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Friday, February 15, 2019



The Donald Trump White House is more than capable of doing conventional things well. Last week’s State of the Union saw a complex policy process synthesized into a well-delivered prime-time address that captured the president’s unique policy agenda and won high praise. But if conventional management styles alone could make or break a presidency, historians would be praising Jimmy Carter and vilifying Ronald Reagan. And Donald Trump wasn’t elected to just be conventional. In fact, he promised to be a disruptive, often unpredictable, force who would take a two-by-four to the status quo. And on that he has delivered.

Where other presidents have balked at moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, this president understood the value of keeping his word. Where other presidents have shied away from third-rail issues like criminal justice reform, this president parlayed a diverse coalition into a bipartisan victory that eluded President Barack Obama.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

US public debt at record high above $22 trillion

US public debt at record high above $22 trillion
America's public debt has reached a record high of more than $22 trillion, according to data released by the US Treasury Department. The amount of the debt as of February 11 was quoted in a daily statement by the department on Tuesday. "The national debt has now eclipsed $22 trillion, as we added $1 trillion in debt over just the last 11 months," said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a non-partisan organisation dedicated to addressing America's long-term fiscal challenges.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in January estimated that federal budget deficit was about $900 billion in 2019 and exceeds $1 trillion each year beginning in 2022. Because of persistently large deficits, the public debt is projected to grow steadily, reaching 93 per cent of US gross domestic product (GDP) in 2029 and about 150 per cent of the US GDP in 2049, according to the CBO. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has warned that the rising public debt in the US could lead to the next economic recession. Analysts said the Trump administration's $1.5-trillion tax cut and increased government spending have fueled the rapid increase in budget deficits and public debt.
"Reaching this unfortunate milestone so rapidly is the latest sign that our fiscal situation is not only unsustainable, but accelerating," Xinhua quoted Peterson as saying. "As we borrow trillion after trillion, interest costs will weigh on our economy and make it harder to fund important investments for our future," Peterson said. "We already pay an average of $1 billion every day in interest on the debt, and will spend a staggering $7 trillion in interest costs over the next decade," he said, adding "we must put our fiscal house in order and begin to manage our national debt".
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Monday, February 11, 2019

Soon, you can go around Dubai on 'Sky pods'

The sky pods were on display at the annual World Government Summit.
The annual World Government Summit (WGS) is a platform for presenting new ideas and game-changing technologies, including the future of transportation. 
Two years ago, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) unveiled its vision for flying taxis and this year on display at WGS 2019 are two models of Dubai Sky pods.

The first model of the Dubai Sky pod units is called the Unibike, a small-sized, lightweight vehicle that is fitted with steel wheels to move on suspended rails. According to the RTA, the Unibike can accommodate up to five passengers and their luggage. It can travel at a maximum speed of 150km/hr and ferry about 20,000 riders per hour.
The second model is the Unicar, which is designed to carry passengers for a distance up to 200 kilometres. Unicar is slightly longer and wider than the Unibike and can accommodate up to six riders. The Unicar can travel at a maximum speed of 150 km/hr and transport around 50,000 passengers per hour.
The Sky pods, which were first introduced to the public through a series of tweets by the RTA in December last year, "are a highly power-efficient futuristic autonomous mobility system that requires infrastructure much less than conventional mode of transit."

"(Sky pods) would use an area of land that is 100 times less than conventional means of the same capacity, while the pods' power efficiency is five times better than electric vehicles and the system requires infrastructure, which is 10 times less than conventional transit systems," the RTA underlined.
The RTA, however, has yet to announce when the trial phase for the Sky pods but it is expected to do so at the WGS.
The RTA added that they are working with global labs on trials of innovative transit systems to solve the first and last mile challenges.
"The future projects also include autonomous air taxi, which is being developed by a big global firm. This step is needed to keep pace with the ambitions of our leaders in harnessing the government's resources to serve the society and ensure sustainable welfare of future generations," the RTA said in an earlier statement.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 X 5G phone

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Samsung will almost certainly announce the Galaxy S10 on February 20, 2019, but what about a 5G version of the phone? Rumors have spread about such a device, and Samsung itself demonstrated a prototype 5G phone with Qualcomm at the end of 2018, so we know such a phone is coming. We just don’t know exactly when, or its precise specifications. Officially we don’t, at least, but there is plenty of speculation surrounding it. Here’s what you need to know about Samsung’s 5G phone.

