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TRUE OR FAKE. On TikTok, a Tom Cruise “deepfake” creates an almost perfect illusion

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Tom Cruise’s “deepfake” videos posted on TikTok, as stunning as they are frightening, are causing a stir on social media. The portrait of the American star was plastered over another person’s face, following their movements. This image manipulation technique can make anyone say anything. Subtle details, difficult to discern at first glance, can help to spot these deepfakes.

In one movement, glasses that disappear, jaw lines that fade or eyes that overlap the glasses are all clues that suggest that the videos are not authentic. But the deception is hard to spot. However, these videos were produced by a specialist, and the technology is not within everyone’s reach. Tom Cruise’s actor and impersonator, Miles Fisher, already looks like the star physically, making the illusion easier.

in Luxembourg, privatizing a cinema is possible

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Who has never imagined privatizing a movie theater? Initiated in the United States, the concept is now offered in Luxembourg. Private sessions for two to ten people are available. “It gives a pretty exclusive feeling, you feel like you’re a bit privileged”, smiles Yvan Stupar, himself the lessor of a private session.

The sanitary rules are obviously in force. Wearing a mask, two meters between each seat and food prohibited in the rooms. Regardless of the number of people invited, the cost of privatization is 199 euros. A high price, but which finds followers. “This is to please a large audience, assures Maud Franz, national manager of Kinépolis in Luxembourg. (…) It may appeal to a clientele who, through the Covid situation, will find themselves more comfortable being in a movie theater only with close people, and not with the general public “.

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this is how the police and insurance companies – Corriere.it help

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The minutes following a traffic accident are crucial: whatever the dynamics, number or type of vehicles involved, every aspect of the scene must be documented as quickly and accurately as possible. iCam3D, a device with which the scene of an accident can be acquired in 3D, was created exactly for this: to carry out in a few minutes the measurements and surveys that law enforcement operators usually take hours to perform, often blocking traffic and risking the own safety. The system was created by iMo, an Italian startup controlled by Innovery and specialized in the sector of predictive urban security, founded by the IT engineer Silvio Foschi and the criminologist Monica Di Sante: thanks to it, the detection times necessary to clarify the dynamics of the claims small and medium-sized ones go from about 90 minutes to just 5.

iCam3D allows you to acquire the accident in three dimensions – explains Silvio Foschi – managing to obtain precise coordinates in space and easily retrieving additional information such as the brand, the model, the color, all the characteristics of the accident vehicle, including the real extent of the damage. The scene thus “recorded” will then be “navigable” three-dimensionally, returning photographic, descriptive and planimetric reliefs, for example in court, where they will be much more usable. A few months after its launch on the market, in Italy there are already 20 iCam3D devices used by the local police forces in various Italian regions, including Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany, Campania and Marche. Marketing will soon be launched in Spain as well, where the technology is currently being tested by the Guardia Civil.

The iCam3D solution consists, on the one hand, of a specially strengthened tablet equipped with a camera with depth sensors and, on the other, by software specially developed by iMo. The system does not require connection to cloud platforms unless a centralized archive is requested by the user: it makes iCam3D usable in any environment and operating context, even in the total absence of a connection. Despite being a patented system that uses proprietary software, the iMo tablet generates files that can be easily transferred, sent, shared, stored and integrated into the software currently in use. The surveys can be consulted by anyone who believes they should be aware of them, even with opensource viewers available online. The choice of iMoi was to make the result of the acquisition usable in a simple way, removing any obstacle or IT dependency.

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The new IntelliLux headlights from Opel- Corriere.it

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Electronic intelligence has also reached the headlights, bringing precision and power where and when it is needed: all autonomously. For years, Opel has been following an evolutionary path along this very important aspect of driving, for those behind the wheel and for other road users.

The evolution of Opel brightness
The evolution of Opel brightness

Already in 1958 the German house (now part of the Stellantis group, born from the merger of PSA, of which the brand was already a part, and FCA) presented halogen headlights on its GT sports compact and in 1997 Xenon headlights arrived on the Omega. Then in 2003 its flagship models began to benefit from the adaptive beam that rotated 90 ° when cornering and the Bi-Xenon headlights. Five years later, the high beam assistance also arrived, subsequently integrated with the anti-glare beam and more recently in 2015 the IntelliLux LED headlight began to be available, with adaptation to all conditions.

The IntelliLux headlights of the Opel Corsa
The IntelliLux headlights of the Opel Corsa

Now this latest technology is available also on Corsa and Mokka as an option at 600 euros (but on the Ultimate version it is standard). The same goes for the Astra: here the option costs 1100 euros, because it is more complex. While on the Insignia it is standard on the range beyond the entry version.

If initially LED technology has allowed the designers to indulge themselves and the technicians to reduce space and dimensions for the benefit of aerodynamics, now it is also the consumption and the reduction of emissions that push towards the new technology. Over the years, energy consumption has been reduced by 76%, going from 72 Watts from halogen headlights to 17 Watts for Eco LEDs, with a CO2 reduction of 1 g / km (NEDC).

