Captain Marvel punches out a 614 million opening day

first_img Powerful women of the Marvel universe TV and Movies Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel early reviews praise star Brie Larson Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan More on Marvel 3:04 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Share your voice Ticket site Fandango has already noted that Captain Marvel is the site’s top advance seller since Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.Hollywood needs a superhero right about now. Box Office Mojo reports that overall domestic box office numbers are down 27 percent compared to last year at this time, and Captain Marvel is expected to outperform all other movie weekends so far in 2019.Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as superhero Carol Danvers, and has been heavily promoted for its connection to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which in turns follows up 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.Originally published March 7, 2019 and will be continually updated as box office numbers are reported. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6 Comments Captain Marvel is already soaring at the box office. Marvel Captain Marvel is already flying up the box office charts after its first full day in theaters Friday.The Brie Larson superhero film earned an estimated $61.4 million domestically, Disney announced Saturday, including the $20.7 million preview day on Thursday.Of the 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe films released so far, Captain Marvel lands in seventh place as far as domestic opening day earnings. It trailed the three Avengers films, plus Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3. Disney is expecting three-day earnings of $145 to $155 million, the company said in a statement.Thursday’s showings gave the MCU its fifth biggest preview behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War.Internationally, the film earned $34.3 million in China, the second-highest MCU opening there, trailing Avengers: Infinity War. It was also the second-highest MCU opening in Spain, again trailing Infinity War, and fourth-highest in the UK. Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants

first_imgThe Justice Department is seeking feedback on the investigation from the public. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images The US Department of Justice has announced an antitrust review of how online platforms achieved market power, and whether they are reducing competition, stifling innovation and harming consumers. While the Justice Department hasn’t named specific companies, it’s targeting tech giants including Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal.Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the antitrust division said the companies’ power could lead them to “act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands.””The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online,” the DOJ added. It’s seeking feedback on the investigation from the public.The move is the latest effort by the US government to step up enforcement of tech’s biggest companies. For decades, the government largely avoided regulating or scrutinizing the tech world. That approach allowed companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook to grow to become some of the most highly valued in the world. But, critics argue, that growth came at the expense of user privacy and competitive choices in the marketplace.Following revelations Russian propagandists used Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter to interfere in the 2016 US election, lawmakers have expressed interest in taking tech to task. Since then, the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have agreed to split up antitrust enforcement of tech companies between the two agencies, according to various media reports. The DOJ would focus on Apple and Google, which is owned by parent company Alphabet, while the FTC would take on Facebook and Amazon, according to a report in the Journal.The Justice Department’s new probe, announced Tuesday, goes a step beyond those plans, the Journal said. The FTC in February said it formed a task force to monitor competition in the tech sector.”This is the antitrust question of the day,” Fiona Scott Morton, an economics professor at the Yale School of Management, said in an interview.Morton, who testified as an antitrust expert before congress during a hearing with tech companies last week, emphasized the scope of the investigation is still unclear, but she’d be interested in learning more about the general competition behavior of the big tech platforms.Twitter declined to comment. Amazon, Apple and Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Google meanwhile referred back to its testimony before Congress last week, during which its director of economic policy, Adam Cohen, said the company has “created new competition in many sectors.” He added, “New competitive pressures often lead to concerns from rivals. We have consistently shown how our business is designed and operated to benefit our customers.”The companies are likely to respond soon, since Facebook, Google parent Alphabet and Amazon are due to report their quarterly earnings to investors this week. Apple is set to report its results next week. TechlashThe backlash against the tech industry has been more bark than bite so far. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have hauled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai before various committees to discuss concerns over user privacy, election integrity and censorship.Though the hearings were designed to be big public showdowns between lawmakers and the tech industry, they instead exposed ignorance among government officials about how technology works in the first place. Last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the 85-year-old Republican from Utah, asked Zuckerberg, “If [a version of Facebook will always be free], how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” Zuckerberg paused a moment before saying, “Senator, we run ads.” He, and his staff sitting behind him, then grinned before Hatch moved on to his next question.  Mobile Tech Industry 3 Legal Facebook Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments reading • Department of Justice kicks off antitrust review of tech giants Tags Zuckerberg explains the internet to Congress 2:42 Share your voice The high-profile blunder made clear lawmakers were unlikely to act soon (and, in the past year, haven’t passed any meaningful laws to rein in tech). But that hasn’t stopped the DOJ or FTC from pursuing their own investigations, the first fruits of which may be announced this week. The FTC is expected to announce a $5 billion fine against Facebook for failing to adequately protect user data after learning Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy tied to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, had improperly purchased tens of millions of people’s profile information. Though the FTC considered including language that could potentially hold Zuckerberg personally responsible for future privacy screw-ups, that plan was ultimately abandoned, according to a report by The Washington Post.More comingTech companies know that while they’ve largely avoided scrutiny until now, something is coming. So far, they’ve opted to generally support regulation. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella have expressed support for stronger privacy rules. Zuckerberg and Dorsey have meanwhile supported the Honest Ads Act, which would require tech companies to disclose who pays for political ads on the internet, much the same way that television and radio stations do now. The tech companies have also stepped up lobbying in Washington, in an effort to help shape whatever may be coming. Facebook topped $4 million in spending in the three months ended June 30, discussing election integrity, privacy, security, advertising and competition, according to a recent government filing. Facebook’s spending was higher than Amazon ($4 million), Google ($2.9 million) and Apple ($1.8 million).The companies have also stepped up their public efforts to push back on any overambitious regulation. That includes a website Apple published in May, after the Supreme Court ruled iPhone owners can sue Apple, accusing its App Store of running a monopoly. Zuckerberg meanwhile has been publishing videos and podcasts of conversations he’s held with academics and other CEOs, discussing censorship and ethics.Whether any of that will help tech with increasing scrutiny it’s now facing is unclear. “We ultimately believe this is more noise vs. the start of broader structural changes across the tech food chain,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note to investors shortly after the DOJ’s announcement. “While the further analysis of business models from these tech stalwarts will cause some near-term uncertainty, ultimately we view it as a positive as this potentially could be a catalyst for more technology innovation and diversification down the road for these titans.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Corinne Reichert contributed to this report.Originally published July 23, 2:08 p.m. PT.Update, 4:12 p.m. PT: Adds details throughout. 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Sensex slumps 250 points ahead of Bihar election results

