Android Devs May Follow Apple's Face ID Lead


Apple’s use of facial recognition to unlock its iPhone X may open the gates for developers champing at the bit to bring the technology to the Android world. Face ID, which will replace fingerprint scanning in Apple’s new $1,000 iPhone X, uses Apple’s TrueDepth 3D camera to verify the owner of a phone and unlock it. Android developers have been working on similar systems and are close to bringing them to market, said George Brostoff, CEO of Sensible Vision. “A lot of the Android photo OEMs have been looking at facial recognition,” he said.

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Tech Leaders Urge UN to Ban AI-Based Lethal Weapons


A group of the world’s top technology leaders have published an open letter urging the UN to ban the use of artificial intelligence in weapons systems, amid growing concerns that autonomous killer robots could wind up taking control. The group of 116 companies, most of which specialize in robotics or AI, argued that its growing use could revolutionize modern warfare in irreversible ways and pose a danger to nation states. “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” the letter states.

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E3 2017 schedule: Press conference dates, times, live streams and what to expect

Although the show floor doesn’t open until next week, E3 2017 officially kicks off this weekend as all of the major game companies host press conferences to show off the new games and new hardware they have lined up for the coming year.

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Thunderbolt Goes Royalty-Free as Intel Repositions It to Boost Adoption

Intel’s future Thunderbolt standard will be royalty-free and open to other companies should they wish to design their own controllers. That’s a major change from how Intel has deployed the technology over the last few years.

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Android surpasses Windows as the most-used operating system worldwide

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After less than nine years, Google’s open source operating system is bigger than Windows.

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SnapRoute Snags $25M With AT&T, Microsoft Backing


SnapRoute, a developer of open source networking software, announced that it has raised $25 million in Series A financing led by Norwest Venture Partners with new support from AT&T and Microsoft Ventures. SnapRoute, which was founded by CEO Jason Forrester and other former engineers from Apple, plans to use the funding to speed up the development of open source networking software for Fortune 500 firms. The company uses its software on commodity “white-box” switches and routers to create more streamlined and scalable data centers.

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Here's What Happens When Computers Fail At Your Polling Place

Everything will be all right.

Polls have only been open a few hours, but voting stations are already running into technical trouble. According to the Washington Post, this morning the laptop computer…

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Adblock Plus Mouse Roars at Facebook


Adblock Plus on Thursday announced that the open source community had created a filter to neutralize Facebook’s latest offensive in its ongoing battle with ad blockers. Any Adblock Plus users who want to implement the workaround will have to update their filterlists manually. “For this round of the cat-and-mouse contest, looks like the mouse won,” said Ben Williams, spokesperson for Adblock Plus developer Eyeo. Facebook on Tuesday began serving up ads that circumvented desktop users’ ad blocking software.

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Razer ups the ante in its fight to keep VR open with upgraded HDK2 headset

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Razer’s new HDK2 provides Oculus-level quality for $200 less and is powered by an open software platform.

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Google’s vision for VR: Bringing high-end VR to the masses

With Daydream VR finally out in the open, Google’s vision for virtual reality is slowly coming into focus. What Google is aspiring to do with Daydream shouldn’t come as much of a surprise: Google wants VR to be high-quality, affordable and mobile.

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Bill Gates' Open Letter


It has been 40 years since Bill Gates wrote his open letter to the software industry complaining that computer hobbyists were stealing his BASIC program. That was so long ago that Wikipedia has a picture of the source code for “Micro-Soft” BASIC on paper tape. A lot of things have changed since then. In the 1970s when Microsoft was getting started, it was common for people to copy, swap or donate software simply because they could. Especially in the hobbyist community, people bought hardware and they got software in any way possible.

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Report: Companies in the Dark About Their Open Source Risk Exposure


Commercial software is full of security vulnerabilities from unpatched open source components developers use, according to a report Black Duck Software issued last week. Software companies misjudge how much open source code their commercial products contain, according to the report, which is based on an analysis of 200 applications researchers viewed over the previous six months. Ninety-five percent of applications include open source code components, and 67 percent of open source components had unpatched vulnerabilities, researchers found.

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White House Call for Set-Top Competition Strikes Nerves


The Obama administration last week called on the Federal Communications Commission to open the cable TV set-top box market to competition. Doing so would let companies create innovative, higher-quality and lower-cost products, the White House said. “Instead of spending nearly $1,000 over four years to lease a set of behind-the-times boxes, American families will have options to own a device for much less money that will integrate everything they want,” wrote Jason Furman and Jeffrey Zients.

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White House Opens More Doors for Open Source


The U.S. government is picking up the pace in its efforts to use open source software as much as possible. Federal CIO Tony Scott last month released details of a proposed policy designed to allow customized software created for one agency to be openly available to other agencies as well. Industry and government professionals may comment on the proposal by Monday. “This policy will require new software developed specifically for, or by, the federal government to be made available for sharing and reuse across federal agencies,” Scott said.

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FBI reportedly using forensic firm Cellebrite to open San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

The FBI has turned to Israeli mobile forensics specialist Cellebrite to help it open the encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, according to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

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