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Not only companies, also state institutions increasingly rely on automated decisions by algorithm-based systems.Their efficiency saves time and money, but also entails many risks of individuals or population groups being discriminated.When granting a loan, selecting new staff members, or making legal decisions - in an increasing number of sectors, algorithms are applied to prepare human decisions or to make these decisions for humans."Unfortunately, it often is a mistake to think that this inevitably leads to more objective and fairer decisions," says Carsten Orwat of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of KIT."Situations become particularly critical when algorithms work with biased data and rely on criteria that ought to be protected," the author says.On behalf of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, Carsten Orwat studied in detail the causes of discrimination, its impact on society, and future options to reduce discrimination risks.
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Last week, multiple outlets reported that select Roku devices, as well as older Samsung or Vizio TVs, would soon lose support for Netflix beginning in December.In a note on its support page, Netflix said that affected users would begin seeing error messages about the changes.In a note – one that seems rather vague considering a total disappearance of its service from user devices – the company blamed unspecified “technical limitations.”“We’ve notified all impacted members with more information about alternative devices we support so they can keep enjoying Netflix uninterrupted,” a Netflix spokesperson told Gizmodo by email.But that doesn’t really scratch the surface of why this is happening, so what gives?Since 2010, however, Netflix has been using Microsoft PlayReady.
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In an offer that only true Lego lovers will give a shit about, the promo is giving away a big (presumably) brick made of bricks.There's some Lego stuff I can get on board with - the 1989 Tim Burton Batmobile being one of them - but this one is not for filthy casuals like me.The Black Friday promo will reportedly see a buildable red 2×4 brick given away with orders over $200 on Lego.com.Offers in the US store often appear in the UK, so if you like Lego bricks and would like to construct your own upscaled version out of normal-sized bricks for some reason, just fork out a few hundred pounds to get one for free.If you need suggestions for purchases, there's the aforementioned Batmobile which goes on sale on November 29 for £220, or the Technic Bugatti Chiron for £330 - although right now, you can pick it up for £216 on Amazon, which might scupper your plans.The promo will kick in next weekend apparently, along with Double VIP points, which always seems to be a thing, so that's not too much of a surprise.
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Okay, yeah, the replicants aren’t bad, that’s the whole point of Blade Runner.But, throwing that little subtextual wrinkle out the window, let’s consider the fact that Blade Runner is now set in the present.It’s November 2019, the same timeframe as the original film.It’s happening, out there, in the streets.And if it’s happening, maybe it’s happening like this.In a very of-the-moment parody, the creators at YouTube channel Back to the 2015 Future decide to take Blade Runner’s setup into the present, replacing replicants with the modern world’s most pernicious technological menace: Amazon.
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maritime archaeologists have found a two-örlogsskepp in the 1600's.Now, the researchers believe that one of the ships is one of the Vasa, the three "sister ships"."the Dimensions match," said suggests mr. Jim Hanson.the Researchers concentrated their dives to an area outside of Sweden where several of the ships were sunk, in order to protect Stockholm from enemies.in the Documentation, it lasted for three days and ended as late as on Thursday. "Suddenly, we came to a large wall made of black oak, which stood up five or six yards from the bottom," says Jim Hanson.
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Using ground-breaking technology, researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and University of Baltimore (UMB) are testing a new method of X-ray imaging that uses color to identify microfractures in bones.Microfractures were previously impossible to see using standard X-ray imaging.The findings associated with this advancement in color (spectral) CT (computed tomography) imaging are published in Advanced Functional Materials.Doctors and scientists use them to see dense materials, like bones, but the technology's capabilities have been limited.Pan explains that to examine this question, his lab developed nanoparticles that navigate and attach specifically to areas where microcracks exist.He likes to call them "GPS particles."
