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Nov

Worried your kid is ‘sexting’? This AI-powered watchdog app can help


Why it matters to you

Worried about the possibility that your underage kids are sending explicit images of themselves to other people? This app aims to help, and open up an important dialog in the process.

For anyone who grew up in an age before smartphones, “sexting” simply wasn’t something we had to worry about as impressionable kids. But it’s a problem for today’s youngsters — with Pew Research claiming that approximately 1.2 million teens have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to another person via text messaging.

While consenting adults should be free to do what they want, so long as they’re not hurting anyone, when you’re talking about underage kids, the idea of sexting becomes a whole lot more problematic. That becomes even more concerning when an estimated 61 percent of “sexters” who sent nude images admit that they felt pressured to do so at least once.

Fortunately, artificial intelligence is here to help.

Called Gallery Guardian, the A.I. solution — designed “by parents for parents” — is a new mobile app for iOS and Android, which uses image recognition to protect children from taking or receiving inappropriate images and videos through social media apps. It also aims to open up a dialog by alerting parents, who can pair their phones with those belonging to their kids. The parents don’t get to view the offending content, but the alert system will give them a heads-up so they can intervene. The app additionally offers resources to help teach parents how to approach a conversation that could be incredibly difficult for all parties involved.

“We built a library of pornography to train our algorithm,” Daniel Skowronski, founder and CEO of developer YIPO Technologies, told Digital Trends. “To improve the detection, we also leveraged data sets that were mostly ‘selfie’ style images, since it’s the most common photo style taken with smartphones.”

One potential issue with the concept is that the image processing is not done locally on your device. Skowronski says that the goal is for this to be the case, but the processing power needed to run the algorithm and keep detection levels high would result in too much battery drain on the average smartphone. However, he notes that the company uses the “tightest encryption available on the market today to keep your data and your child’s data safe.” All data is deleted immediately after scanning has taken place.

Gallery Guardian is available for free download (with in-app purchases) on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

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3
Nov

Worried your kid is ‘sexting’? This AI-powered watchdog app can help


Why it matters to you

Worried about the possibility that your underage kids are sending explicit images of themselves to other people? This app aims to help, and open up an important dialog in the process.

For anyone who grew up in an age before smartphones, “sexting” simply wasn’t something we had to worry about as impressionable kids. But it’s a problem for today’s youngsters — with Pew Research claiming that approximately 1.2 million teens have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to another person via text messaging.

While consenting adults should be free to do what they want, so long as they’re not hurting anyone, when you’re talking about underage kids, the idea of sexting becomes a whole lot more problematic. That becomes even more concerning when an estimated 61 percent of “sexters” who sent nude images admit that they felt pressured to do so at least once.

Fortunately, artificial intelligence is here to help.

Called Gallery Guardian, the A.I. solution — designed “by parents for parents” — is a new mobile app for iOS and Android, which uses image recognition to protect children from taking or receiving inappropriate images and videos through social media apps. It also aims to open up a dialog by alerting parents, who can pair their phones with those belonging to their kids. The parents don’t get to view the offending content, but the alert system will give them a heads-up so they can intervene. The app additionally offers resources to help teach parents how to approach a conversation that could be incredibly difficult for all parties involved.

“We built a library of pornography to train our algorithm,” Daniel Skowronski, founder and CEO of developer YIPO Technologies, told Digital Trends. “To improve the detection, we also leveraged data sets that were mostly ‘selfie’ style images, since it’s the most common photo style taken with smartphones.”

One potential issue with the concept is that the image processing is not done locally on your device. Skowronski says that the goal is for this to be the case, but the processing power needed to run the algorithm and keep detection levels high would result in too much battery drain on the average smartphone. However, he notes that the company uses the “tightest encryption available on the market today to keep your data and your child’s data safe.” All data is deleted immediately after scanning has taken place.

Gallery Guardian is available for free download (with in-app purchases) on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

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3
Nov

iPhone X heist lands thieves $370,000 worth of hot Apple hardware


Why it matters to you

You may be patiently waiting in line for your new iPhone X, but some robbers decided to do things a different way.

