Zachary Stell

Zachary Stell

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How to find the great scripts that will be competitive in an increasingly fragmented market?Filmmakers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, cofounders of the production company Imagine Entertainment, offer a solution.The duo is borrowing Silicon Valley technology to diversify the pool of creatives participating in their LA-based incubator, Imagine Impact.Impact is an 8-week bootcamp for fledgling screenwriters seeking to refine their scripts, develop show ideas, and eventually pitch and sell polished work.These newcomers get paired with established mentors (what Impact calls “shapers”)—including writer Vanessa Taylor (Shape of Water) and director Doug Ellin (Entourage)—for biweekly meetings.The writers present their final work at the end of the session, which is then uploaded onto an app for networks to peruse for potential production.
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Disney+, the highly anticipated ad-free streaming service from Disney, has finally arrived—but many users were unable to access it on Tuesday morning as it rolled out.Many users took photos of the error messages they were receiving through the morning and shared them on Twitter:Not working on AppleTV -- @disneyplus pic.twitter.com/RgQq3zTdIk— Rich Greenfield (@RichLightShed) November 12, 2019iOS app or Firestick TV are both not working @disneyplus pic.twitter.com/fKdTJqAEUF— Brian Vargas (@Mixed_Pupusa) November 12, 2019
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The Pulumi infrastructure-as-code tool now allows developers to declaratively provision cloud infrastructure using Microsoft .NET languages.With Pulumi, developers can use .NET languages including C , VB.NET, and F to declaratively provision infrastructure on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Kubernetes.The tool already supported JavaScript, TypeScript, Python, and Go.Pulumi’s infrastructure-as-code approach combines an object model, an evaluation runtime, and desired state to make infrastructure easy to replicate across clouds.Pulumi has an SDK with a CLI and libraries.Automatic creating, updating, and deleting of cloud resources, removing manual point-and-clicking in cloud management consoles and ad-hoc scripts.
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the Researchers are developing a technique so that you can avoid having to take your watch on your run. < A stretchy nanocomposite can be attached directly to the skin.It will be until a solution is commercially available, but for now, it has come a long way.Researchers at the university of chinese, Nanjing has a developed a stretchy nanocomposite, which could in the future be able to replace your own clock.on the ACS side and the Letters describing the scientists, their invention is.This is a stretchable screen with a elektroluminescerande layer is made of a light-emitting micro-particles dispersed in a ductile material.
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Ignite Amid the flood of news from Microsoft's Ignite conference in Florida this week, Redmond dropped word of several new features and additions to its cloud services aimed at protecting user data.Office 365 will be getting additional security protections through Application Guard, the sandboxing tool Microsoft debuted with its Edge browser.The idea is that Application Guard will isolate documents, preventing malicious code from escaping the app and damaging the rest of the system.The feature is currently in limited preview.View, print, edit, and save changes to untrusted Office documents—all while benefiting from that same hardware-level security," said Microsoft Security corporate VP Rob Lefferts."If the untrusted file is malicious, the attack is contained and the host machine untouched.
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Need a good small talk conversation starter?“Have you tried the Impossible Burger yet?” “Would you ever eat that Beyond Meat stuff?” “I was a vegan once for two weeks.”Nearly seven in 10 Americans are trying to increase plant protein consumption.And the growing popularity is translating into real dollar growth, as the sales of plant-based meat alternatives in the U.S. grew 10% in the past year.Just in September alone, six new plant-based meat brands emerged, including Protein Patties from Trader Joes, Incogmeato from Kellogg’s Morningstar Farms, Awesome Burger from Nestle’s Earth Foods and Kroger’s Simple Truth Plant Based.But how can the plant-based protein movement become a ubiquitous staple in consumers’ diets and not just a fad that we all laugh about in 10 years and coin as “peak 2019”?
