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Mad Catz expresses "substantial doubt" about future

GamesIndustry.biz news - 4 hours 52 min ago
CFO downplays situation as company filings say it's relying on Rock Band 4 to help it continue as a going concern
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NCAA players' video game lawsuit inches closer to being settled

Game Politics - 5 hours 12 min ago

A settlement between former college players Electronic Arts, Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA is nearing the final stretch. College players sued the aforementioned parties claiming that EA video games used their likenesses without providing any proper compensation. EA decided to settle last year and U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken gave it preliminary approval last July.

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Pluto Probe Back To Normal, Cause of Snafu Found

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 5 min ago
Tablizer writes: NASA has provided an update to the problem with the New Horizons probe that will fly by Pluto next week. "The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter "safe mode" on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft. The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter.

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'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' announced

Game Politics - 6 hours 20 min ago

A special beta for the Windows 10 version of Minecraft will be launched  on July 29, Mojang announced at its Minecon event in London over the weekend. The beta for the Windows 10 enhanced version of the game will be launched alongside the operating system which  is set to be given away for free worldwide on July 29.

If you already own the PC version of the game, it will be a free upgrade - and if you don't own it you can get it for $10.

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Hacking Team Hacked, Attackers Grab 400GB of Internal Data

Slashdot Updates - 6 hours 48 min ago
Several readers sent word that notorious surveillance company Hacking Team has itself been hacked. Attackers made off with 400GB worth of emails, documents, and source code. The company is known for providing interception tools to government and law enforcement agencies. According to the leaked files, Hacking Team has customers in Egypt, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, Mongolia, Russia, Germany, Sudan, and the United States — to name a few. It has been labeled an enemy of the internet by Reporters Without Borders. "Clients have had their passwords exposed as well, as several documents related to contracts and configurations have been circulating online." Nobody knows yet who perpetrated the hack.

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Silicon Valley Is Filling Up With Ex-Obama Staffers

Slashdot Updates - 7 hours 31 min ago
HughPickens.com writes: Edward-Isaac Dovere reports in Politico that the fastest-growing chapter of the Obama alumni association is in Silicon Valley. For the people who helped get Obama elected and worked for him once he did, there's something about San Francisco and its environs that just feels right: the emphasis on youth and trying things that might fail, chasing that feeling of working for the underdog, and even using that word "disrupting" to describe what they do. "A lot of people who moved out here were present at the creation of the Obama '08 campaign," says Tommy Vietor. "There's a piece of them that wants to replicate that." Vietor left the White House two years ago, and he and his business partner, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, founded a communications strategy firm with a focus on speechwriting for tech and other start-ups. "If you're writing for a CEO out here, they're more likely to be your peer than your grandfather," says Vietor. "They're young, they're cool, they get it." Other former Obama staffers who have come to Silicon Valley include former campaign manager and White House adviser David Plouffe at Uber, Kyle O'Connor at Nest, Semonti Stephens at Twitter; Mike Masserman, at Lyft; Brandon Lepow at Facebook; Nicole Isaac, at LinkedIn; Liz Jarvis-Shean at Civis; Jim Green and Vivek Kundra at Salesforce, Alex McPhillips at Google; Gillian Bergeron, at NextDoor; Natalie Foster at the Institute for the Future; Catherine Bracy at Code for America; Hallie Montoya Tansey at Target Labs. Nick Papas, John Baldo, Courtney O'Donnell and Clark Stevens at AirBnB, and Jessica Santillo at Uber. There are so many former Obama staffers in the Bay Area that a recent visit by former White House senior adviser David Axelrod served as a reunion of sorts, with more than a dozen campaign and White House veterans gathering over lunch to discuss life after the administration. Obama himself rarely misses an opportunity to come to San Francisco. He says he loves the energy there, loves the people and according to Dovere, the city's ultra-liberal leanings mean he was greeted as a rock star even during the dark days before last year's midterms. Obama's even become friendly with Elon Musk. "There should be a welcome booth at the SFO airport," says Jon Carson, the former Organizing for Action executive director now at SolarCity.

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Researchers Study "Harbingers of Failure," Consumers Who Habitually Pick Losers

Slashdot Updates - 8 hours 12 min ago
AmiMoJo writes: Is your favorite TV show always getting cancelled? Did you love Crystal Pepsi? Were you an early adopter of the Zune? If you answered yes to these questions, researchers say you might be a "Harbinger of Failure." In a study published in the Journal of Marketing Research, researchers identified a group of consumers whose preferences can predict products that will fail. “Certain customers systematically purchase new products that prove unsuccessful,” wrote the study authors. “Their early adoption of a new product is a strong signal that a product will fail.”

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Adventures in black and white: Developing and showing off Missing Translation

Gamasutra - News - 8 hours 37 min ago

Missing Translation was developed by a small global team and has had some success in local events. Here's the story of a small, dedicated development team collaboration, and how it's done. ...

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New Horizons hiccup won't affect Pluto mission science

New Scientist - Breaking news - 9 hours 24 min ago
NASA says temporary loss of contact with the spacecraft over the weekend was a one-off and won't affect its historic arrival at the dwarf planet next week









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Chinese Zoo Animals Monitored For Earthquake Prediction

Slashdot Updates - 10 hours 42 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Seismologists in Nanjing have set up seven observation centers at zoos and animal parks in the region to see if animals can predict when an earthquake may strike. At least three kinds of animals in the earthquake stations should corroborate each other when bizarre behavior occurs, said Zhao Bing, head of Nanjing earthquake monitoring. Discovery reports: "According to one English-language Chinese news outlet, 'At Banqiao ecological park the behavior of around 200 pigs, 2,000 chickens, and fish in a 15-hectare pond are closely monitored to detect signals of an earthquake. Breeders here create daily reports regarding animal behavior for Nanjing's seismological departments.' The news report noted that the park relies 'mainly on employees closely watching the animals' for seismological significance."

