Double Fine's mesmerizing 'GNOG' comes to PS4 in May
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Double Fine's mesmerizing 'GNOG' comes to PS4 in May

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you thought that Persona 5 would be the most stylish game you’d play this Spring, you might want to think again. In a move set to please PlayStation owners, Double Fine has announced that it’s bringing the beautiful puzzler GNOG to PS4 and PSVR on May 2nd. Developed as a collaboration between toy maker Samuel Boucher and Canadian art collective Ko_Op, this stunningly realized puzzle game sees players exploring a strange world of interconnected heads. With an achingly cool soundtrack complementing GNOG‘s gorgeous visuals, players are tasked with solving various physics-based puzzles as they attempt to find their way to each head’s exit. With games often living and dying by their mechanics, it’s refreshing to see a game from a studio that’s led by artists. Known for its graphic design work and interactive art experiences for Canada’s National Film Board, Ko_Op’s flair for striking design has given GNOG a captivating style. Thankfully, it looks like GNOG has more to offer than just its eye-catching aesthetic. With each of the game’s heads containing their own unique universe and their own rules, players will have to use everything from Rubik-cube style problem solving to time manipulation if they are to make it to the next puzzle. Currently, there are no details on how the game will work in PSVR. Still, with Sony’s VR headset’s software lineup still woefully lacking in big hitters, the game is certain to be a welcome addition to the platform’s library regardless. GNOG is available to preorder now from the PlayStation Store for $14.99 (or $13.49 for PS Plus members) and will be coming to Steam and iOS at a later date. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Marshall's next long-lasting wireless headphone has a familiar look
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Marshall's next long-lasting wireless headphone has a familiar look

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Until now, if you wanted a set of wireless headphones that matched your Marshall guitar amp, you had to choose between two on-ear options. Today, the company revealed an over-ear model in the Monitor Bluetooth. As the name suggestions, this new entry into Marshall’s personal audio line is a wireless version of the Monitor headphones it launched it 2013. You can expect 40mm custom-tuned drivers to blast the sound and some degree of noise isolation due to the over-ear design. No active noise cancellation here. However, there is Bluetooth aptX to help improve sound quality and offer 30 feet of listening range between you and the device you’re playing music on. There’s also a built-in control knob for play/pause, shuffling tacks and adjusting the volume. Most notably, Marshall is promising at least 30 hours of playback with the wireless version of its Monitor headphones. That’s the same figure it quoted for the Bluetooth versions of the Mid and Major II cans. If the combination of those features and Marshall’s iconic design is too much to pass up, the Monitor Bluetooth goes on sale today for $250 (€250/£209). Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Blue Origin's New Shepard wins prestigious aeronautics award
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Blue Origin's New Shepard wins prestigious aeronautics award

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket has been winning awards left, right and center, but this one is “personally meaningful” for company chief Jeff Bezos. The reusable rocket has been chosen to receive the Collier Trophy for 2016, presented to those who’ve made the “greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America” for the past year. New Shepard is the latest in the list of impressive awardees, which include Boeing for the 747 and its successors, the Navy for its autonomous X-47B aircraft and NASA JPL for landing Curiosity on Mars. According to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), Blue Origin won the award “for successfully demonstrating rocket booster reusability with the New Shepard human spaceflight vehicle through five successful test flights of a single booster and engine, all of which performed powered vertical landings on Earth.” The Jeff Bezos-owned private space corporation conducted five test flights using New Shepard 2 in 2015 and 2016, successfully relanding the rocket each time. NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh praises the company for “developing the first new large liquid hydrogen rocket engine in almost 20 years and demonstrating repeatable vertical takeoffs and landings makes the long sought after goal of low cost reusable rockets and access to space a reality.” Blue Origin hasn’t been resting on its laurels despite New Shepard’s success. It recently finished building the new BE-4 engines for Shepard’s successor, the New Glenn rocket. That doesn’t mean it’s abandoning its award-winning creation, though — it even recently released the first photos of the New Shepard capsule. Impossible to express how personally meaningful this is. A dream. Huge kudos to @BlueOrigin team that worked so hard https://t.co/q2P0Lsi81U https://t.co/D56XNkIiBP — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 29, 2017 Source: Jeff Bezos (Twitter), National Aeronautic Association (PDF) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Watch astronaut Peggy Whitson's historic spacewalk
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Watch astronaut Peggy Whitson's historic spacewalk

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Dr. Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the ISS, might soon also hold the record for the most spacewalks by a female astronaut. She’s scheduled to step out of the ISS today (March 30th), and once she does, she’ll have eclipsed the number of times current record holder Sunita Williams floated around in space outside the orbiting lab. Williams still holds the distinction of being the astronaut who fixed the ISS with a toothbrush, though. Whitson and Commander Shane Kimbrough will attach the docking module Canadarm2 recently moved to its new power and data cables. It’ll serve as the second docking port for the space taxis Boeing and SpaceX are developing to ferry astronauts to orbit. The duo won’t be stepping out of the ISS until 8AM EST, but you can tune in to NASA TV’s broadcast of the six-and-a-half-hour event as early as 6:30AM. Source: NASA Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Microsoft's Twitch competitor can remind you to stretch
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Microsoft's Twitch competitor can remind you to stretch

