All NYC subway stations will have cell service by January 9th–engadget.com

Jon Fingas@jonfingas

01.06.17 in Transportation

When officials recently vowed that all New York City underground subway stations would have cellular coverage sometime in early 2017, they weren’t joking. Governor Cuomo has revealed that all active stations will have service from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon on January 9th. That’s on top of WiFi, which went live just before 2016 came to a close. The only exceptions are four stations that are either in mid-renovation or about to go through renovations, but they’ll have live service as soon as the makeovers are finished.

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Hiya: Filter Spam Calls — Katie Floyd

Recently I’ve been receiving more and more spam phone calls. With iOS 10 Apple allowed developers to create extensions that would interface with the Phone.app and allow incoming calls to be checked against a database of suspected spammers.

Out of desperation, I’ve tried a few of these Apps claiming to screen or block suspected spam callers as they’ve popped up in the App store. Thus far the only one I’ve found that has worked somewhat reliably is Hiya. (Glenn Fleishman writing for Macworld has a more extensive review)

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Know Your Rights: A Guide to Fighting Discrimination Against Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers Under the New York State Human Rights Law

Updated Resource:

PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING PEOPLE

Our Know Your Rights Guide for transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers has been updated and is now available in Spanish!  It explains in plain language what discrimination might look like and how to access your rights under the New York State Human Rights Law.  You’ll also find other helpful information, including facts about additional laws and regulations that protect transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and a list of legal advocates around New York State that may be able to advise you of your rights and help you navigate the legal process.

Please share this guide with your networks and anyone you think would find it helpful.

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South Carolina Proposes Law To Ban Porn Unless Customers Pay $20

By Adnan Farooqui

Legislators in South Carolina have moved a new bill which would make it illegal for a smartphone, tablet or computer to be sold in the state without a porn filter. The filter will render the device incapable of accessing online porn. However, those who want the ability to access adult content online will have to pay an additional $20 in order to purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer without a porn filter.

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The sponsors of the bill haven’t really provided any technical details about how the porn filter is going to work, whether it’s going to be installed at the factory for the aforementioned devices or if sales representatives will install it at the point of sale. There’s also the question of this entire act infringing on First Amendment rights.

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Professional Development and Parent Seminar–Free

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars – The seminars are offered at no cost to participants

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD

Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships

As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.

 

Seminar flyer: http://www.albany.edu/autism/files/Spring_2017_PDPS_Flyer.pdf

 

Register online: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php

 

 

Kristin V. Christodulu, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

Statewide Coordinator, NYS Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

University at Albany, SUNY

1535 Western Avenue

Albany, NY 12203

PH: 518-442-2574

FX: 518-442-4834

EMAIL: kvchristodulu@albany.edu

WEBSITE: www.albany.edu/autism

Don’t click! Lawyers get fake emails about a complaint; hyperlink installs malicious software

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS for ABA Journal

Lawyers who receive emails about a complaint filed against their business may have a problem–but it’s not because of an angry client.

Officials in multiple states are warning that the emails invite the lawyers to click on a hyperlink to view the complaint. Clicking on the link will open a website that installs malicious software or ransomware on the lawyer’s computer. Ransomware blocks computer access until the computer user pays money to get it unlocked.

Officials in New YorkTexasPennsylvaniaMarylandand Florida are among those warning about the scam. Lawyers who received such an email should delete it immediately and should not click on the link, according to a press release by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Above the Law reports on other email scams in this article. Ransomware victims can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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Merkel ally threatens Facebook with fines over online hate speech | Reuters

A senior German conservative has warned Facebook it could face fines if it fails to act faster to tackle online hate speech, and he said the government could propose legislative measures in the new year.

Speaking at a party conference of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in Essen, western Germany, Volker Kauder suggested politicians were running out of patience with efforts by social media providers to crack down on hate speech. 

“I expect from big companies like Facebook that they adhere to laws. If they are not respected than we must think about new possibilities, fines for example,” he said.

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