Month: September 2019

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s non-conference football game with Western Kentucky on Sept. 14 at Nissan Stadium is slated for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff.Louisville’s encounter against Western Kentucky at Nissan Stadium in Nashville is the second of a three-game series with the Hilltoppers. Dae Williams rushed for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead score with 5:01 remaining, as Louisville rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat in-state rival Western Kentucky 20-17 last season.The two programs have met 32 times on the gridiron, with the Cardinals holding a 20-12 all-time series advantage, and have won the last 10 meetings.   The 2019 matchup will feature the same as both Louisville and WKU will be led by first-year head coaches: Scott Satterfield and Tyson Helton.The Cardinals are playing in Nashville for the first time since defeating Texas A&M 27-21 in the 2015 Music City Bowl. The Cardinals also took on Middle Tennessee in a non-conference matchup in 2006, winning 44-17.The Cardinals returns 17 starters from last season, highlighted by running back Hassan Hall, wide receivers Seth Dawkins and Dez Fitzpatrick, and offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. On defense, linebacker Dorian Etheridge and G.G. Robinson are key returnees.Get all the latest information on the team by following @UofLFootball on Twitter and Facebook and UofLFootball on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at GoCards on Twitter and Instagram and GoCards on Facebook.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

McHenry Named to Preseason AllACC Squad Cards Tabbed Third

first_imgPitt’s four representatives led all ACC squads. Senior right side hitter Nika Markovic, senior middle blocker Layne Van Buskirk, redshirt senior outside hitter Stephanie Williams and junior outside hitter Kayla Lund received the honor. University of Louisville senior outside hitter Melanie McHenry headlines the list of Preseason All-ACC volleyball stars and the Cardinals have been chosen third in the preseason poll of the ACC coaches. 2019 ACC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll Pitt (195 points, 13 First-Place Votes) Florida State (174, 2 First-Place Votes) Louisville (167) Notre Dame (164) North Carolina (120) Syracuse (118) Duke (113) Clemson (105) NC State (101) Miami (90) Georgia Tech (86) Boston College (52) Virginia Tech (39) Virginia (33) Wake Forest (18) Three student-athletes from Notre Dame made the team, with sophomore right side hitter Sydney Bent and sophomore outside hitter Charley Niego, in addition to sophomore setter Zoe Nunez. Clemson and Florida State each had two representatives, and Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia had one each. Story Links Fifteen of the 18 honorees on the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team earned 2018 All-ACC nods, with eight earning first team designations and two earning annual awards. The 2019 season begins on Friday, Aug. 30, with 14 league teams in action. The 2019 ACC volleyball champion will be determined by the final regular season standings, with that team receiving an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. Pitt has been picked to win its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball title in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches. The two-time reigning ACC Champion Panthers received 13 first-place votes and 195 points, as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Florida State received two first-place votes and 174 points. Louisville (167 points), Notre Dame (164) and North Carolina (120) were slated third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Syracuse was picked sixth with 118 points, followed by Duke (113), Clemson (105), NC State (101) and Miami with 90. Georgia Tech (86 points), Boston College (52), Virginia Tech (39), Virginia (33) and Wake Forest (18) round out the league. 2019 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference TeamBrooke Bailey, OH, R-Jr., ClemsonKaylin Korte, OH, R-Jr., ClemsonPayton Schwantz, OH, Jr., DukePayton Caffrey, OH, Sr., Florida StateTaryn Knuth, MB, Jr., Florida StateMikaila Dowd, OH, So., Georgia TechMelanie McHenry, OH, Sr., LouisvilleElizaveta Lukianova, OH, R-Jr., MiamiMelissa Evans, OPP, Jr., NC StateSydney Bent, RS, So., Notre DameCharley Niego, OH, So., Notre DameZoe Nunez, S, So., Notre DameKayla Lund, OH, Jr., PittNika Markovic, RS, Sr., PittLayne Van Buskirk, MB, Sr., PittStephanie Williams, OH, R-Sr., PittPolina Shemanova, OH, So., SyracuseSarah Billiard, OH/RS, Jr., Virginia Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Marshmello to Headline YouTubes VidCon 2018 Event

