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  2. Microsoft patents advanced, multi-dimensional sensor device for wearables by Hamza Jawad Microsoft stopped selling its Band 2 fitness trackers back in 2016. Then, earlier this year, the tech giant's Health Dashboard and all its fitness tracking apps finally reached their end of life stage. Essentially, there have been no signs in the recent past that indicate Microsoft's plans to dabble further in fitness bands - at least on the hardware end. Now, a rather interesting new wearables-related technology has been patented by the Redmond firm - a device containing a multi-dimensional optical sensor to generate and output data regarding hemodynamics of users. Notably, the device is stated to be incorporable with wearables. Schematic illustrating an exemplary sensor device Microsoft believes that one-dimensional optical sensors used with conventional wearables in today's age may measure quantities inaccurately, and are quite limiting in their nature. For example, the motion of a walking user may often lead to such sensors reporting incorrect heart rates for said user. Furthermore, these sensors are unable to compute values for many other fitness-related metrics, that may actually be essential to certain users' health. For these reasons, the advance sensor device the tech giant proposes aims to not only address the inaccuracies in measurement, but also measure new hemodynamics - a term which refers to the dynamics of blood flow. Various measures of these dynamics that Microsoft has said the sensor will be able to detect and then display include arterial heart rate, pulse waveform, arterial stiffness, tissue pulse rate, arterial blood oxygenation, tissue oxygenation, and plenty more. Image taken by multi-dimensional sensor (left). The same image with enhanced contrast (right) With regards to the technology incorporated within the sensor device, a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor that generates images based on the data it collects may be utilized. Additionally, the device would include illuminators such as in the form of LEDs, which would illuminate the surface beneath users' skins. In this manner, the sensory would be able to capture reflections of arteries and veins. Correct placement with respect to these blood vessels can be confirmed, and the sensor device is resistant to motion, thus leading to more accurate data capturing. After detection and generation of images, the process circuitry receives these images and verifies the type of tissue captured. It then computes values related to the hemodynamics of a user, which may be useful in predicting medical conditions such as hypertension. Microsoft notes that the described device would be integrable with consumer-level devices such as wearables and mobile phones. Of course, there is no guarantee that the firm is currently working on, or plans to work on such a device in the future.
  3. Doesn't matter if code is open source or closed source, the problem is ###### code, and you get ###### code in all products - closed and open source. Just because a project is open source doesn't mean it has lower code quality. Also, a bug which can be exploited doesn't necesserally mean the code is ######, for example you hear weekly of gaping security vulnerabilities and priviledge escalations in windows, doesn't mean the code is bad just means there is so much damn code and one single method of doing things weirdly can lead to unexpected and untested results.
  4. UK ISPs stop issuing educational copyright infringement notices by Paul Hill A little over two years ago, internet service providers (ISPs) began issuing educational copyright infringement notices to users suspected of engaging in digital piracy to push them towards using legal services such as Netflix and Spotify. Now, notices under the Creative Content UK (CCUK) initiative have stopped being sent to copyright infringers. It’s not clear how much of an impact the programme had directly on people’s behaviour but while the scheme was running, around one million notices were issued and piracy had dropped by 26% during the period. While it’s likely the scheme would have had some impact on behaviour, the wider availability of content from legal sources would have also accounted for a large part of the shift. Commenting on the decision, a spokesperson for the CCUK Get it Right campaign said: “Having encouraged increased awareness of the value of genuine content and of its many legally available sources, in turn resulting in reduced infringing behavior, the Get it Right campaign is now moving to its next phase. The educational emails sent by ISPs upon detection of infringing file-sharing activity have served their purpose and are ceasing, with the focus instead increasing the broader engagement with fans based around their passion for music, TV, film and all other kinds of creative content.” Regarding the new approach mentioned by the CCUK spokesperson, official sources said that it’ll begin soon and will be focused on advertising and social media campaigns. With most people using websites like Facebook, CCUK will be able to target many people and even target their advertising to select groups of people that are more likely to pirate content. Source: TorrentFreak
  5. Using computers or smart phones are already an inherent security risk. Who here abandoned everything when Intel/AMD suffered Spectre issues? How about Chrome, Firefox, IE.. Edge when they suffered their perspective "high" level, remote code execution issues? How many people turned off their machines when Nvidia or AMD had driver issues that could cause security problems? Yesterday, it was released that 150M people have already given up their faces to FaceApp? Nothing wrong there? Panic if you must, but life will go on... besides, you might still be running something on your machine(s) that hasn't been revealed just yet.
  6. if you use other than MPC-BE or Potplayer for video viewing i think is something wrong with you...
  7. The game has quarterly releases with regular content and gameplay updates. Further, it is working towards longer term goals like Server Side Object Container Streaming, which will allow dramatically better performance and substantially more content. After that comes Server Meshing, which will allow players to effectively share a single server rather than the current cap of around 50 players per instance. Perhaps you should read up more about the game. "The hunter who chases two rabbits, catches neither one." They are chasing like 100 rabbits at the same time and the result, after 7 years, is really so-so. They would have focused on a single rabbit. Precisely what they are doing. Not 100 but one named Squadron 42, sharing all assets with Star Citizen, which is currently used to test all development and will become live (I.E. no wipe after patch). 7 Years from scratch and a few minutes video for Kickstarter purposes end of Nov. 2012
  8. You coulda just stopped right there, my answer was no.
  9. SnoopZ

