Apple Reportedly Bidding For A New TV Drama Series

We know that Apple is getting pretty serious about TV and getting their own shows out there. In fact the company has so far launched a few of their own, such as Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke, both of which are of the reality show-type of program. However it looks like Apple is interested in getting into drama next.

In a report from the Financial Times (paywall; via 9to5Mac), it seems that Apple has their eyes set on a new TV drama series that will be starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Apparently Apple isn’t alone in trying to court this new drama as Netflix is reportedly interested in having the show on their platform as well.

Having exclusives is definitely a good way to draw users towards their services, like how Netflix has successfully done that with shows like Stranger Things, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and the various Marvel TV series that has been launched so far. Whether or not Apple will be successful remains to be seen, although we reckon Apple probably needs a hit series given that their initial launches haven’t exactly been very well-received.

There’s no telling if and when we will know for sure when the series will be launched, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Perhaps more details could be unveiled on the 12th of September which is when Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhones and possibly a new 4K Apple TV.

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Researchers Develop AI That Can Write Believable Yelp Reviews

It is often said that word of mouth marketing is the best form of marketing, which means that we tend to believe that a product or service is worth checking out if it is usually recommended by someone else, like from a friend, colleague, family member, online reviews, and so on. However it seems that maybe online reviews might not be so trustworthy in the future.

This is thanks to work being done by researchers at the University of Chicago who have managed to develop AI that can actually write believable Yelp reviews. One of the example reviews written by the AI reads, “I love this place. I went with my brother and we had the vegetarian pasta and it was delicious. The beer was good and the service was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a great place to go for a great breakfast and a small spot with a great deal.”

Does that not sound somewhat believable to you? The researchers then presented this AI-written reviews to humans who for the most part weren’t able to tell that they were fake, but they also seem to have perceived these reviews as “useful” in the same way had they been written by actual humans.

Of course this development isn’t so much about writing fake reviews, but rather the researchers want to bring to attention the type of “attacks” that we might be able to expect in the future, where business owners could use AI to generate hundreds, if not thousands of fake reviews to attack the competition.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Could Be The Next Joker

As you might have heard, Warner Bros. is apparently planning to create a standalone Joker movie. This is rather exciting since for the most part, the Joker has typically appeared in Batman movies where he is portrayed as the villain, but this particular movie is said to explore the origins of the character, although whether or not it will be cannon remains to be seen.

Now according to new reports, it seems that Warner Bros. is said to be interested in bringing Leonardo DiCaprio on board where he will play the lead role. In the past the actor has typically stayed away from franchises, instead opting to do one-off movies, so it will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. will be able to convince him to come on board.

However with the reports saying that legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be the one to produce the movie, and with DiCaprio’s working relationship with Scorsese, it is possible that the actor could break precedent for this, or at least that’s what the movie studio is hoping for. We should note that right now the reports are saying that there has been no offer made to DiCaprio just yet, and that the deal with Scorsese has yet to be finalized as well, so take it with a grain of salt.

The report goes on to add that the current Joker, played by Jared Leto who is expected to star in the sequel to Suicide Squad and a spinoff movie with Harley Quinn, isn’t too happy about the idea of multiple Jokers existing at the same time.

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Twitch Will Soon Allow Streamers To Customize Their Page

For the most part Twitch streamer pages tend to look the same. What streamers can do to differentiate their pages is in the video itself, where depending on the software they use, they can add various widgets, banners, graphics, and so on, although this is limited to the video itself as the page will remain largely unchanged.

However that will be changing soon because at PAX West, Twitch has announced that soon streamers will be able to customize their page. This means that streamers will be getting access to third-party tools and extensions that they can use to interact with their followers, and developers will also be able to create their own plug-ins for their own use.

As it stands there are over twenty extensions available, and this ranges from overlays, follower leaderboards, and even customized leaderboards designed specifically for certain games, like Hearthstone, Overwatch, and more. There are even extensions that link to Amazon where streamers will be able to earn a commission through Amazon’s Associates program, which is another way for viewers to help support their favorite streamers.

No word on when all these extensions are expected to go live, but if you are a streamer then these are definitely features to look forward to.

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Facebook Using AI To Help Improve 360-Degree Photos

Not all photos are taken equally. There are some who are more skilled at composition a shot and editing it, while some don’t really care and just upload whatever they capture, blurry photo or not. However Facebook wants to change that, or at least help users improve their photos when it comes to 360-degree photo uploads.

As you might have heard, Facebook is allowing users to upload 360-degree photos onto its platform, where when paired with a VR headset will allow users to enjoy these photos in virtual reality. However like we said, not all photos are captured equally, but Facebook is now planning to use AI to help improve photos uploaded onto the social network.

Basically Facebook’s system will take a photo and outputs a pair of values for the tilt and roll correction needed in order to bring the horizon of a photo in line, where they’re ultimately trying to avoid users feeling like they are viewing an image that is crooked, which could be a problem especially when viewed in a more immersive setting like VR.

However it should be noted that right now the system isn’t in production, but Facebook is researching it and apparently it shows some promise, so that’s something that we could look forward to in the future.

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Facebook Using AI To Help Improve 360-Degree Photos

Not all photos are taken equally. There are some who are more skilled at composition a shot and editing it, while some don’t really care and just upload whatever they capture, blurry photo or not. However Facebook wants to change that, or at least help users improve their photos when it comes to 360-degree photo uploads.

As you might have heard, Facebook is allowing users to upload 360-degree photos onto its platform, where when paired with a VR headset will allow users to enjoy these photos in virtual reality. However like we said, not all photos are captured equally, but Facebook is now planning to use AI to help improve photos uploaded onto the social network.

Basically Facebook’s system will take a photo and outputs a pair of values for the tilt and roll correction needed in order to bring the horizon of a photo in line, where they’re ultimately trying to avoid users feeling like they are viewing an image that is crooked, which could be a problem especially when viewed in a more immersive setting like VR.

However it should be noted that right now the system isn’t in production, but Facebook is researching it and apparently it shows some promise, so that’s something that we could look forward to in the future.

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