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The FTC Wants YOU! – To Kill Robocalls

first_imgDo you have a solution that can block robocalls forever? Enter the FTC contest, or share with us in the comments.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Government#mobile Related Posts We’ve all been there. The phone rings and it is a number you do not recognize. It might be that potential employer you were waiting to call back or the cute girl you gave your number to at the pub the other day. You pick up the phone answer: “You’ve been pre-selected for a trip for two to Jamaica!” You slam down the phone and curse the ethereal powers that sent you that robocall. It doesn’t have to be that way. The Federal Trade Commission announced a contest today that will award $50,000 to the team that creates the best technical solution that will help eliminate robocalls from the face of the Earth.The FTC Robocall Challenge is offering a cash prize for anybody that can come up with the best way to eliminate robocolls from reaching consumers’ cellphones and landlines. The submission window will start on October 25 and be open till January 17, 2013. Winners, if there are any, will be announced in April 2013. 3 Simple Rules For Winning The ContestThe criteria for winnings submissions are fairly simple. There are three weighted categories:Does it work? (50%)Is it easy to use? (25%)Can it be rolled out? (25%)The FTC will provide participants in the challenge with de-identified (not personally identifiable) data on robocall consumer complaints made between June 2008 and September 2012. Data will include date of call, approximate time of call, reported caller name, first seven digits of the reported caller number and consumer area code. Creators will retain their intellectual property and teams are encouraged. For full rules and regulations, visit Robocall.Challenge.gov. The contest will be judged by FTC Chief Technologist Steve Bellovin, FCC Chief Technologist Henning Schulzrinne and Kara Swisher of All Things Digital. Why Robocalls Are So Tough To StopThe FTC does not offer this prize lightly. Robocalls are the spam of the telephone industry and they are an insidious scourge created by a complex web of telemarketers, qualifiers, auto-dialers, caller ID spoofing, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services and telephone carriers. Robocalls are not going to be easy to eliminate. A single robocall can be bounced across the world before it lands at its target. See the charts below:  dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Parents urged to teach children the Importance of Education

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 19, 2017 – Kingston – As the new school year approaches, Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, is urging parents to teach their children the importance of education.“Children don’t actually understand how valuable education is when they are young. When they are older and looking for a job, that’s when it hits them, and, as such, we have to be responsible for ensuring that we teach them the value of education,” she said.Mrs. Holness was speaking to JIS News following a back-to-school treat at the Dallas Castle Community Centre in the constituency on August 17.  She noted that education has been used as a vehicle by many to change their circumstances, and encouraged her constituents to do the same.Meanwhile, she urged parents to invest in textbooks for their children, so that they will be able to better participate in their lessons at home and school.   Another back-to-school treat was also held at the Kintyre Community Centre in the constituency on the same day.The children received educational supplies and free health checks. The students, who will be attending basic, primary and high schools in September, received knapsacks and lunch bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners and book vouchers. They were also treated to food and entertainment.Ten back-to-school treats will be held across the constituency. A total of $5 million is being used from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and will go  towards the paying of tuition and the purchasing of educational supplies.  Mrs. Holness informed that 2,000 bags have been donated to the initiative.Treats have already been held in Harbour View and Bull Bay. The others will take place at Dublin Castle/Content Gap, and Mavis Bank High School on August 20; Irish Town-UCC Craighton Estate, and Savage Pen Playfield, August 22; and Top Maryland and Woodford Two Trees on August 23.last_img read more

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Recloning of first cloned dog deemed successful thus far

first_img Explore further Back in 2005, researchers at Seoul National University reported that they had cloned an Afghan hound, the first dog to be cloned. Since that time, hundreds of other dogs have been cloned, as well, offering an opportunity to learn more about the potential benefits and possible drawbacks of cloning animals for. Now, in another first, the researchers with this new effort report having cloned the clone they cloned.The story started with Tai, a normal Afghan hound. The team cloned him by inserting his cells into the eggs of a female donor after removing the original nucleus and then implanting them in the female’s uterus. By all accounts, he lived a normal dog life on the campus of Seoul National University, which gave his name: Snuppy. At the age of five, researchers there collected stem cells from Snuppy and used them to inseminate other females. In all, 94 embryos were implanted, which led to four successful pregnancies and births. Shortly thereafter, one of the puppies died, leaving three clones of the cloned dog Snuppy. The researchers wrote a paper describing their results, noting that the dogs, which were nine months old at the time, seemed to be healthy and normal. They have only now published that paper.The purpose of the research is to learn more about the viability of cloning animals. Despite a lot of research, scientists still do not know for sure if cloned animals suffer unknown birth defects, or if their life spans are shorter than normal animals. There is a growing consensus, however, that cloning results in neither. A lot of animals have been cloned and studied, and thus far, there is little to no evidence indicating that the cloning process introduces flaws. Less work has been done in studying clones of clones, however, which means that others in the cloning community will be watching for reports on the progress of the now seven-year-old dog re-clones very closely.The researchers note that both Tai and Snuppy died of cancer, though of different types, and that neither was rare or unique. They note also that it is not uncommon for one of a litter of puppies to die, though it is disconcerting that in this case, it was due to a bout of unexplained diarrhea. Citation: Re-cloning of first cloned dog deemed successful thus far (2017, November 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-re-cloning-cloned-dog-deemed-successful.html Journal information: Scientific Reports (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Seoul National University, Michigan State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has re-cloned the first dog to be cloned. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes duplicating the clone and offers an update on how the dogs are doing. DNA: Yes, Snuppy is definitely a clonecenter_img The three surviving reclones at 2 month of age. They were dervived by SCNT of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) taken from Snuppy at five years of age. Credit: Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15328-2 More information: Min Jung Kim et al. Birth of clones of the world’s first cloned dog, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15328-2AbstractAnimal cloning has gained popularity as a method to produce genetically identical animals or superior animals for research or industrial uses. However, the long-standing question of whether a cloned animal undergoes an accelerated aging process is yet to be answered. As a step towards answering this question, we compared longevity and health of Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, and its somatic cell donor, Tai, a male Afghan hound. Briefly, both Snuppy and Tai were generally healthy until both developed cancer to which they succumbed at the ages of 10 and 12 years, respectively. The longevity of both the donor and the cloned dog was close to the median lifespan of Afghan hounds which is reported to be 11.9 years. Here, we report creation of 4 clones using adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells from Snuppy as donor cells. Clinical and molecular follow-up of these reclones over their lives will provide us with a unique opportunity to study the health and longevity of cloned animals compared with their cell donors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

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