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Razer buys out Ouya

Game Politics - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:15am

Razer has purchased Android-based micro console maker Ouya’s software, technology and development teams in an undisclosed "all-cash" deal, according to an announcement made by the company this morning.  Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman has also left the company, according to a brief announcement made on Twitter this morning.

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'Stagefright' Flaw: Compromise Android With Just a Text

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:47am
An anonymous reader writes: Up to 950 million Android phones may be vulnerable to a new exploit involving the Stagefright component of Android, which lets attackers compromise a device through a simple multimedia text — even before the recipient sees it. Researchers from Zimperium zLabs reported the related bugs to Google in April. Google quickly accepted a patch and distributed it to manufacturers, but the researchers say they don't think the manufacturers have yet passed it on to most consumers. "The weaknesses reside in Stagefright, a media playback tool in Android. They are all "remote code execution" bugs, allowing malicious hackers to infiltrate devices and exfiltrate private data. All attackers would need to send out exploits would be mobile phone numbers, Drake noted. From there, they could send an exploit packaged in a Stagefright multimedia message (MMS), which would let them write code to the device and steal data from sections of the phone that can be reached with Stagefright's permissions. That would allow for recording of audio and video, and snooping on photos stored in SD cards. Bluetooth would also be hackable via Stagefright."

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Creating the alien writing in Infinifactory

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:20am

"Although it may have no meaning, that doesn't mean it's meaningless; on the contrary, we spent a fair amount of time designing a writing system that would look believable, alien, and fit visually within the game." ...

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Razer acquires Ouya assets and team

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:14am
"Razer will be providing existing Ouya users with a clear path of migration to the more advanced Forge TV micro-console"
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Musk, Woz, Hawking, and Robotics/AI Experts Urge Ban On Autonomous Weapons

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:05am
An anonymous reader writes: An open letter published by the Future of Life Institute urges governments to ban offensive autonomous weaponry. The letter is signed by high profile leaders in the science community and tech industry, such as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, Noam Chomsky, and Frank Wilczek. It's also signed — more importantly — by literally hundreds of expert researchers in robotics and AI. They say, "The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting. If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce."

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Ouya buyout confirmed, as CEO leaves company

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:57am

After months of buyout rumors, video game hardware company Razer has confirmed its purchase of Android game platform Ouya; Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman leaving company. ...

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Is it possible to permanently delete a social media profile?

New Scientist - Breaking news - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:54am
The 37 million people using the Ashley Madison adultery service have to pay to have their accounts deleted, but deleting yourself online might be impossible









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Chinese government fully lifts ban on game consoles

Game Politics - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:30am

The Chinese government has officially lifted the ban on all consoles being sold within the country.  Last year China began easing restrictions on console by allowing game console-makers like Sony and Microsoft to start manufacturing and selling consoles in Shanghai's free trade zone. The country did put some heavy restrictions for those wanting to release consoles in the region: for one, they had to be manufactured locally and each console had to be inspected and improved prior to release. Game software also had to be approved by government regulators.

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Steam Bug Allowed Password Resets Without Confirmation

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:22am
An anonymous reader writes: Valve has fixed a bug in their account authentication system that allowed attackers to easily reset the password to a Steam account. When a Steam user forgets a password, he goes to an account recovery page and asks for a reset. The page then sends a short code to the email address registered with the account. The problem was that Steam wasn't actually checking the codes sent via email. Attackers could simply request a reset and then submit a blank field when prompted for the code. Valve says the bug was active from July 21-25. A number of accounts were compromised, including some prominent streamers and Dota 2 pros. Valve issued password resets to those accounts with "suspicious" changes over the past several days.

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Sponsored: Putting real map data in Unity game engine - Philly Game Jam

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:54am

I thought it would be fun to do a game about an evacuation of Philadelphia, and get that map data in a game engine. ...

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Clinton Promises 500 Million New Solar Panels

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:40am
An anonymous reader writes: Hillary Clinton, widely regarded as most likely to win the Democrat nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has unveiled her campaign climate plan. Speaking at Iowa State University, Clinton said she would set up tax incentives for renewable energy to drive further adoption. She also set a goal of installing half a billion new solar panels within her first term, if elected. Her plan would cost roughly $60 billion over 10 years, and she intends to pay for it by cutting tax breaks to the oil and gas industry. According to The Guardian, "Clinton has promised to make the issue of climate change a key pillar of her campaign platform."