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, Beam, has arrived on Xbox One. And seemingly in an effort to keep streamers healthy, there are a few tools in the back-end to remind folks to do things like eat and stretch. Simply check the “Enable Health Reminders” box and at a user-defined intervals you can get pings to stand up and shove some food in your face. Of course, Beam isn’t the first to incorporate this sort of thing. The Apple Watch, for example, has activity reminders. Given how bad for you sitting can be, and how easy it is to lose track of time while at a computer in general, not just hosting a stream, it’s good to see Microsoft address this. For more info on Beam, check out this post on Xbox Wire. Source: Beam Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Domino's delivers pizza in Europe with wheeled drones
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Domino's delivers pizza in Europe with wheeled drones

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Domino’s has unleashed another set of pizza delivery drones, this time in Germany and the Netherlands. Last year, it worked with Flirtey to drop pizza to customers in New Zealand using unmanned aerial vehicles. For this pilot program, however, it chose to use autonomous rovers developed by Starship Technologies, a company built by two of Skype’s founders. Domino’s told Engadget that launching this program doesn’t mean it has given up on developing its own delivery drones, which it’s been doing for a year now. Both this pilot and the one in New Zealand come under the auspices of DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit), the same division that’s developing its homegrown machine. “[I]t’s not a matter of changes,” a spokesperson told us, “but running multiple programs to bring technology, that makes ordering faster and simpler, to our customers as quickly as possible.” Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Don Meij also said in a statement that if the company doesn’t add drones to its fleet through initiatives like this, it won’t have enough delivery drivers with its growth plans over the next five to 10 years. Starship’s autonomous rover is a battery-powered wheeled machine designed to run on sidewalks. It can carry up to 20 pounds of food — eight pizzas or a combination of pizzas, sides, drinks and dessert products — per delivery, kept inside a cargo hold. Customers can unlock that cargo hold with a code sent to their phones. Unfortunately, the pilot isn’t available all over the two European countries. In fact, it’s only open to people living within a one-mile radius of certain stores in select German and Dutch cities. If you live in either country, you’ll have to call your local branch and ask if it can send a wheeled drone your way. Via: VentureBeat Source: Domino’s Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Police report explains little about Uber's autonomous wreck
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Police report explains little about Uber's autonomous wreck

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. After one of its self-driving Volvos in Tempe, Arizona was struck by another car, Uber temporarily shut down all autonomous testing in the state and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. No major injuries resulted and both sites resumed operations early this week. But even after the Tempe Police Department’s report was released today, it’s unclear whether the autonomous vehicle took an unnecessary risk and sped up to make the light. According to Bloomberg‘s account of the report, it faults the green Honda that turned left into the autonomous Volvo. The Uber employees sitting in the car’s front seat confirmed that it had been set to autonomous mode, and in a statement to the police, said their vehicle was traveling 38 miles per hour, just under the 40 MPH speed limit. But one witness, who didn’t realize a human wasn’t in control, said that the Uber had appeared to accelerate to make it through the yellow light. What little details we have provoke questions about the autonomous car’s capabilities and decisions. Did its sensors not catch the yellow light? Or did it make a judgment call to enter at a more dangerous moment than waiting for a green? Whether the Uber took an unnecessary risk is unclear, especially since the circumstances aren’t certain: For one, the green Honda driver maintained that she couldn’t see the autonomous Volvo approaching, while the employees sitting in the Uber stated that they couldn’t see the turning car because their vision was blocked by traffic. Source: Bloomberg Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Bioware: Expect 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' support info Tuesday
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Bioware: Expect 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' support info Tuesday

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The latest installment of Mass Effect is here, but so far, Andromeda doesn’t look like it’s a high point for the series. A Metacritic score in the 70s puts it well below earlier games that all rate in the 90s, as concerns have been raised over facial animations, squad combat, game-breaking glitches, character romance options and more. Tonight, Bioware tweeted a message from the team behind the game, confirming that feedback is “an important part of our ongoing support of the game,” and promised to share its “immediate” plans on Tuesday, April 4th. A message from the @masseffect Andromeda team: pic.twitter.com/PRyeZFBzmT — BioWare (@bioware) March 30, 2017 There aren’t any details yet regarding exactly what will be addressed, but Bioware says developers are”listening, working around the clock to gather information and plan out solutions to improve and build on Mass Effect: Andromeda.” The game’s lead designer has also tweeted about various issues that will be addressed in upcoming patches, but hasn’t provided a time frame for that to happen. This all feels like deja vu after the disappointing launch and subsequent patching process for No Man’s Sky, but with a bigger budget game. We’ll check back on Tuesday to hear about the incoming fixes, but with other games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Zelda out there, it’s hard to know if players will wait around to see the game we were expecting and hoping for. Source: Bioware (Twitter) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Motion-tracking projector puts a laser show on moving faces
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Motion-tracking projector puts a laser show on moving faces

