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Social media companies addressed to handle deepfake content

US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Monday pressed major social media companies on how they plan to handle the threat of deepfake images and videos on their platforms ahead of the 2020 elections. The Democratic congressman wrote letters to the chief executives of Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Google, which owns YouTube, asking about the companies’ formal policies on deepfakes and their research into technologies to detect the doctored content. Deepfakes use machine learning to manipulate source material and create hyperrealistic content where a person - such as a political candidate - appears to say or...

Google accused of plagiarizing a digital ad technology

Alphabet Inc’s Google LLC was hit on Monday with a US lawsuit alleging it copied a smaller firm’s patented digital advertising technology. Impact Engine Inc filed the complaint in federal court in San Diego, California, alleging various Google online advertising platforms, including Google Ads and Google AdSense, infringed on six patents. The allegedly violated patents, granted to San Diego-based Impact Engine between 2011 and 2018, relate to so-called “programmatic creative” technology for rapidly producing and customising online advertisements. Google did not immediately comment on the case. According to the complaint, between 2005 and 2007 Google employees expressed interest in partnering...

Facebook crypto riding shotgun against money laundering

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Monday voiced serious concern that Facebook Inc’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency could be misused for money laundering, adding to the growing regulatory scepticism of the social media company’s digital asset plans. The Treasury Department has warned Facebook that it must enact proper safeguards against illicit use such as money laundering, he said at a White House press conference. “Treasury has been very clear to Facebook ... and other providers of digital financial services that they must implement the same anti-money laundering safeguards in countering the financing of terrorism as traditional financial institutions,” Mnuchin said. His...

16/07/2019

This is what Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode is going to look like

Earlier this month, an APK teardown done by 9to5Google detailed an upcoming update that would enable a new interface for Pixel devices while wirelessly charging on a Pixel Stand which debuted with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL last year. The latest news on the update is that some of the screens and elements were successfully enabled to give us an idea of how the mode will work. As tested by 9to5Google, the clock lives in the upper left corner and displays the weather directly across from it. At the bottom is the Google Assistant logo, which acts as a...

Apple iPhone X gets heavily discounted in India; buy it now

While Amazon is dominating the spotlight with its Prime Day discounts, Flipkart has its Big Shopping Days extravaganza going on. As a part of its discounts, the Apple iPhone X has received a massive price cut and the 64GB variant is available at an unbeatable price of Rs 59,990. Available in Silver and Space Grey, the 64GB iPhone X gets its best price ever at a price of just Rs 59,990. Apart from this incredible price tag, there are some amazing offers as well such as No cost EMI, and getting up to Rs 17,900 off on exchange. Also, if...

Intel unveils new AI chip system that can power autonomous cars

Intel has unveiled a new deep-learning chip system that is capable of crunching complex AI algorithms up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 times more efficiently than regular CPUs. As Engadget reports, the new system, codenamed Pohoiki Beach, is made up of 64 Loihi 'neuromorphic' deep-learning chips, modelled after the human brain, and 8-million neurons. The chips are installed on a 'Nahuku' board that contains from 8 to 32 Loihi chips. The Pohoiki Beach system contains multiple such boards that can be interfaced with Intel's Arria 1- FPGA developer's kit. The system is aimed at making AI-enabled technologies such as...

Your WhatsApps aren't safe once you receive them on phone

If you thought your files from encrypted messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram were safe, you're wrong. Researchers at Symantec have revealed that files saved through these apps are still vulnerable to attacks. Apps like these either use the phone's storage or external storage when you want to save your files, and malware with external storage access could be used to exploit this data, The Verge reports. The attack is called 'Media File Jacking' and all that a hacker needs to gain access to files or alter them is a malicious app. Theoretically, one can also alter an outgoing...

Microsoft is killing classic internet games old Windows users loved

Old Windows users have no choice but to upgrade to the latest version as Microsoft is taking away their favourite internet games for good. The software giant has announced that it is killing its popular internet games on older Windows versions. These include Backgammon, Checkers, Spades, Hearts, Reversi, and MSN Go on Windows XP, Windows ME, and Windows 7, the official release notes. Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows XP and ME will end on July 31, 2019, while on Windows 7, the services will continue until January 22, 2020. Click on Deccan Chronicle Technology and Science for the latest...
16/07/2019

New UAE-based institute to boost students' Artificial Intelligence skills

A new institute dedicated to teaching Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications to university students has been launched in Abu Dhabi on Monday (July 15). This is the first-of-its-kind-institute in the UAE will also train government and industries in AI science and applications. With a Dh160 million five-year-fund for AI projects, Khalifa University of Science and Technology launched the Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems Institute (AI Institute) which will focus on AI, data science, robotics, next generation networks, semiconductor technologies and cybersecurity. Six research centres under one umbrella The AI Institute will bring all the university's research in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI),...

16/07/2019

Opensignal’s latest report recognizes T-Mobile and Verizon as best carriers in different categories

Opensignal runs thousands of speed and network coverage tests in the United States and collects lots of information about these carriers over time which Opensignal then uses to compile its Mobile Network Experience Report. The latest report covers data collected between March 16 and July 13, which is just under four months. Among the data collected, Opensignal awards each carrier in five main categories including: 4G availability, Video experience, Download Speed Experience, Upload Speed Experience, and Latency Experience. Starting with 4G Availability, this metric is calculated by calculating the amount of time that a user is on a 4G connection....
16/07/2019

Trump’s vehicle emissions rollback is dicey, so he’s lowering the fine for guzzling gas

President Trump’s administration has fought to roll back Obama-era vehicle emissions standards since his inauguration, and a final version of the looser rules is expected to be revealed later this summer. But since the rollback faces a number of obstacles — likely including a long, drawn-out battle in the court system that could ultimately kneecap the effort — the administration has found another way to discourage automakers from increasing the fuel efficiency of their vehicles: lower the fines for missing the targets. News dropped late Friday night that Trump wants the fines to revert back so that automakers only pay...
16/07/2019

Zoom’s video conferencing security flaw also applies to RingCentral and Zhumu

As Buzzfeed reports, security researcher Karan Lyons published evidence of yet more video conferencing apps that could be maliciously opened with their cameras turned on due to a security flaw. The apps this time are RingCentral and a Chinese app called Zhumu. If you are a Mac user that has ever installed either app and then visited a malicious website, it would be possible for code embedded in an iframe to automatically open up a video conference that turns your webcam on. Both actually use Zoom’s technology behind the scenes — they’re essentially white labels — and so the same...