When Porsche introduced the new 718 generation of its midengine sports cars, it dropped the usual flat-six engine in favor of turbocharged flat-fours, a move that not everybody necessarily enjoyed right off the bat.But now, two new variants of the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster herald the return of a proper Porsche six-pot.Porsche on Monday unveiled the 2020 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 Spyder.Underneath the skin of each, it's essentially the same vehicle, packing the same powertrain and updates to other components.At the heart of the matter is a new 4.0-liter, naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, producing 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque with a lofty redline of 8,000 rpm.Both cars come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, which can automatically rev the engine for smoother downshifts, preventing the need for owners to master the ol' heel-toe action, but it can be deactivated if your footwork game is up to snuff.
IT is constantly evolving as it adapts and adjusts to a tumultuous business climate.Digital transformation is driving IT initiatives at an unprecedented level, but organizations still have plenty of room to grow.A combined 44% of organizations surveyed by ESG said they currently have not implemented or are just starting to implement digital transformation initiatives.This effort is business-critical: 86% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that if they do not embrace digital transformation, they will be a less competitive and/or effective organization.Storage and data protection were of particular note.Forty-five percent of the organizations surveyed by ESG indicated that they will increase their spending in data protection, and 42% will increase their storage infrastructure spending.
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Audi first introduced a slate of plug-in hybrid variants for existing models at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but details remained light at the time.Those two numbers, vague as they are, give a hint at the rough power level of the vehicle, and judging by Audi's specs, it's plenty potent.At the heart of the matter is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, putting out 252 horsepower and 272.9 pound-feet of torque.That mates to an electric motor good for about 141 hp and 258 lb-ft. Net output isn't as simple as adding the two up, but according to Audi, the whole shebang gives the driver 367 hp and 369 lb-ft, which is more power and the same amount of torque that the all-gas SQ5 delivers.It's a quick-enough little thing, reaching 60 miles per hour in about 5.3 seconds before topping out at 148.5 mph.Operating on electrons alone, it'll reach almost 84 mph.
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A recent study found that people who walk at faster paces may live longer than people who walk slower.The data was self-reported by nearly 475,000 people in the UK, revealing that this increased physical activity’s longevity benefit persisted despite the person’s body weight.The findings underscore the importance of getting adequate levels of physical activity.The research comes out of the National Institute for Health Research — Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, where researchers found a link between walking at fast paces and living longer lives.The association persisted across all weight levels, spanning from individuals who were underweight all the way up to morbidly obese.Of all the people evaluated, the study found that underweight individuals who reported walking at slow paces had the lowest life expectancy: an average of 64.8 years for men and 72.4 years for women.
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Some recalls can happen after the government receives reports of a problem, investigates that problem and determines a recall is necessary.To that end, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating a potential problem in certain Mazda vehicles.NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2010-2013 Mazda CX-9.It's unclear how many vehicles are potentially affected, because the vehicle population is listed as "confidential" in the Office of Defects Investigation document explaining the investigation.The side curtain airbags lie at the heart of the matter.According to two complaints and other field reports, both side curtain airbags deployed inadvertently and simultaneously without a crash being involved.
Big Red rushes out software patch as ransomware scumbags move inIT admins overseeing Oracle's WebLogic Server installations need to get patching immediately: miscreants are exploiting what was a zero-day vulnerability in the software to pump ransomware into networks.The Cisco Talos security team said one its customers discovered it had been infected via the bug on April 25, though the exploit is believed to have been kicking around the web since April 17.The programming blunder at the heart of the matter is a deserialization vulnerability that can be exploited to execute malicious code on a remote WebLogic server with no username or password needed."WebLogic's design makes it particularly prone to these types of vulnerabilities," said Johannes Ullrich, dean of research at the SANS Technology Institute, in an advisory this week."Do not expose WebLogic to the Internet if you can help it.
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You may have seen news reports that autonomous cars are unlikely to detect pedestrians crossing the road if they have dark skin, and thus run them over.And yes, the internal alarm bells in your head should be going off, as a closer look at the research behind the stories shows all those headlines screaming about racist AI are a little off the mark.The academic paper at the heart of the matter described a series of experiments testing different computer vision models, such as the Faster R-CNN model and R-50-FPN, on images of pedestrians with different skin tones.They found that their models subsequently struggled to detect people with dark skin, which led them to conclude: “This study provides compelling evidence of the real problem that may arise if this source of capture bias is not considered before deploying these sort of recognition models.”That led the internet to conclude that seemingly racist robo-ride software will ignore and run over black pedestrians as they cross the road.Therefore, while it's certainly worthwhile investigating and flagging this up as a potential problem, it's just not representative of a realistic self-driving car scenario.
