Vivian Matthews

Vivian Matthews

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Back in 1998, British medical researcher Andrew Wakefield published a paper in the health journal The Lancet which claimed to show a link between children who were given the measles, mumps and rubella MMR vaccine with autism and bowel disease.No other scientists were able to reproduce his results — something that is vital in research.
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Once again reminding us that it is no conventional car company, Tesla Motors says it plans significant hardware upgrades every year to year-and-a-half and will never stop innovating.Case in point: Tesla has introduced a new battery option for its Model S that boosts the range of the electric sedan to 335 miles, an increase of 20 miles.It also boosted the range of its Model X SUV to 295 miles from the previous range of 289 miles.Separately, Elon Musk, CEO and founder of the electric vehicle manufacturer, sketched a picture of a tech company that will innovate at a relentless pace.Tesla will never stop innovating, Musk said in a tweeted reply to David Weiseth on Jan. 21.Weiseth had tweeted a question to Musk about hardware retrofits of existing vehicles.Musk instead said that the company isn t looking toward retrofits, but efforts that will be significantly more far-reaching.There will be major revisions every 12 to 18 months, Musk tweeted.That s a reminder about how Tesla is different from big car makers, which typically introduce models that don t really change for several years.The customer who tweeted to Musk requested that Tesla consider a retrofit of older models to enable the autonomous driving feature.
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An 11-year-old boy from Chicago has become the youngest ever recipient of a smaller artificial heart.Jaheim Whigham was born with a heart defect that meant blood couldn t circulate around his body properly.He received his first heart transplant when he was just seven years old, but last October his body started to reject the organ.As his kidneys began to fail, doctors took the decision to fit Jaheim with a a 50cc SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.Lurie Children s Hopsital s, Dr Kiona Allen said: I think our primary worry was that we wouldn t be able to keep Jaheim going for the months that it takes to wait for another donor heart.You only have to see him to know that you would do whatever you need to do to fight for him.
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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA has closed its investigation into Tesla s Autopilot suite of semi-autonomous tech features.Officials did not identify any defects, and they will not ask the California-based company to recall every Autopilot-equipped car on the road.The NHTSA began investigating Tesla s Autopilot system last year after a 2015 Model S collided with a tractor-trailer that crossed a divided highway in Florida.Autopilot failed to detect the trailer, and the driver, Joshua Brown, became the first known fatality in a car operating semiautonomously.Some blamed Brown s death on an Autopilot malfunction, while others claimed the tech wasn t being used properly.More: How Tesla came out of nowhere and reinvented the car as we know it
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Just because your canine best friend has fur, doesn't always mean your dog is ready for the cold.It s been weeks since your last outdoor adventure with your dog and all six of your legs are itching to go.However, with the temperature dropping, you don t want your furry best friend to endure the cold.When a dog has short hair or lacks an undercoat, they really aren t built for cold air and high winds.Just like jackets for people, the Chill Stopper provides an insulating material to trap in the warmth.No matter the breed or size of the dog, a matching jacket will provide the perfect fit.
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Some of President-elect Donald Trump s senior advisers are considering ways to combine commercial and government funding for space programs with the goal of accelerating manned exploration, according to people familiar with the matter.No specific proposals have yet been developed, these people said, and details are expected to wait until personnel decisions are made and a new leadership team is announced for the National Aeronautics...
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Xiaomi s busy preparing the stage for the Redmi Note 4 launch in India, but there s also something cooking at their home offices.News is that Xiaomi may have given the Redmi 4 a bit of a makeover.The Chinese company s love affair with slim bezels started with the Mi MIX late last year, and seems to have been carried on to give existing phones a fresher look.Leaked photos of what looks like the Redmi 4 have surfaced, giving a glimpse at the slimmer bezels.While the white borders around the touch panel are the same, it s the back under-the-digitizer bezels that have shrunk.Have a look below:According to Chinese media, this new and refreshed Redmi 4 started shipping 11th January onwards, which means it s been out for a week.It s a welcome change from Xiaomi, and it shows that the company is interested in making better its existing smartphones.Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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You may not be a big football fan, but you can t deny the majesty of a perfectly-curated sports-watching snack spread.A large, party-sized sub, packed with salty cured meats is always a good idea, and delish can show you how to make a real showstopper using a bundt pan.The video above can walk you through the whole sandwich-construction process, but the most important part is the bread.To make a glorious, carb-y structure on which to build your sub, just grab a bundt pan, hit it with some non-stick cooking spray, and press two tubes of refrigerated French bread dough Pillsbury is fine down in the pan, pinching the ends of the loaves together to make one big dough circle.Bake the bread at 350 for 25 minutes, slice it in half horizontally , and pile it high with whatever fillings your little tummy desires.
