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Russian retreat reveals destruction as Ukraine asks for help

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CHERNIHIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops retreating from this northern Ukrainian city left behind crushed buildings, streets littered with destroyed cars and residents in dire need of food and other aid — images that added fuel to Kyiv’s calls for more Western help to halt Moscow’s next offensive.

Dozens of people lined up to receive bread, diapers and medicine from vans parked outside a shattered school now serving as an aid-distribution point in Chernihiv, which Russian forces besieged for weeks as part of their attempt to sweep south towards the capital before retreating.

The city’s streets are lined with shelled homes and apartment buildings with missing roofs or walls. A chalk message on the blackboard in one classroom still reads: “Wednesday the 23rd of February — class work.”

Russia invaded the next day, launching a war that has forced more than 4 million Ukrainians to flee the country, displaced millions more within it and sent shock waves through Europe and beyond.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned Thursday that despite a recent Russian pullback, the country remains vulnerable, and he pleaded for weapons from NATO to face down the coming offensive in the east. Nations from the alliance agreed to increase their supply of arms, spurred on by reports that Russian forces committed atrocities in areas surrounding the capital.

Western allies also ramped up financial penalties aimed at Moscow, including a ban by the European Union on Russian coal imports and a U.S. move to suspend normal trade relations with Russia.

Kuleba encouraged Western countries to continue bearing down on Russia, suggesting that any letup will result in more suffering for Ukrainians.

“How many Buchas have to take place for you to impose sanctions?” Kuleba asked reporters, referring to a town near Kyiv where Associated Press journalists counted dozens of bodies, some burned, others apparently shot at close range or with their hands bound. “How many children, women, men, have to die — innocent lives have to be lost — for you to understand that you cannot allow sanctions fatigue, as we cannot allow fighting fatigue?”

Ukrainian officials said earlier this week that the bodies of 410 civilians were found in towns around the capital city. Volunteers have spent days collecting the corpses, and more were picked up Thursday in Bucha.

Ukrainian and several Western leaders have blamed the massacres on Moscow’s troops, and the weekly Der Spiegel reported Thursday that Germany’s foreign intelligence agency had intercepted radio messages between Russian soldiers discussing the killings of civilians. Russia has falsely claimed that the scenes in Bucha were staged.

Kuleba became emotional while referring to the horrors in the town, telling reporters that they couldn’t understand “how it feels after seeing pictures from Bucha, talking to people who escaped, knowing that the person you know was raped four days in a row.”

His comments came in response to a reporter’s question about a video allegedly showing Ukrainian soldiers shooting a captured and wounded Russian soldier. He said he had not seen the video and that it would be investigated. He acknowledged that there could be “isolated incidents” of violations.

The footage has not been independently verified by the AP.

In the 6-week-old war, Russian forces failed to take Ukraine’s capital quickly, denying what Western countries said was Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s initial aim of ousting the Ukrainian government. In the wake of that setback and heavy losses, Russia shifted its focus to the Donbas, a mostly Russian-speaking, industrial region in eastern Ukraine where Moscow-backed rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces for eight years.

The United Nations’ humanitarian chief told the AP on Thursday that he’s “not optimistic” about securing a cease-fire after meeting with officials in Kyiv and in Moscow this week, underlining the lack of trust the two sides have for one another. He spoke hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Ukraine of backtracking on proposals it had made over Crimea and Ukraine’s military status.

It’s not clear how long it will take withdrawing Russian forces to redeploy, and Ukrainian officials have urged people in the country’s east to leave before the fighting intensifies there.

The head of Ukraine’s national railway system said Russian shelling already blocked the evacuation of residents from some eastern areas by train.

“The situation in Donbas is heating up, and we understand that April will be quite hot, so those who have the opportunity to leave — women, children, the elderly — need to stay in a safe place,” Borys Filatov, the mayor of Dnipro, a city that lies just west of the Donbas, said at a briefing.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Ukrainian and Russian officials agreed to establish civilian evacuation routes Thursday from several areas in the Donbas.

Even as Ukraine braced for a new phase of the war, Russia’s withdrawal brought some relief to Chernihiv, which lies near Ukraine’s northern border with Belarus and was cut off for weeks. But the departed troops left behind twisted buildings and traumatized residents.

Vladimir Tarasovets described nights during the siege when he watched the city on fire and listened to the sound of shelling.

“It was very hard, very hard. Every evening there were fires, it was scary to look at the city. In the evening, when it was dark, there was no light, no water, no gas, no amenities at all,” he said. “How did we go through it? I have no words to describe how we managed.”

Tatiana Nesterenko, who left Chernihiv for Medyka in Poland, said she spent 40 days hiding out in her basement.

”Our home was destroyed by an airstrike,” she said. “There was no help, no volunteers for us. We extinguished the fire by ourselves.”

In addition to spurring NATO countries to send more arms, the revelations about possible war crimes led Western nations to step up sanctions, and the Group of Seven major world powers warned that they will continue strengthening the measures until Russian troops leave Ukraine.

