On Russian terraforming: The race to reshape our planet's future

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What would it mean to abandon Earth wholesale? The proposition to throw one’s hands up and forfeit our planet is a seductive one — things are looking pretty irredeemably grim. As the world continues to self isolate and our climate crisis continues to spiral exponentially, so too does the desire to look wistfully outward into the pitch of night. Like an unhappily wed couple entering a midlife crisis, we tempt a collective fantasy; what would life be like on another planet?

The term “terraforming” made its debut quietly, nearly imperceptible to most, save the most dedicated of science fiction devotees. The first use of the term comes from a July 1942 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, in a short story titled Collision Orbit by Will Stewart (the nome de plume of Jack Wiliamson)Even there, the term is merely incidental — just a thing people did to asteroids, not wholly unlike Saint-Exupéry’s little prince.

Terraforming is defined today as the transformation of a planet so as to resemble Earth,

What to watch on Netflix and TV in June: Top 10 shows people can’t wait to see

Wondering what to watch on Netflix, other streaming services, and TV in June 2020? Well stop wondering because we’re going to show you all the hottest new and returning series set to premiere next month. There are plenty of eagerly awaited new shows that will debut over the course of the month in June, including HBO’s remake of Perry Mason. When it comes to fan favorites that are set to return with new seasons next month, Netflix is home to every single show that managed to make the list.

There’s something very interesting to note about the latest roundup of the most hotly anticipated new and returning shows coming in June 2020. While it’s perfectly normal to see streaming services and premium cable channels dominate the list each month, this is the first time we can recall where not a single one of the five most hotly anticipated new shows and the five most eagerly awaited returning series set to premiere in a month will be on network television or a standard cable channel. The top three streaming services are all accounted for — that’s Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video — and you’ll find not one but two shows set to debut in June on HBO. There isn’t a single new or returning show airing next month on network TV though, and standard cable networks are nowhere to be found either.

What’s so special about the shows coming to big streaming services and HBO next month that they outshine anything and everything coming to network TV and basic cable? Let’s take a look.

BGR readers should be plenty familiar with TV Time by now. If you don’t recognize the name, it’s an iPhone and Android app that lets people track the shows they’re watching on TV and streaming services. More than 14 million people use the app, and the developers behind TV aggregate and anonymize their data to let us know which shows are the most popular.

In addition to sharing lists of the most popular shows each week, TV Time also shares a list at the end of each month that showcases the new and returning series that people are looking forward to most in the month to come. The “anticipation report” for June 2020 was just released, and it’s a terrific tool to help you plan your viewing next month.

When it comes to new shows, there’s a very diverse selection in the top-5 next month, both when it comes to platforms and content. Hulu’s new show Love, Victor comes in at #1 and HBO’s Perry Mason reboot starring Matthew Rhys and Tatiana Maslany is #2. The Italian fantasy show Curon on Netflix is #3 on the list, and it’s the only Netflix show to crack the top-5. Alex Rider on Amazon Prime Video is #4, and HBO’s I May Destroy You is #5.

Netflix might not have had the best showing in June when it comes to new shows, but the nation’s top streaming platform swept

ATCON Tasks Nigerian Government to Begin Digitizing the Economy

Sourced from the Guardian Nigeria.

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has charged the Federal Government to begin the digitization of the nation’s economy.

The association stressed the importance and crucial need for the government to map out fresh plans that would assist the country cope with economic challenges post-COVID-19 pandemic.

Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON, told The Guardian Nigeria that every sector of the Nigerian economy should brace for the challenges ahead, stressing that information and communication technology (ICT) would be strategic in diversifying and digitising the economy going forward.

Teniola makes clear that the association would begin organising a virtual conversation to begin discussing the socio-economic and political impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Telecommunications and ICT sector in Nigeria. The meetings will be held over Zoom, he says. First of which will take place on 4 June.

He says that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the livelihoods and businesses socially, economically and politically. This has the unintended effect of making the country realise that it could not rely on crude oil, Teniola says.

“For example, the price of crude oil in the international market fell below the benchmark prize of 2020 budget and the Federal Government has resorted to borrowing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cushion the effect of the fall in the price of crude oil in the international market.”

“To salvage the situation, there is an urgent need for collaboration public and private sectors collaboration to jumpstart the diversification and emergence of digitisation of the Nigerian economy,” he states.

This comes as the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) activated about 1.96-million new telecommunications line in the month of March. The new subscriptions, which was about 500,000 over and above what the operators saw in February (about 1.41m), was not unconnected with Federal Government’s lockdown measures due to COVID-9, which saw more people having to work from home with the aid of Internet data.

