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A life-size Lego Batman will join the crowds of San Diego Comic-Con 2019, celebrating the character's 80th anniversary.Revealed by Lego Tuesday, the caped crusader will stand at 6.5 feet tall, is made of 44,051 bricks and took 270 hours to build.Accompanying the statue will be an even bigger 3D, Lego-brick mural design of the Detective Comics 1000 variant comic book cover.That mural is made from 97,768 pieces and is over 10 feet tall.Both the statue and the mural will be on display at Lego's Comic-Con booth.The convention kicks off Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday.
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Embattled cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint has revealed that roughly half of its 110,000 users were affected by last week’s $3.02 billion yen ($28 million) hack, reports The Mainchi.Speaking at a Tokyo press conference, Bitpoint president Genki Oda noted that of the 3.02 billion yen stolen, customers owned 2.06 billion yen ($19 million), while 960 million yen ($8.9 million) consisted of the company’s own holdings.According to Oda, customer losses represented 13 percent of the total amount of cryptocurrency users had kept on Bitpoint.He also pledged to repay victims (in cryptocurrency) once standard trade resumes.The theft, which included sums of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple, was disclosed last Thursday.Originally reported to have totalled $32 million, those losses were later revised to a slightly smaller number of $28 million.
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The topic of insider threat is fast rising up on the corporate agenda.While you might think a company’s own employees would be less likely to pose security risks than external attackers, analysis by Computing has found that insider threat was a factor in half of reported breaches, writes Josh Lefkowitz, CEO, Flashpoint.When breaches caused by insider threat are disclosed, they can be particularly damaging to a company’s reputation, implying poor company culture, negligence, and thereby eroding trust in the organisation.Even if a breach doesn’t become public knowledge, if it involves the theft of intellectual property or other critical assets it can harm the company’s competitive position.Whether arising from disgruntled employees, acts of carelessness, or systematically malicious actors, insider threat is a particularly complex risk to manage.These might include user and entity behaviour analytics (UEBA), data loss prevention (DLP) tools, network logs and endpoint device activity.
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US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin is apparently super concerned about the impact Facebook‘s Libra “cryptocurrency” will have on national security, reports Bloomberg.In a White House briefing, Mnuchin mirrored president Trump‘s recently-found tough stance on digital assets by claiming that its potential to facilitate crime is high.“Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin BTC have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity like cybercrime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs, human trafficking,” Mnuchin told reporters.“Many players have attempted to use cryptocurrencies to fund their maligned behavior.This is indeed a national security issue,” he added.Steve Mnuchin on whether he thinks Trump's tweets are racist: "I don't find them racist.
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The fake-Facebook-ad-spotting service goes live today, backed by a £3m donation to Citizens Advice coughed by the social network as a result of legal action from MoneySavingExpert scribe Martin Lewis.Lewis settled out of court after hurling a defamation sueball at Facebook for failing to remove ads for "get-rich-quick" scams that used his face.He successfully claimed the fake ads were damaging his reputation.From today, your nan can get personal guidance from Citizens Advice Scams Action if they fear they are being, or have been, scammed due to a Facebook advert.Users will also be able to flag adverts they consider dodgy.These reports will now be dealt with by a Facebook ops team, which will tell coppers about trends it has tracked.
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When a photo of Plinthaster dentatus went viral on Twitter last week, pasta-lovers did a double take — the sea star looked just like a piece of ravioli.The photo of the starfish, captured on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's recent expedition to the deep Atlantic Ocean, propelled the tasty looking echinoderm to fame.But until now, the "ravioli" star (also called the cookie star) was a bit of a nobody.Even though scientists have known of the ravioli star for some time, only recently did the creature get a common (non-Latin) name, Christopher Mah, an invertebrate biologist at the Smithsonian Museum at Natural History, told Live Science.Instead, the starfish was known only by its formal scientific name, P. dentatus.[Photos: See the World's Cutest Sea Creatures]
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Gaming mice are great for bringing your best to intense titles that require sharp reflexes and quick maneuvers.Logitech makes some of the most well loved models on the market, and it says its G502 line has been among the best-selling mice ever, since it was first introduced in 2014.The wired G502 Proteus, which is now a couple of years old, is an incredible weapon to have in your arsenal.It’s designed to suit various right-hand grips, features a crazy-accurate 12,000 dpi sensor, 11 programmable buttons, and removable weights to tune it just the way you like.Oh, and you can mess with the RGB lighting beneath the logo and DPI bar, if that’s your scene.I’ve been using the newer HERO model for several months now, and love it to bits (the only difference is an upgraded sensor, from the Prodeus’ 12,000 dpi to 16,000 dpi).
