BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response provides practical guidance, expert opinion for decision makers

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Public and private policymakers are facing difficult questions about using digital tools and data for mitigating the global COVID-19 pandemic, and they are collaborating with the new BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response program at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society to work through them. 

The Digital Pandemic Response team works with decision makers as they navigate this uncharted territory. Recently, for instance, members proposed steps governors should take to improve the current testing delays in the U.S. 

“Dealing with the pandemic is not just a medical issue, or a public health issue, or a technological issue. It’s a leadership issue,” said Jonathan Zittrain,  BKC co-founder and Faculty Director. “Many state and local government officials have been working diligently not only to respond locally, but to coordinate nationally. There are many gaps to fill and new institutional relationships to forge for that to happen.” 

Digital Pandemic Response is

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Florida man attempts to buy Rolex watches with a check printed from his home computer

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    WALTON COUNTY, FL (WALA) — A Wewahithcka man walked into a car dealership in Okaloosa County and left in a Porsche after paying with a check printed from his home computer, officials reported Thursday.

Officials say 42-year-old Casey William Kelley was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle and uttering a false banknote after it was reported to Walton County Sheriff’s Office that he attempted to purchase Rolex watches with a bad check.

During the investigation, it was determined Kelley had purchased a Porsche 911 Turbo from a Porsche dealership in Destin by using a fraudulent check written for $139,203.05 on Monday, July 27th. The Porsche was reported stolen to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the next day, Kelley presented a check in the amount of $61,521 dollars to the jeweler in Miramar Beach attempting to purchase

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What Investors Need To Know, In Real Time

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“Super Thursday” is here! On the same day that other Big Tech heavyweights chime in on their second calendar quarter results, Apple will release its own fiscal third quarter earnings report.

Expect Apple’s press release to hit the wires this Thursday, July 30, at around 4:30 p.m. EST. The earnings call is set to start at 5 p.m. EST, and will be broadcast on the company’s investor relations page.

The Apple Maven will follow all the action starting at 4 p.m. EST. But first, let’s do a quick recap of what’s to come, and what I will be paying close attention to today. 

(Otherwise, scroll straight down to the “Live Coverage Starts Here!” section for real time insights).

Previewing Apple’s Fiscal Third Quarter 2020

I have published a series of articles about Apple’s fiscal third quarter. Most recently, I released my final recap 12-minute video that you can watch on

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Dallas sports technology duo created a robotic quarterback. The NFL is catching on

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Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti are the co-founders of Monarc, a Dallas-based sports technology company.

While developing the world’s first robotic quarterback, Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti never anticipated their invention would be sidelined by a pandemic, virtually shutting down practice time.

They are finding that NFL players are using their technology as a way to practice at home while socially distancing.

Karlicic and Maganti are the co-founders of Monarc, a Dallas-based sports technology company. After years of development, Monarc released “The Seeker,” a robotic training device with the capabilities of a quarterback.

The Seeker uses a tracking device to “throw” the football, creating realistic drills for wide receivers, Karlicic said.

Click here for a gallery of more photos of the device in action. 

“We say (robotic) quarterback because it allows people to train alone for the first time ever,” Karlicic said.

Current NFL players such as tight ends George

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Turkey to restrict social media

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Turkish lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday that would give the government sweeping new powers to regulate social media content.

The bill orders social media platforms with over 1 million daily users — such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — to open offices in Turkey and imposes stiff penalties if the international companies refuse, including slowing the bandwidth of the sites and making them largely inaccessible.

These offices would be responsible for responding to the demands of the government and individuals to block or remove content hosted on their platforms that is deemed offensive. They would have 48 hours to comply and could be fined more than $700,000 if they fail to respond.

The new law, which is expected to go into effect Oct. 1, also requires the social media companies to store user data inside Turkey, raising privacy concerns.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his governing AKP party, having already taken

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Fix Smart Check passed, Short DST Failed error on HP computer

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Smart Check passed, Short DST Failed is a sign that there is something wrong with the hard drive. One neat thing about computers is their ability to do self-monitoring. One component that will be looked at that does self-monitoring is the Hard Drive. Hard drives use S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) to measure their reliability and see if they are failing.

