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Peter Vogel

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Teacher | Network Admin | Journalist | Technology Enthusiast | CERN HST2011

Occupation: Teacher: Physics, Information and Commmunications Technology; Journalist; Network Administrator; Amateur Radio Operator (NDRS Vancouver BC ICT/Physics/Network Admin)

Location: Vancouver BC Canada

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2016-09-19 21:22:46 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Any Google Play Music or Deezer subscribers here?

I'm trying to figure out how I might take some of my Google Play Music or Deezer content into my car, to play say via USB.

GPMAA says you can download content, including playlists, as a subscriber. There is an allusion in the help document to touching a download icon but I see no such icon when using GPMAA on a Chromebook.

Deezer seems to have a similar issue.

I am a subscriber to both music services.


Most reshares: 6

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2016-09-16 00:11:28 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Jeff Bezos muses on space, the solar system and nuclear reactors.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/09/15/jeff-bezos-on-nuclear-reactors-in-space-the-lack-of-bacon-on-mars-and-humanitys-destiny-in-the-solar-system/

Most plusones: 28

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2016-09-16 00:11:28 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Jeff Bezos muses on space, the solar system and nuclear reactors.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/09/15/jeff-bezos-on-nuclear-reactors-in-space-the-lack-of-bacon-on-mars-and-humanitys-destiny-in-the-solar-system/

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2016-09-27 04:57:53 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Google turns 18.

Google turns 18.___

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2016-09-26 21:21:57 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Streaming is a tough business. Canada's Shomi service shuts down.

Expect losses to be incurred by Shaw and Rogers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-rci-shaw-comms-shomi-idUSKCN11W2G7

Streaming is a tough business. Canada's Shomi service shuts down.

Expect losses to be incurred by Shaw and Rogers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-rci-shaw-comms-shomi-idUSKCN11W2G7___

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2016-09-25 23:31:44 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

APOD: Saturn from above.

A view we can never have of the ringed planet, at least as seen from here on Earth. This is a particularly stunning image of Saturn, even capturing the polar hexagon.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160925.html

APOD: Saturn from above.

A view we can never have of the ringed planet, at least as seen from here on Earth. This is a particularly stunning image of Saturn, even capturing the polar hexagon.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160925.html___

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2016-09-25 18:47:49 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Variation of the money transfer scam.

An interesting variation of the money transfer scam. This one, supposedly originating with the United Nations, refers to the recipients as victims of an earlier scam. It claims that the UN, at the direction of Ban Ki-Moon, has authorized a new fund to compensate victims of previous scams. Of course it also suggests that 99% of the amount is ready to be transferred upon payment of a 1% "fund clearance certificate."

It's quite interesting to read this one. 

Variation of the money transfer scam.

An interesting variation of the money transfer scam. This one, supposedly originating with the United Nations, refers to the recipients as victims of an earlier scam. It claims that the UN, at the direction of Ban Ki-Moon, has authorized a new fund to compensate victims of previous scams. Of course it also suggests that 99% of the amount is ready to be transferred upon payment of a 1% "fund clearance certificate."

It's quite interesting to read this one. ___

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2016-09-24 20:00:12 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Clueless?

Video purporting to show how to drill a 3.5 mm sound adapter hole in new iPhones leads to, what else (?), dead phones.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1845589/clueless-iphone-7-owners-tricked-into-drilling-hole-in-their-phones-to-get-a-headphone-jack/

Clueless?

Video purporting to show how to drill a 3.5 mm sound adapter hole in new iPhones leads to, what else (?), dead phones.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1845589/clueless-iphone-7-owners-tricked-into-drilling-hole-in-their-phones-to-get-a-headphone-jack/___

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2016-09-23 19:20:04 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Breach of helium system may be behind SpaceX explosion.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-spacex-blast-idUSKCN11T26P

Breach of helium system may be behind SpaceX explosion.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-spacex-blast-idUSKCN11T26P___

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2016-09-23 13:54:18 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Here's what that sale rumor is doing to Twitter stock.



Here's what that sale rumor is doing to Twitter stock.

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2016-09-23 13:39:51 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Here we go ... serious bids for Twitter in the works ...

