LaunchCode Offers Free Coding Courses to Help You Get a Dream Job

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LaunchCode offers free coding classes to help you launch your career in technology

LaunchCode is a non-profit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, that works with hundreds of companies to set up paid apprenticeships in technology for talented people who lack the traditional qualifications to get a good job. The non-profit startup has trained more than 1,000 people with essential computer skills for free that has helped them in getting a job in the tech industry.

Now, LaunchCode has figured out a distinct method way to teach people with all backgrounds how to code before assisting them in finding an apprenticeship.

Those interested need to apply online for a LaunchCode apprenticeship. The startup offers a 20-week introduction to computer programming course, wherein the apprentice is taught computer coding skills. During the course of the program, mentors help apprentices’ grow their skills while providing feedback on their progress and help them to finish the program. Then, LaunchCode will match the apprentice with one of their 500 employer partners for a paid apprenticeship. The non-profit says more than four out of five apprentices become full-time hires.

Tampa Bay has been listed as one of LaunchCode’s six locations across the country. The first class in Tampa had started in 2017, and on Thursday night, it hosted its first graduation ceremony at Nielsen Media Research’s headquarters in Oldsmar.

Kyla Rieger, a Tampa Bay resident, who was a stay at home mom for nine years, decided to re-enter the workforce but did not know where to begin.

“I tried to learn to code on my own, but it’s hard to know where to start,” she said.

That’s when she saw an ad on Facebook for LaunchCode Tampa Bay. 

LaunchCode is expected to come up with their second round of applications shortly. For more information, click here.

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Apple is working on touch-less controls and curved screens for iPhone

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Future iPhones could have curved screens and touch-free iOS as standout features

Apple Inc. is reportedly working on new two technologies, which includes curved displays and touchless gesture control that would be used in future iPhones, reported Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its research.

“Apple is working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones,” Mark writes. “The control feature would let iPhone users perform some tasks by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it …” In other words, it will allow users to navigate iOS just by waving with their hands above the phone. However, it’s unclear how the new gestures would be implemented into iOS software.

Further, Apple is also reportedly developing iPhone displays that “curve inward gradually from top to bottom”. Apple has been using flat displays since iPhone’s first release in 2007. Samsung, which is Apple’s competitor, curves its flagship Galaxy phones horizontally. This could be a move by Cupertino giant to distinguish its products from those made by rivals.

The report said that if Apple chooses to implement new gesture control feature and screen technology in its future handsets, it won’t be ready for consumer use at least before two years. Since both the features are still in the early research and development stage, there are chances that Apple could still decide not to go forward with the improvements.

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Facebook scans the photos and links sent in Messenger

Facebook scans the photos and links sent in Messenger

Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook scans all messages, photos and links that you share in Messenger

The scandal-hit company, Facebook suffered another blow as its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that the popular social media platform scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger. It also reads chats when they’re flagged to moderators, to ensure that the content is meeting “community standards”. In case, any message is not in line with Facebook’s company guidelines, then it is blocked.

The confirmation regarding the policy came from Zuckerberg during a podcast interview with Vox’s editor at large, Ezra Klein, where he discussed an incident in Myanmar where Facebook systems detected messages about ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and stopped them from going through.

“We detected that people were trying to spread sensational messages,” Zuckerberg said on the Ezra Klein Show. “That’s the kind of thing where I think it is clear that people were trying to use our tools in order to incite real harm.”

Basically, Facebook scans for Messenger messages for hate speech, objectionable photos, child porn, web links that lead to illegal and objectionable material. If it detects content that is objectionable, then it stops users from sending them. The detection is apparently done through AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning systems. By doing this, Facebook wants to prevent its platform from being abused.

Although Messenger conversations are private, Facebook has the ability to scan them with the same tools to stop abuse on its main social network, a Facebook spokesperson told Bloomberg.

“For example, on Messenger, when you send a photo, our automated systems scan it using photo matching technology to detect known child exploitation imagery or when you send a link, we scan it for malware or viruses,” the Facebook Messenger spokesperson said in a statement to Bloomberg.

“Facebook designed these automated tools so we can rapidly stop abusive behavior on our platform.”