first_imgYouTube is teaming up again with Viacom-owned VidCon for a splashy evening event spotlighting music and homegrown creators at the online-video confab’s flagship U.S. event next month.Recording artist and EDM DJ Marshmello, whose hits “Alone” and “Silence” have over 1 billion YouTube views, will headline the YouTube OnStage event and perform several of his fan favorites. Marshmello has over 14 million subscribers and 2.4 billion views to date on his three-year-old YouTube channel.YouTube OnStage also will feature appearances by top creators, including Liza Koshy — who will appear alongside the cast of her YouTube original series “Liza on Demand” — along with Collins Key, Merrick Hanna, Kyle Hanagami and others.The event will be held Thursday, June 21, at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., and will be open to all VidCon attendees through a ticket-lottery system. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img The fact that YouTube is putting the spotlight on music by enlisting Marshmello (the stage name of Christopher Comstock) underscores the importance of music to the Google-owned video giant. Next week, Google is launching YouTube Music, a subscription service priced at $10 per month, with ad-free access to millions of songs. In addition, the YouTube Red subscription service is going away, replaced by YouTube Premium ($12 monthly) for access to ad-free video, music and YouTube originals.It’s the second year YouTube is throwing a party at VidCon US. The 90-minute show at VidCon is sponsored by LEGO Systems and Sony Pictures Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”In 2017, VidCon’s Anaheim convention drew over 30,000 fans, creators, and industry execs. VidCon, which was founded by YouTube vloggers Hank and John Green, was acquired by Viacom earlier this year. The Australian version of VidCon is in its second year, and Viacom has announced that it will take the franchise to the U.K. with VidCon London slated for February 2019.last_img read more

YouTube Rolls Out New Originals in Germany

first_img“Bullsprit,” a sitcom produced by Matthias Schweighöfer’s Pantaleon Films, the company behind Amazon’s “You Are Wanted,” follows three young friends who inherit a gas station.In “LeFloid vs. the World,” produced by Red Arrow Studios’ Berlin-based Studio71 Germany, local YouTube star LeFloid travels the globe addressing pressing issues facing millennials, such as climate change, global finance and artificial intelligence.YouTube has so far launched or is in the process of launching originals in South Korea, Mexico, the U.K., Japan, France and India.“We focus on markets that have great creative communities, with a history of filmmaking and publishing a lot of content, so there’s a lot of infrastructure and talent with desire to express themselves,” Kyncl said. “We’re starting with the pillar focusing on people who have become successful on YouTube. You see us directly leaning into that in Germany.”YouTube is currently charging €11.99 ($13.88) a month in Germany for its premium subscription offering.Kyncl added, however, that YouTube wasn’t putting its stars behind paywalls since many continue to produce their regular content in addition to working on YouTube originals. “On average, when creators do YouTube originals, their channels grow by about 20%,” he said.With regard to acquisitions, Kyncl said that while they may not be based on talent that has become successful on YouTube, they nevertheless revolved around “topics or areas that are of interest” to YouTube users. With “Cobra Kai,” for example, success was anticipated based on the great interest in “The Karate Kid”-related content on YouTube, Kyncl noted. “Clearly there was demand for it. We can see what people are interested in.”Despite feature film acquisitions such as “Museo,” Kyncl said the company was leaning more towards documentaries. “They seem to work really, really well on YouTube. We’re having a lot of success with documentaries.” YouTube unveiled its first German shows, including two comedy formats, on Wednesday as part of the platform’s continued international rollout of original content for its paid subscription offering.In Berlin for the launch of the three formats, YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl told Variety that the new shows were in line with the company’s global three-pronged approach. The strategy includes working with YouTube stars who have amassed large followings and “have creative ambitions beyond their means”; music documentaries and shows; and tentpoles, such as the hit “Karate Kid” spin-off “Cobra Kai” – so far YouTube’s most popular original series in Germany – and film acquisitions like Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo,” starring Gael García Bernal.The company’s new German formats include “Neuland,” a meta-comedy produced by Cologne-based Brainpool, featuring local YouTube personality Phil Laude as a former online star trying to make a comeback while fending off David Hasselhoff, who appears as himself. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube is also working on diverse projects with such stars as Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith and García Bernal.last_img read more

