This adorable substance-sniffing little scamp (centre, front) was so good at detecting the hidden goods of smugglers that a bounty of £25,000 was put on his fluffy little head – but he survived, sniffing out a career-record of £6 million worth of illegally trafficked tobacco.Scamp he's called, and he's been given a bit of plastic that doesn't squeak and he won't be allowed to chew from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, and has been declared a hero in its 2019 awards.Scamp is not an in-house detective as he's put into work by detection dog specialist BWY Canine, where he's worked for five years confounding the best-hidden dodgy cigarettes of black market dealers.Scamp's handler Stuart Phillips from BWY also received death threats for the part he played in unleashing the wet nose of justice, but he still attended the awards ceremony and said: "To be nominated for this award by so many trading standards teams is a great honour, but for Scamp to actually win and be awarded the Institute Hero Award is fantastic news for our small Pembrokeshire based company."
Pardon me while I throw my crystal ball out the window.Because I thought I had this whole Prime Day thing figured out: Sales on Amazon gear are over until Prime Day kicks off on July 15.The 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot just went on sale for $24.99, which is 50% off the list price and the lowest it's been since Black Friday.Where does this leave the Dot for Prime Day?Will Amazon merely drop it to $24.99 again, in which case, yawn?Or is it possible we'll get a $19.99 Dot?
It's that time of year when the US Supreme Court is busy handing down decisions, and that means lawyer Tom Goldstein is busy making decisions too.He's figuring out the best response to people who mistakenly tweet their frustrations about SCOTUS opinions to his SCOTUSblog Twitter account, thinking it's the court's official home on Twitter."What in the hell is wrong with you?"a Twitter user tweeted at SCOTUSblog after the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority, blocked the Trump administration's plan to include a census question that asks about citizenship status.Another citizen outraged by the decision tweeted that he "WILL NOT FILL OUT THE 2020 CENSUS."Replied the SCOTUSblog: "Even if we let you do it in crayon?
When it's low-cost enough to be a Chrysler Voyager, according to a 2020 model-year update for Chrysler's excellent people-hauler.Chrysler on Thursday unveiled the 2020 Chrysler Voyager.Now, you might say, "Hey, this is just a Pacifica."You'd be right, but Fiat Chrysler decided to slap a new badge on the former L and LX trims of its newer minivan.It will also spawn a fleet-only LXi trim, but according to an FCA spokesperson, it will not replace the Dodge Grand Caravan that continues to survive despite not being all that good.There's a fair bit of value tucked away in the L and LX trims.
I’ve spent a little time working with the new multitasking features you’ll find in the now available iPad OS beta, and thought some first impressions of these might be of some small interest to readers.“iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we’re taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering in a press release.Particularly with its external storage support.[ Take this mobile device management course from PluralSight and learn how to secure devices in your company without degrading the user experience. ]Instead, you’ll see the following options:You will also see a pop-up preview of the linked web page – which effectively means you will be looking at four Safari-generated windows at once on your iPad.
Behaviour Interactive, HBO, and Gaea have unveiled Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall, a collectible strategy role-playing game on mobile devices.Players command a castle of the Night’s Watch to defend Westeros and recruit characters from around the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.Creative director Justin Jones said in an interview with GamesBeat that the team at Behaviour Interactive and Gaea has worked on the game for about two years.“One of the challenges with working with an [intellectual property] like this is trying to get everything you want to know from a game design perspective but also respect the brand,” Jones said.We had to negotiate the brand restrictions on everything from crafting characters to getting the right feel of the Night’s Watch.”The game’s original narrative is set a few decades before the timeline of the hit TV show, just after Lord Commander Brynden Rivers (also known as Bloodraven and eventually as the Three-Eyed Raven) disappeared while ranging beyond the Wall.
