Amazon Prime Day is finally here, y'all -- and to honor Amazon's self-proclaimed holiday and let them have their spot on the internet for a day and a half, their main online competitors have respectfully taken a step back. Walmart and Target are getting in on the Prime Day action with a ton of similar deals on similar products. They're here to make money, not here to make friends. But, I mean, if they can give us different sale items that Amazon doesn't have, a better deal than Amazon is offering, or if they have something in stock when it's already sold out on Amazon, we're not gonna complain. Walmart has stepped it up in the 4K smart TV department, while Target is giving us insane deals in the kitchen appliance arena.
Whether its the 4K camera, the durable bodies, or all different modes, DJI drones are pretty cool devices. But as cool as the drones are, they're also really expensive. Don't worry, thanks to Prime Day, you can save big on the best drones from 2017 and 2018. If you're trying to jump into the deep end, the Mavic Pro is the perfect drone to do that with. And thanks to Prime Day, you can save $210 from its listed price of $999.99.
Remember back in 2001 when The Simpsons purchased an automated upgrade for their home known as the "Ultrahouse 3000?" Well, this is a bit like that, minus the Pierce Brosnan'British Charm Unit' and all the attempted robot murder… If you're looking to make life easier with some of the world's best domestic technology devices, these nifty products are the perfect introduction to a future free of the never-ending household to-do list. It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks Ever wonder what your pupper is secretly getting up to when you're not around? The FURBO Dog Camera is a smart device that notifies you anytime there's a puppy-related moment at home. While the FURBO lets you spy on your fur baby, it also has the ability to toss your pampered pooch a biscuit or two when you're not around.
Prime Day is almost here! It only comes once a year. And for many of us, it's the time to scoop up that special product you've been hoping will go on sale. In the past, deep cuts have been offered on memory cards, external hard drives, and even gaming computers. Products ranging from dongles to TVs are likely to get lightning deals.
This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable's ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books. Star Wars is all action. You know, X-wings and lightsabers and fully armed and operational battle stations. Star Trek -- at least, the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager -- was less ... let's say, explosive. There were a lot of sensor readings.
Looks like Orlando won't quit its controversial test of Amazon's facial recognition software after all. The city of Orlando and Orlando Police Department released a joint statement on Monday announcing the city would continue testing Rekognition, Amazon's deep learning facial recognition technology, which has the power to identify every face in a crowd. Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to Orlando lawmakers claiming the city started testing the program "without inviting a public debate, obtaining local legislative authorization, or adopting rules to prevent harm to Orlando community members," and demanded that it "immediately" stop using it. Orlando did stop using Rekognition, but the decision wasn't due to the outcry from privacy and anti-surveillance advocates. Instead, the trial contract simply expired, which left open the possibility of using Rekognition again.
Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future recently released a report about one of its more interesting findings. While scouring the hacker forums on the dark web, the firm's analysts discovered someone selling MQ-9 Reaper drone documents -- maintenance books, training guides, and a list of airmen assigned to the military drone. The hacker was looking for $150-200 for the documentation. SEE ALSO: Hackers steal $23.5 million from cryptocurrency exchange Bancor That may seem a strangely low asking price, and according to Andrei Barysevich, a Recorded Future analyst, it is. The hacker was advertising the documents as classified information, but while they are only made available to military and its contractors, they aren't classified.
Microsoft is joining the movement for face-recognition technology regulation. The software giant the first major tech company to make such a brazen call to the government to impose limits on this type of technology, and the company's grievances are outlined in a blog post published today by its president Brad Smith. "Facial-recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression," reads the post. "The only effective way to manage the use of technology by a government is for the government proactively to manage this use itself. And if there are concerns about how a technology will be deployed more broadly across society, the only way to regulate this broad use is for the government to do so."
New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging has developed the world's first full-color, 3D X-rays, and they're so real it's rather disturbing. Developed over a decade by father and son scientists Phil and Anthony Butler in collaboration with the Universities of Canterbury and Otago, the MARS system is a new medical scanner using technology developed at CERN. And it could be more accurate than the typical scans you get a doctor's office these days. SEE ALSO: This'smart' prosthetic ankle makes it easier to use stairs The MARS scanner uses a family of chips called Medipix, originally developed to track particles at the Large Hadron Collider. Medipix works like your camera -- when the electronic shutter is open, each individual particle is detected and counted, creating high-res, accurate, noise-free images.
Hinge, the Facebook friend-based dating app, has been testing machine learning to make better matches for singles. The feature is called Most Compatible and according to multiple reports, plans to use all your data (there's a whole trove of it on Facebook) to match people with each other. Most Compatible has been tested once a week for at least this past month, but it will now become a daily feature. Hinge founder Justin McLeod said that this new feature mainly relies on the classic item matching algorithm Gale-Shapley, which was developed in 1962 and is nickname the stable marriage algorithm. It basically tries making successful matches by choosing the most seemingly compatible person.