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Kenneth Childs

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Google’s Play Store has been caught hosting a malicious app that poses as MetaMask and looks to steal users’ cryptocurrency.The app, uncovered by security researchers at ESET, is the first “clipper” malware to be found on the Play Store.Clippers are sneaky little things; when the user isn’t looking they replace content in a device’s clipboard for illicit gain.So when you copy that long string of random characters (which you will do) to send Bitcoin to your friend, the app will recognize it’s a Bitcoin address and change it to one belonging to the attacker’s wallet.According to ESET this is the first time its seen cryptocurrency malware of this type on the Play Store, guess it’s just another we have to add to the list.Israeli cryptocurrency entrepreneur Moshe Hogeg has responded to the recent lawsuit filed against him saying that “investors have no ownership rights in the cryptocurrency company they invest in,” The Times of Israel reports.
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The image of a lab rat is an iconic symbol of scientific research, and for good reason: These rodents are remarkably good stand-ins for human subjects because of how closely their physiology and genetic make-up resemble ours.Because of this, mice and rats are used to study everything from cancer to diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease.However, despite their tried-and-true use as animal models, there’s something about these rodents that puzzles scientists: What is all the squeaking about?Up until now, researchers have relied heavily on ambiguous physical cues—such as rats pressing a lever to receive a dose of an addictive substance—or time-consuming manual analysis of rodent chatter to try to understand what drives their behaviour during trials.Both of these methods are vulnerable to human error and misinterpretation.Similar to how a self-driving car might take in and evaluate visual data from the road in front of it, DeepSqueak transforms audio recordings of rodent calls into sonogram images and then uses machine vision to analyse them.
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The world risks a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s eco-system” due to plummeting insect numbers, scientists said.More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, researchers found in a new ‘study of studies’.The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles.The study’s authors suggested the way food is farmed today has speeded up the decline in insect numbers.They said that, without remedy, the effect of insect extinction would threaten human existence.“The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic, to say the least,” they wrote.
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China’s copyright watchdog has vowed to take serious measures against lawbreakers following rampant piracy of Spring Festival blockbusters and the availability of illegal download resources on Chinese social media.China’s National Copyright Administration (NCAC) called on netizens to “fight against movie piracy” after finding that full-HD movies had been up for sale on messaging app WeChat and microblogging platform Weibo over the holiday season, priced at RMB 1 ($0.15) for each movie, according to The Paper (in Chinese).China’s box office totaled more than RMB 5.8 billion in the first week of the Chinese New Year (starting Feb. 5), a new record compared to the RMB 5.7 billion during the same period last year, figures from online ticketing platform Maoyan show.In a Weibo post on Sunday (in Chinese), the NCAC asked netizens to blow the whistle on movie pirates by reporting illegal download links.It said it would report offenders to the police and that multiple government departments had stepped up their attempts to curb online piracy over the holiday season.Gong Geer, producer of Chinese sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth,” shared the Weibo post, asking his followers for tip-offs to help crack down on movie pirates.
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Aside from having a normal and an XL model, it seems that Google isn’t really a fan of having two of something.It doesn’t have two main cameras nor does use the full extent of dual SIM capabilities.One of those might be changing in the upcoming Pixel 4 phone later this year and, no, it won’t be the cameras.A Googler commenting on a source code change for Android Q let it slip that the 2019 Pixel will have “dual SIM functionality”, which hopefully means the true dual SIM capabilities users expect these days.In truth, the Pixel phones since the 2017 Pixel 2 actually have dual SIM support.Like Apple’s newest iPhone, those Pixel phones have a tray for one SIM card while the second is provided by an eSIM.
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Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek avoided any mention of controversial director Bryan Singer as he accepted the award for Best Actor at the Baftas on Sunday.Rami, who was honoured for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, glossed over Singer’s involvement in the film, following accusations of sexual abuse made against him.Four men claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Singer when they were under age in an article published in The Atlantic.Singer has since vehemently denied the allegations, calling the piece “a homophobic smear piece”.During his acceptance speech, Rami instead paid tribute to Dexter Fletcher, who replaced Singer on the project when he was fired before filming was completed.Describing his win as “truly extraordinary”, Rami said: “I still cannot believe I’m included in this group of actors I so respect and admire.
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Fitbit’s new fitness tracker is reportedly the company’s cheapest yet, but users will not be able to buy the wearable device by themselves.The Fitbit Inspire is exclusively available to corporate employees and health insurance members.The plan is that the fitness tracker will be fully subsidized and issued by the bulk, whether by a company that wants its employees to stay active, or a health insurance provider that wants its members to monitor their well-being.The Fitbit Inspire offers the most basic fitness tracker functions, including activity and sleep tracking, burnt calories monitor, move reminders, goal celebrations, and mobile alerts.It is water-resistant up to 50 meters, promises up to five days of battery life, and comes in black and sangria color options.There is also a slightly more advanced version named the Fitbit Inspire HR, which adds 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep stages monitoring, exercise modes, pace and distance tracking, and cardio fitness levels.
