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Teachers in the UK reporting parents to police for allowing 18+ games

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

We've just learned that the Nantwich Education Partnership, a group of head teachers from 16 different English schools, will be reporting parents to the police if they allow their children to play 18+ games such as GTA V.

 

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A letter has been sent home to parents explaining that these types of games may leave their precious children "vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation or extreme violence" while further resulting in "early sexualised behavior."

 

The letter went on to state that "if your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is designated 18+ we are advised to contact the police and children's social care as this is deemed neglectful." Alongside GTA 5, Call of Duty, Dogs of War has been pointed out as a highly influential title.

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Researchers look to create fabrics that can collect health data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Researchers from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, are developing fabric chips that use wearable sensors to help collect medical data. Scientific data will be collected from sweat, blood, phlegm, environmental pollutants and other metrics, so researchers can look for chemical workers.

 

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Fabric chips have proven to be effective as a way to analyze select chemicals already, and there are a growing number of potential uses. The fabric chip is made by encasing silk in brass, and then treating it with silver nanoparticles - and can track biomarker vibrations - opening the door to practical uses.

 

"We would like to be able to detect biomarkers of tuberculosis," said Christa Brosseau, associate professor chemistry at Saint Mary's University, in a statement to the CBC. "The idea is you could have a fabric chip built into a handkerchief and they could cough into this handkerchief and then it could be easily analyzed."

Halo 5: Guardians will reach the Xbox One on October 27

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

During The Walking Dead's season finale, Microsoft aired a new advertisement for Halo 5: Guardians, teasing its release date on the Xbox One for October 27, 2015.

 

 

In the trailer above, you see Agent Locke walking through a city that has been reduced to almost nothing, where he walks toward a statue of Master Chief. As he gets closer to the statue, Master Chief is laying down pretty wounded and looking down for the count. The ad ends with Agent Locke pulling a pistol on Master Chief, before it goes to black and displays the Halo 5 logo, and 10.27.15.

 

Halo 5: Guardians is the next big thing for Microsoft this year, so expect a better unveiling at E3 2015 in June before its October 27, 2015 release on the Xbox One.

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Explaining a few differences between RPGs, Japanese RPGs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Nintendo and Sony are extremely popular in their native country of Japan, but Japanese game studios have to make changes on story lines of games - especially role-playing games - in an effort to cater to audiences in both countries. A well known Japanese game director recently spoke about what he believes are the differences between RPGs in the United States and JRPGs available in Japan.

 

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"One difference is that [Xenoblade Chronicles] did a good job of incorporating the innate heroism of JRPGs... allowing the user to become the hero, to become the protagonist," said Tetsuya Takahashi, director at Monolith Software, speaking in the newest Iwata Asks interview series. "On the other hand, games made in the west - and this is only my personal opinion - they are very well made, down to the last detail, but there's something stoic about them, and often the heroism aspect seems to take a bit of a back seat."

 

It's hard enough to make a hit video game in one region of the world, but trying to get it to translate elsewhere can sometimes seem like an impossible task.

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Fan made 'Super Mario 64' HD remake hits Unity

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

It's hard to believe, but it was almost 20 years ago that Nintendo ushered in 3D console gaming with 'Super Mario 64' - even if it's blocky polygons have aged about as well as Keith Richards. But now, one enterprising devotee has remade the entire first level of the game, and it's even playable in a web browser for you right now!

 

 

Unity developer Roystan Ross says that "Everything is just as you remember" with the exception of some minor changes, including "some really minor stuff that nobody cared about like red coins or the Wing Cap or the Big Bob-omb. Replacing them are crowd pleasers like giant springs and coin blocks."

 

'Super Mario 64 HD' is available here, or at least until Ninty's legal eagles swoop down like Koopa Troopers: https://roystanross.wordpress.com/super-mario-64-hd/

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Duchovny prepares to play 'X-Files' Mulder once again

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Fresh from last week's news which confirmed what 'X-Files' fans had long been hoping for - the return of the cult classic sci-fi show, star David Duchovny has opened up on what the eight year break means for his character Mulder and what he knows about the direction the revival will take.

