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first_imgMONACO (AP):A ninth Monte Carlo Masters title is getting closer for Rafael Nadal with most of his rivals out of the way – including Roger Federer, who again misses out on one of the few trophies not already in his glittering collection.But Federer – a four-time runner-up on the French Riviera – was not too disappointed, considering that his priority was to come back safely after more than two months out following knee surgery.Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 yesterday to set up a third semi-final here against Andy Murray. Federer lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, despite being two points from victory when 5-4 up in the decider, with Tsonga 15-30 down on his serve.This was Federer’s first tournament play since arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for torn cartilage on February 3, and defeat was softened by relief at avoiding any relapse.”It was good to play back-to-back, yesterday and today, good to play 2 hours 10 (minutes) today,” Federer said. “It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted.”With top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka – the French Open champion – also out, Federer himself picked Nadal when asked about the favourite.Nadal leads Murray 16-6 in career meetings and 6-1 on clay. For the other two semi-finalists, Nadal is 11-2 up on Gael Monfils – 4-0 on clay – and 8-4 on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, having beaten him here in the semi-finals three years ago. Nadal went on to lose the 2013 final to Djokovic, who was stunned in the second round this year by Czech Jiri Vesely, an unheralded Czech player ranked 55th.In a one-sided contest between former champions, Nadal broke Wawrinka four times and made the semi-finals for the 11th time.Murray took out Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 for the second time this year.The Briton thinks patience will be the key factor against the nine-time French Open champion.last_img read more

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first_imgIt would absolutely and significantly enhance the simplicity of our existence if all men and all women were actually and literally created equal. The fact of the matter is that equality and parity, generally and specifically as it relates to income generation in all spheres of life including sports is a million miles from reality. Parity and equality in earnings are mythical even among men in sport, meaning that even in an all male team or all male sport some individuals earn more than others based on the value they bring to the team and or the sport. Lionel Messi for example earns three or four times what some of his star teammates earn at Barcelona. The same applies to NBA superstar LeBron James, whose salary and earnings are significantly more than any of his teammates at the Cleveland Cavaliers. The notion of equal pay and parity of earnings in sport is based more on emotionalism, more than a touch of feminism and a throwback to the old socialist ideals, than any semblance of appreciation for the modern reality. IRRATIONAL AND NAIVE In the current market driven global space it is irrational and naive to argue for example that the women cricketers should be remunerated at the same level as their male superstar counterparts. The disparity being too wide is a more reasonable cause worth exploring, but women’s cricket is still relatively new in terms of impact, popularity and income generation and is still a major work in progress. Let us not get too carried away by the impressive success of Stafanie Taylor and her team in lifting the ICC World T20 title. Being crowned champions will no doubt enhance the cause of the women’s game across the region and in the rapidly evolving world of cricket our top women players are already being offered contracts to play in the emerging leagues across the world. This represents steady and commensurate progress of the women’s game and stars of the women’s game. But to argue parity or equality is ridiculous. Remuneration must be value and productivity based. Failing that the economics of the situation will not hold. If tomorrow morning women’s cricket becomes more popular and generates more money than men’s cricket, by all means the women should then earn more than the men. In women’s tennis, for example, where there is equality as it relates to prize monies, it is fully deserved again based on value in that Serena Williams is no less of a money spinner and a tennis superstar than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic and quite rightly the market has spoken in that regard. There is also the unique case of the USA women’s soccer team. They have chosen the courts as the avenue to settle their remuneration disparity dispute with the USA men’s soccer players. In that case the American women might very well have a credible case because the women’s game is hugely popular in the USA when compared to the men’s game, certainly in terms of participation there is parity between men and women in that country, while in terms of international success the American women have long and continue to outperform the American men. THEY ARE WORTH IT If a credible case can be built around the value of the USA women’s team bringing greater value to the market than the men, then by all means the American women should be commensurately remunerated. Fundamentally, that is because they are worth it and not simply because they are women. Equality between the sexes and even among the sexes is a mythical platitude. When the rubber hits the asphalt of real life nothing is further from the truth. Generally each individual is rewarded for the value he or she brings to the organisation or the team. If a female athlete brings more value to the cause than the male, she should be commensurately rewarded more than the male. If a male athlete brings more value to the cause than the female then he should earn more. It can get no more basic and equitable than that.last_img read more

