TREB CEO concerned about homeowner info being posted online after data release

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Real Estate Board is “pressing ahead” with the Competition Bureau’s demand to make home sales data available on realtors’ password-protected websites, but that doesn’t mean the board’s concerns around privacy are gone.In his first interview since the Supreme Court of Canada refused in August to hear TREB’s seven-year fight to keep the numbers under wraps — effectively forcing them to be made public — the board’s chief executive officer John DiMichele told The Canadian Press, “the element of privacy in our opinion hasn’t been settled completely yet.”DiMichele is particularly concerned because he claims to have seen evidence of brokers’ remarks about homeowners being posted online, information that is not included in the home sales data feed TREB had to make available to realtors last Tuesday.“If someone is receiving this data, we have a duty and responsibility to find out if it is coming out of our system because… (they) will say things like elderly gentleman, hard of hearing, knock loud, or children home alone between 3 and 5 p.m.,” he said, noting that codes to access and secure properties could also be included in the remarks.DiMichele wouldn’t reveal how he discovered such violations, but said they had been “brought to our attention” recently.He also refused to discuss in detail what kind of action will be taken against anyone who is caught posting unauthorized information or home sales data without password protections — conditions mandated in a Competition Tribunal ruling that came into effect recently, after the Competition Bureau argued that TREB’s refusal to release the data was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.“I can’t comment about specific cases, but if people are doing these things, we are certainly going to contact them, if they are contactable because right now my understanding is that some of these websites don’t have identifying information,” DiMichele said.“Where are they getting the data? If they are getting it from public records, just let us know. If they are getting it from another source that is not TREB, then there is not much for us to say on that, but if it they are posting this data of a private nature, we certainly have to take initiative.”In early September, the board sent cease-and-desist letters to real estate companies warning it will revoke data access and TREB memberships or bring legal action against members it believes are violating its user agreement by posting sales numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”The board’s lawyer Brian Facey previously said in an email to The Canadian Press that the letters were an attempt to find out the source of the members’ numbers and “ensure no one has breached their contracts with TREB.”TREB has never said how many letters it sent, but real estate companies Zoocasa and HouseSigma Inc. said they had received letters and had stripped their websites of the data until Sept. 18, when the TREB feed was allowed to be posted.Others, including real estate website Bungol, left the numbers up without password protections.Several realtors who applied for access to the TREB feed complained last week that they weren’t granted access as soon as it became available and many said they were still waiting to get their hands on the numbers as late as last Friday.The board has received about 1,000 requests for access to the feed from the board’s 50,000 members, DiMichele said, but only about 600 of those requests have been fulfilled so far.“Not every delay is on TREB’s side,” he said.“We are fulfilling them on a regular basis, but sometimes the other side is not prepared or we have people that think they want to do this, so they submit an application and go through the process and then they decide not to proceed, but we are working through it the best we can.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more

Cause of major power failure still under investigation by BC Hydro

first_imgDespite it being a major outage, Gammer says crews worked quickly and were able to restore power to all affected customers within 2 hours and 40 minutes from when the initial outage had occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m.Reports of fires after the outage were shared all over social media, but those were all controlled flaring at facilities all over the B.C. Peace and in Prince George. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 125,000 customers were without power from 100 Mile House to Prince George and the B.C. Peace. on Wednesday night due to a major power failure.According to B.C. Hydro Media Relations, Bob Gammer, the cause of the power outage is still under investigation but believes the power outage was caused by a lightning strike that then caused a transmission circuit fault.“In terms of a cause, we suspect it’s lightning and we are continuing our investigation in terms of where the lightning hit, how one lightning strike could cause this great of an outage because we do get hit by lightning many times a year and our protective absorbs that and we just continue on. Something was different this time and we are looking into that.”last_img read more

