BT has joined the battle to win customers this February with a huge freebie for sports fans.The digital TV and broadband provider is giving away free Xbox bundles worth 449 with its broadband and sport packages.
A good portion of these users is not real, however. Fake profiles run rampant on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, accounting for up to 25 percent of all new accounts, according to some estimates. The damage these fake profiles inflict is incalculable, resulting in billions of dollars lost or even altering the course of world politics. Social media networks will need to step up their digital authentication games if they want to bring these fraudsters to heel.How Fake Profiles Damage Social Media
Banking giant JPMorgan has offered mixed signals when it comes to their thoughts on cryptocurrencies, with the bank s CEO frequently bashing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, despite offering their own intra bank digital asset dubbed JPM Coin that is built upon the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain.Now, it appears the JPMorgan could be dipping its toes into the Ethereum ecosystem, as news recently broke that the financial institution is looking to merge its blockchain unit with ConsenSys.
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His third album Adam Cayton Holland Performs His Signature Bits was originally released digitally by Comedy Central in 2018, but will now be available on a translucent yellow and orange colored vinyl on Feb. 21. There s a limited 500 copies, but the album is available for preorder here.Holland was born and raised in Denver, Colo., meaning he s chill as fuck. A true renaissance man, Cayton Holland is also a published journalist, a TV show writer and an actor, and he has his own podcast. On top of all that, we named him one of 2018 s best comedians.
The world is well into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and yet education systems have not kept pace. Young people are often not learning the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century and interact with their changing world, such as digital literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking. Despite widespread recognition of the importance of these skills for the future in education policies, very few education systems have adapted to this reality. On the African continent, where 60 percent of the population is under age 25, the teaching of 21st century skills will be necessary for Africa to transform itself into a continent of growth and opportunity. If young people do not learn how to use and create with technology, they are sure to fall further behind. Rebecca Winthrop Co director Center for Universal Education Senior Fellow Global Economy and Development Twitter @rebeccawinthrop Lauren Ziegler Project Director, Leapfrogging in Education Brookings Institution Twitter LaurenR Ziegler How can Africa harness the power of technology when only 24 percent of Africans have access to the internet? Despite gains in internet access over the last several years, the region lags behind the rest of world in internet usage. A Pew survey of six African countries finds that internet usage is high among youth, which is good news for schools as it will help them teach 21st century skills; however, the study also finds that internet users tend to be male and have higher incomes and more education, meaning that more needs to be done to ensure all young people, no matter their gender or socioeconomic status, develop skills that enable their future success.
Record numbers of men were treated in English hospitals for fracture of the penis last year, according to The Sun, as surgeons dealt with 164 cases in 2019. The painful problem most commonly occurred in men in their 30s and 40s, and was up 38% since 2014 15, an analysis of NHS Digital figures found. For the issue to occur, force to the penis has to be very intense and may be caused by extra vigorous masturbation or, most commonly, intercourse. This includes sex positions where a partner is on top ndash; what tends to happen is the man ''s penis slips out of his partner and is ”violently bent ”, says the NHS.
Obviously being available as a cloud service makes sense for customers, and offers all of the value you would get from any cloud service. Customers can now access all of the tools in AEM without having to worry about maintaining, managing or updating it, giving the marketing team more flexibility, agility and ongoing access to the latest updates.This value proposition did not escape Loni Stark, Adobe ''s senior director of strategy and product marketing. "It creates a compelling offer for mid size companies and enterprises that are increasingly transforming to adopt advanced digital tools but need more simplicity and flexibility to support their changing business models, " Stark said in a statement.
NextMind is developing a brain computer interface that translates signals from the visual cortex into digital commands. We tried NextMind s device, which lets you input commands into computers and AR VR headsets with your visual attention. Eventually, the Paris based startup wants to let you do the same with your visual imagination. We spoke with NextMind CEO Sid Kouider ahead of CES 2020, where his company is unveiling a dev kit shipping to select developers and partners this month for $399. After the early access period, a second limited run (waitlist) of dev kits will begin shipping in Q2 2020.NextMind is part of a growing number of startups building noninvasive neural interfaces that rely on machine learning algorithms. In September 2019, Facebook acquired Ctrl labs, which was developing an electromyography wristband that translates musculoneural signals into machine interpretable commands. NextMind is also developing a noninvasive device, but it s an electroencephalogram (EEG) worn on the back of your head, where your brain s visual cortex is located.
