Apple Boosts iPhone Security After Mideast Spyware Discovered

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A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple’s mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.

The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s iPhone to take complete control of the devices, according to reports published Thursday by the San Francisco-based Lookout smartphone security company and internet watchdog group Citizen Lab. Both reports fingered the NSO Group, an Israeli company with a reputation for flying under the radar, as the author of the spyware.

“The threat actor has never been caught before,” said Mike Murrary, a researcher with Lookout, describing the program as “the most sophisticated spyware package we have seen in the market.”

The reports issued by Lookout and Citizen Lab outlined how an iPhone could be completely compromised with the tap of a finger, a trick so coveted in the world of cyberespionage that in November a spyware broker said it had paid a $1 million dollar bounty to programmers who’d found a way to do it. The weaknesses could allow hackers to take control of targeted iPhones to spy on calls and messages.

Apple said in a statement that it fixed the vulnerability immediately after learning about it.

In a statement which stopped short of acknowledging that the spyware was its own, the NSO Group said its mission was to provide “authorized governments with technology that helps them combat terror and crime.”

The company said it had no knowledge of any particular incidents.


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Britney Spears' Carpool Karaoke With James Corden Is Filled With Dick Jokes, High Notes & Schoolgirl Uniforms

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Britney Spears was James Corden‘s latest Carpool Karaoke guest on The Late Late Show on Thursday night, and the duo did not disappoint.

And now what would Corden’s famous late-night skit be without tons of fun, laughs, impromptu moments and (obviously) mega-hits.

Spears sang a medley of her most famous hits through the years while Corden perfectly harmonized and belted the tunes while in the driver’s seat.

Between singing “Oops!…I Did It Again” to “Toxic” to even taking a special moment out for “Baby One More Time,” Corden and Spears’ chemistry was on point tonight during their car ride.

Speaking of special moment, your girl B.Spears paid tribute to her first hit by sporting a gray cardigan and white oxford shirt that gave us major flashbacks of her famous schoolgirl uniform from the music video.

Corden joined in on the fun with his own little costume, of course, which Spears seemed to enjoy.

At one point in the ride, Spears cops to one very naughty secret that’s bound to leave you wishing you had come up with it yourself.

The songstress shared that she’s been known to use the alias Anita Dick when checking into hotels—now now, say it in your head a few times before repeating it aloud. Oh boy, Brit couldn’t keep a straight face when spilling the name of her alias.

Britney’s Carpool session was perfectly timed, as her latest album, Glory, officially dropped moments before she stepped into the passenger seat with the beloved late-night show host.

Glory marks Brit Brit’s ninth studio album and the pop star released the first single off the highly anticipated (and now here!) body of work back in mid-July with the track “Make Me.”

Spears recently opened up to E! News’ Marc Malkin about the making of Glory and how special the process has been for her.

“It’s very exciting…I’ve been working on this project for a year and a half now, almost two years so it really means a lot to me. It’s my baby.”

Spears further dished, “It’s a little melodic, a little more not so poppy. It’s kind of chill. Very chill.”

Of course, Britney is far from the first celeb to hitch a ride in Corden’s car, as previous famous guests include Michelle ObamaDemi Lovato, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder,George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Gwen Stefani and Adele.



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Brandon Marshall thought ‘season’s over’ when Fitz became Jets QB

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Women: If You Have Morning Sickness, Don’t Suffer in Silence


In the middle of January, I thought I might be pregnant. I knew the nauseous feeling well from my pregnancies with my now-11-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. But this time, it hit me at a particularly bad time. My book, “I Said Yes,” was about to be released, and I was very worried that I would have my head in the toilet when I needed to promote it.

Unfortunately, my fears proved true. While my husband and I are thrilled about expanding our family, throughout most of my pregnancy (I’m now about seven and a half months along), I found myself struggling while promoting my book and fulfilling other parenting duties like running from “mommy and me” classes to soccer practice. I wish I could say that I had good days and bad days, but my morning sickness was constant. I was nauseous, throwing up and had very little energy – a major problem for a working mom of two with things to take care of and people to see.

Plus, for me, the feeling didn’t just impact my mornings – it really should have been called “all day sickness.” One night during part of my book tour in New York City, for example, I was looking forward to eating at a really nice restaurant where my team and I had made reservations. But the minute I walked in, I knew I needed to leave; the smell (which I am sure was amazing to everyone else) did not agree with me.

