Judge Halves $500 Million Payout In Facebook ZeniMax Lawsuit

A Texas judge has halved the amount of money Facebook must pay ZeniMax Media for allegedly using stolen computer code in its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, according to Bloomberg. ZeniMax sued Facebook in 2014 after Id Software co-founder John Carmack joined Oculus as its chief technology officer. The company claimed Carmack and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey stole trade secrets […]

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‘Overwatch’s’ New Hero Appears to be a Hamster in a ‘Star Wars’ Droid

We don’t know a lot about the latest “Overwatch” hero just unveiled by Blizzard other than that he travels around in a rolling ball of death that looks an awful lot like some of the war droids in “Star Wars” and that he’s an incredibly adorable … hamster? You can see the full tweet below revealing the absolutely cuddly hero. […]

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Dicey Topics: Genevieve Bell talks death, bodies and sex

Each week, Benjamin Law asks public figures to discuss the subjects we're told to keep private by getting them to roll a die. The numbers they land on are the topics they're given. This week, he talks to Genevieve Bell. The 51-year-old anthropologist is a professor at the Australian National University, specialising in artificial intelligence, data and technology and their […]

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ on Its Way to Shattering Streaming Records

UPDATED: Sixteen hours after its release, Drake’s new 25-song double-album “Scorpion” is averaging 10 million streams per hour on Spotify, according to an announcement from the company, and looks well on its way toward breaking a number of streaming records — it might even become the first album to pass 1 billion streams in the U.S. in its first week […]

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These Technologies Could Power the Next ‘Pokemon Go’

Niantic, the company behind “Pokemon Go,” announced the acquisition of the U.K.-based computer vision and machine learning startup Matrix Mill Thursday to further build out its augmented reality (AR) technology. In preparation of the announcement, Niantic invited journalists to a press event in San Francisco Wednesday, where it provided a first behind-the-scenes look at some of its work in the […]

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Dynaudio can't make apps, but it makes a superb $700 portable speaker

I dunno. I guess It's kind of reassuring that the app for Dynaudio's new portable speaker, the Music-1, is not so great. Dynaudio has always put sound quality first and the app, which was seemingly put together when the marketing department told the engineers that every other portable speaker has an app, proves that sound quality is still the priority […]

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Radical.fm Shuts Down After Tip Jar Model Fails

Online music streaming platform Radical.fm, also known as Radical Indie, is closing its doors and putting its assets up for sale: Radical announced its closure Friday, and is set to go offline over the weekend. “Despite our quality, and the support of our users and shareholders, Radical simply lacks the muscle to reach the full potential of this tech on […]

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