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04-23-2018 Science&Technology
Apple Initiates A Free Battery Replacement Program For A Limited Number Of 13-Inch MacBook Pros

Apple recently determined that a component in a limited number of 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) units may fail, thus causing the built-in battery to expand. So Apple announced a battery replacement program for certain 13-inch MacBook Pros. The affected MacBook Pro units were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. Apple said that this is not a safety issue and the eligible batteries will be replaced free of charge.

To see if your 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) is eligible, you simply have to input your serial number to Apple’s Support page. You can see your serial number by choosing “About This Mac” from the Apple menu at the top left of the screen. Your serial number is located at the bottom of the “About This Mac” overview.

If you are eligible for a battery replacement, then there are three options to do so. You can do this by finding an Apple Authorized Service Provider. You can make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store. And you can mail in your MacBook Pro to the Apple Repair Center. It is recommended that you backup your data on the MacBook Pro before you begin the battery replacement process.

Apple also said that you will need to resolve any issues that could impair the battery replacement process such as damage to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And there may be some costs associated with the repair in some cases.

It’s worth mentioning that the battery replacement program does not extend the standard warranty coverage of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. If you already paid to replace your battery, then you can contact Apple for a refund. This battery replacement program covers affected MacBook Pro models for 5 years after the first retail sale of the unit.

This is not the only battery replacement program that Apple has established in the past. Apple had set up a battery replacement program for the iPhone 6s in November 2016. And Apple launched a free placement plan for Apple Watch Series 2 batteries due to swelling issues earlier this month, according to MacRumors.

One of Apple’s most challenging battery situations happened late last year after it was revealed that the iOS 10.2.1 software update throttled iPhone performance behind-the-scenes. So Apple issued an apology for how it communicated that process. Apple said that it throttled the iPhones since rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they age chemically and the ability to hold charges diminishes. This would have caused unexpected shutdowns on older iPhones that still have the original battery. The device usage also affects battery performance (example: charging a battery in a hot environment makes batteries age faster). ...

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04-23-2018 Health
Organic Tampons, Menstrual Cups No Safer Than Regular Tampons Against Toxic Shock Syndrome: Study

Are organic tampons and menstrual cups better than regular tampons at reducing the risk for toxic shock syndrome? New research finds that such intravaginal menstrual pads may still cause the condition.

Menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome

In 2012, a model lost her leg and almost lost her life after her bout with toxic shock syndrome simply because of her tampon usage. In recent years, many women have been made aware of the link between tampons and the potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome, so others have opted to use organic tampons or even menstrual cups.

Unfortunately, a team of researchers recently discovered that using such products aren't necessarily safer than regular tampons which are often a rayon or viscose-cotton mix, or completely made up of viscose, a semi-synthetic fiber.

Bacterial Growth

In the study, researchers examined the influence of 15 tampon and menstrual cup products on the growth of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and the production of toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 (TSST-1) in a laboratory setting designed to replicate the conditions inside the vagina during tampon or menstrual cup use. S. aureus and TSST-1 are associated with most cases toxic shock syndrome.

In regard to the tampons, what they found was that the growth of S. aureus is not particularly influenced by the additives or contaminants, but by the structure of the material itself. Evidently, the space between the fibers of the material allows the air intake into the vagina, greatly contributing to bacterial growth and toxin production.

"Our results did not support the hypothesis suggesting that tampons composed exclusively of organic cotton could be intrinsically safer than those made of mixed cotton and rayon, or viscose or tampons composed entirely of viscose," said Dr. Gerard Lina of University Claude Bernard, Lyon, coauthor of the study.

Menstrual cups did not fare better on the test either. Compared to pads, its shape and volume apparently allows for greater air contact, resulting in more favorable conditions for the bacteria to grow and making the cups harder to sterilize. In fact, although toxic shock syndrome is more often associated with tampons, there have also been cases associated with menstrual cups.

To prevent toxic shock syndrome, researchers suggest frequently changing tampons, and boiling menstrual cups between usage.

Menstrual Period

Menstrual periods are no joke. In fact, a doctor has recently described the experience as being almost as painful as a heart attack. Though the experience varies from one woman to another, proper menstrual hygiene is an important part of the experience, especially in regard to preventing toxic shock syndrome which can cause fever, low blood pressure, skin rashes, and even multiple organ dysfunction.

