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The US Army is now giving iPhone 6S smartphones to its special operations forces as they perform better than Android devicesThe US Army has decided to stop using Android devices and has instead switched to iPhones for its special operations forces that engage in unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, direct action, foreign internal defence and counterterrorism missions.The United States Army Special Operations Command USASOC , a branch charged with overseeing the various special operations forces of the US Army, has decided to switch from using Android phones and instead include the iPhone 6S in its tactical assault kits, which are used by soldiers on special missions.Special forces make use of smartphones currently as a battlefield situational awareness tool.The USASOC has apparently become fed up with the Android because it often "freezes up" while performing tasks.A US Army source not authorised to speak to the media told the online defence and acquisition journal DoD Buzz that using Android smartphones has been a problem when soldiers try to view live video feeds which stream from military drones such as the InstantEye quadcopters by PSI Tactical.
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Popular media library management service Plex is getting serious about Windows 10.The company recently announced a Universal Windows Platform UWP app for Windows 10 desktops and tablets.Besides being rewritten for Windows 10, the app also features a refreshed user interface and Cortana support for Plex hubs and discovery.Cortana support allows you to ask Plex to play specific content on your Windows 10 device such as, Hey Cortana, play Game of Thrones.From your legally owned content library, of course.For now, Plex is only available for desktops and tablets, but a mobile version is coming, the company says.
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Vana Koutsomitis, a runner-up on TV show "The Apprentice," is looking to raise £120,000 for the dating app that she pitched to Lord Sugar in the final of the BBC show.DatePlay, as the app is known, will use interactive games to try and understand your personality before recommending possible matches for singletons to swipe left or right
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Google announced the other year to sökjätten rewards sites that use so-called HTTPS and SSL certificates. This means that site owners get a chance to enhance both safety and traffic. An SSL certificate is a security service that is based on sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit data, filled in on a website offering better protection. The certificate enables the data to be sent on to the site's database or billing system fully encrypted and secure. It is especially useful for anyone who runs a web shop or selling other services online, then customers feel safe when they enter their credit information. The benefits have not gone beyond Google.
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Some people really need to catch em all.A New Zealand man has quit his job to fully devote himself to hunting Pokemon.Tom Currie, 24, was working as a barista and bartender at a restaurant on the Hibiscus Coast when he was overcome by Pokemon Go mania.I wanted to have an adventure, Currie told The Guardian.I have been working for six years and I was desperate for a break.And Pokemon gave me the chance to live that dream.
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Well, think again, because some big hurdles remain and it may get worse before it gets better, according to a report in ExtremeTech.The big U.S. buyback and compensation settlement reported last month was for 475,000 2.0L diesel-powered VWs.In a followup proposal for larger 3.0L engines found in 85,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles, Volkswagen Group proposed a separate plan for engine fixes.The 3.0L repair plan would be relatively simple to complete, would bring the engines into emissions regulation compliance, and would be less expensive for the company than a buyback program.16,000 of the 3.0L-powered cars are registered in California, and this week the California Air Resources Board CARB formally rejected the proposal.Referring to the Volkswagen Group 3.0L plan as substantially deficient, according to Ars Technica, CARB stated the proposals fall far short of correcting the emissions problem sufficiently.
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Abby, Erin, Jillian, and Patty replaced Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston, but there s one male character that Ghostbusters co-writer and director Paul Feig knew he wouldn t recast: Slimer.The ugly little spud has been involved in nearly every Ghostbusters property, including the reboot out today.According to Feig, who created a backstory with Ghostbusters co-writer Katie Dippold, Slimer was a gangster executed for killing a waiter who screwed up his order.Slimer started his afterlife as a more traditional ghoul, but was disfigured when the Ghostbusters were called to the restaurant he was haunting.When the Ghostbusters come in, they haven t quite tested their equipment yet, so they haven t got the levels right, Feig says.The proton beams are too hot, so it blows his legs off.
