Who knew that there was money in stolen circuit breakers?Late last month, Riverside County prosecutors, east of Los Angeles, indicted two men on charges of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of circuit breakers from businesses and movie theaters in southeastern California in recent years.According to The Desert Sun and court filings that were provided to Ars by that newspaper, the two suspects were identified by a combination of "security footage, facial recognition software, and a license plate scanner."Mention of such technology pops up occasionally.On Tuesday, when Ars contacted the Riverside County Sheriff's Department to ask basic questions of the agency—How often are such facial recognition searches run?This week, Ars contacted all five members of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and the relevant state legislators: State Senator Richard Roth, and Assemblyman Jose Medina.
Facebook closed its Oculus Story Studio in May, and that seemed like the end for its effort to create virtual reality story experiences such as its award-winning Henry short film.It’s an adaptation of a story from Neil Gaiman, creator of comics and books such as The Sandman, Coraline, and American Gods.Edward Saatchi, executive producer of the VR project, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the story will be told in three chapters, with the first one debuting at the Sundance Film Festival in January.Wolves in the Walls was about 60 percent done when the Oculus Story Studio folded, but Facebook said it would continue to fund VR storytelling projects through third-party relationships, and in this case, Oculus provided the funding to complete Wolves in the Walls.When you looked in the direction of the sound, a new part of the story would unfold before your eyes.She believes there are wolves in the walls of the house, trying to break into it, but her family doesn’t believe her.
is a storytelling video series dedicated to learning what truly makes a great story, told through the lens of the world’s talent and practitioners of the craft in entertainment, marketing and beyond.For a good portion of any industry, the word “authentic” can tend to be bandied about fairly indiscriminately.However, when learning more about Scout Productions, it isn’t simply a word, it’s a way of doing the work that breaks through.One of Scout Productions’ most well-known projects, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, is wrapped in a most interesting brand integration story — and the company is one of the innovators in the space.Created 15 years ago by co-founder David Collins — and heading to Netflix in its latest form, shifting from New York City to more conservative locations in the US — the show was in the “wild west” of brand integration early on but strong partnerships and talent, including hiring Tina Elmo, who was the brand integration maven on HBO's Sex and the City, as partnership director in 2005, made a difference.As time, and audience sophistication progressed, Rob Eric, chief creative officer at Scout Productions points out the importance of their own evolution and that true authenticity.
I imagine them floating away like clouds in the sky.Somedays I do not know how I manage to sit with the memories, the anxiety, the fear, without my world falling apart.It felt an internal battle that I would never win.In particular, one memory about a young man who had tried to end his life.If a person’s eyes could speak, they were saying, ‘I am ready to go’.As I left to go bed, walking down the soulless corridors to my room.
You’ve got a huge range of options, from splashing out on a fancy piece of tech if you’ve got an eye-wateringly big budget or checking out which of their favourite films have just made it to Blu-ray if you’re counting your pennies.So whether your loved ones are likely to be streaming a movie, watching a newly unwrapped DVD boxset or catching up on the cosy classics that are scheduled over the Christmas period, we’ve collected together the best TVs, projectors, universal remotes, DVDs, Blu-rays and even some must-have merchandise to cuddle up with during a festive film fest.Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080) | Brightness: 3,000 ANSI lumens | Contrast ratio: 23,000:1 | Speaker: 10WIf you’re getting a gift for someone who takes their movie nights very seriously it might be worth tempting them to ditch their usual TV set-up and opt for the next best thing to an actual cinema - a damn good projector.Re-cap(tain America) before Infinity War kicks inResolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080) | Discs: 7 | Age rating: 12 | Total runtime: 713 minutes
Microsoft will soon be offering virtual machines in its Azure cloud service based on AMD's Epyc processors.The growth of the cloud computing market has, until now, been a success story for Intel's Xeon server processors, as the rise of cloud computing came at the same time as Intel was particularly dominant in the x86 processor market.But 2017 has been a turning point for AMD.A new family of chips built around its Zen architecture has offered Intel a level of competition it hasn't experienced since the early 2000s.In the desktop space, AMD's Ryzen processors offered a viable alternative to Intel's chips.Epyc, aimed at one- and two-socket systems, isn't necessarily faster than comparable Intel Xeons, but its mix of features—lots of threads and cores, and more memory and I/O bandwidth than Intel's latest Xeon offer—along with Intel-level performance make it a serious competitor in the server space.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is one of the most popular vans in the world, so any changes must ensure it still meets the needs of workers across the globe.Thankfully, it appears Mercedes-Benz Vans has that in mind.Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon introduce a new generation of Sprinter, but before it does, it's put out a teaser of the van's interior.The most important updates appear to be tech-related, with a new infotainment screen setup atop the dashboard, while a new steering wheel puts just about every control conceivable at the driver's fingertips (literally).A previous teaser gave us a good look at the new Sprinter's design, albeit in sketch form.The front end takes on some of the aesthetics seen in other recent Mercedes-Benz vehicles, specifically around the headlights and lower grille opening.
