The Morning After: Biometric devices with military data were sold on eBay

German researchers who bought biometric capture devices on eBay found sensitive US military data stored on the machine’s memory card. In accordance New York Times, which included fingerprints, iris scans, even photographs, names and descriptions of the individuals, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many individuals worked with the US military and could be targeted if the devices fell into the wrong hands, according to the report. One device was purchased at a military auction and the seller said they were unaware it contained sensitive data. There was also a simple solution: the US military could have eliminated the risk by simply removing or destroying the memory cards before selling them.

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The campaign involves all non-management workers.

Workers at Proletariat, a Boston-based studio Blizzard acquired earlier this year, announced that they recently filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Proletariat is the third Activision Blizzard studio to announce a union campaign in 2022. However, previous campaigns at Raven Software and Blizzard Albany involved the quality assurance workers at those studios – the effort at Proletariat includes all non-management workers. Proletariat employees say they aim to preserve the studio’s “progressive, human-first” values, including its flexible paid time off policy and robust health care. In addition, they want to protect the studio from crunch – mandatory overtime during game development.

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Upgradable, to a certain extent.



LG is taking a more minimalist approach to its kitchen appliances in 2023, with less flashy profiles, colors and apparent controls. While we don’t get a close-up of all the dials and buttons just yet, the devices look restrained compared to previous years’ models. In the past we have seen a washing machine whose flagship was a whole extra washing machine. There was also a tumble dryer that had two doors. Just because. LG says recycled materials have been used across several machine parts, adding that the latest appliances also require fewer total parts and less energy than standard kitchen appliances. This would be consistent with the company’s announcements at the beginning of the year, where LG said it would offer upgrade options for its home appliances. So far it has included new filters for certain use cases and software upgrades with new washing programs for washing machines.

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Legislators and staff who have TikTok on their phones must delete it.

TikTok is now banned on all devices owned and managed by the US House of Representatives, according to Reuters. The House Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) reportedly told all lawmakers and their staff in an email that they must delete the app from their devices because it is considered “high risk due to a number of security issues.” Furthermore, anyone found to have the social networking application on their phones will be contacted to ensure it has been deleted.

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It may cause minor shocks to the smartphone camera.

LG may not make smartphones anymore, but it still builds components for them. The company’s LG Innotek arm has just unveiled a periscope-style true optical zoom camera module with 4-9x telephoto range. Most smartphone cameras use hybrid zoom setups that combine certain zoom ranges (typically 2x, 3x, 10x, etc.) with a digital zoom to fill in between these (2.5x, 4.5x, etc.), leading to reduced details. However, LG’s “Optical Zoom Camera” contains a zoom actuator with moving components, like a mirrorless or DSLR camera. It will help retain full image quality throughout the zoom range, while reducing the size and number of modules required. Could this mean the death of the camera bump?

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