Dayasiri to crossover today

Attanayake had said the meeting was “routine” and said there as no indication Jayasekera was to leave the UNP. (Colombo Gazette) UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera is expected to join the government today, well informed sources told the Colombo Gazette.Jayasekera is expected to formally crossover to the government benches in Parliament. Sources also said that he is expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning. Jayasekera is expected to resign from his parliament seat and contest the North Western Provincial Council polls with the government. The UNP MP who had been a strong critic of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had met the President on an earlier occasion as well.However subsequently he had met Wickremesinghe and UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake to discuss his concerns regarding the party. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,157.29 up 20.11 points):Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:PMZ.UN). Retail property owner. Up $3.36, or 14.58 per cent, at $26.40 on 11,119,021 shares. A group led by KingSett Capital and the Ontario Pension Board has launched a $4.4-billion takeover offer for Primaris, one of Canada’s largest shopping mall owners. The offer is worth $26 in cash per Primaris unit.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down five cents, or 1.50 per cent, at $3.28 on 5,824,737 shares. Its rail-equipment workers in Quebec were set to vote Wednesday night on a conciliator’s recommendation for a new collective agreement that would end the nearly five-week strike.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless telecommunications. Up 34 cents, or 2.96 per cent, at $11.84 on 5,594,730 shares.PMI Gold Corp. (TSX:PMV). Miner. Up nine cents, or 12.16 per cent, at 83 cents on 5,214,128 shares. The Vancouver-based company is merging with Keegan Resources Inc. (TSX:KGN) and will operate under the name Asanko Gold Inc.Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (TSX:GTE). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 1.44 per cent, at $5.63 on 4,634,805 shares.Grandview Gold Inc. (TSX:GVX). Mineral explorer. Unchanged at half a cent on 4,277,900 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,184.54 down 8.32 points):PetroFrontier Corp. (TSXV:PFC). Oil and gas. Down 19.5 cents, or 63.93 per cent, at 11 cents on 14,612,425 shares.TransGaming Inc. (TSXV:TNG). Electronic entertainment. Up 2.5 cents, or 45.45 per cent, at eight cents on 3,882,086 shares.Companies reporting major news:Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB). Bank. Down $1.19, or 2.60 per cent, at $44.56 on 275,827 shares. The company is boosting its dividend for the fourth time in less than two years after the Montreal-based bank’s profits surged 71 per cent in the fourth quarter due in part to acquisitions.RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN). Retail real estate. Up 34 cents, or 1.26 per cent, at $27.30 on 521,051 shares. The Toronto-based company has conditionally agreed to buy five regional malls and three other shopping centres currently owned by Primaris. RioCan values that part of the Primaris portfolio at $1.1 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2012 5:41 pm MDT read more

Deutsche Post DHL net profits fall 59 per cent as tougher economy

by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 1:38 am MDT FRANKFURT – Mail and freight company Deutsche Post DHL saw its profits dip in the first quarter as a tough global economy meant companies shipped fewer goods by air.A large one-time gain in the year-ago quarter from the sale of the Postbank business to Deutsche Bank also hurt the profit comparison, the Bonn, Germany based company said Tuesday.Overall, Deutsche Post made a net profit of 498 million euros ($647 million) in the first three months of the year, 5.9 per cent lower than the year ago equivalent of 529 million euros. The Postbank sale added 186 million euros last year.The profit fall came despite a 0.6 per cent rise in revenues to 13.44 billion euros.Deutsche Post, which operates an air freight hub in Cincinnati, Ohio, said its freight business saw slower demand for freight in “a strained macroeconomic environment” that includes a stagnant European economy.Air freight revenue fell 8.2 per cent to 1.2 billion euros, with a particularly strong decline in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Still, operating earnings for the freight division showed a 1 per cent increase due to strict cost management.Deutsche Post, which has 473,000 employees in 220 countries and territories, emerged from the former government post office through privatization, and remains Germany’s domestic mail carrier. The German government owns a 24.9 per cent stake through its KfW bank.The company maintained its full-year forecast for as much as 2.95 billion euros in earnings before interest and taxes. Deutsche Post DHL net profits fall 5.9 per cent as tougher economy slows freight revenues AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock building codes updated

