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The NCAA needs to help college esports grow

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As esports at all levels continues to earn mainstream credibility, one segment is poised for explosive growth – collegiate esports. How colleges and universities will manage esports is an important question. Esports has the potential to be a significant revenue generator at the collegiate level, it on par with money-making college sports like football and basketball. The current path of collegiate esports, however, puts it in the Wild West — no regulation, rules, or plan. So how does collegiate esports take the next important step in its growth? The answer involves replicating the current systems governing traditional college sports. This would include the NCAA stepping in to provide oversight and guidance while dis... Read More
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The emerging legal battle over video game streaming rights

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Esports advertisers, consumers, brands, investors, and athletes are congregating around streaming game content, competing for the revenue it generates. Juniper Research reports that esports and streaming video game content will generate $3.5 billion by 2021, up from $1.8 billion in 2016. Technological advances in cloud gaming, virtual reality and cross play could accelerate these revenue projections. Revenue from live or recorded streams comes from advertisements before and after videos, or video advertisement overlays. Game developers are adjusting their legal policies and adop... Read More
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NBA finals rematch: Cavs and Warriors battle for third straight year

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will face off in the NBA finals for the third straight year. CBS Sports' Bill Reiter joins CBSN to discuss what's at stake for the two teams.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "CBSN" on Facebook HE... Read More
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NBA finals rematch: Cavs and Warriors battle for third straight year

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will face off in the NBA finals for the third straight year. CBS Sports' Bill Reiter joins CBSN to discuss what's at stake for the two teams.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "CBSN" on Facebook HE... Read More
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LeBron James’ Return To Cleveland Illustrates Remarkable Economic Experiment

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Professional sports generate a tremendous amount of money, but it's tricky to know exactly what part of sports generates that money. LeBron James unintentionally ran a nearly perfect economic experiment by unexpectedly leaving Cleveland and then, three years later, returning with almost no warning. A pair of economists have now used James' prodigal son data to look at the financial impact a single superstar can have on a local economy. ... Read More
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Google A.I. Clinches Series Against Humanity’s Last, Best Hope To Win At Go

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Enlarge this image Ke Jie, the world's No. 1 Go player, stares at the board during his second match against AlphaGo in Wuzhen, China, on Thursday. The 19-year-old grandmaster dropped the ma... Read More
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MXGP3 and MotoGP 17 raise the bar on realistic racing simulations

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I got some hands-on experience with the motocross racing simulations MXGP3 and MotoGP 17 yesterday. I’m not sure what I accomplished, other than proving that I am perhaps the worst video game motorcycle rider in history. But there are plenty of fans out there who will be excited to hear what Andrea Giolito, senior product manager, had to tell me about the two games coming from developer Milestone and publisher Square Enix. The titles debut on the consoles and PC on June 20 in North America for MXGP3 and July 11 for MotoGP. The games are realistic racing simulations. MXGP3 is about dirt bike action, while MotoGP 17 is about racing on pavement. Both have licenses fro... Read More
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Zenway acquires Heroes of the Storm esports team DeadlyKittens

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With hopes of growing the esports scene in Southeast Asia, events management company Zenway Productions announced that it has acquired DeadlyKittens, a team that specializes in Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm. Last year, esports generated a revenue of $892.4 million worldwide according to market research firm SuperData, with Asia in the lead bringing in $328 million. SuperData also predicts that the industry will hit $1.23 billion by 2019, though the growth has slowed somewhat. This hasn’... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Can Transformers spark China’s AR/VR interest?

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Transform and roll out … and into your neighborhood virtual reality arcade. That’s what Transformers fan will soon be doing in China. This week, Hasbro and DMG Entertainment announced they were launching ... Read More
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Overwatch had one of the best first years ever

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One of the most important games to come out in years is celebrating its first anniversary. Overwatch came out on May 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In one year, Blizzard’s team-based shooter has attracted more than 30 million players. And it’s a paid game, not free-to-play. All of these players spent at least $40 (that’s the cost of the base version on PC, while the console version goes for $60) up front. And Overwatch keeps making money from players thanks to loot boxes, which you can earn or buy for a chance to unlock cosmetic items. Overwatch has already brought in ... Read More
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The Best Tent for Family and Car Camping