The U.S. Congress voted Thursday to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil, while the European Union approved punishing new steps, including the embargo on coal imports. The U.N. General Assembly, meanwhile, voted to suspend Russia from the world organization’s leading human rights body.

U.S. President Joe Biden said the U.N. vote demonstrated how “Putin’s war has made Russia an international pariah.” He called the images coming from Bucha “horrifying.”

“The signs of people being raped, tortured, executed — in some cases having their bodies desecrated — are an outrage to our common humanity,” Biden said.

Der Spiegel reported that individual radio messages dealing with the killing of civilians may be linked to pictures of bodies found in Bucha. The outlet reported that Germany’s BND intelligence agency shared the information with lawmakers

In one radio message, a Russian soldier reportedly informs another how he and others shot dead a person on a bicycle. In another message, a speaker allegedly recounts how the Russian military interrogated enemy soldiers before killing them.

Overnight, Russia kept up its barrage on several cities, striking fuel storage sites around Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Chuguev using cruise missiles fired from ships in the Black Sea.

Pregnant man, pregnant person emoji coming to Apple iPhones

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A “pregnant man” emoji and “pregnant person” emoji are coming to Apple iPhones with its latest update, iOS 15.4 sparking controversy.

The pregnant emoji aren’t new for some, since they arrived as part of an update that emoji-encyclopedia Emojipedia announced in September 2021. However, Apple’s version of the emoji were released as part of iOS 15.4 beta — a voluntary system update iPhone users can choose to install.

The update will come to all iPhone users later this year.

The push to include everyone in pregnancy has erupted in controversy, with some cultural commentators arguing that the effort to make the biologically specific phenomenon all-inclusive erases factors that make women distinctive from men and even dehumanizes women.

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Emojipedia faced some criticism when it first announced the pregnant man and pregnant person emoji in September of last year. The company said in a blog post that the new figures “may be used for representation by trans men, non-binary people, or women with short hair—though, of course, use of these emoji is not limited to these groups.”

The emoji can also be used as a “tongue-in-cheek way to display a food baby, a very full stomach caused by eating a large meal,” Emojipedia’s Jane Solomon wrote.

Both new pregnant emoji also come in five different skin tones. When selecting an emoji, users can hold their finger on the icon until it shows different skin tone options.

Emoji first came to Apple in 2016, when the pregnant woman emoji was released.

Emoji creators have “made an effort to be inclusive with gender, especially in recent years. The approach has varied depending on the situation, though the general goal is to standardize inconsistencies in legacy decisions,” Solomon wrote.

According to health website Healthline.com, people who were born biologically female but identify as men are transgender men who can give birth because they have the reproductive organs necessary to do so — especially those who do not take or have stopped taking testosterone. The same goes for those who identify as non-binary.

It is unclear how many men have gotten pregnant or delivered babies in the United States. At least 22 men in Australia gave birth in 2018, The Daily Mail reported, citing the country’s Medicaid data.


Apple Explore the history of Apple Inc. and its innovative products

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Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc., American manufacturer of personal computers, smartphones, tablet computers, computer peripherals, and computer software. It was the first successful personal computer company and the popularizer of the graphical user interface. Headquarters are located in Cupertino, California.

Garage start-up

Apple Inc. had its genesis in the lifelong dream of Stephen G. Wozniak to build his own computer—a dream that was made suddenly feasible with the arrival in 1975 of the first commercially successful microcomputer, the Altair 8800, which came as a kit and used the recently invented microprocessor chip. Encouraged by his friends at the Homebrew Computer Club, a San Francisco Bay area group centred around the Altair, Wozniak quickly came up with a plan for his own microcomputer. In 1976, when the Hewlett-Packard Company, where Wozniak was an engineering intern, expressed no interest in his design, Wozniak, then 26 years old, together with a former high-school classmate, 21-year-old Steve Jobs, moved production operations to the Jobs family garage. Jobs and Wozniak named their company Apple. For working capital, Jobs sold his Volkswagen minibus and Wozniak his programmable calculator. Their first model was simply a working circuit board, but at Jobs’s insistence the 1977 version was a stand-alone machine in a custom-molded plastic case, in contrast to the forbidding steel boxes of other early machines. This Apple II also offered a colour display and other features that made Wozniak’s creation the first microcomputer that appealed to the average person.

Commercial success

Though he was a brash business novice whose appearance still bore traces of his hippie past, Jobs understood that in order for the company to grow, it would require professional management and substantial funding. He convinced Regis McKenna, a well-known public relations specialist for the semiconductor industry, to represent the company; he also secured an investment from Michael Markkula, a wealthy veteran of the Intel Corporation who became Apple’s largest shareholder and an influential member of Apple’s board of directors. The company became an instant success, particularly after Wozniak invented a disk controller that allowed the addition of a low-cost floppy disk drive that made information storage and retrieval fast and reliable. With room to store and manipulate data, the Apple II became the computer of choice for legions of amateur programmers. Most notably, in 1979 two Bostonians—Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston—introduced the first personal computer spreadsheet, VisiCalc, creating what would later be known as a “killer app” (application): a software program so useful that it propels hardware sales.

