Efrain Johnson

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Talk about a bizarre find.Officials with Alachua County Sheriff's Office in Florida took to Twitter on Sunday to share a photo of an alligator and a deceased shark — which were oddly found in the same creek.In what the sheriff’s office called the “most Florida call of the week,” officials reminded residents that Lake Forest Creek (where the animals were found) “isn’t shark-infested.” The nearly 6-foot shark was “caught elsewhere” before it was dumped in the creek, they said.HUGE 3-LEGGED ALLIGATOR HOBBLES ACROSS FLORIDA GOLF COURSE, APPEARS AT WOMAN’S HOME“Deputies responded — just in case,” officials said in the post, noting there's "never a dull moment" in the state.“We’re still hoping someone can call in with more information, too… right now, all we know is someone dumped the shark, already dead, in the creek.
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Yet, many aspiring founders make simple budgeting mistakes which hinder their chances at success.If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my time building and growing my own company, it’s that these mistakes must be avoided.Here are the four most damaging budgeting blunders and how you can avoid them while growing your company.In my company’s early days, we were not as organized as we should have been in allocating money for projects or in our income planning.But as we scaled, hired more people, built out more revenue channels, and began paying more in taxes and to vendors, we saw what a gaping hole our relative lack of a budget was.The minute we plugged that hole and began tracking every dollar and investment we made, we began growing more quickly.
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Amazon plans to introduce new packaging machines at its warehouses that could eliminate 1,300 jobs across the US, according to a new report from Reuters.Coincidentally or not, Amazon also announced this week that it was launching a new programme to encourage some existing Amazon warehouse employees to quit and start their own businesses delivering Amazon goods.The new machine, called the Carton Wrap 1000 and produced by Italian firm CMC Machinery, is designed to create custom box sizes and package orders automatically, as you can see from the GIF above.The machine measures the ordered goods, folds the cardboard, cuts the boxes down to size, prints the shipping labels, and sends each package off for delivery.The Carton Wrap machines are expected to be rolled out to 55 warehouses across the US, and will likely displace roughly 24 workers at each facility, according to Reuters.The new machines can reportedly pack boxes 4 to 5 times faster than a human.
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Back in March, Disney shockingly announced that James Gunn would return to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, months after firing him after a series of crude jokes made by the director on social media years prior were resurfaced.Gunn has been quiet about his return, and his exit, ever since the original firing – but he’s finally spoken out.Speaking to Deadline in an extensive interview, Gunn addresses the tumult of the day his firing was announced last July, and the crisis of conscience in his work that followed:That first day… I’m going to say it was the most intense of my entire life.There have been other difficult days in my life, from the time I got sober when I was younger, to the death of friends who committed suicide.
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Of all the cars it's produced in recent years, McLaren says the 570GT has been one of its biggest successes.The car is outperforming the company's initial sales projections, and customers have been asking for a followup that offers more space and more comfort in a package that's more distinct.Enter the new McLaren GT -- the simply and succinctly named grand tourer that slots somewhere between the 570GT and 720S in the company's supercar lineup.As you can see in the accompanying photos and video, this isn't just some GT-ified derivative of McLaren's 570-, 600- or 720-badged models."We didn't want a derivative of something that already existed," Ian Digman, McLaren's global head of product management, told me during a backgrounder for the new GT in Los Angeles, California, last month.And while you can certainly find links to McLaren's other cars in the GT, dig a bit deeper and you'll see how different it really is.
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Disney managed to squeeze all of its TV brands onto the Lincoln Center stage for its first-ever combined upfront, an event that was both comprehensive and time-consuming: at two hours and 19 minutes, it was by far the longest presentation of upfronts week.Despite the length—considerably longer than the 90-minute presentation Ferro had been aiming for—the company successfully integrated its expanded portfolio of brands following March’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox: ESPN, FX, ABC, ABC News, Freeform and National Geographic.“The power of the advertising portfolio that we have brought together might be the most exciting thing of all,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman of direct-to-consumer and international at The Walt Disney Company.And we have the best.”As Rita Ferro, president of advertising sales and partnerships, kicked off the presentation, she noted that it was an “era of unbelievable choice,” but maintained that Disney’s brands offer “powerful storytelling that connects with people.”In all, consumers spent more than 45 billion hours with Disney’s stories across brands, and every month the company connects with 275 million people across screens, Ferro claimed.
