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WPA3

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Now the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a new security protocol called WPA3, an updated standard that provides more security — arriving just the right time in a world that’s increasingly threatened by data hacks and wireless data theft.

How WPA works

WPA uses what’s usually called a “handshake” security check system. This handshake is designed to make sure that all the devices involved in the wireless connection are on the same page and working correctly.

In WPA2, that means a four-way handshake between the two client devices connected and the two wireless access points those devices are using to. The WPA2 system takes a look at all these devices and asks, does everyone have the same password? Good.

The big advantage to this system is that it prevents many casual types of data theft that could otherwise occur—or at least makes them too difficult to be worth the effort. WPA2 technology encrypts that data, making it essentially useless to hackers even if they manage to obtain it.

How WPA3 differs from WPA2

WPA2 worked very well for a long time, but it is starting to get a little outdated by the progress of technology, and the latest efforts of determined hackers trying steal your sweet data. WPA3 adds four new features to the encryption process to keep it current.

The first WPA3 devices, such as routers, should be arriving some time in 2018, allowing the conversion process to begin. In the beginning, such routers will no doubt support by WPA3 and WPA2 so devices that use either can connect.

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China’s Police Facial Recognition Glasses

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Some Police Officers in China will receive China, glasses equipped with facial-scanning technology. 

The glasses, issued to officers at a highly populated train station in the Henan province, are part of a security push leading up to Chinese New Year. So far, according to the state-media report, seven wanted criminals have been caught with the glasses, as well as 26 people using fake IDs. 

LLVision Technology, the company behind the tech, told the Wall Street Journal that the glasses can recognize 100,000 different faces, and can identify a person in 100 milliseconds.

Google Launches Photography Apps

Storyboard

The apps dubbed “appsperiments” are available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play. The three apps in question are called Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies.

The first, Storyboard, turns videos into single-page comic layouts on your device. Turning photos into images inspired by art – including comic book art – is something that grew popular with the launch of the A.I.-powered editing app Prisma.

Selfissimo!

Selfissimo! (iOS, Android) is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a stylish black and white photo each time you pose. Tap the screen to start a photoshoot. The app encourages you to pose and captures a photo whenever you stop moving. Tap again to end the session and review the resulting contact sheet, saving individual images or the entire shoot.

Scrubbies

Scrubbies (iOS) allows you to easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce lovely video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. You can shoot a video in the app and then remix it by scratching it like a DJ.

375 Million May Be Hunting For Employment When Automation Kicks In

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By 2030 up to 30% of the hours worked globally could be automated. According to a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute  researchers estimate that between 400 million and 800 million people could find themselves displaced by automation and in need of new jobs, depending on how quickly new technologies are adopted. Of this group, as many as 375 million people—about 14% of the global workforce—may need to completely switch occupational categories and learn a new set of skills to find work.

Number of workers needing to find new jobs due to automation

 

DNS Service That Protects You From Cybercrime

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It’s called the Quad9 Domain Name System (DNS) service and it is designed to protect internet users from accessing sketchy websites that are known for spreading malware, stealing personal information and fraudulent activity.

Once set as your DNS service, every time you click on a web link, Quad9 will check the site against IBM-X-Force’s threat intelligence database of over 40 billion analyzed webpages and images.

HOW TO SET QUAD9 ON WINDOWS:

1. Pull up Network Connections by right-clicking on the Start menu.

2. Now click on “Change adapter options.” You’ll see your current network; right click and choose Properties.

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3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.

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4. On the Preferred DNS server field, type in 9.9.9.9, then click OK.

 

Mac users, don’t despair. Here are the steps to change your DNS settings on a MacOS:

HOW TO SET QUAD9 ON A MAC:

1. Open Settings, then select Network. Click on the Advanced button.

2. Next, go to the DNS tab.

3. Click the plus (+) sign on this tab, then type in 9.9.9.9.

4. Press OK and you’re set!

Note: You’ll need administrator rights to make these changes.

YOUR ROUTER NEEDS THIS ONE THING MANUFACTURERS DON’T TELL YOU

Checking for updates is a critical step to your computer, gadgets and installed software and applications. The reason for this is two-fold. First, you can take advantage of all the new features and improvements to the new version.

Source: IBM

 

Internet of Things & Insurance

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Health is an area where Internet of Things devices are already being used to lower insurance premiums for those who agree to wear the devices and to share data with insurance companies.  wearables like FitBit have been tied to several insurance premiums.

 Other areas of consumer related lifestyle data include the use of vehicle telematics devices (devices that enhance navigation, safety and communication features). Those who agree to have these devices integrated with their vehicles can see lower car insurance costs.
Networked smoke detectors for informal settlements, in the townships of South Africa have been developed by the company Lumkani. Lumkani is described as “the world’s first networked heat-detector designed specifically for a slum environment.
Lumkani devices are networked to each other using radio frequency. When a fire is detected, the alarm sounds in all homes within a 40 meter radius. A variable sound is used signal to users when a fire is in a separate dwelling.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips are tracking livestock for insurance, such as the IFFCO-Tokio system. IFFCO-Tokio is piloting a cattle insurance project targeting more than 25,000 poor farmers and their families in the Indian states of Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Orissa.

Singles Day

Image shows a delivery man in Shanghai on 11 November 2017

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Image caption A delivery man delivers parcels during Singles Day in Shanghai

 

Back in the 1970’s in Communist China very little thought went into shopping because there was not much to buy. People simply bought what little was available.Even in the 1980s, shopping in Beijing was little better. Shopping was get what you needed.

Officially called the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival. 11.11 stands for the 11 November, when it is held. The two numbers were chosen to symbolize the wishes of single people to be in a relationship, as two elevens next to one another appear like two couples.

It was originally a non-commercial festival started by male college students who didn’t have a girlfriend. They created a day to get together to celebrate bachelorhood.

But the Chinese retailer Alibaba caught on to it and has turned it into the largest online shopping day in the world. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA, Tech30 sales soared past $18 billion after just 13 hours of the retail blitz known as Singles Day, eclipsing the $17.8 billion it managed in the full 24 hours last year. 

  Although Singles Day still mostly targets Chinese consumers, it’s also increasingly spreading to other countries, experts say.

 

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