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Oct 9, 2018

How mirrors work in video games

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Have you ever wondered how mirrors are possible in video games? 🤔✅

(Turn sound on 🔊)

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Oct 3, 2018

Winners, losers and the low-cost energy future

Posted by in categories: entertainment, futurism

The game is changing as prices ‘race to the bottom’ and in some places renewables are the cheapest option, finds Dave Elliott.

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Oct 1, 2018

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Found The Crushing Limits of Gravity Humans Could Survive

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They don’t call Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson ‘The Mountain’ for nothing.

In 2015, the strong man and Game of Thrones actor broke a millennium-old record by taking – or more accurately, staggering – five steps with a 650 kilogram (1,430 pound) log on his back.

To most of us, this was simply an extraordinary example of heroic strength. To scientists, this feat marked a crushing limit to the gravitational pull any mortal could ever hope to endure, setting a boundary on the mass of planets we might expect to colonise.

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Sep 21, 2018

What Will Quantum Computer Games Be Like?

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, quantum physics

You’ve just booted up a game on a state-of-the-art quantum computer. You’re running 19 superconducting quantum bits on a processor held at near absolute zero. Anticipating its sheer power, you press start and…

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Sep 20, 2018

World’s Oldest Animal Discovered, Looks Weird

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The oldest known animal in history has been discovered thanks to some well-preserved animal fat that’s been sitting in northwest Russia for the past 558 million years. The find expands the confirmed existence of animals by three million years.

The ancient animal is a Dickinsonia, which looks more like a creature from a sci-fi movie than something you’d expect to run into on Earth. Dickinsonia were oval-shaped creatures spread flat like pancakes that could grow up to four and a half feet long. Previously, the oldest macroscopic animal in the geological record was the mollusc-like Kimberella from 555 million years ago.

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Sep 15, 2018

Demonstrate Your Knowledge

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Shall we play a game?

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Sep 14, 2018

Ryff lets advertisers place any virtual object into commercials and films

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Ryff has a big idea that it says could turn the $23 billion product placement market upside down. Product placement is the advertising tactic of placing a branded object, like a bottle of Coca-Cola, in a scene in a movie or a TV show.

Los Angeles-based Ryff has figured out how to do this digitally with cloud technology. Ryff figures out the places in video content where virtual objects can be placed in a scene where they seem like they are a natural part of the environment. That means the objects have to be rendered realistically enough so they can be mistaken for being part of a real scene, as recorded in a movie or TV show or a commercial, said Roy Taylor, CEO of Ryff, at an event on Thursday evening.

“We are on a new platform that makes images intelligent,” Taylor said. “Ryff is the world’s first image technology company using AI and visual computing to change the way we experience entertainment.”

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Sep 13, 2018

Virtual Reality Simulation

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

The Venus Project is looking for VR artists for their project, Check it out!


A new project at The Venus Project has been started and a team consisting of video game industry veterans has been formed for its development.

The VR (Virtual Reality) Simulator will give access for everybody with a VR set to dive into a 360° projection of a city according to The Venus Project’s designs and experience it from the inside.

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Sep 6, 2018

You can now use Alexa and Cortana to control your Xbox

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You can now control the Xbox from Alexa and Cortana. Microsoft announced his morning it’s introducing a new way to interact with Xbox One using voice commands, by way of an Xbox Skill that works with both Alexa and Cortana, across platforms. The skill will allow users to launch games, adjust the volume, start and stop their broadcasts to Mixer, capture screenshots and more.

For example, players will be able to say to their Echo speaker, “Alexa, start Rocket League,” and the console would power on, sign them in, and launch the game.

To use the new feature with Alexa, players will first have to sign in with their Amazon account then link their Microsoft account to the skill. With Cortana, users will instead have to first sign into the Xbox they want to control, then sign in with their Microsoft account to link the skill on their Windows 10 PC.

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Aug 31, 2018

Acer Unveils Absurd, Insane, Predator Thronos Gaming Chair

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Acer is demoing an insane gaming chair / battlestation that’d be amazing to play with — if you could afford it.

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