Augustus Cole, aka the Cole Train baby, WOO!, is one of Gears of War s most memorable personalities.But a lawsuit launched against the game s developer and publisher by former Philadelphia Eagles football player Lenwood Hamilton claims the character uses his likeness without permission.The lawsuit, first reported by TMZ and since confirmed by GI.biz, names Epic Games, Microsoft, and Cole voice actor Lester Speight.It alleges that Hamilton spoke to Speight during their time together at Soul City Wrestling about creating a video game character similar to the former NFL player.The lawsuit says a forensic voice examiner hired by Hamilton found that his voice and Cole Train s matched to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty.
SEE ALSO: Samsung might have just confirmed Bixby, the next ridiculously-named AI assistantIn almost every case, other names were considered and, often, preferred.Cortana was almost called Alyx, Steve Jobs didn't like the name Siri, and if Jeff Bezos had had his way, you'd be calling your Echo "Amazon" instead.In the case of voice-activated assistants, the name needs to be easy to pronounce but not so common that it will be triggered unintentionally.It also needs to sound unique enough that it will stand out from other speech, even when spoken by mumblers, whisperers and accented voices.And, finally, it needs to fit in with the company's brand, or the brand they are trying to create.
Nintendo's got a brand new video game console. Nintendo almost has a brand new video game console — the Nintendo Switch as it's called is getting a big unveil on Thursday night.Nintendo Are you excited?If you're into Nintendo, you shouldHere's a quick rundown:It's named Nintendo Switch.
Peer-to-peer camera rentals just got a little bigger.KitSplit announced yesterday the acquisition of CameraLends, a photography gear rental platform with a similar peer-to-peer business model.With the acquisition, KitSplit says it is now the largest peer-to-peer camera rental platform around.KitSplit is to the photography industry what Airbnb is to the travel industry — it allows photographers to rent out their gear while someone else takes care of the details like rental insurance and actually finding renters.The platform helps photographers rent the gear they need — with large-scale rentals available, in New York City, Washington DC, and the Philadelphia and Boston areas.With the CameraLends acquisition, the amount of available gear and locations is expanding, with all CameraLends users and listings migrating over to the KitSplit platform.
Prime minister Juha Sipilä from among the children of the investment company Fortel Invest has sold its holdings, the engineering company Katera Steel, told Yle.Sipilä opened Fortel Invest in the company ownership today on Twitter.Katera Steel not Sipilä release from the list found.for your information: Fortel Invest Oy company holdings 10.1.2017: Gasek Oy 1.19 %, The Chempolis Oy to 5.25 % as well as Corporation Ahola Transport Abb 0,89%— Juha Sipilä @juhasipila 10. January 2017Katera steel's ceo Markku Jauhiainen told Tuesday night to Yle that the company itself bought Fortel Invest five percent ownership in December.
Can you provide us tagging and content?Flexibility is crucial, and the ability to adapt your programs and deliverables at the drop of a hat is key to long-term success.After spending six months creating a customer-focused SEO and content strategy, building a program around mid-volume, highly relevant keywords, we increased organic conversions for Client A by 25 percent YOY for three straight months.Come to find out Client A was looking for an acquisition and needed to show traffic growth — not lead growth.Are there top-of-funnel content opportunities we can take advantage of?Keyword targets were shifted, longer-term recommendations were moved to the front of the priorities list, extra content was created focused on answer boxes and question-based content, and the focus on conversions became secondary.
Until Intel took mostly everyone into a room at CES 2017 and told them to put on an Oculus Rift headset.The virtual reality keynote was an opportunity for Intel to showcase three areas they expect virtual reality to become increasingly prevalent: sports and live entertainment, tourism and, of course, video games.And that meant telling everyone - or at least the press and industry folk who lined up early enough to get inside the conference - to pop on the Oculus Rift in front of them.As far as Intel is concerned, VR can play a major factor in three things: travel, work and play.The travel pitch was pretty simple: imagine you could look and move around your next holiday spot, the hotel room you're going to book, the monument you'd like to go visit.The next part required the co-founder of Hype VR, Ted Schilowitz.
