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May 2, 2022
Topics: Google hack, Apple, biodiversity, environment, plant-based, vegan, tech, cannabis, Medicare, Impossible Foods, Beyond Beef
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⚠️Warning: Third major hack for Google this year Security Alert!! Hackers have successfully infiltrated Google Chrome, the world’s most popular internet browser with 3.2 billion users. The most recent hacking, which happened some days back, revealed 30 new security flaws, seven of which Google said pose a high-level threat to people who use Chrome on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Google recorded 11 Chrome attacks in 2021, and it seems hackers have continued the villainous crusade this year. Google said it is unsure whether the attack compromised users’ security but has developed a new version of Chrome to be released in the coming days.
Google said Chrome would automatically update when it releases the version. You can easily update yourself now: from Chrome home page> select the 3 vertical dots at the upper righthand corner of the screen> select HELP> hover over it and select About Google Chrome> hover over it and the browser will be automatically updated> select RELAUNCH. Stay safe, friends!
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👏Microphones in our devices spy on us Carl Vondrick of Columbia Engineering School in NY and his Ph.D. student, Mia Chiquier have developed AI software that blocks spy microphones from recording conversations between people. The software generates whisper-quiet sounds that intercept spy microphones and prevent them from stealing conversations. All to quell those online ads that "mysteriously" appear after you talked to someone about that certain service or product.
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🍎Apple and USB-C for EU The EU plans to approve a new rule to make USB-C the standard charger for all portable devices like computers, smartphone devices, digital cameras, headphones, handheld video game consoles, and portable speakers across the EU countries. The rule, called EU Common Charger, may force Apple and others using the proprietary Lightning ecosystem to switch to USB-C if approved.
In fact, most Apple products already offer USB-C, and it will also likely be several years before the EU rule would be fully implemented.
🦌Biodiversity includes all creatures Wildlife around the Southern Californian region has been at risk of extinction since the construction of the mighty freeways. Several conservationists and state legislators came together in jubilation on Earth Day to launch the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, a bridge to allow all creatures to safely access both sides of the 101 freeway that runs through Agoura Hills in Southern California.
The Annenberg Foundation has raised over $87 million in collaboration with the California government and more than 5,000 government and private agencies, including the National Wildlife Federation, to build the wildlife crossing. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2025. #RestoringBalance.
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🍁Medicare may cover cannabis It's very possible that cannabis may soon become federally legal in U.S. Medicare Plans. To discover what Medicare recipients think about health insurance plans covering cannabis products and treatments, MedicarePlans.com conducted an online survey.
The study involved 1,250 Medicare recipients and found that most recipients support the idea. For example, 1 in 5 (21%) Medicare recipients currently use medical cannabis, while 23% have used it before. However, 38% of those who use medical marijuana disapproved of the idea as they feared that it could hike the price. So, let there be no doubt that cannabis is an effective medicine for many.
🐮Save the cow and more The two plant-based burger companies, Impossible Foods and Beyond Beef, are currently topping the menus of hundreds of restaurants across the U.S. and beyond. People are choosing them over their real beef counterparts for many reasons. Concerns about climate impact and animal welfare are the two most important reasons.
When compared nutritionally to animal-based burgers, plant-based burgers are healthier. They have less saturated fat and cholesterol and are higher in fiber, as beef has no fiber. In addition, plant-based burgers use 99% less water than beef burgers and produce 90% few greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2018 University of Michigan study.
Thanks again for being you. Until the next issue, be sure to add more green to your life!
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