another act of violence. Facebook currently uses various forms of computer vision to do things like remove content by terrorist organizations like ISIS.

Graphics processing units (GPU) from companies like AMD and Nvidia assist with the rapidly increasing amount of unlabeled data like images and videos in the world. Google continues to accelerate AI training and deployment with its tensor processing unit (TPU), and Intel’s Stratix 10, a field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip, is being used for Microsoft’s Project Brainwave.

Apple, Google, and Amazon are also reportedly planning to make specialized chips to speed up AI services for their hardware products.

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Amazon Echo recorded family's conversation, then sent it to random person

May 25, 2018 - 8:12 PM - by Reverend
A family in Portland, Oregon, received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago.

"Unplug your Alexa devices right now," a voice on the other line said. "You're being hacked."

Apparently, one of Amazon.com's Alexa-powered Echo devices in their house had silently sent recordings to the caller without the family's permission, according to KIRO 7, a news station covering Seattle and western Washington state that first reported the story. The person, who happened to be an employee of the husband, was in the family's contact list.

"My husband and I would joke and say, 'I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying,' " said a woman to KIRO 7 who identified herself only by her first name, Danielle.

"At first, my husband was, like, 'No, you didn't!' And the [recipient of the message] said, 'You sat there talking about hardwood floors.' And we said, 'Oh, gosh, you really did hear us.' "

Danielle said she felt invaded after listening back to her own conversations, silently captured by an eavesdropping machine. "I'm never plugging that device in again," she said. "I can't trust it."

Amazon said in a statement to The Post Thursday afternoon that the Echo woke up when it heard a word that sounded like "Alexa." "The subsequent conversation was heard as a 'send message' request. At which point, Alexa said out loud "To whom?" At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list."

The company also said that "As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely."

Danielle told KIRO 7 that the device did not tell her that it would be sending the recorded conversations.

This isn't the first time that Amazon's smart speaker has garnered scrutiny over... [Read More]
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FrostWire 6.6.6

May 25, 2018 - 5:59 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.6.6

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PayPal Now Fully Integrates With Google Accounts

May 25, 2018 - 5:53 PM - by Reverend
Some would argue making payments even more seamless online is a bad thing because it's just so easy to buy all the things. But having to login to a payment service every time you click the purchase button is a hassle, so PayPal is making it easier for anyone who has a Google account.

PayPal already enjoys a relationship with Google, allowing users to pay using their PayPal account through Google Pay in stores, in apps, and online. But that partnership is now being extended to cover the entire Google ecosystem for anyone in the US.

Once PayPal has been added to any one of Google's services through your account, it will be available as a payment method across all Google services you have access to. So if you add it through Google Play, for example, PayPal will be available in Gmail, YouTube, on the Google Store, and anywhere else Google has a presence. Additionally, there's no extra login required because that step is removed as soon as you link up the two accounts.

PayPal is clearly hoping this will boost the number of transactions carried out each day through its service, and therefore the revenue it earns every time a payment is made. And it seems likely that will happen due to how convenient linking these two account will be for many Google account holders.

Google also benefits because the integration means you no longer need to leave one of its sites to go and pay for something as it's all done right there on the same page with the click of a button.

PC Magazine
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TotalBiscuit, popular British gaming critic, dies at age of 33

May 25, 2018 - 5:50 PM - by Reverend
John Bain -- a British video games critic known as TotalBiscuit -- has died at the age of 33.

The vlogger had fought a years-long battle with cancer before dying on Thursday. His YouTube channel of game review videos and podcasts had 2.2 million subscribers.

His wife, Gemma Bain, posted news of his death on Twitter, along with the words to the poem "Love Constant Beyond Death" by Francisco de Quevedo.

Fans on Reddit celebrated Bain as a passionate advocate for gaming consumers who supported indie developers through his videos and The Co-Optional Podcast.

Bain was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and he announced it was terminal the following year. It appeared to have spread to his liver and other parts of his body.

Bain wrote just over three weeks ago on Reddit that he was retiring, as he was no longer responding to chemotherapy, in what he said would likely be his last public health update.

"I'm retiring as a critic to spend whats (sic) left of my life sharing my love of gaming with my wife and all of you via co-op videos and streams," he wrote.

"Sad beyond words to hear this news," wrote YouTube comedian and reviewer Jonathan Jafari, better known as "JonTron".

