John Feeney

John Feeney

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It’s been a full year since Netflix announced that it would be adapting My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Bá’s Dark Horse comic series.Now it’s finally revealed the cast in all their superhero glory—okay, they reveal a very small portion of all their superhero glory, but we like what we see.There’s at least one decidedly accurate, classic comics-style mask peeking up from those umbrellas:The Umbrella Academy, set in 1977 in a world where JFK wasn’t assassinated, follows a group of mysteriously super-powered youths who get recruited to save the world from a mysterious threat by a mysterious benefactor.Those characters are, assuming Netflix hasn’t switched them up on us...though they very well might have.1) Spaceboy (played by Tom Hopper) is the leader of the team, and has super-strength; in the comic, his mind was put into the body of a Martian gorilla, which seems... unlikely to happen on the show.
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The UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics says it’s acceptable to genetically engineer human embryos, so long as the interventions aren’t harmful to the future child or society as a whole.Six years ago, the council approved a controversial fertility treatment requiring three genetic parents, an intervention designed to eliminate debilitating mitochondrial diseases.In its new report, “Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Social and Ethical Issues,” the Nuffield Council has concluded that it is “morally permissible” to edit the DNA of a human embryo, sperm, or egg to alter a future person’s characteristics, such as eliminating heritable diseases.Importantly, however, the council did not rule out non-therapeutic applications, such as cosmetic tweaks and enhancements, so long as the interventions are in the best interests of the future baby and the new characteristics don’t “increase disadvantage, discrimination, or division in society,” in the words of the researchers.“There is potential for heritable genome editing interventions to be used at some point in the future in assisted human reproduction, as a means for people to secure certain characteristics in their children,” said Karen Yeung, the chair of the Nuffield Council working party, in a statement.Back in 2015, scientists in China became the first to genetically modify a human embryo, but the embryo was destroyed shortly after the experiment.
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The European Commission today fined Google $5.05 billion (€4.34 billion) for violating EU antitrust rules, saying that "Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general Internet search."Google also violated EU antitrust rules by "ma[king] payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices," the commission said.Thirdly, Google allegedly ran afoul of EU rules by deterring manufacturers from using Android forks.Google "has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google," the commission said."We welcome the EU cracking down on Google's anti-competitive search behavior.We have felt its effects first hand for many years and has led directly to us having less market share on Android vs iOS and in general mobile vs desktop."
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Though the majority of savings for Prime Day 2018 so far have been on Amazon Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle devices, there’s a quite a few sales that have flown under the radar.We’ve already seen some pretty great deals on smartphones, smartwatches, and even Google Home products come down the pipeline.If you’re an adventure enthusiast, however, these probably aren’t the Prime Day discounts you were getting hyped for going into day one.Though there is still an entire day of deals to look forward to, there’s one discount that really caught our eye — $50 off the GoPro Hero Session.If you’re looking to capture those intense moments of biking, surfing, hiking, climbing, or just about anything else action related, GoPro is one of the only action camera brand you can trust.However, with models like the GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 6 retailing for as much as $429, we always jump on the chance to promote any discounts we come across.
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Bluetooth speakers have become totally commoditized, but if you want good sound quality and durability you need to still pay up.Except for today: Amazon is offering the awesome UE Wonderboom for just $50.Normally $99, it's been widely discounted for the past few weeks for $60 to $65.But $50 is the lowest price we've seen -- though that discount is limited to the deep blue and midnight blue colors.Just don't get this one if you need an aux-in -- it's wireless only.Read the CNET review of the UE Wonderboom.
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While you’d find plenty of forward-thinking businesses accepting Bitcoin out there, cryptocurrency payments largely remain on the brink of mainstream adoption.But according to new research [PDF] from Imperial College London and social trading platform eToro, we might not be all that far away from that moment.In a new report titled Cryptocurrencies: Overcoming Barriers to Trust and Adoption, Imperial College researchers William Knottenbelt and Zeynep Gurguc posit that digital currencies are slated to become a mainstream payment option within the next decade.“These [decentralized] technologies have the potential to upend everything we thought we knew about the nature of financial systems and financial assets.”The report argues mass adoption is certainly on the horizon given that cryptocurrencies already fulfil one of the three fundamental criteria of traditional fiat money: namely, acting as a store of value.The remaining two criteria have to do with acting as a medium of exchange (or eliminating the frictions associated with the barter economy) and acting as a legitimate measure of value in the economic system.
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Apple won’t likely release anything smaller than a MacBook Air with macOS onboard, ever – but I still want one.Or maybe what I want is top-notch hardware with a capable operating system without all the junk on Windows that only ever gets in the way of my everyday computing activities.I want something like Windows, but without the junk – I want something we’ll call goOS.I don’t use macOS for much that I can’t also do on Windows, and vice-versa.I know how to get rid of all the added junk – the apps I never asked for, the pop-up notifications, the smart assistants I rarely ever find a reason to interact with.But thinking like the average consumer: I don’t want to have to take the time to get rid of stuff I do not want to have to interact with.
