Marcel Carroll

Marcel Carroll

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It's not yet prime time for 5G networks, which still face logistical and technical hurdles, but they're increasingly coming online in major cities worldwide.Which is why it's especially worrying that new 5G vulnerabilities are being discovered almost by the dozen.At the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Computer and Communications Security in London today researchers are presenting new findings that the 5G specification still has vulnerabilities.The researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa are detailing 11 new design issues in 5G protocols that could expose your location, downgrade your service to old mobile data networks, run up your wireless bills, or even track when you make calls, text, or browse the web."We had a hunch when we started this work that there were more vulnerabilities to find," says Syed Rafiul Hussain, a mobile security researcher from Purdue who led the study.One purported benefit of 5G is that it protects phone identifiers, like your device's "international mobile subscriber identity," to help prevent tracking or targeted attacks.
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Epic Games announced it has acquired Quixel, a startup that created a huge “photogrammetry” asset library of real world imagery that can be used in animated films or video games.Epic said that it will make Quixel’s bundled tools, dubbed Bridge and Mixer, and all of Quixel’s Megascans library assets available free for everyone with the Unreal Engine, and Epic will retain all of the 100-plus employees of Quixel.Epic made the announcement at its Unreal Academy London event.In addition, Epic is announcing new Unreal Engine developments coming in version 4.24 (now available in a preview) that will streamline functionality for creators across industries.This includes all Unreal Studio features, including Datasmith and static mesh editing.These features, like new ways to create hair or fur, will become available in Unreal Engine going forward.
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When Disney last month revealed what it will and won't have when it launches its streaming service Disney Plus in November, it became apparent that there were quite a few Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) titles missing.But after a new video released Sunday on Marvel's YouTube channel seemingly cemented the underwhelming Marvel cinematic lineup, Disney Plus announced several more movies by Monday afternoon.Disney Plus tweeted out what seemed like a never-ending list of launch titles back in mid-October, but said it would only have Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Captain Marvel on Nov. 12.Almost a month after these announcements, Disney Plus then announced moving up Avengers: Endgame to be available to stream at launch, tweeting the news on Nov. 6 alongside a video of people's complaints at the delay in Endgame being available.On Nov. 11, with less than one day to go before the launch of the streaming service, Disney added eight more MCU movies.We'll now also be getting Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Doctor Strange and a new series called Expanding the Universe on launch day.
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The Biomimetics Robotics team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently took a number of its talented Mini Cheetah robots for some fun in the park.Depending on your outlook, the display will either have you tilting your head slightly to one side while uttering something along the lines of, “Ahh, aren’t they cute,” or possible slack-jawed and wide-eyed at the apparent confirmation that the robot apocalypse is surely almost upon us.MIT will say there’s nothing to be concerned about, so let’s put any fears to one side for a moment and enjoy the incredible sight of the nine remote-controlled quadrupeds frolicking in the fall leaves, playing soccer, and even performing backflips.As you can see, the 20-pound (9 kg) robocat is remarkably versatile with its ability to move in all directions, hop on the spot, and even recover to a standing position if it falls over — a vital skill if the Mini Cheetah is ever to be used for search and rescue missions where tricky terrain could cause it to lose its footing.MIT’s Cheetah project was first announced in 2009 and the robot seen a number of iterations since then.This latest version, its smallest and most refined yet, was unveiled earlier this year when it showed off its new backflip party trick.
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Since the iOS App Store and Google Play launched in 2008 with what seemed like mostly novelty titles, they've grown to include millions of apps that help us communicate, meet new people, listen to music and kill pigs with birds.It's also become an incredibly effective marketing tool over the years and continues to grow, as it has now reached 1 billion users per month.Though Twitter hasn't proven successful at clamping down on hate speech, it's still one of the best and most informative social networks.Just follow the directions like you're playing GTA or something and even see what your destination looks like from the outside.It seemed to come out of nowhere and further changed (you'll see this word a lot on this list if you haven't already) the ever-evolving music industry.It felt a lot like the original version of Napster, only legal, but still free.
