game of thrones

This Vizio might be the best TV for the money this year

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

For the last several years, Vizio's M-Series has been a mainstay of TV value-hunters. The M-Series TVs (much like TCL's 6-Series) tend to give users the latest TV technology at much more affordable prices than the competition. To that end, 2019's M-Series Quantum delivers 4K resolution, an LED backlight with full-array local dimming technology, smart features, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility, and--as you might have guessed from the name--quantum dots. Quantum dots are a newer TV tech that provide a big boost to a TV's color capabilities, and for the last several years they've really only been available in very high-end TVs from brands like Samsung and Sony. With the M-Series Quantum, Vizio is making this technology available to people who might not have $2,000 to spend on a new TV. Are the M-Series Quantum TVs perfect specimens? No--Vizio's learned how to cut just enough corners that, while nothing about them is too egregious, they're not as buttoned-up and posh-looking as their higher-price counterparts. Picture quality is the strongest foot forward here, while the design is nothing to speak of and elements of their software and behavior can be a bit frustrating.

Amazon's new Alexa-compatible streaming cube is here--is it worth it?

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Like the previous model, the new Cube proffers a hands-free experience via Alexa voice command integration, and primarily improves upon the speed and "snappiness" of the first gen. In the box, you're getting the Cube itself, an Alexa-compatible voice remote, an ethernet adapter, an IR extender cable, and a power adapter--an identical accessory set to the first gen. Cube continues to offer support for streaming in 4K, HDR, HDR10, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision--essentially every version of the High Dynamic Range format available on the consumer market. As a series, the Cube models also boast a suite of options that put them ahead of the more affordable Amazon Fire streaming devices like the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K. For one, the Cube has a built-in speaker, as well as far-field voice control over the device itself and connected compatible devices like soundbars.

What Game of Thrones can teach us about AI - Raconteur


If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you may be wondering why the Night King turned on the Children of the Forest. Wasn't he created by them for their protection and betterment? Did he at some point gain autonomy with a seemingly angry consciousness? Nevertheless, it remains that the Children of the Forest lost control over what they created, yielding a superior autonomous force that ultimately led to their extinction. This ominous tale may sound familiar to those in the emerging tech industry.

The Better Way to Keep Out Cybercrooks


This is the web version of Data Sheet, Fortune's daily newsletter on the top tech news. To get it delivered daily to your in-box, sign up here. It is an article of faith in the cybersecurity community, but not yet in the real world, that computer networks can never be completely defended. Criminal (or state-sponsored) hackers will get in if they want to. The trick, then, is what to do next.

Higher quality screens make watching TV more enjoyable, study suggests

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Bingeing your favourite boxset will be more enjoyable if you're watching it on a modern TV screen, new research suggests. Identical twin brothers were monitored by AI as they sat down to enjoy the same episode of Game of Thrones in separate rooms on different TV sets. Experimenters found that the sibling watching on the most up to date screen displayed the greatest physical and emotional responses. Bingeing your favourite boxset will be more enjoyable if you're watching it on a modern TV screen, new research suggests. Realeyes' AI platform analysed the facial expressions, head movements and body language from more than 144,000 frames of video footage captured of each twin.

If we are using AI in journalism we need better guidelines on reporting uncertainty


The BBC's chart mentions a margin of error It uses data generated by artificial intelligence (AI) -- specifically, machine learning -- and it's a good example of some of the challenges that journalists are increasingly going to face as they come to deal with more and more algorithmically-generated data. Information and decisions generated by AI are qualitatively different from the sort of data you might find in an official report, but journalists may fall back on treating data as inherently factual. Here, then, are some of the ways the article dealt with that -- and what else we can do as journalists to adapt. The story draws on data from an external organisation, Ceretai, which "uses machine learning to analyse diversity in popular culture." The organisation claims to have created an algorithm which "has learned to identify the difference between male and female voices in video and provides the speaking time lengths in seconds and percentages per gender."

AI is coming. How can it optimize internal logistics? - All Things Supply Chain


Last week in the USA alone, 18.4 million people watched the penultimate "Game of Thrones" episode which was a record audience for the show. Although, I'm sure that the last episode yesterday even beat those numbers (I have not seen it yet, so no spoilers ahead!). One thing that made the series especially intriguing for viewers was the element of surprise or uncertainty, which made the unfolding of the story very unique compared to today's usual tv experience. Whether it's the sudden death of beloved characters, a completely unexpected change of heart or the failure of a supposed secret weapon at the decisive moment โ€“ Westeros is the land of uncertainty. If there were any internal logistics managers watching the series, I'm sure they felt a sense of familiarity, since their job is characterized by unpredictability that it is Game of Thrones twice over, day after day.

Sex, dragons and dirty tricks โ€“ video games for Game of Thrones fans

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Closest in tone to Game of Thrones' dirty and pitiless fantasy, The Witcher 3 is a truly superb fantasy game as full of sex, dirty tricksters and political betrayal as any Thrones fan could wish for, with a more generous dose of fantasy creatures. You play as a monster-hunting outcast, Geralt, caught up in a rulers' war. Interestingly, The Witcher lets you see the impact that the egotistical nobles' struggles actually have on the people forced to live under them, rather than casting you as the hero who rides in on a white horse. Its characters and writing are excellent, and the socio-political intrigue will be irresistible to anyone who appreciates GoT's tangled webs of houses and rivalries. Step into the shoes of a king (or, on Reigns: Her Majesty, a queen) and see how long you can survive without being murdered by rivals, assassinated by the church, or trampled to death in a stampede of adoring subjects.

Language detecting technology struggles with George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Game of Thrones characters and many other fantasy novels pose an issue for technology designed to decipher languages and the written word. Quirky names, such as Daenerys and Grey Worm, don't look or resemble most names from the real world and are often not picked up by technology as they don't behave in a normal manner. The algorithms are developed and trained to detect names by studying newspaper articles. A vastly different writing style is found in non-fiction novels and makes the detection of fictional names almost impossible. Names are contextualised in stories and this also adds another layer to the thorny issue.

'Game of Thrones' episode 2 promo spells bad news for Jaime


The final season of Game of Thrones was always going to be the end for someone. In the teaser for the second episode of Season 8, there looks to be trouble ahead for Jaime Lannister, who features prominently alongside Daenerys Targaryen. "When I was a child, my brother would tell me a bedtime story about the man who murdered our father," Daenerys opens in the teaser. "Of all the things we would do to that man." Forget'Game of Thrones,' HBO just teased Season 2 of'Big Little Lies' Emma Stone brings serious acting to a'Saturday Night Live' porno set The'Star Wars Episode IX' trailer is here at last