Share your voice Culture Gaming 0 Post a comment Many gamers these days like to play online with friends. Discord helps them do that. Getty Images You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon. The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it’s increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more. Overall, the company says it counts more than 250 million registered users, or basically the same number of people who’ve signed up to play the cultural phenom Fortnight. More than 56 million people log in each month on the app, which marks its fourth anniversary Monday. “As Discord has grown, it’s gone mainstream,” the company said in a statement. Discord is praised for its sleek design, similar to business chat software Slack. Discord While it’s true the 165-person company has become popular outside of gaming, its most popular “servers” (or, chat rooms) are typically gaming related. The top server is for Fortnite, followed by a similar battle game Spellbreak, then Fortnite competitor PUBG. Microsoft’s world building game Minecraft, Supercell’s strategy game Clash Royale and Ubisoft’s Rainbow 6 military survival game are also popular. Its good-natured gaming roots and slick design have made it popular among gamers looking to easily chat with friends or organize a gaming session from across town or on another side of the world. It’s often called “Slack for gamers,” a reference to the similarly designed business software that’s expected to hold an initial public offering this year. But Discord has a darker side. White supremacists and hackers have gravitated to the platform, in part because of its ease of use and insufficient bureaucracy to track and punish them. That’s different from companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have employee bases many times larger than Discord’s and have taken a harder line, even using computer programs to identify and then excise bad actors from their communities. Still, San Francisco-based Discord is pushing forward. It’s launched a game sales service to compete with the likes of Fortnite maker Epic and Valve’s popular “Steam” store. The company declined to say how many games it’s sold through that effort. Tags
George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones has come to a bittersweet end with season 8. Now that the story of Starks, Lannisters, and Targaryens has finally ended, the entire fandom of GoT is eagerly waiting to learn intrinsic details about its prequel. Earlier this week, Martin revealed some shocking details about the forthcoming series, which you can check below.As per our previous reports, the first prequel to HBO’s Game of Thrones is currently filming in Northern Ireland. Acclaimed author George RR Martin is serving as an executive producer of the show which is being created by Jane Goldman. The show is said to take place roughly 5,000 years before the events depicted in Game of Thrones books and the subsequent TV series. It was also made clear by the author that the prequel is dated even before there were Dragons or Targaryens. Entertainment Weekly has now learned some exclusive details about the show which makes every GoT fan desperate.During his conversation with EW, George RR Martin stated the Westeros is divided into 100 kingdoms in the prequel series. There were only seven big kingdoms that were shown in Game of Thrones but the prequel is said to have 100 kingdoms, which simply means that the prequel series is going to have a huge star cast and several parallel storylines. Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookAlthough there will not be any Dragons or Targaryens in the show, the prequel is surely going to bring back Starks and direwolves. As per Martin, the prequel is also going to feature the White Walkers or The Others but there will also be other huge animals like mammoths. If the prequel is going to have The White Walkers then our previous speculation about Night King and his early life as a Night commander of the Night Watch could probably be true.Moreover, Martin revealed that the show is not going to feature Lannisters but there will surely be going to have Castlery Rock. As per Martin, the huge castle is “occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones.”As of now, we don’t have any official release date of Game of Thrones prequel which is currently rumoured to be called as Bloodnight or The Longest Night. However, there are speculations that HBO could release the first prequel somewhere around March 2020 or 2021.
Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and members of police in Syedpur village in Haziganj upazila of Chandpur district early Thursday.Deceased Jakir Hossain, 40, son of one Abdul Latif of Swarna village in the upazila, was a ringleader and wanted in eight robbery related cases, said police.A team of patrol police found Jakir and his associates taking preparations for robbery in Syedpur village around 2:30am, said Haziganj police station officer-in-charge (OC) Jabedul Islam.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the OC added, the robbers opened fire on policemen that prompted them to take action in self-defence.A gun-battle took place in the area leaving Jakir injured with bullets, he said.OC Jabedul Islam also said injured Jakir was taken to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead around 4:00am.Police recovered one pipe-gun and a few locally made weapons from the spot, he added.
