Month: July 2019

Donald Trump to almost entirely avoid London during UK visit

first_imgPlay Video Share on Pinterest Play Video Topics Share on Messenger Protesters march in London after Donald Trump’s inauguration.Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA @peterwalker99 Fri 6 Jul 2018 11.00 EDT Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Melania Trump will accompany her husband for some events, for example at Blenheim Palace and to meet the Queen, but she will also have a separate itinerary, hosted by May’s husband.May invited Trump for a formal state visit after she met him in Washington shortly after his inauguration. However, such a visit, which is different to this working visit, has been delayed indefinitely, reportedly because the president did not want to be met by protests.The black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace, the country estate where Winston Churchill was born, will nonetheless see considerable ceremony, including the bands of Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards welcoming Trump, and an orchestra serenading diners with “classic British and American hits”.About 100 guests will include some ministers and business leaders from sectors including financial services, travel, food and drink, and engineering.On the Friday morning, Trump and May will visit an as-yet unnamed defence site connected to joint UK-US military training.This will be followed by the main talks with May at Chequers and a working lunch. Afterwards – in what could be the most politically tricky part of the visit for Trump – the pair will hold a joint press conference.Asked whether May was looking forward to hosting the US president, her spokeswoman replied: “Yes.” US politics While he is in the capital, a giant “Trump baby” balloon, caricaturing him as a nappy-wearing infant, will be flown in the sky over Westminster after the Greater London Authority (GLA) granted the creators permission.Asked whether Trump had heard of the baby balloon, Johnson said: “Yes, I think we’re all aware of these things.” While the president was focused on his objectives, he “appreciates free speech, both in this country and in our country”, Johnson added.May’s spokeswoman, who confirmed Trump would fly into the UK for the working visit direct from a Nato summit in Brussels, also denied that the president was avoiding Downing Street to stay away from protests.“Prime ministers frequently make use of Chequers for meetings with foreign leaders,” she said. “It offers a more informal setting for important bilateral discussions. We’re looking forward to making sure the president has a chance to see and experience the UK beyond London and the south-east.“We are a free and open democracy, and we believe in the right to peaceful protest. But I would also say that I think the majority of British people understand the importance of the UK-US alliance.”Regarding the “Trump baby” balloon, the spokeswoman said it was up to the GLA to explain why they had approved it. “From our perspective, the presidential visit is an important moment to recognise our close and special relationship and to have open and frank discussions on the key issues,” she said. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Last modified on Fri 13 Jul 2018 06.27 EDT Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Shares4,4854485 This article is more than 1 year old Protest Read more Share via Email London 1:38 Since you’re here… 0:46 Later on the Friday he will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle before heading to Scotland for the weekend.Details about what Trump will do in Scotland will be released next week, but No 10 has described the leg as “a private element of the official visit”. There is widespread speculation he will spend part of it playing golf.The US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, rejected the suggestion Trump was trying to keep away from any dissent.“No, the president is not avoiding anything,” he told a press briefing. “The president is merely trying to get as impactful a trip as he can get in a 24-hour period.” Trump will be using London as a base during his visit, Johnson said.Activists have promised to stage protests against Trump throughout his visit, with an event planned in London next Friday expected to be the biggest. ‘Fragile, like the president’s ego’: Trump Baby blimp prepares for takeoff The moment Trump baby blimp lifts off – video Donald Trump will almost entirely avoid London during his four-day visit to the UK next week, Downing Street has said, unveiling an itinerary that is likely to prompt accusations he is trying to avoid planned protests against him.While the US president is conducting his meetings, the first lady, Melania Trump, will have an agenda of her own, in the company of her opposite number, Philip May.Trump, who is to meet Theresa May and the Queen among others before spending two days in Scotland, will only spend the night in London on Thursday, the day of his arrival, staying at the US ambassador’s official residence in Regent’s Park, Winfield House.Before that he will attend a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, and the following day he will hold talks with the prime minister at her Chequers country retreat in Buckinghamshire. Both are places where protesters can be kept out of sight and earshot. Theresa May Donald Trump Meetings with Theresa May and the Queen to be held away from protests in capital Peter Walker Political correspondent The Queen Share on Twitter Share via Email Donald Trump to almost entirely avoid London during UK visit … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. This article is more than 1 year old news Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Donald Trump Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Alabama mall shooting suspect arrested after police kill wrong man

first_img Pinterest Erron Brown charged in Thanksgiving incident after police fatally shot Emantic Bradford, initially identified as the shooter Erron Brown, 20, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in the shooting in Hoover, Alabama.Emantic Bradford Jr, 21, was shot and killed by a police officer responding to reports of gunfire after a fight broke out at the mall on Thanksgiving night.Police initially identified Bradford as the shooter, but then acknowledged he was not. They said that Bradford had brandished a handgun after shots were fired, but then backed off that claim, too. The police shooting has sparked protests and is the latest in a long line of police shootings of young, black men that have sparked accusations of racism in law enforcement. US policing Alabama mall shooting suspect arrested after police kill wrong man Share on Twitter Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Shares2727 Share on Twitter Alabama Reuse this content Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics Erron Brown. Photograph: AP Brown was charged with shooting and wounding 18-year-old Brian Wilson.The Jefferson county district attorney, Danny Carr, said the investigation into the shooting continued.“In light of the fact that so many people were present in the mall that evening, witness interviews are still ongoing,” he said.Brown was arrested on Thursday morning at a relative’s home in South Fulton, just outside of Atlanta, according to the US marshals. Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Support The Guardian This article is more than 7 months old Facebook Share on WhatsApp Thu 29 Nov 2018 16.52 EST Erin Durkin and agencies Last modified on Tue 12 Feb 2019 10.51 EST Emantic Brown, who was killed by police, was initially accused of the shooting before police acknowledged he was not the gunman.Photograph: Lumigraphics/Getty Images news Share on Facebook Share via Email Alabama The accused shooter in a Thanksgiving night mall shooting in Alabama, which resulted in another man being fatally shot by police, has been arrested, authorities said. Share on Pinterest Twitter Protest in Alabama as police admit killing wrong man over mall shooting This article is more than 7 months oldlast_img read more

