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Stephen Hawking’s final fear : A Terrifying Master Race Of Superhumans

Stephen Hawking's final fear : A Terrifying Master Race Of Superhumans

Professor Stephen Hawking was one of many scientists that pushed the human race forward by sharing his knowledge and understanding of the ever-expanding universe. Though, the physicist died in March aged 76. The concept of Superhumans he left behind is genuinely terrifying.

Superhumans: A Fear To Mankind

This Tuesday, Stephen Hawking’s final book In Brief Answers to the Big Questions revealed his fears about superhumans. According to Stephen Hawking, wealthy people in the future would be able to edit the DNA of their children. This editing in DNA will help in improving attributes like memory and disease immunity.

A child with edited DNA will be more intelligent as compared to a normal child. In addition to that, these people will also live a longer life. As for normal humans, he stated that: “Presumably they will die out, or become unimportant.

He predicted that even if laws were passed to curb this lousy activity of genetic engineering, there would always be people prepared to break any rules which would spark the rise of superhumans.

These highly intelligent superhumans will outperform human beings in multiple aspects. They will get control over political powers and it would be fairly difficult for normal human beings to evolve and match up to their standards. As a conclusion, this can be considered as an end of humanity.

Superhumans: Shall We Worry

Human beings always have the zeal to learn, experiment and evolve. Day by day we are witnessing massive enhancements in medical science. One of the major reason behind these medical researches is to enhance the quality and longevity of human life.

Genetic engineering provides access to a persons DNA, which when modified can show tremendous improvements in intelligence and quality of life. That said, it will still take a century or more to do fine tuning in human’s DNA. Furthermore, people may even come up to stop these researches at their early stage.

Do share your thoughts and opinions on Stephen Hawking’s terrifying predictions in the comments section below.

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Microsoft open-sources 60,000 patents to protect Linux

Microsoft open-sources 60,000 patents to protect Linux

Microsoft makes 60,000 patents open-source to help the Linux Community

Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network (“OIN”), an open-source group dedicated to protecting Linux and other open-source software programs from patent legal troubles.

The move will see the Redmond giant pledge its valuable and deep portfolio of over 60,000 issued patents open-source and available to other OIN members. Microsoft is positioning its move to show that it has no intention to use patents as a weapon against any free software, beyond just that free software which is part of OIN’s specific list.

“We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some; it is no secret that there has been friction in the past between Microsoft and the open source community over the issue of patents,” Erich Andersen, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

“For others who have followed our evolution, we hope this announcement will be viewed as the next logical step for a company that is listening to customers and developers and is firmly committed to Linux and other open source programmes,” Andersen added.

“Now, as we join OIN, we believe Microsoft will be able to do more than ever to help protect Linux and other important open source workloads from patent assertions. We also hope that our decision to join will attract many other companies to OIN, making the license network even stronger for the benefit of the open source community,” Andersen said.

“We look forward to making our contributions to OIN and its members, and to working with the community to help open source developers and users protect the Linux ecosystem and encourage innovation with open source software.”

Andersen said that joining OIN reflects Microsoft’s patent practice evolving in lock-step with the company’s views on Linux and open source more generally.

“We began this journey over two years ago through programs like Azure IP Advantage, which extended Microsoft’s indemnification pledge to open source software powering Azure services,” he said.

“We doubled down on this new approach when we stood with Red Hat and others to apply GPL v. 3 “cure” principles to GPL v. 2 code, and when we recently joined the LOT Network, an organisation dedicated to addressing patent abuse by companies in the business of assertion,” Andersen added.

Founded in 2005, OIN’s mission has been to protect Linux developers from patent lawsuits. OIN owns more than 1,000 patents and comprises more than 2,650 companies that includes firms such as Google, IBM, Red Hat, and SUSE.

Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), said that Microsoft’s participation in OIN “adds to our strong community, which through its breadth and depth has reduced patent risk in core technologies, and unequivocally signals for all companies who are using OSS but have yet to join OIN that the litmus test for authentic behaviour in the OSS community includes OIN participation.”

