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Home Social networkingSocial networking News Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post, 09 February 2017 Facebook said Wednesday that it's making three changes to stop housing, employment and credit-related ads on its network that discriminate based on personal attributes.
The change has been a long time coming. The company came under fire last fall, following a ProPublica article that showed it was possible to make housing ads on Facebook that explicitly excluded certain racial groups, in violation of the Fair Housing Act. That law prohibits people from refusing to rent or sell homes to someone based on characteristics such as race. Many critics, including from the Congressional Black Caucus and the American Civil Liberties Union, called on Facebook to stop these advertisements as well as those that allowed discrimination for employment or credit-related products – two categories with their own anti-discrimination laws. Last fall, Facebook said that it would.
It's not clear how many such ads actually ran on Facebook.
The company said Wednesday that its policies now say that ads cannot discriminate people based on attributes such as race, gender, sexual orientation or medical or genetic condition, said Steve Satterfield, manager of privacy and public policy at Facebook. It also expressly forbids ads that have discriminatory content – i.e. ones that say certain types of people “need not apply.”
Second, it's placing limits on ad creation. Advertisers will no longer be able to use Facebook's culturally based audience selection tools to exclude or target ads for housing, employment or credit products. If someone tries, he or she will receive a notice telling them that that type of targeting isn't allowed. Advertisers must also affirm they understand Facebook's anti-discrimination policies.
Finally, Facebook is going to begin disapproving ads that violate these policies. It hopes to detect them automatically using machine learning, which Satterfield said will get better at judging content over time. Advertisers who think their ads are being flagged unfairly can appeal and ask for a manual review.
Facebook said it consulted many of its initial critics while crafting the new requirements. Many support the company's new policies. “We're glad to see Facebook implementing strong policies so that advertisers of housing, credit, and employment don't use Facebook's ad targeting to exclude certain users,” said Rachel Goodman, attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Racial Justice Program, in a statement. “We urge the rest of the online advertising industry to follow suit.”
The changes will begin rolling out globally Wednesday, starting in the United States.
© 2017 The Washington Post
Microsoft Offers Patent Troll Defence for Cloud Customers Intel CEO Joins US President Donald Trump to Tout Arizona Chip Factory

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Home LaptopsLaptops News Agence France-Presse, 09 February 2017 US tech giant Intel unveiled plans Wednesday for a $7 billion (roughly Rs. 46,890 crores) chip factory in Arizona, in an announcement at the White House with President Donald Trump.
While Trump appeared to take credit for the plan, Intel called the investment an “update” of a 2011 plan to invest $5 billion for the same facility in the southeastern US state.
An Intel spokesman said the initial plan had not been completed due to lack of demand, and that Wednesday's move represented a “new” investment of $7 billion.
It marked the latest in a string of such announcements since Trump began pressing companies to create more American jobs and reverse the trend of offshore manufacturing.
“Intel is very proud of the fact that the majority of our manufacturing is here in the US and the majority of our research and development is here in the US, while over 80 percent of what we sell is sold outside of the US,” chief executive Brian Krzanich said at a White House event with Trump.
The company said the Arizona plant would produce “the most advanced 7-nanometer semiconductor chips on the planet” and directly lead to 3,000 “high-tech, high-wage jobs” at Intel.
With the indirect impact, the company said an estimated 10,000 jobs would result from the factory.
Trump said Krzanich “called a few weeks ago and said, we want to do a very big announcement having to do with our country, but also having to do mostly with Arizona, and the jobs and the great technology that will be produced.”
He called the investment a “great thing for Arizona,” and added, “it's a lot of jobs.”
Krzanich acknowledged that “we've been working on this factory for several years” but “held off actually doing this investment until now.”

Asked if the decision came in response to the new president's actions, he said, “It's really in support of the tax and regulatory policies that we see the administration pushing forward that really make it advantageous to do manufacturing in the US.”
