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 10, 2019

Ninja disgusted with Twitch after pornography appears on his channel

first_img Disgusted and so sorry. pic.twitter.com/gnUY5Kp52E— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 1/ Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.— Emmett Shear (@eshear) August 11, 2019 A subsequent tweet stated “this wouldn’t even have been an issue if they didnt (sic) use my channel to promote others in the first place.” Blevins notes this practice isn’t the norm for Twitch streamers who have changed platform, with dormant channels usually featuring a breakdown of the streamers channel information. Not so for the ridiculously popular page run by Ninja, however, with a message that read “the streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.” Shortly after Ninja’s video went live, Twitch pulled the plug, reverting the channel to the normal state and removing the message. 16 Photos Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded, via Twitter, on Sunday evening, saying the company has been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline,” in addition to personally apologizing to Blevins for the indiscretion. Share your voice Comments Tags Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 Originally published Aug. 11, 5:12 p.m. PT.Update, 6:46 p.m.: Adds Emmett Shear comments.Correction, Aug 12: Earlier version of this article listed Ninja as having 14.5 million subscribers. Twitch calls these “followers”.  19 Gaming Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Getty/Johannes Eisele One of the world’s most popular video game streamers, the blue-and-red-haired Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, has taken to Twitter to air his grievances with video streaming Goliath Twitch, after pornography appeared on his offline channel on Sunday. After dropping Twitch video and moving to rival platform Mixer earlier this month, Ninja’s channel was being used to promote other content across the platform.Blevins made his name streaming Fortnite and had amassed around 14.5 million followers on Twitch before jumping ship to Microsoft’s Mixer on a new exclusive deal. His Twitch channel remained available to view, but offline, with Twitch taking the unusual step of promoting a feed of “popular Fortnite channels” across the streaming service in place of the usual offline page. The top channel on that feed featured hardcore pornography.Blevins took to Twitter with a message for his followers that he was “disgusted and so sorry” about the mishap. Twitch has now reverted my channel back to how an offline page should look. Thank you.— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 Ninja Pornography Twitchlast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Dinosaur era chickens came out of the egg running says new study

first_imgLas Hoyas, Spain is known for spectacular fossils preserved in 126 million-year-old rocks deposited in a lake environment /HKUHKU MOOC / HKU Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory.HKU Vertebrate Palaeontology LaboratoryThe ancient hatchling of birds like chickens and ducks came out of the egg running, according to latest fidnings from the 125 million-year-old Early Cretaceous fossil beds of Los Hoyas, Spain, which have long been known for producing thousands of petrified fish and reptiles. The paleontologists found one special fossil — a nearly complete skeleton of a hatchling bird — that was unique and is one of the rarest of fossils. The lifestyle of this 3-cm long hatchling bird was studied by examining previously unknown feathering of the preserved fossil specimen.”Previous studies searched for but failed to find any hints of feathers on the Los Hoyas hatchling. This meant that its original lifestyle was a mystery,” says Michael Pittman from the University of Hong Kong who led the study along with Thomas G. Kaye from the Foundation for Scientific Advancement in the USA.   Feathers revealed in a ~125 million-year-old fossil of a bird hatchling shows it came “out of the egg running”. Specimen MPCM-LH-26189 from Los Hoyas, Spain is preserved between two slabs of rock: (a) ‘counter’ slab under normal light (b) Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence (LSF) image combining the results from both rock slabs. This reveals brown patches around the specimen that include clumps of elongate feathers associated with the neck and wings and a single long vaned feather associated with the left wing. (c) Normal light image of the main slab. Scale is 5mm. Image Credit: Kaye et al. 2019@Kaye et al. 2019Within hours of hatching, chickens and ducks are up and running as they are “precocial” unlike pigeons and eagles which are “altricial”. The latter require parental cover to keep themselves warm till they develop feathers. When precocial birds hatch, they have developed down feathers and partly developed large feathers and can keep warm themselves and get around without mum’s help.Previous attempts using UV lights failed to detect the feathers. Pittman and Kaye used a high power laser to study tiny chemical differences in the fossils in different colours, to make out previously unseen anatomical details. The new results on the hatchling bird revealed that they had feathers at birth and was thus precocial and out of the egg running.The latest laser technology demonstrates that some early birds adopted a precocial breeding strategy just like modern birds, said researchers. Even during the time of dinosaurs, some enantiornithine bird babies had the means to avoid the dangers of Mesozoic life by following their parents or moving around themselves, they said.”One of the feathers discovered was of a substantial size and preserves features seen in other hatchlings. It indicates that our hatchling had reasonably well-developed flight feathers at the time of birth”, says Jesús Marugán-Lobón, another author of the study from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. Las Hoyas, Spain is known for spectacular fossils preserved in 126 million-year-old rocks deposited in a lake environment  HKU MOOC / HKU Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratorylast_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Bangladesh needs free fair inclusive polls US ambassador

