'Rocket League Sideswipe' rolls out globally on iOS and Android

After launching into pre-season earlier this month, the mobile game Rocket League Sideswipe is rolling out to iOS and Android users around the world, 9to5Mac has reported. The side-scrolling car soccer game was unveiled earlier this year as a mobile, 2D version of Rocket League that lets you play solo or team with friends for two vs. two matches.  

Like the original, Sideswipe is all about that car soccer life, but with a 2D side-on instead of a 3D view. It uses touch controls designed to be easy to master, with advanced control mechanics available for better players. Like the original, there’s a ranking system and numerous car customization options. The game is free on mobile, with in-app purchases for Rocket Pass and cosmetics. 

As with the pre-season trailer, the official gameplay video brings a similar look and feels as the original but adapted for simpler mobile play. Logging in with an Epic Games account for online matches will let you earn extra XP across both the regular Rocket League game and Sideswipe. The game launched in pre-season in Oceania to shake out any bugs, but it’s now available to everyone on the iOS App Store and Google Play

Source: Engadget – ‘Rocket League Sideswipe’ rolls out globally on iOS and Android

Research Shows World’s First “Living Robot” Can Reproduce On Their Own


Scientists that created Xenobots — the world’s first living robots — have found a way to efficiently form the bots to reproduce themselves on their own.

The bots are formed from stem cells of the Xenopus laevis (an African clawed frog), the cells of which have tiny little hairs called cilia to help them move around a petri dish.

Researchers placed dye particles and silicone-coated iron beads into the dish and observed the movement of the bots, observing that they were piling up the debris.

They then repeated the process by placing additional cells – the same kind that the bots are made of — to see how the bots would react.

For now, the Xenoobots are contained to the petri dishes of the lab, but Kriegman said the next step is to develop some sensory organs to see with their eyes closed, with their own eyes closed and to swim around.

Researchers hope the project could give insight into how some animals can regenerate lost parts while some cannot, like how humans are able to regenerate parts of their liver, but salamanders can regenerate entire limbs.

‘Amazing science’: researchers find xenobots can give rise to offspring

Xenobots are synthetic lifeforms made by cells from frog embryos and assembling them into clusters

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Scientists have built the world’s first living, self-healing robots

Scientists have created the world’s first living, self-healing robots using stem cells from frogs.

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Bizarre Creatures Are World’s First Self-Replicating ‘Living Robots’, Scientists Say

Scientists have engineered what they say are the first self-replicating ‘robots’ ever made from living cells.

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Source: TG Daily – Research Shows World’s First “Living Robot” Can Reproduce On Their Own

Amazon ordered to rerun contentious Alabama union election

Amazon will have to redo the union election held at its Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center back in April. According to Politico, Lisa Henderson, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 10 Director, has ordered the e-commerce giant to hold another vote mostly due to the fact that Amazon installed a US Postal Service mailbox in front of the warehouse to collect ballots. 

The election results were 1,798 to 738, with workers voting against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). After those results came out, the RWDSU filed 23 objections, accusing the company of interfering with the elections. One of those complaints pointed out that Amazon installed the ballot box without approval from the NLRB and in view of security cameras that made workers feel they were under surveillance. The labor relations board sided with the union and found that Amazon interfered with the election by installing the mailbox and offering employees anti-union badges and signs. 

Henderson wrote in the documents ordering a new election:

“By causing the Postal Service to install a cluster mailbox unit, communicating and encouraging employees to cast their ballots using the mailbox, wrapping the mailbox with its slogan, and placing the mailbox at a location where employees could reasonably believe they were being surveilled, the Employer engaged in objectionable conduct that warrants setting aside the election.

The Employer’s flagrant disregard for the Board’s typical mail-ballot procedure compromised the authority of the Board and made a free and fair election impossible.”

Amazon, of course, criticized the NLRB’s decision. In a statement sent to The Washington Post, spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in a statement:

“Our employees have always had the choice of whether or not to join a union, and they overwhelmingly chose not to join the RWDSU earlier this year. It’s disappointing that the NLRB has now decided that those votes shouldn’t count.”

Source: Engadget – Amazon ordered to rerun contentious Alabama union election

JetBrains embraces remote development with new IDE for multiple programming languages

Security, collaboration, flexible working: Fleet does it all, says project lead. JetBrains has introduced remote development for its range of IDEs as well as previewing a new IDE called Fleet, which will form the basis for fresh tools covering all major programming languages.…

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Pentagon Announces Plans on Improving Airfields in Guam and Australia to Counter China


The US military will re-inforce deployments and bases directed at China and Russia, the Pentagon says.

