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Amazon ‘style assistant’ divides opinion

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Amazon’s new smart speaker, the Echo Look, received a mixed reaction following its unveiling this week.

Some say it could inspire confidence while others voiced privacy concerns.

The $200 (£154) gadget, not yet on sale, features a camera to capture full-length selfies and video which can be stored to create a personal “look book”.

It uses smart assistant Alexa to give a verdict on outfit choices and recommend clothes to buy.

It is listed as available “by invitation only” on the Amazon website and is aimed at the US market only.

“With this data, Amazon won’t be able to just sell you clothes or judge you. It could analyze (sic) if you’re depressed or pregnant and much else,” tweeted Zeynap Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina.

“Not just a privacy disaster; people don’t understand what algorithms can infer from pictures. You are disclosing a lot of health info, too.”

Amazon said that it would not share any personal information with advertisers or third party websites.

But Fiona Blake, who runs a closed Facebook page where hundreds of women share photos of their outfits and offer each other supportive fashion advice, said she thought the Echo Look sounded like a good idea.

“People struggle with looking in the mirror and taking photographs of themselves,” she said.

“This is brilliant daily inspiration. You could flick through your own personal Pinterest board [of outfit choices] – that is key for getting up, getting dressed and getting out there.

“I’m happy for someone to recommend something. I can’t get to every high street shop. I don’t mind being sold to but I know a lot of people don’t like that approach.”

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Professional stylist Donna McCulloch, from Sulky Doll stylists, said people should not rely on an app to tell them what to wear.

“If you are unsure about an outfit, then trust your own gut instinct and try a different look instead,” she said.

Google and Facebook duped in huge ‘scam’

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Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam.

In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against “two US-based internet companies” who were not named at the time.

They had allegedly been tricked into wiring more than $100m to the alleged scammer’s bank accounts.

On 27 April, Fortune reported that the two victims were Facebook and Google.

The man accused of being behind the scam, Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, allegedly posed as an Asia-based manufacturer and deceived the companies from at least 2013 until 2015.

“Fraudulent phishing emails were sent to employees and agents of the victim companies, which regularly conducted multimillion-dollar transactions with [the Asian] company,” the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in March.

These emails purported to be from employees of the Asia-based firm, the DOJ alleged, and were sent from email accounts designed to look like they had come from the company, but in fact had not.

The DOJ also accused Mr Rimasauskas of forging invoices, contracts and letters “that falsely appeared to have been executed and signed by executives and agents of the victim companies”.

“We detected this fraud against our vendor management team and promptly alerted the authorities,” a spokeswoman for Google said in a statement.

“We recouped the funds and we’re pleased this matter is resolved.”

However, the firm did not reveal how much money it had transferred and recouped.

Nor did Facebook – but a spokeswoman said: “Facebook recovered the bulk of the funds shortly after the incident and has been cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation.”

Big firms targeted

“Sometimes staff [at large firms] think that they are defended, that security isn’t part of their job,” said James Maude at cyber-security firm Avecto, commenting on the phishing threat facing big companies.

“But people are part of the best security you can have – that’s why you have to train them.”

He also told the BBC that Avecto’s clients have recounted phishing attempts that used senior staff’s hacked email accounts to convince employees that a request to wire out money was genuine.

The sophistication of phishing scams has increased lately, according to a recent Europol report.

“CEO fraud” – in which executives are impersonated by the scammer – was a particular worry.

“The request is usually time-sensitive and often coincides with the close of business hours to make verification of the request difficult,” the report explained.

“Such attacks often take advantage of publicly reported events such as mergers, where there may be some degree of internal flux and uncertainty.”

In order to avoid succumbing to such fraud, firms are advised to carefully verify new payment requests before authorising them.

A Little Something Called Competition Forces Verizon To Bring Back Unlimited* Data

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Despite the rising competitive threat of T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless has spent the last few years simply refusing to seriously compete on price. That stubbornness has extended to the company’s refusal to match T-Mobile’s unlimited data plans, eliminated by Verizon back in 2011. In a truly competitive market, you’re supposed to listen to your customers and try to provide whatever they’re clamoring for. But Verizon’s tack has been the exact opposite; the company spending the last few years trying to tell consumers they don’t really want simpler, unlimited data options — and that these plans are unnecessary and unviable.

