Facebook Says Trained Person Will Review Nude Images to Curb Revenge Porn

Facebook Says Trained Person Will Review Nude Images to Curb Revenge Porn

 

Facebook has stressed that its experiment to fight revenge porn that requires users to provide their intimate images proactively to the social network where a “specially trained” professional reviews and hashes the image is voluntary.

“To be clear, people can already report if their intimate images have been shared on our platform without their consent and we will remove and hash them to help prevent further sharing on our platform,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, in a blog post late on Thursday.

“With this new small pilot, we want to test an emergency option for people to provide a photo proactively to Facebook, so it never gets shared in the first place,” Davis added.

This programme is completely voluntary.

“It’s a protective measure that can help prevent a much worse scenario where an image is shared more widely. We look forward to getting feedback and learning,” Davis said.

Facebook launched the experiment in Australia this week to help prevent non-consensual intimate images from being posted and shared on its platforms.

Facebook launched the experiment in partnership with the Australian eSafety Commissioner’s Office and an international working group of survivors, victim advocates and other experts.

With this, Australians who fear their intimate image may be shared without their consent can work with the eSafety Commissioner to provide that image in a safe and secure way to Facebook so that it can help prevent it from being shared anywhere on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram.

How does the mechanism work?
Australians can complete an online form on the eSafety Commissioner’s official website. To establish which image is of concern, people will be asked to send the image to themselves on Messenger.

The eSafety Commissioner’s office notifies Facebook of the submission (via their form). However, they do not have access to the actual image.

Once Facebook receive this notification, a specially trained representative from its Community Operations team reviews and hashes the image, which creates a human-unreadable, numerical fingerprint of it.

Facebook stores the photo hash – not the photo – to prevent someone from uploading the photo in the future.

“If someone tries to upload the image to our platform, like all photos on Facebook, it is run through a database of these hashes and if it matches we do not allow it to be posted or shared,” Davis said.

“Once we hash the photo, we notify the person who submitted the report via the secure email they provided to the eSafety Commissioner’s office and ask them to delete the photo from the Messenger thread on their device. Once they delete the image from the thread, we will delete the image from our servers,” Davis noted.

Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Launched, Based on 10nm FinFET Process

Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC Launched, Based on 10nm FinFET Process

 

Samsung has announced a new flagship mobile processor in the Exynos 9 series, built on the 10nm process. As is traditional with such unveils, it can be expected that the new new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC will be the processor powering the company’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S9.

The Samsung Exynos 9810 packs the company’s third-generation custom CPU cores and also comes with an upgraded GPU. Samsung is also touting support for Gigabit LTE modem which can offer what Samsung calls industry’s first 6CA (carrier aggregation) support. Samsung says that the new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC has been built on second-generation 10nm process technology.

The Exynos 9 Series is said to be the company’s first processor chipset built on the 10-nanometre FinFET process technology.

The South Korean company earlier this year unveiled its premium application processor, the Exynos 9 Series 8895. Some of the highlights of the Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor were embedding of a Gigabit LTE modem that can support five carrier aggregation, or 5CA. It supports LTE Cat. 16 with download speeds of up to 1Gbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps (Cat. 13). The chipset was used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as well as the company’s Galaxy Note 8 phablet.

Rumours have pointed to early next year launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which could be seen as the competitor to the Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC. The Snapdragon 845 SoC is said to be built on a new faster, more efficient 7nm fabrication process. Furthermore, the new Qualcomm SoC is also said to debut on the Galaxy S9 next year.

For Samsung’s upcoming flagships, the company is widely expected to retain Infinity Displays which allow the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screens to come with a relatively compact factor. The upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones are rumoured to use the same screen sizes as well as the same curved design first seen on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

8 Steps To An Organized Financial Life

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Lack of organization can harm your finances as much or more than being short on cash. Losing bills can lead to late fees, and not keeping track of your checking account could cause overdraft fees. The following is a list of steps that will help you stay on top of your bills and accounts, and will lead to greater organization and, most importantly, less spending.

1. Pull Out Your Budget at Least Once Per Month
Your bills could change on a monthly basis. Revise your budget as bills come in and adjust other expenses to make up for it, so you don’t accidentally overdraw your bank account. For instance, some months and seasons bring higher electrical bills than others. Let’s say your electric bill is a $100 more in June than it was in May. Your budget may be based on spring electricity usage or the usage from a month where you had a lower electric bill. Since June’s electric bill signals a change in expenses, you take out your monthly budget to see what other areas of your budget you could adjust so you can pay your electric bill.

