First episode of ‘Life is Strange 2’ debuts September 27th

av - Posted On:2018-06-22 14:45:03 Source: engadget

A month ago, studio Dontnod revealed that its graphic adventure game Life Is Strange had sold 3 million copies -- and a sequel was on the way. Apparently it was pretty far along when they made the announcement. The first episode of Life Is Strange 2 is coming out on September 27th, with four more to follow. \n\nEpisode 1 of #LifeisStrange2 will release on September 27th 2018.\n\nFurther information about @DONTNOD_Ent's #LifeisStrange2 will be revealed this August.\/Jml0977VS1\n— Life is Strange (@LifeIsStrange) June 22, 2018\n\n\nThat's all we know, but if you're itching for more of the world before then, at least the studio is releasing a free game next week, The Adventures of Captain Spirit, that was announced last week at E3 and takes place in the Life Is Strange universe. You can preorder the first episode of the sequel when Captain Spirit is released next week, and more (or really, any) information is slated to come in August, according to the above tweet.

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'Arena of Valor' beta registration for Nintendo Switch is live

arenaofvalor - Posted On:2018-06-22 14:30:03 Source: engadget

Arena of Valor was one of the biggest games at E3 this year, you just didn't know it. Like Super Smash Bros Ultimate it was featured in the Nintendo Direct broadcast, and, like Smash there was also a giant tournament featuring the game in downtown LA last week. It's also the biggest mobile game in China, free to play and backed by Tencent. Should you want in on the Switch version's closed beta that runs next week Thursday (June 28th) through July 12th -- a full two weeks -- you can sign up right here. Previously the game had a European beta, and this next test phase is exclusively for the European and North American regions. Participants will unlock an exclusive skin for fan-favorite mage Krixi.\n\nIf you're the type to scoff at mobile esports, maybe you should reconsider -- last July the South China Morning Post reported the game had over 200 million players on its home turf. Comparatively, Fortnite has 125 million players globally.

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Adobe is using AI to catch Photoshopped images

adobe - Posted On:2018-06-22 14:15:03 Source: engadget

While picture editors have tweaked images for decades, modern tools like Adobe Photoshop let them alter photos to the point of complete fabrication. Think of sharks swimming in the streets of New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, or someone flying a \

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Facebook Mistakenly Leaked Developer Analytics Reports To Testers

technology - Posted On:2018-06-22 14:15:00 Source: slashdot

This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. TechCrunch: It contains sensitive business information, including weekly average users, page views and new users. Forty-three hours after we contacted Facebook about the issue, the social network now confirms to TechCrunch that 3 percent of apps using Facebook Analytics had their weekly summary reports sent to their app's testers, instead of only the app's developers, admins and analysts. Testers are often people outside of a developer's company. If the leaked info got to an app's competitors, it could provide them an advantage. At least they weren't allowed to click through to view more extensive historical analytics data on Facebook's site. Facebook tells us it has fixed the problem and no personally identifiable information or contact info was improperly disclosed. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Play ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ on the Switch September 28th

av - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:45:03 Source: engadget

We heard at E3 that Dragon Ball FighterZ, the popular fighting game styled to look just like the anime, would be arriving on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. Today, publisher Bandai Namco gave a release date, September 28th. But those who preorder will get a bonus title: Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, a fighting game released in Japan in 1993 on the Super Famicom.\n\n \n\nPrepare to take your fights on the go with DRAGON BALL FighterZ on the #NintendoSwitch arriving Sept. 28th! Pre-order today to get Super Butoden + early access to SSGSS Goku & Vegeta!\n\nSwitch FighterZ are you ready to hand out Ls? Click here to pre-order https:\/\/\/qBSpAZa7qh\/mv6xPBRDMy\n— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) June 21, 2018\n\n\nSuper Butoden was released in Europe, too, but never made it to North American shores. Players who preorder will get a code to download the Japanese copy of the game. If they do reserve it early, they'll also get early access to SSGSS Goku and Vegeta in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species

Science - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:45:00 Source: arstechnica

Primates, especially gibbons and other apes, are rare finds in the Asian fossil record. Fossils from the Pleistocene and Holocene are most often preserved in caves, where live gibbons almost never spend time. But humans preserved the remains of at least one gibbon for posterity by burying it in the tomb of a Chinese noblewoman 2,300 years ago during China’s Warring States Period.

