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UPS Is Starting To Test Drone Deliveries In the US

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 4:05pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: UPS announced Sept. 23 that it has begun testing drone deliveries in the U.S. with drone manufacturer CyPhy Works. The two companies yesterday completed a test of delivering medicine from the coastal town of Beverly, Massachusetts, to Children's Island, a small island about three miles into the Atlantic Ocean. CyPhy's drone has night-vision capabilities, according to a release shared with Quartz. The test yesterday involved a trial situation where an asthmatic child urgently needed an inhaler, which was dispatched from the mainland to the island, arriving far more quickly than it would've taken a boat to get there. CyPhy's drone autonomously flew supplies over the ocean to a group waiting to receive them on the other end, although there was no actual child with asthma in danger. In May, UPS had announced that it was partnering with the drone company Zipline to deliver medical supplies to rural Rwanda, having invested nearly $1 million into the company. UPS has also invested an undisclosed amount in CyPhy. UPS told Quartz that the FAA was aware of its test, and Houston Mills, a commercial pilot with UPS for over a decade and the company's director of airline safety, was recently announced as a member of the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee. The committee is working with industry experts and companies to figure out how to safely integrate a network of commercial drones into U.S. airspace. You can watch the heroic footage of the trial run here.

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Senior Visual Interaction Designer: Age of Learning, Inc.

Gamasutra - Jobs - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 4:00pm
Age of Learning’s Senior Visual Interaction Designers take a leadership role in the creation of remarkable experiences that delight and enlighten children and their parents around the world.You will work closely with our Creative Directors, Project Managers, UI/UX Designers, and Programmers to provide design expertise from concept through prototyping and on to delivery of final design. With expert proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud including still and motion graphics, solid typography skills and all around design expertise the Senior Visual Interaction Designer takes personal responsibility for delivery of expertly crafted design and leads designers of all levels, to create products that will delight and enlighten children and their parents around the world. The Senior Visual Designer thrives in a highly collaborative environment, eager to apply the best UX techniques and design while working alongside multi cross-functional teams to build a revolutionary educational experience that our audience - children, parents, and educators - can be entertained, educated, and activated. Responsibilities:Manages and prioritizes within timelines for project milestones Evangelize a cohesive user experience across all AofL products and platforms. Offers guidance to Visual Interaction Designers within the team Maintains the brand Style Guide for all products within the team Provides QA comments and resolution to the creative and technology teams to ensure product quality Actively mentors junior through mid-level designers, helping develop their skills and performance Advocate for new tech/design trends and processes to bring “the magic” to our products Ability read and understand User Analytics and offer strategies to help improve or change the user journey. Desired Skills and Experience:  Design: Great visual design skills grounded in real-world solutions and the ability to bring clarity to ambiguous situations Storytelling: The ability to mix visual design, user experience and copy into engaging experiences that engages, delights and enlightens Presentation: Strong verbal, written and presentations skills  Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Interaction, Graphic or Industrial Design, Computer Science, HCI, Fine Arts, or related fields; or equivalent experience with an emphasis on UI Design and Human Factor. Senior Designer must have at least 5 - 7+ years of professional experience in interaction design, visual design, information architecture, and usability engineering.  To be considered, please submit resume and portfolio. Candidates interested in a full-time, in-house role are strongly preferred.  Apply via: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=og3B3fwH&s=Gamasutra 
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Software Engineer - Unity: Age of Learning, Inc.

Gamasutra - Jobs - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 4:00pm
Fast-growing educational software company is seeking a full time in-house Unity developer to join our team. This person will be helping us build high performance Unity based applications using existing standards, conventions, and an existing product architecture.Duties include, development within the AofL Unity platform. Identify, design, and develop, new features and components requested by your business team. Review and provide specs for supporting documentation of the AofL Unity platform. Provide training on the use of the AofL Unity platform.Desired Skills and Experience Ability to communicate effectively and work as part of a team Ability to quickly find creative solutions to difficult problems Ability to write documented, unit testable, C# code, that is compliant with our company coding conventions and standards. Develop features and functionality within Unity, commonly as packages, for deployment to Android and iOS targets. Integrate Unity packages written by your fellow team members into project codebases to create a fully realized set of features and functionality. Coordinate with Producers to define development timeframes, dependencies, and areas of risk to be considered in project planning. Collaborate with UI/UX teams to ensure layouts, animations, and graphical assets are efficiently integrated into application features while preserving artistic integrity and performance. Strong attention to detail, rigorous in self-testing code and delivering high quality work Analytical thinker, capable of translating business requirements, wireframes, etc into application architecture  Highly motivated, self-starter Strong work ethic required, sense of humor a plus Apply via: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=owKD3fwG&s=Gamasutra
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VR Devs Pull Support For Oculus Rift Until Palmer Luckey Steps Down

