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We were gifted with another stellar week of game releases on the App Store yesterday. Not only do we get a free mobile version of the popular Dynasty Warriors franchise, but we also get a new open-world game from Gameloft, the team behind Asphalt, Brothers in Arms and Modern Combat. Also, if you’re anxious for baseball season to start, you should MLB Tap Sports a try. Really fun one-touch game.

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed

Dynasty Warriors is the legendary ultimate high adrenaline battle experience in Action Combat games. Celebrate the return of your favorite heroic characters, massive battles overflowing with onslaughts of relentless enemies wrapped in a timeless epic saga to unite the three kingdoms. Your elite warriors and cunning strategies are forces to be reckoned with. Promote your generals, build your armies and, battle to the death as you strive to fulfil the vision of your ancestors.

  • Survive massive battles against unyielding hordes of enemies
  • Choose Wisely: 48 legendary characters from the Dynasty Warriors series!

– Each officer has their own unique skills and abilities
– Create powerful officer teams to conquer every mode

  • Strengthen your officers with the signature weapon system!
  • Dynasty Warriors comes to mobile with a variety of game modes!

– Skirmish: Battle in real time with up to four players
-Boss Fight: Jump in and raid the boss with your friends
– Raid: Steal fragments from your opponent
– War Supply: Occupy mines and acquire resources
– Conquest: Compete with other players to take control of the map

[Download Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed free on the App Store]


Final Shift

1 ship, 5 lanes & a ton of objects in your way.
How fast can you shift when you are speeding down the fast lane and obstacles are in your way?

Collect gems and unlock all 15 space ships.

[Download Final Shift free on the App Store]


Gangstar New Orleans

The gold standard for open-world action-adventure series is back, in the fascinating city of New Orleans. With hundreds of vehicles, an outrageous arsenal, and complete freedom to roam this vast city, you have all the tools to become a criminal legend.

Biker gangs, crooked cops and even Voodoo priests prowl these streets and hide in the bayou. And you? You’re the least common criminal of all! Become a man on a mission to claim the Big Easy as your own criminal capital… by any means necessary.

– Discover an open world bustling with life… and crime!

  • Take on dozens of story missions through varied districts, each with its own unique flavor, from the French Quarter to the slums and even the mysterious bayou.
  • Enjoy the AAA graphics and soundtrack to experience the city’s fascinating atmosphere.

– Defend your Turf and raid others

  • Exclusive to Gangstar New Orleans, Turf Wars introduce new competition and excitement to your favorite series.
  • Claim your Turf and defend it from your rivals — the resources you’ll gain will come in handy when it’s time to craft new items.

– Make your own path!

  • Create a character in your image using lots of customization options!
  • Equip, fuse and evolve hundreds of weapons, vehicles, thugs and more to tailor your gangster skills to fit your personal style. From sniper to explosives expert, there are plenty of approaches — which one will you pick?

[Download Gangstar New Orleans free on the App Store]


KAMI 2

The calming yet addictive puzzle game is back!
With over 100 hand-crafted puzzles, Kami 2 takes you on a mind-twisting journey that combines logic and problem-solving.

Can you achieve perfection?
Flood each puzzle with a single color in as few moves as possible to claim a ‘Perfect’ sticker. But watch out for subtle new tricks and fiendish surprises.

Want even more?
Beat the global Daily Challenge, earn a winning streak and compare your scores to other players. Test yourself on thousands of user-generated puzzles, uploaded daily.

Get creative and take on the world.
Craft your own KAMI designs using the Puzzle Builder. Design and share your creations, send them to your friends and challenge the world to beat your score.

[Download KAMI 2 free on the App Store]


MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017

Tap Sports Baseball 2017 now features the official MLB Teams and MLBPA Players

Play Major League Baseball 24/7

  • Play with official teams and players from Major League Baseball
  • Tap to swing with easy one-touch controls, anytime and anywhere
  • Enhanced graphics brings the Major League Baseball experience to life

Manage Your Team, Compete to Win

  • Build and level up your MLB roster to climb up the leaderboards
  • Compete for the greatest baseball legends in daily events and challenges
  • Swing for the fences in Home Run Battles mode

Play with Friends, Join Clubs and Tournaments

  • Compete against multiple friends in action-packed gameplay sessions
  • Play in weekly events and prove who possesses the ultimate team in head-to-head competitions
  • Join a Club or create your own to compete in exclusive events for top prizes

[Download MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017 free on the App Store]

Source : bgr.com

Panaji: With 1.3 billion connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) devices expected to populate homes in India by 2021, home networks can become easy targets for cyber criminals, said global cyber security agency Fortinet.

