One family lost four out of five children to drug addiction

first_img Short URL Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM 14,757 Views THE MINISTER IN charge of the national drugs strategy has called on communities to take control and report drug dealing at a local level.Speaking to reporters earlier today, Catherine Byrne said her own community in Inchicore had been “ravaged” by drugs.She expressed particular concern about young people who are being “sucked in” and asked to distribute drugs at local level or citywide.“We all have a responsibility to do as much as we can to stop criminal activity, particularly targeting young people, because when you’re at a vulnerable young age – as young as 12 now – you can be targeted.”Byrne also spoke of young people being intimidated by gangs because one of their siblings is an addict or a dealer. 12 Comments Image: Leah Farrell/ Share7 Tweet Email1 center_img ‘One family lost four out of five children to drug addiction’ Members of the public are being urged to report drug dealing in their area. “Young people who have never been involved in any kind of drugs before, any kind of issue around drugs and they may be targeted because they’re in a group of people.”Drugs are killing an awful lot of young people in our communities. I can tell you one family in my own has lost four members of their family, out of five children this person has lost four members. There’s too many parents and grandparents rearing children now because family members have passed away of addiction and I think we need to be conscious all the time.Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who also spoke today as Crimestoppers highlighted its anonymous ‘Dial to Stop Drug Dealing’ line, said gardaí would not have achieve many of the results they have had without the help of communities.So far in 2016, 104 calls have been made to the confidential phone line. As a result of calls last year, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis, and firearms were seized and a number of people were charged with possession for sale and supple.Sometimes people give information in relation to something which they think is fairly minor, but it could actually lead to a very significant results. By and large, clearly a lot of the information will relate to those who are dealing on the street. But it could be the missing link for us in getting to someone who is further up the chain.“Remember the people who are involved in drug selling, are the people who are involved in the death, that arises from drug use, all the implications in terms of abandoned needles and social problems within the area,” O’Driscoll said.“All these people who you read about today who are major drug dealers, started off at one time as small dealers and that is how you prevent this problem from continuing at the pace that it has developed over recent years.”Members of the public concerned about dealing in their area, can contact the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing line confidentially on 1800 25 00 25. Read: Two dozen people arrested by gardaí in major drugs sweep>Read: Man arrested after cannabis and cocaine worth €250,000 is seized> Nov 29th 2016, 8:30 PM By Michelle Hennessy Image: Leah Farrell/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Church of Scientology cleaning up needles on Dublins Sheriff Street

first_img 95 Comments Church of Scientology cleaning up needles on Dublin’s Sheriff Street The church has said it was welcomed by locals when volunteers visited recently to plant flowers. Apr 24th 2017, 12:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29,768 Views Image: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office By Michelle Hennessy Share428 Tweet Email1 Image: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office Short URL THE CHURCH OF Scientology has been cleaning up and planting flowers around Dublin’s Sheriff Street.It is understood members of the church have made a number of visits to the inner city area, which hit the headlines last year after a number of gangland killings. In a report on one such visit, seen by, campaigns director for the church’s national affairs office, Jerry Alred said locals have welcomed them, coming out of their homes to watch them plant flowers.“Every week that we come to clean there are some older gentlemen standing in front of the church and they welcome us and smile. There are a lot of nice people in Sheriff Street. Sheriff Street itself looks a mess and needs another clean up.”He said groups from the church have been to the inner city street “at least six or seven days” and have removed “almost two hundred bags of rubbish easily” from the area.Alred told that volunteers had been “clearing up rubbish, picking up needles and planting some flowers”.He said Dublin City Council had provided planters for them to fill. The council said its central area office has liased with any residents or voluntary organisations willing to do cleanups of local areas.“Dublin City Council would provide litter picking tools, refuse sacks and planters/flowers at various locations across the central area if any interest was shown,” it said in a statement.“In April 2017 the City Council provided litter picking tools and planters/flowers to the Sheriff Street area following a request from a voluntary organisation (Foundation for a Drug Free World) in support of a local clean up.”Foundation for a Drug Free World is a division of the Church of Scientology.The church opened its national affairs office in Dublin last year at 4 Merrion Square.  Its website says it is designed as a centre for the church’s outreach across Ireland.It was modelled after the office in Washington which it says was established to “facilitate cooperation between American political and cultural leaders and the church’s social and humanitarian missions”.The church’s registered company here, which has failed to gain religious or charitable status, recorded a profit of €48, 803 in Ireland last year.Its website says it coordinates a number of campaigns here, including efforts to battle drug addiction, improve scholastic performance and educational opportunities for children, and reduce crime and prison recidivism.Read: The Irish Church of Scientology returned to profit last year>Read: Ireland’s blasphemy laws unlikely to prevent Louis Theroux’s Scientology film from being released here> Monday 24 Apr 2017, 12:01 AMlast_img read more

Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad capable

first_img Share Tweet Email2 Mar 15th 2017, 6:30 AM 432 Views By Antoine Bakhash 36 Comments Antoine Bakhash center_img Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TODAY MARKS SIX years since Syria first broke out in civil war.Six long years since this protracted conflict of indiscriminate killings and unspeakable atrocities first began to ravage my country.For far too long, my home city of Aleppo dominated the headlines with its crumbling buildings, its mass exodus, and the sheer overwhelming weight of human suffering that festered there. But this was not the Aleppo I had known.I was only 14 when Syria changed foreverAt times, I feel that the war is part of me. At times, it almost feels like we grew up together. Still, my Aleppo was not a place of war.My Aleppo was a friendly city of busy streets. A city where Muslims and Christians would mostly live apart, but in peace. An ancient and prosperous city, where people would come from miles around to ply their trade.By the time I left nearly two years ago, this Syria was already long gone. Yet now that I am safe and sound over 3,000 kilometres away, I find myself confronted with a whole new Syria.It is an image of my country that seems both familiar and alien, one that is brought up again and again in newspapers, on television, even in political debates. It is an image that seldom corresponds with reality.How our media tells its stories Source: Shutterstock/Slawomir KowalewskiIn an age where words like “alternative facts” and “fake news” have become a veritable phenomenon, it is time to re-evaluate how our media tells its stories.All too often, the Syria that was, the Syria that I choose to remember, is left behind by today’s discourse, obscuring the dignity to which Syrians everywhere are entitled.The war has become fodder for armchair analysts, many of whom know next to nothing of the reality on the ground. While US presidential hopeful Gary Johnson’s total cluelessness on the topic was widely derided in the press (“What is Aleppo?” he asked, perplexed, during an interview), his ignorance is by no means unique.In fact, it is almost typical. Even while chastising Johnson, the New York Times misidentified Aleppo as the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State, only to misidentify it again as the capital of Syria in a later correction.The correct answers are, of course, Raqqa and Damascus, respectively.Black-and-white interpretations of an intricate and complex warSetting aside these major inconsistencies and shortcomings, the sad truth is that most coverage of this conflict boils down to black-and-white interpretations of an extremely intricate and complex situation.Heroic rebels fighting for democracy against an oppressive regime, a besieged government standing firm against violent fanatics, a sectarian conflict that was centuries in the making, the democratic opening of a progressive civil society, all these narratives hide more than they reveal.At best, they lead to the propagation of misleading half-truths. At worst, they lead to the dissemination of misinformation among citizens and decision-makers in countries that hold a huge amount of say over the Syria that will eventually emerge from this bloody crucible.Portrayal of siege of AleppoTake, for example, the depiction of the protracted siege of Aleppo. Although the city had been the site of unrest since 2012, coverage of the battles in and around Aleppo intensified alongside the siege itself, only taking headlines as government troops poised to retake the city.Countless articles, editorials, and opinion pieces lamented the supposed “failure” of the international community to stop the slaughter. Yet if there was any humanitarian failure, it lies more on what was done, than on what wasn’t.Former US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power garnered widespread praise for lambasting Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria last December. “Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?” she implored.While she was certainly right to hold a mirror up to the atrocities committed by Assad and his enablers, it was underscored by a conspicuous self-serving myopia. There was no acknowledgment of the countless civilians killed in US air strikes, of the abuses perpetrated by their own proxy forces, of the Western weapons that have ended up in the hands of extremists.There was no admonition of the shameless meddling of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, of their own egregious atrocities.Western involvement just as destabilising as that of Russia Source: Shutterstock/OrlokIn fact, Western involvement in Syria has been every bit as destabilising as that of Russia or Iran. The groups that have received aid and tactical support under their calamitous intervention run the ideological gamut from democratic socialists to radical Islamists.The result is a fractured opposition, beset by infighting, and incapable of mounting a coherent, wide-reaching resistance to both the repression of the Assad regime and the unbridled barbarity of the IS.This is a narrative that has seldom found its voice in mainstream interpretations across the West.Yet, it is also a view that resonates strongly across Syria. Since colonising French troops left in 1946, Syria never had any strong political affiliation with America or Europe. Instead, for much of its history Syria looked to the Arab world, seeking to build stronger regional ties under the banner of pan-Arabism.In the streets of Aleppo there were no McDonalds, no Apple stores, no Domino’s. For many Syrians, to suddenly become the target of intense political wrangling from the West is jarring, disconcerting, and suspicious.Belying all this is an uncomfortable truth that is rarely acknowledgedThough Western forces claim to be championing democracy in the region, the prospect that either Assad or a member of his entourage could win democratic recognition seems to be off the table.The photos and videos that emerged from Aleppo during the closing days of the siege depicted the thousands of people fleeing what they saw as the fall of their city.This was often the only story that was told. What was not shown however, were the thousands who welcomed government forces with open arms, overjoyed at what they considered to be their liberation.Enduring popularity of AssadTo underestimate the enduring popularity of the Assad regime is to seriously misjudge the dynamics of Syria’s current political situation. Successive opinion polls have consistently shown that Assad still holds a cosy lead of popular support over all other alternatives.In my own neighbourhood in central Aleppo, Bashar al-Assad’s face could often be seen, proudly emblazoned across car and shop windows. In fact, the funding of such ostensibly pro-democracy rebels may be backfiring.With the war continuing to drag on, and with no coherent and visible leader for the opposition to rally around, many Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, for someone who seems capable of finally bringing stability to this beleaguered country, no matter the cost.Narratives that have been marginalised and overlookedThese are all narratives that have been marginalised and overlooked, but that does not make them any less valid or any less vital to bringing a fair and dignified end to this terrible war.It has been years since Syrians have been in control of their own destiny, and they may not be again for many years to come, but this does not mean that they cannot, and should not be in control of their own stories.This six-year-long war is complex and multifaceted. It is tortuous and often inscrutable. It is an awful, messy conflict that defies tidy explanations and neat summaries.Although it may be difficult, our interpretations of it need to reflect this uncomfortable reality. To do any less is to tell only half the stories.Antoine Bakhash is a Syrian student, currently living in Leuven, Belgium. He has volunteered with Caritas Athens Refugee Programme in Greece. Eimhin O’Reilly is a writer and activist from Dublin, specialising in issues relating to the Global South. He helped Antoine tell his story.Zoo deaths: ‘In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration’>Opinion: ‘Tax isn’t just an expense, it’s a societal good and an investment in all our futures’> ‘Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability’ Assad’s popularity is a narrative that has been marginalised in the West, but that doesn’t make it any less vital to bringing an end to the terrible war in my country, writes Antoine Bakhash with the help of Eimhin O’Reilly. Short URLlast_img read more

Cork City FC says no breach to regulations after TD was removed

first_imgIn an initial statement to, An Garda Síochána said that its members intervened “following a complaint of a minor assault” at the stadium. This was later updated to the following: Source: CCFC Independent SLO/Twitter Apr 13th 2019, 11:47 AM Following a minor incident where a flag was seized by staff at Turner’s Cross football stadium last evening, Gardaí on duty at the stadium assisted security staff in escorting a man out of the grounds. Following discussions with the man he was readmitted to the ground.“No arrests were made and the situation was resolved. No injuries were reported,” they added.Cork City FC released an updated statement this afternoon in which it says the club has since reviewed CCTV of the incident and spoken to all parties involved in the matter.“At lunchtime, members of club staff and the Board of Management met with Mr Jonathan O’Brien TD, who was, for a short time, removed from the stadium last night. Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 5:31 PM 95 Comments Having spoken to Mr O’Brien and reviewed the CCTV footage, the club wishes to confirm that there was no breach of stadium regulations by him. This was a frank and positive discussion, and both parties are happy that the matter is now concluded to their mutual satisfaction.The statement concluded that following its meeting with O’Brien, the club now plans to have further discussions with all key stakeholders involved in advance of its next home fixture “with the intention of ensuring the best match night experience possible for our supporters”.John Delaney is the former CEO and current Executive Vice President of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). On Wednesday, he and other representatives of the association voluntarily appeared before the Oireachtas Sports Committee to answer questions about the suspended Sports Ireland funding due to financing and governance issues.Delaney is now expected to leave the FAI, with an announcement confirming so being made as early as tonight. With reporting from Adam Daly  53,715 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Cork City FC says ‘no breach to regulations’ after TD was removed from stadium amid Delaney protest Gardaí said that they intervened “following a complaint of a minor assault” at the stadium. Unacceptable and heavy handed treatment of loyal @CorkCityFC Supporters tonight. We feel it’s important to highlight the unacceptable treatment of our Supporters during a peaceful protest. #CCFC84 #LeagueOfIreland— CCFC Independent SLO (@CCFC84_SLO) April 12, 2019 Short URL Turner’s Cross Stadium. Image: Google Maps Turner’s Cross Stadium. Image: Google Maps Updated Apr 13th 2019, 5:31 PM CORK CITY FC has said there was “no breach of stadium regulations” after it reviewed CCTV footage of an incident which involved the seizure of an anti-John Delaney banner and the removal of a TD from a match in Turner’s Cross stadium last night.Earlier today, Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien accused the gardaí of an “over-the-top” reaction to protesters who were holding a “Delaney Out” banner at a League of Ireland match between Cork City and St Patrick’s Athletic. The Cork North Central TD was attending when he intervened in the incident. Videos and eye-witness accounts indicate that protesters refused to hand the banner to stadium security personnel. When the situation escalated, O’Brien intervened. Gardaí then asked the TD to leave the football ground.He was later allowed back into the grounds, Sinn Féin said in a statement.O’Brien said that it was “an absurd situation that sees public order police attempt to take a banner from football fans, simply because it criticises the former CEO of the FAI”. This evening’s tactics from the Gardaí were way over the top. Fans have to be allowed to express their opinion.“I was ejected from the ground simply for intervening as an elected representative of many Cork City fans,” he added. Share188 Tweet Email last_img read more

