Month: August 2017

Square Ennix and Ubisoft are Collaborating for A Final Fantasy/Assassins Creed Crossover DLC

Who would have thought that the dour, conspiracy-filled motifs of Assassins Creed would make perfect bedfellows with the colorful anime and J-pop infused worlds of Final Fantasy? But, lo and behold, it seems the developers of both games are giving us the team up of a lifetime with Final Fantasy XV: Assassin’s Festival. Set within the world of Final Fantasy XV, the game will see Noctis, the game’s protagonist, stumble into an Assassin’s themed festival. The DLC will add certain Assassin’s Creed gameplay elements, including the leap of faith and hidden assassinations. Best of all, it’s absolutely free. Check...

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New Startup To Guarantee Interviews For Tech Job Seekers

Two former Google employees are launching a startup that will use AI to radically improve the job seeking process within the tech industry. The project is called Leap.ai, and was founded by Richard Liu and Yunkai Zhou, two former Google engineers. They have created a model that takes input from data catagories like employment history, qualifications and skills and personal interests, career motivation and more, to help plot out a candidate’s career goals and possibilities. From there, the system matches job seekers with its own clientele of companies, including Dropbox and Uber. Through this system, Leap.ai claims that it...

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Legendary Director Tobe Hooper Passes Away

On Saturday night, Tobe Hooper, one of the most important figures in the history of American independent cinema, passed away. Tobe Hooper is most famous for writing and directing the iconic low-budget slasher The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Filmed in rural Texas, for a budget of $300,000, it shocked audiences with its rural (yet bloodless) brutality, and introduced the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface into the cinematic lexicon. The film shocked critics, but delighted audiences, and ultimately made back $30 million. Hooper would then remain a household name within in the realms of horror, directing Salem’s Lot, in 1979, and Poltergeist, in 1982....

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You Can Now Vote For The Birthday Message NASA Will Send To The Voyager Craft

NASA has created an open submission and voting platform that allows people to pick which message will be broadcast to the Voyager 1 spacecraft. The greeting will be broadcast on Sept. 5 and arrive on Sept. 6, the 40th anniversary of the spacecraft’s launch. #MessageToVoyager was created to allow people to submit a message, under 60 characters, in any language. Ten finalists were then selected by the NASA staff, rather than by popular vote (to ensure no repeat of last year’s Boaty McBoatface debacle). Now, anyone can vote on the official page on a range of wholesome messages, including...

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Ester Na’s Journey From Chopin to Showbiz

Ester Na is an internationally acclaimed music producer, composer, and performer from Vienna, Austria. Her musical path began early in childhood at Austria’s classical conservatories, where she honed her performance skills on the piano and cello. However, despite being steeped in Vienna’s long classical tradition, Ester couldn’t help but fall in love with the improvisational nature of American Pop and R&B. Today, she resides in Los Angeles, working in the studio with Hollywood heavyweights like Chris Brown and Jennifer Hudson. In our interview, we discussed how Ester successfully bridges the gap between such wildly different facets of the music...

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