Uber drivers will verify their identities through selfies

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From now on, Uber drivers will start their shifts with selfies. 

The ride-hailing company is expanding its Real-Time ID Check feature across the US, it announced in a blog post Friday. Drivers submit a selfie through the app to ensure the person driving the car matches Uber’s account on file. 

The feature doesn’t connect to a background check or do anything else to ensure the underlying safety of Uber drivers. Instead, it just checks that the person in the car is the same one Uber has on file. 

Drivers will be asked periodically to submit selfies before accepting rides, Uber said. The company uses Microsoft’s Cognitive Services API to compare the photo to one it has. If the photos don’t match, a driver’s account will be temporarily blocked.  Read more…

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The Denizens of Minecraft’s ‘Worst’ Server Are At War With YouTube

A war is raging on one of the longest-running servers in Minecraft, 2b2t. Some of the battle is fought with diamond swords and lava buckets, as you might expect, but the rest of it unfolds with racist memes, shocking gore and porn, as well as monstrous contraptions designed to make the server literally unplayable. It’s not just a war for imaginary space: it’s a war for what kind of server 2b2t wants to be.

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Turn off all Samsung Note devices on planes, aviation authority warns

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On Friday morning, another Samsung-related phone incident took place onboard an aircraft carrier, but much to everyone’s surprise, it wasn’t a Galaxy Note7. 

A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — released back in 2012 — caught fire mid-air on an IndiGo plane en route to Chennai from Singapore. Passengers noticed smoke in the cabin and notified crew members, who discovered it was coming from a Samsung Note 2 in the overhead bins and extinguished the fire.

Following the incident, the aviation authority in India issued a statement directed to all Samsung Note users: turn off your phones or leave them at home.  Read more…

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Oracle to Adopt Allout Approach toward Cloud Computing Business

World’s largest business software company to aggressively shift its business paradigm about cloud computing services from fad to futuristic.

oracle-cloudGreatResponder.com Oracle corporation gave very clear cues during OpenWorld Conference organized by the company in San Franscisco. Many executive level participants of the company and its partners along with the CEO of Oracle Corporation have clearly advocated the aggressive approach toward cloud computing.

It is very important to note that, a few years back, the company coined a term ‘fad’ about the cloud computing buzz, but now it is falling in love with the cloud computing solutions. The company is aggressively focusing on the artificial intelligence and super fast speed cloud based services fully optimized for the oracle software platforms.

In a direct onslaught on Amazon web services, the CTO of Oracle corporation Larry Ellison said that AWS was over 20 years behind the Oracle cloud platform in terms of many features and optimized performance.

In his official statement, Larry Ellison said, “Amazon Web Services are simply not optimized for the Oracle Database. I’ll go further than that: Amazon Web Services aren’t optimized for their own databases either, as you will see.” While talking about comparative analysis of the innovative approach and service optimization of both Oracle and AWS, he said, “Amazon services will not get better, but they will get worse”. He further said, “Oracle cloud is 24 times faster for analytic workload, 8 times faster for OLTP workload, 105 times faster for oracle database than the Amazon web service platform.”

While talking about the artificial intelligence in the cloud, Diane Bryant from the Intel Corporation, which is the partner in the Oracle’s pursuit towards artificial intelligence platforms in the cloud, said in her statement, “Cloud computing is a fundamentally more efficient way to deliver all kinds of machine-learning services. It’s now cost-feasible to store and compute massive amounts of data, which is allowing for many of the advances we’re currently seeing in artificial intelligence.” She further said, “Data is the game-changer. It is the differentiator for business. AI is all around us, not just in science fiction, and it is transforming the way businesses operate”.

It is very imperative to note that Oracle has recorded huge growth in the cloud revenue earlier this month, which is a very encouraging sign for the company to aggressively focus on this powerful domain of business in the future.


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Experiment proves future drones may not need batteries


On a single charge, the average consumer drone only nets about eight to 10 minutes of flight time. The solution is obvious: stuff a bigger battery into it. Problem is, the solution adds weight, which decreases flight time. It’s the ultimate catch-22. Dr. Samer Aldhaher of the Imperial College London thinks he has the answer, kinda. Aldhaher created a prototype of a lightweight, battery-less drone that hovers in place and sucks power from a transmitter below. The drone is only capable of hovering and making small side-to-side movements, but the prototype proves the utility of wireless power technology. As drones take to the skies in record numbers, a handful…

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