first_img 2 Call of Duty fans can expect aspects from older games in the new mobile app.  Activision Call of Duty, the popular first-person shooter video game franchise, is coming to Android and iOS. Fans can preregister online now, and Android users can also preregister in the Google Play Store. The app and any future updates are free, according to the game’s website. In an email, a spokesperson for Activision said there will be a beta this summer in select regions. When fans preregister, they can opt to receive updates about the game, including when the beta launches. While the Google direct link is live, the iOS pre-registration link is coming soon.The new game was announced Tuesday during the Unity Keynote at the 2019 Game Developers Conference. Fans can expect maps for Nuketown and Crash, modes, heavy artillery and characters from all the COD games — from Black Ops to Modern Warfare.The new mobile version of the game, created in collaboration with Tencent and Activision, will launch for North America, South America, Europe and other countries. Originally published March 19.Update, March 20: Added more details about Activision’s release timeline. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Mobile Mobile Apps Gaming 1:53center_img Share your voice Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay details revealed Comments Activisionlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 73.96 points up to stand at 20437.33. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 17.10 points up to stand at 6079.80. Muthoot Finance and Crompton Greav were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.78% and 5.29% along with Motherson Sumi and Financial Technology with an increase of 4.91% and 4.61% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Tata Steel and India bulls Real Estate with a decrease of 4.19% and 3.48% along with United Brew-$ and Cairn India with a decrease of 3.29% and 3.00% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 13.41 points at 11,804.69 while the banking sector is down 59.61 points at 11,683.77 and the realty sector is up 26.85 points at 1,232.20. The Indian currency is down 0.19% at Rs 62.10 per dollar.last_img read more

first_imgGabonese soldiers stand in front of the headquarters of the national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television Gabonaise (RTG) in Libreville on 7 January 2019 after a group of soldiers sought to take power in Gabon while the country`s ailing president was abroad. Photo: AFPGabon said it foiled an attempted coup on Monday after a group of soldiers called for a popular uprising while the country’s ailing president was abroad.The soldiers burst into state radio offices at dawn and urged the public to “rise up,” in a broadcast made as president Ali Bongo remained in Morocco after suffering a stroke last year.Three soldiers wearing the green beret of the elite Republican Guard, two of them carrying assault rifles, were visible on a video of the speech released on social media.But security forces stormed the building, capturing the rebel chief, killing two of his team and freeing journalists and technicians who had been held hostage and forced to help the mutineers make their broadcast, the presidency said.”The situation is under control,” it said in a statement.Shots were heard earlier around the RTG state broadcasting headquarters in Libreville, capital of the oil-rich West African nation, at about the same time as the message was read at 6:30 am (0530 GMT).Security forces were deployed in the capital and will remain there over the coming days in order to maintain order, a government spokesman said.The Republican Guard was stationed around the radio building, armoured vehicles blocked access to the area and a helicopter circled overhead, an AFP correspondent saw.In a rundown district nearby, dozens of young people torched a car and set fire to tyres, while the security forces fired teargas to try to disperse them.Elsewhere, much of the city appeared deserted, with businesses closed and local and foreign companies telling their workers to stay home.Internet access was also briefly cut on government instructions, said an employee of Canal, one of the main internet providers.The dramatic developments came as Bongo is living at a private residence in the Moroccan capital Rabat after suffering a stroke. He made a televised speech on New Year’s Eve but has not been in the country since October.- ‘Democratic transition’ -The rebel message was read on state radio by a person who identified himself as Lieutenant Ondo Obiang Kelly, describing himself as deputy commander of the Republican Guard and head of a previously unknown group, the Patriotic Youth Movement of the Gabonese Defence and Security Forces.He announced a “national restoration council” would be formed “to guarantee a democratic transition for the Gabonese people”.The movement “calls on all young people from forces for the defence and security and Gabonese young people to join us,” the officer said.”We cannot abandon our homeland,” the officer said.”The eagerly-awaited day has arrived when the army has decided to put itself on the side of the people in order to save Gabon from chaos.”If you are eating, stop; if you are having a drink, stop; if you are sleeping, wake up. Wake up your neighbours… rise up as one and take control of the street,” he said, calling on the people to seize public buildings and airports.The African Union and France strongly condemned the attempted coup and warned against any “unconstitutional” change of power in Gabon.- ‘A difficult period’ -The 59-year-old Bongo has not been back to Gabon since he fell ill in Saudi Arabia on 24 October.In his absence, the Constitutional Court transferred part of the powers of the president to the prime minister and the vice president.The statement read out on Monday attacked the arrangement as “illegitimate and illegal.”On 31 December, Bongo addressed the country for the first time since falling ill, saying in a recorded speech from Morocco that he had “been through a difficult period.”His critics seized on signs of apparent ill-health, pointing to an address that was unusually short, his slurred speech and a right hand that seemed stiff and immobile.The speech was “shameful,” the officer said in Monday’s address, describing Gabon as “country (which) has lost its dignity.”The Bongo family has governed the equatorial African nation for five decades.Bongo took over from his father Omar, who took office in 1967 and gained the reputation of a kleptocrat — one of the wealthiest men in the world, with a fortune derived from Gabon’s oil wealth.He was also a pillar of “Francafrique” — a now much-contested strategy by which France bound itself to its former African colonies through cronyism, often tainted with corruption and rights abuses.Ali Bongo was elected head of state after his father’s death in 2009.He was narrowly re-elected in 2016 following a presidential poll marred by deadly violence and allegations of fraud.last_img

