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India’s ‘Bandish Bandits’ is the cozy fall binge you need

Tamanna (Shreya Chaudhry) and Radhe (Ritwik Bhowmik) fall in love in gorgeous Rajasthan while secretly making hit music. “Bandish Bandits” is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Image: amazon All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. By Proma Khosla2020-09-18 11:00:00 UTC In the six weeks since it released on Amazon Prime, you’ve either heard about nothing but Bandish Bandits or haven’t heard of it at all. I fall in the former camp, watching friends and family fall in love with the Hindi-language Indian drama series and its infectious soundtrack while I waited for “the right time” to binge all 10 episodes. That time is now. Bandish Bandits (that’s pronounced “BUND-ish” bandits, despite the apparent wordplay) is the story of Radhe (Ritwik Bhowmik) and Tamanna (Shreya Chaudhry), two singers from vastly different artistic backgrounds who cross paths serendipitously in and proceed to work together — and fall in love. They’re a modern musical Romeo and Juliet, complete with domineering family members, high-stakes concerts and competitions, and the nefarious added presence of social media. The entire series was helmed by creator Anand Tiwari. The show is not objectively outstanding, but the Bandits‘ world, particularly Radhe’s classical training and family background, is thoroughly immersive and intricate. He studies Carnatic vocal music with the rigor and tenacity you’d expect of any vocation, but it’s an art form with which many viewers aren’t acquainted and that makes…Continue readingIndia’s ‘Bandish Bandits’ is the cozy fall binge you need

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‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live will return to business as usual for its Oct. 3 premiere, with new episodes filmed in front of a limited New York audience and Jim Carrey joining as a guest star to portray presidential nominee Joe Biden. Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels revealed that and more in a Vulture interview, confirming as well that Maya Rudolph and Alec Baldwin will reprise their roles as Kamala Harris and Donald Trump, respectively. The plan is to release five(!) consecutive new shows leading up to the 2020 presidential election. “There was some interest on his part,” Michaels said of Carrey. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … Hopefully it’s funny.” Michaels also provided more insight on how SNL will incorporate an audience while continuing to provide safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But he insisted that the audience is an integral part of SNL, particularly in how its response informs which sketches will hit or miss and make it into the final performance. “The physical problems of doing it — number of people who can be in the studio, number of people who can be in the control room, how you separate the band so that they’re not in any jeopardy — all of those are part of the meetings we’ve been having,”…Continue reading‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

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Microsoft reportedly launching Surface Pro X 2 in fall with new chip and color variant

Microsoft is reportedly planning to refresh its ARM-powered Surface Pro X this fall. Windows Central reports that the Surface Pro X will be updated to include Microsoft’s SQ2 processor, which will likely be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G. It’s not clear if this refreshed Surface Pro X will include 5G support, but Qualcomm’s latest chip supports the option for Microsoft to include it. Microsoft is also rumored to be working on a new color variant for this updated Surface Pro X, which would see the device launch in the platinum typically found on the Intel-based Surface Pro line. Microsoft launched the Surface Pro X in black last year, with a black Type Cover. It’s likely we’ll see a variety of Type Cover colors for this new Surface Pro X to complement the new platinum variant. The ARM-based Surface Pro X processor.Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge There are no rumors around any design or significant hardware changes beyond the chip update, so it’s likely that Microsoft will stick to the thinner and lighter design it introduced last year for the Pro X. The processor alone could help improve the performance of the Surface Pro X, which struggled with traditional emulated apps. Microsoft will likely hold an October Surface event to introduce this updated Surface Pro X, alongside a rumored smaller 12.5-inch Surface Laptop. Source linkContinue readingMicrosoft reportedly launching Surface Pro X 2 in fall with new chip and color variant

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Researchers find cutting-edge language models fall short in basic reasoning

