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Google Doc Lockout: Sorry, We Were Just Trying to Protect You From Malware

Google Doc Lockout: Sorry, We Were Just Trying to Protect You From Malware

Chaos by Blocking Files in Google Doc

Google has explained that the problems temporarily registered in its online file storage platforms Google Drive and Google Doc were due to a ‘bug‘ in the automatic scanning for ‘malware’ because of which the files were considered dangerous. The company with headquarters in Mountain View publicly acknowledged his error through a publication on its official blog

Several Google Doc files were hijacked due to an incident still unexplained. Google says it is already investigating the fact

It would seem like a Google prank for Halloween, but it’s a fact. Thousands of people suffer chaos due to a bug that hijacked files stored in Google Doc.

Early this Tuesday, some users of Google Doc, mainly American journalists, report that they do not have access to many of their work files, given that there is a supposed “violation of the terms of service.” The specific message that comes to them is: “This item has been marked as inappropriate and can not be used anymore”.

For those messages, the service has only two options: delete the file or request a revision. What worries the most is that, in many cases, they are newspaper articles and databases with information that belongs to media chains.

According to some, the ruling would confirm that Google scans files stored in Docs, where the system fails to detect keywords or images that cause this file blocking.

The company confirmed that it is aware of the ruling and that it will investigate the origin of the massive blockade.

The Mountain View-based company has publicly acknowledged its error through a post on its official blog that admits that due to a failure of its system, the Google Doc files of many of its users were erroneously labeled as ‘malware’. ‘for violating the terms of service and access to accounts, blocked.

The technological giant, which has apologized to its users for the problem of Google Doc, has also taken advantage to claim its automatic file scanning system, which looks for possible ‘malware’, ‘phishing’ or ‘spam’ using static and dynamic techniques .

However, this situation has uncovered a great problem about privacy in the content generated in Google Doc, in addition to the potential danger that exists to lose access to important documents since its scanning system has not been perfected or can be present more errors in the future.

And the controversy over privacy that exists in the cloud has also been stoked. While it is true that no one should write articles that include hate speech or threats in Google Doc or anywhere else, it is of the utmost importance that writers retain ownership of their documents, and thousands of people use this system to share important work files and use them collaboratively.

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Bio Methane Transforms from Landfill Waste to Energy Source

Bio Methane Transforms from Landfill Waste to Energy Source

Transforming Bio Methane into an Energy Source

We are often told to segregate our waste into dry and wet, this is said in order to breakdown the waste into materials that can be used to make products that can be used such as fertilizers. One of the most common materials is a byproduct in the manure making process or the breakdown of waste material is Bio Methane gas.

Bio Methane is one of the most toxic gases produced as a byproduct. It is even more toxic than CO2 emissions. Landfills are one of the areas where one would find Bio Methane in a large scale therefore such spots are a very big health and safety concern.  In breaking down organic waste, the process not only traps heat but also produces a lot of Bio Methane gas. Although a lot of these landfills collect and burn the methane collected, thereby reducing Bio Methane in the atmosphere to some degree, this is still a small amount considering the actual amount of Bio Methane in the atmosphere.

Trying to reduce atmospheric methane is now becoming the focus of various university studies. Researchers are using various methods out there to try to bring down the levels of Bio-Methane in the air. One such method is the anaerobic method which composts organic material without the use of air. This can be used to redirect Bio Methane into a good energy source. Studies have found that through this method organic material can be decomposed thereby emitting far less Bio Methane.

Life Cycle Assessment is a technique utilized by researchers in understanding the environmental impact of a product or process or even an individual’s decision in affecting the environment.

Researchers use waste materials coming from restaurants and farms to study their impact on the environment, right from the stage they come into the landfill to the stage they are broken down into compost used as fertilizer. This study was conducted in order to establish the amount of Bio Methane generated and then to decide about ways in which it can be reduced.

In the US Bio-Methane alone accounts for 11% of total greenhouse gases generated. Of this the manure used in farms and food waste are the biggest contributors to Bio Methane in the atmosphere.

Organic waste in farms are normally kept in an open air pit to allow the material to break down over time and generate fertilizer for plants. The problem with this method is that when such material is brought into contact with oxygen it breaks down and releases Bio-Methane as a byproduct.  In order to avoid this, organic material in the anaerobic process is put into tanks where it will not be brought into contact with oxygen. As a result a lot less Bio Methane is released.

Food waste on the other hand is not so efficient in reducing Bio Methane when the anaerobic process is used. A solution to the problem is when this material is mixed with manure. The resultant Bio-Methane can then be used to produce fertilizers or can be used in industrial processes.

 

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Google Advance Protection, for Those Who Need It Most

Google Advance Protection, for Those Who Need It Most

Google has unveiled a protection feature for emails keeping in mind the users in high profile places like journalists, government officials and activists. Any person can avail of this Google Advance Protection, but it is specially catering to those who need special protection from people hacking into their emails. Those who are prone to online attacks and at a higher security risk whereby their information is stolen, can avail of these security features introduced by Google.

