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If you still use +Skype​ on Android, kill the bloated piece of crap app and switch to Skype Lite.

So much better.

It actually starts without a 15 second lag and doesn't have a psychopathic UI. Using Skype is pleasant again.

http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/skype/skype-lite/

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Why the White House Loves to Hate CNN’s Jim Acosta http://vntyfr.com/LrEwR7O

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While screeners of the new series have been kept under lock and key, a few salacious details pertaining to Sonequa Martin-Green's character have been revealed — namely that she’s Spock’s foster-sister, a human who has been raised with stone-cold Vulcan values, and that she could be a key influencer in a war brewing within this universe.

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+Google​ the ball is in your court...

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is the best-performing mobile device camera we have ever tested. Its overall DxOMark Mobile score of 94 sets a new record, beating out the 90 points for both the Google Pixel and the HTC U11, as well as the 92 that its sibling iPhone 8 just scored. Its Photo score of 96 is also a new record, blowing past the Pixel’s 90. For Video, its score of 89 is among our highest, but tied with the HTC U11 and slightly below the Pixel’s 91. Of course, the Pixel is nearly a year old now, so it makes sense that Apple’s new flagship is breaking new ground.

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Trump’s New, Permanent Travel Restrictions Are on the Way http://nym.ag/2xky1nq

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Learn how to use lm-sensors to monitor CPU temperature, fan speeds, and motherboard voltages:

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Head to 1300 E. Pioneer Pkwy in Arlington to meet Amy and Stephanie TOMORROW from 10:30-2:45pm! Can't wait to see you there!

Read more on: bit.ly/2xXvn7H

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders)

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The latest trailer for Super Beat Sports focuses entirely on Net Ball, which is one of the activities featured in the upcoming Nintendo Switch title. You can check out the new promo below. Super Beat Sports is described as a collection of five…

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This is the podcast you are looking for. Thank the Force it's Friday!

Rebel Force Radio: 9.22.17

We have fresh info about THE LAST JEDI, specifically Porgs and their delectability, from DK’s new book “Star Wars Made Easy”.  Mark Hamill saves the Disney Company the trouble by announcing the release date for the next trailer for EPISODE IX on Twitter…Then he takes it back! We dig deep to see if there is any truth behind Mark’s “joke”. Lucasfilm announces who will be their promotional partners for THE LAST JEDI and discuss the future for Disney’s plan to stream their properties independently, including STAR WARS. We speculate what that will mean financially for the company and how it will effect fans. Plus, listener voice mail, space horses, and we present a snack review for Pop Chips Star Wars Galaxy Puffs that goes horribly south.

Mp3 link: goo.gl/ZLpkjo

rebelforceradio.com

#StarWars #TheLastJedi #Porgs

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Yankees chase intruder out of clubhouse in Toronto http://nyp.st/2xmdEGA

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Jim Zemlin talks with eWeek about the next chapter at The Linux Foundation:

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Cool and icy Dione floats in front of giant Saturn bedecked in a dazzling array of colors
The surface of Dione, which exhibits contrasting bright and dark areas when viewed up close, appears pale in this image. It is Saturn's multi-hued cloud bands that boldly steal the show. Discrete clouds and eddies in Saturn's northern hemisphere can be seen within the faint shadows of the rings on the planet. Dione is 1,118 kilometers (695 miles) across.
This view was obtained from about one-third of a degree out of the ring plane.

Source & further reading:
https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/resources/2913/

#space #nasa #cassini #dione #science

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I agree with this ranking !

51 years ago, after a failed pilot and thanks to the good will of comedic legend and astute producer Lucille Ball, Star Trek: The Original Series premiered. At its best, The Original Series married hard science fiction, expansive mythology, a sincere interest in diversity, blistering intelligence, and belief in the good of humanity. I’m not sure creator Gene Roddenberry realized how grand a franchise Star Trek would grow into, but all these years later, it now includes action-oriented blockbusters, comic books, an animated series, parodies, homages, and a potent place within the cultural imagination. But Star Trek has always been at its best on television, where its verbose, philosophical leanings have the chance to truly flourish. In honor of the latest addition to the franchise, Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres on CBS on September 24, here’s a ranking of every live-action Star Trek series from worst to best.

