Jonathan Spitzer

Jonathan Spitzer

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User reviews are often a good way to get a feel for what your peers think of a movie, game, or TV show, but usually there isn’t any kind of vetting process associated with them.How can you tell that the person leaving an exceedingly low (or exceeding high) rating on a movie actually saw it?Rotten Tomatoes asked the same question, and today, it’s introducing verified audience reviews and ratings.Up until this point, Rotten Tomatoes has allowed users reviews and ratings from everyone, assuming the movie being reviewed has actually been released.It’ll still do that after today’s introduction of verified audience ratings, but now when you visit a page for a movie on Rotten Tomatoes, you’ll see the collective verified audience rating first.You can still see the audience score that takes every user review into account, but it’ll initially be hidden behind a “More Info” tab.
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A new USC study has shed light on the thermostat wars that go on in homes and offices around the country.Women always seem to be cold, and men always seem to be hot leaving neither ideally comfortable in most settings.The study found that women perform better on math and verbal tasks at higher temperatures.However, the study found that the relationship between temperature and men’s performance was less pronounced than in women.Study results suggest that gender is an important factor in determining the impact of temperature on comfort, productivity, and cognitive performance.Study author Tom Chang says that it had been documented that women like warmer indoor temperatures than men but until now the idea had been that the warmer temps were just a personal preference.
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the Swedish energy market inspectorate agree that the transition to zero carbon presents challenges but warns of uncertain forecasts.– Electrification is a key for us in Sweden to become fossil-fuel-free until 2045, " says Per Holm, responsible for climate policy at the energy companies.According to a new report that energy companies ordered will the use of electricity in the year 2045, to increase from today's 140 to 190 terawatt-hours per year - an increase equal to more than 1.5 times Denmark's annual electricity consumption.While industry and the service sector electricity demand is expected to increase significantly, according to the forecast, which is located in the same county in which the Swedish Energy agency's calculations. " we are Looking at the power grids in the day so they are quite old in many places.And we shall overcome this substantial expansion, including electric cars in cities when it is already crowded in the grid.
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The venture capital arm of Salesforce has closed its second fund for European tech startups at $125m (£98.7m), with a renewed focus on enterprise cloud.Salesforce Ventures said it was the most active corporate VC in Europe last year, making investments across the spectrum in digital payments, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.It follows the software giant's first fund, launched in Europe in 2015 at $100m.The Europe Trailblazers Fund will be led by Salesforce's investment team in London, with a "large focus" of the capital to be put on startups in the UK."The talent and skills in the UK are fantastic, with incredible engineers coming out of the universities and that's leading to more and more entrepreneurial opportunities," John Somorjai, European vice president of corporate development and Salesforce Ventures, told City A.M."It's also where more entepreneurs are choosing to reside, it’s international in nature and they can attract talent from all over the world to come and work here."
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The Trump administration's decision to blacklist Chinese tech firm Huawei could have an unintended victim: Apple.Chinese citizens are calling for an Apple boycott on social media, which could represent a threat to Apple's already fragile iPhone sales in the country.UBS warned that the moves against Huawei are "a risk for Apple and the supply chain."Apple could well fall victim to a retaliatory movement in China.There are signs that Chinese citizens are prepared to turn their back on the company, and analysts are predicting that fragile iPhone sales in the country could take another battering."At times, foreign consumer goods have been negatively impacted in China by nationalist sentiment (which social media potentially exacerbating this)," UBS said.
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Huawei is still "far from ready" from launching its own operating system, according to a report.The internal project to launch a Huawei OS "has had its ups and downs and remains far from ready," sources told The Information.Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates earlier this week.On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department granted the Chinese tech giant a three-month general license to update existing devices, temporarily easing restrictions on Huawei's access to American components and software that go into its phones.Despite the Google ban, Huawei said Tuesday that its latest smartphone, the Honor Pro 20, will use Android.CNET's understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers.
