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Some Reversible USB-C Cables/Adapters Could Cause Irreversible Damage

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:47pm
TheRealHocusLocus writes: Three Decembers ago I lauded the impending death of the trapezoid. Celebration of the rectangle might be premature however, because in the rush-to-market an appalling number of chargers, cables and legacy adapters have been discovered to be non-compliant. There have been performance issues with bad USB implementation all along, but now — with improved conductors USB-C offers to negotiate up to 3A in addition the 900ma base, so use of a non-compliant adapter may result in damage. Google engineer and hero Benson Leung has been waging a one-man compliance campaign of Amazon reviews to warn of dodgy devices and praise the good. Reddit user bmcclure937 offers a spreadsheet summary of the reviews. It's a jungle out there, don't get fried.

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VTech to acquire LeapFrog

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:17pm
Educational gaming companies enter merger agreement
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Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:06pm
msm1267 writes: A unique scareware campaign targeting Mac OS X machines has been discovered, and it's likely the developer behind the malware has been at it a while since the installer that drops the scareware is signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate. "Sadly, this particular developer certificate (assigned to a Maksim Noskov) has been used for probably two years in similar attacks," said Johannes Ullrich, dean of research of the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center, which on Thursday publicly disclosed the campaign. "So far, it apparently hasn't been revoked by Apple."

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Foxconn Set To Acquire Sharp Corporation For $5.6 Billion

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:46pm
Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturing/assembly company, is reported to be finalizing a deal to acquire Sharp Corporation for $5.6 billion, with the beleaguered company having finally rejected a proposed government rescue package in favor of the deal. Foxconn, formerly known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, was brought to media attention in 2010, when the company installed suicide nets to stop the high number of employee suicides at company dorms. Although it seems out of the ordinary that one of the world's few producers of LCD panels is negotiating with Foxconn, the deal is expected to go through, making it one of the biggest foreign takeovers of a Japanese company.

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Get a job: Disney seeks an experienced Lead Game Designer

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:39pm

The Walt Disney Company seeks an experienced designer to take a lead role at the company's Glendale, California studio and guide design and development of F2P iOS and Android games. ...

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Blog: The truth about mobile game marketing

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:33pm

"Long story short: we've had a hard time marketing our mobile games because there isn't really a clear and easy way how to do it." ...

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Video: A postmortem of the groundbreaking Pinball Construction Set

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:10pm

At GDC 2013 Pinball Construction Set creator Bill Budge lays out the blueprints for how he came to construct a game that has (directly or indirectly) influenced generations of game developers. ...

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Bitcoin Capitalist Opens Bounty For New Block Cipher

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:08pm
An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin capitalist Mircea Popescu has opened a contest to find a new block cipher and is offering a 10 Bitcoin reward for a winning submission. The eccentric Popescu was previously featured on Slashdot for saving OpenBSD from their electric bill in their time of need.

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5 production secrets from Sunless Sea and Fallen London's head writer

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:02pm

"I manage our in-house content team and cabal of freelancers who create the stories for Sunless Sea, Fallen London, Dragon Age: the Last Court, and our other projects. I'm still finding my feet! But here's five things I've learned so far." ...

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The story behind Cut the Rope: Magic's creation, straight from the devs

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:54pm

"It was quite a challenge to add a fresh note to the already many-sided Cut the Rope gameplay, while still preserving all the good things that have kept the series going for such a long time." ...

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Humble Bundle is now funding development of 'Humble Original' games

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:42pm

Humble Monthly, the "book club for games," is now reaching over 70k subscribers and generating enough revenue for the company to fund development of new games for those same subscribers. ...

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Financial Advisers Disrupted By AI

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:26pm
schwit1 writes: Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, and that's one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant. Robo-advisers, which use computer programs to provide investment advice online, typically charge less than half the fees of traditional brokerages, which cost at least 1 percent of assets under management.

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How exactly did Nintendo change the ‘petting’ minigame in Fire Emblem Fates?

Game Politics - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:08pm
In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, you can invite characters to your private quarters for a chat and increase your affinity with them (which has certain gameplay advantages) by stroking their face with your 3DS stylus.  Click here to see a short video of what it looks like (you might want to use ... Read more

Don't Miss: The art direction autopsy of Firaxis' XCOM

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:03pm

At GDC 2013, XCOM: Enemy Unknown art director Greg Foertsch digs into the art design process of doing a big-budget remake of a seminal title like the original X-COM: UFO Defense. ...

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One becomes two as Daybreak splits H1Z1 into a pair of $20 games

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:58am

Daybreak Game Company intends to shave off a piece of its Early Access multiplayer survival game H1Z1 and sell it as a separate game, multiplayer shooter H1Z1: King of the Kill, on Steam and consoles later this year.  ...

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The Performance of Ubuntu Linux Over the Past 10 Years

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:46am
An anonymous reader writes: Tests were carried out at Phoronix of all Ubuntu Long-Term Support releases from the 6.06 "Dapper Drake" release to 16.04 "Xenial Xerus," looking at the long-term performance of (Ubuntu) Linux using a dual-socket AMD Opteron server. Their benchmarks of Ubuntu's LTS releases over 10 years found that the Radeon graphics performance improved substantially, the disk performance was similar while taking into account the switch from EXT3 to EXT4, and that the CPU performance had overall improved for many workloads thanks to the continued evolution of the GCC compiler.

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Intel Says Chips To Become Slower But More Energy Efficient

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:06am
An anonymous reader writes: William Holt, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, has said at a conference that chips will become slower after industry re-tools for new technologies such as spintronics and tunneling transistors. "The best pure technology improvements we can make will bring improvements in power consumption but will reduce speed." If true, it's not just the end of Moore's Law, but a rolling back of the progress it made over the last fifty years.

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VTech aims to buy fellow edu-game maker LeapFrog in $72M deal

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:54am

Two companies that make educational games and gadgets for kids are expected to merge next month in a deal that will see Chinese firm VTech spend roughly $72 million to acquire California-based LeapFrog Enterprises. ...

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Todd Howard to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:53am
16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards honour Bethesda veteran
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Amazon's Thin Helvetica Syndrome: Font Anorexia vs. Kindle Readability

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:26am
David Rothman writes: The Thin Helvetica Syndrome arises from the latest Kindle upgrade and has made e-books less readable for some. In the past, e-book-lovers who needed more perceived-contrast between text and background could find at least partial relief in Helvetica because the font was heavy by Kindle standards. But now some users complain that the 5.7.2 upgrade actually made Helvetica thinner. Of course, the real cure would be an all-text bold option for people who need it, or even a way to adjust font weight, a feature of Kobo devices. But Amazon stubbornly keeps ignoring user pleas even though the cost of adding either feature would be minimal. Isn't this supposed to be a customer-centric company?

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