iPhone users warned over ‘silent hack’ allowing crooks access your phone

first_imgiPhone users are being warned by Google that they may have been “quietly” hacked by rogue websites.The tech giant says simply visiting a website was enough to let hackers silently hijack your phone – giving them access to your photos, messages and more.According to Google’s cyber-sleuthing Project Zero team, hackers were previously able to gain access to your images and location info. The cyber-experts also warn that the hacking campaign affected most iPhone models, and went on for two years, according to a report. The bug, which has now been fixed, will be worrying for iPhone owners – particularly as the devices are well-known for their privacy and security.“There was no target discrimination – simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your site,” said Google’s Ian Beer, who works on the Project Zero team that discovered the bug.Google said that Apple was notified of the issue on February 1, 2019. Apple then patched the flaw six days later, protecting users against the bug.As always, it’s important to keep your iPhone updated with the latest software version to protect yourself against hacks.If you update to the latest software version, you’ll be safe from this particular exploit.“Keeping your software up to date is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your Apple product’s security,” Apple’s support page explains.The easiest way to update your iPhone is wirelessly – just follow these simple steps: Plug your iPhone into a power socket, and connect to a Wi-Fi networkTap Settings > General > Software UpdateTap ‘Download and Install’Tap ‘Install’ to update immediately, or tap ‘Later’ and choose ‘Install Tonight’ to update while your phone is plugged in overnightYou may have to enter your passcodeIf you don’t have enough space for the update on your phone, Apple may ask you if it can temporarily remove some apps from your phone.iPhone users warned over ‘silent hack’ allowing crooks access your phone was last modified: August 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