The next model in Volkswagen s crossover offensive is the brand-new, second-generation Tiguan.The soft-roader was unveiled during a private event held ahead of its public debut at the Detroit Auto Show.The U.S.-spec 2018 Tiguan is closely related to the model sold in Europe.Both crossovers ride on Volkswagen s modular MQB platform, but the version we re getting here is 10.7 inches longer than the outgoing, first-generation Tiguan.The extra sheet metal gives it 57 percent more trunk space than its predecessor, and it clears up enough room for sliding second-row seats and an available third-row bench.More: Volkswagen will replace the CC next year with a bold new four-door coupe
Anyone familiar with Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series, and many more of its games, will know the work of Stephen Bliss - who for 15 years provided art for the famed developer.He helped provide the artwork for Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, San Andreas and all subsequent GTA games to date.He also worked on Team Bondi's LA Noire, The Warriors, Bully and Red Dead Redemption.Bliss left the company in 2016 to pursue his own ventures."My first brief at Rockstar was to paint the front box cover and develop an art style for a game called GTA 3, followed by GTA Vice City, etc."The long run at Rockstar was probably because I proved to be versatile: painting in various styles, designing logos, designing both game and non-game lifestyle merchandise, making a mean cup of tea etc."
The Consumer Electronics Show, tech s annual orgy of shiny new gadgets, is still underway in Vegas.But all the big players have announced their flagship products already, and one thing is clear: this is the year that laptops became cool again.PCs have been on the down for nearly a decade now.Don t just take my word for it: go look at the plummeting sales figures, which have the total number of laptops sold down 10% last year.The decline is due to the rise in mobile computing, with tablets and smartphones providing a compelling alternative to Windows XP for so many people.But as much as Microsoft blames the decline on the mobile industry, the simple truth is that the laptop market has stagnated over the past few years.
Error loading player: No playable sources foundWe ve seen some incredible TVs at CES this year: Stunning screens that practically melt your eyeballs.But the real stars of the show haven t been the displays.Instead, the TVs are remarkable for their designs.The coolest TVs of CES 2017 pulled all the guts of the TV out of the display hardware, and in the process effectively completed the modern television s transition to a giant ass computer monitor.The TV is a big, bright display attached to a box by the new Connect cable, which is about the width of fishing line.
Finally, Silicon Valley has moved beyond funding yet another food-delivery or Uber-like app and is bringing something truly revolutionary and necessary to market: a breast pump that won t make you feel like a sad bovine attached to a medieval torture device.It s called the Willow, and its makers say it will be available in the spring for around $400.Unlike other pumps, you can use the Willow while fully dressed.It s also hands-free and doesn t require a plug, so you can move around while using it.We re not sure we quite buy the part about using this thing in public or around the office ― it looks kind of bulky, after all.However, it does seem a lot less dehumanizing and humiliating than what s on the market right now.
Även om du bor i en kommun som tar hand om organiskt avfall, till exempel för rötning och biogasproduktion, kan du vara intresserad av att kompostera.Den näringsrika jorden du får kan då användas för att odla örter och grönsaker, eller plantera om krukväxter.Bor du där komposterbart avfall inte tas om hand har du ännu större orsak.Om du tycker det verkar bökigt har Whirlpool en ny produkt du kan kika på.Zera Food Recycler är en automatiserad snabbkompost som enligt företaget förvandlar matrester och annat organiskt avfall till jord på så lite som 24 timmar.Allt du behöver göra är att slänga avfallet bara inga ben eller aprikoskärnor, de är för hårda i öppningen på ovansidan, blanda in ett tillskott då och då, och ut kommer jord i en utdragslåda nertill.
Facial recognition technology is booming both for commercial and security purposes, from Amazon scanning faces in its grocery store to police using the software on 117 million Americans.But a Berlin-based artist has found a way to confuse these computer vision algorithms with a concept that borrows from the camouflage techniques used by animals.With the HyperFace project, Adam Harvey uses thousands of "algorithm-specific optimized false faces which reduce the confidence score of your true face," as he told Mashable via e-mail.In other words, these patterns, which can be printed on clothing or textiles, appear to have all facial features that the visual software can interpret as a face, thus overloading and over saturating the algorithm so that it can't really tell which faces are real."In other words, if a computer vision algorithm is expecting a face, give it what it wants," the project's page says."I got inspiration from false coloration in the animal kingdom," Harvey said.