Salesforce (spurned previously by LinkedIn) and Google. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/23/twitter-may-receive-formal-bid-shortly-suitors-said-to-include-salesforce-and-google.html

Here we go ... serious bids for Twitter in the works ...

Salesforce (spurned previously by LinkedIn) and Google. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/23/twitter-may-receive-formal-bid-shortly-suitors-said-to-include-salesforce-and-google.html___

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2016-09-22 23:58:46 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Is the Yahoo hack a big story or what?

Judging by the @Techmeme lineup it is one of the biggest.


Is the Yahoo hack a big story or what?

Judging by the @Techmeme lineup it is one of the biggest.
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2016-09-22 22:59:18 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Best piece so far on the Yahoo hack.

It's a complex story and it involves more than one hacking incident. Here's what we know:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/technology/yahoo-hackers.html 

Best piece so far on the Yahoo hack.

It's a complex story and it involves more than one hacking incident. Here's what we know:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/technology/yahoo-hackers.html ___

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2016-09-22 21:50:25 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Yahoo says I should disable security questions.

Apparently these were my security questions. 

Yahoo says I should disable security questions.

Apparently these were my security questions. ___

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2016-09-22 21:19:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Here's the notice you get when logging into a Yahoo account today.

At least, this is on mine, which I have not used in years.

Presumably the suspicious activity refers to my account being included in the data dump on the so-called dark web. On the other hand, the hack is so massive in scale that it may have affected all Yahoo accounts. 

Here's the notice you get when logging into a Yahoo account today.

At least, this is on mine, which I have not used in years.

Presumably the suspicious activity refers to my account being included in the data dump on the so-called dark web. On the other hand, the hack is so massive in scale that it may have affected all Yahoo accounts. ___

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2016-09-22 13:33:23 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Massive account data breach at Yahoo expected to be confirmed today.

It's a big one. Some 200 million accounts. Details still to come.

http://www.recode.net/2016/9/22/13012836/yahoo-is-expected-to-confirm-massive-data-breach-impacting-hundreds-of-millions-of-users

Massive account data breach at Yahoo expected to be confirmed today.

It's a big one. Some 200 million accounts. Details still to come.

http://www.recode.net/2016/9/22/13012836/yahoo-is-expected-to-confirm-massive-data-breach-impacting-hundreds-of-millions-of-users___

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2016-09-21 19:02:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

MSFT up on share buy-back notice.

Anyone else notice that the date options are not working in these Google stock tracker displays? Nothing happens when clicking 5 days, max, etc. At least that's the case on the Chromebooks I've tested this morning. I use this feature frequently, especially with students. It is working on the desktop version of Chrome that I tried.



MSFT up on share buy-back notice.

Anyone else notice that the date options are not working in these Google stock tracker displays? Nothing happens when clicking 5 days, max, etc. At least that's the case on the Chromebooks I've tested this morning. I use this feature frequently, especially with students. It is working on the desktop version of Chrome that I tried.

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2016-09-21 01:39:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft announces share buy-back program, along with increased dividend.

Share price jumps in after-the-bell trading.



Microsoft announces share buy-back program, along with increased dividend.

Share price jumps in after-the-bell trading.

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2016-09-20 19:26:44 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Working with Word issue.

Sometime I have to work with Word with my students.

Today I need them to clone a series of textboxes. On previous versions of Word that has always worked predictably. Select the textboxes (they are in a row of six). Hold the control key down to display the "+" clone symbol and drag to copy another set of say six textboxes. However, in Word 2013 and beyond, these resize on their own to a smaller size. That's annoying.

Anyone know a fix or bypass for this?




Working with Word issue.

Sometime I have to work with Word with my students.

Today I need them to clone a series of textboxes. On previous versions of Word that has always worked predictably. Select the textboxes (they are in a row of six). Hold the control key down to display the "+" clone symbol and drag to copy another set of say six textboxes. However, in Word 2013 and beyond, these resize on their own to a smaller size. That's annoying.

Anyone know a fix or bypass for this?


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2016-09-20 18:11:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Hubble spots comet disintegrating into oblivion.

