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More than Eleven Thousand Experts Around The World Calls For Strategy Of Dumping Fossil Fuels

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Greater than eleven thousand experts from around the world are calling for a critical addition to the main strategy of dumping fossil fuels for renewable energy: there needs to be far fewer humans on the planet.

Forty years ago, scientists from 50 nations converged on Geneva to discuss what was then called the “CO2-climate problem.” At the time, with reliance on fossil fuels having helped triggerthe 1979 oil crisis, they predicted global warming would eventually become amajor environmental challenge.

The scientists got to work, setting forthproposalson how to attack the problem, setting the stage for the eventual creation of theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s preeminent body of climate scientists. Their goal was to get ahead of the problem before it was too late. But after a fast start, the fossil fuel industry, politics and the prioritization of economic growth over planetary health slowed them down.Now, four decades later, a larger group of scientists is sounding another, much more urgentalarm.

“We declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories frown around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” the scientists wrote in a stark warning published Tuesday in the journal BioScience.

While warnings about the consequences of unchecked climate change have become so commonplace as to inure the average news consumer, this latest communique is exceptionally significant given the data that accompanies it.

When absorbed in sequence, the charts lay out a devastating trend for planetary health. From meat consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and ice loss to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, they lay out a grimportrait of 40 years of squandered opportunities.

The scientists make specific calls for policy makers to quickly implement systemic change to energy, food, and economic policies. But they go one step further, into the politically fraught territory of population control. It “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity,” they write.

The problem is enormous, yet the signatories still manage to strike an upbeat tone. For all the lost chances, progress is being made, they contend.

“We are encouraged by a recent surge of concern,” the letter states. “Governmental bodies are making climate emergency declarations. Schoolchildren are striking. Ecocide lawsuits are proceeding in the courts. Grassroots citizen movements are demanding change, and many countries, states and provinces, cities, and businesses are responding.”

The report, however, comes one day after U.S. President Donald Trump began the formal procedure of withdrawing America from the Paris climate accord.

Current Update On Whatsapp Snooping Episode

Update On Whatsapp Snooping Episode


Describing the entire WhatsApp snooping episode as worrisome, Congress leader Anand Sharma who chairs the parliamentary standing committing on home affairs, said this issue will be taken up at the panel’s next meeting on November 15.

Two parliamentary panels headed by Congress leaders have decided to examine the WhatsApp snooping case and will seek details from top government officials including the Home Secretary.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Thursday said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.


The users span across four continents and include diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.

Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has askedWhatsAppfor a report on the allegations. Facebook owned WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion users globally, of which India accounts for about 400 million.

The Home Secretary is scheduled to brief the panel on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the next meeting. “In that meeting this issue will also be discussed and we will seek details from the secretary,” Sharma said.


Concerned about this development, Shashi Tharoor, who heads the parliamentary standing committee on information technology, said the panel would share its concerns.


He said he will consult other members by email on the matter.
“In any case Cybersecurity is a major issue on our agenda and we are definitely going to take this up under that rubric. And we will be seeking clarifications from the government,” Tharoor said.


He said as the WhatsApp NSO issue has emerged in the open it is important to ensure that no other social media platform can be similarly used, and the panel will seek to learn how exactly the government can ensure that.


“It is vital that as a democracy, India remains vigilant about the risk of our freedoms being eroded by technological means. We must not, at any price, become a surveillance state like China,” he said.

Meanwhile, the WhatsApp had said it was suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm, that is reportedly behind the technology that helped unnamed entities hack into phones of roughly 1,400 users.