Walmart -owned Sam’s Club is expanding into same-day alcohol delivery, the retailer announced this morning.The delivery service is being powered by Sam’s Club partner Instacart and is currently live in 215 stores across 12 U.S. states, with plans to reach other cities and markets in the months ahead.At launch, the list of states supporting alcohol delivery includes Florida, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Ohio, Wyoming, Connecticut, Texas, Kentucky, and Minnesota.Not all clubs in those states will offer the service — only select markets.Where available, Sam’s Club members will be able to order both from the in-house “Member’s Mark” brand — like Member’s Mark Sangria, Member’s Mark Prosecco and Member’s Mark Moscato D’Asti, for example — as well as from other popular brands, like Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, Modelo Especial, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, among others.The deliveries can arrive as fast as one hour.
Welcome to this week’s transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley.We’re running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words – so you can read from wherever you are.was originally started by Sunil Rajaraman and Jascha Kaykas-Wolff in 2018.Rajaraman is a serial entrepreneur and writer (Co-Founded Scripted.com, and is currently an EIR at Foundation Capital), Kaykas-Wolff is the current CMO at Mozilla and ran marketing at BitTorrent.Rajaraman and Kaykas-Wolff started the podcast after a series of blog posts that Sunil wrote for The Bold Italic went viral.The goal of the podcast is to cover issues at the intersection of technology and culture – sharing a different perspective of life in the Bay Area.
An updated version of the Nvidia Shield TV could be on the way, and while it's not quite a Shield 2, the new hardware will be be getting something of an upgrade.First released in 2015, a refreshed version of the box launched in 2017, and according to XDA Developers, a third iteration could well be on the way, codenamed 'mdarcy,' but we doubt it looks as good as Colin Firth in a billowing, wet, shirt.The specs are the same as the current model but mdarcy has been certified to run Android 9 Pie, as opposed to the 2017's Android 8.0.Meanwhile, the box will still house the Tegra X1 chipset, albeit a refreshed version that apparently has a higher max GPU clock speed and more efficient power usage.Back in March, it was discovered that Nvidia was working on a new controller and remote for the Shield, supporting the idea of a refreshed box.In the absence of a Shield 2, an update to the hardware and software will certainly improve performance, but Nvidia has yet to officially comment, so nothing is set in stone just yet.
Whether you’re in the market for a food processor, a blender, or a coffee maker, now’s a great opportunity to score amazing deals from Ninja.Walmart is offering the Mega Kitchen System and the Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System at the discounted price of $140 each.Upgrade your kitchen with reliable equipment that will expand your meal-prep capabilities by taking advantage of these amazing deals.NINJA MEGA KITCHEN SYSTEM – $140The Ninja Mega Kitchen System offers all the functions of a full-size food processor, a personal blender, and a high-powered blender in one convenient appliance.It also has three speeds (dough, blend, crush), pulse, and a single-serve function, which offer complete control without the hassle of complicated buttons.
A major corporation is urging parents to lie to their children.In what is decidedly not an April Fool's joke, the multibillion-dollar food conglomerate Kraft Heinz ($26 billion in sales in 2018) has launched a new product (but really, it's just ranch dressing) called Salad Frosting.The headline of the press release introducing this product is "Kraft Wants You to LieLikeAParent.""Kraft is introducing Kraft Salad 'Frosting,' its Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing disguised in a frosting tube, giving parents a hand in upping their lie game," the release states.This is ranch dressing we're talking about: the sweet, milky condiment that's 110 calories per two tablespoons.It is by no means a health food.
Sound is a mechanical oscillation made up of quasiparticles known as phonons.And plasma (ionized gas, the fourth fundamental state of matter) oscillations consist of plasmons.He wasn't that far off the mark.Louis Daguerre built on Niepce's work, figuring out how to reduce exposure times and fix the images by immersing the photographic plates in a salt solution.Introduced in 1839, his "daguerreotypes" were all the rage for several decades—Abraham Lincoln and Emily Dickinson were among the luminaries whose portraits were captured this way, along with the transit of Venus and the horrors of the American Civil War.The basic process involved polishing a silver-plated copper substrate until it shone like a mirror and then treating it with fumes to make it light sensitive.
