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Officials with the Virginia Wildlife Management and Control took to Facebook to share “extremely rare photos” of a two-headed copperhead snake.The snake was spotted last week in a Woodbridge, Va. resident’s backyard, according to the department.In addition to the photos, wildlife management officials shared a video of the two-headed serpent twisting and wriggling inside a container.“Check out these extremely rare photos of an actual 2-headed copperhead that was found in someone’s yard in Woodbridge...Cool, huh?” the department captioned the post, which had more than 1,000 shares and 600 reactions as of Friday afternoon.While some social media users questioned the authenticity of the post, the department assured the photos and video were both very real, according to The Charlottesville Observer.We assure you, it’s very real and was shedding its skin,” the department told the newspaper.
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On Thursday, Amazon introduced nearly a dozen new Alexa-powered products to the world.But in the bulk of the newcomers you could see the full payoff of Amazon’s longstanding strategy to put Alexa in more than just speakers.It’s now in nearly everything.Which is exactly where it needs to be if it wants to stay ahead of Google.Products like the Echo Wall Clock and AmazonBasics Microwave—both of which connect to Echo speakers over Bluetooth—elicited jokes, mostly Kellyann Conway-related.“The question for Amazon was, do we superimpose Alexa onto existing device categories like a smartphone, like a tablet, like a PC, and play by other people’s rules?
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A team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh developed a novel method for teaching AI to respond to queries in a more conversational manner: They paid people to talk to themselves.It turns out that paying one person to pretend to be two people is a cost-effective way of training an AI to recognize natural human language.That may seem like a no-brainer, but the interesting part is that it also produces better results than current multi-speaker conversation datasets.Other than cartoons and stuff I canUnfortunately, this can result in a disconnect: When two random strangers speak there’s often a lack of general understanding which causes the conversations be stilted or produce less-than-desirable communiques.Furthermore, according to the researchers, it makes it difficult to find people willing to invest the time it takes to participate in these studies.
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Europol has found that Bitcoin is still the chosen cryptocurrency of the internet underworld.The insight comes from Europol’s latest Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) report.Among other things, the research claims cybercriminals still favor Bitcoin BTC over other cryptocurrencies – despite its lack of anonymity features.Europol also notes Bitcoin’s share of the cryptocurrency market has dropped significantly, from over 80 percent to less than 35 percent (it’s worth pointing out Bitcoin currently accounts for 55 percent of the market, according to CoinMarketCap).“The abuse of cryptocurrencies by cybercriminals continues to play a pivotal role in the commission, perpetration and monetisation of cybercrime,” the new IOCTA reads.“They remain the primary payment mechanism for the payment of criminal services, a plethora of goods on Darknet markets and for extortion demands, whether as a result of ransomware, DDoS attacks, or other methods.”
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The Razer Phone 2 has shown up in the Google Play Console.The handset is listed to be powered by a Snapdragon 835 CPU, and 8GB of RAM.The image of the Razer Phone 2 from the listing shows a Chroma app on the device’s homescreen.Razer ignited new interest in smartphone gaming when it announced the Razer Phone.Now, a year later, the company plans to keep that momentum going by releasing a slightly updated handset.While we had a pretty good idea of what would be powering the device, the Razer Phone 2’s specs have leaked out thanks to a listing on the Google Play Console (via XDA-Developers).
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Headlamps are a staple of the outdoor industry, with literally dozens of options to choose from, but few offer much in the way of innovation.First unveiled at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer convention in July, the new BioLite HeadLamp boasts some impressive specs, not least of which is its weight.The device tips the scales at a mere 69 grams (2.4 ounces), making it one of the lightest headlamps on the market.Despite its diminutive size, the HeadLamp is capable of producing as much as 330 lumens of light.The device’s four brightness settings can be set to both a short-range floodlight mode that extends up to 16 meters (52 feet) and a long-range spotlight that covers 75 meters (246 feet).BioLite didn’t just make the HeadLamp small and bright — it put a lot of emphasis on comfort too.
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Det tycker Jenny Lindblad som har hjälpt 200 startupbolag att vässa sin pitch.”Jag tyckte presentationer var kul, men väldigt jobbiga”, säger hon och berättar att hon inför presentationerna brukade bli så nervös att hon inte kunde äta.Vi har sjukt starka bolag i Sverige men är överlag ganska dåliga på att pitchaEfter fem år i den rollen och tusentals pitchar senare är nervositeten övervunnen.Jag flyttade fokuset från mig själv och tänkte på vad publiken vill veta”, säger hon.Det här, och andra erfarenheter, har hon med sig när hon i dag lär andra att pitcha.
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Condensation heat transfer plays an essential role in the efficiency of various energy-intensive industrial technologies including power generation, energy utilization, water desalination and harvesting, air-conditioning, and thermal management of electronics.It is well known that dropwise condensation on the hydrophobic surface (Fig.Promoting dropwise condensation by surface modification has thus been of great interest since its discovery.Metallic micro-networks with interweaving liquid channels, such as copper micro-meshes and micro-foams, have been widely exploited in various industrial applications including oil-water separation and catalyst support medium due to their low cost and good scalability.These copper meshes and foams have also been used to improve liquid wicking capability for high-heat-flux boiling and evaporation heat transfer.However, the systematic study on the fundamental mechanism of vapor condensation on the woven meshes is still lacking.
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Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures?Photo FOMO is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends.Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Photoshop’s upcoming advanced Content-Aware Fill, Adobe Premiere Pro’s AI audio clean-up, and Aurora HDR’s latest update, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photo industry news from this week with Photo FOMO.The Manfrotto Befree is a bit more free with a convertible monopod built-inThe Manfrotto Befree is a popular travel tripod option, but now the line allows photographers to skip packing a monopod too.The convertible tripod will be available later this month at a retail price of $220.
