Loot boxes may not be the final word on in-game microtransactions.Publishers are working on new methods to sell you in-game items.Activision received a new patent for a system that encourages gamers to buy in-game items, by leveraging its matchmaking system.The matchmaking system would pair inexperienced players with more experienced players to subtly influence their purchasing decisions.Filed in 2015, but awarded this month, the patent protects a “system and method for driving microtransactions in multiplayer video games.” It discusses methods for encouraging players to pay for in-game items to increase their chances of success.Such methods could involve matching players in a manner that suggests they need to pay to catch up to their opposition or that highlights the differences in equipment to showcase what kind of loadout a player ‘should’ have in order to be competitive.
Google Calendar for web is finally getting the long-awaited Material Design update along with a handful of new features.After first introducing Material Design all the way back in 2014, Google promptly updated its mobile apps and services to reflect the company’s new design language.The trend spilled over to Google’s web-based apps over the course of year or two, but sadly, Calendar for web seemed forgotten and abandoned.After months of rumors claiming that Google might be testing a brand-new UI for its web-based calendar app, the search giant has taken to its blog to officially announce that indeed, Material Design is coming to Google Calendar for web, and it’s bringing with it quite a few features that could help enterprises with managing meetings.The revamped layout as well as its Material Design-inspired colors are a huge improvement.The update is rolling out gradually, but if you’re eager to try it out now, you can click this link provided by Corbin Davenport at Android Police.
LIGO boffins pinpoint space prang 130m light years awayBarely two years after it came online, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has scored a double success.Last week, the instrument earned its creators a Nobel Prize – and this week we're told it helped spot the first neutron star collision from both its gravitational wave and radiation emissions.At 0841 ET (1241 UTC) on August 17, LIGO picked up the longest gravitational wave signal detected to date, named GW170817, and a short gamma ray burst.After poring over these readings from the LIGO equipment, astronomers today said they were able to pinpoint where the incredible explosion occurred, and orientated their telescopes to get a good look at what happened.Sure enough, 130 million light years away, there it was in the galaxy NGC 4993: two neutron stars, caught in a death spiral, slammed into each other, triggering what was detected by LIGO on Earth as a 100-second long gravitational wave, a two-second flash of gamma radiation, and in the days and weeks after the impact, other electromagnetic radiation — including X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared and radio waves.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, announced that GM would begin testing self-driving cars in the traffic-throttled streets of Manhattan early next year.The self-driving cars, based on the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, are run by Cruise Automation, a company bought by GM in 2016.Cruise currently tests its modified Chevy Bolts in San Francisco, Detroit and Scottsdale, Arizona.At a conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, GM President Dan Ammann said "In a more complex environment, our cars can learn more quickly.Manhattan is the most complex driving environment."Self-driving cars are being developed by a wide range of companies, from automakers to tier one equipment suppliers to big technology players, such as Google and Apple.
-- Methane gas, a vast natural resource, is often disposed of through burning, but new research by scientists at MIT could make it easier to capture this gas for use as fuel or a chemical feedstock.Many oil wells burn off methane -- the largest component of natural gas -- in a process called flaring, which currently wastes 150 billion cubic meters of the gas each year and generates a staggering 400 million tons of carbon dioxide, making this process a significant contributor to global warming.Letting the gas escape unburned would lead to even greater environmental harm, however, because methane is an even more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide is.However, special equipment is needed to cool and pressurize methane gas, and special pressurized containers or pipelines are needed to transport it.In many places, such as offshore oil platforms or remote oil fields far from the needed infrastructure, that's just not economically viable.But now, MIT chemistry professor Yogesh Surendranath and three colleagues have found a way to use electricity, which could potentially come from renewable sources, to convert methane into derivatives of methanol, a liquid that can be made into automotive fuel or used as a precursor to a variety of chemical products.
After a few years of sticking with essentially the same design, Google Calendar on the web is getting a makeover today.That means a fresh new color palette and a design in line with Google’s Material Design scheme, but also — and more importantly — a responsive layout that smartly adjusts your calendar to the size of your browser window.This update isn’t just about giving Calendar a fresh coat of paint, there are also a number of feature updates here that’ll make using the service a bit easier.If you work in a large company, then Calendar can now show you more details about your organization’s meeting rooms, for example (where it is, what AV equipment is there, etc.), after your admins put this info into the system.Google Calendar invites can now also include rich formatting and links to relevant spreadsheets, documents and presentations.
