Deserts, ravines, ancient ruins: How Google's Street View is scrambling along in Indiana Jones' footsteps

ZDNet

Google's Trekker system captures the images that allow Street View users to wander along footpaths, up hills, and down narrow gullies. Launched just over a decade ago in February 2005, Google Maps now has over one billion monthly active users, with the service covering more than 200 countries and territories across the world, including, perhaps surprisingly, North Korea. In the Middle East, where an absence of street names and signage poses a constant challenge for residents and businesses, the service has also grown rapidly. There are now 14 localized Google maps, covering Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen, and Algeria. The internet giant also provides a growing set of live traffic, direction, and navigation tools.


5 Reasons Banning Laptops On Flights From Muslim-Majority Countries Is Stupid And Dangerous

Forbes - Tech

Emirates is one of many airlines affected by the DHS ban on certain devices on America-bound planes from eight Muslim-majority countries. They have 96 hours to impose the ban. Aviation security experts are looking agog at the Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban a range of electronic devices larger than a cellphone from being taken on U.S.-bound flight cabins from 10 airports in countries that are Muslim-majority. They told Forbes it makes little-to-no sense in terms of how it will protect travellers and may well have adverse effects. Human rights activists are concerned as well, given the regions it targets are Muslim-majority, including airports in Cairo, Istanbul, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.


Intel Completes Tender Offer for Mobileye Intel Newsroom

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and JERUSALEM, Aug. 8, 2017 -- Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY) today announced the completion of Intel's tender offer for outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye, a global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. The acquisition is expected to accelerate innovation for the automotive industry and positions Intel as a leading technology provider in the fast-growing market for highly and fully autonomous vehicles. The combination of Intel and Mobileye will allow Mobileye's leading computer vision expertise (the "eyes") to complement Intel's high-performance computing and connectivity expertise (the "brains") to create automated driving solutions from cloud to car. Intel estimates the vehicle systems, data and services market opportunity to be up to $70 billion by 2030. "With Mobileye, Intel emerges as a leader in creating the technology foundation that the automotive industry needs for an autonomous future," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.


Internet censorship: It's on the rise and Silicon Valley is helping it happen

ZDNet

Countries all over the world are restricting their citizens' internet access, building online borders, and fragmenting the network, with negative consequences for human rights, education, and even the global economy, according to security researcher Stefan Tanase. "Less than three decades after the Berlin Wall collapsed and ended an era of division between the East and the West, the world seems on the brink of making the same mistakes over again, only this time we're making these mistakes in the cyberspace," Ixia's Tanase told a TEDx talk in Bucharest, Romania, last week. The researcher, who has been working in cybersecurity for more than 10 years, argued that internet borders not only promote segregation, but have an impact on innovation, creativity, technology, and economy, slowing down progress on every level. China's measures to regulate the internet domestically, dubbed the Great Firewall, boosted the internet censorship trend, and countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam followed. Most of them are determined to maintain or even build up their targeted surveillance capabilities, the researcher told ZDNet in an interview before his talk, and some of them are using malware to spy on activists, lawyers, and journalists.


Electronic devices banned on US-bound flights from 8 countries

New Scientist

Passengers travelling to the US on flights from eight different countries will be banned from carrying laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in their carry-on luggage. The reason for the ban is not immediately clear. The ban was revealed on Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. It will apply to non-stop flights to the US from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, according to a US official. Royal Jordanian said mobile phones and medical devices were excluded from the ban.