In India, a new data revolution led by cheap internet tariffs and explosive growth in consumer internet platforms are giving rise to rich data sets, which in turn can be used for consumer analytics and for targeting online ads. Increasingly, small to large enterprises and tech startups have begun turning towards cloud computing resources to store, process, and eventually use analytics to better serve customers.In a recent interview on the sidelines of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual developer conference in Las Vegas, Navdeep Manaktala, director and head of digital native (startup) business, AWS India, spoke about how new and emerging data sets are prompting Indian startups and other enterprises to migrate to the cloud. Edited excerpts:
The first chapter of enterprise digital transformation in the last decade was characterized by the rapid adoption of cloud based technologies and data from more sources to serve clients better, provide a competitive edge and accelerate growth. Yet today, only 20 percent of workloads have moved to the cloud.By the second half of 2019, we started witnessing the next chapter in the digital transformation aimed to modernize and bring the value of cloud to the 80 percent of applications and workloads that remain on premises. Such a shift needs a better approach for developing and deploying across a hybrid and multicloud world an approach that offers choice without sacrificing visibility and control.
Like most teen years, the past decade in technology started out someplace relatively innocent before growing moody, dark and disillusioned. In 2010, we were excited about new iPhones and finding old friends on Facebook, not fretting about our digital privacy or social media''s threat to democracy. Now we are wondering how to rein in the largest companies in the world and reckoning with wanting innovation to be both fast and responsible.
TwitterEmailPauseILLUSTRATION: ALYSSA WALKER; GETTY IMAGESFacebookTwitterEmailTry to take stock of the 2010s in social media and you might begin to feel a sense of dread. This was the decade of mistrust and manipulation, when platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube became synonymous with hijacking democratic elections, promoting ethnic cleansing, and creating digital voodoo dolls from our data. Mark Zuckerberg started the decade as Time s Person of the Year, and ended it with several trips to testify before Congress. Twitter became an amplifier for a president who would end the decade impeached. Young people turned themselves into grocery stores on Instagram, and an egg became the most popular account online.
Illustrative image Image Credit: Pixabay New Delhi: Ethical hacking is no new concept and India has seen a breed of such young enthusiasts in the past. What has changed is the money that comes with it as cyber attacks on businesses across industries have grown multi fold in the era of digital transformation.Meet 23 year old Shivam Vashist from north India, a hacker associated with San Francisco based HackerOne which is a vulnerability coordination and bug bounty platform and boasts of clients like Starbucks, Instagram, Goldman Sachs, Twitter, Zomato and OnePlus.
Key point: For the time being, the MLRS still provides an effective rocket system for U.S. armored units. On February 24, 1991, the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm began. Over the next four days, the soldiers of an international coalition, formed to eject the Iraqi army of Saddam Hussein from the neighboring nation of Kuwait, carried out a whirlwind offensive that quickly overwhelmed their foe. During this time, tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers were taken prisoner. Many of them, arms thrust upward in a sign of surrender, said one thing when they were taken into custody: No more steel rain. For weeks before the ground attack, these men had been systematically pummeled by the entire range of weaponry available to their opponents B 52 bombing strikes, air attacks using tons of precision smart weapons, plus many more thousands of tons of traditional unguided bombs and rockets. Added to this was the close air support of fighter bomber aircraft and attack helicopters. Artillery barrages dropped down on them by the dozens and hundreds, adding yet another level to the pounding they received. The cries of no more steel rain applied to none of these, however. Instead, it was the nickname of a deadly new artillery weapon seeing its debut in combat: the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS. Batteries of these weapons had been deployed to the Gulf with U.S. and British forces, who used them to blanket their target areas with hundreds of rockets releasing thousands of explosive submunitions, or bomblets, that devastated armored vehicles, trucks, equipment, and men. Volleys of rockets pounded the hapless Iraqi troops and paved the way for the sweeping infantry and armor assaults that followed. The MLRS proved itself alongside such other late Cold War weapons as the M1 Abrams tank, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and AH64 Apache helicopter. Like these weapons, the MLRS had its origins in the 1970s development programs of the post Vietnam era. The MLRS Concept Takes Shape During the late 1960s and early 1970s, America s involvement in the Vietnam War drew most of the focus away from