Even sophisticated language models such as OpenAI’s GPT-3 struggle with socially important topics like morality, history, and law. That’s the top-line finding from a new paper coauthored Columbia, University of Chicago, and University of California, Berkeley researchers that proposes a 57-task test to measure models’ ability to reason. Models must possess problem-solving abilities and extensive knowledge about the world to perform well on the test. But in experiments, the coauthors found that the models they benchmarked — including GPT-3 — frequently didn’t know when they were wrong. The goal of the novel test set is to bridge the gap between the knowledge that models see during training and existing measures of success in natural language processing. Like all machine learning models, language models learn patterns from vast data sets often sourced from Wikipedia, Reddit, ebooks, and other web sources. Some recently introduced benchmarks attempt to capture the linguistic skills of models, but so far, there’s little evidence to suggest a correlation between benchmark performance and a model’s grasp of commonsense reasoning. The researchers claim their test is different in that it assesses models across subjects humans commonly learn, like mathematics, history, and ethics. To craft it, graduate and undergraduate students collected 15,908 questions from freely available sources online including practice exams for undergraduate courses, readers of the Oxford University Press, and tests like the Graduate Record Examination, U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, and Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. The tasks range in difficulty from an elementary level to an “advanced…Continue readingResearchers find cutting-edge language models fall short in basic reasoning

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Slack’s shares fall 18% after quarterly billing growth slows

(Reuters) — Slack Technologies’s billing growth, a key indicator of future revenue, slowed in the second quarter and the workplace messaging app owner said it took a $11 million hit in the first half due to the COVID-19 related concessions. The company said it offered credits, payment in installments and billing duration of less than a year to help users tide over the economic downturn triggered by the health crisis, sending its shares down 18% after the bell. Slack had in the previous quarter signaled weak demand from worst-affected industries like retail and travel, prompting it to withdraw its full-year billings target. “In Q2, growth in many of our customers contracted or flattened versus normal seasonal trends. In August, growth began to trend at more typical seasonal levels,” Chief Financial Officer Allen Shim said in a call with analysts. Slack’s quarterly billings rose 25%, but it fell short of the 38% growth it posted in the first quarter. Billings are an important metric for growth for a subscription-based platform like Slack. Its second-quarter revenue topped expectations by nearly $7 million, but that overachievement was not mirrored in the full-year outlook. Slack’s annual revenue forecast of $870 million-$876 million was roughly in line with expectations of $872.3 million. Excluding items, the company broke even, compared with analysts’ average estimate of a loss of 3 cents per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. (Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Arun Koyyur) Source linkContinue readingSlack’s shares fall 18% after quarterly billing growth slows

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Fall Guys will adopt Fortnite’s Easy Anti-Cheat software

When a game becomes particularly popular, cheating inevitably follows. With over 7 million Steam sales and counting, Fall Guys has unsurprisingly attracted plenty of cheats and hacks, and it’s starting to impact players’ enjoyment of the game.  Fall Guys dev Mediatonic promised in early August that it was working on a solution, and now we know what it is: the company plans to release a “BIG update” in the next couple of weeks that “adds the same anti-cheat used by games such as Fortnite”. We’re really sorry about the cheating problem!We’re expanding the current detection system this week to improve thingsWe also have a BIG update in the next couple of weeks that adds the same anti-cheat used by games such as FortniteThanks for bearing with us![Not BeanBot]September 6, 2020 Fortnite dev Epic Games, famous for its free game giveaways, purchased Kamu in 2018, a Helsinki-based company that created the Easy Anti-Cheat service. Kamu currently lists 124 PC games on its website that use its anti-cheat software, and it appears Fall Guys will soon add to that number.  Assuming Easy Anti-Cheat works the same way that it does with Fortnite, you will be prompted to install an EAC patch, and won’t be able to play the game until it detects the software on your computer. Until then, Mediatonic says it will expand its current “detection system” to catch cheaters during the game. This detection software kicks cheaters out at the conclusion of the round after they use a cheat, and…Continue readingFall Guys will adopt Fortnite’s Easy Anti-Cheat software

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The interactive fall foliage map is back to help you plan your autumn road trip

Even though California is setting record high temperatures this Labor Day weekend, autumn is mere weeks away. It might not feel like fall yet, but the changing foliage is definitely coming. And we have a digital map to prove it.  The 2020 Fall Foliage Prediction Map from SmokyMountains.com is finally live, which means you can officially start planning your outdoor fall activities and scenic road trips.  If you’ve never used the annual interactive tool before, you’re in for a real treat. This year’s map begins on Sept. 7, a day when minimal and patchy foliage is predicted in only a few states.  The map concludes on Nov. 23, when nearly the entire country will be be past-peak foliage.  By using a data-driven algorithm, the map analyzes temperature and precipitation records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with past leaf peak trends, to predict what foliage will look like across the U.S. in September, October, and November.  Though the map won’t be 100 percent accurate, the tool does offer some great visual insight into the season.  “The map should be especially useful to potential travelers, leaf peepers, and photographers as they pick future dates for trips to view peak fall in each area of the United States,” Smoky Mountains founder and statistical expert David Angotti said in a statement. “The date picker, which can be found at the bottom of the map, helps the user visualize how fall will progress for both specific destinations and the entire country.” To use the…Continue readingThe interactive fall foliage map is back to help you plan your autumn road trip

