William Franklin

William Franklin

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We've compiled a list of all the PS5 games confirmed for Sony's next-generation console – and those we hope to see.
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Intel’s upcoming quad-core CPU beats AMD’s octa-core chip in one key area: single thread performance.
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It also announced consumer loans via a third-party platform as well as buy-now-pay-later payment plans for select ecommerce sites.
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(University of Massachusetts Amherst) From home bakers to commercial food producers, everyone knows that cleaning peanut butter off utensils and out of bowls is a tricky, sticky proposition. That's because of the high-fat content of peanuts and the chemical reality that water and oil don't mix.
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The Trump administration hinted at "banning" the app for weeks
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The Ocean isn't exactly drowning in preorders, but Fisker plans to keep pushing and introduce three new EVs by 2025.
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Cow about that? A bit of computing history has been inadvertently unearthed in the Netherlands after a refit of a shop revealed signage for long-forgotten computer brand Gateway.…
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It's time to think beyond simple perimeter defenses Webcast  The adoption of mobile and cloud, and the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to work from home, shows you can no longer rely on computer security based on a simple network perimeter.…
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The UK government has announced its new obesity strategy linking it to “beating coronavirus”. It includes plans on banning TV and online adverts and ending “buy one get one free” promotion deals for high salt, sugar and fat foods, and calorie labelling on restaurant menus. These are important actions if implemented, several of which were listed in the 2018 Childhood Obesity Chapter 2 plan for action. A new national campaign focusing on individual behaviour, called Better Health, has also just been launched by Public Health England (PHE) accompanying the government’s recent strategy, working with commercial partners such as Weight Watchers and Slimming World. The campaign aims to support people to ”eat better, drink less alcohol and get active”, including access to mobile phone apps. I strongly welcome the fact that actions on obesity are back on the political agenda, particularly the system-based ones. Related... I've Been On A Weight Management Programme. Here's Why It Didn't Work. The Link Between Obesity And Covid-19, Explained However, I am concerned about linking these actions to the fight against the viral pandemic. Both the obesity strategy and the Better Health campaign use insights from the recently published PHE report to justify the link. The report sights evidence that people who are obese are more likely to be hospitalised, get admitted to intensive care and die from Covid-19. However, the available evidence establishes an association but falls short of confirming that obesity causes more severe Covid-19 disease. It is understandable, given that we have only known the virus for a few months, that there is no available research on the impact of weight loss on the severity of the infection. We do know, however, that weight loss has many other proven health advantages and reduces the chance of premature death. Obesity is much more common in people who suffer from multiple disadvantage and poverty. The same PHE report quotes an obesity prevalence of 35% (men) and 37% (women) in people living in the most deprived neighbourhoods, compared to around 20% in the least deprived. We already know that people in the most deprived groups are more than twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than those in the least deprived. We also know that people from ethnic minorities in the UK tend to suffer more from both poverty and obesity, and more likely to die from Covid-19, compared to people of white ethnicity.This narrative of losing weight to beat coronavirus can easily turn into victim-blaming.The type of data we have, and analysis done on them so far, limit our ability to establish causality of these various co-existing risk factors and ascertain which one contributes the most to the risk of severity and death from Covid-19.Covid-19 is an infectious disease and the risk of getting it is determined by how much of the virus is circulating in the community more than anything else. Therefore, fighting it primarily means controlling the spread and transmission of the virus, and very quickly detecting and isolating cases. Obesity on the other hand is a structural problem in society. This basically means that it is largely determined by people’s environment and resources. If you are poor, it is much harder to maintain a healthy weight due to the many barriers imposed by your environment and available resources. Analysis by the Food Foundation found that over a quarter of UK households would need to spend more than a quarter of their disposable income after housing costs to meet the government’s healthy eating guide. For the 10% lowest income households, almost three quarters of disposable income is needed to meet this guide. A health promotion campaign, a weight loss app or even