Adolfo Lorenzo

Adolfo Lorenzo

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He can tell you that on May 26, 2010, he and his wife, Sally, listened as a doctor told them that there were no more tests to try to figure out what was wrong with their son.Doctors knew Massimo suffered from a type of leukodystrophy, a genetic disorder of the central nervous system that destroys the brain’s white matter.The only option left would be to try to identify the specific gene responsible for his illness and hope that a diagnosis could eventually lead to a treatment—an endeavor that could take years.Although the human genome had been mapped almost a decade earlier, the practice of systematically scouring patients’ entire genetic code to find the culprit had yet to become routine.So Stephen did something unheard of at the time: He paid nearly $10,000 to ship a sample of Massimo’s blood from their home in Melbourne, Australia, to the US to have his DNA decoded.(He’d read a 2009 WIRED article reporting that Illumina, a relatively unknown San Diego manufacturer of DNA sequencing machines, would soon offer whole genome sequencing commercially.)
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University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have been awarded a $390,483 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the role of coordinated brain and heart activity in the rapid development of self-regulation in 3- to 5-year-olds.One of the goals of the study, led by Deater-Deckhard and Adam Grabell, is to better identify and understand the causes of differences among young children in their self-regulation tendencies.This new study links up with ongoing work by Grabell that examines the roots of clinical irritability in young children."We want to understand what the brain is doing when kids are trying to regulate their emotions and how this predicts psychopathology," says Grabell, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, whose work is supported by a $891,521 mentored career development award from the National Institutes of Health.The research findings will contribute practical knowledge about preschoolers' development that can be used by early childhood educators and policymakers to improve child development outcomes across the United States.The researchers "have a shared interest in self-regulation and how we develop the skills and capacities to regulate or control our behaviors, our emotions and our thoughts, especially in response to something that's suddenly rewarding, unexpected or stressful, or causes a strong emotional reaction," says Deater-Deckard, director of the Healthy Development Initiative based at the UMass Center at Springfield.
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Microsoft has launched a bug bounty program for Chromium Edge, with security starting to become an even more important aspect as the web browser moves closer to its first official release.Microsoft worked Edge through a major overhaul, dropping EdgeHTML in favor of the open-source Chromium engine that also serves as the foundation for Google’s Chrome web browser.To allow the Chromium Edge to keep up with competition, the browsers needs to be proven safe and secure.The Microsoft Edge Insider Bounty Program is inviting cybersecurity experts across the world to identify vulnerabilities in the Chromium Edge browser, with rewards ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 depending on the severity and impact of the bug.The bug bounty program is seeking vulnerabilities that are only found on Chromium Edge and not in any other browser based on the same engine.Microsoft gave bounty hunters starting points to look for bugs by pointing out features that are unique to its new browser.
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New renders and a 360-degree video, allegedly based on the upcoming OnePlus 7T, have been posted on the Pricebaba website, via noted gadget leaker @OnLeaks.The images show off all angles of the rumored follow-up to the OnePlus 7.They seem to be in line with previous leaks of the phone, which show a circular design on the back for the phone’s camera sensors.The circular module, with a rather noticible bump, includes three rear cameras for the OnePlus 7T, which are arranged horizontally through the center of the circle, with a flash located below the center camera.The OnePlus 7 had just two rear cameras, so it will be interesting to find out the hardware specs for the OnePlus 7T’s triple camera setup.The OnePlus 7T uses a teardrop notch design on the front display for its single selfie camera, according to these renders, which is similar to the standard OnePlus 7.
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But when you look at everything as a whole, it’s clear what guided the direction of the Note this generation.With the Note 9, Samsung slung huge banner ads reading “4,000mAh” and “1TB.” These were the major selling points for the phone.The Note 10 Plus is considerably thinner than the Note 9, at just 7.9mm versus 8.8mm on the Note 9.My unit managed to slide off a table onto concrete from about four feet up and hit the bottom left corner, causing hairline fractures.Samsung likely used this glass-heavy design to maintain consistency with the 5G model, which needs more glass on the sides for its mmWave antennas to work.This introduces an interesting conversation as to whether or not you’re willing to trade fragility for beauty.
