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An international team of engineers is joining forces with a disaster educationalist to investigate coastal flooding due to cyclones in three communities within the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.Communities in these provinces face a significantly greater risk of flooding from storm surges associated with seasonal cyclones than those in the rest of the country's coastal belt.Using a range of methods including computer modelling, researchers plan to develop a series of compound flood hazard maps that will take into account storm surge components, rainfall and the future impact of climate change.The C-FLOOD (Compound flooding from tropical cyclone-induced sea surge and precipitation in Sri Lanka) project is being funded through a grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK's Department for International Development under the SHEAR Catalyst programme.It builds upon the previous work of national storm surge flood hazard assessment conducted by the University of Peradeniya and the Coast Conservation Department for Sri Lanka's Ministry of Disaster Management.This work produced storm surge flood hazard maps for the entire coastline of Sri Lanka.
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Another day, another fantastic deal on a 4K TV.This time, we’re looking at a 55-inch LG 6-Series, which has had its price hacked from $500 down to $350.If that’s still a tad too steep, however, you can stretch the cost over twelve months, at $35 per month.Well, aside from the fact it bundles a crisp 4K screen with a wide viewing angle, it’s armed with a number of intuitive features that are perfect for both regular users and hobbyists alike.Just like the rest of the firm’s 4K TV models, the 6-Series is equipped with a 4K upscaler, which takes standard HD and full HD content and spins it into a higher 4K Ultra HD resolution, and multi-format HDR for sprucing up dull, low light scenes.You’d think that neither of those features would come in use, but they both do: The former is triggered when viewing anything that wasn’t shot in 4K, including Game of Thrones, while the latter is activated during supported movies and TV shows.
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Sad news for anyone who loves geeky goods and top-notch April Fools’ jokes: ThinkGeek.com, the 20 year old online retailer known for selling more geek-centric gadgets and peripherals than you could fit in a TARDIS, is going away.According to an FAQ sitting at the top of its site, ThinkGeek isn’t “shutting down”.It just won’t continue on as the site we’ve come to know, instead living on as a shadow of its former self as a section in GameStop (which acquired ThinkGeek in 2015 for a reported $140M.)On July 2nd, 2019, ThinkGeek.com will be moving in with our parent company GameStop.After this move, you will be able to shop a curated selection of unique items historically found on ThinkGeek.com via a ThinkGeek section at GameStopThe word “curated” is pretty key, there, because there’s just no way a couple of shelves in GameStop will be able to cover the array of fandoms that ThinkGeek.com covered.
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But the former foreign secretary moves within touching distance of replacing Theresa May.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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Remember that never-ending spinning top in Chris Nolan’s 2010 movie Inception?Since then, we’ve been kind of obsessed with spinning tops that can keep on spinning long past what seems a reasonable length of time.The latest entry in this growing category of top is a new spinning desk toy called Mozmocoin.More closely resembling a coin than a traditional top (hence the name), it not only promises to spin for well over 10 minutes at a time, but also to throw out some mind-bending optical illusions while it’s busy rotating.In other words, it could be the most perfect desk toy distraction since the massively popular Fidget Cube!“It creates an amusing visual effect when spun, which looks like never-ending ripples spreading out over it and breaking on the edge.”
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Square Enix has announced a remaster of 2004’s Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles during its E3 2019 presentation last night.Called Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, the game will launch this winter for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.The original game features a single-player campaign with four main characters.They travel in a caravan and gather fuel for crystals needed to protect towns and other settlements from miasma, a destructive force that’s taking over the world.Because of the number of main characters, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles also lets you play with three other people.The original game was unique in that it required players to connect their Game Boy Advance systems to the Nintendo GameCube if they wanted to play four-player local multiplayer.
