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Council Rock South senior develops mobile application for hospital communication – Bucks County Courier Times

Bucks County Courier Times Council Rock South senior develops mobile application for hospital communication Bucks County Courier Times Another application he built, a music sharing app called Vibe, got more than 10,000 downloads after being featured on Mashable as App of the Day in 2015, Randy said. Those previous apps he developed are no longer operational because he hasn't ... and more »

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are new flagship smartphones from Google. New features for photographers include Top Shot, which uses AI to help you capture the perfect photo every time, Super Res Zoom, which produces sharp details when you zoom, and Night Sight, which lets you take natural-looking photos in dark surroundings without flash. The Pixel 3 (5.5” screen) will be £739 (64GB) and £839 (128GB) and Pixel 3 XL (6.3” screen) at £869 (64 GB) and £969 (128GB).

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DraftKings CEO Jason Robins is coming to Disrupt SF

In May, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that had banned gambling on sporting events in most states. That ruling is set to unlock billions of dollars in new business opportunities for online fantasy sports sites like DraftKings. That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled to have DraftKings CEO Jason Robins join us on stage at Disrupt SF. DraftKings launched back in 2012 and quickly grew into a household name by offering daily and weekly fantasy sports contests across a number of sports. In fact, as of 2017, DraftKings had roughly 8 million users, and together with its top competitor FanDuel, the two companies owned more than 90 percent of the $2.6 billion daily fantasy sports market. In 2016, DraftKings and FanDuel announced their intention to merge, but were met with resistance from the FTC who sued to block the merger. If it had been approved, the merger would have allowed both companies to combine resources with regards to regulatory approval and advertising spend. At the time, Robins said that DraftKings has a “growing customer base of nearly 8 million, our revenue is growing over 30% year-over-year, and we are only just beginning to take our product overseas to the billions of international sports fans we have yet to even reach.” At Disrupt, we’ll chat with Robins about the growth of the company, DraftKing’s plans for the 2018 NFL season, and what’s in store for the company following the Supreme Court ruling. The full agenda is here . Passes for the show are available here .

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Researchers teach an AI how to dribble

While this animated fellow looks like something out of NBA 2K18, it’s really an AI that’s learning how to dribble in real time. The AI starts out fumbling the ball a bit and by cycle 95 it is able to do some real Harlem Globetrotters stuff. In short, what you’re watching is a human-like avatar learning a very specialized human movement. To do this researchers at Carnegie Mellon and DeepMotion, Inc. created a “physics-based, real-time method for controlling animated characters that can learn dribbling skills from experience.” The system, which uses “deep reinforcement learning,” can use motion capture date to learn basic movements. “Once the skills are learned, new motions can be simulated much faster than real-time,” said CMU professor Jessica Hodgins. Once the avatar learns a basic movement, advanced movements come more easily including dribbling between the legs and crossovers. From the release: A physics-based method has the potential to create more realistic games, but getting the subtle details right is difficult. That’s especially so for dribbling a basketball because player contact with the ball is brief and finger position is critical. Some details, such as the way a ball may continue spinning briefly when it makes light contact with the player’s hands, are tough to reproduce. And once the ball is released, the player has to anticipate when and where the ball will return.

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Clear for beer: Biometrics provider now enables alcohol purchases at Seahawks and Mariners games

Clear, the biometrics company you’ve probably seen at airports and at a few other prominent queues, is rolling out the capability to simultaneously verify your ID and pay for an alcoholic drink with your fingerprint. It’s only at Seattle’s CenturyLink and Safeco Fields (and only a handful of concessions stands at those), but if it’s successful you can bet we’ll be seeing more of it. That makes it the first time in the U.S. that biometrics are used for both age check and payment, but this exception will almost certainly become less uncommon in time: Clear announced its intention to pursue the payments side of biometrics when it raised $15 million last year . This also marks the first NFL team to partner with Clear; Seahawks fans going to home games this season will be able to use a separate Clear lane at the northwest and southwest gates. It can be quite a melee or a considerable wait getting into both venues (I’m a local), so this will almost certainly be embraced by the Clear-privileged among Seattle sports fans. Sounders games at CenturyLink, by the way, will have the same perks, as will any concerts at either venue. After you get inside the field, you’ll have to hoof it a bit to find one of the concession stands from which Clear serves. At Safeco it’s Double Play in section 136 and Shortstop Beer in 185. At CenturyLink it’s at the Delta Sky360 Club, by sections 210 and 234. So, it’s not exactly everywhere. But during the beer rush of halftime or the seventh-inning stretch at a good ballgame, it might be worth it to traverse a few sections and skip the line. Unfortunately, Clear doesn’t get you a discount on the outrageously priced drinks, so savor those $10 tallboys. Your wallet may stay in your pocket, but the money flies out of it just the same

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What the Tech: Block robo-calls with HiYa – KFDX

KFDX What the Tech: Block robo-calls with HiYa KFDX (WHAT THE TECH) - It is not your imagination that the number of robo-calls coming to your phone is higher than normal. It's coming up on open-enrollment for health insurance and telemarketers are in an all-out race to get your attention. I'm getting ...