    Vivaldi 2.6.1566.49

    Still loving this browser after switching a while back!
  10. Google and YouTube are reportedly being fined millions for collecting data on children by Muhammad Jarir Kanji A report by The Washington Post suggests the FTC has found Google and YouTube to be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which prohibits websites from collecting data on children under 13 years of age without the consent of their parents. The investigation was the result of complaints to the agency going as far back as 2015, and the investigation was revealed to the public back in June due to reporting by The Washington Post. Now, it seems the agency has come to a settlement with Google. The agency will be charging Google a multimillion-dollar fine, though the exact amount of the fine was not disclosed by The Washington Post's sources. The committee adjudicating on the matter was seemingly divided on the subject, with three Republicans in favour of the settlement and two Democrats opposed to it. While the amount of the fine may not be much of an inconvenience for the tech giant with its billion-dollar revenues, it could potentially set a precedent that would lead the company into more legal trouble in the future. It could also be quite precarious for other tech companies, who may also find themselves in the FTC's crosshairs over the same concerns. Perhaps in an attempt to avert any future legal action against it, Google has been in the process of making changes to its policies pertaining to kids' usage of its services for a while now. It has started disabling comments on videos featuring young kids and is also actively considering moving all kid-oriented videos from main YouTube app to the Kids app, which is designed for use by children. Source: The Washington Post via Engadget
  11. I asked this before as well and got ripped apart ("How can you be exploited if you don't run it?") I meant the vulnerable software is on the system so can it be called and then taken advantage of.
  12. dead.cell

    Weekend PC Game Deals: Discounts from space and beyond

    Slay the Spire – $12.49 on Humble Store Debating on whether I want to get this on PC or the Switch, as it seems like it'd be a cool game to lay in bed and play. Hmm...
  13. I must admit, PotPlayer is a good alternative. MPC-HC is also good.
  14. As above.. Can't install this one either.. Stuck on 18932 ...
  15. Odd that you would assume the XBox One hardware is the only hardware servers they are building. Part of showing the XBox One servers (which they have demonstrated before) is that this solution is using essentially the same hardware, and yet is managed though the cloud server technologies. (This means that if you are Nintendo or Sony or XYZ company, you can use custom hardware and use the xCloud technologies.) I am pretty sure Microsoft can afford XBox One X servers, just saying.
  16. Shall I go over how open source is not more secure, due to the fact that most code is never reviewed by very many people, and seldom security trained engineers? Additionally, to find an exploit in open source, all you need is someone that is smarter than the person that wrote the code to find a useable flaw, and being open source, this is very easy. Open source can be highly secure, sadly, this is not common in projects that don't have dedicated security teams or partners. PS As for VLC - unless you are specifically using it for a feature or codec that Windows 10 does not provide, it is a waste of performance. The video pipeline at best is close to Windows Media Player's older pipeline, where the newer WPF/UWP media pipelines are massively more efficient. (One of our groups recently rewrote some custom video production software, and just by using the new media framework, it reduced CPU and GPU consumption by nearly 90%, with non-GPU accelerated codecs and higher resolution 8K video getting the biggest gains.)
  17. Isn't this exactly the expected result when they offered the source code to security analysts for bug bounties? Imagine that, security issues are being found and fixed.
  18. vf-

    How did you find Neowin?

    I honestly cannot remember how I found Neowin but damn, I remember this look very well.
  19. The game has quarterly releases with regular content and gameplay updates. Further, it is working towards longer term goals like Server Side Object Container Streaming, which will allow dramatically better performance and substantially more content. After that comes Server Meshing, which will allow players to effectively share a single server rather than the current cap of around 50 players per instance. Perhaps you should read up more about the game. "The hunter who chases two rabbits, catches neither one." They are chasing like 100 rabbits at the same time and the result, after 7 years, is really so-so. They would have focused on a single rabbit.
  20. Wait, you removed it because of this article stating that there's a security flaw that they will fix in the next release? I'm guessing the most dangerous use would be streaming media from unscrupulous websites. Not consuming local content.
  21. Its 4 HDD drives (2 with data, the other 2 are backups) and it isn't encrypted. Its just lab data. I also have 2 or three portable hard drives. I'm going to use bubble wrap and a small box, it seems like the easiest solution. I don't have to transport all at the same time either.
  22. Copernic

    Vivaldi 2.6.1566.49

    Vivaldi 2.6.1566.49 by Razvan Serea Vivaldi is a cross-platform web browser built for – and with – the web. A browser based on the Blink engine (same in Chrome and Chromium) that is fast, but also a browser that is rich in functionality, highly flexible and puts the user first. A browser that is made for you. Vivaldi is produced with love by a founding team of browser pioneers, including former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, who co-founded and led Opera Software. Vivaldi’s interface is very customizable. Vivaldi combines simplicity and fashion to create a basic, highly customizable interface that provides everything a internet user could need. The browser allows users to customize the appearance of UI elements such as background color, overall theme, address bar and tab positioning, and start pages. Vivaldi features the ability to "stack" and "tile" tabs, annotate web pages, add notes to bookmarks and much more. Changelog since Vivaldi 2.6 (1566.44): Upgraded Chromium to 75.0.3770.145 Updated Translations Download: Vivaldi 2.6.1566.49 (32-bit) | 54.6 MB (Freeware) Download: Vivaldi 2.6.1566.49 (64-bit) | 57.1 MB View: Vivaldi Home Page | Release Announcement Get alerted to all of our Software updates on Twitter at @NeowinSoftware
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