While the rest of us line up for our first hands-on interactions with the highly anticipated iPhone X, a few thieves managed to get their hands on the smartphones ahead of schedule. On Wednesday, November 1, a group of nefarious actors allegedly conducted a truly 21st-century heist, snagging not gold, but a batch of the new iPhone X from a delivery truck.

As initially reported by local San Francisco news station KTSF, three “husky” men staked out a UPS truck, and took over 300 iPhone X’s with an estimated value of around $370,000. The robbery reportedly occurred sometime between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PT. Although the UPS truck driver locked his doors upon his arrival at the Stonestown Galleria mall, this was apparently not enough to deter the thieves, who broke into the truck and made away with their loot in a white Dodge van.

According to SFPD Taraval police Capt. Rick Yick, “A witness observed three unidentified suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts exit a white Dodge van.” And while the suspects have yet to be apprehended, local law enforcement are asking concerned citizens to help with recovery efforts. Police believe that the heist had been carefully planned, with Yick noting, “It appears the suspects knew what they were looking for. Given the dollar value in the incident itself, it appears it was planned.”

Luckily for law-abiding citizens who were actually waiting their turn to, you know, purchase the newest iPhone, the availability of the handset at Stonestown Galleria was unaffected by the theft.

Luckily, the iPhone X has an IMEI serial number, which means that the handsets can be tracked. As such, it seems unlikely that the suspects will get away with their crime for long, particularly if they plan on reselling the iPhones. As SFPD spokeswoman Grace Gatapandan said, “If you’re going to purchase stuff, go to an actual store to purchase it.”

In any case, you certainly don’t have to worry about Apple in the midst of all this drama. The company is slated to make a cool $84 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2018, with much of this revenue projected to come from tremendous holiday sales of the iPhone X.

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3
Nov

Researchers find serious exploits in Samsung, Apple and Huawei phones


Why it matters to you

Pwn2Own exposes serious unknown security risks on different mobile phones. Exposing these bugs allows vendors to quickly correct them.

If you own an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8, you may want to check for updates. This week, Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) hosted its annual Pwn2Own contest in Tokyo as researchers from around the world gathered to show exploits on the iPhone 7, Samsung S8, and Huawei Mate 9 Pro.

This year’s event yielded 32 different vulnerabilities and awarded $515,000 in payments to researchers.

iPhone

Qihoo 360 Security exposed a vulnerability where hackers could use Wi-Fi to execute code on an iPhone 7. They also were able to exploit Safari through a bug in the browser and one in system services.

Tencent Keen Security Lab exposed a troubling Wi-Fi exploit where hackers could use a series of bugs to gain execution and escalate privilege on the iPhone 7 to install a rogue app. The app remained on the device even after a restart. 

Fluorescence (Richard Zhu) exploited a bug in the iPhone 7’s Safari browser with an out-of-bounds bug to escape the browser’s sandbox and execute code on the phone.

Samsung

MWR Labs exposed a serious vulnerability on the Samsung Galaxy S8. The researchers used 11 vulnerabilities across six different applications to execute code and pull data from the device. This magnitude of bugs allowed the researchers to continue exploiting the phone even after a reboot.

Qihoo 360 Security used the Samsung internet browser on the Galaxy S8 to run code and then leveraged a privilege escalation in a Samsung application that persisted through a device reboot.

Huawei

Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

MWR Labs used a series of five bugs in different Huawei applications to escape the Google Chrome browser sandbox and remove data from a Huawei Mate 9 Pro.

Tencent Keen Security used a Huawei Mate 9 Pro to showcase the most devastating vulnerability during the contest. The researchers were able to execute a baseband attack on the device and execute code on the broadband processor.  They were then able to modify the device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), something that could cause huge disruptions if it was done in the wild.  This was the first broadband exploit ever submitted to ZDI.

Each year ZDI holds the Pwn2Own contest not only to show device exploits but to give vendors an opportunity to fix them. Exploits are provided to vendors, which are able to ask researchers directly any questions they may have. ZDI then gives the vendor 90 days to correct the issue. If the vendor is unable or does not fix the issue or provide a reasonable statement as to why the vulnerability is not fixed, ZDI publishes an advisory with additional details about the exploits in an effort to protect the public.