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There's a massive Statue of Liberty foot on the table in front of me.I live in New Jersey but haven't visited it for years.For anyone who's never been to the Statue of Liberty in person, the new Statue of Liberty app could be the perfect augmented reality virtual ticket.Or, if you're planning to visit the new Statue of Liberty Museum, it'll double as an immersive-audio tour guide.Developed by Yap Studios alongside the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the Statue of Liberty app launches Tuesday on Apple devices alongside a podcast series narrated by designer Diane von Furstenberg, who has served as chair of the Statue of Liberty Museum's fundraising campaign.The app uses ARKit to create its 3D recreations of the statue, which slowly blends from being in the world around you to standing in New York Harbor as you lift the screen.
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And to go a step further, we're also adding just how far each one will go on a single charge.Audi's first purpose-built battery electric road car has been on our radar for a long time, but now it's finally starting to get to dealerships in the US for testing and order books are open.This electric SUV packs a 95 kilowatt-hour battery and a maximum range of 204 miles.The biggest of these is its carbon-fiber chassis, which increases stiffness, reduces weight and looks great on a spec sheet.The Bolt was the mainstream car industry's first real, practical answer to Tesla's electric juggernauts.The fact that Fiat still makes and sells the 500e is wild.
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JUPITER, Fla. - April 29, 2019 - A new study challenges the presumption that people born with developmental brain disorders such as severe autism will benefit from medical interventions only if treated during a narrow window in infancy or early childhood.Children born with only one working copy of the SYNGAP1 gene don't make enough of the critical SynGAP protein.Two broken copies is lethal.The disorder likely affects one to four individuals per 10,000, similar to the frequency of Fragile X syndrome, says Gavin Rumbaugh, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Scripps Research in Florida.It suggests that having one broken copy of the gene not only harms the brain as it develops, but it also has effects in the adult brain, Rumbaugh says."Our findings in mice suggest that neurodevelopmental disorders' disease course can be altered in adult patients," Rumbaugh says.
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The co-creator of Google’s beloved-yet-discontinued Inbox app, and former lead designer for Gmail, has released a new Chrome extension that considerably simplifies Gmail’s web interface.Michael Leggett, who was Gmail’s design lead between 2008 and 2012, released the Simplify Gmail extension on April 2nd — the day after Gmail’s 15th anniversary which was also the day Inbox was discontinued.Leggett left Google in 2015.The extension makes numerous small tweaks to Gmail’s web interface.The left and right sidebars are hidden behind a pair of menu buttons, the search bar at the top of the screen is minimized by default, and the button to compose a new email has moved from the top left to the bottom right.Another prominent change is the removal of the Gmail logo.
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Abundant and healthy wildlife populations are a cultural and ecological treasure in the United States.Over time, however, the decisions about how agencies manage wildlife have become highly contested: How should managers handle human-wildlife conflict, endangered species restoration and predator control?Researchers found large declines over time in several states for the group of people defined as traditionalists, or those who believe animals should be used for purposes that benefit humans, like hunting and medical research."What's surprising is that the decline in traditionalists in some states is happening at a really rapid pace," said Michael Manfredo, one of the study's lead investigators and head of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU.While diversity continues to grow across the United States, the wildlife profession is dominated by white males: 91 percent of agency respondents identified as white and 72 percent identified as male.Results from the research show that 50 percent of Hispanic residents and 43 percent of Asians identified as mutualists, compared to 32 percent of Whites, and both groups have half as many traditionalists.
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Microsoft will keep built-in drawing tool Paint in its Windows 10 update following suggestions from the company that the popular app would be removed.In 2017, Microsoft announced that Paint would be “depreciated”, meaning that the company would stop developing the app, however, the tool remained available for download.A Microsoft developer confirmed that Paint will be included as part of the next Windows 10 update next month.Microsoft senior program manager Brandon LeBlanc said on Twitter that the app will remain included in Windows 10 “for now”.Yes, MSPaint will be included in 1903.It'll remain included in Windows 10 for now.
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Sony last year announced it would enter Japan’s taxi-hailing space and, good to its word, the electronics giant has kicked off its S.Ride service in Tokyo.The service — which was first noted by CNET — is a joint venture between Sony, its payment services subsidiary and five licensed taxi companies.Since ride-hailing with civilian cars is illegal in Japan, the service will focus on connecting licensed taxis with passengers.The electronics giant previously played up its use of AI to match supply and demand and, on the payment side, it supports QR scans as well as Uber-style cash-less credit card.All together, S.Ride claims to cover 10,000 licensed taxis in Tokyo.Its largest competition is JapanTaxi, a venture from the taxi industry that’s backed by Toyota among others, which claims 50,000 vehicles across Japan as a whole.
