Cheetah Mobile’s CM browser, CooTek’s TouchPal keyboard, and Mango TV were all singled out for weak protection of user privacy in recently released survey results by Shanghai’s Consumer Council.On Wednesday afternoon, the council pointed out that all three phone apps require text-related permissions that are apparently unrelated to their functions.The CM browser also requests call-related permission and suffers from a low-level Android application program interface (API), which could compromise data privacy.The TouchPal keyboard additionally requests information related to user location.The deputy-secretary general of the council told The Paper that with text-related permissions, an app might be able to send messages from users’ phones without their knowledge.The report also states that the CM Browser was able to listen in on outgoing calls.
And business seems to be good: eXp's stock price has almost quadrupled since this time last year, giving it a market cap of over $610 million.A small office in Bellingham, WA serves as its headquarters because of "a legal requirement," the company says, but the real work gets done in the digital realm.The company says that maintaining a virtual office, which gets about 8,000 unique visitors a month, gives it some advantages."We found that we have an ability that's hard to find in the physical world," said CTO Scott Petronis, referring to the ease of internal communication.It took me a minute to realize that I was supposed to customize this guy to look like me.It's really meant for taking conference calls in a pinch.
Interesting news on the Samsung Galaxy Flex today: a tipster tells us that the folding phone is looking very much like it'll only be available at the Samsung online store and EE.Assuming the deal goes ahead as planned, EE will offer the Galaxy Flex both on contract and SIM-free, while the Samsung store will only be offering it SIM-free.And you probably will want to pay monthly rather than all at once, because it's gonna cost you.Shocking as that may be, this info roughly matches up with what we've heard before.The Flex will apparently be available in multiple versions, and highest-end one will be around the £2k mark.We've only just seen phones break the £1,000 barrier, and now they're about to double it.
Starting with that first article published by the Guardian that revealed a National Security Agency program gathering millions of phone records from Verizon—which gave the agency access to metadata about phone calls placed by or received by everyone in America—the Snowden leaks exposed the inner workings of the NSA's biggest signals intelligence programs."Thanks to Snowden's disclosures, people worldwide were able to engage in an extraordinary and unprecedented debate about government surveillance," the American Civil Liberties Union declared on the fifth anniversary of the Guardian article.While his efforts to create a dialogue about privacy reached many ears and had a direct and tangible impact on areas of Internet technology that had long been vulnerable to mass surveillance, the tangible changes that followed have been more evolutionary than revolutionary."His biggest fear was that the revelations would be ignored or cynically dismissed, and instead we have a global debate."They were doing it entirely in secret, with some limited oversight from the FISC.So there was something about the time when the Snowden documents came out that the public had a greater appetite, or maybe just a bigger awareness, of the privacy problems that were going on."
Eye injections can be painful and carry a risk of infection and eye damage.The proof-of-concept patch, successfully tested in mice, is covered with biodegradable microneedles that deliver drugs into the eye in a controlled release.After pressing it onto the eye surface briefly and gently - much like putting on contact lenses - the drug-containing microneedles detach by themselves and stay in the cornea, releasing the drug over time as they dissolve.When tested on mice with corneal vascularisation, a single application of the patch was 90 per cent more effective in alleviating the condition than applying a single eye drop with 10 times more drug content.This novel approach, developed by a team led by NTU Singapore Professor Chen Peng from the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE), with clinical insights from Singapore National Eye Centre's Associate Professor Gemmy Cheung, was published in Nature Communications earlier this month.The team includes Assistant Professor Wang Xiaomeng from NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, and Assistant Professor Xu Chenjie and research fellow Dr Aung Than from SCBE.
Bara el från förnybara elkällor ska användas i Volkswagens nya fabrik i tyska Zwickau när produktionen av den nya elbilen ID drar igång om ett år, lovar bolaget i ett pressmeddelande.Både bilen och batterierna ska tillverkas med en helt neutral koldioxidbalans och klimatskyddsåtgärder kommer att vidtas för att kompensera för oundvikliga utsläpp, enligt VW."Med våra elbilar vill vi ge ett väsentligt bidrag till klimatskyddet.Den avgörande faktorn är att elbilar ska byggas och användas hållbart", säger Thomas Ulbrich, ansvarig för e-mobilitet.Produktionen av batterier till elbilarna har varit omdebatterad på senare tid.Om de tillverkas med el från till exempel kolkraftverk minskar miljönyttan under elbilens sammanlagda livscykel påtagligt.
EXPLORER, the world's first medical imaging scanner that can capture a 3-D picture of the whole human body at once, has produced its first scans.The brainchild of UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi, EXPLORER is a combined positron emission tomography (PET) and x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner that can image the entire body at the same time.Because the machine captures radiation far more efficiently than other scanners, EXPLORER can produce an image in as little as one second and, over time, produce movies that can track specially tagged drugs as they move around the entire body.The first images from scans of humans using the new device will be shown at the upcoming Radiological Society of North America meeting, which starts on Nov. 24th in Chicago."While I had imagined what the images would look like for years, nothing prepared me for the incredible detail we could see on that first scan," said Cherry, distinguished professor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering."While there is still a lot of careful analysis to do, I think we already know that EXPLORER is delivering roughly what we had promised.
