Amazon.com Inc. is updating its Alexa voice software to let users delete recordings of their voice using a spoken command, a move that follows criticism of the company’s privacy practices related to its digital assistant.A coming set of updates will offer users who have opted in online the ability to say “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” or, similarly, delete their most recent utterance. Previously, the only way to remove recordings was a tool on the Alexa privacy website.“It’s a good step in the right direction,” said Florian Schaub, a professor at the University of Michigan who has researched privacy issues related to smart speakers. Recent reporting and research on Amazon’s digital assistant, he said, likely “helped inform these decisions” by the company. Mozilla exec tells big data committee he was ‘shocked’ by what Alexa recorded Amazon is working on a device that can read emotions based on the sound of someone’s voice Amazon’s Alexa voice command auditors can access customers’ home addresses, sources say Bloomberg reported last month that some Amazon employees listen to users’ voice recordings as part of an effort to improve the software. In some cases, those workers can access the location of the person whose voice they are transcribing. Amazon’s privacy and user policies didn’t explicitly disclose either practice.Meanwhile, a coalition of children’s and privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Amazon had violated children’s privacy laws by giving parents insufficient control of their kids’ data. And CNET reported that even after users delete Alexa voice recordings, a text record of that information lingers on Amazon’s servers. (Amazon said it was working on an update that would remove those text records from all of its systems after a user tries to delete them.)Amazon’s move also comes as other technology giants make a point of touting their own efforts to safeguard user data. Facebook Inc., under fire after a string of privacy scandals, has started emphasizing privacy features. Alphabet Inc.’s Google highlighted its own work on the topic at its developer conference earlier this month, and Apple Inc. has made privacy a cornerstone of recent marketing campaigns.“It could be Amazon feels that they need to be in the same game,” Schaub said.The company also gave its Alexa privacy website a facelift, adding a bit more explanation to how the software works. The company’s Echo Show 5, a new version of the screen-bearing smart speaker line, announced on Wednesday, comes with a shutter that lets customers cover the built-in camera.Bloomberg.com read more

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In an update on the situation in wider Sudan and the Darfur region, UNMIS listed a number of incidents including a reported attack and robbery on 5 June of two commercial trucks on the Tawilla-Om road in North Darfur by unknown armed men.It further stated that on 4 June in West Darfur armed tribesmen attacked the village of Gosmino, abducted one individual and stole 43 livestock. On 31 May Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) representatives filed a complaint about an alleged attack on civilians at Fornu village in the area of Kutum by armed tribesmen. Earlier this week mission chief Jan Pronk called for an immediate end to rebel violence in Darfur and expressed his concern that rebel factions were fighting in the war-torn region even as the African Union (AU) tried to keep upcoming peace negotiations on track.Mr. Pronk, his Principal Deputy, Taye Zerihoun, and other senior mission officials are scheduled to attend the talks set to begin tomorrow in Abuja, Nigeria, between the Government of Sudan and Darfur’s two rebel groups.Fighting in Darfur flared in early 2003 after rebels took up arms, partly in protest over the distribution of resources. The UN says some 180,000 people have died as a result of the conflict, while another 1.8 million have been forced from their homes, including about 200,000 who fled across the border to neighbouring Chad. read more

