Larry Turner

Larry Turner

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Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now.The audio is about a minute or two long.Sometimes you just want to have a good laugh.Definitely check out Demetri Martin's new special on Netflix beginning on Aug. 10.Martin once explained that one of the reasons he plays music during his performances is to make it more difficult for a network or editor to rearrange the order of his jokes.
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Sporting a beautiful gradient finish and a minimalistic notch inspired by water, Oppo's newly announced F9 Pro handset has been shown off from every angle in an official teaser video for the upcoming device.Dubbed the 'Waterdrop Screen', the F9 Pro's display has an almost bezel-free design with a very minor droplet-shaped notch (reminiscent of the Essential Phone) for the handset's single lens selfie camera to peer out of.On the phone's rear, we can see that the Oppo F9 Pro will sport a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a rather stunning gradient finish, with the phone's color options being Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple.You can check out the teaser video below.Though the video stops short of discussing the device's specs, it does show that the Oppo F9 Pro will have VOOC Flash Charge functionality, allowing for 2 hours of talk time from a 5-minute charging session.Disappointingly, it also appears that the Chinese manufacturer is sticking with a dated Micro-USB port for charging and data transfer on the F9 Pro.
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Fortnite may have just launched on Android at long last, at least for Samsung Galaxy owners, but its biggest rival is set to one-up it yet again.PUBG, more formally known as PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround, actually came on mobile, both on Android and iOS, first and now it’s giving Android users with less capable phones a reprieve.That’s right, PUBG Lite is now available, at least in some regions, that will let fans enjoy their favorite battle royale game on the go, albeit in a much smaller scale.For all intents and purposes, PUBG Lite offers the exact same experience as the regular PUBG.It doesn’t actually tone down the high-quality graphics or the HD audio and still lets you team up with your friends.The Lite version, however, does limit maps to 40 players at most, instead of the 100-strong mayhem the game is known for.
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Despite being a very traditional, straight-laced German company, Porsche does some pretty zany things when it comes to making cars.The latest exercise in silliness comes in the form of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rally concept.The GT4 Clubsport isn't anything new, it's essentially the stripped-out, PDK-only racing-only version of the much-loved Cayman GT4 and as such, you might imagine it would be a feast for the senses, and you'd be right.Now, imagine the howl of the mid-mounted naturally aspirated flat-six bouncing off of trees and mixing with the sound of gravel hitting the underside of the car as it slides its way through a dirt hairpin.Yeah, the appeal of a Rally GT4 is pretty much self-evident.Porsche is remaining typically Teutonically tight-lipped about any mechanical differences that the concept may have from the standard Clubsport but the images that they've given us show a drool-worthy light pod mounted on the frunk-lid and a roof scoop and beefed up underbody protection that we see in the photos.
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To counteract this issue, which is known as a memory wall, computers use a cache, which is a hardware component that stores recently accessed data that has already been accessed so that it can be accessed faster in the future.Song Jiang, an associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, is using a three-year, $345,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore how to make better use of the cache by allowing programmers to directly access it in software.The programmer knows best how to use the cache for a particular application, so they can add efficiency without making the cache a burden," Jiang said.When a computer accesses its memory, it must go through the index of all the data stored there, and it must do so each time it goes back to the memory.With a software-defined cache, the computer can combine or skip steps to access the data it needs automatically without having to go through the memory from the beginning each time.Jiang has studied these issues for several years and has developed four prototypes which he will test to determine if they can serve large memories without slowing CPU speeds at the same time.
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As a basis for its appeal, the DOJ argues that US District Court Judge Richard Leon didn't understand its argument in the initial case.Antitrust experts say the outcome of the appeal might rest on the judges chosen at random.Experts say the only real shot the DOJ has is if it gets lucky with the right judge.In a written argument released Monday, the DOJ explained its appeal, saying US District Court Judge Richard Leon fundamentally didn't understand its antitrust case.While the DOJ will face an uphill battle to win its appeal, according to antitrust experts, they say that the outcome may rest on the judges chosen at random to hear the case.Circuit is a very diverse panel including someone very conservative like [Brett] Kavanaugh.