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There is currently no early test for Type 1 diabetes and by the time someone is diagnosed, about 70 per cent of their critical insulin-producing cells have been destroyed.The Australian researchers from RMIT University and University of Sydney hope their detection kit could one day be used as a standard test for newborns, catching the disease in its earliest stages and enabling the development of treatments to delay or even prevent its onset."The detection kit we're developing is cost-effective and simple to use, requiring no specialist technical knowledge or expensive analysis," Bansal said.Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong autoimmune disorder that affects about 542,000 children around the world, with increasing numbers of adults also being diagnosed.The technology being developed by RMIT scientists and engineers uses a microchip and sensor to detect markers in the blood that can identify the early loss of beta cells.Beta cells are found in the pancreas and are the body's only way of making insulin, the sugar-regulating hormone that people with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce.
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I fjol gick Storbritannien, som ett av de första länderna i världen, ut och sa att man ämnar förbjuda nyförsäljningen av diesel- och bensinbilar från 2040.Därtill kastade man in en miljard pund i en fond för innovation inriktad på ren energi.Nu har utredningen ”The Road to Zero” presenterats där ramlinjerna för elektrifieringsplanerna tas upp.– De kommande årtiondena kommer att vara transformativa för vår bilindustri, vår nationella infrastruktur och sättet vi reser på.Vi förväntar oss att se större förändringar i transportsektorn de kommande tio åren än vad vi såg under förra århundradet, säger Chris Grayling, Storbritanniens transportminister, i ett uttalande.I Rapporten framgår det dels att man vill instifta ett krav på en dedikerad laddpunkt per nytt hem som byggs – samt att lobbying vattnat ut det utannonserade hårda fossilförbudet.
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As we enter the final phase in the countdown to Android P's public release, an intriguing new twist is becoming increasingly apparent: More than any Android release before it, Android P is first and foremost about Google's Android phones.We first got a whiff of this new reality back at the Google I/O developers' conference in May, when Google Engineering VP Dave Burke made the following disclaimer ahead of unveiling some of Android P's most prominent changes:You'll find these improvements on any device that adopts Google's version of the Android UI, such as Google Pixel and Android One devices.[Get fresh tips and insight in your inbox every Friday with JR's new Android Intelligence insider's newsletter.Now, hang on — before we go any further, let's get one thing straight: On some level, Android OS development has been at least partially about Google's self-controlled phones for quite some time.Samsung and other manufacturers have long meddled with the Android interface and disregarded Google's direction in order to do their own things, so the visual changes introduced with each new release have often ended up being relevant primarily for Pixel, Android One, and (in the past) Nexus devices.
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– this is serious, " says Pär Rylander, the authority's head of security.Telenor has between 15 may and 7 June, asked their customers to log on to the Tax agency website with e-id.What was not apparent was that Telenor via the subcontractor Identitrades services Identiway then got access to information about the person, such as housing and income.– the Tax warn that logging in to the Tax office via the private corporate websites.It is uncontrolled andrahandsinloggning, which means that you as an individual gives a private operator access to all information about you, says Pär Rylander.the Tax agency has blocked the ability to log in via a company.
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Congressional lawmakers want the pending Sprint–T-Mobile merger examined over the former's possible Chinese government links.According to a report from Bloomberg, the lawmakers are concerned that Sprint is majority-owned by Japan’s SoftBank… and SoftBank has worked with Huawei, which the US government has deemed a national security threat.It’s a rather tenuous link, but it seems the lawmakers deem it worthy of investigation.Huawei equipment remained in use in their networks in contravention of the 2013 agreementA draft letter is being circulated in the House by critics of the deal in pursuit of signatures.The letter will be sent to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin next week.
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The Government has been urged to get behind blockchain in a bid to transform the nation's data systems.Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall, has published a new paper highlighting the opportunities that the UK could benefit from by embracing blockchain technology, with a number of recommendations.This includes appointing a public-facing Chief Blockchain Officer who would be responsible for co-ordinating efforts to get the technology into public sector organisations across the country.Hughes recommends establishing a UK-based international blockchain competition to both inspire British entrepreneurs and attract international investment into home-grown companies.He also proposes a UK ‘blockchain departmental target’: a long-term aim for government departments to make a one percent efficiency saving by embracing blockchain and other associated services.Doing so will create an, "unrivalled opportunity to begin to review and redesign the UK’s data systems," Hughes wrote in his paper, which was published by Institute of Economic Affairs thinktank FREER.
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This white paper explains how IT administrators can use Veeam Availability Suite’s Veeam Cloud Connect capabilities to build their cloud backup services serving internal customers such as subsidiaries or business units.Read the white paper and learn– How to use Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise, available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, to configure multi-tenant (multi-customer) backup stores in just 10 minutes.– How Veeam Cloud Connect provides all the capabilities needed to manage cloud backup repositories, including setting up tenants, assigning quotas and tracking usage.– How cloud backup repositories for tenants are completely isolated from one another, and how customers can encrypt their backups.– How subsidiaries can connect to their cloud repositories directly from the Veeam backup console — seamlessly, securely and with a standard internet connection, with no VPN required.
