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Would You Let Companies Monitor You For Money?

Would You Let Companies Monitor You For Money?

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In the smart home of the (not-so-distant) future, sensors will record and process occupants’ every coming and going. Opened the fridge at 3 a.m.? Noted. Washing machine hasn’t run in weeks? Your house knows. Daily habits, mealtimes, bedtime? All on file. That’s a lot of information, and the majority of people polled in a survey released on Thursday say they’d be very worried about hackers and criminals gaining access to their (hypothetical) smart-home data. But that doesn’t mean they’d want to keep that data to themselves. In fact, just over half of the 9,000 people surveyed worldwide said they’d share data about themselves with companies in exchange for cash. The survey was conducted last summer by Vanson Bourne, a technology-research company, on behalf of Intel Security. In a way, its
Amnesty report alleges labour abuse at Qatar World Cup venues

Amnesty report alleges labour abuse at Qatar World Cup venues

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Migrant labourers faced abuse that in some cases amounted to forced labour while working on a stadium that will host soccer matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a new report released by Amnesty International alleged Thursday Rights groups and news organizations have previously raised serious concerns about working conditions in Qatar, but the latest Amnesty report stands out because it links alleged mistreatment directly to work on a World Cup venue. The group's findings will intensify pressure on Qatar to accelerate labour reforms as the tiny and immensely rich Gulf country races to transform itself with sweeping infrastructure projects ahead of the games. Amnesty compiled the 52-page report based on interviews from February to May last year with 132 construction workers at the Khali
MS Dhoni is an inspiring captain who is open to ideas, says Stephen Fleming

MS Dhoni is an inspiring captain who is open to ideas, says Stephen Fleming

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The coach of new IPL team Pune Supergiants Stephen Fleming on Friday made light of the speculations over retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni from international cricket and hailed his “remarkable” fitness. Asked about Dhoni’s future in the context of India’s loss on Thursday in the World Twenty20 semi-final, Fleming said what he saw in him was a “sprightly wicketkeeper batsman, a fresh captain with a remarkable fitness”. In reply to a question, Fleming, interacting with reporters about Pune Supergiants for the forthcoming IPL season, did not visualise any possible “conflict of egos” in the team that also has Australian captain Steve Smith and South African skipper Fa du Plessis. “Leadership can take many forms. MS Dhoni is an inspiring captain who is open to ideas,” he added. Fleming said t
Brussels attacks: Police strike halts Brussels airport reopening

Brussels attacks: Police strike halts Brussels airport reopening

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The Zaventem facility has been closed since a twin suicide bomb attack on the departures hall on 22 March. The SLFP police union told the BBC that security measures put in place for the reopening were insufficient. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it carried out bombings of the airport and metro system that killed 32 people. A Texas woman married to an Air Force officer was identified Wednesday as the third American killed in last week's Brussels terrorist attacks. Gail Minglana Martinez was traveling with her husband, Lt. Col. Kato Martinez, and their four children, when she was mortally wounded on March 22 by a blast, officials confirmed. It was unclear if she was at the airport or the metro station that was bombed. "Gail was special to so many people; she blessed people's lives and ma
Tesla’s Model 3 is here—with a 215-mile range, to be delivered in 2017

Tesla’s Model 3 is here—with a 215-mile range, to be delivered in 2017

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Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk took the stage at the Tesla Design Studio to reveal the Tesla Model 3. "It's very important to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport," Musk said. "The last time there was this level of carbon concentration in the atmosphere was 11 million years ago."   "Beyond global warming there are 53,000 deaths per year from auto emissions," Musk added. Tonight, Musk released the first official details on the company’s most important car to date, the Tesla Model 3. The base version of the all-electric vehicle will have a range of 215 miles, a continuous pane of glass on the rear roof, and front and rear trunks. Musk added that the car could comfortably fit a 7ft surfboard. The glass roof is similar to the one on the Model X, made with layers of gla
Shane Warne wants to coach Team India

Shane Warne wants to coach Team India

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Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne said he would love to work with the Indian cricket team. Warne said he would not hesitate to coach a side that has the backing of billion plus supporters. Leg-spin legend Shane Warne on Friday expressed his desire to coach the Indian cricket team if he is approached for the role in the near future. Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri is currently the team director. He is expected to leave his post after the conclusion of the World Twenty20 tournament. The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to appoint a full term coach for the national side. And Warne said that he had never said no in his life to anything when it comes to the game and is open to coach the side if such an opportunity arises. "I would love to work with the Indian t...
Zika structure mapped for first time

Zika structure mapped for first time

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Zika now has a face to go with the name. New microscopy images of the virus reveal a bumpy, golf ball‒shaped structure, similar to that of the dengue and West Nile viruses, researchers report March 31 in Science. It’s the first time scientists have gotten a good look at Zika, the infamous virus that has invaded the Americas and stoked fears that it is causing birth defects and a rare autoimmune disease. Cracking Zika’s structure is like getting the blueprints of an enemy’s base: Now scientists have a better idea of where to attack. “This certainly gives us great hope that we will be able to find a vaccine or antiviral compounds,” says study coauthor Michael Rossmann of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., who’s known for mapping the first structure of a common cold virus in 1985. Re
Nerve cell links severed in early stages of Alzheimer’s

Nerve cell links severed in early stages of Alzheimer’s

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In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, an overzealous set of proteins and cells begins to chew away at the brain’s nerve cell connections, a study in mice suggests. That finding, described March 31 in Science, adds to a growing body of research that implicates excessive synaptic pruning, a process that shapes the young brain by culling unused connections, with disorders later in life. The new work pins the loss of nerve cell–connecting synapses on particular immune system molecules and a notorious Alzheimer’s-linked protein. By uniting these multiple strands of evidence, the study may help explain the earliest steps in Alzheimer’s march of neural destruction. “No one has put it together in quite this way,” says neuropathologist John Trojanowski. If the same process happens in humans,
White-nose bat disease jumps the Rockies to Washington state

White-nose bat disease jumps the Rockies to Washington state

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A sick bat caught by hikers not far from Seattle has now been confirmed to have the first case west of the Rockies of the deadly bat disease white-nose syndrome. First noticed in North America in the winter of 2006-2007, the disease exterminated some whole colonies of hibernating bats on the East Coast, though some species have proved less susceptible.  White-nose syndrome has now swept from coast to coast, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed March 31. So far the USGS’s National Wildlife Health Center has only confirmed the one case, in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) that hikers found near North Bend, Wash., on March 11 and took to an animal welfare center for care. Genetic testing identified it as a little brown bat most likely from the West instead of an accidental hitchhike
First Baywatch Pic is of The Rock’s Squad. That Means no Priyanka Chopra

First Baywatch Pic is of The Rock’s Squad. That Means no Priyanka Chopra

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The first still from the new Baywatch film is out and features the squad of lifeguards that star in the movie - that means a Priyanka Chopra-shaped hole among the red since she plays the main antagonist (name of Victoria Leeds, no confirmation on whether she is or isn't a lifeguard). The photo features Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandria Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach as Mitch, Matt, Summer and CJ - played in the original series by David Hasselhoff, David Charvet, Nicole Eggert and Pamela Anderson. Also in the picture are the characters played by actors Jon Bass and Ilfenesh Hadera.