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p A Jetsons film has been in development for over a decade, but the hiring of director Conrad Vernon might suggest it's finally coming together.Conrad Vernon has been tapped by Warner Bros. to helm the studio’s upcoming big-screen adaptation of The Jetsons.The director’s most recent release was the raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party, which he co-directed alongside Greg Tiernan.Vernon has served as director on a string of hit animated movies, including Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.He also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the Shrek films, as well a host of bit parts in other DreamWorks movies.The Jetsons debuted in September 1962, and became deeply embedded in popular culture thanks to its constant presence in Saturday morning television schedules over the following two decades.
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p Yesterday, Pope Francis met with President Trump.The photo was surreal, and sure enough, people have been photoshopping the hell out of it.And if you haven’t seen the original photo you might be confused about what part is even photoshopped.All White did was add the kid from the the classic 1976 horror movie The Omen.For context, here’s the original photo:But White was far from the only one who saw an opportunity to spice up the photos from yesterday’s awkward meeting at the Vatican.
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Stanford University has published a report that goes through how good hälsoprylar really is to obtain the correct values.In this study there is also the Apple Watch which is the best at measuring heart rate and number of calories burned.the Study is based on 60 people and includes, besides the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S2, the MIO Alpha 2, the Microsoft Band, Fitbit Surge, and many more.Participants wore the devices during training sessions as walking, cycling, and running.the Apple Watch was the winner with a medianfel on two percent.Samsung Gear S2 on the side was the worst with medianfel at 6.8%.
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And those are divided into over 50 different categories.Within a marketing technology stack, you can easily have dozens of layers, and each software package has its own specific capabilities, its own user interface and its own specific ways of interacting with the rest of the marketing technology stack.And of course, when it comes time to look at how marketing is performing, each tool generates its own reports that need to be interpreted and acted on.Not just CMOs who need to explain their stack and put the right tools in place to be effective, but also:your blog manager, who has to be able to pull data from Google Analytics.your event manager, who needs to understand how Salesforce is set up.
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p There's always a fine line to tread between freedom of speech and blocking content designed to incite hatred and violence against a specific group or groups of people.The EU is about to enshrine a line of some kind in law though, as it finalises plans to require internet companies to block extreme content.The proposal was approved on Tuesday but must be put to a vote of the EU member states ahead of becoming law.It's not yet clear how any such proposal might be implemented, and how it would force tech companies to act differently.For the most part, the current state of things is that videos are likely to get removed if you report it and mention that it's extremist content.Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook have already signed up for a voluntary scheme that requires they remove any video with extremist content within 24 hours.
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p Ahead of the Samsung Gear S3 Classic’s launch on AT this Friday, the Tizen-based smartwatch is now receiving a significant update in the US.Both the Gear S3 Classic and Frontier models have been available unbranded since last year, but this may be the biggest update to hit them yet.The update, spotted by Tizen Experts, bumps the Tizen OS from version 2.3.2.0 to 2.3.2.3 and introduces a wealth of new features like additional watch faces, a new News Briefing UI, a Find My Device function, S Voice and S health improvements and an auto-refresh option for the barometer.The Gear S3 is also now compatible with BMW Connected, the Nest smart thermostat, and Spotify, and has received better iOS support and accessibility features (the stop watch max time has been increased to three hours, too).Some of the those tweaks already appeared on the Gear S3 in various places, however, so it’s not like the dozen or so additions are all brand new.Still, it’s another incentive for AT customers to pick up the S3 Classic in a couple of days.
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p Ikea lät under tisdagen meddela att de till sommaren och hösten ämnar lansera ”Home Smart”, en satsning på att göra våra hem smartare.Med Home Smart skall vi kunna koppla upp saker som hemmets belysning, markiser och garageportar.Ikea påbörjade sin vision om det smarta hemmet redan 2015, med möbler med inbyggd trådlös laddning.Via kompatibiliteten med Google Home ges konsumenten även möjligheten att röststyra hemmet utöver att kunna fjärrstyra via telefonen.Utöver stöd för Google Home är Home Smart även kompatibelt med Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa och Apple Homekit.Under sommaren och hösten tar IKEA nästa steg mot det smarta hemmet.