IntelliLux headlights on the new Opel Mokka
IntelliLux headlights on the new Opel Mokka

At Opel the IntelliLux headlight unit it consists of a Pixel LED module as high and low beam, a second LED module for low beam, the LED Cornering lights and the “signature”, also in LED, which makes up the daytime running light, the position light and the direction indicator. A complexity that can vary from 8 modules for the Corsa to 14 and 16 respectively for Mokka and Astra, up to 168 modules for the Insignia on both headlights.

The IntelliLux headlights on the Opel Insignia
The IntelliLux headlights on the Opel Insignia

At the base is the ability to recognize what surrounds us through sensors, a fundamental aspect of the car makes any alternative obsolete. As soon as you leave the streets of a city center, the Opel IntelliLux LED matrix headlights automatically switch to high beam mode. This variation continues with continuous monitoring with which the system adapts the light beam and distribution of the illumination cone. The result is that the matrix LED segments turn on and off in milliseconds, providing maximum light output without dazzling drivers in the opposite direction.

The adaptive headlights of the Opel Insignia
The adaptive headlights of the Opel Insignia

The first benefit that is felt when driving it is a clearer light and a wider and deeper beam up to 400 meters. This allows to reduce the reaction times at the wheel by up to 1.8 “for the benefit of safety, but also increases driving comfort because it reduces the stress given by the increased attention required at dusk and at night. Practical in maneuvering, this headlight gives its best on state roads by expanding the range of action, but at the same time without dazzling the cars coming in the opposite direction thanks to an automatic partitioning managed automatically by the system that reads what it encounters.

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All Bmw Arts Car- Corriere.it

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  • 1976: the artist Frank Stella starts with a 3.0 CSL, which shows up at the start of Le Mans, with the number 21


  • In 1977, Roy Lichtenstein used the typical Ben-Day dots: on the side of the 320i Turbo where a landscape seems to pass by.


  • Thanks to the design of Andy Wahrol, the M1 became one of the most famous cars of the last century. The pop art master created it in 1979.


  • In 1982 the Austrian Ernst Fuchs took charge of a 635 CSi. From there was born “The fire fox chasing hare”, the first Art Car based on a production car.


  • The M6 ​​GTLM built by John Baldessari in 2016


  • Another forerunner of Pop art, the American: Robert Rauschenberg. In 1986, he got his hands on the 635 CS.


  • In 1989, Australian Michael Jagamara Nelson signed a black M3 in a racing version that reflects the culture and territory of the Aboriginal people.


  • Still in 1989, modern Australia and the colors of its homeland. The imaginative M3 prepared for Group A, played by Ken Done.


  • The first created by an Asian artist. Japanese Matazo Kayama wrapped Series 5 in an airbrushed suit in 1990


  • All the Spanish vivacity in the work of Csar Manrique: in 1990 the Spanish avant-garde chose a Series 7


  • The model decorated in 1991 by the German artist A. R. Penck – Ralf Winkler at the registry office – is already a work of art in itself: the Z1.


  • Also in 1991, a Series 5 marked the debut of a female artist in the collection: Esther Mahlangu. The design inspired by African culture.


  • The M3 GTR was Sandro Chia’s canvas in 1992. The vision of the Italian artist still leaves its mark today.


  • BMW tried for a long time to recruit David Hockney and only succeeded in 1995 in the enterprise. The basis was an 850 CSi.


  • Fast Art: Jenny Holzer dedicated herself to the V12 LMR, designed for the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours


  • Lafur Elasson’s work, from 2007, marks a radical break with the previous ones. The car is hardly recognizable, the object appears like a huge cocoon


  • Jeff Koons could not miss: in 2010, the artist marked the reappearance of Pop art on the M3 GT2


  • In 2017, the multimedia artist Cao Fei in homage to carbon, chose it as the background color for his project






Bmw Art Car: artists at the wheel- Corriere.it

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When in 1975 the French driver and patron Herv Poulain – ten participations in the 24 Hours of Le Mans to his credit – came up with the idea of ​​proposing that an artist decorate a racing car, no one could predict where that idea would lead. It was thus that a long-standing bond was born between art and the cars of the Bavarian house.

Record Lamborghini in Paris: 2.4 million euros for the 1971 Miura

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March 4, 2021 – 12:21 pm

Ferrari, Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo: the Italians in the top ten of the French RM Sotherby’s event

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RM Sotheby’s Parisian “online” auction totaled 9,407,600 euros in total sales in a single day, with offers from over 32 countries. The absolute queen of the event was the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV, restored and certified by the Polo Storico Lamborghini, which reached the record figure of 2,423,750 euros, the second ever value for a Miura SV, after the one sold by Gooding & Co. in London last September. “a result that does not surprise us – explains Paolo Gabrielli of Automobili Lamborghini, on which the Polo Storico depends – historic Lamborghinis are increasingly of interest to the main collectors of the world, who seek and expect the best in their cars. respect for originality “. The Miura SV auctioned one of the 150 cars produced, first transformed into the “Jota type” and later restored to its original set-up.

