Long known to be a bit of a cynic in regards to artificial intelligence, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk decided to do what he does best and put his wealth to good use.Along with Y Combinator president Sam Altman, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and Musk’s PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Musk hopes that this donation will to allow OpenAI to function freely without worrying about generating a financial return.In the company’s eyes, this fact alone is paramount to it prioritizing a “good outcome” over its own “self-interest.”“As a non-profit, our aim is to build value for everyone rather than shareholders,” OpenAI representatives said in a press release.“Researchers will be strongly encouraged to publish their work, whether as papers, blog posts, or code, and our patents (if any) will be shared with the world.We’ll freely collaborate with others across many institutions and expect to work with companies to research and deploy new technologies.”Despite the $1 billion pledge and celebrity affiliation, it isn’t completely obvious exactly how OpenAI intends to build value or collaborate outside of just plain research.“It’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.”In addition to the founders, OpenAI plans on initially functioning with nine world-class research engineers and scientists, headlined by research director and Google Brain Team alum Ilya Sutskever.
the Swedish data Inspection board has once again put a spanner in the works for drönarpiloter.In anticipation of övervakningslagarna be modified and adapted for today's drönarklimat so, it has often been referred to exempt flight in a public place so that drönarpiloter can use their flying machines.the Swedish data Inspection board keeps hard at its decision that the drone is the personal privacy's biggest enemy, and has said no to the proposal.the Swedish data inspection Board lawyer Tove Fors says this in a press release on the decision:To completely exempt all private drones from the rules of the kameraövervakningslagen is not proportionate to the privacy risks that it would entail.this is Why we say no to the proposal.
Amazon has announced a host of forthcoming improvements for its Fire TV devices that ll offer greater voice commands and more 4K content.In a press release on Tuesday, the firm announced a new range of Alexa voice commands that ll make it easier to find and play content.Users will be able to launch apps, play content by speaking into the Fire TV remote.More skills borrowed from the Amazon Echo speaker are also coming, including the ability to find local movie show times, read Kindle books and find local businesses.to find out what movies are playing in theatres near you or specific movie timesYouTube 4K Ultra HD—Access YouTube s full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TVSearch for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa—Ask What Mexican restaurants are nearby?to get convenient information on businesses nearbyAccess Kindle e-books via Alexa—Say Read The Nightingale to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TVcomments powered by Disqus
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
Microsoft is selling its featurephone business to manufacturing company Foxconn, The Verge reports.The deal, which is worth $350 million £242 million, will give Foxconn company FIH Mobile the right to use the Nokia brand, and 4,500 employees will also work for the new company.The official Microsoft press release says it expects the deal to close in the second half of 2016.A featurephone is a low-end mobile phone that doesn't have the capabilities of a smartphone.Microsoft has been scaling back its production of featurephones.A leaked memo from 2014 showed that the company was going to focus on Windows Phones instead of Nokia products.And now Microsoft has moved away from Windows Phones too.Microsoft's 2013's acquisition of Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia has been described by BBC News as "a disaster for all concerned."The company took a $7.6 billion writedown  £5.2 billion from the deal last year, which was more than the $7.2 billion £4.9 billion  that it actually paid to acquire Nokia's phone division.NOW WATCH: Only in San Francisco — inside the 232-square-foot micro apartment that sold for nearly $425,000Loading video...
A new fitness program is designed to help people get into shape by getting it on.Very NSFW link to the BangFit website here.Then while watching a series of adult films, the sexercisers pump and thrust along to the action with the help of specially designed avatars programmed to keep the players pace.Exercisers can stick with basic positions or work up to more acrobatic and athletic positions, like Squat and Thrust and Missionary Press.Today, due to our hectic work schedules and lack of motivation, many of us do not receive regular amounts of physical activity and lead sedentary lifestyles, Price said in a press release.A 2013 study suggested that sex ranks at about the equivalent of walking uphill or playing tennis.
The newly trademark and license agreement means that the newly formed company HMD Global will create a new generation of mobile phones and tablets with the Nokia brand. HMD is also planning to buy the right to use the Nokia brand of simpler phones, so-called "feature phones", from the American IT giant Microsoft, which took over Nokia's mobile phone business in 2014, according to a press release from Nokia. The company receives exclusive rights to manufacture mobile phones and tablets with the Nokia mark the next ten years and will invest more than $ 500 million, over four billion, over three years, according to the press release. Behind the HMD is the venture capital company Smart Connect, led by Nokia veteran Jean-Francois Baril. HMD will be an independent company in relation to Nokia, which will neither invest in or hold shares of HMD. But Nokia will have one of five chairs in the HMD's board and check that the work responds to what Nokia sees that consumers' expectations of the brand in terms of issues such as design and quality.
