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Witches, murderers, ghosts, plagues and other scary things descend in the new season of Amazon's horror series Lore.Based on the award-winning Lore podcast of the same name, the streaming horror anthology series retells some of the most frightening real-life tales in history using documentary footage and dramatic reenactments.Amazon Prime Video released an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the highly anticipated second season of Lore during the show's panel at New York Comic Con on Friday.The NYCC panel featured executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Howard T. Owens, podcast creator and show narrator Aaron Mahnke, showrunner Sean Crouch and series actors Josh Bowman, Thomas Kretschmann, Alicia Witt and Elie Haddad."We follow the lives of these true-life characters," Hurd said during the panel."You invest in this world that they try to survive.
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Now that the US Senate passed a provision in the Re-authorization Act for the Federal Aviation Authority, it is now one step closer to becoming a bill.The provision allows government authorities to shoot down privately owned drones from the sky that they deem as a threat.Under the bill's Division H for "Preventing Emerging Threats," it states that personnel "with assigned duties that include the security or protection of people, facilities, or assets" can disrupt control, disable, intercept, interfere, seize and exercise control of the drone.Lastly, they can "damage, or destroy the unmanned aircraft system or unmanned aircraft" if need be.The potential broad-strokes application of the provision is the main point of controversy -- especially among people involved in the journalism and film industries, as well as activist organizations who use drones to gather video recordings.The provision is also not limited to military or police personnel, meaning authorities from any government departments can take down a drone.
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Amazon will reportedly open 3,000 physical stores within three years.Some stores will carry a small number of groceries and others will carry prepared foods.Dennis Green: If you're the operator of a local convenience store or corner shop or bodega and an Amazon Go opens up just around the corner, you might wanna look over your shoulder.Amazon first announced its Amazon Go project in 2016.There are now four Amazon Go stores in operation.Reportedly they want to open at least 3,000 stores in three years.
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It’s not just the Pixel 3 that keeps leaking before Google’s event next week – we already have an idea of other devices that may launch, including a smart display and new Chromebooks.Now we’re getting a good look at one more expected device, Google’s third-generation Chromecast, thanks to yet another leak.As spotted by The Verge, a now-deleted Reddit post showed off a new ‘Smart TV’ kit, complete with a Google Home Mini and the new Chromecast in tow.This happened a week after Best Buy managed to accidentally sell the new Chromecast to a customer as well.Unfortunately, the leak doesn’t provide much in the way of new details.There’s no mention of 4K or HDR n the packaging, which makes us think this will just be a basic refresh of the original, HD-only chromecast.
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San Jose, California, police charged 90-year-old Anthony (Tony) Vincent Aiello in the gruesome death of his 67-year-old stepdaughter after obtaining dramatic health data recorded by her Fitbit Alta HR device.The stepdaughter, Karen Navarra, was found dead in her house on Thursday, September 13, from multiple deep and instantly incapacitating skull wounds likely inflicted using a small hatchet or axe, according to a police report and autopsy.The timing of that plummet led to Aiello's arrest.A co-worker made the initial discovery of Navarra’s murder while checking in on her after she didn’t show up for her job as a pharmacy technician at the Regional Medical Center, where she had worked for 45 years.Police arriving on the scene reported that they found Navarra slouched in a chair at her dining room table, covered in blood and surrounded by blood-splattered surfaces and curtains.Drawers in her bedroom and dining room had been yanked open, and other chairs around the dining room table were toppled over.
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This won't be good news for criminals who forget their gloves.Researchers at Flinders University in South Australia have developed a new test that can measure the amount of DNA we "shed", the university revealed Friday.This could mean that a single tap of a finger on a door handle can be used to link potential suspects to a crime, and also potentially reveal who an item last came into contact with.In a test involving 11 donors, the researchers took 264 fingerprints, getting participants to wash their hands, then give prints of their thumbs at intervals of 180 minutes."We know that some people pass on more of their DNA because when they touch something more of their cells are left behind," lead researcher Adrian Linacre said."They are called shedders but it's very difficult at the moment to see who is a shedder."
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New leaked images show the Huawei Mate 20 from all angles.You can see the phone’s notch, thin bezels, and rear camera setup.The smaller notch appears to be the main design difference between the regular and Pro version of the Mate 20.The images, which WinFuture says are official marketing renders, show the phone in a bit more detail than the renders we saw in August.On the front of the phone, we can clearly see the device’s tiny top and bottom bezels and small waterdrop-style notch.The bottom bezel appears slightly thinner than in the previous render.
