Sunday, June 28, 2015

Why was Russian singer singled out to be booed

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Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow beats out Russia and Italy to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

An off-key contestant wasn't the only sound Eurovision 2015 organisers were dreading at the grand final in Vienna on Saturday night (local time).

The song contest's techies took the unprecedented precaution of installing anti-booing technology to protect the Russian contestant Polina Gagarina from copping the same anti-Russian sentiment as her predecessors.


The Tolmachevy Sisters were booed several times during their 2014 Eurovision performance. The boos and jeers dogged the Russian entrants with every point awarded to Russia during the official scoring portion of the broadcast.

The sour greeting was widely considered a response to Russia's heavily criticised military actions in Ukraine, and its stance on homosexuality.

"It was very embarrassing for us last year when this happened, as it is not in the spirit of the contest," Eurovision communications coordinator Jarmo Siim told The Moscow Times on Monday.

Siim refused to go into detail about how their sound-reducing technology worked, saying only that the buffer was a "plan B" and would stifle booing on the broadcast.

"It is the first time we have prepared in this way, we want to be ready in all scenarios [but] we have high expectations that nothing like this will happen," he said.

Europe's displeasure over Russia's domestic and international policies still hung over this year's Eurovision.


Russia's anti-gay marriage legislation (Thumbs up here) directly conflicted with changing attitudes across Europe. Most recently Ireland voted 'yes' in its referendum on legalising gay marriage. And economic sanctions imposed on Russia as a result of its actions in the Ukraine are still in place.

The Eurovision hosts asked the crowd not to boo several times throughout the broadcast and when last year's winner Conchita Wurst asked the green room of Eurovision contestants to cheer Russia the response was meager.

But the mysterious anti-booing buffer seemed to hamper the boos in the broadcast to some extent.


Mans Zelmerloew celebrates winning the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden.While media attending the grand final at Vienna's Wiener Stadthalle reported hearing some booing from the 11,000-strong crowd, cheers and applause almost overwhelmed the boos that made their way into the lounge rooms of the international audience who had tuned in to watch the live broadcast.

The level of anti-Russian sentiment paled in comparison to last year, according to reports from the Eurovision arena, with British Eurovision host Graham Norton saying "the cheers were real" following Gagarina's performance of her song A Million Voices.

For its part, Russia seemed to be placating its detractors with its song choice this year, appealing for peace and acceptance.


Gagarina openly wept during the cheers and applause that followed her grand final performance, which clinched the songstress' place among the favourites to win the competition.
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But the songstress managed to attract criticism from conservatives at home after she posted a backstage video of herself hugging and blowing air kisses to last year's drag queen winner Conchita Wurst.

Prominent St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov who spearheaded Russia's anti-gay legislation responded by saying "Don't you dare soil Russia by hugging the europervert," Russia's NTV.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Cyrill said he hoped Russia lost, calling the song contest "a hotbed of sodomy", and "all those bearded female singers [are] repulsive to our soul and our culture".

Despite the acrimony from both the left and the right, Russia's good odds were not surprising and not far off the mark.

Even in 2014 the animosity towards the superpower was not enough to overwhelm Eurovision's credentials as an arena of soft politics as much as entertainment. A strong former-soviet voting bloc helped secure seventh place for the Tolmachevy sisters.

And when all the votes were counted on Saturday night, the buffered Gagarina nabbed second place.
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Greece are in deep debt crisis-IMF Loans Does it help or hurt

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 Bailout talks collapsed last Friday 26tth June 2015 when Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras announced plans to seek a referendum on the austerity demands from his country’s creditors.(Learn-I hope Nigeria does not go into borrowing from the International monetorty fund or the Paris Club again) Eurozone finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said this meant they had “closed the door” on resolving the crisis.
As a result Greek banks were forced to impose limits on cash machine withdrawals after worried savers started queuing to get their money. Greece has more than 7,000 hole-in-the-wall machines and yesterday up to 500 were reportedly drained of cash. Due to the run on the banks, Greek lenders are understood to have introduced an 80-euro (£56.73) limit on all withdrawals. It is feared some banks may not be able to open tomorrow unless they get emergency funds from the Bank of Greece.

