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Facebook's facial recognition is 'nearing human-level performance'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 7:30 am

Facebook has said that it has developed facial recognition technology that is capable of telling the difference of two people in side-by-side photos, a technology that is so good, that it is getting very close to replicating human abilities.

 

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The social network has dubbed it DeepFace, and according to the company it's 97.25% accurate, which is a shave from the 97.5% accuracy that humans score on average, in the same standardized test. In order to do that, the technology maps out 3D facial features, after which is makes a flat model that is filtered by color to characterize specific facial elements.

 

Facebook says it has also taken 4.4 million labeled faces from 4,030 different people on its network to help its system learn. DeepFace won't end up on Facebook right away, instead the social networko is releasing it ahead of presenting it at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition this June, so that it can get some feedback from the research community.

SpainCoin aims to stabilize cryptocurrency as real payment method

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 6:17 am

To help the Spanish people "break free from their shackles," the new SpainCoin will pre-mine and share 50 percent of Spaincoins to Spanish nationals.

 

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The cryptocurrency is valued around $50 million.

 

"Using SpainCoin is a way for the individual to get back his freedom and have 100% control over his money and assets, breaking free from the shackles of central banks," the official SpainCoin website notes. "Unlike other cryptocoins, less accessible for the general population, SpainCoin will be distributed among all Spaniards."

 

Those interested in learning more about Spaincoin can view this forum post, or visit the official Spaincoin website.

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Unity 5 game engine unveiled, includes 'enhanced real-time lighting'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 5:43 am

Some news broke a little earlier than it should, with Unity Technologies revealing its next iteration of its cross-platform game engine, known as Unity 5. The updated game engine has some new tricks up its sleeve, too.

 

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The team has described Unity 5 as a "massive update," with the new engine featuring a "completely overhauled audio system," physical shaders and enhanced real-time lighting. The updated engine will also include an ad-sharing network that should make it easier for developers using Unity 5 to cross-promote their mobile games.

 

Unity Technologies is hoping to attract more developers, and praise, with its support for the WebGL graphics API. Unity 5 will be available for pre-order sometime today, directly from Unity Technologies.

Superman puts a GoPro on, films some incredible footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 5:27 am

CorridorDigital has released quite an incredible video, where they used a UAV with an attached camera - acting as if Superman was flying in the first-person perspective. Check out the video below.

 

 

It's actually quite impressive, where we see Superman flying above the city, between trees, at super-speed, saving people, and much more. The team used a quadcopter with a camera installed, flying up as high as the very tallest skyscrapers. The team used a DJI Phantom 2, something you can win if you enter the competition at the source.

 

Now I just want to see a real, next-gen Superman game released with Oculus Rift support and I'll throw money at the screen faster than you can say 'Kneel before Zod.'

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Sally Beauty Supply said less than 25,000 customers hit in data theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 4:44 am

Sally Beauty said less than 25,000 customer records were compromised during a data breach the store recently confirmed.

 

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The company is still waiting for Verizon to continue its forensic investigation before releasing full details of the breach, though the company said customers are its top priority and will continue to provide updates following the breach.

 

"We take this criminal activity very seriously,"the company said in a press statement. "We continue to work diligently with Verizon on this investigation and are taking necessary actions and precautions to mitigate and remediate the issues caused by this security incident.

 

The retailer also is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate the data breach - as the FBI and Secret Service have been frequently tasked with helping to investigate security breaches.

1993's Super Mario Brothers feature film coming to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 4:09 am

Independent UK film distributor Second Sight have announced they have secured the rights to 1993's Super Mario Bros feature film from Disney's now defunct offshoot Hollywood Pictures and are planning a world-first Blu-ray release for mid this year.

 

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Starring Bob Hoskins in the role of Mario, John Leguizamo as his brother Luigi and Dennis Hopper as King Koopa, Super Mario Bros was not a critical success, with the production beset by numerous behind the scenes battles which culminating in husband and wife Directors Rocky Morton and Annabelle Jenkel locked out of the editing room, nor was it a financial success either, making little more than half of its $48 million production budget in its original release. Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park which was released one week later then wiped the film from theaters soon after.

 

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Despite this, the film has gone on to become something of an underground cult hit over the last twenty years, holding many fond memories for gen x-ers such as myself. In bringing the Blu-ray release forward, Second Sight have partnered with fan site Super Mario Bros: The Movie Archive which promises to produce new bonus features, alongside striking a brand new HD transfer.

Google's Chromecast will finally arrive in the UK later this week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 3:08 am

Google's Chromecast is one of the better HDMI streaming dongle's to hit the market in the last year, and now our friends across the pond are going to be able to experience the awesomeness that is Chromecast! Today a new rumor has emerged that the Google will finally launch the Chromecast in the UK on Wednesday March, 19th.

 

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If true, this launch will see an end to an eight month long delay that has seen the Chromecast waiting in the wings for its UK debut. In those eight months, Google has seen several competitors emerge and launch in the UK, including Roku's Streaming Stick. This could lead to less than stellar sells for the Chromecast in the UK, or it could some how boost sales with people who are curious as to what all the hype is over a $35 media dongle. Only time will tell, but I am putting my money on lower sales as a result of the delay.

Microsoft's Surface 2 with LTE is here, retails for $679 at AT&T

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 2:18 am

After quite a long wait, Microsoft has finally released its Surface 2 tablet with LTE support. The next-generation Surface table features 64GB of storage space, 200GB of free OneCloud storage for two years, and a free year of Skype calling. Windows RT 8.1 and an ARM-based processor handle computational duties, and now 4G LTE from AT&T in the US and UK as well as Vodafone keeps you connected when you venture away from a Wi-Fi connection.

 

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The Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE support will retail for $679 at AT&T retailers later this week, but has Microsoft priced it too far out of most peoples price range? A 32GB version of Nokia's Lumia 252 cost just over half of what a Surface 2 runs, and has most of the same features. I think Microsoft should have came in at a $499 pricing point, and these tablets would have flown off the shelf until demand outpaced supply.

Vodafone locks in Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 exclusive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 1:13 am

The gold-colored smartphone craze is something that still baffles me, and I am having a hard time understanding why anyone would want a gold-colored device. My personal queries aside, Vodafone announced today that it will the the exclusive dealer of the new gold-colored Samsung Galaxy S5 in the UK region.

 

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Samsung will release the Galaxy S5 in the UK on April 11th and with this new announcement, the only place to get a gold version in the UK is to visit a Vodafone store. Vodafone says that it will begin pre-orders for the yellowish-brown device starting next week on March 28th, but the company failed to disclose any price points for the 32GB and 64GB versions.

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Around 200 groups help police YouTube, flagging videos in bulk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 12:44 am

Around 200 people now have the unique ability to flag up to 20 videos at once for review by YouTube violations, including the UK Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit.

 

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A report last week revealed the UK police unit had been granted "super flagger" ability, which allows for up to 20 videos to be reported at a single time, which was a pilot program launched in 2012.

 

The company said most of the participants are those responsible for spending a large amount of time flagging videos that violate YouTube's ToC. Less than 10 are reportedly government agencies or advocacy groups, such as anti-hate groups, according to media reports.

 

There is obvious concern of the British governments flagging videos it doesn't agree with, which is why Google chose to disclose more details of the program.

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