the traditional enemies of the time, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. As the United States gradually withdrew from the conflict in Asia, its attention once again returned to Eastern Europe, and the U.S. Army was not happy encountering the Russians new claws. The Soviets had taken advantage of America s distraction to build up its conventional forces to unprecedented levels. The Warsaw Pact now sat across the Iron Curtain with tens of thousands of new tanks, armored vehicles, cannons, and rocket artillery pieces. Artillery had always weighed heavily in Soviet planning, and they now had new, longer ranged cannons than most comparable American weapons. The disparity in rocket artillery was even more one sided. Soviet tactics used barrages of thousands of rockets fired from truck mounted multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) such as the BM 21. American artillery was only scantily supplied with rocket launchers, many of them left over from World War II. With some exceptions, U.S. planners heavily favored cannon artillery, primarily for its relative accuracy. Rockets at that time were considered area fire weapons; that is, they were fired en masse at an area of ground where the enemy was thought to be, rather than at a point target such as a bunker or trenchline. Existing rockets simply were not accurate enough for such pinpoint work, although they packed quite a punch and tended to have a terrifying psychological effect on the enemy. The Soviets were willing to saturate a target area with rockets, figuring that some, at least, would find their mark. For American artillerists, weaned on the concepts of accuracy and economy of expenditure in ammunition, large scale use of indiscriminate rockets simply was not palatable. A number of occurrences changed that mindset. In 1973, the Arab Israeli War broke out. Attrition rates in that conflict were far higher than expected, greater than any possible rate of replacement for lost armor and aircraft. One of the more effective Israeli tactics had been to hit enemy Surface to Air Missile (SAM) sites with MRLs. The American military establishment noted this. It also noted that in the event of war in Europe, NATO would have to fight outnumbered against a well equipped enemy in intense, destructive combat. After long debate, the U.S. Army finally wrote a requirement for a new rocket launcher in March 1974, calling it the GSRS, or General Support Rocket System. It would be used to engage enemy air defenses and for counterbattery fire, neutralizing opposing artillery. The new launcher would have long range and massive firepower, freeing the cannon units to provide close support to the infantry and armor. Several NATO allies, including the United Kingdom, France, and West Germany, were consulted and agreed to collaborate on the project. Since the Europeans already had looked at a similar system independently, their name was adopted, changing GSRS to MLRS. Design and Development Actual development began in September 1977, undertaken by the Boeing and Vought Aerospace companies, which beat out three other competitors for the contract. Development continued into the 1980s and eventually became the highest priority for the Field Artillery School, which considered it the Army s most spectacular new weapons system. After initial testing proved successful, the MLRS was adopted, with the first production models, designated M270, arriving at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in August 1982. The first operational battery of M270s was formed in March 1983, and the new unit was sent to West Germany the following September. These batteries were composed of three platoons of three launchers each, a total of nine launchers per battery. By 1987, 25 such batteries were in service. The basic M270 was a self propelled armored vehicle that mated two main subcomponents: the Launcher Loader Module (LLM) containing the rocket pods and the hardware needed to load and unload them and the carrier vehicle, essentially an enlarged version of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle chassis. The vehicle was not quite 23 feet long, 9.5 feet wide, and 8.5 feet high. It weighed 52,990 pounds ready for combat. The three man crew sat in a cab above the engine compartment. This cab was armored to protect against small arms fire and artillery fragments. The engine was a Cummins 8 cylinder diesel developing 500 horsepower for a top speed of 40 miles per hour and a range of 483 kilometers. Directly behind the cab was the LLM, which carried two pods of six rockets each, one next to the other. For firing, the LLM raised and rotated to point to the vehicle s side. It could fire single rockets or any number up to its full load of 12 within 60 seconds. The crew consisted of a crew chief, gunner, and driver. The crew chief commanded the vehicle, oversaw firing operations, and performed checks of the other two crewmen. The gunner operated a firing panel to aim and fire the rockets at selected targets. The M270 s computer calculated the data for the rocket s direction of fire, point of impact, and range; these calculations were based on information received digitally via radio or entered manually by the gunner. The driver operated the M270 and performed maintenance. The heart and purpose of the M270 were its munitions. The basic rocket was the M26, with