Digital Trends
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Techradar - Reviews
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The issue, as was the case with the N64 and Wii U, will be retaining third-party support. The Switchs unique hardware, like that of the Wii U, forces additional design considerations upon developers, which can become costly in gruelling development cycles. The Switch seems far more accommodating in this respect than the Wii U ever was, but itll be interesting to see if the chicken-and-egg scenario between playerbase and game catalogue can find a happy balance this time around. Early verdict The Switch is a confident showing from Nintendo at this early hands-on stage. Rather than falling on its sword and following the straightforward 'box-under-your-telly' design ethos, Nintendo has taken bold strides to once again mix up the gaming experience. Hopefully, third-party developers will make the jump into the unknown with it. Flexible and fun, without feeling like a toy, the Switch is proving that Nintendos ideas can remain joyously novel without alienating the more po-faced of gamers.
Hackaday
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Many FPGA developers develop clone CPUs so they can leverage development tools and software. A2Z is a unique design and we've rarely seen a custom CPU that has such a wide range of tools and applications. We've talked about the difficulties of developing your own infrastructure around a custom CPU before. We've also covered some of our CPUs (don't forget part two ). Filed under: computer hacks , FPGA
Android Authority
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The Huffington Post
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It's not everyday that a city official sounds the alarm by claiming a city plan could "inadvertently displace tens of thousands" of New Yorkers from one neighborhood alone. That's what a report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer spelled out last month, undermining the promises of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who insists his 'affordable' housing plan will help protect from, not fuel, gentrification. This sort of displacement, driven by developers and embraced by the mayor, should be fought at every turn. However, when longtime neighborhood groups back city hall and development firms are asked to capture the cultural spirit of the city, eyebrows are raised. So who's in favor of the mayor's plan, which includes the rezoning of key neighborhoods like East New York (the subject of Stringer's report), East Harlem and some areas of the Bronx? In El Barrio (East Harlem), there have been some contentious debates around rezoning.
Digital Trends
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3D scans of your own face to try on makeup or create custom avatars could be easier to find this year if this new startup is successful. Bellus3D has the hardware to take scans from your smartphone -- now they just need software developers. The post Time to up your selfie game: Bellus3D attachment takes a 3D scan of your face appeared first on Digital Trends .
MacRumors
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This is not a setting used by customers and does not reflect real-world usage. Their use of this developer setting also triggered an obscure and intermittent bug reloading icons which created inconsistent results in their lab. After we asked Consumer Reports to run the same test using normal user settings, they told us their MacBook Pro systems consistently delivered the expected battery life. We have also fixed the bug uncovered in this test. This is the best pro notebook we've ever made, we respect Consumer Reports and we're glad they decided to revisit their findings on the MacBook Pro." Apple said it has fixed the Safari bug in the latest macOS Sierra beta seeded to developers and public testers this week. Consumer Reports has issued its own statement on the matter to explain why it turns off Safari caching and other details. We also turn off the local caching of web pages.
DW
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Informed Comment
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In Fall’s case, he personally accepted cash to allow this access to oil developers, which made him the first cabinet official to go to jail for crimes committed while serving in office. Albert B. Fall, the former secretary of the interior, became the first cabinet official to go to jail for accepting money from oil companies to clear the way for drilling on public lands. Library of Congress Since its indiscreet beginning with Teapot Dome, of course, oil has only become more essential to the lives of every American. If we follow the lead of Life magazine creator Henry Luce, who referred to the 20th century as the “ American Century ,” we are by association also declaring it the era of fossil fuels and particularly of petroleum. Oil and other fossil fuels were the relatively inexpensive energy resources that provided the foundation for the modern consumer society and political policy often focused on ensuring that supplies be assured and kept stable.
Techradar
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5mm headphones anyway, due to the connection being recessed into the phone. Software / UI As much as its innovative design and mass of high-end components set the first iPhone apart, combined with the touchscreen, it was its iOS operating system (back then known as iPhone OS) that made the iPhone a star. Instead of endless fiddly menus and lists of options, the first Apple phone introduced a more simple, elegant point and shoot interface. However, while the same grid-like structure remains, the first wave was of skeuomorphic, real-world designs displayed as apps - and there were very few of them indeed. The iPhone couldnt do a lot out of the box. It wasnt until a year later, with the launch of the iPhone 3G , that the iPhones main software selling point dropped - the App Store. By opening up its software to third party developers, Apple started what would quickly become the smartphone standard, with its App Store now offering more than 2 million apps.