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex fell sharply by 248 points on Thursday, declining to the levels not seen in more than a month, as investors remained nervous ahead of counting for the Bihar assembly elections on 8 November.The Sensex closed at 26,304 points, down 0.94%, while the 50-share Nifty fell 85 points, or 1.05%, to end at 7,955.”Failure to sustain above 8,100 has reinforced weakness across the board. Selling pressure was felt across sectors with deterioration of market breadth, which is a cause of concern. Traders are advised to be cautious and selective in their stock selection even though valuations may seem relatively attractive,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.The five-phase Bihar election, which ended on 5 November, is being seen as a referendum for the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While some exit poll surveys are predicting a win for the NDA, others are saying that the mahagathbandan led by JD (U) could win by a slender margin due to the effective campaign by incumbent chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar. The fairly reliable of all the exit polls – Today’s Chanakya – has given the BJP-led NDA a clear majority of 155 seats and 85 to the Mahagathbandan (Grand Alliance).”Market is falling in anxiety to the Bihar exit poll prediction today. Bihar has 16 Rajya Sabha seats of which only 5 seats will retire in 2016 and this will not having any material impact on ruling government’s majority. This is unlikely to revamp the central governments capex of reforms going forward but only a sentimental impact in the near-term,” Vinod Nair, Head-Fundamental Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, told Business Standard.The sell-off was also led by growing hints over interest rate hike by the US central bank, which is a major negative for emerging markets like India.In her Congressional testimony, the US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen on Wednesday hinted at monetary tightening next month.”Following the relatively hawkish October FOMC statement and yesterday’s signals from Fed Chair Yellen and her two top lieutenants Fischer and Dudley reinforcing expectations of a December rate hike, the threshold for Fed lift-off seems rather low,” said Nordea Markets in a note.Renewed concerns over the US Fed rate hike in December have impacted global markets, with China’s Shanghai Composite index and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng falling by 0.25% and 0.7%, respectively.All the BSE sectoral indices ended lower, with Realty, Healtcare, Bankex and IT as the top losers.Reliance Capital (up 1.3%), NTPC (up 0.7%), Hero Motocorp (up 0.7%), ITC (up 0.4%) and Hindustan Unilever (up 0.2%) were the top gainers among the Sensex stocks, while DLF (down 5.1%), Tata Steel (down 4.2%), BHEL (down 3.3%), Bharti Airtel (down 2.8%) and SBI (down 2.1%) ended as biggest losers.On the commodities front, gold prices fell to Rs 180 to Rs 26,250 per 10 gram on the back of firmer US dollar. Silver prices also dropped by Rs 320 to Rs 35,750 per kg.Today’s Chanakyalast_img read more

