Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images What’s Inside the 61st GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge? what%E2%80%99s-inside-61st-grammys-gifting-lounge Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images ReFa MassagerPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerThe Recording Academy took an exclusive spin through the Gifting Lounge when it opened on Thursday afternoon and got a peek at some of those perks that stars can take home. This year, there are a number of vendors focused on beauty and wellness, including ReFa’s Japanese microcurrent beauty rollers and collagen-enhanced drink mixers, Source Naturals’ vitamins and herbal supplements, Neoteny’s age-fighting kits (including a mask called Resting Bitch Face), It’s a 10’s pro hair care tools and entertainment industry’s makeup that breathes and heals skin as it conceals, pitched as a smart choice for the entertainment industry’s heavy makeup needs OxygenetixPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerGuests are invited to experience ishiki, a Japanese sense of consciousness and well-being, via a virtual reality trip to Kyoto; stars will be gifted a pair of virtual reality glasses to take more transportive trips at home or while on the road.23 and Me will allow stars to dig deeper into their ancestry, teasing that they never know what they might discover. Truth Initiative packed backpacks full of Xbox games, hats, sunglasses and fanny packs from their forthcoming retail collection to say “don’t get played” when it comes to vaping and smoking.Dr. Tabatha Carr flew from Oklahoma to California to showcase her gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened Good Girl Chocolate at the GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge. After showing us before and after pictures of her 100-pound weight loss, she offered us a taste of a lush vegan dark chocolate-encased agave and cashew butter filled caramel that could easily become a happy habit. Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 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They’ll be gifted with a free meet and greet that will be arrange at their convenience.As the longtime GRAMMYS Gifting Lounge producer, Lash Fary certainly isn’t one to get star-struck, but there is one particular luminary who he hopes to see in there this year.”Dolly Parton,” he said, name-checking the MusiCares Person of the Year without hesitation. “Just because she’s so nice! Dolly is one of my favorite people. I’ve met her at a few award shows so I love her and I’m hoping that we get to see her. There’s not a lovelier person on the planet than Dolly; she just makes you feel good about yourself.”Watch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Email Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers From luxurious skincare products to a virtual-reality trip to Kyoto, here’s a sneak peek at the high-end GRAMMY gifts performers and presenters will receive this year Tamara PalmerGRAMMYs Feb 8, 2019 – 1:15 pm Performing artists and presenters of the 61st GRAMMY Awards have the option of taking a stroll through the GRAMMYS Gifting Lounge to receive some fabulous (and fabulously free) items during rehearsal days.”We’re thrilled to be a very small part of a very big show,” said Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets, which has produced the GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge for the past 20 years. “It’s something that the artists now, over the years, have grown accustomed to as a perk they are very well aware that they get for coming on the show, which is very cute.”Fary noted that Distinctive Assets’ GRAMMYs Gifting Lounges have won over some big names.”In the past people like Mary J. Blige have shown up and said, ‘Where’s the gift lounge?’ And even when artists don’t have the time or interest to come through the lounge, like Adele, the last time she was in LA and on the show she asked for some of the kids’ stuff. We had Hasbro Games here, so she asked that the kid stuff be brought to her dressing room so her son could play with them.“We have artists like Ricky Martin and Faith Hill, who don’t do gift lounges typically but they’ll do ours because they know that we are here as a true artform of the GRAMMYS and we respect them,” he revealed. “They know if we say we aren’t doing photos then we won’t do photos, that we have great stuff, that we respect their time and get them in and out quickly. So it’s just great! These are my favorite three days of the year, GRAMMYS rehearsal days, and we’ve got amazing thank-you gifts for them. There’s something for everyone.” Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs IshikiPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerGrossé, a costume jewelry designer that designed collections for Dior for over 50 years, hopes to drip stars in convincing baubles, while Millianna is introducing “shoelery,” chains meant to be draped around boots or stilettos. PRSVR, a Chicago lifestyle brand that recently opened a by-appointment showroom just blocks away, is hoping to gift Cardi B with a pair of fur sleeves—vegan or fox, her choice.”We’ve been fortunate to really use Instagram to connect with celebrities,” said PRSVR’s Margaret Williamson. “So our client list includes Tank, Diddy, Ciara, Teyana Taylor, Meek Mill, Fabolous and Nicki Minaj.” Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? News Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. 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Share your voice Comments Gaming Star Wars: Battlefront 2 triggered an outcry over loot boxes. EA Microtransactions in games are responsible for huge profits for the games’ developers. However, one US senator has proposed legislation that may put an end to the controversial practice. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, said Wednesday that he’d introduce legislation banning “manipulative video game features aimed at children.” Called the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, the bill would prohibit loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions. “Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits,” Hawley said in a release. “No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”The new rules would focus on games aimed at minors as well as games “whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in microtransactions,” according to the release.Loot boxes are in-game caches that players typically purchase with in-game currency and that contain random in-game items. They became a prominent issue in 2017 with the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, in which players could purchase crates holding various power-ups that helped them progress in the game and be more competitive when playing against others online. There are other games that don’t have a randomized box with in-game power-ups but still have in-game currency. The currency can be used to buy items or more playtime that’ll give an advantage over people who choose not to spend additional money. Games with microtransactions that don’t have a randomized or pay-to-win aspect, such as Fortnite, appear to be safe from the effects of this legislation as it’s currently written. Stanley Pierre-Louis, acting president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying group for the video game industry, said on Wednesday that parents already have controls to limit or prohibit in-game purchases. “Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling,” Pierre-Louis said in an email. “We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands.” So far, Hawley has only outlined the legislation and hasn’t introduced it to the Senate. 6 Tags
