Letha Byrd

Letha Byrd

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For such a widely-beloved, game nerd’s game, Shadow of the Colossus has had remarkably few imitators.Even director Fumito Ueda had trouble responding to it, spending a decade on his next game, The Last Guardian, only to receive mixed reviews (and, perhaps, earn a special place as gaming’s Chinese Democracy).Sony remastered Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 3 in 2011, keeping its legacy alive.We got our hands on the towering third colossus at a recent Sony event in New York, and watched someone else scale the first, to see how if the remake can summit our high expectations.We were largely pleased to find a game whose design holds up beautifully, particularly underscored by the PS4’s major graphical upgrade, though we felt less nostalgic about its PS2-era controls.Shadow is essentially a third-person action role-playing game, but its gameplay is far more focused than what the genre typically entails.
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Intel and AMD have teamed up to create a streamlined solution for high performance and low power draw in ultra-slim form factors.Look up in the sky, as you soon may start to see pigs flying overhead.Intel said on Monday, November 6 that it teamed up with processor rival AMD to create an all-in-one package for OEMs to use in thin-and-light PCs.This package contains eighth-generation Intel Core H processor cores, custom AMD discrete Radeon graphics cores, dedicated HBM2 graphics memory, and a special “highway” connecting the three components together called an embedded multi-die interconnect bridge, or EMIB.First, the resulting thin-and-light device will have equal if not better performance than bulky laptops because of the fast, dedicated connection between Intel’s CPU cores and AMD’s graphics cores.The use on HBM2 graphics memory also means more space for OEMs to use because HBM2 stacks vertically instead of horizontally like GDDR5.
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World of Warcraft has existed for 13 years, and the franchise’s story has moved past the rivalry between orcs and humans that drove the original real-time strategy game.In World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, the MMO’s latest expansion, Blizzard will return to that conflict with a deeper, more focused story that revolves around Azeroth’s never-ending war, and the characters driving it.Digital Trends: The conflict between Horde and Alliance is core to Warcraft’s lore, but from a gameplay perspective, it hasn’t played into World of Warcraft significantly in the last several years.I feel like when you’re telling a story, you get up to this point where you have this cataclysmic finale of a particular story arc, which we’ve just hit with Illidan and the Burning Legion, and it’s important at that point to reset things a little bit.Way back in the day, when you started your adventure in World of Warcraft, you were saving Princess the Boar for a farmer in Elwynn, and passing love letters between one kid on a farm another.It’s really worthwhile to get back to that every once in awhile, and remember that there are people back in Stormwind who would really, really, really care if Sylvanas came in there and had her way with the entire city.
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Everyone’s favorite almost-trillion-dollar company reported fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday.And while much of the attention was on stellar iPhone sales, Apple wants to make sure that people know its services business is doing great, too.“Service revenues reaches all-time high,” was the headline of the press release.But what is services revenue, exactly?According to the “data summary,” Apple’s services revenue “includes revenue from Digital Content and Services, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services.” Apple Music, iCloud and the App Store are also part of the category.This broad group of businesses accounted for $8.5 billion in revenue in Apple’s latest quarter, a sizable chunk of Apple’s $52.6 billion in sales.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Mathematically speaking, multicellular organisms like us will always have to deal with a cellular competition where only one side will win.And ultimately, that means our vitality will always come out as the loser.We have a pair of researchers from the University of Arizona to blame for this depressing conclusion, who crunched the numbers on a hypothesis involving the weeding out of unfit cells and found it amounted to a catch-22 situation.Aging -- and all of the biological changes that come with it -- is more or less the result of cells slowing down and losing their functions.But what if there was a way to encourage the more active cells to stick around at the expense of their sluggish siblings?Surely if we knocked off those old cells we could keep making pigments and collagen a little longer.
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A city-size asteroid or comet is thought to have killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.The impact, called the Chicxulub event, released unfathomable quantities of dust and gas, rapidly cooling the entire planet.The angle of impact was recently recalculated, and computer models suggest that means the event led to a global cooling disaster far worse than previously estimated.Fighters may prefer to land straight-on punches, but when it comes to asteroid and comets, scientists are discovering that angled strikes can be far more dangerous.The dinosaurs had a rough go of it when a rogue space rock the size of a city struck Earth 66 million years ago, near what is now the city of Chicxulub on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.Until recently, researchers thought the asteroid or comet hit nearly straight down at a 90-degree angle, but recent drilling expeditions at Chicxulub crater, at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, suggest it happened at a more stilted 60-degree angle.
