Play Atari's 'Centipede' on a tiny, authentic arcade cabinet

arcade - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:15:09 Source: engadget

There's something special to playing a vintage arcade cabinet, but it's usually impractical to own one. It's no mean feat to lug a gigantic machine into your home, and you'll probably have to restore it to recapture its glory. Atari and New Wave Toys think they have a better idea. They've partnered on Replicade X Centipede, a 1\/6th-scale cabinet replica that lets you play (what else?) Centipede in an authentic-looking system that won't chew up tons of space in your den. The 3.5-inch LCD won't recreate the experience you get with an old-school CRT screen, but everything else is surprisingly close. It's made of metal and wood, the art is sourced directly from Atari's vaults, and you even steer the game using a tiny trackball. The mini cabinet runs on a lithium-ion battery to let you play where you want, and New Wave is promising \

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Intel aims to conquer AI with the Nervana processor

ai - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:15:09 Source: engadget

Intel makes some pretty fast chips, but none are very efficient at the hottest thing in computing right now: Artificial intelligence (AI). Deep-learning apps that do computer vision, voice recognition and other tasks mostly just need to run matrix calculations on gigantic arrays -- something that doesn't suit general-purpose Core or Xeon chips. Now, thanks to its purchase of deep learning chipmaker Nervana, Intel will ship its first purpose-built AI chips, the Nervana Neural Processor family (NNP), by the end of 2017. Intel enlisted one of the most enthusiastic users of deep learning and artificial intelligence to help out with the chip design. \

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Head of Facebook’s future lab will leave early next year

atap - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:15:08 Source: engadget

It's only been 18 months since Facebook enticed Google's advanced technology lead, Regina Dugan, to work at the social network's secret hardware lab, Building 8. Before starting Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) , Dugan worked as the director of DARPA, the US government's out-there research agency. Now the executive is moving on yet again. According to a Facebook post, Dugan will be leaving the social network \

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SelfMade helps you post better photos online

Apps - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 SelfMade brings professional photo editing to your phone — yes, literally. The startup, which is announcing that it has raised $11 million in funding, was founded by CEO Brian Schechter and CTO Zach Lloyd. Schechter was previously co-founder at IAC-acquired dating startup HowAboutWe, and he points to HowAboutWe as the starting point for his interest in photo editing. After all, he…

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Six days later, FCC chair says Trump can’t order FCC to revoke TV licenses

Policy - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:15:00 Source: arstechnica

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai initially resisted calls to tell President Trump that the FCC won't revoke broadcast licenses from stations whose news coverage Trump dislikes.

But today, six days after Trump first said that NBC and other networks should have their licenses challenged, Pai said the FCC won't pull licenses based on the content of news reports.

Pai was on a panel at a telecom law conference hosted by the Mercatus Center when moderator Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal referred to Trump's statements that news stations are spreading "fake news" and should have their licenses challenged.

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The new Han Solo film is done filming, and it has a name

Gaming & Culture - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:15:00 Source: arstechnica

Today, the next standalone Star Wars film wrapped. Directed by Ron Howard—after a bitter departure from previous directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie)—the movie at last has a name. It will be called Solo. The film explores Han Solo's early adventures and is rumored to give us a glimpse of how Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando.

Howard announced the wrap in one of his many snaps from the production. Han Solo will be played by Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures), and Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community) will be Lando Calrissian. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) plays Kira, who is one of the adventurers Han will meet, and Thandie Newton (Westworld) has an unknown role. Joonas Suotamo will play Chewie.

Howard didn't just finish up the film that previous directors Lord and Miller worked on for six months. He did extensive reshoots, and it seems likely that he changed the film quite a bit from the original comedic vision. The film was written by Lawrence Kasdan, who worked on the first trilogy with Lucas, along with his son Jon Kasdan. It's due in theaters on May 25, 2018.

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ZTE’s dual-screened phone looks like a Nintendo DS with bigger screens

Tech - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:15:00 Source: arstechnica

The Axon M is a whopping 12.1mm thick. A hinge runs along the long side of the phone, and it opens up, just like a Nintendo DS. On each side of the phone, you get a 5.2-inch, 1080p TFT LCD. Open the whole thing up, and when combined the screens sort of become a 6.75-inch, 8:9 aspect ratio, 1920x2160 display. I say "sort of" because of course there's a big seam down the middle.

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Ajit Pai: Despite what Trump says, FCC won’t revoke broadcast licenses

Policy - Posted On:2017-10-17 14:00:00 Source: arstechnica

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai initially resisted calls to tell President Trump that the FCC won't revoke broadcast licenses from stations whose news coverage Trump dislikes.

But today, six days after Trump first said that NBC and other networks should have their licenses challenged, Pai said the FCC won't pull licenses based on the content of news reports.

Pai was on a panel at a telecom law conference hosted by the Mercatus Center when moderator Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal referred to Trump's statements that news stations are spreading "fake news" and should have their licenses challenged.

