Power of the Primes Optimus Primal poster
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 10:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Via Comic Book Movie, we have a new poster for Machinima’s Transformers: Power of the Primes animation. The poster shows off Optimus Primal, in a very rage styled pose, powering up ready for combat. He’s going to be voiced by Ron Perlman in the conclusion of Prime Wars trilogy, which will be streaming on Go90 later this year.

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John Warden Comments On Transformers Movie Franchise Future
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 10:30 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Following the Toy Fair 2018 presentation, entertainment news site Bleeding Cool caught up with Hasbro’s Transformers Brand Manager John Warden regarding the statement made during their own Investor Preview Day. When asked about the news of a Transformers movie series reboot, Mr. Warden simply commented “Don’t believe what you hear, don’t worry“. While the news is somewhat reassuring to know for the Live Action Movie series fans, the Brand Manager did not elaborated on why Transformers 6 was removed from the Paramount-Hasbro slate and what happened to the planned June 2019 release date. Update: Quoting what Bleeding Cool stated, » Continue Reading.

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Silicon Valley Singles Are Giving Up On the Algorithms of Love
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 06:41 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's closer-look department:
The Washington Post: Melissa Hobley, an executive at the dating app OkCupid, hears the complaints about the apps [being unable to find good matches] regularly and thinks they get a bad rap. Silicon Valley workers "are in the business of scalable, quick solutions. And that's not what love is," Hobley said. "You can't hurry love. It's reciprocal. You're not ordering an object. You're not getting a delivery in less than seven minutes." Finding love, she added, takes commitment and energy -- and, yes, time, no matter how inefficiently it's spent. "You have a whole city obsessed with algorithms and data, and they like to say dating apps aren't solving the problem," Hobley said. "But if a city is male-dominant, if a city is known for 16-hour work days, those are issues that dating apps can't solve." One thing distinguishes the Silicon Valley dating pool: The men-to-women ratio for employed, young singles in the San Jose metro area is higher than in any other major area. There were about 150 men for every 100 women, compared with about 125 to 100 nationwide, of never-married young people between 25 and 34 in San Jose, U.S. Census Bureau data from 2016 shows. That ratio permeates the economy here, all the way to the valley's biggest employers, which have struggled for years to bring more women into their ranks. Men make up about 70% of the workforces of Apple, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet, company filings show.

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Game Theory: KSI vs Joe Weller vs Logan Paul - Why Logan Paul Would Win!
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 06:13 PM
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Deep Neural Networks for Bot Detection
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 05:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's interesting-usecase department:
From a research paper on Arxiv: The problem of detecting bots, automated social media accounts governed by software but disguising as human users, has strong implications. For example, bots have been used to sway political elections by distorting online discourse, to manipulate the stock market, or to push anti-vaccine conspiracy theories that caused health epidemics. Most techniques proposed to date detect bots at the account level, by processing large amount of social media posts, and leveraging information from network structure, temporal dynamics, sentiment analysis, etc. In this paper [PDF], we propose a deep neural network based on contextual long short-term memory (LSTM) architecture that exploits both content and metadata to detect bots at the tweet level: contextual features are extracted from user metadata and fed as auxiliary input to LSTM deep nets processing the tweet text.

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Facebook Admits SMS Notifications Sent Using Two-Factor Number Was Caused by Bug
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 04:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's oops department:
Facebook has clarified the situation around SMS notifications sent using the company's two-factor authentication (2FA) system, admitting that the messages were indeed caused by a bug. From a report: In a blog post penned by Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, the company says the error led it to "send non-security-related SMS notifications to these phone numbers." Facebook uses the automated number 362-65, or "FBOOK," as its two-factor authentication number, which is a secure way of confirming a user's identity by sending a numeric code to a secondary device like a mobile phone. That same number ended up sending users Facebook notifications without their consent. When users would attempt to get the SMS notifications to stop, the replies were posted to their own Facebook profiles as status updates.

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Transformers Movie Studio Series Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 03:51 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Hasbro have released some official images of the Transformers Movie Studio Series, showcasing the releases in store for this line that sets out to celebrate characters from all of the Transformers Movie series. Shown off here are: Deluxe class Bumblebee, Ratchet, Stinger, Jazz, Crowbar and Lockdown Voyager class Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, and Brawl Leader class Blackout and Grimlock

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Most Cities Would Welcome a Tech Billionaire, But Peter Thiel?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:41 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's things-to-watch department:
Sarah McBride, writing for Bloomberg: Tech billionaire Peter Thiel is moving to Los Angeles from San Francisco, adding another dose of legitimacy to a burgeoning startup scene in Southern California -- along with some controversy. The co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, Thiel runs Founders Fund, one of the more-respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. He comes with a little baggage, though, including his staunch support for President Donald Trump, his secretive funding of the legal battle between Hulk Hogan and Gawker.com, and comments some people say have been derogatory toward women. "I'm not sure why Peter Thiel believes he'll receive a warmer reception on the L.A. tech scene than he's had in Silicon Valley," said Tracy DiNunzio, chief executive officer of Tradesy, a fashion-reselling company based in Santa Monica, California. "Our venture and startup ecosystem is fairly left-leaning."

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Toy Fair 2018 – Power Of The Primes Titan Class Predaking Extra Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:32 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Check out a great set of solo images of Power Of The Primes Titan Class Predaking from you viewing pleasure direct from Toy Fair 2018.  

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Toy Fair 2018 – Rescue Bots Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:32 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Check out Transformers Rescue Bots images straight from Hasbro’s Toy Fair 2018 event! Details coming soon!

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Toy Fair 2018 – Transformers Movie Masterpiece Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:32 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Hasbro’s celebration of ten years of the Transformers Movies continues with the next two Movie Masterpiece figures – MPM-5 Barricade and MPM-6 Ironhide. Check out some images of both these new toys with this post.

