Captain Marvel first reactions are in and its pure 90s fun for

first_img #CaptainMarvel has a great ‘90s sci-fi vibe w/ a tone unlike any other Marvel movie, really. It’s retro & trippy, mysterious & dorky. It’s funny in surprising places & badass in all the right places. It remains entertaining because it’s always changing. It’s got the right stuff pic.twitter.com/o7AvqYY63x— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel is a blast! Has some cool surprises that I definitely didn’t see coming, and the mystery/origin it weaves is engaging and fun. Brie Larson is awesome, and makes a fantastic first step into the MCU #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/oqrRtgDQrp— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 20, 2019 Share your voice #CaptainMarvel⁠ ⁠ is very fun. And I am thrilled to announce Brie Larson wears my EXACT SAME NINE INCH NAILS tee for more than half the film. Seriously. I’ve never seen anyone else with this shirt.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019 Tags The future of the MCU gets even brighter adding #CaptainMarvel to the mix. Really fell for @brielarson’s sass, strength & energy in the role. Same with @LashanaLynch too! Ben Mendelsohn is A+ casting as Talos. And yes, Goose is a scene stealer. 2nd viewing can’t come soon enough.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) February 20, 2019 Lots of fun Easter eggs in #CaptainMarvel that link it to the history and other films in the MCU. Watch closely.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel is everything that I hoped it would be. It feels completely unlike any other Marvel film. A unique and fresh take on an origin story that feels new. Brie Larson is fantastic as Carol Danvers. This is one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time. #CaptainMarvel pic.twitter.com/0ou7HU93MY— Scott Menzel (@TheOtherScottM) February 20, 2019 More on Captain Marvel 77 Photos First published Feb. 19, 9:39 p.m. PT. Update, Feb. 20 at 10:10 a.m. PT: Adds more reactions.  There were also a few unexpected standouts, beyond the usual action and explosions we’ve come to expect from Marvel.  Fans of #CaptainMarvel comics are going to love the movie. Plain and simple.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel: Release, plot, rumors and more Who is Captain Marvel? Your explainer on Brie Larson’s new MCU hero Captain Marvel Super Bowl trailer shows the boys how it’s donecenter_img Comments #CaptainMarvel opens with a very touching Stan Lee tribute that Marvel fans will love. pic.twitter.com/yXDScRwiwW— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) February 20, 2019 Really loved #CaptainMarvel. It’s a little wobbly at times but only because it’s so ambitious. It’s beautifully constructed, hilarious and offers tons of surprises. @brielarson obviously rules but Ben Mendelsohn is the surprise MVP. pic.twitter.com/yQLQGl2Yt0— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) February 20, 2019 And the best part for loyal fans of the MCU? Captain Marvel opens with a tribute to the late, great Stan Lee.  4 Beyond the awesome turn by Brie Larson as the lead character, fans were loving the ’90s vibe of the film, something Captain Marvel leaned into with its early marketing.  #CaptainMarvel is (takes deep 90s breath) TOTALLY AWESOME. Never related to a Marvel character quite like Carol. She’s the stubborn witty 90s kid I like to think I am. pic.twitter.com/H6Q9s90KHA— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) February 20, 2019 Captain Marvel is bringing it.  Marvel Studios It feels like we’ve been waiting an age for Captain Marvel to hit our screens. The newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has promised a lot — a butt-kicking Brie Larson as airforce pilot Carol Danvers (also known as Captain Marvel), Samuel L. Jackson as a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury and a weird alien race known as the Skrulls. But after all that patient waiting (remember, this is Marvel we’re talking about), Captain Marvel has finally landed. Marvel held screenings for a select group of reviewers on Tuesday night and they were ready to share their thoughts as soon as the social media embargo lifted. The film won’t hit theatres until March 8 in the US and UK and March 7 in Australia. You can read up on everything you need to know about the film here in the mean time) But based on the early response, the verdict is in: Captain Marvel has well and truly earned her place in the MCU. “Captain Marvel is everything that I hoped it would be,” one viewer tweeted. “It feels completely unlike any other Marvel film.”    2019 movies to geek out over #CaptainMarvel is pure joy. I cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero.— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) February 20, 2019 TV and Movies Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

