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A tiny shark discovered in the Gulf of Mexico with mysterious pouches near its front fins has turned out to be a new species, scientists say.The fittingly named American pocket shark, or Mollisquama mississippiensis, uses the pouches to squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean.It's only the third shark species out of more than 500 that may squirt luminous liquid, according to R. Dean Grubbs, a Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research.The other two are the previously known pocket shark and the taillight shark, which has a similar gland near its tail."You have this tiny little bulbous luminescent shark cruising around in the world’s oceans and we know nothing about them," Grubbs told The Associated Press."It shows us how little we actually know."
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Westworld season three is coming in HAWT.Our first trailer for the new season arrived Saturday afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con and we could not be more ready for what's coming to destroy us (FutureWorld or nah).Ahead of SDCC, co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan told EW that this time out would be a "little less of a guessing game and more of an experience" for the hosts out in the real world.We also learned season three will pick up right where we ended and push Dolores to discover just what humanity is all about.Co-showrunner Lisa Joy said this season is about Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) interacting with humans and seeing what she accomplishes now that her main goal has been achieved.In the first season three trailer released just before the Game of Thrones finale aired, Aaron Paul walks along a futuristic bridge as Brain Damage by Pink Floyd plays.
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One of the best surprises to come out of this new era of “All Trek, All the Time” has been Short Treks, the anthology series that gives us bite-sized, varied bits of storytelling from across the Star Trek universe.At Comic-Con, we got to see what to expect from a very animated second batch of adventures for the series.There will be six new Short Treks, each telling a smaller story within the larger Trek universe, at least one of which will feature Tribbles, the most adorable menace Starfleet has ever faced.Another will feature Spock and Discovery’s Number One stuck in an elevator, while yet another will act as a sort of teaser for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard, offering a sense of the hero’s history leading from Nemesis to the new series, fifteen years after his latest canon appearance.Two of the shorts will be animated, and three will feature the Discovery-era Enterprise crew, and then there’s the Picard short rounding out the bunch.In the trailer shown at the Comic-Con Star Trek panel, we got glimpses of a lot of these shorts, with humorous Spock and Number One interludes, Captain Pike apparently in prison, and H Jon Benjamin playing a hysterical, tribble-studying scientist.
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Batwoman's pilot screened to fans during the show's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel Saturday, with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries revealing details about the cameos and characters set up for the Ruby Rose-starring show.The upcoming season will feature an origin story for the Batman villain Hush."The character of Tommy Elliot who ultimately becomes the supervillain Hush but we're seeing his origins of why he hates Batman so much," Dries said after the pilot screening.Also to come for classic TV fans, actor Burt Ward who played Robin in the 1960s Batman series will be making a cameo at some point during the show's first season.The pilot episode, which we will dive into in a separate story, heavily features Rose's Kate Kane in many fight scenes without her costume -- a decision that was very influenced by how the character is military-trained."She's actually getting thrown against the wall and punched in the face," Dries said, noting that Rose's character attended the fictional military academy of Point Rock Academy.
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The goal is to find the combination to a safe and wield a WWE style championship belt.The game is one of many "activations" set up by big brands at Comic-Con -- corporate speak for what's basically an elaborate ad that lets conference goers experience elements of shows or movies in real life.Amazon set up a politically-tinged activation for its new show Carnival Row, which touches on racism and segregation, and AMC created a zombie apocalypse for The Walking Dead.You're first led to a briefing room where an actor playing an officer basically acts as a warm up comedian interacting with guests.The guests are then shown a pre-recorded video starring cast regulars: Samberg, who plays Jake Peralta, Terry Crews, who plays Terry Jeffords, and Joe Lo Truglio, who plays Charles Boyle.Samberg and Truglio are both dressed Comic Con appropriate, with Samberg in Game of Thrones garb, and Truglio as Detective Pikachu.
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Gaming laptops these days usually come in two display options: 1080p and 4K.Even though laptop GPUs have grown by leaps and bounds, they are still quite limited compared to their desktop kin.From those statistics alone, it’s not hard to see why manufacturers would focus on the more commonly-used resolution.4K certainly brings a huge improvement in image quality.In the home entertainment business, 4K has quickly become the standard for the average TV.And with more people owning an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, 4K gaming is more mainstream than ever.