Some of the best science communication is being done in online videosThe people have spoken… about a lot of things lately.But throughout the political tumult of recent times where tears have been shed, family members blocked and dear pals unfriended, one forum of online expression has remained consistent, fun and quietly confident: videos.Online video is free speech in every sense.It has happened so steadily we take it for granted, but it would be no exaggeration to view the growth of science creators as YouTube calls them as a sort of soft revolution – a triumph of defiant goodwill in the face of uncertainty, and of apolitical communication in a world of power games and gangs.The more the mainstream media reveals of its wolfish agendas, the more charmed we are by the individuals who walk their own path barefoot as the broadcast juggernauts thunder past.
For those eager to easily misplace two terabytes worth of photos, videos, MP3s, and other important documents, today Kingston unveiled a three-inch USB flash drive packing more storage than even a fully spec d MacBook Pro.The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte GT flash drive isn t exactly tiny, but compared to the external backup drive sitting on your desk, it s probably considerably more pocket-friendly and easy to travel with.When eventually available the USB 3.0 drive will presumably arrive with an equally massive price tag, but those two terabytes of storage also come wrapped in a tough zinc-alloy metal casing that can survive sub-zero temperatures all the way down to 40 below zero, and protect your data all the way to up to a toasty 185 degrees Fahrenheit.But all that armor won t protect a single byte of data if you lose it.We re on the ground at CES 2017 in Las Vegas!Follow all of our coverage of the latest and greatest in tech here.
Earin is looking to follow up on its M-1 wireless earbuds by introducing the next iteration, appropriately named the M-2, at CES 2017.These wireless earbuds give a fresh spin on the design of the M-1 earbuds, and are being revealed at a time when Apple s own wireless AirPods are experiencing stock shortages.Can Earin capitalize on the short supply of AirPods?The M-2 Earbuds are part of Earin s True Wireless line and feature what it calls a fasion-forward design.The earbuds feature an interface on the tip that can be used for answering calls and navigating through music, meaning you don t necessarily need to have your phone out to use them.Earin says that their unique shape creates isolation from the outside world, and that they re the smallest and lightest earbuds available on the market.
LOS ANGELES – SpaceX plans to resume flights as early as next week after finding the cause of an explosion that destroyed a rocket and satellite on a Florida launch pad in September.The Hawthorne, California-based company is aiming for a Sunday, Jan. 8, flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.The launch still needs approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.The company said its investigation of the Sept. 1 explosion found that a tank failed within the larger, second-stage liquid oxygen tank.SpaceX plans to launch 10 satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. on a Falcon 9 rocket.The satellites will be used to provide mobile communications on land, sea and air.
Machine learning isn t just self-driving cars and personal assistants — companies like Netflix, Facebook and eBay use it to predict customer behavior, prevent fraud, improve the supply chain, boost customer retention and more.For insight into how you can leverage the power of machine learning, don t miss this interactive VB Live event.Register here for free.10 years ago, we struggled to find 10 machine learning-based business applications, said Gartner s VP of Research, Alexander Linden, during his speech at the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit in India.Now we struggle to find 10 that don t use it.Machine learning is already the foundation of industry giants.It drives Google s RankBrain, which processes more than 3.5 billion search queries every day, continuously comparing billions of pages to move the most relevant to the top to improve your results.Netflix uses machine learning to not only boost user engagement but keep customers coming, by processing ever-changing title ratings, viewing statistics, and geographical information to ensure content served to viewers is what they more likely want to see.At Facebook, they re trying to keep you logged in, and keep you interested in the ads you see on your sidebar and in your news feed, not just with age, interests, education data, and more helping them constantly refine their targeting and improve their retargeting, but based on the things you liked, groups you joined, and the pages you follow.eBay and Amazon want to keep you shopping, so they re investing in machine learning to uncover exactly what products you want to see and are likely to buy.
Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel today announced two web apps, Mixtape and DateSpots, both aimed at helping singles improve their first date experiences.The startup is billing the move as an expansion — instead of simply helping people discover others online, Coffee Meets Bagel wants to also drive offline interactions.Once the match is made, the singles are left to take care of the details.As Coffee Meet Bagel s focus has always been to bring more meaningful relationships about , the natural step for us to expand into was what happens after two people connect, a Coffee Meets Bagel spokesperson told VentureBeat.Mixtape creates a Spotify playlist of songs that you and your date both listen to, with the hope of getting the conversation started on your first date.The site uses Spotify s API to query users public playlists and top songs.The idea for Mixtape came from one of Coffee Meets Bagel s engineers, who built the tool and used it to break the ice and find common ground on his own first dates.DateSpots.co helps you find a great place for your first date and ensure that it s one both people will enjoy.