GDAX Covers Estimated $9.47M in Ethereum Flash Crash

Coinbase is reimbursing losses caused by Wednesday's Ethereum flash crash, when prices briefly dropped from $320 to as low as $0.10 on the GDAX exchange

GDAX: On 21 June 2017 at 12:30pm PT, a multimillion dollar market sell was placed on the GDAX ETH-USD order book. This resulted in orders being filled from $317.81 to $224.48, translating into a book slippage of 29.4%. This slippage started a cascade of approximately 800 stop loss orders and margin funding liquidations, causing ETH to temporarily trade as low as $0.10.

Our initial investigations show no indication of wrongdoing or account takeovers. We understand this event can be frustrating for our customers. Our matching engine operated as intended throughout this event and trading with advanced features like margin always carries inherent risk.

We are continuing to conduct a thorough investigation and will keep customers updated with any resulting actions. With that in mind, it is important to note that these trades are final in accordance with our GDAX Trading Rules (Section 3.1). Honoring properly executed orders is critical to maintaining the integrity of an exchange.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tumblr apologizes for filtering out LGBTQ+ content

Tumblr says it fixed the ‘Safe Mode’ glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content  

Tumblr: We’ve heard from a bunch of you that Safe Mode was filtering posts from the LGBTQ+ community even though they were completely innocuous and totally safe-for-work. Please know that was never our intention, and we appreciate you letting us know so quickly—and forcefully! We’re deeply sorry. Tumblr will always be a place where everyone is welcome and protected, so we want to explain what happened.

The major issue was some Tumblrs had marked themselves as Adult/NSFW (now Explicit) as a courtesy to their fellow users, and their perfectly safe posts were getting marked sensitive unintentionally. That should never have happened. We’re sorry.

New classroom-focused features rolling out to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams gets new features for education users: School Data Sync, OneNote Class Notebooks, education app integration, and assignment management

Microsoft Teams is poised to empower students, educators and staff virtually everywhere, with new features rolling out across 181 markets and in 25 different languages. The latest experiences in Microsoft Teams, the digital hub for teachers and students in Office 365 for Education, are designed to help schools achieve more together: by fostering deeply engaged classrooms, strengthening professional learning communities, and tailoring more effective school communication.

“With technology in the classroom, we focus on the 4Cs – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Microsoft Teams really does all of them.”
– Rob Dickson, Executive Director of Information Management Systems, Omaha Public Schools

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Google will no longer scan your Gmail for ad targeting

Google to stop scanning Gmail email content to target ads, will use other user info it has for ad targeting

Google’s G Suite business is gaining enormous traction among enterprise users. G Suite usage has more than doubled in the past year among large business customers. Today, there are more than 3 million paying companies that use G Suite.

G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change. This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products. Ads shown are based on users’ settings. Users can change those settings at any time, including disabling ads personalization. G Suite will continue to be ad free.

How to Lower Your Utility Bills With Smart Technology

Smart Technology can do more than you ever dreamed! Not only can you order groceries from a panel on your refrigerator door and "see" as well as speak to friends across the globe in real time, you can access your office files from the privacy of your bedroom or transact business from the gym or the golf course. New technologies make your home safer, much more comfortable, very cost efficient, and responsive to your every whim.

Today's 'Smarter' Home

When smart home technology was introduced a couple of decades ago, it was focused primarily on convenience. While the ability to control lighting ambience throughout a home from a single location, or to pre-program and adjust heating and cooling based on room function and time of day were impressive at the time, that reality was expensive and required not only a real desire and commitment by the homeowner, but also installation expertise and specialized wiring. As with early security systems, the home energy technology of the time was designed primarily for new construction, seldom available on any scale the retrofit of an an existing house.
Not so today.

Modern technologies are multi-faceted, wireless and comprehensive, sometimes tied to a single touch screen, but just as often accessible from a variety of onsite and remote devices. While it was once the domain of science fiction, today's technology is within reach of most homeowners, and the future is yet to be imagined. 

