Thomas Musick

Thomas Musick

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As your Twitch career starts to take off, you’re likely to find yourself with increasing amounts of disposable income and the desire to elevate the quality of your broadcasts.That’s where Roland, the company best known for crafting highly renowned electronic music equipment, has a new product to help you out.The VR-1HD is a mixing deck with a difference: it does a few familiar audio modulation bits, like adding reverb or music jingles, but its claim to fame is the ability to also manage up to three cameras on the fly, allowing you to put out professional-looking, multicamera live broadcasts.The focus of the VR-1HD is on making live streams as slick and engaging as video that’s been edited and refined with the addition of clever transitions and multiple camera angles.To that end, the mixing deck — which is fed via three HDMI inputs, two XLR jacks for studio microphones, and one line-in input — includes a selection of automated transition modes.One has the video follow the audio, which would be ideal for podcasts, wherein the camera automatically switches to the person speaking into the microphone associated with a certain video feed.
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Move over One-Click shopping, Click to Pray is herePope Francis of the Catholic Church has launched the "Click to Pray" app, designed to connect the faithful via smartphones and fondleslabs.Wielding an iPad during his Angelus address, Pope Francis urged the young Catholics of the world to download the app and enjoy some damn good praying time ahead of World Youth Day.The app, listed in Apple's app store under "Lifestyle", allows a user to post prayer intentions and view other user's pleadings in six languages.It all sounds a bit like the somewhat corrosive habit of trolling for Likes on Facebook and Twitter.Indeed, "Click to Pray" looks suspiciously like a social media network.
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This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI.From content recommendation to disease diagnosis and treatment and self-driving vehicles, deep learning is playing a very important role in making critical decisions.As opposed to classical software development approaches, in which programmers meticulously code the rules that define the behavior of an applications, neural networks create their own behavioral rules through examples.When you provide a neural network with training examples, it runs it through layers of artificial neurons, which then adjust their inner parameters to be able to classify future data with similar properties.Performing such a task with classic machine learning or older AI techniques was very difficult, slow and error-prone.While neural networks often output results that are very similar to what a human would produce, they do not necessarily go through the same decision-making process.
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LG's next flagship phone could be very different, Netflix will raise its prices and Apple's Tim Cook calls for more privacy.
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After all the excitement over its new full-frame mirrorless cameras, Nikon has turned its attention to more wallet-friendly compacts with the launch of the Coolpix A1000.Billed as a "stylish compact digital camera", the new Coolpix A1000 will appeal to those looking for a travel camera thanks to its 35x optical zoom, with a range from 24-840mm.This zoom coverage outdoes the likes of its nearest rivals, the Panasonic Lumix ZS70 (TZ90 outside the US) and Sony Cyber-shot HX99, which both feature 24-720mm zoom lenses.The long zoom means the Coolpix A1000 doesn't feature a larger 1.0-inch sensor as seen in the likes of the Panasonic Lumix ZS100; instead it's equipped with a more traditional 1/2.3-inch sensor with a resolution of 16MP.While 16MP might seem a bit measly compared to many current cameras, we actually favour smaller pixel counts on these small sensors, as it should ensure better performance at higher ISOs.Speaking of which, the Coolpix A1000 has a ISO ceiling of 6400, while it also benefits from the ability to shoot in raw - something that not every travel zoom camera offers.
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Square is announcing a new debit card, called the Square Card, which will allow businesses to withdraw and spend the money they’re bringing in through Square payments.In a conference call with reporters, the company laid out a number of benefits that the card should offer to Square sellers.The big one: It could help with cashflow, eliminating any delay between making a sale and having that money available to spend.To be clear, businesses aren’t creating a new bank account.Instead, the card — a free debit card from Mastercard — allows them to tap into the funds that are already in their Square account, without having to transfer the money to a separate bank account first.In addition, Square said that for 40 percent of beta testers, the Square Card is their very first business debit card, making it easier for them to track their businesses expenses, which can be crucial come tax time.
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Iterio is getting very good results in their employee surveys, which can be explained by the company's constant quest for comfort and good health.In 2018, tricks Iterio fourth place on the Great place to work, the annual ranking that presents Sweden's best workplaces.Recently answered 100% that they all in all think this is a great workplace, " says Gunilla Brogren, regional manager Stockholm at Iterio.Gunilla Brogren has worked at Iterio since its inception in 2011.– Unique for us is our well-balanced team.We have a majority of senior, experienced consultants in various specialist areas, which propped up the of driven juniors.
