Vimeo axes plans for its Netflix-esque subscription service

“Vimeo has confirmed that it has decided not to proceed in offering a subscription based original program service scheduled to begin in ’18,” a Vimeo spokesperson told THR. In November, the company asserted that it would spend “tens of millions” to acquire and develop original content for this subscription package.

“Vimeo has the once-in-a-generation opportunity to, following in Netflix’s footsteps, deliver compelling subscription viewing experiences for consumers in the market for pay TV,” CEO Joey Levin said in a shareholder letter late last year, noting that the site boasted 240 million monthly viewers. “If we can convert just a small portion of our audience, we have a very large business.”

In the end however, this strategy didn’t pan out. Vimeo’s long positioned itself as a fancy YouTube — a “a one-stop shop for creators to bypass the entire existing media infrastructure,” according to Levin. And while the company has produced some original content of note (specifically High Maintenance which eventually got picked up by HBO) making the jump to licensed content streaming simply didn’t make sense. Instead, Vimeo is reportedly refocusing on its creator community.

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Nintendo bolsters ‘Arms’ eSports appeal with LAN play

Seeing as multiplayer is integral to the Arms gameplay experience — with Nintendo flaunting it as an eSports contender during E3 — the introduction of a LAN connection should help with competitive gaming down the line, particularly during major tournaments where stability and reaction times are critical.

The other update is slightly less exciting. “Arena Mode” basically lets up to four players join a lobby, allowing the players that aren’t trying to beat down one another to watch as spectators. You’ll be able to pick from four viewpoints whilst inactive, including a roving camera that follows the multiplayer battles. Nintendo’s take is like a very small-scale version of Twitch with an audience of just… two.

Nintendo has a lot riding on the success of Arms. Aside from the competitive gaming aspirations, it also has to sustain interest in the Switch, which launched with just a handful of titles, including the much celebrated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Thus far, it’s met with success in its native Japan, where Arms is estimated to have debuted atop the sales charts, but has failed to match that feat in the UK, instead reportedly settling for second place behind Horizon: Zero Dawn upon its release.

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SpaceX launches and lands two rockets in a single weekend

Sped up version of today’s rocket landing on the Droneship Just Read the Instructions (guess it did)

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The landing was impressively free of drama, despite the fact that you can see the barge pitching and whitecaps breaking against it. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that the drone ship had to be repositioned due to “extreme weather” and warned that launch and landing “will be tight” (see the full video, below).

Musk pointed out new titanium grid fins used to aerodynamically maneuver the Falcon 9’s first stage for the Iridium launch. Clearly visible in the landing video, they’re made of “a single piece of cast and cut titanium … [and] can take reentry heat with no shielding,” he tweeted.

Flying with larger & significantly upgraded hypersonic grid fins. Single piece cast & cut titanium. Can take reentry heat with no shielding. https://t.co/SmyCCQRt2F

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 25, 2017

Iridium might be best remembered as the company behind a failed space internet and cellphone calling scheme. In 2007, it rebooted the network as “Iridium Next” with an 81-satellite constellation, 75 of which will be launched by SpaceX. The aim is to “provide services for aviation, maritime, internet of things, terrestrial and government organizations,” says SpaceX.

The two launches are the closest together yet for SpaceX. The launch of the Bulgarian satellite and recovery of the first stage marked just the second time SpaceX has used (and recovered) a recycled first stage. Interestingly, the same rocket launched the first batch of 10 Iridium satellites in its virgin debut.

All of that is a good sign for SpaceX, which wants to really amp up the pace of rocket launches. Key to reducing time and cost are the first stage recoveries, and so far, SpaceX has done those successfully 13 times, including eight at sea. The last time a landing failed was a year ago, but that was already a risky attempt following a high-orbit satellite launch. Soon, SpaceX plans to launch rockets every two weeks, a blistering pace that may make the still-amazing spectacle old hat.

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Hackers target UK parliament email accounts

According to Bloomberg, the Parliament along with the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre are investigating an attack that started on Friday evening. To reduce the chances of being breached, remote access to email accounts has been disabled. In a statement, a parliament spokesperson said it was investigating “unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users.”