Personal, financial and medical information, as well as work assets are all at risk from increasingly sophisticated malware and financially-motivated cybercriminals, Fortinet said in a report.

"Faster and more affordable internet connections are driving more home users in India to deploy internet-connected devices at home. Recent IoT-based attacks have revealed the sheer volume and ease by which billions of connected devices can be weaponized and used to disrupt the digital economies of entire countries and millions of users. These issues are compounded by the lack of basic security features and management capabilities in many IoT devices," said Fortinet regional vice-president for India and SAARC Rajesh Maurya.

Connected devices on the home network range from smart TVs, entertainment and gaming systems, smart refrigerators, to online home security systems. All of these devices are connected to the internet through a home WiFi system.

In order to secure home networks, Fortinet recommends that users identify devices that connect to the Internet through the WiFi network and to restrict and monitor the traffic generated by the devices.

"Home networks and devices tend to become infected because security is notoriously lax. Set up a separate connection for work, only connect through a VPN tunnel, and consider encrypting sensitive data travelling back and forth between home and corporate networks," Maurya suggests

According to a NASSCOM report, India will account for 5% of the global IoT market valued at 15 billion USD by 2020. Experts predict an average of 4.3 internet-connected devices for every man, woman and child on this planet by 2020.

Author : tnn

Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com

 

 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:53

Best free iPhone apps 2017

There are now hundreds of thousands of apps available for your iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S and, surprisingly, many of the best are free.

What's the best phone of 2016?

The following list showcases our pick of the best free iPhone apps, and includes iPhone applications for social networking, travel, news, photography, productivity and more. Most of these apps are also compatible with the iPod touch.

New this week: Instapaper

 

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It’s so easy to click links you plan to get to later, and at the end of the day realize you’re left with dozens of unread tabs. With Instapaper, such problems vanish.The app is effectively time-shifting for the web. You load articles and it saves them for later.
 
 
Even better, it strips cruft, leaving only the content in a mobile-optimized view ideal for iPhone. The standard theme is very smart, but can be tweaked, and there’s text-to-speech when you need to delve into your articles eyes-free.Should you end up with a large archive, articles can be filtered or organized into folders. Want to find something specific? Full-text search has you covered. It’s all great – and none of it costs a penny.

Adobe Photoshop Fix

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Although creative giant Adobe doesn’t seem keen on bringing its desktop software to iPhone in one piece, we’re nonetheless getting chunks of its power reimagined as smaller, more focused apps. The idea behind Adobe Photoshop Fix is to enable you to rapidly retouch and restore photos on your iPhone – using the power of Photoshop.
 
 
Some of the features aren’t anything outside of the ordinary: you get commonplace tools for cropping, rotation, and adjustments. But Photoshop Fix has some serious power within its straightforward interface, too, as evidenced by excellent vignette, defocus, and color tools.The best bit, though, is Liquify. Using this feature, you can mash a photo to bits or make really subtle changes, depending on the subject matter. And if you’re facing a portrait, you can specifically fiddle with features, in a manner usually associated with high-end PC software.

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Unsurprisingly, Wikipedia is an app for browsing Wikipedia, the massive online encyclopedia that makes all paper-based equivalents green with envy. It’s the official app by Wikipedia and is easily the best free option, and only rivaled by one paid alternative we’re aware of (the rather fine V for Wikipedia).
 
Wikipedia gets the basics right: an efficient, readable layout; fast access to your browsing history; a home page full of relevant and potentially new articles. But it’s all the small things that really count.
Save an article for later and it’s also stored offline. Finding the text a bit small? You can resize it in two taps.Also, if you’ve a fairly new iPhone, 3D Touch is well-supported: home screen quick actions provide speedy access to search and random articles; and when reading in the app, the Peek gesture previews a link, and an upwards swipe displays a button you can tap to save it for later.

White Noise+

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If you need some ambient noise around you, White Noise+ proves an excellent app for blocking out distractions. The free version offers a small selection of sounds to soothe your soul – white noise, rain, wind, thunder, and wind chimes.To create some ambience, you simply drag one or more noise icons to an on-screen grid;the items towards the top play at a higher volume, and those towards the right become more complex in nature.
 
 
Happen upon an especially pleasing combination and you’re able to save your mix for later use.The app smartly includes built-in mixes to provide a little inspiration – and to showcase a wider range of sounds that’s available via IAP.
 