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:20pm
After it was revealed that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America that is dedicated to "shitposting" and spreading inflammatory memes about Hillary Clinton, several developers of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset have announced that they will stop supporting the headset until its founder steps down. One of the biggest developers for Oculus Rift, Insomniac Games, told Motherboard, "Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech. While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that his behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis." Fez and Superhypercube developer Polytron also said in a statement, "In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one, we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform." Motherboard reports: Motherboard has reached out to several other, more well-known VR developers who work with Oculus including Fantastic Contraption makers Northway Games and Job Simulator makers Owlchemy Labs. Northway Games couldn't be reached immediately for comment but tweeted the following: "What. The. Fuck. [accompanied with a link to the news via Kotaku]" and "Definitely using every fibre of my 'professionalism' to not tweet some tweets right now." Owlchemy Labs, which is currently developing for Job Simulator for the Oculus Touch controls, declined to comment either way. E McNeill, who has developed a couple of games for Oculus Rift and GearVR, suggested that like-minded VR developers raise money for Hillary Clinton's campaign to counter the money Luckey has raised for Trump. [E McNeill tweeted: "Idle Q: Would any Oculus devs join me in a donation drive for HIllary? We could aim to beat Nimble America's $11k. I'd start with $1k myself."] "This backlash is nonsense," said James Green, co-founder of VR developer Carbon Games. "I absolutely support him doing whatever he wants politically if it's legal. To take any other position is against American values."

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Insomniac, other devs condemn Palmer Luckey's support of pro-Trump troll group

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:16pm

Updated: Palmer Luckey's support for a pro-Trump political organization has drawn fire from VR developers and promises to cancel their games if he does not step down from Oculus. ...

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People Are Drilling Holes Into Their iPhone 7 To 'Make a Headphone Jack'

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:00pm
TechRax -- a popular YouTuber who destroys technology for fame and riches -- has uploaded a video where he drills a hole into an iPhone 7, claiming it to be a "secret hack" to reinstall a headphone jack in the device. The only problem is that he didn't tell people it was a joke, and of course, some people fell for it. Crave Online reports: The YouTube video has amassed over 7.5 million views since being posted online last week, with it attracting 81,000 dislikes in the process. The comments section is currently torn between people who are in on the joke, people who criticize TechRax for damaging his iPhone 7, and most unfortunately, people who have tried the "hack" out for themselves. Although this is YouTube so you can never be quite sure of whether or not these folks are trolling, parsing the comments section reveals some pretty convincing complaints lobbed in TechRax's direction. It's also firmly believable that there are people dumb enough to attempt drilling a hole into their iPhone 7, which is unfortunate but that's the way the world is in 2016. You can read the comments under the YouTube video for more "convincing complaints." But as if the report didn't make it clear enough already, the video is a joke. Apple removed the headphone jack and there's no way to get it back, unless you use an adapter.