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The combination of face-mapping and video projections makes for a trippy experience. The technology transforms the human face into a canvas for digital art. When a bright red lightning bolt appeared on Lady Gaga’s face during her David Bowie tribute at the Grammys last year, the projection mapping technique went from niche studios to a mainstream audience. Now, the studio behind that performance has dropped a visual experiment called Inori to demonstrate the pace and precision of a new system. Nobumichi Asai, creative director of a Japanese visual studio called WOW, is a new media artist who is known for experimenting with face-mapping and video projections. A couple of years ago, he created Omote and projected virtual makeup onto a model’s face. As the video gained momentum on the internet, he was brought in to repeat the task for Lady Gaga’s David Bowie tribute. What made the performance unique was that instead of using the projection system in a controlled studio environment, Gaga’s face was mapped and transformed live in front of a massive audience for the first time last year. To create Inori (which literally translates to “prayer” in Japanese), Asai’s studio worked with TOKYO, an award-winning production company in Japan. The collaborators brought in a special high speed projector built by Ishikawa Wantanbe laboratory at the University of Tokyo to create a system that could keep up with a fast-paced dance performance. To highlight the speed and artistic capabilities of the projection system, the collaborators roped in AyaBambi, a renowned Japanese dance duo that toured with Madonna and posed for Alexander Wang. The technical crew combined the performance of the projector, which runs at 1,000 frames per second, with 3D mapping for depth measurement and 2D tracking that has less than ten milliseconds delay to match the face and hand movements of AyaBambi’s performance. While conventional projection mapping systems struggle to keep up with basic movements, the system built for Inori not only keeps up with complex dance movements but also opens up a world of visual possibilities for performance art. Via: Prosthetic Knowledge Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Latest Tesla patch enables Autosteer at 90 mph for HW2 models
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Latest Tesla patch enables Autosteer at 90 mph for HW2 models

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The new Autopilot features have been lurking in Tesla’s latest electric vehicles for a few months and now they’re ready to go live. For HW2 vehicles we’re talking things like the Lane Departure Warning system, Autosteer at much higher speeds (90mph versus the previous 55mph), Auto Lane Change and the Summon feature. Auto Lane Change, as you might expect, will swap lanes after you activate the turn signal while in Autopilot. Summon is pretty self-explanatory as well, activating a self-parking-and-retrieval system that you can control via the Tesla mobile app or your key fob. The newer HW2 vehicles (produced after October 18th, 2016) rolled off the assembly line with better sensors and cameras, but this new patch brings the functionality up to par with the older HW1 models. If you just downloaded V8.1, tap the the T on center screen three times — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 29, 2017 Both HW2 and HW1 Model X have few new features as well, like the ability to lower the height of its Falcon doors (for parking in cramped quarters) and more adjustment for the middle-row seat. In terms of creature comforts for both the HW1 and HW2 vehicles the onboard Maps app will display more info about businesses including operating hours, address and phone number. Headrests can be adjusted now as well, and the vehicle will curate a radio station based on what you’ve listened to and given the old thumbs up to. The 8.1 update is rolling out domestically today, with worldwide availability coming throughout the week. With this patch and the features that preceded it, we’re seeing the steps Tesla is making toward delivering truly autonomous driving. And being the nerd that CEO Elon Musk is, he hasn’t been able to keep the existence of another Easter egg to himself. As Electrek reports, tapping the T in the center screen three times will open up a sketchpad. Handy! Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Mercedes steps up its electric car production plans
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Mercedes steps up its electric car production plans

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. When Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler unveiled plans to have at least six electric cars on the market within a decade, it was clearly being conservative. The automaker has announced that it’s accelerating those plans, with over 10 EVs on the road by 2022 — 3 years ahead of the target it set half a year ago. Daimler will pour €10 billion (about $10.8 billion) into the initiative to make it a reality. The company wants to shape the car industry “from the forefront,” according to the firm’s Manfred Bischoff, and that means an aggressive strategy. Why such a quick change of heart, though? The car giant isn’t specific, but there are a few likely motivations. Competition is certainly the elephant in the room. Mercedes hasn’t been shy about gunning after Tesla’s upscale EV line, and it doesn’t want to risk handing the market to its American rival by being overly cautious. It has to worry about its German counterparts, too. And even if there weren’t any market factors at work, Mercedes still has to worry about growing widening diesel emissions scandals and increasing government pressure to reduce pollution. Simply put, the advantages of quickly embracing EVs are easily outweighing the drawbacks. Via: Bloomberg, TechCrunch Source: Daimler Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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FCC stops federal approval of low-income broadband subsidies
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FCC stops federal approval of low-income broadband subsidies

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. When FCC Chairman Ajit Pai froze the plan to include nine broadband companies in the commission’s Lifeline program in February, the future of low-cost, government subsidized internet access suddenly seemed uncertain. Now, nearly two months later, Chairman Pai has released a new statement saying that the commission supports including broadband in the Lifeline program, but will put a stop to the federal approvals process for new providers. Instead, it will let individual states decide which service providers should be included. In his statement, Pai argues that former Chairman Tom Wheeler’s action to approve those nine broadband providers was “unlawful” and outside of the FCC’s purview. “Congress gave state governments, not the FCC, the primary responsibility for approving which companies can participate in the Lifeline program,” Pai wrote. Twelve states are also challenging Wheeler’s order in a DC appeals court, which, in Pai’s view, “would be a waste of judicial and administrative resources to defend.” Pai’s approach may seem confusing, given that the new chairman has made bridging the “digital divide” a key issue of his administration. Allowing the FCC power to approve Lifeline providers nationally would have simplified the process of bringing low-cost ISPs on board and given even more households an affordable option for internet access, but the Republican chairman is strictly following party lines and reducing the available choices by leaving the states in charge of policing and regulating it. Pai also argues that another 36 pending ISP applications should be rejected, because “it would be irresponsible” to allow those companies to sign up new customers when they will soon get kicked out of the program. As The Hill reports, Democrats in the FCC and Congress were quick to condemn Pai’s decision. “While today’s announcement is not surprising, it is nonetheless deeply disappointing,” Mignon Clyburn, the FCC’s only current Democratic commissioner, wrote in response. “Chairman Pai’s statement confirms that under this Administration low-income Americans will have less choice for Lifeline broadband, and potential providers who want to serve low-income Americans will face greater barriers to entry and regulatory uncertainty.” Source: FCC Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 is the first phone with Bluetooth 5.0
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 is the first phone with Bluetooth 5.0