While VisiCalc opened up the small-business and consumer market for the Apple II, another important early market was primary educational institutions. By a combination of aggressive discounts and donations (and an absence of any early competition), Apple established a commanding presence among educational institutions, contributing to its platform’s dominance of primary-school software well into the 1990s.

Competition from IBM

Apple’s profits and size grew at a historic rate: by 1980 the company netted over $100 million and had more than 1,000 employees. Its public offering in December was the biggest since 1956, when the Ford Motor Company had gone public. (Indeed, by the end of 1980, Apple’s valuation of nearly $2 billion was greater than Ford’s.) However, Apple would soon face competition from the computer industry’s leading player, International Business Machines Corporation. IBM had waited for the personal computer market to grow before introducing its own line of personal computers, the IBM PC, in 1981. IBM broke with its tradition of using only proprietary hardware components and software and built a machine from readily available components, including the Intel microprocessor, and used DOS (disk operating system) from the Microsoft Corporation. Because other manufacturers could use the same hardware components that IBM used, as well as license DOS from Microsoft, new software developers could count on a wide IBM PC-compatible market for their software. Soon the new system had its own killer app: the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, which won an instant constituency in the business community—a market that the Apple II had failed to penetrate.

Macintosh and the first affordable GUI

Apple had its own plan to regain leadership: a sophisticated new generation of computers that would be dramatically easier to use. In 1979 Jobs had led a team of engineers to see the innovations created at the Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto (California) Research Center (PARC). There they were shown the first functional graphical user interface (GUI), featuring on-screen windows, a pointing device known as a mouse, and the use of icons, or pictures, to replace the awkward protocols required by all other computers. Apple immediately incorporated these ideas into two new computers: Lisa, released in 1983, and the lower-cost Macintosh, released in 1984. Jobs himself took over the latter project, insisting that the computer should be not merely great but “insanely great.” The result was a revelation—perfectly in tune with the unconventional, science-fiction-esque television commercial that introduced the Macintosh during the broadcast of the 1984 Super Bowl—a $2,500 computer unlike any that preceded it.

Desktop publishing revolution

Despite an ecstatic reaction from the media, the Macintosh initially sold below Apple’s expectations. Critics noted that the Mac, as it came to be known, had insufficient memory and storage and lacked standard amenities such as cursor keys and a colour display. (Many skeptics also doubted that adults would ever want to use a machine that relied on the GUI, condemning it as “toylike” and wasteful of computational resources.) In the wake of the poor sales performance, Jobs was ousted from the company in September 1985 by its chief executive officer (CEO), John Sculley. (Wozniak had left Apple in February 1985 to become a teacher.) Under Sculley, Apple steadily improved the machine. However, what saved the Mac in those early years was Apple’s 1985 introduction of an affordable laser printer along with Aldus Corporation’s PageMaker, the Mac’s first killer app. Together these two innovations launched the desktop publishing revolution. Suddenly, small businesses and print shops could produce professional-looking brochures, pamphlets, and letters without having to resort to expensive lithographic processes. The graphic arts and publishing industries quickly became the Mac’s single most important market.

Another innovation was a software database called HyperCard, which Apple included free with every Macintosh starting in 1987. Using a technique called hyperlinking, this program, written by Bill Atkinson, was employed by many teachers to organize multimedia elements for classroom presentations—an idea that anticipated the HTML (hypertext markup language) underpinnings of the World Wide Web.

Apple litigates while PCs innovate

This was a golden age for Apple; the company’s revenues approached $10 billion, and it sold more than a million computers a year. Still, Apple’s profits obscured the fact that its share of the market was falling, despite the technological superiority of its products. The Mac’s incompatibility with Apple II software, a problem initially ignored, slowed educational sales and compelled the retention of the outmoded Apple II line through 1993. Consumer sales suffered as the company discouraged game development out of fear that the Mac would not be taken seriously in the business community. Moreover, Microsoft, after an unsuccessful attempt to secure an agreement to market the Mac OS on the Intel processor, introduced Windows, its own graphical operating system. Apple litigated for years, in vain, to stop Microsoft from copying the “look and feel” of its operating system, though the Mac OS itself drew upon the PARC GUI. Meanwhile, as successive versions of Windows were improved and as competition among multiple PC manufacturers led to greater innovation and lower prices, fewer people were willing to pay the premiums that Apple had been able to command owing to its reputation for quality.

Apple–IBM rapprochement

In a rather surprising development, Apple and IBM announced an alliance in 1991. In addition to signing a technology agreement with Motorola, Inc., to develop a next-generation RISC (reduced-instruction-set computing) chip, known as the PowerPC, Apple and IBM created two new software companies, Taligent, Inc., and Kaleida Labs, Inc., for the development of operating system software. Taligent was expected to enable versions of both the Mac OS and the IBM OS/2 to run on a new computer hardware standard, the common hardware reference platform (CHRP), and Kaleida Labs was to develop multimedia software. However, as Apple and IBM began to quarrel over CHRP’s engineering specifications and as costs mounted to approximately $400 million for Taligent and $200 million for Kaleida Labs, Apple pulled out with little to show for its investment.

