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A new app is looking to romantically match folks who are verified Twitter users.Blue, by Loveflutter, has launched a new version of their existing dating app that only allows Twitter users with that little blue tick to search for love, and only amongst their fellow blue-tick holders.Loveflutter has actually been around for a while, pivoting from matches based on shared interests (innovative!)to now focus on analyzing tweets and Twitter activity to match people.And with that switch, so was born Blue.For those of you who are verified (and actually interested in this for some reason), the app is rolling out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London and Tokyo, but will only go live once it has 1,000 local members.
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The music arm of Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings is betting big on original music composers and musicians to expand its content offerings to become the Spotify in China, a market historically hindered by piracy.Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) vowed to “support the building of a new original music ecosystem regardless of the cost” in a campaign launched on Monday that is designed to help the company attract more grassroots music composers and musicians onto its platforms.Like Spotify, the world’s largest music-streaming provider that is preparing for a listing this year, TME has been investing in striking deals with content owners and musicians to draw more listeners and subscribers.In May, TME announced an expansion of its music-streaming business with a licensing agreement with Universal Music Group.The deal makes it the main distributor in China for Universal records and artists.Called the Tencent Musicians Plan, TME said the new campaign aimed to help original music composers and musicians in China obtain the respect and monetary returns that they deserve.
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Pics TEPCO, the operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, has revealed photos of the facility's flooded interior.The company sent an aqua-bot into the Reactor Containment Container of Fukushima's Unit 3 last week, revealing grainy images such as the one below.The bot went at it for several days and TEPCO released small photo archives on July 19th, July 21st and July 22nd.Early analysis suggests images like the one below show nuclear fuel – possibly the orange blotches - spread around the debris.Other images TEPCO has placed online show extensive corrosion within the plant, which was intentionally flooded to prevent the further escape of radioactive materials.TEPCO has also today released a number of announcements about conditions in and around Fukushima.
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OnePlus has released its own väderapplikation in Google Play, so the app can more easily be improved and kept up to date.Väderverktyget is only available for OnePlus phones.It is a nifty but basic weather app, with limited functionality.Users can add locations manually or let the app detect where you are using GPS.A sexdygnsprognos shown (scroll down) along with the animations for the different väderlekarna.Those who have a compatible OnePlus phone can download the app from here.
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Oracle's emitted its quarterly patch dump.As usual it's a whopper, with 308 security fixes to consider.Oracle uses the ten-point Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 3.0, on which critical bugs score 9.0 or above.The Register counts 30 such bugs in this release.Not all can be laid at Oracle's door.For example, a glibc glitch is hardly Oracle's fault.
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The heat of the late-summer sun drives just as many people to the air conditioned living room as it does the swimming hole, and Amazon provides a slew of new content to help out those in need of some relaxing screen time this August.Never fear, streaming enthusiasts: If you’re looking for the best of what’s new on Amazon Prime Video, we’re here to help.Those more interested in binge-watching a TV series than hunkering down to watch the first five Saw films — an actual possibility on Amazon Prime Video this August — will be happy to hear that the streaming service launches two very interesting new comedy series the month.The first, Comrade Detective, stars Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a pair of communist cops in Romania who constantly battle the spread of capitalism.On the film front, Amazon adds a few other great comedies, including an unrated cut of Superbad, as well as Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.There’s not a ton of serious films coming to Amazon this month that catch our eye, but those looking for a little more action can check out classic Sean Penn film Bad Boys, which follows a teen thief who accidentally kills a rival’s brother, and Valkyrie, a historical thriller about a plot to assassinate Hitler starring Tom Cruise.
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You'll find Apple's latest and greatest products on its main online and physical stores, but they sure are expensive.What about slightly older models that you know would suit you just fine and should cost less than the new model purely because they're older?Missing from Apple's main stores are some of its older yet perfectly good products, especially Mac computers.It's a lesser-known outlet for certain older Apple devices, and from my experience, it's certainly worth a look if you're in the market for a new Apple device.You can find cheaper older models — including Macs, iPads, and iPhones — some of which the company doesn't sell anymore in its main retail outlets.I wanted to upgrade from my old 15-inch 2012 MacBook Pro, but I didn't necessarily need the latest 2017 model that comes with a hefty $2,400 price tag.
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It might look like the bag from a 1940s vacuum cleaner with legs.But what it lacks in “design” it certainly makes up for in longevity.This is a tardigrade, an animal you’ve probably never heard of, but it’s a resilient beast that’s not likely to die as long as Earth keeps spinning.Long after humans and all other animals are wiped out by some sort of monstrous cataclysm, these tiny monsters who also survived the dinosaurs will still live to tell the tale.Physicists from the Oxford University in Britain set out to determine what would kill tardigrades.“Life is pretty fragile if all your estimates are based on humans or dinosaurs,” theoretical cosmologist David Sloan told The Washington Post.
