China’s booming facial recognition industry is steadying for global expansion. In September, the facial recognition company Megvii, owner of Face++, was reportedly valued at over $1 billion, though Hong Kong delayed an IPO last month. In a new in-depth report, the Financial Times points out that telecoms like ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom are lobbying the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for international facial recognition regulations–a red line for human rights advocates, who feel that companies shouldn’t be making up the standards. Mehwish Ansari, head of ITU work at the digital human rights nonprofit Article 19, tells the Financial Times that “[t]here are virtually no human rights, consumer protection, or data protection experts present in ITU standards meetings.” … [Read more...] about New Cell Phone Users in China Must Now Submit to Face Recognition Scans
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So after Tim Cook and other top tech executives met with the President-elect last week, the Apple CEO explained his (visibly uncomfortable) attendance to employees on Monday, basically saying it’s better to have a seat at the table than stand screaming in the hall. … [Read more...] about Tim Cook on Why He Went to That Awkward Trump Meeting
I tried to put some sense into him: "Dude, do you think a chinese supplier would have an Apple phone before Apple themselves?" But he wouldn't have it: "COME ON! I KNOW IT'S REAL! IT HAS TO BE REAL! I BOUGHT THREE OF THEM FOR MY FRIENDS FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS!!!" After a while, I was polite and said good night. It was Christmas Day after all. … [Read more...] about Fakemodo: Undeniable Evidence of iPhone Nano 3G ZOMG!
Will Smith and I were really nervous, because we knew Will and Tommy had a great rapport, both on and off the set. They were a really good comedy duo, because you always need one funny guy and one straight man, like Abbort & Costello or Gracie Allen and George Burns. Tommy is in the first third of the movie - which takes place in the present - and the end of the movie. The middle two-thirds are Josh Brolin. The main way Will and I knew we could fail with this movie is if people were annoyed we broke up this perfect relationship, and didn't have one that was as good. The good thing is - or the bad thing for Josh, a little bit - I think as people watch the movie they forget they're watching two different actors play the same role, because Brolin is so incredibly good that you think you're watching a young Tommy Lee Jones. Not only is his accent and affliction really good, which is hard because people think Tommy has this flat voice, but it's actually quite musical, soft, and lovely. … [Read more...] about Tons of New Rumors About Villains, Aliens, and Cameos in the
In an interview this week with CNN, Google CEO Sundar Pichai attempted to turn antitrust questions around by pointing to what they say is the silver lining of size: Big beats China. In the face of an intensifying push for antitrust action, the argument has been called tech’s version of “too big to fail.” … [Read more...] about Facing Antitrust Pressure, Google Starts Spinning Its Own Too Big to Fail Argument
The oft-referenced 2005 Pfeiffer Consulting study on multi-monitor productivity was actually commissioned by Apple, and released to coincide with the then-brand-new 30-inch Apple Cinema Display. The study actually concluded that it was real estate that mattered more than number of displays. A similar 2008 study by the University of Utah found similar results, but it should be noted that study was comissioned by NEC Display Solutions. The results however, were sound, as was the methodology: in the end, for people working with text or spreadsheets, one larger display or two larger displays made them more productive than one smaller one. Even Microsoft released a very dated study back in 2003 to the same effect, where multiple monitors were somehow subbed in for larger display space, which was the real key to productivity. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Seven Productivity Myths, Debunked by Science (and Common Sense)