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The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is getting more power from its updated 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. According to Toyota Japan’s press release, the new Prado diesel has class-leading torque and better fuel economy. The previous motor was only good for 174 horsepower. But now, the revised turbo-diesel mill is churning out 201 horsepower, and that’s not the best part. … Continue reading
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SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship splashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, returning NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from a high-stakes mission to the space station. The demonstration mission resurrected US human spaceflight after a nine-year hiatus. The astronauts were the first people to fly in a commercial spaceship. Here are 27 incredible photos from their journey. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX and NASA made history on Sunday when a toasted, gumdrop-shaped spaceship splashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The Crew Dragon capsule — designed by SpaceX with funding from NASA — was returning astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth after an unprecedented mission to the International Space Station. It was the first time a private company had taken humans into space. But this was just a demonstration mission. Its success tees NASA up to ferry astronauts regularly to and from the space station aboard the Crew Dragon.  "This day heralds a new age of space exploration," Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, said in a briefing after the splashdown, adding, "I'm not very religious, but I prayed for this one." Here are the best photos from the launch, the astronauts' time in space, and their fiery plunge back to Earth.SEE ALSO: NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, whose husband just flew on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, will pilot the spaceship in the spring DON'T MISS: Meet Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, 2 'badass' astronauts, engineers, and 'space dads' who flew SpaceX's Crew Dragon to orbit and back Behnken and Hurley were the first people ever to fly a commercial spacecraft. Their mission, called Demo-2, revived the US's ability to launch and fly its own astronauts, which it lost after the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. For the last nine years, NASA relied on increasingly expensive Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to and from the space station On May 30, Behnken and Hurley climbed into the Crew Dragon and launched into space atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets. They had first attempted the launch three days earlier, but cloudy weather made it unsafe for the rocket to fly. On both launch days, the astronauts were helped into their spacesuits at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The men said goodbye to their families. Both are married to astronauts, and they each have a young son. NASA TV microphones picked up Behnken telling his son: "Be good for mom. Make her life easy." The astronauts couldn't hug their families because they had just spent two weeks in quarantine to ensure they didn't accidentally carry COVID-19 to the space station. Behnken and Hurley had been working with SpaceX for five years as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The program is NASA's solution to the void left by the space shuttles . It funded both SpaceX and Boeing to build human-grade commercial spaceships, but SpaceX got to its crewed flight first. In a press briefing ahead of the launch, Behnken told Business Insider that he and Hurley had gained more insight into the ways the mission could fail "than any crew has in recent history, just in terms of understanding the different scenarios that are at play." Inside Crew Dragon before they launched, NASA's livestream showed the astronauts closing their eyes and taking deep breaths as they waited for the final countdown. NASA had estimated a 1-in-276 chance that the mission would be fatal. Behnken said that they were "really comfortable" with those odds. The rocket lifted off at 3:22 p.m. ET, then the Crew Dragon capsule separated from the body of the Falcon 9. On Earth, teams from SpaceX and NASA celebrated the success. "I'm really quite overcome with emotion," Musk told reporters. "I've spent 18 years working toward this goal, so it's hard to believe that it's happened," Musk added. "This is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilization on Mars, of life becoming multiplanetary, a base on the moon, and expanding beyond Earth." Once they were safely orbiting Earth, Behnken and Hurley named their Crew Dragon capsule "Endeavour" — a tribute to the last space shuttle ever built. The next day, Endeavour opened its nose cone and docked to the space station. After a hatch-opening procedure that took about two hours, Behnken and Hurley floated onto the ISS. Their