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13 Dec 18
National Post

You can blend classics with modern touches, or start with a whole new approach — just focus on what brings you pleasure

13 Dec 18
VentureBeat
As the Sega Genesis turns 30, Amazon has teamed up with Sega to offer Sega Classics, a package of 25 of the most popular Genesis games, on Amazon Fire TV. The games include Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage. Yes, that means my colleague Mike Minotti can do the Sega scream, “Sega! Sega! Sega!” The collection costs $15. Golden Axe To play, customers only need their Fire TV remote – or they can pair a compatible Bluetooth controller to their device. To get started, players simply need to open the Sega Classics app on a Fire TV and start playing. Fifteen of the games support multiplayer, so you can play on the couch with friends and family. Sega Classics games include: Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic CD The Revenge of Shinobi Ristar Golden Axe Beyond Oasis Decap Attack ESWAT: City Under Siege Street of Rage Street of Rage II Street of Rage III Gunstar Heroes Dynamite Headdy Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine Columns Bio-Hazard Battle Comix Zone Alien Storm Bonanza Bros Golden Axe II Golden Axe III Gain Ground Altered Beast Sonic Spinball Sega Classics is also available on Fire TV devices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Australia, France, Italy, and Spain.
13 Dec 18
The Gymternet

How will Shallon Olsen fare in NCAA? What is going on in the men’s Bundesliga scoring? Are there any Italian juniors from 2004 or beyond we should watch?

13 Dec 18
Homizer

  Description by ZZ Architects: “The owner’s only request was a home that defines their lifestyle, love for entertaining and a casual yet sophisticated look. We had designed their earlier villa and it was necessary to develop this apartment based in Beaumonde, a luxury home in South Mumbai differently. The design concept revolved along the […]

12 Dec 18
VentureBeat
Even after a life on the internet, the hosts of the GamesBeat Decides podcast discovered this week that a picture of Sonic the Hedgehog could still disturb them. On this podcast, co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb (PC gaming editor) and Mike Minotti (reviews editor) discuss the horrifying man limbs on Paramount Pictures’ Sonic. When not despairing at the unholy hedgehog, the GamesBeat Decides crew also talk about some December games. Mike discusses his review for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Surprise! He really likes it. Both guys are also enjoying PlayStation VR’s Astro Bot, and Jeff has a lot of nice things to say about Return of the Obra Dinn. In the news, we run down the headlines from The Game Awards. That includes some new games, DLC for Smash, and the Epic Games Store. Join us and enjoy: [iframe src=”https://cast.rocks/player/6274/GB-Decides-105.mp3?episodeTitle=105%3A%20BLUE%20FURRY%20MAN%20LEGS&podcastTitle=GamesBeat%20Decides&episodeDate=December%2012th%2C%202018&imageURL=https%3A%2F%2Fcast.rocks%2Fhosting%2F6274%2Ffeeds%2F7QE8N.jpg&itunesLink=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fpodcast%2Fgamesbeat-decides%2Fid1176366805%3Fmt%3D2″ style=”border: none; min-height: 265px; max-height: 320px; max-width: 558px; min-width: 270px; width: 100%; height: 100%;” scrollbars=”no”] Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike:  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Astro Bot: Rescue Mission Monster Boy Jeff: Paratopic Starlink Dusk Return of the Obra Dinn News Sonic the Hedgehog abomination The Game Awards Epic Games Store Joker is Smash DLC Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Mortal Kombat 11 Dragon Age 4 Anthem trailer The Last Campfire Crash Team Racing Journey The Outer Worlds Starbreeze raided China has a new ethics board for rating games Monster Hunter: World is getting an expansion John Romero is making Sigil, which is a level pack for Doom Panzer Dragoon 1 and 2 getting remakes. This podcast is brought to you by the producers of The Fast and the Furious.
10 Dec 18
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American firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has completed a house in Miami Beach, with a flat roof, glass walls and pilotis, all evocative of the region’s modernist architecture. Spanning 5,192 square feet (482 square metres), the two-storey San Marino Residence is located on an island in Biscayne Bay. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the house as “a

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10 Dec 18
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American firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has completed a house in Miami Beach, with a flat roof, glass walls and pilotis, all evocative of the region’s modernist architecture. Spanning 5,192 square feet (482 square metres), the two-storey San Marino Residence is located on an island in Biscayne Bay. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the house as “a

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04 Dec 18
R-bloggers

spatsoc is an R package written by Alec Robitaille, Quinn Webber and Eric Vander Wal of the Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab (WEEL) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. It is the lab’s first R package and was recently accepted through the rOpenSci onboarding process with a big thanks to reviewers Priscilla Minotti and Filipe Teixeira, and editor Lincoln Mullen.

