Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

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The CIA posted almost a million declassified files online this week, offering a fascinating record of unexplained UFO sightings and the agency s secret operations.Around 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages, have been posted online.Previously, the files were only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland.Spanning early CIA history, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, the archive also details a number of UFO incidents.A UFO search of the archive at Electronic Reading Room on the CIA s website returns 1,738 items, the earliest of which is dated 1942.Strange sightings are described in files such as a 1966 file detailing an unusual phenomenon on the horizon near the border between Iran and the former Soviet Union.
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A long-awaited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration review of a fatal accident that occurred in May 2016 has concluded the driver s Tesla Model S, which was in self-driving Autopilot mode at the time of the crash, was not defective.As such, the federal agency will not seek a recall of Tesla vehicles.And in what s surely a rarity, rather than hurt the case for Autopilot, the data NHTSA pulled from Tesla actually makes a pretty compelling argument in its favor.Statistically, the government agency found Teslas both Model S and Model X with the Autopilot installed crashed about 40 percent less often than their purely human-driven counterparts.The Office of Defects Investigation ODI analyzed mileage and airbag deployment data supplied by Tesla for all model years 2014 through 2016 Model S and 2016 Model X vehicles equipped with the Autopilot Technology Package, either installed in the vehicle when sold or through an update, to calculate crash rates by miles travelled prior to and after Autopilot installation, NHTSA stated in its report, explaining its methodology.The data show that the Tesla vehicles crash rate dropped by almost 40 percent after Autosteer installation.
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Google s new high-end Pixel smartphones are mostly out of stock, and meanwhile the firm plans to bring lower-cost Android phones to the U.S. market, two new reports said.In October, Google splashily announced the new Pixel and Pixel XL, and they received generally positive reviews.But would-be buyers have been stymied, a report said Wednesday.It has become incredibly difficult for consumers to actually acquire either of them in a reasonable amount of time, said an article on tech website The Verge.Google has done a poor job of shipping adequate supply of both Pixels, as it s now January and there s still no easy way of obtaining the model you want without resorting to eBay or Swappa.The XL with 128GB capacity hasn t been in stock in Google s online store since the end of November, The Verge reported.The website noted that Google and Verizon Wireless made a fairly big deal about the Pixels being exclusive to Verizon, but that hasn t made purchasing one easier for Verizon s customers, the site said.Orders placed today for the 128GB Pixel XL aren t scheduled to ship until the second week of March.
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It s probably safe to say that the last eight years could have shaped up a whole lot differently.With that in mind, Redditors have been imagining how Obama could have reacted on the micro-blogging service to scenarios including the death of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the 2012 re-election campaign and Trump s own birther crusade against him.Some of the best posts we ve seen so far are below:
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If you struggle to get up in the morning, and can't be doing with the shrill beeping of an alarm clock, try the mePhillips HF3505/01 out for size.It's one of those sunrise simulation alarm clocks, which recreates natural light to wake you up gradually and more peacefully.It also includes two natural sounds and a radio to assist that.It's now £44.99 at Amazon UK when you use a £5 voucher.If you want something that makes it difficult to get up in the mornings, make sure to check out this deal on EA's Star Wars Battlefront which is currently available on PS4 for £10 at Tesco Direct.There's no single player campaign, but you can play through a number of maps set throughout the Star Wars Universe.
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Poliisin tietoon tulleiden epäiltyjen viharikosten määrä on lähtenyt jyrkkään nousuun.Poliisin tietoon tulleiden epäiltyjen viharikosten määrä on lähtenyt jyrkkään nousuun.Jo vihapuheeseen kannattaa reagoida, toteaa poliisiylijohtaja Seppo Kolehmainen."Yleinen talous- ja turvallisuustilanne on herättänyt vahvoja tunteita lisännyt osaltaan vastakkainasettelua.Ilmapiiri Suomessa on muuttunut kylmemmäksi ja kovemmaksi.Tämä näkyy erityisesti sosiaalisessa mediassa.
