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The Scopes Monkey Trial and global warming: Same playbook, different football – Baptist News Global

Posted: July 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm

A business owner, a school superintendent and a lawyer walk into a bar . Sounds like the beginning of a lame joke, right? Well, it was definitely a joke even worse than the kind of joke that might illicit an eye roll from spouse or friends. Ninety-two years ago this week, one of the greatest legal farces in history commenced in the small town of Dayton, Tenn. It all started at a drug store lunch counter as many things do in a small town when a manager at a local company met with the school superintendent and a local attorney. The story goes that the businessman, George Rappleyea of the Cumberland Coal and Iron Company, hatched a plan designed to bring much needed publicity to Dayton. So, you must wondering, what kind of publicity campaign did they devise? They, of course, decided to bring suit against a 24-year-old substitute teacher named John T. Scopes, for unwittingly teaching evolution in science class.

Pit fundamentalist Christians against modernist ones. Place science and the Bible itself on trial. Drive a wedge between conservative people of faith and the scientific community. Create a cloud of doubt and fear about scientific claims, and instead of encouraging people to study and wrestle with the claims themselves, encourage a spirit of bitter resentment and dismissal. Create a media driven campaign to discredit scientists, thereby discrediting science in general. Make sure all this is started and largely funded by a leader in the fossil fuels industry. Make sure the ACLU (among others) is on the side of the liberal, anti-God movement.

Now, instead of the Scopes Monkey Trial, think global warming and climate change. Its the same playbook, folks. As people of faith we should be able to recognize and name a farce when we see one, and stand up for truth in the face of propaganda meant to drive a wedge between good people of faith. Care for creation may well be the most pressing ethical and theological issue of our time, and the church cannot allow disinformation and indoctrination to rule the day.

We live in a time of seemingly unprecedented political division, and many organizations and movements decry the changes in our culture, and the progress we are making. Harry Emerson Fosdick said in his famous sermon, Shall the Fundamentalists Win, The new knowledge and the old faith cannot be left antagonistic or even disparate, as though a man on Saturday could use one set of regulative ideas for his life and on Sunday could change gears to another altogether. We must be able to think our modern life clear through in Christian terms, and to do that we also must be able to think our Christian faith clear through in modern terms. Think that sounds tough in modern times? How about postmodern times?

Many of the same challenges that existed in the last century persist today. Pastors in churches across the country face the challenge of placing faith in the contemporary context a context marked by sweeping and rapid change. One peer-reviewed article I recently read cites that the only cross-segment of American society that has grown in its distrust of science since the late 1970s is Protestant Evangelicals. Let that sink in for a minute. Think about how that fact impacts our political climate. Think about how that fact impacts our planetary climate. Simply astounding.

Interesting, is it not, that the rise of evangelical distrust in science itself coincides with the rise of the so-called Moral Majority and the culture wars of the 1980s and 90s?

Its been nearly a hundred years since The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, but for many, science (or the Bible depending on your perspective) remain on trial. As Christians, we (perhaps) still struggle to speak of faith and science in ways that dont alienate or divide people in our churches. In 1925, the conversation was about the future of education and about the nature of religion, focusing largely on the history of humanity. Today the conversation between science and faith revolves around the future of the planet, the ethics of human genetic engineering, human sexuality, and the nature of religion itself, focusing largely on the future of humanity.

The conversations between science and faith will never go away. As scientific knowledge exponentially proliferates at unprecedented rates, those of us in faith communities need to strongly consider how we are called to respond to the discoveries and claims of the scientific community. I fear many are still living in 1925.

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Don’t Worry About US Space Leadership – Bloomberg

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Pretty cool.

In the realm of space exploration, Americans may have not only separated into bubbles but split into entire parallel universes. Last week, in one universe, Vice President Michael Pence vows to regain Americas lost leadership in space. In the other, NASA demonstrates its continued leadership by announcing that the spacecraft Juno is giving the world its first close-up view of Jupiters iconic red spot. Not that U.S. leadership was the main point of this exercise. The scientists are excited to learn about this wonder of the universe –a swirling storm bigger than our entire planet.

