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Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

Slashdot Updates - 4 hours 30 min ago
Samsung today announced a project among a group of its engineers to build an input device that allows people with limited mobility to operate a computer through eye movement alone. The EYECAN+ is a rectangular box that needs to be situated roughly 60-70cm away from a user's face. Once calibrated, it will superimpose a multifunction UI and track a user's eye movements to move the cursor where they want. Samsung says they won't be commercializing this device, but they'll soon be making the design open source for any company or organization who wants to start building them.

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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

Slashdot Updates - 5 hours 16 min ago
New submitter lx76 writes: The International Telecommunications Union does research on telecommunications in society worldwide, from cellphones to internet use. Since 2009, on a yearly basis, they've released their research findings in a report called the Measuring Information Society Report. This year's report is over 200 pages long, illustrated with abundant graphs and tables (PDF). It's not a light read. But one of the interesting numbers is an index showing the divide in global connectivity. From the report: "Over the past year, the world witnessed continued growth in the uptake of ICT [Information and Communication Technology] and, by end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end 2013..... Despite this encouraging progress, there are important digital divides that need to be addressed: 4.3 billion people are still not online, and 90 per cent of them live in the developing world." The report continues, "As this report finds, ICT performance is better in countries with higher shares of the population living in urban areas, where access to ICT infrastructure, usage and skills is more favorable. Yet it is precisely in poor and rural areas where ICTs can make a particularly significant impact." Projects like Google's Project Loon have their work cut out for them."

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Verizon to FCC: We Won't Sue If You Don't Reclassify Broadband

Game Politics - 5 hours 17 min ago

Verizon claims it won't sue the FCC over new net neutrality rules if the agency doesn't reclassify broadband as a common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. At least that is what the broadband and mobile broadband service provider is claiming in a new bog post (as reported on by Ars Technica).

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SCEA Settles With FTC Over PS Vita False Advertising Claims

Game Politics - 5 hours 34 min ago

Sony Computer Entertainment America has settled a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over claims that it falsely advertised the capabilities of its PS Vita, according to Joystiq. From late 2011 to early 2012. As part of the settlement SCEA has agreed to provide refunds to Vita customers who purchased the device before June 1, 2012. They will dole out a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 voucher for select games and services.

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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 34 sec ago
itwbennett writes: For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that.

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Neurons light up Times Square for Midnight Moment

New Scientist - Breaking news - 6 hours 1 min ago
When it comes to conveying the wonder and scale of the brain, less is more






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Humble Sega Bundle Launches

Game Politics - 6 hours 11 min ago

The latest Humble Bundle offers a bunch of Sega titles at a steep discount. The Humble Sega Bundle let's you pay whatever you want for the Dreamcast Collection (SEGA Bass Fishing, Crazy Taxi, Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut, and Space Channel 5 Part 2), NiGHTS Into Dreams, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Total War: Rome II - Caesar in Gaul DLC, and the Miles Jacobson's Tactic DLC for Football Manager 2015.

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Valve Makes Changes to Trading Steam Gift Codes

Game Politics - 6 hours 21 min ago

In a move meant to stifle the activities of Steam code resalers, Valve Software has announced a new policy for gift codes. Going forward you will no longer be able to trade Steam gift codes for at least thirty days, according to Valve. There will be no restrictions on giving these codes away as gifts, as intended.

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Get a job: Obisidian is looking to hire an Engine Programmer

Gamasutra - News - 6 hours 26 min ago

Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment is currently recruiting an experienced engine programmer to work in its Irvine, CA studio on analyzing and optimizing existing engine code. ...

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'Far Cry 4' Update Released for PC Users

Game Politics - 6 hours 36 min ago

Ubisoft has released Far Cry 4 PC update 1.4.0, which the publisher claims, "should solve the problem causing users to encounter a black screen upon attempting to launch the game, as well as providing a remedy to those who saw a grey screen when reaching the end of an Outpost Master Mission."

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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 46 min ago
Dan Mcculley, the interviewee in this video, works for Intel and claims they have "about 140" projects going on inside their fabs and factories, of which the Smart Toolbox is but one, and it's one some technicians came up with because Intel workers lose something like $35,000 worth of tools every year. This project is based on the same Galileo boards Intel has used to support some high-altitude balloon launches -- except this is an extremely simple, practical application. Open source? You bet! And Dan says the sensors and other parts are all off-the-shelf items anyone can buy. (Alternate Video Link)

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10 years ago science was broken – I'm making it better

New Scientist - Breaking news - 7 hours 1 min ago
Science is plagued by bias, sloppy methods and dodgy statistics. John Ioannidis has dedicated his career to pointing out the flaws and getting rid of them (full text available to subscribers)






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NASA To Deploy Four Spacecraft To Study Magnetic Reconnection

Slashdot Updates - 7 hours 24 min ago
Zothecula writes: NASA has released a video depicting the initial deployment of an undertaking designed to study a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. "Reconnection happens when magnetic field lines explosively realign and release massive bursts of energy, while hurling particles out at nearly the speed of light in all directions. Magnetic reconnection powers eruptions on the sun and – closer to home – it triggers the flow of material and energy from interplanetary space into near-Earth space." The launch of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will see four identical spacecraft deployed from a single Atlas V rocket, set to lift off from cape Canaveral, Florida, no earlier than March next year.

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Learn how to build a game that can playtest itself at GDC 2015

Gamasutra - News - 7 hours 38 min ago

Retro City Rampage developer Brian Provinciano believes it's a good idea to build your game on a deterministic engine that can play itself, and at GDC 2015 he'll show you how to pull it off. ...

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Win these 10 great popular science books for Christmas

New Scientist - Breaking news - 8 hours 1 min ago
Treat your friends or family to a science page-turner this Christmas. These 10 titles are a good place to start, and are up for grabs in our competition






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Don't Miss: Watch Ron Gilbert's GDC postmortem of Maniac Mansion

Gamasutra - News - 8 hours 6 min ago

As Thimbleweed Park hits its Kickstarter goal, watch this loving and detailed look back at the game that started it all: Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's Maniac Mansion. ...

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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 7 min ago
rossgneumann writes: Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, has spent 10 years building an operating system to talk to God. He's done this work because God told him to. According to the TempleOS charter, it is "God's official temple. Just like Solomon's temple, this is a community focal point where offerings are made and God's oracle is consulted." [The TempleOS V2.17 welcome screen] greets the user with a riot of 16-color, scrolling, blinking text; depending on your frame of reference, it might recall DESQview, the Commodore 64, or a host of early DOS-based graphical user interfaces. In style if not in specifics, it evokes a particular era, a time when the then-new concept of "personal computing" necessarily meant programming and tinkering and breaking things.

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Sony settles over misleading Vita ads

GamesIndustry.biz news - 8 hours 11 min ago
Early adopters of handheld to receive $25 cash or $50 voucher; FTC also goes after advertising firm for astroturfing Twitter campaign
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FTC compels Sony to issue refunds over misleading Vita launch ads

Gamasutra - News - 8 hours 20 min ago

SCEA has agreed to a settlement deal with the FTC over charges that it and its advertising partner intentionally misled people with the advertising campaigns for the launch of the PlayStation Vita. ...

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Streaming game development on Twitch: Lessons learned

Gamasutra - News - 8 hours 42 min ago

"I have tried to compile a number of lessons here, from both the perspective of a long time viewer of development videos/streams and that of a new game development streamer." ...

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