Several of Brock’s building codes were updated in May.New building codes to several St. Catharines campus buildings will now appear on campus maps, event locations and student and faculty timetables within BrockDB and Sakai.Changes of note include:South Block changed from ‘AS’ to ‘STH’573 Glenridge changed from ‘GL’ to ‘GLN-A’ (or GLA on timetables)International Centre changed from ‘IC’ to ‘GLN-B’ (or GLB on timetables)Plaza Building changed from ‘PL’ to ‘PLZ’Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex changed from ‘CA’ to ‘CRN’Goodman School of Business (formerly Taro Hall) changed from ‘TA’ to ‘GSB’The Rankin Family Pavilion (under construction) is RFPBelow is a full list of Brock’s building codes.Code               NameAL                   Alphie’s TroughBAR-A             Barn – ABAR-B             Barn – BCAR                 Carpentry ShopCJD                  Brock Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC)CLS                  Concordia Lutheran Theological SeminaryCRN                 Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research ComplexCUB                 Central Utilities BuildingDEC                 DeCew ResidenceDNLD              McDonald’sEA-1               East Academic – Building 1EA-2               East Academic – Building 2EA-3               East Academic – Building 3ERP                 Alan Earp ResidenceGLN-A             573 GlenridgeGLN-B             International CentreGSB                 Goodman School of BusinessGWY                Gateway ResidenceHAM               Hamilton CampusHH                   Harrison HallHPP                 Heritage Place PlazaHRTN              Tim HortonsHS                   140 LockhartIH                    Inniskillin HallKC                   Kenmore CentreLOW                Arnie Lowenberger ResidenceMCA                Mackenzie Chown – Block AMCB                Mackenzie Chown – Block BMCC                Mackenzie Chown – Block CMCD                Mackenzie Chown – Block DMCE                Mackenzie Chown – Block EMCF                Mackenzie Chown – Block FMCG                Mackenzie Chown – Block GMCH                Mackenzie Chown – Block HMCJ                 Mackenzie Chown – Block JMWS               Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsPLZ                  Plaza BuildingQV-1               Quarry View Residence – Block 1QV-2               Quarry View Residence – Block 2QV-3               Quarry View Residence – Block 3QV-4               Quarry View Residence – Block 4QV-5               Quarry View Residence – Block 5QV-6               Quarry View Residence – Block 6RFP                 Rankin Family PavilionRBC                 Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child CareRH                   Rodman Hall Art CentreSBH                 Scotiabank HallSC                    Student Alumni CentreSER                 Service TunnelsSH                   Theal HouseST                    Arthur Schmon TowerSTH                 South Block (also known as Academic South)TH                   Thistle ComplexTRL                 Trillium LaneVAL                 Gordon and Betty Vallee ResidenceVIL-A              Village Residence (Courts 1 – 6)VIL-B               Village Residence (Courts 7 – 9)VIL-C               Village Residence (Courts 10 – 12)WC-A              Walker Sports Complex – Physical Education CentreWC-B              Walker Sports Complex – Eleanor Misener Aquatic CentreWC-C              Walker Sports Complex – Storage Bldg. (at Ball Diamonds)WC-D              Walker Sports Complex – Field HouseWH                  Robert S.K. Welch Hall (including David S. Howes Theatre)Note:Main Campus: Anything above the escarpment, west of Glenridge AvenueEast Campus: Anything above the escarpment to St. David’s Road, east of Glenridge AvenueSatellite: Anything not on Main Campus or East Campus read more

Adverts which promise bus fares from £1 banned after it emerges just

first_imgThe ASA ruled that the company can only market its seats as "from £1" if a significant amount of seats are at that price Savvy travel bookers who click on low price adverts may find they are often lead to air, rail and bus websites which do not have any seats at the advertised reduced fares.The advertising watchdog has found that in at least one case this is because there were never many low fare seats available at all, and has banned Megabus from advertising its seats as “from £1” after it was found only three per cent of seats were available at that price.The company uses distinctive blue and yellow buses, emblazoned with the advertisement: “From £1 + 50p booking fee (subject to availability)”However, the ASA has instructed the company not to use this tagline unless a significant number of seats were being sold at that price.Two complainants flagged the misleading advertisement to the ASA, after Megabus sold its journeys from Aberystwyth to Birmingham as “from £1”, as well as its travel from Leeds to new destinations in Yorkshire and offered “day trips from £1” from London to Bath. The company assured potential customers that “as always, our fares are from £1”. Megabus revealed that one each route there was just one £1 ticket available at the time the adverts were viewed. The company explained the number of fares available for £1 for any given route varied due to the amount of stops and number of bookings.For the Aberystwyth to Birmingham route, there were theoretically six tickets available out of 147, and for London to Bath there were three out of 96 on the five-stop route, of which one was for the full journey from London to Bath. There were no £1 fares at all for the route from Leeds to various destinations in Yorkshire, because there was an additional fee for the second leg of the journey.Those hoping to secure a £1 ticket, the company explained, have to book around a month in advance.The ASA ruled: “We considered that customers would be able to understand that not all tickets would be priced at £1, but would expect to be able to find the ‘from’ price in the ads for tickets across a range of dates if they booked in advance.”Because only between three and four per cent of fares available were priced at £1, the ads must not appear in their current form and that in future Megabus must “ensure in future that when using the ‘from £1’ price claims, a significant proportion of the advertised fares were available at £1, so consumers would have a reasonable chance of obtaining the products at the advertised ‘from’ price”. The ASA ruled that the company can only market its seats as “from £1” if a significant amount of seats are at that priceCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Meet Barack Obama standup comedian

