Sunday, December 11, 2016

Facebook now lets you create your own frame for photos and videos

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Facebook now lets you create your own frame for photos and videos

For better or worse, Facebook is trying really hard to copy Snapchat. In the past few months the giant social network has added different features that, if you ask us, are seemingly inspired by the app with the ghost mascot. And its latest feature follows a similar trend. With its Camera Effects Platform, Facebook will let users make their own frame for profile pictures and videos. Now, you can’t just display whatever you want on your page, as Facebook does need to approve your creations.

The new tool isn’t targeted at individual users as much as it is businesses or people who are planning an event, such as a wedding or party. Essentially, you want others to use your frames, like what Snapchat offers with custom Geofilters. You can start making your own here, all you have to do is log in to your Facebook account and follow the steps on that page.

Ubisoft executives fined millions for alleged insider trading

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Ubisoft executives fined millions for alleged insider trading

In addition to a looming hostile takeover, Ubisoft corporate has to deal with over a million Euros in fines for alleged insider trading. The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) has levied a combined €1.27 million (almost $1.4 million) fine against Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat and VP of corporate affairs Francis Baillet. Executive director of worldwide studios Christine Burgess, Ubisoft Montreal VP of executive operations Olivier Paris and Damien Moret, who’s the director of brand development for the company were also named.

According to French publication Les Echos (translated), the country’s stock market regulators found that those named sold stock in the company prior to the announcement that Watch Dogs and The Crew would be delayed out of the holiday release window in 2013. The news of those delays sent Ubisoft stock plummeting some 26 percent.

In a statement, Ubisoft told Engadget that it believes its employees acted in good faith and that the company is “convinced” that no one intentionally committed any “acts contrary to market regulations.” The firm says that the AMF’s move “represents a serious misunderstanding” of the game development and publishing process, saying that this sort of thing is “common” to the video game industry.

“Given the processes and timetables involved in the production of major games at our company and within our industry in general, we believe that at the time they carried out their transactions these employees could not have been aware of or anticipate the subsequent decision to postpone the game that would be taken by Yves Guillemot on October 11, 2013,” the statement said.

“Each major game requires the involvement of multiple teams across the company, but ultimately only the company’s CEO can make an exceptional decision such as changing a game’s release date.”

Mallat said that the accused employees will appeal this decision.

“We remain convinced that the whole process is unjustified, unfounded and illegal,” he said.

These allegations almost makes you wonder if the company actually did know what it did was illegal. Hence, pushing Assassin’s Creed: Unity out the door the next year despite some seriously horrific and performance-affecting bugs.

Chrome will provide clearer warnings for insecure retail sites

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Chrome will provide clearer warnings for insecure retail sites

Chrome’s developers have futzed with the way that it displays insecure sites over the past few years, and for now, non-HTTPS sites display a “neutral” info symbol. Google warned that would change soon for certain types of sites, however, and we can now see how with the Chrome 56 beta. Any non-encrypted HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit card numbers will prominently display as “not secure” in the URL bar. That, Google says, is the prelude to a bigger scheme to clearly mark all HTTP sites as non-secure, something it kind of did before.

Google may have toned down the warnings in 2015 to let more publishers convert their sites to HTTPS. However, webmasters appear to have taken the hint, as the search giant recently said that a lot more sites are now fully encrypted.

Another interesting thing you can check out in beta is Web Bluetoothsupport, which allows developers to connect web pages to smartphones and printers via Bluetooth “with just a few lines of JavaScript.” That would enable you to, for instance, see your heart rate or control a Lego car via a website.

The other significant new feature coming to Chrome is CSS “position: sticky” command support. That helps you, for example, create web page titles that stick to the top of a page until the reader scrolls to a new section, making it easier for them to figure out where they are (as shown above).

Chrome 56 is now out in beta for Windows, OSX and Android via the Canary beta release channel, with the warning that “it’s designed for developers and early adopters, and can sometimes break down completely.” It should arrive formally for the rest of us in January 2017.