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There was a time when if you wanted a good budget smartphone, the choice came down to a Motorola Moto G or a Moto E. If not one of these, you’d have to buy a more expensive handset or risk buying from an obscure brand.We owe a lot to Chinese manufacturers for the recent bolstering of Android’s bottom end, Xiaomi and Huawei especially.Oppo built the Realme brand to tackle this territory, and started strong with phones like the Realme 3 Pro (~$181), while HMD Global also focuses on the lower price bracket, consistently pumping out critically acclaimed handsets with fast updates.While the massive OEM has produced cheap Android phones for years, these devices were often plagued by a lack of updates, patchy performance, and an all-round lack of love that Samsung reserved for its premium Galaxy S and Note phones.This market diversification means the days of choosing a Moto G or an Intex Aqua i7 (sorry, Intex) are over; the Moto G phones are still around in 2019, but they’re far from our only option.Additionally, some OEMs have been able to drive retail prices down in the last few years by taking advantage of alternative revenue streams.
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Step 1: Select Your Library.Step 2: Tap Playlists and select the one you want to make Collaborative.Step 3: Click the three dots in the upper-right corner.Step 4: Select Make Collaborative.Step 5: Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner again.Step 7: Choose Copy Link, then send it to your friends.
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The past weeks have been filled with news about smart assistants not just accidentally listening to conversations but those utterances being heard by complete strangers.That, however, it turns out wasn’t just limited to the likes of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.Even the likes of Microsoft Skype has been subjected to the same treatment so it’s no surprise that even the Xbox One console is now reported to have been accidentally recording conversations for human ears to hear without the owner’s knowledge.According to the latest exposé, contractors have been able to listen to audio clips of Xbox owners saying things, intentionally or otherwise to their consoles.Xbox Ones have long been able to accept voice commands even before Cortana integration landed on the gaming platform.Those voice commands have to be triggered using “Hey Cortana” or simply “Xbox” but, like with any smart speaker or AI assistant device, the margin for error is quite big.
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The successful Android One device, Xiaomi Mi A3 will be revealed in India on August 23.Although we’re still a few days before the release, Amazon India went ahead revealing the price of the midrange device two days earlier.Xiaomi has chosen Amazon to be its launch partner.Twitter’s user Mukul Sharma caught the listings for the device.Among the listing, we can cherrypick two storage variants that will come with 64GB and 128GB.These variants will be accompanied by 4GB of RAM, and 6GB of RAM, respectively.
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A massive crocodile was spotted in a creek in Ohio while young children were playing in the water.A group of children with a church group was playing in the Bantas Fork Creek in Preble County Wednesday evening when a shadowy figure was spotted just below the water’s surface, according to local news station WLWT-5.SOUTH CAROLINA WOMAN, 68, BIT BY ALLIGATOR WHILE WALKING DOG NEAR POND“I saw a black shadow and I could see its tail moving,” one of the children who was playing in the creek, River Lowe, 10, said.Adults supervising the 16 children were standing on a bridge over the creek when they spotted the 7.5-foot-long crocodile.They yelled for the kids to get out of the water and accompany them on the bridge.
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The new semester is fast approaching and Big Tech is wasting no time in bringing the education sector a swathe of new offerings.With this in mind, Google has announced it’s expanding its college search feature, which it introduced a little over a year ago.While the feature previously made it possible to sift through a slew of four-year programs, Search engineer Sitaram Iyer announced the function now also pulls results for “two-year colleges, and popular certificate and associate programs available at four-year institutions.”For those new to college search, the tool works similarly to Google’s job search feature, but with a focus on helping students find a university that suits their interests and professional aspirations.The curated university information will show up directly under search results, when you look up a college (it does seem to be limited to US users, though).Here’s what the updated layout looks like:
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Microplastic pollution has become so ubiquitous, it’s almost easier to find places covered in the stuff than not.New research published on Wednesday in Science Advances shows that even the remote ice floes of the Arctic have measurable amounts of microplastics and microfibers gracing their surfaces.Previous research found microplastics were trapped in sea ice, remnants of plastic bits likely transported via the ocean.But the new findings, which involve some of the same researchers, looked at snow on top of ice floes to assess whether microplastic was blowing in the wind to the Arctic as well.Sampling it is easier than installing direct air filtration devices in the Arctic, which Sebastian Primpke, a scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institut, said would be battered by harsh conditions and extremely hard to track and retrieve.The results show that all but one of the sites sampled in the Arctic had measurable amounts of microplastics and microfibers.