"John bain, aka @Totalbiscuit did more good for the gaming community than most of us could do in 10 lifetimes," posted video blogger Steven Williams, or "Boogie" on YouTube.

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EA Announces Battlefield V Launching Worldwide on October 19

May 24, 2018 - 9:13 AM - by Reverend
DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc studio, officially announced Battlefield™ V, immersing players in unexpected battles and untold stories of World War 2 as never seen before. Featuring a fresh portrayal of one of mankind’s biggest conflicts, Battlefield V allows players to feel the unmatched intensity of all-out war and travel to unexpected but crucial moments of World War 2 through new and signature multiplayer modes, single-player War Stories and the cooperative Combined Arms. In Battlefield V, embark on a continuing, grand journey post-launch in the brand new Tides of War, created to make sure the battlefield is constantly evolving with new events, challenges, battles, and rewards that are always within reach – for all Battlefield V owners*.

Battlefield V multiplayer will deliver the most immersive gameplay of the franchise in a sandbox environment that portrays the battles of World War 2, allowing players to feel the force of the fight and truly shape the war as the war shapes them. Players’ soldiers can now tow stationary weapons, build fortifications and repair war-torn structures to turn the battlefield to the player’s advantage. Whether dragging a squad mate to safety or shooting a grenade out of the sky, players will forge a deeper connection to the ever-evolving world around them and achieve victory against the toughest odds. With the freedom to adapt and evolve the battlefield in new and unseen ways, the battlefield will never be the same.

“Battlefield V is a homecoming for DICE as a studio—a return to the era that came to define the Battlefield franchise. But as nostalgic as we are about World War 2, we wanted to challenge the preconception of the era with an unexpected portrayal of this familiar setting. Our vision with Battlefield V is to let players explore new and untold sides of the conflict that shaped the modern world,” said Oskar Gabrielson,... [Read More]
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Apple Offers $50 Credit For Early iPhone Battery Replacement Buyers

May 24, 2018 - 8:36 AM - by Reverend
Did you spend $79 for an iPhone battery replacement last year? If so, then prepare to get some of that money back.

Apple is giving a $50 credit to any customers who made the purchases in 2017 at authorized company stores and service locations. The credit specifically applies to out-of-warranty battery replacements for iPhone 6 devices and later.

The refund is part of Apple's effort to make up for "Batterygate." Last December, the company admitted to secretly slowing down the performance of certain iPhone models to offset errors caused by the aging batteries inside.

Many iPhone owners were outraged over the practice; outside experts realized you could restore the performance of these iPhones by simply replacing the battery. However, Apple had failed to communicate this to public and later apologized for it.

To make up for the incident, the company this year began slashing the out-of-warranty battery replacement on affected iPhones from $79 to $29. The discount lasts until the end of this year.

The new $50 credit essentially extends the discount to iPhone owners who bought the battery replacements last year — something that Apple hinted it might do in a letter to a US senator back in February.

To deliver the $50 credit, Apple will contact eligible customers via email starting today until July 27. The company intends to offer the refunds via an electronic funds transfer or by adding the $50 to a credit card.

Customers who believe they're eligible, but failed to receive an email should contact Apple at this link. You have until the end of this year to do so before the offer expires.

... [Read More]
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Facebook Just Made Two-Factor Authentication Easier to Set Up

May 24, 2018 - 8:31 AM - by Reverend
Facebook is making it easier to set up two-factor authentication on your account, and allowing those who want to use a third-party authenticator app instead of their phone number to receive their authentication code.

If you’re not familiar, two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your account. When you log in with your password on a new device or in a way that’s a bit unusual, you’ll be prompted to enter a numerical code as well that you either receive via text message or through an app. The idea is that even if someone else manages to get your password they won’t be able to access your account.

If you don’t already have it set up, you should. Most services offer the feature these days, including Twitter and Gmail and you want it set up on everything you have.

Previously you needed to give Facebook your phone number in order to use two-factor authentication. Which, if for obvious reasons you didn’t want to hand over meant you couldn’t use the feature.

Now, you can use a third-party app such as Google Authenticator, which constantly generates new codes (so you can access them even if you don’t have a cell signal) in addition to a phone number.

For people who don’t have the feature set up at all, Facebook will also walk you through the process with prompts to make it a little less confusing.

To get started, go to the Settings menu within the Facebook app or your desktop and then select “Security and Login” and then “Use two-factor authentication.”

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