Researchers Open-Source State-Of-The-Art Object Tracking AI

schwit1 shares a report from VentureBeat: A team of Microsoft and Huazhong University researchers this week open-sourced an AI object detector -- Fair Multi-Object Tracking (FairMOT) -- they claim outperforms state-of-the-art models on public data sets at 30 frames per second. If productized, it could benefit industries ranging from elder care to security, and perhaps be used to track the spread of illnesses like COVID-19. As the team explains, most existing methods employ multiple models to tra...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Huazhong University, COVID

Apple TV Plus Streams Certain Shows, Movies for Free As Millions Shelter in Place

Apple TV Plus is making a number of its original television series, kids shows and one documentary available for free as millions of families are cooped up indoors due to coronavirus-induced prevention measures. The streaming platform joins HBO, AMC and others in offering free content during the pandemic. The following programs are currently available to […]
Tags: Apple, News, HBO AMC, Apple TV Plus

The Sandboxie Windows Sandbox Isolation Tool Is Now Open-Source

Cybersecurity firm Sophos announced today that it has open-sourced the Sandboxie Windows sandbox-based isolation utility 15 years after it was released. Bleeping Computer reports: Sandboxie was initially developed by Ronen Tzur and released on June 26, 2004, as a simple utility to help run Internet Explorer within a secure and isolated sandbox environment. Later, Tzur upgraded Sandboxie to also support sandboxing any other Windows applications that required a secure virtual sandbox for while run...
Tags: Tech, Sophos, Bleeping Computer, Tzur, Invincea, Sandboxie, Ronen Tzur, Seth Geftic

Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Some local officials are disappointed the federal government will end funding for coronavirus testing sites this Friday. In a few places those sites will close as a result. This as criticism continues that not enough testing is available. In the Philadelphia suburbs, Montgomery County has a drive-through site that has tested 250 people a day since March 21. "It has been a very successful site. We are hoping by the time it closes Friday afternoon that...
Tags: Tech, Fema, Philadelphia, Npr, Montgomery County, HHS, U S Department of Health and Human Services, Colorado Springs Colo, Arkoosh, Valerie Arkoosh, NPR Many

How to create a new Siri shortcut using iOS 13 on your iPhone

You can easily create a new shortcut for use with your iPhone's "Hey, Siri" function. To do so, you'll need to make sure your software is updated to iOS 13. To add a shortcut in the app, tap the "Create Shortcut" option next to the plus sign and follow the prompts to choose actions and provide a name. You can use Force Touch with the app on your home screen to access the option. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Shortcuts are helpful iPhone tricks that allow you to ask Siri...
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

The work we’ve been doing at LexBlog on our aggregation and curation software, precipitated by the volume of content published on the pandemic, has me wondering about “aggregated publishing” by law firms and lawyers versus the constant focus on getting eyeballs to to their publications directly. Leading legal professionals have a ton of niche expertise and publish a ton of insight and commentary to build strong reputations. The same with doctors, scientists and other other professionals. I am n...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Associated Press, Illinois, Cannabis Legal Daily Illinois Lawyer Now Illinois

The End of Handshakes As a Gesture

jmcbain writes: In many societies, handshakes are a gesture of friendliness. How many times have you shaken hands when meeting new engineering professionals? Probably quite a lot. However, given what we've seen with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it's time for a new way to greet people. According to a CNBC article, Anthony Fauci, the head advisor of the USA's task force on the coronavirus, says "I don't think we should ever shake hands ever again, to be honest with you. Not only would it be good to...
Tags: Usa, New York, Tech, Poland, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Cnbc, Fauci, Northwell Health, Farber, COVID, Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, Bruce Farber, Peter Pitts

