On Monday, March 25, Apple is expected to debut some new media distribution services.Not expected: new hardware announcements.Apple got all of those out the way last week.We saw new iPads, an AirPods update, and new iMacs—you can read about all of those in one place.Apple’s live event starts Monday at 10 am PDT.We’ll be liveblogging all the action right here, posting live updates as the event at the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s Cupertino, California campus unfolds.
You’ve been invited to attend an important business pitch, but it’s happening in an unfamiliar neighborhood.Because, without the right information, you risk traveling in the wrong direction, becoming paralyzed by indecision, or worst, getting hopelessly lost and losing out on a great opportunity.How can you be sure which paths will lead to achieving your goals?This new edition is full of the latest insights and advice to help you make better informed decisions about every content effort you create and share on social media – from mapping a viable social plan and making it actionable, to identifying the best channels and content formats to work with, to creating the kinds of conversations that will engage your target audience and earn their trust.Where is organic reach strong enough to meet our needs, and where are sponsored opportunities our best bet for reaching the right audiences?For example, a few recent social media fails are excellent reminders of why you need to follow the rules of the social road so your efforts don’t crash and burn.
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This is a day of solemn kitsch: the unveiling of the Doomsday Clock, the minimalist midcentury dataviz that, since 1947, has been adjusted to dramatize the imminence of global catastrophe.On January 24, before a hushed assembly, Jerry Brown, the freewheeling former governor of California, and William Perry, the stern former defense secretary, drew back a heavy black curtain to reveal the iconic clock graphic, now set for 2019—at two minutes to midnight.The mood in the room was funereal.“Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats … the future of civilization in extraordinary danger … frightening reality … too volatile and dangerous … catastrophe of historic proportions.” The panelists’ words ran together.To get some focus, I asked Bronson during a break about the graphic, which designer Michael Bierut, who refreshed the image in 2007, calls “the most powerful piece of information design of the 20th century.” She told me about Martyl Langsdorf, a painter once known as a social realist prodigy—a Diego Rivera of the American plains.(Langsdorf’s yellow-gold 1940 mural Wheat Workers shows traditional Kansan harvesters baling hay while ominous smoke from new machines chokes the horizon.)
The development of the Java programming language going forward will emphasize support for modern computing platforms including GPUs and containers, Oracle revealed in a presentation on March 21.Among other things, the company’s plans call for ensuring that Java provides strong support for GPUs and hardware acceleration, which will be key to supporting machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads.GPUs, while initially built for image processing, are increasingly being used for number-crunching applications, machine learning, and even databases.[ 15 Java frameworks that give developers a boost.Container-oriented optimizations will include performance enhancements as well as faster cold and warm startups.Other opportunities and goals cited for the development of Java include:
Assessing the quality of an application’s code is often a subjective process.This is why we turn to code metrics — quantitative measurements that provide valuable insights into our application’s code.Developers can take advantage of code metrics to understand the quality of the code, get an idea of the potential problems, and identify which types and methods need to be refactored to improve the quality.Static code analysis tools are used to measure the quality of code in an application without having to execute the application.These include FxCop, StyleCop, ReSharper, CodeIt.Right, NDepend, etc.This article presents a discussion of how we can use NDepend to visualize code quality and adopt measures to improve it.
The large outer leaves of the vegetables were “literally riddled with holes, more than half their substance being eaten away.” With each step he took around the ravaged cabbages, tiny swarms of little ash-gray moths rose from the ground and flitted away.The moths did not die out, but the pest could be managed and crop damage held in check.Like the diamondback moth, cancer cells develop resistance to the powerful chemicals deployed to destroy them.When Butler and his wife showed up at his oncologist’s office at the Moffitt Cancer Center in August 2014, they braced for what would come next; they had heard about invasive treatments, like radioactive seed implants.Against this backdrop, a cancer researcher named Peter Nowell published a seminal paper in Science in 1976.Nowell suggested—and later research confirmed—that certain DNA alterations grant cancer cells resistance against chemotherapy or other treatments, causing them to edge out drug-sensitive cells through a process of natural selection.
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This hypnotic whirl of metal is the afterburner of a General Electric J79 axial-flow turbojet engine—the same engine used on F-4 Phantom jets, made by McDonnell Aircraft during the Vietnam War.Six years ago, the engine got a new four-line afterburner that increased its muscle, giving it 19,000 pounds of thrust and 45,500 horsepower—enough to go 835 mph.In the past two months, it’s been upgraded again to help race-car driver Jessi Combs take a shot at the womens’ land-speed record.Stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil set the current record—512 mph—for a female driver way back in 1976.(British racer Andy Green has held the overall land speed record of 763 mph since 1997.)Tweaks include a vastly improved fire suppression system and a fuel filter off a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to replace a DIYed one.
