Virgin Mobile laisse liPhone 4 sans voix

first_imgVirgin Mobile laisse l’iPhone 4… sans voixVirgin Mobile est le seul opérateur MVNO qui pourra bientôt proposer l’iPhone 4. L’entreprise se distingue en commercialisant le smartphone à partir de 99 euros, au prix de quelques sacrifices.Pour se faire une place sur le marché des smartphones, Virgin Mobile ne manque pas d’imagination. L’opérateur MVNO veut proposer l’iPhone 4 à partir de 99 euros. Pour obtenir le dernier terminal d’Apple, Virgin propose des abonnements particuliers. A ce prix, l’utilisateur ne pourra pas se servir de l’iPhone comme d’un téléphone. Le forfait à 27,90 euros par mois inclut les emails, l’Internet bridé à 250 Mo et 200 SMS. Les conversations vocales sont possibles mais sont tarifées à hauteur de 0,42 euro la minute, ce qui pourrait revenir à 25,20 euros l’heure de communication. Néanmoins, d’autres abonnements sont possibles avec une augmentation du prix du terminal. Virgin Mobile vise 2 millions d’unités écoulées dans un premier temps.Le 9 décembre 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Recyclage en 2010 près dun millier de navires ont été envoyés à

first_imgRecyclage : en 2010, près d’un millier de navires ont été envoyés à la casse En 2010, quelque 952 navires ont été envoyés à la casse à travers le monde. Des bateaux destinés à la démolition en Inde, en Turquie, ou en Chine, et qui ont permis le recyclage de plus de 6,4 millions de tonnes de métaux. C’est ce qu’indique un rapport publié par l’ONG Robin des Bois mercredi.Le chiffre est impressionnant si on le compare à celui de 2006. L’association n’avait alors recensé que 293 bateaux envoyés à la casse. Plus de six millions de tonnes de métaux ont ainsi été recyclés, un volume quatre fois plus élevé qu’il y a cinq ans, souligne le rapport cité par l’AFP. Alors que l’âge moyen des bateaux démolis est de 31 ans, l’ancien baleinier norvégien Thorgaut aura tenu 71 ans avant d’être envoyé à la casse, battant divers pavillons et changeant régulièrement de nom. À lire aussiLa mise à l’eau d’un navire-cimentier entraîne une gigantesque vagueVoilà trois ans que l’Inde est la première destination des navires destinés à la démolition note également le rapport. 44% des bateaux y ont en effet été envoyés en 2010, tandis que la Turquie en a accueilli 14% et la Chine 13%. Suivent le Bangladesh, le Pakistan, les Etats-Unis, le Danemark, la Belgique, le Japon et le Pérou.Robin des Bois déplore de constater que si 39 % des 952 navires partis à la casse battaient le pavillon européen, nombre d’entre eux ont été recyclés en Asie. Un véritable “minage” de la filière européenne de démantèlement, regrette l’association.Le 22 janvier 2011 à 20:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google Docs favorise la consultation de fichiers hors connexion

first_imgGoogle Docs favorise la consultation de fichiers hors connexionL’application Google Docs permet désormais de consulter divers fichiers hors ligne, grâce à une mémoire cache. L’application Google Docs pour Android bénéficie d’une mise à jour, rendant accessibles hors ligne les fichiers consultés. Les documents textes, feuilles de calcul… aux formats .pdf, .doc, .xls et .ppt peuvent donc être lus hors connexion (Wifi).Une mise en mémoire cache de certains de ces documents rend possible la consultation des fichiers, même hors ligne en mode déconnecté. Une fois la connexion rétablie, les fichiers pourront être automatiquement ou manuellement actualisés. A noter aussi que la fonction hors ligne est sélectionnable sur smartphone et tablette Android. L’ingénieur Freeman Liu explique aussi que la version mobile de l’application Google Docs présente une meilleure ergonomie sur tablette. Il est possible de consulter les pages d’un fichier comme sur un magazine en faisant glisser son doigt de droite à gauche, ou directement en touchant une barre de progression. L’affichage en haute résolution des fichiers est effectif.Le 5 février 2012 à 16:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les risques de léternuement

