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Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

Engadget - 19 min 43 sec ago
Live, die, repeat -- the tagline for the 2014 science-fiction film Edge of Tomorrow -- describes its protagonist, who "respawned" every time he died in the real world. Critics noted that the conceit resembled the cyclical experience of playing a vide...

Study: Fitness Trackers Suck at Measuring Calories Burned

PCMag News - 25 min 40 sec ago
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine studied seven popular fitness trackers and discovered none of them could accurately measure energy expenditure.

'Far Cry 5' brings cult mayhem to Hope County February 27th

Engadget - 35 min 43 sec ago
Far Cry 5 is going to be a little different than you might expect. The new announcement trailer paints a picture of pastoral life that lends itself surprisingly well to the franchise's familiar trappings: hunting, off-road vehicles, airplanes and gun...

Mark Zuckerberg Calls for Universal Basic Income in His Harvard Commencement Speech

SlashDot - 49 min 43 sec ago
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become the latest major tech figure to call for universal basic income as a solution for inequality, joining a growing chorus from Silicon Valley. From a report: "Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract," Zuckerberg said during his commencement speech at Harvard University. "We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things," he said. Zuckerberg told the class of 2017 that he was able to pursue his passion in Facebook because he knew he had a safety net to fall back on.

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Everything you need to know about mobile Amber Alerts

Engadget - 49 min 43 sec ago
At 2:38 PM on May 19th, 2017, my phone buzzed, emitting a high-pitched tone. So did the phone of my colleague Roberto Baldwin, who was standing with me in a Starbucks near our office. Actually, all of the phones in that Starbucks buzzed at the same t...

Oculus Rift officially supports the HTC Vive’s best feature

Engadget - 1 hour 22 min ago
The Oculus Rift has technically supported room-scale VR since the system's Touch motion controllers first went on sale last December. But purchasing an additional sensor didn't guarantee foolproof 3D tracking for greater immersion right off the bat....

Time-bending shooter 'Superhot VR' arrives on HTC Vive

Engadget - 1 hour 47 min ago
Superhot VR didn't start life as an Oculus Rift game, but it eventually made it to the VR headset. With dual-wielding guns and further tweaks to improve the title for a new interface, it turned into a short-but-sweet slice of virtual reality gaming....

Messenger App Kik Debuts Its Own Digital Currency

SlashDot - 1 hour 49 min ago
The messaging app Kik Interactive has decided to create its own digital currency. Kik's plans are for an "initial coin offering," a process by which it sells tokens that can be used to buy services on its platform. "The idea is that as more and more people use Kik, the value of those tokens, called 'Kin,' will rise in value," reports TechCrunch. From the report: Kik, which has raised about $120 million (in real money) from investors including Tencent Holdings Ltd., could serve to add a new layer of legitimacy to the process. "Kik will be the largest install base of cryptocurrency users in the world," Chief Executive Officer Ted Livingston said. "Kin, on day one will be the most-used cryptocurrency in the world." The move comes as Kik finally reveals how many people actually use its app regularly each month: 15 million. That's a far-cry from the 300 million total registered users number it was sharing around this time last year. Kik plans to gift a certain amount of Kin to each user. They'll be able use the new currency to buy games, live video streams and other digital products. The company's goal is to attract new merchants to sell on the platform, creating a snowball effect where Kin becomes more valuable and more sellers pile onto Kik, increasing its popularity.

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'Pokémon Go' update gives cheaters lousy monsters

Engadget - 2 hours 11 min ago
With a new update, Pokémon Go cheaters won't be banned, but instead thrown into a depressing purgatory. As spotted by Reddit's hardcore Pokémon Go site, Silph Road, Niantic is now "shadowbanning" cheaters by only letting them find humdr...

Up to 60 Percent of Streaming Account Passwords Are Shared

PCMag News - 2 hours 25 min ago
The latest figures show that 60 percent of passwords are being shared and nobody seems to care it's happening.

Zotac Develops World's Smallest GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cards

PCMag News - 2 hours 25 min ago
One card is fan-cooled, the other water-cooled, but both are only 21cm long and promise no compromise on performance.

Get an RCA wall-plug Bluetooth speaker for $9.99 - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 30 min ago
If you don't mind blocking both your outlets, this thing is kind of ingenious -- and a great companion for an Echo Dot.

How hackers can ruin your summer vacation - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 49 min ago
From airports to hotels to that cute cafe you found, a cybersecurity slip-up on vacation could turn into a summer nightmare.

Kodak's chunky, retro cameraphone is coming to the US

Engadget - 3 hours 5 min ago
You might not hear much about Kodak these days, but the brand still exists -- it even released a new smartphone with a humongous camera in Europe last year. Now, that same phone named after its Ektra camera from the '40s has made its way to the US. A...

Google's three-step plan to make you love VR - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 34 min ago
Like search and advertising before it, Google is setting the stage to dominate VR and AR by going all-in on mobile.

Who Will Build the World's First Commercial Space Station?

Scientifc America - 3 hours 34 min ago
A start-up aims to add new construction to the International Space Station to prep for a private sector orbital outpost

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Weekend Streaming: Catch 'This is Spinal Tap' before it goes offline - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 49 min ago
The end of the month is fast approaching. Find out what you should watch before June shows up.

Brood Awakening: 17-Year Cicadas Emerge 4 Years Early

Scientifc America - 4 hours 4 min ago
Scientists search for the mysterious cause, as millions of hatching bugs loudly buzz the night away

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Scientists Develop Technology That Burns Natural Gas With No CO2 Emissions

SlashDot - 4 hours 49 min ago
New submitter Ben Sullivan writes: Researchers and engineers in Vienna have developed a way to burn natural gas without releasing CO2 into the air through a combustion method called chemical looping combustion (CLC). In this process, CO2 can be isolated during combustion without having to use any additional energy, which means it can then go on to be stored. The method had already been applied successfully in a test environment, and has now been upscaled to allow use in up to a 10 MW facility. reports: "A granulate made of metal oxide circulates between the two chambers and is responsible for transporting oxygen from air to fuel: 'We pump air through one chamber, where the particles take up oxygen. They then move on to the second chamber, which has natural gas flowing through it. Here is where the oxygen is released, and then where flameless combustion takes place, producing CO2 and water vapor,' explains Stefan Penthor from the Institute of Chemical Engineering at TU Wien. The separation into two chambers means there are two separate flue gas streams to deal with too: air with a reduced concentration of oxygen is discharged from one chamber, water vapor and CO2 from the other. The water vapor can be separated quite easily, leaving almost pure CO2, which can be stored or used in other technical applications."

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The Morning After: Friday, May 26th 2017

Engadget - 4 hours 49 min ago
Welcome to Friday morning. In the last 24 hours, we gazed at SpaceX's latest rocket tests and heard about major financial companies involving themselves in bitcoin. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Twitch competitor has (sort of) relaunched with a new name and...