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New Yorker who wants to marry their adult biological CHILD sues to overturn laws banning incest

Mail Online - 5 hours 10 min ago
The parent filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on April 1 asking a judge to declare incest laws unconstitutional and unenforceable so they can wed their offspring in New York City.
Categories: UK News

Porsche found submerged in Essex pond after double crash

This Is Total Essex - 5 hours 30 min ago
Two drivers have been arrested
Categories: Essex News

Unity devs warned of breaking changes ahead in video game engine as team gets to grips with mutating face of .NET

The Register - 5 hours 33 min ago
Support has fallen behind and fixing it is a challenge

Unity software developer Josh Peterson has spoken about the future of .NET support in the widely used game development engine.…

Categories: Technology

Billions of Smartphone Owners Will Soon Be Authorizing Payments Using Facial Recognition

Slashdot - 5 hours 48 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: The next few years will see billions of users regularly using facial recognition technology to secure payments made through their smartphone, tablets or smartwatches, according to new analysis carried out by Juniper Research. Smartphone owners are already used to staring at their screens to safely unlock their devices without having to dial in a secret code; now, facial recognition will increasingly be deployed to verify the identity of a user making a payment with their handset, whether that's via an app or directly in-store, in wallet mode. In addition to facial features, Juniper Research's analysts predict that a host of biometrics will be used to authenticate mobile payments, including fingerprint, iris and voice recognition. Biometric capabilities will reach 95% of smartphones globally by 2025, according to the researchers; by that time, users' biological characteristics will be authenticating over $3 trillion-worth of payment transactions -- up from $404 billion in 2020. [...] "All you need for software-based facial recognition is a front-facing camera on the device and accompanying software," Nick Maynard, lead analyst at Juniper Research, tells ZDNet. "In a hardware-based system, there will be additional hardware layers that add additional security levels. It's increasingly important to differentiate because hardware-based systems are the more secure of the two." Maynard's research shows that between now and 2025, the number of handsets using hardware-based systems will grow by a dramatic 376% to reach 17% of smartphones. Juniper expects the number of smartphone owners using [software-based facial recognition systems] to secure payments to grow by 120% to 2025, to reach 1.4 billion devices -- that is, roughly 27% of smartphones globally. "Hardware-based systems obviously have additional costs per device," adds Maynard, "but the reason it is growing well is really that Apple has been driving it forward. They've made the technology a part of their high-end devices, and shown that hardware-based facial recognition technology can be done and can be very secure." "Software-based facial recognition is strong because it's very easy to deploy," Maynard continues, "but we are expecting a shift towards hardware-based systems as software becomes invalidated by fraudster approaches. Fraudster methods are always evolving, and the hardware needs to evolve with it."

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Categories: Technology

Covid: UK may approve one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspended by US FDA over blood clot fears

Mail Online - 5 hours 48 min ago
Britain is not expected to use any of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine before June at the earliest, by which time most adults will already have been vaccinated with something else.
Categories: UK News

Conor McGregor is slammed after encouraging his son, 3, to 'punch' another boy in the mouth

Mail Online - 5 hours 49 min ago
In a video posted on Facebook and captioned "Lion king McGregors," the former UFC champion, 32, is seen encouraging son Conor Jnr to retaliate after he admitted to being punched on the back.
Categories: UK News

NHS uses technology that can turn Covid-19 waste PPE into plastic for SCHOOL CHAIRS

Mail Online - 5 hours 56 min ago
Machines developed by the Cardiff-based Thermal Compaction Group can compact bags of PPE into large, reusable plastic blocks in the space of an hour.
Categories: UK News

Fire crew saves cat trapped under home's solar panels

Mail Online - 5 hours 58 min ago
Missing cat Rocky was found trapped under solar panels above a house in Dinas Powys in the Vale of Glamorgan last month after they heard her meowing for help.
Categories: UK News

Japan says it will release treated radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific in two years

Mail Online - 5 hours 58 min ago
Water has accumulated in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi plant since March 2011, when it was hit by an earthquake and a tsunami. The plant's water storage capacity is expected to be full by the end of 2022.
Categories: UK News

Alleged far-right terrorists go on trial in Germany

Mail Online - 6 hours 1 min ago
Prosecutors say the men, who called themselves Group S, were planning attacks on Mosques, Jews, asylum seekers and politicians that they hoped would cause anarchy and overthrow the government.
Categories: UK News

Moderna vaccine delivered to sites in England, but it isn't in Essex yet

Chelmsford Weekly News - 6 hours 2 min ago
A THIRD Covid-19 vaccine is being delivered to sites across England today, but Essex will not receive them just yet.
Categories: Essex News

Moderna vaccine delivered to sites in England, but it isn't in Essex yet

Braintree and Witham Times - 6 hours 2 min ago
A THIRD Covid-19 vaccine is being delivered to sites across England today, but Essex will not receive them just yet.
Categories: Essex News

Nicola Sturgeon SPEEDS UP up Scottish lockdown roadmap

Mail Online - 6 hours 5 min ago
Nicola Sturgeon said from Friday stay local rules are being dropped in Scotland, and six people from six different households will be allowed to meet outdoors.
Categories: UK News

Conversion therapy ban: Boris Johnson says churches can still pray for gay people about sexuality

Mail Online - 6 hours 12 min ago
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said all adults can still legally get 'appropriate pastoral support including prayer' in religious settings in the 'exploration of their sexual orientation'.
Categories: UK News

Covid Europe: Nick Clegg tells LBC the EU has 'let millions of people down' with vaccine rollout

Mail Online - 6 hours 15 min ago
Nick Clegg, usually a staunch supporter of the bloc, said 'something has gone very badly wrong' in the pandemic response.
Categories: UK News

Sir Richard Sutton's stepson, 34, faces three-week murder trial

Mail Online - 6 hours 15 min ago
The stepson of hotel tycoon Sir Richard Sutton is facing a three-week trial in Winchester Crown Court after being charged over his murder.
Categories: UK News

Covid UK: NHS Providers union chief warns lockdown easing could delay ending restrictions for good

Mail Online - 6 hours 15 min ago
Self-confessed 'prophet of doom' Chris Hopson, chief of the medical union NHS Providers, said 'we are likely to have a third and potentially fourth wave'. He called for longer curbs, including mask wearing.
Categories: UK News

Salesforce's get-back-to-work strategy starts with 'Volunteer Vaccinated Cohorts' on designated floors

The Register - 6 hours 15 min ago
Sounds kind of like a vaccination passport for California offices

Salesforce has waded into the heated debate over vaccine passports, suggesting they may be a means of getting employees back into the office. Just don't call them vaccine passports.…

Categories: Technology

Dogs transform perfect pooches after getting post-lockdown haircuts

Mail Online - 6 hours 20 min ago
Bone Idol groomers in Brighton, East Sussex, shared some of the dramatic transformations after pooches were given a much-needed trim on their first day of reopening after lockdown on Monday.
Categories: UK News

Prince Philip to be buried in lead-lined oak coffin and Royal Family will wear masks for funeral

Mail Online - 6 hours 22 min ago
The Duke of Edinburgh will be borne to St George's Chapel in Windsor in the back of his self-designed hearse, one of two 'open top' hybrid Land Rovers developed with the help of the Army.
Categories: UK News

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