The move comes in the wake of the formation of a new defense alliance, dubbed AUKUS, between the United States, Britain and Australia to counter a rising China.

The Middle East remains an area of flux for the Pentagon after the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The review confirmed the priority region for the US military was the Indo-Pacific, a top Pentagon policy official says. But a senior Pentagon official downplays any idea of radical shifts, saying the review was necessary after the disruptive approach of President Donald Trump, who altered US commitments abruptly, a senior official says in the first year of an administration.

The officials declined to answer questions on how the review sees US force presence in ongoing conflict zones like the Middle East, East and West Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Improvements planned for US military bases in Guam, Australia to counter China

The Pentagon wants to improve bases in Guam and Australia to counter China following a review of U.S. military resources around the globe.

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Analysis: The US and China say they want to avoid military conflict, but no one can agree on how

Among the recriminations and accusations, there was one point of consensus when American and Chinese diplomats met in the coastal city of Tianjin earlier this week: no one wants to see the world’s most important relationship deteriorate into armed conflict.

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US to send bombers and fighter aircraft to Australia to counter China

A Pentagon review of the US military resources also called for an upgrade of its bases in Guam and Australia to counter Beijing’s military buildup in the Indo-Pacific.

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Source: TG Daily – Pentagon Announces Plans on Improving Airfields in Guam and Australia to Counter China

AMC, Sony Will Hand Out NFTs To 'Spider-Man' Advance Ticket Buyers

AMC and Sony Pictures are giving away 86,000 NFTs to Stubs Premiere, A-List and Investor Connect members who buy or reserve tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home showings on December 16th. Engadget reports: Redeem a code through a special website and you’ll get one of 100 designs available through the more eco-friendly Wax blockchain. You’ll need to order your tickets through the AMC Theatres website or mobile app when pre-orders launch on November 29th. If you qualify, you’ll get your code on December 22nd and will have until March 1st, 2022 to claim the NFT.

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Airbus A340 Plane Lands On Antarctica For First Time

An anonymous reader quotes a report from India Today: For the first time in history, a commercial Airbus plane made a successful landing on the white continent of Antarctica. One of the company’s A340 planes touched down on an ice runway earlier this month, paving the way for more tourism on the frozen landmass. The A340 took off on the morning of November 2 from Cape Town, South Africa before flying 2,500 nautical miles (4,630 km) to Antarctica. It then achieved an aviation first by successfully landing on a runway made of “blue glacial ice,” according to the aircraft’s pilot, Captain Carlos Mirpuri.

CNN reported that the historic flight was operated by Hi Fly, a boutique aviation company, and was chartered by Wolf’s Gang luxury adventure camp. The aircraft will be used this season to fly a small number of tourists, alongside scientists and cargo to the icy continent. There was “attention and anxiety” in the cockpit as the 190-tonne plane approached the runway in Antarctica. Captain Mirpuri detailed how the runway had to have special grooves carved into it to allow for more friction as the aircraft landed, which would have otherwise slipped down the icy course due to its heavy supply cargo. The pilots also had to wear special eye gear due to the glare coming off the polar ice. Thankfully, Mirpuri and the rest of the A340’s crew managed to land safely and they took less than three hours to deliver all of the cargo.

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SQLite 3.37 Lightweight Database Comes Packed with New Features

SQLite 3.37 just got better with new features such as CLI enhancements and additional interfaces. The biggest new feature in this release is support for STRICT tables.

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Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Photos

Apple Photos is a photo management and editing application. It lets you organize your collection into albums, or keep your photos organized automatically with smart albums. It’s proprietary software and not available for Linux. What are the best free and open source alternatives?

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World's First Living Robots Can Now Reproduce, Scientists Say

The US scientists who created the first living robots say the life forms, known as xenobots, can now reproduce — and in a way not seen in plants and animals. CNN reports: Formed from the stem cells of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from which it takes its name, xenobots are less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) wide. The tiny blobs were first unveiled in 2020 after experiments showed that they could move, work together in groups and self-heal. Now the scientists that developed them at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction different from any animal or plant known to science.

[T]hey found that the xenobots, which were initially sphere-shaped and made from around 3,000 cells, could replicate. But it happened rarely and only in specific circumstances. The xenobots used “kinetic replication” — a process that is known to occur at the molecular level but has never been observed before at the scale of whole cells or organisms […]. With the help of artificial intelligence, the researchers then tested billions of body shapes to make the xenobots more effective at this type of replication. The supercomputer came up with a C-shape that resembled Pac-Man, the 1980s video game. They found it was able to find tiny stem cells in a petri dish, gather hundreds of them inside its mouth, and a few days later the bundle of cells became new xenobots.

