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NOAA Most meteorologists sit behind computers to crank out hurricaneOthers, however, fly straight into the giant storms.Their goal is to figure out where hurricanes are headed and help people on the ground stay safe.Unless someone is out in a storm measuring crucial meteorological data that's
Apple has issued an urgent security update for OS X El Capitan, OS X Yosemite and Safari to protect against the same security vulnerability that hit iOS last week.To update on OS X, go to App Store Updates and then install the Security Update 2016-001 for El Capitan or 2016-005 for Yosemite .For users on OS X Mavericks, a Safari update is available as well.Oh and while you re at it, you should update iOS as well.Just go to Settings General Software Update on your device, and follow the instructions.The urgent OS X patch comes a week after Lookout Security and Citizen Lab discovered a nasty strain of spyware that could hijack an iPhone with a simple text message.
For the past week, I ve been debating people on when, exactly, I have to stop giving Warner Bros. the benefit of the doubt on their movies.I know, I know, that people are going to send me emails and comments saying that I haven t done that at all, that I was predisposed to spew ignorant hatred about Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad because of the vast media conspiracy to prop up Marvel and trash DC.Believe it or not, I didn t get into this business because I hate things, I got into it because I love things.It s a studio that learns all the wrong lessons from success: The Lord of the Rings turned three very long books into a coherent trilogy by doing some very judicious editing.Like the other franchises above, Warner Bros. managed to take away the worst possible lessons from 2006 s lackluster Superman Returns as well as Christopher Nolan s hit Dark Knight trilogy.With Superman Returns considered a flop actually, it had middling-to-positive reviews and was the sixth-highest movie at the box office, so it was more mediocre than a disaster and Nolan s Bat-movies all critical and commercial hits, WB decided the grounded and gritty take that worked for Batman would also work for all of DC s superheroes, including Superman.
Nintendo Direct, September 1, 2016.Nintendo hosted another of its YouTube-only press conferences on Thursday, but if you came expecting news about the forthcoming Nintendo NX console, too bad; that's coming later this year possibly this month .Leading off the news was a still-unnamed, side-scrolling version of Pikmin.The long-running "garden strategy" series has been reimagined as a puzzle-platformer with Lemming-like elements—meaning that your main character, Olimar, will throw different-colored Pikmin to solve small puzzles and progress through linear levels.The brief demo footage looked pretty rough, with simple puzzles, low-poly characters, and a rough frame rate, so we imagine there's a lot to be done on this game before its "spring 2017" launch.Also launching in that vague "spring" window is Mario Sports Superstars, which looks like a last-gasp mash-up of other Mario-branded "action sports" games.
real-estate startup using tech to shake up the industry, has raised $75 million in fresh funding, bringing its total to $210The round, which was led by Wellington Management Company LLP, values the company at over $1 billion, according to a personA report last month from The Real Deal said Compass was seeking a valuation of between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion.
Video Peripherals builder Anker has issued a recall after researchers found that one of its USB-C cables could potentially cause serious damage to connected hardware.Researcher Nathan K found that the Anker PowerLine USB-C cables model A8185011 used an improper method of identifying themselves, presenting as a device.This, in turn, can allow the cables to send a higher-than-intended voltage when plugged in as a charger, resulting in damage to connected devices such as smartphones or tablets.The condition was later verified by Google's Benson Leung, an engineer who has carried out a one-man crusade to warn against the dangers posed by poorly-designed USB-C cables that, because of their ability to carry both data and power, have the potential to cause serious damage to connected electronics.In this case, Leung says, the Anker cables could wipe out a smartphone if they were previously connected to a higher-voltage device like a notebook."Stop using the cable immediately, especially if your household has Type-C laptops like Chromebooks with 15V or 20V power supplies as well as 5V-only ones like Nexus phones," Leung said after the issue was verified.
Singapore s move to allow more than one class of shares for its public companies won t be enough on its own to lure international businesses, according to executives and asset managers.Some of the world s largest companies, including Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc., have multiple share classes, which usually are in place to allow minority shareholders to have majority voting rights.An independent body on Monday said it was in favor of permitting weighted-voting rights for new listings on Singapore Exchange Ltd., in what is the city s latest bid to draw initial share sales.The move may help narrow the gap with Hong Kong, Asia s biggest market for initial public offerings, where minority-control voting structures aren t permitted.Hong Kong lost Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. s $25 billion IPO to the U.S. after regulators rejected the Chinese e-commerce company s governance structure.Technology companies would typically first consider the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange, and then the Hong Kong stock exchange, said Chua Kee Lock, chief executive officer of Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd., a unit of state investment firm Temasek Holdings Pte.Companies in Vertex s portfolio include Reebonz Pte, Southeast Asia s biggest luxury e-commerce company, and online grocer HappyFresh.Until you attract good companies, no institutional investor will spend time, said Chua, the head of Singapore s largest venture capital firm.
