This is believed to be the second year in a row that the government has blocked access to the internet in the days leading up to and during the exams.Doug Madory, Dyn's internet analysis director, told Voactive: "There was certainly a lot of skepticism about this explanation last summer, but the outages did coincide with exams and nothing emerged to dispute the explanation."A leaked email by Iraqi ISP, obtained by Lebanon based technology and human rights group SMEX, specified the timings of the outages.As an anonymous source explained: "What happens usually is that some teachers would be giving the exams questions to students who pay money, then those students would sell online questions all over country.In 2014, Uzbekistan enforced a nationwide internet outage to curb cheating.Internet freedom activist group Access Now's senior global advocacy manager Deji Olukotun said: "We see this, especially in such a destabilized country as Iraq, as really terrible.
Smartwatch manufacturer Pebble has smashed its $1 million crowdfunding target for two new devices – the Pebble 2 and Pebble 2 Time – and the brand new Pebble Core wearable in a matter of hours – raising $1,523,520 £1,041,290 from 8,298 backers at the time of publicationThe company launched its first smartwatch on Kickstarter in 2012, raising a staggering $10 million, and now the first major refresh of the hardware is set to follow in its footsteps.The Pebble 2 has standard features such as notifications, actionable tasks, water resistance to up to 30 metres and a timeline that shows you weather, calendar and other information on its e-paper display.It costs $99 £67 on Kickstarter and will retail for $129 £88 when it launches in September.It is also pricier at $169 £115 on Kickstarter and $199 £136 at retail when it is available to the general public in November.Adaptive fitness goals identify time in your schedule so you can get healthy when you can.Pebble says it can ship its products anywhere in the world except for Argentina, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
A Muslim worshipper prays, during the holy month of Ramadan, in the Gallipoli Mosque located in the western Sydney suburb of Auburn, AustraliaToday 6 June marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan for most of the world's 1.7 billion Muslims, about three million of who live in the UK.Looking to tap into the growing $2.1tn £1.5tn Muslim lifestyle market, app developers are offering a wide range of Ramadan-related mobile apps.From religious texts and directions to Mecca to daily reminders and iftar recipes, IBTimes UK has hand-picked some essential apps to help you during the auspicious month.It includes additional nifty tools to help you find the closest mosque and halal restaurant.WFP also launched an Arabic version of the award-winning app just in time for Ramadan as well to help feed Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.Chicago-based food blogger Yvonne Maffei's My Halal Kitchen app features a wide range of scrumptious recipes and video guides across different cuisines, from red lentil and carrot soup to shrimp harissa tagine.
In the west, Middle East reporting is often focused on disaster.I was really impressed by what they had accomplished – placing Lebanon on the global mobile gaming map.Eve Tamraz has a background in biochemistry and is co-founder of White Lab, creator of the Sensio AIR gadget, which identifies specific allergens in the air and provides tips to counteract them.One of her companies produced the biggest mobile game in the country, Fruitcraft, and now develops a range of apps for the local market.It s the fact that a lot of women still don t know they have the possibility to enter the tech industry; they don t consider it as an option yet.I thought about what was missing in their lives, what caused them to do this?
AP Photo/Jim Cole LEBANON, N.H. AP — A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance — to the consternation of law enforcement.In a feature that makes Kilton unique among U.S. libraries, it also has a computer with a Tor exit relay, which delivers the internet query to the destination site and becomes identified as the last-known source of the query.Alison Macrina, founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, said her organization chose Kilton for its pilot project because it had embraced other privacy-enhancing software the project recommended and because she knew the library had the know-how take it to the complicated exit-relay stage.Since 1938, the American Library Association has had an ethics code about protecting patrons' confidentiality.They opposed efforts by federal investigators in the 1970s to obtain records of patrons seeking information about explosives, and the ALA was targeted by Attorney General John Ashcroft for its "baseless hysteria" over the Patriot Act.At Kilton, Tor is installed on four computers in the center of the library.