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The second day of Prime Day Deals has arrived, with Amazon dropping updated discounts every hour or so.The retail giant is knocking down prices on 4K TVs, Apple Watches, and wireless earbuds today — sometimes to new lows.But Amazon devices are getting the steepest price cuts, with discounts on Echo smart speakers, Fire TVs, and Ring Security cameras.If you’re in the market for some Alexa-enabled tech at insanely cheap prices, these Amazon devices are right up your alley.You can expect good to great deals on pretty much device with those brands.For sure you should check out the Echo smart speakers and Echo Show smart displays.
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It's that time of year again, when Amazon decides to rain down deals like it's going out of style during its Prime Day celebration.For us car geeks, it's a good excuse to pick up a few pieces of equipment for our garage and maybe a little something special to keep our wheels looking sharp and working well.These deals will be available until 11:59 p.m. PT Tuesday (or until they're out of stock, whichever comes first), so if you're trying to participate, act fast.If you're down to partake of some e-commerce but don't need anything for your ride, check out these guides on the best non-automotive Prime Day deals from CNET.Walmart is simply not content to let Amazon have all the fun so it's launched its own, competing anti-Prime Day sale with tons of its own killer savings that are also definitely worth checking out.Note: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
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Facebook’s recently formed NPE Team has a new product management director: Jason Toff.The social network formed the NPE Team—the NPE stands for New Product Experimentation—with the aim of creating new consumer-focused applications and features, and it said last week that once apps are developed and released, they will be branded as “NPE Team, from Facebook,” and they will be available via the traditional outlets: the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the web.Toff had been head of Twitter’s now-defunct Vine video application before leaving that company in January 2016 to return to Google, where he became a partner in its Area 120 in-house incubator.Prior to joining Twitter in 2014, he spent six years at Google, serving as product lead for YouTube and, before that, working on product marketing for Gmail, Chrome, Mac products and Google Voice.Facebook had not responded to a request for comment at the time of this post.Toff said in a tweet, “Now that we’ve moved to (California), I suppose it’s a good time to share what I’m up to next!
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Huawei announced on Monday that it would unveil a smart television product in August, according to Chinese media outlet Yicai, a move that broadens the Chinese telecom giant’s business into the TV-related sector.Why it matters: Huawei is expanding its consumer business into other hardware segments as governments in countries around the globe scrutinize its telecom equipment over cybersecurity concerns and smartphone sales decline after it lost access to Android following a US trade ban in May.Huawei’s sales revenue from its consumer business—which sells smartphone, laptops, and other gadgets—grew 45% year on year to RMB 348.9 billion (around $50.7 billion) in 2018, according to its annual financial results released in March.But Huawei’s smartphone sales sank 40% from May to June after the US Commerce Department placed the company on a trade blacklist, and Google restricted its access to Android.“TV has its irreplaceable advantages.TVs and smartphones will work as two centers in people’s daily lives.”
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Air fryers are quickly becoming a kitchen must-have, as home cooks realize the magic of frying food with little to no oil.If you’re a snack lover or a fried food fan seeking for healthier options, now’s the best time to grab Philips’ fastest and most powerful air fryer — the Twin TurboStar XXL Airfryer.Enjoy crispy fried food with all of the flavor and none of the guilt by taking advantage of this limited time offer.With this feature, you can fry a pile of food with just a tablespoon or less of oil and still get an even cook with no turning required.It can also extract excess fat from the food with the help of the 1,725-watt heater and motor.Aside from frying, it can also handle grilling, baking, and roasting tasks.
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If you follow any athletes online, there's a good chance you've seen enthralling videos of their muscles rippling under the pressure of a vibrating self-massager that uses a recovery technique called "percussive therapy."Everyone from professional athletes to recreational gym-goers to those with chronic pain tout the benefits of percussive therapy: speedier recovery, reduced muscle soreness, less pain, improved range of motion and more.If that's too steep, you can definitely find less expensive options, especially if you don't need the intense force of a pricey one.Also, keep in mind that the research on percussive therapy is limited.There's some evidence that suggests it does help with muscle soreness and recovery, but not enough to make a conclusive statement.What to look for in a percussive massage gun
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We're not even halfway through Prime Day: It started early in the morning hours of Monday, July 15 and it runs straight through all day and night of Tuesday, July 16.But one thing's for sure: If you wanted to buy an Amazon device -- a Kindle, a Fire TV streamer, an Echo speaker, a Blink security camera, a Fire tablet or pretty much anything else the megaretailer makes -- it's pretty much all on sale.So if you're an Alexa household, this is a great time to buy.A few of these have already hit all-time lows, including the all-new Echo Show 5 for $50 and a Fire TV Stick for $15.And the sales aren't just on gear, either -- you can get a three-month Kindle Unlimited subscription for free if you're a Prime subscriber.(Normally the trial is just one month.)