After experiencing many similar episodes, I knew my morning sickness was not going to get better. While I had tried everything from diet and lifestyle changes to various prescription medications recommended by my doctor during my previous pregnancies, this time, nothing was working.

So I listened to the voice in my head that told me, “Go to social media.” In retrospect, it was an amazing decision. When I asked my large social media following – full of moms like me – what they did to help ease their morning sickness symptoms, the response was overwhelming. Not only was it comforting to connect with other moms-to-be looking for relief from morning sickness, but it was also nice to learn about a medication for morning sickness that had been FDA-approved since my last pregnancy.

Thanks to the advice of these women and discussions with my doctor, I was finally able to manage my morning sickness symptoms – a huge relief to my husband and kids. Soon enough, I was able to attend my daughter’s soccer games and not miss all the special milestones during my son’s first year. No longer did I have to miss out on life while my head was in a toilet.

You may be able to find relief, too. All moms should be able to enjoy their pregnancies without suffering through morning sickness. The feeling – whether it’s day-long or an occasional queasy sensation in the morning – affects 8 out of 10 women, but it’s not a rite of passage. It can be controlled by talking to your health care providers and other women. Together, we can change the perception that morning sickness is something we need to endure.

Editor’s note: Emily Maynard Johnson is a paid spokesperson for Duchesnay USA.



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Where Does Tom D'Agostino Jr. Rank Among The Real Housewives' Shadiest Significant Others?

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Make no mistake: Luann de Lesseps‘ fiancé Tom D’Agostino Jr. is shady.

This season on The Real Housewives of New York City, we learned that he’s had a romantic relationship of some kind with a total of three of the women. Not only did he propose to Luann shortly after Dorinda Medley introduced the pair, but he also went out on several dates with Ramona Singer (though he steadfastly disputes Ramona’s claims on how many) while also bedding Sonja Morgan for the greater part of a decade in a friends-with-benefits arrangement. 

But in the season eight finale, Tom leveled up in the shady game. After Luann confronted him over Bethenny Frankel‘s smoking gun photos that showed him kissing another woman at the bar in the Regency Hotel for all of NYC to see, he blamed it on the liquor, then blamed it on an argument with Luann just before, then blamed it on an old friend whose predatory clutches he apparently couldn’t avoid, and then tried to bully Dorinda into supporting his version of the story with the other ladies. All that and he didn’t evenappear on camera once!

The question stands, though: How does Tom’s shadiness stack up against the legion of shady Real Housewives significant others? To find out his placement, you’re going to have to click through our gallery below!

What are your thoughts on Tom? Is he just misunderstood or is he totally shady? Let us know in the comments.

The Real Housewives of New York City‘s three-part season eight reunion special begins Wednesday, August 31 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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7 Genius Kitchen Gadget Hacks

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I’ll admit: I’m a kitchen gadget freak. Whether it’s the latest food processor, immersion blender, air fryer, chopper or avocado slicer, I have to buy it and try it. But on a recent trip to Tuscany, where my family rented a house instead of staying in a hotel, such equipment was absent. While the home’s kitchen and proximity to a farmers market gave us the ability to cook together as a family – a dream come true for a nutritionist, mom and heartfelt foodie like me – I had to come up with ways to use a limited number of tools for a variety of culinary chores. Here are seven everyday items other nutrition pros and I have learned to transform:

My family agreed that when we were in Italy, we needed to make paninis. So, off to town we went to gather the best thick Tuscan bread, juicy tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, olive oil, balsamic glaze and chicken to grill. Paired with a perfect bottle of Brunello di Montalcino (yes, my kids are all of drinking age), we were each assigned a task to help put together the perfect sandwich. Once we realized we didn’t have a panini press, we filled the tea kettle with water and voila! A makeshift panini press evolved – and the kettle was even easier to clean than a panini press.

Amanda Haas, a cookbook author and culinary director at Williams-Sonoma, also loves gadgets, but she doesn’t have any space left in her kitchen. To act as a panini press or bacon press, she wraps a brick with aluminum foil as a solid weight to accomplish the same task.

