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Driverless mini police cars to patrol Dubai

Driverless mini police cars to patrol Dubai
New self-driving O-R3 uses biometrics to identify persons of police interest as it patrols streets
Dubai Police said the new smart vehicle can patrol different areas and monitor any unusual activities as well Image Credit: Dubai Police
Published: 17:23 June 27, 2017 Gulf News Ali Al Shouk, Staff Reporter
Dubai: Months after Dubai unveiled the first flying taxis in the world, Dubai Police on Tuesday unveiled another believed world’s first — autonomous, self-driving miniature police cars that are expected to hit the streets by year-end.
The robotic vehicles will be equipped with biometric software to scan for wanted criminals and undesirables who are suspected or are breaking laws, police said.
Patrol vehicle
About the size of a child’s electric toy car, the driverless vehicles will patrol different areas of the city to boost security and hunt for unusual activity, all the while scanning crowds for potential persons of interest to police and …

Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion in E.U. Antitrust Ruling

Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion in E.U. Antitrust Ruling
By MARK SCOTT JUNE 27, 2017
Google suffered a major blow on Tuesday after European antitrust officials fined the search giant a record $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals.
The penalty, of 2.4 billion euros, highlights the aggressive stance that European officials have taken in regulating many of the world’s largest technology companies, going significantly further than their American counterparts.
By levying the fine against Google — more than double the previous largest penalty in this type of antitrust case — Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s antitrust chief, also laid claim to being the Western world’s most active regulator of digital services, an industry still dominated by Silicon Valley.
“In Europe, companies must compete on the merits regardless if they are European or not,” she said on Tuesday. “What Google has done is illegal under E.U. antitrust rules.”
The apparent…

Caltech's 'lensless camera' could make our phones truly flat

Caltech's 'lensless camera' could make our phones truly flat It uses math and optical sensors to simulate the effect of a lens.
Richard Lawler, 06.22.17 in Cameras
Even as our phones get thinner, there's one spot that keeps sticking out: the camera lens. Taking good pictures and being able to focus at multiple distances requires a layer of glass that's a certain size, but there's really no getting around it -- or is there? Researchers at Caltech have devised (PDF) an "optical phased array" chip that uses math as a substitute for a lens. By adding a time delay -- down to a quadrillionth of a second -- to the light received at different locations on the chip, it can change focus without a lens.
According to Professor Ali Hajimiri, it "can switch from a fish-eye to a telephoto lens instantaneously—with just a simple adjustment in the way the array receives light." The principle is similar to the way phased communication arrays can focus and st…

In 10 Years, Your Smartphone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore

In 10 Years, Your iPhone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore
Siri will be the conductor of a suite of devices, all tracking your interactions and anticipating your next moves
By Christopher Mims June 25, 2017 9:00 a.m. ET
It’s 2027, and you’re walking down the street, confident you’ll arrive at your destination even though you don’t know where it is. You may not even remember why your device is telling you to go there.
There’s a voice in your ear giving you turn-by-turn directions and, in between, prepping you for this meeting. Oh, right, you’re supposed to be interviewing a dog whisperer for your pet-psychiatry business. You arrive at the coffee shop, look around quizzically, and a woman you don’t recognize approaches. A display only you can see highlights her face and prints her name next to it in crisp block lettering, Terminator-style. Afterward, you’ll get an automatically generated transcript of everything the two of you said.
As the iPhone this week marks the 10th anniversary of its firs…
A Better Cheddar Benchmark? A Daily Cheese Auction Is Going Electronic
Cheese joins auctions for butter and nonfat dry milk in the new electronic format
By Alexander Osipovich and  Benjamin Parkin Updated June 23, 2017 8:43 p.m. ET
People wearing colored jackets in Chicago were shouting at each other about cheese for the final time on Friday.
A daily 10-minute auction in Chicago that helps set the national price of cheese will go electronic on Monday, after being held in a traditional open-outcry format for decades. CME Group Inc., CME 0.05% the exchange operator that oversees the auction, ran it Friday in its old form for the last time.
“We’re all going to miss the yelling and the screaming,” said Dean Kinnas, a dairy options trader at the CME-owned Chicago Board of Trade, or CBOT, exchange.
The “spot call” cheese auction is among the smaller and more obscure markets in CME’s empire. Until Friday, it was held in a corner of the CBOT trading floor in downtown Chicago each weekday at …

X-ray drones can see through walls

X-ray drones can see through walls
By Amit Katwala 20 Jun 2017
A pair of drones can use Wi-Fi signals to see through walls.
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara were able to create three-dimensional images of the objects behind a brick wall in a series of experiments with the drones.
The two flying machines work in tandem. In the demonstration, they fly around a four-sided brick building. One drone transmits a continuous Wi-Fi signal, while the other, on the opposite side of the house, measures its power after it passes through.
By circumnavigating the house several times, the drones can generate high-resolution, accurate 3D images of the objects inside.
"Our proposed approach has enabled unmanned aerial vehicles to image details through walls in 3D with only Wi-Fi signals," said Yasamin Mostofi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UCSB. "This approach utilises only Wi-Fi RSSI [received signal strength indicator] measurements, does not require any prior me…

Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on leakers

Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on leakers
Former NSA agents, secrecy members on product teams, and a screening apparatus bigger than the TSA.
By William Turton JUN—20—2017 09:00AM EST A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products.
The briefing, titled “Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple,” was led by Director of Global Security David Rice, Director of Worldwide Investigations Lee Freedman, and Jenny Hubbert, who works on the Global Security communications and training team.
According to the hour-long presentation, Apple’s Global Security team employs an undisclosed number of investigators around the world to prevent information from reaching competitors, counterfeiters, and the press, as well as hunt down the source when leaks do occur. Some of these investigators have previously worked at U.S. intelligence a…

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For’
By NICOLE PERLROTH JUNE 22, 2017
NEWARK — There have been times over the last two months when Golan Ben-Oni has felt like a voice in the wilderness.
On April 29, someone hit his employer, IDT Corporation, with two cyberweapons that had been stolen from the National Security Agency. Mr. Ben-Oni, the global chief information officer at IDT, was able to fend them off, but the attack left him distraught.
In 22 years of dealing with hackers of every sort, he had never seen anything like it. Who was behind it? How did they evade all of his defenses? How many others had been attacked but did not know it?
Since then, Mr. Ben-Oni has been sounding alarm bells, calling anyone who will listen at the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Jersey attorney general’s office and the top cybersecurity companies in the country to warn them about an attack that may still be invisibly striking victims undetected around the world.
And he is det…

Boeing To Test Self-Flying Planes

Boeing To Test Self-Flying Planes
June 20, 2017 7:34 AM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It seems self-driving cars are all but a reality and now the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer is working on the next step.
The company says increasing demand for flights, and a shortage of pilots, are the main reasons for their research.
They say planes can already take-off, cruise, and land without pilots and they plan to start simulations this summer.
Tests on a real plane could come as soon as next year.
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/06/20/boeing-self-flying-planes/

Case Tests Limits of Law Protecting Journalists’ Sources

Case Tests Limits of Law Protecting Journalists’ Sources
By ALAN FEUER JUNE 21, 2017
In 1970, when Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller signed legislation protecting New York journalists from being forced to reveal their anonymous sources, he issued a memo describing freedom of the press as “one of the foundations upon which our form of government is based.”
As “the nation’s principal center of news gathering,” he wrote, New York would become under the statute — known as the Shield Law — “the only state that clearly protects the public’s right to know.”
But as any newshound knows, media outfits have changed enormously in the past half-century, with some adopting innovative — and more obviously commercial — tactics for charging customers for information. And now a civil case pending in a state appeals court is testing the limits of the Shield Law by posing the question of whether small, subscriber-based news organizations can avail themselves of its protections.
The case began in August when Re…

Regulators probing legendary hedge fund’s secret trading code

Regulators probing legendary hedge fund’s secret trading code
Hedge funds face a crisis of confidence
By Kevin Dugan and Carleton English June 21, 2017 | 12:47pm | Updated
Federal regulators are probing the secret trading code at Renaissance Technologies, the massive quantitative hedge fund run by James Simons and Robert Mercer, The Post has learned.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has recently asked to dig into the trading software at the $65 billion hedge fund, James Rowan, the fund’s chief operating officer, told an audience of hedge fund managers on Tuesday in New York, according to two people who were in the audience.
But Renaissance, which is about as secretive as it is lucrative, is pushing back against the CFTC’s request out of fear that the code will “leak,” Rowan told the managers, according to those present.
A spokesman for Renaissance Technologies declined to comment.
Jonathan Hitchon, chief operating officer of quantitative hedge fund Two Sigma, which manages an…

Machine Learning Is Helping Martech Lead the AI Revolution

Machine Learning Is Helping Martech Lead the AI Revolution
By Devin Guan. Published on June 19, 2017.
Artificial intelligence gets a lot of press (thanks, Elon), but the fact is, AI couldn't be the rockstar it is without the behind-the-scenes help of machine learning (ML). While the two are closely related, there's a critical difference between AI and ML: AI makes decisions, while ML makes predictions. Think of it this way: it's AI that steers the Mars rover around the rock in its path, but it's ML that recognizes the rock to begin with. In marketing and advertising, the best example of AI is the programmatic ecosystem. This includes the decisions made around whether or not to bid on a given impression, how much to bid, what creative to serve, and various campaign optimization techniques.
But in order for the AI to make good decisions, it needs valid ML predictions as input. The fastest, most efficient programmatic bidder on the planet would be useless if poor decisio…