The unfortunate ape was buried with a noblewoman believed to be Lady Xia, the grandmother of Qin Shi Huang, the first Chinese emperor, who ruled from 259 to 210 BCE. Lady Xia also took a leopard, a lynx, an Asiatic black bear, a crane, and several domestic animals with her to her very ornate grave in Chang’an, now the city of Shenheyuan in Shaanxi Province. Morbid menageries are a hallmark of high-status burials from this period, but primatologist Samuel Turvey of the Zoological Society of London says archaeologists have never before seen a gibbon interred this way.

That’s interesting in its own right. By Lady Xia’s day, gibbons had become popular among the nobility as pets and symbols of the class of scholars and officials called Junzi. Thanks to the graceful way they swing through the trees, gibbons were considered noble in ancient Chinese culture. So it’s culturally significant to find a gibbon, presumably a pet, buried with the grandmother of China’s first emperor. But this particular gibbon, besides its proximity to power, may also represent a previously undiscovered—and now extinct—species.

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Dealmaster: Get an Ecovacs Deebot N79 robot vacuum for $160

Staff - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:45:00 Source: arstechnica

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is led by a deal on the popular Ecovacs Deebot N79 robot vacuum, which can be had for $160 with a discount code on Amazon. That's a good chunk off its usual price of $200.

To be clear, the Deebot N79 is on the lower end of the botvac scale: pricier devices like iRobot's Roombas are generally more thorough at cleaning, more durable, and easier to fix with replacement parts if something goes wrong. But for a budget model, the Deebot N79 performs the basics competently. It's best used in smaller areas and shorter carpets, but it's a decent cleaner that runs quietly and does a good job of avoiding getting stuck on obstacles around the house. It also works with a smartphone app if you'd like to keep some control over it.

If you don't want a robot to invade your home, though, we also have deals on the Xbox One S, Samsung SSDs, 4K TVs, and gaming laptops. Have a look for yourself below.

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Bethesda lawsuit claims ‘Westworld’ game is ‘Fallout Shelter’ rip-off

av - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:30:03 Source: engadget

Bethesda Softworks filed a lawsuit this week against Behavior Interactive and Warner Bros., alleging that the new Westworld mobile game is a \

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WinDynamicDesktop Brings the macOS Dynamic Desktop Feature to Windows 10

Security - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:30:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

macOS Mojave includes a feature called Dynamic Desktop that causes your wallpaper to cycle through 16 images of the same scene throughout a day. When developer Timothy Johnson saw this he decided he wanted to write a similar program that would work with Windows 10. Thus the WinDynamicDesktop.was born. [...]

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Huge wave in Venus’ clouds changes the length of a day

Science - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:30:00 Source: arstechnica

You wouldn’t expect a toy spinning top to be rotating at precisely the same rate every time you glance at it, but you probably would expect a planet to. Yet observations of Venus over the years have come up with slightly different numbers when calculating the length of a Venusian day based on its rotation.

Venus is weird enough that we have to be careful to specify what we mean by “a day.” Because Venus slowly spins clockwise as it orbits clockwise around the Sun, sunlight takes a lap around the planet faster than Venus itself does a 360. Sunrise to sunrise (metaphorically speaking, given Venus’ cloud-choked atmosphere), a day there is about 117 Earth-days long. Measurements by the Magellan spacecraft in 1990 and Venus Express in 2006 differed by about 7 minutes, though. That wasn’t slop in the measurement—it was a real change.

So why would Venus be slightly changing its rotation speed over time? The most obvious suggestion is that tidal forces from the Sun are somehow responsible. But the recent Japanese Akatsuki spacecraft spotted something strange in Venus’ clouds that shows its atmosphere may have more to do with it.

