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Apple TV+ announces its first French language original production, thriller series ‘Liaison’

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:31

Apple TV+ today announced its first French original production, a contemporary thriller drama named Liaison. The series will star actress Eva Green and actor Vincent Cassel, as reported by Le Figaro.


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Categories: Geek

Listen to Apple Music and Spotify on this iPod Classic web player

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:11

Even 15 years after its release, Apple fans are still missing the iPod Classic. And every now and then, we find apps and web-based apps that indulge in the nostalgia of using an iPod Classic.

This time, a GitHub project has emerged that lets you play Apple Music or Spotify songs on an iPod Classic web player.


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Joy Reid Merrily Swats Down Critical Race Theory Shill

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:02

Joy Reid made it look easy as she slapped down Christopher Rufo, the political operative who claims to be an expert on race because he works at a conservative think tank.

Under her persistent questioning, he did admit that he's not an expert in race or law, which is where critical race theory is actually grounded.

What he is, besides a longtime passenger on the wingnut think tank gravy train, is the architect of the plan to pound the American consciousness with the idea that virtually anything they don't like about Democrats is "critical race theory." It's a classic right-wing branding and propaganda campaign.

“The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think 'critical race theory.’ We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans," he wrote on Twitter back in March.

Reid smiled warmly as Rufo said she was attacking him on air, when she was simply reading from his own mission statement.

Rufo claims in those talking points that the father of critical race theory was Ibram X. Kendi, who in a statement to Reid, said he wasn't a critical race theorist.

"I admire critical race theory but I don't identify as a critical race theorist. I'm not a legal scholar, so I wasn't trained on critical race theory," Kendi said.

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9to5Mac Daily: June 24, 2021 – iPhone 14 and new iPhone SE rumors

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:01

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EU roaming charges begin for Brits as first carrier breaks its Brexit promise

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:01

Act surprised: Some Brits will face EU roaming charges for the first time since 2017, as EE is the first carrier to break its promise that nothing would change after Brexit…


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Senate considers shaving some time off August recess, when it—and the House—should be canceling it

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:00

The Senate is mere hours away from calling it a month and taking off for the Fourth of July recess, which will last until July 15. The House plans on being in for a few days next week, but then will be gone until July 19. That is, unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer happen to notice that the country remains in a simmering crisis and decide that maybe working on legislation for just a handful of days between now and the middle of September is a bad idea. By a handful, I mean nine days for the House from July 2 until September 13, and 16 for the Senate.

Maybe in recognition of that, the Senate is possibly canceling recess for the week of Aug. 9. No final decision has been made, reportedly, but "senators have quietly been advised to keep their plans for that week fluid." The House, which is taking more time off but has also accomplished more than the Senate in the first half of this year, is still scheduled to be gone. A lot.

It's not as if there aren’t issues that have to be addressed by Pelosi, one of which is getting ridiculous and infuriating. She's giving the Senate until the end of this week to decide if they want to try another vote on the Jan. 6 commission before she moves on to decide whether to have a House select committee investigate. Let us review where we left that whole commission proposal.

Categories: Politics

Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

Slashdot - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: About a year ago, genetic sequences from more than 200 virus samples from early cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan disappeared from an online scientific database. Now, by rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher in Seattle reports that he has recovered 13 of those original sequences -- intriguing new information for discerning when and how the virus may have spilled over from a bat or another animal into humans. The new analysis, released on Tuesday, bolsters earlier suggestions that a variety of coronaviruses may have been circulating in Wuhan before the initial outbreaks linked to animal and seafood markets in December 2019. As the Biden administration investigates the contested origins of the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, the study neither strengthens nor discounts the hypothesis that the pathogen leaked out of a famous Wuhan lab. But it does raise questions about why original sequences were deleted, and suggests that there may be more revelations to recover from the far corners of the internet. The genetic sequences of viral samples hold crucial clues about how SARS-CoV-2 shifted to our species from another animal, most likely a bat. Most precious of all are sequences from early in the pandemic, because they take scientists closer to the original spillover event. As [Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who wrote the new report] was reviewing what genetic data had been published by various research groups, he came across a March 2020 study with a spreadsheet that included information on 241 genetic sequences collected by scientists at Wuhan University. The spreadsheet indicated that the scientists had uploaded the sequences to an online database called the Sequence Read Archive, managed by the U.S. government's National Library of Medicine. But when Dr. Bloom looked for the Wuhan sequences in the database earlier this month, his only result was "no item found." Puzzled, he went back to the spreadsheet for any further clues. It indicated that the 241 sequences had been collected by a scientist named Aisi Fu at Renmin Hospital in Wuhan. Searching medical literature, Dr. Bloom eventually found another study posted online in March 2020 by Dr. Fu and colleagues, describing a new experimental test for SARS-CoV-2. The Chinese scientists published it in a scientific journal three months later. In that study, the scientists wrote that they had looked at 45 samples from nasal swabs taken "from outpatients with suspected Covid-19 early in the epidemic." They then searched for a portion of SARS-CoV-2's genetic material in the swabs. The researchers did not publish the actual sequences of the genes they fished out of the samples. Instead, they only published some mutations in the viruses. But a number of clues indicated to Dr. Bloom that the samples were the source of the 241 missing sequences. The papers included no explanation as to why the sequences had been uploaded to the Sequence Read Archive, only to disappear later. Perusing the archive, Dr. Bloom figured out that many of the sequences were stored as files on Google Cloud. Each sequence was contained in a file in the cloud, and the names of the files all shared the same basic format, he reported. Dr. Bloom swapped in the code for a missing sequence from Wuhan. Suddenly, he had the sequence. All told, he managed to recover 13 sequences from the cloud this way. With this new data, Dr. Bloom looked back once more at the early stages of the pandemic. He combined the 13 sequences with other published sequences of early coronaviruses, hoping to make progress on building the family tree of SARS-CoV-2. Working out all the steps by which SARS-CoV-2 evolved from a bat virus has been a challenge because scientists still have a limited number of samples to study. Some of the earliest samples come from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, where an outbreak occurred in December 2019. But those market viruses actually have three extra mutations that are missing from SARS-CoV-2 samples collected weeks later. In other words, those later viruses look more like coronaviruses found in bats, supporting the idea that there was some early lineage of the virus that did not pass through the seafood market. Dr. Bloom found that the deleted sequences he recovered from the cloud also lack those extra mutations. "They're three steps more similar to the bat coronaviruses than the viruses from the Huanan fish market," Dr. Bloom said. This suggests, he said, that by the time SARS-CoV-2 reached the market, it had been circulating for awhile in Wuhan or beyond. The market viruses, he argued, aren't representative of full diversity of coronaviruses already loose in late 2019.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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This web app brings the classic iPod interface to your Spotify or Apple Music library