A small town library in New Hampshire is having a big impact on discussions of privacy and freedom of information.The project chose the Kilton Public Library for the pilot partly because library staff had a history of protecting information freedom rights and personal privacy and also because the Project personnel believed the library had the technical know-how to install and maintain the systems used in the pilot.The concern about the library s system stems from four computers in the center of the library.The four systems are equipped with the Tor browser, which passes internet searches through a random series of other Tor-equipped computers all over the world, masking both the location and the IP address of the computer that sent the original search.If you watch NCIS or other criminal investigation or intelligence shows or films you ve likely seen people trying to trace a computer with a screen full of lines criss-crossing the globe.Because of the levels of identity masking in the Kilton exit-relay system, people with good or ill intent may be using the library computers, from anywhere in the world, and no one will know.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Cyber Warfare: Government-Endorsed SurveillanceResearchers have uncovered the activities of a new cyberespionage group which has launched an advanced malware operation that targets Syrian dissidents.The campaign's infrastructure was found to be entirely hosted on the servers of Iranian ISPs Internet Service Provider .Citizen Lab researchers dubbed the APT Advanced Persistent Threat team as Group5, as this was the fifth cyberespionage group uncovered that was targeting Syrian dissidents.The others identified so far include the Syrian Electronic Army, ISIS-linked hackers, the Assad regime-linked hacker groups and a Lebanon linked group."The operators use a range of techniques to target Windows computers and Android phones with the apparent goal of penetrating the computers of well-connected individuals in the Syrian opposition," Citizen Lab said.
A federal appeals court in Denver has ruled that e-mailed images obtained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children constituted a warrantless search and therefore must be suppressed as part of a child pornography case.The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Friday in favor of a Kansas man who sent an e-mail in April 2013 with four attachments that included suspected child porn via his AOL account.AOL immediately flagged the message via its hash value matching algorithm, believing one of the attached images was suspect, and sent them all on to NCMEC.Providers have a "duty to report" to the NCMEC if their users access, transmit, or store child pornography.The agency then opened his message and confirmed that Walter Ackerman had indeed attempted to transmit not just one, but four illegal images.The following month, a Homeland Security Investigations special agent got the tip through the NCMEC system, and he sought and received a warrant to search Ackerman's home in Lebanon, Kansas.
View photosThis undated image provided by the Tulsa County Jail shows Stanley Majors.Police say Khalid Jabara was killed at his Tulsa, Okla., home Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, and 61-year-old Stanley Majors is being held without bail on a first-degree murder complaint and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, but online court records do not show that he has been formally charged.Tulsa County Jail via AP MoreTULSA, Okla. AP — An Oklahoma man suspected of fatally shooting a male neighbor was accused of harassing and shouting anti-Muslim slurs at the man's family, who are actually Christians from Lebanon, and of trying to run over the man's mother with his vehicle.Police say Khalid Jabara was killed at his Tulsa home Friday and 61-year-old Stanley Majors is being held without bail on a first-degree murder complaint and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, but online court records do not show that he has been formally charged.Jabara's family issued a statement saying Majors had called the family "dirty Arabs," ''filthy Lebanese," ''Aye-rabs," and "Mooslems."
Beytonas founder Omran Ismail, president, and Michael Mati.There are several examples of companies with Swedish founders dubbats to the Block - and Hemnet-copies.Should Beytona, which means our house in Arabic, become the next to succeed?It is the hope of the founders Omran Ismail and Michael Mati who want to settle in with a similar service in Iraq and Lebanon.the Idea is that it should be like a mix between Hemnet and Blocket, but only directed towards the real estate industry in both the private and the commercial side.so Far we have received good feedback from both brokers and developers, " says Omran Ismail.
A young team of citizen scientists from a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon just got a little help from a few hundred backers on Kickstarter.Mansell has been working in and around Bourj Al Shamali for years.At the same time, the camp is getting organized, so visually, it will help to think of certain issues in the camp spatially.Bourj Al Shamali was established as a temporary camp for Palestinian refugees in 1948.Nearly 70 years later, more than 23,000 registered refugees call this makeshift camp home.Fifty percent of them are younger than 18, Mansell said.