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AT is finally adding the DirecTV NOW features we all want and arguably need from a modern television service, and chief among them all is cloud DVR.Yes, the entire existence of DVR on a streaming platform is a bit odd, but it’s the only way you’re able to skip commercials (unlike on-demand), and it’ll soon be available to DirecTV NOW subscribers via a beta.Joining the cloud DVR feature are 4K HDR video options and more.AT says this update will bring about the ‘next-generation video platform,’ and it’ll include an entirely new user interface that, says the company, is more friendly than what it currently offers.If you’re a DirecTV NOW subscriber, hang tight — the company says this will be part of an overall evolution to the service that’ll take place over the next year, so there’s some waiting involved.First things first, AT will start beta testing this new platform with some of its customers starting this summer; the new platform beta test will include the cloud DVR feature.
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If AT follows through on its plans, DirecTV Now would become one of the first subscription streaming services to offer offline viewing.If you have a DirecTV Now subscription but wish it offered more, you are in luck.AT on Thursday announced it is slowly rolling out a new video system for DirecTV Now that will bring a variety of new features.One of the more interesting tidbits is that AT is planning to roll out offline viewing to DirecTV Now subscribers next year.The new feature is described as “download and go” in the announcement.No further details were included, but Digital Trends has contacted a DirecTV Now rep for clarification and will update this article with any new information.
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-- Most of today's lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from cars to phones, use a liquid as the electrolyte between two electrodes.Researchers now report that the problem may be an incorrect interpretation of how such batteries fail.The new findings, which could open new avenues for developing lithium batteries with solid electrolytes, are reported in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, in a paper by Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics at MIT; W. Craig Carter, the POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT; and eight others.But these liquid electrolytes can be flammable, and they've been responsible for some fires caused by such batteries.They are also prone to the formation of dendrites -- thin, fingerlike projections of metal that build up from one electrode and, if they reach all the way across to the other electrode, can create a short-circuit that could damage the battery.This could eliminate the flammability issue and offer other big benefits, but tests have shown that such materials tend to perform somewhat erratically and are more prone to short-circuits than expected.
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Sunday evening was a voice “Hoarse Fredrik” of the city of Stockholm, despite the fact that the test was not scheduled.Later it turned out that it was a miss under an erroneous test from the SOS Alarm, but the information to the public sounded too.Now the Pirate Bay and Flattr founder Peter Sunde taken kommunikationssaken into their own hands.I thought it is so bad all together at the same time as it is so easy to build something,” he says.the Solution was the app Hoarse Fredrika that he is developing together with some former colleagues at his startup Flattr, which he sold to the German Eyeo earlier in the year.“the Goal is that everyone should download it, and then forget about it”, says Peter Sunde.
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Here's another internet lesson to go along with "never let the internet name one of your products."Never publicly hold up a piece of paper that can be easily Photoshopped.President Donald Trump learned that lesson back in February when he displayed some controversial executive orders for the cameras.That event spawned a Twitter account called TrumpDraws, which edits and re-edits the image to this day.And on Wednesday night, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" program and pulled a similar gaffe.Conway addressed the news reports of Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer by holding up two separate signs, the first reading "Conclusion?
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It is an implementation of the company's cloud platform Azure, which is designed to run in customers ' own data centers.Within the next few months there will be a more complete set of variants.At the moment, anyone who wants to build platform solutions for the private operation to stitch them together yourself, with the help of the infrastructure and the support for, for example, devopsplattformar as Chef, Docker and Mesos.Microsoft's intent with the Azure Stack is in the first place that it is to be used in hybrid solutions, so that the company is using both Azure Stack on their own services and public Azure.It is in line with the approach that Microsoft and other vendors such as Dell, we are fully focused on.A scenario is to be able to move the runs between private and public operation, depending on the load and available resources.
