A Texas man was shaking in his boots after a surprise guest showed up at his front door Tuesday.A nearly 7-foot reptile, later identified as a Texas rat snake, was coiled around the homeowner's front door grille."The serpent moved in for a closer look ... the guy was clearly a bit caught off guard," Taran Vaszocz-Williams, a training chief with Morgan's Point Resort Fire Department, told KTRK-TV.Vaszocz-Williams, along with several coworkers, grabbed snake handling tongs to safely remove the reptile from the door.The officials then packed the serpent up in a cardboard box and relocated it."You just never know what you might encounter on an Engine Company..." Morgan's Point Resort Fire Department joked on Facebook Tuesday, posting several photos of the large brown and white-colored snake.
Go-live date for this big application update is now just days away, but it still hasn't been fully tested, says the pilot fish responsible for the project."Part of the preparation is to test the big update's ability to integrate with payroll," fish explains."This, of course, requires cooperation from the Payroll Department.They must set up suitable test data in the primary test environment.'Too busy, higher priorities' is what they have been saying for three months."Naturally, all the other departments are busy too, but they've managed to find time to help fish with testing.
iPhone owners who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement may find that they’re eligible for a $50 credit from Apple, as the company continues its power throttling mea-culpa.Apple cut its fees for out-of-warranty battery swaps in late December 2017, in the aftermath of criticism as to how it had handled CPU management on older iPhones.The controversy began when the company conceded that it had, in fact, artificially limited the performance of some older iPhones, albeit with good intentions.As lithium-ion batteries age, Apple pointed out, the amount of power they can deliver is reduced.That could lead to inadvertent crashes, should a system-intensive app demand more from the iPhone’s processor than the battery has juice to deliver.To deal with that, Apple quietly implemented a feature in iOS that would delay the processing in such a situation, reducing the likelihood of the hardware being asked for more power than it could deliver stably.
There are plenty of reasons to love Amazon Prime, but even if you aren't one of the 100 million people on Amazon's 2-Day shipping and perks plan, there are still deals to be had.Right now, Amazon is giving everyone, not just Prime members, the opportunity to get $30 off the Kindle Paperwhite and standard Kindle.The Best All-Around Kindle: If you want a Kindle, but haven't gotten further than that, the Paperwhite has long been the best place to start.It has most of the luxury Kindle features, including an easy-on-the-eyes backlit screen and 30-day battery life, but at a price that won't destroy you.This week, you can grab the normal 6-inch Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi ebook reader for $90 (Regularly $120).The lack of a backlight might bum you out, but at this price, maybe just turn your bedside lamp on.
security researchers at Tencents Keen Lab has discovered 14 different security holes in the computer system BMW uses in several of their cars.at the time Of writing the details of these vulnerabilities are unclear, then the researchers will not publish their findings until 2019, so that the BMW will fix the problems.But there will be vulnerabilities that can be used to attack the car via the internet, bluetooth, and USB-stick.”Technically, it is possible to perform an attack from several hundred meters away, even when the car is in driving,” the researchers write in the Keen Labs site.According to BMW, is working feverishly to find a solution to the problems, and they urge all their customers to keep an eye out for future updates. "We have for several months worked closely with Tencent to understand and solve all the cybersäkerhetsproblem," says a spokesperson for the BMW to the BBC.
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Sprint is offering free unlimited 4G LTE to people who own specific Snapdragon-powered PCs for the rest of the year.The promotion will help out users who have one of the first “Always Connected” Windows PCs, which normally require paid data plans, as spotted by Engadget.People who buy either the HP Envy x2, the Lenovo Miix 630, or the Asus NovaGo can get free LTE from Sprint, which lasts until December 31st this year.After this year, the data plan will cost either $5 (with auto pay) or $15 per month unless you cancel it.A data connection is one of the big selling points for these devices, and Sprint is clearly hoping that after several months of service, owners will find it valuable enough to start paying.These devices aren’t sold by Sprint itself, so you’re going to have to buy them yourself and switch to the carrier to get the deal.
The G6 was introduced last month along with the G6 Play and the G6 Plus.Whether the other two variants will hit the Chinese shore is not yet known.The Moto G6 is the successor to the G5 from last year.The G series is known for their great price to performance ratio and the Moto 1S seems like it will follow in the steps of its predecessors.The 1S sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ IPS display with a 2160 x 1080p resolution translating to 427 pixels per inch and an 18:9 aspect ratio.As compared to its predecessor, the screen on the 1S takes up a lot of space up front.
An emerging technology for removing excessive, potentially damaging heat from small, tightly packed instrument electronics and other spaceflight gear will be demonstrated for the first time during an upcoming suborbital flight aboard a reusable launch vehicle.Thermal engineer Franklin Robinson, who works at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is scheduled to fly his experiment aboard the fully reusable Blue Origin New Shepard launch vehicle to prove that the microgap-cooling technology is immune from the effects of zero gravity.The demonstration, funded by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate's Flight Opportunities program, is an important step in validating the system, which engineers believe could be ideal for cooling tightly packed, high-power integrated circuits, power electronics, laser heads or other devices.Because these devices are vulnerable to overheating -- just like any electronic device on Earth -- the cooling technology must operate under all conditions, including the microgravity environment found in space."Frank [Robinson] is demonstrating the fundamental concept and we need the flight validation to gain confidence," said Goddard Senior Technologist for Strategic Integration Ted Swanson."While theory predicts that the lack of gravity would have a negligible impact on the performance of microgap coolers, this needs to be demonstrated in a space-like environment.