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The NSA was unable to give a single example of how one of its most controversial spying programs has been useful in the fight against terrorism in a Congressional hearing on Wednesday morning.The repeated refusal by NSA senior official Susan Morgan to provide any detail whatsoever about how the program - which the NSA and FBI are formally asking Congress to permanently authorize - has proved useful, left senators on the Judiciary Committee shaking their heads in disbelief.If you can’t give us any indication of specific value, there is no reason for us to reauthorize it.”That wasn’t the only source of tension: both Leahy and Lee expressed their frustration with the failure of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to answer letters they had sent to him about why the NSA had shut down the so-called Section 215 spying program which allows the agency to gather the phone records of millions of Americans.The spy agency said it was unable to separate legitimate data from unlawful data and so as a result it was deleting it all.Then, just four months later, the exact same thing happened again - but we only learnt about it in June this year, eight months later, when a document outlining the second deletion was provided to a civil rights organization as part of an ongoing legal case.
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Over the past two years, as technology companies continued to struggle with diversifying their work forces, Los Angeles-based venture capitalist Kobie Fuller wrestled with how to solve the problem.He also dealt with being the go-to person for any startup company looking to hire from a diverse pool of candidates.“For years, companies and venture capitalists have asked me for advice about where they can find amazing Black talent and I had my standard answers — which were basically limited to people in my network, [historically black colleges and universities], and a few niche associations,” said Fuller in a statement.“As a Black VC, I also wanted better visibility into my own community and couldn’t believe that a centralized network of Black professionals didn’t exist yet.”Sitting in his office at the venture firm Upfront Ventures, overlooking Santa Monica beach and the Pacific Ocean, Fuller says he was a bit puzzled by the fact that no one had come up with the solution to the problem.And I just didn’t have that magical database in my head.
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In this guide to the best VPN routers of 2019, we've listed the top routers that make it easy to connect to the internet via a Virtual Private Network (VPN),.The best VPN routers we list on this page can be used no matter what VPN service you sign up to.This means every device on your network can take advantage of the security and privacy benefits of the VPN you sign up with.Linksys WRT 3200 ACM routerThe best overall VPN routerSpeed: 802.11ac: 3x 867 Mbps, 802.11n: 600 Mbps | Connectivity: 4x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 3.0, 1 x ESATA/USB 2.0 | Features: Tri-Stream 160, 1.8GHz dual core CPU, 512MB RAM, 256MB flash memory
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Rapid patch comes after reports of exploitationA previously unseen Chrome bug has been caught being exploited “in the wild”, with Google pushing out a patch this week to its billions of users within a day of the vulnerability being reported to it by security researchers.The first, CVE-2019-13720, is a “use-after-free” vulnerability (a class of memory corruption bug) in the browser’s audio component and was reported by Anton Ivanov and Alexey Kulaev from Kaspersky Labs on October 29.A few days ago our technologies caught a new Chrome 0day exploit used in the wild and we reported it to Google.Just released-Chrome 78 patches it, credits to my colleagues @antonivanovm and Alexey Kulaev for finding the bug.The second, CVE-2019-13721 is a use-after-free bug in PDFium (an open source software library to view, search, and print PDF documents that is bundled into Chrome) and was reported by “bananapenguin” (a quick search by Computer Business Review suggests that this is may be a Japanese programmer) on 2019-10-12.
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After inking what sources said was a nine-figure deal with the the world’s leading supplier of collagen proteins, Gelita, the cell-based collagen maker Geltor is in the market for at least $50 million in new funding, TechCrunch has learned.According to people with knowledge of the company’s plans, the new funding could range from $50 million to as much as $100 million.The money would be used to scale up the company’s collagen manufacturing capacity as it preps for the longterm Gelita contract.Geltor is one of a slew of companies developing technologies to culture proteins at scale as a way to supplement and ultimately replace animal-based proteins in manufacturing.While other companies pursue meat replacements using cultured products, Geltor is focused on another aspect of the supply chain.The material finds its way into any number of cosmetics and foodstuffs thanks to its ability to act as a thickening agent.