SA shines at Maritzburg MTB Cup

first_imgWomen’s downhillIn the women’s event, Great Britain’s Tracy Moseley celebrated her thirtieth birthday in style by capturing the title by finishing more than six seconds faster than second placed Emmeline Ragot in 4:20.15 seconds. “The course was great. It really suited me – high-geared and flat-out. I like that kind of riding!” Minnaar was not the only South African to excel. Burry Stander, from Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, turned in an outstanding performance in the men’s cross country to finish third overall and first in the under-23 category. ‘Sleepy Hollow’Known as “Sleepy Hollow”, Pietermaritzburg, when it comes to cycling, is anything but sleepy. It has hosted many of the world’s leading road cyclists in recent years in the World’s View Challenge. Now, it has enjoyed success in the Mountain Bike World Cup and, coming up in August, it will host the UCI BMX World Cup. ‘The course was great’“It was fantastic,” enthused Osl after her win. “The course was great. The long uphills hit the body constantly. 14 April 2009 “It was totally wicked!” reckoned Moseley. “I thought the course would never end. It was tough up towards the top – really technical. In the final, Graves made a blistering start and raced a superb race to relegate Prokop to second, with Lucas in third and Rinderknecht finishng fourth. Speaking about his victory on his home track, Minnaar said: “Man, I got great support today! All the guys up on the top of the course, and all the way down, they gave me the support I wanted. It was good to have so many home fans here, and they weren’t going to accept a second place,” he smiled. Andrew Neethling also flew the South African flag high, finishing in fourteenth place. In the women’s event, Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands showed why she is ranked number one in the world by taking victory. Great Britain’s Fionn Griffiths was second, with the Czech Republic duo of Romana Labounkova and Jana Horakova finishing third and fourth respectively. A former world championship silver medal winner, Graves faced former two-time world champion Michael Prokop of the Czech Republic, current world champion Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas of Spain, and 2008 World Championship silver medallist Roger Rinderknecht in the final, all three of whom had been beaten on the way to the title-deciding race. On lap six of the brutal seven-lap race Hermida managed to open a gap on Absalon and Stander. The Spaniard, despite the heat and very tough climbs, powered through the final lap to take victory, with Absalon finishing 30 seconds behind him and Stander a further 22 seconds later to huge cheers. “It was great to go the front so early from the start, as last year I was having problems with my start, but today I hit the front and looked back and no one was coming. I felt comfortable, but kept pushing.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material In 2010, Pietermaritzburg will host the UCI BMX World Championships and the following year it will again be a BMX World Cup venue. ‘The support was incredible!’Racing in South Africa against the world’s best proved to be a memorable experience for him. “The support was incredible!” exclaimed Stander. “The crowds made so much noise for me, I couldn’t hear myself think! Sabrina Jonnier claimed third to give France two riders on the podium, while South Africa’s Joanna Petterson finished in tenth place, with fellow South African Anke Martin ending twelfth. Minnaar then flashed down the course in an astonishing 3:43.44, exhibiting his trademark silky smooth riding style, while loudly supported by the partisan home crowd all the way along the route. Men’s cross countryIn Saturday’s cross country, Burry Stander gave the local crowd, many of them displaying “Go Burry!” placards, plenty to cheer. Throughout the race his position on the course could be gauged by the yelling of the crowd. Four-minute barrierIn qualifying, four minutes had proved to be the barrier that separated the top guns from the rest, but in the final 28 men went under that time. As the time approached for Minnaar and the rest of the leading riders to make their runs, so a large number of spectators began to make their way to the finish. A field that included Olympic champion Sabine Spitz of Germany and world champion Margarita Fullana had no answer to the diminutive Austrian as she continued to build on her lead throughout the race. By the end she was over two minutes clear of the second placed Russian Irina Kalentieva, who ended 39 seconds ahead of third placed Lene Byberg of Norway. Minnaar had qualified second fastest for the final behind Australia’s Mick Hannah. It was, he said after his victory, a blessing in disguise. Minnaar explained that it meant he had to ride an offensive race in the finals instead of defending his time. Women’s cross countryVictory in the women’s cross country went to Austria’s Elisabeth Osl who dominated the race, leading from start to finish, to win a World Cup event for the first time in her career. He was part of a group that set the early pace. It included current world champion Christoph Sauser of Switzerland, with whom he had recently team in the Absa Cape Epic. Others in the group were four-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist Julian Absalon, world number five Jose Antonio Hermida, and Swiss under-23 star Nino Schurter. ‘I’ve got my confidence back’A relieved and ecstatic Graves said afterwards: “I started thinking that I was incapable of winning the big races. But now, after today, I am relieved. I’ve got my confidence back. “It’s amazing to race a World Cup in my own country and to have such huge support. Thank you to everyone who came out to support me and to support mountain biking in South Africa.” Just past the halfway mark, the two Swiss riders, Sauser and Schurter fell off the pace, which left Stander, Hermida, and Absalon pushing the pace. Four-crossThe four-cross events also produced excellent racing. The men’s title went the way of Jared Graves on one of the longest four-cross tracks in the world. Enthusiastic crowds, way in excess of the organisers’ expectations, ensured the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg was a huge success, and local favourite and world downhill champion Greg Minnaar thrilled the fans by racing to a sensational victory in the final event of the weekend. New Zealander Cameron Cole set a time of 3:53.20 that stood as the mark to beat for a while, but Gee Atherton and Sam Hill both bettered it and Minnaar’s Santa Cruz Sydnicate team-mate Steve Peat took the time to beat below three minutes and 50 seconds with a run of 3:49.25. Additional reporting: MTB World Cup SA A very popular winnerThat left only Hannah with a chance of beating the South African star. He, too, flew down the course, but his time splits, shown on the big-screen television at the finish suggested he wouldn’t beat Minnaar. He didn’t, clocking 3:45.69, which left Minnaar a very popular winner by just over two seconds. The riders set off in inverse order from the times they set in qualifying. That meant Minnaar would be the second last man off. With a big field of 82 men taking part, it gave the crowd, many armed with vuvuzelas, plenty of time to take in the action from different viewpoints. It also allowed the excitement to build. “I would’ve preferred the whole course to be like that. None of us like pedalling! We’re downhillers! But it’s the best thirtieth birthday present a girl could wish for.” Men’s downhillIn mountain biking, the most adrenaline-pumping of all the events is the downhill, which features technical challenges, plenty of jumps, and speed, speed, speed. With Minnaar having won his third overall World Cup title in 2008, the Pietermaritzburg supporters expected him to rise to the challenge posed by the course in the Ferncliff Forests and he did.last_img read more

