Several ‘authoritarian’ governments have used Israeli software to spy on the cell phones of journalists, activists and managers around the world. This is what emerges from the leaks of an investigation conducted by the Washington Post and 16 other international newspapers.
The software, sold by the Israeli NSO Group and called Pegasus, was created to allow governments to track terrorists and criminals. Among the governments that have used it to spy there would be – writes the WP – that of Victor Orban. And from the papers it appears that people close to Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered Saudi reporter, also ended up in the crosshairs.
“The story is totally unacceptable, if it is true”, commented the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during a press conference in Prague.
The investigation, which was also attended by the Guardian, reveals that journalists and activists have ended up in the crosshairs of ‘authoritarian’ governments. The Israeli software was allegedly used by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to target the cell phones of people close to Jamal Kashoggi, the murdered Washington Post reporter. But also from the Hungarian government of Victor Orban, which allegedly used the technology developed by NSO as part of its war on the media, targeting investigative journalists but also the small circle of independent media managers.
The list of phone numbers reported by the Pegasus investigation includes more than 50,000 numbers, concentrated in countries renowned for the surveillance of their citizens and NSO Group customers. The list does not identify who decided to enter the phone numbers or why, and it is also not clear how many cell phones were targeted or spied on. Among the numbers identified so far there would be those of various heads of state and prime ministers. And among those of journalists who appear in the list, dated 2016, there are reporters from various newspapers including CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Voice of America and Al Jazeera.
According to the Guardian, in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most important political rival – opposition leader Rahul Gandhi – has been selected twice as a possible surveillance target from dozens of politicians, journalists, activists and critics of the Government of India featured on the list.
The mid-range and upper-middle of the Android cell phone market, the segment most required by Argentines, has multiple options from the main manufacturers.
Motorola with its G line -the brand’s best-selling in its history- it offers three renewed equipment -Moto G100, Moto G30 and Moto G20- with a common denominator: multiple cameras, state-of-the-art processors and long-lasting batteries.
As one of the world’s first phones to use the latest mobile platform Snapdragon 870 5G, the Moto G100 offers connectivity 5G and full-speed WiFi 6 connectivity for the most powerful performance and fastest data speeds when compared to previous ones in the line.
One of the improvements over the traditional G-series models can be seen with the naked eye in the instant responsiveness camera settings, lightning-fast application launches, and endless opportunities for effortless multitasking.
With 8GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storageExpanding up to 1TB with a microSD card, there’s room for all your favorite content and apps, and the processing power to keep things running smoothly day after day.
All that performance requires power, which is why Motorola included a 5,000 mAh battery that allows you to get the most out of your phone’s features with more than 40 hour charge, and includes a TurboPower charger inside the box, unlike the latest models from Apple and Samsung.
The Moto G100 also offers a complete experience for those seeking entertainment thanks to the 6.7-inch (17-centimeter) CinemaVision screen. Movies look more real in one ultra wide screen with the same 21: 9 dimensions used in the film industry, and you can enjoy a 90Hz refresh rate which keeps the graphics smooth and stable.
With a 25% wider color gamut and HDR10 certification, your favorite content can shine in rich, lifelike colors with enhanced brightness and contrast. Games look and play better than ever, as the powerful processor loads graphics twice as fast as any previous moto g.
In addition, some of the functions of Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming offer advanced customizations, ultra-realistic graphics and blazing fast speeds, while exclusive features ofMotorola’s Gametime enhance games while automatically adjusting phone settings so they are not interrupted by incoming calls or notifications.
The camera system offers all the hardware and software functions necessary to obtain good quality photos and video, regardless of what it is. A main sensor of 64MP ultra high resolution with Quad Pixel technology for four times the sensitivity in low light environments and a 16MP dual front camera, are ideal for capturing everyday moments in sharp detail.
With the two ultra-panoramic cameras, one on the front and one on the back, you enlarge the frame four times so users can enjoy spectacular scenery and the best group selfies in an instant.
In addition, the Macro camera has a integrated LED ring light allowing you to get up to five times closer than a standard lens, to capture smaller, sharper details normally only achievable with a special lens.
But that’s not the only way to get creative with the moto G100. Content creation is on the rise, which is why the team offers two characteristics that will elevate the video experience.
The new dual capture mode It allows you to record with the rear camera and selfie camera at the same time, capturing both whoever is taking the shot and the subject so that they can bring out the inner blogger, so they won’t miss either side of the story.
