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Google Chrome is making it easier to inspect how secure the websites you visit are without having to leave the page.The latest iteration of the browser brings back the ability to effortlessly look up certificate details straight from the security interface in the address bar.Users running the newest version Chrome (60) now have access to more details about security certificates and their validity by clicking on the padlock in the left side of the address bar.This will pull up an additional box where you can view the authority that issued the certificate as well as its expiration date.Selecting the dropdown ‘Details’ button will reveal additional security information like what encryption and signature algorithms a website uses.This information though might be available only for certain websites.
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Today, LG posted its Q2 financial results online, giving us some insights on how things are going for the South Korean giant.And it’s generally good news: the company is well in the green and its quarterly revenue is 4% higher than that of Q2 2016, hitting a grand total of $12.89 billion.However, this solid achievement is mostly thanks to LG’s home appliances and air conditioners.The company’s mobile division, on the other hand, is having a pretty rough quarter.LG said that the last three months were “challenging” for its mobile department and it reported an operating loss of $117.27 million, “primarily due to weaker than expected premium smartphone sales” — its major smartphone focus at the time being the LG G6, released in April.LG also says that the results are nearly unchanged when compared to Q2 of last year, but it’s s a stark difference from the strong first quarter LG Mobile enjoyed.
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the Visit is putin's second meeting with the Finnish president Sauli Niinistö with this year.the president of the Republic office, according to the report, the presidents discussed, among other countries on bilateral relations and topical international issues.the foreign policy institute of the Russian programme, senior researcher Jussi Lassila believes that the visit is more of a symbolic gesture of the one hundred anniversary of Finland.I don't think that the topic of relationship comes nothing epochal," Lassila said.between Finland and Russia relations is the shadow of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014.Fighting has continued in spite of the agreement.
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The SipaBoard first hit the scene two years ago, but it's still making waves with its innovative design.For many, the hassles involved in storing and transporting the massive hunks of plastic and polyurethane can suck the fun out of a wonderful pastime.Opt for an inflatable board instead and you’re stuck pumping it up yourself, or with an air pump that needs to be stowed away after it’s done its job.Add your family and their boards into the mix and this sport can become a chore.SipaBoard, the electric self-inflating stand-up paddleboard, aims to do away with all that — and keep you out there enjoying the water even longer.Forget the hassles of a hard stand-up board; the SipaBoard is no garage hog and no roof rack is required.
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Won’t somebody please think of the children!Its recently announced plan to force pornographic websites to verify users’ ages suggests it thinks it can use a blunt technological tool to stop under 18s watching online porn.The government aims to to protect young people from what it sees as the social ills of pornography, regardless of the issues of personal privacy, data protection and censorship this will create.Yet the biggest impact will likely be on those working in the adult entertainment industry, whose voices have gone unheard within such debates.What’s more, these kind of restrictions entirely fail to tackle the underlying issues that lead to harmful sexual behaviour and social alienation among young people.This will effectively force pornography users to join a commercial database that could include information on their viewing preferences.
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A couple years have passed since a new James Bond movie last graced theaters, but that’ll be changing soon.It was just announced that the next installment in the James Bond franchise will be arriving in theaters on November 8, 2019…if you’re located in the US.The rest of the world will be getting the theatrical premiere earlier, as is the tradition with these films.The James Bond franchise is a massive one spanning 26 different movies over six decades.The chief character has seen many actors fill his shoes, the most recent having been Daniel Craig in Spectre.Craig has fulfilled the role in a total of four Bond movies, his first having been ‘Casino Royale,’ followed by ‘Quantum of Solace,’ ‘Skyfall,’ and, of course, ‘Spectre.’
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There are countless home security cameras on the market that let you keep an eye on your dog or cat from anywhere in the world, but none of them are quite like the new Petcube Bites Pet Camera.This awesome 1080p camera can be set up anywhere in your home, and it’ll stream live HD video to your iPhone or Android just like any other home camera.But unlike other cameras, the Petcube Bites gets filled up with treats that you can fling to your hungry pup or feisty kitty by flicking your finger across your smartphone’s screen.You’ve got to check out this video:This brilliant device will be released early next month for $249, but if you pre-order one right now you can save $20 by clipping the coupon on the Amazon product page.Here are some key details about the Petcube Bites:
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Musikstreamingsföretaget Spotify är nära att komma överens om ett nytt licensavtal med Warner Music som är det sista stora musikavtalet som behövs innan en amerikansk börsnotering är aktuell.Det rapporterar Reuters med hänvisning till fyra insatta källor.Parterna bedömer att en överenskommelse skulle kunna undertecknas senast i september där intäktsfördelningen skulle vara mer generös för Spotify.I utbyte gör Spotify ett antal nya albums endast tillgängliga för betalande kunder under en begränsad period, något som parterna redan är överens om.Den exakta intäktsfördelningen och storleken på en potentiell upfrontbetalning till Warner Music har parterna ännu inte enats om.En källa bedömer att det finns ett antal viktiga punkter att komma överens om.