Parliament members took to Twitter to report on the removal of remote access and asked fellow members to text any urgent messages.

Cyber security attack on Westminster Parliamentary e.mails may not work remotely Text urgent messages @LibDemLords @LabourLordsUK @Torypeers

— Chris Rennard (@LordRennard) June 24, 2017

So far it looks like the attack has been largely unsuccessful at penetrating the government’s servers. Still, the UK has had a rough couple of months. In May, UK hospitals were crippled by the WannaCry ransom attack.

Sorry no parliamentary email access today – we’re under cyber attack from Kim Jong Un, Putin or a kid in his mom’s basement or something…

— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) June 24, 2017

As hackers become more sophisticated, are backed by nations and continue to get access to leaked government-held exploits, attacks like this will unfortunately become more common.

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Google’s neural network is a multi-tasking pro

However, Google just created a system that tackled eight tasks at one time and managed to do all of them pretty well. The company’s multi-tasking machine learning system called MultiModal was able to learn how to detect objects in images, provide captions, recognize speech, translate between four pairs of languages as well as parse grammar and syntax. And it did all of that simultaneously.

The system was modeled after the human brain. Different components of a situation — like visual and sound input — are processed in different areas of the brain, but all of that information comes together so a person can comprehend it in its entirety and respond in whatever way is necessary. Similarly, MultiModal has small sub-networks for audio, images and text that are connected to a central network.

The network’s performance wasn’t perfect and isn’t yet on par with those of networks that manage just one of these tasks alone. But there were some interesting outcomes. The separate tasks didn’t hinder the performance of each other and in some cases they actually improved it. In a blog post the company said, “It is not only possible to achieve good performance while training jointly on multiple tasks, but on tasks with limited quantities of data, the performance actually improves. To our surprise, this happens even if the tasks come from different domains that would appear to have little in common, e.g., an image recognition task can improve performance on a language task.”

MultiModal is still being developed and Google has open-sourced it as part of its Tensor2Tensor library.

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You’ll never play ‘Super Mario’ like this

Singh used Unity 3D to create the level and recorded the video below entirely through HoloLens without post-production. He said the hardest part of the process was tweaking the game to work in a large outdoor environment, since HoloLens wasn’t exactly designed for physically big games like that. We say all that effort’s worth it, especially if you can find a Mario (or Luigi) costume to complete the experience.

Obviously, Singh can’t release the game due to copyright reasons, though CNET says he’s considering giving the code to other gamemakers. As for the rest of us? Well, we at least have Super Mario Odyssey to look forward to.

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Sony’s Koov is a candy-colored coding course for kids

Koov has a lot in common with Lego Mindstorms: Both are building sets that revolve around taking a “core” processing unit and attaching motors, sensors and non-connected colored blocks to it, with the assembled robot programmed via an app. But Koov blocks are more cube-like, each piece designed around sets of four boxes reminiscent of Tetris. The proprietary design isn’t just about being different, however. It means fewer pieces to manufacture and makes it easier for users to take an idea they have and envision it as pixel art.

Sony's Koov is a candy-colored coding course for kids

Those are just the standard “dumb” blocks, however. The core unit, motors and battery are solid white to stand out, and shaped to accommodate their switches and ports. One thoughtful touch Sony added was the ability to separate the core processor and the battery pack. This means users don’t always have to design their projects around a huge central unit.

Budding programmers can choose the starter kit, which gives kids some basic lights and sensors to use. Or they can get the advanced set, which steps things up a bit by adding gears, wheels and an accelerometer to the mix. All of the pieces connect via pegs, which are a bit difficult to pull apart. No worries — Sony also included a block separator.

Sony's Koov is a candy-colored coding course for kids

While very well designed, on a hardware level there’s nothing particularly special here. STEM products like LittleBits’ new Code Kit also focus on giving kids basic colorful components to put together simple games or robots. But those sets are also happy to just let kids jump in, essentially saying “Here’s some pieces, here’s a few examples of what you could do, now build something.” This is fine for the more adventurous types, but what about aspiring builders who may feel intimidated by the amount of options and work?