Five Best Features of WhatsApp Accessible to Users


The five best features of WhatsApp that are accessible to users now. For those who are not aware of these features can start using them immediately are;

1.Group Invitation
2.Delete for everyone
3.Data limit
4.Hide read receipts
5.WhatsApp pay

1.Group Invitation
WhatsApp groups have the infamous reputation of being annoying and pesky. There’s a WhatsApp group for literally everything from family to friends and even work. For those who wish to avoid being added to WhatsApp groups there’s one way to do it. Under the settings menu, select Account > Privacy > Groups. Here, you can choose ‘Everyone’ which lets anyone add you to groups. ‘Nobody’ restricts people from adding you to groups and instead sends an invitation which expires in 3 days. ‘My Contacts’ will only allow contacts you’ve saved to add you in groups.

2.Delete for everyone
One feature that got WhatsApp users pretty excited was ‘Delete for Everyone’ . This feature lets users revoke messages they may have sent by mistake. To do this, long press the message and select ‘Delete for Everyone’ from the pop-up menu. Once it’s revoked a message will be displayed in place of it saying “This message was deleted”. This will be visible to the recipient too notifying them that a message has been deleted.


3.Data limit
WhatsApp is a data friendly app and works swiftly even on low-specced apps. In addition, it offers a host of data saving features on WhatsApp for users. These features can be found under Settings > Data and storage usage. Here, users can control if media should be downloaded on mobile data, Wi-Fi and roaming. There’s also a low data usage option which reduces the data consumption during a call.

4.Hide read receipts
Another popular privacy feature on WhatsApp is the ability to hide read receipts. Doing this prevents others from knowing if you’ve read their message or not. Users can enable this feature under Settings > Privacy > Read receipts. Also, enabling this will hide read receipts of other users too. Note that read receipts don’t apply to group chats.

5.WhatsApp pay
WhatsApp Pay is currently running in beta but this feature is easily available for any user. Its official launch is scheduled for the end of this year. WhatsApp Pay as the name suggests, is a built-in UPI-based payments system on the app. Users can send and receive money directly from WhatsApp chats. To get on WhatsApp Pay one needs to know another user with this feature. Once a WhatsApp Pay invitation is sent the receiver can start using it.

WhatsApp started out as a simple and easy instant messaging app. The company gradually started introducing new features to make WhatsApp more interactive and useful. After a decade of its existence WhatsApp now offers multiple features for users to do more than just exchange text messages. WhatsApp is also working on features it will roll out in the future. Users can except features like ‘dark mode’ and ‘fingerprint unlock’ soon on WhatsApp .

Chandrayaan 2 Vikram Makes A First Soft Land On The South Pole Of The Moon


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The lander of Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander was trying to make history by making India the first country to “soft land” on the South Pole of the moon. Scientists believe there could be water ice on the moon’s South Pole.

The Isro chief had said on Saturday that all hope was not lost and scientists are making all attempts to establish contact with the lander of Chandrayaan 2. The Vikram lander has a life span of one lunar day or 14 earth days.

In a statement, Isro had said 90 to 95% of the objectives of the Chandrayaan 2 mission have been achieved. “…will continue to contribute to Lunar science, notwithstanding the loss of communication with the Lander,” the statement added.
The lander of Chandrayaan 2 Vikram has been located on the surface of the moon, Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) chief K Sivan said on Sunday.

A successful landing would have meant India would have become the the fourth country after the US, the USSR and China to land on the moon.

“The orbiter has clicked a thermal image of lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to establish contact,” Sivan told news agency ANI. He insisted that it would be premature to say anything concrete right now. “It will be communicated soon.”

Scientists lost contact with the Vikram lander at 1.53am in the early hours of Saturday, less than two minutes before it was supposed to make a soft landing on the lunar surface. Isro chief Sivan had earlier hinted that the soft landing is usually a tense affair. He had said that the last 15 minutes of the mission where the lander tries to guide itself with the help of its own propulsion system were “15 minutes of terror”.

Chandrayaan 2 is an indigenously designed spacecraft. It comprised an orbiter, a lander and a rover. The rover, known as Pragyan, which translates to wisdom in Sanskrit, was expected to examine the surface of the moon.

The rover was meant to search for water in the lunar surface, and look into craters that could untangle key questions about the history of the solar system.