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Square Enix pulls Mac Final Fantasy XIV from sale

GamesIndustry.biz news - 11 hours 17 min ago
Incorrect system requirements were published in the "chaos" of Heavensward's multi-platform launch
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Next-gen cel shading in Unity 5

Gamasutra - News - 11 hours 44 min ago

"With the arrival of Unity 5, it's never been so easy to get high quality visuals in our game. In a small amount of time we 'hacked' the new Unity Deferred pipeline to completely change our visual style." ...

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Using guinea pig games to size up Apple's new App Analytics

Gamasutra - News - 11 hours 44 min ago

"With regard to our little guinea pig experiment, it's safe to say that Apple's new App Analytics provide valuable information that no other tool can provide." ...

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Ourpalm acquires Animoca stock for $2.3 million

GamesIndustry.biz news - 12 hours 12 min ago
Chinese publisher buys an 11 per cent stake in the brand-focused mobile developer
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Bad economics has killed wind farm subsidies in the UK

New Scientist - Breaking news - 12 hours 44 min ago
Wind turbines can't compete with fossil-fuel power plants unless we factor in the needs of both investors and environment, says policy expert Michael Grubb (full text available to subscribers)









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Sony: For VR to make progress people who make content have to make money

GamesIndustry.biz news - 12 hours 54 min ago
Find out why Shuhei Yoshida hasn't taken his Morpheus headset home just yet
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Brazilian Evangelicals Set Up a "Sin Free" Version of Facebook

Slashdot Updates - 13 hours 41 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: With $16,000 and the help of the Mayor of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, the town he lives in, Atilla Barros and three other Evangelical Christians created Facegloria, a "sin-free" version of Facebook. Swearing is banned, along with about 600 other words, as well as any violent or erotic content, and depictions of homosexual activity. 100,000 users have signed up the first month. "In two years we hope to get to 10 million users in Brazil. In a month we have had 100,000 and in two we are expecting a big increase thanks to a mobile phone app," Barros says. Acir dos Santos, the mayor, adds: "Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere."

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Senior QA Tester: Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency Inc.

Gamasutra - Jobs - 13 hours 44 min ago
Senior Quality Assurance Tester The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency is looking to grow it’s QA team by adding a motivated and resilient Senior QA Tester. If you can communicate well are proactive and are great at figuring out how to break things, read on! Day to Day Responsibilities: Be the main point of contact for all QA efforts within Bartlet Jones and be a liaison to a remote QA team Log issues in the bug tracking software with reproduction steps clearly defined Review version control changelists and proactively test new features added to the game then report back to the developers any issues Help the team develop test strategies and plans for thorough gameplay and network testing Help prioritize the game build processes across various concurrent releases and milestones Provide design feedback and thoughts to the team as time permits Proactively work to confirm bugs are regressed in the system Report on the productivity of bug regression as compared to how many bugs are created per day Required Knowledge/Experience: Demonstrated ability to test video games and report bugs for at least 3 years Experience working on a service game or software delivery environment Comfortable to respond to player feedback when necessary on the forums and live Experience testing a network multiplayer game Preferred Knowledge/Experience: Experience developing on PS4 Worked on at least 3 games, one or more in Unity A gamer that wants to contribute their thoughts to the game Data analysis or related background a huge plus!
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Technical Artist / Tools Programmer: Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency Inc.

Gamasutra - Jobs - 13 hours 44 min ago
Senior Quality Assurance Tester The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency is looking to grow it’s QA team by adding a motivated and resilient Senior QA Tester. If you can communicate well are proactive and are great at figuring out how to break things, read on! Day to Day Responsibilities: Be the main point of contact for all QA efforts within Bartlet Jones and be a liaison to a remote QA team Log issues in the bug tracking software with reproduction steps clearly defined Review version control changelists and proactively test new features added to the game then report back to the developers any issues Help the team develop test strategies and plans for thorough gameplay and network testing Help prioritize the game build processes across various concurrent releases and milestones Provide design feedback and thoughts to the team as time permits Proactively work to confirm bugs are regressed in the system Report on the productivity of bug regression as compared to how many bugs are created per day Required Knowledge/Experience: Demonstrated ability to test video games and report bugs for at least 3 years Experience working on a service game or software delivery environment Comfortable to respond to player feedback when necessary on the forums and live Preferred Knowledge/Experience: Experience developing on PS4 Worked on at least 3 games, one or more in Unity A gamer that wants to contribute their thoughts to the game Data analysis or related background a huge plus!
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Linux 4.2-rc1 Is One of the Largest Kernel Releases of Recent Times

Slashdot Updates - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds ended the Linux 4.2 kernel merge window today by releasing Linux 4.2-rc1. He quickly wrote, "I thought this release would be one of the biggest ones ever, but it turns out that it will depend on how you count." By most metrics, Linux 4.2 is shaping up to be a very large release. Linux 4.2 is bringing plenty of new features including the new 'AMDGPU' kernel graphics driver, Intel Broxton support, NCQ TRIM improvements, F2FS file-system encryption, new ARM CPU/board support, Renesas R8/300 arch support, and many other additions.

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