first_imgBut some things are beyond my control.  For example, this whole controversy about Jaz-Z going to Cuba — it’s unbelievable.  I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one. CSPAN)THE UNUSUAL ANNUAL tradition of the US President cracking jokes for an audience of reporters and celebrities continued last night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.Barack Obama’s speech has largely been hailed as both hilarious and better than that of actual comedian Conan O’Brien this morning.If you don’t have time to watch the full video, here are a selection of the Democrat’s best lines:These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be. Time passes. You get a little grey. I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate. The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing. Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. They actually thought the comparison was not fair – to Satan. But the problem is, is that the media landscape is changing so rapidly.  You can’t keep up with it.  I mean, I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2am. Of course, everybody has got plenty of advice. Maureen Dowd said I could solve all my problems if I were just more like Michael Douglas in “The American President.” And I know Michael is here tonight. Michael, what’s your secret, man? Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy? Might that have something to do with it? I don’t know.  Check in with me. Maybe it’s something else.More: 9 adult toys you won’t believe existPicture: Caption competition: What have Babs and Barack seen?! I had dinner with a number of the Republican senators.  And I’ll admit it wasn’t easy.  I proposed a toast — it died in committee.last_img read more

Samsung blames slow smartphone sales and increased competition for profit slump

first_imgSAMSUNG SAID NET profit plunged almost 20% in the second quarter as competition from cheap Chinese phones and the strong won saw sales slump in its key mobile business.The South Korean electronics giant said net profit came in at 6.25 trillion won (€4.5 billion), down 19.6% in the first on-year decline for nearly three years.Operating profit stood at 7.19 trillion won, down 24.6% from a year ago, while sales tumbled 8.9% to 52.35 trillion won.“The second quarter was affected by several factors including the slow global sales of smartphones and tablets and escalating marketing expenditure to reduce inventory,” the company said in its earnings report.“The appreciation of the Korean currency also chipped away at this quarter’s operating profits, which amounted to about 500 billion won in missed revenues prompted by the foreign exchange market,” it said. The firm added that the second half of 2014 would “remain a challenge”.The won is currently running at six-year highs against the dollar, hitting South Korea’s export-driven economy.Cautious optimismThursday’s figures were in line with earnings estimates released earlier this month, when Samsung also issued an explanatory note attributing the profit decline to increased competition from cheap Chinese devices.Samsung had expressed cautious optimism about a more positive third quarter with the release of its new smartphone lineup, and a much lower marketing spend compared with the second quarter.But while the company is expected to roll out a new version of its popular oversized Galaxy Note smartphone, the next quarter will also see the expected launch of the iPhone 6 by main high-end rival Apple.Alarm bells have been sounding for a while over Samsung’s reliance on smartphone sales in mature markets such as Europe and the US.Efforts to expand sales in emerging markets, most notably China, have stumbled over the growing challenge posed by smaller rivals producing cheaper handsets.Kim Hyun-Joon, senior vice president of Samsung’s mobile unit, vowed to “act more aggressively” in China by rolling out more mid- and low-end phones.“There are concerns about profit margins being squeezed in a short term… but growth of the low- and mid-end market is a global trend,” Kim said in a conference call.“We will respond more aggressively to meet demand in the Chinese market… in the latter half of this year by introducing more products with better specification as well as better price competitiveness,” he said.But he added that concessions on price would probably prevent and improvement in mobile unit profits in the third quarter.Samsung’s share price took a beating on the earnings news, closing 3.73% lower on Seoul’s main stock exchange.‘Smartphone heyday over’The world’s largest smartphone maker has a diverse product line ranging from memory chips to home appliances, but more than half of its profits are generated by mobile devices.Second quarter sales of its mobile unit fell 20% on-year to 28.45 trillion won, while operating profit slid nearly 30% to 4.42 trillion won.“You can say Samsung’s smartphone heyday is now over,” said Greg Roh, a Seoul-based analyst at HMC Investment Securities.“Given that companies are now competing over price rather than hardware specification, the key challenge will be how to minimise the pace of profit decline,” he said.The consumer electronics unit – selling products from TVs to refrigerators – saw operating profit surge 80% on-year to 770 billion won, but not enough to offset the decline in the mobile business.April saw the global roll-out of the latest version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy series smartphone, the Galaxy S5, which came with a free premium software bundle valued at more than $500 as the firm sought to pull in buyers tempted by cheaper models from Chinese rivals like Lenovo and Huawei.Initial sales of the S5 were positive, although critics said it offered little in the way of real innovation to set it apart.There is a general consensus that smartphone evolution has hit a barrier that will only allow incremental improvements on existing design and technology, rather than market-changing reinvention.According to International Data Corp., a record-high 295.3 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter.Huawei nearly doubled its shipments from the same quarter a year ago, while Lenovo also weighed in with strong performance, IDC figures indicated.Samsung remained the world’s top vendor with 74 million handsets shipped, but saw its overall market share slip seven percentage points to 25.2%.- © AFP 2014Read: Samsung postpones Tizen smartphone launch so it can improve its new OS >Read: Facebook’s latest app is offering developing countries free access to Wikipedia and Google >last_img read more

