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NVIDIA has started rolling out Software Experience Upgrade 9.0 for Shield TV devices, and it will upgrade their operating system to Android 11. The company says Experience 9.0 will bring the new OS to all Shield TVs, including the original 2015 models, and it will also include the September 2021 Android security patch that fixes a vulnerability allowing remote attackers to cause a permanent denial of service. In addition, the upgrade adds access to a new Google Keyboard with support for voice searches. Users will now be able to look for movies and shows to watch by issuing voice commands through Google Assistant. Those who have aptX compatible Bluetooth headsets will be able to start using it with their streaming box, as well.
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Netflix has pressed play on its video game venture. The streaming video leader in July said it would be focusing on mobile games with its video game initiative, something the company had been interested in for years. On Tuesday, Netflix's first five games – Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up – became available on the Google Play store. They will begin coming to the Netflix mobile app for Android devices on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. "Whether you're craving a casual game you can start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dig deeper into your favorite stories, we want to begin to build a library of games that offers something for everyone," said Mike Verdu, vice president of game development for Netflix, in a blog post Tuesday.
If I'm picking one word to describe the arrival of video games on your Netflix app, that word would be "stumbling." Here's how it works, according to Netflix: You open the app -- on your Android smartphone or tablet only at this point, FYI -- and make your way to the newly arrived Games section, which should be accessible on your homepage. Then, you choose the game you want to play from the launch library, at which point you're whisked off to whatever app store you use to download games. Once it's downloaded, you can access and play your desired game inside the Netflix app. The five titles currently available are Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter (Up). Because the games feature is not yet live on Pixel 3a XL or Galaxy Note20, I can't confirm how any of this works inside the app just yet.
This afternoon, for the technology industry, all eyes will be on Apple's "California Streaming" virtual event, during which this year's models of iPhones -- and possibly iPads -- are set to be unveiled to an awaiting public. The new smartphones and tablets are destined to be big hits -- they have been, consistently, year after year, even with minor iterative improvements. But Apple's biggest news of 2021 won't be the iPhone 13. In terms of new market penetration and risk potential, the big news will be the results of Apple's $1 billion investment in streaming media content for its Apple TV Plus service, which they announced in 2019. A big chunk of that billion-dollar commitment will be their adaptation of Foundation, the first of three volumes in a series of classic Isaac Asimov science-fiction novels published in the early 1950s.
I recently moved and along the way my faithful 2016 Sony XBR-75X850D, as such things do, suffered a fatal screen crack. It was time for something bigger and better. I'd long used smaller LG TVs, but since my new place also included a home theater it was time to think big. So, after much research, I got LG's newest 77" 4K TV: the 2021 LG OLED77C 3,299.99TV. There are two kinds of paid streaming services: Live TV, such as Sling TV and YouTubeTV, and video-on-demand, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Here's what to look for in live TV packages. Well, let me start with the basics. LG uses organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for its high-end 4 and 8K TVs. Unlike the more common, and less expensive LEDs, these carbon-based diodes can be adjusted pixel by pixel in luminance from a perfect back to a bright white. The result is you get more contrast from an OLED screen than from any other. And, yes, I include yesteryear's top plasma TV, the Panasonic TC-P60ZT60 plasma.
If you're wondering which company makes the best streaming players for the least amount of money, you might not expect the answer to be Walmart. Walmart's $25 Onn FHD Streaming Stick and $30 UHD Streaming Device both undercut the cheapest comparable Roku and Fire TV streamers, yet the hardware doesn't seem compromised despite the low price. Meanwhile, Google's Android TV software provides a slick streaming menu, powerful voice search, and the ability to cast video from your phone. They don't support Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, or HDR10, and I had trouble getting TV volume and power controls to work on the cheaper FHD Streaming Stick. But if that doesn't happen to you, and your streaming needs aren't overly demanding, Walmart's devices are surprisingly hard to beat.
When it comes to hiring, it's increasingly becoming an AI's world--we're just working in it. In this, the final episode of Season 2 of our AI podcast "In Machines We Trust" and the conclusion of our series on AI and hiring, we take a look at how AI-based systems are increasingly playing gatekeeper in the hiring process--screening out applicants by the millions, based on little more than what they see in your résumé. In fact, an increasing number of people and services are designed to help you play by--and in some cases bend--their rules to give you an edge. This is NOT Jennifer Strong. To wrap up our hiring series, the two of us took turns doing the same job interview, because she was curious if the automated interviewer would notice. So, human Jennifer beat me as a better match for the job posting, but just by a little bit. It got better personality scores. Because, according to this hiring software, this fake voice is more spontaneous. It also got ranked as more innovative and strategic, while Jennifer is more passionate, and she's better at working with others. Jennifer: Artificial intelligence is increasingly used in the hiring process. And these days algorithms decide whether a resume gets seen by a human, gauge personalities based on how people talk or play video games, and might even interview you. In a world where you no longer prepare for those interviews by putting your best foot forward--what does it mean to present your best digital self? Sot: Youtube clips montage: Vlogger 1: Want to know three easy hacks to significantly improve your performance on video interviews like HireVue, Spark Hire, or VidCruiter? Vlogger 2: Please do make sure you watch this from beginning to end, because I want to help you to pass your interview.
There is mounting public concern over the influence that AI based systems has in our society. Coalitions in all sectors are acting worldwide to resist hamful applications of AI. From indigenous people addressing the lack of reliable data, to smart city stakeholders, to students protesting the academic relationships with sex trafficker and MIT donor Jeffery Epstein, the questionable ethics and values of those heavily investing in and profiting from AI are under global scrutiny. There are biased, wrongful, and disturbing assumptions embedded in AI algorithms that could get locked in without intervention. Our best human judgment is needed to contain AI's harmful impact. Perhaps one of the greatest contributions of AI will be to make us ultimately understand how important human wisdom truly is in life on earth.
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