Rodney Edson

Rodney Edson

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Over the past 14 years, California-based game development studio Telltale Incorporated made a name for itself with its range of well crafted adventure- and story-driven titles.That includes hits like The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and adaptations of popular franchises including Batman, The Walking Dead, Minecraft, and Game of Thrones.Sadly, Telltale’s journey came to an end last week, when it abruptly pulled the plug on the majority of its operations and left between 225 and 250 employees without a job.— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018In addition, it’s canceled the highly anticipated second season of The Wolf Among Us.Only 25 members of Telltale’s staff will remain to complete existing obligations, like the final season of The Walking Dead.
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The lab of Leonard Zon, MD, at Boston Children's Hospital has long been interested in making blood stem cells in quantity for therapeutic purposes.Looking for a way to test for their presence in zebrafish, their go-to research model, they turned to the MYB gene, a marker of blood stem cells."It was a real workhorse line for us," says Zon, who directs the Stem Cell Research Program at Boston Children's.The line has also proved valuable for discovering cancer drugs.Kaufman had founded the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation with his wife, Marnie, in 2005, after she felt a lump under her jawline and was diagnosed with the rare, often deadly malignancy.(ACC usually starts in the salivary glands, but can also appear in the larynx, trachea, lacrimal gland, breast and vulva.)
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De senare åren har de dock gjort mycket för att skaka av sig sin dammiga image, men det här är första gången som de är med i ett test av gaming-datorer hos oss.Lenovo Legion Y530 gör sitt bästa för att se tunnare ut än den egentligen är.Skalet är av plast överallt.Det känns lite billigt, men är OK med tanke på priset.Det må så vara, men maskinen har fortfarande en av de mest högljudda fläktarna i testet.Om det är ett problem i praktiken är något helt annat, med tanke på att man förmodligen ändå spelar med hörlurar och volymen uppskruvad.
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The 2019 Audi e-tron is an SUV aimed at the Tesla Model X, but it will also do battle with the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC when it arrives on U.S. shores next year.Despite choosing an SUV body rather than a more slippery sedan shape, Audi claims aerodynamic efficiency was a priority.Everything from the design of the standard 20-inch wheels to recessed screw connection points was done to cheat the wind, according to Audi.The e-tron’s drag coefficient of 0.28 is better than an I-Pace’s 0.29, but not as good as a Model X’s 0.25.Audi hasn’t finalized power output for U.S.-spec models, but it previously quoted 402 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque for European-spec models.U.S. models will be able to do zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 124 mph, according to Audi.
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Chinese multinational Lenovo has issued a statement saying that CEO Yang Yuanqing’s interview with UK-based technology The Inquirer, in which he was quoted as saying that Lenovo is not a Chinese company, was misinterpreted.“Lenovo is a global company,” Yang told The Inquirer.“We’re not a Chinese company,” he said, adding that the company has a global footprint.The article aimed to investigate how the company was able to stay out of the spotlight, despite other Chinese companies being censured abroad.However, the company says its CEO’s words were misconstrued, and further confusion was created by adding to the quote to the headline of the article.It claims that he said the company is not only a Chinese company but also a global firm, as it has R and manufacturing bases in numerous countries around the world.
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You probably don’t give much thought to the air that you breathe day in and day out.But you can help your health by improving the air quality around you with the Alea Air, a smart air management platform for your home.Alea Labs, a smart home startup based out of Redwood City, California, launched the Air last week to offer consumers and businesses more control over the air they breathe while inside their home or office.The system is a combination of physical vents and machine learning intelligence that work together to create a more comfortable and safer environment.First things first; the vents.They come packed with 11 separate sensors that monitor the air, robotic louvers that help control air flow, and what the company describes as an “energy-harvesting unit” that helps extend the battery life of the device.
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Last week, the House passed a bipartisan bill that originated in the Senate called the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S. 97), which will allow the private sector to partner with US National Laboratories to vet advanced nuclear technologies.The bill also directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to lay the ground work for establishing "a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source."The Senate also introduced a second bill called the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (S. 3422) last Thursday, which would direct the DOE actually establish that fast neutron reactor.That bill also directs the DOE to "make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium" for research purposes.The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act has not yet made it past a Senate vote.That bill passed the House but seems to have died in the Senate.
