September 10, 2019

Pokemon Go adds more AR photo options

first_img Share your voice My Lugia checks out the bandstand at London’s Arnold Square. Sean Keane/CNET Niantic added a more robust photo mode to Pokemon Go that’ll let you feel like you’re playing a sequel to Pokemon Snap. (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York should be pleased.)The Go Snapshot feature, which was added to the Android version last week and the iOS one over the weekend, lets you take photos of Pokemon you’ve already caught, using the mobile game’s AR+ mode. img-4095Raichu wanders in CNET’s London office. Sean Keane/CNET “Select a Pokemon and tap on the screen to throw its Poke Ball to that spot. Once your Pokemon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo,” Niantic said in a statement Feb. 12.”Is your Pokemon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you.”So you can basically get the Pokemon you’ve caught to do your bidding beyond battling, by having them pose for photos. The shots you take will be automatically saved to your device.”We’ve been inspired by the incredible photos Trainers have taken in AR+ mode and exploring new ways to further bridge the digital and physical worlds through Niantic’s enhanced AR technologies” Ryuta Hiroi, Niantic’s product manager, said in the statement. The augmented reality game was released in July 2016 and has been adding features ever since. It grossed more than $68 million in January, according to Sensor Tower. In September, it hit $2 billion in in-app purchases. Niantic on Tuesday is also adding the ability to switch teams. You’ll be able to purchase a Team Medallion from the in-game store for 1,000 Pokecoins to change between Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue) or Team Valor (red, clearly the best).First published Feb. 12 at 10:04 a.m. PT.Update Feb. 25 at 7:22 a.m. PT: Reflects that the feature’s been added and highlights the team-switching features.CNET en Español: Get all your tech news and reviews in Spanish.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Tags Video Games Phones Post a comment 0 Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Man killed in Thakurgaon gunfight

Man killed in Thakurgaon gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected drug trader was killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called a gunfight with them at Fakirganj in Pirganj upazila of Thakurgaon early Thursday.The deceased is Monirul Islam Babul, 35, son of certain Maidul Islam of North Sujalpur in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur district.A team of BGB arrested Babul from the bordering area on Wednesday night along with 112 bottles of Phensidyl and one bottle of wine, said lieutenant colonel Gazi Nahid Uz Zaman, a commanding officer of BGB-42.Later, the team along with Babul conducted a drive at Fakirganj around 2:00am to recover more drugs, he said.Sensing presence of the border guards, Babul’s cohorts opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight, Nahid said, adding that at one stage, Babul was caught in the line of fire and died while others managed to flee.The BGB members also recovered 75 bottles of Phensidyl, a firearm, Tk 22,000 in cash and a sharp weapon from the spot, he said.last_img read more

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September 1, 2019 Snapchat Expands NHL Pact to Add Hockey Highlights Curated Stories

