As we wait for Game of Thrones to come to its final end this year, we’re still fascinated about the beginning that never was – one that would’ve given us a radically altered version of the series as we know it.Details from some version of the alleged script for the original 2009 pilot of Game of Thrones have been circulating around the internet for the best part of a decade at this point.This version, it seems, was nowhere near as beloved, to put it diplomatically, as the show we got.The Huffington Post recently revealed that a copy of the fabled “disastrous” pilot production script has actually been hiding in plain sight for years – or more specifically, at the Cushing Memorial Library at Texas A, where George R.R.The script found at the Cushing Memorial Library has a few major differences from the script that’s been seen online – and given that it is the one that Martin himself filed to his archive of work, it’s likely from a stage of development on the pilot that is much closer to what was actually shot (and then eventually lambasted so hard that 90 percent of it was re-shot for what we eventually saw and fell in love with) in comparison.There’s more moments from the novels in there – like an extended feasting sequence where Jon Snow gets a bit too tipsy for his own good, while Ned and Jamie trade barbs about the latter’s execution of the Mad King – that come at the expense of getting to better know the Starks like we do in the final version of the pilot.
You open the door and step inside, and instead of hard floor you can feel carpet beneath your toes.Instead, like when Gizmodo was given the chance to try out an early run of Draw Me Close last week at the Young Vic, you are given a specific time and place to be – much more like a play than any virtual reality experiences you’ve had before.Instead, you can interact with the illustrated elements in the virtual world, as well as both physical objects and real actors who are present in the space with you.(Binarily Augmented Retro Framing), which was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War.But whereas Stark planned on using B.A.R.F as a therapeutic tool to help people process and work through traumatic memories, Draw Me Close turns Tannahill’s memories into an art form.Virtual reality: a creative playground for artists
Police in Singapore have raided the local offices of Wirecard amid an investigation into alleged “accounting irregularities” at the German fintech firm, the Financial Times has reported.A spokesperson for the force told the newspaper that officers “raided the premises of Wirecard in Singapore today,” without giving any further details.Tech in Asia has reached out to Wirecard for comment, and will update this article as necessary.Earlier this month, the Times reported that an investigation by Singaporean law firm Rajah & Tann, commissioned by Wirecard itself, had uncovered evidence of “serious offenses of forgery and/or of falsification of accounts” in the German company’s operations in the city-state, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, as well as in its home country.However, prior to today’s raid a Wirecard spokesperson had referred Tech in Asia to the company’s February 4 investor conference call, in which CEO Markus Braun said that an internal probe carried out by the company’s compliance team prior to instructing Rajah & Tann “didn’t find any proof and any conclusive findings that any of these allegations were true.” He added that he “expect[s] this investigation to be finalised quite quickly.”The allegations at the center of the investigation were made by a Singapore-based employee, accusing a colleague of “mature compliance breaches,” Braun explained.
NBCUniversal has been among the loudest voices calling for a new approach to the metrics under which advertising is transacted.And now the company is putting its money where its mouth is, with its first campaign using performance-based guarantees, and not ratings metrics.The company said its Audience Studio, NBCUniversal’s suite of audience-targeting offerings, guaranteed STXfilms’ media investment for its advertising buy for the film The Upside based on ticket sales, instead of the typical age/gender Nielsen data.In the partnership, STXfilms and NBCUniversal set performance outcomes utilizing attribution data from Fandango (which is also in the NBCUniversal portfolio) to gauge the effectiveness of advanced targeting and optimization.The program used a performance valuation model that was connected to performance of show-time searches via Fandango and evaluated an increase in ticket purchases.1 at the box office in its first weekend, making $20.4 million, and has made more than $77.9 million to date.
The UK's Ministry of Fun* has introduced draft legislation enabling UK operators to charge roaming fees for calls and data inside the EU, should the UK crash out of the EU (and the larger EEA) next month.A draft statutory instrument ("Mobile Roaming (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 “), highlighted by the HuffPo, was published (PDF) this week tweaking the UK law to revoke EU legislation on roaming surcharges and termination rates.The draft SI would revoke regulations setting maximum mobile termination rates across the European Union as well as those which harmonise roaming rates across the bloc (see page 4 of the PDF for an explanatory note).Roaming charges inside the EU began to be regulated in 2014, and were scrapped altogether in 2017.Last September the government set out its policy on the prospect of roaming charges in the event of a failure to introduce a withdrawal agreement.The government would also legislate, subject to Parliamentary approval, to ensure the alerts at 80 per cent and 100 per cent data usage continue.”
Some sperm whales produce ambergris — a clump of squid beaks and fatty secretions that scientists believe exits through the whales' bowels.Perfumers covet a rare kind of whale poop known as ambergris.Though it develops in the intestine of sperm whales, it produces a prized scent used in high-end fragrances.You may have misted yourself with animal waste.In that time, the mass transforms from a sticky, dung-like substance into a hard, gray chunk.For one, it contains a unique chemical called ambrein.