Trump commerce chief wonders why federal workers are using food banks

first_imgFirst published on Thu 24 Jan 2019 14.54 EST Getting a loan is not as simple as walking into a bank and asking for one, even for people with once-steady incomes.“For virtually every loan, you need some collateral. The concept of walking into a financial institution and saying, ‘I need a loan for 30 days to carry me through’ is a ludicrous concept,” Gillis said. “You have to have collateral, which is why some people may tap into second mortgages on their homes.”He warned that federal workers may be ensnared by notorious payday loan operations, which charge sky-high interest rates.“It’s going to be very easy for some of these folks to become victims of payday lenders, and end up paying 200%, 300% interest because they need the money fast and they may not have the credit rating necessary to get a personal loan,” he said. “This is the perfect environment for payday lenders to wreak havoc.”Ross later sought to clarify his comments, telling Bloomberg TV that he was just trying to make sure that “workers who are experiencing liquidity crises” know that government employee credit unions are offering low-interest loans.“We’re aware, painfully aware, that there are hardships inflicted on the individual workers,” he said.In the CNBC interview, Ross also played down the importance of the 800,000 unpaid workers in a broader economic context.“I think that’s a great deal of hyperbole,” he said of predictions that the shutdown would hurt the country’s image.“You’re talking about 800,000 workers, and while I feel sorry for the individuals that have hardship cases, 800,000 workers. If they never got their pay – which is not the case, they will eventually get it, but if they never got it, you’re talking about a third of a percent on our GDP. So it’s not like it’s a gigantic number overall.”Trump, too, sought to downplay the comments. Ross was probably trying to suggest that supermarkets and banks would be willing to float customers unable to pay, Trump said in rambling remarks at the White House. “They know the people, they’ve been dealing with them for years, and they work along,” Trump said. Topics US federal government shutdown 2019 Share via Email This article is more than 5 months old US politics This article is more than 5 months old Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Forced to work, and unable to strike: US federal workers need solidarity US federal government shutdown 2019 Share on LinkedIn Anonymous Some 800,000 federal workers have not been paid since a partial government shutdown began on 22 December, after Donald Trump refused to authorize government funding unless Congress agrees to his demands for funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.“The banks and credit unions should be making credit available to them. When you think about it, these are basically government-guaranteed loans, because the government has committed these folks will get back pay once this whole thing gets settled down,” Ross said. “Now, true, the people might have to pay a little bit of interest. But the idea that it’s paycheck or zero is not a really valid idea. There’s no reason why some institution wouldn’t be willing to lend.”His comments quickly drew fire from critics who called him out of touch.“Is this the ‘let them eat cake’ kind of attitude?” the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said at a weekly press conference. “Or call your daddy for money?”“This is billionaire Wilbur Ross saying he doesn’t understand why federal workers not getting paid during the #TrumpShutdown don’t just take out loans *to feed their families*. Unreal,” the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, said in a tweet.The Consumer Federation of America executive director, Jack Gillis, said the commerce secretary’s comments were out of sync with the reality of consumer lending.“One of the challenges the workers are going to face in getting loans is they have zero income right now. Your income is the most important driver of your ability to get a loan,” he said.A number of local banks and credit unions around the country have in fact offered interest-free loans to affected federal workers, but Gillis said that is not something all workers can count on. “At this point, it’s few and far between in terms of availability, he said. Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is facing criticism for saying he doesn’t “understand why” unpaid government workers are turning to food banks, suggesting that they should take out loans instead.Wilbur Ross – a self-proclaimed billionaire and one of the richest members of Trump’s cabinet – was asked about federal workers turning to places like homeless shelters for food donations as the partial government shutdown drags on into its second month.“I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why,” he said in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “The obligations that they would undertake, say borrowing from a bank or a credit union, are in effect federally guaranteed. So the 30 days of pay that some people will be out, there’s no real reason why they shouldn’t be able to get a loan against it.” Share on WhatsApp Shares421421 Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share via Email Erin Durkin in New York Read more The latest major Trump resignations and firings … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Self-proclaimed billionaire Wilbur Ross suggests unpaid government employees should take out loansFollow the latest US politics news Reuse this content Trump administration Thu 24 Jan 2019 18.34 EST Read more 1:04 news Since you’re here… ‘The idea that it’s paycheck or zero is not a really valid idea’ says Wilbur Ross – video Share on Twitter Trump commerce chief wonders why federal workers are using food banks Play Video Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Free AAC Workshop in Noblesville

first_imgWhat: Vanguard/Vantage with Unity Training offered by Prentke Romich Company (PRC)When: March 19, 2010, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pmWhere: Tri-County Education Center, 599 South Harbour Drive, Noblesville, IN 46062Why: This hands-on workshop will focus on Unity software such as Vantage, Vantage Lite, Vanguard, and ECO for PRC communication devices.  Participants will be trained on how to use vocabulary programs, customize messages, be given teaching strategies, and more.How: Register for the event by visiting the PRC website and click on “Training.”  From there, click “Search your state to view training opportunities in your local area,” enter “IN” and then “Add Training.”For more information, call (800) 848-8008.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedTwo FREE PRC WorkshopsNovember 8, 2010In “Conferences and Events”Monday Tech Tip: Vantage LiteJuly 30, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Prentke Romich Company (PRC) Assistive Technology TrainingFebruary 4, 2011In “Conferences and Events”last_img read more

VDraw Allows People with Mobility Disabilities to Create Digital Art on a

first_imgV-Draw is a free website allows people with mobility disabilities to draw using only their voice or other sounds. This website is in the initial stages; it’s a basic website but it’s still pretty innovative technology.The website is so easy to use – you just talk out loud it starts creating digital art. All you need is an active or built-in microphone on your computer. The strokes are controlled by volume. Low volume creates line that curves counterclockwise. Medium volume creates a straight line. High volume creates a line that curves clockwise. Simply click anywhere on the screen to clear the drawing and start over. However, it is tough to control the stokes. You can see artwork created by the inventor of the website below. You can learn more about this technology on the Zefrank blog . Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU060- Cat Bouwkamp (Paralympic Fencer, London 2012) JAWS 14, Apple iOS and Mac Accessibility, V-Draw, Deaf-Blind Communication Device from Humanware, Learning Ally App, Umbrella Today, Google+ Hangouts with Captions for the DeafJuly 20, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”AM088 – A11y – Computer AccessibilityFebruary 1, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”ATU298 – Beth Rosenberg – Tech Kids Unlimited – T3 Digital AgencyFebruary 10, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