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Samsung’s Note 8, due to be unveiled in a month, will burst through the $1,000 (c. £920) price point, and may well become the first mass market phone in that price bracket in the UK.It’s also likely to be a monster, with a 6.3 inch diagonal display.Analysts have tipped Apple to reach this price point with the next iPhone; it’s close enough already, with the most expensive current iPhone is the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus costing $969 (£879.00 in the UK) SIM-free.Three new iPhones are rumoured, with “iterative” updates to the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch form factors, plus an all-singing, all-dancing model: a bezel-less OLED model, with proprietary wireless charging and face recognition, which may or may not have an in-screen fingerprint reader.The latter may start at $1,200 with heftier configurations costing $1,400.Earlier this month Bank of America Merrill Lynch lowered its projections for iPhone sales this year, based on insider information that supplies of this super-iPhone were constrained.
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Easter eggs in video games are everywhere, but most don’t take nearly three decades to figure out.‘Punch-Out’ — aka ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out’ — is the obvious exception to this rule.Reddit user Midwesternhousewives used his weekend to discover an Easter egg in Punch-Out that tells you when to deliver a knockout blow to two separate fighters.If you look closely at the left third of the screen you’ll see a bearded man that from here on out we’ll refer to as 8-bit Jesus.In your second fight with Piston Honda or Bald Bull, 8-bit Jesus will duck at exactly the moment you need to punch, which coincides with the moment Piston Honda is about to step forward and walk into Lil Mac’s wicked right.Of course, you could try to time it like all of us NES-playing plebeians have been doing for years, but the idea that Nintendo developers specifically added a visual cue to tell you when to deliver a knock-out blow is pretty cool.
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Marvel isn’t the only comics giant dominating this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con with news, DC and Warner Bros. are there with their own announcements about the DC Extended Universe.The key focus, of course, is the upcoming Justice League movie, and that means a new trailer for the superhero team-up was unveiled, featuring none other than Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg.The new Justice League trailer features footage with plenty of spectacular action, but we also Batman trying take the lead and round up the other heroes after Superman’s death in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.We also get a good look at villain Steppenwolf, and the whole thing ends on a tease that might be a hint of how Superman will appear in the movie.Justice League will be hitting theaters on November 17th, and will be the first DCEU film after the massive success of Wonder Woman.It looks like Warner Bros. might have taken the Batman v. Superman criticism to heart, as Justice League seems to have toned down the dark and gloomy atmosphere and even features some humor from The Flash and Alfred.
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More than 70 people who sent personal information to a Commons select committee mailbox have been informed that their data may have been compromised in the recent cyberattack targeting the Houses of Parliament.In June, hackers targeted the British Parliament in a "sustained and determined" 12-hour-long cyberattack that breached less than 0.5% of parliament's 9,000 email addresses.The House of Commons said 39 email accounts were affected in the cyberattack, including a select committee mailbox that contained emails with personal information.The Commons did not specify which committee was affected."In the case of one compromised generic organisational mailbox, a Commons Select Committee mailbox, 77 people have been notified that personal data - information on personal circumstances provided to support the work of the Committee - was contained in the mailbox and so may be at risk of compromise", the Commons said in an update.Both the House of Commons and House of Lords have notified the Information Commissioner's Office of the data breach.
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Facebook is currently conducting negotiations with various media houses with different payment wall solutions.Results might be seen test run back in October.Techcrunch-the site says the project is still in the early stages, and current thoughts may still be major changes.the Intention is however to try a few of the news houses with ten free article limit.Ten the case, after reading the Facebook user would be directed to pay the order.the Publisher would retain full right to choose what stuff to share for free and what to put the charge behind a wall.
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Yael Eisenstat has an interesting past.She ‘came out’ as a long term CIA employee in January 2017 after Donald Trump delivered a poorly received speech in front of the C.I.A.She didn’t intend to be sensationalist or release state secrets like some previous ex-secret service employees who revealed their identity, rather she had had enough of Trumps stream of insults to her country and hoped that her actions could make a difference.She has advised vice-presidents and major corporate companies and now works at New York University as an adjunct professor.Whilst at the eccentric and eclectic Tech Open Air in Berlin, I spoke with Yael to discuss technology, its impact on society, and we, or tech companies can and should do about it.This post is part of our contributor series.
