Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

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In addition to meddling with elections, helping spread fake news, and violating user privacy, Facebook has also been repeatedly accused of either being a venue for inciting dissent or not doing enough to give users a voice.It seems that Facebook will be answering both with just a single new feature: Community Actions.At its most basic, it will become the social network’s own version of a petition platform, letting supporters discuss and gather other Facebook users to their causes, causes that could give Facebook even more headaches than it already has.Facebook is already being used to gather people together for a common cause, though there is no feature that formally supports it.You may get some pages or accounts that have been made specifically for an advocacy or an Event created to rally supporters.Community Actions not only provides such a venue but also a more private place to discuss related matters.
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For the full interview, go here.As a side project, Preferred Networks also built Japan’s most powerful commercial supercomputer.I sat down with Daisuke Okanohara, the company’s technical co-founder, to learn more about Preferred Networks’ strategy.It focused on AI and internet of things before we realized that it was difficult to work on two things.Most AI companies try to focus on key products.This is part of our unique culture in Japan, where we want different cultures or markets to create an environment where innovation emerges.
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On a day where Aaron Sorkin encouraged newly elected Democrats to "stop acting like young people", Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a different plan: She jumped onto a Donkey Kong Twitch livestream and talked about how much she loved the Nintendo 64.On Sunday Harry Brewis -- better known as H.Bomberguy, a YouTuber and Twitch streamer -- put together a livestream to raise money for Mermaids, a charity that provides support for gender diverse and transgender children.At time of writing he's raised over $255,000 by playing Donkey Kong 64.Part of the reason for the livestream was in response to Graham Linehan, the creator of Black Books and The IT Crowd.Recently Linehan has become extremely outspoken on transgender issues.H.Bomberguy chose the Mermaids specifically, he says, because Linehan began a campaign against the charity, after it received a £500,000 (around $643,000) donation from the UK National Lottery.
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Growth in the UK tech sector cooled to its slowest pace in three years in the final quarter of 2018 as political uncertainty and global trade frictions dented industry confidence.Tech companies also reported the sharpest fall for seven years in backlogs of work, suggesting a lack of new work to replace completed projects at the end of 2018, according to the latest KPMG tech monitor index.The index returned a value of 52.4 for the three months, down from the score of 54 recorded in the previous quarter.A figure greater than 50 reflects that there is growth in the sector.Bernard Brown, vice chair at KPMG UK said that despite the reduction in growth “buoyant staff hiring and capital expenditure plans are still in place for 2019”.“This confidence is reflected in the statistic that almost 50 per cent of UK tech firms intend to add jobs over the next year, whilst many traditional manufacturers are considering moving jobs offshore,” he added.
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After years of fighting more modernised versions of his rogues’ gallery, Spider-Man is finally getting the chance to fight a villain who, at least visually, is going to be every bit as campy and downright weird on the big screen as Stan Lee and Steve Ditko originally envisioned him in Marvel’s comic back in the mid-‘70s.In Marvel Comics’ pages, after coming to the conclusion that his career as a stuntman and special effects artist wasn’t going anywhere, Beck turned to a life of crime and used his skills to develop a number of fighting techniques involving illusions and weaponized gasses with different effects.Once Spider-Man managed to trick Mysterio into admitting that he’d attempted to rob the Midtown Museum, the villain became fixated on the idea that Spider-Man was responsible for his lot in life, and set out on a lifelong mission of trying to drive Spider-Man insane as payback.Because Beck was originally written as being a baseline human being, most of his abilities are purely technological in nature and play into the overall theatricality of his villainous persona.What Mysterio lacks in actually being able to kill Spider-Man, he more than makes up for in dramatics and genuine cleverness, which makes him a very interesting character to see in action.The Amazing Spider-Man 13.Image: Steve Ditko (Marvel)
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Here's looking at you, Samsung Galaxy S10 models: we've got newly leaked pictures of all three handsets heading our way next month, complete with cases attached.We also have confirmation that the names will be the S10E, the S10, and the S10 Plus.The pictures come courtesy of well-known tipster Evan Blass, so we can be pretty sure these are the genuine article.Unfortunately the casing hides a lot of the design of the phone, but you can see the camera arrays on the back of the devices – the S10E has a dual-lens camera, while the premium handsets have a triple-lens snapper.On the front of the phones, the pinhole notch is in evidence up in the top right-hand corner of the display.It looks like the Galaxy S10 Plus is going to feature a dual-lens front-facing camera, as you can see from the wider cut out in the screen.