The company on Wednesday updated its data policy and proposed new terms of service to explain that Messenger and Instagram use the same rules as Facebook. “We better explain how we combat abuse and investigate suspicious activity, including by analysing the content people share,” Facebook said in a blog post.

The news has been met with mixed reactions on social media, with a number of users expressing concern. Facebook has been going through a rough time since the start of the year. First, it was revealed that Trump-affiliated consulting firm obtained data on at least 50 million unsuspecting Facebook users to target voters in the U.S., based on psychological profiling, with political adverts spreading disinformation. This controversy was followed by another revelation that Facebook has been collecting years of data on call and text histories from Android users.

Source: Bloomberg

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Comes With Intel’s 8th-generation CPU And 144Hz display

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Gaming Laptop Comes With Intel's 8th-generation CPU, 144Hz display

MSI launches GS65 Stealth Thin with Intel’s 8th-generation CPU and 144Hz display

MSI, a Taiwanese computer hardware company, recently announced its GS gaming series of gaming laptop – the GS65 Stealth Thin – which is powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake processor.

The GS65 Stealth Thin is the first gaming notebook to feature a 15.6-inch, 144Hz 7ms wide-view angle display with 4.9mm bezels. This allows the new MSI device to achieve an impressive 82% screen-to-body ratio. The laptop is 17.9mm thin and only weighs 1.88Kg. While the bezels are extremely thin, the company has confirmed that the webcam placement was not compromised, instead it just left enough room on the top bezel so that the webcam can be placed in its native position. As a result, this makes the GS65 Stealth Thin a pretty slim and light weight gaming laptop, in comparison to conventional gaming notebooks.

The laptop is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i7 processor with six physical cores, 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 256GB SSD NVMe, and GTX 1070 with NVIDIA Max-Q technology. “The GT75 Titan is the first gaming laptop to ever feature Intel Core i9 processors with fully unlocked hexa-core performance,” the company claimed. Further, the 82-watt-hour battery provides in excess of eight hours of battery life on a single charge.

The GS65 Stealth Thin also includes the new per-key RGB keyboard designed by SteelSeries, which allows the users to customize the look to their liking. Users can customize each key and receive real-time game standings through keyboard lighting. It also comes with a fast mechanical RGB keyboard by SteelSeries and Killer DoubleShot Pro with 10Gbps Killer Ethernet and Killer Wireless-AC 1550. Also, the clean and clever hinge design allows the screen to be tilted to 180 degrees. MSI is working out a huge update for Dragon Center 2.0, which will include an exclusive gaming mode.

The device comes with MSI’s Cooler Boost Trinity thermal management solution, which implements separate heat emission systems for the CPU and GPU. The laptop also features dual 2W speakers by Dynaudio with Hi-Res audio support for up to 24-bit audio file playback with 192kHz bitrate, and is backed by MSI’s Nahimic 3 audio technology for 360-degree virtual surround sound experience. The GS65 Stealth Thin has a matte black frame that is edged in gold.

The GS65 Stealth Thin is now currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Newegg. It is expected to be available in other online websites and in-store sometime towards the end of the month. The laptop starts at $1,799 and comes equipped with a GTX 1060 GPU. For those looking for more power, can upgrade the GPU to the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and get the device for $2,099.

Besides, the GS65 Stealth Thin, MSI also unveiled the GT75VR Titan, which is the company;s first laptop sporting an Intel i9 processor and GE Raider RGB Edition. The manufacturer also revealed the new GT83 Titan and GT63 Titan, as well as updates to its GP, GL and GV line of gaming laptops.

Source: MSI

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Biometric credit card technology – An Overview

Of late there are several companies that are making use of technology to prevent plastic card related fraudulent activities by making use of the concept of biometric fingerprint activated debit and credit cards.

Companies like SmartMetric, Zwipe, and Visa have taken the initiative. It is being said that biometric fingerprint technology has the ability to change the scenario of the manner in which card payments are made worldwide thereby restricting fraudsters to carry out their horrendous activities.

However, there is an important implication in this. This concept can be applied for preventing fraud at that takes place at POS or Point of Sale. However, experts emphasize that preventing fraud at POS is just not enough; it has to be also effective for CNP or Card-not-present transactions.

