FIFA Mobile 2017 Edition Released, Aims to Bring Football to Everyone

FIFA Mobile 2017 Edition Released, Aims to Bring Football to Everyone

FIFA Mobile 2017 Edition Released, Aims to Bring Football to Everyone
Download size is less than 100MB
Available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone
New features include Attack Mode, Leagues, and Plans
Two weeks after the release of FIFA 17, EA Sports has delivered a new update for its mobile counterpart in FIFA Mobile. As always, the game is free with in-app purchases to boot, and is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The game is called different things on the three platforms – on the App Store, it’s called FIFA Mobile Football, on Google Play, FIFA Mobile Soccer, and on Windows Store it becomes FIFA 17 Mobile.

EA Sports says that the game is built for the “mobile gamer”, and hence it has shrunk the download size to under 100MB, so as to reach smartphone owners across the globe, except China – the game isn’t launching in the country. FIFA Mobile contains 30 leagues, with 650 clubs and over 16,000 footballers.

“When developing FIFA Mobile, we focused on giving players the most exciting parts of football in quick and fun bursts while prioritising gameplay and engaging, new ways to play FIFA on-the-go,” senior producer Todd Batty said in a statement. “This meant building a game that was optimised for the mobile player resulting in a fun and social game that loads quickly, runs smoothly on a wider range of devices, and has a small download size relative to the depth of features and content in the game.”

There are three new features, all exclusive to the mobile version. Attack Mode is a new turn-based, asynchronous multiplayer mode which is all about, well, attacking. You’ll be given a bunch of scenarios in which to score from, and ultimately out-score the opponent. The more you score, the more you get in-game “fans” which lets you climb divisions.
Another new feature is Leagues, which allows you to create or join a league with up to 32 players. You will be able to complete “cooperative league achievements, compete for bragging rights in inter-league championships, and challenge other Leagues in FIFA Mobile tournaments”.

Completing the round-up of new features is Plans, which is about making the most of unwanted items to get better ones through in-game rewards.

Ultimate Team mode is getting an overhaul of sorts, too. EA Sports is dropping contracts, training items and other consumables in favour of simple squad building. You can have a total of 27 players in multiple formations and tactics, and switch between those as you like.

The game will be continuously updated with new content that reflects events happening in the real world of football, EA Sports said. Early response to the latest update seems to be heavily negative, according to reviews on Google Play.

Tags: FIFA Mobile, FIFA Mobile Soccer, FIFA Mobile Football, FIFA 17 Mobile, FIFA 17, EA Sports


India aims to capture 20% market share in Internet of Things: Nasscom

The IoT is driving the fourth wave of industrial revolution dramatically alerting manufacturing, energy, transportation, medical and other industrial sectors while emerging worldwide, vice president of Nasscom (Industrial Initiative) K.S. Vishwanathan said.

The IoT is driving the fourth wave of industrial revolution dramatically alerting manufacturing, energy, transportation, medical and other industrial sectors while emerging worldwide, vice president of Nasscom (Industrial Initiative) K.S. Vishwanathan said.

Coimbatore: India aims to capture 20% market share in Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging sector which would be worth $300 billion by 2020, a top Nasscom official said on Saturday.

The Internet of Things is driving the fourth wave of industrial revolution dramatically alerting manufacturing, energy, transportation, medical and other industrial sectors while emerging worldwide, vice president of Nasscom (Industrial Initiative) K.S. Vishwanathan told reporters in Coimbatore. As the global IoT business is expected to touch $300 billion by 2020, India aims to capture 20% market share in another five years, he said.

Vishwanathan was in Coimbatore to launch Nasscom IoT Centre of Excellence, a joint initiative of Government of India, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) along with TCS, Intel, Amazon Web Services and FORGE Accelerator.

Depending on the success of Coimbatore hub, it was proposed to launch such centres in Pune, Baroda and Hyderabad, even as a pilot project was underway in Bengaluru, he said. To a query on the pace of setting up startups in view of additional tax being levied on them, Vishwanathan said, “nearly 1,000 startups are being added every year in India, which stands third in the world in terms of numbers and will continue to grow.”


Microsoft Aims at Computing Platforms of the Future

Microsoft Aims at Computing Platforms of the Future

Microsoft made a pitch Wednesday to developers to stay with the US tech giant, saying it remains a force in future technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Chief executive Satya Nadella highlighted Microsoft’s advances with its HoloLens augmented realitygoggles, its Cortana virtual assistant and its progress in cloud computing.