Sustainable and User Friendly

The impressive part of home technology is that it allows the modern house to become a model of energy efficiency, with controls that assure systems operate at peak efficiency to lower bills, monitor consumption, troubleshoot problems and alert owners when necessary.

Sustainability for the long term requires feedback about automatic operation as well as conscious choices. Advanced power management technology allows some, if not all, home systems to be turned completely off at times, eliminating the need for "standby power," which is said to eat up about five percent of the energy consumption nationwide. Homeowners can view, in real time, the effect of daily habits on home energy use. An innovative SoundVision system operates an entire household with a 12-kilowatt photovoltaic system that also has the ability to feed power back to the energy grid when not needed.

Thermostats, Lighting, Water Use and Air Quality

From setback thermostats that allow automatic heat and air conditioning adjustments throughout the day, to integrated lighting design that takes into account the passage of the sun and heat and light gain through exterior windows, new technology has simplified not only the design process but the actual operation of a home's integrated systems. They can now be controlled remotely from a personal device or a smart phone, and everything from entertainment to security to irrigation systems and toxic substances can be monitored in real time. Alerts are sent to authorities or to specified responders in case of a water or gas leak or another type of emergency. 

The kitchen is a primary area for tech-savvy modern homes, not just in terms of convenience, but also with automated systems that allow programmable operation, appliances that are able to "communicate" with each other, allow owner to view refrigerator contents from afar, and even send shopping lists directly to supermarkets.

The savings accrue not just to resource, power and water consumption, but also to human energy. There is no doubt that quality of life has seen dramatic improvements, and there is every reason to believe that technology will be the leader in home convenience and enjoyment for the future.

What is a Battery-Powered Home?

Buying a home is different today than in the past, largely due to technology. But using
technology for your next home purchase isn't only about going online to decide what to
buy and see pictures. It's also about the technology levels that are in some newer homes.
Battery-powered homes are on the horizon, and whether you have a new home that
already has a lot of technology in it or an older one you'd like to retrofit, considering
these battery-powered options is certainly worth doing. In time, they may be able to help
people who want to live off grid, and also those that want to create some of their own
power to reduce their bills.

What Kinds of Batteries Are Used?

The majority of battery packs use lithium ion batteries, which are the same type used in computers and cell phones. Because these types of batteries are being used, they tend to hold a charge for a long time. But there are some risks, as these batteries have experienced issues in some cell phones and computers in the past, leading to recalls. That doesn't mean they can't be safe for a home to use, but only that they should be handled and managed correctly. Hooking them up is also not for the weekend handyman, and anyone who wants a battery powered home should make sure it's safe and hooked properly.

How Much Do These Batteries Generate?

The level of power the batteries generate depends on their size, how much they can store, and other factors. The Tesla model puts out a continuous 2kw (kilowatts), while other models can produce as much as 4.3kw continuously. That would be enough to operate a household, but 2kw would not, especially if someone was trying to use the washer and the oven at the same time, for example. The more items in a household that are being used at once, the higher the draw of kilowatts from the power company or a battery pack. Homeowners may need more batteries to use their homes effectively, which can get expensive.

Is This Like Solar Power?

This is, essentially, solar power. Photovoltaic cells are placed on the roof, and they
collect sunlight and store it as energy. The difference is that these batteries are generally
able to hold and store much more than other options of the past. They can also send
power back to the utility company, which that company then uses to power other homes.
Unfortunately, a big problem with that is the utility company isn't getting much power
during peak times, and it's getting too much during off-peak times. That means it's not
operating efficiently, which in some cases can actually cost the company a lot of extra

Can All This Energy Be Stored?

The energy can be stored by the homeowner in the batteries, but once they're full the remaining power goes to the power company. Because there isn't the option for additional or longer-term storage, it's not possible to save up power for a rainy day, or use more than the 4.3kw output of some of the best battery packs. In short, there are still kinks that have to be worked out when it comes to battery powered homes, because not all of them can operate without some power from the local utilities in addition to the battery packs. Since the batteries can also be expensive, having a battery powered home is not necessarily the best choice for most homeowners. Still, it's a step in the right direction toward a lower carbon footprint and more sustainable housing and energy options.

