Monthly Archives: January 2018

Here’s a snake eating a possum, because Australia

Australian animals are terrifying enough, but it doesn’t get more unsettling than watching one of them eat another. A carpet python named Monty was filmed devouring a possum in the backyard of Gold Coast resident Greg Hosking’s home on Monday afternoon. “It was pretty exciting to watch. It’s mesmerising in an alarming kind of way,” Hosking told ABC News.  It took about 45 minutes for Monty to devour the possum, but we think this 1-minute video is enough for most people.

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Amazon Wants to Disrupt Health Care in America. In China, Tech Giants Already Have.

Alibaba and Tencent, which already dominate China’s e-commerce and mobile payments sectors, are at the forefront. Among their goals: building diagnostic tools that will make doctors more efficient. Amazon and its partners, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway, see technology as a way to provide simplified, affordable medical services. Although the alliance is still in the early stages, it could create online services for medical advice or use its overall heft to negotiate for lower drug prices. “It’s fair to say that across the board, the Chinese tech […]

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SpaceX rocket meant to be destroyed somehow survives

[embedded content] SpaceX had a delightful surprise on Wednesday. The private spaceflight company launched its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with Luxembourg’s first military satellite, GovSat-1, in tow. The satellite, to be used for secure communications over sea and humanitarian operations, was successfully deployed 32 minutes into its flight.  But in that time, something rather remarkable happened: A Falcon 9 first stage booster survived its water landing in the Atlantic Ocean. That wasn’t supposed to happen.  In fact, the booster appears to be relatively intact, and […]

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Should Trump Nationalize a 5G Network?

Photo Credit Illustration by Oliver Munday; Photograph by Getty Images No one can accuse the Trump administration of being boring, even when it comes to telecom. According to leaked documents, there is a proposal going around the White House to build a federally owned 5G telecommunications system — the next version of a mobile broadband network — or perhaps even to nationalize the 5G networks that private telecom companies are now building. (5G is the “fifth generation” wireless protocol, which promises to be faster and more secure […]

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Facebook promoted lies and conspiracy theories following Amtrak crash

Same old. Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images By Jack Morse2018-02-01 01:54:03 UTC Facebook just can’t help itself.  Following news Wednesday morning that an Amtrak train full of Congressional Republicans crashed into a truck, the social media site was soon promoting conspiracy theories and lies purporting to explain the sinister forces behind the tragedy that left one person dead.  For a company that has publicly and repeatedly been accused of enabling the spread of so-called “fake news,” this is just yet another major misstep in a long line of […]

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Half the Picture proves that #MeToo alone won’t solve sexism in entertainment

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In spite of all the focus on gender inequity in the film and TV industry over the past few years, the discrepancies are still dire. The visibility of the #MeToo movement and the sexual-abuse scandals that have rocked Hollywood may give the impression that women are making gains in the industry, but statistics still show them sliding backward in terms […]

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How to set up two monitors for double the screen real estate

Even a generous 24-inch monitor can feel cramped when you’ve got multiple windows open on your desktop (and who doesn’t?). It’s much worse if you’re confined to a laptop screen. Fortunately, it’s simple enough to add a second monitor to your PC setup and spread out. Any modern desktop or laptop PC has the graphics capability to run dual displays. All Mentioned in this article HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch IPS LED HDMI VGA Monitor that’s required is a second monitor. You can get a very nice second screen […]

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Worries Grow That the Price of Bitcoin Is Being Propped Up

“This became more and more concerning, because every time the markets went down, you have seen the same thing happen,” said Joey Krug, the co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, which runs several virtual currency hedge funds. “It could mean that a lot of the rally over December and January might not have been real.” Long before news of the subpoena, Bitfinex, which is believed to host more trading than any other Bitcoin exchange in the world, had gained a reputation for a lack of transparency and […]

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Uber now lets you rent bikes in this hilly city

It’s like Uber, but for bicycles.  On Wednesday, Uber announced a San Francisco pilot project that lets people rent electric pedal-assist bikes.  Instead of calling a black car or shared carpool, select Uber users will have the option starting next week to reserve a bike from Jump Bikes. The electric bike has a small electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery. It senses when you’re struggling on a hill and gives you a boost, but you still have to power the bicycle with your legs — it’s […]

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UK plans 200-mile ‘country roads’ driverless trial

Image copyright Catapult Image caption The HumanDrive car is scheduled to begin its journey in just under two years’ time An autonomous car project will attempt a complex journey across the UK, taking in country roads and high-speed roundabouts. The HumanDrive initiative will first simulate a range of conditions, before the car starts its 200-mile (320km) journey in December 2019. The UK wants to get driverless cars on the road by 2021. But it is facing stiff competition from the US and other countries around the world. […]

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