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04-23-2018 Science&Technology
Windows Defender Is Getting Improvements With Preview Build 17650

Microsoft released the new Windows 10 Preview Build 17650 for users enrolled in the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring.

The new build, which falls under the Redstone 5 branch, brings a host of improvements to Windows Defender Security Center (WDSC) and Windows Defender Firewall.

Windows 10 Insiders who opted for the Skip Ahead ring can download the new build by Check for Updates under the Settings panel. Here are some of the improvements that come with the new update.

Windows Defender Security Center Improvements

After taking in feedback from users, Microsoft has added a series of Fluent Design elements to the WDSC. After installing the new build, users will find an updated version of the application with improvements in the design.

Microsoft has also made changes to the spacing and padding around the application, and the categories on the main page are resized automatically if more space is required to accommodate additional information.

Lastly, Microsoft has revamped the title bar of the app to display the accent color chosen by users, provided that they have the option enabled in Color Settings. This also requires the Microsoft Sets feature to be enabled.

Microsoft also fixed an issue with the WDSC app where the elements would resize automatically when the mouse cursor hovered over them.

Windows Defender Firewall Improvements

Microsoft has now added support for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) processes, allowing users to create firewall rules that target specific WSL processes like they could with Windows processes.

Moreover, the updated Windows Defender Firewall also supports notifications for WSL processes. For instance, when a Linux tool wants to allow access to an outside port, the Windows Defender Firewall will display a pop-up notification prompting the user to authorize access just like it would for a Windows process when the port starts accepting other connections.

Other Bug Fixes And Improvements

Some of the other improvements the new build has added include fixing an issue where File Explorer would open the window with the ribbon minimized instead of keeping in mind how the users have left it.

Microsoft also rectified a problem where when users click on a link in Settings to launch other apps, the Settings tab would crash without the action being completed.

Among other bug fixes, another issue that was resolved was one where the Color Filters and High Contrast icons got switched in the Settings tab.

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04-23-2018 Society
Last Known Person Born in 19th Century Dies at 117

(TOKYO) — The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died.

Nabi Tajima died in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki said. She had been hospitalized since January.

Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century. She raised seven sons and two daughters and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren.

She became the world’s oldest person after the death in September of Violet Brown of Jamaica, also at the age of 117. Video on Japanese television showed Tajima moving her hands to the beat of music played on traditional Japanese instruments at a ceremony to mark the achievement.

Tajima’s town of Kikai is a small island of about 7,000 people halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.

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04-23-2018 Cars
Ford Mustang Is The Best-Selling Sports Coupe In The World

According to the data compiled by IHS Markit, the iconic Ford Mustang is the best-selling sports coupe in the world for the third year running. In 2017, Ford sold 125,809 Mustang units in 146 countries in 2017.

Out of these, 81,866 were registered in the United States of America. Europe accounted for 13,100 Mustangs sold where it outsold the Porsche 911. In fact, Ford has sold 35,000 Mustangs in Europe since the car was introduced in the continent in 2015, till March 2018. The biggest markets for the Mustang outside USA are China (7,125 units), Germany (5,742 units), United Kingdom (2,211 units), France (942 units), Belgium (900 units) and Sweden (512 units). Ford has exported 418,000 Mustang units since it began global exports from USA in 2015.

"The world is falling in love with Mustang," says Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. "Mustang represents the best of American design, performance and freedom, with an unmistakable personality that's appeals - regardless of your post code."

Over one-third of all Mustang registrations took place in in export markets and needless to say, Ford says that the most popular engine iteration of the Mustang is the mental 5.0-lite V8 which makes 400 bhp and 542 Nm of peak torque.

The Mustang is offered in a variety of engine options and can also be bought as a convertible. Ford recently revealed the Mustang Bullitt edition which is homage to legendary Steve McQueen's movie 'Bullitt' where he drives a 1969' Mustang. Ford will commence production of the Bullitt Mustang for Europe from June 2018. India still gets the old-generation Mustang and we do hope that ford brings in the 2018 Mustang to the country soon.

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04-23-2018 Politics
Can Macron's White House visit save the Iran deal?

French President Emmanuel Macron seems, as much as any world leader, to have developed some kind of rapport with his American counterpart Donald Trump.

But will their apparent bond prove productive as European capitals struggle to save the Iran nuclear deal from Trump's impulsive wrath?

The idea will be tested Monday when the French leader begins a state visit in Washington, and European diplomats have a lot invested in what seems a tricky task.