64bit Macs with older GPUs not supported by Mountain Lion

first_imgThere have been various rumors about what was in store for users of slightly older Mac computers when Mountain Lion arrives later this month. A supposed list of supported models leaked a few days ago, and now we know that to be genuine. Speculation has now moved on to why these models made the cut, while others didn’t.The list of supported products goes back a number of years, mostly to 2008 models. However, many of the machines left out are still running 64-bit chips, sometimes even the same ones in the supported Macs. Here again is the list for your perusal:iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)Xserver (Early 2009)The list of unsupported Macs is live on Apple’s Mountain Lion upgrade site, so it’s for real now. What it appears to come down to is that the previous generation Macs have less capable GPUs. OS X’s graphical subsystems have been updated in 10.8, and it’s possible support for these GPUs simply wasn’t a priority.The drivers for these older GPUs are from a time before 64-bit support was assumed on OS X. They would have originally shipped with 32-bit drivers. Apple could conceivably work up some new drivers to get these Macs on Mountain Lion, but that would be distinctly un-Apple.I still expect the Mac App Store to block unsupported Macs from downloading the new OS. The whole thing might be a little annoying for users of 3-4 year -old computers, but such is life when you sign up with Apple.More at Apple, via Hot Hardwarelast_img read more

Sarri to be confirmed Blues boss

first_imgMaurizio Sarri expects to be named new Chelsea boss next week on £5.6m-a-year contract as Antonio Conte sacking saga nears a conclusion, according to Daily Mail.Sarri is expecting to take over as Manager at Stamford Bridge by next week as the  former Napoli boss has been linked with a move to London all summer to replace his compatriot Antonio Conte.The delay in the move is thought to be an overall compensation package, with current blues boss and his current staff demanding their complete compensation before they leave the club.The uncertainty regarding the managerial position at the club has seen a lack of summer additions so far, with a host of players being with moves away.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Sources close to Sarri, say they expect the Italian who led Napoli to a second-place finish in the Serie A last season to take over from Conte next week. He is expected to sign a new three-year deal worth around £5.6million at Chelsea.With the current situation surrounding the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich as he has been denied Visa to enter the UK. Marina Granovskaia has been in charge off talks regarding Antonio Conte’s future and those of the players.She expects the situation to be resolved next week.last_img read more