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An iceberg around four times the size of London has broken off from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.With an estimated area of around 5,800 square km and a weight of more than a trillion tonnes this is easily one of the 10 largest iceberg’s ever recorded.Scientists had been monitoring the vast crack in the Larsen C ice shelf for almost a decade so the news that it had finally created an iceberg was not shocking.The news of the iceberg’s creation was confirmed by a NASA satellite on Wednesday while the full confirmation came from the Project MIDAS team who have been monitoring the effects of a warming climate on the Larsen C ice shelf.Now while in and of itself the creation of a giant iceberg like this is perfectly normal behaviour in Antarctica, scientists are concerned about how it will alter a landscape that is also being dramatically changed by climate change.Dr Martin O’Leary, a Swansea University glaciologist and member of the MIDAS project team, said:
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DFG funding activities in 2016 -- key facts and figuresLast year the DFG funded a total of 31,485 projects.The total amount approved in 2016 was therefore nearly €193 million higher than in 2015, and the number of projects 1,014 higher.In Research Training Groups, Collaborative Research Centres and other coordinated programmes, funding was awarded to 816 groups with around 13,300 projects and a total approved sum of approximately €1.25 billion.In terms of the major research categories, in 2016 the life sciences again received the most funding with around €1 billion (34.7% of the total sum awarded), followed by the natural sciences with around €665 million (21.9%), the engineering sciences with around €585 million (19.3%) and the humanities and social sciences with €468 million (15.4%); interdisciplinary projects received €263 million (8.7%) in funding.The annual report, also published in book form, contains these and other figures, statistics and diagrams, as well as profiles of selected research projects, the focal areas of funding activity and the DFG's involvement in issues affecting the research system and science policy.
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Darktrace, the UK cybersecurity company backed by Autonomy billionaire Mike Lynch, has raised another $75 million (£58 million) to fuel its growth.The tech startup, founded in Cambridge in 2013, has now raised just shy of $180 million (£139 million) and is valued at $825 million (£639 million).US investor Insight Venture Partners led the latest funding round, while existing investors Summit Partners, KKR, and TenEleven Ventures also participated.A Darktrace spokesperson told Business Insider: "We are using this [funding] to invest in sales and marketing, and also to feed the demand for our AI autonomous response solution Antigena."Darktrace's "enterprise immune system" technology has been deployed by 3,000 organisations worldwide and the company claims that its contracts are now worth $200 million (£154 million), an increase of 140% from last year.The company's headcount has doubled to 500 employees over the past 12 months.
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Christopher Nolan is no stranger to radically reinventing screen icons.Eight years after Joel Schumacher scarred us all with bat nipples and bat credit cards, Nolan swung in to save the day, rejuvenating the Dark Knight with 2005's fantastic Batman Begins.With such mad reboot skillz, it's no surprise the English filmmaker has been constantly linked to the James Bond franchise.Nolan was recently asked whether he'd like to take a crack at Bond in an interview with Playboy, excerpts of which surfaced on Imgur (and were later reported on by Screen Rant).While the Inception director is clearly a fan of 007, it doesn't sound like he feels the franchise needs his oh so exacting touch, at least not yet.I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years.
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Shanghai mother Wu Lin wasn’t worried about widespread criticism of the hit video game Honour of Kings – branded ‘poison’ and a ‘drug’ by China’s official People’s Daily newspaper.She downloaded it onto her iPad, opened an account for her nine-year-old son Haohao, and said, “son, play it.”For her, it was more a case of making sure the boy, a grade-three pupil at primary school, was not left out of a craze that is sweeping the country.A fantasy role-playing game based on Chinese historical characters and developed by gaming and social media giant Tencent, Honour of Kings has become the most popular mobile game in the world.It has more than 200 million registered players – about one for every seven people in China and about 80 million daily active users, equivalent to the population of Germany.It linked a string of tragedies and problems to the game, including the case of a 13-year-old boy who jumped off a building after being scolded by his father for being addicted to the game, and an 11-year-old girl who spent 100,000 yuan (US$14,700) of her parent’s money on equipment for her game roles, and another in which a 17-year-old boy had a stroke and nearly died after playing the game for 40 hours straight.
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The 1988 film that inspired the Heathers TV series is a cult favorite, but there's still some uncertainty as to whether it can make the leap from the big screen to TV.The upcoming Heathers television series based on the popular 1988 dark comedy of the same name has added Hellboy and Cruel Intentions actress Selma Blair to its cast.Blair is expected to play a character named “Jade” in the series, described as “a stripper, menthol smoker, who is rough around the edges, but with a bit of glamour to her.She’s the gold-digging stepmother to Heather Duke, who is simply biding her time until her 82-year-old husband kicks the bucket.”The news of Blair’s casting and her role in the series was first reported by Deadline, and the actress later confirmed the news with a post on Instagram.Scheduled to premiere next year on the Paramount Network (the channel currently known as Spike TV, which will be re-branded in early 2018) instead of the previously announced TV Land, the Heathers series will be set in the present day and will follow lead character Veronica Sawyer (played by Under the Dome actress Grace Victoria Cox) as she navigates high-school life and deals with a mean clique dubbed “The Heathers.”
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