Gaming

CD Projekt Red wants ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ quality for ‘Cyberpunk 2077’

CD Projekt Red wants the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 to have the same quality as Rockstar Games’ recently-released masterpiece, Red Dead Redemption 2. The publisher’s CEO, Adam Kracinski, was asked in a conference call with investors if CD Projekt Red thinks Cyberpunk 2077 will be good enough to earn a Metacritic score of at least 95 upon launch, […]

Emerging Tech

Virtual newscaster wants to know: Is this the real me or just a fantasy?

[embedded content] “Hello, everyone. I’m an English artificial intelligence anchor. This is my very first day in Xinhua news agency.” Those are the introductory words of one of two A.I. clones presented the World Internet Conference taking place in Wuzhen, China, BBC News reported. Previous Next Xinhua news agency real and virtual news readers Xinhua news […]

Emerging Tech

GM is getting into ebikes and it wants you to help name them

Previous Next GM GM As part of efforts to broaden its business and fulfill its commitment to an all-electric future, General Motors has announced plans to enter the ebike market. The American car giant is developing not one but two pedal-assist electric bikes — one compact model and one that folds up. At this stage, […]

Gaming

Brazil Wants Steam to Pull Beat 'Em Up Game for Promoting Hate

Valve’s decision to no longer censor games on the Steam store is facing a test Brazil. Local officials are calling on the company to stop selling an indie game that features a right-wing presidential candidate beating up his political opponents, including gays and feminists. The game, Bolsomito 2K18, lets you take control of a parody […]

Top Stories

Ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to turn a funeral home where she held wild halloween parties into a private women's club

REUTERS/Elijah NouvelageMarissa Mayer Marissa Mayer has laid out a proposal to turn a former funeral home into a facility that serves women and families in the community. In the past, the ex-CEO of Yahoo has used the building to throw wild Halloween parties. Residents in the area were not happy when Mayer threw the parties, […]

Emerging Tech

U.S. Army wants to use laser power to keep drones airborne indefinitely

Drones can be used for a wide variety of purposes, but one problem that hinders almost all of them is limited battery life. Consumer-focused drones have a flight time of around 10 to 20 minutes, while even the most serious, record-breaking unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can stay airborne for only hours, or maybe a few […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google wants to get rid of URLs but doesn’t know what to use instead

Enlarge / This is how a Chrome 57 displays https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/. Note the https://www.apple.com in the address bar. Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), the online addresses that make up such an important part of the Web and browsers we use, are problematic things. Their complex structure is routinely exploited by bad actors who create phishing sites that […]

Photography

It flies and floats! The Spry drone wants to master both the sky and sea

[embedded content] The Spry looks like a typical quadcopter — until you flip it upside-down and toss it in the water. Designed by waterproof drone company SwellPro and Urban Drones, the Spry can navigate both in the air and in water with its (also waterproof) controller. Launching on Kickstarter and fully funded in a day, […]

Gears & Gadgets

A review of Monitor-IO, a little gadget that wants to talk about your Internet

Monitor-IO on my office shelf—with 16-port switch and BB-8 for scale. “What is my purpose?” Monitor-IO is a $ 100 IoT gadget that tells you whether your Internet is working well, poorly, or not at all. The idea is you put this little black box next to (and plugged directly into) your router, and a quick […]

Photography

Photo FOMO: VSCO makes harsh sun look cool, Apple wants to make 360 look better

Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures? Photo FOMO is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends. Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Sony’s new position at the top for full-frame camera sales, a film festival that […]

Emerging Tech

U.S. Navy wants to ‘weaponize slime’ to stop enemy ships

Whether it’s autonomous ships with no crew or ultra-strong underwater glue inspired by mussels, the U.S. Navy has some pretty intriguing research projects. Their latest? Weaponized slime, capable of being fired at enemy vessels to stop them in their tracks. The synthetic slime is being created by a team of researchers at Utah State University, […]

Top Stories

Justice Department argues Trump could block anyone he wants on Twitter, not obliged to let people 'piggyback' on his tweets

REUTERS/Mark KauzlarichDonald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa December 5, 2015. The Justice Department said it appealed a “fundamentally misconceived” ruling in which President Donald Trump was found to have violated the US Constitution by blocking Twitter users from his account. The DOJ argued Trump’s account belongs to him “in his personal […]

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12 six-figure jobs everyone wants but are incredibly hard to get

High-paying jobs are widely coveted, to say the least. It’s not surprising that occupations that promise big paychecks attract a ton of competition. Glassdoor recently ranked a number of hard-to-get jobs with six-figure salaries. So if you apply to one of these roles, be prepared to bring your A game. High-paying jobs are highly sought […]

Gaming

Two years after buying, Univision wants to sell its Gawker, Onion portfolios

Enlarge / Want to buy these official The Onion mugs? They’re only $ 15. Owning the full Onion and Gawker portfolios, on the other hand, may cost more. The Onion After a rapid acquisition of English-speaking online properties in 2016, Univision Media Co. is reversing course. On Tuesday, the Hispanic America-focused media company announced its intent […]

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Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants

Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants ImageCreditMinh Uong/The New York Times By John Markoff June 29, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. It could be just what Wall Street is looking […]