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Nintendo announced all the details of its Switch console on Friday morning, revealing a 3 March launch date and £280 price tag.Everyone was expecting a new Super Mario title and perhaps a remaster of ElderScrolls V: Skyrim – and those were certainly delivered.Here are the titles we re most looking forward to.A whole new range of weapons and a new survival feature, requiring players to forage for food in order to stay healthy, add grit to the familiar Zelda experience.We were fully expecting a version of Nintendo s family-friendly team-based shooter – but not a full sequel.Splatoon 2 adds new weapons and modes, plus a portable multiplayer option, allowing you to indulge in local eight-player battles wherever you are.
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When Patricia Landeta wanted to meet her friend, who uses a wheelchair, they always had to go to the same place - because they didn t know of anywhere else that was accessible.I wanted to do something for people with disabilities, so they could have the same freedom as everyone else, Landeta explains.So she developed Exacto, an app designed to help people with disabilities find accessible places.The platform enables its users to share recommendations not just for places, but for routes too.Once an accessible location is identified, users are then encouraged to share more information - everything from reviews of the food and service in restaurants to whether there are available braille menus.There s no official launch date yet, but Landeta hopes to take her app globally.
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From the time that Laurel Duermaël and her husband Adrien left France to pursue their startup dreams in Silicon Valley, it seemed that nothing went as planned.But somehow, through a failed video game startup, battles with cofounders, the loss of personal savings, and the stress of living in a strange land, their tale has arrived at the unlikeliest place of all: a happy ending.While comic books are a global phenomenon, in France they are considered a higher form of culture, on par with novels and music and painting.The result was released in June 2010: Doodle Grub.The game was a surprise hit, attracting 3 million users and 200,000 daily users across iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Facebook.That left the couple wondering just how far they could take their work.We believe the large mobile gaming community wants rich, character-driven stories on their phones and tablets, said Madrid, CEO of Pixowl, in a statement at the time.From the outside, the company seemed like it was riding a wave of momentum.
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CHELSEA - FEBRUARY 15: Burgers and beers at Bill's Bar on February 15, 2016 in Downtown New York, NY.Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images The study only involved mice, so it can t tell us anything definitive about humans.But, the researchers note that our brains have the same starvation circuity.And they speculate that our circuits respond similarly to alcohol.Thus, the finding, published this week in , may not only explain drunk dining in humans, but also reveal yet another way alcohol messes with our minds.
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SEOUL—The third-generation heir of South Korea s Samsung conglomerate will be questioned in relation to suspected bribery, prosecutors said, drawing the country s biggest and most powerful business group deeper into an unfolding political scandal that has led to the impeachment of the president.Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old heir-apparent to the Samsung empire, will be summoned for questioning on Thursday morning by special...
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The iShares Nasdaq Biotech ETF dropped 4 percent at its session low and ended down 3 percent, its largest daily percentage drop in three months."When the president-elect says we're going to negotiate drug pricing, you have to take that seriously, but at the same this is a complicated issue because there's not going to be clarity on drug pricing reform anytime soon," said Brad Loncar, manager of the Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF .Trump has blasted other industries for charging the government too much, particularly defense companies, but has made only a few public statements about drug pricing since being elected.He briefly mentioned Lockheed Martin Corp , Ford Motor Co , and United Technologies Corp during the news conference and promised a border tax for companies producing products for U.S. consumers outside the United States.Back in May, then-candidate Trump said Amazon was also "getting away with murder," referring to taxes in that case.The drug industry has been on edge for two years about the potential for more government pressure on pricing after sharp increases in the costs of some life-saving drugs drew scrutiny in the press and among lawmakers.
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in the Past, when security concerns were not as common as in the day weren't programmers so much that they wrote in credentials, such as passwords, to databases, systems and hardware directly in the source code of the programs they built.Such makes it easy for hackers to gain unauthorized access to various resources.Unfortunately, always store it with this still.in 2014 found a security researcher almost 10 000 credentials for Amazon web services in the public available code on Github, writes IDG News.After it has Amazon started to scan Github on their own in search of hard-coded credentials.Last year, also found the Swedish security firm Detectify 1 500 credentials for Slack as been hard-wired in the projects on Github.
