The will be welcome news for cryptocurrency fans in the U.K. and Europe.Coinbase, one of more popular and accessible cryptocurrency exchanges, has been granted an e-money license by the U.K. regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).From a regulatory standpoint, this means that Coinbase is now able to issue e-money and provide payment services in the U.K. and will have passed additional checks in terms of things like the segregation of client funds, which means that customer fiat balances (ie when you deposit funds, such as Sterling) are separated from Coinbase’s own operational funds and kept in separate bank accounts.In other words, if Coinbase goes bust or ceases to operate as a business going forward, the idea is that any fiat currency the company is looking after on your behalf won’t get absorbed with it.Note, it doesn’t mean deposits are protected by the regulator itself — as a full banking license would do — nor does it say anything about how safe your Coinbase cryptocurrency wallet is.But, either way, it is definitely a good and important step for Coinbase’s ability to better serve customers in the U.K. and the EU.
At SXSW, YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki revealed that the site is pairing up with Wikipedia to try and curb the spread of conspiracy theory videos.Conspiracy theory videos on the site will now include text from Wikipedia pages that users can click on to learn more about the topic in question.For instance, someone watching a video about chemtrails would see a “companion unit” featuring Wikipedia’s “Chemtrail conspiracy theory” page.According to Wojcicki, the feature is set to roll out in the coming weeks.While she did not explicitly say how exactly YouTube plans to determine what is considered a conspiracy theory video, she did say that the site will be “using a list of well-known conspiracies from Wikipedia” to help it decide which videos should receive the additional information.“When there are videos that are focused around something that’s a conspiracy, we will show as a companion unit next to the video information from Wikipedia,” said Wojcicki.
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held in June this year.Apple is planning to return to San Jose again in 2018, between June 4th and June 8th this time around.Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET through Apple’s WWDC site, and tickets will be issued randomly by March 23rd.Last year’s event was packed with announcements, including the HomePod, a new iMac Pro, iOS 11, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and ARKit.This year we’re expecting to hear more on the future of macOS and iOS, and it’s possible we’ll see those cheaper iPads and MacBooks that have been rumored recently.The focus will undoubtedly be on the future of iOS, and in particular iOS 12.
Apple CEO Tim Cook.Getty/Andrew BurtonApple will reportedly launch a refreshed entry-level MacBook sometime later this year, and a new report from DigiTimes (which we first saw via MacRumors) suggests that it might feature a Retina Display.Apple currently has two lower-budget laptops, the MacBook Air and the 12-inch MacBook.The MacBook Air, which uses a low-resolution display, is one of the company's most popular computers, which is why it looks like the device Apple is willing to refresh.DigiTimes' report mentions that the new machine's panel, manufactured by LG, should come in at 13.3 inches, which is in line with the current MacBook Air's — except for its resolution, billed at 2,560x1,600, which would effectively bring it up to Retina levels.The company is reportedly expecting to ship 6 million units of the new MacBook by the end of the year, although analysts have set on a more conservative 4 million.
The FCC has issued a letter warning the US public about “neighbor spoofing” — that is, scammers who are calling people using numbers that appear to be local.This has become a big problem, according to the FCC, which says it lobbed more than $200 million in fines last year against telemarketers found to use the neighbor spoofing tactic.Scammers and spam calls are nothing new; consumers usually avoid answering calls that come with random or unusual area codes, particularly ones that start with an “8,” as a result.Telemarketers and scammers know this and many have resorted to neighbor spoofing as a result.The FCC explains that this is a form of caller ID manipulation that makes a call appear to be coming from a local number by adding a local area code.The caller may actually be located elsewhere, including in a different country.
With the phone screen getting bigger and bigger, people are gradually troubled by the problem of phone running out of power quite soon.Users like to use a phone with a bigger screen for its awesome visual experience, yet the fast power consumption occurs.And HOMTOM are saying they have a cure for that with the new HOMTOM HT70 model.HOMTOM HT70 is allegedly world’s thinnest 6.0-inch full display phone with 10.000mAh super battery paired with the 9V/3A fast charging.So it should be looking pretty appealing to everybody looking for the good looking phone with big display and long lasting battery life, which can even double as a power bank for your other devices.This HOMTOM HT70 comes with 18:9 6.0-inch big in-cell full display screen with HD+ resolution and the rest of the hardware consists for example from MT6750T processor, 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM, 16MP+5MP dual rear cameras, 13MP selfie shooter, USB Type-C port, rear fingeprint scanner or Android 7.0 as the OS.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is all set to be revealed on the 27th of March in Shanghai, China.A hands-on video of the alleged smartphone has popped up.The video throws light upon the design of the screen and confirms the presence of a notch on the top right corner of the display for the front camera.The display looks great if you look at it from the design point of view.The camera on the top left corner might bother some people who like their phones symmetric.It’s a small right angle that holds the front camera.
