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Kevin Murphy

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The Nintendo Switch is proving a popular console, as is its big launch title: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.So popular is this latest Zelda instalment, it's managed to become the fastest-selling Nintendo launch game of all time, as well as the fastest-selling game ever in The Legend of Zelda series.But back at GDC, before the game launched and started smashing records, Nintendo showed off a 2D prototype version of the game which it had been using to test out some of the game mechanics.Now, that very prototype has been used as the basis of a fan-made 8-bit version of Zelda that recreates the look of the demo shown off during the game conference.'Breath of the NES' has been developed over a month by Zelda fan and developer WinterDrake and is available now on itchio for anyone to download.As WinterDrake explains on the page: "After being inspired by Nintendo's 2D prototype of Breath of the Wild, I've decided to try out making my own fan-game!
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A moped thief who ran a red light on the stolen vehicle before crashing into someone's Mercedes presumably got the shock of his life when Tom actual Hardy pelted after him, scaling garden walls and a building site before catching the scoundrel and handing him to police.The Sun reports that the actor witnessed the crash in Richmond, South London, where he lives and "went into superhero mode."However, we've only got bystanders' word for it that it was the Taboo star – the man himself has not commented to confirm or deny.Apparently, Hardy legged it after the thief – one of two on the moped when it crashed – through an "assault course" of scenery before giving him a pat-down at a bus stop.The other suspect was apprehended almost immediately, and both were injured when they were picked up by police.They're now apparently facing theft charges.
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Fewer would consider targeting the post at people who are interested in Conway Twitty or Cristiano Ronaldo, though.The Los Angeles-based startup Ranker does, and that’s been a major reason for its climb on Facebook.The site, with more than 26 million readers a month, according to comScore, uses its data gathered from readers’ votes to see how much affinity fans of celebrities, movies, athletes and other pop cultural entities have for other similar entities.Knowing this not only informs Ranker’s content strategy but helps it target readers more effectively on Facebook.“Nobody gets their entire audience on Facebook to see their content,” Ranker founder and CEO Clark Benson said.“But if you can tell Facebook what to target inside that 1 or 2 percent [that sees it], you can get a lot more lift.”
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In a little over two years, a fleet of driverless cars will make its way from Oxford to London, completing the entire journey from start to finish without human intervention, including on urban streets and motorways.A driverless transport trial started this month in Greenwich, south-east London, with members of the public invited to climb aboard Harry – a version of the pod vehicles used at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, souped-up with lasers, sensors and £20,000 worth of autonomous technology.Harry was doing a careful 15mph beside the Thames when an oncoming jogger swerved right in front of us, forcing the vehicle to a sudden halt.Harry had saved him a trip to A, and had not even given him a self-righteous earful.In this GATEway – Greenwich Automated Transport Environment – experiment researchers will examine how humans will interact with completely autonomous vehicles, whether preconceptions shift and what might impede the introduction of the technology.The roadmap from here to autonomy, as defined internationally by engineers and transport authorities, locates car users now at level two, where some of the driver’s tasks are automated and assisted.
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VistaJet is now the first international private jet operator that lets clients book flights on WeChat.The company hopes its newly launched service on the mobile platform can replace the convenience of owning or renting a private plane by allowing affluent Chinese consumers to charter a private jet virtually in an instant.“For Chinese customers who require guaranteed aircraft availability 365 days a year, WeChat could genuinely become an alternative to ownership — merely instant message our team, and we’ll organise the rest, to your own specific taste.” Vista Jet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr said in a statement.The launch comes amid the rapid expansion of VistaJet’s business in the Great China region in 2016, where the number of Chinese clients now makes up 17 percent of their current global customer base.Heading into the year of 2017, the company’s growth has continued in the first quarter, when sales of flight hours doubled compared to the same period the year before.Flohr said VistaJet intends to use the WeChat service to continue this expansion by reaching out to China’s digitally active consumers and simplify the way they charter a private jet.
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A moth caterpillar commonly bred for fishing bait feasts on polyethylene plastic, scientists have discovered, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution.“This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans,” said Cambridge University professor Paolo Bombelli, co-author of a study published Monday in the journal Current Biology.Taking many years to biodegrade, these objects constitute a serious hazard for the environment, especially for sea life, when they are not recycled.The promising discovery centres on the wax worm - the name for the caterpillar larva of Galleria mellonella, or greater wax moth.In its pre-caterpillar form, the species is commercially raised as maggots to provide fish bait and aquarium food.The find happened by accident at the home of the study’s lead author, Federica Bertocchini, a biologist at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain.
