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Condoms now listed as ‘Smoking Alternatives’ at all Tesco stores – Trove 42

18 year old Beth Cutts was shopping at a Tesco Superstore when she noticed a rather odd product placement. A range of Durex condems, on a 2 for £14 offer, had been placed under the ‘Smoking Alternatives’ section, just above a line of Nicorette packets.Of course she snapped a picture of it, and naturally assuming it to be a screw up on Tesco’s part, pinged Tesco via the following tweet :

Source: Condoms now listed as ‘Smoking Alternatives’ at all Tesco stores – Trove 42

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Why your smartphone’s fingerprint scanner isn’t as secure as you might think

Smartphone fingerprint scanners are less secure than we are led to believe, according to researchers who have developed “master fingerprints” capable of tricking the sensors.The researchers were able to bypass fingerprint readers, which are used to unlock phones, log in to apps and make payments, using fake fingerprints created by using patterns found across many real prints.The findings from New York University and Michigan State University call into question the security of the widely-used technology. The researchers were able to create a set of “master prints that could fool a scanner up to 65 per cent of the time.Fingerprint scanners are widely seen as more secure than relying on passcodes to unlock smartphones. Apple says that the Touch ID scanner used on the iPhone has only a one in 50,000 chance of matching with someone else’s finger.

Source: Why your smartphone’s fingerprint scanner isn’t as secure as you might think

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McDonald’s Snapchat job applications: ‘Snaplications’ are a world first

The fast-food giant has teamed up with Snapchat to launch a McDonald’s-themed filter for the photo messaging app, with jobseekers invited to try on the uniform and send a 10-second video application.Launching on today, the “Snaplications” campaign is being billed as a first for both companies. Once the application is reviewed, McDonald’s will send users back to the digital careers hub where they can download an application form.McDonald’s employs about 106,000 Australians, with 65 per cent under the age of 18. In Australia, Snapchat has more than four million daily users, 82 per cent of whom are young people.“I’ve learnt a lot about Snapchat recently from my 14-year-old daughter,” said Shaun Ruming, chief operating officer of McDonald’s Australia.

Source: McDonald’s Snapchat job applications: ‘Snaplications’ are a world first

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College Students Are Taking Short, Cold Showers to Prevent Climate Change

An offshoot of Indiana University’s student government is urging students to take short, cold showers to save the planet.“Living sustainably is one of the easiest things you can do,” the head of the student association’s newly founded sustainability department told the student newspaper. “Turn off your lights, unplug your electric devices, take shorter, cold showers. Maybe some people are deterred by that, but as time progresses these issues are going to become much more pressing and much more internationally important.”Believe it or not, Indiana University isn’t alone; across the U.S., some students are adopting this goosebump-inducing environmental measure.At Dickson College’s Center for Sustainable Living—a 14-person campus residence nicknamed the Treehouse—students are allotted just three minutes of warm shower water a day. One sophomore living there recently gushed that she “couldn’t be more excited for cold showers.”

Source: College Students Are Taking Short, Cold Showers to Prevent Climate Change | Heat Street

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Undernews: A computerized personality test

Sam Smith, 1964 – They’ve got a computer up at the Mayo Clinic that takes a patient’s answers to 550 true-false questions and uses the information to indicate whether he should see a psychiatrist. The machine comes up with diagnoses such as: “Patient is probably somewhat eccentric, seclusive and withdrawn. Has many internal conflicts. Consider psychiatric evaluation.” And, according to a news report, “it picks out not only the patient in mental trouble but can also print: “Patient quite well organized in thinking. Follows instructions.’ ” It is, I suppose, to be expected of a creature of the machine age that it scorn eccentricity, seclusion, withdrawal and internal conflicts in favor of “following instructions.” It lives a life without philosophical or moral complexity so it is only natural that it believe we should also.

Source: Undernews: A computerized personality test

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Researchers Reveal AIs Are Turning Racist And Sexist, You’ll Be Surprized To Know Why?