Parents despairing of ever being able to separate their offspring from the mobile devices glued to their fingertips might be interested in an app called Play My Way that s being built by a startup from Lebanon and designed to interrupt other apps with a little worthy educational content.The team, currently based in London as part of a three-month accelerator program for Lebanese startups, reckons the answer to mobile addiction is not to ban or limit access to devices but rather to harness the stickiness of mobile technology as an opportunity for bite-size homework.The idea behind Play.My.Way is to make the best of the kid s addiction, says co-founder Salma Jawhar.The learning takes the form of multiple choice questions in subjects such as math, science and English, with the app interrupting whatever else the device was being used for to push a question at the child.The targeted age range is six- to fourteen-year-olds, with parents able to tailor questions to the appropriate grade level.The app does have a help me button which supplies the answer and a skip question option, so it s not the hardest of taskmasters — although the number of helps is limited.
the Founders Eugene Bann and Michiel Rauws on a visit in Lebanon.The american robot Tess provides psychological help to the patients.In Sweden, the number of people who say they suffer from depression, anxiety or other types of mental disorders has grown over the past thirty years.Hand in Hand with development is an increase in the use of antidepressant medication.at the same time, there are many who do not seek help for their problems.But what if all that was needed to get access to high-quality care at an affordable price was an internet connection?
NEW YORK — Facebook is ramping up its efforts to become a disaster and crisis response tool.The company revealed a new "Community Hub" feature at a press event on Thursday, which will allow Facebook users to connect with those seeking shelter, food, and supplies in the wake of a natural disaster.Facebook also announced that its Safety Check feature, which lets people quickly tell their friends that they're safe during a natural disaster or crisis, will only be activated by people already posting about their concerns and not by Facebook employees.The company has previously been met with backlash for activating Safety Check for certain disasters, like the shooting at a Paris nightclub last year, and not others, like the 2015 bombings in Beirut and Lebanon.Now Safety Check will only be enabled when enough people are posting about a crisis like an earthquake or shooting.Safety Check was first enabled in 2014 for Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines, and Facebook turned the feature on for the first time in the U.S. in early 2016 after a gunman massacred 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.Visit Markets Insider for constantly updated market quotes for individual stocks, ETFs, indices, commodities and currencies traded around the world.Go Now!NOW WATCH: A Facebook bug was telling people they died Loading video...
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Before he fled his native country, he studied English literature at Damascus University; now, in Lebanon, he works as the vice-principal at a school for displaced Syrian children, many of whom suffer from the same difficulties as he does.When Ghebar asked the counsellor for advice, he was told to try to focus intently on the present.Although Ghebar sometimes found the instruction hard to follow, it helped him, and he shared it with his students.He suffers from several chronic health issues, and manages them by trying to keep his stress levels in check.After seeing a therapist for a few months, Rauws noticed that the conversations he was having were often formulaic: they followed a limited number of templates and paths.Bann, whose background is in computer science, was already writing emotion-recognition algorithms when he met Rauws.
As of September, an estimated 11 million Syrians had fled their homes since the war started in March 2011.They escaped to neighboring countries like Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon, as well as to Europe.As migrants made the trek from their war-torn homes to new and unfamiliar places, many of them used messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber, and Line in order to communicate with their families.One used a smartphone to convince the Greek Coast Guard to rescue a boat full of people, as we reported on our podcast, Codebreaker, produced with Marketplace.Others use Google Maps to track their locations.This is the first refugee crisis that has been digitally documented.And migrants are adding to that in one critical way – they're taking selfies at different points throughout their journeys to memorialize their path to safety.
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Compact fast-lighting spheres of charcoal are supplemented by a dense battery and internet-connected sensors that measure air flow, moisture and temperature - all vital elements for a perfect smoke.Raised in a "mixed" South Lebanese refugee area of Bedouins, Palestinians and other displaced peoples, Mr Haidar created his first product, a smart chair, when he was 17 and without the use of electricity.Four days later he had received his US visa, after charming the interviewer by saying he'd learned English by watching the "two best documentaries on America": The Simpsons and Seinfeld.His father ordered him to get out of Beirut and gave his son the family's life savings of $2,200 £1,785 , asking only for him to leave "$300 for food".Mr Haidar took his chance, managed to get to the border, and like many refugees after him, travelled through Syria, Turkey and Germany before finally flying to the US and getting a job in a Detroit petrol station.His companies include Silvr, a payments company, and Dialexa, a technology and product development firm.
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