David Sandoval

David Sandoval

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Discord’s digital game store, which first launched to just 50,000 users in Canada back in August, is now available globally in a public beta capacity, the chat company announced today.The marketplace, simply called Discord Store, is launching with 22 titles, including Team Cherry’s Hollow Knight and other indie gems like Dead Cells and Into The Breach.Five of those 21 titles are labeled “First on Discord” titles, meaning Discord is the primary distribution for those titles at launch.Discord, a PC gaming-centric application that combines voice and text chat with a robust platform for third-party integrations, has been one of the fastest-growing gaming-centric companies of the last decade.It launched just three years ago, and it now counts 150 million registered users, many of whom use the app for chat and as a way to see what their friends are playing at any given moment.Discord, because it controls so much of the social aspect of gaming, is now using its pervasiveness in the PC ecosystem to start competing with Valve’s Steam marketplace, which is far and away the largest PC game distribution platform.
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While this should come as no surprise to anyone who has played an open world Rockstar Games title, we now know for sure that Red Dead Redemption 2 has a very lengthy story.In an interview with Vulture, Rockstar co-founder and head writer Dan Houser said players can expect a 60-hour campaign.In an era when open world games typically throw everything at the player but the kitchen sink, it’s easy to feel somewhat skeptical of long runtimes.Recently, Rockstar shaved five hours from the game by eliminating one of Arthur Morgan’s love interests.On top of that, Rockstar cut entire missions that it felt weren’t up to snuff.Judging by some of the eye-popping stats provided in the interview, players will find and experience new things even as they get deep into the story.
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Niantic is rolling out a new Pokémon Go mode designed for ARCore-enabled smartphones.AR+ uses ARCore to better place Pokémon in the real world and to help them understand the movements of trainers.It comes with a new catching mechanic whereby you’ll have to sneak up on Pokémon.Niantic is updating Pokémon Go with a new gameplay mode for ARCore-enabled handsets.Called AR+, the new upgrade brings significant improvements to the way Pokémon behave and are caught.Outside AR+ mode, Pokémon aren’t set on a fixed point in the environment and have no understanding of how that relates to you as the trainer (it’s a tragedy, really).
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Exploring the tropics of Jupiter's ocean moon Europa would be no walk on the beach.Equatorial regions of the potentially life-supporting Europa, which harbors a huge ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell, are probably studded with blades of ice up to 50 feet (15 meters) tall, a new study suggests.This finding should be of interest to NASA, which is developing a lander mission that will hunt for signs of life on the 1,900-mile-wide (3,100 kilometers) satellite.[Photos: Europa, Mysterious Icy Moon of Jupiter]"Clearly, the paper suggests very strongly that the tropics of Europa are going to be spiky, and it would be unwise to plan to land there without a specially adapted lander," study lead author Dan Hobley, a lecturer in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University in Wales, told Space.com via email.Indeed, scientists think the "bladed terrain" spotted on Pluto by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft likely consists of penitentes carved into methane ice.
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Several of the world’s tech giants (Facebook, Twitter, Google) have developed sophisticated artificial intelligence capabilities to collect, manage and act on consumer data.However, while these companies monetize digital data to serve ads and drive sales, there’s an unexplored opportunity for them to develop a platform to listen to citizen concerns and serve the public good.In fact, at a certain point, this is something that the public should expect from the big AI companies that weild so much power over data and information.There’s already a lot of public data out there, but it’s very hard for public agencies, for example, to use Twitter as is for such a purpose as monitoring and prioritizing citizen concerns, especially in real-time during disasters.This requires something developed with advanced algorithims and machine learning to pull in, organize and flag priorities from all of the unstructured data, as well as AI for things like language translation.An individual or cooperative digital data platform developed by one or more of the tech giants would be a powerful tool to help public agencies navigate disasters or address citizen concerns (safety, public health, infrastructure).
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A UK union that represents the interests of Uber drivers has called a 24 hour strike for tomorrow.Ride-hailing giant Uber may not be comfortable thinking of the people who do the driving on its platform as workers but, in 2016, a UK employment tribunal ruled against its classification of a group of then current and former drivers as independent contractors after they brought a legal challenge; and again in 2017 when Uber lost its first appeal against the tribunal ruling.Today one of the unions that campaigns on behalf of individuals providing labor on so-called ‘gig economy’ platforms, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), announced the strike action by Uber drivers.It said Uber drivers are demanding an end to unfair deactivations (described by the union as ‘de facto dismissals’); an increase in fares to £2 per mile (vs the current rate of £1.25p/m in London); a 10% reduction in commissions paid by drivers to Uber (currently 25% for UberX); and calling for Uber to immediately apply the tribunal judgement and implement “employment conditions that respect worker rights for drivers, including the payment of at least the minimum wage and paid holidays”.The union argues Uber drivers should be classified as Limb (b) workers under UK law, rather than ‘independent contractors’ as the company claims.The chair of the IWGB’s United Private Hire Drivers branch is James Farrar, who was one of the former Uber drivers who brought the 2016 tribunal action against the company.
