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'Dishonored' studio co-founder steps down after 18 years

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:57
Today the founder of Arkane Studios, Raf Colantonio, announced that after 18 years with the company, he is now stepping down. In a statement Colantonio said, "It is time for me to step out to spend some time with my son and reflect on what is importa...
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Guy Spends Five Years Landing All These Crazy Scooter Tricks, Making This Video

GeekOlogy - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:30
This is a five minute compilation of hardcore scooterer Ryan Williams performing his most daring tricks. Apparently the video was five years in the making, because that's how long it took Ryan to learn and perfect all these moves. There are all sorts of flips, rotations, barrel rolls -- you name it. It almost made want to get into extreme scootering myself, before my mom reminded me that I've already broken my arm twice and the doctor said the next time he'll have to amputate it after-hours because "this isn't proof of insurance, it's an old Blockbuster card" and "I'm only doing this because you're a friend of the family." Full disclosure: Not his family -- just the family that promised not to sue after he almost killed them all reading their charts upside-down. Keep going for the video.
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You can order an Uber for those who shun the app

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:29
Uber is adding a new feature that lets you arrange a pickup for friends, family, and even Uber boycotters. Although an existing option to set a different pickup location ostensibly allows users to arrange rides for others, the update adds a touch of...
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Microsoft Bringing EMET Back As a Built-In Part of Windows 10

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include EMET-like capabilities managed through a new feature called Windows Defender Exploit Guard. Microsoft's EMET, the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, was a useful tool for hardening Windows systems. It used a range of techniques -- some built in to Windows, some part of EMET itself -- to make exploitable security flaws harder to reliably exploit. The idea being that, even if coding bugs should occur, turning those bugs into actual security issues should be made as difficult as possible. With Windows 10, however, EMET's development was essentially cancelled. But as more mitigation capabilities have been put into Windows, the need for a system for managing and controlling them has not gone away. Some of the mitigations introduce application compatibility issues -- a few even require applications to be deliberately written with the mitigation in mind -- which means that Windows does not simply turn on every mitigation for every application. It's here that Exploit Guard comes in.

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Pandora is shutting down in New Zealand and Australia

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:16
There's bad news for Pandora users down-under. While the streaming service got a nice infusion of cash from SiriusXM a few weeks ago. However, it just announced that its co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren is stepping down and, according to Billboard,...
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Microsoft’s machine learning can predict injuries in sports

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:02
Microsoft is bringing its big-data knowledge to sports. Today, the company introduced its new Sports Performance Platform, an analytics system that aims to help teams track, improve and predict their players performance using machine learning and Sur...
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World of Warcraft Demon Hunter Costume Started with EVA Foam

AdaFruit - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:00

Cosplayer Ninefoxtails, a.k.a. Mayu, gave herself a challenge for her World of Warcraft Demon Hunter costume: use as little Worbla as possible. Instead of relying on the material for armor, she used EVA foam and faux leather instead. As she worked, she was a little floored by how versatile a flat foam mat was and that she could transform the material so much. You can see a photo of the floor mat and a finished piece of leg armor below.

See additional work in progress photos at Facebook.

via Reddit

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Hacker Behind Massive Ransomware Outbreak Can't Get Emails From Victims Who Paid

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:41
Joseph Cox, reporting for Motherboard: On Tuesday, a new, worldwide ransomware outbreak took off, infecting targets in Ukraine, France, Spain, and elsewhere. The hackers hit everything from international law firms to media companies. The ransom note demands victims send bitcoin to a predefined address and contact the hacker via email to allegedly have their files decrypted. But the email company the hacker happened to use, Posteo, says it has decided to block the attacker's account, leaving victims with no obvious way to unlock their files. [...] The hacker tells victims to send $300 worth of bitcoin. But to determine who exactly has paid, the hacker also instructs people to email their bitcoin wallet ID, and their "personal installation key." This is a 60 character code made up of letters and digits generated by the malware, which is presumably unique to each infection of the ransomware. That process is not possible now, though. "Midway through today (CEST) we became aware that ransomware blackmailers are currently using a Posteo address as a means of contact," Posteo, the German email provider the hacker had an account with, wrote in a blog post. "Our anti-abuse team checked this immediately -- and blocked the account straight away.

