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Google Residence can now wake you up with musical alarms

Google Residence good audio system are actually in a position to let you know when your favourite TV present is on and set musical alarms based mostly in your favourite tune, artist, playlist, or radio station, in keeping with a blog post printed at this time. To create a musical alarm, simply say “OK Google, set an alarm for six am that performs Despacito”… or one other tune when you’re sick of listening to Despacito.

Google Assistant at present helps streaming music from suppliers like Pandora, Spotify, and Google Play Music.

Additionally out at this time: Google Assistant is now in a position to present details about when a present is subsequent anticipated to play. For instance, you can say “Hey Google, what channel airs The Flash” or “Hey Google, when does The Flash air subsequent.”

Google Assistant can join with Netflix and YouTube TV, Google’s $35 a month service which performs most information, sports activities, and leisure channels that launched in February 2017.

The power to personalize Netflix based mostly on the sound of your voice was first made obtainable late final month. Which means you possibly can say “OK Google, play Trailer Park Boys on Netflix” and it’ll forged the present out of your Netflix account based mostly on the place you left off.

Amazon delivered musical alarms to Alexa device users last December shortly earlier than the discharge of the Echo Spot, an Alexa-powered machine with a two-inch large display Amazon needs folks to deal with like a next-generation alarm clock.

Extra to return.

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Discord members can now spin tunes with social Spotify integration

Discord has a brand new characteristic for its community-based social community that permits folks to share particulars about their music by means of the Spotify streaming service. This allows folks so as to add extra parts of their character into their presence on Discord, which is already a house for 1000’s of fandoms.

As a part of this collaboration, Discord will now begin displaying what you’re listening to on Spotify. So simply how your Discord mates can now see that you simply’re enjoying Rainbow Six: Siege or livestreaming on Twitch, they may also see that you’re jamming out to the most recent Kendrick Lamar.

For $10-per-month Spotify Premium subscribers, nonetheless, the Discord integration permits them to start out dwell listening periods. This implies you’ll be able to all bob your head concurrently to 30 Seconds to Mars … or no matter youth tradition is into today.

Whereas Discord stays dedicated to offering a superb gaming expertise first, it is aware of that you’ve got extra pursuits than simply what’s in your Steam library.

“Spending time with mates round gaming has been the muse on which Discord is constructed,” Discord chief govt Jason Citron stated. “Discovering extra methods for folks to create these shared experiences is what makes this Spotify characteristic thrilling for us.”

Listed below are Discord’s maniacs to elucidate in a video:

Along with its Spotify partnership, Discord can also be recognizing that its service has changed into a house for music followers in addition to artists themselves. In response, the corporate is opening up its Verified Server program to musicians.

“Thousands and thousands of individuals have already come collectively on Discord over their love of gaming and of music and we’re seeing extra musical-based creator communities popping up,” stated Citron. “So we’re additionally excited to open up the Verified Server program to incorporate these music and music creation communities. Now these musical artists can create and share their ardour instantly with followers in verified servers proper alongside their favourite gaming ones.”

Beforehand, verified servers had been solely an choice for sport builders. Now, excuse me, I have to submit an software for a verified server for the Discord channel devoted to my kazoo music.

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DreamWorksTV launches its first over-the-top streaming service on Amazon Channels

Awesomeness, the digital media firm acquired by Comcast for $three.eight billion in 2016, is as we speak bringing kid-friendly programming, together with authentic content material, to Amazon Prime subscribers with the launch of DreamWorksTV on Amazon Channels. The brand new subscription service is aimed toward children ages 6 by way of 12 and can price $four.99 per thirty days after a 7-day free trial interval. Till now, DreamWorksTV has… Read More

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YouTube TV’s app arrives on Roku

The YouTube TV app is ultimately out there on Roku gadgets, beginning in the present day. Google had introduced earlier that YouTube’s dwell TV service could be coming to Roku and Apple TV within the first quarter of 2018, following a delay that noticed it pushing the launch date again from year-end 2017. Till now, YouTube TV has been pretty restricted in its help of lounge gadgets in contrast with rivals,… Read More

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Russia’s esports market is heating up

2018 thus far has noticed some main strikes within the Russian esports realm, which has emerged as a large European market with established gamers working globally.