There is not much time. Trump is due to decide by May 12th whether talks with Paris, Berlin and London on tougher anti-Iran measures have advanced far enough.

If he feels the "flaws" in the 2015 deal have not been adequately repaired, he may decide to withdraw his support, opening the way for renewed US sanctions that could torpedo the whole accord.

Europe would see this as a disaster, both in terms of the deal itself -- a central plank in their non-proliferation strategy -- and in terms of relations with Washington.

If anyone can talk down Trump, it might be Macron, who has better relations with the White House than his British and German counterparts Theresa May and Angela Merkel.

Paris was the first European ally to suggest tougher measures against Iran's ballistic missile programs to "supplement" the nuclear deal -- but will that suffice?

Trump also wants to reform the agreement itself to end the so-called "sunset clauses" that would allow Iran to progressively restart parts of its nuclear program after 2025.

But the West cannot unilaterally reopen the text.

Iran has said the deal is final and warned it is ready to relaunch its nuclear program -- which the West alleges is designed to produce an atomic bomb -- if it fails.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CBS television's "Face the Nation" in an interview airing Sunday that Iran would have several options if the US pulls out of the deal "including resuming at a much greater speed our nuclear activities."

In addition, the agreement was the fruit of months of intense diplomacy between Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- under EU auspices.

Only Trump wants to rip it up.

"It's a dialogue of the deaf," complained one European envoy. A US diplomat acknowledged that getting Trump to buy in will be the "trickiest" part of the problem.

British, French and German representatives have been in deep talks with the US State Department's head of policy Brian Hook on what a supplemental deal would look like.

But the representatives complain privately that, despite progress with their American counterparts, they have no idea whether they are close to an agreement that the mercurial president would accept. ...

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04-23-2018 Games
Valve has acquired Firewatch studio Campo Santo

Video game distributor Valve has acquired Firewatch developer Campo Santo, according to Kotaku. Campo Santo confirmed the news in a blog post last night.

Campo Santo says that they love making video games and that they “found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do” in Valve. The 12-person studio will relocate to Valve’s headquarters in Seattle.

The studio also says that it will continue production of its next game, In The Valley of Gods, and confirmed to Polygon that the game won’t become a PC exclusive under Valve. The studio will also continue to support Firewatch and release its literary journal, The Quarterly Review.

Founded in 1996, Valve created games such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Portal, and others, as well as its distribution platform, Steam. Last year, it announced that it was producing a digital trading card came called Artifact, based on Dota 2.

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04-23-2018 Science&Technology
For Earth Day: the best tools to keep tabs on our home planet

We have more information about the health of planet Earth than ever before, and lots of exciting new initiatives that will put data tools at your fingertips. Whether you're looking for global trends in wind power generation or solar installations, detailed monitoring about deforestation, or real-time weather and climate science variables, there's a way to find out what human activities are doing to our home planet.

It's all plainly evident on your computer screen, if not in your backyard.

In writing about climate change and other environmental challenges for the better part of two decades, I've relied on many databases — from governments, nonprofits, and private sector sources — to inform and illustrate stories. You should feel empowered to use these tools, too. The more information we have, the better decisions we can make.

Here are the best, most user-friendly online tools for keeping tabs on the planet.

NASA Worldview

NASA maintains a powerful, easily accessible database of Earth science info. Its Worldview tool provides daily snapshots of the entire planet, with full-resolution satellite imagery shown in real-time as satellites beam it back to scientists on the ground. I've used the visible satellite data to illustrate hurricanes and non-tropical extreme weather and to track wildfires, volcanic eruptions, smog, and sea ice trends.

There's a lot more to Worldview than it first seems. According to NASA, it offers more than 100 real-time products, including air quality measurements, wildfire detection, and flood-monitoring tools. You can even view the North and South Poles.

Data can be downloaded in multiple formats, including JPEG, PNG, GeoTIFF, and KML. Daily data will soon be available going all the way back to the year 2000. ...

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04-21-2018 Science&Technology
Hole In Stone Age Cow's Skull Bears Evidence Of Early Cranial Surgery

New research finds that a hole in the skull of a cow was likely made by humans for medical purposes over 5,000 years ago. Could this be the earliest sign of veterinary surgery, or was the procedure merely done as a practice for humans?

