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Microsoft Unravels Cryptic Teasers About Its Partnership With Netflix’s Stranger Things

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Microsoft has finally unraveled the mystery behind its cryptic teasers about its partnership with Netflix’s Stranger Things. The company has introduced a Windows 1.11, a special edition of the classic operating system. Earlier, Microsoft started teasing a nostalgic throwback to 1985, 33 years ago when Windows 1.0 debuted. “The software company began cryptically teasing Windows 1.0 from earlier this month and the latest tease on the Windows handle confirms that it’s indeed a Netflix / ‘Stranger Things’ tie-in, one that we should expect to come to fruition on July 8,” according to report.

The application, essentially a game, aims to bring the 1985 nostalgia but in a world taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Users have to beat the Mind Flayers using an ancient Windows 1.0 OS. To make the game more immersive, Microsoft shows a technicolour-like “Microsoft Windows” title. It even boots your PC through a command line. According to Windows Central, Windows 1.11 feels like a “point-and-click adventure.”

The game is listed on Microsoft Store and is expected to release on July 8. Here’s what the game description on Microsoft Store says: “Experience 1985 nostalgia with a special edition Windows 10 PC app inspired by Windows 1.0—but one that’s been taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things.

Explore the mysteries and secrets plaguing Hawkins, unlock unique show content and easter eggs, and play retro games and puzzles—all building off Stranger Things 3. Join Eleven, Steve, Dustin and gang as they seek to save Hawkins and the world. Embrace the 80s and grab your hairspray, because it’s basically the raddest show companion experience ever. But fair warning: beware the Mind Flayer.”

Netflix’s Stranger Things bring 1985 nostalgia with Windows 1.11 Microsoft aims to deliver experience 1985 nostalgia through a special edition Windows 10 PC app inspired by Windows 1.0.Windows 1.11 listed on Microsoft Store (Microsoft)

How To Share WhatsApp Status To Facebook


WhatsApp has introduced a new function to their application. A new feature that allows users to directly share WhatsApp Status to Facebook Story. The feature hasn’t rolled out completely and is limited to Android beta users of WhatsApp for now.

WhatsApp is said to be using a data-sharing API which allows data to be shared between two apps without linking them. Also, the data transfer remains on-device. Here is how the latest WhatsApp feature works;

Step 1: Since it’s still in testing phase, you can try out the feature by joining WhatsApp’s beta programme via Google Play Store.

Step 2: After installing the latest beta, open WhatsApp on your phone.

Step 3: Scroll to Status tab and upload a video or image as your new Status.

Step 4: Once you’ve posted the Status, you will notice a “share to Facebook Story” prompt followed by a share icon. Tap on the button.

Step 5: Similar to link sharing on Chrome, you can share your image or video to Facebook along with Facebook Story and other apps.

However, note that the feature is still under testing and may not work properly on some devices.

Twitter Removes Geographical Location Tags from Users



The popular social media portal, Twitter has officially removed geographical locations tagline support to its users. When Twitter originally announced support for geotagging back in 2009, it had big ambitions for the feature.

Rather than focusing on tweets from people you follow, Twitter thought people might start browsing tweets based on location, allowing them to keep up with a local event like a concert. However, you’ll still be able to tag the precise location of your photographs.  

In clarification, you’ll also still be able to add your location to tweets via the service’s integration with mapping services like FourSquare and Yelp.

Futher more, in the end though, it seems like people found it far more convenient to organize around hashtags and trending topics. Meanwhile, keeping a feature around that barely anyone wants presents a privacy risk if people use it accidentally.
More so, Twitter is going to stop letting you add a precise geotag to your tweets, because there isn’t enough demand for the feature. In a tweet, the company’s support account said that it was removing the feature “to simplify your Tweeting experience.”

Twitter Removes 4,779 Accounts Associated With Iranian Government


The microblogging platform Twitter has removed 4,779 accounts, it believes "are associated with or directly backed by the Iranian government." The US platform said it had taken the material off its network, but would make it available to researchers and investigators studying online threats.
Twitter  released a new archive of state-backed propaganda from accounts it has banned based in Iran, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. But Twitter, in a blog post by head of site integrity Yoel Roth, said "transparency is core to our mission" and vowed to fight "misleading, deceptive, and spammy behaviour".