Narcotics officers raid illegal marijuana dispensary in Pacific Beach

first_imgNarcotics officers raid illegal marijuana dispensary in Pacific Beach Show Caption Hide Caption Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom March 15, 2018 1234 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Narcotics enforcement officers raided an allegedly illegal Pacific Beach marijuana dispensary Thursday, seizing dozens of pounds of cannabis and arresting a pair of shop employees.The personnel served a search warrant at Truly Green, 4150 Mission Blvd., about 8 a.m., according to San Diego police.Among items confiscated during the operation were 57 pounds of high-grade marijuana, more than 1,400 edible products containing the drug, $3,100 in cash and two pistols, SDPD Lt. Matt Novak said.Two workers were arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of marijuana for sale and operating a business without a permit. They were issued citations and released.The owners were not present but also will be charged in the case, according to Novak.“The SDPD Narcotics Unit … (and) the City Attorney’s office continue to investigate all illegal marijuana dispensaries and delivery services, as well as all other illegal marijuana businesses operating within the city of San Diego,” the lieutenant said. Show Caption Hide Caption center_img Posted: March 15, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Police search for man accused of sexual battery and carjacking

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man accused of raping a woman and stealing her car in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to officials, the subject, 43-year-old Calvin Thomas is a registered sex offender.It all happened Monday, along Northwest 95th Street and 21st Avenue.After the attack, officials said Thomas stole the victim’s gray four-door Mitsubishi Lancer.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Apple disables WalkieTalkie app over iPhone eavesdropping bug

first_img CNET Apps Today 0 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Post a comment The bug was reported to Apple through its security portal, TechCrunch noted, but there’s apparently no evidence that it was exploited before the company was alerted.Apple didn’t offer further comment.It was the second security issue Apple reacted to this week — it also removed a feature in the Zoom conferencing app over a flaw that allowed people’s webcams to be turned on remotely. And Apple disabled its own Group FaceTime video chat service in January, after a Fortnite-playing teenager found a bug that could turn any iPhone into a hot mic.First published at 2:07 a.m. PT.Updated at 3 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Share your voice 18 Photos Apple reading • Apple disables Walkie-Talkie app over iPhone eavesdropping bug Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Wearable Tech Security Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?center_img 1:40 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags Now playing: Watch this: The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch See All WatchOS 5 updates the Apple Watch with Walkie-Talkie… The Apple Watch’s Walkie-Talkie app has been disabled. Jason Cipriani/CNET Apple deactivated the Walkie-Talkie app on its Apple Watch after being alerted to a vulnerability that potentially left iPhones open to eavesdroppers. The company confirmed the problem to TechCrunch and said it’s working on a fix.The Walkie-Talkie feature, which came with 2018’s WatchOS 5, lets you press a button and talk, then hear another person’s voice come back at you. Apple later made it easier to enable and disable, but for the moment it’s unavailable. • Apple WatchOSlast_img read more

