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Reports of rape are on the rise in New York City.Famous movie moguls, restaurateurs, Silicon Valley executives, and sitting Congressmen have all faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past several months.Men and women have come forward to accuse at least 36 powerful men of inappropriate and sometimes abusive behavior, including groping, forced kissing, and rape.A striking new report from the New York Police Department reveals that the movement to speak out about sexual misconduct has created a shift beyond the circles of influential elites.The change is evident in the two maps below, which are generated based on reports filed to police.Here's what rape reports looked like across the city in November 2016 — darker shading in a precinct indicates more rapes reported.
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Something even more exotic than baguettes is set to be served to a select crowd at Euston Station this Christmas Day, as the station is being transformed into a shelter for the homeless for the afternoon, seeing as it'll be closed to paying rail customers on the big day anyway.Network Rail and its partners at charities St Mungo's and Streets Kitchen have somehow cherrypicked 200 local homeless people and and invited them to come to Euston for a Christmas dinner, where they will be grateful for a warm meal and also disappointed at the quality of the gifts and jokes inside the crackers.The rail infrastructure giant is using this announcement to let everyone know that lots of its maintenance workers will be out there on Christmas day as well, with track team manager Steve Naybour saying: "Working on Christmas Day is pretty much par for the course for many of us who work for Network Rail but this year, because I wasn’t scheduled to work, myself and a handful of colleagues came up with this plan to feed some of London’s homeless instead."It also means British Transport Police are having to get some people in on Christmas day too, but they'll probably get the leftover potatoes so won't mind.[Network Rail via Ian Visits]
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Despite not having access to UK spectrum, China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has decided to launch in the UK as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) using the CMLink brand.EE will be China Mobile's launch partner for the service, with Transtel rumoured to be the designated MVNE.CMLink is a PAYG (pay as you go) offer with free calls and texts to CMLink and China Mobile users.Rates for calls to other numbers and texts are 8p per minute/per text with 5p per MP.Monthly packages will also be available, with an £18 deal offering unlimited texts, 2000 minutes and 9GB allowance (which can increase to 27GB after 40 months).Dr Li Feng, CEO of China Mobile International (CMI), said that the launch, the company's first MVNO offering in Europe, will target both the Chinese diaspora in the UK and the tens of thousands of Chinese tourists that visit the UK every year.
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The recent Nokia phones have been decent Android smartphones, but they’ve failed to set the world on fire.We liked the high-end Nokia 8, and the variants like the Nokia 6 were good phones for their market.And while the Nokia 6 launched Nokia’s new foray into smartphones, and was only released in January 2017, we’re already hearing rumblings of an upgraded version of the Nokia 6, ready to launch in 2018.Among other issues the new Nokia smartphone range had, the look was one of the most glaring, as it was rather aged when compared to others in the same field.We recently saw Honor bring the bezel-less future to the budget market with the Honor 7X, and midrange phones like the OnePlus 5T have seen the bezel-less trend expand beyond flagship phones like the LG V30, the Galaxy S8, and the iPhone X.The Swedish company is likely hoping its time in the shade is over, thanks to leaked images of a 2018 model of the Nokia 6, obtained through the TENAA certification required to launch phones in China.
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New South Wales TAFE's failed IT project will be a millstone around the organisation's neck for years, the state's Auditor-General warned yesterday.Terminated last year, the Learning and Management and Business Reform (LMBR) project has nonetheless managed to reach out of the grave and grab the dollars.The Auditor-General's report puts depressing numbers to the ongoing cost of the disastrous project: AU$89 million on system replacement, plus “extra costs each year to produce reliable financial information”.Since the Oracle-based replacement system won't be implemented until the 2018-2019 financial year, TAFE “again needed to implement significant compensating controls and procedures” to count student revenues, with 100 staff employed at a cost of $6 million, not counting contractors.The Department of Education launched the project in 2006, and in nine years, was only able to bring it to pilot by 2015.A NSW government committee recommended the project be scrapped in December 2015, but in a classic death-march it was still grinding on in April 2016.
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In a major step toward making a quantum computer using everyday materials, a team led by researchers at Princeton University has constructed a key piece of silicon hardware capable of controlling quantum behavior between two electrons with extremely high precision.The team constructed a gate that controls interactions between the electrons in a way that allows them to act as the quantum bits of information, or qubits, necessary for quantum computing."We knew we needed to get this experiment to work if silicon-based technology was going to have a future in terms of scaling up and building a quantum computer," said Jason Petta, a professor of physics at Princeton University."The creation of this high-fidelity two-qubit gate opens the door to larger scale experiments."Although other research groups and companies have announced quantum devices containing 50 or more qubits, those systems require exotic materials such as superconductors or charged atoms held in place by lasers.The spin can point either up or down in a manner analogous to the north and south poles of a magnet.
