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This military-grade facial recognition software is a security win — & a privacy nightmare

We are now in the age of face-recognition-as-a-service. That’s the word from the CEO of a facial recognition company that is now licensing an API for its military-grade face recognition.<p>Paul Schuepp, head of New Hampshire-based Animetrics, told VentureBeat that his company’s FaceR API converts a 2D …

FBI Examining Malaysia Airlines Pilot's Flight Simulator

The FBI is examining the home made flight simulator that belonged to the captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight and a key question will be …

Do you want to have dinner with your smartphone or your companion? Pick one

If you think checking a smartphone at a dinner table or in a movie theater is offensive to others, buckle up. A new report says such “electronic displays of insensitivity” (EDIs) are getting worse.<p>The study, “Digital Divisiveness,” was conducted by Joseph Grenny, co-author of the book <i>Crucial</i> …

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By Chanelle Bessette, reporter<p>FORTUNE — A longtime staple of information technology training, cyber security has become a mainstream interest. Edward Snowden’s big reveal last year about the National Security Agency as well as the criminal breach into Target’s (TGT) credit and debit card system …

Facebook's working on facial verification that's 'nearing human-level performance'

Identifying faces is a relatively simple task if you're a human, but it's been a long road for computers to do the same thing. Now Facebook says it's developed a technology for verifying whether two people in side-by-side photos are the same that comes pretty close to replicating human abilities. …

NSA system designed to attack 'millions' of computers -- report

The US government designed computerized hacking tools to automate the process of compromising computers with attacks that let it harvest data before it is encrypted, new documents show.<p>Through an operation called Turbine, the NSA crafted an automated system designed to hack "millions" of computers, …

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Officers' body cameras raise privacy concerns

Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.<p>And some rank-and-file officers are worried the …

Smart Vending Machine Scans Your Face to Serve Up Snacks

Just how well does your office soda machine know you? A network of smart, connected vending machines will soon use facial recognition, NFC and a membership program to market and sell everything from food to electronics on their giant touch screens. The product of software giant SAP, these new …

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Facebook introduces LGBTQ-inclusive gender identity options for users

Users will have around 50 options of how they would like to identify themselves<p>Facebook took a step toward LGBTQ inclusivity with the Thursday rollout of around 50 new terms users can use to identify their gender identity.<p>People will now be able to identify themselves as androgynous, intersex, …