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Overnight a series of new Pokemon were added to Pokemon GO, many of them Galarian Pokemon, and many of those Galarian Pokemon delivered with Shiny editions. The latest update also added a new icon and new imagery of the new Pokemon mentioned in said code. This new wave of Pokemon will likely appear before the big Pokemon GO Fest 2020 … Continue reading
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The next episode of the Disney Plus (or Disney+) Originals show you love so very much will roll out tonight.Disney announced that each of the several Disney+ “first original series” will begin to release new episodes starting on Friday, November 15, 2019.That’s just under a week after the release of the service itself.Disney noted that each new episode after November 15 would be released one week after the last, on a Friday, at one minute after midnight.The titles you’re likely looking for with new episodes include the first-ever Star Wars series The Mandalorian, as well as the documentary series (or docu-series) The World According to Jeff Goldblum.Also on this list of weekly releases is High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, as well as Marvel’s Hero Project, and “executive produced by Kristen Bell” series Encore!
UPTON, NY--A project between the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spinoff Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has been selected as one of the first 12 to be funded by the DOE's Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) program.Sponsored by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) within DOE's Office of Science, INFUSE is focused on accelerating fusion energy development through private-public research partnerships.The program provides companies with access to the world-leading facilities and expertise of scientists at DOE's national laboratories."We believe the private sector has important contributions to make in the quest for fusion energy," said James Van Dam, DOE Associate Director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences.Ramesh Gupta, head of the Magnet Science Group in Brookhaven Lab's Superconducting Magnet Division (SMD), is the principal investigator (PI) on the project; Brandon Sorbom, chief scientific officer and co-founder of CFS, is co-PI."Compact fusion using high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has the potential to revolutionize power generation.
An arrested Deepdotweb admin has refuted claims that he’d earned 8,000 BTC (worth $15.5 million at the time) through an affiliate marketing scheme for dark web marketplaces, Bitcoin News reports.Earlier this year, a co-ordinated police effort led to the arrest of several individuals around the world for their role in maintaining Deepdotweb, a dark web portal.It prominently featured an index of dark web marketplaces, including reviews.It also hosted information related to Tor-hidden services, interviews with prominent dark web developers, and published news of police raids on illegal marketplaces, Bitcoin, BTC and other privacy matters.Among them were two Israeli citizens, who a US indictment alleges dark web marketplaces paid $15.5 million in Bitcoin via “kickback payments” for referring hundreds of thousands of buyers with affiliate links posted on Deepdotweb.Deepdotweb arrest for posting ‘illegal’ links is ‘without precedent’
Twitch Studio is going into open beta today with the goal of enabling anyone to become a livestreamer.The aim from Amazon’s Twitch division is to get new streamers to learn how to stream quickly.Twitch Studio has livestream production features such as a guided stream setup, which simplifies the detection of your PC’s microphone, webcam, monitor resolution, bitrate, and more to help your stream looks and sounds great.It also has customizable templates, or starter layouts and overlays to help streamers to effortlessly personalize the look of their streams.It also provides integrated alerts, which easily monitor and interact with a community using Twitch Studio’s built-in alerts, activity feed, and Twitch chat.The closed beta was out for a few months.
For audiophiles looking to listen to music on the go, there are no better alternatives than wireless headphones.Apart from freeing you from the hassle and restriction of annoying cords, they also deliver top-notch sound quality not often found in wireless earbuds.The company has a solid reputation for incorporating innovative technology in its products, so you can rest assured that you are getting a bang for your buck.Right now, two highly rated Bose wireless headphones are enjoying boom price cuts on Amazon: The SoundLink II and the QuietComfort 35 II.Crafted from impact-resistant materials, the SoundLink II are geared to endure the minor wear and tear of busy lifestyles.The earcups are generously padded for comfort during long listening sessions, while the frame is collapsible for easy storage and portability during travels.
Anonymous internet forum 8chan resurfaced over the weekend after going offline in August following a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.Technology, Inc., the reseller for the domains that have hosted the 8chan forum, for violating the terms of the OpenSRS reseller agreement," Reg Levy, head of compliance for Tucows, said thursday in an email."The specifics of the breach are a private matter."Ron Watkins, the site administrator for 8kun, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.8chan's re-emergence as 8kun and its subsequent disappearance mark the latest twist for a website that has drawn attention for its anything-goes attitude.8chan had been largely unknown to the public until August, when a gunman allegedly posted a hateful screed to one of its boards before a shooting at an El Paso Walmart killed 22 people and injured 24.
