Ruth Johnson

Ruth Johnson

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Uber has added a lost-item-return fee as a way to compensate its drivers for taking out the time to return items riders lose or forget in its cabs.The ride hailing app has been heavily criticised for its strained relations with its drivers, but the company plans to bring a change with its $15 (£11.5) charge on lost items returned and several other benefits under its '180 days of change' campaign.Launched on 20 June, the campaign focuses on making meaningful changes for the benefit of Uber drivers and will continue for the next six months.Until now, connecting with a driver to retrieve a lost or forgotten item was easy, at least from the riders' perspective.For drivers, however, returning lost items has never been a convenient affair.They faced problems finding the exact location of the rider and, most importantly, had to miss a ride or two to do the job.
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Justice League has been working overtime in England on its reshoots, being helmed by Joss Whedon in the wake of Zach Snyder’s unfortunate exit from production.A new report details some of the trials and tribulations the film is having reuniting its league movie stars, but there’s one hairy detail in particular that has us intrigued.Variety has released an extensive report about the reshoots, mostly dealing with the nature of the shoots (dialogue heavy to both capitalise on Whedon’s house style of witty banner and to help better interconnect Snyder’s “usable” action sequences) and the challenging of bringing the sprawling cast together once more for what is turning out to be an extensive period of additional photography.The most fascinating part of those scheduling woes surrounds the man of steel himself, Henry Cavill, because apparently the reshoots have clashed with Cavill’s own filming of Mission Impossible 6... in which Cavill has a contractually obligated moustache:Cavill’s issues are even more thorny.Justice League’s Man of Steel had expected to be able to finish shooting the sixth Mission: Impossible film before needing to don Superman’s spandex again.
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Pirate TV boxes may not be safe, IP champions FACT and Westminster Council, in the south of the UK, have claimed."The safety issues we have found so far are to do with the device's power supply.It is not double insulated nor does it have another grounding system (it only has a two-pin plug) meaning if a short were to occur it may electrocute the user or cause fire," a council spokesman told The Register.Earlier this month Westminster Trading Standards swooped on an address in London W2 in connection with a case where pirate-friendly £100 boxes were being sold via the web.A 53-year-old man was arrested, and later released while inquiries continue.It's all part of an ongoing nationwide crackdown on gadgets that ship with media streaming software Kodi.
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Smartklockan Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design har börjat säljas i Europa för 795 euro.Det motsvarar idag 7600 kronor.Watch 2 presenterades under Mobile World Congress i början av året.Porsche-upplagan har samma komponenter som de ordinarie modellerna men erbjuder smärre designförändringar gentemot Watch 2 Classic.Den betydligt högre prislappen för med andra ord endast med sig en ”Porsche Design”-logotyp.Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design ser ut att levereras inom hela EU från officiella hemsidan.
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, CareerBuilder found that 60 percent of businesses investigate the social media accounts of potential employees and nearly one-quarter have fired an employee over something found on social media.When Markesha Wilkerson posted a Facebook Live video from Chuck E. Cheese, Lakeland, Fla., police showed up to arrest her on an outstanding warrant before her pizza got cold.While making your profile private might help hide you from law enforcement, it won’t help you get a job or a green card.Connect with other industry professionals, get involved in industry discussions, and do your homework: Make sure you have some interesting, intelligent insight to offer.Networking has other perks, of course.By building relationships within your industry, you may meet people in a position to help you find the right job.
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Last week I used every Raspberry Pi that I had to build a six-node HexaPi computing cluster.When I get home, I use the hugin panorama photo stitcher to merge those batches of individual pictures into much larger panorama views.If I get a bit more ambitious, I can set up a batch control program and then queue the groups of pictures to be merged, but they still only get done one after another.Once that was done, the actual time required until I had all of my lovely panorama pictures would be dramatically reduced -- and I could reduce it even further by simply adding more Raspberry Pi systems to the cluster at any time!Note that it is only the tasks themselves which have to be independent -- the results may also be, as in the case of my panorama photographs, but it can also be that the result of each task contributes to some larger result.In that case, the results can be collected on the client system, and then further processed (perhaps even by sending them back out again as a new task) to produce a final output.
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It’s all very well using some cheapo slab of plastic if all you’re tapping out on your QWERTY is some boring spreadsheets and the odd email, but what if your craft has a higher purpose than that?That novel you’ve always had in you will come out much more easily if it’s typed on an Azio Retro Classic mechanical keyboard (from US$120).With clicky keys reminiscent of an old-timey shop till, three different finishes (the one above is called Onyx) and a choice of either USB or Bluetooth connection, every time you use it you’ll feel like Hemingway writing up his memoirs, not Gareth writing a complaint to Tesco about some sub-standard parsnips.