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Singapore’s largest renewable energy provider plans to shake things up when the energy market becomes fully liberalised next year, by offering households prices that are 15 to 30 per cent cheaper than current rates.Consumers can also buy clean energy with a touch of their fingertips using a mobile app, which will allow them to track their carbon footprint.Sunseap, which has already snagged several big solar-leasing contracts — including with technology giant Apple and the Housing and Development Board (HDB) — is among a growing number of licensed electricity retailers that have entered the fray in recent years, in anticipation of the government’s move to fully open up the market in the second half of 2018 — which will allow another 1.3 million consumers, mainly households, to have flexibility and choice in their electricity consumption.The market has been gradually liberalised over the years with the contestability threshold lowered in phases, but households have not been brought on board so far.Mr Phuan revealed that households may opt for hybrid plans, which will essentially be a mix of traditional and alternative energy.“They would be able to choose to, for instance, set 20 per cent of their energy needs to be served by alternative energy, with 80 per cent still met by traditional energy,” said Mr Phuan.
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Hong Kong has a growing number of developers which are making our stylish life easier, one app at a time.The online street-style magazine has taken the millennial generation by storm.The app keeps you up to date with everything, from the latest sneaker launches to the hottest gadgets available.Shopping made easy – the snap and shop app combines celebrity style with e-commerce.What’s not to love about the winning combo?Snaptee turns your Instagram shots into wearable art.
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Sorry folks, but it’s looking more and more like the iPhone 8 won’t be widely available until the start of next year.Following multiple reports hinting at delays due to implementation of completely new hardware features, one analyst now predicts mass production won’t commence until October/November.Noted commentator Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the addition of a custom OLED display, 3D sensing cameras and a new 3D Touch module are the main factors behind the potential delay (via 9to5Mac).Related: New iPad 9.7-inch 2017The possible relocation of the Touch ID sensor, as hinted at by recent leaks, could also provide challenges for Apple, although Kuo doesn't mention that specifically in his note to investors.It also means it may take a while for Apple to generate enough stock to satisfy demand as it seeks to refine the manufacturing process.
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According to a Monday report in Bloomberg Businessweek, Square has acquired the "five- to ten-person" engineering team of Yik Yak for $3 million.That leaves just a handful of employees at the Atlanta-based social networking startup.In December 2016, the company already fired 30 of its 50 employees.Its Twitter account hasn’t posted since January 4, and its corporate blog has not posted since a month before that.According to Bloomberg, Square has not acquired any other companies since it bought the food delivery startup Caviar in 2014.(Square was founded as a mobile payment company in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, who also founded Twitter.)
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What are tech titans Google, Amazon and Uber agitating for to further the march of machine learning technology and ultimately inject more fuel in the engines of their own dominant platforms?Specifically, they’re pushing for free and liberal access to publicly funded data — urging that this type of data continue to be “open by default,” and structured in a way that supports “wider use of research data.” After all, why pay to acquire data when there are vast troves of publicly funded information ripe to be squeezed for fresh economic gain?Other items on this machine learning advancement wish-list include new open standards for data (including metadata); research study design that has the “broadest consents that are ethically possible,” and a stated desire to rethink the notion of “consent” as a core plank of good data governance — to grease the pipe in favor of data access and make data holdings “fit for purpose” in the AI age.These suggestions come in a 125-page report published today by the Royal Society, aka the U.K.’s national academy of science, ostensibly aimed at fostering an environment where machine learning technology can flourish in order to unlock mooted productivity gains and economic benefits — albeit the question of who, ultimately, benefits as more and more data gets squeezed to give up its precious insights is the overarching theme and unanswered question here.The report, entitled Machine learning: the power and promise of computers that learn by example, is the work of the Royal Society’s working group on machine learning, whose 15-strong membership includes employees of three companies currently deploying machine learning at scale: Demis Hassabis, the founder and CEO of Google DeepMind, along with DeepMind’s research scientist, Yee Whye Teh; Neil Lawrence, Amazon’s director of machine learning; and Zoubin Ghahramani, chief scientist at Uber.The report’s top-line recommendations boil down the more fleshed out concerns in the meat of its chapters, and end up foregrounding encouragement at greater length than concern, as you might expect from a science academy — though the level of concern contained within its pages is notable nonetheless.
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Much like what’s suspected of Apple’s driverless car strategy, Amazon has been reported to be taking a different approach.Instead of building their own vehicles that’d be able to drive themselves, Amazon is said this week to be working on leveraging the incoming technology.This means Amazon would use autonomous cars made by 3rd-party companies instead of going through the trouble of making their own.According to MarketWatch, Amazon “quietly formed the team” which would focus on driverless-vehicle technology “more than a year ago.” Instead of building vehicles, their plans center on using autonomous vehicles made by car companies whose autonomous vehicle efforts are already well underway.Would that Amazon could make driverless vehicles work, most of their delivery process could be automated.Amazon Drone deliveries have been a possibility for some time now.
