Microsoft Removes Carlton, Floss Dances From Forza Horizon 4 – Kotaku

Microsoft Removes Carlton, Floss Dances From Forza Horizon 4 – Kotaku

The Carlton and Floss dance emotes are no longer available in Forza Horizon 4 following changes made to the game as part of today’s big Series 5 update. Although publisher Microsoft won’t say why it removed the emotes, both dances are the subjects of lawsuits against publisher Epic Games for using them in the mega-popular game Fortnite.

While the player controls cars in Forza Horizon 4 and not people, driver avatars sometimes appear on screen, at which point they can perform dance moves of the player’s choice. The game’s Carlton emote lets players’ avatars perform actor Alfonso Ribeiro’s dance from The Fresh Prince while the Floss emote lets them perform the dance originally performed by Instagram personality Russell Horning, better known as Backpack Kid, on Saturday Night Live back in 2017. Both have now been taken out of the game.

When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Microsoft would not elaborate on why the emotes were removed. In a statement, the spokesperson said, “Forza Horizon 4 features a large portfolio of content and is continuously updated.” The emotes have been in the game since it released in October 2018. Other emotes based on popular dances, like one that imitates Drake’s Hotline Bling dance, are still in the game.

Their removal today comes as lawsuits pile up against Epic Games for some of the emotes included in its game. In December 2018, rapper 2 Milly filed a lawsuit against the company for Fortnite’s use of his Milly Rock dance, re-named in the game “Swipe It.” Later that month, Ribeiro and Horning joined in with their own lawsuits. Ribeiro is also suing 2K, the company behind the NBA 2K games, for using the Carlton dance as an emote in the past.

The latest person to file a lawsuit over emotes based on real-life dances is Rachel McCumbers, the mother of the boy whose dance was added to Fortnite after he submitted it as part of Epic Games’ BoogieDown contest. As Variety reports, McCumbers’ son, known in the Fortnite world as “Orange Shirt Kid,” lobbied the company and fans to try and get his dance added to the game, which Epic Games eventually ended up doing, titling it “Orange Justice.” The rules of the contest stated that no one who participated would be paid, but that hasn’t stopped McCumbers from suing the company for unspecified damages. 

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Apple Music coming to select Verizon Unlimited plans at no extra cost: report – Phone Arena

Verizon’s Unlimited customers have had access to a six-month free Apple Music trial for quite some time now. But according to a new
report by
9To5Mac, free Apple Music will soon become a permanent addition for some.

Specifically, it seems both existing and new customers on the $50 Beyond Unlimited and $60 Above Unlimited plans will soon receive an
Apple Music subscription, which is valued at $9.99 per month, bundled in for free.

Customers that are currently on the $40 Go Unlimited plan will unfortunately still have to make do with a six-month free trial for Apple Music or continue paying their current subscription to the streaming service. Considering the update Beyond Unlimited plan costs just $10 more, though, it may be worth upgrading.

After all, in addition to Apple Music, the Beyond Unlimited plan offers 22GB of full-speed 4G LTE data without throttling, HD-quality video streaming (720p) rather than 480p streaming and 15GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data.

According to the report,
Verizon will announce the update to its plans by this coming Thursday, January 17. The integrated Apple Music subscription will be available to both Android and iOS users.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class Sedan Pricing Announced – Car and Driver

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class Sedan Pricing Announced – Car and Driver

Mercedes-Benz has announced that its newest, smallest car, the 2019 A-class sedan, will start at $33,495 when it goes on sale in early 2019. That makes it the least expensive car that Mercedes sells, undercutting the current CLA by $600. The low cost of entry should help bring even more new customers to the brand; the company says more than 50 percent of CLA buyers were new to the Mercedes-Benz brand.

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Despite the price, the A-class sedan has a long list of standard equipment. A panoramic sunroof, LED head- and taillights, automated emergency braking, and dual 7.0-inch screens (one in place of the gauge cluster and one for the infotainment) are all standard. Options will include features like adaptive cruise control, augmented-reality navigation, and AMG Line body styling. Adding all-wheel drive costs $2000, meaning the 2019 A220 4Matic’s price is $35,495.

So far, Mercedes has only announced the base prices, but a spokesperson told us that a configurator with detailed option pricing will go live on the Benz website later this week. We’ll update this story when more information is available.

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Sony Unveils the a6400: Real-Time Eye AF and Tracking, World’s Fastest AF – PetaPixel

Sony Unveils the a6400: Real-Time Eye AF and Tracking, World’s Fastest AF – PetaPixel

Sony has just announced its latest mirrorless camera. The new a6400 features an impressive list of specs and features, including real-time eye autofocus, real-time tracking, and the world’s fastest autofocus.

Inside the a6400 is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor backed by the latest-generation BIONZ X image processor. It has a maximum ISO of 32000 (expandable to 102,400) and can shoot continuous photos at up to 11 frames per second with the mechanical shutter or 8fps with silent shooting, both with full AF/AE tracking. The buffer can capture bursts of up to 116 JPEG frames or 46 RAW compressed frames.

One of the main strengths of the a6400 is its autofocus capabilities. The camera packs 425 phase- and contrast-detect AF points that cover 84% of the image area. Sony claims that the autofocus system is the fastest in the world, locking onto subjects in just 0.02 seconds.

The a6400 also introduces Sony’s new advanced “Real-time Eye AF” and “Real-time Tracking” features.

Real-time Eye AF is the latest iteration of Sony’s Eye AF tech. It uses AI-based object recognition to detect and track eyes, improving the accuracy, speed, and performance.

“In all autofocus modes, the camera now automatically detects the eyes of the subject and activates Eye AF with a half press of the shutter button, and when in AF-C or AF-A mode, the preferred eye (left or right) of your subject can be selected as the focus point,” Sony says. “Choices include Auto / Right Eye / Left Eye, and a Switch Right / Left Eye function is able to be assigned to a custom function as well.”

Sony will also be expanding the eye tracking to animals — a feature that could be invaluable for wildlife photographers — later in the summer of 2019 with a camera update.

Real-time Tracking also uses the same AI-based system to recognize subjects and ensure that they’re captured well.

“Real-time Tracking is a new object tracking function that keeps the most challenging moving subject in focus,” Sony says. “The ability to select any subject to be tracked while the shutter button is half-pressed provides new framing flexibility and allows the user to concentrate more fully on the image. If the subject is a person, AI is used to detect and keep track of the subject’s eye and face in real time for extremely high tracking precision.”

On the back of the a6400 is a 3-inch 921.6K-dot 180-degree tilting touchscreen LCD that’s perfect for selfies and vlogging.

Above the EVF is a 2.36-million-dot XGA Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder.

For video, the a6400 can shoot internal UHD 4K with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. The camera collects “about 2.4x the amount of data required for 4K movies, and then oversamples it to produce high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth,” Sony says. 1080p Full HD can be shot at 120fps and up to 100Mbps.

Additional video features include S-Log2 and S-Log3, a Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) picture profile for an Instant HDR workflow, a built-in intervalometer for time-lapses, AE tracking (high, mid, and low), Zebra functionality, Gamma Display assist, and proxy recording.

Other features and specs of the a6400 include a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, 8 custom keys (with 89 different possible functions), enhanced menu usability, a help screen for menus, star rating for photos, a tough magnesium alloy build, and a shutter rated for 200,000 cycles.

Here are official sample photos captured with the Sony a6400:

Here are a couple of Sony videos introducing the new camera:

The new Sony a6400 mirrorless camera will hit store shelves and begin shipping in February 2019 with a price tag of $900. It’ll also be bundled with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for $1,000 or an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for $1,300.

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