The policy gels with China’s decade-old policy of forcing consumers to tie their IDs to mobile phone numbers and the preexisting ban on anonymous online posts. Reuters reports that biometric identification technology has already invaded at least one Chinese supermarket chain, a hotel, and public housing. Transportation systems in some cities have reportedly announced that they will use facial recognition to “classify passengers” for security checks. … [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!
Josh also looks a lot like a young Tommy Lee Jones. If you look at Tommy as a young Harvard football player, it's surprising how much Josh looks like Tommy. The biggest problem for Josh and myself is that we didn't want to do an imitation. Also, the characters is 40 years younger, so we meet him more happier and innocent, since he hasn't spent 40 years working as a men in black and having seen every alien problem. The issue was: how do we make Josh seem so much like Tommy, but be younger, fresher, and happier, but not make a joke of that? I thought Josh did a fantastic job at interpreting Tommy, as opposed to impersonating him. How's that for a long answer? … [Read more...] about Tons of New Rumors About Villains, Aliens, and Cameos in the
But something else happened as well. With IBM and AT&T under constant scrutiny, a whole series of industries and companies were born without fear of being squashed by a monopoly. The American software industry, freed from IBM, came to life, yielding companies like Microsoft, Sun and Lotus. Personal computers from Apple and other companies became popular, and after the breakup of AT&T, companies like CompuServe and America Online rushed into online networking, eventually yielding what we now call the “internet economy.” … [Read more...] about Facing Antitrust Pressure, Google Starts Spinning Its Own Too Big to Fail Argument
Another study, published in the December edition of Journal of Consumer Research takes a different approach, and notes that mild, ambient noise—like the din of a coffee shop, makes us more productive. Too much noise—like the furor at a busy office, for example, (especially one with open-air cubicles) can be a productivity killer, but working from home or a mildly buzzing public space can do wonders for our work. Of course, anecdotal evidence also abounds. Working from home or from a coffee shop have their own challenges, but the benefits often outweigh the drawbacks. As with Myth #1, you should do what works best for you. If you work best in an office, head in every day. If you work best at home, convince your boss to let you try it. … [Read more...] about Seven Productivity Myths, Debunked by Science (and Common Sense)