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The wrecks of two famous Royal Navy ships that were lost on a doomed Arctic mission to locate the Northwest Passage have sparked talk of a modern "curse."Last seen in the 1840s while under the command of Sir John Franklin, the fate of the “vanished” HMS Erebus and HMS Terror remained a mystery for almost 170 years.The wreck of the Erebus was finally located in 2014, amid much fanfare, and the Terror was found two years later.CANADA SAYS 1 OF THE LOST SHIPS FROM DOOMED 1840S BRITISH ARCTIC EXPEDITION IS FOUNDWhat happened to most of the ships’ crew members, however, is still unknown.Franklin and 128 handpicked officers and men had set out in 1845 to find the Northwest Passage, the long-sought shortcut to Asia that supposedly ran from the Atlantic to the Pacific by way of the harsh, ice-choked Arctic.
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the Acquisition of the Convergo is in line with the Bimobjects growth strategy to acquire companies that add new expertise and new customers, and downloadable objects, which, in turn, drives the user base.Read more: Bimobject increases the losses, shares riseConvergo describe themselves as a konverteringstjänst which helps the manufacturers to convert their produktunderlag in the CAD to a BIM model.These custom files can be used by architects and engineers in many types of projects within the construction and civil engineering.
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Fossil has been launching dozens of Wear OS smartwatches ever since the operating system first launched, both through the Fossil brand and its sub-brands, like Michael Kors.The Michael Kors Access Sofie has been one of the more popular Michael Kors Wear OS watches — and at CES 2019, it’s getting a refresh.The new Michael Kors Access Sofie 2.0 offers the same fashion-forward design as the original device, but gives it new and modern internal features and better health tracking.Notably, the device now has a heart rate monitor for tracking workouts in Google Fit, as well as an NFC sensor, meaning you can use the device for mobile payments with Google Pay.There are other new features too.For example, the new device now supports untethered GPS, which means you’ll be able to use it to track runs and workouts without having to bring your phone along too.
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Nintendo has been making gaming machines for more than 30 years at this point, and through all of the ups and downs, it’s kept on making home consoles.Though the company has no plans to stop producing home consoles, Nintendo’s new president has suggested that he’s open to the idea if that’s what it’ll take to adapt to the ever-changing gaming industry.Perhaps there’s a future where Nintendo only makes software for other platforms?It seems crazy to consider the idea when the Switch is experiencing a ridiculous level of success, but plenty of other companies have shown us that all it takes is one or two fumbled console launches – or worse, a gaming crash – to bring the titans of the industry tumbling down.“We aren’t really fixated on our consoles,” Furukawa said.“At the moment we’re offering the uniquely developed Nintendo Switch and its software – and that’s what we’re basing how we deliver the “Nintendo experience” on.
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But for Marvel, additional photography is an essential part of the moviemaking process -- and it certainly paid off for critical and commercial smash Black Panther, which is up for three awards at Sunday's 2019 Golden Globes: best motion picture in the drama category, best original score and best original song."But Marvel literally schedules additional photography from Day One, because they realize that once it's translated from script into images, you're still discovering the story."I caught up with Berman, who previously edited Spider-Man: Homecoming and is currently working on Captain Marvel, to discuss the balancing act of the editing process, working with director Ryan Coogler, and what changed in reshoots for Black Panther, which also made four 91st Oscars shortlists -- music (original score); music (original song); visual effects; and makeup and hairstyling.One of the things we picked up in additional photography was the battle at the end of the film where the Dora Milaje, the female warriors, are surrounded, and right at the last minute they get saved by the male Jabari warriors.Just to drive the point home, the very first warrior who breaks through the force field and saves the Dora Milaje is a female warrior.It's kind of like putting on another coat of polish now that the movie is more of a living, breathing thing and you can see it clearer.
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YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul are working to protect their upcoming boxing rematch against pirated live streams after their initial fight was pirated by more than a million viewers.In a video published yesterday, KSI says that in addition to sorting out distribution options and a location for the match, they’re also “working on protection and the legal side of things when it comes to streaming.”The first match took place last August in the UK’s Manchester Arena.Despite the thousands of people who bought tickets for the in-person event and the hundreds of thousands more who streamed it live on YouTube via a $10 pay-per-view, piracy was rampant on Twitch.Piracy streams do violate Twitch’s guidelines, though these are subject to DMCA takedowns by third-party rights holders.We’ve reached out to KSI and Twitch for comment and will update accordingly.
