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The game will kick-off at 4pm BST, 11am ET, 8am PT, 1am AEST.That's 5pm in Germany and 10am in Mexico City.This Group F game sees reigning World Cup champions Germany take on Mexico.After smashing the qualifiers by winning all 10 of their games Germany is among the favorites to win the whole thing at Russia 2018.Mexico has qualified for the last six World Cups but has failed to make a quarter-finals in that time.Since the United States and Canada failed to qualify this year, Mexico will be the only team representing the trio of North American 2026 hosts at the World Cup 2018 – no pressure then!
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It’s a flaw even the average person would notice: a lack of blinking.Researchers from the University at Albany, SUNY’s computer science department recently published a paper titled “In Ictu Oculi: Exposing AI Generated Fake Face Videos by Detecting Eye Blinking.” The paper details how they combined two neural networks to more effectively expose synthesised face videos, which often overlook “spontaneous and involuntary physiological activities such as breathing, pulse and eye movement.”The researchers note that the mean resting blink rate for humans is 17 blinks per minute, which increases to 26 blinks per minute when someone is talking, and decreases to 4.5 blinks per minute when someone is reading.The researchers add that these distinctions are worth paying attention to “since many of the talking-head politicians are probably reading when they are being filmed.” So when a subject in a video doesn’t blink at all, it’s an easy tell that the footage isn’t legit.There’s a reason subjects in deepfake videos don’t blink: Most training datasets fed to neural networks don’t include closed-eye photos, as photos of people posted online generally depict their eyes open.That’s consequential, given someone needs to collect plenty of photos of an individual in order to create a deepfake of them, and this can be done through an open-source photo-scraping tool which grabs publicly available photos of the target online.
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of Fortnite: Battle Royale, the video game that's taken the world by storm.And though the game is a free download, in the month of April alone Epic rang up nearly $300 million in sales of add-ons such as color schemes for weapons or new outfits for characters, according to industry watcher SuperData Research.Fortnite also sells dance moves for characters, called "emotes," that have become so popular that real-life sports stars including Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield have taken to re-enacting them in real life (and Fortnite, has taken inspiration from stars like boxing champ Conor McGregor.)And on Saturday, Electronic Arts said it will offer a battle royale mode for its upcoming WW II-themed Battlefield 5 game, after fans asked it to take on the genre.It's the latest example of how many of the games we play are changing dramatically to focus on people playing together rather than one person playing alone.Which is part of the reason why Fortnite is the top game on the streaming service Twitch.TV.
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But the LCD version will cost less and deliver better sales, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal citing people involved in Apple's supply chain.The company kicked off the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles on Saturday by announcing that the next installment in its Battlefield war shooting franchise will include a "royale" mode, where big groups of players play together in a Hunger Games-style matchup where the last player standing wins.The announcement got whoops from the crowd, though EA didn't talk about Battlefield's own take on the genre.When the game launched, it included a system that asked players to pay extra money for the chance to randomly receive in-game items that could potentially affect gameplay.This technique, known in the industry as "loot boxes," became a heated topic within the gaming community.When the company responded on Reddit, its statement became the most down-voted item ever on the site.
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The ashes of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking were interred in Scientists' Corner at London's Westminster Abbey on Friday in a memorial ceremony attended by a mixture of celebrities and members of the public.UK astronaut Tim Peake read a poem.Lucy Hawking, the physicist's daughter, and actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the physicist in the 2004 movie Hawking, read biblical passages.Nobel laureate Professor Kip Thorne and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees paid tribute to Hawking's work.Following the service, Hawking's words, set to an original score by composer Vangelis, will be beamed into space by the European Space Agency.Hawking died in March at age 76 after a lifetime of studying and theorizing about space and time.
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The new open source Jetpack package manager promises to make it easier to manage project dependences for code written in the R language.Jetpack provides a way to specify project dependencies in a single file and enables project collaboration.When other collaborators pull the latest version of code, they run jetpack install to have all dependencies installed on their PC.This process makes it easy to forge a reproducible environment.[ Get Sharon Machlis’s R tips in our how-to video series.| Read the InfoWorld tutorials: Learn to crunch big data with R. • How to reshape data in R. • R data manipulation tricks at your fingertips • Beginner’s guide to R. | Stay up to date on analytics and big data with the InfoWorld Big Data Report newsletter. ]
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Tesla is laying off around 9-percent of its workforce, according to insiders.Following a leak of the news, company CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the news and shared the full “reorg” letter sent to employees.In the letter, Musk states that a “comprehensive organizational restructuring” is underway but won’t impact production workers.Musk shared screenshots of the full company restructuring announcement letter on Twitter so that everyone could read it “unfiltered.” In the letter, which is signed by Musk, Tesla employees are told that most of the “approximately 9%” of laid off workers were almost entirely composed of salaried positions.As such, Musk states that the layoff won’t impact the company’s Model 3 production goals.Ultimately, the letter states, the “restructuring” is necessary in the pursuit of sustainable profitability.