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Online shoppers can now use Venmo to pay for their new gear

business - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:45:02 Source: engadget

It's already great for paying back friends and splitting the rent, but Venmo is about to get even more useful. In a bid to court a more youthful generation of online shoppers, PayPal -- the popular app's parent company -- announced this morning that over 2 million US online retailers will accept payments through Venmo. The process is simple enough: when shopping on a mobile website run by a participating retailer, you have to select the option to pay via PayPal. That'll should you into a separate screen where you can select your Venmo account to complete the transaction. Easy peasy. Oh, and since this is Venmo we're talking about, it's probably no surprise that you'll be able to split the cost of your online purchases with friends once the transaction appears in your Venmo feed.\n\nTo be clear, you're not going to be authorizing online Venmo purchases from your desktop -- Venmo checkout will only work on mobile websites and in apps that already feature PayPal support. That's not exactly a surprise given Venmo's distinctly mobile originals. Fortunately, PayPal COO Bill Ready said support for Venmo transactions will be almost as widespread as support for PayPal itself -- that's saying something considering how deeply PayPal has woven itself into the commercial fabric of the internet. The list of newly Venmo-friendly retailers is a long one, and includes cultural heavyweights like Foot Locker and Lululemon. Some online storefronts are obviously more scrupulous than others, so it helps that PayPal's purchase protection guidelines apply to transactions completed with Venmo, too.\n\nThe announcement comes at a cost for the retailers who choose to accept Venmo payments -- they'll be charged processing fees for each Venmo transaction, the hope being that increased sales from young shoppers will offset the slivers of cash that siphoned into PayPal's coffers. On the flip side, these retailers don't have to do any additional work to start taking people's money via Venmo, and since your online purchases will show up in your Venmo transaction feed, some of these online stores may benefit from a little extra social exposure. We'll soon see whether businesses actually see growth as a result of PayPal's Venmo push -- consider us highly skeptical.

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Google now offers special security program for high-risk users

Tech - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:45:00 Source: arstechnica

Today, Google rolled out a new program called Advanced Protection for personal Google accounts, intended to provide much higher account security to users of services like Gmail and Drive who are at a high risk of being targeted by phishers, hackers, and others seeking their personal data. The opt-in program makes Google services much less convenient to use, but it's built to prevent the sorts of breaches that have been making recent headlines.

Examples of users who could benefit include journalists, politicians, and other public figures who may be running up against hostile actors with considerable resources—and also for private individuals in dangerous situations, like those escaping abusive relationships. In its blog post announcing this program, Google specifically named "political campaign managers," which harkens back to the breach of Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Chairman John Podesta's e-mails, which led to a release from WikiLeaks that may have played a significant role in the US presidential election last year.

And yes, Podesta could have avoided that particular breach had he been using this new program. That's because the Advanced Protection Program goes beyond digital two-factor authentication by requiring a physical security key in addition to your password to log in. This isn't a new idea, of course, even on the consumer side of things. Facebook has offered something similar, and even video game company Blizzard has offered one to gamers who want to protect their World of Warcraft accounts for years. In this case, the security key is a USB stick or wireless Bluetooth device that works with FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F).

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Microsoft Begins Rolling Out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

technology - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:45:00 Source: slashdot

Microsoft has started to roll out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka, "Redstone 3" to the general public. The company has been testing this new major update to its desktop operating system for over six months. Much like the previous major updates to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update is also free to Windows 10 users. Some of the remarkable new features the company is shipping with Fall Creators Update include a major design tweak called Fluent Design System. The design changes, CNET writes, are "subtle, like motion and blur effects, along with the changes to the way windows appear." Also in the offering are support for mixed reality, improvements to Photos app, and OneDrive on-demand files -- a feature that many users have long requested. You can read more about these new features and improvements here. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Roku Express will be available in Canada in November

av - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:30:02 Source: engadget

Canada is getting a new version of the Roku Express, the company announced today. The tiny device, which is aimed at consumers new to streaming, is five times more powerful than its predecessor. It was unveiled on October 2nd as a part of Roku's refreshed lineup. It will retail for $40 and will be available starting in November. Roku is also making its debut in Latin America, bringing its streaming platform to all the countries in Central America, as well as Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru in South America. Content publishers in these countries will have the ability to develop custom channels for their consumers. Roku's hardware will be available to these consumers in the next few weeks.\n\nBack in October, Roku unveiled their new lineup of streaming devices, including the rumored Streaming Stick+, which was their first stick to be compatible with 4K and HDR. Clearly, they're intent on continuing to expand after their successful IPO with expansion into these two markets, and likely more to come.

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Vine’s founders are back with HQ, a live trivia game show app

Apps - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 “It’s a way to give people a chance to have fun, maybe win, maybe learn something new.” That’s how former Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov describes his new trivia game show app HQ, which feels like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire meets Facebook Live. At 3pm and 9pm Eastern, thousands of people open up HQ’s iOS app and play along as excitable host Scott Rogowsky…

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Netflix, Amazon, movie studios sue over TickBox streaming device

Policy - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:30:00 Source: arstechnica

Movie studios, Netflix, and Amazon have banded together to file a first-of-its-kind copyright lawsuit against a streaming media player called TickBox TV.