Newton and Claris

Sculley also promised more than Apple could deliver with Newton, a personal digital assistant (PDA) that suffered from poor handwriting recognition and that diverted company engineering and financial resources. In addition, the company vacillated over Claris Corporation, its software division, first reorganizing it as an independent company and then reabsorbing it when it began shifting more resources to Windows software.

Apple continues to flounder

Sculley was replaced by Michael Spindler in 1993. Spindler’s most notable achievements as CEO were the successful migration of the Mac OS to the PowerPC microprocessor and the initiation of a shift away from Apple’s proprietary standards. Nevertheless, Apple struggled with marketing projections, accumulating large unsalable inventories of some models while simultaneously being unable to meet a billion dollars in orders for other models. Combined with drastic quality control problems, notably a defective line of monitors and some highly publicized combustible portable computers, these failings brought an end to Spindler’s reign in early 1996 with the appointment of Gilbert F. Amelio.

The return of Jobs: iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad

Apple cut operating costs and reestablished quality controls, but by that time only a small percentage of new computer buyers were choosing Macs over machines running Windows, and Apple’s financial situation was dire. In December 1996, in order to secure a replacement for the Mac’s aging operating system following the collapse of CHRP and the company’s protracted inability to produce one internally, Apple purchased NeXT Software, Inc., the company formed by Jobs after his 1985 departure. Jobs himself was retained as an advisor to the CEO, but he quickly became disenchanted and sold all but one share of the Apple stock he had received in the NeXT sale. When Apple failed to become profitable under Amelio and its worldwide market share fell to roughly 3 percent, the board of directors, in mid-1997, recruited a surprising temporary replacement: Jobs, for the first time the undisputed leader of the company he cofounded.

Jobs set about revitalizing the company. He quickly announced an alliance with erstwhile foe Microsoft; ended a half-hearted (and profit-draining) program to license the Mac OS; streamlined what had become a confusing product line to focus on the company’s traditional markets of education, publishing, and consumers; and helped oversee the introduction of more affordable computers, notably the distinctively designed all-in-one iMac.

Before the introduction of the iMac in 1998, all Macs were built with a special read-only memory (ROM) chip that contained part of Apple’s operating system and enabled the Mac OS to run only on particular machines. The new machine, based in part on the scuttled CHRP design, with PC-standard memory and peripheral interface, was a continuation of Apple’s shift away from hardware-specific, or proprietary, standards. With built-in high-speed networking capabilities, the iMac was designed to revive Apple’s consumer and educational market sales.

The iMac quickly became the all-time best-selling Mac and lifted Apple’s U.S. market share from a record low of 2.6 percent in December 1997 to roughly 13.5 percent in August 1998. Moreover, Apple had a profitable fiscal year in 1998, its first since 1995.

In 2001 Apple introduced iTunes, a computer program for playing music and for converting music to the compact MP3 digital format commonly used in computers and other digital devices. Later the same year, Apple began selling the iPod, a portable MP3 player, which quickly became the market leader. (The term podcasting, combining iPod and broadcasting, is used as both a noun and a verb to refer to audio or video material downloaded for portable or delayed playback.) Later models added larger storage capacities or smaller sizes, colour screens, and video playback features. In 2003 Apple began selling downloadable copies of major record company songs in MP3 format over the Internet. By 2006 more than one billion songs and videos had been sold through Apple’s Web site.

In 2007 Apple introduced the touch-screen iPhone, a cellular telephone with capabilities for playing MP3s and videos and for accessing the Internet. The first models were available only in conjunction with AT&T’s wireless service and could not be used over the latest third-generation (3G) wireless networks. Apple rectified the latter limitation in 2008 with the release of the iPhone 3G, or iPhone 2.0, which also included support for the global positioning system (GPS). Like other “smartphones” such as the BlackBerry, from the Canadian company Research in Motion, the new iPhone included features geared toward business users. In particular, the storage memory in the units could be remotely “wiped” if the unit were lost. As with the original iPhone, demand was very high, and the new iPhone 3G sold one million units in the first three days after its introduction. That same year, Apple introduced the App Store, where iPhone users could purchase applications. By June 19, 2009, when Apple released the iPhone 3G S, which also sold one million units in the first three days after its release, the company’s share of the smartphone market had reached about 20 percent (compared with about 55 percent for the BlackBerry line of smartphones). In addition to hardware changes such as a three-megapixel digital camera that can record digital videos and an internal digital compass (capable of working with various mapping software), the iPhone 3G S included a new operating system, the iPhone OS 3.0. The new system included support for voice-activated controls and peer-to-peer (P2P) play of electronic games with other iPhone users over Wi-Fi Internet connections. The latter feature was part of Apple’s strategy to compete in the portable gaming market with the Nintendo Company’s DS and the Sony Corporation’s PSP. The iPhone can also be used for reading electronic books, or e-books. E-books in iPhone-compatible formats can be purchased over the Internet from electronic book dealers, such as the iTunes store and Amazon.com.

