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Cyber Monday: What you need to know before buying that cheap smart TV

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

That Cyber Monday special from Best Buy sounds really enticing. Which may not be a catch at all, but it is something worth considering. Because if you have Amazon Echo speakers throughout your home, you won't be able to use them to talk to your new TCL TV. As all TV sales now tend to be "smart," they operate on different software platforms, ones you need to consider before making your purchase. Before you buy a Roku-branded TV, I have three words for you: "Wonder Woman 1984."


The impact of machine learning & AI on advertising in a privacy compliant age

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Sian Williams, Audience Strategy and Planning Director at MediaCom North, explains how AI offers a future of increased automation, faster decision-making and'hyper-personalisation' that will make marketing comms more effective and businesses more efficient. Robots are science fact not fiction, machines may well inherit the earth, and artificial intelligence can actually enhance the way we engage with human intelligence. As more interactions become digitised, the data landscape is only getting bigger and AI, and within it machine learning, will increasingly fuel that growth. The two terms are often used inter-changeably but whilst AI creates the structure of computational human intelligence it is machine learning that, sans specific programming, delivers on how quickly and effectively data will be processed and decisioned against. If AI is the brain itself, full of raw potential, then machine learning is at least one of the'cortexes' able to process information and develop intelligence and skill by using one'experience' to inform another.


During this COVID-19 Thanksgiving, have an after-dinner video gathering

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Maybe you won't be physically together with family or friends this Thanksgiving, but you can still gather – virtually. You could all eat dinner at the same time while connected on Zoom or on other video services. Instead of that traditional trip to the theater after dinner, you can hang out watching a movie or your favorite TV series online. Many streaming services have created special ways to watch together, but you can strategize your own way to be connected and have a movie viewing. You want to connect safely, making sure the apps you use to congregate don't come with pitfalls.


What's on TV this week: 'Saved by the Bell'

Engadget

This week we'll celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, and nostalgia will be all over TV screens and Peacock resurrects Saved by the Bell with a cast that includes new younger actors and several of the stars from the original show. Other throwbacks include Mad Max on Ultra HD Blu-ray and a Buck Rogers box set, but for something newer you can check out Peninsula, a sequel to the excellent Korean zombie movie Train to Busan as it arrives on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Netflix's latest feature film is Mosul, along with its Hillbilly Elegy movie. Criterion is also releasing a special edition of Netflix's Martin Scorsese feature The Irishman, however it's sadly only available in 1080p Blu-ray without the benefit of 4K and Dolby Vision HDR. For an all-new option, try Superintelligence on HBO Max, where Melissa McCarthy stars as a woman chosen by an all-powerful AI for surveillance via her various connected devices.


em Jingle Jangle /em Is the Holiday Hallucination This Season Demands

Slate

In a year where Radio City is shuttered by the pandemic, Netflix's Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is the closest thing we have to a big Christmas spectacular. It's a cross between The Greatest Showman and Cats, bundled in shiny Christmas wrapping paper, with none other than John Legend as one of the minds behind the many songs packed into its two hours. At the center of that festive mishmash is an inventor named Jeronicus Jangle, a sentient doll, and a robot that, like Tinkerbell, is powered by belief. However, unlike Cats, David E. Talbert's movie is a coherent, compelling story that doesn't require booze or any other form of pre-gaming to be fully enjoyed. It's the filmic equivalent of the high that comes from eating way too many candy canes and drinking way too much hot chocolate.


Learn to handle big data with this certification bundle

Mashable

TL;DR: The 2020 Master Microsoft Excel & Power BI Certification Bundle is on sale for £26.52 as of Nov. 17, saving you 97% on list price. "Data science" seems to be all the rage these days. The buzzword sounds super fancy, but when you actually break it down, it's just the ability to wrangle big data, break it down, and use it to make decisions. From self-driving cars in the automotive industries, to risk management in insurance, to recommending what Netflix series to binge-watch next, data science is behind it all. And you can use a tool that's been around since the '80s to familiarise yourself with the data-driven world: good old Microsoft Excel.


"Emily in Paris" and the Rise of Ambient TV

The New Yorker

By the end of its second episode, I knew that Netflix's new series "Emily in Paris" was not a lighthearted romantic travelogue but an artifact of contemporary dystopia. At that point, Emily had already gone jogging, and the multicolored wheels of her Apple-esque step-counter appeared on my television screen. The circles filled; Emily had pleased the robots monitoring her health. During her next run, a small square popped up: a visualization of Emily's Instagram account, to which she posted a photo of Paris, accruing onscreen likes. Later, Emily talked, via video call, with her old marketing-agency boss back in Chicago, whom she had replaced on the Paris sojourn when the boss found herself pregnant.


The Role of Analytics and BI in the Entertainment Industry

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Have you ever caught yourself thinking that no one understands you better than Netflix or YouTube? They just seem to get what you want and are always ready to deliver. The explanation for this impressive personalization lies in advanced data analytics mechanisms. The privacy concerns around big data are not empty words – BI does help business owners monetize your desires. When one thinks of the entertainment industry, the things that come to mind first are movies, theaters, concert venues, and sporting events.


Get 12 epic subscriptions with this entertainment bundle

Engadget

There are a ton of entertainment options in today's digital media landscape. You can play video games online with friends, stream television shows and movies with loved ones, sign up for fitness classes at the touch of a button and the list goes on. Although there's an abundance of ways to stay amused, though, it's still great to change up your entertainment diet now and then by adding something fresh to the mix. PlayStation Plus enters the picture as a fantastic aid for passing the time at home or an excellent gift for the upcoming holidays. Right off the bat, you get to enjoy 12 epic subscriptions with this bundle.


'Game of Thrones with parkour': how will Netflix adapt Assassin's Creed?

The Guardian

Few video games have endured like Assassin's Creed. Twelve different versions have been released since the game was introduced in 2007, each of them more or less clinging to the same highly enjoyable formula. Like spending the final hour of any pursuit genuinely confused about why an alien has come out of nowhere to instruct you to murder everyone with a sort of glowing death apple? Then Assassin's Creed is for you. So the news that Netflix has just commissioned a live-action Assassin's Creed series should be cause for celebration.