U.S. civil liberties groups on Tuesday called on Amazon.com Inc. to stop offering facial recognition services to governments, warning that the software More than 40 groups sent a letter to Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos saying technology from the company's cloud computing unit was ripe for abuse. The letter underscores how new tools for identifying and tracking people could be used to empower surveillance states. Amazon has marketed a range of uses for its Rekognition service, unveiled in late 2016. These include detecting offensive content, identifying celebrities and securing public safety. In a blog post last year, Amazon said a new feature let customers "identify people of interest against a collection of millions of faces in near real-time, enabling use cases such as timely and accurate crime prevention." Customers provide the data for Amazon's tool to search. "Seconds saved in the field can make the difference in saving a life," Chris Adzima, an analyst in … [Read more...] about Amazon Is Warned About Government Use of Facial Recognition
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ABOUT 12,000 public school students in 6,000 households in San Juan had their free fiber optic internet connection fully activated this Friday, a year after its installation, the city government said in a statement. This developed after the local government partnered with internet service company Converge ICT Solution Inc. which also provided a learning management and communication system to help implement blended distance learning. The new system provides an application platform for students and teachers to manage their lessons, exams and homework. Teachers can also conduct their classes through the app. Mayor Francis Zamora said this would lessen students’ burden on online learning. The Department of Information and Communications Technology turned over 12,500 tablets, 1,000 laptops and 1,000 pocket Wi-Fi to the city government to be distributed to K to 12 public school students. … [Read more...] about 12K students get free internet connection in San Juan
"You have to start romanticizing your life," TikToker Ashley Ward urges in her most popular video, her lo-fi voice resembling a protagonist in an indie coming-of-age movie. She warns: "You have to start thinking of yourself as the main character, because if you don't, life will continue to pass you by." Depending on who you ask, the video is symptomatic of the best, or worst features, of a state of mind known as main character syndrome. Viewed over three million times on TikTok and carrying the hashtag "main character," it shows her reclining slowly on a towel at the beach and putting on a pair of sunglasses as the world rushes on around her. There is no set definition of main character syndrome, and it's not a medical syndrome in the traditional sense. Broadly speaking, it describes people who act as if life is a movie and they are the central character. In this way it is comparable to narcissism, and can be detrimental to others who are seen as little more than extras. If … [Read more...] about Do You Have Main Character Syndrome?
Kindly Share This Story: Okays N6.2bn contract As power generation hits 5,000 megawatts By Johnbosco Agbakwuru – Abuja The Federal Government on Wednesday said it will soon begin the second phase distribution of four million pre-paid electricity meters free to Nigerians. The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, had promised to make available four million pre-paid electricity meters aside from the one million the government earlier provided which were being distributed nationwide. This is as the Federal Executive Council, FEC, at its 44th virtual meeting approved sums worth more than $8.29 million as well as N3 billion for the execution of various electricity projects in the country. Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the First Lady’s Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Power, Engr Mamman Saleh, said that there was an improvement in power … [Read more...] about FG to begin second phase distribution of 4m free pre-paid electricity meters
Features This article first appeared in PC Gamer magazine issue 356 in April 2021. Every month we run exclusive features exploring the world of PC gaming—from behind-the-scenes previews, to incredible community stories, to fascinating interviews, and more. When Genshin Impact launched last year, no one saw its huge success coming. It was obviously pretty, sure, but it was also easy to write off as another Chinese free-to-play mobile game filled with microtransactions and high-pitched fairy sidekicks. What wasn't apparent was how it would transcend the negative stereotypes, pulling inspiration from beloved classics like Nier: Automata and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to create an RPG that manages to feel both nostalgic and innovative. Or how its developer, MiHoYo, would come to exemplify China's evolving games industry. In the span of just a few months, MiHoYo has become one of China's most prestigious gaming companies. And since its 2020 launch, Genshin … [Read more...] about How Chinese free-to-play RPG Genshin Impact conquered the world