Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

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But we still don't have a good picture of whether exosolar systems are similar to our own Solar System.Things like asteroids and comets are far too small to resolve given our current technologies.But a group of researchers have suggested there may be an exomoon orbiting a planet discovered by the Kepler mission, and the researchers' data was compelling enough to get them time on the Hubble Space Telescope.There are two ways to potentially identify an exomoon.The alternative is what are called transit-timing variations.And those that follow a planet's passages in front of its star have more of these passages to work with when planets are closer and their orbits are shorter.
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It now takes a full month to delete your Facebook account — twice as long as before.When a user tries to delete their account, it makes them wait for a "grace period" before it is actually deleted.The change comes after months of scandals and PR crises for Facebook, including Cambridge Analytica and the recent hack of 50 million people.Thinking of deleting your Facebook account?The change comes as the Silicon Valley tech giant battles to contain the fallout of a massive hack affecting 50 million of its users, and as it attempts to move on from a chain of scandals, from Cambridge Analytica to the spread of fake news and Russian propaganda.When a user decides to delete their Facebook account, it doesn't actually get deleted straight away.
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Goodthreads is a menswear brand owned by Amazon.AmazonAmazon owns many private-label brands.Amazon owns many private-label brands.In fact, Amazon may own more than 70 of its own private-label brands — at least 60 of which were released in 2017 or later, according to Recode.Some of these private labels are obviously owned by Amazon, like AmazonBasics, but others show very little indication that they're owned by the e-commerce giant.Recode reported in April that Amazon owns upwards of 70 of its own private-label brands — at least 60 of which were released in 2017 or later.
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Some people didn’t want to get the message, but they got it anyway.At least four staffers at WIRED with phones on major carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile didn’t receive the alerts.One reader said that AT customers in their office didn’t get it while Verizon customers did.People also made dark jokes, like: “Will I be the first to die because I don’t know the nuke is coming?” But the truth is, there is no need to freak out if you didn’t get the text message.The entire point was to identify problems with the system so that the FCC, FEMA, and participating cell carriers can work out kinks and improve the warning delivery.There are many reasons you might not receive an emergency alert on your phone, like if you were out of range of a cell tower, if your phone was off or in Airplane mode, if you have a non-WEA-compatible phone, or if your carrier doesn’t participate in the system.
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Aston Martin is having kind of a rough week with its IPO falling a little flat, but it's not all bad news in Gaydon, because Aston boss Andy Palmer tweeted a sound clip of the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie's absolutely bananas V12 on Wednesday.That kind of assault on the ears isn't something that we're used to hearing these days as large-displacement, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engines are going the way of the buffalo in favor of smaller engines with big turbochargers.This particular powerplant is loosely based on Cosworth's 2.4-liter V8 engine, which saw duty in Formula 1 during one of the best eras for the sport.The Aston Version won't do 20,000 rpm (Aston claims it redlines at 11,000) but it does manage to squeeze 1,130 horsepower out of 6.5 liters of displacement without the use of forced induction of any kind, and that is, frankly, some kind of wizardry.The Valkyrie's engine will eventually be supplemented with electric power in the form of a KERS system built by Croation electro-crazies at Rimac.That's cool if maybe a little unnecessary given these kinds of power figures.
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Spotify is coming to another smartwatch -- but it's not the Apple Watch.Garmin on Wednesday announced that it's integrating the popular music streaming service with compatible Garmin music watches, starting with its Fenix 5 Plus Series.Owners of the Fenix 5 Plus Series who subscribe to Spotify Premium can now sync playlists directly to their watches via Wi-Fi, taking their phones out of the mix.They can then access their playlists through the Spotify app on their watch.The Spotify app is available now in the Connect IQTM store for the Fenix 5 Plus Series.Garmin currently has a handful of music watches, including the Forerunner 645 Music and Vivoactive 3 Music.
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Chinese company GAC Motor is showing its latest lineup at the Paris Motor Show this week, and the highlight is the debut of the new GS5 compact crossover.GAC says the GS5 features its "Light and Shadow 3.0" design aesthetic, with full LED headlights and taillights.It actually kind of reminds us of the Hyundai Santa Fe, which considering Chinese automakers' reputations for copycat designs, isn't exactly a good thing.Inside, the GS5 has what GAC calls the "Trumpchi Cloud Concept 2.0" infotainment system, with embedded navigation.The GS5's small dimensions means it offers seating for five adults.Under the hood, there's a 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 engine, though output ratings are nowhere to be found.