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By comparing the age of impact craters on the Moon to those on Earth, researchers say they have discovered a surge in the rate of asteroid strikes starting around 290 million years ago—a finding that runs contrary to scientific convention.Scientists who study ancient impact craters on Earth have a problem: erosion.Weathering, volcanism, tectonics, and other geological processes have swept away the traces of our planet’s oldest impact craters, making it difficult to chronicle the history of asteroid impacts on Earth.As neighbours, the Earth and Moon have experienced similar rates of asteroid strikes over the course of the Solar System’s history.By using a new technique to date lunar craters from a distance, a research team led by Sara Mazrouei from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto were able to accomplish exactly this.The technique allowed them to date lunar craters with diameters greater than 10 kilometres (6 miles) and younger than 1 billion years.
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Home furniture giant Ikea has steadily been getting into the smart home market, introducing products like smart lighting, Bluetooth speakers, and the latest being smart window blinds.The company also announced just over a year ago that it was teaming up with speaker company Sonos to develop ways to combine music and audio devices with furniture, and they’ve finally revealed that their collaborative products will be launching in August.Dubbed the Symfonisk line of smart speakers, the devices will be fully compatible with Sonos’ existing products, as well as Ikea’s Home Smart line of products, which includes power outlets, lights, and window shades.A promotional video released with the announcement mentions that goal of the collaboration was to combine Sonos’ “sound expertise” with Ikea’s “home furnishing knowledge.”Unfortunately there’s no details on what the final Symfonisk products are or will even look like.Ikea says more information will be coming later this year, but their promo video makes direct mention of speakers being hidden within furniture.
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Ryan Turek, producer on the new Halloween film, is no stranger to rebooting old horror properties.And so far as we were concerned, Halloween was pretty successful.When asked by Comicbook.com (hat tip to Cinema Blend for pulling out the great quote) what franchise he’d like to work with to give a similar treatment, Turek didn’t hesitate:Without question, at the top of my list would be Friday the 13th.Jason Blum shares that same passion.I mean, there’s all sorts of stuff going on not [just] with the video game, but legal stuff.
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The LEGO Movie, among many of its winning qualities, did the rare feat of producing a movie-specific pop song that was, well, pretty good.“Everything is Awesome” was a hit, getting legitimately high on the Billboard charts and netting an Oscar nomination.Now, The LEGO Movie 2 has a new song, and, man, are they really desperate for you to like it just as much.Like, oh, they want it.Why do I say that?Well, just watch the new featurette released by Warner Bros. on the song’s production, which amounts to mostly a short advertisement of various people involved with the movie insisting that, oh, yes, this song is catchy as hell.
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For years, military science fiction has envisioned fantastical tech for soldiers to use in the distant future, from suits of powered armor to advanced weapons.Richard Browning, the inventor and CEO behind Gravity Industries, recently took his jet suit for a spin over the UK Royal Commando’s Commando Training Center in Lympstone, Devon.Browning — a former Royal Marine reservist — started up his company in 2017, and has been showing off his jet suit since then.The suit, named the Daedalus Mark 1, uses six tiny jet engines — two mounted on the wearer’s back, with an additional two mounted on each arm — which allows the user to fly through the air in a controlled flight.I saw Browning demonstrate his suit a couple of years ago at San Diego Comic Con, after taking part in an aptly-named panel “The State of Iron Man Tech.” The suit certainly looks like something out of a Marvel movie — Browning jetted up and down a street, aided by a helmet equipped with a heads up display that provides him with some flight data and fuel usage.Well you don’t see this everyday.
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NEW YORK CITY—The band brings to the stage: two grids of foot-triggered effects pedals and switches; two music stands, covered with a smattering of synthesizers, touchscreens, and touch-sensitive pads; two laptops, connected to this variety of inputs in a center console; two stringed instruments, neither of which look exactly like a bass or a guitar; and two foot-triggered pieces of percussion.They've just put the final touches on their new album, titled Scholars, set to launch two months later (as in, January 18).The album's new songs deliver on a heady-yet-accessible fusion of genres like post-punk, dub, and (heavily amplified) folk, capped off by the inimitable sheen of Davis' singing.As for the gear—it kind of melts away."He got into making a marimba at one point."As he got older, Sanchez's musical interests shifted—in part because he'd visit a grandparent a few times a year in New York City.
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In early December, Facebook’s developer team declared the discovery of a security bug that gave developers access to photos users hadn’t shared on their timeline, including photos they had posted in Facebook Marketplace or Stories.More worryingly, apps could find access to images users might have uploaded to Facebook but didn’t post anywhere.According to Facebook, up to 1,500 might have made use of the bug and up to 6.8 million users might have been affected.These bugs usually crop up when Facebook’s engineers make updates to the software’s code to add new features or fix old problems.Facebook bug accidentally changes post status to publicA bug that was present in Facebook’s composer, the dialog where users create new posts, between May 18 and 27 caused status updates to for some users to become viewable by everyone.