Lamborghini Miura P400 SV from 1971

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Detox. No, there was no judicial harassment against Nicolas Sarkozy on the part of the national financial prosecutor

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On Monday March 1, Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison, one of which was closed, in the wiretapping case. He is the second president of the Fifth Republic sentenced to prison, after Jacques Chirac in 2011. A verdict that sparked an outcry among his lieutenants, denouncing “judicial harassment” and “disproportionate punishment”. For them, the person responsible for the judgment is none other than the PNF, the national financial prosecutor’s office.

“All light should be shed on the methods and independence of the PNF”, tweets President LR Christian Jacob. “Our justice is hijacked for political ends, with the PNF as standard bearer”, denounces in the wake the deputy Pierre-Henri Dumont. “This disproportionate sentence is likely to seriously question the impartiality of a national financial prosecutor’s office whose methods are questionable”, adds the mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart.

All these LR elected officials would however need a little lesson in law, before denouncing the judicial harassment. Because the role of the PNF is not to judge, but, as its name suggests, to investigate white-collar crime. Once entered, the PNF must verify whether an infraction has been committed. And if there is a trial, as was the case with Nicolas Sarkozy, it is therefore the PNF who is in charge of the requisitions, facing the defense lawyer.

It is never the prosecutor who judges. But an independent tribunal. In this case, it was the Paris Criminal Court that decided to partly follow the PNF’s requisitions. But remember, moreover, that he did not follow them in full, since four years in prison, including two suspended sentences, had been required during the trial in December!

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Germany adopts gradual deconfinement plan and authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine for people over 65

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Angela Merkel accepted, on Wednesday March 3, a gradual unlocking of the anti-Covid system in Germany, yielding to growing discontent in public opinion and within her own government, seven months before the legislative elections.

After more than nine hours of tough negotiations, the Chancellor and the leaders of the country’s 16 regional states have reached an agreement on a timetable for easing the partial containment measures in place since the end of last year. This anti-Covid device is now only supported by a third of Germans, against two thirds in early January, according to a YouGov poll published this week.

“Today we can speak of hope and hope”, the German Chancellor said at a press conference, believing that her country was now entering “in a new phase” the fight against the epidemic made possible in particular by the acceleration of vaccinations.

Germany will thus authorize the AstraZeneca vaccine to over 65s, announced the Chancellor. The time between the administration of two doses will also be lengthened, to allow the vaccination of more patients.

So far, Berlin had not authorized this vaccine for over 65s, arguing insufficient scientific data from the Anglo-Swedish laboratory to allow it.

From now on, “very recent studies have provided elements” allowing the maximum age of use of the vaccine to be raised, she explained. She made particular reference to British medical studies showing significant efficacy for older people.

Life will however continue to slow down, with most restrictions extended to at least March 28 to counter the rise in cases and the spread of the British variant, which now accounts for 46% of infections.

Private meetings will however be possible, from March 8, between two homes, provided they do not exceed five people in total. Bookshops, florists and driving schools, which have already reopened in some Länder, will once again be able to welcome visitors across the country.

The Chancellor gave in to the German regions about an incidence threshold of 35 per 100,000 below which future relaxations would be granted. The threshold of 50, less restrictive, was finally retained to pave the way, from the end of March, to reopening in outdoor catering, cultural and sporting sectors. On the other hand, severe restrictions will be reintroduced above 100.

However, there is still some way to go to reach the level of 50 in the long term, with the incidence rate rising to 64 on Wednesday, a slight increase in recent days. Only one region, Thuringia (ex-GDR), records a rate greater than 100. But only two have an incidence of less than 50, in a country where Covid-19 has killed more than 70,000 people.

The government’s strategy of openness also wants to build on the massive practice of antigenic tests, an area in which Germany still lacks efficiency. The government thus promises the availability of these rapid tests, expected shortly on the shelves of drugstores, so that by the beginning of April, the entire population can be tested regularly and free of charge.

All school and nursery staff, as well as students, will also be offered free antigenic tests every week. Companies will be involved and will have to offer tests to their employees who go to their workplace, a measure that does not delight professional organizations.

the operator SFR plans to cut 1,700 jobs

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The second French operator announces a new savings plan. The stores have seen their footfall drop by a third during the crisis, and 400 jobs will be cut there on the basis of voluntary departures. 1,300 other job cuts are planned in other parts of the company, or 1,700 in total, which represents 20% of the workforce.

Management explains wanting to save on salaries to invest in new equipment. “Our challenges are clear: to be the best in 5G in France. As such, we have very significant investments, more than 3 billion euros per year, (…) therefore SFR must reorganize itself.”, Explains Grégory Rabuel, CEO of the company. The operator promises to recruit 1,000 young graduates over the next two years. A strategy that the unions denounce: this is the third social plan in less than 10 years. However, SFR saw its turnover increase last year despite the crisis.

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