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Submission + - Facial recognition app lets users find strangers on Facebook by taking their pic (telegraph.co.uk)

tripleevenfall writes: A facial recognition app that can identify strangers from a photograph has been created by a British entrepreneur. Facezam can identify people by matching a photo of them with their Facebook profile. All users have to do is take a picture of someone on the street and run it through the app, which will tell them who it thinks the person in the photo is.

"Facezam could be the end of our anonymous societies," said Jack Kenyon, founder of Facezam. "Users will be able to identify anyone within a matter of seconds, which means privacy will no longer exist in public society."

Facezam claims to be able to link most photos with a profile on the social network within 10 seconds. The app, which will launch on iOS on March 21, has been tested on more than 10,000 images to date with a 70 per cent accuracy.

Submission + - Authorities Uncover New Evidence Against Samsung Head (androidheadlines.com)

tripleevenfall writes: South Korean authorities said they’ve uncovered new evidence against Jay Y. Lee, Vice Chairman and heir of Samsung Group. On Wednesday, the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office (SPO) said it’s expanding the list of charges against Lee as Samsung Group’s executive is now also facing accusations of concealing the proceeds of a criminal act. Lee was already charged with bribery, embezzlement, hiding of assets, and perjury.

The Seoul Central District Court will hold a hearing on a second arrest warrant for Lee on Thursday. The court will also use that opportunity to examine an arrest warrant request for Samsung Electronics President Park Sang-jin. Both arrest warrants are connected to an ongoing corruption and influence-peddling scandal in the Far Eastern country.

Submission + - Facebook videos to autoplay with sound (bbc.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Videos have autoplayed on Facebook’s News Feed for some time, leading to a curious rise of “silent movies” as publishers adapted to knowing that the majority of viewers would be watching, but not listening, to their work.

But between now and the end of the year Facebook’s News Feed will be enabling sound on your News Feed by default, a move the company has been testing out on a limited number of users for a short while.

The firm said it had received “positive feedback” so far.

"With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life,” the company explained in a blog post on Tuesday.

Submission + - How much is 'Green Bling' costing your town or city? (startribune.com)

tripleevenfall writes: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune posts a story about the growing prevalence of municipalities using tax dollars to finance alternative energy projects that have extremely long payback periods, or no prospect for payback at all.

One example of the so-called "green bling" projects cited took place in the affluent Twin Cities suburb of Edina, Minnesota. The city installed a $200,000, solar plant on top of its City Hall in 2011 that saved about $1,300 a year in electricity, producing a 154-year payback period. The solar panels only have a useful life of a few decades, so the project makes no fiscal sense. The installation cost was offset by a federal grant of $80,000, and the remaining cost was covered by a grant from electricity company Xcel Energy, and funded by other Xcel ratepayers

Submission + - How much is "Green Bling" costing your city? (startribune.com)

tripleevenfall writes: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune posts a story about the growing prevalence of municipalities using tax dollars to finance alternative energy projects that have extremely long payback periods, or no prospect for payback at all.

One example of the so-called "green bling" projects cited took place in the affluent Twin Cities suburb of Edina, Minnesota. The city installed a $200,000, solar plant on top of its City Hall in 2011 that saved about $1,300 a year in electricity, producing a 154-year payback period. The solar panels only have a useful life of a few decades, so the project makes no fiscal sense. The installation cost was offset by a federal grant of $80,000, and the remaining cost was covered by a grant from electricity company Xcel Energy, and funded by other Xcel ratepayers.

Submission + - How much is "Green Bling" costing your town or city? (startribune.com)

tripleevenfall writes: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune posts a story about the growing prevalence of municipalities using tax dollars to finance alternative energy projects that have extremely long payback periods, or no prospect for payback at all.

One example of the so-called "green bling" projects cited took place in the affluent Twin Cities suburb of Edina, Minnesota. The city installed a $200,000, solar plant on top of its City Hall in 2011 that saved about $1,300 a year in electricity, producing a 154-year payback period. The solar panels only have a useful life of a few decades, so the project makes no fiscal sense. The installation cost was offset by a federal grant of $80,000, and the remaining cost was covered by a grant from electricity company Xcel Energy, and funded by other Xcel ratepayers.

Submission + - South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung head in bribery scandal (startribune.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president, You Kyung Lee of the Associated Press reports.

Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old vice chairman at Samsung Electronics, faces allegations of embezzlement, of lying under oath during a parliamentary hearing and of offering a bribe of 43 billion won ($36 million) to a long-time friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye, according to Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for a special prosecutors' team investigating the political scandal.