The development of power and propulsion technologies for future unmanned aircraft systems will deliver more reach, lethality and protection for the Army's modernization efforts - all issues that are center stage for a group of researchers from the Army's corporate research laboratory and its partners across academia and industry at a recent University of Illinois at Chicago event.Attempting to kick-start a way to rapidly push novel concepts into reality in UAS power and propulsion systems, researchers from the Army Future Command's Army Research Laboratory, its university partners, its Department of Energy partners, and industry collaborated at the Center for UAS Propulsion, or CUP program review on April 30 and Industry-Academia Connection Days May 1-2.Discussions ranged in a variety of technical challenges related to small engines including non-conventional and gas turbine engines; hybrid-electric applications; energy storage technologies to enable lighter weight; higher power and energy densities; and power and thermal management technologies."The entire multi-fuel capable hybrid propulsion program team was able to learn other technical areas, actively engage and interact among the team members.We received lots of positive feedback."Researchers shared lessons and technical challenges in various areas of power and propulsion applied for UAS.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has confirmed that tens of thousands of images of travelers and license plates have been stolen in a data breach raising concerns over how the US government handles the security of its subcontractors.At the end of May, an official at the agency learned that a federal subcontractor had transferred copies of the images on to its network and was subsequently hacked.The subcontractor did this without CBP's knowledge and was clearly in violation of its contract with the US government.The images stolen by hackers show drivers in their cars along with their license plates as they crossed through one port of entry into the US over a six-week period.According to one US government official, no more than 100,000 people had their information compromised as a result of the data breach.CBP also said that none of the images stolen in the breach have yet to appear on either the dark web or internet.
You might figure the biggest U.S. banks would have some of the most secure mobile apps.Spoiler alert: not so much.New findings from security firm Zimperium, shared exclusively with TechCrunch, say most of the top banking apps have security flaws that put user data at risk.The security firm, which has a commercial stake in the mobile security business, downloaded the banks’ iOS and Android apps and scanned for security and privacy issues, like data leaks, which put private user data and communications at risk.The researchers found most of the apps had issues, like failing to adhere to best coding practices and using old open-source libraries that are infrequently updated.Some of the apps were using open-source code from GitHub from more than three years ago, said Scott King, Zimperium’s director of embedded security.
Final Fantasy VII Remake has an official release date: March 3, 2020.The news was announced not at Square Enix E3 press conference, but via a trailer dropped at A Symphonic Reunion, a concert of Final Fantasy VII music at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater.Final Fantasy VII Remake was first introduced as a tech demo, played all the way back at E3 2005 to show off what the iconic RPG would look like on the PlayStation 3.Then in 2015 the real deal was announced to great fanfare, but we've seen precious little of VII Remake since then.Square Enix promised to reveal more about the release on Monday at the company's E3 press conference.The first question that comes to mind about the release date is whether the entire game will be available on March 3, as producer Yoshinori Kitase previously said the game would be released in multiple Final Fantasy XIII-sized installments.
We're just hours away from the EA Play live-stream at E3 2019 kicking off, where we're expecting to get all the official details on FIFA 20.But has one of its biggest, most-wanted features already been teased?Yes football fans, FIFA 20 could be getting a five-a-side indoor football mode.The rumor comes from the below teaser trailer shared by EA, which we've embedded below:8.6.19 FIFA20 EAPLAY https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6 pic.twitter.com/TEKuEU7ACW6 June 2019It features a 'V' symbol, which many fans online believe refers to The Vault, a new mode that will include indoor five-a-side football modes.