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‘Fall Guys’ will use the same anti-cheat software as ‘Fortnite’

We’re really sorry about the cheating problem! We’re expanding the current detection system this week to improve things We also have a BIG update in the next couple of weeks that adds the same anti-cheat used by games such as Fortnite Thanks for bearing with us! [Not BeanBot] — Fall Guys | BeanBot Activated 🤖 (@FallGuysGame) September 6, 2020 Fortnite developer Epic Games owns and uses Easy Anti-Cheat. The software is used by more than 120 games, and it’s proven to be pretty reliable. So this update should provide the anti-cheat support that Fall Guys fans are looking for.  Mediatonic has been working to fight cheaters for weeks now. It changed its detection criteria so that players would no longer have to report individual cheaters, and it started blocking cheaters in the middle of games, rather than after each round. It also closed a loophole that allowed cheaters to get around bans by creating new Family-Sharing accounts on Steam.  But as Engadget’s Matt Brian found, those efforts haven’t done much to stop cheaters.  So, @FallGuysGame insists that cheaters are auto-detected and removed from the game ASAP. Notice this little complication of four rounds (first two blink and you’ll miss), but pay attention to the last two rounds and how they continued to blatantly cheat and progress. pic.twitter.com/qjhASDOdQG — Matt Brian (@m4tt) September 5, 2020 Hopefully, adding Epic’s Easy Anti-Cheat will be more effective, so Fall Guys players can stop fighting cheaters and get back to playing the game.  Source linkContinue reading‘Fall Guys’ will use the same anti-cheat software as ‘Fortnite’

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Fall Guys Mobile release date, price, news and leaks

Fall Guys Mobile is happening, but before you rush to the App Store or Google Play Store to download it, the game is only planned for China right now. Any other Fall Guys games you come across aren’t legit, so please don’t download them. That doesn’t mean we won’t get a mobile version of Fall Guys in other countries soon. The game has been such a runaway success that developer Mediatonic and publisher Devolver will want to cash in as much as possible while the going’s good. And after achieving 7 million sales on Steam and becoming the most downloaded PS Plus game of all time, the going is certainly good. What is Fall Guys Mobile? (Image credit: Bilibili) Fall Guys Mobile hasn’t been released yet, but the game is only coming to China as it stands. As revealed by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter, a Chinese games and entertainment company called Bilibili has secured the rights to publish a mobile version of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout in China. Chinese games and entertainment company Bilibili has secured the rights to publish a mobile version of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout in China.The game released for PC and PS4 on August 4, 2020 and has become a viral hit.#FallGuys https://t.co/BjElzemUGr pic.twitter.com/EBgYq3pck5August 22, 2020 The game is likely to play and look a bit different from the console and PC version of Fall Guys, but the winning formula of playing as a bean-like character dressed as a pigeon should remain. With online…Continue readingFall Guys Mobile release date, price, news and leaks

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‘Fall Guys’ goes medieval with adorable Season 2 trailer: Watch

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. By Kellen Beck2020-08-27 19:43:23 UTC The first look at Fall Guys Season 2 arrived on Thursday thanks to Gamescom, showing some new levels to compete in and new costumes to turn your little bean into a knight, viking, dragon, or witch. Upcoming levels look like they keep that same bright, bubbly feeling that we’ve come to adore about Fall Guys but have more of a medieval theme. One of the levels has the familiar mechanic of jumping through hoops to accrue points for your team, while another introduces a new concept of moving around platforms to build a staircase and climb over a wall. As always, you need to be quick on your feet and play smart to make it to the end without being eliminated. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is available on Steam. Season 2 of Fall Guys does not have a release date yet.  Source linkContinue reading‘Fall Guys’ goes medieval with adorable Season 2 trailer: Watch