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Verizon's launch of 5G home Internet targeted four cities dominated by either Comcast or Charter, and Verizon says it will continue to bring the service to densely populated areas dominated by cable companies.The launch cities that got Verizon 5G home Internet this week were Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.Verizon Chief Technology Architect Ed Chan told Ars that Verizon is focusing on using the $70-per-month wireless home Internet service to compete against dominant cable companies."Those customers are very eager to get a choice in their broadband provider."At speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream, Comcast is the only choice for 30 million Americans, and Charter Communications is the only choice for 38 million Americans, research based on Federal Communications Commission data found recently.Verizon silent on next cities
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Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the online-music arm of China’s largest social-media company, filed for a initial public offering in a continuing surge of US listings by Chinese companies.The music-streaming site listed its offering size as US$1 billion in a filing Tuesday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.The amount is likely a placeholder and may change.Tencent Music is preparing to sell shares after its parent company reported its first profit drop in at least a decade while also grappling with new game-approval restrictions imposed by Chinese regulators.Here’s how Tencent Music is shaping up so far:Earned US$263 million profit in H1 2018 on US$1.3 billion total revenue
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Simuleringsmjukvara från Umeåbolaget Algoryx börjar användas av en av världens största flygindustrikoncerner.Algoryx, med rötterna på Umeå universitet, kan konsten att simulera fysik på ett realistiskt sätt.Företagets fysikmotor används bland annat inom industrin, där tyska vapentillverkaren Rheinmetall är en av kunderna.Bolaget har också placerat sig på Ny Tekniks och Affärsvärldens 33-listan två år i rad, 2011 och 2012.Ett färskt samarbete med kinsesiska Longtek Technology innebär en ny fjäder i hatten för Algoryx.Bolagen ska tillsammans leverera teknik för virtuell verklighet, ofta förkortat VR, till Aviation Industry Corporation of China, som är en av världens största flygindustrikoncerner.
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Driver's role was briefly touched on three times, though, in his opening monologue.Once, he started to deliver "one HUGE spoiler about Star Wars," only to be cut off by cast member Beck Bennett wanting to chit-chat about his summer.Another time, he announced that "Ewoks are real, and I'll tell you where to find them, you take a plane to Traverse City, Michigan..." before he was once again interrupted.And at another point, cast member Kenan Thompson sensed Driver's anger bubbling up and thought aloud, "It really looks like he's about to go all Kylo Ren on my ass."Later in the show, Driver played a nerdy middle-aged single dad trying to learn how to play Fortnite so he could better bond with his son.Instead of Star Wars or anything else Driver did, the most talked-about moments of the night involved politics.
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What’s unfortunate is the processor powering everything inside — Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100.This is, however, one of the first watches we are using with Google’s updated Wear OS interface, which vastly improves the experience of using the watch.Those who aren’t fans of the gemstones are in luck — the Q Venture HR comes in nine colors including a gold case with a brown leather strap, silver case with a gray silicone strap, and stainless steel.It’s easy to swap them for when you want a more suave look, or something more casual.All customized styles can be saved in folders for easy access whenever needed.Simple swipes on the display will get you where you need to go, and the redesign overall makes smartwatches much more enjoyable to use.
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Despite being the youngest smartphone company on the block, only springing out of Oppo on August 3 on this year, Realme has wasted absolutely no time in putting out as many phones as possible, launching the Realme 1 and the Realme 2 in just a matter of months.You won’t find any outdated looks here — the Realme 2 Pro follows the global smartphone trend of reducing bezels in favor of a larger screen.The Realme 2 Pro is equipped with Android 8.1 Oreo running underneath the ColorOS 5.2 custom skin.Whether or not Realme has managed to tame some of the operating system’s eccentricities will likely be key to this phone’s performance.This portrait mode supports five different lighting effects, but also comes with A.I.-powered assistance to help you take the perfect shot.Realme only became a proper, full smartphone brand on August 3, making it very, very young.
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But Venmo has come of age, according to a study of over 10 million payments.A social spending technology that distributes advertising revenue back to data-providing consumers, Rubiix has unveiled new data collected from its thriving millennial community that paints a detailed picture about the spending habits of millennials and which brands the millennial generation — who constantly make the headlines for “killing” brands — prefers.“It’s not surprising that Venmo is now outpacing ATMs in terms of volume of transactions, because cash is certainly less convenient,” CEO and cofounder at Rubiix Oren Berdichevsky told me.This shows that Venmo has gone from a fun ‘pay me back’ app to a serious tool for transacting, and shows a definitive trend toward a cashless economy.”The study also shows many striking trends as consumers move to use technology more to make their daily lives more comfortable.For example, ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber are used 22X more frequently than regular taxis, 7X more regularly than public transportation, and 35X more than renting a car, with the average price of a ride being $10.89.