“When the transaction closes, we’ll serve a vastly expanded landscape with Oracle”Oracle has entered into an agreement to purchase Talari Networks for an undisclosed amount and expects to finalise the deal before the end of 2018.The move will boost Oracle’s cloud infrastructure offering as Talari Networks is one of the main players in the lucrative SD-WAN market.WAN or Wide Area Network is the online component that links offices or enterprise’s systems in their own private network.Typically a business will lease a line or set up a private circuit using a telecommunications company.So with a WAN all your offices connect across the world.
Striden om användarna är tät mellan musikstreaming-tjänsterna.Spotify är en av jättarna men har utmanats av bland andra Tidal, som grundades av Jay-Z.Nu meddelar Amazon att man kommer integrera Spotifyutmanaren i sin smarta högtalare Echo, rapporterar Techcrunch.Läs mer: Världsartisternas Spotify-konkurrent manipulerade sina lyssningarTidal blir därmed en alternativ streamingtjänst på Echo jämsides Spotify, som finns på plattformen sedan tidigare.Tidal har arbetat hårt för att integreras i fler enheter hos fler hårdvaruproducenter.
The Deloitte North America Technology Fast 500 list debuted in 1995 and, for the 23rd straight year, software dominated the list, with the 2018 crown going to SwanLeap, an end-to-end transportation technology provider for logistics managers and supply chain decision-makers.Deloitte said the list was compiled by analyzing percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2014 through 2017, adding that the 500 companies on this year’s edition posted a median growth rate of 412 percent over the three-year period, with individual numbers ranging from 143 percent to 77,260 percent.Software companies made up 64 percent of the 2018 North America Technology Fast 500 and accounted for six of the overall top 10, and Deloitte said that of the private companies on the list, 34 percent identified themselves as part of the software-as-a-service subsector, 17 percent as enterprise software and 9 percent as financial technology.The next-largest category on the list was digital content, media and entertainment companies, which accounted for 12 percent of this year’s group and a median growth rate of 385 percent from 2014 through 2017.Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies were the No.3 category, representing 11 percent of the list and posting a median growth rate of 411 percent over the three-year period.
Luxury department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with chatbot company Headliner Labs to launch a Holiday Gift Guide chatbot on Facebook Messenger for the second year in a row.Users can begin chatting with the chatbot by either visiting the Saks Fifth Avenue Facebook page and clicking the “Send a Message” button, or by searching for Saks Fifth Avenue within the Messenger application.From there, users can take a quiz to see recommended gifts “For Him,” “For Her” or “For Kids.” The chatbot will ask users questions about the person they’re shopping for and, based on their answers, it will suggest gifts that can be purchased on the Saks Fifth Avenue website.For instance, when shopping “For Him,” the chatbot may ask about the recipient’s favorite drink and clothing style.When shopping for a child (users can choose the gender), the chatbot will ask for the child’s age window and personality type.The chatbot was designed to track conversions and clicks over time, and it will adjust the gift suggestions it presents to users based on the items users have purchased or browsed.
“There’s a willingness to adopt these technologies [but] businesses are challenged by supply-side issues in the channel”Cloud infrastructure spending has surpassed spending on on-premises legacy IT infrastructure amongst UK-based organisations for the first time.That’s according to a new report by the Cloud Industry Forum this week, based on a survey conducted by Vanson Bourne.It found that UK organisations devote 19 percent of their IT budgets to cloud infrastructure, just ahead of the 18 percent spent on on-premise, and that by 2022, just 12 percent of IT budgets will be spent on legacy technology, as cloud usage increases.“This gap is set to widen significantly over the next three years as organisations decommission their legacy IT and ramp up their investments in next generation technologies,” the CIF said.The news comes as one UK police force is next week set to unveil the UK’s first cloud-based police control room (watch this space for more), and five years after the government introduced a “cloud first” policy for all public institutions.
The Northern California Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire near Malibu have collectively claimed the lives of at least 50 people as of Wednesday, and destroyed over 8,000 homes.Other tech companies including Facebook, Google, Apple are doing their part to help as well.The Northern California Camp Fire has killed at least 48 people and destroyed more than 7,600 homes and 260 businesses as of Wednesday morning, making it the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history.The Woolsey Fire near Malibu, California has claimed two lives, forced 275,000 people to evacuate, and destroyed the homes of celebrities including Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, and Neil Young.Read more: The death toll from California's fires has risen to 50, with thousands of homes destroyed in Malibu and Northern CaliforniaWith so much destruction, so close to home — the Camp Fire burns around 150 miles from San Francisco, filling the city with smoke — the tech community has responded.