Hole In The Skull

In a recently published study, a pair of anthropologists discuss the possible implications of a discovery in a cow skull that was recovered from an archaeological site in western France. The site, believed to have been inhabited by a Stone Age community thousands of years ago, had scattered bone fragments, revealing that cows, sheep, pig, and goats were the likely main food source for its inhabitants. However, one of the recovered skulls was also found to have a hole the size of a matchbox.

Upon closer inspection using high-definition scanners, researchers found that the hole is not likely linked to a disease, pest attack, or any other sickness, and nor did it present evidence that it was a result of a strong blow to the head. Further, the possibility of the hole being made as a part of a religious ritual was also thrown out as the skull was just thrown along with other garbage.

Evidently, the hole, which was initially believed to be a result of a fight with a rival, matches the holes that were previously seen in human skulls that were bored as a result of cranial surgery or trepanation. It had surrounding cuts and scrape marks similar to those seen in human skulls, suggesting that this was an indisputable case of early cranial surgery.

"There are many Neolithic (human) skulls in Europe which bear the marks of trepanation. But we have never seen it in animals," said Fernando Ramirez Rozzi, coauthor of the study.

Early Veterinary Or Practice For Human Surgery?

So why did the humans perform such a surgery on a cow? According to the researchers, it's possible that the surgery is evidence of early veterinary surgery or that they used the cow's skull as a practice for human surgeries.

As researchers found no evidence of healing around the hole, it's possible that the ones who performed the surgery did so in order to save the animal's life, but it did not survive. This supports the possibility of early veterinary surgery, but researchers also question why such great interest would be made in saving an animal that was commonly used for food.

On the other hand, it's also possible that there was no healing because the animal was already dead when the surgery was performed. If that is the case, then there is the possibility that the surgery was performed as a practice for human surgeries.

Either way, the hole provides evidence of early surgical practice whether the surgery was done to save the animal itself or as a practice for human surgeries.

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04-21-2018 Politics
Ex-Forbes reporter says Trump posed as executive, lied to him to embellish wealth

Washington (CNN)A former Forbes reporter claims that Donald Trump, before he was president, pretended to be a Trump Organization executive speaking on Trump's behalf and then lied about his wealth in order to crack the Forbes 400 list.

"He figured out what he had to do in order to deceive me and get onto that list. And he did it very well. And he maintained that persona of just sort of talking about his assets without any sense of debt and lying about it," Jonathan Greenberg said in an interview Friday on CNN's "New Day."

Greenberg broke the news in a Washington Post story. He wrote that when he was compiling the magazine's list of the richest people in America in the 80s, Trump had called him posing as "John Barron," a purported executive with The Trump Organization.

Greenberg said Trump's actual net worth at the time was less than $5 million, though the magazine had listed it as $100 million for its first-ever Forbes 400 list.

"He should never have been there in the first place," said Greenberg, who provided an audio recording of the phone call between him and "Barron" to CNN.

CNN has reached out to the White House for comment. The Washington Post reports that the White House declined to comment, and The Trump Organization did not respond to the Post's request for comment.

A similar recording of a man who sounds like Trump posing as his spokesman surfaced during the 2016 campaign.

The Washington Post reported in May 2016 that Trump routinely made calls to reporters in the 1970s, '80s and '90s posing as a publicist named John Miller or John Barron. Following the report, Trump denied it was him on the phone or that it sounded like him in an interview with NBC's "Today" show.

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04-21-2018 Society
Europe migrants: Austria to seize migrants' phones in asylum clampdown

Austria's government surged to power late last year with a promise to stop illegal migration and crack down on refugees, and its latest move is to target their phones.

Asylum seekers will be forced to hand over their mobiles so the authorities can check their identities and where they have come from, the cabinet has agreed.

If an applicant is found to have previously entered another EU country where the "Dublin regulation" is in force, they could be sent back there. Under the Dublin rule, people typically have to seek asylum in the first EU state they reach.

In 2015, at the height of Europe's migrant crisis, over 90,000 people applied for asylum in Austria, more than 1% of the country's population.

Initially the refugees were welcomed, but the mood in the country quickly changed.

Support for the far-right, anti-immigrant Freedom Party - then in opposition - grew, and Austria's centre-right conservative People's Party, led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also campaigned strongly against migration.

These days, since measures were introduced to try to close off the Balkan route, the number of migrants reaching Austria has dropped significantly.

In the first three months of this year, 3,992 people claimed asylum in Austria, compared with 14,400 in the same period in 2016.