The anti-fraud team was, in Young’s words, “the company’s secret sauce,” adept at tackling every deception the internet had to offer.But the hustle meant to entice Kalvert’s wife relied on old-school telephony.Cracking it would require an unusual set of skills.(The name “Fred Garvin” is another SNL reference, one of several professional aliases he adopted to protect his identity from the scammers and fraudsters he chases.Hollings was the sponsor of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and he seemed to draw upon personal experience during the legislative debate on the bill: Automated calls “wake us up in the morning, they interrupt our dinner at night, they force the sick and elderly out of bed, they hound us until we want to rip the telephone right out of the wall.” The law was signed by George H. W. Bush in 1991 and limited how and when telemarketers could place calls, focusing mostly on landlines, the dominant technology of the time.Today, a single person in a modestly equipped office can make millions of calls a day by renting some server space, installing off-the-shelf autodialing software, and paying a VoIP provider to transmit calls.
The police were investigating a complaint by Janice Trahan, a nurse who had worked at Schmidt’s practice and had a decade-long affair with the doctor.She and her 3-year-old son were asleep in bed.Just over a decade earlier, in 1983, scientists had invented a technique known as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, which made it possible to copy DNA from tiny samples of blood or tissue in large enough quantities to study.Modern phylogenetics got its start soon after Darwin published On the Origin of Species, but its potential wasn’t fulfilled until the 1990s, when biologists gained the ability to sequence DNA cheaply and run the long strands of genetic code through complex computer algorithms.And they weren’t limited to the broad strokes of change that occur over eons or millennia.The results gave Stutes the evidence he’d been looking for.
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Three years ago, only 49 percent of Republicans thought so, but by last December it was 64 percent, as a Monmouth University poll found.That’s a huge jump in a short time and is all the more astonishing given that the Republican president and many of his party’s politicians pooh-pooh the global emergency.Last year, the percentage of those who say they’re “very worried” about global warming shot up from 21 percent to 29 percent, according to a poll by Yale’s and George Mason University’s programs on climate change communication.The problem is now knocking on everyone’s front door: record-breaking heat and cold, ravaging hurricanes, rampaging wildfires in overdry forests.“It’s not distant,” says Anthony Leiserowitz, head of the Yale program.Peak indifference is a coinage of the sci-fi writer, blogger, and activist Cory Doctorow (who is, full disclosure, a friend).
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A rash develops in the mouth and spreads quickly over the entire body, like tiny marbles pushing up from under the skin.Smallpox killed an estimated 500 million people in the 19th and 20th centuries before it was finally eradicated worldwide in 1980.The Frankensteinian act stirred outrage among the international scientific community, which cast Evans as the Walter White of synthetic biology.In a grim act of Cold War diplomacy, the last two smallpox samples were stored for future study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology in Siberia.It was the first time a virus had been created from scratch with synthetic DNA.It took the SUNY researchers three years to cobble the virus together using mail-order DNA and genetic sequences referenced from an online public database.
One of them is predicting earthquakes.Don’t go showing me “government” “reports” disproving my awesome abilities.So you will believe me when I tell you, unblessed mortals, that my seismological Spidey sense discerns a Third Event.This catastrophe won’t involve literal tectonics.You know, the platforms, the slabs of virtual bedrock underlying my life.Platforms—here’s where meaning truly crumbles—as a goddamn service.
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What do Dublin Airport in Ireland, Gatwick Airport in England, and Newark Airport in the U.S. have in common?Answer: They’ve all suffered major disruptions in recent months following reports of drones flying nearby.Airports globally are examining all kinds of tech to try to deal with these potentially dangerous drone incursions, with everything from signal-jamming “bazookas” and anti-drone force fields to net-firing quadcopters offering ways to keep rogue machines at bay.Forgoing these technologies, at least for now, officials at Ireland’s Dublin Airport have instead turned to human help to ensure the skies around its main transportation hub stay safe.Specifically, they’re asking the airport’s dedicated group of plane spotters to keep their eyes peeled for rogue drones, and to report any that fly into view.A flier recently handed out to plane enthusiasts at Dublin Airport reads: “As I am sure you are aware, illegally operated drones around the airfield and the flight paths, pose an extreme danger to aircraft and to the operation of the airport itself.”