The Google Hub, along with the Amazon Echo Show, kicked off a new breed of smart home devices that basically combined a smart speaker and a tablet.These smart displays offered visual information and controls but, by nature, really only worked when you touch them or speak to them.It seems that Google is now mixing it up a bit by giving the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max some very basic presence detection thanks to the ultrasonic sensors in the devices.Presence detection is a pretty common feature for smart security cameras but not all smart displays have that hardware.The Google Nest Hub Max does have one but the smaller Nest Hub doesn’t.More precisely, having cameras would probably make some homeowners even more uneasy considering these smart displays already hear them 24/7.
It was only yesterday that Xiaomi announced the CC9 Pro for China, and now we know what the phone will be called in other parts of the world.Today Xiaomi revealed the Mi Note 10, which is more or less the same exact phone that was announced yesterday, only renamed for other markets.That, most importantly, means that the Mi Note 10 keeps the CC9 Pro’s 108-megapixel camera.The rear-facing camera is certainly the star of the show when it comes to the Mi Note 10.Not only is there a 108MP wide angle lens serving as the main camera in this array, but it’s joined by four other cameras.Also present are 5MP and 12MP telephoto lenses, a 20MP ultra wide-angle lens (with a 117-degree field of view), and a 2MP macro camera.
Ignite Microsoft is previewing its Fluid Framework, first announced at its Build developer event in May, and presenting it as a key technology for content-based collaboration.Fluid Framework only occupied a brief and minor slot in CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote at Redmond's Ignite conference, running this week in Florida, yet the forthcoming preview, expected around a month from now, is one of the most intriguing and potentially significant technologies featured at the event.Google Docs, born on the web, is in some respects more advanced since it is browser-centric, better at collaboration, and conceptually treats content more like web pages than files, although users are still invited to create a document, a spreadsheet, or a presentation.Fluid Framework is Microsoft’s attempt to change the way people collaborate and update content in Office 365.'People feel like they’re all on the same device'“Real time collaboration is pretty standard,” Rob Howard, general manager of Microsoft 365 Foundations, told The Register at Ignite.
For four days each year, the German city of Essen becomes the center of the tabletop gaming universe.And here are my picks from the games I managed to play.A growing subcategory of board games challenges players to convey information using cryptic collections of images—think Dixit, Mysterium, or Deception: Murder in Hong Kong.For one thing, the guide can use a pair of magnetic arrows to highlight particular elements on the image cards, drawing players’ attention to different colors, shapes, and objects.There’s also a limit on how long players can deliberate over their decisions, and taking too long to choose a door incurs penalties which make things tougher in subsequent rounds.Rather than a map, though, the board now represents a plane, with different sections devoted to producing different types of medicines and resources needed to fight various infectious strains.
All evidence indicates that music plays a significant role in every human society, both past and present.Laurel Trainor is the director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind and plays principle flute in the Burlington Symphony Orchestra.The Large Interactive Virtual Environment Laboratory (LIVELab) at McMaster University is a research concert hall.It functions as both a high-tech laboratory and theatre, opening up tremendous opportunities for research and investigation.As the only facility of its kind in the world, the LIVELab is a 106-seat concert hall equipped with dozens of microphones, speakers and sensors to measure brain responses, physiological responses such as heart rate, breathing rates, perspiration and movements in multiple musicians and audience members at the same time.At the LIVELab, researchers work on studies looking at how we make music together, how musicians co-ordinate their movements and synchronize their brains in order to perform and why people enjoy attending live performances when they could have better sound fidelity at home.
China was watching as Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack walked onstage today at BlizzCon.Knowing full well that this event might be overshadowed by the biggest Blizzard-related news of the latter half of the year, Brack began the first major presentation of the event with what might’ve appeared to be an apology.He did use the word “sorry”, but he did not use the words “China” or “Hong Kong” whatsoever.He spoke indirectly about the situation we covered in an article about China’s most powerful weapon.He referred to – without speaking directly about – how Blizzard responded to a post-match political message sent by Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung.Blitzchung called for the liberation of Hong Kong from China.
WhatsApp has announced a new layer of security for Android users: the ability to lock the app with a fingerprint.The new feature joins the previously released support for Face ID and Touch ID on the iPhone.Similar locking features are found on a number of competing apps, including popular encrypted messaging app Signal.Messaging apps have largely replaced texting and email as the primary way people communicate in the modern world.Though it’s not quite as popular in the US, WhatsApp is the dominant messaging app used in many countries, making it important to offer various security options tailored to the needs of users.The fingerprint lock option is exactly what it sounds like — the ability to lock the app and require the user’s fingerprint to unlock it.
