Donald Koontz

Donald Koontz

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Long before iPads, DVD players, or even Game Boys came along, kids killed time on long car trips playing with things like slide puzzles.The photo collages in Kensuke Koike’s ongoing series "No More, No Less" are sort of like that.Koike is a Japanese collage artist living in Venice, Italy.He started working with found imagery in 2012 after buying a handful of old photographs from an antique shop in Milan.His collection now contains nearly 20,000 snapshots, postcards, and other nostalgic ephemera that he cuts up using scissors, scalpels, and even a pasta maker, turning everyday life into the stuff of dreams.The head of a smiling boy becomes a planetary system; an ape's eye sockets dispense balls like candy; President Trump's face erodes into a canyon.
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Samsung har meddelat att 27 april kommer gänget slå upp portarna för sin flaggskeppsbutik på Kungsgatan 30 i Stockholm.Butiken kommer bestå av 150 kvadratmeter butiksyta som kombinerats med demonstrationsyta och 60 kvadratmeter service.I ett pressmeddelande skriver Henrik Slotte, Retail Marketing Manager på Samsung i Norden, detta:– Den nya butiken är ett resultat av vår ambition att komma närmare våra kunder och visa upp Samsungs bredd av produkter, tjänster och innovationer.Vi har skapat en samlingsplats för Samsungs olika produkter och lösningar, men också ett forum där våra kunder kan komma i direktkontakt med oss och få hjälp och råd runt dagens och morgondagens teknologi av våra rådgivare i butiken.Butiken kommer vara full av Samsungprodukter som mobiltelefoner, TV, ljudprodukter och vitvaror.
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As digital health continues to explode on smartphones worldwide, researchers are digging in, trying to figure out which of the new offerings actually work.These scientists aim to determine, using top notch clinical trials, the effectiveness of medical apps, telemedicine and other kinds of digital therapeutics and diagnostics.Here, we give you three studies, all published this month, that illustrate the different ways scientists are putting digital health through the clinical trial wringer.The conclusions show just how messy and nuanced digital health research can get.Meditation app no better than a sham app at improving critical thinkingAfter being passed down for thousands of years, the teaching of mindfulness meditation by live human instructors is starting to be replaced by digital apps.
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The Moto G6 Plus is a bigger and potentially better alternative to the Moto G6, but it’s also got the Moto G5S Plus to compete with.2017’s plus model is still a competent phone and it’s even more affordable, so is the Moto G6 Plus actually a better buy?Moto G6 Plus vs Moto G5S Plus designFrom the front the Moto G6 Plus looks a lot like the Moto G5S Plus.The back is where you’ll find the biggest visual difference though, as while the Moto G5S Plus is made of metal, the Moto G6 Plus is clad in glass.The dimensions and weight are of course different though, as the Moto G6 Plus is 160 x 75.5 x 8mm and 167g, and the Moto G5S Plus is 153.5 x 76.2 x 8mm and 168g.
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Trend Micro recently discovered that hackers repurposed the XiaoBa ransomware to carry a cryptocurrency miner payload.Typically, XiaoBa infects a PC, encrypts its files, and holds those files hostage until the victim delivers a payment to hackers.But in this case, the new payload injects the Coinhive mining script into HTM and HTML files used by the infected PC.Coinhive is a JavaScript-based component that is injected into webpages.Typically, the mining ends once you leave the Coinhive-infested page, bringing your processor’s performance back up to speed.The new XiaoBa variant appears to have a worm-style component, meaning it could spread from PC to PC connected to a local network, thus increasing the hackers’ financial gains.
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Browsing through offerings on Airbnb means clicking on rows of photos to compare options from prospective hosts.This kind of table-based navigation is increasingly central to our digital lives - but it can be tedious or impossible for people who are blind or have low vision to navigate these modern webpages using traditional screen readers.A new approach developed by engineers at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University uses the keyboard as a two-dimensional way to access tables, maps and nested lists.Results to be presented April 25 at the CHI 2018 conference in Montreal find this tool lets blind and low-vision users navigate these kinds of sites much more successfully than screen readers alone."We're not trying to replace screen readers, or the things that they do really well," said senior author Jennifer Mankoff, a professor in the UW's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science.This study demonstrates that we can use the keyboard to bring tangible, structured information back, and the benefits are enormous."
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While progress is being made on equal rights for the LGBT community, there is still a long way to go, as a new anti-discrimination campaign, ‘Beyond I Do,’ demonstrates.The campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States, despite the widespread misperception they have basic protections.The public service campaign from the Ad Council, in partnership with the Gill Foundation, promotes acceptance, empathy and understanding for the millions of LGBT Americans who can still be kicked out of their homes, fired from their jobs or denied services because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.The campaign highlights real Americans who have faced discrimination, and it also documents many stories of Americans who have faced discrimination across the country, along with facts about discrimination, at BeyondIDo.org.They speak for the 55% and growing number of LGBT people who have reported been discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to Glaad’s Accelerating Acceptance 2018 study.And while public opinion research shows 79% of non-LGBT Americans support equality for LGBT people, 80% still believe it’s illegal under federal law to fire, evict or refuse service to someone because they are LGBT.
