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Blue's News - 5 hours 19 min ago
FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption.

Google's DeepMind To Apply AI In Head and Neck Cancer Treatments

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Google's DeepMind team has partnered with British hospital doctors on an oral cancer program hoping to cut planning times for radiotherapy treatments. After recently announcing a partnership with London's Moorfields Eye Hospital to use its machine learning technologies to speed up the diagnoses of eye conditions, DeepMind has confirmed a new initiative at the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust. According to Google's artificial intelligence unit, cancer treatments including radiotherapy involve complicated design and planning, especially when they involve the head and neck. Treatments need to obliterate cancerous cells while avoiding any healthy surrounding cells, nerves, and organs. UCLH plans to work with DeepMind to explore whether machine learning can reduce planning time for these treatments, particularly for the image segmentation process which involves clinicians taking CT and MRI scans to build a detailed map of the areas to be treated. The report adds: "DeepMind algorithms will be set to work on an anonymized collection of 700 radiology scans from former oral cancer patients, learning from the historical data in order to draw its own conclusions without human support."

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Half Of People Click Anything Sent To Them

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Want to know why phishing continues to be one of the most common security issue? Half of the people will click on anything without thinking twice ArsTechnica reports: A study by researchers at a university in Germany found that about half of the subjects in a recent experiment clicked on links from strangers in e-mails and Facebook messages -- even though most of them claimed to be aware of the risks. The researchers at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, led by FAU Computer Science Department Chair Dr Zinaida Benenson, revealed the initial results of the study at this month's Black Hat security conference. Simulated "spear phishing" attacks were sent to 1,700 test subjects -- university students -- from fake accounts. The e-mail and Facebook accounts were set up with the ten most common names in the age group of the targets. The Facebook profiles had varying levels of publicly accessible profile and timeline data -- some with public photos and profile photos, and others with minimal data. The messages claimed the links were to photos taken at a New Year's Eve party held a week before the study. Two sets of messages were sent out: in the first, the targets were addressed by their first name; in the second, they were not addressed by name, but more general information about the event allegedly photographed was given. Links sent resolved to a webpage with the message "access denied," but the site logged the clicks by each student.

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Lenovo's 'Yoga Book' Laptop Is So Thin It Needs A Touchscreen Keyboard

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An anonymous reader writes: At IFA in Berlin, Lenovo announced the Yoga Book, a laptop that measures in at just 0.38-inches thick, making it the thinnest laptop currently available. In order for it to retain such a slim profile, the keyboard needed to be redesigned. The Yoga Book features what is called the Halo Keyboard, a touchscreen keyboard that is separated from the display and doubles as a drawing tablet. Gizmodo reports: "Officially it's called the Halo Keyboard, and if you've ever tried to quickly type on a tablet's software keyboard than you'll be familiar with the experience. Only it's a little nicer because the keyboard is separated from the display, so it doesn't suck up screen real estate, and it has a pleasantly rough texture. It's also got haptic feedback, which in the case of a touchscreen keyboard is sort of like sticking lipstick on the pig. A press of a button turns the keys off and turns the keyboard into a drawing tablet. From there, it behaves a lot like a Wacom tablet, directly reporting pen input into your chosen app. It even reads pen inputs through paper laid over the input panel." Some other specs of this 2-in-1 laptop/tablet include an Intel Atom processor, 64GB of onboard storage with support for a microSD card, 13 hours of battery life, 4G LTE, 802.11 AC Wi-Fi, front and rear cameras, and a 10.1-inch, 1080p display.

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Senate Committee Expected To OK Autonomous Car Bills in Michigan

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Michael Wayland, and Melissa Burden, reporting for The Detroit News: Michigan legislators could vote as early as next week on sweeping autonomous vehicle bills that would allow self-driving cars on any Michigan road without a human driver behind the wheel. The Senate's Economic Development and International Investment Committee is holding a public hearing on the bills at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nexteer Automotive, 3900 E. Holland, in Buena Vista Township in Saginaw County. The seven-member committee is expected to send the bills to the Senate floor for a vote as early as Tuesday. If approved, the bills would need approval of the House before heading to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. "We're very, very sure that this is going to move out of committee tomorrow," Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake Township, who introduced the legislation, told The Detroit News on Tuesday. "We've aired out just about everything over the sun."

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“Rogue One” Has A Blacker, Sleeker R2-Style Droid

Dark Horizons - 7 hours 32 min ago

Lucasfilm has announced that an all-new droid is set to make his debut in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – meet C2-B5. Online series “The Star Wars Show” revealed that he is an imperial droid who, unlike droids under the rebels, is subject to frequent memory wipes. The character effectively looks like R2-D2 in better shape and with a black and chrome paint job.

