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Netflix’s Bird Box film contains footage of Lac-Megantic disaster

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Netflix used footage of the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster Bird Box, a horror film starring Sandra Bullock. Streaming service Netflix has confirmed it used stock footage of a real-life rail disaster in the film Bird Box. Netflix will not be removing the brief clip from Canada’s Lac-Megantic tragedy used early in the film to depict a fictional news story about an apocalyptic scenario. Over 40 people were killed in 2013 when a train carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Dozens of…

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Lion Air crash: ‘Black box’ voice recorder found

Image copyright AFP Image caption File photo of a Lion Air plane Officials in Indonesia say they have found the “black box” voice recorder from a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea off Jakarta in October. All 189 people on board died when Flight JT610 fell into the sea shortly after taking off for the western city of Pangkal Pinang. The pilot had asked air traffic control for permission to turn back to the airport but then contact was lost. Investigators say the plane had encountered technical problems…

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US driver in ‘Bird Box blindfold’ crashes in Utah

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The film has led to a craze in which people attempt everyday tasks while blindfolded Police in the US state of Utah have taken the unusual step of urging residents not to drive blindfolded after an online challenge inspired by a horror film led to a crash. A teenager with her hat over her eyes drove into oncoming traffic in the city of Layton while taking part in the so-called “Bird Box Challenge”. The craze has come from the Netflix film Bird Box, starring…

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YouTube stars under fire for ‘loot box’ videos

Image copyright Jake Paul Image caption YouTuber Jake Paul has responded to the controversy on Twitter, saying “Don’t gamble!” High-profile YouTubers have faced a barrage of criticism for promoting a ‘loot box’ website. Videos by Jake Paul and Brian “RiceGum” Le feature a company called Mystery Brand, which exchanges money for unidentified prizes. Other YouTubers say they have turned down similar sponsorship deals from the firm, offering $100,000 (£78,921). A spokesperson for the UK Gambling Commission told the BBC it “will be taking appropriate action.” PewDiePie hackers take over Google…

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France’s Iliad seeks to revive sales with high-end set-top box

PARIS (Reuters) – Telecom operator Iliad unveiled on Tuesday a new high-end set-up box with luxury audio speakers and embedded video applications which it sees reviving sluggish sales in France. Xavier Niel, founder of French broadband Internet provider Iliad, shows off the new set-top box, the Freebox Delta, which combines broadband, television and fixed line telephone services at the company’s headquarters in Paris, France, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau Iliad’s triangle-shaped white box, dubbed Freebox Delta, includes a Netflix subscription and Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa among its key features, on…

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Cloud storage firm Box reports smaller-than-expected loss, shares rise

(Reuters) – Cloud storage provider Box Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss as it added more customers, and forecast full-year revenue estimates above analysts’ estimates. The company’s shares, which have fallen about 14 percent this year, rose 5 percent in extended trading. Box ended its third quarter with more than 90,000 paying customers, up from 87,000 in the preceding quarter. “From Medtronic to Coca-Cola to Eli Lilly, large enterprises are deciding to choose Box,” Chief Executive Officer Aaron Levie told Reuters. “I think where we could have done better is…

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Cloud storage firm Box beats quarterly revenue estimates, shares rise

(Reuters) – Box Inc’s quarterly revenue topped Wall Street estimates on Wednesday and the company reported a smaller-than-expected loss as the cloud storage provider added more customers. Shares of Redwood City, California-based company rose nearly 6 percent in extended trading. Box, which also competes with Microsoft Corp’s OneDrive and Google’s Drive, had more than 90,000 paying customers in the quarter, up from 87,000 in the previous quarter. For full year 2019, Box forecast an adjusted loss of between 15 cents and 16 cents per share, while analysts, on average, were…

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Your pictures on the theme of ‘in a box’

And finally, Chyna-Marie Showler took this photo from inside a cardboard box. The next theme is “uniform” and the deadline for your entries is 27 November. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to [email protected] Further details and terms can be found by following the link to “We set the theme, you take the pictures,” at the bottom of the page. Source link

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Loot box spending ‘creates problem gamblers’

Spending within video games creates “problem gamblers” and must be better regulated, a study has found. Computer scientists from York St John University found a strong link between “loot box” spending and problem gambling. In using loot boxes, players of some online games use real money to access in-game functions – but they do not always know what they are paying for. Dr David Zendle and Dr Paul Cairns authored the York St John study, the largest study of its kind so far, which found the link to problem gambling,…

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Parents ‘need to put their phones in a box’, MPs told

“You’re a parent whether your child’s online or not,” Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England told MPs looking into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. She told the Commons science and technology committee the “danger zone” is from 9pm to 11pm. She suggested parenting classes to show how to create social media boundaries for their kids and to show how parents can be good role models, by “putting their phones in a box” in the evening, even though doing so is “testing for adults as…

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