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Change is coming for a small but blooming corner of the marijuana industry.A compound in marijuana that's been linked to a range of potential health benefits — but doesn't cause a high — is increasingly being eyed for use in salves, oils, balms, and beverages.That approval will also jump-start demand for products that have not been federally reviewed, opening up a huge opportunity for retailers and manufacturers to either work alongside the new regulations or take advantage of the legal grey area in which they’re currently operating.The move could unleash what Drug Enforcement Administration public affairs officer Barbara Carreno called a "sea change" for the existing market of less expensive but untested and potentially risky CBD products, such as those sold in convenience stores and marijuana dispensaries.The drug that could revolutionize the CBD marketSince at least 2017, drug company GW Pharmaceuticals has been presenting strong research data to suggest that its CBD-based medicine, a syrup called Epidiolex, can treat the symptoms of two rare forms of childhood epilepsy that are characterized by violent seizures (known as drop seizures).
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Fans finally got to see the latest trailer for "Cyberpunk 2077" at Microsoft's E3 press conference on Sunday — after a 5-year wait since the last trailer — and it was one of the highlights of the whole multi-day expo.But unless you were physically in Los Angeles and attending E3, you didn't get to witness CD Projekt Red's apparently jaw-dropping 50-minute uncut gameplay demo of "Cyberpunk 2077" that was held behind closed doors and away from cameras.It's unclear if your gender changes the story you experience, but it does affect who you can romance.You can also choose your haircut, tattoos, and put points into various attributes like Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Reflexes, Tech, and something called "Cool."You can decide if you're there for romance or revenge.There are three classes in the game — Solo, Techie, and Netrunner — and you can choose to focus on one skill set, or a combination of the three.
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Mars will be at its closest point to our planet in 15 years throughout July, making for some prime nighttime viewing.That's because of a phenomenon called perihelic opposition, in which Earth's and Mars' orbits align, bringing the two planets closer together.Perihelic opposition only occurs once every 15 to 17 years, so get out there and find the red planet in the sky.Mars will look brighter in the night sky over the next six weeks than it has appeared in 15 years.That's because the red planet will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 throughout June and July, as our planet passes between Mars and the sun.Perihelic opposition occurs only once every 15 to 17 years, when Earth's and Mars' orbits align to bring the two planets close together, according to NASA.
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This week, Media Rights Capital revealed it commissioned a 10-episode adaptation of crime thriller The Outsider by an author who has seemingly become the most desirable man in Hollywood lately: Stephen King.This is nothing new, of course — just two years ago, we ranked the then-current (and frankly alarming) total of 58 King movie and TV adaptations that were being developed.In the years since, it feels like you can’t go a week without another addition to the lengthy list of King adaptations.But jokes cannot, and will not, stem the tide of King-content hitting our TVs and cinemas in the near-ish future.Aside from the just-revealed Outsider adaptation, here’s what else is being worked on:The follow-up to Andy Muschietti’s excellent 2017 adaptation will focus on the segments of King’s novel that follow the members of the Losers Club as adults, decades after their traumatic childhood encounter with demonic clown Pennywise.
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I’m often asked how the company I work for managed to successfully expand from Sub-Saharan Africa to Poland, a very different type of market, to say the least.It’s complicated but I can tell you one thing, we didn’t follow any existing playbook.Instead, we followed some basic rules of the road that I would recommend to all entrepreneurs who want to expand internationally:Understand your markets and customersIf you don’t take the time to understand how countries differ from one another, it will be an uphill battle to launch your product.There are vast cultural differences that can impact your growth.
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It's the world's biggest sporting event, and it comes only once every four years.Americans may get more excited about the Super Bowl or World Series, but the FIFA World Cup transfixes millions of fans across the globe.There's something for everyone, as such powerful teams as Brazil and Spain and underdogs such as Panama and South Korea all duke it out over the course of a month.As the tournament gets underway, we've put together a World Cup trivia quiz to see how well you know the massive international sporting event.Whether you're a longtime fan or a complete newbie, you'll get a kick out of testing your knowledge.
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The Fitbit rival, which went out of business last year, claimed repeatedly that Fitbit had stolen its trade secrets.Now Jawbone is about to get its day in court, again.Six current and former Fitbit employees have been indicted in US District Court with possessing Jawbone trade secrets.The indictment was issued Thursday in the Northern District of California in San Jose.The defendants worked for Jawbone between 2011 and 2015, according to the indictment, and all accepted job offers from Fitbit during or right after their employment with Jawbone.If convicted, they will be fined and face up to 10 years of imprisonment.