Rare images captured of Comet 332P breaking up.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/hubble-catches-a-rare-glimpse-of-a-billion-year-old-comet-disintegrating-into-oblivion

Hubble spots comet disintegrating into oblivion.

Rare images captured of Comet 332P breaking up.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/hubble-catches-a-rare-glimpse-of-a-billion-year-old-comet-disintegrating-into-oblivion___

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2016-09-20 17:50:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Streaming music subscriptions provide a bright spot for the music industry.

Two years of increasing revenues from streaming suggest that streaming is turning mainstream.

However, music industry revenues are roughly constant at $7 billion per year, about half what they were in pre-Napster times.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-20/spotify-apple-drive-u-s-music-industry-s-8-first-half-growth

Streaming music subscriptions provide a bright spot for the music industry.

Two years of increasing revenues from streaming suggest that streaming is turning mainstream.

However, music industry revenues are roughly constant at $7 billion per year, about half what they were in pre-Napster times.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-20/spotify-apple-drive-u-s-music-industry-s-8-first-half-growth___

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2016-09-20 13:42:14 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

So long Google for Work, hello Google Cloud.

Apparently the company is set to announce the name change shortly. http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-to-rename-google-for-work-to-google-cloud-in-enterprise-push-report/

So long Google for Work, hello Google Cloud.

Apparently the company is set to announce the name change shortly. http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-to-rename-google-for-work-to-google-cloud-in-enterprise-push-report/___

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2016-09-20 05:25:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Elon Musk continues to think big.

Says new spacecraft capable of more than "just" reaching Mars.

http://www.space.com/34115-spacex-mars-colony-spaceship-elon-musk.html

Elon Musk continues to think big.

Says new spacecraft capable of more than "just" reaching Mars.

http://www.space.com/34115-spacex-mars-colony-spaceship-elon-musk.html___

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2016-09-20 01:10:08 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Google Trips:


https://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2016/09/see-more-plan-less-try-google-trips.html

Google Trips:


https://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2016/09/see-more-plan-less-try-google-trips.html___

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2016-09-19 23:52:03 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Monster prominence rises up from the Sun.

And it's a big one.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160919.html

Monster prominence rises up from the Sun.

And it's a big one.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160919.html___

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2016-09-19 21:22:46 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Any Google Play Music or Deezer subscribers here?

I'm trying to figure out how I might take some of my Google Play Music or Deezer content into my car, to play say via USB.

GPMAA says you can download content, including playlists, as a subscriber. There is an allusion in the help document to touching a download icon but I see no such icon when using GPMAA on a Chromebook.

Deezer seems to have a similar issue.

I am a subscriber to both music services.


Any Google Play Music or Deezer subscribers here?

I'm trying to figure out how I might take some of my Google Play Music or Deezer content into my car, to play say via USB.

GPMAA says you can download content, including playlists, as a subscriber. There is an allusion in the help document to touching a download icon but I see no such icon when using GPMAA on a Chromebook.

Deezer seems to have a similar issue.

I am a subscriber to both music services.
___

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2016-09-19 19:14:24 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Fascinating piece by Andrew Sullivan.

"I Used to Be a Human Being
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too."

http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/09/andrew-sullivan-technology-almost-killed-me.html

Fascinating piece by Andrew Sullivan.

"I Used to Be a Human Being
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too."

http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/09/andrew-sullivan-technology-almost-killed-me.html___

2016-09-18 20:04:24 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Recurring Chromebook issue.

I have a recurring, although irregular, issue with my Acer Chromebook R11.

I've always run my Chromebooks with a number of pinned tabs (typically 8-10) and an additional number of open tabs (typically 15-20). My Chromebooks have generally been fine with that sort of demand.

With this R11 however, I get situations where I simply can't get a tab to refresh. Today it was the Facebook tab. I just got the spinning arrow of doom. I could refresh other tabs (e.g. HootSuite) but I could not add another tab. I tried reloading the Facebook tab. I tried closing the Facebook tab and reopening a new session. All to no avail. I even tried closing a number of unneeded tabs.