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3
Nov

What the heck? Nvidia teases an upcoming ‘Collector’s Edition’ of the Titan X


Why it matters to you

PC gamers wanting to update their rigs with the fastest graphics card on the planet may want to hold off until Nvidia officially reveals the Titan X Collector’s Edition card.

What the heck is this? Nvidia’s GeForce-branded YouTube channel is playing host to a teaser trailer, dropping hints about an upcoming Collector’s Edition of the Titan X. The clip only lasts for 13 seconds and offers absolutely nothing in regard to edible information. The only way you can tell Nvidia is teasing the Titan X Collector’s Edition is the brief flash of the name stamped on the card in a mere four frames just after 11 seconds into the clip.

The brief tease gives us a sample of the upcoming flagship graphics card from Nvidia. It creeps into the scene like a Star Destroyer set out to easily nuke the most demanding PC games on the market (and then some) with just one blast. It sports a new design while staying somewhat similar to the current Titan Xp model. The shroud appears less edgy, complemented by clear acrylic on the top, and the introduction of what may be RGB illumination.

This Collector’s Edition follows the Titan Xp graphics card launched in April. It will be the seventh Titan-branded model serving Nvidia’s top-of-the-line graphics card family for PC gamers willing to pay a hefty price. The first Titan card made its appearance in 2013 costing $1,000 based on Nvidia’s Kepler architecture. The most recent Titan Xp model is based on the company’s latest Pascal design costing a higher $1,200 price tag.

Outside the visual aesthetics, we are not sure what the changes are with the Collector’s Edition on the hardware front. We presume Nvidia may crank up the performance given what the company did between the Titan X (July 2016) and the Titan Xp (April 2017). Here are the differences between these two cards to give us an idea of what to possibly expect with the upcoming Collector’s Edition model:

Titan X (2016)
Titan Xp (2017)
GPU:
GP102
GP102
Transistors:
12 Billion
12 Billion
CUDA cores:
3,584
3,840
Base speed:
1,417MHz
1,481MHz
Boost speed:
1.531MHz
1,582MHz
Memory amount:
12GB GDDR5X
12GB GDDR5X
Memory speed:
10Gbps
11.4Gbps
Memory bus:
384-bit
384-bit
Performance:
11 TFLOPS
12 TFLOPS
Power draw:
250 watts
250 watts

Now as a refresher, here’s a timeline regarding Nvidia’s Titan-branded cards dating back to 2013:

Card
Architecture
Launch Date
GTX Titan
Kepler
February 2013
GTX Titan Black
Kepler
February 2014
GTX Titan Z
Kepler
May 2014
GTX Titan X
Maxwell
March 2015
Titan X
Pascal
April 2016
Titan Xp
Pascal
April 2017
Titan X Collector’s Edition
Pascal?
Coming soon

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3
Nov

Best iOS app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time


Everyone likes Apple apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest iOS app deals available from the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 

Listaway

Listaway is an outstanding planner app that helps you organize your life on your terms through a to-do list, task manager, and reminders.

Available on:

iOS

Weather Now

Beautiful 3D images of our planet draws your attention for so long that you may forget that the application has other useful features that allow you easy access to precise, global weather information.

Available on:

iOS

SafeRide/WalkSafe

SafeRide/WalkSafe is a travel safety app designed to give you peace of mind, especially when traveling alone. You can feel safe and secure by using SafeRide/WalkSafe when you take a taxi, use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, or walk alone at night.

Available on:

iOS

Afterlight

Afterlight is the perfect image-editing app for quick and straight forward editing. Our simple design, paired with powerful and snappy tools, will give you the look you want in seconds.

Available on:

iOS

Vocabulary

Looking for tips for improving your vocabulary? Whether you are trying to strengthen and broaden your vocabulary for school or personal growth, the key is a commitment to regularly learning new words. This app can help.

Available on:

iOS

Translate for Safari

The app is a Safari extension that translates and speaks aloud the entire web page of Safari app. A must-have app to translate and speak aloud web pages of Safari.