Statistical data

The Nilson Report states that in the year 2014 alone, the losses incurred on credit card fraud amounted to a whopping USD$16.31 billion across the globe. And interestingly, United States alone suffered losses worth USD$7.86 billion. The type of fraud that caused the loss in figures includes losses from card-not-present transactions, stolen cards, lost cards, and counterfeiting. And what is even more striking is that experts still predict that fraudulent activity related to plastic cards (debit as well as credit cards) will amount to a loss worth more than USD$35.54 billion by the year 2020.

To counteract the fraudulent activities, MasterCard came into a contract with Zwipe in the year 2014 and the world’s first biometric contactless payment card was launched. It had fingerprint sensor that was integrated. Soon companies like Visa followed suit and its designs were based entirely on Visa (EVM) chip standard, MasterCard, and EuroPay. The aforesaid cards work on the principle of “match-on-card” authentication and makes use of biometric readers at the terminals (ATM).

Aside from the above, SmartMetric came up with EMV compliant biometric plastic card, which makes use of a built-in fingerprint reader inside the card, which enables to identify the identity of the cardholder.

Banking sector opt for prevention methods for credit card frauds

The small chip that you get to see on your plastic cards is the first line of defense when it comes to preventing credit card fraud. In fact banks are carrying out experiments to improve upon means of combating plastic card frauds. In fact, fingerprint scanners are also being tested by banks.

Concept of Motion Code

The concept of Motion code has been found to fight credit card fraud in a totally new manner. In this the CVV number that is on the reverse side of the cards is nothing but a display that is mainly digital in nature.

The fact that the number is constantly changing makes it impossible for anyone to use the number for fraudulent transactions. If at all anyone tries to misuse it, he won’t be able to.

Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and Apple Pay refrain from sending the actual or so called real plastic card numbers to the merchants. Instead they make use of so called one-time code that prevents your original digits from being transmitted to the merchants.

It has been observed that so called “fingerprint validation technology” is effective even in case of smartphone digital wallets as in Apple Pay. However, there is one hitch and that is this concept does not work well with the older phones. And for this reason every effort is being made so that the older phones can be made compatible with appropriate biometric verification tools thereby curbing the incidence of CNP or card-not-present transactions. Other options that are being tried out for preventing credit card frauds are voice recognition and facial recognition. And it is being apprehended that it is not too far when these technologies will be implemented too.

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Should Companies be Fined for Poor Cyber Security?

Should Companies be Fined for Poor Cyber Security?

Companies in the UK are being fined by the government for not properly securing their data. Is this a model the U.S. and other countries should adopt?

News broke recently that there would be fines of up to £17m in the UK for companies that have poor or inadequate cyber security measures in place. Specifically, if a company fails to effectively protect themselves from a cyber security attack, they could be subject to a large fine from the government as a “last resort” according to Digital Minister Matt Hancock. The U.K. also placed industry-specific regulations on essential services. Essential services industries such as water, health, energy and transportation are expected to have stronger safeguards against cyber attacks.

Cyber Security Inspections to Take Place

In order to keep companies compliant with cyber security regulations, the UK government will now have regulators inspect cyber security efforts in place. Essential services (think water, healthcare, electricity, transportation, financial) will face more scrutiny than other companies. If a regulator finds a company does not have security safeguards in place, the company will have to come up with a plan for beefing up cyber security. Fines will be brought down on companies that continue to fail at implementing the proper securities.

Cyber Attacks Becoming More Dangerous

The essential services people use every day are being targeted by cyber attacks at an increasingly high rate. This can make for extremely dangerous situations, such as the WannaCry attack that hit several National Health Service (NHS) facilities and impacted several hospitals’ abilities to admit patients. It was later found that this attack could have been prevented with proper cyber security efforts in place.  It also means that services people depend on every day — from electricity, to water, to industrial safety systems — could all be at risk.

This makes it clear why the UK government has chosen to regulate cyber security, particularly among companies who provide services they deem essential to the public. It also begs the question as to if the United States should follow suit. U.S. companies have fallen victim to their fair share of cyber attacks. These attacks have disrupted the lives of Americans who depend on the services affected or who are having sensitive information accessed by the attackers.

What Safeguards are Currently in Place?

