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6 new features in 'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey'

Greece is full of cool new stuff.

Watch a Tesla Model X zoom inside a Boring Company tunnel

The Boring Company has tested its vehicle transportation system.

Cyberpunk 2077 gives us a beautifully twisted glimpse into the future

As we're now just a day away from the E3 gaming expo, publishers are already busy hyping up their upcoming titles. That includes Polish outfit CD Projekt, which has finally released a trailer for its highly anticipated futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077.

'The Division 2' will have the raids 'Destiny 2' doesn't

'The Division 2' will offer eight-player raids next year.

Watch Parkland students' emotional Tonys performance and cry

Heartbreaking, but hopeful.

5 Midemlab music tech startups to watch: Enhancia, Flexound, Jooki, Landmrk, WowTune

The annual Midemlab startup competition in Cannes attracted another strong lineup of music-related companies that are targeting an industry undergoing massive disruption. The competition received 2…

'Skyrim' comes to Amazon's Alexa

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South Korean cryptocurrency exchange hacked for nearly $40M

The real problem lies with the remaining 30 percent affected by the breach. Coinrail says that its team might be able to recover 20 percent through collaboration with other cryptocurrency exchange desks, where the funds have been moved; for this though, the exchanges will have to either freeze or recall the funds. The company is still conducting an investigation with the remaining 10 percent.

The Best Esports Games for Lighting Your Competitive Fires

Maybe there's too much choice. There are so many video games on the market with a competitive, multiplayer focus that getting started in playing, or simply watching, professional video gaming may prove intimidating. Fortunately, this guide to the best esports games is designed to gently nudge you in the right direction. After all, every game going after that sweet esports money isn't worth your time. And there are a whole lot of those.


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Microsoft at E3 2018 says it's building the next Xbox game console

The software giant said during its press conference kicking off the largest game show in the world that it's still got more Xboxes coming.

Lenovo Legion gaming laptops and desktops march into E3 2018

The Legion Y7000 (left) retains a more traditional budget-gaming-laptop design, while the Y730 and Y530 (middle and right), get a sleek makeover, new thermals an upgraded components.

E3 2018: Fallout 76 First Details Revealed - IGN

During the conference, Bethesda's Todd Howard revealed Fallout 76 is a prequel to all of the prior Fallout games and the studio's "biggest one yet." According to Howard, the game will be "four times the size of Fallout 4."

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E3 2018: Starlink: Battle for Atlas Release Date Announced - IGN

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is out on October 16 for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, Ubisoft announced at its E3 2018 press conference.

The Repeal of Net Neutrality Is Official | Hacker News

Netflix claims that they were paying for transit to Comcast customers through their transit ISPs, and that they should not be responsible for upgrading the (congested) peering links between Comcast and the transit providers. The FCC declaration went so far as to claim that Comcast was intentionally letting peering links congest (see paragraph 29 of the declaration) to force Netflix to pay for direct connectivity. (Here is precisely where the confusion with net neutrality and paid prioritization comes into play, but this is not about paid prioritization, but rather about who should pay who for connectivity. More on that later.)


5 tips for making meetings more effective and efficient

I'm frequently shocked by presenters who stick to their planned presentation at all costs, even when the audience is telling them it's not helpful. I've seen meetings where the audience has clearly tuned out, and finally someone is kind enough to say, "This isn't what we need," only to have the presenter respond, "Let me just finish the last 48 slides." No one is awarding points to you for finishing your agenda, and I've often led highly successful meetings where we change direction in the first 90 seconds and don't even get past the title slide of my carefully prepared presentation. Stay attuned to the needs of your audience, and keep your ultimate objective in mind. There are usually multiple paths to the same objective, and just because the path you carefully mapped out isn't the one the group ultimately takes does not make the meeting any less successful.

iOS 12 for iPhone brings bad news for iPhone hackers

So to all the people that held off paying $999, £999 or AU$1,579, you might be in luck. In September, it's possible you could get an almost all-screen iPhone starting for as low as $600. The 6.5-inch iPhone X successor with an OLED screen could still cost between $900 and $1,000, Kuo forecasts, so save up. (That roughly converts to £680 and AU$1,210 to £750 and AU$1,345, but Apple does not typically directly convert their US prices).

Should you get the Pixel 2 or OnePlus 6?

That being said, if you're undecided but don't need a new phone ASAP, consider waiting to see what Google has in store in October. Being on a one-year cadence schedule, it's safe to assume that the Pixel 3 will be more of a major update as well (compared to the expected jump from the OnePlus 6 to the 6T), and rumored specs include wireless charging and two front-facing cameras.

NASA's Hubble telescope delivers new space stunners

A bright center shines in this Hubble space telescope image of the Messier 98 galaxy. "Because of the high amounts of gas and dust, there are numerous star-forming regions in the galaxy, especially in its nucleus and arms," NASA says .

Tour New Jersey’s most iconic recording studio

I was visiting to hear a soon-to-be released John Coltrane album. Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album was recorded on March 6, 1963 in this studio. The assembled press listened in awe, hearing Coltrane and his men lay down tracks recorded fifty-five years earlier in this room, the music leapt through time and space. I had goosebumps.

