Malaysia Debris Discovered, Mac Malware, GigTown App, & Clean Boston Beaches

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Top Story: Debris Found From Missing Malaysia Flight

Parts of an airplane including, window panes, passenger seats and a wing fragment discovered on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, are said to belong to missing Malaysian flight 370.


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has confirmed that the aircraft wing found on Reunion Island is that from the missing MH370.

Razak released a statement saying the new findings “conclusively confirmed” that the wreckage was in fact from the Boeing777, that disappeared spring of 2014. Razak said:

“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370.”

Despite Malaysian confirmation it was part of MH370, French investigators remain skeptical, saying only that there is a “very strong presumption” that it was the case. They will continue to analyze and test the debris for solid confirmation. A fragment of luggage also found in Reunion will be examined by French police, for further evidence.

Dismayed by the flow of conflicting information about their loved ones, some family members are refusing to accept that the debris is from MH370. In fact, dozens of distraught relatives marched on the Beijing headquarters of Malaysia Airlines Thursday morning, claiming the whole thing is a cover up.


In the meantime, French investigators are working hard to confirm or deny the claims that the wing is in fact part of Flight MH370.

To see testimonies by family members, read this article.

Under the Radar: Macs Under AttackAnti piracy button on the keyboard. Toned Image.

Serious bugs affecting Mac computers may leave your computer bombarded by malware or, in worst-case scenario, permanently controlled by a hacker.

Recently, security researchers uncovered a new vulnerability that allows hackers to install adware, without ever asking for your password. One of these nasty malwares is VSearch, which floods your Mac with pop-up ads and denies access to Google search engine.

Stefan Egger, a German security researcher, found the bug last week. Rather than initially contacting Apple, he took to his blog to disclose information about the malware.

Security company MalwareBytes said in a blog post Monday that hackers have already taken advantage of the bug Esser exposed, attacking Macs using the new found vulnerability. Malware can install any file in any part of the system. Esser has provided the only known fix thus far. He noted the bug has been fixed in an upcoming patch to Yosemite as well as a beta version of OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

Traditionally, Macs have been known to withstand even the most vicious malware, but a new vulnerability found in the system allows hackers to permanently install the malware in the computer’s firmware. Unless you know how to reprogram chips, this bug is a death sentence to your Mac.

Researchers said that they developed a computer worm dubbed “Thunderstrike 2,” which can release counter attacks on hackers behind the bug. This is the second firmware bug that the researchers uncovered. Apple fixed the first one recently.

Tool of the Week: GigTown

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For independent musicians, cash flow depends mainly on gigs. The more gigs they have, the more money they’re making.With this in mind, retired Qualcomm President Steve Altman has launched a new app making it easier for musicians to showcase their music and book live performances.

The mobile app, GigTown, enables anyone from venue managers to event planners to discover and book local performers. It also sets up a broader stage (literally) for musicians to market themselves on for free!

The company allows artists to upload as many as 10 songs each for users to discover and listen to on the app. Performers also have the option to provide a video link and biography. Along with their background, musicians on the app can list their hourly rate and availability calendar. Venues can then book them and pay for them directly through the app. Since GigTown launched earlier this year, more than 500 musicians have signed up.

The idea for the app was hatched when founders Steve Altman and his son Andy were planning an annual fundraiser for diabetes research. The two found it nearly impossible to find local bands to hire and saw this as an opportunity to build technology that would fix this issue. Over the next few months, the Altmans will work to attract more cities and more musicians to their technology. One of the hurdles that remains for GigTown is how to get more people to download the app and listen to songs from local artists, as opposed to mainstream music.

Around the Hub: Boston Beach Cleanliness

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It’s summer in the city, and Boston residents are thrilled to hear that recent results have confirmed Boston Harbor beaches to be some of the cleanest public waterways in the country.

The findings stated that not only did the popular summer spots have almost faultless bacteria levels, but that they were cleaner than some of America’s most well-known beaches like Virginia Beach and Waikiki Beach.

New statistics released by Save The Harbor/Save The Bay make it clear that several beaches are in dire need of some serious improvement.


Tenean Beach in Dorchester, and King’s Beach in Lynn and Swampscott, are very vulnerable to contamination. Both beaches have had to close most of this season due to unsafe swimming conditions. As the table shows, overall beach health for the beginning of the 2015 season went down by three percent compared to all of 2014. One factor behind the deterioration is the weather.

In the coming decades, Boston will continue to work toward attaining pollution-free waterways, a thought that was once unimaginable for the city.


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