Siyazama: taking the world by storm

first_imgA member of the Siyazama Project showsoff two examples of her beaded dolls. Themes such as gender inequality, rape and sexual harassment; the plight of Aidsorphans; and the role of rural married women are evident in Sizayama crafts. (Images: Siyazama Project) Kate Wells, the founder of the Siyazama Project, said that the collaboration with FRONT is aimed at designing crafts that would be marketed internationally at high level design outlets. (Image: Society for the Arts in Healthcare) MEDIA CONTACTS • Professor Kate Wells  Siyazama Project: Founder  +27 31 373 6651 / +27 82 824 0922 RELATED ARTICLES • Global grannies unite against Aids • Keeping the story of HIV alive in South Africa • HIV/Aids in South Africa • Garden of Hope for HIV/AidsRay MaotaThe Siyazama Project, featuring traditional beaded crafts from the Kwazulu-Natal hinterlands, has taken the art world by storm and is giving dignity back to those affected by Aids.The project, started in 1998, gives the craftswomen involved a creative outlet to express their concerns about HIV/Aids and all of its complexities, through their colourful beaded cloth dolls and beadwork.It also allows the rural women to earn an income, as many are the sole breadwinners of their households because their husbands are migrant workers.Siyazama is an isiZulu word meaning “we are trying”.Initiated by Professor Kate Wells, senior design lecturer at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), the project was implemented as part of the design department’s Design Education for Sustainable Development initiative.The project communicates and spreads awareness on HIV/Aids through creative workshops, local and international exhibitions, museum collections, publications and ongoing research activities.There are 11 main contributors to the project but the number depends on orders – if there are many, the women will bring in family members to help.Wells said: “I learnt about the women through the African Art Centre in Durban in the mid- to late 1990s. The women made beaded dolls but could not access quality fabrics and beads.“We secured initial funding from the Ackerman Foundation, National Research Fund and the British Council to buy material.”Boosting Aids awarenessAt that time the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids was still rife in rural areas, and most people didn’t know the facts around the disease.“We were busy in our creative space and I could see there was something troubling the women so I asked what was wrong. They told me about this disease that they are afraid of and that everyone in their community was talking about,” said Wells.Wells said that although the Siyazama project started out as a way to help the women become self sufficient, this is why it evolved to become an Aids awareness initiative.Wells said: “Combining art and education was always evident in the women’s beaded dolls, as they would make dolls of raped women which were very graphic. This shows how the women communicated the struggles which were frowned upon in their communities.”Wells said there was a time when she gave them condoms to take home and was saddened by the repercussions.“Some of the women came back and revealed that they were beaten and verbally abused by their husbands,” she said. “I realised then that the approach had to be subtle and would involve building the confidence of the women to speak about it with their family and community.”The women are now “super-confident” according to Wells and are now regarded as Aids experts in their community, giving advice to young and old regarding the disease.Taking Siyazama to the worldConfidence has also been boosted by overseas visits involving exhibitions, interaction with other artists, and sharing secrets to their craft.The project held an exhibition at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture at Middlesex University, London in January 2003 – it was titled No Name Fever: Aids in the Age of Globalization.Later Siyazama took part in a large international exhibition of art and Aids in Gothenburg, in Sweden in 2005, and went on display at the Michigan State University Museum for over a year in 2006/7.In 2009/10, in conjunction with Konstfack Art and Design School in Stockholm, Sweden, Siyazama began working with an all-female designer group called FRONT.The aim was to design crafts that would be marketed internationally at high level design outlets.Wells said: “This project aims to catapult Siyazama Project crafts into a whole new genre of upscale marketing. Milan here we come.”In December 2011 the project exhibited at The A.R.T. Show at Durban’s Tatham Art Gallery.They exhibited a tower of 640 tiny beaded dolls that depicts the number of HIV/Aids orphans in Dannhauser, Kwazulu-Natal.Wells said: “Siyazama craftswomen produced hundreds of small, beautifully beaded child-figure dolls that collectively make a strong statement about the statistics with regard to Aids orphans in South Africa.“Our aim was to make sense of these statistics visually through an installation, from which we hoped to build awareness of the growing inhumane calamity in our part of the world. We saw it as a call to action.”South Africa is believed to have 3.7- million Aids orphans.Linda Rethman, Siyazama’s marketing manager, said: “This year we will also have a 2.5m high tower at OR Tambo Airport on display. Similar to the one shown at the Tatham Art Gallery, it will be on display at Tiger’s Eye in the departures section.”Putting it down on paperThe project has produced a new book, Siyazama: Art, Aids, Education in South Africa. The publication is a joint collaborative effort between Michigan State University in the US and the DUT.Wells said: “This is something that I always wanted to do. This book will always be available for generations to come to see what these amazing women were able to do.”The book has six chapters with biographies of all the women involved in the project. It also outlines works by the project and has contributions from professors with extensive knowledge on art and Aids.last_img read more