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Our pick Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Spacious, versatile, and affordable, the Copper Canyon 6 has all the features most car campers need and none of the fussy extras they don’t. When you’re going to be lugging your tent a couple hundred feet from your car at most, you don’t need an ultralight, h... Read More
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Facebook inks video deals with BuzzFeed and Vox to challenge YouTube

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(Reuters) — Facebook has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment: scripted shows with episodes lasting 20 to 30 minutes, which it will own; and shorter scripted and unscripted shows with episodes lasting about 5 to 10 minutes, which Facebook will not own, according to the sources. All of the sources asked to remain anonymous because the deals are confidential. Facebook’s move to acquire and license origin... Read More
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HIA business expo to be held in Brentwood

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The Hauppauge Industrial Association’s 29th annual Business Trade Show & Conference will be held Thursday at the Suffolk Community College Sports and Exhibition Center in Brentwood. The business expo will open at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The event features an executive breakfast at 8 a.m. with keynote speaker Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports, who will discuss his book “You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire.” An executive lunch, titled “Long Island Economic Revitalization Projects: Building the Local Economy” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will feature a discussion about developme... Read More
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CBS Sports Now: Golden State Warriors’ winning streak

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The Golden State Warriors are headed to their third straight NBA finals, and have become the first team in the league's history to go 12-0 in the playoffs. Hana Ostapchuk has more in this edition of CBS Sports Now.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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A sports-free streaming bundle may be coming this year

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Overwatch’s esports is getting a minor league

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Overwatch is going to the farm. Blizzard announced Overwatch Contenders today, a development system for its planned Overwatch League. The Overwatch League is Blizzard’s esports organization for its hit team-based shooter. It plans to have teams based in major cities around the world, with players earning a money from contracts. The competition starts on May 22. But just like in real sports, you can improve the quality of your players if you have some kind of a farm system where aspiring top-level pros can compete against each other. Overwatch Contenders is like its Triple-A league. Overwatc... Read More
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Rainbow Six Siege documentary reveals the tactical shooter’s esports scene

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You hear a lot about Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in esports, but Ubisoft has a shooter of its own that has attracted pro gamers. The French publisher today released a short documentary on a recent Rainbow Six Siege tournament, the Six Invitational, that took place in Montreal in February. You can watch it above. Siege came out in 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The series (from the Tom Clancy book series) launched in 1998, and it has become a core franchise for Ubisoft, selling over 26 million games before the release of Siege. Siege has a ways to go if it wants to reach the higher tiers of popular esports games. According to E-spor... Read More
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Ready At Dawn leader hopes multiplayer VR game Echo Arena will be an esport

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Ready At Dawn Studios broke a lot of “rules” about virtual reality with its Lone Echo game and its multiplayer companion Echo Arena. For one, it’s a high movement game, where you are constantly going from one place to another, like soccer players running up and down a field. Most VR experiences don’t do this because it can make the player sick. But the design team figured out how to get you to move without getting sick, mainly by getting you to grab things and use your own physical movements to propel yourself forward in zero gravity, said Ru Weerasuriya, president and creative director of Ready At Dawn Studio... Read More
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Lone Echo’s VR multiplayer Echo Arena is like playing Ultimate Frisbee in zero gravity

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Ready At Dawn Studios looks like it has a real winner in the virtual reality game Lone Echo and its multiplayer companion Echo Arena. It is a wonderfully creative mix of experiences in VR, reminiscent of science fiction films like Tron and Ender’s Game, real-world sports like soccer, and fantasy sports like Quidditch in the Harry Potter books. I played Echo Arena at a preview event held by developer Ready At Dawn Studios and publisher Oculus Studios, which will bring the title later this year to the Oculus Rift and Touch VR platform. It’s a 5-versus-5 VR game where players fly through zero... Read More
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The Best Midrange Mirrorless Camera