The country’s central bank said it was making every effort to keep money going through the system. Lines of nervous people seeking to get their money out have even been spotted at the cash machine inside the Greek parliament in Athens. More than 40 billion euros (£28.4billion) has been withdrawn from Greek banks since October and in recent weeks the withdrawal rate has hit 1 billion euros (£709million) a day. Greece’s banks are running out of money and have so far been kept alive by 120 billion euros (£85.1billion) of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.

The ECB will decide in the next few days if it can provide more money to Greek banks, which will collapse without it. Despite more than five months of talks, Greece has failed to reach a bailout agreement with its EU, ECB and IMF creditors. Athens refuses to accept their demands for further austerity and economic and social reforms in return for bailout cash.


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See how Instanbul police disperse demonstrating crowd and everyone goes home happy

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Police fire at pride march in Istanbul with water cannons and rubber bullets on Sunday as people celebrated in the city streets under rainbow banners, according to eye-witnesses in Istanbul.

The marchers were out to celebrate as part of the city's annual pride march when police reportedly tried to disperse the marchers near Taksim Square.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Could Israeli high-tech tackle Hamas’ terror tunnels?

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Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has been exceptionally unmistakable securing its airspace amid Operation Defensive Edge. Anyway precisely how the military is finding Hamas' maze of underground shafts in the middle of Israel and Gaza – and whether it is utilizing new advances tech to uncover them – remains a nearly held mystery.

"Because of security concerns, we can't determine the devices or systems used to reveal these shafts. Uncovering our capacities would hamper our capacity to address this deadly danger,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokeswoman said in an email to FoxNews.com. “However, using precise intelligence combined with specialized units which use robots and advanced cameras, the IDF has had vast success in toppling the Hamas tunnel network.”

The scale and refinement of the Hamas tunnel introduce a gigantic test to the IDF, which came into Operation Defensive Edge on July 8 in light of a heightening rocket assaults by Hamas. The ground stage started on July 17.

Tunnel system in gazaThe tunnel network has been likened to a subway system. Often built with concrete blocks, the tunnels, which are used to transport Hamas fighters, for smuggling and for storing weapons, extend more than 60 feet below ground, according to news reports. A declassified aeronautical picture gave to Foxnews.com by the IDF demonstrates a covered passageway to a shaft found in a Gaza neighborhood..

As Israel continues its destruction of the tunnels, there has been considerable speculation in the Israeli media about what technologies it may be using to locate them, and about what improved detection systems may be on the horizon.

On Wednesday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that a number of systems are at various stages of development and testing, including an estimated $59 million sensor-based system developed by graduates of the IDF’s elite Talpiot technology program.

It isn’t clear, though, whether testing has been completed on the project, according to Haaretz, which said that tunnels are typically detected by listening for sounds of digging.

Israeli science and technology experts are touting a number of other techniques for locating the tunnels, as well. Assaf Klar and Raphael Linker, associate professors at Israel’s prestigious Technion science and technology university, told FoxNews.com they have been working for eight years to develop a fiber optic-based detection system.

In an email, Klar explained that the system uses a fiber optic cable, buried at shallow depth, that is connected to an optical analyzer. The fiber optics can sense displacements of soil, and advanced signal processing can be used to identify and pinpoint tunnels.

“The system is capable of analyzing, continuously, [using] tens of kilometers of conventional telecommunication optical fiber,” wrote Klar, noting that the fiber costs just a few dollars per meter.

Klar and Linker’s system uses a technique called Brillouin scattering, whereby a pulse of light is used to identify areas where the fiber optic cable is under strain. “The tunneling-induced soil movements affect this strain profile, and hence can be evaluated,” Klar wrote.

The security company Magna BSP says that it, too, has a technology can tackle the tunnels. In an interview with the Israeli business news website Globes on Monday, Magna BSP CEO Haim Siboni said the firm’s above-ground radar detection technology, which is already used on the border between Israel and Egypt, could be used to locate tunnels.

“We're proposing an operative engineering solution that consists of digging a 70-km tunnel along the border. When it's completed, our underground radar can be installed fairly easily. The estimated cost of the sensors is $150,000 per kilometer,” Siboni told Globes.

The Israeli defense company Elbit Systems, which is also reportedly involved in the development of tunnel-detection technology, declined to comment.

Regardless of exactly how they’re locating the tunnels, the Israeli military is claiming success.