In one universe, the Trump administration is going to fix what ails American space exploration. For nearly 25 years, governments commitment seems to have not matched the spirit of the American people, Pence told an audience at the Kennedy Space Center on July 6. In the other universe, Americans and other interested parties from around the world are so thrilled with the Juno mission that they are downloading the raw data from NASA and turning it into images, which range from realistic visualizations to artistic renderings.

Jupiter’s red spot is weirdly persistent, considering that earthly storms come and go in a matter of days. As Caltech planetary scientist Andrew Ingersoll describes it, the spot is like a ball bearing rotating between two opposing jet streams. It has been there since the time people were first able to view the face of our solar systems largest planet with telescopes in the late 1600s, he said. For reasons that arent well understood, the spot has suddenly started shrinking. It was three times the size of Earth when the spacecraft Voyager flew by in the 1970s, but now its only 1.4 times the size of our planet.

Juno skimmed by the storms cloud tops at a tenth the distance of Voyager and other previous spacecraft, and its instruments allowed the first view beneath the surface of those clouds. Ingersoll said it should be able to see whether the spot has deep roots – meaning that the storm might extend downwards more than 100 miles. They may also get clues to another mystery — why the spot is red.

The craft arrived at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, and it has already started giving scientists a view below the cloud tops. They expected all the action to be at the top, with something more uniform and bland beneath, said principal investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute. Instead, theyve encountered a surprising amount of structure and action beneath the surface — something different everywhere they peer.

If any other country had launched such a successful mission, politicians would be out of their minds not to mention it in a major speech on space exploration. And this is no isolated success. The team guiding the Cassini spacecraft is giving us a grand finale this summer of an inspiring tour of Saturns rings and moons. The Chandra X-ray Observatory is still showing us views of otherwise invisible gases bursting from supernova explosions or swirling into supermassive black holes. The Kepler satellite has revealed the presence of thousands of planets orbiting other stars, and the Hubble telescope continues to change the way we understand the origin and nature of our universe.

In Pences universe, none if this is apparently worth mentioning. The red spot is pretty, but you cant build a golf course on it. Pences speech suggested that real space exploration requires astronauts. Our nation will return to the moon and put American boots on the face of Mars, he said, painting a strangely militaristic image.

Why I asked a handful of space scientists what they thought of Pences concern about U.S. leadership — whether wed lost it and whether it would matter if we did. They all said essentially the same thing — that our leadership is only reinforced by the fact that Europe, China, Japan and India are starting to explore the solar system. While Pence waxed visionary about sending astronauts to places our childrens children can only imagine, Americans have sent people farther into space than any other nation, and now play a leading role in the International Space Station.

Mars has been beckoning for decades, and many administrations before Trumps have made noise about sending people. Scientists havent completely ruled out the possibility that simple life started on Mars and may survive still under the surface. Astronaut-scientists might be able to do the drilling and analysis to finally get an answer. But would it be so bad if the boots of those scientists werent all American?

In terms of sheer distance, we cant compete with our robots. They acquire new superpowers every year, while the American body hasnt changed, except, on average, to get fatter. Besides, people can dream big about robotic missions. I would to see a probe in orbit around Pluto, a submarine exploration of Europas ocean, or sailing the methane seas of Titan, said astronomer Tod Lauer of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Arizona.

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Lauer said he understands the desire to walk around on other worlds. In the 1960s, he said, he remembers being 11, staring at a model of the moon, when a teacher asked him if hed like to go there someday. He did want to go to the moon, he said, and back then it seemed a realistic enough goal. None of the really giant dreams from then came true, he said, and I still emotionally miss that alternate future.

But the actual 21st century has not been so bad. Lauer said he was one of the first people to see close-ups of the surface of Pluto by analyzing data from the New Horizons mission and turning it into images. Maybe its good that Trump and his people have shown no interest in these sorts of missions. Otherwise they might start naming things after themselves.

This week, citizen scientists are picking up the raw data from Junos July 10 flyby and creating the first close-ups of the red spot. The first person to see each new part of Junos itinerary doesnt have to be an astronaut. It could be any school kid or science enthusiast from any country. It could be you.

