[INSIDERS] 5 Tech Info to Shine in Society
Regina Dugan, at the head of Building 8, the secret lab dedicated to hardware, leaves the company, just 18 months after her arrival.
Before joining Facebook, Dugan had created and led the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Products) team, Google’s innovation lab which has worked on modular smartphones and wearables, for example. But it was above all her experience at DARPA, the Pentagon’s R&D laboratory where she spent 16 years and which she directed from 2009 to 2012, that had impressed Mark Zuckerberg. She then joined Motorola, then Google, when the latter took over the phone manufacturer.
Some sources compare the departure of Dugan with the recent appointment last August of Andrew Bosworth, in charge of the Consumer Hardware perimeter, including in particular Oculus and Building 8. With Facebook since 2006, Bosworth was until then VP Ads and business platform, and notably contributed to the creation of the News Feed and Messenger.
Building 8, whose thought-dictation project marked the 2017 F8 conference, has not yet succeeded in bringing one of its projects to fruition.
Magic Leap has attracted new investors. The American start-up specializing in augmented reality has just announced a new funding round in the amount of $ 502 million. This investment was led by the Singaporean public investment fund Temasek Holdings. After this fundraising, the company is valued at 6 billion dollars. Since its creation, it has raised $ 1.9 billion from actors like Alibaba or Alphabet.
This is not the most surprising. Magic Leap is developing a tool for superimposing virtual objects on the real world. The company would work on a prototype projecting a light field on the retina. Process that would make the visual even more real. But the company founded in 2010 by Rony Abovitz never showed any prototypes, detailed the final product, or explained how it would work. According to information reported by Bloomberg, the company aims to send its first device to a small group of testers within 5 months.
Despite the wish to keep everything secret, some information has leaked. In 2015, Magic Leap filed a patent for a pair of glasses embellished with sensors on the temples. More recently, basketball player Andre Iguodala, told after testing the solution, how with an animal as a virtual assistant in his hands, he could turn the light on and off as well as regulate the temperature of the room. The company has only disclosed a little teaser on YouTube. In truth, it was a production of a visual effects studio …
Spotted on Quartz, this report from Xapo, a company based in Hong Kong, which markets a bitcoin wallet solution, with the payment card that goes with it, and more surprisingly, a safe storage solution. Yes, an old-fashioned, hard-built, In Real Life safe.
The journalist thus followed his interlocutor near Lake Lucerne – the exact position is obviously kept secret – in Switzerland. It is inside a former military bunker guarded like Alcatraz that this safe is located, which would conceal the fortunes of Xapo’s clients, some of whom hold the bitcoin equivalent of several million dollars.
If the money is digital, what do we keep in the safe? The cryptographic keys of the wallets. It is these keys, and they alone, which allow access to the portfolio and to carry out transactions therein; If you lose your key or if someone takes it, for example by hacking, you will not be able to recover your funds, nor ask for a refund and you will only have your eyes to cry on.
Between the cold room surrounded by a Faraday cage to avoid electromagnetic attacks (EMP attack) and sealed with adhesive tape like a crime scene, and the offline servers guarded 24/7, it’s an astonishing dive to find in pictures here.
According to information reported by TechCrunch, Google will be removing a feature under test on Maps for iOS, after having received a flood of criticism about it (“at strong user feedback “, in Google corporate language).
This feature, in place for a week with a user test panel, not only indicated the number of calories burned according to the chosen route, but a conversion of these calories into the equivalent of mini-cupcakes.
In addition to the unsolicited nature of the information (or even judgment, depending on what one thinks), and the impossibility of easily deactivating it, some have also worried about the impact of such feature on people with eating disorders.
Oh my god and if you click walking directions it auto tells you how much food you’d burn off what the fuck pic.twitter.com/B5djax2Li4
– Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) October 17, 2017
To read in its natural habitat: Google Maps ditches automatic calorie estimates after users say it’s not helpful and even potentially harmful
China has its own conception of democracy and freedom of expression. The Chinese followers of online messaging were able to see it again this Wednesday, October 18. According to CNBC, users can no longer send or receive messages on WhatsApp, the messaging application bought by Facebook in February 2014 for 19 billion dollars. The American media also reports that users of WeChat, the messaging application and services of Chinese giant Tencent, are no longer able to change their profile picture. WeChat claims 963 million monthly users.
WeChat users had to settle for the following error message: “For reasons of system maintenance, from today until the end of the month, the modification of profile pictures, the change of aliases or the modification of the personal description line are no longer allowed temporarily. .“
The blocking of the two applications owes nothing to chance insofar as this censorship comes at the time of the opening of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The latter should consolidate the power of Chinese President Xi Jinping a little more. As of the end of September, WhatsApp users in China were already seeing numerous disruptions on the service, including long delays in the transmission of messages.