A recently published study shines new light on the potential link between lack of deep sleep and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.When it comes to the proper functioning of the brain’s waste removal system, which works to clear out toxic proteins, not all sleep is the same.Deep sleep appears to be a key component in helping reduce one’s chances of developing the disease, while lack of deep sleep may increase the risk.Past research has implicated deep sleep — and lack thereof — as a factor when it comes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.At the heart of the matter are toxic proteins, including beta amyloid, which can accumulate in the brain.The accumulation of these proteins has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and disrupted sleep may be a contributing factor.
Cancer first develops as a single cell going rogue, with mutations that trigger aggressive growth at all costs to the health of the organism.But if cancer cells were accumulating harmful mutations faster than they could be purged, wouldn't the population eventually die out?To get at the heart of the matter, a team of scientists from Beijing and Taipei wanted to get a new hint at cancer vulnerability from a mutational perspective by probing the most famous cultured cancer cells, HeLa cells.Famously isolated from cervical cancer victim Henrietta Lacks in 1951, they became the first immortalized cell line, helped in the development of the polio vaccine, and have become a biotechnology foundational resource for any in vitro drug development or cancer studies.And they are still providing ample opportunities to further our understanding of cancer."In this study, HeLa cells are not used to reveal the process of tumorigenesis but mainly a model for addressing the underlying evolutionary forces, which need to be powerful enough to measure in laboratory settings.
Following a vote back in May, a Missouri bill banning certain uses of the word “meat” has gone into effect.The legislation was backed by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, among others who face increased competition from lab-grown and plant-based meat products.As of Tuesday, Missouri is the first state to restrict the use of the word meat to only slaughtered animals.At the heart of the matter is a heated debate over what can be considered meat — some argue that it can be used to describe products intended for use as meat, even if they’re not harvested from an animal, while others argue that it applies only to the flesh of livestock.A similar debate is exploring the use of the word milk for plant-based products.Missouri’s new bill went into effect yesterday, putting an end to the use of “meat” for anything other than animal flesh.
Following criticism, Facebook has announced the removal of 5,000 ad targeting categories that made it possible to discriminate against individuals based on ethnicity and similar things.Facebook has previously been called out about these ad targeting options, which critics say have been used to discriminate based on race.Earlier this year, Facebook said it was addressing the issue of “misuse” on its advertisement platform by adding an anti-discrimination prompt to its tools, limiting exclusion targeting, and more.The company has taken a bigger step today, saying that it is removing more than 5,000 targeting options to prevent the abuse.“While these options have been used in legitimate ways to reach people interested in a certain product or service,” Facebook said in its announcement, “we think minimizing the risk of abuse is more important.” Among the targeting options that will be removed include user attributes like religion and ethnicity.At the heart of the matter is advertisement targeting, which enables advertisers to target a specific audience.
Microsoft is calling for government regulation of facial recognition, citing both the benefits and risks associated with the technology.“Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a long essay today.For all the good it offers, the same technology can be used to oppress a population.Smith gets right at the heart of the matter, highlighting both the benefits society can get from facial recognition technology, as well as the damage it can do if misused.On the plus side, such tech can enhance security, help identify missing children, improve digital experiences (like sorting through digital images), and more.“But other potential applications are more sobering,” Smith said, pointing to the potential for governments to surveil a population, create databases of people who attend political events, and more.
In May, Hawaii passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that cause harm to coral reefs, a move to address the growing number of dying coral.At the heart of the matter are two chemicals used within certain sunscreen products, both that have been found to cause damage to coral.According to a new report, Hawaii’s Governor will sign the bill into law some time this week, concerns about potential fallout aside.Coral reefs around the world have suffered due to a combination of reasons, one of the biggest being warmer ocean temperatures due to climate change.Past studies have found that many popular sunscreen products, which protect swimmers from the harmful effects of the sun, contain two ingredients that damage coral.Hawaii moved swiftly earlier this year to set the foundation for banning these products, but critics worry a ban will result in less people using sunscreen altogether rather than seeking out safe alternatives.
Intel, one of the grand old statesmen of the tech world, is under investigation for potential age discrimination in its approach to layoffs initiated in 2016, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.At the heart of the matter is the perception and allegation that Intel sought to get rid of older employees and retain younger ones instead.That’s good for the company, as older workers tend to be better paid, more aware and assertive of their rights, and more likely to have families and make use of company benefits — but such age bias is not something that US employers are allowed to engage in.Two years ago, when announcing its layoffs and restructuring, Intel indicated that it would be a process that stretches into 2017 and would involve a mix of voluntary and involuntary redundancies.The WSJ reports that “dozens of former employees sought legal advice on whether they could sue” and some of them lodged complaints with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), whose documentation of the Journal has seen.For its part, Intel maintains that “factors such as age, race, national origin, gender, immigration status, or other personal demographics were not part of the process when we made those decisions.” And yet, the WSJ’s review of Intel’s own internal documents reveals that in one set of 2,300 layoffs, the median age was 49 years old, seven years older than the median age of the remaining staff.