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The newest Schiit shipment came in a plain brown shipping carton, but its insides were anything but ordinary: The Schiit Ragnarok 2 stereo integrated amplifier looks, feels and sounds like no other amp.Meanwhile, the Ragnarok 2's ultra high power headphone amp delivers up to 24 watts for 32 ohm headphones, but can also safely work with high sensitivity in-ear headphones that play happily with just tiny fractions of a watt.The fully loaded Ragnarok 2 has two pairs of XLR inputs, along with two RCA inputs (one moving-magnet phono input, one line level) and one USB digital input.Both versions of the amp have stereo RCA and XLR preamp outputs that can be hooked up to a subwoofer or separate amplifier (more on that later).The original Ragnarok didn't come with a remote control -- the new one has a spiffy, small easy-to handle aluminum one that controls volume, input selection, gain level and mute.I first auditioned the Ragnarok 2 with a Schiit Yggdrasil 2 digital converter while alternating between two sets of speakers, KEF LS50 stand mount monitors and large Klipsch Forte III speakers.
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Buzz Aldrin was one of two astronauts to walk on the moon for the first time on July 20, 1969.On the eve of the Apollo 11 mission's 50th anniversary, Aldrin spoke to Omega, which supplied the watch he wore on the lunar mission.Aldrin recounted the moments that he thinks defined the historic NASA mission during an exclusive interview.It's been half a century since Buzz Aldrin rocketed to the moon and walked upon its dusty, pockmarked surface, but his memory of that historic event is still as fresh as ever.On July 16, 1969, Aldrin was just 39 years old when he boarded a small capsule atop a 363-foot-tall (111-meter-tall) Saturn V rocket and launched toward the moon.About four days later, on July 20, Aldrin and his commander, Neil Armstrong, climbed into a lunar lander.
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Your stress can actually warrant a diagnosis: the World Health Organization recently deemed burnout a classifiable "workplace phenomenon."Here's how to tell if you suffer from burnout and how to relieve your condition.You dread going to work and can't wait to leaveYour job used to bring you joy, but now the minutes tick by like molasses.You might simply not have the energy to be productive, the work may not seem interesting anymore, or you can't concentrate no matter how hard you try.You lack patience with co-workers and clients
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What a waste of time and money that wasCreative Content UK, the organization that terrified British internet users by requiring ISPs to send out emails with accusations of copyright infringement, has decided to drop this questionable practice.The Get it Right campaign, part-funded by the UK government, will no longer engage suspected pirates directly; instead, it will focus on education, and is due to launch a new initiative in the coming months.“Having encouraged increased awareness of the value of genuine content and of its many legally available sources, in turn resulting in reduced infringing behaviour, the Get it Right campaign is now moving to its next phase,” a spokesperson for CCUK told El Reg.“The educational emails sent by ISPs upon detection of infringing file-sharing activity have served their purpose and are ceasing, with the focus instead increasing the broader engagement with fans based around their passion for music, TV, film and all other kinds of creative content.”The change of direction was spotted by TorrenFreak, a website which has chronicled activities of Get it Right since its inception.
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It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “FUCK THE POLICE.”The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019.The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred via third-party software.“Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers,” it said in a statement.“While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officials explained further.
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When Game of Thrones ended its eighth season in May, not everyone was happy with how things turned out.In fact, internet unrest even manifest itself in a petition to redo the entire final season.At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday members of the cast talked about the backlash during a panel in Hall H."It's going to piss you off no matter what because it's the end," said Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister.He also noted that over the course of the show, plenty of other events made fans swear off the show, from Ned Stark's fate to the Red Wedding.Along those lines, Conleth Hill, who played Varys, said he didn't think the backlash was as drastic as what it seemed.
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The Facebook group urging people to storm Area 51 and "see them aliens" has earned lots of attention (Bud Light is even offering the aliens free beer).But messing with the US Air Force's super-secret military facility could get you killed.So here's a friendlier option: An Oklahoma City animal shelter is encouraging Americans to "come storm our shelter" instead.In a Facebook post put up Friday, OKC Animal Welfare in Oklahoma City writes, "We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens," adding, "adoption isn't that far out of this world!"But what really sells the shelter's post is that they have included photos of multiple adoptable dogs (and one cat) wearing the famed tin-foil hats associated with conspiracy theorists.The shelter has also decorated the animal photos with sparkling spacey sprinkles, and little cartoony aliens.
