Source: Antonio Brown will be an Oakland Raider

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Antonio Brown will be an Oakland Raider.Brown posted two pictures on his Instagram account late Saturday night, one of him in a Raiders jersey and one of him with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr at the Pro Bowl with the caption, “Love at first Sight.”A source confirmed the Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in a blockbuster trade that gives quarterback Derek Carr a No. 1 target he badly needed.last_img

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Foursquare’s Google Moment: Recommendations Launch Tonight

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The race between tech companies aiming to tell you what to do with your free time will heat up tonight with the midnight launch of version 3.0 of location-based social network Foursquare. According to the company, its long awaited recommendations feature will be included.It’s one thing for Amazon or Netflix to recommend movies or other products you might like (that’s a huge business), it’s another thing for an automated system to tell you where you should go when you walk out the door of your house, what real-world venues you should patronize. That’s something a whole lot of companies are going to try to tackle, including Google and Facebook. The Enormity of Real-World RecommendationsInside every “where should I go?” question there are other big questions, like: What should I eat? What should I buy? What should I do with my leisure time plus expendable income? What should I do with my life? Foursquare would love to be a service that regularly answers those questions for millions of people. It’s a very ambitious goal. It’s reminiscent of the question Google has answered, “What Web page should I look at for information about my interest?” As big as the Web is, though – the offline world is bigger, richer and can be more interesting. Win at recommendations offline and your Web application has really done something big.Real-world place recommendations are higher risk (in terms of expense to the user who makes a purchase, the effort required and maybe social cost) but also much higher reward (in terms of lived experience gained and potential commercial activity) than online shopping or media consumption are. Can Foursquare get recommendations right and capture some of this huge potential? What Foursquare Brings to the TableFoursquare first began talking publicly about experiments with recommendation technologies six months ago. Three months ago the company posted a job opening for a data scientist, believed by observers to be someone who would focus on building out the recommendation technology.Nearly two years after launching, the company now says it is fast approaching 7.5 million users and has recorded 500 million user check-ins. Foursquare doesn’t disclose the number of venues it has indexed but one estimate is about 10 million bars, restaurants, parks, stores and other places across the world. If that number is accurate, that would mean there’s been about 50 check-ins per venue on average. That sounds like a healthy little data set to analyze for recommendations.Here’s how the company said today that data will be put to use:The idea is pretty simple: tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll help you find something nearby. The suggestions are based on a little bit of everything – the places you’ve been, the places your friends have visited, your loyalty to your favorite places, the categories and types of places you gravitate towards, what’s popular with other users, the day of the week, places with great tips, the time of day, and so on. We’ll even tell you why we think you should visit a certain place (e.g. popular with friends, similar to your favorite spots). You’ll find it’s helpful for general things like “food”, “coffee”, “nightlife” (we built in quick access to these searches) and you’ll be surprised by what you get when searching for really specific things, like “80s music,” “fireplaces,” “pancakes,” “bratwurst,” and “romantic.” The more random you get, the more interesting the results get (though be patient with this first release… sometimes we can’t find every random thing).Factors Contributing to the New Foursquare Recommendations Your friends’ historyYour loyalty to your favorite placesYour favorite categoriesPopular places across all usersWhat day of the week it isThe time of day a request is madeThe quality of tips a place hasWhat topical experts have to say.And outside of the “Explore” tab, you’ll see some of this thinking starting to surface on the “Me” tab as well. As we started to tinker with our recommendations algorithms, we started to see “expertise” starting to emerge from the data – we’re seeing friends that have been to every karaoke place within 10 miles or tried every burger in Los Angeles. The new “Me” tab surfaces some of this, letting you seek guidance from your friends on the categories and places they explore most.Now, with over half a billion data points, and with every additional check-in and every tip, foursquare gets a little smarter for you, your friends, and the rest of the community. We’re already finding this can be just as helpful for finding a brunch spot in your neighborhood as it can be for helping you navigate a new city for the first time.That sounds great, but the proof will be in the pudding of course. It’s great to hear that this complicated problem is being approached with at least nine different factors taken into consideration. A Design ChallengeWith that many moving parts, there will be engineering challenges for Foursquare for sure – but the resulting experience is what will matter most. Users will be able to know right away if recommendations are for places they have been intrigued by or places they know already and dislike. It’s going to take some finesse to really be compelling.“Machine learning,” wrote Joseph Reisinger in a recent blog post titled Why Generic Machine Learning Fails, “is not undifferentiated heavy lifting, it’s not commoditizable like EC2, and closer to design than coding. The Netflix prize is a good example: the last 10% reduction in RMSE wasn’t due to more powerful generic algorithms, but rather due to some very clever thinking about the structure of the problem; observations like ‘people who rate a whole slew of movies at one time tend to be rating movies they saw a long time ago’ from BellKor.”Will the Foursquare team be able to look at all the diverse kinds of data it has and thread the needle of the mobile, location-based, game-like, social experience in a way that means users look to it for recommendations of places to go in the offline world? Is this the feature that makes the millions of people who’ve looked at Foursquare and asked “what’s the point?” reconsider their perception of an abscence of value? “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions,” Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt said last summer. “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”Google is far from the only company that will aim to solve that problem.Foursquare 3.0 for iPhone and Android should be available for exploring starting late tonight. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#Location#NYT#Recommendation Engines#web center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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High Frame Rate Cinema Is Here, But Is It Here to Stay?