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I don’t want people to think I enjoy having my picture taken.Even when I slavishly follow an instruction to smile, I try to make sure my eyes betray a little resentment.I may be saying cheese, but my face is saying: I hate cheese.FaceApp uses “deep generative convolutional neural networks” to turn your frown upside down.It is meant to be more realistic than previous selfie filters, making subtle adjustments to the eyes and the rest of the face to produce a look of genuine merriment, instead of a cheese-hating grimace.It’s a bit disconcerting to see a picture of yourself smiling, using what are demonstrably someone else’s teeth.
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The Galaxy S8 is already receiving its fair share of criticisms not even a week into its launch.But aside from the crippled initial Bixby launch, the most glaring, almost literally, complain has been around some screens.While some market watchers theorize it might be a problem inherent in Samsung’s Super AMOLED hardware, the Korean giant is insisting it’s simply a software calibration problem.And to prove that, it will soon be releasing a software update “fixing” the issue.Those subscribe to a hardware problem theory say that Samsung might have overdone its pixel balancing act just wee bit.Its Super AMOLED screens make use of “half” pixel structures in red-green and green-blue pairs.
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Flying a drone and using it to record video or take pictures is a pretty exciting experience all its own, but if you want to make it more exhilarating, then DJI‘s new Goggles might be for you.Though DJI Goggles don’t really have much of an inspired name, they’ll give you a birds-eye view of the action as your drone flies through the sky.If any of the many drone accessories are worthy of your consideration, it sounds like it might be these.Originally revealed alongside DJI’s Mavic Pro, it initially sounded like DJI Goggles wouldn’t be available separately.We now know that isn’t the case, with listings for standalone Goggles appearing on DJI’s website.This listing is accompanied by a list of technical specifications, so today we’re getting a better idea of what we can expect from this headset.
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The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this weekend.“Hi, my name is Dana from the University of Maryland.“I’m not going to crowd you, but I’ll be here if you have any questions.”Fisher is a sociologist who studies protest movements.Those results will be compared with similar surveys at other protests around the world.Is it for science or for people concerned about Black Lives Matter or immigration and this is a chance to protest the president?”
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According to David Chitel, the CEO and founder of NGL Studios, 43 percent of millennials come from a multicultural background.To that end, Latino video marketing company NGL Studios is entering this year’s NewFronts presentations to show advertisers the different ways their branded content can connect with that generation.“This audience is a critically important sector of the population and is often overlooked,” said Chitel.“We’ve created award-winning work for our advertising partners over the last five years, and now it’s time to really shine a light on what we can do.”NGL Studios, part of NGL Media which was co-founded by actor John Leguizamo, creates “culturally relevant branded content for millennial and multicultural audiences,” said Chitel.NGL Media has also created it’s own distribution system, built on a proprietary tech stack, so it can distribute its original content across platforms.
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Like Jonathan Murray, co-creator of The Real WorldWhat do MTV’s The Real World and The Onion have in common?They were both founded by entrepreneurs with visions that paved the way for new industries like reality television and satirical news.That’s the premise of The Venture, a new branded podcast created by Virgin Atlantic and Gimlet Creative—the advertising arm to podcasting company Gimlet Media.The six-part series launches tomorrow and profiles folks including The Real World co-creator Jonathan Murray; Slim Moon and Portia Sabin, founders of indie record label Kill Rock Stars Records and Los Angeles-based Japanese chef Niki Nakayama.Each 30-minute episode chronicles a different industry and how that person started a business and dealt with challenges along the way.
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Omnicom has hired a new chief creative officer to lead We Are Unlimited, the agency dedicated to McDonald’s that opened in Chicago earlier this year.Toygar Bazarkaya, who held the role of chief creative officer of the Americas at Havas before leaving in March as the network reorganized its leadership teams around the world, begins his new role on May 15.This marks the first major hire for Ari Weiss, who became DDB North America’s first chief creative officer in February and oversaw We Are Unlimited’s creative work in that role.Bazarkaya will report to Weiss and work alongside CEO Brian Nienhaus and the rest of the We Are Unlimited executive team.“Toygar is one of those rare creative leaders who moves mountains,” Weiss said in a statement, citing the new chief’s work for brands like Mercedes, Gillette, Dos Equis and Visa.“I can’t wait to see what he does with the Golden Arches.”
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There are moments in life when your phone's camera is crucial: your child's first steps, or their graduation from high school, for instance.But your phone is likely full of stuff, and you could end up facing this obnoxious message:There are few things as frustrating in our convenience-filled world as repeatedly running into your phone's storage limit.It means an action as simple as taking a photo is delayed while you free up space ... often by deleting old photos.For most people hitting that storage limit, there's one culprit: photos.They take up a lot of space, and you take a lot of them — you might even be taking "HDR" photos (which are even larger files than standard photos).You have two main options:Buy a phone with more internal storage, which costs more money.Regularly offload photos and delete them from your phone, which costs your time.But there's a third, totally free, amazingly simple option: Google Photos.Here's everything you should know about Google's secret-best service.
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