The Google Advance Protection that was introduced is mainly focused on providing security against phishing and accounts being fraudulently accessed. The main groups that the new Google Advance Protection targets those who require protection of their sources, specially the journalists, Activists and those running election campaigns. Any of the Google users too can chose to have these security settings to protect their Gmail, Google Drive or YouTube data from being hacked.

Google Advance Protection

The Google Advance Protection program utilizes Security Keys. You need to sign into your account using the Security Keys, which is a USB or a wireless device. With this feature, Google has come out with a greater security for email users in preventing their work from being stolen or hacked into.

For a desktop, the Google Advance Protection requires you to put in a USB device, which is a way of verifying the user’s identity. For a mobile user, a Bluetooth wireless device needs to be used. Those using the Google Advance Protection program will also have the added protection from all non-Google applications like Apple iOS mail client and Outlook.

The Google Advance Protection involves a two-step verification. A public key cryptography and digital signatures are used to confirm the identity of the user. In case a user loses access to his account, the Google Advance Protection will also ensure that he is able to recover his account. The measures taken will be so stringent that the recovery process will consider reviews and requests about the reason why the user has lost access to his account.

Google introduced the Google Advance Protection program  after the high profile elections that took place in the US in 2016. There were hacks into the Gmail accounts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. It was believed to be hacked by Russia, who tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 US elections. It was believed that if  Podesta, the campaign chief, had The Google Advance Protection at that time, the results of the elections could have told a different story.

The Google Advance protection feature helps to protect all those in high profile jobs and high-risk users from their mails being hacked and undue advantage being taken. It would also prevent frauds. There may be a bit of compatibility issues for those who have already installed security tools with their Google products.

Google has provided its users with additional information of how to install the Google Advance Protection by creating a web page for that purpose. They have also helped its users of showing them where to buy USB and Bluetooth wireless keys on Amazon.

 

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BioEngineering the Future

BioEngineering the Future

When the human body receives an implant, physical, chemical and biological processes of integration in the receiving organism are triggered. Sometimes, infections, clots, or local tissue loss can occur, and the implant does not perform properly. One of the challenges of BioEngineering is to increase the organism’s tolerance to implant biomaterials and to get the body to accept them quickly.

“If we implant artificial material inside the body, we want to recognize it as his own. One technique of bioengineering for achieving this is to “modify the surface of the biomaterial, as a prosthesis, by placing organic molecules (proteins, peptides or nucleic acids) to improve compatibility with the recipient organism and to become an active element for tissue regeneration or the organ we want to recover.

This BioEngineering technique is biofunctionalized and is based on an empirically observed process: proteins attach to the surface of implants and then some cells that are nearby migrating and bind to those proteins. It is a question of choosing the most suitable ones to attract the cells that interest, that is to say, those that have the capacity to grow and to create diverse tissues (bone, nervous, adipose). The choice clearly determines the outcome.

Indeed, one of the problems is that the proteins degrade over time. The group of Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering of CREB, to which this researcher is linked, bioengineering studies how to avoid it using only a sufficient amount of protein fragments for the cells to adhere. In this way degradation slows down. The disadvantage is that, without the complete protein, the growth of the adhered cells decreases. Research is now focused on finding protein sequences that do not affect growth.

Sometimes implants fail because they become contaminated with bacteria during surgery. In this area, the BIBITE group studies how to introduce antibiotics or molecules with antimicrobial properties in biomaterials. The team head makes it feasible for these applications to reach the market in the current decade and stresses that this would mean “a significant leap in the quality of life of many people.”

New Dimension of Diagnosis, Using Bioengineering Technology

Conventional diagnostic techniques in bioengineering are based on the study of fragments of information; we are committed to an intelligent interpretation of physiological signals that allow us to obtain clinical information that was hidden.

The research group focuses on the advanced processing of biosignals to improve the early diagnosis and monitoring of heart disease, respiratory and sleep disorders, which are often linked.

Thus, for example, symptoms such as snoring, apneas and hypopneas or the respiratory pattern can reveal much about cardiorespiratory functioning. Conventionally, the observation is usually focused only on the intensity of snoring, the number of apneas and hypopneas or the respiratory rate. The team of researchers developed diagnostic improvements based on the analysis of respiratory sounds, the noninvasive classification of obstructive or central hypopneas and the modeling of the respiratory pattern and snoring.

Collecting more information is important in bioengineering, but the key is to make sense by combining it with other signals of different typologies. “So we get a broader view of the patient’s condition, discover causes and effects, and generate new medical knowledge because we study interrelations that have never been identified before,” says Head of the Research team of bioengineering. Advanced information processing techniques are critical in establishing meaningful connections. Simplification is another result: “A few biosignals can tell us more than many classic parameters,” he says.

The group’s bioengineering researchers work closely with hospital centers. According to the head of the bioengineering research team, “we want to respond to the needs of doctors in their daily tavern; this makes us deal with real cases and thus open the door to possible development of new medical equipment. ” These advances lead to an increase in efficiency, with faster and more accurate diagnosis and the consequent improvement of therapies.

