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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2: Release date, how to watch confirmed – CNET

The Water Hashira Giyu Tomioka and Insect Hashira Shinobu Kochou. Ufotable If you ever walk into an anime store, the first couple pieces of merchandise you’re likely to see will include cloak-wearing characters with samurai-looking swords, a strange boy with the head of a boar and a cute girl with a cylindrical object superimposed on…

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If you ever walk into an anime store, the first couple pieces of merchandise you’re likely to see will include cloak-wearing characters with samurai-looking swords, a strange boy with the head of a boar and a cute girl with a cylindrical object superimposed on her mouth. Those characters belong to the Demon Slayer franchise, and it’s kind of a big deal, with a second season just around the corner.That’s right, it’s time for gentle-eyed, yet determined Tanjiro Kamado to continue his relentless quest to find a cure for his sister-turned-demon Nezuko Kamado — hacking a demon or two along the way with his signature water-breathing form.

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Demon Slayer has been a monumental hit over the last two years. It soared to new heights during the pandemic with the release of its spectacularly animated canonical film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, which became the fastest movie to make over ¥10 billion (or over $100 million) at the Japanese box office. The film’s cumulative earnings surpassed $313 million in December 2020, dethroning Hayao Miyazaki’s magnum opus, the critically-acclaimed animated fantasy film Spirited Away, which held the spot since its 2001 release.Excitement is bubbling now as we’re just weeks away from new Demon Slayer action. Here’s everything you need to know about Demon Slayer Season 2.Demon Slayer Season 2 Release DateInstead of kicking off with the already-announced Entertainment District Arc as everyone expected, Funimation revealed Saturday that the film Mugen Train will be adapted into a seven-episode arc, the Mugen Train Arc. This arc will stream first and will include 70 new scenes, new music tracks, episode previews, a new theme song and a never-before-seen original episode of Kyojuro Rengoku, who will take on a new mission on his way to the Mugen Train.The Mugen Train Arc will be streaming on Funimation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, October 10. It will also be available on the European streaming service Wakanim. The Arc will come sometime later for Funimation in Latin American territories, and it will be on Hulu and Crunchyroll in the United States also on Sunday, October 10.Funimation, Crunchyroll and Hulu are all subscription video on demand homes for Demon Slayer, with Funimation leading the pack.The Mugen Train Arc will connect season 1, the Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc, with season 2, the Entertainment District Arc, which will be an adaptation from the original source material — the manga written by Koyoharu Gotouge. Along with the news came a new key visual for the Mugen Train Arc and a new trailer.The Entertainment District Arc will premier with an hour-long episode on Sunday, December 5. The Arc will continue from there to broadcast every Sunday in the winter season on Fuji TV, a Japanese television station, giving fans half a year’s worth of sword-slashing action.
テレビアニメ「鬼滅の刃」は、全国フジテレビ系列にて、毎週日曜 23時15分より放送することが決定致しました。続報は、9月25日(土)にお知らせ致します。引き続き、何卒よろしくお願い致します。#鬼滅の刃— 鬼滅の刃公式 (@kimetsu_off) September 6, 2021