A single $2.99/£2.99/AU$4.49 purchase also removes the ad bar, unlocks a sleep timer, alarm, and dark mode, and allows you to fiddle with the 15 additional sounds – in both the bundled mixes and also your own creations.But whether you pay or not, the combination of excellent sounds and a modern, usable interface make White Noise+ a best-in-class product on the iPhone.

Filmborn

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Many apps attempt to emulate film stock, but most go for an over-saturated, larger-than-life take on old-school photography. By contrast, Filmborn is all about realism, arming you with tools to make you a better photographer.
 
The icon-heavy interface takes some getting used to; but once you know where everything is, Filmborn quickly replaces the stock camera app – or any other app you had previously favored.
Much of this is down to features such as manual controls and a superb blown highlights preview, which covers problematic areas of your potential snap in red.But it’s the filters that will most wow anyone keen on real-world stock.
 
 
They’re few in number but extremely realistic, and Filmborn also assists regarding when to use them, thereby adding educational clout.Beyond that, there’s an editor for making post-capture adjustments, and some pro-oriented features you can unlock using IAP, such as curves and multiple set-up slots. But even in its free incarnation, Filmborn is an essential download.
 
Read more: techradar.com 

A NEW online property search engine will help businesses find premises in Stafford Borough.

People wanting premises for a new workshop, offices for a growing business, or retail outlets, for example can use http://stafford.pps.tractivity.co.uk/ which has the most up to date listings of available property.

Stafford Borough Council said the free search facility has been introduced following a growing number of enquiries from businesses wanting to relocate to the area - as well as others that are looking to expand.

You can search for the type and size of property you are looking for and the results will give you a picture, cost and the local agents details to contact direct.

Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: "We have more than £1.2 billion of investment delivered recently, or coming, to our Borough and the interest in our area is well known.

"We are always available to offer advice and support where possible to potential, new, and established businesses but want to make it as easy as we can for investors to find what they are looking for. And this new search facility is a good example of our proactive approach to bringing businesses to the borough."

For more information about investment opportunities www.staffordbc.gov.uk/invest-in-stafford-borough.

Author : kirsty_james

Source : staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk

Organisations including the Food Standards Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions will be able to see UK citizens’ entire internet browsing history within weeks.

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was all but passed into law this week, forces internet providers to keep a full list of internet connection records (ICRs) for a year and to make them available to the Government if asked. Those ICRs in effect serve as a full list of every website that people have visited, rather than collecting which specific pages are visited or what's done on them.

ICRs will be made available to a wide range of government bodies. Those include expected law enforcement organisations such as the police, the military and the secret service, but also includes bodies such as the Food Standards Agency, the Gambling Commission, councils and the Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust.

The full list of agencies that can now ask for UK citizens’ browsing history, which is laid out in Schedule 4 of the Bill and was collected by Chris Yiu, is below:

  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • City of London Police
  • Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
  • Police Service of Scotland
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • British Transport Police
  • Ministry of Defence Police
  • Royal Navy Police
  • Royal Military Police
  • Royal Air Force Police
  • Security Service
  • Secret Intelligence Service
  • GCHQ
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department of Health
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Crime Agency
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
  • Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
  • Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
  • Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Food Standards Scotland
  • Gambling Commission
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
  • Information Commissioner
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
  • Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
  • Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
  • Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
  • Scottish Ambulance Service Board
  • Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust

Author : Andrew Griffin

Source : http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/investigatory-powers-bill-act-snoopers-charter-browsing-history-what-does-it-mean-a7436251.html

Introduction :

Cyber law is the law governing cyberspace. Cyberspace jurisprudence is evolving rapidly with various technological developments. Due to immense increase in the use of computers and other communication devices, there has been increase in cyber crimes worldwide. It has also given rise to various challenges dealing with the legal aspects of cyber law to the governments across the world.

The unprecedented rate of technological change has cropped up many challenges and problems, especially the problem of governance, formulation of new laws and amendments of the existing ones from time to time. Cyberspace has no limitations as to geographical boundaries which has given rise to many transnational crimes, which may affect any country across the globe.

It is likely that various challenges might arise in future due to such rapid increase in the information technology. There is a need for nations to enter into multi-lateral international agreements to establish new and uniform rules applicable to cyberspace. Also there is a need for creating an international organization to deal with problems relating to cyberspace.

Emerging global trends and developments in Cyber Law :

Globally, Various trends and challenges are likely to arise with the development and evolution of cyber law jurisprudence. Following are few of the Trends and challenges in cyberspace which has emerged in last few years and needs a serious attention of the governments across the world.

