Xiaomi might be making a foldable tablet device of its own

first_img Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) $899 $899 Screenshot by Sean Buckley/CNET CES is right around the corner — which means we’re spending the days leading up to the show neck deep in rumors and leaks. We’ve already been given a sneak preview of what might be the Galaxy S10. Now, we’re getting a look at something different: a bigger, bolder foldable tablet. That really folds. See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now Noted leaker Evan Blass shared a video of a new, bendable Android tablet that can fold itself into a thinner phone-like profile. Blass openly says he can’t confirm the authenticity of the video, but says that it’s “allegedly made by Xiaomi.” That said, the video looks pretty convincing. This may or may not be a Xiaomi device, but it’s definitely something with a folding display. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a folding phone. In November, Samsung showed off a prototype to demonstrate its new Infinity Flex Display technology, and Lenovo had a bendable concept device on hand at CES 2017 — but all of those screens only folded over in one place at best. By folding in two places, the supposedly Xiaomi-made tablet shows us what a wide-screen foldable might look like.On the other hand, it could just be a well made hoax. Either way, we’ll probably find out for sure shortly — CES 2019 starts in just a couple of days. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus 0 Abt Electronics Best Buy See It Tablets Phones 19 Photos CES 2019 Can’t speak to the authenticity of this video or device, but it’s allegedly made by Xiaomi, I’m told. Hot new phone, or gadget porn deepfake? pic.twitter.com/qwFogWiE2F— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 3, 2019center_img $899 See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Get excited this spring for these PCs and tablets See It $899 Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Samsung Galaxy S10 Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Sprint Tags Xiaomi CES Products Lenovo Samsunglast_img read more

Police are using flawed data in facial recognition searches study finds

first_img Tags A facial recognition image matched with an artist sketch Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology Police across the country are making facial recognition searches even when there’s barely anything to match it with. A study from the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology released Thursday looked at how police are using flawed data to run facial recognition searches, despite years of studies showing these matches aren’t reliable. That includes using artist sketches, editing images to add eyes and lips, and searching for doppelgangers.”You do not need to be an expert in artificial intelligence to understand that if you search for another person’s face, that is not a suspect, there will be issues with the accuracy,” said Alvaro Bedoya, the founding director of the Center of Privacy and Technology. Civil rights and privacy advocates have warned against government agencies and law enforcement using facial recognition, because there aren’t any significant limits to how the technology can be used. On Tuesday, though, San Francisco became the first city to ban police use of facial recognition, and other cities are looking to do the same.  Studies have found issues with accuracy and bias in facial recognition, and critics argue the technology poses a threat to privacy in public spaces. The study released Thursday turned up more issues with how police are using facial recognition. When images caught on surveillance cameras are too blurry or don’t show enough of a person’s face, the New York Police Department has used pictures of celebrities who look like the suspect to make matches with its facial recognition program, the researchers found. In April 2017, for instance, the NYPD used a photo of actor Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition search to find a suspect and make an arrest. The man was suspected of stealing a beer from a CVS, according to the report. In another case, it used a photo of a New York Knicks player to search for a man wanted for assault in Brooklyn, the researchers found. A wanted poster from the NYPD and a photo of actor Woody HarrelsonWhen the NYPD couldn’t use an image from surveillance footage, they used a photo of actor Woody Harrelson. Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology The department says it stands by its practice.”The NYPD has been deliberate and responsible in its use of facial recognition technology,” NYPD spokeswoman detective Denise Moroney said in a statement. “We compare images from crime scenes to arrest photos in law enforcement records. We do not engage in mass or random collection of facial records from NYPD camera systems, the internet, or social media.”Records showed that the NYPD made more than 2,800 arrests from facial recognition in the first five and a half years it was in use. When there were no clear images available, the NYPD, as well as police in about 15 states, were allowed to use sketches instead. That includes police in Maryland, Virginia, Arizona, Florida and Oregon. 1 3:04 Now playing: Watch this: How San Francisco’s ban could impact facial recognition…center_img In Washington County, Oregon, which uses Amazon’s Rekognition system, a presentation from a case study showed the sheriff’s office using police sketches to make matches. These police departments are running these searches despite multiple studies pointing out that sketches don’t return accurate results for facial recognition. The National Institute of Standards and Technology found that sketches had a very high error rate, noting that “sketch searches mostly fail.”In other cases, the Georgetown Law Center found that police departments will generate new faces from photos where features are limited. In one case, the NYPD edited a closed mouth from an image it found on Google onto a suspect so it could better match mugshot images. Police have done the same for eyes.”This is the wild west,” Bedoya said. “Copying and pasting a different person’s features and putting that on a suspect is unexplored territory.”  ACLU senior legislative counsel Neema Singh Guliani said, “Legislatures must stop the rights violations that are already resulting from government use of this technology. At the same time, companies like Amazon must take responsibility for irresponsibly selling and marketing this dangerous technology for surveillance purposes without regard for the consequences.”The image uploaded to the facial recognition search could be a mostly fabricated face, researchers found. gigo-figure-4The researchers also found that police would edit photos to better match its facial recognition search. Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology “These techniques amount to the fabrication of facial identity points: at best an attempt to create information that isn’t there in the first place and at worst introducing evidence that matches someone other than the person being searched for,” the study said. Police have said that facial recognition isn’t intended to be conclusive evidence, and only serves as an investigative lead, but researchers found cases where there wasn’t much effort beyond using the technology. In one case, after making the facial recognition match, an officer sent the image to a witness in a text, writing, “Is this the guy?” That was all the confirmation the NYPD needed to make the arrest, the researchers said. “Facial recognition is merely a lead; it is not a positive identification and it is not probable cause to arrest.  No one has ever been arrested on the basis of a facial recognition match alone,” Moroney said. The NYPD noted that its facial recognition program was used to find and arrest a man who threw urine at subway conductors, and another suspect who allegedly pushed a subway passenger on the tracks. The police department also said its facial recognition has led to arrests tied to homicides, rapes and robberies. “The NYPD constantly reassesses our existing procedures and in line with that are in the process of reviewing our existent facial recognition protocols,” Moroney said. The department didn’t comment on the quality of the data it uses for its facial recognition matches. Originally published May 16, 7:22 a.m. PT.Updates, 8:33 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. PT: To add comments from the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology and the ACLU.  Comment Share your voice Politics Securitylast_img read more