Oh, by the way, I was only trying to refresh/reload the tab because it wasn't responding to actions, such as notifications.

Eventually I had to... more »

Recurring Chromebook issue.

I have a recurring, although irregular, issue with my Acer Chromebook R11.

I've always run my Chromebooks with a number of pinned tabs (typically 8-10) and an additional number of open tabs (typically 15-20). My Chromebooks have generally been fine with that sort of demand.

With this R11 however, I get situations where I simply can't get a tab to refresh. Today it was the Facebook tab. I just got the spinning arrow of doom. I could refresh other tabs (e.g. HootSuite) but I could not add another tab. I tried reloading the Facebook tab. I tried closing the Facebook tab and reopening a new session. All to no avail. I even tried closing a number of unneeded tabs.

Oh, by the way, I was only trying to refresh/reload the tab because it wasn't responding to actions, such as notifications.

Eventually I had to reboot the Chromebook. I restored the Chrome session, which also brought back all the tabs I'd earlier closed. Following the reboot all was back to normal.

So, what's amiss? Is this unique to my Chromebook?

Perhaps a related observation. Sometimes my R11 will jump over to the 5 GHz SSID and tabs will stop responding. I have to revert to the 2.4 GHz SSID to regain control.

However that was not the case with the issue I'm reporting today.___

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2016-09-18 19:35:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

How to start a WordPress blog.

A few tips and guidelines. May include some commercial links.

http://www.razorsocial.com/how-to-start-a-wordpress-blog/

How to start a WordPress blog.

A few tips and guidelines. May include some commercial links.

http://www.razorsocial.com/how-to-start-a-wordpress-blog/___

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2016-09-18 19:33:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Chromebooks specs and performance chart

Not sure about the origin of this table and its associated data.

http://zipso.net/chromebook-specs-comparison-table/

Chromebooks specs and performance chart

Not sure about the origin of this table and its associated data.

http://zipso.net/chromebook-specs-comparison-table/___

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2016-09-18 15:10:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

*Grabien: interesting example of "new media" with professional-style video and audio news clips."

https://grabien.com


*Grabien: interesting example of "new media" with professional-style video and audio news clips."

https://grabien.com
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2016-09-18 15:05:30 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft "weaponizes" Minecraft as part of its education war with Google.

It was a big purchase at the time. Now Microsoft hopes it can sell a special educational version of the wildly popular gaming and simulation environment to schools.

https://backchannel.com/microsoft-weaponizes-minecraft-in-the-war-over-classrooms-69e2bf3174f3#.j8d6ecttz

Microsoft "weaponizes" Minecraft as part of its education war with Google.

It was a big purchase at the time. Now Microsoft hopes it can sell a special educational version of the wildly popular gaming and simulation environment to schools.

https://backchannel.com/microsoft-weaponizes-minecraft-in-the-war-over-classrooms-69e2bf3174f3#.j8d6ecttz___

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2016-09-17 22:01:46 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

FAST set to begin operations.

The massive Five-hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is nearly ready to go in south west China's Guizhou Province.

Here's the Daily Mirror's take on the new device.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/worlds-largest-telescope-switched-scientists-8859489

FAST set to begin operations.

The massive Five-hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is nearly ready to go in south west China's Guizhou Province.

Here's the Daily Mirror's take on the new device.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/worlds-largest-telescope-switched-scientists-8859489___

2016-09-17 21:34:57 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Google award scam.

Here's a variation on the Nigerian lottery prize or inheritance scam. Contains the usual nonsense. This time the prize is said to be for being a patron of the Google Search Engine. Imagine that. $2.75 million just for using a search engine.

By the way, the email originated from a CZ domain.

Note the interesting paragraph about "double claimers."


>>>
Google Promotion Award Department®
44 Oakleugh RoadSouth
London N11 INP
United Kingdom.
2016 GOOGLE ANNIVERSARY.

Dear E-mail User,
GOOGLE Winning Notification !!!

We are pleased to once again congratulate you on this note that part
of our lucky winners selected this year. Your e-mail ID has emerged as
a winner of $2,754,000.00 in our on-going Google Promotion Award. We wish to congratulate you once... more »

Google award scam.