iGuardStove Convert your stove into a smart stove

first_imgSmartphone notificationsNotifications and SMS Text alerts can be sent to your email or phone to let you know if the user is having difficulties with the operations of the stove, or is in need of immediate assistance. Manual timerThe Manual Override Timer will control the oven for those instances when the user wants to avoid the auto shut-off feature (e.g. to cook a chicken or turkey, etc.)This time can be set to a maximum of 6 hours. User history chartsThe user history charts provide family and caregivers the number of times the stove auto shut-off is activated.According to their website, “This is a very useful feature that can demonstrate any deterioration in the memory of the user over a period of time.” Late night lock outWith this feature, the stove can be locked or disabled during certain times of certain days of the week.  This feature is available for both auto and manual timers. Scenario 1:In today’s fast-paced society, it seems as though we’re always in a rush.  We’ve been spoiled with smart technologies that provide us with instant notifications of texts, emails, and other miscellaneous alerts.  We’ve grown accustomed to everything being so instant and easy that we may neglect simple tasks, like turning off the stove.  Such negligence may result in a fire, costly smoke damage and even injury.Scenario 2:Your elderly mother is in good health overall, allowing her to live independently.  Throughout the day, she tends to her garden, enjoys reading, and going on walks around her neighborhood.  She does everything unaided, including meal preparation.  After all, baking and cooking were always her favorite pastimes.  However, as she’s gotten older, she begins to forget things.  For instance, she may forget where she placed her reading glasses, or she may forget something as major as turning the stove off.  This too may result in a fire, costly smoke damage and even injury.  iGuardStove is a device that may be useful to individuals present in these scenarios and more.  iGuardStove converts your existing stove into a smart stove in fifteen minutes or less.  What makes it so smart?  Well, besides preventing stove fires and protecting one’s family, iGuardStove has many other features.11 features of the iGuardStove:Auto timerThe Auto Countdown Timer controls the time that will pass once you leave the kitchen area until the device automatically turns off the stove.The factory default is 5 minutes, but can be adjusted anywhere between 1 and 15 minutes depending on each user. Child Safe FeatureThe new Child Safe Feature helps when children or other individuals have learned to turn the stove knobs.“By default, if the stove knob is turned, the iGuardStove will allow the stove to energize.  If you activate the Child Safe feature when the stove knob is turned, the stove will not energize unless the ‘CONFIRMATION’ button is pushed on the control panel.  This is a simple way to lock the stove from curious hands.” The servers retain the data for 12 months Upgradable firmwareWhenever iGuardFire comes up with new features or software modifications for the iGuardStove, the firmware can be updated using the internet. Adjustable sounds and strobesThe default settings of the device involve it beeping every moment after the unit has had to shut off automatically.  This feature is enabled to (hopefully) remind a person that the stove was in use and to return to the kitchen.The device also features a small LED strobe light that will flash simultaneously with the beeper, helping those with hearing impairments. Auto email of dataThis feature automatically sends data about the auto shut-off feature frequency to caregivers and family at a time selected by the main user (e.g. daily, weekly, or monthly.) Multiple device accessThe admin account may be used for caregivers and family to monitor several devices at multiple locations from their desktop.“One caregiver can look after as many devices as they want.  This saves a lot of time that would normally be spend [sic] driving to each location in order to make changes to the settings.  Individual families can also access only their family member’s account from that multi-account using a guest login.” To learn more about the iGuardStove, visit the iGuardFire website.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedTeach me the way I like it!February 11, 2015In “Testimonials””Be a self-advocate and investigate resources”- an interview with Terri WhitakerAugust 6, 2014In “Testimonials”Consumer Highlight: Laura MedcalfFebruary 29, 2016In “Testimonials” Emergency buttonThe emergency button (present on the control panel) allows for users to summon help quickly.  This can be configured to contact loved ones, caregivers and other support staff to quickly help when needed.last_img read more

WHILL Personal Mobility Device

first_imgFeatures of WHILL Model M:4-Wheel Drive:Live your life without disruption and go wherever you want to go.The front wheels and rear-wheels move together to provide maximum traction on all terrain. Each and every individual who uses a wheelchair has his or her own unique needs, likes, dislikes, etc.  When purchasing a wheelchair, it’s at least a 5 year commitment, so it’s often hard to find the wheelchair that “fits just right.”  The developers behind the WHILL mobility device acknowledge this, and have created a unique wheelchair that offers many features not found in other wheelchairs.  The biggest selling point for this mobility device is that it helps its users to blend in more with their peers.A lot of today’s wheelchairs are still unnecessarily bulky, heavy, and awkward.  The WHILL offers something completely different, while maintaining (even improving) one’s independence.  To quickly sum up the WHILL, its design is specifically “designed to fit your lifestyle.”  Its sleek design and revolutionary technology “provide mobility in a versatile, stylish, and unobtrusive way.”The production of WHILL began with one user’s voice, as presented on the company’s brochure: “Our journey started with this simple statement from a wheelchair users.  He did not want to be seen in public as a wheelchair user.  He disliked the negative perceptions associated with wheelchairs, that he must be ill or weak.To solve this, we started to create an original mobility device just for him.  We exhibited our first prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show, where we were overwhelmed by positive reaction we received from all over the world.We realized that many people desired this kind of innovation in the mobility industry.  We saw how meaningful what we were creating could be for people with mobility issues.Nobody should be confined because they don’t feel comfortable with how they move from point A to B.  We want every individual to be confident, comfortable, and independent.This is why we founded WHILL.”The final product, WHILL Model M, “doesn’t hold you back, it powers you forward.”  More recently, WHILL Model M comes with FDA clearance! All Directional Wheels:Built with 24 small rollers that collectively create one large wheel.“Drive the highest performance powered wheelchair in the industry. Additional Support:Model M comes with multiple back support options and many more additions to fit your unique needs. Obstacle Clearance:The front wheels measure 9.8″ and will be able to conquer any terrain obstacles you may encounter.center_img Long-Distance Range:Worry-free extended range of up to 15.12 miles to accomplish all your daily tasks. Climbing Capability:Climb steep hills up to 10º incline and take on any environment. To learn more, check out the WHILL Model M Brochure or visit the WHILL website.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterest1LinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU333 – Ogo with Brian GallowayOctober 13, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU161 – RESNA 2014 Conference CoverageJune 27, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”AM195 – AmrampAugust 5, 2016In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

Nvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 Weeks

first_img By Adam Dachis on June 20, 2019 at 10:08 am Nvidia Built One of the Most Powerful AI Supercomputers in 3 Weeks The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 38shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today Scarlett Could Have Left ‘Black Widow’ Behind Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous We Finally Understand Why ‘Criminal Minds’ Got Canceled 11 Comments Autonomous vehicles: they’re not perfect and sometimes they kill people. But they also hold the promise of safer transportation—and far fewer jobs—in the relatively near future. To help these vehicles upgrade their intelligence from causing fatal accidents to preventing them, Nvidia created the DGX SuperPod, an AI-optimized supercomputer that can help design a better self-driving car.Nvidia made it very clear it wants to be amongst the leaders in artificial intelligence and decided to build a supercomputer to demonstrate that. It only took the company three weeks to build by connecting 96 Nvidia DGX-2H supercomputers with Mellanox interconnect technology. You can actually buy it, too, if the novelty of your sixth yacht has worn off and you have $435,000 burning a hole in your pocket.  That’s how much one DGX-2H costs at list price. The DGX SuperPod uses 96 of them. If you want to make a self-driving car, it seems Nvidia thinks it’ll cost somewhere in the ballpark of $41,760,000 to get started with the best hardware. Clearly, these systems were designed for large corporations.Image credit: NVIDIAWith 1,536 Nvidia V100 Tensor Core GPUs, the SuperPod packs a lot of power for a relatively small system (by supercomputer standards). Nevertheless, if you want people to invest in anything that expensive you might want to prove that it’s up to the toughest of tasks. That’s why Nvidia decided to make its SuperPod build assist in solving one of the most difficult problems in AI.Autonomous vehicles require an enormous amount of training data compared with technologies that use similar image classification models for other purposes (e.g. diagnostic medicine). The AI in a self-driving car isn’t looking for something specific and it needs to consider all of its surroundings and understand them well enough to safely function. That amounts in approximately one terabyte of data per vehicle per hour and the AI that powers autonomous vehicles needs to retrain itself continuously over time using data from an entire fleet. Nvidia decided to demonstrate how its SuperPod can help expedite the processing of training data measured in petabytes:The system is hard at work around the clock, optimizing autonomous driving software and retraining neural networks at a much faster turnaround time than previously possible.  For example, the DGX SuperPod hardware and software platform takes less than two minutes to train ResNet-50. When this AI model came out in 2015, it took 25 days to train on the then state-of-the-art system, a single Nvidia K80 GPU. DGX SuperPOD delivers results that are 18,000x faster.  While other TOP500 systems with similar performance levels are built from thousands of servers, DGX SuperPOD takes a fraction of the space, roughly 400x smaller than its ranked neighbors.While the DGX-2H happens to perform best using ResNet-50, those numbers would remain impressive when scaled for just about any image classification model. You should expect impressive performance from a multi-million dollar system, but accomplishing that at such a small (relative) size it’s clear why Nvidia has remained dominant the AI hardware market.What kind of advancements might such capable hardware lead to?  Nvidia demonstrated that as well with a new and more accurate method of calculating distance from objects in three-dimensional space so autonomous vehicles can more easily prevent collisions.Nvidia explains some of the key areas where this new approach helps to improve safety:[W]e use convolutional neural networks and data from a single front camera. The DNN is trained to predict the distance to objects by using radar and lidar sensor data as ground-truth information. Engineers know this information is accurate because direct reflections of transmitted radar and lidar signals pro precise distance-to-object information, regardless of a road’s topology.  By training the neural networks on radar and lidar data instead of relying on the flat ground assumption, we enable the DNN to estimate distance to objects from a single camera, even when the vehicle is going up or down hill.It seems like Nvidia has some new advancement in artificial intelligence on almost a weekly basis—even if it’s just a more efficient method of turning your dog into a lion. Perhaps that’s because the company can build one of the most efficiently powerful supercomputers in the world in three weeks. When you don’t have to wait very long to process an enormous amount of data, you can quickly test new ideas and find the optimal solution a lot faster. You just need around $40 million dollars to get started.Top image credit: NvidiaNow read:Nvidia Crushes Self to Take AI Benchmark CrownGoogle’s EfficientNet Offers up to a 10x Boost in Image Analysis EfficiencyNvidia AI Turns Doodles Into Realistic Landscapes<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel Tagged In carsnvidiaartificial intelligenceaineural networkssupercomputersself-drivingdeep learningautonomous vehiclestensor coresNvidia DGX-2superpod Post a Comment 11 Commentslast_img read more

Brand Safety Institute Opens Training Certification Program For Brand Safety Officers

