Amazon Building a Phone That Unlocks With Your Ear

Forget TouchID. The next smartphone security code could come from your ear. Amazon has patented an ear recognition technology that can identify a user based just on ear shape, as seen through a phone’€s front-facing camera.

The device, according to the patent, could€œ determine whether the user is holding the device near the user’s right ear or left ear, and adjusts functionality of the device based at least in part upon how the user is likely holding the phone when making a phone call or listening to an audio file. That means the technology could adjust the volume based on your position.

Not super convenient for unlocking your phone to text, but it would eliminate having to do any swiping to answer a call. And as far as passcodes go, the shape of your ear isn’€t a bad one: ear shape largely stays the same throughout our entire lives, and it’€at least as unique as fingerprints — €”which can be hard to identify in older individuals with looser skin, anyway.

Using fingerprints as passcodes to unlock your phone and apps is convenient, since many people spend their time swiping, tapping, and texting on their cell phones, not picking up the phone and calling people. But right now, fingerprint identification on phones can be a little finicky — I have at least four “different”€ fingerprints inputted on my phone to make sure it can read my identity from every angle. The extra effort of raising a phone to your head could prove worthwhile if your ears can actually be read quickly and accurately.

Ex-teacher gets 22 years for sex with three students

A former Florida teacher was sentenced to 22 years in prison Thursday for having sex dozens of times with three of her students — with one of her trysts leading to her getting an abortion.

“I wish I could go back and remove what I have done,” a tearful Jennifer Fichter, 30, said in court Thursday, according to WFTS. “I hate what I have done. I wish I could go back and think about (the victims) before me.”

But the parents of the victims remained unforgiving.

“It hurts,” one mother told the court. “I saw myself losing my son before my very eyes and there was nothing I could do to reach him.”

Fichter had forced her victims, who were all 17 at the time, to lie to their parents about the illegal encounters. She also used aliases when texting the boys to try covering up her sex crimes.

In a recorded phone call played in court, the ex-English teacher admitted to aborting a pregnancy with one of her victims, WTSP reported.

Fichter faced up to 15 years for each of the counts she pleaded guilty to.

She was arrested in April 2014 after admitting to having sex in her truck with a student 20 to 30 times in various parking lots. During their investigation into Fichter, police learned she had also had sex with two other students.

The earliest incident dates back to 2008, when she resigned from a teaching post in Orange County after allegations of inappropriate contact with an 8th grader — only to be hired at Central Florida Aerospace Academy, in a different county, in 2011. She had sex with one student on the school’s roof.


DAMN!!!! Where were these loose women when I was in school???

But at least now she can have all the sex she wants in prison…….

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star John Schneider slams TV Land

“Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider is fuming that TV Land has pulled the plug on reruns of the humorous adventure show.

The actor, who played Bo Duke on the popular early ’80s series, expressed his anger over the show being drawn into the controversy over the Confederate flag, with a provocative tweet showing Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof burning a U.S. flag while wearing a Gold’s Gym shirt.

“I am grossly offended by flag burning. But … is the Gold’s Gym logo to be considered a symbol of racism as well now?” Schneider tweeted Wednesday.


Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter later, the actor said he was “saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light.

“The Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider (r.) has decried TV Land canceling reruns of the show.

“I’m kidding of course, but has it really come to this?” he said. “Come on TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”

TV Land confirmed to the Daily News on Wednesday that “Hazzard” reruns had been pulled from the schedule.

While a reason was not given, the decision came amid a time of ongoing debate about the Confederate flag — which is painted on the roof of the Duke brothers’ iconic 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee.

“‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ was and is no more seated in racism than ‘Breaking Bad’ was a show seated in reality,” Schneider said about the program.

From left, John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Ben Jones played Bo Duke, Luke Duke and Cooter on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

“Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists?” he added. “Will they have to go through a detox and a 12-step program to kick their Dukes habit? ‘Hi … My name is John. I’m a Dukesoholic.'”

The 55-year-old actor also posted a YouTube video Wednesday in which he further shared his thoughts on the topic.

“The thing that you need to understand is that people have lost their lives,” he said.

“This is not about a television show. It’s not about a flag … it’s about the fact that people have lost their lives and that is what we should be thinking about.”

John Schneider (r.) and Tom Wopat (l.) played the Duke cousins who drove around Hazzard County in their Confederate flag-topped car.

“Do I think taking ‘Dukes’ off TV Land is silly?” he continued. “Yeah, of course I do … I think it’s an error because ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was one of the most beloved shows ever … and now it’s being cast in a terrible light that it does not deserve.”

“And I’m not talking about the flag,” Schneider noted. “I’m talking about ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.'”

The actor concluded the clip by asking viewers to spend time “praying for the families and loving one another.”

Schneider starred on “Dukes of Hazzard,” which ran from 1979 to 1985, along with Ben Jones, who portrayed Cooter

Jones, a former congressman, made headlines last week after declaring his support for the Confederate flag in a Facebook post.

They could at least show us Daisy’s ass once in a while…….

lasers to beam the internet from drones in the sky

Facebook, among other large internet companies, is trying to figure out how to connect the next billion people to the internet.

Without access to expensive wired internet connections, these people largely won’t be getting online from computers, but from mobile devices. The race is on to figure out how to connect those devices from the sky—be it by satellite, weather balloon, or drone.

In a post on Facebook June 1, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed rumors that it is considering a drone and satellite fleet to connect users in developing countries, showing off a “laser communications system” that the company’s Connectivity Lab is working on to beam data from the sky. Zuckerberg said the system “dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances.”

The Christmas-colored lasers are still in early development—a representative for Facebook told Quartz the team had no additional information to provide on the project right now. But the project could change how internet is delivered to those who don’t have access to a fixed connection. Combine this laser system with the drone technology the social network is working on, and a picture of a wireless network of internet-connected drones flying overhead starts to emerge.

Drones are probably a cheaper way to beam the web down to people from the sky than the weather balloons that Google is currently experimenting with, but presumably far more annoying. Commercial drones are loud, can only fly for about 30 minutes at a time, and in many countries, need to be controlled by a person who can actually see the drone.

But those rules are changing, at least in the US. Amazon is apparently about a year away from being able to set up an autonomous drone delivery network, so it’s not entirely beyond the realm of possibility that Facebook could do the same for delivering the internet.

Recently, both Facebook and Google dropped their plans to build low-earth orbit satellites to deliver internet to the world. Facebook reportedly canceled its project over concerns it wouldn’t recoup its costs. The project Zuckerberg showed off yesterday, however, is part of, the Facebook-led charity attempting to bring the web to everyone in the world, so return on investment is less of an issue.

If the drone-powered internet laser program were to succeed, however, Facebook would certainly have quite a few more eyeballs to show its new advertising modules to.

All to make more money…….

Retro of the day: The Bellamy Brothers

I Need More of You” is a song written David Bellamy, and recorded by American country music duo The Bellamy Brothers. It was released in January 1985 as the third single from the album Restless. “I Need More of You” was The Bellamy Brothers eighth number one country hit. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.

Chart (1985)


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles


Canadian RPM Country Tracks