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Google Cloud has introduced TensorFlow Enterprise, a cloud-based TensorFlow machine learning service that includes enterprise-grade support and managed services.Based on Google’s popular, open source TensorFlow machine learning library, TensorFlow Enterprise is positioned to help machine learning researchers accelerate the creation of machine learning and deep learning models and ensure the reliability of AI applications.Workloads in Google Cloud can be scaled and compatibility-tested.Three features of TensorFlow Enterprise are highlighted:Enterprise-grade support, with long-term version support for TensorFlow.For certain versions, security patches and select bug fixes will be provided for as long as three years.
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Scumbags admit extorting $100k from taxi app bizTwo men have confessed they siphoned confidential information from poorly secured databases hosted in the Amazon cloud, and then demanded payment to delete their copies of the data.Brandon Charles Glover, 26, of Winter Springs, Florida, America, and Vasile Mereacre, 23, of Toronto, Canada, each pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit extortion involving computers at a San Jose court house in California on Wednesday.In agreeing to admit their crimes, and forgo a lengthy trial, the duo are set to face up to five years in the clink and a fine of $250,000 apiece.Glover and Mereacre then contacted Uber via a Protonmail address, and demanded money to destroy the data from their local storage, enclosing a small sample in the email to prove they had the goods.Rather than call the police, Uber executives met the pair, and agreed to pay them $50,000 each to wipe the purloined files.
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DJI har levererat lite nyheter på drönarfronten och som de tidigare läckorna redan avslöjat så handlar det om Mavic Mini.Mini-versionen är likt Spark en kalasliten drönare som får plats i handflatan, men Mavic Mini är avsedd mer för plåtning än underhållande flygningar.Enheten väger under 250 gram och har möjlighet att spela in 2,7k-video i 30fps och 1080p i 60fps samt ta 12MP-bilder.Själva sensorn håller sig stabil med en treaxlad gimbal.Batteriet ska räcka för flygning i 30 minuter.För att hålla storleken nere, men kamerafunktionaliteten uppe har DJI valt att plocka bort ett par smidiga funktioner.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced it is officially shutting down PlayStation Vue early next year."Today we are announcing that we will shut down the PlayStation Vue service on January 30, 2020," SIE deputy president, John Kodera, wrote on the official PlayStation blog ."Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected.PS5: release date, specs, news, and rumors for Sony’s PlayStation 5"We are very proud of what PlayStation Vue was able to accomplish", Kodera continued."We had ambitious goals for how our service could change how people watch TV, showcasing PlayStation’s ability to innovate in a brand-new category within the Pay TV industry.
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When you hear about delivery drones, you probably envision large flying machines that will drop, hopefully slowly, a package right at your doorstep.Most of the time, that is an accurate picture as far as the likes of Amazon or even UPS are concerned.Uber, specifically its Uber Eats arm, is curiously doing it the other way around.It just revealed the design of its planned meal delivery drone that will, almost ironically, leave the actual delivery in the hands of humans.This might sound strange and almost a waste of time and resources but Uber Eats does have a place for such drones in its process.The drone, which can carry dinner for at most two people, will fly the order from a restaurant to a staging location, potentially the roof of a vehicle.
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After a couple of years of going on strike with what I assume is little success, workers at McDonald's are hoping that the third one's the charm.The fast food chain saw its first UK strike in 2017, followed by further action last year including a strike carried out by just 11 employees.The people going on strike this time around are members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) and represent six London branches of the restaurant.They'll be striking on November 12, and as a result, locations in Balham, Catford, Crayford, Deptford, Downham and Wandsworth Town are expected to be closed for business that day.As per the last two years, an increase in the chain's minimum wage is being asked for, but unlike the "fair" £10 per hour of last year's strike, this time around workers are asking for £15 an hour.They're also pushing for an alternative to the existing zero-hour contracts again, wanting the option of a guaranteed number of hours per week up to 40 hours.
