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Netflix to produce HELLO, Universe movie

Posted by radio On May - 22 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Produced By Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Significant Productions

 

 

  • Netflix today announced it will produce a live action family movie, Hello, Universe, based on the 2018 Newbery Award winning, New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Erin Entrada Kelly.

  • Playwright and screenwriter Michael Golamco (Always Be My Maybe) will adapt the book and Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station, Roxanne Roxanne) of Significant Productions will produce.

  • Logline: When a bully’s antics land a timid boy in the bottom of a well, his self-proclaimed psychic friend and unknowing crush team up to find him.

  • Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view — two boys and two girls — the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). It is published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

  • Hello, Universe joins Netflix’s growing slate of live action movies featuring kids and teens and made for families, which includes the upcoming comedy Tall Girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart (Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things), written by Sam Wolfson (Andi Mack, Finding Carter), and produced by Wonderland’s McG, Mary Viola, and Corey Marsh. Also on the movie slate is A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, directed by Rachel Talalay (Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Riverdale) and based on author Joe Ballarini’s novel of the same name.

     

 

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Huawei Mobile Services held the first Developer Day in Europe, celebrating the existing and new partnerships by showcasing the common vision of the future, and the unstoppable growth of our jointly built consumer services, including top quality content discovery through user-centric storytelling, improved technical capabilities for developers, AI-powered tools, and much more. Huawei also announced HUAWEI Ability Gallery, bringing next generation intelligent connection between developers and users.

 

“Huawei Mobile Services are designed to enhance our users’ experience by connecting them with the most suitable content for every moment of their daily lives. This is achieved thanks to our intelligent, contextual distribution ecosystem. Partners gain access to Huawei’s fast-growing user base, whilst Huawei manages the editorial and technical optimization of our services.” said Dr. Jaime Gonzalo, Vice President of Europe Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

 

 

Huawei offeres a full-range apps distribution solution to developers such as OOBE (Out-of-box experience), AppGallery, AppAdvisor, etc. Huawei covers the entire application experience life cycle, and supports the story-telling of each unique content provider to a broad user group.

In line with the rapid growth of its Consumer Business and Device Groups, Huawei continues to expand its partner system to immerse and enrich each user’s mobile life with premium services.

The HUAWEI Ability Gallery is now one of the most important parts in Mobile Services’ ecosystem, serving as a platform that directly promotes services to users by assessing the users intent and actively recommending the matching “abilities”. Once integrated, developers’ services can reach multiple touch points across Huawei’s intelligent devices and a wide, global audience, helping them achieve their own growth goals in a lower integration cost.

“We provide a global intelligent distribution platform with a range of open capabilities and one-stop services for partners, to foster innovations.”, said Jervis Su, Vice President of Mobile Services, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei Ability Gallery provides enormous value to users by intelligently offering faster and more convenient services, and we are looking forward to working with our premium partners to provide best-in-class content and services to our users.”

 

 

Huawei Mobile Services already gathers more than 500 million global users, including more than 38 million in Europe, with its business covering more than 170 countries. It provides a trusted, device-centric and inter-connected ecosystem that makes life easier for users, helping them to discover quality content while ensuring security and privacy.

Huawei also provides its partners with open capabilities including HMS core, HiAI, AR and Camera Kit, etc. to engage their digital innovations based on Mobile Services platform, provide intelligent one-stop services for developers and partners.

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By: Kieran Frost, Research Manager for Software focused on sub-Saharan Africa for International Data Corporation

 

One of the questions that we at the International Data Corporation are asked is what impact technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have on jobs. Where are there likely to be job opportunities in the future? Which jobs (or job functions) are most ripe for automation? What sectors are likely to be impacted first? The problem with these questions is that they misunderstand the size of the barriers in the way of system-wide automation: the question isn’t only about what’s technically feasible. It’s just as much a question of what’s legally, ethically, financially and politically possible.