first_imgLes risques de… l’éternuementAlors que les pollens voltigent de plus en plus dans l’air et que les températures se rafraichissent, il n’est pas rare d’entendre quelqu’un éternuer aux alentours. Mais si ce geste parait anodin, il s’avère assez violent pour l’organisme et peut même présenter des risques, comme le souligne notre chroniqueur médecin urgentiste Gérald Kierzek.”Il est des histoires surprenantes sur un plan médical et celle-ci est plus qu’étonnante, quasi incompréhensible. Il y a quelques jours, une Australienne s’est paralysée le haut du corps après avoir éternué dans son lit. Cette jeune femme est restée bloquée pendant des mois. Diagnostic : fracture des deux premières vertèbres cervicales ! L’éternuement est un phénomène réflexe produisant une expiration brusque, bruyante et involontaire par le nez et la bouche (mise en jeu des muscles “expirateurs” comme le diaphragme et les muscles intercostaux). Les médecins connaissent bien les classiques histoires liées aux complications de l’éternuement. Ce sont surtout les variations de pression engendrées par le fait de se boucher le nez qui peuvent provoquer des lésions. Les anévrismes, dilatations localisées de la paroi d’une artère aboutissant à la formation d’une poche de taille variable peuvent par exemple se majorer voire se rompre. Il est donc important de ne pas se pincer le nez car les à-coups de pression engendrés au niveau de la zone fragilisée entraînent une augmentation de la taille de l’anévrisme selon une loi physique bien-connue, la loi de Laplace. Des cas de dissection de l’aorte, la plus grosse artère de l’organisme, ont également été rapportés lors de l’éternuement avec des hémorragies massives. Consulter en cas de douleur “atypique” Plus classiquement, et là encore en se bouchant le nez, les variations de pression lors de l’éternuement peuvent provoquer des lésions de l’oreille interne et des tympans, avec au minimum une douleur et au pire une lésion (perforation tympanique,… ). Enfin, autre risque de l’éternuement : le pneumothorax. Ceci est un “décollement” du poumon qui va s’affaisser dans le thorax et entraîner des troubles respiratoires voire une véritable détresse respiratoire (asphyxie). Une douleur pulmonaire “atypique” après un effort corporel, un fou rire ou un éternuement doit donc faire consulter en urgence pour un examen médical et une radiographie pulmonaire.En revanche, comment l’éternuement peut-il provoquer une fracture des vertèbres cervicales ? Hormis un traumatisme (se cogner lors du mouvement violent par exemple), je ne vois qu’une hyperflexion ou hyperextension de la tête – un peu comme le coup du lapin lors d’un accident – pour provoquer la fracture de ces deux premières vertèbres très particulières sur le plan anatomique puisqu’elles s’emboitent l’une dans l’autre. Mes conseilsÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?- Laissez se dérouler l’éternuement sans le retenir- On peut se pincer le nez en maintenant la bouche fermée pour tenter d’empêcher l’éternuement ; mais s’il se produit, laisser cet “orgasme cérébral” se dérouler.- Attention de ne pas se blesser en se cognant lors de l’éternuement. Dans la mesure du possible, éloignez vous de tout objet dangereux !” Gérald KierzekLe 2 avril 2012 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

4G Orange lance une expérimentation à Marseille

first_img4G : Orange lance une expérimentation à Marseille2000 heureux élus peuvent depuis quelques jours profiter de la 4G à Marseille, première ville choisie par Orange pour tester un réseau qu’il promet “10 fois plus rapide que la 3G”. Tandis que l’opérateur espère lancer dès 2013 une offre commerciale, deux autres villes accueilleront dans les mois à venir des expérimentations similaires : Nantes et Lyon. L’occasion de revenir sur la nature et le fonctionnement du prochain standard de la téléphonie mobile. Orange vient de lancer à Marseille son tout premier réseau 4G, en vue du lancement d’une offre commerciale dès l’année prochaine. 2.000 personnes, choisies parmi les employés des partenaires de l’opérateur français, pourront accéder à ce premier réseau, “10 fois plus rapide que la 3G” promet Orange, et ainsi le tester.Une expérimentation de la 4G à grande échelle Tandis que des expérimentations sont d’ores et déjà menées à Lyon par Bouygues, et à Montpellier par SFR, c’est jeudi dernier que l’opérateur mobile de France Télécom a lancé la sienne. Présent sur place au moment de cette inauguration – 150 antennes des 200 antennes que compte Marseille se sont vu doter du très haut débit -, Stéphane Richard, le PDG d’Orange, a affirmé au site 24matins.fr que le choix du chef-lieu de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur était apparu comme “naturel”, Marseille étant “la ville pilote de la 4G par Orange”. C’est là que l’opérateur a mené son partenariat avec Alcatel Lucent, et “prolonger l’expérience au travers d’un test en grandeur réelle” a alors semblé simplement évident. La filiale de France Télécom, qui lancera dans les mois à venir d’autres test à Lyon et à Nantes, espère en outre récupérer dans cette région les parts de marché qu’elle a récemment perdues, et “redevenir leader”, expliqueStéphaneRichard. “Notre engagement avec la 4G fait partie d’une stratégie de reconquête” souligne-t-il. Et si pour l’heure, l’offre de terminaux compatibles avec cette nouvelle norme est insuffisant, Orange espère que la donne aura changé d’ici à 2013. “Nous ne lancerons des offres que si nous avons une large gamme à proposer à nos clients” promet-il.La 4G, c’est quoi ? Rappelons que la 4G est, comme son nom l’indique, la quatrièmegénération des standards pour la téléphonie mobile. Visant à offrir le très haut débit mobile, elle succèdera à la 3G, qui a elle-même succédé à la 2G. Plus précisément, cette nouvelle norme doit permettre de transmettre des données à une vitesse jamais égalée, avec des débits théoriques au moins supérieurs à 100 Mb/s. En pratique, ces débits devraient atteindre plusieurs dizaines de Mb/s. Une vitesse qui variera en fonction du nombre de connexions à la bande passante partagée entre les utilisateurs couverts par la même cellule radio.Commentçamarche?À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ? Ce qui différenciera la 4G de la 3G est le mode d’accès au réseau Internet mobile. Il repose actuellement sur une ligne du réseau téléphoniquecommutée. C’est donc grâce à un circuit que les appels voix peuvent être transmis. Le nouveau standard, lui, sera basé sur la Voix sur IP (VoIP), un système complexe permettant de communiquer par la voix sur des réseaux compatibles IP via la numérisation du signal acoustique puis la transmission des informations ainsi codées et découpées via un réseau informatique.Des offres 4G déjà commercialisées à l’étranger Si en France, il faudra attendre 2013 pour bénéficier de la 4G – l’ARCEP a attribué les licences aux opérateurs fin 2011 -, des offres mobiles utilisant ce standard dit LTE (Long Term Evolution), sont déjà commercialisées à l’étranger. Les premières ont été lancées fin 2009 à Stockholm, en Suède, et à Oslo, par l’opérateur téléphonique TeliaSonera. Puis en mars dernier, le Portugal s’est à son tour vu offrir un accès à la 4G par les opérateur TMN, Optimus et Vodafone Portugal, qui d’ici à la fin de l’année, entendent couvrir 80% de la population. Le 25 juin 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le chimpanzé au menu du léopard en Tanzanie