first_imgLaunched last summer to professionalize the field of brand protection, the Brand Safety Institute (BSI) opened its doors to the ad industry’s first accreditation process for the executives who manage brand safety and related issues within their companies. Sign-ups and initial training modules for the Brand Safety Officer (BSO) accreditation process are now available through the BSI website.The Brand Safety Institute also rolled out its initial program sponsors and board of advisors, comprising a Who’s Who of industry leaders. Founding sponsors include Adobe, Facebook, OpenX, and Oracle Data Cloud, while the BSI Board of Advisors includes:Joe Barone, Managing Partner, Digital Ad Operations, GroupM North AmericaRob Beeler, Chairman, AdMonstersAlisa Bergman, VP & Chief Privacy Officer, AdobeJason Bier, EVP, Chief Data & Privacy Officer, Engine GroupDennis Buchheim, SVP & GM, IAB Tech LabSteve Chester, Director of Media, ISBAScott Cunningham, Founder, Cunningham.TechChristine Desrosiers, Director, Revenue Systems & Programmatic, BabyCenterJohn DeVine, Head of Global Operations, FacebookRichard Foan, Executive Chairman, JICWEBSHarold Geller, Executive Director, Ad-IDRachel Glasser, Chief Privacy Officer, WundermanMark Goldberg, CEO, TrustMetricsDavid Green, Vice President, Public Policy, NBCUniversalStacey Hultgren, Senior Manager, Ad Quality Measurement, PandoraLouis Jones, EVP, Media & Data, 4A’sJessica King, Senior Product Manager, UnrulyDallas Lawrence, Chief Communications & Brand Officer, OpenXStephanie Layser, Vice President, Advertising Technology & Operations, News CorpJoshua Lowcock, EVP, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, UM (part of IPG Mediabrands)Jon Mew, CEO, IAB UKJessica Morel, VP, Global Marketing, Oracle Data CloudDavid Murnick, EVP, Digital Operations and Technology Partnerships, Dentsu Aegis GroupJohn Murphy, Chief Quality Officer, ConfiantRichard Murphy, EVP, BPA WorldwideChris Olson, Co-Founder and CEO, The Media TrustTerri Schriver, SVP, Enterprise Media, Bank of AmericaRachel Nyswander Thomas – Chair of BSI Board of Advisors – Chief Operating Officer, Trustworthy Accountability GroupSal Tripi, AVP, Digital Operations & Compliance, Publishers Clearing HouseKyle Turner, Senior Manager, Inventory Quality, MediaMathEric Warburton, VP, Ad Operations, Horizon MediaOliver von Wersch, Founder & CEO, vonwerschpartner Digital StrategiesMarketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud MarketplaceThe BSI Board of Advisors will help the organization create and update the brand safety curriculum for its accreditation program to ensure it meets the needs of today’s marketers, as well as working with the organization to improve industry research and education around related topics.“When a professional field reaches a certain level of maturity, the leaders in that field often implement a formal accreditation process, so they can validate their expertise, improve their knowledge, and connect with their peers,” said Mike Zaneis, Co-Founder of BSI and CEO of the Trustworthy Accountability Group. “Brand safety involves some of the most complicated and interwoven challenges in advertising, and the executives tackling those issues are ready to raise the bar by professionalizing their field and giving their peers the skills and recognition they deserve.”“As we launch the first phase of our brand safety officer curriculum, we have been gratified at the reaction we’ve gotten from across the industry,” said Neal Thurman, Co-Founder of BSI. “From the companies and trade bodies supporting our efforts to the individuals who have given of their time and expertise to help us craft educational experiences rooted not just in academic rigor but in the day-to-day realities that will help companies thrive in a complex and quickly evolving marketplace.  We are proud of what we have created for launch and excited at the community that we are building that will help us continue to strengthen and deepen what we can offer in the weeks and months to come.”Founding Sponsor Reaction“Over recent years, the digital advertising industry has made significant strides in addressing some of its most important supply chain challenges,” said John DeVine, Head of Global Operations, Facebook.”On brand safety, however, success has been hindered by the complex nature of the issue, the wide range of executives within an organization responsible for it, and the inconsistency of training and expertise around it. The Brand Safety Institute will help our industry raise its baseline for brand safety by ensuring that executives across the industry have the knowledge, relationships, and skills they need.”“Creating and sustaining a quality digital advertising supply chain has become one of the defining issues for marketers over the past several years, and they are rightly demanding more from their partners. We take our commitment to quality seriously at OpenX, and we believe that it is the responsibility of every credible player in the supply chain to ensure the ecosystem is high quality and well-lit,” said Dallas Lawrence, chief brand officer at OpenX. “We were one of the first exchanges to achieve platinum TAG status, and now as a founding sponsor of the Brand Safety Institute, we are supporting their efforts to train a global team of Brand Protection Officers across the digital advertising community. We are delighted to sponsor BSI’s efforts and look forward to working with them to raise the bar on brand safety.”“In the complicated world of digital advertising, brand safety can be a daunting challenge,” said Derek Wise, VP of Contextual Intelligence at Oracle Data Cloud. “While adopting the right technologies is critical, it’s equally important for companies to find and empower executives who have the right expertise, training, and relationships to successfully manage the many levels of brand protection. We are pleased to support the Brand Safety Institute in its efforts to identify, train, and recognize the executives who will help lead these vital brand safety initiatives.”Marketing Technology News: Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform MarketAdditional Reaction from Members of the BSI Board of Advisors“It’s exciting to help educate Brand Safety Officers (BSOs) and their companies on Brand Safety best practices. Let us not kid ourselves: we are an industry under attack. Only through the vigilance of BSOs, efforts to educate the market and the various trade groups working together can we work to eliminate fraud and help digital advertising reach its full potential.”–  Rob Beeler, Chairman, AdMonsters“The last mile of advertising supply chain security is educated, informed buyers that know how to mitigate risk. Becoming a certified Brand Safety Officer is the benchmark by which to judge those buyers.”–  Scott Cunningham, Owner, Cunningham.Tech and Author, Defining Brand Safety“Hats off to the Brand Safety Institute! Their timing could not be better – we have had strong learning across the brand safety continuum over the last few years, and learning more every week. This equips all players to understand a common framework, speak the same language and, most importantly, resolve to a set of shared values around brand safety.”–  Louis Jones, EVP, Media & Data Practice, 4A’s“We welcome any time we can collaborate with both our peers and partners, across the digital ecosystem, to raise our collective knowledge base and align on brand safety for our clients. This an important strategic initiative to support and we look forward to the vital outcomes.”–  David Murnick, EVP Digital Media Operations, Amplifi US, Dentsu Aegis Network“Brand Safety in Digital Advertising is a global issue and requires standards. This program is a first and important step towards globally applicable standards and certificates.’–  Oliver von Wersch, Founder & CEO, vonwerschpartner Digital StrategiesMarketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding Round Brand Safety Institute Opens Training & Certification Program For Brand Safety Officers PRNewswireJune 18, 2019, 10:30 pmJune 18, 2019 Sign-Ups and Training for First BSO Accreditation Program Now Underway; Adobe, Facebook, OpenX, Oracle Data Cloud Join as Founding Sponsorscenter_img Brand Safety InstituteJohn DeVineMike ZaneisNewsOpenXTrustworthy Previous ArticleSitecore Expands Functionality for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, on Salesforce AppExchange with Better Personalization and SegmentationNext ArticleClaw Hands, Hunched Backs, and Bent Elbows: 3D Model Shows How Technology Affects the Human Bodylast_img read more

Plexure launches AI Driven Analytics Studio Following McDonalds Investment

first_imgThe announcement of its Analytics Studio is a step towards Plexure’s next phase of growth and demonstrates its continuous focus and commitment to creating world-class customer engagement experiences.Analytics Studio, an analytics and visualization tool embedded within Plexure’s existing platform, will allow marketers and business decision makers to effortlessly monitor their CRM goals. But Analytics Studio is much more than a reporting tool, it’s all about data and insight. It leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence to alert its users to critical changes in business metrics and consumer interaction as they happen, so that marketers can focus on important issues immediately. Analytics Studio’s Spotlight function will enable the creation and refinement of highly targeted and personalized engagement activities that drive retention and customer lifetime value.“The future of marketing is personal,” says Plexure Chief Executive, Craig Herbison.Marketing Technology News: Cloudinary Brings Adobe Creative Cloud Connector for Dynamic Digital Experiences“Through the release of Analytics Studio, we will enable our customers to create insight driven personalized interactions, with ease and efficiency. Analytics Studio will be an invaluable tool, to better understand consumer data and implement actionable insights to ensure we’re providing even more value to the end-user.”“We’re dedicated to the insight and data analytics innovation and will continue to support our clients in amplifying their customer engagement,” he concludes.Plexure’s technology has played an integral role in McDonald’s digital transformation with the Company powering a version of McDonald’s Global Mobile App in 48 countries outside the U.S. and other markets, including Italy and Japan. The USD 3.6 million transaction in April 2019 marked McDonald’s first-ever investment in a mobile app vendor, with Plexure being only one of two technology companies the global fast-food giant has ever invested in.Marketing Technology News: Oracle Ushers in New Era of AnalyticsWith over 120 million consumers on the platform to date, and its technology deployed in 54 countries in 78 languages, Plexure is changing the way consumers interact with companies and is well-positioned to continue on its upward trajectory.Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI Nano HTML” to Add Conversational AI to Websites Hot off the heels of strong 2019 financials — which included the ultimate vote of confidence from McDonald’s, who purchased a 9.9 percent stake in the company – NZX listed Plexure, has announced the release of its new product, Analytics Studio.Plexure, a leader in mobile engagement software, has transformed itself in the last two years to become a self-sustaining, cash flow positive business, and tripled its share price along the way.Craig Herbison Plexure launches AI Driven Analytics Studio, Following McDonald’s Investment PRNewswireJune 27, 2019, 4:29 pmJune 27, 2019 center_img Analytics StudioArtificial IntelligenceCraig HerbisonMarketing TechnologyMcDonaldNewsPlexure Previous ArticleVyond Announces Rich Text for Vyond StudioNext ArticleAdQuick Announces Max Polisar As Company’s New Chief Revenue Officerlast_img read more

