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Two attractions coming to Disney World's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge had their names revealed Saturday at the D23 Destination D event, along with more details about how they will take tourists into the Star Wars universe.Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run is the official name of the previously announced Millennium Falcon experience, which will let riders pilot Han Solo and Chewbacca's famous ship.Guests who board Solo's ship will take one of three different roles for the experienceAlso unveiled Saturday was Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an attraction that will pit guests in the middle of a battle between Leia Organa's Resistance and the dark First Order.A video that Disney said was shot inside of the new attraction shows First Order officers, Stormtroopers and droids just before the Resistance's forces show up in an attack.These attractions and the Galaxy's Edge area will also get new songs and themes orchestrated by Star Wars composer John Williams, and a preview of these songs also debuted in a video released Saturday.
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Lamborghini has revealed its latest supercar one-off this week, but it’s a different beast than their usual creations.The SC18 is the first one-off from Squadra Corse, Lamborghini’s motorsport division, meaning it was built by some of the Italian carmaker’s top designers, engineers, and racing experts all to meet the dreams and desires of one unnamed customer with very deep pockets.And while the SC18 is intended to be driven hard on the track, it’s still road legal.Based on the Aventador, at first glance the SC18 looks like a mixed bag of body kit customizations designed for style and performance.Lamborghini says the hood intakes are borrowed from the Huracan GT3 EVO, while the side and rear fenders, fins, and air scoops all come from the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO.Topping off all the aerodynamic improvements is a carbon fiber rear wing that can adjusted by the driver to three different settings based on the amount of downforce needed.
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Google are set to appoint former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian as the new chief executive officer of Google Cloud.Kurian will join the company on November 26 and take over Google's cloud business in January, when current CEO Diane Greene is due to depart.Greene announced on Friday that she would be leaving the role after three years but confirmed she would stay on until January, when Kurian will take charge."After an unbelievably stimulating and productive three years, it's time to turn to the passions I've long had around mentoring and education," she said in the post.She admitted that she hadn't intended to stay in the role this long and will now turn her full attention to backing female entrepreneurs and education-technology products.Despite leaving her current position, Greene will continue to sit on the board of Google's parent company, Alphabet, where she has been a director since 2012.
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AirPods are one of Apple's most popular new products in years — in urban areas, the wireless white headphones can be seen adorning the lobes of all manner of commuters and pedestrians.That's why it's surprising that so many people don't know about one of the handiest AirPods tricks.Because the AirPods are wireless, you don't get the same remote with play/pause, track forward and track reverse buttons as you do with wired headphones.If you miss the remote, you can program your AirPods to react to a double-tap.So to pause the current song, or to move to the next song, all you have to do is tap on the AirPod in your ear twice with your finger.AirPods come with the default setting for a double tap set to activate Siri.
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We're still more than a week out from the official kickoff for Black Friday on Nov. 23.But B is jumping the gun with a sale on the new 2018 MacBook Air that started earlier this month, and is still in effect.(Note: Discount verified and still in effect as of Saturday, Nov.But $100 to $150 off a brand-new Apple laptop, which was introduced just a couple of weeks ago, ain't nothing.In fact, with the deal, the 2018 MacBook Air is only $100 more than the comparable 2017-era base model, which starts at $999.And the new edition features a superior display, a much faster processor, Touch ID and a bigger touchpad -- all in a more compact footprint.
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Last week, we featured sales on gear from outdoor retailers who were hoping to get a jump on the creeping monolith that is Black Friday.If you're in the mood—or if you have better things to do on your holiday weekend than shop—we've rounded up more than a dozen of our favorite deals to check out.The Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat is $50 OffIt may not be as beautiful as the Nest, but the Ecobee4 was our smart home thermostat of choice when we reviewed it last year.It has a full-color 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen that shows the indoor and outdoor temperature as you walk past, built-in Alexa, and can easily manage humidifiers and ventilators, as well as your HVAC system.With this bundle, you can ask Alexa to find your keys in the morning.
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Rumors about mid-range Pixel phones have been bubbling up for some time already, and now we have a batch of leaked photos that apparently show a cheaper Pixel phone in the flesh – or rather in the glass and plastic.It's being called the "Pixel 3 Lite" and it even comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, apparently.The leaked pictures are via the usually reliable tipsters at Rozetked, and show off a phone that looks a lot like the Pixel 3.However, in this case the 5.56-inch screen uses LCD technology rather than OLED, and the phone has a plastic rather than a metal back.According to the source, the phone is going to arrive rocking a mid-range Snapdragon 670 chip, 4GB of RAM, and just 32GB of internal storage, which can't be expanded – that suggests this is a phone destined primarily for developing markets, though we can't be sure until Google officially announces the handset itself.Rounding off the leaked specs, the Pixel 3 Lite brings with it a 12MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP selfie camera, and a 2,915 mAh battery (all of which seems to match the specs of the Pixel 3).
