Leon Rhodes

Leon Rhodes

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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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Byju’s got its start in 2005 when Byju Raveendran took a break in Bengaluru from his job as a service engineer for a shipping company.“Mom and dad think all I do is play video games,” says a kid who’s watching his smartphone screen, earphones plugged in.The TV ad shows a montage of kids and teens in similar situations.It turns out each of them is actually learning science or math on Byju’s, an educational app.In fact, more than 30 million users spend an average of 64 minutes a day on Byju’s to study school subjects or prepare for exams – and that’s in India alone.Think and Learn, the company behind Byju’s, is gearing up for global expansion this year.
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Although it seemingly dragged its feet, LG has finally rolled out Android 9 Pie to its early 2018 flagship, the LG G7.That is, if you’re lucky enough to be in Korea or using a Korean SKU.While the rest of the world will have to continue waiting, the update does include a notice on when other LG phones are expected to get the update.And that includes one we thought was already put to pasture.LG has all but lost its image as the poster boy for a good Android OEM.In addition to its ongoing problems with boot loops and less than ideal screens, LG has slowly been exposed as having one of the worst records in terms of updating phones to the latest Android versions.
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Facebook’s Portal and Portal+ smart displays weren’t particularly well received when they launched a couple of months back.Digital Trends, for example, could only muster a single star out of a possible five in its less-than-lukewarm review of the larger of the two devices.With that being the case, any 5-star reviews of the Portal tend to stand out.In fact, glowing recommendations of the device by Amazon shoppers prompted New York Times reporter Kevin Roose to take a closer look.His diligence paid off when he discovered this week that at least three of the reviews had been written by folks with “the same name as Facebook employees.”Some might suggest that those behind the posts may merely have been non-employees who just happen to have the same name as the Facebook folks — or that the reviews were perhaps the work of miscreants out to make trouble for the social networking company — but a Facebook executive appeared to confirm the misdemeanor on Thursday after announcing that the writers of the reviews will be ordered to remove them.
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Today, Twitter disclosed a bug persisting from 2014 on its platform that affected protected tweets and accounts on Android.The company said the bug – active between November 2014 and January 2019 – switched off the “Turn your tweets private” option when users made changes to their account, like updating the email address associated with their account.That means private tweets from your protected accounts were not actually private after you turned on the necessary setting in the Android app.The company said it has now fixed the issue.Luckily, people using the iOS app and site were not affected.Twitter apologized for the issue said that it has informed the affected people:
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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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“Don’t break the chain.” These four simple words helped Jerry Seinfeld become one of the world’s most successful comedians.Your only job next is to not break the chain,” Seinfeld told a young comedian, who had asked for success tips.Seinfeld’s technique, which ultimately led to him landing a hit television show, is a perfect example of how success doesn’t always begin with extraordinary motivation.But somehow, I still managed to launch JotForm and slowly grow a network of over 4.2 million users over the last 12 years.Getting stuff done doesn’t always depend on motivation.A prevention focus is when we avoid doing something to prevent a loss.
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While Samsung seems to be content on putting out no less than four variants of its upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship (plus one foldable phone), it seems that LG will, instead, be casting its net wide.In addition to a not so foldable phone rumor that’s now being disputed, LG is also rumored to have yet another unconventional handset scheduled for this month.It pretty much sounds like the fusion of several smartphone designs we’ve seen through the years.This almost sounds like a Moto Mod, though LG admittedly jumped on the modular phone idea before Motorola did.And unlike ASUS’ PadFone, you’re adding a screen, not replacing it with a bigger one.The source that’s familiar with the matter doesn’t clarify how it will work but the idea is intriguing indeed.
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It would appear that LG didn't get the memo about notches being out this year, if these new leaked renders and 360-degree video from 91Mobiles and @OnLeaks are to be believed.The renders, said to be of the upcoming LG G8, show a handset that looks almost identical to last year's LG G7 ThinQ, though keen observers will notice some very subtle differences between the two phones.Firstly, it looks as though the LG G8 has slightly reduced the size of its chin bezel.Before you rush off to preorder, it's also worth noting that its aforementioned notch now seems to house a dual camera setup, which will either provide depth-of-field selfies or better face unlock functionality.On the rear of the phone, you'll notice the cameras are now horizontally aligned, as opposed to the G7 ThinQ's vertical implementation.Like last year's model, LG will reportedly stick to a dual-lens primary camera setup, bringing the total up to four cameras on the G8.
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Event-planning platform Delegate has raised US$1 million in a pre-series A funding round led by a Singapore-based family office and former Zopim (now Zendesk Chat) executives, with participation from existing investors.The fundraising marks the first institutional raise for the Singapore-based startup since its inception in 2015.Back then, the company’s co-founders – Melissa Lou and Jacqueline Ye – saw an opportunity to use technology in “a very archaic industry that had pretty outdated practices.”“We’ve built Delegate to be the digital platform that connects different stakeholders of the events industry and to be an all-encompassing solution for anyone planning an event,” says Ye.To date, the company supports 70,000 users and 1,700 vendors.It plans to use the fresh capital to expand its team for technology, product, and business development and to introduce new product features to its community of event vendors and users.
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A Facebook engineering manager left the social media giant this month, saying she'd been harassed after criticizing the tech company's lack of diversity.Sophie Alpert wrote a post on Workplace, Facebook's internal social network, about the reasons for her departure, CNBC reported Thursday.In the post, Alpert, who identifies as transgender, pointed a finger at a co-worker's remark on Workplace.She also wrote that she was attacked on Blind, a third-party app that lets employees chat anonymously."I want to spend my time at a place willing to push further on diversity and inclusion.One where if I call out that our board has too many white men, I don't get harassed by other employees on Blind with transphobic messages saying I should be fired."