Pinterest updates Lens feature with new design, tools, and categories

Pinterest updates its Lens camera app with zoom, tap to focus on an item, and improved camera roll support

Pinterest: Pinterest Lens beta is really on a roll. Just last month, we announced that you can Lens entire dishes to recreate your favorite restaurant meals at home.

Now, we’re rolling out a fresh look for Lens, more helpful tools and a newly heightened sense of style.

Smarter and more stylish than ever

Over the last month, we’ve doubled the number of categories Lens has been trained to recognize. We’ve also upped its style game, so Lens can recognize and recommend outfit ideas for a much wider variety shoes, shirts, hats and other styles you’re wanting to wear.

And, the new interface and built-in tools make it even easier to Lens the world around you.

Periscope announces Super Hearts, virtual gifts that you can buy in-app

Periscope debuts Super Hearts, which viewers can buy in-app using virtual coins starting at $0.99, earning creators a monthly pay-out 

Periscope: We originally created hearts on Periscope for viewers to show their support for a broadcaster, and when you’re live, it’s a rush to see hearts fluttering and know your audience is sending you love. Today, we’re introducing a more meaningful way to celebrate your favorite broadcasters with Super Hearts, virtual gifts you can give and receive during live broadcasts.

Super Hearts are new types of hearts that are larger, animated and more fun to give. To give Super Hearts when you’re watching a live broadcast, tap on the Super Hearts icon right from the broadcast to change which types of hearts you send — then tap away to your heart’s content!

Snapchat's new Snap Map lets you share your location with friends

Snap adds Snap Map to Snapchat, offering global view of friends' locations in Bitmoji form, accessed by zooming out of default camera view

SNAP: We've built a whole new way to explore the world! See what's happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!

It's easy to get started — just pinch to zoom out and view the Map! You decide if you want to share your location with friends, or simply keep it to yourself with Ghost Mode.

If your friends are sharing their location with you, their Actionmoji will appear on the Map. Actionmojis only update when you open Snapchat.

Google Search makes it easier to find jobs

Google launches AI-powered jobs search engine that taps into listings from LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Facebook, and others

Google: Whether you’re a student looking for a part-time job, an electrician seeking work closer to home, or a teacher moving to another state to be close to family, finding a job can be difficult. With job postings scattered across the web, newspapers and help wanted signs, it’s not always easy to find ones that are a good fit based on your unique needs and skills. As a result, many job seekers feel like they can’t find the job they’re looking for or apply to roles that aren’t the right fit. At the same time, 46 percent of U.S. employers face talent shortages and have issues filling open positions with the right candidate.

We have a long history of using our technology to connect people with crucial information. At I/O, we announced Google for Jobs, a company-wide initiative focused on helping both job seekers and employers, through deep collaboration with the job matching industry. This effort includes the Cloud Jobs API, announced last year, which provides access to Google’s machine learning capabilities to power smarter job search and recommendations within career sites, jobs boards, and other job matching sites and apps. Today, we’re taking the next step in the Google for Jobs initiative by putting the convenience and power of Search into the hands of job seekers. With this new experience, we aim to connect Americans to job opportunities across the U.S., so no matter who you are or what kind of job you’re looking for, you can find job postings that match your needs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

YouTube Introduces Heatmaps To Help VR Creators Glean Insights From 360-Degree Videos

YouTube intros heatmaps for VR, letting creators see where viewers look during 360° videos, says viewers spend 75% of their time looking at front 90 degrees

YouTube: As creators, you're always thinking about new and unique experiences you can share with your audience. From prehistoric perspectives to epic battles, you've blazed a trail with VR to produce hundreds of thousands of videos that can transport viewers to far-off places and thrilling adventures.

When creating content in VR, it’s helpful to know what your viewers are focused on. Today we’re introducing heatmaps for 360-degree and VR videos with over 1,000 views, which will give you specific insight into how your viewers are engaging with your content. With heatmaps, you’ll be able to see exactly what parts of your video are catching a viewer’s attention and how long they’re looking at a specific part of the video.

