Al Jazeera
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A company in South Korea has opened its first “bio-payshop where customers can pay for things with a scan of their hand. The technology is just one of many that the country is testing before rolling it out to the world. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from the capital, Seoul. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
Al Jazeera
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A company in South Korea has opened its first “bio-payshop where customers can pay for things with a scan of their hand. The technology is just one of many that the country is testing before rolling it out to the world. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from the capital, Seoul. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
WebProNews
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Mobile printing startup Prynt has unveiled their latest gadget that can print colored photos in just 30 seconds, and makes use of augmented reality to producemovingpictures. The gadget is certainly cool, but don't expect to get high-quality images. The printing quality of the gadget is reportedly pedestrian and doesn't even match up to photos from Polariod. However, the faster printing speed, easy functionality, as well as better connectivity to iPhones, make it a good buy compared to most Bluetooth mobile printers. Here's how it works: when the users choose an image from their iPhone to print, the application will upload a clip from the Live Photo—or the Boomerang app from Instagram—to the cloud. After they scan the static image using the Prynt app, the video will be superimposed on top. Prynt co-founder Clément Perrot said , "It's the best of both worlds.
PC Pro
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Alan Martin 1 min 37 sec ago Life Culture Braille is closing in on its 200th birthday, but it's had some growing pains. Despite reaching the ripe old age of 193, fewer than 1% of printed texts have braille translations – a fact that may partially account for the fairly low numbers of people who are fluent . The rise of digital texts and ebooks has helped, as there are devices that can translate books into braille on the fly , but these tend to be both expensive, and require a computer to work – not to mention the fact that not every book has a digital version. Which is why a patent pending invention from a team of engineers at MIT is so exciting: Tactile is a portable, handheld translator that can instantly scan and convert text to braille – and the team hopes to make it available for less than $200 (~£154). Video of Tactile - $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Use it!” Undergraduate Team Winner The current prototype device is an unassuming white rectangle.
Mashable
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A new dating app is going full-blown Law and Order on daters by running a background check on them before they get swiping. And then blocking anyone who has a criminal record But, is it fair to apply ban literally everyone with a conviction, especially if it's over a petty crime? Gatsby which is currently only available on iOS in the U.S. works like most dating apps, you swipe left to pass, swipe right to match. But, there's one rather significant difference: When new users sign up to the app, Gatsby scans them for criminal records. According to the app's founder, Joseph Penora, the app scans U.S. criminal and sex offender databases. "If you were to just scan for sex offenders you wouldn't ban people with domestic violence crimes, theft, etc. So we scan for both," he says. Read more... More about Watercooler , Lifestyle , Crime , Dating , and Dating Apps
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Social Media Use by Generation [Infographic] Preferences vary by generation - this certainly isn't a well kept secret in the marketing world. So how do you create a message, and choose a medium, that will resonate with your target audience? This infographic shares some ideas. MarketingProfs Pinterest’s object-recognizing Lens feature now scans QR codes, too QR codes, like the common cold, never seem to really go away. Pinterest announced this week that their Lens feature will now allow users to scan QR codes that lead to web pages within the Pinterest app, eliminating the need to download a special app to do so. MarketingLand Bing to Integrate Chatbots into Search Results Bing is rumored to be integrating chatbots into their search results, and are expected to be announcing this addition at their annual Development conference this week. Developers will be able to use Bing's bot framework to create their own bots, and will also work via Skype.
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The country pledged to have 1,600 megawatts of solar and wind power by 2020 , the energy ministers assistant secretary general Ziad Jibril Sabra said in January. Almost 660,000 refugees currently reside in Jordan, which has required the country to seek innovative approaches to dealing with their numbers. The government and the private sector have partnered with UNHCR and other agencies like the World Food Program to create work opportunities and improve living conditions. For example, IrisGuard, a Jordanian iris scanning company, partnered with UNHCR to connect its biometric registration system to the database of refugees living in Jordan. It then set up eye-scanning machines at ATMs and supermarkets across the country. Once refugees scan their irises, IrisGuard and UNHCR can confirm their identity and they can access their cash and food assistance within seconds.
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It gets DS's latest driver assist systems including lane keep assist technology, adaptive cruise control and adaptive headlights. DS's active suspension scanning system is also fitted as standard; it uses a high-mounted camera near the top of the car's windscreen to ‘read’ the surface of the road as it approaches, pre-setting the stiffness of the electronically variable dampers (which will be also be standard on other high trim versions) to prepare for larger bumps and compressions as they arrive. DS claims Active Scan will be a segment first, although Mercedes does already offers a similar Magic Body Control system on its pricier models. The most potent petrol and diesel engines are offered with the La Première. Both are turbocharged 1.6-litres, offering 221bhp and 178bhp respectively. They come mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
TopRank
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Social Media Use by Generation [Infographic] Preferences vary by generation - this certainly isn't a well kept secret in the marketing world. So how do you create a message, and choose a medium, that will resonate with your target audience? This infographic shares some ideas. MarketingProfs Pinterest’s object-recognizing Lens feature now scans QR codes, too QR codes, like the common cold, never seem to really go away. Pinterest announced this week that their Lens feature will now allow users to scan QR codes that lead to web pages within the Pinterest app, eliminating the need to download a special app to do so. MarketingLand Bing to Integrate Chatbots into Search Results Bing is rumored to be integrating chatbots into their search results, and are expected to be announcing this addition at their annual Development conference this week. Developers will be able to use Bing's bot framework to create their own bots, and will also work via Skype.