While it is obviously in a company’s best interest to have cyber security precautions in place rather than cleaning up the mess of an attack afterwards, that doesn’t mean everyone invests as much as they should in cyber security. In the U.S. there are a few federal regulations in place to establish a bare minimum for cyber security in certain essential industries.

  • HIPAA (1996): HIPPA introduced provisions for data privacy and data security of medical information. All companies and establishments dealing with medical information must have specific cyber security measures in place.
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (1999): The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act states that financial institutions in the U.S. must share what they do with customer data and information and what protections they have in place to protect customer data. Noncompliance means hefty fines for financial institutions and could lead to customers taking their business elsewhere.
  • FISMA (2002): FISMA was introduced under the Homeland Security Act as an introduction to improving electronic government services and processes. This act ultimately established guidelines for federal agencies on security standards.

Critics state that these three regulations are good for establishing minimum security, but do not go far enough. Compliance with all of these regulations have not been robust enough to safeguard against advanced cyber attacks in recent years. There have been clear breaches of cyber security measures that have occured in the medical, financial and government sectors over the past years. While some state governments have put additional regulations in place, the general consensus is that individual companies should be responsible for beefing up cyber security as they see fit.

Cyber Security Investments Should be Increased

At the end of the day, U.S. companies will need to make the decisions that are best for their businesses and customers about what level of cyber security protection is necessary. Marcus Turner, Chief Architect at Enola Labs Software, often discusses cyber security measures with his clients, stating:

“Ultimately, high levels of cyber security are a necessary and worthwhile investment for businesses that care about protecting their customers and safeguarding their businesses. I often tell businesses that they can pay an upfront cost now to protect their data, or wait until a cyber security attack and pay an even bigger price later to clean up the mess. Waiting may very well cost you your business”.

Companies looking to invest more in cyber security may choose to work with an AWS service provider to migrate their data to the cloud, which offers greater levels of security than existing legacy systems. This year we are expecting a much higher investment in cyber security, so it will be interesting to see if this is enough to hinder government intervention or if additional U.S. government regulation of cyber security becomes necessary.

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Intel Brings the Most Powerful Laptop Processor with 6 Cores

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Intel Core i9-8950HK is the first mobile Intel processor with six cores and 12 threads

Intel unveiled its first ever 8th-gen, Core i9 processor for mobiles and laptops at an event in Beijing on Tuesday, which the company claims is “the highest-performance laptop processor Intel has ever built to deliver the best gaming and content creation experience on the go.” With its latest batch of 8th-generation Core chips for laptops, Intel is focused on delivering even more desktop-like performance.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are based on the “Coffee Lake” platform, which uses a refined 14nm++ manufacturing process to improve on the company’s previous 14nm architectures, Intel said in a statement. The desktop processors deliver up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay or 59% faster 4K video editing compared to the previous generation devices sporting discrete graphics.

The 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is the first Intel CPU with six cores and 12 threads that allows users to enjoy the smoothest and highest-quality mobile VR and new Windows Mixed Reality Ultra experiences. Intel claims that i9-8950HK is the highest-performance mobile processor it has ever created. It gets speeds of up to 4.8GHz with the help of turbo boost [that’s Intel Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB)]. The processor has a relatively massive 12MB cache and is unlocked for overclocking. The new Intel TVB also automatically overclocks the chip if its temperature remains low.

The company also launched Intel 300 Series Chipset, which adds integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi for a fast connection, and as per Intel’s claims, it is capable of being up to 2 times faster than standard 2×2 802.11AC 80 MHz (867 Mbps).

Additionally, the company also announced a new Intel Core platform extension that combines the benefits of 8th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel “Optane” memory.

Intel Optane memory is a smart and adaptable system accelerator for desktop and mobile platforms, increasing the performance and responsiveness of SATA-based storage technology without compromising storage capacity. It is now available across both 8th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms.

Intel is rolling out new Core i9+, Core i7+ and Core i5+ badges for OEMs to promote desktops and laptops that use a Core CPU as well as Optane Memory.

For more information about Intel’s Core i9 Processor, you can read the company’s complete news release here.