 

That said, there are some guidelines that can be put in place. An obvious career path exists in being on the ‘other side of the code’, as it were – being the one who writes the code, who trains the machine, who cleans the data. But no serious commentator can leave the discussion there – too many people are simply not able to or have the desire to code. Put another way: where do the legal, financial, ethical, political and technical constraints on AI leave the most opportunity?

 

 

Firstly, AI (driven by machine learning techniques) is getting better at accomplishing a whole range of things – from recognising (and even creating) images, to processing and communicating natural language, completing forms and automating processes, fighting parking tickets, being better than the best Dota 2 players in the world and aiding in diagnosing diseases. Machines are exceptionally good at completing tasks in a repeatable manner, given enough data and/or enough training. Adding more tasks to the process or attempting system-wide automation requires more data and more training. This creates two constraints on the ability of machines to perform work: 1) machine learning requires large amounts of (quality) data and 2) training machines requires a lot of time and effort (and therefore cost). Let’s look at each of these in turn – and we’ll discuss how other considerations come into play along the way.

 

 

Speaking in the broadest possible terms, machines require large amounts of data to be trained to a level to meet or exceed human performance in a given task. This data enables the bot to learn how best to perform that task. Essentially, the data pool determines the output.

 

 

However, there are certain job categories which require knowledge of, and then subversion of, the data set – jobs where producing the same ‘best’ outcome would not be optimal. Particularly, these are jobs that are typically referred to as creative pursuits – design, brand, look and feel. To use a simple example: if pre-Apple, we trained a machine to design a computer, we would not have arrived at the iMac, and the look and feel of iOS would not become the predominant mobile interface.

 

 

This is not to say that machines cannot create things. We’ve recently seen several ML-trained machines on the internet that produce pictures of people (that don’t exist) – that is undoubtedly creation (of a particularly unnerving variety). The same is true of the AI that can produce music. But those models are trained to produce more of what we recognise as good. Because art is no science, a machine would likely have no better chance of producing a masterpiece than a human. And true innovation, in many instances, requires subverting the data set, not conforming to it.

 

 

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, training AI requires time and money. Some actions are simply too expensive to automate. These tasks are either incredibly specialised, and therefore do not have enough data to support the development of a model, or very broad, which would require so much data that it will render the training of the machine economically unviable. There are also other challenges which may arise. At the IDC, we refer to the Scope of AI-Based Automation. In this scope:

 

 

  • A task is the smallest possible unit of work performed on behalf of an activity.

  • An activity is a collection of related tasks to be completed to achieve the objective.

  • A process is a series of related activities that produce a specific output.

  • A system (or an ecosystem) is a set of connected processes.

 

As we move up the stack from task to system, we find different obstacles. Let’s use the medical industry as an example to show how these constraints interact. Medical image interpretation bots, powered by neural networks, exhibit exceptionally high levels of accuracy in interpreting medical images. This is used to inform decisions which are ultimately made by a human – an outcome that is dictated by regulation.

Here, even if we removed the regulation, those machines cannot automate the entire process of treating the patient. Activity reminders (such as when a patient should return for a check-up, or reminders to follow a drug schedule) can in part be automated, with ML applications checking patient past adherence patterns, but with ultimate decision-making by a doctor. Diagnosis and treatment are a process that is ultimately still the purview of humans. Doctors are expected to synthesize information from a variety of sources – from image interpretation machines to the patient’s adherence to the drug schedule – in order to deliver a diagnosis. This relationship is not only a result of a technicality – there are ethical, legal and trust reasons that dictate this outcome.

 

There is also an economic reason that dictates this outcome. The investment required to train a bot to synthesize all the required data for proper diagnosis and treatment is considerable. On the other end of the spectrum, when a patient’s circumstance requires a largely new, highly specialised or experimental surgery, a bot will unlikely have the data required to be sufficiently trained to perform the operation and even then, it would certainly require human oversight.

