Skyrim player DarkMaster06 didn’t waste a second pretending that their request on the Skyrim Mods subreddit was anything more than an elaborate “troll” mod.“Based on the Game of Thrones series, we should add a Starbucks cup to Dragonsreach.”A couple weeks ago, as part of its race to an unsatisfying conclusion that could’ve been good if the showrunners had taken their dang time, Game of Thrones left a cardboard coffee cup in a shot that made it into the show.It became a meme faster than you can say, “Yeah, I know I said I was gonna cut back on coffee before, but I’m really gonna do it this time.” HBO has since removed the shot of the cup from the episode, but its spirit lives on.Within three hours of the Skyrim Mods request post going up yesterday, two modders – Sphered and Johnrose81 – came through.They whipped up their fresh brews in eerily similar amounts of time, but each of them took an intriguingly different approach to the subtle art of crafting a throwaway meme mod.
Last night, TechCrunch reported that a massive database containing info of over 49 million Instagram influencers, celebrities, and brand accounts found in the open.Security researcher Anurag Sen found the growing database hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) without a password.As per the report, the data contained influencers’ Instagram handles, bios, verification status, location, email, and phone number.TechCrunch noted that the database belonged to ChtrBox, an Indian agency that pays influencers to post.The database also had calculation of how much an account is worth paying based on the number of followers and the likes they get on their posts.The company has taken the database offline after the report was published.
It saw Sansa Stark become the Queen of the North and Tyrion Lannister the Hand of the new King.Over a million people have signed a petition to have the last season be remade, although such petitions are all the rage these days, so it's very much a "love it or hate it" affair.But with nearly 20 million viewers, it was among the biggest events in episodic TV history.Jon sweet talks her, says she's his queen forever, and then stabs her right in the heart.The last Targaryen to rule, Aerys II, was famously stabbed in the same spot by Jaime Lannister during Robert's Rebellion.And finally, Daenerys' death roused Drogon, who flew into the Great Hall.
The Nintendo Switch may be the darling of the console gaming market but when it comes to raw power, the Xbox One and PS4 are still the ones to beat.Especially the PS4 Pro, which unlike its Microsoft rival, is able to support VR experiences.the PS5, which has now been leaked to be powerful enough to provide an experience “without disconnections”, a.k.a.Sony and Microsoft used to be quite persistent in saying that they didn’t have a next-gen console planned yet.Last month, however, details of what is expected to be called the PlayStation 5 came out of the blue, courtesy of AMD.Since then, the Internet has been filled with rumors and leaks about the console that could launch within 12 months’ time.
As consumers crave more real-life experiences, brands are looking for ways to leave lasting impressions beyond a clever spot or a “buy now” button.Meanwhile, tech companies have been opening pop-ups to promote hardware like the Google Home or Facebook Portal.Metrics for how they perform and whether they’re worth the cost are often still a bit of a mystery.“Experiential companies are going to need to adapt or go away,” said Mat Micheli, co-founder of Viral Nation, a Toronto-based influencer marketing agency.“What I’m noticing is that brands are becoming more conscious of what they’re getting, what they’re receiving and whether they can prove some sort of ROI.”BYOM (build your own measurements)
Once seen as a clunky kitchen gadget, the Instant Pot has now become an indispensable item for many.The multi-functional programmable Instant Pot pressure cookers can steam, saute, slow-cook, warm, and more — making meal preparation easier and more intuitive than ever.The Instant Pot Lux may lack some of the fancier features of models like the Duo or the Ultra, but this baseline model still packs a powerful, pressure-cooked punch.12 built-in microprocessor-powered smart program include saute, steam, pressure cook, slow cook, and keep warm, in addition to food-specific settings for eggs, cake, soups, and more.The same microprocessor lets the Instant Pot adjust heating intensity and during, based on pressure and volume.The 6-Quart, Instant Pot Lux includes three temperature settings and one-touch controls, effectively taking the place of six traditional kitchen items.In addition to its high-pressure cooking techniques reducing meal preparation time by up to 70%, the Instant Pot Lux’s pressure-based system has recently been proven by science to be an effective form of sterilization.
in a row, and rack up $1,691,008 in winnings along the way, without knowing your stuff.Prior to his Monday return, he has given 803 correct responses out of 830 attempts, according to statistics compiled by Jeopardy!It’s not just that Holzhauer gets so many questions right.In addition to hitting 97 percent of buzz-ins overall, Holzhauer has correctly answered 49 out of 53 Daily Doubles and whiffed on only one of his 22 Final Jeopardy clues.The numbers vary widely, depending on a few factors: how much money he has at the time, how big a lead he has, and how many of each episode’s three Daily Doubles he finds.Through 22 games, Holzhauer averages nearly four times that amount.