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FILE – This Jan. 30, 2012, file photo, shows the sign for the Exxon Mobil Torrance Refinery in Torrance, Calif. A person familiar with the matter said Wednesday, April 19, 2017, that Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the U.S. government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) by Martin Crutsinger And David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 5:20 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP Source: Exxon seeks OK to resume Russian oil venture WASHINGTON – Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the U.S. government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft, according to a person familiar with the matter.The oil giant’s request is being reviewed by the Trump administration and is certain to draw extra scrutiny because it involves a company formerly run by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who cultivated close ties with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.The drilling venture was blocked when the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014. Exxon applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from the sanctions in 2015, during the Obama administration, according to the person, who spoke anonymously because the application process is confidential. Exxon has publicly disclosed licenses for other work in Russia that required waivers.An Exxon spokesman said the company declined to comment on ongoing issues.The Treasury Department, which would handle Exxon’s application to drill around the Black Sea, did not respond to a request for comment.A State Department spokesman said Tillerson has recused himself from any matters involving Exxon for two years and is not involved with any decision involving the company before any government agency. Tillerson retired as Exxon CEO at the end of last year. He has known Putin for about two decades — the Russian president awarded Tillerson a special honour in 2013.Irving, Texas-based Exxon disclosed in regulatory filings in 2015 and 2016 that it received three licenses from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to conduct “limited administrative actions” with Rosneft. The company said it was complying with all sanctions regarding investments in Russia.The sanctions were imposed after Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014. Among other things, U.S. companies were prohibited from transferring advanced technology used to drill offshore and in shale formations. Exxon was ordered to stop drilling in the Kara Sea off Russia’s northern coast. The head of Exxon’s Russian partner, Rosneft, was personally blacklisted.As Exxon CEO, Tillerson opposed the sanctions, telling shareholders in 2014 that sanctions were usually ineffective and caused “very broad collateral damage.”Tillerson and Exxon agreed to the venture with Rosneft in 2011. The Russia sanctions have cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. Exxon reported in 2015 that its potential losses related to the Rosneft venture could run to $1 billion.If the sanctions are lifted Exxon could push ahead with lucrative exploration and production opportunities in the Black Sea, Siberia and the Russian Arctic.Exxon’s ambitions could be complicated, however, by concern over what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded were Russian cyberattacks to interfere with the U.S. presidential election last year. Congress is also investigating possible ties between aides to then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian officials.Exxon’s critics said that if the Trump administration approved Exxon’s request, which was reported first by The Wall Street Journal, then Congress should block it on environmental and national-interest grounds.A Greenpeace official, Naomi Ages, said approving Exxon’s request to drill in the Black Sea would give momentum to drilling in the Arctic and “would also send a message to Russia that it can intervene in any country, including the United States, with no consequences.”___Koenig reported from Dallas read more

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“These children are among the most vulnerable in the country, and now they face a looming crisis if access to basic services is not restored quickly,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, in a press release. “Without adequate health care, without access to food and clean water, the lives of hundreds of thousands of children are at risk,” she added.Across the five provinces of Greater Kasai, critical health infrastructures are no longer operational due to the conflict. In Central Kasai Province alone, more than one-third of health centers have been forced to close following looting, due to security concerns for staff or lack of medical supplies, depriving children of vital services and medicine.Supplies of food and basic necessities are dwindling, and displacement has forced families to live in conditions with inadequate hygiene or sanitation. “Our priority over the next few weeks is to reach thousands of severely malnourished children that can no longer be cared for in the health centers that have been destroyed,” said Tajudeen Oyewale, acting UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “But insecurity in these remote areas is making our work very challenging.”Even before the latest wave of violence, the Kasai Provinces were among the poorest in the country. More than one in ten children die before the age of five due to lack of adequate health care. Half the children suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting. UNICEF needs $40.2 million for its emergency response in Greater Kasai. read more

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Ohio State’s top-ranked recruiting class of 2018 received a boost as four-star wide receiver recruit L’Christian “Blue” Smith committed to the Buckeyes Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver is regarded as the 119th-best prospect in the nation by 247Sports Composite and is considered the fourth-best in both the state and at his listed position of athlete.Smith chose the Buckeyes’ offer over other scholarship offers from Michigan, Penn State, Alabama and more. The Wayne High School product from Dayton was first offered a scholarship from the Buckeyes on March 21, 2016 and unofficially visited the school five times, while attending three camps.The commitment of Smith adds to what is already regarded by 247Sports as the best 2018 recruiting class in the nation. Smith becomes the 11th four-star recruit to join the class and the 17th overall prospect to commit to the Buckeyes. The rest of the class is comprised of four five-star recruits and two three-star recruits. read more

