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Fortnite. Short Review

In 2011, we got to know that we will have in our collections another online survival game using Unreal Engine 4 – Fortnite. The project is developed by famous studio Epic Games and is a non-standard survival, where players need to survive against dangerous monsters at night, and in the daytime build barricades and collect necessary resources.

World

As reported by the developers: “The world of Fortnite is huge.” All because the game involves a hybrid procedural generation, which selects pre-prepared “pieces of the world” and substitutes them in a random order. Each new session will be in a new, untouched world, because of which interest in the exploration of the territories will not be exactly lost.

Gathering

Each refuge in Fortnite is created from what the player will find during a day. In this case, the problem is predatory, as the user can drag and re-integrate almost everything that the eye sees. There are three types of resources in the game, wood, metal and stone. Each of them has unique characteristics and is used for different purposes.

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Building

The game is partly the heir of Minecraft. The main observed discrepancy – Fortnite is based solely on the construction and modernization of structures that will be able to withstand the onslaught of monsters. Users can go beyond the procurement and build the most fantastic designs that can hardly be called buildings. It is possible to build at any time of the day and night, both before the battle and during the battle. Walls are put for a couple of buttons, and giant structures are erected with the help of a special editor, in which you can choose the right stairs, fences, windows, ceilings, doors, walls, roofs and even traps.

Night Attacks

All the above tasks users will only perform during the day, at night comes the invasion of monsters, so for the strengthening and collection of scrap metal will not remain even a second. At night, Fortnite becomes a third-person shooter, in which you have to confront the hordes of monsters. To ensure that the game did not turn into a banal shooter, the developers introduced a system of pumping characters and craft weapons. In addition to what has already been said, we are waiting for the division of fighters into specialization, so each player will have his own, strictly limited role.

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Classes

The game has many heroes. All of them can be collected around the world in the form of maps, and they belong to one of the four main specializations:

  • travellers engaged in all sorts of exploration;
  • soldiers who have excellent command of any kind of weapons;
  • Ninja, who is engaged in close combat and possesses a high speed of movement;
  • designers, experienced builders of forts.

Each class has its own advantages and disadvantages when dealing with monsters. You can win if only you have a balanced team.

Ideological support

Initially, the developers of Fortnite did not want to create a game in the style of a zombie apocalypse, as it already becomes a sign of bad taste due to the banality. But gradually, the specialists were able to find a solution, as a result of which the game became a pleasant cartoonish action with an interesting idea, events, heroes, traps, weapons and creatures.

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AI to Improve and Optimize Your Life

Modern trends are becoming more and more drawn around technologies and their role into regular people’s lives. Technological process is gaining steam with every single day, and this cannot but please us – advanced technologies promise humanity glittering future, where manual job would be replaced by mechanisms and programs. But if you think, that these are long-term prospects, which won’t find realization in the coming decade, then we are happy to dissuade you – such future is much closer than you think.

 

In favor of this statement we challenge you to remember at least one day, when you haven’t used your smartphone or TV at all. “Regular” devices and some familiar inventions (computers, laptops, cars, Internet etc.) have already become an inherent part of our lives, while such things as artificial intelligence, face recognition or deep learning still sound like some sort of science-fictional attributes for the major part of people. However, we are confident in that in the nearest years they will definitely become known for every single child and scholar all around the globe. The future is in the lap of high technologies.

It is hard to believe that almost 20 years ago personal computers or telephones were the attributes of rich people! Nowadays, we can’t imagine our life without robo-cleaners, autopilots, and other useful inventions, which help us to share the platform and shirk off manual work upon mechanisms, so that we can do more important job. There is no more clear illustration of the high tech availability and rapid reduction of prices than artificial intelligence.

Highly complicated system, based on millions of algorithms and deep learning mechanism, was designed to perform a vast of calculations at the same time, to make marketing researches, to create new medicaments and even to control transport by itself. However, the widest acceptance it has found in a sphere of artificial perception, and especially in areas where face recognition was required (police departments, face searching in a crowd etc.) Soon, people have realized, that such well-developed technology can be useful even in our regular lives, and from that point handymen all around the world were trying to make regular people’s livings better and easier. That’s the exact story of how Brian AI grew from a theoretical idea up to the high-grade application assistant.

The general idea of such application appeared 10 years ago, when there was no help for people, who wanted to trade their photos on special sites. Dull work of photo customization and editing by hand was ineffective and very loiter. In an hour you could have handled about 10 photos maximum, so the problem was framed – we needed an application, which could have done quick analysis and process of a big amount of images. Using all the last achievements in programming, the first prototype of AI-based assistant was developed.

