Facebook Filed a Patent To Predict Your Household's Demographics Based On Family Photos

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: Facebook has submitted a patent application for technology that would predict who your family and other household members are, based on images and captions posted to Facebook, as well as your device information, like shared IP addresses. The application, titled "Predicting household demographics based on image data," was originally filed May 10, 2017, and made public today. The system Facebook proposes in its patent application would use fa...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech

Man Spoofs GPS To Fake Shop Visits For Profit, Gets Caught

AmiMoJo writes: A man in Japan used GPS spoofing to fake 2.7 million visits to shops in the Aeon Kyushu chain. Each visit rewarded him with two "WAON" points, with the total worth around 5.3 million yen ($45,000). The man used 45 laptops to continually spoof GPS readings and launch the Aeon Kyushu app, collecting two points each time. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Tags: Japan, Tech, Kyushu, WAON

Response Time From Marriott Rewards Needs Improvement

When Marriott Rewards offered an incentive last month to stay at either some or all of the 29 brands which now comprise Marriott International, Incorporated since the acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, I sought clarification as to the details to ensure that I reported them here correctly... ...but what I received was... The post Response Time From Marriott Rewards Needs Improvement appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Deals, Technology, Promotions, Hotels And Lodging, Discounts And Coupons, Loyalty Programs, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Rewards, Marriott International Incorporated

Boring Machine reaches other side of LA tunnel

Elon Musk announced that the Boring Company completed the LA/Hawthorne tunnel. The tunneling machine broke through to the other side. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Technology, La, World, Cities, Innovation, Tunnel, Boring Company, LA Hawthorne

EFF, MuckRock Partner To See How Local Police Are Trading Your Car's Location

v3rgEz writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation and transparency non-profit MuckRock helped file over a thousand public records requests, looking into how local police departments were trading away sensitive data on where you drive and park, picked up by their use of automated license plate recognition devices. They've just published the results of those requests, including looking at how hundreds of departments freely share that data with hundreds of other organizations -- often with no publi...
Tags: Tech, Electronic Frontier Foundation, ALPR

Technology Designed to Help You Breathe More Easily

Silicon Valley has been the leader in many things for decades, but rarely has the region's first place position been for something as undesirable as air quality. Following the record-setting disaster that has wiped out my one-time hometown of Paradise, Bay Area residents are choking on the resulting downwind smoke, seeking answers as to how unsafe it is, and how they can gain relief. And while I know that a week-plus of uncomfortable air is hardly the worst outcome of these climate change fuele...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Technology, California, Seo, Personal, Silicon Valley, Epa, Fitbit, Nest, Rachio, Bay Area, Sunrun, Louis Gray, Butte County, Napa County

NASA Image of Merging Galaxy Clusters Looks Suspiciously Like the USS Enterprise

Humanity’s current understanding of physics may suggest faster-than-light travel is impossible, but researchers here on Earth can still observe happening in places much too far away to ever actually visit (and generally in the distant past). One of them is a galactic collision that, at least from our planetary vantage…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Technology, Nasa, Earth, Star Trek, Galaxies, Chandra X Ray Observatory, Galaxy Clusters, Abell 1033, Galactic Collissions, Low Frequency Array

Bill Godbout, Early S-100 Bus Pioneer, Perished In the Camp Wildfire

evanak writes: Bill Godbout was one of the earliest and most influential supports of the S-100 bus in the mid-1970s. He passed away last week due to the Camp wildfire in Concow, California, according to a Vintage Computer Federation blog post. More than 50 other people also died in the fires, but chances are Mr. Godbout was the only one with a license to fly blimps. "Godbout was born October 2, 1939," the blog post reads. "He talked about his introduction to computing in an interview with InfoWo...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Ibm, InfoWorld, Godbout, Bill Godbout, Camp Wildfire, Concow California, Vintage Computer Federation

Judge Refuses to Throw Out Lawsuit Against Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer

A federal judge refused this week to throw out a lawsuit against neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer alleging it led a “terror campaign” against a Jewish real estate agent, Tanya Gersh, and the Southern Poverty Law Center tells the New York Times it expects the civil case to now proceed to a trial.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Nazis, New York Times, Lawsuits, Courts, First Amendment, White Supremacy, Alt Right, Southern Poverty Law Center, Neo Nazis, Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin, Tanya Gersh, Neo Nazi Website Daily Stormer

People Sensitive To Caffeine's Bitter Taste Drink More Coffee, Study Finds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A team of researchers conducted their analysis using data stored in something called the UK Biobank. More than 500,000 people have contributed blood, urine and saliva samples to the biobank, which scientists can use to answer various research questions. The volunteers also filled out questionnaires asking a variety of health-related questions, including how much coffee they drink. Part of what determines our sensitivity to bitter substances is determ...
Tags: UK, Tech, Npr

