first_imgGoogle lance sa plate-forme d’applicationsÉtats-Unis – Google lance une plate-forme de téléchargement d’applications réservée aux professionnels. Plus de 120 applications sont déjà disponibles.Google compte développer davantage ses applications dans le domaine de l’entreprise. Pour cela, le géant américain a créé une plate-forme où les développeurs peuvent se connecter et vendre leurs applications, compatibles avec Google Apps, aux entreprises. Sur chaque transaction, allant d’une cinquantaine à plusieurs centaines de dollars, Google prélève 20%. Plus de 120 applications, gratuites ou payantes, sont disponibles. Elles ont été créées par des développeurs de Google ou simplement par des indépendants.Le 11 mars 2010 à 12:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgLes piments aideraient à mincir plus facilementÉtats-Unis – Selon une équipe de chercheurs de l’UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), manger du piment, plus ou moins épicé, pourrait aider à mincir.La responsable de cette propriété inattendue est la capsaïcine, substance qui donne son goût piquant au piment et qui lui permet, dans la nature, de repousser les prédateurs. Plus ce légume est épicé, plus il contient de capsaïcine.Les scientifiques ont mené une étude sur trente-quatre personnes, hommes et femmes, qui suivaient un régime hypocalorique (800 calories par jour) et liquide. La moitié d’entre eux prenait une pilule de DCT, l’autre un placebo. Le DCT, ou dihydrocapsiate, a les mêmes effets que la capsaïcine mais ne provoque pas de sensation de brûlure comme le piment.Il s’est avéré que les personnes ayant pris du DCT ont brûlé deux fois plus de calories que celles auxquelles on avait administré un placebo, et ce durant quelques heures après la prise du comprimé. Le DCT favorisrait également l’oxydation des graisses, leur permettant d’être plus facilement utilisées comme source d’énergie par l’organisme. Enfin, les piments contenant des fibres (un grand piment en contient environ 3 grammes), ils augmentent la satiété et permettent de manger moins et donc de mincir.À lire aussiAnorexie mentale : symptômes, causes, conséquences, qu’est ce que c’est ?Selon les chercheurs, le piment aiderait à brûler les graisses grâce à la chaleur que provoque la prise de capsaïcine, ou de DCT. Son ingestion entraîne l’activation des récepteurs de la douleur qui transmettent des messages au cerveau. Celui-ci augmente le taux d’adrénaline, la fréquence cardiaque, la transpiration et donc, les dépenses énergétiques. En plus de ces propriétés amincissantes, il a été démontré récemment que le piment pouvait être utilisé pour traiter certaines affections comme la migraine, l’arthrite ou les douleurs musculaires (voir article). Le 3 mai 2010 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgGoogle Chrome 5 est disponible en version bêtaGoogle vient de mettre en ligne une version bêta publique de la nouvelle mouture de son navigateur Internet, Chrome 5.0. Ce sont principalement les performances du logiciel qui ont été améliorées, et notamment celles de JavaScript.D’après Google, la rapidité en exécution Javascript a augmenté de 30 à 35% depuis la version 4.0 de Chrome. La dernière mouture du navigateur serait ainsi 213% plus rapide que la toute première version dévoilée il y a moins de deux ans.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Autre amélioration notable : l’intégration du plugin Flash Player au navigateur. L’utilisateur est donc assuré de toujours disposer de la dernière version disponible du lecteur, grâce au mécanisme de mise à jour automatique de Chrome.Par ailleurs, dans la bêta de Google Chrome 5.0, la fonctionnalité de synchronisation des favoris a été étendue aux thèmes et aux préférences, et notamment la page d’accueil, le choix de l’écran de démarrage ou la langue.Enfin, Chrome 5.0 voit sa prise en charge de fonctionnalités HTML5 nettement améliorée. C’est notamment le cas pour les API de géolocalisation, les capacités de glisser-déposer d’un fichier depuis le bureau, ou la technologie Web Sockets.Le 5 mai 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgMéningite B : bientôt un vaccin pour les nouveau-nésFrance – Des chercheurs français sont parvenus à faire un grand pas vers la mise au point d’un vaccin contre la méningite du nouveau-né, grâce à l’identification d’une protéine impliquée dans le développement de la maladie.La méningite B ou méningite du nouveau-né, touche comme son nom l’indique les enfants juste nés. Plusieurs scientifiques français de l’Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), l’Institut