This means Microsoft is a force to be reckoned with even though it has lagged rivals like Apple andGoogle in powering mobile devices, according to Nadella.

“For us, mobile first is not about the mobility of any single device, it is the mobility of the human experience across all the devices and all the computing in our lives,” Nadella told the San Francisco gathering.

“Cloud is not a single destination, cloud is a new form of computing that in fact enables that mobility of experience across all our devices.”

The company said its Windows 10 operating system which can be tied together a range of devices including PCs, phones and tablets now has some 270 million users.

“Windows 10 is off to an amazing start,” said Nadella, calling it the “fastest ever” adoption of the Windows operating system.

The 270 million represents new computers and devices with Windows 10 installed as well as upgrades of existing gadgets.

Microsoft has set a goal of having the operating system in use in more than a billion devices by 2018, which would put it on a par with Apple, which said this year it has one billion active devices running iOS.

Microsoft said it would introduce an update of the operating system in the coming months that will make Windows 10 available for its Xbox One game console and enable various devices to use the Microsoft digital assistant known as Cortana, an artificial intelligence tool.

The Windows update will also step up use of biometrics for authentication, allowing users to log into computers and their applications with their fingerprints, improving security by moving away from passwords.

Looking ahead with HoloLens
Microsoft also Wednesday began its first shipments of its HoloLens augmented reality headgear, staking its place in what is expected to be an emerging computing platform.

HoloLens is being delivered to application developers, with Microsoft opting for augmented reality rather than virtual reality in devices such as the Oculus Rift from Facebook.

While virtual reality is fully immersive, the partly immersive augmented reality allows users to multitask via virtual images superimposed on their normal field of view.

At the conference, the US tech giant showed some of the possibilities for HoloLens such as giving users a view of Mars that up to now could only be seen by space vehicles, and an inside view of the brain by medical specialists aiming to deal with a brain tumor.

Aiming to encourage new applications for the device, Microsoft noted that developers can create a “new mixed reality” with holograms to enable users to see and experience things in new ways.

Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens goggles a year ago as rivals such as Oculus were moving into virtual reality.

The holographic capabilities in the Microsoft gear can open doors for developers to augment tasks from complex surgery to motorcycle design, according to the company.

The developer editions will be available for $3,000 for app makers and other Microsoft partners.

One of the partners is Nasa, which uses HoloLens to help users move about as if they are on Mars and figure out where they want the Rover to go.

Pamela Davis, dean of the Case Western Reserve University medical school, led a demonstration showing how holographic images of the body and its organs, including the brain, can be used in doctor training.

With the goggles and Windows 10, Microsoft said in a statement it was “extending the Windows experience to holograms and allowing developers to begin helping build the future of holographic computing.”

The move by Microsoft comes just two days after Oculus began deliveries of the first Rift devices to consumers.

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Tags: Apps, Build, Build 2016, Gaming, HoloLens, Internet, Laptops, Microsoft, Microsoft Build, Microsoft Build 2016, PC,Wearables

Google Aims to Take Machine Learning Mainstream With New Cloud-Based Tools

Google Aims to Take Machine Learning Mainstream With New Cloud-Based Tools

At the GCP Next 2016 conference in San Francisco this week, Google announced the launch of Cloud Machine Learning, a suite of cloud-based tools, with which the company hopes to make sophisticated machine learning tools available to developers across the globe.

“Cloud Machine Learning will take machine learning mainstream, giving data scientists and developers a way to build a new class of intelligent applications. It provides access to the same technologies that power Google Now, Google Photos and voice recognition in Google Search as easy to use REST APIs,” Fausto Ibarra, Director, Product Management, Google said in a blog post announcing the launch of the new feature.

Unlike traditional learning techniques that involve programming a machine with certain set of instructions for each scenario, machine learning (typically) involves feeding a computer with a large set of data – called training the machine – and then letting it figure a reaction for different situations, or come up with answers for new scenarios. The likes of Amazon and Microsoft, Google’s main competitors in the public cloud space, offer cloud-based machine learning tools as well.


Google Cloud Platform (GCP) features a couple of pre-trained machine learning APIs called Google Translate API and Cloud Vision API that have been available to the public for a while. While the former is self explanatory, the latter identifies the contents of an image with a scarily good level of accuracy.

Given an image of a concert, for example, the Cloud Vision API can not only identify that it has people in it, but it can also say that there’s a stage, and that it’s likely a performance or a concert. The API is also capable of identifying specific landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge. Google has trained the Cloud Vision API by feeding it millions of images, and the power of this trained API has been available to all since its launch.