 

 

The economic point is a particularly important one. To automate the activity in a mine, for example, would require massive investment into what would conceivably be an army of robots. While this may be technically feasible, the costs of such automation likely outweigh the benefits, with replacement costs of robots running into the billions. As such, these jobs are unlikely to disappear in the medium term.

 

 

Thus, based on technical feasibility alone our medium-term jobs market seems to hold opportunity in the following areas: the hyper-specialised (for whom not enough data exists to automate), the jack-of-all-trades (for whom the data set is too large to economically automate), the true creative (who exists to subvert the data set) and finally, those whose job it is to use the data. However, it is not only technical feasibility that we should consider. Too often, the rhetoric would have you believe that the only thing stopping large scale automation is the sophistication of the models we have at our disposal, when in fact financial, regulatory, ethical, legal and political barriers are of equal if not greater importance. Understanding the interplay of each of these for a role in a company is the only way to divine the future of that role.

 

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The Ole! Media Group has re-launched its service offering as a single business entity named OLE!CONNECT. Amalgamating the cornerstone companies of the group – MobiMedia (mobile content and digital publishing) and HoneyKome (creative and performance marketing) – with newly acquired Shinka data and technology consultancy, OLE!CONNECT brings together some of the most advanced digital media and marketing solutions in the country under one label.

More than a simple rebranding, the group has also consolidated all management and administrative functions, a direct response to the market’s requirement for faster, leaner, more effective and agile service providers.

 

The next generation marketing and media solution for marketers and brands is here – whether you work in marketing or media, the path to success is now the same: finding your most valuable customer or audience prospects cost-effectively wherever they may be, delivering valuable and engaging content or service experiences to them, and monetizing them through sales, subscriptions or advertising.

 

“We have been building digital and mobile expertise since 2009, when MobiMedia launched as one of the pioneering ‘mobile-first’ agencies in the country. After acquiring the well-established online publisher, TEAMtalk media in 2012, we then added 2 more companies to the group in 2013 (AddSuite – programmatic media & performance marketing) and 2014 (HoneyKome – digital creative agency).  Since becoming an Oracle Gold Partner in 2015, we’ve been growing our team’s data science competence in collaboration with Shinka.” explains Tim Legg, co-founder and group CEO.

 

Having transitioned from a loose collaboration of four group-owned companies within the digital media and marketing arena to an integrated digital media and marketing solutions provider operating under a single brand, OLE!CONNECT combines all the skills that brands and publishers need to succeed in the interactive world of digital media and marketing today, including the much sought after trinity of content, data and technology.

 

In a digital environment where the worlds of media and marketing are rapidly converging, the company touts its solutions, services and skills as having the ability to help its clients master the convergence.

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How Galaxy A is Connecting with Mothers

Posted by radio On May - 18 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Galaxy A series has a surprisingly perfect market in South African moms

 

 

Mum’s have less time than ever before
• Technology needs to adapt to different mum’s needs
• Galaxy provides caters to specific needs and budgets

 

As any mum will tell you, when a woman becomes a mum she has to squeeze a dozen more hours into her day. The trade-off is fewer hours for herself. Whether she’s a helicopter mum, BFF mummy or career mum, smartphones have at least helped to ease the burden of ticking off the impossible number of tasks on her to-do list. And if saving money is on her list, the Galaxy A Series offers the unique opportunity to own a phone that has the flagship features she wants, while still staying on top of her home’s budget. The Galaxy A Series includes immersive viewing experiences, longer lasting performance and ground-breaking cameras.

 

“Galaxy A is designed to provide an option for everyone, whether for first-time mobile users or value-seekers,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.” We focussed on the needs of the local market and have researched the unique preferences to bring the flagship experience to more people, in more ways.”

 

While the A Series now has wide appeal to everyone, it really makes a difference to mums. Whether at home, out and about or at the office, the Galaxy A really delivers. Of course not all mums have the same needs. Some are struggling to get a few minutes sleep as they grapple with their new-born’s sleeping cycle. Others spent hours teaching their little learner about subjects even they’re unsure about. And some find themselves staring at a moody teen wondering what happened to their cute bundle of joy.