Cochin, l’Institut Pasteur, l’AP-HP (Assistance publique – Hôpitaux de Paris)  et l’Université Paris-Descartes se sont unis afin de mieux identifier la maladie.Ils auraient ainsi, au cours de leurs recherches, trouver une protéine qui entraînerait l’une des formes les plus dangereuses de méningite chez le bébé. Cette protéine serait située en surface de streptocoques B et les chercheurs tentent aujourd’hui de trouver le moyen d’utiliser cette découverte afin de prémunir l’enfant de la méningite B.Le 20 octobre 2010 à 16:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgLe cerveau affecté par la vie en villeVivre en ville, ou y a voir vécu, aurait un impact négatif sur certaines régions du cerveau, et notamment celles qui régulent le stress et les émotions. C’est ce que révèle une étude menée en Allemagne sur plus de 150 sujets.Des chercheurs allemands ont mené une étude sur l’impact que peut avoir la vie en ville sur le cerveau humain. Publiés dans la revue Nature, ces travaux ont été réalisé sur 159 personnes saines, sans aucun antécédent de maladie mentale, âgées de 18 à 80 ans. Chacune avait précisé son lieu de naissance et l’environnement dans lequel elle avait passé les quinze premières années de sa vie.Pour identifier les régions cérébrales affectées par l’environnement urbain, les chercheurs ont utilisé la technique d’imagerie par résonance magnétique. Ils ont ainsi pu observer l’activité cérébrale des participants et ont découvert que les risques de troubles anxieux et de l’humeur étaient plus élevés chez les citadins que chez les habitants des zones rurales. La vie en zone urbaine augmenterait de 29% les risques de troubles de l’anxiété, de 39% les risques de troubles de l’humeur, tandis qu’elle multiplierait par deux les risques de schizophrénie. “Nous savions que vivre en milieu urbain augmente les risques de détresse psychologique, mais ce qui se passe précisément dans le cerveau était inconnu. Notre étude montre que certaines régions de cerveau sont sensibles à la vie en ville, même si on n’y vit plus, mais qu’on y a été élevé” explique Jens C. Pruessner, chercheur à l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas et principal auteur de l’étude.L’étude a démontré que la vie urbaine affecte les amygdales du cervelet, une zone qui joue un rôle dans la régulation des émotions et des humeurs. Chez ceux qui sont nés et ont grandi en ville, c’est une augmentation de l’activité du cortex cingulaire, qui régule le stress, qui a été observée. “Même si une personne n’habite plus en ville, elle réagit plus fortement au stress de l’environnement urbain. Cela veut donc dire qu’une personne qui a grandi en milieu rural et qui déménage en ville sera moins sensible à l’environnement urbain, car son cerveau n’aura pas été sensibilisé au stress qui en découle” explique M. Pruessner.Pour le Professeur Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, de l’Université de Heidelberg, cette étude révèle la nécessité “d’un point de vue de la santé mentale, de faire des villes des lieux plus agréables à vivre”. Mais aujourd’hui déplore-t-il, les chercheurs disposent de “peu d’éléments déterminants pour dire aux urbanistes ce qui est bon ou mauvais”.Le 25 juin 2011 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgGoogle souffle ses 13 bougiesLe plus populaire des navigateurs de recherche fête aujourd’hui ses 13 ans en grande pompe. Cotillons, ballons et chapeaux pointus : le doodle de Google sort le grand jeu.”Organiser l’information à l’échelle mondiale et la rendre universellement accessible et utile”. A grande société, grande ambition. Mais il faut bien le reconnaître, celle-là n’était pas gagnée d’avance. Et pourtant, depuis la création de Google par Larry Page et Sergey Brin, le 4 septembre 1998, jusqu’au 13 ans de son navigateur internet créé le 27 septembre, le pari semble se tenir. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Terrassant les références de l’époque (comme Alta Vista), Google a su conquérir une part de marché de plus en plus importante grâce à des idées simples et populaires: hyperliens contrastés en exergue, introduction d’images liées, aperçu de textes. D’après les statistiques d’AT Internet, il totalise aujourd’hui 90,5% de part de marché, devant Bing, le navigateur de Microsoft (3,3 %) et Yahoo (1,5 %). Un succès impressionnant, soutenu par une véritable logistique de guerre : un million de serveurs et une société s’articulant autour de 25.000 salariés. On ne s’y trompera pas, le slogan de Google est peut être “Don’t be evil” (Ne soyez pas méchants), et pourtant l’entreprise a férocement écrasé la concurrence. Ne reste plus qu’à lui souhaiter que le 13 sera, pour elle, un chiffre porte bonheur.Le 27 septembre 2011 à 16:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLes calmars hyper-réactifs aux sons sous-marinsPrésentant ses travaux la semaine dernière à l’Ocean Sciences Meeting à Salt Lake City, un chercheur américain a mis en évidence, chez le calmar, une grande sensibilité et une grande réactivité aux sons sous-marins, notamment dans les fréquences que recouvre la pollution sonore d’origine humaine.  