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Nose pickers are often said to be digging for gold.Doctors excavated from the man's right nasal cavity a 19 mm by 11 mm rock-hard mass—the calcified remains of a small amount of marijuana he tried to smuggle into prison a startling 18 years earlier.Rhinoliths are stone-like concretions formed by the gradual buildup of salts around things not normally found in the nose.They're estimated to show up in one out of 10,000 outpatient visits to an ear, nose, and throat doctor.Medical records of rhinoliths are sparse but go back as far as 1654.Those include bodily objects (like randomly located teeth, bone fragments, blood clots, and hardened boogers) as well as foreign objects (like seeds, beads, and buttons), which are things often shoved up a nose by a toddler.
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It's been almost two years since Waymo first announced that it was testing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads.Not long afterwards, the company said it planned to offer a fully driverless service to the public by the end of 2018.Over the course of 2018, most of Waymo's cars continued to have drivers behind the wheel.When Waymo launched its commercial service in December 2018, every car had a driver behind the wheel.But now Waymo seems to be cautiously moving forward with fully driverless technology.Last month, Waymo told people in its closed testing program that they'd start getting rides in driverless vehicles.
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Wormholes, passageways that connect one universe or time to another, are still only theoretical — but that doesn't mean physicists aren't looking for them.In a new study, researchers describe how to find wormholes in the folds of our galaxy.These hypothetical passageways, created by folding a region of space like a piece of paper, are predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity.But they require extreme gravitational conditions, such as those around supermassive black holes.If a wormhole were to exist around Sagittarius A*, the stars on one side of the passage would be influenced by the gravity of stars on the other side, the researchers saidIf physicists can detect small changes in the expected orbits of stars, such as a star called S2 that orbits Sagittarius A*, it may indicate that a wormhole is close by, the researchers said in a statement.
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HBO's choice to adapt two critically acclaimed book series, Game of Thrones and Watchmen, may seem like a case of two peas in a pod.Arguably, both examples prove, in very different ways, that TV series needn't last multiple seasons to be considered "great."When Game of Thrones ended in May of this year, a small cottage industry of worriers fretted that this was somehow the end of HBO.Showrunner Damon Lindelof insists that, like its source comic, he plans to stick to a "limited series" run, instead of any intention to run the series for multiple seasons.Watchmen on HBO trades the Cold War for the culture war, keeps superheroesHBO's Watchmen results, so far, are promising—and recall the golden era of the TV miniseries.
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Fresh off confirming the Huawei Mate X is finally being released next month (but only in China), the company has announced its successor to the foldable smartphone, the creatively named Mate Xs, is coming.As the tweaked moniker suggests, the new device amounts to a minor spec bump to the original Mate X, offering Huawei's latest Kirin 990 chipset, instead of its predecessor's 980, and that looks to be the only change of note, at least from the information that's available.That means this device should still come with a 4,500 mAh battery, 55W fast charging (which Huawei says offers 85 per cent in 30 minutes), 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, although there are rumours the camera array from the Huawei P30 Pro will be adopted.The innovative 8-inch wraparound display design will remain unaltered, offering a contrast to the book-like design favoured by the Samsung Galaxy Fold.The company is currently only giving a launch date for the new phone in China, with the device hitting stores in March 2020.Given there's no international release date yet set for the Mate X, there's every chance the Mate Xs could wind up being the first foldable Huawei smartphone on sale here in the UK, probably under the Mate X name, with the slightly weaker original Mate X remaining a Chinese exclusive for early adopters.
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Ubisoft’s follow-up to Ghost Recon Wildlands riffs on the formula established in its predecessor, with an enormous world, huge missions, and plenty of multiplayer options for both competitive and cooperative players.Big and filled with purposeSet a few years after the events of Ghost Recon Wildlands in Bolivia, Ghost Recon Breakpoint moves the action to the fictional archipelago of Auroa, a privately-controlled utopia led by techno-libertarian Jace Skell.Skell’s “World 2.0” strives to be a place where people exist in harmony with high-tech advances that make their lives more meaningful and pleasant.When a naval ship is sunk off the coast of Auroa, the Ghosts are sent in to investigate, only to find themselves ambushed and the few remaining left for dead.Though the acting is uneven, particularly for fellow Ghost operatives, Bernthal delivers a knockout performance as Walker.