The news announcement came on Saturday at the conclusion of Fuji TV’s special airings of season 1, which culminated with a showing of the Demon Slayer movie, Mugen Train, for the first time on TV. These airings included newly cut footage unseen by those of us who wish we could join the Demon Slayer Corps.New key visual for 
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How to watch Demon Slayer Season 2 in the US?Funimation will release the subbed episodes for English-speaking territories alongside the fall and winter Sunday airings in Japan, meaning it will premier the Entertainment District Arc with the hour-long episode also on Sunday, December 5. The Arc will also be available on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The dubbed episodes will come to Funimation and Crunchyroll at a later date.Fire Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku faces off against demon Akaza in Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.
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Where we left off: Recap of season 1 and Mugen Train Demon Slayer Season 2 will pick up after the events of the fiery clash on the Mugen Train — the setting for the Demon Slayer movie where it was rumored that 40 passengers disappeared at the end of season 1. The swordsmen trio Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira are dispatched to the train at the end of season 1 to investigate the disappearances after their rehabilitation training is complete at the Butterfly Mansion The trio is accompanied by Tanjiro’s sister-turned-demon Nezuko, as always, and the Fire Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. (The Hashira are the elite group of Demon Slayer swordsmen.)Without entering into spoiler territory, the Demon Slayers face off against Enmu, a demon of the Twelve Kizuki who’s been terrorizing passengers on the Mugen Train. The Twelve Kizuki is the strongest group of demons assembled by Muzan Kibutsuji — the original demon who alone can turn humans into demons. We can expect to see more of the mission on the Mugen Train since Ufotable, the Japanese animation studio bringing the manga to life, created the seven-episode Mugen Train Arc, including that never-before-seen Kyojuro Rengoku episode.Demon Slayer Season 2 Poster
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What’s next for the fledgling members of the Demon Slayer Corps? The Entertainment District ArcThe trailer for Demon Slayer season 2 shows Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke and Nezuko heading to Yoshiwara for their next mission — a town with dazzling bright lights and nocturnal tendencies that’s “awash in vanity and desire of men and women.” Perhaps, the perfect place for a demon. The Entertainment District Arc will introduce a new major demon named Daki, the Upper Rank Six demon, who our bold adventurers must contend with. Daki will be voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.A big emphasis is placed on the Sound Hashira, Tengen Uzui, in the trailer and promotional poster, and so we can expect to learn more about his backstory as he likely leads the mission through the streets of Yoshiwara.Will there be more stellar music to add to the soundtrack?Yes. LiSA — who sang the original Demon Slayer theme song “Gurenge” — returns to sing the theme songs for the series. The opening theme is called “Akeboshi” and the ending theme is called “Shirogane.” The theme songs for the Season 2 opening episode will be performed by Japanese singer Aimer: “Zankyo Sanka” and “Asa ga kuru.”

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Inventing the iPod: How ‘really big risks’ paid off for Apple – CNET

While joining Apple, the world’s most valuable company, seems like a no-brainer today, things were different back in 2001. That’s when CEO Steve Jobs demanded — not asked — that Tony Fadell join the company to create a groundbreaking device. But the man who would go on to invent the iPod initially balked at the…

