Driving and texting don’t mix, but they do now in CarPlay-equipped vehicles thanks to an update that makes WhatsApp compatible for on-the-road usage.A recent update to the popular messaging app has added Apple CarPlay support, meaning that you can use you voice to text and conversely, your car will be able to read messages aloud inside of your vehicle.Users have long been able to ask Siri to send messages, which then would do some app interaction on the background to push them through WhatsApp, reports iCulture.But now, an icon can live right on the CarPlay homescreen for fast and easy access to messages.Apple’s rollout of third-party app support for its vehicle smart heads-up display (HUD) has been slow compared to Google’s Android Auto, but bringing a big app to the dashboard might hint that it’s readying an expansion.Android Auto vs Apple CarPlay: which is better for your car?
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When you want to draw, you might reach for a box of Crayola crayons and choose from dozens of colors.About 10,000 years ago, ancient Europeans of the Mesolithic period may have reached for an ocher-colored crayon.Archaeologists at the University of York discovered what they say may be one of the earliest examples of a crayon near an ancient lake in North Yorkshire in the UK.The crayon is sharpened on one end and measures just under an inch (22 millimeters) in length."For me it is a very significant object and helps us build a bigger picture of what life was like in the area; it suggests it would have been a very colorful place," says archaeologist Andy Needham, lead author of a study on the crayon and an ocher pebble found on the other side of the lake.The small pebble, while similar in color to the crayon, has striated marks across its surface, indicating it might have been used to produce a powder for a pigment, rather than as a drawing utensil.
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The flood gates are open.After a slew of rumors and renders of the Samsung Galaxy S9 surfaced recently, in anticipation of the phone's announcement on Feb. 25, rumors of some key new features have surfaced.The info comes from an APK teardown of the latest Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy Note 8 done by SamCentral.Similar to the Homepod leak last year that spilled the beans on many of the iPhone X's secrets, the code in this beta contains references to several features that don't exist yet -- and therefore may be coming to the Galaxy S9.These features include "Intelligent Scan" facial recognition, 3D stickers and a shot tagging camera mode.Intelligent Scan may be a new method of biometric authentication that combines iris scanning and facial recognition for extra security.
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A proposal by the Trump administration to effectively nationalize next-generation 5G networks in America triggered an angry reaction from the mobile industry, former government officials, and federal regulator the FCC.While that approach may have some advantages, it would also represent a huge reversal from today's capitalist system where mobile operators ostensibly build their own networks and compete with one another.Meanwhile, Jonathan Spalter, CEO and president of comms industry body US Telecom, said:There is nothing that would slam the breaks [sic] more quickly on our hard-won momentum to be the leader in the global race for 5G network deployment more quickly than the federal government stepping-in to build those networks.The best way to future-proof the nation’s communications networks is to continue to encourage and incentivize America’s broadband companies – working hand-in-glove with the rest of the internet ecosystem, and in partnership with government, to continue do what we do best: invest, innovate, and lead.He did not directly mention the nationalization plan, but did note: "Last year, the President made it clear that 5G network security is a critical element of our national security."
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This opening introduces us to both the characters and the conceit of the film: it plays out entirely through the lens of laptop and phone screens."Search" was co-written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty, who quit his job making adverts for Google to make the film.It was rapturously received at the Sundance Film Festival, voted by audiences as the winner of the festival's Next category of innovative filmmaking.And in a quiet year for Sundance acquisitions, it's already been bought by Sony for distribution at some point in the near future."Star Trek" star John Cho plays the concerned parent who discovers his daughter is missing, and begins hunting for clues across her social media accounts.This isn't the first film to play out through the lens of a computer screen, following the effective one-screen horror movie "Unfriended".
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The mechanical royalty rates from streaming—royalties paid out to songwriters and publishers, as distinct from those paid out to performers—will increase by nearly 44 percent over the next five years.This comes as a result of a ruling from the United States Copyright Royalty Board after hearings that were held from March through June of last year.Currently, 10.5 percent of streaming services' monthly gross revenue is assigned to be paid to songwriters and publishers; the payouts are determined by the number of streams in that period.That will rise each year until it reaches 15.1 percent in 2022.Songwriters and publishers have long claimed they've gotten the short end of the stick with regards to streaming music royalties.One songwriter, Nashville-based Kevin Kadish, claimed in 2015 that he received only $5,679 from 178 million Pandora streams.
