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James Hammond

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Right up front in Netflix's new show Maniac, someone says, "The only question that matters is, do you know what's real?"Maniac is certainly very funny.Hill plays the downtrodden and deadpan Owen, living in an off-brand present day and struggling to escape both his wealthy family and his own hallucinatory idiosyncrasies.But we get the sense this mentally troubled man might be the sanest guy in the mixed-up mash-up of past and future that passes for Maniac's reality.It'd be reaching for a cute phrase to describe her as Maniac's pixie dream girl, even if the pair do find themselves star-crossed across various dream worlds and catalysing each other's catastrophic backstories.Stone brings real grounded emotion to her character's loss, layered with a succession of nuanced performances as she inhabits different versions of the character.
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"Fortnite" is among the most popular games in the world, and August was its biggest month yet.In August 2018, Epic Games says that nearly 80 million people played "Fortnite."The extreme popularity of "Fortnite" continues to grow, even after a year of explosive growth.The fervor around "Fortnite" is reaching a fever pitch: Nearly 80 million people played the game in August, according to maker Epic Games.That makes August the biggest month ever for the cartoonish, surrealist shooter.And that's really saying something in the context of the game's speedy ascent to the top of pop culture mountain.
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Some brands are still wary of incorporating AI into their customer engagement strategy.If you haven’t already started implementing AI into your customer engagement touchpoints, you’re losing on all fronts.Social media won’t save your brandWhen the social media sphere first exploded, it was like a piñata burst open for brands.Companies scrambled to build their voice on these new networks.Simply being on social media isn’t enough, of course.
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It's not hyperbole to say that Amazon's Fire 7 tablet is a steal at $50.That's just an amazing price for a 7-inch screen that does all the things: books, movies, music, apps, games and so on.How, then, to describe the Amazon Fire 7 tablet for $35?I'll just say that's some Prime Day/Black Friday/Cyber Monday-level pricing right there.This model has only 8GB of storage, and it's the "with Special Offers" version, meaning you'll see ads on the lock screen.But you can expand the storage just by popping in an inexpensive microSD card (here's a 32GB Kingston card for all of 8 bucks!
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Hulu’s live TV streaming service has hit a milestone number of more than 1 million subscribers.That’s up from the estimated 450,000 CNBC reported at the beginning of the year, and the 800,000 official number Hulu announced in May.But although the live TV audience may be growing, it’s still a small fraction of Hulu’s total subscriber base of 20 million-plus, which includes those who pay for the service’s on-demand programming.(The streamer took home four Emmys this year – far behind market leaders, HBO and Netflix, which tied for the top spot with 23 wins apiece, across both last night’s ceremony and the earlier Creative Arts awards.)Dish’s Sling TV and AT’s DirecTV Now still lead the space, thanks to Sling’s early mover advantage, and DirecTV Now’s distribution through AT’s wireless business.The former had 2.3 million subscribers as of June, per Reuters, while AT said DirecTV Now had 1.8 million, as of its last earnings report in July.
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I like to be really curated.This feels like a quintessential dilemma of the digital age, but artists and philosophers have been grappling over this one for centuries, really.As Oscar Wilde once quipped, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Wilde meticulously crafted his image as a Victorian poncy intellectual aesthete, posing for brooding emo publicity shots in a huge fur-fringed coat.And hey, the scientists and eggheads back you up too.Me, when I hang out with old friends, I’m a looser guy, dropping exuberantly filthy curse words.
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The National Research Foundation (NRF), a Singapore government-backed R department, is set to launch a US$18 million fund aimed at boosting the country’s quantum engineering capabilities.Led by researchers from the National University of Singapore and overseas partners, the Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) will build upon 20 years of quantum science research from the country’s R facilities, to prototype and develop quantum technologies and devices.“Quantum computing, if realized, would break today’s most prevalent cryptographic systems in minutes,” said Heng Swee Keat, minister for finance and NRF chairman, at the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH).With US and Chinese public and private sectors already betting big on quantum computing, Singapore may need to find a niche it can excel in.
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But as Moore’s Law slows down, multibillion dollar companies such as Boise, Idaho-based Micron are exploring ideas for new kinds of memory.Real-world applications range from hard drives to synthetic biology.The first genome was mapped a few years ago, and there’s been very rapid improvement in our ability to work with DNA, map it and so forth.With hard drives, we asked the same question about magnetic media a long time ago.Each bit is represented by a unit of information storage, a zero or a one, and we call it a binary system.If you have two of those bits — 01, or 10 — so that’s four pieces of information.
