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Potentially lethal heart conditions may become easier to spot and may lead to improvements in prevention and treatment thanks to innovative new software that measures electrical activity in the organ.Cardiac researchers can already record and analyse the heart's electrical behaviour using optical and electrode mapping, but widespread use of these technologies is limited by a lack of appropriate software.Computer and cardiovascular experts at the University of Birmingham have worked with counterparts in the UK, Netherlands and Australia to develop ElectroMap - a new open-source software for processing, analysis and mapping complex cardiac data.Led by researchers from the School of Computer Science and the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, at the University of Birmingham, the international team has published its findings in Scientific Reports.Dr Kashif Rajpoot, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Computer Science at the University of Birmingham Dubai, commented: "We believe that ElectroMap will accelerate innovative cardiac research and lead to wider use of mapping technologies that help to prevent the incidence of arrhythmia."This is a robustly validated open-source flexible tool for processing and by using novel data analysis strategies we have developed, this software will provide a deeper understanding of heart diseases, particularly the mechanisms underpinning potentially lethal arrhythmia."
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After only a week, Apex Legends is already making waves in the battle royale market, earning great reviews and managing to pull in more than 25 million players in its first week.But if you see mid-tier (blue), your chances for better gear improve, and high-tier (purple) is even better than that.If you're really lucky, you'll come upon legendary gear (yellow), but we'll get to that later.Though Respawn has yet to confirm exactly how its loot distribution works, diligent players are mapping out their own experiences by voting on the loot they see at each location.The best spot to land at this time appears to be Relay with 96 percent of respondents saying they found high-tier loot there.Second place is Thunderdome at 95 percent and third is Repulsor with 94 percent.
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Google says it's been fighting hard against malicious developers and their bad apps.The search giant on Wednesday said the Google Play Store now scans more than 50 billion apps on users' devices every day in order to identify and stop bad apps, according to a post on the Android Developers Blog.The Play Store rejected at least 55 percent more app submissions in 2018 than in 2017, according to the blog.Google didn't immediately respond to a request for how many apps were rejected in 2018.But for reference, the company removed over 700,000 apps in 2017.Google said the company required third-party app developers to be transparent about how their app's collected and used sensitive user data.
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In fact, it’s seen as a top international threat and concern has “increased significantly” since 2013, according to a new survey by the US-based Pew Research Center.The survey involved interviews with more than 27,000 individuals between May and August 2018 in 26 countries, including Russia, Canada, Argentina, and Nigeria.13 countries including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Australia listed climate change as their top concern—and for good reason.We have about 10 years to rapidly scale down fossil fuel use and limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, or we risk doing irreparable harm to the planet.And people around the world are bearing witness to the different extreme weather events that may become stronger in a warmer world: wild as hell wildfires in Australia, record-breaking heat in Japan, and strong super typhoons in the western Pacific.Trailing behind climate change as the next top global threat is ISIS, with eight countries citing the terrorist group as their main worry.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose platform has become synonymous with yelling, trolling, and a less-than-stable president who uses it for incoherent rants and threats of nuclear annihilation, is in a tough spot: Many if not most of the criticisms of his site are accurate, and Dorsey’s tactic of choice when responding to them is usually sputtering out a bunch of five-dollar words about how he needs to make unspecified changes.On Tuesday, Dorsey went through with a planned Q with Recode co-founder and New York Times contributor Kara Swisher.About the only thing he conceded was that he has not been handling his role as CEO well and that major issues plague the entire platform.Follow below, if you dare:Swisher started out by asking Dorsey why the site can’t move faster to address criticisms – which are numerous, but the most high-profile of which are rampant harassment and accusations it, as the Week put it, “intensifies and amplifies pathological social tendencies among those who act within, report on, and write about the political world.”Dorsey answered by saying that “in the past we were trying to do too much” and is now focused on “prioritising by impact.” He admitted that if he had to grade his own performance, he would give himself a “C.” The reason?
