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Google Lens In Assistant! Let us know whether your device has it or not?
#GoogleLens   #GoogleAssistant   #Android   #Google  

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Michael Jackson. I Just Can't Stop Loving UUU
I just can't stop loving UUU

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Education is Under Attack In the GOP’s Tax Bill - by Stats -via Flynx

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+Rhys Taylor I heard you were one of the participants... :P.. haa..haa.. :-)

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New this week: new Google+ Profile cards on desktop, updated Google Maps icons, YouTube restricting “disturbing” videos aimed at kids

* This week there are updates for Plussers, YouTubers and much more:
Google+ has a new Profile “About” card on desktop, which nicely formats your personal details, and provides buttons to contact the profile owner directly. Check yours today to see if your profile needs tweaking.

* Google Maps updated its look to make it easier to identify businesses, services and landmarks. There are new color-coded icons and the icons you see are more context dependent - if you’re using driving navigation, you will see gas stations, while if you are using public transit, you’ll see train stations.

* YouTube announced that in-video notifications of a featured video or playlist will be discontinued December 14 . It turns out, very few people follow those links, and those who do sometimes are taken to a non-existent live stream. YouTube is encouraging using Cards and End Screens to promote your videos and playlists instead.

* YouTube also came under fire this week as media outlets noticed that there were “startling” and “bizarre” videos available in the YouTube Kids app. Some videos use characters from kids’ cartoons, movies or books in sexual or violent situations. While some of these videos may be churned out algorithmically, there are human-created videos as well.

YouTube quickly promised to age-restrict such content, which would prevent it from appearing in the YouTube Kids app. And in the past few days there appear to have been related video removals and the suspension of the controversial Toy Freaks channel, which had 8.5 million subscribers. This is still a developing situation, and I think it’s likely there will be more terminations.

* Facebook continues to court video creators and live streamers. This week they launched a new Creator portal and app, which includes new tools for video creation and connecting with collaborators and fans.

* Twitter finally realized that people believe the Verified check mark represents an endorsement from the platform. They revised their policies to include a number of behaviors that could cause loss of verification. As most of these behaviors violate existing Twitter policy, it’s not clear why the Twitter accounts wouldn’t be suspended, rather than just losing the check mark. But in any case, Twitter has indeed started removing the check mark, most notably from several far right and white supremacist personalities.

* You can now broadcast your voice from your Google Home device using Google Assistant, wherever you are. Plus Home has improved music controls.

Get all this week’s links, updates and tips:


22 November: AdSense on Air: Get your website mobile ready

23 November: Google Partners Academy on Air: Smart Bidding: Embrace the Future of Marketing

30 November: Google Partners Academy on Air: DataStudio: Automate Your Reporting

1 December: YouTube Paid Channels will be made private

Image: Chrysanthemum Closeup (by me)

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NASA launches next-generation weather satellite - NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts.

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Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore just got slapped with a serious Alabama bar complaint about his very public attempts to shame and intimidate the women who’ve accused him of sexual harassment and pedophilia.

Roy Moore’s defiant behavior on the bench resulted in being twice removed from his role as Alabama’s Chief Justice of their Supreme Court. Yet, strangely, neither incident resulted in his disbarment or restriction of the right to practice law, even though all attorneys swear to uphold the United States Constitution, their State Constitution, and all laws.

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Zimbabwe army stops crowd marching towards Mugabe’s ‘Blue Roof’ compound

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Evolution doesn't require Darwinian culling – new theories challenge the notion that all complexity must be adaptive.

"Complexity is not purely the result of millions of years of fine-tuning through natural selection—a process that Richard Dawkins famously dubbed “the blind watchmaker.” To some extent, it just happens."


In Brief, conventional wisdom holds that complex structures evolve from simpler ones, step-by-step, through a gradual evolutionary process, with Darwinian selection favoring intermediate forms along the way.

But recently some scholars have proposed that complexity can arise by other means—as a side effect, for instance—even without natural selection to promote it. Studies suggest that random mutations that individually have no effect on an organism can fuel the emergence of complexity in a process known as constructive neutral evolution.