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Apple’s keynote came and went today, confirming the rumours that we’ve got three new iPhones and two new Apple Watches on the way.But just because Apple made it official doesn’t mean that everything will be available right away.Here’s a rundown of when everything is actually going to land in people’s hands, from iOS 12 to the colourful and confusingly named iPhone XR.iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs MaxApple’s new flagships will both be available for preorder starting on Friday, 14 September.They’ll start shipping on 21 September.
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HP has unveiled a 3D-printer, HP Metal Jet with which it will be possible to print 3D objects in metal.According to the HP to Metal Jet to be 50 percent more efficient than competing models, and it is possible to print stuff that are up to 430 x 320 x 200 mm high.With the beginning of next year so it will be possible to send in their 3D designs to HP's services "Metal Jet Production Service" where you can write out stuff and then sends back to the client.By 2020, HP will also start selling the Metal Jet to selected customers and 2021, the so released it to a wider group of customers.A HP Metal Jet will cost about 400,000 dollars which in this context is considered to be fairly cheap.
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"It was so shocking to me that it seemed wrong."But that data point has given Bee hope that her show’s latest endeavor—a smartphone app called This Is Not a Game: The Game—might be able to shift some tides during this year’s midterm elections.The concept is simple: This Is Not a Game uses daily quizzes, a la HQ, to educate people about what’s happening in US politics and test the electorate’s knowledge.(When the game goes live after tonight’s episode of Full Frontal, the inaugural pot of $5,000 will be split among the winners.)But we’re not sitting around thinking that we’re going to go out and save democracy, we’re really not.After years of celebrities and whole TV networks trying to increase turnout with Rock the Vote initiatives and "Vote or Die!"
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In a sign of how far Amazon’s shipping operation has come, the company will be selling and delivering seven-foot Christmas trees to customers this holiday season.And yes, they’ll be eligible for Prime shipping.According to The Associated Press, Amazon will start selling the trees sometime in November, letting buyers pick between Douglas firs, Norfolk Island pines, and other options.A seven-foot Fraser fir (sourced from a North Carolina farm) will go for $115.The trees will ship in a large box, but Amazon isn’t including water or anything extra in there.Apparently, each tree will be sent out within 10 days of being cut down, so the company expects they’ll make it through the shipping process just fine before eventually drying out and dying in your home a few weeks later — all in the name of holiday cheer.
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(Reuters) — The Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing the planned merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, said on Tuesday it has paused its review clock to give the agency time to analyze new and anticipated submissions from the companies.The FCC said it was pausing the informal 180-day review clock, now at day 55, because of two new and complicated submissions from the companies and a third submission that the FCC has not yet received.The $26 billion deal between the two U.S. wireless carriers, which would shrink the wireless market to three big players from four, is also being reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department.
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Like with many of its products, Apple takes something that may have existed in one form or another and makes it the hottest thing since the wheel.That is the case with the somewhat controversial AirPods that have made “true wireless earbuds” the next big thing in audio accessories for smartphones.That has given birth to a wide range of such earbuds designed to appeal to different audiences.Like the new Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 that tries to sing to runners.The design of the AirPods almost doesn’t seem to lend itself well to active lifestyles.Looks can be deceiving, of course, and the AirPods are not known to jump so easily when you do.
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As a wireless analyst and columnist, I’ve been commenting on the always growing and changing wireless industry for more than thirty years.This week the Mobile World Congress in partnership with CTIA are holding their MWCA 2018 wireless trade show in Los Angeles.And Google with Android, Apple with iPhone and Samsung with Galaxy on the handset side.Plus, hundreds if not thousands of app makers in their own corner of the show.AT, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Apple, Google, KORE WirelessWe also see plenty of lesser known but equally important companies serving quiet sectors of the mobile industry like KORE Wireless who offer M2M wireless connectivity solutions and IoT to their business customers.
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The Boring Company just posted a video on Twitter showing its latest digging machine can be controlled by an Xbox One controller.Because, if you’re going to dig holes, why not make it a bit of fun?Software makes it easy to map PC controls to an Xbox pad.Instead of developing and fabricating a custom controller, using an Xbox gamepad is a cost-effective alternative for a lot of organizations.In its latest subs the US Navy tapped the Xbox 360 controller to maneuver submarine periscopes and the Army’s anti-drone laser uses an Xbox controller.They’re used to control robots and drones, too.
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Token structuring and tokeneconomics are among of the most important considerations when designing a blockchain.If the tokens are structured properly for a blockchain, external stakeholders will be directly aligned with the goal of the project.Often, employees can negotiate between taking a higher cash comp or higher options amount, depending on their risk appetite.Companies such as Dropbox took eleven years from founding to IPO, while Airbnb has been around ten years and still hasn’t gone public.Simultaneously, this phenomenon has caused the secondary market to thrive in Silicon Valley.Many tokens have a liquidity advantage over equity.
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As always, I considered writing about a lot of topics for my column this week.I wanted to talk about Chrome’s 10-year anniversary, how many smartphone cameras is too many smartphone cameras, or that Jack seems eerily quiet about Twitter finally banning Alex Jones.Instead, I feel I have to say something about this:VentureBeat has a new “video recommendation player,” joining hordes of media sites across the web that have made similar concessions.The internet taught a whole generation to obtain content for free, for better and for worse.Consumers were expected to pay for other form factors in one way or another, but the website was free.
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When Uber first started it was all about hailing a car with a phone.Now people can also get food delivery or a bicycle on demand in many cities.Soon, Uber plans to throw scooters in the mix and, eventually, self-driving cars too.Turns out, this is by design."We want to be the Amazon of transportation," said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Thursday."Our core business will be getting you from point A to point B."
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