March 4, 2019

Newspaper headlines: Knife crime, Prodigy star’s death

Knife crime and the death of Prodigy star Keith Flint dominate the front pages of Tuesday's papers.
March 4, 2019

You could win a year of free flights from JetBlue, but there’s a wild catch

In a somewhat novel way to make headlines, JetBlue is offering folks the opportunity to fly free for a full year. Is there a catch? Of course there is. This isn't so much a promotion as it is a contest, and if you want a chance to win you'll have to delete every single one of your Instagram photos. In short, if you care more about travelling to and fro on someone else's dime than you do about your social media presence, this is definitely a contest you'll want to keep in mind. Word of the contest -- which is called All You Can Jet -- first came up via Instagram last week. As for the particulars, JetBlue will select three lucky winners who will essentially be able to travel cost-free across North America, Central America, and select locations in the Caribbean. The only costs the winners will incur will be the taxes and fees associated with the flights. So while not 100% free, it's still quite the opportunity for anyone looking to get away. If you want to enter, the first step is to delete all of your Instagram pictures. Sound scary? Perhaps, but as JetBlue slyly reminds us on their website: "Don't worry, if you win you'll be able to post pics from everywhere we fly." Once you do that, the next step is to upload a customized image -- JetBlue has a template over here -- to your newly empty Instagram page with a #Allyoucanjetsweepstakes hashtag. Following that, the waiting game begins, with JetBlue poised to notify the winners shortly after the contest closes at 11:59 EST this coming Friday. The full contest rules can be viewed over here.
March 4, 2019

Scientists trained an AI to identify lung cancer, and now it’s as smart as a pathologist

As AI continues to permeate just about every aspect of our lives, we're now beginning to see some serious advances in the ability of computer systems to diagnose various diseases. One of the biggest areas of focus for scientists is in cancer diagnosis, and we've already seen machine learning algorithms capable of identifying cancers like breast cancer. Now, researchers from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center have announced their development of a deep neural network that can identify lung cancer on tissue slides with accuracy that matches a human pathologist. "Our study demonstrates that machine learning can achieve high performance on a challenging image classification task and has the potential to be an asset to lung cancer management," Saeed Hassanpour, lead author of the work, said in a statement. "Clinical implementation of our system would be able to assist pathologists for accurate classification of lung cancer subtypes, which is critical for prognosis and treatment." The research, which was published in Scientific Reports, focused on a common type of lung cancer called adenocarinoma. The team trained the AI on hundreds of cancer examples in slide images, then tested the algorithm against 143 separate slide images to see how accurate the network might be in a real-world scenario. Those results were compared against the judgement of human pathologists, and the AI was extremely accurate overall, proving to be at least equally as skilled at identifying cancer in the slides as the human specialists. The researchers propose that, if their system could be validated in real-world testing, it could prove to be a valuable tool for doctors and other medical professionals that need rapid diagnosis.
March 4, 2019

This web tool could be another step toward killing passwords for good

There are so many hassles and problems that can be tied to the necessity of securing accounts, websites and the like with passwords. Passwords that, of course, can be forgotten. Passwords that are in many cases too simplistic, which facilitates an ease in remembering them, but makes them also easier to crack. Ideally, it would be worthwhile to slowly move away from a reliance on passwords, which is something that an announcement from the World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance today could hopefully be a step toward achieving. Today's W3C announcement builds on the unveiling last year of WebAuthn -- short for Web Authentication -- and notes that it's now an official web standard. It works as a password-free authentication mechanism that lets users forgo passwords in favor of an authenticator like a biometric ID to register and authenticate themselves on websites as well as in mobile apps. Per the W3C, WebAuthn is already supported by major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge, and today's announcement should help spur its wider usage across the web as a whole. As part of today's announcement, Microsoft vice president for program management in the company's identity division Alex Simons said that this work has been a "critical piece" of Microsoft's commitment to a password-free world. "Today," he said, "Windows 10 with Microsoft Edge fully supports the WebAuthn standard, and millions of users can log in to their Microsoft account without using a password." Mozilla cryptography engineer J.C. Jones went so far as to call this new standard the "best technical response" to protect against phishing attacks "out of all multi-factor authentication solutions I know of." By way of adding additional context to why a standard like this is so important, the WC3 announcement noted with a bit of understatement that passwords outlived their usefulness arguably a long time ago. According to the organization, "stolen, weak or default passwords" are behind 81 percent of data breaches, and they also cost time and resources to enter and regularly reset them. Meanwhile, multi-factor authentication solutions like one-time codes delivered via text message do add an additional level of security, but they're still no guarantee, "aren't simple to use and suffer from low opt-in rates."