Sony's Koov is a candy-colored coding course for kids

The Koov app for iPad, Windows and Mac takes a slower, more measured approach. Instead of asking users to just hop in, it takes small steps — the first mission is actually called “What is coding?” And, while this may be frustrating to kids itching to build something, Sony wants Koov users to be cognizant of every step of the process. The instructions for each project include short animations showing where pieces go, and the 3D models can be rotated for a better look at how they’re put together. Subsequent lessons walk users through how to use the motors, how to program lights and even how to properly balance their robots so they don’t topple over.

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iPad Pro 10.5 review: Where execution and ambition meet

Not to sound too enthusiastic, but the superlatives don’t end with the screen. Thanks to Apple’s A10X Fusion chip (a more powerful spin on the processors used in the iPhone 7), an updated GPU and 4GB of RAM, this is the most powerful iPad to date. Apple says CPU speeds here are 30 percent faster than last year’s Pro, and that graphics speed has improved 40 percent. Our usual set of benchmarks (below) certainly point to some big performance gains, but here’s the most important thing: Hardly anything I threw at the Pro over a week of testing managed to trip it up.

Working for Engadget involves a lot of multitasking, so I often had two apps — like Slack and Safari — running side by side in iOS’s Split View mode. Things sometimes felt a little cramped, but everything ran smoothly. Visually intense games like Monument Valley 2, Skullgirls and Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy were no problem for the Pro either and actually seemed to get a visual boost thanks to the ProMotion screen. Even editing multiple 4K video files in iMovie was a surprisingly painless process, partially because the updated 12-megapixel camera can shoot native 4K footage. (You’ll still look a little ridiculous taking photos and video with a tablet, but at least the results will be worth it.)

iPad Pro 10.5 iPad Pro 12.9 (Gen.1) iPad Pro 9.7
Geekbench 4 Multi-core 9,185 5,379 5,235
Geekbench 4 Single-core 3,885 3,012 2,930
3DMark IS Unlimited 54,163 32,544 33,403
GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Off/onscreen (fps) 109.5/58.3 79.3/33.6 51.2/34.9
Mozilla Kraken (ms) 1,003 1,499 1,512
JetStream 1.1 203 141 139
Kraken: Lower scores are better.

But what about professional apps? You know, the high-end stuff artists, designers and doctors use? I threw a couple extra layers on top of a RAW image in Affinity Photo and tweaked the whole thing in real-time. I noticed the occasional hiccups when I tried to quickly leap into another app, but it wasn’t anything concerning. (Because I tested the Pro before its official launch, it’s also possible the version of the app I tried out wasn’t optimized for it yet.) Meanwhile, I suck at 3D modeling, but apps like UMake and Formit 360 gave me the tools to at least try cobbling 3D structures together; any failures of performance here belong to me, not the hardware.

iPad Pro 10.5 review: Where execution and ambition meet

Long story short, the Pro 10.5 acts the way you’d want an expensive tablet to. Nearly everything feels effortlessly fast — now we just need the software to catch up to the hardware. This Pro ships with iOS 10.3, which isn’t technically bad, it’s just that iOS 10 didn’t add many truly valuable iPad-specific features. That’s about to change. Apple calls iOS 11 a “monumental leap” for the iPad, with additions like a customizable dock for quick access to apps and the ability to drag and drop content between two apps running side-by-side. These may sound like minor changes, but they seem essential for anyone actually trying to get work done on an iPad Pro.

Remember Tim Cook’s words: The iPads are meant to be the company’s “clearest expression” of the future of personal computing. It was a nice sentiment and the hardware that accompanied it was very good, but iOS leaves much to be desired on bigger screens. With the eventual launch of iOS 11, though, iPads will finally get some much-needed flexibility — in other words, the iPad’s best days are yet to come.