No young rich Greeks

first_imgThe lack of young Greek folk on the 2011 Young Rich list is obviously clear. And while Adelaide developer Ross Makris used to top the list, now at 41-years-old, he is no longer eligible as a youngster. Topping the list is Queensland coal baron Nathan Tinkler, with a cool $1.13 billion proving that a kid obsessed with taking a risk on the share market paid off. His first $1 million punt on a coal mine returned $442 million, and the rest is history. London-based hedge-funder Greg Coffey came in second with $743 million and first-timer in the rich list Steven Kalmin third with a nice $458 million. Sports stars Harry Kewell, Mark Webber, Mark Viduka, Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter were some of the famous names on the list with pop sensation Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden fame, in the list too. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece Cyprus and Egypt agree closer energy cooperation

first_imgGreece, Cyprus and Egypt will step up energy cooperation, the leaders of the three countries agreed in Cairo on the weekend in their first ever tripartite talks.“This was a meeting that all three of us owed to history,” said Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras after meeting with Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Samaras stressed Egypt’s leading role in the Arab world and said that he and Anastasiades would act as “ambassadors for Egypt with the European Union.”The main focus of the meeting was the signing of the Cairo Declaration, which commits the three countries to increasing efforts to mark out their maritime zones as they believe the discovery of hydrocarbons could help cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean.“To this direction, we place emphasis on the ecumenical character of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea and we have decided to speed up the negotiations for the delimitation of maritime zones, where this has not been defined yet,” the declaration states.The agreement also calls on Turkey to respect Cyprus’s right to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after a Turkish research vessel entered the area last month.“We have stressed the importance of the respect of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ and we urged Turkey to terminate all seismic exploration within the maritime zones of Cyprus and to avoid similar activities in the future,” the declaration says, with the three leaders adding calls for a reunification deal on the island.In his comments to the media after the meeting, Anastasiades stressed that the Cairo Declaration is not aimed against any country and called on all the states in the region to share in a “common vision” based around the use of hydrocarbons.Nevertheless, Ankara is unhappy about the agreement and has already made its complaints known to Athens, Cairo and Washington. US Vice President Joe Biden is due to travel to Ankara on November 21. A week later, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos is due to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara a week later.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek PM visits Hagia Sophia followed by service at the seminary of

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ιδιαίτερη χαρά και συγκίνηση κατά την επίσκεψη στην Αγία Σοφία, μνημείο του βυζαντινού πολιτισμού, της ορθοδοξίας και της παγκόσμιας πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς. Εδώ αισθάνεται κανείς το βάρος της ιστορίας.— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 6, 2019Later in the day, Mr Tsipras visited the former Greek seminary of Halki on the island now known as Heybeliada. The visit is the first of a Greek leader to the institution in decades.He attended a religious ceremony conducted by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, and expressed the desire for the seminary to be opened again after it had been closed down by Turkish authorities in 1971.The seminary, created in 1844, was closed by Turks under a law that placed religious and military training under the jurisdiction of the Turkish government. At the time, a number of Greek churches and schools had been closed and reopened as Turkish administrative centres.Over the years, Greek officials have worked towards its reopening and have seen this as imperative as Turkish law also requires that the religious leader that holds the leadership of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate, a seat based in Istanbul, should be a Turkish citizen.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that it could be reopened if the Greek government improved the conditions for Muslims of Western Thrace. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras continued his official visit to Turkey with visits to sites of religious significance to Greeks.Mr Tsipras toured Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO world heritage site that now operates as a museum. The visit to the cathedral, one of the most significant Byzantine structures in the world, was largely symbolic. The magnificent cathedral had once served as the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church before the sacking of the Ottomans in 1453. The Turkish government, under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, had turned the monument into a museum in 1935. More recently, there have been calls to reconvert it into a mosque and, on occasion, muslim services have been held there.Following his visit to Hagia Sophia, Mr Tsipras declined to make any statements to members of the press assembled outside the monument.On Twitter, the Greek Prime Minister stated that in places like Hagia Sophia, one feels the “weight of history”.last_img read more

Greek Australian teen flung from stolen car in Epping

first_imgTributes have flooded for Greek Australian teenager, Haylee Glouftsis, that was driving a Holden Astra that crashed in the early hours of Friday morning.The passenger tried to save Haylee after the stolen car had hit a kerb. It then flipped before crashing into a tree in Cooper Street in Epping.Haylee, who was driving the car, was ejected from the driver’s seat. Emily was described by friends as being in a “bad state” after she was found by paramedics trying to save her friend’s life at the scene.The girl, from Wollert in Melbourne’s north, has been described as a popular teenager. She had spent the day at the beach with her friend and they had uploaded photographs on social media showing them enjoying the sun.It is believed that the girls took the stolen car from someone who had stolen it before them.The young girl’s friends and family are distraught and flowers have been laid at the scene since the incident happened. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Biodiversité à Nagoya la tiédeur risque de nuire à lefficacité

