Millions of refugees could benefit from big data — but we're not using it


Today, 65 million people live as refugees or are displaced within their home countries — more than at any other point since the U.N. Refugee Agency began collecting data. Many countries have opened their borders to those displaced by war and famine, but struggle to handle the large influx.

This global crisis is often misunderstood as an overwhelming challenge for which no one can offer a satisfactory solution. But there is a set of tools that would help us, as a global society, take major leaps forward in addressing this crisis. I’m talking about predictive analytics — the statistical science (some would say art) that mines current and past data to predict future outcomes. Read more…

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What cost film studios millions of dollars can now be made with just an iPhone X and few extra costs

What used to cost millions of dollars and was possible only in special movie studios can now be done with just an iPhone X and a few extra costs.

A brilliant illustration by KNL Studios shows how you can use a cheap body mockup model and body trackers with an iPhone X to achieve impressively accurate virtual avatar of your own self.
The technology is possible thanks to the Face ID camera in the iPhone X and below you can see a demonstration of the avatar in action, plus you can see the somewhat crazy mounts and gear used. It’s mind-boggling to see that …

Augmented reality will be on hundreds of millions of Android devices in 2018, says Google

Hundreds of millions of Android smartphones will be capable of augmented reality (AR) come next year, says Google’s VP of business and operations for virtual reality Amit Singh. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Singh said that thanks to Google ARCore development framework,  AR will be a daily thing for millions of people around the world in 2018.

“There will be hundreds of millions of phones that will be AR ready. And the current stage is … we are helping developers … build the experiences … so that it becomes a daily habit,” Singh said …

Apple executives are awarded stock bonuses that could be worth tens of millions of dollars

Certain Apple executives, including marketing chief Phil Schiller and retail head Angela Ahrendts, combined to receive Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) that won’t vest until fiscal year 2022. Other executives included in the awards are Eddy Cue, who is in charge of internet software, software engineering head (and star of the Apple iPhone X unveiling) Craig Federighi, CFO Luca Maestri, Hardware Engineering chief Dan Riccio, Hardware Technologies leader Johny Srouji, and COO Jeffrey Williams.

Overall, 128,584 RSUs were handed out by Apple’s Board of Directors. On October 1st, 64,885 RSUs were …

Apple and Aetna secretly meet to work out Apple Watch subsidies for millions of Aetna customers

Apple and insurance company Aetna have been secretly getting together to discuss how the two companies might be able to deliver discounted Apple Watch units to 23 million customers belonging to the health insurer. While Aetna currently offers 50,000 employees a discount on the Apple Watch, the plan is to extend this to the company’s customers who would use the fitness and health tracking features of the timepiece in order to get into better shape.

The meetings between Apple and Aetna took place last Thursday and Friday in Southern California. In addition to the executives from both companies …

An iPhone 8 supplier reportedly bails, forcing Apple to spend millions on OLED PCB tools

Apple may not be dealing directly with manufacturing its own phones, but it does not shy away from purchasing production equipment for its suppliers if the situation calls for it, no matter how complex or expensive it is. They did it with the unique machines that polished the glass iPhones, then again by fronting display makers, and now, apparently, they are doing it with the tools to make the rigid-flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCB) needed for the upcoming OLED iPhone 8.

Last we heard about that part, Samsung had allegedly placed an order for 70 million FPCBs with two of …

An expired domain may have exposed millions of older Samsung phones to hackers

Everyone can make a silly mistake, but when such a mistake is made by someone in a company like Samsung, it could affect many people and even expose them to danger. And herе is how Samsung has actually done it: by letting an old domain expire thus leaving millions of smartphone users potentially vulnerable to hacker attacks.

The domain in question is used to control S Suggest – a stock app, suggesting other applications to use, which came pre-installed on many older Samsung handsets. Samsung stopped supporting and installing S Suggest as early as 2014, but the …

Chinese authorities arrest iPhone data thieves, who made millions selling user data

User data is probably one of the hottest stocks on the market nowadays, as technology continues to penetrate lives and households around the globe. Gadgets that collect different stats and data about their users come in various forms and shapes, but smartphones are perhaps the most common means for collection of sensitive info these days. Knowing how and why people behave is a precious resource across different spectrums of business.

Apparently the business is running hot in China, as authorities in the province of Zhejiang reportedly arrested 22 suspects in May, who apparently stole and …

T-Mobile Tuesdays' 1-year anniversary will come with free stuff worth tens of millions of bucks

Since last summer, T-Mobile has been offering free gifts to its customers each and every Tuesday – as part of the Un-carrier’s ongoing T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign. On June 6, T-Mobile will celebrate the campaign’s 1 year anniversary by giving away more free stuff than ever – “tens of millions of dollars in free stuff,” to be precise.

On June 6, folks who have the official T-Mobile Tuesday app installed on their phone will be able to receive gifts like $0.25 off Shell fuel, two free movie or game rentals from Redbox, and T-Mobile trucker hats. Moreover, on one of the four Tuesdays throughout …

The upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update is bad news for millions of iPhone users

The upcoming iOS 10.3.2 will be an unprecedented one, and not in a pleasant way. Apple is doing something very unusual in that it appears to be shutting down support for older iPhones in the middle of iOS 10’s “shelf life”, so to speak.

Both beta iOS 10.3.2 releases available are skipping 32-bit devices altogether, which is out the norm. No former iOS release, beta or final, has ever done this unless it was a dedicated bug fix for a specific device.

This means the 10.3.2 update won’t reach an approximate 43.7 million iPhone owners who still use the iPhone 5 and iPhone …