Jackie Newgent, a registered dietitian, culinary nutritionist and author of “The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook,” has used dental floss as a soft cheese cutter (and occasional cake slicer) to replace a knife. Newgent first started doing this before she owned “real” knives and, in some cases, she claims, the method can actually work better. Although her array of equipment has expanded over the years, she still occasionally relies of the dental floss trick. I wonder if mint-flavored floss would add some flavor, too?

Registered dietitian and award-winning cookbook author Ellie Krieger, who hosts “Ellie’s Real Good Food” on public television, was at a rental house where she planned to grill a batch of vegetables and chicken. “I usually brush them with oil before grilling, but I had no pastry brush, so I grabbed a small bunch of parsley, held it by the stem and used the leaves as a brush,” she says. What a great idea to have a brush you not only don’t have to wash, but that you can also eat when you’re finished using it!

5. A Plastic Bag and a Can

“Growing up, my mom always used a handheld chopper to chop or crush nuts for recipes,” says Amy Gorin, a registered dietitian and owner Amy Gorin Nutrition. But since she lives in the New York City area, where sprawling kitchen space is rare, she saves space by using a zip-top sandwich bag to chop foods. “I simply put them in there, seal the top and crush them with a can or whatever heavy item is sitting on my countertop,” Gorin says. (Word to the wise: I’ve tried this trick and, although it’s fast and easy, be sure you take care to release the air from the bag before sealing it or its contents could end up all over your kitchen.)

When registered dietitian Mandy Enright, of the couples nutrition blog Nutrition Nuptials, broke her rolling pin a few years ago around the holidays, instead of dealing with the long lines in stores, she remembered a girlfriend who was excited to finally receive a rolling pin at her bridal shower to replace the wine bottle she had used for so many years. Enright followed suit. “I used an empty bottle so I could wash it and remove the label for easy rolling and to prevent sticking, but a full bottle would work just as well and provide some added weight if needed,” she says. If you really want to be a wine aficionado, try a tall and slender Bordeaux bottle, since the neck provides a comfortable handle while rolling, says Enright, who also suggests using a bottle at room temperature.

Registered dietitian Maggie Moon, author of forthcoming book “The MIND Diet” is not a fan of having lots of specific tools around that only serve one or two purposes. Instead, she likes to create her own gadgets that are just as effective and take up less space. She improvises a double boiler by placing a smaller pot inside of a larger one. “This works great for melting dark chocolate, which could be so welcoming for dipping beautiful long-stemmed strawberries in.” she says. Moon also peels ginger with a spoon instead of a peeler or paring knife – a safe tip for those of us who are kitchen klutzes.



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Ohio Turnpike May Soon See Self-Driving Testing

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Ohio’s toll road, a heavily traveled connector between the East Coast and Chicago, is moving closer to allowing the testing of self-driving vehicles.

Testing is likely to begin within 12 months, and possibly before the end of the year, the Ohio Turnpike’s executive director told The Associated Press.

Officials overseeing the roadway have spent more than a year looking at the possibilities, said Randy Cole, the turnpike’s director.

Ohio is among several states competing to play a role in the testing and research of autonomous vehicles, which is advancing at light speed.

Ride-hailing service Uber said Thursday that it will start hauling passengers in self-driving cars with human backup drivers on the streets of Pittsburgh within the next several weeks.

Much of the testing, up to now, has been in California along with a handful of Western U.S. states and on closed courses, such as one operated by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

More testing is needed in new places and where there’s snow and ice, Cole said.

“It’s got to start happening on real roads,” he said in an interview this week. “That’s part of getting the consumer confidence.”

The Ohio Turnpike, which takes Interstate 80 across northern Ohio and links Youngstown, Cleveland and Toledo, is set up well for testing autonomous vehicles, he said.

It is relatively straight and flat with three lanes in each direction, wider lane markings and space for maintenance and support crews, Cole said.

And the 241-mile highway is less congested than other interstates in Ohio and already has a fiber network along the entire roadway, he said.

Fiber optic lines aren’t necessary for self-driving vehicles that rely on their own GPS systems. But they could allow vehicles connected to the network to relay information back-and-forth — such as road conditions — or help collect testing data, said Jim Barna, an assistant director with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“That’s where the fiber optics may come into play,” he said.

The U.S. Transportation Department has said it will propose federal government guidelines for self-driving vehicles later this year.

States also are grappling with how to regulate the technology. Just a handful — including Nevada, California, Michigan and Florida — have approved guidelines for testing.