Endeavor Invests in AI Foundation Startup That Has Created AI Filters to

first_imgButtler said AI Foundation will be announcing commercial products in the next few months, based on its decentralizeed artificial-intelligence technologies. The company has 25 employees currently, most of whom are engineers and scientists.“Our focus will be commercial development and applications that naturally come out of the foundational technologies we are developing,” Buttler said. Popular on Variety AI Foundation recently introduced the first phase of Reality Defender, software built to run alongside digital experiences (such as web browsing) to detect potentially fake media. Similar to antivirus software, it scans every image, video, and other media that a user encounters for known fakes, allows reporting of suspected fakes, and runs new media through various AI-driven analysis techniques to detect signs of alteration or artificial generation.Lars Buttler, who is AI Foundation’s CEO, previously co-founded and was CEO of Trion Worlds, a games company whose massively multiplayer online games include “Trove” and “Rift.” He said the dual nonprofit/commercial mission is central to the startup’s success.“Bringing personal AI to everyone opens up a new world of personal media, forever transforming entertainment and communications,” Buttler said.Explaining AI Foundation’s partnership with Endeavor, Buttler said the talent agency and media company represents “many great stars, people who move the world,” Buttler said. “They have a very high interest in AI and what it can do for the world as well as preventing some of the dangers.” He cited the issues that have cropped up with Deepfakes, an AI tool that allows the image of a celebrity to be be superimposed on pornography.Rob Meadows, the CTO of AI Foundation who previously founded AI-enabled software startup Originate, said the Reality Defender works today as a browser plug-in similar to ad blocker. The goal is to have the technology broadly adopted as a way to alert users when they encounter fake media on the web.With the funding, Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister and David Jones, founder of You & Mr Jones, have joined the AI Foundation’s board. In addition, Biz Stone has joined the startup’s Global AI Council advisory group, tasked with researching and evaluating how AI can “move humanity forward, as well as anticipate and counteract its risks.”“The potential to recognize the true promise of AI and to amplify the best traits of humanity are the driving values of The AI Foundation,” Stone said in a prepared statement. “The recognition and proactive approach to the possible negative impact of this technology is also reassuring.” Endeavor is among the investors in AI Foundation’s $10 million initial round of funding, fueling the artificial-intelligence startup’s development of AI tools including a system that scans for and detects fake media.It’s the first outside funding for San Francisco-based AI Foundation, founded in 2017. The round was led by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund venture-capital firm and marketing-tech company You & Mr Jones, with participation by Endeavor and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Other investors in AI Foundation include movie producer Charles D. King, founder and CEO of production company Macro.The startup has an ambitious dual mission of creating both free artificial-intelligence tools to thwart the negative effects of AI as well as sell commercial products. The lofty goal of the AI Foundation: to “move humanity forward through the power of decentralized, trusted, personal AI, while anticipating and counteracting the risks of AI’s proliferation in society,” according to the company. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Rakuten Viki Inks Streaming Deals for Japanese Shows From Nippon TV Asahi

first_img“These shows are a great fit for our platform, which has a proven ability to build communities around fandoms of content from around the world,” Sarah Kim, SVP of content and partnerships for Rakuten Viki.Viki has specialized in K-drama programming, and Kim said there is “a lot of crossover among fans of Japanese and Korean dramas… Since a majority of our fans are avid K-drama fans, the J-drama stories resonate well with this passionate audience.”For the shows from Nippon TV and Asahi TV, Rakuten Viki has streaming rights outside of Asia, mostly in the Americas and Europe, while some are also available in India and Oceania.Titles on Viki are available to watch free with ads. Viki’s ad-free, HD service regularly costs $49.99 annually in the U.S. Viki Pass Plus, which includes access to Kocowa’s Korean programming, is regularly $99.99 per year (currently available in a special promo for $59.99 per year).All told, Viki now offers more than 2,000 shows in the U.S., spanning content from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. Worldwide, Viki has over 17 million registered users.Asked whether Rakuten Viki is looking to negotiate rights for titles that had previously been exclusively available in the U.S. on DramaFever — the K-drama service that Warner Bros. Digital Networks shut down in October — Kim said “we’re always looking to onboard more K-drama content, especially those that will resonate well with our audiences within the romance and romantic comedy genres.” However, she declined to identify specific shows Viki might be seeking to license.Over the past year, Viki also has released popular classics from Japan’s SPO Entertainment, including: “You’re My Pet – Kimi Wa Petto,” “Hakuouki SSL: Sweet School Life” and “I Am Reiko Shiratori! – Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu!”“We are actively identifying other markets in Asia and other regions from which content that share similar traits might be a strong fit for our platform,” Kim said. “We are also exploring further co-productions with companies beyond Korea.” The Japanese television shows arriving to the Viki platform will be subtitled by the site’s fan community, which has already translated content into more than 200 languages.Rakuten Viki also is kicking off a Japanese content “sub-a-thon” for its subtitling community. The contest will let users compete with other teams and earn points for exclusive perks by subtitling the Japanese TV shows. Additionally, the Viki platform’s Learn Mode language-learning feature, which is available directly on the video player, will now let fans learn Japanese while watching TV shows.Rakuten, a diversified Japanese Internet services company, acquired Viki in 2013.Pictured above: “Overprotected Kahoko” from Nippon TV Rakuten Viki, a streaming provider specializing in Asian TV shows and movies, has reached deals with major Japanese broadcasters Nippon TV and Asahi TV to bring a collection of their shows to audiences outside the country.The collection of new shows coming to Rakuten Viki under the pacts include 10 series from Nippon TV and six from Asahi TV.The titles from Asahi TV, tentatively scheduled to premiere in the first quarter of 2019, are “Holiday Love,” “Adult High School,” “Anino Dating Agency,” “Age Harassment,” “Sumika Sumire” and “Good-bye, Enari-kun.”Of the 10 titles acquired from Nippon TV, five are now available on Viki.com: “Overprotected Kahoko” (pictured above), “Caution, Hazardous Wife,” “Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa,” “A Girl’s Breakfast” and “Frankenstein’s Love.” In addition, five more from Nippon TV are coming soon to the platform: “May I Blackmail You?,” “SWIM!,” “Tokyo Tarareba Girls,” “Pretty Proofreader” and “Your Home is My Business!” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Release of Docs to Reveal How Facebook Made Money Off Children