first_imgLe chimpanzé au menu du léopard en Tanzanie ? Des chercheurs japonais travaillant dans un parc national tanzanien ont relevé, dans des excréments de léopard, des restes de chimpanzé adulte : le félin s’est-il comporté en charognard devant un singe déjà mort, ou a-t-il capturé lui-même le primate ?Parc national des monts Mahale, en Tanzanie : 1.613 kilomètres carrés de brousse et de forêt tropicale. Particularité : c’est l’une des rares régions du pays où se côtoient – si l’on peut dire – léopards et chimpanzés – lesquels, d’après les recensements, y atteindraient un effectif d’environ 800 individus. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est là qu’en été 2012, l’équipe de Nobuko Nakazawa, de l’Université de Kyoto (Japon), a étudié la biologie et l’écologie des grands félins tachetés, et fait une découverte inusitée. En récoltant et en examinant des déjections de léopard pour mieux connaître le régime alimentaire de cette espèce, les chercheurs y ont découvert des phalanges et des rotules de chimpanzé, plus précisément d’une femelle adulte de la sous-espèce Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, comme l’a établi l’analyse génétique. Les scientifiques ignorent toutefois si le félin s’est nourri sur la dépouille d’un grand singe trouvé mort, ou s’il l’a tué lui-même, expliquent-ils dans la revue Journal of Human Evolution. En effet, le peu d’informations récoltées par les auteurs ne leur permet pas de confirmer l’une ou l’autre des hypothèses.D’autres indices à examiner Les rares observations de confrontations entre les deux espèces montrent généralement que les chimpanzés, faisant front en commun et avec force démonstrations d’agressivité, savent décourager toute tentative d’agression du léopard. Cependant, la nouvelle découverte incite les chercheurs à réexaminer certaines blessures décelées ces dernières années sur trois chimpanzés du parc de Mahale. Des blessures qui, peut-être, pourraient être la signature du grand félin. Le 29 mai 2013 à 10:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dr Dabbers Boost Is a Fine Vape and Thats About It

first_imgStay on target DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer Review: Vaping Gets TinyMysterious Incident at E-Cig Plant Left 29 Sick, Fire Chief “Bewildere… The Boost is a totally different class of vape. It’s portable, yeah, but only technically. It stands more than 10 inches and has an awkward, imposing presence. Plus, it comes in a padded metal case that reminds me of something you’d use for a weapon.All this is because the Boost is a high-powered concentrate rig. Like the Aurora, you won’t be able to use any herbs with this machine. And given the high temps needed to properly vaporize concentrate, this beast is built to deliver a ton of power, really quickly. That, of course, gives a harsh flavor, so the Boost also includes a percolator. This pulls the vapor through water, cooling the vapor and filtering out some of the unwanted particulates.Build quality is solid, with a sturdy base packed with magnets and rubber O-rings that hold the rig together. It comes apart easily enough and can be stashed back into the case, but you probably won’t want to run the thing around too much as even disassembled, it’s still on the bulkier side.Once you get past that, though, the Boost is a capable machine. It seems intimidating, and you may have to go over the instructions a few times, but all-told, it is, if anything, a bit too simple. You won’t get variable temperature settings as it runs continuously for 60-ish seconds before shutting off. During that time, the Boost will get hotter and hotter — so take that into account. There’s also not really any other features or drawbacks. What you see is what you get.Vapor quality is consistent and potent. Be careful, even with the water filtration; it’s easy to overdo the Boost. You’ll also get quite a few sessions — up to 30 — on one charge. Beyond that, there’s not much to talk about. The biggest advantage here is the price and solid functionality. A comparable home set-up can often run far, far higher than the Boost’s comparatively easy-to-swallow $150 price tag. Plus, most oil or concentrate-based rigs come with what I’m going to call a “sketch” factor.There’s not much appeal to heating up a nail with a blowtorch and then inhaling whatever comes out. The boost is clean-cut by comparison. It’s still not what I’d call a glamorous experience (it’s no Hydrology 9), but it’s worth a look if you prefer oils to herbs.ProsPowerhouseEasy to useGreat price pointConsA bit intimidatingOnly uses concentrateNo extra bells and whistlesBottom LineThe Boost is an imposing, albeit simple rig for vaping oils and concentrates. It gets the job done, but if you’re looking for anything fancy, you might want to shop around.last_img read more