In terms of audio, the Moto G100 emphasizes quality so that it does not negatively affect the experience of watching video, therefore it presents the technology of audio zoom using advanced microphones to capture the speaker’s sound while filtering ambient noise and voices for a cleaner and more professional result.
Ready For lets you move the apps and performance of the G100 to larger screens.
Another fact to take into account is the Ready For function, which makes its debut at the top-of-the-range series. It is a new platform that brings the processing power and applications of the phone to any screen, just by linking it through the HDMI Type-C adapter cable that comes as a gift in the box.
With this feature, among other things, the user can enjoy phone games as if it were a console or make video calls directly on an LCD. Also link a wireless joystick, keyboard, and mouse to your device for a computer-like experience.
This new device comes with an amazing and premium design, and will be available in two colors: Nimbus Blue and Boreal Green, which seem to change each time the device receives light at different angles.
Moto G100 is available in three different colors: iridescent sky, iridescent ocean and slate gray. It is achieved by 79.999 pesos.
For those looking for a cell phone with premium features, but without spending a lot of money, Motorola brings these characteristics together in the moto G30: a device that even has the NFC, short-range and high-frequency wireless communication technology that is used to charge the SUBE card.
The computer has a 64 MP quad camera system that uses the same upper-mid-range main lens as the Moto G100. To complete it, it also integrates a macro camera, an ultra wide angle and a depth sensor to obtain the best results.
The 6.5 ”Max Vision HD + display offers maximum viewing thanks to a 20: 9 aspect ratio. In addition, it allows you to enjoy more fluid games and a perfect glide thanks to an image refresh rate of 90 Hertz.
Inside, Moto G30 is powered by the Snapdragon 662 chip, developed by the American company Qualcomm. It has 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 5,000mAh battery to give it autonomy for more than 24 hours.
This new smartphones also comes with the My UX interface, which allows users to customize their phone however they want, including also gestures such as slide to divide, which allows to separate the screen in two and do more things at the same time. Cost 34.999 pesos.
The younger brother of the G100 is the new member of its catalog of smartphones to fight in the input range, a segment for those looking for their first smart device.
With the appeal of an affordable price, the moto G20 is characterized by its 5,000 mAh battery that gives you more than 24 hours of autonomy and a screen with a 90Hz refresh rate that significantly improves image quality.
Regarding its characteristics, the cell phone makes use of a quadruple rear camera, with a 48MP main sensor and Quad Pixel technology to combine four pixels in one in low light. An ultra-wide-angle lens, macro sensor and a depth sensor are also added for photos with a blurred background.
Also, the device has a 6.5-inch screen, 20: 9 ratio and HD + resolution. The panel stands out for the use of a refresh rate of 90 Hz, above the usual 60, for a more fluid experience.
Internally, the device has a custom octa-core processor with a 38 percent improvement in graphics performance, as well as a configuration with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage expandable up to 1TB per microSD.
Its specifications are completed with more than two days of autonomy on a single charge, depending on the brand, thanks to the use of a 5000 mAh capacity battery, as well as the use of the Android 11 system, physical fingerprint reader on the back. and a drop-shaped notch to house the front camera. The value is 27,999 pesos.
Yusuf Demir on the way to becoming a superstar! The ex-Rapidler makes an impression at the big FC Barcelona, especially with coach Ronald Koeman.
After moving to the Catalans, Demir is currently doing his first training sessions. And he obviously cuts a fine figure. The sports journalist Gerard Romero from the Catalan portal “Esport RAC1” reports that head coach Ronald Koeman is looking at his feet – and is enthusiastic about Demir’s achievements. He is downright “in love” with the newcomer.
In addition, Koeman already sees a second Pedri in Demir. After moving to Barca, the 18-year-old Spaniard turned out to be a whiz and in a few weeks gained a regular place in the superstar squad. The future will show whether the Demir will succeed. In any case, the fact is that the jump from Hütteldorf to Barcelona seems to have been a success for the time being.
The heavy rain turned the Kothbach in Hallein into a raging river. Two passers-by were simply swept away by the flood.
Shocking shots from the town of Hallein: When the Kothbach overflowed its banks on Saturday evening, two passers-by in the old town were driven away by the strong current. A video on Twitter shows one person losing his footing while the other is desperately trying to help. With the last of their strength, the two clung to a wall. Another passer-by, watching the scene, heroically stepped in and led the two of them to a shallow spot.