first_imgDocuments related to a 2012 lawsuit against Facebook in which children, sometimes unwittingly, spent their parents’ money on games via the social site will be unsealed, according to a Monday ruling from the United States District Court.The court gave Facebook ten days to file unredacted documents in accordance with the ruling.The 2012 lawsuit dealt with minors spending their parents’ money in games without permission and sometimes without even being aware that they were spending actual currency in Facebook games. Some of the documents reveal that Facebook employees were even aware that children were spending large amounts of money without parental awareness, according to Reveal, the news agency of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).“A glimpse into the soon-to-be-released records shows Facebook’s own employees worried they were bamboozling children who racked up hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of dollars in game charges,” a post from Reveal stated. “And the company failed to provide an effective way for unsuspecting parents to dispute the massive charges, according to internal Facebook records.” In another glimpse of one of the to-be unsealed documents from the case, a Facebook employee refers to a minor spending money in the game as a “whale.” The term “whale” is used in the industry to refer to big spenders in games, often in mobile or casual games.The following excerpt is allegedly from one of the unsealed documents as spotted by Reveal:Gillian: Would you refund this whale ticket? User is disputing ALL charges…Michael: What’s the users total lifetime spend?Gillian: It’s $6,545 – but card was just added on Sept. 2. They are disputing all of it I believe. That user looks underage as well. Well, maybe not under 13.Michael: Is the user writing in a parent, or is this user a 13ish year oldGillian: It’s a 13ish yr old. says its 15. looks a bit younger. she* not its. Lol.Michael: … I wouldn’t refundGillian: Oh that’s fine. cool. agreed. just double checkingAs of 2012, “Facebook’s refund policies for individuals between 13 and 17 were the same as its policies for adults, but … policies for minors under 13 were different,” according to the court document. This could explain why the employees were speculating over the user’s age.Regardless, that Facebook employees would refer to a minor as a “whale” implies intention behind purchases, which brings it back to the issue of whether a parent should be held responsible when a child, even unknowingly, makes massive purchases with their credit card.The eight documents, which Facebook requested remain sealed, fall into the categories of “refund policies… fraud detection practices… and …  sensitive business and financial information.”The court sided with Facebook for several exhibits, largely under grounds that information within was sensitive business information that would put the company at a competitive disadvantage (that’s where the “denied in part” ruling comes from).The court disagreed with some key information, such as Facebook’s request to seal a document which contains ” dollar values related to transactions, refunds, and chargebacks involving minors between 2008 and 2014″ on the grounds that this information is not going to harm Facebook’s business interests and is “of great public interest.”View this document on Scribd For example, one internal memo stated that “In nearly all cases the parents knew their child was playing ‘Angry Birds’, but didn’t think the child would be allowed to buy anything without their password or authorization first,” according to Reveal.The 2012 case came after plaintiff Glynnis Bohannon contended that her child asked to spend $20 on Facebook Credits, an in-game currency, to use on “Ninja Saga.” Bohannon agreed and used her credit card, but her child was able to continue spending money without her permission beyond the $20, ultimately reaching “several hundred dollars,” according to the court document.Bohannon attempted to get a refund from Facebook, but was denied until she filed against Facebook.Another plaintiff, Steven Wright, had a similar experience with his son and had over $1,000 of disputed charges. In the case of Wright, his son had not asked for initial permission, and he was granted only a partial refund of $59.90 with an additional $999.30 in charges remaining unrefunded, though a Facebook representative said it had “refunded the charges to [Mr. Wright’s] funding instrument,” according to the court document.Complaints in the lawsuit Bohannon v. Facebook contended that “under its policies, Facebook ‘routinely refuses requests by children and their parents and legal guardians to provide refunds for transactions that are subject to disaffirmance under California law.’”Ultimately, the case was settled, and the plaintiffs received refunds. Following the conclusion of the lawsuit, the CIR requested documents related to the Bohannon v. Facebook case be released in full, a request that was ultimately “granted in part and denied in part.”In response to Variety‘s request for comment, a Facebook spokesperson offered the following statement:“We were contacted by the Center for Investigative Reporting last year, and we voluntarily unsealed documents related to a 2012 case about our refund policies for in-app purchases that parents believe were made in error by their minor children. We intend to release additional documents as instructed by the court. Facebook works with parents and experts to offer tools for families navigating Facebook and the web. As part of that work, we routinely examine our own practices, and in 2016 agreed to update our terms and provide dedicated resources for refund requests related to purchased made by minors on Facebook.“ Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgSoon we’ll get our first taste of Modern Warfare 3. The site findmakarov.com has posted a countdown time that tells us that in 4 days and 20 or so hours we’ll learn something about one of 2011’s most highly awaited games. That’s all we know for now, but you can bet we’ll learn more in about 5 days, during GDC (which runs from February 28 – March 4th).Vladimir Makarov, as dedicated Call of Duty fans will recall, was the leader of a terrorist cell in Modern Warfare 2. Makarov played a crucial role in the game and while he was a target, he was eventually allowed to escape so that General Shepard could be tracked down and killed. It was only assumed that Makarov got away at the end of the game, but based on the teaser’s URL it’s probably safe to assume that the game has to do with tracking him down and holding him accountable for his role in MW2.Plus we know that Soap, Price and McTavish have a bone to pick with Makarov, though before they kill him my guess is only he can prove they are not the traitors Shepard made them out to be.You can watch the timer or check in for the big unveil at findmakarov.com.last_img read more

