Hollywood has surely amazed its audience through its film varieties. The use of technology and effects has always been a USP of many Hollywood films. But we are not going to discuss all of it; rather we would touch the simple aspect, the use of biometric technology in films. Also, in this post we would discuss the privacy issues related to celebrities and biometrics.
Many crime, sci-fi, and action films use the technology to create visuals. But one fact that you shall know is that Hollywood always portrays Biometrics the wrong way, at least most of the time.
Police want to find a terrorist/criminal on the loose. They get information that he/she is in a crowded market. So they quickly use facial recognition system over the market’s CCTV footage to identify the person. In reality, facial recognition doesn’t work that fast. It works based on some algorithms and could only be used to match separate pictures like passport, or ID card.
Secondly, identifying a dead person’s face through a photograph is not that easy as his/her eyes are usually shut. Many biometric systems won’t start monitoring
It seems that our government is allowed to spy on us citizens for nearly any reason they can come up with, and yet, we are not allowed to go behind their closed doors and see what our elected representatives are up to? Hmm, what about fairness I ask?
There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal not long ago; “Judge Sides With Technology Firms in Case Over Justice Department’s Gag Orders – Judge denies 15 government applications for gag orders against service providers, ruling they lacked enough information,” written by Joe Palazzolo and Devlin Barrett – published on May 13, 2016 which stated:
“A Brooklyn magistrate judge has rejected the Justice Department’s practice of getting gag orders against technology companies, saying federal agents should have to give a specific reason why customers of Facebook and other firms shouldn’t be told when the government searches their data.”
Oh and it gets worse, consider this; if our government has all your information and shares it with other governments around the world, which it does, as we have international and inter-agency spy deals. Thus if these other governments
In the past few decades there has been a revolution in computing and communications, and all indications are that technological progress and use of information technology will continue at a rapid pace. Accompanying and supporting the dramatic increases in the power and use of new information technologies has been the declining cost of communications as a result of both technological improvements and increased competition. According to Moore’s law the processing power of microchips is doubling every 18 months. These advances present many significant opportunities but also pose major challenges. Today, innovations in information technology are having wide-ranging effects across numerous domains of society, and policy makers are acting on issues involving economic productivity, intellectual property rights, privacy protection, and affordability of and access to information. Choices made now will have long lasting consequences, and attention must be paid to their social and economic impacts.
One of the most significant outcomes of the progress of information technology is probably electronic commerce over the Internet, a new way of conducting business. Though only a few years old, it may radically alter economic activities and the social environment.
You have a successful business, customers are buying your products or services and everything seems to be in order. But is it?
Many small-to-medium businesses are unaware of the importance of PCI compliancy and the possible consequences from not adhering to the security protocols that PCI outlines to merchants, nor are businesses often sure if any of it applies to them. If you accept credit and/or credit card payments in your online business, the answer is yes, it does.
PCI compliance applies to all entities or individuals who charge non-cash payment for any type of goods or service through one of these third-party financial service providers: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or JCB. Even accepting PayPal payments requires you to be PCI compliant.
Although PayPal – or any other third-party service provider – is ultimately storing, processing and transmitting the cardholder data, as a merchant your business is the one accepting that information. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your online environment has the ability to protect the security of the payment process.
In response to the ever-increasing threat of fraud and identity theft in today’s
Have you ever wondered just how the touch screen on your cell phone, tablet, LED television, or any other device actually works? It is amazing to think that we can now issue commands to our devices with the touch of our hand and while this technology might seem new, it has actually been around since the 1960’s.
In fact, the technology behind the touch screen can actually traced right back to the 1940’s but it was only two decades later that it actually became feasible to use on a large scale.
ATMs have been using technology since 1965 which is when E.A. Johnson invented the first finger-driven touch screen that actually used the same capacitive touch mechanism that is still used in cell phones and other devices to this day.
Although there are other types of touch screen technology such as resistive touch or multi touch technology, capacitive touch technology is the one that is preferred for mass produced consumer products.
