Google Play Store Banned App For Mining Cryptocurrency

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The Google Play Store has made some updates to the Developer Policy Center in the Prohibited Content category. Now you can no longer place apps for mining cryptocurrency on devices in the Google Play Store.

The improvements include banned apps such as MinerGate, Crypto Miner, NeoNeonMiner, etc.. This spring, Google also banned the placement of extension for mining in the Chrome Web Store.

We would like to remind you that last month App Store also banned apps for mining tokens on mobile devices. But, as in the Google Play Store, cloud mining is still available for users.

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Google Has Developed a Helper Application for People with Limited Vision

Google has introduced the application Lookout, which will be useful for people with poor eyesight. This application “sees” surrounding objects and names them with the help of a smartphone camera. At the moment, only residents of the USA can use this application.

Source: https://www.blog.google/

Lookout is a fairly universal assistant, as it can recognize various objects: traffic signs, bar codes, text, money, etc.

Lookout can work in three different modes:

  • quick read;
  • explore;
  • shopping.

In the “quick read” mode, the program doesn’t know how to recognize objects, but only text, which is written on them. In the “explore” mode, the application recognizes those objects that fall into the camera lens of a smartphone. The new product from Google is able to voice what it sees, count the distance to objects, as well as make various sound signals. The “shopping” mode activates the ability to recognize price tags, barcodes, and QR codes.

The user has the ability to set the sensitivity of the application himself. For the convenience in using, developers advise to put the phone in a breast pocket or hang it around the neck, the camera forward. For the correct work of the application, the camera of the phone must be directed to the objects that need to be recognized. Interface management is implemented through gestures on the fingerprint scanner.

It is worth noting that the developers stated that their creation is not 100% working yet and asked the users to report about any errors that occurred.

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The New Zealand Mass Shooting Video Goes Viral: Major Social Media Platforms Are Unable to Handle Terrorist Content

The whole world is in terror after a horrible act of violence which took place a few days ago in New Zealand. If you haven’t heard already, here is a recap of what happened on that terrible day.

A 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant committed a massacre in two mosques in the town Christchurch located in New Zealand. The terrorist killed 49 and wounded 42 people. While doing so, he was streaming the whole process on the social network Facebook.

Before the attack, Tarrant posted a manifesto, which was 74 pages long. In the document, the terrorist proclaimed himself an “ethno-nationalist eco-fascist.” He expressed inexplicable hate towards people of different religions, for example, Muslims and Jews, and towards immigrants who came to Australia and New Zealand.

The failure of social networks

During and after the act of terror, it became clear that social networks are unable to control such content. The 17-minute-long was first uploaded to Facebook, then re-uploaded to YouTube.

No matter how hard the developer teams tried to delete the horrific video from their platforms, they failed to do so. Whenever one copy of the video was deleted, three more popped up somewhere else.

Google (that owns YouTube) and Facebook have been applying smart technologies in order to track down and eliminate all the content related to the Christchurch massacre, however, the video can still be found in the web.

Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms, and we are employing our technology and human resources to quickly review and remove any and all such violative content on YouTube,” claimed the representative of the platform.

The public response

People have divided into two camps. The first ones believe that such horrific content should be eliminated from the Internet. They make statements that the authorities and social media management should restrict hate speeches, manifestos of fascist nature and violent videos.

The other camp stands for freedom of speech. They also claim that the blocking of terrorist accounts on social media may make it more difficult to track them down and prevents shootings, bombings etc. For instance, the Internet correspondence of two Florida students helped to prevent another school bombing just a few days ago.

Despite many arguments, mostly everybody agrees that such terrible and unspeakably cruel acts of violence, deprived of a single hint of humanity, should never be displayed like they were during the New Zealand massacre.

Facebook and other platforms are still working hard to find and delete all the videos of the act of terror and block the corresponding accounts.

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Stories of the Most Empowering and Influential Women in the Sphere of Technologies

When we speak about modern technologies, inventions and devices, most of the times we mention prominent and successful men. However, women have done no less, and sometimes even more to develop new unique solutions, run giant companies, be successful and powerful.

Today the world celebrates the International Women’s Day, so we saw it fit to introduce you to three ladies that are rocking it when it comes to technologies and are proving the fact that the fair sex is capable of doing anything and everything.

1. Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki is an American tech executive of Polish origin. She was a part of the creation of the most popular search site Google and has served as a CEO of the famous video-streaming platform YouTube since 2014.


Source: Wikipedia

This woman has three degrees: in History and Literature, Economics and Business Administration. Susan was working for the tech giant Intel, when she met Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the creators of Google. Having donated her fridge to the developers for the sake of their technological experiments, she later on became the executive director of YouTube.

With the net worth of $500 million, Susan Wojcicki undoubtedly deserves her title of the “Silicon Valley Queen”.

2. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is an American tech executive, book author and activist. She was elected a Chief Operating Officer of Facebook in 2008 and has remained in office ever since.


Source: Wikipedia

She studied Economics and Business at Harvard and afterwards worked on health-related projects for the World Bank. In the mid-1990s Sheryl started working in the office of the US Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers. After that she pursued her career in the tech sphere and began working for Google. In 2008 she became the first woman to be elected a COO by the Board of Directors of Facebook.