5. Star Trek: Enterprise

Star Trek: Enterprise is perhaps the most maligned series in the franchise’s history, so much so that it’s credited with Star Trek’s long absence from pop culture until the sleek J.J. Abrams reboot. But watching Enterprise proves that the truth is a bit more complex: The series took a long time to find its feet, only hitting its stride in its final season with episodes like the two-parter “In a Mirror, Darkly” and “Borderland” — which featured mainstay Brent Spiner as Dr. Arik Soong, the grandfather of the man who created Data (the android played by Spiner in Star Trek: The Next Generation) — only to end with one of the most infuriating series finales I’ve witnessed. Enterprise takes place 100 years before the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission involving Kirk, Spock, and the beloved crew from The Original Series. The crew is led by Scott Bakula’s Jonathan Archer, a dedicated and bold captain with a dash of space-cowboy flair (and the curious wrinkle of his character’s prejudice toward Vulcans). Enterprise ultimately failed in its uneasy relationship with canon in early seasons and poor characterization. It made the mistake of looking backward, something that has plagued the franchise ever since.

4. Star Trek: Voyager

At first blush, Star Trek: Voyager had all the makings of an excellent series. It undoubtedly had the best premise: The USS Voyager is thrust into the unexplored Delta Quadrant alongside a terrorist organization known as the Maquis. The two crews reluctantly join forces after great losses, as the entire medical crew is dead, with a holo program picking up the slack. Worse yet, it will take them 75 years to journey. There is no Federation to help them and enemies lurk around every corner. Voyager was one of the most diverse series in the franchise’s history, thanks to characters like the half-Klingon, half-human Latina character B’Elanna Torres played by actress Roxann Dawson, fan favorite Seven of Nine (played by Jeri Ryan), former Maquis turned First Officer Chakotay (Robert Beltran), and of course, the steely eyed woman at the helm, Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew). Unfortunately, Voyager reigns as the most infuriating and creatively haphazard Star Trek series for how it squandered such a great premise. Voyager was saddled with several annoying and pointless characters, uneven storytelling, and a misguided dedication to the Prime Directive, despite the crew being far from Federation space. Worse yet was the characterization.


Captain Janeway was one of the greatest examples of how diversity and representation is hollow without meaningful characterization. Mulgrew loaned a sly sense of humor and flinty nature, but the character lacked consistency, often acting hypocritical in ways that didn’t make sense. Many of the other characters lacked a strong throughline: Some were annoying spectacles (Neelix, I’m looking at you), while others like B’Elanna and Seven of Nine were undercut by relationships that lacked chemistry. Yes, Seven of Nine was a fascinating character (despite being treated primarily as eye candy) who continued the franchise’s interest in the question, “What is humanity?” Unfortunately, her entrance in the fourth season led to an unbalanced series, as already uneven characters were marginalized further. I may sound a bit harsh on Voyager, but that’s only because its flashes of brilliance were truly noteworthy. When Voyager left behind its conservative approach to its premise, it gave us stellar episodes like “Year of Hell Part 1 and 2” and “Timeless,” proof that the show would have been remarkable if it were a bit more audacious.

3. Star Trek: The Original Series

What can be said about Star Trek’s first iteration that hasn’t already been said? Although it lasted only three seasons, The Original Series laid the foundation for everything to come, spawning one of the longest-running, most important fandoms in television history. Some of Star Trek’s most important tenets began with The Original Series: its intellectual curiosity, the Prime Directive, its use of alien cultures to interrogate modern concerns, and its devotion to diversity. It was nothing short of revolutionary, granting TV a few of the first Asian and black characters who weren’t reduced to stereotypes. Keep in mind the show premiered a few years removed from the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. But the worth of The Original Series goes beyond that: The five-year mission of the USS Enterprise introduced us to standout characters like Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols, who was once convinced by Martin Luther King Jr. to stay on the show) and my personal favorite, First/Science Officer Spock (the ever-graceful and nuanced Leonard Nimoy). The cast chemistry, sincerity, brilliant stand-alone episodes, and subsequent films like The Wrath of Khan led The Original Series to root itself deeply in American culture.

