Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Nuclear test films from 1945 to 1962 are literally rotting away in US government storage facilities.But those highly classified films are now being restored, declassified, and released on YouTube thanks to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.And 62 more never-before-seen films were just released today.The first batch of these classified US nuclear test films were released back in March and showed just how incredible some of these atmospheric explosions can be.The US and Soviet Union signed a treaty in 1962 to stop testing nuclear explosions above ground, but North Korea has toyed with the idea of doing an atmospheric test in the near future.And the release of the footage isn’t just for public spectacle.
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Right before spilling spiked eggnog all over your new cardigan, the coworker slurs the same seasonal inquiry at your face:“Hey smartass, what is the future of television?”Same question, every goddamn year!This year you will need to equip yourself with some trenchant commentary to fend off your soused interlocutor.“Apps are the Future of TV.” A classic.People hate their cable companies.)
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At the same time that brick-and-mortar shopping for all retailers is shrinking, Sephora continues to bet big on marrying the physical retail experience with digital twists in its more than 400 stores in the U.S. Sephora isn’t your mother’s makeup company; it’s your modern tech company.For example, an in-store program called Color IQ uses digital devices to scan someone’s skin to find the right shade for foundation, concealer, lip and powder product recommendations.Unlike Amazon—where brands receive limited data and little to no control over the tech giant’s algorithm that places products on pages—Sephora’s experiences squarely keep consumers within its own apps and sites, giving the brand tons of data and the ability to control which products someone is recommended.Unlike retail categories like electronics that have suffered from the rise of Amazon, people still like to try on and touch makeup before buying.“We have a huge penetration of omnichannel clients who use [ecommerce and bricks-and-mortar] harmoniously,” said Deborah Yeh, svp of marketing and brand at Sephora.“People want to experience things both ways—the conversation is less about splitting the channels and more about leveraging the trend.”
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The problem is that a lot of what they said during the challenge was utter nonsense.Whether it was misrepresenting the volume of chargers in the area surrounding area, the routes they took, and so on.We covered this in great detail, and the consensus here at Giz UK is that the whole challenge was designed to give the three presenters (particularly Clarkson and May) ample opportunity to make snide remarks about electric cars.If not for the increase in electric car viability, but because oil is finite resource that will eventually run out.Taking a look at the comments section of James's analysis, there's a very clear theme.The overwhelming majority of people are defending The Grand Tour because its an entertainment show, not a factual one.
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Britain’s final EU withdrawal bill could be as high as £100 billion, a former Brexit minister has suggested.David Jones, one of the few Tory Brexiteers to publicly criticise the deal Prime Minister Theresa May reached with the European Commission in order to trigger trade talks, said the UK could end up paying a “monstrous” exit settlement two-and-a-half times the £39 billion figure floated by the Government.The intervention came amid reports that prominent Leave campaigners such as Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will seek concessions from May on a sharper break from Brussels as “payback” for their support for her deal with the EU.Gove is keen to ensure the UK quits the common fisheries policy, despite the PM agreeing that the UK could retain “alignment” with the EU in areas that impact on Northern Ireland, according to the Sunday Times.The controversial issue of aligning certain standards and practices with the EU after withdrawal was also heavily criticised by Jones, along with the exit payment, the Press Association reported.Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the ex-minister said: “‘Government sources’ were quoted saying the price tag was likely to be £39 billion – down from an earlier-reported £50 billion.
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Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief since 2015, is once again assuming management control of the iPhone maker’s design team after two years in a hands-off role, according to a report from Bloomberg.Ive, responsible for the look and feel of Apple hardware throughout a majority of former CEO Steve Jobs’ revolutionary second run at the helm of the company in the late ‘90s and 2000s, was freed from much of his day-to-day management responsibilities in 2015, when he took on the chief design officer title.He still oversaw design, but other executives and employees on the team no longer reported to him.At the time, the move was viewed as Ive, who is 50 years old, laying the groundwork to retire from his intensive position at Apple.Apple’s leadership webpage no longer lists Alan Dye, the vice president of user interface design, or Richard Howarth, vice president of industrial design, according to 9to5Mac.“With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design," Apple told Bloomberg in a statement.
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The Irish border has proved to be a major obstacle in progressing Brexit talks, with politicians in EU-member Ireland seeking assurances there will be no return to a ‘hard’ border with Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.Dublin’s effective veto over a Brexit ‘divorce’ package has meant some of the loudest cheerleaders for quitting the European Union have had to consider how people feel on the other side of the Irish sea.The former Fine Gael leader is actually called Enda Kenny, and Northern Ireland is not led by a Taoiseach.A simple Wikipedia search would have cleared up both questions @SkyNews https://t.co/FVZHLjjsZe— Grace Cuddihy (@GraceCuddihy) December 4, 2017“And the EU, instead of saying to them, pull back for a second, let’s deal with this when we get to the trade arrangements, which would be logical sense, has actually backed them in this process.”
