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  1. Face ID not working thanks to your mask? Your Apple Watch 6 will fix that for you "https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.t3.com/amp/news/face-id-not-working-thanks-to-your-mask-your-apple-watch-6-offers-fix" COVID-19 has tectonically uprooted our lives: home-hubs, lockdowns, and the all-pervasive face mask. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that it’s nigh on impossible to unlock your phone with 50% of your face covered; now, thankfully, Apple has a fix. Apple now has a feature that enables you to open your phone screen, wearing a mask, using Face ID – but you must be wearing an Apple Watch. It also currently requires the developer betas of iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4. Malicious Chrome and Edge add-ons had a novel way to hide on 3 million devices https://www.google.com/amp/s/arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/02/malicious-chrome-and-edge-add-ons-had-a-novel-way-to-hide-on-3-million-devices/%3famp=1 Researchers from Prague-based Avast said on Wednesday that the extension developers employed a novel way to hide malicious traffic sent between infected devices and the command and control servers they connected to. Specifically, the extensions funneled commands into the cache-control headers of traffic that was camouflaged to appear as data related to Google analytics, which websites use to measure visitor interactions. Referring to the campaign as CacheFlow, Avast researchers wrote: CacheFlow was notable in particular for the way that the malicious extensions would try to hide their command and control traffic in a covert channel using the Cache-Control HTTP header of their analytics requests. We believe this is a new technique. In addition, it appears to us that the Google Analytics-style traffic was added not just to hide the malicious commands, but that the extension authors were also interested in the analytics requests themselves. We believe they tried to solve two problems, command and control and getting analytics information, with one solution.
  2. Why Google’s approach to replacing the cookie is drawing antitrust scrutiny "https://digiday.com/media/why-googles-approach-to-replacing-the-cookie-is-drawing-antitrust-scrutiny/" Google’s decision to kill off third-party cookies has already elicited multiple antitrust lawsuits and a U.S. congressional probe. Now, its attempt to replace the cookie is attracting regulatory attention. On Jan. 8, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority launched an investigation into whether Google’s proposals for replacing third-party cookies — through an effort Google has branded Privacy Sandbox — “could cause advertising spend to become even more concentrated on Google’s ecosystem at the expense of its competitors,” according to a CMA announcement about the investigation Remote Tasmanian island to be powered by ‘blowhole’ energy that harnesses waves https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/feb/02/remote-tasmanian-island-to-be-powered-by-blowhole-energy-that-harnesses-waves Technology that harnesses wave energy through a “blowhole” is being tested at a remote Tasmanian island in a project backed by federal grants and investors. When the mostly above-water unit is connected in about a month, King Island in Bass Strait will be powered by three renewables – wave, wind and solar. And there are hopes the project can be expanded across Australia’s vast southern coastline. Hybrid supercapacitor offers NiMH energy density, charges much faster "https://newatlas.com/energy/qut-hybrid-supercapacitor/" Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have added another hybrid supercapacitor design to the mix, promising the near-instant charge and discharge of a supercap with vastly improved energy storage on par with NiMH batteries. Lithium batteries store energy in a chemical form, and are widely used because they offer a relatively high energy density, but as anyone who owns a smartphone or electric car knows, they charge fairly slowly. Supercapacitors, on the other hand, store energy statically rather than in a chemical form, meaning they can charge and discharge much, much faster without degrading their internal structures. Thus, they have a very high power density, but this is offset by the fact that their energy density is much, much lower than chemical batteries. In recent times we've covered a number of devices that sit somewhere in between the two: hybrid supercapacitors that lean into the middle on both metrics, storing a lot more energy than a regular supercapacitor, while charging almost as quickly. Your car or phone battery won't last as long with one of these on board, but it'll charge so fast that range might cease to be an issue.
  3. 10 Great, Old Concerts You Can (Legally) Stream in High Quality "https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1194-10-great-old-concerts-you-can-legally-stream-in-high-quality/" The nonprofit Internet Archive hosts thousands of hours of free, legal, and decidedly un-sketchy streams and downloads of old concerts and radio shows, all offered with the permission of the artists. Here are few vintage essentials.