Life on earth is characterized by three striking phenomena that demand explanation: adaptation—the marvelous fit between organism and environment; diversity—the great variety of organisms; and complexity—the enormous intricacy of their internal structure. Natural selection explains adaptation. But what explains diversity and complexity?

Unlike standard evolutionary theory, McShea and Brandon argue that there exists in evolution a spontaneous tendency toward increased diversity and complexity, one that acts whether natural selection is present or not. They call this tendency a biological law—the Zero-Force Evolutionary Law. This law unifies the principles and data of biology under a single framework and invites a reconceptualization of the field of the same sort that Newton’s First Law brought to physics. This statement is, they maintain, a fundamental law of biology—perhaps its only one.

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(Star Wars Heir To The Empire Chapter 6) ... Leia, Han And Like Have Just Arrived To Bimmisaari For The Negotiations Only To Find That Their Chief Negotiator Is Not Well ... Luke Senses No Duplicity On The Part Of The Bimms So They Agree To Take A Tour Of The Market Place In The Mean Time ... My Rating 9 Out Of 10

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Men on both sides of the political spectrum are guilty of sexual harassment — men on the left are just more morally slithery about it, writes Heather Mallick.

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Tennis superstar Serena Williams and the father of her Alexis Ohanian have got married. The two were joined together in matrimony on Friday at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, in a ceremony that drew a guest list of celebrities like Kim…

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Go inside the tennis champ's lavish wedding, where the "Flawless" singer and "KUWTK" star came face-to-face for the first time since their husbands' 2016 feud.

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Report: Android Smartphone Vendors to Adopt 3D Sensing for New Phones

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According to a recent accounting by the Washington Post, “the Trump campaign interacted with Russians at least thirty-one times throughout the campaign” and there were at “at least 19 known meetings.” If the full scope of the Trump-Russia story had been known all at once—Paul Manafort’s work for a pro-Putin party in Ukraine, Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner’s back channels to Russian officials, Carter Page and George Papadopoulos’s machinations, Donald Trump, Jr.,’s eager embrace of a Russian lawyer with alleged dirt on Hillary Clinton, the F.B.I.’s investigation, the intelligence community’s warnings—it would have been akin to North Korea going nuclear overnight. The audacity of the Trump campaign’s lies would have been shocking.

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Who's with and who is against Mugabe now?

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T-Mobile Launches Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30+, And Revvl Plus

T-Mobile customers can now get Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30+, and Revvl Plus from their favorite carrier starting today.

Starting with the Galaxy S8 Active, the device carries a price tag of $820 (excluding tax). You can also purchase it on monthly payments plans with $100 down payment and $30 per month for 24 months.

Next comes the LG V30+, which differs from the standard V30 majorly in terms of storage (it has 128GB internal memory). T-Mobile is selling the handset for $850 sans tax. Needless to say, there are monthly payments plans as well.

Finally, The Revvl Plus is an improved version of the Revvl. It is naturally a much more budget-friendly alternative to the V30+ and GS8 Active. It’s only $200 or $8 down and $8 per month for 24 months.

Read all about it here:

#TMobile #GalaxyS8Active #LGV30Plus #RevvlPlus

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When science says to trust your gut.

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purple bench

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Rain at Last

We've had an incredibly dry spring, and been watering the garden for the last couple of months, but after a massive storm on Friday, we've had steady rain since. It's always amazing how quickly things change, we're now surrounded by greens of every hue, and the flowers seem more vibrant than ever.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

I think the bridge is more impressive close up than at a distance, the scale of the structure is imposing from any angle.

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Week 12 college football scores, highlights from Saturday's games: Keep up with all the latest from college gridiron on Sporting News' big play blog.

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Google Duo is best rated communication app on the Play Store

#Android #google #googleduo #playstore #apps

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OnePlus 5T Now Official With 18:9 Aspect Ratio, Better Cameras

#android #news #oneplus5t #cameras

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How Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn will Make Relationship Work During Tour #celebs #celebrity #taylorswift

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Dog ownership linked to lower mortality

A team of Swedish scientists have used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. Their study shows that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or to other causes during the 12-year follow-up. A total of more than 3.4 million individuals without any prior cardiovascular disease in 2001 were included in the researchers' study linking together seven different national data sources, including two dog ownership registers. The results are being published for the first time in Scientific Reports. The goal was to determine whether dog owners had a different risk of cardiovascular disease and death than non-dog owners. "A very interesting finding in our study was that dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death than those living in a multi-person household. Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households. The results showed that single dog owners had a 33 percent reduction in risk of death and 11 percent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease during follow-up compared to single non-owners. Another interesting finding was that owners to dogs from breed groups originally bred for hunting were most protected," says Mwenya Mubanga, lead junior author of the study and PhD student at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University.