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To contact the author of this story: Faye Flam at fflam1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tracy Walsh at twalsh67@bloomberg.net

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Judge Duebbert spends five minutes before grand jury – Belleville News-Democrat

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The Tell-Tale Heart – Lawfare (blog)

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The Internet of Things is a marvel.Cars, medical devices, homes, refrigeratorsall of them now come with silicon chips and data collection, analysis and sharing capabilities. For the most part the enhancements in efficiency, connectivity and cost-reduction make the use of IoT a no-brainer.But lurking in the background are a host of unaddressed issues of cybersecurity, civil liberties, transparency, accountability, and privacy.Today’s story of the Tell-Tale Heart lies at the intersection of technology, privacy and criminal law.

According to CNet, Ross Compton’s house caught on fire.Notwithstanding his protestations, the authorities came to believe that the fire might have been caused by arson and that Compton had set the fire to collect on the insurancce. So far, a fairly standard case and, presumably (the story does not say) the investigation proceded on normal lines (e.g. looking for accelerants as evidence of arson). Then it took a turn.

You see, Compton has a heart pacemakerone that records data about heart rythms and the like. Compton had told the police that he was awakened from sleep by the start of the fireand an enterprising prosecutor in Butler County Ohio got to thinking that the data from Compton’s pacemaker might rebut that claim.They obtained a warrant for the data from Compton’s pacemaker. (It is not clear from the various storiessee, here, here, and hereexactly how the evidence was collected, that is whether it was from Compton himself or from his doctor and whether the process served was actually a warrant based on probable cause or a grand jury subpoena.)Using that data, the prosecutor then proffered the testimony from a cardiologist that the information he had reviewed was not consistent with Compton’s story. The news of the day is that Compton’s motion to supress has been denied and that his trial is scheduled for later this year.

To begin with, it seems to me that the judge’s ruling is likely canoncially correct under existing law.Assuming that a warrant was issued based on probable cause, the Fourth Amendment objections seem to lose force.And it has long been the law that a defendant does not have a Fifth Amendment privilege against providing physical evidence that might implicate him in a crime.The Amendment is limited, under Supreme Court doctrine, to compelled testimony. The seminal case on these points, involving blood alcohol, is Schmerber v. California.

This seems, however, to be another instance in which technological development is outstripping the law. Consider the implications of a rule in which the IoT is generally a source of evidence for criminal investigations (or civil suits):

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I am not sure what the right answer is here. After all, one can readily imagine any number of circumstances in which evidecne relevant to a crime (or a terrorist incident) might reside in an IoT device.And, at least in the traditional view, if a warrant was actually issued (again, I am not clear from the stories) then Compton’s rights got the gold-standard in protection against government abuse. Yet at the same time, this transition feels like a privacy invasion of a different sort than being required to give up fingerprints or even blood. What I do know for sure is that the transition is happening in an unexamined way … and it strikes me as clear that more thoughtful consideration would benefit everyone.

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Bastille Day reminds us that our Second Amendment debates are distorted – Washington Post

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By Noah Shusterman By Noah Shusterman July 14 at 6:00 AM

Noah Shusterman is the author of “The French Revolution: Faith, Desire, and Politics,” and is currently researching 18th-century militias. He teaches history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Every year on July 14, France celebrates its national holiday, commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789. The festivities include fireworks, dances and a military procession through Paris.

Ironically, it was fear of the French army that first led Parisians to storm the Bastille. And distant though that event may be in both time and place, Americans should take note: this kind of scenario is why the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution exists. Both those storming the Bastille and those ratifying the Bill of Rights had a genuine fear of a standing army as the enemy of a true republic a fear that shows just how disconnected modern readings of the Second Amendment have become.

[Trump loves a military parade its one reason hes gone to Paris]

Gun rights advocates argue that the founders included the amendment to protect the people from a tyrannical government. To an extent, they are correct. But the founders were concerned about a specific kind of tyranny. They were worried about the same thing that the Parisians were worried about on the eve of the storming of the Bastille: that a despot would order his soldiers to attack the citizens. A citizens militia, by replacing the army, could prevent that scenario from happening.