10 millisecondes : il n’en faut pas plus au calmar totam (Loligo pealeii) pour réagir à des sons de 50 à 300 hertz de fréquence, ou à des niveaux acoustiques de 15 à 20 décibels. Fuite, changement de couleur ou jet d’encre constituent alors sa réponse à ces agressions sonores. Une réaction de l’ordre du réflexe : lorsque les ondes de pression (dues aux bruits) font bouger l’otolithe (une structure rigide) de ses organes ‘auditifs’, appelés statocystes, cela fait vibrer des cils qui y sont rattachés, provoquant une réaction nerveuse. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est du moins ce qu’a mis en évidence Aran Mooney, chercheur à l’Institut océanographique de Woods Hole (WHOI), dans le Massachusetts. Selon les scientifiques, ce système défensif anti-prédateurs permet au céphalopode de percevoir une gamme de fréquence allant de 20 à 500 Hz. L’animal doit donc être, tout comme les baleines, gêné par les émissions sonar des sous-marins, fonctionnant entre 50 et 200 Hz, et par les diverses perturbations sonores engendrées par l’activité humaine. La prédation (repérage des proies) et l’orientation pourraient également être perturbées. C’est pour le savoir que les scientifiques poursuivent leurs recherches dans ce sens, notamment sur la seiche.Le 3 mars 2012 à 16:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgYouTube : 7 ans, et un succès vertigineuxVoilà sept ans déjà que YouTube a débarqué sur le web. Un anniversaire marqué par un succès toujours grandissant, dont la plate-forme de partage de vidéos de Google ne manque pas de se féliciter. Chaque minute, affirme fièrement l’équipe du site, ce sont quelques 72 heures de contenus qui viennent l’enrichir.En 2005, trois anciens employés de PayPal lançaient YouTube, une plate-forme permettant aux internautes de partager des vidéos sur le web. Sept ans, et un rachat par Google plus tard, le site est l’un des plus visités au monde, et son succès n’est certainement pas près de s’essouffler.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sur son blog officiel, la plate-forme n’est pas peu fière d’annoncer que 72 heures de vidéos sont chaque minute ajoutées sur YouTube, contre 48 heures il y a un an. “Nous sommes si honorés que vous utilisiez YouTube pour partager vos conseils, des moments politiques, des vidéos personnelles, des comédies, des musiques, et bien plus encore (…) Comme tant d’enfants de 7 ans à travers le monde, nous grandissons si vite !” se réjouit l’équipe du site. “Ce qui a débuté par une poignée de vidéos partagées entre amis s’est transformé petit à petit en une plate-forme mondiale qui diffuse la nouvelle génération de chaînes à n’importe qui, n’importe où et sur n’importe quel appareil” se félicite-t-elle. Aujourd’hui, YouTube attire 800 millions d’internautes qui, chaque mois, visionnent 3 milliards d’heures de vidéos, d’après Google. Un chiffre vertigineux, qui sera sans doute largement dépassé dans un an, lorsque YouTube célébrera ses huit printemps !Le 22 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgApple abandonne les poursuites en justice contre le Samsung Galaxy S3 MiniMaintenant qu’Apple a reçu la confirmation que Samsung ne sortirait pas son Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini aux États-Unis, la firme a décidé d’abandonner son action en justice contre le constructeur sud-coréen. Le Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini ne sortira finalement pas sur le marché américain. Il a en effet été principalement conçu pour le marché européen, ce qui lui épargnera les poursuites en justice du géant Apple. Même si Apple est prêt à tout pour remporter la guerre des brevets contre le sud-coréen Samsung, la firme sait aussi faire preuve de bonne volonté et se montrer conciliante avec son concurrent le plus important. Selon un document déposé par Apple au tribunal fédéral de San José, la firme californienne a en effet accepté d’abandonner son action en justice contre le Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini après que l’entreprise sud-coréenne s’est engagée à ne pas “fabriquer, utiliser, offrir, vendre