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Bellus3D brings its uncanny 3D selfies to the iPhone X

Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-11 - 23:01 By: admin

Bellus3D brings its uncanny 3D selfies to the iPhone X

Bellus3D, the company behind the uncannily accurate, slightly creepy 3D selfie camera, is making the jump to the iPhone with a new app that will let you take its oddly realistic scans without any extra hardware.

The company had previously announced at CES 2018 that it was finally releasing its face-scanning camera this year for $499. But with the release of the iPhone X, the company is taking things in a bit of a different direction by bundling its software into an iPhone app, removing the requirement for any expensive hardware required (other than the $999-plus smartphone, of course).

The app is currently in beta — interested users can sign up for on Bellus3D’s website — with a full App Store release planned for later this year.

See https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/11/17226434/bellus3d-face-scanning-iphone-x-app-3d-image-selfie


Bellus3D brings its uncanny 3D selfies to the iPhone X
Time to visit the uncanny valley again

I just hope Mark Zuckerberg looks after his Facebook users' data better than he leaves his unguarded...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-11 - 22:45 By: admin

I just hope Mark Zuckerberg looks after his Facebook users' data better than he leaves his unguarded script lying around

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Senate today in a marathon five-hour session about the ongoing Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. In addition to discussing that situation, and how as many as 87 million users had their information misused by the data mining firm, the conversation also touched on Facebook’s role and responsibility in the world as a news source and a massively influential tool for democracy and communication.

While there were few bombshell revelations, Zuckerberg did answer a far-reaching and diverse set of questions ranging from whether Facebook is a monopoly to whether the company would ever consider an ad-free paid version. As part of his appearance on Capitol Hill today, Zuckerberg brought along a thick binder of notes to help him answer questions, stay on his talking points, and come up with quick and relatively innocuous responses to hot-button issues. Thankfully, because there were photojournalists in the room, we have access to a least two pages of those notes (his script).

Many are observing that he was under very close scrutiny by the press, and it must feel much like many of his Facebook users feel like with their every move exposed to analysis.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/10/17222546/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-senate-hearing-notes-cambridge-analytica-privacy


Read Mark Zuckerberg’s notes from today’s Facebook privacy Senate hearing
"(Don’t say we already do what GDPR requires)"

IDx-DR - AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists, is approved by the US FDA

Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-11 - 22:38 By: admin

IDx-DR - AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists, is approved by the US FDA

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved an artificial intelligence diagnostic device that doesn’t need a specialized doctor to interpret the results. The software program, called IDx-DR, can detect a form of eye disease by looking at photos of the retina.

It works like this: A nurse or doctor uploads photos of the patient’s retina taken with a special retinal camera. The IDx-DR software algorithm first indicates whether the image uploaded is high-quality enough to get a result. Then, it analyzes the images to determine whether the patient does or does not have diabetic retinopathy, a form of eye disease where too much blood sugar damages the blood vessels in the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common vision complication for people with diabetes, but is still fairly rare — there are about 200,00 cases per year.

In one clinical trial that used more than 900 images, IDx-DR correctly detected retinopathy about 87 percent of the time, and could correctly identify those who didn’t have the disease about 90 percent of the time.

We can only hope that more of this type of diagnosis can happen in future using normal phone cameras.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/11/17224984/artificial-intelligence-idxdr-fda-eye-disease-diabetic-rethinopathy

#diabeticretinopathy #ai


AI software that helps doctors diagnose like specialists is approved by FDA
"It makes the clinical decision on its own"
Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-11 - 21:13 By: admin

Top 7 open source business intelligence and reporting tools

This is an update for a previous review and has been expanded now to include 7 tools. Many are well-matured enterprise BI report tools.

See https://opensource.com/business/16/6/top-business-intelligence-reporting-tools?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY

#BI


Top 7 open source business intelligence and reporting tools
In this article, I review some of the top open source business intelligence (BI) and reporting tools. In economies where the role of big data and open data are ever-increasing, where do we turn in order to have our data analysed and presented in a precise and readable format? This list covers tools which help to solve this problem. Two years ago I wrote about the top three. In this article, I will expand that list with a few more tools that were ...

