If you have wanted to build in or move out of their Sonos system in the garden has now a really neat option.It is the cooperation between the Sonos and the Sonance which will start to give fruit with three different products.In-Ceiling is just that, a pair of speakers to be built into the ceiling.They are either round or square grilles, and will go to paint so that they really disappear in the ceiling.the price tag is 6999 per couple.In-Wall is the name of the speakers that are built into the wall.
Anthony Daniels, the voice behind C-3PO, offered a cryptic tweet Monday for Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting the title of Episode 9.I am receiving images of something amazing coming towards us -- travelling over decades through space and time -- reaching out to all humans on this planet with its message," the actor said in a tweet that's best read in the iconic droid's British accent.It seems likely that Daniels, who has played C-3PO since the original movie back in 1977 and completed his Episode 9 work on Jan. 28, is hinting at an imminent title announcement.We found out Episode 8 would be called The Last Jedi in January 2017 (less than 11 months before its release).Episode 7's title was revealed as The Force Awakens in November 2014 (more than 13 months ahead of its opening).Episode 9 comes out Dec. 20 -- that's 318 days away.
EA's latest quarterly fiscal report included a stark admission: Battlefield V's sales fell way below expectations.BFV's sales to date, according to EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen, have reached 7.3 million copies across all platforms worldwide, which the company says is "one million less" than it had indicated in previous Q3 2019 guidance.Jorgensen didn't mince words: he blamed the drop in the series' uptake by the developers' focus on a single-player campaign, as opposed to having a promised battle royale mode ready for fans in time for the game's launch.Wilson did not offer further details about any monetization strategy for that mode; it currently requires that consumers buy the game's retail edition, much like the battle royale mode found in Activision's multiplayer-only game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.Wilson added that BFV's release delay into November 2018 resulted in a "better game," but he cited "the combination of a poor start in our marketing campaign with a longer development cycle that put us in a more competitive window."In addition to a lack of uptake on new mobile game Command and Conquer Rivals, EA also cited one delayed mobile game and "changes to broaden Madden Mobile's appeal" that "failed" to drive monetization.
Microsoft has announced a special promotion for Sea of Thieves in which players invite three friends to try the multiplayer pirate game.Sea of Thieves came out March 20 for Xbox One and PC.It managed to attract 5 million players by August, although that includes those who played the game through Xbox Game Pass, a $10 a month subscription that gives users access to Microsoft’s console exclusives and other titles.Sea of Thieves is a live service game that gets updates, some free and some paid.More players means more people who might buy that paid content, which gives Microsoft a nice revenue stream.It’s also the rare Microsoft exclusive, and Sea of Thieves offers pirate gameplay that you won’t find on PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch.
That's good news for efforts to store hydrogen fuel safely within the metal itself, but it's bad news for structures such as the pressure vessels in nuclear plants, where hydrogen uptake eventually makes the vessel's metal walls more brittle, which can lead to failure.Their findings are described in a paper appearing today in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, by MIT postdoc Jinwoo Kim and Thomas B.Hydrogen fuel is considered a potentially major tool for limiting global climate change because it is a high-energy fuel that could eventually be used in cars and planes.Storing the fuel in the crystal lattice of the metal itself could be cheaper, lighter, and safer -- but first the process of how hydrogen enters and leaves the metal must be better understood."If you take a metal and put it in a hydrogen-rich environment, it will uptake the hydrogen, and this causes hydrogen embrittlement," he says.That's because the hydrogen atoms tend to segregate in certain parts of the metal crystal lattice, weakening its chemical bonds.
Advances in stem cell research offer hope for treatments that could help patients regrow heart muscle tissue after heart attacks, a key to achieving more complete recovery.Scientists today report success in creating functional blood vessels in vitro for hearts of rats that had sustained a heart attack.The journal Nature Communications published the paper, whose lead authors are Ying Zheng and Charles Murry of the UW Medicine Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine in Seattle."To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that building organized blood vessels with perfusion outside the body leads to improved integration with host blood vessels and better tissue blood flow," said Zheng, a University of Washington associate professor of bioengineering.The scientists set out to show that by growing stem cell-derived heart tissue in a petri dish, with attention to blood vessels' construction, they could improve the tissue's incorporation with existing heart vessels."I come from a mechanical background," Zheng continued.