In 2010 Apple unveiled the iPad, a touch-screen device intermediate in size between a laptop computer and a smartphone with a display that measured 9.7 inches (24.6 cm) diagonally. It was about 0.5 inch (1.2 cm) thin and weighed 1.5 pounds (0.7 kg). The iPad was operated with the same set of finger gestures that were used on the iPhone. The touch screen was capable of displaying high-definition video. The iPad also had such applications as iTunes built in and could run all applications that were available for the iPhone. In partnership with five major publishers—Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette—Apple developed for the iPad its own e-book application, iBooks, as well as an iBook store accessible through the Internet.

Apple in 2011 introduced iCloud, a cloud computing service in which a user’s applications, photographs, documents, calendars, and recently purchased music would be stored in iCloud and automatically updated in the user’s other devices. Some analysts saw iCloud as Apple’s plan for a future in which users could dispense with the personal computer as the main place to store data.

After Jobs: Tim Cook as CEO and the first trillion-dollar company

Because of ill health, Jobs resigned as CEO in August 2011 and was succeeded by chief operating officer Tim Cook; Jobs died from cancer that October. In the early years of Cook’s tenure, Apple did not introduce any all-new products but rather brought out new versions of previous products, such as the iPhone 4S, which contained a personal assistant program, Siri, that could respond to spoken commands and questions (2011); the iPad Mini, a smaller version of the iPad (2012); and the iPad Pro, a large version of the iPad intended for business use (2015). In 2014 Apple made its largest acquisition by buying the headphone manufacturer and music-streaming company Beats for $3 billion.

In 2015 Apple introduced a smartwatch, the Apple Watch. A redesign with a sensor that could make electrocardiograms (ECGs) was presented as Series 4 in 2018. AirPods, a set of wireless earphones, were introduced in 2016 and became a top seller in that market.

Propelled by the popularity of the iPhone, in 2018 Apple became the first company to reach a value of one trillion dollars. Two years later Apple became the first company to double that figure.

In 2020 Apple introduced its own microprocessor, the M1, for Macintosh computers, which had previously used Intel chips. The M1 was one of the fastest microprocessors available and was designed to be fast while also using less power than previous chips.

Britney Spears rolls around topless in the sand on vacation

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She did it again.

Britney Spears, who has made a habit out of going nude on social media, posted a video Wednesday of herself rolling around in the sand while topless during a vacation to Mexico with her fiancé, Sam Asghari.

The “Toxic” singer crawled around on all fours in just a skimpy pair of blue and white bikini bottoms and sunglasses in the Instagram post as she let the waves wash over her body along the shoreline.

“Baby Did a Bad Thing PART 2 !!!” Spears, 40, captioned the clip, which was set to Chris Isaak’s song “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.”

At another point in the video, the pop star spun around as she cupped her breasts with her hands and smiled at the camera. She also posed like a mermaid on her side with her glistening, sunburned skin on full display.

Several fans flooded the comments section to compliment Spears’ carefree attitude.

“Imagine being flashed by Britney. It’s like the pearly gates opening. What a gift,” one netizen commented.

“I have butterflies in my tummy🔥🌭,” a second person wrote.

“Mom. You are toast. Put on some sunscreen !!!!!!!!!!!!!🔥,” a concerned fan suggested.

“Queen of freedom,” added another, referring to the music superstar’s conservatorship officially ending in November 2021 after nearly 14 years.

Spears’ topless antics come after Donatella Versace shared an update on the Grammy winner’s mental health.

“She’s on vacation now,” the fashion designer, who recently visited Spears’ home, told Variety at Vanity Fair’s 2022 Oscars afterparty on March 27. “She’s doing well. I find her in an amazing state of mind.”

Earlier this week, amid her tropical getaway, Spears confirmed Page Six’s exclusive report that she is writing a memoir as part of a $15 million book deal, sharing that the process has been “healing and therapeutic.”

2 killed, 8 wounded in Tel Aviv shooting

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A gunman or gunmen opened fire in a busy area of Israel on night, killing at least two people in what may be the latest in a series of terror attacks.

The shooting broke out in a downtown Tel Aviv neighborhood filled with bars and restaurants, sending panicked people running for their lives and sparking a massive armed manhunt by security forces.

Local TV footage showed security forces searching neighborhoods, with police aiming their guns on a high-rise building.

The shootings were reported at “several scenes” on what is the start of the weekend in Israel, according to the Magen David Adom emergency medical services.

At least one of the scenes was Dizengoff Street, where an Arab citizen of Israel killed two people in a shooting in January 2016, the Associated Press reported.

One suspect may be in custody after police raids, according to local media.

Although the motive for the shooting wasn’t known, it comes after a series of terror attacks by Palestinian attackers left 11 people dead ahead of the start last week of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.

