Given roughly a minute of voice samples from a specific person, the upstart's system can, via an API, convert supplied text into spoken words that sound a lot like the human source.As if to establish the technology's potential for spoofing political figures and spreading fake news, Lyrebird has provided audio clips that feature the voices of Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, saying sentences they never said themselves.But two years ago, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers demonstrated that voice impersonation attacks could be crafted to fool automated systems between 80 to 90 per cent of the time and human listeners about half the time.Lyrebird's simulated politicians already sound fairly convincing and could be more so with attentive post-processing and background noise added to mask audio artifacts.Further reinforcement may be possible using real-time video face manipulation.And in what's sure to be a right-to-publicity litigation bonanza, it also suggests co-opting a celebrity voice to serve as a personal assistant, to read text aloud, or as a character in video or gaming products.
(Reuters) – Netmarble Games, South Korea’s largest mobile games maker, has raised $2.3 billion in the country’s second-biggest share sale, just weeks after one of its domestic-only titles sold so well it was named the world’s best-selling mobile game.The firm priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the top of an indicative range as largely expected, analysts said, due to its ability to consistently publish hit games in the highly competitive mobile sector.Most recently, role-playing mobile game “Lineage II: Revolution”, released in December, was named the world’s biggest earner in February by games data provider SuperData, despite only being available in its home country.South Korea is the fourth-largest games market after China, the United States and Japan, with annual revenue of about $4 billion, showed June 2016 data from researcher Newzoo.“The company not only has just released a mega-hit game the likes of which has never been seen in South Korea, but it is seen to have a strong lineup of games coming soon in the mobile games sector, where it’s often a while before a developer releases another game,” said analyst Jang Won-yeol at Shinyoung Securities.“The amount of shares offered was almost nonexistent compared to demand,” Jang said.Netmarble said it sold 17 million shares – about 20 percent of the firm – for 157,000 won each, the top of an indicative price range whose bottom was 121,000 won.That earned the firm about 2.66 trillion won ($2.3 billion) and valued it at 13.3 trillion won.The size of the IPO surpassed the 2.25 trillion won listing of Samsung BioLogics Co Ltd last year, and is second only to the 4.9 trillion won IPO of Samsung Life Insurance Co Ltd in 2010.The firm, backed by China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd, earlier this week said it planned to use the proceeds, plus cash flow and borrowings, to raise 5 trillion won for acquisitions.Through acquisitions, Netmarble wants to expand its share of the gaming market in North America and Europe to become a top-five games company by 2020, its founder told Reuters in January.The games industry has recently seen a series of high-profile mergers and acquisitions as firms consolidate to gain market share.In June, a consortium including Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma agreed to buy Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc’s online games unit for $4.4 billion.($1 1,133.8700 won)(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Christopher Cushing)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a great smartphone, but its not without its faults.Chief amongst these is the positioning of its integrated fingerprint scanner.With the phone having ditched its predecessor’s biometrics hosting physical home button, Samsung has been forced to relocate the phone’s fingerprint scanner, positioning it on the rear of the device.Now, latest reports have suggested Apple will follow suit, moving the iPhone 8’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of the upcoming phone.The blueprint designs, surfaced via reputed Apple tipster Sonny Dickson, have shown off a phone with a cut-out for a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.While the repositioning is sure to annoy many, it looks set to be less frustrating that the S8’s offering.
This article is the first in my eight-part series presenting SEM marketers with the most effective growth hacks for 2017.As CEO of the ad monitoring company, The Search Monitor, I see the ads, campaign strategies and performance results from agency and brand clients.In this series, I will use this data to present the best growth hacks for 2017.Why does brand protection matter?An ongoing and serious problem threatening your SEM revenue is competition from affiliates and competitors bidding on your valuable, high-converting branded keywords.The result of the increased number of advertisers competing against you is obvious: higher CPCs (costs per click), lower clicks and a lower click-through rate (CTR).
Fansubbing—the unofficial creation of fan-made subtitles for TV shows and movies—is illegal, a Dutch court ruled this week.The Free Subtitles Foundation, after coming under fire from the Netherlands' anti-piracy association BREIN, decided to raise some money and take BREIN to court.The Foundation's lawyer told TorrentFreak that the lawsuit sought to clarify whether the creators of a TV show or movie can reserve the right to create and distribute subtitles.And indeed, that's exactly what the court ruled: that subtitles can only be created and distributed with permission from the rights holders.Doing so without permission is copyright infringement, and thus punishable with either jail time or a fine, depending on where you live.Subtitle downloads are hugely popular on the Internet: there are thousands of websites that offer free subtitle files for TV shows and movies.
