Users can hold down the microphone button to record a short voice message that appears in the chat as an audio wave form that recipients can then listen to at their leisure. Voice messages are up to one-minute long, stay permanently listenable rather than disappearing and work in one-on-one and group chats on iOS and Android. The feature offers an off-camera asynchronous alternative to the video calling feature Instagram released in June. It will have to compete with Viber, Zello and Telegram, as well as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for the use case.
Chinese tech giant Huawei Lawyer says his team worked through the night to make changes to its bail plan for Meng Wanzhou to help satisfy concerns that have been raised about her release.
David Martin says they contacted four potential sources to offer sureties for Huawei’s chief financial officer and prepared affidavits after the judge and a federal prosecutor questioned whether Meng’s husband would be a suitable person to ensure she complies with any bail conditions.
Martin says one person who is proposed to offer a financial guarantee is a realtor who met Meng in 2009 and sold two properties to the couple.
China Strikes Back
Meng Wanzhou, who is also the deputy chair of Huawei’s board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on Saturday in Vancouver at the request of American law enforcement authorities.
A Canadian law-enforcement source with knowledge of the arrest said the United States is alleging Ms. Meng tried to evade the American embargo against Iran, but provided no further details. The source was granted anonymity by The Globe because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the arrest.
U.S. prosecutors in New York have been investigating whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions in relation to Iran, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal in April.
Huawei said in a statement to The Globe that Ms. Meng faces “unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York” and that she was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada.
Huawei Technologies, is the world’s largest maker of telecommunications network equipment
Twenty-two apps with more than 2 million downloads have been removed from the Google Play market after researchers found they contained a device-draining backdoor that allowed them to secretly download files from an attacker-controlled server.
The 22 titles included Sparkle Flashlight, a flashlight app has been downloaded more than 1 million times since it entered Google Play sometime in 2016 or 2017. Beginning around March of this year, Sparkle Flashlight and two other apps were updated to add the secret down-loader. The remaining 19 apps became available after June and contained the down-loader from the start.
Many of the malicious Google Play apps were made by developers who had titles in the iOS App Store.
The captured traffic displayed below, also taken from an Android virtual device, shows Andr/Clickr-ad abusing Twitter’s ad network by posing as an ad running on a Samsung Galaxy S7:
The 22 apps listed by Sophos are:
||Tak A Trip
Android users should be highly selective about the apps they install. Carefully reading reviews can sometimes help, but the rave reviews many of the Andr/Clickr-ad apps received underscores the limits to this measure. The best advice that makes the most sense is to install as few apps as possible, particularly if, as is the case with flashlight apps, the same function is offered inside the Android OS itself.
Scientist He Jiankui came under storm when he claimed he edited the genes of twin girls so that they would not get HIV. He also revealed another early pregnancy is on the way. The scientific community’s reaction was negative. Crispr pioneer Jennifer Doudna was horrified. NIH Director Francis Collins said the experiment was “profoundly disturbing,” and even Julian Savulescu, an ethicist who has described gene-editing research as “a moral necessity,” described He’s work as “monstrous.”
The Chinese government ordered an “immediate investigation” and on Thursday suspended the research activities of scientists involved in the research.
Jiankui focused on a gene called CCR5, which the HIV virus uses as a doorway for infiltrating human cells. To lock the virus out, several scientists have tried extracting the immune cells of HIV patients and deactivating CCR5 using gene-editing techniques before injecting the cells back into the body. Although Nana and Lulu’s father is HIV-positive, neither of the infants actually had HIV. His team deactivated a perfectly normal gene in an attempt to reduce the risk of a disease that neither child had—and one that can be controlled through safe-sex education or antiviral drugs. Even if you wanted to block CCR5 specifically, there are drugs out there that could do the job, many of which have been repeatedly tested in clinical trials. The rationale for using a method as extreme and untested as gene editing doesn’t hold up.
By his own admission, He didn’t tell his institution, the Southern University of Science and Technology, about the experiment, and took a stint of unpaid leave in February to begin work in secret. The university plans to launch an investigation into the project, which it called a “serious violation of academic ethics and standards” in a statement.
to be continued
Instagram has now an option where users can create stories sharable to a close group of friends.The feature is called “Close Friends” and lets users post more “personal” stories only for their chosen followers to see. Users can add and remove followers from that list at any time.
This could create a bit of drama!