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Google has been all about privacy over the past few weeks, but the Google Pixel 4 seems to have one glaring privacy flaw — its supposedly ultra-secure face unlock tech on the Pixel 4 works when your eyes are closed, according to a report from BBC News.Of course, that could come in handy at times, but there are some serious issues associated with it.That means someone could unlock your phone using your face when you’re sleeping, or worse, unconscious, giving them full access to your device without you even knowing about it.The actual tech is similar to Apple’s Face ID on the iPhone X and later, and Google has said that it’s secure enough to work for device authentication across the Android operating system.In fact, the company was so confident in the tech that it even removed the fingerprint sensor from the Pixel altogether — so if you want biometric authentication on the Pixel 4, you’re going to have to use the new face unlock feature.The flaw in the system could be an issue for any number of reasons.
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Ultimately, IT and business leaders must realise that the economics of throwing more manpower at the problem no longer works.Organisations everywhere are in the midst of a momentous change that’s transforming them from traditional businesses into software businesses, writes Michael Allen VP & CTO EMEA, Dynatrace.Research reveals that IT teams are now spending around a third of their time dealing with performance problems, costing their employers an average of $3.3 million each year.These surging costs and the escalating challenge of managing performance is being driven largely by the rising complexity of enterprise applications and the dynamic nature of the hybrid, multi-cloud ecosystems they run in.Whilst this enables the agility needed to accelerate innovation, it’s also resulted in an IT environment where a single web or mobile application transaction crosses an average of 37 different systems or components.This creates an intricate web of dependences that IT must understand to manage the user-experience effectively.
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For years, home automation tech has been a nightmare for security and privacy.Security pros love doing smart home hack demos — often flicking lights on and off from miles away — and the patchwork nature of the devices means a setup is only as strong as its weakest link.The data collected by those devices is often some of the most sensitive data you have, leaving the entire sector under the looming threat of a data breach.Nest’s first stab at interoperability — a bundle of connections and services dubbed “Works With Nest” — was unofficially canceled in May, and together with the Pixel hardware event, we got a peek at what’s lined up to replace it.Nest is moving to a more tightly controlled system, restricting access to audited partners and tightly limited “routines.” It’s part of a broader push to rein in the risks of home automation and prevent the kind of third-party-driven data breach that has hit so many competitors.“if you’re not willing to guarantee how you’re treating consumer data, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing this.”
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From now through October 20, 2019, you can get early Black Friday prices on high-end home entertainment electronics at Best Buy.Best Buy claims that if the prices on select items drop before Black Friday, it'll refund the difference, but only if you're a My Best Buy member.Luckily, it's free to become a My Best Buy Member at the entry-level membership tier.We've rounded up 16 of the best deals on TVs, speakers, and more from the Magnolia anniversary sale.Black Friday is at the end of November, but Best Buy members don't need to wait a month for killer deals.If you've been itching to buy gear from the likes of Sony, Samsung, and LG, take a look at some of these discounts, which are likely among the best you'll see this year.
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Xiaomi’s MIUI is currently cooperating with BlackShark to integrate all the core features of MIUI 11 on BlackShark’s JoyUI 11.The JoyUI is a system from BlackShark based on Android’s deep customization.This system is designed for BlackShark gaming phones.As of now, BlackShark has four gaming phones which include BlackShark Phone, BlackShark Helo, BlackShark Phone 2 and BlackShark Phone 2 Pro.As of now, we do not know the exact features that BlackShark will take from MIUI 11.However, MIUI says that BlackShark will integrate the “core functions”.
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A select number of Android users over the past day have seen Google show them a pop-up with an image of a Google Home Mini.This pop-up – or block, rectangle, whatever you’d like to call it – included the following text.“Enjoy a gift for using the Google Assistant,” said the Google note, with the one catch: “Just pay for shipping.”Google Home Mini appeared for some subscribers of Google’s YouTube Premium in some regions of the world over the past week.This release was regional in its first wave, per reports this week, aimed at Germany and Austria.Users in Germany and Austria that were eligible for the “offer” from Google will have gotten an email or in-app notification.