Available on:

iOS

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3
Nov

Weekly Rewind: Our take on the iPhone X, first looks at the Boring Company


A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of this week’s top tech stories, from what we think of the Apple iPhone X to a secret-laden USB stick — it’s all here.

Apple iPhone X review

Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone X sets a new gold standard for the next decade of iPhones. Coming hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X steals the show despite sharing nearly identical internal hardware. The X (pronounced “ten”) is a beautiful, modern sculpture, and iPhone owners finally have a reason to show off their phones again. We’ve only had our iPhone X review unit for a few days, so this review is very much a work in progress. We’ll expand on our evaluation of the phone as we continue to put it through its paces.

Read: Apple iPhone X review

New algorithm helps turn low-resolution images into detailed photos, ‘CSI’-style

Anyone who has ever worked with image files knows that, unlike the fictional world of shows like CSI, there’s no easy way to take a low-resolution image and magically transform it into a high-resolution picture using some fancy “enhance” tool. Fortunately, some brilliant computer scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany are working on the problem, and they’ve come up with a pretty nifty algorithm to address it.

What they have developed is a tool called EnhanceNet-PAT, which uses artificial intelligence to create high-definition versions of low-res images. While the solution is not a miracle fix, it does produce a noticeably better result than previous attempts, thanks to some smart machine-learning algorithms.

Read: New algorithm helps turn low-resolution images into detailed photos, ‘CSI’-style

How Blizzard turned a ‘Tonight Show’ studio into an esports arena

Esports have become a huge attraction that can rival more traditional sports. With annual events larger than ever, prize pools breaking records every year, and pro players becoming stars, professional gaming has never been more respected or supported. There’s even talk that a few games will make it into the Olympics.

One of the most impressive dedicated esports centers is the new Blizzard Arena. Recently opened at the Burbank Studios in California, the facility houses everything from player practice areas to multiple sound stages, plus large spectator arenas where fans can come to watch their favorite players take part in the latest Blizzard pro gaming tournaments.

Read: How Blizzard turned a ‘Tonight Show’ studio into an esports arena

Bored this winter? You can now build yourself a humanoid robot assistant

Ever wanted to own your very own 4-foot humanoid robot? If so — and if you have access to a 3D printer, a whole lot of free time, and a couple thousand dollars to cover materials — then robotics startup Choitek has the do-it-yourself “maker” project for you. Newly launched on the website Instructables, the Autonomous Support and Positive Inspiration Robot (ASPIR, for short) can be built using a tutorial that will lead you through every phase of making your dream robot a reality.

“ASPIR’s spiritual successor is Halley, the Ambassador Robot 001,” John Choi, founder of education robotics company Choitek and a former computer science and arts student at Carnegie Mellon University, told Digital Trends. “Created with the generous support of the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, Halley was originally built to be a robotic student that could go to class so I wouldn’t have to. Now that I have graduated, ASPIR’s role is to aid me as a robotic teaching assistant with my educational technology company, Choitek. We are currently doing research to see how humanoid robots like ASPIR can be used to inspire more girls into STEM (the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields).”

Read: Bored this winter? You can now build yourself a humanoid robot assistant

Elon Musk offers first look at Boring Company’s futuristic freeway under L.A.

The Boring Company

Yes, it’s definitely a tunnel. Elon Musk has just posted the very first photo of a tunnel dug by his Boring Company beneath the streets of Los Angeles as the billionaire entrepreneur goes after his dream of building a subterranean — and speedy — transportation system to help reduce traffic congestion on the busy streets above.

Snapped over the weekend, the image shows something far beyond a simple muddy hole that some of you may have been expecting to see. Rather, it’s clear the team has been doing some serious work on its debut tunnel, fully building out the section with all the necessary bells and whistles.

Read: Elon Musk offers first look at Boring Company’s futuristic freeway under L.A.

A language for legumes: Can the Internet of Food help us know what we eat?

In a classic Portlandia sketch, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein badger a waitress to find out about their chicken’s diet, the amount of acreage it had to roam around in, and whether it had other fowl to pal around with. But knowing more about your food’s origins has benefits even if you’re not a locavore.