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While joining Apple, the world’s most valuable company, seems like a no-brainer today, things were different back in 2001. That’s when CEO Steve Jobs demanded — not asked — that Tony Fadell join the company to create a groundbreaking device. But the man who would go on to invent the iPod initially balked at the idea.  “I was like, ‘whoa whoa,”http://www.cnet.com/” Fadell tells me during a Zoom interview to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the iPod on Oct. 23. “Back then to go to Apple you had to be pretty nuts.”In early 2001 while he was developing his own MP3 player, Fadell was tapped as a consultant by Apple, who asked him to come up with different prototypes for a digital music player that would work with the company’s just announced iTunes software. He clearly made an impression on Jobs. “We’re building this, and you’re now going to join us to build it,” Fadell recalled Jobs saying. Of course, Fadell eventually agreed and led the team that built one of the most significant products in Apple’s history — one that is still available on Apple’s site (albeit in a vastly different form). The iPod turned a company struggling with sales and a tiny sliver of the personal computer market into a consumer electronics powerhouse. It also revolutionized the digital music business, effectively destroying CDs and turning Apple’s iconic white MP3 players, and their ubiquitous white headphones, into a status symbol.Most importantly, much of the early work on the iPod paved the road for the iPhone, Apple’s next groundbreaking product. The iPhone changed virtually everything about how we live and interact with our mobile devices and made Apple, now worth $2.42 trillion, the most valuable company in the world. Fadell, who followed up his iPod success by founding smart home product maker Nest Labs (later acquired by Google), talked me through the “crazy” early days of development on the iPod, why he thinks it succeeded and how it somehow endured the test of time. This is his story. Apple declined to add anything to the story. Just a consulting gigFadell, 52, wore a loose-fitting olive polo shirt and a pair of AirPods Max and spoke animatedly in our video chat. The veteran of Silicon Valley, who had stints at Philips Electronics and Apple spinoff General Magic before taking on the Apple gig, recalled those early days. When Apple executive Jon Rubinstein, who had been tasked with creating a music player, came knocking in early 2001, Fadell was already working on his own startup, Fuse Systems, with the goal of creating a mainstream MP3 player. It was a nascent market, with more than a dozen players from different companies including Creative Labs and RCA. The problem: Sales of the devices, which cost a few hundred dollars apiece, only totaled 500,000 units in 2000, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Fuse itself faced plenty of rejection. Still, Fadell saw the Apple consulting gig as a chance to keep his own project alive. “I’m going to go in and consult,” he said. “I’ll make some money and keep my company going.”He spent roughly seven weeks researching different options for a digital music player, pulling research from his own company. Ultimately, he built three mockups made of Styrofoam, and used his grandfather’s fishing weights to give them the right amount of heft. At the end of March 2001, he presented them to Steve Jobs. Apple veteran Stan Ng had worked with Fadell to prepare a stack of papers for the presentation — this was before the days of slideshows — and prepared him for both Jobs and his reputation for an explosive temper. “Those stories were ingrained in my brain, burned into my brain, so I’m going in nervous,” Fadell said. Jobs immediately took the stack of papers, riffled through the pages and quickly tossed them aside. “Here’s what I want to do,” Fadell recalled Jobs saying, hijacking the conversation and forcing them to dive right in.  Tony Fadell, inventor of the iPod. Composite by Sarah Tew/CNETWhen presenting the models, Fadell did as Ng coached, showing off the worst model first, then the second and, finally, his favorite as the last option.  Jobs seized on it immediately.”Steve picked it up and he’s like, ‘we’re building this and you’re now going to join us to build it,’ and I was like ‘whoa whoa,”http://www.cnet.com/” Fadell said. It’s easy to forget that Apple jumping into this market wasn’t a sure-fire bet. The company’s sales, which came from its Mac computers, were on the decline, and Apple had posted a loss of $195 million in the prior quarter. Fadell, who spent the past decade working on devices with “limited success,” wasn’t sure he could go through disappointment again by building an MP3 player no one would buy. No surprise, but Jobs got his way. ‘Holy shit, is this going to work?’After a few weeks of negotiations with Jobs, Fadell joined Apple in April 2001 and assembled a team made up of Fuse and General Magic employees to put together what would become the iPod. The project immediately faced an uphill challenge. The team needed to work with a lot of new components, including a brand new hard drive from Toshiba that Rubinstein, who oversaw the whole project, identified as the key ingredient for the iPod. Other breakthroughs included new software for the user interface and a then-new kind of lithium ion pack, giving the device 10 hours of battery life that far exceeded anything else in the market. They also had to figure out how to put that Toshiba drive — a (now) old-fashioned spinning-disk type, prone to damage if mishandled — into a portable device that would be shoved into pockets, dropped on the ground and thrown onto tables. On top of that, his team had to integrate Apple’s FireWire file transfer technology so people could quickly transfer their songs. “There were a lot of ‘Holy shit, is this going to work?’ kind of moments,” he said. “We really didn’t know.”All Fadell knew was that he had to get this thing out before Christmas 2001. That’s a tall order, considering it takes about 18 months to develop a new smartphone today. Fadell said he really got started in May — with a launch just five months later. “It was nonstop, seven days a week,” he said. Fadell’s team worked with the industrial design group, led by famed Apple designer Jony Ive, to finalize the look of the iPod. Because the next wave of Macs would embrace white and clear plastic, Apple took the same design language and applied it to the iPod. Along the way, Fadell saw two other projects at Apple scrapped, which fueled him to move even faster to finish (he wouldn’t comment on what those projects were). Then came the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, freezing the nation even as he had to rally the team in that final stretch. “It was absolutely nuts.” That original iPod gave birth to more than a dozen successors.  