4:18 E3 2018: Lengthy Death Stranding preview revealed Now playing: Watch this: 28 Photos Death Stranding features a very honest depiction of Norman Reedus. Kojima Productions If Death Stranding does its job, you might weep while playing it.Developer Hideo Kojima elaborated on his upcoming PlayStation game’s theme and its development Thursday during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, in a wide ranging conversation with starring actor Norman Reedus and game journalist Geoff Keighley.No new gameplay footage or images were provided — Kojima hinted that’s possibly coming next month — but he did tell audiences that the open world action game is designed to bring out all kinds of emotions from a player. Tags The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Sony 0 “I think people will cry, yeah,” Kojima told the crowd, noting that players will make decisions in the story that are intended to get them emotionally attached. But he also noted plans to stir emotions other than despair, alluding to for example seeking one’s own relationship when seeing a romantic couple in public.”When you actually go out with someone, sometimes you have a great time but maybe [decide] actually I want to go and stay at home,” Kojima said to his audience’s amusement.Without revealing plot elements, Kojima noted that the game depicts a very honest portrayal of Reedus in order to help bring out that emotion, updating the game to reflect the actor’s tattoos in real life.Norman Reedus and Hideo Kojima first met through Guillermo del Toro and then in-person at Comic-Con. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I really want to replicate his whole life in the game,” Kojima said, joking that if Reedus gets more tattoos that they might be included as downloadable content. The game director said that Reedus’ character of Sam is also intended to be an amalgamation of several of the actor’s famous roles, including Murphy from The Boondock Saints, Daryl from The Walking Dead and the actor himself on AMC’s Ride with Norman Reedus.”It’s not a turn left, turn right [game], it’s emotion. You get invested. I think that’s why there’s such an honest depiction of me in the game,” Reedus said.Kojima also spent a lot of time elaborating on the open world nature of the game, which sounds somewhat similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Grand Theft Auto series in terms of how a player can go anywhere, but must go to certain locations in order to progress in the story.Reedus’ character was updated when the actor got tattoos in real life. Mike Sorrentino/CNET “I want the player to play freely but at the same time there’s more dramatic storytelling … It’s really difficult but I’m trying really hard to do both,” Kojima said.The game’s fuller theme has been shrouded in secrecy, with Kojima elaborating that a feeling of connection will be a big part of the story.Enlarge ImageDeath Stranding will produce a feeling of connectedness, but Kojima did confirm fans should expect a bit of crazy. Sony “There’s so many things happening in the real world, America and Europe, everything is actually connected by internet. I’m kind of putting that metaphor in the game. So the player will have to reconnect the world in the game. You are very alone and solitude feeling as well but trying to get connected,” Kojima said.The director also noted that the game will produce some type of feeling that multiple people are playing together, but did not elaborate further as he didn’t want to become “disconnected to Sony.””In Death Stranding I do have a little secret that you get tied into and you have to make a decision,” Kojima said.Reedus also praised the performances of costars Mads Mikkelsen and Léa Seydoux, noting that the former gives an “intense” performance while the latter gives “hope” in her depiction.”In this open format you can go in any direction and do all these different things. It’s a 360 of possibility. You get emotionally involved in so many different ways,” Reedus said.And some meta-zaniness is to be expected in true Kojima-fashion as seen in the Metal Gear Solid series. Kojima teased that players can take Reedus’ Sam to a location where the player would strictly control the camera and watch as Reedus reacts, possibly giving a knowing wink back.Reedus has completed substantially more motion capture since the first 2016 trailer, including scenes where his character is hiking. Mike Sorrentino/CNET Reedus also went into the motion capture and body scanning process for the game, which has been ongoing ever since the first E3 2016 trailer revealed a nearly naked Reedus and an attached baby.”First I get there and there’s a skintight blue Lycra bodysuit. Never done that before. Put all these velcro balls on me and I’m sticky… a zillion little dots on me… and I pick up a plastic baby and I’m crying and it’s gone,” Reedus said regarding the creative process for that trailer. Just the body scanning alone took two days.Kojima said since then, many more scenes have been created, with Reedus doing motion capture for sequences that even included a simple hike.The talk also stretched into how the director and Reedus met through Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con. Originally Reedus showed up in P.T., the terrifying 2014 playable teaser for the game was intended to become the next chapter in the Silent Hill franchise, but Kojima’s sudden departure from Konami in 2015 changed that.”Unfortunately we could’t get P.T. out. I’m really sorry about that. And Norman was really concerned about that. I always thought if I go independent and make a new game I’m going to have Norman and I’m going to have every aspect of Norman in my main character,” Kojima said. Post a comment Share your voice Kojima has said since moving to development of Death Stranding with the actor, Reedus has remained a collaborative partner through the process.”When Norman gets an idea I give an idea back and it’s real fun. He does a lot of ad libs as well and I thought that was great,” Kojima said.Death Stranding does not currently have a release date, but is expected to eventually come to the PlayStation 4. Video Games
