You're on an island, completely alone, and it's a beautiful day.There are structures all over the island that appear to be human-made.But often, they're in sets:Everything I've just described about "The Witness," a new PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive game from acclaimed game developer Jonathan Blow and his team at Thekla, Inc., is factually accurate on paper.Factually accurate, yes, but not anywhere near as fascinating as the game itself.You walk around, unable to do anything more than walk, look, and activate a puzzle solution mechanism — pressing the X button the PlayStation 4 controller freezes your character in place and presents him with a white dot you can move around the screen.
do not Display the Gadget-items Gadget / Virtual realityOne of our readers alerted us that Samsung has started advertising their own products in their television sets.the Ads show up if you use the tv's so-called smart functions.In this case it's about a tv set purchased in the year.According to Samsung's support, you agree to automatically receive advertising when you activate the tv's smarthub.It is not possible to turn off the advertising but it should only be about ads regarding Samsung's tv stuff, and no ads from third party advertisers.
Now, six years later, the company has unveiled the fruits of that labor: a brand-new website for their global online presence at global.canon.The move will likely confuse some people, given that the .com TLD remains the most popular and commonly used TLD, and the fact that consumers will likely still default to canon.com when trying to navigate to the corporation s online presence.But the move sets Canon apart, being one of only a few corporations with one of these new branded TLDs others include Barclays bank and automaker BMW , as well as allowing them an SEO and security benefit to sites they host on it.Canon s old .com address will redirect to the global.canon address, which will either limit the number of consumers thrown off by the new URL, or cause greater confusion.It will be interesting to see if more corporations follow suit and move their websites over to branded TLDs.It could also make the process of finding the company website you are looking for that much more complicated, so the jury is still out on whether this is a good direction.
If the claims are accurate, Facebook contractors have depressed some conservative news, and their curatorial hand affects the Facebook Trending list more than the public realizes.As this conversation swirls around intentions and explicit manipulation, there are some significant issues missing.As we move into the development of algorithmic models to shape editorial decisions and curation, we need to find a sophisticated way of grappling with the biases that shape development, training sets, quality assurance, and error correction, not to mention an explicit act of human judgment.What is of concern right now is not that human beings are playing a role in shaping the news — they always have — it is the veneer of objectivity provided by Facebook s interface, the claims of neutrality enabled by the integration of algorithmic processes, and the assumption that what is prioritized reflects only the interests and actions of the users the public sphere and not those of Facebook, advertisers, or other powerful entities.As part of this process, we convened a workshop and have produced a series of documents that we think are valuable to the conversation:These documents provide historical context, highlight how media has always been engaged in power struggles, showcase the challenges that new media face, and offer case studies that reveal the complexities going forward.My hope is that we quickly leave the state of fear and start imagining mechanisms of accountability that we, as a society, can live with.
Try these cheeky codes.Paradox InteractiveDiplomacy and exploration are a huge part of the Stellaris experience.Paradox Interactive's real-time strategy sci-fi opus follows the basic tenets of the 4X structure: expand, explore, exploit and exterminate.However, your first few hours spent nursing your civilisation will focus more on politics and resource-gathering than on all-out skirmishes.Stellaris Console Commands list and guideai – Toggles enemy AI on or offcash amount – Adds 5,000 cash by default or specified amountcontact – Toggles contact with other empires on or offcontrol planet ID – Instantly occupy planet if not at war with colonydamage amount – Selected ship takes specified damage amountdemocratic election – Start an electiondeposits – Toggle deposit visibility on or offengineering amount - Adds 5,000 engineering by default or specified amountfast forward value – Jumps forward in-game days by specified valuefinish research – Instantly finishes any active researchftl – enables/disables unlimited FTL travelhuman ai – Toggles AI for human empires on and offinfluence amount - Adds 5,000 influence by default or specified amountinstant build – Instantly finish building active upgrades, ships, stations and buildingsinvincible – God modekill country country ID – Instantly kills entire countryminerals amount - Adds 5,000 minerals by default or specified amountpeace on player country ID – Selected country offers peace to playerphysics amount – Adds 5,000 physics by default or specified amountplanet happiness amount – Selected planet given happiness buffpopulate – Selected planet reaches maximum populationresearch technologies – Instantly finishes any active technology researchresource resource type amount – Adds 5000 to specified resource by default or specified amountskills amount – Adds specified amount of skill to all player leaderssociety amount – Adds 5000 to society by default or specified amountsurvey – Surveys all planetswar on player country ID – Selected country declares war on playerThe 'planet resource' code allows players to gather materials quickly for a specific location.Stellaris Planet Resource Console CommandsThe 'planet resource' command fills random tiles on a selected planet with a definable resource.
Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai revealed new products and services that use smarter software to make decisions rather than follow instructions, part of a major push into artificial intelligence that he said would define the tech giant over the next decade.Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., said it would soon start selling a device called Home that will answer users questions and complete tasks for them, like scheduling appointments, playing music and sending emails.We think of it as a conversational assistant, Mr. Pichai told attendees at Google s annual developers conference, held at an outdoor concert venue near its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.Google also said it would launch a new messaging app, called Allo, that would incorporate some of the same underlying technology as Home to create smarter conversations.Google has invested heavily in artificial intelligence in recent years to strengthen its existing products and spawn new ones.Researchers increasingly use one branch of artificial intelligence, called machine learning, to enable computers to teach themselves new skills by reviewing huge data sets.
Apple, especially Tim Cook, has made it no secret that China and India are the newest darlings of the tech industry at large and, of course, Apple.After flying to China to deal with the iBooks and Movies blackout, Cook flew to India to help cement Apple's position in the market.In addition to Cook's first visit to the country as Apple's highest executive, it was also an occasion for Apple to announce the establishment of a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru to help spur iOS app development in the country.Over a million of the working citizens there work in the IT sector, while almost 50% of the graduates from local universities are from IT or engineering fields.Apple expects iPhone sales to pick up exponentially as the country rolls out its first network.Although heavily leaning towards iOS, the center will also put forward Apple's self-made programming language, Swift, which lets developers target not just iOS but also tvOS, watchOS, and Mac OS X.
littleBits' founder Ayah BdeirDavid RowanEditor of Wired magazineFollow @iRowanThis article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine.The "moment" – when pressure sensors, motion triggers and servo motors are suddenly transformed into magic – is currently being discovered in 3,000 schools, and among 230 local enthusiast communities that the company calls "global chapters".We want to empower young and old to feel creative, confident and active, and to be inspired and empowered by technology.Her parents nurtured that curiosity with chemistry sets and electricity kits; but she was also influenced by her three sisters, all designers."It's attracted to our team people who believe in a higher purpose, beyond profit; people who are empathetic, willing to put in the extra time to make something work; people who otherwise we couldn't afford; people who are not sabotaging each other."At one point it was a conflict between focusing on keeping retail costs down and building out the profit line.
Google today introduced Duo, a "one-to-one video messaging app" that looks a lot like Apple's FaceTime.It's not yet available, but Google promises it's coming soon for both Android and iPhone.Select a contact or phone number, call them, and start a video conversation.It's simple.Google is positioning its expertise at web video calling, drawn from Google Hangouts and the Chrome browser, as something that sets Duo apart.But unlike Apple FaceTime, Duo works across both Google Android and Apple iPhone and iPad.That gives it a much broader potential customer base — and a wider range of people you can call.NOW WATCH: Apple just invested $1 billion in this Chinese companyLoading video...
Over the past several years, mobile app install ads have swelled in popularity because they drive significant downloads and have a clear return on investment for developers.Facebook in particular has seemed to dominate this area, partially through ad placement on the prime real estate of its News Feed.On the search giant's end, that's a significant improvement from last year, when it claimed only "hundreds of millions" to Facebook's 1 billion app installs.Although Facebook is expected to have higher net display ad revenues than Google, according to eMarketer, the search giant's growth in this area seems strong."We've more than doubled our volume," Sissie Hsiao, product management director for mobile app ads, tells Business Insider.The company is now expanding the previously Android-only tool to iOS, with the program launching in beta today.By expanding its universal ad campaigns, Google makes itself an even more attractive to option to developers, and sets itself up to capture more of the mobile app install ad spending, which BI Intelligence estimates will reach $5.4 billion in 2016 in the US alone, rising to as much as $6.8 billion in 2019.NOW WATCH: We dare you to oversleep with Dwayne The Rock Johnson s new motivational alarm clock appLoading video...
