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Top 10 Tech Gifts you can get before Xmas

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These are in no specific order or genre of the Tech world, why, well not everyone likes the same thing, that would be boring 🙂 If you click on the image or check my out button it will take you directly to the shop/store where you can further check out if you want to get this geeky tech. What gifts have you got already that are plain awesome, comment below and let us all know. Have a fantastic Christmas !



The Echo Show

  • Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings, Amazon Video, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free-just ask.
  • Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo device or the Alexa App.
  • See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Spotify, TuneIn and RadioPlayer.
  • Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response. Play your music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices in separate rooms with multi-room music (available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify. Bluetooth not supported).
  • Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby’s room with compatible cameras from Ring and more. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, and other compatible smart home devices.
  • With eight microphones, beam-forming technology and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction-even while music is playing.
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills such as BBC, Uber and Open Table.


MFox A11 (A6-52) Military Standard Smartphone

Features:

  • 5.0″ Screen, 1920*1080 pixels
  • MTK MT6752 Octa-Core 1.7GHz
  • Android 5.1
  • 3GB RAM   32GB ROM, Amazing Memory
  • 2800mAh Li-polymer Battery
  • 13.2MP  5MP, Professional Photography
  • IP68, Waterproof and Dustproof
  • 4G LTE CAT6, as Fast as Light Speed



Anet A8 Upgrade 3D Printer

  • High-precision 3D printer】2004 LCD screen, English interface, 5 keys for easy operation, support SD card and off-line printing.
  • 【Updated】Sophisticated mainboard, supporting multi-function, higher accuracy. T-shape lead screw, high quality stainless steel, more durable and sturdy for use. Advanced and high-speed motor, continue to prolonged work hours for greatly improved the working efficiency.
  • 【MK8 nozzle】Customized MK8 nozzle with sophisticated technology to produce smooth filaments fluently. Superior power supply system for safely using, 240W, 110V-240V.
  • 【Temperature Adjustments & Multi-Material Compatible】Heated hotbed and nozzle with wide range temperature adjustments allow the printer to compatible with many 3D filament types, such as ABS, PLA, HIP, PP and Nylon etc.
  • 【Package Content】10 meters 3D filaments, SD card with electronic installation manual, card reader, other necessary parts and tools for assembling are included.


GTENG Racing Drone

Main Features:
90 – 100W 720P HD camera:
You can use it to capture and record every wonderful moment in your life.
5.8G FPV system:
Allows real time image transmission and offers you clear and bright aerial pictures and videos.
Air pressure altitude hold function:
Improves the stability of flight, aerial photography and video recording performance.
2.4GHz control system:
Ensures the stronger anti-interference performance and powerful signal.
6 axis gyro:
Provides the best stability during indoor and outdoor flight.
360 degree rollover:
The quadcopter will flip forward / backward / leftward / rightward according to your instructions.



BB2 Pro Android 7.1 3GB RAM TV Box

Description:
It is the first DDR4 model, MECOOL BB2 PRO features 3GB DDR4 RAM, and 16GB ROM capacity, which supports the box running smoothly. Just enjoy a new visual effect!
Highlights:
Amlogic S912 Octa-core CPU
BB2 PRO comes with Amlogic S912 CPU, which is a high performance Octa-core 64bit chipset which is rapid and stable and gives you high-speed feedback and smooth response.
3GB DDR4 RAM, 16GB ROM
It boasts 3GB DDR4 RAM, and 16GB ROM, advantageous in performance, security and reliability, ascribing to the eMMC memory, ultimately delivering a richer end-user experience.
2.4GHz + 5.0GHz Dual Band WiFi
Dual-band AC WiFi ( 2.4GHz / 5GHz 802.11 b / g / n / ac ) with a great high-gain antenna, gives the best possible reception and transfer rates.
Think Out of the Box with Android TV 7.1
It runs on the 64bit Android 7.1, which is stable to use. You can connect to a world of content and entertainment at home with the box.
4K H.265
4K H.265 decoding can help you save 50 percent band-width resource, and deliver razor-sharp detail and vibrant images.
Unique Thermal Design
Metal bottom cover with vent holes enables to reduce the working temperature and keep the TV box working well.


DLP 800WM Native 1080P Projector

This projector is suitable for high definition home theatre.

Features:

  • Brand: Excelvan,
  • DLP projector with 400 ANSI  lumens( 3500 lumens)
  • Resolution of 1280*800 pixels.
  • Projection size up to 115 inches
  • Multi selection interface: HDMI   USB*2
  • No need connect with any extra speakers.