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Q: I Catch Myself Peeking at Other People's Texts on the Subway.Imagine what it feels like, the first, dangling bits of you being rent apart, ground up and ingested, while the rest of you watches.And yet for much of human history we lived acutely under such a threat.If prehistoric humans were anything like modern animals, one way they fended off predators was by vigilantly monitoring the creatures around them for signs of danger, in case they saw the terror coming a split-second sooner.There were subtler benefits to watching other people too—particularly when they didn’t expect us to be watching.Keeping tabs on private behavior helped enforce social norms; food hoarding or sexual transgressions could be exposed and censured.
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Amazon is continuing to push its media services worldwide after it expanded its Alexa smart speakers and its standalone Music Unlimited service to an additional 28 countries today.The company took its Prime Video service global a year ago and last month it rolled a Fire TV Stick for over 100 countries, but now the music component of its entertainment services -- which became a standalone service last year -- is getting a wider rollout to this new range of countries across South America and Europe.Initial markets for Echo and Music Unlimited include the U.S. and the UK, with India and Japan among others recently added.The streaming service covers more than 40 million tracks and it is available independently of Amazon's Prime package -- that's important because Prime isn't offered in most of these new markets.It works on iOS, Android, Web, Fire TV, PC and Mac.Features that Amazon hope can help it stand out from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music include input via Alexa, support for Amazon smart speakers, curated content and a family plan that supports up to six accounts.
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On 7 December, Luke Dolan’s east London barbershop was abuzz with excitement.Behind the glass facade, several older men sat, chatted and enjoyed complimentary haircuts, with swing music playing in the background.Luke’s Barbershop was taking part in ShaveTheDay, where elderly men across the UK were treated to complimentary services in participating barbershops for one day only.The campaign was spearheaded by TABAC on behalf of Age UK to tackle an epidemic of loneliness among elderly men.The Geezers, a local group of men aged 50+ who meet each week to take part in social activities, took advantage of the free service.“It gives me something to do and look forward to,” one of The Geezers told HuffPost UK.
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Social networks are constantly evolving, as are the dimensions for the images that populate them.MakeAWebsiteHub.com shared the infographic below, which provides up-to-date information on image sizes and types for:
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Here’s an app you hopefully won’t need for long: AutoNotification lets you mark Gmail messages as read – without archiving them – straight from the Android notifications panel.That’s handy, because it’s often easy enough to scan an entire email right from an alert.Gmail’s Android app presently only lets you archive or reply to messages from the notification panel – neither of which may be useful to you for certain messages – so this app intercepts those alerts and displays a custom notification with the ‘read’ button on board.It works with multiple Gmail accounts, and you can add as many or as few of them as you like.It’s worth noting that this feature isn’t free: you can try it as part of a seven-day trial at no cost, but after that, you’ll need to pony up for either just this standalone functionality, or the whole raft of AutoNotification capabilities.In India, the Gmail feature cost me Rs.
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According to security firm ProofPoint, attackers will continue to exploit us fragile and fallible humans to install malware, transfer funds, and steal information.Email will remain still be the most popular way to spread malware, but known vulnerabilities and leaked exploits will allow rapid spread to other systems on internal networks.Unlike the ransomworms of 2017, however, these new attacks will include increasingly sophisticated features that limit the spread to computers on the local network of the initial infection.Banking Trojans, information stealers, downloaders, and coinminers will be the preferred payloads for attacks focused on profit, while ransomware, MBR wipers, and other destructive tools will remain top dog for campaigns focused on disruption.In 2018, malware and phishing designed to steal cryptocurrency – either directly or indirectly – will become almost as common as banking Trojans in email-based campaigns, targeting wallets, credentials, cryptocurrency exchanges, and CPU cycles.And as the computational costs for the most popular currencies like Monero and Litecoin rise, and make generation by distributed bots impractical, attackers will shift to alternatives such as Ethereum and even some "private-issue" coins that gain traction with the public.
