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Two US Senators have signed a letter addressed to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting new rules to tighten up data practices in the country could lead to a weakened trade relationship with the US.The US Government has already shown the damage which can be done when it starts throwing around economic sanction and hurdles, almost sending ZTE to join the Dodo on the extinction list, and it appears to be using the same tactics here.However, instead of punishing an organization which broke trade laws, it is attempting to bully a country into its own line of thinking and away from a pro-privacy stance.The letter, seen by Reuters, relates to new data protection, privacy and localisation rules which are set to come into play this week (October 15).Back in July, the Indian Government unveiled a report which detailed its new approach to data regulations in the country.Included in the rules are restrictions on how data can be collected and utilised, setting out a similar stance to GDPR in Europe, while also including new approaches such as the right to be forgotten, explicit opt-in consent for certain categories of data (that which is deemed sensitive), and also data localisation.
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Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist-in-exile, frequent critic of the ruling House of Saud, and Washington Post columnist, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.Since then, Turkish government officials largely speaking under the cover of anonymity have insisted that Saudi security forces waiting in ambush inside tortured and murdered him in revenge for speaking freely about their autocratic rulers.Per CNN, the Daily Sabah reported that Khashoggi turned on the wearable device to record his interactions inside, with the events of his alleged murder picked up by the watch and later synced to his iCloud as well as an iPhone he left with his wife outside:The moments of his “interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his phone and to iCloud,” the pro-government, privately owned newspaper paper reported.CNN wrote that Sabah reported Saudi torturers only later realized the implication of the Apple Watch on Khashoggi’s wrist and attempted to delete some of the recordings after accessing the device using his fingerprints:Security forces leading the investigation found the audio file inside the phone Khashoggi left with his fiancé, according to Sabah.
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First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the first person to ... well, as NASA turns 60, he hardly needs any introduction.Yet director Damien Chazelle brings something remarkably fresh to the familiar story of the space race by taking us inside the heads of the first astronauts to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.As cockpit and capsule lids close on the astronauts, we spend whole sections of the film barely able to see anything but unblinking instruments, slivers of sky and star Ryan Gosling's eyes darting behind the glass of his helmet.The film is assembled with a measured and meticulous assurance, much like Armstrong himself.Chazelle stays away from wide shots to make First Man a distinctly first-person experience.You feel every nerve-racking moment of this situation you'd never otherwise experience.
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It’s been a wild Thursday morning in patch land, with lots of BSODs to go around, cumulative updates, keyboard drivers, and a cast of suspects worthy of an Agatha Christie novel.Start with a comprehensive report on the Microsoft Answers forum, where poster Mikael Sillman says:After installing KB4464330 (build 17763.55) [on] my HP EliteDesk 800 G3 the machine refuses to boot, ending with BSOD WPF_VIOLATION.I was able to get the PC working again using an earlier restore point.It seems that this problem at least HP machines:I contacted MS support and was told that:
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Sure, its presenters glossed over some of those standard hardware high points — physical niceties that set the phone apart from its predecessor and give this latest model a reason to exist — but the real focus, and the sell for most people, was something far less tangible.Cementing a strategy the company started with its first Pixel two years ago and then refined with last year's second-gen model, Google basically told us: Hey, hardware is fine and all, but everyone's got the same stuff — and none of it is especially exciting anymore.Not just software by itself, mind you, but software that meaningfully improves the real-world phone-using experience — and software that doesn't stop evolving the minute you open the box but gets consistently better over time.[Get fresh tips and insight in your inbox every Friday with JR's Android Intelligence insider's newsletter.I've been saying for years now that smartphones themselves have become mere vessels in our mobile tech adventures: The phones are simply frameworks for the more impactful software, ecosystem, and overall user experiences that exist inside — and those latter pieces of the puzzle are the ones that affect us most significantly on a day-to-day basis over the life of a modern mobile device.No other Android manufacturer has the incentive and ability to match its commitment — or even come close to matching its commitment — to providing timely and ongoing updates to existing devices.
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Microsoft has rolled out to Windows Insiders an update that it claims isolates and fixes the data deletion bug that first appeared for some Windows 10 users in the October 2018 Update.In its announcement, Microsoft reiterated that the number of users affected by this flaw was small, but that due to its severity, the company would be offering free support in its retail stores and through the Microsoft Support channel for anyone who needed assistance in updating to the patched version of Windows.The Windows 10 October 2018 update began rolling out to Windows users all over the world on October 2 alongside the debut of a number of new Microsoft Surface devices at a show in New York.However, just a few days later, Microsoft clawed it back, stating that rare bug seemed to be causing some users to lose data on their systems after the update.The flaw that caused that bug has now been discovered and patched out, Microsoft claims, announcing that the rollout of the OS update will now continue with the patch in place.“We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation,” Microsoft said in a blog post, highlighting that very few people were affected by the bug in the first place.