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p DISH is looking to end “where’s the remote?” hunting with an update for its Hopper and Wally set-top boxes that adds Amazon Alexa support.The new feature works with Amazon’s Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, with voice control for everything from navigating between channels, search, and the basics of pause, fast-forward, and rewind.It’s the first official integration of this sort between Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, and a third-party TV provider’s hardware.Back in 2015, Comcast offered a special remote with a microphone built-in that could be used to search for channels and control playback.Meanwhile Amazon’s own Fire TV has Alexa support, while Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV has a Siri-powered remote.Rather than go the home-grown route, DISH has instead opted to integrate with one of the rising stars in the third-party marketplace.
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p Project Tango has been around for a while, from the developer tablet and demos at MWC and Google I/O to the Lenovo Phab2 Pro and the new Asus Zenfone AR.From slightly choppy and unstable demos in years past to something that looks completely consumer-ready, Tango has matured a lot in the last year.Once the Zenfone AR hits Verizon, the audience and developer support will take off, even if it is likely to be at a relatively slow pace.But while the Phab2 Pro was a massive tank of a phone with a pretty niche audience, the Zenfone AR is a much more manageable device for the regular joe.Google’s Jared Finder was kind enough to take us through what’s new and where Tango is at right now.It’s cute, it’s super smooth, and it’s very convincingly done.
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p Ford has started the process of rolling out Android Auto and CarPlay to most of its 2016 vehicles.Those equipped with the Sync 3 platform will begin to receive the smartphone-friendly tools via a simple software update.This will give drivers the opportunity to switch out the stock infotainment system for Apple and Google's best efforts.Whereas standalone Android Auto or CarPlay head units can set drivers back hundreds, this over-the-air update comes completely free of charge.For Android users hoping to enable Android Auto, its just a case of performing the software update via USB or WiFi.iPhone users hoping to add CarPlay functionality will need a visit to their dealer to update the USB hub (via TechCrunch).
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p Fun fact: Did you know that, in order to comply with US regulations, automakers have to design airbags to work with unbelted occupants?Now you do, thanks to a new Chevrolet recall.Chevrolet has issued a recall for 55,068 examples of the 2016-2017 Spark compact car.The recall was put in place because these vehicles were found to be in violation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."The reason for the recall might sound odd.If a young child is seated improperly in the front passenger seat and is also not wearing a seat belt, a deployed airbag might increase the risk of injury to that child.
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p The only real disappointment here is no USB-C.But given that it wasn't on the Laptop either, it's also no real surprise.
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p Asus will be showing off one of the world's first Ryzen-powered laptops at this year's Computex, and this video is here to whet your appetite.Following the news earlier this week that AMD had slated the third quarter of this year for the release of Ryzen APU powered laptops, Asus has teased that very sort of product with a new video.Set to be a part of its Republic of Gamers (ROG) range, the laptop remains silhouetted for now, but suggests we could get a look at the new notebooks sooner rather than later.While Ryzen CPUs made quite a splash when they debuted earlier this year and Vega looks set to do the same over the next few months, Ryzen APUs combine technology from both new generations to create a well-rounded, one-chip solution.Asus’ ROG laptop could be our first look at a notebook with that sort of hardware under the hood.The video that Asus released has an image of a laptop shrouded in secrecy, but sporting a clear ROG logo.
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Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.Remember Pokémon Snap, the unexpectedly addictive photography game for Nintendo 64?Well, it’s back—in spirit—in Snapimals, a freemium game in which you try to capture wild animals’ wacky antics in still photos.Like Pokémon Snap, Snapimals takes you on an automatic safari: You’re propelled through the wilderness in some sort of automated vehicle, and your only job is to snap five excellent photos before your journey comes to an end.Each film reel offers five shots, so you can’t take pictures with abandon.Museum-worthy photos earn you museum points and are displayed in the museum, while postcard pics are sold for a tidy sum of coins.
