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What's on TV this week: 'Mass Effect,' 'Love, Death & Robots' and 'Castlevania'

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This week viewers can pick up some catalog titles in 4K, like Saw, as well as 20th Anniversary Edition versions of Shrek and the first Fast and the Furious movie. But the major launch this week is Bioware's remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy, now available across console generations and on PC, with improved graphics, gameplay and almost all of the content ever released for the games. Otherwise, Netflix has the final season of Castlevania, as well as a new round of episodes in the Love Death & Robots anthology. HBO's feature film release of the week is Those Who Wish Me Dead, and if you're looking for something a little different then try Intergalactic, a sci-fi prison break series from the UK that's streaming on Peacock. Look below to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Let's Be Real, Fox, 9:30 PM Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Freeform, 10 PM All times listed are ET.


IBM's CodeNet dataset can teach AI to translate computer languages

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AI and machine learning systems have become increasingly competent in recent years, capable of not just understanding the written word but writing it as well. But while these artificial intelligences have nearly mastered the English language, they have yet to become fluent in the language of computers -- that is, until now. IBM announced during its Think 2021 conference on Monday that its researchers have crafted a Rosetta Stone for programming code. Over the past decade, advancements in AI have mainly been "driven by deep neural networks, and even that, it was driven by three major factors: data with the availability of large data sets for training, innovations in new algorithms, and the massive acceleration of faster and faster compute hardware driven by GPUs," Ruchir Puri, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist at IBM Research, said during his Think 2021 presentation, likening the new data set to the venerated ImageNet, which has spawned the recent computer vision land rush. "Software is eating the world," Marc Andreessen wrote in 2011.


UK postal service tests autonomous drone deliveries to remote islands

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It's not just online and big-box retailers that are exploring deliveries by drone. Following in the footsteps of the Swiss Post, the UK's Royal Mail is the latest postal service to trial drone flights. The company has announced a landmark project to deliver packages -- including personal protective equipment, COVID testing kits and assorted mail -- to a UK island using an autonomous Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV). As part of the government-backed project, a large drone will take off from the mainland and fly to the Scilly Isles (a remote archipelago off the Cornish coast in southwest England). The twin-engine UAV can carry up to 100kg of mail of all shapes and sizes, which the Royal Mail said is equivalent to a typical delivery round.


'Animal Crossing' and 'StarCraft' join the Video Game Hall of Fame

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And then there were four. After narrowing down a list of 12 finalists, The Strong National Museum of Play has inducted four new titles to its World Video Game Hall of Fame. In order of release, they are 1982's Microsoft Flight Simulator,1985's Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, 1998's StarCraft and 2001's Animal Crossing. They beat out the likes of the original Call of Duty, Portal, Guitar Hero and -- checks notes -- FarmVille to make it into this year's class. Incidentally, StarCraft is the second Blizzard game to join the hall after World of WarCraft was in the first selection of games inducted by the museum in 2015.


Google expands Broadcast and adds more family-friendly Assistant features

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If you're a parent or often find yourself needing to wrangle a group of people in your household, Google's latest Assistant update might be helpful. It's expanding the Broadcast tool that was previously limited to its smart speakers and displays to iPhones and Android devices. The company also announced a set of new features for the Assistant, including stories, games, songs and a Mother's Day surprise. Broadcast lets you send a message to all compatible devices at once, and you can create groups to specify who you want to reach. Google allows you to set up a Family group for up to six of your relatives, and the expansion being announced today will let you reach these members on their phones too. Just as they already could from a Nest speaker or display, your contact can now reply to your message from their Android or iPhone.


TikTok works with Streamlabs' tipping and livestream tools

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Streamlabs offers some of the most useful and popular livestreaming software available, and it works on some of the biggest platforms out there -- including Facebook, Twitch and YouTube. Now, it'll be available on TikTok thanks to a new partnership between the companies. Streamlabs today confirmed that it's an early partner in the TikTok for Developers program, which mean TikTok users can go live using Streamlabs OBS app for desktop and mobile. This will provide livestreamers access to familiar tools like tipping, donation data and analytics and on-screen alerts. Besides the Streamlabs OBS software for Mac and Windows, people can also use the Streamlabs mobile to go live and get the same functionality.


HP's latest all-in-one comes with AI noise reduction

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HP has unveiled its latest all-in-one desktop PC. The company claims the EliteOne 800 G8 is the first commercial all-in-one to offer AI-based noise reduction and presence awareness, features that HP has included in some laptops. Presence awareness can automatically lock your PC when you move away and wake it up when you return. The system boasts several other security features, including cable lock support. The PC is available with a 23.8-inch or 27-inch display up to 2560x1440, with low-blue-light and anti-glare viewing.


Apple's HomePod now lets Siri handle Deezer music requests

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HomePod owners have had the ability to use third-party music services for several months now, but thus far only Pandora directly works with Apple's smart speakers. However, that's changing today with the introduction of Deezer integration for the original (and since discontinued) HomePod and its replacement, the cheaper HomePod Mini. By launching and connecting the music streaming app with an Apple speaker, paying subscribers can tell Siri to play specific tracks, artists, albums, favorites or playlists. To keep things succinct, you can set Deezer as your default music service in iOS. That way you don't have to ask Siri to play a song or artist "on Deezer" at the end of every command.


Google's AI photo app uses crowdsourcing to preserve endangered languages

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Google has a new way to preserve endangered languages: give cultures the AI tools they need to protect the languages themselves. The company has launched Woolaroo, an open source photo translation web app (also available through Google Arts & Culture for Android and iOS) that uses machine learning and image recognition to help preserve languages on the brink. As a user, you just have to point your phone's camera at an object to have the AI recognize and describe it in a given language, complete with pronunciation. Woolaroo's real power comes from its open nature, however. Communities can use the platform to expand vocabularies on their own terms.


Grocery stores in Poland will trial an AI pricing system for reducing food waste

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In the US alone, the Department of Agriculture estimates 30 to 40 percent of food ends up in landfills. A startup called Wasteless thinks machine learning can play a part in addressing the issue. The company has developed an AI-powered system for automatically reducing the price of perishable food items as they spend more time on store shelves. The closer a product is to its best before date, the cheaper it will be to buy. And you'll see all of that reflected in the price tags grocery stores have on their shelves.