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Elon Musk s SpaceX is set to deliver a number of important packages to the International Space Station ISS on Monday.The centrepiece is a handheld DNA sequencer that will enable crew to investigate bacteria around the station and prove that DNA testing can take place in space.If it works effectively, it could also help detect DNA-based alien life elsewhere in the solar system.But its primary purpose will be to identify, in near real-time, microbes, diseases and crew members health as they spend prolonged periods in space.Water on the ISS is recycled, including the water found in urine, condensate and sweat.The sequencer could help the crew to find out if it is microbially clean .
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In an ongoing effort to showcase independent developers, Google is having an Indie Games Festival on September 24 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco.Developers that meet Google s criteria US or Canadian developers with 15 or fewer on staff can submit apps util August 14, and the company says it will choose high-quality games that are both innovative and fun.Only games published in 2016 are eligible.Google is also encouraging VR games for Cardboard and AR Tango games as well.The plan is to put selected games in front of more eyes, including hundreds of consumers and industry influencers.Those selected will also be competing for I/O 2017 tickets, Tango devices and Google ad campaign support.
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Traffic to Pirate Bay and others redirected to AirTel banned URL noticeAn unknown agency in India, possibly telco Airtel, is quietly capitalising on encryption gaps in sites tended by DDOS-buster CloudFlare to intercept and redirect users.Little is yet known about the attacks, so far detected targeting piracy torrent site The Pirate Bay and a handful of other outfits.Visitors to intercepted websites are redirected to an AirTel page which reads that the "requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India".Some of CloudFlare's sites include those run by political dissidents, hacking forums, and piracy sites.Such sites are often in the crosshairs of governments.
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So what was the main proposed solution discussed on the Boulevard de la Croisette?There were some signs that industry leaders are starting to consider the other factors that will be essential to overcome the ad-blocking challenge, including the creation of a more transparent value exchange between consumers and digital publishers.But one panelist, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, brought a progressive element to the discussion by focusing on user education.Citing a tactic his own company had employed for doing so — using direct messages to inform users The New York Times is funded by ads — he shared that the test had inspired 40 percent of users to allow ads.Meanwhile, Thompson said the publisher would also offer users an alternative, unveiling the company s plans to implement a higher subscription tier that would give users an ad-free experience.By shifting attention onto the importance of strengthening audience relationships through open communication and exploring new options, Thompson has set the ball rolling.
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While Nikon and Canon s latest DSLRs have been eagerly anticipated, some accessories haven t yet caught up with the new standards.After Canon confirmed an error last week that corrupts the last few images on SanDisk CFast cards with the 1DX Mark II, Nikon has now released a firmware update correcting a glitch that creates read errors on UHS-II SD cards in the D500.Both manufacturers said that the errors were from the cards themselves and not the camera — and in Canon s brand-specific case, SanDisk confirmed the issue was with the cards.Some UHS-II cards, when used with the D500, are creating read errors.Users reported inserting the card, then seeing an error message.Sometimes, popping the card out and in again fixed the issue, but some said the message keeps coming back.
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Everything seems to be about Pokemon GO these days and almost everyone has something to say about it.It turns out, that's true even for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.Actually, that's not exactly surprising considering Pokemon GO and Microsoft do have something in common: the use of augmented reality.So it's also not surprising to hear Nadella confidently claim that Pokemon GO feels built for HoloLens, even better than any smartphone can ever hope to achieve.In its current incarnation, or at least without the Pokemon GO Plus accessory, using Pokemon GO requires you to pull out your smartphone and see the world through the eyes of your camera.A theoretical HoloLens version, in the words of Nadella, would let you use your eyes somewhat more directly.
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But it seems those intent on keeping pesky government agencies out of their online business may well be shooting themselves in the virtual foot.As documents related to the XKeyscore snooping program reveal, the US's National Security Agency has started focusing its snooping efforts on Linux Journal readers, Tails Linux, and Tor users.The XKeyscore program itself is a surveillance program concerned with collection and analysis of data, and was revealed as part of Edward Snowden's recent surveillance disclosures.As TechSpot India reports, the program's source code has been analysed by members of the Tor project and security specialists for German broadcasters NDR and WDR.The analysis revealed two German Tor Directory Authority servers as being under NSA surveillance, as well as several specific IP addresses of the Tor Directory Authority.Tor, based on the acronym The Onion Router, is free software that directs internet traffic through a network of worldwide relays to hide a user's true location.
