Dorothy Chiaramonte

Dorothy Chiaramonte

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It’s ironic, then, that it’s taken an ‘incurable’ brain tumour for me to change my outlook on life.And I now realise how valuable my life is.I appreciate the little things, I don’t take anything for granted, and I am grateful.Which is why I am determined to prolong this life I cherish, despite the odds seemingly being stacked against me, determined to find a ‘cure’ where the NHS tells me there isn’t one.I’d been having bad headaches for six months or so, but didn’t really think anything of it.As scary as the seizure was, I still went to work that day, and didn’t even see my GP until a week later.
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There’s been a break in the multi-year feud between Google and Amazon, apparently, as Amazon is now — once again — selling Google Chromecast devices on its site.The devices were banned from Amazon back in 2015, when the retailer then decided that only devices supporting Prime Video would be allowed.A year ago, it said it was assorting Chromecast but that didn’t hold up.Instead, the two companies entered into another feud — this time over Amazon’s implementation of a YouTube player on its Echo Show.But now, things seem to be cooling down again.As first spotted by Android Police, Chomecasts are back for sale on Amazon.com.
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Colgate is taking a comedic route this year, as it returns to the Super Bowl after first appearing in 2016.The 30-second national spot will air during the second commercial break of the third quarter.Produced by ad agency Red Fuse and directed by Bryan Buckley, the ad will feature actor Luke Wilson in his first Super Bowl commercial.It’s not clear yet what Wilson will do, but some comedy is expected.The commercial, however, will feature Colgate Total, a product making its Super Bowl debut.The Super Bowl airs on Feb. 3, 2019 on CBS.
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Currently, hundreds of podcasts with over 100,000 episodes are available.Pandora makes personal podcast recommendations based on several factors.In a blog post, Pandora announced that podcasts are now available to all listeners.The Pandora app now features a new “Recommended Podcasts For You” tab.According to Pandora, it spent the last year fine-tuning its Podcast Genome Project to dole out personal recommendations.Similar to the Music Genome Project, the Podcast Genome Project looks at several attributes across content categories and signals like thumbs, skips, collects, and plays.
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The cruel universe of HBO's Game of Thrones seems to respect a high-class woman who's willing to do whatever it takes to look out for herself.In anticipation of the show's final season, set to debut in April, researchers from Australia's Macquarie University reviewed the frequent and often gory deaths from the first seven seasons.The goal was to take a scientific approach to determining exactly how long characters survived on screen and what attributes gave them a better chance of lasting longer.Still, the odds of survival aren't great, with 56 percent of characters getting the ax (or the Mountain's special skull-crushing treatment, or devoured by dogs, or...) by the end of the seventh season.Those who didn't make it lasted anywhere from just 11 seconds on the show to 57 hours.You've probably already forgotten poor Waymar Royce, who was the very first to die, just five minutes into the show's first episode at the hands of a White Walker.
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Do banks need to become fintechs in order to survive?YES, says Lu Zurawski, consumer payments practice lead at ACI Worldwide.Big banks definitely need to find ways to become more like fintechs, which represent a new way of engaging with customers who increasingly expect modern, mobile-first and always-available services.These tech-savvy firms focus on customer-centric, informative apps which help with budgeting and saving decisions, as well as secure payments.Unfortunately, big banks have to prioritise time and budgets on onerous tasks that maintain old and misbehaving IT systems, preventing them from competing effectively.It’s an interesting paradox, though, that although some fintech companies have suffered availability problems (often due to IT outsourcing issues), customers and regulators have largely been willing to forgive because the benefits of the service outweigh issues caused by temporary outages.
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That's the question at the heart of Spotify's new promotion: The music streaming company is offering free Google Home Mini smart speakers to anyone paying for a Spotify Family subscription ($15/month).But the free offer is limited — you've gotta act fast!So, how do you get one?First things first, two limitations:The free Google Home Mini offer applies to both new and existing Spotify Premium for Family customers in the United States.To get the free Google Home Mini, you have to be a subscriber to the Spotify Premium for Family plan.