We have always wanted our modern computer programs or AIs to replicate human intelligence. A system trained using machine learning could understand the language we speak. But we didn’t realise we have also given them our less important behavioral traits, racism and gender bias.These things have existed for ages and are now hard-wired into our brains. And so into the brains of the AI systems. A new research published in Science journal reveals that AIs have started to sponge up these entrenched beliefs in their quest to acquire human-like language abilities.

Source: Researchers Reveal AIs Are Turning Racist And Sexist, You’ll Be Surprized To Know Why?

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Ubuntu GNOME Will Merge With Ubuntu Desktop, Won’t Be A Separate Flavor

Just yesterday, Canonical announced the final release of Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. It came with Linux kernel 4.10, GNOME Core Apps 3.24, driverless printing support, etc. As expected, apart from the flagship Ubuntu Unity flavor, other flavors of this popular Linux distro were released.If you keep yourself acquainted with the latest developments of the open source world, you might be knowing that Canonical will be dropping Unity as the default desktop environment for Ubuntu Desktop. The distro will switch to GNOME with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which is slated to arrive exactly after a year. This development inspired some intriguing questions regarding the future of Ubuntu Linux and I’ve already tried to answer them in a dedicated article.

Source: Ubuntu GNOME Will Merge With Ubuntu Desktop, Won’t Be A Separate Flavor – Fossbytes

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Attackers can steal phone users’ PINs  tapping data collected by mobile sensors 

“Most smart phones, tablets, and other wearables are now equipped with a multitude of sensors, from the well-known GPS, camera and microphone to instruments such as the gyroscope, proximity, NFC, and rotation sensors and accelerometer,” Dr Maryam Mehrnezhad, a Research Fellow in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University, explained.“But because mobile apps and websites don’t need to ask permission to access most of them, malicious programs can covertly ‘listen in’ on your sensor data and use it to discover a wide range of sensitive information about you such as phone call timing, physical activities and even your touch actions, PINs and passwords.”Dr Mehrnezhad and her colleagues have proven the viability of the attack by creating a JavaScript file that can gather sensor data and embedding it into a web page. As soon as a test subject on a mobile phone visited the site, the code started listening to the motion and orientation sensor streams (without needing any permission from the user). Finally, by analysing these streams, it infers the user’s PIN with the help of an artificial neural network.

Source: Attackers can steal smartphone users’ PINs by tapping into data collected by mobile sensors – Help Net Security

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This Is Still the Best Way To Protect Your Accounts 

Looking to boost your cybersecurity? Turning on two-factor authentication wherever possible is still the best way to increase security online.Two-factor authentication works whenever you enter your username and password into a service, a numerical code is sent via text message or through an app to a second device, usually your smartphone. Entering this numerical code then authorizes your login.So who offers it? Most email services and social media sites like Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Twitter have two-factor authentication available. To turn it on, just explore each site’s settings page or app.Many more sites offer this feature, so check when signing up to add this all-important layer of extra security. And yes, you still need to have a strong password—”password” just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Source: This Is Still the Best Way To Protect Your Accounts – Nextgov.com

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Cannibalism Study Finds People Are Not That Nutritious

Note to the prehistoric party planner: One dead mammoth can feed 25 hungry Neanderthals for a month, but cannibalizing a human would provide the crowd with only a third of a day’s calories.Essentially, you’re a walking lunch.

A new look at the nutritional value of human flesh shows that, compared with other Paleolithic prey animals, humans weren’t especially packed with calories for their size.

“When you compare us to other animals, we’re not very nutritional at all,” says study author James Cole of the University of Brighton, who published his work Thursday in Scientific Reports.

Source: Cannibalism Study Finds People Are Not That Nutritious

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Facebook to Stop ‘Fake News’ Same Way as ‘Click-Bait’ via Algorithm

Facebook will stop “fake news” using a similar algorithm as the platform’s one against “click-bait,” according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.“In Zuckerberg’s view, according to Fast Company, tackling click bait required a rejiggering of the site’s algorithms, as assisted by users’ input,” reports Fortune. “The solution is similar to the approach the site is now taking to improve the situation around ‘information diversity or misinformation or building common ground’—euphemisms for the more popular conceptions of ‘filter bubbles,’ ‘fake news,’ and ‘echo chambers.’”“Now it’s not gone a hundred percent but it’s a much smaller problem than it used to be,” said Zuckerberg on the issue of click-bait. “It’s not like they are problems that exist because there’s some kind of underlying, nefarious motivation.”

