It sounds menacing, but a super blue blood moon actually gets its catchy name from a perfect storm of lunar occurrences.The next one is coming Jan. 31.There will be no werewolves, but there will be a spectacular celestial sight on tap for moon watchers.A supermoon happens when a full moon is at its closest point in orbit to Earth (also known as perigee).A blue moon is the name given to a second full moon within a calendar month.We already logged a supermoon on Jan. 1.
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According to Delta’s upcoming new requirements for service and emotional support animals, only Very Good Girls and Boys are allowed.The airline announced in a press release on Friday that all owners must provide proof of their animal’s vaccinations or other health records 48 hours before travelling.They must also sign a document attesting that their animal is well-behaved—although no proof of training is required.A Delta spokesperson said in an email to Gizmodo that to prove their animal is well-behaved, a customer can sign a form available on the airline’s website.Delta noted that the new regulations, which will go into effect on March 1st, aim to create safer flights without negatively impacting passengers with legitimate needs.The airline noted that it recorded “an 84 per cent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016” and that staffers had reported an uptick in acts of aggression last year.
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Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus.Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation.Today we’re getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren’t looking good for OnePlus or its users.In a new post to the OnePlus forums, the company tells us what it found during its investigation.As it turns out, OnePlus was indeed attacked, and as many as 40,000 users who shopped at OnePlus.net over the past couple of months might be affected.That, as you can probably guess, isn’t good news for a company that’s been trying to make a name for itself among the behemoths of the smartphone industry.
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“I’m going through a particularly rough patch right now, and I’ve been self-harming again,” the Tumblr user tells The Verge via DM.But they’ve found comfort in an unusual place: an app called Calm Harm that aims to help users work through their urges.“Please reblog this if you see it,” said another, who goes by ollzlollz.“This is a free app called calm harm and it literally just saved my life.” In a DM to The Verge, ollzlollz says that they discovered the app through a friend’s reblog.Calm Harm offers a few simple solutions in the form of distraction techniques.“Distract” gives you challenges to choose from, like counting backwards in sevens from 100, or thinking up a name for every letter of the alphabet.
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Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones?Samsung was just called out for the same thing.Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in “unfair commercial practices.” More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for “exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance of their products over time and induce consumers to purchase new versions of the same.”If Samsung is indeed in the same boat as Apple when it comes to slowing down old phones, it won’t look good for the company.It’ll look especially bad, considering they took stabs at Apple when Apple was first called out on their slowdown policy in the United States.As a quick refresher, the following paragraph is what Samsung delivered back in late December, 2017.
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After weeks of leaks and rumors we finally have AllCall confirming the specs we’ll find on the upcoming AllCall Mix2.The main features of which will be four, going from fast wireless charging and a full screen 2.0 design to face unlocking and Android 8.1.Let’s begin with the outside.The AllCall Mix2 comes encased in a metal frame created through IML technology, inside which we find a large 6-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a nearly 90% screen-to-body ratio.What’s more interesting though, is that AllCall managed to pack an high-end MediaTek Helio P23 on their Mix2 – which is kind of an achievement for the smaller phone maker.The Helio P23 is indeed a really good chip and it can be found on phones produced by big companies such as Oppo and Vivo.
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Inc, parent company of chat service Snapchat popular with millennials, reportedly recently laid off "roughly two dozen" staffers, while private memos reveal threats against potential whistle-blowers.According to Cheddar, a New York-based media outlet founded by a former president of Buzzfeed, the firm sacked employees "across 8 different teams" on Thursday (18 January).Founded in 2011, Snap Inc has an approximately 1,800-strong workforce.The company boasts 178 million active daily users and an average of 3.5bn snaps are sent every day, statistics indicate.The sackings – which followed a dozen job layoffs in September last year– allegedly came the same week as an internal memo was sent company-wide discussing the importance of growth and scalability.CEO Evan Spiegel wrote: "Getting bigger is not a competitive advantage, unless you are also able to achieve scale - which means generating non-linear returns on your incremental investment."