According to Bergelt, these newly open-sourced patents consist of tons of open-source technologies such as Android, the Linux kernel, and OpenStack; newer technologies such as LF Energy and HyperLedger, and their predecessor and successor versions.

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Global Internet May Crash In The Next 48 Hours

Global Internet May Crash In The Next 48 Hours

The Internet and thousands of services associated with it are as necessary as oxygen for survival in the 21st century. Everyone relies on the Internet for communication. Well, Internet users across the globe may experience connection failures for the next 48 hours.

This major Internet crash will even affect major services like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Global Intenet May Crash Due To Some Maintenance

The main domain servers and related infrastructure controlling the worldwide internet will be powered down by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Well, the reason behind this crash is some important maintenance work.

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ICANN will be changing the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS). It is worth noting that, DNS helps users to access the Internet by translating a domain name into an IP address so that a computer can read it.

According to the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), “It’s an important measure to ensure a secure, stable, and resilient DNS”. Furthermore, ICANN has also carried out preliminary tests so as to confirm that the problems faced by users across the globe will be minimal.

Global Intenet Crash: Major Issues

As mentioned earlier, billions of users will be affected by the important maintenance work carried out by ICANN. Well, users may face some difficulties while accessing web pages and online services within the next 48 hours. Moreover, the Internet pages will load slowly as compared to normal speeds.

That said, there’s nothing to fear as a functional server will offer reliable internet connection even if one of the servers is temporarily turned off. The process of changing cryptographic keys is necessary so as to maintain security and safeguard worldwide web against growing threats for the internet infrastructure.

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Well, if you have made it so far do share your opinions on Global Internet crash that will be experienced by millions of users.

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Google+ Is Shutting Down Following Security Breach

Google+ Is Shutting Down Following Security Breach

Google has definitely transformed and developed modern technology. This humungous tech firm has been immensely successful in many spheres like smartphone OS, search engine, and streaming services. That said, social media is the business where Google has failed to mark its presence.

Google’s own social media platform i.e. Google+ is now shutting down permanently for consumers.

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Google+: Users Data Exposed

According to the Wall Street Journal, data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ social media users were exposed after a software glitch between 2015 and March 2018. Well, this is a major security flaw that brought users personal data to risk. Furthermore, Goole even decided not to disclose this bug to the public as it feared Repercussions.

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This bug helped outside developers to gain access to users personal data. This leaked data included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status. That said, Google had confirmed that the data hasn’t been misused.

This tech giant has now come up with a number of plans as data privacy measures. Well, these plans even include permanently shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+. This massive shutdown of Google+ will occur over the next 10 months.

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Google+: Google’s Failed Attempt At Social Media

Google+ is an Internet-based social network that was launched in June 2011 and is owned and operated by Google. The major reason why Google developed this social media platform was to compete with the exponentially growing social-media platform Facebook.

To increase the active user base Google interlinked Google+ with other services like Gmail and Youtube, but that didn’t work out. Infact even after massive investments and development Google+ didn’t gain immense popularity among users.

Do share your thoughts and opinions on Google+ being shut down in the comments section below.

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123movies was shut down~ Sites to watch Movies online

123 movies was shut down following criminal investigation

Infamous website 123movies which provided HD movies download and to watch movies online without downloading them. has been shut down by authorities following a criminal investigation

In March this year, 123movies(hub), also known as GoMovies, had announced that it would be shutting down its website.

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123movies has shut down?

123movies had made the shutdown announcement on its website, which read, “We’ve been providing links to HD movies download and shows for years. Now it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you for being our friends and thanks for staying with us that long.

“PS: Please pay for the movies/shows, that’s what we should do to show our respect to people behind the movies/shows.”

The shutdown announcement by 123movies had come after an investigation done by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) discovered a new threat based in Vietnam that made it officially call 123movies, as the world’s most popular illegal movie site.

Back then, no official explanation was provided by the operators of 123movies for the planned closure decision. However, MPAA has now come forward with some clarity. This week, MPAA had sent its latest list of “notorious markets” to the US Government, where the group has linked it to a criminal investigation.

“An important development in 2018 was the shuttering of a ring of piracy services that had operated under the names 123movies, 123movieshub, gostream, and gomovies following the launch of a criminal investigation in Vietnam and significant industry engagement,” MPAA writes.