Here's a variation on the Nigerian lottery prize or inheritance scam. Contains the usual nonsense. This time the prize is said to be for being a patron of the Google Search Engine. Imagine that. $2.75 million just for using a search engine.

By the way, the email originated from a CZ domain.

Note the interesting paragraph about "double claimers."


>>>
Google Promotion Award Department®
44 Oakleugh RoadSouth
London N11 INP
United Kingdom.
2016 GOOGLE ANNIVERSARY.

Dear E-mail User,
GOOGLE Winning Notification !!!

We are pleased to once again congratulate you on this note that part
of our lucky winners selected this year. Your e-mail ID has emerged as
a winner of $2,754,000.00 in our on-going Google Promotion Award. We wish to congratulate you once again on this note, for being part of our
winners selected this year. This promotion was set-up to encourage the
active users of the Google search engine, the Google ancillary
services, support fraud victims, support widows, uplift poverty
alleviation, charity aid, community development, improve the level of
education worldwide, encourage the use of Internet and computers
worldwide for vast knowledge and also increase the standard of living
of the less privileged. Hence we do believe that with your winning
prize, you will continue to be active and patronage to the Google
search engine. Google is now the biggest search engine worldwide and
in an effort to make sure that it remains the most widely used search
engine.

The Google Promotion Award Team collects the E-mail ID of all active
users online, among the people that subscribed to GOOGLE SEARCH
ENGINE, GOOGLEMAIL, YAHOOMAIL, MSN, HOTMAIL, AOL, REDIFFMAIL,
ALTAVISTA, BIGPOND, FACEBOOK and all the social networks online, among
the billions users that subscribe to internet in which your email ID
emerged as one of the lucky winners that won G$2,754,000.00 through
electronic balloting system without the winner applying, we are
congratulating you for been one of the lucky people that won for this
Month of August/September

A winning cheque of $2,754,000.00 will be issued on your name by
our fiduciary agent, and also a certificate of prize claims will be
sent alongside your winning cheque. Note that all winners cheque are
certified international bank draft, and when delivered and received by
you, you can deposit and cash it in any bank of your choice without
any delay.

To claim your won prize, please contact the Google Award claims
Fiduciary Agent (Mr Maxwell Robinson )neatly filling the verification
details below.

GOOGLE AWARD CLAIMS FIDUCIARY AGENT
Mr Maxwell Robinson
Contact Email: maxwellrobinson2015@gmail.com

Kindly forward your verification details as stated below to the Google
Fiduciary Agent;

1. Full Name:
2. House Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Sex:
5. Age:
6. Marital Status:
7. Direct Phone No:
8. Country:
9. Ticket Number: 00869575733664
10. Serial Number: BTD/8070447706/06
11.Lucky Number: 12-12-23-35-40-41(12)

The Google Promotion Award Team has discovered a huge number of double
claims due to winners informing close friends, relatives and third
parties about their winning and also sharing their pin numbers. As a
result of this, these friends try to claim the lottery on-behalf of
the real winners. The Google Promotion Award Team has reached a
decision that any double claim discovered by the Lottery Board will
result to the cancellation of that particular winning, making a loss
for both the double claimer and the real winner, as it is taken that
the real winner was the informer to the double claimer
About the lottery. So you are hereby strongly advised once more to
keep your winnings strictly confidential until you claim your prize.

Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this Email-ID.
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Google Board Commission.

Mrs. Charlene Richards.
Promotion
<<<

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2016-09-17 14:33:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

MSFT indicates 400 Skype positions in London to be declared redundant.

Skype is as close to an iconic European technology success story as you can find. Now, post MSFT takeover, and post Brexit, 400 jobs are disappearing where the business started back in 2003.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0%2F4e619fbc-7c58-11e6-ae24-f193b105145e.html?ft_site=falcon&desktop=true#axzz4KWWdDqWo

MSFT indicates 400 Skype positions in London to be declared redundant.