2. Star Trek: The Next Generation

Watching television while my mother braided my hair was a nightly ritual I learned to cherish. These are some of the few childhood memories that I hold dear. One series we watched together was Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’m not sure if it was Commander William Riker’s rakish grin, the stalwart nature and intelligence of Capt. Jean Luc-Picard (who inspired me to pick up the daily habit of drinking tea), or Deanna Troi’s somewhat hilarious confrontations with her mother (played by Majel Barrett, a.k.a. the First Lady of Star Trek for her previous appearances in the franchise and being the voice of the computer, along with being Roddenberry’s wife), but soon enough I was obsessed. Still, my love for The Next Generation is not nostalgia. It took the traditions of The Original Series to interrogate them deeper. Over the course of seven seasons, The Next Generation fine-tuned everything that made The Original Series so beguiling: an intellectual curiosity, political discussions, a charming cast that came across truly as family, and dynamite two-part episodes and cliffhangers.


The Next Generation also suggested a hopeful future for humanity that is somewhat hard to imagine: a future on Earth free of racism, sexism, or classism as the Federation keeps peace and explores the galaxy. Perhaps it’s this hopefulness that made the show the most successful Star Trek series during its airing. These days, it would be easy to disregard TNG as a relic of a television era when a lack of stylistic visual flair and a dedication to stand-alone episodes was the norm, but the series has a startling intelligence and empathy that illustrates why the franchise was so potent in the first place.

1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

“So, I lied. I cheated. I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder. But the most damning thing of all … I think I can live with it. And if I had to do it all over again, I would.” Captain Benjamin Sisko said these words during one of the most incisive, politically complex episodes in the entire Star Trek franchise, “In the Pale Moonlight.” This monologue, delivered in actor Avery Brooks’s rich baritone voice, encapsulates what made Deep Space Nine unlike anything before or since in Star Trek history. Though blessed by Roddenberry before his death, DS9 benefited from disregarding certain ground rules, like how the crew wasn’t supposed to have longstanding conflicts. Perhaps more important, it balanced each season with great stand-alone episodes enriched by longform arcs — becoming one of the first TV shows to do so. With Sisko, it also introduced Star Trek’s first black captain (although he began the show in a lower position). The show even reintroduced TNG characters like Lieutenant Worf, granting them further depth and dimensions.

If earlier iterations of Star Trek granted a utopian glow to modern humanity, Deep Space Nine revealed the price of maintaining such progress. It was darker, yet never without purpose. It was more nuanced in terms of portraying relationships between adults. DS9 used its premise of Sisko and his ragtag crew on a space station to interrogate the perils of war, the power of religion, terrorism, and the price of freedom, all while creating one of the most poignant depictions of black fatherhood that has ever appeared on television. It also had some of the best acting and direction within the franchise’s history. Deep Space 9 was Star Trek at its most artful and impactful. More than that, it was science fiction at its most incisive.

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From Neuroscience News: Immune System is Critical For Regeneration

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Warning, don't get in-between Ndamukong Suh and Cam Wake.,,#MIAvsNYJ

Watch video: bit.ly/2xYokvz

#NFL #Dolphins +Miami Dolphins

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The DNC is hemorrhaging money with no let up in sight , fundraising is way down ..and getting lower each month

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The main hormone that affects the skin, causing it to break out, is testosterone, and eating a well-balanced diet is essential in keeping its levels balanced. These six key foods proactively balance your hormones, which can plump up skin, ward off wrinkles, and even prevent acne.

http://www.howfitness.info/6-foods-balance-hormones-naturally-younger-looking-skin/

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Here’s a new way to learn coding tools
and concepts right when you need them.

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Dry life

My pets page https://www.paolodalprato.com/pets

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #insect #fotomaniaitalia #macroaddict
#hqspmacro #ilovephotography 

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Enchanted forest

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Svartskog, Norway

This is the largest I’ve found this season and it measures 20 cm across, but can be even 30 cm.

If only this species knew how famous and iconic it is among humans!

Of all the fungi species this is the most famous of all – seen in movies, paintings and drawings of fairy tales and books – even in souvenir shops and some furniture and nick-nacks stores, but I think you won’t find it at IKEA.

The species has so many powerful characteristics, but the visual is the first impression and what an impact it has when you enter into a spruce forest where the floor and the roots are completely covered in soft dense moss. The light is dim and thus the bright colors of this mushroom brightens up the surrounding like a magic lantern.