spatsoc started as a single function (what would eventually become group_pts) written by Alec in 2017 to help answer some of the questions that Quinn and Eric were asking about how animal social structure is related to spatial processes. These ideas were originally proposed by Quinn and Eric in their recent review paper 1. After our ideas were published, we began using this early function to determine when GPS collared caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in Newfoundland were recorded within 50 m of one another, within 5 minutes. This spatiotemporal grouping allowed us to build and analyze social association networks with asnipe and igraph. Using animal telemetry data with social network analysis allowed us to draw new insights from a long term movement dataset.



Juliana Ballufi-Fry

Social network analysis

Social network analysis (SNA) is a powerful tool for measuring associations and relationships between individuals with implications for disease transmission, species interactions and community structure. SNA uses graph theory and networks to reconstruct social structures, where nodes represent individuals and edges represent the relationships or associations between them. Social networks built from spatsoc results are explicitly association networks, with the edges being defined by the spatiotemporal grouping of relocations as opposed to observed social interactions. Spiegel et al. 2 showed that combining social network analysis with telemetry data of sleepy lizards can reveal insights about social structures in which the individuals and their behaviours that shape it are otherwise difficult to directly observe.

Animal telemetry data

The quantity and accessibility of animal movement data is increasing. A number of recent articles have suggested we are in a “golden age of animal tracking science” with large, extensive movement datasets being collected for a diversity of species, many of which are publicly available 3. Movebank is a global data archive of animal movement data, with over 800 taxa and 1 billion relocations. It also hosts an archive of published datasets with accompanying DOI and licenses used in over 100 publications, backed by a formal review process to ensure data quality.

Animal telemetry technology is improving rapidly, as battery systems improve and sensors become smaller. Deployments of more advanced biologging devices on animals means less frequent captures to redeploy and more continuous data. ICARUS (the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space) is a collaborative project using GPS and 3D accelerometry loggers powered by solar panels and rechargeable batteries to produce continuous, high temporal and spatial resolution data. The goal of ICARUS is to use this data to better understand movement of animals and selecting forces that act on individuals and contribute to our understanding of health, disease epidemics and even potentially predict volcanoes and earthquakes!

spatsoc allows us to answer the question:

when and where are individuals close to each other?

The spatiotemporal grouping of spatsoc can lead to many outcomes. We developed it to build proximity based social association networks from GPS relocation data but others may use it to measure species interactions or shared space use among con- or hetero-specifics. We are not restricted to dyadic interactions since spatsoc groups relocations for all individuals in space and time. spatsoc’s flexible functions let user define spatial and temporal grouping thresholds.

Package installation

Install the development version with remotes.

remotes::install_github('ropensci/spatsoc')

# or CRAN
install.packages('spatsoc')

Temporal and point based spatial grouping

For this example, we will use bison data from the “Dunn Ranch Bison Tracking Project” (Max Planck Institute and Nature Conservancy Missouri) available on Movebank here. We will import the downloaded data (CSV format) with data.table’s fread. This function is fast when data gets big and data.table is the required format for all DT arguments in spatsoc.

Note: to download the data from Movebank you will need to make an account and accept the terms of the data. We are only going to use a subset of the available data for this example and we have renamed the downloaded file to Bison.csv for brevity. Lastly, select “Add UTM coordinates” on the download page to ensure we have projected coordinates ready for spatsoc.

# Load packages
library(spatsoc)
library(data.table)

# Read data as a data.table
DT <- fread('Bison.csv')

# Cast the character column 'timestamp' as a POSIXct, saved as 'datetime'
# GMT/UTC timezone as specific in the data's README.txt
DT[, datetime := as.POSIXct(timestamp, tz = 'GMT')]

# Subset to 2015
DT <- DT[year(datetime) == 2015]

# Temporal grouping with threshold of 5 minutes
group_times(DT = DT, datetime = 'datetime', threshold = '5 minutes')

# Spatial grouping with threshold of 25 meters
group_pts(DT = DT, threshold = 25, id = 'individual_local_identifier',
          coords = c('utm-easting', 'utm-northing'), timegroup = 'timegroup')

Behind the scenes, we are building a distance matrix and using the connected components to determine group membership.

library(igraph)
distMatrix <- as.matrix(dist(cbind(X, Y), method = "euclidean"))
graphAdj <- graph_from_adjacency_matrix(distMatrix <= threshold,
                                        mode = 'undirected', diag = FALSE)
groups <- clusters(graphAdj)$membership

A distance matrix measures the spatial distance between all of the individuals. The spatial distance threshold defined by the user is used to turn the distance matrix into a boolean matrix.