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Blue Origin Plans To Start Selling Suborbital Spaceflight Tickets Next Year

science - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:30:00 Source: slashdot

Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle "soon" and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19, according to a report on From the report: Speaking at the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, as the keynote of a half-day track on earth and space applications, Blue Origin Senior Vice President Rob Meyerson offered a few updates on the development of the company's suborbital vehicle. "We plan to start flying our first test passengers soon," he said after showing a video of a previous New Shepard flight at the company's West Texas test site. All of the New Shepard flights to date have been without people on board, but the company has said in the past it would fly its personnel on the vehicle in later tests. He also offered a timetable for selling tickets. "We expect to start selling tickets in 2019," he said, but did not disclose a price. Further reading: Gizmodo. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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'Semblance' is proof of Nintendo's new indie hustle

africa - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:15:03 Source: engadget

I found Semblance on the second floor of the Fuego Lounge, squeezed into a booth beside a dance floor and a small stage. It was early afternoon, and waitstaff were restocking the long, rectangular bar in the center of the room as game developers, press and PR handlers flitted from station to station. A cloth tent on the balcony offered psychedelic VR meditation; a geodesic dome on the roof showcased swirling galaxies. And all along the walls inside, indie games waited to be played.\n\nSemblance stood out among the row of screens for its energetic, purple-tinged visuals. It's a platformer starring an adorable bouncing blob named Squish, and it's heading to PC, Mac and Nintendo Switch this year. Its conceit is innovative and also glaringly obvious: It's a platformer where players actually create platforms as they go. Squish is able to distort the world, building tall ledges or deep indentations in the ground in order to solve a series of tricky spatial puzzles. Everything about the game is at once super cute and filled with mystery, from the squashy, haunting sound effects to the cartoonish yet deep background animations. \n\nSemblance was part of Indie Heaven, a showcase hosted by Good Shepherd Entertainment during E3, held inside an abandoned building directly across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center. Programmer Cukia \

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Facebook mistakenly leaked developer analytics reports to testers

Apps - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:15:02 Source: techcrunch

Set the “days without a Facebook’s privacy problem” counter to zero. This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. It contains sensitive business information including weekly average users, page views, and new users. After two days of Facebook […]

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Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game

Gaming & Culture - Posted On:2018-06-22 13:15:01 Source: arstechnica

Like previous Mario Tennis games, Mario Tennis Aces sits far on the side of the over-the-top accessibility side of the equation. Simple controls and an ultra-forgiving hit positioning system make it easy enough for even complete gaming neophytes to get into a quick game. But Aces also adds a bit more depth to the series, introducing a new power meter system that adds a new layer of psychological brinksmanship to the proceedings.

At its most heated moments, Aces starts to resemble a fighting game more than a tennis game, and it’s all the better for it—especially when you’re playing against another human.

The basics here will be familiar to anyone who has played a Mario Tennis game before. As the ball comes over the net, you run to where it’s going to land, hit a button to prepare your shot and use the analog stick to aim that shot to one side of the court or the other. The opponent does the same in a battle of relative positioning that ends when someone fails to return the ball.

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Facebook will soon let you know how much time you spend 'socializing'

android - Posted On:2018-06-22 12:45:03 Source: engadget

Facebook is developing a feature that will let you know how much time you spend on it. TechCrunch found an unreleased tool deep in the code for the platform's Android app called \

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Ubuntu Makes Public Desktop Metrics

news - Posted On:2018-06-22 12:45:01 Source: slashdot

Canonical introduced Ubuntu Hardware/Software Survey in Ubuntu 18.04 and has since been collecting data (it is optional, and users' consent is taken; Ubuntu says 67 percent users opted in to the survey). Now for the first time, it is revealing the stats, shedding light on how Ubuntu users like things around. The takeaways from the result: Installation Duration: The average install of Ubuntu Desktop takes 18 minutes. Some machines out there can install a full desktop in less than 8 minutes! Installer Options: Another interesting fact is that the newly introduced Minimum Install option is being used by a little over 15% of our users. This is a brand new option but is already attracting a considerable fanbase. CPU Count: A single CPU is most common, and this is not very surprising. We haven't broken this down to cores but is something we will look in to. Disk Partitioning Schemes: Most people choose to wipe their disks and reinstall from scratch. The second most common option is a custom partition table. Display: Full HD (1080p) is the most popular screen resolution, followed by 1366 x 768, a common laptop resolution. HiDPI and 4k are not yet commonplace. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Tinder tests a 'Picks' feature to save you from endless swiping