Let us get SMART on what is DST failure errors.

What is S.M.A.R.T

S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) is used by hard drives to measure their reliability and see if they are failing. The S.M.A.R.T capability is built into every hard drive and tests every aspect of its performance to make sure it is performing up to the required standards. S.M.A.R.T will check on aspects from Read/Write speed, error rates to the internal temperature. Each time the computer starts a Short Disk Self Test is performed.


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5 reasons OnePlus Nord wins 2020

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OnePlus and other smartphone companies made more powerful smartphones than the OnePlus Nord in the year 2020. But because of the OnePlus Nord’s unique combination of features, price, and design finesse, this is a smartphone that’s not to be missed. The potential for OnePlus in the near future is far more important than the release of this one phone – but it’s this one phone that gives us every indication that OnePlus has a future with great potential.

5. Graphic Design

OnePlus got smart about graphic design rather early, they’ve had decent design on basically every smartphone since the start. In the last couple of years, OnePlus really sharpened their graphic style, and clarity of intent. OnePlus Nord reveals OnePlus as a company that’s as intelligent about design evolution and refinement as it is about hype.

4. OxygenOS

OxygenOS is the name OnePlus uses for their ever-so-slightly modified version of

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Green Hills Software Welcomes Argus Cyber Security into Its Rich EcoSystem of Automotive Partners

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The partnership follows a successful automotive customer collaboration in which the Argus Control Flow Integrity product has been jointly integrated to work with Green Hills Software’s industry-leading optimizing C/C++ compiler. The joint solution will be securing safety-critical ECUs in vehicles of a major European OEM starting in Calendar Year 2021. As vehicles become increasingly dependent on software and connectivity, their exposure to cyber-attacks increases. Leveraging the existing security and safety capabilities of the Green Hills C/C++ Compiler, the Argus Control Flow Integrity integration supports AUTOSAR classic devices running on the Renesas RH850 processor family, providing protection from cyber attacks such as buffer overflows with zero false positives. 

“By optimizing Argus Control Flow Integrity for the Green Hills Compiler, we have succeeded in reducing the complexity and time involved for automotive software developers to enhance cyber security in their platforms,” said Nir Rozen, VP Product Management, Argus Cyber Security.


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Technology giants lead gains as S&P 500 closes 4th winning month

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NEW YORK >> Big Tech continues to steamroll through the coronavirus pandemic, and strong gains for some of the market’s most influential companies today helped Wall Street close out its fourth straight winning month.

The S&P 500 rose 24.90 points, or 0.8%, to 3,271.12 following blowout profit reports from Apple and several other tech titans. The gains didn’t come easily, though, and the stock market flipped up and down through the day amid worries about the economy and whether Congress can find agreement on more aid for it.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down as many as 300 points before finishing the day up 114.67, or 0.4%, at 26,428.32. The Nasdaq composite jumped 157.64, or 1.5%, to 10,745.27 on the strength for tech stocks, which also accelerated in the last hour of trading.

Despite the gains, caution was clearly present across markets as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cloud

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UN experts warn of closing digital space amid COVID-19 pandemic – World

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GENEVA (30 July 2020) – UN human rights experts today warned of increased patterns of closing of digital spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Special Rapporteurs* attending the annual RightsCon conference on human rights in the digital age, the first fully online, stressed that “COVID-19 has made us even more reliant on digital technologies and the space they create for civic engagement. With the closing of civic space and restrictions on offline media, access to universal, open, affordable, secure, and stable Internet is vital to save lives, to prevent abuses, to continue to promote and protect human rights and urgently increase access to information”.

“Digital technologies that construct and surround the space in which we conduct our lives during these unprecedented times must not be used by governments or companies to restrict fundamental freedoms, reduce civic space, and target civil society actors, including human rights defenders,” they said.

The independent

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