Asbarez Website Attacked |

Noble Horvath

The Asbarez website is being attacked

Most of you have had limited, sporadic or no access to our website for the better part of the day. We have experienced the same situation on our end, because the Asbarez website was the targeted and attacked in what is known as very aggressive case of DDoS—distributed denial of a service.

A DDoS is a cyber-attack in which the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet. This means fake bot attempt to log onto to a website at an accelerated rate and overwhelm its servers.

This particular attack started—slowly—late Wednesday and accelerate on Saturday morning. Our server host was able to mitigate the interruptions and the slowing down fairly quickly where only the administrators were able to notice the disruptions.

However, on Saturday

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How Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Creates A New Generation Of Tech Champions

Noble Horvath

Throughout the COVID-19 pan- demic, the government of Saudi Arabia, like any other government around the world, has had to move quickly and substantively with its stimulus packages for businesses to get through this crisis. However, in addition to that, the government of Saudi Arabia has not allowed the crisis to pause or slow down its ongoing and ambitious plans for boosting the Kingdom’s economy. According to Dr. Ahmed H. Altheneyan, Deputy Minister for Digital Capacities for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s ambitious social transformation projects are aimed at driving diversification across its economy, “with the government today acting as more of an enabler and facilitator through its policies and regulations, as well as funding.”

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He explains that the drivers of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 are 13 nationwide programs, the most critical of which is the National Transformation Program, which

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A Deep Computer Vision, Machine Learning Patent Surfaces Covering the Possible use of Specialty cameras for the iPhone & Wearables

Noble Horvath


Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to the use of a range of cameras for a future headset and smartphone such as infrared cameras, electro-optical cameras capturing visible light, depth cameras, time-of-flight cameras, RGB Depth cameras, light field cameras, microscopes, X-Ray imaging systems and magnetic resonance imaging systems. The cameras will use computer vision algorithms that utilize thermal imagery to perform specific tasks related to navigation, object recognition, 3D reconstruction, camera pose estimation, and Augmented Reality applications, to name a few.


The patent can only be appreciated by machine learning and computer vision engineers. The patent notes that “Distinctive feature points are usually computed in computer vision detection-description framework. Common distinctive feature points include SIFT, SURF, BRISK, FREAK, Harris Corners, FAST etc.”


Secondly, Apple’s patent application 20200279121 was acquired when acquiring German Company Metaio. There are only two inventors listed and

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An unhealthy relationship with technology can mean missed opportunities to connect with the real world. That’s why I wrote a book of 5,203 alternatives to looking at your phone.

Noble Horvath

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  • Barbara Ann Kipfer is a lexicographer, archaeologist, and author of more than 80 books and calendars, including “14,000 Things to be Happy About.”
  • The following is an adapted excerpt from her new book, “5,203 Things to Do Instead of Looking at Your Phone.”
  • In it, she suggests striking a balance between your online and offline lives with alternative ways to reconnect with the world around you.  
  • Kipfer uses her expertise to help people examine why they’re mindlessly motivated to reach for screens, and how to restore a healthy relationship with activities that fill up your downtime.  
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

I’m a listmaker. I’ve published 80+ books and calendars — mainly lists.  My editor came up with the idea of a list styled book with suggestions on what to do “instead of looking at your phone.” This brilliant focus resonated

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Microsoft Surface Duo review: double troubles

Noble Horvath

Microsoft’s Surface Duo aspires to be something different from any other gadget you’ve used. It could be mistaken for a phone or a small tablet, but it’s both less and more than those things.

When it’s closed, there are no screens or cameras. In shape and appearance, it’s like a small book, a digital version of the Field Notes notebook I carry around in my back pocket. When open, you get two screens side by side or one screen with the other folded back. And like a notebook, it feels somehow more natural to hold than a phone’s vertical slab shape. You hold it in your hand with the two sides angled toward you like a book.

In truth, there’s nothing the Surface Duo can do that you can’t do on your current smartphone or tablet. Your smartphone surely takes better photos, and your tablet doesn’t have a big gap

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