Battery life

Battery life (in hours)
iPad Pro 10.5 9:40
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 11:50
Lenovo Yoga Book (Android) 11:09
iPad Pro 12.9 10:47
iPad Pro 9.7 9:21
Google Pixel C 8:15
Surface Pro 4 7:15

This version of the iPad Pro packs a 30.4Whr battery and, as usual, Apple claims you’ll be able to use it for up to 10 hours while watching movies or putzing around online. In general, Apple’s estimates were always on the conservative side; we’ve had our share of iDevices easily surpass the 10-hour mark in our battery-rundown test. This time, though, Apple’s figure was more or less right-on. On three occasions, I set the Pro 10.5 to loop a movie with Wi-Fi on and screen brightness set to half, and on average the tablet lasted for about nine hours and 40 minutes before needing a trip to a power outlet.

That’s actually a little better than last year’s model, but not by much. The Pro 10.5 has a bigger battery than the Pro 9.7, but it also has to deal with a brighter screen that refreshes twice as fast. (The A10X Fusion chip obvious plays a role here too, but it was designed to more efficiently sip power when needed.) Anyway, most of you aren’t sitting around running video benchmarks all day. With fairly consistent use (by which I mean I barely put it down) and screen brightness set to auto, the iPad Pro lasted about three days before needing a charge. If you’re the type who picks up an iPad, checks a few things out and tosses it back down again, expect it to last even longer.

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Tesla recalls 53,000 vehicles for potential parking brake issue

A small gear built by one of the company’s third-party suppliers is to blame, and Tesla figures less than five percent of the 53,000 recalled vehicles might have the part — but better safe than sorry. The replacement process takes only 45 minutes, and assuming every potentially affected vehicle is brought in to Tesla, the recall process will be over by October 2017.

The move is typical for Tesla: It issued an early recall of 90,000 Model S sedans in November 2015 for safety concerns (again, before a flaw caused any accidents) and pulled back its just-released Model X SUVs in April 2016. Heck, it even recalled and replaced almost 30,000 wall chargers back in 2014.

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What’s on TV: ‘Full Throttle,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Bill Nye’

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

  • Split
  • Tales from the Hood (Collector’s Edition)
  • Sleepless
  • The Founder
  • A League of Their Own
  • Woman of the Year (Criterion)
  • Broken Arrow
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Donnie Darko
  • Killjoys (S2)
  • ACA NeoGeo Art of Fighting (PS4)
  • Telltale’s Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Episode 1 (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Voodoo Vince: Remastered (Xbox One, PC, PS4)
  • Full Throttle: Remastered (PC, PS4)
  • Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades GOTY Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Deformers (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Race the Sun (Xbox One)
  • Flinthook (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Cities: Skylines Xbox One Edition (Xbox One)
  • Late Shift (Xbox One, PS4)
  • ATV Renegades (Xbox One, PS4)

Monday

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • 24: Legacy (season finale), Fox, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • Kevin Can Wait, CBS, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • Young & Hungry, Freeform, 8PM
  • Man with a Plan, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Baby Daddy, Freeform, 8:30PM
  • APB, Fox, 9PM
  • The Twins, Freeform, 9PM
  • 2 Broke Girls (season finale), CBS, 9:30PM
  • Better Call Saul, AMC, 10PM
  • American Dad, TBS, 10PM
  • Rock and a Hard Place, HBO, 10PM
  • Scorpion, CBS, 10PM
  • Bates Motel, A&E, 10PM
  • Taken, NBC, 10PM
  • Quantico, ABC, 10PM
  • Angie Tribeca, TBS, 10:30PM