On March 22, four people were killed in a car-ramming and stabbing attack in Beersheba. In a second attack on March 27, two gunmen fatally shot two cops in Hadera.

Two days later, a gunman randomly killed five people and was killed by cops after opening fire on the streets of Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb.

Russian Nobel-winning editor says he was attacked on train

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Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian newspaper editor Dmitry Muratov said he was attacked on a Russian train by an assailant who poured red paint over him, causing severe discomfort to his eyes.

Muratov told Novaya Gazeta Europe, a project launched by newspaper staff after the paper suspended operation last week under government pressure, that the assault occurred on a train heading from Moscow to Samara.

“My eyes are burning terribly,” Muratov was quoted as saying on Novaya Gazeta Europe’s Telegram channel. He said the assailant shouted: “Muratov, here’s one for our boys.”

The post showed photos of Muratov and a train compartment drenched in red liquid.

Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s leading independent newspaper, announced March 28 that it was suspending operations for the duration of what it referred to in quotation marks as “the special operation” in Ukraine, the term that Russian authorities insist media must use for the war in Ukraine.

The newspaper was the last major independent media outlet critical of President Vladimir Putin’s government after others either shut or had their websites blocked since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24.

The trigger for the shutdown was a second formal warning from the Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor, which has increasingly taken on the role of a censor in recent years, Novaya Gazeta had long had a difficult relationship with the government.

Longtime editor Muratov shared the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize with Maria Ressa, a journalist from the Philippines.

Exactly why Novaya Gazeta was warned remains unclear. Roskomnadzor told state news agency Tass that the newspaper had failed to identify an unnamed non-governmental organization as a “foreign agent” in its reporting, as required by Russian law. It didn’t specify the report in question.

Novaya Gazeta removed much of its war reporting from its website after Russian lawmakers passed a law March 4 threatening jail terms of up to 15 years for information deemed to be “fake” by Russian authorities. That can include any mention of Russian forces harming civilians or suffering losses on the battlefield.

Sosyal Mühendislik Nasıl Yapılır? Sosyal Mühendislik Nedir?

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Sosyal mühendislik dendiğinde akılda bir çok şey canlanıyor. Bazı kişiler de sosyal mühendislik nedir? araması ile bu sorularına cevabı arama motorlarından öğrenmeye çalışıyor.

Bizde Blog Savar olarak sizlere sosyal mühendislik hakkında bilgiler hazırlayarak sizlerle paylaşıyoruz. Bu sık sık duyulan ama ne olduğu bilinmeyen Sosyal Mühendislik ile ilgili detaylar paylaşarak sosyal mühendislik nasıl yapılır? sizinle paylaşıyoruz.

Sosyal Mühendislik Nedir?

Sosyal mühendislik, bilgisayar sistemlerine çeşitli yollar kullanarak gizli dosya ve bilgilere ulaşabilme sanatı olarak düşünülebilir. Yetkiniz olmayan bilgi veya belgelere erişim sağlayabilmek için çeşitli yolları kullanarak bu bilgi veya belgelere ulaşabilmenizi sağlayan bir yöntemdir. Sosyal mühendislik nasıl yapılır? bu konuda sizlere bilgiler verelim.

Hacker olarak adlandırılan kişilerin kullandığı yöntemler olarak düşünülecek sosyal mühendislikte önemli olan şey insanların düşünemediği şeyleri düşünebilmenizdir. Kodsal yapılar arasında kaybolan yazılımcıların düşünemediği bir açığı tespit ederek sosyal mühendislik yapabilir ve bir çok bilgi yada belgeye ulaşabilirsiniz. Bu konuda ünlü bir hacker olan Kevin D.Minick tarafından yazılan Aldatma sanatı kitabını satın alabilir ve okuyabilirsiniz. Bu kitap sosyal mühendislik konusunda bir çok bilgiye ulaşabilirsiniz. Size farklı bakış açıları ve bir çok konuda düşünebilme yeteneği verecektir.

Sosyal Mühendislik Konusunda Püf Noktalar

1.         Sosyal mühendislik yaparken amacınız para kazanmak olursa zorlanabilirsiniz. Çünkü Sosyal Mühendislik yöntemleriyle kazanacağınız paralar farklı hackerların konumunuzu tespit edip hapise atılmanıza kadar gidebilecektir.

2.         Sosyal Mühendis olabilmeniz için çok bilgiye ihtiyaç olmadan, kendinizin hayal ettiğiniz bir çok sisteme erişebilirsiniz.

Sosyal Mühendislik İçin Gereken Bilgiler Nelerdir?

1.         Bilgi Toplama:Hacklemek istediğiniz kişinin detayları bir analizini çıkartmanız da fayda var.Bunlar kesin olarak kurbanın yakın arkadaşları, web siteleri, hangi alana odaklı, hobileri nelerdir vb bilgiler saldırı yapılmadan önce toplanmalıdır.