first_imgBiodiversité : à Nagoya, la tiédeur risque de nuire à l’efficacitéNagoya, Japon – Ouverte pour deux semaines depuis le lundi 18 octobre, la conférence de l’ONU sur la biodiversité rassemble 193 états. Les ONG craignent que les divergences et les soucis économiques ne “tiédissent” le débat, au détriment de mesures pourtant nécessaires.    “La conférence de Nagoya peut être notre dernière chance de mettre en place un plan qui marche. Il n’y aura pas de plan B et, bien évidemment, pas de planète de rechange non plus” dit Jane Smart, de l’Union internationale de conservation de la nature (UICN). Pour les ONG, Nagoya ne peut se permettre d’être un “Copenhague bis”, en référence à l’échec du sommet sur le changement climatique de décembre. “Ce sommet (celui de Nagoya) n’aboutira pas à un traité international avec des objectifs contraignants pour les pays” craint pourtant Jérôme Frignet, de Greenpeace. À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiSi le Parlement européen et le Conseil de l’Europe entendent proposer des décisions réalistes et concrètes (protection de 20% des terres et des eaux, restauration de 15% des écosystèmes dégradés, suppression de pratiques non durables de la Politique Agricole Commune…), “le gouvernement se prépare à orienter 35 milliards d’euros vers des projets sans aucun critère de biodiversité : bétonnage, OGM…” alerte la sénatrice écologiste Marie-Christine Blandin.L’Union européenne devrait également défendre une meilleure évaluation financière des produits de la biodiversité et un protocole sur le partage de ses ressources. Mais sans mesure d’indemnisation rétroactive pour les pays du sud, aux richesses naturelles déjà exploitées par les firmes occidentales. Enfin, grand absent de la conférence, les États-Unis qui n’avaient pas signé la convention sur la diversité biologique en 1992, sauront probablement y faire malgré tout entendre leurs intérêts économiques.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 14:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une nouvelle technologie pour vieillir les photographies

first_imgUne nouvelle technologie pour vieillir les photographies Un étudiant de l’université canadienne Concordia a mis au point un programme informatique permettant de vieillir les photographies de façon plus précise et efficace, et ainsi prévoir l’apparence future d’une personne. Une avancée qui pourrait être extrêmement utile lors de la recherche de personnes disparues, ou de criminels en fuite.C’est dans le cadre de son mémoire que Khoa Luu, Doctorant au Département d’informatique et de génie logiciel de Concordia, travaille sur de nouvelles méthodes permettant d’évaluer l’âge et de prévoir l’apparence future avec plus de précision. “Nous avons développé une technique innovatrice combinant deux approches existantes, soit les modèles actifs d’apparence et la rétrogradation de vecteur de soutien. Cette combinaison a considérablement amélioré la précision de l’estimation de l’âge. Lors des essais, notre méthode a obtenu les meilleurs résultats de toutes les recherches publiées”, s’enthousiasme l’étudiant, dont les propos et recherches sont rapportés par le site Planet-techno-science.À lire aussiDécouvrez 20 images impressionnantes du corps humain observé au microscopeAujourd’hui,les travaux de vieillissement d’images sont en majeure partie réalisés par des artistes judiciaires qui, s’ils sont formés en anatomie et en géométrie du visage, ne peuvent pas fournir des estimations vraiment scientifiques et précises. Pour une même personne photographiée, les prédictions des artistes peuvent ainsi s’avérer très différentes les unes des autres.Le programme informatique développé par Khoa Luu “s’appuie également sur une combinaison de techniques existantes”, explique-t-il. “Le visage humain évolue de différentes façons au cours de la vie. Durant la croissance et le développement, la structure physique du visage s’allonge et s’élargit. Dans la phase adulte du vieillissement, les principaux changements du visage affectent les tissus mous. Des rides et des lignes se forment, et les muscles commencent à perdre leur tonus”, souligne-t-il. Toutes ces données doivent être intégrées à un algorithme informatique, et deux fonctions de vieillissement ont dû être développées pour prendre en compte ces deux différentes périodes de vieillissement lors desquelles les visages évoluent de façon tout à fait distincte.Recherche d’enfants ou d’adultes disparus, enquêtes de sécurité nationale, recherche de fugitifs : cette technologie pourrait s’avérer très utile dans de nombreux domaines, et ce même dans l’industrie cosmétique, souligne Khoa Luu.Le 19 mars 2011 à 19:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Anonymous les hackers hackés

first_imgAnonymous : les hackers hackésSoupçonnés d’avoir piraté le réseau PlayStation de Sony, les membres du collectif Anonymous ont à leur tour été victimes de hackers. Un canal de discussion utilisé par le groupe a en effet été visé par un piratage de grande ampleur.Les sites et, un réseau de dialogue utilisé par les Anonymous, a été touché par un piratage ce weekend, rapporte ZDnet. Dans un communiqué, l’équipe du serveur explique avoir été victime de la trahison d’un ancien administrateur, Ryan, un jeune homme résidant au Royaume-Uni. AnonOps évoque un véritable “coup d’état contre la structure de commande sans leader qu’emploient les administrateurs du réseau”. À lire aussiProduits ménagers, Afrique et obésité, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 15 avrilDésormais, le site est inaccessible, faisant place à une page d’erreur dévoilant après le message “LOL AnonOps Dead”, une liste contenant les adresses IP de centaines de personnes ayant échangé et discuté sur le réseau de dialogue instantané (IRC). Des informations qui devraient permettre l’identification de certains d’entre eux avec l’aide des FAI (fournisseurs d’accès Internet).AnonOps déconseille alors aux internautes d’utiliser et “L’utilisation ou la connexion à un serveur sur ces adresses peuvent comporter des risques”, prévient l’équipe du canal de discussion, qui renvoie vers l’adresse, épargnée par le piratage.Le 10 mai 2011 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nokia à lassault du marché américain de smartphones

first_imgNokia à l’assault du marché américain de smartphonesNokia met en œuvre une nouvelle stratégie pour convaincre les acheteurs américains : équiper de smartphones Lumia 900 certains revendeurs… Le constructeur finlandais Nokia se donne les moyens de séduire le marché américain grâce à sa gamme de smartphones Lumia équipés du système d’exploitation Windows Phone. Une importante campagne de communication est dédiée à ces terminaux pour permettre au fabricant de s’imposer sur le marché américain.Selon WPCentral, Nokia serait sur le point de débourser 25 millions de dollars dans le but de convaincre l’opérateur américain AT&T d’équiper ses salariés de smartphones Lumia 900 gratuitement. Ainsi, les clients qui se rendront dans les boutiques de l’opérateur pourront être tentés par ce smartphone et demander des renseignements à son sujet et même observer l’environnement Windows Phone pour ceux qui ne le connaissent pas.En équipant en masse les boutiques d’AT&T, Nokia espère donc convaincre les clients les plus hésitants, novices et autres… Un plan qui fait suite à l’initiative de Nokia et Microsoft d’inciter financièrement les revendeurs qui recevraient entre 10 et 15 dollars par terminal vendu. Les détaillants sont par ailleurs formés à recommander Windows Phone. Le 26 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une planète potentiellement habitable découverte autour de létoile Tau Ceti

