Another Florida Town Pays $500,000 To Get Rid Of Ransomware


Hackers have increasingly been targeting cities in the United States with ransomware. They comprise the city’s systems and hold their data hostage. In most cases, the cities decide to pay up because it becomes difficult for them to function without their data. Another Florida town has now paid $500,000 in ransom to hackers.

The coastal suburb of Riviera Beach came under attack recently with hackers locking municipal staff out of important files. They were then forced to pay $600,000 in ransom to gain access to their files again.

Officials in Lake City, Florida found themselves in a similar situation. They ultimately voted to pay the hackers around $500,000 in Bitcoin after their systems were kept offline for two weeks with ransomware. IT staff at Lake City did disconnect staff computers within minutes of the attack being detected but it was already too late by then. The ransomware locked staff out of their email accounts while residents could no longer make municipal payments online.

The hackers contacted the town’s insurer and then negotiated a ransom payment of 42 bitcoins which equals around $500,000. The officials were of the view that paying the ransom was the most efficient way of gaining access to their systems. Mayor Stephen Witt told the media that the bulk of the ransom would be covered by insurance while only $10,000 would be incurred by taxpayers.

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Lyft Now Gives Non-Emergency Rides To Medicaid Patients In Arizona


Lyft today announced its approval to become an enrolled Medicaid provider in Arizona. What that means is that the ride-sharing company can now provide non-emergency rides To Medicaid patients in the state. The company says that it’s also looking to expand this service to other states across the country.

For eligible patients, this means that they can access a covered transportation option in order to go to and come from medical appointments. This should result in fewer missed appointments and delayed diagnoses due to non-availability of adequate transport.

Lyft worked closely for this with Arizona’s Medicaid agency in order to fill the healthcare transportation gap in the state. Approximately 23 percent of the population in Arizona is enrolled in Medicaid. So this partnership between the company and the state has the potential to significantly impact the lives of many people.

The company also points out in its blog post that more states are now beginning to add ridesharing as a covered transportation option under Medicaid. Florida and Texas are two states which have made similar laws in recent months. Lyft says that it looks forward to working with more states in order to extend this service to millions more across the United States.

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Oppo Shows Off World’s First Under-Screen Selfie Camera


Smartphone manufacturers have tried a number of ways to achieve a notchless-display. We have seen solutions which include pop-up mechanisms, rotating sliders, holes in the display and more. Oppo’s newest solution is something else entirely. It’s what the company calls the world’s first under-screen selfie camera.

Oppo demonstrated its under-screen camera technology at the MWC Shanghai trade show this week. The company has also provided more information about just how this system works.

To ensure that the light gets through to the camera that’s under the display itself, Oppo has used a custom transparent material that works in tandem with a redesigned pixel structure. The sensor also has a wider aperture lens compared to other selfie cameras. The area of the display on top of the camera does retain touch control but it will present its own set of problems nonetheless.

Oppo acknowledges that this implementation reduces photo image quality in addition to causing other problems like glare and haze. Oppo says that it has created special algorithms that work with the hardware to counter these issues, adding that the selfie quality from the camera will be at par with mainstream smartphones.

The company says that it will be shipping this technology on a commercial handset “in the near future.”

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NASA Will Open Moon Rock Samples Sealed After Apollo Missions


Apollo astronauts brought back hundreds of pounds of moon rocks on their return to Earth which have since been kept locked in a vault inside the Johnson Space Center. Few have had the privilege of seeing them in person and fewer still have been allowed to touch them. NASA will now be opening up some of the samples in decades so that geologists can run experiments on them using the latest technologies.

It may just be a coincidence that NASA has decided to do this as the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first footsteps on the moon approaches. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’ landed on the moon on July 20th, 1968.

“It’s sort of a coincidence that we’re opening them in the year of the anniversary,” said NASA’s Apollo sample curator Ryan Zeigler, adding that “But certainly the anniversary increased the awareness and the fact that we’re going back to the moon.” There is no doubt a renewed interest in the moon with the White House directing NASA to put astronauts on the moon once again by 2024.

Lunar samples weighing a total of 842 pounds were brought back from the Apollo missions. Some of the soil and rock samples were vacuum packed on the moon so they have never been exposed to the Earth’s atmosphere. Others had been frozen or stored in gaseous helium after they arrived on Earth. Staff at the lab is now trying to figure out how to remove the samples from their containers and tubes without contaminating them.

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Facebook May Let Users Disable Notification Dots


Do the in-app notification dots in the Facebook app cause you unnecessary anxiety? They appear in the Watch, Groups, and other tabs in the app. There’s some good news if you’ve been wanting to get rid of them. Facebook is conducting a new test which allows users to disable the in-app notification dots.

This hasn’t been possible previously. If you wanted to get rid of the dots, you’d have to manually open each of the tabs in order to get rid of the notification badges. As previously mentioned, this caused unnecessary anxiety for users as it felt that everything in the app was demanding their constant attention.

“It’s related to the work we’re doing with the well-being team. We’re thinking about how people spend their time in the app and making sure that it’s time well spent,” a spokesperson for Facebook told TechCrunch.

The ability to turn off the notification dots is now being publically tested. Facebook has confirmed to the scribe that this is a global test for a subset of users on both iOS and Android. “We are testing new ways to give people more control over the notifications they receive in the Facebook app,” the spokesperson for the social network adds.

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The 2019 Ford Puma cute hybrid crossover brings disappointing news

Ford has revealed a punchy little crossover, the new 2019 Ford Puma, but don’t hold your breath to see it on American roads. Rebooting the Puma name from the original compact coupe discontinued in 2002, the new Puma sticks with the automaker’s trend away from cars and toward utility, throwing in some mild-hybrid action along the way. It’s a handsome … Continue reading

Nighthawk XRM570 Pro Gaming mesh router wages war on lag

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DisplayPort 2.0 official: 16K monitor support and multi-8K

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First evolved Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO tipped for Dortmund

Today we’re taking a look at the code for the game Pokemon GO in the latest update and we’re seeing some interesting notes. It would appear that the next big event for the game, Pokemon GO Fest 2019 in Dortmund, Germany, may have a first-ever type of Pokemon in the game. That’d be the Shiny Evolved Pokemon – without a … Continue reading

Facebook Agrees to Hand Over Hate Speech Data to French Courts

France just scored what it’s characterizing as a major victory in the battle to curb online hate speech—one that potentially carries significant implications for privacy and free speech online.

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