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First Person POV Of A Gravity Powered LEGO Train Roller Coaster At The Beach

GeekOlogy - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:30
This is the video of the gravity-powered LEGO roller coaster built by Robert Carlson and friends at a beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (previously: something very similar done with Hot Wheels cars). The first person point of view was particularly fun -- I felt like I was right there roller coastering along the beach. Now my boss is yelling at me for daydreaming on the job. Or is that still part of the dream? Oh, no, it's real, and apparently I forgot to do something important at work today. *yelling continues* Alright, alright, make sure to put my pants back on before leaving the restroom, I've got it. Keep going for the video.
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Videos are the latest way to seduce people on your dating app

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:30
The dating app Hinge has just added a video option to its users' profiles. Now, any of a user's six profile photos can be swapped for a video that will autoplay whenever someone scrolls through their profile. The videos can be uploaded from Instagram...
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AMD and NVIDIA go after Bitcoin miners with new video cards

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:11
Dedicated digital currency miners know the importance of good graphics cards -- modern GPUs have enough general-purpose computing power to process money formats like Bitcoin much faster than a CPU alone. They've never really been suited for non-stop...
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Biohacking : BiAffect – App that Detects BiPolar Disorder

AdaFruit - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:00

The BiAffect App for iOS provides a clever way to detect bipolar disorder. Rather than running as a standalone app it provides a custom keyboard which detects typing speed, typing errors, backspace usage, pressure of keypresses and uses of spell check. The data is processed through a recurrent neural network which is part of their DeepMood architecture.

With the expanding coverage of wireless Internet access and rapid advancement of mobile smartphone technologies, people are increasingly interacting via typed (rather than oral) communications. BiAffect’s innovative approach aims at understanding and examining the ubiquitous ‘virtual mental-health footprints’ or ‘signatures’ of abnormalities in people suffering from mood disorders, notably abnormalities in cognitive skills.

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Hass Otsmane-Elhaou and K. Michael Russell Discuss the Importance of Color in Comics #ArtTuesday

AdaFruit - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:00

From Creators:

In the latest episode of Strip Panel Naked, color artist K. Michael Russell explains why choosing colors for comics is harder than you might think.

When readers think of the people behind the scenes of a comic book, they often think of the writer and the artist. But there’s a whole world of people in different positions working to make a comic look great, feel right, and tell the perfect story—from inkers who define the depth of the comic, to editors who manage an entire comic slate, to the color artist who brings the world into bright, saturated life. This week’s episode of Strip Panel Naked, the mini-comics masterclass, is a conversation between host Hass Otsmane-Elhaou and color artist K. Michael Russell, talking specifically about his color work on IDW’s Judge Dredd #26.

Read more and see more from Strip Panel Naked on YouTube

Every Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!
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'Crackdown 3' lives in the shadow cast by 'Agents of Mayhem'

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:00
Microsoft's biggest hurdle with Crackdown 3 isn't its rumored troubled development cycle, it's that Agents of Mayhem exists and is coming out first. Both share a similar premise: You're a superpowered human given free reign over a cartoony open world...
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The App Economy Will Be Worth $6 Trillion in Five Years

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie. What explains the growth? More people are spending more time and -- crucially -- more money in apps. While on average people aren't downloading many more apps, App Annie expects global app usership to nearly double to 6.3 billion people in the next five years while the time spent in apps will more than double. And, it expects the average app spend -- including app-store purchases, advertising spend and, most importantly, commerce -- to increase from $379 per person to $1,008 in 2021. The 800-pound -- or $6 trillion -- gorilla in the room is mobile commerce.

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What Sorcery Is This?: Video Demonstration And Explanation Of Hydrodynamic Levitation

GeekOlogy - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:30
This is a video of a ball (and an even more impressive disk at the end) levitating in a vertical stream of water thanks to hydrodynamic levitation. What the hell is hydrodynamic levitation? MAGIC. Of course this video would have you believe it's actually science, which I'm fairly certain it is not. I wish I could levitate. *focusing really hard* Am I doing it?! "You're standing on your tippy toes." And you're not impressed? This is as close as you can get to levitating before you're actually doing it. Keep going for the video.
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NYU lands New York City's ambitious VR/AR hub

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:30
New York City is diving into VR in a big way with the launch of a virtual/alternate reality hub at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. It'll serve to nurture companies and projects relying on the new technologies, with the hopes of cementing NYC as a...
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Heritage Valley Health System Target Of Cyber Attack

Slashdot - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:20
The Heritage Valley Health System says it has been hit with a cyber attack. From a report: A spokeswoman confirmed the attack Tuesday morning. "Heritage Valley Health System has been affected by a cyber security incident. The incident is widespread and is affecting the entire health system including satellite and community locations. We have implemented downtime procedures and made operational adjustments to ensure safe patient care continues un-impeded." Heritage Valley is a $480 million network that provides care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; parts of eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. Also read: Ukrainian Banks, Electricity Firm Hit by Fresh Cyber Attack; Reports Claim the Ransomware Is Quickly Spreading Across the World.

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Samsung will reportedly release Note 7 ‘fandom’ edition soon

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:10
Samsung continues to deal with the fallout from its exploding Note 7 devices. The company has been sued for the problem, and has issued short-term fixes, apologies and a hurried recall to try and contain the damage to its brand. Apparently it's worki...
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Twitch rolls out subscriptions for Affiliate streamers

Engadget - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:03
Twitch Partners get a lot of perks, including extra emotes, 60 days of past broadcast storage, financial support and the ability for fans to subscribe to their channels for $5, $10 or $25 per month. Starting this week, Twitch Affiliates -- streamers...
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