Limerick’s Rubberbandits confirmed for Electric Picnic

first_imgEmail Rubberbandits will play Electric PicnicLIMERICK’S Rubberbandits have confirmed a slot at this year’s Electric Picnic. The duo BlindBoy Boatclub and Mr Chrome along with Willie O’DJ will rock the Comedy Tent in what Rubberbandits are calling a “snakey post Edinburgh gig”.Their 2010 appearance at the Picnic was cited as the top pick of the event in a poll of Festival goers that year. Rubberbandits have released a video for new song ‘Fellas’. An ode to male sexual exploration, the lyrics to Fellas are the most explicit yet from the Limerick duo but the video has won over many fans and was retweeted by Dara O’Briain, Russell Brand, Frankie Boyle and Panti Bliss.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The duo’s Continental Fistfight show is currently running at Edinburgh Festival Fringe until August 25.The video can be found and on Previous articleVomiting bugNext articleGarda looking for masked nursing home burglar Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. WhatsApp New Limerick festival to rival Edinburgh Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Steve makes magical return to Electric Picnic Facebookcenter_img TAGSEdinburghFellasFrankie BoyleRubberbanditsRussell Brand Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Munster announce the signing of Haley from Sale Sharks Limerick Post Show | Willie O’Dea on Limerick and Rubberbandits NewsLimerick’s Rubberbandits confirmed for Electric PicnicBy Eric Fitzgerald – August 5, 2014 811 Why should I not have the right to vote for whom I want? Van Graan rings the changes for Edinburgh knockout game last_img read more

Oxford researchers expose ‘data thirst’ of big tech companies

first_imgCompanies such as Google and Facebook receive enormous amounts of data from third party smartphone apps, according to a recent study released by University of Oxford researchers.The study, which analysed the code of 959,000 apps available on the US and UK Google Play stores, found that 88% of apps could ultimately transfer data to Alphabet, Google’s parent company.The figures further reveal how vast numbers of apps are set up to convey data to big tech companies, with Google topping the list of potential recipients.The researchers told Business Insider that this sort of data “enables construction of detailed profiles about individuals, which could include inferences about shopping habits, socio-economic class or likely political opinions.”They added: “These profiles can then be used for a variety of purposes, from targeted advertising to credit scoring and targeted political campaign messages.”The research was carried out as part of an EPSRC funded project, SOCIAM, led by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt.SOCIAM is looking at how humans, computers, algorithms and data interact at Web scale.Professor Max Van Kleek led the research project and Dr Reuben Binns was thelead author of the research paper.Binns told Cherwell: “Users should be concerned about the amount of data they are giving away – even data which does not appear to be sensitive– such as a set of GPS co-ordinates can easily be uniquely identifying and reveal where you live, work, socialise, or pray.“But individuals shouldn’t be expected to take on all the responsibility and make great sacrifices to maintain their privacy; we need governance and business models that protect people’s data in line with fundamental rights.”Google has disputed the methodology used by the Oxford researchers.A Google spokesperson told Business Insider: “We disagree with the methodology and the findings of this study.“It mischaracterises ordinary functional services like crash report-ing and analytics, and how apps share data to deliver those services.”“Across Google, and in Google Play, we have clear policies and guidelines for how developers and third-party apps can handle data and we require developers to be transparent and ask for user permission.“If an app violates our policies, we take action.”Binns responded: “We are not claiming that all instances of third-party tracking are unjustified, as crash reporting and analytics are useful tools for developers. Google offer third-party tracking capabilities for both purposes.”He told Cherwell: “Our research aims to identify any third parties that could be sent personal data from an app – whether such data are used for analytics or targeted advertising.“As outlined in our paper, 87% of the apps we studied shared data with at least one of the subsidiaries of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and over 60% of them shared data with DoubleClick, a Google-owned advertising network.“Google’s statement does not appear to dispute these findings.”last_img read more

Short-term, small-dollar rule comments now due Oct. 7

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has extended the comment deadline for its payday and small-dollar loan proposal to Oct. 7. CUNA has also moved back its deadline for accepting comments from credit union stakeholders; comments can now be sent to CUNA through Sept. 19.The CFPB issued the proposal in June, and CUNA has received feedback from credit unions about concerns with new regulatory and compliance burdens for federally and state-chartered credit unions. The added requirements, as well as proposed changes to the NCUA’s Payday Alternative Loan (PAL) program,eliminate needed flexibility, credit unions believe.The proposal’s overly broad scope sweeps in products and services offered by credit unions that are dissimilar to payday or small-dollar loans, including auto refinance loans. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more