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Months after steadfastly denying its heart implants have serious security vulnerabilities, St Jude – now owned by Abbott Laboratories – has issued a patch.The company's press release is here.Last year, a pentester and an investor pulled a now-notorious double act on St Jude, shorting its stock before publishing the vulnerabilities.That first received a furious denial from St Jude, which called the claims false and misleading .It followed that up by launching legal action against MedSec the pentester and Muddy Waters the investor .However, the Food and Drug Administration FDA took things seriously enough to launch an investigation, and meanwhile in October an independent assessment of St Jude's security confirmed the vulnerabilities.
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Norm från Tested besöker HTC för att titta på de nya tillbehören företaget visade upp under CES-mässan.Mer specifikt handlar det om Deluxe Audio Strap som verkar göra Vive betydligt mer bekvämt att använda samt Vive Tracker som tredjepartsutvecklare kan fästa på diverse tillbehör för att på ett enkelt sätt kan lägga till trackingfunktionalitet.
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In September 2015, I was creating a 2016 content calendar template for my clients' social media accounts and it was turning into quite the project.Surely someone out there would find this collection of oddball information just as useful?The goal then was to deliver a daily serving of did-you-know goodness in 140 characters for my clients.It was difficult in September 2015 to find a content calendar that wasn't too earnest and had interesting stuff: a mixture of calendar events, birthdays of fascinating people, historical trivia, quirky holidays.So I set about putting all the interesting stuff I could find in a Google sheet.Little did I know that the blog post that contained my little spreadsheet would get over 6,000 visits.
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If you re thinking about getting a new iPad, 2017 may be the year to do it.According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be launching three new iPads in the spring — there will allegedly be a 9.7-inch model, a new design with a narrow bezel that comes in somewhere between 10 and 10.5 inches, and an update to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.With an anticipated launch date somewhere in the second quarter of this year, Kuo expects customers to be able to get their new tablets between April and June.Surprisingly, Kuo did not mention any updates to the iPad mini, the smaller version of the popular device that actually hasn t seen any changes since September 2015.Rather, in the last year and a half, Apple has been more interested in its Pro models, which are not only larger, but more expensive as well.More: Modular makeover: Otterbox s Universe case is coming to the iPad
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Honor s Magic lives up to its name thanks to clever and beneficial use of AI, and a stunning design.Beneath the utterly stunning body is a clever artificial intelligence program that, along with a host of sensors and cameras, turns the already desirable device into a truly smart phone.The front facing camera uses facial recognition technology to ensure your lock screen notifications are safe from prying eyes, with the least interference to you.In our short test, the facial recognition was 100 percent accurate each time, refusing to reveal the message to my colleague, and happily giving up the information to me, even when changing faces immediately.It s genuinely impressive to see, and a feature that most will consider beneficial.The Magic uses AI in a similar way to how Facebook and others are using chat bots in messenger platforms.
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Google has acquired the Umeå, sweden-based developer Limes Audio, which specializes in improving the sound quality of the call online, so that those who communicate are better able to hear each other.Limes Audio improves the sound of voices by the other to filter out echoes and noise and manage microphones and substandard connections in an intelligent way.Google says that they, for example, will use the technology for video conferencing, the Chromebox for Meetings and Hangouts.Google acquires Umeåföretaget Limes Audio.— Google Sweden @Google Sweden January 5, 2017One of the biggest challenges to a great video meeting is the audio quality.
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FAA clears Musketeers to, fingers crossed, put whole Iridium birds into orbitSpaceX CEO Elon Musk ...Pretty fly for a South African guyAmerica's Federal Aviation Administration has cleared SpaceX to launch satellites into Earth's orbit using the science upstart's rockets.This comes after the watchdog scrutinized the cause of last year's dramatic explosion on a SpaceX launchpad: on September 1, a refueling cockup strongly encouraged a Falcon 9 rocket, along with a $200m internet relay satellite on top, to spread itself finely over Cape Canaveral.SpaceX's own report came out earlier this week, tracing the problem back to helium containers that got too cold.
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