This week’s headline story: A picture IS worth a 1,00 Words
Researchers at Georgia Tech can tell all about you from your photos. The new computer model they’ve developed uses photos posted online to unravel a narative of your day’s activities. The method has achieved about 83 percent accuracy in identifying the activities it sees in real-life images. The technology could be harnessed as a tool for targetted marketing online, providing more useful information than things you type online and GPS coordinates.
- How Your Device Knows Your Life through Images [MIT Technology Review]
Other Headline News…
- MasterCard Aims To Enable Payments via Any Gadget [NewsFactor]
Working with a diverse group of partners, MasterCard has launched a new program designed to enable mobile payments via practically any type of gadget — including wearable technologies. Among the “Commerce for Every Device” prototypes being rolled out during the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas this week are a payment-enabling GM car key fob, a ring from Ringy and a wristband from Nymi.
in Information Security News…
- 12 New Malware Types Discovered Every 60 Seconds [NewsFactor]
How rapidly is malware spreading? Researchers at German security firm G Data said that the first half of this year saw 12 new malware families a minute.
- Senate Passes Bill To Push Sharing of Info on Hacker Threats [NewsFactor]
The Senate has passed a bill aimed at improving cybersecurity by encouraging companies and the government to share information about threats. It took roughly six years to win approval for such a program.
and in Tech Industry news…
- Tablet Sales Fall for Fourth Consecutive Quarter [NewsFactor]
The global tablet market continued its yearlong tumble as shipments declined for the fourth straight quarter, down 12.6 percent year-over year, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.
- Cloud Traffic Set To Quadruple in Five Years, Cisco Says [NewsFactor]
Cloud traffic – that is data travelling to and from cloud Internet services, will be four times greater in 2019 than it is today, according to the fifth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index. That means a rise from 2.1 zettabytes (ZB) to 8.6 ZB in just the next four years.
- Google Unveils RankBrain, New AI for Powering Searches [NewsFactor]
An AI system engineered at Google called RankBrain is being used to generate relevant search results for a significant number of searches. RankBrain handels around 15 percent of the queries Google sees each day. Those that can’t be effectively handled by the previous results-based methods used to drive more familiar search queries.