Trump Admin Quietly Shutters Critical NASA Climate Research Program

first_img Despite all the warnings about climate change, a lot of data show that even among those that care, they don’t tend to talk about climate change all that often. And for those who are wondering what the point is if we’ve already passed the point of no return — harm reduction. Just because you’ve had two more shots than you should have, doesn’t mean you need to do another six. That said, the Trump administration is quietly shuttering some studies examining the effects of climate change. For years, NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, has been collating all kinds of data about the planet’s carbon dioxide flows. But Trump has shuttered the program, Science reports.Just about every organization, including Trump’s own companies and the US military, agree that climate change is an imminent threat. Given the importance of NASA to the scientific community in general, this puts the entire scientific communities’ abilities to study and understand climate change in serious jeopardy.“If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the [Paris Climate Agreement,” Kelly Sims Gallagher of Tufts University told Science. “The White House has mounted a broad attack on climate science, repeatedly proposing cuts to NASA’s earth science budget, including the CMS, and cancellations of climate missions such as the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3). Although Congress fended off the budget and mission cuts, a spending deal signed in March made no mention of the CMS,” the piece reads. Because the US tends to require authorization of funding as well appropriations, by leaving the program out of the bill, the White House was able to nix it, according to Steve Cole, a NASA spokesperson. Last year, Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, making it, currently, the only nation on Earth that isn’t participating. Shuttering the CMS, though, is a massive doubling down, as it will effectively bar all other countries from the data they need to assess their emissions and understand how to effectively combat them. Thankfully, not all is lost. Europe has one carbon-monitoring satellite now, and more are coming. Still, it’s a serious dent in humanity’s collective ability to share and understand basic information about our planet. So yea, it sucks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetlast_img read more

This Portable Keyboard Crumples Into a PocketSized Ball

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB Is a Split Mechanical Gaming KeyboardIKEA’s New Gaming Gear Is Built For Your Body Life—and work—would be a lot easier if I could fold up my laptop, mouse, and keyboard to fit in my pocket.Alas, cramming all those electronics into female-sized jean compartments (why do men always have bigger pockets?) is just not feasible.At least, not entirely.Researchers in Korea developed an inexpensive keyboard so tough, so flexible, and so thin that it can be crumpled up and tucked into a pocket without damage.Of course, someone already thought to make a bendable, portable keyboard. But of the merchandise available today, most have limited elastibility and are still quite bulky, even once rolled up.A team of scientists, led by Kee-Sun Sohn, Ji Sik Kim, and Keemin Sohn, wanted to create something that can withstand the rigors of everyday life, and still let you email your boss and update social media with ease.As described by a paper published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the group based their device on a sheet of soft Ecoflex silicone rubber, embedded with conductive carbon nanotubes.Those tubes respond to the push of a finger by changing electrical resistance, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS), which reported on the study.In an effort to avoid added volume, researchers drew squares representing letter and number keys directly onto the sheet’s surface. They then trained a neural network to identify the intended character based on location and pressure of the user’s touch.“They state that their simple keyboard worked perfectly and outperformed all existing portable keypads in terms of functionality, flexibility, disposability, and cost,” ACS said.Each keyboard would cost only $1—”cheap enough that it could be tossed out and replaced if it stopped working,” the organization said.Not exactly inspiring. But I suppose such a low price point would mean less anxiety over damage (which, as most of my electronic devices prove, is a very real hazard for me).Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Mr Game and Watch

first_imgWho Are They?Mr. Game and Watch is the primordial retro gaming homunculus representing the Game and Watch, some of Nintendo’s oldest video game hardware. First appearing in 1980, he’s older than Mario. The single-game portable systems were created by the late Gunpei Yokoi, who later created the Game Boy. Some Game and Watch systems even experimented with two screens decades before the Nintendo DS.Smash HistoryMr. Game and Watch was the final secret character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and truly no one saw him coming. He’s a monochrome little sprite moving at single-digit frame rate animation. Some of the novelty had worn off when he reappeared in every Smash game since, but at that point his totally original moveset had made him an interesting fighter in his own right.What Looks New in Ultimate?Mr. Game and Watch has a lot of fresh aesthetic changes in Smash Ultimate, which seems weird for a character who originated from rigid LCD displays. Whenever he uses moves from specific games, his sprite changes to match that game. And aside from an unfortunate Native American stereotype that’s being removed, these sprite changes are all pretty stylish. Beyond that he also has some new moves like a bomb-based aerial attack and adjusted existing moves like reflecting physical projectiles with your oil bucket.Our Hopes?First off, we hope Mr. Game and Watch doesn’t have any more secret racist animations. But I guess that’s fitting given his old-timey cartoon nature. Also fitting is just how weird and awkward I’ve always found Mr. Game and Watch to be, not just his jerky movement but his attacks, too. I’m not hoping that changes. I’m hoping that I change and can suddenly appreciate it.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img Mr. Game and Watch Gets Old-School!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Mr. Game and Watch.last_img read more

