This Week On The Line (Trailer): Michael Moynihan on South and North Korea’s Information War

On Thursday at 12pm EDT Michael Monyihan will join On the Line to answer your questions about his piece, “Launching Balloons into North Korea: Propaganda Over Pyongyang”: http://bit.ly/1CsatdF North and South Korea are, both legally and philosophically, in a state of war. While the guns may be silent, the conflict between the two countries has now become one of propaganda. With the assistance of the Human Rights Foundation, North Korean defectors now in South Korea have been launching hydrogen-filled balloons across the 38th parallel — carrying both money and propaganda. VICE News correspondent Michael Moynihan traveled to Seoul to meet frontline soldiers in the information war — and to attend a clandestine launch of propaganda balloons into the Hermit Kingdom. VICE News and On The Line want to hear from you! Let us know your questions for Michael on Twitter with the hashtag #ontheline, or send us a video message on Skype. To leave a Skype video message, follow the instructions here: http://bit.ly/1Fpn9lC Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Hero 2+ is the Third Phone With Cyanogen OS 11

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Alcatel has just introduced a mid-range phablet that would normally get anyone’s attention on its own.

But the OneTouch Hero 2+ is making waves because it’s another device loaded with the open-source Android operating system known a Cyanogen.

This will be the third smartphone released that’s stocked with a Cyanogen OS. The previous two, according to information from Android Authority, are the OnePlus One and the Micromax Yureka.

According to Alcatel, the OneTouch Hero 2+ will come loaded with Cyanogen OS 11.

In an official release announcing the new phone, Alcatel North America Senior Vice President Steve Cistulli explains:

“We will continue to invest in strategic partnerships — like we have with Cyanogen — which not only helps build our brand here in North America, but also helps us challenge expectations when it comes to the devices we bring to market here.”

More on what this means in a bit.

First, even if it was just an Android device, the OneTouch Hero 2+ would be a phablet a lot of budget-minded small business owners might consider.

When it’s available this Spring, Alcatel says the device will sell unlocked for $299. That’s a competitive price for a device that doesn’t skimp on its hardware. The Verge is reporting that the phablet can support an LTE mobile connection from either AT&T or T-Mobile.

By no means should the OneTouch Hero 2+ be mistaken for a top-of-the-line device. But it does feature a 6-inch full HD display and a 2.0GHz octa-core ARM Cortex A7 processor.

It will be sold with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. That can be doubled with a capable expansion card.

The OneTouch Hero 2+ also features a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5MP front camera. The rear camera is capable of capturing full HD 1080p video.

One of the big drawbacks with mid-range and entry-level smartphones is their limitations caused by the software that’s pre-loaded and impossible to delete. In some cases, the software consumes a considerable amount of the scant storage available.

But that’s where Cyanogen is expected to make a difference. Cyanogen says it has built its “open source” version of Android so that it’s not only fully customizable but also free of that pre-loaded clutter.

Cyanogen has formed a partnership with Alcatel so it’s likely that more entry-level and mid-range devices from the company are going to be featuring this dressed-down version of Android.

Cyanogen OS 11 is built on Android KitKat 4.4.4, according to the company’s announcement. Here’s how Cyanogen touts the advantages of its operating system over Android:

“Cyanogen OS 11 delivers a fast operating system with advanced features, allowing users to customize their UI through the powerful Themes app, including wallpapers, fonts, icons, settings, and boot animations. The camera comes with multiple filters and features for ease of taking selfies, pictures and videos. Cyanogen’s Privacy Guard gives users granular control of personal data, and there is a host of security features – data encryption, find and wipe device, pin scramble password protection, and protected apps features.”

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Migrant Prisons of Libya: Europe or Die (Trailer)

As Libya descends into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe. The voyage is perilous, as smugglers pack migrants into unsafe boats that often sink, claiming the lives of people attempting to escape conflict and seek economic opportunities abroad. Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers. Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control. In the upcoming three-part series, VICE News gains access to chilling footage from the Libyan coast guard and travels to detention centers in Libya, where we hear migrants speak of torture and serious human rights violations. Watch “Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1EbVKhG Watch “Trapped In Bulgaria: Europe Or Die” – http://bit.ly/1Fgsiwl Read “Italy Backs Controversial Plan to Build Migrant Reception Centers in North Africa” – http://bit.ly/1CdUluB Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Launching Balloons into North Korea: Propaganda Over Pyongyang

North and South Korea are, both legally and philosophically, in a state of war. While the guns may be silent, the conflict between the two countries has now become one of propaganda. With the assistance of the Human Rights Foundation, North Korean defectors now in South Korea have been launching hydrogen-filled balloons across the 38th parallel — carrying both money and propaganda. In late 2014, a balloon launch sparked a brief exchange of gunfire between North and South Korean soldiers, and even more recently, Pyongyang has promised that hellfire will rain on South Korea if any copies of the controversial Hollywood comedy The Interview make it across the border. VICE News traveled to Seoul to meet frontline soldiers in this information war — and to attend a clandestine launch of propaganda balloons into the Hermit Kingdom. Watch “When VICE Met Kim Jong-un” – http://bit.ly/1MGt8BU Read “‘A Sign of How Bad Things Are’: North Korea Is Sidling Up to Russia Again” – http://bit.ly/1DtExoZ Read “Here’s How China Is Screwing North Korea’s Economy” – http://bit.ly/1wRSBX9 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation (Trailer)

There’s a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what’s burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo. But the mining and burning have also caused environmental degradation, serious health issues, and displacement. Coming soon: VICE News travels to the Navajo Nation to find out how its abundance of coal is affecting the future of the Navajo people. Watch “Toxic: Coal Ash” – http://bit.ly/1zDaW66 Watch “Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City” – http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read “Line 61, the Oil Pipeline That Will Dwarf Keystone XL” – http://bit.ly/18iOKad Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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