  4. SPACEX TO LAUNCH INSPIRATION4 MISSION TO ORBIT "https://www.spacex.com/updates/-4-mission/" In 2020, SpaceX returned America’s ability to fly NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station for the first time since the Space Shuttle’s last flight in 2011. In addition to flying astronauts for NASA, Dragon was also designed to carry commercial astronauts to Earth orbit, the space station, or beyond. Today, it was announced SpaceX is targeting no earlier than the fourth quarter of this year for Falcon 9’s launch of Inspiration4 – the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit – from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is donating the three seats alongside him aboard Dragon to individuals from the general public who will be announced in the weeks ahead. Learn more on how to potentially join this historic journey to space by visiting Inspiration4.com.
  5. Such breakthroughs gives hope for better future.
  6. Joke of the Day – Liver & Cheese Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle. The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time. The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return. Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, “The first one who can use the words ‘liver’ and ‘cheese’ together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.” The sturdy, muscular black Lab speaks up quickly and says, “I love liver and cheese.” “Oh, how childish,” said the Poodle. “That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.” She turns to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and says “How well can you do?” “Um. I HATE liver and cheese,” blurts the Golden Retriever. “My, my,” said the Poodle. “I guess it’s hopeless. That’s just as dumb as the Lab’s sentence.” She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, “How about you, little guy?” The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, is the Taco Bell Chihuahua. He gives her a smile, a sly wink, turns to the Golden Retriever and the Lab and says…. Liver alone. Cheese mine. Other attachments - source - RD - laughter the best medicine
  7. Dark data is a grey area and largely wasted w/o means to process it in real time to make informed decisions. Something for the future, for systems with capabilities to analyse & help to improve services.
  8. Rightly said, Hv to be alert from such prying devices / methods. Anything to improve service is ok but not at the cost of privacy intrusions.
  9. This IoT Mesh Network Watches You As You Shop - Without Cameras "https://www.thingsquare.com/blog/articles/iot-mesh-retail/" Online retailers know a lot about how their customers are navigating their virtual stores. Offline retailers are not so lucky. Together with consumer behavior experts B:Clarity and a multinational home appliance brand we built a system to help understand customer movement and behavior. The system consists of wireless sensors that are installed in electronics stores. A few hundred sensors in each store. There are two types of sensors: Vibration sensors. That trigger when someone is trying out a product. Light sensors. Trigger when someone is standing in front of a product. With these sensors, we can see what items are most popular, how it correlates to sales data – and how to take action to improve sales. But without collecting any personally identifiable information. TeaVM: Build Fast, Modern Web Apps in Java "http://teavm.org/" A powerful tool for Java developers who want to develop web applications without the difficulties of a JavaScript development stack. RV64X: A Free, Open Source GPU for RISC-V "https://www.eetimes.com/rv64x-a-free-open-source-gpu-for-risc-v/" A group of enthusiasts are proposing a new set of graphics instructions designed for 3D graphics and media processing. These new instructions are built on the RISC-V base vector instruction set. They will add support for new data types that are graphics specific as layered extensions in the spirit of the core RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA). Vectors, transcendental math, pixel, and textures and Z/Frame buffer operations are supported. It can be a fused CPU-GPU ISA. The group is calling it the RV64X as instructions will be 64-bit long (32 bits will not be enough to support a robust ISA). Why now? The world has plenty of GPUs to choose from, why this? Because, says the group, commercial GPUs are less effective at meeting unusual needs such as dual-phase 3D frustum clipping, adaptable HPC (arbitrary bit depth FFTs), hardware SLAM. They believecollaboration provides flexible standards, reduces the 10 to 20 man-year effort otherwise needed, and will help with cross-verification to avoid mistakes.
