Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee and get ready for work. Below are a few stories from around the tech world to fit in a cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know this morning at your door (or in front of a webcam) and before you enter the real world.
So sit back, take a cup and start your morning with some “quick bites” Innovation and technology today.
The new software enables law enforcement to scan citizens’ fingerprints from a smartphone
Contactless fingerprinting could soon be implemented by police departments across the United States
Tellos, a non-contact fingerprinting technology company, has developed software that uses a phone’s camera to scan a person’s finger from a distance of about 2 inches and create a “traditional fingerprint image”. The technology works with a camera less than 2 megapixels.
Civil liberties and privacy groups are concerned about the impact of the technology, arguing that biometric data collected by law enforcement would be used to further violate citizens’ liberties. Similar arguments have been made about face recognition technology used by different governments around the world.
The instant messaging app Telegram has recently surpassed the limit of 700 million active users. The company is now launching a new premium tier with additional features. Telegram issued a statement saying the move would allow the app to be user-oriented rather than ad-based.
Telegram boasts 700 million active accounts, adding premium tears
Telegram gained notoriety earlier this year for its role as a liaison between Ukrainian officials and civilian hackers willing to join the country in the fight against Russian invaders. The app uses end-to-end encryption, making it a preferred communication system for individuals, organizations and even governments that values privacy.
Telegram Premium enables users to send large files up to 4GB (up to 2GB) and supports fast downloads, for example, Telegram said.
According to TechCrunch, paid customers can follow 500 to 1,000 channels offered to free users and create 20 chat folders with 200 chats in each.
They are lined up
Amateur astronomers and stargazers will be able to see the alignment of the planets in our solar system for the first time in 18 years on June 24-27.
Just before sunrise on June 24, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus will line up in the night sky. However, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be the planets visible to the naked eye on Friday. The other two, Thursday and Saturday, will be visible through binoculars or telescopes around June 27th.
“If you look east about 45 minutes before sunrise on June 24, you’ll be able to see this phenomenon,” said Kevin Walsh, an amateur astronomer and science communicator. “Mercury will appear closest to the horizon around the northeast and we will have about 30-40 minutes of visibility before twilight interference. Saturn will appear southeast in the sky.”
States have been urged to conserve water during the western drought
According to the Department of the Interior, Colorado River reservoirs are experiencing unprecedented lows.
The federal government is now telling seven western states to drastically reduce water use by relying on rivers because the Colorado River is drying up due to this year’s unprecedented drought.
Recovery Commissioner Camille Callimlim Touton has announced that large cuts between 2 million and 4 million acre-feet will be needed next year to prevent reservoirs from falling to “critical levels”. Los Angeles Times.
Emergency efforts include Lake Med and Lake Powell, the country’s two largest reservoirs, in an effort to stop dangerously lows next year.
Lazarini has unveiled the Flying Superior concept