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The latest Tasker update brings project-sharing functionality to the popular app.TaskerNet lets users share and download pre-made projects, reducing the need to manually enter instructions.The update also brings more Google Drive options and several new actions.Tasker is one of the most powerful apps around, letting users automate everything from connectivity to text messages.It doesn’t have the easiest learning curve though, so we’re glad to see the developer bring a solution.The Tasker 5.5 update is rolling out via the Google Play Store now, Droid-Life reports, and the changelog notes the addition of TaskerNet.
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Tesla has published its first voluntary “Vehicle Safety Report,” and the numbers seem to clearly back CEO Elon Musk’s assertion that drivers who use Tesla’s sort of self-driving Autopilot feature are involved in fewer crashes than those who turn it off, and far fewer crashes than the general driving population.In the report, Tesla says that between July and September of this year, it “registered one accident or crash-like event for every 3.34 million miles driven in which drivers had Autopilot engaged.” Tesla drivers not using Autopilot went 1.92 million miles between incidents.The company equates “crash-like events” with near misses but didn’t respond to a request for more detail on what that means.The report offers no insight into the severity of the crashes, whether anyone involved was injured, what may have caused the crashes, or where and when they happened.Tesla stresses both features are intended for use in limited circumstances.“Autosteer is intended for use only on highways and limited-access roads with a fully attentive driver,” the Model S’s manual says.
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Two researchers are using smartphone data to try to diagnose Parkinson's disease.In a paper published Thursday, Patrick Schwab and Walter Karlen of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems in Switzerland proposed using smartphone data and machine learning to help diagnose Parkinson's disease.The idea is to use data collected by a smartphone and analyze it for signs of the disease, as well as its progression.Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects a person's ability to control his or her movements, according to the Mayo Clinic.The disease progresses over time and can affect a sufferer's ability to speak or walk.Currently, no cure exists for Parkinson's, though treatments are available to make the symptoms more manageable.
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Some users claimed to have only lost a few files, but others said they've lost hundreds of gigabytes — and there doesn't seem to be any way to get them back.The update also appears to be causing processors to overexert themselves, causing lower battery life.Microsoft told Business Insider that it's investigating the issues.If you value the files saved on your computer, you might not want to update to the latest version of Windows 10 just yet.Some Windows 10 users who installed the Windows 10 October Update — officially released earlier this week — are reporting a myriad of issues, including deleted files that they can't recover and unnecessary processor use that's eating the battery life, Digital Trends reports.A spokesperson for Microsoft tells Business Insider that the company is investigating the claims.
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In a little over a week, Doctor Who fans will climb aboard the Tardis for another season of the long-running British science fiction show.This season, which has an official start date of this Sunday, Oct. 7, just about everything is new -- the logo, the companions, the showrunner and notably the Doctor herself.For the first time in Doctor Who's 55-year history, the titular character will be played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker.In an interview with TV Guide, Whittaker said "that for a lot of Whovians, and for a lot of people who've never watched the show, this could be a moment that invites them in or it could make them re-fall in love with the show."It's the long-running story of an alien called the Doctor who travels through the always wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey space and time using a police-box-shaped ship called the Tardis (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), which he stole.The show can go on decade after decade because the Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, and Time Lords have the power to regenerate.
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If you live in Central Florida, beware: the invasive parasite-carrying New Guinea flatworm has reportedly made its way to part of the state.The predatory New Guinea flatworm, named after the island on which it was first discovered — according to the Texas Invasive Species Institute, was found in a Brevard County resident’s home, WESH-TV reported.NORTH CAROLINA WOMAN SAYS FIRE ANTS 'EXPLODED' ALL OVER, DELIVERING PAINFUL STINGS THAT NEARLY KILLED HERThe news comes after the New Guinea flatworm was first spotted in 2015 in southern Florida, specifically in the “Miami metro area and Coral Gables,” according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, which noted this years-old sighting marked the first in the U.S.New Guinea flatworms pose a threat to humans and animals alike, the Texas Invasive Species Institute said.The flatworm is known to host the A. cantonensis parasite, also called “rat lungworm.” Rat lungworm can affect the brain and spinal cord, according to the State of Hawaii Department of Health.