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The French video game publisher confirmed a leaked report at its press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles this week.I saw the game in a briefing session, and it reminded me how much I liked the original Watch Dogs, which came out in 2014, and Watch Dogs 2, which came out in 2017.The new game is coming out March 6, 2020, and it is all about holding those in power accountable, said Clint Hocking, creative director on the game, which is being made by Ubisoft Toronto.And powerful people have really screwed up London in the near future.The game takes place after Brexit, and after artificial intelligence has wiped out a lot of jobs in the United Kingdom, kind of like the story in Detroit: Become Human.Surveillance is higher than most other cities in the world, but the government has been weakened and organized crime has stepped in to control much of the city.
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Tencent, the Chinese publisher best known for bringing a slew of popular battle royale games to mobile, has teamed up with Asus to make the ROG 2 gaming phone.Announced on Weibo (via Daniel Ahmad) the partnership will see the two collaborate on the new handset that will be specifically optimised to run Tencent's stable of games.The Asus ROG launched in 2018 and was marketed as a premium phone for mobile gamers, complete with RGB lights, a complimentary pack of Cheetos, and an ice cold Mountain Dew presumably.The handset comes in at just under £800 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, with a 6-inch AMOLED screen.Whilst there's no news on the specs for the Asus ROG 2, we assume it'll have a big ol' beefy battery.The original model boasts a 4,000 mAh battery which we squeezed almost 13 hours out of in our rundown test.
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With Sony absent from the show, Microsoft used the opportunity to make a number of big announcements, including detailing its next Xbox, called Project Scarlett, as well as providing release dates and trailers for much-anticipated games like Halo Infinite and Gears 5.Today the company announced the Elite series 2, which “features over 30 new ways to play like a pro, including adjustable-tension thumbsticks, new interchangeable components, up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life, and limitless customization with the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.”Two of the Xbox’s biggest games finally have release dates.The brutal action of Gears 5 will be available to play on September 10th, while Halo Infinite won’t be out until late next year.The leaks were real: Elden Ring, a fantasy game collaboration between George R.R Martin and Dark Souls creator FromSoftware, is in the works.And based on the first trailer, it looks to be exactly the fantasy epic you’d expect.
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If you can’t see the YouTube player above, try watching here instead.After Chinese authorities cracked down on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) two years ago, the hype surrounding the technology is noticeably muted.During a panel on blockchain regulation at the Emerge by TechNode conference on May 23, Steven Wang, who heads the market research team at Ant Blockchain, said that the concept of blockchain was frequently linked with cryptocurrency in China before 2017.Now, there is a clearer distinction between the two buzzwords—a shift that Wang sees as positive.Companies are more interested in “landing blockchain applications that would actually solve real problems rather than just [creating] another new bubble,” Wang told TechNode in an interview following the panel.Last year, Ant Financial said it identifies blockchain as one of the five key technologies that will dominate industries.
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Much of Farage’s success may be down to the abject failure of the more established parties – but quite simply, if the Farage approach works then other politicians will follow.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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We used to think that as video games matured, as a medium, they would become more like Hollywood, becoming more focused on character development, plot reversals, and tight, suspense-driven narratives, rather than action set pieces alternating with cinematic cut scenes.It’s not just that its ballet of bullets — especially the one with the dogs — are so like video games, in both structure and form, that they seem to have been practically been torn from a controller; you can practically see health bars and Stun markets hovering over the heads of the characters.It’s also that the series’s primary costars, after Keanu — with apologies to Halle Berry and Ian McShane — is not any other individual character, but the world of John Wick, the Continental, and the High Table.Worldbuilding has long been a first-class citizen in video and tabletop role-playing games; now it has graduated to movies as well.Consider the Fast and Furious movies, or Game of Thrones.Each has a core group who are clearly the “player characters,” as well as disposable villains and extras who are “NPCs.” Each starts with the characters at a relatively low level of skill/power, and over the course of the series grow to worldshaking might.
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“What if the people who were trying to solve the crime and rescue the victims had to get a feel for the videogame?As research for the book, Deaver spent months studying survival skills, though he admits that his research was purely internet-based.“Probably a better author than I would have gone out west somewhere and gotten nice and buff, and then insisted that he or she be dropped with a container of crackers and one safety pin and have to make their way back to civilization,” he says.Deaver notes that there’s a lack of thrillers about the videogame industry, which is strange considering that videogames are now bigger business than movies.That was four years ago.We had to outsource the research to a middle schooler.”
