Internet ballot-stuffing has existed for as long as Rickrolling, if not longer, but it used to be a serious endeavour requiring a certain level of commitment, however misguided.Yesterday a Reddit community sprung up dedicated to the proposition that it's worth the trouble to use bots to skew a Radio Times poll.Yes, the TV listings mag beloved of aunties across this United Kingdom, and specifically, its website, radiotimes.com, where the poll was run.The poll, managed by PollDaddy, saw James O'Brien of talk radio station LBC pitted against Brady Haran of the podcast Hello Internet in the final two of the radio and podcast award.The netizens appeared to want O'Brien, who had been shortlisted in the poll, which closed at 2200 BST last night, to lose and Haran, whose Hello Internet listeners are known as "Tims", to win.Judging by the chat on the thread, PollDaddy's developers valiantly deployed bans on IP addresses that voted too often as well as slinging out CAPTCHAs to those voters it was not sure about.
Google has begun rounding up information about unfolding natural disasters, terrorism and other crises within its Search and Maps tools.The initiative builds on earlier emergency response efforts from the US firm, including its Person Finder and Crisis Map tools.But this time, rather than requiring users to go to special sections of its site, SOS Alerts attempts to bring key information about incidents directly into two of Google's most used services.When activated, the Maps tool reveals, among other things, areas that should be avoided, which roads have been closed and places users can seek refuge.Data gathered from the firm's crowdsourced Waze mapping platform also makes it possible to see where traffic jams, accidents and other problems have been reported by the public.The level of detail shown within the Search tool depends on whether the person carrying out the query is close to the incident.
A Korean website has leaked another important feature that can be expected to come either packaged along with the Samsung Note 8 or sold separately – a pair of wireless earphones similar to Apple AirPods.According to reports, they will work with Bixby, Samsung's version of the personal assistant.The earbuds are expected to have noise cancelling technology that can identify the user's voice even when the ambient noise is high.The report quoted an unnamed Samsung official as saying, "If the Bluetooth earset is launched, (it) will be a great addition to the convenience of smartphone users."The Samsung Note 8, slated to be released on 23 August this year, is one of the most anticipated products as far as Android phones are concerned.The phone has a lot of image-rebuilding to do after the debacle with the Note 7, which in spite of being one of the best-reviewed devices of last year, severely dented Samsung's legacy.
An entire family in Berlin, including several children, had suffocated a few nights before when a seal on their refrigerator broke and toxic gas flooded their apartment.Anguished, the forty-seven-year-old physicist called up a young friend of his, the inventor and scientist Leo Szilard.(Although a theorist and somewhat flighty, Einstein came from a family of tinkerers—his uncle Jakob and father Hermann had invented new types of arc lamps and electricity meters—and he’d worked in the Swiss patent office for seven years.)The study of thermodynamics and heat had led to the concept of absolute zero—the coldest possible temperature—and several labs around the world were racing to reach the bottom of the thermometer.This dropped gas B’s temperature to –100 F. Opening a valve then caused B to expand, which forced B to deplete its internal store of heat energy.(The motor that runs the compressor causes the characteristic hum of refrigerators.)
The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is one of those trailers you never, ever forget.So, the cast and crew had a lot to live up to at Comic-Con, but the new trailer takes care of all of that.It’s a two-and-a-half-minute ball of action, awesomeness, humour, and insanity that may be the most purely fun Marvel movie trailer we’ve ever seen, all courtesy of director Taika Waititi.Guys, Thor and Loki are shooting people with laser guns.The trailer makes it clear that the brothers will team up to defeat Hela and Ragnarok.Plus, we’ve got the wolf Fenris, more of Thor and Bruce Banner’s delightful banter, general valkyries on pegasi, Valkyrie the character, sassy Jeff Goldblum, and so, so much more.
Tech site BGR has obtained mock-up renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from a third-party case manufacturer, which can give us an idea of what to expect before Samsung's announcement of the Note 8.Supposedly, the mock-ups are based on "genuine" leaked details and schematics.With that said, the mock-ups do seem to match what the rumor mill is saying about the Galaxy Note 8.Based on the mock-ups, it looks like the Galaxy Note 8 will have a similar design to the Galaxy S8.It'll have the S8's new "infinity" display with ultra-narrow borders, rounded display corners, a tall aspect-ratio display, and a dual-lens camera system.As is typical of Samsung's Note devices, the Note 8 will likely have a larger display than most other Galaxy S devices.
