If the dazzle camouflage works, I’m sure it will be made illegal

Liverpool LighNight 2014

Antisurveillance face camouflage
[Via Boing Boing]

Adam Harvey’s “Computer Vision Dazzle” is designed to keep facial-recognition computer algorithms from seeing the real face. But how to wear the dazzle for days while going about everyday life?

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See, even the person above begins to disappear from casual view. The use of dazzle camouflage started in WWI on navy ships. It made it very hard to determine speed or distance.

That is because it worked against the way rangefinders worked at the time. Today we have something similar based on how facial recognition algorithms work.

The authorities will not allow their surveillance to be flouted. They would never allow the distributed masses to use this on a regular basis.

If they are allowed to maintain that level of control. This could be one of the battle grounds.

Coning this Fall – the end of credit cards?

 Leather Wallet

 

Apple’s e-wallet could debut as soon as this fall, possibly with ‘iPhone 6′
[Via AppleInsider]

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is accelerating work on a mobile payments system, or digital wallet, that could be ready by this fall, allowing customers to pay for physical goods with their iPhone instead of a credit card or cash.

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I’ve written before about how Apple will change the whole idea of a credit card transaction, through the use of an iPhone and iBeacons. And how Apple made some basic changes in its networking protocols to sent encrypted data.

Now it looks like it might come here this Fall. Never have to remove your credit card. Use your iPhone to transit all the necessary data and encrpted for protection. Now you don’t have to worry about a waiter running your card twice, or copying the number or using their own software to copy the card.

In fact, with an iWatch, you might not even need to remove your iPhone from your pocket.

So now think if Apple receives a small percentage of every Visa transaction? Thiunk that might enhance their bottom line?

If I had spare money, I;d be buying Apple stock.

Could iBeacons be coming for hoime use?

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Apple could make a killing with this little-known device
[Via MacDailyNews]

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“Unless consumers start carrying around two iPhones, investors are still waiting for Apple to come up with the next profit-driving monster,” Dan Newman writes for The Motley Fool.

“Many think this might be a role for the rumored iWatch. However, at an estimated selling price at half of an iPhone, around $300, and a consumer interest yet to be confirmed,” Newman writes. “But, one device that links up with iThings anywhere just might give Apple an iPhone-sized financial boost: an iBeacon transmitter for every home and business.”

“Imagine walking past the grocery store and receiving a notification of a sale on your favorite brand of cereal. Or, after sitting at a bar for an hour, receiving a coupon for your next round of drinks. Or, leaving a clothing store and automatically being charged for the items that you ordered to fit. iBeacon can do these things with low-energy Bluetooth technology, or BLE,” Newman writes. “Apple introduced iBeacon in 2013, and recently came out with standards needed to earn consent for use of the trademark. There are many variations of iBeacons that third-party manufacturers have designed, like Estimote’s rock-shaped transmitter, or the more utilitarian AIRcable USB dongle. However, a more Apple-esque design might come from the company. According to FCC filings, Apple has tested an iBeacon transmitter that it would manufacture itself.”

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We keep hearing about all these business uses for iBeacons -“Have coupons sent to your iPhone as you walk around.”

People will only use this if it is useful FOR THEM, not if it makes life easier for businesses. I’ve already written about how this technology could be useful for people – like making paying for meals at restaurants so much easier.

What happens at home when you have iBeacons from Apple available? First, combine them with Apple’s HomeKit. So your computer/iOS device knows where you are.

HomeKit will be designed to connect apps and home devices. Add some iBeacons and these devices will turn on or off depending on where you are.

So, as you walk around the house, it can do things, like turn on the light or open the garage door when you need it.

Or a home speaker system that not only plays music you want to hear as you move through the house but plays different music on different speakers depending on where people are in the house.

I’ll bet there are more.

Beware of this scam – predicting the World Cup with 100% accuracy while creating provable conspiracy theories

Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha 

How to predict news events with 100% success
[Via Boing Boing]

It’s simple, writes Andy Baio: “Delete Your Mistakes.”

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This scam was just done on Twitter with the game between Argentina and Germany. They not only predicted the correct score but also who would score the goal and when it would occur. It went viral.

Luckily the perpetrator made a mistake and did not keep all their handiwork private.

The author of this article uses another example – a youtube video predicting a presidential election. The YouTube video has a time stamp that is from 6 months before the election. It states the exact results and links to Instagram, Flickr and Twitter accounts –  all also timestamped from before the election, that accurately show the correct results, state by state.

So the election was pre-ordained, a kabuki created by the corporations?

How this is done is to create private accounts months ahead of time for every possible combination, then delete all the incorrect accounts and make the correct one public.

Easy to do with a little programming skill.

So watch out for those who predict the Emmy winners, election results or World Series champions, after the fact.

Science suggests treadmill desks might improve cognitive functions

Amazon.com: LifeSpan TR1200-DT Treadmill Desk (2013 Model): Sports & Outdoors outdoor wicker is a favorite of ours! So is this find by 412wedge. 

