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How I Learned to Stop Hating and Love eSports

PCMag News - Mon, 2017-06-05 10:16
As dubious as it may seem, getting paid to play video games is now a viable career option for elite players. Here's how and why esports is a booming business.

Oculus founder wants to put virtual eyes on the US border - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-06-05 10:07
Palmer Luckey is developing tech that will be able to sense illegal border crossings, according to the New York Times.

Apple Piles On the Features, and Users Say, 'Enough!'

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-06-05 10:05
In a few hours, Apple will kickstart its annual developer conference. At the event, the company is expected to announce new MacBook laptops, the next major updates for iOS and MacOS, new features of Siri, and a home-speaker. Ahead of the conference, The New York Times has run a story that talks some of the headline announcements that Apple announced last year: one of which was, the ability to order food, scribble doodles and send funny images known as stickers in chats on its Messages app. Speaking with users, engineers and industry insiders, the Times reports that many of its existing features -- including expansion of Messages -- are too complicated for many users to figure out (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). From the report: The idea was to make Messages, one of the most popular apps on the iPhone, into an all-purpose tool like China's WeChat. But the process of finding and installing other apps in Messages is so tricky that most users have no idea they can even do it, developers and analysts say.

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How the studio behind 'Prey' reimagined space history

Engadget - Mon, 2017-06-05 10:00
Talos I is a beautiful nightmare. The privately-owned research facility, suspended in space above the Earth, offers a captivating blend of science and art-deco design. Its offices are filled with tall, geometric art prints, red leather sofas and maho...

The LittleBits Code Kit is an easy way to play (and learn) with Arduino

TechCrunch - Mon, 2017-06-05 09:59
 I’m not a fan of educational toys. They’re usually either too educational or too toy-like and, in the end, kids get little education and little fun. The Code Kit from LittleBits has changed my mind. The Code Kit is very specifically targeted at classroom learning for grades 3-8 and costs $299. Why? Because it’s a bit more robust than the other coding kit LittleBits overs.… Read More

Toyota recalls 32,000 Tacoma pickups for potential stalling - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2017-06-05 09:54
Thankfully, a sensor replacement will fix the issue.

Zero’s DS 6.5 motorcycle was built for urban commuters

Engadget - Mon, 2017-06-05 09:30
For other riders, an electric motorcycle is a two-wheeled invitation to talk. It's the lack of sound that initially tips them off. They always ask about range and speed. But mostly range. How far can they ride before they would have to plug in? With...

Watch Apple's WWDC keynote live at 1PM ET

Engadget - Mon, 2017-06-05 09:01
The day has come. It's time for Apple's annual developer conference to kick off and you can watch it live from wherever you'll be at 1PM ET/10AM PT. The company is keeping with its tradition of broadcasting the WWDC opening keynote for all the world...

Study estimates amount of water needed to carve Martian valleys

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2017-06-05 08:53
A new study calculates the amount of water needed to carve the ancient network of valleys on Mars and concludes the planet's surface was once much more watery than previously thought. The study bolsters the idea that Mars had a warmer climate and active hydrologic cycle, with water evaporating from an ancient ocean, returning to the surface as rainfall and eroding the extensive network of valleys.

Moving On From Fire Phone Turmoil, Amazon Plans New Android Smartphones: Report

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-06-05 08:35
Reader joshtops writes: Amazon plans to have another go at selling its own branded smartphones, according to a new report. The ecommerce giant, which killed off its Fire Phone in 2015, is working on a new lineup of smartphones branded as 'Ice', the report said, citing unnamed sources. Unlike the Fire Phone -- for which Amazon focused largely on the US and a couple of other western markets -- the company is eyeing emerging regions like India for selling its new phones. Amazon's upcoming smartphones run the latest version of Google's Android operating system with Google Mobile Services (GMS) such as Gmail and Google Play, the people said. Incorporating Google Mobile Services in its devices is a major change in strategy for Amazon, which currently offers a range of Android tablets without Google apps on them. The smartphones are being referred to as 'Ice' internally, in what could be a move to distance itself from the disastrous Fire Phone brand, though it's not clear if Amazon will eventually bring the devices under the Ice name. A source cited in the story said the phones will ship with Alexa, Amazon's AI assistant.

