Leon Rhodes

Leon Rhodes

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Wake up sheeple, climate change is going to make waking up a lot more unpleasantCoffee plants, the source of the warm brown elixir powering millions of people worldwide using the magic of caffeine, are at risk of extinction which is Kona be a massive problem for addicts.A study led by researchers at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom, have discovered a whopping 60 per cent of all 124 coffee species are being threatened by climate change and deforestation.The results were published in Science Advances and Global Change Biology.The coffee industry is led by the Arabica and Robusta species, and is maintained by farming wild coffee crops.Both plants, however, are now on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (ICUN) Red List as an endangered species, classified under “very high risk of extinction in the wild”.
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Uber is setting up a new robotics unit apparently aimed at incorporating autonomous technology into its rental bicycles and scooters.The company is already developing a driverless car, but the new “Micromobility Robotics” unit will explore ways to enhance various aspects of its bike and scootersharing services, TechCrunch reported.The revelation came via a DIY Robocars meet-up in California at the weekend, where it was learned that the new unit will exist as a part of Jump, the bike and scootersharing company that Uber acquired in 2018.Such app-based services let you rent bikes and scooters for trips across town, with charges made by the minute.While some require the rider to leave the vehicle in a designated parking zone, others, such as Jump, are dockless, meaning you can leave them pretty much anywhere.A costly element of the operation comes from the effort it takes to ensure the electric bikes and scooters maintain fully charged batteries, and are left in locations that are easily reachable by subsequent riders.
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Some things are too good to last.Then again, Tesla isn’t running a charity and it was only a matter of time before it actually started charging full price for the user of its Supercharger network.However, the sudden jump in price could very well be a rude awakening for those who’ve gotten used to dirt cheap charging prices.The good news is that Tesla’s might still be the best offer in town.Part of the hesitation in the adoption of electric cars is the worry of running out of charge along the way.Tesla has set up its network of Superchargers and Supercharging stations not only across the US but in other countries as well to help address those fears.
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Smartphones are both the most powerful tools in our hands and also the most dangerous.Never mind the hacks that could compromise our data and even our identity, these gadgets have infiltrated every corner of our modern lives, affecting and changing the way we think, the way we behave, and the way we work.That’s why platforms makers such as Google and Apple have taken the almost ironic step to include tools to monitor our smartphone habits.ActionDash, from the developer of the popular Action Launcher Android app, takes all of that and brings it to even more Android users.Google already has a Digital Wellbeing app that sort of kicked off this new trend, so why another app?As laudable as its intention may have been, its implementation leaves much to be desired.
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London-based venture capital firm Beringea has led a £6.5m funding round into UK data privacy and cybersecurity startup Exonar.The round was completed by Beringea alongside existing investors Downing Ventures, Amadeus Capital Partners and Winton Ventures.Exonar aims to help firms comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and other legislation by creating an overview of all of their sensitive data, enabling businesses to create inventories and tackle compliance issues more readily and securely.Beringea, which has $715m (£554.9m) under management across its UK and US offices, has previously backed companies such as luxury jewellery retailer Monica Vinader, and men’s fashion tech startup Thread.Managing partner Stuart Veale said he had chosen to invest in the startup because of its leadership team, which claims years of experience from working at firms such as BT, Fujitsu and Symantec."These are exciting times for Exonar," said its chief executive Adrian Barrett.
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But aside from the legal, social and ethical aspects of the debate, what’s interesting is how the microblogging platform plans to implement the decision.Deep learning, the subset of artificial intelligence that has become very popular in recent years, is suitable for the automation of cognitive tasks that follow a repetitive pattern such as classifying images or transcribing audio files.But so far, as Tumblr is testing the waters in flagging content, users have taken to Twitter to show examples of harmless content that Tumblr has flagged as NSFW, which include troll socks, LED jeans and boot-scrubbing design patents.A—very brief—primer on deep learningAt the heart of deep learning are neural networks, a software structure roughly designed after the physical structure of the human brain.Neural networks consist of layers upon layers of connected computational nodes (neurons) that run data through mathematical equations and classify them based on their properties.
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Here's looking at you, Samsung Galaxy S10 models: we've got newly leaked pictures of all three handsets heading our way next month, complete with cases attached.We also have confirmation that the names will be the S10E, the S10, and the S10 Plus.The pictures come courtesy of well-known tipster Evan Blass, so we can be pretty sure these are the genuine article.Unfortunately the casing hides a lot of the design of the phone, but you can see the camera arrays on the back of the devices – the S10E has a dual-lens camera, while the premium handsets have a triple-lens snapper.On the front of the phones, the pinhole notch is in evidence up in the top right-hand corner of the display.It looks like the Galaxy S10 Plus is going to feature a dual-lens front-facing camera, as you can see from the wider cut out in the screen.