To save $100, you exchange two dinners out for a bike ride with a packed lunch. You might also grab self-made or deli-made sandwiches to bring to a concert in the park instead of going out for pricey drinks. The best part about having to cut down on one expense to pay for another is it will force you to break traditions and try something different.

What if you don’t have a budget? Create one today! Start by writing down your budget the way you’d like your expenses to unfold. At the end of the month, start tweaking your budget by adjusting other expenses when one expense is more than you expected.

2. Use Financial Software
Financial software isn’t just for investments. You can find free, scaled-down financial software on the web to help you keep track of your daily and household expenses. Within the programs, you can get detailed information as to where your money is actually going. When choosing budgeting software, verify on the Better Business Bureau website that the program you’re considering has good customer service records.

3. Keep Bills in One Place Even if most of your bills arrive electronically, you still need a place for those that come by mail. And yes, some still do: Homeowners may not get property tax or homeowners insurance bills electronically because these bills are paid on an annual basis, for example. For storage, keep your bills near your desk or wherever you normally write checks or pay bills online. Invest in a simple file cabinet or file folder, and get the folders to go with it.

Given that most credit card statements and financial accounts are available online now, many folks throw out bills once they are paid, preferably after shredding them for privacy and identity theft protection. But if you prefer to keep paper records for tax purposes or just for security, file all these statements, bills and receipts into the filing system you just bought. If you don’t like filing bills by hand, you can keep scanned copies in your computer, stored in an appropriately labeled folder.

4. Pay Bills the Same Day You Receive Them If you have money available in your bank account and you don’t have other debit card or bill pay charges coming through that could cause an overdraft, pay your bills as soon as you get them.

Pay extra attention to paper bills that normally come electronically. You don’t want to pay a bill twice because you received a duplicate by mail. Always call your creditor when a paper bill arrives when you think you have an automatic payment scheduled or electronic billing set up.

Lack of organization can harm your finances as much or more than being short on cash. Losing bills can lead to late fees, and not keeping track of your checking account could cause overdraft fees. The following is a list of steps that will help you stay on top of your bills and accounts, and will lead to greater organization and, most importantly, less spending.

1. Pull Out Your Budget at Least Once Per Month
Your bills could change on a monthly basis. Revise your budget as bills come in and adjust other expenses to make up for it, so you don’t accidentally overdraw your bank account. For instance, some months and seasons bring higher electrical bills than others. Let’s say your electric bill is a $100 more in June than it was in May. Your budget may be based on spring electricity usage or the usage from a month where you had a lower electric bill. Since June’s electric bill signals a change in expenses, you take out your monthly budget to see what other areas of your budget you could adjust so you can pay your electric bill.

To save $100, you exchange two dinners out for a bike ride with a packed lunch. You might also grab self-made or deli-made sandwiches to bring to a concert in the park instead of going out for pricey drinks. The best part about having to cut down on one expense to pay for another is it will force you to break traditions and try something different.

What if you don’t have a budget? Create one today! Start by writing down your budget the way you’d like your expenses to unfold. At the end of the month, start tweaking your budget by adjusting other expenses when one expense is more than you expected. (For more budgeting tips, check out Get Your Budget Into Fighting Shape.)

2. Use Financial Software
Financial software isn’t just for investments. You can find free, scaled-down financial software on the web to help you keep track of your daily and household expenses. Within the programs, you can get detailed information as to where your money is actually going. When choosing budgeting software, verify on the Better Business Bureau website that the program you’re considering has good customer service records.

3. Keep Bills in One Place Even if most of your bills arrive electronically, you still need a place for those that come by mail. And yes, some still do: Homeowners may not get property tax or homeowners insurance bills electronically because these bills are paid on an annual basis, for example. For storage, keep your bills near your desk or wherever you normally write checks or pay bills online. Invest in a simple file cabinet or file folder, and get the folders to go with it.

Given that most credit card statements and financial accounts are available online now, many folks throw out bills once they are paid, preferably after shredding them for privacy and identity theft protection. But if you prefer to keep paper records for tax purposes or just for security, file all these statements, bills and receipts into the filing system you just bought. If you don’t like filing bills by hand, you can keep scanned copies in your computer, stored in an appropriately labeled folder.

