When the anonymous social media app YOLO was launched in May 2019, it topped the iTunes downloads chart after just one week, despite the lack of a major marketing campaign.The explosive popularity of YOLO has led to warnings of the same problem that led to Yik Yak’s shutdown, namely that its anonymity could lead to cyberbullying and hate speech.And our own research on anonymous online interactions among teenagers in the UK and Ireland has revealed a wider range of interactions that extend beyond the toxic to the benign and even beneficial.Psychologist John Suler, who specializes in online behavior, describes this phenomenon as the “online disinhibition effect”.This means people feel less accountable for their actions when they feel removed from their real identities.The veil provided by anonymity enables people to become rude, critical, angry, hateful, and threatening towards one another, without fear of repercussion.
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Horror anthology film Creepshow has become a horror anthology TV show, thanks to AMC's horror streaming service Shudder and The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero.Details on the six-episode series have been trickling in since the series was announced, but now there’s a trailer – and at Friday’s Comic-Con panel, we got details galore from showrunner Nicotero and the other big names he brought with him to the stage.Joining Nicotero was author Joe Hill (NOS4A2/NOS4R2), who scripted one of the episodes and happens to be the son of the guy (maybe you’ve heard of him) who wrote the screenplay for George A. Romero’s 1982 film.Horror-trivia fans will recall that Hill actually acted onscreen in the 1982 version (as did his father), though at the time he was still going by “Joe King”.Cast members in attendance included the iconic Adrienne Barbeau (star of the original Creepshow, as well as The Fog and Escape From New York), as well as Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer, Battlestar Galactica) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural, Z Nation).Hill was also nostalgic, remembering how King arranged for him to be cast as Billy (the kid who uses a voodoo doll to kill his onscreen father as revenge for taking away his horror comics) in the original film, but he was so busy with his own work on the movie that the young Hill ended up with Savini as a babysitter of sorts.
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Fifty years later, to the day, I did this moon landing virtual reality thing at San Diego Comic-Con.Which feat is more impressive?I don't know, I'm not a scientist.The firm, which is based in both Beijing and Miami, set up a VR simulation that lets people feel like they are on a lunar mission.You can fiddle with controls and pull levers.While walking down narrow hallways of docking bays and moving up and down on elevators, the sense of motion feels realistic.
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Ahead of its earnings report next week, Boeing on Thursday said it will report an after-tax charge of £3.92 billion related to its grounded 737 Max jets.The company said in an update that the charge was related to “an estimate of potential concessions and other considerations” for its clients who have been forced to continue revising their flight schedules with no clear end in sight.The company said the charge would result in a £4.48 billion hit to revenue and pre-tax earnings for the quarter.“We remain focused on safely returning the 737 MAX to service,” Boeing Chairman, President, and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement.“This is a defining moment for Boeing.Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the flight crews and passengers who fly on our airplanes.
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China’s small space station, Tiangong-2, has burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere as part of a planned deorbital maneuver.It was launched in 2016 as a test bed for space technologies and was originally only scheduled to be in space for two or three years.But it survived longer than expected and has continued to be a venue for testing and for occasional manned missions.It has spent a total of nearly 1,000 days in space.The space station’s planned deorbit was executed by putting it into a controlled descent into the atmosphere, where it broke up into small pieces.This space debris fell to Earth, landing in the the ocean in a region of the South Pacific
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Blizzard teased the 31st hero of Overwatch on Twitter, but while players are speculating on the new character, his name and image may have already leaked.In what appears to be a new Developer Update, game director Jeff Kaplan appears before being sucked into a wormhole.Classical music then plays, as the video shows several complex mathematical equations.In this quick Developer Update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan goes into detail about the upcoming…+ ⋜ π ⩲ ????— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) July 20, 2019
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Marvel will release a limited comic book series on Kylo Ren before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20, the company has announced.The series will focus on the origins of the new movie trilogy’s Kylo Ren character, according to Charles Soule, the writer behind the series.Readers will find out about the Knights of Ren and Kylo’s place in it.The new Star Wars movie trilogy, which kicked off in 2015 with The Force Awakens, introduced a large roster of new characters and entities behind those characters, including the Knights of Ren and Kylo Ren, son of characters Han Solo and Leia Organa.How did Ben Solo become Kylo Ren?That’s what this new series will help fans understand.
