After being dark for a day, Fortnite came back triumphant with a new map — effectively going from a black hole to a Big Bang as it introduces users to a new map and new gameplay.Fortnite‘s not the first game to radically alter its map, though it might be the first one that did so under the pretense of a universe-ending event such as the black hole, which lingered for over a day.The game‘s youthful audience and their parents were apparently so confused they were ringing up Epic’s customer support line to ask why they couldn’t play the game (I hope Epic’s call center employees got combat pay for that).But now the new “chapter” of the game is live, so everyone can relax.The map’s also been completely revamped, so the Twitch and Mixer streamers who’ve had the last year to memorize every inch of in-game real estate will have to start fresh.Some of the new material brings to mind other games.
Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine recently developed a method for manipulating brain waves with light to improve learning.The results of the team’s study are incredible – laboratory mice exposed to the new technique showed marked improvement in short-term memory – but the implications of their findings could radically alter the scientific perception of how the brain works.We may not be talking about ‘beaming’ knowledge into our heads yet, but it’s possible we’re not far from a science-based method for instantly remembering things like why in the hell we came into this room in the first place.In order to make mice smarter, the researchers built upon previous work demonstrating that spikes in an animal’s brainwaves are associated with memory, planning, and predictive functions.When you’re sleeping, for example, your mind goes into a sort of cleanup mode where it replays things that happened in the form of memories.This helps it solidify both short and long term memory.
One of the 210 000-year-old's skull, it can radically alter the way in which our history was made in Europe.the Discovery will move back to the time of Homo sapiens, the arrival of 40 000 or more a year.At the southern tip of the Greek mainland lies the Apidima caves.Which was found in 1978, two of the skulls that lay inkilade together in a crevice.The more intact and the skull was clearly nendertaldrag, and because they are found next to each other, of the same lump, it was expected that the other individual was a nendertalmänniska, and that the duo has escaped from the same period of time.However, scientists at the eberhard karls university, using the current analysis methods, the findings of a surprising result, as a foil to previous established theory.
SoftBank has massively disrupted startup investment with its $97 billion Vision Fund.Its CEO Masayoshi Son says the company plans to do it again by raising a new $100 billion fund every few years.That's an insane amount of money and will radically alter venture capital if it happens.SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son plans to throw an insane amount of cash at startups over the next decade, saying that the firm will raise a new $100 billion fund every few years.Son told Bloomberg in an interview that he plans to spend around $50 billion a year.Bloomberg cited National Venture Capital Association figures showing that the entire US venture capital industry invested $75.3 billion in 2016.
For almost a decade, there have been rumours that Microsoft was developing a dual-screen device that would radically alter they we think about modern computing.In 2009, it was the Microsoft Courier, while more recently, patents showed something that looked more like a folding Surface allegedly codenamed Andromeda.Then, less than a month ago, Thurrot.com published info from reportedly leaked documents saying Andromeda could make an appearance as soon at this year, alongside Libra, a smaller, low-cost Surface, and Carmel, the next version of the Surface Pro.Suddenly, those patent filings seemed a lot more plausible, and now, a new report from The Verge gives even more credibility to the theory Andromeda might actually exist.According to internal documents from Microsoft, Andromeda will be “a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience.”Andromeda’s design is described as having a “wraparound” display that spans the device’s hinge and folds outwards in a manner that The Verge says looks identical to 3D renders created by David Breyer.
When people think about things that are made in Vietnam, cars probably don't even rank as an afterthought, but a Vietnamese consortium known as Vingroup (aka the largest private enterprise in the country) is trying to change that.VinFast will be the country's first high-volume producer of cars, and while we have no idea what kind of vehicles the company will be making, apparently we can expect to find out at the Paris Auto Show later this year.The move to build cars in Vietnam is a big one, culturally, as the country is mostly known as a haven for motorcycles and scooters due to their low cost of ownership and Vietnam's crowded streets.A shift to cars, if they're meant to be sold domestically, could radically alter the way the country gets around.VinFast already has a good start on things, having broken ground on its factory in Hai Phong in September of 2017.While facts are thin on the ground here, the press release from VinFast's new PR agency PFPR states that:
Still a great SUV — the BMW X5.Matthew DeBord/BIThe 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e adds a plug-in hybrid option to a popular luxury SUV.In practice, the system helps with fuel economy, but it doesn't otherwise radically alter the vehicle.As plug-in hybrids go, nearly 75 large is kind of a lot to pay.And pony up the premium.The X5, after all, is the built-in-South Carolina crossover that's going to keep BMW in business in the US, as consumers increasingly favor SUVs over four-doors.