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first_imgBoth of the Bay Area NFL quarterbacks turned in bad Week One performances.Both faced elite defenses. Both were let down by their supporting casts, to varrying degrees, up front and out wide. Both threw three interceptions.But there is a big difference between 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s poor game against the Vikings and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s poor performance against the Rams, and that difference is why I’m betting on Garoppolo to bounce back in Week Two and why I’m not …last_img

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first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The game lived up to the hype.Two Stanley Cup favorites, the Sharks (5-3-1) and the Nashville Predators (7-2), slugging it out for 60 minutes in a see-saw game decided in the late stages of the third period.With the likes of Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban and Brent Burns on the ice, Brenden Dillon scored the pivotal goal, going end-to-end on the penalty kill, triggering flashbacks of another No. 4 — Bobby Orr — as he jumpstarted the Sharks come-from-behind victory.Here’s what …last_img

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first_imgIn her inimitable way, Science reporter Elizabeth Pennisi has once again portrayed a scientific controversy undergoing active ferment.  This time it’s about the evolutionary origin of cell nuclei, which she terms “specialized, DNA-filled command centers.”1  At the conclusion, she gives prominence to a “provocative, but circumstantial and controversial” suggestion that viruses taught cells how to wrap their DNA in double membranes with controlled access.  Since the idea presupposes that viruses preceded all three domains of life – prokarya, eukarya and archaea – “If this is true, then we are all basically descended from viruses,” as a believer puts it.  The idea is unpalatable to some.  “I do not believe [it],” a German molecular biologist retorts.  “The idea of the viruses ‘inventing’ [eukaryotic cells] from scratch is hard for me to conceive.”    Pennisi treats the new viral theory as tentative at best.  What’s more revealing in her article are the problems with previously-popular ideas, and why.  According to her, the key insight at a meeting in France last month on the subject was: “They had underestimated the complexity of the eukaryotic cell’s 1.5-billion-year-old precursor.  The data presented indicated that this ancestral cell had more genes, more structures, and more diverse biochemical processes than previously imagined.”  For a glimpse why, look at Pennisi’s brief description of the nucleus:Each nucleus in a eukaryotic cell consists of a double lipid-based membrane punctuated by thousands of sophisticated protein complexes called nuclear pores, which control molecular traffic in and out of the organelle.  Inside, polymerases and other specialized enzymes transfer DNA’s protein-coding message to RNA.  Other proteins modify the strands of RNA to ensure that they bring an accurate message to the ribosomes outside the nucleus.  The nucleus also contains a nucleolus, a tightly packed jumble of RNA and proteins that are modified and shipped out of the nucleus to build ribosomes.(For more on the nuclear pore complex, see 06/17/2002 and 01/18/2002 headlines.)Eukaryotes are distinguished from bacteria by their double-membrane nuclei.  “The nuclear distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes shaped early speculation about the development of complex life,” Pennisi says about ideas floating around up to the 1970s.  Some thought eukaryotes were evolved prokaryotes, and others thought prokaryotes were degenerate eukaryotes.  But then Carl Woese created new woes by identifying bacteria-like cells that were distinct from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes: so different, in fact, to warrant classification in their own domain – archaea.  Others soon were surprised to find that eukaryotes appeared to have genes from both bacteria and archaea.    So another story was born, the endosymbiont or merger hypothesis.  This proposed that eukaryotes arose from “the ancient symbiotic partnership between bacteria and archaea.”  That theory came under fire from the discovery of faint but distinct nuclei in an unusual group of bacteria, named planctomycetes, that live in soil and fresh water.  Some of these planctomycetes have organelles and double-membraned sacs of DNA and RNA.  According to a critic of the merger model, these observations “turn the dogma that ‘prokaryotes have no internal membranes’ upside down”  Now, it seems no one is sure which way is up.    