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Instagram hiding likes?

Last week the Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri had an interview with CBS News. One of the points he raised was making sure instagram doesn’t feel like competition, thus they were playing with making the like counts private He explains it himself saying “One of the ideas we’re currently experimenting with is like counts private, for instance, ’cause we don’t want Instagram to be such a competition. We want it be a place where people

Walmart is watching you!

For all those whole love the 5 finger discounts, Walmart has revealed they’ve been using AI in the form of computer vision, on their cctv cameras in over 1000 stores. The system is designed to detect shop lifters before they leave the store. Internally the system is called Missed scan detection The cameras track and analyze activities at self-checkout and normal registers maned with cashiers. If an item is moved past a checkout scanner without

Facebook reveal their cryptocurrency: Project Libra

Facebook have officially revealed their heavily rumoured cryptocurrency project, Libra; its been touted as possibly a huge disruption to financial Industry, it plans to “enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people” Its said mega corporations like Visa Mastercard and Uber are all onboard with this new cryptocurrency… It definitely looks interesting however, Facebook privacy practices have left a lot to be desired, they already know half of my Internet

Achieving more Zen: IT Stories

Let me paint the picture for you. Its Monday morning 8:30am, after a not so eventful weekend I’m sitting at my desk, ready for the week ahead. Now, there isn't a more quintessential form of preparing for the long day than brewing a nice hot cuppa; in my case, a mug of Macha Green Tea, (I’ve been trying to achieve a little more zen in my life lately). As you can imagine working for Conscious

Google develops Technique Retpoline to Fix Spectre with no Slow Down to CPU’s

Google Introduces Retpoline Off the back of the Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerability that has shaken the entire IT industry, it turns out an engineer over at Google has developed a solution called Retpoline Created by a Google software engineer Paul Turner, The solution is “a novel software binary modification technique that prevents branch-target-injection” Well… that explains it..! In short, Retpoline resolves the performance hit the previous fix introduced. What’s even better is Google has been

A vulnerability has been discovered that affect all Intel, AMD and ARM processors

A This vulnerability that allegedly affects all Intel, AMD and ARM processors will have a major impact on chips going forward. All Operating Systems that operate on these processors (practically everything, including cell phone OS) will require the patch. The crux of the problem is that the update has been said to slow down chips by as much as 30 percent (ouch!). To add more fuel to the fire experts say the bug is a design

Apple offers discounted battery replacement for a year

“We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down,” says the company. “We apologize.” The company is offering anyone with an iPhone 6 or older, battery replacements (for $29 normally $50) starting in late January to December 2018. The company considers batteries as “consumable components”, and promise to add features that will give more information to users about the battery and the state its in. The irony of it, is when the