The announcement came in spite of a deepening rift between the new Trump administration and the tech sector over a White House order barring entry to refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Intel joined a group of over 120 tech and other firms backing a court challenge to the travel ban – which is currently suspended.
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Tech companies have fiercely opposed the move, saying it would hurt the effort to hire and retain skilled employees from around the world and potentially break up families.
The sector relies heavily on foreign-born scientists and engineers.
Microsoft Offers Patent Troll Defence for Cloud Customers

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Home InternetInternet News Reuters, 09 February 2017 Microsoft Corp has thought up another way to attract potential customers to its cloud computing service: deterrent against patent trolls.
Companies new to the cloud are vulnerable to non-practicing entities, which do not make any products themselves but use their arsenal of broad technology patents to sue other firms in order to extract royalties or a cash settlement.
The new offering could appeal to companies new to the cloud arena, needing a service such as Microsoft's Azure to store their data or host their mobile app.
It was not clear that it alone would be enough to draw customers away from the market leader, Amazon.com Inc's Amazon Web Services.
Under a plan unveiled on Wednesday, Microsoft said customers of its cloud service could rely on any of 10,000 Microsoft patents free of charge to deter legal threats against them.
The Redmond, Washington-based company also said it would extend its existing promise to defend any customers sued over Azure to include the freely available or 'open source' technology incorporated into its cloud service.
The protection is designed to appeal to an automaker, for instance, which may have car-related patents but has no such cover for its mobile apps and other cloud-based products, making it a target.
“They haven't had years to build up that patent portfolio,” said Julia White, Microsoft corporate vice president, in an interview. “Cloud innovation is far too important to be stifled by lawsuits.”
© Thomson Reuters 2017
MobiKwik in Talks to Raise Funds, Eyes $1-Billion Valuation: CEO Intel CEO Joins US President Donald Trump to Tout Arizona Chip Factory

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Home AppsApps News Reuters, 09 February 2017 Indian mobile payments and digital wallet firm MobiKwik says it is in talks to raise more funds at a level that would give the start-up a $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,698 crores) valuation, as it pushes to forge new ties with banks and offer new financial services on its platform.
The company, which has raised about $80 million (roughly Rs. 535 crores) in funding so far, will likely see a new cash infusion in the next month, or two, founder and Chief Executive Bipin Preet Singh told Reuters on Wednesday, while declining to comment on how big an equity stake the company might be offering to sell.
Asked about MobiKwik's valuation, Singh said, “We should be touching a billion (dollars) soon … in the next one or two months.” He declined to comment on which parties MobiKwik is in talks with or how much money was being sought.
Singh said the company, which will likely break even in the middle of 2018, was at the same time not in a rush to raise funds as it remained well capitalised.
India's decision to ban high-value currency notes late last year led to a cash crunch that hurt all sectors of the nearly $2 trillion economy, but it boosted the use of digital payments led by e-wallet operators such as MobiKwik and its larger rival Paytm.
MobiKwik now has 45 million users, Singh said.
“Some of the things that are going to happen over the next two to three months will actually lead to MobiKwik being the default payments partner for a lot of people and they already see us as a natural ally,” Singh said.
“I see a future where within the app you can avail yourself of many different financial services in addition to making payments,” he said. “Many of those will be far more profitable compared to payments alone.”
MobiKwik's current investors include well known US technology venture capital investor Sequoia Capital, Taiwan's MediaTek, Japan's GMO Venture Partners and hedge fund Tree Line Asia.
The potential new fund raising could make MobiKwik India's newest 'unicorn', following larger home-grown start-ups like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm and Ola that have also managed to top the $1 billion valuation mark.
© Thomson Reuters 2017
Final Fantasy XV Game for Android and iOS in Development at Game of War Studio Microsoft Offers Patent Troll Defence for Cloud Customers

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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 09 February 2017 Final Fantasy XV may not have been the strongest effort in the long-running role-playing game series, but it was good enough to warrant several free updates as well as story-based premium downloadable content (DLC). However, the game won’t be restricted to the PS4 and Xbox One or the oft-rumoured PC port.