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Brian AI is an app for photographers, photo sellers and simply for active people, who like to catch a moment in snap. Fed upon advanced technology of artificial perception, it can analyze, sort and systematize huge amount of images in minutes. Now, instead of durable clicking/typing/scrolling, you can simply download Brian AI, upload bunch of images and get the results right away. There’s no big deal if your massif of photos is stored into numerous data storage devices – you only need one computer with Brian AI on it. Plug all of your HDDs into PC and watch as our app cleans up in your photo mess.

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Dozens of functions allow using Brian AI both by professionals and amateurs. This app is incredibly useful if you sell photos or have a need to systematize them. Using Google Vision and GoogLeNet Inseption base, application generates dozens of conforming tags for every single image, and then automatically collects them into albums. There’s no more helpful program than Brian AI for people, who suffer from lack of space on HDD: its sophisticated search technology can help user to find duplicate photos, photos with low quality or bad exposition, and then delete them to leave only the best shots. If you’re going to place your photos on public resources, but afraid of steals, then a good decision would be to add watermarks on a pile of them, and even there Brian AI can lend you a hand – using one of the tools, you can do that in a moment.

By far, our application is the most convenient ally for every single PC user. Hundreds of functions, constant support and regular updates guarantee that Brian AI will always be in step with times. Forget about manual job – stop wasting your precious time with a help of our succoring Brian AI app!

 

Robotic fish explore Underwater World

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created robotic fish with a video camera that moves like a real fish. Developers tested the device on a coral reef and noted that real fish are not afraid of it, even when the robot swims closer than a meter.

How it works

MIT compute scientists under the leadership of Daniela Rus created a robotic fish, which moves due to a hydraulic tail consisting of two chambers. During the movement, a small pump alternately supplies water to the chambers and thereby causes them to inflate, bending the whole structure in one direction or another. In addition, there are two horizontal fins and buoyancy control modules, due to which it can move in any direction. To monitor these fish, a camera with a wide-angle lens is installed in the nose of the robot.

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During the tests in the Rainbow Reef, the robot sank to a depth of more than 50 feet, shot photos and made high definition video.

The creators of the robot note that during the test robot swam several times to the real fish for a distance of less than a meter but did not scare them away.

Dog AI

Dogs are undoubtedly one of the friendliest animals in the world towards their owners. Empathetic and companionable, they’re almost like us in their regular lives. Dogs have hobbies and food preferences, they adore active lifestyle, games, and a good sleep. But most importantly — they make us happy and teach us how to enjoy every day of our lives by their own example.

Dogs are a boon to photographers, who love shooting wild animals and nature, yet, these pets are very prone to get into funny situations too. There are hundreds of viral videos and photos, which were taken by vigilant owners and uploaded on the Internet, where different dog breeds make everyone around laugh because of their inborn cheerfulness (and clumsiness). There’s even more of amusing materials stored on flash drivers or external HDDs all around the world. After a few months of ownership, it’s OK to find your whole phone or camera gallery conquered by the images of your pet in all kinds of positions, situations and moods.

Plenty of similar photos in the camera memory is a very common problem for people who like to imprint the most significant moments of their friendship with pets. Moreover, it’s a big trouble when among dog photos you can’t find some important images. Such significant, yet, memo polluting shots accumulate on your SD card until there’s no empty space for new pictures. Fortunately, modern technologies can help you even in such complicated situation.

To sort out the best photos and get rid of duplicates you’ll need to spend hours and hours of monotone manual scrolling. Are you ready to lose a whole day for such questionable enjoyment? If the answer is “no”, then Brian AI will be the best choice of assistant for you. Using all the latest achievements in artificial intelligence researches, we created an app which can do all photo systematization job without any user’s help.

Based on sophisticated algorithms, Brian AI organizes all available images according to their content. Its potential is almost unlimited — app easily finds your nursling midst any landscape and among other dogs. Application attaches key tags, generated by Google Vision and GoogLeNet Inception services, to the photo, which means you can quickly find some specific image amid thousands of them. Application analyzes dog’s breed, coloration, clothes and surroundings, identifies dog’s snout features and unique marks. Brian AI can manage all your dog photos in seconds despite their big quantity or poor quality.

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Apart from filtration and management, our app can systematize images according to their tags into albums. It can analyze focus, blur, angle of the photo, automatically choose the best one from the series of similar shots, and then delete the others with one click of yours. The search amidst photos was never so simple as with Brian AI — you can put in required tag and get results immediately, or use the right-sided menu with all the tags collected in one place. About even more functions of this app you can learn by this link.

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A unique feature of our application is, of course, its ability to educate. Artificial intelligence can boost its productivity and accuracy using your photo archive thanks to built-in mechanisms based on deep learning technology. The more you use it, the more exact results you get. By repetitive analysis of your pet’s photos, Brian AI can train to recognize its 10 year old appearance, which would be very convenient if you haven’t put in order your SD’s memory in a while.