4. Pay Bills the Same Day You Receive Them If you have money available in your bank account and you don’t have other debit card or bill pay charges coming through that could cause an overdraft, pay your bills as soon as you get them.

Pay extra attention to paper bills that normally come electronically. You don’t want to pay a bill twice because you received a duplicate by mail. Always call your creditor when a paper bill arrives when you think you have an automatic payment scheduled or electronic billing set up. (For more, see Automating Your Bill Payments.)

5. Have a Checklist for Bills You Are Expecting
Neither mail nor email is perfect. Create a checklist at the beginning of the month with every bill you are expecting. You can keep it on your desk, bill-paying area or create a file on your computer.

6. Consult with Anyone with Whom You Share Accounts
Whether it’s your spouse, significant other or relative, you can easily bounce a check or debit card payment if you don’t know how much the other has been spending.

Say your spouse has the day off and decides to go to lunch and golfing with a buddy. When you get home, you’re told about a great game of golf. What you’re not told is the $150 spent amidst day-off festivities, and a direct-debited student loan payment bounced because your bank account had $100 less in it than you thought.

7. Verify that Your Paycheck is Direct Deposited 
If you have direct deposit, you get used to your paycheck being there on paydays. However, sometimes your check may not arrive electronically on the correct date. Don’t start spending your paycheck until you’ve checked your account balance.

8. Have Two Bank Accounts
Use one account for discretionary spending. Use one for paying bills. This way you can prevent yourself from accidentally spending bill money on a night out that should have gone towards rent.

The Bottom Line

Missing bill payments because of lack of organization is the easiest financial problem to fix. You don’t have to use all eight of these tips, as long as you pick an organizational system that you can stick to every month.

 

How Budgeting Works for Companies

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Budgets are an integral part of running any business efficiently and effectively. They serve as a plan of action for managers as well as a point of comparison at the period’s end. So how do budgets work, and how can they be used to gauge where a business is going? In this article, we’ll introduce you to budgeting and show you how businesses use them.

Business Budgeting

When most people think of budgets, they think of a typical household budget – given a certain amount of money, how much should be allocated to various expenses? This system usually works fine for individuals, but in the business world there needs to be a lot more involved. Determining how much to spend on various expenses is only half the battle. The other half is for a company to be able to effectively judge its spending financial performance. Regardless of the type of business, the ability to gauge performance using budgets is a matter of life and death in the business world.

Who Uses Budgets?

Nearly everyone uses budgets in some form. From the household budget to the multi-billion dollar government budgets, they’re a pretty universal tool.

However, a company’s budget is a bit more involved. Most companies will start with a master, or static, budget. A static budget is a budget with numbers based on planned outputs and inputs for each of the firm’s divisions. It’s the first part of budgeting, which determines how much a company has and how much it will spend. These are projected amounts and the company expects to stay within these limits. To figure out the numbers, managers make use of economic forecasting methods to determine a realistic static budget.

Changing Budgets

As you may have experienced with your own finances, expenses that are not part of the budget often pop up. However, the static budget acts as a guideline; it does not constrain the company to staying within those limits. In other words, a budget is merely a tool that is used to help make business decisions. When it comes down to something that wasn’t foreseen when the static budget was put together, companies can decide to spend more money or to spend more of it in a different area than originally planned, although the static budget will still act as a guideline. Budgets can always be changed.

Using a Budget to Evaluate Performance

So, what happens when the period’s over? It’s time to determine whether we fell in line with our planned expenditures. That’s when a flexible budget is used. A flexible budget is a budget with figures that are based on actual output. It’s then compared to a company’s static budget to get variances (differences) between what level of spending was expected and what actually occurred.

With a flexible budget, budgeted dollar values (i.e. costs or selling prices) are multiplied by actual units to determine what particular number will be given to a level of output or sales. This yields the total variable costs involved in production. The second component of the flexible budget is the fixed cost. Typically, the fixed cost does not differ between the static and flexible budgets.