NAME AND RELEASE One of Samsung’s 5G phones will most likely be part of the Galaxy S10 family, and be known as the Samsung Galaxy S10 X. The X suffix is supposedly being used to signify the range’s 10th anniversary, in the same way as Apple did with the iPhone X. The Galaxy X name has also been associated with Samsung’s folding smartphone, so it’s still not entirely certain it will be used for the 5G model. The Galaxy S10 is almost certainly going to launch on February 20, and it makes sense for the 5G phone to be shown off at the same time, despite the lack of 5G networks for it to connect to. In a report, a source told ETNews the phone will be released in South Korea and the United States in March 2019.

However, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh has previously said the Galaxy S10 won’t be Samsung’s first 5G phone. It’s unclear whether this has changed, or if he was referring to the S10 X as a separate model.
Do not expect it to be cheap. The same ETNews report says the most expensive Galaxy S10 models will cost the equivalent of $1,400, and we’d expect the 5G phone to fall into that category. Finally, A November 2018 rumor from The Wall Street Journal said Samsung will make a Verizon-exclusive 5G Galaxy S10 in 2019. Sprint and AT&T have also said they will carry a Samsung 5G phone.

SPECIFICATIONS The most obvious standout specification for the Galaxy S10 X will be 5G connectivity, but don’t think the rest of the spec will suffer because of it — it’s rumored to be a monster. Expect the S10 X to have a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, a quad-lens camera on the back and dual lenses on the front, a 5,000mAh battery, 10GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of internal storage space. The inclusion of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor is also highly likely. Sounds very impressive, and the same source speaking to ETNews adds we should look out for new artificial intelligence features too, which will let the phone adapt to our way of using it. Previously, the camera specification of four rear lenses and two front lenses was put forward by a source speaking to The Wall Street Journal.

There was no information on what the camera would do, outside of producing, “Richer photos and better spatial perception.” DESIGN What will the Galaxy S10 X 5G phone look like? We haven’t seen a final version yet. The prototype seen here may offer some clues, and we expect it to be close to the style of the standard Galaxy S10, only larger. We’ll keep you updated with news and rumors about the 5G Galaxy S10 — which may be called the Galaxy S10 X — right here

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Man lodges police complaint over lost wallet and the real culprit turns out to be dog

Man lodges police complaint over lost wallet and the real culprit turns out to be dog BEIJING: A man lost his wallet and he subsequently lodged a complaint over alleged theft, but little did he know that the real culprit would be someone beyond his imagination. A man who had complained about losing his wallet was shocked to find out the culprit behind the theft was a dog. According to a Daily Mail report, the man in Anqing city, China, reported to the police that his wallet was missing after he went out to play a card game with his friends. He stated that along with his bank cards and ID, around 2,000 yuan (21 thousand Indian rupees) were also in the wallet.

However, everyone seemed to be shocked when the identity of the thief was revealed: a small black dog. In the surveillance footage, the local police saw the dog picking up the wallet, which was lying on the floor, and walking away holding it in its mouth.
The video shows the man playing a game of cards with his three friends at a grocery store when his wallet falls on the ground from his back pocket. A moment later, two dogs walk past the men and one of them picks up the wallet and sneaked away with it. Fortunately, the police tracked the dog and were able to retrieve the stolen wallet. Picked :

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hackers can alter WhatsApp chats:

Hackers can alter WhatsApp chats: 

Should UAE users be alarmed? Dubai: WhatsApp users have been warned against a newly discovered flaw in the messaging service that can allow fraudsters to intercept and manipulate chats. The Facebook-owned app, which currently has more than 1.5 billion users and is widely popular in UAE, has already been the target of a number of fraud attempts, from free airline tickets to retail vouchers.
Just last week, major hypermarket retailer LuLu warned users of a voucher scam being circulated through WhatsApp and tricking people into sharing their private details, including bank account and credit card information. But new research has found that fraudsters can’t just forward, share or spread fake news, they can now intercept and alter messages for malicious purposes. According to cybersecurity company Check Point that tested the vulnerability of WhatsApp algorithms, it may be possible for hackers to infiltrate private and group conversations and do any of the following that can fuel more scams, fake news and even turn friends against each other: 1. Change a reply from someone to put words into their mouth that they did not say. For example, the message with the content “Great” sent by a member of a group could be changed to something else like: “I’m going to die in a hospital right now.”

