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Black Friday 2018 iPhone deals: Free iPhone XR, $750 off iPhone XS, free $400 iPhone X gift card – CNET

The best iPhone discounts from Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
Source: CNET

Black Friday 2018 Galaxy deals: Free Galaxy S9, $600 Note 9, $300 gift card, $5 monthly plan – CNET

Some of these deals from Amazon, Target and your carrier are already on.
Source: CNET

More countries join 'grand committee' seeking Mark Zuckerberg's participation – CNET

They want the Facebook CEO to participate via video link if he can’t be in London on Nov. 27.
Source: CNET

All the best Apple MacBook deals for Black Friday 2018

Shoppers looking for a new Apple laptop could find huge savings on a new MacBook come Black Friday. Retailers are offering discounts as much as $650 on select MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models this holiday season.

The post All the best Apple MacBook deals for Black Friday 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Half-Life turns 20, and we all feel very old

The only thing that’s crazier than the fact that Half-Life was released exactly 20 years ago is that I wrote up its 10th anniversary on this very website… well, 10 years ago. We’ve both aged well, I like to think. But Half-Life has already left a legacy.

Half-Life was Valve’s first game, when they were a young game studio and not the giant gaming conglomerate we know them as today. The game was also a big risk — its narrative-heavy gameplay, including the now famous arrival-at-work intro sequence, was a departure from the generally simple shooters of the late ’90s.

At a time when most games were still level-based, Half-Life set forth a continuous (though still largely episodic) journey punctuated with setpiece encounters and more than a few terrifying moments. This story-centric, wide corridor approach would be immensely influential in game design, as would Half-Life’s scarily smart (for the time) enemy AI, particularly the soldiers sent to shut down the Black Mesa facility and everyone in it.

The tantalizing tastes of a larger story in which you were only one part — orchestrated by the still-mysterious G-Man — kept players on the hook through its expansions and eventually its masterful and sadly unfinished sequel.

The multiplayer, too, was a joy. I remember in particular long matches of robots versus scientists in Gasworks, and brutal close-quarters combat trying to escape the air raid in Crossfire. Then of course Team Fortress Classic and all that came after.

But it wasn’t just Half-Life itself that was influential. Valve’s success with this experiment drove it to make further forays into gaming infrastructure, leading to the creation of Steam — now, of course, the world’s leading PC gaming platform. Although there are arguments to be made now that Steam is stuck in the past in many ways, it’s hard to overestimate its effect on the gaming industry over the years.

I replayed the game a couple of years ago and it mostly holds up. The initial chapters are still compelling and creepy, and the action is still fun and frantic. The pacing isn’t so hot and of course the graphics aren’t so hot these days, and of course Xen is still a pain — but overall it’s easy to put yourself back in your ’90s shoes and remember how amazing this was back then.

If you’re thinking of replaying it, however, you might do yourself a favor and instead play Black Mesa, a full-on remake of the game with more modern graphics and a lot of quality of life changes. It’s still largely the same game, just not quite as 1998.


Source: TechCrunch

Which iPad you should buy: Black Friday 2018 edition – CNET

Here’s the best way to keep your sanity when choosing among an iPad, an iPad Pro or even a non-Apple tablet.
Source: CNET

Ticketmaster and Fanatics link up to sell merch and tickets on each others’ platforms

In a blockbuster deal for Fanatics and Ticketmaster, the two companies have agreed to sell verified tickets and merchandise on each others’ sites.

According to a statement from the two companies, the partnership will give leagues, teams and universities an integrated e-commerce experience from the two companies’ customer databases to create fan rewards programs, as well.

Ticketmaster is the gatekeeper for almost every major sporting event in the U.S., and through the new deal will be the exclusive ticket provider for Fanatics — giving shoppers the ability to buy tickets through embedded links on sites like Fanatics .com, FansEdge.com and individual team sites.

Ticket purchases will also get Fanatics shoppers access to a rewards program where points can be exchanged for merchandise.