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You didn’t have to wait long to see the first phone packing Bluetooth 5.0 — in fact, it’s less than a month away. When Samsung posted the specs for its brand new Galaxy S8 line, it quietly let slip that the smartphones would use the bleeding edge wireless standard. To recap, 5.0 promises up to twice the speed of Bluetooth 4.2, and four times the range. You could connect to smartwatches that are more responsive and capable, for example, and connect to some smart home devices from a greater distance. Just don’t expect to see the difference right away. As with earlier Bluetooth tech, this is highly dependent on other device makers following suit… and at last check, 5.0 is a no-show on other hardware. Moreover, it’s not going to be a cure-all for your short-range wireless ills. The 5.0 spec doesn’t provide for higher-quality wireless audio (that’s due in 2018), so your headphones won’t sound any better for a while. This is ultimately about expanding the S8’s potential, even if it doesn’t fulfill that potential until many months down the road. Click here to catch all the latest news from Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch event! Source: Samsung Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Tribeca announces art-focused Games Festival with Hideo Kojima
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Tribeca announces art-focused Games Festival with Hideo Kojima

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Tribeca was the first film festival to embrace video games as a storytelling medium, showcasing the world premiere of detective game L.A. Noire nearly six years ago. Now, the organization is teaming up with publication Kill Screen to launch the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival. Running April 28-29 during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, it will feature some prominent members of the gaming industry, including legendary Metal Gear developer Hideo Kojima. The festival kicks off with the premiere and first-ever “crowd play” of Telltale Games’ Guardians of the Galaxy. Then, Kojima, BioShock Director and Writer Ken Levine and Max Payne creator Sam Lake will hold keynote talks about their work. There will also be behind-the-scenes looks at some of the most successful AAA and indie titles of the past year. Campo Santo’s Sean Vanaman will discuss Firewatch’s narrative design, Blizzard’s Michael Chu will talk about character creation in Overwatch, and Stoic co-founder John Watson will explain how classic films like Disney’s Sleeping Beauty influenced the Norse world of The Banner Saga series. You can view the full program on Tribeca’s website. Tribeca has managed to pull together an impressive list of talent for this event. The Kojima talk alone is worth the price of admission, especially if he mentions his recent breakup with Konami, or gives a sneak peek at his latest game, Death Stranding. If you want to attend, tickets are on sale starting today for $40, or $30 for opening night only, at www.tribecafilm.com/games. Tribeca is also selling a limited amount of tickets for $70 that includes entry to the festival’s virtual reality and interactive exhibits, called Tribeca Immersive. Source: Tribeca Film Festival Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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One of Jupiter's asteroid 'moons' is orbiting backwards
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One of Jupiter's asteroid 'moons' is orbiting backwards

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. As a rule, you can safely assume that moons and asteroids will all orbit a planet in the same direction. If they didn’t, interactions with their host would likely send them flying off course. However, it’s now clear that there are exceptions to this rule: researchers have discovered that an asteroid is circling Jupiter in the opposite direction of all planets in the Solar System. These backwards-orbiting rocks are rare anywhere in the system (they represent just 0.01 percent of known asteroids), but this is the very first time one has been caught spinning around a planet. How is it sticking around, then? In a sense, it’s a matter of luck. The asteroid travels on alternating sides of Jupiter, with one pass reeling it in while another pushes it outward — it’s in just the right trajectory to maintain a yin-yang balance. This is a stable orbit, too, as scientists estimate that the asteroid has been locked to Jupiter’s orbit for about 1 million years. The finding isn’t completely shocking given the scale of the cosmos (something like this was bound to crop up), but it’s still important. It could help shed new light on how orbits work, and it’s a friendly reminder that space doesn’t always conform to expectations. Via: ScienceNews Source: Nature Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Blizzard puts a smidge of 'Overwatch' in 'Heroes of the Storm'
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Blizzard puts a smidge of 'Overwatch' in 'Heroes of the Storm'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Blizzard is working hard to overhaul its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Heroes of the Storm. The studio has announced some big changes are coming in the game’s 2.0 update, including a new reward system similar to Blizzard’s hugely popular online shooter, Overwatch. “This is the next stage in the game’s growth,” Heroes of the Storm Game Director Alan Dabiri said in a developer update posted on YouTube today. “Heroes 2.0 reflects everything we’ve been building towards since launch, as well as our current design philosophy and a bunch of extensive plans for future content.” Previously, players earned in-game gold or cosmetic character skins by reaching certain milestone levels. Now, they’ll receive a Loot Chest every time they level up. As in Overwatch, the chests will be separated into three categories — Common, Rare and Epic — and each type is guaranteed to award at least one item of that rarity or higher. Additionally, players will get hero-specific chests for every 10 levels they gain with a particular character. Impatient players who don’t want to wait for level-ups can always buy chests through the game menu. Of course, if you’re going to have Loot Chests, they need to have loot in them. Blizzard is also adding more cosmetic items to the game, including sprays, emojis, portraits and voice lines. Shards, also gained through chests and duplicate items, allow you to craft specific cosmetics to add to your collection. The 2.0 update’s other big change is to Heroes of the Storm’s progression system. Before, it was too easy to gain early levels, and later levels felt like a slog. The patch changes all of that by slightly increasing the experience needed during the first few levels, then reducing the amount needed to progress later by approximately 75 to 80 percent. Blizzard is also removing the Player and Hero Level caps. Your Player Level will now be the sum of all Hero levels, so whenever you gain a new Hero level, your overall Player Level will increase too. “Uncapping progression helps us accomplish our goals to make progression more frequent and more meaningful,” Blizzard said in a Battle.net post. Blizzard is holding a month-long beta to test the changes. They will go live on April 25th. Via: Polygon Source: Blizzard Entertainment Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Horror MMO 'The Secret World' returns and this time it's free
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Horror MMO 'The Secret World' returns and this time it's free