YouTube comments hidden by default in companys new test

first_imgWill YouTube say no comments? Sergei Konkov/Getty Images YouTube’s comments section can be a mix between no man’s land in a war zone and the Wild West. Translation: The place can be dangerous. So instead of making you read what the New Statesman called “the worst of the internet,” YouTube is working on a new feature that would hide comments by default.YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but it confirmed the test in a statement to TechCrunch on Friday. “This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube, and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments,” the Google-owned site told the publication. XDA developers had spotted the test in India on Wednesday. You have to scroll past engagement buttons and recommended videos to find the comments section on Android and iOS now, but the new test reportedly hides the comments section entirely. Comments would instead be accessible by clicking a new icon, beneath the video and to the right of the thumbs-down icon. Comments could also be found by scrolling past the recommended videos, like before, but you’d have to tap to see them. It remains to be seen whether a user’s engagement with a video would drop if comments were hidden.  Comment YouTube banning supremacist and hoax videos, Amazon unveils… CNET Apps Today Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:12 1 Mobile Software Mobile Apps YouTubelast_img read more

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster mimics a boxer but is actually electric

first_img 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise BMW Motorrad BMW 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian BMW’s riderless, self-driving motorcycle goes for a spin… Motorcycles Electric Cars Concept Cars 1:30 Comment More From Roadshow Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV 27 Photos Enlarge ImageI don’t think I’m cool enough to even look at this bike. BMW Motorrad Electric motorcycles aren’t new, but they’ve been gaining some serious steam as companies like Harley-Davidson finally pick up the pace and accept 21st-century technologies into their products. BMW Motorrad’s motorcycles have a very important history with a specific combustion engine, but because the future doesn’t wait for anyone, BMW gave its bread-and-butter setup a heapin’ helpin’ of electrification.BMW Motorrad, the automaker’s motorcycle division, unveiled the Vision DC Roadster concept on Tuesday. The manufacturer did away with the Beemer’s staple flat-two “boxer” gas engine and replaced it with — I’ll pause so you can grab your pearls for later clutching — an electric motor and battery. Yet the company didn’t want to eliminate that link to the past in its entirety. Given the small nature of the electric motor, and the relatively not-small nature of the batteries required for decent range, BMW Motorrad shuffled things up a bit. The battery is now where the boxer engine used to be, and the OEM did the best it could to arrange things so that they still bore a passing resemblance to an internal combustion engine. The cooling elements are exposed and placed in the air stream to keep temperatures manageable, and when the bike starts up, the cooling elements move outward. Instead of using a chain to drive the rear wheel, it uses a universal shaft.BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster ConceptEnlarge ImageNo fuel tank? No problem. BMW Motorrad Since there’s no gas engine, that means there’s no need for a gas tank, which means there’s more space to get expressive with the design. The whole thing looks like something out of a dystopian anime, sharp and aggressive with a healthy dose of cool. The bike’s electric drive is surrounded by a milled aluminum frame and some minimalist fairings. Further adding to the sci-fi theme is a set of fluorescent elements on the sides of the tires that can create designs while the bike is in motion.Heck, even the rider’s gear is plucked from some 23rd-century megalopolis. In addition to looking more like street wear than traditional armor, the suit has built-in magnets, to which a rucksack can be attached. Whenever the rider needs something from the bag, just pull and detach the magnets. Just don’t stand too close to any old-school CRT televisions.The BMW Motorrad Vision DC gives us a pretty interesting look at the future of BMW’s motorcycle division. With an emphasis on applying new technologies without losing sight of the design that made the old one so cool to start, this new concept looks right at home alongside BMW’s other new concept, the Vision M Next. BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster is an all-electric thrill ride BMWlast_img read more