a range of 32 kilometers. It carried 644 grenade sized submunitions. A single M270 could blanket a 600 square meter area with 7,728 bomblets, devastating to men, material, and light vehicles, with a limited effect on armored vehicles. One battery of MLRS firing a complete volley of 108 rockets had the equivalent firepower of 33 battalions of cannon artillery. These rockets were packaged in pods of six rounds each. Rockets were only part of the picture, however. The M270 also fired the M39 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile, each launcher carrying two missiles in place of the normal 12 rockets. The ATACMS carried 950 bomblets and had a range of 165 kilometers, giving MLRS the ability to range deep in enemy territory, hitting command posts, logistics depots, air defenses, and assembly areas for advancing units. ATACMS started development in 1985 and was rushed into service for Desert Storm. The MLRS Doctrine The doctrine for the use of MLRS sought to take advantage of its mobility and firepower. To avoid the expected Soviet counterbattery fire, M270s would spread out individually and hide themselves until needed for a mission. The launcher would then move to a firing position, launch its rockets, and immediately move away, hopefully before the Soviets could calculate the launch point using radar and fire on it. The M270 crew would then proceed to a reloading point, load fresh rocket pods, and move to a completely new hiding position near a different firing point. This would prevent the enemy from destroying the valuable launchers as they poured volley after volley into the advancing Soviet armored hordes. Fortunately for all concerned, such combat never happened before the Cold War came to an end. Instead, the MLRS would be called upon in the deserts of the Middle East. When the Iraqi Army conquered Kuwait in 1990, hundreds of thousands of American troops were sent to Saudi Arabia, first to defend against further Iraqi aggression and then to free Kuwait from its occupiers. They took with them 89 MLRS launchers. The baptism of fire for the M270 came on January 17, 1991. That day, Battery A of the 6th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery was traveling west on a highway called Tapline Road, en route to an assembly area. At 1620 hours, an order came to fire its ATACMS missiles at SAM sites that posed a danger to planned B 52 air strikes. Although it took several hours to coordinate clear airspace for the missile s trajectories, at 0042 on January 18, two missiles roared from their launchers, destroying both SAM sites. Battery A fired six more missiles that day targeting more of the Iraqi air defense network. 1 2 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
In just a few months of its launch, Gemplex has showcased an array of genres in their originals. The Ghost Thesis will be their first original paranormal thriller. Rajniesh will be paired opposite Rutupanna Aishwarya of "Virgin Bhaskar" Fame (Alt Original Zee 5). Post the success of Vikram Bhatt s Maya 2, Leena Jumani will be seen playing a pivotal role in The Ghost Thesis.Shishir Sharma, Madhura Naik (TV actress and Singer), Shahran Singh, Lavin R Gothi (TV and Web Actor) would also be seen playing crucial roles in the series.
A lot of exciting developments are in store for the Ethereum project in 2020: the team is about to start a transition to Ethereum 2.0, the last final update for the second largest cryptocurrency platform in the world, while CFTC is ready to approve ETH futures. How will all these events pan out for ETH, and what #39;s going to move the price during the year? Read on to know the answers.Ethereum is one of the largest cryptocurrency platforms, often referred to as the world #39;s computer. With the current market value of $15.7 billion, it is second only to Bitcoin. Ethereum was proposed by a Russian Canadian developer Vitalik Buterin in 2013. In November 2015, the platform went live after the team raised over $2.3 billion via a highly successful crowd sale. The platform is used to create decentralized applications and online services based on smart contracts technology. As an open source platform, Ethereum allows startups and companies to build their blockchains, issue digital tokens and raise financing.
The March exhibit at the DuSable Museum will feature several levels of immersion, including spatial audio and a genre pushing ten minute virtual reality experience, to present the most realistic digital rendering of a human ever created with the recreation of Dr. King delivering the iconic #8216;I Have a Dream; speech. The exhibit will run from February 28, 2020 until November 2020.Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winning actor and producer, Viola Davis and actor and producer Julius Tennon, along with their award winning production company JuVee Productions, serve as executive producers for The March. The project is created with the support of Intellectual Properties Management, Inc. (Licensor of the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr.), which granted TIME development rights for the project. As a champion of the communities they serve, American Family Insurance has made The March possible as the project ''s Presenting Sponsor, supporting this first of its kind educational experience that will teach and inspire audiences through innovative technology.