Says Duo Security senior R&D engineer James Barclay: "The WebAuthn specification is a major and collaborative leap forward in the evolution of simpler, stronger user authentication .. WebAuthn’s security and privacy protections, built-in phishing resistance and ease-of-use give it the potential to drive widespread adoption across enterprise and consumer markets, making everyone safer as a result."

March 4, 2019

Yet another round of blood pressure meds hit with recall over cancer risk

Yet another blood pressure medication manufacturer is announcing a massive recall of its products due to potentially cancer-causing impurities. This time around it's Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited which is recalling over 100 lots of tablets that might help your blood pressure but then give you cancer instead. The recall covers two types of hypertension-treating tablets including Losartan potassium tablets and Losartan potassion / Hydrocholothiazide tablets. The impurity that may be present in the drugs is N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid, or NMBA. Previous recalls of blood pressure medications have cited culprits including NDEA, and while NMBA doesn't pose as much of a risk as NDEA, it's still worth paying attention to this new recall. "It’s important to underscore that, based on the FDA’s initial evaluation, the increased risk of cancer to patients with NMBA exposure appears to be the same for NDMA exposure but less than the risk from NDEA exposure," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. "That said, any presence of such impurities in drug products is not acceptable." NMBA is considered to be a carcinogen to humans an animals, meaning that it may promote the growth of new cancers in the body. However, if you happen to have some of the medication that is included in the new recall bulletin (check for the full list here), the FDA advises that you actually continue to take it rather than stopping, at least until an alternate treatment plan can be made with your doctor.
Patients who are taking Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP and Losartan Potassium/ Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, USP should continue taking their medication, as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment. Patients should contact their pharmacist or physician who can advise them about an alternative treatment prior to returning their medication.
This is an important point. Many times when a recall is issued for a food items or even a prescription medication the FDA suggests that the tainted products be avoided at all costs. In this case, since blood pressure medication can be vital to a person's well being, you'll need to line up an alternative medication before taking any action.
March 4, 2019

Girl Scouts honor climate change

By Marlene Cimons Margaret Goodman, a retired foreign affairs expert who is now in her 70s, has never forgotten the positive impact the Girl Scouts had on her life. “I loved it because I love the outdoors,” she said. “We hiked, and camped and canoed whenever we could. We were a bunch of kids who […]
March 4, 2019

The 10 Best Deals of March 4, 2019

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March 4, 2019

The best of MWC 2019: Huawei Mate X, Galaxy S10, 5G, and much more

There’s no question that MWC 2019 was the most important edition of the event in years. We’ve not only seen an collection of foldable devices, spearheaded by the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, but we're also getting an early look at 5G. We’re no longer looking at concepts that will take several years to hit markets. The 5G phones are upon us, and MWC brought us quite a few of them. And carriers around the world are about to take their 5G networks live. With that in mind, let’s check out the best mobile technology from MWC 2019.


In case I haven’t made it clear, 5G was really the star of the show. Phones like the Galaxy S10 5G, Mate X, LG V50 ThinQ, and the OnePlus 5G phone were all unveiled before or during the show. I got to experience 5G on devices that will hit stores in the coming months, including playing a game that was streamed from the cloud to a mobile phone hooked up to a big TV. 5G is real, folks, and we’re almost ready to get our hands it.