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You don’t have to follow the financial technology industry or work with developers in faraway lands to know TransferWise, arguably the world’s leading peer-to-peer money-transferring startup.Gregg Schoenberg: It’s good to connect, Kristo.Kristo Käärman: Yes, things are going very well.Anti-trade factions or the natural forces leading us to become more global?Let me also preface this by saying that whenever we’re in the U.S., everyone’s brain immediately goes to U.S. to Mexico.GS: Is dollar-peso high on the list?
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A forecast for the year 2018 show that carbon dioxide emissions in the world is higher than any in the previous year.Behind the bleak numbers, there is an increased use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.The total emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is expected to end at a record high of sek 37.1 billion tonnes in 2018, which means that emissions increased by 2.7 percent compared with 2017.It shows a report produced by researchers within the international organization Global Carbon Project and presented in the context of the ongoing UN climate conference in Poland.”in Order to achieve the objectives of the paris agreement must ambitionsgraden begin to increase now, and in a significant rate,” says klimatforskaren Robbie Andrew in a statement.the Use of coal, oil and natural gas increases
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Waymo, the former Google self-driving project owned by parent company Alphabet, is launching a commercial robotaxi service in the Phoenix area dubbed Waymo One.This milestone, for the company and nascent self-driving technology industry, comes with caveats.And for now, the company says it will have Waymo-trained test drivers behind the wheel (even though the company already has driverless vehicles on public roads in Phoenix).Waymo will first invite Phoenix residents who are part of its early rider program, which was designed to give a vetted group of people the ability to use an app to hail a self-driving vehicle.The early rider program, which launched in April 2017, had more than 400 participants the last time Waymo shared figures on the program.Waymo will invite some of the early riders to move over to the Waymo One service.
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Qualcomm has revealed its first 5G solution for next-gen smartphones and more, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.Multi-gigabit 5G, meanwhile, will help cut data transfer times and latency considerably over 4G LTE networks, assuming you have the 5G network to deliver it.Qualcomm says it’ll deliver up to three times the performance compared to its predecessor in the Snapdragon 845, currently found in phones like the Pixel 3 XL and Galaxy Note 9, by intelligently choosing which core to task each time.The focus there is on-device AI processing rather than having to rely on the cloud, whether that means delivering portrait mode photos with a single camera, scene detection, or analyzing photos and videos for visual search.Meanwhile, Snapdragon Elite Gaming will focus on the silicon’s potential in mobile games.With fledgling 5G networks just beginning to light up, and more coverage promised for 2019, the first taste of fifth-generation connectivity is almost upon us.
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Bose has officially announced a consumer release of Frames, its augmented reality sunglasses that use sound instead of sight to relay information.At launch, the glasses will mainly be focussed on using a built-in microphone and open-ear headphones to interact with Siri and Google Assistant.Next year, however, Bose hopes to launch its own augmented reality platform for apps after shipping 10,000 pairs of the glasses to AR developers in 2018.We had a chance to try out a couple of example apps earlier this year when Bose first announced the glasses.When paired to our phone, the glasses were able to understand our location using GPS and our direction using its own built-in nine-axis motion sensor.Using these data points in conjunction with voice commands and a single multifunction button, the glasses could then offer information about whatever we were looking at via the speakers in each of the sunglasses’ arms.
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Det hjälper inte att komma med nya onödiga styrsystem, skriver läsaren Hans Lönn.Pumparna är alldeles för stora och ger för högt tryck som i sin tur gör att vattnet snurrar runt alldeles för fort.Som backup för nätet använder man sig av det numera nedlagda sjukhusets gamla panncentral.Den ligger i slutet av nätet och matar bakifrån vilket gör att de som bor närmast klagar på att det blir för varmt i bostaden när det är kallt och backupsystemet körs.Å andra sidan är nästan alla värmesystem överdimensionerade i Sverige.Inte ett dugg, man bara bygger ut produktionsanläggningen och så tror man att allt löses med det totalt onödiga styrsystemet från Ngenics.