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Google To Introduce Google Wifi, Google Home and 4K Chromecast Ultra Devices On October 4th

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 1:20pm
Android Police has learned of a new Google device that will launch alongside the Google Pixel smartphones, Google Home, and 4K 'Chromecast Ultra' dongle on October 4th. Called Google Wifi, the Wi-Fi router will cost $129 and contain several "smart" features. Android Police reports: [The] source additionally claims that Google will advertise the router as having "smart" features -- probably similar to OnHub in some respects -- and that Google will claim it provides enhanced range over typical Wi-Fi routers (a claim we see basically every router make, to be fair). But the one thing that will make it an insta-buy for many over OnHub? Our source claims multiple Google Wifi access points (two or more) can be linked together to create one large wireless network. We don't have any details on how this works, unfortunately. But one source claims that Google Wifi device will essentially be like a little white Amazon Echo Dot. So, relatively small and inconspicuous. In a separate report, Android Police details Google's upcoming smart speaker called Google Home, along with their upcoming 4K 'Chromecast Ultra' devices. Specifically, they will be priced at $129 and $69 respectively: Google Home was announced at Google I/O in May. Our sources also confirmed that the personalized base covers Google showed at I/O will be a feature of the final device. $129 also undercuts Amazon's Echo by a full $40, and though matches the price of the portable Amazon Tap, it's clear Google has Amazon's flagship smart home product in its sights with Home. Chromecast Ultra, which we are now all but certain is the name of Google's upcoming 4K version of Chromecast, will come in at $69 retail. As for what it brings beyond 4K, one of our sources claims that HDR is indeed on the list of bullet points.

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Get a job: Cryptic Studios is hiring a Character Artist

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:52pm

The Star Trek Online dev is hiring an artist to work closely with the rest of the team at its Los Gatos, CA studio and contribute to creating creatures, weapons, armor and costumes in its games. ...

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SpaceX Blast Investigation Suggests Breach in Oxygen Tank's Helium System

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:40pm
Weeks after a SpaceX rocket exploded inexplicably, engineers at Elon Musk's company have traced the flaw to its source. Space today released the initial results of its investigation, in which it says that a breach in helium system in the Falcon 9's liquid oxygen system caused the sudden flare up. From a Reuters report: SpaceX, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, was fueling a Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad in Florida on Sept. 1 in preparation for a routine test-firing when a bright fireball suddenly emerged around the rocket's upper stage. "At this stage of the investigation, preliminary review of the data and debris suggests that a large breach in the cryogenic helium system of the second stage liquid oxygen tank took place," SpaceX said in a statement posted on its website. No one was hurt in the explosion, which could be heard 30 miles (48 km) away from SpaceX's launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Don't Miss: 20 Atari games every designer should play

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:25pm

Check out this classic 2008 feature from Gamasutra about 20 timeless Atari games showcasing intriguing mechanics or design decisions that modern game developers should study and learn from. ...

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Blog: How to show your indie game at any expo

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:19pm

A general and practical guide guide on how to show your indie game at any expo, including tips on how to prepare your booth, but also your build. ...

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Amazon Is Killing Off Its $12/Year Plan For Unlimited Photo Storage

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:00pm
To many's surprise, Amazon introduced a consumer-focused storage option -- unlimited photo backup for only $12 per year. This was Amazon's attempt to lure customers away from Google, Dropbox, and iCloud. But it seems, even for Amazon, $12 per year for so much storage space is not feasible. The company has reportedly started to inform the customers that the plan is being discontinued. PetaPixel reports: Subscribers of the plan, which was launched in March 2015, are taking to the web to report receiving an email from Amazon informing them of the change. Amazon is offering customers free months of the Unlimited Storage plan, which costs $60 per year. It seems that some people are being offered a standard 3-month free trial of the service, while others are being offered a 12-month free period.

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Sad Reality: It's Cheaper To Get Hacked Than Build Strong IT Defenses

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:20am
It's no secret that more companies are getting hacked now than ever. The government is getting hacked, major corporate companies are getting hacked, and even news outlets are getting hacked. This raises the obvious question: why aren't people investing more in bolstering their security? The answer is, as a report on The Register points out, money. Despite losing a significant sum of money on a data breach, it is still in a company's best interest to not spend on upgrading their security infrastructure. From the report: A study by the RAND Corporation, published in the Journal of Cybersecurity, looked at the frequency and cost of IT security failures in US businesses and found that the cost of a break-in is much lower than thought -- typically around $200,000 per case. With top-shelf security systems costing a lot more than that, not beefing up security looks in some ways like a smart business decision. "I've spent my life in security and everyone expects firms to invest more and more," the report's author Sasha Romanosky told The Reg. "But maybe firms are making rational investments and we shouldn't begrudge firms for taking these actions. We all do the same thing, we minimize our costs." Romanosky analyzed 12,000 incident reports and found that typically they only account for 0.4 per cent of a company's annual revenues. That compares to billing fraud, which averages at 5 per cent, or retail shrinkage (ie, shoplifting and insider theft), which accounts for 1.3 per cent of revenues. As for reputational damage, Romanosky found that it was almost impossible to quantify. He spoke to many executives and none of them could give a reliable metric for how to measure the PR cost of a public failure of IT security systems.