Budget 2019 Finance Minister Gives Another Push to Digital Payments in India

first_img Bhimbudget 2019budget 2019 highlightsbudget 2019 india First Published: July 5, 2019, 1:36 PM IST Digital payments are going to get another boost in the country. At the ongoing budget announcement by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, a special mention around digital payments were made. According to Sitharaman, to further digitise the payments system in India and discourage business payments in cash, 2-percent TDS (tax deducted at source) will be levied on the withdrawal of more than Rs 1 crore annually. Additionally, businesses with more than Rs 50 crore turnover will have to provide various digital payment solutions like BHIM, UP and Aadhaar pay. There will be no charges or merchant discount rates imposed on customers or merchants. The Reserve Bank of India and various other banks will absorb these costs. Ever since the announcement of demonetisaition in 2016, digital payment services have seen a massive jump. Today users in India can make use of Paytm, Google Pay, PhonePe, and the government approved BHIM and UPI. Even WhatsApp is soon expected to launch a digital payments service on the messaging service. last_img read more

Tiger Shroff Will Always Have Soft Corner in My Heart Says Kriti

first_img HeropantiHrithik Rohankriti sanonpanipat First Published: May 23, 2019, 6:30 PM IST Actress Kriti Sanon, who completed her five-year-journey in Bollywood on Friday, says her first co-star Tiger Shroff will always have a super soft corner in her heart.Kriti made her Bollywood debut in 2014 with the romantic thriller “Heropanti” alongside Tiger Shroff, who made his acting debut with the film. “I saw his hard work, his discipline and passion and I knew he is going to blow people’s minds away. You’ll always have this super soft corner in my heart Tigy! Tiger Shroff, I feel so happy seeing you fly higher and higher (literally too),” Kriti tweeted.The 28-year-old actress wished Tiger for the five-year anniversary.”Time for ‘Heropanti 2’,” she added.The film revolves around a girl Renu, who elopes with her lover. Her father, Chowdhary, kidnaps Bablu who knows Renu’s whereabouts, along with two of his friends. But Bablu falls in love with Dimpy, Chaudhary’s younger daughter.Kriti is currently shooting for “Panipat” and Tiger will next be seen sharing screen space with actor Hrithik Roshan. last_img read more

The Toy Story Films Accomplish What Timeless Classics Aim for Says Tom

first_imgAcademy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks says his upcoming film Toy Story 4 is as profound as the other instalments of the popular franchise.”The Toy Story films accomplish what timeless classics aim for,” Hanks said.  “They are full of innocent characters who face an endless trail of adventures. We all know the likes of Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and we wonder who we would be if we were toys,” he added. Hanks, who has voiced character of Woody for 24 years, said each film in the series has taken Woody to surprising new places. “We’ve been through profound examinations of community, of family, of growing older and finding new purpose. And this one ends up being just as profound and new as the previous movies. They’re all toys. As long as they don’t break, they can live forever,” he added. Toy Story 4 welcomes both veteran and new voices, including Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Annie Potts as Bo Peep, Tony Hale as Forky, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as Ducky and Bunny, Madeleine McGraw as Bonnie, Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby, Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, Ally Maki as Giggle McDimples and Joan Cusack as Jessie.Directed by Josh Cooley, the Disney and Pixar animated project will release in India on June 21.Follow @News18Movies for more. Tom HanksTom Hanks Toy StoryToy StoryToy Story 4 First Published: June 11, 2019, 2:20 PM ISTlast_img read more

When Taapsee Pannu Shared Saand Ki Aankh Teaser with Amitabh Bachchan

first_img Notably, Amitabh and Taapsee have worked together in two films—Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s 2016 courtroom drama Pink and more recently in Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller Badla, which released earlier this year. Much like everyone else, Amitabh Bachchan has loved the teaser of Tapsee Pannu’s forthcoming film Saand Ki Aankh.The megastar took to Twitter on Friday to laud Taapsee’s performance in the teaser and also shared an interesting story of how he got to watching it. Tweeting the teaser’s link, he wrote, “This is Taapsee Pannu, colleague & completely chilled out.. sends me sms: Hi rockstar, This is the teaser of my latest madness releasing this Diwali, too excited for this one so sharing it with you. Tell me if it surprises you 🙂 Well done.” T 3224 – This is Taapsee Pannu , colleague & completely chilled out .. sends me sms : Hi rockstar This is the teaser of my latest madness releasing this Diwali , too excited for this one so sharing it with you. Tell me if it surprises you :) done— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2019 Also starring Bhumi Pednekar in the lead, Saand Ki Aankh marks writer Tushar Hiranandani’s directorial debut. Based on the lives of octogenarian sharpshooters Chandro Tomar (87) and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar (82), it is slated to release this Diwali.Natives of Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village, the Tomar women reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s, with Chandro, who is lovingly called ‘shooter dadi’, being among one of the oldest female sharpshooters in the world.Jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap, Nidhi Parmar and Reliance Entertainment, the film also features actors Prakash Jha and Vicky Kadian in pivotal roles. Follow @News18Movies for more. amitabh bachchanSaand Ki AankhSaand Ki Aankh teaserTaapsee Pannu First Published: July 12, 2019, 3:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