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In our first hands-on experience with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, I made a strong suggestion that the Game Controller was the major upgrade of this generation in SHIELD hardware.The NVIDIA SHIELD Controller, as the company calls it, is the most radically redesigned piece of hardware in the bunch.It has a touchpad on it with a click to control any legacy apps with a need for a mouse.Volume control on the game controller is no longer controlled with a left/right up/down volume rocker.Dragging up brings the volume on the console up, dragging down brings the volume down.Over time, the volume buttons on the Gen1 controller can wear out a bit and get a little less sensitive than they were when the controller was just out the box.
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Facebook is finally rolling out its fake news identification tools, starting in Germany.In an announcement on its Newsroom blog, Facebook manager of journalism partnerships Áine Kerr states the tools will begin rolling out in Germany in the next few weeks.Facebook unveiled its fake news-oriented updates in December, following a mounting backlash blaming the spread of misleading and hyper-partisan content on its site for swaying the U.S. election.The company s new tools rely on its algorithms, user reporting, and third-party fact checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter s International Fact-Checking Code of Principles.Kerr states that one of the external organizations aiding Facebook is Correctiv a German investigative journalism non-profit — more groups will be added to the list once they are accepted into Poynter s program.Correctiv s managing director, David Schraven, told German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung his non-profit first met with Facebook to discuss fake news in fall of last year.
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Creating a single source of data truth to optimize marketing investments and performance may seem like a daunting task.But it can be simple with the right approach and technology.Join Cardinal Path s David Booth and IBM s Andrew Douglas to learn the right ingredients and best practices to get integrated marketing analytics right, so you can achieve your business goals in 2017.Attend this webcast and learn:How to create a single source of data truth for marketing.Tips for data-driven optimization across channels and campaigns.
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With less than a month before Super Bowl LI s kickoff, brands are gearing up to take the field in hopes their campaigns will have a lasting effect on their advertising goals throughout the rest of 2017.Today, Intel released a 30-second spot scheduled to air during Fox s Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday, February 5.The ad, featuring NFL MVP Tom Brady, showcases Intel s 360-degree replay technology — the same technology Fox will be using when it airs the game.While we are starting to see more announcements around this year s Super Bowl brands, advertisers haven t been as quick to share their Super Bowl ads or teaser ads this year compared to Super Bowl 50.Last year, both Wix and Butterfinger had released teaser ads before the start of the year.According to Adweek, Butterfinger has already confirmed it will not be advertising in this year s game, nor will Doritos, Mini USA, SunTrust and Toyota — all brands that showed up for last year s Super Bowl.
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The smartphone has been around for more than a decade, but the latest device on the market takes the concept to a whole new level by telling its owner if they need to wear an extra layer of clothing or if they can have a lie-in the next day.The HTC U, announced on Thursday, includes artificial intelligence software that can learn its owners' daily habits and read their message data and calendars to act as a personal assistant.The software develops a picture over time of how users behave so that it can better help them day to day.For example, if the weather is cold and it knows you need to leave the house, it will recommend that you wrap up warm.On bank holidays it will suggest they set their alarm for a later time.The phones can also tell when users have a busy day by reading calendars, in which case it will request that it is recharged well in advance of running out of power.
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Mark Zuckerberg's dream of gadgets that let humans read each other's thoughts and communicate with brain waves may be moving closer to reality.A secretive new research division that Facebook created last year is developing "brain-computer interface" technology that sounds a lot like the telepathy of science fiction movies.Several recent job postings listed by Facebook's Building 8 group describe a project involving "neuroimaging" and "electrophysiological data" to create a "communications platform of the future."An open position for a brain-computer interface engineer seeks a Ph.D. in neuroscience who can help with a related project from "inception to product" over a two-year period.Another listing seeks an engineer who can "develop audio signal processing algorithms" for a "communication and computing platform of the future."Facebook declined to elaborate on the job listings, but a 2015 comment from CEO Zuckerberg suggests that the company could indeed be working on some kind of brain-controlled, telepathic communication device.One day, I believe we ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology," Zuckerberg said during a June 2015 Q "You ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you d like.""Non-invasive techniques"Other listings seek engineers who can develop "novel non-invasive neuroimaging technologies" and create "realistic and immersive haptics experiences."
