Digital Media Tech Industry Internet Services Post a comment NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke is also executive vice president of the Comcast division. Alexander Tamargo/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images NBC Universal may launch its own on-demand video platform next year.CEO Steve Burke, who heads the Comcast division, unveiled in a holiday greeting to employees that a streaming service may come soon, according to Bloomberg’s report on Tuesday. The message was reportedly written in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss.”While you all go off to relax, swim or ski,” Burke reportedly wrote. “Maybe, just maybe, next year we will announce our plan for OTT.”OTT means “over-the-top” services that stream videos online, like Netflix. NBC Universal didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Traditional cable TV giants are racing to compete with Netflix, which in October unveiled that the company had accumulated over 137.1 million subscribers worldwide. US subscribers nearly doubled what Netflix had predicted.Disney plans to launch its own streaming service, called Disney+, in 2019, which would become the new home for films from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and other studios under its umbrella.AT&T is also brewing its own on-demand streaming service. The carrier’s WarnerMedia in November said the company planned to offer a three-tier video subscription service in the fourth quarter of next year. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge. Tags NBC 0 Share your voice
The High Court on Monday directed the returning officer of Rangpur district to accept nomination paper of BNP-nominated candidate Jamaat-e-Islami leader Golam Rabbani for Rangpur-5 constituency, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Rajik Al Jalil came up with the order following a writ petition filed by the candidate on Sunday.Rabbani’s lawyer Shishir Monir said that when Golam Rabbani went to the returning officer to submit his nomination paper on 28 November, the returning officer wasted time without any reason and finally did not accept his nomination paper. However, now the court directed the EC to accept nomination paper as soon as possible.Golam Rabbani also submitted a written application to the chief election commissioner on Saturday.
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Are you always in a mood to tease your better half? Then there is good news. A new study suggests that couples who poke fun at each other, indicating humour, are more likely to stay together. The study showed that inside jokes are particularly important because they affirm ones relationship through laughter, the Daily Mail reported. However, couples who share mean-spirited jokes with nasty jibes are unlikely to last, which indicates a problem in the relationship. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security,” said Jeffrey Hall, Associate Professor from the University of Kansas in the US. “Particularly shared laughter is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates,” Hall added. The team examined more than 150,000 participants to determine how important humour is in a romantic relationship. The results, published in the journal Personal Relationships, suggest that couples who create humour together – including inside jokes – are more likely to last. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut, this does not mean that people who are funny or can make a joke out of anything would be more lucky in love. “If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter,” Hall was quoted as saying by Daily Mail. However, couples should not go too far, Hall warned. Importantly, having an aggressive sense of humour is a bad sign for the relationship in general, but it is worse if this style of humour is used in the relationship, the study noted.
Popular music has gradually become angrier and sadder over time, and the expression of joy has declined, a study has found. While music fans preferred joyful songs during the 1950s, modern music consumers are more interested in songs that express sadness or anger, researchers said. Data scientists at Lawrence Technological University in the US used quantitative analytics to study the change in lyrics of popular music over seven decades, from the 1950s to 2016. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The change in lyrics sentiments does not necessarily reflect what the musicians and songwriters wanted to express, but is more related to what music consumers wanted to listen to in each year,” said Lior Shamir, from Lawrence Technological University. Research analysed the lyrics of over 6,000 songs of the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ in each year. In the past the songs were ranked mainly by record sales, radio broadcasting, and jukebox plays, but in the more recent years it is based on several other popularity indicators such as streaming and social media to reflect the changes in music consumption. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe tones expressed in each song were analysed by applying automatic quantitative sentiment analysis. Automatic sentiment analysis associates each word or phrase in the song with a set of tones that they express. The combination of the tones expressed by all words and phrases of the lyrics determines the sentiment of that song. The sentiments of all Billboard Hot 100 songs in each year are averaged, and the average of each year allows to measure whether the expression of that sentiment increased, decreased, or remained constant. The analysis showed that the expression of anger in popular music lyrics has increased gradually over time. Songs released during the mid 1950s were the least angry, and the anger expressed in lyrics has increased gradually until peaking in 2015. The analysis also revealed some variations. Songs released in the three years of 1982-1984 were less angry compared to any other period, except for the 1950s. In the mid 1990s, songs became angrier, and the increase in anger was sharper during that time in comparison to previous years. The expression of sadness, disgust and fear also increased over time, although the increase was milder compared to the increase in the expression of anger. Disgust increased gradually, but was lower in the early 1980s and higher in the mid and late 1990s. Popular music lyrics expressed more fear during the mid 1980s, and the fear decreased sharply in 1988. Another sharp increase in fear was observed in 1998 and 1999, with a sharp decrease in 2000. The study also showed that joy was a dominant tone in popular music lyrics during the late 1950s, but it decreased over time and became much milder in the recent years.