This matrix is then passed to igraph to build a graph, and the connected components are extracted. The connected components represent the distinct, separate subgraphs that make up a graph. In this case, there are three connected components representing our spatiotemporal groups.

Reflecting on the process

spatsoc was submitted to rOpenSci on July 16 2018 and accepted on October 26 2018. Based on feedback during the review process, the package documentation and usability were greatly improved. The rOpenSci onboarding process represented a different standard than CRAN, where test coverage, useful documentation and goodpractice were just as important as getting 0 errors | 0 warnings | 0 messages. We really appreciated the common goal of improving the package shared by package authors, rOpenSci reviewers, and editor.

The package building process gave us a better understanding of how the functions and packages we use in our analyses are built. Using powerful tools like unit testing and CRAN checks we could ensure our code was well written. Alec was really surprised how much he enjoyed writing unit tests, thinking of all the different ways things could fail and setting up the necessary framework to prevent it, returning useful warnings and errors when it did.

In the future: more packages! For personal use, for fun, and for sharing new methods and tools with the R community. The flexibility and power of the package as a fundamental unit of sharing functions (and data, projects, etc.). Next time, we will write unit tests and documentation as we go (hopefully!). We are looking forward to engaging in more collaboration opportunities in the R community through the rOpenSci onboarding process as authors and reviewers or less formally through Pull Requests or Issue Boards.

Resources

Check out the repository, contribute to open issues or open a new issue! We have written three vignettes and created a website using pkgdown. If the documentation and these resources still leave you with questions about using the package, please contact us or create an issue.

We are always open to chat about our ideas, the research we are currently doing with spatsoc, and the research we plan to do in the future, so please let us know if you have any questions.

References

1: Webber, Q. M., & Vander Wal, E. (2018). An evolutionary framework outlining the integration of individual social and spatial ecology. Journal of Animal Ecology.

2: Spiegel, O., Sih, A., Leu, S. T., & Bull, C. M. (2018). Where should we meet? Mapping social network interactions of sleepy lizards shows sex-dependent social network structure. Animal Behaviour.

3: Kays, R., Crofoot, M. C., Jetz, W., & Wikelski, M. (2015). Terrestrial animal tracking as an eye on life and planet. Science.