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If you were saddened by Apple quietly killing off the iPhone SE last September, we've got some good news for you: the smallest, cheapest iPhone is back on sale in the clearance section of Apple's website, though for now this seems to be a US-only offer.MacRumors spotted the deal, giving you the chance to bag a brand new, unlocked iPhone SE for $249 (with 32GB of storage) or $299 (with 128GB of storage) – that's $100-$150 off the original pricing.As before, your choice of colors are silver, space gray, gold and rose gold.If you're tempted, head in the direction of the Apple website.We wouldn't expect stock to last for long, as this seems to be nothing more than Apple getting rid of some spare units.If you miss out and still want to get your hands on one of these phones, you'll have to explore other options (such as eBay).
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President Donald Trump (as played by Alec Baldwin) returned to his game-show roots Saturday night in a "Deal or No Deal"-themed cold open of Saturday Night Live.Kenan Thompson hosted the game show as Steve Harvey (who explained why Howie Mandel wasn't hosting).The president was invited to open briefcases offering deals from various members of Congress in an attempt to end the history-making government shutdown.As with actual deal attempts, it didn't go well.Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) offered the president $1 billion, "and you say 'Nancy's my mama.'"Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat) started by offering the president "whatever you want," but was talked up to "$15 and a pastrami on rye."
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Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures?Photography News of the Week is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends.Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Nikon’s new budget zooms, the new Fujifilm 100-200mm lens, GoPro Fusion’s firmware update, and the new Sony A6400, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photography news from this week.Photographers, beware: Self-driving car lasers can wreak havoc on your cameraSome types of direct light — such as a solar eclipse or laser shows — can permanently damage a camera’s digital sensor.But there’s another more “hidden” light source that can ruin a good camera: Self-driving cars.
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Remember that in-car player device Spotify was reportedly developing last year?It sounds like it's back on the agenda, with a potential launch happening some time in 2019 – bringing Spotify to your motor with no mobile phone required.As per a Financial Times report, the tune-pumping add-on is going to offer voice control capabilities and cost you about $100 (that's roughly £75 or AU$140).It'll sync with your car stereo via Bluetooth, apparently, and offer quick access to your favorite playlists, though it doesn't appear to have a touchscreen or any display of its own.What isn't clear from the anonymous sources speaking to the Financial Times is whether it'll have any 4G/LTE connectivity powers on board, or whether you'll need to load it up with tunes before you leave the house.It might also tether from a phone connection.
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Home theater technology is becoming more accessible and more affordable, and as in-home streaming services keep getting better (and movie tickets get increasingly expensive), more people are choosing to enjoy their entertainment at home.Although there are plenty of cheap 4K smart TVs on the market today, most televisions – even high-end models – come with pretty crummy-sounding built-in speakers.You can always go the whole nine yards and build a surround sound speaker setup to fix this, but this is not a simple task and can get expensive quickly.A more middle-of-the-road solution to upgrade your TV’s sound experience involves investing in a good soundbar.As these have grown greatly in popularity lately, there are a wealth of name-brand sound bars available today, but if you want one with unique smart speaker capabilities, similar to the Amazon Echo, then the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is the one – and it’s on sale right now for a short time only.Although they’re very easy to set up and have a pretty small footprint compared to a multi-speaker surround sound system, sound bars put out much deeper and more detailed sound than your TV’s built-in speakers are capable of delivering.
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News of this week’s so-called “mega breach” might deeply trouble you.Yes, every company should be held responsible for practising sloppy security, allowing your sensitive data to get into the wrong hands.Sorry, but that’s the way it is.The users who have little to worry about are the ones who, at the very least, have enabled some type of multi-factor authentication, the simplest being two-factor authentication or “2FA.” Even better off are those who’ve also adopted a reliable password manager, which allows them to create very long, complex, and unique passwords for each site they log into.Add in a physical security key, and you can sleep easy tonight.2FA works like this: You go to login to, say, your email account, and after entering your password, it prompts you to enter a code that’s been sent to your phone by text.