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. While horror MMO The Secret World never quite became the next World of Warcraft, its unique supernatural vibe made it a cult hit among MMO fans. The game’s publisher, Funcom, plans to relaunch the game as a free-to-play “shared-world action RPG,” no doubt hoping to cash in on the original title’s recognition while updating the title for a modern audience. Secret World Legends will launch with the same original eight levels of creepy, supernatural content as the original MMO, with the rest of the environments, dungeons and stories from The Secret World following soon. Funcom also plans to create original content for the new game in the near future. All content will be free, though things like extra character slots and more weapon storage will cost you. If you’re still invested in The Secret World MMO, you can continue to play, as the new title will exist on its own server. If you want to start over in the new game but keep any customizations you earned in the first title, there will be a transfer system in place. Secret World Legends will be available on Steam, and all players will start at the beginning. This is a new start, story-wise, for everyone. If you’re interested in checking it out now, the closed beta is taking applications today. Source: Funcom Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Blue Origin offers a look inside its tourist rocket's capsule
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Blue Origin offers a look inside its tourist rocket's capsule

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Blue Origin has given you plenty of glimpses of the outside of its tourism-oriented New Shepard rocket, but what about the inside — you know, the place where you’ll spend all of your time? You now have an idea of what to expect. Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight operation has released its first interior photos of New Shepard’s capsule, and it’s clear that we’ve come a long way from the days of cramped, utilitarian spacecraft cabins. The windows are enormous (just shy of 43 inches tall), and the interior is relatively spacious. You won’t mistake the capsule for a cruise ship, but it’s undoubtedly designed for civilian sightseers used to some creature comforts. Not surprisingly, the environment is decidely posher than the mission-focused cabins of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner. The jury’s still out on comparisons to Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, but it’s reasonable to presume that you’d get a better view from Blue Origin’s vessel. The press will get to see a mockup of the capsule in Colorado Springs between April 3rd and April 6th. Unfortunately, it’ll be daunting to see the inside for yourself. Blue Origin isn’t expected to start its suborbital tourist launches until 2018 at the earliest, and it’s safe to say that tickets will cost more (possibly much more) than your usual airfare. Think of this more as a peek into the long-term future of private space travel than a preview of what you’ll be doing next year. Source: The Verge Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Xbox One's faster, simpler interface is available to everyone
Mar29

Xbox One's faster, simpler interface is available to everyone

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. After no small amount of hype, the Xbox One’s big spring software refresh is finally rolling out to everyone. The March update centers around a redesigned interface that’s designed for speed above all else. It’s quicker to perform more than a few tasks, such as finding a group to join. The revamped Guide should be much quicker, too — it promises faster access to recent apps, background music controls and game recording. A few tweaks are designed with multitasking in mind, such as a brand new achievement tracker and a Cortana rework that puts the voice assistant into an overlay that won’t disrupt what you’re doing. There is one immediate drawback to all this: the console’s signature Snap mode is going away. You may not miss it too much (how often do you run apps side by side on your TV?), but there’s a good chance you’ll notice. OF course, it’s not just about the front end. The Xbox One now has built-in Beam streaming, letting you broadcast your gaming adventures using Microsoft’s in-house service instead of Twitch. Gameplay is also more accessible thanks to a Copilot feature that splits controls between controllers. Media junkies will like support for Blu-ray player bitstream passthrough (to have a receiver decode audio), and parents can set screen time for their kids through a web interface. While the Xbox One won’t feel like a brand new system after all these improvements, it’s clearly getting a breath of fresh air. Source: Major Nelson Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Does anyone actually want to use a phone as a desktop?
Mar29

Does anyone actually want to use a phone as a desktop?

