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Theranos and Silicon Valley's 'Fake It Till You Make It' Culture

Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of the once highly touted blood-testing startup, is accused of an “elaborate years-long fraud.”
Source: Wired

Equifax exec charged with insider trading, selling shares ahead of hack news

Former Equifax exec Jun Ying has been charged with insider trading, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ying is accused of knowing that Equifax had been hacked and selling company shares before the public was notified.

Ying, who was “next in line to the be company’s global CIO, allegedly used confidential information entrusted to him by the company to conclude that Equifax had suffered a serious breach,” says the SEC release. He sold $1 million in shares and avoided a potential loss of $117,000.

Following the revelation of a widespread hack at the credit reporting agency, Equifax shares took a tumble on the stock market. Shares were above $142 and quickly fell to beneath $93 in the subsequent days.

Ying wasn’t the only employee who sold shares, resulting in several execs getting accused of insider trading. TechCrunch wrote something at the time about different executives, and received this defense from Equifax, particularly with regards to the CFO.

“As announced in the press release, Equifax discovered the cybersecurity incident on Saturday, July 29. The company acted immediately to stop the intrusion.

The three executives who sold a small percentage of their Equifax shares on Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time they sold their shares.”


Source: TechCrunch

Google explores how light fields shape VR environments in new free app

Lighting can make or break the right photo — when it comes to static environments inside virtual reality that users can move around in, this becomes exponentially more true.

Today, Google released a new app for VR devices focused on helping users make sense of “light fields.” They’ve also got a blog post running down some of the research work they’re doing.

Light fields — in a practical sense — are basically different perspectives of a point in space based on how that lighting looks from that angle. If you look at something like your phone screen, part of what makes it look realistic are how images reflect off of it. Most physical objects don’t offer so clear a mirror of the world around it, but even things like your own skin can have a dramatically different looking texture based on where your eyes are.

In a game engine-rendered world, if you have enough compute power you can reflect the hell out of everything to varying levels of success. When it comes to light fields based on real-world camera capture, companies like Google are using multiple cameras to capture multiple perspectives of objects and infer the perspectives between the lenses. With this you can get perspective of objects that move with you with lighting that changes as you move your head.

It’s a complicated way of saying that real-world scenarios look a lot more realistic and just… better. That’s just my take on it, but if you want to read more on how the Google sees Google’s new app, “Welcome to Light Fields” seeks to educate users on what exactly light fields are and how important the technology could be to unlocking more pleasant-feeling virtual reality experiences. The app seems to consist of a number of fairly simple scenarios where users can walk around and observe how light changes these environments.

The app is available for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality platforms. If you’re wondering why the company left out its own Daydream platform, it’s because you really need positional tracking in order to see what’s happening with light fields. Daydream will be gaining that tracking soon with the launch of Lenovo’s standalone 6DoF headset, but we’re still waiting on that one to go on sale.

Light fields present a number of technical issues for developers that go beyond just capturing them; chief among the issues is bandwidth. Light fields turn every file into a potentially massive endeavor to ship easily. For the photo environments Google seems to be playing with here, it’s still difficult enough, but video files that are just a few minutes long can stretch into the terabytes quite quickly, so there are clearly still some things to figure out here.


Source: TechCrunch

Take a bite of the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ on Pi Day

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has taken advantage of Pi Day to release its latest single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, with faster performance and wireless connectivity.

The post Take a bite of the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ on Pi Day appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Researchers Are Restoring Kinesthesia In Prosthetics Patients

It’s an awareness of movement and position in space that most people don’t even realize they have.
Source: Wired

Today's Debate Over Online Porn Laws Started Decades Ago

The online porn laws proposed everywhere from Rhode Island to the UK today echo the same concerns as legislation from the 1990s.
Source: Wired

California Net Neutrality Bill Would Go Beyond Original Protections

Proposal from state senator would ban “zero rating” deals where specific services don’t count against data caps.
Source: Wired

Pi Day PC Deals: Microsoft, HP, Dell, Lenovo

We don’t need to give you 3.14 reasons why these are stellar discounts.
Source: Wired

SteamVR will fine-tune VR to match the graphics chip, not the headset

The latest beta of SteamVR now includes a component that will fine-tune virtual reality experiences to match the performance of your PC’s graphics chip. It will lower or raise the resolution beyond the native setting.

The post SteamVR will fine-tune VR to match the graphics chip, not the headset appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

ClassPass Live launches offering on-demand workouts from home

ClassPass has today announced the launch of ClassPass Live, an at-home workout platform that connects users with fitness teachers via live video. ClassPass Live was first announced in December of last year. The company purchased a studio in Industry City, along with hiring instructors to develop a proprietary ClassPass workout for users and run classes. […]


Source: TechCrunch

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