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Save the world’s largest living thing: build a fence around it

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 7:21am
The most massive organism on Earth lives in Utah, and it is in danger of being eaten to death. The answer might simply be to build a fence around it
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Oracle To Buy Cloud-Software Provider NetSuite For $9.3 Billion

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:43am
Oracle announced Thursday that it has agreed to buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion, in a move to bolster its cloud-computing offerings as it races to catch up to rivals. Both companies provide applications for running a business called enterprise-resource-planning software. Bloomberg reports: Oracle, which sells software to big corporations, has been trying to shift more sales to cloud-based products increasingly demanded by its customers. New cloud services made up about 8 percent of the company's total sales during its fiscal fourth-quarter. Buying NetSuite -- whose products include customer relationship management software -- will help Oracle compete against the likes of Salesforce.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. "Oracle and NetSuite cloud applications are complementary, and will coexist in the marketplace forever," said Oracle co-Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd in a statement Thursday. "We intend to invest heavily in both products -- engineering and distribution."

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Tencent, Unity, Tinybuild and CCP are the first D.I.C.E. Europe speakers

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:26am
James Mitchell, Clive Downie, Alex Nichiporchik and Hilmar Petursson will speak on the "World Builders" theme at Barcelona event
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Detective gulls sniff out illegally dumped trash from the skies

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:19am
Attracted by the smell of ripe organic waste, seagulls fitted with GPS trackers led scientists to hard-to-spot illegal dumping sites
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Quantum Break dev creating story mode for online shooter, Crossfire 2

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:12am

Quantum Break creator Remedy Entertainment is joining forces with Korean developer Smilegate to create the story mode for Crossfire 2.  ...

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The Most Popular Product Of All Time

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am
Apple announced Wednesday that it has sold more than one billion iPhones. To understand the magnitude of the milestone, Asymco's Horace Dediu has compiled a list of the best-selling products across several categories. From his post (link shared via email by reader JoshTops):Car model: VW Beetle 21.5 million; car brand: Toyota Corolla 43 million; music album: Thriller 70 million; vehicle: Honda Super Cub 87 million; book title: Lord of the Rings 150 million; toy: Rubik's Cube 350 million; game console: Playstation 382 million; book series: Harry Potter Series 450 million; mobile phone: iPhone 1 billion.The iPhone is not only the best-selling mobile phone but also the best selling music player, the best-selling camera, the best-selling video screen and the best-selling computer of all time. It is, quite simply, the best-selling product of all time. It is that because it is so much more than a product. It is an enabler for change. It unleashed forces which we are barely able to perceive, let alone control. It changed the world because it changed us. And it did all that in less than nine years. Update: 07/28 20:07 GMT by M :Dediu just told me that the list doesn't include consumable non-durable products.

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Crows are first animals spotted using tools to carry objects

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:54am
Brainy New Caledonian crows have figured out how to carry objects too large to move with their beaks by using a stick
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Theresa May reassures UK scientists in wake of Brexit fears

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:44am
In a letter addressed to the Royal Society and its former president Paul Nurse, the prime minister says that the government’s 'ongoing commitment to science and research remains steadfast'.
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Google Play Family Library program will let up to six users share games

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:32am

The introduction of a a new Family Library program will let account holders share eligible games across devices with no additional sign-up fee. ...

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Blog: How to break into the video game music business

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:23am

Pulling from her own experiences, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation composer Winifred Phillips offers some pointers on how young musicians can make their breakthrough. ...

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Blog: The purpose of metrics in a game

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:14am

How have metrics evolved over the years, and how are they used in modern games? MMO developer Brian Green takes a look. ...

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E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors, Says Study

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 5:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from UPI: All electronic cigarettes emit harmful chemicals, and levels of those toxic compounds are affected by factors such as temperature, type and age of the device, a new study finds. In laboratory tests, scientists found that the heat-related breakdown of propylene glycol and glycerin -- two solvents found in most e-cigarette liquids -- causes emissions of toxic chemicals such as acrolein, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde. All three are either respiratory irritants or carcinogens, the investigators said. The researchers also found that levels of harmful chemicals in e-cigarette vapor increase between the first few puffs and later puffs as the device gets hotter, and with each use of the device.The new study was published July 27 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. "Advocates of e-cigarettes say emissions are much lower than from conventional cigarettes, so you're better off using e-cigarettes," study corresponding author Hugo Destaillats said in a Berkeley news release. "I would say, that may be true for certain users -- for example, long-time smokers that cannot quit -- but the problem is, it doesn't mean that they're healthier. Regular cigarettes are super unhealthy. E-cigarettes are just unhealthy," he explained. The FDA will start regulating e-cigarettes like tobacco on August 8, 2016.

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Blog: The wish fulfilment idée fixe

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 3:28am

Veteran developer Stieg Hedlund explains why the idea that good games must offer wish fulfilment is nonsensical at best. ...

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ULA Interns Launch Record-Breaking 50-Foot Rocket

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:00am
schwit1 writes: A team of United Launch Alliance (ULA) interns, working in their spare time, have successfully launched the largest model rocket every built. Space.com reports: "On Sunday (July 24), ULA launched the 50-foot-tall (15.24 meters) Future Heavy rocket out of Fort Carson Army Post, breaking the record for 'the largest sport rocket launched anywhere in the world,' according to a statement from ULA. The Future Heavy is also notable because it was built entirely by company interns and their mentors. 'We like [our interns] to have a very realistic experience,' ULA President and CEO Tory Bruno told Space.com at the Space Symposium meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last April." Calling it a "model rocket" really isn't fair. The thing is big, and really ranks up there with many of the suborbital rockets NASA used to routinely fly out of Wallops Island. [The fact that] ULA has provided support for this effort again suggests that the leadership of Bruno is reshaping the company into a much more innovative and competitive company.

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Samsung Gear VR hits 1 million MAUs

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:47am
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg sheds light on the growing reach of mobile VR, believes that AR will follow the same path
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Videoball, and the challenge of designing (and selling) simplicity

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:31am

"It's about shapes and its about visibility. It's designed for legibility. Everything is designed for the eyes - for human eyes to be comfortable." ...

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Dontnod deepens collaboration with Hesaw

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:30am
Parisian dev also preparing for launch of Life is Strange live action series
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Microsoft plans to sabotage Steam - Sweeney

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:04am
Epic co-founder says Windows 10 updates will progressively break Valve's storefront, Microsoft acknowledges that UWP is a work in progress
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Tech Takes Its K-12 CS Education and Immigration Crisis To the DNC

Slashdot Updates - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:00pm
theodp writes: In early 2013, Code.org and FWD.us coincidentally emerged after Microsoft suggested tech's agenda could be furthered by creating a crisis linking U.S. kids' lack of computer science savvy to tech's need for tech worker visas. Three years later, CNET's Marguerite Reardon reports that tech took its K-12 computer science and immigration crisis to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, where representatives from Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon called for the federal government to invest in more STEM education and reform immigration policies -- recurring themes the industry hopes to influence in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. "We believe in the importance of high-skilled immigration coupled with investments in education," said Microsoft President Brad Smith, repeating the Microsoft National Talent Strategy. The mini-tech conference also received some coverage in the New Republic, where David Dayen argues that the DNC is one big corporate bride.

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Layoffs at GSN Games

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 9:12pm
"Small reduction in force that primarily impacts social casino studios working on established live games"
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