Signal Threatens To Dump US Market If EARN IT Act Passes

Signal is warning that an anti-encryption bill circulating in Congress could force the private messaging app to pull out of the U.S. market. PC Magazine reports: Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the free app, which offers end-to-end encryption, has seen a surge in traffic. But on Wednesday, the nonprofit behind the app published a blog post, raising the alarm around the EARN IT Act. "At a time when more people than ever are benefiting from these (encryption) protections, the EARN IT ...
Tags: Congress, Tech, United States, Signal, Senate Judiciary Committee, Lund, PC Magazine, Joshua Lund

How to make Gmail display in dark mode on your Android device

You can make Gmail display in dark mode on your Android device via the Gmail app's settings menu. You should know, however, that the dark mode feature is only available for Android devices with version Q or later. Here's what you'll need to do to set your Gmail app to dark mode on an Android. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The glare of a bright phone screen can be quite annoying, and even a bit painful, when you're trying to read your emails at night.  For Android users ...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Trends, Walmart, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos

China Telecom Should Be Barred in US as Threat, Agencies Say

A group of U.S. security agencies is urging the Federal Communications Commission to revoke China Telecom's permission to operate in the United States. From a report: "This recommendation reflects the substantial and unacceptable national security and law enforcement risks" associated with China Telecom's access to the U.S. telecommunications network, the agencies said in a filing at the FCC. The U.S. and China are at odds over a suite of issues such as the spread of the novel coronavirus, trade...
Tags: Fcc, China, US, Tech, United States, Federal Communications Commission, China Telecom, Huawei Technologies, China Mobile Ltd, John Demers

Coronavirus: $600 in extra jobless pay is days away in California

California workers who have lost their jobs amid coronavirus-linked shutdowns will receive $600 in extra unemployment benefits starting on Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, April 9. The $600 in additional unemployment benefits was made possible by the federal CARES act signed into law recently by President Donald Trump. “Many Californians are feeling the effects of this pandemic, and this added benefit is very important to our workers so they have needed resources during this difficult ti...
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After careful quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit

Working from home is easy for some and difficult for others, but one place it’s downright impossible is the International Space Station . So pandemic or no pandemic, the latest crew had to get themselves up there. They’ve just had a successful launch and arrival, but only after a protracted quarantine period. To be clear, ISS crews are always quarantined prior to launch to make sure they don’t bring the flu up from a chance encounter, but given the coronavirus situation, this was a special occ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Cdc, Government, Russia, US, Tech, Nasa, Flight, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Dragon, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing

US Senate Tells Members To Stop Using Zoom

According to the Financial Times, U.S. senators have been advised not to use videoconferencing platform Zoom over security concerns. From a report: According to three people briefed on the matter, the Senate sergeant-at-arms -- whose job it is to run law enforcement and security on the Capitol -- told senators to find alternative methods for remote working, although he did not implement an outright ban. With the coronavirus outbreak forcing millions to work from home, Zoom has seen a 1,900% incr...
Tags: Google, Senate, Tech, Taiwan, US Senate, Department Of Homeland Security, Financial Times, Reuters, Capitol, Eric Yuan, Zoom the Pentagon

Apple Shares Worksheet With 30 iPad Activities for Kids

Apple's education team today debuted 30 activities for kids and families to do as part of an ongoing effort to support at-home learning while many schoolchildren are completing classes remotely. Available as a PDF that can be downloaded or printed, the suggestions include a wide range of activities that can be done using the built-in features of an iPad or iPhone. We know parents out there are juggling a lot in this challenging time. Apple’s education team has some fun ways to keep kids eve...
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It’s “bullshit” that VCs are open for business right now (but that could change in a month)

This afternoon, the law firm Fenwick & West hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with New York-based venture capitalists: Hadley Harris, a founding general partner with Eniac Ventures; Brad Svrluga, a cofounder and general partner of Primary Ventures; and Ellie Wheeler, a partner with Greylock. Each investor is experiencing the coronavirus-driven lockdown in unique and even positive ways. Their professional experiences were very much in sync, however, and founders should know the bottom line i...
Tags: TC, New York, Tech, Wheeler, Venture Capital, Greylock, Eniac Ventures, HARRIS, Fenwick West, Fenwick, Ellie Wheeler, Primary Ventures, Hadley Harris, Brad Svrluga, Svrluga, Greylock Svrluga