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The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning over a new type of malware out of North Korea.The DHS worked with the FBI to unearth and reveal the existence of a malware variant it says is known as “TYPEFRAME.” Analysts with the two government agencies analyzed a total of 11 samples of the trojan, including infected Windows files.Homeland Security released a report on the malware yesterday, explaining that the infected files can download and install the trojan on the victim’s computer.The infected files, the agencies say, can “install proxy and remote access Trojans, connect to command and control servers to receive additional instructions, and modify the victim’s firewall to allow incoming connections.”The disclosure comes only days after a historic summit between the US and North Korean leaders, seemingly underscoring a growing effort and sophistication on the latter country’s part.North Korea has spent years developing its cyberwar efforts, reportedly being behind a number of attempted and successful bank hacks around the world.
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Samsung Smart TVs have gotten a real upgrade this last year thanks to the new Smart Hub operating system Samsung has embedded into its high-end, flagship series of QLED and 4K UHD TVs.Beyond offering the staples of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, Smart Hub is bursting at the seams with great apps - all of which are available to download from the Smart Hub store.With so many new apps releasing all the time, however, it can be hard to figure out which apps are worth downloading.After testing dozens of Samsung TVs over the years, we've narrowed down a list of the must-download apps on the platform that will offer entertainment in spades.Having a list at your side should make perusing the store a bit simpler and faster for those of you who already purchased a new QLED TV, and for those who are still on the fence about buying one, give you an idea of what you can expect.Without further ado, here are 10 gems in the rough that we think are the top apps for your new Samsung Smart TV.
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Crowdfunder asks to be reimbursed on behalf of backersCrowdfunding platform Indiegogo has revealed to The Register that it has set its lawyers on flailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd.The platform confirmed to us that its corporate attorney has written to RCL seeking reimbursement from the company so that it can pay back RCL’s customers, or “backers,” as Indiegogo refers to people who use its website to place orders for production-ready items.As regular readers know, RCL was the company that took £513,000 from the general public to put its ZX Spectrum Vega+ console into production.Just under 5,000 people paid money to RCL through Indiegogo for one or more of the £105 consoles, which in their originally advertised form had been designed by the late, great Rick Dickinson, designer of Sir Clive Sinclair’s original ZX Spectrum.Over the past two years RCL has consistently and repeatedly failed to deliver its product, raising questions about the viability of the crowdfunding business model and how it interacts with long-established consumer protections for the sale of goods.
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Oprah Winfrey has signed a multi-year deal with Apple to develop original programs.The company announced Friday that Oprah Winfrey has landed a "unique, multi-year content partnership" to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world."Apple said in its announcement that the content will be released as part of a lineup of original content.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey will remain the chairperson and CEO of cable network OWN.THR also reported that the non-exclusive deal includes the likes of film, TV, applications, and books — just not podcasts.Financial aspects of the deal have not been revealed, but CNN reports that Winfrey is expected to have "an on-screen role as a host and interviewer."
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E3 is finally over and now is as good a time as any to look back on the spectacle that was the Electronic Entertainment Expo’s 24th year in existence.It was a year that brought us a boat load of trailers during Microsoft’s keynote, a heaping helping of Super Smash Bros Ultimate and one of the oddest Sony keynotes, well, ever.Whatever else might’ve transpired this week, we were happy we were able to see all of the brilliant new games coming out later this year and beyond – the best of which we’ve rounded up for you below.That said, what follows are our editors’ picks of the best games of E3 2018, a compilation of what we’ve seen on the ground here in Los Angeles, what we’ve seen at home during the keynotes and what we’ve caught in gameplay trailers online during the show.While we’re fresh out of fancy ribbons and decorative trophies, we’d instead like to give praise to the best of this year’s crop.Whether these games come out next week, next month of next year, these are the titles shown off here at E3 that we think will be worth your time, attention - and, potentially, hard-earned cash - sometime down the road.