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Five people were reportedly lynched in Dhule, India, on Sunday after a rumor that they were child kidnappers circulated on WhatsApp.Twelve people were arrested for the murders, according to BBC, which reported the victims were members of a nomadic community that was passing through a village when they were attacked.One man was allegedly talking to a girl, which made some villagers suspicious.They questioned the group, but weren't satisfied with its answers, M. Ramkumar, a senior police official, told the BBC.The villagers took the men to a room and beat them with bamboo sticks and stones.Rumors on WhatsApp have been linked to twelve previous deaths in India, according to the BBC.
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South Australian researchers are embarking on a $20 million medical and manufacturing research project which could reduce the chance of infection after orthopaedic surgery, thanks to a little help from the humble dragonfly.Working with leading surgeons and an Australian orthopaedic medical device company, researchers from the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia (UniSA) will use nano-modification technology based on the structure of the dragonfly wing, whose tiny spikes rip bacteria apart.In a unique R and manufacturing environment, researchers are carrying out a range of groundbreaking experiments to test whether mimicking the nano-patterns of the dragonfly wing on orthopaedic implants can kill harmful bacteria that cause infections.The four-year project, co-funded by Global Orthopaedic Technology and the Innovation Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), could give scientists and clinicians a critical breakthrough in their global fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, and is intended to create new technologies and processes to benefit the wider manufacturing sector.Professor Richard de Steiger, a leading Australian orthopaedic surgeon involved in clinical research, says implant infection post-surgery is a billion dollar problem worldwide, affecting around 2-3 per cent of medical implants, including devices to stabilise fractures, hip and knee replacements and spinal implants."There hasn't been any improvement in orthopaedic infection rates for the past 15 years, costing not only hundreds of millions of dollars in additional surgery worldwide, but more trauma for patients needing extra recovery time after a second operation, which is often less successful and poses an even greater risk of infection," he says.
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Early Friday morning, SpaceX plans to launch its 15th resupply mission from Cape Canaveral, sending its Dragon spacecraft packed with nearly 6,000 pounds of cargo into orbit.One of those experiments will include pricking, weighing, and collecting poop from the new mouse arrivals.Oh yeah, and videotaping them while they sleep.Because before NASA can start sending humans to Mars, they want to know exactly how the long journey will mess with their bodies, including all their resident bacteria.“We’re trying to understand the cascade of events that happens when microgravity interrupts sleep and wake cycles,” says Martha Vitaterna, a co-principal investigator on the study and the deputy director of Northwestern University’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology.Microbes make all kinds of essential molecules humans and mice can’t produce themselves; Vitaterna and her colleagues are hoping to learn if shifts to those chemical signals impair their host’s ability to weather things like sleep loss, which can throw metabolism and immune systems out of whack.
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In advertising’s golden age, “outdoor” was a category essentially synonymous with billboards.And while there are certainly still a few creative boards on display in this year’s top winners at the Cannes Lions, most of the golds went to out-of-home ideas that push the edges of how marketers can engage passersby.Take, for example, the massive dead whale created by Greenpeace Philippines and agency Dentsu Jayme Syfu.What looks at first to be a colossal carcass on the beach is, on closer inspection, a sculpture made from the types of plastic trash that are killing the region’s majestic ocean life.Then there’s HBO’s SXSWestworld, which brought eerily lifelike sci-fi interactions to modern-day Texas for a next-generation festival experience.The two Grand Prix winners perhaps represented both sides of the equation, reflecting traditional outdoor minimalism and the blurred lines between out-of-home and activations.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said Tesla is on track to hit its goal of making 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of June.Mark Truby, Ford's vice president of communications, responded to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday after Musk compared a Ford factory to a morgue.Mark Truby, Ford's vice president of communications, responded to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday after Musk compared a Ford factory to a morgue."I think there's a good vibe — I think the energy is good; go to Ford, it looks like a morgue," Musk said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.Truby alluded to the new production line Tesla built under a temporary, tent-like structure and took a veiled shot at Tesla's production issues in his response."No doubt the vibe is funky in that 'makeshift tent,' but it's not bad either across the street at the FordRouge plant where a high quality, high-tech F-150 rolls off the line every 53 seconds like clockwork.
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Inline skates may be relics of a bygone era, but that's not stopping Segway from bringing a modern twist to the totally radical mode of transportation.Segway, best known for its scooters, has announced the Segway Drift W1, the first in what promises to be a line of e-skates.The brand new category is all about easy-to-use mobile transportation.From photos and the video below, it appears as though you simply step on the skates before you're whisked away.The e-skates use Segway's self-balancing technology, so you *should* stay upright.Think of these as hoverboards with independent pieces for each of your feet.
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