The game is "Battle Chef Brigade," and it's a true delight — charming, beautiful, and smart.That's great news if you're playing "Battle Chef Brigade," but it's unfortunate if you're in the position of convincing people to check it out (hi!).You play as Mina, a fledgling cook from a small village who wants to join the ranks of the world's most serious chefs: the "Battle Chef Brigade"!First, you must hunt for ingredients:Just outside of Mina's kitchen is a backyard rife with creatures and plants waiting to be harvested and cooked.From the caranha you see above (a plant that wants to bite you) to straight up dragons, you're never hunting for animals in "Battle Chef Brigade."
In the last week of the month alone, the Senate marched toward advancing the GOP's tax bill, the Dow topped 24,000, Bitcoin leaped above $11,000, President Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos and invoked a rebuke from British Prime Minister Theresa May, Matt Lauer was fired after allegations of sexual misconduct, and North Korea tested another ICBM (a fact that is, as WIRED's own Lily Hay Newman puts it, even scarier than that sounds on its own).Oh, and the public continued to sound alarms about the impending end of net neutrality.But, in the WIRED realm, a small bit of wonderment prevailed.As our own transportation team put it, the semitruck—powered by an enormous battery that runs up to 500 miles on a single charge—marks one more mile traveled on Musk's quest to unshackle humanity from its reliance on oil and gas, and drive us—autonomously, of course—into a cleaner future.Below, a selection of the most-read stories on WIRED.com over the past 30 days.That kind of depends on how you define trucking.—Aarian Marshall
After its success last year, Ferrero Rocher has reopened its pop up store where shoppers can enjoy a multi-sensory experience while getting "behind the layers" of the sweet treat.The event is taking place at Westfield in London's Shepherd Bush with a two story store posing dark and mysteriously until December 17.Created by TracyLocke, the experience includes a golden bar and lounge where the drinks are created by Liquid Chefs, the mixology specialists, before guests can enjoy a 45 minute experience in a "pod".In the video above, regional category director at Rocher, Ian Tweedale, explains that there is still a place for advertising.However with this event, he really want the customer to enjoy the brand.He said: "This is the second year, we are doing it again after the success of last year.
For the last four years, vegan food startup Hampton Creek had yet to crack the eggless egg.But on Thursday, the company announced it was rolling out its first scrambled "egg" product, "Just Scramble," in several restaurants in San Francisco — starting with Flore, a cafe in the city’s Castro district.The company’s mission is to transform the way we eat by swapping the animal products in food for vegetable-based alternatives.Four years later, the company still wasn't selling a vegan alternative to eggs.In June, the company announced that it was going to work on lab-grown meat.Since starting six years ago, Hampton Creek has raised more than $220 million and is currently valued at $1.1 billion.
Back in 2015, then-Commissioner of the FCC Ajit Pai submitted a lengthy paper detailing his reasons for voting against the incoming net neutrality rules.He made a lot of predictions about harm those rules would cause — predictions that, as fellow Commissioner Clyburn points out today, pretty much all failed to come true.In a brief but to-the-point document posted to the FCC website, she lists a number of the Chairman’s apocalyptic predictions for how the new rules would allow price regulation, let the FCC tell ISPs what their service offerings should be, and of course eventually be struck down by the courts.Needless to say, none of that happened.Here are a few examples:Chairman Pai: Courts will not countenance this unlawful power grab.
The “Retail Armageddon” is upon us.At least, that is, if we’re to believe all of the business pub headlines this holiday season.No doubt, things definitely appear to be at their most dire when you’re strolling through the mall, bopping along to “Jingle Bells” and passing shuttered storefront after shuttered storefront.Macy’s, Sears, The Limited, Wet Seal, Radio Shack — the list of major retailers that are closing locations or cashing in their chips altogether seems to go on and on.It’s an objectively scary time for brick-and-mortar retailers.This disruption is the acceleration of a shift years in the making, as consumer shopping behavior has continued to move online and as the Amazon behemoth has continued to swallow market share in retail sector after retail sector.