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An Israeli software company which creates spyware has developed a tool with the ability to break into users’ cloud-based accounts, according to a report in the Financial Times.The Pegasus software developed by the NSO Group has been advertised as being able to copy authentication keys and access cloud services like Google Drive or iCloud, and can also access messaging services like Facebook Messenger.Once a phone is infected, the infection can spread to the user’s cloud accounts and download their entire online history.Even after the authentication key is no longer valid, the infection can still remain.NSO has boasted of the software’s abilities in its pitches to potential customers.The report reveals that “One pitch document from NSO’s parent company, Q-Cyber, which was prepared for the government of Uganda earlier this year, advertised the ability of Pegasus to ‘retrieve the keys that open cloud vaults’ and ‘independently sync-and-extract data’.”
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Respawn Entertainment finally took a stand against players using a keyboard and mouse instead of a controller in Apex Legends for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Respawn declared its stance on the controversial matter in a check-in post on the battle royale shooter’s official subReddit.The short answer is: We don’t condone it,” Respawn wrote, adding that the developer is investigating methods to determine if a player on a console version of Apex Legends has replaced the controller with a keyboard and mouse.Keyboard and mouse input in console versions of multiplayer shooters has been a polarizing topic, as there is a belief that this gives players an unfair advantage over those who are using controllers.Certain actions, particularly aiming, may be more precise when using a keyboard and mouse compared to the joysticks of controllers.In addition, there are qualms that the effectiveness of a keyboard and mouse setup creates a pay-to-win scenario in multiplayer games on consoles.
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Every Halloween, The Simpsons honors all things horror with an anthology of short segments called "Treehouse of Horror," featuring the citizens of Springfield in scary situations.This year's "Treehouse of Horror XXX" will parody all three seasons of Netflix's Stranger Things in a segment called "Danger Things."At The Simpsons panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, fans got a peek at the Stranger Things parody, which is set in the '80s version of Springfield.Milhouse Van Houten is dragged into another dimension called The Over Under instead of The Upside Down.A bald Lisa Simpson plays Eleven, who tries to save Milhouse.There's also a scene set in the mall just like in season 3 of Stranger Things.
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You didn’t think that Avengers: Endgame was really the end, did you?At Comic-Con International 2019, Marvel Studios finally shared what’s coming in its highly anticipated fourth phase, offering details on a whopping 10 projects for 2020 and 2021, and giving some very intriguing hints as to what the future holds.Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins on May 1, 2020 with Black Widow, a prequel starring Scarlet Johansson as the MCU’s premiere superspy and Florence Pugh as fellow assassin Yelena Belova.Taskmaster, a mercenary with the ability to copy any opponent’s fighting style, will be the villain.Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is next, starring relative unknown Simu Liu as the titular martial artist, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung as the Mandarin (the real one, this time).A couple of familiar faces are up next.
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Israeli spyware company NSO Group’s powerful Pegasus malware – the same spyware implicated in a breach of WhatsApp earlier this year – is capable of scraping a target’s data from the servers of Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, according to a report in the Financial Times on Friday.According to the FT, “people familiar with its sales pitch” as well as leaked sales documents show that NSO Group’s parent company Q-Cyber is advertising Pegasus as having the capability to copy authentication keys to services including Google Drive, Facebook Messenger and iCloud from an infected phone to a web server that is then capable of independently downloading the target’s entire online history.The paper wrote that the documents advertise the functionality as allowing ongoing access to data stored on the servers of tech giants that persists beyond the Pegasus infection on the phone itself (presumably until the authentication key in question is invalidated):It works on any device that Pegasus can infect, including many of the latest iPhones and Android smartphones, according to the documents, and allows ongoing access to data uploaded to the cloud from laptops, tablets and phones – even if Pegasus is removed from the initially targeted smartphone.One pitch document from NSO’s parent company, Q-Cyber, which was prepared for the government of Uganda earlier this year, advertised the ability of Pegasus to “retrieve the keys that open cloud vaults” and “independently sync-and-extract data”.The documents brag that having access to a “cloud endpoint” allows access “far and above smartphone content”, the FT wrote.