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Bugatti’s Chiron remains just as impressive today as when it first debuted in 2016.Interestingly, the French carmaker has waited three years to release a special edition of the supercar, but it seems they’re finally ready, and just in time for Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.Based on the Chiron Sport, the new “110 Ans Bugatti” — which translates to 110 years of Bugatti — celebrates the company and their French heritage.The 110 Ans Bugatti Chiron features a number of unique flourishes, most noticeably the stunning matte blue color scheme.Bugatti says it used a two-tone Steel Blue, in honor of 1920s-era luxury cars, with the front half a matte finish carbon fiber, and the rear in matte paint.Contrasting this are matte black wheels, with brake calipers and wheel caps in French Racing Blue.
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AMD’s fighting competitors on all fronts.Yet its battle against Nvidia in the GPU space is different.It lacks the cool extra features the RTX 2080 has, including ray tracing.It’s a surprise that the Radeon VII is impressive because it’s based on the Vega architecture that AMD introduced in 2017.A £700 card based on a two-year-old architecture feels like a bad deal when you consider that Nvidia also has a card that starts at £700, the RTX 2080.The 2080 also has ray tracing support, which the Radeon VII is not equipped for and may not gain support for later via software updates.
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Controlling what you listen to while browsing is about to get a hell of a lot easier.Google Chrome will finally allow users to control audio and video using their keyboard’s pause and play keys, ZDNet reported this week.The update is already about to improve your web browsing experience, but it’ll also allow users to control media from background pages as well.What that means is that if you’re playing something from a YouTube playlist like 15 tabs ago, the function will still allow you to control whatever you’re listening to without having to navigate to the page.The update will also allow users to control video or audio with the “previous track,” “next track,” “seek backward,” and “seek forward,” ZDNet said.Chrome already allows plenty of hyperspecific keyboard shortcuts for navigating and controlling media on YouTube, but you have to have the tab pulled up.
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Though she’s destined to become the galaxy’s mightiest hero, Captain Marvel’s Carol Danvers will always be a warrior at heart, thanks to unique Kree conditioning that left her physically empowered and mentally conditioned to be a lethal fighter.The latest TV spot for the film just gives us a small taste of what that means.Being able to go higher, further, and faster than any ordinary soldier is all well and good, but the most important thing any true noble warrior hero needs to win a battle is a fire within that drives them to conquer their enemies.Sometimes, this fire manifests itself as deadly photon blasts, other times, it’s a primal scream meant to strike terror into the hearts of those who hear it.The latest Captain Marvel TV spots offers up a couple of new glimpses of Carol having a good time on Earth with Nick Fury, and a choice scene of Carol letting a bunch of Skrulls know that she’s about to body them all.
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Dancing On Ice professional Vanessa Bauer has broken her silence on her feud with Megan Barton Hanson.The skater became embroiled in a public spat with her celebrity partner Wes Nelson’s then-girlfriend last month, after the Love Island star accused her of ignoring her and also strategically timing the announcement of her split from her boyfriend to generate headlines.Addressing the row directly for the first time, Vanessa insisted she had acted professionally, and even claimed she would like to meet Megan“I have acted very professional [but] I honestly don’t know her, I bet she’s a lovely girl,” she told The Sun.She would be welcome to any of our training sessions but I never got the chance to meet her.”Asked if she wished events had turned out differently, Vanessa responded: “I’m doing the show, and I’m doing my job.
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A popular extension has disappeared from Google’s Chrome Web Store days after it suddenly started spamming users with annoying pop-up ads.The “Automatic 4K/HD for YouTube” extension enabled its nearly 4.2 million users to automatically select the video playback quality they preferred, while preventing YouTube from streaming videos at lower resolutions.But according to a ZDNet report, the extension began annoying users sometime last week with unwanted popups that promoted an adblocker extension.The popups weren’t limited to preexisting users, either.New users were also affected as the extension reportedly started showing ads almost immediately after installation, as seen in this GIF created by ZDNet.Peeved users took to Reddit to warn others and complain about the recurring ads, which reportedly appeared as often as every hour.