Core77
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6 - 60-meter range - Three resolutions: High, Standard, Fast - Less than 3 minutes for full-dome scan (in Standard resolution) - 150 MP spherical image generation - 360,000 laser scan pts/sec - $15,990/€15,000 Here's some of the guys from Leica demonstrating the BLK360 to the target market: You can learn more about the device here .
Daily Mail - Science
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Customers grabbing dinner at a pizza store in Oslo, Norway, spotted that their gender, facial expression and even age group were taken by a billboard in-store when the advert malfunctioned.
Techradar
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One of the key applications of the technology is in examining the data produced from a Computer Tomography (CT) scan. CT scans look right the way through body tissue and bone matter, resulting in images offering many different layers or slices of views throughout a patients body. Together, they build a whole picture of the internal workings of a patient but identifying each organ through each minutely-differing layer, and being able to identify anomalies within that data, can take even the most skilled oncologist many hours. They use 3D modelling tech to highlight and identify healthy organs, separating them from any aberrations, but must build that picture pixel by pixel, or voxel by voxel, before deciding on a treatment plan. But what takes an oncologist hours to do by hand, InnerEye can achieve (with a little human help) in just around 30 seconds.
Daily Mail - News
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Mother Natasha Gent, 28, from Medway, Kent, described how doctors told her she should expect her baby to have 'a bit of hair' after they detected wisps around Holly's head on the 20-week scan.
Den of Geek
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For starters, an assortment of retailers backed DIVX, thinking this would maintain the idea of getting two payments for a home format release from consumers (this was before they hatched on the idea of multiple special edition releases of the same film on DVD). Disney, Paramount, Universal and Fox all released titles on DIVX, with around 300 films ultimately made available onto the format. Most were pan and scan releases, lacking a widescreen option, with barely any of the special features that DVDs were being stuffed with. DIVX was clearly being aimed at casual movie watchers, rather than film fans. Yet film fans set alarm bells ringing. Loudly. For fan resistance was vehement against DIVX, and this was an early example of an internet campaign against a planned format. The quality of DIVX releases was questioned, whilst there were fears that having more than one disc format would lead to consumer confusion.
Daily Mail - Health
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Daily Mail - Australia
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As a mother-of-three there isn't much about pregnancy that could faze her. But Danielle - who is expecting a son with Michael O'Neill - was shocked with her latest baby scan due to her baby's gestures.
Mashable
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All is not well in Google Play . A group of researchers has determined that hundreds of apps in the store have a gaping security hole that potentially allows hackers to implant malware and steal data from millions of Android smartphones. According to a paper detailing the alleged flaw, the problem lies within apps that create open ports on cellphones. This is a known and understood problem with computers, but hasn't before been systematically studied in smartphones. The University of Michigan team used a custom tool to scan 24,000 apps and found 410 potentially vulnerable applications at least one of which has been downloaded millions of times. Read more... More about Cybersecurity , Hackers , Google , Smartphones , and Android
Hackaday
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Like most (if not all) Hackaday readers, I like to know how the technology I use works. I'm always amazed, for example, how many otherwise smart people have no idea how the cellphone network works other than it's a radio. So now that I have two phones with fingerprint scanners on them, I decided I needed to know more about what's going on in there. Sure, I assumed the sensor was capacitive (but maybe not, I found out). Plus we all know some super glue, scotch tape, and gummy bears are all you need to fake one out. However, that's been known for about 15 years and we are still seeing phones and other devices rolling out with the same scanners. So for now, put aside the debate about whether we should be using fingerprint scanners. Let's talk about how those sensors work. Three Tech There are at least three common ways to scan a fingerprint: Take a picture of it, sense it capacitively, or sense it using ultrasound.
The Guardian - Network Front
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Crushh claims it can objectively scan for signs of affection in texts from a friend, family member or first date. But does it work? Husband : Morning. How’s my Livvy? Missed you last night. How are the girls? Me : Having a lovely time. Was Beez [our dog] OK? Did he sleep? Continue reading...
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But, for the most part, Bixby wont be present in the phones that went on sale today. Pressing down on the special button on the left side of the phone wont call up the voice assistant. Samsung says that function will be activated through a software update coming later in the spring. One function thats already in the phone is Bixby Vision, which can scan text and analyze images. However, my colleague Harry McCracken notes that once he began using the S8s camera the phone begged him over and over to use Bixby Vision and there was no obvious way to make it stop. Having a dedicated personal assistant button on the phone is probably a very good ideabetter than putting it on the Home button, which often causes the personal assistant to be accidentally activated. But if Bixby is so important to the way Samsung phones will be used, why release it in such a half-baked form? As others have pointed out, users first impression of Bixby will likely influence how much they use it in the future.
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The RSSI for each point is recorded, and when the scan is complete, the antenna swings back to the strongest point. Given the antenna's less-than-perfect directionality [shawnhymel] traded narrow beam width for gain we imagine the strongest point is somewhat subjective, but with a better antenna this could be a handy tool for site surveys, automated radio direction finding, or just mapping the RF environment of your neighborhood. Yagi-Uda antennas and WiFi are no strangers to each other, whether it be a WiFi sniper rifle or another recycling bin Yagi . Of course this scanner isn't limited to WiFi. Maybe scanning a lightweight Yagi for the 2-meter band would be a great way to lock onto the local Ham repeater. Filed under: radio hacks , wireless hacks