James Hammond

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In just about seven months, "Fortnite Battle Royale" has become the hottest game in the world.The game is not only free-to-play for anyone, it's also everywhere you could possibly play a video game: It's a free download for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, but also iOS.The gist of "Fortnite Battle Royale" is simple: 100 players are dropped onto an island with a constantly-shrinking "safe zone."There are weapons and special items scattered all over the island."Fortnite Battle Royale" may seem straightforward, but it's actually a very nuanced game with plenty of depth.Practice making quick buildings and ramps around your character in just a few seconds, which can save your character if you're getting shot at.
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There's a scene in one of the early episodes of The Handmaid's Tale's second season on Hulu that will stay with me for a very long time.In a flashback, June (Elisabeth Moss) is bringing her sick daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake) home from school.Husband Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) is already there, and he's watching disaster unfold on the television news, likely the beginnings of the religious takeover that results in Gilead.Whatever is happening in the outer world, however much it will affect her later on, protecting her small family comes first.It's just one of many quiet yet swelling-with-meaning moments in the second season that convince me this Hulu hit has only gotten better.It's clear why the show won so many Emmys, including best actress for Moss and outstanding drama series for the show at large.
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Sean Gordon Murphy, author of Batman: White Knight, has crafted within it his own pocket Batman world, with some substantial differences from the mainline world of the DC Universe, the most obvious one being that the Joker has gone dangerously, uh, sane.But according to Murphy, there are a few more inviolable rules of his universe, ones that he’ll follow if he ever crafts a sequel to White Knight, which is scheduled to end after the upcoming eighth issue.The rules, per Murphy’s Twitter, are as follows:When someone dies, they stay dead.— Sean Gordon Murphy (@Sean_G_Murphy) April 13, 2018No narration ballons, unless it's a voice over in a flashback.
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Zink is a printing technology that makes me worried about the future of our species.My dad used to work at a print company.Truck-sized printing presses were a hassle to set up, maintain, and clean.To print a photo, you had to use multiple plates, one for each color.After high school, I moved to California, where I worked in digital printing — glorified photocopiers, basically.Digital printing made it possible to do shorter print runs, with way less cost and setup time, but the quality suffered.
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Facebook is reportedly designing its very own processor hardware so as to reduce reliance on partners like Intel and Qualcomm in its device efforts.The news comes via anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg and apparent job listings.The outlet reports that Facebook is currently in the early stages of building a team to design silicon semiconductors, an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization.” Indeed that very job posting is still live on Facebook's online job board at the time of writing.Bloomberg suspects that Facebook could use these chips in future device endeavors, artificial intelligence software and server hardware.Perhaps the delayed Facebook speaker will use one of Facebook’s own chips.It’s interesting to see that Facebook is still openly hiring for this position with the news out from an awfully accurate team of leak reporters.
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The authors showed that wave interference can be used to control the absorption of light and electromagnetic radiation in general," recalls MIPT doctoral student Denis Baranov."We decided to find out if other processes, such as electromagnetic wave propagation, can be controlled in the same way."Well, we were quite surprised to find out that power transfer can indeed be enhanced by transmitting a portion of received power from the charging battery back to the receiving antenna."He managed to light fluorescent and incandescent lamps from a distance without any wires connecting the lamps to a generator.To pull off this feat, he used the principle of electromagnetic induction: When an alternating current passes through a coil -- that is, a conductor wound in a spiral around a cylinder-shaped core -- this gives rise to an alternating magnetic field both inside and outside the coil.Faraday's law says that if a second coil is placed in this magnetic field (figure 1), an electric current is induced in this other coil, which can then be used for charging an accumulator or some other purpose.
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We'd certainly developed quite the habit: Almost 50 percent of people say they couldn’t live without their phones, which we check every 12 minutes and touch an average of 2,600 times a day.First, fake news and Russian meddling on social media demonstrated that tech platforms and the algorithms that power them could affect real-world behavior, like how you vote.Maybe our death grip on our phones, which now occupy five hours of every day, isn’t a personal failing—lack of willpower, rudeness, narcissism.The financial incentive to keep us hooked is clear: Tech companies make money off of our attention, and shareholders measure success by the amount of time a company can keep us “engaged.” When we started focusing our anxieties on the effect that smartphones might have on children, the moral panic was complete.But even major tech companies have acknowledged that their products can make us feel bad and promised to be more mindful of their users—perhaps the best data point yet that our smartphone attachment is cause for concern.Cyberspace seemed designed to suck you in for hours on end—the Pavlovian conditioning triggered by AOL’s “You’ve Got Mail,” online gambling, online porn, chat rooms, instant messaging.