Final week, Mail.Ru Group — an LSE-listed Web firm which controls the biggest Russian-language social networks and a variety of on-line gaming firms — announced the acquisition of ESforce. This firm, which generates round 60% of its revenues in euros and US , owns two world-class golf equipment:  SK and Virtus Professional. It additionally controls 14 web sites; 209 social media teams and video manufacturing studios; the occasion organizer Epic eSports Occasions; CyberBase, the biggest eSports international database; in addition to buying and selling and analytics platforms.

ESforce can also be behind Yota Enviornment, an enormous eSports event venue in Moscow, and Fragstore, a merchandising retailer current in 20 nations, in keeping with the corporate.

In 2017, these companies attracted 116 million customers with 440 million periods and over 120 million hours of on-line content material considered through streaming platforms, in keeping with Mail.Ru Group. The revenues of that yr are anticipated to be round $19 million, up 150% from 2016. Nonetheless, ESforce had unfavorable EBITDA in 2017, estimated at $15 million.

ESforce’s acquisition — nonetheless topic to 3rd get together approvals — is predicted to shut in Q1 2018. Group intends to accumulate 100% of ESforce in an all money transaction; the quantity has been outlined as being “$100 million much less any excellent debt at closing, with an extra KPI-based cost, more likely to be round $20 million, on the finish of 2018.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Mail.Ru Group CEO (Russia) Boris Dobrodeev stated: “The very apparent strategic match with Mail.Ru Group wants little rationalization and we will likely be seeking to leverage our unrivalled place within the social networks and gaming in an effort to drive ESforce to even better success.”

A cellular operator within the operating

Simply days earlier than the ESforce deal emerged, MTS, a number one Russian cellular operator, announced it had acquired Praliss Enterprises, the mum or dad firm of Gambit Esports, for an undisclosed quantity.

Gambit Esports has 4 groups (16 gamers in whole) taking part in the preferred cyber sport disciplines: Counter-Strike: International Offensive (CS:GO), League of Legends (LoL), Dota 2 and FIFA. Gambit Esports groups have repeatedly earned world and European championship titles, as effectively as silver and bronze medals, within the largest worldwide competitions. The membership owns such unique belongings as rights to take part in prestigious worldwide tournaments, an personal manufacturing of branded clothes and a studio for creating media content material.

The first sources of the membership’s revenue are sponsorship contracts, prizes, gross sales of brand name attributes and digital items, remuneration for participation in leagues, in addition to switch revenues, in keeping with MTS.

Gambit Esports will retain its 16 gamers and workers whereas its CEO Konstantin Pikiner will proceed main the mission as Chief Gaming Officer at MTS. The groups and gamers will proceed competing on the worldwide area below Gambit Esports model title.

“Our cybersport technique consists of advertising and marketing initiatives, in addition to improvement of recent merchandise for players and their followers. To realize these targets, we’ve got created a separate eSports division inside the firm’s Innovation Heart,”  MTS acknowledged.

The operator intends to “make the most of the alternatives provided by Gambit Esports for branding functions” and to “supply sponsorship cooperation to  company companions.”

“Our digital technique goals at growing merchandise that lie exterior the normal telecom sector, to push boundaries and innovate,” MTS added.

As we speak, the operator affords greater than 25 cellular purposes (MTS Taxi, MTS Music, MTS Books, and many others.), B2B cloud options, knowledge evaluation primarily based on Large Information, cybersecurity programs and telemedicine providers.

A blockchain platform to reward eSports viewers

In the meantime, Play2Live (P2L), a Russian startup launched in June final yr, is making its first strikes on the esports scene. It has simply launched 24/7 live rebroadcasts in six languages: English, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese language.

The platform additionally desires to draw esports aficionados by rising Web pace. Play2Live is within the means of deploying blockchain-based decentralized P2P networks. Thus, customers of the identical content material will be part of collectively to pool their very own sources and bandwidth.

