'Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin' will launch on February 21st
The PS4 exclusive is the first new 'Psychonauts' game in over 10 years.
What do smart cities of the future look like for Panasonic?
In a further expansion of its smart cities strategy, Panasonic showcased several new urban technologies at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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Obama speaks out on Trump’s immigration ban
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sent a memo out to employees Monday, asserting that the company does not support Trump's travel ban into the U.S. from majority-Muslim nations and that it plans to fight the executive order. The note says that Amazon has reached out to congressional leaders to discuss legislative options and has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General, who will be filing suit against the order. Bezos says the company is exploring other legal options as well.
Google employees staged a protest over Trump’s immigration ban
A source close to the protest said the keynote speaker in Mountain View was Soufi Esmaeilzadeh, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen who has lived in the United States for 15 years. Esmaeilzadeh, who works as a product manager on Google Assistant, traveled from San Francisco to Zurich as President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries went into effect.
GM and Honda will mass-produce hydrogen fuel cells together
The partnership between GM and Honda has been in place for several years after the pair signed a development agreement back in 2013 . Each one will kick in $85 million to equip the joint venture and hire around 100 engineers to run the plant when it begins operations. The pair hope that combining their efforts will result in cheaper fuel cells thanks to economies of scale that mass-producing these cells provide.
The 'father of Pac-Man' has died at 91
What we know today as developer and publisher Bandai Namco began as a Japanese company that made children's rides for department stores, called Nakamura Manufacturing, founded by Nakamura in 1955. The Namco name is an acronym that was eventually derived from the 1958 reorganization as Nakamura Amusement Machine Manufacturing Company. In 1974, the company acquired Atari's struggling Japanese division, a move that would see the launch of several iconic arcade games in the 70s and 80s, though the companies would eventually part ways in 1987.
Ben Affleck won't direct the standalone Batman movie after all
Ben Affleck will not direct the standalone Batman movie as previously indicated, Variety reports . The actor will remain attached to the Warner Bros. project as producer, as well as reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, but in a statement said he couldn’t juggle both acting and directing to the level that fans required.
Peter Capaldi Is Leaving Doctor Who - IGN
Series (or Season) 10 will give the Doctor a new companion in Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), with Matt Lucas also reprising his role as Nardole. Capaldi will have starred as the Doctor for three full seasons by the end of his run, though he made his debut in the role in a cameo for the show's 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor" while his predecessor Matt Smith was still starring. (And he had in fact appeared on Doctor Who as a different character years earlier in the episode "The Fires of Pompeii.")
Four hours with 'Horizon Zero Dawn'
I'm not patient enough for pure stealth, so I found myself leaping around the grasslands, diving away from attacks and laying into monstrous metal creatures with arrow after arrow. The trip wires are incredibly fun to use, but touchy -- if you attach one end of the wire to a rock but miss connecting the other end to something solid, that wire disappears from your inventory. It's safer to quietly lay down some traps and then initiate a fight with a metal beastie (not to mention, it's incredibly fun).
Starbucks unveils a virtual assistant that takes your order via messaging or voice
Starbucks is embracing the trend towards voice-based computing with the launch of a new feature in its mobile app called My Starbucks barista, which allows customers to order and pay for their food and drinks just by speaking. This includes being able to modify their drink order, as if they were speaking with a barista in real life. Additionally, the company is launching a skill for the Amazon Alexa platform, which lets customers re-order their favorite items by speaking to their Echo speaker or other Alexa-powered device.
Starbucks' iPhone app lets you order by talking to it
My Starbucks barista was previously announced at the company's Investor Day in December, and uses an AI-powered messaging interface like many existing chatbots. You'll be able to speak your order, and customize your food and drink to your personal preferences, according to Starbucks. On Alexa, users will be able to re-order a standard, pre-defined order by saying, "Alexa, order my Starbucks." They will be able to pick up their food and beverage at a pre-determined outlet.
Robot Baristas Serve Up the Future of Coffee at Cafe X
Automation is eliminating jobs for factory workers and Uber drivers—will your morning fix soon come from a precision caffeine machine? WSJ's Geoffrey A. Fowler tastes the new robot lattes at San Francisco's Cafe X. Photo/Video: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal
'Father of Pac-Man' dead at 91
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Twitter adds ‘Proudly made in America by immigrants’ to Periscope loading screen
Periscope is built, maintained, and operated by people from many faiths and countries. Without immigrants and refugees, Periscope would not exist. For this reason, we are updating the Periscope loading screen to make a simple true statement: ‘Proudly made in America by immigrants.’
Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone
Razer has been focused squarely on gaming (the company’s motto is “For Gamers. By Gamers”), and it has been a pretty aggressive believer in targeted, vertical integration, building a wide range of hardware and software for the gaming market. So it’s interesting that before now, the company has stayed away from making mobile phones, which have such a strong link to the gaming world.
'Fallout 4' visual upgrade demands a monster PC
Fallout 4 is already a good-looking game (insofar as a nuclear wasteland can look good, anyway), but Bethesda is about to kick things up a notch. An update rolling out next week will add a High-Resolution Texture Pack that adds an absurd level of visual detail for PC players -- check out the rust and scratches on the power armor above if you need evidence. To say that this will demand a beefy system is an understatement, though. The developer recommends at least a 2015-era desktop Core i7 chip, 8GB of RAM, and a monster graphics card -- you should have either a GeForce GTX 1080 or (until Bethesda pulled mention of it) the as yet unreleased AMD Radeon RX 490. And did we mention that you need an extra 58GB of storage for all that new art?
The Earth Sends Oxygen to the Moon
Other scientists found the analysis reasonable. Saturn’s moon Iapetus also gathers material collected from other moons, Alexander Mustill, a postdoc in theoretical physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, told Gizmodo. Still, “the very exciting part of this paper is in the possible implications: the possibility of reconstructing from deposits on the Moon the history of the Earth’s atmosphere,” he said in an email. However, both Mustill and the Japanese scientists acknowledge that at the present, there’s not really a way to tell when an oxygen ion hit the Moon, so it would be hard to paint a picture of the Earth’s atmospheric history with this data alone.
Learning to code for a spot in the gaming industry? This 2017 job data is for you - TechRepublic
Job board Indeed put its hiring data to work for developers looking to find a job in the gaming industry. Here's the info you need to land your dream job.
Quitting Your Job Doesn't Mean You're Too Weak to Handle It
Some of the worst jobs you’ll ever work will try to tell you that “You’ve gotta be tough to work here!” They’ll make you think you’re too weak if you feel like you have to quit for your mental health. This is very rarely true.
Vespa's creators just unveiled a personal cargo robot
The Vespa brand's owner, the Piaggio Group, doesn't have a reputation for cutting edge tech (it only just started making an electric scooter ). However, it's making up for that in style. It's establishing a robot-focused company, Piaggio Fast Forward, and has unveiled that company's first product: meet Gita , a personal cargo robot. The machine can haul up to 40 pounds of supplies either autonomously (if there are maps) or by following a human operator. It's fast enough to keep up with you on a bike (22MPH), and its zero turning radius promises the "human agility" needed to navigate sidewalks. If you don't like the idea of driving a car or pushing a dolly just to get your groceries home, this might be just what you were looking for.
Snap will list its shares on the NYSE — its filing is expected this week
"If you look, over the last three years, every IPO over $700
million, raising $700 million, 25 of 25 have listed on New York
Stock Exchange. We have a model that preceded me, so I can
describe it with all due humility, but we have a model that
perfects the execution of that IPO in a way that results in
minimal volatility. Think about Alibaba doing the largest IPO
ever, opening the next morning with a $5 billion open at 92.70,
and closing that same day at 93.10. Large IPOs want that type
of execution, and our pitch is: 'Hey, you have a lot of peers
who have done due diligence, and every single one of them has
listed here, and they're doing it because of the execution.'
Car2Go thinks we'd rather share luxury Mercedes-Benz sedans than Smart cars
Car2Go, the car-sharing service owned by Daimler, announced today that for the first time, it would be offering something other than tiny, two-seat Smart cars. The company said it was adding thousands of new Mercedes-Benz luxury CLA and GLA sedans its fleet, with the goal of having them outnumber the Smarts by the end of 2017.
The 10 weirdest things at this year’s Sundance Film Festival
It’s hard to pick out a single weirdest moment in Bitch , Marianna Palka’s startling horror-drama about a woman who’s so stressed and depressed by her absentee husband and four demanding children that she suffers a psychotic break and decides she’s a vicious, feral dog. Throughout most of the film, Jill (played by Palka herself) is naked in her own basement, barking and snarling and covered with her own feces. (It’s unclear why Jill thinks dogs routinely smear poop on the walls, their skin, and anyone who tries to talk to them.) But things probably get strangest when her awful husband Bill (Jason Ritter), trying to be supportive, takes Jill to the dog park and tries to teach her how to play with other dogs by barking, rolling around on his back, carrying a stick around in his teeth, and assuming a play-crouch posture with his butt in the air. Throughout the sequence, dog-Jill just stares at him bemusedly, which is about all the audience can do, too. — Tasha Robinson
Starbucks CEO Schultz plans to hire 10,000 refugees after Trump ban
(Reuters) – Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said on Sunday that the company planned to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in 75 countries, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from certain countries.
