N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

The New York Times
by
May 31, 2014

 

The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents.

The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show. The agency’s ambitions for this highly sensitive ability and the scale of its effort have not previously been disclosed.

Read the full article at… Direct Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/nsa-collecting-millions-of-faces-from-web-images.html?hpw&rref=us&_r=0

Apple takes on Snapchat with a text self-destruct button: Latest software destroys messages

Apple takes on Snapchat with a text self-destruct button: Latest software destroys messages

  • Apple unveiled the latest software at its developer conference in California
  • This includes the ‘flatter’ Mac OS software called Yosemite, as well as iOS 8
  • Yosemite lets users search Wikipedia and the web from the home screen
  • It also comes with a new online storage service called iCloud Drive
  • iOS 8 features interactive notifications and a new QuickType keyboard
  • It has added a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for video messages
  • Apple’s new Health app connects fitness tracking bands with doctors
  • It is now easier for parents to track what their children are up to online
  • Elsewhere, Apple launched HomeKit that lets users control smart appliances with their iOS device

 

The Daily Mail / UK
by Mark Prigg In San Francisco
2 June 2014

The latest iOS 8 software has interactive notifications, a keyboard that predicts what users will type, and a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for messages. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering also revealed the much-rumoured Health app (pictured) that syncs with fitness trackers
The latest iOS 8 software has interactive notifications, a keyboard that predicts what users will type, and a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for messages. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering also revealed the much-rumoured Health app (pictured) that syncs with fitness trackers

 

Apple has unveiled a radical overhaul of its Mac software alongside a brand new iOS 8.

The latest iOS software now has interactive notifications, a keyboard that predicts what users will type, and a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for video and audio messages.

Meanwhile, the new Mac software design has taken many of the concepts seen on last year’s ‘flat’ iOS 7, and added key features such as being able to search Wikipedia and the web directly from the home screen.

Apple boss Tim Cook said the firm’s software had been completely redesigned to work ‘seamlessly’ together.

iOS 8’s new notification system means people can respond without having to open and switch apps.

There is also a new video messaging system allowing people to easily send video and audio messages.

This allows messages to be set to self destruct, rather like Snapchat.

The iPhone’s keyboard has been overhauled with a new QuickType system that can predict words the user is likely to use, and learns how a user types over time.

Spotlight has also been improved to allow better searching.

According to Cook, Messages is the most frequently used app, and this has been updated it to make it easier to set up and take part in group chats.

The much-rumoured Health app was also revealed, following weeks of leaks. It brings together data from fitness tracking bands and other systems.

‘Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices,’ said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. ‘But until now, the information lives in silos.’

 

On Yosemite (pictured left), Federighi said users can now search Wikipedia and the web directly from the home screen. The iOS 8 software (pictured right) now has a new notification system, meaning people can respond without having to switch apps. There is also a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for video messages
On Yosemite (pictured left), Federighi said users can now search Wikipedia and the web directly from the home screen. The iOS 8 software (pictured right) now has a new notification system, meaning people can respond without having to switch apps. There is also a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for video messages

 

Apple iOS 8
Apple iOS 8

 

During the Mac OS announcement, Federighi (pictured) joked that OS X Weed was one of the names considered. The software has been redesigned (pictured) to look 'flat' and resemble the latest version of the iOS software seen on iPhones and iPads - in a project overseen by chief designer Sir Jonathan Ive
During the Mac OS announcement, Federighi (pictured) joked that OS X Weed was one of the names considered. The software has been redesigned (pictured) to look ‘flat’ and resemble the latest version of the iOS software seen on iPhones and iPads – in a project overseen by chief designer Sir Jonathan Ive

 

 

*** WHAT’S NEW IN IOS 8?

iOS 8 now has a new notification system, meaning people can respond without having to open and switch apps.

A new video messaging system lets people easily send video and audio messages, and these messages can be set to self destruct, rather like Snapchat.

The iPhone’s keyboard has been overhauled with a new QuickType system that can predict words the user is likely to use, and learns how a user types over time.

Spotlight has been improved to allow better searching.

Messages has been updated it to make it easier to set up and take part in group chats.

The much-rumoured Health app brings together data from fitness tracking bands and other systems. 

The family sharing app allows families to easily share calenders, pictures and even find phones.

Parents can see what their children have bought online, and download apps, music and films on the same account.

The system will automatically message parents if their child tries to buy content online.

 

Apple is working with the Mayo Clinic to allow data to be shared with doctors automatically, and notify them if a reading is too high, for example.

Apple’s iOS 8 additionally now has a family sharing app allowing families to easily share calenders, pictures and even find phones.

Parents can see what their children have bought online, and download apps, music and films on the same account.

The system will automatically message parents if their child tries to buy content online, too.

Elsehwere, the firm added HomeKit, a system to allow users to control home appliances and turn their iPhone into a remote control.

It allows the iPhone to open doors, control lights and even carry out commands like ‘get ready for bed’ which could dim lights and lock all doors.

During the Mac OS announcement, Federighi joked that OS X Weed was one of the names considered, before revealing the latest version of the software will be called Yosemite.

The software has been redesigned to look ‘flat’- to resemble the latest version of the iOS software seen on iPhones and iPads – in a project overseen by chief designer Sir Jonathan Ive.

