Contact for training

Google researchers have found a way to delete watermarks from photos

EW DELHI: Researchers at Google have found a new vulnerability that can remove watermarks from stock imagery websites such as Adobe Stock. The search giant says that using an algorithm based on the vulnerability, they were able to remove the opaque stamp used to protect the copyright of the images. "However, in "On The Effectiveness Of Visible Watermarks" recently presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR 2017), we show that a computer algorithm can get past this protection and remove watermarks automatically, giving users unobstructed access to the clean images the watermarks are intended to protect," say Tali Dekel and Michael Rubinstein of Google in a blog post. It has been also mentioned that changing the position or opacity of a watermark does not effect the algorithm that removes the watermark. To tackle the vulnerability, researchers say that... Read More

iPhone users, Android is set to get this big feature that you will miss

EW DELHI: 2017 has been the year of dual rear camera smartphones. Keeping up with the trend, Qualcomm has announced its new ISPs (Image Signal Processors) which are likely to come as a part of the upcoming smartphone SoC and includes an improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing features. Qualcomm says the improvements are made "to meet growing demands of photo and video for a broad range of mobile devices and head mounted displays (HMD)." Also mentioned is that the new ISPs and camera modules will support better image quality and new computer vision, which will use deep learning techniques and make image processing faster. The new ISPs come with a new camera architecture, which will deliver power efficiency for the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. The ISPs include three modules - iris authentication module, passive depth sensing module and an active de... Read More

Google rolls out Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Nexus 6, again

EW DELHI: Google's Nexus 6 smartphone, the one made by Motorola, was given Android 7.1.1 Nougat update in March. However, the search giant pulled the plug on the update as it came with certain bugs. Now, after five months, Google has once again started rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to Nexus 6 smartphones. As spotted by Android Police, the update weighs roughly 368MB and includes 'critical bug fixes' as well. The description says "This update fixes critical bugs and improves the performance and stability of your Nexus 6. If you download updates over the cellular network or while roaming, additional charges may apply." It is worth adding that Nexus 6 won't be receiving Android O this year as it has reached the end of supported life from Google. However, security patches will keep rolling out. Read More

Cyberattack cost Maersk more than $300 million

COPENHAGEN: The June cyberattack that paralysed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world's biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. The Copenhagen-based group, which was particularly severely affected by the attack, says the impact will first be reflected in its third quarter results as revenue was mainly lost in July. The company says the June 27 malware attack was distributed through Ukrainian accounting software with back doors into the networks of users. It was contained the following day. "In the last week of the quarter, we were hit by a cyber-attack, which mainly impacted Maersk Line, APM Terminals and Damco. Business volumes were negatively affected for a couple of weeks in July," CEO Soeren Skou said. The businesses "were significantly affected," but there was "no da... Read More

Facebook to spend $750 million on new data centre in Ohio

EW ALBANY: Facebook will spend $750 million on a new data centre in central Ohio, the company announced Tuesday - marking another boost for the state's growing technology sector. The world's biggest social media company joined Republican Gov. John Kasichand a host of other dignitaries to announce its 10th data centre will be in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus. The 22-acre (8.9-hectare) data centre will be powered exclusively by renewable energy. It is expected to employ 100 people to start and to begin providing services in 2019. Rachel Peterson, the company's director of data centre strategy and development, said several factors attracted Facebook to the location, including fibre and power infrastructure, government support, livability and the availability of high-tech talent. "We look at that community fit and how we're going to live and work in a community," she said.... Read More

Artificial intelligence, machine learning to impact workplace practices in India: Adobe

NEW DELHI: Over 60 per cent of marketers in India believe new-age technologies are going to impact their workplace practices and consider it the next big disruptor in the industry, a new report said on Thursday. According to a global report by software major Adobe that involved more than 5,000 creative and marketing professionals across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, over 50 per cent respondents did not feel concerned by artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning. However, 27 per cent in India said they were extremely concerned about the impact of these new technologies. Creatives in India are concerned that new technologies will take over their jobs. But they suggested that as they embrace AI and machine learning, creatives will be able to increase their value through design thinking. "While AI and machine learning provide an opportunity to automate processes and save... Read More

Snapchat Spectacles

Much like Snapchat itself, you either get it or you don't. Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. demonstrated its mastery of artificial scarcity when it debuted its Spectacles video-recording glasses late last year. An easy setup process, good-enough video quality and stylish look made Spectacles a hit. But the company’s distribution process—vending machines with limited stock that randomly appeared across the country—made them a phenomenon. From a hardware perspective, Spectacles could use improvement—they’re not great when it’s dark out and they’re troublesome for prescription eyeglass wearers. But Snap’s first foray into hardware shows promise at a time when camera companies like GoPro are struggling. Read More

MRI-Scanning Hat Could Allow Mind Reading, Startup Claims

Scientists are developing a next generation hat that could allow people to read other's minds as well as digitise their own thoughts.Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of US-based startup Openwater, said that the hat could make telepathy a reality within the next eight years.Currently magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology can already read our brainwaves. "I figured out how to put basically the functionality of an MRI machine into a wearable in the form of a ski hat," Jepson said.Jepsen, a former professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and an inventor on over 100 patents, said that the goal of the technology is to be able to both read and to output your own thoughts, as well as read the thoughts of others.Traditional MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take images of internal organs.The new technology instead looks at the flow of oxygen in a person's body i... Read More

W3C Approves EME DRM Standard for the Web, Security Researchers Worried About Flaws

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced a new standard called EME, or Encrypted Media Extensions, this past week that adds copy protection to web-based streaming video. This means that streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will be able to protect their content without asking you to install plugins like Flash. But the publishing of the standard is being seen as favouring convenience over freedom. The EME is a standard that supports encrypted multimedia content on the Internet. For copyright holders, EME is being seen as way to implement DRM platforms in browsers to protect streaming rights for companies like Netflix. But experts like Cory Doctorow feel that the EME standard mostly benefits copyright holders only. Security researchers, for example, will have a tough time looking for bugs and disclosing security vulnerabilities inside DRM platforms as they will need to... Read More