new crewmates — NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner — were waiting to welcome them. Upon arrival, they displayed a trophy for SpaceX: a US flag that the last space shuttle crew left on the ISS. It waited nine years for NASA's next human launch from US soil. They effectively claimed victory for SpaceX in a game of capture the flag that Barack Obama started when he developed the Commercial Crew Program. The spaceship remained docked to the ISS for the next two months. It was designed to survive up to 110 days in the harsh environment of space. While on the ISS, Behnken and Hurley worked on science experiments that NASA conducts in microgravity. Behnken and Cassidy went on a couple of spacewalks together. They did routine maintenance outside the station: replacing batteries, installing new equipment, and removing old parts. Then came the high-stakes final leg of the Demo-2 mission: coming home. Behnken and Hurley crawled back into the Crew Dragon on Saturday, August 1, and undocked from the space station. After a night's rest for the astronauts (and several hours of maneuvering the spaceship), the Endeavour capsule fired its thrusters and pushed itself into Earth's atmosphere on Sunday.   Musk had previously said the blistering, 3,500-degree-Fahrenheit plunge through Earth's atmosphere was his "biggest concern." That's because of the capsule's asymmetric design, which is necessary for the emergency-escape system that jettisons the capsule away if a launching rocket fails in midair.  "If you rotate too much, then you could potentially catch the plasma in the super Draco escape thruster pods," Musk told Aviation Week's Irene Klotz in May, a few days before the launch. "We've looked at this six ways to Sunday, so it's not that I think this will fail. It's just that I worry a bit that it is asymmetric on the backshell." At the end of the astronauts' descent, parachutes slowed the fall. The capsule landed in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. ET on Sunday, off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. SpaceX and NASA teams in speedboats rushed to recover the capsule and pull the astronauts out — but civilian onlookers in their own boats swarmed the scene, too. "Maybe next time we shouldn't announce our landing zone," the SpaceX engineer Kate Tice said during NASA's live feed of the landing. Even cosmonaut Ivan Vagner — the astronauts' former crewmate on the International Space Station — could see the boats speeding toward the capsule from 250 miles above Earth. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1290014627087167496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw [email protected] и @Astro_Doug, I congratulate you on your successful return to Earth! A few minutes after landing, the ISS flew over the #CrewDragon splashdown site in the Gulf of Mexico. pic.twitter.com/MZugsCt8tw In a statement to CBS, the Coast Guard said it warned boaters multiple times ahead of the splashdown with radio alerts and physical warnings, yet lacked an order to legally enforce a hazard zone. "Numerous boaters ignored the Coast Guard crews' requests and decided to encroach the area, putting themselves and those involved in the operation in potential danger," the statement said. Some of the boats passed close to the capsule, including one with a passenger waving a Trump flag. NASA officials said this was dangerous for the astronauts and the onlookers.   That's because the Endeavour capsule can be shrouded in poisonous fumes after it plummets through Earth's atmosphere.  The crowd "was not what we were anticipating," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a briefing after the splashdown.  "That's not something that is good," he added. "We need to make sure that we're warning people not to get close to the spacecraft in the future."   After clearing away the unauthorized boats, the recovery team lifted the toasted capsule out of the water. The team picked up a dangerous gas around the capsule called nitrogen tetroxide. They waited for it to clear before opening the spaceship's hatch. The recovery team then helped Behnken and Hurley out of their seats and onto stretchers — a standard procedure for astronauts post-landing — so they could get immediate medical evaluations. The men were fine but found it difficult to stand after the splashdown. That's normal for ISS astronauts, since their bodies become accustomed to floating in space and suddenly have to work much harder to move against Earth's gravity. A helicopter took Behnken and Hurley to dry land. "This has been a quite an odyssey the last five, six, seven, eight years," Hurley told team members and press shortly after the landing. "When the space shuttles retired, when Doug took his final flight to wrap that up, I think it was a sad day for us," Behnken said. "There's something special about having that capability to launch and bring your own astronauts home." Dave Mosher contributed reporting.
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The news comes after the US threatened to ban TikTok in the country.
