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Mar 8, 2023

They thought loved ones were calling for help. It was an AI scam

Posted by in categories: law enforcement, mobile phones, robotics/AI

As impersonation scams in the United States rise, Card’s ordeal is indicative of a troubling trend. Technology is making it easier and cheaper for bad actors to mimic voices, convincing people, often the elderly, that their loved ones are in distress. In 2022, impostor scams were the second most popular racket in America, with over 36,000 reports of people being swindled by those pretending to be friends and family, according to data from the Federal Trade Commission. Over 5,100 of those incidents happened over the phone, accounting for over $11 million in losses, FTC officials said.

Advancements in artificial intelligence have added a terrifying new layer, allowing bad actors to replicate a voice with just an audio sample of a few sentences. Powered by AI, a slew of cheap online tools can translate an audio file into a replica of a voice, allowing a swindler to make it “speak” whatever they type.

Experts say federal regulators, law enforcement and the courts are ill-equipped to rein in the burgeoning scam. Most victims have few leads to identify the perpetrator and it’s difficult for the police to trace calls and funds from scammers operating across the world. And there’s little legal precedent for courts to hold the companies that make the tools accountable for their use.

Mar 4, 2023

NeRF in the Dark: High Dynamic Range View Synthesis from Noisy Raw Images

Posted by in categories: information science, mapping, mobile phones, satellites

ALGORITHMS TURN PHOTO SHAPSHOTS INTO 3D VIDEO AND OR IMMERSIVE SPACE. This has been termed “Neural Radiance Fields.” Now Google Maps wants to turn Google Maps into a gigantic 3D space. Three videos below demonstrate the method. 1) A simple demonstration, 2) Google’s immersive maps, and 3) Using this principle to make dark, grainy photographs clear and immersive.

This technique is different from “time of flight” cameras which make a 3D snapshot based on the time light takes to travel to and from objects, but combined with this technology, and with a constellation of microsatellites as large as cell phones, a new version of “Google Earth” with live, continual imaging of the whole planet could eventually be envisioned.

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Mar 3, 2023

Android 14 could kill passwords forever — here’s how

Posted by in category: mobile phones

We could finally see passwords retired in favor of passkeys with Android 14.

Mar 3, 2023

Billions of Android and iPhone users told to search texts over ‘bank blitzkrieg’

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, mobile phones

WHETHER you’re an Android fan or an iPhone lover, you should be wary of a common text message scam.

It’s called “smishing” and has been flagged by the experts at Security Intelligence as a growing problem.

Smishing is essentially the same as phishing, the common email scam technique that tries to get you to give away personal data.

Mar 3, 2023

Artificial intelligence is on the brink of an ‘iPhone moment’ and can boost the world economy

Posted by in categories: economics, mobile phones, robotics/AI

The firm’s strategists broke down why AI is about to “revolutionize everything” with a similar impact to Steve Jobs’ smartphone.

Mar 1, 2023

Your body, ‘perfect charger’ for smartphones, says father of cellphone

Posted by in category: mobile phones

On April 3, 1973, Marty Cooper made the world’s first call from a handheld portable brick phone —weighing 2.5 pounds and 11 inches long.

The first cellphone inventor aka the father of cellphones, Marty Cooper, has projected that phones would be implanted under the skin of consumers’ ears.

“The next generation will have the phone embedded under the skin of their ears,” said cooper.

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Feb 27, 2023

Xiaomi unveils lightweight AR glasses with ‘retina-level’ display

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, mobile phones

While the chatter around the metaverse has slowed down, both social media companies and phone manufacturers have been experimenting with tech that could lead to commercial AR glasses. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Xiaomi unveiled its new prototype Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition, which weighs 126 grams and has a “retina-level” display.

Xiaomi has used a pair of MicroLED screens with a peak brightness of 1,200 nits and free-form light-guiding prisms to recreate an image. The company said that when PPD (pixels per degree) reaches 60, humans can’t perceive individual pixels. The Xiaomi AR glass display boasts 58 PPD, so that’s close enough.

Xiaomi said it is using electrochromic lenses to adjust viewing in different light conditions. The glasses also have a complete blackout mode for a fully immersive experience — kind of making it like a VR headset.

Feb 27, 2023

Nokia’s logo change in the bigger picture

Posted by in categories: business, mobile phones

Nokia’s legacy as a traditional mobile phone maker is over, and its new focus is on networks and industrial digitalization.

No more Nokia phones. On Sunday, the Finnish maker announced plans to rebrand its identity for the first time in almost six decades.

“There was the association to smartphones, and nowadays we are a business technology company,” Chief Executive Pekka Lundmark told Reuters in an interview.

Feb 27, 2023

Space: The Final Frontier For Wireless Communications

Posted by in categories: encryption, mobile phones, satellites

The buzz in the wireless industry is all about space, or what is referred to as non-terrestrial networks (NTNs). The wireless 3GPP Release 17 specification includes two new standards for satellite communications from smartphones, mobile electronics, and IoT devices directly to satellites. While satellites have always been part of the wireless communications infrastructure, they have traditionally provided backhaul network communications, not direct communications to mobile devices other than clunky satellite phones and emergency equipment. Direct satellite communications with individual mobile devices will help overcome gaps in terrestrial cellular networks, providing a truly global infrastructure that can be leveraged by a variety of industries, and bridge the digital divide by bringing wireless communications to rural areas that often lack the infrastructure even with the rollout of 5G cellular networks.

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project or 3GPP is a global standards body consisting of a wide variety of wireless ecosystem members, such as intellectual property (IP) providers, semiconductor companies, networking companies, device OEMs, and wireless operators. Since 1998 and 2G cellular technology, members of the 3GPP have worked together to develop standards for new wireless technologies continuously. While the industry is now well past 3G and new generations of cellular technology are still introduced approximately every 10 years, new releases of the 3GPP standards are released approximately every two years within a generation in an on-going effort to increase the efficient use of a limited natural resource – radio spectrum. The standards also encourage the freeing up of additional spectrum, the development of new radio access networks (RANs), new encryption technology, higher network performance, aggregation of spectrum from different carriers and wireless technologies, support for additional use cases, and new network configurations. In other words, the 3GPP group is tasked with improving wireless technology with each generation and providing a global network that can be accessed from anywhere and by any device. With the inclusion of satellite networks, or non-terrestrial networks (NTNs), a global network will finally be possible.

The latest 3GPP standard that was finalized in 2023 is Release 17, the 3rd Release within the 5G cellular generation. Among other enhancements and additions, Release 17 includes two new standards for satellite networks, IoT-NTN and New Radio NTN or NR-NTN. The IoT-NTN standard defines narrow band using a 200KHz channel for two-way messaging and other low-bandwidth consumer and embedded/IoT applications, such as location tracking, asset tracking, and sensor monitoring. The data rates for IoT-NTN are similar to the data rates that were experienced in 2G. It will provide basic data connectivity.

Feb 25, 2023

Nokia launches smartphone you can fix yourself, jumping on ‘right to repair’ trend

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, sustainability

Armed with tools and repair guides from hardware repair advocacy firm iFixit, a user can remove and replace the phone’s back cover, battery, screen and charging port.

Adam Ferguson, head of product marketing at HMD Global, said that this process would cost on average 30% less than replacing an old phone with a new one.

Smartphone companies are increasingly working to make phones last for longer amid pressure from regulators to make electronics devices more sustainable.

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