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“Content is the key to unlocking adoption of VR”Smartphone-based Virtual Reality (VR) headsets sales have “collapsed”, technology analysts CCS Insight say in a new report.Sales have tumbled from eight million units in 2017 to fewer than three million this year: “This steep decline has occurred despite heavy price cuts and extensive promotions over the past 12 months” CCS said.The company’s chief of research, Ben Wood blamed a lack of good content and a move away from cheap cardboard-based phone headsets, although interest in smartphone VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and the Zeiss One Plus VR has also waned, he noted.He said: “We continue to believe that content is the key to unlocking adoption of VR.“We expect the next wave of adoption to come from dedicated devices that offer a more compelling, wire-free experience”.
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CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Pneumonia, a respiratory disease that kills about 50,000 people in the United States every year, can be caused by many different microbes, including bacteria and viruses.However, current diagnostic approaches often take several days to return definitive results, making it harder for doctors to prescribe the right treatment.MIT researchers have now developed a nanoparticle-based technology that could be used to improve the speed of diagnosis.This type of sensor could also be used to monitor whether antibiotic therapy has successfully treated the infection, says Sangeeta Bhatia, the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the senior author of the study.But if the patient's symptoms don't go away, then you would want to see if the bacteria is still growing.Graduate student Colin Buss and recent PhD recipient Jaideep Dudani are the lead authors of the paper, which appears online Nov. 29 in the journal EBioMedicine.
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After a rough storm hit Canterbury, New Zealand, last week, Mary anticipated piles of "rubbish" would wash ashore.But when she inspected the bizarre-looking object Saturday at a Rakaia Huts beach, shrieking after she realized it wasn't just another piece of trash — it was the skeleton of an "alien"-like critter.Mary snapped several photos of the mysterious creature, capturing it at all angles."Can anyone help identify this fish/ray/alien I found washed up at Rakaia Huts???""Alien definitely alien," one user replied."I don't know, looks blood creepy," another wrote, in part.
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In India, a hub for tech support centers, a rise in scams forced Microsoft and the police to take action.Scammers based in the suburbs of New Delhi set up fake centers, from which they sent out alerts and called people to say their computers had been infected with a nonexistent virus, The New York Times reported Wednesday.Most people ignored the efforts to contact them, but those who didn't were offered services costing between $100 and $1,000 to fix the purported problem.Most of the victims were American or Canadian, the Times noted.Microsoft and cops in the city traced the fake support centers' locations, resulting in 16 raids and around 36 arrests on Tuesday and Wednesday.In October, 10 similar raids brought about 24 arrests.
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Net neutrality advocates are preparing one more "Day of Action" before the expiration of a key deadline for restoring the repealed rules.But the measure still needs majority support from the House of Representatives by a deadline of December 10, net neutrality advocates say.Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repealAdvocacy groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress organized a Day of Action for Thursday this week."Congress has until the end of this session to reverse [FCC Chairman] Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal—afterwards, it gets way harder to restore protections against blocking, throttling, and new fees," the groups said."So we're bringing together tech companies, small businesses, and Internet users for an epic push on November 29th to pressure lawmakers into signing the Congressional Review Act resolution to restore net neutrality before it expires."
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Föräldrar sparar hela året för att ha råd med barnens elektronik.Åtta av tio upplever en ekonomisk press kring att förse dem med den senaste tekniken.Det ekonomiska trycket kring att köpa teknikprylar till barnen är extra stort i jultider.Av de 2 000 föräldrar som deltog i undersökningen erkände en tredjedel att de själva avstår från egna inköp för att ha råd med de senaste teknikprylarna åt sina barn.Studien visade också att 37 procent av föräldrarna sparar pengar hela året för att säkerställa att deras barn har samma nya prylar som sina kompisar.Hela åtta av tio tillfrågade kände en ekonomisk press kring att förse dem med den allra senaste tekniken.
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It's been a few years since Sharky passed along some tales of IT people recruiting animals to pull network wire through some inconvenient places -- but now one pilot fish may have found the grandaddy of them all."An 1884 story in the British journal The Electrician said that in the 1850s, most of the London telegraph wires were underground," says fish."The main wires went through big tunnels that also contained gas and sewer pipes, big enough for a man to walk through.But according to a Western Union manager named Morrill Marean, the wires that came off the main line ran through much smaller pipes for as much as two or three miles."Marean's story continued: One of these lateral wires was hauled out to be repaired.The men doing this work failed to attach to it a leading line, by which the wire could be drawn through again.
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