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Hur många som betalar för tjänsten går däremot inte att veta.Enligt nyhetssajten lär en stor del av användarna utnyttja Apples existerande provperiod på sju dagar.Därutöver kan alla som köpt en Iphone, Ipad, Mac eller Ipod efter 10 september aktivera tjänsten gratis i ett års tid.Men det som mest imponerat på källorna uppges vara den höga aktiviteten på tjänsten.Tittarna tillbringar i snitt över en timme på tjänsten per dag.Mest populära är originalserierna ”For all Mankind”, ”The Morning Show”, och ”See” men än så länge är det bara de första tre episoderna som släppts.
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Remember the days when your social media feeds were dominated by cat videos, requests to play FarmVille and news from reliable sources?Since then, social media has been taken over by influencers—people who monetize their massive followings by accepting promotion requests from brands, vlogging from trendy destinations or posing in well-lit rooms with products as commonplace as deodorant, toothpaste and acne serum.Market research company Morning Consult found in its latest report that influencers are increasingly becoming a central driver of millennial and Gen Z consumer decisions.Respondents said they follow influencers because they’re inspiring, post interesting or fun content, and highlight the latest trends.Because of their power, influencers have become an integral component of the social media brand marketing formula.To be successful, influencers must understand how to present themselves and which platform is best for the audience they’re looking for.
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It has gone dark owing customers more than CAD$16 million (USD$12.1 million).Cryptocurrency trading site Einstein Exchange, based in Vancouver seemingly shut up shop at the end of last month, despite telling the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) that it would be shutting down within two months, The Province reports.The exchange had tried to sell itself to a US-based investor, but the deal failed to come to fruition, and Einstein decided to close down.On October 31, a lawyer representing Einstein Exchange told the BCSC that it would shut down within 30 to 60 days due to “lack of profit.”A press release issued by the BCSC states that accounting company Grant Thornton had been appointed as the receiver of funds to preserve and protect the defunct exchange’s assets.According to the statement, Grant Thornton entered and secured Einstein Exchange’s assets earlier this month on November 1.
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A total investment of more than 38 million Swedish crowns to have the game developer Stunlock Studios is back on their feet.Behind the project is being funded by Tencent, one of the world's largest information technology company.Since 2010, the Skövdebaserade studio Stunlock Studios have developed and released several games.the Biggest success story so far, the company has been using the title of the Battlerite in 2015, which sold 300,000 copies in the first month.In recent years, it has been a tough time for the Stunlock Studios.in the most recent annual report, the company said that external financing needs are urgent.
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Researchers at the University of Sussex have developed a glue which can unstick when placed in a magnetic field, meaning products otherwise destined for landfill, could now be dismantled and recycled at the end of their life.Currently, items like mobile phones, microwaves and car dashboards are assembled using adhesives.It is a quick and relatively cheap way to make products but, due to problems dismantling the various materials for different recycling methods, most of these products will be destined for landfill.However, Dr Barnaby Greenland, Lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry, working in conjunction with Stanelco RF Technologies Ltd and Prof Wayne Hayes at the University of Reading, may have found a solution.In a new research paper, published by the European Polymer Journal, Dr Greenland and the team describe a new type of adhesive which contains tiny particles of metal.When passed through an alternating electromagnetic field, the glue melts and products simply fall apart.
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"Terminator: Dark Fate" director Tim Miller told Business Insider he had a disagreement with James Cameron on a time-travel element.Cameron wanted the movie to look at the first time a Terminator went back in time to kill its target, while Miller felt it wouldn't work.Miller eventually won out, as some of the plot points just wouldn't have made sense if they went the way in the story Cameron wanted to.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Warning: Spoilers below if you haven't seen "Terminator: Dark Fate."Cameron, who created the beloved franchise, addressed any question Miller had and helped in tough negotiations, like getting Linda Hamilton to agree to return to the franchise as Sarah Connor for the first time since "Terminator 2: Judgement Day."