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You're Paying 40% More For TV Than You Were 5 Years Ago

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:40am
According to data from Leichtman Research's annual study, pay TV subscriptions keep going up and up. So much so that in the last five years, they have gone up by 40 percent. In 2011, subscribers were paying an average of $73.63 for cable or satellite, but now that average stands at roughly $103. From a BusinessInsider report: And it's not helping subscriber growth. "About 82% of households that use a TV currently subscribe to a pay-TV service," Bruce Leichtman said in a statement. "This is down from where it was five years ago, and similar to the penetration level eleven years ago." The pay-TV industry lost 800,000 last quarter subscribers last quarter, according to the research firm SNL Kagan. Putting that on a personal level, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke recently said his own kids don't even pay for TV. Burke has five "millennial" children, ages 19 to 28, and exactly "none" subscribe to cable or satellite, he said at a conference last week.

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Devs raise money for indie collective Juegos Rancheros via itch.io bundle

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:37am

Fantastic Arcade is happening next week in Austin, Texas, and now a posse of high-profile indie devs are selling copies of games they'll be debuting at the Arcade in a new bundle on itch.io. ...

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Apple Is Getting Ready To Take On Google and Amazon In a Battle For The Living Room

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader writes: Siri may soon be making the jump from your pocket to your end table. Apple has been working on a standalone product to control internet-of-things devices for a while, but a new report from Bloomberg suggests that the company has moved the project from a research phase to prototyping. It would theoretically be pitted against other smart-home devices, including Amazon's sleeper hit, the Echo, and Google's forthcoming Home Hub. According to the report, Apple's device would be controlled using its Siri voice assistant technology. It would be able to perform the same functions that it can complete now on iPhones, Macs, and other Apple products, such as being able to tell you when the San Francisco Giants are next playing, or possibly send a poorly transcribed text message. The device would also be able to control other internet-connected devices in the home, such as lights, door locks, and web-enabled appliances, as Google and Amazon's products can. It would also have the same ability to play music through built-in speakers.

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Facebook, Intel come out on top at AI-only Doom deathmatch battle royale

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:45am

The folks behind Doom-based AI research platform VizDoom released results of a competition to see who can build the best Doom-playing AI -- and the winning teams were from Facebook and Intel. ...

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Q& A: Implementing and balancing traversal mechanics in Grow Up

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:35am

"We had a vision of an unbounded planet very early on, a place where BUD could explore a world from any angle in any way without linearity." ...

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Amazon UK Found Guilty Of Airmailing Dangerous Goods

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:20am
Amazon UK has been found guilty and fined 65,000 euro for breaking aviation safety laws after repeatedly trying to send dangerous goods by airmail, reports The Guardian. From the article: A judge at Southwark crown court in London said on Friday that Amazon knew the rules, had been warned repeatedly, but had failed to take reasonable care. Although the risks from the goods sent for shipment by air were low, he blamed the breaches on "systemic failure" at the online retailer. As well as the fine, Amazon was ordered to pay 60,000 euro towards prosecution costs. Earlier in the week, the jury found Amazon guilty of breaching rules for shipping dangerous goods by airmail on four counts between November 2013 and May 2015. The prosecution was brought by the Civil Aviation Authority, after a complaint from Royal Mail. Some offences took place after Amazon knew it was under investigation. In each case, the items -- two packages containing laptop lithium batteries and two containing aerosols that used flammable gas propellant -- had been flagged up by Amazon's computer systems as possibly dangerous goods, and subject to restricted shipping rules.

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Soma generates profit on 450k sold

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 8:50am
Developer Frictional Games has provided a sales update for its horror game one year later
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