Trends in Mobile Laws :

The increased usage of mobile devices, cell phones, smart phones, personal digital assistants and all other kinds of communication devices in different parts of the world are becoming an integral part of day –to-day existence in life. This has widened the scope of Mobile Ecosystem and is likely to give rise to various complex legal issues and challenges across the world

In countries like India and China, wherein the usage of mobile devices is exceedingly high, the area of mobile law is emerging and different complicated legal, regulatory and policy challenges concerning the usage of mobile devices and  communication devices are coming to the forefront ,and it is expected that these countries would contribute towards the growth and development of Mobile law.

Also the increased usage of mobile devices is likely to give rise to more mobile related crimes. It is need of an hour for the governments to adopt direct legislations pertaining to mobile law as the existing laws, regulations and rules in different countries which have an impact on legal issues pertaining to mobile laws are applicable in an indirect manner.

It is expected that with increased usage of mobile devices across the world, mobile law would emerge as an distinct area of jurisprudence. There is a need for appropriate enabling frameworks for the governments across the world that will help, protect and preserve the rule of law in mobile ecosystem.

The growth of mobile law jurisprudence has led to the legal issues connected with it. Mobile crime is likely to increase leaps and bounds in the coming years. Increased usage of mobile apps, which majorly consists of an individuals private and personal information, are likely to bring up various legal issues which will need appropriate consideration in order to ensure mobile protection and privacy .With more and more mobile apps emerging the personal information of the user needs to be protected.

Social Media and Challenges :

One of the biggest problem cyber law is encountering is related to development of jurisprudence relating to social networking. Increased adoption and usage of social media are likely to bring various legal, policy and regulatory issues. Social media crimes are increasingly gaining attention of relevant stake holders. Misuse of information, other criminal and unwanted activities on social networking platforms and social media are raising significant legal issues and challenges. There is a need for the countries across the world to ensure that rule of law prevails on social media. Social media legal issues continues to be significant. In order to avoid social media crimes and protect the privacy related to social media, it is a challenge for cyber law makers across the world to not only provide appropriate legislative and regulatory mechanisms but also provide for effective remedies for redressal to the victims of various unauthorized, unwanted criminal activities done in cyber space and social media.

Cyber security and related issues :

With the growing activities of cyber crime across the world, there is a need for enacting a appropriate legislative, regulatory and policy framework pertaining to cyber security. The International Conference on Cyber law, Cyber crime and Cyber security which took place in November 2014 in India highlighted significant issues affecting cyber security and came up with various recommendations for international stakeholders. It is likely that countries of the world have to deal with issues pertaining to attacks and intrusions into computer systems and networks from location outside the territorial boundaries of the country. It has the potential of prejudicially impacting the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. Thus there is a need for the nations across the world to amend their existing IT legislations which would help the protection, preservation and promotion of cyber security in the use of computers and communication devices.

Cloud Computing and Challenges:

Another important challenge in cyber space is the evolution and development of legal responses to the complicated legal challenges poised and raised by cloud computing and virtualization. Cloud computing being a popular phenomenon among corporate is likely to bring forth issues like data protection and data confidentiality. The relevant stakeholders including lawmakers and governments across the globe need to provide appropriate legal, policy and regulatory framework pertaining to legal aspects concerning cloud computing.

Spam Laws :

In the initial years, spam seemed to be targeted at computers but has now also targeted mobile phones. Email spam is the most common form of spamming, Mobile phone spam and instant messaging spam also exist. In majority of the countries there is no such anti spam law, which has led to the further growth of spam. There is an increased need for the countries to come up with regulatory and legal framework for spam as many countries have already become hotspots for generating spam.

Conclusion:

The aforesaid are some of the more significant and important cyber law trends which will have bearing on the growth and further evolution of international Cyber law ecosystem. The aforesaid list is only illustrative in nature and by no means exhaustive. With the tremendous growth in information technology worldwide, the society being more and more dependant on technology,  crimes related to computer, computer systems and electronic devices are bound to increase and the law makers have to go the extra mile to maintain the rule of law in the cyberspace ecosystem. What may happen in the future no one can predict due to the fast pace of technological growth. There lies a duty not only on lawmakers and governments, but also on the users at large, to understand their responsibility towards ensuring a safe and healthy technological development and that it is used for legal and ethical purposes to the utmost benefit of mankind.

Author : Sonia Tulse

Source : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/emerging-global-trends-developments-cyber-law-growing-sonia-tulse

If you’re performing work that requires in-depth sources, such as academic studies or a job that requires heavy research, finding quality sources can be hard. Using bad or shaky sources to prove points can cause a lot of trouble: it brings down the strength of the work as a whole and makes it harder to prove its point. Fortunately, we live in an age of easy-access information and education, and with that comes education search engines.