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.The Cupertino, California, company did not disclose the size of its investment in the center though some reports have placed the figure at US$25 million.The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations, Cook said in a statement.India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and the U.S., according to Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.Apple has also asked the government for a waiver on its rule that wholly-owned retail stores of foreign brands should sell products with 30 percent local content.
It ll get you off the sofa if the Xbox is down … The Call UpWith the Imax-scaled Warcraft inbound, this lowish-budget Brit attempt to replicate gaming s immersive properties – stalking nerds around an, of course, mysterious corporation s wipe-clean HQ while they beta test a VR shoot em up – risks looking a bit Amstrad.Yet it s been capably produced: writer-director Charles Barker may cleave to a dusty old slasher-pic template but he hustles everybody briskly between levels, sending his industrious design team ahead of him to redress a presumably limited number of sets.If it s far from bleeding edge – within days, it ll look as dated as Tron and The Lawnmower Man do today – it s a modest upgrade on all those killer-website movies that popped up a decade ago, keeping us at least semi-interested as to who stands and falls.It ll fill a slot, if your Xbox connection is down and you feel inspired to quit the sofa.
Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.The Cupertino, California, company did not disclose the size of its investment in the center though some reports have placed the figure at US$25 million.The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations, Cook said in a statement.India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, after China and the U.S., according to Gartner research director Anshul Gupta.Apple has also asked the government for a waiver on its rule that wholly-owned retail stores of foreign brands should sell products with 30 percent local content.
The case could determine how broadly the EU can apply its strict privacy laws—and who sets global standards for how to balance personal privacy with free expression.Other countries could demand global removals based on their idea of what the law should be around the world.But it says that complying with the CNIL s order to apply the right to its sites outside Europe would encourage other countries that want to censor content—and would remove Google s leverage to resist those demands.France s CNIL denies there is a territorial question, saying it wants only to fully apply European Union law to individuals in Europe.The CNIL adds that by not applying the new right to be forgotten to all of its websites, Google is denying them the application of a fundamental right guaranteed in EU treaties.The CNIL also argues that the right to be forgotten doesn t amount to censorship because even when it is exercised, a link to the offending comment remains accessible on Google search.
Credit: Derek WalterHangouts may not be a dead app walking after all.It sure seemed like the social app s days were numbered after Google s splashy rollout of Allo and Duo, its new fancy, AI-driven messaging and video chat apps.But a Google spokesperson confirmed an earlier report that Hangouts is staying put in the company s portfolio of mobile and desktop apps.Down the road Google could eventually nudge those users toward Allo, or integrate some of Allo s smart replies and search capabilities, with an eye toward business and productivity.Why this matters: Google has to keep two sets of users in mind as it tries to refocus its messaging efforts.The consumer push will be with Allo and Duo, which are cross-platform apps that infuse new messaging strategies with Google s new Digital Assistant.
The European Union, locked in a tax battle with the likes of Apple Inc. and McDonald s Corp., laid down the law in its bid to rein in governments that woo multinationals with special fiscal deals allowing them to reduce their fiscal liability by booking profits abroad.The European Commission, which can ban unfair tax advantages conferred to companies, outlined measures cutting member states ability to make rulings that lower the tax burden of foreign businesses.Thursday s publication, which sets out how the regulator will police state aid, sends a warning shot to corporations shifting profits, insisting that such transactions between subsidiaries should be based on market prices.Any deviation from the best estimate of a market-based outcome must be limited and proportionate, the document states.This applies to situations where there aren t any good comparable transactions in the real world given that profit-shifting can involve remunerating hard-to-quantify intellectual property rights held in a low-taxation country.The EU already showed its resolve last year when it ordered Starbucks Corp. to pay as much as 30 million euros $33 million in back taxes.The commission said a Dutch unit paid millions of euros to a U.K.-based arm of the company that isn t taxed in Britain in exchange for a technique to roast coffee beans.Exaggerated tax-deductible royalty payments for this technique allowed Seattle-based Starbucks to unfairly lower its Dutch taxes, it said.The new rules beef up the regulator s powers to limit the type of deals it s probing in Ireland concerning Apple and Luxembourg s arrangements with companies such as Amazon.com Inc. and McDonald s.The iPhone maker s tax agreements with Ireland were criticized as unfair by EU regulators who said the deals were improperly designed to give Apple a financial boost in exchange for jobs in the country.The methods used to determine profit allocation to two Irish units result from a negotiation rather than a pricing methodology, the EU regulator said at the time.All the companies and countries targeted by the EU have denied they broke any rules, raising the prospect of protracted legal challenges.Multinationals should stick with the guidance provided by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development on the arm s length principle in order to determine how to allocate profits, according to the EU rules.The OECD s guidelines on the matter capture the international consensus on a principle which is meant to ensure that, for tax purposes, transactions between subsidiaries are based on prices an unrelated company would pay, according to the rules.The OECD says such profit shifting costs the world as much as $240 billion a year in lost revenue.