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In 1911, the San Francisco Examiner published a guide titled: “How to Make Really Funny Jokes.” According to author Professor Korski, a true joke is a “very pleasant absurdity contrasting with one’s habitual expectation.” A joke does not “merely cause laughter.” “Falling downstairs” is not a joke.A joke is not “unpleasant, repellent, offensive, horrid, ugly, painful, insane, freakish, natural, solemn, stupid, or meaningless.”Had the professor time-traveled to 2019, with our beloved meaningless, stupid, and slapstick loops, gifs, and memes, he might be appalled.Where Korski might agree with netizens of the future, though, is his observation that “a joke is only a joke when it is adapted to the training, ideas, and surroundings of those who hear it.”As evidence of Professor Korski’s thesis, take this Civil War joke from Vanity Fair circa 1885, via Cameron C. Nickels’s Civil War Humour, about mass amputations:“In drilling recruits without Arms, it is not necessary to give them any instructions with regard to the disposal of their hands.”
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Wouldn't it be nice if they did more of the legwork?European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has proposed forcing technology firms to prove their actions are not harming the market or consumers.Vestager told the Financial Times that no decision had been reached, but there was a discussion to be had on what kind of regulation would be useful.She noted that there were other tools at her disposal – such as the interim measures imposed on Broadcom for allegedly imposing illegal restrictions on TV set-top box and modem makers using its chips.In a speech this week, Vestager warned that it is possible for digital platforms to reach a certain size, after which there is no room for competitors.She added: "But the power of platforms doesn't just affect competition between those platforms.
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Apple is developing a Tile-like system called AirTags that you can attach to items you might misplace, according to MacRumors.The AirTags are designed to help you find an item you've misplaced using the Bluetooth connection on your iPhone.It'll also use the iPhone 11's U1 ultra-wide-band chip, which could offer more precise tracking.Longer-range tracking with AirTags could use the crowd-sourcing feature in iOS 13 that relies on the Bluetooth connection from other Apple devices.It's suggested that Apple may reveal its AirTags this year.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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When we watched the first Transformers movie, most of us wanted our toasters and washing machines to turn into cool robots.Now, MIT has developed a set of self-assembling robot blocks that can identify each other.These robots, called M-Blocks 2.0, have a barcode-like system on each face that helps them recognize and communicate with other blocks.Right now, these 16 blocks can perform tasks such as forming a line, following arrows, tracking light, and traversing down a path of arrows.Check out their slick moves in the video below.Each M-block has a flywheel that rotates at 20,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), and uses angular momentum from a break to move around.
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“Attempts to cover their tracks were not entirely successful”In a landmark move, WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook are suing Israel’s NSO Group for developing and deploying a WhatsApp exploit earlier this year that they claimed this week in court filings was used to target the phones of over 1,400 “attorneys, journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats, and other senior foreign government officials” around the world.This allowed malicious code to be injected into the memory of a target device via a video call —even when the targeted user did not answer the call, the court filings revealed Tuesday.Facebook and WhatsApp are suing the NSO Group under U.S. state and federal laws, including the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: “The Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendants because they obtained financing from California and directed and targeted their actions at California and its residents, WhatsApp and Facebook… [and] because Defendants agreed to WhatsApp’s Terms of Service by accessing and using WhatsApp”, the companies note in the complaint.Former Facebook CISO Alex Stamos tweeted in response: “This is huge.WhatsApp Suing NSO Group: “Attempts to Cover their Tracks were not Entirely Successful”
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The first trailer for the Disney Plus-exclusive Star Wars series The Mandalorian blew us away when it landed back in August, showing-off movie-quality cinematography and an epic, galaxy-spanning scope.Now, a new trailer has arrived for the live-action television series – and it somehow dials up the action and spectacle even further.The trailer features a hypnotic voiceover from the unmistakable German filmmaker/occasional actor/full-time curmudgeon Werner Herzog, and begins by questioning the role of a bounty hunter in a post-revolution world, while also offering some insight into the titular character's mysterious backstory.Of course, the philosophizing quickly takes a back seat to some incredible looking action set-pieces, including shootouts, dogfights and hand-to-hand fight scenes.A man of few wordsWe see The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal of Narcos fame) as he takes out storm troopers, ropes bounties, catches huge beasts and meets up with what appear to be some old allies (including Gina Carano's Cara Dune and Taika Waititi's IG-11 droid).