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Regardless, it’s still intriguing to figure out what differences, if any, there are between the two chips powering one of this year’s undoubtedly most popular smartphones.We’ve already speculated on performance based on what we know about key SoC components, including the latest Cortex-A76 big CPU core and Mali-G76 GPU from Arm.But with both versions of the Galaxy S10 now in the lab, we’ve been able to run a selection of benchmarks and tests for the Snapdragon 855 vs Exynos 9820.On the CPU side, the Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC features two 4th generation custom Samsung CPU cores for major processing grunt.These are combined with two smaller Cortex-A75s and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores.The benchmarks make for interesting reading.
The Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro are two of the best value smartphones anywhere in the world right now.Xiaomi’s Pro model, in particular, offers some impressive specifications for ~$200.Unfortunately, Xiaomi has confirmed that the Pro model won’t be leaving China and India.The news first came via a company spokesperson in Thailand (h/t: r/Android).“As much as I would like to, I regret to inform everyone that Redmi Note 7 Pro will NOT have the official international version releasing to countries other than China and India due to our product strategy,” read an excerpt of the spokesperson’s Facebook post.Xiaomi product PR manager John Chan has since confirmed the news to Android Authority, but he didn’t elaborate on a reason for the move.
Photos and videos take up a lot of space on our smartphones.If you want more room, you either have to spend an additional $100-$200 to buy a handset with more built-in storage, or you have to hope your device still supports microSD cards.Thankfully, pCloud offers an inexpensive and easy-to-use solution.Once everything is securely saved to the cloud, pCloud will go through and delete the files from your phone to save space.With the feature enabled, you can add and customize elements such as the title image, headline, and description.To get you started, pCloud is offering everyone 10GB of online storage for free.
In September, Aston Martin announced it would celebrate the 100th anniversary of Italian design house Zagato with the launch of both a DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and a DBS GT Zagato.While back then we had just a simple line drawing to spark our imagination, Aston Martin on Monday revealed more detailed renderings of the new car.The new model is based on the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, which is quite the looker already, but Zagato's handiwork makes the new DBS GT Zagato even lovelier.Note the Zagato-signature double-bubble roof and hood, the wraparound windshield and the dramatic rounded tail.The roof plunges down to the rear of the car, replacing the standard rear window.There are new front fenders, new wheels, a new grille and even restyled headlights.
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Many will be familiar with the trauma: you drop your smartphone and the screen shatters into a modern-day mosaic.Over the past six years, iSmash stores have been popping up around London and other big cities in the UK.You select the kind of repair you need online, and book an appointment at one of the 26 stores.Contrary to the name, the company doesn’t just fix iPhones.In fact, the 27-year-old founder Julian Shovlin tells me that his technicians can repair almost any device – including tablets, computers, and even drones.“At the time, it was good pocket money, and eventually we opened a store in Dublin while I was at university.” After the success of that shop, he managed to get some angel investors on board to launch the first four iSmash stores in the UK.
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It’s oddly mesmerizing to watch a smartphone get torn apart inside a blender, but not so much that it makes you want to head to the kitchen to wreck your own handset.Scientists at the University of Plymouth in south-west England recently threw an old iPhone into a blender so you don’t have to.But they didn’t do it for fun.Instead, they wanted to analyze the materials that constitute a smartphone, partly in a bid to encourage people to recycle their devices once they’re done with them, and to consider more carefully the use of so-called “conflict minerals” in their gadgets.As the video at the top shows, the team smashed the iPhone into fragments and dust before mixing it at 500 degrees Celsius (about 930 degrees Fahrenheit) with a powerful oxidizer to allow the researchers to perform a detailed analysis of the phone’s ingredients.As you’d expect, they discovered it contained an array of mined materials that included iron, silicon, and chromium.
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Private equity firms have sealed a $3.4bn (£2.58bn) deal for UK satellite operator Inmarsat, sending its shares up seven per cent in early morning trading.The agreement will see the successful bidders pay $7.21 (546p) per share for the firm, a premium on its Friday close price of 506.2p.Shares rose seven per cent to 542p in early morning trading.The offer comprises $7.09 in cash for each share, as well as a previously announced $0.12 final dividend to be paid to shareholders on 30 May.Buyers comprise Apax Partners, Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.Their deal for the UK business concludes talks that started in the new year as Inmarsat felt the pressure of competition from a mix of old and new rivals.
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