Here’s the only criterion that any play of the decade needs to meet: Did it get you out of your seat? Did you stand up and shout at the television or your phone as it unfolded? These were the 10 moments of the 2010s that cleared that high bar, moments you’ll be talking about as long as you’re watching sports. Unbelievable, inspiring, astounding, all at once — these were the best plays of the 2010s.
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The best way to top drama is with more drama. Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team came into the 2017-18 playoffs without four of its key players. But the Irish fought their way through the 64-team bracket to reach the Final Four, and Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale closed out UConn with a buzzer-beater. Two days later, she did it again, drilling a three-pointer with just 0.1 seconds remaining to knock off Mississippi State and clinch Notre Dame’s first title since 2001.
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By the end of 2015, Ronda Rousey was on her way to becoming a multimedia threat, a UFC champion ready to break into the mainstream. The match with Holm in November 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, was a task on the to-do list, nothing more. Rousey came into the fight favored by up to -1650, but within moments it was clear she was in for a fight. Like Buster Douglas against Mike Tyson a quarter-century before, Holm came in hungrier and meaner, taking down Rousey in Round 1 and taking her out with a kick to the neck with 59 seconds left in Round 2. Rousey, who had never lost before Holm, would never again win an MMA fight, retiring to pursue a career in acting and wrestling.
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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sometimes it’s not the play, it’s the moment. The exact play that ended the 2016 World Series isn’t all that important — an easy infield groundout — but what it represented is immeasurable. A century of frustration, a century of incompetence, a century of being a punch line — over and done in one magnificent, agonizing, transcendent Game 7. And of course The Almighty couldn’t let Cubs fans win easy, no — against the almost-as-woebegone Cleveland Indians, Chicago had to endure extra innings, multiple comebacks, a rain delay and a heart-stopping bottom of the 10th inning before throwing off four generations of frustration. ” data-reactid=”30″>Sometimes it’s not the play, it’s the moment. The exact play that ended the 2016 World Series isn’t all that important — an easy infield groundout — but what it represented is immeasurable. A century of frustration, a century of incompetence, a century of being a punch line — over and done in one magnificent, agonizing, transcendent Game 7. And of course The Almighty couldn’t let Cubs fans win easy, no — against the almost-as-woebegone Cleveland Indians, Chicago had to endure extra innings, multiple comebacks, a rain delay and a heart-stopping bottom of the 10th inning before throwing off four generations of frustration.
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Sixteen minutes. That’s all it took to transform Carli Lloyd from star to icon to legend. Sixteen minutes, three goals, one World Cup. Lloyd dominated the 2015 World Cup final the way few ever have, scoring two goals on set pieces and a third from nearly midfield, the equivalent of a sharpshooter feeling it and pulling up from the center-court logo. To play with that kind of abandon, that kind of freedom, that kind of fearlessness in the most important game of your life … that’s a special combination of skill and courage, and it marked Lloyd as one of the most remarkable players in World Cup history, male or female. Oh, and the U.S. won 5-2, but you probably could have guessed that.
As putts go, it wasn’t particularly dramatic, a short tap-in for bogey. As moments go, it couldn’t have been bigger: Tiger Woods, standing on the 18th at Augusta, clinching the most unlikely win in his history … and perhaps the history of golf itself. After a decade that included scandal, injury, surgery, brushes with the law and failed comeback after failed comeback, here was Woods, back at the pinnacle of his sport. A few years before, he’d been sitting alone in his mansion playing Call of Duty and eating cereal; now he was standing triumpant before an audience of millions. He embraced his children — who’d been too young to remember Dad winning anything big ever before — and put a bow on one of the best comebacks of the decade.
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This is the rare game that would have ended up on this list no matter who won. Villanova and UNC traded body body blows in the 2016 NCAA championship, with Villanova unable to hold off Carolina’s charges. Finally, with 4.7 seconds remaining and down three, Carolina’s Marcus Paige drained a three-pointer that seemed it would send the game to overtime. But instants later, Villanova’s Kris Jenkins buried a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the championship for Villanova, 77-74. You won’t find two more clutch back-to-back shots paired with one another … well, almost anywhere.
One man against an empire. One man carrying an entire city on his shoulders. One man leaving his heart, soul, spirit and will out on the hardwood. Under two minutes remaining, Game 7, 2016 NBA Finals, Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dribbling to what appears to be an easy, open layup to put the Warriors up two over the Cavaliers. And then, from out of frame, LeBron James storms in, arm outstretched. Where did he come from? The backcourt? The rafters? Heaven? It doesn’t matter, all that matters is that he leaps, pins Iguodala’s shot against the backboard, and preserves the tie. A minute later, Kyrie Irving drains a long three, James sinks a free throw, and Cleveland has its first major championship in half a century.