“As the go-to destination for event tickets and the official ticketing partner to so many incredible sport clients, we’re always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience while simultaneously adding value to our partners,” Jared Smith, president of Ticketmaster, said in a statement. “Partnering with Fanatics in this way is the definition of a win-win for us, for Fanatics, for our common rights holders and for fans.”

The partnership will also allow Ticketmaster to target Fanatics shoppers with personalized offerings, special offers and identify new customers. Fanatics shoppers can also receive bundles of merchandise as an up-sell on their ticket purchases through Ticketmaster.

“As partner to leagues, teams and schools, Ticketmaster and Fanatics have a shared responsibility to help stakeholders amplify their brands and grow their businesses,” said Cole Gahagan, chief commercial officer of Fanatics. “By teaming up, we’re now in a remarkably unique position to not only boost event awareness, but to also reward fans, and increase the value of buying tickets and attending games. It’s a big win for every member of the sports community.”


Source: TechCrunch

Cloud stocks take a beating

It was a stormy Monday for cloud stocks today with the general trend pointing way down. Okta stock took the biggest beating, down over 15 percent to $48.67, and even mighty Salesforce had its worst day since 2016, according to CNBC, down 8.7 percent to $121.01.

Wall Street was apparently disenchanted with just about every cloud company, large and small and in-between. Nobody, it seemed, was spared investor’s wrath:

  • Box was down 6.93 percent to $16.66
  • Workday was down 7.57 percent to $124.07
  • Twilio was down 13.76 percent to $76.90
  • Amazon (which of course includes AWS) was down 5.09 percent to $1,512.29

That’s just a smattering of the cloud stocks, and it didn’t take any cherry picking to give you the idea. It was a bad day, but there really is no rhyme or reason for this drubbing. The cloud is in high growth mode. Amazon just reported cloud revenue accounted for $6.68 billion, up 46 percent in its most recent earnings report. That’s a run rate of almost $25 billion just for the cloud business.

Salesforce? In August, it reported $3.28 billion for the quarter. That’s 27 percent year-over-year, and puts them on a run rate of over $13 billion. It wasn’t that long ago the company stormed through a $10 billion revenue goal and set its sights on $20 billion.

As for Okta, it’s reporting in a couple of weeks, but in its most recent report, it announced $94.6 million, which accounted for 57 percent year-over-year growth with subscription revenue growing 59 percent year-over-year. None of these sound like companies in trouble, do they?

John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research, a firm that tracks cloud market share, said it was a case of today’s short-term snapshot of the market simply not matching the forecasted growth of the cloud in the coming years.

“Well, there is logic and then there is the stock market; and often the two have little in common,” Dinsdale told TechCrunch. “In terms of ongoing market growth and future prospects, absolutely nothing has changed. The market forecasts remain extremely healthy. Indeed, if anything our next forecast update will likely result in us nudging up our forecast growth rates a little,” he said.

In general, the cloud market continues to grow, according to Synergy’s latest reports (which is in line with other market projections). “The Q3 growth rate of 45% compares with a full-year 2017 growth rate of 44% and a 2016 growth rate of 50%. Public IaaS and PaaS services account for the bulk of the market and those grew by 51% in Q3,” Synergy wrote in their October 25th report.

Perhaps this is just a case of one bad day as the stock market continues its overall volatility of the last couple of months, but whatever the reasons, cloud stocks really took it on the chin today.


Source: TechCrunch

La genómica social está abriendo nueva puerta a la supremacía racial

Esta nueva ciencia, que busca correlaciones entre los genes y determinados rasgos del comportamiento como la inteligencia, se está convirtiendo en un arma para defender nuevas formas de eugenesia. Pero, aunque estas correlaciones sean muy útiles, no implican una relación causa-efecto 
Source: MIT

La urgencia de que los políticos entiendan lo que nos jugamos con la IA

Si queremos limitar los peligros de la inteligencia artificial y fomentar sus beneficios, es imprescindible que los reguladores comprendan la tecnología en profundidad. Para lograrlo, la Universidad de Harvard ya está organizando eventos formativos y reuniendo opiniones de expertos
Source: MIT

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