Unreal Powering The Weather Channel's Extreme Graphics

FastcoDesign is reporting that the Weather Channel is launching a new broadcast technology called Immersive Mixed Reality. The new tech is powered by the Unreal Engine, and a custom rig built by The Future Group from Norway. The Weather Channel wants 80% of it’s broadcasts to contain mixed-reality effects by 2020.



Awesome tech, I’m excited to see what The Weather Channel and others do with it.

“We wanted to do something that would bring [weather stories] to our audience in a strong and memorable way,” says Michael Potts, VP of design at the Weather Channel. “We want great moments. We want to engage our audience, and we want our content to be shareable.”

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Apple Finally Offers Fixes for Faulty Butterfly Keyboards, Acknowledging the Design Sucks

At this point, it’s no secret that the butterfly keyboard used on newer models of Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have a litany of issues. Apple might be the last to recognize it, but the company is finally offering its customers free fixes for issues stemming from the flawed keyboard design.

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Source: Gizmodo – Apple Finally Offers Fixes for Faulty Butterfly Keyboards, Acknowledging the Design Sucks

An Up-to-Date Browser Should Keep Users Safe From Most Exploit Kits

Exploit kits, once a preferred choice of attackers to invade a victim’s browser and find way to their computer, are increasingly diminishing in their effectiveness. If you have an updated browser, chances are it packs adequate resources to fight such attacks. Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Exploit kits (EK) have been around on the criminal underground for more than a decade and were once pretty advanced, often being a place where researchers found zero-days on a regular basis. But as browsers got more secure in recent years, exploit kits started to die out in 2016-2017. Most operators were arrested, moved to other things, and nobody developed new exploits to add to the arsenal of EK left on the market, which slowly began falling behind when it came to their effectiveness to infect new victims. A Palo Alto Networks report published yesterday details statistics about the vulnerabilities used by current exploit kits in the first three months of the year (Q1 2018). According to the gathered data, researchers found 1,583 malicious URLs across 496 different domains, leading to landing pages (URLs) where an EK attempted to run exploits only for only a meager eight vulnerabilities. All eight were old and known bugs, with the newest dating back to 2016. Seven of the eight vulnerabilities targeted Internet Explorer, meaning that using a more modern browser like Chrome and Firefox is a simple, yet effective way of avoiding falling victim to exploit kits.

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Source: Slashdot – An Up-to-Date Browser Should Keep Users Safe From Most Exploit Kits

Less Pouring, More Drinking: A Self-Filling Wine Glass With A Reservoir

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This is the self-filling Glass Tank wine glass designed by Kouichi Okamoto. Your mom will definitely think it’s one of those dab rigs all the kids are talking about. It holds a bunch of wine and, thanks to air pressure vs wine pressure, keeps the goblet at a constant level for sipping. Obviously, my aunt would love it. I can hear her cackling already. She already went absolutely nuts when I bought her one of those glasses that fits right in the top of a wine bottle. Unfortunately, a single glass costs $325, so you’re better off just doing what I do and– “I’m not buttchugging a four-pack of wine coolers.” Suit yourself.

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Source: Geekologie – Less Pouring, More Drinking: A Self-Filling Wine Glass With A Reservoir

Apple launches service program to address MacBook keyboard woes

Enlarge / The keyboard on the 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has publicly acknowledged that the butterfly switch keyboards in some MacBook and MacBook Pro computers have given consumers some trouble, and it has launched a new repair service program that promises to fix problems with those keyboards for free, regardless of whether the consumer purchased AppleCare.

Apple says in its public documentation on the program that certain models of MacBook and MacBook Pro “may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors”:

  • Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly
  • Letters or characters do not appear
  • Key(s) feel “sticky” or do not respond in a consistent manner

When they do, “Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will service eligible MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge.” Apple also says that consumers who previously paid for a repair can contact the company to request a refund.

