This YouTube channel is using AI to gloriously remaster classic game cutscenes

Twenty years ago, when photorealistic games were still just a faraway dream, companies like Square sent our imaginations soaring before we played, with big-budget intros and cutscenes. Long before Overwatch normalized the practice of releasing Pixar-quality animated shorts for each new character, Blizzard’s Diablo II and Capcom’s Onimusha 3 put us in the demon slaying mood with incredible mini-movies stretching to six minutes each. But if you dare try watching these classics on a modern 4K TV or even a 1080p monitor, they’ll look like a pixelated mess. That’s where a YouTube channel named Upscale and machine learning comes in — making them look nearly as good as they did… Read More

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Zombies are coming to SyFy with first Day of the Dead series trailer

At this year’s Comic-Con@home, SyFy dropped the first trailer for its new series, Day of the Dead—the ultimate love letter to the godfather of zombies, George A. Romero. Somehow I missed the news last February that SyFy had greenlit a TV reboot of George A. Romero’s classic 1985 zombie horror film, Day of the Dead—just before the widespread onset of a deadly global pandemic, no less. And somehow the series managed to get into production despite all the shutdowns. SyFy dropped the official trailer for the ten-episode series during a panel at Comic-Con@home, with a planned premiere date this October, just in time for Halloween. You can watch the full… Read More

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MLB will try encrypted transmitters and bone conduction to stop sign stealing

Baseball has a sign stealing problem — or at least, a technological one, seeing how reading another team’s pitches is technically legal, but using Apple Watches or telephoto cameras and then suspiciously banging on trash cans is very much not. But soon the MLB may try fighting fire with fire: on August 3rd, it plans to begin testing an encrypted wireless communication device that replaces the traditional flash of fingers with button taps, according to ESPN. The device, from a startup called PitchCom, will be tested in the Low-A West minor league first. As you’d expect from something that’s relaying extremely basic signals, it’s not a particularly complicated piece of… Read More

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The Pentagon says DJI drones still pose a threat, disavowing its own earlier report

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge After months of government bans on DJI drones, with lawmakers questioning whether the company was sending information to the Chinese government, the Pentagon has admitted that the drones being used might actually be safe (via The Hill), with a report saying that two “Government Edition” DJI drones are “recommended for use by government entities.” However, on July 23rd, the Department of Defense released a statement on the report, saying that its release was “unauthorized,” and reiterating its position that DJI’s drones “pose potential threats to national security.” (via Reuters) It says that its policy around the drones is unchanged, and that there is… Read More

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Banned brand Aukey is still selling earbuds on Amazon

When Amazon started cracking down on mobile electronics companies with shady reviewer programs, Aukey and Mpow were the first to get whacked — and yet Aukey is still selling at least three sets of wireless earbuds at the giant online retailer, The Verge has found. Two weeks ago, I pointed out to Amazon PR that both Aukey and Mpow had seemingly found a way around their bans. Mpow had an “xMpow MFly” set of wireless Bluetooth headphones, and Aukey was selling several different sets under its “Key Series” sub-brand. I’ve been watching their product pages ever since, and today I noticed that the xMpow MFly has disappeared. But Key Series… Read More

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Data-driven iteration helped China’s Genki Forest become a $6B beverage giant in 5 years

Rui Ma Contributor Rui Ma is a partner with 500Startups based in Beijing. More posts by this contributor Data-driven iteration helped China’s Genki Forest become a $6B beverage giant in 5 years Working With A Chinese Factory, Hardware Entrepreneur Edition China’s e-commerce and industrial ecosystem is as different from the Western world as its culture. The country took decades to earn its reputation as the Factory of the World, but it now boasts a supply chain and manufacturing ability that few countries can match. Creative use of the country’s networked manufacturing and logistics hubs make mass production both cheap and easy. Clothing, electronics, toys, automobiles, musical instruments, furniture — you… Read More

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Data-driven iteration helped China’s Genki Forest become a $6B beverage giant in 5 years

Rui Ma Contributor Rui Ma is a partner with 500Startups based in Beijing. More posts by this contributor Data-driven iteration helped China’s Genki Forest become a $6B beverage giant in 5 years Working With A Chinese Factory, Hardware Entrepreneur Edition China’s e-commerce and industrial ecosystem is as different from the Western world as its culture. The country took decades to earn its reputation as the Factory of the World, but it now boasts a supply chain and manufacturing ability that few countries can match. Creative use of the country’s networked manufacturing and logistics hubs make mass production both cheap and easy. Clothing, electronics, toys, automobiles, musical instruments, furniture — you… Read More

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The Steam Deck has an ‘optional built-in FPS limiter’ for better battery life

When Valve and IGN last Thursday that the new Steam Deck handheld will target 30Hz gameplay, not everyone was impressed with that low bar — but Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais has taken to Twitter to clarify his original comment, and reveal a new feature of the portable console. First, he says 30 fps is more of a minimum bar than anything else: @Plagman2 (Twitter) “The ‘30 FPS target’ refers to the floor of what we consider playable in our performance testing; games we’ve tested and shown have consistently met and exceeded that bar so far,” he writes. In other words, when Griffais said in that IGN video interview that “We haven’t… Read More

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People can’t stop watching videos about rich influencers and creator money. Experts say it could be harmful.

Summary List Placement British TikToker Star Holroyd gave her 705,000 followers an insight into how much money she made by being an influencer between April and June this year. In the video, which has been viewed 1.2 million times, Holroyd broke down how she earns money as an influencer, and said her total earnings for the quarter were £14,500 (nearly $20,000) before taxes and her manager’s fee. @starholroyd I actually tell you exactly how much! 💷 Feel free to ask any genuine questions – I’ll try my best to answer! ##learnontiktok ##howmuchmoneyimake ##fyp ♬ original sound – Star Holroyd The TikTok was one of Holroyd’s most viral hits.  Despite still being… Read More

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An Uber Eats driver discovered she had won $250,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket while waiting for her next delivery in Maryland

Summary List Placement An Uber Eats delivery driver from Odenton, Maryland, struck it lucky after buying a scratch-off lottery ticket for $250,000. According to CNN, who reported the story on Sunday, the winner — dubbed “Grateful Mom” for the purpose of anonymity — was sitting in her car waiting for her next job when she scratched off the winning ticket. She told the Maryland Lottery her Uber Eats app alerted her to her next job within seconds but she immediately said to herself: “I don’t want to do Uber Eats right now!” She added: “Man, I was sitting in that car going crazy!”  The 47-year-old hit the jackpot through a… Read More

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Experts say this is the nightmare scenario for Amazon Web Services (AMZN)

Summary List Placement Cloud-computing giant Amazon Web Services exited the pandemic even stronger than before as companies rushed to adopt its technologies and prepare for a virtual future.  Indeed, Amazon’s cloud unit is at the top of its game right now: It’s a $54 billion-a-year business and far ahead of its primary rival, Microsoft. But it’s also in a moment of transition. Adam Selipsky, the new CEO, officially took over at the beginning of the month, replacing former CEO Andy Jassy, who now leads all of Amazon. And despite its towering strength, AWS does have weak spots. The growing reach of Amazon into sectors such as healthcare and pharmacy presents… Read More

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