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She is also working on a new global communal living project called Roam.How to join the networkOne of my favorite things to do is riff on Bay Area real estate and tech — of all kinds, residential, commercial, retail … and Justin Bedecarre has been working with San Francisco founders for almost a decade in the commercial real estate market.Our whole goal is to make looking for office space smarter and faster.The high was the third quarter of 2015 and average rents are $72 per square foot across the city.Then down on 9th street, you have companies like Planet Labs, Code For America and Thumbtack, which have beautiful spaces at much cheaper rates.
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Venture capitalist Ellen Pao, who lost a high-profile gender-discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2015, has joined Kapor Capital as a partner and diversity advocate.Ms. Pao has also been named chief diversity and inclusion officer of the Oakland, Calif.-based Kapor Center for Social Impact.She will lead efforts at the center aimed at diversifying the tech profession and will assist on such efforts at...
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This immersive laser beam installation seems like the perfect place to pop a pill, stare at some lights, cleanse yourself from sin, and maybe even just leave your soul behind.The room is so vast and the lasers come from everywhere, so it must be a hell of a trip.Like you re trapped inside a machine.Sadly, the installation, called Outlines and made by Tundra, was never able to open to the public because the Outline Festival in Moscow where it was located was cancelled.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook in Brussels on Jan. 21, 2016.Apple CEO Tim Cook s total compensation took a dive for 2016, as the company missed its financial targets for the year.The company s earnings for the year to Sept. 24 dropped 14 percent compared to a year earlier.As a result, Cook s total compensation dropped 15 percent—despite a 50 percent rise in base salary.He certainly won t have to start eating ramen noodles—he made $8,747,719, after all—but he and fellow senior executives lost out on a few million each because of the poor performance.Cook s compensation consists of a base salary and an annual cash incentive that can reach be worth four times base salary if the company s revenue and earnings exceed the maximum goals set, as they did in 2015 when Cook received $10.28 million, including $280,000 in other compensation.
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Some fairly prominent people or imitations of fairly prominent people have made Facebook Messenger chatbots since the platform was created last year.50 Cent and Justin Bieber have bots, so do President Obama and Elon Musk.Now, so too does Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome, a.k.a Il Papa.The bot is named Missiobot and comes from Missio USA, an organization inside The Pontifical Mission Societies, which is, as the bot states, sort of like the pope s personal Red Cross.Shortly after you start a chat with Missiobot, you meet Pope Francis, and it doesn t take long for a smiley face emoji with hearts in its eyes to enter the conversation.Pope Francis in bot form is kind of funny.To be clear, the pope isn t exactly Louis C.K.There s no stand-up schtick, but the bot does serve up thumbs up shots of the pope and a GIF of him trying and failing to catch a baseball, followed by a self-deprecating joke.It also has more personality and is a lot more fun to speak with than most Facebook Messenger bots you may have encountered.Maybe it isn t surprising to find a sense of humor in a bot that s modelled after a pontiff who s considered a bit unorthodox compared to his predecessors.Missiobot tells stories in a conversational manner in the pope s tone of voice, augmented with photos, video, audio snippets, and text.The projects supported by the pope s Red Cross are no laughing manner.They include helping nuns care for kids in the slums of Nairobi, getting wheelchairs and supplies for wheelchairs to kids in Zambia, and raising funds for kids in Cuba to play baseball.Each project is headed by a nun.Each project story ends with Pope Francis encouraging you to lend a hand and three call-to-action options: donate $7, share the story, or add a Missio overlay for your profile pic.Missiobot is currently featured by Messenger staff in the search area of Messenger.
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Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.The taglines of the Milk Processor Education Program and of Nike and M have penetrated American vernacular, influenced culture and shot product sales through the roof.Today s content marketing is not about distracting the customer, said Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner.It's read especially by the 18,000 residents of Laguna Woods, one of the largest active adult communities in the US.I interview experts in many different fields and provide health and wellness information for my readers.I ve been writing the column for about two years.
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