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Humans Who Swam Along a Human-Sized Jellyfish

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When no one could have imagined, a pair of diver gave the world a video of a giant jellyfish swimming off the south-western tip of England. The unusual encounter of the jelly jackpot of biologist Lizzie Daly and underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott was shared on Facebook last week.

The video soon became viral and people got to witness a hulking barrel jellyfish – Rhizostoma pulmo, a rarely seen species that can grow as large as an adult human.

As the pair dived off the coast of Cornwall, they ran into the giant creature as it emerged out of the murky water. Both Daly and Abbott swam alongside the peach-coloured creature gliding through the water at least for an hour.

“It really humbles you to be alongside an animal that size,” said Daly. “It’s an experience we’ll never forget.”

On Saturday, July 13, the two went to explore the waters part of Daly’s campaign “Wild Ocean Week”, under which a number of videos showcasing the quirks of the deep are shared to help raise funds for the UK’s Marine Conservation Society.

Abbott said, “My first reaction was that I’ve never seen a jellyfish that size in my life,” and then he focused on attempting to film the “beautiful, majestic, slow-moving, graceful animal”.

Barrel jellyfish is also called the dustbin-lid jellyfish, characterized by a large, eight puffy arms capped by stinging tentacles and a globular head. The species is the largest jellyfish found in the UK waters, and could typically grow up to one meter (3.2 feet) and weight up to 25 kilograms (55 lbs). During the summer months, they sometimes wash up on the shore, but Daly says it’s unusual for a diver to swim along with one of the massive blobs.

Despite being the size of a human, the species is nothing when compared to the lion’s mane jellyfish, Cyanea capillata, which is world’s largest. A coldwater jelly, it is known for its galaxy of 1,200 long and trailing tentacles, which can bring an individual creature’s total body length to up to 120 feet (36.5 meters).

About their experience, Daly said she wasn’t at all afraid about swimming next to the jelly. Moreover, she hopes to inspire others to get excited about the ocean through the video.

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Accounts Promoting ISIS Propaganda on TikTok to affect App’s Worth in MENA

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TikTok, a popular content sharing app has once again made it to the news for the recent action it took on almost two dozen accounts. According to the report first published by the Wall Street Journal, the accounts were used to promote the ISIS propaganda and for recruiting the members into the radical organisation.

Moreover, the accounts and their posts have made the news at a time when US Troops have withdrawn from the Syria region, and Turkey is taking a stern stance against Kurdish fighters. This might point out the fact that the radical organisation is looking to boost its strength in the region.

And the prime reason for that is that the US-led coalition did not eliminate the threat of ISIS or any other radical organisation from the MENA region. Aside from the fact that ISIS was not eliminated, the recent reports show that ISIS has not only reorganized but has also recovered from its fight against the Kurds, US Troops and the allies.

According to the reports published, the accounts promoting the ISIS propaganda displayed varied videos from armed forces parading in the streets to Islamic State fighters with guns, and women calling themselves as “jihadist and proud”.

Furthermore, some of the accounts had more than 1000 followers the reported videos comprised of flower icons, hearts and catchy music to gain the interest of young people. Also, it won’t be wrong to believe that instances like this might severely affect TikTok’s use in the MENA region and its partnership with Emaar in the region.

The application was primarily started in the region with the sole aim of bringing the prominent social issues in the notice of communities and an effort to improve the situation in the society by campaigns like #CreateForGood.

The accounts on TikTok also indicate that the radical organisation is resorting to such children and teenager-friend app to promote its ISIS propaganda, which is also a serious thing to worry about.  

In response to the deletion of the ISIS propagating accounts, a spokesperson from TikTok said, “Content promoting terrorist organizations has absolutely no place on TikTok. We permanently ban any such accounts and associated devices as soon as identified, and we continuously develop ever-stronger controls to proactively detect suspicious activity.”

It remains yet to be seen how the accounts and videos promoting ISIS ideology would affect the content creating and sharing platform on a global platform from the US and other world leaders, given it has already been under a lot of scrutiny in the past for violating COPPA act, although the application at that time was known as Musical.ly.

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Google’s Pixel 4 popularity dropped due to a major security flaw

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Google’s new handset, a neck-to neck competition for iPhone, was rebuked by the techies after they found a major security flaw in the new launch. Google’s Pixel 4 can be easily unlocked using the facial recognition feature even while the people are asleep or unconscious.

Google confirmed that Pixel 4, available at a starting price of £670, gives access to the smartphone even with closed eyes of the owner. Moreover, the device can also be unlocked by a person who resembles the owner.

Tech enthusiasts and security experts argued that the flaw can easily be exploited for gaining unauthorised access to private information of the owner.

Unlike iPhone, Google Pixel 4 can be unlocked by the meddlers just by holding it in front of the owner’s face who could be asleep, unconscious or dead. Secretly checking on the phones of your spouses or partners, who are fast asleep, has become very easy with Pixel 4.

Google has acknowledged the shortfall but asserted that the new phone “meets security requirements”.

Apple’s Face ID feature has been unbeatable till date because the smartphone knows if the owner is aware and willingly looking at the screen to have it unlocked.

However, facial recognition as a security feature can be often be exploited.

Recently, after an embarrassing bio-metric security failure, Samsung acknowledged that its Galaxy S10 smartphone could easily be unlocked with fingerprints of people other than the owner, if it has a screen protector on. Later, it published advice for owners to update the software for fixing the bug.

Google Pixel 4 was launched last week, loaded with features like two rear cameras and a processor that is faster than previously launched Pixel models.

Google, on its website help page for Pixel 4 and Face Unlock said: “Your phone can be unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed. Keep your phone in a safe place, like your front pocket or handbag.”