Professional gamers like Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and Michael "shroud" Grzesiek have millions of followers and their livestreams have tens of thousands of viewers at any given moment.Video game publishers are paying streamers to promote their games in lieu of traditional marketing strategies, and so far it's been working.Tens of thousands of viewers are watching these livestreams at any given moment, and video game publishers are increasingly eager to capitalize on those captive audiences.Night Media Inc CEO Reed Duchscher told the Journal that streamers that consistently have 15,000 or more concurrent viewers can command up between $25,000 to $35,000 per hour to play newly released games.The top streamers can earn even more based on the size of their audience.While best known for playing "Fortnite," Blevins reportedly received $1 million to livestream "Apex Legends," a newly released battle royale game from one of the video game industry's largest publishers, Electronic Arts.
It's easy to set up call forwarding on your iPhone so incoming calls are directed to a different phone.The method you use to set up forwarding depends upon the your cellular carrier.CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon need you to dial a carrier code.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.If you plan to be in an area with poor cell phone coverage, or if you know that you won't be using your phone for a while, you can forward calls that would ordinarily ring on your iPhone to another number.It's fairly easy to do — and equally easy to undo when you want to restore your phone to normal.
Elon Musk continues to want Teslas to be more of an entertainment machine as the vehicle will get a major graphics upgrade.The Telsa CEO tweeted Saturday the company is in the midst of porting the Unity and Unreal Engine to Tesla vehicles in to play more games.He also said the games can be controlled with the in-car touchscreen, a game controller and even the steering wheel and pedals.Unity is a multi-platform game engine initially developed for mobile games but has since been used for PC and consoles.Some of the most notable games are Hearthstone, The Room and Cuphead.The Unreal Engine is one of the mainstays for video game development as it powers a wide array of games.
Studying prominent brands on Instagram can help merchants generate ideas for their own marketing campaigns.Here is a list of the top brands (excluding celebrities) on Instagram ranked by followers.The brands use behind-the-scenes and do-it-yourself content and inspiring images, as well as stories, contests and giveaways, shoppable images, and lots of videos.It posts compelling images, video clips, and longer IGTV — Instagram TV — videos in categories: Talent, Travel, Beauty, Fluff, ASMR, Sports, Art, Food, and Templates.Videos feature DIY content, popular individuals and events, Meet the Creator posts, and weekly found videos at “IGTV Gold.” Instagram’s official account has 300 million followers.Videos feature behind-the-scenes footage from the “Hostile Planet” show and creatures up-close in the Under the Lights series.
With design becoming a key focus in the decision-making and product development of companies, the role designers have also must change to meet this new centralized approach to design.Scott Belsky, the Chief Product Officer at Adobe, has a passion for helping creatives become more successful and empowered and advises and invests in companies and organizations at the intersection of design and technology.Through co-founding Behance, being involved with projects such as 99U, as well as advising and investing in businesses such as Pinterest, Uber, Airtable, and Periscope, Belsky understands the crucial role design plays and the responsibilities designers in those companies have because he’s seen it first-hand.As brands realize this fact, they’re investing more in their design resources, hiring more creative talent and giving those designers more control over projects.”When companies make design one of their key focus points, they can improve and master their customers’ experiences.With the role of designers changing to help meet the needs and requirements of design-centric companies, designers are becoming more respected and influential.
Lifestyle services super app Meituan has expanded its aggregated ride-hailing services to an additional 15 cities around China, intensifying competition in the sector and taking direct aim at Didi.The company initially launched the service, which allows users to access vehicles from several ride-hailing platforms within Meituan’s app, in Nanjing and Shanghai in late April.Users are given the choice of hailing rides using Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, Caocao Chuxing, and Shenzhou, as well as its own Meituan Dache.Market leader Didi has not been included in the service.Meituan has now expanded the scope of the platform to an additional 15 cities, including the eastern cities of Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Ningbo, as well as Xi’an, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Shenzhen.Meituan isn’t the first platform that allows users to book trips from multiple ride-hailing companies.