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with The Iphone, the 11, presented the Apple for the opportunity to take a self-portrait in slow motion, or “slofies,” as the company called it.for Now, Samsung seems to be looking to do the same thing since the beta version of its new operating system, One UI, 2 among other things, the ability to take slow-motion, self-portraits with the camera on the front, reports Sammobile.this Feature is expected to be One of the UI 2 is released for all users in the future.as You can see, Sammobile will demonstrate in the clip below.in Order to be able to view the content, we need to have your approval.If you have not been given the opportunity to accept it may be due to a temporary malfunction of a plug-in for your web browser is blocking our request.
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It was in march of this year, as the City's Technology and won the city of Stockholm's procurement of a new bike rental system.the Contract is worth 400 million and a term of seven years.According to city calculations, the company would sell the 45 000 of the subscription during this seven-year period, at a price of 279 dollars for a half a year, or 499 million for the year.However, the Spanish company, Marfina, which is in competition with Or in the award of a contract has subsequently appealed the decision to the Stockholm city's decision.the administrative court in Stockholm has decided to approve the Marfinas the appeal.this means that The Vois are tender, which was submitted in co-operation with the Norwegian company UIP Holding company, should be disqualified from the procurement process.
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A bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers has signed a letter expressing "deep concern" over Activision Blizzard's recent decision to punish Ng "Blitzchung" Wai Chung after the pro Hearthstone player expressed support for continuing Hong Kong protests last week."This decision is particularly concerning in light of the Chinese government's growing appetite for pressuring American businesses to help stifle free speech," the letter reads, in part.Blizzard reinstates Hong Kong protestor’s prize, says “China had no influence”Blizzard originally banned the Hong Kong-based player for a year and withheld his prize money after he said "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!"in Chinese during the livestreamed event.That penalty was later reduced to a six-month suspension and Chung's prize money was reinstated.
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Renders of the OnePlus 8 Pro have allegedly leaked, showing a phone that’s pared back its predecessor’s aggressive design: no more pop-up selfie camera, no more bezel-less screen.Instead, the phone will supposedly have a punch-hole in the top left, which cropped up in plenty of 2019 handsets that sought to avoid the unsightly notch.The rendered images come courtesy of noted leaker @OnLeaks in a tweet that included a link to more OnePlus 8 Pro info in a 91Mobiles post.And here comes your very first and early look at the OnePlus8Pro!360* video + gorgeous 5K rendres + dimensions, on behalf of my friends over at @91mobiles -> https://t.co/6Z8XKEPcMv pic.twitter.com/NVAmUCgXh9October 18, 2019There are a few other differences from the OnePlus 7 Pro – namely, a depth-sensing 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor augmenting the three existing cameras, something that started appearing on premium flagship phones throughout 2019.
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Toyota has rolled out a new sports car for the Japanese market that is called the Copen GR Sport.The small car is a two-seat convertible sports car that meets the minivehicle standards in Japan.It is the first car in the “GR” series that was developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing.The ride is an OEM car that is manufactured by Daihatsu using the knowledge gained in the Toyota Gazoo Racing motorsports activity.The development of the car focused a lot on body rigidity and suspension tuning.The car has lots of bracing underneath and has a highly optimized suspension for handling and performance.
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Federal authorities in the U.S. have unsealed charges against the South Korean operator of a child porn ring that’s been billed as the world’s “largest dark web child porn marketplace.” The child porn site, known as Welcome to Video, charged some users in Bitcoin and authorities say they successfully unmasked those Bitcoin transactions in order to catch the perpetrators.An additional 337 people from around the world have been charged in relation to the Tor-based site.Welcome to Video contained over 200,000 videos of child sexual abuse and had users from countries like the U.S., UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, and Australia, according to the indictment, which was uploaded by NBC News reporter Cyrus Farivar.Users could download videos through a system of credits that could be gained by referring new users or by buying those credits with Bitcoin.Charges in the U.S. against the site’s operator Jong Woo Son were only unveiled today, but the 23-year-old Korean national was arrested in March of 2018 and is already behind bars in South Korea.The operation was a joint investigation by numerous law enforcement agencies around the globe.