I got an early review sample and took the new AirPods for a spin in the noisy streets of New York, then brought them back to the office for some further listening.AirPods Pro fit comfortably and securelyI'm one of those people whose ears aren't ideal receptacles for the original AirPods, which are now on their second generation.I feel them start to fall out if I do anything too strenuous in them, like dash across the street to make a light or catch a bus, which you sometimes have to do in New York.It's also worth noting that they come with small, medium and large ear tips.A few people in the office I talked to said that even though the AirPod Pros sounded better, they still preferred the fit of the regular AirPods.
Samsung may only have one foldable phone under its belt, but it’s readying One UI 2 for more flexible display smartphones – including some which fold in other directions.The company teased the possibility at its Samsung Developer Conference 2019 today, as part of its expansion of the One UI 2 interface beyond just phones.It’s fair to say that the Galaxy Fold didn’t have an especially easy path to market.The initial launch of the foldable smartphone – which opens out into a 7-inch tablet – was scrapped after early reviewers found it was far too prone to breaking.Still, Samsung isn’t giving up on the concept of foldables.It’s envisaging new – and arguably more useful – form-factors than the current Galaxy Fold.
Probing contraband mobes to reduce prison crimesThe department claims that with increased security, more contraband has been snatched, and inmates are "using advanced technology to access the dark web, encrypt their messages and use social media in jail".The lab, replete with "cutting-edge technology", aims to identify more people using phones while behind bars as well as provide improved digital evidence to make convictions more likely once phones have been seized.It will also provide intelligence on how phones are being used and their role in wider criminal activity outside prisons.The canned statement from prisons minister Lucy Frazer said: "We know that the ways in which criminals conduct their business is advancing – with prisoners harnessing new technology and the dark web to further their operations behind bars."Bolstering our powers to detect and disrupt this kind of crime is a key element of our £100m investment in prison security.
It appears AMD is working on a new high-end GPU for its product line up.A recent report revealed that an AMD device codenamed “ATI-102-D18802” recently passed the certification from South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (RRA), noting an impeding release.Wccftech reports that although the device’s codename looks like a random string of numbers, it managed to decipher the string of digits.The website reported that, based on the device’s name, it is most likely a Navi variant GPU because the first three numbers in both this unnamed AMD device and the ‘Small’ Navi products code names start with D18.More importantly, the last three digits in the unnamed Navi device are much higher compared to the ‘Small’ Navi.Based on that number comparison alone, we can strongly infer that this unnamed AMD device will have a higher performance and will be far more power than its predecessor.
Without video creators, YouTube wouldn’t be one of the world’s biggest social platforms.Without the platform, YouTubers wouldn’t be, well, YouTubers.But video creators are regularly facing new policy changes from YouTube that could impact their ability to make money from their work—and it’s not always clear what these changes are or why YouTube is making them.Now, as part of a push for fair treatment, YouTubers are looking to collective action.The effort is being led, in part, by an unlikely character: a creator in Germany who makes high-powered slingshots for his audience of 2.3 million subscribers.This week on the Gadget Lab podcast, we talk with WIRED staff writer Emma Grey Ellis about what YouTubers hope to get out of their unionization efforts and what the movement means for the video giant.
It’s official: Humans are canceled.But in a world increasingly devoid of human role models, there are some unlikely sources of inspiration out there.Enter The Blob—a yellowish chunk of slime mold set to make its debut at the Paris Zoological Park on Saturday.With nearly 720 sexes, and the ability to heal itself in two minutes if cut in half, The Blob (or La Blob, as it's called in France) is surprisingly accomplished for such a simple organism.And despite having no mouth, eyes, or brain, slime mold can remember things and solve simple problems.Impressive, considering that some humans reach political office without mastering most of these tasks.
A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level.The new process could transform today's plastic factories into recycling refineries, within the framework of their existing infrastructure."We should not forget that plastic is a fantastic material - it gives us products that we could otherwise only dream of.The problem is that it is manufactured at such low cost, that it has been cheaper to produce new plastics from oil and fossil gas than from reusing plastic waste," says Henrik Thunman.Now, through experimenting with chemical recovery via steam cracking of plastic, the researchers have developed an efficient process for turning used plastics into plastics of virgin quality."Through finding the right temperature - which is around 850 degrees Celsius - and the right heating rate and residence time, we have been able to demonstrate the proposed method at a scale where we turn 200 kg of plastic waste an hour into a useful gas mixture.