“Since the beginning of the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge, the IDF has uncovered over 31 terror tunnels as part of a vast and complex tunnel network planned by Hamas over the years,” the IDF spokeswoman said. “It is evident that Gaza is constructed upon a fully developed underground terror city which the IDF is at the peak of its unveiling and decommissioning.”

Early Thursday, the IDF tweeted that the tunnels had over 60 access points across Gaza.

Source: FoxNews.com
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mom Will 'Never Be the Same' After Son's Murder by Online Gaming Partner

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By LOUISE DEWAST (ABC News)

The American mother of a 14-year-old boy killed by an online gaming partner in Britain says she did everything she could to protect her son: She limited his access to electronics, installed parental controls and forbade him from using the same server as a boy she had grown suspicious of.

However, though Lorin LaFave, 47, said she warned both British police and her son, the boy, Breck Bednar was murdered by someone he met online on Feb 17.

Computer engineer Lewis Daynes, 19, pleaded guilty last month to Breck's stabbing murder that day in Daynes' house in Grays, Essex, England. The teenagers had been playing games online for several months, despite LaFave's efforts to put an end to their relationship.

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Police discovered Breck at the house with knife wounds. They gave first aid but the Christian school student was declared dead by medical staff a short time later.

Daynes was arrested at the scene and charged with murder. Last month, in an unexpected turn of events, he pleaded guilty of stabbing Breck.

Now, LaFave originally from Waterford, Michigan, but now living in England, is behind an effort to raise awareness about what she says are dangers of online gaming.

"I want Breck’s tragedy to help open the eyes of everyone to recognize the dangers of online predators," she said in a statement. "It is a very real danger today."

"People think it only happens to anti-social kids, but it’s just not true,” she told ABC News.

LaFave described Breck, a member of the British air cadets, as a relaxed and warm-hearted boy who had plenty of friends.

He was passionate about computing and played online games with his friends after school, according to his mother. He also played online with Daynes.

At the time, LaFave thought Breck was growing out of the gaming world, that we would finally be interested in girls and go back to enjoying time with his family.

Nevertheless, LaFave was aware of Daynes' existence and had been suspicious of him for months.

One day, LaFave got a text message from her ex-husband saying Breck had not showed up, although he was supposed to stay with his dad for the weekend. Breck evidently had gone to meet Lewis Daynes, instead.

A few hours after the text message, Breck’s siblings started receiving messages from friends saying their brother had been killed. According to LaFave, Daynes took photos of Breck and posted them on social media.

The reports were soon confirmed by police, and LaFave said she broke down and will "never be the same."

Daynes will face sentencing on Jan. 12.

In March, LaFave created The Breck Bednar Memorial Fund to promote online awareness for teenagers and their parents. Her slogan: “Play virtual, live real.”

The LaFave family is filing a legal action against Essex and Surrey Police over the handling of the case.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Samsung wants to manufacture some of its mobile from Vietnam

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BBC- Samsung Electronics has announced plans to spend up to $3bn (£1.8bn) to create a new smartphone factory in Vietnam.

The facility would operate alongside another $2bn plant the company already runs in the country, which began production in March.

Intel, LG, Panasonic and Microsoft's handset unit are among other tech firms to have expanded manufacturing in the country over the past couple of years.

It marks a shift away from China.

Experts say the combination of tax breaks and a relatively cheap workforce make the country an appealing base when compared with its northern neighbour.

"In a way China is a victim of its own success - it's becoming so successful as an economy that it's becoming too expensive to do a lot of the manufacturing it used to attract," said Daniel Gleeson, a senior analyst at the IHS Technology consultancy.

"A lot of the manufacturers run at extremely tight margins. Even smallish cost savings by relocating to Vietnam versus China can represent a substantial competitive advantage, and driving down costs can be paramount.

Vietnam's government had previously said Samsung's smartphone assembly lines would not need to pay corporate taxes for four years, and only half the normal rate for the following nine years should the firm meet the terms set out in its investment applications.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Android malware, Koler new attack tricks

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Mobile malware creators prey on the fears of users who are unfamiliar with how it works. For example, Koler claims to encrypt all the data on a phone. However, it doesn't do that, so the data is always recoverable from the phone without any dependence on Web predators. Removing the malware is relatively easy, but "the typical user isn't going to know that," said AdaptiveMobile's Cathal McDaid.