These specialist search engines focus less on providing general results to a search query and more on articles from academia and news. This makes them perfect choices for someone who needs solid, citable sources without much hassle. While there’s nothing particularly “incorrect” about using a search engine like Google or Bing to perform research, using education search engines will make sure to bring up dependable, informative articles that you can cite with confidence in your work.

What kind of education search engines are out there? Let’s take a look at five examples, each with their own fortes and ways of helping you perform top-quality research for your projects.

1. Google Scholar

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Don’t be mistaken; this isn’t just regular Google! This is a branch off of “regular” Google searches, called Google Scholar. Instead of a general search, you can use it to search books, studies, and even court cases.

On the main page, simply enter the search terms that you’re interested in looking up. Google Scholar will then go through its database and pick out relevant examples. If your research is very time-sensitive (such as technology), you can select options on the left to change how recent you want your sources to be, up to and including the current year.

If you’re writing a piece that has a strict sourcing style, Google Scholar gives you template cites for its sources. Find the template that suits the style standard, then simply copy it directly into your citations to save yourself some time.

2. RefSeek

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Currently in a public beta, RefSeek is a pretty solid choice for general research. It takes a more website-based approach, bringing up relevant but highly dependable websites for whatever you want to research. It’s a great way to pull up multiple articles relating to a specific object. For example, if you wanted to learn about computer processors, a search brings up lots of great articles.

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RefSeek does more than just searching, however; if you’re studying in a specific field, RefSeek also has a “directory” page which acts as a great directory of useful websites related to education. Once you choose the category you’d like to browse, RefSeek brings up a list of productive sites to help you with your studies.

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3. Citeulike

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Citeulike is one of the more powerful education search engines if you’re looking for papers and studies specifically. After entering a search term, Citeulike brings up all the studies it has on the topic. If an article is regarded as “trusted” by Citeulike, it will have a tick-mark next to it. You can also see groups that are interested in your search term, see quick abstracts for each article before checking the full version, and hide all the details for quicker browsing.

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Once you’ve found a paper you think you’d like, clicking on it will bring you to its page. Here, you can see all the websites the paper can be found on, export the article to different formats, and generate a citation template for that paper. This makes Citeulike highly useful if you want solid, dependable studies to read though and cite on your work.

4. iSeek

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iSeek is a powerful tool for finding studies in your area of interest. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly small results list – iSeek displays results in pages of 10, and if you searched something quite scientifically popular, there’s going to be a lot of pages on the topic. If the sheer amount of results overwhelm you, you have a selection of filters to apply on the left.

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Each result comes with a direct link to the source, as well as an option to email results to people. The sources can also be rated out of five stars by other users which can help you locate the more important sources for your research.

5. Virtual LRC

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Virtual LRC is an interesting website for research. While it operates mostly like any other engine, the real key to working with Virtual LRC is its filtering ability. There are a few categories at the top of the page after you search; by clicking these, you can filter the results using the category you selected. For example, if you search for “coffee,” you can click on “News/Opinion” for general news articles about coffee, “Health/Medicine” to read about the current positive and negative health effects of coffee, or “History” to learn about how coffee came to be. This makes it quite a diverse engine that can be used to display topics in specific viewpoints.

Study Well, Not Hard

No matter how much you love or hate researching facts, making it an easier task is always welcome. If you’re an avid fact-hunter, hopefully these education search engines will serve you well in your studies.

Author: Simon Batt
Source: https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-education-search-engines

Saturday, 07 January 2017 05:40

10 Google-like Search Engines You Must Try

Google’s market share is 63.9%. Now that is a lot, but it does leave 36.1% up for the other search engines. So why isn’t everybody using Google? There are a lot of reasons. For some, it’s a case of privacy. They don’t want Google to know everything about them.

For others it’s about getting unbiased results, as using Google for all your searches will end up biasing your searches in certain directions. For yet others, they simply continue to use the same default search that comes pre-set with their installed browser.

Whatever the reason, there are a lot of other tools. Today we’re going to look at a few so that if in the future Google gets hacked and the internet crashes, you know an alternative.

Bing

Bing – which is owned by Microsoft – is the second biggest search engine, at 20.7%. The search engines have some unique features, like allowing you to see all the IP addresses associated with a domain, where it really and truly rocks is in video searches, where it actually generally beats Google out of the water.

Duckduckgo

If you want to stay private, then this is the search engine for you, as this is the main promise that they make – that they’ll keep your data private. And that is nothing to be sneezed at in this world of ever increasing invasions into our private lives by governments as well as black hat hackers.

