AppleMagazine #318

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elementary 1 of 2 apple distinguished schools in state

During the night of the Nov. 14 Raleigh County Board of Education meeting, Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School was recognized for becoming an Apple Distinguished School for its innovative technology efforts it has taken part in over the past three years. To be classified as an Apple Distinguished School, leaders, faculty and staff use their vision for technology-rich environments to support learning goals. According to Apple’s official website, an Apple Distinguished School is a center of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrates Apple’s vision for learning with technology. Apple’s Education Development Executive David Diokno said during the meeting there are only 400 Apple Distinguished Schools in the world. “And of that 400, two of them are located in West Virginia,” Diokno said. “Cranberry-Prosperity should be very proud of themselves for working hard to achieve this goal.”…

risky stalemate as science battles human fears at fukushima

More than six years after a tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan has yet to reach consensus on what to do with a million tons of radioactive water, stored on site in around 900 large and densely packed tanks that could spill should another major earthquake or tsunami strike. The stalemate is rooted in a fundamental conflict between science and human nature. Experts advising the government have urged a gradual release to the nearby Pacific Ocean. Treatment has removed all the radioactive elements except tritium, which they say is safe in small amounts. Conversely, if the tanks break, their contents could slosh out in an uncontrolled way. Local fishermen are balking. The water, no matter how clean, has a dirty image for consumers, they say. Despite repeated tests showing most types…

prosecutors say chinese cyber firm was front for hackers

Three Chinese nationals are accused of operating a cybersecurity firm that used phishing scams and malware to steal data from international corporations. A federal indictment unsealed this week in Pittsburgh says the trio’s targets included Siemens AG, Moody’s Analytics in New York and Trimble Inc. in Sunnyvale, California. The indictment says they ran a company called Boyusec offering cybersecurity services to Chinese businesses. The men are accused of sending phony emails that look legitimate in order to hack into corporate computers across the world. Prosecutors say they concealed their identities and locations using aliases and valid credentials stolen from victim computer systems. They are charged with crimes dating to 2011. But with no extradition treaty with China, the chances are slim they will be brought to the U.S. to face them.…

uber trial on trade secrets delayed as federal probe emerges

A federal criminal investigation into alleged espionage at Uber has indefinitely delayed a trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from Waymo, a spinoff from Google. A former security manager for Uber testified in San Francisco on Tuesday that he believed the ride-hailing service had set up a secret unit to steal trade secrets from its rivals overseas. He didn’t specify which competitors that Uber had been targeting. U.S. District Judge William Alsup described the allegations that surfaced in a Justice Department investigation as “scandalous.” It’s the latest bit of intrigue surrounding Uber during the past year. Waymo’s lawsuit accusing Uber of stealing the technology had been scheduled to begin next Monday. On Tuesday, Alsup delayed it so Waymo can have more time to gather evidence.…

movies & tv shows

Logan Lucky In an attempt to reverse the family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute a robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. FIVE FACTS: 1. The state trooper who pulls over the elderly lady is the recently retired NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. 2. Katherine Heigl was originally cast but dropped out due to pregnancy. She was replaced with Katie Holmes. 3. Daniel Craig had to dye his hair bleach blond for the role of Joe Bang. 4. This is Channing Tatum’s fourth collaboration with Director Steven Soderberg. The others are Haywire (2011), Magic Mike (2012), Side Effects (2013) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). 5. This is the second film of 2017 to feature both Channing Tatum in its cast and John Denver’s ‘Take…

thanksgiving-black friday sales rose 11.9 percent

Despite holiday deals all month, shoppers still picked up their spending on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, one technology company says. Spending for Thursday and Friday together increased 11.9 percent compared with the same two-day period last year, says First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments across different forms of cards from 1.3 million merchants. Retail spending, which excludes grocery stores, restaurants, auto parts merchants and gas stations, rose 9.3 percent. The buying was helped by higher consumer confidence, low unemployment and cooler weather, the firm said. It said hurricane cleanup-related spending may also have had an effect. Texas, pummeled by Hurricane Harvey in August, had the second-highest percentage increase in sales, a rise of 13.4 percent that was fueled by electronics and furniture. Nationwide, both retail spending and overall spending rose…