Source: Facebook to Stop ‘Fake News’ Same Way as ‘Click-Bait’ via Algorithm – Breitbart

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The Knife Angel – A Sculpture Made of 100,000 Knives Confiscated by the Police

In an effort to raise awareness of the growing rate of knife crime throughout the UK, artist Alfie Bradley has spent the last couple of years creating the Knife Angel, a 24-foot-tall sculpture made out of 100,000 knives confiscated by, or surrendered to police stations.The Iron Throne imagined by George R.R. Martin and showcased on the HBO hit TV show Game of Thrones is supposed to be made out of 1,000 swords surrendered by a king’s enemies. It’s an impressive sight, but it doesn’t even come close to the Knife Angel created at the British Ironworks Centre, in Shropshire, England. For the past two years, artist Alfie Bradley has been literally piecing together the awe-inspiring sculpture out of 100,000 knives confiscated by 41 police stations across the United Kingdom.

Source: The Knife Angel – A Sculpture Made of 100,000 Knives Confiscated by the Police | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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 French Presidential Candidate Suggests He May Pressure US Tech Into Creating Encryption Backdoors 

France’s presidential election season has kicked in. The supposed “moderate” of the bunch — Emmanuel Macron — has managed to gain considerable support in the last several months. Some of this has sprung from our own recent election. Earlier this year, the candidate took digs at Trump’s anti-climate change stance, stating France would welcome dejected US scientists with open arms.He also said this, taking a shot at Trump’s planned border wall.Macron also had a thinly veiled dig at Trump’s intention to build a wall along the Mexico border, comparing it to France’s Maginot Line, which in 1940 failed to keep Nazi invaders out of France.“I don’t want to build a wall. I can assure you there’s no wall in my program,” he told about 8,000 cheering supporters. “Can you remember the Maginot Line?”Macron has, for the most part, refused to get swept up in post-terrorist attack hysteria. Most of his statements have stressed restraint rather than indulge in expansions of government power, as so many others are prone to do.But something’s changed recently. Macron may be the moderate who doesn’t want European nations to turn into police states in reaction to terrorist attacks. But he appears to feel there’s a certain amount of security/privacy that could be sacrificed to fight terrorism.

Source: Moderate French Presidential Candidate Suggests He May Pressure US Tech Companies Into Creating Encryption Backdoors | Techdirt

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1983 CIA Doc. Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis 

Prophetically foreshadowing the current crisis (and apparent action plan), leaked CIA documents from the reign of Bashar al-Assad’s father in the 1980s show a Washington Deep State plan coalescing to “bring real muscle to bear against Syria,” toppling its leader (in favor of one amenable to US demands), severing ties with Russia (its primary arms dealer), and paving the way for an oil and gas pipeline of Washington’s choosing.As ActivistPost.com’s Brandon Turbeville detailed (just a day before Trump unleashed his Tomahawks), as the Syrian crisis enters its sixth year, the Donald Trump administration is looking more and more like the Obama administration every day. With the Trump regime refusing to open useful dialogue with Russia regarding Syria, its obvious anti-Iran and pro-Israel positioning, and support for a very questionable “safe zone” plan for Syria, the odds of a rational U.S. policy in regards to Syria has lower and lower odds of existence as time progresses.Yet, despite the fact that the Trump administration is apparently poised to continue the Obama regime’s proxy war of aggression against the people of Syria, an example of seamless transition, it should also be remembered that the plan to destroy Syria did not begin with Obama but with the Bush administration.Even now, as the world awaits the continuation of the Syrian war through a Democratic and Republican administration, the genesis of that war goes back to the Republican Bush administration, demonstrating that there is indeed an overarching agenda and an overarching infrastructure of an oligarchical deep state intent on moving forward regardless of which party is seemingly in power.