In recent years, the idea of the Second Amendment as a justification for standing up to the government has become more popular. Todays visions of armed resistance, though, have become unhinged from the Amendments 18th-century moorings, in ways that make appeals to what the founders thought ring hollow. The story of the storming of the Bastille can help, by showing how an 18th-century Second Amendment solution was meant to work and how ideas of military service have changed since the Early Republic.

In early July 1789, Frances National Assembly was less than a month old. It represented a new beginning for a nation accustomed to absolutist rule. When the troops arrived in the region, Parisians believed that the king or someone close to him had ordered them to destroy the Assembly and put an end to Frances Revolution. This, in a nutshell, was the kind of action that the Second Amendment was meant to prevent.

Parisians were unwilling to wait andsee what would happen. On July 12, on the initiative of the citys government, Parisian men began arming and organizing themselves into a militia. In a well-constituted state, one city leader told a town meeting, every citizen is obliged to bear arms in defense of the fatherland.

By the morning of July 14, 1789, tens of thousands of Parisian men had joined the new militia. They seized guns from a Paris arsenal. Lacking gunpowder and ammunition, they attacked the Bastille prison, which had a large supply inside its walls. The storming of the Bastille had begun.

It had begun, moreover, so that the Parisian citizens, organized into a militia and under local government leadership, could fight against Frances professional army. This, in a nutshell, was the Second Amendment solution, tested two months before the Bill of Rights and with it, the Second Amendment would be written, and two years before itwould be added to the Constitution.

To be clear, there was no causal link between the storming of the Bastille and the writing of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Both, though, borrowed from the same groups of ideas. Americans were even more fearful than the French of a standing army of professional career soldiers. For the founders, such an army was incompatible with a free society, because salaried career soldiers were loyal to their leaders, not to the society they served. Kings or generals could order their soldiers to do anything, including marching on the citizens themselves. That Frances king could order his troops into the Paris region seemed to confirm such fears.

How could a society defend itself, though, without relying on professional soldiers? The 18th-century answer to standing armies was the citizens militia, in which all citizens were part-time militiamen. In any other society, freedom existed at the whim of the military leaders, but an armed, trained, and organized society depended only on itself. Hence the militias necessity to a free state.

The Second Amendment said all of this in its first 13 words A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state without spelling it out as explicitly as it might have. Virginias 1776 Bill of Rights made the links clearer: That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and be governed by, the civil power. The phrasing was different but the ideas were the same: for a society to be free, there could be no professional army. Citizens had to be soldiers, and soldiers citizens.

At the Bastille, French citizens were putting those ideas into action. Storming the prison began as a means to an end, a way to better prepare Parisians to face off against the army. Once the attackers took over the prison, though, the gunpowder became an afterthought. A multiday celebration began.

Still, the militia formed during the preceding days remained in place. Thomas Jefferson, in France at the time, wrote of 50, or 60,000 men in arms in Paris. The king ordered his soldiers back to the border.

The people, armed, organized and under the leadership of the local government, had stood up to Frances Royal Army, and the king had backed down. This was the kind of resistance to the government that the founders had in mind, and it was a far cry from the kinds of resistance seen or even proposed in the United States today.

Over the past two centuries, changes in public perception of the military have made the original vision of the Second Amendment unrecognizable. The nation has moved away from the mandatory militia service that the founders took from granted. As part-time militia service became unpopular among citizens, Americans came to embrace their professional army, and being a career soldier became the highest form of patriotism.

As a result, it has become harder to understand what these well regulated militias were and why they were necessary for the security of the free state. But the storming of the Bastille serves as a reminder that those who would haul out the founders to defend the modern Second Amendment would do well to remember how much American society has changed since the 1790s.

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What Senator Kid Rock Might Mean for the Second Amendment – Breitbart News

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Interviews from the past several years provide clear insight into the Romeo, Michigan, natives position on firearms.

During an April 13, 2013, interview, then-CNN host Piers Morgan asked Kid Rock if he owned a lot of guns and he responded, Yes, tons. Morgan then asked if Kid Rock was safe with his guns, to which he responded, Yes. Morgan then appeared to search for a flaw he could exploit by asking, Why do you trust 315 million other Americans to be safe with them?