The complaint (PDF), filed Friday, says the TickBox devices are nothing more than "tool[s] for mass infringement," which operate by grabbing pirated video streams from the Internet. The lawsuit was filed by Amazon and Netflix Studios, along with six big movie studios that make up the Motion Picture Association of America: Universal, Columbia, Disney, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

"What TickBox actually sells is nothing less than illegal access to Plaintiffs' copyrighted content," write the plaintiffs' lawyers. "TickBox TV uses software to link TickBox's customers to infringing content on the Internet. When those customers use TickBox TV as Defendant intends and instructs, they have nearly instantaneous access to multiple sources that stream Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Works without authorization."

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Snap and NBC form a studio just for mobile-only TV shows

entertainment - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:15:02 Source: engadget

Snap, which is Snapchat's parent company, has been having a little bit of trouble attracting new users to its service. That may be why the company is teaming up with NBCUniversal to produce content for entertainment specifically on apps. The new as-yet-unnamed studio, owned half by Snap and half by NBCUniversal, signed independent filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass as its first creative partner. Snap's head of content, Sean Mills, explained to Variety, \

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MPAA, Netflix, Amazon join up to sue TickBox TV for piracy

Policy - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:15:00 Source: arstechnica

Movie studios, Netflix, and Amazon have banded together to file a first-of-its-kind copyright lawsuit against a streaming media player called TickBox TV.

The complaint (PDF), filed Friday, says the TickBox devices are nothing more than "tool[s] for mass infringement," which operate by grabbing pirated video streams from the Internet. The lawsuit was filed by Amazon and Netflix Studios, along with six big movie studios that make up the Motion Picture Association of America: Universal, Columbia, Disney, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

"What TickBox actually sells is nothing less than illegal access to Plaintiffs' copyrighted content," write the plaintiffs' lawyers. "TickBox TV uses software to link TickBox's customers to infringing content on the Internet. When those customers use TickBox TV as Defendant intends and instructs, they have nearly instantaneous access to multiple sources that stream Plaintiffs' Copyrighted Works without authorization."

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SelfMade helps businesses post better photos online

Apps - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

 SelfMade brings professional photo editing to your phone — yes, literally. The startup, which is announcing that it has raised $11 million in funding, was founded by CEO Brian Schechter and CTO Zach Lloyd. Schechter was previously co-founder at IAC-acquired dating startup HowAboutWe, and he points to HowAboutWe as the starting point for his interest in photo editing. After all, he…

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Self-driving Chevy Bolts are coming to the streets of Manhattan in 2018

Cars - Posted On:2017-10-17 13:00:00 Source: arstechnica

General Motors and Cruise Automation will be the first to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in New York state, it was announced on Tuesday. The cars—which will have a pair of humans onboard as backup—aren't taking the easy route, either. The geofenced test location will be the mean streets of Manhattan, beginning in early 2018.

Earlier this year, Jack, Audi's autonomous demonstrator, took New York lawmakers out for rides to familiarize them with driveless tech. But even Audi only refers to Jack as having "level 3" autonomy, and it only drives itself on divided highways. Cruise and GM will be testing out level 4 autonomous vehicles, which are more capable and—within a geofenced area—should be able to drive an entire route without human intervention.

GM bought Cruise for more than $1 billion in 2016 and since then has been testing driverless vehicles in San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Cruise has now developed its third-generation autonomous vehicle, based on the Chevrolet Bolt electric car. And in February we learned that GM and Lyft had plans to put thousands of self-driving Bolts into action in San Francisco in 2018.

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GM aims to be the first to test self-driving cars in New York City

andrewcuomo - Posted On:2017-10-17 12:45:03 Source: engadget

It looks like New York City will be hosting its first test of fully autonomous vehicles very soon and surprisingly, they're not from Waymo or Uber. Instead, General Motors and Cruise Automation have submitted the first application for sustained testing and are aiming to do so in Manhattan. New York state only recently opened its roads up to self-driving vehicles, joining California, Arizona and Pennsylvania in allowing tests of the technology. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in May that the DMV had begun taking applications for said tests on New York's roads and GM is the first in line. In order to be approved, companies like GM will have to cover each vehicle with a $5 million insurance policy, reimburse state police for any costs that come with overseeing the tests and keep a person in the driver's seat at all times. There are also some limitations on where the tests can take place -- they can't be conducted near a school or a construction zone, for example.\n\nManhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said in a statement, \

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ZTE’s new foldable smartphone is actually going on sale next month

Hardware - Posted On:2017-10-17 12:45:01 Source: techcrunch

 The foldable smartphone has been strange sort of white whale for the mobile industry. You could fill a Raiders of the Lost Ark-sized warehouse will all of the attempts to bring the technology to the market. At the very least, ZTE’s new Axon M has one key advantage over many of its predecessors: it’s actually going on sale. And it’s coming to the US, no less. It’s…

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