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South Africa: Ramaphosa Can Restore Country’s Voice, Democratic Leadership

In response to the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of South Africa by the National Assembly, after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, Freedom House issued the following statement: “With the election of President Ramaphosa, South Africa has an opportunity to turn a page and address some of the fundamental issues – such as corruption and the outside influence of private interests  – that have stood in the way of good governance for too long,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “President Ramaphosa, to whom we offer our congratulations, should swiftly restore transparency, accountability, commitment...

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Flight Sim Game Maker Embeds Password-Stealing Tool in Game Mod

Gamers are accusing a company that makes mods for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X game of putting a password stealer inside one of its add-ons. The company defended its decision by saying the tool works as part of a Digital Rights Management (DRM) platform and only activates when users are using a pirated copy of their mod. The company at the heart of this controversy is Flight Sim Labs, and the mod that got everyone talking is A320-X, a $100 add-on for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X that allows users to pilot Airbus A320 airplanes. Mod included Chrome password dumper According...

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Samsung to begin investing in second semiconductor chip line

(Reuters) — Samsung Electronics has decided to begin investment to build a second memory chip line at its Pyeongtaek production facilities in South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. Chipmakers are investing heavily to meet booming demand for semiconductors and Samsung said last year it planned to invest 30 trillion won ($27.63 billion) in its Pyeongtaek factory by 2021 to expand capacity. “We are currently reviewing the second phase of investment for our Pyeongtaek semiconductor manufacturing site, which involves the construction of the structural foundation of a facility,” Samsung said in an email to Reuters when asked to...

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Microsoft’s Panos Panay On Surface Pro’s First Five Years

Five years ago this month, following a dramatic onstage unveiling the previous June, Microsoft shipped the original Surface Pro. Part iPad rival and part next-generation notebook computer, the ambitious device was the first PC running full-blown Windows that Microsoft ever designed and sold itself—which made it a landmark for the company as well as the industry. That initial Surface Pro defied early critics (including, ahem, me) to become a signficant business for Microsoft and the progenitor of a line of additional products including the Surface Hub, Book, Studio, Dial, and Laptop. With everyone from HP to Apple entering the...

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You Should Really Add A PIN To Your Cellular Account. Here’s Why.

Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images It’s fairly easy for a hacker to hijack your mobile account, take control of your phone number, and use it to bypass two-factor authentication you have set up and break into your online accounts. Your phone number is how a number of companies, including your bank, email provider, and social media services, verify it’s actually *you* when you log in. It’s also how many of those companies recover your account (using a text message or phone call) when you forget your password. This vulnerability is very scary — but it’s easy to protect yourself:...

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