Alexa’s mood-matching music suggestions come to the UK

For Amazon Echo owners in the UK, the arrival of Music Unlimited provided the likes of Apple and Spotify with some music needed competition. The company immediately made it the default music service on the smart speaker, allowing users to instantly q…

Source: Engadget – Alexa’s mood-matching music suggestions come to the UK

Amazon's Most Popular Miter Saw Is Down To $100 For the First Time. Just Don't Lose a Finger.

I freely admit that not everybody needs a miter saw. In fact, most people probably shouldn’t own one. But if you’re in the market, Amazon’s top seller is marked down to $100 today in Amazon’s Gold Box, the lowest price ever. In addition to the #1 seller designation, the Hitachi C10FCH2 also carries a 4.5 star review…

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Source: Gizmodo – Amazon’s Most Popular Miter Saw Is Down To 0 For the First Time. Just Don’t Lose a Finger.

FP64 Support Revised For R600g Gallium3D Driver

While the Radeon HD 5000/6000 series were advertised as supporting up to OpenGL 4.4 and are supported that way by the Catalyst / Radeon Software proprietary driver, the Mesa R600g driver has only exposed OpenGL 3.3 (with the exception of the HD 5800 / 6900 series) due to lacking FP64 support. That emulated FP64 support is now stepping ahead for the R600g driver…

Source: Phoronix – FP64 Support Revised For R600g Gallium3D Driver

White Supremacists Celebrate President Trump's Rally in Phoenix

President Trump held a rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, whipping the crowd into a frenzy and denouncing the media between chants of “lock her up.” Trump even said the word “Antifa” for the first time in public, a reference to the anti-fascist groups that have formed to fight against neo-Nazis and Nazi sympathizers.…

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Source: Gizmodo – White Supremacists Celebrate President Trump’s Rally in Phoenix

EE is also suing Ofcom to mould 5G spectrum auction as it sees fit

It seems a couple of UK carriers would rather tie the impending 5G spectrum auction up in litigation than let any of their competitors get their own way. Following in the footsteps of Three, EE is launching its own legal challenge against Ofcom in an…

Source: Engadget – EE is also suing Ofcom to mould 5G spectrum auction as it sees fit

The DRM Changes To Find With The Linux 4.14 Kernel

With the Linux 4.13-rc6 kernel now being out for a few days, we’re now past the timeframe for which DRM subsystem maintainer David Airlie allows new feature code to be staged in DRM-Next. Thus we have a pretty solid look at the highlights of the new Direct Rendering Manager features/changes coming for the Linux 4.14 kernel…

Source: Phoronix – The DRM Changes To Find With The Linux 4.14 Kernel

Inputfd Still Being Worked On For Direct Input Access Under Wayland

It has been several months since last hearing anything about inputfd, the proposed direct input access protocol for Wayland. This protocol extension would make it to be able to better support different gaming devices under Wayland, among other use-cases…

Source: Phoronix – Inputfd Still Being Worked On For Direct Input Access Under Wayland

Sony Blocks Yet Another Game From Cross-Console Play With Xbox One

“Back in June, Sony told Eurogamer that the company did not have ‘a profound philosophical stance’ against letting PS4 users play games with those on other platforms,” reports Ars Technica. “That said, the company’s continued refusal to allow for cross-console play between PS4 and Xbox One players has become an absolute and unmistakable trend in recent months.” The latest game to be denied by Sony for cross-console play is Ark: Survival Evolved, which comes out of a two-year early access period next week on Windows, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One. From the report: In a Twitter response posted over the weekend, Ark lead designer and programmer Jeremy Stieglitz said that cross-platform play between PS4 and Xbox One is “working internally, but currently Sony won’t allow it.” This isn’t a huge surprise, considering that the developers of Rocket League, Minecraft, and Gwent have made similar statements in recent months. Since Microsoft very publicly opened Xbox Live to easy cross-platform play back in March, Sony has said that it’s “happy to have a conversation” about the issue, but it has failed to follow through by allowing any linkage between the two competing consoles (cross-platform play between the PS4 and PC has been available in certain games since the PS4’s launch, though).

The question continues to be why, exactly, Sony seems so reluctant to allow any games to work between its own PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Speaking with Eurogamer in June, Sony’s Jim Ryan suggested that, in the case of Minecraft, Sony was wary to expose that game’s young players to “external influences we have no ability to manage or look after.” Ryan also told Eurogamer that cross-platform decisions were “a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders.” That suggests there may be some financial issues between the parties involved that are preventing cross-console play from moving forward. Perhaps Sony wants someone else to pay for the work required to get its network talking to Microsoft’s? The bottom line, though, might be that Sony just doesn’t want to partially give away its sizable advantage in console sales by letting Microsoft hook into that vast network of players.