There’s more to cause vertigo for evolutionists: the complexity of the nuclear pore complexes (NPCs).  “Explaining these structures has always posed a sticking point for nuclear evolution.”  For one thing, “without pores, the nucleus can’t function.”  But for another thing, Pennisi continues, the same planctomycetes, and possibly some other archaea and prokaryotes, apparently possess structures resembling these complex traffic-control gates.  “Bacteria with nuclear pores and internal membranes, features typically considered eukaryote-specific, suggest that the nucleus was born much earlier than traditionally thought.”    For some, that leaves as the leading contender the controversial theory that viruses first invented the nucleus.  This, however, only pushes the complexity of nuclei and their pores farther back in time, and foists a huge design problem on earth’s most primitive biological entities.  That is why the molecular biologist quoted earlier can’t believe that simple viruses created such complex structures from scratch.  Pennisi shares a few speculations, based on circumstantial evidence, how it might have happened.  But when she ends by pushing the answer to the future, it underscores the fact that no current theory accounts for the origin of the nucleus:Did a virus provide the first nucleus?  Or was it something an early bacterial cell evolved, either on its own or in partnership with an archaeum?  To resolve the origin of the nucleus, evolutionary biologists are exploring new techniques that enable them to determine relationships of microorganisms that go much further back in time….The biologists in France argued and discussed many ideas.  “But when it came to accounting for how the nucleus was born,” Pennisi admits, “no single hypothesis bubbled to the top.”  She quotes French molecular biologist Patrick Forterre who said, “It’s like a puzzle.  People try to put all the pieces together, but we don’t know who is right or if there is still some crucial piece of information missing.”1Elizabeth Pennisi, “Evolutionary Biology: The Birth of the Nucleus,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5685, 766-768, 6 August 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5685.766].The crucial piece of missing information is information itself.  Information: DNA, logic, codes, controlled access, complex systems of integrated parts: these are all indicators of intelligent design.  This would be obvious if the biologists at that meeting would only think outside the Darwinian box in which they have imprisoned themselves.  Look at what contortions they have to go through to account for such biological complexity by chance.  As usual, the answer is somewhere out there in the future.  Also as usual, the same trend is seen here as in everything else in biology, and even in paleontology and cosmology: more complexity, further back toward the beginning.    Poor Elizabeth.  She has reported on so many of these evolutionist hand-wringing sessions you would think she might have taken up gardening by now to maintain her sanity.  But that might not help.  Just looking at the soil and thinking about those planctomycetes, and looking at the leaves and thinking about those nuclear pore complexes, DNA decoders accurately translating messages into specialized enzymes, all those shipping and receiving docks, and all the other thousands of sophisticated complexes working together in those command centers called nuclei might bring the stress and anxiety right back again.  “Come unto Me,” said the Designer, “all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will 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first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Cities contact sheet (508KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The city centreskyline, with the Noord Streetminibus taxi rank in theforeground. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: The city centre’sfinancial district. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: A view of the citycentre skyline at sunsetfrom the rooftop of theOribi Hotel in Troyeville. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Minibus taxis jamKlein Street in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Minibus taxis jamKlein Street in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageCITIES 2: {loadposition cities}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#biz#How To Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts john paul titlowcenter_img The need to leverage social media for business is a no-brainer at this point, but a company’s effectiveness on Facebook can be hampered if the account isn’t set up properly. Here are four reasons why your business should be set up as a Page, rather than a standard profile. Facebook Says SoAccording to Facebook’s terms of service, “Profiles represent individuals and must be held under an individual name, while Pages allow an organization, business, celebrity, or band to maintain a professional presence on Facebook.” If your business’ profile gets shut down by Facebook for violating this rule, your friends list will vanish with it. Pages Offer Analytics and Like WidgetsTwo really crucial advantages of administering a Page are user analytics and easily-embeddable Like buttons and widgets. With the recently overhauled Facebook Insights, you can view all kinds of useful data about user activity on your