The startup additionally goals to “create a brand new economic system” primarily based on a revenue-sharing mannequin. “Streamers will be capable to monetize their content material in 11 methods vs. simply 4 or 5 on current streaming platforms. They’ll earn proper from their very first stream, whatever the dimension of their follower base,” Play2Live’s founder and CEO Alexey Burdyko informed East West Digital Information.

Viewers, on their facet, can monetize their content material in a number of methods — a primary within the eSports video-streaming trade, claims Play2Live.

“They’ll earn cash by watching adverts, performing duties set by streamers, voting for content material, and sharing their web bandwidth through peer-to-peer CDN. Viewers might also place bets with bookmakers with out leaving the P2L website, and buy video games utilizing tokens,” stated Burdyko.

Referred to as Degree Up Coin (LUC), these tokens would be the solely imply of cost in use on the platform. They could be transformed to different cryptocurrencies or to fiat cash by way of a gateway/API.

Play2Live claims to have already raised the equal of $16 million in non-public and public token pre-sale occasions which began earlier this month. The startup goals to gather as much as $30 million (arduous cap) till the tip of its ICO in March.

A $1.5 billion market

The worldwide esports trade reached $1.5 billion and is forecasted to develop as much as $ 2.three billion in 2020, in keeping with knowledge from Superdata Analysis cited by MTS.

One other examine by PayPal and Superdata Analysis signifies that the Russian esports market (the second largest in Europe after Sweden) amounted to $35.4 million in 2016.

In 2016 the Russian authorities officially recognized esports (often known as “aggressive video gaming” or “laptop sports activities” in Russian) as a sporting self-discipline. Cyber-athletes can thus obtain such official titles as “Grasp of Sports activities of Russia,” “Worldwide Grasp of Sports activities” and “Honored Grasp of Sports activities of Russia.”

In 2015, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov announced an investment of “$100 million or more” in Virtus.professional. Extra just lately Winstrike, a Russian globally-oriented eSports firm, attracted $10 million from non-public investor Nikolai Belykh and a number of other enterprise angels.

Sources: Gambit Esports, Mail.Ru Group, MTS, Play2Live

This story initially appeared on Copyright 2018

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Factmata closes $1M seed spherical because it seeks to construct an ‘anti faux information’ media platform

Whereas massive corporations like Fb and publishers proceed to rethink what their position is in disseminating information as of late within the wake of the rising affect of ‘faux information’ and the ever-present unfold of deceptive clickbait, a London-based startup referred to as Factmata has closed a seed spherical of $1 million in its ambition to construct a platform utilizing AI to assist repair the issue throughout… Read More

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Pandora is shedding about 5 % of workforce

Streaming music service Pandora is shedding about 5 % of its worker base and taking “different cost-saving measures” in an try to save lots of about $45 million yearly. In line with Pandora’s Eight-Ok submitting, workers have been notified right now of the plan and the corporate expects the employees discount to be full by the tip of Q1 2018. That is all a part of an… Read More

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Fb’s person engagement dips on Information Feed tweaks, WhatsApp passes 1.5 billion month-to-month customers

(Reuters) — Fb reported barely slower-than-expected development in each day energetic customers within the newest quarter and mentioned modifications made to the Information Feed lowered the time spent by customers by about 50 million hours day-after-day. On the This autumn 2017 earnings name, Mark Zuckerberg introduced that WhatsApp handed 1.5 billion month-to-month energetic customers and sees 60 billion messages despatched per day.

Shares of the corporate have been down three % at $181.26 after the bell on Wednesday.

Fb mentioned about 1.40 billion folks have been utilizing its service each day as of Dec. 31, up 14 % from a 12 months earlier, in contrast with analysts’ estimate of 1.41 billion, in accordance with monetary knowledge and analytics agency FactSet.

Fb had warned earlier this month that person engagement would take a success within the close to time period from makes an attempt to tweak its flagship Information Feed characteristic.