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A couple of days ago, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced they were collaborating on a category of computer called the ‘Always Connected PC.’ In other words, a PC that behaves more like a smartphone.For comparison most Windows Ultrabooks are in the 12-hour range.In particular, the company is partnering with Qualcomm, which makes the processing platform used in the vast majority of Android devices, including the Snapdragon 835 in the Galaxy S8/Note 8 (in the US), the Pixel 2, the OnePlus 5, the LG V30, etc.It’s possible the company might work with other ARM partners in the future, but Qualcomm is getting the first go at it.How is that different from existing PCs with cellular connectivity?The smaller and more efficient processors allow for bigger batteries with lower power drainage; think of how powerful and efficient our smartphones are.
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Goldman Sachs will clear bitcoin futures trading for some of its clients, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.The derivatives, which allow traders to bet on the cryptocurrency's price without buying the underlying asset, will be offered by the Cboe Futures Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.According to Bloomberg, Goldman will not act as a market-maker for bitcoin and will decide who gets to trade the derivatives on a case-by-case basis.Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein said last week that it was too early for the firm to have a bitcoin strategy."Something that moves up and down 20 percent in a day doesn’t feel like a currency, doesn’t feel like a store of value,” Blankfein told Bloomberg TV.The Wall Street Journal reported Goldman's decision earlier on Thursday, adding that Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and the Royal Bank of Canada are telling customers that they won't have access when futures trading goes live.
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Florida man, 20, reportedly behind massive hack at UberSony XBR-X900E review: Midpriced TV with a high-end pictureApple TV finally gets Amazon Prime VideoSteam ends support for Bitcoin due to high fees, volatilityGrandpa's old Flex band seems fresh on an Apple WatchBack in 'Black': Netflix reveals 'Black Mirror' release date
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CrossCut Ventures is announcing it has raised $125 million for its fourth seed fund.The Los Angeles fund will invest in a wide variety of startups, ranging from software-as-a-service to games and esports companies.Brian Garrett, cofounder and managing director, said in an interview with VentureBeat that new fund is a testament to CrossCut’s success in funding Los Angeles startups for the past nine years.The partners targeted a raise of $100 million, and actually hit the limit of $125 million with strong support from institutional investors.That’s a lot of money that will be earmarked primarily for “Silicon Beach” startups in the growing tech region of Los Angeles.Garrett said the company has four managing directors who focus on distinct areas and take a “founder first” approach to working with companies.
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I love to learn about all the latest and greatest tech innovations alongside my work as a software developer at Raygun.While pushing forward with new software technology is great, we might not even have gotten the basics right yet.This morning I was in a hair’s breadth of smashing my phone against the wall of the train carriage as I commuted to work, growing increasingly angry as my email app decided to crash persistently.All before abandoning a news article due to the page load time hanging on for well over seven seconds.Errors, crashes, UI glitches, slow loading pages and bugs are not only resigned to small startups either.Banks, Fortune 100 companies, and massive tech organizations who you would think have the money and resources to ship the best quality products and have fully laden testing teams at their disposal are some of the worst offenders.
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NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Arabian Sea on Dec. 4 and found Tropical Cyclone Ockhi moving north as desert dust pushed into the region north of the storm.The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Ockhi on Dec. 4 at 1:20 a.m. EST (0620 UTC).Satellite imagery shows thunderstorms were being pushed to the northeast into the leading edge of an approaching trough (elongated area) of low pressure from the west.That vertical wind shear that's causing the displacement has been increasing as the tropical cyclone moves north.At 11 a.m. EST (1500 UTC) the center of Tropical Cyclone Ockhi was located near 15.7 degrees north latitude and 69.1 degrees east longitude.That's about 1,367 nautical miles west of Diego Garcia.
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“If something goes wrong, I can just chop off that part of the skin.”Josiah Zayner took a swig from his beer and squinted into the spotlight.“Everything you’re going to hear today is me to the core.”Zayner’s audience sat in the fashionably decaying ballroom of an old garbage collectors’ social club in Oakland, California.You build atomic bombs, you wage war, you murder, cheat, lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.”At the time, no one had actually called him a criminal, but months later, a warning issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would give his reading more meaning.
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In the last year, members of the government have accused the Black Lives Matter organization of being a terrorist organization, calling those associated with it “Black Identity Extremists.” An August FBI report, called “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” broadly categorized black activists as a threat to national security.Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, described it to TechCrunch as COINTELPRO 2.0.COINTELPRO was a federal surveillance program that targeted civil rights leaders like Rev.Martin Luther King, Jr. and members of the Black Panther Party.“The unfortunate reality is black folks during the 50s, 60s, 70s didn’t have social media.For example, LA’s Black Lives Matter chapter is currently taking on the district attorney, who has yet to prosecute a single officer for the murder of black residents.
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