The masses of water have cut a path of devastation through Hallein. Mayor Alexander Stangassinger said: “It is a disaster.” Many people could not reach their homes in the evening because of the flood. The city has set up emergency accommodation for them in the new middle school.
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“The next catastrophe is imminent”
The district capital of the Tennengau has triggered a civil defense alarm. The German “Bild” reports of a “flood shock” and speculates: “The next catastrophe is imminent.” The state of Salzburg has therefore asked the population to stay in their houses, not to enter underground garages and cellars and also to stay away from the dams of the rivers.
Mayor Alexander Stangassinger: “It is a disaster.” Many people could not reach their homes in the evening because of the flood. The city has set up emergency accommodation for them in the new middle school. The emergency services are in the process of setting up the mobile flood protection along the Salzach.
The danger is not over
Large parts of the country went down in the heavy rain. The storm also raged violently in Tyrol: the fire brigade recorded 350 missions due to mudslides and floods, and in the Kufstein district even cars were swept away by the masses of water.
But even now the storm experts are warning: The danger has not been averted, the highest warning level still prevails! Particularly at risk: The east of Tyrol and almost all of Salzburg, the north of Styria and the south of Upper Austria and Lower Austria to the gates of Vienna.
Researchers at the University of California have invented a chip that collects sweat on the fingertip. This can be used to generate electricity.
Sweaty hands tend to be a nuisance, but they can also be very useful. This is what researchers from the University of California found out. Because they have developed a kind of chip that can be attached to the finger and collect sweat there. This can then be converted into electricity, which can be used to charge electrical devices.
Typing on the keyboard also generates electricity
The chips are sensors around one square centimeter in size that are attached to the fingertip with a plaster. Unlike other wearables that produce their own energy, you don’t have to do extra sports or expose it to sunlight for this new chip. The sweat production of the hand should be sufficient for this, even if the wearer does not move or even sleeps.
This works because people sweat more on the fingertips than on any other part of the body, as the “Dailymail” describes. Other places, such as the armpits, seem to sweat more, but this is deceptive. Because the fingertips are constantly exposed to the fresh air, which is why sweat evaporates quickly there. In fact, fingers have the highest concentration of sweat glands on the body.
The new chip makes use of this. As soon as the wearer begins to sweat or applies pressure to the chip, he or she converts these impulses into electricity. In addition to sweating, the chip can also generate energy when typing on the smartphone or playing the piano, for example.
Chemical reaction on the fingertip
Making the chips so small that they fit on a fingertip was extremely difficult, according to Lu Yin, who was involved in the research, and required the use of highly specialized materials. The electrical conductors had to be made extremely small. Finally, the researchers succeeded in producing electrodes from carbon foam that could soak up the sweat of the fingers. Enzymes on these electrodes eventually trigger a chemical reaction that creates lactate and oxygen, which in turn can be used to generate electricity.
“The material the chip is made of is flexible, so you don’t have the feeling of having a stiff plate attached to your fingertips,” Yin told Dailymail.co.uk. Therefore, the invention can easily be worn for a long period of time.
Still needs to be optimized
Measurements show that around 400 millijoules of energy could be obtained after around ten hours of sleep. That would be enough to supply a simple, electronic watch with power for around 24 hours. One hour of typing on the computer produced around 30 millijoules.
“We call this the maximum amount of energy harvested for the time invested,” explains Professor Joseph Wang, who oversaw the study. “With other wearables that produce electricity, you have to use a lot of energy, such as exercising, to generate a similar amount of electricity. But when you sleep, you don’t use any additional energy at all.”
Nevertheless, the scientists are working on making the chips even more energy-efficient. “We didn’t just want to show that we have created something cool that can produce small amounts of energy. We want to show that our invention can be really useful, for example to power sensors or cell phone displays,” says Wang.
Rescue mission in Vorarlberg! Two little girls were waiting for their papa by the window. Suddenly the wooden slats gave way and they fell out.
A mother and her two 4 and 6 year old daughters were on Friday around 8 p.m. in their apartment in Schlins on the 3rd floor. The mother was busy cleaning up. The two girls were on the couch in the living room in front of the open window.
In front of the window, two wooden slats were screwed into the window frame to protect the children from falling. However, the screws only protruded eight to ten millimeters into the window frame. The two girls leaned against the wooden slats and waited for their father to come home.
“Army of Guardian Angels”
However, the two girls must have leaned too far over the two slats, whereupon they came loose. Both girls fell from a height of 7.6 meters on the gravel floor below. The two girls were brought to the LKH-Feldkirch with the emergency doctor.
