Leon Rhodes

Leon Rhodes

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Everyone knows that it’s really not a good idea to look at your phone screen while walking along, but pretty much everyone still does it.The risky behavior can lead to bumps, knocks, and even unintended splashes.Following in the footsteps of Honolulu a couple of years ago, New York’s state senate last week introduced a bill proposing a ban on texting while crossing the street.If it becomes law, those who break it face fines of between $25 and $50 for a first-time offense.Repeat the misdemeanor within 18 months and you could be forced to cough up as much as $250 for your hazardous habit.Stare at the display of a camera, gaming device, tablet, or pretty much any other electronic gadget while crossing the street and you could find yourself in trouble with the cops.
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Bytedance has on Monday launched a new social app that combines instant message and forum functionalities on iOS and Android, another experiment in the social app landscape following the lackluster January debut of Snapchat clone Duoshan.Feiliao, or Flipchat in English, is described in Apple’s App Store as an “interest-based social app.” Users can join open chat groups centered around different topics, ranging from eccentric boyfriends to popular TV series.There are two kinds of chat groups in the app, open groups and normal groups.Open groups closely resemble forums on Baidu Tieba, where all posts are visible to all users and where there is no limit to the number of members.As of writing, the biggest chat group on the app contains around 3,500 people and appears to be a group for testing features, not posting actual content.Normal groups are similar to private chat groups and have a limit of 100 users per group.
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The series finale of Game of Thrones defied pretty much all the predictions as to who would emerge triumphant and sit on the Iron Throne, in what has proved to be the most polarizing and controversial season yet.Showrunners David Benioff and David B. Weiss got the plane on the ground in the end—but it wasn't a pretty landing, and there's bound to be a lot of grumbling from dissatisfied customers.Let's get the controversial plot turn from last week out of the way up front, since it drove much of what transpired in the finale, and pretty much encapsulates the best and worst aspects of this final season.She proceeds not to just incinerate the Red Keep where Cersei has been watching the battle from afar—which is what everyone expected—but to rain down dragon fire on all the innocent civilians who Cersei brought in to serve as a human shield.She's always had equal parts kindness and cruelty, and she's literally solved every problem she's encountered over eight seasons by raining down fire and blood.That's exactly what she explicitly vowed to do to take back the Iron Throne; it's what Varys promised she would do when he recruited Dorne and the Tyrells of Highgarden to her cause.
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There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that another vote would both prove equally divisive and deliver exactly the same result as its predecessor.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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What happened: Content aggregator Qutoutiao was briefly removed from Apple’s China App Store, media outlet 36Kr reported.The app was removed on May 18 and restored on the morning of May 20.Users who already installed the app on iOS devices were not affected by the removal, and the app had been available for download in all Android stores.Qutoutiao told 36Kr that it had reached Apple and was actively investigating the cause of the issue.As of March 2019, Qutoutiao had close to 59 million monthly active users (MAU), according to market research firm Questmobile.Why it’s important: Qutoutiao’s brief removal could be the result of minor violations to Apple’s App Store terms, as the suspension was restricted to iOS.
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Tucked away in a refurbished factory building in southwest Singapore, Shopback’s headquarters houses only 50 people – just a quarter of its workforce.The affiliate marketing firm may only have a fraction of the employees that giants like Facebook and Google have, but Shopback has big dreams: to offer businesses a more efficient way of reaching their customers.In Southeast Asia, Shopback has gained traction thanks to its cashback app with more than 8 million users and 2,000 merchants.When users open the Shopback app, they are greeted by merchants ranging from ecommerce platforms like Lazada and Shopee to ride-hailing firm Grab, and food delivery brands like Foodpanda and Deliveroo.Clicking on a merchant redirects the user to the appropriate site, and if they make a purchase, Shopback earns a commission and shares it with the user via a cash rebate.It is seen as a win-win for everybody: merchants only pony up fees if a transaction is made, Shopback takes a cut, and users get money back on their purchase.
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In a little over a year, Japan will be hosting one of the biggest sporting events in the world.But more than just the technical preparations for the Olympic Games 2020, there’s also the promotion of the event.Samsung is part of the latter, having been chosen as one of the partners of the event, and what better way for it to drum up the hype than by selling a very limited edition Galaxy S10+ with the 2020 Olympics logo etched on its back.Of course, this isn’t the first time Samsung has released an Olympic Games edition of a phone.Its involvement in the event goes as far back as 2012 with the very first Galaxy Note.And it will hardly be the last though, of course, it has only the Galaxy S10 generation to work with for now.