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Det handlar om ett nytt system med en liten radar-enhet som har byggts in i telefonens framsida.I praktiken handlar det om att telefonen drar nytta av radarteknik för att spåra tre typer av handlingar hos användarna.Med hjälp av radarchippet skapas en liten bubbla eller zon med en radie på upp till två fot (drygt 0,6 meter) runt mobilen, enligt sajten The Verge.Funktionen används för att läsa av om användaren befinner sig nära telefonen eller inte.På så sätt kan finesser som "aktiv låsskärm" (always on display), som visar aktuell tid, datum och aviseringar direkt på låsskärmen, stängas av om Pixel 4-ägaren inte är i närheten.Om så är fallet tänds skärmen, och sensorerna som används för ansiktsupplåsning aktiveras omgående.
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On July 11, 2017 Microsoft stopped updating Windows Phone 8.1.Now, will notify the company via its support page that they will shut down app store for Windows Phone 8.1 on the 16th of december.for Applications that have been downloaded before the 16th of december, can continue to function but users may experience a degradation in function as they are no longer going to be able to be updated.you will not have to go to re-install the apps that have been removed.on Some Windows 8.1 devices still have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, which, while not supported, but who, after all, still have a working app in the app store.The Lumia models, which can be upgraded to Windows 10, the:
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Nokia released the N-Gage, which was like a phone built into a game controller, in 2003.But the concept has made a resurgence recently thanks to devices from Razer, Asus, and Xiaomi.Now, Xiaomi has launched its second-generation gaming phone called the Black Shark 2.The Black Shark 2 has a suite of features that make it a great way to play games on the go.Nice design for smartphone gamingI used the Black Shark 2 to play a variety of games, and it was comfortable relative to other smartphones.
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Joker, a boring movie we’ve spent entirely too much time talking about at this point, has rightfully come under fire for prominently featuring “Rock n’ Roll Part 2,” a song performed by known paedophile Gary Glitter.Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for “attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13.” Glitter’s convicted sex offenses (which are numerous) date back to 1997.Warner Bros. could have easily avoided this bit of controversy by simply not including the song in the film, but apparently, someone felt as if it was absolutely necessary, and so here we are.Initially, there were concerns that Glitter would profit from the song’s inclusion in the film, which continues to dominate at the box office.The chatter has now prompted Snapper Music, the label that owns the rights to “Rock n’ Roll Part 2,” to issue a statement making clear that Glitter himself isn’t making any money courtesy of the clown movie.What’s important to understand is that Glitter sold the rights to his discography to Snapper a number of years ago, and thus the label is now responsible for how—if at all—the music is ever used.
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Zuck-bucks dead in the water as payment giants snub currency techUpdated The Facebook-backed Libra crypto-currency project was dealt a crushing blow Friday when eBay, Stripe, and others yanked their support.Mastercard, Visa, and Latin America payment giant Mercardo Pago are also reportedly pulling out, bringing the total number of Libra backers reportedly ejecting to six out of 28 initially supporting the project."We highly respect the vision of the Libra Association; however, eBay has made the decision to not move forward as a founding member," eBay said in a statement to El Reg."At this time, we are focused on rolling out eBay’s managed payments experience for our customers.""We appreciate their support for the goals and mission of the Libra project," a spokesperson said.
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According to the republican senator, Marco Rubio, there is a risk that the Tiktok is censoring the content in order to keep the chinese government is in a good mood, writing in the Nikkei Asian Review.for more information, see the Global succéapp censorship in China-critical content, according to the leaked document.The us authority, who are invited to review the Tiktok is the Cfius Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.”the Rich and growing evidence of Tiktoks, the platform for the western markets, including the united states, to censor content in line with the directives of the chinese communist party”, tweeting Marco Rubio on Thursday.the Question of the Tiktok is a further headache for japan Softbank.and Then teknikinvesteringsfond the Vision of the Fund, which has recently been affected by the problems in-a number of the larger holdings, is the majority owner also of the Tiktoks the owner of Bytedance.
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