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AI Used To Spot Art Forgeries By Looking At Brushstrokes

Tyler Lee November 22, 2017

To the untrained eye, spotting an art forgery would be an impossible task, but that’s what art experts are there for, right? Unfortunately it seems that sometimes even experts can get stumped, and that’s where artificial intelligence (AI) comes into play, which is what researchers from Rutgers University and the Atelier for Restoration & Research of Paintings in the Netherlands have developed (via MIT Technology Review).

Given that everyone holds a brush differently and applies different pressure when painting, it’s almost as if brushstrokes are unique to the artist. This is what the researchers relied on by breaking down 300 line drawings from famous artists like Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, and more. They then fed the strokes into a deep recurrent neural network that identified which were the important strokes to distinguish between the artists.

They also went further by training a new algorithm to look for specific features, like the shape of a line in a stroke. Based on their system, it seems that it was capable of identifying artists 80% of the time. They also commissioned artists to create drawings in a similar style, and the system was able to spot the fakes in every instance.

However there are limitations to this system, and that is it only works when the lines used in paintings are more obvious, but the researchers are planning to test the method on Impressionist works and other 19th-century art.

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State Of Hawaii To Look Into Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes

Tyler Lee November 22, 2017

While EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was a highly-anticipated title following the success of the original Battlefront, the game has been marred in controversy with regards to the loot box feature, which some felt was a bit unreasonable and also felt a bit like gambling. This led to EA pulling the feature temporarily.

Unfortunately the company’s problems aren’t over because over in the state of Hawaii, Democrat representative Chris Lee announced that the state is looking into the issue and could be interested in introducing a legislation that would ban children from playing games with loot boxes in them.

According to Lee, he said that they needed to “protect kids who are underage, not psychologically or emotionally mature enough to be able to gamble which is why gambling is prohibited under 21.” State Representative Sean Quinlan also added that with Star Wars being one of the most popular IPs in the world and with it aimed at children, it shouldn’t be allowed to be encourage kids to gamble.

We’re sure that gambling was not the intention behind the loot boxes, but that’s how it’s being looked at right now. Over in France, a Senator has requested that the matter be looked into, while Belgian authorities have recently declared loot boxes to be considered as gambling, and are looking into having the feature banned across Europe.

State Of Hawaii To Look Into Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Released

Tyler Lee November 22, 2017

At this time of writing, there is less than a month before Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in cinemas, and we’re sure that this is something that many moviegoers are looking forward to. Disney knows this, and to tease fans of the franchise, they have released a new teaser trailer called “Tempt”.

For those who are trying to avoid any tiny bit of spoilers that they possibly can, you’ll want to stop reading and maybe skip this teaser, but for those who aren’t fussed, carry on. Now from what we can tell, this seems to be some kind of Jedi training session between Rey and Luke Skywalker, in which it appears that the dark side of the force is calling out to Rey, and Luke is telling her to resist the temptation.

It is a pretty short teaser at under a minute, but it does show us more scenes from the movie which so far based on the hype is shaping up to be a rather epic film. It will also be the longest Star Wars movie to date, coming in at 150 minutes with the credits included. The movie is directed by Rian Johnson who has recently been tasked to helm a new trilogy of Star Wars films.

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Uber Discloses Massive Data Breach That Occurred In 2016

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

If your account got hacked, isn’t that something you’d like to be immediately aware of right away? Unfortunately for Uber, the company is only now disclosing a year later that back in 2016, they experienced a massive data breach that saw 57 million user data stolen by hackers, according to a report from Bloomberg.

According to the report, the data breach took place back in October 2016, meaning that it has been a little over a year since it happened. The data stolen included names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders from around the world, as well as 7 million drivers, 600,000 of which are US driver’s license numbers.