first_img Share Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump argues that his power to pardon would include even himself — but says he doesn’t need to use it because he’s done nothing wrongPresident Donald Trump rocked the region with the stunning announcement Tuesday that he was halting annual U.S.-South Korean military drills — and wants to remove the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.Trump’s surprise, almost offhand comments, made during a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly upended decades of the U.S. defense posture on the Korean Peninsula.The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by U.S. political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a “provocative” drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only last year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of U.S. troops has long been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.Seoul’s presidential office told The Associated Press that it was trying to parse Trump’s comments. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.“At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of President Trump’s comments,” Seoul’s Defense Ministry said, adding that there have been no discussions yet with Washington on modifying drills set for August.U.S. forces in South Korea said it has “received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises” and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.Trump’s comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and many of the scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged. Outside analysts believe the North objects to the drills because it must spend precious resources on its own war games and troop movements. North Korea also insists that the U.S. troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear “umbrella” over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America’s “hostile” policy toward the North.“I want to bring our soldiers back home,” Trump said, although he added that it’s “not part of the equation right now.” Then he said: “We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it’s very provocative.”The comments could fundamentally change the way the United States, whose alliance with Seoul was forged after a 1950 surprise attack by the North started the Korean War, operates in South Korea.Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would stop military exercises, his description of those drills as “provocative” and his suggestion that he wants to pull U.S. troops out at some point are “all things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans,” said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.Annual military drills between Washington and Seoul have been a major source of contention between the Koreas for years, and analysts have wondered whether their continuation would hurt the inter-Korean detente that, since an outreach by Kim in January, has replaced last year’s insults and threats of war. North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea’s participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.North Korea’s state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington “stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force.”Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. There are also annual springtime drills. Drills called Team Spirit, one of the largest annual military maneuvers in the world at the time, were held from 1976 until 1993, when, after North Korea agreed to dismantle its existing nuclear facilities, the exercises were canceled and have not been held since.Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump’s comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along — that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional U.S. president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.“The core of the U.S.-South Korea alliance is the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea and the joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, but the American military presence in South Korea wouldn’t mean much if the militaries don’t practice through joint drills,” said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy. “I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington.”last_img read more

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com iRobot planning an Android-based robot This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Brainlink controller smartens dust-collecting robots: Let’s Roomba (2011, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-brainlink-smartens-dust-collecting-robots-roomba.html More information: news.cs.cmu.edu/article.php?a=2876www.brainlinksystem.com/ Observing the dozens of cheap robots on the market with no desirable interfaces for students, the company wanted firmware inside Brainlink to be open source and hackable. “Though it’s possible to use the pre-made apps to use Brainlink, to, for example, control most toy robots from an Android phone, we think that those who will fully enjoy Brainlink are hackers with an intermediate level of programming experience,” according to the company’s site. “If you’ve taken one high school or college CS class, you should have no trouble with it.”CMU’s CREATE Lab also had a hand in the product. CREATE stands for Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment. The software for Brainlink was developed by Christopher Bartley, principal research programmer in the CREATE Lab and Huaishu Peng, a student in the School of Architecture’s Tangible Interaction Design program. Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A Carnegie Mellon spinoff has introduced a triangle shaped connector that can make simple little robots behave in a more sophisticated way and can otherwise transform an Android smartphone into a TV and gadget remote. The device is called Brainlink and it talks to Android phones or laptops via Bluetooth. The controller has a Bluetooth range of 30 feet. Basically, Brainlink can deliver new capabilities to toy robots and other gadgets operated with infrared (IR) remote controls. The device enables programming and wireless control of whatever it is attached to. Brainlink users can write programs for robots that have limited “brains” to start with and thereby expand their capabilities and can also control items such as VCRs with IR remotes. According to the company, the device can decode, visualize, and replicate the signals of most infrared remotes. The unit is powered by a rechargeable battery. Three built-in sensors include an Axis Accelerometer to help detect orientation, shaking, and tapping; a Photodiode, to read the amount of light reaching the sensor and Battery Voltage. to allow host programs to detect low battery states (less than 3.5V). BirdBrain Technologies is pricing Brainlink at $125. The company’s target audience is both home hackers and educators. Ordering a robot to fetch beer may not seem conducive to learning environments, but the product is a result of a team mission to produce a more intuitive interface for educational robots. Brainlink uses the Bluetooth RN-42 module to communicate between its microcontroller and the smartphone or laptop.Users who write their Android apps for the Brainlink write them in Java and then can test them out on any Bluetooth equipped Android device. End uses suggested by BirdBrain have no doubt encouraged the numerous enthused reviews, including: “Create an Android App that uses object recognition and voice analysis to find you a beer – you’ll probably need to place your phone on the robot to make this work well.” Other end uses are using voice commands to control a TV, and, back to the robots, using a toy robot to add light or sound. The company, BirdBrain Technologies, announced the product in a release dated December 14 and since then gadget-focused bloggers have been enthusing over a home robotics future. The device can make a Roomba more adept at moving around without bumping into walls and the device can be used to train a simple robot to fetch the user something.last_img read more

first_img‘Asmita theatre group’ is celebrating its 25 glorious years in the world of art. To celebrate this special occasion ‘Asmita’ is organising a two-month long ‘Summer Theatre Festival’ which will enthral the audience from May 20 to July 28 at various eminent venues in the Capital. This “Summer Theatre Festival” shall begin with play ‘Court Martial,’ directed by Arvind Gaur and written by Swadesh Deepak with music composed by Dr Sangeeta Gaur at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this festival, the group will showcase 17 plays, all of which are directed by Arvind Gaur and the music is composed by Dr Sangeeta Gaur. ‘Ambedakar Aur Gandhi’ and ‘Hindu Code Bill’ written by Rajesh Kumar; ‘Operation Three Star’ written by Dario Fo (adapted in Hindi by Amitabh Srivastava) and lyrics by Piyush Mishra; ‘Unsuni’ ; ‘Moteram Ka Satyagrah’; ‘Ek Mamooli Aadmi’; ‘Log-Baag’; ‘Final Solutions’; ‘Ye Aadmi Ye Choohe’; ‘Kharashein’ and many other fabulous plays are going to be enacted at this festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArvind Gaur, the leader of ‘Asmita’, is known for his work in socially and politically relevant theatre in India. Gaur’s plays are contemporary and thought-provoking, connecting intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political issues. His work deals with Internet censorship, communalism, caste issues, feudalism, domestic violence, crimes of state, politics of power, violence, injustice, social discrimination, marginalisation, and racism. The founder of the ‘Asmita’ theatre group believes that his work is not just sheer entertainment, but a medium to address concerns which are rooted in every individual’s time and space. “To me, theatre is a tool to sensitise people towards their own existence. I feel responsible for inciting the concerns of my audience, especially youth, towards the needs of our society.” Gaur believes that stage training acts as a catalyst to create better human beings. “We must work on the most basic unit of society i.e. the individual, for developing sensibility on a broader scale.”last_img read more

first_imgMarch 5, 2009 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The NetbookThe introduction of small powerful notebooks at low prices, such as those from Acer and Asus, will provide a practical option for the growing number of individuals who work on the road. These netbooks are especially useful for those who find it difficult to use the very small form-factor of Blackberry or iPhone-type devices.The battery life and lightweight quality of these tiny machines make them ideal for individuals who travel without access to a power supply, but their networks aren’t quite as advanced as that of the Blackberry or iPhone devices. This is the case because cell phone companies are able to provide their clients with constant access to the Internet, whereas laptops must be linked into an available wireless network. However, with companies now introducing Internet sticks with the ability to provide access anytime, anywhere, these limitations are quickly lessening. Thus, netbooks will be the ideal choice for on-the-move corporate individuals in 2009.Integration Of The CloudCloud computing services provide small and midsize businesess with an economical storage option. A hybrid version of application and service delivery is evolving. This version is instead of the anticipated migration from an on-premise-only and/or perpetual licensing-only model to a total SaaS-only and subscription-only model.Thus, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is becoming all the more important, since the future cloud of services will be comprised of the organization’s onsite services and those supplied to it by an offsite vendor.FlywheelsGreen initiatives will continue to grow in importance as a driver of cost savings. One of the least known but most valuable green products for the data center is the flywheel, which essentially stores energy for use when power is interrupted. It is a clean and cost effective alternative to battery-based uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). At present, flywheels represent 6% of the three-phase UPS market, but the longer lifecycle and lower cost of maintenance is going to trigger increased demand for these in the near future.Adoption