Facebook was dominated by the presidential election in 2016

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Facebook was dominated by the presidential election in 2016

As the year winds down, companies like Twitter, YouTube and others have made a habit of reminding us of all the stories that dominated the conversation over the last 12 months. Facebook does the same and today the social network revealed the most popular topics that hit your News Feed in 2016. As you might expect, the US presidential election took the top spot while Brexit was the hottest subject in the UK.

Other popular topics include Pokémon Go, Black Lives Matter, the Olympics, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali and soccer’s Euro Cup. Notably absent from the list is perhaps the biggest story since the election was decided: fake news. Facebook has been dealing with the issue well before November, including false stories about the Pope endorsing Trump and a report about Fox News firing anchor Megyn Kelly surfacing as a trending topic. The Kelly story was promoted shortly after Facebook said it would no longer rely on editors to pen descriptions for popular stories on the site. The move to an algorithm-driven approach hasn’t exhibited much improvement thus far but he company has recently said it will make improvements to user reporting methods and early detection to combat the issue.

For something a little more personal, Facebook has also created year-end videos for each user. The footage provides a look back at your highlights from 2016. The company says the compilation is editable and once you settle on a final version, you can share it with all of your friends. Those individual videos will be making the rounds to your News Feed during December, but you can take a look now via this link.

In addition to its own video highlights, Facebook also posted a list of the most popular user footage from 2016. It’s no surprise that Chewbacca Momtook the top spot, followed by a smattering of election coverage and Dallas residents lining up to greet police following an attack earlier this year. To browse the full list of popular videos from 2016, consult the source link down below.

Scientists discover nature’s algorithm for intelligence

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Scientists discover nature’s algorithm for intelligence

We’ve been attempting to reverse-engineer intelligence since the dawn of our own history — or at least since the time of the ancient Greeks, who carved the inscription “know thyself” at the temple of Apollo, Delphi. Throughout the ages, one old chestnut has stubbornly resisted yielding up its secret: the organizational principle behind the human brain. Now a group of scientists at Augusta University, Georgia, led by Dr. Joe Tsien, think they may be onto the answer with a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. If correct, it would send shock waves through the field of neuroscience and likely lead to the dawn of a new age for artificial intelligence as well.

One experiment that confirmed there might be something like a universal computational principle at work in the human brain involved blindfolded mice. Blindfolding mice during crucial stages of development revealed that the areas of the brain traditionally associated with seeing would be repurposed over time for other mental tasks. This seemed to confirm that to a high degree, the brain of people and mice alike are plastic, that is reprogrammable in the manner of a universal computing machine.

Scientists discover nature’s algorithm for intelligence

Evidence of power of two permutation logic 

But if there is some kind of unifying computational principle governing our grey matter, what is it? Dr. Tsien has studied this for over a decade, and he believes he’s found the answer in something called the Theory of Connectivity.

“Many people have long speculated that there has to be a basic design principle from which intelligence originates and the brain evolves, like how the double helix of DNA and genetic codes are universal for every organism,” Tsien said. “We present evidence that the brain may operate on an amazingly simple mathematical logic.”

The Theory of Connectivity holds that a simple algorithm, called a power-of-two-based permutation taking the form of n=2i-1 can be used to explain the circuitry of the brain. To unpack the formula, let’s define a few key concepts from the theory of connectivity, specifically the idea of a neuronal clique. A neuronal clique is a group of neurons which “fire together” and cluster into functional connectivity motifs, or FCMs, which the brain uses to recognize specific patterns or ideas. One can liken it to branches on a tree, with the neuronal clique being the smallest unit of connectivity, a mere twig, which when combined with other cliques, link up to form an FCM. The more complex the idea being represented in the brain, the more convoluted the FCM. The n in n=2i-1 specifies the number of neuronal cliques that will fire in response to a given input, i.

In a recent paper, Tsien and company were able to test the theory by presenting mice with a number of different stimuli and recording the patterns of neurons that fired in response. The results would seem to bear out their hypothesis, with the algorithm correctly predicting the amount of neural tissue that would be activated in response to a given stimulus.

The results of the team’s research are likely to ripple beyond neuroscience, most importantly in the field of artificial intelligence, where a principle like this could enable the creation of artificial brains that are wired in a manner directly akin to our own. Whether such a development is ultimately to be feared or praised is the subject of a far-reaching debate. But it now looks increasingly certain we will have the answer sooner rather than later.