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I may not have been a winner of an official White House award and I haven’t had a personal shout-out like CNN’s Jake Tapper, but as a writer for a MSM (mainstream media) outlet and recipient of many tweets saying as much, I can safely assume I fit President Trump’s definition.Instead, I’ve found Trump’s various biographies and books about psychological phenomena such as the “backfire effect” far more helpful in interpreting and attempting to explain, possibly the most-exciting-in-a-can’t-quite-believe-your-eyes-and-ears popular movement in modern history.Scandal and intrigue are what reporters live for, but I guess the difference with Trump is that even being on the other side of the Atlantic isn’t distance enough to feel separate from them.When a Watergate or a Monica Lewinsky rolls around it’s sit-on-the-sidelines-and-watch-the-show time, but when what you perceive as a scandal involves revoking someone’s rights or decreasing the chance of submerging half the land on the planet, it’s a different beast.The middle ground is now a deserted landscape not visited by humanity since social media invaded our lives.Reporting on something like Trump often feels like a combination of preaching to the converted and screaming into the void.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she will have a baby in office in a no-nonsense way: “I am not the first woman to multitask,” she stated.The pregnancy is sure to be heavily scrutinised and to attract a welter of stereotyped views about pregnant women losing focus during pregnancy – the whole “pregnancy brain fog” thing, being irrational and the like.She took it in her stride: “It’s what ladies do.”Of course, every woman is different and has a different experience of pregnancy, but most manage to get their job done perfectly well.Indeed, many women go out of their way to overcompensate for the stereotypes and work harder to show that they are still perfectly capable.According to research commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in 2016, three quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination and one in nine lose their job as a result.
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It’s been confirmed that LG has decided to give it’s flagship phones a break.As was reported earlier, the S. Korean phone maker won’t be showing off the LG G7 at MWC 2018 in February.Instead of keeping its yearly launch cycle, now the company will focus on refining its flagships as we heard earlier.So, what will it bring a surprise package?Well, if a report from Korea is to be believed, it will be an AI-infused LG V30.Or as they call it the LG V30 + α.
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Inspired by a photo of someone cramming a firecracker inside a USB flash drive, a hacker who goes by “MG” on Medium has detailed a recent project where he engineered a Mission Impossible-style flash drive that ignites and explodes after delivering a nefarious software payload onto an unsuspecting computer.Or at least they detailed most of the build, which involves cramming an Arduino-compatible ATtiny85 chip (and other electronics) into the gutted housing of a USB flash drive.That turns it into what’s known as a USB Rubber Ducky that can deliver keystroke commands and malicious code because a computer thinks it’s a normal keyboard when plugged in.What MG doesn’t detail in their Medium post is how the flash drive goes from emulating a keyboard to triggering a small explosive device inside to effectively destroy itself, and any incriminating evidence, when its software-delivery job is complete.Teaching the internet how to build such a device would almost certainly lead to a run-in with the law some day.So instead, let the moral of this hack be to just stop using mysterious flash drives which may or may not be hiding a tiny bomb.
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Canonical brings Slack to the snap ecosystem.Slack has now arrived on Linux, with Canonical rolling out the first iteration of the digital workspace as a snap.In adopting the universal Linux app packaging format, Slack has opened its doors to an-ever growing community of Linux users, including those using Linux Mint, Manjaro, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Solus, and Ubuntu.Aiming to boost open source collaboration, the Slack snap aims to help Linux users be more efficient and streamlined in their work.The roll-out has tried to maintain an intuitive user experience, central to the snaps’ appeal, and will include automatic updates and rollback features.This aims to give developers greater control in the delivery of each offering.
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Qualcomm becomes a step closer to signing of its takeover deal of NXP after EU regulators approved the bid.US chipmaker Qualcomm has confirmed that its $47bn takeover bid for NXP has been approved by the antitrust regulators in the EU and Korea.The company has now secured eight out of nine regulatory approvals that they need in order to complete the deal, with just Chinese regulators left to approve the sale.Qualcomm moved that bit closer to buying NXP after authorities in Brussels and Seoul cleared the $47bn deal the chipmaker had proposed.The chipmaker wants to take over NXP, the payments and automotive technology company, in order to strengthen its position in the market.Prior to the deal being approved by the EU Commissions office and the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), officials raised some concerns over the takeover bid.
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Travis Farral looks into the malicious activity around previous Olympic events, the geo-political instabilities surrounding South Korea, and the likely tactics malicious actors may take.While a direct, transparent, large-scale attack on the Olympics is unlikely, disruptions have and will happen.These may include denial of service attacks, phishing lures, or the use of hotel Wi-Fi for cyber espionage.One of the larger attack surfaces is the Olympics’ supply chain, which provides numerous targets for sophisticated espionage campaigns and opportunistic criminals alike.One high profile example is the data breach of 40 million customer debit and credit card accounts experienced by retail store Target, which originated from a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company.Suppliers of the Olympics are particularly vulnerable due to the high impact caused by attacks, which has increased thanks to substantial cloud migration and digitisation.