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Pornhub has taken a strong stance against deepfakes, because the porn site understands that the machine-learning-generated videos that swap out performers’ faces with someone else’s are non-consensual.But a recent lawsuit accuses the company of running a person’s face in an advertisement without their consent.Edward Kelly of Marlton, New Jersey sued MindGeek, owner of Pornhub, after a friend told him his photo was on the site, according to the Courier Post.In the selfie, Kelly is wearing a slightly sideways Pittsburg Pirates cap and holding up a fan of $100 bills.The ad copy next to his photo reads: “Make $725/day Like Me” and “See how I get it.”The lawsuit — originally filed to state court and moved to New Jersey federal court — claims Kelly took and owned the photo of himself.
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Sony wanted its E3 2018 press conference to be an event.Not the “we have 50 new titles to show you” event Microsoft just put on, so much as the get up and walk around kind.The portions are small and you're still hungry after the final course, but it’s kind of fun, I guess.But, then, that’s kind of what we’ve come to expect from the series, and the crowd went predictably wild with each close up hack and slash on the big screen.Another stunning — and amazing gory — one on the giant display.Not a lot to go on here, but the trailer has a real first-person shooter crossed with Inception, which is perfectly okay with us.
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If you were paying attention to leaks before E3 2018 started, you already knew there was a new Assassin's Creed game on the way -- one big enough that Ubisoft had to reveal the game's full name, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, early.We knew it was set in Ancient Greece.We knew it was coming this year.Now, we have a trailer and some significant gameplay details for the game.Set in 431 BC, Odyssey follows the exploits of one of two playable characters, Kassandra and Alexios, through the events of the Peloponnesian War.Once you choose one character, that will be it for the rest of the game, so no character switching like we saw in Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
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You can opt-out of all functions where your web activity can be stored to, directly or indirectly, provide you with personalized ads.Bioware has a lot to prove after a, to say the least criticized Mass Effect 3.During Ea's event held on Saturday in Los Angeles, they showed their upcoming storspel Anthem.The game takes place on an alien planet, to become deserted by the gods who created the planet.It is your mission as a "freelancer" to work together with other players to explore the world and carry out the mission.the Difference with Mass Effect is that it this is an online game where you do missions together with three other players.
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The Just Cause series has proven to be a successful one for Avalanche Studios, and considering that it’s been nearly three years since Just Cause 3 launched, it’s time to start thinking about what’s next for the franchise.Square Enix is expected to reveal Just Cause 4 during its E3 press conference, and a slip-up from Valve seems to confirm those plans.For a brief period of time last night, an advertisement for Just Cause 4 was featured on Steam’s home page, suggesting that a reveal is indeed on the way.While that advertisement is now gone, it was up long enough for people to take notice (Polygon managed to capture an image of the ad before it disappeared).The ad featured series protagonist Rico Rodriguez, so it seems that he’ll be returning for the fourth installment.It also prompted Steam users to pre-purchase the game, but unfortunately, clicking the ad merely brought you back to the main Steam store page.
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The Moto X4 and 64GB Moto G5S Plus have received $100 discounts, retailing for $299.99 and $249.99 respectively.Lenovo has also cut the price of the Moto Z2 Force and the 32GB Moto G5S Plus.The Moto X4 and Moto G5S Plus are two of the better sub-$400 smartphones of 2017, each standing out in their own way.The Moto X4 is now available for $299.99 on the Motorola website (h/t: Android Police), representing a $100 discount over the $399.99 launch price.Both offers are available until June 30 at 11:59 P.M. or while stocks last.So you’ve still got some time to think about the deals or hold out for other promotions.
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John Zimmer, now Lyft’s president, signed on with the idea that putting more people into existing cars could help cities fight emissions and traffic, all at once.To go with the revamp, which will be rolled out in all markets throughout the month, Lyft has a new goal: By 2020, it wants 50 percent of its trips to be shared.(Lyft recently pledged to invest millions in making its service carbon neutral.)Lyft may be worth $11 billion, but it still loses money.If Lyft can take cars from the street by making trips more efficient, that’s better service for everyone.No more navigating through “Line,” “Lyft,” “Plus,” “Lux,” and “Car Seat” choices before seeing how much the dang ride will cost.
