Robbie Kromer

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Amazon Studios so far has focused on bringing a little culture to the world of exclusive video streaming.In addition to its original content, Amazon has made a name for itself in purchasing acclaimed art-house projects that nabbed accolades at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival in the hopes of luring viewers to Prime Video with them.Now, though, Amazon is chiefly going for the sweet cash flow associated with blockbusters, according to a new report from Reuters.Before, the company preferred to acquire award-winning shows like Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick for exclusive distribution, but now a source familiar with the company's plans says it wants to "go after films with budgets in the $50 million range at the expense of indie projects costing around $5 million."Hints of this overall shift have been dropping often recently, particularly in the context of Amazon's own TV series.The latest news comes only a day, for instance, after word dropped that Amazon had cancelled critically acclaimed shows One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson as part of an effort to fund big-budget shows that could capture massive audiences (and revenue) like HBO's Game of Thrones.
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Nintendo’s big new surprise interactive experience for the Switch is now official, and it’s basically a maker kit for the portable console that uses cardboard component pieces to allow people to build a range of different creations and play with them using the console to power games that interact with the DIY components.NintendoLabo is like a next-level LEGO, with kits that let you do things like build working pianos that interact directly with Switch software, and even make your own robots.Nintendo shows off an interactive fishing game with a real, build-it-yourself cardboard fishing rod you can use to catch stuff in-game, and a rolling bot you can remote-control with the Switch’s touchscreen, as just a couple of examples.It actually looks super fun, and there’s a variety kit and a robot kit coming out on April 20, 2018, with pricing starting at $69.99, which seems like a deal for the level of interactivity and creativity that’s available with these things.The Labo kits include all the cardboard pieces you need to build the projects they contain, as well as the Switch software necessary to run the interactive digital elements.Nintendo is also selling Labo customization kits for $10 that will ship at the same time, and provide stencils, stickers and tape that allow you to customize the creations so your cardboard robot backpack looks different from everyone else’s cardboard robot backpack.
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A University of Illinois and Mayo collaboration has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue --something that conventional methods cannot do.The team's gene expression technique is described in a paper published in the online edition of Nature Communications.According to Illinois Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir, existing gene expression methods have limitations."Our technique does the entire analysis across the tissue slice in two hours or less."Existing methods can measure proteins, which are produced after genetic information or instructions have flowed from DNA and RNA."Our method can detect messenger RNA expression, which can provide additional insight than just the final protein concentration," said Bashir.
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It’s going to be a combination of traditional and digital TV.Comcast has been working on the features since the last Olympics games, and about 18 months ago it started building tech for 4K HDR for PyeongChang in South Korea.The 2018 Winter Games start on February 9 and run through February 25, and they will be broadcast by Comcast’s sister company NBC Sports.“It’s going to be the same Olympics experience,” said Chris Satchell, executive vice president and chief product officer at Comcast Cable, in an interview.We use the games as a rallying point to bring in viewing innovations.”Comcast will have a home page where you can decide to follow a particular sport.
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Microsoft's Xbox Elite wireless controller may be getting a followup if a series of leaked images are indeed what they seem.The leaked photos, spotted by a Reddit user and originally posted by someone on Baidu, show sections of what appears to be an Xbox Elite controller, only it's not the same one Microsoft released a few years ago for the Xbox One and Windows.We see instead a few new aspects of the controller.One image shows off texturized rubber grips on the front.Previously, there was rubber on the underside of the Xbox Elite controller, but more rubber just means more grip.There also appears to be indicator lights that could be used to visually display which controller profile is in use, or may simply show how much battery is remaining in the Xbox Elite controller's built-in battery pack.
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There’s no denying that Mercedes-AMG makes a good looking sports sedan, and the 2019 AMG CLS 53 is an excellent example of the breed.Announced at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, the (arguably most striking) member of the new 53-series promises no shortage of speed from its 429 horsepower.Lift that and you’ll find a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine, linked to an AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission.What sets the drivetrain apart is Mercedes’ EQ Boost starter-alternator: that’s both a starter motor and an alternator in one, located between the engine and transmission.That fills in the torque gap before the larger exhaust gas turbocharger starts working its magic.The result is 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft. of torque, together with the promise of more refinement and no turbo lag.
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Warning: This is not going to be an objective story.I'm a lifelong, purple-bleeding, no-sideline-heaters, Tommy Kramer-jersey-owning Vikings fan.I watched stony-faced Bud Grant lose four Super Bowls.Minnesotans are born to Vikings disappointment sure as the snow flies in Duluth.I even put this line in my dad's 2014 obituary: "He would've liked the Minnesota Vikings to be his pallbearers, so they could let him down one last time."And on Sunday night, after the Vikes had frittered away a 17-0 lead and were losing by one at home to the New Orleans Saints, I was ready for that letdown again.