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Age and Gut Bacteria Contribute to Multiple Sclerosis Progression

Researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School published a study suggesting that gut bacteria at young age can contribute to Multiple sclerosis (MS) disease onset and progression.

The research is in PNAS. (full access paywall)

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Dynasty Football 101 - Episode 11; SportsCrew Radio Network

This weeks conversation deals with the unique buy low / sell high window for rebuilding teams. Trade your older players and turn them into gold. Limited time only. Discussing Rams, Vikings, Patriots, Raiders, Eagles and Cowboys. We also open some eyes breaking down upcoming draft prospect WR James Washington from Oklahoma State.

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Derrick Rose to miss up to 3 more weeks with sprained ankle: In his first season with the Cavaliers, Rose has not played since Nov. 7 after spraining his ankle.

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Too bad patriots and cowboys don't play this season. Bill would have ran up the score on them

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Thunder Blow A 23 Point Lead As The Spurs Win 104-101

The OKC Thunder would blow a 23 Point lead vs a Kawhi-less Spurs team tonight losing 101-104. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and also grabbed a clutch rebound off a Danny Green missed 3 with 24.2 seconds left to put the Spurs up 102-99. Anthony had 20 points to lead the Thunder. Westbrook was held to 15 points after scoring 10 in the opening period however he would shoot an awful 5-22 from the field.


LaMarcus Aldridge: 26 Pts, 9 Rebs
Danny Green: 17 Pts, 6 Rebs
Pau Gasol: 14 Pts, 8 Rebs, 4 Asts


Carmelo Anthony: 20 Pts
Paul George: 18 Pts, 7 Asts, 6 Rebs
Steven Adams: 16 Pts, 8 Rebs
Russell Westbrook: 15 Pts, 9 Rebs, 9 Asts, 5-22 FG

#NBA #Thunder #Spurs #OKC #SanAntonio

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LaVar Ball dismisses idea of Donald Trump helping his son

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Geekscape of the Day: The Final View
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While the Delta-II with the JPSS-1 weather satellite has finally launched, SpaceX has had less luck with the mysterious Zuma mission, which has been grounded for now because of persisting issues with the payload fairing.

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Animated Photo

With its ebb and flow, the incoming tide
Against the cold, wet sand it does collide
Blue shades of sapphire, sky, and indigo
The incoming tide, with its ebb and flow

Whitecaps rush in making a noisy hiss
Grains of bleached sand they do tenderly kiss
Waves surge and swell, creating a loud din
Making a noisy hiss, whitecaps rush in

Surf pounds the shore sending up frothy spray
High breakers roll in, their strength on display
Nearing the strand with a thunderous roar
Sending up frothy spray, surf pounds the shore

Sea-foam in the air, salty froth and spume
An aroma of saltwater perfume
Rough waves and waterspouts seen everywhere
Salty froth and spume, sea-foam in the air

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'He's Pavlov and We're the Dogs': How Associative Learning Really Works in Human Psychology

Pavlov’s great scientific achievement was to objectively and experimentally investigate these laws. Critically, Pavlov did not study salivation in dogs because he believed associative learning to be an inherently primitive process applicable only to mechanical reactions in animals. Rather, he saw the potential for such learning to be part of a broad range of adaptive human actions. Pavlov simply studied the response system he knew best; indeed, he earned the Nobel Prize in 1904 for his work in digestive physiology.

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A telomere is a region of repetitive nucleotide sequences at each end of a chromosome. They protect the chromosome from deterioration or from accidentally fusing with neighboring chromosomes. Without telomeres DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.

Shorter telomere length is widely considered a manifestation of stress in young children, but the results of a new study find it’s more complicated than that.

Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate
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