Images of Meghan Markle’s father which appear to show him preparing for his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry were staged, it has been claimed.Images of Thomas Markle reading online content about the couple, working out and getting a suit tailored, have appeared in the media despite requests from Kensington Palace to respect the privacy of the couple and their family.But the Mail on Sunday has claimed that the images were staged by Thomas Markle in collaboration with a photographer.The newspaper said it had obtained footage of the 73-year-old meeting LA-based photographer Jeff Rayner, part of Coleman-Rayner picture agency.One image published by the Mail on Sunday is alleged to show the photographer arriving with Markle in an Internet cafe, where Markle was later photographed looking at an image of Harry and Meghan.The newspaper also spoke to a man who claimed he had been asked to appear as a tailor and measure Thomas Markle for a suit.
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The follow up to the Galaxy Note 8 could arrive earlier than anticipated.Reports have it that Samsung may have decided on an early launch of the Galaxy Note 9, thereby breaking its annual rituals of unveiling its Galaxy Note devices at the August IFA conference.As exciting as that may seem, a report earlier today revealed that Samsung is still having manufacturing difficulties incorporating the fingerprint reader into the display, so the company may be left with no option than to put in the rear sensor.That said, we have even more solid evidence that a lot more work is been done on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 as a prototype of the device has been put through the paces of Geekbench test, leading to confirmation of a few of its specs.Bearing the model number SM-N960U, the Galaxy Note 9 is seen running on the Snapdragon 845 the same chipset on the Galaxy S9, and its performances are within the range of other devices powered by the same chipset both in single-core tests and in the multi-core benchmark test.The Galaxy Note 9 prototype spotted on Geekench today is the same as the Snapdragon 845 powered Galaxy Note9 spotted earlier spotted on Geekbench in March, except that the latest multi-core score fell short of the previous listing which could be an indication that the device is still undergoing series of optimization.
Back in April, we got our first look at the HP Chromebook x2, a convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook laptop with a detachable screen.It is kind of like a Chrome OS version of the Microsoft Surface Book, complete with a stylus.Now it looks like the pre-orders for the HP Chromebook x2 are opening up, as a Best Buy listing appeared today that lets you call dibs on your new Chromebook.The x2 will set you back $599, which is pretty expensive for a Chromebook.But this is a seriously nice-looking machine, and one of the very first Chrome OS products that will give you a tablet experience.And the keyboard dock and stylus are included in the price!
Carrying a single beer from St. Louis to Moscow, while ideally keeping it nice and cold, would be a tough mission for a human.And apparently, it’s even a struggle for the occasional drone designed solely for the task.Want to Read the Full Article?Unlimited access to TVNewser, TVSpy and AgencySpySubscribe to your choice of$100 off admission to select Adweek events
Google announced Smart Displays, its initiative to compete with the Amazon Echo Show, way back at CES 2018.While we did get to spend some hands-on time with these displays at the trade show, we have yet to hear any availability details.At the I/O 2018 developer conference, Google announced that Smart Displays from JBL, Lenovo, and LG will go on sale later this July.Of course, we don’t have any pricing details as of yet, but we’ll be sure to update this as we learn more.In addition to Smart Display availability, Google also revealed that users will be able to watch YouTube TV — a subscription service that’s currently only available on televisions — right on their Smart Displays.Stay tuned for even more Google I/O 2018 coverage!
SpaceX has opted to spend a few more days checking out its new Falcon 9 following a successful test fire of the rocket on 5 May, but its latest cargo ship enjoyed an uneventful return to Earth.The famously taciturn rocketry outfit was expected to launch the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on 7 May but, following the test, engineers wanted to take few more days to review the data.Falcon 9 Block 5 static fire test complete ahead of next week’s launch of Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 5, 2018No other reason was given for the delay, and on 7 May SpaceX confirmed a new date of 10 May for the first flight of the upgraded Falcon 9.The 45th Space Wing issued a forecast on 7 May to the effect that there was a 20 per cent chance of weather stopping Musk's new shiny leaving the ground during its 1612 to 1822 EDT (2012 to 2222 UTC) window.
Windows 10 includes a lot of interesting tools, but if you’re like a lot of people, more and more of your digital life is happening in your web browser and nowhere else.That being the case, you’ll want to keep your most important websites close at hand.The easiest way to access them in Windows 10 is the Start menu and the taskbar, treating them more or less like programs in and of themselves.Although easy overall, getting a website from your browser to your taskbar is a little different depending on which browser you’re using.Adding a website to your taskbar with Google Chrome requires a couple of extra menus than some of the other browsers, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult.Here’s how to get started:
Those playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds this weekend might be wondering where the recent 50-player deathmatch limited-time game mode is.The event mode, dubbed Desert Knights, kicked off on Thursday evening and was scheduled to run though the weekend, however developer Bluehole has revealed that it had shut down the mode altogether after the game began experiencing major server issues.Unfortunately PUBG players had less than 24 hours to give Desert Knights a try, as it was removed from the game on Friday afternoon.It was discovered that the mode was causing problems for the game’s servers, which in turn prevented a large number of players from even connecting to PUBG.In other words, it was a choice between leaving the mode available for some players while keeping others from playing at all, or pulling the mode and addressing the issues for everyone.PC Players: The emergency maintenance is now complete.
Mad British inventors Colin Furze and James Bruton have finally revealed the finished version of their DIY Hulkbuster armour.Standing almost 11 feet tall, it towers over Furze’s tiny garden and workshop, but does Tony Stark have to worry about losing his monopoly on armoured suits?Powered by hydraulic pumps, the British Hulkbuster is incredibly strong, able to lift, and then almost repeatedly drop, Furze, with one arm.There’s room for someone to ride inside, controlling the suit using an equally monstrous custom-built joystick.The suit can’t walk, which leaves us wondering how Furze plans to get this thing out of his garden.But it does include a working flamethrower in one hand, so at least it can be repurposed as a barbecue or fire pit once Thanos is defeated.