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It may be difficult for Google to build an independent social networking site on Facebook or Twitter. However, this does not prevent the tech giant ... The post Google Maps now lets you follow other users appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Apart from the Android operating system, Google also has a plethora of Android apps in its portfolio. You might already be aware of some of ... The post Here’s how you can restore your deleted contacts from Google account appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Cloud adoption has become a mainstream approach with more and more enterprises leveraging cloud as a key part of their IT strategy. This is evident from the year-on-year growth of the leading cloud providers like AWS, Azure and, GCP over the last 3 years. As a first phase, these enterprises have successfully adopted cloud by […] The post Amaze Suite: TM Re-platform Using Your Journey to Cloud Adoption & Application Migration appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Boris Johnson has repeatedly made “incorrect” claims about the level of child poverty under the Tories, the country’s statistics watchdog has found.The UK Statistics Authority’s Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has concluded that the prime minister’s main suggestion – that the number of children in poverty had fallen by 400,000 since 2010 – was one of several inaccurate statements on the issue since he was elected in December.It has now written to No.10 to draw attention to the correct statistics, advising the PM’s briefing team that they should pay regard to its conclusions.The OSR was responding privately to a complaint from the End Child Poverty Coalition over what it called three separate “misleading” statements by Johnson in recent months.The watchdog agreed that the PM’s remarks to the Andrew Marr Show on December 1, 2019, that there “are 400,000 fewer children in poverty than there were in 2010” was incorrect.It also found that his line in Prime Minister’s Question Time last month – that “absolute poverty and relative poverty have both declined under this government” and “there are hundreds of thousands, I think 400,000, fewer families living in poverty now than there were in 2010” – was similarly untrue.The following week, when Johnson was challenged by Keir Starmer to correct the record, he made a further incorrect statement.The PM’s new claim – that “there are 100,000 fewer children in absolute poverty and 500,000 children falling below thresholds of low income and material deprivation” – was also wrong, the OSR said.The watchdog found that the number in absolute poverty had fallen by 100,000, not 400,000, since 2010. And the number below the poverty line is not 500,000 – it is 1.5m.In addition, since 2010/11 the number of children in relative poverty, by the DWP’s own measure, has actually gone up by 500,000. Relative poverty refers to households with income below 60% of the UK’s median household income, while absolute poverty means people with inflation-adjusted income below 60% of the median income in a particular base year, in this case 2010/11.Shadow education secretary Kate Green said: “It is shameful that the prime minister is unable to tell the truth about the hardship faced by so many families struggling to make ends meet.“Children and families in such difficult circumstances deserve better than this shabby treatment from an out-of-touch prime minister who has repeatedly failed to be honest about the challenges they face.“The prime minister must now correct the record, both publicly and in Parliament, and ensure that when he next raises his government’s damning record on child poverty, he comes clean about what the stats are saying.”Anna Feuchtwang, chair of the coalition, had written to complain to the watchdog that it could not be right that such figures are used “selectively”.“While it is expected – and right – that child poverty should be the subject of robust political debate,” she wrote, “it cannot be right that official figures on something as fundamental as how many children are in poverty continue to be used selectively, inaccurately and, ultimately, misleadingly.”Responding to her letter, OSR director general for regulation Ed Humpherson replied: “Our team has investigated the statements which you highlight and has reached the same conclusion that these statements are incorrect.”Feuchtwang said she welcomed the conclusion from the OSR that the prime minister had used child poverty statistics incorrectly and said the watchdog would not have made its judgement lightly given its unwillingness to referee political disputes.But she criticised the OSR for not publishing its verdict and only putting it in a private letter.“It is deeply insulting to the children and families swept into poverty when data about them is used selectively and misleadingly at the whim of politicians,” she said.“The simple fact is that by any measures child poverty is rising but instead of tackling the problem the government risks obscuring the issue and misinforming the public.“The lives of real people are at stake and we need consistent use of information and urgent action.”Imran Hussain, director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, said: “This isn’t about the Punch and Judy of PMQs. Admitting that rising numbers of ordinary families are struggling to keep their children clothed and well fed matters to good policy making.“You can’t ‘level up’ the country if you’re sweeping under the carpet the big rises in [relative] child poverty clearly shown by the official figures. The longer we’re in denial about the scale of the problem, the harder it will be to fix it.”Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham added: “The hard truth is that child poverty is growing in the UK but the Government is in denial on this – that has to shift.“If we are to make progress, the problem must be confronted, not circumvented. If the will and the focus are there, a strategy can be agreed and action taken to prevent more children from being damaged by poverty.”A spokesperson for the OSR told HuffPost UK: “Measuring poverty is complicated, and different measures tell different parts of the story. In this instance, the Office for Statistics Regulation published an article on its website which sets out the landscape of poverty statistics and suggests how they can be used. “We also wrote privately to the End Child Poverty Coalition, and spoke with officials in No.10 about how best to use poverty statistics. Where a response remains private, we nevertheless record it on our published issues log which is updated periodically and summarises anonymously all the issues brought to our attention.“Related... No Cash, No Wi-Fi, No Help: One Mum's Story Reveals Sheer Inequality Of Home-Schooling No.10 Slammed For 'Obesity Crackdown' That Ignores Poverty Government Blunder Sees Migrant Children Wrongly Denied Free School Meals
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The Vivo V19 has received a permanent price cut in India, and will now start at Rs 24,990 instead of Rs 27,990.
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Welcome, coconut and lemon, to the hell times.