Source: 1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Gucci’s New Ads, Featuring All African-American Models, Under Fire for Treating ‘Black Soul as Drag’ |Heat Street

It’s tough for advertisers to win these days.Last week, Gucci unveiled its newest ad campaign, featuring exclusively black models and inspired by black art and youth culture. Nonetheless, the images almost immediately came under fire. They were denounced as cultural exploitation and “soul drag.”High fashion has been increasingly criticized for its lack of diversity—and Gucci’s casting director recently said outright that his brand had a problem. The ad campaign was an effort to “reset the damage done and start the business back on the road of inclusiveness,” he said.In a news release announcing the pre-fall 2017 ad campaign, Gucci said it pays homage to international black culture in the 1960s. The brand’s inspirations included Malick Sidibé, a photographer from Mali whose photos depicted the ‘60s party scene; London’s recent “Made You Look” exhibit, which featured photos of “Dandyism and Black Masculinity”; and Britain’s Northern Soul movement.

Source: Gucci’s New Ads, Featuring All African-American Models, Under Fire for Treating ‘Black Soul as Drag’ |Heat Street

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Robert Taylor, “The Pioneer Who Helped Us Create The Internet”, Dies At 85

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the world wide web but we are able to use the web because of the American computer scientist Robert Taylor, aka Bob Taylor, who helped the world create the internet. On April 13, the pioneer aged 85 took his last breath at this house in Woodside, California.Most of you might be knowing the internet is a successor of ARPANET which was the brainchild of Taylor. He was able to persuade the then ARPA director into investing in a network project that would combine various ARPA-funded projects which were physically isolated from each other.Taylor supervised the development of ARPANET between 1965 and 1969 before moving to Xerox. Initially, he as an associate manager at a research facility (PARC) in Palo Alto. During Taylor’s tenure, Xerox was able to plug their internal network with the ARPANET. This was accompanied by computers with graphical user interfaces.

Source: Robert Taylor, “The Pioneer Who Helped Us Create The Internet”, Dies At 85

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Company Sells Twigs as Revolutionary “Raw Toothbrushes” 

The msiwak twigs sold by Yoni are packaged in a plastic bag and comes with a plastic test tube to be carried around in. The raw toothbrushes “full of minerals and vitamins” can be used to clean your teeth pretty much anytime and anywhere. They remineralize tooth enamel, prevent tooth decay, whiten teeth, maintain PH at healthy levels and leave your breath smelling fresh.All of the above claims are true, but those who have been familiar with the benefits of using miswak twigs since forever have a problem with the way the company has appropriated a millennia-old cultural product and the price it is being sold for.

Source: Company Sells Twigs as Revolutionary “Raw Toothbrushes” | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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8-Yr-Old Drives To McDonald’s After Learning To Drive On YouTube

Photo: Bernd Vogel (Getty)When I was eight I’m pretty sure that I was still trying to figure out how to hit a baseball that wasn’t siting perfectly still on a tee. But what is the kid in this story doing at eight? Oh, he’s just driving around and picking up chicks. Actually, he’s just driving his sister to McDonald’s.According to police, an 8-year-old boy in Eastern Ohio watched videos on YouTube on how to drive, and then got him and his 4-year-old sister in his father’s van, and simply took off. The incident occurred this past Sunday at 8 p.m. after their parents went to sleep. So now the question is what adult under the age of 70 is going to sleep at 8?

Source: 8-Year-Old Drives To McDonald’s After Learning How To Drive On YouTube

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Raining Pitchforks: Artist Lures Visitors Under 300 Spikey Forks of Doom 

When someone exclaims “It’s raining pitchforks and hammer handles out there” they rarely mean it quite so literally. Dubbed The Crusher, this installation sounds as much like a pro wrestler or horror movie as a piece of art. And as the ominous name suggests: it is something to be awed … and perhaps at least a little bit feared.

Source: Raining Pitchforks: Artist Lures Visitors Under 300 Spikey Forks of Doom | Urbanist

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New York teens are too busy playing video games to have sex 

Sure, New York City parents still worry about their teens having sex, drinking and smoking — but the kids are far more interested in smartphones and video games like Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto, a new survey has found.Nearly half of city teens — 45.6 percent — spend at least three hours a day playing their computer or video games, according to the 2015 biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.That’s up from 41.7 percent in 2013 and 28.1 percent in 2005. The city teen rate of game-playing is 4 points higher than the national average.