banning adverts and promotion deals will not help these households afford a healthy diet. However initiatives such as subsidising the price of fruit and vegetables potentially can, and may lead to significant health benefits and healthcare cost savings.Population-level action on obesity is very much needed, but it is a long haul of systems-wide change and must not be linked to the fight against Covid-19. This can potentially lead to further stigma of already disadvantaged people. This narrative of losing weight to beat coronavirus can easily turn into victim-blaming. If it is necessary to link it as a “wake-up call” then the same should apply for action on poverty right from the start of life, given the pre-pandemic status of almost one in three children in the UK living in poverty. Those who live with multiple disadvantage are most vulnerable to getting Covid-19 and getting it badly. These are the same groups vulnerable to many other health problems. Singling out a consequence such as obesity as a solution to the pandemic is not the way to go. We must address the root of the problem; lifecourse inequalities in opportunity and resources. The PHE report on excess weight and Covid-19 concludes that “factors such as deprivation are complex to address”. I would argue that the time to start addressing this challenge is now, otherwise we are only just scratching the surface.Dr Nisreen Alwanis an Associate Professor in Public Health at the University of Southampton.Related... I've Been On A Weight Management Programme. Here's Why It Didn't Work. No.10 Slammed For 'Obesity Crackdown' That Ignores Poverty Firms 'May Cut Sugar, Salt In Food' To Avoid TV Ad And Discounts Ban
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(Virginia Tech) The $520,000 five-year award will support Li's research of the design and formation of biomineralized starfish skeletons.
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The OnePlus Nord is finally official, but should you wait for Google's delayed budget phone instead?
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The deprecation of TSL 1.0 and 1.1 is scheduled for later this year after being put on hold due to the pandemic.
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This small update fixes the Pixel 4's screen flickering issue.
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The Solar orbiter just produced the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun, revealing our parent star in stunning detail. These are the first images from the Solar Orbiter released to the public. This joint mission from NASA and the ESA launched on February 9 of this year, and it made its first close pass of the Sun near the middle of June. “These unprecedented pictures of the Sun are the closest we have ever obtained. These amazing images will help scientists piece together the Sun’s atmospheric layers, which is important for understanding how it drives space weather near the… This story continues at The Next Web
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Huawei’s network infrastructure business is effectively dead in the UK, but a £10 million investment in the UK high street is a reminder its consumer unit is still alive.
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Researchers have found 16 species of so-called ultra-black fish, which by definition absorb more than 99.5 percent of light.
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Version 6 of Launcher includes a dark mode and other visual updates. | Image: Microsoft Microsoft has updated its Launcher app for Android to version 6, giving the software a big visual overhaul and a performance upgrade on top of its existing functionality. Version 6 of Launcher has a new app icon, dark mode, daily wallpaper feature (provided by Bing), customizable icons, and it now works in landscape orientation, too. There’s also a personalized news feed that updates throughout the day, and general performance improvements, including faster loading and reduced battery drain, thanks to a new codebase. The app is available to download here from Google’s Play Store, and you can read more about the changes in Microsoft’s blog post about the launch here. Image: Microsoft The main purpose of the... Continue reading…
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(University of Konstanz) New study by researchers from the University of Konstanz, the co-located Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (both in Germany) and the University of Texas at Austin finds that groups led by subordinate males outperform those led by dominant and aggressive males
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(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) A common drug, already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may also be a powerful tool in fighting COVID-19, according to research published this week in Antiviral Research.
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(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean, it gathered water vapor data on Tropical Depression 06E that showed it had opened up into a trough. A trough is an elongated area of low pressure.
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Linuxfx looks and feels like Windows 10 on Linux - but there's something missing.
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Scientists have warned that last year’s Ridgecrest quakes in Southern California have increased the risk of a major San Andreas fault earthquake. .