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The reign of NASA's champion exoplanet-hunting telescope Kepler may be coming to an end this month, according to an update from the agency posted yesterday (Sept. 28).That's because two systems are troubling the aging telescope: New data shows that the instrument is struggling to point precisely across the heavens, even as it continues to run out of fuel, according to the agency statement.The team behind Kepler has turned off the instrument temporarily, then will wake it up again on Oct. 10, when it is due to send its next batch of data back to Earth.At this point, according to NASA, there's no way to tell whether that process will be successful.If it is, they'll set the telescope back to gathering data, trying to eke out as much as possible from the machine.The telescope has been running low on fuel reserves for six months now.
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Leaked renders and specifications give us a better idea of what the Xperia XA3 and Xperia L3 might be.Both phones reportedly feature dual rear cameras and tall 18:9 displays, though resolutions and internals will likely differ.We could see the Xperia XA3 and Xperia L3 as early as CES 2019.With the Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2 coming up on their first birthdays, successors for all three smartphones should be right around the corner.Thanks to renders from known leakster @OnLeaks and leaked specs from MySmartPrice, we might have our first look at the supposedly upcoming Xperia XA3 and Xperia L3.Starting with the Xperia XA3, the renders show off its alleged 5.9-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2,160 x 1,080 resolution.
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At today’s Surface event, Microsoft revealed that this month’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now available to download, and it includes a plethora of new features.You can read all about it on Microsoft’s blog post here, but we’ve gone ahead and distilled some of the best changes for you.One of the features we anticipate using the most is Cloud Clipboard, a big overhaul which allows users to finally copy multiple things, as well as share said copied text across multiple devices.This new Clipboard lets you store some items, including text and images, eliminating the need to constantly copy the same thing.It’ll save your history of clipped items, and you can pin the ones you use the most; simply do press Ctrl+V to bring up the menu.Our own Napier Lopez tested the feature in May, and found it quite useful, though keep in mind you’re limited to 1MB per item.
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Would you like to join a sexy telephone party and talk with hot people all night long?You’ll just hear an ancient recording of former Kentucky Governor A.B.“Happy” Chandler warbling “My Old Kentucky Home.” On the plus side, those hanging in for the full three minutes will get rewarded with a discount code for Kentucky-related merchandise.This latest endeavor from wacky ad guy and Blue Grass State booster Whit Hiler draws inspiration from tacky commercials that permeated late-night cable TV in the ’80s and ’90s, promising titillating talk for just pennies per minute.Aimed at Kentucky ex-pats, the spot features lots of regional references, including a nod to Cocaine Bear and the country-rock stylings of Exile.(They still want to kiss you all over, most likely.)
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Amazon announced on Tuesday it is raising its minimum wage in the US to $15.CEO Jeff Bezos said the company had "listened to our critics."The decision follows sustained pressure from Senator Bernie Sanders, who has attacked Amazon and Bezos over the company's low wages.Amazon has announced it is raising its minimum wage in the US to $15, following sustained pressure from Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders.In a statement released on Tuesday, Amazon said the salary increase, which is more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25, will come into effect on November 1.It will impact more than 250,000 Amazon employees, plus more than 100,000 seasonal staff who work for Amazon over the holiday season.
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As the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court confirmation for Judge Brett Kavanaugh escalates, the online conversation around it has started to feel less like a debate and more like a war.ProPublica, for instance, is running a crowdsourced investigation of the nominee’s $200,000 baseball ticket debt, trying to identify his network of potential connections by cataloging who sat with him.Similarly, the Kavanaugh debate has given rise to false claims and ridiculous photoshopped images, often spread under fake identities.Not even history itself is safe—at least the online version of it, which we increasingly depend on.So an anonymous person immediately updated Wikipedia to support Kavanaugh's definition.Yet the most momentous battle in the Kavanaugh saga has been the one fought with keywords and hashtags, as millions of Americans broadcast their thoughts in real time.
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Amsterdam, October 2, 2018 - Lifestyle changes are the cornerstone of preventing and treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).Their results are published in the Journal of Hepatology.NAFLD is becoming a major global public health problem in parallel with epidemics of obesity and diabetes, and the costs associated with liver disease of metabolic origin and its complications are soon likely to outweigh the costs of liver diseases of viral origin.However, participation of NAFLD patients in structured lifestyle programs may be jeopardized by job demands, distance from treatment center, and time constraints.Investigators hypothesized that using an Internet-based approach to educate, counsel, and induce permanent changes in motivated and engaged NAFLD patients would expand lifestyle intervention to a much larger community, reducing attendance to busy liver units and sparing patients' and physicians' time.The use of web-based education tools in the management of non-communicable diseases has long been suggested, considering the huge number of cases at risk and patients' needs.