Source: New York teens are too busy playing video games to have sex | New York Post

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University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men’s bathrooms

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is rolling out a new pilot program to provide free menstrual products in several of its campus bathrooms — including some men’s restrooms.The public university will offer the women’s hygiene products in three campus buildings. In two of them, Helen C. White and Sterling halls, the products will be available in all of the women’s restrooms, said Steve Wagner, a spokesman for the school, in an email to The College Fix.But in a third venue, the Red Gym, the products will be available in all of the building’s bathrooms, he said.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison offers free tampons in men’s bathrooms – The College Fix

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Police: Man Wanted For Broadcasting Killing On Facebook Live 

Cleveland’s police chief says a manhunt is underway for a suspect they say killed a man and then posted a video of the killing on Facebook.Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday that he’s urging Steve Stephens to turn himself in and not to “do anymore harm to anybody.”

Source: Police: Man Wanted For Broadcasting Killing On Facebook Live « CBS Pittsburgh

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The Braves’ new ballpark will offer a beer that’s been brewed with baseball bats 

After a long road trip to open the season, the Atlanta Braves will finally open their new home, SunTrust Park, on this coming Friday. When they do, the fans will get to take in a unique beer that is only sold at the ballpark. Fitting in with the Braves and their tomahawk chop, the beer is Chopsecutioner, a bat wood aged IPA. Wait, a bat? Like a baseball bat? Yes, Terrapin Beer Company, based in Athens, Georgia, has created this beer that uses Mizuno baseball bats as part of the process. The logo:

Source: The Braves’ new ballpark will offer a beer that’s been brewed with baseball bats – CBSSports.com

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Major ‘Furry’ Convention Canceled Amid Furor Over Nazis, Violence and a Registered Sex Offender | Heat Street

By William Hicks | 1:29 pm, April 14, 2017 If you read the lamestream media, you may get the impression that Nazis are everywhere. Even in the once pure and idyllic furry community (people who dress up in plush animal costumes and sometimes have sex in those costumes, although furries will say that is not the point of the fandom) the press is giving credence to a rise of furry Nazidom.And now the fur is flying.While we’ve written about Nazi furs and the “Altfurry” movement before, most of the Nazis in the furry community are ironic trolls or simply furries who fetishize the outfits and Nazi military history (look up Wehraboos).But that’s not important. The issue at hand, making headlines from the Denver Post to the The Daily Beast was the cancellation of the Rocky Mountain Furry Convention, a gathering of about 1,600 furries going back annually for 10 years.The event was cancelled after back and forth “threats” made on Twitter by antifa (anti-fascist) and an anonymous person who were considered “credible” by the police, which resulted security costs of the event to skyrocket to around $22,000. Antifas are known for their strong arm tactics and their willingness to use violence to “stop fascism.”

Source: Major ‘Furry’ Convention Canceled Amid Furor Over Nazis, Violence and a Registered Sex Offender | Heat Street

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EFF’s “Spying on Students” Report Highlights Tech Companies’ Data Collection,

School children are being spied on by tech companies through devices and software used in classrooms that often collect and store kids’ names, birth dates, browsing histories, location data, and much more—often without adequate privacy protections or the awareness and consent of parents, according to a new report from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).EFF’s “Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy” shows that state and federal law, as well as industry self-regulation, has failed to keep up with a growing educational technology industry.  At the same time, schools are eager to incorporate technology in the classroom to engage students and assist teachers, but may unwittingly help tech companies surveil and track students. Ultimately, students and their data are caught in the middle without sufficient privacy protections.One-third of all K-12 students in the U.S. use school-issued devices running software and apps that collect far more information on kids than is necessary, the report says. Resource-strapped school district can receive these tools at steeply-reduced prices or for free as tech companies seek a slice of the $8 billion dollar education technology, or ed tech, industry. But there’s a real, devastating cost—the tracking, cataloguing, and exploitation of data about children as young as five years old.