But the government is continuing with its hard line.

It wants to end what Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, of the Freedom Party, calls "abuse" of the asylum system.

The bill does not just target mobile phones. It will also allow the authorities to seize up to €840 ($1,037; £730) in cash. The money will be used to pay for the upkeep of migrants as they wait for their asylum claims to be processed.

Austria is not alone. Denmark, Germany and Switzerland have also permitted the confiscation of valuables belonging to refugees to pay for their stay. In Denmark, some reports suggest the authorities have not received large amounts of money from the policy.

"We have very deliberately set ourselves the goal of fighting against illegal migration but also against the misuse of asylum," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said at a news conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.

'Disproportionate interference'

The bill, which must now be passed by parliament, would also force hospitals to tell the government when asylum seekers will be discharged, to ensure effective deportations.

And the measures mean that refugees will only be able to apply for Austrian citizenship after 10 years, as opposed to six years which is currently the case. ...



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04-21-2018 Science&Technology
LG can’t meet Apple’s demand for iPhone OLED displays

Apple’s efforts to diversify its reliance on Samsung as an iPhone display manufacturer has reportedly hit problems. The Wall Street Journal reports that efforts to get LG Display’s OLED screens into the iPhone production line have hit manufacturing issues. Apple is reportedly divided on whether LG will be able to succeed as the second source of OLED displays for the iPhone.

Analysts have been warning for months that Apple is in “urgent” need of finding another iPhone OLED supplier besides Samsung. Apple currently uses Samsung’s OLED displays for the company’s iPhone X model. The reliance on a single supplier means Samsung controls pricing on the displays that Apple is buying — and there’s no other alternative at the moment.

LG returned to using OLED phone displays for the V30, but the quality of the display wasn’t very good. LG has also been supplying OLED displays for Google’s Pixel 2 XL handset, and it’s been a lottery whether owners get a good display or not. LG is leading in OLED displays for TV sizes, but the company appears to be struggling to bring that experience over to smaller smartphone displays.

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04-20-2018 Politics
Haley's retort shows why she's unique in Trump's White House

Washington (CNN)Public humiliation is a rite of passage for many top officials in the Trump administration. But when it was Nikki Haley's turn this week, she fought back, defending herself in a way that reflects her unique status in the Trump administration.

The US ambassador to the United Nations spent much of Tuesday feeling both embarrassed that she had caused controversy by getting ahead of the White House in announcing Russia sanctions and irked by seemingly dismissive and condescending remarks from a fellow administration official, according to two sources close to Haley.

Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump's newly installed chief economic adviser, said "there might have been some momentary confusion" on her part. Haley found the remark disrespectful and felt she couldn't keep quiet, the sources said.

"With all due respect, I don't get confused," Haley said in a statement.

It was a stunning retort in an administration where the typical response to being put down is to slink away quietly and regroup. That was the playbook for former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was ridiculed on Twitter by President Donald Trump for getting too far ahead on diplomacy with North Korea. Similarly, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is now White House chief of staff, ran afoul of Trump when he insisted the administration's travel ban was really a "travel pause," only to watch the President call it a ban.

Haley didn't endure a presidential putdown, but Kudlow's comments -- for which he later apologized -- were in line with an apparent White House strategy to shift blame to Haley and shield the President. Still, none of her colleagues have so publicly bristled at the egg on their faces.

Navigating shifting dynamics

For now at least, she is showing off her savvy in navigating the administration's ever shifting dynamics. She appears to have emerged from the combative approach unscathed -- a rare feat in Trump's orbit.

"It's clear that in situations like this she is prepared to defend herself -- and publicly, if necessary," said John Negroponte, a former US ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.

Another source close to Haley said the ambassador "isn't going to let the President run over her like some of these star-struck men around the White House let him do."

When asked by a reporter at the UN Wednesday about her relationship with Trump, Haley said, "It's perfect." ...

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04-20-2018 Politics
Queen Elizabeth Publicly Backs Prince Charles as the Next Commonwealth Leader for the First Time

In a rare move, Queen Elizabeth publicly backed her son, Prince Charles, as the next Commonwealth leader.

On Thursday, the monarch, who turns 92 on Saturday, formally asked the Commonwealth Heads of Government to appoint Charles as her successor of the association of Britain and its former colonies.