Twitter has previously targeted alleged Russian bots, and this archive contains four more accounts that the firm believes are associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA).

Technology firms have been accused of allowing political propagandists to use social media to hijack elections, poison online debate and smear their opponents.

The firm's third such archive, representing more than 30 million tweets and a terabyte of media data from just under 5,000 suspected accounts.

Most of these were found to be spreading news stories angled to support Iranian geopolitical interests or to be fake user profiles designed to manipulate online debate. A smaller sub-group, originating in Iran, exclusively "engaged with discussions related to Israel".


Mars 2020 Rover Looks For Signs Of Ancient Life As It Goal


The goal of the Mars 2020 rover is to look for signs of ancient life. It will be the first spacecraft to collect samples of the Martian surface, caching them in tubes that could be returned to Earth on a future mission.

The atmosphere on Mars is mostly carbon dioxide and extremely thin, about 100 times less dense than the Earth's, with no breathable oxygen. There's no water on the surface and the landscape is freezing, with no protection from the Sun's radiation or from passing dust storms.

The key to survival will be technology, research and testing, said Jet Propulsion Laboratory adding Mars 2020 will help on all those fronts. When it is launched in July 2020, the spacecraft will carry the latest scientific and engineering tools.

Before touchdown on Mars, sensors in the spacecraft's aeroshell, the capsule that encloses the rover, will study how it heats up and performs during atmospheric entry.

The rover has a guidance system that will take a step toward safer landings. Called Terrain Relative Navigation, this new system figures out where the spacecraft is headed by taking camera images during descent and matching landmarks in them to a pre-loaded map. The spacecraft drifts toward dangerous terrain, it will divert to a safer landing target.

Living on Mars will require a steady supply of oxygen. A cube-shaped device, called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, is exploring a space-saving alternative that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.

More so, the NASA's Mars 2020 rover, the latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, will include technology to explore ancient life on Mars, according to the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Nintendo CEO Clears The Air on The Video Game Arising

Nintendo CEO Shuntaro Furukawa has decided to clear the air on the matter and declare that the video game company has no intentions of revealing new hardware for the Switch during E3 2019.

This much has been confirmed during a recent Nintendo earnings event, with Furukawa saying that there was nothing to announce in regards to possible new hardware for the Switch.

Following that,  the Nintendo CEO did state that the company is always developing and working on hardware internally, which potentially leaves the door open for a possible reveal of new versions of the Switch in the future.

For quite a while, many have been speculating that Nintendo has been working on releasing a new Switch model at a lower price in order to both boost sales and increase the console’s overall install base.

Redmi 4 Update Is Out via OTA

Redmi 4 update is rolling out via OTA, so consumers will have to wait it out a bit before the update reaches to them. The firmware version for this update is MIUI 10.3.1.0.NAMMIXM and it weighs 477MB in size.

Surprisely  the recent version MIUI 10 .3.1.0 update doesn't update the security patch. The Redmi 4 still runs on the dated October 2018 security patch.

Redmi 4  consumers have taken to the Mi India forums to share screenshots of the changelog. The changelog suggests that the update fixes the status bar shortcut and floating notification appearance issue, and also resolved the issue that caused delay in ending calls.

The update also added the ability to restrict opening of notification shade on the lock screen, and SOS mode for the status bar.Issue regarding the notification shade going black on the lock screen when new notifications were received, was also fixed. The charging icon issue on the lock screen was fixed, and so was the notification badges displayed incorrectly on the WhatsApp icon is.

India Becomes The Number One Console Since PS4 Has Been Launched

India has been the number one console in the country since PS4 has been launched. The widely accepted install base for the PS4 in India sits in the range of 380,000 to 400,000 units including grey market sales as well as the limited PS4 Pro sold via various channels (official or otherwise) sold till date, which has seen it surpass the PS3 with which only mustered 350,000 units in its lifetime.

The systems architect Mark Cerny confirmed that the PS5 will have an AMD Ryzen CPU, Radeon Navi GPU, support for ray tracing, and a solid state drive (SSD) that he touted to be a "game changer". This comes after an anonymous post from an alleged PS5 developer suggested a similar set of specifications earlier this week. However, with an SSD, we won't be surprised to see a higher price point.