Teniola says that there would also be the need to push for the buy-in of government at all levels to encourage telecoms and ICT infrastructure development in their respective states by encouraging investments through tax holidays and special intervention funds for the sector by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Edited by Luis Monzon

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The OnePlus and McLaren partnership is officially over

It’s official – OnePlus will no longer be making McLaren-branded phones as the partnership between the two companies has ended. Dating back to 2018, the short-lived partnership saw a few interesting releases. OnePlus’ McLaren phones: the 6T, 7T and Concept One The latest (and last) was the OnePlus Concept One with its disappearing camera and the McLaren signature Papaya Orange color. Before that was the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren (a T-Mobile exclusive for the US) and the OnePlus 6T McLaren, which introduced Warp Charge 30, the company’s first charger upgrade over the original Dash…

$48 UV sanitizer wand kills coronavirus on any surface

A UV sanitizer wand is a fantastic way to disinfect surfaces all around your home and office, but most options out there are price gouged right now because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Thankfully, we came across a great top-rated option that is in stock and ready to ship from Amazon for just $39.99. It’s called the Hygea SteriWand UV Sanitizer Wand and it’s even waterproof so you don’t have to worry about using it around the bathroom and kitchen.

It should go without saying at this point that face masks and hand sanitizer are the two most important things out there when it comes to protecting yourself from the novel coronavirus. The CDC says so, the WHO says so, and experts all over the world agree. In fact, the CDC instructs people right on its coronavirus site to always wear face masks anytime they have to leave their homes for any reason. The organization really couldn’t be any more clear: “Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.”

Amazon’s best-selling face masks and the site’s best-selling alcohol-based hand sanitizer are both in stock right now, so you really have no excuse to be without either. And if you want to be even safer, you can get the strongest hand sanitizer we’ve ever seen — Eighty Aid hand sanitizer with 80% alcohol content. Of course, there are a few other tools you need in order to be extra safe, and we just found a terrific deal on one that you might not even be aware of.

In addition to alcohol and other disinfectants, UV-C light also kills bacteria and viruses including human coronaviruses. That’s why having a UV sanitizer wand is such a great idea, but the problem is sellers are taking advantage of the pandemic and charging over $100 for most models. Lucky for you, we came across a top-rated option on Amazon that’s in stock now and it’s not price-gouged, so you can pick one up for just $39.99 if you hurry.

It’s called the Hygea SteriWand UV Sanitizer Wand and it’s even waterproof so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet when you use it in the bathroom or around the kitchen. This model is compact, portable, rechargeable, and it uses the 254nm UV-C light band for maximum effectiveness. Use it on any surface you want and within just a few minutes, that surface will be sanitized. Just please be smart and don’t use it on your skin or on anyone else, and definitely keep it away from your face and eyes.

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It’s hard to make real money selling virtual goods

There’s plenty of news right now about how people are trying to make real money through video games, and not just by trying to get a taste of that Ninja game-streaming fortune. Most recently, people are selling items for hard cash inside the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons

As the coronavirus takes a hammer to the economy and a number of people are at risk of penury, selling goods inside the game seems like a good idea. But while there’s plenty of hype about the potential for virtual economies to thrive as the real-world ones collapse, the truth is a little different.

If you’re unfamiliar, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a sim game for the Nintendo Switch in which you build a life for yourself in a community of adorable, anthropomorphic animals. You fish, grow fruit, craft tools and furniture while working to improve your island home. The more well developed your community, the more characters come to live there, further increasing your wealth. When you begin the game, you are in debt to local landlord Tom Nook and have to work towards the goal of financial independence.


Facebook's new Venue app is an interactive hub for live events

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Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team has rolled out a new app called Venue, which aims to provide an interactive second-screen experience for live events. To be absolutely clear, the app wasn’t designed to livestream the events it features. Instead, it will serve as home for “venues” hosted by expert commentators, such as journalists, current or former athletes and analysts, which fans can enter while an event is ongoing.

Since the app was created so that fans can split their attention between the event and their phones, hosts can ping guests whenever something important or memorable is happening. They can do so by creating and posting “Moments” in their venues in the form of commentaries, interactive questions, polls and short chats. In a way, it’s like following live tweets by an expert. “With Venue, fans can stop scrolling or searching to find the exact moment everyone is reacting to,” the NPE team explained.


Venue is the third app the NPE team has launched this

Apple begins selling refurbished iPhone XRs

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Apple has started selling refurbished versions of its iPhone XR, MacRumors has reported. Prices start at $499 for the 64GB model, giving you a factory-renewed phone with a one year warranty, box and cables for $100 off the price for a brand new model. The 128GB model costs $539, down from the current $649 price, while the 256GB model is $629, or $120 off the clearance price.