A brief video released by NASA on Thursday night shows Hurricane Harvey’s churning toward central Texas, where it is projected to make landfall in between Friday night and Saturday morning.Cameras aboard the International Space Station recorded the footage on Thursday evening. Share
Video advertising technology specialist YuMe has received a strategic investment of US$12 million (€9 million) from Samsung’s venture capital arm, Samsung Ventures, and Translink Capital.The company said the funding would be used to aggressively expand its footprint in the connected TV space and fuel its global expansion.YuMe’s system for connected TVs, the Embedded SDK, includes technology that CE manufacturer can use to create a monetisation platform in their devices. The Embedded SDK integrates with YuMe’s flagship technology, ACE for Publishers, and the YuMe Connected Audience Network. ACE for Publishers enables publishers to simplify video ad serving and management functions across connected device channels, according to the company, while the Connected Audience Network is YuMe’s premium in-stream video ad network.
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has upgraded its networks in Zaporizhia in eastern Ukraine, Kirovohrad in central Ukraine and Chernivtsi in the western part of the country, enabling it to offer DOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed internet services in the three cities. Customers in Zaporizhia, Kirovohrad and Chernivtsi will be able to subscribe to 60Mbps and 100Mbps packages as well as a new package of internet bundled with TV services.The company said it would offer free replacement modems to all customer that subscribed to internet packages of 30Mbps or above.
The 13 top US pay TV operators lost 150,000 TV subscribers in the third quarter, compared with a loss of only 25,000 for the same period in 2013, according to research by Leichtman Research Group.Satellite was worst hit, with satellite TV operator losing 40,000 customers in the quarter, compared with a net gain of 174,000 in the third quarter of 2013. Cable did slightly better than last year, with a loss of 440,000 video customers for the same period last year, but IPTV providers did worse than last year, gaining 330,000 subscribers against a 2013 gain of 400,000.Putative merger partners Time Warner Cable and Comcast were the biggest cable losers, dropping 182,000 and 81,000 video customers respectively. Of the satellite players, DirecTV added 28,000 customers while DISH gained only 12,000. IPTV provider AT&T U-verse was the biggest pay TV gainer by far, adding 216,000 customers in the quarter, against 114,000 for Verizon FiOS.Overall, the top operators were down about 100,000 subscribers over the last year, according to Leichtman.“The pay-TV industry is characterized by seasonality. While the first and second quarters of 2014 showed slight industrywide improvements over 2013, the third quarter was down from a year ago,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc.“If recent history is an indicator, the pay TV industry will follow the fourth quarter trend, and close 2014 with a modest subscriber gain in the quarter.”According to Leichtman, the top 13 providers account for 95.3 million subscribers, or 95% of the US pay TV market.
Andrés ArmasUTECA, the body that represents Spanish TV commercial terrestrial channels, has called on the next government to limit the amount of advertising on pay TV channels amidst claims that the current rules favour the pay sector.Currently, pay TV channels can air over 12 minutes of advertising per hour, while the free-to-air channels of Atresmedia and Mediaset are restricted.UTECA president Andrés Armas said a change was necessary to ensure competitive equality. The body has called for the government to limit the number of minutes of advertising permitted to channels distributed by operators such as Movistar, Orange and Vodafone.Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC levied a number of sanctions against the commercial channels last year for breaching the advertising limits on their channels.UTECA also rejected calls for the restoration of advertising on public broadcaster RTVE’s channels, arguing that the pubcaster had not taken any measures to restructure its operations and cut costs.Armas has also called on the government to allocate terrestrial spectrum to private broadcasters in a way that does not set limits on the number of channels that can be offered over that spectrum, following the various reversals suffered by terrestrial broadcasters that have had their licences thrown into question by the country’s Supreme Court.UTECA also called for a revision of the law regarding the financing of Spanish audiovisual works by broadcasters, calling for more equal treatment between TV production and support for Spanish cinema.