Earlier this year, Google temporarily banned advertisements for drug addiction treatment centers due to “deceptive practices.” Now, months later, the company is back with a solution to the problem: it’ll review the ads before they’re allowed to go live.The ban on addiction center ads will be lifted in July, and company LegitScript will be responsible for vetting the ads before they go live.The issue started around last summer when The Verge published a report highlighting shady addiction/rehab center advertisements targeted at drug users and alcoholics.Google partially suspended the advertisements soon after, expanding the ban globally earlier this year.At the heart of the matter are deceptive treatment centers and referral services that may have less than honorable intentions.According to Reuters, Google has been working behind the scenes on a way to deal with this problem without forever banning these advertisements.
YouTube has lost major advertisers as the controversy over inappropriate videos targeting and featuring minors on its site grows.At the heart of the matter are a glut of videos hosted on YouTube that feature predatory comments directed at children, as well as inappropriate videos that target and/or feature minors.YouTube has taken steps to address the problems amid the controversy, but it hasn’t been enough to stop some brands from pulling their ads.The business move follows a report by Britain’s Times paper that found suggestive videos featuring kids paired with advertisements from major brands, as well as growing online groups demanding YouTube be more proactive in dealing with the content.YouTube recently announced changes that will crack down on these videos, saying in a recent blog post that it is pulling ads from them.The move appears to be a case of too little, too late, however.
Security software slinger Enigma has lost a key legal battle against antivirus maker Malwarebytes, which blocks and deletes Enigma's products from PCs.Florida-based Enigma Software Group, which touts tools Spyhunter and RegHunter that claim to remove software nasties from Windows computers, sued Malwarebytes in San Jose, California, claiming, among other things, tortious interference with its business.At the heart of the matter was Enigma's fury at having its code labeled a "potentially unwanted program" by Malwarebytes, leading to its automatic quarantining and deletion by the latter's antivirus scanner.Enigma claimed Malwarebytes' decision to rid PCs of its gear was a malicious act, arguing its software wasn't a legitimate threat to computer users.It claimed Malwarebytes' blockade was a retaliatory strike after Enigma sued a tech support blog that published a bad review of Spyhunter and was affiliated with Malwarebytes.This week, District Judge Edward Davila dismissed Enigma's case against Malwarebytes, citing the 2009 ruling of Zango v Kaspersky which bore striking similarities to this legal bout.
Top ad-blocking plugin uBlock Origin has come under fire for being a little too eager in its quest to murder nasty stuff on the internet: it prevents browsers from sounding the alarm on hacking attacks.At the heart of the matter is a fairly new technology called content security policy reporting, or CSP reporting.Websites can use CSPs to whitelist the scripting code that's allowed to run on their pages, thus stopping attackers from injecting malicious JavaScript into browsers that hijack users' logged-in accounts.It's supposed to kill cross-site-scripting, aka XSS, attacks, and automatically report hacking attempts back to the website's administrators.I have a policy setup on https://scotthelme.co.uk which fires multiple reports that are all blocked.uBlock Origin developer Raymond Hill replied that this is "by design," and that the plugin kills all CSP alerts if any neutered scripts, such as Google traffic analytics, are allowed to run.
The ramifications of this decision could affect everyone in America who has ever shared a password with their friends and family.Using the purloined passwords, Nosal copied the firm's one million-person database so that he could use it to kickstart his own recruitment outfit.When this was discovered, the US Department of Justice charged him with hacking crimes under America's Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.At the heart of the matter was the fact that Nosal used the passwords to gain unauthorized access to a computer system.He was also fined $60,000 for his troubles.He appealed, arguing that his shenanigans fell shy of actual proper computer hacking that the law is supposed to tackle, and last year was shot down in a 2-1 split decision by the California 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Though some high-end phones still offer FM radio support, that is becoming increasingly uncommon.The FCC isn’t happy about the lack of support, though, and is now asking Apple to activate the FM radio chips in the iPhone.Statements about the matter were recently made by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who said, “It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put safety of the American people first.”At the heart of the matter is FM radio’s place during natural disasters; though wireless service may go down, such as what happens during major storms like Hurricane Harvey, FM radio broadcasts will likely remain and give people a way to get necessary information.FM radios are becoming a rare sight in the average household, though, as most people get their audio through streaming services and smartphones.Pai isn’t the first to call on Apple to activate these FM radio capabilities in the iPhone.
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