There are tons of variances that can arise in the static budgeting system. The two most basic are the flexible budget variance and sales-volume variance. The flexible budget variance compares the flexible budget to actual results to determine the effects that prices or costs have had on operations. The sales-volume variance compares the flexible budget to the static budget to determine the effect that a company’s level of activity had on its operations. From these two budgets, a company can develop individual flexible and static budgets for any element of its operations. For example, the static budget variance is the difference between the static budget and the company’s actual results. The variances are always classified as either favorable or unfavorable.

If sales volume variance is unfavorable (flexible budget is less than static budget), the company’s sales (or production with a production volume variance) will turn out to be less than anticipated. If, however, the flexible budget variance was unfavorable (the variance effects eventual cash flows negatively) this would be a result of price or cost. By knowing where the company is falling short or exceeding the mark, managers can do a better job of evaluating the company’s performance and use the information to make changes to further streamline their processes.

Implementing Budgets

If you run your own business (or household)it’s not hard to implement a flexible budget based on the business’s numbers. You don’t need to be an accountant: The math is simple and it’s typically worth the effort in the end. After all, it’s hard to know how you can make your company better and more cost-efficient when you don’t even know where you’re missing the mark.

The Bottom Line

Every major company in the world uses flexible budgeting – and you can bet that there’s a good reason for that. So the next time you think about budgeting, think beyond the static budget that most people are familiar with. Understanding flexible budgeting can help you gain a wealth of information through the analysis that budget variances afford to those who use them.

Nissan’s ‘Star Wars’ sequel

 

The Nissan Rogue was vaulted into Star Wars‘ galactic hype machine last year and basked in the spectacle surrounding the fortuitously named Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Nissan dealers, many of whom outfitted their stores with Rogue One decorations as part of the automaker’s marketing alignment with Walt Disney’s Lucasfilm, loved the connection to the beloved franchise. There was even a movie-themed limited-edition Rogue.

But for the latest tie-in for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, dealers had a challenge for Nissan’s marketing brass: How could they spread the fervor across the Nissan lineup?

The answer was a theme inspired by the futuristic technologies in The Last Jedi.

Last year, Nissan highlighted the Rogue’s safety chops. This time, it’s extending the safety focus to include the Altima and Titan with five ads touting Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility systems.

In the film, droids help pilots anticipate obstacles. Nissan says its mobility offerings do the same thing with emergency braking, blind-spot warning and ProPILOT Assist, which Nissan says “begins the journey towards autonomous driving.”

“Our goal is bring to life our Nissan Intelligent Mobility story and to be a mainstream automotive brand,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president of marketing communications and media for Nissan North America. “Everyone loves Star Wars. When you talk about appeal, this is a great way for us to get there. It allows us to tell a story about technology that seems out of reach, or even misunderstood, in a way that people understand.”

Many Nissan stores across the country will again serve as outposts for the Star Wars craze.

Tucker said Nissan created a system where dealers can place custom orders for as many movie-themed items as they want to deck out their stores. If a dealer wants to go all in and buy 50 First Order Stormtrooper cutouts, they can do that.

To help build store traffic, Nissan is rolling out a virtual reality experience at select dealerships where people pretend to repair droids. “Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay” is a 10-minute virtual story connected to the film. The experience uses Samsung Gear and HTC Vive headsets. Stores using HTC Vive will have a virtual reality cube for participants to go into as they make their way through the story.

Tucker said visitors to the Connecticut International Auto Show, which opens this week, will get a chance to delve into this virtual world.

There are more consumer perks on the list. Some dealerships, Tucker said, will organize screenings of the movie for customers when it releases, as they did for Rogue One.

Star Wars has certainly been a winning franchise for Nissan. Nissan said it had a 95 percent participation rate in the Star Wars-related festivities last year.

If any dealers pass on the chance to leverage Star Wars this year, shame on them, says Wayne Siegel, president of Legend Auto Group, which has a Nissan store in Syosset, N.Y., featuring cutouts of Star Wars characters.

Siegel thinks the Star Wars tie-in has more legs than the Super Bowl.

He thinks the virtual reality experience, for instance, can have the same effect as having a celebrity come by the showroom to sign autographs. Even if the virtual repair bay doesn’t sell cars, Siegel says, it can generate awareness for the dealerships and Nissan itself.

Siegel said he’s excited about a Star Wars-themed augmented-reality app. He said it overlays information about features when users hold their phones up to certain areas of the vehicle.