Snapchat Expands NHL Pact to Add Hockey Highlights Curated Stories

first_imgSnapchat is adding more action from the ice under a new multiyear deal with the National Hockey League.The NHL, in association with Disney Streaming Services, is delivering a new weekly highlights show on Snapchat recapping the top 10 plays of the previous week and will produce Curated Our Stories on the platform for select games and marquee events — making the NHL the first pro sports league to use Snap’s third-party curation tools. The league’s content will be available to Snapchat users worldwide.The NHL is doubling down on Snapchat because it sees unusually high engagement on the platform, particularly among users under 30. Snap reported 186 million average daily users for Snapchat for Q4 2018.“What’s special about Snapchat is their users skew younger,” said NHL chief marketing officer Heidi Browning. The pact with Snap is “an important way for us to connect with our core fans but also to reach new fans…. Snap is always innovating, and they recognize that the generation that uses their products demands new feature sets.” ×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 The expanded NHL-Snap partnership again includes Bitmoji outfits for all 31 of the league’s teams, letting Snapchat users dress their cartoon avatars with their favorite team’s colors, as well as Geofilters for every team’s home arena to add custom stickers to their Snapchat posts.The NHL sees fans sharing millions of images on Snapchat every day, according to Browning, who declined to provide specific stats. “The total [number of] images shared on Snap relative to other platforms would blow your mind,” she said. “It’s a big and active audience that’s different from other platforms.”“NHL Highlights,” which will hit Snapchat’s Discover each Wednesday, is produced by Disney Streaming Services. The series takes advantage of the digital rights held by Disney Streaming Services, which operates the flagship NHL app and NHL.TV out-of-market subscription-streaming package in partnership with the league. DSS has an advertising revenue-sharing agreement with Snap for the NHL content.Also under the expanded pact, the NHL will produce a minimum of 15 Curated Stories per season with video and photos culled from publicly submitted user Snaps. The NHL’s Curated Stories will launch Saturday, Feb. 23, with the Stadium Series game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field.“Curated Stories allows us to combine every aspect of the hockey experience – including behind-the-scenes exclusives, intermittent highlights, and fan submissions,” Browning said.In addition, a team of Snapchat editors will produce Our Story coverage of NHL games and tentpole events (a minimum of six stories per season), including All-Star Weekend and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hockey fans also can follow the NHL on Snapchat and watch the NHL’s Stories for a behind-the-scenes look at all the action.“We want Snapchat to be the best place on mobile to keep up with the NHL,” Juan Borrero, Snap’s head of sports partnerships, said in a statement. “The NHL has been a tremendous partner that continues to innovate, and we’re thrilled they’ll be taking advantage of all our offerings to deliver Snapchatters the ultimate fan experience.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 Dreamlab cracks the code to Microsofts wireless keyboards

Dreamlab cracks the code to Microsofts wireless keyboards

first_img Citation: Dreamlab cracks the code to Microsoft’s wireless keyboards (2007, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-dreamlab-code-microsoft-wireless-keyboards.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The IT security center claims that it has developed simple technology that can “sniff out” the keystrokes typed on Microsoft´s Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 and 2000 keyboards. At distances of up to 10 meters, Dreamlab´s technology can capture and decrypt keystrokes that may contain information such as user names, passwords, credit card numbers, and confidential messages. With appropriate technical equipment, Dreamlab predicts that eavesdropping at even larger distances is possible.Companies like Microsoft and Logitech use the 27 MHz radio band for communication between wireless keyboards and a computer. As Max Moser of Dreamlab Technologies says, “Wireless communication is only as secure as the encryption technology used. Due to its nature, it can be tapped with little effort.”Because Microsoft´s encryption technology uses only about 256 possible encryption keys, it did not take many tries for Dreamlab´s software to decode the data. In this case, just a simple radio receiver, a soundcard, and suitable software were enough to break the cryptography codes and tap into the radio frequencies. Dreamlab says it immediately alerted the manufacturer to the security loophole, but it will be a long process to fix the problem. In the meantime, Dreamlab hopes that consumers using wireless keyboards will take caution when using any wireless keyboard. Because Microsoft´s other wireless devices operate on similar technology, Dreamlab warns that these devices might also be prone to attacks. Some of these devices include the Wireless Optical Desktop 3000, Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 and other products in the 27 Mhz-based Wireless Laser Desktop series.Dreamlab has not released the specific tools and methods used to break the code, but researchers at Dreamlab have created a presentation about their work explaining the procedures used and the pitfalls encountered during the analysis. They plan to present their work at future events, mainly for educational purposes. The company hopes that this information will make researchers more aware of the interesting topic of analyzing unknown radio-based data transmission.More information:Dreamlab´s white paper: “We know what you typed last summer”Dreamlab´s VideoCopyright 2007 Lisa Zyga & Physorg.com. All rights reserved. Web Sites and Bloggers may provide the introductory paragraph and a link to the story, but may not copy, redistribute, rewrite or publish the story in whole or in part without written permission of the author or publisher. Anyone using a wireless keyboard might be a little concerned with a recent announcement by the Swiss company Dreamlab Technologies. Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 last_img read more