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Researchers at the National Research Lobachevsky University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) have developed a software and hardware system that will help to remotely assess any deviations in the heart condition and identify cardiovascular diseases at an early stage.The scientists' task is to create a system for remote cardiac monitoring, a round-the-clock service that could assess the state of the cardiovascular system of the Nizhny Novgorod region's residents.The plans are to develop a line of home appliances for taking cardiograms, automatically transmitting them to any distance via mobile communication networks and receiving a medical conclusion.The system consists of several sets of equipment and devices: for medical institutions, for call centers that receive signals, and for ordinary people.The devices for ordinary persons can be included in the family medicine chest just like a blood pressure monitor.The device is quite small and fits into the palm of an adult person.
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Giving digital games to friends has been a key feature on Steam and other PC gaming clients for years, but console gaming has lagged behind that trend.Thankfully, Microsoft now offers the ability to gift games over Xbox Live.To help make your next foray into gift shopping quick and painless, here’s how to gift Xbox One games without leaving the comfort of your couch.Step 1: Choose the gameYou must be logged into an Xbox One account and connected to the internet to access the store.Scroll to the store from the dashboard (the menu to the furthest right).
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We’ve launched Gym Buddies, an online fitness community to help you make lasting changes towards a healthier lifestyle.If you got yourself a fitness tracker for Christmas, you might think you’ve already made the first step into your training regime.So if you’re anything like me and eagerly unwrapped your fitness tracker on Boxing Day, yet haven’t actually decided what you want to track, you best read on.How to decide on your goalsLucy Arnold, PT and fitness coach said she believes using a tracker is a fantastic way to keep you accountable for yourself and not relying on others to help you get to where you need to be in your fitness journey.Yet doing them without goals seems a bit counterintuitive: “With goals you have a deadline and you’re working towards something,” she said.
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The connected home has been a big theme at CES, and today Comcast is turning on a new service that underscores its intention to be central player in it.The broadband giant is turning on free, voice-controlled IoT services for connected home products to its Xfinity customers in the US — currently numbering 15 million — which will let users link up hardware from various brands it its platform and will enable them to control them through its X1 voice remote or xFi (the app Comcast launched in May last year to control your home WiFi) or Xfinity Home apps.The service, which will launch in the first half of this year, will initially work with a specific selection of devices, including smart lock company August, Carrier, Chamberlain, ecobee, GE, Honeywell, Kwikset, Nest, Philips Hue, Singled, Tile and Zen, with more integrations coming soon.The news today signifies the biggest move yet by Comcast in the area of the connected home and the Internet of Things.IoT in the home has become a battleground of sorts for different tech and communications companies for a couple of reasons.First, they are all continuing to look for ways to make their services more sticky for users amid a very competitive field.
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If your taste in concept cars leans toward daring, dramatic design, CES 2018 might have been a slight disappointment, and Byton’s eponymous SUV epitomized that trend.The electric vehicle eschews outward glamor in favor of a design that could easily – with a few minor tweaks – be visualized in a dealership, rather than starring in a motion picture alongside Tom Cruise.The Chinese company’s SUV is a thinly-disguised vision of its first production car, and it’s that which makes the roadmap of a 2019/2020 launch in China and the US respectively more believable.The same goes for Byton’s unexpectedly conservative power and performance figures: 272 horsepower from the RWD version, or 474 horsepower in the AWD seem eminently feasible, unlike the “1,000+ HP!” boasts that some EV-makers use to claw attention from their gas-powered competition.The temptation at trade shows – and arguably CES above all others – is to stick closely to the old adage of “go big or go home,” the result being outlandish melodrama with little more than a vague nod to production practicality.Ironically, for an event that prides itself on the amount of business and trading done on and around its show floor, the things that get the most attention are those furthest away from feasibility.
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Huawei today announced a new whole-home Wi-Fi system, the WiFi Q2.Wi-Fi mesh network systems are quickly becoming the standard, with companies like Qualcomm estimating that they now account for 40 percent of new Wi-Fi router sales.Huawei is going a different route, though.In addition to a Wi-Fi mesh, it also uses a Powerline network that routes your traffic over the existing electrical system in your house instead of dedicated Ethernet cables.The result of this (ideally), is that your various satellite access points all get full-speed internet access without the potential of network degradation as you get further away from the main hub.And when both the mesh and the Powerline network work together at full speed, you could get connections with up to 1867Mbps (if your home internet can handle that, of course).