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung is entering an increasingly crowded club with its new Dex dock, which turns the Galaxy S8 into a pseudo-desktop replacement. It’s an idea most recently pushed by Microsoft with Windows Continuum (as seen in HP’s Elite X3 and the Lumia 950), but we’ve seen companies like Motorola experimenting with this sort of setup since the dawn of the smartphone age. The concept makes sense on paper: Our phones are getting more powerful, so why not figure out ways to turn them into full-fledged computers? But after seeing so many try and fail to do so, I have to wonder: Does anyone actually want this? There’s certainly something to the idea of finding new ways to use our phones. But given that the entire computing market is moving toward laptops and other portable devices, the prospect of developing a new spin on desktops seems inexplicably backward. I’m far more intrigued by the idea of sliding my phone into an ultraportable laptop case, as we’ve seen with the Maxiss Mirabook. Even Apple is considering ways to power laptops with iPhones and iPads, according to a recent patent filing. And if your work demands a bigger screen, it wouldn’t be difficult to plug a laptop dock into a monitor or TV. We’ve grown so used to bringing our computers everywhere, the mere idea of a desktop dock feels archaic. After all, doing so involves keeping a keyboard and mouse on hand to get any work done. And since most sane people won’t carry those accessories around, the docks will likely just sit in a single location. At that point, doesn’t it make more sense to invest in an actual inexpensive desktop? There are also plenty of viable mini-PC options on the market, like Intel’s Compute Stick (which now starts around $120!). You likely won’t save much money by investing in the Dex dock, either. Samsung hasn’t revealed its final pricing yet, but leaked documents suggest it could land somewhere around $150, which practically dooms it to obscurity. It’d be another story entirely if Samsung included the Dex with every Galaxy S8 — the sort of risk gadget makers will have to take if they actually want this concept to succeed. Our reviews editor Cherlynn Low was mostly pleased with the Galaxy S8’s performance in the Dex dock. It’s powered by a speedy Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, so it makes sense that it would keep up with basic multitasking. Samsung also worked together with Microsoft to make sure that its Android Office apps performed smoothly. At the end...

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Paralyzed man first to move his arm by thinking about it
Mar29

Paralyzed man first to move his arm by thinking about it

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Helping paralyzed people move on their own has been a lot tougher than 1970s TV shows led us to believe it would be. For what they believe is the first time, researchers used tech to bypass a quadriplegic patient’s severed spinal cord, helping him move his own hand with his mind and feed himself without aid. The work could lead to “a new generation of neurotechnologies that we all hope will one day restore mobility and independence for people with paralysis,” says research lead Leigh Hocherg. The trial was done by Case Western Reserve University researchers and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) center. “For somebody who’s been injured eight years and couldn’t move, being able to move just that little bit is awesome to me,” said the 56-year-old patient, Bill Kochevar, who became paralyzed from the shoulders down following a bicycle accident. “It’s better than I thought it would be.” A lot of work has led up to that small but important win. Scientists have been working for decades developing an intracortical brain-computer interface (iBCI). At first, patients could only use the tech to control images on a screen, but researchers and doctors eventually got them to move robotic arms with the tech, allowing one patient to drink coffee on her own. The other part of it is “functional electrical stimulation (FES),” a system that can stimulate nerves in your limbs to makes your arms, legs or fingers move. Such tech has previously been used to help paralyzed patients move their limbs, but so far, they’ve only been able to activate it by shoulder shrugs or nodding, and not brain signals. The trick that the Case Western and Cleveland FES teams did was marrying the two. To get the brain interface working as accurately as possible, they put Kochevar in a special MRI machine, had him imagine moving different parts of his body, and tracked which parts of the brain lit up. “This kind of patient-specific structural imaging is the only way to get an accurate atlas,” study co-lead Bolu Ajiboye told Time. The group used the data to implant electrodes at specific spots in Kochevar’s brain, and attached them to a custom computer interface that can decipher the commands. For practice, he used it to move a virtual limb on a screen, using similar thoughts that powered his real arm. “It went very well very quickly,” he said. “I learned how to do it right away and got better and better.” At the same time, the FES center was using a remotely operated 36-electrode array to...

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The Galaxy S8+ vs. the competition: Big sibling battle
Mar29

The Galaxy S8+ vs. the competition: Big sibling battle

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung knows you like big phones. However, the Galaxy Note’s gone MIA this year for understandable reasons, leaving the new Galaxy S8+ to step up with its 6.2-inch screen and curved edges. But the Galaxy S8 line isn’t the only big-and-bigger handset duo out there right now, with Apple and Google already staking their claims with similar pairings. The screen of the S8+ certainly dwarfs those on the Pixel XL and the 7 Plus, but is that enough of an advantage? Check out the specs of these three larger flagships to get a better idea of the new phone’s capabilities, and stay tuned for our full review of the S8+ in the coming weeks! Galaxy S8+ Google Pixel XL iPhone 7 Plus Pricing Not available; varies by carrier $769, $869 (off-contract) $769, $869, $969 (off-contract) Known dimensions 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches) 154.72 x 75.74 x 7.31mm (6.09 x 2.98 x 0.29 inches) 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches) Weight 173g (6.1 ounces) 168g (5.92 ounces) 188g (6.63 ounces) Screen size 6.2 inches (158.1mm) 5.5 inches (139.7mm) 139.7mm (5.5 inches) Screen resolution 2,960 x 1,440 (529 ppi) 2,560 x 1,440 (534 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi) Screen type Quad HD+ AMOLED Quad HD AMOLED Retina HD Battery 3,500mAh 3,450mAh 2,900mAh Internal storage 64GB 32/128GB 32/128/256GB External storage None None None Rear camera 12MP, f/1.7 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1.55µm pixel size Dual cameras, 12MP, f/1.8 and f/2.8 Front-facing camera 8MP 8MP, f/2.4, 1.4µm pixel size 7MP, f/2.2 Video capture 4K 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps NFC Yes Yes Yes Bluetooth v5.0 v4.2 v4.2 SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 Fusion CPU 2.3GHz octa-core 2.15GHz quad-core 2.34GHz quad-core GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 530 PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600 Plus RAM 4GB 4GB 3GB WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Operating system Android 7.0 Android 7.1 iOS 10 Notable features Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C Touch ID, IP67 certified, Lightning connector Click here to catch all the latest news from Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch event! Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google's official calendar app is finally ready for your iPad
Mar29