 

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Speaking to the New York Times, Duchovny revealed that while he currently didn't "know much at all" apart from the six episode order, he stated he was "pretty sure it's gonna begin and end with the mythology" referring to the series spanning alien conspiracy which was absent from the last feature film 'I Want To Believe' to the disappointment of many. But by far the highlight of the interview was the admission that Mulder was "the worst F.B.I. agent of all time" having never truly solved a case throughout the nine season run.

 

'The X-Files' is expected to return sometime next year for the six episode limited series revival.

Night vision eye drops give you 50m of night vision in the dark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Science for the Masses, an independent "citizen science" organization has theorised that Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a natural molecule that can be created from algae and other green plants, can be used to create an eye drop that would give wearers amplified eyesight in dark environments.

 

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This molecule is found in some deep sea fish, and forms the basis of some cancer therapies, and has been used in previously prescribed intravenously for night blindness. The lab's medical officer, Jeff Tibbets, said: "There are a fair amount of papers talking about having injected it in models like rats and it's been used intravenously since the 60s as treatments for different cancers. After doing the research, you have to take the next step".

 

After that, the scientists had to moisten the eyes of biochemical researcher Gabriel Licina, with 50 microliters of Ce6. The effect was reportedly almost instantanous, and after an hour, Licina could distinguish shapes from 10m (32 feet) away in the dark, and after a little while longer, even further distances. Licina said: "We had people go stand in the woods. At 50 metres, I could figure who they were, even if they were standing up against a tree".

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Intel rumored to acquire FPGA giant Altera for $10 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

Intel is preparing one of its largest acquisitions to date, with Altera. Altera is a well-known manufacturer of SoC and FPGAs, and could seriously bolster Intel's already strong position in the market.

 

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The rumored acquisition would give Intel even more control of the server market, of which it already dominates with 98% market share. Datacenters are moving toward FPGA-based products, as they are reprogrammable chips that can run specific tasks faster than Intel's own chips on their own. Microsoft and Baidu are already shifting into Altera's FPGA chips, alongside Intel's own chips with good results.

 

Considering Intel manufacturers Altera's FPGAs, Intel acquiring the company could see them integrating FPGA onto their chips for additional performance. One of the big reasons for Intel to splash out $10 billion on Altera is that companies like Microsoft and Baidu could integrate FPGA with ARM-based solutions, which is Intel's biggest threat right now. Technology analyst Patrick Moorhead has said: "If Intel owns Altera, the chance of that happening is zero percent".

D-Rex revealed in new 'Jurassic World' TV spot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

It's been way, way too long since 2001's 'Jurassic Park III', so fans (myself included) are naturally salivating at every new bit of footage that Universal release ahead of the film's June release. Right on cue, the marketing machine at the the studio has pumped out a new TV spot to remind audiences the film isn't too far away.

 

 

Interestingly, the newest TV spot reveals the film's brand new threat; the Indominus Rex (or D-Rex) for the first time in motion, after the dinosaur design was leaked earlier this year.

 

'Jurassic World' hits hits in 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide on June 12.

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The NSA considered killing its mass surveillance program in early 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

In what feels like a parody to write, the Associated Press is reporting that the National Security Agency was discussing internally, to kill its phone surveillance program all the way back in early 2013.

 

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Some NSA officials were concerned that the mass surveillance program was not only expensive, but it was ineffective. These officials said that it wasn't "central" to catching terrorist plots, nor was it effective at securing most cellphone calls. These same officials were worried of the fallout if the public ever found out about the program, something NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed not long after the internal discussions about scrapping the program began.

 

There were "top managers" that saw the internal proposal, while the NSA director at the time, General Keith Alexander, reportedly not seeing it. Alexander believed in spying on US citizens' phone records, while President Obama's proposed reforms would've required legal changes "that haven't been forthcoming" reports Engadget.

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