Category: Tech & Science

Microsoft joins the XR Association, which promotes responsible AR/VR development

The XR Association, or XRA, now counts Microsoft among its membership, joining founding members Google, Facebook, Sony, HTC Vive, and Samsung. The trade association represents the shared interests of key companies enabling augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. Microsoft’s Heidi Holman, assistant general counsel, will represent the company on the group’s board. The […]

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How Wolfenstein: Youngblood takes a lighter approach to killing Nazis

Wolfenstein: Youngblood carries on the tradition of shooting video game Nazis as the latest two-player co-op shooter game coming from developers Machine Games and Arkane Studios Lyon, with Bethesda publishing the title on July 26. As BJ Blazkowicz, the hero of the previous two games, has gone missing in Paris, the task of kicking Nazi […]

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Crypto can prevent money laundering better than traditional finance

Despite common misconceptions, cryptocurrencies like Libra allow better identification and  prevention of illegal activity than traditional payment systems. Last week, President Donald Trump spoke out about the potential misuse of cryptocurrencies to facilitate unlawful behavior. He’s right that crypto assets are sometimes used by bad actors, but every currency and payments system in the world […]

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IBM-Red Hat: Should developers worry we’re headed back to the 1990s?

IBM finalized its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat last week, one of the largest technology deals in history. A lot is on the line for IBM and for CEO Ginny, who some have said is staking her legacy on the deal. The companies themselves believe that, combined, they are “the leading hybrid cloud provider.” […]

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10 Ways to Change iPhone Wallpaper

A wallpaper is a window to your iPhone. It’s the first thing you see when you pick up your iPhone. Something you do dozens, or hundreds of times a day. Maybe you’re happy with a stock wallpaper or a dark OLED wallpaper most of the time. But what if you want to spice things up […]

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How open source and AI can take us to the Moon, Mars, and beyond

Today people all around the world will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest technological achievements: landing on the Moon. Technology has undergone immense change since 1969. The computer systems and software that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to our nearest celestial neighbor pale in comparison to the smartphones […]

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Vertigo 2 hands-on — This VR shooter has Valve-like potential

Maybe I didn’t give the original Vertigo enough credit. I remember playing it during Christmas break, belly full from a diet of Superhot, thinking VR was only going to get better from here on out. In comparison, Zulubo Productions’ low-fi take on Half-Life VR seemed like an earnest beginning outweighed by lofty ambition. It had a keen […]

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We’ve surrounded the Earth with surveillance satellites, but who is that good for?

To keep tabs on things that can’t yet be seen from space—or to follow up on interesting sightings—some activist groups are deploying drones into the skies and oceans. Last winter, autonomous sailing robots built by Saildrone set off from South America to circumnavigate Antarctica. The months-long mission gathers data for scientists at NOAA and CSIRO on how […]

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Voice Community Believes Apple Could Launch ‘SiriOS’ at WWDC 2020

In its Voice Tech Report of 2019, Mangrove Capital Partner claims that Apple will launch SiriOS for developers at WWDC 2020. The report says that over the next decade, we will see a shift towards voice-based computing. Based on this and citing the “voice community,” the report claims that Apple will launch ‘SiriOS’ at WWDC […]

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How to send uncompressed images on WhatsApp

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. WhatsApp is notorious for compressing its images, so that otherwise-beautiful pictures look like they were shot from a generations-old camera phone. I exaggerate only slightly. Luckily there’s an easy way to […]

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Pro baseball league uses AI umpire for the first time, coach gets ejected for arguing with it

You’re outta here! Professional baseball‘s first AI umpire – in the form of an automated strike zone – didn’t take long to chalk up its first ejection after 1988 Cy Young winner and current pitching coach of the Atlantic League’s Highpoint Rockers, Frank Viola Jr., was tossed for his profanity-laced disagreement with the machine’s ruling. […]

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GamesBeat Decides 120: Fire Emblem or Marvel

The summer is still slow for news on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. But on this week’s episode, we’ve got plenty of coverage of the monthly NPD report. We also talk about a law firm’s potential class-action lawsuit against Nintendo and more. First, however, we dive into a lot of games. GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey […]

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Gamification has the power to fight diseases — and exploit workers

At an Amazon fulfillment warehouse tucked away in small-town America, an employee whiles away the slow-ticking hours of his daily grind by building castles. His materials aren’t exactly contractor-standard; he stacks cardboard instead of concrete slabs and seals each square with packing tape, rather than cement. When he finally fills and places the last box […]

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