first_imgAre we on the verge of an industry-wide move toward high frame rate cinema?Zero G Set Photo. DouglasTrumbull.comHFR (high-frame rate) Cinema has a long past that dates back to the Showscan technique developed by Douglas Trumbull in the 1960’s. This process was done by filming on 65mm negative film stock at a frame rate of 60fps, then projecting that film on 70mm prints at the same rate of 60fps. The clarity and hyperrealism presented through this technique was innovative and lauded by the scientific sections of the film industry. Unfortunately this technique was never fully realized in feature films, as MGM Studios pulled the funding for the process in Douglas Trumbull’s 1983 film Brainstorm.Christopher Walken in Brainstorm (1983). DouglasTrumbull.comEventually the Showscan process and HFR found itself being regulated as a visual component to theme park ride films, such as the Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios in the late 80’s and early 90’s.Fast-forward just over twenty years to 2014. The Hobbit trilogy is coming to a close with the release of the final film in December. It will mark the first time in film history that a narrative trilogy will be filmed in 4K at 48fps. While this trilogy was met with some strong criticism in the beginning, most of that criticism has faded. Now, add to this the word that James Cameron is seriously considering filming the Avatar sequels in HFR or even VFR (variable frame rate) and a serious question arises.Is high frame rate cinema here, and is it here to stay?In regards to the first half of the question HFR Cinema is without a question here…that much is clear. It’s the second half of the question where things aren’t so certain. Other than The Hobbit trilogy, or word that the Avatar sequels may be shot in HFR, the only other production to make quality use of the process has been the educational film To Space and Back (2013). Also, there don’t seem to be any other HFR productions in the pipeline except for the ones previously mentioned (if you know of others, please add in the comments below!)In our current culture and society new technologies and innovative processes are devoured and implemented rapidly, so why such a delay with HFR Cinema?Lets look at the good and the bad of HFR Cinema and see if that gives us an indication as to why this process and technology isn’t being fully utilized.HFR Cinema: The GoodHFR Cinema offers some very distinctive advantages over the standard 24fps. For instance images are clear and detailed, offering the viewer a sense of hyperrealism (bringing the images closer to normal eyesight). The smoothness of the image is intensified cutting down motion blur, flickering and strobing. Then when adding 3D to the mix, along with the human eye seeing at least twice the number of frames, the experience of immersion is greatly increased.In May of this year I was invited by Douglas Trumbull to attend the world premiere of his latest HFR Cinema experiment entitled UFOTOG at the Cinerama in Seattle. This film was shot in 4K at 120fps and then screened in the Cinerama format in 4K at 120fps using Christie Digital’s Mirage 4K Projector, which outputs 10,000-35,000 lumens. The experience was unlike anything I have seen to date in film. Images were sharp and clear, and with the addition of the 3D aspect it became incredibly immersive.However with the good always comes the bad, and the process of HFR Cinema is no different.HFR Cinema: The BadThe main criticism of HFR Cinema is the loss of the “Cinematic Look”. So in reality, one of HFR positives, clarity and detail, becomes a negative for audiences. In regards to UFOTOG, the VFX sequences were beautiful to look at but felt incredibly processed and fake because of the level of clarity. Viewers of the first two Hobbit films raised this same issue, as some VFX sequences couldn’t match the image quality of the practical world.Add to this the usage factor. Usage and storage is something filmmakers have to always be aware of. And having filmed in HFR myself I can speak directly to this concern. The amount of data and storage needed for this process is much more than most initially anticipate. It also raises several concerns as to the affordability for independent filmmakers or documentarians to utilize such a process.Another and crucial concern to consider is the playback options. In the current environment, the number of theaters that can effectively playback HFR are fairly decent, however when moving into the home theater this number drastically changes. 4K technologies for consumer use are very fresh and the install base is very low. This fact alone has without question had an effect on the growth of the HFR Cinema process.With all of this said, let’s look at the initial question again. Is high frame rate cinema here, and is it here to stay?Screenshot from The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey. Creative Cow Article.The Future of HFR CinemaHFR Cinema is in its infancy stages now. Exploration and experimentation is the current focus with adoption and implementation on the horizon. Immersion is the core ideology behind HFR, so because of this, other immersive technologies need to become more established at a specific level before HFR can really gain any significant ground. Those technologies are binaural sound, glasses-free 3D and implementation of higher lumen projectors for theaters. These are all processes and technologies that take time and money to implement.With these technologies on the horizon one could make a case that HFR Cinema is coming and could be on the slate to becoming the new form of cinema experience. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas spoke to the change of the cinema experience in an interview with Empire Online. They spoke to the idea of cinema becoming an event, like a Broadway show. HFR and the ideology behind it (immersion), could be the format that benefits from such a change.Regardless it appears that HFR or VFR (variable frame rate) is on its way. And if history repeats itself, we could see the new Avatar spark a desire to implement HFR just as the first film did for 3D five years ago.last_img read more