first_imgFor a $25 or $35 tiny computer, the Raspberry Pi is capable of some amazing things. With a bit of ingenuity, it can be turned into an open-source alternative to Google’s equally priced Chromecast, or it can become a portable Tor gateway so you can get up to some safe, anonymous browsing on a throwaway computer. While seeing how far you can push the Raspberry Pi is fun, we shouldn’t discredit simpler creations — case in point, this RasPi turned into an Asteroids controller.Modder Tim Barlett didn’t just want a controller that could play Asteroids — he wanted the actual Asteroids controller. So, he copied vector art of the original Atari control panel, and modeled the layout after that. He used an acrylic frame, which wraps around two plywood end caps. Not wanting to leave the plywood end caps plain, he made some vector art in the old Asteroids arcade style, then used a laser cutter to etch it.Then, he created some rails to hold everything together, and attached the pieces.He inserted buttons from the original Asteroids arcade cabinet, and attached the Raspberry Pi to a PermaProto RasPi Breadboard. The Pi runs a MAME emulator, and the audio and video cables lead out the back of the controller so it can be plugged into a display without getting in the way.To check out more details of Barlett’s project, head over to his blog, where instructions are provided for each step.last_img read more

first_imgA cosplayer has created an impressive looking costume based on Fallout 4‘s Nick Valentine. Impressive may actually be an understatement, actually. This is one of the better cosplays we’ve seen and definitely sets a new bar for Fallout 4 cosplayers to live up to.The creator of the Nick Valentine costume goes by the name of Arcanum Order. He’s been cosplaying for a few years now and loves Fallout 4. Nick Valentine is his favorite companion in the game so he decided to give cosplaying as the android detective a shot.In an interview he did with SomeNerdThing.com, Arcanum reveals that this cosplay isn’t actually finished. He’s been working on the costume for a while now but says that he hasn’t completed it yet because he is a “procrastinator.” The thing that is taking him the longest is the face. Given the complexity of it, this is totally understandable.As impressive as the cosplay is, it was relatively inexpensive to create. Arcanum says that the most costly item was the Institute Rifle, which was a $200 commission. However, the rest of the costume only cost him around $51: $40 for the coat and clothes, and $11 for the latex.This cosplay is making the rounds on the internet and even Fallout developer Bethesda has taken notice. The company shared it on the Fallout Facebook page and it has received 22,388 likes as of the time of this writing.Arcanum Order plans to make a tutorial video on how to create the face of Nick Valentine but won’t do so until after attending the Katsucon and Wondercon events to test out the durability of the face.Make sure to head over to Arcanum Order’s Facebook page to see more Nick Valentine photos.last_img read more