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Vizio launches its own streaming service powered by Pluto TV

Think there are too many streaming services? How about one more? Today, Vizio says it’s launching its own streaming service called WatchFree that will be available on nearly all its Vizio SmartCast TVs via a separate input. The service itself will be powered by streaming TV provider Pluto TV , and will include access to over 100 live and linear channels featuring news, entertainment, sports, movies, and more. Pluto TV is a differentiated player in the busy streaming video market. Instead of trying to get cord cutters to pay for a skinny bundle of channels, its over-the-top service delivers content from a number of networks and other sources for free. The service primarily generates revenue through advertising. For example, the company has content deals with dozens of partners like Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM, Bloomberg Media, Al Jazeera English, CNN, Hearst, Tastemade, Machinima, FreemantleMedia, CNBC, Cheddar, Gravitas Ventures, Asylum, Viz Media, Electronic Music Awards, Big Sky Conference, Stadium, Jukin Media, and many others. In then assembles this hodgepodge into an interface that looks a lot like your traditional cable TV guide, where you can tune into what’s airing now and see what’s coming up next. On WatchFree, Pluto TV is bringing channels like Pluto TV Movies, Action Movies, Black Cinema, News 24/7, NBC News/MSNBC, Fox Sports, Frontdoor, Cats 24/7, Crime Network, MST3K, and The Surf Channel. In addition, Pluto TV will launch two new channels on Vizio service – one dedicated to Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares,” and another called “Unsolved Mysteries.” The service is meant to serve as a selling point for Vizio’s TVs, by offering buyers an easy way to watch free programming.

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Sports, engagement, and tech company lack thereof

The sports industry is exciting and cool and has brand equity like no other. Yet, the companies themselves don't have a lot of money to spend on their business operations due to what they are (over)paying the athletes. Does this mean the tech companies selling tech to the sports world should ignore the industry they're selling to? Apparently, they think so. Find out why is not only a bad idea, but a very very foolish one. And I'll name some names.

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Serverless, Inc. lands $10M Series A to build serverless developers platform

Serverless, Inc came to the serverless game early, creating an open source framework for developers back in 2015. Today, they want to build on that earlier product to give developers more control over deployment and delivery of serverless applications. To that end, they announced a $10 million Series A round led by Lightspeed Ventures. They have now raised a total of $13 million, according to the company. The company also announced the release of the Serverless Platform, which include the Serverless Framework, Serverless Dashboard and Serverless Gateway. The Framework lets developers set up their serverless code across different cloud platforms and set conditions on the deployment such as function rules and infrastructure dependencies. The dashboard gives visibility and information about the deployment, so that you can track and trace serverless functions over time, regardless of the cloud platform you’re using. Diagram: Serverless, Inc. The gateway provides a way to pull in legacy tools into a serverless approach. As the company describes it, “The Serverless Gateway allows businesses to easily integrate serverless into their existing mesh of services, including containers, SaaS or other legacy systems. The Event Gateway, along with serverless compute, gives organizations a powerful way to react to all of their business events with code.” Company founder and CEO Austen Collins says that as companies shift to a serverless-first mindset, we’re going to see a lower cost to build and deploy applications, but that is going to take some tooling to really work across a team or large organization , tooling his company wants to provide. “I think now we are seeing widespread demand for tools to operationalize serverless development, tools to make developers across an entire team, or even across entire organization all practice serverless development in a safe and standard way,” Collins explained.

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‘What a proud moment!’ Bachelor’s Sam Wood celebrates re-launching his fitness app 28 with fiancée Snezana … – Daily Mail

Daily Mail 'What a proud moment!' Bachelor's Sam Wood celebrates re-launching his fitness app 28 with fiancée Snezana ... Daily Mail ' App of the day !!! What a proud moment. Thank you to my amazing 28 team for your genius creativity and hard work,' he told his fans. 'Thank you to @apple for your support and thank you to my beautiful family for inspiring me and loving me every day.

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What The Tech: App of the day, Flipp – KFDX

KFDX What The Tech: App of the day , Flipp KFDX WHAT THE TECH - I'll just bet you have a shopping app on your phone. Maybe one you downloaded before Black Friday to help find the best deals at major retailers. Many of those apps; however, aren't that great at saving money at the supermarket. Our App  ...

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