John Isner Is All Alone at Wimbledon

At a major international tournament, American men had a very bad day.Yes, the U.S. men’s soccer team did just fine Thursday, losing 0-1 to Germany but advancing to the knockout stage of the World Cup. But at Wimbledon, all but one of the four remaining American men exited the singles draw without winning a set. That leaves just John Isner to play in the third round. Isner is by far the highest-ranked American, but he’s often vulnerable to upsets at events outside the U.S.“I guess it’s better than last year. We didn’t have anybody past the second round,” Isner said of the American men’s success at Wimbledon, at a press conference Thursday. “At least there’s one guy past the second round.”Here’s a sign of how bad things have gotten for American men’s singles tennis: Even with all the early exits, Isner has to win just one more match for this tournament to count as a good Grand Slam by recent low standards. He’d be the lone American man in the fourth round for a second consecutive major, after five consecutive Grand Slams without any American man to make it to the Round of 16. The U.S. hasn’t had a male quarterfinalist at a Grand Slam since Isner and Andy Roddick reached that stage at the 2011 U.S. Open, nor a semifinalist in the five years since Roddick lost in the final at Wimbledon. No American man has won a major since Roddick did at the U.S. Open in 2003, and after every disappointing Grand Slam, the prospect of an American major champ seems farther away than it did at the one before.The situation is very different for the American women. They’re led by world No. 1 and five-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, who will be joined in the third round this year by her sister, Venus Williams, who also has won Wimbledon five times. Even more American women are outperforming their male counterparts. Three others have made the third round at Wimbledon, with one more, Victoria Duval — the 18-year-old who got into the tournament the hard way, by qualifying — still to play her second-round match.Isner isn’t an ideal American No. 1. He has a booming serve and one of the worst return games in the top 50. But without him, things would be truly bleak. For the third consecutive major, Isner is the only American man ranked high enough to get one of the 32 seeds. No other American man even ranks in the top 50.Sixteen countries have a No. 2 player ranked higher than the second-best American, No. 67 Sam Querrey, one of the players who lost on Thursday. Among the countries with a higher-ranked No. 2 player are Switzerland, Croatia and Austria, which have a combined population under 21 million — roughly the population of Texas. Three other countries with a population under 20 million have a No. 2 player ranked higher than Querrey. (It’s worth noting that tennis has become more popular globally since the 1980s, hence more countries are competing and leaving fewer spots for the traditional powers.) The strength of the No. 2 player matters, as a proxy for depth of talent and for the Davis Cup, the international team competitions with two singles slots.To Denis Kudla, a 21-year-old American who lost his second-round match here Thursday, international comparisons aren’t fair because of tennis’s relatively slight stature among U.S. sports. “Tennis is our fifth or sixth sport,” he said in an interview last week. “People just have to be patient.”American women fare better in the equivalent international comparison, perhaps partly because female athletes have fewer professional options and tennis is one of the most lucrative. Just two countries have higher-ranked No. 2 players than Sloane Stephens of the U.S.: Serbia and Italy.Strong prior American male generations — John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors; Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras — cast a long shadow over Roddick and his peers, former top-10 members James Blake and Mardy Fish. But the Roddick generation was far stronger than the current one, as demonstrated by the decline in the number of American players in the majors’ draws, of seeded American players and of American players who reach the third round. “I think what happened is, maybe we missed a generation,” Kudla said. “The generation behind Roddick maybe didn’t pan out like it was supposed to.”“Every country goes through a slump,” Benjamin Becker, a German player who played for Baylor University, said in an interview this week. “It’s not easy to always have these prodigies like Agassi, Sampras, McEnroe, [Jim] Courier and Connors. A lot of times, countries take generations off.” He added, “I’m very confident that an American player will be soon at the top level.”Two young Americans who hope to fulfill Becker’s prediction had modest success last week, qualifying for Wimbledon by winning matches on adjacent courts at the Bank of England Sports Centre while monitoring each other’s progress. Ryan Harrison, who was watching Kudla’s match during changeovers of his own contest, said in an interview that in an individual sport, national rankings don’t matter much. “The U.S. is always concerned about how many top players they have,” Harrison said. “The only thing I’m concerned about is my own development, my own career.”He added: “The U.S. has to really understand that we’re working. We’re doing what we can here.” read more