Kid Rock simply smiled and said, Cause I got one.

Morgan asked, Do you need to have one for protection? Kid Rock responded, I need to have one. When I go to Detroit, I am never in Detroit without my gun. Ever. Right by my sideloaded, ready. Morgan added, And you wouldnt hesitate to use it? to which Kid Rock replied, No, not at all.

Love for firearms check.

Firearms are for self-defense check.

Now, how about hunting?

On June 20, 2016, Kid Rock gave an interview to Petersens Hunting in which he explained that Hank Williams Jr., introduced him to hunting and the two now share ownership of some hunting grounds in Alabama. Kid Rock said, I always loved guns, but we never really hunted. [Hank]got me into it, and I finally got the itch. I got the bug. The more time I spent with Hank, well, he just doesnt do much other than hunt, collect guns, and make music. Going to visit him in Tennessee and Alabama was what hooked me. I have to give all the credit to him.

When Petersens asked Kid Rock how he responds to anti-hunting propaganda in 21st-century America, he said:

I like win-wins in life. I like things that are all positive. To me, thats hunting. You form bonds with other hunters, you eat healthier, and you become better at, well, life. I see hunting as an American tradition. Its a rite of passage to me. Theres so much family and friendship involved that its really just the backbone of this country.

It is interesting to note that Kid Rock celebrated Donald Trumps presidential victory by releasing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words, God, Guns & Trump. Now might be the time for aGod, Guns, & Senator Kid Rock t-shirt; it could be a shirt made to celebrate the fact that a Second Amendment candidate is running against gun control Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host ofBullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter:@AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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Seattle’s ‘democracy voucher’ under fire: ‘Clear violation of 1st … – Fox News

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The City of Seattle is experimenting with a first-in-the nation program that potentially makes every adult a campaign donor.

Under the democracy voucher program, every resident who is a registered voter has been mailed four $25 vouchers. Only candidates can redeem the vouchers for cash, but first they have to convince people to sign them over, which is why Jon Grant rarely meets someone without asking them for their vouchers.

Under the democracy voucher program, every resident who is a registered voter has been mailed four $25 vouchers. Only candidates can redeem the vouchers for cash, but first they have to convince people to sign them over. (Fox News)

Were funding our campaign through the democracy voucher program, Grant tells a homeowner in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. So far Grants strategy has worked. His campaign has collected more than $200,000. Grant says 95 percent of the money has come from vouchers.

SEATTLE SEDNING VOTERS TAX-FUNDED VOUCHERS TO SPEND ON CAMPAIGNS

I think whats really exciting about this is every voter now has kind of a level playing field, said Grant, each has $100, which is essentially a coupon, that you can give to a candidate that matches your values.

Not everyone is thrilled with the program. Its funded by a property tax worth $30 million over 10 years, which the city calculates will cost the average homeowner $12 per year.

But its not about the amount of money for Mark Elster, a Seattle resident who along with another resident and help from the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank, has sued to stop the program. Elster does not support any of the candidates running for office and feels his money is providing political speech to those with whom he vehemently disagrees.

With three weeks to go before the primary, only 4 percent of the vouchers have been returned and cashed in by candidates who qualify. (Fox News)

Its a clear violation of First Amendment rights, said Elster. With free speech comes the right not to speak.

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Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, would not comment directly on the lawsuit, but defends the voucher program.

Most people have never had a candidate knock on their door and ask them to make a campaign contribution, Barnett said. Its empowering to people in a way theyve never been empowered before.

About 500,000 registered voters were mailed vouchers, but many more people are eligible to receive them if they apply. Non-citizens who are in the country legally cant vote, but they can get $100 worth of vouchers.

Jon Grant makes no apologies for seeking vouchers from everyone. The former director of the Tenants Union, who has been endorsed by the Democratic Socialist party, has collected vouchers from government-subsidized renters, new immigrants and some people living in illegal homeless camps. Its pushed Grant into the fundraising lead and has allowed him to have six paid campaign staffers. Two years ago, when he ran for the same seat against the incumbent, he raised only $75,000 through November and he could pay only one person.

