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We didn't get to see enough of Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad, but we would see much more of him as the star of Bloodshot.Jared Leto hasn’t had enough of playing twisted characters: The actor is in talks to star in a movie adaptation of the Bloodshot comics, according to Deadline.He would play the ruthless protagonist, Angelo Mortalli, also known as Bloodshot.Leto most recently starred in Suicide Squad as the psychopathic supervillain Joker, and his performance made many fans disappointed they did not get to see more of him in the film.With such a large ensemble cast making up the team of villains-turned-heroes, the Joker’s scenes were more limited than some viewers — and even Leto — seemed to expect going into the film.However, the actor showed that he is more than capable of portraying a homicidal, yet compelling, character.
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With the next-generation Nissan Leaf electric car launching at the beginning of September the manufacturer is starting to reveal some of its key features, with the latest being an 'e-Pedal' that can act as both accelerator and brake.Nissan believes this revolutionary technology will transform the way we drive.While the Leaf will feature a traditional brake pedal, a flip of a switch will see the Leaf's accelerator turn into an e-Pedal, allowing drivers to both accelerate, decelerate and stop using just the e-Pedal.Nissan believes that the e-Pedal/accelerator will cover 90% of the driver's needs.You'll press the e-Pedal to accelerate as normal, but when you want to slow down you'll simply take your foot off the pedal and the car will automatically reduce in speed, coming to a complete stop should you want it to.The mechanism is even strong enough to hold the car on a hill.
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The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH) is pleased to announce Bernd Bickel, PhD, of IST Austria, as the 2017 recipient of the Significant New Researcher Award.Established in 2001 and given to one person annually, the Significant New Researcher Award is a prestigious recognition reserved for early career researchers who have made recent, significant contributions to the field of computer graphics and demonstrated exceptional promise for future achievement.Selected as this year's winner for his work in computational fabrication and in facial modeling and animation, Bernd Bickel is the 17th recipient of the award in its history.Before starting at IST Austria, Bernd received his master's and PhD from ETH Zurich, and worked as a research scientist at Disney Research Zurich.His research has also unearthed novel ways of using motion capture to identify and replicate fine facial details such as wrinkles and scars."Bernd has made extensive contributions at such an early stage of his career, and we're thrilled to present him with this award," said ACM SIGGRAPH Technical Awards Chair Michael Cohen.
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For women reading this, you must realize podcasting is no longer a playground where only boys get to play.Some of these successful women are personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi, who hosts So Money, which has featured high profile guests such as Tony Robbins and Seth Godin; Amy Porterfield of Online Marketing Made Easy, which has routinely been a top-rated business podcast; and Kate Erickson, host of Kate’s Take: The EOFire Audio Blog, which offers tangible advice on running a successful enterprise.These ladies have graciously agreed to pass along some golden tips to all the female entrepreneurs out there looking to launch a podcast.Especially, if you’re doing a weekly interview-based podcast, your show focus better have legs, because you’ll need to have consistent content.Improving your on-air interviewing skillsIf you’re a businesswoman without broadcasting and interviewing experience, you might encounter a steep learning curve when you first sit in front of a microphone.
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Rumors have been claims that the Nokia 8 offers a 5.3-inch display (1440p), Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4/6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and dual SIM slots.We expect even with the dual rear cameras with optics from Carl-Zeiss.Is anyone thinking of getting a Nokia in the autumn?
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Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL 0.45% said its advertising business continued to hum, but its fastest-growing segments—mobile and YouTube advertising—are less lucrative than desktop ads.But ads on smartphones and with YouTube videos generally earn less money per ad than search ads on traditional computers, the highly targeted ads that appear atop search results.As a result, Google said its revenue per click fell 23% in the quarter, the widest spread between the two metrics in at least six years.“The results are reflecting two basic trends: an ongoing shift to mobile and an increasing amount of their revenue coming from YouTube,” said Mark Mahaney, internet analyst at RBC Capital Markets.Google’s payments to partners, including phone makers and websites on which it places ads, increased 28% to $5.09 billion in the quarter from a year earlier.“We’re just really pleased with the strength of our mobile business.”
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Axon, the company formerly known as Taser, said Monday that it has successfully defeated a Florida company in a patent lawsuit over its electrical stun gun design.For Axon, the victory is the third against knockoff rival firms in the last seven years.Last Friday, a federal judge in Florida found that a company called "Phazzer" (yes, like "phaser") "engaged in a pattern of bad faith behavior" as the case has unfolded.And the case involving Axon was first filed in 2016, shortly after a Florida county sheriff decided to switch from Taser weapons to Phazzer (largely over cost reasons).To further punish the company, US District Judge Paul Byron ruled in favor of Axon and hit Phazzer with a permanent injunction to make, sell, import, or distribute its own stun guns, likely marking a death knell for the Kissimmee, Florida-based company.For now, Phazzer's website is still up and makes no mention of the lawsuit.