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Even though neither CPU has shipped yet, the battle between Intel‘s incoming Core i9 and AMD‘s Ryzen Threadripper is already heating up.Aside from the die-hard fans of both companies doing their standard chirping from one another, we now have published clock rates for both camps.As it turns out, Intel’s Core i9 could still be outpaced by Ryzen Threadripper, at least in terms of overall clock speed.As discovered by PCWorld, Intel has published a pricing chart for its line up of CPUs, and that list includes the Core i9-7920X.The 7920X’s listing shows, for the first time, the clock speed of this incoming CPU.With the 7920X, it looks like we can expect a clock speed of 2.90GHz, compared to AMD’s listed clock speed of 3.5GHz.
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LG has unveiled a new phone that’s incoming at the end of the month.Say hello to the LG Q8, what sounds like a fairly capable phone with solid specifications, despite the fact that isn’t a part of LG‘s well-known V-series or G-series.Regardless, LG Q8 probably won’t have a difficult time finding buyers when it launches at the end of the month.About that launch, though: so far, LG has only confirmed the Q8 for release in Italy.There’s no word on whether or not it will spread to other regions within the EU, so for now, we can consider this to be a strictly Italian affair.The hope, of course, is that LG expands the number of supported regions once it has Italy’s launch in the books.
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Compared to the start of the year, it has more than doubled, and has risen 250 per cent in the last year.Bitcoin is famously volatile - few can predict with any certainty where it will go from here and many believe we're in the middle of a bubble - but one thing's certain: if you'd invested five years ago you'd be doing very well for yourself now.There are two main ways to get hold of bitcoin - buying an expensive supercomputer (with a whopping electricity bill to match), and using it to "mine" bitcoins, the process of solving the cryptographic codes that keep the entire network running.Now there are a number of consumer-friendly websites for buying and selling not only bitcoin, but etherium and other cryptocurrencies.It runs on the blockchain, a decentralised ledger kept running by “miners” whose powerful computers crunch transactions and are rewarded in bitcoinsPeople see value in money free from government control and the fees banks charge; as well as the blockchain, to verify transactions.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Brown University researchers have developed a new method of manipulating the polarization of light at terahertz frequencies.The technique uses stacks of carefully spaced metal plates to make a polarizing beamsplitter, a device that splits a beam of light by its differing polarization states, sending vertically polarized light in one direction and horizontally polarized light in another."This stack-of-plates idea has advantages over traditional methods of manipulating polarization in the terahertz region," said Dan Mittleman, a professor in Brown's School of Engineering and senior author of a research paper describing the work in the journal Scientific Reports.The terahertz range is the swath of the electromagnetic spectrum between microwave and infrared frequencies.Use of terahertz waves in technological applications such as spectroscopy, sensing, imaging and ultra-high-bandwidth communications is growing, and researchers are working to develop the hardware components necessary to build these advanced terahertz systems.Polarization refers to the orientation of an electromagnetic wave's peaks and valleys as the wave propagates.
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Intel's update to its pricing information gives us a better idea of what the company will charge for its upcoming 12-core processor and how fast it will perform.Intel recently updated its desktop processor pricelist to refresh its lineup of Core X-Series chips.The sheet now includes a 12-core model, the Core i9-7920X, costing $1,189 when it arrives in August.Other details added to the 12-core entry include the base clock speed, cache amount, and a few other tidbits of information.Here is the complete updated Core X-Series list:What Intel’s latest pricing information currently doesn’t show are the three remaining processors residing at the top of the Core X-Series totem pole: The Core i9-7940X, the Core i9-7960X, and the Core i9-7980XE.
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Apple contractors Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm alleging that the company has violated two sections of the U.S. based Sherman Act.This is the latest and an ongoing battle between over wireless patent royalties.Qualcomm is the market leader in smartphone modems and a primary supplier to Apple, yet Apple doesn’t have a direct patent deal with Qualcomm.Instead, Qualcomm requires Apple’s contractors to sign patent license agreements before purchasing chips, which the US Federal Trade Commission called in its own complaint a “no license, no chips” model.Besides paying for the wireless chips themselves, Apple covers the licensing fees to the four manufacturers who then pay Qualcomm, this allows Qualcomm to take a percentage of the overall iPhone selling price in exchange for supplying the modem chips.Apple stopped making royalty payments to its contractors after it sued Qualcomm in January for $1 billion.