ThoughtSpot, which is kind of Google for data analysis within a business, has raised $50 million in Series C round of funding, because its technology is pretty damn cool.Business intelligence is tricky, time-consuming, and historically has required some genius analyst crunching numbers while lay-people for whom datasets and spreadsheets are the devil incarnate wait around for a message from the data mountaintop.It sounds easy, and it looks easy, but running search queries across different kinds of structured data sets is no picnic.And the analytics teams of the future will no longer be report factories, said Ajeet Singh, co-founder and CEO of ThoughtSpot.We ve seen how ThoughtSpot is closing that ease-of-use gap for customers and believe it s fast, intuitive, search-driven analytics is poised to become the new standard for data access.Featured Image: Pleuntje/Flickr UNDER A CC BY-SA 2.0 LICENSE
A global report says that superbugs will kill people every three seconds by 2050, unless medics change their approach to antibiotics and public awareness about resistance improves.The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance paints an extremely grim picture of the future, in which superbugs could prove a bigger threat to humans than cancer and basic medical procedures and minor injuries could become deadly.Doctors have been accused of handing out antibiotics like sweets , with over-prescription leading to increased resistance.Lord Jim O'Neill led the review, which was commissioned in 2014, and has published a global action plan to help us tackle the threat.It goes a little something like this:Reduce the unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs in healthcareImprove global awareness of resistancePay companies $1 billion £0.7 billion for each new antibiotic discoveredSet up a $2 billion £1.4 billion Global Innovation Fund for researchReduce the unnecessarily heavy use of antibiotics in farmingImprove surveillance of the spread of drug resistancePromote the use of vaccines and alternatives to drugs My review not only makes it clear how big a threat AMR is to the world, with a potential 10 million people dying each year by 2050, but also now sets out a workable blueprint for bold, global action to tackle this challenge, said Lord O Neill, adding, If we don't solve the problem we are heading to the dark ages, we will have a lot of people dying.Screw it, burger and chips and a side of germs for lunch.
A global report says that superbugs will kill people every three seconds by 2050, unless medics change their approach to antibiotics and public awareness about resistance improves.The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance paints an extremely grim picture of the future, in which superbugs could prove a bigger threat to humans than cancer and basic medical procedures and minor injuries could become deadly.Doctors have been accused of handing out antibiotics like sweets , with over-prescription leading to increased resistance.Lord Jim O'Neill led the review, which was commissioned in 2014, and has published a global action plan to help us tackle the threat.It goes a little something like this:Reduce the unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs in healthcareImprove global awareness of resistancePay companies $1 billion £0.7 billion for each new antibiotic discoveredSet up a $2 billion £1.4 billion Global Innovation Fund for researchReduce the unnecessarily heavy use of antibiotics in farmingImprove surveillance of the spread of drug resistancePromote the use of vaccines and alternatives to drugs My review not only makes it clear how big a threat AMR is to the world, with a potential 10 million people dying each year by 2050, but also now sets out a workable blueprint for bold, global action to tackle this challenge, said Lord O Neill, adding, If we don't solve the problem we are heading to the dark ages, we will have a lot of people dying.Screw it, burger and chips and a side of germs for lunch.
Image caption Nearly all French regional education authorities got involved in the competitionFrance's external intelligence service, the DGSE, has sponsored a school competition to find the nation's most talented young code-breakers.It has 6,200 staff - 63% of them civilians - and an annual budget of about €750m £575m; $839m .The DGSE's role was to provide some help and funding for it, its spokesman told the BBC.The official declined to be named.The organisers said boys and girls competed in almost equal numbers.In recent years British spy agency GCHQ has also set cryptographic challenges for the general public on the internet.
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