A tourist visiting a small museum in Canada stunned onlookers recently when he managed to crack a safe that no one had been able to unlock for decades.Stephen Mills was on a tour of the Vermilion Heritage Museum in Alberta with his family when he was shown the 2,000-pound safe, which is part of the museum’s collection, the Vermilion Standard reports.The safe was donated to the museum in the mid-1980s and had previously been used by the town’s Brunswick hotel, which closed in the 1970s, according to CBC.However, the safe had not been opened since the 1970s and no one knew the code.Multiple attempts to crack the code over the years had been unsuccessful, according to the Standard.Cue Stephen Mills, who jokingly put his ear to the lock and then turned the knob a few times.
Sleepless, worry-filled nights are normal for any founder.I run a company called Personal Trainer Development Center, which, like the name suggests, produces resources to help personal trainers grow their businesses.We do this in many ways -- articles, books, an online certification program, and more.And around the time the insomnia hit, we had just created a new resource: It was a print newsletter called Fitness Marketing Monthly.By September, we had subscribers in 62 countries paying as much as $59.97 per issue.Lesson 1: Listen to what customers aren’t saying.
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After that, the mainline series started to take more risks, including the elimination of turn-based battles and MMO entries.While every other Final Fantasy surrounding VIII in the timeline has been re-released for current platforms in recent years, Final Fantasy VIII has been sorely neglected, as if Square would like us to forget it exists at all.Is it controversial to say that Final Fantasy X is a top-three Final Fantasy game?The PlayStation 2 allowed the visuals to move to the next level, making the Asian inspired lands of Spira and character models look more realistic than ever before.The narrative, told exclusively through Tidus’ perspective is more focused than most Final Fantasy storylines.But it stands out most because it combines the fantasy-infused medieval environments of the early games with the stellar writing of the science fiction-laced romps that would follow.
Facial recognition is getting more glamorous as ModiFace, the L’Oreal subsidiary that tracks facial features for makeup simulations, is bringing its virtual try-on technology to L’Oreal lipsticks on Amazon.This means customers can use the cameras on their phones to see how different shades look in videos and selfies.According to an announcement, the AR-based simulation of each shade is based on analysis of the information provided by makeup brands as well as images and descriptions of products on social media.In addition, ModiFace notes it has “highly accurate 3D facial micro-tracking,” including 68 “non-identifying parameters” like lip and eye edges, iris size and location, head pose and skin features such as spots, texture and wrinkles.“Based originally on research at Stanford University, our Face AI SDK is one of the most precise real-time facial micro-features video tracking and analysis technologies in the world,” the company says.In a 2018 statement, ModiFace said it also provides 3D color and skin diagnosis services and its customers include “nearly all the major beauty brands,” including Sephora and Giorgio Armani.
Spotify Stations -- a stripped-down version of the company's flagship streaming music service -- is now available in the US.Otherwise, you'll need to create a new account, which requires providing your name, email address, date of birth and gender, and agreeing to the company's terms of service.If you use the free plan, you'll hear ads interspersed with songs on the Station app.(I listened to music using a free account for about 15 minutes before hearing the first ad.)Spotify Premium account holders will hear ad-free music.Once you're signed up, the interface is simple and intuitive: you can select an artist or choose a genre or mood, and Spotify will curate a playlist for you based on your listening habits.
On Monday, Politics WatchDog, the group that posted the video to its Facebook Page, said the social network had removed the video.A Facebook spokeswoman rebutted the allegation, saying, "We did not remove the video."The group, which says it polices both Republicans and Democrats, didn't immediately respond to a request for additional comment.CNET couldn't find the video, which was adjusted to make Pelosi appear to be slurring her words, on Politics WatchDog's Facebook Page.A link to the video in a previous CNET report redirected to the homepage for Facebook Watch, the social network's video streaming hub, suggesting the original post was no longer active.Facebook didn't answer questions about whether the video was still in its system or if Politics WatchDog's administrators may have adjusted privacy settings to prevent it from being displayed publicly.