Because Ohio’s toll road has its own governing authority, it can more easily allow the testing, Cole said.

“We will make sure any vehicle testing is as safe, or safer, than any other vehicle on the road,” he said. “It shouldn’t scare people.”

Cole said he sees more opportunities right now coming with the trucking industry.

One possibility already being tested in Europe is called platooning — a tractor-trailer with a driver that’s linked to a self-driving truck following closely behind.

Lowering freight costs will help the state’s manufacturing industries and could create new jobs, Cole said. “This is part of Ohio’s future,” he said.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has been pushing state agencies to take a leading role in the rapidly growing development of self-driving autos.

The state’s highway department is working on creating another testing area along a divided highway northwest of Columbus.

It’s planning to install a fiber optic cable as soon as next spring on a stretch of U.S. 33, Barna said.

The state’s largest city, Columbus, won a $40 million federal grant this summer to put new transportation technologies, including self-driving cars and connected vehicles, into use.

This story has been corrected to show that a second testing site would be northwest, not northeast, of Columbus.


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Amanda Bynes Expresses Her Love and Appreciation for Fashion School in Surprise Twitter Return

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If you’re wondering where Amanda Bynes has been on social media, fear no more.

After almost six months of staying quiet on Twitter, the former Nickelodeon star returned to share some good news with her loyal fans and followers.

Instead of worrying about a 140-character message, Amanda is purely focused on completing fashion school in Los Angeles.

“Hi everybody! I haven’t tweeted in a long time and I want to say hi! I’ve been really busy at FIDM, and I just finished my midterms,” she shared with her 3.4 million followers Wednesday afternoon. “I am really loving school and I feel that I am learning a lot. I enjoy all of my classes and my teachers are excellent.”

Amanda added, “I’m really appreciative of all that FIDM is giving me. I’ve been in school learning about the fashion business so I don’t have time to tweet.”

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The Amanda Show star first enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising campus near Orange County in spring 2014. She later transferred to the Los Angeles campus where even more courses are offered.

“She is doing great,” her family’s attorney, Tamar Arminak, told E! News ahead of the star’s 30th birthday. “She is happy and healthy, and excited about the future.”

As for all the speculation that Amanda has secret social media accounts or handles, the student set the record straight today.

“FYI, this Twitter account is the only communication media that I am using,” Amanda wrote. “No other Twitter accounts or websites are mine! I only have this one.”

She added, “This is me! The verified, real, authentic and actual Amanda Bynes. Accept no substitutes!”



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Solution to Jets QB problems: place Christian Hackenberg on IR

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Christian Hackenberg is starting to feel ill. The symptoms are largely unknown, the ailment a mystery, but he just doesn’t feel like himself. He’s banged up. His body aches.


It might take, oh, 17 weeks to heal.


For all the chatter about the merits of carrying four quarterbacks on the Jets roster, the smartest choice is clear: Place Hackenberg on season-ending injured reserve after the final preseason game in Philly next week.


Apparently it’s blasphemy to keep four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster (even though it’s not that big of a deal), so here’s a tactic to use three roster spots on Ryan Fitzpatrick (hero), Geno Smith (villain), Bryce Petty (curiosity) and the rookie.

Ryan Fitzpatrick relates to Jets backup QB Christian Hackenberg


Wait. Can they do that even if Hackenberg isn’t really hurt?


History suggests that it won’t be a problem. The Patriots have turned stashing players on I.R. into a cottage industry under Bill Belichick. It’s the NFL’s version of a redshirt year.


The number of developmental guys who catch the so-called Foxborough Flu this time of year is uncanny. With so many outbreaks, it’s a wonder that there isn’t a vaccine yet.


The Patriots signed former Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps shortly after the London Games four years ago before placing him on season-ending IR. It’s amazing how quickly this world-class athlete got “hurt” after joining the Evil Empire.

Jets’ Christian Hackenberg not making most of opportunities


Belichick is like BASF. He didn’t make the loophole. He just made the loophole better.


League rules on the matter are explicit, but are they ever actually enforced?


According to the bylaws, “With the exception of players who have been “Designated for Return,” players on Reserve/Injured are prohibited from practicing. They are limited to rehabilitative work under the direction of the club’s physician or trainer. Such players may attend team meetings and observe practice, but they may not participate in any manner or form in any practice session, any drill, or any physical activity other than that required as part of their rehabilitation.”


