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PSA: Streaming piracy apps are being used to steal user data

PSA: Streaming piracy apps are being used to steal user data

A new report reveals concerning security issues surrounding streaming piracy apps, including products that provide unauthorized access to live television channels and premium video platforms. Non-profit organization Digital Citizens Alliance has detailed the problem in a new report revealing how these apps take advantage of users to mine login credentials, steal user information, and more.

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Fire extinguisher made for space works by sucking in flames

Fire extinguisher made for space works by sucking in flames

Increasing human activity in space will result in unique situations and open the door for new related innovations. Fire-related accidents are one example of potential space-related issues and researchers with Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan are here with a solution. The team's new fire extinguisher works in reverse, sucking in flames rather than blowing them out.

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Amazon Flex now requires delivery drivers to snap selfies

Amazon Flex now requires delivery drivers to snap selfies

Amazon now requires its Amazon Flex delivery drivers to take selfies in order to prove their identity. The company says this new requirement is intended to prevent unauthorized individuals from using a driver's Flex account. Under Amazon Flex, individuals work as independent contractors to deliver packages for the retail giant.

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Lyft drivers will undergo continuous criminal background checks

Lyft drivers will undergo continuous criminal background checks

Lyft has announced an update to its safety policies aimed at keeping riders safe. In a statement published on Monday, the company revealed that it will conduct continuous criminal background checks on its drivers, as well as employing a new 'enhanced identity verification process.' The new process will look for signs of driver fraud and also alert the company to any new criminal records that would disqualify a driver.

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Tesla just revealed its first Autopilot accident rate for 2019

Tesla just revealed its first Autopilot accident rate for 2019

Tesla has released its latest Autopilot safety report, its third assessment of how many accidents its electric cars have experienced while the driver assistance tech is active. The automaker began reporting Autopilot safety back in late 2018, in an attempt to counter skepticism from some quarters as to how reliable the system is.

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FDA warns some e-cigarette users have reported seizures after vaping

FDA warns some e-cigarette users have reported seizures after vaping

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an advisory that warns it has received some reports of seizures from e-cigarette users. The majority of the reports involve "youth and young adult users," according to the agency, which says it has noted an "uptick" in voluntary reports about seizures. The FDA is seeking reports from other nicotine vape users who experienced seizures possibly caused by the nicotine use.

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Boeing 737 MAX MCAS update won’t be installed until FAA says go

Boeing 737 MAX MCAS update won’t be installed until FAA says go

With its entire 737 MAX fleet grounded across the world, Boeing is undoubtedly working around the clock and racing against time to earn back its wings. Last week it announced the availability of an update to the problematic MCAS that is the eye of this storm but, despite its wording, it's still waiting for FAA approval. Now the FAA has issued a statement that basically tells Boeing, "not so fast."

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Boeing 737 MAX MCAS updated to prevent future crashes

Boeing 737 MAX MCAS updated to prevent future crashes

One aphorism that should never be used in aviation is "better late than never". Considering the safety of hundreds of lives, plane makers and regulators have the legal and moral obligation to ensure that new technologies are error-free before they are used, not after they have cost lives. That's the tragedy that Boeing is hoping won't happen again after it rolls out an update to its MCAS on the 737 MAX, introducing checks that, in retrospect, should have probably been there right from the start.

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More than half of drivers dehumanize cyclists, fueling road rage

More than half of drivers dehumanize cyclists, fueling road rage

Road rage involving cyclists is both deadly and incredibly common. Attitudes between people who drive cars and people who ride bicycles varies, but can often prove negative, particularly among drivers who may become frustrated when forced to drive slowly in order to accommodate someone on a bike. A new study out of Australia sheds light on these attitudes, finding that more than half of drivers are prone to dehumanizing cyclists.

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Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

You'd think that, after all this time, we'd get the flying thing down to a "T". The Boeing 737 Max proved that isn't the case. The development of new aviation technologies might be a natural part of progress but it's not something that can be taken lightly considering the hundreds of lives involved. Sources claim that Boeing is ready to roll out sweeping changes to correct flaws in the stall-prevention system of the grounded new fleet but questions remain on why they passed certification in the first place.

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Volvo reveals in-car cameras and teen driver safety tech to cut crashes

Volvo reveals in-car cameras and teen driver safety tech to cut crashes

Volvo's decision to limit the top speed of its new cars was only the start of it, with the automaker announcing new smart controls, driver monitoring, and collaboration with the rest of the industry to cut road safety accidents and death. The Swedish firm divided opinion among drivers earlier this month, when it announced it would be capping the maximum speed of its new cars from 2020, limiting them to 112 mph.

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All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

After the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 accident this week, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) banned all Boeing 737 MAX operations in Europe. This goes for all commercial major and third-country operators both in and out of the European Union. This was announced as an official Airworthiness Directive, in effect as of 19:00 UTC, March 12th, 2019.

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