TorrentFreak contacted MPAA enquiring if the investigation resulted in any arrests, charges, or if it’s still ongoing, to which MPAA has still not responded.

Nevertheless, it is clear that 123movies did close down under increasing movie industry pressure

It’s clear though, that the mounting pressure resulted in 123movies being shut down. This is arguably one of the major anti-piracy successes of the year so far, but the problem isn’t over yet.

Following the shutdown of 123movies, several clones and copies came up to take its place. However, the MPAA says that it has these on its locating system as well.

“Since its closure, many copycat sites have emerged. This ring of piracy services had been blocked in at least eight countries prior to its shut down and efforts are underway to shut down the copycats as well,” the MPAA notes.

Last month, the biggest clone 123movieshub.sc which provided HD movies download had suddenly gone offline, as the site’s domain was deactivated by the domain name registry.

Readers are adviced not to fall for any fake new 123movies site or any way that provides to unblock it as these site may contain adware and can harm your pc.

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123Movies Conclusion-

While the original 123movies has been shut down but there are several clones of this website still available and fresh new ones coming every day. These websites have been providing to watch movies online in HD and even to download movies for free. which is completely illegal.

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Plex adds web shows online to watch for free

Plex adds web shows online to watch for free

Want to Watch Web shows online for Free? Plex’s new service will allow doing so.

A rapid increase in the popularity of Netflix gave birth to its competitors. As we all know that Netflix charges for subscription in order to showcase Movies and TV shows online. So, as a result, people are always in the hunt for free service. Luckily plex introduces its new service which will let people watch tv shows online for free.

The name of this free service is Plex Web Shows. It is currently in beta version and contains high-quality episodes from a range of publishers like The New Yorker, Conde Nast, FailArmy, NerdWire etc.

Talking about the website interface then it seems to be very neat and clean.

People are loving it as it not only offers tv shows online for free but also has many handy features in it. For instance, a user can sort the shows by title, watched and unwatched status and much more as per convenience.

Another best part about this plex service is that a user need not to download any Plex app to watch web shows. Their website does pretty well with that. Hence it saves some memory space on your phone.

At last on this very moment Plex has 67 publications listed on the service and they have the plan to expand more in future.

Now it will be really interesting to see what other competitions will offer to beat plex.

Did you find plex interesting? Let us know in the comment section below. Would love to hear that.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone explodes while charging near sleeping owner

Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone explodes while charging near sleeping owner

Xiaomi Mi A1 blows up while charging next to the sleeping owner

It is not uncommon to hear news of smartphone battery exploding while charging due to a defective battery, or bad charging adapter, or non-authorized charger, and others. Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, too has had its share of such incidents happening in the past. Now, another Xiaomi smartphone going up in flames has been added to its existing list. This time it is the Xiaomi Mi A1, which is shocking, considering its big battery size.

According to a recent report, Xiaomi Mi A1 has reportedly exploded near a sleeping owner while it was charging. The incident was shared on the MIUI forum by a member who claims his friend’s Xiaomi Mi A1 exploded while it was charging overnight. Although the smartphone exploded, the owner thankfully did not suffer any injuries as the device was placed in a protective case and it was at some distance from the owner.

Not much details about the condition of the smartphone or usage pattern of the device by the owner are known. The only thing known is that the owner has been using the smartphone for almost 8 months now and it was kept for charging while he slept.

This particular incident of Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone exploding seems to an isolated case, as it been more than a year since the device has been launched. The incident has been reported to Xiaomi who are yet to issue an official statement on the matter.

As a cautionary advice to all our readers, we request you to not use your smartphone while it is charging. Also, avoid leaving the device for charging overnight or keep them close while sleeping. Additionally, prevent using a non-authorized charger for your phone.

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Microsoft Announces ‘Robot OS’ For Windows 10

Microsoft Announces 'Robot OS' For Windows 10

Microsoft announces the experimental release of Robot OS (operating system) for Windows 10 users. This OS will be packed with tons of features like Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud services and computer vision as well.