While you might be able to learn if your chicken was named Colin, food scientist and informatician Dr. Matthew Lange thinks the Internet of Food (IoF) can help everyone make better informed choices about what they eat. Ahead of his appearance at the upcoming  reThink Food conference in Napa Valley, California, we asked Lange about the benefits of digitizing food.

Read: A language for legumes: Can the Internet of Food help us know what we eat?

As ‘House of Cards’ comes tumbling down, rumors of spinoff series mount

Amid Kevin Spacey’s unfolding scandal, Netflix announced that production on House of Cards season 6 — which was announced to be the final season after news of the allegations broke — has been suspended indefinitely.

Netflix’s announcements regarding the series status came after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp in an interview with BuzzFeed. Rapp alleges that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances while Rapp was a minor. While House of Cards collapses under the weight of its own real-world scandal, rumors have begun the surface that we haven’t seen the last of the series’ dark political universe, Variety reports.

Read: As ‘House of Cards’ comes tumbling down, rumors of spinoff series mount

Keep your hands warm and toasty with the best ski gloves

There is no faster way to ruin an awesome powder day than with frozen hands. Rather than basking in glorious face shots, you’ll spend the entire day removing your gloves every time you get on the chairlift just to rub your hands together to warm them up. If you’re participating in other snow-related activities — like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing — it’s no better; when your hands are cold, you can’t focus on anything else.

So, if you’re someone who plays outside in the snow a lot, it’s essential for you to own a pair of top-of-the-line, oven-warm gloves. We’ve rounded up six of the best ski gloves with the most deluxe technology to ensure you’ll keep your paws warm while shredding the slopes.

Read: Keep your hands warm and toasty with the best ski gloves

USB stick found in street contains Heathrow Airport security information

We know all too well that sticking a found USB flash drive into your computer carries big risks, and in a worst-case scenario, it could fry your machine.

Perhaps that’s why one curious guy in London recently headed to a library with a stick he reportedly found in the street. But instead of ruining one of the library’s computers, the USB stick revealed highly confidential information linked to the security procedures of one of the world’s busiest airports, according to the Sunday Mirror.

None of the 2.5GB of data on the flash drive was encrypted or password protected, allowing the man to explore 76 folders holding sensitive security information for London’s Heathrow airport.

Read: USB stick found in street contains Heathrow Airport security information

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3
Nov

Weekly Rewind: Our take on the iPhone X, first looks at the Boring Company


A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of this week’s top tech stories, from what we think of the Apple iPhone X to a secret-laden USB stick — it’s all here.

Apple iPhone X review

Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone X sets a new gold standard for the next decade of iPhones. Coming hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X steals the show despite sharing nearly identical internal hardware. The X (pronounced “ten”) is a beautiful, modern sculpture, and iPhone owners finally have a reason to show off their phones again. We’ve only had our iPhone X review unit for a few days, so this review is very much a work in progress. We’ll expand on our evaluation of the phone as we continue to put it through its paces.

Read: Apple iPhone X review

New algorithm helps turn low-resolution images into detailed photos, ‘CSI’-style

Anyone who has ever worked with image files knows that, unlike the fictional world of shows like CSI, there’s no easy way to take a low-resolution image and magically transform it into a high-resolution picture using some fancy “enhance” tool. Fortunately, some brilliant computer scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany are working on the problem, and they’ve come up with a pretty nifty algorithm to address it.

What they have developed is a tool called EnhanceNet-PAT, which uses artificial intelligence to create high-definition versions of low-res images. While the solution is not a miracle fix, it does produce a noticeably better result than previous attempts, thanks to some smart machine-learning algorithms.

Read: New algorithm helps turn low-resolution images into detailed photos, ‘CSI’-style

How Blizzard turned a ‘Tonight Show’ studio into an esports arena

Esports have become a huge attraction that can rival more traditional sports. With annual events larger than ever, prize pools breaking records every year, and pro players becoming stars, professional gaming has never been more respected or supported. There’s even talk that a few games will make it into the Olympics.

