Tag: Starts

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

The Digital Divide Starts With a Laptop Shortage

Chromebooks, web-based devices that run on software from Google and are made by an array of companies, are in particular demand because they cost less than regular laptops. That has put huge pressure on a supply chain that cobbles laptop parts from all over the world, usually assembling them in Asian factories, Mr. Boreham said.

While that supply chain has slowly geared up, the spike in demand is “so far over and above what has historically been the case,” said Stephen Baker, a consumer electronics analyst at the NPD Group. “The fact that we’ve been able to do that and there’s still more demand out there, it’s something you can’t plan for.”

Adding to the problem, many manufacturers are putting a priority on producing expensive electronics that net greater profits, like gaming hardware and higher-end computers for at-home employees, said Erez Pikar, the chief executive of Trox, a company that sells devices to school districts.

Before the year began, Trox predicted it would deliver 500,000 devices to school districts in the United States and Canada in 2020, Mr. Pikar said. Now, the total will be two million. But North American schools are still likely to end the year with a shortage of more than five million devices, he said. He added that he was not aware of any large-scale efforts to get refurbished or donated laptops to school districts.

Districts that placed orders early in the pandemic have come out ahead, industry analysts said, while schools that waited until summer — often because they were struggling to make ends meet — are at a disadvantage.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, for example, spent $100 million on computers in March and said in September that it was unaffected by shortages. But Paterson Public Schools in New Jersey had to wait

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts

“Instagram defines ‘state-controlled media’ as media outlets that Instagram believes may be partially or wholly under the editorial control of their government, based on our own research and assessment against a set of criteria developed for this purpose,” the company says on the page. “We hold these accounts to a higher standard of transparency because we believe they combine the influence of a media organization with the backing of a state.”

Facebook says it plans to add the labels to Instagram ads “in the months to come.” When the company detailed the policy in June, it said it had consulted with 65 experts to create an internal criteria for deciding when the “state-controlled” label is appropriate. As you can see from the screenshots, some of those publications have updated their profiles to dispute the labels. They have the option to appeal them in an official capacity.  

Instagram is rolling the labels out mere weeks before the 2020 presidential election on November 3rd. In the lead up to the election, Facebook has consistently faced criticism for its mostly hands-off approach to misinformation on its platforms. At the end of September, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Joe Biden’s campaign manager, called the company “the nation’s foremost propagator of disinformation.”

Source Article

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Preloading Starts Tuesday

With Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s open beta starting on October 8 for those who preordered on PlayStation 4, the official Call of Duty Twitter account has confirmed that beta preloading starts Tuesday, October 6.

An official time for when preloading will be available was not disclosed. It’s also unclear if preloading the beta is an option for everyone or only those who preordered on PlayStation 4. In either case, the first beta period runs from October 8-9 for PlayStation 4 preorders. Then, from October 10-12, Black Ops Cold War’s beta opens for all PlayStation 4 users. From October 15-16, PC and Xbox One users who preordered Black Ops Cold War and all PS4 players will gain access to the beta. Meanwhile, the beta will open to everyone on all platforms starting on October 17. October 19 concludes the game’s beta.

Publisher Activision has also shared a trailer for the beta, detailing what will be available when it goes live on October 8. This includes traditional game modes like Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed, as well as the new 6v6 objective game type VIP Escort. Check out the trailer below.

One of the perks for preordering Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 4 is two days of early access to the game’s open beta. In addition to early beta access, players also receive Operator Frank Woods, an assault rifle weapon blueprint, and the Confrontation Weapons Pack. Check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War preorder guide to learn more about what comes with the various available editions.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/Series X. The game will support cross-progression and cross-play between all platforms. It will also feature shared

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Microsoft starts taking ‘Flight Simulator’ VR beta sign-ups

You’re now one step closer to playing the new Microsoft Flight Simulator in its most immersive format possible. Asobo Studio has opened sign-ups for a closed beta test (via Eurogamer) that will let you play Flight Simulator in VR. You’ll initially need a Windows Mixed Reality headset like HP’s Reverb G2, a system that meets the minimum specs (most notably the equivalent to a GeForce GTX 1080) and a Flight Simulator Insider membership.

A second phase will include “additional devices,” although Asobo didn’t say what those headsets might be. The beta is expected to start in late October or early November.

The addition of VR could be one of the biggest upgrades to the game. While aircraft cockpits are frequently very realistic in Flight Simulator, staring at a monitor doesn’t match the situational awareness you’d have as a real pilot. Even as limited as VR will be (you can’t grab controls like you would in real life), it should feel more natural than using a mouse and keyboard to look around.

Asobo will soon act on its promises of an ever-evolving title, too. A Sim Update 1 arriving in November will tackle community feature requests, while an update after that will improve the world itself. If you’ve spotted a technical inaccuracy or towering monolith, there’s a real chance it’ll be fixed before too long.

Source Article

02
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Chicago Philharmonic Fall Programming Starts This Sunday

The series begins on October 4th.

Chicago Philharmonic’s 31st Season: Together premieres its virtual Fall “Hear it Together” series this Sunday.

The series begins on October 4th with Scott Speck accompanied by special guest composer Augusta Read Thomas, revisiting the world premiere of Sonorous Earth, performed by Chicago Philharmonic and Third Coast Percussion. Inspired by Thomas’ 2012 Resounding Earth for percussion ensemble alone, Sonorous Earth was commissioned by the Chicago Philharmonic or percussion quartet and orchestra. The concerto features over 300 bells and gongs sourced from a range of cultures and historical periods, Sean Connors from Third Coast Percussion will talk about what it was like performing this work. Prior to the main program, NEXT! returns with Shift Youth Orchestra. Ayriole Frost, Executive Director of Shift:Englewood, will introduce their original work and performance Sick Beats.

Fall programming support for “Hear it Together” encourages loyal patrons and donors to make a suggested donation of $15.00 for each program, for full access to the three-concert series individuals are suggested to give $45.00 and $70.00 for families. In honor of supporting donations to Fall “Hear it Together” programming, donors will receive links to the program 48-hours before the event. Donations can be made by visiting http://chicagophilharmonic.org/HearItTogether.

“HEAR IT TOGETHER” – SONOROUS EARTH

Sunday, October 4 2020
4PM, Virtual Event
Digital access to recording of the live event will be available for 24-hours.

“Hear it Together” – Sonorous Earth

“OUT BACK SUMMER SESSIONS” – CHICAGO PHIL BRASS

Sunday, October 11 2020
4PM, Live Event
Seating will be pre-assigned to maximize social distancing; patrons are expected to wear a face mask.

Chicago Phil Chamber: Brass Quintet

“HEAR IT TOGETHER” – THE DREAM

Sunday, November 1 2020
4PM, Virtual Event
Digital access to recording of the live event will be available for 24-hours.

https://www.chicagophilharmonic.org/hear-it-together-the-dream/

“HEAR IT