To date, many speech synthesis systems have adopted the vocoder approach, a method for synthesizing speech waveforms that is widely used in cellular-phone networks and other applications.However, the quality of the speech waveforms synthesized by these methods has remained inferior to that of the human voice.In 2016, an influential overseas technology company proposed WaveNet--a speech-synthesis method based on deep-learning algorithms--and demonstrated the ability to synthesize high-quality speech waveforms resembling the human voice.However, one drawback of WaveNet is the extremely complex structure of its neural networks, which demand large quantities of voice data for machine learning and require parameter tuning and various other laborious trial-and-error procedures to be repeated many times before accurate predictions can be obtained.Overview and achievements of the researchOne of the most well-known vocoders is the source-filter vocoder, which was developed in the 1960s and remains in widespread use today.
Until now, the rapid attenuation of light signals in microchips has prevented the use of light as a source of an information signal.With international collaboration, researchers at Aalto University have now developed a nanosized amplifier to help light signals propagate through microchips.In their study published in Nature Communications, the researchers show that signal attenuation can be significantly reduced when data is transferred inside a microchip, for example, from one processor to another.'Photonics, or light transfer that is already widely used in internet connections, is increasingly being used by microcircuit systems because light is a more energy efficient and faster way of transferring data than electricity.The increase in information also requires an increase in performance.Boosting performance through electronic methods is getting to be very difficult, which is why we're looking towards photonics for answers,' says doctoral candidate John Rönn.
A new transistor based on organic materials has been developed by scientists at Linköping University.The work is a major step on the way to creating technology that mimics the human brain.Until now, brains have been unique in being able to create connections where there were none before.A normal transistor acts as a valve that amplifies or dampens the output signal, depending on the characteristics of the input signal.In the organic electrochemical transistor that the researchers have developed, the channel in the transistor consists of an electropolymerised conducting polymer."It is the first time that real time formation of new electronic components is shown in neuromorphic devices", says Simone Fabiano, principal investigator in organic nanoelectronics at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Campus Norrköping.
(Jena, Germany) Geographers at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) are coordinating a new joint research project that is studying changes in landscapes and soil conditions of South Africa.The 'South African Land Degradation Monitor (SALDi)' project aims to create an automated observation system that will provide a precise picture of land degradation in South Africa due to soil erosion, among other factors, and monitor developments over the long term.The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the project under the SPACES programme, providing 2.3 million euros over the next three years."Particularly in a country such as South Africa, with a semi-arid climate and a growing population, and in which seasonal climatic fluctuations play an important role, it is important and politically essential to have an assessment of land degradation that is consistent and based on scientific data," says project coordinator Dr Jussi Baade, an associate professor at the Institute for Geography of the University of Jena.The funding has made it possible to create positions for three young researchers at the chairs of Physical Geography and Remote Sensing in Jena.Other partners in the project include the german Universities of Augsburg and Tübingen, the German Aerospace Center and, in South Africa, the Agricultural Research Council, South African National Parks, the universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Bloemfontein, as well as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
Google is releasing a new Chrome extension that could make account takeovers harder for hackers.The Password Checkup tool, which the tech giant released on Tuesday, warns you if the username and password you're using were stolen in any data breaches and then prompts you to change them if they were.Even data breaches from more than a decade ago can still hurt victims if they've never changed their passwords.Consider this: A collection of 2.2 billion stolen credentials, dating as far back as 2008, is still floating around on hacker forums.Google's own database of collected credentials from public breaches contains over 4 billion usernames and passwords, said Kurt Thomas, a research scientist at Google.The company has used that database for the last five years to protect Google users who could be affected by third-party breaches.
FuboTV has announced that it’s adding support for Apple’s TV app, becoming the second major live TV streaming service to integrate with the app after PlayStation Vue added support last fall.The added support means that FuboTV users will be able to access live TV and sports directly from Apple’s aggregated TV app on tvOS and iOS devices, adding live television into the mix alongside the various streaming offerings from services like Hulu, Netflix, and HBO that already populate the TV app.Like those other services, Apple won’t actually show the content in the TV app — you’ll still get shunted over to FuboTV’s app for that — but it’s another step toward getting all of your content in a single place.Along with the TV app support, FuboTV also announced that it will add support for Apple’s single sign-on system “soon,” an added bonus for subscribers who are tired of constantly logging into apps.
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Samsung would certainly rather you didn’t after the handset was found to be significantly more likely to explode than is ideal for something that’s designed to be stored in the pocket, at a genital-adjacent level.But now the Note 7 is 29 months old, and any contractual obligations have long been paid off.As the description says: “brand new but have noticed from Samsung about battery so can charge just till 60%” – a patch Samsung sent through to make the phone less dangerous.If time wasting was my aim, I had to go to the source.The Note 7 return refuseniksYes, there are still people posting on the r/note7 and r/galaxynote7 subreddits.