Skype is as close to an iconic European technology success story as you can find. Now, post MSFT takeover, and post Brexit, 400 jobs are disappearing where the business started back in 2003.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0%2F4e619fbc-7c58-11e6-ae24-f193b105145e.html?ft_site=falcon&desktop=true#axzz4KWWdDqWo___

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2016-09-17 14:27:37 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Cryptographic device verification comes to the Chrome OS platform.

This will be a welcome feature for enterprise security managers.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3120698/security/chrome-os-gets-cryptographically-verified-enterprise-device-management.html

Cryptographic device verification comes to the Chrome OS platform.

This will be a welcome feature for enterprise security managers.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3120698/security/chrome-os-gets-cryptographically-verified-enterprise-device-management.html___

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2016-09-16 00:11:28 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Jeff Bezos muses on space, the solar system and nuclear reactors.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/09/15/jeff-bezos-on-nuclear-reactors-in-space-the-lack-of-bacon-on-mars-and-humanitys-destiny-in-the-solar-system/

Jeff Bezos muses on space, the solar system and nuclear reactors.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/09/15/jeff-bezos-on-nuclear-reactors-in-space-the-lack-of-bacon-on-mars-and-humanitys-destiny-in-the-solar-system/___

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2016-09-15 17:51:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Pandora rolls out Pandora Plus.

And improves its other services as well. These changes will likely be welcome news to existing customers and may well draw new ones.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/15/12924910/pandora-plus-improved-subscription-service

Pandora rolls out Pandora Plus.

And improves its other services as well. These changes will likely be welcome news to existing customers and may well draw new ones.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/15/12924910/pandora-plus-improved-subscription-service___

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2016-09-14 23:05:51 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Know your hex.

Perfect for use in an intro to programming class.

http://www.techinsider.io/the-martian-hexidecimal-language-2015-9

Know your hex.

Perfect for use in an intro to programming class.

http://www.techinsider.io/the-martian-hexidecimal-language-2015-9___

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2016-09-14 20:04:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Quite an uptick for Apple share price this week and over past three months.

This morning AAPL was the only DJIA stock to show as positive.

Perhaps Tim Cook has found his footing by eliminating that old-school audio port.

Quite an uptick for Apple share price this week and over past three months.

This morning AAPL was the only DJIA stock to show as positive.

Perhaps Tim Cook has found his footing by eliminating that old-school audio port.___

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2016-09-14 19:39:10 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

iPads in education: the end of an era?

Even Apple appears to realize that the ground-breaking tablet devices are not as useful as they could be in education.

http://qz.com/691180/even-apple-is-acknowledging-that-the-ipads-in-education-fad-is-coming-to-an-end/

iPads in education: the end of an era?

Even Apple appears to realize that the ground-breaking tablet devices are not as useful as they could be in education.

http://qz.com/691180/even-apple-is-acknowledging-that-the-ipads-in-education-fad-is-coming-to-an-end/___

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2016-09-14 17:19:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Bing background wallpaper on a Chromebook is just great!

Of course it's ironic to have a Microsoft application running on a Chromebook, but I do look forward each day to the wonderful photos posted by the Bing team.

Today's image is of gorgeous basalt columns in Oregon.


Bing background wallpaper on a Chromebook is just great!

Of course it's ironic to have a Microsoft application running on a Chromebook, but I do look forward each day to the wonderful photos posted by the Bing team.

Today's image is of gorgeous basalt columns in Oregon.
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2016-09-14 14:05:54 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Pandora set to launch on-demand music service.

Perhaps as early as this week. The company has signed deals with the majors, although it's not clear if all are on board. It will likely be a typical $10/month plan.

This marks a major change for the oldest of the music streamers.

http://www.recode.net/2016/9/13/12900778/pandora-subscription-service-launch-warner-universal-sony

Pandora set to launch on-demand music service.

Perhaps as early as this week. The company has signed deals with the majors, although it's not clear if all are on board. It will likely be a typical $10/month plan.

This marks a major change for the oldest of the music streamers.

http://www.recode.net/2016/9/13/12900778/pandora-subscription-service-launch-warner-universal-sony___

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2016-09-13 13:42:38 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

ESA's Star Mapper.

http://www.cnet.com/news/european-space-agency-interactive-star-mapper-60000-stars/

ESA's Star Mapper.

http://www.cnet.com/news/european-space-agency-interactive-star-mapper-60000-stars/___

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2016-09-13 01:42:54 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Perfectly preserved doomed Northwest Passage ship found 168 years later.