Queen Elizabeth has been the group’s symbolic figurehead since 1952. On Friday, leaders are expected to discuss who should follow her in the role. The position is not hereditary, but Prince Charles is expected to get the nod. (As the Queen’s firstborn, Charles is the hereditary heir to the British throne, which he will automatically inherit upon his mother’s death.)

“It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949,” the Queen said at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace.

“By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth’s generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all,” she continued.

The Queen welcomed leaders from the 53 Commonwealth nations to the palace for two days of discussions on topics such as trade, marine protection and cyber crime.

In his own opening remarks at the summit, Prince Charles said: “For my part, the Commonwealth has been a fundamental feature of my life for as long as I can remember, beginning with my first visit to Malta when I was just 5 years old.

“And so, Ladies and Gentlemen, I pray that this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will not only revitalize the bonds between our countries, but will also give the Commonwealth a renewed relevance to all citizens, finding practical solutions to their problems and giving life to their aspirations.

“By doing so, the Commonwealth can be a cornerstone for the lives of future generations, just as it has been for so many of us.”

Later today, the Queen and Prince Charles will host a lunch at Buckingham Palace for new heads of government. And this evening, Prince William and Prince Harry will arrive at the palace for a formal reception.

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04-18-2018 Politics
Canada to return diplomat families from Cuba over health concerns

(CNN)The families of Canadian diplomats in Cuba will return home permanently due to unexplained health concerns, Canada's government announced Monday.

Cuba will now be designated an "unaccompanied post" meaning that the families of diplomatic staff will not be able to live with them while they are assigned to the country.

"The Government of Canada continues to investigate the potential causes of unusual health symptoms reported in 2017 by some Canadian diplomatic staff and dependents posted to Havana, Cuba," Global Affairs Canada wrote in a statement. "The symptoms include dizziness, headaches and lack of ability to concentrate, amongst others."

The US State Department evacuated non-essential personnel and families from Cuba in 2017, after claims a sophisticated device that operated outside the range of audible sound had been used in an "acoustic attack" on US embassy staff, with Canada also reporting "unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana."

After more than a year of inquiries, State Department and federal investigators were unable to attribute the source or cause of the ailments, apart from that they "were most likely related to trauma from a non-natural source."

At least 24 diplomats and family members were affected, some with damage that they may carry for years, officials testified at a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing in January.

While the incidents remain a mystery, State Department officials who testified said they believe Cuba has clearer information about who is behind what they classified as "attacks" on US diplomats working on the communist-run island.

The Cuban government has called the alleged attacks "science fiction" and complained that Washington has not shared much in the way of medical details or let their investigators inspect the diplomatic residences where many of the incidents took place.

In its statement this week, Global Affairs Canada said the country "has a positive and constructive relationship with Cuba and has received close cooperation from the Cuban authorities since health concerns of Canadians serving in Cuba first surfaced in the spring of 2017."

Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet commented on Canada's withdrawal of diplomatic families.

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04-17-2018 Science&Technology
Study finds thousands of Android apps that improperly track children

As Facebook continues the fight to put the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal being it, consumer privacy is once again being dragged out into the spotlight. It’s an important issue that’s always on our minds to an extent, but even more so now that privacy violations are at the center of the mess Facebook has managed to get itself into.

Of course, Facebook isn’t the only company that periodically finds itself in hot water over issues pertaining to privacy. Google is no stranger to controversy when it comes to user privacy, which makes sense since the company has a similar business model to Facebook: Make products everyone wants, give them away for free, and collect user data in order to serve targeted advertisements.

Unlike Facebook, Google actually has a very good track record when it comes to protecting the personal user data it collects. Unfortunately, the company has a much worse track record when it comes to preventing third parties from abusing its policies. We’ve seen numerous examples of this in the past, and the latest revelation could be one of the most troubling ones yet.

Apple and Google own and operate the two most widely-used mobile platforms in the world, but they employ dramatically different strategies. Apple closes its platform off from other hardware companies, and it imposes tight restrictions as well as a thorough review process for third-party apps distributed through its App Store. On the other end of the spectrum we have Google, which gives away Android to other smartphone makers for free. Google is also much more lax with its Google Play app store, and these lax policies have gotten the company into trouble numerous times in the past.

The latest instance of Google’s policies potentially harming Android users has just been uncovered by researchers affiliated with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). In a new study titled “‘Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?’ Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale,” it has seemingly been revealed that Android’s app store is home to thousands of apps that are improperly tracking certain users. Of course, the idea that an Android app might track you is nothing new. So why is this new study so alarming? ICSI researchers found that these particular apps improperly track young children. ...