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It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since director Joss Whedon first introduced us to Captain Mal (Nathan Fillion) and his merry gang of space smugglers in the TV series Firefly.The Serenity crew had plenty of adventures playing cards, smuggling treasure, helping a mysterious girl and her brother, and ultimately saving humanity from the ruthless Reavers.So why not celebrate the anniversary of the show by watching this tribute video made by Zoic -- the special effects studio that worked on the show back in 2002.The reel, which was posted on Tuesday, highlights some of the best VFX work on the show, which in the end earned the company an Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Series."We dug into the archives to create this commemorative reel, rebuilding Serenity with the original team and put together a shiny new sequence followed by an assembly of some of the most beloved and quotable moments of the franchise," Zoic wrote on the video page.This video is a fantastic tribute not only for the breathtaking special effects, but also a touching reminder of the characters Capt.
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Apple will reportedly add Live Listen technology to its AirPods later this year.Live Listen allows you to harness your iPhone and Airpods to improve what you hear in crowded situations.It could represent the beginning of the long-awaited era of in-ear computing.Essentially, Live Listen turns your iPhone into a microphone: If you're in a crowded bar, point your iPhone's microphones at the person across the table from you, or even slide it over, and you'll hear what they have to say in your hearing aid — or, soon, your Apple AirPods.That said, people with hearing loss should still get an actual medical device, and not rely on a pair of consumer earbuds like the AirPods.Apple's Live Listen feature, as it exists today.Apple
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The 2019 BMW X5 aims to improve on its predecessor in every way, with a bigger body, a fresh interior design and a huge roster of new tech features.Will that be enough to make the X5 a more compelling pick in the three-row luxury SUV space than the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class?That helps us understand why it's not necessarily the leader in terms of tech.The Mercedes GLS looks and is the big boy of the segment; it is, after all, the only one of this trio that comes standard with three rows, rather than offering buyers a choice between two or three.Styling-wise, it manages to break up its large slab-sided design with nice chrome accents, eye-catching lighting and some appealing character lines.While not gorgeous, the GLS is still one of the more attractive entries in its class.
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It has a bunch other enterprise players like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP vying for position.SAP decided to take another shot today when it released a new business products suite called SAP C/4HANA.SAP C/4HANA pulls together several acquisitions from the last several years.Then last year it got Gigya for $350 million, giving them a way to track customer identity.They see this term much more broadly than simply tracking a database of names and vital information on customers.They hope with these products to give their customers a way to provide consumer data protection, marketing, commerce, sales and customer service.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Using a new algorithm, University of Illinois researchers may have found the solution to an age-old dilemma plaguing satellite imagery - whether to sacrifice high spatial resolution in the interest of generating images more frequently, or vice versa.The team's new tool eliminates this trade-off by fusing high-resolution and high-frequency satellite data into one integrated product, and can generate 30-meter daily continuous images going back to the year 2000.In agricultural applications, imaging at 10- to 30-meter resolution is critical for farmers to see field-level rapid and subtle changes in crop conditions that affect yield, such as crop stress and disturbance after extreme weather events.Existing data have either insufficient spatial resolution or low frequency, the researchers said."We struggled to find public satellite data that has both high spatial resolution and high frequency in our own research - it simply did not exist," said natural resources and environmental sciences professor and study co-author Kaiyu Guan.Guan, a Blue Waters professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at Illinois, teamed up with professor Jian Peng and graduate student Yunan Luo of computer science to develop an algorithm that fuses satellite images from multiple sources into continuous, daily high-resolution images.
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Instagram users weren't too happy when the platform announced it was implementing a new algorithm in July 2016.It would give higher priority to posts the photo-sharing app believed people would care about most, rather than displaying the most recent posts at the top of its feed.Still Instagram says displaying posts by relevance has led its more than 800 million users to see 90 percent of their friends' posts, and to spend more time on the app, according to TechCrunch.But how does Instagram decide what's "relevant" to you, and how does the ranking algorithm for its feed work?According to TechCrunch, the company relies on machine learning based on a your behavior -- who you follow and how you interact with those accounts -- to create a unique feed.There are three key factors that come into play here, TechCrunch reports.
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