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Outbreak: The New Nightmare Early Access

Blue's News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:32pm
Outbreak: The New Nightmare is now available for Windows on Steam as an early access release. This is currently 40% off, and the Steam page for the original Outbreak has a few discounted Outbreak...

Team Racing League Demo

Blue's News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:32pm
Team Racing League hasn't yet launched into early access, but the Steam page for this team-based MOBA-style racing game now offers a playable demo to check out in the meantime. They also provide this...

It Came from E3 2017, Part 15

Blue's News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:32pm
HDR and video games: Ars leaves E3 with more questions than answers. E3 2017?s sweetest meme reaches its perfect, logical conclusion.

Evening Patches

Blue's News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:32pm
Overwatch Patch Notes ? June 20, 2017. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam version 1.01 patch is now available. Team Fortress 2 balance changes.

On Sale

Blue's News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:32pm
Heroes of the Storm Weekly Collection Update- June 20 - 27, 2017. This War of Mine on Steam. Save 80%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Blue's News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 8:32pm
Longsword Tabletop Tactics by Daniel DiCicco ? Kickstarter. "Longsword brings turn-based tabletop tactics to the digital world of PC Gaming. In Longsword, you will collect and build an army...

Study Finds Yoga Works As Well As Physical Therapy For Back Pain

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:30pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TIME: Another study is touting the benefits of yoga -- this time, for people with back problems. The new research put yoga head-to-head against physical therapy and found the two were equally good at restoring function and reducing the need for pain medication over time. In the new study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, a group of 320 people did 12 weeks of yoga or physical therapy, or they simply received a book and newsletters about coping with back pain. People in the active treatment groups reported that their pain was less intense than it was at the start of the study and that they were able to physically move more. Some were also able to reduce, or even stop, their pain medications. Those improvements stuck around for a full year after the study was over. This research is unique because the people in the study were racially diverse, and most were from low-income families. Many had pre-existing medical conditions. That's important, say the researchers, because chronic back pain -- which affects about 10% of U.S. adults -- has a greater impact on minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status.

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Sweden Passes Bill To Become Carbon Neutral By 2045

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 5:40pm
Sweden is the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon ambitions since the Paris accord in 2015. The country has passed a new bill committing to cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2045. New Scientist reports: The law was drawn up by a cross-party committee and passed with an overwhelming majority in parliament by 254 votes to 41. The legislation establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and requires an action plan to be updated every four years. Sweden had previously committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. It already gets 83 per cent of its electricity from nuclear energy and hydropower, having met its 2020 target of 50 per cent renewable energy eight years ahead of schedule. To achieve carbon-neutral status, the country will focus on reducing emissions from transport by increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles. It plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 per cent, and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad.

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The Best And Worst ISP's According To Consumer Reports

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 5:00pm
In the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, the nonprofit organization ranked internet service providers based off customer satisfaction. According to the report, many consumers still don't like their broadband and television provider, and don't believe they receive a decent value for the high price they pay for service. DSLReports summarizes the findings: The report [...] names Chattanooga municipal broadband provider EPB as the most-liked ISP in the nation. EPB was followed by Google Fiber, Armstrong Cable, Consolidated Cable and RCN as the top-ranked ISPs in the nation. Google Fiber "was the clear winner for internet service," notes the report, "with the only high score for value." Google Fiber also received high marks for customer support and service. But large, incumbent ISPs continue to be aggressively disliked due to high prices and poor customer service, according to the report. Despite endless annual promises that customer service is the company's priority, Comcast ranked number 27 out of the 32 providers measured. The company's survey results were weighed down by low consumer marks for value, channel selection, technical support, customer service and free video on demand offerings. The least-liked ISPs in the nation, according to the report, are: Charter (Spectrum), Cable ONE, Atlantic broadband, Frontier Communications, and Mediacom. Not coincidentally, the two largest ISPs in that list just got done with massive mergers or acquisitions that resulted in higher prices and worse service than consumers saw previously.

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Mozilla Launches Privacy-Minded 'Firefox Focus' Browser For Android

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched a new browser for Android. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. You can download the new app now from Google Play. Because Google isn't as strict as Apple, Android users can set Firefox Focus as their default browser. There are many use cases for wanting to browse the web without being tracked, but Mozilla offers a common example: reading articles via apps "like Facebook." On iOS, Firefox Focus is basically just a web view with tracking protection. On Android, Firefox Focus is the same, with a few additional features (which are still "under consideration" for iOS): Ad tracker counter -- Lists the number of ads that are blocked per site while using the app. Disable tracker blocker -- For sites that are not loading correctly, you can disable the tracker blocker to fix the issues. Notification reminder -- When Firefox Focus is running in the background, a notification will remind you so you can easily tap to erase your browsing history.

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Opus 1.2 Released

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:00pm
jmv writes: The Opus audio codec, used in WebRTC and now included in all major web browsers, gets another major upgrade with the release of version 1.2. This release brings quality improvements to both speech and music, while remaining fully compatible with RFC 6716. There are also optimizations, new options, as well as many bug fixes. This Opus 1.2 demo describes a few of the upgrades that users and implementers will care about the most. It includes audio samples comparing to previous versions of the codec, as well as speed comparisons for x86 and ARM.

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It's Too Hot For Some Planes To Fly In Phoenix

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:40pm
In Phoenix on Tuesday, temperatures were forecast to climb as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit, causing more than 40 American Eagle regional flights out of Phoenix's international airport to be canceled. NPR reports: American Airlines said in a statement that the Bombardier CRJ aircraft used on some shorter routes have a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees. For bigger jets, the threshold is higher. The carrier says that, for example, Airbus aircraft have a maximum operating temperature of 127 degrees and that for Boeing, it is 126 degrees. As USA Today reports: "Extreme heat affects a plane's ability to take off. Hot air is less dense than cold air, and the hotter the temperature, the more speed a plane needs to lift off. A runway might not be long enough to allow a plane to achieve the necessary extra speed." Bianca Hernandez, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tells NPR that Phoenix is seeing an unusually strong high-pressure system, which is causing the soaring temperatures.

