GeekSpeak for 2017-08-25

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Laptops can help kids learn, voting machine security, algorithm to remove watermarks, Bing still going and strong, iOS 11 updates, anti-bullying AI not so good, and more with Miles and Lyle.

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

It was the year 2000 and Maine’s governor at the time, Angus King, was excited about the Internet. The World Wide Web was still relatively young but King wanted every student in the state to have access to it.

How Maine schools proved why schools everywhere should provide one laptop per child

A recent international study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found no positive evidence of impact of educational technology on student performance.

Voting machine supplier exposes 1.8 million voter records

Cybersecurity firm UpGuard has discovered that personal information from over 1.8 million Chicago residents was unintentionally exposed by voting machine supplier Election Systems & Software (ES&S). The backup files of voter data were found on an Amazon Web Services device and weren’t protected with a password.

Google researchers made an algorithm to delete watermarks from photos

Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright.

New Google research thwarts automatic watermark removal: Digital Photography Review

Watermarks are widely used by photographers and stock agencies to protect their digital property in an online world where very little stands between an eager image thief and your photography. However, even complex watermarks might not be as secure as you’d think when the same pattern is applied to a large number of accessible images.

“Bing is bigger than you think,” Microsoft boasts, at 33% of US searches | Ars Technica

We’ve known from Microsoft’s financial reports that Bing has been growing. The search engine became profitable in the third calendar quarter of 2015, and Microsoft says it has continued to grow both the market share and revenue-per-search since then.

New feature in iOS 11 quickly and temporarily disables Touch ID

Prevent your fingers from unlocking your iPhone when you’re in a sticky situation.

A ‘bug’ that let a $500 password cracking box open up iPhones is patched as of iOS 11 | TechCrunch

A video posted to YouTube by users EverythingApplePro yesterday shows a small $500 box unlocking an iPhone 7 locked with a short passcode. The box works on all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7+ models, as well as some iPhone 6 and 6S models and, unless you’re willing to wait an incredible amount of time, only works in a small subset of edge cases.

Google's Anti-Bullying AI Mistakes Civility for Decency

The culture of online civility is harming us all.

How A Pop Song Could “Watch” You Through Your TV

Your phone, TV, or connected device could become a sonar spy, as white hat hackers at the University of Washington give new meaning to bad music.


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