In the run-up to Mark Zuckerberg’s first appearance before Congress, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued a warning to the company about what it can expect from lawmakers if it doesn’t radically alter course.Zuckerberg is going to have a couple of very unpleasant days before Congress next week and that’s the place to start,” Wyden said at the TechFestNW conference in his home state of Oregon on Friday.“There are going to be people who are going to say Facebook ought to be broken up.There have been a number of proposals and ideas for doing it and I think unless [Zuckerberg] finds a way to honor the promise he made several years ago, he’s gonna have a law on his hands.”The Senator added that he would support such a law.For Wyden, concealing the truth about data sharing in the fine print is a deceptive practice that’s gone on too long.
So when something -- or, worse, someone -- promises to radically alter my life, my chest frowns and my head hardens to the point of being able to safely butt a brick wall.For some people, cryptocurrency is such a potentially life-altering thing.Just like the Gold Rush, you go mining, you find gold and your gold is worth a fortune.Sunday night, HBO's John Oliver spent 25 minutes trying to get to the the bottom of bitcoin and friends to see whether it was all it seemed.The comedian ended up appearing to decide that if you can't beat them, you might as well at least get to know them, just in case some good might come out of it.The short version of his investigation: "You're not investing.
Trump's public relationship with tech titans has eroded, thanks to his positions on immigration, climate change, and more, despite attempts to build up goodwill during his transition to the White House.Meanwhile, the ranks of tech talent within the administration have shrunk, with top positions like chief technology officer at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, left wide open.Senior advisor and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner did launch the so-called Office of American Innovation, but the tiny shop's primary focus is modernizing government, not enabling innovation across the country.Yet despite his public focus on border walls and coal country, that's where the policies his administration have actually enacted may end up being most impactful.The Supreme Court later upheld a revised, but still sweeping version of the ban."It could be because of a fear that you're not going to get your visa, or once you get your visa it’s going to be yanked out," says Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
In an infamous Twitter meme that misquotes Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan, naked, blue, and seated in a crater alone on Mars, says: “I am tired of Earth.Players start off in Cliff House, available since the Fall Creator’s Update, a barren sort of space-purgatory that lets you access the Microsoft Store, open webpages, watch movies and even “decorate” with holograms, which are basically 3D gifs.It’s cute, but mostly you summon and interact with 2D windows, playing with a few Microsoft demos and engage with two story tall browser windows.As a lifelong console devotee, VR still feels like a low stakes chemistry experiment to me.Microsoft doesn’t radically alter the formula, and thus, the results are disappointingly similar to other forays into VR: mixed.(You’ll soon forget you’re wearing them, knocking against them when you go to take off your headset).
In an infamous Twitter meme that misquotes Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan, naked, blue, and seated in a crater alone on Mars, says: “I am tired of Earth.Players start off in Cliff House, available since the Fall Creator’s Update, a barren sort of space-purgatory that lets you access the Microsoft Store, open webpages, watch movies and even “decorate” with holograms, which are basically 3D gifs.It’s cute, but mostly you summon and interact with 2D windows, playing with a few Microsoft demos and engage with two story tall browser windows.As a lifelong console devotee, VR still feels like a low stakes chemistry experiment to me.Microsoft doesn’t radically alter the formula, and thus, the results are disappointingly similar to other forays into VR: mixed.(You’ll soon forget you’re wearing them, knocking against them when you go to take off your headset).
Back in 2016, the world of consumer virtual reality changed forever with the launch of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets.While both were solid options in their own rights, our favorite was the HTC Vive.When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were in the Digital Trends office, almost everyone preferred the latter, from first-time gamers to veterans.But time, as with everything, changes things and the VR landscape is certainly much busier than it was.Well, the HTC Vive is still at the top of our list, but it’s no longer the only VR headset that’s worth investing in.How much will it cost: $600
Steam, the online PC game storefront and platform, is attempting to minimize the effect of so-called "review bombing" by making more information about reviews available to gamers.Review bombing is what happens when a group of people flood a website with user reviews at the same time -- almost always negative or 1-star reviews -- attempting to radically alter the public perception of a product.It happens to movies, video games and even books.Amazon, for example, recently deleted hundreds of fake reviews for Hillary Clinton's new book.The change follows a surge of negative reviews for the critically acclaimed game Firewatch, after that game's creators denounced controversial YouTube personality PewDiePie, who was caught using a racial slur in a game broadcast.The game's Steam page was flooded with negative reviews, dropping from "very positive" to "mixed."