UKs Brexitlike indecision on Huawei is hurting everyone

first_img Post a comment 0 18 Photos Earlier this year, the technical director of UK security agency GCHQ called Huawei’s security standards “shoddy” following the release of a report by the agency in March that rebuked the company for failing to fix long-standing security flaws. Meanwhile, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said that the country of origin for equipment has no bearing on whether it increases the security risk, and the best way to create a secure network is to use gear from a mix of companies. Then there’s the Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, which took the middle road by advising that Huawei kit shouldn’t be used in a network’s core, but could be used more generally.This conflicting advice, plus the constantly evolving situation in the US, means the government has stalled on making a decision. Next week, the government will issue a long-awaited telecoms supply chain review, but Reuters reported on Friday that it will once again not contain a decision on Huawei. And so the conversation continues, but the longer it drags on, the worse the knock-on effect for the carriers, for Huawei, for mobile users in the UK and for the country’s political reputation abroad.It’s this final concern that was raised on Friday by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee. Members of the committee are worried that the UK’s inability to decide definitively one way or the other is making it look bad, and causing “serious damage” to its relationships with other countries, particularly its allies. The debate … has dragged on long enough and is damaging the UK’s international relationships. Dominic Grieve, member of Parliament Share your voice Some might say that ship has already sailed. Famously, the country is still trying to work out if and how it’s going to leave the EU over two years after the Brexit referendum took place, frustrating many countries in the process. And just as with Brexit, outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May is washing her hands of making a final call on the issue.Next week, the UK will get a new prime minister, either Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson, and the Intelligence Committee wants whoever comes to power to make a decision on Huawei as soon as possible.”The debate over whether or not Huawei should be allowed to supply equipment to the UK 5G network has dragged on long enough and is damaging the UK’s international relationships,” the committee’s chair, Dominic Grieve, told The Independent. “The new prime minister must take a decision as a matter of priority.”It’s one of the UK government’s stated aims that the country should be a leader in 5G, but while it’s been one of the first in the world to launch its next-generation networks, that leadership isn’t spilling over into issuing political directives about infrastructure.What makes it more frustrating is that a leak from the UK’s National Security Council in May — which resulted in the sacking of Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, suggesting that the government had made its mind up — actually came to nothing. It would have been more sensible to have “confirmed it one way or another, and got that decision made” at that particular moment in time, said Matthew Howett, an analyst at Assembly Research.Howett added that it can be interpreted as “encouraging” that the government hasn’t told the networks to hit the brakes on their 5G rollout just yet. The expectation is that next week’s report will suggest the best course of action is to maintain a diverse range of suppliers, he said, which could hint toward the government’s decision being in favor of Huawei. The company is certainly hoping so.Huawei had no comment for this piece, but in a public statement issued Friday, Victor Zhang, Huawei’s head of global government affairs, reiterated the idea that “diversity improves resilience in networks.” Victor Zhang, VP of Huawei, said: “We agree that diversity improves resilience in networks. We’ve been a part of UK networks for 18 years. 5G is critical for the UK & is the foundation of tomorrow’s digital and mobile economy…— HuaweiUK (@HuaweiUK) July 19, 2019 For now, the situation remains in an awkward limbo with the government weighing whether to appease its allies or disrupt its 5G rollout and forgo its own 5G leadership position, all while trying to act in the best interests of national security.A report from Assembly Research published this April suggested that if the government does decide to ban Huawei, it could cost the British economy £6.8 billion ($8.5 billion) and delay the widespread availability of 5G by up to two years.”The reality is that removing Huawei at this stage would just be so disastrous for everyone,” Howett said. “It’s just not something that is practical — the embarrassment would be even more considerable.”Update July 22: Added more specific comments made by GCHQ regarding the threat posed by Huawei in the UK. Tagscenter_img What’s a government to do? Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Oh, the agony of indecision. It’s something the UK government knows a thing or two about. For a change, the big question the the country’s dithering over this week isn’t Brexit, but whether to allow mobile carriers to use Huawei equipment in their 5G network infrastructure.This dilemma has been quietly dragging on for months, and in the meantime, the tech industry hasn’t been standing still. Two carriers, EE and Vodafone, have both launched their 5G networks, both using Huawei equipment. You might think that makes it too late for the government to decide to place a ban on the company, and yet it’s not.UK networks have long relied on Huawei equipment, but over the past year the country has come under considerable pressure from the US — which has issued its own ban on the Chinese company — to reconsider this reliance due to security concerns. It’s sparked analysis from a number of security bodies, which aren’t consistent with one another. Now playing: Watch this: Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Huawei against the world (The 3:59, Ep. 564) 4:49 Phones Tech Industry 5G Huaweilast_img read more

Sony Online Entertainment Service Suspended

first_imgIn what appears to be two steps back in Sony’s response to a hacker intrusion to its network, the company has cut off access to all games powered by its MMO subsidiary Sony Online Entertainment.The company claims it is a new issue that has arisen since an assumed group of hackers cracked into the PlayStation Network in mid April.In a statement, SOE said credit card data of more than 23,000 customers have been potentially compromised. However, the threat only exists to those who have a billing address outside the US.Via Computerworldlast_img

GTA IV Portal mod adds playable ATLAS and Pbody

first_imgGTA IV on the PC has had a number of mods created for it. The best I’ve seen is the ICEhancer mod by IcE La Glace, which makes the game look absolutely gorgeous on modern hardware through a graphics update for the ageing engine.There’s a new mod for the game that may prove just as popular as ICEhancer, but it doesn’t make the game look any better. Instead, it adds the robot characters ATLAS and P-body from the co-op campaign of Portal 2.The mod has been created by modder indrivacula, who explains he got the two robots to walk around together in-game by using a bodyguard setting. Very clever.Regardless of whether you’ve already played through GTA IV or not, revisiting the game and playing in robot form adds comedy value if nothing else. Ordering a hot dog, stealing cars, riding on a Chopper, and walking among the population without anyone taking any notice is highly amusing.The mod itself is only a 3.49MB download, and can be found at the link below. Details of how to install this and most other mods is available over at the mod for free from GTA4-Modslast_img read more

