Kenneth Childs

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A recent study by the University of California, San Diego, showed four new ways to expose Internet users’ browsing histories.They also showed the ways in which these histories could and can be used to target internet users with various attacks.Most of these attacks take aim psychologically, targeting the trust users have in details to which they believe only their closest friends and family have access.“My hope is that the severity of some of our published attacks will push browser vendors to revisit how they handle history data,” said research author Deian Stefan, an assistant professor in computer science at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.“I’m happy to see folks from Mozilla, Google, and the broader World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) community already engage in this.”The four new ways to view your browser history are classified as “history sniffing attacks” by the authors of the research paper “Browser history re:visited.” Two categories for these four include visited-link attacks and cache-based attacks.
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Facebook is trying to attract more teens to the social network with a new product that could tickle their funny bones.The world's largest social network is building and testing a hub for humorous meme content called LOL, according to a report from TechCrunch on Friday.A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company was experimenting with the idea."We are running a small scale test and the concept is in the early stages right now," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.The social network has struggled to keep its younger users as they flock to apps such as Snapchat.The good news, though, is Facebook owns Instagram, a photo-sharing app popular among teens.
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When Breville first sent me the Smart Oven Pizzaiolo to review, the company anxiously inquired if I planned to consult my professional pizzaiolo friend.Wood-fired pizza seems like a simple dish, but it’s challenging to get right.I could forget to let the dough warm up and rise, or not check to make sure the pizza isn’t sticking to the pizza peel—the wide paddle that holds the pie—before sliding it into the oven.(Try drained, blended canned tomatoes instead.)The upshot is that even for pizza novices, the Pizzaiolo is a remarkably easy, foolproof way to turn out restaurant-quality pie.), slide the pizza in, and tap the timer knob to start the countdown.
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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has repurchased more than 6 million shares as investors sell after a lockup period.The company bought the Class B shares at an average price of HKD 9.76 ($1.24), totaling nearly HKD 60 million.The company closed at HKD 10.16, up just over 4% compared to Thursday.“The board believes that the current financial resources of the group enable it to implement the share repurchase while maintaining a solid financial position,” Xiaomi said in a statement to TechNode, adding its brand proposition with cost-efficient products “will be even more compelling in current market conditions.”In an annual meeting earlier this month, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced a RMB 10 billion (around $1.5 billion) investment plan in artificial intelligence (AI) and smart devices over the next five years.The company said it has confidence in its business outlook, which is driven by its smartphones and AIoT strategy—a term used to describe the convergence of AI and internet of things technologies.
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And while computer mice might be easily recognizable gadgets in today’s world, gaming mice are specialty products.It’s all exaggerated designs, flashy RGB lighting, edgy names, and black plastic as far as the eye can see.Our wired and wireless picks for best gaming mice have faster polling sensors for smoother tracking, work well for different game genres / play styles, aren’t overly flashy, and don’t require downloading software to change sensor sensitivity.In 2019, it’s more about flexibility: if you remove the wire, that’s a cord you don’t have to drag around while lining up your shot.On the other hand, a wired mouse might be more convenient for the player on a budget, or, if you just dislike charging batteries.The Logitech G Pro Wireless takes the crown for the best wireless gaming mouse because it has the smoothest tracking across apps and games, and consistent wireless performance.
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The group behind the billboards that have been trolling politicians with their own words has raised £10,000 less than four hours after they launched a fundraiser.Posters with embarrassing quotes from prominent MPs involved in Brexit have been appearing across the country since the new year.Okay we’re doing it, we’ve set up a crowdfunder.Let’s make this thing go national.Chip in to get @ByDonkeys posters up across the country.This will only work if you make it work, so PLEASE RT/share/Facebook/shout/scream about it >> https://t.co/b8z7ZxwAJ2 (1/4) pic.twitter.com/4llycQdf6W
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Over the past four months in the run up to Star Trek: Discovery’s return, CBS All Access released four excellent mini-episodes under the Short Treks banner.Except they had a problem that was not quite as mini as the episodes: none of them were actually available outside of the U.S. and Canada.As a surprise announcement today – spotted by TrekMovie – confirmed that Netflix will now air all four Short Treks episodes starting... well, right now basically.You won’t find them by searching for “Short Treks” however – here they are sitting all pretty in the “Trailers & More” section of Star Trek: Discovery’s Netflix page in my UK account:It’s pretty much the perfect way to get set up for Discovery’s season 2 premiere, which drops on Netflix internationally today.But even if you weren’t looking for something to get you in the Trek mood ahead of Discovery’s return, you should watch Short Treks anyway.