According to Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata, Square Enix will be collaborating with Machine Zone — a smartphone developer known for the heavily advertised Game of War, on a Final Fantasy XV game.
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“I must mention that we’re receiving numerous offers from other companies, and an example that is going to be developed in the near future is the collaboration with Machine Zone, and the Final Fantasy XV project that is going to be released through them is going to be interesting. There are going to be interesting projects rolling out in the future,” said Tabata in an interview with gaming blog DualShockers.
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“About the Machine Zone project, they came to us with this offer, and we’re cooperating with them, but we actually gave them the reins to see how they’re going to roll out their own version of Final Fantasy XV.
“We don’t have as much mobile know-how and expertise, that’s why they’re in charge of handling the game’s structure, and we can provide with them with support, ideas and design.”
Considering that Square Enix’s mobile games have been tremendously successful for the company, it’s odd that it would collaborate with an external studio such as Machine Zone on a game based on a mainline entry in the series. In the past it has courted external developers for spin-offs such as Final Fantasy Record Keeper.
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Given that Final Fantasy XV broke even on its day one sales alone ensures that we’re probably going to see more games around it. Hopefully they won’t feel as rushed as Final Fantasy XV did at launch.
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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 09 February 2017 Highlights Frame-rate gains on the PS4 Pro's Boost Mode vary
Games which are CPU-dependent see a larger spike in performance
GPU-bound titles see a smaller jump PS4 system software update 4.50 (codenamed Sasuke) promises to bring Boost Mode to the PS4 Pro. What this does is, improve performance on games that did not get a PS4 Pro patch. While Sony refrained from revealing Boost Mode in its blog post about the 4.50 update, it now explained how it works and what you can expect.
“Boost Mode has been designed to provide better performance for those legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro's faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU,” reads a statement from Sony to Digital Foundry. “This can provide a noticeable frame-rate boost to some games with variable frame-rate, and can provide frame-rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30Hz or 60Hz.
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“Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. Boost Mode is not guaranteed to work with all titles, however, turning the setting off will allow the game to be played in a mode that replicates the standard PS4. As an aside, the older unpatched titles that run in Boost Mode are unaware that they are running on a PS4 Pro and consequently don't take full advantage of the PS4 Pro capabilities; power consumption for these games will therefore be a bit lower compared to playing a newer title.”
In its testing, Digital Foundry noticed that games which were limited by the GPU saw a consistent hike of 14 percent in frame-rate suspecting that this is due to the GPU clock of the PS4 Pro being 14 percent higher than the standard PS4.
“The suggestion is that when running base mode with boost active, the Pro 'half' of the larger GPU remains inactive, but additional clocks are deployed instead,” writes Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter.
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Games that are CPU-dependent see a greater spike. The likes of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Project Cars see jumps of 31 percent and 35 to 38 percent respectively. Probably due to Boost Mode’s CPU and GPU upgrades.
Nonetheless Digital Foundry theorises that Boost Mode “accesses the extra frequency but not the Pro's 18 additional compute units” as seen with the incremental jump in frame-rate for Knack, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.
We discuss the PS4 Pro's Boost Mode on Transition – Gadget 360's dedicated gaming and pop culture podcast. You can subscribe to Transition via iTunes or RSS or just listen to this episode by hitting the play button below.

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Home 360daily360daily Features Rohan Naravane, 08 February 2017 Highlights Elon Musk replied to a tweet from a fan confirming India launch timeframe
Redmi Note 4X is basically the Redmi Note 4 sold in India, but for China
TRAI says it will focus on customers in the Jio vs Airtel POI issue After months of rumours, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X has been officially unveiled in China. While the company has not announced all the features of the smartphone yet, whatever it has revealed makes the Redmi Note 4X sound basically about the same as the Redmi Note 4 model that launched in India recently. That’s because the Redmi Note 4 that originally launched in China had a MediaTek SoC, whereas the Indian variant had the Snapdragon 625 chip, which is inside the Redmi Note 4X. It also has the same 4100mAh battery, 13-megapixel camera, etc. Design-wise, they’re similar too, except the Redmi Note 4X also comes in a Hatsune Miku Limited Edition.