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For a time, it seemed the market was glutted with 360-degree cameras.Like many 360-degree cameras, it also had some teething issues.But with the arrival of the GoPro Fusion and Rylo 360 — two cameras with great hardware and software — is there a place still for the Theta?New for the Theta V is an indicator for live streaming (up to 4K), although this function is somewhat limited.Construction is solid, but one word of caution: Despite ensuring we kept the camera in a protective cloth bag or hard case when not in use, Ricoh told us our review sample ended up receiving a scratch on the lens, after we returned it.Font Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall Caps
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the Android had navigation buttons in and with the short-lived Android 3.0 Honeycomb in early 2011 – an update that was only designed for tablets.in the Past had the navigation been done through the physical buttons below the screen.In the autumn of the same year, we launched the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, using Galaxy Nexus as the face of the company, and since then the navigation has been the standard in Android.After more than six years seems to the navigation of the system to be on the road to be done again.Google happened the other day posting a screenshot that shows a new navigation bar, which led to speculation about the gestnavigering.Now it has appeared unofficial information about how it all works.
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Online used car dealer Carvana, famous for its gargantuan automobile vending machines, has acquired Car360, a Mark Cuban-backed startup that offers computer vision and interactive 360-degree imagery technology to help car sellers showcase their vehicles.Carvana paid $6.7 million in cash, according to an SEC filing, while also issuing shares with an aggregate value of $15.2 million, based on the previous two months’ average trading price.This puts the total acquisition price at around $22 million.The acquisition closed on April 12, 2018, according to the filing.Founded in 2013, Phoenix-based Carvana serves as an online platform for buying and selling cars.While the company delivers cars to buyers across the U.S., it hit the headlines back in 2013 when it opened its first used-car “vending machine” in Atlanta for customers to collect cars they had purchased online.
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Nintendo was the first out with the thumbnails of the NES and SNES, which had a major impact.Then there was the Commodore 64's turn to shrink.Retro is definitely back, and now Sega has gone into the game with a Mega Drive Mini.It was during the Sega Fes 2018, which the company showed off the machine, which shall follow the same principles as the other Mini-units.That is to say that it comes preloaded with a number of games.But exactly which games will be shipped with held it silently on.
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Oh, and look out for data monopolies, peers warnThe House of Lords wants to make sure data used by AI systems is not monopolised and the technology is developed on ethical guidelines.That’s not impossible, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, chair of the Lords’ Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence told us.GM Foods is where it was done badly, and human embryo research is where it has been done well.”The report was designed “to avoid a moral panic,” Clement-Jones told us.The Committee gathered oral evidence from over 200 witnesses - including “Captain Cyborg”, Professor Kevin Warwick, and a witness from The Register - last year.
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All Photos: Adam Clark Estes (Gizmodo)Before diving right in, I should admit that Apple’s sales pitch for the new iPad worked on me.The company announced the new product two weeks ago at a fanfare-heavy event in Chicago that emphasised how iPads were especially great for schools since the new £319 version supported the Apple Pencil.The Apple Pencil is widely regarded as the very best stylus solution for the tablet, and I felt swayed.The iPad is simply more useful if you can write on it easily.In the past, the cheapest iPad didn’t support the Pencil—that was an iPad Pro thing—so the added value actually felt valuable.
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You can buy several different relatively inexpensive generic charging cases for the iPhone X to increase your battery life on the go, but there are only a handful of Qi-certified cases that allow you to wirelessly charge both the case and your phone.Mophie's new Juice Pack Air for iPhone will be one of them when it hits the market in the near future.At least we think it'll be available soon after 9to5Mac posted a screenshot of the product listing on AT's website that has since been removed (9to5Mac got the tip from YouTuber Shane who got the tip from one of his viewers).The Juice Pack Air for iPhone X, which will come in red or blue, doesn't have a huge battery -- it's a 1,720 mAh battery that can add up to 9 hours of talk time to the iPhone X.But the case appears to be pretty slim.According to the listing, the Juice Pack Air for iPhone X will be priced at $90.