Daily Mail - Science
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TIME - Top Stories
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The kung fu gets passed on again but less and less gets inherited, until finally its lost. A conversation between the past and the present' The final keepers of Praying Mantis kung fu may not even be people but instead a bank of quietly humming servers at Hong Kong's City University located in the same Kowloon Tong neighborhood where Bruce Lee was raised, educated, and, in 1973, died. Here, Professor Sarah Kenderdine (a specialist in creating interactive and immersive museum exhibits) and Professor Jeffrey Shaw (a leading figure in creating art from new forms of media) have been collaborating with the International Guoshu Association on what Shaw calls a conversation between the past and the present. Using the same sort of motion-capture sensors employed by video-game developers, 1000 frames-per-second cameras, and virtual reality projections, this project at City University of Hong Kong aims to record each of Hong Kong's disappearing kung fu styles with digital accuracy before their last masters retire, become infirm or pass away.
Techradar
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Gaming on a 100-inch screen The demo consisted of someone sitting in a chair a few feet from the TV. As usual, lights flashed on the Chroma-enabled keyboard and mouse when he used special attacks or suffered heavy damage. Been there, done that. But then Razer turned Project Ariana on and suddenly the area around the TV what was just a grey wall a few minutes ago into an extension of the screen. Enemies that you couldnt see a few minutes ago now appeared in our peripheral vision, and while they werent as well-defined as they were on the screen in front of us, having an expanded field of view certainly reduced the time needed to locate your next target. Currently, however, there’s just one game that supports the still-in-development technology, and that’s Flying Wild Hog’s Shadow Warrior 2 Hahn explained that Project Ariana uses the same Chroma SDK that developers have been using for the last few years to make special effects for Chroma-enabled devices like mice and keyboards, and therefore he thinks developers wont have much of a problem taking their games from the monitor to the living room wall.
Techradar
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Gaming on a 100-inch screen The demo consisted of someone sitting in a chair a few feet from the TV. As usual, lights flashed on the Chroma-enabled keyboard and mouse when he used special attacks or suffered heavy damage. Been there, done that. But then Razer turned Project Ariana on and suddenly the area around the TV what was just a grey wall a few minutes ago into an extension of the screen. Enemies that you couldnt see a few minutes ago now appeared in our peripheral vision, and while they werent as well-defined as they were on the screen in front of us, having an expanded field of view certainly reduced the time needed to locate your next target. Currently, however, there’s just one game that supports the still-in-development technology, and that’s Flying Wild Hog’s Shadow Warrior 2 Hahn explained that Project Ariana uses the same Chroma SDK that developers have been using for the last few years to make special effects for Chroma-enabled devices like mice and keyboards, and therefore he thinks developers wont have much of a problem taking their games from the monitor to the living room wall.
Ars Technica
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" This message sets the stage nicely for a dramatic and passionate tale. Viva Amiga starts with the dramatic launch party for the Amiga 1000 at Lincoln Center in 1985, next jumping back in time to cover how Jay Miner and his colleagues started the Amiga project. It highlights the Amiga’s strengths in graphics and video, saving a special mention for the Video Toaster . The excitement of Amiga developers and users at the time comes through clearly in the documentary. One of them describes the most passionate users as "people who werent striving to be millionaires. [They were] people who were striving to express themselves in new and creative ways." Read 5 remaining paragraphs | Comments
Windows Blog
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Techradar - Reviews
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We're disappointed with the Samsung Gear S3 - and that's down to one thing: a severe lack of apps. We've seen how smartphones have exploded into life thanks to the crazy things app developers can do with them, but the Gear S3 relies almost solely on its inbuilt apps or ones that Samsung has commissioned to add new smartwatch features. There are a few trickling through, but it's hard to say with confidence that this is a thriving ecosystem. While we do understand why this watch is so expensive when you check out the spec list, it's hard to say that Samsung's optimised things for the better. Whos it for? We've got a friend who owns the Samsung Gear S2, and rather likes it. When quizzed about the lack of apps, he just shrugged and said it was more for the notifications that he loved it the most - which seems like a waste of money.