The A Series caters to all these needs; the pixel perfect pictures needed to capture the precious moments, vivid, immersive screens to enjoy any downtime that’s available and long lasting battery to keep going despite having a million things to do. All you need to do is choose the A Series device that best suits your specific needs. It’s all about amazing value. Whether you choose the entry level A2 Core with its 5-inch screen and surprisingly strong processor or the power packed performances of the rest of Galaxy A, the whole series is a mum’s best friend.

 

Designed for those on-the-go, the A20 and A30 are both equipped with a powerful 4,000mAh, fast charging battery. They are also a visual feast. The edge-to-edge 6.4”, Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays are ideal for watching videos, messaging, gaming and browsing the endless stream of ‘How to’ videos. Created for a more seamless mobile experience, they include advanced camera features such as a dual camera, including an amazing Ultra Wide-angle lens, that can see more than your own eyes can. Yes, even wider than the most eagle-eyed mum’s eyes. And to keep your precious pics safe, there’s the simple, secure access with intuitive Face Unlock.

 

Ultimately, the entire A series is power-packed with innovations and upgrades to do so much. When compared to competitors in its price category, the A series is an all-round winner for every type of mum.

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The Game of Thrones finale is upon us

Posted by radio On May - 15 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

We take a look at what’s happening in the teaser video that’s been released ahead of the last episode.

 

* Warning: Spoilers *

King’s Landing lies crumbling as Tyrion emerges from the ruin and rubble after the battle of the two queens. The Red Keep has been destroyed, the Unsullied stand proud and the Dothraki victorious, ready to watch their fair-haired leader ascend to the Iron Throne.

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But Arya lurks hidden in the crowd of survivors. Will she allow Daenerys to assume rulership of the Seven Kingdoms? And what will Jon, the rightful ruler of Westeros, do now that his beloved queen is showing signs of the famed Targaryen madness?

Watch the final episode of Game of Thrones S8 on Monday 20 May on M-Net (101) at 03:00 and again at 22:00 on M-Net and Showmax.

 

 

[Source: Dstv.com]

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Apple TV App Brings Together Favourite Shows and Movies from Apple TV Channels, iTunes and Over 150 Video Apps

 

The all-new Apple TV app, which brings together all the ways to watch TV into one app, is available starting today in over 100 countries across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs.

 

 

With the free iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 software update, customers around the world can now subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app — paying for only the ones they want — and watch on demand directly in the app. In the US, Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.1

 

 

Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password. Subscribers can watch and download shows and movies both online and offline, making the Apple TV app the first and only place where HBO subscribers can download movies and shows such as “Game of Thrones” for offline viewing.

 

 

Also starting today, users worldwide can enjoy personalised recommendations of shows and movies from more than 150 video apps and streaming services and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles available to browse, buy or rent — all within the new Apple TV app. The Watch Now section features Up Next, where users can quickly find and watch their favourites with activity synced across devices, as well as explore expertly curated collections based on a secure and comprehensive understanding of users’ viewing interests.

 

 

Customers can also enjoy a new, dedicated Kids section, highlighting editorially handpicked shows and movies for kids of all ages, alongside the breakthrough Sports section that makes it easy to find games and receive notifications about favourite teams and leagues. Additionally, customers can find their purchased movies and shows from iTunes in the redesigned Library tab, now organised by Recently Added, Downloaded, Genres and more.

 

 

Availability

  • The all-new Apple TV app is available today for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV customers in over 100 countries with iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3, and will be available on Mac this fall.

  • Starting today, the Apple TV app offering Apple TV channels and iTunes movies and TV shows will also be available on all 2019 Samsung smart TVs and select 2018 models.
  • Also starting today, customers with AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung smart TVs can effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their smart TVs. Customers must update to iOS 12.3 or macOS 10.14.5 to play or mirror to AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs.
  • Customers with eligible VIZIO, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to enjoy AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.
  • This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app.