ESPN The Magazine Launches Own Web Site

first_imgAfter 10 years in print, ESPN The Magazine is finally getting its own Web site. Today, the company launched ESPNthemag.com, the first site dedicated exclusively to the magazine.“It was time,” says Robbyn Footlick, executive editor of multimedia. “A big ESPN initiative right now is focusing on developing all its content across all its platforms, so now seemed the right time to build out the magazine’s content online, including video.”The new site has been programmed like a TV network, Footlick explains, with a focus on what she calls “lunchtime programming” and updates throughout the day through blogs (what appears to be ESPN’s most aggressive blogging initiative to date) and a news infographic called “The World According to Us.” The site also features magazine content, online-exclusive stories and video. As part of the magazine’s 10th anniversary, the site includes a separate anniversary channel, featuring an interactive gallery of the more than 270 covers since the magazine’s launch.“The magazine has a different feel than the rest of the ESPN site and we really needed to represent that,” says Gabe Garner, director of interactivity for Sarkissian Mason, the firm that developed the site. He says the process took about six months. “We took a ground-up approach to the design and architecture of the site. We first needed to find ways regular readers of the magazine could get the print content they’re used to online. Then, we began to add rich media flourishes like ‘The World According to Us.’ That became a real centerpiece for bringing the magazine’s unique voice to the Web.”The site was soft-launched on Friday.last_img read more

5 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria

first_imgFive more Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in fighting for the Islamic State (IS) held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria, bringing to 10 the number of troops who lost their lives over two days, a report said.Ten soldiers were also wounded in the fighting between IS jihadists and the Turkish army, which is backing a campaign by Syrian rebels to take the town, the Dogan news agency said.Another five soldiers had already been killed in fighting on Wednesday.Turkey on August 24 began an unprecedented campaign inside Syria against IS and Kurdish militia which initially made rapid progress but has become mired in a deadly fight for Al-Bab since December.According to Dogan, 66 Turkish soldiers have now been killed in the Syria operation since it began in August, mostly in attacks by IS.Turkey had on Wednesday claimed significant progress in the battle to capture Al-Bab and signalled it was looking to push to the jihadist stronghold of Raqa in the next stage of the operation.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Al-Bab was now “surrounded on all sides” and the town’s outer neighbourhoods were “under control”.Al-Bab has been besieged since Monday, when government forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad advancing from the south cut off a road leading into the town.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggested that once Al-Bab was captured Turkey and its allies could send special forces to take Raqa, the de-facto capital for IS to the southwest.last_img read more