It also has a new mode that lets users easily change the colour scheme, and comes with a new online storage service called iCloud Drive.

This lets users automatically synchronise files across multiple Macs, iPhones, iPads and even Windows PCs.

‘It’s got an all new interface,’ Federighiboasted. ‘It’s gorgeous and more usable.’

The software update will improve battery life, according to Federighi, and it has added a new ‘markup’ option to let users easily annotate pictures they are emailing.

The firm has also improved the way Macs, iPads and iPhone work together.

 

*** WHAT’S NEW IN MAC OS X YOSEMITE?

The software has been redesigned to look ‘flat’- to resemble the latest version of the iOS software seen on iPhones and iPads – in a project overseen by chief designer Sir Jonathan Ive.

It also has a new mode that lets users easily change the colour scheme, and comes with a new online storage service called iCloud Drive, allowing users to automatically synchronise files across multiple Macs, iPhones, iPads and even Windows PCs.

The software update will improve battery life, according to Federighi, and it has added a new ‘markup’ option to let users easily annotate pictures they are emailing.

The firm has also improved the way Macs, iPads and iPhone work together.

For example, a new feature called Continuity lets people drop files onto their phone from a Mac, while Handoff lets people swap between devices and automatically pick up where the user left off – even if an email is half written.

Elsewhere, Yosemite now has SMS and phone call support to Macs, meaning people can send texts from their Mac, and even use it as a speakerphone. 

 

Federighi (pictured) also unveiled a radical overhaul of Apple's Mac software, called Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The update will improve battery life on Macs, according to Federighi, and it has added a new 'markup' option to let users easily annotate pictures they are emailing
Federighi (pictured) also unveiled a radical overhaul of Apple’s Mac software, called Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The update will improve battery life on Macs, according to Federighi, and it has added a new ‘markup’ option to let users easily annotate pictures they are emailing

 

For example, a feature called Continuity lets people drop files onto their phone from a Mac, while Handoff lets people swap between devices and automatically pick up where the user left off – even if an email is half written.

Elsewhere, Yosemite now has SMS and phone call support to Macs, meaning people can send texts from their Mac, and even use it as a speakerphone.

Users can dial their iPhone from their Mac, a feature that was demonstrated by calling Dr Dre, Apple’s latest employee. ‘What time should I get into work? I can’t wait to start,’ he said.

 

The firm has also improved the way Macs, iPads and iPhone work together. For example, a new feature called Continuity lets people drop files onto their phone from a Mac. Elsewhere, Yosemite has SMS and phone call support (pictured), meaning people can send texts from their Mac, and even use it as a speakerphone
The firm has also improved the way Macs, iPads and iPhone work together. For example, a new feature called Continuity lets people drop files onto their phone from a Mac. Elsewhere, Yosemite has SMS and phone call support (pictured), meaning people can send texts from their Mac, and even use it as a speakerphone

 

The new Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite software will be available in the Autumn, and will be free.

The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is an annual event in which the company reveals a series of new products and software to developers.

Recently, the event has focused predominantly on Apple software, including iOS on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and OS X for its range of Macs.

Major hardware releases are reserved until Apple’s annual event in September.

Speaking to 5,000 developers at the California’s Moscone centre, Cook said: ‘We’re here to celebrate the developer community, and the number of lives they have enriched.

‘Our youngest developer is 13, and we’ll be seeing apps from him for a long time.

‘We’re gathered to talk about Mac OS and iOS. While the industry declined by 5 per cent, Macs grew by 12 per cent.’

Cook also took aim at Microsoft’s poorly received Windows 8 software.

‘Over 50 per cent of our users are on the latest release. Windows 8 shipped a year before Mavericks, and it’s at 14 per cent.

Earlier this year, Cook announced Apple is gearing up to ‘enter new product categories’.

While the recent $3billion acquisition of Beats Audio from rapper Dr Dre suggests the company is potentially exploring new territories.

 

Apple is working with the Mayo Clinic to allow its fitness data (pictured) to be shared with doctors automatically, and notify them if a reading is too high
Apple is working with the Mayo Clinic to allow its fitness data (pictured) to be shared with doctors automatically, and notify them if a reading is too high

 

The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) (pictured) is an annual event in which the company reveals a series of new products and software to developers. Recently, the event has focused predominantly on Apple software, with major hardware releases reserved for Apple's event in September
The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) (pictured) is an annual event in which the company reveals a series of new products and software to developers. Recently, the event has focused predominantly on Apple software, with major hardware releases reserved for Apple’s event in September

 

At last year’s event, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi unveiled iOS 7 – which was seen as a major step away from previous versions of the mobile software.

It was the first major change to the operating system since senior vice president of design at Apple, Sir Jonathan Ive, was put in charge of software in October 2013.

It was a complete redesign, and many critics said it was too similar to Google’s rival Android system. 

Elsewhere, Apple is said to be looking to launch a Smart Home platform that would let iOS devices control connected household appliances.

Google has also made inroads into the smart home with the Nest Labs purchase, and this could be the next key battleground the two companies will be fighting over.

 

 

Direct Link:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2646338/Apple-gears-launch-iOS-8-turn-iPhone-remote-control.html