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This Micro Four Thirds camera can’t equal the best cameras with physically larger APS-C sensors when it comes to critical image quality, but it comes reasonably close if you’re shooting in good light. And no APS-C rival comes in a camera/lens package as compact as the E-M10 II. The camera’s retro-style controls, paired with a touchscreen and an exhaustive set of customization options, make the E-M10 II one of the better handling cameras in its class. Our pick Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm EZ Lens The Olympus E-M... Read More
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Study shows live mobile sports apps are lagging behind real-time sports TV broadcasts

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Wowza Media Systems said in a report today that live mobile sports apps are lagging when it comes to presenting simultaneous broadcasts for real-time sports apps to viewers. And Wowza has ranked just how fast some of those apps are. As in so many other markets like games, video livestreams are transforming the way people watch sports, Wowza said. With the massive audiences attracted by events such as the Super Bowl, World Cup and Olympics, livestreaming sports apps tend to have higher latency, or delays, than user-generated content or gaming apps. The delay on mobile devices... Read More
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NJ Assembly Votes To Tax Fantasy Sports Providers

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Published on May 22, 2017The New Jersey Assembly is voting on legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports providers. CBS2 reports. Category News & Politics License ... Read More
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An exercise scientist reveals the best time to do a cardio workout

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Shawn Arent, the director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at Rutgers University and an American College of Sports Medicine Fellow, talks about whether you should do cardio before or after lifting and how it affects your workout. Following is a transcript of the video.Cardio before or after weights, which one's better?Well ideally you would actually separate the two if you were gonna do both in the same day. So for example, we know that there's some research that suggests that doing cardio in the morning and then your resistance training in the afternoon may produce the best results.Now, if you do have to do them in the same session, which one's better? The best bet would b... Read More
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Feeling Sidelined By Mainstream Social Media, Far-Right Users Jump To Gab

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Enlarge this image The Gab.ai home page cites the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Gab.ai/Screenshot by NPR... Read More
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Cavaliers and Warriors both remain updefeated

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors remain undefeated in the NBA playoffs. CBS Sports' Bill Reiter joined CBSN's Jeff Glorr to talk about the latest sports headlines.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "CBSN" on Facebook HERE: ... Read More
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The Mets help LI nonprofit raise $1.9 million

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Several New York Mets players, along with football legend Joe Namath and other celebrities from the sports world, were on Long Island last night, meeting and greeting fans at The Viscardi Center in Albertson to help raise $1.9 million for the nonprofit. The 51st annual Celebrity Sports Night, which was attended by more than 700 people, featured Mets players Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera and Zack Wheeler, along with their skipper, Terry Collins, and several coaches. During the event’s cocktail hour, fans queued up for photos and autographs with stars from multiple sports. The longest line was for Joe Namath, the former New York Jets quarterback who is a perennial participant in the event. The athletes later appeared... Read More
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EA is getting spectators to watch Madden NFL and FIFA esports matches

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This weekend, a lot of gamers are going to sit around and watch cyberathletes play video games in the FIFA 17 world championships, just a week after the Madden NFL 17 finals. In the physical world, pro football and soccer events are among the biggest spectator sports in the world. But Electronic Arts is making progress in getting fans to watch digital versions of those sports in the form of video game esports tournaments. It may sound like the strangest thing in the world that fans would spectate gamers playing a multiplayer match of a Madden NFL Football video game or FIFA 17. But EA is drawing bigger and bigger crowds as it levels up “competitive gaming,” as it prefers to call the esports phenomenon. Todd Sitri... Read More
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Long Island Concerts & Events May 19-21

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Broadcast BluesLast month, after a 10-year battle, Sue Wilson won her lawsuit demanding public accountability from news media. She succeeded in removing the FCC license from her local radio station—as well as the media conglomerate that owns it. She will appear as a special guest of the Long Island Media Task Force for a Q&A session following the presentation of her award-winning documentary, Broadcast Blues. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Ave., Garden City. limediataskforce.org Free. 6:45 p.m. May 19. The Godfather in ConcertThe Godfather LIVE brings Francis Ford Cop... Read More
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April 2017 NPD: Nintendo and Persona dominate gaming with big sales

