Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Child of Hope slum Christmas Party 2017


Living in such extreme poverty, children of the Namatala slum don't know what it is to receive gifts and have a slap-up meal and fun at Christmas... but with your help, the children at our school can!

We lay on a wonderful meal - probably the only day of the year they get real meat – for all the children at our slum school, plus a parent for each child. There's fizzy pop, sweets, clothes, shoes and presents, too!

Just £4 (more if you like) will help us give everyone a Christmas to remember! 
Thank you!


Two-wheeler mode in Google Maps comes to India first


...Another India-first feature is the new “two-wheeler mode” in Google Maps. India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world, and the millions of motorcycle and scooter riders have different navigation needs than drivers of automobiles. Two-wheeler mode in Maps shows trip routes that use “shortcuts” not accessible to cars and trucks. 

It also provides customized traffic and arrival time estimations. And since so many Indians rely on local landmarks for navigation, two-wheeler mode will show major landmarks on the route so that riders can plan their trip before starting, and don’t have to keep checking the phone on the go.

Two-wheeler mode is launching in India on the 5th Dec 2017, to be followed by more countries in the coming months.


George Whitefield on the True Way of Keeping Christmas


My dear brethren, with a few words of exhortation, [I beseech] you to think of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Did Jesus come into the world to save us from death, and shall we spend no part of our time in conversing about our dear Jesus; shall we pay no regard to the birth of him, who came to redeem us from the worst of slavery, from that of sin, and the devil; and shall this Jesus not only be born on our account, but likewise die in our stead, and yet shall we be unmindful of him? Shall we spend our time in those things which are offensive to him? Shall we not rather do all we can to promote his glory, and act according to his command?

O my dear brethren, be found in the ways of God; let us not disturb our dear Redeemer by any irregular proceedings; and let me beseech you to strive to love, fear, honor and obey him, more than ever you have done yet; let not the devil engross your time, and that dear Savior who came into the world on your accounts, have so little.

O be not so ungrateful to him who has been so kind to you! What could the Lord Jesus Christ have done for you more than he has? Then do not abuse his mercy, but let your time be spent in thinking and talking of the love of Jesus, who was incarnate for us, who was born of a woman, and made under the law, to redeem us from the wrath to come.

18th century evangelist and preacher George Whitefield

Monday, 11 December 2017

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society


Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem - this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.


HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger


Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.

Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work.

HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the "potential security vulnerability". It has issued a software patch for its customers to remove the keylogger.

The issue affects laptops in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion and Envy ranges, among others. HP has issued a full list of affected devices, dating back to 2012.


"Tens of millions" exposed to hackers by banking app security flaw


Exploits in HSBC, Natwest, and Co-op apps would allow hackers to steal user credentials
Researchers have discovered and patched a critical flaw in some of the most popular mobile banking apps that could potentially leave tens of millions of customers vulnerable to hackers.

A scan of more than 400 iOS and Android mobile apps revealed that products offered by HSBC, Natwest, Co-op, and other leading banks were able to be manipulated into exposing a user's sensitive data.

The study, conducted by the University of Birmingham, found that any hackers connected to the same network as the mobile app, like public WiFi or a corporate network, could perform a so-called 'man in the middle' attack and redirect communications between the provider and customer in order to steal credentials.

As always: make sure you are up to date on patches and updates to reduce vulnerabilities.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Another compo win: a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne! Thanks Virgin Wines!!!


Don’t forget to show us yours! If you’ve got one of our special Wine Advent Calendars at home, we want to see it! By showing us yours, you could win a bottle of Laurent Perrier!


What an great way to end the week! 
Cheers Virgin Wines!