How is a Capacitive Touch Screen Made?
Today, a capacitive touch screen works through the use of an ITO touch film that is attached to the screen.
Do you often give PowerPoint presentations? Does it bother you to go to the computer or laptop and use it to change a slide or play a video? Does it make you feel you’re losing the control of your presentation? Well, there is a solution.
Having full control of your presentation can be very productive and it will affect your presentation in a positive way. It’s good for your confidence too.
One of the important factors of a presentation is what is displayed on the screen. Mostly, it is a PowerPoint file, consisting of some slides made of texts, pictures and videos. So, if you want to give your PowerPoint presentation while you are standing and explaining what is on the screen, returning to the computer or laptop for changing the slide can seem a little bit awkward and it can have a negative effect on your confidence. The solution for this problem is very simple. You just have to control it remotely. Do you want to know how? Using your smartphone.
Thanks to technology, smartphones have brought a solution for a lot of our problems. You
IT plays a crucial role in many different types of business today, ranging from start-ups and solo enterprises right through to the huge multinationals that dominate the marketplace. Regardless of the scale and industry of the business, great IT support is often the linchpin that keeps these enterprises functioning as well as they should.
A significant part of this aspect of business is ensuring that all IT equipment is running effectively and correctly at all times. Whether this means that communication devices such as phones and tablets are functioning optimally, or whether more complex computers are running without a hitch, having equipment that works well all of the time is very important.
There are many reasons, therefore, why investing in a computer repairs service is fundamentally important for business. Although it is tempting for companies to just run to the nearest expert or service provider in times of need, this lack of planning and foresight can be costly for business.
This is true for several different reasons, the first being that this can result in unnecessary delays and the loss of productivity in the workplace. Of course,
Many of us today in the business world are familiar with cloud computing and the purported benefits that it can bring to our companies. From easy to use and increasingly collaborative office tools right through to accounting and inventory solutions, there are more great cloud computing offerings that ever before vying for our attention.
Indeed, implementing the right cloud tools for any particular business can lead to great rewards, including greater efficiency, more employee satisfaction in the workplace and greater productivity. All of this as a whole leads to greater profits and better competitiveness in a saturated global marketplace.
However, chances are that if you are thinking about implementing cloud solutions, you will need to find an expert to assist you. This can mean finding expert to help you migrate over to cloud services and it can mean an expert to provide you with emergency support and assistance as and when you need it.
With many cloud computing providers around today dealing with needs like these, it helps to know how to recognise a great company to hire. Here are the signs of a great cloud consultancy
The latest telematics market trends continue to point towards providing in-car connectivity and by 2016 2G network connectivity will be a thing of the past. Therefore, it goes without saying that there’s a huge market potential that still remains untapped as far as the telematics ecosystem is concerned.
In the recent past, we have seen that providing connected cars has taken a new momentum and every car maker is gearing up to facilitate connectivity that offers powerful network technologies even as faster networks like 3G and 4G are emerging. For example technologies supporting real-time driver safety instruction, fleet maintenance programs, including fuel and productivity tools are now available worldwide for vehicle users to peruse – all this at the same price points as previous years’ tech.
According to Ernst & Young, by the year 2025 the market penetration statistics is expected to be 88% for new cars. This is a new paradigm shift as far as in-car connectivity of integrated telematics is concerned. In the US alone, by 2025, 16 million new cars are going to be equipped with embedded telematics. Let’s quickly take a look
For many businesses moving over to cloud computing options, the process can be daunting and present many potential hiccups. Regardless of this, there are many benefits to these new solutions that have meant that companies are making the leap anyway, reaping numerous rewards such as improved efficiency and greater collaboration in the workplace.
With that said, often a great level of support is required when initially migrating to these services and in the first phases of getting to grips with them. Furthermore, ongoing support can be considered extremely valuable in many instances.
One of the most popular cloud tools available today is Microsoft Office 365, which is a cloud based application including a variety of Office tools. This has numerous advantages, including the familiar Office applications in a more collaborative and accessible package that also feature frequent updates and improvements without the need to purchase an entirely new package.