According to Microsoft’s Blog on late Friday. This development will bring the manageability and security of ‘Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Enterprise’ solutions to the ‘ROS’ ecosystem as well.

Talking about ROS. It’s an assemblage of tools and libraries which is utilized and applied to build complex robots. Windows 10 IOT enterprise helps in producing enterprise manageability and security solutions in context to industry based IoT devices, which are used in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and of course other industries.

If you don’t know then windows is the trusted partner of robotics and industrial systems for decades.’Lou Amadio’ Principal Software Engineer also added we’re looking forward to bringing the intelligent edge to robotics by bringing more advanced features.

With the advancement of Robots, Microsoft also plans to research into advanced development tools.

Microsoft will also host the Windows builds for ‘ROS1’ and shortly for ‘ROS2’ wrote Amadio.

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Spotify cracks down on friends who share family plans

Spotify cracks down on friends who share family plans

Spotify send emails to Premium for Family subscribers asking for GPS verification

Music streaming giant Spotify has sent emails to some users of “Premium for Family” plan in the US and Germany asking them to prove their home address with GPS location. Apparently, the move by Spotify is an effort to reduce the number of friends sharing discounted plans intended for families rather than signing up for individual memberships.

According to Spotify’s Premium for Family Terms And Conditions, “all account holders must reside at the same address to be eligible for the Premium for Family Plan.” However, several Family subscriptions have reportedly been used by groups of friends.

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For those unaware, Spotify’s Family Plan in the US lets customers pay $14.99 per month for up to five premium accounts. According to the company’s website, two to five people on each family plan must live at the same address. In fact, Spotify’s small print does mention that the family plan is available for “you and up to five people who reside at your same address.”

In other words, as per the rules, everyone should be living together in the same home as a family, and everyone’s location should be the same.

Those users who don’t confirm their home addresses through GPS data will lose access to the plan, state Spotify’s email. “If you don’t confirm, you may lose access to the plan,” the email stated.

Some Spotify users took to Twitter to complain that many modern families do not live at the same address. On the other hand, some users also raised concerns specifically with privacy questioning that Spotify does not have the right to track individual listeners.

When reached for comment, a Spotify spokesperson said that the verification request was a test in four markets (including the US). Spotify is currently testing improvements to the user experience of Premium for Family with small user groups in select markets. We are always testing new products and experiences at Spotify, but have no further news to share regarding this particular feature test at this time,” the spokesperson said. Apparently, Spotify has now concluded this test.

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Microsoft launches office 2019 for mac and windows users

Microsoft launches office 2019 for mac and windows users

Microsoft has been always in the lead when it comes to its software diversity. They had a bunch of productive software, which helped tons of people all across the globe. They even had software for non-parent OS (Operating System) platforms such as Mac commonly known by Microsoft office for mac.

Like every new year, Microsoft really worked hard and launched its new Microsoft office 2019 version for both Mac ( Microsoft office for mac )and Windows platform ( Microsoft office for windows ).

Its been a ritual in Microsoft that every new update is first available for the people who have the insider preview feature turned on. But now Microsoft has officially rolled out its New office 2019 version for all Windows and Mac users as well.

It also means that all your favorite office software like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook are getting an overhaul.

According to their official Blog post, all the new changes in Microsoft office 2019 version will be a subset of features that are already available on Microsoft Office 365. This also means that this new launch will be a one time release which further means it won’t be receiving any major updates except from regular security and stability updates.

Office 2019 also has new sets of enhancements since the Office 2016. For example, its PowerPoint now includes Morph and Zoom feature through which you can create cinematic presentations. Not only that, even with Microsoft Excel they added new formulas, charts and a bunch of enhancements to PowerPivot as well. In addition to that, they also gave a new data analysis feature which surely is very handy.

Now talking about the Word and Outlook the company had introduced its new features like  Text Spacing and Read Aloud. This feature helps in making content more easier and engaging. Also, there is Focus mode available on both the software which blocks out distractions.

The new version is though available for Commercial volume license customers which is already started from 24th September 2018. The company also confirms that they will keep on bringing the on-premises versions in coming years which is very nice.

At last, the price of Microsoft Office 2019 is $249.99 for both the Home and Business consumers.

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