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Derived from stem cells, these primitive organs will help her achieve a research milestone: to observe in microscopic, real-time detail how the heart repairs itself after injury.She must first induce an "attack" by damaging the tiny proto-hearts with a frozen rod, thus mobilizing sequential, cell-based repair crews that clear the injury site of debris, and then in a second phase, recruit materials and tools from the neighboring tissue to mend the damage.In awarding her the grant, the NSF acknowledged "major hurdles" to date in developing cell-based therapies - restoring damaged tissue by deploying transplanted stem cells to the injury site -- that derive in part from limited knowledge of the biological mechanisms of the transplanted cells.Existing models have focused almost exclusively on mimicking the healthy cardiac microenvironment with the goal of providing a living surgical replacement."What is unique about these experiments is the opportunity they provide to see how different cell types in the heart interact during the repair process in the immediate aftermath of a heart attack -- the period that offers the best chance for successful cell-therapy interventions," Lee notes.Medical researchers have had little success with these therapies so far, because the injected cells drift away from the injury and fail in their task to rebuild tissue.
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If you're using a device with an Intel Atom Clover Trail CPU, then don't bother trying to install Windows 10 Creators Update.Microsoft has been aggressive in pushing its users to Windows 10, and that makes good sense.Older Windows versions are losing support and Windows 10 offers a solid upgrade path that brings enhanced performance, features, and security.Now, there is another reason for some users to upgrade, as devices based on the relatively recent Intel Atom Clover Trail processors cannot update to Windows 10 Creators Update.The news came via ZDNet, which reported on a number of cases where Atom Clover Trail systems failed to update and the Creators Update setup app generated the following error dialog:“Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC.
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Sometimes, there’s more to old age than meets the eye—sometimes, it’s 27 contact lenses jammed in there, according to a case study published this month in the British Medical Journal.A 67-year-old British woman, complaining of eye discomfort and dryness, was scheduled last November to have routine surgery to remove cataracts when doctors discovered a “blueish mass” of 17 disposable contact lenses stuck in one of her eyes.Upon further examination, they fished out 10 more, the case study reveals.Doctors were startled, according to Rupal Morjaria, a specialist trainee ophthalmologist on the case who spoke with Optometry Today.“None of us have ever seen this before,” she said.“It was such a large mass.
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Fans of the classic game Windjammers will have a chance to revisit it starting on August 29.Developer DotEmu, who specializes in bringing back retro titles like Double Dragon, will be releasing it for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.Windjammers was a sports arcade game where two players on the field try to get a disc into the other’s goal.It debuted for the Neo Geo arcade system in 1994.The updated version will feature six playable characters and both local and online multiplayer mode, as well as a global leaderboard.Earlier this year, DotEmu released the classic Sega sidescroller Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.
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Facebook has finally gotten with the times and realized that GIFs are one of our main ways of communicating online these days.With that, the camera in the social network’s main app is gradually being updated with a new option to create GIFs.The feature is gradually being rolled out, as is often the case, so it’s not available for all users just yet.If you do have access to it, you’ll find it to the right after opening the standard camera feature.As you’d expect, the GIFs recorded are only a few seconds in length, but all the filters, effects, and frames from the standard camera tool can be applied.Once you make a GIF, it can be posted your Facebook page or added to a story.
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Earth’s magnetic field does way more than guide our compasses and cause occasional worry.But there’s still a lot about the magnetic field scientists don’t understand.Turns out, the way nickel behaves at the smallest scales might help explain the magnetic field’s strength, to the point that some existing models would need to be rethought.And understanding the Earth’s magnetic field has implications for everything that relies on it, including activities that require drilling underground.“This is a new idea put into the geophysics research line that nickel has been neglected for the explanation of the geodynamo, the mechanism for creating the magnetic field,” study author Giorgio Sangiovanni from the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Würzburg in Germany told Gizmodo.At its most basic level, the Earth probably gets its magnetic field from temperature gradients in the outer core causing metal to convect—this is more or less the way water moves around in a pot of boiling water.
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”Many wonder why the president, Donald Trump is talking about trade jobs for anything, but focusing on the almost marginal shrinking of the frozen coal industry, that train has gone long time ago.”the Ecommerce mega-company Amazon held on Tuesday its loyal customers the annual Prime Day-shopping karnevaalinsa.Trading was accelerated in July heat with a hard offer, which was valid for 30 hours.Amazon is seeking to raise Prime day in the year's biggest shopping day among the late-autumn Black Friday alongside.the Difference is that the Black Friday -to celebrate the participation of all retailers, but Prime Day is just amazon's own consumption party.at the Same time it has depleted the traditional trade in many areas.
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