  10. The untold story of the ‘circle of trust’ behind the world’s first gene-edited babies https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/untold-story-circle-trust-behind-world-s-first-gene-edited-babies
  11. Cuffless device delivers clinically accurate blood pressure measurements "https://www.embedded.com/cuffless-device-delivers-clinically-accurate-blood-pressure-measurements/" The device is a result of a new partnership announced this week with Shanghai Minshi, a technology device designer and producer, and Bluetooth technology company WuQi, also based in Shanghai, China. In addition to measuring blood pressure, the device provides measurements of other vital signs with medical accuracy and completely cuff-less and calibration free. These parameters are blood oxygen (Sp02), respiration rate, pulse rate, and body temperature. Developed over the last nine years, the V-Sensor is a tiny module with a fingertip-shaped depression on its surface, containing a MEMS pressure sensor embedded in flexible resin. The V-Sensor also contains an optical sensor, a temperature sensor and LMD’s custom application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) which conditions and digitizes the signals from the sensors and drives the LEDs and communication. The portable, cuffless and calibration-free Minshi device measures blood pressure when pressure is gently applied to either side of the device by gently squeezing between thumb and forefinger. Following simple game-style instructions displayed by the dedicated app and pressing on the V-Sensor on the Minshi occludes the arteries in the tip of the index finger – exactly the same as the proven Riva-Rocci method used by a blood pressure cuff. The pressure on the fingertip that balances the pressure of the blood inside the artery is detected optically with the V-Sensor’s pulse oximeter and an absolute blood pressure reading is displayed on the user’s smartphone around 45 seconds later.
  12. Butterfly wing clap explains mystery of flight https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210121132059.htm The fluttery flight of butterflies has so far been somewhat of a mystery to researchers, given their unusually large and broad wings relative to their body size. Now researchers have studied the aerodynamics of butterflies in a wind tunnel. The results suggest that butterflies use a highly effective clap technique, therefore making use of their unique wings. This helps them rapidly take off when escaping predators. "The shape and flexibility of butterfly wings could inspire improved performance and flight technology in small drones," he continues
  13. Firefox 85 Cracks Down on Supercookies https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2021/01/26/supercookie-protections/
  14. THE PYRA HANDHELD LINUX PC IS SHIPPING "https://boilingsteam.com/the-pyra-handheld-linux-pc-is-shipping/" The Dragonbox Pyra is finally shipping! This small handheld Linux PC (that can be used for just about anything, including gaming) has been in the works for 7 years or more. It was designed to be the successor of the Open Pandora (an excellent device that predates smartphones) which led to numerous innovations in the ARM space (the creator of Box86, for example, comes from the Open Pandora community). New Transistor Structures At 3nm/2nm "https://semiengineering.com/new-transistor-structures-at-3nm-2nm/" Intel, Samsung, TSMC and others are laying the groundwork for the transition from today’s finFET transistors to new gate-all-around field-effect transistors (GAA FETs) at the 3nm and 2nm nodes, starting either next year or in 2023. GAA FETs hold the promise of better performance, lower power, and lower leakage, and they will be required below 3nm, when finFETs run out of steam. But even though these newfangled transistors are considered an evolutionary step from finFETs, and they have been in R&D for years, any new transistor type or material is a huge undertaking for the chip industry. Chipmakers have been postponing the move as long as possible, but to continue shrinking, GAA FETs are required.
  15. Chemotherapy with light; only one injection required "https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/nrco-cwl011121.php" Researchers in South Korea have developed a phototherapy technology that can significantly increase efficiency while reducing the pain of chemotherapy and minimizing side effects after treatment. The President of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seok-Jin Yoon announced that a research team led by Dr. Sehoon Kim at the Theragnosis Research Center (KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science and Technology) has developed a cancer-targeted phototherapeutic agent that promises complete elimination of cancer cells without side effects. It involves only one injection and repeated phototherapy. This development was made through joint research with Professor Dong June Ahn of Korea University and Professor Yoon-Sik Lee of Seoul National University.
  16. Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/19/electric-car-batteries-race-ahead-with-five-minute-charging-times Batteries capable of fully charging in five minutes have been produced in a factory for the first time, marking a significant step towards electric cars becoming as fast to charge as filling up petrol or diesel vehicles. Inexpensive battery charges rapidly for electric vehicles, reduces range anxiety "https://news.psu.edu/story/643897/2021/01/18/research/inexpensive-battery-charges-rapidly-electric-vehicles-reduces-range" UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are looking at lithium iron phosphate batteries that have a range of 250 miles with the ability to charge in 10 minutes. "We developed a pretty clever battery for mass-market electric vehicles with cost parity with combustion engine vehicles," said Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer Chair of mechanical engineering, professor of chemical engineering and professor of materials science and engineering, and director of the Electrochemical Engine Center at Penn State. "There is no more range anxiety and this battery is affordable." The researchers also say that the battery should be good for 2 million miles in its lifetime.