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It seems that the wearable market suddenly got a little bit more interesting.At least if you’re coming from the Wear OS side of things.Google is rumored to be buying wearable giant Fitbit which could give Wear OS smartwatches a new edge.Now another new edge is coming via Qualcomm based on new code for the Linux kernel.Apparently, a new Snapdragon Wear 3300 might be in the works and it could give smartwatches a much-needed performance upgrade.Those following the wearable tech market might be slightly baffled by the numbers.
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Indeed, the ability to conjure flame still seems borderline magical to me – so imagine what the capacity to start a fire from scratch must have meant to early humans.At some point, our ancestors harnessed the power of the flame to keep warm, cook food, produce new materials, shoo away predators and illuminate dark caves.Archaeological evidence suggests hominins of various types were using fire as far back as 1.5 million years ago, but no one really knows how they acquired that fire.This paradigm-shifting ability – to both intentionally start and control fire – is known as pyrotechnology, and it’s traditionally thought to be the exclusive domain of our species, Homo sapiens.But as new evidence presented this week in Scientific Reports suggests, Neanderthals did possess the capacity to start their own fires.That said, competing evidence from France has linked Neanderthal fire use to warmer periods, when forests are dense with flammable material and when the odds of lightning strikes are higher – important factors for determining the likelihood of wildfires.
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The results, published in the current issue of Scientific Reports, showcases dramatic improvements in light-activated fluorescent dyes for disease diagnosis, image-guided surgery and site-specific tumor treatment."We've tested this concept in breast, lung cancer and skin cancer cell lines and mouse models, and so far it's all looking remarkably promising," said Sophia, MSU biochemistry and molecular biologist.While the cancer applications hold the most possibility, their findings have potential beyond the field of oncology, said Richard, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Professor of chemical engineering and materials science.Prior to the Lunts' combined effort, fluorescent dyes used for therapeutics and diagnostics, aka "theranostics," had shortcomings, such as low brightness, high toxicity to cells, poor tissue penetration and unwanted side effects.By optoelectronically tuning organic salt nanoparticles used as theranostics, the Lunts were able to control them in a range of cancer studies.Coaxing the nanoparticles into the nontoxic zone resulted in enhanced imaging, while pushing them into the phototoxic - or light-activated - range produced effective on-site tumor treatment.
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You may not be able to control what your customers say about you, but you can certainly influence it.Image credit: katleho Seisa | Getty ImagesOpinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.Findings from Temkin Group discovered that consumers talk about both great and horrible customer experiences -- but in every situation, they spread the bad more than the good.Follow these tips to turn every customer engagement into an authentic conversation.What many entrepreneurs consider professionalism comes off to consumers as blandness or stiffness.
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Google's "Nest" smart home division has seen major upheaval this year, and according to a report from Bloomberg, the changes aren't sitting well with residential builders that formerly integrated Nest projects into their construction projects.This year, we finally started seeing results from Nest's 2018 demotion from a standalone Alphabet company to a merger with Google."Nest" is no longer a line of products developed by a company or division and now seems to be a general-purpose sub-brand for any of Google's smart home devices.We've seen several existing product lines be rebranded from "Google" to "Google Nest" like the Google Nest Mini (formerly the Google Home Mini), the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub), the Nest Wifi (formerly Google Wifi), and the Google Nest Learning Thermostat (formerly the Nest Learning Thermostat).Nest, the company, died at Google I/O 2019In addition to the death of Nest the company, we're also seeing the death of the Nest ecosystem.
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While you can get your caffeine fix from an ordinary coffee maker, there are simply more flavorful selections from the local coffee shop.The De'Longhi Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother could just be the missing piece that can transform your kitchen into a coffee lover’s haven.If its hefty price of $249 is what’s got you holding back, you can simply go on Amazon and have it for $91 less.And after being approved for an Amazon Rewards Visa card, you stand to get $50 more in savings on top of its $158 sale price.Even before you take your first sip, you know you have a delicious homebrew with De’Longhi’s Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo as soon as you get a whiff of those exciting aromas.A robust cup of coffee is then guaranteed with a patented centrifusion technology that spins the Nespresso capsule up to 7,000 rotations per minute while it blends ground coffee with water.
