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China tightens cryptocurrency ban with new directive

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Chinese regulators have decided on a “comprehensive ban” on platforms that allow people to buy or sell virtual currency in China, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The new iPhone X can be unlocked with your face. But how secure is the technology?

The chances of someone else unlocking your iPhone are one in a million with Face ID, Apple's SVP of marketing, Phil Schiller, said at a Tuesday event. With Touch ID there is a one in 50,000 chance it will be opened with the wrong fingerprint. Apple did not disclose where these figures are from.

Here's how Face ID works: Front-facing cameras and sensors map your face to determine if you are actually the owner of the phone. The tech learns more about your face each time it is used. So for example, it will recognize you even if you grow a beard or put on glasses. It will also work in the dark.

While biometric identification, such as facial recognition and fingerprint sensors, can be more convenient than a passcode, it raises important questions about privacy and security, such as how this data is stored and whether the tech can be tricked.

Apple (AAPL, Tech30) said facial information is protected by its "secure enclave" to keep data "extremely secure." The processing is done entirely on the device and not in the cloud in an effort to protect a user's privacy. Fingerprint information is also encrypted and stored securely. Apple declined to provide further details.

Face ID also requires a person's attention, so users must have their eyes open and be looking at the device for it to work. This could, for example, prevent someone from opening the device using your face when you're sleeping.

 Apple also says Face ID is designed to prevent spoofing attempts by a photo or a mask. Facial recognition in the past has been tricked with a photo, such as with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

While we won't know if the iPhone X will be fooled until it's shipped in November, experts believe Face ID will be more difficult to hack than other systems.

Source: CNN

Canon, a Japanese multinational corporation, which manufactures imaging and optical products, has launched its new range of Camera and Printer products onto the Ghanaian market.

 

The products including: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 7D, G-Series, Ink Efficient Machines, and Video Camera XF-205 devices, offers a versatile and superb image quality. The printers are equipped with devices providing ink efficiency and high page yield printing.

 

The company introduced the new products in partnership with its Ghanaian distributor, Oman Fofor with a pledge to shore up its investments in Ghana.

 

At the unveiling of the new digital products in Accra, Mr Amine Djouahra, the Sales Manager, Canon Central, and North Africa, said the products with cutting-edge technologies were designed to add a whole new dimension to digital imaging for customers and garner greater market share for Canon in Ghana.

 

He said the company would partner Ghanaian businesses to boost the economy and enhance its service quality to customers.

 

Mr Djouahara said the company has extended the one year warranty to three years to ensure that repair costs were covered without undue financial stress.
He said the company has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) to revamp the film and photography industry in Ghana.

 

He said the partnership was also aimed at strengthening knowledge and skill levels in the sector as well as helping to create jobs in the medium to long-term, whilst developing young creative talents for employment in the film and photography industry.

 

Mr Abbas Gull, the General Manager of Oman Fofor, said the company has adapted to global change to meet the demands of customers.

Ditch the hat and scarf – it’s not fooling anyone. Face recognition software can now see through your cunning disguise – even you are wearing a mask.

Amarjot Singh at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues trained a machine learning algorithm to locate 14 key facial points.

These are the points the human brain pays most attention to when we look at someone’s face.

Facebook has apparently found a new approach to giving its Stories feature a much-needed shot in the arm: soon you’ll be able to just double-post your Instagram stories to Facebook directly from the Instagram app.

Apple has applied for a patent that shows how the backlight on its devices could be used as a safety light for runners or a party accessory that could be synchronized to music, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

The patent application, filed in May and published today, is titled “Handheld devices as visual indicators.”

According to the filing, the light transmitted can be configured with playlists on a device, and the music “varies the light level transmitted by the display in accordance with the song being played.”

While that’s fun (and detrimental to your battery), another function appears a bit more practical.

The application also notes that the backlight could be configured to act like a light beacon for night runners.

This can be used to alert other pedestrians or cars of the runner’s presence.

The light in its beacon mode could blink, fade in and out, pulsate, or strobe.

Apple envisions this use case with an illustration of a runner with the device strapped to their arm.

While these are pretty nifty features, as with most patents Apple applies for, the idea may never turn out to be an actual Apple feature (nor will the patent actually get approved.)

If you want a similar effect now, there are already a host of third-party apps on the App Store that let you turn your phone into a music strobe and those that produce a beacon light for pedestrians and runners.

Source: www.theverge.com

 

German start-up Lilium has secured $90 million in funding to build a five-seat, all-electric flying taxi.

The funding will be used to develop the company’s five-seat commercial Lilium Jet, as well as to grow the company’s team of more than 70 people.

As envisioned, a fully charged Lilium Jet would be able to stay aloft for about an hour and travel at speeds in excess of 180 mph. It will also have an on-demand feature where users can order the air taxi to a nearby landing pad.

This round of financing brings Lilium’s investment funds to a total of more than $100 million, after the start-up received a $10 million seed investment last year. The investors in the latest funding round are Tencent, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström’s Atomico, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams’ Obvious Ventures, and private banking group LGT.

Uber, the technology company that connects riders and drivers has added Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city to its booming network in Africa, a year after it launched its Ghana operations. 

The Kumasi service was officially launched on Thursday morning.  

Uber has proved popular across the world’s cities for its provision of affordable, safe and reliable transport. Through an easy-to-use platform - a smart phone app - it connects drivers with riders in real time, at the touch of a button. 

Before Twitter came along, no-one really knew what the point of the hash key was on the keyboard.

The social media network transformed its use, making it a way to tag tweets and the hashtag became a thing.

Ten years on, the # symbol is used 125 million times on the platform every day around the world.

Android Oreo continues the sweet-themed naming convention of Google's mobile operating system

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Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which is named after Oreo chocolate biscuits.

It adds a new "picture-in-picture" mode that lets some apps run in a small corner of the screen.

Google's own Nexus and Pixel phones are expected to be the first to receive the software update.

New versions of Android can be slow to roll out, and just 14% of Android devices run the previous OS, Nougat.

Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks.

Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social network

Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching.

The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple's decision to remove their products from its App Store in China.

The BBC understands that as many as 60 VPNs were pulled over the weekend.

Apple said it was legally required to remove them because they did not comply with new regulations.