In this hyper-personalized, autoplaying, all-you-can-eat mediascape, it helps to distinguish the healthy stuff from the junk.What family-unifying wonders hath Jobs wrought!Screen time, then, has become a slippery concept.Fortunately, researchers are beginning to study screen-based media in all its forms, instead of just lumping everything together like they used to.Some types of screen fare are like sugar: Limit consumption, especially before bedtime, and watch for signs of overindulgence—obesity, aggression, grade slippage.Cortisol-spiking content and melatonin-suppressing blue light impair sleep.
Dutch bank ABN AMRO has decided to cancel its plans for a custodial cryptocurrency wallet, called Wallie, claiming that digital assets are “just too risky.”Back in January, the rumor mill spun into action after images surfaced on Twitter that appeared to suggest Dutch bank ABN AMRO was designing a cryptocurrency wallet.But now the bank’s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, confirmed to Hard Fork in an email that the bank has “decided not to follow up on the Wallie enquiry [sic].”“We have approached all the people who have shown interest,” he continued.“We have concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated nature are at the moment too risky assets [sic] for our clients to invest in.”Back in January, reports suggested that ABN AMRO was trialing a cryptocurrency wallet.
Google has halted some of its business operations with Huawei, Reuters reported Sunday, dealing a devastating blow to the Chinese telecommunications company.Huawei will no longer have access to Android updates and Google technical support beyond what is available through its open source license, according to the news service, which cited a source with knowledge of the matter.The move will also reportedly affect access to apps and services like Gmail on future Huawei phones outside of China, though specifics around the scope of services ban is still being discussed internally at Google, Reuters said.Huawei did not immediately return a request for comment on Sunday.The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday announced that Huawei was added to its list of companies that present potential security threats, which means it will no longer have access to parts produced in the U.S. without prior government approval.Separately, President Donald Trump issued an executive order this week that banned telecommunications firms from using foreign hardware from companies that pose security risks.
Transportation management system provider Abivin took home the grand prize of US$1 million in funding at the 2019 Startup World Cup, a series of global pitch contests organized by Pegasus Tech Ventures.Abivin leverages artifical intelligence to drive its logistics optimization platform.It also digitizes and automates business operations to help companies save on cost and improve efficiency.On its way to victory, Abivin edged out 11 other startups from 10 different countries.Canadian startup Klue, which provides a platform that aggregates competitive intelligence, won the second prize.US-based Sonavi Labs, which develops hardware and software for modern medical products, came in third.
BEER-SHEVA...May 20, 2019 - The first experimental robot drone that flies like a typical quadcopter, drives on tough terrain and squeezes into tight spaces using the same motors, has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.The hybrid FSTAR (flying sprawl-tuned autonomous robot) will be introduced at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2019 in Montreal on May 21.It was developed in the BGU Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab by Prof. David Zarrouk, senior lecturer in BGU's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and head of the Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab and his graduate student, Nir Meiri.FSTAR can fly over obstacles or run underneath them.It also adjusts its width to crawl or run on flat surfaces, climb over large obstacles and up closely-spaced walls, or squeeze through a tunnel, pipe or narrow gaps.It can run on the ground at a speed of up to eight feet per second (2.6 m/s).
Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist – source – ReutersWhat happened: Google has blocked Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system to comply with a trade blacklist that bans the Chinese smartphone maker from doing business with US companies without government approval.Huawei now only has access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is available for free to anyone who wishes to use it.The company will not be able to use popular services including the Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube apps on future Android phones.It also means Huawei will only be able to push security updates for Android once they’re made available in AOSP.Why it’s important: Google apps and services are requisites for Android smartphones in markets outside of China, where smartphone shoppers are unlikely to buy an Android phone that lacks access to Google’s Play Store, which attracts the lion’s share of apps.
When the US imposed a trade ban on ZTE last year, it almost caused the Chinese company to go bankrupt.While Huawei may last longer than its compatriot, it might not take long before the company is also brought to its knees.Google has already been reported to stop licensing its proprietary Google Play components for future Huawei phones.Now silicon makers like Qualcomm and Intel are also temporarily cutting ties with China’s biggest tech company and the world’s second largest phone maker.US President Trump made good his threats on Huawei and has added the company to a roster of companies blacklisted from doing trade with US companies.This has already resulted in Google withholding important parts of the Android experience and now chip makers are reportedly stopping sales of products to the beleaguered Chinese network and mobile equipment maker.