One of the most impressive dedicated esports centers is the new Blizzard Arena. Recently opened at the Burbank Studios in California, the facility houses everything from player practice areas to multiple sound stages, plus large spectator arenas where fans can come to watch their favorite players take part in the latest Blizzard pro gaming tournaments.

Read: How Blizzard turned a ‘Tonight Show’ studio into an esports arena

Bored this winter? You can now build yourself a humanoid robot assistant

Ever wanted to own your very own 4-foot humanoid robot? If so — and if you have access to a 3D printer, a whole lot of free time, and a couple thousand dollars to cover materials — then robotics startup Choitek has the do-it-yourself “maker” project for you. Newly launched on the website Instructables, the Autonomous Support and Positive Inspiration Robot (ASPIR, for short) can be built using a tutorial that will lead you through every phase of making your dream robot a reality.

“ASPIR’s spiritual successor is Halley, the Ambassador Robot 001,” John Choi, founder of education robotics company Choitek and a former computer science and arts student at Carnegie Mellon University, told Digital Trends. “Created with the generous support of the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, Halley was originally built to be a robotic student that could go to class so I wouldn’t have to. Now that I have graduated, ASPIR’s role is to aid me as a robotic teaching assistant with my educational technology company, Choitek. We are currently doing research to see how humanoid robots like ASPIR can be used to inspire more girls into STEM (the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields).”

Read: Bored this winter? You can now build yourself a humanoid robot assistant

Elon Musk offers first look at Boring Company’s futuristic freeway under L.A.

The Boring Company

Yes, it’s definitely a tunnel. Elon Musk has just posted the very first photo of a tunnel dug by his Boring Company beneath the streets of Los Angeles as the billionaire entrepreneur goes after his dream of building a subterranean — and speedy — transportation system to help reduce traffic congestion on the busy streets above.

Snapped over the weekend, the image shows something far beyond a simple muddy hole that some of you may have been expecting to see. Rather, it’s clear the team has been doing some serious work on its debut tunnel, fully building out the section with all the necessary bells and whistles.

Read: Elon Musk offers first look at Boring Company’s futuristic freeway under L.A.

A language for legumes: Can the Internet of Food help us know what we eat?

In a classic Portlandia sketch, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein badger a waitress to find out about their chicken’s diet, the amount of acreage it had to roam around in, and whether it had other fowl to pal around with. But knowing more about your food’s origins has benefits even if you’re not a locavore.

While you might be able to learn if your chicken was named Colin, food scientist and informatician Dr. Matthew Lange thinks the Internet of Food (IoF) can help everyone make better informed choices about what they eat. Ahead of his appearance at the upcoming  reThink Food conference in Napa Valley, California, we asked Lange about the benefits of digitizing food.

Read: A language for legumes: Can the Internet of Food help us know what we eat?

As ‘House of Cards’ comes tumbling down, rumors of spinoff series mount

Amid Kevin Spacey’s unfolding scandal, Netflix announced that production on House of Cards season 6 — which was announced to be the final season after news of the allegations broke — has been suspended indefinitely.

Netflix’s announcements regarding the series status came after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp in an interview with BuzzFeed. Rapp alleges that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances while Rapp was a minor. While House of Cards collapses under the weight of its own real-world scandal, rumors have begun the surface that we haven’t seen the last of the series’ dark political universe, Variety reports.

Read: As ‘House of Cards’ comes tumbling down, rumors of spinoff series mount

Keep your hands warm and toasty with the best ski gloves

There is no faster way to ruin an awesome powder day than with frozen hands. Rather than basking in glorious face shots, you’ll spend the entire day removing your gloves every time you get on the chairlift just to rub your hands together to warm them up. If you’re participating in other snow-related activities — like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing — it’s no better; when your hands are cold, you can’t focus on anything else.

So, if you’re someone who plays outside in the snow a lot, it’s essential for you to own a pair of top-of-the-line, oven-warm gloves. We’ve rounded up six of the best ski gloves with the most deluxe technology to ensure you’ll keep your paws warm while shredding the slopes.

Read: Keep your hands warm and toasty with the best ski gloves

USB stick found in street contains Heathrow Airport security information

We know all too well that sticking a found USB flash drive into your computer carries big risks, and in a worst-case scenario, it could fry your machine.