gear - Posted On:2018-06-22 12:30:03 Source: engadget

Today, Tinder announced that it is testing a new feature called Picks, which highlights matches who fit your particular interests based on career, hobbies, activities and more. It's currently being tested on iOS in the UK, Germany, Brazil, France, Canada, Turkey, Mexico, Sweden, Russia and the Netherlands and is available to Tinder Gold subscribers exclusively. If you're a Tinder subscriber in one of these countries who has this feature available, you can see your Picks by hitting the diamond at the top of your Discovery screen. It appears that any Tinder user can see their picks, but to take any action (look at profiles, swipe or send a Super Like), you must be a Gold member. Picks will refresh every 24 hours; if that isn't soon enough, Tinder Gold members can pay for additional Picks.\n\nThis seems like another way to encourage subscribers to upgrade to a Gold membership (which already comes with perks such as being able to find out who likes you without endless swiping). It also allows users who don't want to spend all their time swiping a curated way of using the app and finding their best matches quickly -- for a price, of course.

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Google’s AR “Measure” app comes to all ARCore Android phones

Tech - Posted On:2018-06-22 12:30:00 Source: arstechnica

Back when I tested Google's first augmented reality product, Project Tango, one of my favorite use cases was the Google Measure app. This would turn Tango's bevy of extra sensors into a virtual tape measure, allowing you to roughly pick any two points in the world and get the distance between them. When Project Tango died, I figured the Measure app was done for too, but Google has resurrected the app for ARCore, its new, post-Tango augmented reality framework that works on many high-end Android phones.

Tango used a time-of-flight camera, an IR projector, and a fish-eye motion camera to measure things, but now with an ARCore-compatible Android device, you can run the exact same app with normal smartphone hardware. Just point the phone at something, drag out either the "length" or "height" measurement tools onto the camera feed, and adjust the end points to measure something. When you first open the app, you have to move the phone around so it can scan the surrounding area. This isn't a fast process and can be a bit of a pain when you just want to measure something.