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Unlike television viewing parties that required everyone to convene in the same physical space, however, social media facilitates social interactions without requiring viewers to congregate in the same place.On the flip side, if you’re busy engaging in online conversations about the program you’re watching during commercial breaks, you’re not necessarily going to be paying attention to the advertisements that air during the program.Recent research has investigated how social media activity about television programs (what we refer to as “social TV” activity) affects different outcomes that may be of interest to marketers.One metric that marketers monitor is online word-of-mouth surrounding their brands.Advertising may spur more online conversation compared to the volume of conversation that was observed before the advertisement, controlling for other factors that might explain the difference.The content and timing of the ads play a large role in how much word-of-mouth changes following the airing of the ad.
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If you speak a certain language about classic video games, you probably know about M2, a Japanese game studio responsible for dozens of impressive arcade and console ports to newer home consoles.Yet even if you don't, a new hour-long documentary about the studio should still be considered required viewing for anybody who loves the best Japanese games of the '80s and '90s.Produced by My Life In Gaming, a video channel known for a laser focus on retro gaming, the M2 Complete Works documentary (embedded below) is a sweeping, decades-long look at a game studio renowned among dedicated gaming fans.That's because M2 has produced some of the most impressive ports, emulations, and even fully blown remakes of classic series by Sega, Konami, Capcom, and SNK.(Listing them all would bury the embedded video below, but to get a sense of how impressive M2's work is, look into the Sega 3D Classics Collection.This series saw M2 deconstruct many original Sega arcade and console games, then fully rebuild them with pitch-perfect emulation and 3D depth effects for the Nintendo 3DS.)
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Google has suspended business operations with Huawei effectively immediately, a forced move that will have a dramatic impact on Huawei devices across the globe.According to Reuters, citing a source close to the matter, Google was forced into suspending business with Huawei that “requires the transfer of hardware and software products.”“Huawei Technologies Co Ltd will immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app,” Reuters noted.This effectively means no further Android security updates for devices new and old, including the recent P30 and P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and many more.Google’s actions come after the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement on Wednesday, which placed Huawei and some 68 affiliates on a so-called Entity List, a trade blacklist, following an executive order signed by U.S. President Trump.This is the same list that ZTE was added to and subsequently removed from, over the course of 2018, which caused it massive disruption.
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Fans are still waiting for Avengers: Endgame to inevitably snap Avatar's record as the No.1 movie of all times worldwide.But this weekend, Endgame has taken another step toward that, racing past Avatar's ticket sales domestically.According to box office estimates and Disney, Endgame will take in $29.4 million domestically – as in the US and Canada -- at the end of its fourth weekend for a total of $770.8 million in domestic ticket sales.This means that Endgame is sailing past Avatar's $761 million in domestic ticket sales and taking the No.2 spot here – behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is still No.
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New research suggests the Moon may actually be shrinking.The Mare Frigoris, also known as the Cold Sea, is a region near the Moon’s north pole which scientists have been studying in depth.They completed a survey of more than 12,000 images showing the hills and trenches on the Moon’s surface, which are noteworthy for being located within a basin.These wrinkles have been found in other lunar regions like the highlands, but scientists were surprised to find them in the basin as it was assumed that basins were dead and inactive.Previously it was thought that geological activity in the basins would have ended 1.2 billion years ago.But in fact, the data shows that some of the wrinkles were formed as recently as 40 million years ago, which is fairly recent in geological terms.
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There are a few interesting devices with the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL hitting stores during the writing of these rankings, and the OnePlus 7 series coming out in style.Teams go up and down depending on the strength the team has shown, which mostly comes down to wins and losses.But close losses against top teams can boost a low team, and scrappy, ugly wins for top teams over lower ranked teams might hurt their ranking in close races.I’ve decided each ranking subjectively, but have taken into account metrics such as sales, strength of reviews of devices, our still hot Best of Android results, plus recent poll results around top phones and new brands.The new A-range of mid-level devices is packing a punch, and the Note 10 is the next big release, a follow-up to the award-winning Note 9, and most people find One UI a step forward.Probably the main thing that saved Samsung from falling to Huawei is the strength of the S10.
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In recent years, eerily accurate deepfake videos have gotten a lot of press, but automated voice replication has been quietly sliding into the uncanny valley as well.Case in point: The AI company Dessa has created a simulation of podcaster Joe Rogan’s voice that is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.According to Dessa, the voice comes from a machine learning model, and all the words come from text input.Sure, Robo-Rogan doesn’t sound quite as relaxed as the real thing is when he’s stoned and on a roll with a guest.It sounds a bit like the slightly stilted voice he might use if he were reading an ad.To prove this, Dessa released a quiz—which, personally, I got a failing grade on.