2.         Planlı Saldırı:Bir saldırı yapacaksanız o saldırı için önceden plan yapmanız da fayda var.

3.         Saldırı Araçları:Saldıracağınız kişiye odaklı programlar sizlere saldırı aşamasında oldukça kolaylık sağlayacaktır.Bir saldırıya başlamadan önce ihdiyaçlarınızı belirlemenizde fayda olacaktır.

4.         Bilgileri Yararlı Kullanma:Hedef kişiyi bilgi toplamada elde ettiğiniz verileri, nerede kullanacağınız çok önemli bir husustur.Bir çok sosyal mühendislik saldırılarının arasında topladığınız bilgiler ve şifre tahminleriniz oldukça yararlı olacaktır.

5.        

Sosyal Mühendiste Olması Gereken Özellikler Nelerdir?

1.         Her zaman ikna gücü yeteneği geliştirilmiştir.

2.         Karşı tarafı nasıl etkileyeceğini geliştirmiştir.

3.         Ne kadar çok bilgili olur ise olsun karşı tarafa bu kadar çok bilgili olduğunu asla göstermezler

4.         Hedef kişiye nasıl saldıracaklarının senaryolarını hayal etme ve oluşturma yeteneği olduça yüksektir.

Paranın Sosyal Hali : Tosla

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İnternet ortamında teknolojinin ve fırsatların iyileşmesiyle birlikte insanların işlerini kolaylaştıracak uygulamalar da her geçen gün karşımıza çıkmaktadır. Bugünkü yazımızda arkadaşlarınız, sevdikleriniz ve para göndermek istediğiniz kişiler arasında sorunsuz bir şekilde para transferi gerçekleştirebileceğiniz; Paranın sosyal halini anlatan Tosla uygulamasını tanıtacağız.

Arkadaşına para göndermek istiyorsun ama banka müşterisi değilsin. Sorun değil, artık Tosla var! Para işlerini Tosla halletsin, siz arkadaşlığınızın keyfine bakın!

Tosla Uygulaması Nasıl çalışır?

Tosla İle Para Gönder ve Al

Para gönderip almak için tek ihtiyacın Tosla. Arkadaşlarınla Tosla kullanmaya başla, ücretsiz para iste, para yolla!

Tosla uygulamasına gir, Tosla butonuna tıkla. Para göndermek istediğin arkadaşını seç, ne kadar göndermek istediğini gir ve tosla! Ayrıca Tosla uygulamasında iken sevdiğin insanlardan da kolay bir şekilde para isteyebilirsin. Nasıl mı ? Para isteyeceğin kişiyi seç, ne kadar istediğini gir, karşıdaki kişi istediğin parayı hemen toslasın!

Tosla İle Ödeme Yapma Kolaylığı

Yanında banka hesabının olmasına gerek yok, Tosla ile ödeme yapmanın birçok yolu var. İster Tosla’nla ister Tosla Kart’ınla bulunduğun ortamda çok rahat bir şekilde ödeme yapabilirsin.

Tosla Kart İle Ödeme Yöntemi

Tosla Kart, Tosla’ndaki bakiyeni kullanmanı sağlayan ön ödemeli bir kart sistemine sahiptir. Tosla Kart’a sahip olabilmek için; Tosla uygulamasındaki profiline git ve Tosla Kart’a başvur, ismine özel kartın adresine gelsin. Bunun yanında Tosla Kartını dilersen Teknosa ve Carrefoursa mağazalarından da alabilirsin.

QR Kodla Ödeme Yöntemi

Tosla ile anlaşmalı markalardan alışveriş yaparken kullanabileceğin basit bir ödeme yöntemi var. Alışveriş yapacağın markanın internet sitesindeki, “Tosla QR ile Öde” yi seç, ekrana gelen QR kodu Tosla ile okut. İşte bu kadar!

Tosla’ya Para yükle ve Çek

Banka hesabın olsun ya da olmasın Tosla hesabına para yükleyebilir, paranı dilediğin zaman çekebilirsin. Tosla hesabına ATM, Banka Hesabından ve Banka Kartından rahatlıkla para yükleyebilirsin.

Tosla’da İşlem Yapmak Ücretli Mi?

Tosla’da para göndermek, istemek ve para yüklemek ücretsizdir. Bazı bankalardan kaynaklanan nedenlerden dolayı ücret kesintisi olabilir fakat eğer bankanız Akbank ise bu işlemlerden ücret talep edilmemektedir. Yurt içi ve yurt dışı işlemlerde tarifeler değişebilmektedir. Bu nedenle Tosla.com‘u ziyaret ederek , detayları öğrenebilirsiniz.

Tosla Uygulamasına Nasıl Ulaşabiliriz ?

Tosla uygulamasına Google Play, Apple Store uygulama araçlarından erişebilirsiniz. Tosla uygulamasını kullanmak çok karmaşık değil aksine basit işlemlerden oluşmaktadır. Yapman gereken Tosla’yı telefonuna indirmek, telefon numaranı ve e-posta adresini girmek ve hemen Tosla’maya başlamandır. İşlem basamakları sadece bu kadar ! Hemen İndir >>>

SIM Kart Bloke Kaldırma İşlemi Nasıl Yapılır?

