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Are There Viruses on Smart TV and How Can You Protect It?

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Until recently, it was a common belief among people that smart TVs cannot be attacked by viruses; but on its tweeter account, SAMSUNG declared that their TV’s software can become vulnerable to the viruses and thereby it is necessary to perform a scan every few weeks to ensure that the television hasn’t been probed by any malware. Some people believed that this tweet was just nothing more than a strategy to promote one of their newly launched services; but in reality, to answer your question, whether a smart TV can have viruses or not, the answer would be a big Yes. 

The primary reason behind this vulnerability is that Smart TVs have internet access and operating systems like WebOS and Android. The same platforms are used by smartphones and computers. Similar to these devices, the operating system of a smart TV allows apps and interfaces to work smoothly so that the customers can install updates for a better experience. In addition to the above-mentioned method, sometimes, the virus may enter your TV through removable discs or pen-drives from unrecognized sources or if they are being used after they had been previously inserted in devices that contained the virus. 

According to reports, the privacy policies of the TV boxes are not strapping enough to prevent the user’s data from being misused. Even though we must not forget the fact the experts have pointed out, that, there are only a few varieties of viruses and malware that are meant to attack a television and such cases are extremely rare. There’s a slight possibility for the operating system of your TV to become prone to viruses, yet the chances to get infected cannot be ruled out altogether. As a result of this, the probability becomes directly proportional to the number of TV units sold by the companies. If once, by any chance, the virus breaches through the security of the TV, the potential outcome is quite distinct from a smartphone or computer. Here the data is not directly taken from the TV to misuse it, but the information on the devices to which it is connected can be compromised. So, the more internet devices it is connected to, the better are the chances for the malware to fetch data. Furthermore, it has been found out that the viruses can clone some of the TVs inbuilt services and deceptively record some of your information. Therefore, the safest way to ensure that your TV is protected and not spammed with unnecessary pop-ups and messages is by scanning and securing it. 

What can be done?

You can be surprised to know that unlike computers or smartphones, there exists no software or application that can be installed by the users to keep our TV out of the virus’s reach. Some of them come with pre-installed software, granting permission to which will enable virus scanning at periodic intervals.  If you do not own a smart TV with an antivirus, then you can take resort to make a few basic changes in it and securing the other devices and routes that the Smart TV has access to via the internet. 

  • Make sure that the TV you purchase is from a reputed company and is from an authorized dealer. Taking effective measures to protect your smart TV from the virus should be a part of the company’s services, failing which it must at least have enough security that will ask permission to initiate almost all the grave steps.
  • Now that we have learned that the viruses attacking your TV are incapable of causing havoc, you can begin by taking simple steps to improve its security and the first would be through creating a strong password that grants you access to the TV’s content and then enabling the configuration of the router’s settings for privacy and information so that you are alarmed whenever certain App is willing to share your information with a stranger source. 
  • Check if there are options that will let you deactivate the apps that you are not using at the moment, and when you get back to them, they reopen only with strong personalized passwords. Also, remember to make thorough changes in the default settings and password of the TV right after you have bought it.
  • If your Smart TV is connected to multiple internet devices, then get your hands on the home firewall devices. The firewall device will act as a filter between the overall internet network of your home and the receiving end of this information. It successfully detects and blocks internet traffic and prevents all your devices which in turn include the Smart TV from any potential threat. Firewall protection is slightly on the higher portion of the price range but can be very simple and effective in securing your home’s entire internet connection. 
  • Consider getting a VPN app for your smart TV. VPN encryptsall Internet traffic and no one will be able to monitor your online activities.
  • Before installing the apps and exploring the TV’s usage, go through its book of information; look carefully into the details that concern the firmware updates so that you can instate the updates immediately after they have been made available. 
  • If your Smart TV is directly connected to the internet router, then ensure that the router is protected first; there are a lot of internet providers who do not have a strong safeguard to keep the information exchanged through their network security or sometimes can also breach the data themselves. Attach a strong password and username to it, so that if somebody tries to get access without permission, it becomes impossible for them. 
  • Another effective method that can help you to protect your Smart TV is by cautiously reading through the set of permissions that you are willing to grant to stream a show or download an application. Sometimes, in a hurry, we miss out on specific details that the TV is willing to access and that can lead the virus to enter our TV through the other devices.