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The history of artificial intelligence is as much marked by what computers can’t do as what they can.is a history of failure, but rather that, as a discipline, it has been driven forward in its quest for machine intelligence by a constant series of skeptical statements suggesting that “a computer will never do [insert feat here.A computer will never be able to win at the game show Jeopardy!A computer will never be any good at translating languages.Jump forward to 2019, and tasks a computer will “never” be able to do look a bit thinner on the ground.We’ve got robots that can execute the kind of parkour moves that would impress any action movie star.
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Beware of pretend Italian plumbers bearing gifts: Mario, the beloved video game plumber with a porn-star mustache, should be treated with caution, according to security shop Bromium.What's more interesting is that the code is programmed to only run when the infected machine is in Italy.Panda pops… How China’s hacker spies apparently ransacked US, Euro biz: Chinese government hackers, dubbed APT10 aka Stone Panda, broke into at least three businesses in the US and Europe to steal valuable confidential information, infosec outfits Recorded Future and Rapid7 claimed this week.We’re told these compromised organizations include IT and business cloud provider Visma; a billion-dollar Norwegian company with more than 850,000 clients worldwide; an international clothing firm; and US intellectual property lawyers with high-tech clients in sectors from pharmaceutical and biomedical to electronics and automotive.Against Visma, the alleged Beijing spies used the Trochilus malware to infect computers and remote-control them from command servers.Crypto-hungry SIM swap suspects cuffed: Two men have been collared by the Feds on allegations they tricked mobile network staff into transfering strangers’ phone numbers to their SIM cards so they could hijack and drain the victims’ online crypto-coin wallets.
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British entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley are watching Brexit unfold back home with shock and horror.Brexit is now just weeks away, and will finally happen on March 29, 2019 — unless it's delayed.But now, with just two months to go, there's still no clear answer over how it will look, and that uncertainty is starting to impact decision-making."The downside case is obviously that the UK becomes a lowly, irrelevant island in the North Sea, with very limited relationships and limited asset, and there's an enormous brain drain ... into countries where they have great, stronger trade agreements, and stronger future prospects," said Pete Flint, the cofounder of Trulia who now works as a venture capital investor at NFX.It's little surprise that Silicon Valley is concerned about Brexit."I'm horrified," Josh Browder, the founder of legal startup DoNotPay, who has been in the US for four years, said bluntly.
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Netflix‘s mailing service had already taken over the movie rental market when it launched it’s streaming service in 2007, giving subscribers on PC thousands of movies and TV shows for one monthly fee.Editor’s note – This list will be updated as TV shows leave and other shows make their debut on Netflix.Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White is one of the best acting performances ever, TV or otherwise.He is helped by a superb supporting cast, including Aaron Paul, who is equally as good as White’s meth producing partner Jesse Pinkman.The classic NBC sitcom followed the adventures of Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey, and Phoebe for 10 years in their semi-fantasy version of New York City (seriously, how could anyone in their pay grade afford that massive apartment?).Created by the Duffer brothers, the show offers great nostalgic entertainment for people who grew up in the early 1980s and watched movies like E.T.
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Remember the websites of the 1990s?Blinking text and Comic Sans!Guestbooks and hit counters and dancing babies!Slip back into the era of slap bracelets and clear cola when you visit the official Marvel website for the upcoming Captain Marvel feature film.The movie, about Carol Danvers and her super-powered alter ego, is set in the 1990s, in part because Marvel's never done that before."It allows us to play in an area that we have never played in before, and tapping into a '90s action genre was fun for us," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told the Toronto Sun.
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Apple Watches are one of the best smartwatches currently available on the market, offering cellular connectivity, GPS tracking, fast processing, and quite a bit more in terms of functionality.If you happen to be an iPhone owner, this is, of course, the most compatible smartwatch for you.And now for a limited time, the Apple Watch Series 3 is being offered to the smartwatch-hungry public at a discounted price from Amazon.Whether you’re looking to pick up a Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love, or just grab one of these wonderful wearables for yourself, now is a great time to buy.While the Apple Watch Series 3 is not the most recent model to be produced by the Cupertino, California computer company, it still packs all of the great features that the Apple Watch Series 4 is known for.Since Apple products don’t come cheap, this is a great a deal if you are looking to acquire one of the most advanced smartwatches.
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The facts that climate change is real and music relieves stress are the only two things scientists, by-and-large, seem to be in complete agreement on.If you’re still not sold, the act of playing a musical instrument also directly affects the areas of the brain associated with creativity and orgasms.The never-ending stream of digital information turns us into scrolling zombies.Playing music, like daily meditation or hitting the gym, requires focus and attention.TNW spoke with Dr. Daniel Levitan, a neuroscientist and author of the book “This is Your Brain on Music.” We asked him why people in the STEM industries should pick up an instrument.But decades of research have shown us that the best students and workers are those who can engage in creative thinking and creative problem solving.
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