Apple images composited by Sarah Tew/CNETWhen Jobs unveiled the iPod at an Oct. 23 Apple event at its Town Hall amphitheater in Cupertino, California, the device wasn’t technically done, according to Fadell. The software wasn’t finished, and the company hadn’t signed off on the manufacturing plan. But Jobs gave that pre-1.0 version out to the media in attendance, along with the 20 CDs containing the music that was preloaded on the device. After the launch, he and his team went right back to work. (Reporters who got the prerelease iPod were asked to return them a few weeks later when version 1.0 was released to the market.)None of that stopped the iPod from garnering massive critical praise for its fresh design and innovative scroll wheel. (“Early observers thought it was a speaker,” Fadell mused.) But after the Mac faithful gobbled it up, the iPod, well, hit a sour note. “After that, it was dead,” Fadell said. The secret to the iPod’s successThat may have been Fadell being a bit melodramatic — Apple reportedly sold 125,000 units in that initial holiday stretch — but those sales weren’t going to turn the company around. The willingness to keep going was the critical part of a heart-to-heart conversation Fadell had with Jobs that convinced him to join the company.Fadell asked Apple’s visionary leader if he was willing to go the distance with the iPod, not just investing in this first unit, but to commit to a family of products. Fadell had been through enough scenarios in which a company cancels the first product nine months in because it didn’t want to invest in the next one. In Fadell’s mind, it took three generations to get the ball rolling.  “A lot of people stop midway through the journey, and I wanted to make sure we weren’t going to do that,” he said. Jobs told Fadell he was going to throw marketing dollars at the iPod, pulling resources from its core Mac business. And even though sales of the original iPod and the follow-up version didn’t light any fires, Jobs followed through. “He held up his side of the business, and the rest is history,” he said. It wasn’t until the iPod hit its third generation in 2003, complete with a sleek redesign, that it began to take off as a mass market phenomenon. Fadell said he and Jobs continually pushed each other to take each version further, and he noted that Apple had become the largest consumer of NAND flash memory when the iPod Nano came out.  Steve Jobs introducing the third-generation iPod.   Getty Images”We had this cycle, this heartbeat, every 12 months,” he said. “We took some really big risks to hit it again and again. We weren’t playing it safe. We never rested on our laurels.”The iPod also got another boost in April 2003, when Apple launched the iTunes Music Store, giving people a way to buy music from a catalog of 200,000 digital songs rather than having to rip their own CDs. There had been other digital music players before, but the iPod changed everything. It not only legitimized the category, it absolutely dominated it with more than 80% of the market. Along the way, Apple showed off its marketing prowess and created iconic ads  (remember the iPod silhouette commercials?) to pitch the music and its player. Jobs also paired up with rock band U2 in 2004 on a special-edition, black and red version of the iPod with Bono and The Edge on hand for the introduction.  The original iPod. Connie Guglielmo/CNETBy 2007, a little more than five years after that original launch, Apple sold its 100 millionth iPod. The business peaked in 2008 with sales of 54.8 million units, according to Statista. Fadell was involved with 18 iterations of the iPod. By 2005, Fadell said Apple was already looking at the competitive threat of cellphones, which started packing in music players and cameras. His team played with prototypes that included a full-screen iPod with a virtual click wheel and that essentially combined an iPod Classic and its wheel with a phone. The Mac team had separately built a massive capacitive touchscreen the size of a pingpong table. Fadell said a mashup of all three eventually led to the iPhone, which was introduced in 2007.And Apple changed the world of technology again. Time machineApple still sells an iPod — a $199 iPod Touch that looks more like an iPhone than that original music player — which stands as a testament to its longevity. Fadell, who had a hand in both the iPod Touch and the first three generations of the iPhone, left Apple in 2008, and in 2010 started Nest, which four years later he sold to Google for $3.2 billion. Today, he serves as principal at Future Shape, an advisory and investment firm that works with engineers on different facets of technology.  Fadell, then CEO of Nest Labs, speaking at LeWeb 2013. Stephen Shankland/CNETFadell occasionally goes back to his old iPod. It’s loaded with ’90s and early 2000s alternative music, songs from the Seattle grunge scene, and The White Stripes, who hail from his hometown of Detroit and broke out around that time. Fittingly, it’s a sort of monument to that crazy stretch when he and his team scrambled to build a product that was largely intended to serve the iTunes software, but ended up revolutionizing a market and supercharging Apple’s place in the tech world. “It’s a window of time of my music library, and so you leave it that way,” he said. “You kind of jack in and you’re like, ‘I’m just right back to early 2000s music.’ It’s kind of like a really great mixtape.”