Back in August, Facebook and Instagram announced they would introduce new activity dashboards that tracked how much time users spent inside the apps, but the features never materialized.Now, Instagram has finally started rolling out its own “Your Activity” feature, which includes tools for setting daily time limits and the option to temporarily mute push notifications.The feature can be found inside the hamburger icon on the upper right corner of your profile page, and from there it’s found under “Your Activity.”Along with Apple introducing Screen Time on iOS and Google releasing a Digital Wellness dashboard with Android 9.0, tech companies are thinking about helping users better manage their time using apps.Facebook and Instagram’s dashboards, which show the amount of time spent in each app over the past seven days and mute distracting push notifications, aim to give users more control over how they interact with social networks that may be harmful to your mental health and well-being if used excessively.(There are now mounds of evidence that Facebook and other social networks are indeed bad for you.)
Over the weekend, Microsoft revealed that mouse and keyboard support will, at long last, be coming to Xbox One.The big day is today with the roll out of the console’s November 2018 update.The first game on deck to get mouse and keyboard support is Fortnite, though Microsoft is planning to expand this functionality to a handful of other games by the time 2018 wraps up.To compensate for the fact that mouse and keyboard is a more accurate control method than a gamepad, Fortnite on Xbox One is also getting input-based matchmaking today.Those playing with a mouse and keyboard on Xbox One will only be matched against other players on mouse and keyboard, so if you’re sticking with a gamepad, you don’t have to worry about a flood of opponents who suddenly seem more capable.Warframe is another Xbox One game that’s getting mouse and keyboard support today, which makes sense given its early days as a PC-only title.
We’re seeing organisations rightfully embrace all manner of new technologies resulting from digital transformation to maximise efficiencies, from cloud-based collaboration platforms to artificially intelligent software bots.However, SailPoint’s Market Pulse Survey found that these new technologies are also introducing risk to the workplace, as are office workers’ poor cybersecurity habits.As employees prioritise efficiency ahead of cybersecurity – also putting them at odds with IT – it is their organisations that truly suffer as a result of this undue risk.The best antivirus software 2018In their efforts to achieve workplace efficiency, employees are engaging in risky behaviour like deploying software without IT’s approval – a practice commonly known as shadow IT.This lack of visibility leaves IT teams unable to effectively govern and secure their organisation’s users and their access to sensitive applications and data.
Iron Man v. Thanos didn’t go, like, great in Avengers: Infinity War.But maybe Tony could take another shot at the big purple guy, do it right?That’s the premise of this stop-motion action video by lozaus1, who has a whole series of superhero adventures starring his house and action figures.In this one, Thanos has disintegrated half the population of the house, like, y’know, he does, and while Tony may not be able to stop Thanos, he’s damn sure going to avenge that living room.It’s skilful work, definitely a stand out in the field of making my childhood hobby of forcing action figures to fight into viewable entertainment.
If you’re concerned about your government snooping on your browsing history, or simply want an easy way to access sites blocked in your part of the world, Cloudflare’s got you covered with a new app for Android and iOS.The networking firm’s new 220.127.116.11 app is just a basic DNS switcher, which routes your phone’s web traffic through Cloudflare’s free DNS service with a single tap.When you turn it on, it’ll work like a VPN app, and should make it harder for ISPs to track your online activity.18.104.22.168 previously launched in April for desktops, and only requires a few easy adjustments in your OS’ settings.To use it on your phone, just download and install the app, and turn it on.The service works as advertised: once I set it up on the Android phone I use in India, I was able to visit Pornhub – which is blocked across the country – without any fuss.
After two consecutive weeks at the bottom of the leaderboard, Danny John-Jules has been eliminated from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.In Sunday night’s results show, Danny and professional partner Amy Dowden wound up in the dance-off against Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse, who also fell near the bottom of the scoreboard in the most recent live show.Ultimately, when the panel were undecided over who to send home, it was up to Head Judge Shirley Ballas to cast the deciding vote, opting to save Graeme and Oti because they gave a “more flawless performance” with “more energy” and “more excitement”.Reflecting on his time in the competition, Danny said: “It’s been a great experience and I’m just so unhappy I didn’t get Amy to where she needed to be.“Everything I have done on this show is because of Amy.It was her training, her choreography that got me here.
Remember when the only phones with over-$1,000 price tags were made of leather, ruby and sapphire crystal?The iPhone XS and Galaxy Note 9's $999 starting price tags cement the thousand-dollar phone as the new normal.In the UK that high-spec phone is a whopping £1,349 and AU$2,199 in Australia, and let's not even get started with the even more expensive iPhone XS Max.This new wave of higher prices for top-tier devices is part of a larger trend that affects the prices of most phone brands, including Google, Huawei and OnePlus.The data from 11 phone models from 2016 to 2018 shows a pattern of sharp price hikes that we expect to see heighten in 2019 and beyond (See your regional chart below).Apple has certainly applied the model to other electronics in its lineup, boosting its prices on its new iPad Pro and MacBook Air over previous models, and creating wide price swings between the entry-level product and the higher storage version.