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Report: NX could be a handheld system with detachable controllers

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:36am

Anonymous sources have hinted Nintendo's next console, codenamed NX, could be a powerful handheld system with detachable controllers. ...

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Bye bye Philae! Comet team to lose touch with lander for good

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:22am
The intrepid comet lander is finally going quiet - but you will have a chance to pay your respects
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Steam On Windows 10 Will Get 'Progressively Worse': Gears of War Developer

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:20am
Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, approach isn't sitting well with many game developers. Four months after criticising UWP ecosystem for being a walled-garden, curtailing "users' freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers," Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, the studio behind the Gears of War and Unreal franchises has once again lashed out at the Redmond-based company. He alleges that Microsoft plans to make Steam -- the world's largest PC gaming platform, "progressively worse and more broken." in a move to bolster people's reliance on the Windows Store. From a Gadgets 360 report: "Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They'll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seem like an ideal alternative. That's exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they're doing it to Steam. It's only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan but they are certainly trying," Sweeney said. He adds the outcome of this would be forcing every app and game to be sold through the Windows Store alone. "If they can succeed in doing that then it's a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won't be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library -- what they're trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones," he claims.

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Deepest-ever reef survey by divers discovers new fish species

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:11am
Two marine biologists beat the record for the deepest underwater survey carried out by human divers, investigating a little-studied ecosystem full of new species
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Blog: Game design analysis - Disney Magic Kingdoms

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:03am

Game designer Scott Fine offers a thorough design and economics breakdown of Gameloft's mobile game, Disney Magic Kingdoms. ...

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Missing craters on Ceres may have been smoothed by a mud facial

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:00am
Ceres has surprisingly few large craters for a dwarf planet located in an asteroid belt, but its muddy composition could have wiped away the biggest impacts
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Dolly the sheep’s poor health may not have been due to cloning

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:00am
Four sheep cloned from the same animal as Dolly are all in good health at the age of 9, suggesting Dolly’s osteoarthritis may not have been caused by cloning
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Nintendo NX is a portable console powered by a mobile processor - report

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:44am
Handheld component has detachable controllers, can be hooked up to a TV, with cartridges used for games
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Tom Kalinske gets back in the game

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:34am
After 20 years away from the industry, Sega's Genesis-era CEO takes chairman role at Marvel Heroes developer Gazillion
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Former PlayStation exec Adam Boyes appointed CEO of Iron Galaxy

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:28am

PlayStation's former vice president of third-party relations, Adam Boyes, is now CEO of Chicago-based game developer and publisher Iron Galaxy. ...

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Adam Boyes joins Iron Galaxy as CEO

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:10am
Ex-Sony dev relations head signs on as Killer Instinct Season 2 and 3 developer shakes up leadership team
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Rift gets additional sensor support to make way for room-scale

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:03am

The additional sensors will enhance movement tracking and improve accuracy as the company prepares to launch its Touch controllers later this year. ...

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Blog: A pre-launch view of my mistakes when developing my first game

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 5:22am

Australia-based independent game developer Christian Hodges breaks down what he thought could've gone better with the creation of his first game, A-Maze-Ing Runner ...

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Whooping crane recovery puts human chick ‘parents’ out of a job

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 5:00am
Humans in costume reared captive chicks and flew in light aircraft to guide the cranes' migration, but now the population has grown it's back to nature's way
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New Zealand to wipe out all rats as part of alien eradication

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:03am
The country’s prime minister calls the NZ$28 million venture to wipe out rats, stoats and possums by 2050 the most ambitious conservation project ever attempted
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Is Pokémon Go success going to come to a Weezing halt?

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:28am
Garry Barter of PlayerXP analyses the customer feedback for Niantic's AR giant
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Apple's Electric Car Project To Be Led By Bob Mansfield

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 2:00am
An anonymous reader writes: Long-time Apple executive Bob Mansfield will lead Apple's electric car project, according to the Wall Street Journal. TechCrunch reports: "Mansfield stepped down from the Apple executive board in 2013, yet stayed around the company to work on, what Apple called, special projects. In this role he was reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. One of Mansfield's projects turned out to be the Apple Watch. Now it seems he will head-up Apple's car ambitions -- a project Apple has yet to publicly confirm. During Mansfield's tenure he lead the engineering teams responsible for numerous products including the MacBook Air, iMac, and the iPad."

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Amazon to begin UK delivery drone trials to make them safer

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:20am
The firm wants to deliver parcels to private addresses over a short distance as part of its Prime Air initiative - now it will get the chance to test its technology
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Optimizing the Unreal Engine 4 renderer for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter VR

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:28am

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, with its rich visuals and a graphics workload somewhat uncommon for Unreal Engine 4, has been a difficult case for attaining VR performance targets. ...

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Chinese State Company Unveils World's Largest Seaplane

Slashdot Updates - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:00pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft, which has a maximum range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles), is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues, it said. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any other plane built for marine take off and landing, Xinhua quoted AVIC's deputy general manager Geng Ruguang as saying. The AG600 could potentially extend the Asian giant's ability to conduct a variety of operations in the South China Sea, where it has built a series of artificial islands featuring air strips, among other infrastructure with the potential for either civilian or military use.

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