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Scrutiny of Facebook ramps up with flurry of new reports based on leaked documents – CNET

James Martin/CNET The critical spotlight on Facebook intensified this weekend, as several major media outlets published new reports based on the cache of internal company documents leaked by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen.On Saturday, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal published stories about misinformation and hate speech on Facebook services in India, the…

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The critical spotlight on Facebook intensified this weekend, as several major media outlets published new reports based on the cache of internal company documents leaked by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen.On Saturday, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal published stories about misinformation and hate speech on Facebook services in India, the company’s largest market. And The Washington Post reported on concern among Facebook employees about the role the site played in the spread of misinformation that helped fuel the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol.

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The Post’s report followed stories on Friday by Bloomberg and NBC News that also focused on the spread of misinformation on Facebook in the US, and those reports came on top of similar Friday stories in the Journal and the Times.In its story about the social network and India, the Times reports that in February 2019, a Facebook researcher opened a new user account in Kerala, India, to get an idea of what site users there would see. The researcher followed the recommendations generated by the social network’s algorithms to watch videos, check out new pages and join groups on Facebook. “The test user’s News Feed has become a near constant barrage of polarizing nationalist content, misinformation, violence and gore,” an internal Facebook report said later that month, according to the Times.That echoes the findings of a similar 2019 project conducted by a Facebook researcher in the US, who set up a test account for “Carol Smith,” a fictitious “conservative mom” in North Carolina. In two days, NBC News reported, the social network was recommending that she join groups dedicated to the bogus QAnon conspiracy theory. According to NBC, the experiment was outlined in an internal Facebook report called “Carol’s Journey to QAnon,” a document also referenced by the Times, the Journal and the Post.

“The body of research consistently found Facebook pushed some users into ‘rabbit holes,’ increasingly narrow echo chambers where violent conspiracy theories thrived,” the NBC News report reads. “People radicalized through these rabbit holes make up a small slice of total users, but at Facebook’s scale, that can mean millions of individuals.”The flurry of new reports based on documents leaked by Haugen follows an earlier investigation in the Journal that relied on that same cache of information. The new stories also come after Haugen’s testimony this month before the US Congress as lawmakers in the US and elsewhere wrestle with whether to regulate Facebook and other Big Tech companies, and if so, how. Haugen is scheduled to testify before the UK Parliament on Monday.In a broad sense, the issue has to do with whether Facebook can be relied on to responsibly balance business motives with social concerns and do away with the flood of dangerous content that has spread on its various social-networking platforms. The company’s algorithms drive user engagement, but they can also create problems when it comes to misinformation, hate speech and the like. The issue is complicated by the need to respect free speech while cracking down on problematic posts.Critics say Facebook has already dropped the ball too many times when it comes to policing its platforms and that the company puts profits ahead of people. In her testimony before the US Congress, Haugen alleged that Facebook’s products “harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.”Facebook, on the other hand, has said that internal documents are being misrepresented and that a “false picture” is being painted of the social-networking giant. “I’m sure many of you have found the recent coverage hard to read because it just doesn’t reflect the company we know,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in an email to employees earlier this month. “We care deeply about issues like safety, well-being and mental health.”Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday on the new batch of reports based on documents leaked by Haugen. In a Friday blog post, the head of Facebook’s integrity efforts defended the company’s actions to protect the 2020 US presidential elections and outlined the steps taken by the social network.In regard to the Times’ report about India, a Facebook spokesman told the news outlet that the social network had put significant resources into technology designed to root out hate speech in various languages, including Hindi and Bengali, and that this year, Facebook had halved the amount of hate speech that users see worldwide.In regard to its “Carol’s Journey to QAnon” report, a Facebook spokesperson told NBC News that the document points to the company’s efforts to solve problems around dangerous content. “While this was a study of one hypothetical user, it is a perfect example of research the company does to improve our systems and helped inform our decision to remove QAnon from the platform,” the spokesperson told the news outlet.

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Surface Duo 2 camera testing: See how Microsoft’s new foldable phone takes photos – CNET

1 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 comes with a triple-lens camera, unlike the first model which only had a single-lens camera. As a result, the Surface Duo 2 takes crisp and clear photos. But in my testing I’ve found that they’re usually not as well-lit and colorful as photos taken on phones…

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1 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 comes with a triple-lens camera, unlike the first model which only had a single-lens camera. As a result, the Surface Duo 2 takes crisp and clear photos. But in my testing I’ve found that they’re usually not as well-lit and colorful as photos taken on phones like the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.  2 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The triple-lens camera consists of a 12-megapixel wide lens, 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. This photo was taken with the wide lens.  3 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s an image taken with the ultrawide-angle lens. It’s clear and detailed, but the sky in the background is a bit dark.  4 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s a photo taken with the telephoto lens. You can clearly see the text on the bar sign, but the green color in the banner is a little washed-out compared to the same photo taken on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and iPhone 13 Pro.  5 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2’s 12-megapixel selfie camera gets the job done, but I noticed the color of my hair wasn’t as vibrant in this photo as it was in the image I took on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. 6 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s another example of the standard 12-megapixel wide camera in action.  7 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET The Surface Duo 2 managed to snap a colorful photo of this red bicycle in my neighborhood.  8 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Like many of today’s phones, the Surface Duo 2 also has portrait mode. This photography setting blurs the background to make the subject appear sharp.  9 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET Here’s another photo taken with the Surface Duo 2’s zoom lens. Keep scrolling to see a few more examples of photos taken on the standard wide lens. 10 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET 11 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET 12 of 12 Lisa Eadicicco/CNET

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