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Samsung’s Fingerprint Reader Flaw may Weaken Company’s Market Hold

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Samsung is once again in the news, not due to its advanced features or release of latest update but due to a fingerprint reader flaw in its latest devices, raising security concerns in the mind of many users.

Even though, some of the flaws in design and software are fixed before the launch while testing, some become a major source of worry for millions of users around the globe.

Found in Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 devices, this flaw allows anyone to bypass the fingerprint reader, only by using silicon screen protectors. Discovered by 34-year-old Lisa Neilson, a British national, the fingerprint reader flaw is making its appearance in many devices not only in the UK but in East Asia as well.

The adverse effects of such a technical concern in latest devices like Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are not difficult to consider. Since Samsung has risen to a point that it now holds over one-fourth of the global market, becoming one of the fastest-growing smartphone brands, fingerprint reader flaw in the devices can lead to its decrease in hold in the market and users switching the device.

In response to the rising instances of technical fault of grievousness as major as this is, a spokesperson from the company said, “We are investigating this issue and will be deploying a software patch soon. We encourage any customers with questions or who need support downloading the latest software to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.”

Since the update in technology, there is a rising tide of mobile phones with latest features vying to make human life easy and gain major control over the market.

However, with the inclusion of the latest features in a mobile, there has been an increase in violation of privacy and usage of personal data and information without the user’s consent, putting the personal data and information at risk.

And technical concerns as grave as fingerprint reader flaw are enough to make the user doubt the security of the device and how secure their data is, which is a worrisome fact if thought seriously.

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Ron Ely’s Life Becomes a Tragic Movie as Son Kills Wife

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The lead actor of 1960s Tarzan TV series, Ron Ely lost both his wife and son on Tuesday in a tragedy never heard before. Valerie Lundeen Ely was stabbed to death by their 30-year-old son at their home in California. Police officers, who were called to the Santa Barbara house, found the 62-year-old dead with “multiple stab wounds”.

Authorities stated that police cornered their son, Cameron Ely, outside the house and shot him dead, as they deemed him a threat. “We don’t know exactly how many shots were fired. We did have several deputies that were involved in the shooting,” said Lt Erik Raney of the Sheriff’s Office.

However, Ron Ely was not reported to have any injury during the attack in the luxury suburb of Hope Ranch. Earlier, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office stated that a disabled elderly man was found inside the home and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

“Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely,” it stated. “During the search, the suspect was located outside the home. He posed a threat and in response four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him.”

Ron Ely is best known for his role in the Tarzan TV show that aired on NBC between 1966-68. He was also seen in a lead role in the 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. Between 2001-14, the 80-year-old took a break from showbiz, before he retuned to the small screen to play an Amish elder in the Lifetime movie, Expecting Amish.

“I stepped out of acting to raise a family and be able to spend more time with them here in Santa Barbara. Now, all the kids are through college with advance degrees,” Ely told the Charlotte Observer, when the film came out.
Ron Ely was also known to be a novelist, who penned two action thrillers, Night Shadows in 1994 and East Beach a year later. His wife Lundeen was a former Miss Florida. Apart from Cameron Ely, the couple also have daughters, Kristen and Kaitland.

Moreover, Cameron Ely went to the Harvard University and also attended the elite Philips Exeter Academy boarding school in New Hampshire. He reportedly gave a chilling call at 911 himself, just after 8 p.m. local time.

“We wanted to make sure all the residents were safe while we searched the area. We had initially called in the air support unit and neighbouring law enforcement agencies to come help in the search. When we were able to locate the suspect on the property of the homicide, and after the confrontation, we lifted the shelter in place,” said Lt Raney.

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‘Butt Like Kim Kardashian’: A Risky Trend Facing Ban

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The ‘Kim Kardashian’ procedure of lifting bottoms, which appeals a large section of females across the world, is under a consideration of a possible ban by plastic surgeons in the United Kingdom. The move comes amid the rising concern over the “Brazilian butt lift”, accounting for highest death rate of all cosmetic surgeries. The method involves injected of fat taken from another body part into the buttocks.

British plastic surgeons have been suggested to not perform the procedure, which has gained hype from the celebrities, mainly the trend-setter Kim Kardashian. However, the final decision on the ban is yet to be taken.

On Friday, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which represents a majority of NHS-trained consultant plastic surgeons in private practice, will cast a vote for the first time on whether its members are to be banned from performing the operation. According to a briefing note, the poll will be taking place at the association’s annual conference at London Olympia.

“The topic of BBLs [Brazilian butt lifts] remains controversial, with an excess of complications and even death when not performed safely. This has led to the BAAPS advising against its members undertaking this form of surgery until more is known,” it said.

The note further stated, “We have invited some of the world’s leading BBL experts . . . to take part in a series of lectures and debates on the topic. We then plan to hold a round of indicative voting after the debates to understand the right direction for the BAAPS and its members to take.”

Experts believe that BBLs involve a risk, where the fat injected into large veins could also reach the heart or brain, causing severe illness or death. Having the highest death rate, the cosmetic procedure accounts for an estimated one in every 3,000 surgeries.

Taking about two hours, the procedure has more complications for those travelling abroad for surgeries. BAAPS estimated that such cases cost the National Health Service (NHS) thousands of pounds.

Procedures carried out for BBLs in the UK are not known, but are believed to be in hundreds. The surgery of injecting fat into the bottom creates a lifted effect to imitate the shape of Kim Kardashian, or singers like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. However, none of the celebrities have admitted to have undergone a surgery.

The star figures have set benchmarks that probably have become a bad influence on people. Women are not just taking risks of facing severe bacterial infections, wound ruptures or scarring, but are also increasing becoming conscious of their body types.

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