Because the question you should ask yourself, as the government takes ever more of our liberties away isn’t, ‘what will this government do with the power they have’ but ‘what will the worst government that can get into power do with the powers government now has’. And that’s not a pretty thought at all.

Dogpile

This one has been around for a long time and actual curates links from different search engines, like Google, Yahoo, and Yandex into one overview. Dogpile is a  useful alternative if you want to search through multiple search engines with one search and get all your data collected in one place.

Ask.com

Sometimes you want to ask something of an algorithm. And sometimes you want to hear what an actual person has to say. If you’ve got a question that leans more towards the latter category, then hit up Ask.com, which is a search engine slash question and answer community.

The big advantage here is that if the question has been asked and answered, then when you reask the question the information you get is straight to the point, well rounded, and gives you the information you need. All things that Google occasionally struggles with.

Yahoo!

Once Yahoo was the undisputed king. Now a very much also-ran, yahoo has partnered up with MSN to offer their searches in an admittedly pleasing format.

One of the advantages that Yahoo certainly has is that they are at least equal on pictures with Google. This means that if you’re struggling to find new source material on the Google website because you’ve already used all the pictures that fit your niche, try the same searches on Yahoo and you might find just that image that you’re looking for (that hasn’t been used 10,000 times already).

Wolfram Alpha 

Wolram Alpha is primarily about math. That doesn’t mean it’s primarily for math Geeks, however. You see, it does the math, so you don’t have to. In this way you can find our relationships between different things, what the better price is, what is actually the best car, how to analyze data, how to deal with a financial problem, linguistics and far, far more.

As long as it can be mathematically worked out, Wolfram Alpha can provide you the answer.  Heck, it even has dozens of categories with suggested questions already provided, so that you can learn things that you didn’t even know you didn’t know (and that is, let’s be honest about it, the biggest area in all of our ignorance).

Ixquick

This is another one of those search engines that’s all about privacy, in that it stores none of the searches that you do. That’s right, there are no cookies, they don’t save queries and the list goes on. So ixquick another great choice if you don’t want people nosing through what you’re looking for.

This service also has the possibility for you to search images and videos and is the default search engine of the TOR browser.

Giburu

We’ve discussed privacy, but we haven’t really discussed uncensored content. If that’s what you’re after, then try Giburu. Yes, that’s right, most of the search engines out there censor your content. And if you’re not looking for porn, that’s for a good reason.

After all, Rule 35 states ‘if you can think of it, somebody’s made porn about it’ and that is actually truer than you can ever imagine. Don’t believe me? Give Giburu a try and see for yourself! Go on, I dare you.

Internet Archive

This is a great search engine that lets you find websites in past iterations. This can be useful if you once wrote some love poetry on a site that went down and you think you can’t find back (you can). Or if you’re looking for some action that you’re looking for but seems to have gotten scrubbed. In both cases, you can find it back using the Internet Archive.

That makes it an exceptionally useful resource for doing in-depth research about companies past. It also means that nothing you ever put up on the internet ever goes away. So you’ve got to be careful.

Yandex

This – Russian bases – search engine is actually the fourth largest in the world, with over 150 million search engines. Did you know that? I didn’t. Yandex is actually a good competitor to Google, offering you a lot of the same services, including mail, mobile apps, Cloud storage and analytics.

So, if you no longer want to work with a US based company, why not work with a Russian one instead? I can’t promise that it will make you more private, but at least if anybody ends up looking at what you’re doing, then it will be a whole different group of people finding out about your porn preferences!

Author : Diana Beyer

Source : http://technofaq.org/posts/2016/09/10-google-like-search-engines-you-must-try/

While major tech firms such as Apple, Facebook and Google have joined over 2,800 individual tech workers in pledging not to assist the incoming Trump administration with the construction of a mandatory registry of Muslims, there is one small problem.

Such a database already exists, and anyone can buy it for less than $20,000.

NextMark bills itself as the Google of mailing lists. It’s a search engine that pulls together over 60,000 different lists of people offered for sale by over 1,400 different organizations. A search for the term “Muslim” yields dozens of results – including multiple comprehensive databases containing more than a million names, addresses, emails and other pieces of personal information for American Muslims.

Lists available on the site range from Instagram users  to truck owners and baby boomers with erectile dysfunction.

The lists are compiled and sold by data brokers, companies that aggregate information on people from a variety of sources, ranging from government records to web browsing histories.

The information is used for purposes such as verifying someone’s identity for fraud detection and powering electronic “people search” products. The most common use for this data is to help advertisers better target their marketing campaigns at segments of the population most likely to purchase their products.

