Architects redesign Japanese tunnels into artworks

Architects redesign Japanese tunnels into artworks:

The Kiyotsu Gorge lookout tunnel is a huge engineering marvel amidst spectacular beauty. Artists and architects recently repurposed it as an art installation replete with reflective surfaces, colored lights and sculptures.

MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has completed the restoration of the Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Niigata prefecture. The revitalization project sees the installation of several permanent artistic spaces along the historic lookout tunnel, with the intention of bringing back the cultural energy that once empowered the region. The “Tunnel of Light” opened on the occasion of the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale.

“Tunnel of Light” by MAD Architects at the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale (YouTube / MAD architects)

(Via Boing Boing)

Add another travel site to the list. I gotta get to Niigata!

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Apple Pay Suica performance improvements coming with iOS 12.1 update

Apple Pay Suica performance improvements coming with iOS 12.1 update:

Good news for Apple Pay Suica users: word coming down Apple developer channels is that iOS 12.1 contains Apple Pay Suica fixes and performance improvements.

After updating to iOS 12 Apple Pay Suica users started complaining that Express Transit cards were sometimes unresponsive with Apple Pay demanding a Passcode/Face ID unlock at transit gates, or causing error flicker. It seems to be a performance issue across all Apple Pay Suica compatible devices: iPhone 7 (JP), iPhone 8, Revision B iPhone X, Apple Watch 2 (JP), Apple Watch 3 and the just released Apple Watch 4.

iPhone XS is free of the problem thanks to A12 Bionic bulletproofed Apple Pay Suica.

iPhone X Suica problem units will not see any improvement because it is a hardware issue for iPhone X units manufactured before April 2018. The only way to fix NFC problem iPhone X units is to get them exchanged. See the iPhone X Exchange Guide for details.

(Via Ata Distance)

Now I know when to upgrade unless work forces my hand sooner.

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Secret Service Warns of Surge in ATM ‘Wiretapping’ Attacks

Secret Service Warns of Surge in ATM ‘Wiretapping’ Attacks:

The U.S. Secret Service is warning financial institutions about a recent uptick in a form of ATM skimming that involves cutting cupcake-sized holes in a cash machine and then using a combination of magnets and medical devices to siphon customer account data directly from the card reader inside the ATM.

According to a non-public alert distributed to banks this week and shared with KrebsOnSecurity by a financial industry source, the Secret Service has received multiple reports about a complex form of skimming that often takes thieves days to implement.

This type of attack, sometimes called ATM “wiretapping” or “eavesdropping,” starts when thieves use a drill to make a relatively large hole in the front of a cash machine. The hole is then concealed by a metal faceplate, or perhaps a decal featuring the bank’s logo or boilerplate instructions on how to use the ATM.

(Via Brian Krebs on Security)

Read on for the details what (little) you can do to protect yourself.

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