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Now you can embed classic MS-DOS games in tweets

Those games can then be played directly in Twitter—at least on a PC. In my tests on Android, the Twitter app sent you to the Internet Archive's website. You probably don't want to play these games on mobile anyway, since they were built for a mouse and keyboard interface rather than a touchscreen.

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Giving everyone in the world an address - BBC News

But in places where people have no other viable way of identifying where they live, it is likely to prove a useful way of getting on the local authorities' radar, especially as internet-based services pick up on it and build it into their systems.

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The Era of Japan's All-Powerful Videogame Designers Is Over | WIRED

It may not be a stretch to say that there will never be another Kojima, no one creator who holds such sway over a massive big-budget gaming enterprise. It’s too expensive, too risky a business to be left up to the creative whims of a single auteur. But that’s precisely what the Japanese game business was, for a long time. Kojima’s exit just puts a period on it. The era of the Legendary Game Designer producing massive triple-A games at Japanese studios is officially over.

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Defective part slows Apple Watch rollout | Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch has been in short supply ever since its hype-filled launch, and a new report claims that it’s all the Taptic Engine’s fault.

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Airtable Launches Its API And Embedded Databases

In addition to sharing direct read or edit access to the relational databases you create in its app, Airtable is today letting you draw from the underlying data using a powerful API, so you can embed that information in an application or website in a way that seamlessly blends into the experience. If that’s a bit outside your skillset, Airtable is also rolling out the ability to share your data as an embed that you can customize and share as simply as you would a YouTube video.

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Microsoft details four new Windows Store app types: Web, desktop, Android, and iOS

For a long time now, Microsoft has been exploring various ways of offering Android apps on Windows and Windows Phone, including by way of an emulator, similar to how BlackBerry allows Android apps to run on its devices. Today, Myerson finally pulled back the curtain on the company’s plan: This support will be available via four new SDKs, which will let developers use an existing code base to integrate with the Universal Windows Platform, and then distribute their new app through the Windows Store.

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Apple And IBM Announce Plans For An Elder-Support Service In Japan

Japan Post, which provides postal service, banking services, and insurance services in that country, will distribute the iPads through a "watch over" service that it launched in 2013 in which, for a monthly fee, an employee will check on an elderly customer and report back to their relatives about their well-being. Starting in the second half of this year, that service will be upgraded for 1,000 customers with an iPad as part of a pilot program. Japan Post aims to offer it to all of its customers by next year, and the the goal is to have 4 million to 5 million customers for the service in Japan by 2020.

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Apple reportedly poaches more BBC Radio 1 staff for streaming music project

To me it sounds like Apple is looking to have something special. Algorithms, such as what Pandora employs is absolute crap. Especially with music lovers who's knowledge and depth of music a far more complex that find it maddening. The human element is not something you delegate to computer script. The human element, especially in discovery is something that is a must. There is so much new music being produced every day, that more than ever before, we need a concerted effort to make it discoverable and accessible. To dig through it and sort it. To have PEOPLE who love music help curate it. And the same could also be said about the App Store.

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Hackaday Meetup NYC - Splash

On Thursday, April 30th, come hang out with the Hackaday crew. We're in town for the Hackathon but that doesn't begin until a few days later. This Thursday night get-together is a perfect chance to  show off your builds and talk about all things Hackaday!

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IGN on Twitter

@IGN maybe just say the name of the mod so we can find it ourselves.the guy who works the twitter for you doesn't know how to do his job lol

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Apple Watch review: a status symbol for iOS devotees

I'll admit, coming into this review, I expected that having to charge the Watch nightly would be a chore. I was wrong. Because of the nifty magnetic induction-charging disc and the fact that I'd never sleep wearing a Watch anyway, charging it up each night just isn't a big deal. (Though having to pack one more charging cable in my bag when I travel is certainly an irritation). As for battery life, well, I've made it through every day with at least 15 percent and sometimes over 50 percent of charge left when I hit the sack. Most importantly, I never once found myself worrying about the Watch running out of juice and never had to use the power reserve mode (which turns the Watch into a timepiece only) to make it through the day. Do I wish that the thing could last for days or weeks without a charge? Of course I do, but state of the art for smartwatch battery life is no more than a day -- maybe two -- and the Watch is in line with that despite packing a 205mAh battery just two-thirds the size of most of its competitors.

