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Morning Consolidation

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Introducing Loot Rascals, Coming to PS4 Early 2017.

Morning Mobilization

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Nokia Is Set to Return to Smartphones and Tablets: What to Expect.

Morning Metaverse

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
AT&T Begins Capping Broadband Users Today. Thanks Slashdot via Ant. Google Maps goes down scenic route with ad-heavy ?promoted pins.?

Morning Tech Bits

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Nvidia's GTX 1070 is slightly faster than a Titan X and GTX 980 ti, reveals 3DMark benchmark. Toshiba Revamps OCZ Brand.

Morning Safety Dance

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Thanks Ant. Microsoft bans common passwords that appear in breach lists. The elderly are way savvier with password security than millennials. Thanks Slashdot. Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade '...

Game Reviews

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear on RPGWatch. Thanks Acleacius. Overwatch on Angry Centaur Gaming and GameSpot. Renga on Gaming Nexus. Selenon Rising: Episode 1 Darkness Rising on Christ Centered...

Hardware Reviews

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Corsair Lapdog Gaming Control Center on Play3r.net, TechSpot, and TweakTown. Creative Labs iRoar Bluetooth Speaker on Hardware Asylum. Fitbit Alta Fitness Wristband on TweakTown. Gigabyte XM300...

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Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Thanks Ant. From Starcraft to Age of Empires: When Architecture Is The Game. Thanks A51Abductee… Good Game Stories - Good Game Series 12 Episode 15… DOOM easter eggs - references -...

Out of the Blue

Blue's News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:53pm
Just saw a reminder that today is the anniversary of the release of Star Wars, way back before it even had the "A New Hope" subtitle, though this will be a bigger deal next year, as that will be the...

ANGRY BIRDS (Honest Game Trailers)

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:47pm

"... In a world where the mobile gaming market is dominated by games about gluttony and perpetual warfare, get ready for a game series that shows you the lighter side... of suicide bombing - Angry Birds..."


Former McDonald's USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour

/. - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:10pm
An anonymous reader shares an article on Fox Business: As fast-food workers across the country vie for $15 per hour wages, many business owners have already begun to take humans out of the picture. "I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry -- it's cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who's inefficient making $15 an hour (warning: autoplaying video) bagging French fries -- it's nonsense and it's very destructive and it's inflationary and it's going to cause a job loss across this country like you're not going to believe," said former McDonald's USA CEO Ed Rensi during an interview on the FOX Business Network's Mornings with Maria. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.3 million people earned the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour with about 1.7 million having wages below the federal minimum in 2014. These three million workers combined made up 3.9 percent of all hourly paid workers.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google To Bring Official Android Support To the Raspberry Pi 3

/. - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:35am
An anonymous reader shares an Ars Technica report: The Raspberry Pi 3 is not hurting for operating system choices. The tiny ARM computer is supported by several Linux distributions and even has a version of Windows 10 IoT core available. Now, it looks like the Pi is about to get official support for one of the most popular operating systems out there: Android. In Google's Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository, a new device tree recently popped up for the Raspberry Pi 3. The AOSP device tree contains mostly Nexus devices with the occasional "generic" entry or developer board tossed into the mix. It's rare to see a non-Google device in AOSP, so it seems Google has taken quite a shine to the tiny computer. With officially supported source code, it should be much easier for hackers to get Android up and running on the Pi 3. And once that's done, you should be able to sideload more than 1.5 million apps onto the Pi to make the device do whatever you want.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Steps Up Pressure on Partners Tardy in Updating Android

/. - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:10am
Google is actively tracking the time its partner OEMs take to release a new version of Android onto their devices. According to a Bloomberg report, the company is drawing up rankings that could shame some phone makers into better behavior. From the report: Google shared this list with Android partners earlier this year. It has discussed making it public to highlight proactive manufacturers and shame tardy vendors through omission from the list, two of the people said. [...] Google is making progress persuading phone makers and carriers to install security updates quicker "for the good of users," Android chief Hiroshi Lockheimer said. The same expedited process may then be used to send operating system updates to phones, he explained. The most challenging discussions are with carriers, which can be slow to approve updates because they test them thoroughly to avoid network disruption. The report adds that several OEMs are also stepping up their game to better comply with Google's new wishes. Motorola, for instance, is working on offering quarterly updates to its three years old devices. For users with non-Nexus devices, it's really frustrating to wait for months, and in some cases, years, before their devices from Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, HTC and other manufacturers get upgraded to a newer version of Android. Another challenge for Google is to push its partners to actively release updates to affordable and mid-range smartphones. Many OEMs mostly worry about serving those users who have the flagship and high-end models.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Microsoft Backtracks On 'Nasty Trick' Upgrade To Windows 10

/. - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:30am
Reader Raging Bool writes: Days after angering many users with its so-called "nasty trick", Microsoft has reversed its crazy decision to infuriate users by upgrading them to Windows 10 automatically. Users were angry that clicking the cross to dismiss the box meant that they had agreed to the upgrade. Based on "customer feedback", Microsoft said it would add another notification that provided customers with "an additional opportunity for cancelling the upgrade". Microsoft told the BBC it had modified the pop-up as a result of criticism: "We've added another notification that confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade. If the customer wishes to continue with their upgrade at the designated time, they can click 'OK' or close the notifications with no further action needed."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Genius' Web Annotations Undermined Web Security

/. - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:50am
New reader BradyDale shares an article on the Verge: Until early May, when The Verge confidentially disclosed the results of my independent security tests, the "web annotator" service provided by the tech startup Genius had been routinely undermining a web browser security mechanism. The web annotator is a tool which essentially republishes web pages in order to let Genius users leave comments on specific passages. In the process of republishing, those annotated pages would be stripped of an optional security feature called the Content Security Policy, which was sometimes provided by the original version of the page. This meant that anyone who viewed a page with annotations enabled was potentially vulnerable to security exploits that would have been blocked by the original site. Though no specific victims have been identified, the potential scope of this bug was broad: it was applied to all Genius users, undermined any site with a Content Security Policy, and re-enabled all blocked JavaScript code. Vijith Assar dives deep into how Genius did this :The primary way Genius annotations are accessed on the web is by adding "genius.it" in front of any URL as a prefix. The genius.it server reads the original content behind the scenes, adds the annotations, and delivers the hybrid content. The Genius version of the page includes a few extra scripts and highlighted passages, but until recently it also eliminated the original page's Content Security Policy. The Content Security Policy is an optional set of instructions encoded in the header of the HTTP connection which tells browsers exactly which sites and servers should be considered safe -- any code which isn't from one of those sites can then be ignored.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Here Comes The Boom

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:11am

Welcome to our new game "The Superfluous" [soo-pur-floo-uh s]. A cave-diving, sci-fi, rogue-lite, platformer with jet packs and lots of explosions. Help stop an apocalyptic asteroid on collision course with Earth. Local co-op and game-pad support planned.

Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Secretly Bankrolled Hulk Hogan's Lawsuit Against Gawker: Reports

/. - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:10am
If you're a powerful Silicon Valley billionaire, and there's a media house which actively points out flaws in your investments, can you do something about it? If you're Peter Thiel, you certainly can. The New York Times and Forbes magazine have independently reported that Thiel has been funding a steady stream of lawsuits -- including three different ones filed by Hulk Hogan -- to destroy Gawker Media. Gawker reports: Gawker and Valleywag, Gawker Media's defunct tech gossip vertical, have often written critically of Thiel, a self-identified libertarian (and, it turns out, a California delegate for Donald Trump) and his investments, covering the failure of his hedge fund Clarium Capital, his right-wing politics, and his personal life. In just the last month, Gawker Media's tech site Gizmodo published a series of stories on Facebook's use of "news curators" to manipulate the site's "trending" module, sparking a congressional investigation into the social network's practices.Jay Rosen, media critic and a professor of journalism at New York University, said: Trying to kill a publication you don't like by funding lawsuits against them isn't very libertarian, is it?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Smaller Xbox One Coming This Year, More Powerful Xbox One In 2017, Says Report

/. - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 8:30am
Keza MacDonald and Jason Schreier, reporting for game blog Kotaku: Microsoft is preparing at least two new Xbox models for release in the next two years, sources tell Kotaku. Later this year we'll see a cheaper, smaller Xbox One, and next year Microsoft will release a more powerful version of their premiere console. The 2017 Xbox, which is codenamed Scorpio, will have a more powerful GPU. We hear that it will also be technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift and that Microsoft is pursuing a partnership with Oculus. As for 2016, sources have told us there's at least a more compact version coming by year's end. One source believed it will include a larger 2TB hard drive, double the capacity of the most spacious current model. We're expecting Microsoft to announce the more compact machine at E3 next month.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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