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Us president Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner said that he has met with the russians "about" four times the United states during the presidential elections.a Statement leaked to the media before a closed-door hold intelligence committee hearings.in the Opinion of Kushner paints an image of himself as a loyal but inexperienced political player."I didn't cooperate, and I didn't know anyone from the campaign, which would have made cooperation with a foreign government," Kushner writes Politicon."I had no improper contacts.He said all Russian meetings have been short, and they do not in his view, led to any further action.
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Amid all its upgrades and advances, the US Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is lacking one feature: urinals.Every bathroom on the Ford is, for the first time, gender-neutral, equipped with flush toilets and stalls, according to Navy Times.And bathrooms that can be used by either gender mean the Navy can reassign them without making any design changes, should the crew's makeup change.Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, July 22, 2017.US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julio Martinez MartinezOther changes include redesigned sleeping areas with fewer beds in each room, different spaces for sleeping and recreation, wider passageways, better gyms, better air conditioning, and more efficient light bulbs.
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Ben Affleck can be Batman, despite rumors that the actor is leaving the role (voluntarily or otherwise).At the "Justice League" panel Saturday at San Diego's Comic-Con, Affleck confirmed he's staying.Affleck's news was just one of the many tidbits dropped at the popular panel, which also included a long-awaited, four-minute-long trailer.That may mean nothing to casual fans, but Flashpoint was a 2011 comics arc that gave many of DC's heroes alternate lives that differ quite a bit from their main storylines.(Bruce Wayne died in the famed attack on his parents, and his father became Batman, for one thing.)Many fans expressed excitement about the jumbled Flashpoint universe making it to the big screen.
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Magnepan is known for its large flat panel speakers, but it also offers smaller, more affordable ones.Most speakers have round dome tweeters and cone midrange and/or woofer drivers, but the MMGi's thin-film, approximately 11 by 40 inch "quasi-ribbon" diaphragm produces bass, midrange and treble frequencies.Then with purely electronic music from Cliff Martinez' score for "The Knick: Season One" the MMGis deftly handled low bass synth lines.The "heartbeat" bass' definition and texture of the bass surprised me, but the MMGis' limited dynamic punch was evident.Then with Alt-J's "An Awesome Wave" album, the MMGis played vocals with rare presence, and the band's jumpy rhythms set my feet a-tappin'.My wife rarely comments on the sound of speakers I'm reviewing, so when she said she really liked the MMGis I assumed she was joking.
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With just a couple of months until PES 2018 and FIFA 18 take to the field, Konami has taken the unprecedented step of releasing an online beta for Pro Evo to warm-up before the game is out.That’s a sensible move, because online is the one area where PES 2017 really suffered in comparison to FIFA, with slow loading times and non-existent matchmaking that meant you always ended up playing Barcelona or Real Madrid, even if you’d opted to take charge of LN Azure Blue White (that’s PES speak for Wigan Athletic).It’s about a 5GB download, which took us a whole morning to coax through Stuff’s wheezing internet pipes, and if you have trouble finding it, remember to be formal and use its full name: Pro Evolution Soccer.Sure, they’re pretty good ones but when you’re only playing back-to-back meaningless friendlies things start to get a bit Groundhog Day pretty quickly.You can play alongside two teammates of your choice or let the game pick a couple at random.It’s a lot of fun, although the latter in particular makes for a somewhat chaotic experience, with different coloured icons and indicators all over the pitch to show who's in control of which player, where they should be positioned and how well they're performing.
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Today, Elon Musk says he has "verbal approval" for a hyperloop tunnel down the East Coast of the USA, the UK wants to stay in the Copernicus satellite project after Brexit, YouTube is rolling out its new counter-terrorism programme and more.SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted that his tunnel-building firm The Boring Company now has "verbal approval" for a project that could see a hyperloop tunnel connecting New York to Washinton DC (Ars Techica).Musk envisions that the high-speed transport link, which would also stop at Philadelphia and Baltimore, will go from "city center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city," noting that there's "still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly".Business Secretary Greg Clark has indicated that the UK wishes to continue participating in the European Union's Copernicus Earth observation programme after Brexit (BBC News).Speaking as Airbus UK revealed its new Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite for the project, Clark said: "We've been clear that we want our companies and universities to continue participating in key EU space programmes, and through our Industrial Strategy and ongoing investment in the UK space sector, we are ensuring we have the infrastructure and skills in place to support our ambition to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030".The first element of the Redirect Method to be implemented means that "when people search for certain keywords on YouTube, we will display a playlist of videos debunking violent extremist recruiting narratives".
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real estate technology company caverion's losses decreased slightly in April-June.operating loss was eur 20.5 was million when a year ago was eur 21.5 million.Ebitda, excluding restructuring costs, was at a loss of six million euros, while a year ago the losses amounted to 6.8 million euros.earnings per Share remained at eur 0.13 in."the Challenges of risk in our processes impact both profitability and cash flow and cover the good progress elsewhere," ceo Ari Lehtoranta said in the announcement.Turnover was 565,1 million, while a year ago was 615,5 million.