Submission + - Nintendo stock falls as Super Mario Run criticism mounts (independent.co.uk)

tripleevenfall writes: Nintendo has suffered another day of sharp stock price falls after criticism over its Super Mario Run app continued to mount. On Monday just over 7 per cent was wiped off the company’s value on the Nikkei, closing the day at ¥24,540.

Gamers have criticized the amount of mobile data the app uses with reports of it using around 50MB per hour, that users must pay to continue playing after just a handful of levels, and that the game’s £7.99 price is too high.

Since Super Mario Run’s release last Thursday, Nintendo’s value has dropped by 11 per cent whilst shares in DeNA Co, who helped to develop the game, have fallen by close to 15%.

Submission + - Family sues Amazon after counterfeit hoverboard catches fire, destroys home (usatoday.com)

tripleevenfall writes: A Nashville family whose $1 million home was destroyed earlier this year in a fire caused by a hoverboard toy is suing Amazon saying the retail giant knowingly sold a dangerous product.

The lawsuit says the seller of the hoverboard listed online, "W-Deals," is a sham organization that is registered to an apartment in New York City that has not responded to requests from lawyers in the case. It alleges the family was sold a counterfeit product from China instead of a brand with a Samsung lithium ion battery they believed they were buying from Amazon.

Submission + - Samsung stops production of Galaxy Note 7 (cnet.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Samsung reportedly has halted production of its large screen phone following news of overheating issues in its replacement devices, according to South Korean publications such as Yonhap News Agency. An anonymous Samsung official told Yonhap that the halt was done in cooperation with safety regulators from South Korea, China and the United States.

Over the past week, there have been a handful of reports of overheating in replacement devices. One caused the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight; another hurt a teenage girl. What's likely up for Samsung next is a rare, second recall of the Note 7.

Submission + - Replacement Galaxy Note 7 caused airplane evacuation (kansascity.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Southwest Airlines said a Samsung Electronics smartphone caused smoke that forced the evacuation of a plane waiting to depart from Louisville, Kentucky, almost three weeks after U.S. safety regulators started an official recall of the Galaxy Note 7. Lori Crabtree, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in an emailed statement. "A customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device."

The phone involved was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, owner Brian Green told The Verge, a technology news-focused website. Green said he picked up the phone at an AT&T Inc. store on Sept. 21, and showed The Verge a photograph of the box that displayed a black square symbol indicating a replacement phone.

Submission + - Theranos to shut down blood testing; cut work force by 40% (wsj.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Theranos Inc. said it will shut down its blood-testing facilities and shrink its workforce by more than 40%. The company said it had 790 full-time employees as of August 1.

The moves mark a dramatic retreat by the Palo Alto, Calif., company and founder Elizabeth Holmes from their core strategy of offering a long menu of low-price blood tests directly to consumers. Those ambitions already were endangered by crippling regulatory sanctions that followed revelations by The Wall Street Journal of shortcomings in Theranos’s technology and operations. Theranos later voided all results from its proprietary device for 2014 and 2015

Submission + - SPAM: iPhone 7 leak reveals storage changes, headphone adapter

tripleevenfall writes: An image allegedly showing the text that goes on the iPhone retail box implies that the iPhone 7 Plus will have up to 256GB of storage. Further, the leak also suggests that Apple will include Lightning EarPods in the box, which implies that the 3.5mm headphone jack is definitely going away, but that a headphone jack adapter will be included.
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Submission + - Galaxy Note 7 recall "on the table" following battery explosions (bgr.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Samsung earlier this week halted Galaxy Note 7 shipments in South Korea, in spite of the phone’s massive preorder sales success. In the meantime, brand new reports indicate that Samsung is considering a Galaxy Note 7 recall, at least in South Korea, and that battery worries are indeed real.

Quoting Chosun Ilbo, The Korea Herald says that Samsung planned to exchange batteries of all customers free of charge, but it’s now considering either a refund or a full phone replacement. This affects only the Korean market for now, where Samsung sold more than 400,000 units since August 19th. Samsung concluded that the faulty batteries are to blame for the explosions.

Submission + - Samsung investigates explosions involving Galaxy Note 7 phones (fox5ny.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Samsung has delayed shipments of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in South Korea after reports that batteries in some of the jumbo smartphones exploded while they were being charged. Samsung said the delay affects only the South Korean market.

Company officials did not reply to questions about how Samsung determined which phones are deemed safe and which require further testing. South Korea's Yonhap News said five or six explosions were reported by consumers.

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