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Twitch streamer Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein dead at 31

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Byron "Reckful" Bernstein, a popular Twitch streamer and "World of Warcraft" gamer, has died. Bernstein's older brother, Gary Bernstein, confirmed the tragic news via Twitter on Thursday. "My baby brother Byron @reckful is gone. RIP," Gary wrote of the Austin, Texas-based gamer.


TikTok explains how its algorithm really works

The Independent - Tech

Tiktok has revealed greater insight into how its recommendation algorithm works in a new blog post. The algorithm uses a number of factors to base its suggestions of 15-second clips. Theses include user interactions, such as the videos a user likes or shares, accounts they follow, and comments posted as well as video information such as sounds and hashtags. Tiktok will use your device and language settings to "make sure the system is optimised for performance" but receive lower weight compared to the other metrics "since users don't actively express these as preferences." Many of TikTok's algorithm influences will be familiar; similar features are offered by other social media sites such as Twitter and YouTube upon setting up a new account.


Can AI Replace An Entire Game Engine? (Nvidia GameGAN) Game Futurology #5

#artificialintelligence

This is episode #5 of the video series "Game Futurology" covering the paper "Learning to Simulate Dynamic Environments with GameGAN" by Seung Wook Kim, Yuhao Zhou, Jonah Philion, Antonio Torralba and Sanja Fidler. Game Futurology: This is a video series consisting of short 2-3 minute overview of research papers in the field of AI and Game Development. This series aims to ponder over what the future games might look like based on the latest academic research going on in the field today. Abstract: Simulation is a crucial component of any robotic system. In order to simulate correctly, we need to write complex rules of the environment: how dynamic agents behave, and how the actions of each of the agents affect the behavior of others.


The Morning After: Ford's hands-free driving assist is coming in late 2021

Engadget

This morning, Ford announced driving assist tech that can better compete with GM's Super Cruise and Tesla's Autopilot, but there's some bad news -- Active Drive Assist won't arrive until late 2021. The electric Mustang Mach-E crossover is its first vehicle where customers can order Co-Pilot360 2.0 features and a "prep package" of hardware that will be ready for an over-the-air software update to add hands-free driving tech later. Researchers have found a way to turn simple line drawings into photo-realistic facial images. Developed by a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, DeepFaceDrawing uses artificial intelligence to help "users with little training in drawing to produce high-quality images from rough or even incomplete freehand sketches." It doesn't require the same level of detail in source sketches that previous AI iterations needed, and it works largely through probability -- instead of requiring detailed eyelid or lip shapes, for example, the software refers to a database of faces and facial components and considers how each facial element works with others.


Instagram 'likely to overtake Twitter for news' as young people turn to social media for latest updates

The Independent - Tech

Instagram is likely to overtake Twitter for news over the next year, as young people turn to social media for the latest stories, a new report has found. The latest release of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report reveals the rapid changes in the way people are engaging with news stories and the organisations that research and report them. It shows that trust and engagement with traditional news sources is falling, particularly among young people. More and more, they are moving to various platforms, including social networks, it found. It noted that many people were finding their news through these social media sites in entirely different ways, with apps such as Instagram promoting new formats like "stories" and short videos.


Pokémon Go Fest tickets on sale. Proceeds to benefit Black developers and local businesses

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

This year's Pokémon Go Fest will be a virtual gathering. Niantic, creator of the Pokémon Go game, plans to donate all of its proceeds – a minimum of $5 million – from the sales of Pokémon Go Fest virtual tickets ($14.99 each, available now in the in-app store) for the July 25-26 event to charity. Half of the proceeds will go to fund projects from Black developers creating augmented reality (AR) projects for the Niantic augmented reality platform with "the goal of shining a light on characters and story and points of view that validate the lives and experiences of the Black community," said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, in a recent briefing on the event. 'The Last of Us Part II':We played the new PlayStation video game. Here's what you should know'You're crazy if you're not using (it):How to master the business social network LinkedIn The other half will be used to benefit U.S. non-profit organizations supporting local communities rebuilding from the economic havoc wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic.


Facebook tool to transfer images to Google Photos now available worldwide

The Independent - Tech

Facebook's new feature to transfer photos from your profile to a Google Photos backup is now available globally, after previously only being accessible in the US and Canada. The tool was later rolled out to parts of Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America in February 2020, European countries in March 2020, but can now be accessed by all users across the world. The tool lets you make copies of all the photos and videos on your account, and move them to another platform more easily than having to mass download, and then reupload, the content. Going to "Your Facebook Information" in your Facebook Settings Selecting "Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos and entering your Facebook password Choosing Google Photos – with the company stating that more options will be available over time Clicking the "Confirm Transfer" button It is currently unclear what other options will be available, but Facebook has previously said that if companies join the Data Transfer Project then they would be able to transfer content from Facebook to other platforms. The project was established in 2018 to "create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want," according to its website.


Sony to unveil PlayStation 5 launch video game titles, first look at games at June 4 event

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Video game devotees eager for more information on the upcoming PlayStation 5 – and the games coming for the next generation console – will soon have more details. Sony, which has said the PS5 will hit the market this holiday season, is planning a presentation for Thursday, June 4 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on the PlayStation YouTube and Twitch channels, according to Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. "I'm excited to share that we will soon give you a first look at the games you'll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday," he said in a blog post Friday. "The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware."


Amazon Crucible: 'Can games be as fun to watch as they are to play?'

BBC News

Think of Amazon and last-minute deliveries, streaming box-sets and Kindles spring to mind - but not necessarily making video games. Now, the online giant wants that to change and is getting its teeth into game development with new release, Crucible. "We want to make games that resonate with a very large audience of players," Mike Frazzini, the vice president of Amazon Games, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. "Ultimately the players will get to decide whether or not we succeed." "We're pleased with the feedback on early play-tests, but ultimately we don't know how good it is until it gets out there."


'Dangerous' AI generates words that don't exist

The Independent - Tech

A new AI has been created to generate words that do not exist. The one-shot website develops new, artificially-generated definitions for the non-existent words. ThisWordDoesNotExist.com generates new words such as "wacamole" (a single serving of waffle batter made with a sweet cornmeal mixture), "pileset" (form a mass of, or make a shape about, something), or "prayman" (the principal or leading men in a society or enterprise). Users click a button on the site, and a new word is made. The website was developed by San Francisco-based developer Thomas Dimson, an engineer who used to work for the Facebook-owned Instagram developing its recommendations algorithm.