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Asus announced four new education-focused Chromebooks.The four Chromebooks include the CT100, Asus’ first Chrome OS-powered tablet.Asus will announce pricing and specific launch dates in the coming months.With CES 2019 right around the corner, Asus unveiled four new rugged Chromebooks which include the company’s first Chrome OS-powered tablet.Starting with the tablet, the CT100 features a 9.7-inch display with QXGA resolution (2,048 x 1,536), a USB Type-C port, the hexa-core OP1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 35Wh battery.As a nice bonus, the tablet features a built-in stylus to use on the display.
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Video games continue to get larger, adding more story content, side activities, and bigger environments that create worlds so massive, some players never want to leave.Some of the best MMORPGs are traditional role-playing games, but the genre has evolved to include games that mix in more action-oriented elements.Set years before the events of titles like Oblivion and Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls Online is free to explore territory not explored in the other games, and it has received two expansions that cater to longtime fans.The game uses an “advanced damage model” to affect vehicles’ performance based on where they are hit, and auctions and trading systems allow you to swap gear with other players in order to create your ideal ride.To increase your chance of survival, you can join a clan, and special “Clan Wars” events let you and your squad take on another clan for bragging rights.Despite being more than six years old, Guild Wars 2 continues to be updated with new content through its “Living World” system, which encourages continued play with new quests, events, weapons, and more on a more regular basis than standard expansions can allow.
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Much of the major space news from 2018 seemed to involve big, new rockets and robotic spacecraft traveling to far-away places.Within days, China's space agency could land its Chang'e-4 craft and the rover it carries on the far side of the moon.A few weeks later, a SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled to send the first Israeli lunar lander on its way.The latter is the product of private company SpaceIL, which was the sole Israeli team to compete in the Google Lunar XPrize.Although the competition ended without any winners making it to the moon, SpaceIL and at least three other finalists -- Berlin's PTScientists, India's Team Indus and Florida-based Moon Express -- are all aiming to land on the moon at some point in 2019.At a press conference in November, the space agency said the first commercial lunar payloads from the program could fly in 2019.
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Fortnite dominated 2018 in video gaming, but Epic Games’ battle royale phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down as we enter 2019.The game’s latest content update added a new item that should help to get the New Year’s Eve party started and players are even reporting a special in-game event as the clock counts down.Right now in Fortnite‘s battle royale mode, you can use the new Boom Box item.Rather than acting as a weapon against other players directly, the Boom Box deals structural damage to buildings in a large radius around it, with newly built walls being completely destroyed every time it activates.Shooting the Boom Box will nullify its effects, so players ought to place it somewhere difficult to see.Epic Games also appears to have put a little 2019 celebration into Fortnite, as well.
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Every couple of weeks we see a new article come up that tries to answer the good old question: should designers learn to code?Our industry is finally reaching a point where we are able to step back and reframe that question altogether.There are two fundamental arguments used by those who defend the fact that designers who learn to code become more valuable than others:First, by creating prototypes that are as close as possible to the ultimate intent of the desired experience, it becomes more likely that it will be executed by others appropriately — if not by the designer itself.Second, the more a designer can speak the language of their developer peers, the better they can collaborate to get to a stronger final product.Of course designers should know how to code.
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Foldables, as the new mobile category of devices is likely to be called, have yet to arrive.Sure, we’ve had last year’s dual-screen ZTE Axon M and an early first foldable smartphone last month, but so far we’ve simply been setting the groundwork for 2019 and beyond.Most notably this year, Google added native support for foldables to Android and Samsung showed off a prototype of its tablet-size two-screen foldable phone, slated for 2019.The pitch is certainly interesting: Fold out to double your screen size and fold in to pocket a big device.A tablet that turns into a phone, and vice versa.Foldables could indeed prove incredibly useful, but they are still years away for most people, even with giants Google and Samsung on board.
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The same can be said of the science that happened this year.From a sun-bound space probe to controversial designer babies made by a rogue scientist, this year’s science headlines read like chapter titles to a cheap sci-fi novel.Here’s our recap — in no particular order — of some of the most outstanding scientific breakthroughs, news, and discoveries from the past 12 months.But in August, the extraordinary probe, designed to study the sun from the very edge of its atmosphere, finally launched from the Space Launch Complex 37 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.Packed within the Parker Solar Probe’s heat shield are a slew of instruments designed to measure electric and magnetic fields within the sun’s corona and solar wind, transmitting that information back to astronomers on Earth for analysis.One of the mission’s primary goals is to reveal details about the origin of the solar winds that pose a significant threat to satellites, spacecraft, and communications systems.
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