Gemini Research News: Global trade doubles material use for fashion, electronics over two decades

Gemini Research News: Global trade doubles material use for fashion, electronics over two decades. “A new database gives researchers — and potentially policymakers — the ability to see how global trade affects environmental impacts. Trade is one of the most visible hallmarks of 21st century life. Cheap shipping and global supply chains mean that goods made in one country can easily be shipped for purchase or consumption halfway around the world. But if you are trying to assess — and limit — the environmental impacts of this trade, how can you possibly measure the environmental effects of a dress made in Pakistan that’s purchased in Peoria? Buying that dress drives all sorts of environmental and social impacts in far-away countries where the raw materials are extracted or products are made.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Useful Price Comparison Websites, Engines, and Tools to Know

MakeUseOf: 6 Useful Price Comparison Websites, Engines, and Tools to Know. “Price comparison websites, also known as price comparison engines, are essential for getting the best deals on the web—especially when you don’t have the time to hunt down coupons (use these online coupon sites) or wait for good deals to come around (how to find deals and discounts). Why visit over 10 different retailers when you can get all of their prices on one page? Of course, not all price comparison websites are equal. The best one for me might not be the best for you. “

BetaNews: Dixons Carphone suffers two major security breaches exposing customers’ bank card details and personal information

BetaNews: Dixons Carphone suffers two major security breaches exposing customers’ bank card details and personal information. “Another week, another cyberattack. This time around, it’s the Dixons Carphone group which says it has fallen victim to not one but two major breaches. The bank card details of 5.9 million customers have been accessed by hackers in the first breach. In the second, the personal records of 1.2 million people have been exposed.”

Neowin: Facebook’s Marketplace now lets users hire Home Service Professionals

Neowin: Facebook’s Marketplace now lets users hire Home Service Professionals . “Facebook’s Marketplace is getting an update today in the US, shifting it from peer-to-peer transactions to a service which connects professionals to clients. To give a brief summary of Marketplace, it is a section of the Facebook app that facilitates transactions between users. For instance, a Facebook user could open marketplace and buy a used laptop, or decide to sell a vehicle or some old clothes. More importantly for the purpose of this article, it was a user-to-user affair, and only exchanged goods, not services.”

SecurityIntelligence: Penetration Tests Discover All Banks Are Susceptible to Web App Bugs

SecurityIntelligence: Penetration Tests Discover All Banks Are Susceptible to Web App Bugs. “A series of penetration tests found that every bank is guilty of web application vulnerabilities and insufficient network security measures. According to a recent report from Positive Technologies, Bank Attacks 2018, 100 percent of banks suffered from these vulnerabilities and inadequacies. The report also found server configuration flaws in all banks — while just over half were found to have improperly managed their user accounts and passwords.”

LocalSYR: NY Health Dept. launches interactive tool to find health info, costs

LocalSYR: NY Health Dept. launches interactive tool to find health info, costs. “The New York Department of Health announced a new tool that allows consumers and researchers to find various health information. The tool, called the NYS Health Connector, provides information such as the cost of medical procedures and the frequency of those procedures that are performed at hospitals.”

State of Reform: New Texas Department of Insurance website compares medical costs across the state

State of Reform: New Texas Department of Insurance website compares medical costs across the state . “The Texas Department of Insurance has launched a new website that provides cost information for 200 common medical procedures in Texas. The website… allows consumers to evaluate the costs for various inpatient/outpatient procedures, imaging services, lab tests, and office visits, and compare them by zip code throughout the state. The website also compares in-network and out-of-network claims data.”