Bajaj Finserv rises 8 on report of stake buyout in insurance ventures

first_imgBajaj Finserv was asked by the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday to clarify on a news report that the company is planning to buy out the 26 percent stake held by its German partner in its two insurance ventures. The stock spurted more than 8 percent on the BSE during the day and was trading at Rs. 2,212,  a gain of 6.58 percent at around 11.20 a.m.”The Exchange has sought clarification from Bajaj Finserv Ltd with reference to the news appeared in newspaper Mint ‘Bajaj Finserv is likely to buy out Allianz’s stakes in Bajaj Allianz Life’. The reply is awaited,” the exchange said.Financial services company Bajaj Finserv holds 74 percent in the two insurance companies namely Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance company Ltd and Bajaj General Insurance Company Ltd.The cost of acquisition is expected to be about Rs. 10,000 crore, the Mint reported, citing three sources who are aware of the development.”Bajaj is willing to buy Allianz’s 26% stake each in the two firms. As per the fair-valuation method, Bajaj will have to invest around Rs.10,000 crore to buy Allianz’s stakes in the two insurance companies,” the daily quoted one of the sources as saying.A senior Bajaj Finserve confirmed that the company has initiated talks with Allianz.”The discussions between Bajaj and Allianz are on. No final decision has been taken yet on whether Bajaj will buy Allianz’s stake or a third party will come and acquire Allianz’s holding in the two insurance JVs,” Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director at Bajaj Finserv, told the Mint.The Narendra Modi government raised the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector from 26 percent to 49 percent in March this year. Since then, foreign partners of many joint venture companies have been increasing their stakes in the companies formed with equity participation by Indian companies.There are 24 life insurance and 28 general insurance companies in India.The biggest player in the life insurance is state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India with an almost 70 percent share.last_img read more

Field study shows group decision making not always the best

first_img Explore further More information: Ant colonies outperform individuals when a sensory discrimination task is difficult but not when it is easy, PNAS, Published online before print July 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304917110 Abstract”Collective intelligence” and “wisdom of crowds” refer to situations in which groups achieve more accurate perception and better decisions than solitary agents. Whether groups outperform individuals should depend on the kind of task and its difficulty, but the nature of this relationship remains unknown. Here we show that colonies of Temnothorax ants outperform individuals for a difficult perception task but that individuals do better than groups when the task is easy. Subjects were required to choose the better of two nest sites as the quality difference was varied. For small differences, colonies were more likely than isolated ants to choose the better site, but this relationship was reversed for large differences. We explain these results using a mathematical model, which shows that positive feedback between group members effectively integrates information and sharpens the discrimination of fine differences. When the task is easier the same positive feedback can lock the colony into a suboptimal choice. These results suggest the conditions under which crowds do or do not become wise. Citation: Field study shows group decision making not always the best (2013, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-field-group-decision.html Proportion of simulated individuals and colonies (population 100) selecting the better of two nests. Colonies perform better when the quality difference between the nests is small, but individuals choose more accurately when the difference is greater. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304917110 Ants share decision-making, lessen vulnerability to ‘information overload’ Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from Arizona State University and Uppsala University in Sweden has found that collective decision making by ants doesn’t always result in selecting the best option for adopting a new nest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes experiments they conducted with ants and artificially lit nests to determine how the ants chose the best option. © 2013 Phys.org Temnothorax rugatulus, a type of ant that lives in Arizona, builds its nest in the ground—it has to pick a spot first however, and they way an ant colony does so was the focus of this new effort. The team wanted to know if collective decision making was always superior to that of individual ants.To find out, the researchers set up an environment where a colony of ants found itself in need of a new nest. Each test run involved a colony that had to choose between a control nest and one that varied in quality. Quality was based on how much light could enter the nest from holes that led to the surface. The more light, the lower the quality—ants like it dark and fewer holes mean less heat loss.The team noted that when one of the nests was obviously far superior to the other, both the colony as a whole, and individual ants more often chose the better option. What was surprising, however, was that individuals had a slightly better hit rate then the colony as a whole.When a colony “decides” it needs a new nest, scout ants are sent out to find a new site. When one of the scout ants finds one it likes, it releases a chemical that attracts another of the colony members. If that member also likes the site it too will release a chemical attracting another ant and so on. The site that gets the most “votes” is the one eventually chosen by the colony. But, when a single ant is forced (by the researchers) to make a decision about which site to pick, it has to look at all the options and make a decision on its own—that takes more time than the multiple ant approach because in that scenario, individual ants only ever review one site—its more efficient. It’s also more likely to lead to errors of course and that’s why the colony as a whole tended to choose the wrong best site more often than the single ants—when the choice was obvious—who could make the decision without having to waste time thinking it over. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more