Franklin expedition's second ship, Terror, has been found. So well preserved is it that three of four panes of glass in the captain's quarters are still intact.

Why is this in a tech news collection you ask? Well, the expedition that has just found the ship was funded and directed by Blackberry/RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/12/hms-terror-wreck-found-arctic-nearly-170-years-northwest-passage-attempt

Perfectly preserved doomed Northwest Passage ship found 168 years later.

Franklin expedition's second ship, Terror, has been found. So well preserved is it that three of four panes of glass in the captain's quarters are still intact.

Why is this in a tech news collection you ask? Well, the expedition that has just found the ship was funded and directed by Blackberry/RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/12/hms-terror-wreck-found-arctic-nearly-170-years-northwest-passage-attempt___

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2016-09-12 23:55:07 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The frustrations of Google's autonomous car project.

It's becoming a competitive field.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-12/google-car-project-loses-leaders-and-advantage-as-rivals-gain

#twt

The frustrations of Google's autonomous car project.

It's becoming a competitive field.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-12/google-car-project-loses-leaders-and-advantage-as-rivals-gain

#twt___

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2016-09-12 23:36:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

When is 140 no longer 140.

When Twitter counts it seems. For the past several days Hootsuite has featured a statement across the top of its screen to say that the way Twitter evaluates tweet length is changing "in the coming weeks."

Seems that may be happening very soon. Various media attachments will no longer be part of the length calculation.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/12/12891562/twitter-tweets-140-characters-expand-photos

When is 140 no longer 140.

When Twitter counts it seems. For the past several days Hootsuite has featured a statement across the top of its screen to say that the way Twitter evaluates tweet length is changing "in the coming weeks."

Seems that may be happening very soon. Various media attachments will no longer be part of the length calculation.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/12/12891562/twitter-tweets-140-characters-expand-photos___

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2016-09-11 18:59:22 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

We live in an isotropic universe.

Our universe is now confirmed as Isotropic - No preferred direction.___We live in an isotropic universe.

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2016-09-11 14:39:15 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Spotify or Apple Music?

Apple highlighted its growth numbers for Apple Music last week.

They are good but Spotify's are equally good, on a percentage basis. And that isn't good news for Apple.

Spotify has a much bigger base than does Apple Music. That makes for bigger growth in absolute numbers.

Anecdotally, among my on computer students, Spotify shows solid uptake, far outpacing any of the other music streamers.

http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-music-vs-spotify-the-surprising-winner/


Spotify or Apple Music?

Apple highlighted its growth numbers for Apple Music last week.

They are good but Spotify's are equally good, on a percentage basis. And that isn't good news for Apple.

Spotify has a much bigger base than does Apple Music. That makes for bigger growth in absolute numbers.

Anecdotally, among my on computer students, Spotify shows solid uptake, far outpacing any of the other music streamers.

http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-music-vs-spotify-the-surprising-winner/
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2016-09-11 06:36:45 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Anecdotal results from annual downloading survey of my grade 11/12 students.

Since the days of Napster I have surveyed my students annually on their music, video and software downloading habits.

For nearly all that time there were no laws governing such downloading (or piracy if you prefer) here in Canada.
That changed about a year ago with untested, as yet, legislation that will make it possible for telecos to identify downloaders to third parties, such as the music industry, who heretofore have only been able to identify them by IP address.

However, the legislation spells out relatively minor penalties, unlike those levied in for instance the American Jammie Thomas case. There is a pending test of the legislation here, under what is known as the Teksavvy case.

In any case, in my survey of students this week I found that downloading of music tracks... more »

Anecdotal results from annual downloading survey of my grade 11/12 students.

Since the days of Napster I have surveyed my students annually on their music, video and software downloading habits.

For nearly all that time there were no laws governing such downloading (or piracy if you prefer) here in Canada.
That changed about a year ago with untested, as yet, legislation that will make it possible for telecos to identify downloaders to third parties, such as the music industry, who heretofore have only been able to identify them by IP address.