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Even if you want to end up at university, deferred entry and a year abroad is an option.But can you afford it?HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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On August 4, state health officials in Wisconsin disclosed a dozen cases of severe lung disease that appeared to be linked to the use of vaping devices, including electronic cigarettes.The cases involved young adults, catching the attention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which encouraged health care providers in other states to report any similar cases.In the days since this disclosure, another two states have reported serious lung conditions in people who vape.On August 9, five days after Wisconsin made its announcement, the Illinois Department of Health issued a statement saying that six ‘young people’ in the state had been hospitalized due to severe breathing issues experienced after using ‘vaping’ products.In addition, another five similar cases are being investigated.Yesterday, August 13, health officials in Minnesota made a similar announcement, saying that four cases of ‘severe lung injury’ had been identified in teenagers who had used electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices.
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When you’re applying for an IT position, the first thing the overwhelming majority of hiring staff look for is specialized certifications.When it comes to IT certifications, they don’t come more coveted and widely-recognized than CompTIA, and today’s deal is perfect to get prepped.96% of HR managers use IT certifications as screening or hiring criteria during recruitment.The 90-minute CompTIA exams are known to be pretty damn tough.In the past, studying for them has meant either muscling through a fat textbook or hiring a tutor.Fortunately, the internet has made self-education a lot easier, thanks to a wave of online courses.
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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking action against a New York-based individual in an attempt to safeguard investor funds that were raised through an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO).The SEC filed a complaint yesterday against “self-described financial guru” Reginald Middleton and two of his companies, Veritaseum LLC and Veritaseum Inc.In the complaint, the SEC is calling for emergency stop action to prevent Middleton from being able to access what remains of the funds he raised in the “VERI Token” ICO.At present, Middleton is in possession of $8 million worth of investor funds – the ICO originally raised $14.8 million.Middleton ran the ICO during the infamous cryptocurrency bull run between mid 2017 and early 2018.According to the SEC, he raised funds by “making material misrepresentations and omissions about the unregistered securities they [his companies] offered: digital assets called “VERI Tokens,” “VERI,” or “Veritas.”
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Smartwatches are great and all but if you’re looking for something that would particularly help you stay in tip-top shape, then Fitbit's latest fitness tracker, the Charge 3 may just tick all the right boxes.Lucky for you, Amazon is currently running a sale that brings its standard price of $150 down by 20%.For $120, you get to arm your wrist with a slick wearable that you can take almost anywhere.Fitbit’s Charge 3 may not look all that different from the Charge 2 but notable changes make it a worthy upgrade.Its aerospace-grade aluminum case and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 make it durable while the option of interchanging the band gives way to a more comfortable fit that suits your lifestyle.Unlike the Charge 2, the Charge 3 goes buttonless as its inductive button (that essentially takes you back to either the previous screen or home screen) is now highly responsive to haptic feedback.
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The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has disclosed a ‘data breach’ that took place in March 2019.Unlike other data breaches, which typically involve an unauthorized party exploiting a vulnerable network, the FDNY’s issue is the result of a lost hard drive.This drive, according to a statement published by New York City officials, belonged to an employee who was authorized to have access to the information.The lost external personal hard drive contained information on more than 10,000 people who had been either transported or treated by the FDNY EMS, according to city officials.The information had been uploaded to the drive by an employee; it’s unclear whether the drive was encrypted.In addition to the medical records, the FDNY says the hard drive contained the Social Security numbers of 3,000 patients, putting them at risk of identity theft.