It is truly magic that from the soil this giant appears, grows and shines, then disappears to perhaps not be seen at the same location for many years.

No wonder people throughout history have had a special relationship with this one and weaved it into their lives, be it drawing, painting and art.

I for one had to sit here with it for some time to just absorb the magic of the place, watching all the insects visiting it, the sounds of the birds and the rustling of the foliage high above.
And then it happened just as it did with my previous fly agaric encounter – a shrew foraged just a few meters away from me. So tiny and so energetic.

Enchanted forest indeed.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 20 September 2017 16:48
Altitude: 57 meters

#fungi #mushrooms #autumn #svartskog #norway

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro
#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Kenny Jones

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Hundreds of empty seats at NFL games as Americans protest the National anthem sit down ...personally I am glad to see the real Americans are standing against the NFL who will not put a stop to these thugs protesting the national anthem ...

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This Is The Ultimate Cure To Reduce The Blood Sugar Levels & Triglycerides! You’ll Be Amazed By The Results!

Three prime symptoms of high blood sugar level are continuing weight gain even if you follow the diet, you feel hungry all the time and you suffer from stomach problems, Here are some simple tricks which will help you to reduce blood sugar level at home.

#blood #health #remedy #explore #medicine #homeremedies #treatment #healthyliving #cure #herbal #disease #naturalremedies #bloodsugar #healthbenefits #symptoms

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Sleeping On Your Left Side Every Night, Amazing Health Benefits

After a hard day when you hit the bed, that is the best feeling in the world. You feel relaxed and comfortable. This is why we all fall in love with our bed and it is actually our long term companion.

#sleeping #health #remedy #explore #cure #disease #naturalremedies #treatment #healthyliving #healthbenefits #homeremedies #healthcare #healing #healthy

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Earth and the Skylab space station, as seen from the departing Skylab 2 spacecraft, June 22, 1973. (NASA)
#nasa #space #aviation #history

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Paul Manafort Got Himself a New Job Lobbying Against the U.S. http://vntyfr.com/1KCgCeW

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10 Natural Ways To Boost Serotonin In Your Brain

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3 touchdowns and a Los Angeles Rams victory. #PhotoOfTheNight

Read more on: bit.ly/2xZ5ODv

#Sports #NFL

(Credit: ESPN)

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China to limit oil supply to North Korea

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We finally have a list of all 21 states that were targeting by Russia for the election. Still no significant claims that the they were actually investigated and some of the states just found out they had been targeted.

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Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who co-chairs the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said Friday in a statement it is "unacceptable that it took almost a year after the election to notify states that their elections systems were targeted."
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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Dakota
Delaware
Florida
Illinois
Iowa
Maryland
Minnesota
North
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Texas
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

#ElectionHacking #VoterFraud #Election2016 #SmokeFire #Amerika #RussiaGate #AZnews #AZactivism #AZresist

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7-Day Cucumber Diet (With a Workout Plan) That Drops Pounds Very Fast

Throughout life, there are certain occasions which require slimming down a little prior the celebratory event. Events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduation, and parties can happen any time of the year, so knowing a way to drop pounds fast is a good idea.

#cucumber #health #weightloss #explore #diet #healthy #loseweight #healthyliving #naturalremedies #healing #herbal #bellyfat #workout #healthbenefits #medicine #treatment

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Looks cool...

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The gigantic ‘Duke’ Xbox controller has been approved by Microsoft

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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has likened the war of words between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to a kindergarten fight between children

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This I totally agree with NFL "professional" football is not the place to sit out our national anthem

Some unverified Pixel 2 rumors from a new source who claims to have played with the Verizon Pixel 2.

Camera has added features like portrait mode but it looks like software induced blur (no dual lens system).

Pixel launcher crazy redone. Search bar below dock, Google home page has whole new design.

New feature that listens to music all the time so if there's a song playing in the bg it will put the artist and title on your lockscreen.

Squeeze triggers Assistant so it immediately listens to what you say. Works when device is asleep. Can adjust squeeze intensity like U11.

Dual speakers a la Nexus 6P.
Glass seems flat not 2.5D.

Again, I cannot vouch for the authenticity of these, but they seem plausible.

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Maria expected to bring dangerous currents to US coast http://nyp.st/2fhpbwg
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