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Apple and Amazon want a stake in Toshiba's memory business

Engadget - Mon, 2017-06-05 08:24
Apple and Amazon are joining a Foxconn bid to purchase Japanese chip giant Toshiba's NAND manufacturing division, according to Nikkei. The deal could make it easier for the companies, particularly Apple, to access all-important flash memory more chea...

Get an Olio Model One smartwatch for $50 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2017-06-05 08:20
This discontinued watch from a defunct company originally sold for $595 and up. So it's kind of a gamble, but also a total steal. Plus: a deal on one of the best ways to keep your home network running smoothly.

Optoma announces a 4k projector for $1,999

TechCrunch - Mon, 2017-06-05 08:00
 4k projectors are finally becoming affordable. Optoma today announced the pricing for its first line of 4k projectors. The UHD60 is $1,999 and the UHD65 is $2,499, making these two models the least expensive 4k projectors available. You can send thank you notes to Texas Instruments. Optoma unveiled this line of 4k projectors earlier this year at CES. These projectors use a new 4k UHD DLP chip… Read More

Can Twitter Survive By Becoming A User-Owned Co-Op?

SlashDot - Mon, 2017-06-05 07:30
What's going to happen now that Twitter's stock price has dropped from $66 a share to just $18? An anonymous reader quotes Salon: A small group of shrewd Twitter users and shareholders have come up with proposals to fundamentally restructure the way Twitter is controlled, to turn the company into a public service by removing the need to feed investors' ceaseless appetite for hitting quarterly growth benchmarks... Sonja Trauss, a Bay Area housing policy activist, and Twitter shareholder Alex Chiang proposed earlier this year a resolution for the company's recent annual shareholder vote to promote ways to get Twitter users to buy stock in the company, such as offering ways to buy shares directly through the Twitter website and mobile app. If many individual Twitter users each owned a small piece of the company, then they could participate collectively (through the annual shareholder voting process) in steering the direction of the company. The idea makes sense from a labor standpoint. Twitter's value comes from user's tweets, which provides the backbone for digital advertising revenue. Twitter also sells this user-generated data to third parties that use it mainly for market research. This bloc of user-shareholders could theoretically overtake the control major institutional shareholders...have over the company. Because a lot of owners of a few shares of the company would have little to lose if the stock price doesn't grow or wavers, Twitter would be less beholden to meeting Wall Street's often brutal expectations.

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Amazon’s Alexa will keep you up to date with the UK election

Engadget - Mon, 2017-06-05 07:30
It's general election week, and politicians have only four days left to curry favour before we fill those ballot boxes on June 8th. Between work and everything else, staying on top of the week's developments can be a tall order, so Amazon's tasked Al...

Palmer Luckey wants to develop a ‘virtual’ border wall

Engadget - Mon, 2017-06-05 07:03
Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus, has revealed that he is working on a new startup that will develop virtual border wall technology. Luckey confirmed as much to The New York Times, which reported that he is in the early stages of building a platfo...

Toyota-backed flying car may debut at 2020 Olympic Games - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2017-06-05 06:48
It seems there's a lot more to be done before the SkyDrive hits the skies in 2020, as startup and creator Cartivator tested the flying car with limited success on Saturday.

How Is Worldwide Sea Level Rise Driven by Melting Arctic Ice?

Scientifc America - Mon, 2017-06-05 06:45
Experts explain how land ice thaw and the dynamics of warming water are raising ocean levels

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The Morning After: Monday, June 5th 2017

Engadget - Mon, 2017-06-05 06:00
Welcome to the new week. Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off later today. While we will be reporting live from it, we've also got thoughts on what you might see, right here. We also try overclocking processors with liquid nitrogen (and...