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As we hear more and more about a game industry drowning in crunch, we finally get some good news: Rockstar employees who felt the pinch the hardest are being given better positions.For example, “crunch” — or the practice of overworking game developers in the final weeks of development time in order to get the game out by the deadline — has been a part of game development for years, but only recently became the widespread controversy it currently is.Rockstar was the center of a massive labor controversy last year, shortly before the release of Red Dead Redemption II.The first hint came when co-founder Dan Houser let slip to New York Magazine that people at the company were working “100-hour weeks” to perfect their new baby before launch.Though he later clarified that he was only referring to himself and a few other members of the writing staff, and that the work was voluntarily done, the floodgates were opened and suddenly we were hearing about many, many more employees who definitely didn’t think those were voluntary hours (to be fair, many other employees reported good experiences at around the same time).According to Kotaku‘s report on the crunch culture within the company, the Lincoln location was hit particularly hard.
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22% initiate data restoration from a backup dailyOnly 35 percent of UK organisations have confidence in their ability to successfully carry out a disaster recovery plan.This is according to UK-Based business downtime avoidance firm Databarracks’ annual Data Health Check, in which it notes that marginally less than half (49 percent) of all companies surveyed have full confidence that they are completely backed-up.Despite a rise in cyber attacks over the last five years, human error and hardware failure are still the leading cause of data loss.Yet, Databarracks’ numbers show that loss through cyber attacks is gradually rising to the point where it may soon dominate as the leading cause of data loss.The report states that there has been a sharp rise in the amount of times that organisations have had to initiate data restoration from a backup, with a striking 22 percent of firms saying they do so on a daily basis.
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There were a lot of new team-ups in the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, but the coolest one (literally) had to be between Steve (Joe Keery) and his badass Russian-translating coworker Robin (Maya Hawke).Their relationship seemed to be going in a certain direction as Steve developed feelings for his new best friend, only for it to evolve into something else.It turns out, that evolution is largely thanks to the actors themselves.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hawke said that Robin and Steve were originally supposed to develop a romantic relationship.However, as she and Keery were filming the episodes and their dynamic began to solidify, she said both of them felt differently about their characters and their relationship.And they expressed their feelings to the showrunners, the Duffer Brothers.
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Samsung is promising that its 6th-generation V-NAND solid-state drives reach new heights in terms of speedy SSDs.The company already has one such 250GB SATA SSD going into mass production, with its 6th-gen 3D V-NAND stepping up to 100+ layers – an industry first – meaning that this drive doesn’t just see a considerable performance boost, but also power-efficiency gains.Samsung explains that it’s using new ‘channel hole etching’ technology to add 40% more cells to its previous 9x-layer structure.Furthermore, the new drives boast a circuit design optimized for speed, with the manufacturer quoting under 450 microseconds for writes and 45 microseconds for reads.All this boils down to a claimed 10% increase in performance compared to the previous-generation tech, with power consumption being reduced even further by 15%.While a 250GB model is already in production, as mentioned, Samsung says a 512GB SSD will emerge later this year.
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The bottom-feeding forum 8chan, which grew popular by embracing fringe hateful internet cultures, is having trouble staying online.After Cloudflare dropped its protection of the site yesterday, 8chan adopted the services of Bitmitigate, but soon lost that too as the company providing Bitmitigate with services dropped them.These do work in the background to turn requests, like putting facebook.com into their browser bar, into actions: finding the IP address where Facebook is and establishing a connection between that one and the user’s.Your data has to physically be stored somewhere with a fat pipe to the internet so others can access it.Servers are usually “virtualized” in that you don’t really rent five computers somewhere but rather a certain amount of capacity on a huge shared server farm.Increasingly a fourth piece is necessary: caching and denial-of-service attack protection.