Shadow Robots Company, experts at grasping and manipulation for robotic hands announced that they are joining a new space avatar program named AVATAR X. This program is led by ANA HOLDINGS INC. (ANA HD) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). AVATAR X aims to accelerate the integration of technologies such as robotics, haptics and Artificial Intelligence ( AI), to enable humans to remotely build camps on the Moon, support long-term space missions, and further explore space from Earth. In order to make this possible, Shadow will work closely with the programme’s partners, leveraging its unique teleoperation system that it has already developed and that is also available to purchase. AVATAR X is all set to be launched as a multi-phase programme. It aims to revolutionize space development and make living on the Moon, Mars and beyond, a reality. What will AVATAR X program include? AVATAR X program will comprise of clever elements including Shadow’s Dexterous Hand, which can be controlled by a CyberGlove worn by the operator. This hand will be attached to a UR10 robot arm controllable by a PhaseSpace motion capture tool worn on the operator’s wrist. Both the CyberGlove and Motion Capture wrist tool have mapping capability so that the Dexterous Hand and the robot arm can mimic an operator’s movements. The new system allows remote control of robotic technologies while providing distance and safety. Furthermore, Shadow uses an open source platform providing full access to the code to help users develop the software for their own specific needs. Shadow’s Managing Director, Rich Walker says “We’re really excited to be working with ANA HD and JAXA on the AVATAR X programme and it gives us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how our robotics technology can be leveraged for avatar or teleoperation scenarios away from UK soil, deep into space. We want everyone to feel involved at such a transformative time in teleoperation capabilities and encourage all those interested to enter the AVATAR XPRIZE competition.” To know more about AVATAR X in detail, visit ANA Group’s press release. Read Next Four interesting Amazon patents in 2018 that use machine learning, AR, and robotics How Rolls Royce is applying AI and robotics for smart engine maintenance AI powered Robotics : Autonomous machines in the making
The Google Chrome team announced new updates and changes to the Chrome DevTools in Chrome 71, today. The latest update explores features such as hovering over a Live Expression to highlight the DOM node, storing DOM nodes as global variables, Initiator and priority information in HAR imports and exports, and Picture-in-Picture breakpoints among others. Let’s discuss these features in the latest update to DevTools in Chrome 71. Hovering over Live Expression to highlight DOM node Now when an Expression evaluates to a DOM node, hovering over the Live Expression will result in highlighted DOM node in the viewport. Storing DOM nodes as global variables You can now store DOM nodes as a global variable. All you need to do is run an expression in the console that evaluates to a node. Then right-click the result and select Store as the global variable. Alternatively, you can also right-click the node in the DOM Tree and then select Store as a global variable. Initiator and priority information available in HAR imports and exports DevTools now comprises initiator and priority information in the HAR file on exporting a HAR file. Once done importing the HAR files back into DevTools, the Initiator and Priority columns gets populated. The _initiator field offers information behind the cause of the requested resource. The _priority field states the priority level that the browser assigned to the resource. Accessing Command Menu from the Main Menu Command Menu provides a fast way to access DevTools panels, tabs, and features. Now, you can open the Command Menu directly from the Main Menu. Click the main button on the main menu and select Run command. “Add to homescreen” now called “Trigger beforeinstallprompt” There’s an Add to homescreen button on the Manifest tab which is renamed to Trigger beforeinstallprompt as it is more semantically accurate. For more information, check out the official update notes. Read Next Chrome 69 privacy issues: automatic sign-ins and retained cookies; Chrome 70 to correct these Google announces Chrome 67 packed with powerful APIs, password-free logins, PWA support, and more Google Chrome’s 10th birthday brings in a new Chrome 69