It’s maybe a sign of the impending apocalypse that is the US presidential election, but it’s been a very political week online. And it’s not just America that’s getting the attention. In the UK, Brexit is impacting what’s on sale in supermarkets, and in Nigeria the president is saying ridiculously sexist things. Whatever happened to random, light-hearted yuks, and will we ever be able to get back to them? While you ponder that important question, here are some things you might have missed over the past week—most of which include Donald Trump. Sorry, all.
Popular Bitcoin transaction site blockchain.info seems to have suffered a temporary DNS attack that left the company’s internet properties under rogue control for a while.
Normal service seems to have been restored now.
The attack was what’s known as a DNS redirect or a DNS hijack, which is where a crook persuades the world to take a wrong turning on its way to your website. The name of the attack comes from the fact that the system to convert server names such as sophos.com to internet numbers such as 22.214.171.124 is known as the Domain Name System, or DNS for short.
Google is using artificial intelligence to scope out your favorite memories. As part of an update rolled out yesterday, Google Photos will now use facial recognition and machine learning to both find your best shots and bring up old, but similar photos. The update also allows users to create GIFs from videos, and automatically rotates upside-down photos in both the iOS and Android apps, as well as the web-based system.
NTechLab is only a year old, but the Russian startup is making headlines with its controversial facial recognition technology. The company rocketed to the top of this nascent industry when it beat Google in the “MegaFace” facial recognition competition held last year in Washington state. With 30 successful tests under its belt and 300 pending orders, the company is ready to take its facial recognition system to the world.
Verizon’s top lawyer told reporters Thursday that Yahoo’s September announcement of a data breach of more than 500 million e-mail accounts constitutes a potential material impact that would allow for the mobile powerhouse to pull out of the $4.83 billion deal. That arrangement, which was announced in July 2016, has yet to formally close.