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The best alarm clock

alarmclock - Posted On:2018-06-22 12:15:03 Source: engadget

By Rachel Cericola\n\nThis post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here. \n\nAfter spending more than 60 hours setting alarms, swatting snooze buttons, tuning radio stations, and talking to potential shoppers, we've decided that the RCA RCD30 is the best alarm clock for most people. This is the textbook definition of an alarm clock, delivering a reliable, hassle-free wake-up for people who don't want to rely on a smartphone. How we picked and tested\n\nWe started our research on Amazon, which yielded approximately 97,000 results for alarm clocks. From there, we narrowed the list by reading user reviews, searching Google, checking out product roundups of alarm clocks and clock radios, and combing through as many reviews as we could find. To narrow the list even further, we put a limit of $50 on models we were testing, which was the high end of what we found people expect to spend for an alarm clock. We also polled friends, family, and strangers to find out what they look for in an alarm clock. Here are the must-have features:\n\n\n\tBig, bright display. We looked at clocks in all shapes and sizes. However, almost all of them had displays that were visible from at least 20 feet away in daylight and at night. The exceptions were the three analog clocks we reviewed, which are small and require you to push a button to illuminate.\n\tDimmable display. Although having a bright display is nice, without the option to dim it light sleepers may be kept awake at night.\n\tEasy snooze button. Sometimes you need a few extra minutes. If you're fumbling to find the snooze button, you may as well find your toothbrush and start the day.\n\tBattery backup. If your home is prone to power outages, you'll want a clock that will be ready in case of an emergency.\n\n\nHere are other features that aren't really necessary, but we found available on a few models in this price range:\n\n\n\tRadio. Some people prefer to wake up to music, weather, news, or whatever else is playing on the radio. This feature was available on about half of the clocks we reviewed, but it adds to the price.\n\tMultiple alarms. Whether you have two people sharing a clock or prefer a different wake-up time for the weekends, there are several clocks that allow for two separate alarm times.\n\tMultiple sounds. Some clocks beep, others buzz, and some provide soothing sounds for that wake-up call.\n\tUSB ports. Whether you use your smartphone as a backup plan or not, there are a few clocks that offer the option to charge gadgets by your bedside.\n\tBluetooth. Many alarm clocks now have Bluetooth, but not in this price range. Only one of the models we reviewed included wireless music streaming.\n\n\nWe tested a total of 13 alarm clocks. Three of those were analog clocks, which were the only models that didn't offer AC power; they're completely battery-operated. Six of the 13 models tested also included radios.\n\nWe tested each clock in a first-floor home office and a second-floor bedroom. This helped when testing reception on the clock radios, because it gave us data from different locations. We used them during the day and at night to test out brightness levels and if they were easy to work with in the dark. We also monitored each clock for accuracy, the duration of the snooze, and if the snooze would continue after one hour.\n\nOur pick: RCA RCD30\n\n\n\nPhoto: Michael Hession\n\nWe think the RCA RCD30 is the best alarm clock for most people. It is the textbook definition of an alarm clock in terms of features and style, with an easy-to-use button layout, a bright display, and an alarm that should wake up even heavy sleepers. It's also the least expensive model that we tested.\n\nOf the models we tested, the RCD30 packed the largest display size in the smallest design, so it won't take up much room on your nightstand. The illuminated display measures approximately 3.75 by 1.4 inches, which was visible in daylight and at night from at least 20 feet away. The large display size is a boon for people who wear glasses because you don't need to fumble for your glasses to check the time. If a big display keeps you up at night, know that the RCD30 does have two brightness settings.\n\nThe easy operation has a lot to do with the unit's no-frills design. It has a large snooze button across the top, so you can usually hit it without much fumbling. That snooze also doubles as an hour\/minute button for setting the time and alarm. On the back, there are three switches: one for setting the time\/alarm, one for turning the alarm on\/off, and one for dimming the front display.\n\nRunner-up: Travelwey LED Digital Alarm Clock\n\n\n\nPhoto: Michael Hession\n\nIf our main pick isn't available, we also recommend the Travelwey LED Digital Alarm Clock. This model is almost identical to our main pick, but has two levels of alarm volume, a slider control for dimming, and a snooze button that doubles as a night-light. However, it's also twice the price. Like our main pick, the Travelwey clock has a loud, beeping alarm that can be heard 20 feet away. If you don't need something that powerful, there's a second volume option that belts out softer beeps that get drowned out at about half that distance.\n\nBest clock radio: iHome iBT29\n\n\n\nPhoto: Michael Hession\n\nOf the six clock radios we tested, the iHome iBT29 had the best sound and best reception. It also had more extras than any other clock radio at this price, including Bluetooth wireless streaming, multicolored lights, a USB port for charging, and alternate alarm choices. This clock radio doesn't just have the best sound, it also provided the loudest music volume of the models we tested. At its loudest level, the iBT29 can be heard over 30 feet away. It certainly won't rival your stereo or the best Bluetooth speaker, but its volume is impressive for a clock radio.\n\nAlso great: Sonic Alert SBB500SS\n\n\n\nPhoto: Michael Hession\n\nDesigned for really deep sleepers, the Sonic Alert SBB500SS was the loudest alarm clock we tested. The SBB500SS has two alarms that deliver an ear-piercing beep that's pretty loud from 40 feet away. It also features red flashing lights and a bed-shaker that can vibrate your pillow or mattress. Being shocked into each day may not be a selling point for some people, though. That and its price kept this model from snagging one of our top spots. Just know that there's absolutely no sleeping through this thing. It does allow you to lower the alarm volume or turn the sound off completely, but the flashing lights are a permanent fixture.\n\nThis guide may have been updated by Wirecutter. To see the current recommendation, please go here.\n\nNote from Wirecutter: When readers choose to buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn affiliate commissions that support our work.

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Study: US oil and gas methane emissions have been dramatically underestimated

Science - Posted On:2018-06-22 12:15:01 Source: arstechnica

The US has been dramatically underestimating methane emissions from oil and gas operations, according to a new study published in Science on Thursday. The study, conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund and 15 partner universities, asserts that methane emissions from oil and gas production are likely 63 percent higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency has reported.

The discrepancy stems from the way methane is measured and monitored, the authors suggest. Methane leakages are measured at known intervals and at specific parts of equipment, without verification of the leak volume at the facility as a whole. This allows the industry to avoid counting any surprise leakage events, which the authors claim are more common than not.

The results are concerning because methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has more of a warming effect in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide part-for-part. On the other hand, methane is shorter-lived in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, so restricting its escape can have positive short-term effects on warming.

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