Alexa Amazon Privacy Smart Home Security 3 Now playing: Watch this: 2:27 Tags You deleted your Alexa voice recordings, but the text… Share your voice Amazon has previously highlighted other privacy features for its smart displays, including a button that cuts off both the microphone and camera, as well as a visual indicator that shows when audio or video is streaming to Amazon’s servers.The new privacy shutter may make customers more comfortable with the built-in camera, especially because the compact Echo Show 5 is also marketed as a nightstand clock replacement. In addition, Amazon includes a “drop in” feature that lets people connect automatically with Alexa-enabled smart displays if they’ve been approved by the device’s owner.”The compact form factor is perfect for a bedside table or desk,” Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in a statement about the Echo Show 5. “Plus it has a camera shutter for added peace of mind, and new Alexa privacy features for even more control.” The Echo Show 5 offers a physical shutter for the camera. Amazon Privacy has become a much bigger concern for consumers, and Amazon appears to be paying attention.It’s now easier for people to delete their Alexa voice recordings, the tech giant said Wednesday. While they previously had to use the Alexa app or log in to Amazon to review and erase these records, they can now say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” to wipe out the day’s history of audio requests. The company said it will soon give customers the ability to delete their most recent requests by saying, “Alexa, delete what I just said.”Read more: Is Sony’s robot dog Aibo a privacy nightmare?Alexa users can turn on the new deletion feature in their Alexa privacy settings online and in the Alexa app. Amazon To delete an entire Alexa history all at once, consumers will still need to log in to Amazon or the Alexa app and go to their Alexa privacy settings.Amazon also introduced on Wednesday the new Echo Show 5, its first smart display with a physical shutter for the camera. This feature brings Amazon in line with many of its competitors that already offer smart displays with a camera shutter.Amazon’s moves come amid increased consumer attention toward privacy and how much data its smart home devices are taking in.Amid this heightened concern, the e-commerce giant has faced more questions about what it does with users’ Alexa information. CNET earlier this month reported that Amazon keeps text logs of Alexa requests on its cloud servers even if the audio clips have been deleted. The company has said it erases these text transcripts from its “main system” and is working on removing them from all other parts of its servers. Still, the story prompted questions from Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who has asked the company about how it stores and manages this data.Related story: Amazon Echo Show 5 takes on Google Nest Hub with a smaller screenAlso, Bloomberg reported last month that human reviewers listen and annotate some Alexa recordings from users, which alarmed people who didn’t realize that Amazon workers could hear Alexa audio clips.This increased concern for privacy has been sparked in part by Facebook’s repeated privacy blunders in recent years. Now, the biggest companies in tech are looking to emphasize their privacy capabilities to show customers they care about the issue. Apple in particular has made privacy a major focus of its latest ad campaign. And during its I/O developers conference earlier this month, Google repeatedly emphasized the privacy and security features of its latest products and services.Regarding the camera shutter, Amazon follows the design moves of a handful of rivals. The Facebook Portal, JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display all include camera shutters. The Google Nest Hub, previously called the Google Home Hub, has no camera. Comments
Bradley Cooper (R) and his partner Russian model Irina ShaykGetty imagesBradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have been in a committed relationship from a very long time but as per a recent claim, things are not going too well between them. Fans are now speculating if Lady Gaga is reportedly the reason behind the ongoing friction between the couple or is there something else going on between Cooper and Shayk.As per a recent claim by PageSix, the 44-year-old Bradley Cooper and his longtime girlfriend Irina Shayk are reportedly doing their best to make everything work for the sake of their daughter, Lea De Seine. However, their long-time relationship is “hanging by a thread.”Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga shared the screen space in the Academy Award-nominee movie, A Star Is Born. Ever since then, fans are rooting for them to become a couple in real life as well.Things started to go south after Bradley Cooper and his A Star Is Born co-star Lady Gaga performed a highly intimate duet at the 91st Academy Awards. During the Oscars, Gaga and Cooper amazed everyone by singing “Shallow” and several reports surfaced around that time suggesting that there is something going on between these two. Lady Gaga, however, has already debunked these absurd claims and stated that they are actors and they were merely acting on the stage.That being said, another insider previously revealed to PageSix that Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are reportedly miserable together as the acclaimed actor does not drink but his long-time partner wishes to go out. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is BornLady Gaga (@ladygaga/Instagram)”They were not looking happy … They barely spoke to each other at the start of the meal,” another source revealed. “They couldn’t break up when he was doing promotion for ‘A Star Is Born,’ but who knows what will happen now?”Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk began dating in 2015. Apparently, this is not for the first time when such bogus reports have surfaced online. But the couple has remained strong than ever. Even Lady Gaga has made it clear that she is a very good friend of Bradley and nothing is going on between both of them. It should be noted that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are not dating, and he is still in a very loving relationship with Irina Shayk, despite the claims.