ou importer ce produit aux États-Unis”.Cette annulation de la plainte déposée par Apple à l’encontre de son concurrent sud-coréen ne devrait malheureusement pas avoir d’impact sur les autres conflits qui opposent les deux sociétés. La guerre des deux géants devrait donc se poursuivre sans relâche sur le marché des smartphones et des tablettes tactiles. Seul le Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini sera épargné. Ce modèle d’entrée de gamme, doté d’un écran 4 pouces, d’un processeur double cœur cadencé à 1 GHz, d’un appareil photo de 5 mégapixels, fonctionnant sous Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, sera certes beaucoup moins performant que le Samsung Galaxy S3, mais une chose est sûre, il ravira les petits budgets ! Le 29 décembre 2012 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgTwo of the great ongoing franchises that bear the first name “Star” have memorable robot companions that serve various story functions. In a galaxy far, far away, robots are separate entities but not imbued with person-hood as much as the illusion of a personality. Boldly going where no one has gone before had a single android (and his asshole relatives, but that aside) that was struggling to become more human as he was treated as a peer. Both were used at various times as comic relief, but only one can be the absolute worst.It’s time to ask yourself: Who’s the worst character: Data (Brent Spiner) or C-3PO (Anthony Daniels)?Category: FunctionData:Data was built to be an android that lived amongst humans and strived to be more like them. His primary function wasn’t to serve, that’s something he came to do through joining Starfleet (Lore, Data’s “brother,” is not nearly as helpful). Data can process information faster than a human and can interface with computers at several times the speed of other Starfleet officers. He’s also saved the crew countless times by being the only crew member not affected by the trap or weapon the enemy has turned against the Enterprise crew.C-3PO:C-3PO is a protocol droid who describes his primary function as “human-cyborg relations.” unlike most other protocol droids, C-3PO was not manufactured, he was custom built by a small boy who was strong with the Force. It’s unclear where Anakin got his starter software for C-3PO’s databanks, from the “facts” Anakin “knows” about “Angels” in The Phantom Menace it appears like Anakin didn’t have access to anything better than a Tattooine Wikipedia to install in C-3PO. That means he learned a lot on top of some shoddy information.Winner: DataData has saved the lives of the Enterprise crew, C-3PO just sat in a levitating chair while Luke did all the work with the Force to “help” his friends in Return of the Jedi. Data is useful while C-3PO doesn’t get to be in a rollicking space adventure.Category: Usefulness After DecapitationData:Who can forget the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter “Time’s Arrow” where Data is sent back in time to San Francisco in the 19th Century. He meets Mark Twain, who becomes suspicious of him and he has to find a way to get back to his own time. This all starts because they find Data’s head buried in San Francisco and start a fixed time loop. Eventually, they attach the five-thousand-year-old head onto Data and it still works, which is amazing (and beyond belief).C-3PO:C-3PO gets his head removed once in each trilogy so far. In The Empire Strikes Back, he’s almost scrapped for parts by Ugnughts before Chewbacca saves him and attaches his head backward. In Attack of the Clones, C-3PO’s head is put on a Battle Droid’s body and eventually separated and retrieved by R2-D2. The whole time he is nattering on about nothing. What is supposed to be some levity during the final battle is grating and forgettable.Winner: DataData met Mark Twain while C-3PO was mere feet away from Mace Windu and didn’t as for an autograph or anything.Category: CompanionshipData:Data’s best friend is Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge, played by Levar Burton. The two share each other’s interests (except women, which Geordi doesn’t bother Data with) and participate in leisure activities together. Data is also friendly with Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard – Picard is tried to teach Data to perform Shakespeare, for instance. Everyone loves hanging out on the holodeck with Data, even if they must occasionally sleep through one of his poetry recitals.C-3PO:C-3PO is a horrible companion. His best friend is an astromech droid, yet this is a robot who also claims to hate space travel. Not to mention