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p Google aims to push its machine learning and Assistant tech deeper and furtherGoogle is going big on AI, aiming to add more smart features into its software and unveiling TensorFlow Lite for Android.At Google I/O 2017, the search giant’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, touted the company’s AI doctrine: ” We’re moving from mobile-first to AI-first.”Google started showing off its AI tech with a smart feature that can filter out obstructions in the way of subjects in a photo, for example intelligently removing a fence obstructing the view of a person behind it.Google didn’t say where this feature would make its debut, but it is likely to find its way into the Google Photos web and mobile app.Speaking of mobile apps, Google revealed it is bringing the Assistant to iOS, so that iPhone users will have an alternative to Siri.
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p Just days ago, AMD promised that Ryzen-powered laptops will hit the streets in the third quarter—sometime in July through September.But it looks like we won’t need to wait quite that long to get our first glimpse of a Ryzen notebook, going by an intriguing new teaser video on Asus’s Republic of Gamers YouTube page.In it, a laptop sits in shadow in front of Ryzen’s circular orange logo.The ROG branding slowly fades in on the notebook’s lid, with the words “something has awakened” appearing at the bottom.Well, this is the first-ever Ryzen laptop that we’re aware of, and because it’s the ROG brand, you can bet it won’t be a cheap ho-hum effort—Asus reserves ROG for high-quality gaming gear.But what we’re really interested in is details about which processor family hums in the belly of this beast.
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p This past weekend, some Nintendo Switch owners were surprised to discover dozens of screenshots on their consoles that they didn’t remember taking.As it turns out, many of those Switch owners bought the recently released Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, which apparently shipped with a strange bug that caused the Switch to randomly take screenshots on its own.Thankfully, Nintendo is on the case.Early on Wednesday morning, 4J Studios (the Scottish developer behind virtually every console port of Minecraft, including the Switch version) confirmed on Twitter that Nintendo has found the issue causing the glitch and is readying a bug fix to send out to those affected soon:4J Studios didn’t provide any details about what caused the bug or a release window for the fix, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it roll out before the end of the week.In the meantime, if you’re one of the hundreds (or thousands) of Switch owners who bought Minecraft and are experiencing this glitch, some users have had been able to fix it, at least temporarily, by performing a hard reset.
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p Netflix announced today that it is working with Polish production and visual effects company Platige Image to create an English-language TV series based on the world of The Witcher.The series is technically based directly on the Witcher novels and story collections by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, according to the announcement, But those stories (and the world in which they're set) have become internationally famous primarily through a series of video game adaptations by developer CD Projekt Red.Earlier this year, the developer announced that the game series had sold over 25 million copies since its launch in 2007."I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over 30 years writing," Sapkowski, who will serve as creative consultant on the series, said in a statement."I'm excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.""The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world," added executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown (both of whom worked on The Expanse).
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p If you think about it ― and what reasonable person wouldn’t?― Jesus would be an amazing Uber driver.Always plenty of food and water for everyone (no wine though ― he’s driving!).If there’s an accident, no need to call an ambulance, because, you know, Jesus powers.“The Mystery Hour” shows us why Jesus Christ of Bethlehem is clearly the greatest Uber driver of all time.
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p At the Tizen Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Samsung teased the release of Tizen 4.0 and introduced Tizen RT (real time) for lightweight devices.The company reiterated that Tizen is the world’s most successful Linux-based embedded OS that appears in almost all of Samsung’s product portfolio (barring its Android-based smartphones of course).The rise of IoT and wearables in recent years has only bolstered Tizen’s growth – so much so that it recently overtook Android Wear for smartwatch market share.Samsung also demoed the new Z4 smartphone, an entry-level device that will be launched initially in India on May 19 with other countries to follow.Tizen may have originally been developed for smartphones, but it first debuted on a wearable and has seen its growth largely driven by connected home devices like refrigerators and TVs rather than phones.Samsung is also working with partners including Microsoft to introduce the .NET and Xamarin framework “so that C language-based applications can be developed in the Visual Studio environment for increased productivity.” IoT and lightweight devices are a key focus for Tizen moving forward.
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