Month: November 2020

Why vacuum cleaner bags make the most effective face masks

You have probably become used to wearing a face mask in public. And you probably wear a fabric one, as we’ve been urged to save N95, FFP3, and other “clinical grade” masks for healthcare workers. This is despite science not knowing how well fabric masks work.

To overcome this, a team that I am part of at the University of Cambridge decided to test various fabrics to see how well they would protect the wearer and the public when used in face masks. One element of fabric mask efficacy can be discovered by looking at how well various materials block

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The live-action Last of Us HBO series shows signs of life

HBO today revealed the first details on the live-action TV adaptation of The Last of Us game. We now know who’s going to be writing and producing the show, though nothing else about who might be involved.

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise — mostly because they were rumored to be attached

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Weaponizing the cloud to fight addiction

According to the CDC, opioids were involved in 46,802 overdose deaths in 2018 (69.5 percent of all drug overdose deaths). For those of you living in the United States, this is old news.

As the pandemic stretches on, deaths in the U.S. from opioids and other habit-forming drugs such as alcohol, are likely to rise in 2020. We’re at a point where most health organizations are deeply concerned.

We could reduce the number of deaths by helping addicts in better ways. The combinations of cloud, artificial intelligence, and IoT (Internet of Things) working together could replace rehab clinics as

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Stop using “123456” as your password

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Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security.

And the yearly ritual continues.

The list of worst passwords for 2020 is here, and it’s every bit awful as you would expect.

According to an analysis of 275,699,516 passwords by NordPass, a password manager service from the makers of NordVPN, it’s becoming amply clear that a lot of people are still banking on simple, easy-to-guess passwords despite the constant threat of data breaches and other security threats.

Coming in at number

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Google Pay gets a complete makeover to try to handle all your finances

Google Pay is getting its biggest update ever today. The company today announced it is completely revamping the app for its wireless payment system, maintaining the same abilities as before to send and receive payments, but also turning it into an all-in-one money management app.

In Google’s own words “the new app is designed around your relationships with people and businesses,” and “it helps you save money and gives you insights into your spending.” Next year, you’ll also be able to apply for a Google bank account, something we first saw rumored about a year ago.

Google Pay’s old app

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Apple releases TensorFlow fork with speedups for M1 Macs

Apple has released its own fork of the TensorFlow 2.4 machine learning framework, specifically optimized for its newly released M1 processor.

According to Apple, the M1-compiled version of TensorFlow delivers several times faster performance on a number of benchmarks, compared to the same jobs running on an Intel version of the same 2020 edition MacBook Pro.

The fork, available as open source, requires MacOS 11.0 or better, and provides accelerations on Macs running the new M1 processor.

Existing TensorFlow scripts run as-is with the fork; they do not need to be reworked to take advantage of its performance

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