Apple started using deep learning for face detection in iOS 10. With the release of the Vision framework, developers can now use this technology and many other computer vision algorithms in their apps. We faced significant challenges in developing the framework so that we could preserve user privacy and run efficiently on-device. This article discusses these challenges and describes the face detection algorithm.
Just as many people enjoy a nice cold Goose Island pale ale but hate the beer megacorp AB InBev which owns it, so too is the rage palpable against Electronic Arts, which owns many a beloved franchise but is far less than the sum of its parts.
Today, that dislike is slightly more quantifiable thanks to a comment on Reddit from the account “EACommunityResponse,” which sought to defend the company’s decision to shield popular characters from being immediately available to users who purchase Battlefront II, which has its worldwide release later this week. The comment was made about 24 hours ago and has become the most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit by a margin far-and-wide.
At the time of writing, the posting had a total score (upvotes minus downvotes) of over -394,000. For perspective, the second-most downvoted post had a score of -24,333. In 2015, Reddit detailed that they were receiving about 2 million comments per day on average, and given how awful so many of them are, this is undoubtedly a major feat.
This post is almost certainly getting downvoted en masse a little help from bots as well, regardless the post has been gaining a lot of attention with thousands of responses mostly lambasting EA for messing with the gaming industry.
Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired:
On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video showing that—by all appearances—they’d cracked Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone X into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make.
In the video posted to YouTube, shown above, one of the company's staff pulls a piece of cloth from a mounted mask facing an iPhone X on a stand, and the phone instantly unlocks. Despite the phone's sophisticated 3-D infrared mapping of its owner's face and AI-driven modeling, the researchers say they were able to achieve that spoofing with a relatively basic mask: little more than a sculpted silicone nose, some two-dimensional eyes and lips printed on paper, all mounted on a 3-D-printed plastic frame made from a digital scan of the would-be victim's face.
I remember when android brought out the first facial recognition to unlock phones, a friend was excited that no one but her could unlock the phone, and I took her picture, held the picture to the phone and it unlocked it.
After reports of that, Google made the facial recognition look for blinking to make sure it was an actual face (video still got around that).
Face ID was never going to be unbreakable, there's never been a security measure invented yet that can't be beaten.
Heck, even Touch ID has been broken multiple times, but everybody keeps using it.
But in the case of Face ID and Touch ID, it involves getting something from the phone owner.
Touch ID involves getting a mold of the phone owners finger that can then be placed in clay (play-doh for example).
And to break Face ID:
The researchers concede, however, that their technique would require a detailed measurement or digital scan of a the face of the target iPhone's owner. The researchers say they used a handheld scanner that required about five minutes of manually scanning their test subject's face. That puts their spoofing method in the realm of highly targeted espionage, rather than the sort of run-of-the-mill hacking most iPhone X owners might face
if you have that much access to someone's face, there are easier ways of opening their phones.
Chris Welch, for The Verge:
Logitech has announced that it’s shutting down all services for the Harmony Link hub, a plastic puck the company released in 2011 that gave smartphones and tablets the ability to act as universal remotes for thousands of devices.
Owners of the product have received an email from the company warning that the Link will completely stop working in March. “On March 16th, 2018, Logitech will discontinue service and support for Harmony Link. Your Harmony Link will no longer function after this date,” the email says. There’s no explanation or reason given as to why service is ending in the email, but a Logitech employee provided more details on the company’s forums. “There is a technology certificate license that will expire next March. The certificate will not be renewed as we are focusing resources on our current app-based remote, the Harmony Hub.” The Verge has reached out to Logitech for further comment.
Customers are voicing frustration and anger towards the company on Reddit, with many vowing to stop buying products as a result of this decision. As is usually the case with angry consumers, “class action lawsuit” is being tossed around a lot. Bizarrely, it seems that Logitech has censored that phrase from appearing on its forum.
But remember that this thing came out in 2011, and since then it has been replaced by the $100 Harmony Hub. The Hub, which has the same features plus new ones focused on the smart home, is what Logitech is offering to Link owners as consolation. Anyone with a Link that’s still under warranty can upgrade to the Hub for free. If your Link is outside that one-year manufacturer’s warranty, you can get 35 percent off when buying a Hub from Logitech’s store.
So to sum up, users are getting several months notice that a gadget they own is going to abruptly stop working on March 16th. But I think it’s perfectly valid to question why Logitech feels the need to completely cripple the device. Phasing out customer support and warranty service would be one thing, but it always feels a little cold and mean to just brick something that’s given some customers years of utility.
Jon Fingas, writing for Engadget:
Imagine if one person's code error deprived you of a pile of money, and there was no guarantee you'd get your funds back. Wouldn't you be hopping mad? That's how many cryptocurrency owners are feeling right now. The digital wallet company Parity is warning users that a large volume of Ethereum funds have effectively been frozen after code contributor devops199 claims to have accidentally deleted the library needed to use multi-signature wallets (those that require more than one signature to move funds) created after July 20th. Devops triggered a long-unpatched bug that turned Parity's wallet contract into a standard multi-signature wallet, making every wallet "suicide" and erase the guiding library code.
Whether or not you believe that it was a mistake, it could have very serious consequences. Observers estimate that there could be more than 1 million in ether locked away, which would amount to roughly $280 million. A lower estimate still pegs the damage at over $150 million. Parity describes these figures as "speculative" and suggests you should take them with a grain of salt, but there's no question that some Ethereum holders are suddenly without a lot of cash.