2. Quote a message in a reply to a group conversation to make it appear as if it came from a person who is not even part of the group.
3. Send a message to a member of a group that pretends to be a group message but is in fact only sent to this member. However, the member’s response will be sent to the entire group. The newly discovered “vulnerabilities,” can put con artists “in a position of immense power” to not only crack into people’s messages, but also spread misinformation or fake news, according to Check Point. Other IT security experts, however, clarified that Check Point’s findings were mainly based on the cybersecurity company’s study and that no actual hacking cases have been reported so far. Also, not every single WhatsApp user may be prone to attacks, as the mentioned flaw seems to be focused around group chats and users of WhatsApp web. “It is not the end-to-end encryption that is broken, but a specific flaw around how group chats are used, which combined with social engineering, the art of tricking a user to do something unintentional, can be damaging,” Nicolai Solling, chief technology officer at Help AG, told Gulf News. “The research itself relies on certain attack methods to obtain the keys, specifically around the use of WhatsApp web. In general WhatsApp web is meant as an extension to your WhatsApp mobile app, and WhatsApp web should only be used on devices you trust,” he added.
How to keep chats protected To protect themselves against hacking attempts, users should try to limit the use of WhatsApp web. “Only access this from a computer you trust,” said Solling. “All communication can never be completely be trusted. History has told us that all encryption can be broken or at least bypassed. Therefore, always stay sceptical and alert.”
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Friday, July 13, 2018

As Trump says Putin ‘not my enemy’, skeptics in US see danger

As Trump says Putin ‘not my enemy’, skeptics in US see danger 
WASHINGTON: In preparing for his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump has provoked a rare agreement among Democrats and Republicans alarmed by the possibility of a cozy meeting. While Republican Trump has gone softer on Putin, calling him a “competitor” and “not my enemy” on Thursday, lawmakers from both parties hardened their warnings to Trump before he sits down with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday.
“Putin is not America’s friend, nor merely a competitor. Putin is America’s enemy — not because we wish it so, but because he has chosen to be,” Republican Senator John McCain said. “It is up to President Trump to hold Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in Helsinki,” McCain said in a statement. “Failure to do so would be a serious indictment of his stewardship of American leadership in the world.” Trump has touted the summit as an opportunity to reduce tensions, inflamed by Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which turned the tide of the Syrian civil war in 2015, and accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. US lawmakers want Trump, both privately with Putin and publicly, to condemn Russia’s actions. Congress has taken a hard anti-Russia stance, nearly unanimously approving last year a tough sanctions law targeting Moscow. But lawmakers worry Trump will fail to take Putin to task, particularly over the election meddling, which the Russian leader has denied.
US intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow interfered and Trump has said he would discuss it, although he has stated both a willingness to believe Putin’s denials and US agencies. Trump has described a special counsel investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russia as a political witch hunt. “Our goal must be to demonstrate to the world that the community of democratic nations does not intend to accede to Putin’s or any other authoritarian’s view of the world. We will resist Russia’s aggression,” Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Senator Marco Rubio said in an op-ed in USA Today on Thursday. Senior Trump administration officials also have voiced fears about what he might give Putin to the detriment of allies in Europe, especially after seeing how Trump appeared to get only vague commitments from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their June 12 summit in Singapore to discuss denuclearization. Trump declared that he had ended the nuclear threat from North Korea, but one senior US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: “Who’s to say he won’t come out of Helsinki saying he and Putin agreed that Russia no longer poses a threat to the rest of Europe?” ‘Easiest’ part of Trump trip Worries over Trump’s commitment to European allies and his deference to Russia loomed large at the NATO summit that wrapped up on Thursday. Trump claimed a personal victory after telling European allies to increase their defense spending or lose Washington’s support. He particularly railed against Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump took another swipe at US allies when he told reporters in Brussels that he thought his meeting with Putin would be “the easiest” part of his week-long European trip. US Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican, criticized Trump for saying that. “The Russian president is a man schooled in treachery and espionage. He jails and murders his opponents, presides over a mafia state and he is an enemy of democracy. Why would a meeting with Putin be easier than a meeting with the allies that we rely on most to be a bulwark against him?” Flake asked in a Senate speech. Putin won re-election for six more years in March with opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from running on what he says was a false pretext. Europeans and some US officials are particularly concerned about whether Putin will ask Trump to suspend NATO military drills in the Baltic states on Russia’s doorstep. Another senior US official said that if Putin came away from the meeting with Trump thinking he had permission to act in the Baltics, Estonia might become the epicenter of what NATO has helped to prevent.
Trump’s assertion that Russia is a competitor and not an adversary is contrary to the judgments of US intelligence agencies and his chief diplomat, Mike Pompeo, who at his April confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State, said the United States needs “to push back in each place we confront them,” referring to the Russians. While Trump said on Thursday that he expects the Helsinki summit to be “just a loose meeting,” some at home are hoping it will be a “non-event” with nothing groundbreaking. “Based on just the way things are shaping up, I think a non-eventful Helsinki meeting might be best for our country,” Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations committee,
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