first_imgOculus VR’s virtual reality headset is right around the corner. You’ll of course need the device and its accessories, but you’ll also need a PC capable of running it. If one doesn’t already have a powerful rig, there are two options available: either upgrade your current PC to meet the specifications required or purchase an Oculus Ready PC.Oculus VR announced today that ASUS, Alienware, and Dell would be releasing the first Oculus Ready PCs to the public. The PCs are not only capable of running the Oculus Rift, but also come bundled with the device and its peripherals, including a sensor, remote, Xbox One controller, and two games: Eve: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and Lucky’s Tale. The PCs can also be purchased separately.These machines will be available to pre-order starting on February 16 from Amazon, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store. These bundles will ship in limited quantities to select countries and regions in April. Those who pre-ordered the Oculus Rift can get one of these PCs at a discount by opting into partner offers from the order page.Bundle prices range from $949 for the ASUS G11D to $2549 for Alienware’s Alienware Area 51, though the latter isn’t offered as a bundle. Check here to see the other PCs available for purchase.Last month, Oculus VR announced that its long-awaited Oculus Rift VR headset would be priced at $600 and that it would be taking pre-orders for the device with it expected to start shipping in March. Despite the relatively high price point, the headset sold out in minutes.Now that there are easy peasy bundles, are you more likely to grab an Oculus? Let us know!last_img read more

first_img Kirby macaroon cream puff<><> Did you know you can also listen to the official soundtrack?Titled, The Sound of Kirby Cafe, they have the entire music soundtrack up online for you to sample, and you can purchase the CD in store.The Tokyo branch does not have a closing date set, so we hope it sticks around for a while. However, the Osaka and Nagoya locations already have an end date. Osaka’s Kirby Café and shop run until September 25th, and Nagoya’s cafe is already closed, but the goods shop will remain there until September 4th.You can see updates about the cafe on the Kirby Café official Twitter and their website. Last week, Nintendo opened their third location of their pop up Kirby Café chain, this time in Tokyo. We know what you’re thinking: How in the world is it fair that Japan already got THREE Kirby Cafés while we here in the West have NONE? It is unfair. A grievous injustice.The Kirby Cafés have been a hit with fans since the first branch opened in late August this year. The cafes are colorful and mostly decorated with cute plush items and exclusive souvenir goods that you can purchase, but the main draw of this whimsical cafe is the insanely cute food.The menu is a flurry of adorable themed platters of your youthful Nintendo dreams. With names like the Fluffy Kirby Pancake, Mount Dedede Pizza, and Pupupuchino (cappuccino…. get it???), your mind will be blown when you check out these food photos.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Dreams DO come true. #GiddyUpColonelThanks @kfc pic.twitter.com/a4skf7MIB4— Edge (@edgette22) November 4, 2017There was, however, 52 $5 gift cards, and a bizarre letter from the late Sanders (who died in 1980).“This is a painting that I painted, with paint. And yet, it’s somehow more than that,” according to the note, as published by the Leader. “It’s a metaphor. It’s a tribute. It’s a long-awaited payoff for those years of art classes I took from Lisa in Accounting’s weird aunt.“But above all, it’s a thank you.”The TallGrass Public Relations social media manager is still enjoying his 15 minutes of fame: Edgette has become the target of a Reddit conspiracy theory, suggesting this is all part of an elaborate marketing ploy. (To be fair, there are still some unanswered questions, like where did KFC find a photo of Edgette for its design?)KFC is no stranger to odd promotions. In the last year alone, the company introduced a romance novel, launched a sandwich into space, debuted a branded smartphone, and dropped a fried chicken-scented bath bomb.It delivered a real K.O. this fall, though, when the company started following only 11 people on Twitter: All five members of ’90s Brit-pop group Spice Girls (Geri Horner, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham) and six random dudes named Herb (including Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters).Get it? Eleven herbs and spices? Because KFC’s original chicken is seasoned with the Colonel’s secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices?Pretty clever, if you ask me. Weirdest part of this whole thing is the @kfc Colonel adding me to @LinkedIn & endorsing me for social networking. Didn’t see that coming. pic.twitter.com/V8WRbNQRk6— Edge (@edgette22) October 21, 2017Twitter user Laurel Bartlett technically beat Edgette to the punch, having stumbled upon the corporate gag four days earlier.“I was on their page (avid fan) and got curious [about] which 11 people were lucky enough to be followed by KFC,” she wrote on the microblogging site. But, her tweet didn’t gain as much traction as Edgette’s, and she missed the opportunity for a truly epic work of art.“It’s irritating to see that guy everywhere but I’m hoping this whole thing will blow over soon,” Bartlett told Geek in an email.“The painting they made for him and his year supply of chicken would have been sweet,” she continued. “But KFC informed me via Twitter that they were sending me something in the mail so I’m curious to see what that is.”Me, too.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Nov. 14 with comment from Bartlett.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. .@KFC follows 11 people.Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb. 11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this.— Edge (@edgette22) October 19, 2017Edgette’s tweet went viral, blowing the minds of social media users, and garnering attention from KFC itself.AdChoices广告 YOU GUYS. It’s happening. https://t.co/evp0hU5zqv— Edge (@edgette22) October 20, 2017Details of their private conversation were not released. But presumably it involved the promise of some kind of reward, and Edgette providing a Sioux Falls address where he could receive it.Two weeks later, a “giant” package appeared on his porch. Inside: a 2.5-foot-by-2-foot painting of Col. Sanders, Edgette, and a scenic mountain view.“There was no explanation as to why I’m piggybacking the Colonel,” Edgette told local newspaper Argus Leader. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature The Internet is a weird and wonderful place. Just ask Mike Edgette, the proud new owner of a gold-framed portrait of himself, holding a piece of chicken while riding on KFC founder Col. Harland Sanders’ back.The South Dakotan recently spotted a hidden Easter egg in the fast food chain’s Twitter account.last_img read more