FitBit Surge

  • The ultimate fitness super watch.
  • Gps tracking – see distance, pace and elevation climbed and review routes and split times.
  • Wrist monitor.
  • Size H13.5, W9.8, D7cm.
  • Li-Ion (included).
  • Added bonus you can get this before xmas if you order now


Nintendo Switch Bundle

 

  • Switch and play: Anytime, anywhere, with anyone
  • Three play modes: TV mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode
  • Share the fun with Joy-Con – attach the two Joy-Con to the Joy-Con grip, it will work like a traditional controller and without the grip they work as two individual, fully-functioning controllers
  • Local and online multiplayer: Link up to eight consoles for multiplayer; online play with friends far away and players around the world


Bitcoin – Had throw this one in there

  • 1 Pcs .999 Pure Gold Plated BitCoin and 1 Pcs Pure Silver Plated BitCoin for Serious Collectors
  • Original Collectors BitCoin, Real High Quality Actual Alloy Physical Bitcoin with Gold Plating and Silver Plating
  • Diameter= 40mm, Thickness=3mm, Weight= 1 oz.
  • 1 OZ Round Commemorative Bitcoin,come with acrylic coin protective cover


Ultime 360 Live Camera, with Live Stream

  • Professional grade 360 lens – Our single lens requires no framing, rotating, stitching or stabilizing and offers a homogenous high-quality image
  • Live stream 360 videos – Broadcast 360 degree live videos to anyone, on social media or through web links that can be opened from any browser on any device, even VR headsets, for a real immersive experience
  • Integrated touchscreen – 360LiveCam includes an integrated LCD touchscreen. It lets you immediately view and manage your content, set up your preferences and select the capture mode
  • Smart sharing app – Connected with the 360LiveCam, the Tamaggo app will enable you to easily view your content in different modes including VR mask. Share 360 photos and videos, live or on-demand, via direct weblinks or social networks. The Tamaggo App is compatible with iOS and Android, on tablets and smartphones.


 

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Google Doodle honors ‘Prince of Mathematicians’ Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Maths is the latest to receive the Google Doodle homage.

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, otherwise known as “The Prince of Mathematicians”, made instrumental contributions to number theory, algebra, geophysics, mechanics and statistics.

Gauss was born on April 30 in 1777 in Brunswick, a city in the north of Germany, near Wolfsburg. Despite poor working-class parents and an illiterate mother, Gauss was a child prodigy, believed to have been able to add up every number from 1 to 100 at 8-years-old.

One of his first major equations was working out his date of birth, which his mother hadn’t recorded. He used the only information she had: that it was a Wednesday, eight days before an Easter holiday.

At university when he was 19, Gauss discovered a heptadecagon, or a 17-sided polygon. He requested that a regular heptadecagon be inscribed on his tombstone, but it was too difficult for the stonemason, who said it would just look like a circle.

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 A heptadecagon.

 


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And remember your prime numbers? That year Gauss was involved with proving the prime number theorem, helping understand how prime numbers are distributed among the integers, or whole numbers.

Again the same year, a productive one for Gauss, he discovered the quadratic reciprocity law, which allows mathematicians to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic.

At 24, Gauss’ work on number theory, which he completed when he was 21, was published as a textbook. Not only did it involve his original work, but it reconciled that of other mathematicians. It would be considered his magnum opus and had an extraordinary impact on the field.

Oh, and add to those achievements a discovery in astronomy — in the same year, 1801, Gauss calculated the orbit of an asteroid called Ceres.

After a much-accomplished life, Gauss died aged 77 on Feb. 23, 1855.

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How Cambridge Analytica works and turned ‘likes’ into political tool

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How Cambridge analytica works

The algorithm at the heart of the Facebook data breach sounds almost too dystopian to be real. It trawls through the most apparently trivial, throwaway postings –the “likes” users dole out as they browse the site – to gather sensitive personal information about sexual orientation, race, gender, even intelligence and childhood trauma. So exactly how cambridge analytica works and why it turned like in to a real world political tool.

A few dozen “likes” can give a strong prediction of which party a user will vote for, reveal their gender and whether their partner is likely to be a man or woman, provide powerful clues about whether their parents stayed together throughout their childhood and predict their vulnerability to substance abuse. And it can do all this without delving into personal messages, posts, status updates, photos or all the other information Facebook holds.