  17. Mymy there is a diff in scrolling / panning between apps while one uses single finger scroll other needs 2 finger scroll and this caused confusion in viewing charts properly and knowing this now, no problem to view charts and no need for remote access for it . The only aspect to check is how to record 'live' market calls for plan proof? Any ideas/suggestions? Tks.
  18. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.telegraphindia.com/amp/opinion/the-battles-with-big-tech-will-persist/cid/1803976
  19. Enter Sandbox: How Google is building an internet without cookies - and why publishers are concerned https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/death-of-third-party-cookies-sandbox-google/ Cookies are soon to be a thing of the past; Google wants to play in the Sandbox instead. It might sound rather twee, but this marks a seismic shift in the online ecosystem that will affect us all. The “cookie-less web” is nothing less than a total restructuring of the internet, which will spell the end of digital advertising as we know it with obvious ramifications for online publishers too. It comes after increasing concerns over online safety as our lives become ever more digital. The UK Government’s new Online Safety Bill is just one of a number of recent legislative moves to protect us online. The death of third-party cookies "https://maiachess.com/" A human-like neural network chess engine Maia is an AlphaZero/Leela-like deep learning framework that learns from online human games instead of self-play. Maia is trained on millions of games, and tries to predict the human move played in each position seen. We trained 9 versions of Maia, one for each Elo milestone between 1100 and 1900. Maia 1100 was only trained on games between 1100-rated players, and so on. Each version learned from 12 million human games, and learns how chess is typically played at its specific level. After a decade, NASA’s big rocket fails its first real test "https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/nasas-space-launch-system-rocket-shuts-down-after-just-67-seconds/ " STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. — For a few moments, it seemed like the Space Launch System saga might have a happy ending. Beneath brilliant blue skies late on Saturday afternoon, NASA’s huge rocket roared to life for the very first time. As its four engines lit and thrummed, thunder rumbled across these Mississippi lowlands. A giant, beautiful plume of white exhaust billowed away from the test stand. It was all pretty damn glorious until it stopped suddenly. About 50 seconds into what was supposed to be an 8-minute test firing, the flight control center called out, “We did get an MCF on Engine 4.” This means there was a “major component failure” with the fourth engine on the vehicle. After a total of about 67 seconds, the hot fire test ended. So what had been viewed as a strength of the program, using heritage hardware, instead became a liability. Saturday was only the first real hardware test for the rocket. It cannot afford too many more liabilities like those on display. Intel Kills Off All Optane-Only SSDs for Consumers, No Replacements Planned (Updated) "https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-kills-off-all-optane-only-ssds-for-consumers-no-replacements-planned" Update 01/17/2021 5:00pm PT: Intel's discontinuation notices are quite clear that the company will no longer offer Optane-only drives for desktop PCs, but we followed up for further clarity. Intel responded to our question, 'Does that mean Intel has effectively ended its Optane-only product lines for consumers?' "Your statement is technically correct, but consumers do benefit from Optane based-solutions like the Intel Optane Memory H20, since it is for mobile consumer." - Intel representative. As noted in the article below, the Optane Memory H20 is a Flash+Optane module that doesn't offer comparable performance to the Optane-only drives for the desktop PC. Intel's statement also clarifies that those drives are destined for mobile applications, marking the end of Optane solutions for desktop PCs NSA Recommends How Enterprises Can Securely Adopt Encrypted DNS "https://www.nsa.gov/News-Features/Feature-Stories/Article-View/Article/2471956/nsa-recommends-how-enterprises-can-securely-adopt-encrypted-dns/" The National Security Agency released a cybersecurity product, “Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments,” Thursday explaining the benefits and risks of adopting the encrypted domain name system (DNS) protocol, DNS over HTTPs (DoH), in enterprise environments. The release provides solutions for secure implementation based on enterprise network needs. NSA recommends that an enterprise network’s DNS traffic, encrypted or not, be sent only to the designated enterprise DNS resolver. This ensures proper use of essential enterprise security controls, facilitates access to local network resources, and protects internal network information. All other DNS resolvers should be disabled and blocked.
  20. I looked at all the ways Microsoft Teams tracks users and my head is spinning https://www.zdnet.com/article/i-looked-at-all-the-ways-microsoft-teams-tracks-users-and-my-head-is-spinning/
  21. Works with all scrips checked and real beauty. To go with Mobile trading for sometime more and would welcome suggestions for remote access, how to record ;live' market calls to prove working of plan.tks.
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