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Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:45am
An anonymous reader writes: Looking more like a computer company than a car company, Hyundai ships Android Auto on 2015 Sonatas and unlocks it for owners of the 2015 Sonata with a software update. Says the article: To enable Android Auto, existing 2015 Hyundai Sonata owners outfitted with the Navigation feature can download an update to a USB drive, plug it into the car's USB port, and rewrite the software installed in the factory on the head-unit. When the smartphone is plugged into the head-unit with a USB cable, the user is prompted to download Android Auto along with mobile apps. Android Auto requires Android 5.0 or above. That sounds like a good description of how I'd like my car's head unit to work -- and for that matter, I'd like access to all of the software.

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Ex-Irrational developers launch crowd-funding campaign for 'Perception'

Game Politics - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:21am

Veteran game developer Bill Gardner has launched a new studio called The Deep End Games, and has taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to fund the company's first game - a horror adventure game called "Perception."

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Ex-DICE devs unveil Cosmic Picnic

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:09am
Upstart Swedish studio's first game will be Amazing Discoveries in Outer Space for PS4
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Hot Topic To Buy ThinkGeek Parent Company Geeknet

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:01am
jones_supa points out the news (also at Ars Technica, and -- paywalled -- at the Wall Street Journal) that clothing and music retailer Hot Topic has announced plans to buy Geeknet, parent company of ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions, for $117.3 million. ThinkGeek Solutions is a distributor of video-game themed merchandise through licensed web stores. Hot Topic Inc. will pay $17.50 per Geeknet share. Privately held Hot Topic, based in Los Angeles, has more than 650 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Geeknet will become a Hot Topic subsidiary. This news inspires some nostalgia here; ThinkGeek was for a long time one of Slashdot's sister sites under the umbrella of VA Linux, and I had some fun years back helping to set up the ThinkGeek booth at LinuxWorld in New York.

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4 sinister threats that loom for the cashless society

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:00am
Increasing reliance on electronic payment creates dangers for consumer protection, privacy, political interference and competition, says Jem Bendell







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The peaks and valleys of 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt'

Game Politics - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:35am

There's plenty of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt news this morning and some of it isn't all good. First, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the fastest selling game and biggest release to-date in the United Kingdom, according to the latest weekly numbers from retail tracking firm, Chart-Track.  The numbers go hand-in-hand with news last week that the game enjoyed 1.5 million pre-orders prior to its launch.

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Exploit Kit Delivers Pharming Attacks Against SOHO Routers

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:22am
msm1267 writes: For the first time, DNS redirection attacks against small office and home office routers are being delivered via exploit kits. French security researcher Kafeine said an exploit kit has been finding success in driving traffic from compromised routers to the attackers' infrastructure. The risk to users is substantial, he said, ranging from financial loss, to click-fraud, man-in-the-middle attacks and phishing.

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Learning lessons from Goat Simulator's performance in the press

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:21am

An in-depth analysis: "With Goat Simulator having recently announced its zombie DLC, this is a great opportunity to look at how the game has done in terms of media presence." ...

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Bethesda begins deactivating illegally obtained ' Elder Scrolls Online' keys

Game Politics - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:01am

Bethesda Softworks revealed via this update to the official Elder Scrolls Online site that it has begun deactivating game accounts that were created using "stolen keys." In the post from Bethesda community manager Jason Leavey, the company claims that these keys were likely bought with stolen credit cards via Steam or with customers' credit cards without their permission of knowledge.

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Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:40am
An anonymous reader writes: A judicial court in Italy has ordered the UberPop app to cease offering its services [original source, in Italian], as it constitutes "unfair competition" again the taxi sector (taxi licenses in Italy are numbered, each can cost more than $100k to obtain). This sentence should be valid at the national level and comes after an injunction from taxi drivers in Milan, where a Universal Exhibition is incidentally bringing in thousands visitors from all over the world on a daily basis. Sources mention a judicial request to "block" the app, though no one is sure how this sentence has to be enforced and what the fines would be in case of violations.

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Irrational vet forms The Deep End

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:39am
Bill Gardner launches new studio with Kickstarter for adventure horror game Perception
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WarHorse hires Amazon games exec as new CCO

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:05am
Sebastien Pacetti will devote his time to the company's crowdfunded RPG, Kingdom Come: Deliverance
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Good looking: Keep moving if you want to keep seeing

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:00am
One of the many benefits of exercising is that it helps to protect against various forms of blindness as we get older (full text available to subscribers)







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Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:34am
mpicpp writes with word that Charter Communications has struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable; if the deal goes through (which the article says is likely, according to Macquarie Research analyst Amy Yong -- at least more likely than the recently scotched Comcast-Time Warner deal), it would mean that the second- and third-largest U.S. cable companies would share a letterhead, and more than 20 percent of the country's ISP market. From the linked Reuters article: The Federal Communications Commission immediately served notice that it would closely scrutinize the deal, focusing not only on absence of harm but benefits to the public. Charter, in which Malone-chaired Liberty Broadband Corp owns about 26 percent, is offering about $195.71 in cash-and-stock for each Time Warner Cable share, based on Charter's closing price on May 20. Including debt, the deal values Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion. A key area of regulatory concern would be competition in broadband Internet.

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Blog: Core players and energy mechanics - they don't mix

Gamasutra - News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:08am

"Our ambition was (and is) to make THE shooter on mobile. And we went after free-to-play. And we botched it. We botched the energy mechanic... by using it at all." ...

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British Politicians Delete Negative Wikipedia Descriptions Before Election

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:53am
EwanPalmer writes: The Wikipedia pages of dozens of UK politicians had references to sex scandals, fraud and opposition to same sex marriage removed in the run up to the UK general election. Dozens of MPs had negative aspects of their online biographies removed or altered prior to the election in a bid to make them more electable. The changes include several instances of MPs' expense claim scandals being removed, as well as details of arrests and the use of 'chauffeur-driven cars.' The edits were made using computers with IP addresses registered from inside Parliament.

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After ISIS storms Palmyra, race is on to log global heritage

New Scientist - Breaking news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:30am
Ancient buildings are sitting ducks in war. But efforts are growing to preserve them digitally in case disaster strikes, says Emma Cunliffe







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Finnish veterans found Futurefly

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:24am
Remedy's Ozz Häkkinen leas team working on "consumer apps with playable mechanics"
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Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

Slashdot Updates - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:14am
HughPickens.com writes: Richard Horton writes that a recent symposium on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research discussed one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the idea that something has gone fundamentally wrong with science (PDF), one of our greatest human creations. The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. According to Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, a United Kingdom-based medical journal, the apparent endemicity of bad research behavior is alarming. In their quest for telling a compelling story, scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world or retrofit hypotheses to fit their data. Can bad scientific practices be fixed? Part of the problem is that no-one is incentivized to be right. Instead, scientists are incentivized to be productive and innovative. Tony Weidberg says that the particle physics community now invests great effort into intensive checking and rechecking of data prior to publication following several high-profile errors. By filtering results through independent working groups, physicists are encouraged to criticize. Good criticism is rewarded. The goal is a reliable result, and the incentives for scientists are aligned around this goal. "The good news is that science is beginning to take some of its worst failings very seriously," says Horton. "The bad news is that nobody is ready to take the first step to clean up the system."

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The Witcher 3 is the biggest UK launch of 2015

GamesIndustry.biz news - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:59am
CD Projekt's RPG beats Battlefield Hardline by 53 per cent, The Witcher 2 by more than 600 per cent
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