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The Albuquerque BioPark zoo in New Mexico has welcomed a knobby-kneed baby giraffe.He has big eyes, a punkish hairdo and lots of little spots around his head.Star Trek fans know Neelix, played by Ethan Phillips, as the mostly Talaxian alien from Voyager who loves to cook as part of Captain Janeway's crew.He, just like the giraffe, sports a punkish hairdo and lots of little spots around his head.(Disclosure: Voyager airs on CBS, parent company of CNET.)BioPark officially announced the calf's birth and name on Thursday.
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Shares in Netflix fell as much as five per cent in after-hours trading last night, after the streaming giant missed analyst estimates on revenue and paid subscriber growth.Netflix reported $4.19bn in revenue for the three months to the end of December last year, narrowly missing the $4.21bn predicted by consensus estimates, as collated by S Global Market Intelligence.It added a record 8.84m paid subscribers globally in its fourth quarter, but failed to meet analyst expectations of 9.18m additions.Netflix said it expects to add 8.9m subscribers in its current quarter, after having raised prices for its subscription packages in the US earlier this month by as much as 18 per cent.However investor fears were mitigated as it raked in earnings before tax of $119.4m, beating expectations of $105.1m by more than 13 per cent.Much of Netflix's growth has been fuelled by its heavy investment into producing original content, including award-winning shows such as The Crown, Stranger Things and Bird Box.
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Detective Pikachu is on the horizon, and while we’re still trying to figure out just what makes Ryan Reynolds the perfect fit for the voice of Pikachu, The Pokemon Company has gone along and announced a bunch of merchandise for the movie.Of course, with any movie aimed primarily at children, toy sales are going to be a major focus for studios, and The Pokemon Company is definitely no exception to that age-old rule.In fact, the company is even going so far as to launch a mini-expansion for the Pokemon Trading Card Game.This Detective Pikachu set will feature 24 cards and will be available in four different box sets.There are three sets that include two four-card Detective Pikachu booster packs and oversized cards featuring Pikachu, Charizard, and Greninja.There’s also a collectors set that packs eight Detective Pikachu packs into a metal case with various extras, such as a notepad and a sticker sheet.
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John Wick has always been a rather notable man but in the first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, his, let’s say “popularity,” is at an all-time high.After being excommunicated from the Continental for violating the High Table’s rules by killing another assassin on neutral ground, the worldwide hit has been placed on Wick (Keanu Reeves), and the professional must fight to escape New York City if there’s any chance of saving his hide.With the bounty on his head, most everyone John’s ever worked with and might have considered an ally now sees him as a target too valuable to give up—except for Sofia (Halle Berry), who might end up having some ulterior motives of her own.Much to John’s dismay, there’s no way to guarantee his safe passage out of the city and while neither Continental Hotel owner Winston (Ian McShane) and the High Table’s Director Anjelica Huston say it explicitly, there’s a very good chance that John’ll be long dead before he reaches the city limits.There will be blood, and there will be mayhem when John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum hits cinemas on May 17.
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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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In its never-ending quest to outfit cars with tire replacements that can handle post-apocalyptic terrain, Nissan went and added snow tracks to one of its latest sedans.Nissan on Thursday unveiled the Altimate AWD concept.Aside from having a fun name, Nissan said the Altimate AWD concept was a fun way to show off the automaker's first-ever AWD application in the Altima sedan.In Canada, where this concept will debut, AWD is standard.To make tackling the snow a breeze, Nissan outfitted its concept with snow tracks instead of regular ol', you know, wheels.The tracks are each 48 inches long and 30 inches tall, giving the Altima just a bit more height than usual.
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Google is hiking the price of two of its G Suite subscriptions, its collection of apps that replace Microsoft Office, support video conferencing, and live chat.It’s the first price increase for the services in a decade, the search giant says.Depending on which plan you’re on, you could see the cost rise by 20-percent.Google launched G Suite back in mid-2006, as Google Apps for Work.Consumers had free access to those apps, but enterprise customers wanting to use their own domain, add extra storage, or gain additional administrative tools and support could pay a monthly or annual fee.Now, two of the three plans Google currently offers are getting a price increase.
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In a new case study, Irish doctors report the baffling case of a 33-year-old man who injected his own semen intravenously for a year and a half, a self-developed “cure” intended to treat his chronic back pain.It does not appear to have worked.After reportedly injecting semen into his arm every month for 18 months, the man finally sought medical attention—but not for his arm.During his checkup, the doctor found a patch of red swelling on his right forearm, after which the man admitted he’d been injecting himself with his own semen using a hypodermic needle he purchased online.This time around, he had injected three “doses” of semen, entering both his blood vessels and his muscles.“This is the first reported case of semen injection for use as a medical treatment,” the doctors at Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Ireland wrote in the case study, titled “Semenly” Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess,” published in the Irish Medical Journal.
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The upcoming LG G8 – which will be pronounced 'Gate' in the UK whether LG likes it or not – will be made up of two screens that can be combined, says a new report from Korea.Due to launch at Mobile World Congress next month, the LG G8 is taking a different approach to the foldable bandwagon already jumped on by Samsung, Royole, Oppo, Huawei and others.Thankfully, it's apparently a much more affordable approach -- Samsung's foldy phone is rumoured to cost £1,400.Its full name is the LG G8 ThinQ, and the rumour is that there'll be one small 3-to-4-inch screen, and another one that combines with it to make around 7 inches overall.Honestly, that's not as large as we were expecting – 7-inch screens are available in one piece on phones like the Huawei Mate 20 X – but maybe the point is to be more portable.Or to pacify all the people who still insist on keeping an £800 piece of tech in their jeans.
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