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Twitter offers profile peeks in timeline test – CNET

Some iOS users can now see account previews without leaving their timelines.
Source: CNET

Don't Blame 'Fortnite' for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

There is a ‘Fortnite’ Effect—but it’s not what you think it is.
Source: Wired

'Smart cities', la nueva pesadilla de las personas discapacitadas

En muchas ocasiones, las innovaciones tecnológicas que incorporan las ciudades inteligentes no han sido pensadas para una parte importante de su ciudadanía: los discapacitados. Pero una nueva ola de activistas y empresas está lanzando alternativas capaces de arreglar el problema
Source: MIT

Este titular no es gracioso y la ciencia ya sabe por qué

Para descubrir las raíces del humor, un equipo de investigación se dedicó a convertir en serios los titulares satíricos de la revista ‘The Onion’. Según sus conclusiones, es más fácil quitarle la gracia a algo que añadírsela, y basta con hacer real algo irreal
Source: MIT

Solo harían falta tres hackers para destruir todo el internet cuántico

Una investigación revela que si tres ciberdelincuentes se pusieran de acuerdo para infectar la infraestructura al mismo tiempo, toda la información sería irrecuperable. Antes de que esta tecnología se haga realidad es necesario entender las amenazas a las que se enfrenta y buscar soluciones
Source: MIT

Nintendo is releasing a free battle royale version of Tetris

It came right in the middle of the Nintendo Direct announcement this afternoon: “99 players… but only one reigns supreme.”

It could be a tagline for just about any of the run-and-gun shoot ’em up battle royale games that are so popular right now, à la Fortnite or Apex. Instead, it’s the tagline for the new… Tetris?

Nintendo only touched on it for about 40 seconds (so details are a bit light), but the company says it’s releasing later today a free-to-play, 99-player version of Tetris called Tetris 99. It’ll be a free download for Nintendo Switch Online members.

It seems to mostly be the Tetris we all know, with a twist: performing particularly well will let you attack other players with garbage, filling their carefully curated rows with a bunch of junk.

No word yet on if you’ll be able to make your blocks Floss or do the Carlton dance.


Source: TechCrunch

Qloo acquires cultural recommendation service TasteDive

Qloo announced this morning that it has acquired TasteDive.

The two companies sound pretty similar — according to the announcement, Qloo is “the leading artificial intelligence platform for culture and taste,” while TasteDive is “a cultural recommendation engine and social community.”

What’s the difference? Well TasteDive is a website where you can create a profile, connect with other users and, as you like and dislike things, it will recommend music, movies, TV shows, books and more. Qloo, meanwhile, is trying to understand patterns in consumer taste and then sell that data to marketers.

Or, as Qloo CEO Alex Elias (pictured above) put it in a statement, “TasteDive does for millions of individuals what Qloo has been doing for brands for years – using AI to make better decisions about culture and taste.”

Apparently TasteDive has 4.5 million active users, and it will continue to operate as a separate team and product, with founder Andrei Oghina remaining on-board as CEO. (Elias will become chairman.)

At the same time, the companies say the addition of Qloo technology will allow TasteDive to get smarter and to expand into different categories, while Qloo benefits from TasteDive’s global customer base and its API ecosystem.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.


Source: TechCrunch

Brightcove acquires Ooyala’s video business for $15M

Brightcove just announced that it’s acquiring Ooyala’s online video platform business.

The deal brings together two long-lasting players in the online video industry. Brightcove was founded in 2004 and went public in 2012, while Ooyala was founded in 2007 and was acquired by Telstra before management bought back the company last fall. (Back when it was part of Telstra, Ooyala sued Brightcove for alleged theft of trade secrets.)

When Ooyala had become newly independent, CEO Jonathan Huberman said the company had two main businesses, its video platform and its media workflow tools — and although the video platform accounted for the majority of its business, Huberman saw more opportunity on the workflow side.

Brightcove says the deal includes Ooyala’s video content management and publishing platform Backlot, Analytics, Live and the underlying IP. It also says it will be bringing on “substantial portions” of the Ooyala team, including its operations in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In the acquisition release, Brightcove CEO Jeff Ray said:

Ooyala has tremendous global customers who understand the power of video and its ability to transform business and reach new customers. This transaction, which includes immediately growing our highly skilled and committed global workforce, accelerates our ability to deliver faster innovation and deeper support for all customers. We also will increase our market reach and further strengthen our ability to secure new business in key target markets. We look forward to welcoming Ooyala’s OVP customers and ensuring a smooth transition and a world-class experience for them.

Update: Brightcove says it disclosed the price in its earnings call — approximately $15 million, consisting of $6.25 million in cash and the rest in Brightcove shares.


Source: TechCrunch

Nintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever

Nintendo has ruined my life, and all our lives, by announcing Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the level-constructing game on Wii U that produced thousands of devious levels for those who think the “real” games aren’t hard enough. Gamers have been asking for this basically since the Switch was first rumored.

Mario Maker 2 looks like it’s been updated in a number of helpful ways apart from being on a console that will actually be supported long-term. The interface needed some sprucing up for the lower precision players, who will have to use their fingers instead of a stylus on the touchscreen.

No doubt this will be a huge draw for Nintendo’s Switch Online service, which will likely not only allow you to share your levels and try those of others, but — if Nintendo listened to its player base — compete with ghosts and other multiplayer features. Here’s hoping we can build whole worlds, but let’s not get greedy. But we definitely have slopes now!

Honestly, I could play NES and SNES-era Mario games forever on repeat, and the re-releases of other Marios on Switch has made the newer ones even more accessible. Probably between those and Mario Maker I’ll never leave the house again.

Details are truly scant for now except that the game will come out in June of this year, just in time for summer to arrive — and be shut out with blackout curtains so glare doesn’t get on my greasy Switch. I’ll update this post if any new information becomes available.


Source: TechCrunch

R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: the Hardest-Working Robot in the Solar System

NASA announced that, after 15 years and 5,000 charge cycles, the Mars rover Opportunity is officially dead. Here’s what killed the tenacious little robot.
Source: Wired

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