Another socially valuable aspect of these bioengineering new methods is that, on the average, they can lead to a paradigm shift in certain medical procedures.

 

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Google is About to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

Google is About to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

The evolution of the Internet throughout these years is so long that we finished scandalizing everything you can get to know about us simply with the webs registry we visit and the searches we do, Thanks to Google the bigboss. That, on the one part, can facilitate many of our daily tasks, but there is a torpedo to the floating line of our privacy.

Google is a search engine on the internet; suppose the internet is a big city where there are thousands of establishments where you can find everything (products, services etc). What Google does is to help you find the most important and recognized “establishments” so that you find the information, product (s) etc that you are looking for but of “higher” quality. There are other search engines like Yahoo and Bing but none like Google, since Google uses various programs and calculations to make the results more complete and freshest information about what you are looking for.

What Google does is send what is called in English searchbots or spiderbots that are virtual “robots” that are classifying each page related to the words that you put in the search bar. The more important you have that page and the more that word, the more chances that page will appear in the results and in the first positions of a search.

ADVANTAGE

It is possibly the best known and most used search engine on the internet.
It has access to an index of more than 128,168 million web pages.
You can create a personalized homepage with the Google search engine.
It uses several web spiders whose function is to collect and sort the information.
Advanced search option.

It has search engines for specific files, for example (images and news).
A button to go directly to the first web you find.

DISADVANTAGES

It collects cookies and other personal data constantly, violating the privacy of users.
They do not perform the searches “live” but in the copies of the pages that store in their indexes.
Many junk pages, which could come out on the first few pages of the searches.
It is very difficult for your page to appear in the main results

Google maps

Advantages and disadvantages of Google Maps

Advantage

Very easy to use. It offers the ability to zoom in or out to show the map.
It offers a lot of information about most places in the world.
It shows us routes to reach different from our situation.
We can print, send or link maps.

Disadvantages

Requires an Internet connection.
Google Street View is not complete, as it only offers some cities.

1. Google does not distinguish but understands

Neither tildes nor apostrophes, nor the number of spaces we use between words. Google’s spelling checker automatically uses and highlights the most common form of a given word. If you would like to say “I will usually point to the correct form. If we doubt how to write something concrete, we just use the ‘OR’ command. This way Google will correct us and automatically skip the correct form.

2. Care to limit the search

That does not mean we can write anyway. If in our search we have two keywords to highlight with the same relevance, then we must separate our search. Understands the symbol | such as the space bar. Example: [Lenovo | technology]. On the other hand, we can avoid that some words appear in the search by putting a – (minus) sign in front of the word that we want. Example: [- Lenovo notebooks]. This trick is very useful to avoid results that are associated with content.

3. Using quotation marks

If, on the other hand, we want to find an exact match in a sequence of keywords, we should highlight that column in quotation marks. Example: [“Lenovo technology”]. It should be noted that it only works with high or English quotes. Another option is through the command ‘allintitle:’, forcing the browser to display only sites that contain the words we are looking for.

4. Similar terms

Although it only works with Anglo-Saxon terms, by the symbol ~ we can search for words of synonymous but not identical meaning. Example: [~ smartphone]; will give us results like ‘mobile device’, ‘telephone’ or ‘handheld computer’. Another option to find similar, this time in content, is to use the limit search with the ‘related’ command. If, for example, we look for [Lenovo related technology: laptop], the result will offer us content in webs related to the keyword.

So clear of what they say, in the first line, the terms and conditions of privacy of the most important search engine in the world. That may not surprise you. We all know that Google collects information about us, right? But exactly how much and what kind of information are we talking about?

The new details that can be seen with the update of the Google satellite maps. Your name, your address, your age, your email. Your phone model, your cellular provider, your plan and your telephone and Internet consumption.

The words you use most often within your emails. All emails you’ve written or received, including spam.

The names of your contacts and their addresses and phones.

The photos you take with your Android phone, even if you delete them and even if you never upload them to any social network. The places you go, inside and outside the country; the date you went and the route you took. How fast you came. The credit or debit card you use to pay.

All the websites you visited on Google, how often and what you saw inside each one. What language are you looking for? At what time do you sail? Who you talked via Hangouts. What videos do you like?

These and other categories included in the Google privacy policy document and containing 2,874 words.

In my case, this translates into more than 5gigabytes of data going back at least to the last three years. Where did I get the number? I’ll tell you straight away. “So Google knows a lot about you, does not it?”, Said Henry Porter, a senior writer at Gadgetreviewed.

People trust too much and share without thinking too much about themselves when the reward is a free email account, a couple of extra gigabytes of storage in the cloud or the possibility to belong to a virtual world in which his friends and acquaintances are. ”

It is very important to note that I do not agree with the terms and conditions.

But let’s leave the “philosophical” discussion about what should and should not know, or what we should or should not know or not knowing, for the end.

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