Age of disruption: Hollywood reads the tea leaves The state of affairs that helps explain the uneven earnings of, say, the giant robots sequel “Pacific Rim: Uprising” ($58.6 million in the U.S., $100.4 million in China) has been building for at least six years. In 2012, China eased up on historical fears of Western imperialism — Rocky and Rambo could be agents of American propaganda, after all — and loosened its quota for international movie imports, agreeing to admit about 34 a year. Chinese box office revenues for American-made movies have since grown every year. “Chinese audiences love the spectacle of big-budget American franchises,” Fritz said. “And for a middle-class Chinese person who may have been born in rural poverty, it’s still a big deal to spend a night at the theater.” Chinese moviegoers who spoke to NBC News last week said they adored the world-class production values of American genre fare — especially … [Read more...] about The new blockbuster game: Hollywood’s flop is China’s fortune
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Video: Google's Assistant gets an AI upgrade with DuplexAlan Turing helped pioneer the idea of programmable computers and built one of the first general purpose computing machines, the Bombe, which decrypted the Nazi's Enigma code and saved thousands of lives. Turing's contributions to the war effort, and to computer science as a discipline, are astonishing. As Albert Einstein was to math and physics, Alan Turing was to computer science.But in the 1950s, the British government considered Turing a criminal. The irony and injustice of this is mind boggling, not just because he probably saved more British lives in World War II than any other Britain, but because his only so-called crime was that he was gay.TechRepublic: Photos: The life of Alan Turing For this, which at the time the British government called "gross indecency," he was given the choice of imprisonment or chemical castration. He killed himself in 1954, at the age of 41. It is impossible to overstate how much the … [Read more...] about Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?
Hilary Brueck, provided by Published 7:40 am, Saturday, May 12, 2018 A new workout studio in New York claims to help people burn more calories and shed more fat by keeping temperatures cold. Scientific studies suggest that exposure to cold temperatures can help people develop more brown fat tissue, which could help keep obesity at bay. But it's not clear whether a 45-minute dip into a somewhat cold room makes your body a more efficient, fat-fueled machine. My inner thighs have been killing me for the last four days. Earlier this week, I tried out a new cold-temperature fitness routine that promises to burn more fat and make working out less of a stinky, sweat-soaked endeavor. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Federal Reserve Considers Acting Now, or Later Cheddar TV Repel Mosquitoes This Summer With Products That Actually Work Buzz 60 These Simple Tips Will Save You Big Money at Costco Buzz 60 Marathon … [Read more...] about I tried the new fat-burning workout where you’re immersed in cold temperatures, and it was surprisingly tough
Ben Gilbert, provided by Published 6:24 am, Friday, April 20, 2018 In 2017, the game to play was "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" — a sweeping epic that set a standard for the entire year. In 2018, that game is the new "God of War" — an incredible, similarly epic journey that I spent two weeks playing more or less non-stop. It's hard to overstate how impressive "God of War" is. It is the high water mark of 2018 thus far — the game by which all others will be measured. Whether you've played games in the series before or not is unimportant. Even if you've outright disliked previous "God of War" games, there's something here for you. Simply put: If you own a PlayStation 4 (and over 70 million of you do!), "God of War" is a must-own, must-play game. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing This New Service Aims to Be the Spotify for Cookbooks Cooking Light Stonyfield Expands Beyond Organic Yogurt to Organic Fields … [Read more...] about The new ‘God of War’ on PS4 is the first must-play game of 2018
Dave Smith, provided by Published 8:00 am, Sunday, April 15, 2018 Dave Smith/Business Insider "God of War," which launches as a PlayStation 4 exclusive on April 20, is a major technical achievement that raises the bar for all other video games. While we've already shared many of our (very positive) thoughts on the game itself, we also wanted to highlight the important ways in which "God of War" nails the little details. Take a look: 1. "God of War" kills the loading screen, and it's a beautiful thing. Dave Smith/Business Insider Sony's Santa Monica Studios did something with "God of War" that's never been done before in a video game: It's made a complete video game that takes place in one continuous shot, in real time, with no loading screens at all. The game's cinematics, or movies where you don't control the characters, are seamlessly woven into the actual meat of the game, where you play, fight, and explore. The result is a level of intimacy and immersion rarely … [Read more...] about The new ‘God of War’ is a major technical achievement — here are 5 ways it nails the fine details