CNN: Android Phones At Risk Of Hacking


CNN

CNN reports that at least 950 million Android phones are at risk of being hacked by simply receiving a text message.

ABC News writes that hackers gain control of the device by sending a malware infected picture message.

Details of the hacking threat, which is called Stagefright, were published this week by cyber security research firm Zimperium.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/android-stagefright-hack-make-protected/story?id=32738151

Four Grenade Attacks In Less Than A Week In Swedish City

Yesterday, the city of Malmö in southern Sweden was hit by its fourth hand grenade attack in under a week.  It was just 48 hours after the last explosion there rocked residents.

Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city, according to the Swedish publication The Local.se.

The hand grenade detonated in a car parking lot in the Malmö district of Värnhem.

The incident, which caused damage to dozens of cars but no injuries, was different from previous blasts, according to police.

“Many of the other grenade attacks seemed to be aimed at government buildings,” a police spokesman told the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.

“But in the area around this detonation site there are private residences, business premises and government agencies. Therefore, the goal of the blast is unclear at present,” the spokesman concluded.

Police found part of a hand grenade at the site and bomb technicians have been on site to investigate further. The hand grenade seems to have exploded in a van, according to Swedish news agency, TT.

The police are checking the ownership of the damaged cars to see if any of the owners have links to the criminal world.

In related news, police are warning residents in Malmö that there could be unexploded grenades from these or other attacks.

(Updated report)

http://www.thelocal.se/20150726/malm-shaken-by-another-hand-grenade-attack

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=6219244

New Cellphone To Have Face Recognition

Microsoft is preparing two new Lumia cellphones for the holiday season, according to the publication The Verge.

Some specifications have leaked previously, and Windows Central is reporting that both devices will include an “iris scanner” to let you log into the phones with your face.  This is reportedly a part of the Windows Hello feature in Windows 10.

Alongside the iris scanning, Microsoft is also reportedly bringing its Surface Pen technology to both of the new Lumia handsets.

Windows Central writes that the larger Lumia 950 XL handset will include support for the Surface Pen and a new smart cover that has a circular cut out for easy access to notifications.

The site also offers up a drawing of the “Cityman” phone that’s expected to be called the Lumia 950 XL when it goes on sale later this year. The Verge confirmed the render is accurate and close to what the device looks like.

Also, Windows Central talked to sources that claimed the removable battery for the phones is the thinnest they have ever seen.

(Updated report)

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/23/9026635/microsoft-lumia-950-specifications-rumors

http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-cityman-and-talkman-flagship-full-details

http://www.gizmoids.com/2015/07/microsofts-lumia-950-and-950-xl-will-scan-your-face-and-have-pen-support-here-are-the-full-specifications/

What is One America News Network?


TYT Network

What is One America News Network?

Wikipedia:

“One America News Network (abbreviated as OAN, commonly referred to as One America News) is an American cable news television channel that is owned by the Herring Networks, Inc. The network is headquartered in San Diego, California, and operates a news bureau in Washington, D.C. Originally envisioned as a conservative news network, OAN’s stated focus is delivering a credible source of national and international news 24/7. OAN also features political analysis programming and political talk shows, along with network special documentary-style reports; its news coverage attempts to maintain objectivity while its political shows illustrate a stronger conservative lean.

“The channel was launched on July 4, 2013.”

Recently, an anchor on One America News gave a lengthy editorial on the Middle East and ISIS.  TYT Network discusses it.

http://www.inquisitr.com/2269540/tomi-lahren-conservative-anchor-becomes-overnight-sensation-after-viral-obama-rant/

French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Will Stop Printing Caricatures Of Mohammed

In a stark contrast to the past policy, the French magazine Charlie Hebdo has decided to stop printing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

The magazine has previously provoked outrage among Muslims by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, whose image is considered blasphemous by many followers of Islam.

Its “survivors’ issue”, the first to be published after January’s attack, featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the front page, according to France24.

However, Charlie Hebdo editor Laurent Sourisseau – also known by his pen name “Riss” – recently told German magazine Stern that the Prophet Mohammed would no longer appear in the magazine’s pages.

“We have drawn Mohammed to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want. We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature,” Sourisseau said, writes Newsweek.

“We still believe that we have the right to criticize all religions,” he added.

Riss took over as Charlie Hebdo’s editor in the wake of January attack, which he survived by playing dead. He took over the role from Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, who was killed in the massacre, writes France24.

http://www.newsweek.com/charlie-hebdo-will-cease-publishing-cartoons-prophet-muhammad-355272

http://www.france24.com/en/20150721-charlie-hebdo-editor-no-more-prophet-mohammed-cartoons

Glenn Beck Unaware That Shi’ite Iran Is Fighting Sunni ISIS


Secular Talk

Glenn Beck posted a message on Facebook about the Iran deal and warned of dire consequences, including “a Holocaust, perhaps bigger than the last.”  Beck is currently on medical paid medical leave from his radio show.

Beck wrote how people “mocked him” for warning about the “rise of the caliphate,” but now he’s more convinced that the U.S. has done a deal with a nation that believes in the “end times,” writes MediaITE.

Keep in mind that Sunni ISIS and Shia Muslim Iran are mortal enemies in the Middle East.  They are not on the same side of the war.  Beck:

“For years I have warned the world against turning a blind eye to those who run Iran. They are beyond radical Islamists. They, like ISIS are psychotic Islamists.

“When I predicted the rise of the caliphate, those who had not done their homework on what was really happening in the Middle East spent their time mocking me. Once again, I warn the American people and the people of the world again. This particular strain of Islamists, like ISIS, believe they can “hasten the return of the promised one”, and usher in the literal end times.

