GOG.com's new Connect service allows you to receive DRM-free copies of selected games in your Steam library, subject to certain restrictions.GOG.com, the digital distribution service formerly known as Good Old Games, has launched a service to connect to users' Steam libraries - gifting them DRM-free copies of selected games also available on its own platform.Launched by CD Projekt as a means of distributing classic out-of-print titles then quickly pivoting into current-generation games and even film content, GOG.com's latest effort to encourage users to sign up is to offer DRM-free copies of games found in a user's Steam library when the two services are connected - providing, of course, that GOG itself hosts a copy of that particular game.This copy is then available in the GOG library in perpetuity, and can be downloaded and played even if Steam is not installed.Even then, the approval is time-limited: a game may be available for a single week, for example, and if not claimed during that timeframe will not be eligible for duplication into a user's GOG library.The linking is also permanent: each Steam account may be linked to only one GOG.com account, and each GOG.com account may have only one Steam account associated with it - and you can never switch to a different account in the future.
These statistics are partly what inspired me to speak with Christopher Grewe, the CEO and founder of American Prison Data Systems, or APDS.The concept is simple: Seed inmates with feature-limited Galaxy Tab S2s.The experience is enjoyable for the inmates, but much more shut down.Then we had to look at Android versus iOS and whatever else might be out there, and very quickly decided that Android and Google is the way of the future.Nobody likes installing cable, and prisons really hate it.Grewe: There s a well-known principle in psychology called the gifting effect.
French publisher Ubisoft is celebrating its 30th birthday by gifting a host of legendary titles to PC gamers.Starting with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time today, Ubi will offer a free digital download each month until the end of 2016.To celebrate Ubisoft's 30th anniversary, The Ubisoft Club is offering you seven digital PC games.Hurry up, the game is available for a limited time.Which title would you like to see next?Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Apple is again celebrating Pride in San Francisco, but this time are gifting employees with a rainbow Apple Watch band for taking part in the festivities.Many Apple employees have taken to Twitter and Instagram to show off the band, which has a card included letting them know that their participation earned them the band.It doesn t appear that Apple is making the band available for purchase, so expect this to be one of the hottest eBay items ever if an employee or 12 decides to cash in.
A curious proof-of-work project built on cryptocurrency has emerged that offers a means to prove participation in distributed denial of service DDoS attacks.University of Colorado assistant professor Eric Wustrow and University of Michigan phD student Benjamin VanderSloot create the platform that allows TLS web servers to be targeted.Signatures are created when TLS connections are confirmed, gifting attackers another means to be paid for denial of service attacks.The DDoSCoins could be traded in for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, the pair say."DDoSCoin allows miners to prove that they have contributed to a distributed denial of service attack against specific target servers," the researchers write in the paper DDoSCoin: Cryptocurrency with a Malicious Proof-of-Work PDF ."This proof involves making a large number of TLS connections to a target server, and using cryptographic responses to prove that a large number of connections has been made.
It s the National Parks 100th anniversary, and Google is offering 360-degree tours and more.Tell him about his father: A letter from Jesse Owens German Olympic rival, Luz Long, to Owens during World War II.Exploring the macaroni in Yankee Doodle — it s not the edible kind.And judge throws out lawsuit over the ice in Starbucks iced drinks.Photo: The Wassataquoik Stream flows through Township 3, Range 8, Maine, on land owned by environmentalist Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burts Bees, on Aug. 4, 2015.President Obama on Aug. 24, 2016 declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by Quimby, fulfilling the conservationist s goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Participants ride through the dust as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Participants fill the Playa as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert of NevadaEvery year, thousands of the people who make all of our favourite websites work shut down their MacBook pros, pass out the body paint, and decamp into the Nevada desert for a drug-fuelled bacchanal, ending with a ritual burning of a wicker man hence the name .People divide themselves into different camps in the desert, each with a different theme, and one of the key ideas is that once you're in the desert, everyone pitches in, doing everything from building the camp to serving anyone who wanders in, to washing dishes.So far, so much fun in the desert.However, in the last few years, Burning Man has massively risen in popularity - changing from an anarcho-techno libertarian desert utopia into a mainstream event, with 65,000 attendees, many of whom are incredibly rich, and don't really fancy giving up the privilege their wealth gives them.This gets to the nub of the issue - there are lots of people in Silicon Valley who love the idea of radical self-reliance and a gifting economy, right up until the point they can't actually pay someone to be radically self-reliant on their behalf and have to give things to poor people, rather than to fellow entrepreneurs looking to do acid and networking at the same time.