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Days later, Blizzard has published a list of non-issues that players keep reporting as bugs, advising these players that ‘the nature’ of the game ‘sometimes invokes different memories for different players…’ Those discrepancies have resulted in some players perceiving normal gameplay as buggy.The currently closed-beta World of Warcraft Classic game offers a mostly vanilla WoW experience, enabling players to enjoy the game as it existed more than a decade ago.The World of Warcraft that actually existed in 2006 is different than the game some players remember having played, though, and it included elements that many fans now view as bugs.In a post on Battle.net, Blizzard’s community manager ‘Kaivax’ said, ‘As we’ve discussed before, the nature of WoW Classic sometimes invokes different memories for different players, and this leads to certain misconceptions for some about what is or isn’t working as intended.’The company has provided a list of the most commonly reported gameplay elements that Classic players are reporting as bugs, including warrior health regeneration rates, the lack of quick objectives and POI tracking on the map/minimap, the presence of a dot as the marker for completed quests on the minimap, fast running NPCs, and slow creature respawn rates (full list below).The advisory highlights the fact that World of Warcraft is a 15-year-old game and that its earliest form contains elements that are best left in the past.
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Breastfeeding may have long-term cardiovascular health benefits in mothers, particularly in cases where the breastfeeding took place over a longer period of time.The findings were revealed at the recent European Society of Endocrinology ECE 2019 event.According to the study, women who breastfed at some point in their lives had ‘significantly lower’ heart disease risk later in life, with that benefit amplified in women who breastfed over a longer duration.Past research has highlighted a number of potential health benefits experienced by women who breastfed offspring, including lower body weights, better blood sugar regulation, reduced risks of select cancers, and reduced postpartum depression risk.The hormone prolactin may be the factor behind these benefits — levels rise when a woman is breastfeeding.The latest study looks at the potential health benefits breastfeeding may have on cardiovascular disease, which remains the number one cause of death among women globally.
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Maybe you’re taking your first tentative steps into the smart home market, or maybe you’re expanding what you’ve already got, but at some point you’re going to want to get everything working together—or else be faced with using dozens of different apps every day to get your smart gadgets doing your bidding.Each of these platforms will happily control a bunch of smart home gadgets for you, bringing different devices from different manufacturers into one cohesive whole.As always, the best one for you is going to depend on what you’ve already got set up and the devices you’re already using, but we’re going to point out the main areas where these platforms are similar or distinct.You’ll notice big names like Philips Hue, Wemo, Ecobee, TP-Link, and of course Ring here, as well as a huge variety of devices—remember that Amazon even makes an Alexa-compatible microwave.In terms of the sheer number of compatible devices then, Alexa is an obvious choice as your overarching smart home platform.It even works with Nest devices, something Google says will continue as the Works with Nest programme winds down.
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Over the weekend of April 27th, ten girls from high schools across the US attended a Code-a-thon at the CNET Smart Home in San Francisco.The event was organized by the travel and commerce site Booking.com as a way to celebrate and bolster the young women's talent in coding.Actress Laura Dern, star of Jurassic Park and Big Little Lies, was on hand to announce $320,000 worth of scholarships courtesy of Booking.com.The scholarships are for young women to study computer science at colleges across including Cornell University and Spelman College."I care a lot about empowering young women, especially this new generation coming up, to really use their voice and demand a right to be in the room, in the boardroom, running the company having their voice heard, " said Dern."It felt like a perfect match to come together and inspire young women in the Code-a-thon."
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It's been a week since the Trump administration raised tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports, and tech companies are still grappling with the consequences.The existing tariffs cover a wide range of goods, but few finished consumer electronics.For years, the US and China have been closely linked, particularly through the supply chain for electronics, many of which are assembled in China.But Brian Keare, an executive at business analytics company Incorta, says the failure to reach a deal last week led to a growing fear among the companies he works with that the tariffs could continue for years.The US has long worried that the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, which makes gear used by telecom networks around the world, could assist in Chinese spying efforts.This week the US Department of Commerce added Huawei to a list of companies that pose a national security threat, meaning it will have to seek permission from the US government before using US-made technologies, including chips made by US companies like Qualcomm or operating system software from Google.
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Following an episode involving discharged bear repellent at an Amazon warehouse late last year that affected dozens of onsite workers, the company plans to store similarly hazardous products in specialised facilities.Wired reported Friday that Amazon began developing the facilities prior to the December incident, though the event no doubt illustrates why such spaces are needed.A company spokesperson told Gizmodo by email that these warehouses will be outfitted with special sprinkler systems as well as storage areas for different classifications of product, for example flammable and aerosol items.Of note, however, is that the new warehouses won’t replace existing systems at other fulfilment centres, and hazmat items of a lower safety classification will still be fulfilled at Amazon’s other facilities, a company spokesperson said.But products of a high internal safety classification—meaning those deemed to be a greater risk to employees—will be stored at the new facilities, where employees will receive special training for handling such products and other additional safety procedures will be in place.The first of these new warehouses is set to open in Mississippi.
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