that best friend might be the most dickish of all Star Wars characters. Also, getting C-3PO to shut up by shutting him down, putting a hand over his mouth or shooting him in a Cloud City back alley is a running gag – that’s how annoying C-3PO is.Winner: DataI would undoubtedly spend free time with Lt. Commander Data if I had the chance. I’d even listen to some poetry if that’s what it took. The only thing I’d want to do with C-3PO is kick him down a flight of stairs.Category: The Moral Quandary of Ownership Data:I can leave this up to the excellent Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Measure of a Man” where Picard has to defend Data’s personhood to the Federation. It’s best broken down by Guinan and Picard before the Captains moving speech at Data’s court hearing:Guinan: “Consider that in the history of many worlds there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do, because it’s too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas, all disposable? You don’t have to think about their welfare; you don’t think about how they feel. Whole generations of disposable people.”Picard: “You’re talking about slavery.”Guinan: “I think that’s a little harsh.”Picard: “I don’t think that’s a little harsh, I think that’s the truth. But that’s a truth that we have obscured behind a… comfortable, easy euphemism. ‘Property’. But that’s not the issue at all, is it?”C-3POAlthough it seems like the Rebellion and the Empire both have need of protocol droids (so many planets, so many protocols), but no one stops to question if C-3PO should be owned or should have any say in what he does. As opposed to Data, who poses the questions of property and slavery, C-3PO is unquestionably property, built by Anakin Skywalker and – through happenstance – he passed down to his maker’s daughter like a family heirloom.Winner: C-3POConsidering I want to be selfish, I’ll take the robot that doesn’t make me feel like I’m enslaving a person, thank you.Conclusions: C-3PO is the WorstUntil you get into the consequences of owning something that might be sentient, Lt. Commander Data has C-3PO beat on every level. Maybe you don’t want to hang out with either of these uptight Star robots, but if you had to suffer the presence of one of them, put up with the white skinned Brent Spiner and leave Mr. “Oh dear, Artoo” behind with the Jawas.last_img read more

first_img Designing a whole new anime character is hard, even if they’re just in the background. However, artificial intelligence might make the process of generating those characters way easier.Researchers from multiple universities have come together and developed a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) that can produce high-quality anime characters. These characters can either be completely randomized, with no human input, or produced according to different input specifications like eye color, hair color and type, and other features.If you’re looking to generate your own character, you’re in luck. There’s a demonstration website available from the creators of the GAN that lets you toy around with the AI. You can choose hair color, hair style, eye color, blush, smiles, hats, ribbons, and glasses, or you can leave any or all of those options up to chance. If you generate a particularly fetching character, you can share it on your Twitter for everyone to enjoy.If you’re looking for more technical information about the generator AI, you can head over to the project’s  page. The source code is even available for you to study and expand on if you so desire.With a lot of anime studios relying on crappy CGI to save money and production time (we’re looking at you Berserk), it would be great to see these AI’s assisting in raising production values. It’ll probably be a few years before we see anything solid come of projects like these, but we may just be on the cusp of a revolution in the way anime is made.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS There’s no stopping Google’s DeepMind AI.The artificial intelligence platform recently shut out two professional StarCraft players in a 5-0 defeat.Considered one of the most challenging real-time strategy (RTS) games, Blizzard’s StarCraft is also one of the longest-played esports of all time.The game debuted at E3 in 1996, followed by the StarCraft II franchise: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010), StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013), and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (2015).The AlphaStar agent during a match against TLO (via DeepMind)“Although there have been significant successes in video games,” the DeepMind team wrote in a blog post, “until now, AI techniques have struggled to cope with the complexity of StarCraft.”Enter AlphaStar, a deep neural network trained directly from raw game data via supervised learning and reinforcement learning.Receiving data from anonymized human games released by Blizzard, AlphaStar determined, through imitation, the basic micro and macro strategies used by players.Additional artificial adversaries were then added to the DeepMind league, each learning from games against other competitors and developing counter-strategies.