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How Ebola led to more teenage pregnancy in West Africa

While the Ebola outbreak raged through Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea in the summer of 2014, public life ground to a halt. The danger of congregating in groups meant that public institutions, like schools, shut down. But the months of sickness and segregation left a legacy for girls that’s only now starting to be felt: teenage pregnancy spiked, and some of the girls are now being victimized by the government’s education policies.

Data on teenage pregnancy in West Africa is difficult to obtain, especially as it’s often stigmatized and underreported. But Plan International, a children’s charity, said back in 2014 that teenage pregnancy rates in West Africa—already among some of the world’s highest—were on the rise.

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New Technology Brings More Accuracy to Processing Crime Scenes

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

New Technology Brings More Accuracy to Processing Crime Scenes

It’s an item every police department would want on its wish list. The Leica P-20 3-D Laser Scanner is a $147,000 machine. It’s created to scan its surroundings and form a 3-D image based on the data it collected. “What we can do with that is actually document crime scenes and actually make very specific measurements,” said Matthew Mizell, a training instructor for Leica Geosystems, “and have a real time capture of a scene, as it exists before it’s disturbed, for presentation of that site or scene or what have you later on.” That image could be used for police to further analyze the original scene. It could also be used in the courtroom. “We can try to give the realest possible view to the jurors or the judges, real time or as pristine as you can from any scene,” Utica Police Lt. Steven Hauck said, “so they can see it first hand how it looked when the police got there.” This type of equipment isn’t easily attainable, as it is very expensive. The city’s common council is bonding to purchase this equipment. New York State Police have a 3-D scanner, but it’s an older version. Utica’s police are the first […]

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Man gets more than 10 years for child porn possession

An Ohio man who authorities say admitted to trading nude photos with teenagers will spend more than a decade in prison. Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/1S8FZAZ ) 36-year-old Daniel Forshey was sentenced Tuesday in a Summit County court to ten and a half years in prison. He pleaded not guilty to five felony counts of child porn possession. Forshey will have to register as a sex offender every six months for 25 years. Police said the Springfield Township man sent nude photos to other teenagers during a three-month span beginning in January. He admitted to sending photos of a 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl to a boy in Kentucky.

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More child abuse survivors aged over 60 seeking help, support group says on Blue Knot Day

The figures have been released to mark Blue Knot Day, which aims to raise awareness of the estimated five million Australians who have suffered childhood trauma and abuse.

“We’re seeing more people in older age groups coming forward, and what we believe that relates to is the Royal Commission (into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse),” said Dr Cathy Kezelman, President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse.

“Older people who may have kept this secret their entire life are now ringing up and reaching and seeking help.

“We have people in their 80s ringing our line and saying they have never told a soul, but then hearing how it has profoundly affected their life.

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EU Digital Commish: Ja, we should have done more about NSA spying

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Europe’s outspoken digi Commissioner, Günther H-dot Oettinger has admitted that the European Commission did too little, too late in reaction to Edward Snowden’s NSA spying revelations. Following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) striking down the EU-US data sharing Safe Harbor agreement on Tuesday, Oetti told German daily Der Spiegel that “a mandatory government agreement would be the best solution” but that he didn’t believe it was likely to happen. The second-best option is a re-negotiated arrangement, said Oettinger, for once sticking to the Commission official line. He said clarity was urgently needed for “the many medium-sized companies that are now feeling insecure”. Safe Harbor is the workaround agreement between the EU and the US that allows international companies to transfer Europeans’ personal data to the US even though the US does not meet the adequacy standards for EU data protection law. Companies signed up to a voluntary code of conduct that was then enforced by the American Federal Trade Commission (FTC). But on Tuesday, the ECJ ruled that the pact was unsound, since it cannot protect EU personal data from snooping by the US National Security Agency and other American agencies. Oettinger acknowledged that the […]

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OnePlus X / Mini details emerge: ClearForce-ready display, Snapdragon 801 and more

Barely a few weeks have passed since the unveiling of the OnePlus 2 and yet already, we’re in deep discussion about the so-called OnePlus Mini / X, which are probably the same device. Only last week, a OnePlus device was revealed following its approval by the FCC, in a revelation that also spawned a couple of images. Now, a new report from GforGames cites an anonymous tip-off in outlining some very interesting features of the next OnePlus handset, including a ClearForce-ready display akin to what’s been rumored for the Samsung Galaxy S7. 

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Microsoft once more forcing Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft snooping update, KB3035583 returns to Windows 7 users forcing them to upgrade to Windows 10

Like it or not, Microsoft wants you to upgrade your PC to its latest iteration. In fact, Microsoft set up a ambitious goal of bringing Windows 10 on a total of 1 billion devices by 2017. And in order to achieve this goal, Microsoft is going hook, line and sinker after the Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.

Despite of the fact that many Windows 7 users have preferred to stay with it instead of Windows 10 being available to them for free, Microsoft wants them to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible.

In order to fulfill this goal,  Microsoft offered some patches prompting users to upgrade which were stopped when there was criticism for forcing users to forcefully upgrade to Windows 10. Now, it seems Microsoft has recently re-released these to make sure that, even if Windows 7 consumers blocked them, they still show up on their computers.

