Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked
The fingerprint sensor on Samsung's Galaxy S5 handset has been hacked less than a week after the device went on sale. Berlin-based Security Research Labs fooled the equipment using a mould it had previously created to spoof the sensor on Apple's iPhone 5S. The researchers said they were concerned that thieves could exploit the flaw in Samsung's device to trigger money transfers via PayPal. The payments firm played down the risk. "While we take the findings from Security Research Labs [SRL] very seriously, we are still confident that fingerprint authentication offers an easier and more secure way to pay on mobile devices than passwords or credit cards," it said. It added that even if users were hacked it would cover their losses.
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Pistorius trial: Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire'

Pistorius trial: Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire'
The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial. This differs from a police ballistics witness who said there was short break between the first and second shots. Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing Ms Steenkamp in early hours of Valentine's Day last year. He says he fired rapidly in fear through the toilet door after he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder. The prosecution says the 29-year-old model and law graduate was deliberately killed after the couple had an argument. The double amputee Olympic and Paralympic athlete faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. The trial has been adjourned until Thursday, which will be the last day before a break; proceedings will resume on Monday 5 May.
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Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed

Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn. Informally named Peggy, the object would become the 63rd moon in Saturn's orbit if confirmed. The evidence comes from a black-and-white image of the outermost ring captured by the Cassini spacecraft. "Witnessing the birth of a tiny moon is an exciting, unexpected event," said Linda Spilker of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Scientists noticed a bump or distortion on the edge of the ring which they believe indicates the presence of some kind of object. It is estimated that Peggy may be about half a mile in diameter and it is almost certainly made of ice. Lead scientist Prof Carl Murray of Queen Mary University of London said that this was the first time this kind of observation had been made.
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New York police disband Muslim 'eavesdropping' unit

The New York Police Department has disbanded a secret programme designed to eavesdrop on Muslims to identify potential terrorism threats. The Demographics Unit had dispatched plainclothes detectives to listen to conversations and build files on places frequented by Muslims, US media say. The squad had been the subject of two federal lawsuits in the past, and drew ire from civil rights groups. It is also said to have sowed Muslim mistrust for law enforcement. "This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys," the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote in a statement.
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Inner-City youth receive call centre training under JEEP

Forty-five youth, mainly from inner-city communities, have been trained and certified as call centre operators, under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). The training was done over four weeks at the University of the West Indies Open Campus, with resources from JEEP, in collaboration with the HEART Trust /NTA. Beneficiary, Annakay Williams said the job readiness initiative has enabled the group to now make their mark. “We can stand proudly to say that we have the opportunity to go out there…and we promise to continue being professionals. We are planning to take this knowledge that we have received into the world of work,” she stated at a closing ceremony held on Friday, April 11, at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s downtown Kingston offices.
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Productivity Centre takes message to students

The Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) has taken its message to schools, with the provision of training designed to increase the productivity levels of students. A two-day training session was held in February under a pilot initiative: ‘Productivity Improvement in Schools’. Students and teachers from various schools were exposed to productivity improvement methods, aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of continuous improvement and application of their improvement plans. Executive Director of the JPC, Dr. Charles Douglas, emphasized the need for children to be actively involved in the productivity improvement initiative. The participants are expected to use the knowledge gained to implement low cost improvement initiatives that will benefit their respective schools.
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EWI granted licence for 381MW Project

Energy World International (EWI) has been granted a licence to supply electric power to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) under the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between both companies. This was announced yesterday, by Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, who revealed that the Licence was finalised and issued on April 14, 2014. Minister Paulwell emphasized that the 381MW gas (natural gas) fired power project is among the first set of steps aimed at reducing the price for electricity to the productive sectors. According to the JIS, the project will be implemented over a period of 26 months so that mid 2016 JPS customers will be the beneficiaries from reduced electricity costs.
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Nigerian gunmen abduct around 100 schoolgirls

Gunmen have reportedly abducted around 100 schoolgirls during an attack on a school located in northeast Nigeria according to officials. The armed men arrived at the school on Monday night at a school in Borno state, and ordered the girls to board the lorries they had arrived in. The attack at the school is being blamed on the militant group Boko Haram, which was also blamed for an attack in Abuja on Sunday which killed 70 persons.
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One dead, six injured on NWC pipeline project

One man is now dead and six others nursing various injuries during works on the $90 million NWC replacement pipeline project in the Caymanas Estate area of St. Catherine yesterday. Reports are that sometime after 10 am, during a work exercise a pipeline exploded and a man only identified as Tony Lee lay dead, while six other persons suffered injuries including fractured bones. Full details surrounding what led to the incident have not been provided.
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Former Italian PM ordered to serve 1-year community service

Former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has been ordered by a court to serve a one-year community service after he was convicted for tax fraud. Details on what type of community service he is to perform were not immediately revealed. Travel restrictions were also set by the court on the former prime minister. Lawyers for Berlusconi described the ruling as satisfactory given his political activities.
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Decomposing body of man found inside car in Montego Bay

Decomposing body of man found inside car in Montego Bay
Police are probing the circumstances in which the decomposing body of an unidentified man was found in a section of Montego Bay, St. James yesterday. Reports are that the body was found found in the vicinity of the Montego Bay Market, and the police were alerted. Upon their arrival, the police cordoned off the area, and processed the scene before the body was removed.
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3 guns seized in Westmoreland

A man is now in custody after three guns were seized by the police in a section of Frome, Westmoreland on Tuesday. Reports are that the administrators of Frome Technical thwarted a dispute between students, after one of the pupils brought two men on the school compound in an alleged effort to intimidate his other schoolmates. The police were alerted and on their arrival on the school compound the two men opened fire on the lawmen and fled. One of the men managed to elude the police, while the other assailant was held and an illegal gun was taken from him. A subsequent search of his home saw two home-made guns being seized. The identity of the man was not released by the police.
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Man fatally shot by police in downtown Kingston

A man only identified by his alias as "Junior" was shot dead after he stabbed a police officer in the neck in downtown, Kingston yesterday. Reports are that the police officer who is attached to the motorised division chased down the man along Mark Lane and during a struggle he was stabbed in the neck. The police officer took evasive action and shot the man, who later died. The condition of the innjured police officer is unknown.
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New signal detected in search for missing Malaysian flight

An Australian official stated that a new possible signal from the missing Malaysian flight has been detected as the search continues. A navy aircraft picked up the signal today near close to the location which previously detected signals and dropped sound location bouys in the area according to the Associated Press. The search area has been narrowed to a location off the coast of Australia and 14 planes along with 13 ships are now scouring a search zone.
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Jamaica Mad to Raas!

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When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”

Successful Asian Leader says former Jamaican PM – “Ruinous”
"(Jamaican) professionals felt they had no future"
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Controversy in London

The 30th Olympiad is very much underway and of course with big Games come big controversies. I have highlighted just a few of the notables below.
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9.63s - Asafa's Pain

  9.63s was the time that flashed on the clock inside the stadium in London. Less than 10s after the starter fired the gun, the Men’s
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