I just started my first campaign and I'm not certain how gifting works on Famebit.We'd like to send out some of our shirts to the influencers so they can promote them but we're not sure if that would be included in the proposal.I know that the minimum budget is $100-250 so I would assume that the shirts would be on top of that?If anyone has good stories of any experiences, let me know.I'd love to go into this without being completely clueless.
Chronic illnesses kill nearly two in three people.Yet only a third of patients get the in-person help they need to improve their wellbeing.It s an issue that Australian service Textcare is remedying with an SMS-based behaviour change programme.Clara Chow, a cardiologist at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, told Mashable the AU$750,000 over £450,000 prize would be vital .The organisation behind the service, Australia s George Institute for Medical Health, has been announced as one of the five winners of Google s latest Impact Challenge, which is gifting AU$4m £2.5m to Australian, non-profit, technology projects designed to solve social and environmental problems.This is something we ve been working on for five years.
Gift-giving season is fast approaching, and while you may be deciding between a gift card and a spatula for some of your friends and family members, it looks like Americans as a whole tend to be a bit more, well, extravagant in their presents.According to a new study from eBay Motors, nearly a third of American adults have either gifted a vehicle to themselves or to someone else.As per the Holiday Automotive Gifting Survey, cars are a rather popular gift for a celebration, recognition of a major life milestone, or just the holidays as a whole.And it would appear that eBay Motors is a major marketplace for those looking to make a purchase on someone else s behalf.At eBay, consumer choice and selection are among our top priorities, said Jay Hanson, eBay s vice president of North America, merchandising of hard goods.Having insight into consumers preferences and shopping behaviors, including what type of vehicle they d like to gift themselves or someone else during the holidays, is important for us to leverage as we continue to evolve the online automotive retail experience.
A shiny Amazon Prime subscription or Spotify gift card may not be the most fun item on your wish list, but they and other web services you use every day, can still make great, useful gifts that keep giving long after the season is over.Here are some of our favorite premium apps and web services worth gifting.If not for you, give someone else the gift of free two-day shipping on just about everything, but also tons of other great benefits, including tons of free streaming and offline music through Amazon Prime Music, TV shows and movies on Prime Video, the recently upgraded Prime Photos, and much more.You ll also give the gift of being first in line for new and updated features for all of those services, which means your gift will get even more useful as the year progresses.Of course, it d be enough if you just said here, now you don t have to drive to the store anymore, considering the two-day and even same-day in some places!purchase $25 Uber gift codes from Walmart online
If you re feeling like this deals season is the time to be stepping up your running watch game, then this lower-cost Garmin Forerunner 235 is a great shout this Black Friday.It s one of the newest watches that are part of the impressive Garmin Forerunner 30 series, offering the cheapest entry point into the brand s new range of running features and now for only £199.99 over at Amazon, down from £269.99.For that cash, you re getting a pretty comprehensive watch, offering far more than just running metrics.However, let s dig into what s great there for the moment, as you re getting an integrated heart rate monitor on the rear no need for a separate chest strap , which can provide your VO2 Max readout and let you know how much fitter you re getting.It can also help predict your race times based on that fitness, although experience tells us that it s a good idea to ignore that - unless you re into being told you should be running 5K two minutes faster when you re on the ground feeling sick from trying so hard.Garmin also offers dedicated, downloadable workouts to keep you on track - and for some people the best news of all is that the Forerunner 235 comes in the same Blue Frost colouring as the more powerful 735XT triathlon watch - experience has told me that people love this shade.
The Civil Aviation Authority CAA , responsible for the UK's airspace and aviation industry, has issued simplified guidelines for the "millions" of people in the UK that already own a drone, or will be getting one next month for Christmas.It's more a subtle tweak, rather than a dramatic overhaul, with much of the focus going on turning the key regulations into a handy mnemonic designed to help new drone owners remember the rules.Don't fly near airports or airfieldsRemember to stay below 400ft 120m and at least 150ft 50m away from buildings and peopleObserve your drone at all timesWhile you might think that a lot of that is common sense, it would seem that the simplification of the rules is indeed necessary, as there have been a number of near-misses with aircraft reported recently.