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The only way to beat New England in the Super Bowl is to do something so outlandish, so off-the-wall absurd, that the Patriots brain trust doesn’t expect it at all. (New England couldn’t get a read on what Eli Manning would do because even Eli Manning never quite knew what Eli Manning would do.) So when Philadelphia dialed up a fourth-down play involving a rookie running back, a tight end who had never thrown a pass in the NFL, and a backup quarterback who’d never caught an NFL pass before, well, you can understand why the Patriots didn’t see it coming. The fourth-and-goal play shortly before the half wound up with the ball in Nick Foles’ hands, giving Philadelphia a 10-point lead and an eventual Super Bowl victory.
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There are moments where a key play snaps, fully formed, into existence — a dramatic home run, a dagger of a three-pointer. But then there are moments when a key play comes together, piece by piece, every moment building on the ones before it, every one needing to go exactly perfectly to lead to the next. In the closing moments of the 2013 Iron Bowl, one of so many this decade with national championship implications, Alabama reached the Auburn 38. The game was tied at 28, and Bama intended to kick a field goal for the win. The clock reached 0:00 and the game appeared headed to overtime until Nick Saban lobbied to get one more second put on the clock. The Alabama field goal team trots onto the field; Auburn, in turn, drops Chris Davis back to the goal line. The 57-yard field goal is just short, and Davis catches it standing atop the E in “TIGERS.” He begins running up the left sideline, and Alabama’s beefy field goal unit can’t hope to catch him. Six years on, Auburn hasn’t stopped celebrating yet.
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Super Bowl XLIX was already headed toward “greatest Super Bowl ever” status, and then the game’s final minute vaulted it into the “greatest game ever” conversation. The Patriots’ devastating offense — Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski et al — went toe-to-toe with the Seahawks’ legendary Legion of Boom defense, but in the end it was two players on the teams’ other units — Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and New England defensive back Malcolm Butler — who made all the difference. With 26 seconds remaining, down 28-24, Seattle stood at New England’s one-yard line. The most punishing running back in football—Marshawn Lynch — was right there, but Seattle opted to go for a slant pass. Butler read it, intercepted Wilson’s throw, and clinched yet another Super Bowl victory for New England. You could watch this game a hundred times and you’ll still expect Seattle to pull out the win, every single time.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Honorable mentions: BeastQuake; Minnesota Miracle; Ray Allen’s 3-pointer to defeat San Antonio; Kawhi Leonard’s four-bounce buzzer-beater; Tua Tagovailoa leads Alabama over Georgia in national championship; David Freese’s heroics in 2011 World Series; Jameis Winston leads Florida State over Auburn in 2014 national championship; Tim Tebow beats Steelers in 2012 NFL playoffs. ” data-reactid=”55″>Honorable mentions: BeastQuake; Minnesota Miracle; Ray Allen’s 3-pointer to defeat San Antonio; Kawhi Leonard’s four-bounce buzzer-beater; Tua Tagovailoa leads Alabama over Georgia in national championship; David Freese’s heroics in 2011 World Series; Jameis Winston leads Florida State over Auburn in 2014 national championship; Tim Tebow beats Steelers in 2012 NFL playoffs.
Google's Making It Easier to Sync Photos, Wi-Fi Passwords to Chromebooks – PCMag
Google is taking a few pages from Apple’s playbook with the release of Chrome OS 103.
The company says(Opens in a new window) the operating system update will introduce the ability to automatically sync photos and share Wi-Fi settings between a Chromebook and a paired Android smartphone. The former sounds a lot like iCloud Photos, which syncs images between Apple devices, but Google is actually planning to make the feature a lot more powerful than its competitor’s offering.
“With the latest update, you’ll now also have instant access to the latest photos you took on your phone — even if you’re offline,” Google says. “After taking a picture on your phone, it will automatically appear within Phone Hub on your laptop under ‘recent photos.’ Just click on the image to download it, then it’s ready to be added to a document or email.”
The company’s answer to sharing Wi-Fi settings between devices seems a bit less compelling. Google says that users will have to follow a multi-step process on their Android phone to share the information to a nearby Chromebook; Apple’s offering prompts users to share a Wi-Fi password if their device is unlocked and connected to the network in question.
But Google has another trick planned for Chrome OS. It’s called Fast Pair, and the company says that it will allow Chromebooks to “automatically detect when a new pair of Bluetooth headphones are on, are nearby, and are ready to be set up.” The devices can then be paired with a single press (or tap) on a pop-up that appears whenever those conditions are met.