If you need to sort your pictures into albums with a need for further exploitation, then, again, Brian AI, which you can find on http://www.brianai.com, is a must-have. Sell a whole bunch of same-thematic photos, make a presentation-like movie demonstrating pictures according to their photographing date from the oldest ones up to the newest, upload images from social networks — do whatever you need with your brand-new systematized archive. Brian AI is suitable for every desktop, computer or mobile phone, so there’s no need to transfer pictures from different devices. Only for $10 you’ll get a whole arsenal of AI instruments and a constant support from our consultants, which is nothing compared with a convenience of Brian AI application.

 

Modern technologies have made our lives much easier and comfortable by taking away a need of hand-operated functions, but today their sphere of influence is growing day by day. Artificial intelligence-based applications like Brian AI are the examples of how high tech can be used in our everyday lives. Download it and use its full potential to make your life much more systematized!

YouTube Tests Picture-in-Picture Mode on PC

Some YouTube desktop users reported that they had access to a new view mode. This is PictureinPicture that make possible to play videos in a small window and simultaneously view other content on the site. A similar feature has long been available in apps on iOS and Android.

The reporters from 9to5Google was the first who tell the world about the new feature. According to them, if one clicks anywhere outside of the video, the video will continue to play in the lower right corner of the screen. This can also happen if you go back to the previous page, go to the search or browse the content of the channel.

In a small video player, there are main funvtions availbleplay, pause, repeat, next video, playlist. The titles of the video and the channel are also displayed.

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Experts first said that the PictureinPicture mode was only available to users of the paid version YouTube Red. But later it became clear that the test group also included free users of the service. It is known that the innovations have already been tried by users from several countries, not just the United States. This kind of test is in the style of YouTube. The team sometimes launches new features among small groups of users before giving the access to everyone.

Who Created Wi-Fi Technology

Hedy Lamarr. Yes, we should thank that same actress for using the Internet Wi-Fi and GPS. How did it happen?

Hedy was born in Austria in 1913. Being a Jew, she hid her origins in every way. In 1933, Hedy starred in the film “Ecstasy”.  It was the first time in the history of cinema when a completely naked actress was shown. In many countries the film was banned. The parents of the actress worried about their daughter’s reputation. Therefore, they married her to the arms tycoon Fritz Mandl. He was also a Jew. In addition, most importantly, it was Fritz who produced grenades and cartridges for Hitler.

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Her husband was very jealous, and Hedy had to leave the movie. But she accompanied her husband to military laboratories and quickly figured out the principle of the action of anti-ship weapons and guidance systems.

Lamarr was not happy with her husband. Once Hedy escaped. The girl ran first to London, and then to the USA. In Hollywood, she was noticed by Louis Mayer, the founder of Metro Golden Mayer.

When radio-guided missiles were adopted, a serious problem arose. Opponents easily violated the guidance of the torpedo, revealing its frequency. Then Hedy Lamarr, together with George Antheil, whom she had met in London, came up with how to protect the torpedo control over the radio (she also assisted with the creation of controlled torpedoes).

Here’s how it worked: a random code was used on the transmitter that would change the transmission channel. At the same time, frequency transitions were synchronized on the receiver. The invention of Lamarr and Antheil became the basis of Spread Spectrum – the connection with the extended spectrum, which is used everywhere. These are GPS and Wi-Fi.

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Lamarr was forgotten in the last years of her life. She lived poorly. Moreover, Hedy was engaged in litigation about slander and unauthorized use of her name. For example, in 1998 Corel Draw, a program for graphic design, used a portrait of an actress. Hedy immediately filed a lawsuit, but her claim was dismissed.

HTC U12: Features, Price, Release Date

The LIabTooFer insider revealed the main features of the new HTC Imagine. He also added that the announcement of the smartphone will take place in April.

The new smartphone is similar to the previous HTC U11 +. It will receive a large 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and QHD+ resolution (2880 × 1440 pixels). It is unknown if it will have a fingerprint scanner, but it will definitely have the Face ID – HTC Face Unlock.

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HTC was one of the first to try to install a dual camera module into smartphone One M8 in 2014, but it became popular only in 2016. Together with the U12 flagship, HTC will return to the dual camera – 12MP and 16MP. Most likely, the smartphone will receive a dual optical zoom with the help of a second long-focus lens. The front camera will have 8 MP resolution.

Also, the U12 will receive an updated version of the “sensitive” side edges of the Edge Sense 2.0 – with a strong clench of the smartphone, you can launch the camera or any other application. The phone housing will have an IP68 protection standard, which guarantees a safe water immersion for half an hour.

 Features:

  • Display: 5.99- inch QHD+ 18:9 aspect ratio;
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845;
  • Memory: up to 6 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB via MicroSD;
  • Rear Cameras: 12MP + 16;
  • Front Camera: 8MP;
  • Battery: 3,420 mAh;
  • System: Android 8.0 Oreo with Sense 10;
  • Price: $880.
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