Will President Trump invite hostile foreign power Toronto Raptors to the White House?

first_imgThank goodness the Golden State Warriors lost the NBA Finals. The Bay Area will now be spared of what had become an annual question: Will they or will they not visit the White House?That debate has now been transferred north to the Toronto Raptors and, to an extent, the rest of Canada.Given that the team is based in another country, will President Donald Trump even extend an invitation? Or has the task of sending out Evites fallen to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?Trudeau likely is …last_img

Brand South Africa in good shape: Zuma

first_imgThe smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of Brand South Africa on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, Brand South Africa is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.Brand South Africa chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the Brand South Africa board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New iPhone Worm: How Worried Should We Be?

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Numerous reports have surfaced over the weekend regarding the first iPhone worm spotted in the wild. The worm, known as iKee, only affects modified handsets also known as “jailbroken” devices. These devices have been hacked by their owners to allow for the installation of unapproved, third-party programs that aren’t allowed in the iTunes App Store. Currently, the worm doesn’t appear to be all that malicious – it simply changes the phone’s background image to a photo of singer Rick Astley, the man whose song “Never Gonna Give You Up” has become a well-known internet meme called “rickrolling,” a joke where users are tricked into clicking links that redirect them to Astley’s YouTube video. Despite the relatively innocuous nature of this particular attack, it may be the precursor to future attacks of a more malicious nature. But how dangerous will these attacks be to the iPhone-owning population as a whole? Is there really a need for concern? About the iKee WormAccording to the hacker, 21-year-old Ashley Towns, a student living in New South Wales, Australia, iKee was created to highlight the iPhone’s poor security. Apparently unrepentant about his creation, Towns has made no attempt to hide his identity, posting on internet forums and on his Twitter page about his hack. He even cheekily tweets a response to a post on security firm’s Sophos blog where the writer had sought out the hacker’s identity via Google searches: “You know man if you wanted my number you could have asked.” And he wasn’t kidding – Towns has been happily responding to media requests via his Twitter account. For example, he told ABC News that he had personally infected 100 iPhones with the worm. From those phones, he explained, the worm will then try to spread to other devices. Perhaps the reason for his transparency has to do with the relatively harmless nature of the attack. The worm just changes the iPhone wallpaper on the affected devices. However, as the Sophos’ post points out, “accessing someone else’s computing device and changing their data without permission is an offence in many countries.”While that may be true, it’s clear that Towns feels as if he’s almost doing a public service by exposing a security vulnerability that many jailbroken iPhones face. More Hacks Expected?While this particular worm appears to be localized to Australia, it could have spread to other countries and eventually, worldwide. It also comes directly on the heels of another similar attack on jailbroken devices. Only last week, a Dutch hacker broke into jailbroken iPhones and then displayed a message on the comprised devices demanding a ransom of 5 Euros. This attack was also made possible through the same vulnerability that the iKee worm uses.Graham Cluley of Sophos predicts that other hackers will be tempted to write their own code now that they’ve seen what’s possible. In addition, some hackers may be more malicious with their creations than what we’ve seen so far. But Who is Really Being Affected?However, even if the attacks escalate, the fact of the matter is that the potential victims are a minor subset of Apple iPhone users. To begin with, they’re relatively tech-savvy to have managed to jailbreak their phones to begin with – a process which involves using downloadable software tools that unlock Apple’s control mechanisms on the device. While not overly complex, most mainstream iPhone users won’t bother to take this action, content with the iTunes App Store and its 100,000 or so available applications. And then there is the fact that the attacks don’t even affect all jailbroken iPhone owners – they only affect those who have also installed a program called SSH on their devices. The program allows users to access the iPhone’s filesystem with the username of “root” and password of “alpine.” Since few SSH users had bothered to change this root password, that left their phones open to attack. Still, how many people are we talking about here? And what sort of iPhone user are they? Although exact numbers of jailbreakers are unknown, mobile analytics firm Pinch Media recently revealed data showing there are at least 4 million of these jailbroken devices in the iPhone ecosystem. It’s not known how many of these users have also installed SSH. For the most part, it’s likely that those who have done so are knowledgeable enough to prevent future attacks on their devices even if they had become a victim of one of these recent hacks. At the very least, they’re now aware of the issue and can follow the straightforward instructions available on the web that explain how to change the root password so it’s no longer the default. More Dangerous than the iPhone Worm: Dishonest DevelopersDespite all the media hoopla over this “first iPhone worm,” it’s not something that most iPhone owners will have to worry about. What’s more concerning are the claims that a supposedly legitimate iPhone development firm has been collecting personally identifiable information from the users of its App Store-approved iPhone games which have been installed over 20 million times. According to a suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, the firm, Storm8, has been using a backdoor method which allowed them to collect the phone numbers of anyone who had installed their applications. This wouldn’t be the first time that an iPhone developer has done this, either. Apple actually provides an easy way for developers to tap into this information, if they so desire. If anything, this is the real threat that the media should be focused on, not the iPhone worm. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#web last_img read more