first_imgUne planète potentiellement habitable découverte autour de l’étoile Tau CetiDes astronomes viennent de découvrir que l’étoile Tau Ceti abrite pas moins de cinq planètes. L’une d’entre elles pourrait même se trouver dans la zone “habitable”. La liste des planètes potentiellement habitables s’allonge une nouvelle fois ! Dans une étude publiée mardi dans la revue Astronomy & Astrophysics, des chercheurs révèlent avoir découvert cinq planètes en orbite autour de l’étoile Tau Ceti, une étoile visible à l’œil nu située dans la constellation de la Baleine. Si ces planètes ont pu être découvertes, c’est grâce à la nouvelle technique de collecte de données astronomiques, capable de détecter des signaux deux fois plus faibles. “Nous avons choisi Tau Ceti [ … ] parce que nous pensions qu’elle ne comportait aucun signal. Et elle est si brillante et semblable à notre Soleil qu’elle constitue un banc d’essai idéal pour tester notre méthode de détection des planètes de petite taille”, explique Hugh Jones, de l’Université britannique du Hertfordshire. Au total, les chercheurs ont ainsi passé en revue pas moins de 6.000 observations de Tau Ceti provenant de télescopes installés au Chili, en Australie et même à Hawaï. Les cinq planètes détectés ont une masse comprise entre deux et six fois celle de la Terre. Plus intéressant encore, les astronomes ont découvert que l’une de ces planètes, désignée “e” serait située dans une zone habitable, c’est-à-dire une région ni trop chaude ni trop froide, permettant l’existence d’une atmosphère, d’eau à l’état liquide en surface, et donc peut-être d’une forme de vie. En revanche, les autres, nommées “b”, “c”, “d”, sont bien trop chaudes et trop proches de l’étoile puisqu’elles orbitent en respectivement 14, 35, 94 jours autour de Tau Ceti. Quant à la dernière planète, “f”, elle, est un peu plus proche de son étoile que Mars du Soleil. Elle a ainsi besoin de 640 jours pour faire le tour de Tau Ceti.Une étoile similaire au Soleil À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCette étoile est relativement proche de notre Soleil puisqu’elle ne se situe qu’à 12 années-lumière de celui-ci. Mais surtout, elle lui ressemble beaucoup, sa masse et son rayonnement étant similaires. “Tau Ceti est l’une de nos plus proches voisines cosmiques, si brillante que nous pourrions arriver à étudier les atmosphères de ses planètes dans un avenir pas si lointain”, estime James Jenkins, de l’Université du Chili, qui a participé à l’étude. Cette découverte confirme ainsi l’idée “que presque toutes les étoiles ont des planètes, et que la galaxie doit donc contenir un grand nombre de planètes potentiellement habitables d’une taille proche de la nôtre”, conclut Steve Vogt, de l’Université de Californie.Le 19 décembre 2012 à 12:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Darker Skin Equals Higher Difficulty in South Park The Fractured But Whole

first_imgStay on target The South Park animated series has always been known for its biting social commentary. This is one aspect that isn’t overlooked in the recent South Park video games. Like most games out there, South Park: The Fractured But Whole features several difficulty settings. What’s unique here is that the various difficulties change your character’s skin color. Lighter skin means less difficulty while darker skin means more difficulty.As you change difficulty, Eric Cartman says: “Don’t worry, this doesn’t affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life.” When Eurogamer asked Ubisoft developers about how skin color affects gameplay, they were told players who choose darker-skinned characters will receive less money and they’ll be treated differently by the game’s characters. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is all a commentary on modern day racism. It’s both subtle and direct, which makes this a pretty genius move on Ubisoft’s part.The social commentary doesn’t stop there. In South Park: The Stick of Truth, you played as a boy. In Fractured But Whole, you can play as a boy, girl, or other. If you choose anything besides male, Mr. Mackey calls your parents to confirm your decision.When speaking with your parents, he’ll say: “So the whole King and Stick of Truth thing, she was actually a girl the entire time?” Mr. Mackey follows up with: “It still tracks with The Stick of Truth, yes it does. She was definitely a girl the whole time. Yes of course. I get it.” This is a clever retcon of the first game if you decide to switch genders.South Park: The Fractured But Whole isn’t the only Ubisoft game tackling controversial topics this year. To many, the upcoming Far Cry 5 appears to be a commentary about American religious extremists and folks who voted for our current president. To be fair, the group in Far Cry 5 is actually a multicultural, anti-establishment cult similar to other insane groups in the Far Cry series. Still, there are some similarities to current events which are blatantly obvious and intentional.South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 17. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay last_img read more

Geek Plays State of Decay 2

first_img Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we’re playing State of Decay 2, a game about turning a zombie house into a zombie home and the latest open-world exclusive for Microsoft. Watch us put poor Nate out of his misery.Subscribe and watch’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase State of Decay 2Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

Smart Bandages Monitor Wounds Deliver Drug Treatments

first_img An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But so could this smart bandage, developed by engineers at Tufts University.The prototype is designed to remotely monitor chronic wounds and deliver drug treatments.Still in its early stages, the research—published in the journal Small—describes the importance of flexible electronics in the team’s effort to transform bandaging from a passive to active treatment to “address a persistent and difficult medical challenge,” according to a Tufts press release.Chronic skin wounds caused by burns, diabetes, and other conditions can restrict natural regeneration, often leading to infection or amputation.Nearly 15 percent of Medicare beneficiaries require treatment for at least one type of chronic wound or infection, the University reported, citing research published in Value in Health. Add that up, and taxpayers are footing an estimated $28 billion annual bill.These new lab-tested bandages—which deliver treatments in response to embedded sensors—are ideal for patients with limited mobility.(via Tufts University)“We’ve been able to take a new approach to bandages because of the emergence of flexible electronics,” co-study author Sameer Sonkusale, a professor at Tufts University’s School of Engineering, said in a statement.“In fact, flexible electronics have made many wearable medical devices possible, but bandages have changed little since the beginnings of medicine,” he continued. “We are simply applying modern technology to an ancient art in the hopes of improving outcomes for an intractable problem.”This isn’t exactly the first attempt at a so-called “smart bandage”: Scientists have been tinkering with the technology for nearly a decade, testing color-changing plasters, 3D-printed dressings, fish-skin covering, and a bandage that rips bacteria right out of your wound, like one of those nose strips.In 2015, researchers at the University of Bath created a Band-Aid that uses gel-like material to help detect infection; last year, Swansea University’s Institute of Life Sciences designed a 5G-powered compress that detects how a wound is healing—and communicates with doctors.Tufts University’s smart bandage was created with pH and temperature sensors and antibiotic drug delivery.“[It’s] really a prototype for a wide range of possibilities,” Sonkusale said. “One can imagine embedding other sensing components, drugs, and growth factors that treat different conditions in response to different healing markers.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Bioinspired Bandage Reacts to Body Heat, Accelerates HealingLight-Sensitive Adhesive Tech Could Revolutionize Band-Aids Stay on targetlast_img read more

