Amazon Game Studios has laid off employees this week, the tech company has confirmed.The layoffs come during the week of E3, the world's biggest gaming conference.Amazon Game Studios, launched back in 2012, makes games including New World, The Grand Tour Game and Crucible.It has studios in San Diego and Orange County, California, and at Amazon's HQ in Seattle, Washington."Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible and new unannounced projects we're excited to reveal in the future," an Amazon spokesperson told CNET Friday in an emailed statement.Amazon did not say how many people were affected by the job cuts.
Shazam can be an incredibly useful app, able to identify songs and find lyrics for them just by listening to the audio.But one big annoyance has been the software’s inability to ‘hear’ music playing through a device’s headphones.Instead, users have to play the song through internal speakers or find a way to direct the sound to their phone or tablet’s microphone.A new feature called Pop-up Shazam in the latest Android version of the app works with audio played through headphones with Shazam working in the background.When identifying music this way, Pop-up Shazam appears like a floating chat icon in your phone’s UI.It bubbles to the top of your current screen, and once it identifies a song it can show the lyrics as well.
President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act in August 2018, banning government use of Huawei tech.But at least one government official says federal contractors aren't ready to ditch the Chinese company.Russel T. Vought, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, requested a two-year reprieve for Huawei, according to The Wall Street Journal.Vought reportedly sent a letter dated June 4 to Vice President Mike Pence and nine members of Congress saying the ban would cause a "dramatic reduction" in companies that supply the government.It would also affect companies in rural areas that receive federal grants and loans, and who use more Huawei technology, according to the Journal.Vought reportedly requested to have four years from the passage of the NDAA BEFORE WHAT?, however, a spokesperson of the office told the Journal that this request wouldn't go against the policy of Huawei no longer being allowed to do business in the US.
I’ve been a judge at various creative awards shows over the years.In this time on awards juries, I have seen lots of innovative technology and plenty of so-called “data-driven” entries.But despite their inventiveness and slickness, most of them leave me cold.When the focus is purely on tech and there’s little evidence of human creativity alongside this, there’s no spark, warmth or humor.You lose something important when artificial intelligence takes the place of human intelligence entirely.There is, of course, a massive role for technology and data, and we should absolutely be utilizing its power, but it’s the human element that enables people to connect with a piece of work emotionally and get excited about it.
the funds are earmarked for lending to the private owners.the Bulk of the sum coming from the us asset manager Insight Investment.from Insight Investment, has been the practice to assess this type of investment and see great potential in our business model.This is a huge step for us, one of the world's top fund managers are choosing to invest,” said Erika Arias, business manager at Lendify.from Insight Investment, founded in 2002 and is headquartered in London, uk.According to the news site IPE is the world's 23rd-largest asset manager.
Optimizing Instagram performance should be a priority for companies, especially fashion and lifestyle brands, looking to expand customer acquisition channels.In this post, I’ll offer 12 ways to improve Instagram performance — to attract followers, engage them, and ultimately generate traffic and sales to your ecommerce site.As a part of its algorithm, Instagram rewards users with consistent posts.At least once a day, six days a week, if you are short on resources and want Instagram as a part of your marketing mix.You’ll need appealing graphics and, likely, videos.Your content should be visually stimulating and informative or entertaining to engage users, send traffic to your site, and generate sales.
Given its history of managing our data, it shouldn’t take much to convince you that Facebook managing our money is probably a terrible idea.That said, it seems the social media giant is actually aware of that particular challenge.It will officially unveil its digital currency later this month.Before you think this is going to create some kind of democratic representation of the people, think again.Facebook is also going to charge firms $10 million each to run a node for the GlobalCoin network.The Big F wants to launch 100 nodes to generate $1 billion fees.
with Protean Electric to produce hjulmotorer for electric vehicles.the Swedish Nevs has become the owner of the company.Now Evergrande have bought Protean Electric, an English manufacturer of hjulmotorer, and placed it in a subsidiary of Nevs."the Protean Electric is an exciting business with a highly competitive state.I am confident that this acquisition will bring many benefits to both NEVS and the Protean Electric system", says Stefan Tilk, president and ceo of Nevs, said in a statement.this will Give more room for the batteries.
The first images from Pixar Animation Studios' upcoming film Onward have landed, with the Disney-owned studio tweeting the official poster late Thursday.Pixar also tweeted that the first trailer will be dropped during Thursday night's NBA Finals.The film will hit screens in Mar.Onward writer and director Dan Scanlon said the movie sees two elf brothers "go out on an adventure to see if there's a little magic left in that world," according to People."Tom Holland is perfect for our character of Ian, the younger brother," Scanlon told People."We were looking for someone who could have this shy quality and someone who is good at being a little awkward.
An exquisite fossil of photographic-like quality shows nearly 260 tiny fish swimming together in what appears to be coordinated group action.Paleontologists have seen “frozen behaviours” in fossils before, including insects having sex, dinosaurs locked in mortal combat, and migrating trilobites lined up single-file.For fossils like this to emerge, however, a rapid burial is required.This sedimentary system dates back to the Eocene (56 million to 33.9 million years ago), spanning an area now occupied by the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.The fossil had made its way to the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Japan, where it caught the attention of Arizona State University behavioural ecologist Nobuaki Mizumoto in 2016, according to Science News.Mizumoto, the lead author of the new study, embarked on an analysis to see if coordinated group behaviour could be inferred from the fossil.