Avenir Telecom, a licensee of the Energizer brand, just announced the launch of a very unique 4G VoLTE feature phone.The device is called Energizer ENERGY E240S and it packs some quite interesting hardware for its category, going from the large 2000mAh to a front camera selfie.Then keep reading to find out more about the phone!The Energizer ENERGY E240S comes packing a big 2000mAh battery, which can last up to 14 days on standby or provide up to 15 hours of talktime (in 2G mode).The phone features a design that is very reminiscent of some devices that came out in the early 2000s.This design does not only give us a nostalgic feeling though, but is also super compact compared to the plethora of other 4G devices on the market.
Negative social media reactions in China toward the government’s interest in abolishing presidential term limits have sparked a crackdown on memes since Sunday evening.China’s constitution currently restricts the president and vice-president to 10 years of leadership, meaning that President Xi Jinping would have been out of power by 2023.The Party’s Central Committee proposed removing a phrase in the constitution that stated the two leaders would “serve no more than two consecutive terms,” according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.Authorities will vote on the proposal in March.Many took to social media platforms like WeChat and Weibo with Winnie the Pooh memes, as the animated bear resembles President Xi Jinping to some degree.Winnie the Pooh has been associated with Xi for years and this week, he donned a crown and sat on a throne, enjoying his honey pot.
Premium cable network Epix has announced that it has plans to launch a standalone, direct-to-consumer video subscription service, much like HBO or Showtime.As part of the new service, it will be offering movies and TV shows in 4K sometime this year, as reported by Variety.Subscribers will be able to stream the Ultra HD selections via Epix’s apps on select devices.The first titles available will include movies like Goldeneye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Trek Beyond, and Transformers: The Last Knight as well as Epix original series Get Shorty.The network’s executive VP and GM Monty Sahran says Epix is the first US TV network to offer Ultra HD through its apps and hinted that there might be support for HDR in the future.Other premium networks like HBO haven’t yet upgraded their original programming to 4K.
Digital transformation is putting pressure on every organizational function— especially IT Security.Whether it’s discovering short-lived assets like containers, assessing the state of cloud environments, or maintaining the security of web applications, today’s modern attack surface presents a growing challenge to security leaders looking to accurately understand and reduce their cyber risk.To combat this challenge, a new discipline called Cyber Exposure is emerging to help organizations manage and measure this risk.Cyber Exposure builds on the roots of traditional Vulnerability Management, expanding breadth of asset coverage and depth of insight, to provide a full, actionable picture of organizational risks.This eBook shares perspectives on how your peers are beginning their Cyber Exposure journey to protect their ever-expanding attack surface—from mobile to cloud, IoT to containers, and everything in between—and gain business insight to reduce their cyber risk.What are key factors for success?
I only own one Bluetooth gadget (a UE Boom 2 I keep around my apartment) and I typically turn the antenna off when I’m not actively using it, but lately it’s been popping back on when I’m not looking.It’s a deliberate move by Apple: under iOS 11, turning Bluetooth off from the control center simply puts Bluetooth on time out until the next morning instead of disabling it permanently.You can turn it all the way off by digging into the settings menu, but as soon as you turn it on for any reason, the cycle starts again.The assumption is that, between Apple’s EarPods, the Pencil, and the HomePod, the average user has enough Bluetooth gadgets that a permanent off switch just doesn’t make sense.That logic might hold true for a lot of Apple users, but it’s not how Bluetooth works for me.Bluetooth beacons are everywhere, and as long as your antenna is live, there’s a good chance one of your apps is using them to pin down your location.
Huawei announced its first 5G chip this morning at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which will allow the company’s mobile devices to access the next generation of cellular networks, 5G.The company claims that its Huawei Balong 5G01 chip is the first to support the new 3GPP standard for 5G networks, and that it should be able to download data at 2.3Gbps.Given the apparent size of the chip, it’s likely that this will show up in mobile hotspots and not phones.Huawei CEO Richard Yu says that his company has invested $600 million in the network technology, which will likely be used by everything from self-driving cars to mobile devices to smart homes.Huawei also manufactures network equipment and says that it will be the first company to offer “an end-to-end 5G solution through its network, devices and chipset-level capabilities.”The chip would appear to be a challenge to other manufacturers like Qualcomm and Intel.
China's Geely has been on a tear lately, helping usher in a brand new era of Volvo cars and preparing to have Lotus do, um, anything, really.Now, its invisible hand might scoop up a slice of one of the world's largest automakers.Geely is buying a $9 billion stake in Daimler AG, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter.The purchase has reportedly happened in steps, with Geely buying up shares on the stock market over the course of a few weeks.Neither Daimler nor Geely immediately returned requests for comment, but rest assured that if it's happening, it'll be news.Daimler is one of the world's largest automakers, and it's in charge of the Mercedes-Benz luxury-car empire.