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The rare celestial sight of a super blue blood moon will move across the night sky Jan. 31, sending both professional and amateur shutterbugs reaching for their cameras.In case you aren't in the know, a supermoon occurs when the moon is at perigee, or the closest point to us during its orbit of Earth.There will be no blue hue to the moon, that's just a colloquial name used to reference the second full moon in a single calendar month.So basically, the draw for photographers is to catch the relatively rare sight of the moon wearing a bit of rouge and appearing up to 15 percent larger in the sky than usual.The blue moon part won't show up in photos and has no real scientific significance, but at least you get bragging rights for capturing the conjunction of three rare happenings.Getting that perfect shot of the event to share for posterity or your Instagram followers can be a little tricky, though.
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Facebook is going public with a lot more information on privacy settings for users.Chief privacy officer Erin Egan revealed the social network’s privacy principles for the first time ever, and her Newsroom post also detailed ways that Facebook is making its core privacy settings easier for its users to find.Egan wrote in introducing Facebook’s privacy principles: “Facebook was built to bring people closer together.We help you connect with friends and family, discover local events and find groups to join.We recognize that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone—including with us.It’s important that you have choices when it comes to how your data is used.
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Facebook’s latest step in its on-going effort to fix its embattled news delivery offering involves prioritizing local sources.The social media giant announced today in a blog post that, along with efforts to elevate content from friends and outlets designated as “high quality,” the site will be working to push local news offerings to the top of users’ feeds.The addition is an attempt to prioritize outlets focused on (and in service of) demographics in smaller pockets — an attempt to step away from national outlets that often regarded as more divisive and/or politicized.The new feature will elevate news that’s clicked on by users in a tight geographic locale, along with outlets based in that area.Content will also be prioritized as users follow or share stories from specific publications.Mark Zuckerberg addressed the change through his own page, citing a recent fact-finding trip around the U.S. as a basis for this new feature.
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Throughout the computing era, we’ve seen the pendulum swing between customized and standard solutions.Custom solutions, tailored to the precise needs of an application or user, can boost efficiency, productivity, and ease-of-use, but come at a premium price.On balance, standardization has carried the day, but there are still many cases in which customization makes sense.All of the major cloud providers offer different types of standard environments within which customers can run their applications and store their data.Amazon Web Services, for example, offers a number of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance types.In addition to general-purpose instances, there are EC2 environments optimized for compute-intensive, memory-intensive, and storage-intensive applications, as well as for accelerated computing needs.
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Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux | Resources covered: Encryption and brute-force attack protection | Cloud-based: No | Integrations: No | Free trial: N/ABasic version is completely freeInitial download is a bit confusingVeraCrypt is one of the most popular security tools, providing you with enterprise-grade encryption for important data.The system is quite easy to use, and all it really does is add encrypted passwords to your data and partitions.Encryption for small teams and individuals
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For the first time on record, ATMs located in the US are falling prey to jackpotting, an attack in which malicious hardware or software forces the machines to dispense huge amounts of cash to waiting thieves, KrebsOnSecurity reported over the weekend.Citing an unnamed person close to the matter and a confidential alert, reporter Brian Krebs reported on Saturday that the US Secret Service has received credible reports of front-loading ATMs made by Diebold Nixdorf being targeted by so-called cash-out crews.The thieves are carrying out the heists by first getting physical access to the machines and infecting them with malware known as "Ploutus.D.""The targeted stand-alone ATMs are routinely located in pharmacies, big box retailers, and drive-thru ATMs," stated the confidential Secret Service alert sent to financial institutions and obtained by KrebsOnSecurity."During previous attacks, fraudsters dressed as ATM technicians attached a laptop computer with a mirror image of the ATM's operating system, along with a mobile device, to the targeted ATM."The person with knowledge of the alert told Krebs that the attacks occurred over the past 10 days and that there's evidence more are being planned.
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If you want complete protection for your PC, and these days that's more important than ever, then you don't just need antivirus software installed - you also need a malware removal tool, and we've collected the best free malware removal tools you can download in 2018.Adware and spyware are increasingly common, and they don't behave like viruses.We've also looked at programs that will identify and eliminate malware infections on friends' and relatives' PCs – essential if you've become the family tech support.The first time you install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, you’re given a 14-day trial of the premium edition, which includes preventative tools like real-time scanning and specific protection from ransomware.This has to be activated manually, but is still a top-notch security tool.It has a dedicated anti-malware engine to help you avoid an infection in the first place, and mop up any existing problems.
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The Smartisan Nuts Pro 2 was announced in November 2017.There were two color variants – black and vine red.But when a spy photo leaked ahead of launch we saw a white model as well.Soon, many were charmed by the beauty of this amazing handset and forgot about the white version.Today, it made us recall this model again.Of course, there will be some users doubting this information.