Dylan Lehotsky, vice president of business development sales at Exact Data, one of the firms offering a list of American Muslims, told Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting that the complete list could be purchased for around $17,000. A representative from another broker, Sprint Data Solutions, which has a list it says comprises 95 percent of the Muslims living in the United States, said the pricing on a list of more than 1 million names would cost $0.014 per record.

Lehotsky added that the majority of the data offered in his company’s Muslim list wasn’t collected by Exact Data. Instead, the information was purchased from the Little Rock, Arkansas-based data broker Acxiom, one of the largest firms in the data brokerage industry. Exact Data augmented that data with information about user email addresses it had gathered independently and resold to the public.

Lehotsky said the company would exercise discretion if it believed a customer would be using one of its lists for discriminatory or unsavory purposes. If the Ku Klux Klan came calling, he said, the company would be unlikely to complete the sale.

However, he said he hadn’t considered the implications of a government agency buying one of the company’s lists because the government likely would go straight to the data’s original source – Acxiom.

Acxiom told CNN’s Selena Larson that it would not help build a Muslim registry. Two other companies, Recorded Future and CoreLogic, said they similarly would refuse to help. When Larson asked Oracle – which owns data brokers BlueKai and Datalogix – the company declined to comment. Oracle CEO Safra Catz has joined Donald Trump’s presidential transition team.

Even so, refusal by one data broker to assemble a registry means relatively little in the grand scheme of things because there are more than 5,000 data brokerage firms worldwide, and it is a common practice for one data broker to purchase information from another.

All it would take is a single firm willing to cooperate, or being compelled to cooperate, with the government for the Trump administration to have a large list Muslims to serve as a reference point for a mandatory registration database.

Information on Muslims held by one data broker could be acquired by another more willing to cooperate with federal authorities and then resold to the government.

“Data brokers provide data not only to end-users, but also to other data brokers,” noted a 2014 Federal Trade Commission study of the data brokerage industry.

There’s nothing inherently wrong, or even especially suspicious, about a company collecting this sort of information, which has legitimate uses. The description of a list of practicing American Muslims offered by Sprint Data Solutions notes that “this file has turned GREAT results for middle east relief efforts. Donors with generous donations have come from this database and results continue to produce good results.”

These types of lists often are employed by organizations actively advocating for the rights of American Muslims. The Council for American-Islamic Relations, one of the most prominent Muslim rights groups in the U.S., purchased lists with the names and contact information of over a million American Muslims from the data broker Aristotle Inc.

“A list isn’t inherently good or bad,” said Robert McCaw, the council’s director of government affairs. “It’s all in how you use it.”

The council found the data helpful in its outreach efforts, but McCaw noted it was imperfect.

Lists drawn from consumer data often contain out-of-date information, and while ones that pull the info of registered voters with common Muslim last names are more current, they have a tendency to exclude Muslims in the African American, Latino or white communities.

“The Trump administration could easily build a similar list, but it would always be incomplete,” McCaw said. “It’s not 100 percent reliable.”

If Trump does create a Muslim registry, its actual form could be a revival of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Shortly after the election, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has advised Trump on immigration issues, was photographed carrying plans for future Department of Homeland Security efforts into a meeting with the president-elect. The paper suggested Trump should “update and reintroduce the NSEERS screening and tracking system.”

Launched exactly one year after 9/11 in the name of preventing terrorism, the system increased scrutiny of male immigrants over the age of 16 on noncitizen visas from two dozen majority Muslim countries and North Korea.

Immigrants subject to the registration system were required to undergo annual in-person check-ins with immigration officials and notify the federal government every time they changed addresses.

Failure to comply with these rules could result in deportation, and the rules were confusing and poorly publicized – leading many people covered under the program to miss appointments by mistake. The government placed nearly 14,000 people in deportation proceedings as a result of the program.

Even though some 85,000 people registered with the system in its first year, the program did not result in a single terrorism conviction.

The Department of Homeland Security effectively shuttered the program in 2011 by removing all 25 countries from the list – technically leaving it alive but dormant. That strategy left a lot of civil libertarians worried because the database still exists and could be reactivated if Kobach’s proposal gains Trump’s approval.

Groups from across the political spectrum, ranging from the ACLU on the left to the Cato Institute on the right, called on President Barack Obama to delete the database before his administration leaves office. In mid-December, Obama obliged, announcing the formal end to the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System – effective immediately.

While the Council for American-Islamic Relations welcomed the system’s termination, McCaw said he worries it could push the incoming administration to funnel its energies into another controversial database that targets many American Muslims – the terrorist watch list.

