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AI-Assisted Fake Porn Is Here and We're All Screwed

Slashdot - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:40
New submitter samleecole shares a report from Motherboard: There's a video of Gal Gadot having sex with her stepbrother on the internet. But it's not really Gadot's body, and it's barely her own face. It's an approximation, face-swapped to look like she's performing in an existing incest-themed porn video. The video was created with a machine learning algorithm, using easily accessible materials and open-source code that anyone with a working knowledge of deep learning algorithms could put together. It's not going to fool anyone who looks closely. Sometimes the face doesn't track correctly and there's an uncanny valley effect at play, but at a glance it seems believable. It's especially striking considering that it's allegedly the work of one person -- a Redditor who goes by the name 'deepfakes' -- not a big special effects studio that can digitally recreate a young Princess Leia in Rouge One using CGI. Instead, deepfakes uses open-source machine learning tools like TensorFlow, which Google makes freely available to researchers, graduate students, and anyone with an interest in machine learning. Anyone could do it, and that should make everyone nervous.

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Google releases new experimental iPhone photography apps: Selfissimo! and Scrubbies

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:36

Encouraged by the unexpected success of its excellent Motion Stills app for creating stabilized Live Photos, animated GIFs and more, Google today announced via its Research blog that it’s releasing a pair of new experimental photography apps for iPhone.... Read the rest of this post here

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1513030987

AGR Manet - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:33
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Ian Beer publicizes tfp0 exploit for iOS 11.1.2

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:16

Just last week, security researcher Ian Beer apprised the internet about a powerful tfp0 exploit for iOS 11.0-11.1.2. Little was known regarding the exploit at the time except that it granted seemingly endless possibilities.

On Monday, Beer once again broke the silence by announcing on Twitter that he had officially released the exploit to the public.... Read the rest of this post here

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Bitcoin: Beanie Babies for Techno-Libertarians?

Balloon Juice - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:16

I’ve got nothing against collectibles, and I have the Franklin Mint plates to prove it. But most of the little I know about economics I got from reading J.K. Galbraith, so whenever people start talking about Free money — guaranteed to appreciate!, the alarm bells go off. From the Washington Post:

Bitcoin soared past the $17,000 mark on Thursday, a dizzying run for a digital currency that was worth less than $1,000 at the start of the year and was once largely the preoccupation of technologists or those looking to avoid scrutiny to launder money or buy drugs and weapons online.

The fast rise — it has gone up more than 40 percent this week alone — is creating a buying frenzy among eager speculators around the world and helping push bitcoin into the mainstream. And it is also forcing U.S. regulators to grapple with whether to legitimize a product that operates outside the control of any government or financial institution.

The run-up in price comes as bitcoin enthusiasts prepare to reach a new landmark. On Sunday, a bitcoin product will trade for the first time on a U.S. financial market, making it almost as easy to bet on the virtual currency as oil, corn or the euro…

McClatchy:

Much of the computer power sustaining bitcoin occurs at massive complexes – or farms – in rural China running on electricity from coal-fired generating plants in Sichuan and Inner Mongolia. Reporters from Quartz and Bloomberg visited one of the massive farms in August, and said it had eight warehouses containing 25,000 processing machines, or about four percent of the global bitcoin network.

As bitcoin prices soar, more processing machines are likely to be added.

The complexes earn money by solving cryptographic puzzles that permit bitcoin transactions in a block, vying for a block reward that is currently 12.5 bitcoins, or $212,487 at the valuation at 2 p.m. Thursday. Competition is fierce between mining operations…

From the Atlantic, “Bitcoin Is a Delusion That Could Conquer the World“:

If every currency is a consensual delusion, then bitcoin, a digital cryptocurrency that changes hands over the internet, feels more like a consensual hallucination on psychedelic drugs. The concept of bitcoin was born in a detailed white paper published in late 2008 by a pseudonymous “Satoshi Nakamoto.” By 2013, one bitcoin was worth $12. As of this writing, it’s worth more than $10,000. Its value has doubled in the last two months alone. For any currency’s value to increase by 100 percent in eight weeks is, to use a technical term, bonkers. If the Japanese yen or American dollar did the same, their economies would plunge into an infernal deflationary spiral…

Nobody knows for sure whether the blockchain will transform the economy of the future, as Andreessen foresees. What’s clearer, however, is that it has not transformed the economy of today. While the number of bitcoin transactions is growing every year, it’s nothing close to a mass-market consumer technology, like Google, or Netflix, or even PayPal. Bitcoin remains cumbersome to use (the typical transaction can take up to 10 minutes) and the price is extremely volatile. It is, for now, a frankly terrible currency built on top of a potential transformative technology.

Which leads to perhaps the most obvious question: If bitcoin appears to have flopped as a mass-market currency, why has it so suddenly succeeded as an investment vehicle?…

Even if one buys the argument that blockchain is brilliant, cryptocurrency is the new gold, and bitcoin is the reserve currency of the ICO market, it is still beyond strange to see any product’s value double in six weeks without any material change in its underlying success or application. Instead, there has been a great and widening divergence between bitcoin’s transaction volume (which has grown 32 times since 2012) and its market price (which had grown more than 1,000 times).