“We believe that this advanced model will help with many other challenges in machine learning research that involve long-term sequence modelling and large output spaces such as translation, language modelling, and visual representations,” DeepMind said.The AlphaStar league ran for 14 days, with each agent experiencing up to 200 years of real-time StarCraft play. Every strategy discovered over those two weeks was then mixed together to create the ultimate operator.In a series of test matches held in December, AlphaStar beat Team Liquid’s Grzegorz “MaNa” Komincz—one of the world’s strongest professional StarCraft players—and Dario “TLO” Wünsch.“I was surprised by how strong the agent was,” TLO, a top professional Zerg player and GrandMaster level Protoss player, said in a statement. “AlphaStar takes well-known strategies and turns them on their head. The agent demonstrated strategies I hadn’t thought of before, which means there may still be new ways of playing the game that we haven’t fully explored yet.”The distribution of AlphaStar’s APMs in its matches against MaNa and TLO and the total delay between observations and actions (via DeepMind)Despite moving at a significantly slower pace than the pros—an average of 280 actions per minute (APM)—the AI’s maneuvers are probably more precise.“I was impressed to see AlphaStar pull off advanced moves and different strategies across almost every game, using a very human style of gameplay I wouldn’t have expected,” MaNa, one of the world’s strongest StarCraft II players, said.“I’ve realized how much my gameplay relies on forcing mistakes and being able to exploit human reactions, so this has put the game in a whole new light for me,” he added. “We’re all excited to see what comes next.”Last month, more than a year after DeepMind introduced its first self-taught, world champion algorithm, CEO Demis Hassabis & Co. revealed the full evaluation of AlphaZero, published in the journal Science.More on Geek.com:This Wearable AI Translator Lets You Talk in Different LanguagesPencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From PoachersMachine Learning May Predict How Well You’ll Age Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Verizon Will Offer Free Anti-Robocall Tools to All CustomersTime Warner Cable robocalled a woman 153 times and now they owe her $229… A whopping 26.3 billion robocalls were made in the US last year, according to a new report from Hiya.Up 46 percent over 2017’s total of 18 billion, the number averages out to 10 spam calls per person, per month.So if you were feeling inundated by nuisance numbers, you’re not alone.Seattle-based caller profile firm Hiya this week released its first State of the Call report, providing insight “into how Americans use their mobile phones on a monthly basis given the rise in robocalls.”In an analysis of 11 billion monthly calls, only 52 percent are answered, meaning almost half get ignored. But, in a “surprising twist,” the company said, 9 percent of call identified as spam are picked up.“General spam” constitutes most robocalls (32.1 percent), followed closely by telemarketers (24.7 percent) and fraudsters (25.5 percent).Actual robotic callers only account for 10.6 percent, while debt collectors (2 percent), IRS scams (1.9 percent), and extortionists (1.1 percent) round out the pie.(From PCMag: How to Block Robocalls and Spam Calls)Just remember: If someone randomly rings you to say you’ve won a free cruise, it’s probably a hoax.Even if the call comes from an otherwise reputable source, like Southwest Airlines: Con artists are disguising themselves as the Dallas-based company to lure victims into believing they’ve won a trip, vacation, or mileage vouchers.Texas is a popular state for cold callers, considering seven of the top 10 targeted area codes are found in the Lone Star State. Folks in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Orlando are also sitting ducks, the report said.