Lenovo ThinkVision M14

As for devices, we didn't actually get to see the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 at MWC. It’s an ultra-slim, ultra-portable external monitor that’s quite affordable and will easily connect to your equally portable laptop. If you need more screen real estate on the go, you'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390

Lenovo unleashed a flurry of enterprise and consumer laptops, including affordable in-between devices. The new ThinkPad X390 workhorse is one of the models that stands out. It’s the smallest ThinkPad model, featuring a 13-inch screen in a body that would have previously housed a 12-inch display. It has a few neat security tricks up its sleeve, as well as support for Wi-Fi 6 and global LTE, a bunch of ports and up to 17.6 hours of battery life. Prices start at $1,099, and it’ll be available in June.

Huawei MateBook X Pro

The 2019 edition of the Huawei MateBook X Pro is even better than last year's. The original X Pro turned out to be a fantastic Windows laptop, and Huawei says the new version takes another step forward. The new MateBook X Pro should be even more powerful, as expected, but what makes it unique is the new software features that should make living with Windows 10 and Android a lot easier than before.

Huawei Mate X

The Mate X is easily the best foldable of MWC 2019, and we’ve already told you a ton about it. Many questions linger, but the same goes for Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which is really the only contender the Mate X has. That said, just look at this thing! It’s no wonder it was voted the best in show at MWC.

Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung went its own way when it came to this year’s Mobile World Congress. It skipped the regular Sunday evening press conference to unveil the Galaxy S10 and Fold a few days early. But the Galaxy S10 5G was only available for a hands-on experience at MWC. It’s even bigger than the Galaxy S10+ and Note 9, and features 5G connectivity. It’s probably the best 5G phone coming out of the show, and I’m including traditional, non-foldable phones -- the kind of devices that you might actually want to buy. As for the regular Galaxy S10 models, they would have probably stolen the show had it been not for the Mate X. It also didn’t help that the Galaxy S10 wasn’t really a surprise.

Sony Xperia 1

Speaking of surprises, the Xperia 1 certainly qualifies. Sony is finally catching up with its rivals when it comes to design and features, and the Xperia 1 is just marvelous to touch and hold. Sadly, it’ll be late to the market, launching well after many people have spent their cash on a Galaxy S10.

Nokia 9 PureView

The only things lacking about the Nokia 9 PureView are the design, which is too bland compared to all the 2019 flagships, and the specs (Snapdragon 845 processor). But the phone sports an amazing penta-lens camera that doesn’t have an equivalent on competing devices. At least in theory, the Nokia 9 has the best camera of the show, pending more reviews, of course. It’s a phone to consider this year, especially considering that it'll sell for $599 next week.

LG G8 ThinQ

The LG G8 ThinQ is one of the best smartphones of the show, but likely one that will be quickly forgotten, having to compete against the Galaxy S10 and the likes. The handset does come with two innovations that nobody in the business has, including a display that doubles as a pretty loud speaker, and a Face ID-like selfie camera that lets you control the phone with gestures, and features a Hand ID recognition system that reads your veins.

Galaxy Buds

Samsung’s brand new wireless earphones were also unveiled at the Galaxy S10 event that preceded MWC 2019, but they’re still deserving of a shout out. The AirPods alternative comes with wireless charging and can be charged by the Galaxy S10. They’re hardly the only new headphones coming out of MWC, but you should definitely check them out. The earphones were bundled with Galaxy S10 preorders around the world, but are already sold out.

18,000 mAh battery phone

This 18,000 mAh battery is an-all screen phone with a slide-out camera. It’s crazy, but there might be a market for these, and it’s one of the best looking battery phones yet.
March 4, 2019

New Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Photos Tease A Dark Love Triangle

Here's your first look at "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Part 2. A major love triangle is brewing.
March 4, 2019

Does Your Social Media Feed Need A Body-Acceptance Revamp?

By posting content that portrays a more honest depiction of their bodies, eating disorder recovery, and what it means to practice self-love, celebrities, bloggers, organizations, and everyday Instagram users are working to shift the narrative on body i...