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Ford unveiled its new self-driving “platform” on which its partners like Lyft, Domino’s Pizza, and Postmates — and even small- and medium-sized businesses — can tap into and reap the benefits of the auto giant’s fleet of autonomous vehicles.It’s an aggressive approach to the future of transportation, especially when taken with Ford’s other announcements today regarding its work with Qualcomm and its creation of something it calls the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” In the simplest terms, Ford is tired of being just a car company; now it wants to be seen as an operating system for the future of mobility.Ford’s new CEO Jim Hackett is taking the stage at CES in Las Vegas today to outline the company’s approach to recent trends in the transportation sector, like autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, on-demand deliveries, and smart cities.It all can be filed under an initiative Ford introduced last year called the “City of Tomorrow,” a glossy, utopian vision of urban mobility that largely ignores the shabby condition of most of our major cities.Nonetheless, the company is gung ho on the idea of self-driving cars that can “talk” to everything, from traffic lights to the smartphones in the pockets of pedestrians and bicyclists to other vehicles on the road.Ford announced today that it’s partnering with Qualcomm to install “vehicle-to-everything” (V2X) cellular technology in all of its cars.
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Last year, Seagate released a hard drive specifically designed to add backup storage for DJI drone footages.At CES 2018, the company announced a follow up to that product called the LaCie DJI Copilot.Like its predecessor, the DJI Fly Drive, the Copilot also offers 2TB of storage.The company says that should amount to around 65 hours of 4K, 30fps video footage and around 20,000 RAW photos.What’s new about the Copilot is that it now allows you to manage the files straight from the drive itself.There’s a built in screen that you can use to copy or transfer files to an SD card, and a paired Copilot BOSS app lets you watch video playbacks in full resolution without plugging into a computer.
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FCC Commissioner Clyburn’s passionate dissent at last month’s meeting left no room for guesswork on her position on the Commission’s plan to eliminate net neutrality.Today, released alongside the final text of “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, is an extended statement that goes into further detail and strikes at the new rule’s numerous inadequacies.The whole statement is a whopping 6,000 words, and well worth reading in its entirety — especially if you missed her delivery of it on the day.Regarding the lack of evidence supporting the idea that net neutrality has held back innovation:We have seen self-serving statements from broadband providers that our net neutrality rules have somehow hamstrung them from bringing “innovative” new offerings to market before.They never did tell us what those offerings would have been at any real level of detail.
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Bundesliga in its latest film organised a 'loyalty test' for the fans of various teams in the German football league.The online film, created by the Belgian advertising agency Duval Guillaume, showcases two fake football agents separately inviting three die-hard fans of FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach.They asked them to change their favourite teams and lured them with money and cars.However, all the three fans denied on the ground that football is about character and passion and not money.Also, changing their loyalty would mean changing their identity.As the fans walked out, they were greeted and cheered by other fans of their clubs thus asserting that true fans are not for sale.
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Like other years, most people have opted for eating better, getting fit and saving money, but a recent poll by Bupa found that only half of the people surveyed said they were confident they would stick to their goals!The majority of plastic items go unrecycled and may take up to 1,000 years to decompose.Almost every piece of plastic ever created still exists today, and the scary fact is we’re not sure what to do with it or how long it will last.The majority ends up at the bottom of the ocean, which can be deadly for marine life and means that it’s entering the food chain as it’s ingested by fish, which humans then consume.You could also try more sustainable alternatives to some of your everyday products - like solid soap instead of bottled shower gel and a compostable bamboo toothbrush.It’s cheap to produce and is found in almost everything from food to cosmetics.
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If you were one of the twelve people passionately awaiting the integration of Cortana with Alexa and vice versa, then I have some news for you.Both Amazon and Microsoft have missed the key “later this year” deadline announced back in August 2017.The original announcement was a splashy affair, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos taking the time to be interviewed together by The New York Times.The titans of the two Seattle-based companies weren’t quite arm in arm, but they seemed friendly and espoused the same kind of ideas for wide-scale adoption of their respective digital assistants.“I want them to have access to as many of those A.I.s as possible,” Bezos told the New York Times.“Ensuring Cortana is available for our customers everywhere and across any device is a key priority for us,” Nadella said in an Amazon press release the same day.
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A major security flaw has been discovered in Intel CPUs, potentially leaving millions of computers around the world affected.Developers are currently in the midst of fixing the bug within Intel’s x86-64 hardware, which has affected millions of computers operating almost every system including Windows, macOS and Linux.Specific details of the security flaw have not been made public, as of yet, however, it has affected nearly all Intel processors made in the last decade, therefore, leaving millions of computers threatened and cease to work effectively.“Modern operating systems rely upon Intel’s chips to provide some essential security services – but if a flaw has been found then the operating systems themselves will need to be updated to do the job that they believed Intel’s chips were doing properly,” independent security expert Graham Cluley told the Guardian.The bug fixes will involve transporting the memory of the core of the computer operating system, the kernel, to another location away from the memory used by normal programs including JavaScript on websites and PC games.Patches that developers are working on to fix the problem are expected to significantly slow down computers with developers suspecting computers will be slowed down between 5% and 30% depending on the task wanted to be ran and the processor model.
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