Canada Bans Phones Locked To Carriers, Removes Unlocking Fees

Canada's telecom regulator CRTC orders all new devices be unlocked, bans unlocking fees, effective Dec. 1

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that as of December 1, 2017, all individual and small business wireless service customers will have the right to have their cellphones and other mobile devices unlocked free of charge upon request. In addition, all newly purchased devices must be provided unlocked from that day forward.

As well, updates to the trial period will allow customers who are unhappy with their service to cancel their contract within 15 days and return their device in near-new condition at no costs, as long as they have used less than half their monthly usage limits.

The CRTC also clarified certain rules that are already in place under the Wireless Code. For family or shared plans, the account holder must, by default, be the one who consents to data overage and data roaming charges beyond the established caps ($50 and $100 per month, respectively). Wireless service providers may, however, allow account holders to authorize other users on a family or shared plan to consent to additional charges. The CRTC also made clear that in all instances, the caps apply on a per account basis, regardless of the number of devices associated with the account. These clarifications apply immediately.

Finally, there were various interpretations of a wireless plan’s key terms in the marketplace and the CRTC has clarified that they include voice, text and data services. These terms cannot be unilaterally changed by the service provider during the contract period without the account holder’s express consent. These clarifications apply immediately.

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What Is The Pharma Hack And Can It Affect A Webhosting Facility?

The Pharma Hack is a stealth attack that makes search engines to return results for pharmaceutical products. The hack is hard to detect because the illegitimate pharmaceutical listings are shown beside other legitimate search results. 

This hack exploits weaknesses in WordPress and Joomla documents. Nevertheless, this kind of malware is so slick that it does not affect the page displays. The goal of this attack is to make these pharmaceutical sites rank better on Google.

That is because Google values the number and quality of external back links that a site enjoys. Obviously, this is just one of the many factors Google considers when ranking sites, but it is nonetheless an important one.

With this hack, the people behind the attack are able to put an illicit code on your site. To Google, this code makes it seem like you have a link to the site in question. Therefore, the site will end up getting a higher ranking on Google search results.

Obviously, depending on how extensive such an attack is, the hackers can raise their ranking considerably. In effect, this attack is an SEO tactic, except that it does not involve the webmasters of the sites being used to create the back links.
The 3 aspects of a pharma hack

The Pharma Hack is quite interesting, and here are three peculiar things about it.

1. It is very well executed

Unlike other attacks, the Pharma Hack is very well staged. As a matter of fact, viewing your site on a browser like your visitors do will not make it apparent that you have been hacked. Since the goal of this hack is to boost search engine rankings, the rogue code only needs to be seen by the search engines.

This clever tactic is meant to ensure that website owners are not made aware of the hack. That way, the hackers can continue to enjoy the SEO benefits of having back links to your site without you noticing. Obviously, the better ranking your site, the more appealing of a target it becomes to the perpetrators of these hacks.

2. It is hard to find and remove

Even if you somehow manage to know that you are the victim of the Pharma Hack, you will still have a very hard time finding it and getting rid of it. For one, most of its files are disguised, unlike with typical site hacks.

The order of strings in the code are reversed, which makes the malicious files harder to identify. The hackers also use the WordPress database to save the files, and that makes it harder for you to find and delete them using the cPanel.

3. The plugins folder has to be involved

The Pharma hack will need your plugins folder. That is where the malicious files are stored. From this folder, the illicit code is activated. Once activated, the code is able to ping Google and find out the number of back links to that page.

This information is used by the hacker to determine which sites to attack. Sites with more back links are more attractive to those making the attacks because getting such sites to link back to them will give them better search engine ranking.
What damage can your site suffer after the pharma hack?

Generally speaking, a hack is a bad thing, even when it is as unobtrusive as the Pharma attack. Hackers will always try to find ways to keep exploiting the free resources they can access after getting illegal access to your site. Since hackers have little concern for ethics, they can even use ransomware or even shut down your site to get what they want.