Google's official calendar app is finally ready for your iPad

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Google Calendar for iOS can be exceptionally useful if you’re tired of Apple’s stock scheduler, but there has always been one inescapable catch: it’s only designed for iPhones… or rather, it was. Two years later, Google has updated Calendar to add iPad support. Yes, you can finally jot down appointments and set goals while taking advantage of your Apple tablet’s larger canvas. That’s the only major update on deck right now, but there are promises of more in the pipeline. Most notably, Google is prepping a Today View widget that will show your upcoming schedule on both the lock screen and the notification center. That’s not completely revolutionary (just ask Android users), but it should address one of the biggest requests since the iOS version arrived. Source: App Store Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The Galaxy S8 vs. the competition: Both beauty and beast
Mar29

The Galaxy S8 vs. the competition: Both beauty and beast

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung’s had a rough year, but it’s hoping that its new flagship phones can turn things around. In fact, the company’s wants you to see the Galaxy S8 as a new type of handset: bigger and bolder in shape, with personal assistant Bixby and a desktop mode to sweeten the pot. But it’s entering a market already full of swank devices like the Google Pixel (with its amazing camera) and the iPhone 7. While you’ll have to wait for our full review to see how the S8 fares in the wild, we’ve lined up its specs against some of the competition to see if it’s bringing the right tools to the field. Galaxy S8 Google Pixel LG G6 iPhone 7 Pricing Not available $649, $749 (off-contract) varies by carrier (ranging from $650 at T-Mobile to $719 at AT&T) $649, $749, $849 (off-contract) Known dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches) 143.84 x 69.54 x 7.31mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.29 inches) 148.84 x 71.88 x 7.87mm (5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches) 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches) Weight 155g (5.47 ounces) 143g (5.04 ounces) 162.73g (5.74 ounces) 138g (4.87 ounces) Screen size 5.8 inches (147.32mm) 5.0 inches (127mm) 5.7 inches (144.78mm) 4.7 inches (119.38mm) Screen resolution 2,960 x 1,440 (570ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi) 2,880 x 1,440 (564 ppi) 1,334 x 750 (326 ppi) Screen type Quad HD+ AMOLED Full HD AMOLED QHD Plus LCD with DolbyVision HDR Retina HD Battery 3,000mAh 2,770mAh 3,300mAh 1,960mAh Internal storage 64GB 32/128GB 32GB 32/128/256GB External storage None None microSD None Rear camera 12MP, f/1.7 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1.55µm pixel size Dual cameras: 13MP, f/1.8; 13MP, f/2.4 12MP, f/1.8 Front-facing cam 8MP 8MP, f/2.4, 1.4µm pixel size 5MP, f/2.2 7MP, f/2.2 Video capture 4K 4K at 30fps 4K at 120fps 4K at 30fps NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Bluetooth v5.0 v4.2 v4.2 v4.2 SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 Fusion CPU 2.3GHz octa-core 2.15GHz quad-core 2.35GHz quad-core 2.34GHz quad-core GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 530 Adreno 530 PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600 Plus RAM 4GB 4GB 4GB 2GB WiFi Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Dual band, 802.11ac Operating system Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.0 iOS 10 Notable features Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C Fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, MIL-STD-810G-tested shock resistant, USB Type-C Touch ID, IP67 certified, Lightning connector Click here to catch all the latest news from Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch event! Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share...

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 UK pricing starts at £689
Mar29

Samsung's Galaxy S8 UK pricing starts at £689

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Samsung just unwrapped its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, along with some all-important prices and release dates. If you live in the UK, here’s what you need to know: The phone comes in two models, the S8 and S8 Plus, and will be sold for £689 and £779 respectively. Both come with 64GB of storage as standard, so you just have to worry about the size and color — your options are black, silver, gold, blue or a purple-ish “orchid gray.” The official release date is April 28th in Europe, however if you pre-order before April 19th there’s a chance you’ll get it up to eight days early. So what’s new with the phone? The main attraction is the new “infinity display” which takes up almost the entirety of the front. It’s another step up from the curved display found on the Galaxy S7 Edge, cramming more screen into a big-but-not monstrous smartphone form factor. For the S8, it’s a 5.8-inch screen, while the S8 Plus has a slightly larger 6.2-inch panel — both are “Quad HD+,” with a 2,960 x 1,440 resolution. They’re powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, coupled with a 3,000 mAh battery in the S8 and a 3,500 mAh cell in the S8 Plus. Other new features, such as Samsung’s ‘Bixby’ assistant, certainly intrigue. The company is also promising a lighter version of TouchWiz and a vastly improved front-facing camera. We’re keen to see how Bixby fares against the Google Pixel, which puts the Google Assistant at the heart of its software experience, and the bevy of other voice-activated helpers on the market. If you’re on the fence (there’s also the Huawei P10, LG G6 and Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium to consider) look out for our full review. Click here to catch all the latest news from Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch event! Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Self-assembling wires could lead to faster processors
Mar29