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Det digitala vårdbolaget Visiba Care (NTL), med bas i Göteborg, har utvecklat en digital plattform för vård.Mjukvaran säljs till privata och offentliga vårdbolag som vill öppna egna digitala mottagningar i konkurrens med aktörer som Kry (NTL) och Min Doktor (NTL).Bolaget har nu vunnit en upphandling hos Västra Götalandsregionen för att leverera landstingets videotjänst för digitala vårdmöten.”Det har verkligen börjat röra på sig bland landstingen.En stor majoritet av de svenska landstingen är på något sätt i en process att införa digitala vårdmöten som en del av den ordinarie verksamheten.Vi jobbar redan med tio landsting i dag, även om alla inte har kommit lika långt som Västra Götalandsregionen”, säger Visiba Cares grundare och vd Johan Gustafsson.
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One of the only ways to get really good at doing something extreme is to find, and become comfortable with, the limits of that action.The company’s stock had flatlined, it had just finished its second year in a row operating at a loss, and GoPro admitted defeat in the drone market by pulling the Karma quadcopter off store shelves.CEO Nick Woodman announced a new round of layoffs — the fourth in the last few years — and started talking publicly about the possibility of an acquisition.With any luck, they’ll wind up like those failed half-pipe attempts, and become swiftly forgotten when the company stomps one of its best tricks in years: the new lineup of Hero 7 cameras.It’s the second camera to use GoPro’s custom GP1 processor, which the company first used last year in the Hero 6 Black after splitting with longstanding supplier Ambarella.The extra year spent working with the processor — plus an unspecified extra dash of RAM — has led to a number of new features in the Hero 7 Black, including live-streaming, a slick in-camera time-lapse feature, a Google Pixel-like smart HDR photo mode, and the headliner: a remarkable in-camera digital stabilization algorithm.
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Loupedeck, the hands-on photo editing “keyboard” is no longer just for photos.On Wednesday, September 19, Loupedeck announced Adobe Premiere Pro CC compatibility with the controls and dials of the Loupedeck+.About the size of a standard keyboard, the Loupedeck+ replaces keys with dedicated dials, wheels, and buttons for editing images, and now videos.Loupedeck was originally designed specifically for Adobe Lightroom, with dedicated physical controls for a majority of the slider controls inside the popular photo editing software.The color controls at the top of the Loupedeck+ for adjusting the HSL (hue, saturation, and luminance) panel in Lightroom become color-grading tools for Premiere Pro.The already-labeled color tools don’t need to be adjusted to adapt to the video editor, but other tools can be custom configured to better fit the workflow for video, Loupedeck says.
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In the spring, started the Mozilla talk about to release a VR version of its browser Firefox and launching this to the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream.They call their new browser for Firefox Reality and it is designed from the ground up to be used in conjunction with VR and AR applications.Andre Vrignaud, Mozilla's strategy director for Mixed Reality, " says:"We had to rethink everything, including navigation, text-input, environments, search and more.This required years of research, and countless conversations with users, content creators, and hardware partners.The result is a browser that is built for the medium it serves.
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Klingons and Khan couldn't kill off Captain James T. Kirk, but big money can bring anyone down.William Shatner, who played Kirk in the original Star Trek, said Saturday that the character's death was all about the Benjamins, according to CNET sister site comicbook.com.Spoilers for a 1994 movie ahead: Kirk, played by Shatner, dies in the feature film Star Trek Generations while working with Star Trek: The Next Generation captain Jean-Luc Picard to stop a deadly missile.Shatner said he was told the character would die whether or not he appeared in the movie.He agreed, but not until pressing the point of why this had to happen."So the producer said, 'We're going to kill Kirk because we think that The Next Generation will make more money at the box office,'" Shatner explained.
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Amazon is collaborating with fashion label Nicopanda on a new "see-now, buy-now" initiative for London Fashion Week.It will allow show attendees — and viewers anywhere — to immediately buy the designs seen on the runway.The designs, which are being screen-printed onto T-shirts by Amazon as part of the program, were created in collaboration with queer writer and artist Hilton Dresden.The collaboration is an example of how Amazon is encouraging brands and creators to leverage the Merch by Amazon program to "capture moments."During its London Fashion Week show on Friday, Nicopanda will debut multiple designs on T-shirts created by queer writer and artist Hilton Dresden."Coupling Merch by Amazon's print-on-demand technology and Amazon smilecodes enables customers around the globe to shop fashion with a convenience and speed like they've never experienced," Miguel Roque, director of Merch by Amazon, said to Business Insider.
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Nintendo fans were brimming with anticipation in the lead-up to Nintendo Direct on Sept. 6, where the company was expected to reveal new games and info about its Switch and 3DS platforms.Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Japan was hit with a 6.7-magnitude earthquake, resulting in a number of casualties and 3 million homes without power.Nintendo had to cancel its event the day of.A week later and Nintendo is ready again to host its Nintendo Direct event, now on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. PT, 6 p.m.(See what time that it is in your time zone here.)The delay threw a wrench in some of Nintendo's announcements.
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