“Nissan as a company is trying to present themselves as not only makers of great cars, but a group of people who are trying to convey what their cars are all about in a different and cool way,” Siegel said. “I think they break through with that. I think that resonates.”

aCar — the electric ‘all-rounder’

An electric car for Africa, custom-designed for the needs of the population there, that strengthens rural structures and helps drive the economy: scientists have been working intensively towards this goal for four years. The new prototype, the aCar, is designed for passenger and cargo transportation and is also interesting for the European automotive market.

An electric car for Africa, custom-designed for the needs of the population there, that strengthens rural structures and helps drive the economy: Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and partners have been working intensively towards this goal for four years. They will present their new prototype to the public at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 12 to 15, 2017. The  aCar is designed for passenger and cargo transportation and is also interesting for the European automotive market.

Mobility is a part of our everyday lives: We transport large loads, commute to work, fly to a faraway country on vacation. However, access to a vehicle of any kind is hardly a given for many people in Africa. For farmers who live far from urban centers, this means that they have no direct access to medical care, education or to political processes. They are dependent on transport contractors who bring their products to the next city for sale in order to make a living. As a result many people are leaving rural areas in search of better living conditions in the city.

“With the aCar we have developed a mobility concept that can solve these problems,” explains Prof. Markus Lienkamp, head of the TUM Chair of Automotive Technology. “The aCar is an off-road capable vehicle that is affordable for people there and is capable of transporting heavy loads. The modular structure also allows other uses for example for water treatment.” Together with the “Bayern Innovativ” campaign, the TUM launched the project “aCar mobility — Rural mobility in developing countries” in 2013. The objective was to conceive a vehicle that precisely meets the requirements of the rural population in sub-Saharan countries. The project is supported by the Bavarian Research Foundation since 2015.

The concept: One vehicle, a variety of demands

Four-wheel drive is a must for the roads of Africa, the majority of which are not paved. The team also decided on an electric power train. “An electric drive is not only greener, but is also the better solution in technical terms, since it is low-maintenance and can apply its full torque directly to accelerating from a stop,” says Martin Šoltés, who shares leadership of the project with Sascha Koberstaedt at the Chair of Automotive Technology.

The vehicle is primarily intended for transporting passengers and cargo, with a total load capacity of one ton. The battery offers a variety of other possible applications, either as an energy source or as a drive for high-consumption applications, for example as a winch. A number of various moduls have been designed for the cargo bed which can be used on a modular basis. Additional modules can turn the vehicle for example into a mobile physician’s office or a water treatment station.

The 20 kWh battery capacity gives the vehicle an electric range of 80 kilometers. The battery can be loaded from an ordinary 220 volt household wall socket within 7 hours. Solar modules mounted on the roof of the aCar gather energy throughout the day. Optional solar collector sheets can be unrolled to significantly increase the amount of solar energy produced for self-contained battery charging.

“Of course we’ll have to import high-tech components such as the battery and the electric motors in the beginning,” says Martin Šoltés. In future, as many of the aCar’s components as possible are to be manufactured on location, in order to strengthen local economies. In order to make the automobile affordable for people on location, the price for the basic vehicle in Africa is to be kept under 10,000 Euros on a long-term basis. “Cast nodes and simple bolted construction enable simple manufacturing processes with very low investment costs,” says Prof. Wolfram Volk, head of the Chair of Metal Forming and Casting.

First prototype: Technology testing and user studies

The scientists produced the first prototype in May 2016 and conducted initial tests in Germany. However, to make sure the aCar also meets all the demands placed on it on location, they shipped the vehicle to Ghana, where they tested the technology and concept under local conditions in July 2017.

The aCar passed all the tests with flying colors. “It spent six weeks in a container on its way there, we unloaded it, switched it on and it functioned perfectly all the way to the last day of testing,” says Sascha Koberstaedt. The team also asked locals to drive the car; they were thrilled by the “Solar car.” Another important point was testing the impact of the higher temperatures and air humidity on the electric systems. “We gathered a lot of data which we now have to evaluate,” says Koberstaedt. “But we can already say that the aCar fulfills all the necessary requirements and has even exceeded our expectations.”

New prototype: Modern design, optimized technology

In September the new prototype of the aCar will be presented at the IAA (Hall 4.1, stand A11). The car is characterized by an unembellished, clear and modern design. “The challenge was to develop an appealing, functional and high-quality vehicle, while at the same time maintaining simple production methods and low manufacturing costs,” explains Prof. Fritz Frenkler, head of the TUM Chair of Industrial Design. “Reducing everything to the essentials resulted in a modern and thus long-lasting design.”