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Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures?Photography News of the Week is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends.Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Nikon’s new budget zooms, the new Fujifilm 100-200mm lens, GoPro Fusion’s firmware update, and the new Sony A6400, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photography news from this week.Photographers, beware: Self-driving car lasers can wreak havoc on your cameraSome types of direct light — such as a solar eclipse or laser shows — can permanently damage a camera’s digital sensor.But there’s another more “hidden” light source that can ruin a good camera: Self-driving cars.
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BMW’s 3 Series has steadily been moving away from manual transmissions for several years now, favoring all-wheel drive automatics instead, and culminating with the 2019 models doing away with manual altogether.Fortunately, there’s good news on the horizon for enthusiasts in the form of the carmaker’s iconic M3, with the upcoming 2020 model to debut with a rear-wheel drive, honest-to-god manual option.Citing sources within BMW’s M division, Car Magazine says that the next M3 is on the way with the usual extra helping of horsepower, along with being offered in two different options.The first will be an all-wheel drive xDrive model paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, similar to what’s available on the current M5, while the second will be a rear-wheel drive version with a six-speed manual.Even more interesting is that this same pair of layouts is being planned for the next M4 as well, making for two new sports coupes alongside two new M3 sports sedans.The UK publication notes that the RWD, manual options feature the internal nickname of the M3 and M4 “Pure” models, as they will be the entry-level versions with fewer frills and a little less power.
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Victoria Beckham has admitted she will feel “left out” when the Spice Girls reunite on tour without her later this year, but has categorically ruled out joining them on stage.Last year, Posh Spice decided not to be part of the band’s upcoming summer stadium tour, but speculation has been rife she could join them for a cameo appearance at some point - something even Mel B has hinted at.But in an admission that will further disappoint fans, it seems she is standing firm on her decision.Neil Mockford via Getty ImagesAsked about a possible cameo, she told the Guardian: “No.Discussing if it was a difficult decision, she said: “Not at all.
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Self-lacing sneakers have been the dream since Marty McFly first rocked Nike MAGs in 1989, but most attempts at turning shoe leather into smart sneakers have been expensive, produced in small batches, and frankly, a little gimmicky.Until now: Earlier this week, Nike revealed Adapt BB, the company’s latest self-lacing basketball shoe.And these actually seem … smart.At $350, the Adapt BB’s are a little more accessible than previous iterations, though as Peter points out, they’re likely to be worn by professional athletes and Nike-backed college teams to start.Also on this week’s podcast: WIRED’s Nitasha Tiku talks about a group of Googlers who have launched a public awareness campaign about mandatory arbitration agreements, arguing that employers use them to suppress workers facing harassment and discrimination.Show notes: Peter’s story on Nike’s Adapt BB is here.
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Stories offer an ephemeral, more casual way to share content with your friends and followers that doesn’t live permanently in your main Instagram feed.As Instagram is owned by Facebook, you can also share your Instagram story straight to your Facebook story to reach your friends on both platforms.Images and videos posted to your story remain visible for up to 24 hours; after that, they disappear forever — but you can access them from your private archive and even choose to show select stories permanently as “highlights” on your profile page.You can also save your stories to your phone’s photo library, either saving each image or video independently or downloading the entire story as a single video.This is useful if you want to share the content with another social media platform, like Twitter.For still images, the easiest way to save a story is simply to take a screenshot.
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Verily, Alphabet's life sciences arm, said Friday that it's received FDA clearance for an ECG feature on its Verily Study Watch.Verily, part of Google parent company Alphabet, launched the Verily Study Watch in April 2017 to collect health information from clinical research participants.The watch has been used by thousands of participants in clinical research studies, according to the company.Verily says unobtrusive biosensing using devices like Study Watch could help to understand what's happening in the body at a given time, as well as how our bodies stay healthy or change with disease.One area Verily has focused on with Study Watch is cardiovascular health.The watch includes an electrocardiogram, or ECG, feature, which measures the electrical activity of the heart and can help diagnose a variety of heart conditions.
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Scientists have found the bodies of tardigrades, algae, diatoms, and small crustaceans in a body of water buried beneath over a kilometre of Antarctic ice, according to a news report from Nature.The results come from the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) project, which had previously announced that it would explore the water, called Lake Mercer, with a 60-centimetre-wide drill.The carcasses originated from either 10,000 or 120,000 years ago during warming periods, after which ice smothered the lake again, according to Nature.It’s unclear how the life, particularly the land-dwelling, microscopic tardigrade and a certain fungus, got down there.This was the third time that scientists have explored an Antarctic subglacial lake, and the first time scientists had accessed Lake Mercer, having only explored it with radar before, according to the Nature report.Researchers discovered the lake over a decade ago.
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