The net worth of this lady is over $1 billion. In 2012 she made it to the Time 100 rating of the most influential people in the world.

3. Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns is an American businesswoman, the CEO of the telecommunications company VEON and the chairman of Uber’s Board of Directors.


Source: Wikipedia

Ursula has a science degree in Mechanical Engineering and honorary degrees from 10 US higher education establishments. In 2009, she became the first black woman to head Xerox and made it to the Fortune 500 rating. Moreover, she occupies leading position in such major companies as Uber, Teneo (an international advisory firm) and Diageo (an alcoholic beverages company).

In 2014, Ursula Burns obtained the 22nd place in the Forbes rating of the most powerful women in the world. Her net worth is $18.7 million.

Dear ladies, happy International Women’s Day! Remain persistent, hard-working and beautiful at the same time, because girls run the world.  

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Bitcoin Miners Are Fooling Around While Earning Tens of Millions of Dollars

According to the recent research made by Diar: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dash miners made more than $18 billion without any transaction.

Let us start with the two most famous cryptocurrency – Bitcoin and Ethereum. These two coins were the most popular proof-of-work blockchains, however, they processed the fewest amount of empty blocks, the report shows that Ethereum paid out $65 million in rewards for such blocks in 2017.

Bitcoin Cash, in his turn, has created more than 3300 empty blocks since the end of summer of 2017. It means that monthly about $5 million was gained across all networks. Moreover, Bitcoin Cash miners have earned more than $1 billion since its for on November 15, 2018.

Litecoin is a fast cryptocurrency, and due to its network underutilization, the coin has the most empty blocks. Litecoin miners are mostly hunting for lite blocks, thus its block time is considered to be about 2 minutes. Indeed, the time varies from the difficulty of mining, but in overall every 2 mins, the block is created.

The report suggests miners “fooling around”, because a lack of transactions rises up their reward by far less than gaining the block reward. Let us look on the example.

Block 1586699 which was processed on Tuesday has only transaction less than 1 LTC, nonetheless, the block paid out the mining reward of 25 LTC. It means that the miner has made over $1000 to process less than $50. There is another example, block 1586709, the miner has earned more than $1000 for processing $0 in transactions. Unfortunately, there is no such a thing in the fiat world.

We remind you

How to Get Bitcoin And How Profitable is Mining in 2019

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Bitmain Launches A New Chip For Miners While Jihan Wu Is Leaving His Post: What Is Real Here?

Bitmain is a Chinese-based mining giant which produces equipment for all types of mining activity. There have recently been rumours that Jihan Wu, the CEO of Bitmain, leaves the company to create its own a BCH-focused crypto mining firm while the company is launching a new updated product. So what is true here?

A new efficient crypto mining chip

According to the official press release, Bitmain launches the BM1397. This chip is supposed to be much more powerful than its predecessor, the efficiency difference accounts for 38%. This is a breakthrough in mining industry, the product uses just 30 joules per terrahash. It means that this chip replace the existing hashpower as 33 terrahash can be powered by just 1 kilowatt of power.

Source: blog.bitmain.com

In terms of terrahash capability, the model will be more powerful than existing ones, as a result, a user will have to pay more for electricity. A new generation of mining chips is already real.

Jihan Wu and rumours of his quitting

The person who started the rumours is Dovey Wan, founding partner of Primitive Ventures. She wrote in his Twitter that Jihan Wu will probably leave his position to build a new company which is a spin of Bitmain focusing on BCH.

https://twitter.com/DoveyWan/status/1100002158261428225

The company has not released any statements yet. Though we understand that Bitmain has been suffering a lot since the beginning of bearish market, not to mention U.S.-China trading war which has a great influence on the company. The company has also closed its two offices in Israel and the Netherlands.

We remind you

Is Bitmain Really Dying, or How Much Money Was Lost in 2018?

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CryptoMining.Farm Scam: 30 Victims Lost $1.34 Million

Thirty people have filed complaints to Thailand’s Technology Crime Suppression Division stating that they were victims of crypto mining scam, they allegedly lost 42 million baht ($1.34 million). The police thinks that the amount of victims can be bigger.

According to the victims’ words, the leaders of the scam convinced them to invest money into CryptoMining.Farm, a blockchain-mining website. One anonymous victim said to the Bangkok Post that one of the leaders promised investor an impossibly high return – 70% a year.

The victims signed contracts when they entered the website, the documents said that a customer may withdraw money at any time he/she wanted without any additional condition. However, the situation has changed since August. The victim stated that:

“From August the owner began imposing conditions for withdrawing the money. Then at the start of this month, the site announced it would start paying back investors in 84 installments which would take over seven years to complete. The payments were supposed to be made in foreign currencies [which] is not permitted by Thai laws.”

After a preliminary investigation, the police is sure that not 30, but 140 people became victims of the scam. Moreover, it can be related to a big scandal which happened in August 2018, when a popular Thai actor and his siblings stole about 797 million baht ($25.5 million).

According to the Bangkok Post, the company has two official offices in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, which may make the victims think that the company’s operations are legal.

Thailand treats digital money with caution and tries to regulate it. The Thai Ministry of Finance even issued a document last year where all the country’s cryptocurrency activities were regulated, including the taxation of participants of crypto market.

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