Password managers are the vegetables of the internet.Most web browsers offer at least a rudimentary password manager.While this is better than reusing the same password everywhere, browser-based password managers are limited.The reason security experts recommend you use a dedicated password manager comes down to focus.Ideally, this leads to better security.You might also consider using the Diceware method to generate a strong master password.
Japanska teknikjätten Panasonic stoppar allt samarbete med Huawei och dess dotterbolag, till följd av att USA svartlistat den kinesiska teknikgiganten.För Panasonics fall rör det sig bland annat om att sluta leverera elektronikdelar.Tidigare har telekombolagen Vodafone och EE ratat Huawei från sina 5G-nätverk, och brittiska chiptillverkaren Arm har också avslutat samarbetet.
Welcome to your weekly Advertising and Media Insider newsletter, where we catch you up all the big stories we worked on this past week.The direct-to-consumer boom was a big theme in our reporting.Yet TV still is a big hurdle for many DTC companies that are used to low-cost, performance-based advertising.Today, DTCs represent a scant 3% of TV advertising, but it's only poised to grow, having doubled over the past two years.Lauren Johnson broke down Google's moves against advertisers' use of third-party cookies.Ad experts think the Facebook move could have a bigger impact on advertisers because it would limit their ability to target people based on all their browsing data that Facebook collects.
Another day, another escalation as Google heads a stampede of US companies apparently refusing to do business with Huawei.Reuters was the first to report that Google has suspended some business with Huawei in response to the company being put on the US ‘entity list’, which means US companies need explicit permission from the US state before they’re allowed to sell anything to them.It looks like pretty much all other US companies are also rushing to comply with the new regulations, with Bloomberg reporting that Qualcomm and Intel are among others cutting off business with Huawei and others will presumably follow.Huawei already has an extensive chip-making operation of its own, so arguably it can cope without the likes of Qualcomm, but what about the millions of other bits and bobs that get crammed into a smartphone such as screens, cameras, memory, sensors, etc?A lot of these could be supplied by non-US companies like Samsung and, of course, Chinese ones, but there must surely be some areas in which Huawei is entirely reliant on the US supply chain.In response to these reports Android moved to stress that it will continue to support existing Huawei Android phones in the following tweet.
Robot gourmands are imminent, it seems, and they might someday craft recipes just as delicious as those from their human counterparts.In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“KitcheNette: Predicting and Recommending Food Ingredient Pairings using Siamese Neural Networks“), scientists at Korea University describe an AI system that predicts ingredient pairings and ranks them by score.“Since food pairings are made based on the experiences of experts, food pairing itself is subjective and difficult to quantify.In this work, we introduce KitchenNette, which … predicts the scores of unknown pairings consisting of food ingredients that have infrequently or never been used in recipes.”The team’s AI system consists of so-called Siamese networks, or two identical machine learning models that each take one of two data samples as inputs, along with a wide and deep system comprising wide linear models and deep neural networks.To train them, the scientists sourced a data set (Recipe1M) containing lists of ingredients and recipe instructions in text and images, from which they derived 356,451 known ingredient pairings and 3,567 unique ingredient names.
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Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, a name that you have trouble spelling, definitely definitely not me, is one of the central players of Game of Thrones, but she, of course, wasn’t the only person auditioned for the part.According to a recent Vulture interview, Elizabeth Olsen, of Scarlet Witch fame, also went out for the part, though according to her it did not go exceptionally well.“When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning.And I auditioned for Khaleesi.I forgot that,” she said.“It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.”
That's because they typically must set up an account with a third party, say a credit card company, to protect against fraud while simultaneously increasing the comfort level of potential buyers.That can result in lower profits for artists and other online sellers and higher prices for buyers.Bhaskar Krishnamachari, a professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Aditya Asgaonkar - a recent undergraduate computer science alum at BITS Pilani, India who visited and worked with Krishnamachari at USC Viterbi over several months in 2018 - believe they have found a way to make the buying and selling of digital goods less costly, more efficient, and less vulnerable to fraud.Their proposed solution involves blockchain, "smart contracts," and game theory."Our scheme offers potentially a big improvement over the state-of-the-art in electronic commerce because it allows buyers and sellers to interact directly with each other without the need for third-party mediators of any kind," said Krishnamachari, a Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things."It uses a dual-deposit method, escrowing a safety deposit from both buyer and seller that is returned to them only when they behave honestly.
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Amazon’s cheapest tablet has just had an upgrade, as the company has announced that it’s launching a new version of the Amazon Fire 7 and that it’s charging the same price as for the old model, making it just £49.99 (presumably $49.99 but that’s to be confirmed).The slate packs in twice as much storage as the old model, with 16GB or 32GB built in (along with a microSD card slot), and it has a faster 1.3GHz quad-core chipset.It also gives you hands-free access to Alexa, and has an upgraded 2MP front-facing camera.Most of the rest of the specs and features sound similar to its predecessor.There’s a 7-inch screen, a 2MP rear camera, and a number of Amazon-exclusive features, such as X-Ray and Family Library.Interestingly, the battery life is listed as up to 7 hours, which is actually one hour less than the old model.