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Five lions were found brutally murdered at a wildlife reserve including one named Mufasa whose face and paws had been hacked off.Poachers broke into Akwaaba Predator Park in Limpopo, South Africa, and began mutilating the male lion named after the character in Disney's The Lion King.CLICK FOR MORE FROM THE SUN -- WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGESBut they were disturbed by staff and fled the scene on Monday night, leaving Mufasa lying in his own blood while four other lions had been poisoned.Workers believed poachers were also planning to mutilate all of the big cats and use their body parts for black magic rituals or sell them to a trophy collector.CLOSE TO 90 ELEPHANTS SLAUGHTERED NEAR AFRICA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, GROUP, SAYS
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We're not done with fake news yet.More than 80 percent of the Twitter accounts that repeatedly spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential election are still active and sending out more than a million tweets a day, according to a study released Thursday from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.The study analyzed more than 10 million tweets and retweets -- sent before and after the election -- from 700,000 Twitter accounts that linked to "more than 600 misinformation and conspiracy news outlets," according to the Knight Foundation."Our democracy relies on access to news and information we can trust," said Sam Gill, vice president for communities and impact at the Knight Foundation, in a release."Right now, the discussion about misinformation online is based on anxiety and conventional wisdom.More than 60 percent of Twitter accounts in the study's post-election analysis showed evidence of automated activity, also known as bots.
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For years, the names of Wi-Fi standards have been needlessly complex.It can be hard to remember which one your router supports – is it 802.11n or 802.11ac?Thankfully, the Wi-Fi Alliance – the organization which certifies Wi-Fi products – has introduced a simpler nomenclature that should make it easier to tell these standards apart.The rebranding applies to existing Wi-Fi standards as follows:Wi-Fi 5: Devices that support 802.11ac technologyWi-Fi 4: Devices that support 802.11n technology
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Dell hopped on the ultra-portable gaming-PC bandwagon with a revamped Alienware laptop designed to appeal to serious and wannabe gamers alike.The new Alienware m15 touts its thin-and-light design as one of its best traits: users can bring the 4.7-pound laptop around with them more easily than any other Alienware laptop, and they won't have to sacrifice performance when they do so.Much like the redesigned HP Omen 15 laptop, the Alienware m15 has slimmer top and side bezels around its 15.6-inch display, narrow edges hugging the keyboard, and a new honeycomb speaker bar that sits right below the hinges.Strategically placed venting peppers the bottom, sides, and edges of the m15's magnesium alloy and copper chassis.Dell also claims that the thermal-management system allows for 100-percent GPU wattage, meaning the GPU won't be throttled even when under extreme conditions.Whereas the original Alienware laptops were updated to include per-key lighting, the Alienware m15 has zone RGB lighting on its keyboard.
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Let's go surfing now: The Disney animated movie Lilo & Stitch is getting a live-action/computer-generated remake, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday.The 2002 film, fully animated and stuffed with Elvis Presley songs, told the story of a Hawaiian girl named Lilo who meets an alien creature masquerading as a dog, naming it Stitch.While the film's characters may not be as familiar as the Disney princesses, it earned positive reviews and a bit of a cult following.When the film came out, the late movie critic Roger Ebert called it "a truly inspired animated feature," and "one of the most charming feature-length cartoons of recent years."Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Mary Poppins Returns, due out in January, is just one example of recent reboots mixing live-action and today's improved computer-generated effects.
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Mike Morhaime and Allen AdhamMark Davis / Getty ImagesBlizzard co-founder and longtime president Mike Morhaime stepped down on Wednesday.Morhaime will be replaced by twelve-year Blizzard vet J. Allen Brack, who was the executive producer on "World of Warcraft."Brack laid out some new promotions to the Blizzard executive team — and said that one of these newly-appointed execs is overseeing the development of "several new games."Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind smash-hit video games including "World of Warcraft,""Hearthstone," and "Overwatch," is undergoing a shakeup as long-time president and co-founder Mike Horhaime steps down.
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A virtual reality game of the TV cult classic series Twin Peaks is in the works from Collider Games and Showtime, along with series co-creator David Lynch himself.And of course it's about the Red Room.Twin Peaks VR will use story elements from Showtime's 2017 Twin Peaks: The Return, as well as the 1990s' two-season TV series Twin Peaks directed by David Lynch, and co-written by Lynch and Mark Frost.The objective of the VR game is to break yourself out of the Red Room -- just like actor Kyle MacLachlan did as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper -- in order to successfully return to reality."Players will travel to Glastonbury Grove, only to end up in the puzzling Red Room," according to a statement from Collider."Fans of the series will follow in the footsteps of Special Agent Dale Cooper and try to make their way back into the life they left behind."
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