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Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart powered the gaming industry in the United States to another upswing in spending last month. U.S. consumers spent $636 million on video games and related hardware and products in April, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That’s up 10 percent year-over-year from $577 million. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild both powered Nintendo to huge sales, but Persona 5 also contributed heavily to April’s positive results. April results Total: $636 million (up 10 percent from $577 million in April 2016) Hardware: $195 million (up 37 percent from $142 million) Console software: ... Read More
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Facebook will live stream ESL video game tournaments

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Facebook wants its millions of users to watch the high-stakes world of competitive video gaming. The social networking giant said Thursday that it has partnered with ESL, formerly known as the Electronic Sports League, to live stream video game tournaments, also known as eSports. As part of the deal, Facebook will live stream upcoming ESL contests in which players battle each other in the firs... Read More
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Change in France raises mixed martial arts’ hopes

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Mixed martial arts, or MMA, is one of the fastest growing global sports. Fighters in France are struggling to create a future after MMA was banned in the country.Now the change of government could give them cause for hope.Paul Rhys reports for Al Jazeera from Paris. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish- Find us on Facebook: ... Read More
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Nvidia’s $70 GT 1030 is a budget graphics card for e-sport gamers

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Aerial: Massive flooding hits Russian airfield

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A drone captured the damage wrought by floods at an aviation sports club airfield, near the Russian city of Ishim. Thawing caused the Ishim River to flood, leading to millions of roubles’ worth of damage.COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tvSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...Like us on Facebook ... Read More
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Two unannounced, high-end Nokia phones make brief video debut

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Thanks to a video uploaded to Vimeo that seems to have included more hardware than it should have, we may have gotten our first look at not one, but two unannounced, Nokia-branded smartphones from licensee HMD Global Oy. The video was posted by a longtime Nokia brand photographer who now works with HMD, serving as a very tangible bridge between the storied brand’s past and its present/future. This will surely get pulled at some point, so I'll mirror it here [source: https://t.co/37yp63CAeC] pic.twitter.com/GktpXnt4pS — Evan Blass (@evleaks) ... Read More
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Nokia 3310 (2017) launched in India at Rs 3310

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NEW DELHI: HMD Global has finally launched the 2017 version of the 'legendary' Nokia 3310 phone in India. The feature phone is priced at Rs 3310 (best buy price) and will be available across top mobile stores starting May 18 in Yellow, Grey, Blue and Red colour variants. HMD Global, the company licensed to manufacture Nokia branded smartphones, introduced the handset along with the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 during the MWC 2017 conference in February.The all-new Nokia 3310 runs Series ... Read More
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6 ways Google Assistant can make a busy day easier

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Google Assistant is an AI app similar to Siri and Alexa that is built into both Google’s new home assistant gadget, appropriately called Google Home, and the company’s Google Pixel phones. If you haven’t tried Assistant yet, you really are missing out. Google Assistant allows you to carry out actions, schedule meetings, and even query information just by talking to your Android device or Google Home. Google Assistant allow... Read More
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Following SNL parody, Amazon adds cloud verification of Alexa wake word

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If you watched Saturday Night Live last week, you saw a skit in which senior citizens routinely call Amazon’s intelligent assistant Alexa names like “Odessa” and “Allegra.” The Amazon Echo Silver, the show jokes, was made to deal with curmudgeons and copious levels of chit-chat. “It’s super loud and responds to any name even remotely close to Alexa so that they can find out the weather, sports, even local news and pop culture,” the video says. Well, today Amazon announced plans to do the exact opposite of what that sk... Read More
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Rob Reid and Adam Gazzaley on putting the science in sci-fi

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Two of our speakers at GamesBeat Summit 2017 really embodied the confluence of tech, science fiction, and games. Rob Reid, founder of Listen.com and author of science fiction novels such as the upcoming After On, held a fireside with Adam Gazzaley, brain researcher at UCSF and cofounder of Akili Interactive Labs. Their talk was entitled, “Putting science into science fiction. Literally – ... Read More
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Facebook to launch ParlAI, a testing ground for AI and bots

