first_imgTonight is set to be one of the coldest nights of the year with temperatures expected to drop to -4 degrees overnight.Many parts of Donegal had snow this morning.Met Eireann has warned that Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo are expected to experience snowfalls overnight.Many parts of the county woke to a light blanket of snow which has gradually turned to ice and slush but driving conditions are still dangerous. The coldest night recorded so far in 2014 was in Mullingar where temperatures fell to -4.3 degrees on February 10th.But parts of Donegal could dip below that tonight.Donegal County Council has its fleet of gritters out and about.Drivers are warned to take extra care after overnight snow and frost created icy stretches on roads. Pedestrians are also advised to take extra precautions this morning on icy footpaths and untreated road surfaces, while drivers should remember to de-ice their car before setting off to work.The icy conditions have prompted Met Éireann to issue a status yellow weather alert, the lowest of the three categories of warning.Afternoon temperatures are expected to range between 3 to 6 degrees with some bright spells.The forecaster has warned northern counties of prolonged wintery showers throughout Friday afternoon.Met Éireann meteorologist Siobhán Ryan says the “raw” weather conditions are set to continue through the weekend. “Tonight will be one of the coldest nights so far this year. There’s a risk of wintry showers in the northwest with snow in Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo later tonight and first thing tomorrow.”TONIGHT TO BE COLDEST OF YEAR WITH MORE SNOW FORECAST FOR DONEGAL was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:colddonegalsnowlast_img read more

Many Free Android Apps Are Starting To Look A Lot Like Malware

first_imgantone gonsalves Tags:#ad networks#advertising#Android#apps#developers#mobile#personal data#privacy Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The money-go-round between app developers and ad networks is starting to blur the line between many free Android apps and malware. While these legitimate apps aren’t stealing passwords, they’re still riding roughshod over user privacy by gratuitously sucking up your contact and location information — or worse.What These Bad Apps Glom OntoBetween last September and March, security vendor Bitdefender analyzed 130,000 popular Android apps on Google Play and found that roughly 13% collected your phone number without explicit notification, 12% stored your location data and 8% sucked up your email address. Included in those numbers are apps that siphoned off one or more of the three.Many apps don’t stop there. Other data they glom onto includes your browsing activity, your contact list, the unique identification number of your device and even your call registry.These apps took all that information legally. Android apps display their privacy policies in seeking permission to gather personal data, and many developers bank on the fact that most people will just click through to the app.(See also: Hey! iOS Apps Play Faster And Looser With Your Data Than Android)All that data gathering typically starts when an app developer download an ad framework provided by more than 400 companies listed on the Ad Network Directory. Such frameworks makes it easy for developers to display ads in the app, and thus to get paid every time someone clicks on them.Since free apps only make money for developers from such clicks (and, it turns out, the distribution of associated user data), very few pay attention to exactly what kind of information ad frameworks are gathering.“Because they copy-paste the code, they don’t really debug it; they don’t really look through it and see what data it collects,” Bitdefender researcher Liviu Arsene told me. “I bet they don’t even care.”And It Doesn’t Stop ThereApp privacy policies often stake out even more aggressive data-collection goals, presumably to pave the way for future updates to vacuum up more info and further erode user privacy.Take, for instance, Airpush, the second-largest ad network for Android developers with 40,000 apps. Its privacy policy reads, in part:[I]n accordance with the permissions you have granted, we may collect your device ID, device make and model, device IP address, mobile web browser type and version, mobile carrier, real-time location information, email address, phone number and a list of the mobile applications on your device.The policy goes on to explain that Airpush might supply that information to third-party advertisers who are part of its ad platform and third-party vendors, consultants and other service providers. Because the data is available to so many organizations, it’s virtually impossible to know who is using your personal data, and how, once it leaves the device.Obviously, the possibilities for abuse here are legion. Suppose one of those third-party organizations is acquired by an outfit that is, shall we say, less reputable. Or that a third party company’s computers are hacked, spilling your data into the hands of cybercriminals.The Feds Agree: It’s A Huge ProblemFederal regulators acknowledge that a huge problem exists. “Mobile technology provides unique privacy challenges,” Jon Leibowitz, departing chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, said in February, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. “Some would say it’s a sort of Wild West.”The FTC wants the mobile industry to bolster privacy controls by allowing phone users to opt out of being tracked by ad networks. The commission also wants apps to prominently display the kind of data they’re collecting, rather than burying it in fine print. Congress is also considering proposals to tighten privacy protections on mobile devices, though it’s hard to say how such measures will fare given firm opposition from industry.In the meantime, here’s some free (!!) advice: Scrutinize your free mobile apps as if they’re malware ready to wreak havoc on your personal information. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Polling peaceful in six LS, 42 Assembly seats in Odisha

first_imgPolling passed off peacefully in six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies of Odisha in the third phase of simultaneous elections on Tuesday.An average of 61% voting was recorded till 5 p.m., and it was likely to increase since voting was in progress, according to the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha. The Lok Sabha seats where polling was conducted during the day are Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur and Keonjhar. The 42 Assembly segments came under these six Parliamentary constituencies.EVMs malfunctioningReports of malfunctioning of EVMs were received from some booths in the morning hours, but polling was resumed after replacing those machines. Polling was postponed in a booth under Sambalpur following error and wrong pairing of VVPAT.In another incident, a polling official passed away while on duty in Dhenkanal district. The official, Nabakishore Nayak, who collapsed inside the booth, was declared dead by doctors at Kamakhyanagar hospital.Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik was among the prominent leaders to cast their votes in the morning hours. After casting his vote, Mr. Patnaik exuded confidence that the BJD would perform well in the elections in the State.The prominent candidates who were in the fray for Tuesday’s elections include former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, former Director General of Police Prakash Mishra and BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra.4th phase on April 29 Polling is already over in nine Lok Sabha and 63 Assembly constituencies in Odisha in the previous two phases – April 11 and 18. The fourth and last phase polling in the remaining six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies, for which campaigning is still going on, is scheduled to be held on April 29.On the other hand, Mr. Patnaik campaigned for party nominees in areas under the Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituencies later in the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed two public meetings at Balasore and Kendrapara during the day.last_img read more