According to the police, both girls were accompanied by an “army of guardian angels” when they fell, since, according to initial information from the hospital, one of the girls “only” had a broken thigh and the second girl only suffered from bruises.
Researchers have developed a new antibody test that can be used to assess immune protection against different variants of the coronavirus.
Blood tests show the presence of antibodies against an infectious agent, such as SARS-CoV-2, in a patient’s bloodstream. Some antibodies simply indicate whether the person has been exposed to either the virus or a vaccine, while others – called neutralizing antibodies – provide immunity to infection or re-infection. In the case of SARS-CoV-2, neutralizing antibodies work by weakening the spike protein of the virus.
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The University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV) and EPFL have jointly developed a new test that is sensitive enough to measure the amount of neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the bloodstream. In the study, the test had a sensitivity of 96.7 percent and a specificity of 100 percent. This is what the scientists write in the renowned journal “Science Translational Medicine”.
Because the spike protein of the corona virus binds to the ACE2 receptors on the cell surface, it is able to penetrate the cells of the respiratory system. The new antibody test is a highly sensitive and extremely precise method to measure how well a blood serum sample can prevent this binding of the spike protein to ACE2 receptors. The test was applied to blood serum samples from 206 people who were infected with the coronavirus. Within a few hours, the test was able to prove whether a patient had developed immunity to one or more variants of SARS-CoV-2.
Use in large quantities
Because the new method requires a simple blood test, it can easily be used on a large scale and is currently only available from the CHUV’s Department of Immunology and Allergy. It can only be carried out at the request of a doctor. The test costs 100 Swiss francs and is not covered by Swiss health insurance companies.
This wholesale market was in operation before the arrival of the new controls, but it took its own flight this week. It is “the freest legal dollar”
The new measures of the Central Bank and the National Securities Commission (CNV) on the operation for the acquisition of dollars in the Cash With Liquidation market (CCL) at the beginning of this week They revitalized other legal channels to buy dollars and turn them abroad and, thus, a new price of the dollar was added to the reference values for the exchange market: the “SENEBI dollar” (Bilateral Negotiation Segment).
It should be remembered that, until last week, the maximum weekly bonds that clients of the Settlement and Clearing Agents (ALyCs), stock traders that are not their own portfolio, could sell to buy CCL was 100,000 per week. And now, they can only buy 50,000.
Also, until last week, you could trade around US $ 30,000 with the AL30 bond and without limit with the GD30. But now, the cap is around $ 30,000 a week for both. Thus, the BCRA and CNV regulations put a lock more to the transaction of CCL and there are cases of people who were left with their dollars “stranded” in limbo since they have not been able to make their sales because the new measure seized them in the middle of the operation.
“In fact, a client of mine who received a very large compensation, planned to buy MEP and CCL and kept the bonds locked. He will have to wait three weeks to be able to finalize his plans as a result of the reduction of the quota,” says Mauro Cognetta, financial advisor and director of Big River.
However, when the measure was known, some experts explained that this did not imply that the client who wanted could not sell bonds through the wholesale channel, through the SENEBI, which, in fact, was always the place where large volumes were operated. What does this imply? That not everyone can access it, due to the amounts required to enter.
A characteristic of SENEBI is that the price of the CCL that is negotiated there is agreed between two parties.
What is SENEBI and how does it work?
According to official sources to iProfesional, SENEBI is a round of Stock Exchanges and Markets of Argentina (ByMA) and, therefore, in general lines, operating there has the same conditions as in the open market. “This implies, for example, that If a subject is not authorized to operate CCL, he cannot do so in this segment, “they indicate.
Likewise, the operations carried out in that segment are recorded and must be reported to BYMA at the end of the round. It is very important to note that it does not work with a reference price (that is, it is not a question of supply and demand), but the price is agreed in a negotiation between the two parties involved, a bidder and a demander.
This means that it is a market whose prices do not appear on traders’ screens and are often above average. The parties agree on a figure and close the operation, without any limit or information to the market of what the exchange rate is. But, if there are substantial differences with the screen price (the retail CCL price), it is possible that a complaint will be initiated before the Financial Information Unit (FIU).
“To operate in this square, there is a minimum transaction amount of $ 1 million, which is equivalent to around US $ 6,000, the commission to be paid for the operations carried out in that market is not preset and they are not covered by BYMA’s mandatory guarantee fund, “says a market source.
As previously stated, this Cash With Settlement will continue to operate freely and the Stock Exchange companies will not have nominal limits to operate with their own portfolio.
