Burger King Hijacks Google Home

Nearly One in Eight Workers Exposed To Toxic Substances
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14.9 percent of all workers face exposure to toxic substances. Industry levels of contaminants vary. More than half of workers in construction face exposure to hazardous contaminants. Building, grounds and maintenance workers also face high contaminant levels. In contrast, legal services workers face a negligible risk of exposure. To learn where your industry falls, click on https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/14-point-9-percent-of-civilian-jobs-exposed-to-hazardous-contaminants-in-2016.htm. When Republicans cut federal agency budgets, will these types of reports get cut as well?

New Drug Cuts Cancer Risk for Some Breast Cancer Patients
A drug named Xeloda may extent the lives of breast cancer patients whose cancer has not been wiped out by standard treatment. According to Medline Plus, “Oncologists said the results are ‘practice-changing.”’ Xeloda is a pill that is much less toxic than standard chemotherapy noted Dr. Stephan Malamud who was not involved in the study. Women whose cancer did not respond to Herceptin related drugs lived 30 percent longer than patients treated with other therapies. To find out more about this treatment breakthrough, visit https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_166103.html. Under the Trump budget, the CDC which funds much of the current cancer research will experience big budget cuts. Are the Republicans willing to sacrifice the lives of cancer victims to gain a big tax cut for millionaires and billionaires?

Password Manager OneLogin Hacked
Zdnet recently reported that password manager and single sign-on provider OneLogin confirmed that the company “had detected unauthorized access to OneLogin data in our US data region.” Hackers have the ability to decrypt encrypted data. To read more about this hack to see if your data has been compromised, surf over to http://www.zdnet.com/article/onelogin-hit-by-data-breached-exposing-sensitive-customer-data/. “It’s always something,” opined Roseann Roseannadana on Saturday Night Live.

Baby Teeth Link Autism To Heavy Metals
Baby teeth from children suffering from autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese compared to teeth from children without autism according to a study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The institute is part of the National Institute of Health, a federal agency. According to researchers, the differences were most notable in the months after the children were born. The researchers noted, however, that larger studies must replicate these findings to confirm the connection between metals and autism. To learn more about this topic, click on https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/baby-teeth-link-autism-heavy-metals-nih-study-suggests. This type of research is also at risk because of the proposed Trump budget. Just so you know.

Burger King Hijacks Google Home
Burger King hijacked an ad for Google Home by having an actor say in the Burger King ad that 15 seconds was not enough time extol the virtues of the Whopper. The actor then said, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” Google Home then proceeded to respond the Wikipedia article in answer to the question. As you may expect, Google wasted little time correcting this flaw. For a good laugh and more about this, surf over to http://www.pcmag.com/news/353033/this-burger-king-ad-will-hijack-your-google-home. Additional information about similar hacks is available at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2459496,00.asp.. This article details an issue where an ad for the Xbox One activated the consoles of everyone watching the commercial at home according to the BBC . Ah, technology. The good also brings the bad.

American Ingenuity at Its Finest?
PC Magazine recently reported that unsupervised prisoners incarcerated in an Ohio prison pieced together computers from computer parts from computers that were to be disassembled to recycle computer parts. Inmates hid these contraband computers in the ceilings. The inmates then used the computers to commit identity theft and tax fraud as well as change their security levels at the prison. To read more about inmate ingenuity, surf over to http://www.pcmag.com/news/353024/inmates-build-computers-from-recycled-parts-hide-in-ceiling. And so it goes.

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