During a ceremony on Monday honoring Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, Trump set his sights on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed to be part Native American.“We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago,” he jeered.Just last week Trump referred to LaVar Ball as “a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.” (Ball’s son plays basketball for UCLA and, along with teammates, was detained in China for shoplifting; Trump helped to broker their release and did not feel the elder Ball was grateful enough for his efforts.)He’s taken jabs at Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, personally called for the firing of ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, and bullied San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz amidst the devastation stewed by Hurricane Maria.Trump is a skilled agitator in the inventiveness of casual bigotry, and his distaste for people who don’t look like him, and those who don’t share equivalent ideologies, is weaponized in hulking doses.(After all, his political career began with a racist “birther” witch hunt against Barack Obama, obsessively disputing the president’s citizenry.)
Sources tell us that Sequoia Capital is looking to increase its stake in Uber this way.This is a steep discount to the $48.77 from the latest Series G round.The group of investors are looking to buy about $8 billion in shares.If they do not find enough sellers to meet the $8 billion, it’s possible that they will increase the offer price.Sequoia has previously invested in Uber through its “scout” program, which involves covertly finding deal opportunities through its network.For many Uber shareholders, the secondary offering will give them the opportunity to turn paper riches into cash.
Advertising budgets are bleeding out of television, but that's not necessarily because of a shift to digital media, Pivotal Research reports.Rather, the traditional marketing giants that have largely fueled the TV ad market for decades are cutting spending in general.Declining ratings mean TV is starting to suffer from a growing "negative sentiment" among marketers that don't want to look as if they are throwing away money.Spending on TV advertising dropped considerably during the third quarter of 2017.That alone probably won't surprise you if you've been reading about cord cutting and DVR-ing and how people are generally unable to look up from their phones.But the latest drop in TV ad spending is not due to broader technology-driven shifts in media consumption or marketers moving their ad budgets to the web.
Amazon is no sleeping giant.No compatible source was found for this video.As the Bezos behemoth continues along its unstoppable, disruptive path, brands are increasingly requesting Amazon-tailored services.Agencies have been ramping up their capabilities on the platform and even launching dedicated practices as a response.Many marketers now view Amazon as a legitimate competitor to Facebook and Google, according to 22squared vp, director of media planning Brandy Everhart.“What they bring to the table is an expensive data set that you can’t get anywhere else,” she said.
Have you scanned through Black Friday deals but you haven’t found anything interesting?Then maybe you’ll have more luck with Cyber Monday!Here’s what electronics manufacturer – dodocool – is discounting for this shopping day.Let’s begin with two super affordable accessories for your laptop, the 12-inch and the 13.3-inch laptop bags.Both bags are made of sustainable and renewable felt offers superior strength and a soft hand feel.You can get them on Amazon for as low as $7.99.
The National Health Service is to spend £20 million on a new security operations centre in order to help protect hospitals against cyber attacks and hackers.By establishing the new Security Operations Centre, the NHS hopes to improve on its current capabilities in areas of information security including ethical hacking, vulnerability testing and analysis of malware.The centre will also provide cyber security advice and guidance to local NHS Trusts.The announcement of the new centre and the tens of millions in funding to support it comes six months after large swathes of the NHS were brought to a standstill by the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.UK hospitals were some of the highest profile victims of the global cyber attack - which left some NHS Trusts without fully functioning IT systems for weeks.A recent report by the National Audit Office suggested that the NHS was left vulnerable to cyber attacks because some Trusts hadn't applied basic security measures, such as applying critical patches to systems.
The case of Northern Ireland bakery chain Ashers is about to be decided by the Supreme Court, and for the first time in its history the court's judges are devolving to Belfast to pass their ruling.Ashers rose to international fame three years ago, when a member of the public asked it to make a cake topped with with the message "support gay marriage."Ashers, being Christian-owned, declined, which kicked off a never-ending series of legal battles over whether refusing to write messages in icing sugar is discriminatory or not, a war that's about to come to a head in 2018 when the Supreme Court decamps to Northern Ireland.Belfast County Court initially ruled it was indeed discrimination to refuse to make the same-sex-supporting cake -- a ruling that was later upheld by the the Court of Appeal too -- although the baker still refuses to agree.Hence five supreme legal beings are coming in to sort it out once and for all in April of 2018, with proceedings live-streamed too, for comic effect.Supreme Court President Lady Hale said: "My colleagues and I strongly believe that the experience of watching a case in person should not be limited to those within easy reach of London.