of the flywheel in Europe is very high, with several large data centers announcing the implementation of flywheel technology. One of the largest hosting firms in the San Francisco area has adopted the technology as well. The systems currently available are able to handle mid-sized to very large centers and thus can be useful for a variety of business sizes and types.Rich Internet ApplicationsRich Internet Applications (RIAs) provide the interactivity of a desktop application conveniently delivered in any Web browser. Google Maps is an early example, but many companies are beginning to use RIAs to:Simplify online shopping.Provide rich interactive graphics.Support social networking.End users are fond of RIAs because they are user-friendly and quickly accessible. They are also proving to be profitable for the companies that provide them, making increasing uptake in 2009 inevitable.Hybrid Use of Off-Premise Application ServicesA broad range of applications have been available to organizations in the form of hosted services or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The advantage of these is that small and midsize businesses can add services without purchasing perpetual licenses, without dedicating servers and storage, and with only minimal support staff. While organizations may be unwilling to trust critical functions to these external service providers, they will increasingly use them to augment their primary in-house applications for special purposes.Need sales-force profitability analysis? Don’t bother with another module, just rent some software for a little while. This option facilitates optimal gain with minimal investment — the perfect mix in a time of economic crisis.Three factors will increase the adoption of these technologies:The functional quality and reliability of these services improve continually.While application services may cost more over a period of several years, the initial cost is significantly lower than an in-house solution, which is very attractive during a period of financial frugality.The faster speed of deployment will suit businesses that need additional functionality to temporarily and quickly augment their current application capability.Short-Term Use Of External Service ProvidersIn addition to external application services, businesses will increasingly look outside their own IT groups to augment their capabilities or capacity quickly without making a long-term staff or equipment commitment. This strategy is especially appropriate in a tight financial situation, when the need is great but money is scarce.The service providers who will succeed are those that:Are prepared to support short-term people and equipment needs — not just long-term contracts.Make their own facilities and equipment available rather than just managing the customer’s own equipment.Social Computing For Business CollaborationYes, everyone else says the same thing, but it’s true. Content and collaboration services that are based on the friend-of-a-friend network model are growing fast and are becoming the primary point of interaction for younger generations. These generations are eschewing e-mail as an interaction channel and instead opting for real-time and near-real-time (i.e., text messaging) interaction through their personal networks. The good news is that such basic services are inexpensive and easy to deploy.The downside, of course, is that organizations must get past their concern about staff using these tools for personal use. An alternative method, currently utilized by many companies, is an internal messaging system. This option facilitates quick correspondence among employees and limits the number of redundant e-mails, which can be overlooked within the e-mailing system. Less archiving and faster communication — social computing certainly has its benefits.In-Memory AnalyticsFor companies in search of improving financial consolidation and ad-hoc analysis for little monetary investment, in-memory analytics seem to be a feasible solution. As competition for shrinking markets intensifies, organizations will increase their need for analysis of data. Why would they build a data warehouse when they can just load all of their data into a computer with a huge pile of RAM?The market has shifted to allow for RAM to be very economical and an extremely realistic option for companies throughout a period of financial uncertainty.Wide Area Network Optimization DevicesThe demand for increased bandwidth for data communication continues to grow, but the drops in unit cost have not kept in step. Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization devices facilitate more information flow on an existing network connection, which in turn allows organizations to add effective bandwidth without having to invest in more capacity from carriers.Given the current downturn, many companies that require a capital investment will have to demonstrate a one-year payback (or less). The savings on WAN connectivity costs will provide payback for many businesses in only a matter of months, making this option ideal for 2009.Data Loss Or Leakage ProtectionSecurity continues to be a main concern for many organizations, especially when it comes to the leaking of corporate information. Of special significance is the inappropriate transmission of this corporate information from within an organization to outsiders (as opposed to external attempts to access information).Businesses seeking to improve internal security have been adopting Data Leakage Protection (DLP) faster than any piece of technology in quite a while. With data breaches caused by employee error occurring as frequently as hacks and malicious actions combined, the value behind this technology is tremendous.Application VirtualizationVirtualization of servers has been extensively adopted by most organizations that operate multiple computer servers. The extension of virtualization from the server to applications will accelerate the adoption of the utility infrastructure. In fact, expect utility infrastructure to become the accepted approach for running business applications.The organization’s view of infrastructure will also continue to morph from a specific configuration of servers, storage, and network components to a flexible service that easily adapts the allocation of resources to changing performance and capacity requirements over time. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now 7 min read How Success Happenslast_img read more