Treadmill walking during vocabulary encoding improves verbal long-term memory
[Via BioMed Central - Latest articles]

Moderate physical activity improves various cognitive functions, particularly when it is applied simultaneously to the cognitive task. In two psychoneuroendocrinological within-subject experiments, we investigated whether very low-intensity motor activity, i.e. walking, during foreign-language vocabulary encoding improves subsequent recall compared to encoding during physical rest. Furthermore, we examined the kinetics of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in serum and salivary cortisol. Previous research has associated both substances with memory performance.In both experiments, subjects performed better when they were motorically active during encoding compared to being sedentary. BDNF in serum was unrelated to memory performance. In contrast we found a positive correlation between salivary cortisol concentration and the number of correctly recalled items. In summary, even very light physical activity during encoding is beneficial for subsequent recall.

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Walking makes use remember and recall things easier. So, walking on a treadmill while working would seem to be what every company should provide. We would be in better shape and smarter.

Looking forward to that. Not.

Uselss app finds usefulness in warning Israelis of rocket attacks

 Bomb Shelter in the Golan Heights, Israel

Pointless Yo app now alerts Israelis to rocket attacks
[Via Ars Technica]

An app that became infamous for its astounding lack of utility has found a purpose: warning Israeli citizens about rocket strikes. As reported by the Times of Israel (via Valleywag), Israelis have been using the app Yo to subscribe to alerts from Red Alert: Israel about incoming attacks during the Hamas-Israel conflict.

Yo was roundly mocked when it secured $1.2 million in funding and again when it was shown to have gaping security holes. It does almost nothing; tapping a contact’s name within the app sends a push notification to that person’s phone and makes it say “yo.” That’s… it.

Now Yo has partnered with Red Alert: Israel, an app that shows users “where the rockets fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists are aimed,” according to the Times of Israel. Red Alert: Israel’s app sounds an alarm during attacks, and it’s meant to work as a backup for the sirens that sound to alert residents. Users who so choose can now receive a “yo” when rockets have been launched.

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I love this.  The developers of Yo are nothing if not adaptable. Eight hours of work to create an app that could save lives. From a totally useless app to a reasonably valuable one. Who is laughing now?

Distributed approaches again succeed over hierarchical.

Unbelievable, Google Wear bug prevents paid apps to be used. QA fail?

 Fossil's concept watches (next to a Nexus S phone)

Google DRM bug blocks paid Android Wear apps
[Via Ars Technica]

With smartwatches running Android Wear slowly starting to trickle out into the world, developers are coming to grips with Google’s new wearable platform. In doing so, they have found one of its first big bugs: paid apps don’t work.

Currently, there’s no such thing as a “standalone Wear app.” Watch apps must be downloaded by a phone using the Play Store and include an Android Wear component. After installing the phone app locally, the phone sends the Wear component to the watch over a Bluetooth connection.

Paid Android apps are encrypted, with the encryption key obtained from the Play Store and passed to the phone. But according to a report from Android Police, the key does not currently get passed to the watch. With no way to decrypt the packages, the watch fails to install encrypted wearable apps. The only current workaround is not to charge for the app, which removes the Play Store’s encryption.

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So, you pay for an app. install it as expected and it refuses to work.

How was this missed in any sort of quality control? Google encourages developers to make paid apps but then only allows free apps on their wearable stuff.

How in the world did this get out?

Foxconn preparing robots to replace people

FANUC Robot Assembly Demo

 

Foxconn prepares to replace workers with robots in iPhone 6 assembly process
[Via 9to5Mac]

Foxconn is preparing to enhance its assembly process with a new line of robots, the CEO of the iPhone manufacturer’s parent company said during a shareholder meeting. According to the executive, Apple will be the first company to reap the benefits of the new process, likely indicating that the iPhone 6 will be the first phone to be produced by the new machines.

Each of the planned 10,000 robots will cost the company between $20,000 and $25,000, and will be capable of churning out 300,000 smartphones on average. The machines, which are said to be in the final testing stages now, won’t be available for sale to other companies, according to CEO Terry Gou, as Foxconn will likely not have enough to meet its own needs.

Foxconn recently went on a hiring spree in preparation for the upcoming Apple smartphone, reportedly hiring as many as 100,000 new workers. There’s no word yet on how (or if) the decision to implement a mechanical solution on the assembly line will affect those jobs.

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This has been coming on for some time. I expect in a few years, Foxconn will have far fewer human employees. Then what will all those people do?

Jay Rosen nails it with respect to Facebook

Facebook Beachfront 

[Via Dave Winer's linkblog feed]

Facebook’s controversial study is business as usual for tech companies but corrosive for universities.

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I was more upset with PNAs than Facebook. Glad to see someone else is.

Uncomfortable NSA leak from possible second source?

NSA Targets Privacy Conscious for Surveillance
[Via Schneier on Security]

Jake Appelbaum et. al, are reporting on XKEYSCORE selection rules that target users — and people who just visit the websites of — Tor, Tails, and other sites. This isn’t just metadata; this is “full take” content that’s stored forever.