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The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were leaked in images obtained by 9to5Mac earlier this month.Ahead of Apple's big keynote event on Wednesday, the company's website accidentally revealed the names of the three new models of iPhone being announced.All three names showed up in the code on Apple's website.Many details, including photos, of the 2018 iPhone models have leaked already, but exactly what Apple would call each individual phone was one of the last remaining mysteries.If Apple's own website is to be believed, the colossal smartphone maker plans to announce three new models of iPhone later today: the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR.That's according to The Verge and ATH, who both dug into the Apple website's product sitemap XML file — the code powering the website — and found several direct references to all three devices.
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There’s a unique pressure to keeping such creative streaks going, especially amid client evolutions and agency changeups.One notable example is Nike, which has rolled out a wide range of campaigns over the years while continuing to maintain the relevance and energy of Just Do It.Started in 1995 by Wieden + Kennedy, the idea of a funny peek behind the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, flipped the concept of broadcast promos on its head.Hundreds of spots later, every ad nerd has a favorite (ahem, the Manning brothers touring the ESPN facilities is this best, and there will be no argument about this, though I’m willing to consider John Clayton’s legendary take).After 25 years, ESPN and Wieden parted ways (the agency snapped up Fox Sports as a client), and Droga5 was handed creative duties in August of last year.ESPN largely took “This Is SportsCenter” in-house and has had a few hits and misses.
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey walked into the hearing room at the Dirksen Senate Building in Washington on Wednesday and took their seats next to an empty chair with a name tag that said "Google."After inviting Page, CEO of Google's parent, Alphabet, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who reports to Page, Google instead offered up Kent Walker, its senior vice president of global affairs.The committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, declined the offer, saying the panel wouldn't accept anyone lower than a CEO."I'm disappointed that Google decided against sending the right senior level executive to participate in what I expect to be a productive discussion," Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina and chairman of the Senate committee, said on Wednesday.About 45 percent of Americans get their news from Facebook, but the second most popular source is YouTube, with 18 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.But the Senate committee had been preparing for Google's decision to skip the hearing.
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Over 16 million followers and countingSpider-Man drops players into a fork of the established comic-series universe, where mild-mannered Peter Parker has been doing the superhero thing for roughly six years.The lack of clever twists on existing characters sends ripple waves through the story.There is a lot of story to wade through, and roughly half of it is delivered in snappy fashion—as in-ear chatter between missions, during missions' calmer moments, and during cut scenes that are so dramatically and beautifully staged that they're worth sitting through, rather than pressing X to skip.Insomniac's writers somehow managed to thread the needle between fun variety in dialogue and tolerability.He lucks out with actor Laura Bailey as Mary Jane, who earns the title of "partner" as both a driver of adventure and a well-rounded emotional foil (as opposed to the flat, hollow female leads found in too many Marvel Studios films).
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Governments of the world have a testy relationship with encrypted messaging services, to say the least.They don't like the fact that they can't snoop at our private messages remotely, and have been demanding tech companies install backdoors for what seems like forever.If you thought they were quietening down about that topic, you were sadly mistaken, because the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (which includes the UK) have renewed demands that such services install backdoors for government snooping.So now we've back to that same argument, with governments insisting that such backdoors are safe, and a great idea because terrorists.On the other side of the argument are the companies in question, plus a bunch of people who actually know what they're talking about, pointing out that this is a horrendously bad idea.And so continues the constant circle of debate, with governments adamantly refusing to take in information they don't want to hear.
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Top 10 most American-made cars for sale on Labor DayTwo electric scooter companies, Skip and Scoot, take the win for SF permits2019 Lexus RC shows off freshened face ahead of Paris debutAutonomous cars make us sickWe test Track Mode on the Tesla Model 3 PerformanceTesting the Tesla Model 3 Performance's new Track Mode update
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Line, the Japanese messaging app firm that’s best known for its cutesy characters and stickers, is pushing deeper into crypto after it launched its own token to help grow its stagnant user base.Line went public two years ago with 218 million monthly active users, but it hasn’t been able to kick on.The company no longer gives out its worldwide user number, but the number of active users in its four biggest markets has fallen from 169 million in Q2 2017 to 164 million in its recent Q2 2018 period.Line hasn’t said exactly how it can be earned yet, although it is likely that it’ll be tied to specific activities to promote engagement.The token will be listed on Bitbox — Line’s crypto exchange — and it’ll be used it to buy content like stickers and webcomics, as well as other Line services.It’ll also be possible to use Link to get a lower commission rate on trading in the same way that Binance, the world’s largest exchange, uses its BNB token.