7 ways to use pay per click marketing to promote books

From Google Ads to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter there are lots of options for paid advertising online. So where do you start – and what works for books? 4 minutes to read You can do a lot to promote books online for free. So why would you pay for ads? Because they’re cost-effective – and they work. Pay per click (PPC) marketing is the most common form of advertising online. You only pay when someone clicks your ad, can limit your spending and target your ads. So you can reach niche audiences...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Books, Instagram, Youtube, Eu, Ppc, Facebook Ads, Jon, Facebook Instagram, Instagram Facebook, Google Google, LinkedIn LinkedIn, Facebook Cambridge Analytica, Search Marketing PPC

This Could Be the Cheap Pixel 3 People Were Hoping for (gizmodo)

Back before the Pixel line was a thing, Google’s Nexus phones were prized for their solid builds, stock software (with day-one updates), and affordable prices. But after several generations of Pixels with flagship price tags, it’s seemed like making affordable phones was something Google left in the past. That may…Read more... [Author: Sam Rutherford]
Tags: Google, News, Sam Rutherford, Cheap Pixel

Hacker Says They Compromised ProtonMail; ProtonMail Calls BS

A hacker going by the name AmFearLiathMor is claiming to have hacked ProtonMail and stolen "significant" amounts of data. They have posted a ransom demand to an anonymous Pastebin but it reads like a prank, as it states that the alleged hackers have access to underwater drone activity and treaty violations in Antarctica. Lawrence Abrams writes via BleepingComputer: According to the message, a hacker going by the name AmFearLiathMor makes quite a few interesting claims such as hacking ProtonMail'...
Tags: Tech, Antarctica, BleepingComputer, Lawrence Abrams, Subresource Integrity SRI

Three ways to optimize your Google Business Listing for the Holidays

Make sure to update your Google listing so your online information is accurate for local searchers this holiday. While you’re nibbling on discounted Halloween candy, your competitors are already gearing up for a holiday marketing blitz. Local marketers now is the time to don your ugly sweaters, light those overpriced dessert-scented candles you’ve been saving, crank up some holiday jingles, and log in to update your Google My Business information. Get your business ready for what Millennia...
Tags: Google, Seo, Local Seo, Don, Google My Business, Holiday Hours, Holiday 2018

Apple's Siri May Soon Process Voice Locally On a Device, No Cloud Required

Proudrooster writes: "Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist with voice recognition or performing the required task, one that would be entirely performed on the user's device," reports Apple Insider. Just give it 10 years and everything old is new again. Siri will join the ranks of Ford/Microsoft Sync and Intel Edison. Do any other phones/cars/speakers have t...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Tech, Intel, Ford Microsoft, Proudrooster

5 Types of WordPress Plugins You Need to Use Exclusively

I’m pretty sure I know why you’re using WordPress to run your blog or website. It’s because of plugins. To date, there are 55,752 available WordPress plugins available for download. Most are free while some have trial versions. However: All of them can help boost your site’s performance and conversion. You can download as many plugins as you please. But it doesn’t mean that you should do so. In fact, downloading unnecessary plugins can slow down your site and threaten your security. To help tig...
Tags: Google, Business, Wordpress Plugins, Seo Wordpress Plugins, Yoast SEO, WordPress / Plugins / Akismet, WordPress Security Plugins

Maybe Don’t Try to Bend Your iPad Pro Like a Paper Clip

Apple’s new iPad Pro may be the last great tablet, but you’d be wise to handle it carefully. Apple’s critical darling appears to bend pretty easily under the right amount of pressure, which you might expect but is no less visceral to watch.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Technology, Tablets, Ipad Pro, Consumer Tech, Bendgate 2018

Maybe Don’t Try to Bend Your iPad Pro Like a Paperclip

Apple’s new iPad Pro may be the last great tablet, but you’d be wise to handle it carefully. Apple’s critical darling appears to bend pretty easily under the right amount of pressure, which you might expect but is no less visceral to watch.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Technology, Tablets, Ipad Pro, Consumer Tech, Bendgate 2018

Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out

Brooks Rainwater Contributor Share on Twitter Brooks Rainwater is the director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. More posts by this contributor As tasks wane, skills rise Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities Scott Andes Contributor Share on Twitter ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Column, Business, Texas, Technology, Boston, New York City, Brown University, US, America, Sustainability, Economy, Austin, United States, Washington Dc

School district culture largely to blame for not uprooting teacher sexual misconduct on Southern California campuses, experts say

Every day, Terri Miller receives a spate of Google alerts on her iPhone informing her that, somewhere in the U.S., a teacher or other school employee has been accused of sexually abusing one or more students. “They come in sometimes by the hundreds daily. We’ve been seeing increases yearly since 2014,” said Miller, executive director of Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation (S.E.S.A.M.E.), a Las Vegas-based nonprofit that works to prevent sexual exploitation, abuse and harassme...
Tags: Google, Florida, News, Education, California, Senate, Office, California News, America, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Capitol Hill, Las Vegas, Nevada, Local News