Heading into Presidents’ Day, Lowe’s knows this is DIY season for many people, so they dished up strong price cuts on in-demand products from Dyson, Nest, and Samsung.We’ve scoured the sales to find the best deals during Lowe’s Presidents’ Day holiday promotion, so if you’ve been waiting to improve your home, these bargains can help you save as much as $949.The sale runs from February 14 to 20.The Nest Hello WiFi works with Amazon Alexa, SmartThings, Insteon, an Apple HomeKit.Install your own security system with the Nest Secure Home Automation Security Pack.Exterior cameras placed thoughtfully around your home can add security and give you peace of mind.
Microsoft is standing firm on its pledge that Crackdown 3, which was first shown to the public in 2014, is coming out for Xbox One and PC on February 15.And I could pretty much vouch for that, since I was able to play some of the single-player campaign and its four-versus-four multiplayer combat mode, dubbed the Wrecking Zone.Crackdown 3 is a follow up to 2010’s Crackdown 2 and 2007’s Crackdown.The game comes with a 15-hour-plus single-player campaign where you get to play as an agent in the open world of New Providence, a neon-lit city controlled by the mysterious organization Terra Nova, which has built its own company-owned city-state on an island.It has working-class districts and places for the super wealthy, but apparently everyone can afford multicolored neon.Crackdown 3 has been in the works for years and has suffered multiple delays.
Edgeware report increasing sales during the fourth quarter compared with the same period the year before.Turnover amounted to 79.0 million (68,4), an increase of 15 per cent on the previous year.Operating profit was 14.6 million kroons (5,8), with an operating margin of 18.5% (8.5).the Result before tax was sek 14.2 million (5,8).the Result after tax amounted to 10.6 million kroner (3,3), an increase of 221 per cent on the previous year.Earnings per share ended up at 0.4 sek (0,1), which means an increase of 300 per cent on the previous year.
If you’ve got any gear from Lowe’s Iris line of smart home products, it’s time to start looking for alternatives.Lowe’s has announced that the line is toast, with plans to flip the switch on “the platform and related services” at the end of March.In other words: much of this once smart connected gear is about to get bricked.On the upside, Lowe’s is committing to refund customers for “eligible, connected Iris devices” — with the caveat that you’ve got to go through its redemption portal.“PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CONNECTED IRIS DEVICES BACK TO A LOWE’S STORE,” they note repeatedly.They don’t want it either.
Opportunity still maintaining a Martian silenceChina’s Chang’e 4 lander and rover combo have awoken from their lunar slumbers after a chilly first night on the far side of the Moon.The rover, Yutu 2, booted back up at 20:00 CST on 29 January (12:00 UTC).Change’4 followed a day later on 20:39 CST (12:39 UTC).The reason given for the early wake-up of Yutu 2 was to crack open the solar panels to allow excess heat to dissipate from the rover’s relatively small surface area, according to the robot's Weibo account.The lander and rover both enjoy radioisotope heaters to stop things getting too cold during the lunar night, and Chang’e 4 also had sufficient power to keep its temperature monitor running, recording a decidedly parky minimum temperature of -190 C.
The founders of Dadi — pronounced daddy — think men are in need of a wake-up call.“Men [have] a biological clock just like women, which is something that people don’t talk about,” Dadi co-founder and chief executive officer Tom Smith told TechCrunch.“Infertility isn’t a women’s issue; It’s both a men’s and women’s issue.”Smith believes Dadi, the provider of a temperature-controlled at-home fertility test and sperm collection kit, will encourage men to contribute to family planning conversations and become more aware of their reproductive health.The startup is officially launching its kit and long-term sperm storage service today with nearly $2 million in venture capital funding from London-based seed fund firstminute capital and New York-based Third Kind Venture Capital.“Our mission is to normalize the conversation around male fertility and reproductive health, and empower men with knowledge of fertility so they can have that conversation with their family,” Smith said.
India’s largest bank has secured an unprotected server that allowed anyone to access financial information on millions of its customers, like bank balances and recent transactions.The server, hosted in a regional Mumbai-based datacenter, stored two months of data from SBI Quick, a text message and call-based system used to request basic information about their bank accounts by customers of of the government-owned State Bank of India (SBI), the largest bank in the country and a highly ranked company in the Fortune 500.It’s not known for how long the server was open, but long enough for it to be discovered by a security researcher, who told TechCrunch of the leak, but did not want to be named for the story.It’s ideal for millions of the banking giant’s customers who don’t use smartphones or have limited data service.By using predefined keywords, like “BAL” for a customer’s current balance, the service recognizes the customer’s registered phone number and will send back current amount in that customer’s bank account.The system can also be used to send back the last five transactions, block an ATM card, and make inquiries about home or car loans.