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Some results may sound more like the result of updated online sleuthing than sophisticated data analysis; “liking” a political campaign page is little different from pinning a poster in a window.

But five years ago psychology researchers showed that far more complex traits could be deduced from patterns invisible to a human observer scanning through profiles. Just a few apparently random “likes” could form the basis for disturbingly complex character assessments.

When users liked “curly fries” and Sephora cosmetics, this was said to give clues to intelligence; Hello Kitty likes indicated political views; “Being confused after waking up from naps” was linked to sexuality. These were just some of the unexpected but consistent correlations noted in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal in 2013. “Few users were associated with ‘likes’ explicitly revealing their attributes. For example, less than 5% of users labelled as gay were connected with explicitly gay groups, such as No H8 Campaign,” the peer-reviewed research found.

The researchers, Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell and Thore Graepel, saw the dystopian potential of the study and raised privacy concerns. At the time Facebook “likes” were public by default.


Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’ How Cambridge Analytica works.

“The predictability of individual attributes from digital records of behaviour may have considerable negative implications, because it can easily be applied to large numbers of people without their individual consent and without them noticing,” they said.

“Commercial companies, governmental institutions, or even your Facebook friends could use software to infer attributes such as intelligence, sexual orientation or political views that an individual may not have intended to share.”

To some, that may have sounded like a business opportunity. By early 2014, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix had signed a deal with one of Kosinski’s Cambridge colleagues, lecturer Aleksandr Kogan, for a private commercial venture, separate from Kogan’s duties at the university, but echoing Kosinski’s work.

The academic had developed a Facebook app which featured a personality quiz, and Cambridge Analytica paid for people to take it, advertising on platforms such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

The app recorded the results of each quiz, collected data from the taker’s Facebook account – and, crucially, extracted the data of their Facebook friends as well.

The results were paired with each quiz-taker’s Facebook data to seek out patterns and build an algorithm to predict results for other Facebook users. Their friends’ profiles provided a testing ground for the formula and, more crucially, a resource that would make the algorithm politically valuable.

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To be eligible to take the test the user had to have a Facebook account and be a US voter, so tens of millions of the profiles could be matched to electoral rolls. From an initial trial of 1,000 “seeders”, the researchers obtained 160,000 profiles – or about 160 per person. Eventually a few hundred thousand paid test-takers would be the key to data from a vast swath of US voters.

It was extremely attractive. It could also be deemed illicit, primarily because Kogan did not have permission to collect or use data for commercial purposes. His permission from Facebook to harvest profiles in large quantities was specifically restricted to academic use. And although the company at the time allowed apps to collect friend data, it was only for use in the context of Facebook itself, to encourage interaction. Selling data on, or putting it to other purposes, – including Cambridge Analytica’s political marketing – was strictly barred.

It also appears likely the project was breaking British data protection laws, which ban sale or use of personal data without consent. That includes cases where consent is given for one purpose but data is used for another.

The paid test-takers signed up to T&Cs, including collection of their own data, and Facebook’s default terms allowed their friends’ data to be collected by an app, unless their privacy settings allowed this. But none of them agreed to their data possibly being used to create a political marketing tool or to it being placed in a vast campaign database.

How Cambridge Analytica works

Kogan maintains everything he did was legal and says he had a “close working relationship” with Facebook, which had granted him permission for his apps.

Facebook denies this was a data breach. Vice-president Paul Grewal said: “Protecting people’s information is at the heart of everything we do, and we require the same from people who operate apps on Facebook. If these reports are true, it’s a serious abuse of our rules.”

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The scale of the data collection Cambridge Analytica paid for was so large it triggered an automatic shutdown of the app’s ability to harvest profiles. But Kogan told a colleague he “spoke with an engineer” to get the restriction lifted and, within a day or two, work resumed.

Within months, Kogan and Cambridge Analytica had a database of millions of US voters that had its own algorithm to scan them, identifying likely political persuasions and personality traits. They could then decide who to target and craft their messages that was likely to appeal to them – a political approach known as “micro-targeting”.

Facebook announced on Friday that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica and Kogan from the platform pending information over misuse of data related to this project.

Facebook denies that the harvesting of tens of millions of profiles by GSR and Cambridge Analytica was a data breach. It said in a statement that Kogan “gained access to this information in a legitimate way and through the proper channels” but “did not subsequently abide by our rules” because he passed the information onto third parties.

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