Listen Houston Dynamo/FacebookHouston Dynamo players pose on the pitch in San Jose, Calif. on April 14, 2018. 00:00 /07:44 X The Houston Dynamo are on the road this weekend for a Saturday match against the Minnesota United Football Club.The team, like many in Major League Soccer, is comprised of players from all over the world. In addition to players from the United States, the Dynamo’s roster includes others from Columbia, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, Sweden, Switzerland, Panama, Brazil, and England.And, there’s even a few from Greater Houston who have ties to other nations, which is a characteristic common to much of Houston in general, being the oft-touted “most diverse city in the country.”Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty recently went to Dynamo practice and spoke with several players with international connections to learn how such a diverse team learns to work together and how that diversity echoes the city the team calls home.In the audio above, Michael talks with midfielders Memo Rodriguez, Juan David Cabezas, and Arturo Álvarez.– / 4 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Darjeeling: An open border, coupled with the Indo-Nepal Friendship treaty of 1950, is making the Indo-Nepal border highly vulnerable to human trafficking. Repatriation and rehabilitation of trafficked victims, especially children, back to Nepal is emerging as a major challenge.A “Consultation of cross-border repatriation of children from Nepal” was organised in Siliguri, attended by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) top brass and NGOs.The main aim of the consultation was to formulate a Standard Operation Process (SOP) to repatriate victims back to Nepal. An SOP already exists with Bangladesh, which is followed when a cross-border trafficking victim is repatriated to Bangladesh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Whenever we intercept any person from the porous and open Indo-Nepal border trying to indulge in human trafficking, the perpetrator immediately seeks refuge in the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty and claims that the they have come to India for education (in case of children) or for job (in case of youths and adults), with the consent of parents and relatives. In most cases they are forced into prostitution or cheap labour,” stated Srikumar Bandopadhyay, IG, North Bengal, SSB. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe only way to prevent this is to create a strong intelligence network and to create awareness. “SSB is the lead agency working in this sector. We keep a close tab on the borders and also the airport,” stated the IG.The SSB has also come up with a short film which cautions people, especially children, not to fall into the trap of traffickers who usually lure their victims with promises of lucrative jobs and money. “We are screening this movie in all border areas, targeting students of Classes 8 to 12, the vulnerable group,” the IG said.
What do they mean for the developers Facebook is having a rough year to say the least. The Cambridge Analytica scandal seems to have impacted it in a way that’s yet to unfold in it’s full form. Having the annual F8 conference during this tumultuous period can have different types of repercussions. More scrutiny of the announcements is among one of them. Today we are going to ask some questions about the recent AR related announcements made in the Facebook F8 conference, how important they are to the user as well as the developers, and what do they really imply for facebook’s future development plans. AR in Messenger Facebook has introduced AR services to its messenger platform. This will enable the developers to build bots on the messenger platform and make it a much more interactive and informative platform that it currently is, potentially. As and when these features are implemented, the question on everyone’s mind is: will our data be safe? Additionally, Facebook is also planning to implement payment gateways on their messenger platform. This opens up a new avenue for developers since now they can create third party bots for messenger. But can we really trust the security and privacy features keeping in mind that they will be majorly third party? AR in Facebook lite Facebook lite had arrived with the promise of a limited version of the social networking site for smaller and older android phones and also for the ones which have slow data connection. In the latest F8 conference, Facebook has promised to bring AR to its lite version. How does that impact the goal of the lite platform of being lightweight and being easy on system resources? Will the introduction of AR to Facebook lite make it bloated? Or it might just make it unfit for older phones since their processors and system configurations might not also support the AR features. AR Camera effects in Instagram Last year, Facebook had announced the AR camera platform, and this time around they plan to bring it to Instagram. Using an updated version of AR Studio, creators will be able to design unique, interactive camera experiences, including face filters and world effects, for their followers on Instagram. There have been these rumors that some of these features and filters have been heavily inspired by the Snapchat features which are hugely popular. The real question is whether Facebook and Instagram together can add something more to their AR camera features which would enable them to compete with Snapchat in this particular category. Update to AR Studio Facebook has updated their inhouse AR development platform, AR Studio and the new features are the following: Filtering of image textures can now be set to none or bilinear (default: bilinear). Wrapping modes of image textures can now be set to repeat, clamp or mirror (default: clamp). Tiling scale and offset for material textures can now be specified. When using the plane tracker, you can choose to target specific textures in the world from the Inspector panel. Improved Adds some more tooltips to the texture inspector. Facebook has also signalled at the upgrading of their underlying AR technology. For instance adding advanced target tracking, which includes hand tracking as well as high-fidelity body tracking. This should make for a lot more precise filters, improving their real time object and face detection capabilities etc. But since AR Studio was introduced in last year’s F8 conference, are these changes really breaking ones or are they just a means to stay alive in the competitive AR development market? With the renewed presence of Google with its recently updated AR core and Apple’s AR Kit, how much share can AR Studio maintain is a question that can only be answered in time. AR and its implications in real life can be very interesting but AR on mobile seems to have been suffering for some time due to the lack of system resources, the non-uniformity of the mobile platforms and location based data connection related issues. How these new announcements are going to change the current mobile AR landscape is something that we will have to wait and watch. Read Next: Understanding the hype behind Magic Leap’s New Augmented Reality Headsets Leap Motion open sources its $100 augmented reality headset, North Star Unity plugins for augmented reality application development