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 08:21

A Mac screenshot showing Tanner Villarete's web app that simulates the iPod classic interface running in Safari

Apple never created a streaming-capable iPod, but this nicely done web app lets you stream Spotify or Apple Music using an iPod classic interface complete with click wheel navigation.
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Florida Condo Building Collapses: 'It Looked Like A Bomb Went Off'

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 08:09

The collapse of the multi-story building at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside happened about 2 a.m. EST, according to CNN:

(CNN) A multistory residential building partially collapsed early Thursday in the South Florida community of Surfside, killing at least one person and raising fears that others may be trapped under rubble.

The collapse happened around 2 a.m. ET. Video from the scene shows a side of the building -- more than 10 stories tall -- having fallen, with huge piles of rubble underneath and a large number of first responders.

One person there has died, and at least 10 others were treated on the scene, Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said.

A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted or missing relatives at 9301 Collins Avenue.

Categories: Politics

Some of the best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s keyboard

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 08:00

There are so many ways that you can customize the keyboard on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14. In this piece, we'll show you a few of the best ways you can do that.
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Morning Digest: How a socialist underdog just unseated the mayor of New York's second-biggest city

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

Buffalo, NY Mayor: Buffalo is poised to become the first major American city in more than 60 years to elect a self-described socialist as mayor following nurse India Walton's upset victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary against four-term incumbent Byron Brown. Walton would also be the first woman to lead New York's second-largest city.

Walton, a first-time candidate, holds a 52-45 lead over Brown, and while the margin may shift when absentee votes are tabulated, the Associated Press called the race for her Wednesday "after it became clear there weren't enough absentee ballots for Brown to overcome Walton's lead." Buffalo gave 80% of its vote to Joe Biden, and Walton should have no trouble in the November general election.

Categories: Politics

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 07:51

Who's Behind the Jan. 6 Republican Insurrection Today?

Here's the current list of those responsible, updated at 7:30am ET by the Republican National Committee:

Democrats hypnotized by The Squad…Antifa hypnotized by George Soros…Tourists hypnotized by Critical Race Theory…The FBI hypnotized by Doc Fauci…The Greens…Planned Parenthood…The Pope and Opus Dei…The cicadas…The murder hornets…The Pope and Opus Dei riding cicadas like horses under secret orders from the murder hornets…Not Republicans no way nuh uh...Socialist children standing on each other's shoulders under body armor to make it look like they're adults…France…Cancel Culture…the gays, feminists, and pagans (who had time to do it because it wasn't hurricane-manipulating season yet)…fake Republicans led by that Raffensperger fella from Georgia…and, of course, Randy Rainbow and His All-Star Dancing Insurrectionists.

Next update at 8:30am ET. Stay vigilant.

Categories: Politics

Cartoon: A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at an ex-Presidency

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 07:50

TWO brand new Tom the Dancing Bug books are coming out this November: Tom the Dancing Bug Awakens; and Tom the Dancing Bug, Without the Bad Ones! Please do reserve your copies by pre-ordering today! RIGHT HERE AND NOW.

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MEMBERSHIPS are now open for Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE. Join the team that makes Tom the Dancing Bug possible, and get exclusive access to comics before they are published anywhere, sneak peeks, insider scoops, extra comics, and lots of other stuff. JOIN THE INNER HIVE.

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Categories: Politics

Upgrade the boring low power banner on jailbroken iOS with Surge

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 07:30

The low power banner in iOS isn’t as robust as it could be, but a new jailbreak tweak called Surge can change that.
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