“Already final quarter, we made modifications to indicate fewer viral movies to verify folks’s time is nicely spent,” Chief Government Mark Zuckerberg mentioned in a press release.

The corporate additionally plans to focus on “reliable” information within the feed following allegations that Russian operatives and others unfold false studies on the positioning, notably through the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

This alteration is about to shrink the quantity of reports on Fb to about four % of all content material from 5 % at present.

Internet earnings attributable to Fb shareholders rose to $four.27 billion, or $1.44 per share, within the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $three.56 billion, or $1.21 per share, a 12 months earlier.

Excluding a tax provision, the corporate earned $2.21 per share, topping analysts’ estimates of $1.95, in accordance with Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Complete income rose 47 % to $12.97 billion, whereas full-year income was additionally up 47 % at $40.65 billion.

Complete promoting income was $12.78 billion, in contrast with analysts’ estimate of $12.30 billion, in accordance with Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Cell advert income accounted for 89 % of the whole advert gross sales, up from 84 % a 12 months earlier.

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PyeongChang will host first main 5G video demonstrations for Olympics viewers

This 12 months’s Winter Video games in PyeongChang, South Korea will host the primary large-scale public demonstrations of 5G video streaming applied sciences, broadcasting business group IBC reports at present, in addition to the world’s first main 8K HDR video manufacturing. Whereas the next-generation wi-fi and video requirements have been examined in analysis labs internationally, their use on the Olympics will probably be their first reside public debut for a worldwide viewers.

On the 5G entrance, the Worldwide Olympic Committee has labored with Intel and Korea Telecom to create 5G wi-fi infrastructure at choose Winter Video games venues. Due to real-time 5G video hyperlinks to bobsled cameras, viewers at dwelling will have the ability to expertise Olympic bobsledding from “a rare bullet’s eye view” on the entrance of any sled picked by TV producers. In accordance with Olympic video producers, the a number of “real-time hyperlinks are solely doable with the low latency (nearly zero delay) of 5G,” proving that 5G has game-changing functions in gathering video from occasions, in addition to distributing it to viewers.

Different 5G demonstrations will probably be viewable solely in particular zones utilizing demo 5G viewing gadgets. Intel will provide “time-sliced views of skaters in movement,” letting viewers swap between totally different angles of determine skating performances at any given second, in addition to “Omni-View,” a multi-view, real-time presentation of each cross nation snowboarding competitor. The corporate will even provide a 5G related automotive expertise in Seoul, demonstrating in-car video conferencing powered by high-bandwidth, low-latency 5G networking.

IBC additionally stories that the Winter Video games will host “the most important ever reside 8K UHD manufacturing,” that includes excessive dynamic vary (HDR), “a world first on this scale.” 8K is the successor to 4K tv, providing 4 instances as a lot element; HDR expands shade and brightness ranges to incorporate stronger and extra delicate tones of white, colours, and black. Whereas each codecs had been launched near-simultaneously, their unimaginable bandwidth calls for required a gradual transition from the prior high video normal, 1080p.

As 8K HDR TVs should not but commercially accessible, OBS is working with Japan’s NHK tv community to seize 90 hours of 8K content material together with determine skating, ski leaping, and snowboarding that will probably be displayed on particular screens. Some screens will probably be arrange at PyeongChang’s Worldwide Broadcast Middle for viewing throughout the Olympics, whereas others will probably be used for personal viewing in Japan. NHK is anticipated to roll out satellite tv for pc 8K video feeds in 2020.

American viewers received’t be completely omitted of the ultra-high-definition expertise. Although a lot of the video games will probably be shot in 1080i, NBC can have entry to a downconverted 4K HDR model of the 8K footage for show in america.

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Spotify is testing a brand new playlist-based music app that’s lots like Pandora

Spotify is testing an app that sees it transfer firmly into Pandora’s territory. ‘Stations’ is a brand new Android-only app that’s being piloted by the corporate in Australia — it was first observed by app analytics agency Sensor Tower on Tuesday. This app presents a ‘lean-back’ choice to take heed to music based mostly on genres and managed playlists. Within the description, Spotify… Read More

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