Anything's an excuse for an offer these days.Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, Blue Monday, and now Valentine's Day.Valentine's Day offers have always existed, of course, being a deeply consumer-focused holiday -- but we tend to expect them from restaurants and wine companies rather than, say, mobile networks.Not to be deterred, Vodafone has announced it's "sharing the love" this V-Day with offers including 20% off a card and flowers at Moonpig, and two Odeon tickets for £7.In classic phone network style, the offers are only available through the VeryMe rewards scheme in the My Vodafone app, and obviously only to Vodafone customers.A free selector pack at Hotel Chocolat, two free cookies from Millie’s Cookies and free chocolate hearts from the Grown-Up Chocolate Company.
Anything's an excuse for an offer these days.Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, Blue Monday, and now Valentine's Day.Valentine's Day offers have always existed, of course, being a deeply consumer-focused holiday -- but we tend to expect them from restaurants and wine companies rather than, say, mobile networks.Not to be deterred, Vodafone has announced it's "sharing the love" this V-Day with offers including 20% off a card and flowers at Moonpig, and two Odeon tickets for £7.In classic phone network style, the offers are only available through the VeryMe rewards scheme in the My Vodafone app, and obviously only to Vodafone customers.A free selector pack at Hotel Chocolat, two free cookies from Millie’s Cookies and free chocolate hearts from the Grown-Up Chocolate Company.
Photo by Sean Gallup / Getty ImagesTeaching computers how the world fits together is a tricky business.No matter how much data you feed an algorithm, there are certain types of knowledge that can’t easily be written down.Answers to questions like, “Who should I go for drinks with this evening: my friends, a rhino, or the Pope?” and “Can I eat spaghetti with a straw?” (The answer to the latter being “Yes, but only with a lot of patience.”)But AI researchers say they have a tool that might help: Pictionary.Today, scientists from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) released an online Pictionary-style game called Iconary, which they say could help sharpen AI’s common sense.
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Facebook has come out with a feature that lets you delete messages from a conversation after you’ve sent them, as previously spotted in leaks.So in case you send the wrong message to the wrong person or make an egregious typo, you’ll be able to remove it in Messenger now.It works when you tap on the message you want to delete within 10 minutes of sending it.Two options will appear: Remove for Everyone and Remove for You.Selecting Remove for Everyone replaces your message with text that the message has been removed by you.It’s similar to the power that CEO Mark Zuckerberg infamously has to delete messages he’s sent, as we first found out last April, after multiple sources noted that messages they received from the CEO had mysteriously disappeared.
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Microsoft announced today that it will stage a traveling event dubbed Halo: Outpost Discovery in five cities this summer.The fan events will take place in convention centers where Microsoft and its 343 Industries division can bring to life the characters and environment of the Halo universe, which is nearly two decades old.The event is kind of like a mini-theme park for Halo, and so it fits in with the trend toward theme parks and events featuring video game themes.“This lets us bring all aspects of the Halo universe to life in a real physical space,” said Kiki Wolfkill, studio head of transmedia at Microsoft’s 343 Industries, in an interview with GamesBeat.“We can bring the gameplay, characters, community, cosplayers for the fans over a weekend in both physical and virtual settings.We look at this as a celebration of Halo.”
Last week’s poll summary: Last week, we asked you how long you usually keep your smartphone before upgrading.Out of over 56,200 total votes, roughly 34 percent of voters said they keep their phones for over two years, while 33 percent said they keep their phones for 1-2 years before upgrading.Around 17 percent of voters buy a new phone whenever their old one breaks.If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past few months, you may find yourself looking for a new email app.Google’s Inbox app, which has garnered over 10 million downloads since its launch in 2014, is shutting down this March.Some of its features have made their way to the Gmail app, while some are still in question.
Discovered in the 19th century, scientists once believed that the first-ever dinosaur feather used to belong to the Archaeopteryx, a transitional dinosaur that lived 125 million years ago and bridged the gap between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern-day birds.Now, a new study has revealed that it doesn't belong to the winged dino after all – and its owner is still a mystery.Utilizing modern-day imaging technology known as laser-stimulated fluorescence (LSF), researchers looked at the feather, which was discovered in 1861 in the southern part of Germany and have determined the iconic fossil contained the missing quill that was so hotly debated for so many years."It is amazing that this new technique allows us to resolve the 150-year-old mystery of the missing quill," said Daniela Schwarz, co-author in the study and curator for the fossil reptiles and bird collection of the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, in a statement.PREHISTORIC SHARK WITH 'SPACESHIP-SHAPED TEETH' DISCOVERED ALONGSIDE THE MOST FAMOUS TYRANNOSAURUS"The morphology of the complete feather excludes it as a primary, secondary or tail feather of Archaeopteryx," the study's abstract reads.
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