How to revert back to the legacy client

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How to revert back to the legacy client

  • open file location
  • go to RADS Folder/System
  • open user file in notepad
  • change “leagueClientOptIn” yes to no
  • now try to open the game

Nintendo’s Switch might play Gamecube games

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Nintendo’s Switch might play Gamecube games

Following years of pining after GameCube games on the Virtual Console, it looks like Nintendo fans will soon be getting their wish. According to a recent report by Eurogamer, the Nintendo Switch is rumored to be the first Nintendo console to offer GameCube games on its Virtual Console. Citing several sources within the company, the article states that Nintendo already has classic titles like Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee running on the Switch.

The article goes on to suggest that Nintendo is also prepping popular GameCube lifestyle sim Animal Crossing for the Virtual Console. It seems as though the company is also looking into making the console compatible with the Wii U’s GameCube controller adapter.

Given Super Smash Bros Melee‘s evergreen popularity at fighting game tournaments and the Switch reveal trailers focus on eSports, its inclusion is an easy win for Nintendo.

The GameCube emulator is rumored to be developed by Nintendo’s European Research Department – the people responsible for this year’s Christmas sell-out, the NES Mini. While the NES Mini has a few issues, its game emulation runs flawlessly, meaning that if true, GameCube emulation on the Switch looks rather promising indeed.

Piriform CCleaner Professional v5.24.5841

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Piriform CCleaner Professional v5.24.5841

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Google Play adds 4K movies to its catalog

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Google Play adds 4K movies to its catalog

When we reviewed the Chromecast Ultra, one of our biggest gripes was the dearth of 4K content to justify it — not even Google’s own movie store had material to watch. The company is fixing that glaring omission, though. As of now, Google Play Movies & TV carrying over 125 4K movies in the American and Canadian stores. You’ll have to buy them (no 4K rentals yet), but you can choose from big-name movies like Captain Philips, Star Trek Beyond and The Secret Life of Pets. If you own a Chromecast Ultra, you’ll even get a free movie (from a handful of approved selections) as a reward for your early adopter status.

You’ll need to own a 4K-capable device to watch, of course. Besides the Chromecast Ultra, Google is pointing to newer Sony TVs and the Xiaomi Mi Box 3 as examples of hardware that can handle Google Play’s higher-resolution catalog. This isn’t an exclusive list, of course, and Google is quick to add that 4K titles will come to other countries in the future.

Google certainly isn’t the first major video provider with 4K movies — Netflix, Vudu and Hulu have beaten it to the punch. However, this is a big deal if you thrive in the Google ecosystem. You now have a go-to place for premium 4K video right from the get-go, without having to turn to third-party services.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may ditch the headphone jack

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may ditch the headphone jack

With Apple, Motorola and others releasing phones without 3.5mm headphone jacks this year, there’s been a looming question: will Samsung follow suit? Like it or not, SamMobile sources claim the answer is yes. Reportedly, the Galaxy S8 will rely solely on its USB-C port for sound — if you want to use your own headphones, you’ll likely either need to use an adapter (no guarantee that you’ll get one in the box) or go wireless. But why make the move, outside of being trendy?

The tipsters don’t have an official explanation, but there are a few advantages that might come with ditching the legacy port. It would create more room for a larger battery, more sensors, stereo speakers and other upgrades that aren’t as practical right now. Alternately, it could let Samsung slim the S8 without having to make significant compromises on other features. That’s not much consolation if you like to listen to music while you charge your phone, but you may well get something in return for this sacrifice.

You might not have too much longer to learn whether or not the rumor is true. In recent years, Samsung has introduced new Galaxy S models at or near the Mobile World Congress trade show, which kicks off February 27th in 2017. SamMobile is confident that the S8 will show up there, although it’s not an absolute lock given the possibility of delays. Whenever it arrives, it’s safe to say there will be an uproar if there’s no 3.5mm jack. Some people swore off the iPhone 7 precisely because it didn’t have a native headphone port — what happens if their main alternative doesn’t have that hole, either? They may have to either buy from brands they previously hadn’t considered, or accept that conventional audio jacks are a dying breed in mobile.

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