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At an event today in the Barclays Center in New York, Samsung announced the much rumored Galaxy Note 9, a 6.4-inch phone with dual rear 12-megapixel cameras, up to 512GB of storage and a Bluetooth connected S-Pen stylus.It goes on sale on Aug. 24 with a starting price of $1,000 for the 128GB version but you can reserve the premium handset right now.As Samsung's newest top tier phone, it naturally draws comparisons to devices like the iPhone X, Google Pixel 2XL and LG V35 ThinQ.But the Galaxy Note 9 falls into an interesting spot in Samsung's phone portfolio especially since, aside from price, it has many similarities to the Galaxy S9 Plus which costs $110 less for 128GB model.Then there's last year's Galaxy Note 8 which can be bought new for $250 less than the Galaxy Note 9.To put it all in perspective, check out the chart below which compares the Galaxy Note 9, Note 8, S9 Plus and S9.
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What started as a joke has become a very serious plan for a sixth branch of the US military that's already taking shape."The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces," Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech at the Pentagon Thursday morning.Pence said the Department of Defense is releasing a new report to Congress laying out its plan for the creation of a new federal Department of the Space Force by 2020.But over the past five months it's become more real, with Defense Department officials taking steps to create new offices and functions with a focus on space.The last time a new military branch was added was in 1947 with the creation of the Air Force.Pence noted that the new service "will not be built from scratch."
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Today is the day Samsung gets to confirm all the rumours and leaks, showing us the Galaxy Note 9 at the Galaxy Unpacked Event.The company has just unveiled the phone on stage in New York, and here's everything you need to know about "the world's most powerful mobile device"They are all completely accurate from the looks of things.The key points are that it has a 6.4-inch end-to-end Infinity Display, with the curved Edge display from the looks of things.Samsung's also promising that the Note 9 is designed to make sure it lasts.That means an all-day battery (whatever that means, in technical terms), alongside 128GB and 512GB variants.
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Sony is to release a specially designed PS4 as a thank-you to PlayStation fans for helping the platform surpass 525.3 million unit sales worldwide.The PlayStation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition is due to release on August 24 and will be available for £449.99 ($499.99) - other pricing TBC.The special design sees the classic black PS4 traded for a deep blue translucent console with copper PS4 logos, with the unit’s individual number (1 to 50,000) inscribed on the front.Only 50,000 of the limited-edition consoles will be made available – so you’ll want to move fast.Special design PlayStation 4 Pro system (HDD 2TB)Special design wireless dualshock controller
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Want to see the Samsung Galaxy Watch out in the wild a few moments before it's announced on stage?TechRadar just spotted it on someone's wrist at the official Galaxy Note 9 launch event in New York.While waiting to enter the venue to hear all about the Galaxy Note 9 - and now we think the Galaxy Watch too - we spotted the device you can see below on someone's wrist.It doesn't look like any previous Samsung smartwatch devices, and we're quite certain it's the Galaxy Watch as it looks remarkably similar to a leaked listing that appeared on Samsung's own website last month.That leak provided the rose gold shade, but this time it looks like it's the gold color.A gold version has previously been rumored and is a new addition that we haven't seen on any other Samsung watches.
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Waiter, there's a bug in my PieAndroid P may have been the smoothest and most public beta the world’s dominant phone OS has yet enjoyed, but it isn't without its issues.Bluetooth tweaks mean that Samsung's Gear watch app can't be used to configure a new smartwatch, The Register has discovered, with our testbed Pixel 2 repeatedly failing the procedure.Which is unfortunate: Google is tipped to be launching its first own-brand smartwatches this year, to revive interest in WearOS (Samsungs use a rival platform, Tizen).Android 9 Pie is the most accessible Android beta programme yet, running on more devices than ever, with the public offered one-click access from May.However, few app makers have explicitly made their applications compatible with P, and the Gear app appears to be one of them.
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Studies have pointed to a rise in streaming piracy and the decline of peer-to-peer based methods like torrenting.It remains as popular as ever, and is actually growing in popularity in some parts of the world.The entertainment industry has been focussing on streaming piracy in recent years, in part thanks to the rise in illicit streaming boxes that are pre-loaded with software that enables the non-technically inclined to watch content without having to pay for it.Streaming isn't as easy to track and torrenting, ad cracking down on anyone facilitating illegal access to content.But the new study from Irdeto shows P2P piracy is still relevant, a conclusion it made by examining web traffic to 962 piracy sites in 19 countries where P2P is used the most.As it turns out countries like Russia, the Ukraine, Australia, India, and the Netherlands were more prone to P2P piracy, while other like Germany, France, the US, and the UK are more streaming-inclined.
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We spoke to Roy Raftery, a trading card expert and manager of Sneak Attack Games.He valued our childhood Yu-Gi-Oh!card collections and competitive decks.Turns out that our cards were worth more than we thought, but how much more?Trading card expert Roy Raftery looked through our cards to see whether our childhood collections had grown in value since buying them nearly 20 years ago.Popular cards seen in the show had the most value, such as the famous Dark Magician, Mirror Force and Blue Eyes White Dragon.