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Chief says it was a truly amazing day as Shoal Lake 40

first_img. (Prime Minister poses with members of Shoal Lake 40 Thursday. Photo: Karen Kejick, facebook)Dennis Ward APTN National NewsThe Chief of Shoal Lake 40 says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in the community Thursday morning to a warm welcome.The trip to the community, that borders the Ontario, Manitoba border by the prime minister, was billed as a “private tour.”Shortly after forming government, the Liberals announced their commitment to ‘Freedom Road.”The all weather road would end 100 years of isolation the community was forced into when the aqueduct was built to supply water to the city of Winnipeg.Despite providing the Manitoba capital with water, Shoal Lake 40 itself has been on one of the longest boil water advisories of any First Nation.But Chief Erwin Redsky told APTN National News by phone that he didn’t talk about the road with Trudeau.Redsky said there were no “asks and no commitments.”Trudeau “is a teacher by profession and today he was a student” said Redsky.  “He was here to listen and learn.”Trudeau, centre, with community members in Shoal Lake 40. RCMP helicopter that Trudeau arrived in is in background. Photo: Dakota Redsky, facebookOn Wednesday, the chief of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation wouldn’t confirm Trudeau was coming but said if he did, there would be no media allowed.However, later in the day, Vice News issued a press release saying they would be accompanying Trudeau to the community as part of an upcoming documentary.Redsky said he was contacted by Vice News and the Prime Minister’s Office about the trip.The exclusive access set off a firestorm on twitter among journalists and others concerned that only one media outlet was getting access.Normally, media, including APTN National News, pools resources to cover events when the prime minister goes on the road.Still, APTN and a crew from Global Television in Winnipeg were able to get on the man-made island.Police escort APTN National News and Global Television reporters from Shoal Lake 40 Thursday. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNBoth crews were quickly stopped by Treaty 3 Police and escorted to a police boat and taken back across the lake to Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation.Redsky said it was his decision and those of his council and community not to let media in.“I told you to respect my decision and you did not do that.”Redsky said he didn’t want a media circus in the community.Media were not the only ones prevented from going to the all day event with the prime minister.George Linklater from neighbouring Band #39 said they were informed that no other members were allowed into the community other than members of Band #40.It was a disappointment for Linklater who said he would have loved to meet the prime minister.Children from the David Kejick School were also waiting for Trudeau, signs in hand.Trudeau accessed the community via helicopter.The opportunity to meet Trudeau didn’t stop Penielle Linklater.She hopped into a boat and snuck over. And she took a message with her.In a “chance of a lifetime meeting” with Trudeau she raised her concerns about missing and murdered Indigenous women.“It makes me sad and as an Aboriginal woman I don’t feel safe” Linklater said.Penielle and George Linklater. Penielle met the Prime Minister. Photo: Dennis Ward/APTNBack at Shoal Lake 40, the chief said he encouraged the prime minister during his visit to make similar visits to Attawapiskat and “other communities going through what we are.”Redsky said Shoal Lake 40 is one example of “the broken relationship but it can also be the model for a new relationship moving forward.”[email protected]last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Training begins for new Defence Force recruits

first_imgPhoto Captions:Header: Petty Officer Shamica Duncombe is pictured giving instructions to the selected recruits of New Entry 55/24 as their family, friends and loved ones look on.1st Insert: Petty Officer Shamica Duncombe levels out a recruit for smiling while on parade.2nd Insert: New Entry 55/24 is pictured heading into Coral Harbour Base for the first time as Recruits.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel)Press Release: RBDF#GuardOurHeritage #operationtransformation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 12, 2018 – Nassau – One-hundred twenty (120) new recruits underwent a less than gentle awakening yesterday as they began their transition from civilian to military life in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.   As members of New Entry 55/24, these recruits are on their way to making history as part of a newly modernized recruit training program offered by the Defence Force’s Training Department.The three-part program consists of a militarization, marinization, and a naval-infantry phase all designed to develop leadership, character and professional military skills within the lives of successful recruits.Best wishes to them during their 17-week program. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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New Barca signing KevinPrince Boateng compares Ronaldo to Messi

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona on loan and will have to provide some more attacking options to LaLiga Santander’s current leaders.The Ghanaian compared two world great players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mess and declared his stance between the players.“For youngsters that are footballers, Ronaldo would have to be the best in the world,” he said, according to Marca.“He is the best example to focus on because he trains at his maximum and has talent.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He works like a crazy person, he’s passionate about what he does and about football. He always wants to be the best, always wants to be first in everything. He would have to be the model for everyone.”“But what Cristiano does works in this world, and only in this world,” he said.“Outside of this world, the best is Messi. Because he’s incredible.“He does things that nobody else can do. Because of this, I don’t seem as of this world. Cristiano dominates this world and Messi is ahead of everyone.”last_img read more

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The Naked I perform live

first_imgThe Naked I perform live! KUSI Newsroom, June 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The band, The Naked I, perform live on KUSI.For more information, visit www.thenakediband.com. KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 7, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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