The xenobots are very early technology — think of a 1940s computer — and don’t yet have any practical applications. However, this combination of molecular biology and artificial intelligence could potentially be used in a host of tasks in the body and the environment, according to the researchers. This may include things like collecting microplastics in the oceans, inspecting root systems and regenerative medicine. While the prospect of self-replicating biotechnology could spark concern, the researchers said that the living machines were entirely contained in a lab and easily extinguished, as they are biodegradable and regulated by ethics experts. “Most people think of robots as made of metals and ceramics but it’s not so much what a robot is made from but what it does, which is act on its own on behalf of people,” said Josh Bongard, a computer science professor and robotics expert at the University of Vermont and lead author of the study, writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “In that way it’s a robot but it’s also clearly an organism made from genetically unmodified frog cell.”

“The AI didn’t program these machines in the way we usually think about writing code. It shaped and sculpted and came up with this Pac-Man shape,” Bongard said. “The shape is, in essence, the program. The shape influences how the xenobots behave to amplify this incredibly surprising process.”

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Source: Slashdot – World’s First Living Robots Can Now Reproduce, Scientists Say

Announcing Tux Paint version 0.9.27

The Tux Paint development team is proud to announce version 0.9.27 of Tux Paint, which adds many new features to the popular children’s drawing program. Tux Paint is open-source software and does not contain in-app advertising.

Version 0.9.27 is currently available for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Android, Red Hat Linux, various Linux distributions (via Flatpak), and as source code.

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How to Manage Zentyal PDC (Primary Domain Controller) from Windows System – Part 2

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can access and manage your Zentyal Server Development Edition as a Primary Domain Controller from a Windows Based System using remote software on a Windows Computer.

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Intel Is Stockpiling Legacy Technology For Security Research

James Rundle writes via the Wall Street Journal: A few years ago, executives at Intel began to realize they had a problem. The company was making dozens of new products each year, from chips to software platforms, but it didn’t have a formal method for cataloging and storing older technology so engineers could test it for security flaws. […] Intel’s answer to this conundrum was to create a warehouse and laboratory in Costa Rica, where the company already had a research-and-development lab, to store the breadth of its technology and make the devices available for remote testing. After planning began in mid-2018, the Long-Term Retention Lab was up and running in the second half of 2019. The lab gives Intel, which is based in Santa Clara, Calif., and has more than 100,000 employees, a centralized, secure location where security tests can be run from anywhere in the world. Access to the building is strictly controlled and approved by senior managers, while surveillance cameras watch the equipment at all times. Even its location is secret — Intel representatives declined to say where exactly it is.

The lab brings commercial value to Intel, [said Mohsen Fazlian, general manager of Intel’s product assurance and security unit.], citing company research that shows customers are more likely to buy technology from manufacturers that proactively test their products. […] The lab has changed Intel’s product development. All new technology is now built with the facility in mind, with technical documentation created to allow engineers to support it for up to 10 years, and units are sent to the lab before they are released, Mr. Fazlian said. “Hopefully, I will never find myself searching eBay for Intel hardware again,” he said.

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Hoverbike Tests in Yamanashi Prefecture

Akihabara News (Tokyo) — A.L.I. Technologies has reached an agreement with Yamanashi Prefecture for what it calls “social implementation of air mobility.”

CEO Daisuke Kitano explains, “By today’s agreement, we will make maximum use of Yamanashi Prefecture, which is extremely attractive both geographically and environmentally, as a test bed, and proceed toward social implementation of hoverbikes.”

He added, “We are confident that we have taken the first step to grow as an industry that contributes to society, together with the products and technological innovations of air mobility.”

In practical terms, it appears the thrust of the agreement is that Yamanashi, a mountainous and sparsely populated prefecture near Tokyo, will provide areas where A.L.I. can conduct test flights of its XTurismo hoverbike and perhaps other experimental vehicles.

The company made a splash in the global media last month when it announced that it is now accepting customer orders for the XTurismo Limited Edition hoverbike at a price tag of ¥77.7 million (US$680,000).

Customer deliveries are not expected for another year, giving the firm time to improve the technology.

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Give Your Cinnamon Desktop Fresh And Elegant Look With Orchis GTK Theme

In this video I’am going to show you how to customize cinnamon desktop fresh and elegant look with orchis theme. this customize using Linux Mint with Cinnamon Desktop 5.0 series. You can apply this customize on most popular linux distributions with cinnamon as default desktop, such as : Fedora spin cinnamon edition, Arch Linux with Cinnamon Desktop, Gentoo with Cinnamon Desktop, Feren OS Cinnamon, Manjaro Cinnamon Edition, Artix Linux Cinnamon

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