Telangana Congress Leaders Hold Fast Urging Rahul Gandhi Not to Resign

first_img Congress chief Rahul GandhiLok Sabha elections 2019telangana congressTelangana Pradesh Congress Committee First Published: May 30, 2019, 8:04 PM IST Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) general secretary Bollu Kishan and former MP V Hanumantha Rao observed a day-long fast here on Thursday, urging Rahul Gandhi to continue as party president.The fast was held in the premises of Gandhi Bhavan, Congress headquarters in Telangana. Speaking at the end of the fast, TPCC president and MP-elect N Uttam Kumar Reddy said the party needed the leadership of Gandhi at this crucial juncture.”…The well-wishers and sympathisers of Congress party would be about one crore in Telangana. Through this fast, all of us are making only one appeal, in one voice, to Rahul Gandhi ji. Your leadership is needed to the country and party at this crucial juncture,” Reddy told the gathering.Though it was a fact that Congress lost in the Lok Sabha polls, there were many reasons for it, he said.The TPCC President alleged BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the elections by taking up nationalism as their agenda and not talking about issues of employment, agriculture and economy.Amid reports that Gandhi is insisting on stepping down from his post in the wake of Congress’ rout in the Lok Sabha polls, the TPCC has been requesting him for the past few days, to continue to lead the party.The activists of NSUI, students wing of the party, held a demonstration Wednesday, urging Gandhi to continue in the post. last_img read more

Inseparable Tusker Brothers Go on the Rampage in Pilibhit Village

first_imgPilibhit: The two tuskers ‘brothers’ who were released in Chuka compartment of Mahof forest range in Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) on Thursday, went on rampage in the area.The tuskers partially damaged a house and consumed fruit-laden banana trees on Friday. The terror-stricken villagers ran away from their houses after spotting the elephants. It was only after forest officials and the police arrived at the spot that the villagers returned to their homes, demanding that the elephant be pushed back.This is the first time that PTR is witnessing the presence of elephants. There is no record of any elephant in these forest ranges.The two tusker brothers who have remained inseparable since they were seen on June 24 in the district, have wandered from place to place, with forest officials on their heels in a bid to push them back into the forests.These tuskers, responsible for killing five people, were finally tranquilized, shifted and released in PTR on Thursday night.It is hoped that the elephants will retrace their steps back to where they came from, possibly Nepal, along the Sharda river via Uttarakhand forests.The elephants are expected to move away from Chuka as it does not have an abundance of ‘narkul’ grass, a favourite of elephants, or adequate supply of water.”The stray tuskers are on way back to their natural habitat in Nepal via the village belt of Pilibhit. The second tusker had moved towards Uttarakhand but they are expected to reunite in the catchment area of Sharda River to finally retreat to their home in Nepal,” said a forest official.Meanwhile, the Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) of Rohilkhand zone, Lalit Verma, inspected the village and deployed pickets of forest force to keep the tusker away from human habitation. elephantpilibhittuskeruttar pradesh First Published: July 20, 2019, 11:05 AM IST | Edited by: Ahona Senguptalast_img read more

Mastercards new card lets LGBTQIA customers use their true name

first_img Is the Apple Card any better than a regular credit card? We asked an expert Amazon card vs. Apple Card: Should you get a credit card from a tech company? Best mobile credit card readers for small businesses The best HBO series (May 2019) Beats Powerbeats Pro Review Editors’ Recommendations Mastercard wants to make owning a credit card a little more inclusive for the LGBTQIA+ community. According to the company almost a third of individuals in the community who have shown IDs with a name or gender that didn’t match their identity report having been denied service, harassed, or even attacked.Mastercard is aiming to solve that pain point with the new True Name card, which allows for individuals to have a card with their chosen name on the front of the card. Mastercard notes that the goal is to at least partially remove the credit card or debit card being a source of sensitivity. The company also says that it’s calling on the rest of the industry to apply similar changes.Of course, the card may not remove the pain points altogether. Presumably, for security reasons, the card may still have to include an individual’s legal name, even if it’s on the back. Still, the move is at least a step in the right direction.Mastercard is also partnering with the New York City Commission on Human Rights to unveil a new all-inclusive version of the street sign at Gay and Christopher Streets in New York City. The unveiling is in celebration of WorldPride and Stonewall 50.Mastercard announced a number of new products over the past few months. Recently the company announced a new “Digital Wellness” program, which is aimed at making online payments a little safer. The program includes the deployment of a number of new standards, along with the tracking of billions of data points to authenticate users while they’re shopping online. With that tech, users really only need to click to pay and their purchase will be authenticated — making paying for things online, even on new sites, a whole lot easier.Mastercard isn’t the only company aiming to be a little more inclusive in celebration of Pride Month. For a few years now, Apple offered a Pride Apple Watch band, which is available for $49 from the Apple website. Other companies, like Instagram and Snapchat, have released filters and stickers for Pride, and those should be available within their respective apps.last_img read more

Ubisoft terminates playermade XP farming quests in Assassins Creed Odyssey

first_imgUbisoft has banned quests made in the Story Creator Mode of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey that allow players to gain experience points without doing anything.Story Creator Mode, which was launched last month, features a quest editor and a branching dialogue system so that players will be able to make their own stories within ancient Greece. Players will be able to upload their creations, and are able to play those made by others.However, Ubisoft said that since the beta launch of Story Creator Mode, it has noticed a growing number of farming quests that exploit the tool in the name of massive amounts of experience points.“These exploits risk jeopardizing the overall quality, integrity, and purpose of Story Creator Mode and results in less visibility for the creative, interesting and frankly fantastic community stories that have been published,” Ubisoft wrote in a post on the official forums for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.To fight against the XP farming quests, Ubisoft said that it will be implementing several fixes and adjustments, including changes to the terms of use of the Story Creator Mode to prevent players from publishing such stories.Ubisoft will also remove XP farming quests from the automatic recommendation system of the Story Creator Mode, as well as hide reported stories. The publisher also warned that it will issue sanctions to players who will keep exploiting the tool by continuing to make such quests, though the kind of sanctions were not identified.Ubisoft added that it will be implementing additional solutions to future updates for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, also without revealing further details on what players may expect in relation to the issue.The creation of XP farming quests in Story Creator Mode was likely spurred by the game’s requirement of a massive amount of level grinding, which was one of the negative points in Digital Trends’ Assassin’s Creed Odyssey review. To continue with the main missions, players needed to gain levels by accomplishing side quests, which resulted in pacing issues that significantly diminished an otherwise impactful story.Our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey leveling guide may not work as quickly as XP farming quests, but check it out for tips for beating the grind that don’t involve storylines that will get your sanctioned. Editors’ Recommendations The best Oculus Quest games Oculus Quest review Cyberpunk 2077 will feature romance options beyond heterosexual relationships Cyberpunk 2077 dev speaks on gameplay and Witcher 3 Easter eggs The best free-to-play games of 2019last_img read more

iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 vs Essential Phone leading the way

first_imgStory TimelineEssential Home revealed to take on Amazon Echo and Google’s assistant6 Essential Phone details that make Andy Rubin’s device unique5 big things Andy Rubin just told us about the Essential PhoneEssential Phone release date and carrier support detailed First we’ll have a peek at the specifications of the Essential Phone. Because this device has been revealed by the Essential company officially, we have a pretty good idea of what’ll actually end up being inside. This is a device that aims to break with the past by offering some of the most hearty specifications ever packed into a smartphone.Essential Phone (Official)• Display: 5.71-inch 2560 x 1312 (2K) CGS/LTPS• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835• RAM: 4GB• Internal Storage: 128GB• Camera: Dual 13 MP, RGB / Mono camera with “image fusion technology”, f/1.85 lens, Phase Detection, IR Laser Assist Focus, 4K video at 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps• Front-Camera: 8 MP, f/2.2 lens 4K video at 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps• Battery: 3000 mAh• Battery: 3040mAh• Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, nanoSIM, NFC• Additional: Fingerprint Scanner, 6 Gbps Wireless Accessory Connector, 2x accessory power pinsAs such, the Essential Phone isn’t particularly cheap. The one model – with 128GB of internal storage – will cost a cool $700 – or around $750 with a magnetic 360-degree camera add-on accessory. The Essential Phone will come in four colors, starting with black, white, and gray, followed later by a green called “Ocean Depths.”Next is the iPhone 8, or iPhone OLED, or iPhone Pro, or iPhone Edition – whatever you’d like to call it. This smartphone has not yet been revealed by Apple, but we’ve seen plenty of leaks about it. This would be the most extravagant iPhone ever released by Apple, and the most powerful of the three models made available in the year 2017.Apple iPhone 8 (OLED MODEL) (Hypothetical)• Display: 5.8-inch OLED display• Processor: Apple A11 chip• RAM: 4GB• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB• Camera: Dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash• Front-Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama• Battery: 3000 mAh• Connectivity: Lightning Connector, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, nanoSIM, NFC• Additional: Hidden Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner, IP68 water/dust resistance, Wireless ChargingAs it is with the specs below, the iPhone 8 specs we have here are based on rumors and anonymous tips. We do not yet have the full picture – nor does anyone else outside of Apple’s own design teams. It’s possible Apple might not even release a third iPhone this year, and just stick with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus – two more phones that have not yet been officially revealed by Apple.Details aren’t quite as mysterious with Samsung’s next major smartphone release, but the device remains in the “not quite official” pile for now regardless. Samsung will likely reveal the Galaxy Note 8, as it’s probably called, at or around the same time as the Galaxy Note 7 was revealed – August of 2016 then, August of 2017 now. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specifications (Hypothetical)• Display: 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD+ display (2960×1440, 529ppi)• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 PRO processor (if they make one)• RAM: 6GB• Internal Storage: 64GB, 128GB• Camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 8MP secondary• Front-Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR• Battery: 4000mAh• Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, nanoSIM, NFC• Additional: Hidden Fingerprint Scanner, Iris Scanner, IP68 water/dust resistance, Wireless ChargingIf what we thought of the Galaxy Note 7 was any indication, the Galaxy Note 8 will be one of (if not THE) most excellent Android of the year. We’ll have to see whether it’s ready to take on the futuristic ways of the Essential Phone when both are actually out in the open, for sale, and on the market. Pricing on the Galaxy Note 8 will probably match that of the Galaxy Note 7 – or surpass it somewhat. The Galaxy Note 7 was released for around $880 off-contract with 64GB of internal storage. The iPhone 7 Plus with 32GB of internal storage costs $770 USD right now off-contract, while the 128GB version costs $870 USD. That might be a good place to look for a starting price for the iPhone 8/OLED/PRO. The iPhone with OLED display will aim at a completely different crowd from the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 8 will attract the fans its had before, plus those that’ve been waiting to get their Note back since last year’s fiasco. Without a stylus, the Essential Phone isn’t quite what the Galaxy Note will be – but it might end up being more attractive to those looking for something that feels a bit more new than Samsung’s tried-and-true Note formula. It all begins later this month when the first of these three – the Essential Phone – is released to the public! Rumors and insider tips have given us a generally good idea of what’s to come with regard to Apple and Samsung’s next hero devices. The Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 – or iPhone Pro, if you prefer – are rumored to come with displays that cover nearly their entire frontside. As for the Essential Phone – we found out earlier this week that Andy Rubin wants to bring the fight right to the doorsteps of both of the biggest names in mobile.last_img read more

Here are all the Galaxy Tab Active 2 details pictures youll need

first_imgIn terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab Active 2 is no Galaxy Tab S3, no doubt about that. Sporting an Exynos 7880, 3 GB of RAM and a miserable 16 GB of storage, it is as mid-range as you can get. The 8-inch display remains the same size as the first Galaxy Tab Active but does bump up the resolution to 1280×800. Despite the added load, however, the battery is the same 4,450 mAh.What makes the Galaxy Tab Active 2 somewhat notable are its added features, especially useful for those on the field. It is, of course, IP68 rated, though that does come at the cost of bumpers. It has an S Pen stylus, which makes it usable even when using gloves, which is also no problem with the screen’s extra sensitive option. And being designed for the workplace, the tablet has even has POGO pins for connecting addons like barcode readers. Once a dime a dozen, Android tablets have all but vanished from the market, save for the few cheap, lesser known brands. That is why, in some way, the Galaxy Tab Active 2, which has yet to be even acknowledge, is a tad interesting. It doesn’t hurt that the tablet does have a mixed bag of features, stuffed inside a mid-range slate. If there were still any confusion about what the rugged tablet brings to the table, this latest leak dump probably answers them all. That said, the tablet does have features, or misfeatures, that make even enterprises think twice. Aside from the measly 16 GB of internal storage, the Galaxy Tab Active 2’s USB-C port also only supports the slower USB 2.0 standard. It is also expected to cost 500 EUR at the very least, roughly $590. That’s definitely a mighty price to pay for a mid-range tablet, even one was feature packed as this.VIA: WinFuturelast_img read more