All Nokia phones from Nokia 3 up are now going to be part of the Android One program

At the phone launch event in Barcelona, HMD Global said all Nokias from Nokia 3 and above would be part of the Android One program, meaning they will receive security updates up to 3 years after their launch. The Android One program is a line of smartphones with pure Android, a limited amount of pre-installed apps to allow more storage and highest grade of security. Phones under this project are the first to receive the monthly updates, and in this particular case, the Nokias will get Android P once it arrives. The full list of Nokia Android One smartphones is: Nokia 3, Nokia 5,…

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Why Are We Going to the Moon, Again? Oh Right, to Make It a “Gas Station for Outer Space”

Outer Space Gas Station

Space travel is back on the United States’ radar in a big way, with the Trump Administration declaring in October 2017 that it wants the U.S. to be a leader in the space industry. This includes going to the Moon and being the first country to send astronauts to Mars.

Speaking to CNBC’s Squawk Box about the country’s future commercial space projects, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said our future successes largely depend on what we accomplish by going to the Moon, such as turning it into a refueling station by establishing a lunar colony.

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“I think a lot depends upon how successful we are in turning the Moon into a kind of gas station for outer space,” Ross told CNBC. “The plan is to break down the ice [found on the Moon] into hydrogen and oxygen, [and] use those as the fuel propellant.”

Ross foresees a scenario in which rockets are launched from Earth with the intent of going to the Moon first, rather than traveling directly to, say, Mars or deep space. Once at the Moon, the rocket would refuel and take off once again for another planet or asteroid. This subsequent launch would require less thrust since the Moon’s gravitational force is much lower than the Earth’s.

Privatizing the ISS

Beyond turning the Moon into a pit stop, the Trump Administration’s plans for space also include turning the International Space Station over to private companies. The ISS requires billions of dollars to maintain, but if it’s no longer the responsibility of the U.S. government, that money could potentially be used to fund future space projects.

That said, if private companies were to acquire the ISS and use it to launch their own rockets and satellites, Ross explains a set of “rules to the road” would need to be established.

“There need to be means for policing, if you will, the debris in space,” he said to CNBC. “That’s one of the big problems. And as more and more launches occur, more and more satellites reach the end of their life, that’s going to be a problem we have to deal with.”

The newly revived National Space Council (NSC), of which Ross is a member, recently held it’s second public meeting in February to discuss several reforms, including better licensing for spacecraft, consolidating offices, and developing recommendations to control export. Currently, commercial spacecraft that land in another country is considered an export, and the fees associated with this policy have quickly become a big complaint from space companies.

Guidance from the NSC is critical if the U.S. wants to ensure that organizations like NASA and companies like SpaceX can pave the way to the stars. Through the council, new policies can be put in place to guarantee they have everything they need.

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Employment Questionnaire and Two Signatures From Steve Jobs Going Up for Auction

An auction site is set to sell off three pieces of Steve Jobs memorabilia, including a rare employment questionnaire filled out by the former Apple CEO.

Jobs filled out the application in 1973, just after dropping out of Reed College, where he attended school for approximately six months and then audited classes for another year and a half.

On the document, Jobs lists “english lit” as his major, and Reed College as his address. He lists “Computer” and “Calculator” as skills, along with “Design” and “Tech,” and says that he has special abilities that include “Electronics” and digital “Tech or Design Engineer.”


Auction site RR Auction expects the questionnaire to fetch upwards of $50,000 at auction.

Along with the questionnaire, the site also plans to auction off two documents that feature a rare Steve Jobs signature. The first is a Mac OS X technical manual that Jobs signed back in 2001, and there’s a short story that goes along with the signature, obtained in a parking lot following an Apple training session in Cupertino.

“It was afternoon, the end of my training day and I just got into my car when I saw Mr. Steve Jobs walking into his car. I rolled down my window and called up his name. He asked me whether he knew me. I told him I certainly knew who he was and immediately asked him if he would be kind enough to sign my Mac OS X Administration technical manual. He refused and said ‘I feel weird doing that.’ I refused to back down. After a bit of cajoling on my part, he finally told me to hand over the manual and pen. He said ‘give me those’ and he autographed my manual,” in a letter of provenance from the consignor.