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If you happened to open Snapchat last Friday, you would have likely stumbled upon a Netflix lens that was designed to make you feel like you were inside the famous living room from its hit series “Stranger Things.”With a few taps of you mobile screen, you could interact with several items in the digital version of the "Stranger Things" room – like bookshelves that shake and mysteriously boarded up windows – all via an augmented reality experience constructed by the team at Snap.To read more more about how Snapchat is blowing past its ompetitors when it comes to augmented reality ads, click here.The social network grew its daily active users to 1.37 billion, a 50 million user increase from the previous quarter.It increased its number of estimated duplicate accounts from 6% to 10% and fake accounts to 2-3% from 1%, which will affect Facebook's tool for advertisers.The CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter are getting blasted for not showing up to congressional hearings on fake Russian ads.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a stern warning to the celebrities, athletes and social media stars pitching investment opportunities in virtual currencies.A slew of media stars — including the massively popular musician DJ Khaled, the boxer Floyd Mayweather and socialite Paris Hilton — have hitched their stars to various virtual currencies, lending their social media outreach and luster to projects that have seemed less than golden.Now, the SEC’s Enforcement Division and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations is bringing down the hammer, warning celebrities that their endorsements “may be unlawful if they do not disclose the nature, source, and amount of any compensation paid, directly or indirectly, by the company in exchange for the endorsement.”For the past year, as money invested in new virtual currency offerings has skyrocketed to more than $2 billion, regulators have been struggling to catch up.For now, as the offerings continue to operate in a nebulous legal space, the SEC is resorting to a very old adage in its communications with potential ICO investors.We encourage investors to research potential investments rather than rely on paid endorsements from artists, sports figures, or other icons,” the agency warned today.
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GarageBand 2.3 features a new way to download sound packs, new drum sounds, and new Asian touch instruments.Apple offers a wide variety of instruments, loops, and sound packs, but the drawback is that the more you add, the more storage space the app requires.And on an iPad or iPhone, storage space and at a premium.Apple new Sound Library helps alleviate the GarageBand storage demands.You can go to the Sound Library directly in GarageBand, peruse its contents, and download anything you want to use for free.Then when you’re done using a sound pack, you can delete it from your app and free up storage space.
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Halloween is the one time of the year when you can legitimately spend all night watching your favorite scary shows!Some of our spooky favorites have had new episodes recently, such as the nerve-jangling season 7 of "American Horror Story" and season 2 of "Stranger Things," giving us the heebie-jeebies just last week.Check out the poll below and let us know which series will haunt your nightmares this All Hallows' Eve.If you don't see your show, or you're planning on watching something totally unscary, don't be shy and tell us in the comment section.
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Ad fraud remains one of the biggest challenges for mobile marketers in China, according to AppsFlyer Asia vice president Ronen Mense.Mense told The Drum that ad fraud is one of the “biggest thorns in the side of marketers” in China, along with the market’s lack of a universal measurement tool and its unique Android landscape.“Today’s mobile fraud takes many forms and demands a multi-layered approach to fraud protection, detection and prevention.While app marketers have tried to mitigate fraud in their campaigns by blacklisting IPs and the offending sub-publishers, fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to take a slice of the pie.”Mense said advertisers need to work closely with mobile attribution and measurement partners to understand and identify the different types of fraud, which includes impression fraud, click fraud, app install fraud, and engagement and purchase fraud.“It is imperative that advertisers know what to look for and employ the right suite of tools so they can proactively prevent and block fraud as it occurs, as well as have access to insights on suspicious activity.
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It’s October, and that means ecommerce businesses should be in the thick of Black Friday preparation.I addressed the topic last year, in “A blueprint for Black Friday planning.” I actually dusted that article off this year and used it for FringeSport.Last year, outdoor retailer REI canceled its Black Friday sale and asked its customers to simply go outside, and enjoy.However, for FringeSport, canceling our Black Friday sale would be business suicide.I would love to tell our shoppers to go lift weights or do something athletic in their garage.But I fear that would not work well for us.
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They are forms of debt issued by states, counties, or cities, usually to fund infrastructure projects, such as airports and highways, and they are generally considered a safe investment, paying relatively low levels of interest.Finding a compelling story about the municipal-bond market is not an easy task, so when Long came across a document related to an eight-hundred-million-dollar bond sale that Puerto Rico would be undertaking that spring, she decided to look at the numbers more closely.“I sat down and read it for a couple of hours, and I said, ‘These people are going to default,’ ” she told me recently.In the column she wrote about her analysis, titled “Puerto Rico Is America’s Greece,” Long expressed concern about the island’s economic health, calling it “America’s own Third World country.” At the time, Puerto Rico’s per-capita income was just $15,203 (less than half that of Mississippi, the poorest of the fifty states), and forty-five per cent of its residents were living below the poverty line.In her article, Long seemed to charge almost everyone involved, borrowers and creditors alike, with disingenuousness, incompetence, or both.“Caution, bond investors: There is no European Union standing ready to bail out Puerto Rico.”
