Experimental Drug Promises to Kill the Flu Virus in a Day

As Americans suffer through the worst influenza outbreak in almost a decade, a Japanese drugmaker says it has developed a pill that can kill the virus within a day. But even if the experimental drug lives up to the claim, it likely won’t be available in the U.S. until next year at the earliest. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.wsj.com/xml/rss/3_7014.xml

Today In Hip Hop History: Kanye West Releases His ‘College Dropout’ LP 14 Years Ago

On this date in 2004, Def Jam Records through the Roc-A-Fella imprint dropped the debut album of the uber talented producer/emcee Kanye West properly entitled College Dropout. The LP debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 441,000 copies during its first week. The five singles that achieved chart success and got him a Grammy award at the 47th Grammy Awards include “Through the Wire” and “Jesus Walks”. The singles “All Falls Down” and “Slow Jamz” charted within the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the Jamie Fox and Twista feature also charted number one. It is West’s best-selling album in the United States, with domestic sales of 3.4 million and worldwide over 4 million copies. It’s been listed among the greatest debut albums of all time and by Time and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time.


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Jessie J Is Still Dominating That Chinese Reality Singing Competition!

You go, Jessie J!!!

The star singer is still doing her thing on that Chinese reality TV singing competition appropriately called Singer, and we’re getting more new looks at her recent performances just like this one (above)!!!

Related: Watch Jessie J SLAY Grease Is The Word!

As we’ve been reporting over the last month, Jessie J has been literally setting records on this reality show, so we can only assume more good things are coming for her moving forward.

Regardless, this is all pretty great for her!!!

What do U think, Perezcious readers?!

Let us know in the comments (below)!!!

Poland’s Jews fear for future under new Holocaust law

Behind the new law denying Polish complicity in Nazi atrocities, many fear there lies a growing strain of antisemitism

Even on a clear day, history hangs over Warsaw like smog. Flattened during the Nazi German wartime occupation and rebuilt during communist rule, what Poland’s capital may lack in architectural charm it makes up for with a litany of monuments, statues, plaques and shrines dedicated to collective suffering and individual sacrifice.

One lesser-known memorial is a small plaque on the wall of the Warszawa Gdańska railway station, a nondescript socialist-era building on the north side of the city. It was from here that many Poles of Jewish origin departed in the wake of the “anti-Zionist campaign” in March 1968, when cold war politics and a power struggle within the Polish Communist party led to an antisemitic propaganda campaign forcing thousands of Polish Jews to leave the country.

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Ford hints at Ranger Raptor coming to the US, possibly with a gas engine

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A 2.3-liter EcoBoost seems like a good fit.

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Omarosa Rushed To The Hospital For An Alleged Asthma Attack While Filming Celebrity Big Brother

Drama, drama, drama, already on this season’s Celebrity Big Brother!!

Omarosa Manigault, fresh off a stint in the White House and now in the Big Brother house, was rushed to the hospital on Friday night over what is being termed by some as an apparent asthma attack — though other housemates are already questioning whether that’s really true.

Related: Omarosa Busy Talkin’ Shit About Trump On CBB!

Here’s what we know: the CBB live feed online went down on Friday night just as the house guests were reportedly doing a competition in which they had to get dizzy and bowl, but when the feed got back online, Omarosa was gone — off to the hospital and, apparently, still there as of Saturday morning.

Later on, during a convo in the house between Ross Mathews and Marissa Jaret Winokur, Marissa discussed Omarosa’s “injury” and suggested that she may have “put her in the hospital.”


We don’t conclusively know what the medical condition is beyond the alleged “asthma attack” that’s being tentatively reported, though Marissa and the others are already skeptical that Omarosa is milking it just to get some rest at the hospital and stay out of the house for as long as possible.

You mean there’s a possibility Omarosa has done nothing in the CBB house? Isn’t that what she did in the White House, too? Nothing?! Yeah….

Related: Late Night Roasts Trump’s Recent Bald Spot Fail!

Here’s a bit more context from Ross and Marissa themselves (below):


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Siri on HomePod Correctly Answered 52.3% of Queries in New AI Test

In a new test shared today by Loup Ventures, Apple’s HomePod was put through its paces in categories including Siri, sound quality, and ease of use. For Siri, Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster reported that while the AI assistant understood 99.4 percent of queries asked of it, it answered only 52.3 percent of them correctly. Loup Ventures tested three separate HomePods and asked 782 queries total.

Compared to previous tests of rival speakers, HomePod is “at the bottom of the totem pole” in the AI assistant performance category. Google Home answered 81 percent correctly, Amazon’s Alexa answered 64 percent correctly, and Microsoft’s Cortana answered 57 percent correctly.

Munster broke this information down further, stating that Siri is good for “local” and “commerce” queries, like asking about nearby coffee shops or assisting in buying new shoes. In this area, Siri beats Alexa and Cortana but still falls behind Google Assistant on Google Home.

Despite the low percentage of correctly answering the 782 total queries asked of it, Munster said Siri’s overall performance rose above expectations “given the limited scope of HomePod’s music focus.”

Chart via Loup Ventures

The researchers explained that over time HomePod and Siri should grow to match, or surpass, rival assistants by simply adding query domains like calendar, email, calling, and navigation.

Some domains like navigation, calendar, email, and calling are simply not supported. These questions were met with, “I can’t ___ on HomePod.” Also, in any case that iPhone-based Siri would bring up Google search results, HomePod would reply, “I can’t get the answer to that on HomePod,” which forces you to use your phone or give up on the question altogether. Removing navigation, calling, email, and calendar-related queries from our question set yields a 67% correct response, a jump from overall of 52.3% correct.

This means added support for these domains would bring HomePod performance above that of Alexa (64%) and Cortana (57%), though still shy of Google Home (81%). We know Siri has the ability to correctly answer a whole range of queries that HomePod cannot, evidenced by our note here. Apple’s limiting of HomePod’s domains should change over time, at which point we expect the speaker to be vastly more useful and integrated with your other Apple devices.

As discovered in the research, where HomePod excelled was its “superior” listening skills. The HomePod allows users to speak at a normal volume, even when music from the speaker is particularly loud, and Siri will pick up on the voice and hear the user. “This was HomePod’s most stellar feature,” according to Munster.

Loup Ventures also favored HomePod’s sound quality, saying that “it sounds incredible.” Like other reviews and impressions of the device, Munster’s enjoyment of the HomePod’s audio quality was countered with the speaker’s lackluster Siri performance, which he thinks will be changing fairly soon.

Don’t be fooled by HomePod’s sound quality-focused first step into smart speakers; Apple has a grander vision than delivering a better sounding Echo. While not present in the first version of HomePod (i.e. you can’t even make a phone call with HomePod), we believe Apple’s goal is to make Siri a ubiquitous, ambient presence that connects and controls all your connected devices and services – and to make a leap forward in the transition to voice-first computing.

Visit Loup Ventures to read more of the information gathered from the HomePod “smart speaker gauntlet,” including the publication’s prediction for demand and market share of HomePod through the rest of 2018.

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