Booking.com as an alternative to Airbnb for cheap travel bookings?

Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-11 - 21:10 By: admin

Booking.com as an alternative to Airbnb for cheap travel bookings?

Booking.com supposedly has more listings than Airbnb and I have personally only used AirBnB (and had good experiences). So until my next trip when I'll do my own detailed comparison I can't say for sure which is better.

It is said that Airbnb could be slightly cheaper and another advantage is the encouragement to start relating to your host before the time. That said Booking.com has nice articles on suggestions on what to see in many places and each listing shows to distance to nearby attractions. Booking.com probably leans a bit more toward commercial listings than Airbnb does. Both offer filtered searches and map views etc - I just like AirBnB's clearly shown prices on the map search.

Always be wary with these services to check for hidden costs like mandatory cleaning costs or deposits, and make sure the host's profile has been verified and there are some positive reviews already.

I registered on Booking.com to look around and if you use my invite link https://www.booking.com/s/11_6/dvdmer21 you will get 10% off any booking you mae, whilst they pay me $15 for the booking made (and the same goes for you afterwards sharing your link to friends). This is much the same as Airbnb does.


A reward for you and me!
Use Booking.com, and they'll say thank you with a gift for both of us.

Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica? Court Documents: Facebook Turned Over Bulk Data On Possibly Millions...

Posted on: Wed, 2018-04-11 - 19:56 By: admin

Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica? Court Documents: Facebook Turned Over Bulk Data On Possibly Millions Of Americans To US Government Without A Warrant

If so, why am I thinking that the US government is not going to censure Facebook too harshly?

There are just more and more revelations coming to the fore about Facebook who has been caught previously "leaking" private data. Clearly, this is a company specifically building its business model on the value of its members' private data. Yes so does Twitter but Twitter is mostly public and not selling off private data as far as we know, and yes Google does automated scanning and analysis of data to target adverts but again not giving our private data away as far as we know.

See http://thewashingtonstandard.com/bigger-than-cambridge-analytica-court-documents-facebook-turned-over-bulk-data-on-possibly-millions-of-americans-to-us-government-without-a-warrant/

#deletefacebook


Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica? Court Documents: Facebook Turned Over Bulk Data On Possibly Millions Of Americans To US Government Without A Specific Warrant
Not only did Facebook violate their own policies and break the trust of their users in providing bulk, raw data to the federal government without a warrant, but the feds took that data, sifted through it, shared it, and stored it. A class action lawsuit is in the works!
Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-10 - 22:00 By: admin

Huawei P20 Pro camera review: Innovative technologies, outstanding results get it the highest ever DxOMark score of 109

The linked review is purely based on the camera and for once the term "game changer" could be quite apt as the camera on this phone has moved the benchmark forward significantly, especially for stills.

Some of it could be attributed to the largest ever sensor (at 1/1.78″ and twice the size of the Galaxy S9's) and maybe also some to the P20 Pro’s optically-stabilized tele-camera with an equivalent focal length of 80mm.

The review is quite detailed and naturally pits this device against the Apple iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2.

See https://www.dxomark.com/huawei-p20-pro-camera-review-innovative-technologies-outstanding-results/

#HuaweiP20Pro #dxomark


Huawei P20 Pro camera review: Innovative technologies, outstanding results - DxOMark
The Huawei P20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest flagship smartphone, and in terms of camera tech, is arguably the most innovative device we’ve seen in quite some time. A quick look at the device’s back plate reveals that the P20 Pro is the first smartphone to feature a triple camera setup. However, Huawei hasn’t …

Agedu – A Useful Tool for Tracking Down Wasted Disk Space in Linux based on old unused files

Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-10 - 20:59 By: admin

Agedu – A Useful Tool for Tracking Down Wasted Disk Space in Linux based on old unused files

Linux provides a standard du command, which scans entire disk and shows you which directories hold the huge amount of data. That can assist you narrow your search to the things most useful deleting.