Sky News - Business
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Pokemon GO helped Apple's App Store generate more than $20bn16bn) in revenues for app developers last year - up 40% on the year before, the tech giant said.
The Points Guy
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SoftBank developers trying to teach Pepper to play sand volleyball at RoboCup 2016. Pepper was developed by Aldebaran Robotics — which is owned by Japanese company SoftBank — and has been deployed in various uses. He's already helping sell duty free items in Tokyo's Narita Airport (NRT) and selling pizza in Asia . Even wilder, last summer, I saw SoftBank developers trying to teach Pepper to play sand volleyball, which was a rather futile effort. This morning, I dropped by the EVA Air's lounge to see Pepper's latest assignment. While I was there, passengers were far more interested in entering the lounge than checking out EVA Air's latest robot assistant. So, I didn't see him in action scanning boarding passes and providing travelers with additional information such as their boarding gate, boarding time, and weather conditions at their destination.
Daily Mail - Science
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The Full Signal
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Cortana. Alexa. Siri. Bixbyartificial intelligence is a HUGE trend in technology right now, which has seen all the biggest players creating their own, bespoke takes on what a personal AI should be. Siri is, arguably, the worst of the lot, while Amazon’s Alexa is perhaps the best, thanks to the fact Amazon opened her up to third party developers. Google’s Assistant will come on leaps and bounds in 2017. Ditto Cortana and Samsung’s up and coming Bixby AI. Where things will get very interesting is where and how these AI systems are used. Life outside of phones and PCs is a very real trend now with things like Google Home and Amazon Echo and Dot. Expect to see more of this in 2017. Where the plot gets even thicker, however, is when we start to consider the other places these AI will inhabit in the coming years; places like inside cars and white label goods, for instance.
MacRumors
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Logitech sells the POP switch on Amazon at 99.99 for the starter pack of two switches and one bridge, while additional switches can be added on at 39.99. For those interested in the August Smart Lock Mortise Kit, which encompasses a mounting plate and adapter, the company mentioned that it will be available for certified locksmiths, property developers and managers for 100. That'll be added on top of the base price of the August Smart Lock, which costs 229 and was last updated with HomeKit and a new design in April 2016. Tags: Logitech , August Smart Lock , August , CES 2017 Discuss this article in our forums
Hackaday
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Forth has a strong following among embedded developers. There are a couple of reasons for that. Almost any computer can run Forth, even very small CPUs that would be a poor candidate for running programs written in C, much less host a full-blown development environment. At its core, Forth is very simple. Parse a word, look the word up in a dictionary. The dictionary either points to some machine language code or some more Forth words. Arguments and other things are generally carried on a stack. A lot of higher-level Forth constructs can be expressed in Forth, so if your Forth system reaches a certain level of maturity, it can suddenly become very powerful if you have enough memory to absorb those definitions. If you want to experiment with Forth, you probably want to start learning it on a PC. There are several you can install, including gForth (the GNU offering).
Techradar
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If you're a reader of a certain age with for a penchant for gory 1980s horror flicks, you'll know to avoid playing with puzzle boxes. Someone should tell CES 2017 attendees Merge VR - its Holo Cube AR toy has more than a passing resemblance to the cube which summoned the undead in Hellraiser ! Thankfully, the Holo Cube looks to deal in only pleasure, not pain. Combining an iPhone 360-degree headset with a patterned cube that can be tracked by the phone's camera and an app, it turns the box into any digital plaything its developers can think of: We have such sights to show you... From a Minecraft-like building game to an anatomy lesson that lets you "hold" a beating heart in your hand, the toy (aimed at children) hopes to entertain and inform by merging the real world with the digital. We want to unlock an entirely new digital world for children thats always safe, exciting, positive, and playful, said Merge VR co-founder Andrew Trickett.