Order Dominos Directly From Your Cars Touchscreen

first_img It’s been a long day. You’re stuck in traffic. A bubbling pizza pie would really hit the spot right now…Thanks to a new partnership between Domino’s and in-vehicle commerce company Xevo, you’ll soon be able to order dinner from your car’s touchscreen.Starting this year, the restaurant’s AnyWare pizza ordering platform will come pre-loaded in “millions” of vehicles fitted with Xevo (though a list of compatible cars has not been revealed).Gluttons for punishment can already use Ford Sync Applink to “place my easy order” without leaving ’10 and 2′ on the steering wheel.“At Domino’s, we want pizza ordering to be simple and always within reach, no matter where a customer happens to be,” Chris Roeser, director of digital experience at Domino’s, said in a statement.“This new AnyWare platform will make ordering pizza easy,” he continued, “whether you’re in the car waiting for the kids to finish soccer practice or you’re on your way home from work.”Once logged in, customers can choose a saved Easy Order or most recent order, then using Domino’s Tracker to follow their pizza’s progress. Xevo’s in-car interface also makes it easy to local your local store or call in an order.“We’re excited to work with Domino’s,” Xevo Chief Marketing Officer Brian Woods said, calling the pizza chain “technological innovators.”“Xevo Market makes it possible for Domino’s to reach people directly in cars, streamlining mobile ordering to help busy consumers save time,” he added.Domino’s AnyWare software already exists in a number of forms; folks can place orders using voice assistants Google Home and Alexa; social media services Slack, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter; or apps for mobile phones (Zero Click), smart watches, and Samsung Smart TV.More on Geek.com:Watch: This Maggot ‘Fountain’ Can Consume a Pizza in 2 HoursThis High-Tech Pizza ATM Is #CollegeDietGoalsThis Slice of Pizza Will Outlive YouMuseum of Pizza is Cheesiest Art Exhibit Ever Stay on target Las Vegas Pizzeria Offers ‘Grasshopper Pie’ Amid Insect Inva…Domino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston last_img read more

NASA Observes Mysterious Galactic Jellyfish in Deep Space

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target NASA spotted a mysterious galactic “jellyfish”-like galaxy “swimming” into the view of the space agency’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, and it is a gorgeous sight.It’s unknown how this galaxy ended up with its sparkly tentacles and giant hot gas tail, however, NASA’s forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope will investigate the cosmic mass when it launches into orbit in 2021. With the James Webb Space Telescope, astronomers can investigate how the gas is being removed from the galaxy and why stars are developing within its gaseous tail, said a NASA press release.The “jellyfish”-like galaxy, which is known as ESO 137-001, is a spiral galaxy that’s almost the same size as the Milky Way and it’s located about 220 million light-years from our planet, Space.com reported. Its long hot gas tail stretches across 260,000 light-years of space and it contains many newborn stars. The space agency’s first images of the “jellyfish” were obtained from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory five years ago.“The newly forming stars in the tail are mysterious because processes common in large groups of galaxies should make it difficult for new stars to emerge,” NASA officials said in the press release. “That’s because the space between galaxies in a cluster like Abell 3627 is filled with diffuse clouds of hot gas that can be detrimental to galaxies that pass through it.”In visible light, this galaxy looks like a jellyfish with blue “tentacles” of young stars dangling from its disk. In X-ray light, a giant tail of hot gas streams behind the galaxy. Infrared #NASAWebb will study this tail of gas & the stars forming in it. https://t.co/4J2YGWYE2l pic.twitter.com/pWKd4rNOXD— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) April 17, 2019Using a process dubbed “ram pressure stripping,” the intergalactic gas will strip away a galaxy’s independent supply of dust and gas, and when galaxies start to experience low quantities of dust and gas, they lack other cosmic stuff they need and turn into galactic burnouts. Astronomers are still trying to determine how the stars form in the galaxy’s tail and the time takes for this strange space phenomenon to occur, Fox News noted.“We think it’s hard to strip off a molecular cloud that’s already forming stars because it should be tightly bound to the galaxy by gravity. Which means either we’re wrong, or this gas got stripped off and heated up, but then had to cool again so that it could condense and form stars,” Stacey Alberts of the University of Arizona said in the press release. “Telling these two scenarios apart is one of the things we want to get at.”The team will analyze ESO 137-001 with Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), which observes infrared light at wavelengths of 5 to 28 microns. These observations will provide 20 times better spectral detail and 50 times more spatial detail than work conducted by other infrared observatories, NASA noted.With the James Webb Space Telescope, the team will combine new Webb observations with existing data in X-rays, visible light, and at longer far-infrared wavelengths to better understand ESO 137-001’s characteristics and eventual fate. Observations above will be taken as part of the James Webb Space Telescope’s Guaranteed Time Observation (GTO) program, which provides time to scientists who’ve worked with NASA on the James Webb Space Telescope’s instrument capabilities in its development stage.More on Geek.com:20 Amazing Images of National Parks From SpaceSpaceX Crew Dragon Test ‘Anomaly’ May Delay Future FlightsCygnus Capsule Delivers Delicious Easter Feast to Space Stationlast_img read more