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A little something to keep determined snoopers out, in theory Google Cloud will today announce the availability, as a beta, so-called Confidential Virtual Machines that feature on-the-fly RAM encryption using per-VM keys.…
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Caffeine, a Redwood City-based social broadcasting startup that has partnered with Drake and the Ultimate Rap League (URL), raised $113 million in Series D funding earlier this month. The ad-free livestreaming platform hosts free events that are attended by tens of thousands of viewers, who are encouraged to make comments in real time and purchase virtual props, like popcorn, and the profits are split between Caffeine and the livestreamer.  VCs at Andreessen Horowitz think that Caffeine can tap into new revenue streams that have monetization models that are superior to those that depend on ads, subscriptions, donations, and partnerships. Last weekend, Business Insider attended NOME X, the most important battle rap event of the year, to see what it's like to get the inside scoop on Caffeine's platform. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The 2002 film 8 Mile, which was loosely based on rapper Eminem's life, made millions of people familiar with battle rap, a form of rapping where rappers level insults at their competition and boast about their own successes. Eminem, who started his multimillion-dollar career as a battle rapper, placed second in the 1997 Rap Olympics, which is how rapper Dr. Dre and Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine discovered his now famous EP, Slim Shady. Now, Silicon Valley is taking a shot at making battle rap mainstream, using livestreaming technology to push the bellicose bars directly onto people's phone and computer screens. And with much of the world stuck at home waiting out the coronavirus, VCs are betting the time for dueling MCs has never been better.  Caffeine, a Redwood City-based social broadcasting startup that has scored a collaboration with Canadian rapper Drake and the Ultimate Rap League (URL), raised $113 million in Series D funding this month to help give battle rap an audience of more than 2 million viewers. While Caffeine offers programming in entertainment, gaming, and sports, including ESPN and college sports, the platform's "anchor content is rap," Ben Keighran, a former Apple employee who cofounded the startup in 2016, recently told Bloomberg.  Caffeine, which officially launched in September 2019, was first backed by Silicon Valley VC firms Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners, who also participated in the startup's latest funding round. Andreessen Horowitz was also an early backer of Genius (first launched as Rap Genius), the Hip-Hop-focused startup that saw the resignation of its disgraced co-founder Mahbod Moghadam in 2014, after he published and annotated excerpts from a mass murderer's 141-page manifesto on the startup's website. On the heels of its partnership with Drake and the URL, which became official in February 2020, Caffeine received another influx of cash in June from big players in the media industry, Fox Corp and Cox Enterprises, Inc., as well as Sanabil investments, a Saudi Arabia-based investment firm.  The coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the cancellation of live music events, including high profile music festivals like Coachella, has only increased the demand for live streamed entertainment, and it seems that investors have noticed.  Live streaming, which saw its origins with professional and amateur gamers, has also become a way for musicians, athletes, and lifestyle influencers to make money. Platforms like Twitch, YouTube live, Instagram, and Caffeine have allowed a new generation of personalities—from make-up artists to battle rappers—to find a fresh audience, all while making some cash.  Now more than ever, it seems that VCs are also thinking about the different strategies that startups can use to generate profits from live streams.  The lag time is less than 190 milliseconds Jonathan Lai and Andrew Chen, both Andreessen Horowitz partners, said in a blog post that platforms like Caffeine, which host live entertainment and programs that are in-tune with the moment's pop culture, are "the future of live video entertainment." What makes Caffeine so special is that the platform can "drive both rabid engagement and instant monetization," Lai and Chen said. Unlike most live streaming platforms, which can lag for up to 1 minute or more, Caffeine's live streams are much faster, streaming at an unprecedented speed of "sub-190-milliseconds"—think quicker than FaceTime, but with the potential to host an event for hundreds of thousands of viewers, who are free to make comments and purchase digital props in real time. Caffeine's live streams are much faster than Twitch's, which can lag for up to 30 seconds. To get an inside look at why Caffeine has attracted the attention of so many investors, Business Insider attended NOME X, URL's biggest battle rap event of the year, which was hosted on the livestreaming platform this weekend. In the first round of the day, battle rappers Jey the Nitewing and Fonz took the virtual live streaming stage and rapped about topics that resonated with our current moment: social distancing, Game of Thrones Season 8, and Lebron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. Audience members, identifiable by their usernames and photographs, can be seen commenting on the battle and purchasing virtual props such as popcorn, which viewers can give to their favorite rapper in real time to show their support. Currently, Caffeine makes money when viewers purchase virtual props, which resemble emojis. Performers receive a cut of the sale as well, though the specific portion of sales rapper receive is unclear. Caffeine viewers spend, on average, $78 on digital props every 3 months.   