Not that alone,  it has seen larger than usual expenses in terms of research and development (R&D) due to the PS5's impending release date. While Sony didn't call out the PS5 by name, it did say that its gaming division had an "increase in development expensed for the next generation console".

The PS4 is in striking distance of the 100 million sales milestone, hardware sales have been flagging and Sony's profits have been boosted by strong software sales as well as PSN revenue that's totalled $12.8 billion in 2018 alone. This includes full game downloads, add-on content, PS Plus subscriptions, PS Now, and other PSN services.

Millions Of Users Login Detains Including Passwords Leaks Out To Facebook Employees

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Millions of Instagram users login detains including passwords have been revealed to Facebook employees. Facebook wrote. "We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed."

Consequently, a month after Facebook admitted it mistakenly stored hundreds of million of passwords in plaintext where employees could see them, the company quietly added a significant update: that millions of Instagram passwords were also affected.

"Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,"

However, the company did not offer an explanation on why it took four weeks for this additional piece of information to be added to its initial disclosure, or why it chose to do so at almost exactly the same time as the entire freaking Mueller report dropped.

Samsung Launches New Phone That Folds Into Tablet


Samsung recently unveiled a phone that folds into tablet.

The features of the phone are as follows;
1.When its folded, the phone has a 4.6 inch display. Once it's opened, it boasts a 7.3 inch screen.

2. It has two batteries, one on each side of the device.

3.It has six cameras.

4.When using an app like Google Maps on the smaller screen, you can open it up to see a bigger more detailed version of the map.

5.The device lets you multi-task on the bigger screen.

Additional users can do things like text friends, search for something on Google and watch a YouTube video simultaneously.

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NASA'S KEPLER PROBE ROUSES FROM ITS SLUMBER, UP AND RUNNING AGAIN
NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft, Kepler, is back scanning the stars after a period of hibernation and repair. After the spacecraft downloaded a wad of data - codenamed Campaign 19 - in late August, it powered down for a snooze in sleep mode. Now, it’s back up and running after NASA has fixed up one of its thrusters.

“The Kepler spacecraft began collecting science data on Aug. 29 for its 19th observation campaign. After being roused from sleep mode the spacecraft's configuration has been modified due to unusual behavior exhibited by one of the thrusters. Preliminary indications are that the telescope's pointing performance may be somewhat degraded. It remains unclear how much fuel remains; NASA continues to monitor the health and performance of the spacecraft,” the space agency announced.

Kepler is on its last legs and has surprised scientists as it continues to plow on, catching light from distant stars. The telescope was launched in 2009 and was expected to last about three and a half years. But it’s still here nine years later, helping scientists to discover thousands of exoplanets.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW REPAIR LEAK IN RUSSIAN CRAFT
Astronauts on board the International Space Station have managed to repair a tiny tear in the fabric of a Russian capsule that was letting oxygen leak into space. The ship docked at the orbiting lab in June. Scientists believe the small rip in its shell could have been caused by a fragment of a meteorite colliding with the capsule. When the two-millimetre slash was detected, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst reportedly put his finger over the hole to try to plug the leak.

“In effect, he literally touched space without a space suit,” the YouTube channel Techniques Spatiale tweeted. As a quick fix the two Russian astronauts on board the ISS patched up the split from inside the craft using sealant and a cloth stuck over the area, after initially covering it with heat-resistant tape while controllers on the ground worked on a longer-term solution.

The module can be detached from the main body of the ISS if the fault cannot be fully repaired. But it is not clear what will be done with the spacecraft if it is damaged. Nasa confirmed the tear had led to a “minute pressure leak” and that the crew were containing the issue.

INSTAGRAM ANNOUNCES PARENT’S GUIDE TO HELP THEM ASSIST TEENS WITH PRIVACY, SAFETY AND TIME
Most parents will want to ensure that their kids are safe online, but that can be tricky when they are unfamiliar with the apps used by their offspring. That’s an issue Instagram set out to address with a new Parent’s Guide …

"In A Parent’s Guide, we focus on three things: how to manage privacy, interactions and time on Instagram. We’ve included the basics of our app, and a description of our tools, plus a discussion guide for how parents and guardians can have an open conversation with their teens about Instagram. The discussion questions were developed in collaboration with education and social media expert, Ana Homayoun, M.A., P.P.S., and are designed to help parents and guardians learn more about how teens are using Instagram and to ensure they’re using the app in a positive way."