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Apple is reportedly using new proprietary software diagnostic tools to repair MacBook Pros and iMac Pros that, if not used on key part repairs, will result in an “inoperative system and an incomplete repair,” reads a document distributed to Apple’s Authorized Service Providers last month.A copy of the document was obtained by MacRumors and Motherboard today, both of which reported on the contents of the document and the apparent implications on third-party repair services.It would seem that, without the proprietary software, third-party repair services will not be able to fix MacBook Pros that suffer from issues with the display assembly, the logic board, the keyboard and trackpad, and the Touch ID board, according to Motherboard.For iMac Pros, the lock will engage if you replace the logic board or flash storage.The computer won’t be usable again until Apple Service Toolkit 2, the name of the diagnostic tool, is used by a member of the company’s Authorized Service Provider program.The measures are presumably there to ensure security.
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U of T scientists use nanoparticles to improve chemotherapy response and boost anti-tumor immunity in breast cancerScientists at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy have seen remarkable success combining tumor modulating nanoparticles with doxorubicin to enhance chemotherapy response in pre-clinical model breast cancer.This combination approach also appears to boost anti-tumor immunity, contributing to the growing excitement surrounding immunotherapy as an avenue to treat cancer.Chemotherapy is a first-line treatment for many cancers; however, the makeup of tumor microenvironments is often a key barrier to the effectiveness of treatment, requiring that patients receive higher doses in order to get the desired result."The challenge is to find new ways to get better treatment outcomes with lower doses of chemotherapy," says Xiao Yu (Shirley) Wu, senior investigator and professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto."Our combination approach outlined in this study appears to reduce tumor resistance to doxorubicin, making the chemotherapy effective even at a low dose."
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk must pay a $20 million fine and step down as chairman of Tesla.Elon Musk must step down as chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine after reaching a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.Department of Justice officials plan to sue California to block the bill, which would restore net neutrality protections.Facebook announced on Friday was hacked, with over 50 million users affected.Facebook could be fined up to $1.63 billion for Friday's massive breach which may have violated EU privacy laws.Google CEO Sundar Pichai agreed to give testimony at Capitol Hill after Google failed to send anyone to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing early in September.
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On October 3 — a mere 48 hours from now — the Middle East and North Africa’s startup scene is in for the ride of its life.That’s when 15 of the region’s best early-stage startup founders will gather in Beirut, Lebanon to compete in TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018.Join us to watch these competitors launch their startups on a global stage and hear directly from MENA’s top tech and VC leaders as they discuss the issues facing the region’s startup scene.It costs $25 + VAT to attend Startup Battlefield MENA 2018, and you can buy tickets here.The 15 teams will each have six minutes to pitch and present a live product demo in one of three preliminary rounds.Our panel of judges consists of expert technologists and VC investors who will follow up each team’s pitch with a rigorous, six-minute QOnly five teams move to the finals to pitch again and answer more questions from a new panel of judges.
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(Reuters) — Facebook said on Friday that hackers had discovered a security flaw that allowed them to take over up to 50 million user accounts, a major breach that adds to a bruising year for the company’s reputation.Facebook, which has more than 2 billion monthly active users, said it has been unable to determine yet whether the attackers misused any of the affected accounts or stole private information.Facebook made headlines earlier this year after the data of 87 million users was improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy.The disclosure has prompted government inquiries into the company’s privacy practices across the world, and fueled a “ deleteFacebook” movement among consumers.Shares in Facebook fell more than 3 percent in afternoon trading, weighing on major Wall Street stock indexes.The latest vulnerability had existed since July 2017, but Facebook did not discover it until this month when it spotted an unusual increase in use of its “view as” feature.
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Dozens of people have tweeted at @DoorDash with complaints that their accounts had been improperly accessed and had fraudulent food deliveries charged to their account.In many cases, the hackers changed their email addresses so that the user could not regain access to their account until they contacted customer services.Yet, many said that they never got a response from DoorDash, or if they did, there was no resolution.DoorDash is now a $4 billion company after raising $250 million last month, and serves more 1,000 cities across the U.S. and Canada.After receiving a tip, TechCrunch contacted some of the affected customers.Four people we spoke to who had tweeted or commented that their accounts had been hacked said that they had used their DoorDash password on other sites.
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Monster, the company that turned the headphone industry upside down with Dr. Dre, is upending its own executive board, announcing in a press release that it had fired “toxic” COO Fereidoun “Fred” Khalilian as of July 27, 2018 – alleging a failed hostile takeover, death and mutilation threats, and downright corruption.A restraining order has been issued by California’s Superior Court against the former executive “for the protection of numerous employees of Monster against threats of mutilation, death, and threats to family.” That includes Monster founder and CEO Noel Lee himself, according to copies of court documents obtained by Digital Trends.The California Court notes that “a civil harassment restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from violence, stalking, serious harassment, or threats of violence.”“I’m going to be a multi, multi-billionaire, without arrogance.I probably could be as big as Uber, if not bigger.”Monster also says it filed a police report with the San Francisco Police Department and the FBI containing allegations of fraud, theft, and conspiracy.