The retail client does not have the possibility of entering SENEBI due to the values it handles
New regulation, new role for this dollar
Although it worked before the new restrictions, this market was not diffused because the average prices registered in it were very similar to those of the CCL dollar. However, these days, the dollar “SENEBI“is becoming a new reference price.
“It is the price that best reflects the reference price of the North American currency because it arises from the free and private exchange between a foreign company and a local company“, points out Sergio Morales, CEO of Interfinance.com.ar.
The expert explains that “the search to externalize assets by Argentine companies does not generally compensate the interest in entering foreign currency into the country, so its price ends up being very similar to the informal dollar, although with the difference that we refer to an operation electronic and completely legal. ”
A) Yes, while yesterday the CCL was trading around $ 167, the SENEBI was around $ 170. However, Cognetta explains that it is a problem that the SENEBI begins to take off more than the CCL and becomes a reference price for the market because “its price is not transparent to the public and, although the amount that was operated at the end of the day, it is not so easy to know how its value is calculated “.
The truth is that operator volumes were also boosted by the arrival of the new measures, given that, up to that moment, 30% were operated in the PPT market (traditional by screen) and 70% in SENEBI (over the counter- OTC), but after the arrival of regulation, this relationship was altered.
“On the first day, the ratio became 85% SENEBI and 25% PPT, although in the following three days it fell almost to the usual average level (70/30)”, describes the specialist. He points out, however, that “we must give it more time to see how the market is accommodating because it is still a few days”, but does not rule out that it will settle around 15% / 85% in the coming months.
In this context, Morales anticipates that the dollar “SENEBI” will continue to exist as a reference, foreverand when these measures are in force.
“It should be remembered that this strategy by the Government is aimed at having greater control over financial dollars, which are public and cause a greater impact on the population on the eve of an electoral process,” he says.
For this reason, it does not rule out that the new measures remain in force at least until the elections are held.
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The online auction is carried out by the Fiat finance company. It will include 15 lots that will have offers starting at $ 225,000. The details
Just hours after closing, Fiat’s finance company is auctioning 15 collateral recovery units on Friday, July 16, starting at 11 a.m.
There will be offers that start from $ 275,000, in vehicles that are not more than 4 years old. Some of the models are offered for half or less of their actual value.
It is about 15 units of pledge recovery (article 39) among which are different Fiat models, such as Argo, Cronos, Palio, Punto, Mobi, Fiorino and Toro, among others; some with relatively few kilometers.
The auction will be made through the Narvaezbid platform.
Some of the auction models
One of the offers is that of a 2018 Fiat Cronos Drive with a 1.3-liter engine has CNG equipment, and has 124,728 kilometers traveled. His current bid is $ 550,000.
Your current bid is $ 550,000
There is also a red 2018 Fiat Palio Attractive with 5 doors, for a starting value of $ 50,000. It has approximately 37,387 km and today the offer is already for $ 525,000. The vehicle, in good general condition, presents debts for $ 159,478, for patent and traffic violations.
This model has approximately 37,387 km
There is another Palio Attractive, also from 2018, with 34,509 kilometers, and with a current value of $ 500,000. Presents debts for one $ 350,000, in concept of patent and traffic violations
This Palio Attractive presents debts for one $ 350,000
Within the lots there is a Fiat Argo Drive 1.3, model 2018, with 47,133 kilometers. His current bid is $ 725,000. Presents debts for one $ 180,000, in concept of patent and traffic violations.
The current offer for this Fiat Argo is $ 725,000
In addition, there are four utility vehicles with patent debts and infringements: Fiat Fiorino 2017 (from $ 350,000), Fiat Fiorino 2018 ($ 425,000) Doblo Cargo 2017 ($ 375,000) and Toro Freedom 4×4 2019 pickup ($ 2,075,000).
All the vehicles in this auction are located in a sector of the Carrefour parking lot in the town of San Fernando, Greater Buenos Aires. Those interested in seeing them can send an email to [email protected] or call the phones 11 2150-5850 or 114742-5850.
How to participate in the auctions
In order to participate in the auction, the interested party has to enter the Narvaezbid platform and create a user.
Subsequently, the expenses and conditions will be sent by mail so that you can carry out the online offer. The procedure is free.
Next, you need to make a deposit as a guarantee of the offer. In the case of cars, it is approximately $ 40,000.
Once the auction is over, the house will refund 100% of the surety insurance. This will happen in all cases, whether winning or not.