This code demonstrates the ease with which an XKeyscore rule can analyze the full content of intercepted connections. The fingerprint first checks every message using the “email_address” function to see if the message is to or from “bridges@torproject.org”. Next, if the address matched, it uses the “email_body” function to search the full content of the email for a particular piece of text – in this case, “https://bridges.torproject.org/&#8221;. If the “email_body” function finds what it is looking for, it passes the full email text to a C++ program which extracts the bridge addresses and stores them in a database.

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From this leak, it appears that almost anyone who tried to create online privacy and anonymity is seeing their online data being captured by the NSA. As one person said, they are separating sheep from goats – those who do not protect their privacy and those who can.

Separate the goats out and then only concentrate on them.

But what is really fascinating and possibly very important – several people believe this leak comes from another source than Snowden. If so, this is big.

An important book on innovation from Pixar

Incredible Bokeh 

[Crossposted at SpreadingScience]

GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal’s collapse allowed Steve Jobs to invest
[Via AppleInsider]

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed.

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What happened at Pixar not only serves as an example of an innovative business but may also help explain one of the great transformations in recent history – Steve Jobs from his original Apple incarnation to his modern Apple incarnation.

He gained much better understanding of what worked with creative solutions and how to positively destroy things in order to move on to new areas.

Things would be so much different today if GM and Philips had gotten Pixar.

The company has to destroy itself, in order to save itself

Mac Keyboard 

Apple: Lessons in Self-Destruction. Richard Gutjahr’s blog
[Via asymco]

My thanks to Richard Gutjahr for taking time to talk about self-disruption. I met Richard as the Master of Ceremonies at the Censhare FutureDays event in Munich. He interviewed me for his blog and posted the results as a video and sound file. Richard is a journalist (Berliner Tagesspiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and TV personality (news presenter for Rundschau night).

Horace and I have met at a conference in Germany a few weeks ago. During a break, we were talking about the future of Apple. Horace made a statement, which I found quite intriguing: In order to remain innovative, it is not enough to reinvent yourself again and again. Apple must be the one to destroy its own business.

Hour-long conversation including audio and video: Apple: Lessons in Self-Destruction.

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“In order to remain innovative, it is not enough to reinvent yourself again and again. Apple must be the one to destroy its own business.”

That is what a 21st century company has to do. Google keeps re-inventing itself. Apple tries to destroy itself. The Mac destroyed the Apple II. The iPod destroyed the Mac. The iPhone destroyed the iPod.

What will destroy the iPhone?

(And by destroy, I don’t mean make vanish. Just toppled as the company’s lead money maker.)

Your iPhone will make a better, more secure wallet than your wallet

 iPhone 5S

Mobile money services on the rise worldwide as Apple eyes Touch ID payment system
[Via AppleInsider]

If Apple is able to drive adoption of its rumored iTunes-backed mobile payment system among wealthy consumers at the same pace as similar systems in the developing world, it could be one of the company’s most important — and profitable — strategic moves.

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I’ve written about the effect the iPhone will have on credit cards before. I think this will be a key aspect of the new iPhone coming out (Apple will have had over a year to work out all the needed aspects of TouchId).

You iPhone will be more secure than the wallet you have. Only Apple will have the secure enclave that protects your data. Even losing your iPhone will not allow anyone access to the credit card numbers, like losing your wallet.

Combine this with iBeacons and Apple will control it all. I would not be surprised to see Google and the DOJ  go after Apple in a few years for their emerging monopoly in this area ;-)

Using animated gifs properly to make a point

WWDC 2014

“Apple is looking old and stale”
[Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)]

In my post-Apple-WWDC-keynote haze, I did what I usually do after a big Apple event: I read anything and everything I could regarding the event. Analysis, rundowns, roundups, and galleries are all fair game, and to my surprise the general consensus– even from the notoriously pessimistic Wall Street crowd — was extremely positive.

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Funny article, mainly because it uses animated gifs to provide editorial comments.

Apple doing their own ads and they are great

Videos: Apple’s new in-house ad team struts its stuff
[Via Brainstorm Tech: Technology blogs, news and analysis from Fortune Magazine » Apple 2.0]

Apple’s long-time ad agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, is now competing for Apple’s business with a new in-house team made up in part by talent poached from Chiat\Day.

Peter Burrows had the story Wednesday afternoon in Bloomberg Businessweek. A few hours later, as if to strut its stuff, team Apple fielded a new TV ad and four YouTube videos.

What’s interesting about the TV spot is that it highlighted Apple’s foray into health monitoring several months before its newly announced HealthKit app is scheduled to appear. It featured eight third-party products that take advantage of the motion detector built into the iPhone 5S and said nothing about the Apple wrist band that’s rumored to be in the works.

“iWatch?” wrote Shawn King on The Loop. “Who needs an iWatch?”

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Go take a look. These are pretty nice.

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