SAN FRANCISCO AP -- Google is set to expand a San Francisco carpooling program that could morph into a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber.The plans will build upon a test service that Google's navigation app Maze launched three months ago in the San Francisco Bay Area.The program allows anyone using the Waze app to offer a ride to a limited pool of people trying to get to work or home.Now, only people working at six companies, including Google, Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe Systems, can request rides.Waze says anyone with its app will be able to request a ride within the next few months.Riders reimburse the drivers in the program for gas and wear on their vehicles.
SAN JOSE -- Despite record levels of tech employment fueled by a hiring boom, employment cutbacks have jolted workers at Cisco and other tech firms in Silicon Valley, reductions that combined would erase about 1,500 jobs.Cisco Systems confirmed Monday evening that it has formally notified state labor officials about roughly 900 job cuts in San Jose."Today's market requires Cisco and our customers to be decisive, move with greater speed and drive more innovation than we've seen in our history," Robyn Blum, a spokeswoman for Cisco, said in comments emailed to this newspaper.Separately, Ericsson has filed an official notice with the state Employment Development Department for cuts totaling 435 jobs associated with the permanent closure of facilities in San Jose.File photo: Cisco Systems confirmed Monday that it has formally notified California labor officials about roughly 900 job cuts in San Jose.Micrel, which in August 2015 was bought by Arizona-based Microchip Technology amid a painful consolidation of the semiconductor industry, has filed a notice for job cuts totaling 195.The EDD filings gave an effective date of Aug. 18 for the Cisco layoffs, Sept. 28 for the Micrel cutbacks and Oct. 21 for the Ericsson layoffs.Cisco's restructuring will eliminate up to 5,500 jobs, which represents about 7 percent of the company's worldwide workforce."Consistent with our culture, we will treat those leaving Cisco with respect and offer them support through the transition," Blum said.
The decision to eliminate humans came three months after Gizmodo s reporting revealed the inner workings of the trending news group, including allegations from former curators that their colleagues suppressed conservative news.Now, as Quartz reported, the trending team will be operated by algorithm, with engineers stepping in to make adjustments.It s unclear how many engineers will work on the project, but Gizmodo s reporting earlier this year found that about six engineers wrote and updated the trending news algorithm at that time.The topics no longer have summaries like this.It looks like those engineers have their work cut out for them.This weekend, just two days after Facebook fired its human curators, the company was already facing criticism for the content being displayed in the trending news module—most notably for including a story with no basis in reality.
Business Insider released its annual ranking of the best colleges in America, highlighting schools that provide a quality education and graduate students on time, set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and create a memorable and enjoyable campus experience.You can read about the methodology in detail here.Location wasn't a factor in the ranking, but when we zoomed out on our data to look at the top-100 schools in the country, a number of them fell in the Midwest.University of Michigan at Ann Arbor No.12 on our overall ranking topped the list of Midwestern schools, followed by University of Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis.Continue reading to see which 14 schools not only shine as the best in the Midwest, but as some of the best in the country.
Look in the hands of a pro photographer or videographer at a live event or a wedding, and you ll frequently see them holding a Canon EOS 5D Mark III.The a full-frame mainstay is a top tool of choice for a number of reasons: top-grade performance, superb photo and video quality, deep controls, and a big sensor that excels in low light.The only problem with the 5D Mark III is that it came out in early 2012.While cameras—especially pro models—generally retain their value longer than other forms of technology, many features have become the norm since then.Autofocus systems have improved drastically in recent years.The new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV addresses many of those recent expectations, and given the high marks given to of past 5D models, the new version should become the new omnipresent pro DSLR.
After years of rumors that Rackspace was looking to sell itself or go private, on Friday the company finally announced a deal.Private-equity firm Apollo Global will pay $32 per share in cash, or $4.3 billion, to acquire Rackspace, it said in a statement on Friday.That's a 38% premium to Rackspace's closing price on August 3, and 6% above the stock's closing price on Thursday.This exit from the public market can be laid squarely at the feet of Amazon Web Services.Amazon and Rackspace used to be such fierce competitors in cloud computing that Rackspace spearheaded a project called OpenStack to give itself and other IT vendors a chance to compete with Amazon.OpenStack is a cloud operating system.An enterprise can install it in their own data center and then choose among many OpenStack cloud services, moving apps and data between them all, never being locked into to a single cloud provider.It was the anti-Amazon AWS.OpenStack has been hugely successful, too.It's became a major product for many big IT players like HP and Red Hat.OpenStack has even given birth to one unicorn startup, Mirantis,But it didn't save Rackspace, which continued to get creamed by Amazon and other competitors like Microsoft.