The signed manual is expected to go for approximately $25,000 when it’s placed up for auction, and it’s being compared to a signed magazine cover that sold for $50,000 back in October of 2017.

The third document is a newspaper clipping from 2008, which features an image of Steve Jobs speaking at the Worldwide Developers Conference where the iPhone 3G was introduced. Jobs signed the newspaper at the Fraiche Yogurt shop in Palo Alto, California where he was eating frozen yogurt with Tony Fadell, who also signed the document.

Steve politely declined several times, stating that everything at Apple was a group effort, so he didn’t like to sign and take credit for everything. My mom is pretty persuasive and was eventually able to convince Steve to sign; but under Steve’s condition that the person sitting with him would have to sign it as well. That friend turned out to be Tony Fadell, known as the Father of the iPod, who was working at Apple during that time and instrumental in the design and development of the first iPod which later morphed into the iPhone.

The signature on the newspaper is expected to fetch somewhere around $15,000 when it is auctioned off.

The three Steve Jobs auctions will kick off on March 8 and will end on March 15 at RR Auction.

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Twitter is going out of its way to verify accounts of some of the most prominent students who survived the Parkland shooting

Social media has been a dark place since 17 people were killed last week.

Twitter has verified the accounts of some of the most publicly outspoken students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a shooter killed 17 people last week.

Survivors have taken to social media to make loud calls for gun control, which have been met with abuse and the spread of misinformation about the teenagers online. The recent move by Twitter to verify students is yet another example of how big the current discussion around gun regulation has become, and an example of how the company hopes to add credibility to users who are at the center of a debate riddled with misinformation.

Much of the discussion about what to do in the aftermath of the mass shooting has played out on Twitter and Facebook. A number of the students who have taken to the social networks to speak out against gun violence and push lawmakers to enact stricter gun regulations have been met with resistance from conservative groups trying to discredit their validity.

Conspiracy theories have started to widely circulate claiming that some of the most visible student activists are not actually students, but “crisis actors” meant to carry a message for liberals and other anti-gun lobbyists. (They are not.)

Twitter, for its part, says that it’s actively working to stop users from harassing Parkland students, and has started to add blue verification checkmarks to some of their accounts in the past 24 hours. A company spokesperson shared the following statement with Recode.

We are actively working on reports of targeted abuse and harassment of a number of survivors of the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Such behavior goes against everything we stand for at Twitter, and we are taking action on any content that violates our terms of service.

We are also using our anti-spam and anti-abuse tools to weed out malicious automation around these individuals and the topics they are raising. We have also verified a number of survivors’ Twitter accounts.

A Twitter spokesperson clarified that while the company’s terms of service do not explicitly prohibit anyone from sharing false information (or a conspiracy theory), the company is looking closely at accounts sharing this material to ensure that they aren’t violating any of Twitter’s other policies. For example, is it being shared in an attempt to be abusive? Is it being shared by a bot?

Twitter’s decision to verify Parkland students shows just how big this recent push for gun regulation has gotten. Twitter’s public verification program, which allows users to apply for a blue verification badge, has been on hold since last fall. That means Twitter proactively verified the students’ accounts on its own.

It’s easy to see why. Some students who survived the shooting have been on TV almost daily since. One of the most outspoken students, Emma González, now has more than 255,000 followers.

The meaning of Twitter’s blue verification check mark has evolved over the years. The company was criticized last fall for verifying members of the so-called alt-right, including the white supremacist who helped organize the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., back in August. Twitter’s verification has historically been seen as a stamp of approval rather than a simple identity verification, which is why people got upset.

After the backlash, Twitter updated its verification guidelines to more clearly explain that a check mark is intended to properly identify “accounts of public interest,” and to ensure that people aren’t following imposters. It’s not necessarily a company endorsement.

Twitter isn’t the only company dealing with abuse and misinformation following he Parkland shooting. YouTube has removed conspiracy theory videos that made it to the top of the site’s trending section. Facebook, too, appears to be removing user accounts that are spreading misinformation. A Facebook company spokesperson did not immediately reply to a request for comment.


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Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs going up for auction March 8

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A Boston company is planning to auction three items autographed by late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, rare items from a public figure typically believed to have been averse to giving out his signature.
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