This is wrong: these are decisions and actions that will have harmful consequences, and Trump’s own supporters will be among those hurt.Consider the Environmental Protection Agency, where Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma Attorney General who has long served as a protector of the oil and gas industry, is busy fellow-climate-change skeptics to help him carry out to dismantle the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.Pruitt’s aides are also drawing up plans to lay off many of the people at the agency who actually believe in environmental protection.According to the Washington Post, Pruitt’s staff has that would eliminate a quarter of the agency’s workforce and fifty-six of its programs, including ones designed to clean up the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and Puget Sound.Pruitt is a lightning rod, so the E.P.A.This isn’t the case for other agencies whose missions have also tilted sharply right since January, such as the Federal Communications Commission.
Facebook ramped up its run at Snapchat this week.The company even raced ahead of its rival by opening up its new Camera Effects Platform so that outside developers and designers can create their own Snapchat Lens-like camera effects for the increasingly Snapchat-like social network.To produce these Camera Effects, Facebook has built a Mac app called AR Studio.People can upload 2D and 3D image assets, then arrange them into selfie masks, animated augmented-reality environments or a mix of both and play around with them in an in-app simulator.They can even test the masks on a diverse gallery of actors to ensure they work for everyone and write code to control their animations and access off-Facebook data, like a map of someone’s latest run.Facebook’s AR Studio is rolling out in a closed beta, so it will be a while until most people get their hands on it.
according to preliminary figures on Wednesday.at the same time, repeat the company their whole-year forecasts.Revenues during the quarter is estimated to have fallen in the range of 971-987 million (796,1).Anticipated by the analysts was 987 million.The adjusted operating profit is expected to have been 10-30 million euro (20,2) which means an ebit-margin of 1.0-3.0 per cent (2,5).For the full year 2017 stands Zalando sticking to its guidance of a revenue growth in the range of 20-25 percent and an adjusted ebit margin of between 5.0 and 6.0 percent.
(Reuters) — Verily, Alphabet Inc’s life sciences business, said it was launching a four-year study with about 10,000 participants to understand how people transition from being healthy to becoming sick, and to identify additional risk factors for diseases.Verily is partnering with Duke University and Stanford Medicine in the United States to enroll participants from varying backgrounds at sites in California and North Carolina within the next few months.The study is the first initiative of Project Baseline, a broader effort to develop a reference, or a “baseline”, for what “health” refers to.The study will collect data, as well as biological samples such as blood and saliva.The sites will gather data from participants through repeat clinical visits, a wristwatch that monitors heart rate and activity levels, as well as participation in surveys and polls.“The Project Baseline study has the opportunity to significantly influence our current body of knowledge by better understanding the indicators of wellness,” Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, said in a statement.“The outcome of this study could inspire a new generation of tools that are geared towards disease prevention versus just diagnosis and treatment,” she added.Beyond this initial study, the project will also test and develop new tools and technologies to access and organize health information.In September, pharmaceutical company Sanofi SA and Verily unveiled a $500 million investment in a joint venture which combined devices with services to improve diabetes care, an example of growing ties between the pharmaceutical and technology sectors.Verily also has several other medical projects in the works, including the development of a smart contact lens in partnership with Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG that has an embedded glucose sensor to help monitor diabetes.(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)
Oracle has released a record 299 security fixes for vulnerabilities in its products, including patches for a widely exploited vulnerability in the Apache Struts framework and a Solaris exploit supposedly used by the U.S. National Security Agency.The Struts vulnerability allows for remote code execution on Java web servers and was patched on March 6.Attackers have quickly adopted it and have used it in widespread attacks since then.Oracle uses Apache Struts 2 in several of its products, which is why Tuesday's critical patch update (CPU) fixed 25 instances of the vulnerability in Oracle Communications, Retail and Financial Services applications, as well as in the MySQL Enterprise Monitor, Oracle WebCenter Sites, Oracle WebLogic Server and the Siebel E-Billing app.The company also fixed the vulnerability behind the EXTREMEPARR exploit for Solaris 10 that was leaked recently by a group called Shadow Brokers as part of a larger data dump of alleged NSA cyber tools.Another Solaris exploit that was part of the same arsenal and was dubbed EBBISLAND has been patched since 2012 in Solaris 10 Update 11, Oracle said.
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“Music on Messenger is going to be a good thing this year,” said Facebook’s David Marcus today at the company’s F8 conference.To that effect, Facebook is going to bake in Spotify – and Apple Music “very soon” – directly into Messenger.The feature uses a new Messenger Platform tool called Chat Extensions, which essentially allow you to perform actions within Messenger you’d normally have to switch apps to try.You pick Spotify from Messenger’s app list, search for an artist or song, and then just share it right in Messenger.At no point do you need to exit your chat to browse for music in an app or webpage.Moreover, music plays right within Messenger.