Google launched a redesigned version of Google Calendar on the web today.The calendar looks way more modern with larger date icons, updated colors, and cleaner event boxes.It basically looks more like the mobile application.As for functionality, Google focuses on improvements for business users.Admins can now add details about conference rooms, so employees know how large they are, whether they’re wheelchair accessible, and whether they have AV equipment.People can also link to spreadsheets, documents, and presentations in their calendar invites so attendees can open them directly from the "event detail" view.
One of Google’s most-used (but least updated) apps just got a new coat of paint.Launched over a decade ago, Google Calendar, aka GCal, has coasted through existence with a series of mostly iterative updates.2015 brought “reminders,” 2016 saw the launch of “goals” and AI-driven “smart suggestions,” but throughout it all, the looks have remained mostly unchanged.Today’s update utilizes Google’s Material Design principles to align one of the world’s most functional calendars’ UI with its already exceptional functionality.G Suite admins can now share information about a team’s meeting rooms so that employees who book a space know where it’s located, whether or not it has the proper audio/visual equipment, and if it’s properly accessible for the handicap, amongst other things.GCal’s new UI features a bevy of formatting options for better meeting agendas.
Qualcomm also announced the Snapdragon 636, a new device that includes performance improvements, along with boosted display and gaming technology.Qualcomm has been on a journey towards achieving a 5G data connection for mobile devices, and has advanced towards its target with a successful test run.A 5G connection was tested using a 5G modem chipset intended to be used in mobile devices, marking an important milestone in bringing this capability to consumers.The test was conducted at the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, where the telecommunications equipment provider displayed its 5G smartphone reference.Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, and president, QCT, said: “Achieving the world’s first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is truly a testament to Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in 5G and extensive expertise in mobile connectivity.”“This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world,” said Amon.
Google has pushed a long-overdue redesign to Google Calendar.It’s live on the web version right now, and it’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of while clicking my way through a schedule.The new design features much larger date icons, new colors, a flat card design in line with Google’s overarching design philosophy, and a much cleaner overall aesthetic.Basically, it doesn’t look like the Palm Pilot calendar circa 2002 any more.In addition to design differences, Google has added functionality with extra content in event cards.You can now add details about conference rooms, like what kind of AV equipment they have or whether they’re wheelchair accessible.
If you love fooling around with electronics, building devices, and generally just tinkering with circuits and boards to find out what they can do, then you undoubtedly know — and likely love — Arduino.And if you love Arduino and their host of multi-skill level electronics projects, then you’re probably also a big fan of Codebender, the web’s one-stop-shopping for all the coolest Arduino code, ideas, and discussion.Now, you can get a lifetime pass to Codebender, an over $1,200 value, for just $69 from TNW Deals.In the event you aren’t familiar with Codebender, we’re not talking about some Arduino discussion board here.Sure, Codebender allows you to talk with other Arduino users, but it’s so much more.Inside, you’ll find a thriving community of more than 100,000 active users, sharing libraries of Arduino code (more than 600 libraries), over 310,000 project sketches as well as reservoirs of seasoned, been-there experience to help you build virtually anything using Arduino equipment.
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Owners of the DxO One camera can have access to new features for free with the update, while the camera will also soon be available for Android users.Mimicking a professional broadcast by switching between two camera views is now possible inside of Facebook Live without advanced broadcast equipment, thanks to a major update to the DxO One smartphone add-on camera.The announcement also comes with new accessories for extending the camera’s versatility.The Facebook Live compatibility brings the DxO One’s large one-inch sensor and bright f/1.8 aperture to live video streams.Besides offering a better quality than the smartphone camera alone, the update also brings a new multi-camera mode.The feature also allows for switching sound sources between the smartphone and the DxO One.
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Google is giving its Calendar web app a bit of a spit-shine today in addition to rolling out a bunch of new features for G Suite users.The new Google Calendar borrows from the existing native mobile app.It now sports a cleaner color palette and a responsive layout that automatically adjusts to whatever screen you’re on.Within businesses, G Suite admins can now include details about specific meeting rooms at the organization, such as a room name, where it’s located, its capacity, and facilities such as audiovisual equipment.This means that whenever someone within the company wants to book a space, or simply get a heads up on what kind of room an already-scheduled meeting is being hosted in, they can just hover their pointer over the room name within Google Calendar to see the details.Additionally, it’s now possible to view contact information for meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite, and invites can also now be configured with rich formatting and hyperlinks.
Coming a couple years after we saw concepts detailing such a device is the US’s first defibrillator delivered via drone.The drones will be fitted with easy-to-use equipment that gives anyone near a reported cardiac patient the chance to save their life, though it obviously won’t be a substitution for emergency medical technicians.Drone deliveries are often discussed in terms of getting items to consumers, but they hold just as much promise for getting items to people who need them in situations where a vehicle may not do.Some regions, particularly rural ones, have already experimented with using drones for transporting things like blood to remote hospitals, and we’ve previously seen concepts involving defibrillator devices.The idea here is that in a cardiac situation, administering aid immediately is vitally important for survival rates.If someone goes into cardiac arrest, every single passing second decreases their odds of surviving.
Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab.When smart people are working on hard problems inside a lab, they have access to all of the resources of the university including all that expensive lab equipment and faculty brain power.“While these people tend to be incredibly smart and experts in their field, they [often] don’t know how to run a company.They need support and mentorship and they need access to industry partners to prototype their ideas,” Fran Barros, design director at The Engine told me in a recent meeting in their Cambridge headquarters.The Engine was launched with a $200 million fund in September to help solve this challenge.They are looking for big, bold ideas in science and engineering that have the potential to benefit society in some way, and that might have trouble getting off the ground otherwise.
The Galaxy Note 8 has barely been on sale for a month, but that constitutes approximately 12 years in smartphone lives.T-Mobile has had the best deal on the Note 8 ever since it came out: a buy-one-get-one-free that lets you get two Note 8s for $900, or a free phone if you play your cards right.You have to buy a Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan, and activate a new line of T-Mobile One or Simply Unlimited, if you’re an existing Simple Choice customer.Once you meet those conditions, you can buy a second Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, and you’ll get a prepaid MasterCard to cover the cost of the second device.The new line of service only has to be active until you get the rebate card, so you’ll only be paying for it for a month or two at worst.The deal itself is undeniably good value — even if you only want the one phone, you can sell the second device for close to the RRP, and get a virtually free phone from T-Mobile.
The attack works by creating a cloned wireless network that resets the victim’s encryption keys in an insecure fashion, exposing any information that had previously been encrypted via the Wi-Fi Protected Access II, or WPA2.This technology is considered state-of-the-art for wireless security and has replaced older Wi-Fi security standards such as Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).With WPA2 cracked, hackers could view passwords or other sensitive information sent over the network, said Mathy Vanhoef, the researcher at the University of Leuven in Leuven, Belgium, who discovered the flaw.He presented the technique, which he calls a Key Reinstallation Attack, or KRACK, on a website he set up to explain the issue.However, data traveling on the Wi-Fi network that is encrypted using another technique—for example, the web-based HTTPS encryption that protects many websites—wouldn’t be visible, Mr. Vanhoef wrote.For the attack to work, hackers would need to first be close enough to their victim’s wireless network to use special equipment that intercepts messages being sent to and from the routers, phones and computers on that network.
Huawei is betting with its new Mate 10 flagship that consumers will be swayed by a phone that offers similar features to the iPhone X—including a full-screen OLED display and artificial-intelligence abilities like image recognition—at a slightly lower price.In June and July, Huawei unseated Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone maker by sales, according to Counterpoint Research.The research firm said it is unlikely Huawei held on to the spot through the third quarter, saying Huawei’s sales likely slowed while Apple’s picked up in the quarter’s latter half.“For Huawei we [have gone] in the last five years from a nobody-knows brand to top three in the world,” said Richard Yu, the head of Huawei’s consumer products business, in an interview.A higher-end “Mate 10 Pro” will be priced at 799 euros ($942).The company has been expanding in the handset market in the past few years after dominating the market for telecommunications equipment, where it competes with Ericsson AB and Nokia Corp.