Lyft tops Apple App Store, because...#DeleteUber
Part of Uber's damage control is to spread this message from Kalanick on social media. The company is reportedly paying for promoted tweets on Twitter that quote Kalanick. And on Facebook, the company is allegedly targeting users who've "liked" the ACLU with ads sharing Kalanick's statement, according to The Verge .
New York City tech leaders object to Trump immigration ban
The collective argues that the ban, which covers both refugees as well as immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, will both "undermine" New York City's diverse tech community and "send a dangerous message" that immigrants aren't welcome. The town is defined by its immigrant culture, the group contends, and many tech giants were founded at least in part by immigrants (think Intel, Google and Tesla, for starters). Americans should be doing "everything in our power" to attract these entrepreneurs, not giving them the boot.
Report: Trump plans H-1B and other work visa reforms
Trump’s first actions out the door have caused a lot of outcry from both within the U.S. and abroad — in part because of the signal it is giving to the world of how the U.S. views its role as an influencer on humanitarian issues, and in part because of the direct and chaotic results of those actions, and in part because of the impact it will have on specific sectors (like the tech world).
Delegated Recovery, as it's being called , looks to be a step forward for those afraid of losing their devices when using two-factor authentication (2FA) -- which, should be most of us. The security feature addresses the common concern of losing the device tied to your account. With Delegated Recovery, Facebook lets users set up an encrypted recovery token for sites like GitHub, and stores it at Facebook. If you lose the login information for GitHub, you'd simply log in to Facebook and send the stored token to the site to prove your identity and regain access. The token is encrypted, and Facebook can't access the information stored on it. Facebook also promises not to share it with third-party websites (aside from those you authorize).
Being successful at networking is realizing that, to get where you’re going, you need to help others get to where they’re going.
Being successful at networking is realizing that, to get where you’re going, you need to help others get to where they’re going.
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'Outraged by this order' — Here's the speech Google cofounder Sergey Brin just gave attacking Trump's immigration ban
I think that as we do that, and I’ve spent time talking to [Google CEO] Sundar [Pichai] about it and so forth, I think that we need to be smart about it too. And that means bringing in folks who have some different viewpoints and so forth. Maybe it’s somebody who we don’t agree with on climate change. But nevertheless, there are many rational, thoughtful people out there, who maybe they vote Republican, or Democrat or independent, or whatever, but are outraged by these kinds of actions. and it’s important to be welcoming and reach out to them. and in fact we’ve been working to do exactly that. Some of us might even adopt Pence 2017 bumper stickers.
Lyft surpasses Uber in app downloads for the first time ever
For years, Lyft has positioned itself as a friendlier alternative to Uber. And that marketing appears to have paid off, with surveys indicating that drivers prefer it over Uber. But Lyft is still a distant second to Uber, with only 20 percent marketshare compared to its much larger rival. And it will probably take more than a weekend of political backlash to help it grow into more worthy competitor.
MacBook Pro Touch Bar banned from multiple state bar exams
In other states, however, the new model of MacBook Pro is banned outright. According to notices from the New York State Board of Law Examiners and the Colorado Supreme Court , users who show up with a Touch Bar-equipped model in those states will have to write their answers by hand, but they will be allowed to re-download the ExamSoft software to another machine for free if they do it in advance. Although not every state has issued a formal notice yet, Ohio State University law professor and Bar Exam Wizard blogger Katherine Silver Kelly, reports that the Touch Bar is also banned in California, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. So prospective lawyers should do their due diligence and check with their local jurisdiction before heading to their exam site.
You Aren't Living in a Hologram, Even if You Wish You Were
And finally, somehow, no one else seemed to ask the researchers the most important question: Does the model say that we’re living in a hologram? “I would say you don’t live in a hologram, but you could have come out of a hologram,” said Afshordi. After all, the theory intends to describe the early universe. If there was a time when the universe had only two spatial dimensions, it’s not clear when switch would have happened, or what things would be like if you could travel back in time.
'Essential IT systems' failure and 'automation issues' ground hundreds of Delta flights - TechRepublic
Delta and many other carries have recently experienced major IT failures that resulted in cancelled flights. Here's how your business can protect itself.