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It promised big changes and the most complete game of football ever committed to console, but the launch of FIFA 20 a month ago was not without its problems.PS5: everything you need to knowPS5 vs Xbox Scarlett: which console will you choose?Various fixes to the questions being asked in press conferences.The Carabao Cup was incorrectly going to extra time in the Semi-Finals instead of directly to penalty kicks.Indicator that shows which team is controlled by the player was missing from some screens.
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As companies like Google, Amazon and Apple hone their strategies to build the brain that helps you use the smart home of the future, where a new wave of internet-enabled appliances, climate and security systems and other connected objects can be connected and controlled through their hubs, a new smart home startup called Level Home is emerging from stealth today with a big packet of funding and a hope of bringing something new to the table, by focusing on ways of rethinking old things you own already, starting with the lock on your front door.The Level Lock, the first patented product, is a system — tested for durability, powered by a basic CR2 battery (average life: one year), equipped with ANSI GRADE 1/A security and encryption — that is fitted into the existing dead bolt on your door to make it “smart”.Level Home says you can install the Lock yourself using a basic number two scredriver — “the most common tool in the American home”, says CEO and co-founder John Martin — or you can engage Level Home’s installation partner, HelloTech, to set it up.But linking it up with HomeKit, you can then use an Apple iPhone or Watch to unlock it (or, you can also still use the physical keys that come with the lock to open the door).“We have to do a better job of bringing technology into your house in a way that preserves it as your home.”Priced at $249 when it goes on sale (first in the US), the Lock is available now for preorder on Level Home’s site.
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South Korea plans to slaughter invading diseased pigs on Tuesday using troops of swine assassins and thermal-imaging drones.The nation’s agriculture ministry announced on Sunday that the government planned the boarish strike to hinder an influx of pigs carrying African swine fever coming into the nation from North Korea, according to a report from South China Morning Post.Authorities reportedly tested five dead wild boars that had been found in and around the border region between the two countries this month and found that all were infected with the virus, raising concerns that the disease is beginning to trickle through the border.The government will send civilian and military snipers to Goseong, Hwacheon, Inje, Paju, and Yanggu, along the civilian control line.If the tactic is proven a safe and efficient way of culling pigs, then the government may deploy more hunters, according to the South China Morning Post.Swine flu has been decimating pig populations across East Asia, but the North Korean government has officially claimed that the disease has barely effected its own country.
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A study by Pew Research Center shows that few American’s have the expertise to effectively protect themselves online.Most adults, for example, can answer questions about phishing scams or website cookies, but few (28 percent) can identify examples of two-factor authentication.And just 24 percent understand that private browsing only hides your browsing history from other users, not from the sites you’re browsing.About half (48 percent) are unsure what private browsing actually does, in fact.The survey featured 10 questions, each designed to test the knowledge level of American adults on a variety of digital topics, ranging from cybersecurity and social media, to the businesses that power the internet’s biggest platforms.Of those surveyed, the median number of correct answers was just four.
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Quantum effects are genuinely found in the world of nanostructures and allow a wide variety of new technological applications.All over the world, researchers are engaged in intensive work on the individual components of quantum technologies - these include circuits that process information using single photons instead of electricity, as well as light sources producing such individual quanta of light.Coupling these two components to produce integrated quantum optical circuits on chips presents a particular challenge.Researchers at the University of Münster (Germany) have now developed an interface that couples light sources for single photons with nanophotonic networks.This interface consists of so-called photonic crystals, i.e.The researchers took particular care to achieve this feat in a way that allows for replicating the photonic crystals straightforwardly by using established nanofabrication processes.
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This is Google's opportunity to step up to the plate, especially since competitors like Apple took the wraps off its iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max handsets for 2019, and Samsung is well underway selling its gazillion versions of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 Plus phones.At the time, the camera mode felt a bit like magic -- it was able to brighten and take clear photos of some of the dimmest and darkest scenes I tested.While it remains impressive, other phone makers have started to catch up since then.While we haven't compared it with the Pixel 3 side by side, the iPhone 11's Night Mode takes impressive photos so far.In low light, the Pixel 3 didn't maintain focus as well, and its transitions between different lighting exposures weren't as smooth.The iPhones, however, can record slow motion in 1080p (so video is sharper) and 4K video at 60fps (which is smoother).
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