METALSHARK BRO is Your Number One Comic for Shark Week

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target Hello team METALSHARK BRO! Thank you so much for talking to us at Geek! For those who don’t know, can you tell us a little bit about yourself for our readers?BOB: My name is Bob Frantz. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio by way of Virginia Beach, Virginia. I’ve been writing comics and self-publishing comics since 2009. My first published work was a 4 issue, all ages mini-series released by Action Lab Entertainment called “Monty the Dinosaur.” Kevin and I started writing together in 2016. We have one published work together (last year’s IF Anthology from Alterna Comics)and have self-published two other books. Impressive, right. Ha!KEVIN: I’m a single dad with custody, a podcaster, and a writer. I am originally from Queens, NY but I now reside in Williamsburg, VA. I’m never sure how much or how little to write in these blurbs, no one wants to know my favorite color or that I spend late nights pondering washable crayons, the number forty-two and Quantum physics.WALT: I was a latchkey kid when I was growing up.  The only things I had waiting for me when I got home were some pop-tarts and G.I. Joes.  I’d devour those heavenly pastries and get to work on creating an elaborate story for my Joes.  Secret agents, master plans, sneak attacks, and even relationships for them.  I’ve always loved telling stories and I’ve tried multiple mediums.  Music, screenplays, movies, acting, and finally comics. Comics allowed me to explore all the stories I wanted to tell. No limits. I’ve since created 3 of my own personal IPS with Shiver Bureau, Cubicles, and Haxor.via KickstarterNow, for what we’ve all been waiting for, tell us ALL about METALSHARK BRO!BOB: METALSHARK BRO is Off the coast of Bali, a shark swims along and casually looks for his next meal. Beelzbra, the douchey nephew of Satan, interrupts this tranquil life to transform the fish into an anthropomorphic shark with a penchant for brutal murder. You know, the natural origin of most heroes. However, the arrogant little demon promises to return Metalshark Bro to his “normal” shark form upon the collection of nine cursed souls. However, the “return” Beelzbra promised doesn’t happen. Naturally, our hero vows revenge against his treacherous maker. Our anti-hero chases Belzbra through time and reality, battling necromancers, zombie soldier on mastodon skeletons, a corrupt priest, and his army ninja nuns. The craziness just goes on and on.This honestly has to be one of the most insane Kickstarters ever. Sharks and Metal? Wicked. You tell us a little bit on the Kickstarter page how METALSHARK BRO got started when you heard a radio DK talking about scientists playing AC/DC for sharks? Can you tell us a little more about that? Was the rest of the team as deeply devoted to the project the minute you told them about it?BOB: There isn’t much more to tell. I was driving back to Cincinnati after a fun con weekend. It was early. I was punch drunk and half asleep and I heard the story about the sharks, and it was like a bomb went off in my head. Called Kevin (because I knew he would be up for his day job) giggling like a child. I could barely relay the story to Kevin. I was so weak. After about two or three minutes I managed to get it out. Kevin was excited. I think it was contagious or we were both exhausted (Kevin was at the con as well) and feeling extra silly.Anyway, we just started brainstorming. AND METALSHARK BRO WAS BORN!!!!! I mean, if it wasn’t for the DJ in Richmond, Va reading that news story then this unholy terror wouldn’t be. This weekend jock on a classic rock station made the world a better place. We should build him a statue or something.via KickstarterHow long did it take you and Kevin to develop the story from the initial idea? Did you both immediately know you wanted to work with Walter [Ostile] for art, Shawn [Greenleaf] for letters/editor and Chas [Pangburn] for editor when you started to develop?BOB: The drive from Hampton, Virginia to Cincinnati is about 9 hours. I was on the phone with Kevin workshopping and brainstorming this thing for most of it. By the time I got home, We had the first arc mapped out.As for the rest of the team, We had worked with Shawn in the past. He is a good editor/letterer/designer. He’s a jack of all trades and a good dude. Chas was a dude I knew from Twitter. I knew he was a dope editor and we had talked about working together. So this seemed like the perfect time.Now Walt is the man. Kevin and I have been fans of Walt’s work for some time and were looking for a book to do together. The metal gods smiled upon us when Walt’s schedule opened up. We pitched Walt, he liked it, and here we are! HERE WE ARE!!!You guys seem to be having an absolute blast with METALSHARK BRO. It looks SO gnarly and brutal. It also shows what the medium of comics can do. Was that what you were going for in making this comic? Pushing the boundaries a little, while just having fun with your friends and making comics?KEVIN: We were just going for different. We were going for so silly it’s dumb, but we will take gnarly, brutal and other much cooler adjectives over my less exciting ones.Bob and I always have fun working together, whether it’s on Word Bros. Or making comics our work style is similar, so it’s all fun until it comes time to pitch.When you add Walter to that mix, it’s just three guys sitting in different areas of the country having a blast throwing ideas back and forth until we can cultivate the best ones.WALT: With a title like Metalshark Bro, the art really has to deliver on the promised ridiculousness. There’s a freedom though, knowing that you can really push it as far as you want. Not just towards the brutal metal aspect, but the silly side of things. Bob and Kevin are open to suggestions and giving my room to explore my stupid fun side. I mean I gave a flying eyeball a bowler hat and put beard stubble on a sharkman. They didn’t even blink.via KickstarterWalter, what was the process like for you to take Kevin and Bob’s script and turn into something so hardcore?WALT: It’s been great. They want to make this comic as metal as possible, and I’ve been able to add all kinds of craziness on top of what was already insane. It’s, dare I say, ludicrous. We know there isn’t any restrictions. We get to push it as far as we can image and that freedom makes my inner child shred the most killer 10-minute solo ever shredded.There are some killer rewards for your Kickstarter, including pins and copies of the physical and digital. What are some other stellar goodies that backers will be able to get? (That you’re ready to disclose!)KEVIN: I’m both saddened and excited to see the two pieces of original art go. Both Adam Ferris and Christian DiBari crushed those pin-up pieces and as much as we’d like to keep them— the backers come first. I think being able to be killed by MSB is a reward backers are sleeping on. You can get killed in a comic by a fictional Sharkman anti-hero, why wait for death when you can design your own? The additional content stories are what I’m really stoked for and hope we can get to in stretch goals. They are pure lunacy, and I think the readers will love them.WALT: I know I am looking forward to those pins, I want one for every single piece of clothing I own. I think the coolest perk is being drawn into the book. You could flip open the book and see yourself staring back out at you. How trippy is that? If you want to throw in a little more green, you can also see Metalshark Bro laying down bloody murder on your little, illustrated alter-ego. When someone asks you what you did today, you can say “I was killed by a demon cursed shark. Top that.”via KickstarterSuper important question. What bands or songs are exclusively on METALSHARK BRO’s playlist?KEVIN: Metalshark Bro! By Don CardenasAnthRAX –Now it’s Dark.Iron Maiden- Two Minutes to MidnightMetallica- Master of PuppetsMegadeth- Killing is My Business… or Hook in Mouth ( had to get a fish related one in there)Slayer- South of HeavenSlipknot- SurfacingSoulfly- Eye for an EyeSepultura- Refuse/ResistBob will say Motörhead – Killed by Death.BOB: Killed by Death by Motorhead has been my Metalshark Bro anthem. The song perfectly sums up the book.WALT: Obviously, MSB’s gonna be shredding those metal bands. Slipknot, Motörhead, Anthrax, GWAR, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Slayer, Maiden, Tool, and basically anything that melts off your face. That’s obvious, but MSB also has a soft side. When he’s relaxing after a long day of slaying monsters, you can find him crushing the chorus to Alanis Morissette’s Ironic.Thank you guys so much for talking with us! Do you have any other projects in the future our readers should be looking out for? Also, where can they find you (via social media) and this dope Kickstarter?KEVIN: Bob and I are currently working on something called “Chase the moon” with our good friend, Drew Moss. And after that, we will be trying to pitch a project we started working on with Tony Gregori who is a wonderful human being as well.You can find me on Twitter or Instagram. will get readers to the Kickstarter as well. Thank for talking to us, we appreciate it!BOB: THERE ARE NO OTHER PROJECTS!!!! IT’S ALL METALSHARK BRO ALL THE TIME!!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.You can and definitely should back the dope METALSHARK BRO right now on Kickstarter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Pancake Batter Sea Creatures Are Thriving Near the Maine Coast