Minister warns of stern action for anarchy over Khaleda verdict

first_imgAsaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File photoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Friday said stern action will be taken if anyone tries to create anarchy centring the verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while talking to reporters after a function organised on the occasion of the metropolitan family day at the Dhakeshwari temple in Old Dhaka.The verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman is scheduled to be delivered on 8 February.”Law is equal to all. If anybody tries to create anarchy centering the verdict, then action will be taken. Members of our law enforcement agencies have been kept alert in this regard,” he said.When asked whether any action would be taken against the people involved in clash between Narayanganj MP Shamim Osman’s supported hawkers and supporters of mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, the minister said, “We have been trying to identify the offenders through scrutinising video footages Then legal action will be taken against them.”On 16 January, at least 50 people, including seven policemen and five journalists, were injured in a clash when hawkers supported by Shamim Osman and his loyalists deterred Narayanganj City Corporation Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy’s move to free illegally occupied roads and footpaths at Chashara intersection of the river town.last_img read more

2 jailed for playing loud music

first_imgA mobile court has handed down jail terms for 15 days to two people in Hingla village under Raozan upazila in Chittagong for playing loud music at dead of night, officials said.They are Mohammad Sohel, 24 and Mohammad Saiful Islam, 18.The officials said that the mobile court awarded the punishment for playing loud music in a DJ party at a wedding ceremony at 3:30am. The loud music caused disturbance to the locals and they lodged a complaint with the local authorities.  Raozan Upazila Nirbahi Officer (chief executive of the sub-district) Shamim Hossain conducted the drive. Local law enforcement authorities also assisted him. UNO Shamim Hossain told Prothom Alo that they would not tolerate any sound pollution after 11:00pm at night.“The two people were playing music dead at night without any permission. The mobile court awarded the punishment for disturbing the people,” he said.last_img read more

Intels Perceptual Computing marks neodesktop era

first_img(Phys.org)—Intel wants you to know that voice, face and gesture control will become a familiar feature in computers. The time for a new kind of notebook world is now, for Intel, and computing facets including touch, voice, and visual are seated under Intel’s umbrella term, Perceptual Computing. Intel is promoting this idea as the way people will interact with their computers, and the accent is on the word interact. The keyboard and mouse retreat in the background yielding to gestures and face and speech recognition. Citation: Intel’s Perceptual Computing marks neo-desktop era (2013, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-intel-perceptual-neo-desktop-era.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The idea and implementation are not in the so-distant future and Intel wants to get this platform going. Intel is offering developers a Perceptual Computing SDK in beta. As a voice recognition partner, Nuance is partnering with Intel for advanced voice recognition with support for nine languages in 27 countries.Built-in features will include voice assistance for posting news and updates to social networking sites, searching Wikipedia, and controlling video games. The $150 3-D camera peripheral, through an Intel partnership with Creative, will be able to sense gestures from between six to 36 inches. The camera will go on sale some time this year but developers are invited to buy it on the website. Intel is encouraging developers to buy the Creative Interactive Gesture Camera Developer Kit. This refers to a depth-sensor camera for use with the kit for object-tracking. Intel: Ultrabooks will be thin and light but heavy in innovationcenter_img Ballista Perceptual Computing Demo Facial recognition, which Intel is using as part of its plan, is being promoted as a tool for computer security within this vision of Perceptual Computing. Intel believes the capability will enable stronger passwords. The facial recognition component will be able to detect multiple muscular points on a person’s face, lessening the risk of unauthorized access via attempts to get in via a photo or video.Meanwhile, Intel is actively reaching out to enterprising developers who will be key in driving the adoption of this platform. Intel anticipates developers will want to show their coding skills and let their imaginations fly. Intel’s free Perceptual Computing SDK, in all, will allow developers to work with facial analysis, speech recognition, hand and finger tracking, and 2-D/3-D object tracking on Intel’s Ultrabooks. As sources of inspiration, Intel is offering developers a “showcase” of applications created using the SDK. Examples include a rhythm action game for gesture technology platforms. Last month, Intel announced another motivator, the Perceptual Computing Challenge, with cash prizes, as a developer contest running throughout 2013. The Challenge is promoting development of gaming, productivity, multimodal, and creative UI applications using the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK and Creative Interactive Gesture Camera. The Intel shift that the company wants to effect sooner than later strengthens the role of the interface. The Perceptual-Computing model makes use of voice and face recognition which could replace passwords for user authentication; gesture recognition would be another important feature especially fit for gaming and educational activities. Kirk Skaugen, Intel vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, recently elaborated on the concept of Perceptual Computing for an audience at the Consumer Electronics Show. More information: software.intel.com/en-us/vcsou … eptual-computing-sdk © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more