Top 7 open source intelligence tools lighting it up in 2019

A plethora of data on the Internet is open source, which means it is available for public access. Anything from public databases to mass media to images and videos can be considered open source. However, the data is much more diverse and spread out than we realize when we make a Google search. A large amount of data like databases, files, and several web pages go under the radar because they can’t be indexed by search engines. Considering the vastness and abundance of data, it’s only logical that it can be used for drawing out analysis. This is where open source intelligence, often abbreviated as OSINT, comes into the picture. Open source intelligence framework refers to the process of collecting raw data legally from numerous resources on the Internet and then analyzing the data to help in decision-making, forecasts, and understanding public perception.

open source intelligence toolsThere are hundreds and thousands of terabytes

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Intel unveils tech for secure face authentication at ATMs, kiosks

Intel said its RealSense ID provides on-device solution combining active depth sensor with a specialised neural network designed to deliver secure, accurate and user-aware facial authentication.

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Intel has launched a new facial recognition camera system aimed at bringing safe Face ID biometric system to ATMs, kiosks and smart locks.

Intel said its RealSense ID provides on-device solution combining active depth sensor with a specialised neural network designed to deliver secure, accurate and user-aware facial authentication.

RealSense offers depth and tracking technologies used in autonomous drones, robots, AR/VR, and smart home devices.

Intel said RealSense ID adapts to users over time as they change physical features, such as facial hair and glasses. Real Sense ID system works in different lighting conditions for people with a wide range of heights or

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Nanoleaf announces Thread smart home tech will be inside all it

(Pocket-lint) – Smart lighting specialist Nanoleaf has announced it is going to integrate smart home protocol Thread into all its future products.

Thread enables devices to connect up in a mesh network even where Wi-Fi is poor – it’s backed by Apple, Google and Amazon among other companies. The recent Apple HomePod mini supports it in addition to Google Nest Wi-Fi devices and the Google Nest Hub Max. The Eve Energy and Eve Door and Window devices also support it. Many more devices are expected to support the standard in 2021. 

Because Thread is a mesh system, it isn’t reliant on a central hub like a Zigbee or Wi-Fi network for example, while it has super-low latency, Range is a key benefit, meaning you can have smart home devices outside of the range of your Wi-Fi network. 


Nanoleaf announced its Essentials range back in November and, while both those

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CES 2021: New Kohler bathtub brings forest bathing to your bathroom with scent, fog, and mood lighting

Innate Intelligent Toilet and Touchless Bathroom Faucet collection join the company’s smart home product portfolio.


This Stillness Tub draws its inspiration from Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water, light, fog and aromas converge to create an immersive journey of the senses designed to relax the mind, soothe the body, and renew the spirit.

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Kohler wants lower stress levels for homeowners in every room of the house with four new products announced as part of CES 2021. Customers can monitor their plumbing for leaks, install touchless bathroom faucets to reduce the spread of germs, install an intuitive toilet, and get away from it all in a new bathtub that recreates the spa experience. The company said in a press release that these additions to its smart home portfolio will “create more moments of wellbeing.”

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