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Thursday
May112017

Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them

[NyTimes] : "An unfamiliar number appears on your cellphone. It's from your area code, so you answer it, thinking it might be important.<p>There is an unnatural pause after you say hello, and what follows is a recording telling you how you can reduce your credit card interest rates or electric bill or prescription …"

Wednesday
May102017

The reign of the $100 graphing calculator required by every US math class is finally ending

[Link] : If you took a math class at some point in the US, there is likely a bulky $100 calculator gathering dust somewhere in your closet.<p>That would be the Texas Instruments 84—or the TI 84-Plus, or the TI-89, or any of the other even more expensive variants—a shoe-sized graphing calculator released in …
Tuesday
May092017

Forget Taxes, Warren Buffett Says. The Real Problem Is Health Care.

[NyTimes] : "OMAHA — “The tax system is not crippling our business around the world.”<p>That was Warren E. Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, over the weekend at the company's annual meeting, known as the “Woodstock of capitalism.”<p>Mr. Buffett, in a remarkably blunt and pointed remark, …"

Monday
May082017

Hackers Find Celebrities’ Weak Links in Their Vendor Chains

[NyTimes] : "In December, hackers impersonating an executive at Interscope Records, the record label owned by Universal Music Group, managed to bypass all the latest in digital defenses with a simple email.<p>In a carefully tailored message, the hackers urged an executive at September Management, a music …"

Monday
May082017

Emma Watson Wins MTV’s First Gender-Neutral Acting Prize

[NyTimes] : "Emma Watson made a potent call for breaking down gender categories as she scooped up the first-ever gender-neutral film acting prize at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, in a speech that was broadcast on Sunday night.<p>“The first acting award in history that doesn't separate nominees based on their sex …"

Monday
May082017

Why You Should Learn to Say ‘No’ More Often

[NyTimes] : "Humans are social animals who thrive on reciprocity. It's in our nature to be socially obliging, and the word no feels like a confrontation that threatens a potential bond. But when we dole out an easy yes instead of a difficult no we tend to overcommit our time, energy and finances.<p>“The ability to …"

Monday
May082017

Obama Defends Affordable Care Act, but Leaves Trump Out of It

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Days after President Trump boasted in the White House Rose Garden about the House's vote to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the law's biggest champion, Barack Obama, left the jibes virtually unanswered Sunday night during his first major address since leaving the presidency.<p>Mr. …"

Sunday
May072017

Freeman A. Hrabowski III on the Value of Resilience

[NyTimes] : "This interview with <b>Freeman A. Hrabowski III</b>, president of the <b>University of Maryland, Baltimore County</b>, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.<p><b>Q. Tell me about your early years.</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up in Birmingham, and was fortunate to have older, educated parents. Everything was about learning to work …"

Sunday
May072017

Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill

[NyTimes] : "Every year, tens of thousands of investors descend on Omaha to attend the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate controlled by Warren E. Buffett, and hear directly from the billionaire.<p>And this year, those who made the trek heard Mr. Buffett on Saturday criticize the Trump …"

Sunday
May072017

With Trump Name Unspoken, Kushners Seek Investors in Shanghai

[NyTimes] : "SHANGHAI — Like many American firms that come to China looking for money, Kushner Companies on Sunday tried to woo a Shanghai audience with promises of potentially big returns and a path toward living in the United States.<p>But for Bi Ting, who attended the event, part of the appeal was political: …"

Saturday
May062017

The Wrong Way to Fix Student Loans

[NyTimes] : "Tens of millions of Americans together owe more than a trillion dollars in student debt. For the financial health of their households and the entire economy, ensuring a fair and smoothly functioning student loan system is critically important.<p>But with a series of regulatory changes, the Trump …"

Thursday
May042017

8,400 new Android malware samples every day | G DATA

[Link] : Security holes in the Android OS are nothing unusual, as with other operating systems and software. Numerous companies such as Microsoft, Adobe or …
Thursday
May042017

Email Attack Hits Google: What to Do if You Clicked

[NyTimes] : "Google said it was investigating an email scam winding its way through inboxes across the country and had disabled the accounts responsible for the spam.<p>The scheme emerged Wednesday afternoon, when spammers dispatched malicious email, appearing to come from people the recipients knew, beckoning …"

Wednesday
May032017

PSA: This Google Doc scam is spreading fast and will email everyone you know

[Link] : A new Google Docs phishing scam just reared its head a few hours ago, and it’s spreading like wildfire. Google appears to be taking action to stop it, but in the meantime: be super, super wary of Google Doc invites for now. If you fall for this one (and plenty of otherwise eagle-eyed people have …
Wednesday
May032017

CNN Refuses Trump Campaign’s ‘Fake News’ Ad

[NyTimes] : "The head of President Trump's re-election campaign accused CNN of “censorship” on Tuesday afternoon after the broadcast network refused to run the group's latest advertisement.<p>CNN said it would run the 30-second television spot, a celebration of Mr. Trump's first 100 days in office, only if the …"

Tuesday
May022017

Meet Relive, a startup that uses data to turn your outdoor activities into 3D animated videos

[Link] : Relive, a Dutch startup that has been flying a little under the tech media radar until now, might just be onto something. Inspired by the experience of its founders during a cycling trip whilst on holiday in Tenerife early last year, the company turns activity data, such as that garnered from …
Monday
May012017

Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security

[Link] : Users trying to access online encyclopaedia via Turkish internet providers receive ‘connection timed out’ error message<p>Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country’s telecommunications watchdog has said, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national …
Sunday
Apr302017

PSA: Again, another reason not to open attachments from strangers

[Link] : Don't be scared but be aware, there's a new malware in town and it wants your Mac.Check Point Technologies has released detailed information about a …
Sunday
Apr302017

Hacker Leaks Episodes From Netflix Show and Threatens Other Networks

[NyTimes] : "A hacker who claims to have stolen unreleased television shows from several major networks shared the coming season of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” on Saturday after the person said the streaming service failed to meet its ransom requests.<p>The breach appears to have occurred at the …"

Sunday
Apr302017

Pastoral Living in Stardew Valley: Mesmerized by a Online Game

[NyTimes] : "It's morning in Stardew Valley, and I'm a child again! Dawn twinkles. Azure skies. Birdsong. It's dreadful.<p>Morning after morning in the tight circadian cycles of this precious pastoral role-playing game — which has become all the rage among city-dwelling parents leery of Roblox Prison Life and …"