Every Star Trek show needs that aloof, nonhuman member of the team to comment on the weirdly human things that happen to them in life on a Starfleet vessel, and Discovery is no exception—say hello to Lieutenant Saru, Doug Jones’ freaky new Trek officer.One of the weirdest moments in Discovery’s first trailer involves Saru—near the end, where he casually tells Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham that his species can “sense the coming of death” (and that, of course, he can immediately sense it coming right now).It’s not only one of the weirdest, grimmest things you could happen to say to someone in the middle of what is presumably a tense, potentially life-threatening scenario, but this “death sense” is apparently a major part of Saru’s species.Revealed by Entertainment Weekly today, Saru is a Kelpian, the first of his kind to make it into Federation space and enlist in Starfleet, where he’s a science officer aboard the U.S.S.The reason Saru is the first is because on their homeworld, Kelpians are a “prey species,” constantly being hunted by the planet’s other major species, to the point that Kelpians evolved to have heightened survival instincts, including the ability to sense immediate mortal peril.If that wasn’t a shitty enough existence, apparently Saru also faces a tough social climate in the Federation, which apparently looks down on prey species like the Kelpians as being cowardly.
Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip.The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute.The results have been published in Physical Review X.For several years, researchers have been trying to use the spin of an electron to store and transmit information.This spin-orbit coupling allows targeted manipulation of the electron spin by an external electric field, but it also causes the spin's orientation to decay, which leads to a loss of information.In an international collaboration with colleagues from the US and Brazil, scientists from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, headed by Professor Dominik Zumbühl, have developed a new method that allows for targeted spin manipulation without the accompanying decay.
You don't need to be a cleanliness freak to have second thoughts about touching a handrail that thousands of other people touch each day.LG's smart solution is here to help.LG may be best known to most global consumers as the makers of assorted computers, TVs, and smartphones, but South Korea’s fourth-largest business conglomerate has its fingers in plenty of other pies as well.A gadget that the company is claiming is the world’s first “Handrail UV LED Sterilizer,” designed to remove germs from the handrails of escalators.Yes, that’s a long way from Android mobile phones, but it’s no less reliant on some pretty cool tech.LG’s handrail sterilizer skips out on boring solutions, such as hand wipes, to take on the problem of germ-ridden handrails.
It’s Going To Supercharge The Internet Of ThingsAt the moment, the annoying thing about Bluetooth devices is limited range.This isn’t great if you have a moderately sized house, or if you want to put your hub in the corner - not everything will reach!For example - imagine sitting on your sofa, you send an “on” command for the lights in the back bedroom.It Will Blanket The World With Bluetooth NetworksImagine as soon as you step into the living room if the air conditioning was to set the temperature exactly how you like it - and then then the lights would switch to the exact colours and mood that you like best, without you having to lift a finger or press a button.
A question that never dies out within the development system is which programming language to use.It is filled constantly with new languages, at the same time as they established the new functionality.Here's tips to IDG News in 9 languages to keep their eyes on.But it's getting somewhat old, with flaws that make themselves known.Perhaps best with Kotlin is the care placed on the management of null values, which can require a lot of work.Because you have to define the variables that will be able to have null values it is possible to verify how they are handled automatically.
Peter Relan addressed this speculative question for us at our MobileBeat 2017 conference this week.Now he’s CEO of Got It and an investor in the popular gaming chat app Discord.He thinks this will yield better results, and it’s an example of the kind of business that is better because it was born in the AI boom.You had this slew of companies, major tech giants, starting in that era without AI in their core spectrum.So I chose a few companies to look at very closely and consider what they would be like if they’d started with AI as something core to what they do.Facebook’s content is generated by its community of users.
In a week when the political world once again threatened to spin off its axis, there was something comforting in the dependable boringness of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s biannual testimony before Congress.Yellen’s four-year term as chair expires early next year, and while President Trump hasn’t ruled out reappointing her, he isn’t expected to do so.(He has also hired a staff full of policy experts, something other senior officials haven’t yet managed to do.)But by the reserved standards of the Fed, Cohn would represent a sharp departure in both style and experience.It’s been in the works for a while, but this week the Environmental Protection Agency officially began the process of withdrawing the Clean Water Rule — a never-implemented Obama-era regulation that would have allowed the EPA to treat pollution in upstream tributaries (including seasonal streams and wetlands) the same way as pollution in the larger, navigable lakes and rivers connected to those waterways.Because of the legal and rhetorical battle, it’s easy to miss that the EPA originally pitched the rule as a way to protect drinking water.