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Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) today announced plans to launch a testing environment in which AI researchers and bot makers can share and iterate upon each other’s work. While the initial focus is on open-sourcing the dialogue necessary to train machines to carry on conversations, other research on ParlAI will focus on computer vision and fields of AI beyond the natural language understanding required for this task. The combination of smarts from multiple bots and bot-to-bot communication will also be part of research carried out on ParlAI. Researchers or users of ParlAI must have Python... Read More
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Simms, Esiason team with Investors Bank

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Phil Simms, the famed former New York Giants quarterback, will be donning a green jersey as part of his newest team – but it isn’t the New York Jets. Investors Bank is launching a marketing campaign with former NFL quarterbacks and broadcasters Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms targeting businesses with $10 million or more in annual earnings. The Short Hills, N.J.-based bank with Long Island branches last week launched the campaign with prime time spots during Dancing With the Stars and The Voice. The spots will also run on local and cable news programming, radio, billboards, digital and social media and the bank will be the featured sponsor for the “Investors Bank Quote of the Day” on New York Mets broadcasts on... Read More
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Team Dignitas reveal the parallels between esports and traditional sports

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When the number of fans watching esports tournaments began to surpass the numbers viewing the NBA finals, traditional sports companies, such as the Philadelphia 76ers, were taken aback. And that is one reason that in September 2016, the NBA’s 76ers became the first major North American sports franchise to have its own esports team. It actually acquired two separate squads — Dignitas and Apex — and merged... Read More
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Will Ferrell belts love ballad to USC students in commencement address

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LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of University of Southern California students walked away from their 2017 commencement with degrees and a powerful rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from funnyman Will Ferrell.Ferrell, who is a famous alum of the school, delivered the keynote commencement address at his alma mater Friday.WATCH THE FULL SPEECH BELOW Ferrell graduated from USC with a degree in sports information, going on to star in Saturday Night Live for seven seasons. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the university just before delivering his address Friday.Ferrell kicked off the address by cracking jokes that had the crowd cackling. The actor listed... Read More
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Field Trip: Karate Master Leif Becker sets new Guinness World Record

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Eyewitness News Sports Anchor Ryan Field learned how to break a board from Karate Master Leif Becker.Becker set a new Guinness World Record for breaking more than 12,000 boards in 24 hours. Check it out in the video above. (Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)... Read More
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After 61 Years, Detroit Gets A Streetcar Once More

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Enlarge this image A streetcar rides along Woodward Avenue on Friday in Detroit — the city's first in 61 years. The QLine project was led by private businesses and philanthropic organizations in partnershi... Read More
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Ashley Graham hates the term ‘plus size’

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Ashley Graham is a model with curves _ and she hates the term "plus size." She's appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Vogue magazines. Now Graham has a new memoir out called, 'A New Model.' (May 12)Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: ... Read More
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Bing now serves up bots from Facebook Messenger, Slack, and other chat apps

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Thousands of Facebook Messenger, Slack, Skype, Kik, and Telegram bots can now be found by searching Bing.com, a source familiar with the matter has informed VentureBeat. Bots in dozens of categories, including travel, entertainment, sports, and news, can be surfaced by entering a phrase like “travel bots” or “entertainment bots” into the search box on Bing.com. When Bing surfaces bot search results, each chat app platform is displayed in a dedicated area at the top of the results. Search for bots on Bing today and you’ll find that the selection of highlighted bots may not be the very best bots available, but it’s a start and is far more extensive than anything currently offered by other chat apps. Bots c... Read More
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United Way of Long Island Luncheon Honors Supporters

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The United Way of Long Island’s Live United Celebration Luncheon at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Thursday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by David Goldberg). Hundreds of people attended the United Way of Long Island’s Live United Celebration Luncheon, where honors were bestowed upon supporters at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Thursday. Hosted by Linda Armyn, senior vice president of corporate affairs for... Read More
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Vivid Vision raises $2.2 million to build VR tools to treat ‘lazy eye’

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Startup Vivid Vision said today it has raised $2.2 million in a seed round to build VR tools that could be used to treat eye problems known as “lazy eye.” San Francisco-based Vivid Vision raised the money from SoftTech VC’s Jeff Clavier, as well as The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund), CRCM Ventures, SOS Ventures, Anorak Ventures, and Liquid 2 Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm cofounded by Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana. The company’s VR treatment for binocular vision disorders is now available at more than 90 clinics across the world. More than 10 percent of Americans suffer from one or more binocular vision disorders, such as ambl... Read More
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Paul McCartney adds second Coliseum show

