Author: John Spears

"Infuriatingly humble tv expert. Friendly student. Travel fanatic. Bacon fan. Unable to type with boxing gloves on."

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) continues to expand its portfolio in the medical device industry with the recent announcement of its acquisition of Shockwave Medical for $12.5 billion. This deal is a strategic move by J&J to enhance its offerings in treating heart diseases. Shockwave Medical is known for its innovative technology that uses shockwaves to break down calcified plaque in heart vessels, similar to the treatment of kidney stones. By acquiring Shockwave, J&J aims to bolster its cardiac health business, following previous acquisitions of heart pump maker Abiomed and heart-centric device maker Laminar. The deal, expected to close by mid-2024,…

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Former US President Donald Trump faced a series of legal setbacks on Tuesday after losing multiple attempts to dismiss criminal charges in Florida and Georgia cases. After his court hearing in New York City, Trump arrived at 40 Wall Street as judges in different states rejected his bids to drop charges against him. Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida denied Trump’s attempt to dismiss charges related to mishandling classified documents, while Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee in Georgia ruled against Trump’s request to dismiss the election interference case. In addition, New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan denied Trump’s…

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President Donald Trump sparked controversy once again by posting a clip on his social media platform, Truth Social, where Fox News commentator Brian Kilmeade criticized the expanded gag order against Trump’s attacks on Judge Juan Merchan and his daughter, Loren Merchan. Kilmeade labeled the gag order as “outrageous” and expressed concerns about Loren Merchan’s alleged activism against Trump. In the clip, Kilmeade referenced a debunked rumor about Loren Merchan posting a photo of Trump behind bars, a claim her representatives have vehemently denied. Notably, attorney Jonathan Turley also spoke out against the expanded gag order but advised Trump to leave…

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King Charles and Queen Camilla Showcase Strong Connection in Recent Photo In a recent photo released by the royal family, King Charles and Queen Camilla were seen posing together, both facing away from the camera. Despite not looking at the lens, their body language clearly showed a strong connection as they were angled towards each other in a show of support. The photo was unveiled shortly after the royal family showcased a portrait of King Charles during the 2024 Royal Maundy Service. The portrait, featuring King Charles in a regal pose, added to his public presence and image. The picture…

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McCreary County Record – Discord, the popular messaging platform known for its aversion to ads, is making a surprising move by allowing video game makers to advertise to its users through Sponsored Quests. This new form of marketing offers rewards to PC gamers who get their friends to watch them play through Discord. Sponsored Quests target ads based on users’ age, location data, and gameplay, but Discord users have the option to opt out of personalized promotions. The platform tested ads in May with Lucasfilm Games and Epic Games, offering Star Wars-themed gear in Fortnite. This shift in advertising strategy…

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A Linux Backdoor Discovered in Recent Fedora Operating Systems In a surprising turn of events, a Linux backdoor was uncovered this week, causing alarm among Red Hat and Debian users. The malicious code, which allows for backdoor access, was found in recent versions of Fedora operating systems. The issue was brought to light by security firm Deepfactor in a blog post, after Microsoft developer Andres Freund accidentally stumbled upon the exploit. Freund initially became suspicious after noticing unusually high CPU usage by an SSH process on his system. After further investigation, Freund reported his findings to the Linux security Openwall…

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A recent report has revealed concerning issues with the video player on the McCreary County Record website. Some users have reported difficulties with the video player loading properly and content not loading at all when attempting to watch videos on the site. In addition to these loading issues, users have also complained about frozen ads and content failing to start after the ad plays. This has resulted in a frustrating user experience for many, as they are unable to access the desired content due to these technical glitches. Furthermore, some users have raised concerns about the audio in the ads…

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Apple enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement over the latest leaks regarding the highly anticipated iPhone 16. It is rumored that the newest model will feature vertically-aligned cameras, a departure from the diagonal camera layout seen in the current iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models. Leaked images of iPhone 16 cases show a distinct cutout for the vertically-aligned cameras, hinting at what may be in store for Apple’s upcoming flagship device. It is believed that these case designs are based on schematics files obtained from Apple’s supply chain, adding even more credibility to the rumors. The design change in the…

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A recent study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session has shed new light on the impact of fortified eggs on heart health. The study, which focused on eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and selenium, found that consuming 12 or more fortified eggs per week did not have the negative effects on cholesterol levels that conventional eggs do. Participants in the study, all of whom were at high risk for heart disease, showed no significant differences in their levels of good and bad cholesterol when comparing those who ate more fortified eggs to those…

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors are urging individuals much younger than the typical colorectal cancer patient to be vigilant about potential symptoms. The rate of colorectal cancer in people under 50 has been steadily rising for the past 30 years, leading to it now being the leading cause of cancer death in men under 50 and second only to breast cancer in women in the same age group. According to recent studies, early-onset colorectal cancer cases have been increasing at a rate of around 2% per year since the mid-1990s. This trend has resulted in individuals born…

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