Self-assembling wires could lead to faster processors

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. There’s a very real fear that processor speed upgrades will slow to a crawl as it becomes increasingly difficult to make denser chips. Don’t tell that to a team of researchers at MIT and in Chicago, though — they’ve devised a chip-making technique that could keep Moore’s Law relevant for a while longer. Their approach produces much finer wires by letting them partly assemble themselves, rather than relying on the very deliberate (not to mention slow) ultraviolet or scanning processes used to make chips today. The team starts out with the conventional process of using an electron beam to etch patterns on a chip, but that’s where much of the familiarity ends. The next step is to lay down a mix of two polymers that naturally separate themselves into patterns. When you place a protective polymer coating on top of those polymers, you force them to self-assemble in a dense, vertically oriented way that produces four wires where there would usually be one. There’s a long way to go before you see this method put into practice. Thankfully, it promises to be relatively simple. You could use existing chip lithography techniques, and it wouldn’t be difficult to add the coating process. This would use well-understood materials, to boot. As such, there’s a real possibility that companies could build very dense (that is, denser than 10nm) chips without throwing out their current technology, leading to speed and energy improvements that once seemed unrealistic. Source: MIT News, Nature Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Samsung's Bixby AI assistant can see as well as talk
Mar29

Samsung's Bixby AI assistant can see as well as talk

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. With its latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, Samsung has also launched its very own AI assistant, Bixby. We know what you’re thinking — do I really need yet another helper bot like Google Assistant and Alexa vying for my attention? Actually, Bixby might prove to be useful for Galaxy S8 owners than we expected, thanks to to its tight integration with the device’s hardware. Bixby has its own access button on the Galaxy S8 that helps you navigate services, apps and more via voice, touch and text commands. It also comes with a card-centric user interface that looks a lot like Google’s former Now app, letting you save cards as reminders for later use. At launch, it’ll integrate with Samsung’s camera, gallery, contacts, messages and settings, with plans to integrate with third-party apps in the future. That will help it “see” and do things like shop, translate languages on street signs and more. For instance, you can point the camera at a building in a city, and it’ll tell you which one it is and give you info about nearby spots where you can find dinner. Developing… Click here to catch all the latest news from Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch event! Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Facebook opens up 360-degree livestreaming to everyone
Mar29

Facebook opens up 360-degree livestreaming to everyone

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. One of the most useful things that Facebook has done with Oculus is (ironically) make it work on Samsung’s GearVR and host 360 degree photos and videos that users can check out on the headset. The social network has now expanded that idea greatly with the wide launch of Live 360, a VR-like way for users to stream and consume live content. Provided you have the tech and bandwidth, the new app gives “your audience a chance to be in the moment through both place and time,” Facebook says. If you have Samsung’s latest Gear 360 2017, the Insta360 Nano and Air (below) or professional models including Nokia’s Ozo, Live 360 works much like Facebook Live. You just hook up your camera to the phone as per the manufacturer’s instructions, pick your streaming audience, add a description and go live. On the other end, your friends can see the video from all directions by rotating their phones, or better yet, view it properly on a headset like the GearVR, Oculus Rift or Google’s DayDream. To make the experience even more real, Facebook introduced spatial audio, “which gives viewers the ability to experience 360 degree sound just as they would in real life.” The tech will work with upcoming cameras, or you can do it record it manually using an ambisonic microphone. If all this sounds a bit tricky, Facebook has created a Live 360 guide with tips on how to film. It recommends, for instance, that you have at least a 4 Mbps network connection and advises you to keep subjects within 20 to 30 feet from the camera so viewers can see them. (You can learn more about spatial audio via a support group for a software app called Spatial Workstation.) On top of the two cameras mentioned, Facebook also supports the Giroptic IO, Allie Camera, and Z Cam S1. With some tweaking, you might be able to get other cameras working too, according to the guide. Source: Facebook Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Periscope livestreams now play inside Twitter Moments
Mar29

Periscope livestreams now play inside Twitter Moments

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Twitter Moments are supposed to capture the zeitgeist of cultural events, but that hasn’t been entirely true when you haven’t had access to as-it-happens live video. Thankfully, that’s changing today. You can now play live Periscope streams directly inside Moments, giving you an easy way to follow a still-unfolding event without visiting a broadcaster’s tweet or launching Periscope’s dedicated app. And if you’re more interested in hosting live video than watching it, there a pair of additional updates in store. To begin with, the Periscope app on Android and iOS now has an activity tab that tells you both about new followers as well as people watching your replays. If you’re curious to know what kind of audience you’re building, it should be easy to figure out. Not detailed enough? On the web, you now have access to an analytics dashboard that gives you detailed stats for your videos. You’ll know which videos reel in the biggest crowds, how long people typically watch and other useful tidbits that could influence your strategy. The dashboard will only be of limited help if you’re an everyday streamer, but it could be vital if you’re streaming for a company or otherwise take your Periscope sessions very seriously. Source: Twitter, App Store, Google Play Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 can sign into websites using your face
Mar29

Samsung's Galaxy S8 can sign into websites using your face

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The Galaxy S8’s face and fingerprint detection are about more than unlocking your phone… if Samsung has its way, you’ll use them to sign into seemingly everything online. The company is expanding its Samsung Pass feature to use biometrics to sign into not only a wider array of financial services, but also shopping and other website. Yes, you could start shopping just by staring at your phone for a while. And if you’re health conscious, the S8 might just save you a trip to the clinic. As rumored, the S8’s version of S Health includes an option to talk to a doctor. If you have a quick question about your condition, you don’t have to plan a trip or turn to a third-party service. The live chat feature will only be available in a few countries on launch, but that includes the US. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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