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Here's how Windows finally caught up to Microsoft's 'Windows everywhere' vision

Several other key questions remain unanswered. We still don’t know when Windows 10 will launch. We don’t really understand how well an iOS app ported to Windows will run on the cheap Windows phones Microsoft is determined to sell. We still don’t know for certain if the new “universal” apps will run on the Xbox One. We don’t have confirmation of what cut of the revenues Microsoft will take for listing that universal app on its app store, or even when that universal app store will go live.

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Third-party iPad software to blame in delay of American Airlines planes

Look around these websites; they all say iPad glitch caused this sh.t. These idiots just couldn't wait to jump on Apple even though it's nothing related to iPad, but the fucking third party app. It's like to blame BMW car performance when you put crappy gasoline into the tank.

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Hackaday Prize Worldwide: New York City

By "fire" I didn't mean anything uncontrolled (except maybe for the occasional transistor).  Just wanted to be clear on that point.  The amazing stuff happens by virtue of control.  You know, how candles are simply pleasant.  I was thinking about something along the lines of some sort of sustained incandescence inside a clear jar, with a simplistic control system to allow different gas mixtures/pressure/voltage (or some subset) through there to do RGB controlled "fire".  Ambient audio level meter with color-controlled fire? Something like that, but really just thinking aloud about what might be achievable in the time and in the particular space.  Still hunting for that idea.  I think a winning entry is not only about breadboarding circuits with sensors ( = input).  I like it when the circuits do something ( = output) in the physical world. But that is just one avenue, of course. I am fully prepared to be amazed by everyone who is bringing t

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Watch the incredible first test flight of Jeff Bezos's mysterious new rocket

"In fact, if New Shepard had been a traditional expendable vehicle, this would have been a flawless first test flight," Bezos wrote. "Of course one of our goals is reusability, and unfortunately we didn’t get to recover the propulsion module because we lost pressure in our hydraulic system on descent."

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Oops: Instagram forgot to renew its SSL certificate

It appears that Instagram forgot to renew its security certificate, as it expired at 2PM Central Time on April 30. It’s causing errors for anyone that tries to visit the company’s website right now and Chrome blocks access entirely.

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Microsoft hopes to court iOS apps to Windows 10 with Objective-C support

MS has probably been working on Obj-C compatibility for a couple years now, even before Swift was announced. They are likely in the process of adding Swift as we speak. That said, the Swift GM runtime libs are currently embedded into the app not the host OS like Obj-C is, so theoretically the Swift apps might run in the MS Obj-C environment anyway. Right now, Swift is still calling the same Obj-C libraries but that might change soon with upcoming iOS updates.

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10 Strategies Quick Learners Use To Pick Up Anything

When I look at a book, for example, I look though the contents page and make a list from 1-5 with 1 being the chapter with the most relevant material. When looking through a instructional video, I often skip to the middle where the action or technique is being demonstrated, then I work backwards to gain the context and principles.

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Apple Watch: Faulty Taptic Engine Slows Rollout

A key component of the Apple Watch made by one of two suppliers was found to be defective, prompting Apple Inc. to limit the availability of the highly anticipated new product, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Microsoft to Pay Around $30 Million for N-trig

Microsoft Corp. MSFT 0.03 % has signed an agreement to buy the assets of touch screen technologies company N-trig Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.

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Microsoft HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture

Why this matters: While the technology behind HoloLens is certainly impressive, Microsoft needs to prove that the product truly is a big leap forward for computing, and not just a cool tech demo. That was clearly the emphasis at Build, as Microsoft tried to convince developers to take the technology seriously.

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Baltimore police hand over Freddie Gray investigation to prosecutors

Baltimore Police have completed the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray , and turned over the case to city prosecutors who will now decide whether to file criminal charges against any of the officers involved, officials said on Thursday.

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Apple and IBM take on senior care...in Japan

Like other Apple and IBM enterprise initiatives, that service will naturally run on an iPad. It will include all the system's native apps and a collection of eldercare applications developed by IBM Global Business Services — a system that will tap into IBM MobileFirst for iOS. Taizo noted that the system will have access to the healthcare data for millions using its services, though Rometty was quick to add that users will be able to opt in or out of what they want to share.

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Apple Watch has lowest hardware cost to price: IHS

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's Watch has the lowest ratio of hardware costs to retail price across any Apple phone, according to a preliminary estimate by research firm IHS after a teardown study.

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Watch the history of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in 13 minutes

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest and easily the most lucrative film franchise of our time. Marvel Studios hit a home run in 2008 with Iron Man , and has followed that up each year with bigger and bigger tentpoles. Avengers , or the One Where Everybody Teams Up and Things Explode, set an even higher bar in 2012, and Marvel has only to keep topping itself while the rest of the industry catches up.