What do a family Easter lunch and a steampunk wedding have in common with a Harry Potter-themed nursery?It revealed its first ad format – Promoted Pins – in the US in 2015, landing in the UK 12 months later and another year on it has extended the offering to brands in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.The company has 175 million global monthly users in total, yet despite an upward trajectory, during conversations with brand marketers it can often feel eclipsed by talk of Google, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.Since going on the charm offensive in the UK, however, Pinterest claims to have enjoyed both loyalty and repeat business from advertisers.Adele Cooper, the firm’s UK & Ireland country manage says that 12 months on all Promoted Pins launch partners – including Tesco, Hunter and John Lewis – are still regularly advertising on the platform.Despite Cooper’s confidence in Pinterest's steady progression, some marketers, and consumers, have remained confused about its purpose and scale.
With nearly one third of all mobile searches now related to location, the competition for visibility at the local level has heated up.Once a brand has submitted its data to data aggregators, then what?How can brands leverage performance metrics and data to measure their local search performance and take action on it?Join our SEO and local marketing experts for an in-depth look at the growth of location-oriented search, the key metrics every brand should track to measure local search performance, and the actions that can help improve your local performance.Register today for “National Brands & Local Search: Use Insights to Drive Actions,” produced by Digital Marketing Depot and sponsored by seoClarity.Join us at SMX Advanced, the conference designed for advanced search marketers.
Like physical desire paths in city planning, digital desire paths help you see what your customers want, and simplify their pathway to get there.Does it bother you when you’re out for a walk and notice paths worn across the grass where meandering feet made their own trail?Do you avoid those unauthorized shortcuts and stick to the main route, or are you one of those who helps create a new route?Those crowd-created shortcuts, called “desire paths” by urban planners, hold a crucial lesson for digital marketing managers and ecommerce managers...
Snapchat users in India are encouraging each other to UninstallSnapchat after it surfaced earlier this week that Snap CEO Evan Speigel allegedly said that he had no desire to expand in to countries such as India because the app was for "rich people".Speigel made the comments in 2015 at an internal meeting to an employee who had expressed concern that the app wasn't growing quickly enough overseas.In response, the founder allegedly said: “This app is only for rich people...I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain," according to Variety.The comments came to light after that employee, named Anthony Pompliano, filed a redacted lawsuit containing the comments in January.Snap last week dropped efforts to keep it under wraps and released it in a public filing.In response to the comments Snapchat fans in India have taken to Twitter to boycott the app.
Hyundai's Blue Link connected car tech gains a few new tricks today and the automaker is making it easier for new owners to try out the service and get hooked.Earlier this year, Hyundai announced that Google Assistant was coming to its vehicles' dashboards and today the automaker made good on the promise, launching the service today at a press conference at the New York auto show.Blue Link subscribers will now be able to control select functions of their connected Hyundai vehicles from their Google Home devices or via the Google Assistant service for phones or smartwatches.On a cold morning, you could tell your Google Home device, "OK Google, Tell Blue Link to start my Santa Fe and set the temperature to 72 degrees," and walk out to a warm car for your commute.Or have Google Assistant on your phone double check that the car's doors are locked while running errands.The service can also search for and send addresses to the Hyundai's dashboard for navigation later or voice command a plugged-in Hyundai Ioniq to start or stop charging.
Microsoft is hosting an education-focused event in New York City on May 2, and the tech titan is expected to reveal new software and hardware.The company sent out invitations a day after it launched the Windows 10 Creators Update, the latest major feature release for its current operating system.Microsoft is working to make its devices and services appeal to educators, especially as the company faces increased competition from Google’s G Suite and Chromebooks.Both companies are locked in a war over which business will power the future of productivity, and education is a major battleground for each.Office 365 has a whole suite of features aimed at serving education users, including OneNote Class Notebooks, which turn Microsoft’s note taking software into a shared digital workspace for teachers and students.Microsoft has also been working on Windows Cloud, a stripped down version of Windows 10 that’s designed to only run apps built for the Universal Windows Platform.
GoPro has launched a new promotion on the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session, giving anyone who's on the fence about upgrading a little push in the right direction.The Black and Session are both great 4K action cameras, but at $399.99 and $299.99 respectively they may be a little too expensive for some – especially if you already have a perfectly good GoPro.For a product that sells itself on its durability, it's obviously a massive boon for GoPro that so many users still have functioning older models, but the drawback is that with each release the client base diminishes.Now Engadget has spotted GoPro's latest wheeze to try and get users to upgrade.On GoPro’s official site there's a page devoted to 'tradeup', and you can select either the Hero5 Black or the Hero5 Session, at $100 off or $50 off respectively.You'll then be sent a shipping label, which you use to mail-in your old Hero to GoPro, and you'll then be sent your brand-new Hero5.