first_img We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later By now, you’ve probably heard that the Golden State Killer was apprehended not long ago. That was thanks to using public DNA testing data to find genetic markers among massive pools, then narrow down their suspect based on known criteria — age, relative location, public birth records, etc. That might inspire law enforcement professionals and CSI fans, but it raises huge data privacy questions. “This is really tough,” University of Washington DNA forensics ethicist Malia Fullerton said. “He was a horrible man, and it is good that he was identified, but does the end justify the means.That’s a valid question to ask, particularly given that this murderous asshat didn’t willingly submit any of his own DNA to these databases. In this case, that’s obviously fine, but what if law enforcement took this a step further and began using advanced profiling or screening techniques based on the data that millions have willingly given DNA testing compings?“There is a whole generation that says, ‘I don’t really care about privacy,’” said Peter Neufeld told the New York Times. Neufeld helped found the Innocence Project, a program that uses DNA evidence to exonerate wrongfully convicted people. “And then they do, once there is a Cambridge Analytica. No one has thought about what are the possible consequences.”Because DNA is literally a fundamental part of who we are, and because it carries so much information about us, it’s worth asking — should we be laying out regulations guiding how organizations can use and share this data?The investigators, in this case, uploaded the killer’s DNA to a public genealogy database called GEDmatch. For obvious reasons, you must certify, when using the site, that the data you’re handing over is actually your own. “The purpose was to make these connections and to find these relatives,” said Blaine Bettinger, a lawyer affiliated with GEDmatch told The Times. “It was not intended to be used by law enforcement to identify suspects of crimes.”If you’re concerned about your genetic privacy, then, as things are now, you’re in a tough spot. “If your sibling or parent or child engaged in this activity online, they are compromising your family for generations,” Erin Murphy, a law professor at New York University and expert on DNA evidence lamented. “Using a database of this kind will generate an extraordinary number of leads, and running them all down using both non-genetic and genetic information requires a lot of police power,” Murphy said. “So I doubt it will be run of the mill any time soon.” Even so, it raises important questions that we’ll need answers for, and if we don’t head these off now, it’s hard to even imagine what the DNA equivalent of the Cambridge Analytica breach would be. Seriously though, could this timeline get any shittier? Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target In case you didn’t know, Monster Hunter: World is huge. As in, Capcom’s best-selling game ever huge. There are many reasons to love MHW, but one of our favorite things is the cameos! We’ve already seen Street Fighter’s Ryu and Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy appear in the game. Even Devil May Cry’s Dante will soon join the monster-slaying party. Capcom seems to want as many cameo characters as possible and we’re okay with that.Since we’re likely to have more characters cross over to Monster Hunter: World, we thought it’d be fun to create a wish-list of who we’d like to see. Aside from choosing characters who use weapons and slay monsters in their own games, we pretty much let our imaginations go wild with this one. Check out our picks, and please feel free to leave us your suggestions in the comments. Anyway, let’s get started!Strider HiryuStrider already appeared in Monster Hunter: Generations so having him in Monster Hunter: World makes total sense. Strider’s fighting style was a variant on Dual Blades in Generations and it’s a smart move to retain that in MHW. Strider is a close-range fighter, after all. Given his speed, Strider can overwhelm monsters with a flurry of quick attacks. The fact he can jump off walls (in this case, trees and other environmental objects) will make him even more fun to play as.Ryu HayabusaWe haven’t seen a new Ninja Gaiden game in forever so it’d be great to have Ryu Hayabusa make his current-gen debut in Monster Hunter: World. Hayabusa is a weapons master which means he doesn’t have to be confined to being a sword user. Like Strider, Hayabusa can also use the environment to