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A disciple of Anjem Choudary, jailed for plotting to behead soldiers, has been freed from prison and is now living within a mile of the notorious hate preacher.Kazi Islam is the latest follower of Choudary to be released after serving half of an eight year sentence.Islam, now aged 24, had tried to groom a vulnerable teenager with learning difficulties to carry out the murder of soldiers and to buy ingredients for a pipe bomb.The Telegraph has discovered that Islam has now returned to the family home, about a mile from where Choudary is living in east London.Islam also lives next door to his uncle Kazi Rahman, a convicted terrorist and another associate of al-Muhajiroun, the banned terrorist group that was headed up by Choudary.Described by a judge as “callous” and “manipulative”, Islam targeted 19-year-old student, Harry Thomas, who had learning difficulties, in an effort to lure him into carrying out a terror attack.He was inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was beheaded in Woolwich in 2013.Islam encouraged Mr Thomas  – who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome – to start calling himself Haroon, and set about radicalising him by showing him pictures of dead children from war zones in the Middle East.Last year Mr Thomas was jailed after being convicted of an attempted murder in east London.A family source said his life had “spiralled out of control” after he was targted by Islam.The source said: “He never really got over what happened to him and he has never been the same since. He was extremely vulnerable and Kazi Islam deliberately targted him. It has ruined his life.”There are growing fears that former members of al-Muhajiroun are starting to regroup. Its activities were severely disrupted following the detention of Choudary, Britain’s most notorious islamist hate cleric, in 2016 under terror laws for his encouragment to Muslims to join the islamic State. Choudary remains on strict licencing conditions that prevent him communicating with other, known extremists as well as require him to wear an electronic tag and obey a strict curfew.It is likely similar conditions apply to Islam.Other senior figures in al-Muhajiroun – or its various offshoots – who have been released in recent months include Abu izzadeen, formerly known as Trevor Brooks, who acted as the group’s enforcer, and Mizanur Rahman, an internet expert who created private, online chat rooms for Choudary’s followers.A well-placed source said: “The group remains a threat to national security but the disruptions have been very effective. Choudary is now out and back at home. He is somebody who preferred to stay in the comfort of his home in London and encourage others to go and fight. He is a coward, his are not the actions of a warrior.” read more

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first_imgAN OFFICIAL REPORT by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has expressed concern about a case relating to a serious allegation of mistreatment by Gardaí during the return of a young person to the campus of a detention centre.Staff at Oberstown detention centre in north Dublin and inspectors were concerned regarding the seriousness of allegations that the vulnerable  young person made and the staff reported these to the Garda Ombudsman. However a recent HIQA report said there was no outcome at the time of a its inspection.Inspectors felt that despite this young person being in the care of the HSE, there was “little external advocacy and intervention on their behalf”.The report found that some staff considered that an allegation by a young person that they were handled roughly by a staff member or a Garda was a complaint and not an allegation of abuse. Inspectors recommended that all staff receive training in the identification and categorisation of child abuse.Of the standards reviewed in the course of the recent inspection by HIQA of Oberstown detention centre, the report said there were no practices that fully met the required standard.While most of the young people in the care of the centre said they felt that day-to-day care offered in the schools was acceptable some young people informed inspectors that staff “should show more respect” and “listen”.The majority of young people who returned questionnaires cited that they had little or no belief in the complaints system and many stated they would not inform staff if they had a complaint.Inspectors criticised the frequency with which young people at Oberstown were separated following incidents. The longest total separation was for 35 hours but one young person was separated for 10 hours per day for seven concurrent days due to a series incident that affected their emotional well-being.The report said young people did not like being locked up within individual units if they misbehaved and those interviewed by inspectors were not aware of their rights in this regard.last_img read more