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Most security system manufacturers rely on in-house help to sell and install security systems but the advent of smart home tech has seen an increase in the number of do-it-yourself installations available.Now it looks like Palo Alto, California-based Abode Systems is working both sides of the street by offering both user-managed installations as well as a new partnership with Los Angeles-based tech support firm HelloTech to send professional technicians to customers’ homes to install their home security equipment.Abode’s DIY security kit has been on the market for a few months now and the company recently upgraded its smart home gateway, adding optional 4G cellular backup connectivity and enhanced Z-Wave functionality, all in an effort not only to “future-proof” its products but also to tap into more of the multi-billion-dollar smart home technology market.The new partnership with HelloTech should enhance the company’s customer base nicely, enabling Abode not only to reach technophobes and other customers who might mistrust the company’s security technology but also those for whom the technical process of installation is just too burdensome.“Abode is thrilled to partner with HelloTech and extend its premium in-home installation services to customers nationwide,” said Chris Carney, Abode co-founder & CEO, in a release.“Our customers can still choose to install the system on their own or, for a white-glove experience, have one of HelloTech’s experts install and configure their system for them to tie together all aspects of their smart home and security needs.
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There's also a raging debate on the effects of smartphones on our lives that's ensued recently as people struggle to find a "phone-life balance", a term widely used by Motorola in their study published last year.Then came PUBG Mobile and it just acted as a fuel to the smartphone-addiction debate with people advocating for a ban on the battle royale game.Around the same time, a report published by statista based on data from Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (German Federal Office for Radiation Protection) revealed a list of smartphones currently available across the globe with the highest amount of SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) value.The list states that Xiaomi's Mi A1 is the phone that emits the highest amount of electromagnetic radiation followed closely by OnePlus 5T, Mi Max 3, OnePlus 6T among others.However, the electromagnetic waves differ in wavelengths and frequencies and are categorised on the basis of the same.So, you have radio waves that count as the least radioactive, followed by microwaves, infrared radiation and visible light.
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Then from next week you’ll have to make sure you have its registration number showing on the outside of the machine, if it isn’t there already.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which decides such matters, posted the new rule in an official document on Tuesday.When the drone registration program first launched in 2015, the FAA allowed the ID number to be placed inside the device’s battery compartment, as long as it was easy to open.But following terror-related concerns voiced by the FBI and Homeland Security, the FAA is enacting a new rule that means from February 23, drone owners will need to place the ID number on the outside of their aircraft where it’ll be clearly visible.The change comes amid fears that an explosive device could be placed inside a drone’s battery compartment, the FAA said.If you’re in the U.S. and you’re yet to register your drone, then you really need to get onto it.
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Anyone who has shared a bed knows how annoying it can sometimes be when, in the middle of the night, you wake up to find yourself perched precariously on the outer edge of the mattress having been pushed their by your bed-hogging partner.The slumber-related squeeze pretty much guarantees you a rotten night’s sleep, leaving you feeling drained and lethargic for the whole of the following day.Well, Ford appears to have come up with the perfect solution for dealing with these so-called “space invaders.” Drawing on skills learned in the autonomous-car space, the automaker has designed the “lane-keeping bed” to ensure that “even the most selfish bed mate stays ‘in lane’ through the night.”The ingenious contraption essentially rolls selfish sleepers back into their rightful place on their side of the bed, meaning you won’t be rudely awoken every half hour as they shift, shove, and shuffle their way into your own space.Ford’s smart bed uses pressure sensors to identify when someone has strayed from their side of the mattress.When activated, an integrated conveyor belt gently returns the other person to their side.
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Toward the end of 2018, while the world was caught up in the magnificence of the new Suzuki Jimny, a tuning company called Wald released some renders of its ultimate version of Suzuki's pint-size off-roader.The internet freaked out, and then things went quiet.Until now, that is, because Wald actually went and built its Jimny Black Bison, and the results are even better than we thought they'd be.The first part of Wald's mission to transform the Jimny seems to have been to take all possible traces of cuteness and throw them in the dumpster, because the Black Bison is mean-looking.With a face that reads more Mercedes G-Wagen than anything and enough LED lighting to signal a passing spacecraft, the Black Bison almost doesn't register as the little Jimny on which it's based at all.Wald doesn't stop at the front though, because it also adds little roof spoilers or winglets to the rear and massive fender flares at all four corners.
