Nest tackles another unloved device, redesigns the hated smoke detector — Tech News and Analysis -
Right in the spirit of Apple former iPhone and iPod designer Tony Fadell and company take on something that’s already there to make it a better product which like the Nest can earn the company a lot of money.
Algorithms start to rule our everyday life. We encounter them most prominently at search engines like Google or Bing which decide what results to list for us based on our queries, location and previous searches. They are kept secret so no one can game a search engine. At dating sites algorithms decide who to match us with. Root is a very old algorithm developed by the old Greek. It a very complicated calculation that’s behind the root function but we don’t need to know because computers do the math. As the example below shows algorithms can wreck havoc if something goes wrong. In the end algorithms are as good or bad as the human brains which created them.
Man sues Registry after license mistakenly revoked - The Boston Globe
"John H. Gass hadn’t had a traffic ticket in years, so the Natick resident was surprised this spring when he received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles informing him to cease driving because his license had been revoked. I was shocked,’’ Gass said in a recent interview. “As far as I was concerned, I had done nothing wrong.’’ After frantic calls and a hearing with Registry officials, Gass learned the problem: An antiterrorism computerized facial recognition system that scans a database of millions of state driver’s license images had picked his as a possible fraud.”
via Penal code: The coming world of trial by algorithm - tech - 06 September 2013 - New Scientist
Today I scanned the hospital wifi network I’m in for other network devices. All in all LanScan found 108 devices. iOS (47), HTC (3), Samsung (24). Threre were also 10 Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co.,Ltd. devices. No idea what devices register as Hon Hai. Hon Hai is a subsidiary of Foxcon. In addition there are some devices manufactured by Asus Tec (3), Research In Motion (3), Intel Corporate (7), Sony Ericsson (5), Murata Manufactuaring Co.,Ltd. (3), Liteon Technology Corporation (4), ASKEY COMPUTER CORP (2), LG Electronics (1) and 3 Cisco networking devices.
Chaos Computer Club claims it can unlock Iphones with fake fingers/cloned fingerprints - Boing Boing -
German hackers of Chaos Computer Club claim they can unlock an iPhone 5s with cloned finger prints. Usually Chaos Computer Club hackers don’t claim anything if they can’t deliver. So what they claim is most certainly true. Others will replicate what they found out soon enough. Mark my words.
Apple’s iPhone 5 touchscreen is 2.5 times faster than Android devices | VentureBeat -
Apple’s again and again able to outsmart its competition with little details. Those details add up to a device that outsells lots of competing devices easily.
Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz — (via streetaperture)
"Twinkind is a new service that creates custom 3D printed photorealistic figurines. The company’s studio in Hamburg, Germany is equipped with a mutli-camera 3D scanner that instantaneously captures a 3D scan of the subject. The digital likeness is then 3D printed in full color. The figurines can be printed in a range of sizes from 6 inches to 13 inches."
TWINKIND | 3D photo figurines, via Laughing Squid.
Next time I’m in Germany, I’m so totally going to have to get one of these.
Cool, have your little thumbling sized 3D doppelgaenger printed in Hamburg, Germany.
7/19/13 Say Cheese
Mona Lisa is iconic for her era. In this picture she is just a blurry image in the background. Iconic for today are all those people trying to get a picture of her image.
What sense is there in taking a picture of the Mona Lisa? There are lots of pictures and good reproductions to have. Do these people want to prove they saw her for real?
High-Wire Circus Artists at Heumarkt, Cologne, 1946
Entertainment in the ruins of bombed out Cologne. The Cathedral, spared by bombs as if protected by magic, in the background.
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