NetEase is one of the first major game companies to commit support for Google s new virtual reality initiative.The Chinese publisher and developer announced that it is making a game for Daydream, Google s new mobile VR platform that it talked about at Google I/O event today.The title is Twilight Pioneers, an action role-playing game with a fantasy setting.As one of the first developers globally to feature on Google I/O 2016, we are pleased to be among the first companies to commit to making games for Daydream, NetEase chief executive officer and director William Ding noted in a press release.Leveraging our track record in game development and innovation, we are confident of delivering the superior VR gaming experience to players in China and around the world.NetEase has previously worked on mobile games like Chrono Blade and a licensed app based on the movie Kung Fu Panda 3.It also runs many of Blizzard s games, including Hearthstone, in China.NetEase opened a U.S. division earlier last year to release games in North America, starting with Speedy Ninja for mobile.
How many do not remember the old Nokia phones? Finnish Nokia is back - but do not manufacture handsets itself. Instead, they will be developed by the newly formed company HMD. It has previously written about that Nokia wants to make a comeback in the mobile world, and now it is clear that it will. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company signed a trademark and license agreement under which the newly formed HMD Global Oy will create a new generation of mobile phones and tablets under the Nokia brand. According to a press release from Nokia so plan HMD also buying the right to use the Nokia brand of mobile phones easier, so-called feature phones, Microsoft, which in 2014 took over Nokia's mobile operations
Grand Theft Auto V hasn t run out of gas yet.Take-Two released its financial results for the fiscal year 2016 today, posting a GAAP generally accepted accounting practices net revenue of $1.414 billion, up 31 percent from the previous year.Non-GAAP revenue was slightly down for the year $1.561 billion compared to $1.669 billion the previous year and quarter $342.5 million compared to $427.7 million for fiscal fourth quarter 2015 .These non-GAAP numbers were better than expectations from within the company.Fiscal 2016 marked the third consecutive year of stronger-than-expected Non-GAAP revenues and profits for Take-Two, said Strauss Zelnick, chairman and chief executive officer of Take-Two, in a press release sent to GamesBeat.Our results were driven by the continued extraordinary performance of Grand Theft Auto V, ongoing momentum in our NBA 2K and WWE 2K series, the successful launch of XCOM 2, and our highest-ever revenue from recurrent consumer spending.Battleborn, which launched earlier this month, will also be a part of fiscal 2017.The report also noted that Rockstar Games, developer of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, is working on a new project that the company will announce soon.
So of course people are going to make a film out of it.Announced today, a Tetris film is being developed via a new company formed in partnership between producer Larry Kasanoff Strange Days, True Lies, Mortal Kombat and Seven Star Works, a production concern financed by Chinese media businessman Bruno Wu.The relevant press release bits say: Tetris, one of the most recognized video game franchises of all time, is a perfect first project for this strategy, adds Kasanoff, the first producer to develop a hit movie based on a video game, with two number-one Mortal Kombat films to his credit.For our debut project, Threshold Global Studios will bring one of the most beloved, cross-generational gaming brands in the world to the big screen as an epic, sci-fi thriller.Line Producer Dane Smith Transformers, Harry Potter, Spiderman will be responsible for implementing the unique Tetris VFX developed especially for the film.We re very excited to bring Tetris fans worldwide this epic tale in the form of a major motion picture.
A screenshot from the remaster of Batman: Arkham Asylum.Warner Bros InteractiveWarner Bros Interactive has announced the Batman: Return to Arkham - which will bring Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to PS4 and Xbox One on 29 July, and cost £39.99.The remasters have been developed by Virtuos Games and will include, according to a press release, "improved graphics, as well as upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders."Though aided in their success by the Hollywood limelight of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, the games cut their own thematic path – blending technological realism and gadgetry with the heightened reality of the expanded Batman world.Arkham Asylum takes place within the DC Comics series' famed psychiatric hospital which, in the story, houses a large number of Batman's enemies and has been taken over by a coup by master criminal The Joker.A trailer was released accompanying the announcement, which is embedded below.
Photograph: Alamy When the trade organization Energy companies summarizes elåret are solar power for the first time in the statistics. Last year produced 0.1 TWh, an increase of 60 percent. Total net exports was 22.6 TWh, which corresponds to 14 percent of total production. For the first time ever seemed even the sun's contribution to electricity generation by 0.1 TWh. We know that the interest for their own electricity with solar panels in homes is growing. We support this development and look forward to a breakthrough for solar electricity in Sweden, says Pernilla Winnhed, CEO fto Energy Companies Sweden in a press release.
The rumor came from a line in the press release from the Redmond firm, which announced that Microsoft was selling its feature phone business to FIH Mobile and HMD Global – essentially cutting off a big part from the deal it struck with Nokia in 2013.On the one hand, it's a triumphant battle cry from Microsoft, pointing out that it doesn't matter its exiting a declining featurephone market as it'll still be right behind the smartphone platform, and that's the reason it purchased Nokia anyway.Well, that kind of makes sense anyway.The heavily-rumored Surface Phone is in the offing, a high-spec device that Microsoft will concentrate its marketing efforts on in an attempt to replicate the success of the Surface tablet range that's turned into a billion-dollar line.But Microsoft, if it does drop the Lumia line, should be commended for its bravery and agility – it's not giving up on Windows 10 Mobile despite its faltering performance, and pivoting the name to improve its chances is a great thing.That said, there's still a market for the Lumia names on phones, if only just to differentiate between the high- and low-end handsets in Microsoft's portfolio – there's still a strong market for cheaper smartphones and Lumia is a better-known brand name than Surface in some regions thanks to the past performance of the 500-series phones.