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If you want to join in on the debate, but missed this year’s Oscar-nominated films in theaters, there’s good news: Many of them are already streaming.Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Original Score (Ludwig Göransson), Best Original Song (All the Stars by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Costume DesignThe first superhero movie ever nominated for an Academy Award in the “Best Picture” category, Black Panther broke all kinds of records on its way to becoming the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in U.S. theaters and the highest-grossing movie of 2018.The Marvel Studios movie also shattered industry myths when it came to films with predominantly African-American casts, and put the superhero genre on a pedestal critically with its powerful story of an African hero who returns home as heir to his nation’s throne, only to face a challenge from a dangerous outsider.Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Original Screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Foreign Language Film, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best CinematographyFilmmaker Alfonso Cuarón first earned the attention of Hollywood with his 2001 drama Y Tu Mamá También and later went on to earn more mainstream acclaim with 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2006’s Children of Men, and 2013’s Gravity.
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Rivian was one of those companies that had many of the hallmarks of being vaporware before it released its two incredible electric concepts at the LA Auto Show in 2018.We had to eat a little crow after that, as did the bulk of the motoring press because Rivian seemed to be a real player.Now, a couple of the largest companies in the world seem to be agreeing with that stance, because according to a report from Reuters published on Tuesday, both Amazon and General Motors are considering investing in the EV company.Both Rivian and Amazon declined to offer comment on the matter while GM didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.Rivian's R1T and R1S concepts were both truly impressive when they made their world debut in LA last year.We also found the design and construction techniques that Rivian is using for its battery packs to be fairly ingenious and has left us wanting an even closer look at the company's work.
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Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day to smart home tech that will make your life so much easier.Amazon is slashing the prices on robot vacuums like the Ecovacs Deebot N79S self-cleaning robot vacuum.With a handy robot vacuum, you can cut a lot of the unnecessary hassle of domestic upkeep.Roomba is the more popular brand, while iRobot has a hefty price tag attached.The Ecovacs Deboot N79S Self-Charging Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Max Power Suction is a more affordable robot vacuum that packs the same smart technology and suction capability that make robot vacuums appealing.It can also be customized to fit your schedule, so it can clean while you’re at work with the Ecovacs App schedule feature.
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Facebook detailed steps it is taking to safeguard upcoming elections in Africa.The social network is teaming up with local third-party fact-checkers in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon and Senegal to determine whether news shared via its platform is accurate and limit the distribution of content that is proven to be false.Organizations working with Facebook include international news agency Agence France-Presse, Kenya’s Pesa Check and Nigeria’s Dubawa, Africa Check and CrossCheck Nigeria.Facebook and its WhatsApp messaging application are also sharing tips on how to spot and flag fake news via outlets such as radio and print in Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.The social network kicked off an online safety program in secondary schools in Nigeria last year to teach teenagers about online safety and digital literacy fundamentals such as managing their online presence, sharing via social media, public Wi-Fi safety, healthy online relationships, password security, privacy settings and identifying misinformation online.Also in Nigeria, Facebook rolled out new ways for people to report posts containing incorrect election information, encouraging violence or violating its community standards, in both English and Hausa.
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CES 2019 was, as usual, a whirlwind of mayhem, filled mainly by measured sprints from booth to booth and the tapping out of quick keystrokes as I wrote about the latest Atmos soundbars and true wireless headphones.At some point every year, though, I get to slip away to the Venetian to hear something special, and this year, Focal’s $3,000 closed-back gemstones known as the Stellia stole my heart.The Stellia headphones, just officially unveiled today as part of this year’s CanJam show in New York City, are an opulent slice of audiophilia from the French headphone maker that wrap you in luxury even before you turn the volume dial clockwise.When it comes to style, they draw heavily from Focal predecessors like the Elegia and the Utopia, including the same “yoke” mechanical features in the headband that help the cans naturally conform to the shape of your head.On the interior of the Stellia’s dimpled earpieces, fluffy foam pads are jacketed in smooth leather, while the cognac and mocha finish adorning the model version we got to put our hands on is as elegant and distinctive in person as it looks in the pictures.It’s notable that the earpads are designed for isolation, as we’re just not used to seeing a pair of headphones at this, shall we say, barrier of entry in a closed-back chassis that’s presumably designed to let you take your high-end sound on the go.