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TOKYO—If you love your car, Toyota Motor Corp. thinks your car should love you back.That’s the reasoning behind the company’s artificial-intelligence project, dubbed Yui: an onboard virtual assistant that gauges your mood, indulges in personal chitchat and offers to drive if it senses you’re sleepy or distracted.In one Toyota video, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, a woman sits on a seaside cliff, talking about her father with her car.Until now, Toyota, the world’s second-largest car maker by vehicle sales, has kept relatively quiet about autonomous vehicles and how it plans to deal with challenges from Silicon Valley upstarts, such as Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo LLC and others.“We think this is a good way to do it,” said Didier Leroy, who oversees Toyota’s business planning and operations.Honda is also using the motor show to demonstrate a concept vehicle equipped with an AI system, dubbed Hana, that can read driver emotions and stress levels.
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Tesla isn't like other companies, and that's both a good thing and a bad thing.Tesla has rarely made money, but even by its own standards, Q3 2017 will be impressively negative.Shares of the company have been sliding over the past month or so, after an epic run-up during the first half of the year that saw the stock briefly threaten $400 while surpassing the market caps of both Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.At one juncture, a company that sold fewer than 100,000 vehicles in 2016 put General Motors in the rear-view mirror.But it also wouldn't be a shock if Tesla hangs in there.Tesla is worth $57 billion now, but back in late 2008, it was precariously worth almost zero.
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Three months ago, Jeff Bezos was for a brief moment the world's richest person.This time, Amazon's CEO and founder may get to keep that title for a little longer.On Friday, the online retailing giant's stock shot up a whopping 13 percent, a huge amount for such a large company, after Amazon easily outpaced its third-quarter earnings expectations.That surge catapulted Bezos -- yet again -- to world's richest, according to both Bloomberg and Forbes, helping him take the crown from Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates, who's been in the top position since 2013.Bezos' wealth reached $93.8 billion, as of Friday's market close.No need to feel bad for Gates, since his net worth is $88.7 billion, Bloomberg reported.
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Want to visit Joyce Byers’ creepy living room?To promote the second season of the sci-fi hit Stranger Things, Netflix created a sponsored world lens within the app that takes users inside the show’s eerie world.Using the app’s rear-facing camera, consumers can tap on the screen to play around with the lens.According to Snapchat, the campaign is the first use of a “portal” lens that puts consumers in the middle of an augmented reality experience.For example, tapping the bookshelf in the room causes books to fall.Touching the hole in the wall causes a scary arm to pop out and the string of lights turn on when tapped.
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For the past several years, Google has been trying to improve battery life on Android devices.Starting in Android Oreo, a notification would pop up letting you know an app was running in the background.This happened with popular apps like LastPass and Facebook Messenger, and no matter how many times you swiped, it wasn’t going away.Google’s strategy was pretty simple with this notification.If it couldn’t do anything to make the apps use less power, it was going to annoy you into making sure you knew what was going on with your system.While some users complained about the notification and workarounds were developed, Google accomplished its mission.
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ServiceNow has beaten estimates of revenue and earnings for its third quarter, and outlined a new mobile strategy.The company on Wednesday reported its Q3 2017 results, recording revenue of US$498.2m and earnings of 38 cents a share.Those numbers are up 39 per cent and 65 per cent respectively, and beat estimates of $491.6m and 32 cents.Guidance for Q4 predicts the company will crack the $500m barrier, landing between $531m and $536m, and leaving annual revenue at $1.91bn.CEO John Donahoe told investors the company's new lines are doing well, with employee services experience product leading “three of our top 20 new customer deals” and its employee services product is now used by 119 of the Global 2000.“Our customer service management product landed two million-dollar plus deals,” he added.
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Logitech has announced that its Circle 2 models now work with Google Assistant, the latest functionality to arrive for these small circle-shaped home security cameras.This announcement follows Logitech’s addition of Apple HomeKit support for the Circle 2 this past September.With the new support, owners can access their security camera feeds using voice commands.The Google Assistant integration is available for both the wired and wireless versions of the Circle 2 camera.The integration is available as of today for existing customers in the US, though customers in other countries will be getting the support “soon.” Once you have access to it, you’re able to access camera feeds with Google Assistant and voice commands.To access a particular camera’s feed, say something like, “OK Google, show me the backyard camera.” Replacing backyard with whatever the camera’s name is.
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