Dear Apple: Here's all the cool stuff we want in the 2018 iPhone

Whether Apple eventually unveils two or three new iPhones come September -- and no matter what they're called -- there are plenty of features we'd like to see in the new models. Here are our top priorities -- along with our guess on the likelihood of each one being implemented in the top-end model.

Inside the workshop where Game of Thrones swords are made

Inside the Game of Thrones workshop, where new weapons are designed and modelled. It's also an archive of the weapons used by the show's many, many now-deceased characters.

Bitcoin and Ethereum plummet after Coinrail hack

Other major cryptocurrencies experienced a similar drop. EOS, the fifth largest currency by market cap, had it worst of all: It plummeted 15% in the last 24 hours, and is currently trading at $11.2. EOS's price drop is notable as this cryptocurrency is currently in the process of launching its main blockchain network (also known as mainnet) after having raised a reported $4 billion in a year-long initial coin offering (ICO), dwarfing all similar crowdfunding efforts.

'Alien' Atacama skeleton gives up its strange genetic secrets

Ata's nickname comes from her discovery in a leather pouch behind an abandoned church in Chile's Atacama region in 2003. Besides her oddly shaped skull and minute size, Ata has only 10 pairs of ribs, rather than the usual 12, and showed signs of accelerated bone age. The skeleton had the bone composition of a 6-year-old, but was likely a fetus.

3D Touch inventor is now building AR experiences for mapping startup | Cult of Mac

Avi Cieplinski, the former Apple engineer who co-invented the 3D Touch and Taptic Engine iPhone features, has joined mapping startup Mapbox to create AR software tools.

E3 2018: The Division 2 is Getting Raids, Free Content Updates - IGN

"For the first time, eight players will be able to partner up to face the ultimate end game challenge," said Julian Gerighty, Creative Director of The Division 2. "Raids are coming to The Division 2."


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Fortnite update brings thermal AR, new soccer stadium and more

This week’s Fortnite Battle Royale  update is available a day early across all platforms. It adds a thermal scope assault rifle for the very first time, a brand new soccer stadium, and an improved limited-time game mode. There’s also a whole bunch of big fixes to look forward to.

macOS 10.14 Mojave: release date, news and features

So, while these required model years rarely change year-over-year with new releases of macOS, if your Mac model is older than the minimum release year, you might have to buy a new Mac to enjoy this next version of the OS. However, we’ll know for sure which Macs are going to be supported later today, so wait before you break out that credit card! 

'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' is a love letter to ancient Greece

As these two empires fight to establish broader power, your play as a young Spartan mercenary who goes on quest to help his people defeat the Athenians. At the start of your journey in Odyssey , which features the largest open world Ubisoft has ever created for an Assassin's Creed game, you can choose between a male (Alexios) or female (Kassandra) character. They both have similar paths in the overall narrative, but Ubisoft says there will be some unique experiences along the way for each. I picked Alexios simply because I liked his outfit better, and perhaps because I imagined that if I had been a Spartan myself thousands of years ago, I would've looked more like him.

iOS 12 beta: Should I run it? Is it faster than iOS 11? Will it break your iPhone? | ZDNet

A: I've got my notifications pretty locked down already to the point where about 90 percent are things I actually want to see a notifications for, so while there's room for tightening them up, I don't think it's that's great. As for changing the way I use my iPhone, I don't consider myself a "normal user" and as such don't think I'm the best person to comment on this.

The next Elder Scrolls game is coming to mobile

Elder Scrolls Blades will bring a massive first person RPG experience "with console quality graphics" to mobile. Just like in the fully-fledged Elder Scrolls games you can create your own character, level up, pick new abilities, and improve them. You'll be able to explore open outdoor worlds as well as a mix of hand-crafted and procedurally generated dungeons.

The best E3 2018 trailers so far

Fallout 76 really came to life at E3 2018 as we got an early look during Microsoft's Xbox showcase on Sunday. The latest installment in the Fallout franchise takes place in West Virginia, and is a prequel to all the other Fallout games. It's also four times as big as any other Fallout before it. The new E3 trailer below really sets the tone. 

Bethesda at E3 2018: Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield

Again, we know very little except it's a science fiction game set in space . One would hope it's a science fiction game set in space with the scope of, say, an Elder Scrolls or a Fallout. That's reasonable to assume given the way Todd Howard was talking about it. This is a major Bethesda game. Howard referred to it as the first major new franchise game for the company in over 20 years.

E3 2018: Watch The Elder Scrolls 6 teaser trailer

Bethesda closed out its E3 2018 press conference with a tease that all of its fans have been waiting years for. The Elder Scrolls 6 is happening, and it's coming out... eventually.

How to use data to promote workplace diversity

Parisi: Sure. I mean, obviously the mix of the diversity profile that the company's striving for is the outcome, so that's the big one, but then there's the in-process measures. So, I think what we're finding and seeing is the metrics that companies are establishing are being shared even with the board, and they include things like data that supports their current succession realities; how quickly the succession candidates are actually evolving and being put into new roles, and not just being recognized as potential. It cuts across ... Diversity is not just female and male, and if they can break down the succession movement, and candidates by business unit and function, they get to a level of depth where, again, you get ownership that people can move on and take action on.