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After an early teaser that revealed lots of sand dunes and just a glimpse of a familiar, treasure-stuffed cave, and some colourful set photos, we finally have a look at Will Smith in full genie mode in the first trailer for Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake.Back in December, an Entertainment Weekly profile noted that Smith’s “blue” look—familiar to fans of the animated version, and Robin Williams’ outstandingly motormouthed performance—was still being worked on by the movie’s special-effects wizards.And now, we finally have a good idea of what Smith will look like (and sound like) when he takes on the iconic character.Aladdin, which also stars Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Mena Massoud as Aladdin—and is the second of Disney’s live-action remakes in 2019, after Dumbo but before The Lion King—is out 24 May.
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A new ion source known as HIISI has been developed in the Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä (JYFL-ACCLAB).It is the most powerful room-temperature ion source in the world at the moment.A new facility allows for much higher ion beam intensities and energies from our main cyclotron.It will be used in fundamental research and in testing components of space satellites."The solutions is a fantastic achievement for our world-class ion source group and the technical staff of the laboratory.It come as a result of basic experimental research and deeper understanding of the various physical processes going on in the ion source plasma", says the leader of the Accelerator Laboratory, Professor Paul Greenlees.
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A team of researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories has partnered with EPB, a Chattanooga utility and telecommunications company, to demonstrate the effectiveness of metro-scale quantum key distribution (QKD) as a means of secure communication for the nation's electricity suppliers.The goal of this initial demonstration, conducted by ORNL's Nick Peters and Phil Evans, Los Alamos's Ray Newell and Glen Peterson, and EPB's Tyler Morgan, Ken Jones, and Steve Morrison, was to prove the interoperability of disparate QKD systems.ORNL senior scientist Peters said that because utilities are largely regional, providers use a mix of components and have fluctuating upgrade schedules.To prepare for the demonstration, the ORNL researchers modified a commercial QKD system while Los Alamos developed its own custom system in-house; both systems generated separate keys that, when interfaced at a "trusted node," or secure information exchange, generated a third key, which was then distributed between the Los Alamos and ORNL systems."This demonstration accomplished two things: it showed that different systems can operate together and it established the functionality needed to relay keys over larger distances often encountered on the electric grid," said Peters, leader of ORNL's quantum communications team.Added Ray Newell, Los Alamos research scientist and leader of their quantum communications team: "Recent demonstrations at Los Alamos have shown that QKD systems can operate on existing electric infrastructure in real-world settings, including during a historic snowfall.
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You might not look anything like Gene Autry, John Wayne or the Marlboro Man, but you could still be a cowboy.The Professional Bull Riders (PBR), in the first national advertising in the group’s 26-year history, brings together a diverse group of men and women—firefighters, teachers, mixed martial artists, wearing their own clothes, not primped or styled—for a dose of Americana and a big-tent appeal for the rodeo-spinoff sport.The commercial, from PBR’s corporate sibling Endeavor Global Marketing, aired during the CBS Super Bowl pregame show.With a turnaround time of less than a month from concept to finished product—tagline, “Be Cowboy”—execs said they wanted to take advantage of the massive TV audience tuning into the big game and lift the veil on a sport that’s more closely associated with the Wild West than the NFL.The first order of business was to bust a few old-school stereotypes and draw parallels to modern-day rugged individuals.(Stetsons and oversized belt buckles not required).
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Omnicom reported a decline in fourth-quarter revenue compared with 2017 in an earnings report today.The holding company’s worldwide revenue decreased 2.2 percent to $4.09 billion.This trend is in keeping with last week’s report that Publicis Groupe had missed earnings expectations.Forrester principal analyst Jay Pattisall said the decline in stock price was likely due to the decrease in fourth-quarter revenue.“But marketers and investors should bear in mind that Omnicom had a strong Q4 new business run of $1.1 billion, thanks in part to the precision marketing capabilities of Omnicom’s targeting and insights platform, Omni,” Pattisall told Adweek.“Given marketers’ interest in performance and personalization, 2019 could see a continuation of Q4 new business performance.”
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