Tuesday

  • Lucas Brothers: On Drugs, Netflix, 3AM
  • Dimension 404, Hulu, 3AM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, Freeform, 8PM
  • The Flash, CW, 8PM
  • The Manns, TV One, 8PM
  • Brooklyn Nine-nine, Fox, 8PM
  • WWE Smackdown, USA, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • The Mick, Fox, 8:30PM
  • American Housewife, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Famous in Love (series premiere), Freeform, 9PM
  • Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 9PM
  • iZombie, CW, 9PM
  • Prison Break, Fox, 9PM
  • Fresh off the Boat, ABC, 9PM
  • The Challenge, MTV, 9PM
  • Switched at Birth, Freeform, 9PM
  • Face Off, Syfy, 9PM
  • Outsiders, WGN, 9PM
  • Imaginary Mary, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Fargo (season premiere), FX, 10PM
  • The Expanse (season finale), Syfy, 10PM
  • Problematic with Moshe Kasher (series premiere), Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Cooper’s Treasure (series premiere), Discovery, 10PM
  • Team Ninja Warrior (season premiere), USA, 10PM
  • Trial & Error (season finale), NBC, 10PM
  • The Americans, FX, 10PM
  • Rebel, BET, 10PM
  • The Detour, TBS, 10PM
  • Stranded with a Million Dollars, MTV, 10PM
  • Imposters, Bravo, 10PM
  • Desus & Mero, Viceland, 11PM

Wednesday

  • Supermansion (season finale), Crackle, 3AM
  • Shots Fired, Fox, 8PM
  • Blindspot, NBC, 8PM
  • Catfish, MTV, 8PM
  • Are You the One: All Star Challenge, MTV, 9PM
  • Empire, Fox, 9PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Law & Order, NBC, 9PM
  • The 100, CW, 9PM
  • The Magicians, Syfy, 9PM
  • Major Crimes, TNT, 9PM
  • Archer, FXX, 10PM
  • The Comedy Jam, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Designated Survivor, ABC, 10PM
  • Chicago Justice, NBC, 10PM
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CBS, 10PM
  • The Expanse, Syfy, 10PM
  • Nobodies, TV Land, 10PM
  • The Quad, BET, 10PM
  • Suits, USA, 10PM
  • Ripper Street, BBC America, 11PM

Thursday

  • Superstore, NBC, 8PM
  • Powerless, NBC, 8:30PM
  • Riverdale, CW, 9PM
  • The Blacklist (spring premiere), NBC, 9PM
  • Kicking & Screaming, Fox, 9PM
  • Scandal, ABC, 9PM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 9PM
  • Nightwatch (season finale), A&E, 10PM
  • The Catch, ABC, 10PM
  • Dark Net, Showtime, 10PM

Friday

  • Girlboss (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Bosch (S3), Amazon Prime, 3AM
  • Bill Nye Saves the World (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (S1), Netflix, 3AM
  • Thunderbirds are Go (S3), Amazon Prime, 3AM
  • The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show (S4), Netflix, 3AM
  • Tramps, Netflix, 3AM
  • Sand Castle, Netflix, 3AM
  • Tangled: The Series, Disney, 7:30PM
  • The Originals, CW, 8PM
  • First Dates, NBC, 8PM
  • Toy Box, ABC, 8PM
  • You the Jury, Fox, 9PM
  • Disgraced, Showtime, 9PM
  • Tattoo Age, Viceland, 9PM
  • Vice, HBO, 11PM
  • Animals., HBO, 11:30PM

Saturday

  • Slam, Netflix, 3AM
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, HBO, 8PM
  • Doctor Who, BBC America, 9PM
  • Training Day, CBS, 9PM
  • The Son, AMC, 9PM
  • Class, BBC America, 10:05M

Sunday

  • White Princess, Starz, 8PM
  • The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, Showtime, 8PM
  • Top Gear (season finale), BBC America, 8PM
  • Once Upon a Time, ABC, 8PM
  • Sunday Night Baseball: Nationals/Mets, ESPN, 8PM
  • Making History, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Guerrilla, Showtime, 9PM
  • The Leftovers, Showtime, 9PM
  • Home Fires, PBS, 9PM
  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM
  • Time After Time, ABC 9PM
  • Madam Secretary, CBS, 9PM
  • The Last Man on Earth, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Silicon Valley (season premiere), HBO, 10PM
  • Into the Badlands, AMC, 10PM
  • American Crime, ABC, 10PM
  • Feud: Bette and Joan (season finale), FX, 10PM
  • Shades of Blue, NBC, 10PM
  • Billions, Showtime, 10PM
  • Trapped, Viceland, 10PM
  • Veep, HBO, 10:30PM
  • Talking with Chris Hardwick, AMC, 11PM
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, 11PM

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