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US govt bans agencies from using Russian outfit's waresThe US government issued an interim rule this morning prohibiting agencies from using products or services that have pretty much anything to do with Kaspersky Lab.The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) comes into effect from 16 July 2018 and is a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which prohibits any part of the US Federal government from using the antivirus vendor's wares.The prohibition comes into effect from 1 October, and the FAR is a clear signal that, yes, it is really going to happen.Any solicitations issued on or after 16 July will include an anti-Kaspersky clause and anything issued before will need modifications to reflect the US government's stance.The FAR for the Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration (GSA) and NASA also applies to any companies contracted by the agencies.
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Everything is run on subscriptions now.Even living in a house you don't own is technically a subscription, albeit one without much in the way of customer care.You know what else is gunning for the subscription model?Car subscriptions are fast becoming a thing for rich people, and Jaguar Land Rover is launching one of its own - exclusive to the UK.It's called Carpe, because the marketing must have been watching Dead Poet's Society the day before the deadline.I'm torn as to whether it's really lazy, or subtly genius.
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Blockchain technology should be considered the most disruptive technology invention of the fourth industrial revolution.However, the sector it is aiming to transform, and hopes to have the highest impact on day to day consumer and seller activities, is the e-commerce industry.The e-commerce industry has arguably changed the way we shop and live, which to many people has basically become one in the same.The convenience, affordability, and vast array of products offered by e-commerce platforms shows some of the benefits of the e-commerce industry, but with the growth of the industry (a global online retail market that is expected to surpass $4.5 billion by 2020), large e-commerce companies like Amazon, Alibaba, EBay and a large group of other companies which account for over 50% of that market valuation, the problems associated with e-commerce are beginning to emerge.The current e-commerce business model will have a hard time resolving all these issues in one fell swoop, with the only solution to these problems is blockchain technology.Payment solutions for international e-commerce is far from perfect, and even with payment solutions like PayPal and Skrill, the payment industry still needs some reworking.
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Whatever happened to phones coming with camera buttons?There was a period about three of four years long when they were all over the place, but now they're rarer than porn in the Vatican.There had been rumours that the button would make its triumphant return on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but some leakers claim otherwise.The whole rumour stems from a case shared by leaker Ice Universe on Twitter, revealing space for what seems to be an extra bottom on the bottom left hand side of the phone.This led to speculation that it was for a camera button because they's where many of them used to live, it wasn't the Bixby button, and what else would it be?Apparently it's not a button at all.
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The cast of "Solo" had no idea about that major appearance from an iconic Star Wars character at the end of the movie.Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich said he only learned about the cameo a few months ago.Please don't read this post if you don't want to know about the spoiler.Read at your own risk.And if you haven't seen "Solo" yet, do it.Director Ron Howard and the crew did everything they could to avoid spoiling the major cameo at the end of "Solo: A Star Wars Story," including keeping the film's cast in the dark about it as long as possible.
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Handle simultaneous transaction workloads and data mart loads with better performance.In the Principled Technologies datacenter, we tested a solution comprised of the Dell EMC Unity 400F All-Flash array and PowerEdge R930 servers using Brocade Gen 6 storage fabric.Yes, please stay in touch by email, phone and post.Dell Technologies and it's group of companies would love to keep you updated on products, services, solutions, exclusive offers and special events.For information on how Dell Technologies’ uses and protects your personal data, see our Privacy Statement.You can unsubscribe at any time.
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We just had a massive leak concerning the Meziu 16 yesterday talking about everything but its launch date.Well, today, Meizu founder Jack Wong, in talks with a fan revealed exactly that on Weibo.Although he didn’t pinpoint the date, the founder said that the Meizu 16 is bound for an August launch.He also confirmed that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor.Following this confirmation, a leaked image has also been circulating the pages of Weibo.It is a design straight out of the patents we’ve seen from the company.
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Apple said the move was not specifically aimed at frustrating law enforcement’s efforts to convict criminalsApple has confirmed it is planning to change the software in iOS-based devices such as iPhones to make them more difficult to unlock, but said the move was not specifically aimed at deterring access by law-enforcement agencies.Apple announced the new feature, which is set to debut in iOS 12 later this year, at its WWDC developer conference earlier this month.It disables iOS devices’ data ports after the device has been locked for an hour.After that, the port can still be usde for charging, but the device must be unlocked for data transfers to take place.In order to unlock mobile devices such as iPhones, law enforcement agencies often use unlocking tools that link to the device’s data port.
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