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A good chunk of regular coffee drinkers know that coffee isn’t just great at getting them awake in the morning – it also makes them get up and need a poo.Their preliminary results, presented this weekend at a research conference aptly named Digestive Disease Week, seem to reaffirm a suspicion that coffee’s poo-making prowess has nothing to do with caffeine.Coffee might also kill off bacteria found in our guts.Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston fed their rats a tiny cup of joe for three days straight, with different groups getting both caffeinated and decaf coffee.Then, the researchers checked the downstairs plumbing of the rats with a physical examination and probe, focusing on the muscles that contract and help guide food (and eventually waste) through the gut.Their results were clear: muscles in the small and large intestine were more able to contract post-coffee, meaning things could move faster along the gut.
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Episode 4 of the much maligned final season had a coffee cup hidden in plain sight.It's tough to tell, but we definitely have a rogue plastic bottle of water in shot there.Which is obviously no big deal in the grand scheme of things.All shows have bloopers of this kind, but when you consider the coffee drama -- and the poor reception season 8 has had in general -- it's a tough one to ignore.And it looks like a second bottle was found next to Ser Davos.Maybe it's just an elaborate easter egg?
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Unlike the low-effort PlayStation Classic, the NES Classic and SNES Classic are among the best attempts at reviving the lovable consoles from days gone by.But for some reason, despite selling millions of its retro consoles, Nintendo hasn’t continued its line of console reboots and doesn’t seem interested in taking it further, leaving fans of systems like the N64 and Gamecube to their own devices.So YouTuber Madmorda did just that, and created a tiny homemade version of the Gamecube Classic, right down to the system’s four controller ports and built-in handle.From the looks of the video, Madmorda’s mini Gamecube looks to be about 1/10th the size of the original console, so naturally, some adjustments had to be made when miniaturising Nintendo’s cute, cubical console.Instead of traditional Gamecube controller ports on the front, Madmorda used 3.5mm jacks for their smaller size and then created special dongles that allow you to hook up traditional Gamecube controllers like you normally would.Meanwhile, to save even more space, Madmorda also swapped out the GCN’s original memory card slots for USB ports.
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Disney has announced Marvel Cinematic Universe members Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, and Ming-Na Wen will be made Disney Legends.Disney names a series of legends each year in recognition of their contributions to the company.Downey Jr is being recognized for his role as Tony Stark - which he almost didn't get - throughout the Marvel movies, from 2008's Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame, and in side roles in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.Ming-Na Wen was the voice of Mulan in the 1996 animated film and in subsequent video games, TV shows, and movies, including the famous Disney Princess scene in Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet.She now plays Agent Melinda May, or the Cavalry, on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Favreau served as executive producer on Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as playing Happy Hogan in the Marvel movies.
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Researchers at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found that people who regularly use certain sunscreens may be absorbing higher-than-safe levels of active ingredients into their bodies.But the scientists caution that it’s still unclear whether these products could be posing any health risks.Sunscreens of various formulations have been available for decades, but though these products have helped prevent countless sunburns and cases of skin cancer, there’s been shockingly little research into how the chemicals used in sunscreens affect the human body.Some circumstantial evidence has suggested that at least some ingredients could be capable of disrupting hormones or raising the risk of non-skin cancers, while other studies have suggested they can have a negative effect on the marine environment—though that research is far from conclusive.Many of these chemicals had already been widely used in sunscreen before the modern era of drug evaluation, and were grandfathered into the FDA’s Generally Recognised as Safe and Effective (GRASE) list, based primarily on animal exposure studies.In recent years, though, the FDA has changed its tack on sunscreen.
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As Disney wrapped up its first upfront presentation featuring programming from ABC, Freeform and ESPN as well as newly acquired networks FX and NatGeo Tuesday night, the stars of its shows hit the red carpet to schmooze with advertisers and buyers.From Ryan Seacrest to Anthony Anderson to Pam Grier to Billy Porter, we asked why advertisers should buy time on their shows.Watch above for their answers.
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Researchers with the University of Washington have developed a new smartphone app that is used in conjunction with an ordinary paper funnel to ‘hear’ ear infections in children.The system specifically targets middle ear infections, which are very common in children and responsible for the majority of trips parents make to pediatricians.Middle ear infections result in fluid build-up in the space behind the eardrum; these infections are often painful and may result in fussy children who pull at their ears and complain of general discomfort.In some cases, however, the infection may go undetected, resulting in more serious issues including hearing problems.The newly developed app, which was detailed in a study published in Science Translation Medicine, uses a paper funnel and the technology already found in the average smartphone to detect the middle ear infection and alert parents to the issue.The system is very simple to use: the small paper funnel, which can be easily folded at home, is placed over the microphone and speaker on a phone.