However, that only shows you what’s huge. What you actually want to know is what’s too huge. By default, du command will not let you differentiate between data that’s huge because you are doing something that needs it to be huge, and data that’s huge because you unpacked it once and ignored about it.

Most Linux file systems, by default only shows when a file was last accessed, but not shown when it was written, modified or even read. So if you created a huge amount of data years ago, forgot to delete it and have never used it since, then it is important to use those last-access time stamps to know the difference between used and unused data.

Agedu pronounced as (age dee you) is an open source and free utility (much like du command) that helps system administrators to track down wasted disk space used by old files and delete them to free up some space.

Agedu does a complete scan and produces reports that shows how much disk space is utilized by each directory and sub directory along with the last-access times of files. In simple words, it simply helps you to free up disk space.

See https://www.tecmint.com/agedu-track-disk-space-usage-in-linux/

#diskspace #linux


Agedu - A Useful Tool for Tracking Down Wasted Disk Space in Linux

Your future home might be powered by car batteries

Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-10 - 20:55 By: admin

Your future home might be powered by car batteries

When Damien Maguire moved to the countryside outside Dublin, he struggled to keep the lights on at home because of the town’s constant power outages. He found a solution inside his electric cars: their batteries.

A tinkerer who posts videos of his hand-built vehicles on Youtube, Maguire devised a wiring system that lets him suck power out of them when they’re parked in the garage. Now that the house and cars are connected, he can also use the batteries to store energy from his backyard solar panels, another power source that’s not totally reliable given Ireland’s weather.

“You have the light-bulb moment,” said the 41-year-old electrical engineer. “There’s a big battery in the car, so how about I use that?”

An even bigger light-bulb moment is happening for utilities and automakers, who want to use the batteries inside electric cars as storage for the entire public power grid. The idea, known as “vehicle-to-grid,” is to someday have millions of drivers become mini electricity traders, charging up when rates are cheap and pumping energy back into the grid during peak hours or when the sun simply isn’t shining. If it works — and it’s a big if — renewable energy could get much cheaper and more widely used.

“We really, really need storage in order to make better use of wind and solar power, and electric cars could provide it,’’ said Daniel Brenden, an analyst who studies the electricity market at BMI Research in London. “The potential is so huge.’’

You can see where this is going and clearly we need a mindset change when it comes to grid storage and energy distribution, as well as EV car design, to harness this on a far larger scale.

See https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/tech/your-future-home-might-be-powered-by-car-batteries/

#gridstorage #greenenergy


Your future home might be powered by car batteries
New tech may turn your electric car into public power storage.

Thousands tell the USDA to update the outdated guidelines with regard to saturated fats and low-carb...

Posted on: Tue, 2018-04-10 - 20:52 By: admin

Thousands tell the USDA to update the outdated guidelines with regard to saturated fats and low-carb

Even though the USDA has not yet caught up with reality and recognized their guidelines for what they are (outdated), many people have.

During a recent public comment period to the federal organization, a great number of people brought up low carb and saturated fat as topics that need revision.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) heard from thousands of concerned citizens about the need to update the 2020-2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines on topics where the science has evolved, particularly on saturated fats and low-carbohydrate diets. USDA’s public comment period ended on Friday, and the results demonstrate a widespread belief that the Guidelines need to be changed in order to reflect the best and most current science. Of the 6,069 comments posted thus far (all figures updated 4/6/18):

1,187 mention “saturated” as in “saturated fats”

1,299 mention “low-carb” and 851 mention “low-carbohydrate” (with possible overlap of comments).

See https://www.dietdoctor.com/thousands-tell-usda-update-outdated-guidelines

#lchf #usda


Thousands tell the USDA to update the outdated guidelines - Diet Doctor
Even though the USDA has not yet caught up with reality and recognized their guidelines for what they are (outdated), many people have. During a recent public comment period to the federal organization, a great number of people brought up low carb and saturated fat as topics that need revision.
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