Event organizers handed out free T-shirts, and the swag was a hit -- until the supply ran out.Virgin telecom suffered similar backlash when it ran out of the free cocktail glasses it was distributing at an event.A thoughtful, surprising gift creates brand advocates out of attendees, clients and their family members.Poor planning results in cheesy trinkets and shortages that make brands look disorganized and cheap.Free food and booze are all well and good, but they re also standard at launch parties.1 reason gifts fall flat is a lack of planning.
It s that time of year again.As Christmas approaches, Google has officially opened Santa s Village.That s right, the countdown to when Santa s departure on his sleigh to deliver joy around the world has begun.But before Santa departs, his elves are keeping busy, and Google s making it easy to see what they re up to with its Santa Tracker service, available on the web as well as on Android and iOS.This year, Google says it will unlock a new experience in Santa s Village every day until the sleigh takes off.From sliding penguins to dancing elves, the residents of the North Pole are having the time of their lives, and now you can join in the merriment, writes Tracy Hepler, an employee of Google Marketing North Pole.
PayPal is making another effort to show that if you re giving money as a gift this year for the holidays, you should consider the online payment processing service.To enhance its appeal, the company is launching digital gift cards designed by Jonathan Adler that you can send to your friends and family members when you just want to hand out money as a present.These cards are available in 17 countries today, including the U.S., Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria.A recent PayPal survey found that money is the number one gift Americans want this holiday season, and 62 percent wish they could ask for cash instead of traditional holiday presents, explained PayPal senior director for global core consumer products Meron Colbeci.But, the survey also found that the main reasons people don t give money as a gift are because they re afraid it s not personal enough 63 percent or it s tacky 29 percent .By partnering with Jonathan Adler to create exclusive digital cards, we re able to make the gift of money feel more personal.If you want to give a cash gift card to someone, log into your PayPal account, and select Send Money and Make It a Gift.
Starbucks China CEO Belinda Wong gives a presentation during the Starbucks 2016 Investor Day in New York on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.Starbucks and Tencent Holdings on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to co-create a new social gifting feature on WeChat, China s leading mobile social communications service, in early 2017.The partnership positions Starbucks as the first retail brand to combine and bring a locally-relevant social gifting and digital payment experience to life on WeChat in China.Tapping into the 846 million global monthly active user accounts as of the third quarter of 2016, the new integrated feature will seamlessly allow customers in China to instantly and conveniently gift Starbucks to a friend or loved one.Starbucks customers will also be able to use WeChat Pay to make purchases at close to 2,500 Starbucks stores across the country.Starbucks and Tencent share similar values to enable greater human connections through our respective products and services, and I am pleased to partner with an established and respected social and mobile industry leader in China, said Belinda Wong, the CEO of Starbucks China.
This holiday season, your loved ones may be gifting ganja rather than wine.2016 was a landmark year for activists fighting to end prohibition.Seven states voted to legalize marijuana, and the industry is expected to close in on $21 billion in revenue by 2020.In a small number of states, including California, it's legal to gift up to an ounce of cannabis to adults over the age of 21, if the product doesn't cross state lines or require shipping.The laws vary by state, and you should check the rules in your area before spreading cannabis-cheer.We rounded up 14 of the most beautiful marijuana-related products, from trendy one-hitter pipes to weed-laced glazed pecans — all under $100.
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia are the cheapest places in the world to buy technology such as smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers, while Venezuela, Angola and Brunei are the most expensive.Consumers gifting an Android phone this Christmas will spend an average of US$539.18 in Kuwait, while Venezuelans will have to spend the equivalent of US$78,054.19.The sky-high figure for Venezuela is due to its economic crisis, where inflation is forecast to reach 1,500 per cent in 2017.Angola ranks as second most expensive overall, where the average price of an Android phone is US$2,641.01.The 2016 technology price index, compiled by Latin American online retailer Linio, looks at the average retail price, including taxes, of 14 popular devices in 71 countries.It studied several brick-and-mortar stores, smaller retailers and at least three websites per country.
But it s important to remember and easy to forget that IoT devices can be a window into your personal life and personal data for hackers.This becomes particularly relevant around Christmas when friends and family are buying IoT devices for you and more importantly your children – IoT devices can and have provided hackers with information that could compromised the safety and security of those most important to you.Don t buy a botnet device for GrammyNo one wants to be responsible for gifting a ticking hack time bomb.Which means it is worth doing a little vetting of your IoT purchase before giving it to your innocent grandma.Next do a google search for the company which made the device and include the word cybersecurity.