Source: Intel

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YouTube Shooting: Woman Wounds 3, Then Kills Self, Police Say

YouTube Shooting: Woman Wounds 3, Then Kills Self, Police Say

Woman shoots and wounds 3 at YouTube headquarters in California before killing self

A woman opened fire with a handgun at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, on Tuesday, which prompted panic as 2,000 people employed in the office hid and tried to flee into the surrounding streets. YouTube is a video-sharing service owned by Alphabet Inc.’s, Google.

The suspect has been identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39, of Southern California, who wounded four people before shooting herself dead, said two law enforcement officials on the condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to discuss the case. San Bruno police said in a statement that the suspect did not know the victims when she opened fire on Tuesday afternoon before killing herself.

The suspect’s father, Ismail Aghdam, told CBS Los Angeles that she was angry with the company because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform.

Those who post videos on YouTube can earn money from advertisements that accompany their videos. However, the channel has the right to “de-monetize” some channels for reasons such as less than 1,000 subscribers or for uploading inappropriate material.

A law enforcement official said investigators believe Aghdam used the name Nasime Sabz online and had a long-running dispute with YouTube. Her website accuses “new closed-minded” YouTube employees of reducing her view count and also criticized YouTube’s policies. It said that YouTube was trying to “suppress” content creators.

YouTube had “stopped everything,” and “she was angry”, Ismail Aghdam said from his San Diego home in a telephone interview with the Bay Area News Group.

Ismail Aghdam said that when his daughter did not answer her phone for two days, he reported Nasim missing on Monday. He further said the family received a call from Mountain View police around 2 a.m. on Tuesday saying that they had found his daughter sleeping in a car.

Ismail Aghdam said he warned them that she might be headed to YouTube because she “hated” the company. He told police she said the company was “ruining her life.”

Katie Nelson, spokeswoman for Mountain View Police, confirmed that they had found a South Californian woman by the same name asleep in a vehicle in a Mountain View parking lot on Tuesday morning and had notified her family. When asked whether police were warned that Nasim might go to YouTube, Nelson chose not to respond to this question.

After multiple 911 calls reporting gunfire were reported, officers and federal agents swarmed the company’s headquarters complex in the city of San Bruno. Television news footage showed people leaving the building in a line, holding their arms in the air. Officers patted them down to make sure none had weapons.

Todd Sherman, a YouTube product manager, described on Twitter that when he heard people running, he first thought it was an earthquake before he was told that a person had a gun.

“At that point every new person I saw was a potential shooter. Someone else said that the person shot out the back doors and then shot themselves,” Sherman said in a tweet.

“I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peaked around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front,” Sherman said.

YouTube employee Vadim Lavrusik posted on Twitter that he heard gunshots and saw people running. He said he was locked up in a room with co-workers before being safely evacuated.

Further, a dispatcher in a recording of a 911 call posted online by the Los Angeles Times, can be heard saying: “Shooter. Another party said they spotted someone with a gun. Suspect came from the back patio … Again we have a report of a subject with a gun. They heard seven or eight shots being fired.”

Dr. Andre Campbell, a trauma surgeon at the hospital, said at a news conference that three people were brought to San Francisco General Hospital who were victims of gunshot wounds. However, none of them had to undergo surgery, Campbell said. Authorities did not release names of the victims. A fourth person also was taken to a local hospital, who suffered an ankle injury due to fleeing the scene.

Google, YouTube’s parent company, said in a statement that they are “coordinating with authorities and will provide official information here from Google and YouTube as it becomes available.”

“It’s with great sadness that I tell you – based on the latest information – four people were injured in this horrific act of violence,” Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in letter to employees that was posted on Twitter.

“I know a lot of you are in shock right now. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy,” he added.

In a separate tweet, Pichai said he and Susan Wojcicki, YouTube Chief Executive were “focused on supporting our employees & the @YouTube community through this difficult time together.”

President Donald Trump tweeted his “thoughts and prayers” to everyone involved.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved,” Trump tweeted. “Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene.”

In response, Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted: “We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots. It’s beyond time to evolve our policies.”