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ITHACA, N.Y. - Languages have an intriguing paradox.Languages with lots of speakers, such as English and Mandarin, have large vocabularies with relatively simple grammar.Yet the opposite is also true: Languages with fewer speakers have fewer words but complex grammars.Through computer simulations, a Cornell University cognitive scientist and his colleagues have shown that ease of learning may explain the paradox.Their work suggests that language, and other aspects of culture, may become simpler as our world becomes more interconnected.Their study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
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An experienced interdisciplinary team of psoriasis and computational researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM) and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) has received a $6.5M, 5-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)."The CORT brings together the strengths of the Department of Dermatology and the Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis in psoriasis care and research with the innovative approaches of our Institute for Computational Biology, and Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS)," said Kevin Cooper, MD who serves as NIH Contact Principal Investigator and Administrative Director of the Center.The CORT will integrate cutting-edge technology and bioinformatics with basic and clinical science in order to advance translational discovery and application in psoriasis.The goal is to better identify and treat those psoriasis patients that are more susceptible to developing comorbidities (simultaneous medical conditions) associated with psoriasis, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and psoriatic arthritis.The researchers will cull data collected from blood and skin samples of UHCMC psoriasis patients and preclinical models, looking for new patterns and relationships developed using a systems biology approach.The investigative team will combine these data with psoriasis-patient information from CLEARPATH, an Ohio-based database that integrates electronic medical records (EMR) from multiple hospital systems.
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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival opening weekend, Gloria Allred, the famed women’s rights attorney, got on a snow-covered stage in Park City, Utah and declared “this entire year has been the winter of our discontent!” She was commemorating the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, but also the one-year anniversary of last year’s Women’s March, the year of MeToo, and now the start of the year that, in Hollywood at least, will be known as the year of Time’s Up and other efforts for equality in the industry.She might’ve been quoting two male writers—John Steinbeck by way of William Shakespeare—but she was calling for a time when their narratives are no longer the presumed default.Seeing Red, a documentary about Allred herself that premiered at the festival, served as a prominent symbol of that shift, but there were many others: movies about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, queer women sent to gay conversion camps, and a woman coming to terms with her own sexual abuse (adapted from a journal written by the director when she was 13 years old).That wave of activity makes many hopeful for serious, long-lasting change—especially in the entertainment world.Not just sexual abuse but the opportunities for women filmmakers.I hope that things will really move forward—that there won’t just be a commission or two and a couple speeches at award shows.”
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The survey, published recently in Nature Communications, offers a rare genetic glimpse of the ancient, yet cryptic, bacterium, which still manages to cause 200,000 new cases worldwide each year.The international team of researchers, led by Stewart Cole of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, noted that the hypermutating state “likely favors the emergence of drug resistance.” But, there’s a catch.Basically, the revved-up mutation rate could haphazardly damage genes essential for survival.In 1873, physician Gerhard Henrik Armauer Hansen was the first to link bacteria to the disease.He reported that when he dropped water on human cells scraped from a leprous nodule, “rod-shaped bodies” burst out.As such, scientists have yet to figure out how to grow M. leprae alone in labs, how exactly it causes disease, why it is killed by some antibiotics, and how it moves around.
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And now, the out of home medium gets its turn on the big screen, in an award-winning title role (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written and directed by London-born Martin McDonagh).Hip, say-it-loud promotion reveals key modern attributes about this oldest form of mass media:Old-style billboards used in the period-piece “Three Billboards” movie were printed on paper.Family-owned Allison Outdoor Advertising in Sylva custom-made the wood-pole signs, and installed them in a cow pasture in western North Carolina.https://t.co/cghm7DPCuo via @advertisingweek by @nfletcherOAAA outdooradvertising billboards— Nancy Boyle (@Nancy_Boyle) January 18, 2018
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In the latest chapter of GAFAM’s continuing bid to conquer online gaming, Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, which helps game developers launch their titles online more quickly with simplified back-end services.The startup will be integrated into Microsoft’s Azure gaming group.The Seattle-based startup had raised around $13 million in funding from investors.“Together, Azure and PlayFab will further unlock the power of the intelligent cloud for the gaming industry, enabling game developers and delighting gamers around the world,” Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s corporate VP of gaming, said in a blog post.PlayFab offered game developers a platform to host and operate online games and the analytics tools to help understand and monetize users.The startup helped game developers cut down on the work needed to launch a title widely with infrastructure that could handle a global player base.
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