For most of this time, Verizon Wireless’ excuse du jour was that it didn’t have to compete on price or service because its network was just that phenomenal. But a report last week by Open Signal found that T-Mobile, once considered an under-cooked upstart, was finally fielding a network that nearly matches Verizon in terms of both speed and overall coverage:

“Our testers were able to find a Verizon LTE signal 88.2% of the time, cementing Big Red’s place at the top of our 4G rankings. But T-Mobile has been systematically closing the gap. In the fourth quarter its 4G availability was less than two percentage points below Verizon’s, the closest we’ve seen that difference.”

Initially Verizon tried to downplay the results, insisting that because Open Signal uses crowdsourced data, that the results souldn’t be taken seriously. That didn’t go over particularly well over at T-Mobile:

But Verizon then did a 180, announcing late last week that the company would finally be offering unlimited data again, and without throttling video, music or games as a result (which is now standard practice at both T-Mobile and Sprint). Of course the industry’s definition of “unlimited” remains as murky as it has always been, with Verizon quick to note that by “unlimited,” they actually mean somewhere around 22 gigabytes per month, after which your connection will likely be throttled:

“On all Verizon Unlimited plans you get our fast LTE speeds. To ensure a quality experience for all customers, after 22 GB of data usage on a line during any billing cycle we may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion. While we don’t expect to do that very often, network management is a crucial tool that benefits all Verizon customers.”

Still, a good move is a good move. And Verizon’s decision will likely push AT&T (which currently only sells you unlimited data if you bundle your wireless connection a with DirecTV service) to follow suit. Granted competition in telecom is fickle and inconsistent, and non-price competition — where theatrics trump actual value — is generally the rule of thumb. And should rumors of a new Sprint, T-Mobile merger be accurate, we could very quickly be facing three large

Daily Deal: VoCore2 Mini Linux Computer + Ultimate Dock

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A whole lot of computing power is packed into VoCore2 Mini Linux Computer, an open source Linux computer and fully functional wireless router that is smaller than a coin. The applications of this tiny computer are virtually endless; use it as a VPN gateway to secure your network, an AirPlay music streaming station, and much more. You can write code for the VoCore2 in C, Java, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, and more to enhance its functions. Plug in a microSD card to the included Ultimate Dock and create a personal cloud server. The VoCore2 + Ultimate Dock are on sale now for just $43.

Instagram is growing faster than ever and now has 700 million users

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Instagram is growing faster than it ever has before.

The photo and video app, which is owned by Facebook, now has 700 million monthly active users, adding 100 million new users in just over four months. That’s faster than the six months it took the company to jump from 500 million to 600 million users, which was faster than the nine months it took to jump from 400 million to 500 million.

So things have picked up significantly in the past year.

PHP MYSQL CONNECT PDO

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PHP MYSQL CONNECT PDO

I will show here, how to create simple connection with mysql using PDO PHP 7

PHP supports several databases natively through the PDO or through third party libraries.

The simplest way is to use the PDO to connect to the database.

$connection = new PDO(“mysql:dbname=banco;host=localhost”, “user”,”passwd”);

Shortly after we pass connection attributes

$connection->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE, PDO::ERRMODE_WARNING);
$connection->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_CASE, PDO::CASE_LOWER);

Now we have MYSQL connection made

TEST $test = $connection->query(“select * from test”);

echo $test->rowCount();

I hope I have helped beginners.

 

Getting to know PHP

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PHP programming language most used, on the web, today I will introduce you to
this world.

PHP and an easy learning language neither so it becomes inferior its competitors.

Let’s start with famous “hello world”

<?php

echo ‘HELLO WORLD’;

?>

Saving example, above in an index.php document we will have as answer “HELLO WORLD”

Php is a server-side runtime language.
It is necessary to have a configured environment.
In the next post we will show how you can install configure web server in LINUX

 

 

Getting started with Python

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Python is a powerful high-level, object-oriented programming language created by Guido van Rossum.

It has simple easy-to-use syntax, making it the perfect language for someone trying to learn computer programming for the first time.

This is a comprehensive guide on how to get started in Python, why you should learn it and how you can learn it.

Python Keywords
Keywords square measure the reserved words in Python.

We cannot use a keyword as variable name, perform name or the other symbol. they’re wont to outline the syntax and structure of the Python language.

In Python, keywords
square measure case sensitive.

There square measure thirty three keywords in Python three.3. This range will vary slightly in course of your time.

All the keywords except True, False and None square measure in minuscule and that they should be written because it is. The list of all the keywords square measure given below.