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August 7, 2019

Mobile TV specialist Mobi TV has teamed up with Do

first_imgMobile TV specialist Mobi TV has teamed up with Dolby Laboratories to deliver a surround sound experience across devices including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, internet TVs and set-top boxes.MobiTV will integrate Dolby Digital Plus into its DRM-protected content delivery platform to provide surround sound to end-users across multiple screens.“Consumers are choosing to enjoy content across a wide range of devices, from televisions to tablets and smartphones,” said Taeho Oh, senior director, mobile, Dolby Laboratories. “We’re excited to work with MobiTV to enable consumers to experience high-quality Dolby Digital Plus audio that delivers an authentic, cinema-style entertainment experience wherever, whenever they prefer.”last_img

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August 7, 2019

The popularity of timeshifted viewing continues t

first_imgThe popularity of time-shifted viewing continues to grow in the UK, as do the number of devices being used to watch TV, according to research conducted for TV Licensing.Time-shifted viewing accounted for 9.1% of total TV viewing in the UK last year, up from 7.1% in 2010. In total, UK viewers watched an average of four hours and two minutes of TV daily, which equates to around two months of the year.The number of devices capable of delivering TV services is increasing, with the average household owning 2.34 TV sets compared with 2.17 in 2007. The biggest increases have been in so called ‘second-screen’ ownership, with laptop ownership increasing by 37% to an average of 1.51 per household, smartphone ownership increasing by 64% to 0.77 per household and tablet ownership up by 45% to 0.33 per household. By the end of the year, 79% of households had watched TV on a PC or laptop, while 39% has used a smartphone and 14% had used a tablet to watch TV.TV Licensing also revealed that connected TV sets accounted for 16% of all TV sales last year, compared with 9% in 2010. Around 40% of all TVs with screens larger than 33 inches have internet access. Over 700,000 3D TV sets were sold last year, compared with just 125,000 in 2010.last_img read more

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August 7, 2019

UK satellite service provider ViewSat has installe

first_imgUK satellite service provider ViewSat has installed a digital video headend from Harmonic to deliver DTH services to subscribers in Africa and the Middle East.ViewSat is using Harmonic’s Electra MPEG-2 multichannel encoding and ProStream with ACE real-time stream processing and transcoding platforms.“In deploying a new digital video headend, our goal was to find a solution that would optimise bandwidth while ensuring a high quality of experience for our customers,” said Awaes Jaswal, CEO, ViewSat. “Harmonic’s high-density and scalable video processing solutions will enable us to efficiently add new channels and services in the future to support our growing subscriber base, all while maintaining superior video quality.”last_img

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August 7, 2019 Disney has refuted rumours that it officially lice

Disney has refuted rumours that it officially lice

first_imgDisney has refuted rumours that it officially licensed a German company’s TV streaming box.This follows reports from the Las Vegas CES show that Snakebyte’s new streaming set top box will carry Disney branding.The TV box, which is a rough prototype costing US$99, allows consumers to play pre-recorded media, connect external storage sources and listen to music. Reports out of CES suggested it would come pre-loaded with Disney content.Disney moved quickly today to deny that is the case.The entertainment giant said Snakebyte had made an unapproved prototype demo for CES, which is not officially licensed.DTVE‘s sister title TBI understands there were initial exploratory discussions between Disney and Snakebyte, but only about licensing Disney-owned franchises and characters. There were not, however, any plans to release a Disney branded streaming box.Snakebyte’s PR team have issued a statement on Gamespot’s website clarifying the issue. It said: “The box is NOT from Disney, it is a Snakebyte product that [the company is] looking to license several Disney characters and franchises for.”They added that the prototype was part of “exploratory discussions about acquiring a license from Disney for some EMEA territories.”last_img read more

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