help him kill monsters. Toss in Hayabusa’s super moves, and he’d be a force to be reckoned with.KratosSince Monster Hunter: World already has Aloy, why not introduce another PlayStation character? In this case, the one and only Kratos. The former god of war is in the business of taking down giant beasts so he’s a natural for MHW. There are no weapons like Kratos’ Blades of Chaos in Monster Hunter: World. Thankfully, Kratos from the upcoming God of War uses an axe; which is a perfect weapon for MHW. A Switch Axe or Charge Blade should suit Kratos.BayonettaIf you’re going to have Dante in the game, you need to have Bayonetta. Bayonetta is all about style and grace. With that being the case, the Longsword is for her. It would be awesome if players could use her demon abilities against monsters. Imagine using her demon hair attack against some of the creatures! This could make her somewhat overpowered, but that’s something for the developers to worry about. We just want Bayonetta in the game!Lara CroftLara Croft is hot stuff now thanks to a movie and the announcement of a new Tomb Raider game. This makes it an ideal time to have her appear in Monster Hunter: World. Lara isn’t much of a melee fighter, but she’d kick serious ass with any of the game’s ranged weapons. Having Lara take out an Anjanath with the Light Bowgun would certainly bring back memories of the first Tomb Raider where she faced off against an angry T-Rex.KilikTo be honest, most characters in the Soul Calibur franchise would fit nicely in Monster Hunter: World. However, we’re going to go with Kilik on this one since he is a staff user. This makes him a perfect for the Insect Glaive. Beating monsters in the face with the glaive would be a blast, as would leaping above them to deal additional damage. Kilik also kind of looks like a Monster Hunter character so he definitely wouldn’t be out of place while hanging out in Astera.Geralt of RiviaThis selection is easy considering how Geralt is a literal monster hunter. Sword and Shield, Longsword, Bow and Arrow, Geralt will bring the pain no matter what weapon he uses. Like Bayonetta, Geralt’s magic-based attacks might overwhelm most monsters. But I suppose that’s the whole point of even having him in the game. This cameo is practically screaming to happen.Bayek of SiwaBayek from Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a complete badass and he needs to be in more games. Like many characters on this list, Bayek is proficient with a large number of weapons. Seeing him with an Insect Glaive, a Switch Axe, or Longsword wouldn’t be out of character. With that said, I can see him maining a Sword and Shield since those are his primary weapons in Origins. Also, Bayek does fight against giant gods in his game’s DLC, so he should be fine going up against any massive monster.Hunter (Bloodborne)Bloodborne has gotten a new lease on life thanks to being a free PlayStation Plus game this month. Since that’s the case, why not toss in that game’s Hunter? The Hunter specializes in fighting all manner of giant monsters. On top of that, most of the weapons he uses have different forms. This makes the Charge Blade or Switch Axe ideal weapons. Monster Hunter: World even has an outfit that looks almost identical to the Hunter (the Giros armor). I suppose you can just wear that armor set and use a Charge Blade, but why pretend when this could be official?Cloud StrifeI can’t be the only person who thought of Cloud Strife when they saw the Buster Sword in Monster Hunter: World. He is, after all, the most famous Buster Sword user in video games. As funny as it would be to have the polygonal Cloud from the original Final Fantasy VII, it’d be better to get the cool looking Cloud from the Dissidia games. Now that I think about it, you could have other Final Fantasy characters like Squall as a Gunlance user too. But Squall is annoying, so we’ll stick with Cloud. Everyone likes him.LinkYou didn’t think we’d forget about our boy Link, did you? Back before Monster Hunter even existed, Link was out there slaying the biggest, baddest monsters around. Link can slay creatures like Rathalos, Diablos, and Nergigante without breaking a sweat. As for what weapon Link would main, it would definitely be the Sword and Shield. Seeing the Master Sword and Hylian Shield in Monster Hunter would be a sight to behold. However, Link can whip butt with any weapon you give him. If Monster Hunter: World ever comes to Switch, this is a cameo that needs to happen. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung… last_img read more