“No one in their right mind would sign treaties with a Christian country that believed these things. Remember, it does NOT require you to believe it, just that you fully understand that THEY believe it.

“What this president has done will be remembered as something far worse than Neville Chamberlain. It will only be a matter of time before millions cry out his name in despair and contempt. A Holocaust, perhaps bigger than the last, where millions of Christians and even Muslims who are not Muslim enough will die at the hands of the Islamic State.

“Anyone who believes ‪#‎lovewins‬ must let their voice be heard. This is a nation that denies homosexuality even exists in their country and they whip or kill any that they find. This is a country that is holding Americans in prison now for political or faith crimes. This is a nation that kills those who leave Islam and stone women.

“This is a sad day for the right of conscience and the freedom and safety of not only us but the entire world. It is a tragic day for our ally Israel.

“‪#‎neveragainisnow‬. It is time for good, decent and God fearing Americans stand and be counted. This deal yet again proves that our governments are not the solution to our problems. For me, my family and my team we will serve the truth and against injustice no matter the price. We will serve The Lord.

“This must not stand but you must.”

Greece Reaches Deal With EU

After months of wrangling, Greece finally worked out a bailout agreement with its European creditors on Monday that will, if implemented, secure the country’s place in the euro and avoid financial collapse, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The terms of the deal, however, will be difficult both for Greeks and their radical left-led government, which since its election in January had vowed to stand up to the creditors and reject the budget cuts they have been demanding.

Before it can get 85 billion euros ($95.07 billion) in bailout cash and support for its banks to reopen, the Greek government will have to pass a raft of “austerity” measures (budget cuts / tax increases). These include sales tax increases, reforms to pensions, and labor market reforms.

Under the deal struck with creditors during an all-night meeting in Brussels, the Greek parliament must approve by Wednesday key reforms,” writes the Associated Press.

They include VAT tax increases and pension cuts, and protecting the independence of Greece’s statistics service, which at the start of the crisis in 2009 was found to have greatly miscalculated the country’s finances for years.

The Greek leader – Alexis Tsipras – and his left-wing government were elected in January to stand up to budget demands.

For them, the payoff of the negotiations in Brussels was clear: about 85 billion euros ($95.07 billion) in loans and financial support over three years, preserving Greek membership in the euro, and helping their country stave off financial collapse.

“We managed to avoid the most extreme measures,” Tsipras said after the summit, and he said he successfully got creditors to drop a demand that Greek assets be transferred abroad as a form of collateral, according to U.S. News and World Report.

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2015/07/13/greece-talks-drag-beyond-deadline-amid-warnings-of-euro-exit

Does Hillary Clinton Support Benjamin Netanyahu?

Recently, a couple of articles have come out assessing Hillary Clinton’s position on Israel and the Prime Minister there, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bustle magazine takes a look at the situation.  They claim that Hillary “has a lot more faith in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than the Obama administration, whose patience with Bibi is wearing thin.”

Bustle:

“Clinton has reaffirmed her support for a two-state solution on multiple occasions, and she does not want Israel to be a ‘partisan issue.'”

Apparently, if the Democrats had a different view on the situation in Israel, that would make Israel a ” partisan issue.”

Hillary Clinton also made comments about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seemed inaccurate.  BDS is a global movement to boycott, divest, and sanction companies that are involved with the occupation of Palestinian lands.

For example, some governments or churches refuse to invest in Ford, Caterpillar, or Hewlett Packard, because those companies provide security systems and equipment to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Border Patrol Units.  A BDS movement was reportedly also used against Apartheid South Africa in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

On July 2nd, Clinton sent a letter to Israeli American businessman / campaign donor Haim Saban, writing that “I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority” in order to “fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.”  She sent a similar letter to Jewish communal leader Malcolm Hoenlein, according to The Times of Israel.

In the letters, former Secretary Clinton also mentioned Palestinian efforts to “unilaterally declare statehood” at the U.N. — efforts that she is proud to have blocked, according to Bustle. However, more than 130 countries officially recognize Palestine as a state, writes Bustle, including The Vatican.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/clinton-issues-missives-against-israel-boycott-movement/

http://www.bustle.com/articles/94522-what-do-the-2016-presidential-candidates-think-about-israel-palestine

Strange ‘ISIS Beheading Video’ From HSBC Bank


The Young Turks

Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services institutions in the world.

Recently, HSBC has been ordered to pay a record 40 million Swiss francs and been given a final warning by the Geneva authorities for “organizational deficiencies” which allowed money laundering to take place in the bank’s Swiss subsidiary.

The settlement means the Swiss will not prosecute HSBC or publish the findings of their investigation into alleged aggravated money laundering. However, Geneva’s chief prosecutor, Olivier Jornot, cautioned that the bank was on notice, saying: “This is an excuse which will only apply once,” writes the British newspaper The Guardian.

Recently (and defiantly?) a group of HSBC bankers decided to do a fake ISIS beheading video which has been leaked to the public.

What Is MERS ?

South Korea recently announced a 13-billion-dollar-plus economic stimulus package to help combat the disease MERS.

What is MERS ?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), MERS – Middle East respiratory syndrome – is a viral respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus (MERS‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause diseases from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Where can MERS be found?

The following 26 countries have reported cases of MERS: Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen (Middle East); Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom (UK) (Europe); Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt (Africa); China, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and Thailand (Asia); and the United States of America (Americas).

The vast majority of these cases have so far occurred in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to WHO.

180 cases – including 29 deaths – have been reported in South Korea due to MERS, writes the International Business Times.

http://www.ibtimes.com/mers-outbreak-south-korea-plans-stimulus-package-135b-tackle-economic-impact-viral-1982933