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When I was a teenager, my periods were agonizing; they were painful, unpredictable, difficult to track, and basically debilitating.The intense cramps and dizziness caused me to frequently miss school, so much so that my doctor recommended I skip periods altogether and start birth control to regulate my cycles.But before I knew it, 114 months had gone by, and now as a grown woman, I realized I didn’t know my body at all.Aside from the occasional breakthrough bleeding, I had no concept of what a real period felt like.I’d track my cycles, then have historic data that I could use to identify patterns every month — eventually with enough information to know how I could be my most comfortable and if there was anything I should be doing differently.Many large tech companies are now beginning to make female health tracking a feature in their operating systems.
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NEW YORK...September 21, 2018 - The world's most advanced sweet pepper harvesting robot, developed in a consortium including Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers, was introduced last week at the Research Station for Vegetable Production at St. Katelijne Waver in Belgium.SWEEPER is designed to operate in a single stem row cropping system, with non-clustered fruits and little leaf occlusion.Preliminary test results showed that by using a commercially available crop modified to mimic the required conditions, the robot currently harvests ripe fruit in 24 seconds with a success rate of 62 percent.The BGU team spearheaded efforts to improve the robot's ability to detect ripe produce using computer vision, and has played a role in defining the specifications of the robot's hardware and software interfaces, focusing on supervisory control activities."When it is fully developed, it will enable harvesting 24/7, drastically reduce spoilage, cut labor costs and shield farmers from market fluctuations."Additional research is needed to increase the robot's work speed to reach a higher harvest success rate.
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Huawei handed out the batteries to Iphone-buyers with the greeting ”you're going to need it.”How do you make advertising for Huawei phones at Apple's expense?the parts out powerbanks (external batteries – to those who queue up to buy the new Iphone X and Iphone XS Max.The cocky protocol, took place the other day in Singapore, when hundreds of people queued late at night outside an Apple store.Representatives from Huawei were on site and handed out more than 200 external batteries by model Huawei Supercharge, with a size of 10000 mAh (milliamperetimmar).On the cover of the battery packaging was: ”here you have a powerbank.
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According to the country’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, as reported by KataData, the discussion with Amazon has been about the terms related to its planned investment, including tax and other regulations.Entry into Indonesia would mark Amazon’s second move into Southeast Asia after its July 2017 expansion into Singapore.“I’m now in discussion with Amazon, who is planning to enter Indonesia.I will make sure they comply with our country’s regulation, especially their readiness to pay the taxes,” said Indrawati.Amazon would be up against Alibaba-owned Lazada, as well as Alibaba-backed marketplace Tokopedia.Amazon has long been criticized for paying little tax, although Jeff Bezos’ company insists it pays all it’s due by law.
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The lack of messaging, grouping, or voice chat functions inside the actual system (instead relying on a clunky smartphone app for these essential features) is baffling.Xbox Live and PlayStation Network give us those things, and they’ve been around for years.Sure, they cost more ($60 a year compared to Switch’s $20 a year), but it’s worth it for things like, you know, in-system chat.It’s convenient to have a single hub for all of these games, the user-interface is friendly and pretty, and it’s much cheaper than having to buy all of these games digitally separately.Here, you get 20 as part of your $20 subscription, and Nintendo is adding three new games every month.The starting lineup also has a disproportional amount of sports games: Tecmo Bowl, Pro Wrestling, Baseball, Ice Hockey, Tennis, and Soccer.
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As you walk into the high rise office in central Tel Aviv overlooking Ayalon Highway, which cuts through this bustling Mediterranean metropolis, you feel the electricity in the air, a place that vibrates with energy.Yossi Wolf, CEO and founder, bids farewell with a warm smile to a team of executives from a major Asian smartphone maker on an advanced exploration visit.“Temi is the first robot that truly interacts with humans while providing flawless autonomous navigation, dynamic video and audio experiences, and advanced AI,” proclaims the company.Despite courtship by Chinese investors from the private and state-owned sectors for several years, the hype so far has yielded little substance: According to IVC Research Center reports, Chinese companies accounted for as little as 1.1% and no more than 8% of all Israeli tech exits between 2015 and 2017.In the early days of 2012 to 2013, Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists were ecstatic at the prospect of a potential new source of investment, and a new market in China to rival the US.But soon many of the hopes were dashed; by this year the sight of the endless flow of Chinese delegations into Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport has become a fixture in Israel, yet it is eyed with skepticism by members of the local tech community.
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Kemikalieskatten infördes 1 juli 2017 och har alltså varit aktiv i ett år och beslutsfattarnas analys var att skatten skulle dra in 2,4 miljarder kronor till statskassan.Men hur har resultatet sett ut egentligen?HUI Research har på uppdrag av ElektronikBranschen, Svensk Handel och EHL gjort en utredning som visar att kemikalieskatten inte nått sitt mål.Enligt regeringens utredning skulle, som sagt, skatten dra in 2,4 miljarder kronor till statskassan årligen och en minskad försäljning av elektronikvaror på 4,5 procent.Enligt HUI:s utredning har det dock visat sig att kemikalieskatten endast genererat 1,3 miljarder kronor.När det kommer till följdeffekterna på statskassan, som uteblivna momsintäkter, så blir slutresultatet marginellt, och i vissa fall negativt.
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