Again, moving over to this collection of cloud tools can be stressful and difficult for some businesses, and investing in a support service can have untold benefits. Regardless of what your company hopes to achieve from implementing Microsoft
Your network is only as effective as its reach – yet unbalanced signals such as USB and RS-232 can reliably transmit only up to 15 feet, and even balanced Ethernet signals are capped at 300 feet. With a growing range of connectivity platforms, modern data networks require not just compatibility and reliability but also flexibility and expandability. There are many ideal solutions to meet modern networks’ data distance needs such as converting unbalanced signals to balanced ones, deploying repeaters to boost signal strength, and implementing hubs for star-configured connections, while still taking full advantage of cost-effective and readily available copper wire. For large systems that go far beyond what copper wires can reach, fibre-optic converters can used to work in both conventional point-to-point and advanced daisy-chain / redundant-ring configurations, giving your data network a boost in distance, ranging from 3 miles to hundreds of miles, and additional flexibility, reliability, and expandability. The use of a Serial-TCP program is another ideal solution for merging serial communication protocols with modern TCP/IP communication, yielding benefits such as widely available infrastructures and greater distance, reliability, and speed.
Connectivity is crucial for all types of data networks. Data networks evolve over time as technology improves; it is often necessary to connect legacy copper-wired serial communications to modern TCP/IP communications through more advanced media such as optical fiber. Moreover, many different types of data formats, standards, media and connectors are often mixed and used together within a single data network. Examples of different types of standards and protocols include physical-layer standards, such as RS-232, RS-485, RS-422, TTL, USB, and TCP/IP, and higher-level protocols, such as Profibus, Interbus, Modbus, BACnet, and Modbus TCP/IP. Copper wires and optical fibers are typical examples of different media; and there are dozens of different connectors used for machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and data communication systems, including DB9, DB25, USB type A, USB type B, mini USB, micro USB, terminal blocks, RJ11, RJ45, and ST, SC, FC, and LC connectors for fiber optic products.
Data networks perform many important tasks, including industrial automation (production, processing, monitoring, etc.), building automation (heating, ventilation, air conditioning [HVAC]; security systems; surveillance systems; etc.), motor control, and motion control. The costs for data equipment such as
The world of data communication is busy, even noisy. Industrial communication systems, such as balanced RS-485 / RS-422, often require transmission between multiple devices over long distances. While having many devices communicating with each other on the same twisted-pair cable is robust and cost-effective, it also introduces two major challenges:
- Because of the long distances and the surrounding electrical devices/equipment, RS-485 / RS-422 networks are often exposed to electrical noises, remote lightning, and line surges, which can cause transient voltage to run across the serial communication system and the valuable equipment.
- Because multiple devices (nodes) are connected, the ground potential at different nodes could be different, which can cause ground currents to flow through “the path of least resistance” via either the common earth ground or the ground wire.
Both voltage and current surges can cause serious damage to valuable, mission-critical equipment such as computers, PLCs, and industrial manufacturing and data processing equipment; these surges can even endanger human lives. Ground loop problems also exist on unbalanced signals that rely on the ground pin being zero volts, such as RS-232 and USB.
There are a few methods of
The new era of computers has changed the way people communicate versus decades ago. The digital age has shifted from a traditional industry to an economy that is based on computerized information. The World Wide Web has existed since 1969, and is now globalized, accelerating the flow of information and pushing older forms of media into obsolescence. A computer is an electronic device used for storing and processing data. Almost, everything that is an electronic is made or run by computers. These devices have become a popular way to permanently accumulate collaborative information. Businesses have become dependent on this type of digital machine to store their files, complete daily task, and keep track of payroll. Practically, every home is equipped with some type of computerized mechanism. People are now using these types of electronic devices to share or exchange information, versus the traditional way when people had face to face conversations. The new era of computers has caused people to interact and facilitate relationships by using online dating, social media, and video conferencing.
Online dating sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes