The clownish fight over who hacked the DNC

It all began with a Washington Post article many infosec denizens thought was a thinly-disguised PR puff piece for CrowdStrike.

The June 14 piece Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposi…

NASA tasks the Hubble Telescope with five more years of service

In 2018, NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope to be the primary observation tool for the 2020s. It should be interesting to see how astronomers leverage two imaging spacecraft for the short time both are in use. While the Hubble uses visible and ultraviole…

This DJI Phantom 3 drone hit a Quebec woman in the head

That’s exactly what happened to 38-year-old Stéphanie Creignou, who unfortunately suffered injuries when the drone fell from the sky and crashed directly into her head. She’s yet to get back to work, and as a result of her injuries, she was forced to cancel a vacation she had already planned …

Genes, germs and bacon: A look inside my own DNA

Every cell in your body contains DNA, a series of instructions, like computer code, that tell your body how to behave. It dictates everything from the color of your eyes and height through to how long…

Tune in to watch President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg live at 1:45 PM ET

This afternoon, President Obama will meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a panel of other young entrepreneurs at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus in Palo Alto. While the discussion is scheduled to focus on business, Zuckerberg has recently been celebrating the powe…

The best tech and apps for your home office

Home-office laptop

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display offers the best balance of power and portability. Photo: Kevin Purdy

For most home-office users, we recommend the 13-inch MacBook Pro with …

Pluto's moon Charon features a massive, deep chasm

Thanks to the viewing angle New Horizons got on its closest approach to Charon last July, scientists were able to estimate the depth of the Argo Chasma. In sections, the canyon is believed to be about 5.5 miles (or 9 kilometers) deep with sheer cliff faces several miles tall. Without a complete pict…

New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and profanity

“The game is about how I started,” he said. You begin with a small neighborhood restaurant, simple ingredients and basic decor. Under game-Ramsay’s tutelage, you’ll grow your business into a global em…

DARPA's 'Virtual Eye' lets soldiers see around obstacles

First responders could send a pair of camera-equipped drones or robots into a burning or unstable building, place them in separate locations, and let the software take over. Running on a laptop with a dual NVIDIA K20 GPUs, it fuses the images into a live virtual scene, using extrapolation to fill in…

Sweden debuts the world's first 'electric highway'

Scania official Claes Erixon has said that the project is “one important milestone on the journey towards fossil-free transport.” Cleantech Canada quotes an unnamed Siemens representative, who says the move could cut energy consumption in half. As it stands, this is the culmination of a two-year pro…

RZA teams up with Atari on a new video game-inspired album

The album will feature original music “based on Atari’s iconic video game sounds and music,” according to company’s CEO Fred Chesnais. This isn’t the first time the two have collaborated either, as RZA supplied a voice over for Atari’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure…

'Halo 5: Guardians' is getting Warzone Firefight this July

Warzone Firefight is a cooperative game mode that hearkens back to the Firefight mode originally seen in Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, where each round the opponents get a little tougher as you stave them off. Alongside a few new bosses and vehicles like the UNSC VTOL and AV-49 Wasp, there are new m…

MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease

The reports focuses on three areas in need of convergence between disciplines: Brain disorders, infectious diseases and cancer research. Researchers in those fields need to collaborate with scientists…

'CivilizationEDU' takes the strategy franchise to school

More than just defeating the Huns instead of reading about them, the game will offer stat tracking and measure students’ proficiency at problem solving. Teachers will have access to an online portal replete with ways of tracking student progress that equate their play wi…

ICYMI: Saving the ocean and ghosting on love interests

Today on In Case You Missed It: The Burner chatbot would let a machine ghost on acquaintances you’d rather not text with anymore. So that’s point one for the endtimes, zero for humanity. But this Dutch inventor should more than switch that around with a small prototype of the ocean fence that is des…

Google creates VR montage of Pride parades around the world

A lot of people all over the globe can’t attend Pride due to stringent anti-LGBTQ laws, while those in countries like the US don’t attend out of fear of being ostracized by friends and family. According to a Pew Research Center study in 2013, more than half of the 1,197 adult LGBTQ individuals they …

Oculus claims exclusive games are good for the VR industry

VR needs these big-budget games now, not in two years when there’s the market to sustain them. By investing heavily in big games with larger budgets, Oculus is likely to make a loss on its gamble in the immediate future, but that investment will attract more people to virtual reality. Luckily, Oculu…

Roku puts your laptop in control of movie night

Roku already had a Windows 8 remote control app for phones and tablets, but to keep up with the times it’s released a new Windows 10 version. Aimed at tablets and laptops, it makes controlling your Roku player as easy as tapping the screen or clicking a mouse. Like Roku’s apps on Andro…

Google connects Netflix to Android TV's universal search

Looking for your next @Netflix binge? It just got easier on #AndroidTV, now with universal search. pic.twitter.com/oh3HzIOoTs

— Android (@Android) June 23, 2016

Given how many people use Netflix, it’s a vital source in any smart TV box’s universal search feature. Apple TV and Roku can both find …

NASA is making a robotic spacecraft that can refuel satellites

The Restore-L mission could change the way the government and private space corporations build and operate satellites. It has the potential to extend the lifespan of spacefaring vehicles and could prevent their untimely death. Further, once the project is operational, companies could choose to deplo…

 

New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and profanity
New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and profanity
“The game is about how I started,” he said. You begin with a small neighborhood restaurant, simple ingredients and basic decor. Under game-Ramsay’s tutelage, you’ll grow your business into a global empire by serving dishes to customers in a limited time. Gordon Ramsay Dash was made in partnership with Glu Mobile, the same company behind … Continue reading "New Gordon Ramsay mobile game brings the heat and profanity"
MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease
MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease
The reports focuses on three areas in need of convergence between disciplines: Brain disorders, infectious diseases and cancer research. Researchers in those fields need to collaborate with scientists and engineers who work on imaging, nanotechnology, regenerative engineering (prosthetics and organ transplants), and information technology. For instance, building artificial organs for transplants requires 3D printing expertise … Continue reading "MIT: More collaboration is needed to fight disease"
Facebook Live will be able to stream Masquerade face swaps
Facebook Live will be able to stream Masquerade face swaps
MSQRD, if you’re not familiar, is a Snapchat-like video app with live filters that the social network snapped up in March after face-swapping skyrocketed in popularity. Simo said iOS users around the globe will be able to take advantage of Facebook Live integration these next few weeks. Unfortunately, he didn’t say when the feature will … Continue reading "Facebook Live will be able to stream Masquerade face swaps"
Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $300 on a Whirlpool refrigerator
Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $300 on a Whirlpool refrigerator
Whirlpool WRF535SMBM Refrigerator Street price: $1,300 MSRP: $1,700 deal price: $1,000 The Whirlpool WRF535SMBM is our pick for the best refrigerator. Liam McCabe wrote, “If we were buying a 36-inch wide refrigerator, it would be the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM. Mainly, that’s because it’s one of the most affordable French door fridges out there, yet there’s no … Continue reading "Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $300 on a Whirlpool refrigerator"
Does the world need another first-person, team-based shooter?
Does the world need another first-person, team-based shooter?
Bleszinski thinks there’s still an audience for multiple character-based shooters; he’s confident there’s room for LawBreakers. His studio, Boss Key, revealed LawBreakers in August 2015 and it just hit closed alpha on June 18th. When we spoke, a handful of streamers already had their hands on it and the first round of feedback was rolling … Continue reading "Does the world need another first-person, team-based shooter?"
Science fund lets kids learn 3D printing, gene modification
Science fund lets kids learn 3D printing, gene modification
Each of the ambitious project gets $300,000 over two years, and they’re certainly diverse and ambitious. One aims “to measure psychophysiological indications of heightened engagement” of young makers using wearables and cameras. Researchers in another project will attempt to design maker spaces that “welcome groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM.” More practical is a 3D … Continue reading "Science fund lets kids learn 3D printing, gene modification"
FIFA vs PES: The battle to make the best soccer game rages on
FIFA vs PES: The battle to make the best soccer game rages on
What’s new in FIFA? There are three flagship features for FIFA 17: a new story mode, a revamped set piece system and a switch to DICE’s Frostbite game engine. First built for Battlefield, Frostbite now powers a vast number of EA titles, including Star Wars Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. … Continue reading "FIFA vs PES: The battle to make the best soccer game rages on"
‘Outlast 2’ drops you in a desert for a fresh batch of nightmares
‘Outlast 2’ drops you in a desert for a fresh batch of nightmares
Outlast 2 stars investigative journalists Blake and Lynn Langermann, a husband-and-wife team who set out on a mission to uncover the truth behind the murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe. The search leads them to the Arizona desert’s northern Supai region, an area nestled in the Grand Canyon and filled with … Continue reading "‘Outlast 2’ drops you in a desert for a fresh batch of nightmares"
Engadget giveaway: Win a Robin ‘cloud phone’ courtesy of Nextbit!
Engadget giveaway: Win a Robin ‘cloud phone’ courtesy of Nextbit!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Entries are handled through the Rafflecopter widget above. Comments are no longer accepted as valid methods of entry. You may enter without any obligation to social media accounts, though we may offer them as opportunities for extra entries. Your email address is required so we can get in touch with you if … Continue reading "Engadget giveaway: Win a Robin ‘cloud phone’ courtesy of Nextbit!"
The best air conditioner
The best air conditioner
How we picked and tested The air conditioners we tested in 2016. (Note: Stacking them in this way does not constitute a proper installation.) Photo: Liam McCabe For this guide, we focused on 8,000-Btu window air conditioners because it’s the most popular size at retail, which implies that it’s what most people need. These ACs … Continue reading "The best air conditioner"
Adobe Photoshop adds Content-Aware Crop and font suggestions
Adobe Photoshop adds Content-Aware Crop and font suggestions
Photoshop’s Liquify tool, a feature that’s used to tweak facial features, is getting an update as well. It’s now “Face-Aware,” which means it’ll keep the subject’s face in proportion while you make those subtle adjustments. The application also has a new font-recognition tool that will not only identify licensed fonts, but it will suggest similar … Continue reading "Adobe Photoshop adds Content-Aware Crop and font suggestions"
'Battlefield 1' learned a lot from 'Star Wars: Battlefront'
'Battlefield 1' learned a lot from 'Star Wars: Battlefront'
Battlefront and Battlefield 1 were developed in parallel, so it’s no surprise that there was some cross-pollination. The overlap was sometimes unexpected, though. The Battlefield series has always had aircraft of some sort, but simply getting in the pilot’s seat didn’t ensure success; being a proficient (and genuinely helpful) helicopter or fighter jet pilot takes … Continue reading "'Battlefield 1' learned a lot from 'Star Wars: Battlefront'"
‘ReCore’ is the mashup of ‘Metroid’ and ‘Mega Man’ I didn’t know I wanted
‘ReCore’ is the mashup of ‘Metroid’ and ‘Mega Man’ I didn’t know I wanted
Unfortunately, I didn’t really get to do any exploration, but I did get a good taste of the smooth and fluid combat system during my demo. One trigger locks you on to your enemies and the other lets you blast away, making it relatively painless to keep up with the swarms of fast-moving attacking robots. … Continue reading "‘ReCore’ is the mashup of ‘Metroid’ and ‘Mega Man’ I didn’t know I wanted"
Microsoft’s new acquisition can enhance Cortana’s chat bots
Microsoft’s new acquisition can enhance Cortana’s chat bots
If that sounds familiar, it’s because Google and Facebook have since also announced similar plans to integrate chatbots into their messaging apps. Facebook Messenger, for instance, already has bots that let you send flowers, get breaking news and go shopping without leaving the app. Wand Labs would boost Microsoft’s ability to offer more in this … Continue reading "Microsoft’s new acquisition can enhance Cortana’s chat bots"
The first 30 minutes of Telltale’s ‘Batman’ are sexy and gritty
The first 30 minutes of Telltale’s ‘Batman’ are sexy and gritty
Telltale’s version of Batman begins just a few years into Bruce Wayne’s vigilante career and it reboots his entire storyline, according to Telltale maketing head Richard Iggo. DC Comics is allowing Telltale to craft its own, unique story in the Batman universe. The companies have a previous relationship; Telltale transformed DC’s Fables into video game … Continue reading "The first 30 minutes of Telltale’s ‘Batman’ are sexy and gritty"
‘Breach’ adds a smart, stylish mode to the new ‘Deus Ex’
‘Breach’ adds a smart, stylish mode to the new ‘Deus Ex’
Following that simple hacker vs. security premise, the developers took the opportunity to shed the detailed (realistic) graphics of the Deus Ex series, instead going for soft simplified polygon-esque frames for the weapons, enemies and the environment itself. It’s funny: this style would have been cutting edge graphics on the advent of 3D graphics, but … Continue reading "‘Breach’ adds a smart, stylish mode to the new ‘Deus Ex’"
Zombie thriller ‘Days Gone’ will need to find its humanity to survive
Zombie thriller ‘Days Gone’ will need to find its humanity to survive
But the in-game demo that concluded the Sony event ended up being a bit of a surprising letdown, and I’ve been thinking about why ever since. What was missing from the demo was a human connection — a motivation for bounty hunter and protagonist Deacon St John’s actions beyond simple survival. Without that, the massive … Continue reading "Zombie thriller ‘Days Gone’ will need to find its humanity to survive"

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