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The site embodies a DIY ethic that focuses on the music (as well as podcasts), divorced from any commercial motivation or aspiration.Soundcloud is where people can rap or sing about their hometowns, and it’ll get attention if it’s worth listening to.One of my favorite examples of this is a foul-mouthed Liverpudlian rapper called Riuven, whose songs delight in the closure of trendy pubs, and mercilessly tear into the denizens of the local performing arts university.Writing in the New York Times, journalist Jon Caramanica attributed this to the ease in which people can create and share music to a potential audience of millions:[Soundcloud] has meant a new ecosystem of rising stars, who ascend quicker than ever — releasing songs that get millions of listens, booking nationwide tours, selling merchandise — without traditional gatekeepers.The rap community’s entanglement with the site took a weird turn when Chance the Rapper tweeted he was in talks with company CEO Alex Ljung, and “working on the Soundcloud thing.” In solidarity with the site, Chance also released a song exclusively on the platform, called “Big B’s.”
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We just informed you that Xiaomi plans to unveil officially the next MIUI 9 interface on July 26 (along with the mid-range Xiaomi Mi 5X model) but until that time we didn’t have anything to show you regarding some of the features of the new user interface of the Chinese company.A small preview of the MIUI 9 official theme appeared earlier on Weibo and it consists of two MIUI screenshots, showing the lock-screen with a new material design wallpaper, and also the home screen.However one thing you should pay attention to is the redesigned dock bar.The icons now have a flat design and don’t have texts beneath them, giving them a clean look.According to Xiaomi, MIUI 9 will be available with 3 themes pre installed, allowing users to choose the one they prefer (before they go install hundreds more of course).In other -related news- the Mi Max 2 model seems to have received the MIUI Global Developer 7.7.1.3 update which brings along the most awaited split-screen feature, so if you’re a happy Mi Max 2 owner, you can try out the update from here (download link)
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Having just spent a few weeks vacationing in a part of the US where an abundance of corn and limestone-filtered water, along with a predilection for distilled beverages led to the creation of our country’s most famous native spirit — bourbon — I’ve regained a sense of life’s priorities: family, food and fun.(And for the record, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a great way to spend a few days exploring that part of the world — especially if you’re a fan of the tantalizing golden brown elixir.)Sure, there were several temperature monitors on the mash and fermentation vats, a few industrial automation systems, and I did see one control room with multiple displays and a single Dell server rack that monitored the process flow of one the largest distilleries, but all-in-all, the process of making bourbon is still decidedly old school.But it also seems clear that there are limits to how much improvement those new technologies can make.Ensuring consistent product quality and maximizing output are obviously key goals across many different industries, but the investments necessary to reach these outcomes and the return on investment isn’t necessarily obvious for any but the largest companies in these various industries.If there was a clear and obvious benefit to it, along with a comfort factor that made using it a natural part of the distillation, production or bottling process, then the companies running the distilleries seemed willing to deploy it.
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this morning came The news that the media group Schibsted sells Find to a group of entrepreneurs, consisting of the ceo, Alexander Hannerland, the entrepreneur Stefan Tocca and the investor Henrik Persson.When Breakit reach Alexander Hannerland on Tuesday morning he tells me to Find to quite a large seems like an independent company today.We wanted to build a little more entrepreneurial spirit in the company so it suited us well,” he says.Find the have also their own sellers to the fact of their core business, keyword advertising, and a private technology and product team of 30 people including the consultants.“We are already quite self-sufficient.We will reinvest the profits and developing the company”, says Alexander Hannerland.
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This desk lamp from TaoTronics features a sleek and minimalistic design with no buttons to speak of, thanks to its creative touch sensitive panel, for control over 5 brightness settings and another 5 color temperature settings (25 light combinations).Also features a USB port equipped with the iSmart technology for safer and faster charging.The LED reflects the light sideways and produces a strain-free light beam that doesn’t harm your eyes.The light averages 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 675 reviewers on Amazon (90% rate a full 5 stars: see reviews), where its typical list price of $36.99 has been reduced 19% to $29.99.See this deal on Amazon.This story, "19% off TaoTronics LED Dimmable Touch Control Desk Lamp with USB Charging - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.
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Cisco has patched its Chrome and Firefox WebEx plugins to kill a bug that allows evil webpages to execute commands on computers.A malicious page, when visited by a vulnerable Windows machine, can exploit the security flaw (CVE-2017-6753) to run arbitrary commands and code with the same privileges as the browser.In other words, the page can abuse the installed plugins to hijack the PC.The hole is present in the Chrome and Firefox plugins for Cisco WebEx Meetings Server and Cisco WebEx Centers, and affects products including WebEx Meeting Center, Event Center, Training Center and Support Center.Internet Explorer and Edge are not considered vulnerable, and both OS X and Linux versions of Chrome and Firefox are also safe.The bug was discovered by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy and Divergent Security's Cris Neckar.
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