Instagram says in a blog post that it sought input from a wide range of organizations in compiling the guide.

"National PTA, Scholastic, ConnectSafely, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), GLSEN, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, PFLAG, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center."

BRITISH AIRWAYS  PROBES CUSTOMER DATA THEFT
British Airways says it is investigating "as a matter of urgency" the theft of customer data from its website and mobile app.

The airline said personal and financial details of customers making bookings had been compromised.

About 380,000 transactions were affected, but the stolen data did not include travel or passport details.

BA said the breach took place between 22:58 BST on 21 August and 21:45 BST on 5 September."The breach has been resolved and our website is working normally," BA said in a statement

"We have notified the police and relevant authorities. We are deeply sorry for the disruption that this criminal activity has caused. We take the protection of our customers' data very seriously." BA said anyone who believed they might have been affected should contact their bank or credit card provider and follow their recommendations.

This is not the first customer relations problem to affect the airline in recent times.

FACEBOOK CHOOSES SINGAPORE FOR $1BN DATA CENTRE
Facebook has chosen Singapore for the location of its new data centre, which is expected to open in 2022. The new facility will cost more than $1bn (£773m) and be located in the west of the country.

It has been designed as an 11-floor structure, in an attempt to conserve space in the crowded nation, according to Facebook.One analyst told the BBC it was another sign of the country's popularity with large technology companies.

The new, 170,000-sq-m (1.8-million-sq-ft) data centre will support "hundreds" of local jobs.

Indian tech blogger Pankaj Mishra said on Twitter that the move was a "snub" to India - one of Facebook's largest user markets. However, Singapore is an ideal location for the data centre, according to Adam Simon at analyst firm Context.

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SENATORS BLAST  GOOGLE EXECUTIVES FOR NOT SHOWING UP TO HEARINGS ON ELECTION MEDDLING
Sometimes an empty chair can speak volumes. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence intentionally set up an unoccupied seat to shame Google parent company Alphabet at Wednesday's hearing on foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The committee wanted either Alphabet CEO Larry Page or Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai to testify alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, but the company offered its top lawyer and senior vice president of global affairs, Kent Walker, instead. That decision rankled committee leaders Sen Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who rejected the substitution, hence the pointedly vacant chair.

"I'm disappointed Google decided against sending the right senior level executive," Burr, the chair of the committee, said in his opening remarks.

Warner, vice chair of the committee, echoed Burr's statement. "I'm deeply disappointed that Google — one of the most influential digital platforms in the world – chose not to send its own top corporate leadership to engage this committee," Warner said.

TWITTER & FACEBOOK ARE TOO SLOW  TO TACKLE MEDDLING
Facebook and Twitter have said that they took too long to tackle foreign campaigns to meddle in US elections. Responding to lawmakers, Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the social network was "too slow" to act on election interference.

Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey said his platform was "unprepared and ill-equipped" for the "weaponisation" of debate.Google did not show up to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Opening the hearing, Democratic senator Mark Warner said he was "deeply disappointed" that Google "chose not to send its own top corporate leadership".

The senate committee focused on what the technology giants were doing to prevent future election meddling.

It followed claims that Russia and other foreign actors spread misinformation and propaganda ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

"With the benefit of hindsight, it is obvious that serious mistakes were made by both Facebook and Twitter. You, like the US government, were caught flat-footed by the brazen attacks on our election. Even after the election, you were reluctant to admit there was a problem," said Mr Warner. He warned that the social networks could face new regulations. "The era of the wild west in social media is coming to an end. Where we go from here is an open question," he told the hearing.





SAMSUNG: TIME  FOR FOLDING SMARTPHONES
Samsung's head of mobile has said it is "time to deliver" foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device.

In an interview with CNBC, DJ Koh said Samsung's consumer research suggested there was demand for a foldable phone.

Several phone-makers are rumoured to be developing devices with flexible screens that can be folded in half, without a hinge or seam in the middle. However, Samsung told the BBC it did not currently have "anything to share".

TWITTER: ALGORITHMS WERE NOT ALWAYS IMPARTIAL
Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey has told US law-makers that the company's algorithms have not always been "impartial".