Perhaps that’s why one curious guy in London recently headed to a library with a stick he reportedly found in the street. But instead of ruining one of the library’s computers, the USB stick revealed highly confidential information linked to the security procedures of one of the world’s busiest airports, according to the Sunday Mirror.

None of the 2.5GB of data on the flash drive was encrypted or password protected, allowing the man to explore 76 folders holding sensitive security information for London’s Heathrow airport.

Read: USB stick found in street contains Heathrow Airport security information

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3
Nov

Weekly Rewind: Our take on the iPhone X, first looks at the Boring Company


A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of this week’s top tech stories, from what we think of the Apple iPhone X to a secret-laden USB stick — it’s all here.

Apple iPhone X review

Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone X sets a new gold standard for the next decade of iPhones. Coming hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X steals the show despite sharing nearly identical internal hardware. The X (pronounced “ten”) is a beautiful, modern sculpture, and iPhone owners finally have a reason to show off their phones again. We’ve only had our iPhone X review unit for a few days, so this review is very much a work in progress. We’ll expand on our evaluation of the phone as we continue to put it through its paces.

Read: Apple iPhone X review

New algorithm helps turn low-resolution images into detailed photos, ‘CSI’-style

Anyone who has ever worked with image files knows that, unlike the fictional world of shows like CSI, there’s no easy way to take a low-resolution image and magically transform it into a high-resolution picture using some fancy “enhance” tool. Fortunately, some brilliant computer scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany are working on the problem, and they’ve come up with a pretty nifty algorithm to address it.

What they have developed is a tool called EnhanceNet-PAT, which uses artificial intelligence to create high-definition versions of low-res images. While the solution is not a miracle fix, it does produce a noticeably better result than previous attempts, thanks to some smart machine-learning algorithms.

Read: New algorithm helps turn low-resolution images into detailed photos, ‘CSI’-style

How Blizzard turned a ‘Tonight Show’ studio into an esports arena

Esports have become a huge attraction that can rival more traditional sports. With annual events larger than ever, prize pools breaking records every year, and pro players becoming stars, professional gaming has never been more respected or supported. There’s even talk that a few games will make it into the Olympics.

One of the most impressive dedicated esports centers is the new Blizzard Arena. Recently opened at the Burbank Studios in California, the facility houses everything from player practice areas to multiple sound stages, plus large spectator arenas where fans can come to watch their favorite players take part in the latest Blizzard pro gaming tournaments.

Read: How Blizzard turned a ‘Tonight Show’ studio into an esports arena

Bored this winter? You can now build yourself a humanoid robot assistant

Ever wanted to own your very own 4-foot humanoid robot? If so — and if you have access to a 3D printer, a whole lot of free time, and a couple thousand dollars to cover materials — then robotics startup Choitek has the do-it-yourself “maker” project for you. Newly launched on the website Instructables, the Autonomous Support and Positive Inspiration Robot (ASPIR, for short) can be built using a tutorial that will lead you through every phase of making your dream robot a reality.

“ASPIR’s spiritual successor is Halley, the Ambassador Robot 001,” John Choi, founder of education robotics company Choitek and a former computer science and arts student at Carnegie Mellon University, told Digital Trends. “Created with the generous support of the Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, Halley was originally built to be a robotic student that could go to class so I wouldn’t have to. Now that I have graduated, ASPIR’s role is to aid me as a robotic teaching assistant with my educational technology company, Choitek. We are currently doing research to see how humanoid robots like ASPIR can be used to inspire more girls into STEM (the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields).”

Read: Bored this winter? You can now build yourself a humanoid robot assistant

Elon Musk offers first look at Boring Company’s futuristic freeway under L.A.

The Boring Company

Yes, it’s definitely a tunnel. Elon Musk has just posted the very first photo of a tunnel dug by his Boring Company beneath the streets of Los Angeles as the billionaire entrepreneur goes after his dream of building a subterranean — and speedy — transportation system to help reduce traffic congestion on the busy streets above.