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Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) has partnered with tech giant Baidu to distribute “red packets” during the world’s most-watched television show of the year—the Spring Festival Gala.The partnership excludes Tencent and Alibaba, which in previous years have been involved in the event.In 2018, more than 1.1 billion viewers watched the show.It has previously partnered with Tencent-owned messaging platform WeChat, mobile payment platform Alipay, and online marketplace Taobao.Chinese family members give red packets, or hongbao, to one another as a gesture of good fortune during Chinese New Year celebrations.In recent years, these gifts have moved online with the advent of platforms like WeChat and Alipay.
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We’ve known for a while now that China has a roadmap to implement a ‘social credit system’ for its citizens in 2020: the plan is to score people based on their interactions and infractions with public and private institutions, such as breaking traffic rules, and spreading misinformation online.This week, China Daily reported that North China’s Hebei province is putting that idea into practice in a small, but potentially damaging way: it’s highlighting debtors around you on a map displayed in a mini-app on the immensely popular WeChat platform, in an effort to shame people who haven’t cleared their dues.The mini-app reportedly not only lets you know if there are debtors around you within a 500-meter radius, but also displays personal information about them, including their names, national ID numbers and why they’re on the blacklist in the first place.China Daily added that this is to “make it easier for people to whistle-blow on debtors capable of paying their debts.”Xinhua News Agency previously reported back in October 2017 that the Chinese government’s had plans to put a ‘deadbeat shaming’ system in place.It’s alarming to learn that it’s actually being implemented.
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Henry Sauermann, associate professor of strategy at ESMT Berlin, has been awarded with the 2018 Richard R. Nelson Prize for his research on "crowd science".The term refers to scientific projects that actively involve the general public in the research process and are typically organized via online platforms--ranging from discovering new planets to collecting data on bird migration to solving math problems.Due to the reliance on non-professional contributors, crowd science is also known as "citizen science".The prizewinning paper, co-authored with Chiara Franzoni from Politecnico di Milano, is particularly relevant in face of the growing momentum of crowd science in recent years.Sauermann's study, published in Research Policy in 2014, was the first to introduce crowd science to the management and economics field and to provide a conceptual framework to understand and classify such projects.The researchers identified openness in participation and the open sharing of intermediate results as key characteristics that distinguish crowd science from "traditional" science.
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This week – among the adorable doggos, cheeky cats, and even a lovable turtle – we’ve been captured by the love story of our time: scientists discovering a potential mate for a frog named Romeo, believed to be the last of his kind.Romeo Finds Love At LastPoor old Romeo has lived in solitude for 10 years – but on a trip to a remote Bolivian forest, five Sehuencas water frogs were discovered by researchers who now plan to breed them and reintroduce them into the wild.“Romeo is really calm and relaxed and doesn’t move a whole lot,” one of the scientists told BBC News.Puppy’s CPR Skills Are Second To NoneNothing could have prepared us for this puppy giving CPR to his master who had pretended to collapse – 14/10 would feed him all the treats.
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Sony has recently reaffirmed its commitment to the mobile market but which market that will be is now the question.Year after year, the former smartphone giant has failed not only to make profits but even to leave a lasting good impression.Now rumors are again circulating that Sony might be withdrawing from certain markets like Southeast Asia and the Middle East where it faces stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers.Sony has already been winding down its sales and operations in those regions, albeit rather silently.It has reportedly closed one of its official Malaysian stores and references to its smartphones have been removed from the country’s website.There are similar reports coming from other markets like Singapore and even the Middle East but not all.
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In 2017, Go-Jek made it to Fortune’s Change the World List, the only company in Southeast Asia to do so.According to World Bank’s Global Findex, only 19.6 percent of Indonesians over the age of 15 had a bank account in 2011.By 2017, that number had reached nearly 50 percent.In 2017, it cleared 943 million e-money transactions worth over 12.37 trillion rupiah (US$877 million).This in turn drives massive growth in the country’s digital ecosystem and creates abundant market opportunities.A duopoly like this often results in lower prices for consumers, as the two rivals compete for customers.
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That's the mantra of 1,000 Instagram motivational posts I've seen over the years, but it has its place in history, too.In an effort to understand how some of the first land-dwelling creatures walked, paleontologists, engineers and computer scientists have teamed up and created a roboticThe prehistoric creature, which slunk along the forest floors around 280 million years ago, is known as a "stem amniote" -- an offshoot of plant-eating land vertebrates, or tetrapods.It's kind of like a cousin to the ancestors that would eventually become today's reptiles, mammals and birds.That makes it a good organism to study, because it could help show how creatures came to move across land and how the diversity of life we see today came to be.Scientists had predicted that might drag its body across the ground like a salamander, undulating from side to side.