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Sevgili Blogsavar okuyucuları, bu yazımızda herhangi bir nedenden dolayı sim kart değişikliğinde bulunan kişilerin, kredi kartı işlemlerinde yaşadıkları sorunlardan birine değineceğiz.

Bilindiği üzere 1 Nisan 2016 tarihinden itibaren, GSM operatörleri tarafından kullanıcılara sunulan yeni 4.5G sim kartları ve bu şebeke uyumlu cihazlar hayatımıza girmişti.

Bu yeni sim kartların avantajları olduğu kadar dezavantajları da var. Örneğin herhangi bir nedenden dolayı sim kart değişikliğinde bulunduğunuz da internet bankacılığı veya mobil bankacılık uygulamalarında bir takım sorunlar yaşarsınız.

Bu sorunlar arasında 4.5G sim kartı alındığında ya da telefon numarası tamamen değiştirildiğinde bankanın telefon operatörleri ile ortak çalışarak aldığı geçici bir güvenlik tedbirinin alınmasıdır. Bu tedbir de internet bankacılığında yaptığınız işlemlerde sim kartınızın bloke edilmesidir.

Yani internet üzerinden kredi kartı ile alışverişlerinizde işlem yapamaz hale gelirsiniz. Burada panik yapacak bir durum yok.

Sim kartınızın bloke kaldırma işlemini birkaç dakika içerisinde rahatça çözebilirsiniz.

Aşağıda 7 farklı bankanın sim kart bloke kaldırma işlemlerini anlattık. Hangi banka ile çalışıyorsanız o bankanın size sunduğu yol haritasını kullanın. Hadi anlatmaya başlayalım.

Garanti Bankası

Numara taşıma, 4.5G veya başka nedenlerle yapılan SIM kart değişikliklerinden sonra, Garanti İnternet ve Garanti Cep’e girişte kullanılan tek kullanımlık şifreler güvenliğiniz için bloke edilmektedir. Blokenizi kaldırmak için Garanti Şubelerine uğrayabilir ya da 444 0 333 no’lu Alo Garanti’yi arayabilirsiniz.

Ziraat Bankası

SIM kartlarını, 4.5G ile uyumlu SIM kartlarla değiştiren müşterileriin internet ve mobil bankacılık kanallarına girişi aşamasında ve ATM’den yapılan kartsız işlemler esnasında SMS ile gönderilen tek kullanımlık şifrenin yasal düzenlemelere bağlı banka uygulamaları nedeniyle iletilememesi durumunda;

Ziraat Bankası ATM’lerinden SIM kart blokesini kaldırabilirsiniz.

Yapıkredi Bankası

Telefonunuzu 4.5G’ye uyumlu hale getirdiniz, numaranızı taşıdınız ya da farklı türde Sim kart gerektiren bir cihaz kullanmaya başladınız; bu durumda güvenliğiniz için tek kullanımlık şifre içeren Akıllı SMS’ler bloke edilmektedir.

Tekrar Akıllı SMS alabilmek için SIM blokenizi; Yapı Kredi İnternet Şubesi, Yapı Kredi ATM’leri ve Yapı Kredi Müşteri İletişim Merkezi kanalları aracılığı ile anında kaldırabilirsiniz.

İş Bankası

İnternet ve mobil bankacılığa girişte SMS ile gönderilen tek kullanımlık şifrenin size iletilememesi durumunda;

İş Bankasında kayıtlı cep telefonunuzdan 0 850 724 0 724 numaralı telefonu arayarak;

İş Bankası bankamatiklerinden “Daha Fazlası > Anında Bankacılık> Mobil Onay Kodu Bloke Kaldırma” adımlarını takip ederek;

İş Bankası şubelerine başvurarak, mobil onay blokesini kaldırabilirsiniz.

Akbank

AKbank sim kart bloke kaldırma işlemlerinde telefon şubesi aracılığıyla müşterilerine 7/24 hizmet vermektedir.

Telefonla Akbank sim kart değişikliği bildirimde bulunmak istiyorsanız;

444 25 25 veya 0850 222 25 25 numaralarından birini arayabilirsiniz.

Denizbank

SIM kartlarını, 4.5G ile uyumlu SIM kartlarla değiştiren müşterilerin internet ve mobil bankacılık kanallarına girişi aşamasında, SMS ile gönderilen tek kullanımlık şifrenin iletilememesi durumunda;

DenizBank ATM’lerinden

Denizbank şubelerinden SMS ile tek kullanımlık şifre iletilmesi için onay verebilirsiniz.

İlk giriş denemenizin ardından 48 saat sonra İnternet Bankacılığına giriş yaptığınız esnada blokenizi kendiniz de kaldırabilirsiniz.

QNB Finansbank

SIM kart bloke kaldırma işleminizi;

QNB Finansbank internet şubelerinden,

ATM’lerinden veya şubelerinden yapabilirsiniz.

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