This was reported by Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld who wrote that Microsoft has re-released total of six patches, and these include not only updates that are supposed to encourage the upgrade to Windows 10 but also bulletins that were previously used to enable data collection on Windows 7.

The upgrade patch as well as the snooping patch has been marked as “important” on Windows 7 PCs, and they are labeled as recommended by Windows Update, so users who might not know what they are all about could easily install them.

Here’s the list:

KB 3035583, re-released for Windows 7 on Oct 5, version 8, this patch contains the Get Windows 10 program GWX. There is no information in the KB article about why the patch has been re-released.

KB 2952664, re-released for Windows 7 on Oct. 6, version 13 is a snooping patch. It send information back to Windows servers back in Redmond. The KB article continues to identify the patch as a “Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7.” There’s no indication why it was re-released.

KB 2976978, re-released for Windows 8.1 on Oct. 6, version 19. Still labeled a “Compatibility update for Windows 8.1,” it’s a scanning program.

KB 2977759, re-released for Windows 7 on Oct. 6, version 12. Analogous to the KB 2976978 patch for Windows 8.1, this one is also a scanner. The KB article says it’s a compatibility update for Windows 7 RTM.

KB 3083710 is a new update client for Windows 7, with no further details available.

KB 3083711 is also new, and it appears to be an analogous update client change for Windows 8.1.

Once again if you value your privacy and dont want to upgrade to Windows 10 and you don’t want telemetry services enabled on your computer, you should avoid and hide these updates. Needless to say, Microsoft recommends everyone to install them, but it’s up to you to decide whether you need them or not.

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Expect More Online Fraud as New Credit Cards Arrive

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses could be the most vulnerable. Online fraud in the U.S. is expected to nearly double to $19 billion by 2018 from $10 billion in 2014, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, a consulting company based in Pleasanton,California. In Britain, which began shifting to chip cards in 2001, online fraud rose 55 percent from 2005 to 2008, according to the UK Cards Association, an industry group. “It’s inevitable it will happen,” says Steve Platt, an executive vice president at Experian, the credit reporting company. Banks and other card issuers are sending consumers the new cards because the chips embedded in them are harder to counterfeit than magnetic stripes. Issuers began sending replacement cards in the last year because, as of Oct. 1, merchants are responsible for financial losses from fraud committed with chip cards if they don’t use new equipment to process chip card payments. Small businesses are likely to be most vulnerable because many can’t afford the sophisticated software big retailers use to quickly determine whether transactions are fraudulent. […]

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Facebook’s new 6 empathetic emojis to add more power to the “Like” button

Facebook’s Next-Generation “Like” Button to express emotions beyond “like”

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook during a town hall question-and-answer session at Facebook’s headquarters in September, had said that the company was working on ways for users to express a different reaction beyond “liking” a post.

The company has finally rolled out a broader range of clickable emoticons that can be used to show empathy with or displeasure in a Facebook post. In other words, it is more like an extension of the ubiquitous Like button that summarizes the reaction of the readers, although a more extensive one.

In addition to the well-worn thumbs up, Facebook is now testing out six emojis to express “reactions” such as love, laughter, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger.

Facebook tells us that the pop-up feature will first start out as a test in two markets only, Spain and Ireland, before it decides whether to tweak it and/or how to roll it out further.

“We’re excited to start this test, but understand that this is a big change, and one that we want to make sure to get right,” wrote Facebook product manager Chris Tosswill. Users in these two countries “will be able to react to any post across Facebook – a post from a friend, advertiser, publisher or business.”

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this,” Zuckerberg said during its public Q&A, “and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.”

The company has resisted developing a “dislike” button for years because CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not want to epitomize the up vote/down vote systems in different online communities, such as the Reddit community.

The new Reactions feature will hopefully be able to allow users to express their thoughts that is beyond a singular Like button. As Zuckerberg said, not every moment is a good moment, and such events are not something that users can just generally express the proper emotions with a Like button.

So how’d they come up with this select range of emotions? Chief Product Officer Chris Cox explained in a Facebook post: “We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun.”

So, what’s the reason for choosing those two countries? Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s director of product, says it’s because both have largely national user bases without extensive international friend networks, so they work better as closed test groups. Ireland is English speaking, while Spain lets Facebook test out how well the wordless emoji play with non-English users.

In order to see the buttons — which are available in the iPhone, Android and desktop versions of Facebook used in Ireland and Spain — users can either long-press or hover over the “Like” button. The buttons will then appear for users to scroll through and select.

Tosswill explained that the new ‘reactions’ will help the company to filter the posts that appear in users’ newsfeeds.

“Initially, just as we do when someone likes a post, if someone uses a reaction, we will infer they want to see more of that type of post,” Tosswill explained.

“We see this as an opportunity for businesses and publishers to better understand how people are responding to their content on Facebook,” he said.

“We will spend time learning from this initial roll-out.”

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Apple iPhone 6s lands in 40 more markets, Russia and India score the highest prices

Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and many more countries are seeing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch get released in the Apple Stores of their respective location today. 
It’s Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan that …

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