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Lenovo’s Yoga line has traditionally meant 360-degree hinges, but with the arrival of the Yoga S730 it’s embracing high-end regular notebooks, too.Successor to the IdeaPad 720S, the new laptop is aiming for the bags and briefcases of those needing a super-skinny ultraportable with a traditional display.Making its debut at IFA 2018 today, the Yoga S730 has a 13.3-inch screen.That runs at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, and uses an ultra-low power IPS panel for longer battery life.Indeed, Lenovo says that it expects the notebook to run for up to 10 hours, and then use Rapid Charge to get back up and running again quicker after that.That’s despite having a 15-percent brighter screen than the old IdeaPad 720S, clocking in at 300 nits.
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What was it that Elon Musk said last year about a future Tesla car possibly being able to “fly short hops”?Well, it seems like it’s already happening.Video footage from Canada this week shows one of Elon Musk’s electric vehicles flying majestically through the air before returning to terra firma with a bump.This wasn’t some test version of the next Tesla Roadster that one of Musk’s team took out for a joy ride one evening.It’s just some dude in a Tesla who hit a railroad crossing at speed, resulting in the kind of short hop that Musk perhaps has in mind for his next-generation sports car.The short flight was captured by a security camera in the city of Barrie, Ontario.
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According to a scoop from The Information, Amazon is planning to launch a free streaming service that will bring ad-supported content to Fire TV users.It's not the first time that we've heard about such plans from Amazon.Advert-supported TV, and potential free content, have been rumoured for a while, and this latest report seems to confirm that.The new service will be completely separate from Amazon Prime Video, and is being developed by IMDb, the Internet Movie Database (which, incidentally, is owned by Amazon).The service is said to be called Free Dive, and it will be available to people who own one of Amazon's Fire TV devices.It will have its own library of content, independent from Prime Video, and the report suggests that these will be mainly older TV programmes and films.
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Dell isn’t new to the Chromebook game, but most of its previous efforts have been focused on education-facing devices — not bad computers, per say, just ones more designed for the lower demands and rougher treatment of younger students than for serious work.But that changes this year at IFA 2018 with the company’s new Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1, which is meant to offer a more powerful, mature Chromebook option similar to the company’s (just revamped) midrange Inspiron line.To that end, the Inspiron Chromebook 14 is made from aluminum, not plastic, with an 8th-Gen Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal memory.It’s not offering the hardware power or design as, say, Google’s Pixelbook, but for a $599.99 Chromebook, it’s better than the bulky, plastic designs that have come to dominate the space.I was able to briefly try out the Chromebook 14, and it’s certainly a nicer spin on the Chromebook than a lot of what we’ve recently seen in the field that hasn’t come from Google, although it suffers the same issue of Dell’s other Inspiron products with slightly cheap-feeling aluminum.Still, it’s good to see that companies like Dell aren’t just content to write off Chromebooks as an entry-level computer for middle schoolers.
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What’s standing between you and a chance to launch your pre-Series A startup in front of Europe’s influential technorati?That’s how much time you have left before we stop accepting applications to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place on November 29-30.There’s still time, but not a moment to waste.Startup Battlefield is a whirlwind roller coaster, and over the years it’s been the launch platform for more than 750 companies — our Startup Battlefield alumni community — that have collectively raised $8 billion dollars and generated 102 exits.Discerning TechCrunch editors with a knack for choosing successful startups will review every application and ultimately pick up to 15 companies to compete.Participating founders benefit from free pitch coaching from those Startup Battlefield-tested editors.
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For startups, especially e-commerce companies, branding is everything.A slogan, an ad, even the design of the logo can make the difference between success and failure.Luckily, three experts are coming to Disrupt to talk through the ins and outs.Red Antler’s Emily Heyward, Brandless’ Tina Sharkey, and Casper CEO Philip Krim will join us at TC Disrupt SF in early September, and it’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.Emily Heyward cofounded Red Antler in 2007 after working in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi.She graduated mangna cum laude from Harvard with a degree focused on postmodern theory and consumer culture.
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