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WhatsApp, arguably the most popular messaging app in the world with a billion users, made a significant step in April by introducing end-to-end encryption built on the Signal protocol, much to the chagrin of governments and police forces.As you wade through the glut of messaging services available, these are the features to look for.That s the biggest line of demarcation between tools that are at least serious about trying to provide good security versus the ones that aren t quite there yet, advised Joseph Bonneau, tech fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF .EFF s rankings were not designed to push people to any one tool but to clearly set out what s working and what isn t. The digital rights group has now retired that scorecard and is working on a new one.For example, they don t create the data locally, said Filip Chytry, manager of mobile threat intelligence at Avast.My recommendation is to find the apps that are actually encrypting the messages stored locally on your device.
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A massive number of pop musicians from all genres have teamed up with Interscope records and GLAAD formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to release Hands, a new single dedicated to victims of the recent Orlando shooting.The song features Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, Kacey Musgraves, Pink, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Prince Royce, Adam Lambert, Halsey, Troye Sivan, Megan Trainor, MNEK, Nate Ruess, Ty Herndon, Tyler Glenn, Alex Newell, Jussie Smollett, RuPaul, and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.Hands was co-written by Semi Precious Weapons frontman Justin Trantor, Justin Bieber songwriter BloodPop, and pop songwriter Julia Michaels, who has previous experience writing for Gomez and Spears.The song was produced by Mark Ronson, BloodPop, and Trantor.As far as celebrity collaborations go, this one is actually quite good.It s a slow, bass-drum-driven ballad that does well in showcasing each contributor s voice in the most natural way possible.
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Google har redan teknik för att identifiera olika typer av objekt.Appen Goggles kan exempelvis identifiera föremål i verkligheten och bildlagringstjänsten Photos kan känna av motiv automatiskt.Google vill bli ännu bättre och har förvärvat franska utvecklaren Moodstocks, som specialiserat sig just på att identifiera objekt från mobiler.Till skillnad mot Goggles sköter Moodstocks merparten av beräkningen lokalt från mobilen och förlitar sig inte på servrar i samma utsträckning.Moodstocks kommer lägga ned sin egen verksamhet och ingenjörerna börjar istället arbeta på Googles forskningscenter i Paris.
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We continue our PPC advertising series with an evaluation of Snapchat as a platform to place your ads.Here, we talk about advantages, disadvantages, and how you can use PPC advertising to target Millennials.
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This technology represents nothing less than the second era of the Internet and it holds far-reaching opportunities for Europe.It is also the UK s best hope at fulfilling the Leavers lofty promises of a more global and dynamic Britain.The blockchain is a global distributed ledger or a vast database running on millions of devices, a third of them in Europe, where anyone can move, store, and manage anything of value—money, deeds, patents, clinical trials, academic degrees, and even votes—with unprecedented security, privacy, and inclusion.Trust derives not from powerful intermediaries like banks or governments, but from clever code and mass collaboration.The blockchain will not simply disrupt every industry - it will dramatically lower the barriers to business creation.The European Union should do far more at less cost, and hand more autonomy to its members.
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PDFs are great for sending official documents while maintaining their formatting – but developer Omar Rizwan recently discovered that they can also be used for playing simple games.While learning about Adobe s PostScript programming language, Rizwan discovered that PDFs can include things like embedded Flash components, 3D objects and JavaScript.However, most PDF readers don t support these – but Chrome implements a small subset of the Acrobat JavaScript API surface.What that means is that you can embed and run limited bits of JavaScript in your PDFs.So Rizwan dug up a tutorial on coding the classic arcade game Breakout and put it in a PDF.You can play it by visiting this link to his PDF file on Chrome.
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