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AP photo and video journalists will exclusively shoot on Sony gear going forward. The news comes after yesterday the agency announced a partnership which will see the Japanese giant become the camera provider for its reporters. As part of the transition, most AP photojournalists will be kitted out with Sony a9 II units, with select few receiving Sony A7R IV sets, according to PetaPixel. “Sony’s history of innovation aligns well with AP’s, and with our vision for the future of visual journalism,” said AP deputy managing editor for visual and digital journalism Derl McCrudden in a statement. “AP is committed to providing the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Sony
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Emily Maitlis has revealed Dominic Cummings sent her a message of solidarity after her Newsnight monologue about his conduct during lockdown sparked controversy. In May, Emily opened the current affairs programme with a speech addressing the backlash the government aide had received after it was revealed he’d taken a 260-mile trip to his parents’ house in Durham during lockdown.In the opener, Emily said that Cummings “broke the rules – the country can see that, and it’s shocked the government cannot”. The BBC later said the episode “did not meet our standards of due impartiality”.Amid the furore – which saw nearly 24,000 people complain to the broadcaster – Emily has now revealed Cummings sent her “a text of support”.Speaking to Tatler magazine, she said: “It was peak surreal getting a message of support from him in the middle of all the crazy stuff.”Emily also said she was overwhelmed by the public support she received amid the controversy. “I think that was the biggest I’ve had – more than Andrew, more than anything. I was overwhelmed by it,” she said.“I wasn’t expecting such a flood of warmth.”The BBC’s decision to publicly reprimand Emily and the show sparked criticism, most notably from Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, who said the corporation was “chucking one of its best journalists under the bus for telling the truth”.During her Tatler interview, Emily spoke of her friendship with Piers, praising him for being “incredibly loyal”. “I know if I was in prison, Piers Morgan would come and see me,” she said.“I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but he’d be there. And I like the fact that I can have a row with him without it affecting our friendship – I don’t think I’ve ever had dinner with him without it ending in a massive row.“I think that’s a good thing.”The full feature is in the September issue of Tatler available via digital download and newsstands on Thursday 30 July.READ MORE: BBC Received Almost 24,000 Complaints Over Emily Maitlis' Dominic Cummings Speech Naga Munchetty Says News Broadcasters Are 'Not Robots' Who Are There To 'Blankly Read The News' Piers Morgan Blasts 'Utterly Disgraceful' BBC For 'Chucking Emily Maitlis Under The Bus'
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The newest gaming phone from Asus looks sleek, even a bit understated.
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China copies NASA description of landing as "seven minutes of terror."
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The RK2020 is among the first batch of portables that can play classics from the Nintendo 64, a notoriously difficult console to emulate.
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Verzuz, a live-streaming internet show created by legendary producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, is a bonafide phenomenon. Like Tiger King and Animal Crossing, it’s one of those things that’s both entertained and connected millions (or, in Verzuz’ case billions) of people stuck in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as Swizz Beatz told TNW, there was a point where the hit show’s future was uncertain. “It hit the fan with Babyface and Teddy Riley… [due to technical issues] a lot of people wrote us off.” The problem? Verzuz is a tall order. Originally conceived as a way to celebrate music and… This story continues at The Next Web
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Perhaps you’re building your first home entertainment system, or perhaps you’d like to upgrade, for as little as $260.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Spotify now supports video podcasts, starting with a handful of shows that can be viewed by most free and premium users. The company announced the news today, saying that all users where podcasts are supported will be able to not only listen to these shows but also watch them, both on desktop and mobile. For now, though, only certain podcasts are able to post video to Spotify; most podcasters won’t be able to upload their own video footage. Videos will start automatically when someone presses play, and they’ll sync with the audio feed, so if someone exits the app or locks their device while watching, the audio will continue. The initial shows launching video companion content are Book of Basketball 2.0, Fantasy Footballers, The Misfits... Continue reading…
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Macs aren't invulnerable; these essential tips will strengthen your privacy on MacOS and keep data safe.
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In a plot twist, the administration’s assault on the Chinese telecom giant is gaining traction. At heart, the US has an interest in its own electronic surveillance capabilities.