page, including how many likes and comments you received each day, demographic break-downs and much more. This data can be really useful for understanding the characteristics of your customer base, and knowing which wall posts get the best reaction. This data is not available to individual profiles.Another thing profiles don’t offer is the means to embed a Like button and other Open Graph plugins into your own site. This is a major setback for businesses hoping to grow their audience on Facebook. Pages Can Have Unlimited Fans.On Facebook, individual profiles are limited to 5,000 friends, whereas Pages can have unlimited fans (or likes). Once your profile friend list reaches 5,000, Facebook will encourage you to set up a Page, but doesn’t offer a tool to convert your profile to a Page. For that, you’re on your own.Converting a Profile to a Page is a NightmareIf you already set up your business on Facebook with a profile, converting “friends” to “fans” is no simple process. The only way to switch them over is to politely ask the friends to do it themselves. This can be accomplished either via status update or by sending them all a message explaining the change and linking them to your new Page. A third option would be to use Facebook’s formal Page recommendation tool to suggest that friends Like your new page. However, this option doesn’t give you the opportunity to type a custom message explaining why you’re asking them to do it.When converting friends to fans, it’s important to clearly articulate to users why you’re asking them to like your business, because in their mind they’re already connected to it via Facebook and shouldn’t need to take any further action. You’ll need to include a concise and friendly note to your users explaining that you’re switching from a profile to a Page to better serve them and ask them to click the like button to stay connected. Whichever approach you take, there’s no guarantee that each and every one of your friends will end up clicking on your Page’s like button, and repeatedly following up to remind them to do so can annoy users.At some point, you’ll have to decide if you’re going to delete the original profile, keep it semi-hidden via privacy settings or just let it sit there. Maintaining two different presences on Facebook can be confusing for your users, and thanks to Facebook’s friend recommendation feature, your long-abandoned profile will continue to pop up when friends of friends log in, and the requests will keep rolling in. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgThemeIt, a new app store devoted to iPhone customization, has just launched today. The store is only available to iPhone jailbreakers – those who use iPhone hacking tools to remove Apple’s built-in restrictions that prevent the installation of third-party applications from outside of iTunes.ThemeIt offers jailbreakers a selection of attractive themes which can be used within Winterboard, a popular jailbreak program for complete iPhone customization. For now, there are only paid themes available in ThemeIt, but a section devoted to free themes is arriving soon.Meanwhile, Jay Freeman’s Cydia application, the default jailbreak app store, has been updated to include a revamped theme section, too. For those of you into iPhone customization, today is a very good day.Why Themes?The ability to install themes is one of the many reason people jailbreak their iPhones. Although Apple lets you update your background wallpaper and lockscreen, some want to do more. They want their phone to feel unique, to not look like everyone else’s. Jailbreaking makes that possible. Using Winterboard, jailbreakers can customize nearly everything on the iPhone, from icon sets, to the iPhone’s dock and even the text that displays what mobile carrier you use.However, finding the little tweaks and add-ons for these sorts of iPhone makeovers was something of a treasure hunt using Cydia. You could pick up a widget here and and a new icon set there, but the availability of complete theme packages, where all sorts of tweaks were combined into one single download, was limited.Some in the jailbreak design community felt there was a need to expand outside of what Cydia provided. And so there came ThemeIt.ThemeIt Hands-OnThemeIt’s founder, a guy who goes just by “Gab” online (or “FIF7Y,” as his design website is called), has been letting me test ThemeIt pre-launch on my iPhone 4. My takeaway? In a nutshell: it’s great.The store is well-built, with intuitive navigation that makes it easy to preview theme screenshots, read descriptions and manage your previous theme purchases. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Not Just an App, an App Store?ThemeIt isn’t just an app where you can find great themes – it’s an app store, with built-in checkout options for paid themes, support for promo codes, detailed item descriptions, designer bios, notification settings and more. Both the website and app appear to be running a little slower today than I remember, probably due to the app store’s launch and the fair amount of press attention it has received. I imagine it will speed back up after the initial hype has died down.Cydia Updates Theme Section, TooIn the meantime, Cydia has also seen a theme-related update of its own, no doubt due to the tense situation between FIF7Y and Freeman, aka “Saurik” in jailbreaking circles. (More on that here). In not so coincidental timing, Saruik updated the theme section in Cydia, noting that the revised selection will now feature bi-weekly content updates with additions provided by popular iPhone customization outlets ModMyi, Planet-iPhones and MacCiti.Even if the change was prompted by Cydia’s new competition, it’s worth a look, as the themes featured in Cydia appear to be different than those found in ThemeIt. However, as a regular iPhone jailbreaker, I found that many of Cydia themes looked familiar – I had seen them before, for months and months on end. I’m looking forward to the next update, though, to see what new options will arrive.But the end result for iPhone customizers, is a win-win. There are new themes everywhere for you to try. And if these arrivals have you reconsidering jailbreaking, you can find our most recent how-to guide here.Note: To install ThemeIt, add http://www.themeitapp.com/repo to Cydia’s sources then search for the app in Cydia. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market,ThemeIt, a new app store devoted to iPhone customization, has just launched today. The store is only available to iPhone jailbreakers – those who use iPhone hacking tools to remove Apple’s built-in restrictions that prevent the installation of third-party applications from outside of iTunes.ThemeIt offers jailbreakers a selection of attractive themes which can be used within Winterboard, a popular jailbreak program for complete iPhone customization. For now, there are only paid themes available in ThemeIt, but a section devoted to free themes is arriving soon.Meanwhile, Jay Freeman’s Cydia application, the default jailbreak app store, has been updated to include a revamped theme section, too. For those of you into iPhone customization, today is a very good day.Why Themes?The ability to install themes is one of the many reason people jailbreak their iPhones. Although Apple lets you update your background wallpaper and lockscreen, some want to do more. They want their phone to feel unique, to not look like everyone else’s. Jailbreaking makes that possible. Using Winterboard, jailbreakers can customize nearly everything on the iPhone, from icon sets, to the iPhone’s dock and even the text that displays what mobile carrier you use.However, finding the little tweaks and add-ons for these sorts of iPhone makeovers was something of a treasure hunt using Cydia. You could pick up a widget here and and a new icon set there, but the availability of complete theme packages, where all sorts of tweaks were combined into one single download, was limited.Some in the jailbreak design community felt there was a need to expand outside of what Cydia provided. And so there came ThemeIt.ThemeIt Hands-OnThemeIt’s founder, a guy who goes just by “Gab” online (or “FIF7Y,” as his design website is called), has been letting me test ThemeIt pre-launch on my iPhone 4. My takeaway? In a nutshell: it’s great.The store is well-built, with intuitive navigation that makes it easy to preview theme screenshots, read descriptions and manage your previous theme purchases. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… My only complaint is that many of the themes have a masculine vibe to theme, as is typical in jailbreaking circles. There’s a great theme with photo widgets that I liked except for the fact that the widget in each screenshot showcased the photo of a scantily-clad woman. No thanks. I’d rather put my own photos in there – why wouldn’t that be an option? Sigh. Both the website and app appear to be running a little slower today than I remember, probably due to the app store’s launch and the fair amount of press attention it has received. I imagine it will speed back up after the initial hype has died down.Cydia Updates Theme Section, TooIn the meantime, Cydia has also seen a theme-related update of its own, no doubt due to the tense situation between FIF7Y and Freeman, aka “Saurik” in jailbreaking circles. (More on that here). In not so coincidental timing, Saruik updated the theme section in Cydia, noting that the revised selection will now feature bi-weekly content updates with additions provided by popular iPhone customization outlets ModMyi, Planet-iPhones and MacCiti.Even if the change was prompted by Cydia’s new competition, it’s worth a look, as the themes featured in Cydia appear to be different than those found in ThemeIt. However, as a regular iPhone jailbreaker, I found that many of Cydia themes looked familiar – I had seen them before, for months and months on end. I’m looking forward to the next update, though, to see what new options will arrive.But the end result for iPhone customizers, is a win-win. There are new themes everywhere for you to try. And if these arrivals have you reconsidering jailbreaking, you can find our most recent how-to guide here.Note: To install ThemeIt, add http://www.themeitapp.com/repo to Cydia’s sources then search for the app in Cydia. sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The process of purchasing a theme is straightforward, too. After logging in, you simply click the “buy now” button, then complete the checkout process using PayPal. You can purchase themes either via the website or within the app on your phone.I was also able to test the promo code process with the MP2 theme built by FIF7Y himself. It was fast and painless, I’m happy to report. My only complaint is that many of the themes have a masculine vibe to theme, as is typical in jailbreaking circles. There’s a great theme with photo widgets that I liked except for the fact that the widget in each screenshot showcased the photo of a scantily-clad woman. No thanks. I’d rather put my own photos in there – why wouldn’t that be an option? Sigh. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The process of purchasing a theme is straightforward, too. After logging in, you simply click the “buy now” button, then complete the checkout process using PayPal. You can purchase themes either via the website or within the app on your phone.I was also able to test the promo code process with the MP2 theme built by FIF7Y himself. It was fast and painless, I’m happy to report. Not Just an App, an App Store?ThemeIt isn’t just an app where you can find great themes – it’s an app store, with built-in checkout options for paid themes, support for promo codes, detailed item descriptions, designer bios, notification settings and more. Tags:#Apple#news#web sarah perez Tags:#Apple#news#web At launch time, there’s a healthy selection of themes available to download, some of which even go a step further than simply updating color schemes and icon sets to offer alternative user interfaces, where icon folders are laid out in curved paths alongside Android-like widgets, for example. There are others where, at first glance, it’s hard to even recognize the device as an iPhone.In short, it’s a customizers’ dream. At launch time, there’s a healthy selection of themes available to download, some of which even go a step further than simply updating color schemes and icon sets to offer alternative user interfaces, where icon folders are laid out in curved paths alongside Android-like widgets, for example. There are others where, at first glance, it’s hard to even recognize the device as an iPhone.In short, it’s a customizers’ dream. 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first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#NYT#security#web sarah perez Over 50 applications found to contain malware were removed from the Android Market yesterday, after being downloaded approximately 50,000 times. The apps contained a type of malware called “DroidDream,” which was able to use exploit code to root (take administrative control over) the phones where it was installed and steal sensitive data from the devices. In addition, a second APK (an Android application file) was also found hidden inside the code, which could steal additional data.Dozens of Malware Apps Discovered on Android Market Related Posts center_img The takeaway from this incident for Android end users is this: you can’t trust that any given application is safe. Read the permissions before installing apps, and if you can’t be bothered with that, use an additional security program from a firm like Lookout or one of its competitors instead.Image credits & sources: Lookout, Android Police, Reddit The malware was initially reported via the social news site Reddit, where it was later picked up by the blog Android Police. The blog had their “resident hacker” Justin Case further analyze the malware-infected applications for details. He found that the apps root the device after installation, which means they give the malware creator complete administrative control over the device. Although disguised as popular games and utilities, the infected apps actually enabled the creator to retrieve sensitive data from the phones. Case was able to confirm that the apps stole product ID, model, partner/provider, language, country and userID, but he also discovered that the additional, hidden app had the ability to download more code.“There’s no way to know what the app does after it’s installed,” wrote Aaron Gringrich on Android Police, in reference to what that functionality could mean, “but the possibilities are endless.”Over 50 Apps, Not 21, Found to be InfectedAccording to security firm Lookout, makers of a malware-prevention application for Android phones, the original report of 21 applications by Reddit and Android Police was somewhat incomplete. To date, more than 50 applications have been found to be infected with this new malware called DroidDream, it reported.After analyzing the 21 apps reported by Reddit user Lompolo, the firm found a large number of applications from other developers that also contained the same malware. Lookout shared its findings with Google and are now reporting that the apps have been pulled from the Android Market.However, Google has not yet activated its remote removal system to wipe the malware-laden apps off of end users’ devices, says Lookout. That means that many of the estimated 50,000 to 200,000 installations of these apps are still out there on users’ phones. Lookout notes that it has also updated its security software programs via an over-the-air update to remove all known instances of DroidDream and has implemented a specific signature that should block other variants of these apps in the future.What Were the Malware Apps?According to Lookout, the following application publishers and apps were found to contain the malware (see below). You’ll note that many of the application names are similar to other popular and more well-known Android applications.Full list of infected applications published by “Myournet”:Falling DownSuper Guitar SoloSuper History EraserPhoto EditorSuper Ringtone MakerSuper Sex PositionsHot Sexy VideosChess????