Surveys show that the vast majority of bitcoin owners are buying and holding bitcoin to exchange them for dollars. Let’s be clear: If the predominant use case for any asset is to buy it, wait for it to appreciate, and then to exchange it for dollars, it is a terrible currency. That is how people treat baseball cards or stamps, not money. For most of its owners, bitcoin is not a currency. It is a collectible—a digital baseball card, without the faces or stats…

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Google’s research team releases two new experimental photo apps for iOS

9to5Mac - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:12

Inspired by the success of Motion Stills, Google is releasing more photography apps built on experimental technology. Today, Google is launching two new “appsperimentals” for iOS that take advantage of recent phone and computer vision advancements.

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Apple Buys Shazam To Boost Apple Music

Slashdot - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple agreed to acquire music-identification service Shazam, taking ownership of one of the first apps to demonstrate the power of the iPhone, recognizing songs after hearing just a few bars of a tune. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but a person familiar with the situation said Apple is paying about $400 million for the U.K.-based startup. That would be one of Apple's largest acquisitions ever, approaching the size of its 1996 purchase of Next Computer Inc. which brought co-founder Steve Jobs back to the company. That transaction would be worth more than $600 million in today's dollars. The Shazam app uses the microphone on a smartphone or computer to identify almost any song playing nearby, then points users to places they can listen to it in future, such as Apple Music or Google's YouTube. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users," Apple said in an emailed statement on Monday. "We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today's agreement. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS," Apple also said. "Today, it's used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms." The acquisition would help Apple embed that capability more deeply into its music offerings. The company's digital assistant Siri gained Shazam integration in 2014, so users could ask it what song is playing in the background.

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Crispr Therapeutics Plans to Launch Its First Clinical Trial in 2018

Wired Science - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:56
The study, testing a genetic tweak to the stem cells that make red blood cells, could begin as soon as next year.
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Daily Deals: $80 UE BOOM 2 speaker, $140 Philips Hue Starter Kit, and more

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:41

iDB’s Daily Deals post is a roundup of our favorite deals on tech and tech-related products from around the web. This includes everything from smartphones, tablets and accessories, to connected devices and even video games.

Every deal you see below has been hand-picked based on a variety of factors including personal experience, online reviews from customers and experts, and discount percentage. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!... Read the rest of this post here

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Good bye, animated GIF? Safari will soon allow true video formats to be included in ‘img’ tags

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:33

Most folks don’t realize that short animations embedded in the form of animated GIFs in their favorite websites come with huge performance, battery, file size and bandwidth penalties.... Read the rest of this post here

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Eleanor "Sally" Failor

Medina Gazette - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30
Eleanor "Sally" Failor, 86, of Wadsworth, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017. She was born in Zion, Illinois, to the late Harry and Yvonne (nee LaForge) Dolan on February 5, 1931.
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Phillip J. Porinchok, Sr.

Medina Gazette - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30
Phillip J. Porinchok, Sr., 70, of Medina, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was born August 23, 1947 in Cleveland, to the late John and Johanna (nee Urcic) Porinchok.
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Eleanor "Sally" Failor

Medina Gazette - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30
Eleanor "Sally" Failor, 86, of Wadsworth, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017. She was born in Zion, Illinois, to the late Harry and Yvonne (nee LaForge) Dolan on February 5, 1931.
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Phillip J. Porinchok, Sr.

Medina Gazette - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30
Phillip J. Porinchok, Sr., 70, of Medina, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was born August 23, 1947 in Cleveland, to the late John and Johanna (nee Urcic) Porinchok.
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Eleanor "Sally" Failor

Medina Gazette - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30
Eleanor "Sally" Failor, 86, of Wadsworth, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017. She was born in Zion, Illinois, to the late Harry and Yvonne (nee LaForge) Dolan on February 5, 1931.
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Phillip J. Porinchok, Sr.

Medina Gazette - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:30
Phillip J. Porinchok, Sr., 70, of Medina, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017. He was born August 23, 1947 in Cleveland, to the late John and Johanna (nee Urcic) Porinchok.
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President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon

Slashdot - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:20
President Trump has formally told NASA to send U.S. astronauts back to the moon. From a report: "The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery," he said. Standing at the president's side as he signed "Space Policy Directive 1" on Monday was Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, one of the last two humans to ever walk on the moon, in a mission that took place 45 years ago this week. Since that time, no human has ventured out beyond low-Earth orbit. NASA doesn't even have its own space vehicle, having retired the space shuttles in 2011. Americans currently ride up to the international space station in Russian capsules, though private space taxis are expected to start ferrying them up as soon as next year.

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Apple responds to latest report claiming the iTunes Music Store is closing

9to5Mac - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:51

Digital Music News today reports that Apple is “on schedule” to rid the iTunes Store Music Store of downloads by 2019.

The report explains that the move to phase out music downloads has been in place since 2016, but in a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple denies the report and simply says “it’s not true.”

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Trump 'Should Immediately Resign'

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:49

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was direct. "President Trump should resign," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour today in response to a question about her remarks about holding Trump to the same standard as Harvey Weinstein.

"These allegations are credible. They are numerous. I've heard these women's testimony and many of them are heartbreaking," she said, before restating her belief that he should resign.

Gillibrand added, "Whether he will ever hold himself accountable is something you can't hold your breath for, so Congress should have hearings. They should do their investigation. They should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable."

And now you understand why there's such a right-wing freakout over "due process" for Al Franken, right?


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Categories: Politics

Apple posts a trio of videos highlighting Face ID & Portrait Lighting on iPhone X

iDownloadBlog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:43

Apple just published three new iPhone X-focused videos on its official YouTube channel that promote iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting shooting mode and the Face ID biometric feature.... Read the rest of this post here

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