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Source: Slashdot – Sony Blocks Yet Another Game From Cross-Console Play With Xbox One

Blizzard's making 'Overwatch' competitive seasons short and sweet

By now, Overwatch gamers are accustomed to getting updates. Blizzard keeps spoiling us with new characters, modes, and events. They in turn keep the game fresh for returning players 14 months down the line. Judging by its latest announcement, the dev…

Source: Engadget – Blizzard’s making ‘Overwatch’ competitive seasons short and sweet

Home Robots Can be Easily Hacked to Spy on and Attack Owners, Say Researchers

According to the Verge, there are raising concerns of our own devices being used against us because of the spread of IoT. Some researchers from IOActive were able to hijack UBTech’s Alpha 2 robot and let it stab a tomato with a screwdriver placed in its hands.

The same group was able to hack other robots including Pepper and Universal Robotics’ industrial robot arm “powerful enough” to “fracture a skull at low speeds.” DDoS attacks have been launched before and now with the future needs-and-demands from consumers, it might be safer to just stay away from home.



This required the hijackers to have access to the same network as the robot (or to be able to physically tamper with it), but being able to control such a bot could have disastrous effects.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Home Robots Can be Easily Hacked to Spy on and Attack Owners, Say Researchers

Amazon's latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes 'Madden 18' fans

Amazon’s well and truly got football fever. It seems securing the rights to select NFL games for Prime Video wasn’t enough, it’s now also got the hook-up for Madden 18. The latest instalment in the long-running sports franchise just dropped. And, Twi…

Source: Engadget – Amazon’s latest Twitch Prime giveaway eyes ‘Madden 18’ fans

Fear Effect Reinvented

Fear Effect, a long dormant franchise is getting a revival with not just one, but two games in Fear Effect Sedna and Fear Effect Reinvented. About 17 years have past since the last game, GamesIndustry.biz uncovers why Square Enix Collective is pursuing the endeavor. Fear Effect Sedna was crowd-sourced and is a real-time tactical action game and Fear Effect Reinvented is a remake of the first action-adventure title.



The original Fear Effect was released back in 2000 and its sequel Fear Effect: Retro Helix in 2001, respectively.

“It’s not unusual to see remakes of old films, or even – as technology allows – remasters to improve visual quality,” says Elliott. “It’s interesting to see how some projects follow an original game closely, while others use it more as a starting point. Both can work really well, but as with anything in games, it comes down to the execution.”

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German Company Building An Electric 'Air Taxi' Makes Key Hires From Gett, Airbus and Tesla

Lilium, the Germany company known for building an electric “air taxi,” is announcing a number of key hires from notable companies in the transportation space. While the company is still in its early days, it is ambitiously striving to make flying cars a reality. Back in April, the company launched its first public (and successful) test flight in Germany. TechCrunch reports: [The key hires] are Dr Remo Gerber, former MD for Western Europe at Gett, who joins Lilium as Chief Commercial Officer; Dirk Gebser, who takes up the position of VP of Production and previously held manufacturing executive roles at Airbus and Rolls Royce; and Meggy Sailer, who joined Lilium as Head of Recruitment in February and was formerly Tesla’s Head of Talent EMEA. In a call with Gerber, he told me he was “super happy” to be joining the German startup, noting that there are very few companies in Europe with the same level of ambition. “It is definitely the most fascinating job I could have ever imagined,” he says, audibly excited. “I’ve done quite a few things in my time and I’ve seen quite a few companies but never anything even remotely like that.” To add a little color, Gerber pointed out that his training is in physics (“a long time ago”) and that his grandfather was a pilot in World War II, and his uncle also a pilot. This, and the first time he saw the Lilium jet fly, made the opportunity to join a startup building a new kind of air travel “irresistible.”

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Source: Slashdot – German Company Building An Electric ‘Air Taxi’ Makes Key Hires From Gett, Airbus and Tesla

Pepper the Robot Can Perform Funerary Rites

Check out the bot that can help you in your grieving process. Pepper the robot is a Japanese robot designed to “read your emotions” and chant some Buddhist sutras at funerals. Its intended purpose is to provide a cheaper alternative for the increasing costs of funeral services. But it won’t stop the black sheep of the family showing up trying to collect on the inheritance. Now the writer goes on a bit about how dumb the idea may be, I for one welcome our emotion understanding robot overlords.



Mechanically it’s no better than playing an MP3 of the sutras on repeat, though it’s a great deal more expensive.

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DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website

The Department of Justice has given up on getting the IPs of 1.3 million visitors to disruptj20.org, a website that helped organize protests of the president’s inauguration. it originally asked the website’s host, Dreamhost, for all visitors’ persona…

Source: Engadget – DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website