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​South Korean cryptocurrency exchange hack sees $40m in altcoin stolen | ZDNet

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail has suffered a hack and lost some 30 percent of its coins worth US$40 million.

How to make file sharing easy on your network with LAN-Share

I'm always on the lookout for ways to make my workflow more efficient. One area that always needs improving is file sharing across a LAN. Sure there's Samba, but that requires a bit of configuration and usage that could be a bit above the paygrade of your users. So when I need the easiest way to share files over any given LAN, I turn to a handy tool called LAN-Share . With LAN-Share you can easily send files and folders to any machine on your network. The only requirement is that both sender and recipient have the application installed and running. With LAN-Share at work, users only need to know which machine they want to send to. LAN-Share auto-discovers all machines running the app, so users only have to select from a list.

How to file a cryptojacking complaint with the FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission wants to know if you've fallen victim to a malicious website that uses your computer to mine cryptocurrency. Here's how to let them know.

UK bank IT nightmare that locked out 1.9M customers is exactly what shouldn't happen

While the bank warned users that some online banking services would not be available the day of the upgrade, it became clear that something had gone seriously wrong later that night. Customers began reporting that they were locked out of their accounts, that their accounts showed an incorrect balance, and that they could see accounts that belonged to other customers, The Guardian reported.

4 questions to ask yourself when you have to make a big decision

There are two kinds of decision makers, productivity expert and author Laura Vanderkam wrote in 2016 : “maximizers,” those who are committed to finding the absolute best option, and “satisficers” who have a set of criteria, and make their decision based on the first option that meets it. On its face, maximizers might seem like the best approach to take, but unfortunately, this can actually paralyze decision making. In the back of their minds, they know there’s always something better out there.

Can Russian hackers be stopped? Here's why it might take 20 years | ZDNet

"I think the national security community has lacked a bit of creativity when it comes to thinking of the sheer scope and scale of a massive cyberattack, and the physical consequences that come from that, so I think the nuclear deterrent is interesting--it's part of the evolution of what is going to be a truly effective deterrence. We just don't know yet, and I don't think we will know for about 20 more years," said Rudolph.

iOS 12: The hidden feature I won't be switching on | ZDNet

Given how unstable some iOS updates can be, I don't think I'll be switching on the iOS 12 automatic update feature anytime soon.

Windows 10 dual-screen laptops with e-ink are coming this year | ZDNet

For the past three decades laptops have stayed faithful to the concept of a screen combined with a physical keyboard, but Intel and PC makers may change that status quo if the dual-screen laptop is embraced by consumers.

Open source "Gandiva" project wants to unblock analytics | ZDNet

Analytics involves repetitive calculations over huge volumes of data. GPUs and even CPUs can make that work go faster, if only the code and execution engines would cooperate. The open source Gandiva project seeks to forge that cooperation and clear the analytics log jam.

Cisco Live 2018: Avoiding distillery explosions with cybersecurity | ZDNet

Liquor company Beam Suntory is deploying a series of IoT and security features to smarten up its plants and distilleries while avoiding potentially catastrophic cyber attacks.

Australia's semantic sleight of hand on encrypted messaging revealed | ZDNet

Newly-released documents confirm that the Australian government's commitment to 'no backdoors' to weaken encryption algorithms doesn't preclude backdoors elsewhere in the secure messaging pipeline.

47 Foxconn establishes its North American headquarters in Milwaukee

Foxconn is extending its fledgling American footprint beyond its planned display factory in Wisconsin. The tech manufacturing behemoth is establishing its North American headquarters in Milwaukee, 30 miles north of the upcoming factory. It's buying a seven-story building from Northwestern Mutual and expects 500 people to work at the facility, which will include an innovation hub to help startups create apps using its display tech. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the intend 13,000 jobs at the screen facility, but it's symbolic of the company's US presence -- it's not just dabbling this time around.

People with criminal records are a huge untapped talent pool

Many of these people actually exist in a pool that’s not included in the official BLS unemployment statistic: About 8% of the country suffers from chronic under-employment—meaning they want to work but can’t find full-time gigs or have given up looking for a job altogether. So if companies are open to hiring people with criminal records, they need to make that clearer, both to job applicants and human resources managers who might be creating application systems that inadvertently discriminate against those candidates.

Inside the early days of North Korea's cyberwar factory | ZDNet

In a bizarre country filled with bizarre stories, one of the weirdest stories is the one that tells how the two countries came to be divided at the 38th Parallel. Two then-young officers, General Charles Bonesteel and Colonel Dean Rusk (who would eventually become U.S. Secretary of State under both Kennedy and Johnson) were tasked with determining the American occupation zone for Korea. As the story is told, they were completely unprepared, knew very little about Korean history, and simply used an available National Geographic Magazine map to draft the dividing line between the two nations.

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