The refurbished phones are available in a more limited selection of colors than the new models. However, at least you can buy a 256GB model, as new 256GB iPhone XR models are no longer available except on clearance. You can also get a new iPhone SE cheaper at $399. While that model has better performance with an A13 Bionic chipset, it has much bigger bezels than the iPhone XR and uses Touch ID instead of Face ID.

First launched in 2018, the XR was essentially a budget version of the iPhone XS and XS Max models.

Watch CNN reporters get arrested while covering the Minnesota protests

CNN reporters covering the protests in Minnesota were arrested after attempting to comply with the demands of riot police. The incident was broadcast live, showing reporter Omar Jimenez being arrested while asking where the police wanted the team to move. The protests were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in handcuffs as an officer pinned him down with a knee to the throat.

The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who is seen on video lying face down with a police officer’s knee pressed against his throat, has sparked widespread unrest in Minnesota. The officers involved in the arrest and death of Floyd were fired, and protests against police brutality have steadily grown in size over the past few days.

Overnight, clashes between heavily armed police and protesters led to damage to buildings and even a police precinct. CNN reporters and video crew were on the ground, documenting the events as they played out, and in a truly bizarre turn of events, Minnesota police decided that they needed to be arrested.

The video, which was recorded early this morning, shows a CNN team including reporter Omar Jimenez, a producer, a photojournalist, and a cameraman all being arrested in the middle of the street as they attempted to get directions from a line of officers in riot gear. Jimenez can clearly be heard asking where the officers wish for them to go, but none of them seem to have any idea how to proceed.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, one office decides to place Jimenez, who is black, in handcuffs and lead him away. The other members of CNN‘s team were placed into custody shortly thereafter, with the cameraman leaving his gear on the ground, still providing a live feed to the broadcast. Jimenez can be heard asking why he was being placed under arrest, but the response from the officer (if there was one) is unclear.

The arrest of reporters who are not just documenting the events but are actively attempting to comply with the demands of police is a pretty big deal. It’s a violation of the Constitution and should not happen in the United States.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was quick to chime in on the event, saying that he “deeply apologizes” for the arrests and calling the events that unfolded “unacceptable.” He noted that CNN‘s team was doing the right thing and clearly complying, so there was no reason for things to have played out the way that they did. The CNN crew was eventually released from custody.

Needless to say, things are not going well in Minneapolis right now and a resolution may not come for some time. The family of George Floyd is calling for the arrests of the officers involved in his death, but the issue of police brutality extends beyond one city or state. Convictions of those officers might calm things down in Minnesota, but there’s clearly a larger problem here that needs to

HP’s gaming sale gives gamers the down low on new tech and downloads

Gaming can turn into a way of life. It can be hard to focus on real life activities when you’re consumed by a video game. Having to get to the next level or defeat the next opponent can become something that you have to do before you do anything else. We all know people (or we are those people) who are late for events because they were gaming. Well, if you’ve been looking for a new gaming setup, HP has come to your rescue.

Going on right now, HP is giving you the chance to claim some amazing gaming offers to boost your power and skill levels. You’ll be able to get 5% off PCs that are $999 or above with the promo code 5GAMERSPRING or you can get 10% off ones that are $1,399 or above with the promo code 10GAMERSPRING! There are options for laptops or desktops to help you compete at the highest level!

One of the biggest incentives to getting a new gaming system is the addition of Red Dead Redemption II when you purchase HP gaming PCs with Intel® 9th gen Core™ i7K, i7KF, i9KF, i7H, i9H processors! This is a limited time offer, so you better scoop this one up fast to make sure you get one of the top selling video games of all time! The redemption code for the download will be sent out by email in 30 days after your purchase.

With most of the gaming computers, you can customize them in certain ways to boost the processor or graphics. One of the options you can pick is the OMEN Laptop – 15t. This has a 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB graphics that are sure to please. You can take your gaming experience anywhere and this is geared towards simple upgrades for the HDD, SDD, and RAM. This also has a zoned backlit keyboard that you can customize the keys for different controls. This can be yours for only $1,049.99!

If you are more looking for a desktop for those marathon gaming sessions, let us suggest the OMEN Obelisk Desktop PC -875-0030qd. You will have a fluid gaming experience each and every time you sign on, thanks to the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Super 6 GB graphics. This will give you seamless, cinematic experiences in 4K and more. This has Bang & Olufsen speakers that provides you with excellent audio to accompany your visual conquests. This is a sleek looking tower that will only cost you $899.99!