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Amazon’s Audible has announced plans to add captioning to audiobooks and publishers aren’t happy about it.Though many users are receptive to the idea of ‘close captioning’ for audiobooks, which Audible announced last week, the publishing industry is revolting against the plan, in some cases demanding the feature be made unavailable on certain titles.Audible announced plans to offer captions on audiobooks earlier this week, something certain users have been requesting for years.The idea is that users can turn on the machine learning-powered subtitles feature to reach what they’re listening to, which seems a bit beside the point, though still sought after by some users.It’s already possible to do this using Amazon’s platform…it just requires the user to also pay for and download the ebook version of the audiobook on Kindle.The days of having an ereader read ebooks to us are long gone and, it if the publishing industry has its way, the idea of audiobook captions will never get off the ground.
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Parks and Recreation's Ben Wyatt once not-quite-famously said of Game of Thrones that it was "not just for fantasy enthusiasts.They're telling human stories in a fantasy world."And now that Thrones is over, every network is looking to claim the crossover fantasy hit crown.Based on book the series by Andrzej Sapkowski that later got turned into a videogame franchise, the story follows Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill, aka Superman), a witcher who hunts monsters, has no emotions, and has a horse for a best friend."What's great about The Witcher is that it's so much more than a fantasy," Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, the showrunner and executive producer, said during the series' Comic-Con panel, banging the drum."You'll get your monsters; you’ll get your magic; you'll get sorcerers and sex and violence.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.WhatsApp is notorious for compressing its images, so that otherwise-beautiful pictures look like they were shot from a generations-old camera phone.Luckily there’s an easy way to “trick” WhatsApp into sending a good image without having to download any third-party software or stressing yourself out.The screenshots for this article are for iOS, since I have an iPhone handy, but I’ll also describe the process for Android as well, since the basic mechanism is essentially the same: you have to make WhatsApp think you’re sending a document, rather than a picture.To begin, you’ll need to save your image as something other than a photo.In Android, you can do this by renaming your image as a .pdf or .doc file in your file manager, which will save it as the file type in question.
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Rick and Morty fans have been waiting nearly two years for the arrival of the show’s fourth season and, unfortunately, there are more months of waiting ahead of us.Despite that, we’ve finally received a look at Season 4 via a clip recently published by Adult Swim after it first premiered at San Diego Comic Con.The clip, which is simply titled ‘Glootie,’ is 50 seconds long and features the three character Morty, his father Jerry, and an alien played by Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok.As we see in the clip, this alien has developed an app that Jerry and Morty want removed, but the alien is proving less than cooperative.The clip starts in the middle of a scene and ends the same way less than a minute later; in the absence of a proper season 4 trailer, however, it’s the most exciting content fans have received since season 3 wrapped up in October 2017.Presumably we’ll see a proper trail arrive in coming weeks ahead of the anticipated November season 4 release.
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Spoilers on the Internet are inevitable, but particularly frustrating when they arrive in the form of leaks before the actual content airs or is released.All signs point toward a major battle that’s going to take place in the Fortnite battle royale island, but we don’t know the details yet.Here to ensure that doesn’t change are the game’s most prolific leakers.Though Epic has taken steps to hide files and therefore cut down on the number of leaks that happen, a small percentage of Fortnite plans have still managed to trickle out ahead of upcoming updates.That will be the case for the season 9 finale event, which will be at least partially revealed in the game update files.Though leaking is their job, a number of popular Fortnite leakers have agreed that they won’t spoil the upcoming showdown involving the giant pink robot currently jutting out of the island’s volcanic crater.
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Summer temperatures in the United States are known to reach dangerous levels.Whether you are in need of a new window air conditioner or looking to replace an old model, now is the time to buy.Walmart’s answer to the Amazon Prime Day, called “The Big Save,” has been extended until July 21.They fit any window that is 23- to 38-inches wide and at least 12.5-inches high.You can also set it to sleep mode so it automatically increases temperature throughout the night.And, you can further manage energy consumption with its 24-hour on/off timer.
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A forthcoming research paper [PDF] from researchers at Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pennsylvania brings up the possibility that Google and Facebook might be tracking your porn history—and, perhaps more worrisome, that using Incognito mode doesn't help.The paper, set to be published in the journal New Media & Society, does an excellent job of backing up the claim that porn usage ends up being tracked by Google and Facebook.Authors Elena Maris, Timothy Libert, and Jennifer Henrichsen used open source tool webxray to analyze more than 22,000 porn sites, discovering tracking code for Google on 74% and for Facebook on 10% of the sites analyzed.Software giant Oracle's Web tracking code also showed up, appearing on 24% of those sites.In light of the study, a Facebook spokesperson told CNET, "We don't want adult websites using our business tools since that type of content is a violation of our Community Standards.Oracle has an advertising services division called DataCloud, into which it has funneled more than $3 billion dollars in acquisitions in the last five years.
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