Snapped over the weekend, the image shows something far beyond a simple muddy hole that some of you may have been expecting to see. Rather, it’s clear the team has been doing some serious work on its debut tunnel, fully building out the section with all the necessary bells and whistles.

Read: Elon Musk offers first look at Boring Company’s futuristic freeway under L.A.

A language for legumes: Can the Internet of Food help us know what we eat?

In a classic Portlandia sketch, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein badger a waitress to find out about their chicken’s diet, the amount of acreage it had to roam around in, and whether it had other fowl to pal around with. But knowing more about your food’s origins has benefits even if you’re not a locavore.

While you might be able to learn if your chicken was named Colin, food scientist and informatician Dr. Matthew Lange thinks the Internet of Food (IoF) can help everyone make better informed choices about what they eat. Ahead of his appearance at the upcoming  reThink Food conference in Napa Valley, California, we asked Lange about the benefits of digitizing food.

Read: A language for legumes: Can the Internet of Food help us know what we eat?

As ‘House of Cards’ comes tumbling down, rumors of spinoff series mount

Amid Kevin Spacey’s unfolding scandal, Netflix announced that production on House of Cards season 6 — which was announced to be the final season after news of the allegations broke — has been suspended indefinitely.

Netflix’s announcements regarding the series status came after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp in an interview with BuzzFeed. Rapp alleges that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances while Rapp was a minor. While House of Cards collapses under the weight of its own real-world scandal, rumors have begun the surface that we haven’t seen the last of the series’ dark political universe, Variety reports.

Read: As ‘House of Cards’ comes tumbling down, rumors of spinoff series mount

Keep your hands warm and toasty with the best ski gloves

There is no faster way to ruin an awesome powder day than with frozen hands. Rather than basking in glorious face shots, you’ll spend the entire day removing your gloves every time you get on the chairlift just to rub your hands together to warm them up. If you’re participating in other snow-related activities — like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing — it’s no better; when your hands are cold, you can’t focus on anything else.

So, if you’re someone who plays outside in the snow a lot, it’s essential for you to own a pair of top-of-the-line, oven-warm gloves. We’ve rounded up six of the best ski gloves with the most deluxe technology to ensure you’ll keep your paws warm while shredding the slopes.

Read: Keep your hands warm and toasty with the best ski gloves

USB stick found in street contains Heathrow Airport security information

We know all too well that sticking a found USB flash drive into your computer carries big risks, and in a worst-case scenario, it could fry your machine.

Perhaps that’s why one curious guy in London recently headed to a library with a stick he reportedly found in the street. But instead of ruining one of the library’s computers, the USB stick revealed highly confidential information linked to the security procedures of one of the world’s busiest airports, according to the Sunday Mirror.

None of the 2.5GB of data on the flash drive was encrypted or password protected, allowing the man to explore 76 folders holding sensitive security information for London’s Heathrow airport.

Read: USB stick found in street contains Heathrow Airport security information

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  • Weekly Rewind: The new Moto, a 12-year-old’s lead-detection invention, and more
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3
Nov

Cricket adding more data to $30 and $40/month plans


Cricket’s 1GB and 4GB plans are increasing to 2GB and 5GB, respectively.

The likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon might be the most popular service providers for mobile devices, but if you don’t need all the bells and whistles they have to offer and want to save as much money as you can per month, pre-paid carriers are always a great alternative. Cricket recently announced a few changes to its pre-paid lineup, and in short, customers will now get more data without having to spend a penny more.

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Cricket’s two most popular plans are its $30 and $40/month picks that come with 1GB and 4GB of high-speed data, respectively. However, starting on November 5, the $30/month option will be increased to 2GB of high-speed data while the $40/month plan will go up from 4GB to 5GB.

For customers that need unlimited high-speed data, Cricket has a new plan for you, too. The company’s Unlimited 2 plan is making a return, and you can use it to get two four lines of unlimited data for just $25 per line ($100/month total).

Additionally, Cricket will now allow customers on Unlimited and Unlimited 2 to add mobile hotspot functionality for an extra $10/month (once 8GB of hotspot data is used, speeds are decreased to 128Kbps).

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