Armed Robbers Revisit Coca-Cola Factory Community

first_imgIn less than two weeks, suspected armed robbers carrying cutlasses, single barrel guns and automatic rifles reportedly stormed the Coca-Cola Factory in Soul Clinic Community, Paynesville once again pillaging the community.Toos Dehgar, 35, told the Daily Observer over the weekend that the suspects climbed the fence and damaged the back windows of one of the buildings in the compound.“While the rest of us were sound asleep, the armed robbers took advantage of our situation and held other residents at gun point as they broke one of the windows and made away with all the mobile phones,” Mr. Dehgar narrated sadly.He added that one of the occupants of the two houses that were attacked lost most of the valuable items including an unspecified amount of cash. According to Mr. Dehgar and Benjamin Lee of the White Fence Block ‘D,’ the suspected robbers also made away with computers including laptops.In separate accounts, Dehgar and Lee recalled that a few weeks ago a lot of strange people frequented the Soul Clinic Community, creating mistrust in the minds of residents.Mr. Lee, an electrical technician, said when he encountered the suspects during the recent attack, one of them attempted to amputate his left hand with a sharp cutlass that seriously injured his hand.“After half an hour tussle the armed robbers succeeded in damaging the door and started beating on my wife with the back of the cutlasses that fateful morning,” Mr. Lee narrated.When the robbers stormed the doors at the long apartment building, they used special locks to lock up the rest of the rooms, preventing the other occupants from coming to their rescue.He said the incident has since been reported to the Soul Clinic Police depot which has launched an investigation into the incident.“I must let you and the rest of Liberians know that we are living in constant fear as those suspected armed robbers have made it their business to come every night to steal our properties,” victim Lee lamented.He suggested that the police and other security agencies step up their regular patrols during night hours in the various neighbourhoods.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

British Library App Brings Dickens, The Beatles, Beowulf to Your Smartphone

first_imgThe national library of Great Britain and the world’s largest library, the British Library, is launching its first smartphone app today for iPhone, iPad and Android. The “Treasures” app offers a selection of the items available in the Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery and includes over 100 collection items, 250 high-definition images, and 40 videos with expert commentary, as well as information about the Library’s current exhibitions.The app includes major literary, political and musical texts: the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Charles Dickens’s handwritten draft of Nicholas Nickleby, Nelson’s Battle Plan written before his victory at Trafalgar, Galileo’s letters, Jane Austen’s teenage writings, the original Magna Carta, Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks, and handwritten lyrics by The Beatles. The videos that accompany many of the items help put the collection in context and include, for example, linguist David Crystal discussing the poem Beowulf.Frances Brindle, British Library Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications stresses the importance of access to the library’s collections via mobile technologies. “The Library is committed to increasing access to its collections and broadening the reach of our services and this app demonstrates our commitment to engaging with the mobile community.”The iPhone and Android versions are available to download for £2.39 (US $3.99). The iPad version – in HD – will cost you £3.49 (US $5.99) There is an introductory discount for the apps that will run until January 24. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img audrey watters Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

