Mashable
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Speedrunners have officially conquered Nioh. The new Team Ninja game that delivers Dark Souls -style RPG play in feudal Japan has now been completed in one hour and 40 minutes by speedrunner Distortion2 and you can see video proof above. If you're wondering why that's so impressive, then you're probably not familiar with From Software's Souls games. They're a special breed of RPG, built with an eye toward extreme challenge above all. They're also lengthy adventures, with playtimes climbing into the double-digit hours. Nioh appropriates the core ideas of the Souls games, but it features faster-paced combat. That doesn't mean the game is any shorter, however. Most reports put the story mode at a minimum of 20 hours so "under two hours" is pretty wild. Read more... More about Team Ninja , Nioh , Speedrunning , Esports , and Gaming
Futurity
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Autocar
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New UK Government bill to require a single policy for passengers and the autonomous vehicle they are in New insurance legislation that will require a passenger and their autonomous car to be covered under the same policy is being introduced in Britain today. The measures come as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill and aim to simplify the insurance process for passengers and insurers before driverless cars become popular. Using a single policy places more pressure on manufacturers and software developers for autonomous vehicles because they will be liable to pay compensation in the event of an accident. The UK Government has prioritised consumers in the process in order to speed up access to compensation after an incident. Caterham boss: autonomous cars are an opportunity Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “We must ensure the public is protected in the event of an incident and today we are introducing the framework to allow insurance for these new technologies.
Hackaday
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It needs just one button to play. This is just the kind of simple game that can be easily ported to the Component Tester. The nice take away from [Robson]'s blog post is not that he wrote a simple game for an ATmega connected to an LCD display, but the detailed walk through he provides of the process which can be useful to anyone else wanting to dip their feet in the world of writing games. After a bit of online sleuthing and some multimeter testing, he was able to figure out that the LCD controller chip was connected to Port D of the ATmega, which meant the use of software SPI via bit-banging. He then looked inside the disassembled firmware to find writes to Port D to figure out pin assignments. Of course not long after all this work he found a config.h file with the pin mappings. Armed with this information he was able to use the Adafruit ST7565 library to drive the LCD, but not before having to flip the image.
WebProNews
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TechCrunch
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MacRumors
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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second public beta and one day after releasing the third 10.12.4 beta to developers. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the third 10.12.4 macOS Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store . Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website , which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas should not be installed on a primary machine due to the potential for instability. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's popular Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure in the evening. Believed to affect sleep by upsetting the body's circadian rhythm, blue light is thought to be more harmful than yellow light.
Windows Blog
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Ensuring these tasks were completed and documented was an arduous process and it used to be done the old fashion way: with lots of paperwork. In U.S. hospitals alone, over a billion patient blood tests are processed annually.* These tests range from simply determining a patient’s blood type to more critical testing for diabetes or cancer. At ProMedica, they know the success of a patient’s treatment plan depends on the accuracy and timeliness of these tests. ProMedica Laboratories needed a better way to perform routine quality inspections and equipment maintenance. In addition, a systematic process was needed to detect any errors that may have occurred along the way. To do this, ProMedica Laboratories partnered with software company Kaonsoft , member of the Microsoft Partner Network, to build the Assured Compliance Solution (ACS) on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
Mind Shift
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She’s not convinced the WIT strategies that she’s helped develop for New York City’s Renewal Schools is the only way to see pronounced growth in studentswriting abilities. It could just be that identifying and actively trying to fill gaps in writing, no matter how it’s done, is enough. She’s also skeptical that a software program could find and remediate weaknesses in writing. The processes she has witnessed are very human-based, requiring a teacher’s expertise. Principal Scanlon also thought it might be hard for a computer program to yield the same results. He pointed out that software can give a teacher a lot of data, but how he or she uses that data is much more important. He believes that requiring teacher teams to do cycles of inquiry into their studentsskills, while providing them with support and ideas for closing gaps, serves the important purpose of helping teachers grow, too.
MacRumors
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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta and just under a month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.3 . The third macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who have previously installed a beta. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac for the first time. First introduced on iOS devices with iOS 9.3, Night Shift is designed to gradually shift the display of a device from blue to yellow, cutting down on exposure to blue light. Blue light is said to disrupt the circadian rhythm and is believed to interrupt sleeping patterns. Night Shift can be activated through the Displays section of System Preferences, where a setting to have it come on at sunset and turn off at sunrise is available.