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Vine may not be dead after all.Dom Hofmann, one of the three co-founders of the defunct Vine service, posted a teaser on Twitter that hints at a possible resurrection of the video hosting platform.The relatively plain image consists of a rectangle in Vine's distinct shade of green, the Vine "V" logo and the number two.This isn't the first time Hofmann floated the idea of bringing back Vine, which quickly became the top free app in the US iOS App Store shortly after its standalone launch in 2013.On Nov. 30, Hofmann posted on Twitter that he was going to work on "a follow-up to vine," and that he is funding it "as an outside project."Twitter originally acquired Vine in 2012.
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A cancer researcher at the University of Houston is set to deliver an unprecedented look at the 20-year development of esophageal cancer that starts with a precancerous lesion known as "Barrett's esophagus," a condition present in 3-million Americans.It's an especially important find for esophageal cancer, which is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer with five-year survival rate in the teens."We really don't know how to manage it, so we need to get at it at these earlier stages to see if we can address it in a pre-emptive way," said McKeon.Fortunately, only a small fraction of Barrett's patients progress to the more serious stages of dysplasia and then malignant esophageal cancer."The problem of Barrett's esophagus underscores a critical need to identify why some cases progress and others don't, as well as the need for drugs that eliminate this precursor lesion years before it ever thinks about progressing to serious disease," said McKeon.Some of them, he says, just make bad decisions, resulting in their progression to dysplasia and then malignant cancer.
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DCM has launched a new creative division to consult on how brands can better integrate with cinema showing confidence in the medium's growth.DCM, serves about 82% of UK screens with ads, touching down with Cineworld, Odeon, Vue, Curzon Cinemas, Everyman Cinemas, Picturehouse Cinemas and the independents.It hopes it can use its industry contacts and expertise to better contextualise creative to the big screen – and hopefully deliver higher ROIs.“People are actually paying to pay attention” said Zoe Aresti, head of marketing and communications at DCM, talking up cinema's value as stage for ads and brand activity.The intent behind the launch is to “capture the cultural moments inspired by film," she said.To do this DCM will work with agencies and brands to deliver creative across four content areas, technology, film content, film partnerships and content production.
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The pre-sale for the upcoming Ulefone Power 3 is getting closer and closer, and to add fuel to the flames, Ulefone decide to bring a warm-up eventw where 3 pieces of Ulefone Power 3 will be given away.Do the following to win one of 3 free Ulefone Power 3 pieces :Subscribe to the Ulefone official website and you will get have a chance to get coupons and a Ulefone Power 3 for free.Choose your favorite feature of the Power 3Submit your vote and valid e-mail address,In addition to that, you can take a small survey, answer questions like “Which smartphone are you using right now?” and “What are you most dissatisfied with your smartphone?”, then you might win an Ulefone Power 3 as a gift.
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Instagram rolled out two major updates to its Stories feature: the ability to add Stories to its Archive feature, and the ability to group previously shared Stories into Highlights on users’ profiles.The two new updates are currently available to users with Instagram version 25 on iOS and Android.Instagram said in a blog post that starting Tuesday, Stories will automatically be saved to users’ private Archives after they expire, and users have the options of resharing those Stories as posts in the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network’s feed, adding them to highlights or turning the feature off altogether.Instagram added, “To access the Stories in your Archive, tap the Archive icon on your profile.From there, you can easily switch between your Posts Archive and your new Stories Archive.The first story from each day will show a date indicator to help you navigate your archive as you scroll.
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After months of anticipation, luxury automobile manufacturer Lamborghini finally unveiled the Urus SUV.Packed with the company’s first production turbocharged engine — a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, 650 horsepower, and 627 pound-feet of torque the Lamborghini Urus is nothing short of an automotive monster, but all of this engineering, of course, comes at a cost — $200,000, to be exact.125 Spike the Beetle original pieces of artSpike the Stag beetle made our list of best pets of Instagram for his general charm, ornate tea parties, and, of course, his penchant for marker-on-canvas original creations.Spike’s original magnum opus auctioned earlier this year and sold on eBay for nearly $1,600.Two of those Cheetos shaped like Harambe
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Coca-Cola is returning to the Super Bowl next year with fresh creative, a spokesperson for the brand confirmed to Adweek.The concept of new creative is a change from some of the brand’s previous big game spots.Last year, Coke ran a recycled 30-second spot, “Classic Love Story.” The ad featured Coke Zero and Coke Life products alongside different food pairings.The spot landed on Adweek’s list of The 5 Worst Ads of Super Bowl LI, mostly because consumers had already seen that work.Ahead of that same game, Super Bowl LI, Coke ran a spot before the game that was also recycled: its contentious 2014 “It’s Beautiful” Super Bowl ad, which was set to America the Beautiful (sung in many different languages) and showed people of all different backgrounds enjoying the product.In 2015, Coca-Cola teamed up with Marvel for a 60-second spot.
