After 21 years, the SETI@home project is coming to an end. I actually tested this project out myself at least a decade ago and thought it was pretty neat. While this project may be ending, if you are looking there are other replacement projects that might pique your interest.
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Gaming has been becoming increasingly more mainstream through the years, growing alongside the growth social media has seen as well. With so many different companies diving head first into video games, it shouldn’t really be a shock that reports are stating that Snapchat will be the latest to join this market with their own version of a mobile gaming platform for its app.
With new Xbox and PlayStation consoles on the horizon, backward compatibility with older games seems like not just a hope, but a must-have feature. In earlier console generations, this backward compatibility was common, but by the time Sony released the PlayStation 4 there was simply no built-in support for PlayStation 3 games, and the Xbox One didn’t have backward compatibility at launch either.
Security researchers have discovered a new way to hijack a Twitter user’s stream, and they’ve done it using a seemingly old-school method. They did it by sending SMS messages. A team from Insinia Security managed to post tweets (with permission from the account holders, of course) without having to directly access users’ accounts. It was done without logging in and without having to intercept a two-factor authentication code.
Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl!
So to make sure you’re making the most of your trusty voice-activated partner, we’ve gathered together nine handy but not necessarily obvious Google Assistant features that will help to make it genuinely useful in loads of situations you might not have expected.
Lawrence G. Roberts, the man whose work would eventually allow us to send each other cat GIFs and get into arguments in comments sections, has died of a heart attack in his California home. Roberts was a major force behind Arpanet, the direct precursor to the internet. He was 81.
It’s been a long time coming. While other analyst firms, such as StatCounter, have shown Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7 sometime ago, NetMarketShare has consistently shown the new OS to be lagging way behind the aging fan favorite. In December though, NetMarketShare finally has Windows 10 taking first position.
Now that Epic has launched its challenger to Steam, it’s apparently gearing up to launch a similar war on mobile. Epic is said to have plans to launch an app store all its own, again with the main selling point being that it takes a smaller cut of each sale than Google and Apple do. Unfortunately, Epic’s plans are rather vague at this point. The company only tells The Wall Street Journal that it will begin selling Android apps at some point in 2019, with the same 12% fee it charges developers and publishers on its PC storefront. Apple and Google, for the record, take keep 30% of each sale, just as Valve does with Steam.
During its 2017 announcement of the iPhone X, Apple didn’t just show off its vision of what the future of iPhones would look like, it also announced a new way to charge them. Called AirPower, the charging mat was meant to charge up to three devices at once including a new iPhone, an Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods (with a separate, optional wireless charging case). In its announcement, Apple promised that the new charger would be “coming in 2018.”
The SouljaBoy game console saga was one of the most confusing to watch in the gaming scene this month. The story began with the rapper selling “a game console” that included pirated ROMs of games. Fast forward until today and it seems like the time of reckoning for the rapper has come as the SouljaGame consoles have been retired from sale.
Following last week’s launch of the Pixel 3, Google is ramping up advertising for its flagship phones. From celebrities to the World Series, the latest involves a Pixel 3 ad featuring a song from Fred Rogers that focuses on Google Lens. The 90-second clip is titled “The power to wonder” and features quick cuts of simple scenes like a shirt drying in a breeze to various animals and greenery. Beloved television personality, Fred Rogers, narrates over these scenes before jumping into his original recording of “Did You Know?”
Soundcloud artists, rejoice. Instagram has announced it will now allow SoundCloud links to be shared through its Stories feature. The process will work similarly as it does with Spotify, which Instagram introduced to its Stories platform earlier this year.
Last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that one of his company’s goals is to “increase the health of public conversation” on its platform. And it’s a talking point Twitter has come back to throughout the year. In March, it reached out to experts for ideas on how to promote healthy, open and civil conversations online and in September, the company sought feedback on a proposed policy that would ban dehumanizing speech. Now, the company is testing a handful of new features aimed at encouraging users to talk to each other.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to release on Switch this December but it seems the growing roster is getting bigger, if this latest leak is to be believed. An unnamed person who claims to have access to promotional material took photos of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster collage on their Snapchat. The post was deleted, but later posted on message boards like 4Chan and Resetera. Nintendo has not officially confirmed any of these characters for the game at this time.
Fortnite is getting into the Halloween spirit with the addition of undead opponents to its popular battle royale mode, marking a major moment in the game mode’s history where players can fight computer-generated enemies. A trailer for the mode, showcases the demonic ghouls in action. Players will have to defeat the monstrous-looking opponents that were birthed from Cube Fragments that appear on the map. Killing the undead will result in loot for players, and they’ll appear sporadically throughout matches.
You’ll have to wait a while if you want to see Battlefield V’s much-touted battle royale mode. EA DICE has detailed the post-launch roadmap for its WWII shooter, and the vaunted “Firestorm” battle royale experience will arrive as part of a “Trial by Fire” chapter starting in March 2019 (it’s not clear if the mode will be available right away). While the last-one-standing experience isn’t the only tentpole feature of BFV, it’s safe to say this will be disappointing if you expected to play it over the holidays.
Micro-blogging site Twitter has recently announced that it would end some of its several apps. These apps include Twitter for Android TV, Twitter for Roku, as well as Twitter for Xbox.
Why Twitter is killing its apps?
Twitter has decided to kill the Twitter for Xbox because of its dismal feedback. In Microsoft store, the app has only received a whopping average rating of one and a half stars out of five. Such negative feedback was attributed to the Twitter apps limitation as users claim that they don’t actually interact fully while using the platform.
On Thursday, May 24, Twitter for Roku, Twitter for Android TV and Twitter for Xbox will no longer be available. To get the full Twitter experience, visit https://t.co/fuPJa3nVky on your device or desktop.
In fact, Twitter users claim that these apps actually lack a log-in facility and they criticized even the app for passively looking at a displayed feed. One reviewer commented, “Hardly any effort was put into this.” And another reviewer wrote: “This is not the point of Twitter.”
In case you don’t know, the Twitter for Xbox has actually allowed for curated Twitter commentary to display while watching videos. Based on the user’s comments, it is obvious that the apps above are either “useless, worthless, and garbage,” as described by reviewers while lamenting the restrictions of Twitter for Xbox.
The user’s hatred to these Twitter apps was expressed creatively to the extent that people made YouTube videos dedicated to their hatred of this app.
Meanwhile, Twitter for Android TV and Twitter for Roku also did get the users’ satisfaction. Both apps ratings were two and three and a half out of five stars, respectively.