“As our phones continue to be inundated by robocalls, many people no longer want to pick up the phone at all,” Hiya caller ID specialist Allison Espiritu wrote in a blog post. “Unfortunately, this has led to important calls being missed, such as those from your doctor, your child’s school, the bank, and others.”In an effort to combat what Hiya called the “scourge” of robocalls in 2019, the Federal Communications Commission promised to amend the Truth in Caller ID rules to extend to communications originating outside the US, including text messages and voice services.Verizon also recently stepped up its spam protection efforts, announcing free anti-robocall tools for all customers. Starting in March, call blocking and spam alerting apps will be available for wireless customers with compatible Android or iOS devices.More on Geek.com:FCC Approves Google’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Motion SensorGovernment, Criminals Use Decades-Old Networking Protocol to SpyTime Warner Cable Robocalled a Woman 153 Times and Now They Owe Her $229,500last_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Google+ Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Pinterest The following are video highlights from Smackdown Live in Birmingham, Alabama:Rey Mysterio vs. AndradeAJ Styles sends Daniel Bryan through concessions tableSamoa Joe brutalizes Mustafa AliTo view the rest of the video highlights from Smackdown Live, head over to WWE’s Youtube channel.center_img Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgFirefighters responded to a smoky, tenacious fire at an unoccupied house in Camas on Friday afternoon.The Camas-Washougal Fire Department was called to a report of a structure fire in the 500 block of Northwest Elm Street shortly before 3:30.They arrived to find a fire in a small house, and ample smoke, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The house was not occupied, and radio traffic indicated firefighters were able to take an offensive approach and work from inside the building.It took upwards of 40 minutes until the fire was mostly under control, according to radio traffic.last_img read more

first_imgWhy: Lisa’s Country Kitchen started up in 2008 on Mill Plain Boulevard, where the little diner earned itself a loyal following. Lisa’s has relocated to another well-established neighborhood and is in the same strip mall as Lucky’s bar on Northeast 76th Street. Traditional American breakfast and lunch are served daily until 2 p.m.What I tried: I was going to try the taco omelet until I discovered the biscuits and gravy are made from scratch, so I had biscuits and gravy with an over-easy egg, hash browns and bacon. I also had coffee and orange juice.The biscuits and gravy were served on a separate plate from the rest of the breakfast items. The buttermilk biscuits were large and dense with a homemade quality that was very appetizing. I found the sausage gravy a bit too salty, and the sausage pieces in the gravy were fairly large bits that were somewhat spongy in texture instead of being pan-fried and crisped. The hash browns were the grated type that are fried to a golden crisp on the outside and soft underneath — similar to those at IHOP and Shari’s. The bacon was meaty and fried to a delicious browned and somewhat chewy finish. The egg was cooked and seasoned just right.Coffee at Lisa’s is robust and a selection of creamers are available at the table. The orange juice tasted like a concentrated variety.Menu highlights beyond what I tried: In addition to the taco omelet, there is a Denver omelet, a cheese omelet, a veggie omelet, and a chili and cheddar omelet. All omelets are made with three eggs. The farmer’s scramble combines eggs, ham, bacon, mushrooms, onions and green peppers and is topped with melted cheese. The scramble is served with hash browns and toast. The Belgian waffle may be ordered plain or with strawberries and whipped cream.last_img read more

first_imgBy Louise JobeThe Brikama High Court, has recently dismissed an application by occupants of disputed lands in Farato to agree to hear their appeal which was filed well beyond the time allowed by law.The time allowed by law to appeal is 30 days from the day of the judgment while judgment was delivered on 27th April, 2016.Being aggrieved by the decision of the District Tribunal of 27th April 2016, Foday Conteh and eighteen others, the plaintiffs in the court of first instance, filed an appeal against the defendants Ansumana Sonko and others on 29th January 2018.Farato bafulotoFoday Conteh and eighteen others had earlier brought an action against eleven defendants including Ansumana Sonko, before the Kombo South District