The shooting was the latest in a string of mass killings carried out in the U.S. in recent years. Most recently, the massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school has led to calls for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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Nokia 9 leaked spec sheet shows 41MP triple camera setup

Nokia 9 triple camera

Nokia 9 could feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage

Nokia 9, HMD Global’s next flagship smartphone has been in the news for the last few months. Thanks to the leaked renders and images that keep appearing on and off. Now, a Finnish site Suomimobiili has leaked out a complete specification sheet of Nokia 9 that lists all the expected features in the upcoming smartphone. The leak also reveals a picture labeled “camera revolution” of the upcoming Nokia 9 flagship by HMD.

According to the latest leak, Nokia 9 suggests to have features that can give tough competition to Samsung Galaxy S9 or the recent Apple iPhone X. Nokia 9 may feature a 6.01-inch QHD AMOLED display panel with 18:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The smartphone is said to give “more display area in the same footprint as a traditional 5.5-inch device”. The device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The spec sheet suggests the device would measure 150.6 x 75.2 x 7.3 mm and have an 18-karat gold trim on the rear panel.

Nokia 9 will feature a huge ZEISS 41MP primary wide-angle camera with Xenon+ LED flash, which was previously seen on the Nokia 808 PureView. The secondary lens will be a 20MP Telephoto lens with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and variable f/1.5/f/2.4 variable aperture. It will also have a 9.7MP monochrome camera with ZEISS optics to complete the triple-camera setup. The main camera of Nokia 9 comes with 4x optical zoom support and an LED flash and may feature a 21MP sensor on the front with f/1.8 aperture. The Nokia 9 will feature the company’s proprietary Dual-Sight Bothie, apart from a Pro Camera mode.

The handset will provide Qi wireless charging support, which is expected to deliver 60 percent charge in 30 minutes. The smartphone will also pack a massive 3,900mAh battery that could provide a standby time of 565 hours and talk time of up to 24 hours. Nokia 9 will use a USB Type-C slot for charging. The device will come with an IP68 rating, making Nokia 9 water and dust resistant. The smartphone is tipped to run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

Connectivity options on Nokia 9 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Glonass, USB Type-C, and NFC. The specifications sheet also notes the use of five high-performance microphones capable of recording audio in 24-bit. It is sporting the Android One branding on the rear as well. The smartphone could support an in-glass fingerprint reader, G-sensor, e-Compass, Gyro, Hall sensor, and barometer.

Notably, HMD Global has not confirmed any of the above-mentioned details for Nokia 9, so the report should be taken with a pinch of salt. The Nokia 9 was previously anticipated to be launched by HMD Global unveiled at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona, but HMD Global launched the Nokia 8 Sirocco instead. Several leaks and rumors had surfaced on the internet before the event, but the handset never made its way into the launch event.

Source: Indianexpress

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New Mind-reading Machine can Instantly Translate Your Thoughts into Text

mind reading machine to translate thoughts-compressed

Scientists say the new mind-reading machine will help patients who are unable to speak

Researchers at the University of California have developed a new mind-reading machine that is capable of translating human thoughts into texts, the Daily Mail reported. Until now, the mind-reading machine was used by late physicist Stephen Hawking to translate his thoughts into voice.

According to study leader, David Moses, the mind-reading machine has an accuracy rate of 90 percent or more and it works by understanding consonants and vowels in our brains. The machine is expected to help several patients who are unable to move or speak despite being mentally active. The device is explained in the Journal of Neural Engineering.

So, how does the mind-reading machine works? Basically, electrodes are implanted in the brain and linked to a computer that translates electrical signals transmitted by the brain. Then, these thoughts are translated into words, which appear on a monitor screen.

“The machine registers and analyses the combination of vowels and consonants that we use when constructing a sentence in our brains. It interprets these sentences based on neural signals and can translate them into text in real time,” Moses told The Sun. The machine using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) machine can also interpret words that it has never heard before.

“No published work has demonstrated real-time classi?cation of sentences from neural signals. Given the performance exhibited by [the machine] in this work and its capacity for expansion, we are con?dent in its ability to serve as a platform for the proposed speech prosthetic device,” Moses added.

However, critics fear that the device could cause serious problems if secret or embarrassing human thoughts are exposed accidentally.

Uri Geller, well-known celebrity mind-reader said that: “I can imagine circumstances where it may reveal some hugely embarrassing thoughts.

“This will strike fear into some people because we all have hidden secrets!”

Source: The Sun

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