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The internet supervisory body says it will continue to press for a moratorium on GDPR enforcement while it works to makes changesThe European Commission’s data protection advisory body has said it continues to have “concerns” about plans to bring the internet’s WHOIS service into compliance with sweeping new data rules set to come into force in Europe next month, indicating those plans are as yet insufficient.In a letter by the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), which is made up of representatives from EU member states’ data protection bodies, to internet oversight body ICANN, the European group identified a number of areas in which it was of the “utmost importance” for ICANN to “either reconsider or further evaluate its current approach”.The response is a further blow to ICANN’s plans to modify the WHOIS system, which makes contact information publicly available on anyone who registers a web domain.In its current form WHOIS is incompatible with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to come into force on 25 May.US-based ICANN only began its GDPR compliance efforts for WHOIS late last year.
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BALTIMORE, MD, April 16, 2018 - INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, announced it has awarded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) its 2018 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research, and Management Science for its use of operations research (O.R.)to create a revolutionary approach to meeting the rapidly growing need for the spectrum used for wireless communication in the United States and Canada.The FCC conducted the world's first two-sided "Incentive Auction" to meet the exploding demand for wireless services by reclaiming valuable low-band electromagnetic spectrum from TV broadcasters.By purchasing spectrum from TV broadcasters and reselling it to wireless providers, the auction repurposed 84 MHz of TV spectrum for mobile broadband, next-generation "5-G," and other wireless uses, raised nearly $20 billion in revenue, and contributed over $7 billion to reduce the federal deficit.First awarded in 1972, the Franz Edelman Award recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions of analytics and O.R.Each year, INFORMS honors finalist teams that have improved organizational efficiency, increased profits, brought better products to consumers, helped foster peace negotiations, and saved lives.
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Britain will bask in sunshine and warm temperatures this week as the country looks set to see the hottest day of the year so far.As the UK experiences its first taste of spring, just weeks after snow swept across many areas, the mercury could rise to up to 10C above the average for April, the Met Office has said.Meteorologist Alex Burkill said the weather will be “turning warmer for a little time” as hotter air is dragged up from the south, causing temperatures to rise as high as 25C by Thursday.The week ahead may have just what you're looking for - find all the details below pic.twitter.com/TV53PHmrwT— Met Office (@metoffice) April 15, 2018With cloud and rain poised to affect Wales, northern and western England, Scotland and Northern Ireland over Monday night and into Tuesday, he warned it could be “quite windy in the west”.
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On Monday, April 16, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.NASA's new exoplanet hunter will train its sights on nearer, brighter stars than its predecessors did."But the stars that Kepler was staring at for four years … they were all somewhere between 500 and 1,500 light-years away."[NASA's TESS Exoplanet-Hunter in Pictures]TESS is designed to find planets orbiting nearby stars spread across the sky, astrophysicist and pioneering exoplanet researcher Sara Seager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told Space.com.The satellite is not specifically intended to look for planets that can support life, but it can find planets orbiting in the habitable zone of small stars, said Seager, who serves as a deputy science director on TESS.
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Meet the new queen of stream on Apple Music.With 100 million streams for her debut album "Invasion of Privacy," Cardi B set a record for most first-week streams by a female artist on Apple Music, according to Apple.That doubles the number of first-week streams by previous record holder Taylor Swift and her album "Reputation."After just one week "Invasion of Privacy" is already the number five most-streamed album on Apple Music, edging ahead of Ed Sheeran's "Divide" and The Weeknd's "Starboy.Variety says the album "looks like a shoo-in for the No.1 spot on next week's albums chart, which would make Cardi B just the fifth female rapper to top the Billboard 200, along with Nicki Minaj (twice), Eve, Foxy Brown and of course Lauryn Hill."
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Wireless spectrum is in high-demand in the U.S., and for good reason.5G is just over the horizon, and carriers need low-latency, high-bandwidth frequencies.150MHz of spectrum between the 3550-3700MHz band, also known as the 3.5GHz Band, and called the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).One hitch is that the final rules around CBRS and each tier of use are not yet known.The spectrum assignments will be very different to what is currently being used though.We’ve known Google has been agitating to ensure the FCC sticks to it original rules for CBRS, and doesn’t cave to the big carriers, who want to keep the playing field skewed to their advantage (more on that in a bit).
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From beauty enthusiasts championing their favourite products, to health vloggers promoting their protein shakes, to discount codes on social media - influencer marketing continues to evolve.Brands, meanwhile, are leveraging influencers more than ever to increase engagement and customer loyalty.Not only do influencers yield power to introduce new audiences; they offer a unique and authentic perspective in social media conversations.But confusion over how to measure results with influencer marketing as well as how to handle instances of fake followers in an industry which is calling for more transparency means that marketers may hesitate before investing in this area.The Drum, in partnership with influencer marketing platform Buzzoole, is launching a research survey on influencer marketing in the UK and US to explore some of these issues.The survey will look at how brands and agencies are approaching their influencer marketing strategies – as well as what is influencing their current buying decisions.