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Source: Ars Technica – Apple launches service program to address MacBook keyboard woes

Google Engineers Refused To Build Security Tool To Win Military Contracts

Mark Bergen reports via Bloomberg: Earlier this year, a group of influential software engineers in Google’s cloud division surprised their superiors by refusing to work on a cutting-edge security feature. Known as “air gap,” the technology would have helped Google win sensitive military contracts. The coders weren’t persuaded their employer should be using its technological might to help the government wage war, according to four current and former employees. After hearing the engineers’ objections, Urs Holzle, Google’s top technical executive, said the air gap feature would be postponed, one of the people said. Another person familiar with the situation said the group was able to reduce the scope of the feature.

The act of rebellion ricocheted around the company, fueling a growing resistance among employees with a dim view of Google’s yen for multi-million-dollar government contracts. The engineers became known as the “Group of Nine” and were lionized by like-minded staff. The current and former employees say the engineers’ work boycott was a catalyst for larger protests that convulsed the company’s Mountain View, California, campus and ultimately forced executives to let a lucrative Pentagon contract called Project Maven expire without renewal.

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Source: Slashdot – Google Engineers Refused To Build Security Tool To Win Military Contracts

DuckDuckGo Examining Google's Search Tailoring

DuckDuckGo, most well known for its privacy focused, non-tracking search engine, has announced on their Twitter that they are looking for volunteers on Sunday PM to “examine the extent of Google’s filter bubble, i.e. how much results are tailored.” It has long been rumored that Google shapes and filters it’s search results, so the results of this examination by DuckDuckGo will be very interesting.



Hi all! We’re looking for volunteers on Sunday pm to help examine the extent of Google’s filter bubble, i.e. how much results are tailored. If you’d like to help and are:
* In the US
* Able to take screenshots
* Happy to answer questions
please email “hi” to survey@duckduckgo.com

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Source: [H]ardOCP – DuckDuckGo Examining Google’s Search Tailoring

Apple will repair 'sticky' MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards

Apple launched a new keyboard service program today, acknowledging that the keyboards on certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models are prone to issues. If users of particular models find that letters or characters repeat unexpectedly or don’t appear at…

Source: Engadget – Apple will repair ‘sticky’ MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards

World Cup Attendee Lights Cigarette in Stands With A Magician's Flaming Wallet

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This is a short video of a World Cup 2018 attendee (who looks suspiciously like he might be Mac’s son from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) in Russia lighting a cigarette in the stands thanks to a magician’s flaming wallet. Apparently lighters of any kind aren’t allowed in the stadiums, but security doesn’t check for magic flaming prop wallets. This is valuable information. Now just how I’m going to use this valuable information remains to be seen, but I can almost guarantee it will involve accidentally setting my pants on fire.

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Source: Geekologie – World Cup Attendee Lights Cigarette in Stands With A Magician’s Flaming Wallet

Bethesda Sues Warner Bros For West World's 'Blatant Rip Off' Of Fallout Shelter

Bethesda Sues Warner Bros For West World's 'Blatant Rip Off' Of Fallout Shelter
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? It appears that Bethesda and Behaviour Interactive have had a falling-out. Bethesda is suing Westworld mobile game publisher Warner Bros. and developer Behaviour Interactive for mimicking Fallout Shelter.

Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play mobile game that was developed by Bethesda Game

Source: Hot Hardware – Bethesda Sues Warner Bros For West World’s ‘Blatant Rip Off’ Of Fallout Shelter

Facebook Messenger Kids App Is Expanding

Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app is heading outside the U.S. to Canada and Peru. From a report: As part of the expansion, the social networking giant said Friday that it would also debut Spanish and French language versions of the children’s messaging app that are now available in all three countries where the service is available. Facebook introduced Messenger Kids in December, pitching it as a safer way for children under 13 to chat with friends while sending them silly GIFs, emoji, and other goofy digital imagery. Unlike the core Facebook social networking service or other messaging apps, Facebook said that Messenger Kids does not display any online ads or allow kids to buy things within the app.