Bundle building can be a new way of setting up a gaming system and you can do that right now with the HP Pavilion Gaming – 17-cd0030nr laptop. This boasts a 17.3″ diagonal Full HD display to allow you to see more of the worlds you’re trying to conquer. This brings entertainment and content to life, thanks to the Hexa-Core 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor. It also has 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of

Podcast: Why do people think 5G makes them sick?

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No, 5G didn’t start the coronavirus pandemic. But that’s not stopping the current wave of conspiracy theories and anti-5G protests. And despite the science saying otherwise, plenty of people are convinced that 5G is actually hurting them. To figure out why, Cherlynn and Devindra chat with Omer van den Bergh, a tenured professor of Health Psychology at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

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He’s extensively researched idiopathic environmental intolerance, genuine physical symptoms that arise when some people encounter electromagnetic fields, chemical substances (like fragrances), and even vibroacoustic sources like wind mills. While tests prove that these factors don’t genuinely cause illnesses, the mere belief that they do is enough to cause physical reactions. Instead of just telling people it’s all in their head, he argues, Western medicine might need to take these symptoms more seriously.

Additionally, Devindra and Cherlynn discuss the surprisingly confusing launch of HBO Max. It’s basically a rebrand

What are PAMM accounts?

Forex is a virtual market, not restricted to any location, be it London or Johannesburg. This trading platform is available 24 hours a day, as the world’s banks operate in different time zones. This is the key difference between Forex and the “traditional” stock exchange. 

All you need to work on the financial market is a stable Internet connection and access to the platform offered by the intermediary. For most clients, a prime broker represents such a guarantee. All rights and responsibilities of the client and the intermediary are stipulated in the contract. 

Forex exchange rates change rapidly during the trading day. Positive or negative tendency is shaped by various factors, such as global political changes, economic performance, policy of national financial institutions and force majeure circumstances, including emergencies in leading countries, accidents at enterprises, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, etc. Besides, rumours have a great influence on the market, generating expectations and affecting the mood of traders. 

However, Forex has been distinguished by its enviable stability for many years now, as the platform has been always keeping a certain balance. The fall in one exchange inevitably leads to an improvement in the other. And a successful trader can get a lot of profit from it. 

What are the Features of Forex Robots? 

A Forex robot is a trading software designed according to many trading signals, which allow you to determine the best time for selling or buying a currency pair. Successful robots are designed with drawdown allowance. The value may range from 5 to 60 per cent, depending on the selected strategy. Some robots can distinguish the price dynamics in a time interval of 2-3 seconds, being able to make a deal and gain profit. Obviously, it’s impossible to achieve such a result in manual mode. 

PAMM Account Features

Investing in PAMM accounts allows everyone to increase their own income from the foreign exchange market. The main thing is to choose a skilled manager without attempting to trade independently, fully relying on an expert advisor. 

A PAMM account is a tool that makes it possible to adopt the trading model of a managing trader through automatic transfer of all his transactions to the investors’ capital. As a result, the joint money account, consisting of investors’ deposits and trader’s personal funds, undergoes changes: participants of the PAMM-account make profits and losses proportionally to their shares. 

Just a few years ago, PAMM accounts were uncommon and only selected brokers worked with them. Given the growing popularity of the tool, most of today’s companies offer to use a PAMM account for profitable investing and earning on Forex. 

Staff writer

Apple starts selling refurbished iPhone XR units in the US

Apple kept the iPhone XR around as a lower cost alternative to the iPhone 11, knocking its price down to $600 – a sweet $150 discount from the original price and $100 less than the 11. However, it took until now for Apple to officially start selling refurbished XR units. A refurbished iPhone XR with 64GB storage will cost you $500. Then it’s $540 for the 128GB model and $630 for the 256GB one (all of them unlocked). The color selection is limited by the storage you’re looking for. Of course, things have changed since the iPhone 11 trio was unveiled – the iPhone SE (2020) was…

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review: Just a really good Android tablet

Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Get more info Get more info Galaxy Tab S6 Scores Engadget Not yet scored   Critic 1 Reviews 10   Users Not yet scored   Key Specs Form factor  Tablet Operating system  Android Screen size  10.4in Storage type  Internal, Memory card Camera (integrated)  Yes

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It’s been years since I have reviewed an Android tablet that didn’t come with a keyboard cover. The idea of a plain old tablet is nice, in a retro kind of way. Just because the Surfaces and iPad Pros of the world are being pitched as productivity powerhouses in tiny 2-in-1 bodies, that doesn’t mean all tablets have to be beefy machines. People still want tablets.