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Popular news this week
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- About the role: After laying off nearly 50% of the company, Twitter is asking laid-off workers to return.
- Elon Musk has discussed ideas like putting Twitter entirely behind a paywall, or letting everyone use the site for a limited time each month, after which a subscription will be required.
- Earlier this week, we reported that Twitter will soon have two checkmarks. Hours after the rollout, Elon Musk canceled the new feature, but some accounts still display the check mark regardless.
- Wow: Some Twitter users say their ban on Musk’s account was lifted without their consent.
- The end of remote work, subscriptions, and more: Read Musk’s first email to all Twitter employees.
- Meta confirms layoffs of 11,000 workers, equivalent to 13% of its workforce.
- HBO canceled Westworld after four seasons, citing desire for viewing and high production costs.
- November 6 was Stranger Things Day and Netflix announced the official title for Season 5, Episode 1: crawl raises speculation.
- We’ve got the best new TV shows to air this week, including British drama Mammals from Amazon Prime.
- And if you’re considering an Apple TV Plus subscription, we’ve picked 23 Apple TV Plus shows you should watch first.
- We also have the best new streaming movies, like the sci-fi horror Slash/Back and the Netflix original Falling for Christmas.
- Speaking of movies, if you are looking for free titles to watch, check out our roundup of the best websites to watch free movies online legally.
- John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming soon, and the trailer sees Keanu Reeves fight Donnie Yen.
- Disney Plus has announced a price hike, and an ad-supported plan is coming next month.
- And 40 percent of Disney Plus subscribers in the US chose the package with ESPN Plus and Hulu.
- Whoop! Google has started rolling out refunds for Stadia, although there are no refunds for Stadia Pro subscription fees or the Google Power Support Claw.
- Microsoft admits that the war between Xbox and PlayStation is over.
- Meanwhile, the European Union is opening an “in-depth” investigation into the acquisition of Microsoft Activision Blizzard.
- Xbox Series X could get new graphics modes that could save you money: lower in-game frame rates and resolutions to save your energy bill.
- God of War Ragnarok launched Wednesday, and my boxHe got 23 tips before playing. Plus, here’s how the game has made accessibility an essential part of its design.
- The live action movie and animated series from Gears of War are on Netflix.
- Speaking of, Netflix confirms that Stranger Things VR is coming in late 2023, where you can play as the fourth season villain, Vecna.
- It is claimed that Diablo 4 will launch in April 2023, with pre-orders opening next month.
- Sounds like science fiction: Oculus creator makes a virtual reality headset that intentionally kills people.
- Rogue Legacy 2, Venba, and More: Here’s everything you missed on Nintendo’s latest Indie World Showcase.
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We’re all used to the accessibility features on our smartphones and PCs, like the Android Accessibility Suite – and there are plenty of accessibility apps for Android too. But a train station in Japan implemented one of the most enjoyable accessibility features ever.
- Ueno Station in Tokyo, like most stations in the city, can be a crowded and chaotic place.
- Navigating through the station can be daunting, especially for people of different abilities such as members of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
- A team of experienced AI developers at Fujitsu Corporation have come up with a fun visual way to help hearing-impaired and deaf people navigate the station and feel safe: Ekimatopeia.
- The word comes from the Japanese word for station, “Eki,” and syllables from the English word, “onomatopeia,” which means “a word that mimics, resembles, or suggests the sound it describes.”
What is Ekimatopeia?
This video – in Japanese with English subtitles – explains exactly how Ekimatopeia works.
- A large screen is displayed on the boarding platform, and manga-style onomatopoeic sounds are displayed.
- These sounds are actually what the AI picks up through the microphone and is translated in real time.
- Different fonts are used to express specific feelings.
- For example, ambient sounds such as a train approaching the platform slowing to a stop, a train passing through the station, an alarm sound or a horn are visually represented by the words on the screen.
- When a train approaches the platform, a “gachan-gachan-gachan” rattling sound will be displayed, along with visuals symbolizing the train.
- The idea for the project came from students at a school for the deaf who talked about their difficulties getting to school by train, with some commenting that it might be scary, because they didn’t always notice the approaching train.
- Ekimatopeia helps people feel these sounds, with different lines and colors making the chaos of the station a visual experience for deaf and hard of hearing travelers.
- November 15-17: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Top
- November 18: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC
- November 22: Evil West is released on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC
- November 25-28: Black Friday Sales (And Internet Monday)
- November 28 – December 2: Amazon reinventing
- December 2nd: Callisto Protocol launches on PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PC (not in Japan)
- January 5-8, 2023: CES 2023 (Las Vegas)
Tech Tweet of the Week
Putting a “No” in November by declining every meeting invitation
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