Consider Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman, who missed his rookie season after tearing his ACL in minicamp last year. The team’s in-house reporter wrote a story this summer on the Broncos’ official website about Heuerman’s comeback, which included “occasionally” catching passes in December from Peyton Manning, who was working his way back from a foot injury. The story even quoted Heuerman on the benefits of working with Manning.

Jets Insider: Bowles not concerned with Hackenberg’s accuracy yet


Was that a violation of the league’s policy for I.R.ed players? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. The league evidently didn’t care.


The league can request a player’s medical files for review if there are questions about the veracity of the injury and send the player to an independent physician for examination, but who are we kidding? That rarely, if ever, happens. For the most part, it turns a blind eye to it.


In 1997, the Eagles asked sixth-round rookie quarterback Koy Detmer to fake a knee injury in practice late in the preseason, so they could stash him on I.R. Detmer pretended to aggravate a two-year-old knee injury suffered in college. He was carted off the practice field.


“Practice ends and I go into the training room,” his brother, Ty Detmer, a teammate at the time, once said, “There he is laying on the training room table with a towel over his face and I just kind of raised the corner up and peeked and he’s got this big old grin on his face. You know like, ‘How was that for my acting job?’  ” I had to get out of there because I was about to just die laughing. And the rest of the team, you can’t say anything because nobody is supposed to know.”

Why Jets QB Christian Hackenberg has been sacked by NFL analytics


Would the Jets consider this tactic for Hackenberg? The powers that be have an interesting link to a team that was notorious for circumventing the rule a generation ago.


Washington took quarterback Mark Rypien in the sixth round of the 1986 draft only to stash him on injured reserve for his first two seasons with knee and back injuries. Rypien, of course, ultimately turned into a Super Bowl MVP a few years later. Washington placed sixth-round rookie quarterback Stan Humphries on I.R. with a mysterious blood disorder in 1988.


Charley Casserly, de facto mentor to Mike Maccagnan and the consultant who led the Jets GM and head coaching search in 2015, was Washington’s assistant general manager at the time.


The team’s starting safety? Todd Bowles.

Jets have ‘high hopes’ for Christian Hackenberg


It didn’t stop there for Washington. When Casserly became the GM in 1990, he stashed fourth-round rookie quarterback Cary Conklin on I.R. Maccagnan got his first job in the NFL as a scouting intern for Washington that year. Conklin played the fourth quarter of the final preseason game in 1991 without incident before magically landing on I.R. again with a knee injury. Maybe he tripped over a cackling Casserly on the floor of the locker room.


Casserly followed the same blueprint in 1992 by placing fourth-round rookie quarterback Chris Hakel on I.R. Washington had the worst luck.


The Jets should hope for such misfortune.


It’s clear that Hackenberg, the only one of the 15 drafted quarterbacks not to take a single snap in the first two weeks of the preseason, needs much more time to develop.

Jets hoping Hackenberg can build off freshman year at Penn State


There’s minimal downside to keeping four QBs on the 53-man roster — the developmental ninth offensive linemen or seventh linebacker that would take his spot would be inactive on gamedays anyway — but there is a creative and easy way to save a roster spot.


Let’s get real. What would Hackenberg actually do at practice as the No. 4 quarterback during the season? Fitzpatrick would get the lion’s share of work. Smith would get the bulk of scout-team reps. Petty would pick up scout-team scraps. Hackenberg would do very little.


Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey hinted a few weeks ago that the real work on fixing Hackenberg’s mechanics won’t begin until after this season. The brain trust is fully aware that it needs to re-boot Hackenberg, who regressed in his final two seasons in college for myriad reasons.


“You let him do what got him here, and then you take a full offseason if you think there needs to be some changes,” Gailey said.”

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In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to get instruction inside the team facility. Hackenberg can learn in the classroom and on the sidelines on Sundays, while still getting his full rookie salary. He can put in valuable time in the team’s Virtual Reality room. He could even “occasionally” throw to receivers (see: Heuerman).


So, which body part should Maccagnan & Co. list on the official injury report? Considering that Hackenberg was sacked 82 times in his last two years in college, any limb would be believable. Take your pick. Arm. Shoulder. Foot. Back.


Don’t be surprised if Hackenberg begins to feel sick. There’s a bug going around in Florham Park. 

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