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Google News is reportedly considering the idea of slowing search results to tackle bad actors and fight fake news.Google News lead Valerie Streit spoke about the idea at a Friday event by the Online News Association, according to two attending journalists on Twitter.Google News looking at ways of slowing down real-time information at times of crisis to tackle bad actors," tweeted Alfred Hermida, a journalist and journalism professor."Someone from Google News says they are talking about possibly slowing real-time search results, especially in situations where possibility of manipulating information is high," tweeted multimedia journalist Doris N. Truong, before replying to note it was Streit who had mentioned this.Google has faced mounting criticism for the stories it highlights in searches, particularly during crises.After the Las Vegas shooting in October, for example, a hoax on image-messaging board site 4chan that named the wrong suspect appeared on the first page of Google's search results.
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Waves crash around the Oceana Pier as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence begin to affect the coast September 13, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.An unprecedented report from scientists studying Hurricane Florence shows how climate change is making the storm stronger.According to the results, warmer water and more humid, hot air increased the storm's precipitation forecast totals by more than 50%.The estimations are preliminary, but scientists say they'll analyze actual rainfall totals once the storm passes.Forecasts predict the storm will lash the Carolinas for days, battering homes, inundating businesses, and sending waves of water 11 feet high into the shore.Although scientific evidence shows storms are stronger and wetter because of climate change, no one has ever really been able to pin down how much human-caused warming contributes to these damaging forcasts ahead of a storm's arrival.
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Now that actor Henry Cavill is reportedly out as Superman and Ben Affleck may be done playing Batman, speculation over who should be cast next to don the iconic superheroes' costumes is stirring up social media.An array of talented actors have played Superman and Batman in the past, but it might be interesting to see new faces playing two of the most popular characters in the DC Universe."I'd probably fit the suit.While most fans of all things geeky probably remember Karl Urban most for his role as the sarcastic Dr. Lenard "Bones" McCoy in the recent Star Trek films, he also impressed Marvel fans as Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.But his lead role in the 2012 comic book action flick Dredd really showed off his talent for playing a disgruntled antihero who doesn't suffer fools (or villains).Even though British actor Idris Elba broke many fans' hearts when he said he wouldn't play James Bond in the popular movie franchise, I can't help but think he'd make a fantastic Bruce Wayne.
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SpaceX announced it would send two lucky passengers around the moon in the next year or two.Blue Origin's spacecraft is decked out with plush leather seats and massive windows.This week, France's national space agency, CNES, will test whether a specially engineered bottle and glass are able to recreate that uniquely Earthly delight of popping some bubbly during a parabolic flight of a converted Airbus A310.The French champagne maker Mumm is behind the stunt, along with a Paris-based design firm called Spade.“Our whole experience revolves around the magic fact that liquid floats and forms shapes and bubbles,” said Octave de Gaulle, founder and CEO Spade, the firm that designed the high-tech bottle."Our whole experience revolves around the magic fact that liquid floats and forms shapes and bubbles," he said.
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An EOS-powered decentralized app (dApp) has come under fire, having severely botched an airdrop.After erroneously distributing too many tokens to its users, blockchain-powered content ecosystem Trybe had to access user wallets to reverse transactions.More than 100 EOS EOS accounts were mistakenly awarded up to four times the amount originally designated.Game developer Russell “castle” Meakim shared his disbelief on social media, after discovering a large amount TRYBE tokens in his EOS account that shouldn’t have been there.“[…] There was a short while where I was literally looking at 8,740 TRYBE sitting on my account and wondering what the hell happened.I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t sell […],” Meakim wrote.
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Plex Cloud will shut down on November 30, 2018.Plex launched Plex Cloud as a way for users to serve media from cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox.The two-years-old service had a rocky start, and Plex says it was unable to sustain the program.If you use the Plex Cloud service to store your totally legal, absolutely 100 percent legitimate media files, we unfortunately have some bad news: Plex will discontinue Plex Cloud starting on November 30, 2018.Top Surgeon: How To Properly Flush Out Your BowelsThe company sent a message to its users today informing them of the termination of Plex Cloud.