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It was revealed this month that the Facebook app for iPhone had a bug that sorta… kept your camera open.There’s been no proof that Facebook used this oddity to capture any imagery, video, or audio unbeknownst to the app user – but still, there’s a lesson we can take from this.Today we’re going to talk about prevention.The iOS version of the Facebook app showed a string of mishaps on the part of Facebook developers that resulted in yet another notable point in Facebook’s long list of suspicious privacy-related news bits from the past decade.According to Facebook VP of Integrity Guy Rosen, “we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped.We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this.”
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Workato CEO and founder Vijay Tella says that competitors like MuleSoft and Dell Boomi are often too technical for business users to use, while smaller rivals like startup Zapier are not as well-suited for enterprises.When starting up Workato, the founding team spent a year working from Tella's house, and found inspiration from cooking recipes, and from the children's programming language Scratch.In summer 2012, Workato founder and CEO Vijay Tella brought a small team together to put their heads together and build a new type of software that would solve a common corporate headache."The scale and speed that needs to be done is really high."Already, Workato has over 6,000 customers, including Slack, Pixar, Panera Bread, Levi's, and Broadcom.When he left Skype in 2011 — around the time that Microsoft bough it for $8.5 billion — he reconnected with some former colleagues, with whom he got to discussing how there was no easy way to bring data between apps.
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Monday is Veterans Day in the United States, the day when Americans pause to honor and give thanks to those who have served in the US military.Google traditionally turns the focus of its Doodle each Nov. 11 to honor the contributions of those brave men and women, many of whom suffered life-altering injuries -- both physical and emotional.Pete Damon, the artist who created this year's Doodle, is an Army veteran severely injured in the service of his country who carries the reminder of that sacrifice with him every day.Damon lost parts of both his arms in 2003 while serving as a helicopter mechanic during the Iraq War.For Damon, art was a form of therapy that morphed into a career.For almost as long as Google has been around, it's livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries.
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The increasingly popular ritual that celebrates the misguided notion of the concept of gender continues to get dafter as expecting parents find new ways to risk lives and destroy property while telling their loved ones the gender they intend to assign their children upon birth.One of the latest gender-reveal catastrophes occurred on September 7 in Turkey, Texas, according to a recent National Transportation Safety (NTSB) report shared by NBC’s Austin affiliate [article not available in Europe].Pilot Raj Horan’s plan was to fly his 2013 AT-602 Air Tractor at a low altitude and drop 350 gallons of pink water.Horan told NTSB that right after dumping the water, the aircraft started to stall then lost altitude and plummeted to the ground.Jenna Karvunidis is often credited with creating the gender-reveal party after she cut into a pink cake in 2008.Earlier this year, Karvunidis posted on Facebook that her views on gender have changed since her child started wearing suits and bending gender “norms”.
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On Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that, if his company’s merger with Sprint closes, the New T-Mobile would roll out a program to help provide children across the country with greater access to the internet and close the “homework gap.”T-Mobile is calling it “Project 10 Million,” and it aims to provide 10 million households with free access to the internet.It’s a $10 billion commitment from the proposed New T-Mobile that will take place over the next five years.The company has also vowed to invest another $700 million to put hardware, hot spots, and reduced-cost devices in 10 million households to help deliver access.Eligible families will receive “up to 100GB of free internet access each year, one free Wi-Fi enabled hot spot, and the option to purchase select Wi-Fi enabled devices at the company’s cost.”T-Mobile says it will work with local community organizations to determine eligibility and build an enrollment process for Project 10 Million.
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Recently in my physics lab, students were having trouble with the difference between mass and weight.But after I explained that mass is what matters in an acceleration problem, a student asked about the digital balance we were using in the lab.I told the student that the instrument reports in units of grams, which is a unit of mass, so … it measures mass.In other words, I lied.Really, we shouldn't blame students for their confusion on this issue.For one thing, even those who know better commonly use the words weight and mass interchangeably.
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Facial recognition is becoming an increasingly popular option for authentication, and it may not be long before we see Facebook hop aboard that particular train.It appears that the company is gearing up to test a new facial recognition feature for identity verification.While the move does make some degree of sense, Facebook definitely needs to tread carefully here, because it’s been at the center of a lot of privacy debates lately.This work-in-progress facial recognition tool was found by Jane Manchun Wong, who regularly reverse engineers apps to discover unreleased features lurking within their code.She published her findings to Twitter today, sharing a gif that shows the process of scanning one’s face – the app will have users look side to side to perform a scan from multiple angles, as most facial recognition tools do.This is how Facebook's Facial Recognition-based Identity Verification looks like
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