Tubettamisesta on tullut yhä useamman leipätyö.Haataisen, luovan johtajan Kai Rinkisen, operatiivisen johtajan Sanna Rousin, Duudsonien tuotantoyhtiö Rabbit Filmsin ja Iiro Lahdenrannan myyntitoimiston Result Entertainment Groupin omistama yritys avaa tänä vuonna toimiston ulkomaille.Sisältömarkkinoinnin lisäksi videoiden alussa pyörivien etumainosten tulot, live-keikat ja brändin lisensointisopimukset ovat olennainen osa artistien tekemistä”, Haatainen sanoo.Videosarja on 27 000 tilaajaa houkutelleen Ristiotteen ensimmäinen iso kaupallinen kumppanuus.”Älä koske kerrontatapaan, tämä on luova ala”, Verho neuvoo.Splayn tunnetuimmat tubettajat ovat myös kasvaneet YouTuben ulkopuolelle.
Myös alueelliset erot ovat merkittävät.Selvitys tarkastelee reumasairauksien ja tulehduksellisten suolistosairauksien eli IBD-sairauksien aiheuttamia työstäpoissaoloja ja niiden synnyttämiä kustannuksia yksilölle, työnantajalle ja yhteiskunnalle.Sairastamisen haitat korostuvat Itä- ja Pohjois-Suomessa: työkyvyttömyys on siellä noin kolminkertaista reuma- ja IBD-sairauksia sairastavilla muuhun Suomeen verrattuna.Selvityksen mukaan sen valossa voidaan kyseenalaistaa alueellisen tasa-arvon toteutuminen sairauksien hoidossa.Selvityksen kyljessä tehdyn kyselyn vastaajat ovat arvioineet työ- ja toimintakykynsä sekä kokonaisterveydentilansa alentuneeksi.Reuma- ja IBD-sairaudet vaikuttavat myös huomattavasti sairastavien tulonmuodostukseen ja siihen, miten he kokevat asemansa työelämässä.
Blizzard has announced today the it has secured owners for the first seven teams in its Overwatch League, a professional, city-based esports organization centered around the hit team-based shooter.The esports economy will grow 41.3 percent to $696 million in 2017, according to market researcher Newzoo.If Overwatch League succeeds, it could help grow competitive gaming even more.The owners, and the cities that will host their teams, are below:Robert Kraft, chairman and chief executive officer of the Kraft Group and the New England Patriots (Boston)Jeff Wilpon, co-founder and partner of Sterling.VC and chief operating officer of the New York Mets (New York)
A licensing deal between digital music service Spotify and Sony Music may help pave the way for Spotify to go public.The deal, which was first reported by Billboard, comes about after months of negotiations, and comes after the company’s multi-year licensing deal with Universal Music Group was announced earlier this year.The terms and details of Sony and Spotify’s deal has not been announced, but it could help the company finally go public, something it has been promising for a while.Pressure is mounting for Spotify, since the terms of its $1bn in debt raised last year grows the longer the company waits to go public.The company’s net loss doubled last year, according to the Billboard story, to roughly $568m on $3.1bn in revenue, from its latest filings.The service has over 50 million paid subscribers with more than 140 million total users.
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The device runs on Android Wear 2.0 software and was developed in collaboration Qualcomm and Google.Oh, and it starts at $2450.The 42mm case sports a 1.2-inch AMOLED 390×390 touchscreen and is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor.It also has 521MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, alongside a 300mAh batter.However, it doesn’t have an optical heart rate monitor, which makes sense given that people often don’t work out while wearing $3000 watches.Just as the Apple Watch Edition (the gold version of the watch) sought to offer a level of exclusivity to a usually mass-market device, Louis Vuitton’s new Tambour Horizon is looking to do the same.
wants to make sure even the hard-to-reach places in the US have access to speedy internet service.The software titan plans to promote a wireless access technology called "white space," which figures to be the centerpiece of a speech given by Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith later on Tuesday.Smith laid out his plans in a blog post on Monday.White space employs the unused slivers of spectrum that fall between what TV broadcasters use to deliver their channels over the air.Microsoft plans to work with regional telecommunications companies to invest in at least a dozen projects in 12 states over the next year, according to the Journal.White-space technology has been bandied about as a possible way to provide internet access to the parts of rural America where it's too expensive for rural telecom providers to lay out infrastructure for DSL or cable lines.