Tips on how to travel with your dogs

first_imgDo not drive too fast when you are travelling with your pets, says an expert. Here are some shared tips to keep in mind while travelling with your four-legged friends. Motion sickness: Like humans, dogs too feel sick in the stomach in a moving car. Half an hour before taking him in the car, you should give him a medicine for motion sickness. Consult a vet about what medicine to give and he/she will prescribe it depending on the size and the weight of your dog. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVet alert: Our dogs mostly stay at home and don’t travel a lot. The only time they get into the car is to go to the vet and start associating cars with vet visits. Make them believe that they are not going to the vet and occasionally take them out for drives or to parks.Food: Do not feed the dog right before it sits in the car. Feed him at least an hour before travelling. Always remember to keep the portion small. The same rule applies for water. Do not give him too much water right before the drive. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWalks: Before you make him sit in the car, take him for a good walk so that he gets tired and fall asleep in the car.Travel bags: Make a travel bag for the pet. The bag should contain a first aid kit, water, treats, bowl, wet and dry tissues, potty scooper, lint roller and a seat protector for the car.Drive: Do not drive too fast and be careful with the bumps and speed breakers. Even if your pet enjoys with the windows down, do not let him hang out as it is dangerous. The pet might get excited and try to jump out.Pet breaks: If you are travelling for a long distance take a break in every half an hour, take your dog out of the car and make him walk a little.last_img read more

APKUpdater update brings support for Google Play updates

first_imgAPKUpdater update brings support for Google Play updates by Martin Brinkmann on June 18, 2017 in Google Android – 6 commentsThe latest version of the Android application update checker and installer APKUpdater, APKUpdater 1.5, brings support for Google Play update checking among other things.We reviewed APKUpdater when it was released to the public, and I suggest you check out the initial review for a general overview of the program’s functionality.Basically, what it enables is an option to check for updates using alternate sources. While most Android users install apps from Google Play probably, some apps are not available on Google’s main Android repository.This means that updates are not found automatically and/or installed, as Google Play has no information on those apps.APKUpdater uses third-party sources such as APK Mirror to check for updates, and provide options to install those with little effort.This is better, obviously, than having to monitor all apps installed on the device that came from non-Google Play sources.The new version APKUpdater 1.5 brings along with it three new features that all users of the program may make use of.Probably the most useful one from a user point of view is that APKUpdater may check for updates using Google Play.Google Play is just one of the available source databases for checking for updates. This is useful for two situations:You get update information from Google Play even if you don’t use the service.You may cross-check update information.Google Play is selected as one of the update sources automatically in the new version of the application. You can disable it under Settings if you want. There you may also enable other sources, namely APKPure and Uptodown, besudes APK Mirror.The second big feature addition lets you run searches on Google Play. You may download apps directly that are returned. Again, useful if you don’t use Google Play, but prefer to download and install applications from the Play Store instead of third-party sources.The search was hit and miss on the Android version I tested it on. I’m not sure if this comes down to the device that I used, or if it is a universal bug that needs addressing.Finally, APKUpdater makes use of an official APKMirror API for its functionality. This improves the app significantly, both in terms of how fast the updater is now, and also reliability wise.VerdictAPKUpdater 1.5 is a great update of the application that improves the app in several ways. It is faster now, more reliable, and integrates some Google Play store options as well in that version.Now You: Where do you download apps from?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 9 votes Software Name APKUpdaterOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Shocking 2nd Mozambique Spitting Cobra found at the same house within 2

first_img2 deadly snakes found at the same house within a period of 2 weeks? Yes…A Mozambique Spitting Cobra was found this weekend at a house in Chisty Place.Homeowners saw the snake and called Fanie Cilliers to tell him they had a snake in their yard.Fanie quickly responded to the scene, only to find that it was the very same house where he removed a snake just 2 weeks ago.The Mozambique Spitting Cobra was in the exact same place as the previous cobra which was removed by Fanie.Also read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near LadysmithAlso read: 4-metre-plus Python snake chases 9-year-old boy up a tree, fleeing for his life near Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Watch: Huge Mozambique Spitting Cobra snake found at Ladysmith home as it spits venomThe residents are baffled and are wondering how it is possible that 2 cobras could be found in exactly the same place, no more than 2 weeks apart.The Mozambique Spitting Cobra, measuring 1.2 metres in length, will be kept by Fanie and will then be released back into the wild after the cold winter months at a farm 52km away from Ladysmith.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more