_FalldownHilton Sex SoundScreaming Sexy Japanese GirlsFalling Ball DodgeScientific CalculatorDice Roller????Advanced Currency ConverterApp Uninstaller????_PewPewFunny PaintSpider Man???Full list of infected applications published by “Kingmall2010?:Bowling TimeAdvanced Barcode ScannerSupre Bluetooth TransferTask Killer ProMusic BoxSexy Girls: JapaneseSexy LegsAdvanced File ManagerMagic Strobe Light??????????Panzer Panic????Mr. Runner??????Advanced App to SDSuper Stopwatch & TimerAdvanced Compass LevelerBest password safe???????Full list of infected apps under the developer name “we20090202?:Finger RacePianoBubble ShootAdvanced Sound ManagerMagic Hypnotic SpiralFunny FaceColor Blindness TestTie a TieQuick NotesBasketball Shot NowQuick Delete ContactsOmok Five in a RowSuper Sexy Ringtones??????????????Questions About Google’s Response Time and Reporting ResourcesOn the one hand, Google acted quickly after Case reached out to a contact at Google about the apps in question. In less than five minutes after his report, the apps were pulled from the Market. Unfortunately, an application developer attempting to reach out to Google through more official channels had worse luck.According to reddit user codingcaveman, the developer of Guitar Solo Lite, whose app was ripped off as “Super Guitar Solo” by the malware creator, he had reached out to Google about this same issue over a week ago. “I notified Google about this through all the channels I could think of: DCMA notice, malicious app reporting, Android Market Help…they have yet to respond,” he wrote.This raises concerns that Google’s mechanisms for protecting Android users from threats such as these simply aren’t good enough at the present time. While it’s commendable that Google jumped quickly when a personal contact of Case’s was notified of the threat, the official channels should be just as responsive – especially if the developer doing the reporting is one whose own business is being directly affected by the malware’s continued existence. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgDepending on which state you live in, future employers can ask credit agencies for your credit report before they hire you. They don’t see your exact credit score, but they can tell how much debt you have and how promptly you’ve been making payments. This information can indicate whether your score is high or low.The reason many employers do this check is to know in advance what potential complications are likely to arise. For example, you may be a candidate for a job that involves direct contact with money like cashier, accounts and finance.If your report reveals a lot of missing payments and owes a lot of money, the employer will see you as a risk. Your financial stand could give them the sense that you could potentially get involved in embezzlement. This reduces your employment prospects and thus your finances. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Spending high amounts of money on rates and premiums can result in spending unbelievable amounts of money over the years. This is money that could have been invested and used during retirement.Sadly, many retirees will either have to depend on their children or other relatives for survival. Your quality of life will take a hit because changing your way of life is obvious. You will forfeit any financial decisions concerning you.Improve Your Credit Score to Secure Your Financial Future. There is hope if you have a poor score. Begin with taking intentional action to boost up your credit in the following ways:Obtain a copy of your credit report as soon as possible.Make sure all your account details are accurately documentedIn the event of any minor or major errors, notify them immediately to the credit bureausLimit your credit card usage to below 30% at all timesMix up your various credit productsDetermine to pay off your debts with a set standard amount every monthOff-set your monthly utility bills promptlyAvoid wasteful credit purchasesFinal WordsYour score considerably contributes to your financial security, so the earlier you begin working to boost it, the better. It’s possible, and it’s best to start right away. By being alert with your credit, you will have the opportunity to obtain loans to increase your income. Employers will rely on you to take on sensitive roles in their companies, and you will spend less on interest rates.This will lead to fewer expenses, and you get to retain money for future investments and savings. Towards retirement, many people will be cutting down costs and adjusting to an undesirable way of life to survive. If you’re serious about aiming for a high credit score your financial future will be secure and you will retire comfortably.At the end of the day, you want to keep growing your wealth to the level where it can last beyond you. Use these tips to secure your financial future. With This One Question, You’ll Never Need an Ic… Most consumers are not aware that using credit irresponsibly can affect their finances in the future. Using excess of a certain sum on your card, delaying monthly payments and defaulting on your loan will tremendously impact your credit score. Maintaining a low score implies that you are on an uphill battle to a bright financial future.This score is defined as a numerical expression of your credit background. It ranges between 300 and 850. It generally