February 7, 2019

Newspaper headlines: May and Corbyn’s Brexit battles

The press keeps tabs on the tricky course being followed by both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit.
February 7, 2019

PEN15 Digs Into Gross, Embarrassing, Puberty Humor In Surprisingly Relatable Ways

Co-creators of Hulu's "PEN15" Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle talk to MTV News about making a 2000-set puberty show feel relatable and funny.
February 7, 2019

You need laundry detergent anyway, so why not get Tide pods now while they’re discounted?

There's no such thing as "if" when it comes to buying laundry detergent, only "when." You're always going to need more because you'll never stop doing laundry, so why not just order some more. Why now? Because Amazon is running a big sale that knocks $3 off the already-low prices on 19 different Tide Pods products. That's right, there's something for everyone. You can shop the entire sale right here on Amazon's site, or you'll find the all of the discounted products listed below.

February 7, 2019

Emiliano Sala: Body identified as footballer

Police say body recovered from wreckage of crashed plane is that of Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala.
February 7, 2019

Apple issues response regarding apps that record user screens without permission

The funny thing about Apple scandals is that insignificant issues are often magnified -- with Bendgate being one obvious example -- while worrisome issues never quite seem to gain traction in the mainstream press. To wit, a recent report revealed that a number of companies with popular iPhone apps have been using a third-party analytics service which allow them to track how customers use their apps, down to every single swipe and tap of a button. While that may seem innocent enough, the service also provides a "session replay" service which allows companies to take snapshots of a user's device without overt user-consent. In the process, sensitive personal information such as credit card information and passwords get transmitted to a third-party server. Some of the popular iPhone apps discovered to be using the aforementioned analytics service include Hotels.com, Expedia, and Air Canada. In light of the report, Apple has since issued a statement clarifying the company's position on the matter. In short, companies from now on will either have to explicitly inform users that screen recording will be going on or remove the functionality altogether. Apple's statement, which was provided to TechCrunch, reads as follows:
Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity. We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary.
February 7, 2019

This is the Kepler space telescope’s last image after nearly a decade of work

It's now been a few months since the Kepler space telescope bit the dust, but the work it did will still have an impact for a long time to come. In a new post, NASA reveals the telescope's "Last Light' image, which is the final observation it made after nearly a decade of exoplanet hunting. The image might not look all that interesting to us, especially when we're used to seeing such lovely views of space, but Kepler's mission was never to provide us with eye candy. The spacecraft was an incredibly powerful tool for observing far-off objects and, as it proved time and time again, it was incredibly good at finding new planets. When it comes to hunting for exoplanets we simply don't have the technology to zoom all the way in on a distant star and see whatever might be orbiting it. Instead, astronomers have to look at the light of the start itself and hope to detect changes in it that would suggest something has passed in front of it. Kepler was built with this technique in mind, and the data it provided allowed researchers to discover many, many distant worlds. Thus far, data from Kepler has resulted in the detection of over 2,600 separate planets orbiting various stars. In total, the telescope observed over 530,000 stars in its hunt. This "Last Light" image also shows us the state that Kepler was in as it reached its end. It was still doing fine work, but the telescope was definitely showing its age. You'll notice the dark gaps in various areas along the top in within the main body of the image when compared to this "First Light" image taken by Kepler back in 2009: "The blackened gaps in the center and along the top of the image are the result of earlier random part failures in the camera," NASA explains. "Due to the modular design, the losses did not impact the rest of the instrument." So spare a thought for Kepler, which taught us more about distant worlds than any spacecraft before it. The telescope will now drift around for a while with its empty fuel tank, and we hope it has a pleasant retirement.
February 7, 2019

21 Savage played by the rules, so why was he detained?

On Sunday, fans of rapper 21 Savage received baffling news: the up-and-coming recording artist had been detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and threatened with deportation. Up until that moment, most assumed that the artist — whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — was a born and bred Georgian, considering the […]
February 7, 2019

Ariana Grande Defends Her Decision To Walk Away From The Grammys

Ariana Grande tweeted a defense of her decision to skip out on the 2019 Grammys: "It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you that I decided not to attend."
February 7, 2019

Apple rolls out fix for FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Apple has fixed the FaceTime group chat bug that let people eavesdrop on unanswered group-video calls.
February 7, 2019

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