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After selling out his scheduled show at Nassau Coliseum in a few minutes, Paul McCartney has added a second show at the revamped Uniondale arena. The former Beatle will now perform at the Coliseum on Sept. 26 and 27, the two shows will be McCartney’s first on Long Island in 15 years. McCartney also added additional shows at three other New York-area venues as part of his One on One tour. They include shows at the Prudential Center in Newark on Sept. 11 and 12; Madison Square Garden on Sept. 15 and 17; and the Barclays Center on Sept. 19 and 21. Tickets for the added dates go on sale to the general public on May 12 ... Read More
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Nvidia demos Project Holodeck for sharing high-resolution images in a 3D space

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Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, showed off a new technology that he called Project Holodeck, inspired by the ultra-realistic virtual environment Holodeck in Star Trek. In the demo at the GPU Technology conference in San Jose, Calif., Huang showed how a group of four people in robot suits could enter a 3D space and share a highly realistic computer model of a sports car. They went inside the car and noted the whole simulation was physically accurate. So one of the researchers grabbed the steering wheel and their her hands didn’t go through it. ... Read More
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Electronic Arts FIFA reaches 21 million players as fiscal year revenues hit record

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Electronic Arts had a banner fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31,and much of the credit goes to its blockbuster soccer franchise. FIFA 17 has reached more than 21 million players to date, with 12 million of those playing the game’s new story mode, “The Journey.” And the FIFA Ultimate Team part of the game had 13 percent more players through the end of March 31. Fans buy FIFA every year, but EA Sports tried a different tactic this year with the story, which chronicled a young up-and-coming player’s road to soccer fame. The story has character-driven cutscenes and more drama than you might see just playing the game. It looks like it was a good bet. For the quarte... Read More
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The Best Gaming Headsets

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Our pick Kingston HyperX Cloud Our top pick boasts great sound quality, comfort for long gaming sessions, a choice of earpads, and better build quality than anything else in its class. Perhaps most important, the HyperX Cloud is impressively comfortable—you can wear it for hours on end without cranial distress. That comfort, plus the headset’s great audio performance, made it a clear winner in our tests. Although you can find headsets that sound... Read More
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Billy Joel Parking Lot

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Billy Joel turns sixty-eight today. In early April, I drove to Uniondale, Long Island, to soak up the tailgate-party scene before the inaugural concert at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum.The celebrated occasion was marked by the return of Billy Joel, Long Island’s home-town hero and its resident bard.... Read More
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IBM Watson to help Pebble Beach create a virtual concierge for guests

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Watson, where did I hit my golf ball? IBM and the Pebble Beach Company have partnered to add Watson’s artificial intelligence to a virtual concierge that shows guests around the Pebble Beach golf resort. The collaboration highlights how IBM is targeting the golf business and virtual concierge experiences with its AI technology. IBM also partnered with The Masters golf tournament to use AI to spot great shots, and it used Watson at the U.S. Tennis Open. Pebble Beach is launching a new app that uses the intelligence of Watson — the su... Read More
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For med-tech innovators, everywhere is MIDI ground

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By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve been to bigger shows, but for partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the road warriors of Long Island medical-product innovation – this was as good as it gets. Forget, for a moment, whatever you know about New York-Boston enmities. The Northeast archrivals may disagree on everything from sports teams to clam chowders, but when it comes to medical innovation, they’re kindred spirits – especially with Long Island emerging as a serious biotechnology corridor. ... Read More
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Transport app Citymapper trials its own smart bus and transport service in London

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Popular city transport app Citymapper has revealed an ambitious plan to reinvent the humble bus, creating vehicles fit for the smart city era. Citymapper, if you didn’t know, is a mobile app that rose to prominence in London for its user-friendly interface that combines multiple transport options to help users find their way from A-to-B to based on their preferred criteria. For example, the app may give the quickest option using a combination of train, tram, and bus; or, if you’ve already invested in a rail card, it will give you train-only options; or it will also suggest a “rain safe” option that minimizes the amount of time walking between transport options during a ... Read More
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What Happens When You Train Like Nike’s Two-Hour Marathon Runners