Source: EFF’s “Spying on Students” Report Highlights Tech Companies’ Data Collection, Parents’ Frustrations | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system

Documents and computer files released by hackers provide a blueprint for how the U.S. National Security Agency likely used weaknesses in commercially available software to gain access to the global system for transferring money between banks, a review of the data showed.On Friday, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers released documents and files indicating NSA had accessed the SWIFT money-transfer system through service providers in the Middle East and Latin America. That release was the latest in a series of disclosures by the group in recent months.Matt Suiche, founder of cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies, wrote in a blog post that screen shots indicated some SWIFT affiliates were using Windows servers that were vulnerable at the time, in 2013, to the Microsoft exploits published by the Shadow Brokers. He said he concluded that the NSA took advantage and got in that way.

Source: Hacker documents show NSA tools for breaching global money transfer system

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Racist Babies? Infants Prefer to Learn From Adults of Their Own Skin Color, Study Says

Babies who aren’t old enough to walk or talk still manage to exhibit racial bias, according to a new study. The research found that infants prefer to learn from adults who share their skin color.As part of the study, researchers from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and the University of Toronto – along with collaborators from the US, UK, France and China – gave infants a series of videos to watch.In each video, a female adult looked at one of the four corners of the screen. In some videos, an animal image appeared in the direction she had looked. In other films, an animal image appeared at a non-looked at location.The results showed that the infants followed the gaze of members of their own race more than they followed the gaze of members of other races.

Source: Racist Babies? Infants Prefer to Learn From Adults of Their Own Skin Color, Study Says – American Renaissance

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Apple secretly working on glucose monitoring for diabetes

Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, California, miles from corporate headquarters. They are part of a super secret initiative, initially envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors that can noninvasively and continuously monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes, according to three people familiar with the matter.Such a breakthrough would be a “holy grail” for life sciences. Many life sciences companies have tried and failed, as it’s highly challenging to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin.The initiative is far enough along that Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help it figure out the regulatory pathways, the people said.

Source: Apple secretly working on glucose monitoring for diabetes

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Cops Say Fear Is Holding Back Witnesses in Ohio Massacre

(NEWSER) – Fear in the community is holding back information about the unsolved massacre of eight family members in southern Ohio nearly a year ago, investigators said Thursday. Some of that fear is of retaliation by the killers, and some is fear of witnesses incriminating themselves over their own criminal activity—likely involving drugs—unrelated to the slayings, investigators said. “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind or in any investigator’s mind that there’s information that may be part truth, but not all the way true,” said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader. Witnesses who come forward will be treated fairly, said Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office is leading the investigation. The focus is on the homicide, not those individuals’ crimes, he said, per the AP.On April 22, 2016, investigators found seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family shot to death at four homes near Piketon. A newborn, another baby, and a young child were unharmed. One of the victims, Christopher Rhoden Sr., operated a commercial marijuana growing operation on his property “with the purpose of distributing the marijuana,” according to DeWine’s office. Reader on Thursday pleaded for more donations to the reward fund, stuck at $10,000 for several months, for information leading to a conviction. The sheriff hinted that the victims’ involvement in drug crime may be holding people back from donating. Both DeWine and Reader said they expect an arrest someday, with DeWine saying “significant progress” has been made and the case is still his office’s top priority. Despite a massive investigation, no arrests have been made and no suspects identified.

Source: Cops Say Fear Is Holding Back Witnesses in Ohio Massacre

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Unpatched For Years, MS Word Zero-Day Attacks Even If Your Windows Is Fully Updated

Researchers at McAfee and FireEye have disclosed another case of email-based hacking methods which can be used to compromise a fully updated and patched Windows operating system, even Windows 10.The attack vector lies in the form of an unpatched zero-day bug present in all the running versions of Microsoft Office. The root cause lies in an important Office feature known as Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). It allows applications to embed and link to documents and objects.

According to the researchers, a victim opening a suspicious Word file – embedded with an OLE2link object – in an email would trigger winword.exe to initiate an HTTP request to the attacker’s remote server. This results in the download of a malicious .hta file (HTML Application executable) on the victim’s machine. To the user, the HTA file appears as a Microsoft Rich text document with a .doc extension. It also conceals the file from anti-virus software on the machine.

Source: Unpatched For Years, MS Word Zero-Day Attacks Even If Your Windows Is Fully Updated

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