Hackaday
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And the GPS module receives its own special low-noise amplifier board to ensure extremely strong reception at all times. That's a total of ten boards custom built for this project. He's also managed to source all the original harness connectors so his system is literally a snap in replacement. The final assembly looks pretty dashing. For some strange reason, the Lenovo tablet uses 4.35V as the fully charged value for its LiPo instead of the more common 4.20V, so even with the whole system connected to a hefty 12V lead acid battery from which he's deriving the 4.20V charging voltage for the tablet, it still complains about low battery and he's looking for advice on how he can resolve that issue short of blowing up the LiPo by using the higher charge voltage. Besides that, he's (obviously a kickass) hardware designer and a little bit rusty on the software and programming side of things, for which he's looking for inputs from the community.
Cnet
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Inc.
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Safer new AI software frees robots from factories and into your daily life.
Hackaday
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SABC Digital News
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Fast Company
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Hackaday
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Sourced right, your clone would be under 50 bucks. Not bad. The simulator comes with a bunch of software for you to try out and even games like Kill-the-Bit and Pong. BASIC and Assembler example programs are included in the emulator software and can easily be loaded. In addition, the simulator includes some extra functions and built-in software for the Altair which are accessible via the AUX1/AUX2 switches on the front panel (those were included but not used on the original Altair). From starting different games to mount disks in an emulated disk drive, there are just too many functions to describe here. You can take a look at the simulator documentation for more information. In case you don't know already, here's how to play Kill-the-Bit: Filed under: Arduino Hacks
Hackaday
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Currently the software is being actively developed and the latest version has, among other things, a slit-scan mode. For those who don't know, slit-scan photography is a technique that can create some crazy warped and psychedelic effects (in this case, as psychedelic as a black and white photo can be). We know you want one for yourself. If you don't want to spend the time installing and configuring your RPi Zero, [Muth] kindly shared an SD card image with everything ready. It's not the first camera of this kind we covered here, we covered at least two in the past , but this one sure looks nice! [via Embedded Lab ] Filed under: Raspberry Pi
RT America
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[Will Forfang] found a app that lets you take a picture of a math equation with a phone and ask for a solution. However, the app wouldn't read handwritten equations, so [Will] decided to see how hard that would be, using a neural network. The results are pretty impressive (you can also see the video below). [Will] used his own handwriting on a chalkboard and had the network train on that. He also went even further and added some heuristics to identify fraction bars and infer the grouping from the relative size of the bars. The neural net code is simple, but there are a lot of nodes. The capture image is 75×75 or 5,626 pixels in total. Each pixel has a neuron. Those feed into 50 intermediate neurons. There there is one neuron for each of the eighteen symbols the software can recognize (the digits, math operators, and so on). The programming is just to get the neuron algorithm.
Techradar
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.. Microsoft reveals more on Project Scorpio and Windows Holographic Invested as a software platform, hardware system, and game developer in its own right, Microsoft will be out in force at GDC - and will likely have something to show off, too. Personally, we think its high time we learn more concrete details about Project Scorpio , Microsofts mysterious high-powered 4K gaming console and answer to Sonys PlayStation Pro . Nebulous descriptions about its immense computing power and six teraflops of graphical razzamatazz are great for hype, but now is the time for details, especially if Microsoft is serious about hitting that incoming Holiday 2017 release date. While Project Scorpio will be the star of Microsofts E3 efforts , GDC is the perfect time to get developers on board, plus start to build even more excitement for a big reveal.
Collective Evolution
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If you know anything about the government program MK Ultra , it's easy to imagine how these children can be manipulated and brainwashed into thinking that pedophilia is okay. How Thorn Is Using Technology to Fight It Thorn has designed different types of software to help fight human trafficking, one of which is Spotlight , a web-based tool that can be used by law enforcement to prioritize their workload, and which gets smarter and more efficient the more it's used. Spotlight is currently being used by 4,000 officers in the U.S. and allows law enforcers to reduce investigation time by 60%. There's been a lot of controversy recently over the use of AI, and more sophisticated technologies being used in the workplace, as some have the potential to threaten jobs. However, this technology could mean the difference between saving a little girl from living her life in child sex ring and not finding her at all.