One goal of the democracy voucher program is to reduce the amount and influence of money in politics. In exchange for receiving vouchers, candidates agree to a spending cap. The primary the cap is $150,000, from any combination of vouchers and private donations.

One goal of the democracy voucher program is to reduce the amount and influence of money in politics. In exchange for receiving vouchers, candidates agree to a spending cap. (Fox News)

But the Elections Commission has already lifted the spending cap.

Candidate Teresa Mosqueda, who has raised $100,000 in vouchers and another $85,000 in private donations, asked that the limit be lifted because an opponent who has opted out of the voucher program is raising a lot of private donations. Sarah Nelson, a brewery owner, is supported by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Her biggest donor is Amazon.

Four other candidates for City Council want to access vouchers, but havent qualified to receive the money. The bar to qualify is collecting 400 donations of at least $10 and matching signatures. Dr. Hisam Goueli is several dozen signatures short and is frustrated by the system.

I believe in its original intent, Goueli said. The problem is the program has become so cumbersome that its basically tanked our campaign.

With three weeks to go before the primary, only 4 percent of the vouchers have been returned and cashed in by candidates who qualify. Any voucher money that goes unused this year will roll over to the next election cycle.

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The best security apps to lock down your Android phone – The Daily Dot

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With so much sensitive information on your Android smartphone, security should always be a priority. Malware, theft, physical access to your phone and eavesdropping are just some of the security troubles that youre up against when youre using your smartphone to connect to the internet.

Below are some of our favorite Android security apps that can help manage and deal with the threats to your phone.

As you take your phone with you everywhere, losing it to theft or your own ignorance is not beyond imagination. There are a number of apps that can help you recover your phone or at least make sure that none of its sensitive data falls into the hands of the wrong people.

One of them is Googles Find My Device, a free app formerly known as Android Device Manager. Once you install and activate Find My Device on your phone, youll be able to remotely perform a number of tasks through the apps website. This includes locating your phone, sounding an alarm, or wiping the data altogether in case you become certain that you can no longer recover your device.

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An alternative to Find My Device is Cerberus, a paid app that adds extra features such as taking pictures and recording audio and video of the device holder, displaying messages that stay on the screen, and remote shell access to your phone.

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Most people lend their phone to friends, family, or even strangers who want to make a phone call, oblivious to the fact that by doing so theyre temporarily exposing all their sensitive information.

AppLock is an application thatas the name suggestsenables you to lock down various apps. Once you install and activate it, the selected apps will require a PIN code to open. This can protect you against nosy friends and strangers who want to go through your chat logs and photos, or who might want to change your phone settings.

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Cybercriminals are always looking for ways to compromise smartphones and remotely steal information. One of their conventional methods for doing so is to install apps with malicious code on their victims phones and use them to exfiltrate sensitive data. Android phones are especially vulnerable to this scheme because, as opposed to iPhone, its easier to install apps on them that havent been published on Google Play store and havent undergone professional vetting.

GlassWire is the best Android security app for monitoring the data usage of various apps installed on your phone in real time. The app lets you see a live graph of your apps data consumption and will alert you when a specific apps data usage spikes. Its a good tool to detect apps that are conducting unusual and suspicious activities.

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If youre a regular user of free Wi-Fi in public locations and malls, you should know that theyre riddled with security threats. If youre not wary, malicious actors can intercept your internet traffic and steal your data or alter it. One of the best methods to protect yourself against theft or manipulation of data is the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPN). A VPN encrypts all your internet traffic, making it undecipherable to eavesdroppers. There are a handful of decent free VPN apps available on Android.

For secure browsing, you can also use Orfox, the mobile version of Tor browser. Like its desktop counterpart, Orfox encrypts your browser traffic and deflects it across several nodes before sending it to its destination, protecting you against both local spies and mass surveillance.

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There are a number of decent endpoint protection solutions available for Android. The best Android security app for this is arguablyAvast Antivirus and Security, a free app that offers an impressive range of security tools and features. Once installed, Avast will provide antivirus protection, monitor your apps for unusual activity and scan URLs for malware.