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first_imgGoogle Wallet might grab most of the headlines when it comes to mobile payment news, but there are other major players looking to get in on the action. Isis has amassed quite a bit of support from big corporate names — cellular carriers in particular — and there’s talk that Amazon wants a piece of the pie, too. But when it comes to payment services, few names are bigger than PayPal. And it just so happens that PayPal is now making its presence felt at brick-and-mortar stores.No longer is the eBay-owned processor confined to your buy-it-now items or online shops across the web. They’ve already started facilitating payments at more than 50 Home Depot locations in the U.S., and now they’re rolling out mobile payment support at OfficeMax locations. OfficeMax is the second largest office supply retailer in the U.S., so this launch is another fairly big feather in the cap for PayPal.While NFC-equipped smartphones and service like Google Wallet and Isis might be the future, millions of Americans already have a PayPal account. They’ll be able to utilize PayPal’s “wallet in the cloud” immediately at supported locations — not some day down the road when they upgrade their existing phones or the retailer’s POS systems adds NFC support.PayPal’s massive user base gives it a big advantage in mobile payments. In 2005, 91% of Americans who used the Internet had a PayPal account — and there are more PayPal users worldwide than there are American Express cardholders by a wide margin. That kind of clout should be plenty of incentive for other retailers to sign up for the company’s mobile payment service, and it’s going to be interesting to see which gains more traction in the near future: PayPal or Google Wallet.More at BGRlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has welcomed a Greek proposal aimed at resolving the long-standing name dispute between the two countries, a report said Thursday. FYROM Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki sent a letter to Athens on Tuesday, a month after his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos tabled a proposal aimed at a solution, the Euractive website reported on Thursday. On October 4, Avramopoulos proposed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two Balkan neighbours. According to the proposal, both sides would commit to respecting each other’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity; renounce any present or future territorial claims; and, finally, pledge to carry on negotiations to resolve the deadlock. The letter, allegedly given to Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas, welcomes the Greek intention to move the issue “decisively forward,” the report said. So far, there has been no official response from the Greek government. FYROM is a candidate for European Union membership, but its progress towards EU and NATO membership has been hindered by a dispute with Greece over the country’s official name. Athens rejects the name “Macedonia,” which it says implies territorial ambitions toward Greece’s own northern province of Macedonia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 30, 2016 – Forty Environmental stewards were honored for contributing their time, equipment and finances to the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA throughout the year. These individuals were both residents and visitors who promoted the observation and helped to create an environmentally sustainable TCI.The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (D.E.C.R.) hosted the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards at the beginning of the month.  DECR Director, Dr John Claydon said The Turks and Caicos Islands is very fortunate to have so many people committed to protecting its wonderful natural environments.  He added that, together, the efforts of the honored individuals help keep TCI “beautiful by nature.”Dr. Claydon went on to thank the recipients for their generosity and assistance and encourages the TCI community to sign up and get involved.  You can see the list of those honorees at MagneticMediaTV.com, follow, like, link or subscribe. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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first_img RelatedPosts IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Load More Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger IGT’s international segment saw revenue grow 9% to US$72 million and gaming product sales revenue grow 37% to US$51 million, including higher gaming machine unit shipments and double-digit growth in replacement units. Operating income was up from US$7 million to US$22 million.The company saw its revenue in the North America market decline 20% to US$244 million due entirely to the sale of its DoubleDown interactive unit, which saw gaming service revenue fall from US$234 million to US$154 million.“Compelling content and technology solutions are driving our results,” said IGT CEO, Marco Sala. “Lottery same-store revenue growth was among the highest levels in the last several quarters, even in our largest markets.“A sharp increase in systems sales, double-digit growth in global gaming machine replacement unit shipments, and sequential improvement in the North America installed base confirm the good momentum of our global Gaming business. The positive underlying contribution from each of our operating segments provides a strong start to the year.”Chief Financial Officer Alberto Fornano added, “We are solidly positioned to achieve our 2018 strategic and financial goals. With revenue growing 5% and Adjusted EBITDA up 18%, our first quarter results are some of the best we’ve reported.” Global gaming giant IGT saw its revenues grow 5% to US$1.2 billion in 1Q18, driven by 12% growth in its international segment and 20% increase in Italy.IGT pointed to strong global casino system sales, momentum in lotteries and good results in Italy sports betting as central to the revenue increase, with Adjusted EBITDA up 18% to US$436 million and Adjusted operating income rising 6% to US$251 million. Net loss for the quarter was US$103 million.last_img read more