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Source: Slashdot – Facebook Messenger Kids App Is Expanding

California bill could be a major boost to personal data privacy

California legislators have introduced a bill that would give the state’s residents more control over their online data and notably, would take the place of a proposed ballot measure that has been rigorously opposed by tech companies like Amazon and…

Source: Engadget – California bill could be a major boost to personal data privacy

Selfies show worm slithered through woman’s face for 2 weeks

Enlarge / Doctors were able to extract the worm, a D. repens. (credit: Kartashev and Simon)

A 32-year-old woman who visited a rural area outside of Moscow returned home with a surprising stowaway—in her face. And it was a restless one at that, according to a short report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

After her trip, she noticed an unusual lump on her cheek, below her left eye. Five days later it was gone, but another had formed just above her left eye. Ten days after that, a lump resurfaced on her upper lip, causing massive swelling.

To track the progress of her roving blemish, she took selfies. In reports to doctors, she said that the nodules caused some burning and itchiness but no other symptoms or problems. She also noted her recent trip and recalled being frequently bitten by mosquitoes.

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Source: Ars Technica – Selfies show worm slithered through woman’s face for 2 weeks

HardOCPer Wins a Free Intel i7-8086

So our very own doug_7506 won one of the free i7-8086 CPUs that it was giving away. About time he got some recognition after being a member of the HardForum for 14 years! However, all of use are wondering if he is going to try to trade it in for an AMD Threadripper 1950X. We wait with bated breath.



Don’t be a schmuck Doug, don’t be a schmuck.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – HardOCPer Wins a Free Intel i7-8086

PUBG Gets New Smaller Map to go With New Smaller Playerbase

DSOGaming is reporting that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets a new smaller-scale map called Sanhok. Spanning 4.4km the new map is inspired by the islands of Southeast Asia and is designed for speedier combat. I’m sure the rapidly shrinking playerbase had nothing to do with the need for a smaller, faster map.



Sanhok is available now on PC following a testing period that gave players the opportunity to experience the all-new map and provide feedback during active development.

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Atari Calls out The Register and The Register Fires Back

The Register published an article about the AtariVCS. They had some things to say about it, that were a bit less than nice, kind of like these statements.

There’s only one problem: it doesn’t work. And by “not work” we don’t mean it crashed or is having teething troubles, we mean it literally does not work.



Then they went on to ask a series of questions, that quite frankly they got less than informed answers to, from Atari’s CEO Michael Arzt.

What happens if we plug this into our laptop, we ask Mike. I don’t know, he says. Will it work? I don’t know. If we plug it into a different games machine, will it work? No. So it’s custom hardware and software? I don’t know about that.

Atari fired back and basically said that the vultures over at The Reg were full of crap on Facebook.

We honestly can’t explain that article either. Our executives sat with that reporter for half an hour and he wrote what he wanted instead of what was discussed with him. Sadly there are even irresponsible trolls in ‘professional’ positions I guess.

We clearly said that we were bringing engineering design models to GDC and lots of people clearly don’t understand what that means. Hunks of plastic? Well, yeah, that’s how you finalize the designs and confirm that you can get the look and feel you want for the finished products. Sad.

The Register decided to release a full audio recording of the meeting and let you decide for yourself, which party is actually full of BS. I am the only one getting a “50 Shades of Infinium Labs” feeling?

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Atari Calls out The Register and The Register Fires Back

Get Inspired by This Extreme DIY Furniture

What can you make with your own body, using no tools? Designer Nikolas Bentel made a four-legged stool. He felled a tree without an ax or saw, whittled the wood with his teeth, and let his woodworker father use Nikolas’s bare fists like hammers. Bentel’s video series All Purpose Nik explores the human body’s potential…

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Source: LifeHacker – Get Inspired by This Extreme DIY Furniture