AP ImagesJohn McAfee, anti-virus software founder, current presidential candidate, and one-time murder suspect, recently announced his involvement with a company called MGT Capital Investments.Hmmm.But it s still much more valuable than it was a few weeks ago.Google FinanceAccording to a press release last week, McAfee joined MGT as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.By 2012, it had switched to acquiring intellectual property for online gaming platforms, and now is focused on acquiring, developing and monetizing intellectual property assets.And according to Michael Antonelli, an institutional equity sales trader, the stock surge shows how a press release can have drastic effects on a share price—even if it doesn t last long.
While much of today's Google IO keynote was spent on Google Home, the Mountain View company's answer to the Amazon Echo, there was a brief moment where they talked about the future of Android TV.Now entering its third year of life, Android TV will soon add picture-in-picture, live TV DVR and support for high dynamic range HDR content to its repertoire of tricks.The ability to multi-task has always been something Google products have excelled at, so it's perhaps somewhat unsurprising that it became a priority for its Android TV operating system.That news came by way of GPU giant, Nvidia.In a press release sent to techradar, Nvidia says that it has plans to leverage the technology in its Nvidia Shield and will be the first streaming video device to support the technology.Finally, Google announced that it would add several new channels to Android TV, including apps for CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, STARZ, WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and ESPN.
Sospendo Smartphone HolderIn a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as the worst is a bold claim.But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes.The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras.Fall off the treadmill while wearing SOSPENDO, and you ll get punched in the face FOR FREE!Those have been around since the first iPad and probably before , and will continue to exist for as long as lazy people buy tablets.People go on holiday to unwind and relax, not POV-video every waking second, and parents should consider paying attention to their toddlers, not positioning an iPad to block them out of view.
Like a number of other bits and bobs announced at Google I/O thus far, there are still some important questions left unanswered about the Mi Box — but here s what we do know about Xiaomi s forthcoming set-top box.It s sleek, it s small and it s apparently won the Chinese phone maker a couple of design awards already.The Mi Box is powered by Android TV 6.0, is capable of beaming 4K video at 60 FPS and supports Dolby Digital Plus audio playback.It does HDMI 2.0a and features a quad-core ARM processor, Mali 450 GPU and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which is expandable via USB.The controller also doubles as a gaming controller for Android TV-compatible games.Availability details for both products are still forthcoming, though the company noted that the product is coming soon in a press release issued today.
Tesla just announced a $2 billion stock offering — and it's great news for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.The two banks are acting as lead joint book runners on the offering, according to a statement.Deutsche Bank, Citibank, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch will act as additional book-running managers.Tesla is offering about $1.4 billion of shares, according to the press release.CEO Elon Musk is selling the remaining shares.The deal is the fifth-largest equity-capital markets transaction in the US in 2016, after TransCanada, ArcelorMittal, Molson Coors, and Baxalta.Goldman Sachs analysts on Wednesday issued a "buy" rating on Tesla's stock, leading to a jump in its price.NOW WATCH: Everything Elon Musk just revealed about the Tesla Model 3Loading video...
In Berlin s venture capital arms race, E.ventures is the latest tech investor to stock up.The firm, with operations in Germany, San Francisco, Brazil and Asia, said it s closed a $150 million fund to invest in early-stage European technology startups and has hired Bernardo Hernandez, a veteran of Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., as its fifth general partner.The company is also raising a U.S. fund that may be as large as $175 according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Along with an existing $290 million growth fund, E.ventures becomes one of the largest VCs angling for stakes in Germany s burgeoning startup scene.Hernandez, a Spaniard who started at Google in its marketing division in 2005 and later joined executive Marissa Mayer when she became Yahoo s Chief Executive Officer, plans to move from California to Berlin in June, said Christian Leybold, a general partner at E.ventures.E.ventures is the latest German VC to raise a big new fund in hope of competing for the startups being created in Berlin and elsewhere.Project A Ventures, Cherry Ventures and BlueYard Capital have all raised funds in excess of $135 million this year.In Europe, "there are companies in our portfolio from Stockholm to Lisbon.Founded in the late 1990s by veterans of German media company Bertelsmann and the European branch of AOL Inc., E.ventures uses software and some 70 data sources to track "performance indicators" of startups to see who s growing faster than expected and may warrant a meeting, said general partner Matthias Schilling.It also positions itself as willing to invest enough time to guide entrepreneurs.The firm s press release announcing its latest fund did not shy away from candidly noting, with choice language, the kinds of people "founders do not like".E.ventures focuses on consumer Internet, online media and mobile computing startups and invests in companies including NGINX, an open-source Web server, and Farfetch, an online luxury retailer.
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