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Of all the intellectual property rights on which our future prosperity depends, perhaps trademarks are the most undervalued.Two filings made with regulatory authorities in the US confirm that the brand, licensed by Chinese giant TCL in 2015, will appear on an Android phone very soon.A device named the PVG100 has been certified for use with the tagline "Designed by Palm in San Francisco".Palm therefore rejoins "BlackBerry" (TCL is also effectively the global custodian of the BlackBerry brand) and "Nokia" as great mid-Noughties mobile titans which expired, only to haunt us in the afterlife.The Pilot emerged from the wreckage of the great "Pen Computing" hype, which collapsed amid derision after the launch of the Apple Newton.Some two years later, at the Demo Conference in October 1995, the Pilot made its debut, allowing address books that resided in Sidekick or Microsoft's Schedule+ and other desktop PC software to be made portable - or more often, notes made on the move to be backed up to a real desktop PC.
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A leaked email suggests the European Commission will revive efforts forcing manufacturers to standardize smartphone chargers, after previous commitments were simply disregarded.Back in 2009, 14 smartphone manufacturers signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing themselves to switch to a common charging port for handsets released from 2011.The deadline passed, and while similar letters of intent emerged in 2013 and 2014, the frustration of iPhones and Androids having different chargers continues to plague the digital society.According to Reuters, EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager is sick of the situation.“Given the unsatisfactory progress with this voluntary approach, the Commission will shortly launch an impact assessment study to evaluate costs and benefits of different other options,” the leaked email states.As the vast majority of devices now use micro USB-B or USB-C for some newer devices, the gripe does seem to be directed at Apple.
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The enterprise security tools have been designed to establish trust between the cloud, firmware and everything in-between.Google has released new details on their Shielded VMs security suite, a set of tools designed to protect enterprise cloud workloads.Legacy software and operational costs can be eradicated, day-to-day management of systems, services and data can become a lighter burden due to automated tools and machine learning.Also it can be easier to secure sensitive corporate networks with cloud-based solutions.Unless cloud providers are trustworthy, businesses may shy away from refreshing their corporate architecture and systems.It is not just cloud services which need protection, as today’s threat actors will take any open avenue to exploit corporate systems and this includes networks, hardware connections and virtual machines (VMs).
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A screenshot of a letter from a Mobike female engineer containing detail accounts of sexual harassment by her superior at the company surfaced on the internet.The female engineer who works in the SPE front-end division writes in the letter: “The manager of Mobike’s client-end and front-end division, Zhang Yaochun, has sexually harassed three female employees, including me, to varying extents and has used his authority to oppress those who act against his will.”The female employee added that Zhang leveraged his position to recruit onto his team female employees he is interested in for the purposes of developing a romantic relationship.She recounts in detail that Zhang, married with one child, had a sexual relationship with a female employee named “qiulian” whom he recruited onto his team.The relationship eventually ended on bad terms.The female employee hopes all Mobike will pay attention to the seriousness of this matter.
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A new report has brought some new twists and turns into the ongoing saga of James Gunn and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.According to the Hollywood Reporter, multiple sources have said Marvel is likely to use Gunn’s script for the sequel, but will not ask him back to direct.That potential decision means his representatives and the studio are “locked in complicated negotiations” over contracts and credits – but the report suggests that ultimately, Gunn may get up to $10 million for his work on the movie since there was no breach of contract.In addition, two sources told the trade that Marvel is still open to working with Gunn, if not on Guardians, then maybe on other projects.“An end-all verdict hasn’t been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing,” according to one source.Why the company would decide to do that in the wake of the current situation was not clear, and Disney, Marvel, and Gunn’s representatives all declined to comment to THR.
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Given their current popularity, you might assume that probiotics—capsules containing a mix of “good” bacteria that are said to rebalance our gut’s bacterial content—would be perfectly harmless.But a team of gastroenterologists from Augusta University in the US state of Georgia is challenging that assumption.Their health was fine otherwise, and test results for any known medical conditions that could be causing them came back negative.Our gut bacteria can sometimes produce too much D-lactic acid through fermentation when they’re overfed with carbohydrates that aren’t properly digested by the small intestine that leads to the colon.The body can build up so much d-lactic acid that it spills into the blood, where it can damage the body and brain—a condition called D-lactic acidosis.This rare condition is known to happen in people whose small intestine has been shrunk or damaged by injury, bariatric surgery, or disease.
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