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Animoca Brands has entered into an earn-in agreement with Zeroth founder Tak Lo to acquire a 67 percent stake in Venture Classic Limited, the operational company for the artificial intelligence [AI] accelerator Zeroth SPC (both companies together: “Zeroth”).Total consideration for the transaction is approximately US$1.08 million, consisting of US$720,000 in cash earn-in and approximately US$360,000 million in Animoca Brands shares.Separately, Sun Hung Kai & Co, a leading investment firm based in Hong Kong, entered into a memorandum of understanding to develop a deeper strategic partnership with Zeroth.This partnership may include direct investments and further potential investment into Zeroth or its segregated portfolios.Australia-listed games studio Animoca has also committed to underwrite up to US$2 million investment into Zeroth, which will enable participating investors to become limited partners and claim a share of the proceeds from startups that go through Zeroth’s accelerator program.Animoca would become the majority shareholder in Zeroth as a result of this deal.
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Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that makes it illegal to use automated online programs, or bots, to try to influence voters' opinions during an election without revealing the source's artificial nature.The law also applies to bots trying to sell merchandise or services.Bots are everywhere in technology, ranging from search engine spiders that crawl the internet looking for new web pages, to malicious bots that come with a virus.They've also been traced to Russian attempts to sow the seeds of discontent among Americans by spreading false or deceptive information during the 2016 election."Bots can be -- and are often -- weaponized to spread fake and misleading news, reshape political debates, and influence advertising audiences," state Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) told CBS 13 in Sacramento."On the internet, where the appearance of a mass audience can be monetized, it is critical to protect users by providing the tools to understand if their information is coming from a human or a bot account disguised as one.
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Odyssey is the 11th (main) game in a series which has been around for 11 years.The game is set in 5th century BC, four hundred years before before Origins.), we’ve finally completed the series’ steady divorce from its own core concept by having a game that stars neither Assassin nor Templar.Sure, it leaves in a tangential side story set in the modern day (utterly boring, thanks for asking).It also keeps rambling on about the alien precursor race and the superpowered garbage they left behind, but that’s a fascination I simply don’t share.The game has multiple endings, and choices you make as far back as the first chapter will have some bearing on the ending you get.
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When Waymo and Uber had it out earlier this year over copyright infringement, it was huge news.The fight was intense and ended up with Uber paying a $245 million settlement on top of agreeing not to use any data that could have come from Waymo.It turns out now that Waymo's patent wasn't all it was cracked up to be, and it was all discovered by one random guy, according to Ars Technica.The one random guy in question is named Eric Swildens, and somewhat shockingly, he doesn't work for Uber.Or anyone else with any financial dog in the fight between the two self-driving car companies.He's just a lone engineer who saw Waymo's lidar patent, called BS, and forked over around $6,000 of his own money to issue a challenge to the US Patent Office, which agreed with him, voiding all but three of Waymo's patent claims.
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The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Central Pacific Hurricane Center and analyzed Walaka's rainfall and cloud structure as it was strengthening into a hurricane.The GPM core observatory recently had a couple good looks at tropical storm Walaka as it was intensifying into a powerful hurricane.GPM passed directly over tropical storm Walaka when it was located south of the Hawaiian islands on September 30, 2018 at 8:38 a.m. HST (1838 UTC).Data collected by GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments showed that Walaka was well organized and very close to hurricane intensity.GPM's Radar (DPR Ku Band) data revealed intense convective storms in a large feeder band that was wrapping around the tropical storm's northeastern side and storms wrapping around a forming eye wall.GPM's DPR found rain falling at a rate of almost 6.5 inches (165 mm) per hour in the intense storms in the feeder band northeast of Walaka's center of circulation.
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Landing on the moon again would be nice—but in the absence of that, I suggest a video analysis from the Apollo 17 mission, the last time humans were on the moon.In this case, it was a remotely operated camera on the lunar rover placed about 150 meters away from the launch (read all the details here.But what is the acceleration during launch?Yes, I am going to measure the acceleration without going to the moon and without going back in time to 1972.Next, by knowing the frame rate, I can find the time for each frame (by essentially counting frames).By fitting a parabola to this data, I can get the acceleration—it will be twice the coefficient in front of the t-squared term.
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