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Toy Fair 2018 – Power of the Primes Initial Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:32 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Hasbro have started to release official images of the awesome new toys we saw (officially) for the first time today at Toy Fair 2018 (yes, we know most of these are already out…) On show here are: Prime Masters Quintus Prime with Bludgeon, Megatronus with Bomb Burst, and Solus Prime with Octopunch Legends Battleslash, Roadtrap, and Tailgate Deluxe class Moonracer and Novastar Voyager class Elita-1 Leader class Optimus Primal / Optimal Optimus Titan class Predaking

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Toyfair 2018 – Whatnot Toys The Last Knight SD Figures
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:32 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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While the Generations and Movie lines are dropping big reveals, newcomer to the Transformers scene, Whatnot Toys has some little reveals that will be big for fans of the movies and SD (super-deformed) figures! So far the line is giving us (in both small and large sizes): The Last Knight Megatron The Last Knight Sqweeks The Last Knight Hot Rod AOE/TLK Optimus Prime AOE/TLK Hound AOE/TLK Bumblebee Check out the full set of images after the jump and share your thoughts and excitement in the discussion thread below!

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Toy Fair 2018 – Transformers Cyberverse Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:32 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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We’ve got coverage of the Toy Fair 2018: Transformers Cyberverse display for you. On show here are: Scout class: Bumblebee, Starscream, Grimlock, and Megatron Warrior class: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Starscream, and Shockwave Ultra class: Bumblebee, Grimlock, and Starscream Ultimate class: Optimus Prime and Megatron While these were all shown in the official reveal earlier this week, these images give a better indication of the gimmicks for each toy – the Ultra classes, for example, feature molded in rockets and fireblasts that pop out for action features.  The line is very clearly gimmick-oriented, which you get a better feel of in these images. Also, check out the awesome, honeycomb-shaped display of Bumblebee toys!

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Toy Fair 2018 – Transformers Movie Studio Series Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 02:32 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Here for your enjoyment are some images of the Hasbro Toy Fair 2018: Transformers Movie Studio Series display. On show here are the many cool releases for the line, including: Deluxe class 1967 Camaro Bumblebee, Crowbar, Ratchet, Stinger, Jazz, and Lockdown Voyager class Optimus Prime, Starscream, Revenge of the Fallen Megatron, and Brawl Leader class Blackout and Grimlock Movie Masterpiece Barricade and Ironhide are also on display Also in this post is a look at the sleeve for the vinyl release of the Generation 1 soundtrack.

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How Does Chinese Tech Stack Up Against American Tech?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 01:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's closer-look department:
The Economist: China's tech leaders love visiting California, and invest there, but are no longer awed by it [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. By market value the Middle Kingdom's giants, Alibaba and Tencent, are in the same league as Alphabet and Facebook. New stars may float their shares in 2018-19, including Didi Chuxing (taxi rides), Ant Financial (payments) and Lufax (wealth management). China's e-commerce sales are double America's and the Chinese send 11 times more money by mobile phones than Americans, who still scribble cheques. The venture-capital (VC) industry is booming. American visitors return from Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen blown away by the entrepreneurial work ethic. Last year the government decreed that China would lead globally in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. The plan covers a startlingly vast range of activities, including developing smart cities and autonomous cars and setting global tech standards. Like Japanese industry in the 1960s, private Chinese firms take this "administrative guidance" seriously.

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LinkedIn Users Will Soon Know What Jobs Pay Before Applying for Them
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 01:21 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's interesting-tools department:
LinkedIn just introduced a way to help its members avoid going through the interview process for jobs with salaries that do not meet their expectations. From a report: The professional network announced the rollout of Salary Insights, which will add estimated or expected salary ranges to open roles, getting the numbers either through salary ranges provided by employers or estimated ranges from data submitted by members. The feature will launch "in the coming weeks." Salary Insights marks the next step after LinkedIn Salary, which the professional network launched in November 2016 to provide its users with information on salaries, bonuses and equity data for specific job titles, as well as factors that impact those salaries, including experience, industry, company size, location and education level.

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Toy Fair 2018 – Generations / Power Of The Primes Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 01:11 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Check out Transformers Generations / Power Of The Primes images straight from Hasbro’s Toy Fair 2018 event! Details coming soon!

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Toy Fair 2018 – Power Of The Primes Titan Class Predaking Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 01:11 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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One of the highlights coming out of Toy Fair 2018 was to finally get an official look at the Power of the Primes Titan Class Predaking figure. Clocking in at a height comparable to 2015’s Devastator, Predaking is made up of the five Predacons – Razorclaw, Tantrum, Headstrong, Divebomb, and Rampage. Check out some images of this awesome new Titan Class giftset attached to this post.

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YouTube Red is Having an Identity Crisis
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '18 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's uncertain-future department:
During an onstage conversation at Recode's Code Media this week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki called YouTube Red a music streaming service -- first time any executive from the company has referred to YouTube Red as foremost a music service. From a report: This differs from comments that other YouTube executives have made in the past, including YouTube's head of global content Susanne Daniels, who last year described YouTube Red as a premium subscription streaming service that offers Hollywood-quality shows and movies. Launched in October 2015, YouTube Red has always been positioned by YouTube as three services in one: It offers ad-free access to all of YouTube; it's a music streaming service that also gives access to Google Play Music; and it's consistently releasing original movies and TV shows, starring Hollywood talent and homegrown stars that users already subscribe to. Two years later, this has created somewhat of an identity crisis for the streaming service. As Wojcicki said in her interview, she sees YouTube Red as a music service. And she does not expect to spend billions of dollars on content to effectively compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others.

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