However Uber has reassured users that data such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, trip location details, and so on were not compromised, although we’re not sure how comforting that is given that pretty much everything else was exposed. The report goes on to claim that Uber’s chief security officer and one of his deputies (both have since been let go from the company) tried to keep the breach under wraps by paying the hackers $100,000.

In a statement by Dara Khosrowshahi, who is Uber’s new CEO, “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it. We are changing the way we do business.” Clearly this is not the end of it as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has since launched an investigation into the hack.

Uber Discloses Massive Data Breach That Occurred In 2016 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Some Of The World’s Most Popular Sites Are Recording Your Keystrokes

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

Keyloggers are usually tools you might typically associate with hackers trying to steal your credit card information and passwords, but it seems that some of the world’s most popular websites employ the tool, at least that’s according to researchers from Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

Dubbed “session replay” scripts, these aren’t meant to be used for nefarious purposes, but rather they are meant to be used to help companies gain some insight into who is visiting their website, how users use their website, and so on. However the data that they collect and record can be a bit alarming, as the researchers found that some websites actually record your keystrokes when you visit their page, including when you fill out a form, and even if you decide not to submit it, the information you entered is still recorded anyway.

According to the researchers, “Collection of page content by third-party replay scripts may cause sensitive information such as medical conditions, credit card details, and other personal information displayed on a page to leak to the third-party as part of the recording.” They do have a point because as much as companies love to tout their security measures and encryption of data, all it takes is simple human error, a single bug or exploit to expose everything.

For those who are interested in seeing the list of websites that utilize such session replay scripts, you can head on over to Princeton’s website for the details.

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Belgian Authorities Calls Loot Boxes Gambling, Wants Them Banned

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

About a week ago, Belgian authorities launched an investigation into loot boxes found in video game to determine whether or not such features are considered gambling, and now they are back with their findings and according to VTM News (machine translation; via PC Gamer), the country’s Gaming Commission has announced that it is considered as gambling.

To that end, the commission is hoping to have such features banned from video games across Europe. According to Belgium’s Minister of Justice Koen Geens, “Mixing gambling and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for the mental health of the child.” Note that this does not affect in-game purchases completely.

Rather it seems that it only affects in-game purchases in instances where you don’t know what you’ll be purchasing. For example if there is an in-game purchase for a skin for your character/weapon, that’s fine, but if the in-game purchase is for a chance to unlock a skin/item for your character, then it won’t be allowed as it would be considered gambling.

Now whether or not such a ban will be passed remains to be seen, and Geens admits that the process could take some time. In the meantime Belgium isn’t the only country that is looking into the controversy surrounding loot boxes, as over in France, a French Senator has requested for an investigation to be made as well.

Belgian Authorities Calls Loot Boxes Gambling, Wants Them Banned , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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You Can Now Request To Join A Friend’s Instagram Live

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

Last month Instagram announced a new feature in which it allowed users to invite their friends to join them on their Instagram Live video. However the invite only went one way, meaning that you could invite a friend, but they couldn’t make a request to join you, but that has changed as Instagram has since enabled the feature.

According to Instagram, “When watching a friend’s live video, simply tap the ‘Request’ button in the comments section. You’ll see a confirmation that your friend has accepted your request, and you’ll have a moment to prepare. Once you’re live, the screen will split in half so you can hang out live with your friend. You can leave your friend’s live video at any time, making it easy to join for a quick hello or a longer chat.”

This means that now friends can invite you to join their live sessions, and you can request to join them as well. So for example if you see a friend who’s live and want to pop in for a quick hello, you’ll be able to do so. As Instagram notes, apart from being able to hop onto a friend’s Live video, this will still be treated like a regular Live video where users can choose to share it to their Stories or Discard it when they’re done.

According to Instagram, this changes are now live and are part of Instagram version 24 and should be available for download via the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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CBS TV Channels On Dish Blacked Out

Adnan Farooqui November 21, 2017


CBS and Dish aren’t on the best of terms right now and that has resulted in the blacking out of dozens of CBS channels on Dish. What that means is those who were looking forward to catching NFL games this Thanksgiving might have to make alternate arrangement. CBS had said that it would black out its channels as a result of its ongoing dispute with Dish on subscription fees. The network has followed through on the warnings and taken its channels out for Dish subscribers.

