Tag: Media

Adobe AI learns painting styles to reproduce artwork in under a minute

If the winners of last year’s international RobotArt competition are any indication, algorithms aren’t half bad at painting, sketching, and sculpting with humanlike precision. A newly published paper (“LPaintB: Learning to Paint from Self-Supervision“) on Arxiv.org lends credence to this: In it, researchers at the University of Maryland and Adobe Research describe a novel machine […]

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PowerPoint gains an AI-powered presenter coach and beefed-up design suggestions

The world’s most popular presentation program — PowerPoint — becomes more capable this week courtesy of AI. Microsoft today announced that PowerPoint Designer, the cloud-powered recommendation service it launched in 2015 for Office 365 subscribers, will soon see new branding features targeting corporate customers, along with a pictorial theme library and a data interpreter that […]

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Newzoo: U.S. will overtake China as No. 1 gaming market in 2019

For the first time since 2015, the United States is the top gaming market in the world. So says market research research firm Newzoo in its 2019 Global Games report, which it published today. It will be the first time since 2015 that the U.S. has been the No. 1 country, and this forecast isn’t […]

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Roli’s Lumi Keys is a compact keyboard that teaches musical theory

Roli, the London-based company behind high-tech MIDI controllers like Seaboard and Blocks, today turned its attention toward budding musicians with Lumi Keys, a fully illuminated and modular portable keyboard that weights less than an iPad Pro (1.3 pounds). It’s launching on Kickstarter, where it starts at $249 (€249). Roli CEO Roland Lamb says that Lumi […]

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Nvidia’s STEAL AI gives neural networks better computer vision

Researchers from Nvidia, the University of Toronto, and the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto have devised a way to more precisely detect and predict where an object begins and ends. This is knowledge that can improve inference for existing computer vision models and labeling training data for future models. In experiments by researchers, […]

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tvOS 13 beta 2 adds iOS-style picture-in-picture feature

Apple spotlighted only a handful of updates to the Apple TV’s operating system, tvOS 13, at WWDC two weeks ago, and one didn’t make the list: picture-in-picture support, a feature introduced in iOS 9 four years ago. With today’s release of tvOS 13 beta 2, however, a picture-in-picture viewer has appeared out of nowhere (via […]

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HTC Vive creates a Mona Lisa VR experience for the Louvre and Viveport

The Mona Lisa is unquestionably Leonardo da Vinci’s most recognizable painting, but if you’ve ever tried to see it in person at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, you know that between the throngs of people snapping photos and the glass cage that protects it from vandals, you’re not going to get too close. So the […]

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Comcast’s inclusive web remote lets users control TV with their eyes

It’s estimated that tens of millions of people in the U.S. suffer from disabilities that impair mobility, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida. In fact, every day about 15 people are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks cells in the brain and spinal cord. Those with […]

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Make-A-Wish partners with StreamElements on charity campaign

Make-A-Wish International is teaming up with StreamElements to help raise $50,000 for the charity that helps grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. StreamElements makes a set of tools that enable streamers to create high-quality livestreams on Twitch and YouTube. Make-A-Wish International is a global nonprofit organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical […]

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Facebook’s Jason Rubin: The state of Oculus Quest, Rift, and Go at E3 2019

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week in Los Angeles I played an early demo version of official 360-degree songs from Beat Saber and learned to steer a kayak in VR. Afterward, I went to get lunch with UploadVR senior editor David Jagneaux ,and we found Jason Rubin “VP of Special Gaming Strategies” at Facebook […]

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Amazon sends Alexa developers on quest for ‘holy grail of voice science’

At Amazon’s re:Mars conference last week, the company rolled out Alexa Conversations in preview. Conversations is a module within the Alexa Skills Kit that stitches together Alexa voice apps into experiences that help you accomplish complex tasks. Alexa Conversations may be Amazon’s most intriguing and substantial pitch to voice developers in years. Conversations will make […]

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How Microsoft is tackling cloud gaming with Project xCloud

Microsoft took the wraps off its Project xCloud cloud gaming service this week without a lot of fanfare. At the company’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gaming event in Los Angeles, the company devoted a couple of minutes to the cloud within a 90-minute broadcast on the future of gaming. But Kevin LaChapelle, general manager of […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with WSL 2

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with download, Narrator, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), and inking improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18912 (made available to testers on June 5) to build 18917. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the […]

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Apple’s iMovie for iOS adds green screen editing and 80 soundtracks

Apple’s consumer-level video editing application iMovie has continued to improve on iOS since its initial release in 2010, though major new feature additions have only been intermittent in recent years. Newly released version 2.2.7 is noteworthy, though, because it brings a valuable new feature — a green screen effect — to the app, along with […]

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Supreme Court Will Hear Byron Allen’s Racial Discrimination Suit Against Comcast

Photo: Photo by Noam Galai (Getty Images for Bloomberg Businessweek) If you’re suing a person or company for racial discrimination, do you need to prove that race was the sole factor for the discrimination, or merely a contributing factor? That’s the legal decision the Supreme Court will soon decide. On Monday, the high court agreed […]

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Mozilla debuts its new Firefox logos

Mozilla today introduced a new Firefox family of logos, a rebranding effort it kicked off more than 18 months ago. For most people, Firefox refers to a browser, but the company now wants the brand to encompass the entire Firefox family of apps and services. “The ‘Firefox’ you’ve always known as a browser is stretching […]

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You’ll only be able to watch Steven Spielberg’s new horror series after dark

Steven Spielberg is in the process of writing a horror show for a new stream service called Quibi (Short for Quick Bites), reported Variety. The catch is you can only watch an episode once its dark. Speaking at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, Quibi’s co-founder and former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg recently said Spielberg […]

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Facebook promises new Portal devices this fall

Facebook’s Portal division will introduce multiple new devices this fall, Facebook VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth said at the Code conference in Phoenix, Arizona. CNBC first reported the news and a company spokesperson that VentureBeat followed up with declined to provide more details. Portal and Portal+ devices for Facebook Messenger video calls and conversations with […]

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The Division movie will be coming to Netflix

At Ubisoft’s annual briefing during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the French publisher revealed that The Division movie will be coming to Netflix. Starring actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, The Division is based on the post-apocalyptic shooter series and has been in development for a while now. Deadpool director David Leitch is helming the film. […]

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