Bangladesh needs free fair inclusive polls US ambassador

first_imgMarcia Bernicat. Prothom Alo File PhotoUS ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat on Monday said a free, fair and inclusive election is important for a democracy, especially for the one which is on track to become a middle-income country.”Together, we can contribute to a peaceful and prosperous Bangladesh,” UNB quoted her as saying.The US ambassador said political parties must accept their rivals as legitimate participations in the political process and as potential leaders of the next government, even when they disagree on issues or policies.”It’s essential that Bangladeshis urge nonviolence by all actors at every stage of the democratic process, before, during, and after the elections,” Bernicat said.She said violence serves only those who wish to undermine the democratic processes and the interest of Bangladesh and its citizens.Democracy International brought together 400 Awami League and BNP leaders to inaugurate `Shantite Bijoy’ Campaign’, a national campaign ahead of the next national election, seeking peace centering the polls.The campaign was launched at the Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) with a slogan ‘Bangladesh will win if peace wins.’This campaign engages and raises awareness among registered political parties of Bangladesh and candidates in the upcoming national elections in favour of peaceful elections and tolerant politics.The prime minister’s Political affairs adviser HT Imam, senior BNP leader Moyeen Khan, US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat and British high commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake along with senior political leaders attended the event.The programme began with singing the national anthem. A documentary was also screened on the occasion.Speakers expressed the hope for peaceful and participatory polls.last_img
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August 31, 2019 New Town to be first in state to get AC electric buses

New Town to be first in state to get AC electric buses

first_imgKolkata: New Town is going to the first area in Bengal, where air-conditioned electric buses will be introduced soon.The vehicles will be introduced in the areas that are not connected by buses. Three buses will be introduced, which will follow a circular route. Two buses will be for Action Area I and one for Action Area II. The buses will go up to Unitech, covering the campus of St. Xavier’s University and Karigari Bhavan. The average speed of the buses will be between 40-50 kmph. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe fare of the buses will be Rs 10. There will be no conductors. The drivers will collect the fare and a machine will be installed to generate the tickets.The bus drivers will be given special training to handle the buses along with collection of tickets. The battery needs to be charged and charging stations have come up. The body of the buses with 32 seats has been built by Eicher, while Karnataka based KPIT has installed the electrical systems. The buses are likely to be introduced in the middle of May. Trial runs are being made.New Town has been declared as a green city and steps have already been taken by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Cycle sharing, an eco-friendly scheme, has become a great success and discussions are on to introduce e-vehicles on sharing basis as well. LED lamps have been installed in street lights to conserve power.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 LPG plot hatched well ahead of Centres notification Police

LPG plot hatched well ahead of Centres notification Police

first_imgKolkata: Police investigation into the LPG dealership scam in which several people were allegedly duped have revealed that the plot for the scam was hatched days before the Union Petroleum ministry came up with the notification for LPG dealership.According to police sources, BJP leader Ranjeet Majumder who was arrested in connection with this case in the month of September, had made plans a fortnight ahead of the Centre’s notification and had e-mailed the same to a number of district presidents of the party asking them to send names of people who are interested in taking up distributorship. The list was prepared on the basis of this e-mail and amounts ranging from Rs 4 to 7 lakh were collected from each person. The entire transaction was done in cash. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe sleuths, on the basis of this e-mail, have learnt that money was collected from more than 234 persons. It may be mentioned that Majumder was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged at Jorasanko police station by Ashoke Sarkar, a former BJP leader, alleging “criminal conspiracy” that was “hatched” by some “senior BJP and RSS leaders of Bengal”. Sarkar, in his complaint, had urged the police to carry a thorough probe in the matter and punish the offenders as per law. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources, allegations of financial corruption associated with LPG connection against BJP leaders have come up from Murshidabad and Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and could go up to the tune of a few crores. The central division of Kolkata Police had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of nine officers to probe the complaint. The sleuths are also probing the role of some more BJP leaders in connection with the case. Some leaders in Murshidabad district have been quizzed in this connection by the SIT. A senior BJP leader, when contacted, denied the involvement of the party in the matter. “If somebody is found to be involved then he has to take his own responsibility. The party will not stand by him.” It may be mentioned that in January 2017, Sarkar had filed an RTI with Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar Polytechnic in Jhargram, alleging that BJP state president Dilip Ghosh had lied about his educational qualifications. He had alleged that the information furnished by Ghosh in his affidavit for the Assembly election regarding his educational qualifications was false.last_img read more

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