London artists called the Dazzle Club use makeup to defy facial recognition technology

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The artists use colorful geometric shapes on faces in a design they call “reverse contouring”. Once per month, a group of artists calling themselves the Dazzle Club have been making their way through the streets of London with strategically painted faces. Camera and facial recognition surveillance on London streets are heavy throughout the city. The Dazzle Club has become a monthly gathering as a component of an open-source project that tests various strategies to dodge facial recognition technology. The tech is widespread throughout the city of London and is used…

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Will the novel coronavirus lead to a positive mobile payments trend?

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Usage has been slowly picking up in the western world, but contactless transactions may rise in appeal. When examining mobile payments trend data in North America, it’s clear to see that there isn’t much of a rush toward consumer uptake. Usage is increasing more rapidly now than it has since the beginning, but a factor has arisen that may speed the appeal of this type of transaction: COVID-19. Consumers hesitant to try the technology may start finding contactless transactions more appealing. As the novel coronavirus makes its way around the…

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QR code RickRoll embedded in Prague City Hall cobblestones

QR Code RickRoll - Prague Town Hall

The quick response barcode created in 2013 was linked to a site since allowed to expire. A cobblestone quick response barcode installed in front of Prague City Hall in 2013 has become a QR code RickRoll to the delight and confusion of tourists. The expired domain was picked up by someone else who has decided to redirect to a prank. The Mariánské náměstí entrance to Prague’s city hall building features a black and white paving stone barcode. It was installed in 2013 by municipal officials in order to appeal to…

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Apple Watch heart study sells wearable tech to seniors for only $49

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The tech giant is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to research atrial fibrillation. A new Apple Watch study with pharma giant Johnson & Johnson is examining the device’s capacity to detect a heart rhythm abnormality in seniors. Seniors assigned the wearable technology for the research are able to buy it at Best Buy for $49. This will become one of the biggest randomized digital health studies that has ever been conducted. The Apple Watch study is also another example of a pharmaceutical company and technology company partnering with a retailer.…

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Artificial intelligence discovery leads scientists to powerful new antibiotic

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MIT team announced that halacin can kill some of the most dangerous bacteria in the world. A striking new artificial intelligence discovery may help to propel medicine forward in a vitally important area. AI technology has been used to identify a new antibiotic capable of killing some of the drug-resistant bacteria strains currently considered to be the most threatening to humans. The antibiotic has been found a time in which the world is in serious need of new anti-bacterials. The antibiotic resulting from the artificial intelligence discovery is notably different…

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