At times, they will go as far as sending spam emails and conduct DoS attacks on sites on your server using your website. Also, the malware used in such attacks can cause serious problems and might even cause the shared server you are using with other sites to fail.

The best way to deal with any malware attack is first to contact your host. Any reputable web hosting provider will have a 24-hour customer support via telephone or chat. Before buying hosting, it is wise to check their “contact us” page to see what contact methods they provide.

The Pharma hack is a huge deal regardless of how innocently it is executed. That is why it is worth finding out if you are a victim, which is very likely if you have a high-ranking website with powerful back link value.

What Is The Pharma Hack And Can It Affect A Webhosting Facility?

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How A Parallels Coupon Enabled Me To Install Windows In My Mac

A Common Issue Mac Users Face

Are you a Windows or an Apple user? Have you had some anxiety behind making the switch to either system? Some of us may fluently speak the Windows operating system language, but realize that there can be a lot of value in switching to the Apple OS X. Others may have their eye on a new Windows computer, but are used to Apple.

Last November I bought a new Mac Book which I found in a crazy discount right after Cyber Monday Amazon sales. This would be my first apple device. I had heard so many good impressions about it from my cousin who is a tech geek I often take advice from. So, here it comes after a 2 days from Amazon and I am standing in front of my new laptop having no clue how to use all these new programs. I didn’t even know how to open the browser or the editor program. Next thing I know, I was calling my cousin to come and give me a free seminar on how to use a Mac. After an hour I said to him, I think I should have bought a Dell instead; this thing is not compatible with the software we use at work. He said, give me a few minutes and come to check something out. So I am coming back a while later and to my surprise I am watching the familiar Windows interface right on my macbook screen. He laughed and said, let me present you the Parallels Desktop.

Parallels Desktop is a program that allows you to have it all. You can buy that state of the art Apple computer, and Parallels allows you to run Windows Apps or view the Windows desktop so you get the best of both worlds. My cousin had a spare parallels desktop coupon for students and we bought a license 50% off.

Parallels Desktop Comes With Some Special Features

This product comes packed with special features! If you are running multiple tasks on your desktop and need to keep track of them all, you can install the Parallels toolbox. With this add-on, you can store up to 20 tasks in a single menu bar for easy access. You don’t have to worry about trying to keep track of all of your passwords!

With Parallels, you can keep your passwords in the Mac keychain. Since it’s good to switch up your passwords every now and then for safety, this comes as a very useful feature. You are also going to be impressed with how quickly and seamless this program runs. The new version of Parallels Desktop does a great job of integrating the Windows OS and Apple OS X so you can easily switch back and forth between each interface with no hassle and no long wait.


Parallels Desktop makes it super easy to Uses Windows apps on Apple OS X.

Offers 1 year of free Backup Software so you don’t have to worry about losing important data,

There have been multiple updates to the previous software to make for a more flawless experience.

This program is quick and easy to install.

You’ll enjoy how quickly you can navigate through Parallels Desktop. This product comes with speed.

This program is versatile! Parallels Desktop comes in different editions so whether you’re a business owner, developer or student, there is a price and edition of Parallels that will meet your needs.


The Parallels Toolbox can take up a lot of space on the menu bar with its multiple icons. It is also a separate download.

While using this software, you may notice that the interface is quite scattered and not very compact on your desktop.

You may get frustrated with all of the automatic updates that come with this program.

This software is limited to Apple OS X, and cannot run on any other operating system.

Information on Costs and Parallels Coupons

The great thing about Parallels Desktop is that there is an option for everyone and the pricing varies depending on what suits your needs. Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac can be purchased on a yearly plan starting at $69.99 a month. This option is good for Home and Student use. Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition is made for Testers, Developers and Power Users and is a flat $99.99 a year. Parallels Desktop Business is ideal for use in the workplace ad this option is also set at $99.99 a year. Search online for a 10% discount promo and you will come up with a few deals for parallels.

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