The aCar has also undergone considerable further technical developments. The team was working among other things on optimizing weight, on electrical systems and software, acoustics and ergonomic seating and visibility.

Model factory in Germany for the first vehicles

To make sure the idea of the aCar becomes more than just an idea and actually makes it to series production, Sascha Koberstaedt and Martin Šoltés have founded the company “Evum Motors GmbH.” The first vehicles are to be manufactured in a model factory in Europe. “We’ll have to master all the technical procedures before the car can be made in Africa. Then we can train people from Africa who can in turn pass on their knowledge there.”

The aCar is an electric four-wheel drive utility vehicle. These specifications make it not only excellently suited for use in Africa, but also for anyone looking for a no-emission transport solution. Thus for example it could be used in urban operation for transport purposes, in maintaining urban parks and gardens and in agricultural settings such as alpine meadows and vineyards. Compared to its competition, the purely electric aCar is significantly more cost-efficient and uses the most modern battery and power train technology.

Technical Data: Power output: 2 x 8 kilowatts; Electric drive range: 80 kilometers; EU vehicle classification: L7e; Voltage level: 48 volts; Battery capacity: 20 kWh; Top speed: 60 km/h; Tare weight: 800 kg; Load capacity: 1000 kg; Length: 3.7 m; Width: 1.5 m; Height: 2.1 m; Seating capacity: 2

Apple Looks Set to Boost Low-Light iPhone Photography With InVisage Acquisition

Apple Looks Set to Boost Low-Light iPhone Photography With InVisage Acquisition

In what appears to be an obvious bid to improve the photography experience on its devices, Apple has acquired InVisage Technologies, a company known for developing image sensor technology QuantumFilm. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Apple confirmed the acquisition in its traditional statement about buying smaller companies from time to time, to TechCrunch. Founded in 2006, InVisage Technologies operates as a fabless semiconductor company. The Menlo Park, California-headquartered firm gained popularity following the development of its QuantumFilm image sensor that works as a “photosensitive layer” to absorb light using materials based on quantum dots. Unlike a traditional image sensor that comes with multiple layers and absorbs limited amounts of light into its silicon structure, Invisage’s QuantumFilm is touted to absorb the full spectrum of light even in a layer that is ten times thinner than the standard model. This innovation helps to enable ultra-thin camera modules along with better light absorption – perfect for low-light photography chops.

The development of QuantumFilm is appeared to be the reason that influenced Apple to buy InVisage. As TechCrunch notes, multiple InVisage employees have already updated their LinkedIn profiles to highlight their new employer. The company even didn’t make any public announcements through its blog and social media channels since November last year.

The resources from InVisage would help Apple enhance camera sensors on future iPhone models, especially in terms of low-light photography. The iPhone maker might be able to expand the battery pack on its next-generation mobile devices by shrinking down the camera modules through QuantumFilm technology. Furthermore, InVisage’s acquisition is expected to give Apple a chance to test new connected devices with image-taking features.

As Apple hasn’t announced any official details about the new acquisition, it is unclear how the company would utilise InVisage in the future. Believing some recent reports, the iPhone models in 2018 would not be the piece of innovation with inputs from InVisage. The Tim Cook-led team, however, may have something to preview at the iPhone launch next year.

Twitter Now Supports 50-Character Display Names

Twitter Now Supports 50-Character Display Names

 

Micro-blogging service Twitter has more than doubled the display name character count to 50. The new change comes merely days after all Twitter users received the 280-character tweet limit support. Previously, Twitter supported 20 character display names, which was criticised by many.

The successive changes on tweet character limit and now display name indicates the company is looking to increase user engagement in new ways. The company announced the news in a tweet, and wrote, “Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length! Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis.” For changing display name, Twitter users can head to Profile settings on Twitter app (Android or iOS) or open Twitter.com and choose Edit Profile.

With the new announcements, Twitter users can now have display name up to 50 characters long while username (or @handle) can be up to 15 characters long. For those confused with the difference between username and display name on Twitter, a username appears in profile URL and is unique to a user. It is usually also called as Twitter handle and is displayed as @XYZ. It’s also used for logging in, replies, and Direct Messages while display name is a personal identifier (like a real name) displayed in profile page and used to identify a user. On Twitter, display name and username are generally not the same.