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LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with over 500 million members that is now owned by Microsoft, is today taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets.The company has released an Android app for LinkedIn Lite, a pared-down version of its original LinkedIn mobile app that is developed for users in markets where data networks are slower and relatively more expensive for consumers, and phones are slower.LinkedIn says that the app takes up only 1 MB of space on a device, reducing the data usage required to run LinkedIn by 80 percent; and it loads a page in under five seconds, “even on a 2G network.” It features the LinkedIn basics like its news feed, jobs, profile, access to your LinkedIn network, messaging, notifications, and search — but without heavy graphics and other features that might slow down page loads and eat up more of a user’s data allowance.LinkedIn Lite was first launched as a mobile web site in September last year, as part of a suite of new services tailored specifically for India, one of LinkedIn’s biggest emerging markets, where it currently has 42 million users.A spokesperson confirms that there are no plans currently to create an iOS app for LinkedIn Lite, which is not that surprising: Android long ago overtook iPhone when it comes to smartphone usage in developing markets.For those who do use iPhones in those regions, there is LinkedIn Lite for the mobile web.
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When Intel’s next Core i9 CPU appears in a month or so, it may face some stiff competition in a battle people long thought was over: the Megahertz Wars.Although Intel hasn’t formally declared the clock speed of its upcoming 12-core Core i9-7920X, the company appears to have inadvertently disclosed it.A price list posted by the company on July 14 shows the $1,200 Core i9-7920X with 16.5MB of cache, 12 cores, 24 threads, and a clock speed of 2.9GHz.Intel officials declined to comment to PCWorld on the apparent slip.Intel’s price list typically lists the base clock or minimum clock speeds a CPU will run at under the heaviest workloads.In this case, the Core i9-7920X appears to guarantee an all-core clock speed that is 500MHz lower than AMD’s published specs.
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QuantumCTek, headquartered in the humid, subtropical city of Hefei in eastern China, will next month launch a commercial network for creating and sharing secure "quantum keys" across 200km2 of Jinan, China.If a computer were able to make an unlimited number of guesses, then it could theoretically discern any key.Many security professionals call existing government-grade cryptosystems – such as 128-bit or 256-bit AES keys – secure enough for practical purposes.With one quantum computing algorithm, for example, 256-bit keys could be discerned in 2128 steps or less.Alice and Bob send their respective bits – stored as photon states – to that control centre.Using four semiconductor photodetectors (about the size "of a small box" – Zhao declined to clarify their size or provide further technical details) – the control centre measures their polarization state and creates new bit sequences, C1 for Alice and C2 for Bob.
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With a short delay, Google announced the new Backup and Sync tool a few days ago.This tool allows you to easily back up the files and photos you have on your PC by sending them to the cloud — Google Drive and Photos.That way, your important documents and vacation images will always be safe, even if your computer stops working for whatever reason.Without any further delay, let’s get started.Step 1: Download Backup and SyncTo download the app, just visit Drive’s website via the button below, click on the “Download Backup and Sync” button, and then on “Agree and download” once the Terms of Service window pops up.
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Verily, the life sciences branch of Alphabet (Google's parent company), has started releasing millions of mosquitoes in California.The team behind the project — made up of scientists from Verily, biotech company MosquitoMate, and Fresno County’s Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District — plans to set a million of the flying insects free each week for 20 weeks.The mosquitoes are being released into two neighborhoods in Fresno, California as part of a field study for the Debug Project, an initiative that aims to decimate certain mosquito populations.They're all male, so they won't bite anyone — only female mosquitoes bite humans.Mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia can fly around normally and mate with females, but the eggs those females lay aren't able to hatch — unless the females are infected with the same strain of the bacteria as well.Researchers working to fight mosquito-borne diseases have long been interested in using the bacteria to kill off local mosquito populations, but it wasn't until this year that they discovered how genes in the bacteria cause mosquitoes to produce nonviable eggs.
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If the world keeps burning fossil fuels and releasing carbon emissions indefinitely, climate change will eventually melt all the ice at the poles and on mountains, according to National Geographic.This would raise global sea levels by approximately 216 feet, engulfing oceanside cities like Miami, Buenos Aires, and Cairo.Take a look at the highlights below.As soon as the end of this century, climate scientists say that parts of the Earth will become inhospitable.Risks brought on by climate change include mass famine, drought, severe flooding, plagues, poisoned oceans, and record heat waves.As David Wallace-Wells noted in his recent New York magazine feature, researchers predict that these kind of disasters make war and permanent economic collapse more likely.
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