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In a statement published on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration warned the public to avoid all vaping products that are sold privately, including homemade offerings, which it collectively refers to as ‘street’ vapes.As well, officials are warning the public to avoid vaping products that contain THC, the compound in marijuana that causes one to become ‘high.’The latest advisory is related to the ongoing lung injury outbreak impacting individuals who had a history of vape use around the same time their symptoms appeared.The cause of this condition remains unknown; a recent study suggests it may be the result of inhaling toxic fumes that may result from a particular contaminant, chemical, or particular mixture of certain chemicals.Both the CDC and the FDA have joined state officials in investigating this condition, of which more than 1,000 cases have been reported around the US.Both agencies have kept the public informed with regular updates, the most recent of which was published by the FDA on Friday.
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Twitter user @leftoblique posted the above photo of a Halloween Google graveyard that decorates an office at the Google Seattle campus.Each tombstone is emblazoned with a former Google service, including Google Reader, Google Buzz, Picasa, and even Google Plus, which only died off this year.The Twitter user’s bio lists herself as a lead at the Google Chrome desktop UI feature team.Although there are just six products viewable in the Google graveyard photo, there are many more dead Google services than that.The Google Cemetary website — which is not officially sanctioned by the company — compiles all the past services much more thoroughly.Regardless, this seems like a cute Halloween display for a Google office to have, at least in theory.
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We’ve seen numerous slider phones in the last 18 months, with devices from Xiaomi and Huawei ruling the roost.But a new Samsung patent filed at the World Intellectual Property Office and spotted by Let’s Go Digital suggests a rather different take on the sliding design.The patent shows a bendable screen that actually slides into place.Pulling the screen down to expose the camera and sensors also results in the bottom portion of the screen being folded and tucked away into a recess in the phone.Check out the patent filing image below for a better idea of how the Samsung sliding display works.It’s an interesting approach to full-screen smartphone displays, and means you’ve still got a more conventional candybar form factor as opposed to a traditional slider that’s composed of two halves.
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Microsoft said it has found evidence that hackers associated with Iran have targeted a 2020 presidential candidate.The tech giant’s security and trust chief confirmed the attack in a blog post, but the company would not say which candidate was the target.The threat group, which Microsoft calls Phosphorous — also known as APT 35 — made more than 2,700 attempts to identify consumer email accounts belonging to specific Microsoft customers.These accounts, he said, are “associated” with a presidential campaign, current and former U.S. government officials, journalists and prominent Iranians living outside the country.“Four accounts were compromised as a result of these attempts; these four accounts were not associated with the U.S. presidential campaign or current and former U.S. government officials,” said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president of customer security and trust.The attacks happened between August and September, said Burt.
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3D printers could pose a serious risk to your health due to dangerous emissions that linger when these devices are used in a typical office, classroom or home environment which isn’t suitably ventilated.This is according to a new study examining VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions from 3D printers, authored by scientists from UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and the Georgia Institute of Technology.This report examined fused filament fabrication (FFF) printers, the most common type of devices used by consumers, and in offices along with schools or colleges, finding that 3D printing creates a large number of VOCs – with 216 chemicals detected, no less.The worse news is that many of those emissions are irritants, which can have carcinogenic properties, and indeed “reproductive toxicity potentials” the authors warn.Exactly what chemicals are emitted is down to the precise filament parameters and indeed the conditions where the 3D printing is taking placeAnd it’s the latter which is the rub, because when these 3D printers are used in an indoor environment without suitable ventilation – such as your average home or office – these emissions can be a big concern.
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Nordkorea har gjort en ny provskjutning i östlig riktning ut över havet.Enligt osäkra uppgifter handlade det denna gång om minst en ballistisk robot, eventuellt avfyrad från en ubåt.Om det bekräftas att Pyongyang-regimen skaffat sig förmåga att skjuta robotar från ubåtar är det ett stort steg, som tvingar grannländer och stormakter att omvärdera hotbilden från den lynniga diktaturen, säger experter enligt nyhetsbyrån AFP i Sydkorea.Japans kustbevakning beskriver enligt medier antingen en robot som sedan delade på sig i luften, eller att det från början rörde sig om två projektiler.Tokyo-regeringen har fördömt provskjutningarna, men samtidigt sagt att landet inte är i akut fara.