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After 20 years at the company, Jesse Angelo is leaving as the publisher and CEO of the New York Post to “let someone else write the next chapter,” he said in a statement.Sean Giancola will replace him.“We thank Jesse Angelo for his many and varied contributions to our company as a journalist, editor and publisher, and for his leadership during the digital transformation of the Post,” Robert Thomson, News Corp CEO, said in a statement.Giancola is currently the chief revenue officer of the Post and has overseen revenue for the print New York Post, as well as PageSix.com and Decider.com.Before he joined the Post in 2015, he was the vp of national sales at AOL Advertising and held positions at American Express and Time Inc. Thomson pointed to Giancola’s experience in publishing and advertising as reasons why he was chosen to lead the brand.“I am grateful for this opportunity to lead the New York Post, where I’ve had the honor to work for more than four years with Jesse Angelo and all our colleagues,” Giancola said in a statement.
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A scientific collaboration has released a concept design for the Large Hadron Collider’s successor, an enormous new experiment that would sit inside a hundred-kilometre (62-mile) tunnel.The design concept consists of two Future Circular Colliders, the first which would begin operation perhaps in 2040.The ambitious experiments would hunt for new particles with collision energies 10 times higher than those created by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).“It shows the community the principles and feasibility of the post-LHC Future Circular Collider,” Michael Benedikt, CERN accelerator physicist and the study’s leader, told Gizmodo.Particle colliders accelerate tiny bits of matter to velocities close to the speed of light, slamming them together and observing what happens.Since energy and mass are equivalent in physics, new particles might materialise out of the collisions.
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We got our first taste of Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay as footage teasing the game's new characters, fatalities and story was revealed at a live event Thursday.Developer NetherRealm Studios also showed off the story prologue and some delightfully violent fatalities -- including a variant on Sub Zero's klassic head-and-spine rip.In terms of the characters, we saw Baraka, Sonya Blade (now played by WWE champion Ronda Rousey), Scorpion, Sub Zero, Raiden (who's gone a little dark), Skarlet and new fighter Geras -- seven of the 25 slots on the selection screen.There are different variations of characters like Mortal Kombat X, but now you can create your own.You can customize costumes -- like Scorpion's mask, spear and swords -- so there's potential for infinite aesthetic variety when you play online.The gameplay mechanics are a little different now too -- your souped attack and defense options are determined by horizontal and vertical meters respectively, while a perfectly timed Flawless Block gives you an opening to counterattack.
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Earlier this week, Activision revealed plans to host a free trial for Blackout, the battle royale mode in Black Ops 4.The trial is scheduled to last a full week, giving curious players who don’t want to drop the cash on Black Ops 4 plenty of time to take Blackout for a spin.That free trial is live now, so you can download Black Ops 4 and dive into some CoD-style battle royale.The Blackout free trial is available on all of Black Ops 4‘s platforms – Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC – so you’ll be able to participate regardless of your platform of choice.The method of actually downloading it varies depending on what you’re playing on, but it’s fairly straightforward in all cases.On PC, you’ll need to download Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher, which is the exclusive distribution platform for Black Ops 4.
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Slack's chief product officer April Underwood announced Thursday that she'll be leaving the $7.1 billion startup to focus on Angels, an organization she co-founded that focuses on investing in female founders.Underwood is widely considered the strong right hand to Slack CEO and cofounder Stewart Butterfield — she's in charge of much of Slack's strategy and product decisions.Underwood will be replaced by Tamar Yehoshua, who previously led the search business at Google.On Thursday, Slack Chief Product Officer April Underwood announced she will be leaving Slack to take a full-time role in venture capital investing.Over the course of her 4 years with the company, Underwood played a vital role inmaking Slack's office messaging app as popular as it is today.She's widely considered to be the second-in-command to CEO and cofounder Stewart Butterfield, as her remit included much of Slack's strategy and product decisions.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Insilico Medicine, a Rockville-based company developing the end-to-end drug discovery pipeline utilizing the next generation artificial intelligence, will present its latest results in modern and next-generation AI for Drug Discovery at the R Data Intelligence Leaders Forum in Basel, Switzerland, 24 of January.Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques, such as deep learning (DL) and reinforcement learning (RL) play a pivotal role in making the hunt for new pharmaceuticals quicker and more effective.At Insilico AI has been used as a powerful tool to identify targets for drug development, and with the ability to simulate and accelerate research processes, AI helps more drugs to be discovered and come to market quickly.The 6th Annual Life Science R Data Intelligence Leaders Forum The "R Data Intelligence Leaders Forum" is the must attend event for the senior decision-makers, researchers and technologists, looking to make the shift towards an integrated R and data strategy and for those looking to improve their implementation of data-driven approaches to enhance R decision-making and intelligence.The Forum is held on 23-25 of January in Basel, Switzerland.Insilico Medicine is regularly publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
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