Apple Prepares to Launch New iPhone Pro, iPads , MacBook Pro and AirPods

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Apple is preparing to launch a new iPhone Pro  and iPads with a better functional cameras. In this regard , the company is also preparing to unveil the current 16- Inch MacBook Pro. New AirPods are also going to be released.

They are getting ready for its usual fall iPhone launch event, which is rumored to be happening September 10, though the event hasn’t been officially confirmed this year.


There are also plans to roll out new AirPods, with a higher price tag but also added water-resistance and noise-canceling features that the current AirPods lack.

Also new this year, though not necessarily debuting at the same event, will be a new MacBook Pro with a display size somewhere over 16 inches, which Bloomberg reports will still manage to be similar overall in physical footprint to the current 15-inch MacBook Pros, thanks to a new bezel.

On the iPad side, Apple  will refresh its iPad Pro this year, with updated versions of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models that will get spec bumps, plus better cameras, but otherwise remain the same in terms of form factor.


There are new iPhones, of course, including a new iPhone Pro model that replaces the XS line and adds a third, wider angle rear camera (which has been rumored previously), and a refreshed iPhone XR at the entry level that will also get a second, optical zoom camera.

These new iPhone Pros would pack a lot of other updates besides, though they’ll look visually similar beyond the changed camera module. They’ll offer wireless charging for AirPods with the Qi-enabled wireless charging case, for instance, for a quick top-up when you’re the road, and they’ll also get new matte finishes on some models versus the glossy look common to all iPhone models today.

Updated Face ID will offer unlocking at more angles, and they’ll pack “dramatically” better water resistance, as well as improved shatter resistance to shrive drops.

The Current Information on WhatsApp Pay

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WhatsApp Pay , stuck owing to India’s demand to store data locally, has not gone beyond the beta testing it did with nearly one million users last year. “In Instagram and Facebook, you have shopping, and you have Marketplace and you have all the tens of millions of small businesses that use pages and a lot that use Instagram for sharing their inventory and being able to help people discover and pay. “When you’re using a messaging service, that everything there is very intimate and private so it feels like a more natural space to be interacting with a business in a private way for doing transactions,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook said.

Facebook is upbeat on the growth of digital payments in India and is actively working on launching WhatsApp Pay soon , Zuckerberg has said. In an earnings call with analysts late Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company is building out Payments for the global market. “We have a test that is running in India for WhatsApp now, we’re hoping to launch in several other countries at some point, but I don’t want to put a timeframe on that here, but it’s something that we’re actively working on,” he said.


Facebook’s daily active users (DAUs) reached 1.56 billion, up 8% compared to last year, led by growth in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. This represents approximately 66% of the 2.38 billion monthly active users in March. According to Zuckerberg, privacy is the biggest area for the future of social networking.“Today, people increasingly want the intimacy of connecting privately as well. So, I think there also needs to be a digital equivalent of the living room -- a platform just as built out with all of the ways you’d want to interact privately,” said the Facebook CEO.


He said the digital town squares like Facebook and Instagram will always be important and will only continue to grow in importance. “Over time, I believe there’s an even bigger opportunity with the digital living room to build a platform focused on privacy. We all need to communicate privately, and this service could be even more important in our lives.

So, I think we should focus our efforts on building this privacy-focused platform,” he noted.The privacy-focused platform will be built around private interactions. “You should have simple, intimate spaces where you have complete confidence that what you say and do is private. Encryption. Your private communications should be secure, and end-to-end encryption prevents anyone - including even us - from seeing what you share,” Zuckerberg added. “You shouldn’t have to worry about what you share coming back to hurt you later, so we won’t keep around messages or Stories for longer than necessary,” he noted. Facebook said it won’t store sensitive data in countries where it might be improperly accessed because of the weak rule of law or governments that can forcibly get access to users’ data.

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

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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.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATES TODAY


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.