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first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took two people to the hospital after a car slammed into a tree in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near North Miami Avenue and Northwest 143rd Street, just after 8 p.m., Sunday.Paramedics transported one of the victims to Aventura Hospital as a trauma alert. The other victim was taken to an area hospital. Their conditions are unknown.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, January 22, 2019:#1) Wilmington Commission On Disabilities MeetingThe Wilmington Commission on Disabilities meets at 6:30pm in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the John Miller School Committee Room at the Tech. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Colonial Life For The 18th Century FamilyWindsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) is holding a presentation entitled “Colonial Life For The 18th Century Family” at 2:30pm in the Activity Room. In this session, Abigail describes how a colonial family provided for their basic needs. Using primary sources like the family’s probate inventory, learn about which items were important for survival and how they were made. Audience members are encouraged to explore reproduction artifacts just like those that were a part of everyday life. Explore the importance of craftsmen and imported goods. Discover how a family not only survived, but thrived! Open to the public.#4) Creative Writing Skills Group Meeting At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Creative Writing Skills Group Meeting at 7pm. Learn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. Register HERE.#5) Tech Buddies Drop In At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Tech Buddies Drop-In from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Need technology help, but Brad isn’t here? Drop in at a Tech Buddies session! Tech Buddies is a new volunteer program connecting teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of assistance navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, May 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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first_imgNewsmen and BNP leaders and activists are seen waiting in front of the party office. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party has published a long list of its candidates, though it has almost finalised the names for contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections.Party insiders say it is taking time to finalise its list of 300 candidates, in a preemptive move to counter any ruling party offensive to dissuade the opposition candidates or to distabilise their discipline.Until Tuesday, the BNP camp named around 800 candidates, said party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.The BNP will also have to make adjustment in terms of distribution of seats with its old and new allies to bring down the number of candidates to 300, the number of seats that Jatiya Sangsad (national assembly) has.The alliance partners of the BNP including newly floated Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) and Jamaat-e-Islami, will contest the polls with the BNP’s election symbol — sheaf of paddy.Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain has given his consent to the process of finalising candidates of the alliance in a slow manner due to what he termed time contraint.The BNP secretary general, however, gave a broad hint that the main opposition party would allocate around 60 seats for its alliance partners to contest the polls.The BNP central leaders said on Tuesday that they would announce the names of candidates formally by sending letters to the election commission to issue the party’s election symbol in favour of their nominated candidates — from the party and the alliance.This means the electorates and observers will have to wait until 9 December to know the names of the candidates chosen by the BNP.According to the polls schedule, the last day to withdraw candidature is 9 December. The voting is scheduled to be held on 30 December.“Names of nominated candidates won’t be disclosed before sending letters to the returning officers requesting them to issue party symbol in favour of our candidates,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He shrugged off any chance of creating problems as according to him, they have time until the date of withdrawal of candidature.BNP sources said central leaders have been trying to keep the names of nominated candidates secret as the Awami League also refrained from announcing the names of their candidates.“Many BNP leaders across the country are made accused in politically motivated cases. Many are hiding as they were implicated in ‘false cases’. More than one candidates have been finalised for each constituency. The BNP men don’t want to leave the field of voting. This is why we’re taking time to issue the letters,” a senior BNP leader told Prothom Alo, wishing not to disclose identity.According to rules, the candidate of the BNP will be that person who will get the party’s symbol to compete in the national elections.Many field level leaders and activists of the BNP were seen waiting in front of the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital on Tuesday.Many of them seemed to be anxious as several candidates have been chosen for a constituency.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Rezalast_img read more

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first_imgRapper Wale is “overjoyed” with the birth of his first child, a baby girl named Zyla Moon Oluwakemi.“What’s better than holding your fresh baby on ur chest and watching TV? Fatherhood is wavy,” the D.C.-area rapper wrote on Twitter. “I’m ridiculously proud of this creation.”According to TMZ, the arrival of baby Zyla caused the 31-year-old to cancel a scheduled performance at the One Africa Music Fest in Brooklyn on July 22. Wale welcomed the baby with longtime girlfriend Chloe Alexis, but said he kept the secret of her pregnancy close because of “the downward spiral that ensued” when a past pregnancy ended after complications.“I kept this very private as I prayed every day to receive this blessing,” Wale said in lengthy Instagram post, which included baby Zyla’s hand grasping his own. “Imma keep workin on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen.”Wale said that he decided on the title of his new album “Shine” when he found out he had a baby girl on the way.“I want to be a better man than I ever been.” he wrote. “I’m so flawed I’m so imperfect and the world knows it…I just want to honestly be the best version of myself I can be,” he said. “My focus is renewed I’m infinitely in love with my princess.”In the days since her birth, Wale has sung his daughter’s praises all over social media calling her “beautiful” and “perfect,” adding that the day she was born was the first time he ever “cried and smiled at the same time.”The Nigerian-born artist’s was thrust into the international spotlight with hits like “Pretty Girls,” “Diary,” and “90210” off his debut album “Attention Deficit,” released in 2009. Wale has since been signed to the Maybach Music Group, where he has released three albums, including “Ambition,” “The Gifted” and “The Album About Nothing.” His next album, “Shine,” is expected this year.last_img read more

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first_imgThere’s no denying that Call of Duty: Black Ops was a success before it even got released. The desire for the next CoD episode among gamers grew to the point where it broke sales records in its first 24 hours on sale. In total, it amassed $360 million on day one, easily covering all the development and marketing costs of the game.By the end of 2010 it had surpassed $1 billion in total sales revenue around the world, and it’s with little surprise that NPD is now reporting Black Ops has become the best selling game ever released. If further proof of that were needed, just look at sales of the game for the U.S. alone, which currently total 13.7 million copies.To put the success of Black Ops into perspective NPD also reported in January of this year that total spending for game content during 2010 was $15.6 billion. That’s across just about every sales platform you can think of  from brand new retail store bought games, to digital downloads, used game sales, and even rentals. Black Ops alone accounted for $1 billion of that accrued in a single month.While successful, the game has not been a favorite with all gamers and has left a bad taste in the mouth of PS3 gamers. A petition signed by over 8,800 gamers who bought the game demanded a refund due to the sheer number of issues the title had, a number of which are still awaiting fixes. This also led to talk of Activision considering a PS3 Black Ops server shutdown as a viable option.Substantial sales of the game are no doubt going to continue for several months yet, pushing the record up even further. But there are concerns that Activision will now look to new ways of generating even more revenue from future games in the series. Top of the list is a subscription service for online play and premium content which would surely meet with some anger from gamers.Read more at Industry Gamerslast_img read more