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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg took a shot at SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch during a discussion with Politico’s Robert Allbritton last night.After commending the innovation of the new-space community, while pointing out that Boeing had had its claws into the space industry since the dawn of spaceflight, Muilenburg was keen to emphasise the reliability and safety of Boeing’s wares, particularly when making the jump from transporting cargo into space to lobbing humans into orbit.Allbritton asked: “So the Camaro is not going into space any time soon?”Muilenburg joked in reply: “We might pick up the one that's out there [Musk's Tesla Roadster and its dummy driver, Starman] and bring it back: ‘Look what we found!’”The Musk-baiting continued with the Boeing boss plugging NASA’s troubled Space Launch System (SLS), claiming that it is the “only rocket being built that has the capacity to go back to the Moon and then go to Mars”.MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)
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In the last year, the business and consumer markets alike have seen the release of advanced technologies that were once considered the stuff of science fiction.Smart gadgets that control every facet of your home, self-driving vehicles, facial and biometric identification systems and more have begun to emerge, giving us a glimpse of the high-tech reality we’re moving towards.– Kristy Knichel, Knichel LogisticsA real iron man suitWith the superhero phenomenon and today’s technological advancements, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the U.S. Army is building a suit to withstand ballistic, shock and fire damage.5G networks, which will begin to roll out in 2018, will make a significant difference to the capabilities of mobile devices and wearables.
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The names of four deadly hurricanes that caused significant amounts of damage to the United States and Caribbean last year are being retired, officials announced Thursday."Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive - otherwise names are reused on a six-year cycle," the NOAA said.The international committee has decided that the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will be replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel and make their debut during the 2023 hurricane season.Since 1954, there have been 86 names that have been retired from the Atlantic basic list, when storms began to be named.The 2005 hurricane season has the most retired names, with five for one season, including Hurricane Katrina, according to the NOAA.The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season featured 17 named storms, of which 10 strengthened to hurricanes and six became major hurricanes at the strength of a Category 3 or higher.
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It's a rare event when a limited-edition variant of a supercar is actually less expensive than the regular one, but that's the case with the rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 RWS.The 2018 Audi R8 RWS carries a suggested price tag of $139,950 including destination, Motor Trend reports.If that seems cheap, it is -- a base AWD R8 will set you back $166,150, and the hopped-up R8 V10 Plus starts at $195,650.That said, the R8 RWS is limited to 320 examples in the US, so you'll need to hustle if you want to save $26,000 on this four-ringed supercar.Mounted midship is a 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V10 putting out 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.It'll hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, which is only a couple ticks off the AWD R8's 0-to-60 time, and it'll get pretty darn close to 200 mph if you have the space for a top-speed run.
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Microsoft has long been looking at ways to merge the physical world with the digital one, such as its Hololens and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and now it's revealed Project Zanzibar, potentially its most exciting attempt yet.Project Zanzibar is a portable mat that comes with NFC (near field communication) functionality – the same technology that allows you to quickly pay in shops and restaurants by tapping your smartphone on a payment device.The mat also has capacitive sensing to detect multi-touch gestures and movement, allowing it to identify physical objects placed on it.What if you could play with toys and cards and blocks, while watching your actions come alive onscreen?”The blog also outlines some potential uses for Project Zanzibar, which the team envisions could drastically change the way we interact with PCs.Standard toys could be placed on the mat and given globally unique IDs, enabling data to be stored for each object.
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From smartphones to electric vehicles, many of today's technologies run on lithium ion batteries.An iPhone X battery only lasts for 21 hours of talk time, and Tesla's model S has a 335-mile range -- which means you could expect to make it from Newark, Delaware to Providence, Rhode Island, but not all the way to Boston, on one charge.Scientists all over the world -- including even the inventor of lithium ion batteries himself, John Goodenough -- are looking for ways to make rechargeable batteries safer, lighter, and more powerful.Now, an international team of researchers led by Bingqing Wei, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware and the director of the Center for Fuel Cells and Batteries, is doing work that could lay the foundation for more widespread use of lithium metal batteries that would have more capacity than the lithium ion batteries commonly used in consumer electronics today.Electrons flow from the anode to the cathode to generate electricity."Theoretically, lithium metal is one of the best choices for batteries, but it is hard to handle in practice," Wei said.
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