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I did it. On Saturday afternoon, a few hours after Eliud Kipchoge ran a stunning, historic marathon in two hours and 25 seconds in Monza, Italy — narrowly missing his goal of breaking the two-hour marathon mark for Nike’s Breaking2 initiative, but obliterating the current world record and everybody’s idea of what is possible in the sport — I ran a half-marathon on the same course in 1:26:52. My time was more than three minutes beneath my goal of 90 minutes, and almost exactly 10 minutes quicker than my personal best for the ha... Read More
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Connecticut sporting goods store sues 'Shark Tank' company

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(AP) -- A Connecticut sporting goods distributor has filed a lawsuit against a company featured on the reality TV show "Shark Tank" and funded by investor Mark Cuban. Mark Ferrara owns Anthem Sports and says that his line of personal enclosures, meant to protect spectators at sporting events, are not infringements on the ones made by Ohio-based Under the Weather. The Day reports (http://bit.ly/2qO74Cw... Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in ... Read More
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How strong infrastructure lifts the esports industry

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The infrastructure of sports is expansive and expensive, with stadiums for individual teams, established leagues, dedicated sports radio stations, and billion-dollar TV deals. As an up-and-coming industry, esports are starting to build their own infrastructure of stadiums, leagues, and networks. Just like with the NFL or NBA, this infrastructure can be complicated and contain many layers. As we take a closer look at esports infrastructure and what pieces are required to help this growing sector mirror what we’ve seen with more traditional sports, the first question for many is how does a game actually become considered a sport? How a game, or video game, becomes a sport In order for a game to bec... Read More
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The bandwidth problem: 5 issues the VR industry must resolve

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Imagine playing a lagging Call of Duty run-through. Your stream is buffering and stopping, not to mention you’re probably losing. That’s bad — now imagine if that happened in virtual reality. It’s probably not only borderline unplayable, but it’s actually giving you motion sickness. VR has proven to be a transformational technology. It has the potential to disrupt the media, gaming, and any number of other industries. Yet, it also has the potential to be undone by inadequate supporting technology like your internet speed. VR technologies are growing at a rapid rate. Tech adviser Digi-Capital ... Read More
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PHOTOS: 143rd Kentucky Derby

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The Kentucky Derby is known as "the fastest two minutes in sports" and the 143rd edition takes place Saturday at Church Hill Downs in Louisville, Ky.This year's race features 20 horses, including one horse named "Patch" who has only one eye because of an ulcer.Click through to see all the pageantry and festive head ware at the 143rd Kentucky Derby.Memorable fashion seen on stars at the Kentucky Derby ... Read More
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Can anyone beat the Cavaliers, and what will happen to the Warriors without Coach Kerr?

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CBS Sports' Bill Reiter, host of "Reiter Than You," joins CBSN's Dana Jacobson to discuss basketball's latest: the Cavaliers' winning streak in the East and the future of the Warriors without coach Steven Kerr.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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Mangano: 2017 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Begins Today

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Security Protocols Announced for Athletes & Spectators Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and RXR CEO Scott Rechler announce that the 2017 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend begins today. The weekend includes the traditional 26-mile race, a half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1-mile run, Kids Micro Marathon and other festivities. Events take place today, Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May, 7th. Last year’s race was a great success with roughly 8,000 registrants. “The Long Island Marathon is one of the region’s most exciting athletic events, and I am pleased to once again team up with the community of runners and RXR for the 2017 Long Island Marathon,” said County Executive Man... Read More
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Stop, help, and other four-letter words people love sending to chatbots

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Having processed nearly three billion messages at Dashbot, we’ve taken an updated look at the most popular, and sometimes not so popular, messages users send to Facebook bots. Hello, again… Hi and Hello are still the most popular messages. Each month, more than 60 percent of bots receive the message “hi” — in April it was 60.2 percent, March 61.5 percent, February 67.4 percent, and January 65.3 percent. Despite “hi” being a common message, not all bots sup... Read More