It sounds like something out of a 1980s horror movie, but medical researchers are now able to transplant human “mini-brains,” also known as brain organoids, into animals like rats.As gruesome as it may sound to implant human brain tissue into animals, this research provides a way to safely research diseases and health problems we struggle to understand, including genetic disorders that affect the brain.Recently, a new paper called for the creation of a framework that researchers can use to make ethical decisions about brain organoids.The process begins with taking a sample of stem cells from a human.The organoids are special in that, as they develop, they start to show features of a real organ.This technique has been used for some remarkable findings.
China is exporting its social values, political ads are an important part of free expression and the definition of dangerous speech must be kept in check, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued today in a speech at Georgetown University.“While our services like WhatsApp are used by protestors and activists everywhere due to strong encryption and privacy practices, on TikTok, the Chinese app growing quickly around the world, mentions of these same protests are censored, even here in the U.S.!” Zuckerberg said.“Is that the Internet that we want?”Because Facebook couldn’t come to an agreement with Chinese censors and thereby doesn’t operate in the nation, “Now, we have more freedom to speak out and stand up for the values that we believe in and fight for free expression around the world.” While he didn’t mention Apple, the NBA and Blizzard, which are amidst scandals about cowing to Chinese policy, the shade thrown at them was clear.Still, he says that he doesn’t want to “let the definition of what is dangerous expand beyond what’s absolutely necessary.”Coining a new phrase, Zuckerberg noted that “People having the power to express themselves at scale is a new kind of force in the world — a Fifth Estate alongside the other power structures of society.”
The Pokemon Company has revealed new Gigantamax forms for its upcoming game Pokemon Sword and Shield.In a video posted to YouTube Wednesday, reported earlier by CNET sister site GameSpot, we see the beefier versions of Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, Butterfree and Meowth.Gigantamax Pikachu comes with a new move called G-max volt crash, which paralyzes all opponents.You can gain access to Gigantamax Pikachu by using your play records from Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu.Then there's Gigantamax Eevee, which comes with a new move called G-max cuddle.It causes infatuation in "opposite-gender opponents."
With Terminator: Dark Fate scheduled to hit theaters November 1, 2019, here is everything we know about the movie so far.It seems that Gabriel Luna’s REV-9-model Terminator is hunting a young woman named Dani (Natalia Reyes), who’s so important to the future that Mackenzie Davis’ cybernetic super-soldier, Sarah Conner, and the old T-800 Terminator team up to protect her.Now 41, Furlong was originally expected to play the younger Connor in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, but was dropped from the film due to Furlong’s substance abuse problems.chirashi terminatordarkfate terminator chirashiposter movieposter movieposters moviecollector moviecollection moviecollectiblesAs the trailer seemed to reveal, the REV-9 (as the android has been officially dubbed) appears to be able to separate its endoskeleton from the rest of its liquid metal body, effectively creating two killers — so fans are likely to see a lot of the android’s skeletal figure in Dark Fate.Arnold Schwarzenegger, sporting a grey beard and some light battle damage, is back and ready to kick some butt, while Linda Hamilton looks as tough and strong as ever.
The US reportedly carried out a cyberstrike against Iran following attacks against Saudi oil facilities in September.The cyber operation affected physical hardware and was aimed at Tehran's ability to spread propaganda, reported Reuters on Wednesday, citing two unnamed US officials.The cyberattack, which reportedly took place in late September, appears to be in response to drone and missile attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that US officials have said came from Iran.The country has denied any involvement.A spokeswoman for the Pentagon declined to comment, saying "as a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations."Earlier this year, the US reportedly launched cyberstrikes that took down Iranian computer networks used to control missile launches.
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The 5G party hasn’t startedA motley collection of devices and a small number of 5G mast deployments in a limited number of locations does not a universally available service make.[ Take this mobile device management course from PluralSight and learn how to secure devices in your company without degrading the user experience. ]This is why the most recent GSMA report predicts it will be 2025 before 5G accounts for 46% of global connections, up from a paltry 1% this year and a tiny 4% in 2020.Reading between the lines, it seems the mobile industry group is looking to Apple’s deployment of 5G modems inside its 2020 iPhones to help boost adoption.The GSMA predicts we'll see 80% population coverage in North America by 2021, which suggests service availability may scale up swiftly towards the end of 2020.