Report: iOS 14 will let you try out apps, no install required

Apple is apparently working on a way for iPhone users to use the features of apps without having to install them in its next iteration of iOS. In theory, you would be able to scan a QR code that allows you temporary access to the app — say for watching a video or looking at a social media post. The feature was spotted by 9to5Mac, who found it in code within an early iOS 14 build. The new API is codenamed “Clips,” which confuses me only slightly because Apple had a video-editing app by that same ...
Tags: Apple, Startups

After an extended quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit

Working from home is easy for some and difficult for others, but one place it’s downright impossible is the International Space Station. So pandemic or no pandemic, the latest crew had to get themselves up there. They’ve just had a successful launch and arrival, but only after a protracted quarantine period. To be clear, ISS crews are always quarantined prior to launch to make sure they don’t bring the flu up from a chance encounter, but given the coronavirus situation, this was a special occasi...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Government, Russia, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Aerospace, Boeing, Roscosmos, Chris Cassidy, Commercial Crew, Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Vagner

New Meet features to improve distance learning

Our team has been so inspired by the remarkable work of educators and school leaders around the world, who continue to adapt as schools shift to remote learning. Today, 120 million students and educators are using G Suite for Education worldwide to create, collaborate and communicate despite school closures. With this increase in usage, one consistent theme we’ve heard is that educators are looking for ways to continue teaching and collaborating in a virtual environment that is safe and secure. ...
Tags: Google, Education, Microsoft, Classroom, HIPAA, IETF, G Suite, G Suite for Education, Zach Yeskel, Datagram Transport Layer Security DTLS

$75M weed giant Caliva ditches Eaze, launches delivery

It’s a brutal time for marijuana startups. I’m hearing some are raising at 1/5th of their 2019 valuation amidst rampant competition, tall taxes, and slow legalization. The struggles for marijuana’s best-known startup, delivery service Eaze, continue as today it’s losing one of its top partners. $75 million-funded weed brand empire Caliva has dropped Eaze in favor of launching its own delivery system. By partnering with Hypur banking to solve the marijuana payments legality issue, Caliva will ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, California, La, Finance, Marijuana, Tech, Cannabis, Payments, Eaze, Bay Area, Malley

DARPA is Pouring Millions Into a New AI Defense Program

The Pentagon is teaming up with some of the biggest names in tech to combat hacks designed to mess with the automated systems we'll rely on in the near future. From a report: In February, DARPA issued a call for proposals for a new program. Like most DARPA projects, it had a fantastic acronym: Guaranteeing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robustness against Deception (GARD). It's a multimillion-dollar, four-year initiative that's aiming to create defenses for sensor-based artificial intelligence -- ...
Tags: Tech, Darpa, Ibm, Pentagon, Georgia Tech, Almaden Research Center Intel

Facebook’s new ‘Quiet Mode’ option lets you turn off the app’s push notifications

Facebook today is launching a new feature called “Quiet Mode” that will allow you to minimize distractions by muting the app’s push notifications for a time frame you specify. The company announced the change as an update on its COVID Newsroom post, describing it as a way for users to set boundaries around how they spend their time on Facebook as they adjust to new routines and to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Facebook, you can either turn on or off Quiet Mode a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Tech, Facebook Today, Unfollow, Jane Manchun Wong, Digital Wellbeing, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID Newsroom