Lego Life is a social network for kids to share their Lego creations
To remedy this issue, Lego is taking matters into its own hands by building Lego Life, a new social network specifically designed for kids under the age of 13 to safely interact and engage in all things Lego. In other words, it’s basically a Lego-themed Instagram with strict comment restrictions, and all the ads are for Lego stuff. Users can post pictures of their Lego creations, follow users, and comment on posts with special Lego emoji. The app will also offer building challenges as a way to try and jump-start creativity in kids using the app, and new Lego sets will encourage kids to share pictures of their latest builds on Lego Life in the instruction manual.
Elon Musk on Digging Big-Ass Tunnel: 'We Have No Idea What We’re Doing'
Disruption is a core tenet of the tech industry. Presumably, this is why billionaire entrepreneur and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has embarked on a new project to disrupt solid ground. Over the weekend, Musk began digging a big-ass hole on SpaceX properties to start testing out how to build a high-speed tunnel underneath Los Angeles.
Electronic glasses auto-focus on what you're looking at
To make the lenses adjustable, the University of Utah team placed glycerine -- a thick, clear liquid -- within membranes on the front and back. The chunky frame, meanwhile, holds electronics, a battery and an infrared distance meter. When you look at something, the meter gauges the distance and sends a signal to a mechanical actuator on the rear membrane. Within 14 milliseconds, it switches focus from one object to another, giving you clear vision without the need to look up or down.
Apple’s new ‘Shot on iPhone’ billboard ads were all shot during the same night
Apple is introducing a new billboard campaign today. The various “Shot on iPhone” ads have been quite effective. Somehow, seeing a giant photo on a billboard and thinking that it was shot with the phone you could have in your pocket works quite well.
These Ultra Close-Up Images of Saturn's Rings Are Mind-Blowing
According to NASA , the new pictures are some of the “closest-ever images of the outer parts of the main rings,” which is exciting for scientists and stargazers alike. Cassini has taken many images of the rings before, but they’ve never been anywhere close to this level of detail.
This tiny glob could be humans' earliest known ancestor
Their size may also hold the key to filling in another gap in Earth's fossil record: If these earliest known deuterostomes are so small, then it opens up the possibility that their predecessors were so tiny they could only be preserved in "very, very exceptional circumstances."
After Dual Focus for Two Years, Dropbox Goes All in on Corporate Customers
"We want teams to be able to start a project, manage a project and deliver a project all on Dropbox," said Woodside. "All the collaboration activity that goes on to produce an excellent marketing campaign or an excellent design for a building, we think that can happen in Dropbox. Now a lot of collaboration happens in e-mail or in tools like Slack, but we feel Dropbox can be a better way to go in a lot of scenarios."
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Woman's pet snake got stuck in her gauged earlobe and we're screaming
Last Monday, Ashley Glawe posted a photo of herself and her pet snake, Bart, on Facebook. Only the snake wasn't in her hands or wrapped around her arms. It was stuck through her gauged earlobe.
The Lego Batman Movie's Bane Figure Is Totally Awesome
A lot of things look good about The Lego Batman Movie —whether it’s the film itself or the Lego sets. But I think my favorite thing about it is this new Bane “mini” figure that’s actually hulking, and it’s spine-tinglingly brilliant.
Researchers now know the words that make you sound credible (or phony) on Twitter
The team looked at tweets for events in 2014 and 2015, including the news of Ebola in West Africa, the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, and the death of Eric Garner in New York City. They then asked people to judge the credibility of Twitter posts based on a credibility range from “certainly accurate” to “certainly inaccurate” before modeling the results and splitting them into 15 distinct linguistic categories ranging from positive and negative emotions, hedges and boosters, and anxiety.
The Paradox of Humanizing Star Wars' Stormtroopers
The Force Awakens did something no other Star Wars movie had done: it made a hero out of a Stormtrooper. But doing that complicates what it means to kill the ubiquitous canon fodder of this fictional universe.
Tech CEOs Speak Out Against Trump's Travel Ban
Tech Titans including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings speak out against President Donald Trump's immigration moves. (Source: Bloomberg)
The Final Beauty and the Beast Trailer Is the Best One Yet
The animated Beauty and the Beast is basically a perfect movie, so the live-action film has a lot to live up to. With its latest trailer, it does just that, showcasing some truly magical music and visuals.
Study reveals substantial evidence of holographic universe
A sketch of the timeline of the holographic Universe. Time runs from left to right. The far left denotes the holographic phase and the image is blurry because space and time are not yet well defined. At the end of this phase (denoted by the black fluctuating ellipse) the Universe enters a geometric phase, which can now be described by Einstein’s equations. The cosmic microwave background was emitted about 375,000 years later. Patterns imprinted in it carry information about the very early Universe and seed the development of structures of stars and galaxies in the late time Universe (far right). Credit: Paul McFadden