And lately, a lot of that work has been in augmented reality games.One of the prominent ones is the Game of Games the Game, a mobile app that HitPoint created for The Ellen Degeneres Show.Ariella Lehrer, president of HitPoint in Los Angeles, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the smartphone-based AR technology is being used by fans of the TV show, which airs on NBC and is a spinoff of Degeneres’ talk show.I also watched HitPoint CEO Paul Hake speak on a panel this week at the Augmented World Expo event in Santa Clara, California, with Alexa Hook, digital games producer of The Ellen Degeneres Show, and Daniel Leary, digital co-executive producer of the show.“There’s a lot of money in AR and VR content production.This is what I wanted to focus on.”
YouTube star Kanghua Ren was just handed a 15 month prison sentence and 20,000 euro ($22,300) fine for a January 2017 video.The video, which generated widespread outrage online, found Ren giving a homeless man in Barcelona repackaged Oreo cookies filled with toothpaste.“Maybe I’ve gone a bit far, but look at the positive side: This will help him clean his teeth,” the China-born YouTuber (then 19) known as ReSet said in the video.“I think he hasn’t cleaned them since he became poor.”The 52-year-old man vomited after ingesting the cookies, later telling a paper that he had, “never been treated so poorly while living on the street.”Ren was given the sentence on Friday, though The New York Times notes that he’ll likely not actually serve any time, given how nonviolent crimes are generally treated in Spanish court.
This story originally appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.When the Montreal Protocol marked its 30th anniversary in 2017, it seemed like an unalloyed triumph for environmental common sense.It was “the first time that emissions of one of the most abundant CFCs have increased for a sustained period since production controls took effect in the late 1980s,” according to that study.It’s a search conducted primarily by a patchy network of monitoring stations managed in a multinational collaboration, on islands and mountaintop sites around the world.Hence only 15 observatories now participate in the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), leaving huge geographic gaps in coverage.The new study is based on reports from monitoring stations in Gosan, South Korea and Hateruma, in southern Japan.
June is Pride Month, and to that end, Adweek is introducing our first-ever Pride Month Tracker.We’ll be updating the list throughout the month as brands, agencies and organizations announce their campaigns and activities celebrating the global LGBTQ community throughout the month and beyond.If you’d like to share your Pride Month work or have a tip on a campaign or program we should know about, please send an email to us.Gap Encourages People to 'Love All Ways'Gap has launched its "Love All Ways" campaign, coinciding with the brand's 50th anniversary.The work highlights the family of author and LGBTQAI advocate Jodie Patterson who is the mother of five children, one of whom is transgender.
Following disquiet over the IEEE's decision to block Huawei-linked researchers from doing various academic tasks, a Chinese computer research body has reportedly severed ties with the IEEE in retaliation.The China Computer Federation (CCF) declared that it is suspending communications with the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Computer Society (IEEE CS), according to Reuters.This comes hot on the heel of an academic backlash against the IEEE for what amounts to blacklisting of researchers with links to Huawei.The IEEE insisted that as a US-based corporation it is subject to US law and thus has no real choice in the matter, though others disagree with their interpretation of the US sanctions on Huawei.In a post on China's WeChat platform, the CCF said the IEEE CS "was once considered an open international academic organization" before describing the Huawei ban as something which "seriously violates the open, equal and non-politicized nature of being an international academic organization".A subset of the IEEE, the IEEE CS concentrates, as its name suggests, on computer technology.
Last year, Apple teamed up with Logitech to unveil the Logitech Crayon, an Apple Pencil alternative stylus initially aimed toward children.Though the Crayon was first only offered to schools, it soon became available for public purchase and is now among the more interesting digital pencil options for iPads.Now on Amazon, you can grab your Logitech Crayon at its lowest price ever of just $50, down from $70.These stylish stylus substitutes will make you forget you ever waxed nostalgic about your old crayon set.As its name suggests, the Logitech Crayon was originally intended as an affordable, child-friendly alternative to the Apple Pencil.The pixel-precise Crayon sports an orange-accented aluminum design with roll-proof technology that lets it lay flat on your desk without fear of falling.