The droid is not to be confused with K-2SO, voiced by Alan Tudyk. Seen in various promotional materials so far, that robot is an enforcer droid originally created for use in the Galactic Empire’s armed forces and has since been reprogrammed to serve the Alliance.

The Gareth Edwards-direcred “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will open in cinemas on December 16th.

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Elba, Evans, Fassy & More Make Bond Shortlist

Dark Horizons - 7 hours 47 min ago

The British tabloids love to speculate about which actor will be the next to take on the role of James Bond if Daniel Craig does leave the role behind, and today The Sun claims to have scored a shortlist of actors that film bosses have drawn up.

Six names are apparently on the list – Idris Elba (43), Michael Fassbender (39), Luke Evans (37), Charlie Hunnam (36), Aidan Turner (33) and Tom Hiddleston (35). EON Productions franchise boss Barbara Broccoli, who is the one who ultimately makes the decision on the role, is also meeting with James Norton (31) and Jamie Bell (30).

The paper is firmly in the court of Elba who thinks the “Luther” star has the gravitas, talent and box office appeal to take over the role with an apparent source from MGM telling them: “To get anyone to take over from Daniel will be a tough job. There will be a lot of trepidation about a new Bond, but Idris’ talent and proven appeal gives executives a lot of heart. Idris may be a little older than the other candidates but he looks like he is still in his 30s. MGM are confident that they are in a pretty strong place with a raft of talent available.”

Last month Elba insisted he has not been approached for the part and claims he’s ‘too old’ to play James Bond. Age is a tricky thing with the role, the actor has to be old enough to have been a believable former naval commander and Secret Service agent, but young enough to believably pull off the action over the course of several movies made 2-3 years apart.

Craig, who is now 48, has still not committed to a fifth film in the role of the British spy.

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Firth Talks His “Kingsman 2” Involvement

Dark Horizons - 7 hours 48 min ago

20th Century Fox are making it quite clear in the film’s promotional materials that Colin Firth is set to return for Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming action sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” despite the apparent fate of his character Harry Hart in the previous film “Kingsman: The Secret Service”.

Firth is now out doing promotional rounds for “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and spoke with Cinema Blend this morning who saved their final question to ask him about the ‘Kingsman’ follow-up and if there was a notable difference in the atmosphere on the film’s set. Firth responded with his usual dry wit, slyly dancing around and yet at the same time answering the question:

“I’m going to do everything I can to creatively deflect your question. It’s no secret that I have some involvement with it, but I think it would be a pity to get too specific about what that is. I can tell you, yes, I’ve been on the set, and there is an extraordinary atmosphere where I think nothing is going to be obvious to anybody. I think Matthew Vaughn’s outrageousness and the way he likes to subvert people’s expectations, it’s very, very much alive. This is not a stretching out of the stuff from the first movie. It’s going to be a complete and utter… I’m optimistic that it’s going to be extraordinary, and utterly its own thing.”

Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and Edward Holcroft return from the first film and are joined by Pedro Pascal, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry in this mostly American-set follow-up which opens next year.

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Jim Broadbent Joins “Game of Thrones” Cast

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 5 min ago

One of the last British acting legends who has NOT been a part of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is finally joining the lavish fantasy series in its upcoming seventh season – the one and only Jim Broadbent.

As usual with ‘Thrones’ now that we’ve gone beyond the books, everything is being kept top secret. All that’s known about Broadbent’s role is that it will be significant.

Filming on the new season wiil take place in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland, with a debut slated for Summer 2017 on HBO. The upcoming season will also be shorter than usual with just seven episodes.

Broadbent has been in several films this past year including “Eddie the Eagle,” “The Legend of Tarzan” and next month’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary”.

Source: EW

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FDA Finds Flaws In Theranos' Zika Tests

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: This past week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated testing for the Zika virus at all U.S. blood centers. That juices demand for Zika-testing technology, but one company that isn't welcome to provide it yet is Theranos. The beleaguered blood analysis startup has run afoul of the FDA, yet again, The Wall Street Journal reports (Warning: may be paywalled). Specifically, regulators found that in developing and testing a new Zika-diagnostic technology, Theranos failed to use proper patient safety protocols, the type approved by an institutional review board. Such protocols are critical in ensuring the ethical treatment of patients involved in studies, and their safety. Theranos had sought the same FDA authorization, but voluntarily withdrew its request once regulators called the startup out, this time, on the safety protocols issue.

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“Magnificent Seven” Character Vignettes, Poster

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 6 min ago

Ahead of its release in a few weeks, Sony Pictures and MGM have unviled a new poster and seven character vignettes for Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake of the classic western “The Magnificent Seven”.

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Byung-Hun Lee lead the cast of the project about seven mercenaries hired by desperate townspeople to free them from the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).

The film opens in regular and IMAX theaters on September 23rd.