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Update: Fifty years ago this week—July 16, 1969—the world watched as Apollo 11 launched towards the skies.After the drama of Apollo 13, the final four human missions to the Moon in 1971 and 1972 flew smoothly.With each successive, increasingly routine landing, astronauts made longer forays out onto the dusty lunar terrain and delved deeper into the scientific secrets hidden there.The final lunar spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on December 20, 1972.Decades of discouragement followed as all the energy spent on deep space exploration, and all the momentum of Apollo, slowly ebbed away.Gus Grissom taught NASA a hard lesson: “You can hurt yourself in the ocean”
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After getting axed by the SyFy network after three seasons, The Expanse, the best sci-fi show no one is watching, was rescued by Amazon Prime.Now there’s a new teaser trailer from SDCC giving a glimpse of what we can expect to see in season 4.We get our first look at new cast members, including Burn Gorman who sci-fi fans will know from movies like Pacific Rim and TV shows including Game of Thrones and Torchwood.He’ll be playing Adolphus Murtry, the chief of security for the Earth ship Edward Israel who will likely be working alongside Dimitri Havelock, Joe Miller’s partner from season one.Other actors confirmed to be joining the cast this season include The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Rosa Gilmore, Tyrant‘s Keon Alexander, and Orphan Black‘s Jess Salgueiro.According to Deadline, Gilmore will play a Belter refugee and a trained medic who is part of a group trying to lay claim to a new planet on the far side of the Ring Gate.
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In 2015, Syfy released the first season for The Expanse, a science fiction series praised by viewers and critics alike.Despite the high ratings, Syfy announced that the show’s third season would be the last, the reason reportedly having to do with cost and Syfy’s limited rights.Amazon swooped in save the day and now it is finally back with a trailer for its original fourth season of the show.The Expanse is set hundreds of years in the future during which it tells the stories of the solar system colonized by humans.Mars operates as an independent military power and sits on the brink of war with Earth, amid it all being the story of a ship captain and an investigation into the case of a missing woman.During its time on Syfy, The Expanse was called the best science fiction show on television.
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The development is one in the nascent field of “cyborg botany,” a merging of nature and technology that draws upon plants’ remarkable sensory capabilities in order to drive robots, provide environmental data, and more.Traces of explosive material that the plant took in through the air or groundwater caused the nanotubes to emit a fluorescent signal.Having worked out the spinach nanosensors, Wong has gone on to develop other applications of the technology—particularly in agriculture.Plants are extremely perceptive, so they may be able to warn of drought conditions or pest infestations before a farmer can detect them.We terrestrial beings have long marveled at how some squid, jellyfish, and other sea creatures produce their own entrancing glows—a phenomenon known as bioluminescence.She imagines bioluminescence as a natural resource on land for creating “living” lights: ones that emit a soothing glow without electricity.
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Vast stretches of Earth’s northern latitudes are on fire right now.Hot weather has engulfed a huge portion of the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland to Siberia.That’s helped create conditions ripe for wildfires, including some truly massive ones burning in remote parts of the region that are being seen by satellites.In Alaska, those images show some of the damage wrought by wildfires that have burned more than 640,000 hectares of land this year.Huge fires have sent smoke streaming cities earlier this month, riding on the back of Anchorage’s first 32 degree day ever recorded.The image below show some of the more remote fires in Alaska as well as the Swan Lake Fire, which was responsible for the smoke swallowing Anchorage in late June and earlier this month.
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When I decided to buy a four-year-old MacBook Pro rather than a new one, one of the things I deliberately gave up on was the Touch Bar.The functions Apple showed on stage, from quick-access palettes in Adobe Photoshop to scrubbing through a video in QuickTime, looked useful and well thought out.In the years since its debut, the Touch Bar has been stuck in a kind of development hell, never really taking off in the way we hoped it would.Instead of spreading its wings, it just kind of half-heartedly flapped them a bit, then gave up.But Apple needs to lead by example to show people how it should be done.Perhaps F10, AKA the mute key, when your neighbors start banging on the walls and telling you to stop playing the Spice Girls so loud.
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At AA Picks, we love finding career-enhancing offers.Today’s pick, the Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle, is a perfect example.Hacking has become rife in recent years, and no one is safe.For instance, earlier this month, the biggest provider of forensic services in the U.K. was forced to pay a ransom to cybercriminals.In these dark times, cybersecurity is worth big bucks, which means the experts are paid handsomely.If you want to get in on this action then you’re going to have to get certified.
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Memory cards, hard drives, even desktop programs can fail, so a cloud backup plan is always optimal.To make sure your photo collection is always safe, redundancy is the name of the game, and one of the best places for redundant photo storage in the mainstream consumer market is Google Photos.Output from most consumer smartphones, and even many digital cameras, will weigh in at that amount or lower.While you could certainly buy space on Apple’s iCloud or Flickr Pro, Google Photos will store your photos in the cloud automatically for free, and even throws in some extremely cool automated extras — all linked to your Google account.Install the Google Photos appTo use Google Photos on your iPhone or Android smartphone, you must first download the mobile app from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
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