determines how creditworthy you are to lenders, future employers, landlords and even loved ones. Basically, it can affect all areas of your life. Specifically, it can impact your finances in the following ways: AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Having a high credit score affords you access to credit cards that have bonuses and prizes. A poor credit score may put you in a position where you are unfit to use credit cards to buy what you need.Providers can bring down your credit limit because of delayed payments and they will reject your proposals for a lowered annual percentage rate. You are also liable to have your account closed. It Affects Your Credit Cards Usage. Calvin Ford is an independent content publisher. He is a student at Manukau Institute of Technology, studying computer science, English, and coding. He created a good value of content for his readers to gain more knowledge in every single field. Your month-to-month service providers like cell phone companies and insurance companies will levy high fees if your score is low. Utility providers regularly monitor residents’ credit scores before giving services like gas, electricity, and water to an apartment or home. If your credit score is low, you may have to part with a substantial payment ahead of time for these utilities. Landlords are more likely to take on tenants with a high credit score because of their commitment to their financial responsibilities and make quick payments. In some cases, because of your high score, you would be able to bargain with the landlord for a better deal on the rent. This would cut the total amount you will spend on rent each year. It Has an Impact on Your Insurance Premiums. It Affects Your Saving Potential. Sustaining a good score establishes that you’re good at making your outstanding payments and other financial obligations promptly. This encourages lenders and gives them a guarantee that you will pay them back without a problem. This will attract a lesser interest rate on your loan.However, a low credit score will bring on a higher rate owing to the risks involved in possible delayed payments or non-payment down the line. The difference between 5% and 5.5% accumulates to massive amounts of money in interest which could have been prevented.Is your score above 760? You will be considered for a low rate mortgage. A rate of 640 and below might not qualify you with many lenders. If they accept you, you will pay massive rates. Taking the vital measures to elevate your score should save you lots of money. If you already own a home that you’re paying for monthly, refinancing presents you with the chance to pay lower interest rates. A low credit score removes any possibility of you refinancing your home.This suggests that during the lifetime of your mortgage, you would pay tons of money over and above what you would pay if you were able to refinance. This would have severe repercussions on your financial future. It Affects Your Refinancing Ability. Insurance companies are inclined to confirm your credit soundness and this will have an effect on the premiums you will pay. They don’t necessarily need your score, but it contributes to your report which determines their final decision.Certain states forbid the use of credit scores for the car or home insurance. Some insurers do still pick out relevant information from your credit history. They need to analyze your possibility to make claims and pay premiums. Low scores will multiply the amount you would pay with a high credit score. It Will Affect Your Mortgage Rates. It Affects Your Ability to Rent a Home at a Good Price. It Will Affect Your Retirement. It Will Affect Your Monthly Bills. It Affects Your Employment Eligibility. Calvin Ford Related Posts A low credit score could mean that your debts are a lot more than your income, making it a nightmare to pay your outstanding payments promptly. It could also indicate that you are spending more than you make and finding it difficult to meet your financial responsibilities.This puts you into more debt which becomes a never-ending cycle and you are finding it hard to catch up. What worsens this scenario is the high rates on your realistic loans in addition to that. This affects your capacity to save any money for a future nest egg. And without adequate savings, you’re looking at a wrecked financial future. Have you thought that getting a business loan has no connection to your personal credit? You’re mistaken! Financiers need your score to weigh your financial soundness and give them an indication of whether you’ll be in a position to make payments promptly. As far as they are concerned, your economic behavior is representative of your business financial behavior.Lenders have different credit score requirements, but for SBA and bank loans, the minimum acceptable score is 640. Anything below that puts you on a slippery slope to rejections and massive interest rates from various lenders. Your poor score will indicate one or all of these three issues: being bankrupt, late payments and missed payments. These issues typically last up to a decade on a credit report. A couple of lenders will deny your application in this case. Tags:#Financial Future How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… It Determines Your Acceptability for a Business Loan.last_img read more

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