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Star Trek sound-effects master Douglas Grindstaff dies at 87 – CNET

Next time you hear a Tribble coo, a transporter materialize or a phaser blast, remember the man who made it happen.
Source: CNET

Sorry, Elon Musk: NASA says plans to terraform Mars won't work – CNET

Making Mars habitable has been a staple of science fiction, which is where scientists say it will have to stay.
Source: CNET

MoviePass goes down again amid Mission: Impossible blackout, price hikes – CNET

If the film being blocked out didn’t deter you last weekend, perhaps having to pay extra will.
Source: CNET

Cult classic indie game La-Mulana finally gets a proper sequel

The sequel to the legendary, and legendarily difficult, indie sleeper hit La-Mulana has finally been released, and all gamers with a penchant for retro-style platforming and a broad masochistic streak are encouraged to descend into its depths.

If there were a gaming achievement hall of fame, surely one of the rarest feats would be beating La-Mulana. The original game was a contemporary of the revered and influential Cave Story; both were wonderful free games made with charming retro pixel art, but beyond that the stories diverged.

While Cave Story was a relatively accessible action-adventure that took seven or eight hours to complete, La-Mulana’s tale of an archaeologist delving into the titular ruin was so deep, complex, obscure and difficult that only the truly dedicated were able to survive even the first few hours, let alone the dozens to come.

The new game goes for a sort of 32-bit look, like the 2012 remake of the original.

This gem, lovingly crafted to closely mimic the look and feel of an MSX game (though enormously expanded), received a screen-for-screen remake for the Nintendo Wii in 2012, but it wasn’t until early 2014 that the original team of three decided to make a whole new game. They raised $266,000 on Kickstarter, with an estimated delivery date of December 2015. That date slipped and slipped, but seemingly because the game they were creating was one worth taking the time to do right.

Fast-forward a few more years and here we are: La-Mulana 2 was released today. It’s substantially the same: a labyrinthine underground ruin to explore, deadly traps and monsters to avoid and maddening puzzles to solve. I’ve played the first couple of hours and from what I can tell it is true to form.

You’ll play as the daughter of the original explorer, who has arrived at the ruins to find them turned into a tourist trap — but soon it becomes clear that a twin ruin, hitherto unexplored, is wreaking havoc on the first one and must be investigated.

If this game is even half the size and depth of the original it will be well worth the $25 price tag — plus you get the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting an indie developer that’s been doing its own weird thing for 15 years or so now. Just don’t expect any hand-holding — this game is the real deal, “Nintendo hard” all the way.

It may not be up everyone’s alley, but I wanted to celebrate La-Mulana and its new sequel. I like to think of small gaming studios as startups, as indeed they are, and a big launch like this deserves recognition. It’s available right now for Windows and macOS — but I’d be surprised if we didn’t see it on Switch at least fairly soon.


Source: TechCrunch

MoviePass could block more big movies from its subscription service

During an all-hands meeting earlier today, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe reportedly informed staff that the service will bar additional big titles from its subscription service. According to a report from Business Insider, upcoming titles Christopher Robin and The Meg will be getting similar treatment as Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

The service caused an uproar among users when it barred users from seeing the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster using its app. It’s another in a string of unfortunate incidents for the service, which has fallen on rough financial times, of late. Earlier today, users were met with a blank screen when attempting to view screenings on the app. And just a few days ago, the startup borrowed $5 million to end another service outage.

On today’s call, Lowe apparently suggested that these blocks wouldn’t be the last for the company “imply[ing] the practice of not offering tickets to major movies would continue for the foreseeable future,” according to the report.

While the service would admittedly still be a bargain at $10 a month, MoviePass would lose a lot of luster if users were no longer able to see the latest films. That would join a number of new fine-print asterisks for the service, including the addition of surge pricing and other changes to the pricing structure.

We’ve reached out to MoviePass to clarify the report. Whatever the case, it’s starting to look like the service that was once considered too good to be true is precisely that.


Source: TechCrunch

"No debatir alimenta la teoría de la conspiración de los 'chemtrails'"

El geoingenierio de Harvard David Keith, que está a punto de arrancar un pequeño experimento para manipular el clima, recibe amenazas constantes de gente que sigue creyendo en las estelas químicas. Pero afirma que hay críticas ‘constructivas’ que le han ayudado a mejorar su propio punto de vista
Source: MIT

Catalizadores de la innovación, la joya olvidada de la productividad

Los grandes avances se atribuyen a los inventores estrella, pero alrededor de ellos hay personas que juegan un papel clave en su trabajo y cuyo impacto suele ignorarse. Aprenda a identificar y potenciar a los catalizadores de la innovación para aumentar el rendimiento de su organización sin invertir en I+D
Source: MIT

Use your face or finger to log into accounts using Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge now supports the Web Authentication specification for password-free logins. Support actually appeared in Build 17723 for the Windows Insider Fast Ring last week, but Microsoft didn’t mention it until this week.

The post Use your face or finger to log into accounts using Microsoft Edge appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Gillmor Gang: Backflip

The Gillmor Gang — Esteban Kolsky, Frank Radice, Michael Markman, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday July 29, 2018. Social markets, what is notification media, the 20 percent solution.

Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

Liner Notes

Live chat stream

The Gillmor Gang on Facebook


Source: TechCrunch

Uber’s self-driving trucks division is dead. Long live Uber self-driving cars

Uber is shuttering its self-driving trucks unit, a beleaguered program borne out of the company’s controversial multi-million acquisition of Otto nearly two years ago.

The company said Monday the Uber Advanced Technologies Group will stop development of self-driving trucks and instead focus its efforts on self-driving cars.

“We recently took the important step of returning to public roads in Pittsburgh, and as we look to continue that momentum, we believe having our entire team’s energy and expertise focused on this effort is the best path forward,” Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in an emailed statement.

Uber Freight, a business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, is unaffected by this decision.

TechCrunch obtained an email sent by Meyhofer to employees.

As we work towards Uber’s mission of expanding access to safe, affordable movement of people and goods, it’s critical that ATG is set up to make self-driving technology a reality. Today, I want to let you know that after careful consideration, we’ve decided to stop development on our truck program and refocus our efforts solely on cars.

Uber’s self-driving trucks unit is based in San Francisco, while the team dedicated to self-driving cars is located in Pittsburgh. Uber says it will pivot employees  focused on self-driving trucks to other work that supports its ongoing development of self-driving technology. If there isn’t a comparable role, Uber will offer relocation to Pittsburgh or a separation package to support the transition.

Uber ATG will continue its in-house development of light detection and ranging radar known as LiDAR.

Uber’s self-driving truck efforts have been plagued by controversy since its beginning. Uber bought Otto, the self-driving trucks startup founded by former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski and three others including Lior Ron, who was head of product at Google Maps.

As part of the acquisition, Levandowski became head of Uber’s self-driving car research. (Documents filed as part of the lawsuit between Waymo and Uber suggest the pay out might have been as low as $220 million.)

Two months later the company enjoyed one moment of glory that received a lot of media attention: a self-driving truck that drove 120 highway miles along a route in Colorado with a trailer full of Budweiser.

But the buzz around the size of the Otto deal and its self-driving truck run in Colorado would soon be replaced with a different, more unwelcoming kind of attention.

Nine months after the acquisition, Uber was embroiled in a trade secrets lawsuit with Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet. Waymo accused Levandowski of hatching a plan to use trade secrets related to Waymo’s in-house development of unique LiDAR tech to kickstart Otto’s and subsequently Uber’s own self-driving technology program.

Uber would later fire Levandowski.


Source: TechCrunch

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