Joining the Google Translate API and Cloud Vision API this week is the Google Cloud Speech API, which makes the power of Google’s amazing speech-to-text conversion capabilities available to any developer. Anyone who’s used speech-to-text on an Android phone has no doubt been impressed by its accuracy, and now anyone can leverage these capabilities. The API can operate in batch mode – i.e. given a bunch of audio files to transcribe – or in streaming mode, where it can transcribe audio in real time. Google says the API supports over 80 languages.

“Cloud Speech API brings the same advanced neural network technology that powers voice search in the Google app and voice typing in Google Keyboard,” Ibarra explains. “It demonstrates speech-to-text conversion in 80+ languages with unparalleled accuracy, especially in noisy environments, and is blazingly fast. The technology that has already empowered developers to add speech to their Chrome and Android is now available for any application in real-time streaming or batch mode.”

In addition, Google Cloud Platform customers can build their own machine learning models using the open-source TensorFlow machine learning library, which is most popular machine learning project on GitHub. Google said TensorFlow Serving will be able talk to Kubernetes, another one of its open-source projects.

Disclosure: Google sponsored the correspondent’s flights and hotel for the event in San Francisco.

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Apple to unveil new iPhone today, aims to capture lower end of market

Apple iPhone

Since Apple introduced the first iPhone in 2007, mobile handsets have only gotten bigger. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will buck that trend today when he presents a smaller iPhone, seeking to entice holdouts to upgrade to a new smartphone even if they don’t want a larger device.

The ambitions for the new phone may be commensurate to its diminutive size. Unlike previous new iterations of the device, the 4-inch iPhone won’t be packed full of technological innovations intended to send hordes of Apple fans queuing around the block on launch day to snap it up. Instead, it’s meant to woo those still clinging to the more than two-year-old 5S or 5C, the last models with the more compact screen.

“It will really just replace the 5S at the low end of the lineup,” said Chris Caso, a New York-based Susquehanna International Group analyst with a positive rating on Apple shares. “The 5S is getting a bit old now and won’t run the operating system that well for much longer.”

The company is rolling out the new phone two months after saying quarterly sales were likely to decline for the first time in more than a decade, highlighting concern that iPhone growth has reached its limits. While analysts from UBS Group AG to RBC Capital Markets predict that shipments of the iPhone SE – the expected name of the new model – will be about 15 million annually, its smaller size and lower price could encourage existing customers to step up at a time of year when sales often decelerate. Apple sold more than 231 million iPhones in 2015, with sales dipping between April and September, as has been the case in previous years.

Apple is introducing the new, smaller iPhone at a time when customers are holding onto their handsets longer. Global wireless carriers are no longer subsidising new iPhone purchases like they once did, making customers question whether the improvements warrant the expenditure on new models. A slowing upgrade cycle is something Apple has experienced with the iPad, which has seen sales steadily decline for several quarters.

“The replacement cycle for iPhones has stretched to 27 months,” compared with the 23 months of two years ago, RBC analyst Amit Daryanani wrote in a note to clients. The new handset will “ensure that consumers who have a three-year-old 5S or 5C don’t switch to Android for lack of new iPhone products.”

Apple readies a small bite

An older iPhone owner who’s looking to upgrade can currently either spend $549 on the basic version of the iPhone 6 – the 2014 edition – or buy a less-expensive Android-based phone. Apple’s new lower-end model may persuade customers to stick with the company’s products, allowing it to sell services through the App Store or subscription-based products such as Apple Music and iCloud. The new smartphone will boast a faster processor than the 5S, a person familiar with the details has said. Like the iPhone 5C, it may also be available in a variety of colours, analysts have said.

Cook will wield a new iPad at Monday’s event as well, details about which are scant. The tablet has endured its own revenue drop – unit sales fell by a quarter in the three months through December – as users have been happy to retain older models as their phones perform more of the same functions. (Article continues below infographic)

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Releasing the new 4-inch iPhone – which will be manufactured in smaller volumes – now also provides an opportunity for Apple to try out new component suppliers ahead of the next generation of the larger, flagship phone that will be revealed later this year, according to Tim Arcuri, a San Francisco-based Cowen & Co analyst who rates Apple market perform.

“It’s as much a supply chain move from Tim Cook to systematically bring in some new suppliers,” Arcuri said, adding that the product may reduce costs by making the supplier bidding process more competitive. “If I’m Apple, I’m not going to take the risk with a new supplier on a brand new phone, but I can do it on what is essentially an existing product.”