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Chinese 'gait recognition' tech IDs people by how they walk

Chinese 'gait recognition' tech IDs people by how they walk

Technology
Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras. Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, "gait recognition" is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concern about how far the technology will go. Huang Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix, said that its system can identify people from up to 50 meters (165 feet) away, even with their back turned or face covered. This can fill a gap in facial recognition, which needs close-up, high-resolution images of a person's face to work. "You don't need people's cooperation for us to be able to recognize their id...
Hamleys reaches endgame under Chinese owner

Hamleys reaches endgame under Chinese owner

Business
The Chinese owner of Hamleys, the world's most famous toy retailer,‎ has begun exploring a sale of the company just days after reporting multimillion-pound losses. Sky News has learnt that C.banner International, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, has launched a strategic review of Hamleys, which it bought three years ago.The review, which was prompted by several expressions of interest in a takeover from unnamed parties, is at a preliminary stage and might not lead to a formal sale process, according to a City source.News of C.banner's‎ decision to explore options for Hamleys throws the future ownership of the toy retailing giant into doubt just before its crucial Christmas trading period gets under way.Vermilion Partners, a corporate finance firm w...
Chinese kit 'putting all of us at risk' if used in 5G

Chinese kit 'putting all of us at risk' if used in 5G

Technology
Security threats from Chinese companies building 5G networks could end up "putting all of us at risk" if they are not tackled quickly, according to a former security minister. Speaking to Sky News, Admiral Lord West, a former First Sea Lord who served under Gordon Brown as a security minister, urged the government to set up a unit reporting directly to the prime minister to monitor the risk posed by Chinese equipment in 5G.5G has been hailed as the next great leap for mobile communications, enabling everything from smart cities to hologram calls.However, the best 5G technology comes from Chinese companies, raising the fear that China's government could have ground-level access to - even control of - the UK's critical data infrastructure. Image: ...

Japan slams Chinese ship for oceanographic research in EEZ

World
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A Chinese oceanographic research ship conducted activities in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone without prior notice, according to a Japanese press report. NHK reported Monday the ship was active near Hateruma Island, Okinawa Prefecture, and the vessel entered Japan-clamed waters around 4:20 p.m. Sunday. The ship was in an area about 120 miles southeast of Hateruma. The vessel was identified as the Xiangyanghong, No. 10, and was seen lowering a steel rope into the ocean, according to Japan's maritime security. The activity was observed from a Japanese surveillance plane. The Japanese coast guard said the Chinese vessel was conducting some kind of investigation. Conducting activities within Japan's EEZ without receiving prior permission is inadmissible, the coast guard said....
Driver plows through Chinese square, at least 9 killed

Driver plows through Chinese square, at least 9 killed

World
Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A man drove his car through a busy public square in China's Hunan province on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more. As many as 43 people were injured when a red SUV suddenly plowed through crowds of people in Binjiang square in the city of Hengyang at 7:40 p.m. local time, The South China Morning Post reported. A 54-year-old male suspect was arrested at the scene and police are investigating the incident. Police said the suspect, Yang Zanyun, had a criminal record and served time in prison for arson and drugs related offenses, the BBC reported. A local government statement declared the incident a "deliberate, malicious case of driving with intent to injure," although it wasn't immediately clear if it was terror-releated. Let's block a...