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Can the investment from SoftBank drive Uber forward to a more positive path?A consortium of investors led by SoftBank has closed a deal with Uber, making the Japanese company the largest stakeholders in the ride-hailing firm.Following months of endless scandal that has brought Uber to somewhat of a halt, the investment from SoftBank has given the company the boost it needs to push the business forward.The investor group is co-led by SoftBank and Dragoneer Investment Group and also includes Sequoia Capital.Around $9bn was invested overall at the close of the deal, with the group taking around a 17.5% stake in Uber, with SoftBank keeping 15%.SoftBank has bought shares from existing investors and employees, which were purchased at a 30% discounted rate after Uber was revalued at $48bn from the original $69bn.
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This move is set to grant Google access to the Chinese market, a vast and untapped target that Tencent can connect the American giant to.Google and Tencent have signed a deal in which the two organisations have agreed to cross-license patents, allowing Google to break into the Chinese market.Cross-licensing is a contract that gives the parties involved the ability to grant rights to their intellectual property to each other, and in this case the deal will apply to a number of products.Details regarding financial arrangements have no yet been shared by either party.Tencent has a great deal of influence in China as the company responsible for the country’s top messaging app, WeChat.Its wide reach in terms of social media and gaming will provide Google with a valuable entry point in pursuing an unexplored market.
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WhatsApp’s new business application has launched across the UK, enabling businesses to better communicate with customers.Following months of development, WhatsApp has finally launched its new business version of the messaging service in the UK.The application is designed specifically for small start-ups or existing businesses, as well as SMEs and is also now available on the Android platform.WhatsApp hopes that the app will bring benefits to many businesses and customers, connecting businesses with customers and enabling better communication with employees.WhatsApp said in a blog post: “Our new app will make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and more convenient to our 1.3billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them.”The WhatsApp Business App will provide businesses with a secure, verified platform for customers and businesses to engage on.
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On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.Microsoft’s Security Advisory ADV180002 has the dirty details in the fine print, point 7:Q: I have an x86 architecture and the PowerShell Verification output indicates that I am not fully protected from these speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities.A: Addressing a hardware vulnerability with a software update presents significant challenges and mitigations for older operating systems that require extensive architectural changes.The existing 32 bit update packages listed in this advisory fully address CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715, but do not provide protections for CVE-2017-5754 at this time.It’s the second cumulative update for 1511 so far this month.
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Urban Remedy, a California-based maker of fresh juices and ready-to-eat plant-based meals, has closed $17 million in funding led by 301 INC, General Mills' investment arm, according to Food Navigator.The company ships its products directly to consumers, and operates 13 retail locations and 30 Whole Foods kiosks throughout the Golden State.Food industry veteran John Foraker will join the company's board of directors.Foraker, CEO of organic baby food company Once Upon a Farm, is also the former CEO of organic food brand Annie's, which General Mills acquired in 2014 for $820 million.This new round of funding will help Urban Remedy expand its product capacity and enter a second market outside of San Francisco.At first glance, the partnership between a 152-year-old Big Food company that has built its name on shelf-stable cereal and boxed cake mixes and a newcomer that specializes in ready-to-eat meals with a three-day shelf life seems a bit mismatched.
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TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment arm of private equity giant TPG, and Evolution Media, the investment and advisory services firm created by Creative Artists Agency and TPG, have acquired a majority stake in the South African multimedia entertainment company, TRACE.With 200 million viewers and listeners across 160 countries, TRACE has created a media empire in Sub-Saharan Africa.The company owns and operates 30 digital and mobile services, 21 pay TV channels and seven FM radio stations.Through over 400 concerts, web simulcasts, and talent search competitions, the company’s programming reaches viewers on the continent and throughout the world.As part of the transaction, Millennium Technology Group, which had previously owned the company, will be selling its stake — subject to regulatory approval.Trace properties include its subscription streaming service, TRACE Play, which offers live TV, radio, and on-demand programming on desktop, mobile, and through OTT services like Roku and Amazon Fire.
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