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If you’re a person even remotely annoyed by the pervasive paresence of ads in virtually every digital space, it’s probably safe to assume you definitely don’t want them in your email.Microsoft appears to have only just realised this.The company seemingly backtracked on rolling out an A/B test for banners in its Windows 10 Mail client following reports of ad appearances this week for some of its users, according to the Verge.Responding to a tweet about the ads by the Verge’s Tom Warren, Microsoft communications head Frank Shaw said that their appearance in Mail “was an experimental feature that was never intended to be tested broadly and it is being turned off.”Bad news: Mail for Windows10 is getting ads for non-office 365 subscribers!— Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) 16 November 2018
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Measurement nerds enter the 21st centuryAs incredible as it may seem, until this week the definitive measurement of a kilogram was a cylinder made of an alloy comprising 90 per cent platinum and 10 per cent iridium sat under a glass dome in a room in Paris.The cylinder is one of six official exact weights of one kilogram, and it has been that way since 1889: The same year Adolf Hitler was born, the Eiffel Tower was built, and American President Grover Cleveland added North and South Dakota, Montana, and Washington to the United States.And so on Friday representatives from 60 countries voted in perhaps the biggest ever change to how we measure things on this planet.The vote redefined the kilogram, the SI base unit of mass, so that it is no longer derived from a unique object, one of the aforementioned shafts of alloy, and instead can be calculated from constants in nature like its fellow SI base units.This is defined as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum in a 299,792,458th of a second.
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The slim volume had fun cataloguing the outlandish creatures of Harry Potter's wizarding world.And if nothing else, the Fantastic Beasts franchise provides us with yet another way into Rowling's much-loved and incredibly detailed magical world.Fantastic Beasts 2 is dense with Harry Potter references, and a firmer hand in the editing suite may have helped cut through a swathe of Potteresque subplots.Yet there's something to love about this unruly creature, which leaped into theaters Thursday in Australia and arrived Friday in the US and the UK.Covering no less than four major cities, Rowling's story plays out like a novel, chapter by chapter, focusing on different characters and their struggles with familiar themes.OG evil wizard overlord Grindelwald -- an eloquent but not exactly terrifying Johnny Depp with white eyelashes and one white eye -- shares similarities with the Harry Potter villain who shall not be named, building followers and promoting a world where wizards and witches are no longer hidden from non-magic folk.
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Almost like the script for a Hollywood blockbuster, the year began with a tragedy that seemed like a death sentence for the protagonist.I’ve been testing the Mate 20 Pro as I’ve traveled since Huawei’s big launch event in London, and at the risk of spoiling the surprise, I can honestly say it’s one of the best phones money can buy today.Aside from the wider notch, the Mate 20 Pro also distinguishes itself from the Mate 20 with the lack of a fingerprint scanner on its back.For example, while you have the usual 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, you’re also getting a Kirin 980 octa-core processor.AT and T-Mobile’s networks presented no issues; Verizon will work, though with limited coverage.Your existing microSD cards won’t work in the Mate 20 Pro; nor will you be able to use those NM Cards on anything but the Mate 20 Series phones.
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When you look at the world around you and consider what’s popular — the top movies, music, clothing, and products — you get the feeling that everything cool today is something we’ve seen before.The company sold 2.3 million of them in just 5 months, starting in the 2016 holiday season.Hungry for more, Nintendo returned with the SNES Classic Edition last summer.As of September 30, 2018, combined sales of the NES and SNES Classic editions have exceeded 10 million units.Once a limited edition product, the NES Classic is now a major money maker for Nintendo.It will be pre-loaded with 20 games, including favorites like Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3.
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Xiaomi has launched new products in the US as Walmart exclusives, among them being the new Xiaomi Mi Laser 150-inch Android TV projector.The model is quite pricey for a Walmart offering, not to mention one limited to a 1920 x 1080 resolution, at $1,999.99 USD.The Mi Laser features ultra-short throw projection for close placement to a wall or screen.The Xiaomi Mi Laser projector features Advanced Laser Display (ALPD) technology capable of outputting up to a 150-inch projected screen in Full HD resolution.The unit weighs a little over 15lbs and features a sleek, somewhat large design; the unit can be placed as close as 20-inches to the projection surface thanks to the ultra-short throw tech.The Chinese company packed a bunch of features into this model, including a glass dust cover, motorized focus, up to 8-point keystone correction, and 16GB of eMMC high-speed flash storage.