Just an hour before the launch of the new iPhone, director general of the Global System for Mobile Communications Association, Mats Granryd, took to the stage of the Mobile World Congress in San Francisco and acknowledged that the first iPhone had "forever changed the mobile phone market."Granryd talked enthusiastically about the future of mobile networks: how 5G is going to change not just industry but society; how self-driving cars, smart homes and smart cities are going to radically alter how we live; how the "fourth industrial revolution" is going to "spread into every aspect of our lives," thanks to its "hundreds of billions of connections."The mobile industry can still see a return to its glorious past – and it believes it will come with new technology and new uses of vast connectivity.In a report [PDF] released by the GSMA today, the organization argues that "innovation is shifting from smartphones to newer form factors" including smart watches, fitness trackers, smart homes and VR.It also sees companies like SpaceX and Google providing the extra bandwidth to deal with the vast global comms network that the next generation of devices will need to work effectively.You can almost smell the hope coming from the once mighty and unassailable mobile industry: 5G will bring in dozens of new companies and reduce the influence of Apple and Facebook.
Google has begun testing putting one of the most divisive features of the modern web experience, the auto-playing video, directly into search results.The feature, which puts the autoplaying video at the top of search results as part of the knowledge panel for certain searches, was spotted by Jennifer Slegg for search specialist site the SEM Post.Searches for information about movies or TV shows pops up the video in the right-hand sidebar, which automatically plays once without ads.A Google spokesperson said: “We are constantly experimenting with ways to improve the search experience for our users, but have no plans to announce at this time.”The videos automatically play for desktop users only, and are shown but require a tap to play for mobile users.Slegg said: “It is a very bold move for Google to make a change that is quite an ‘in your face’ approach, especially because Google’s results are very static in nature.”
How will artificial intelligence (AI) shape the future of humanity?It's a question that is being hotly-debated among some of the more prominent technology figures, from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Tesla's Elon Musk.Cuban, the multi-billionaire tech investor, businessman and star from US Dragon's Den clone "Shark Tank", said he believes that many people are still underestimating the potential AI has to radically alter the world we live in, especially when it comes to the sheer pace of progress."It scares the s**t out of me," he told attendees at the Ozy Fest conference in New York City, as reported by CNBC this week (Tuesday 25 July).He continued: "However much change you saw over the last 10 years with the iPhone, over the last 20 years with the internet, over the last 30 years with PC's, etc., that is nothing."Either you make them think for you or they will take your place and do the thinking for you.
Nintendo Switch, Nintendo, cert: 7Following its debut for the Wii U in 2015, Nintendo is looking to Splatoon to make its mark on its latest console, Switch.Perhaps unsurprisingly, it has opted not to radically alter a successful concept.The gameplay remains straightforward: players shoot ink at every surface with paint-themed weaponry in order to dominate the map with their colour.Both do a great job of introducing the game’s mechanics to players, while alongside the addition of new weapons some from the original have been tweaked and improved.Admittedly it feels more like a reboot than a sequel but nonetheless offers hours of colourful fun for hardcore and casual players alike.
Enjoy your flight!” This message is not going to happen anytime soon, at least if the way most chatbots and voicebots work today is any indication.I first noticed this today as I debated looking for a different flight out of Minneapolis.There are a few options available.It will know how much time I need to get to the airport in order to go through security (based on the lines it can see using security cameras or some other data analytics, such as the number of active cell phone connections).And it will decide — without me texting or saying anything — to route me to Denver.And chatbots aimed to replace apps whereas they should have tried to replace phones.
p CRISPR Cas9 — the framework to program and edit our genetic code — has been hailed as the technological discovery of the century.The Cas9 enzyme acts as a type of genetic scissors, allowing scientists to snip out, edit and replace DNA at certain intervals along the genome, and it holds great promise for improving our food supply and wiping out cancer and other diseases in our lifetime.But U.S. regulations could be holding us back from making those discoveries — possibly for good reason.CRISPR has a sinister side, with the potential to radically alter humanity.Scientists using this new type of technology could select out certain traits not currently en vogue, wiping out entire swaths of once-inherited characteristics or use it to create designer superhuman babies only the rich could afford.We’re going to get into all that and more onstage at Disrupt New York in a couple of weeks with the co-founder, president and CEO of Caribou Biosciences, Rachel Haurwitz.
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