By allowing users to make comments and purchase props in real time, "Caffeine connects entertainers with world-class technology so that they can create content that is authentic and connects culture and community," said Caffeine CEO Ben Keighran, per Reuters. And every week, tens of thousands of viewers are tuning in to live battles.   American Idol popularized the idea of calling in to vote for your favorite contestant in real time on broadcast television, which helped lead the show to its unprecedented success. Now, Caffeine allows audience members to see others' reactions even before the winner is declared, creating a sense of virtual camaraderie among live stream attendees. And as soon as Fonz was declared the winner of the battle last weekend, viewers were able to react to the news as well as see what others had to say about the decision, including jokes about how much of the $25,000 prize Fonz will take home after taxes.  Like many venture-backed startups, Caffeine is not profitable, but revenues are on the rise, according to Bloomberg.  There are not currently any ads on Caffeine, and the content is free to watch for viewers. VCs are betting that Caffeine will keep finding innovative ways to monetize viewer engagement as people stuck at home during lockdowns look for new forms of real-time, online entertainment. Twitch's Just Chatting category, which, like Caffeine, includes live streams where streamers are able to talk to their viewers, "has grown nearly four times as quickly as Twitch overall," according to Lai and Chen, per their blog post. And with growth comes new opportunities for generating revenue.  Caffeine does not disclose its number of active users, but it says that 2 million new users registered to use the service in the past year.  In general, professional live streamers become popular because of their personalities and their ability to engage with an audience, including loyal fans, and battle rappers especially benefit from boasting about themselves and airing out their competitions' dirty laundry.  "Lifestyle streamers are often intimately acquainted with their followers," Lai and Chen said in their blog post, "so much so, that many greet returning fans by name and take suggestions for their daily agenda." The question now is whether the cult of the live streaming personality will be powerful enough to generate profits from viewers' direct engagement.  And whether Caffeine, just like Eminem, might soon find its way from battle rap to millions in profit. SEE ALSO: The big winner of Uber's $2.65 billion Postmates acquisition is Spark Capital, a small VC firm that's enjoying a streak of hits in a gloomy 2020. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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Ford's new big Bronco 4x4 is getting a blocky dashboard with a huge new touchscreen infotainment system.
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pollution, air Pollution, food shortages and outbreaks of infectious diseases that are suffering the most, the children.The warning comes from a large group of scientists who have gone through the effects of global warming.the track can be seen a decrease in yields and an increase in the vector and parasites, and affects mainly children.the People of my generation are going to be the dead, but of the ones that are growing up now will have to contend with all the problems that we're causing if we do not stop global warming, " says Peter Byass, professor of global health at Umeå university, one of the delförfattarna to the report, in the Lancet, the Countdown.the Researchers write that many of the health benefits that come with climate change is an additional serious to the children because they are still growing and have not yet developed their immune system. " We are also increasing the risk of diseases such as dengue fever and malaria are on the increase in the areas where it was previously uncommon or not present at all, that is, for example, in the south of Europe.
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Jollyroom, the Nordic region's largest online store for children's products, is to say that they have sales of goods, when the price is significantly lower than it has been in the past.in the Patent, and the market judges it to pay the 1.5 million in the form of a markadsstörningsavgift.According to the court Jollyroom ”systematic marketing” articles, which were reduced in price when that is not at all the case.see also: Nätbutikernas tricks – make money on the debt: ”is Driving people to the down payment.”It was as early as last fall that the Patents and the market court issued a preliminary injunction against the sale in the ad.In the spring, said the Consumer protection agency to Jollyroom were violated by the ban.
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