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No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 China Daily / China
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The Telegraph / United Kingdom 7 The Wall Street Journal / United States 8 USA Today / United States
9 The Times of India / India 10 The Independent / United Kingdom 11 Los Angeles Times / United States 12 El País / Spain
13 Financial Times / United Kingdom 14 The People's Daily / China 15 United Daily News / China 16 The Economic Daily / China
17 Le Monde / France 18 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 19 El Mundo / Spain 20 Daily News / United States
21 La Repubblica / Italy 22 Bild / Germany 23 Le Figaro / France 24 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia
25 Houston Chronicle / United States 26 Hürriyet / Turkey 27 Chicago Tribune / United States 28 The Examiner / United States
29 New York Post / United States 30 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 31 Corriere della Sera / Italy 32 The Economic Times / India
33 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 34 Marca / Spain 35 Liberty Times / Taiwan 36 Die Welt / Germany
37 The Globe and Mail / Canada 38 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 39 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 40 Sabah / Turkey
41 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 42 Daily Express / United Kingdom 43 Kompas / Indonesia 44 The Indian Express / India
45 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 46 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 47 The Hindu / India 48 The Toronto Star / Canada
49 The Sun / United Kingdom 50 The Age / Australia 51 The Boston Globe / United States 52 Philippine Daily Inquirer / Philippines
53 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 54 The Washington Times / United States 55 Clarín / Argentina 56 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
57 Die Zeit / Germany 58 The Onion / United States 59 Metro / United Kingdom 60 ABC / Spain
61 The Seattle Times / United States 62 The Times / United Kingdom 63 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 64 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany
65 The Hill / United States 66 Dainik Bhaskar / India 67 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 68 The Oregonian / United States
69 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea 70 La Nación / Argentina 71 The Hindustan Times / India 72 San Jose Mercury News / United States
73 The Dallas Morning News / United States 74 AS / Spain 75 The Australian / Australia 76 Star Tribune / United States
77 Qingdao News / China 78 The Jerusalem Post / Israel 79 The Plain Dealer / United States 80 L'Equipe / France
81 Komsomolskaya Pravda / Russia 82 The Denver Post / United States 83 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 84 Libération / France
85 O Globo / Brazil 86 Aftonbladet / Sweden 87 The Japan Times / Japan 88 Business Standard / India
89 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 90 Kommersant / Russia 91 Le Parisien / France 92 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand
93 Detroit Free Press / United States 94 Newsday / United States 95 The Baltimore Sun / United States 96 National Post / Canada
97 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 98 The Miami Herald / United States 99 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 100 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States
101 The Irish Independent / Ireland 102 South China Morning Post / Hong Kong SAR 103 The Irish Times / Ireland 104 The Star Online / Malaysia
105 De Telegraaf / Netherlands 106 Dawn / Pakistan 107 Der Standaard / Austria 108 The Sacramento Bee / United States
109 20 Minutos / Spain 110 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan 111 Rossiyskaya Gazeta / Russia 112 Apple Daily / Taiwan
113 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India 114 La Stampa / Italy 115 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / United States 116 20 Minutes / France
117 La Vanguardia / Spain 118 Evening Standard / United Kingdom 119 China Times / Taiwan 120 The Straits Times / Singapore
121 Orlando Sentinel / United States 122 Der Tagesspiegel / Germany 123 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 124 Verdens Gang / Norway
125 Argumenti i Fakti / Russia 126 Boston Herald / United States 127 Infobae / Argentina 128 Dagbladet / Norway
129 Independent Online / South Africa 130 The New York Observer / United States 131 Yeni Safak / Turkey 132 Seattle Post-Intelligencer / United States
133 The Kansas City Star / United States 134 Al-Ahram / Egypt 135 The Scotsman / United Kingdom 136 Nikkan Sports / Japan
137 Deseret News / United States 138 Herald Sun / Australia 139 The Vancouver Sun / Canada 140 Yang Cheng Wan Bao / China
141 Les Échos / France 142 Gulf News / United Arab Emirates 143 Yedioth Aharonot / Israel 144 Sports Nippon / Japan
145 The Orange County Register / United States 146 Expressen / Sweden 147 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 148 Pravda.ru / Russia
149 Handelsblatt / Germany 150 The Daily Telegraph / Australia

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