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  • Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson not yet astronauts, US says
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    Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson not yet astronauts, US says

    BBC In a move that pours cold water on the dreams of a few billionaire space explorers, the US has tightened its definition of the word “astronaut”. New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules say astronaut hopefuls must be part of the flight crew and make contributions to space flight safety. That means Jeff Bezos and […] More

  • Data shows rising trend of cyber attacks in Africa
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    Data shows rising trend of cyber attacks in Africa

    New data released this week by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky shows that Africa, like other continents, is at the risk of cyber-attacks. While not considered a hotbed of financial opportunity, many African countries are seeing attacks at rates like the global average of one out of every 10 computers in 2020. Overall, the continent is seeing […] More

  • How to check if your iPhone is infected by NSO’s Pegasus spyware
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    How to check if your iPhone is infected by NSO’s Pegasus spyware

    Amnesty International has released a tool you can use to search your phone for traces of the notorious Pegasus spyware. Via Macworld: By Petter Ahrnstedt and Anders Lundberg Worried by recent revelations of widespread political spying? Concerned that NSO’s Pegasus spyware – which affects even up-to-date iPhones, as we explained earlier this week – might have infected your smartphone? […] More

  • Mike Lindell offers  million to cyber experts, reporters who can disprove his semi-mythical data
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    Mike Lindell offers $5 million to cyber experts, reporters who can disprove his semi-mythical data

    Salon Ardent Trump supporter and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell claims he will offer a $5 million reward to any cyber expert, politician or reporter who can disprove his alleged 2020 election data — specifically, the mysterious “packet captures” (PCAPs) that he claims will show beyond a reasonable doubt that Donald Trump overwhelmingly won the 2020 […] More

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    Dubai making its own rain to beat 120-degree heat

    By Jackie Salo

    That’s one way to beat the heat!

    Officials in Dubai are using drones to artificially increase rainfall as the city grapples with oppressive heat, video this week shows.

    The rainmaking technology, known as “cloud seeding,” was put into use as summer temperatures have surged past 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Arab Emirates city, the Independent reported.

    Experts have said the technology aims to make rain form more efficiently inside clouds and in doing so, make more water come down.

    Drones are used to shoot electrical charges into clouds, causing them to clump together and trigger more rainfall.

    Footage shared on Sunday by the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology showed the intense showers flooding roads in addition to flashes of lightning.

    Rainmaking has become common in dry countries such as the United Arab Emirates, which typically only records four inches of rain a year, the Independent reported.

    “The global water shortage is worsening in many parts of the world, so the demand for fresh water is increasing,” said Linda Zou, a professor at the UAE’s Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

  • Russia successfully launches Nauka lab module to International Space Station
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    Russia successfully launches Nauka lab module to International Space Station

    Global News Russia on Wednesday successfully launched a long-delayed lab module for the International Space Station that is intended to provide more room for scientific experiments and space for the crew. A Proton-M booster rocket carrying the Nauka module lifted off as scheduled at 7:58 pm local time (14:58 GMT) from the Russian space launch facility in Baikonur, […] More

  • Meet Mark Bezos, the younger brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who’s about to join him aboard Blue Origin’s first human space flight
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    Meet Mark Bezos, the younger brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who’s about to join him aboard Blue Origin’s first human space flight

    Business Insider On July 20, Jeff Bezos and his younger brother, Mark, are heading to space. The Amazon founder announced Monday that he and his brother will be on the first human flight of the New Shepard spacecraft, which is made by Blue Origin, Bezos’ space exploration company. The company is currently auctioning one of the six available […] More

  • France’s Macron said targeted using Israeli company’s spyware
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    France’s Macron said targeted using Israeli company’s spyware

    YNet News The phone of French President Emmanuel Macron has been targeted for potential surveillance on behalf of Morocco in project Pegasus spyware case, French daily Le Monde reported on Tuesday. The French presidency said that if the revelations about Macron’s phone being tapped were true, they would be very serious. French President Emmanuel Macron […] More

  • The best tablets of 2021
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    The best tablets of 2021

    By Jacob Krol & Jason Cipriani Whether you’re looking for a portable media experience or a powerful, lightweight laptop replacement for travel, a tablet can fit the bill. These increasingly do-it-all devices can handle work and play, and even replace a laptop. After months of testing, we’ve found four top picks, one of which should fit your […] More

  • What’s known about NSO Group, the Shadowy Israeli software company behind Pegasus spyware
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    What’s known about NSO Group, the Shadowy Israeli software company behind Pegasus spyware

    SputnikA barrage of media reporting has revealed that Pegasus, an advanced type of spyware created by NSO Group, has been used by governments in over a dozen nations to target the cellphones of at least 50,000 people, including politicians, journalists, and activists. But who are NSO Group, the Israeli tech company behind Pegasus? Sputnik investigates. […] More

  • Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder ‘excited not nervous’ about flight to edge of space
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    Jeff Bezos: Amazon founder ‘excited not nervous’ about flight to edge of space

    Sky News Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has said he is “ready”, not nervous, for his flight to the edge of space. The billionaire is set to blast off on Blue Origin’s sub-orbital New Shepard rocket from Texas, with his brother Mark, female astronaut Wally Funk who trained in 1961 but never went to space, as […] More

  • ‘It is completely unacceptable’: Europe responds to Pegasus spyware controversy
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    ‘It is completely unacceptable’: Europe responds to Pegasus spyware controversy

    CGTN European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the Pegasus spyware controversy “completely unacceptable” if verified. She is just one of many world leaders condemning the potential hacking of thousands of cell phones using Pegasus spyware developed by the private Israeli firm NSO Group. According to a report by several international media organizations – including The […] More

  • China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft Exchange servers
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    China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft Exchange servers

    BBC The UK, US and EU have accused China of carrying out a major cyber-attack earlier this year. The attack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting at least 30,000 organisations globally. The UK said Chinese state-backed actors were responsible, while the EU said the attack came from “the territory of China”. The Chinese Ministry of State […] More

  • Revealed: leak links Israeli based company to global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon powered
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    Revealed: leak links Israeli based company to global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon against Journalists, Human rights activists, Lawyers

    Global Upfront Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak. The investigation by the Guardian and 16 other media organisations suggests widespread and continuing abuse of NSO’s hacking […] More

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