[Representational Image]TwitterThe Kerala Police are investigating a missing woman case after receiving a complaint about the disappearance of a German citizen from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.Lisa Weise came to Kerala three months ago in March and went missing soon after her arrival. The Thiruvananthapuram police registered a case after the complaint was forwarded to Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra by the German consulate.The complaint filed by Lisa’s family stated that she left for Kerala on March 5 and arrived on March 7. It is reported that she was travelling with a UK citizen named Muhammed Ali. Both of them were headed to the Amritapuri Ashramam in Kollam district but no one has heard from Lisa while Muhammed Ali went back on March 15.The police are collecting information from Muhammed. Her travel documents state Amritapuri as her destination, but the Ashram officials said that she did not report there. They said that the details of all the people entering the Ashram are recorded by them.While Lisa’s visa was supposed to expire on May 5, the police are yet to ascertain if she left the country from any other transit points. Her grandmother claimed that she has not heard from Lisa since her departure from Germany, reports The Hindu.The Valiyuthura police have formed a special team and are investigating over the matter. The team headed by Assistant Commissioner R Ilango is checking travel documents all around the country to get a lead on the missing woman.
00:00 /30:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Friday’s Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner is giving an update on the implementation of Proposition B today. We bring you the latest.And Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill to formally create a medical school at the University of Houston. The school’s inaugural dean, Dr. Stephen Spann, joins us to discuss the goals of the College of Medicine and its place in the region.Also this hour: We discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.And comedians Ramy Youssef and Dave Merheje talk about Ramy, their new comedy series on Hulu.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listen
Tags: Intair, TravelBrands Thursday, January 12, 2017 Share Posted by USD fares, flexible dates, multiple destinations now with Intair online Travelweek Group MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands has updated its online air booking portal to include a U.S. dollar fare search for all departure cities. The new Intair USD feature is accessible to Canadian and American agencies and allows agents to book flights in their clients’ preferred currency.“With Intair USD, border agencies and passengers with U.S. dollar credit cards will benefit from fare comparisons to find the best deal,” said Diane Lattavo, VP Intair. “Our trio of new online booking tools will streamline fare searches and provide options to help travel agents better serve their clients.”The dual-currency booking capabilities complement two other new features, which were introduced earlier this year to “overwhelmingly positive feedback”, says TravelBrands:The multi-cities search tool allows agents to book multiple flights to more than one destination with one simple searchThe +/- 3 days option searches multiple dates, conveniently highlighting the best deals so passengers with flexible schedules can take advantage of the lowest possible fareMore news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureTravelBrands says it plans to roll out additional features to its online booking platforms over the coming months. See travelbrandsagent.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>
German channel provider Your Family Entertainment has launched its kids and family entertainment channel Yourfamily in Bulgaria.The Bulgarian version of the channel can currently be accessed on the Vivacom IP video-on-demand platform, the Vodafone Live mobile platform, Telekom Austria-owned service provider Megalan’s IPTV network and the platforms of cable operators MSAT, Cores Group and TV-Net. Braykoff Media is acting as the local distributor and local studio Doli is providing content localisation services.
Ronald LauderRonald Lauder, the founder of CME has resigned from the company’s board.Lauder started CME in 1994 with the launch of TV Nova in the Czech Republic. He has been non-executive chairman of the company for the ensuing twenty years.His departure from the Time-Warner backed Central and Eastern European broadcast group was made official late last week.There have been wholesale management changes at CME in the wake of poor financial results. Current management have unveiled plans to cut 1,000 jobs at the company and offload non-core assets to move the company to steadier footing. A refinancing programme is also underway.Announcing his exit, Lauder said: “I’m honored to have played a part in the development of independent commercial television in Central and Eastern Europe. I could not have accomplished so much without the hard work and dedication of everyone at CME over the last 20 years. And most importantly, the success of our stations would not have been possible without the support of our viewers across the region.”In a joint statement Michael Del Nin and Christoph Mainusch, co-CEOs of CME added: ” We would like to acknowledge [Lauder’s] foresight and initiative in working closely with so many in a part of the world he holds so close, to make his vision a reality.”Lauder also recently cut ties with Israeli broadcaster Channel 10, handing it a final US$10 million (€7.2 million) to cover debts before pulling out.