The Cinematic Sex of Marvels Netflix Universe

first_imgStay on target Sex! Now that I have your attention, while the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still technically a part of the same beloved continuity, it has a lot of differences. Instead of global Avengers like Iron Man and Captain America and Thor and Hulk, it has street level New York City heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Iron Fist, who recently teamed up in The Defenders. And that seedy corner of the universe also features the latest incarnation of The Punisher, who’s about to get his own guntastic vigilante spin-off show.The Netflix shows also don’t have nearly as much money as their big-budget movie counterparts. That’s why they tend to focus on underlit hallway hand-to-hand fight scenes spread out over 13 streaming hours instead of a few glorious minutes of CGI spectacle in the theater. However, these smaller stakes allow the shows to take risks with edgier material. The episodes are full of gore Disney would never let these superheroes get away with on the big screen. Heads and limbs get cut off. Folks get shot to death. Rosario Dawson’s whole Night Nurse character basically exists to mop up all that blood left behind by gangsters and ninjas.But more importantly, the Netflix shows are full of characters, including and especially the superheroes, having lots and lots of sex! Sex! That thing many actual adult human beings with biological urges love to do! Not just flirting and kissing but explicit love-making. Unfortunately, that has now all come to an end with the recent third season of Jessica Jones, not only the final season of that show but the final season for all of the Disney Netflix shows. And while we would love to be proven wrong, we don’t think that the MCU shows on the upcoming Disney+ streaming TV service are going to be nearly as horny despite spicy pairings like Wanda & Vision or Falcon & Winter Soldier.So for the sake of pop culture history, here’s a handy guide to who’s doing who in the Marvel Netflix universe. Spoiler warning! Sex! Sex! Sex!View as: One Page Slides1/171. Punisher & Mrs. Punisher: Frank Castle’s entire murderous vigilante urban rampage is driven by the death of a woman he loved so much he made babies with her. The Punisher’s solo Netflix series should show us even more of their love.2. Daredevil & Elektra: The intense, dangerous, tragic, on-and-off-and-dead-and-not again relationship between guilty catholic boy Matt Murdock and murderous Greek temptress ninja Elektra Natchios passionately powers much of the drama in both the second half of Daredevil season two and basically all of The Defenders.3. Daredevil & Karen Page: The Matt and Karen relationship is the light, peaceful, healthy, but somewhat boring counterpart to the troubled and violent but fun Daredevil and Elektra fling, However, grappling with the tension of those two sides is appropriate for Daredevil as a character thematically. Plus Karen shot a guy to death so she can probably party.4. Luke Cage’s Dad and Diamondback’s Mom: Although on the surface they’re fighting about crime in Harlem or whatever, the real conflict between Luke Cage and Willis “Diamondback” Stryker comes from the drama caused by their shared dad, who had an affair with Stryker’s mother before fathering Luke with his wife. Here’s hoping ladies’ man Cage avoids this trap.5. Hellcat & Nuke: Trish Walker is a former child star, current radio host, and Jessica Jones’s best friend. Will Simpson is a cop, victim of The Purple Man, and weird pill-popping army experiment. They’re both fine characters on the show, as is the plot fallout that comes from them hooking up, but comics fans are just waiting for them to embrace their identities as Hellcat and Nuke.Season two sees Trish nearly engaged to war journalist Griffin Sinclair, but ends up sleeping with Jessica’s assistant Malcolm after becoming addicted to Nuke’s performance-enhancing drugs. In season three, Trish sleeps with her trainer while exploring the limits of her new Hellcat powers. Malcolm, meanwhile, sleeps with just about everyone despite his desire to be noble. 6. Jeri Hogarth & Pam: Jessica Jones (the show, not the character) broke barriers in the MCU by gender-flipping lawyer side character Jeryn Hogarth into Jeri Hogarth, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, and had her married to another woman. Unfortunately, like many powerful people, Hogarth believes she can cheat on her wife with hot young thing Pam and not pay the consequences. She does.In season two, newly single Jeri distracts herself from her disease and lawsuits with hookers and Inez Green, a former IGH nurse Jessica asks her to shelter. And Jeri’s whole plot line in season three revolves around her destroying the life of former flame Kith Lyonne because of how horny she is.7. Iron Fist & Colleen Wing: Danny Rand grew up a dedicated monk in K’un-Lun, so by the time he returned to New York as an adult with the fiery power of the Iron Fist, he had never had a chance to do it. That all changed once he met and fell in love with fellow martial artist Colleen Wing, although it did make Colleen’s secret Hand loyalty a little awkward.8. Alisa Jones and Karl Malus: The big new twist in Jessica Jones season two is that the superpowered killer connected to IGH, the shadowy group behind Jessica’s own powers, is none other than her own mother. While Jessica is shocked that her mom is alive, we were more shocked to see her mom get it on with Karl Malus, the scientist who revived her and a pretty cool hippy stepdad.9. Jessica Jones & Luke Cage: Luke Cage will get his due later on in this list but he first appears in the MCU as a sexual conquest of vulgar, hard-drinking, superhero investigator Jessica Jones. Not only is it good to see Jones begin to reclaim her power and agency after her trauma with The Purple Man, but seeing these two test their super strength against each other as foreplay is Hell’s Kitchen hot.In season two Jessica moves on and hooks up with her new super Oscar Arocho. We also learn about her previous tragic romance with barkeeper Stirling. Plus she bangs a stranger in a bathroom. In season three Oscar moves on to a more stable relationship, leaving Jessica room to hook up with Erik, a fellow superhero with the power to sense evil.10. Kingpin & Vanessa: The true star of Daredevil season one, Wilson Fisk is this incredible giant baby egg man of a character. But the perhaps the most endearing of his weird stunted tics is his bashful courtship of beautiful low-key sociopath art dealer Vanessa.11. Lei Kung: Just because Iron Fist wasn’t having any sex doesn’t mean his K’un-Lun master Lei Kung didn’t. Along with being Danny Rand’s father figure, he’s the actual father to Danny’s former best friend, rival, and fellow fantastic fighter Davos. 12. Luke Cage & Misty Knight: The moment Luke Cage moves to Harlem for his solo series it seems like the first thing he does is get down with Misty Knight, at this point just a random woman at a nightclub. But maybe it’s for the best that this tryst is conveniently forgotten once Luke and Misty’s statuses as vigilante and cop, respectively, are revealed.13. Luke Cage & Claire Temple: Like a true Blaxploitation hero: Luke Cage has so much sex he has his own euphemism for it, “Getting coffee.” Claire Temple may be a supporting character across the whole Netflix Marvel universe, stitching up bloody heroes after the fact, but these days she’s Luke Cage’s lover above all else.14. Foggy Nelson & Marci Stahl: Foggy Nelson may be Daredevil’s lame legal sidekick, but he still gets laid, and he is not afraid to tell you about it.15. Mariah Dillard & Shades: After the demise of Diamondback and her cousin Cottonmouth, Mariah Dillard is the de facto crime queen of Harlem. And as the last henchman standing, Shades is her number two. So it’s only natural they hook up.16. Comanche & Shades: Luke Cage season two adds a tragic new former relationship by revealing Luke’s prison inmate rivals and soldiers for gangster godmother Mariah Dillard used to be romantically involved. It’s like a little remake of Moonlight with more guns and superheroes.17. 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Clark Talks Podcast looks at state politics 2017 grads

