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In-depth dive into protocols exposing countless gadgets to miscreants DEF CON  More than 3.7 million. That's the latest number of surveillance cameras, baby monitors, doorbells with webcams, and other internet-connected devices found left open to hijackers via two insecure communications protocols globally, we're told.…
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Facebook says that COVID-19 has hindered its ability to remove posts about suicide, self-injury, and child nudity and sexual exploitation. The social media giant said the decision to send content reviewers home in March had forced it to rely more heavily on tech to remove violating content. As a result, the firm says it took action on 911,000 pieces of content related to suicide and self-injury in the second quarter of this year — just over half the number of the previous quarter. On Instagram, the number dropped even further, from 1.3 million pieces of content in Q1 to 275,000 in Q2. Meanwhile, action on Instagram… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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Electric vehicles (EVs) seem very attractive at first sight. But when we look more closely, it becomes clear that they have a substantial carbon footprint and some downsides in terms of the extraction of lithium, cobalt, and other metals. And they don’t relieve congestion in crowded cities. We will touch briefly on the lithium issue, but focus mainly on the carbon footprint of electric cars. The increasing use of lithium-ion batteries as a major power source in electronic devices, including mobile phones, laptops, and electric cars has contributed to a 58% increase in lithium mining in the past decade worldwide.… This story continues at The Next Web
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Naughty Dog today announced a sizable update for The Last of Us Part II. Those looking for a challenge will definitely want to take the content in this update for a spin, as it’ll be adding Grounded difficulty mode. In addition, we’ll see the arrival of a permadeath mode, potentially giving the game an entirely new layer of realism. Grounded … Continue reading
HMD Global just closed a $230-million dollar investment round with investments from Google, Qualcomm, and Nokia. This makes a whole lot of sense as HMD Global works with Foxconn to create Nokia-branded (brand licensed) Android smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors inside. They’ve made some pretty decent smartphones over the past few years, and they’re on the verge of becoming a … Continue reading
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Student leaders have urged the UK government to scrap moderated A-level grades in England after Scotland’s embarrassing U-turn.The National Union of Students (NUS) has called for UK education secretary Gavin Williamson to take “decisive action” after Nicola Sturgeon announced 124,564 computer-generated results north of the border would be binned and replaced by teacher assessments.Students will find out whether they have met the requirements for higher education in the rest of the UK on Thursday.Scotland’s education secretary John Swinney announced on Tuesday that exam results downgraded by a controversial moderation process would revert to the grades that had been assigned by students’ own teachers.He also confirmed marks that had been moderated upwards would not change.There had been outrage that students from poorer backgrounds in Scotland were hit hardest by downgrading.Exam boards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have moderated the grades submitted by schools and colleges to ensure this year’s results are not significantly higher than previous years.Larissa Kennedy, president of the NUS, said: “The Scottish government have taken decisive action to respond to this situation, which must now be reflected across the UK.“Students have worked incredibly hard throughout their education, and their efforts should be recognised. Now should be a time to celebrate their achievements rather than place a limit on their potential.”She added: “In these unprecedented circumstances the UK government should follow the lead of Scotland by scrapping moderated grades. This temporary measure must be taken to avoid a situation in which thousands of students do not receive the grades they deserve because of where they live.” Meanwhile, academics have warned that getting predictions right is a “near-impossible task” and have urged decision makers to back an admissions system based solely upon actual grades in future.A paper from the UCL Institute of Education says university applications should be delayed until students have received their A-level results to help remove potential inequalities.Researchers said they could only predict a quarter of pupils’ best three A-levels correctly – even after removing any opportunity for bias.High-achieving students in non-selective state schools are also more likely to be under-predicted at A-level compared to their grammar and private school peers, the study suggests.Academics – from UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities and Oxford Brookes Business School – studied data from 238,898 pupils’ GCSE performance to see whether they could accurately predict their subsequent A-level results.Among high achievers, the researchers found 23% of comprehensive school pupils were under-predicted by two or more grades compared to just 11% of grammar and private school pupils.Co-author professor Lindsey Macmillan said: “This research raises the question of why we use predicted grades at such a crucial part of our education system.“This isn’t teachers’ fault – it’s a near-impossible task. Most worryingly there are implications for equity, as pupils in comprehensives are harder to predict.”Related... Scottish Government U-Turns Over Students' Grades After Outcry Labour Demands SNP Education Secretary Quits After Poorer Pupils Have Exam Grades Lowered Government Under Pressure To Avoid Exam Results 'Disaster' That Hurts Poorest
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now. The Covid-19 pandemic has been described as “devastating” for single parents as fresh data shows more than one million now rely on Universal Credit. New data, published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), reveals that 170,000 more single parents have been forced to claim the benefit in the first four months since the pandemic hit. Meanwhile, 285,000 parents part of a couple have enrolled for the benefit since the outbreak. The figures mean that 58% of all single parents and 10% of couple parents are now claiming UC, and charities are warning of a child poverty epidemic. Campaigners have repeatedly underlined that the disappearance of part-time work and gaps in childcare provision mean that single parents, who are predominantly women, have been hit harder by the economic impact of the virus.Government statistics show that overall a total of 5.5million people are now claiming UC.Chancellor Rishi Sunak now faces calls to lift the benefit cap and help single parents in order to ward off a fresh child poverty crisis. Victoria Benson, chief executive of charity Gingerbread, which supports single parent families, said the figures highlight “the devastating impact the pandemic is having on single parents”. She added: “We know single parents have been hit disproportionately hard as they are more likely to work in shut-down sectors, they are more reliant on part-time work and the gaping childcare hole in the government’s response to Covid-19 has forced many to stay at home as they can’t access childcare.“All of this has put many single parents on a fast track to unemployment. It is also no coincidence that the spike in single parents claiming UC has coincided with the largest decrease in employment in over a decade and the biggest fall in hours worked since records began – both of which were driven significantly by part-time workers becoming unemployed.  “Once again single parents have been marginalised and these figures are a stark reminder of how they have been disproportionately impacted by ruthless and out of touch government policies like the benefit cap. The government must act quickly to suspend the benefit cap, and put in place support for single parents who have lost their job through no fault of their own.” Save The Children, meanwhile, highlighted that the new ONS figures show that 400,000 more families with children are reliant on UC since Covid hit.Branding the safety net “inadequate”, Kayte Lawton, head of partnerships and impact for the charity called for a £20-a-week boost to the child element of UC and child tax credit. Our latest UK labour market statistics have been published— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) August 11, 2020“For a parent relying on Universal Credit, every day can be a struggle to keep your head above water,” she said. “Parents reeling from the effects of the pandemic tell us they’re having to make impossible choices – cutting back on food and other essentials, struggling to buy school supplies, or borrowing money from payday lenders or on credit cards to get by.“The government has put measures in place to help the economy ‘bounce back’ from this crisis, but they haven’t done enough to help struggling families and most children can’t ‘bounce back’ from growing up in poverty because the impacts are life-long.“Even before the crisis, our country’s safety net was failing too many children. Now there is a danger that even more families will fall through the net – and it is children who will pay the price, possibly for the rest of their lives.”The government, whose furlough “emergency wages” scheme ends in October,  has said it has a “plan for jobs” and will offer firms a £1,000 “bonus” if they keep staff on. It remains unclear what further measures the government may take this autumn. Related... No Cash, No Wi-Fi, No Help: One Mum's Story Reveals Sheer Inequality Of Home-Schooling Opinion: Our Post-Pandemic Future Depends On Putting Young People First In Any Recovery Plan Private Renters Handed Eviction Notices During Lockdown Despite Ban