A 28-year-old security guard who was recently slapped with robbery and assault charges is back at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, this time slapped with a fraud charge.Akeem Bacon appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus where he was arraigned for fraudulent conversion.Bacon, of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) plead not guilty to the charge which stated that between February 15 and 17, 2019, at Mandela Avenue, while being solely entrusted by Oscar Stull with the sum of $120,000, he fraudulently converted same to his own use and benefit.Prosecutor Bhisnu Hunte did not object to bail.Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus granted bail in the sum of $50,000 and set June 3 for this next court appearance.Bacon was recently charged for assaulting Patreema Isaacs on October 13, 2018, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, and on the same date and location, he also stole one Android phone from her. Bacon was also granted bail on those charges.
Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 kicked off today in San Jose with a strong focus on building community. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, took to the stage to stress the importance of bringing people together. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook for the past decade has been focused on connecting friends and family, but the next focus is building a community to help keep society informed and safe. “We are going to focus on the technology we are building together for the long term because in the future technology is going to keep making us more productive, and that is going to change how we all work,” he said. As part of its focus on community, Ime Archibong, vice president of partnerships for Facebook, announced during the conference keynote Developer Circles, a new program designed to bring developers from all over the world together, and provide a space where they can connect, learn and collaborate with other local developers. The program is free to join, community-driven, and open to developers of all skill levels. “Developer Circles empowers a diverse range of technical talent to improve their skills and access the information they need. By fostering stronger communities and creating more technical awareness, our goal is to empower developers, similar to existing Facebook programs like FbStart, which for the past several years has focused on helping early-stage startups succeed,” Archibong wrote in a post. Archibong also announced new updates to its analytics platform to help developers understand their customers better. The newly added automated insights to Facebook Analytics is a machine learning and artificial intelligence experience that provides insights into trends, abnormalities and opportunities from developers’ apps and websites in order for them to make valuable decisions. Automated insights is currently in open beta. Other improvements included the open beta of custom dashboards, event source groups, omni-channel custom audiences, and user properties for web. In addition, the conference’s keynote centered around augmented and virtual reality experiences. According to Zuckerberg, the first mainstream AR and VR platform available today is the camera. Zuckerberg explained users already have the ability to display information, add digital objects and enhance existing objects with the cameras on their phones and in their apps.To enable developers to extend AR and VR experiences, and bring them to everyday life, the company announced Frame Studio, a web-based tool that allows users to design custom frames; and AR Studio, an AR authoring tool in closed beta that features a face tracker, sensor data and scripting APIs. Other announcements from the keynote included the Messenger Platform 2.0 with new suites of tools to create more experiences, and new tools for game developers.
Apple’s upcoming operating system will focus on performance. The company announced iOS 12 at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose today.According to Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering for Apple, the company is “doubling down on performance” in iOS 12 and working to make the operating system faster and more responsive. The latest version is expected to be available on all iOS 11 supported devices. Federighi explained iOS 12 will be able to launch apps up to 40 percent faster, the keyboard will be up to 50 percent faster and photos will see an improvement of up to 70 percent. In addition, the release aims to improve the performance of the OS when it is under load and optimizes at the chip level.Apple announced a new suite of apps designed to work for both macOS and iOS. New apps include: News, Stocks, Home and Voice Memos. Apple is expected to bring the app functionality to developers next year. Federighi noted that this does not mean the platforms are merging.The Mac App Store is getting a redesign with some iOS App Store functionality. Improvements include the UI, new discovery tab, what’s popular section, and will tailor apps to what users are looking for. Also announced at the conference were several updates to its augmented reality solutions. ARKit 2 was announced with improvements to face tracking, rendering, 3D object testing, persistent experiences and shared experiences.Apple introduced a new AR file format with support from Pixar and Adobe. The Universal Scene Description file (USDZ) features a WYSIWYG editor that supports mobile AR on iOS 12. Apple plans to educate users about augmented reality with a newly launched app called Measure.The company also announced a new Shortcut app for Siri. The app aims to make Siri smarter with the ability to create custom commands.Other announcements included that Apple now has 20 million registered iOS developers with the App Store seeing about 500 million visors per week and a $100 billion revenue. The company’s CarPlay service is also being updated to support third party navigation and mapping apps such as Google Maps and Waze.
Via wp-image-401965855 Hot damn, that was certainly an episode, wasn’t it? Daenerys went full firebombing of Dresden on us. I quite liked it. Certainly I could quibble with a few of the choices, and notably the suddenly invincible dragon dragon ex machina!, but they’re mostly criticisms of the two previous episodes. In this episode, the dragon worked about how you’d imagine. It was the last couple trying to artificially stretch this confrontation out and chip away at Daenerys that had to bend space and time to fit the narrative outline. Ignoring those, this episode was mostly solid. But hey, enough reviewing. Euron Greyjoy Outfit Watch Via wp-image-401965341 Say what you will about Euron not getting enough character development, his outfits are always on point. Is that… a star-covered leather motorcycle tunic? Cinched with a jaunty belt? Hell yeah, dude. I’m pretty sure I don’t have the body type to pull that off, but if I did, and assuming I had the confidence and job situation that would allow it, like being the flamboyant leader of a fleet of medieval pirates, say, I would totally wear that. Just a great, great tunic all around. Down: Euron Greyjoy Not a ton of foresight, this one. Somehow he knew the town was lost and presumably his girlfriend lost with it, and wouldn’t screwing her have lost its appeal for him once it was clear she wouldn’t be a queen? and everything had gone sideways, but he still prioritized killing his girlfriend’s ex over his own life. Man, the ironborn really are miserable bastards, aren’t they? And to think, Euron is the fun-loving one. Euron landed what seemed like two fight-ending stabs in the fight, but got cocky and didn’t twist the knife. It cost him. Rookie move. With these screenwriters? You fight a major character in this show, you better make damn sure he’s dead. Anyway, it’s a shame kind of to lose Euron. He didn’t do a ton for the story but I did love that actor. *checks Google* Pilou Asbaek. Yep, that’s his name. He would’ve made a much better new Daario than the indie band guy. Seems like they could’ve folded Daario back into this story I had to look it up, but apparently Daario is back in Mereen with the Second Sons. They kind of botched that whole storyline when they cut out Griff, Quentyn Martell, Strong Belwas, etc. back in season five. RIP, Pilaf Assbeef. Up: Daenerys Targaryen Let us go now to our live look at Daenerys Targaryen: Via wp-image-401965514 uproxx-animated-gif You’re tearing me apart, Khaleesi! Women, am I right? See, this is why you can’t trust them to lead. I kid, I kid. Maybe the message is not to trust Armenians?. I actually like the “embittered liberator becomes psychotic tyrant” storyline, and especially the way it takes the air out of the concept of “righteous” war. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and whatnot. Corrupts women, anyway. You have to wonder what happened between in the last episode and this one that made her so much better at flying her dragon. In the last episode, she was getting sniped out of the sky by one or two scorpions, then flying straight at them while shrieking before beating a hasty retreat. This week she managed to lay waste to an entire fleet, weapons battery, and eventually an entire city, simply through the novel tactic of… uh… just circling around behind them, I guess? Did she really have to be pissed off to consider trying that one? Did we miss the dragon tactics seminar? I hope this entire episode is forgotten by next week. The show ends with Daenerys chuckling happily with her handful of remaining advisors. “Boy, I really overreacted there, didn’t I? Ha ha ha ha, war, am I right? Anyhoo, pass the lamprey cake.”