first_imgThis week, Clark Talks, The Columbian’s podcast, covers education from the state Capitol to the Class of 2017.The podcast begins with the Olympia update, during which state political reporter Lauren Dake talks to Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, about the ongoing education funding negotiations in the statehouse. Lawmakers are currently in a second special legislative session with the goal of ending the state’s chronic underfunding of public schools.Next, host Dameon Pesanti and small cities reporter Adam Littman introduce a compilation of interviews with five graduating high school seniors. Littman and reporter Katie Gillespie met the students while creating The Columbian’s annual graduation issue. The students chosen this year all displayed some form of activism or advocacy outside the classroom on issues relating to immigration, bullying, student resources and more.The story will run in Sunday’s paper, with a follow-up in Monday’s paper listing all the upcoming graduation ceremonies, organized by Kay Richardson.The episode wraps up with a discussion with Ashley Swanson, who gives a taste of what’s in store for the upcoming weekend.Some of the events are:• Big Paddle Festival, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration is required for the interpretive paddles. Port of Ridgefield, 5 West Mill St., Ridgefield; free, $5 to $25 for interpretive paddle. http://ridgefieldwa.us/event/big-paddle• Hockinson Fun Days, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, parade at noon Saturday. Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie; free, pancake breakfast: $5 per person, $15 per family. 360-448-6450 or www.hockinsonboosters.com/fun-days.htmllast_img read more

Seven options for those who use a wheelchair to get outdoors in

first_imgAmy Bounds wants to enjoy the outdoors with her family. The hitch: Her husband uses a wheelchair.The 45-year-old Vancouver woman posed this question to Clark Asks: “What outdoor activities — such as camping, hiking, swimming and exploring — are available in Clark County for people in a wheelchair?”“We haven’t done much,” Bounds said. Her husband, Jeff, is a 52-year-old Iraq war veteran in a wheelchair as a result of his service. They want to get outside with their two teenagers. They have been to Klineline Pond, a popular swimming spot north of Vancouver, but are seeking other adventures.Although most parks have been upgraded to provide restrooms and parking spots that comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, it takes a bit more than that to provide a truly good outdoor experience for those using wheelchairs. We talked with parks and public lands officials to create this list of seven activities in and near Clark County.• Take a hike without leaving town.Salmon Creek Greenway and Trail via the Salmon Creek Sports Association Complex, 800 N.E. 117th St., Vancouver; www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/salmon-creek-regional-parkklineline-pondThe easiest way to get to the greenway trail is through the parking lot at the ball fields, where parking is free. The 3-mile paved trail follows Salmon Creek through a meadow, wetland and woods. The trail is pretty flat, with a few gentle slopes about halfway through, and a steeper slope leading up to Northwest 36th Avenue on the west end. Even though the trail is in an urban area, it’s not uncommon to spot herons, egrets and even beavers. If you park at nearby Klineline Pond, you’ll have to pay $3 per car, but you’ll be close to wheelchair-accessible viewpoints where you can fish.last_img read more

Flood destroys entire cash contents of Wisconsin bank vault

first_imgBURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank.Fox River State Bank president Keith Polleck refused to disclose how much money was ruined, but said the Federal Reserve will have to replace every dollar.Polleck told WISN-TV that the vault at the bank in Burlington, 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee, is water resistant but not waterproof. As the Fox River rose above flood stage, water flooded the bank, rising up to 21 inches (53 centimeters) deep inside the facility.Now that the river is back below flood stage, restoration crews have started to clean up. Carpets have been ripped out. Drywall is being replaced. The bank’s documents are drying, though most are backed up electronically.last_img read more