when some residents of Farato clashed with some members of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) staff, who escorted the staff of the Sheriff Division of the High Court to execute an eviction order.Aggrieved with the action of the Sheriff Division of the High Court, Foday Conteh and his co-plaintiffs sought the service of barrister Kebba Sanyang who filed a notice on motion, seeking for the court to agree to extend the time within which they can file their appeal and to actually agree to hear the appeal.According to the judge, upon being served with the plaintiffs’ application, barrister Lamin Jobarteh filed a preliminary objection on behalf of the respondents on 25th February 2018.The Court remarked: “If the time is reckoned to start running 24th April 2017 with the withdrawal letter by 29thJanuary 2018, is nine months. The 29thJanuary 2018 was when the application to seek extension of time was filed. Would it be possible to say the applicants came within reasonable time?”Justice Musale added that the Gambian Constitution in his reckoning, felt a reasonable time as it relates to the decision of the Court, shall be three months; that equity helps the vigilant not the indolent. He described the application as lacking merit and dismissed it.“I hold the application unmeritorious and the same is dismissed,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich manager Niko Kovac is confident that James Rodriguez will remain at the club for the new season, despite reports suggesting that Real Madrid are considering recalling him from his loan dealThe Colombia international left the Spanish giants last summer to join Bayern in a two-year loan deal with the club paying €6.5m per season.But Rodriguez has been linked with a surprise return to Real this summer following the departure of Zinedine Zidane with the 27-year-old understood to be considering the idea of returning to his parent club and making a go of things under new manager Julen Lopetegui.In a morning press conference, Kovac commented on the rumours that have been going around the Bundesliga giants of late and gave the media his verdict on Rodriguez’s future.“We have him on a current loan deal which is still valid. It will end, either in this direction if we say, ok, we will not take up the option, or we do,” he said, as quoted by ESPN’s Mark Lovell.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Niko Kovac quotes on James Rodriguez in full. “We have him on a current loan deal which is still valid. It will end, either in this direction if we say, ok, we will not take up the option, or we do.” https://t.co/6hU2qAlfWi— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) July 19, 2018Rodriguez scored eight goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last season.last_img read more

first_imgSell me now or risk losing me for nothing next summer is what Thibaut Courtois has warned Chelsea as he attempts to force through his dream move to Real Madrid, reports MetroNegotiations between Real and Chelsea have recently been put on hold until the latter can find themselves a suitable replacement for their first-choice goalkeeper.While Chelsea have signed former England shot-stopper Rob Green on a free transfer last week, he is mainly expected to act as a third-choice behind Courtois and Willy Caballero at Stamford Bridge.Therefore, the search goes on for new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with the Italian having reportedly set his sights on a move for the likes of Everton number one Jordan Pickford and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel following their stand-out displays at the World Cup for both England and Denmark respectively.But no real progress has been made for either player and, with the transfer deadline closing on August 9, there is now very little time for a move to materialise.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Therefore Courtois is at real risk of remaining at London for another season.However, the 26-year-old has already made it clear to Chelsea that he will not be signing a new contract and, with just under 12 months remaining on his existing one, the club are in danger of losing him for nothing next summer.New Real boss Julen Lopetegui refused to comment on the scenario after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in Miami on Wednesday morning.“At no time am I going to talk about players who are not at Real Madrid. I am thrilled with these goalkeepers that I have and I will not talk about players who are not part of this team,” said the Spaniard earlier today.last_img read more