This might now be set to change - thanks to a new staining method devised by an interdisciplinary team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM).This allows specialists to investigate three-dimensional tissue samples using the Nano-CT system also recently developed at TUM.As the name implies, it entails cutting samples of body tissue into thin slices, then staining them and examining them under a microscope.Medical professionals have long dreamt of the possibility of examining the entire, three-dimensional tissue sample and not just the individual slices.Today's Micro- and Nano-CT systems are rarely suitable for use in frontline medicine.Secondly, soft tissue is notoriously difficult to examine using CT equipment.
Hackers have been found exploiting Microsoft Word documents to deliver cryptojacking scripts to hijack victims' computers and secretly mine cryptocurrency.Security researchers at Israel-based Votiro said the attack abuses Microsoft Word's Online Video feature that allows users to insert remote videos directly into documents without having to embed them or provide a link to a third-party service.He notes that the Internet Explorer frame "fits perfectly for this scenario, as users can be tricked into watching an 'innocent' video while, in the background, their CPU is being exhausted".Hackers can also "tailor" the video for the victim to make sure they are tempted to watch the entire clip while their computer's resources are thoroughly drained as long as the screen remains open.They can also combine the lengthy videos with an extra-long "Loading..." animation to maximise efficiency as well."By infecting the machine with a cryptocurrency-miner, the attacker gets his own remote money-maker machine to be used at his free will," Dori notes.
Snap has officially responded to a hugely popular Change.org petition calling for the company to walk back the recent redesign of Snapchat.In a message signed by the Snapchat team and posted as a reply to the petition, the company says it’s heard the feedback loud and clear and that it acknowledges how the “new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many.” The petition was signed by more than 1.2 million people, a milestone that perhaps prompted Snap leadership to draft a response.However, Snap essentially goes on in its reply to say tough luck, echoing comments made by CEO Evan Spiegel last week.The company tries to reassure users that the new Snapchat will adapt to them over time, and it also teased a new feature coming soon for iOS and Android that will make it easier to customize your own personal Snapchat with tabs for the Friends and Discover sections of the app.But ultimately it sounds like Snap is saying that its leadership thought long and hard about the redesign and has no intention of reversing the shift.The reply is basically a more congenial repetition of what Spiegel said at the Goldman Sachs Internet & Technology Conference on Thursday last week, in which he defended the redesign.
It's been less than two years since Blizzard Entertainment launched its mega-popular team shooter Overwatch.In that time, the game has amassed over 30 million players, gave birth to countless memes and parodies, and also launched its own professional esports league.It's only been a few weeks since Overwatch League (OWL) kicked off its inaugural season, but I figured it would be fun to track the League's progress via progress reports covering various benchmarks for success.For this first report card, I chose to grade quality, clarity, consistency, engagement and accessibility; even as a die-hard Overwatch fan, there's definitely room for improvement if the League wants to bring in casual gamers.We'll swing back around to our grades later in the season to see if OWL keeps evolving to meet the needs of its viewers (it's already adapted once with some much-needed schedule changes), but for now, the League seems like it's in a pretty good place.If you've checked out Overwatch League and have suggestions for its success (or just want to brag about your sick Pharah skills), drop 'em down in the comments.
All Our Asias, a short PC game by independent creator Sean Han Tani (creator of Anodyne and Even the Ocean) , begins in surprising fashion.As the game loads up, before any play begins, the creator introduces himself in a text prelude as "The Storyteller," and explains his vision for the game.All Our Asias is an attempt to get at certain questions about identity and Asian heritage, he writes—a means of wondering what, exactly, people of the Asian diaspora have in common.Its visual style is rendered in a blocky, polygonal style taken directly from the early days of 3D gaming, where environments were vague and fuzzy to look at because that's the only thing the hardware of the time could create.A framing interface of dials, buttons, and circuits surrounds the screen at all times—a constant reminder that this is, in fact, a game.Like in theatre and TV, there's the idea of the fourth wall, and a general agreement that breaking it is likely a bad idea.
Cryptojacking is the process in which a hacker gains entry into a computer system and implants a cryptocurrency miner.With the miner, the user will use the processing power of the computer to generate cryptocurrency – like Bitcoin, but more likely Ethereum-based coins like Monero.According to the security team at RedLock, Tesla’s systems were infiltrated through their Kubernetes console, which apparently had little to no security right out the gate.From there, hackers were able to access Tesla’s Kubernetes pod content.From there, hackers found names and passwords for Tesla’s AWS (Amazon Web Services), inside which they found their Amazon S3 buckets (Amazon Simple Storage Service), with even more sensitive data inside.According to Tesla, no especially important data was compromised.