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Jackie Siegel’s New Premium Brand, Queen Of Versailles Coffee Is A Luxurious Coffee Delight

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Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe and brand partner Michael Glovaski

I was invited to an intimate tasting of a fabulous new premium brand coffee co-hosted alongside Queen of Versailles Coffee’s Brand Partner, Michael Glovaski. I headed to 8 East 48th Street to Benny John’s where socialite, actress, model and philanthropist turned entrepreneur, Jackie Siegel — AKA, ‘The Real Queen of Versailles’ brought her new venture Queen of Versailles Coffee to New York’s influencers.

Jackie Siegel

The ground coffee and espresso beans are picked, sorted, and specially blended on-site in the volcanic mountaintops in Acatenango, Guatemala. The flavor has a rich taste of sweet honey, warm vanilla, and smooth bourbon notes. It was truly the best coffee I have ever tasted.

American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, and Suzanna Bowling

Adam Weiss and Angela Gorman

On site was also American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the writer of the new musical Queen of Versailles Lindsey Ferrentino, Gordon Winston, Italian restaurateur and master coffee blender Matteo and Pilar.

Jackie Siegel and Gordon Winston

Jackie Siegel, American heiress and businesswoman AJ Catsimatidis, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Siegel, alongside Miami-based Glovaski and the Italian-Guatemalan Droccos, are introducing an unmatched level of luxury to the coffee industry. Catering to the modern connoisseur, the brand provides not just a superior coffee experience, but an escape into the world of supreme elegance with every canister.

The event was well done, serving treats but most of all, a taste of this exquisite coffee, that you will be addicted to once you taste it.

Available at https://qvcoffee.com/

#jackiesiegel/ #qvcoffee/ # queenofVersaillescoffee

 

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Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear

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Until April 30th Bonnie Comley, ART TO WARE and ChaShaMa Present Nothing to Wear in Port Authority’s 41st Street building.

Bonnie Comley and Anita Durst

Bonnie is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer. She has, also, won an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She is on the Board President of The Drama League as well as a full member of The Broadway League and the Audience Engagement and Education Committee.

Nothing to Wear

Comley has produced over 40 films, winning five Telly Awards and one W3 Award. She is the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering over 300 premium live productions to theatre fans globally. Now she is an artist presenting her work at ART TO WARE (A2W) a wearable Art Gallery that curates up-cycled, hand-made, one-of-a-kind statement pieces to be seen, loved and taken home!

Bonnie Comley and Lelie Ware

Founded in 2021 by Lesley Ware, this Black-owned and women-run small business carries small-batch, socially conscious, up-cycled, and locally-made wearables and gifts. A2W curates an environment of creativity, acceptance, and collaboration within a dynamic retail setting that showcases the work of artists, designers, and creative visionaries.

Making this all happen is ChaShaMa and Anita Durst who helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. Currently, they present 150 events a year, have workspace for 120 artists, and have developed 80 workshops in under served communities. They award 11 million worth of real estate to artists, subsidizes 300 artist work spaces, provide over 215 free art classes, gives 200 artists free space to present and upport over 75 businesses with free space.

Nothing to Wear is a provocative look at our relationship with our clothing choices as it pertains to our self image, fast fashion and textile waste. It challenges the fashion industry to create an alternative to current business models and the global appetite for consumption and asks viewers to question dress codes like the current policing of women in political office.

Jose Febrillet from Port Authority

 

 

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Spring Petals and Hairy Crab: Kintsugi Aligns with a Golden Touch

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Tucked away in a slate-colored corner of otherwise colorful SoHo, Kintsugi stands in contained eloquence as a testament to the exquisite fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and modern culinary artistry. Named after the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, Kintsugi embraces imperfections, celebrating the beauty of resilience and transformation in post-pandemic NYC.

At Kintsugi, guests are treated to an omakase experience unlike any other, where every dish tells a story of meticulous craftsmanship and innovative flavor pairings. The menu, curated by Executive Chef Victor Chen (formerly of New York Sushi Ko), offers three tiers of premium omakase, each highlighting seasonal ingredients and Chef Victor’s imaginative creations.