Anyway, let’s move on to other top stories of the day.
1) Apple iPhone 8 production in full swing, report suggests
There are huge expectations from Apple regarding its plans to mark the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone with the launch of the iPhone 8. A report by BlueFin Research Partners suggests that production of the handset has started ahead of typical schedule, and that there’s a 300 percent increase in production estimates for the iPhone 8 in the June quarter, to make up for the expectedly huge demand. The report also states that production of the current iPhone models is slowly being dialled down.
2) Moto G5 Plus live image leaked
The Moto G5 Plus can now be seen in live form, thanks to a leaked image that shows the front side of the device. The protective sticker on the phone seems to suggest a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 2.0GHz octa-core chip, 3000mAh battery, 12 megapixel camera, and a fingerprint scanner with NFC (supposedly to enable mobile payments). This Moto phone is set to be unveiled at the end of the month.
3) Tesla planning India launch by summer this year, says Elon Musk
Although we know that the most inexpensive Tesla car, the Model 3, will be sold in India, one eager fan couldn’t resist Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, about when it would happen on Twitter. We assume he would be delighted as Elon replied to him, suggesting that Tesla is aiming for an India launch in summer this year. Now that’s still pretty ambiguous, but one could expect that it means we could see Tesla cars on Indian roads before the second quarter of 2016, assuming Elon was referring to summer in India, not the United States.
4) Samsung Galaxy S8’s ‘Bixby’ assistant to support 8 languages at launch
Another awaited smartphone of 2017 is the Galaxy S8 by Samsung, which is said to have its own virtual assistant called ‘Bixby’. The latest rumour around it is that the assistant will support 8 languages at launch. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also said to have a near bezel-less design, a removal of the physical home button, but will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.
In other Samsung news, SDI – the maker of lithium batteries for many Samsung products – had a minor fire incident at their factory in China, for which the company as well as the local fire department have blamed faulty batteries.
5) TRAI says it will continue monitoring the Reliance Jio vs Airtel POI issue
There’s been a back and forth between Reliance Jio and Airtel with both parties throwing accusations that is preventing calls from Jio network to be successfully connected to Airtel’s. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) commented that they will not treat it as an Operator A vs Operator B issue, but rather an issue that is affecting consumers, and will keep monitoring the situation.
6) Government has received over 1,300 complaints against e-commerce firms
The government has received over 1,300 complaints against direct selling and e-commerce companies till December 2016 by the National Consumer Helpline. The top three companies on that list include bookmyoffer.com (449), eBay (135) and Snapdeal (120); others in the list include Amazon India (114), Flipkart (92), Whaaky.com (79), ShopClues (47), Paytm (46), HomeShop18 (18), and Jabong (15).
7) Transactions worth Rs. 361 crores via BHIM app until now, says government
Transactions worth Rs. 361 crores have so far been made using the newly-launched BHIM application for mobile phones, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh said that while Scandinavian countries have achieved a rate of 90 percent in digital transactions, in India the figure was 3 percent, adding that if this touched 22 percent, it will help cut down black money from the economy.
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Home LaptopsLaptops News Jamshed Avari, 08 February 2017 Highlights The Quadro GP100 has 16GB of ECC HBM2 memory
Target workloads include photorealistic rendering, big data, and VR
Prices will be announced when the products become available in March Nvidia has announced a new lineup of professional workstation GPUs based on its current Pascal architecture. The new products are targeted at content creators and anyone working with deep learning, VR, and complex simulations. The company claims that its new products deliver twice the performance of previous-generation models, and can transform workstations into supercomputers.
Nvidia points to the growing size and complexity of data sets required for current-day workflows in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to photorealistic CAD. According to the company, these new products allow users to carry out simulations, design, rendering and high-performance number crunching on a single workstation.