Expanding that list would have the benefit of being an existing program that doesn’t need to be built from the ground up, like a registration database of all Muslims, or overcome institutional hurdles placed by the previous administration.

Whereas a mandatory Muslim registry would be highly public, the federal government’s centralized terrorist watch list is kept secret, which would keep the program from attracting significant public scrutiny. That secrecy is McCaw’s sticking point.

“There are a select few Americans who can find out if they are on the watch list through their travel patterns when they are denied services on airlines or are required to undergo additional screening at the airport,” he said. “Those are Americans placed on the no-fly list or the selectee list.”

“However, Americans who are in the terrorism database but not on the no-fly list or the selectee list have no knowledge of their placement on the watch list, no knowledge of the government’s surveillance of them and no means to challenge it.”

Author: Aaron Sankin
Source: https://www.revealnews.org/article/trump-could-build-registry-of-1-4-million-muslims-for-under-20000

If you're looking forward to 2017, you can stop right now. Things will only get worse.

In fact, it's no exaggeration to suggest that the welcome death of 2016 – miserable troll of a year that it was – might usher in unimagined levels of worst-ness to the world.

Over the past year, we lost Leonard Cohen and gained President Donald Trump. World markets have been less reliable than a Kanye concert. And the American election was hacked by Russian cyber-spies. Overall, 2016 was as twisted as a David Cronenberg film. But compared to what lies ahead, it will seem like a Disney musical.   

Here are just four reasons to despair about 2017.    

Trump

President Trump

Since November 8, it's been fashionable to treat Trump with the authority and deference normally owed to the incoming leader of the free world. We are told that the presidency will change him. We are asked to give him a chance. We hear that he's taking advice from Barack Obama.

Nuts to all of that.

Nothing about Trump's conduct since winning inspires the slightest confidence. His Twitter tantrums continue – only now he spends as much time badmouthing foreign capitals as he does Alec Baldwin. He regularly refuses intelligence briefings, finding the detail of keeping the world secure to be dull work.

And for a cabinet, he's selected advisors who impressively combine Bond villain mega-wealth with ideological hostility. Veteran observers insist that the institutions of government will hem Trump in and curb disastrous outbursts. But there is exactly zero reason to believe this of a man who has based his public appeal on disavowal of those same institutions. Rookies make rookie mistakes. And the world is about to be led by the most powerful, uncoachable rookie of all time.  

Global Economy

After fuelling global economic growth for years, China is experiencing the lowest GDP outlook in a generation. To help ease domestic pain, Beijing has been selling U.S. treasuries and devaluing its own yuan. But America needs Chinese buyers for its debt. Guess how much it helps when the new president-elect trash talks the yuan on social media? All I want for Christmas is a currency war.

The new year will also see Brexit's chickens come home to roost, disrupting trade, jobs and growth in the world's largest single market. Meanwhile, central banks, after eight years of quantitative easing sleight of hand, are nearly out of magic tricks and the Fed is beginning to raise rates. Here at home, Trump's plan to tear up NAFTA should nicely impact our 1.1 per cent rate of growth.

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Prejudice

What a bull run the bigots are having. White supremacists are coming into the mainstream in ways unseen since desegregation of the American south. In France, Marine Le Pen is a legitimate contender to be president. In America, Trump's pick for attorney general was once denied a judgeship for a history of racially charged comments.

On our side of the border, it's been suggested that we should subject newcomers to a "values test" to scorecard their patriotic purity. Here's a good rule of thumb: when David Duke, one-time Imperial Wizard of the KKK is delighted with the way of the world, the way is wrong.

Journalism

You can't pick up a newspaper these days without reading about fake news and its apparent conquest of all media. Actually, you can hardly pick up a newspaper at all: they're gradually disappearing. In Canada, media organizations like Postmedia are choking on a fatal blend of falling ad revenues and rising debt charges. Professional journalists everywhere are heading for the exits, taking buyouts and leaving behind a legion of social media-inspired "citizen journalists." We're also told that we live in a post-factual world. These things are not unrelated. Sadly, 2017 will see traditional, professional media shrink more and matter less. And with it goes an enormous instrument of accountability, ethics and transparency.

It's not a very rosy outlook and human nature runs contrary to much of this analysis. We're wired to look ahead with hope, to dismiss the naysayers and expect that things will somehow work out for the best. But reason tells us that can't always be so. Now and then, the outlook is every bit as grim as it appears.  

Happy New Year.

Author: Scott Reid
Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/despair-for-2017-1.3913984

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