Earlier this week, the double character limit on Twitter received a mixed response from Twitterati. The 280-character limit replaced 140-character limit which was there since the beginning.

Infinix Zero 5 Launch Set for November 14, Tipped to Sport Dual Cameras

Infinix Zero 5 Launch Set for November 14, Tipped to Sport Dual Cameras

Transsion Holdings brand Infinix is all set to launch a new flagship smartphone on Tuesday, November 14. Called the Infinix Zero 5, the smartphone will be launched at an event in Dubai but will make its way into India. To recall, Infinix made its entry into the Indian market in August this year with the launch of its Note 4 and Hot 4 Pro handsets. The brand has been conspicuously silent since. Transsion is behind two other brands that recently made their way to the Indian market – namely, Itel and Tecno, which arrived in India earlier this year.

Not much is known about the Infinix Zero 5 right now. The Dubai launch event will be held at 6pm local time (7:30pm IST), so stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the latest details emerging from the event. Separately, an IANS report citing industry sources claims that the Infinix Zero 5 will sport an ‘edge-to-edge’ display, a dual camera system, and would be priced below Rs. 20,000 when it hits markets before the end of November. The report also claims the smartphone would bear 6GB of RAM and come with 128GB of inbuilt storage that will be expandable via microSD card.

As we mentioned, Infinix has so far only launched two smartphones in India – in its Note and Hot series. No device in its Zero series has made its way to the country yet, so the launch of the Infinix Zero 5 will be the series’ debut in India. In other countries, the company is still selling the Zero 4 and Zero 4 Plus smartphones, with their USPs being superior photography with laser autofocus, as well as fast charging.

Facebook Rolls Out Disaster Maps in India

Facebook Rolls Out Disaster Maps in India

 

In a bid to help communities recover and rebuild faster in the aftermath of natural disasters in India, Facebookon Thursday introduced new measures, including its Disaster Maps feature in the country.

As part of the effort, Facebook will make data from Disaster Maps available to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), a non-profit organisation working on disaster resilience.

Disaster Maps, which was introduced globally in June, uses aggregated, de-identified Facebook data to help organisations address the critical gap in information they often face when responding to natural disasters.

“In times of disaster, our platform is a valuable source of information – whether it’s letting your friends and family know you are safe with Safety Check feature or using Facebook to raise donations for relief efforts,” said Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programmes, India, South and Central Asia at Facebook.

“Through our work with the National Disaster Management Authority and the roll out of Disaster Maps in India and the disaster information volunteers initiative, we hope we can help communities get the information they need to prepare, respond and recover if disaster strikes,” he added.

The measures were announced at Facebook’s first annual Disaster Response Summit in New Delhi, attended by policy makers, think tanks, and humanitarian organisations.

Facebook will provide multiple types of maps during disaster response efforts.

Location Density Maps show where people are located before, during and after a disaster.

“We can compare this information to historical records, like population estimates based on satellite images. Comparing these data sets can help response organizations understand areas impacted by a natural disaster,” Facebook said in a statement.

Movement Maps illustrate patterns of movement between different neighbourhoods or cities over a period of several hours.

By understanding these patterns, response organisations can better predict where resources will be needed, gain insight into patterns of evacuation or predict where traffic will be most congested.

Safety Check maps are based on where Facebook community uses the Safety Check feature to notify their friends and family that they are safe during a disaster.

Facebook is also supporting the pilot of the ASK-DIV (Disaster Information Volunteers) scheme where a network of trained volunteers provide supplementary information to inform relief efforts through the Facebook Workplace platform.

This programme with SEEDS will establish a network of volunteers to provide real-time, first-hand information on disasters in their local communities. The programme will be piloted in two disaster-prone states — Assam and Uttarakhand.

“NDMA is proactively utilising social media for awareness generation. This is an important benchmark towards integrating social media with disaster response activities. I am sure this partnership will open new avenues for using mobile technology in disaster situation,” said RK Jain, Member, NDMA.

“The disaster information volunteer network and Facebook’s Disaster Maps will play a key role in helping us get the right help to the right people at the right time,” added Manu Gupta, Director, SEEDS.