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend ‘Pancake batter’ sea creatures are claiming marine territory off the Maine coast and prompting local scientists to study their habitats.Marine scientists said these ‘pancake batter’ sea creatures, also known as sea squirts, are increasing in shallow waters along the coast and could be threatening to native organisms, Bangor Daily News reported.The invasive tunicate Botrylloides violaceus has made its home in the Gulf of Maine. (Photo Credit: Jennifer Dijkstra/UNH)Due to the sea squirts moving in, native organisms are being pushed out of their traditional homes on the bottom of the coastal floor. It’s likely that sea squirts, along with other unfamiliar species like black sea bass, green crabs, and mola mola, are coming to the area because the waters are warmer there.Larry Harris, a University of New Hampshire zoology professor, said one of the sea squirt species that resemble ‘pancake batter,’ Didemnum vexillum, is increasing under the surface.“They are having a banner year this year. They are out there competing with the seaweeds and [other organisms] on the bottom,” said Harris.Sea squirts are on the move for the first few days of life and then attach to pilings, rocks, seaweed, or abandoned lobster crates that are left too long at the bottom of the ocean. They absorb water and nutrients through their bodies and grow in groups.An American lobster walks past invasive tunicates, or sea squirts, near the Isles of Shoals. (Photo Credit: Jennifer Dijkstra/UNH)According to University of New Hampshire research, with a water temperature increase of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few years, invasive species, including the Botrylloides violaceus and Didemnum vexillum, will be able to double their reproduction rate due to warm water. This small change in temperature might cause these animals to take up more space, endanger native organisms, and be problematic for local aquaculture and fishing industries.Even though these sea squirts can be pesky to deal with, there is hope. According to Rhian Waller, a Darling Marine Center associate professor, there are ways to remove sea squirts if they’re stuck to an object that was submerged underwater. If you leave oyster cages or lobster traps out in the rain, it will kill them, because they despise fresh water, Waller told the Bangor Daily News.Despite measures to reduce sea squirts, Waller said there’s nothing we can do right now. Other sea animals, including crabs and urchins, do feed on them, which helps a bit. But, for now, it looks like these weird ‘pancake batter’ critters are here to stay.More on New Marine Species Discovered Around BermudaOcean Rover Uncovers Rare Shark Nursery Off Irish Coast‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Southern Oceanlast_img read more

iPad Deals Get a Certified Refurbished iPad for as Low as 155

first_imgApple iPad Air 9.7″ 16GB WiFi (Certified Refurbished) – $225See Deal Apple iPad 3 9.7″ 16 GB WiFi (Certified Refurbished)MSRP: $499.99   | Sale: $155 |   68 percent offStream movies, play games, and browse the web with ease. This Apple iPad 3 features a spacious 16 GB of storage, a gorgeous Retina display, a 5 MP iSight camera, and Siri functionality. Apple iPad Mini 16GB WiFi (Certified Refurbished) – $169See Deal Apple iPad Mini 2 Retina 16GB with WiFi in Space Gray (Certified Refurbished) – $289See Deal iPad Air 2 WiFi Gold 16 GB (Certified Refurbished)MSRP: $499.99   | Sale: $329 |   34 percent offThe iPad Air 2 is as functional as it is stylish. It offers all the features you’d want in a handheld device — such as the ability to access the web and stream content — while packing enough power to run some of the most processor intensive apps available on the App Store. Apple iPad 4 9.7″ with WiFi, 16GB (Certified Refurbished) – $169.99See Deal The Apple iPad should require no introduction. It’s the tablet that set the trend for many of today’s handheld technologies and, yet, it still manages to remain on the cutting edge. Want to get one without paying the full MSRP? Check out these deals on Certified Refurbished models at the Geek Deals store and save hundreds.Apple iPad 4 9.7″ with WiFi, 16 GB (Certified Refurbished)MSRP: $649   | Sale: $169.99   | Price dropped from our regular sale price of $249The Apple iPad 4 is more than a tablet. It’s like a portable computer that’ll keep you connected, productive, and entertained. It can run thousands of apps, features a stunning 9.7” Retina display, 16 GB of internal storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Save over $450 with this special offer. Apple iPad Mini 2 Retina 16 GB with WiFi in Space Gray (Certified Refurbished)MSRP: $399.99   | Sale: $289 |   27 percent offThe iPad Mini 2, measuring at just 7.9”, is small enough to carry around but not so small that your productivity is hindered. It features a stunning Retina display, a generous 16 GB of internal storage, and all the power you need to run a wide range of apps. Apple iPad Mini 16 GB WiFi (Certified Refurbished)MSRP: $459.99   | Sale: $169 |   63 percent offIf an iPhone is too small and the regular 9.7” iPad is too big, then this Apple iPad Mini is just right. It features a brilliant Retina display, two cameras, Siri functionality, and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can use it at home, at the corner coffee shop, or at the office. Apple iPad Air 9.7″ 32 GB with WiFi (Certified Refurbished)MSRP: $599.99   | Sale: $239.99   | Save an extra $10 off our already discounted priceThe Apple iPad Air is the king of tablets. It can run thousands of apps, has a hefty 8 MP camera, and it’s lightweight so it’s easy to take anywhere. It’s also got a sizable 9.7” screen, a huge 32 GB of internal storage, and a Retina display that renders visually stunning images. Apple iPad Air 9.7″ 32GB with WiFi (Certified Refurbished) – $239.99See Deal Stay on target Apple iPad Air 9.7″ 16GB WiFi (Certified Refurbished)MSRP: $499.99   | Sale: $225 |   54 percent offNeed an iPad that’ll let you browse the web and play games with ease? Then the iPad Air 16GB edition will fit you like a glove. It can run thousands of apps, it runs fast and smooth, and it offers 10 hours of operation per charge. iPad Air 2 WiFi Gold 16GB (Certified Refurbished) – $329See Deal Want your products featured at the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! Apple iPad 3 9.7″ 16GB WiFi (Certified Refurbished) – $155See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today last_img read more

Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019

first_img San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), one of the top culture conventions of the year, is known for revealing new TV and movie trailers to attendees.The event, which is taking place in San Diego from July 18 to July 21, is showcasing footage from upcoming sequels, such as Top Gun: Maverick, and new developments, including Netflix’s dark animated fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.From Paramount Pictures’ It Chapter Two to HBO’s Watchmen, here are the top film, TV, and animated series trailers you can watch from SDCC 2019.Rick and MortyRick and Morty, a sci-fi animated comedy that follows a mad scientist and his grandson on crazy adventures, is returning to Adult Swim for its fourth season in November…*Ominous beeping noise*Fear the Walking DeadSeason 5 of Fear the Walking Dead is almost done, and the series released an exclusive trailer at SDCC that showed what’s to come for the surviving squad. Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on Aug. 11.Van HelsingVanessa Helsing, a relative of vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is the lead protagonist of Van Helsing Season 4. The series, which will premiere on SyFy this fall, promises a lot of blood, gore, and rituals.The ExpanseThe Expanse, Amazon Prime Video’s eerie sci-fi show, teases intergalactic battles for Season 4, which will debut on the streaming service in December. When Earth, Mars, and the Belt struggle for power after the Ring Gates open to new planets, everything might fall apart at the seams.Star Trek: PicardSir Patrick Stewart is reprising his role as the Starfleet officer and former Enterprise captain Picard in Star Trek: Picard, a new series coming to CBS All Access in 2020.WestworldWestworld is welcoming a new face (Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul) and moving to a futuristic world for Season 3. Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, and Tessa Thompson are also starring in the series, which is returning to HBO in 2020.Star Trek: Short TreksStar Trek: Short Treks is coming to CBS All Access this fall: Ethan Peck (Spock) and Rebecca Romijn (Number One) and Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) are returning to the U.S.S. Enterprise for this mini-series’ six new shorts.WatchmenSet in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are considered outlaws, Watchmen, HBO’s thrilling series based on the graphic novel by Dave Gibbons, will leave you on the edge of your seat. Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, and Jean Smart star in Watchmen, which hits HBO this October.The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceJim Henson’s famous dark fantasy adventure comes to life in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a story about three Gelfling heroines that try to stop an evil group from taking over their universe. The series, which features a voice cast with Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton, and Anya Taylor-Joy, is coming to Netflix on Aug. 30.21 BridgesAn NYPD detective engages in a city-wide manhunt for cop killers and blocks off most of Manhattan in the thrilling movie 21 Bridges, which hits theaters in September.The Walking Dead Movie (Untitled)Rick Grimes’ story isn’t over yet: The first The Walking Dead movie teaser dropped at SDCC 2019 and even though it doesn’t have an official title or release date yet, we’re excited for this character to return to the big screen.The WitcherThe Witcher, Netflix’s fantasy series based on the video game series of the same name, is coming to the streaming service soon. Henry Cavill, who plays monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, must find stability in an unsettled continent where magic and reality collide.The Walking Dead The Walking Dead Season 10, which is coming this fall to AMC. This time, they’ll have to also deal with The Whisperers, a group of undercover humans who dress up like flesh-eaters to survive.She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Adora, Glimmer, and Bow are keeping The Princess Alliance strong in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 3, which will hit Netflix on Aug. 2. This time, Adora will have to venture to the Crimson Waste to untangle anther mystery that might change the course of the show.Creepshow“There are things in the corner of this world…they will drive you insane.” (All the chills here.) Creepshow, a new Shudder horror anthology series based on Stephen King and George A. Romero’s eerie film with the same name, is coming to haunt your dreams on Sept. 26.Top Gun: MaverickStill feel the need for speed? Tom Cruise is coming back as your favorite fighter pilot in Top Gun: Maverick, which will hit theaters on June 26, 2020.His Dark MaterialsBased on Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy, His Dark Materials follows a young girl who must travel to different parallel universes and find her missing friend. Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda star in this fantasy series, which is coming to HBO in the fall.It Chapter TwoThe Losers Club is back as adults in It Chapter Two, a creepy horror film that brings them face to face with  Pennywise, a demonic clown that preys on children, 27 years later. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Bill Skarsgård star in It Chapter Two, which hits theaters on Sept. 6.Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.There are only four episodes left of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6, and fans received a sneak peek at what’s in store for the elite squad of investigators at SDCC 2019.My Hero AcademiaSeason 4 of My Hero Academia is coming to Funimation in October, so get ready for Deku to do “whatever it takes” to save a young girl in this suspenseful anime series.Terminator: Dark FateA new judgement day is coming in Terminator: Dark Fate, which stars Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, a terminator hunter who is tasked to protect a young girl (Natalia Reyes) from a “metal mother f*cker” (Gabriel Luna). Terminator: Dark Fate is coming to theaters on Nov. 1.Mayans M.C. The next chapter of the Sons of Anarchy saga, Mayans M.C., is coming back to FX for Season 2 on Sept. 3. The series, which is set in a post-Jax Teller world, follows EZ Reyes, who is trying to find out the gruesome circumstances of his mother’s death.More on Movie and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019Tom Cruise Surprises Fans With ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Trailer at SDCC 2019 Stay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more