South by Southwest (or as it’s commonly referred to, SXSW), is an annual festival that encompasses music, film and interactive media. It usually takes place in the middle of March in Austin, Texas and has been a regular occurrence since 1987. The festival usually spans across 9 days and is attended by thousands of people. In fact, even President Obama made an appearance to talk to the tech crowd about the policy of encryption. In a nutshell, SXSW is a festival that reveals the latest and most innovative trends in music, film and tech.
One of the big reveals was made by Sony’s R$D Lab, who showed off a prototype of a wearable speaker called Arc. Arc can be worn around the neck, responds to voice commands and even holds a camera inside. Samsung also took to the stage, revealing VR games that have the ability to let people feel movement through electrical impulses. NASA also showed up and made a great deal about wanting to get human beings to mars… A lot happened on the tech front at SXSW, but the biggest topic proved to be Obama’s speech on digital privacy and security, which is a big deal in this century, after all.
The film and music side of SXSW also made waves with a featured talk by J.J. Abrahams. J.J. Abrahams made it clear that he doesn’t want people to watch movies on their phones or tablets, instead everyone should be watching films on the big screen. Entailing that bigger screens give a fuller experience.
On the music front, many new artists emerged from all over the world. However, the music part of the SXSW Festival is still underway, having just started a couple of days ago.
South by Southwest, definitely seems like the all-rounder festival everyone should attend.
Maria Sharapova’s impending suspension for a failed drug test at
Tennis AS has reported that should Sharapova be able to prove she was not using
In addition, the World Anti-Doping Code stipulates any athlete who comes forward about a failed drug test immediately and provides sufficient assistance with the anti-doping officials for the duration of the investigation will be shown leniency in the length of the suspension.
Furthermore, any information provided to officials has to be credible and has to be of significant importance for the process.
With this said, Sharapova’s assistance thus far in the process, could see her suspension reduced to only months. A suspension of only a few short months could see the star back on
Final Fantasy XV is probably the number one most anticipated game in Japan. The game is based on a science fiction/fantasy role-playing platform and was first introduced to the world in 1987. It has since grown to be a multi-platform game available on PC, consoles, and mobile phones. Final Fantasy XV is set to be released in September 2016. The creators of Final Fantasy XV want the game to be restored to its former stature. With all the hype around the franchise recently, it would be fairly accurate to confirm that the game has been restored to its glory days.
However, fans of the franchise have more than just a game to look forward to in the near future.
Fans won’t be left in the dust while they patiently await the release date of the game. There’s a Final Fantasy anime series that already has its first 10-minute episode available for fans. Sadly, each episode is only 10 minutes long, and there are only 5 episodes. The good news is that the franchise has released the anime for free on YouTube.
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV is a prequel series and reveals a bit of the background story of one of the game’s main protagonists, Noctis, and how some of the main characters have come to know each other.
The World Poker Tour showdown has been in progress since March 31, 2016. The game play has continued over the past few days, with Friday April 15th 2016 marking the beginning of the ultimate showdown which is expected to have a $3500 buy-in. However, despite the tournaments making big news, it is the introduction of the shot clock that has everyone buzzing.
According to pro poker player and announcer, Mike Sexton, the World Poker Tour has been favouring the introduction of the action clock for quite some time. Sexton said the majority of poker hand decisions will be able to be made within the time that will be offered on the action clock. This introduction will definitely add more excitement for players, dealers, and the fans watching.
The new timing method of the shot clock is expected to provide players with 5 buttons which will give them extra time. Each is worth 30 seconds and players will be able to use the buttons at their own discretion. This will be handy during those moments when the player’s tournament life is on the line.
Since the announcement of the shot clock, some players are in favour of it, while others feel it takes away from the strategy of decision making. Some also suggest it may disrupt the flow of the game and strategy of players as they will be required to wait.
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The Game of Thrones season 6 premiered yesterday, with the first episode titled “The Red Women”. The episode was all about empowering women and how they should take control in a patriarchal society.
Taking off from where season 5 ended, the season 6 premiere definitely offered plenty of twists that you should
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The Met Gala is an annual event that sees many stars take the benefit very seriously, and the 2016 event was no exception. The 2016 event theme: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”. With such a theme, it’s no wonder we witnessed some of the most creative and innovative ball gowns with Claire Dane stealing the spotlight.
Zac Posen was the creative designer behind Claire Danes’ sophisticated high-tech gown, made from fibre optic woven organza. While the dress made Danes’ look elegant in the spotlight, it turned her in into a real-life Cinderella when the lights went out.
In the dark, Danes’ dress light up to keep the fantasy alive. The fairy-tale silhouette, represented Posen’s well-known look that is best known for.
Other light up dresses that caught everyone’s eye was Karoline Kurkova’s “cognitive dress”. Designed by IBM Watson in collaboration with Marchesa. The gown was covered in fabric flowers embedded with LED’s. This “cognitive dress” was anything but ordinary, however, it represented Marchesa’s signature of elegance and romance perfectly. The gown continuously changed colour throughout the evening thanks to the help of Watson’s powerful analytical technology.
Kurkova’s gown may have suited the events theme perfectly, however, Dane’s Cinderella inspired look still stole the spotlight on the red carpet.
Our June line up is looking better than ever before! With so much to look forward to, we suggest you get your diary out to mark off all the dates as we lay out everything for you here.
Kick starters players will be able to enjoy the awesome Monthly Monster tournament on the Immortal Romance slot! This tournament will run from the 31st of May 2016 until the 5th of June 2016.
June 10th, 2016 will mark the start of the Shoot Out tournament on the slot Shoot, where players will have the chance to win their share of a €100,000 prize pool. Yes, that’s right a whopping €100,000! End the game as the best player to receive the grand prize of €10,000. Entry here is €10.00, with the top 100 players all receiving a cash prize. This tournament will run until the 10th of July 2016.
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Google I/O kicked off on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 and has been on fire ever since, leaving us with plenty to talk about. You don’t have to be a tech person to be interested in the Google IO because we’re all just tech people now.
The best developments that emerged from the opening keynote were the Android N, Google Daydream, Android 2.0, and Google Home. The big one being Google Home where Google Assistant will make its debut. Google Home will let you run your home in a smart way. From answering questions, making dinner reservations, playing music to turning the lights on and off. Google Home is set to be available later this fall.
The next introduction was to the Allo and Duo apps. Allo integrates Google Assistant, smart photo recognition and also focused on emojis. Allo searches your text history and gives you suggestions on what it thinks you would like to say. If this wasn’t enough, Allo will also personalize your response based on how you converse. Allo can also be utilized in group chats. Duo was the next app – its video calling app that’s pretty much seamless and is the video partner to Allo. What makes Duo unique is that it includes a feature called Knock Knock. Knock Knock allows for seamless streaming video call and the video call actually begins before you even answer it. Duo allows the person being called to see what’s happening before even answering the video call.
The good news is that Duo will be available for both iOS and Android platforms.
This new platform announced by Google is, sadly, only for Android devices. Google Daydream is a VR platform that allows users to browse apps, watch movies and play games all in Virtual Reality. It includes a control. However, not much was revealed about the headset.
Google I/O expects the developer community to provide more exciting possibilities for these new platforms and apps. With Google I/O just having begun, we can expect much more exciting news and developments to come throughout the duration of the event.
Have a look at the highlights so far below
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