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NASA plans to livestream Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo capsule launch early tomorrow morning.The launch is scheduled to take place from Virginia at around 4AM on Saturday and NASA is already prepared to broadcast it to the world.Anyone will be able to stream the live launch broadcast through NASA’s Television website.The launch will involve Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket, which will carry the Cygnus cargo spacecraft into space for eventual docking with the International Space Station.The launch will take place from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and, assuming conditions are favorable, may be visible in certain parts of the US East Coast.NASA details potential visibility in the image below:
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The 2018-19 TV season isn’t even two months old, and there have now been changes at three of the five broadcast networks.Channing Dungey, president of entertainment for ABC, is the latest broadcast chief to exit.She’ll be replaced by Karey Burke, who is head of Freeform original programming development.Burke will oversee all development, programming, casting, marketing, business affairs and scheduling operations for ABC prime time and late night.Once the Disney-Fox deal closes, Burke will report to Dana Walden, who is currently CEO and chairman of Fox Television Group but will become chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment after the merger is finalized.“I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed,” Dungey, who will stay on in a transition period, said in a statement.
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With machine learning systems now being used to determine everything from stock prices to medical diagnoses, it's never been more important to look at how they arrive at decisions.A new approach out of MIT demonstrates that the main culprit is not just the algorithms themselves, but how the data itself is collected."Computer scientists are often quick to say that the way to make these systems less biased is to simply design better algorithms," says lead author Irene Chen, a PhD student who wrote the paper with MIT professor David Sontag and postdoctoral associate Fredrik D. Johansson.Looking at specific examples, researchers were able to both identify potential causes for differences in accuracies and quantify each factor's individual impact on the data.They then showed how changing the way they collected data could reduce each type of bias while still maintaining the same level of predictive accuracy."We view this as a toolbox for helping machine learning engineers figure out what questions to ask of their data in order to diagnose why their systems may be making unfair predictions," says Sontag.
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"Our company published the many proofs of concept for the applications of modern AI in drug discovery and completed many pilots.Several pharmaceutical companies are claiming to have hundreds of data scientists and the many petabytes of legacy data that will help them turn into the data companies.But so far with no tangible results coming out of these efforts.It is time to unveil our end-to-end drug discovery pipeline and offer rare disease foundations a chance to collect the data required for this pipeline and get the targets and molecules for testing.", saids Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, Founder, and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc."Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques, such as deep learning (DL), reinforcement learning (RL), and generative adversarial networks (GANs) play a pivotal role in studying the biology of aging on many levels.
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Today we’re focusing on the items that’ve just been listed (with different prices) starting on the 16th.People who see the newest version of Echo Dot and decide to buy three or more will get a big fat discount.If instead a prospective Dot owner wishes to attain the version made for a child, they’ll want to see the Echo Dot Kids Edition, yes that’s what it’s called.Buying two Echo Spot devices cuts $100 off the price, and buying two “All-New Echo Show” devices cuts off $120 from the total.A Ring Alarm sensor starter kit (Home Security System) is available in an 8-piece kit right this minute.Or you can pay MORE for less pieces in the 5-piece kit – but that’s completely up to you!
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Samsung unveiled its latest next-generation mobile system-on-chip (SoC), dubbed the Exynos 9820, that's expected to be embedded in the upcoming Galaxy S10.The impending chip is the company's first to house a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) to handle smartphones' AI functions on the device.The Exynos 9820 will perform AI tasks seven times faster than the previous generation SoC, the Exynos 9810, while also lowering power consumption and improving performance of AI-based functions like image recognition, translation, and speech transcription.In addition, the chip will instantly adjust camera settings for a photo based on surroundings and help power AR and VR applications.The move is important for Samsung as AI becomes central to the smartphone experience.The ability to run AI algorithms on the device, as opposed to the cloud, will be paramount to supporting the technology's advanced capabilities.
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Mutations in RAS proteins initiate many of the most aggressive tumors, and the search for pharmacological inhibitors of these proteins has become a priority in the battle against cancer.Michail Steklov, Francesca Baietti, and colleagues from the Anna Sablina lab (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology) identified LZTR1 as an evolutionarily conserved component of the RAS pathway.Multiple genetic studies overwhelmingly point out for the role of LZTR1 in a wide range of human disorders, such as Noonan Syndrome (a genetic disease), liver cancer, childhood cancer, and Schwannoma, a benign tumor that affects nerves.The researchers found that LZTR1 contributes to human diseases by acting as a part of the ubiquitin ligase complex that mediates conjugation of ubiquitin to RAS proteins.This conjugation reduces RAS recruitment to the membrane and thus its activation and downstream signalling.Prof. Anna Sablina (VIB-KU Leuven): "Despite of constant and exhaustive efforts to characterize RAS proteins, LZTR1 is the first novel RAS regulator, implicated in human diseases, that has been identified since years.
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