It required a lot of manual work on 3d manufacturing in metal.here, at the charge of the Swerea Kimab printer in Kista, north of Stockholm.Thursday, August 25 inaugurated a new arena for additive manufacturing in metal.– Sweden was a leader in additive manufacturing in the 1990s, but is not there anymore.the Companies and the research has been left behind.Therefore, we want to increase the Swedish competitiveness, " says Joakim Ålgårdh, senior researcher at Swerea Kimab.
Facebook users may soon be given something to 'unlike' – the company is testing videos that automatically play with the sound turned on.Mark Zuckerberg's company has had auto-playing videos as part of its News Feed for some time, but at present they are muted when they start playing.This stops sound blaring out from devices when people are on public transport, at work or on a night out.But, a trial for a number of users in Australia suggests this is about to change.Two groups of Facebook users are having different variations of auto-play trials.According to Mashable, one set of test users will hear a video's sound as soon as it starts playing; a second group will see a button appear over the bottom of the video that gives them the option to turn sound on.
Content management systems are boring until you have to use one.You can install a little Drupal or WordPress, pick up some Squarespace, or just dump to Medium, the graveyard for posts about protein shakes and VC funding.And what if you made it really cool?LaViska is the founder of SurrealCMS and has been making it easy to edit stuff on the web for nine years.Rather than build and sell an acceptable CMS, however, he took all of his best ideas and made a far better CMS.And he made it open source and called it
Virtual reality is quickly earning a reputation in Hollywood beyond its nerdy niche, with many industry professionals shifting resources and attention to catching this platform wave early.STX Entertainment, the Hollywood TV and film studio behind flicks like Bad Moms and Free State of Jones, has just acquired VR content producer Surreal to begin powering some of their own efforts in the virtual reality space.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The company will operate as a separate division within STX, and will keep Surreal s co-founders, Rick Rey and Andy Vick, at its helm, now serving under the titles of Co-Presidents of VR and Immersive Entertainment.Surreal has produced more than 70 immersive experiences in the last year across VR content types including live-action 360-degree video, 360 live streams, stereoscopic VR video and some fully interactive VR content.The pair will be working on content that complements traditional film and TV projects in addition to leading entirely unique VR initiatives, according to a company press release.
As the video capabilities of compact cameras and smartphones has steadily improved, we re starting to see more video production gear shrinking in size.Edelkrone s new Wing promises to replace a bulky rail and dolly setup for filming buttery smooth moving shots, helping to make your next YouTube video look like a Hollywood masterpiece.When folded, the Wing measures just over 5.5-inches long, but it has a range of movement about four times that length since its two segments can fully extend in either direction while supporting a camera weighing less than 1.2-pounds.You won t be using it to film tracking shots of someone walking by like you could with a larger wheeled dolly and rails, but the subtle movements the Wing can add to what would otherwise be a static shot will certainly enhance your videography efforts.It s manually operated, which means you don t have to worry about keeping a battery charged, and it s designed to always remain out of frame, even while capturing a wide-angle shot.Some may balk at the Edelkrone Wing s $250 price tag, especially when you ll also need a tripod and ball head to actually use it.
While Apple s Macs lock you into specific designs with limited if any!Want to splurge on an overclocked EVGA GTX 1080 FTW $680 on Newegg and crank all the graphics settings to 11 at high resolutions?Looking for a more modestly priced card that chews through 1080p games with aplomb?The Radeon RX 480 $200 on Newegg has you covered.It can even play traditional games at console-esque settings, passing 30 fps at 1080p on High settings in most games, or nearing the hallowed 60 fps if you bump details down to Medium.The PC s boundless flexibility gets even more granular, though—AMD s partners can all release versions of the Radeon RX 460 based on their own custom designs.
Source code repository software startup GitLab today is introducing Issue Boards, an open-source task-management tool that will be integrated into the existing web service for all users, free of charge.The tool provides a visual interface where team members can track the status of their projects.Rather than require users to list out all the tasks that have been completed and have yet to be done, the tool can take in existing issues from teams repositories and drop them in automatically using the labels that have previously been applied to issues.All boards have two lists enabled by default: Backlog and Done, GitLab said in a blog post.Users can add unlimited lists — each one representing a step in the development process — but just one board, a spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.Enterprises customers could get unlimited boards in the future, the spokesperson said.Issues can be filtered by their corresponding label, milestone, author, or assignee.Of course, developers have always been able to check out issues for projects hosted on GitLab.
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