It’s been a little over a month since Facebook unleashed Slingshot, its stab at an ephemeral competitor to Snapchat, so it seems about the right time for it to get its first update. Slingshot, if you’ll recall, is a unique messaging app that requires you to reciprocate before you get to see what your friends have sent you. Once you see that photo or video, you have the option of sending a reaction shot, which takes up half the screen and is already unlocked so you don’t need to send a reply to view it. With the latest update, you can now react to those reaction shots — as seen in the third screen shot above — again, without any unlocking necessary.
Other updates to Slingshot include the introduction of My People, which is essentially a section of folks you’re regularly slinging shots with. It’s also now easier to find Slingshot buddies on Facebook and your phone’s contacts. So if you weren’t intrigued enough to try out Slingshot before, perhaps this new update will be enough to convince you to start slinging. You can download the latest version on both iOS and Android starting today.
The moat that surrounds the Tower of London has long stood empty and dry. This summer, it’s getting filled with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one for each British and Colonial soldiers who perished during World War I.
For the past few weeks, a team of 150 volunteers has been placing red ceramic poppies one by one around the Tower. Crawford Butler, the longest serving Yeoman Warden, also known as beefeater, planted the first ceramic poppy. The last poppy will be symbolically planted on the last day of the installation: November 11, Armistice Day.
Crawford Butler with the first poppy. AP Photo/Matt Dunham
AP Photo/Matt Dunham
The artistic minds behind this installation commemorating 100 years since the start of World War I are ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. Cummins specializes in ceramic flowers, which he makes by shaping on a wheel and then carving by hand. But this project was bigger than ever. Over 50 fifty people worked together to make the nearly million ceramic poppies.
The installation’s name, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, also comes from Cummins. He, in turn, borrowed it from will of an anonymous man who died in Flanders. "I don’t know his name or where he was buried or anything about him," Cummins told the Guardian, "But this line he wrote, when everyone he knew was dead and everywhere around him was covered in blood, jumped out at me: ‘The blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread.’"
At the Tower of London, the poppies spill like blood from a wall, flowing down to flood the moat. Each evening, the Last Post will be sounded and a selection of names of the dead read out loud. It’s stunning and sobering commemoration that befits the Great War. [Colossal]
Top photo and all others, unless otherwise credited, via Historic Royal Palaces
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A recent test done by the independent antivirus research group AV-TEST—whose tests we’ve mentioned in the past—took a look at the performance of today’s most popular malware removal applications. Most of the applications showed excellent performance, but only Malwarebytes—a free download—managed a perfect score.
AV-TEST sought to answer an important question: can anti-malware software completely clean up and repair a Windows system after an attack?
It’s a worst-case scenario many users have experienced: Malware defeats the security barriers of their system and becomes embedded there. Is it even possible, in the aftermath of such an attack, to restore the Windows system to its previous condition? It ought to work with the help of antivirus software or clean-up tools. But how effectively do these first responders do their job?
The good news is that overall each application was very effective at providing cleanup and repair to Windows machines, which is important if you think someone has broken into your machine or downloaded some suspicious plugins.
Each application was put through a rigorous endurance test that lasted a total of 10 months. During this time several different malware families were tested repeatedly and the malware even underwent constant evolution along the way. All of the samples used were already known to the removal applications, so the primary purpose of the test was efficiency in detection, complete removal, and restoration. Tests were also conducted on antivirus software, but keep in mind there’s a difference between antivirus and anti-malware.
In the end, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free scored a cool 100% in total system repair. The paid apps Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 came close in second with a score of 99.4%, and F-Secure Internet Security 2014 tied with Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 at 97.8%. The next best scores for free applications came from AVG AntiVirus Free 2014 and Avast! Free Antivirus 9.0.
Remember, it’s important to keep in mind that these were tested for malware removal and not for virus protection. We can show you what we think are the best desktop antivirus applications, and if you’re curious to see how antivirus apps ranked at AV-TEST, click the link below to read more.