Avast also has an app locking feature, though it is limited to two apps when youre on the free plan. You can also block certain apps from using Wi-Fi or network, which can be handy for security.

Ben Dickson is a software engineer and the founder of TechTalks. Follow his tweets at @bendee983 and his updates on Facebook.

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Top 4 Altcoins Supported by Cryptocurrency ATMs – The Merkle

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Bitcoin ATMs have been a valuable addition to the whole ecosystem. Even though they are still only found in specific locations, their presence is growing every single month. It also appears these ATMs are no longer being used to just buy and sell Bitcoin these days. Below are four altcoins which are supported by some Bitcoin ATMs around the world.

Although Dogecoin is often considered to be the meme of cryptocurrency, demand for this particular coin is a lot stronger than most people give it credit for. In fact, Dogecoin has seen its spurts of popularity over the past few years, which is now translating into some minor success in the cryptocurrency ATM market.

Even though there were far more Bitcoin ATMs installed by the end of June compared to the beginning of the month, additional machines provide Dogecoin support. Only five ATM support Dogecoin currently. But it is one of the only four altcoin found oncryptocurrency ATMs. This makes Dogecoin part of an elite club, in a way.

One would not expect Dash to be supported by so few cryptocurrency ATMs, but that is the case. Thereare now seven different ATMs around the world supporting DASH. That is still a relatively small number, but it is a 40% increase compared to June 1st. It is good to see altcoins gain some support from ATM manufacturers and operators.

Despite its popularity among traders, Ethereum is not thatpopular incryptocurrency ATMs. Even though there are now 13 machines supporting ETH -up from 9- there is still a very long way to go. It remains unclear how popular ETH is when it comes to cryptocurrency ATMs in general. With the number of cryptocurrency ATMs supporting Ether going up, interesting things are bound to happen.

Litecoin is the most commonly supported altcoin across cryptocurrency ATMs. Litecoin has always complemented Bitcoin, thus it makes sense it gets more support than all of the other currencies combined. With the number of LTC-capable ATMs going from 36 to 91 in June, good things are on the horizon.

It is possible this sudden spike in support has something to do with Litecoins price increase. Even though that rise is far less spectacular compared to Ethereum, it also seems to hold its own quite well. More attention for Litecoin is never a bad thing in anyones book andit is a very popular cryptocurrency these days. It will be interesting to see how these rankings look in a few months from now.

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– Bitcoin stuck in a rut.

– Ethereum weekly losses exceed 20%

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After a tough week in the cryptocurrency space with all major digital currencies registering a negative performance, market heavyweight BTC has stabilized and may be looking to re-coup some of its losses.

A look at the daily chart shows a potential bullish pennant formation, although the lower-high/higher-low pattern normally seen is not quite so distinct.

Chart: Bitcoin Daily Timeframe (February – July 14, 2017)

Chart by IG

The four-hour chart however signals a potential for BTC to move even lower as the recent downturn has seen the currency move below its 20-, 50- and 100-day exponential moving averages (ema). The break lower was confirmed on July 9 with a bearish crossover with the 20- and 50-day ema below the 100-day ema. The momentum indicator also has moved from positive to neutral.

Chart: Bitcoin Four-Hour Timeframe (June 26 July 14, 2017)

The second-largest digital currency Ethereum (ETH) has also suffered heavy losses this week, falling by around 20%. With most explanations of this weeks fall based on personal opinion rather than market specifics or technical releases, ETC may be in for a continued rough ride in the weeks ahead.

Chart: Ethereum Five Day Chart (July 10-14, 2017)

Chart by TradingView.

Market Moves/Capitalizations July 14, 2017.

Cryptocurrency

Price/Change%

Market Cap

BITCOIN

$2360 -1.24%

$38.820bn

ETHEREUM

$206.1 -4.10%

$19.22bn

RIPPLE

$0.197 -2.84%

$7.558bn

LITECOIN

$46.18 -1.14%

$2.400bn

ETHEREUM CLASSIC

$18.48 +0.36%

$1.728bn

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