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first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… The Initial D franchise is still just as popular as ever, and to prove it, Azoland Pictures is bringing the Initial D Legend trilogy to North American theaters this month, in a partnership with Sentai Filmworks. If you’re part of the lucky few living in cities selected to get the films in local theaters, you’ll be able to see the movies beginning February 23, with parts 1 and 2 airing as a double feature, and the third part running March 9, 2018 as a separate event.Parts 1 and 2, Legend 1: Awakening and Legend 2: Racer will comprise the double feature, and you can find your theater on Azoland Pictures’ official site to see if you’ll have to travel hundreds of miles or a couple hours (or right by your neighborhood if you’re in California or New York) or if you get the movies at all. If you do, you won’t want to miss them, because these are some very cool retellings of the Initial D series split into three different movies.If you haven’t ever watched Initial D, then you won’t want to reach the story explanations at the Azoland Pictures website, but to nutshell it, Initial D is an anime all about speed racing, and the first and second movie which are airing as a double feature follow Takumi Fujiwara and Koichiro Iketani of the Akina Speedstars as they work to take down the rival street racing team, the Akagi Red Suns. Takumi doesn’t seem like he’s super into street racing initially, but the fun part of Initial D is watching his unique racing style and his evolution into a street star himself. The following two movies further flesh out the show, and you’re in for a treat, especially if you like classic anime sensibilities and street racing.Check out the theater list here and get ready for a NIGHT OF FIRE. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_imgOne’s personality decides whether you would strike a chord with a stranger, says an interesting study.Those who score low on neuroticism — the personality dimension related to anxiety and self-consciousness — are more likely to open the channel of interaction in response to eye contact, the findings showed.On the other hand, those who are more anxious and self-conscious may find eye contacts discomforting and may even experience high levels of anxiety when they are the focus of someone’s gaze. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our findings indicate that people do not only feel different when they are the centre of attention but that their brain reactions also differ,” said corresponding author Jari Hietanen from the University of Tampere in Finland.For some, eye contact tunes the brain into a mode that increases the likelihood of initiating an interaction with other people.“For others, the effect of eye contact may decrease this likelihood,” Hietanen added.Eye contact plays a crucial role when people initiate interaction with other people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf people look each other in the eye, they automatically send a signal that their attention is focused on the other person.However, in some individuals, eye contact may also trigger brain activity associated with avoidance motivation.In this study, the researchers set out to study what lies underneath these individual psychological differences. Does personality modulate how a person reacts to eye contact? Can this difference be measured by brain activity? “We conducted an experiment where the participants’ electrical brain activity was recorded while they were looking at another person who was either making eye contact or had her gaze averted to the side,” said researcher Helen Uusberg from the University of Tartu in Estonia.The results showed that personality does indeed modulate the way one’s brain reacts to attention from another individual. The study appeared in the journal Neuropsychologia.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | March 03, 2014 EOS Announces Imaging System Installation at Philadelphia Shriners Hospital Fourth installation in Shriners Hospitals for Children system Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This is the fourth installation within the Shriners Hospitals for Children system, a group of hospitals focused on caring for children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions and other specialty healthcare.The Philadelphia Shriners Hospital treats more than 17,000 patients per year, with 68 percent of these patients treated for spinal conditions that require frequent imaging to track treatment progression.  Scoliosis in particular requires regular screening over the course of many years of treatment, increasing exposure to harmful levels of radiation that may increase the likelihood of developing cancer in later years.The EOS system provides full-body images of patients in a natural standing or seated position in both 2-D and 3-D. The system also delivers a radiation dose that has been measured to be nine times lower than that of computed radiography X-ray, and 20 times lower than basic CT scans. This is in accordance with the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle of radiation reduction.  For more information: www.eos-imaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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