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Researchers have been pushing the capabilities of materials by carefully designing precise structures that exhibit abnormal properties that can control acoustic or optical waves.However, these metamaterials are constructed in fixed geometries, meaning their unique abilities are always fixed.Now, new 3-D printed metamaterial developed by a team led by University of Southern California researchers can be remotely switched between active control and passive states.USC Viterbi School of Engineering Assistant Professor Qiming Wang and Ph.D. student Kun-Hao Yu, along with MIT Professor Nicholas Fang and University of Missouri Professor Guoliang Huang, have developed 3-D printed metamaterials capable of blocking sound waves and mechanical vibrations.Unlike current metamaterials, these can be turned on or off remotely using a magnetic field.Metamaterials can be used to manipulate wave phenomena such as radar, sound and light and have been used to develop technology such as cloaking devices and improved communication systems.
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Google is testifying once again before the congress about the Cambridge Analytica debacle and Facebook’s privacy policy in general.The U.S. Representative for California's 18th congressional district Anna Eshoo started by setting the tone.“Putting our private information on offer without concern for possible misuses is simply irresponsible,” she added.Eshoo asked her constituants to submit questions that they want to ask Zuckerberg.The result is an intense four-minute yes-or-no round of questions.While Zuckerberg was pretty good at answering yes or no to Eshoo’s questions, it wasn’t so simple with the business model question.
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Just a heads-up for anyone planning on skipping tonight's installment of HQ Trivia, tonight's show is being hosted by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to plug his new film Rampage.Because it's a sponsored show, HQ is offering a ridiculous $300,000 (£211,158) prize money.Normally the big US shows with fabulous prizes happen way past my bed time, but tonight it's going to be at the much more reasonable 8.45pm UK time.The show should take place as normal, with the usual rules, though the big prizes from the US show have started avoiding sharing the money between multiple winners.If there's more than one person left after 12 questions, they carry on until one person remains.Provided they all don't get eliminated in one go, otherwise the prize is carried over to another game.
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Scientists have developed a new way to improve how computers "see" and "understand" objects in the real world by training the computers' vision systems in a virtual environment.The research team published their findings in IEEE/CAA Journal of Autmatica Sinica, a joint publication of the IEEE and the Chinese Association of Automation.For computers to learn and accurately recognize objects, such as a building, a street, or humans, the machines must rely on processing huge amount of labeled data, in this case, images of objects with accurate annotations.Using manually labeled training datasets, a computer vision system compares its current situation to known situations and takes the best action it can "think" of -- whatever that happens to be."However, collecting and annotating images from the real world is too demanding in terms of labor and money investments," wrote Kunfeng Wang, an associate professor at China's State Key Laboratory for Management and Control for Complex Systems, and the lead author on the paper.Using a map of Zhongguancun, one of the busiest urban areas in Beijing, China, as their reference, they recreated the urban setting virtually by adding various buildings, cars, and even different weather conditions.
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When Elon Musk co-founded OpenAI its goal was to determine how AI technologies could best serve humanity.According to a new company charter, its mission going forward will be developing “highly autonomous systems that outperform humans at most economically valuable work.” It wants to make machines smarter than people.It’s called artificial general intelligence (AGI) and, depending on who you ask, it’s either the Holy Grail or Pandora’s Box when it comes to machine learning.Despite the fact that Musk recently distanced himself from the company — stating Tesla’s development of AI presented a conflict of interests for him – it still has his sense of ambition.Most of the people involved in the conversation on AGI are either still trying to sort out the semantics, academic types, or more worried about funding than existential threats to our species.With over $1 billion in funding, and support from some of the smartest minds (and biggest companies) in the field of AI, it’s in a unique position to focus on technology without worrying about pleasing shareholders or losing grants.
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The scientists have analyzed the mechanisms which reside behind the phenomenon of dynamic fragmentationof ductile metallic materials, that is, those that exhibit large permanent deformations when they are subjected to severe mechanical loading (steel, aluminum, tantalum...).Previously it was thought that dynamic fragmentation was basically triggeredby the inherent defects of the material (pores).What this research suggests is thatthe key mechanism which controls dynamic fragmentation may not be the porosity of the metallic material (defects), but the inertia effects.One of the authors of the study, Komi Espoir N'Souglo, pointed out that "we have developed a simple analytical model to shed light into the mechanisms which control dynamic fragmentation in porous metals used in the aerospace industry and the civilian-security sector".This scientist works in this research line at UC3M within the European research project OUTCOME."This work provides a new approach for analyzing and designing structures for which it is important to predict and control the size of the fragments that form when a metallic material fractures under impact loading," added OUTCOME project coordinator, José Antonio Rodríguez, from the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, and coauthor of the paper recently published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A.
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