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10Sep/19

Fortnite look out Apex Legends tallies 25 million players a week after

first_img Share your voice Tags “Since we launched Apex Legends last week on Monday we’ve seen the creation of an Apex Legends community that is excited, thriving, and full of great feedback and ideas,” Vince Zampella wrote in a blog post. (Zampella is head of Respawn Entertainment, which made Apex Legends and its predecessor, Titanfall.) “Our goal is to build this game with you, our community, so keep giving us your feedback because we really are listening.”EA’s success with Apex Legends marks a potential for it to take on Fortnite, which counted 200 million players in December. (Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for updated figures.) Those millions of players have turned Fortnite into a cultural phenomenon, played by celebrities, musicians and sports stars. Player counts aren’t the only signs of Apex Legends’ success. Shortly after the announcement Monday, gamers were playing Apex Legends on the popular streaming game service Twitch at nearly three times the number they were Fortnite, and even more than other popular streaming games like League of Legends. The number of people streaming Apex Legends is nearly three times more than Fortnite on Twitch.tv. Screenshot by Ian Sherr/CNET “The game is off to a phenomenal start,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter wrote in a note to investors last week. Though EA’s financial results over the last holiday season were disappointing (in part because of Fortnite’s popularity), Pachter expects Apex Legends to contribute $100 million to EA’s revenues in its next fiscal year. Post a comment Apex Legends continues to grow.The new video game from industry giant Electronic Arts has been grabbing attention online as it takes on one of the world’s most popular games, Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale. Like Fortnite, Apex Legends is free to download and is designed as a last-man-standing “battle royale” title. And Apex Legends appears to be growing fast. Last week, the company said the game counted 10 million players in the first 72 hours since the game’s launch. Now it’s at 25 million players. How is Apex Legends different from Fortnite and PUBG? 0 Electronic Arts (EA) Fortnite Now playing: Watch this: Culture Tech Industry Gaming 2:42last_img read more

05Sep/19

Infosys seeks to tie up with AI and data analytics companies

first_imghttps://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/637299/how-artificial-intelligence-transforming-stock-market.jpgHow artificial intelligence is transforming the stock marketIBTimes UK Indian information technology (IT) giant Infosys is seeking ways to tie up with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) and other firms that offers data analytics or artificial intelligence (AI) platforms to get more business from its existing customers.The company wants to advance the business model that allows it to sell a cognitive platform that will then let its key clients run their businesses more efficiently. That is why Infosys wants to sell solutions like IBM Watson along with service offering, Mint reported.Infosys may now be seeking to tie up with companies that provide AI platforms, but it has already launched its new AI platform called Nia. The platform, launched earlier this year, is capable of helping businesses forecast revenues, understand customer behaviour and also helps companies to scrutinise content of contacts and deal with issues of compliance and fraud.This new AI platform of Infosys is a revised version of Mana, the first AI platform it had introduced last year.Reports last week also suggested that Infosys co-founder Senapathy Gopalakrishnan has picked up stake in Crayon Data — a predictive analytics company in Singapore and Chennai.”I see that the future of business will be the ability to leverage AI and big data to create ‘personal’ digital experiences for millions of customers. Crayon has a unique ability to bridge multiple worlds – analytics to digital, offline to online, internal, and external data,” Gopalakrishnan said in a press conference last week.Future of big data analyticsBig data analytics is the process of taking large quantities of data and using distributed computing platforms to combine and convert it into meaningful results. Analytics companies then use the final data to determine consumer behaviour and offer calculative and predictive results to clients. “Employees are coming to do such courses from a career point of view. There is definitely a transition in terms of the projects IT companies are getting such as cloud movement of IT infrastructure, doing more work on cyber security. This translates into a greater demand for data analytics courses,” said Kashyap Dalal, Chief Business Officer at Simplilearn.Earlier this year, government-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) said it would engage data scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and IT firms for large data analysis to raise the company’s output and reduce cost. https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/637613/how-data-science-helped-identify-londons-most-polluted-parks.jpgHow data science helped to identify Londons most polluted parksIBTimes UK Advancement of AI needs to be controlled for humans to thrive, according to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.Creative Commons RelatedMore bleak days likely as major IT firms trim workforce by over 4,000Goldman Sachs now hiring engineers to transform service strategyWipro will push McLaren’s sports car business through artificial intelligenceGear change: Face IT industry headwinds with the right skillsets However, this digital process has still not reached the masses. IT companies are still figuring out the possibilities they can explore with big data analytics.But, according to a Business Standard report, data analytics is gaining mass recognition in India and is set to become the next big career dream.Thousands of IT and non-IT professionals are signing up for data science courses. Other courses on demand include cloud computing, machine learning and digital marketing.last_img read more

02Sep/19

Full Show An Update On The Reservoirs And Advice For Filing Flood

first_imgOn Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: As the cleanup and recovery effort from Harvey continues, there’s still a lot of water in area reservoirs. We check in on the status of our over-taxed flood system in Greater Houston. Also this hour: We bring you advice on how to file an insurance claim in the aftermath of flooding. And Tilman Fertitta is buying the Rockets for $2.2 billion.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

02Sep/19

Sessions Orders Border Prosecutors To Adopt ZeroTolerance Policy On Immigration

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about carrying out President Donald Trump’s immigration priorities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in Austin on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday, April 6, ordered federal prosecutors on the southwest border to adopt a “zero tolerance” policy against anyone who enters or attempts to enter the country illegally, a mandate he said “supersedes” any prior directives.“To those who wish to challenge the Trump Administration’s commitment to public safety, national security, and the rule of law, I warn you: illegally entering this country will not be rewarded, but will instead be met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice,” Sessions said in a statement. “To the Department’s prosecutors, I urge you: promoting and enforcing the rule of law is vital to protecting a nation, its borders, and its citizens.”The directive instructs all federal prosecutors on the southwest border to prosecute all Department of Homeland Security referrals for alleged violations of federal immigration illegal-entry laws. In a one-page memo sent to federal prosecutors on the southwest border, Sessions said the goal wasn’t merely developing more immigration cases, but instead an end to the “illegality in [the] immigration system.” He added that if the new policy requires more resources, the offices should identify and request those to the Department of Justice.The mandate comes the same week President Donald Trump has assailed Democrats for supporting what he said are “catch and release” policies where individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol are released while they await a court date. (The Washington Post later reported that “catch and release” actually flourished under the George W. Bush administration.)It’s unclear what the mandate will do to the current immigration-court case backlog, which was at more than 684,000 as of February, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. That figure includes more than 105,000 cases pending in Texas courts, higher than any state but California. The move is the latest in a busy week for the administration, which has also seen Trump sign a proclamation ordering the deployment of National Guard troops to the border until construction of his promised wall on the southwest border is complete. Sharelast_img read more