Author: Zayne Pham

The Battle Against AI In “Atlas,” Lopez portrays Atlas Shepherd, a seasoned agent determined to thwart the destructive ambitions of Harlan, a renegade AI programmed to advance humanity but now bent on its destruction. Despite her deep-rooted distrust of artificial intelligence, Atlas finds herself entangled in a precarious alliance with Smith, an AI voice embedded in her robotic armor. The trailer hints at the complex dynamics between Atlas and Smith as they navigate a perilous journey to save humanity. Jennifer Lopez as Atlas Shepherd. (Credit: Netflix) Lopez, deeply moved by the film’s narrative, describes “Atlas” as a poignant story of…

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Overview of the Legislation The Senate’s resounding approval of the bill, with a vote of 79-18, underscores bipartisan concerns regarding TikTok’s ties to China and potential national security risks. Under the legislation, ByteDance has a tight timeline of up to one year to offload TikTok to a US-based entity. Failure to comply would result in the app’s expulsion from American app stores and web hosting platforms, effectively severing its access to millions of users. Protest at a press conference to express their opposition to a TikTok ban on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on 22 March 2023. (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)…

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New AI Features and Video Calling Integration Meta’s second-generation smart glasses, launched last year, received praise for their built-in camera, microphones, and speakers, providing users with a seamless way to access useful tools in their daily lives. Now, Meta is taking these glasses to the next level with exciting updates. Credit: Ray-Ban.Ray-BanRay-Ban The latest updates for Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses include enhanced AI capabilities and video calling integration. Users can now leverage the glasses’ camera for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger video calls, allowing them to share their point of view with others in real-time. This feature, rolling out gradually, offers…

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The Quakes: A Quick Recap The initial quake, with a magnitude of 6.1, struck at 2:26 a.m. local time, followed closely by another measuring 6.0 about 6 minutes later. The tremors originated just off the eastern shore, approximately 17 miles south of Hualien City, at depths of around 6.7 miles. Despite the intensity of these quakes, authorities have stated that they do not pose a tsunami threat to Hawaii, the U.S. West Coast, or any U.S. territories.  Areas with a shake intensity of 4 or greater, which U.S.G.S. defines as “light,” though the earthquake may be felt outside the areas…

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Microsoft’s VASA-1: Redefining Realism in AI Animation On Tuesday, Microsoft Research Asia unveiled VASA-1, a cutting-edge AI model that can produce lifelike animated videos of individuals conversing or singing in real-time. Unlike previous methods, VASA-1 does not simulate voices but synchronizes animated visuals with existing audio inputs, achieving unprecedented realism, expressiveness, and efficiency. “It paves the way for real-time engagements with lifelike avatars that emulate human conversational behaviors. VASA-1: Lifelike Audio-Driven Talking Faces Generated in Real Time.” Jiaolong Yang, Principal Researcher in the Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA). https://youtu.be/TLOSMR1nJmg?si=PsfpzszmT9s-R45b Trained on the VoxCeleb2 dataset, which comprises over a million utterances from…

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Wolverine’s Resurgence Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine makes a triumphant return, donning his iconic yellow suit for the first time in live-action. The trailer opens with Deadpool seeking Wolverine’s help at a bar, leading to a confrontation between the two characters against the backdrop of the 20th Century Fox logo ruins. This marks a significant moment for fans as they witness Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine once again, setting the stage for an electrifying reunion. Credit: Marvel. MCU Connections and Teasers “Deadpool & Wolverine” marks Deadpool’s debut in the MCU following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The trailer teases connections to the…

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Deadpool & Wolverine Teaser Revealed In a captivating teaser shared by Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool’s voice beckons Wolverine, portrayed by Hugh Jackman, to join him on a thrilling journey. The teaser sets the stage for a dynamic partnership between the two characters, hinting at the excitement awaiting audiences. Reynolds’ strategic teaser drop builds anticipation for the imminent release of the full trailer, scheduled for Monday, April 22. https://twitter.com/VancityReynolds/status/1782121079731016040 Director’s Insight: Not Deadpool 3 !? Director Shawn Levy sheds light on the distinctive nature of “Deadpool & Wolverine,” emphasizing that it’s not merely another installment of the Deadpool series but a unique…

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Uncensored Worldwide Release In a bold move that underscores its commitment to artistic integrity, Shift Up has announced that Stellar Blade will be released without any censorship across the globe. This decision, conveyed through the game’s official Twitter account, comes as a reassurance to players who have often witnessed regional variations in content. The game’s uncensored version will be available in Japan as well, a market where explicit content frequently faces scrutiny. https://twitter.com/StellarBlade/status/1781976139688534449 Ahead of its April 26 release date exclusively for the PlayStation 5, Stellar Blade has already garnered significant attention within the gaming community. The recent demo release…

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A Homecoming to Remember Amidst cheers and applause, Kevin Bacon graced the grounds of Payson High School, reminiscing about the bygone days when he filmed “Footloose” on these very premises. Addressing the student body, Bacon expressed his disbelief at the passage of 40 years and the changes that time had wrought, both in the school and in himself. His return was not just a journey back in time but a testament to the enduring impact of the beloved film. https://twitter.com/Lotlotej/status/1781724732796387827 The fervent desire of Payson High students to bring Bacon back to their school was palpable throughout his visit. Months…

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When to Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower The annual Lyrid meteor shower is poised to peak late Sunday, April 21, into early Monday, April 22, offering a window of opportunity for enthusiasts to witness this cosmic phenomenon. The best viewing times are during the pre-dawn hours when the radiant point, near the bright star Vega in the Lyra constellation, is at its highest in the sky. https://twitter.com/WDBJ7Weather/status/1781121081568280965 What to Expect from the Lyrid Meteor Shower Originating from the debris of comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), the Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteors, capable of producing spectacular fireballs. Typically,…

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