 

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  • Netflix has ordered Black Excellence, their first series project with Kenya Barris with Barris and Rashida Jones set to star.

  • Inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, Black Excellence looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the “family sitcom” in a way we’ve never seen before.

 

  • Barris and Jones will executive produce alongside Hale Rothstein (black-ish, grown-ish). The single-camera comedy will be produced through Barris’ production company, Khalabo Ink Society, under the multi-hyphenate’s overall series deal with the streamer.

 

  • Black Excellence marks Barris’ first series with Netflix since making the streamer his home less than a year ago. Barris hasn’t been shy about his desire to flip the family sitcom and what it looks like on its head; and with the series officially launching its writers room last month, he is wasting little time getting to work on exploring and pushing those boundaries.
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Game of Thrones S8 Ep 5 Preview

Posted by radio On May - 11 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

If you haven’t watched episode 4 of Season 8 of Game of Thrones yet, look away!

** WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD **

Euron properly destroyed Danaerys’s fleet. It was a whitewash, made more so when the dragon Rhaegal was shot from the sky by scorpion bolts. It really does feel like Queen Cersei is holding all the cards now – with one brother, Tyrion, pleading futilely for the life of Missandei, and Jamie up and leaving Ser Brienne in Winterfell to return to his twin’s side.

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How can two more episodes wrap up all these plot twists? We find out in this preview of Game of Thrones episode 5.

From the looks of things, Tyrion is properly gobsmacked at every turn as the army of the North and what remains of Danaerys’s legions gather at the gates of King’s Landing. The only one who looks more astounded is Euron, who is peering into the sky as if seeing… a dragon, of course. The Internet is rife with speculation that there may, in fact, be more than one dragon that Euron is seeing up high. Is it possible?

Watch the penultimate Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (101) at 03:00 and again at 22:00 on M-Net and Showmax.

 

 

[Source: Dstv.com]

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Samsung has announced its strategic partnership with Syte to power the first native visual AI marketplace within Samsung devices – ground-breaking technology which is now expanding to South Africa. Syte’s visual AI technology will be powering Bixby Vision’s Shopping Assistant, enabling users to browse and shop visually similar products directly from their camera and through a gallery of similar products including Superbalist, Zando, Cotton On, Wantitall, Homechoice and Bid or Buy.

 

“South Africa has enthusiastic consumers that expect engaging and convenient experiences that fit their lifestyle. We therefore decided to expand our partnership with Syte so our devices deliver just that. With visual search, South Africans can shop with ease, and connect better with their favourite retailers and brands and vice versa,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

 

Syte retail clients will populate the shopping results, which means unprecedented access to high quality, purchase-ready traffic to retailers. Samsung aims to create the first visual AI ecosystem, where real-life inspiration leads directly to product discovery and purchase, all powered by Syte’s leading visual AI technology for retail. In a strategic decision by Samsung and Syte, the retailers that appear on the shoppable feed will create a consistent experience driven by visual inspiration, all the way from snapping a picture to check-out.

 

“We are thrilled that more and more consumers are going to experience the power of visual search. Our partnership with Samsung and its expansion to South Africa are meaningful achievements for us. By powering the end-to-end journeys of shoppers, we bring more value and increase the engagement between our retail clients and consumers,” said Ofer Fryman, CEO of Syte.

 

Ultimately, Samsung’s Bixby is being enhanced in many innovative ways. With Bixby Vision already built into the camera on select Samsung devices, you can translate foreign languages, identify landmarks or businesses to learn more about them and even keep track of calories so that each meal fits into your health goals. Along with Bixby Shopping, Samsung continues to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence even further. As a human-centred company, this is all aligned to Samsung’s greater vision of helping people ‘Do What You Can’t’.

 

Supported devices for Bixby Vision and Shopping include Galaxy S10+/S10/ S10eS9/S9+Note8/S8/S8+/A7 2018/A5 2018

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