“Do Not Track” Irony: Apache Developer Blocks It To Save It

first_imgTags:#Adobe#advertising#Microsoft#privacy#web#Web Development Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Do Not Track, a tool designed to afford users privacy as they browse through the Web, will be active by default when users install or first-run Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8. But in an effort to save Do Not Track, one developer for the popular Apache Web server is trying to to add a feature in Apache that will actively ignore any Do Not Track settings from any future IE 10 users.The controversial choice was made by Apache HTTP developer Roy Fielding, who actually authored part of the standard that dictates how Do Not Track (DNT) is supposed to work. The patch proposed for the popular Web server would effectively make all websites running Apache servers (about 60% of the world’s total sites) blithely ignore IE 10 browser’s requests for DNT -precisely because the feature is pretty much turned on by default.Security By Default Is A BAD Thing?Confused? It’s easy to get lost here, since one would think that a security feature that’s turned on by default would be a good thing. But Fielding has taken exception to this practice, taking the extraordinary step to specifically short-circuit Microsoft’s plans, which he sees as ultimately trying to bring DNT down. Here’s how DNT should work: a user decides that he or she does not want their information tracked by advertising and marketing sites and vendors as they surf around the Web. So they go into the settings of their browser (IE, Firefox or Chrome, to name the three most popular) and turn on DNT.After that, every time they visit a new site that would like to track them, the user’s browser sends a signal within the HTTP header informing the target website not to track that user. If the website’s managers and developers (as well as the advertisers paying to be on that site) choose to honor DNT, then the user will be allowed to go on their way unmolested by cookies and other such tracking measures. Note that participation by websites is voluntary.Microsoft Turns On Do Not Track in WIndows 8 / IE 10In late May, Microsoft announced that DNT would essentially be turned on by default in IE 10 when the new browser is released within Windows 8, due out in late October.“Consumers should be empowered to make an informed choice and, for these reasons, we believe that for IE10 in Windows 8, a privacy-by-default state for online behavioral advertising is the right approach,” wrote Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer Brandon Lynch at the time.In August, Lynch elaborated on how DNT would work in IE 10 and Windows 8.“DNT will be enabled in the ‘Express Settings’ portion of the Windows 8 set-up experience. There, customers will also be given a ‘Customize’ option, allowing them to easily switch DNT ‘off’ if they’d like,” Lynch indicated.Do Not Track Only Counts If It’s A “Choice”Not everyone agreed with Lynch’s judgement. Certainly not Fielding, and not Microsoft’s chief browser competitor Mozilla, makers of the Firefox browser, who believe that DNT should represent the user’s wishes, not a default setting from the browser maker.After Lynch’s initial May announcement, Mozilla’s Privacy and Data Policy Manager Alex Fowler blogged, “DNT allows for a conversation between the person sitting behind the keyboard and the site that they want to visit. If DNT is on by default, it’s not a conversation. For DNT to be effective, it must actually represent the user’s voice.”Surprise! Advertisers Don’t Like The Default OptionThat theme was avidly picked up by the Digital Advertising Alliance, which conveniently announced that it would not honor DNT from any user that had the setting turned on by default. Of course, since there’s no way a website can tell if DNT was flipped on by the user or set at the factory, the DAA basically washed its hands of having to honor DNT at all. (Or at the very least not honoring it for IE 10 users.)Fielding’s stance falls in line with Mozilla’s. In the comments to his patch to the Apache Web server defending his stance, Fielding wrote, “[t]he only reason DNT exists is to express a non-default option. That’s all it does. It does not protect anyone’s privacy unless the recipients believe it was set by a real human being, with a real preference for privacy over personalization.”What Does “Choice” Really Mean?Fielding’s patch has stirred up a firestorm of protests in the Internet developer and user community, with opponents arguing that Fielding, and by extension Apache, has no business dictating for millions of potential IE 10 users that privacy settings they thought were turned on will now be effectively negated.“My biggest concern with all of this is the fact that Apache thinks its OK to be the standards police like this,” blogged Yammer JavaScript engineer Oscar Godson, “It’s making the conscience decision to interpret a spec and give punishment to a vendor for not following it exactly (I think Microsoft did, but that’s beside the point). That’s just not how we’ve all decided to do the whole standards thing. We decided that we were going to stop with with the ‘this site looks best viewed in…’ banners and instead organically get vendors to follow along, not force them into following it and punishing users while they’re at it.”Questioning Motives?Since Fielding is also one of the authors of the DNT standard, which is currently in draft form, questions have also been raised about Fielding’s motivation. In his day job as a principal scientist with Adobe Systems, Fielding’s employers would have a vested interest in keeping tracking from being avoided.“Do you honestly believe it’s coincidence that the patch was submitted by an Adobe employee, given their position in the market? Do you not see how they benefit if the most widely used webserver (Apache) ignores the setting in the most widely used browser (IE)?,” commented developer Andy Cadley.But Fielding contents taht there’s conspiracy to be found here, it’s coming from Microsoft acting as an agent provocateur.“Microsoft deliberately violates the standard. They made a big deal about announcing that very fact. Microsoft are members of the Tracking Protection working group and are fully informed of these facts. They are fully capable of requesting a change to the standard, but have chosen not to do so. The decision to set DNT by default in IE 10 has nothing to do with the user’s privacy. Microsoft knows full well that the false signal will be ignored, and thus prevent their own users from having an effective option for DNT even if their user’s want one. You can figure out why they want that. If you have a problem with it, choose a better browser,” Fielding argued.In that context, Fielding claims to be actually trying to protect the standard as it is exists, and give organizations like the DAA less of an excuse to ignore DNT.Whatever his reasons, patch may amount to little more than a political statement from Fielding. To date, his patch has not been accepted by the main Apache team, so it isn’t yet part of any official Apache release. And even if the patch were accepted, it will be a simple matter for Web masters to turn it off.Still, the controversy is raising new questions about the very viability of Do Not Track at a time when it is being targeted by advertisers who still want to gather that all-important user data. Fielding’s medicine could be worse than the disease, but in yet another irony, that may be exactly what it takes to get the online industry to keep paying attention to their privacy obligations.Images courtesy of Shutterstock. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… brian proffittlast_img read more