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This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year.On Dec. 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled.The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for a statistic they feel shines a light on today’s most pressing issues.That’s the annual number of Americans killed, on average, by lawn mowers – compared to two Americans killed annually, on average, by immigrant jihadist terrorists and the 11,737 Americans killed annually by being shot by another American.That figure, first shared in The Huffington Post, was highlighted in a viral tweet by Kim Kardashian in response to the proposed migrant ban.The chair of the judges and RSS president, Sir David Spiegelhalter, said: “It’s really concerning that so little plastic has ever been recycled and, as a result, so much plastic waste has leached out into the world’s environment.
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The company is in imminent danger of having its stock delisted from the Nasdaq; the market is hearing the company's appeal of its delisting decision later this month.Even after massively diluting shareholders, the company is alerting investors that it likely would issue new shares after a split to raise funds to continue its operations.The company hasn't set a date for the meeting, but even it acknowledged that this effort sounds like déjà vu.It also resembles the actual reverse split the company actually effected in July— and the results of that weren't good.Helios and Matheson's stock price peaked in October 2017 at nearly $39 a share — or $9,715 a share if you take into account the effect of the reverse split.After that, it fell in fits and starts as the company's losses ballooned, thanks to the growing number of consumers taking advantage of MoviePass's all-you-can-eat $10 movie ticket subscription plan, and as it flooded the market with new shares, which it sold to replenish the cash it was rapidly burning through.
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Identical sisters with same genetic makeup get completely different results from test kitsMail-order genetic testing kits, which are all the rage right now, have been put through their paces by identical twins, and the results are baffling.These test kits collect your DNA, typically by you spitting into a tube, and then you send the package back to the manufacturer for analysis.The results are shared electronically when ready.To check out the accuracy of these test kits, Charlsie Agro – who fronts Canadian telly watchdog program Marketplace – and her identical twin sister Carly used them to submit their DNA to five separate commercial genetic-testing outfits, and compared their results.The tests indicated, wrongly, that they were genetically very different, and each test came up with different genetic makeups for the women.
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The company wrote in a support page FAQ that users of Windows 10 Mobile should switch to an Android or iOS device as it prepares to end support for Win 10 Mobile on Dec. 10."With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device," the post reads."Microsoft's mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices."Windows 10 Mobile version 1709, released in October 2017, is the platform's final release.Users won't be able to get security updates after Dec. 10.Support will end on that date for all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, the company wrote in another FAQ.
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Swedish audio company Teenage Engineering is expanding their popular Pocket Operator synth line with a new line of self-assembly modular units called the 16, the 170, and the 400.Meant to be a more affordable entry point into modular synthesis than most Eurorack modules — which can easily balloon into thousands of dollars — Teenage Engineering says their goal was to create a “poor man’s modular.”The 400 is an analog modular synthesizer with what Teenage Engineering says is a “warm natural analog sound.” It is priced at $499, and comes with three oscillators, a 16-step sequencer, filter, LFO, two envelopes, noise, random generator, two VCAs, a mixer, speaker box, and power pack.The 16 is a musical keyboard with sequencer and individual tuning option for $149.It’s a controller, so it doesn’t make sound on its own and is mean to be used with the 400, or any other modular synth.Lastly, the 170 is a monophonic analog synthesizer with built-in keyboard, a programmable sequencer, speaker box, and battery pack; it costs $349.
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If you’re bored of Brexit and dreading the cold weather from the impending Arctic blast, you might want to relocate to a small town in Sicily.Houses in Sambuca have been put on sale for as little as €1 in a bid to encourage investment from foreign buyers – that’s cheaper than a shot of Sambuca.Dozens of these bargain properties are on the market in the hilltop Mediterranean town, which boasts average yearly temperatures of 22 degrees, a view of the Mount Etna volcano, and is only 40 miles from Palermo.But there is a catch – buyers must commit to refurbishing within three years, at a cost of €15,000 (£13,200) or more.[READ MORE: How Will No-Deal Brexit Affect Travel?Passports, Visas, Currency And More Explained]
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Put some joy back into your life with a discounted PlayStation game.The PlayStation Store took to its blog to announce a flash sale on a host of discounted games.You won't see anything released in the past few months, but there are plenty of great titles from earlier in the PS4 and PS3's lifespans - such as GTA V, The Witcher III, Far Cry Primal, or indie games like Hollow Knight or The Swords of Ditto.It's a global sale, and here are our pick of the best titles.In the UK, these discounts are currently live, and will last until February 6.A different set of discounts will kick off in the US on January 18, and run through til January 21, 8am PT / 11am ET.
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