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Some have been warning against going out to buy first-gen experimental devices because of potential problems that may surprise early adopters.That was definitely the case with some select personalities Samsung has chosen to become the first recipients of its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone.Some manufacturers today, particularly Chinese OEMs, ship with screen protectors already installed.Other prefer a “better” solution like tempered glass.Usually, removing that pre-installed protector has no impact on the phone.Complaints about broken foldable displays have started going around the Web, possibly sending Samsung’s PR department into a panic.
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The UK government announced Wednesday that its controversial porn age-verification laws will come into force on July 15.The so-called "porn block" laws will require commercial providers of online pornography to verify that users are over the age of 18."Adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online.The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we've taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content.We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this," Britain's minister for digital Margot James said in statement.More on this as it develops...
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NASA's ambitious plan to return astronauts to the moon within five years has a target: the lunar South Pole.The Apollo missions of the '60s and '70s all landed around the moon's equator, but the pole has something very special those sites don't: ice, ice baby."We know the South Pole region contains ice and may be rich in other resources based on our observations from orbit, but, otherwise, it's a completely unexplored world," NASA's Steven Clarke said in a statement Monday.While no one has bopped around the pole, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has been scrutinizing the area, so we have detailed maps of the region to work with.Scientists published a paper in 2018 showing the existence of surface ice at the lunar poles, especially in the south's shadowy spots inside craters.These areas get down to a frigid -414 degrees Fahrenheit (-248 Celsius), plenty chilly enough to keep water solidified as ice in cold storage.
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the motor show in Shanghai is in full swing and the place is the uk lyxmärkena Aston Martin and Lotus.Both have taken the opportunity to talk about their upcoming electric cars.Aston Martin is the Rapide E, the brand's first pure electric vehicle that was advertised four years ago.the Car has a 800-volt battery with a capacity of 65 kWh, which will provide a range of more than 32 miles according to the car manufacturer.the Batteries have been placed in areas where the internal combustion engine, the gearbox and the fuel tank would normally sit.Raipde E is rear-wheel drive with two motors that deliver 610 horsepower and a torque of 950 Nm.
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We're finally getting our first proper look at The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars show, at Star Wars Celebration Chicago panel on Sunday.It'll be released on the Disney Plus streaming service when it launches on Nov. 12, but we've only gotten scraps of info about the show since it was announced.Pedro Pascal (best known for playing Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) will play the titular role and wear armor similar to that of classic character Boba Fett.Executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will present Sunday's panel at the convention, but it's likely that Pascal and other cast members will join in the fun.You'll be able to stream the panel from StarWars.com or the Star Wars YouTube channel, starting at 12 p.m.ET, 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. UK.
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A self-proclaimed security provider who publicly disclosed the flaws before patches were available played a key role in the debacle, although delays by plugin developers and site administrators in publishing and installing patches have also contributed.Over the past week, zeroday vulnerabilities in both the Yuzo Related Posts and Yellow Pencil Visual Theme Customizer WordPress plugins, used by 60,000 and 30,000 websites respectively, have come under attack.On Friday, Yellow Pencil issued a patch, three days after the vulnerability was disclosed.Developers for that plugin quickly patched the flaw, but not before sites that used it were hacked.All three waves of exploits caused sites that used the vulnerable plugins to surreptitiously redirect visitors to sites pushing tech-support scams and other forms of online graft.The posts included enough proof-of-concept exploit code and other technical details to make it trivial to hack vulnerable sites.
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Ahead of its IPO, Pinterest is giving advertisers—and Wall Street–yet another reason to come flocking to the platform.Starting today, Pinterest is rolling out “conversion optimization” in four different ad products: promoted pins, promoted videos, carousel and shopping ads.Now, marketers can set specific goals for their campaigns like online checkout or more sign up.The idea is by optimizing these ad products, the brand has less work to do, but will still meet goals instead of just driving people to click on the ad.In a promoted video ad, advertisers can also set conversion goals that lead a consumer to a microsite experience where they can act on the ad’s objective.According to a Pinterest blog post, Gravity Blankets, a weighted blanket company, saw a two-fold increase in sales and a 58% decrease in cost per acquisition.
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