He said the platform "unfairly" reduced the visibility of 600,000 accounts, including some members of congress.

But he was unable to immediately say whether a majority of them were Republican, Democratic or otherwise. Mr Dorsey is being questioned by senators over allegations that Twitter censors conservative voices.

Several republicans, including US President Donald Trump, have accused Twitter of bias, which the company denies.

"Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules," said Mr Dorsey.

However, he said the company had made mistakes. On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice said it would investigate "growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms".

GALAXY NOTE 9

The galaxy note 9 has been officially unveiled. The anticipated Fortnite on Android also launches today and will be exclusive to new Galaxy devices for “a few days.” That means by the time the Note 9 actually arrives to users, the exclusivity will be over.


The Galaxy Note 9 is official, along with the unveiling of the long-rumored Samsung smart speaker, the Galaxy Home. At its annual Unpacked event in New York City today, the company finally confirmed details of the various hardware that had been leaked leading up to the announcement.

The Note 9 looks... pretty much like any other Galaxy we’ve become familiar with. It’s a 6.4-inch device that will ship with Android 8.1, and it packs a 4,000mAh battery inside. That’s the largest battery inside a Note device yet, proving that Samsung is extremely ready to move past the Note 7 incident. The new S Pen stylus will also include Bluetooth, which allows it to perform various functions like doubling as a remote shutter for selfies and presentations.

Despite now requiring a battery power to run, the S Pen has supercapacitive charging that allows it to regain power when you stick it back into the Note 9.

The Note 9 will also be the first device to ship with an updated Bixby 2.0 that the company announced back in October 2017. The update gives Bixby a few new skills, such as the ability to search for nearby events, make restaurant reservations, and order Uber rides. The device will also support Google Assistant, however, if you find that the update still isn’t quite up to par with its digital assistant competitors.

Spec-wise, the Note 9 has similar guts to the Galaxy S9: it’s got dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and a Snapdragon 845 processor. Starting at $999 for a 128GB and 6GB RAM configuration, the price point is comparable to the iPhone X. Samsung will release the Note 9 on August 24th, with preorders starting on August 10th.




SPACE JUNK DIRECTIVE TO CLEAN UP THE COSMOS -PRESIDENT TRUMP

The White House wants the U.S. to use all available public and private resources to combat the issue of space junk, including that the Commerce Department "will make space safety data and services" available to the public. The Pentagon will continue to maintain its current catalog of objects – data it sells to satellite operators.

Trump's directive on Monday also requires an unspecified entity update the U.S. Orbital Debris Mitigation Standard Practices and the creation of new guidelines for satellite design and operation. There are no time frames to implementation for any of the guidelines or requirements in the directive.


President Donald Trump signed the third space directive of his presidency Monday, urging the Defense Department and Commerce Department to step up the United States' ability to track objects in space and protect against the increasing threat from debris in orbit around the Earth.

The U.S. military is already tracking more than 23,000 objects in space around the Earth and several companies are planning to add thousands more satellites to orbit over the next few years.

According to AGI, a company which provides software to commercial and government entities to analyze and track objects, the current public catalogs "only account for about 4 percent of the objects in space around the Earth," AGI Vice President Travis Langster told CNBC in March. "This new policy directs the Department of Commerce to provide a basic level of space situational awareness, for public and private use, based on the space catalog compiled by the Department of Defense," Pence said in April.

EMOJIPEDIA LISTS WHAT WE MIGHT EXPECT AHEAD OF THE IOS 12 EMOJI

"Flamingo and White Heart are two of the emojis most requested by Emojipedia users in 2018. Both are shortlisted for the 2019 release of Emoji 12.0..Some of the [other] draft candidates include a diving mask, axe, waffle, diya lamp and hindu temple," said a statement from Emojipedia.

More generally, users have also requested more diverse families, and people in wheelchairs. As this year’s emoji go live on June 5, but Apple won’t support them until iOS 12 in September.

The new emoji we can expect to see introduced in iOS 12 were finalized back in February, among them redheads, hot face, cold face and party face.

In contrary , but Emojipedia is already looking ahead to next year, and has listed some of the new emoji candidates for next year’s release. None of them are yet set in stone, but are include some of the most frequently requested additions.