Mobile-Only Magic: How Instagram Just Killed What Makes It Special

first_imgWell, that’s it folks. It’s all over. Instagram has come to the web – and not just via static web profiles like the company introduced last year.No, Instagram is on the webnow. It’s a full blown web-based social network with a companion app. Forgive me while I totally freak out for a minute over here.This is what I’ve been afraid of. For Instagram, The Rules Were DifferentInstagram is special. It’s why we Instagram acolytes almost start a holy war every time Facebook so much as looks at its billion-dollar acquisition. But what makes Instagram so different? The app has a lot going for it, sure. The interface is lovely, with both social networking and social discovery built right in. But that’s not it.The thing that makes Instagram special is that – until today – it was a social network with no web presence. There’s an inestimable charm to how Instagram feels walled-off in its mobile-only realm.  You just don’t interact with Instagram on desktop. The rules are different. It’s like when the power goes out and you have to play board games. And it’s really, really fun.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Instagram#mobile photography#photography#social#social networks The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos taylor hatmaker Related Posts Mobile-Only: The Final Frontier Of PlayLook at how (and why) we love to hate Facebook. As a social network, Facebook is woven into the fabric of our workday lives – namely we use it on on our desktop computers when we’re supposed to be doing something else entirely. That fact makes a site like Facebook feel less like play and more like a professional tic. A social network with a ubiquitous presence across platforms becomes something we shove into every micromoment of the workday – and most of those happen while we’re zoning out sitting at a desk.Instagram wasn’t like that – it was serendipitous and social and creative in turns. But that may have all just changed. Now, in every inbox lull and pre-meeting chunk of lagtime, we’ll open a new tab and feel the tug – why not just check Instagram? The Unbearable Lightness Of InstagramThere’s a heaviness to all of this attentional straying. It’s the dopamine surge that lures us back to places like the Facebook News Feed, even though we know that little pleasure spike in our brain is as empty as it is ephemeral. Then we’re back to the unshakeable guilt of what we were abandoned when we wandered off the trail. Mobile is monomaniacal — even with Android’s multitasking and iOS’s relatively nascent notification center and fast app switching, we pick a portal and enter into it. But on a computer, we partition our screen off into hostile factions warring for our attention – and we never seem to be on the winning side. But on mobile, choosing to open Instagram is just that: a choice and not a tic. Instagram is meant to be us at play, capturing the world and parceling it back out to our friends who are out there doing just the same. For Instagram, mobile is more than just a platform. It’s a mindset.Sure, Instagram’s web feed will boost engagement and provide new opportunities for monetization and so on. But it could prove to be a major paradigm shift for the kind of unconditional positive regard that the company has enjoyed to date. We’ll soon be wallowing in our newly compounded web ennui, scrolling back through our web feeds to remember what the good ol’ days were like, way back when Instagram was still fun. Remember?last_img read more