At the top of the line is the new Nvidia Quadro GP100, which is similar to the Tesla P100 accelerator launched last year. It promises unprecedented double-precision performance, with over 20 Teraflops of power. The Quadro GP100 has 16GB of ultra-high-speed ECC HBM2 memory. Users can pair two such cards together using an implementation of its server-oriented NVLink connector interface, which bridges two cards much like SLI does for desktop graphics cards. NVLink will allow the two cards to pool memory for up to 32GB of addressable space.
Lower down the line, the Quadro P4000, P2000, P1000, P600 and P400 models offer performance at a range of price points to suit different customers. They join the already announced Pascal-based Quadro P6000 and P5000 cards. The Quadro GP100 and P4000 are designated ‘VR Ready’ and can support up to four simultaneous 5K HDR displays. Up to 32 4K displays can be run from a single workstation using eight Quadro P4000 cards. The lower-end models feature smaller coolers and low-profile designs which are more suitable for server enclosures.
Nvidia hasn’t released pricing yet, and all cards are expected to be available only in March, in workstations from partners including HP, Lenovo, Dell and Fujitsu, and as standalone products from PNY, Elsa and Leadtek in different parts of the world.
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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 08 February 2017 Denuvo may be the DRM of choice for many a gaming company. At the height of its powers, Chinese cracking group 3DM stated that pirated games could disappear in two years.
Recently however, its anti-tamper tech has been extremely easy to circumvent with the likes of Resident Evil 7, which used the latest version of Denuvo, being cracked in just five days. Since then the team has reportedly revamped its DRM completely.
“This new version of Denuvo will be used in most future titles. We know for a fact that Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 will be using it, though it remains a mystery whether For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and Mass Effect: Andromeda will use this new version of Denuvo,” claims DSOgaming.
In the past, a Bulgarian hacker going by the name of Voksi managed to find a loophole in Steam that allowed users to play games such as Abzu, Doom, Homefront: The Revolution, Inside, Just Cause 3, and Total War: Warhammer. Even as the exploit used was patched by the Denuvo team on Monday, around 650,000 people had used Voksi's method during that time.
Just after, news came in that a piracy group known as CONSPIR4CY had managed to fully crack the latest Lara Croft game, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Unlike the Steam exploit being used in the first method, this is a complete release and is available as a 26.8GB download on file-sharing sites globally. In the release notes, the team mentioned “Steam+Denuvo” under the protection label and that their pirated copy contains all three pieces of downloadable content.
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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 08 February 2017 Highlights For Honor's release date is February 14
The game is already available in some countries a week prior to this
The game is always online, even in single-player For Honor has a release date of February 14. Not if you’re in Turkey. Several Instagram accounts in the country have posted pictures of the game being available early – with one even going as far as to post an unboxing video of the game. If you were expecting anything more than a disc and a flyer, prepare to be disappointed.
Safe to say other countries such as the UAE will follow suit with an early release of the game. This could also see India getting the game early due to the nation’s proximity to the Middle East. We’ve seen this with Far Cry Primal, Doom, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Final Fantasy XV, to name a few titles.

Nonetheless, much like The Division, For Honor’s street date break may not amount to much. Reason being, the game requires you to be online while playing it. Yes, even in single-player which the company touts as a separate experience.
“We can confirm that For Honor is an always online experience. Some elements of progression, which is hosted online, are shared across story and multiplayer modes. Players will need to be connected to the Internet at all times to play For Honor,” the company admitted to a member of the game's official forums.
At best, it could give you the headstart on any day one patches that may be made available prior to release.
This isn’t the first time Ubisoft has forced a persistent Internet connection in single-player experiences. We’ve seen this in 2008 with Assassin’s Creed for PC and in 2011’s Driver: San Francisco.
However it ended up overturning these decisions amidst strong consumer feedback. Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped it from doing so in games like Steep. Rather than positioning it as DRM, which it did in the past, it does so by tying in progression to the stability of your Internet connection.
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