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“Whether you want to use new headphones to watch a video, join a virtual meeting or listen to music, Fast Pair will make it hassle-free,” Google says. “This feature will be compatible with hundreds of different headphone models — and counting.” The company says that it plans to release Fast Pair in a separate update to Chrome OS “later this summer.”
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Google warns of 'hermit spyware' infecting Android and iOS devices – Mashable
As part of Google’s efforts to track the activities of commercial spyware vendors, the company’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) released a report Thursday on spyware campaigns targeting Android and iOS users.
Google TAG researchers Benoit Sevens and Clement Lecigne go into detail about the use of entrepreneurial grade spyware dubbed “Hermit.” This sophisticated spyware tool allows attackers to steal data, private messages and make phone calls. In their report, TAG researchers attributed Hermit to RCS Labs, a commercial spyware vendor based in Italy.
Hermit poses many significant dangers. Due to its modularity, Hermit is quite customizable, allowing the functions of the spyware to be altered to the will of its user. Once fully situated on a target’s phone, attackers can harvest sensitive information such as call logs, contacts, photos, precise location, and SMS messages.
Sevens and Lecigne’s full report details the ways in which attackers can access both Android and iOS devices through the use of clever tricks and drive-by attacks. Potential targets of this scam will have their data disabled through their ISP carrier before sending a malicious link via text to get them to ‘fix’ the issue. If that doesn’t work, targets will be tricked into downloading malicious apps masqueraded as messaging applications.
Just last week, cybersecurity firm Lookout reported the use of Hermit by agents working in the governments of Kazakhstan, Syria, and Italy. Google has already identified victims in these countries, stating that “TAG is actively tracking more than 30 vendors with varying levels of sophistication and public exposure selling exploits or surveillance capabilities to government-backed actors.”
The Milan-based company claims to provide “law enforcement agencies worldwide with cutting-edge technological solutions and technical support in the field of lawful interception for more than twenty years.” More than 10,000 intercepted targets are purported to be handled daily in Europe alone.
When reached out for comment by The Hacker News, RCS Labs said its “core business is the design, production, and implementation of software platforms dedicated to lawful interception, forensic intelligence, and data analysis” and that it “helps law enforcement prevent and investigate serious crimes such as acts of terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, child abuse, and corruption.”
Still, the news of the spyware being used by state government agents is concerning. Not only does it erode trust in the safety of the internet but it also puts at risk the lives of anyone a government considers an enemy of the state such as dissidents, journalists, human rights workers, and opposition party politicians.
“Tackling the harmful practices of the commercial surveillance industry will require a robust, comprehensive approach that includes cooperation among threat intelligence teams, network defenders, academic researchers, governments, and technology platforms,” Google TAG researchers wrote. “We look forward to continuing our work in this space and advancing the safety and security of our users around the world.”
iPhone, Android users ALERT! Google warns of Italian spyware out to hack your phone – HT Tech
An Italian company’s hacking tools were used to spy on Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan, informs Google. Check details here.
In a shocking development it has been revealed that your iPhone and Android phones are at risk. As per the information a tool has been developed to spy on personal messages and contacts of the targeted devices. Alphabet Inc’s Google has said in a report that an Italian company’s hacking tools were used to spy on Apple Inc and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan. According to the report, Milan-based RCS Lab, whose website claims European law enforcement agencies as clients, developed tools to spy on private messages and contacts of the targeted devices. However, Google said it had taken steps to protect users of its Android operating system and alerted them about the spyware.
“These vendors are enabling the proliferation of dangerous hacking tools and arming governments that would not be able to develop these capabilities in-house,” Google said. According to a report by Reuters, commenting on the issue, an Apple spokesperson said the company had revoked all known accounts and certificates associated with this hacking campaign. RCS Lab said its products and services comply with European rules and help law enforcement agencies investigate crimes.
Reuters was further informed via an email, “RCS Lab personnel are not exposed, nor participate in any activities conducted by the relevant customers.” RCS Lab further said that it condemned any abuse of its products.
It can be known that the global industry making spyware for governments has been growing, with more companies developing interception tools for law enforcement. Anti-surveillance activists accuse them of aiding governments that in some cases use such tools to crack down on human rights and civil rights, said Reuters in a report.
As per the report, the industry came under a global spotlight when the Israeli surveillance firm NSO’s Pegasus spyware was in recent years found to have been used by multiple governments to spy on journalists, activists, and dissidents.
Though not as stealthy as Pegasus, RCS Lab’s tool can still be used to read messages and view passwords, said Bill Marczak, a security researcher with digital watchdog Citizen Lab. “This shows that even though these devices are ubiquitous, there’s still a long way to go in securing them against these powerful attacks,” he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
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