The dining experience began with the house signature cocktail, made with sake, yuzu, and violet syrup—a whimsical nod to the restaurant’s otherwise classic Japanese ambiance. The upbeat jazz music playing in the background added a lively contrast to Chef Victor’s quiet focus, creating a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

The exciting spring menu babied us with glow-in-the-dark Firefly Squid as well as eels so delicate one would think they’re about to enjoy a bowl of glass noodles. A hairy crab peered at us over one course, sheltering a tangy salad made from its tender meat. Such creatures are common fare on the spring tides of the large Japanese coastline, chef informed us. An array of seasonal sea urchin species always brings a knowledgable crowd to Kintsugi, so book early for that summer treat.

While the atmosphere became increasingly lively as the evening unfolded and the guests got to know each other and the staff, the omakase culture at Kintsugi is one of careful curation and attention to detail. Guests can expect to pay a deposit and be patient, as Chef Victor and his team are focused and diligent in providing a truly exceptional dining experience. From bespoke sushi tailored to individual tastes to over 40 pieces of expertly crafted nigiri, every dish at Kintsugi is a work of art.

As you embark on your culinary journey at Kintsugi, be prepared to be transported to a world where every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and the beauty of impermanence. The latter of which is precisely what Chef Victor loves about sushi. “All of that work and it all goes into one bite” he says quietly as he gently sears a fat slice of sable fish. “Perhaps it is chewed a few more times, rolled around and savored for that moment and then its forever gone.”

In artful consideration of framing, each course is presented on dinner ware in collaboration with EM Ceramics and Spark Bird Studio who created an exclusive line of handcrafted, gold-fused dinner ware for Kintsugi. Experience for yourself the zen magic of this divine space and discover why, as host Klaus puts it, “everyone needs some Kintsugi after Covid.”

Kintsugi recently launched The Lunch Rush Omakase, a 12- course one- hour experience for $60. It is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from12–3 p.m. Also available is an optional seasonal beverage pairing (3) for $35 per person.

Kintsugi Omakase

28 Grand Street New York, NY www.kintsuginyc.com 646-983-4616
@kintsuginyc

Hours of operation:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5–11 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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Dream Tea NYC Dazzles with Delicious Sips

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Calling all tea lovers!

Anney Norton has created a fabulous brand that is both delicious and a user-friendly way to create their  blend. Welcome to the wonderful world of Dream Tea NYC.

She has elegantly found a way to craft your own blend of tea from the highest quality organic ingredients. Each canister delivered to your door is full of flavor that is uniquely curated to your heart’s desire. From chamomile with whisps of apples, honey to responsibly sourced rose and lavender, there are hundreds of premium ingredients from dozens of quality sources to take the dreamer on an epic journey to discover amazing tea.

Custom tea blends are sent to your door. What is delivered to your doorstep is magical. Simply take their blend quiz by share a little bit about yourself and your flavor preferences. They then create the perfect custom blend for you.

It’s not just the special blend that will rock your world. The cutest and perfectly paired accessories help further produce a sophisticated culinary experience.

The Dreamy Tea Scoop is the perfect addition to your tea set. Using natural, non-toxic, food-grade steel, this brushed gold scoop is a safe and effective way to get the perfect amount of tea for every personal serving. In addition, Starry Sachet Bags are the only tea sachets using natural, non-toxic cotton fibers to help make a safe and effective way to brew the perfect cup.

Here is to creating your perfect sip today. For more information, please visit here.

 

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FAO Schwarz Launches Teddy Bear for enCourage Kids Fundraising

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This is the cuddly gift that keeps giving.

FAO’s flagship store in the heart of New York City has launched the sale of a new look on Teddy with an enCourage Kids’ partnership. The high-quality plush toy is for the Send a Smile, Send a Bear program. Right now, Teddy is on sale at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Teddy will soon be able to help even more pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization. The program also delivers stuffed animal bears to hospital partners nationwide to help pediatric patients navigate the stress of treatment, illness, and hospitalization.

FAO’s motto is to be a source of wonder for each new generation, along with being a relentless supporter of quality and innovation in the life of every child. enCourage Kids envision a world where every child experience joy, hope and emotional healing along their medical journey. Together, we look forward to providing each child with this Bear, the ultimate symbol of hope, strength and courage.

Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better.

 

Photos by Mychal Watts

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