Audi A8 L Facelift Launched in India Price Availability Details

first_imgGerman luxury car maker Audi announced the prices of its latest offering A8 L facelift in India.Audi A8 facelift, the refreshed version of Audi A8 is now available at the company’s dealerships across the country. Priced at ₹1.12 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai), Audi A8 L facelift comes with minor tweaks in its interior as well as the exterior.The most manifest changes given to the new avatar of Audi A8 is the optional Matrix LED headlights, which is first in this segment. Beside this, the new Audi sedan is offered with more than 100 exterior colours, 23 interior colours and 12 wooden inlays.On the mechanical front, Audi A8 facelift is offered with two diesel engines and a petrol engine. The petrol motor is a 4.0-liter V8 Bi-Turbo TFSI, which can churn out a power of 435 PS and a torque of 580 Nm. Talking of the diesel engines, the car is powered by the 3.0 TDI and the 4.2 TDI. While the 3.0-liter V6 can produce 258 PS of power and 580 Nm of torque, and the latter claims to generate 385 PS of power and 850 Nm of torque. The car will be brought to India as Completely Built-up Unit (CBU).Audi India currently sells A4, A6, A8 in the passenger car segment (S6 and S4 in the performance versions of these sedans), Q3, Q5 and Q7 in the SUV segment and R8, V8 and R8 Spyder in the sports car category.Recently, the company opened the company’s largest used car showroom in India at Gurgaon. Audi is planning to expand its dealer networks to 40 in India by the end of 2014. Audi opened new showrooms in cities like Mumbai South, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Delhi Central, Karnal and Vadodara last year.(Ed:AJ)last_img read more

Unity in diversity is Indias strength Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that unity in diversity is India’s strength, and asked people to uphold the spirit and remain united. Referring to a Sanskrit phrase found in Maha Upanishad, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning, “the world is one family”, the chief minister, on International Human Solidarity Day, urged everybody to stay united and fight the divisive forces. “On International Human Solidarity Day, let us pledge to uphold the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in truest sense. Unity in diversity is India’s strength,” Banerjee tweeted. “We must all be united and fight against the forces which seek to divide us for selfish reasons,” she added. The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.last_img read more