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Earlier this year, the team at Hello Games revealed a new update for No Man’s Sky called Beyond.Just the same as all the updates that came before it, Beyond will be a free update to the game, and it sounds like it’s going to be a significant expansion to the content that’s already there.Today, Hello Games told us when Beyond will be shipping out, and as it turns out, we don’t have much longer to wait.Beyond will arrive on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on August 14th.Hello Games say that Beyond rolls “three major updates” into one larger release and we’ve known since the start that enhancements to multiplayer will be one of those big components.Hello Games hasn’t talked much about the changes being made to multiplayer – and in fact, it hasn’t talked much about Beyond at all.
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Forsmark måste förbättra sina analyser för hur kärnkraftvereket ska skydda sig mot terrorism och sabotage.Kärnkraftverket Forsmark behöver uppdatera sina hotanalyser för hur man ska skydda sig mot exempelvis terrorism och sabotage.Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten kräver bättring, annars kan det bli fråga om sanktioner, rapporterar P4 Uppland.– De har inte ett komplett analyspaket baserat på den senaste dimensionerande hotbeskrivningen, säger Emil Jorpes, tillförordnad chef för nukleärt säkerhetsskydd på Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten.Senast i september nästa år ska de nya analyserna vara färdiga.Snarlika krav har ställts även på kärnkraftanläggningarna Ringhals och Oskarshamn, enligt Emil Jorpes.
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From 2006 to 2009 Apple ran its iconic 'Get A Mac' advertising campaigning.Starring a fresh-faced Robert Webb as 'Mac' and his comedy opposite David Mitchell as 'PC', it took aim at PC devices for being boring.Ten years later Microsoft is getting its revenge.The company is using a real life Australian dude named "Mac Book" in a new advertising campaign.Yes, Microsoft really did hunt down a guy named Mackenzie Book so they could stick him in ad advertisement flogging Surface 2 laptops.It basically gets Mac to answer questions about which laptop is faster and lasts longer.
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A second case of Ebola has been detected in the bustling border city of Goma, further stoking fears that the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s now year-long outbreak will continue to thrive and spread.Goma, a city of around two million people, sits on the border with Rwanda and acts as a busy transportation hub, running an international airport and overseeing around 15,000 border crossings each day.WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international emergencyThe first case of Ebola in Goma earlier this month quickly prompted the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The organization says the risk of national and regional spread of the outbreak remains “very high.”Late Tuesday, July 30, Congolese officials confirmed the second case in Goma.
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That statement is pretty incredible when you recall people jumped up-and-down over the 42MP A7R II just a few years ago.The samples we used were production-ready in terms of image quality, but the bodies and the attendant circuitry were a little squirrelly and likely to be updated before the cameras hit store shelves.Not that this impacted our shooting very much, but it does mean this is our initial hands-on impression and not a final review.We’ve been quite pleased with the 24MP imagesfrom the Sony A7 III and other cameras with similar sensors.For another perspective, 8K TV, still a nascent technology, is “only” 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, or about 33MP.What’s more, the A7R IV delivers a claimed 15 stops of dynamic range for “breathtaking realism,” according to Sony, which puts it well within — and potentially even above — medium format territory.
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Canalys came up today with another of its researches for the smartphone market.The research firm disclosed details about the performance of the top OEMs competing in the fierceful market of India.Counterpoint research covers the second quarter of this year and shows that the smartphone market slumped 0.5%.This is a result of feature phone users reluctance in upgrading to smartphones.The Chinese firm has kept its spot as the largest smartphone vendor in India in terms of shipment volume.Interesting enough, it’s the eighth consecutive quarter that the company repeats this feat.
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it was just released, the Switch a Bit, a new version of Nintendo's game console, designed for hand-held games.Something that has not received as much attention, is that we have been able to see a smyguppgradering of the common of the Switch.The new model has a serial number that begins with the XKW, this is in contrast to the old model, which started with the XAW.in Addition, the package has been released, reports IGN Nordic.The great news is that we will get a more powerful battery, which means that it will now be the go-to-play-The-Legend-of-Zelda: the Breath of the Wild, undisturbed in 5.5 hours instead of 3 hours.It has also been rumored to speed up the processor and re-flash, which will allow us, hopefully, to avoid the lag and other bad things when we play demanding games.
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