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If you’re starting a new machine learning or deep learning project, you may be confused about which framework to choose.As we’ll discuss, there are several good options for both kinds of projects.There is a difference between a machine learning framework and a deep learning framework.Essentially, a machine learning framework covers a variety of learning methods for classification, regression, clustering, anomaly detection, and data preparation, and may or may not include neural network methods.A deep learning or deep neural network framework covers a variety of neural network topologies with many hidden layers.Keras, MXNet, PyTorch, and TensorFlow are deep learning frameworks.
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Sony Santa Monica’s God of War is one of the most gorgeous games available on the PlayStation 4, and when played on the 4K-capable PS4 Pro system, it looks even better.If you still haven’t purchased Sony’s upgraded system, you can currently get it at a substantial Prime Day discount with Kratos’ adventure and Days Gone included.The latest PS4 Pro Prime Day bundle includes the 1TB PS4 Pro system, as well as physical copies of both God of War and Days Gone, and is priced at just $350.In the case of God of War, you can choose between a few different visual settings to make the most of the console — if you want a higher framerate, that is an option, or you can choose to have a higher resolution so you can see every tiny detail A photo mode will even let you make him smile for a bizarre Christmas card.God of War was one of our favorite games of 2018, winning our end-of-year award for Best Game Direction.It is a “one-shot” story, never breaking from the perspective of Kratos over the dozen-plus hours it will take you to beat it.
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Developers spend countless hours solving business problems with code.A lot of innovation in IT over the past two decades—virtual machines, cloud computing, containers—has been focused on making sure you don’t have to think much about the underlying physical machine that your code runs on.This includes nothing that would be bare metal, nothing that’s virtual, nothing that’s a container—anything that involves you managing a host, patching a host, or dealing with anything on an operating system level, is not something you should have to do in the serverless world.”As developer Mike Roberts explains, the term was once used for so-called back-end-as-a-service scenarios, where a mobile app would connect to a back-end server hosted entirely in the cloud.Benefits and drawbacks of serverless computingFrom that description, two of the biggest benefits of serverless computing should be clear: developers can focus on the business goals of the code they write, rather than on infrastructural questions; and organizations only pay for the compute resources they actually use in a very granular fashion, rather than buying physical hardware or renting cloud instances that mostly sit idle.
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Prime Day is kind of a misnomer, because the whole sales period does not last 24 hours.When you're operating on a global scale like Amazon you can see how that might be a bit impractical, but it's still pretty cheeky calling two days one day.In any case today is the second and final day of the Prime Day deals season, and that means there are some more deals for you to check out.Not as many as yesterday, but still a fair few.Of course this is just a fraction of all the deals that are happening.Make sure to check our list of our favourite deals that went live yesterday, the extra bits and pieces, Amazon devices, and the rest.
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Even before Tropical Storm Barry made landfall in Louisiana on Saturday, July 13, it had already dropped a lot of rain on the state.Using satellite data, NASA created a map that shows areas that are likely flooded.The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., created an ARIA Flood Proxy Map (FPM) on July 13, depicting areas of Louisiana that are likely flooded as a result of heavy rain and Tropical storm Barry," said Judy Lai, project manager for ARIA at NASA's JPL.The maps were created from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data acquired on July 13, 2019 by the ALOS-2 satellite operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).Each pixel measures about 27 yards (25 meters) across.This flood proxy map can be used as guidance to identify areas that are likely flooded, and may be less reliable over urban and vegetated areas.
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Last year, Donald Trump made the very public decision to abandon the 2015 deal between Iran and Western nations limiting Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.Iran kept to the terms of the deal for some time regardless, but last Sunday it said it would be exceeding uranium enrichment limits imposed in the original agreement within “a few hours,” the Los Angeles Times reported.Iran has already exceeded another limit on its stockpiles of uranium enriched to 3.67 per cent purity, which the 2015 deal restricted to 660 pounds.On Friday, Ali Akbar Velayati, the international affairs advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted in an interview on a government website as saying that a nuclear power plant in Bushehr required uranium enriched to five per cent, according to the L.A. Times.Iran is not allowed to have uranium enriched to this level under the deal.According to the New York Times, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi said at a press conference last Sunday that Iran would step up its violations of the 2015 arrangement unless the remaining signatories—Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China—relax sanctions that have strangled Iran’s economy and reduced its oil exports by 90 per cent.
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