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You can set an alarm on your Mac's built-in Calendar app to remind you of daily chores, weekly events, or more intermittent happenings, like birthdays.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Your Mac comes preloaded with an app that can help you remember all the important things in your life, like your anniversary, a regularly scheduled call, a one time plan with friends, or when it's time to stop browsing Reddit and head out the door for work each day.The Mac calendar app makes it easy to customize alerts that will help you keep on top of your schedule and responsibilities.And as most people tend to spend a good amount of time on or near their computers, your Mac can be a great resource for such life management.If it's not there, click to your desktop, hit "Go" on the taskbar at the top of the screen, then hit "Applications" in the dropdown menu and click on "Calendar" in the new window.
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Yes, it should be one of the happiest days of your life - but it can also be one of the most expensive.From making your own decorations to compiling your own playlist, here are some simple ways to make sure a hefty budget doesn’t overshadow the big day.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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If you're wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little.Publicly accessible security-scan data shows that many public organizations have failed to do more than put a bandage over long-standing system vulnerabilities that, if successfully exploited, could bring their operations to a standstill.While the method by which RobbinHood ransomware infected the network of Baltimore City two weeks ago is still unknown, insiders within city government have pointed to the incomplete efforts by the Office of Information Technology to get a handle on the city's tangle of software, aging servers, and wide-flung network infrastructure.Baltimore isn't even the only city to have been hit by ransomware in the last month—Lynn, Massachusetts, and Cartersville, Georgia, both had electronic payment systems taken offline by ransomware this month.Greenville, North Carolina, was struck by the same RobbinHood ransomware affecting Baltimore in April.There are hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected Windows systems in the United States that still appear to be vulnerable to an exploit of Microsoft Windows' Server Message Block version 1 (SMB v. 1) file sharing protocol, despite repeated public warnings to patch systems following the worldwide outbreak of the WannaCry cryptographic malware two years ago.
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It’s been quite some time since Samsung first revealed the Galaxy Home, its Bixby-powered smart speaker.That happened way back in August, and we still haven’t been given a release date for it yet.Despite all of that, Samsung is already looking toward the future of the Galaxy Home brand.As it turns out, the company may be plotting a smaller Galaxy Home that’s meant to better compete with budget speakers from Google and Amazon.This actually isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this less expensive Galaxy Home.In December, a similar speaker was rumored, but between then and today, no additional information surfaced.
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Peak Design’s first product, the Capture camera clip system, launched on Kickstarter in 2011 and earned a cool $360,000.The product, which let photographers attach a camera to a belt or backpack strap, offered a simple solution to a common problem, and the campaign blew past expectations.It’s no surprise, then, that Peak Design returned to Kickstarter to launch its latest product, the Travel Tripod.That this is Peak Design’s first tripod makes it all the more impressive.The Travel Tripod’s origins can be traced back to Peak Design CEO and founder Peter Dering’s frustration with the lack of a good lightweight tripod that didn’t take up too much space in a bag.While innovations like reversible legs and carbon fiber had done their part to make tripods smaller and lighter, they all still had one big problem: Four cylindrical tubes (three legs, one center column) simply do not collapse in an efficient way.
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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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In 1997, Kasparov played two rounds of chess against IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer–winning the first before famously losing the second—and has since then gone on to write a book about the future of AI and what it means for humanity.(The book, Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins, 1st Edition, was released in 2017.)During South by Southwest 2019 in Austin, Texas, Kasparov was in town for a discussion series hosted by Sony about AI and creativity.“I called it in 2015 that the Facebook business model—after learning what I knew about Putin and the troll factories and the fake news industry—I said the Facebook business model was like a beehive for a Russian bear,” he said.Kasparov: It’s a slippery ground of semantics.Because the answer to your question is of course yes, because artistic means what?
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