However, the legislation spells out relatively minor penalties, unlike those levied in for instance the American Jammie Thomas case. There is a pending test of the legislation here, under what is known as the Teksavvy case.

In any case, in my survey of students this week I found that downloading of music tracks through various torrenting services was down considerably and video downloading was all but gone.

However downloading of commercial software, games and programs, is up sharply.

Furthermore, the majority of students, and their families, have music streaming subscriptions (90% of these are for Spotify) and Netflix adoption is universal among my students. Google Music and Apple Music had just one or two adopters each. Deezer was unknown to my students.

In other words, music streaming (mostly through Spotify) and video streaming (through Netflix) appears to have diminished the downloading of such content through pirating services.

At a later date I will provide quantitative results from my survey.

#twt___

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2016-09-11 06:13:26 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Apple pulls back on project it has never publicly acknowledged: self-driving cars.

Amidst uncertainty over the future of autonomous and self-driving cars rumours suggest Apple has laid off dozens of employees involved with its secret project.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/10/technology/apple-is-said-to-be-rethinking-strategy-on-self-driving-cars.html?_r=0

Apple pulls back on project it has never publicly acknowledged: self-driving cars.

Amidst uncertainty over the future of autonomous and self-driving cars rumours suggest Apple has laid off dozens of employees involved with its secret project.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/10/technology/apple-is-said-to-be-rethinking-strategy-on-self-driving-cars.html?_r=0___

2016-09-09 19:00:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Let's steal some user IDs.

Here's an oldie but goody. Haven't seen this one in a while. A colleague received one this morning. The scenario is that the computer system has undergone an upgrade and users need to supply their domain and user name, along with the user password. Bingo. You can see that leading to some useful harvests. The odd part here is the originating address ... and unknown user and domain. To make this a little more useful the scammer would have to spoof this to make it personalized. However, there will always be someone who follows through.

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From: Help Desk [mailto:jtomcisin@norwoodhealth.org]
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2016 4:41 AM
To: * ****
Subject: Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade

Help Desk


Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade

Your account is in the process... more »

Let's steal some user IDs.

Here's an oldie but goody. Haven't seen this one in a while. A colleague received one this morning. The scenario is that the computer system has undergone an upgrade and users need to supply their domain and user name, along with the user password. Bingo. You can see that leading to some useful harvests. The odd part here is the originating address ... and unknown user and domain. To make this a little more useful the scammer would have to spoof this to make it personalized. However, there will always be someone who follows through.

>>>
From: Help Desk [mailto:jtomcisin@norwoodhealth.org]
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2016 4:41 AM
To: * ****
Subject: Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade

Help Desk


Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade

Your account is in the process of being upgraded to a newest Windows-based servers and an enhanced online email interface inline with internet infrastructure Maintenance. The new servers will provide better anti-spam and anti-virus functions, along with IMAP Support for mobile devices to enhance your usage.

To ensure that your account is not disrupted but active during and after this upgrade, you are required to kindly confirm your account by stating the details below:

* Domain\user name:
* Password:

This will prompt the upgrade of your account.

Failure to acknowledge the receipt of this notification, might result to a temporary deactivation of your account from our database. Your account shall remain active upon your confirmation of your login details.

During this maintenance window, there may be periods of interruption to email services. This will include sending and receiving email in Outlook, on webmail, and on mobile devices. Also, if you leave your Mailbox open during the maintenance period, you may be prompted to close and reopen.

We appreciate your patience as this maintenance is performed and we do apologize for any inconveniences caused.

Sincerely,

Customer Care Team


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2016-09-08 14:00:53 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

All eyes on Apple in Techmeme posts today.

No shortage of attention to the new devices announced yesterday. Lots of discussion about the ditching of the headphone jack, the two-lens Plus phone, the Air Pods and of course the pricing.


All eyes on Apple in Techmeme posts today.

No shortage of attention to the new devices announced yesterday. Lots of discussion about the ditching of the headphone jack, the two-lens Plus phone, the Air Pods and of course the pricing.
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