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Windows 10 Gives The Phone Another Shot At Being A PC

Windows is Windows. One of the most important messages at Build has been that there aren't multiple versions of Windows for different devices: There's just Windows 10 running on an array of gadgets, and knowing how to deal with displays of varying devices. The interface should scale up appropriately for the larger display, and you'll be able to run meaty, familiar PC apps such as Microsoft Office. That's radically different than the situation with Motorola's Webtop, which felt like a phone struggling to pass as a computer and not quite succeeding.

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Apple to aid Japan's elderly with iPads in latest fruits of IBM alliance

– A + Apple to aid Japan's elderly with iPads in latest fruits of IBM alliance By Roger Fingas Thursday, April 30, 2015, 06:47 am PT (09:47 am ET) Japan Post has forged a deal with Apple and IBM that will see iPads put in the hands of elderly Japanese under the care of the national Watch Over service, the companies announced on Thursday. Apple will provide the iPads, while IBM will develop custom software over the next year, the three parties involved revealed. Watch Over is a niche service started by Japan Post in 2013, under which mail carriers check in on elderly clients, provide consultation, and share information with family members. Calling it a "first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens," the program will include IBM apps that will connect the elderly to services, healthcare, community, and their families. Japan's population includes 33 million seniors, representing about 25 percent of the country's total. "This initiative has potential for global impact, as many countries face the challenge of supporting an aging population, and we are honored to be involved in supporting Japan's senior citizens and helping enrich their lives," said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook.

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NASA probe shows Pluto might have a polar ice cap - CNET

The first surface details start to come into view as NASA's New Horizons space probe speeds toward its summer rendezvous with Pluto and its moons.

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Apple and IBM are making special iPads for seniors

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Watch Now: The Incredible Possibilities of Big Data

Big data enables us to learn and to process information faster. In 2003, with the computer capabilities at that time, it would take about 10 years to sequence the human genome. In 2013, it took about 2-3 days. Other activities like speech recognition, text translation, and self-driving cars are getting more precise the more data we have. Now, we can collect more information than we ever could before and we no longer need to work with samples only.

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IGN on Twitter

“ @IGN : Dead Island 2 has been delayed to 2016. Read the full statement: http://go.ign.com/MsjjPGl  pic.twitter.com/xjwXW9VzVw ” whyyyyy

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You can now create mods for Minecraft using Microsoft’s add-in for Visual Studio

Today’s announcement goes in tandem with yesterday’s announcement of Visual Studio Code , a free tool for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that allows developers to more easily work on modern Web applications built in JavaScript, TypeScript, ASP.NET 5, and other modern computer languages. Also announced during BUILD 2015, Visual Studio Code lets you work on these applications without the need to jump head-first into the full Visual Studio suite, which remains exclusive to Windows.

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Windows 10 with Holograms Looks Freaking Awesome

It sounds like the company’s not going to be quite as crazy secretive about Hololens and Windows Holographic (the version of Windows 10 that does these crazy things) from here on out. Tomorrow at Microsoft Build, there will be hundreds of Hololens stations for developers to try it out for themselves. Looking forward to giving it another go!

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This is the best Android phone you can buy

I chose the Galaxy S6 because I think it's the best mass-appeal Android phone. People that want a bigger phone will probably look at the Galaxy Note 4, the Nexus 6, or LG G4 (if they don't mind feeling for the power and volume keys on the back of the phone, that is). The Galaxy S6 Edge is really nice, too, but in my opinion it doesn't seem worth the extra $100. It doesn't really do much that the regular S6 can't — it's more of an aesthetic preference.

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These surrealist games melt more than clocks

Some say surrealism was the most influential art movement of the past century and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it's had an effect on video game developers too. The games you'll find below weren't made by Salvador Dalí or M.C. Escher, but the influence those mind-bending artists had is unmistakable. And it's not just limited to endless staircases or clocks melting off the side of a ledge (although those make appearances) in indie games, either. Dream-like visuals and landscapes have dotted the world of blockbuster games too -- not even God of War 3 was immune when it released in 2010. Let's take a mind-bending trip together in the gallery below, shall we? Gallery | 9 Photos Nine surrealist games + See all 9 Tags: android, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, IOS, ipad, iphone, PlayStation, Playstation2, Playstation3, surrealism, surrealist, uk-feature

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