Rural fire chiefs keeping residents informed

first_imgClark County’s rural fire chiefs have been fielding hundreds of calls over the past week from residents concerned about the Eagle Creek Fire.One question is on everybody’s mind, and with good reason: Should I evacuate?Fortunately for Clark County, the answer seems to be no, although there’s plenty of reason to stay alert.“There are no evacuations in Washougal or in Clark County,” said Fire Chief Nick Swinhart of East County Fire & Rescue.Even so, Swinhart, who is also chief of the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, stressed that Clark County, particularly its eastern edge, “is under extreme fire danger right now.” Swinhart advised that east county residents seek out the Skamania County Sheriff’s website and Facebook page for up to date information regarding the fire and evacuations.“Most of the people that have been calling, unfortunately, have been concerned about incorrect information or rumors,” Swinhart said.Fire Chief Steve Wrightson of Fire District 3 said that much of the confusion surrounding evacuations stems from the presence of two identically named mountains on both sides of the Columbia River. An evacuation notice has been issued for Larch Mountain in Oregon, but not Larch Mountain in Washington, which sits at the eastern edge of Clark County.“There’s bits and pieces of information that go out, and people just hear parts of it,” Wrightson said.Fire District 3 encompasses about 84 square miles and is responsible for roughly 40,000 people. The Camas-Washougal Fire Department protects about 40,000 people, while East County Fire and Rescue serves more than 50,000.Despite the high fire risk, Wrightson said that Clark County had no active fires at the moment and was not threatened by the fires in the Gorge or in Skamania County.last_img read more

Fort Vancouver to remain open on July 4

first_imgThe Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will remain open on the Fourth of July, according to a media release from the National Park Service.However, only visitors who have a disabled parking pass will be permitted to park within the site on the holiday. All park facilities will be open to pedestrian access.Throughout the day, National Park Service staff and volunteers will dress in period costumes meant to reflect the 19th century fur trade and Civil War era, and there will be 1930s military re-enactors.The fireworks show is scheduled to start at 10:05 p.m.Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum will be open from noon to 8 p.m., the visitor center and bookstore will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance to the reconstructed stockade is $10 for adults and free for children younger than 15.last_img read more

Real Madrid should give Barcelona a guard of honour – Alba

first_imgBarcelona’s Jordi Alba is convinced that Real Madrid should give them a guard of honour for having recently been crown La Liga championsThe Catalan giants sealed their 25th league title with a 4-2 win against the now-relegated Deportivo La Coruna last Sunday with Lionel Messi netting a hat-trick.The title marks their seventh one of the past 10 seasons and they recently defeated Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final.But for Sunday’s El Clasico against bitter rivals Real, Zinedine Zidane announced that they will not be performing any kind of guard of honour due to Barcelona’s refusal to the same gesture when they won the Club World Cup in December.“It’s not a decision we take, everyone has respect for those who want to,” said Alba, according to AS.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.“The Club World Cup was a competition we didn’t play in. At the [Santiago] Bernabeu, in the league, we have previously performed a guard of honour. If they don’t want to give us a guard of honour it will be because it comes from upstairs.”The defender also defended his head coach Ernesto Valverde for Barcelona’s shocking exit from the Champions League to AS Roma.“It’s an embarrassment, the players have to show our faces, we all make mistakes,” admitted the 29-year-old.“Valverde deserves it more than anyone, he’s the sixth coach to have won a double. He’s managed the dressing room perfectly.”He added: “[The double] has only been done eight times in Barcelona’s history and we have to be very happy. Everyone would have taken it, although we know that in the Champions League we were knocked out badly. The double has been won eight times and the club was founded ages ago.”last_img read more

Gattuso warns AC Milan We cant rely on Higuain for everything

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has warned the club that they cannot allow themselves to depend solely on Gonzalo Higuain to improve their fortunes this seasonThe Argentina international completed his move to the Rossoneri earlier this month as part of a swap deal alongside Juventus teammate Mattia Caldara with defender Leonardo Bonucci going the other way back to Turin.But it’s the arrival of Higuain that has captured the interest of the Milan supporters with his record of 111 goals in 177 appearances in the Serie A in his five years in Italy through spells with both Napoli and Juventus.And Higuain got off to a promising start for Milan by scoring against old club Real Madrid in a friendly at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.But, despite his emerging importance for Milan this season, Gattuso has cautioned against placing too many expectations on the 30-year-old.“We’re going nowhere if we just rely on one player, even if it is Higuain. It’s not enough,” said Gattuso, according to Goal.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“In order to be credible, you have to do the work throughout the week, encouraging your team-mates and not insulting them. I’ve seen all of that since he arrived here.”While Higuain had equalised for Milan, after Karim Benzema’s second-minute opener, it proved to be the only highlight of the game for the Serie A giants with Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral both scoring to secure Real a 3-1 win.“Last season our biggest problem was that we played some attractive football without bringing home a result, and now we’ve got the same regrets, so it’s something we need to improve,” continued Gattuso.“We’ve got to avoid conceding goals at the end of each half. It was a good performance overall, the side is in good shape and plays well. In general, I am happy, as we have strengthened this summer.“It’s true the gap with Juventus remains very large, but we are young and on the right track. If we continue like this, I don’t think it’ll take long to bridge that gap.”Milan will begin their Serie A campaign at home to Genoa on Sunday.last_img read more