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Commandos 2: Destination Paris 1.44 Released!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:22pm

Here's another major update for Commandos 2: Destination Paris! 29 new mission were added and many bugs have been fixed. Enjoy!

A.R.M. beta has been released

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:11pm

A.R.M. beta version this is a complete mod but with odds and ends that need to be added in, like weapon descriptions that are non existent a the moment for a lot of weapons, the economy is going to need tweaking as well.

Uber Finally Adds a Tipping Option To Its App

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:00pm
After years of complaints, Uber is rolling out a tipping option for drivers. "Tipping is available in Seattle, Minneapolis and Houston as of today. We're starting with only 3 cities so we can create the best tipping experience for you and your riders. We'll be adding more cities over the next few weeks, and will make tips available to all U.S. drivers, by the end of July 2017," Uber said in an email to drivers. Gizmodo reports: Uber will also roll out a full set of driver-friendly features. The cancellation window will narrow to two minutes (it was previously five) and drivers will get a per-minute fee if a rider makes them wait beyond two minutes. Drivers will also get a cut of Uber's "teen fare" which had previously gone exclusively to Uber. Now, drivers will get $2 of the fee. Uber will also offer drivers the option to enroll in injury-protection insurance. Uber has always argued that it offers a seamless experience and that adding a tip feature into its app would interfere with that. The company promises an up-front fare to the rider, with no fumbling around for cash or evaluation of a driver's performance beyond assigning a rating.

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Adapting to GMS2, Character Images and more detailed environment

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:46pm

Most importantly is the upgrade to Game Maker Studio 2. As characters speak they will now appear on the screen, so the player gets to know them better.

Google Launches Its AI-Powered Jobs Search Engine

/. - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:30pm
Now you can search for jobs across virtually all of the major online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilders, Facebook and others -- directly from Google's search result pages. The company will also include job listings it finds on a company's homepage. TechCrunch reports: The idea here is to give job seekers an easy way to see which jobs are available without having to go to multiple sites only to find duplicate postings and lots of irrelevant jobs. With this new feature, which is now available in English on desktop and mobile, all you have to type in is a query like "jobs near me," "writing jobs" or something along those lines and the search result page will show you the new job search widget that lets you see a broad range of jobs. From there, you can further refine your query to only include full-time positions, for example. When you click through to get more information about a specific job, you also get to see Glassdoor and Indeed ratings for a company. You can also filter jobs by industry, location, when they were posted, and employer. Once you find a query that works, you can also turn on notifications so you get an immediate alert when a new job is posted that matches your personalized query.

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Three Warners Execs Talk DC Films Future

Dark Horizons - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:24pm

Three major executives at Warner Bros. Pictures, who are effectively the heads of the DC Expanded Universe films from “Man of Steel” to “Wonder Woman,” have sat down with Variety this week to talk the film initiative’s future.

Veteran producer Jon Berg and DC chief Geoff Johns oversees the films and spoke fairly candidly about how things have gone so far. Discussing how the critical reaction differed between “Wonder Woman” and the previous films, Berg says:

“[Wonder Woman] it’s a fun movie. It’s positive and optimistic. The early films may have been too dark in parts… On “Suicide Squad,” the movie did incredibly well commercially. It didn’t work narratively. You had some great casting and some great characterizations, but where the story fell down was on narrative, on plot. We could do better. “Batman v. Superman” was tonally dark. People didn’t respond to that.”

Asked if they expect to make more female-driven comic-book films, Johns responded:

“We’ve got a lot of plans for our female characters just because they’re great characters. There are many wonderful elements to the DC Universe, and one of them is that we have the best female characters, heroes and villains, in the world. No one is going to beat Wonder Woman and Batgirl and Harley Quinn.”

Joss Whedon is currently in the midst of reshoots on “Justice League” ahead of plans to write and direct “Batgirl”. Asked how important he will be to the DC cinematic universe going forward, Berg says:

“He’s a big part already. We love him. He’s a great partner, collaborator; we want him to be ensconced. We bring people by, have general meetings and talk about comics and their favorite superhero movies. With Joss, he saw the master board, and he saw a ‘Batgirl’ title and he said, ‘You guys seriously want to do ‘Batgirl’?’ And we said, ‘Absolutely.’ He said, ‘That’s my jam.'”

Separately, Warners CCO Toby Emmerich says one way that DC can differentiate itself from Marvel projects is not for them all to be family-friendly. He adds that he admires violent, irreverent and adult comic-book movies of late like “Logan” and “Deadpool”: “I would be surprised if we didn’t at some point make an R-rated DC movie.”

It’s expected the next phase of “Justice League” marketing is set to kick off next month at the San Diego Comic Con with DC Extended Universe reporting today that the new trailer for the film will arrive during the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in Hall H on Saturday July 22nd.

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A Kid-Friendly “Fantastic Four” Reboot Planned?

Dark Horizons - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:22pm

In order to keep the film rights to “Fantastic Four” without them reverting to Marvel, a new film based on the characters will have to be released sometime in the next few years but 20th Century Fox.

Now, Bleeding Cool reports that the studio has hired Seth Grahame-Smith to work on a new treatment – one that’s much more kid-friendly and similar in concept to Pixar’s “The Incredibles”.

The new story will reportedly be told through the eyes of the children of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman – Franklin and Valeria Richards.

Smith did work on the early drafts of the script for the 2015 reboot, before his work got effectively chucked by director Josh Trank who elected to write his own screenplay.

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