5G Virus Conspiracy Theory Fueled By Coordinated Effort

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A conspiracy theory linking 5G technology to the outbreak of the coronavirus is quickly gaining momentum, with celebrities including actor Woody Harrelson promoting the idea. But the theory is also getting a boost from what some researchers say is a coordinated disinformation campaign. Marc Owen Jones, a researcher at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar, who specializes in online disinformation networks, analyzed 22,000 recent interactions on...
Tags: New York, Russia, Tech, Qatar, Bloomberg, Woody Harrelson, Jones, Internet Research Agency, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Uzzaman, Marc Owen Jones, Twitter and Reddit Naushad UzZaman

Apple's next major iPhone update could completely change how you use apps (AAPL)

Apple is reportedly working on a new feature that would let you use certain features from apps without actually installing the app, . The feature could appear in iOS 14, Apple's next major iPhone update. Such a capability would not only be convenient, but it could keep your iPhone more secure if it means you're downloading and sharing personal data with fewer apps.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple's next major iPhone update could include a new feature that lets you ...
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Google searches soar for ‘mortgage’ and ‘home.’ ‘Real estate,’ not so much

Google's data shows changes during the pandemic in home-related online searches. Some experts believe those trends hint at longterm shifts in consumer preference.
Tags: Google, Home, Real Estate, Analysis, Radio, Agent, Sundae, Brokerage, Select, Pandemic, John Burns Real Estate Consulting, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Josh Stech, Ken Perlman

Trump administration urges regulators to stop China Telecom working in US

Justice department cites ‘malicious cyber activity’Move underlines effort to keep China out of US telecomsThe Trump administration has recommended that US regulators block China Telecom from operating in the US and warned that the China-backed company was creating “substantial and unacceptable” national security and law enforcement risks for the US. Related: US ‘very concerned’ over Huawei’s role in UK 5G network Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Technology, Justice, China, US, World news, US news, US national security, Huawei, Trump, China Telecom

LawNext Episode 70: David Lat On His Brink-Of-Death Battle With COVID-19

What started early in March as fever and chills eventually led to 17 days in a New York City hospital, six of them spent intubated and on a respirator in ICU.
Tags: Technology, Law, New York City, David Lat

Introducing Sankaku Plus – No Ads, No Limits, And More…

Sankaku Plus, a monthly paid subscription plan offering completely ad-free usage, exclusive features and premium content, is launching now in an early access format. Any Sankaku account can sign up with the following link: Get Sankaku Plus Account status can be checked and subscriptions cancelled at any time from this page. All payments are processed […]
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Uber to provide 'millions' of face masks against coronavirus to drivers and Uber Eats food delivery workers

Uber today announced that it will provide millions of face masks against coronavirus for people who work as drivers or food delivery workers around the world, and that it has begun providing gloves and face masks for its workers in New York City. Uber earlier this month said it would begin shipping disinfecting car spray at no cost to its drivers in the United States. The virus that causes COVID-19 has infected 1.4 million people and killed 85,000 worldwide, with U.S. deaths at 15,700 on Thur...
Tags: Uber, Post, Business, Technology, News, New York City, US news, United States, Reuters, Tina Bellon, New York City Uber, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Gus Fuldner

Starship Technologies is sending its autonomous robots to more cities as demand for contactless delivery rises

Starship Technologies has launched a robot food delivery service in Tempe, Arizona, as part of the autonomous delivery startup’s expansion plans following a $40 million funding round announced last August. Starship Technologies, which launched in 2014 by Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has been ramping up commercial services in the past year, including a plan to expand to 100 universities by late summer 2021. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing traditional restaur...
Tags: Food, Transportation, Technology, California, Washington, Articles, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Arizona, Food Delivery, Robotics, Robot, Skype, Emerging-technologies, Starship Technologies

How to change your recovery email in Gmail using your computer

You should change your recovery email in Gmail if you recently made a new email, your old one got deleted, or you simply want to keep your account secure. Your recovery email in Gmail is used to contact you in case your Gmail account is breached or you forget your password. To view or change your recovery email in Gmail, first navigate to the Google account management page. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When you first sign up for a Gmail account, you are required to pro...
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