Malware writers behind Koler, a bad app that attacks Android devices, have upped their game with a new variant of the pernicious program.

In its original version, Koler hijacked phones it landed on and wouldn't set them free until a ransom was paid. This latest strain of the malapp also does the ransomware thing, but it takes its malignancy a step further.

After a user downloads the new Koler to a phone, the software commandeers the mobile's address book and spams everyone in it -- only it doesn't look like spam to the contacts because the SMS message is coming from a trusted source.

The message tells targets that a photo page has been created about them on the Web and includes a link to the page. After landing on the page, a target is directed to download and install a photo viewer to see the images. Following those instructions will infect the target's phone with Koler.

Moreover, removing the malware is relatively easy. You can reboot Android in safe mode and kill the malignant program using standard application-removal tools.

"If you reboot the phone normally, it's always going to come back into the ransomware," said Cathal McDaid, AdaptiveMobile's head of data intelligence and analytics.

www.technewsworld.com/story/Mobile-Malware-Takes-Victims-by-Surprise-81265.html
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Microsoft Lumia, How does it fit?

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BBC - Microsoft can't wait to have its name on a LUMIA.

Nokia mobile phone Enthusiasts should start getting used to Microsoft for a change.
Nokia brand name on mobile is gradually been removed from smartphones previous branded with Nokia as a result the brand name Microsoft will be replacing it, and the first of Nokia phone to get renamed is Nokia Lumia which now will be called Microsoft Lumia.

Microsoft will continue to do this changes until we wont remember that Nokia was a popular mobile smartphone name.

You remember that Microsoft payed over $7 billion for that to happen less than a year ago, so Nokia is happy with that.

A post on Nokia France's Facebook page confirmed the branding shift.

The announcement comes despite Microsoft agreeing to a 10-year deal to use the Nokia name on mobile products, Obvious Microsoft can't wait to have its name on a LUMIA.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Keep kids off social network until they are of age, Why?

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It is a good thing to keep kids off facebook, twitter, myspace and other social networks because children's personal information will be at risk. All website should obtain permission from a child's parents before collecting personal information such as name, address, phone number and screen name -- from that child. Companies also should notNYHQ2007-1397 collect geolocation data that could identify the city street, and any image, video or audio files containing the child's image or voice. In fact anything that can identify what the child is using,  Using cookies or any other means to collect  IP addresses or the unique mobile device identifier is criminal. Sometimes responsible sites doesn't inadvertently fall short of some of these online-etiquette 'OnlineTiquette' if a 9-year-old claims they are over 14 years .

when a child uses a false birthdate, how can the child be protect or how can their personal information be kept from being collected and shared with third party advertisers.

Children under 14 don't have the hardware upstairs to make smart decisions online. Just because kids seem tech-savvy at increasingly younger ages, doesn't necessarily mean that their brains are developing at the same rate as their digital acumen.

Research shows that it takes children about 13 years to fully develop the cognitive structures that enable them to engage in ethical thinking. Before 13 it's difficult, if not impossible, for a child to fully grasp the impact of their actions upon others, online or otherwise.Yet young children are increasingly joining social networking sites, sometimes even putting themselves in harm's way by becoming victims of online harassment, solicitation, and cyber-bullying before they are ready to respond appropriately.

Giving a fake birthdate to Facebook seems like a harmless white lie, but it's a lie nonetheless.

Being honesty and truthful as a parent (as children tends to learn from their parents more from their acts than their words) helps kids to understand the importance and make them appreciate it the more when they become adults.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

How to watch Apple's iPad and Mac Oct. 16th event live

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You can watch as live as Apple unveils its new devices on October 16, wether on a bust, train or home.

Apple will be announcing its new iPads and Macs and giving more details on OS X Yosemite at an Cupertino on October 16.

You can view the streamed on 2nd or 3rd generation of Apple TV devices running software version 6.2 or later. You will find the stream on the Apple Events channel on the device's main menu.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 6 or later then tune in by using the Safari version 5.1.10 or later mobile Web browser and clicking on this link. Mac and MacBook users on OS X 10.6.8 or later can watch the event by clicking on http://www.apple.com/live/ using Safari

Further reading: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-watch-apples-ipad-and-mac-event-live/
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