Customers who rely on pay-TV packages to get their CBS stations will no longer be able to access them until the issue is resolved.

The bulk of CBS programs are offered for free over-the-air and since Dish offers customers digital OTA antennas for free, they will be able to access popular network shows, news, and sports from CBS.

Dish has confirmed that CBS blacked out its channels last night. Subscribers can no longer access 28 channels in 18 markets over 26 states.

The dispute revolves around the fees that CBS wants from Dish for the retransmission of its content. The network says that it has been trying for months to reach an agreement with Dish but the latter hasn’t been playing fair.

“Dish is infamous within the media industry for its long history of disputes with content providers,” CBS alleged.

Dish hit back by saying that it’s “regrettable and unnecessary that CBS is bringing its greed into the homes of millions of families this Thanksgiving,” adding that the network is trying to “tax” subscribers on programs that are losing viewers.

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Steam’s Review System Will Be Overhauled To Fight Spam

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

Some people don’t trust reviews and usually would rather find out for themselves if it is something they like or don’t like. Others trust reviews completely, sometimes opting to watch/not watch, buy/not buy a movie, video game, product, and so on, based entirely on reviews. Safe to say that reviews do play a strong role in helping a customer reach their decision.

This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Valve will be giving Steam’s review system an overhaul. According to a blog post on the Steam website, this is done to combat spam bots, who are going about marking reviews as helpful or unhelpful. Valve notes that typically players rate a few reviews as help or unhelpful, but they’ve also been discovering some accounts are marking reviews on an inhuman level.

“However, we found a small set of users on the far extreme that are clearly trying to accomplish something quite different from normal players, and are rating more than 10,000 reviews as helpful or unhelpful on a single game. This behavior is not only humanly impossible, but definitely not a thoughtful indication of how ‘helpful’ each of those reviews were.”

Valve adds that this can distort how reviews are displayed, which in some cases is unfair for developers. “This can result in a confusing appearance where the default set of reviews shown are negative, even when most players have posted positive reviews and clearly enjoy the game.” To that end, Valve will be making some changes to its review system, such as how they go about calculating the helpfulness of each review.

They will also display positive and negative reviews in a similar proportion, where if a game received 80% positive reviews, 8 of those positive reviews will be displayed, followed by 2 negative ones.

Steam’s Review System Will Be Overhauled To Fight Spam , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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The Pokemon Company Releases ‘Pikachu Talk’ For Google Home, Alexa

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

If you’re a fan of Pokemon, we’re sure that at some point you might have thought it would be awesome if Pokemons really existed, where we could walk around with a Pikachu of our own to be our friend and companion (we suppose pets accomplish the same thing), but not to worry as The Pokemon Company has something that comes relatively close.

The company has recently announced the release of an app called Pikachu Talk and it is available for both the Google Home and Amazon Alexa-powered devices. As the name suggests, this app allows both the Google Home and Echo speakers to talk like Pikachu, which we suppose doesn’t really make a lot of sense but it is rather cute.

Obviously this is something of a novelty app rather than a functional one, but it works, it’s just that instead of getting human voices speaking back to you to confirm your commands, you get Pikachu’s voice instead. If you think you can live with that then great! If not like we said, it makes for a pretty novelty feature.

In fact to prove just how cute and novel it is, Twitter user @shnskm posted a video of the Amazon Echo and the Google Home speaking to each other using the app.

『Amazon Echo』のピカチュウと『Google Home』のピカチュウが会話した結果がこちらになります。ご査収ください。 pic.twitter.com/S8rfe1eZKU

— 宮原俊介 (@shnskm) November 19, 2017

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