Day: September 22, 2020

UK firm to power face verification in Singapore’s digital identity system

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Singapore has inked a deal with British vendor iProov to provide face verification technology used in the Asian country’s national digital identity system. Already launched as a pilot earlier this year, the feature allows SingPass users to access e-government services via a biometric, bypassing the need for passwords. 

The agreement also sees Singapore-based digital government services specialist, Toppan, involved in the deployment of the facial verification technology. Both vendors were selected following an open tender issued by Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and months of user tests, the companies said in a joint statement Tuesday.

iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance technology is touted to have the ability to determine if an individual’s face is an actual person, and not a photograph, mask or digital spoof, and authenticate that it is not a deepfake or injected video. Its agreement with the Singapore

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Close technology gap for students

While many of the state’s students settle into new routines of remote learning, thousands still don’t have the devices or connectivity they need to learn online. That’s unacceptable.

Basic education is the constitutional right of every child in Washington. When students don’t have the essential tools for learning – regardless of whether public school instruction happens remotely, in traditional classrooms or some shifting combination of the two – that right is compromised.

Even though school districts and state leaders have had months to prepare for this unusual fall semester, somewhere between 12 percent and 21 percent of Washington K-12 students still do not have the technology or internet connectivity required for remote learning, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction estimates.

The greatest shortcoming is in access to broadband. State officials estimate that only about 78 percent of students had consistent access to a reliable internet connection last spring.

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How Distributed Ledger Technology Can Enable Car Manufacturers to Overcome Market Challenges

By Holger Köther, Director of Partnerships at the IOTA Foundation

There is a massive evolution underway in the automotive industry.

To anyone who has purchased a new car or is at least paying attention to this industry, there is a clarity of vision that something big is coming. With the emergence of semi-autonomous vehicles, combined with a fresh generation of car buyers that expects technology integration as a natural part of daily life, we are at the forefront of a new era. The automotive industry, in hindsight, will likely view this type of tectonic shift as something that hasn’t happened since Henry Ford developed the mass production line in 1908. As with any emerging tech in any industry, with this new era comes new challenges, as well as new business models that will focus on how to address them.

As car manufacturers look for ways to stay competitive by providing

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Pre-apocalyptic photography game Umurangi Generation is coming to Switch and getting new DLC

Umurangi Generation, a game about taking cool photos at the end of the world, is coming to Switch later this year.

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Umurangi Generation hit PC back in May, and it’s still a strong contender for my personal Game of the Year pick. There’s no specific release date for the Umurangi Generation Switch version yet, but I’ll be strongly tempted to pick it up again (especially if it lets you use gyro controls to snap the perfectly angled photo). Even if you’ve already played on PC, there’s more to look forward to soon: a DLC expansion titled Umurangi Generation: Macro is coming on November 7 for $9.99.

I’ll be real with you: the first thing that made me pick up Umurangi Generation is the fact that it has

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LDCs Adopting High-Tech Solutions To Get Methane Emissions Under Control

As federal regulators and large upstream oil and gas companies grapple with the problem of getting their emissions of methane under control, at the other end of the pipeline, where local distribution companies (LDCs) deliver natural gas to residential and commercial customers, a quiet revolution is taking place with the adoption of new technologies to get control of emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas.

One positive from the LDCs’ perspective is that, as measured by the Environmental Protection Agency, methane emissions from the nation’s natural gas systems — including transmission, distribution and storage systems — have decreased by almost one-quarter over the past three decades.

“Natural gas systems were the second largest anthropogenic source category of CH4 (methane) emissions in the United States in 2018 with 140.0 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MMT COշe.) of CH4 emitted into the atmosphere. Those emissions have decreased by 43.4 MMT COշe (23.7%)

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Radio ad spend is set to decline by 25% in 2020

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  • The following is a preview of the US Digital Audio Ad Spending 2020.

During the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, fewer people commuted to work every day, and many local businesses cut their marketing budgets as they fought to stay open. These conditions have strained the radio advertising market.

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US radio ad spending is expected to decline by 25% this year.


In our March 2020 forecast, US radio ad spending was expected to decline just 1.0%. We now anticipate a 25.0% drop. Ad spending declines in traditional channels are part of a long-standing trend, but the pandemic further deepened the decrease in radio ad spending.

We expect radio ad spending to partially rebound next year, rising 16.8% to $12.18 billion. But that will be

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Foster the Four C’s of Learning in Professional Development with Technology

Next-generation education emphasizes the “Four C’s of learning” — critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity — which have become cornerstone skills for learners of all ages. In K–12 schools, integrating technology into the curriculum can bring those skills to life and transform the way students learn.

“Technology is a real enabler and accelerator for the four C’s,” says Helen Soulé, executive director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, in a Common Sense Education video. “Through the resources and the networks that are available through technology, students can really engage in real-life experiences through their learning.”

Teaching those skills with technology requires the active support and readiness of school leaders and teachers. One way of showing that is by integrating the Four C’s framework into professional development opportunities.

MORE ON EDTECH: Discover the 5 key areas of technology professional development for teachers.

Applying the Four C’s Can Boost Technology Professional

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Kin + Carta Launches ‘Working Better,’ a Podcast about Technology and Problems Worth Solving

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Kin + Carta announced the launch of Working Better, a podcast about problems worth solving and the technology required to solve them.

Why can we file taxes online but not vote online? When will our healthcare data actually be ours? Can an app be racist? These are just a few of the challenges that will be tackled in the inaugural season of the podcast, launching today and running through November.

“What I love about Working Better, and what I think listeners will love, is that we’re not just talking about problems worth solving, but putting forth ideas and, in some cases, actually building solutions for some of the challenges,” said Scott Hermes, host of Working Better and Director of Solution Delivery at Kin + Carta. “We’re looking at problems through a human lens first, bringing a variety of voices together

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This key internet freedom law is under siege

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Welcome to the “Tech Tuesday” edition of the Internet Insider. This week we’ll look at how Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a bedrock of the modern internet, looks like it will be a target no matter who wins the next election.

Here’s what we’ve got on deck today:

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In the 2020 election, killing Section 230 is the only bipartisan issue

No matter who wins the 2020 election, a bedrock of the modern internet will still be a target.

While President Donald Trump’s social media executive order has generated the most attention for looking to meddle with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, it seems likely that internet’s liability shield would still be in the crosshairs under a potential Joe Biden

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Autogas Market Future Demand Status, Global Industry Revenue of Top Key Players, Industry Share and Manufacturing Size and Forecast by 2020-2026

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The report provides rational insights along with historical and forecast data to aid in better understanding of the Global Autogas Market. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of key factors that are expected to drive the growth of the Autogas market. This study also provides a detailed overview of the opportunities along with the current trends observed in the target market.

The report includes thorough compilation of the quantitative analysis of the industry for the period of 10 years in order to assist players to grow in the market. Insights on specific revenue figures generated are also given in the report, along with projected revenue at the end of the forecast period. This study includes a widespread analysis of the key segments of the industry. This analysis sheds light in

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