”the Demand for account to account payments are growing fast in the whole of Europe.Entercash is a Maltabaserat company that also specializes in delivering direct bank payments to companies in e-commerce, financial services, travel and onlinebetting.Further back in time, just before the turn of the millennium, he worked as a stockbroker at HQ.the after-tax Profit landed in the same year of just under € 3.7 million, corresponding to Sek 37 million.A score of Entercash that occur in one of the members ' annual reports, the current per on 23 October of last year, corresponding to Sek 340 million.the Parties will, however, not disclose any purchase price.
The moment we all knew was coming has arrived.Variety reports that Universal has “tabled” its idea for an interconnected universe of classic monster movies (called the “Dark Universe”) and are starting thing fresh with Invisible Man.Leigh Whannell, one of the co-creators of Saw and Insidious, has signed on to direct an Invisible Man film, teaming with his regular producing partner, Jason Blum of Blumhouse.Variety reports that this is believed to be the first example of “a fresh strategy for the Universal monsters properties, bringing creative directors with distinctive visions to the classic characters.” And though Whannell is the first name revealed, there’s no guarantee his movie will be the first film into production as Universal is currently taking pitches.So how did we get here?To recap, before the Tom Cruise Mummy film was even released, several other actors were cast as various Universal Monsters like Frankenstein and the Invisible Man for upcoming movies that would all tie together, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Apple may change the design for the rear cameras on the iPhone 11, with a shift to the center for the sensors.That's according to sources who spoke with CompareRaja, apparently confirming previous rumors that Apple will move the rear cameras of the iPhone 11 (or iPhone XI, or whatever it will be called) to the center at the top of the handset.This would be the first time Apple has shifted the position of the rear camera on an iPhone, with the snapper having always been located in the top left of the device since the original iPhone back in 2007.Such a major design change would be surprising, as Apple tends to keep the general layout of its phones the same, although we've seen the shift away from the home button and the inclusion of the notch in recent years, so this latest iPhone 11 leak is still possible.Another new feature for the iPhone 11 would be the triple-camera setup mentioned in this leak, and in many previous rumors as well, as Apple looks to challenge the likes of the Samsung S10 and Huawei P30.The leaked designs for this rumored setup can be seen below and have prompted some to dub it 'the cyclops'.
It was a day like any other day, without meaningful privacy except for those offline and unobserved by the global surveillance panopticon.Kelvin Coleman, executive director of the NCA, presided over the gathering, which he characterized as an exploration of the opportunities and challenges for the privacy road ahead.In the opening panel, Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, framed the discussion with a reference to her organization's 2018 data exposure report.The report found a 23 per cent decline in the number of data loss incidents and a 126 per cent increase in the amount of personally identifiable information exposed, amounting to almost 198 million records.Rather, they chose to focus on the parameters of lawful data usage, on the ways companies can handle data with informed notice and consent from customers."Companies increasingly look at privacy and security as a cost of doing business, and those on the leading edge think of it as an opportunity," said Kimberly Nevala, strategic advisor at software biz SAS.
Some, especially real estate agents, would say it’s all about location.That’s only partly true when it comes to location-based services and technology.Because as important as knowing the location of an object may be, it’s sometimes just as important to know its direction relative to you.That’s why in the latest core specification of the Bluetooth standard, the wireless technology is finally getting a sense of direction.While most will probably think of GPS when talking about location services and features, Bluetooth is actually more common and more widespread than you might think.Especially with Bluetooth Low Energy, which came via the Bluetooth 4.0, the wireless technology has been used in products like tags, trackers, beacons, and more.
Airbnb is partnering with San Francisco Mayor London Breed to tackle homelessness in the city."Shelter is a basic need, yet on any given night, nearly 1,200 young people sleep on San Francisco streets," Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a statement."This is our hometown, and we have a responsibility to help those young people in need of housing and job opportunities."The company's plan is to work with lawmakers and community organizations over the next three years.The $2 million will go to a campaign called Rising Up that provides housing and job placement to young people.Cloud communications company Twilio is also contributing $700,000 to the cause.
TVs are no longer just the entertainment hubs of the home, some have even become smart home hubs.But while smart TVs have all sort of Internet-connected features, not all of them are able to support all the streaming services and sources one might like.The next best thing is to stream videos and audio from your phone to the TV and as of SmartCast version 3.0, VIZIO’s smart TVs will be equipped to handle almost all content sources, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs.As the name might imply, one of VIZIO’s SmartCast features focuses on casting, that is, streaming, content from, say, mobile devices, to the big screen.That’s especially useful for when the TV itself doesn’t have an app for the streaming service or content source of choice.Noticeably missing, however, was support for Apple’s streaming protocol and smart home platform.