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Are all players musicians?

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:09am

"The idea of the improvising 'gamer' as the chance element in a game music composition may not hold up in all games. But does it hold up in some?" Winifred Phillips provides examples, from Rez to Flower. ...

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Police Shut Down Anti-Violence Fundraiser Over Rapper's Hologram

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:56am
An anonymous reader writes: A Chicago rapper by the name of Chief Keef has been making headlines recently after the city launched a campaign to deny his performance at an anti-violence event. The event was organized to raise funds for victims of recent Chicago murders in which another rapper was slain. Keef is currently wanted on warrants in the region but is living on the East Coast. He was expected to perform via a live stream projection. While Chicago officials worked to deny his performance from occurring in the city, promoters vowed that he would still perform. A recent concert called Craze Fest was just held at the Wolf Lake Pavilion in Hammond, Indiana. The Pavilion is part of a public park. The city of Hammond refused to let promoters hold the event unless they agreed that Chief Keef would not be allowed to perform. Instead, the promoters setup a live stream projection of the rapper and showed it at the end of the concert. Once the Hologram of Keef began performing, police rushed in and began shutting down the event. This raises some interesting questions about free speech and the role of technology in it. Here's a local news article, and some brief cellphone footage of the event.

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For the Love of the Analytics of the Game: Before Beane, There Was AVM Systems

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:13am
theodp writes: Those of you slugging your way through EdX's (free) Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics MOOC course might want to take a break from your R and SQL coding to check out Grantland's Before Beane, in which Ben Lindbergh tells the story of AVM Systems, the little-known company that jump-started sabermetrics and made Moneyball possible. Ken Mauriello, whose love-for-the-analytics-of-the-game led him to ditch a trading career to co-found AVM in the mid-90's, said of the early days, "Back in the day we weren't doing presentations [to skeptical MLB teams] with laptops. We were carrying around two enormous boxes with an enormous monitor and an enormous tower. It was like Planes, Trains & Automobiles traveling around with that stuff. Watching a great big Gateway box with your monitor come tumbling out upside down, and you pick it up and it's rattling. ... So we're in the hotel, saying, 'Please lord, let this thing work.'"

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Smart mirror monitors your face for telltale signs of disease

New Scientist - Breaking news - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:34am
The European Union is funding a mirror-like device containing 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors to read facial clues to health









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LinkedIn (Temporarily) Backs Down After Uproar At Contact Export Removal

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:27am
Mark Wilson writes: LinkedIn caused a storm a couple of days ago when it removed the option to instantly download contacts. Many users of the professional social network were more than a little irked to discover that while contact exporting was still available, a wait of up to three days had been put in place. Unsurprisingly, users revolted, having been particularly upset by the fact the change was implemented with no warning or announcement. But the company has managed to turn things around by quickly backtracking on its decision after listening to a stream of complaints on Twitter.

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Sony XDev and Square-Enix Collective confirmed for Games Investment Summit

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:07am
Natalie Griffith and Caroline Norbury also join speaker roster
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Speeding along: Velocibox and the Malaysian indie scene

Gamasutra - News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:02am

"I'd say take pride in the game you are creating. Craft an experience with values and goals that matter to you, and you'll find your niche and an audience who share and appreciate your vision." ...

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RealNetworks selling Slingo and Social Casino businesses

GamesIndustry.biz news - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:31am
$18m sale to Gaming Realms sees 60 employees transfer with brand
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A Plea For Websites To Stop Blocking Password Managers

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:10am
An anonymous reader writes: Password managers aren't a security panacea, but experts widely agree that it's better to use one than to have weak (but easy-to-remember) passwords. Just this week, they were listed as a tool non-experts don't use as much as experts do. I use one, and a pet peeve of mine is when a website specifically (or through bad design) interferes with the copying and pasting of a password. Thus, I appreciated this rant about it in Wired: "It's unacceptable that in an age where our lives are increasingly being played out online, and are sometimes only protected by a password, some sites deliberately stop their users from being as secure as possible, for no really justifiable reason."

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