Magnificence, multiplied. Here's your exclusive look at the #Mag7 poster, in theaters 9/23: https://t.co/JfBHPkDS5U pic.twitter.com/8RPYUvGUN4

— Fandango (@Fandango) August 31, 2016

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Gibson Offers Update On “The Passion” Sequel

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 6 min ago

Mel Gibson has made a few on screen appearances in the past few years, but at this year’s Venice Film Festival he’ll be unveiling his first directorial effort since “Apocalypto” a decade ago with the war drama “Hacksaw Ridge”.

Where does he go after that though? Potentially a follow-up to the film that changed his career and life – “The Passion Of The Christ”. Earlier this year came word fro screenwriter Randall Wallace that work was underway on a follow-up to “The Passion,” a project Gibson has been completely quiet on and not spoken about.

Appearing this past weekend at the SoCal Harvest evangelical event, Gibson shared in an interview some new details about the film which will deal with what comes after Jesus’ death. Here’s the key quote:

“Of course, that is a huge undertaking, and you know, it’s not the ‘Passion 2.’ It’s called ‘The Resurrection.’ Of course, that’s a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don’t want to just do a simple rendering of it – you know, read what happened. But in order to read it, experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about, it’s going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task. He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed ‘We Were Soldiers’ and ‘Heaven Is For Real’ and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director.”

Would Jim Caviezel return as Jesus? No word as yet. Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” opens on November 4th.

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The First Two Clips From “Arrival”

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 28 min ago

While everyone is talking about Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” today at the Venice Film Festival, much of that attention will shift to Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi tale “Arrival” when it has its world premiere on the Lido tomorrow.

Ahead of that, the first two clips from the Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner-led film have arrived. In the story, aliens have arrived in several large ships hovering over points on Earth. The government hires a linguist to help them communicate as mankind teeters on the brink of global war. The film opens November 11th.

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Cianfrance To Shoot “Empire of the Summer Moon”

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 29 min ago

Following “Blue Valentine” and “The Place Beyond The Pines,” filmmaker Derek Cianfrance returns to cinemas this weekend with “The Light Between Oceans”. Now that the film is done and ready for audiences though, the director is turning his attention to his next effort – “Empire Of The Summer Moon”.

The project has been six years in the making. In 2010, “Brokeback Mountain” scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana were said to be penning a drama about Comanche leader Quanah Parker that was based on a book by S.C. Gwynne. At the time Scott Cooper was linked as director, but the project didn’t happen.

Now it seems to have landed at Warner Bros. Pictures and has Cianfrance attached. Speaking with Indiewire, he says he very much plans to make it his next project:

“I have my next script now called ‘Empire Of The Summer Moon,’ which hopefully I’ll be in production on in the spring. [T]hat’ll be like a 100-day production and that’ll be another year editing that. I’ve already spent three years writing that.”

The book is a vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, specifically focusing on pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans” opens on Friday.

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Trailer: Naomi Watts Is A “Shut In”

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 42 min ago

After some shuffling on the schedule, the Naomi Watts-led and Farren Blackburn-directed thriller “Shut In” is finally set to hit cinemas on November 11th and today sees the launch of the new trailer for it.

The Aussie actress and “Room” breakout star Jacob Tremblay star in the project about a child psychologist and her deaf foster child living an isolated life in rural New England.

Struggling to put her life back together after the loss of her husband, the pair must come together when they’re caught in a deadly storm, trapped in their home, and cut off from the world around her.

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SETI's 'Strong Signal' Came From Earth

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Yesterday, it was reported that Russia has detected a strong signal around 11 GHz coming from HD164595, a star nearly identical in mass to the Sun and located about 95 light years away from Earth. Well, long story short the signal came Earth. Ars Technica reports: "First, astronomers with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence downplayed the possibility of an alien civilization. 'There are many other plausible explanations for this claimed transmission, including terrestrial interference,' Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer with SETI, wrote. Now the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences has concurred, releasing a statement on the detection of a radio signal at the RATAN-600 radio astronomy observatory in southern Russia. 'Subsequent processing and analysis of the signal revealed its most probable terrestrial origin,' the Russian scientists said."

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King Arthur Is A Cop Procedural In “Camelot”

Dark Horizons - 8 hours 46 min ago

FOX is teaming with Gail Berman and Joe Earley to develop “Camelot,” a TV series that reimagines the legendary stories of King Arthur in a police procedural.

When an ancient magic reawakens in modern-day Manhattan, a graffiti artist named Art must team with his best friend Lance and his ex-girlfriend and idealistic cop Gwen in order to realize his destiny and fight back against the evil forces that threaten the city.

Yes this is serious. FOX scored the drama in a competitive situation with a script plus penalty commitment. Dan Frey and Ru Sommer (“Bleeding Kansas”) created the project and will pen the script as well as executive produce alongside Berman and Earley.

Source: The Live Feed

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