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Cloudera, Tata Communications aim to boost business growth by offering a solution suite to optimise data use.Tata Communications and Cloudera aim to tackle the data deluge enterprises are facing by offering a service to help unleash the power of their data.Leveraging Cloudera’s machine learning and analytics capability alongside Tata Communications’ cloud platform, the two companies are able to offer enterprises the ability to quickly capture, store and analyse data across multiple sources with managed services.IDC predicts that 163 zettabytes of data will be generated by 2025, ten times the amount generated last year.Therefore, this immense amount of growth brings the challenge of managing various types of data, from different sources without bursting business budgets.With the challenge to manage more data than ever before, Cloudera and Tata Communications’ solution is a problem solver for businesses.
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Google has finally released an updated version of its Gmail app that fills the entirety of Apple's iPhone X display.The update to the iOS app also adds support for third-party email services like Apple iCloud, Microsoft Outlook, and Yahoo Mail, something we first saw in beta back in October.The iPhone X has been in buyers' hands since November 3rd.In that time, Google has updated several notable apps to support Apple's 5.8-inch notched display.These include Waze and Google Maps; the eponymous Google app; Google Home and Assistant; Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Sheets; Google Photos; and Google Translate.Gmail was the glaring holdout, presumably delayed by the addition of the IMAP protocol needed to support non-Google email accounts.
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Technology is changing continually, with newer and stranger devices created every week.Even the technology we never thought would go out of style is changing: Television is moving to the internet, the internet is reaching the remotest areas of the world, and the globe may soon be covered in actual robots.The eventual takeover of AI has been prophesized by hundreds of books, films, and TV shows, but a few brave directors see a brighter future for human and robot-kind.These three films show a positive side to the rise of AI, and I’m 90% sure they weren’t produced by robots.WALL-E saves the human raceComing off a groundbreaking streak of award-winning animated films, Pixar Studio’s 2008 animated movie WALL-E brings us the most adorable and lovable robot to ever grace the silver screen.
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Over the Thanksgiving weekend, intrepid player-investigators caught Bungie misleading players about how much experience they were actually getting for repeated quests in the game.In the wake of that embarrassing revelation, Bungie last night posted a lengthy "State of Destiny 2" development post promising to be "more open" about the game's systems and offering a detailed roadmap of upcoming changes."Our team has been reading feedback and working on updates to improve the game," Design Director Luke Smith and Game Director Christopher Barrett wrote in the post."We’ve also been reading some tough criticism about our lack of communication, and we agree we need to be more open... We know it’s frustrating when there isn’t enough of a dialog with the development team.You have our commitment that we’re going to do a better job going forward."Addressing the XP system complaints specifically, Bungie explained that the hidden scaling for repeated missions was intended to "keep slower-paced activities as rewarding as high-intensity grinding without confusing variations in displayed XP values."
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Big energy companies are facing a regulatory crackdown after Dermot Nolan, the Ofgem chief executive said companies had failed to act quickly enough and should move faster to take customers off standard variable tariffs.Nolan said that while two million fewer customers were on standard variable tariffs than a year ago, the market was still not working as well as it should.In fact, Ofgem estimates about two-thirds of households are still affected by these worst-value tariffs.This represents a huge body of work for the sector.Investigating whether the communications from utilities providers had been effective in informing people of the need to move away from SVTs, Wiraya’s recent study of 2,000 UK based residents revealed just 17% are actually aware they are affected.As the country heads into another cold winter with expensive tariffs in place and price caps yet to take effect, vulnerable age groups both young and old are preparing to layer up rather than turn the heating on.
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The FDA has approved the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch, made by AliveCor, whose CEO is former Google+ boss Vic Gundotra.The accessory is AliveCor's KardiaBand electrocardiogram (EKG) reader, a sensor that pairs with an app and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib).The user touches the sensor, which snaps into a slot on the watch's band, to get an EKG reading in 30 seconds.The recording can then be sent to a doctor.Using AI, the KardiaBand can predict and analyze someone’s heart rate based on data from both sick and healthy people, Bloomberg notes.“It doesn’t apply a generic range — instead, it determines what’s abnormal for you.” A device like this could play an important role in quickly diagnosing abnormalities and then alerting health-care professionals to life-threatening situations.
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