02 Dec 18
Official Blockchain News & Information

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01 Dec 18
VentureBeat
The GamesBeat Decides podcast is back to talk about all of the games and news happening over the last week. That includes a check-in on Red Dead Redemption 2, trying to finish Spider-Man, and trying out The Missing. In the news, GamesBeat Decides co-hosts Jeffrey Grubb (PC gaming editor) and Mike Minotti (reviews editor) dive into the Fallout 76 mess. Few people love the game, and Bethesda is making things worse with some unforced errors. For example, it sold people a special edition of Fallout 76 with a canvas bag, but then the final product shipped with the flimsiest nylong bag in the history of the world. The GamesBeat Decides crew also dives into some strong sales for Nintendo Switch, Casey Hudson teasing Dragon Age, and what’s up with The Game Awards. Listen and enjoy, and maybe even learn something for once: [iframe src=”https://cast.rocks/player/6274/GB-Decides-104.mp3?episodeTitle=104%3A%20TODD’S%20VERY%20GROSS%20BAG&podcastTitle=GamesBeat%20Decides&episodeDate=November%2030th%2C%202018&imageURL=https%3A%2F%2Fcast.rocks%2Fhosting%2F6274%2Ffeeds%2F7QE8N.jpg&itunesLink=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fpodcast%2Fgamesbeat-decides%2Fid1176366805%3Fmt%3D2&#8243; style=”border: none; min-height: 265px; max-height: 320px; max-width: 558px; min-width: 270px; width: 100%; height: 100%;” scrollbars=”no”] Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike:  Red Dead Redemption 2 Pokémon Go Jeff: Spider-Man The Missing: J.J. MacField and the Island of Memories News FTC plans to investigate loot boxes Fallout 76 is a mess Nintendo Switch did well on Black Friday Anthem is getting an alpha Casey Hudson teases Dragon Age The Game Wards will reveal 10 new games Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fastest preselling Switch game Nintendo kills its revenue-sharing program on YouTube, which no one liked. Get hyped, and sue anyone who kills the hype.
22 Nov 18
VentureBeat
Happy Thanksgiving. It’s a good time to reflect on all that we at GamesBeat and VentureBeat have to be thankful for. We are glad you have been reading GamesBeat and VentureBeat, and we’ve been happy to serve both to you for more than a decade. We hope that you can enjoy the holiday, and spice it up with a little gaming. I received this bit of pictured swag — the Power Armor Helmet from Fallout 76 — from Bethesda, just in time for the launch of Fallout 76, the post-apocalyptic multiplayer game set in the beautiful re-growing landscape and mountains of West Virginia. Thank you for supporting our continuing effort to bring real journalism, unlike my unboxing video, to the larger video game industry. We try to explain the trends of games, and convey why it matters to our core readers. We cover the important news of the industry for executives and developers, with the expectation that this will also be fun to read for larger consumer audiences as well. We do that most days of the year, except on days like today when we’re taking it easy and playing games. I’ll be playing some Battlefield V on the Xbox One, playing Pokemon Go and Ingress Prime on an Apple iPhone XR, and showing my extended family what it’s like to play Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders on the Magic Leap One Creator Edition augmented reality glasses. And maybe I’ll visit West Virginia with my helmet on. I hope you can get everything on your wishlist on Black Friday, or soon after. I’ve already played Call of Duty: Blackout, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. But I’ve still got some games on my to-play list. I hope to get through at least a taste of the year’s important games. Anyway, like I said, this post doesn’t contain any real journalism. I would like to make a short commercial announcement. I hope you can all attend our GamesBeat Summit event at Two Bit Circus in downtown Los Angeles on April 23-24, 2019. It will be good. And I would like to take the opportunity to thank the GamesBeat team for their tireless work. Let me extend my heartfelt thanks to Jason Wilson, Jeff Grubb, Mike Minotti, and Rowan Kaiser, as well as many other writers who have contributed to GamesBeat over the years. Thanks also to our VentureBeat writing team, our fantastic business and events team, and our boss Matt Marshall. Thank you for being part of our community and reading all of the posts that we’ve been bringing you every day for the past decade-plus. I realize we’re lucky to be surviving and thriving in the media business, and we wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t for you. And we’ll find a place to donate this helmet. Cheers.
21 Nov 18
VentureBeat
It’s time for Thanksgiving here in the United States, and that means it’s time for naps and catching up on video games. Oh, and family or something. On this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast, we talk about all of that and killing Sean Bean. On this episode, co-host (and GamesBeat reviews editor) Mike Minotti talks about how much he is enjoying Pokémon — Let’s Go. Fellow co-host (and PC gaming editor) Jeffrey Grubb tries to avoid the call of Pikachu because $60 is a lot of money. The crew also checks in on Overwatch. In the news, Mike and Jeff break down the most recent NPD Group report for the gaming industry. Turns out that releasing a Call of Duty and Red Dead in October could lead to a lot of spending. And the GamesBeat team is even more skeptical than ever that PlayStation 5 is coming soon. I hope you will join us for an enjoyable Turkey Day and black Friday! [iframe src=”https://cast.rocks/player/6274/GB-Decides-103.mp3?episodeTitle=103%3A%20YES%20IT’S%20TRUE%2C%20THIS%20XBOX%20HAS%20NO%20DISC&podcastTitle=GamesBeat%20Decides&episodeDate=November%2021st%2C%202018&imageURL=https%3A%2F%2Fcast.rocks%2Fhosting%2F6274%2Ffeeds%2F7QE8N.jpg&itunesLink=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fpodcast%2Fgamesbeat-decides%2Fid1176366805%3Fmt%3D2&#8243; style=”border: none; min-height: 265px; max-height: 320px; max-width: 558px; min-width: 270px; width: 100%; height: 100%;” scrollbars=”no”] Here’s everything we talk about: Games Mike:  Pokémon — Let’s Go Overwatch Jeff: Hitman 2 Bad North News October 2018 NPD Discless Xbox One Valve discontinues the Steam Link Civilization VI: Gathering Storm expansion Ubisoft reverses its decision to edit Rainbow Six: Siege for China Activision is considering putting subtitles into Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Let’s go shopping!
20 Nov 18
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20 Nov 18
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Located in a luxury residential estate in Cape Town’s Constantia Valley, this home exudes self‐assured sophistication through a minimalist approach. The initial architecture conceptualized by Vivid Architects was refined and developed by leading South African Architecture firm SAOTA. It reveals a dramatic façade, with a honed stone floor and wall slabs lending themselves to the bold aesthetic. Tasked to create an interior that could confidently fit into this dominant setting, and working closely with the owners, Mark Rielly, of interior design studio ARRCC, reveled in the challenge.