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Deloitte is buying marketing tech firm Magnetic Media’s artificial intelligence platform as the company pushes further into the advertising and marketing tech space.The consultancy said it plans to use the new assets to offer clients more consumer insights and better data management through the application of Magnetic’s machine learning and analytics technology.The acquisition marks the latest in a series of moves that have positioned Deloitte to better compete with traditional agencies and ad-tech companies.“Customers want real-time personalized relevant interaction across all the brands that they work with.And marketers and brands are struggling to really deliver on that given that they don’t necessarily have control of their own data,” said Deloitte principal Angel Hollis Vaccaro.“Magnetic gives us some of those audience data capabilities and also gives us the machine learning and analytics to play into the decisioning elements.”
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Huawei has been heavily promoting its high-end flagships, like the Huawei P20 Pro this year and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro before it.But like many Chinese OEMs, these premium phones fall short in one particular aspect: Screen resolution.In an age of QHD, even QHD+, screens, Huawei’s top models still max out at Full HD or Full HD+.For those who believe more is always better, then the Huawei Mate 20 Pro might finally give them what they’ve been wishing for.The Huawei P20 Pro, launched in April, has a 6.1-inch 2240×1080 FHD+ screen that also brought Huawei’s first notch.Huawei’s late 2017 champion, the Mate 10 Pro, had a 6.0-inch 2160×1080 display.
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Nowadays, those of us who shop for everyday goods online are accustomed to said goods arriving on our doorstep 24 to 48 hours after we click ‘buy.’ That’s because of Amazon; the e-commerce giant’s next-day delivery feature is a sweet, sweet deal, but for smaller e-commerce businesses that are trying to compete with Jeff Bezos it’s, well, tough.ShipBob is here to help.The Chicago-based startup has raised a $40 million Series C to help small e-commerce businesses streamline the fulfillment process and manage inventory.The company was launched through Y Combinator in 2014 by CEO Dhruv Saxena and Divey Gulati, a pair of engineers that met after college.“Once we graduated, we thought up this e-commerce store and we were able to automate basically everything in the operation except for shipping and logistics,” Saxena told TechCrunch.“We realized none of the existing solutions out there worked.
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Paul Pester, who led 2014 IPO, steps down with immediate effectTSB CEO Paul Pester has stepped down from the helm of the High Street bank after seven years in charge, the day after the bank was once again forced to apologise after customers were unable to access their online and mobile banking.Pester, who has a doctorate in theoretical physics, led TSB’s initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange in 2014.The bank was acquired by Spanish bank Sabadell the following year and has been migrating from Lloyds’ core banking systems to the “Proteo” systems of Sabadell in a bid to save on a £160 million annual hosting fee.TSB CEO Exit Follows Executive ExodusThe move continues a TSB executive exodus, after Chief Marketing Officer Nigel Gilbert, Treasurer Ian Firth and HR Director Rachel Lock all handed in their notice last month.
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Facebook has begun using unsupervised machine learning to translate content on its platform when it doesn’t have many examples of translations from one language to another — such as from English to Urdu.The method was devised by Facebook AI Research (FAIR) and is being used on the platform in a collaborative effort between FAIR and the Applied Machine Learning division of the company, FAIR Paris lab director Antoine Bordes told VentureBeat in a phone interview.“When you are on cases like English-Urdu, where there’s very few [translations], there we show that our system is better than the supervised system.So it’s better to train an unsupervised system than a supervised system that doesn’t have enough data,” Bordes said.The results of the effort led by Facebook AI researchers Guillaume Lample and Marc’Aurelio Ranzato will be presented at EMNLP 2018 this fall.“We could go now on a planet where people speak a language that nobody else speaks — okay, the aliens — and you can actually go and try to have a decent translation of what is said there,” Bordes said.
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Yamaha has a new turntable product for vinyl enthusiasts: the MusicCast VINYL 500.This new turntable supports both playing vinyl albums and streaming music to speakers throughout one’s home from online services.Yamaha points toward the WiFi feature as the MusicCast VINYL 500’s most unique feature, saying it can connect to up to a pair of speakers without a receiver.The Yamaha MusicCast VINYL 500 is described as a multi-room turntable, one that can connect to two MusicCast 20 wireless speakers or up to two MusicCast 50 speakers.The vinyl album can be streaming to these speakers using the WiFi feature, but it can also be used to stream music from online services.Users can optionally connect a wireless subwoofer for a proper 2.1-channel setup with extra bass.
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