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The Libra Association really wants us to know that Facebook cryptocurrency is not being created to replace existing currencies.Manager Director Bertrand Perez, speaking at a blockchain conference hosted at the United Nation headquarters in Geneva today, said: “We are not in the area of implementing any monetary policy with the (Libra) Reserve.”Additionally, Perez went on to say that the digital currency could help achieve many UN sustainable development goals, including eradicating poverty and improving gender equality – Libra would also benefit the tech giant’s bottom line.Perez’s remarks come just one day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about his willingness to cooperate with regulators, which could cause serious delays to Libra‘s launch, currently scheduled for 2020.It seems nobody actually knows what Libra is going to beSince announcing its intentions to launch Libra, Facebook has faced increased scrutiny from regulators and governments as well as criticism from those who (rightly) argue the digital currency is not a cryptocurrency.
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A few days ago, Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, released its second 5G smartphone – Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G.With a 3699 yuan starting price, the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G is currently the cheapest 5G smartphone in the market.According to the latest reports, this first sale of this smartphone didn’t take time to sell out.It took only two minutes for this device to go out of stock on Jingdong platform.This smartphone is available in two colours which includes titanium black and dream white and the pricing is as follows8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – 3,699 Yuan (~$520)
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I have been in advertising for about a decade now, and I have yet to work at an agency with a black account director.In the early stages of my career, I found that odd, but as things progressed and I moved from agency to agency, I soon realized it was an unfortunate norm.The topics there ranged from the challenges of being a creative POC in the industry to the impact of workplace trauma on an individual’s mental health.After returning from the conference, I felt a renewed sense of confidence that, frankly, had been chipped away at with each year in the industry.According to Merriam-Webster, tokenism is “the practice of doing something (such as hiring a person who belongs to a minority group) only to prevent criticism and give the appearance that people are being treated fairly.”I often find myself asking, “Did I receive this opportunity because of merit, or am I being used as a symbol of the agency’s forward progress?”
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Vietnamese startup HeyU announced Wednesday that it has launched its operations in Ho Chi Minh City and will roll out its concierge services, similar to what Gojek has in Indonesia.With an aim to become an all-in-one concierge assistant platform, within this month, HeyU plans to launch services that will allow users to appoint errand runners from the company to buy groceries or shop on their behalf.Vietnam’s on-demand consumer market already has similar service providers such as Lozi and Now.vn – a part of Foody that got acquired by Sea for US$64 million in 2017.Gojek operates in Vietnam as Go-Viet and it has not been able to roll out concierge services in the country yet.Founded in 2017, HeyU, formerly known as San Ship, is an instant delivery platform designated for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh suburban areas, connecting store owners (merchants) with available motorbike riders (shippers).Remove this ad space by subscribing.
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Founded in 2014, the beauty brand was originally a spinoff of the popular beauty website Into the Gloss, known for its Top Shelfie interviews that ask women—from stylists and editors to actresses—to spill the details about their makeup, hair and skincare routines.In its earliest days, the brand’s rapid growth—last year, Glossier passed $100 million in revenue and acquired 1 million new customers—could largely be attributed to its popularity on social media.Nowhere is that more apparent than in its new campaign, “Feeling Like Glossier.”An image from Glossier's "Feeling Like Glossier" campaignIt is Glossier’s most comprehensive campaign to date, and while digital will remain its main focus—with a large presence on social media, Glossier’s own website and email—it’ll also appear in out-of-home in New York City and spots on ABC, the first time the brand has advertised on broadcast television.“It’s a very natural evolution for Glossier,” said Ali Weiss, Glossier’s senior vice president of marketing, of the brand’s move toward adding more traditional marketing into its mix.
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