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Netflix continues to invest in interactive entertainment, both through choose-your-own-adventure episodes of shows likeBlack Mirror and full-fledged video games like Stranger Things.The company will make an appearance at E3 2019, and it still has some unannounced adaptations that it will be showing off.The question is, of course, just what will they be?Speaking to the official E3 account on Twitter, Netflix’s science-fiction account NXOnNetflix revealed that it will be hosting its own panel at E3 in June.The panel will be called “Bringing Your Favorite Shows to Life: Developing Netflix Originals into Video Games.”"Bringing Your Favorite Shows to Life: Developing Netflix Originals into Video Games"?
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E3 2019 is going to be a big show that attracts a ton of developers and publishers from massive triple-A companies all the way down to single-man indie studios.We can apparently now add streaming companies to that list, as Netflix has confirmed that it’ll be at E3 2019 to talk about video games.If you needed any additional proof that Netflix is seriously considering diving into the games industry, here it is.Of course, we already knew about Netflix’s gaming ambitions, as Stranger Things 3: The Game was revealed during last year’s Game Awards.Though the game itself is being developed by a company called StudioXP, there’s no way it’s being made without significant involvement from Netflix, so the company’s desire to break into games was already at least somewhat clear.This year at @e3 we are welcoming @netflix for a special e3Coliseum panel with updates and news about its plans in the gaming space.
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Mikrometertunna sensors that are built into walls or floors testify to moisture damage without the surface layer need to be broken up.Now, the system should be developed in order to cope with measurement in concrete.In the present there are 100 000's of sensors from Invisense mounted in buildings, mainly the bathroom, in Sweden.the Sensor is based on the research of printed electronics from Linköping university.Polymid is extremely durable but can absorb up to two per cent of water.When Invisenses scanner will close and send out a radio signal creates a current in the sensor circuit and the coil sends a radio wave back.
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Black Eye, a competitor to Olloclip and Moment, has introduced a range of clip-on lenses for modern smartphones.The Pro Kit G4 includes a 2x telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens, and a fisheye lens.Rubber strips on the inside of the prongs prevent the clip from scratching the phone’s glass.It relied on plastic fingers, and suffered from a weak spring.Black Eye’s clip is far superior and firmly affixes each lens to the phone.A small hole under the lens helps guide you to correctly cover the phone’s camera.
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Huawei is the world’s second-largest maker of mobile phones after Samsung, but the telecom giant has never produced a TV.That appears to be about to change, if a report from Nikkei Asian Review is accurate.Citing “sources familiar with the plan,” the publication claims that Huawei is working on an 8K TV that will have a 5G mobile data connection built-in, which would make it the first TV to do so.It’s not the first time such a pairing has surfaced — Foxconn has been touting its plans to build “5G+8K” TVs in Wisconsin, since 2017 — but so far, no actual products have been confirmed.Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL, and several other manufacturers all have 8K models on sale or planned for release later this year.As odd as it might sound to build a high-speed mobile data modem into a TV, it’s one possible answer to a recurring question about 8K as a format: How do you supply the vast amounts of bandwidth that 8K content currently requires, over existing internet connections to the home?
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SAN ANTONIO -- April 30, 2019 -- Southwest Research Institute is designing and supporting the building of a state-of-the-art remotely operated rescue vehicle as part of a $7.7 million project for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).The system will feature a shallow and a deep water vehicle designed to connect with disabled submarines (DISSUB) to allow for the rescue of people trapped on board.They will be among a handful of remotely operated air-transportable submarine rescue systems in the world.The first remotely operated submarine rescue vehicle was developed in the early 2000s, in the wake of the Kursk submarine accident, when a Russian nuclear submarine disabled by a sudden internal torpedo explosion sank in the Arctic Ocean.Difficulty locating the sub and inability to connect a rescue submersible to the escape hatch of the Kursk resulted in the death of more than 100 Russian sailors.The project is in support of the SEA1354 Phase 1 Submarine Escape, Rescue and Abandonment System and a collaboration with Phoenix International in addition to multiple subcontractors in Australia.
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