Mark Shuttleworth Reveals Ubuntu 18.04 Will Get a 10-Year Support Lifespan

At the OpenStack Summit in Berlin last week, Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a keynote that Ubuntu 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS) support lifespan would be extended from five years to 10 years. "I'm delighted to announce that Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for a full 10 years," said Shuttleworth, "In part because of the very long time horizons in some of industries like financial services and telecommunications but also from IoT where manufacturing lines for example are being deplo...
Tags: Berlin, Tech, Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth, Zdnet, Ubuntu Linux, OpenStack Shuttleworth

Original Has Lost It's Meaning

I confess, this is a rant. I loved the Sears Masterpiece fruitcakes and they were a Christmas season regular for me from the time they first appeared in the Sears Christmas catalog until Sears quit selling them. I wrote to Sears a couple of times to find out who made them and would get a looking into it response but no follow up. With the advent of Google I finally found out they were supplied by Beatrice Bakery and are still available as Grandma's Original Fruit & Nut Cake. The recipe dates fro...
Tags: Google, Weapon, Sears, Food and water, HFCS, Beatrice Bakery

New iPad Pro’s durability in question after it fails YouTuber’s bend test

The new iPad Pro models failed a bend test that was carried out by popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything. The result raises questions about the durability of the tablets, especially since customers are also reporting bending issues. The post New iPad Pro’s durability in question after it fails YouTuber’s bend test appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Ipad Pro, JerryRigEverything

Google donated $5k to GOP Senator who "joked" about attending a lynching with her Black opponent

Cindy Hyde-Smith is a Mississipi GOP Senator is going into a runoff election against her Democratic opponent, Black man named Mike Espy who might end up the first Black Mississipi Senator since 1883; she made headlines last week with a joke about attending a "public hanging." The day after the lynching remark, the FEC recorded a $5,000 donation from Google to Hyde-Smith's campaign. Google insists that they made the donation earlier, with the discrepancy unexplained. Google attributed their...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Guns, Race, Gop, Aclu, Abortion, Donald Trump, Trump, Nra, FEC, Voter Suppression, Color of Change, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississipi

Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp

Microsoft announced plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014. And if you’re still using HockeyApp, the service will officially shut down on November 16, 2019. HockeyApp was a service that let you distribute beta versions of your app, get crash reports and analytics. There are other similar SDKs, such as Google’s Crashlytics, TestFairy, Appaloosa, DeployGate and native beta distribution channels (A...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Startups, Microsoft, Developer, Tech, HockeyApp, App Center

Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future

William ("Whurley") Hurley Contributor Share on Twitter William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Honest Dollar, and Equals: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. He is currently chairing the Quantum Computing Working Group for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), and is the founder and chief executive of Strangeworks. The word ...
Tags: Google, Energy, Column, Japan, Finance, China, Germany, Tech, European Union, Intel, Encryption, Physics, Canada, Britain, United States, United Kingdom

Alphabet Unit Halts Glucose-Detecting Contact Lens Project

An anonymous reader shares a report from Reuters: Alphabet's life sciences division Verily said on Friday that it was putting on hold one of its oldest and highest-profile projects, a smart contact lens designed to help monitor sugar levels. The project, started in 2014, aimed to help diabetics better manage their blood sugar levels by embedding sensors on a contact lens to monitor the glucose levels in their tears. In a blog update, Verily cited here insufficient consistency in the correlation ...
Tags: Tech, Alphabet, Verily, Reuters

Google’s New ‘Target Impression Share’ Helps Ads Show Up More Often by @MattGSouthern

Google Ads has rolled outTarget Impression Share, which automatically sets bids according to where the ad will show up.The post appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Paid Search

China’s hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO

You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called Jinri Toutiao, which means “today’s headlines” in Chinese, and the app just assigned a new CEO. At a company event on Saturday, Chen Lin, an early ByteDance employee, made his first appearance as Toutiao’s new CEO. That means Toutiao’s creator Zhang Yiming has handed the helm to Chen, who prev...
Tags: Apps, Entertainment, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Baidu, Zhang, Chen, Baidu AliBaba, iResearch, Toutiao,

Mac mini 2018: First Impressions and Unboxing

Yesterday afternoon, Apple delivered my 2018 Mac mini. I’ve discussed my rationale for purchasing a Mac mini as well as the tech specs of my build in an earlier post, so this time around, I’ll focus on the unboxing and first impressions of the newest Mac in my fleet. Let’ start, shall we? Having wielded my share of bulky (and heavy!) Mac towers over the years, the diminutive size of the Mac mini shipping box was a refreshing change. (This is my first Mac mini, so I don’t have a marker for compar...
Tags: Apple, Comics, News, Mac, Dell, First Impressions, 2018 Mac mini, Mac mini 2018 first impressions, Mac mini for digital artists, Mac mini unboxing

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