The biggest hack for Sony’s PlayStation 4 has arrived, and now enterprising owners can do things like install Linux and run their own games, via Eurogamer.Before you dive down a rabbit hole of forum posts to turn your PS4 into the ultimate homebrew gaming machine, there’s a big catch: the hack only works on consoles running the PS4’s 4.05 firmware.The 4.05 firmware dates back to 2016 and was patched with firmware 4.06 (released in November of that year).If you have a PS4 sitting unplugged in a closet since 2016, chances are it may have just dramatically appreciated in value.Along with the usual homebrew efforts of installing cracked copies of PS4 games, developers have cleverly reverse-engineered Sony’s existing PS2 Classics for PS4 titles, resulting in an installable wrapper that users can use to put almost any PS2 game (assuming they have an ISO file for the title).That’s led to a dramatically larger lineup of backwards compatible PS2 games on the PS4 than Sony’s official offerings on the store.
If pizza delivery, coffee joints and banks can do it, so can youI don't begrudge organisations who want us to start calling them "software companies".No, you're a company that uses software effectivelyMost companies saying "actually we're a software company" are anything but.They're now able to program their business.While Domino's boasts that you can order pizzas from your wrist and Papa John's makes it lickity-split easy to customise your pizza on an app (for some reason, you can't add anchovies except by phone – file a ticket!
Microsoft set the pulses of strategy gamers racing last June when it announced that it was working on a high-definition remaster of its hit RTS, Age of Empires, to celebrate the title’s 20th anniversary – but then failed to launch it in October 2017 as promised.Thankfully, we’ve now got a new release date, and we’re just a month away from it.Age of Empires Definitive Edition will drop on February 20 for PC, and cost you $20 in the Microsoft Store.Adam Isgreen, creative director at Microsoft chalked up the delay to the development team’s desire to get every detail just right, while also adding some quality of life improvements and new features like an in-game tech tree.The company had previously launched a multiplayer beta, and it’s opening that up to another 100,000 players who sign up on this page with an Xbox Live ID.That trial will kick off on January 29.
At CES 2018, I got a chance to sit down with Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO of Smart Automobile, who describes what smart cars ultimately mean.She is the first woman to head a Daimler division, a significant moment in the history of a still predominantly male-led industry.Under her term, Smart underwent a revival and even forged a new vision, embodied in the completely autonomous smart vision EQ fortwo concept electric vehicle unveiled in August last year.How could smart look like?It’s focusing on caution with swarm intelligence.It knows where the customers are, it knows when it will have the time to recharge, which is also very important.
Louis Armstrong had two great loves in life—music, of course, and eating.Armstrong adored soul food and Chinese food, scarfing down so much of both that he’d also swallow antacids and laxatives in an attempt to keep his weight in check.It had no expiration date, so (if you saved one) it’s still good today.… Let me know if I can buy maybe a carton or so.”History does not record if Pops ever got his carton, but the letter is an enduring testament to one of the most revolutionary food products of the 20th century, one that accomplished the tiny miracle of making your coffee sweeter than sugar with just a single calorie.Today, 138 million Americans use sugar substitutes, fueling an industry that’s worth nearly $16 billion.
However, while Digital Paper is easy and comfortable to use, its limited capabilities still come at an extremely high price — this device costs $700.Thin and lightweight, with a sleek designSony’s Digital Paper has an extremely sophisticated look and a nice, smooth feel to it.Coming in at just 0.23 inches thin, it was easy to slip into a tote without taking up too much room.We were also able to place it neatly in our desk drawer when it wasn’t in use — so it definitely won’t be an issue to carry in backpacks or briefcases.On the side, you can attach your stylus magnetically to the device.
CES 2018 may not officially end until tomorrow (January 14th) but The Verge team has already packed our bags and left the warmth of Las Vegas for home.But as we unplugged our Ethernet cables, tried to find the many missing lens caps, and wondered what on earth we were going to do with what looked a hundred bottles of water that had somehow accumulated in the fridge, we also took the time to pool some of our favorite behind-the-scenes photos we had taken during what has turned out to be a very eventful CES.Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Photo by Helen Havlak / The Verge Photo by Tyler Pina / The Verge Photo by Lauren Goode / The Verge Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Photo by Lauren Goode / The Verge Photo by Anon Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Photo by Sophie Erickson / The Verge Photo by Tom Connors / The Verge Photo by Natt Garun / The Verge Photo by Dami Lee / The Verge Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Photo by Ruben Salvadori / The Verge Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Photo by Natt Garun / The Verge Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Photo by Ruben Salvadori / The Verge Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Photo by Tom Connors / The Verge Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge
Pete Lau, chief executive of the niche Chinese phone manufacturer, said the company would begin talks with US carriers this year.He declined to give any specific time frame for when a deal might be struck.(Lau spoke Chinese, and Carl Pei, co-founder and global director, served as the translator.)A potential deal with a carrier would bring the company a higher-profile distribution partner and potentially supercharge its brand.Still small, OnePlus is riding a lot of momentum.The company saw its OnePlus 5T become its fastest- and best-selling product after its launch in November, according to Pei.
On Thursday, January 11, Namco Bandai confirmed that a remastered version of Dark Souls is making its way to the current crop of consoles in 2018.The project was first unveiled as part of a last-minute Nintendo Direct, but it has since been announced that the game will hit the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, also.Dark Souls was first released in 2011 and went on to become a cult smash that spawned two direct sequels and a host of imitators, ranging from Lords of the Fallen to Nioh.However, the game is yet to be released on current hardware, save for backward compatibility on the Xbox One.The world of Lordran is set to be realized in upscaled 4K resolution for players journeying through the game on the PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and PC.The Switch version will mark the first time that the title has been available on Nintendo hardware, and its first official portable release — perfect for anyone that is looking for a truly punishing action-RPG to enjoy during their commute.
SpaceX and Northrop Grumman have refused to address rumors that all may not be well with the classified "Zuma" satellite launched on Monday.Speculation about the fate of the satellite arose after the editor of Space Intel Report, Peter de Selding, noticed that after the expected satellite deployment, there was no word from SpaceX on Zuma's telemetry or orbital parameters.Zuma satellite from @northropgrumman may be dead in orbit after separation from @SpaceX Falcon 9, sources say.Info blackout renders any conclusion - launcher issue?— Peter B. de Selding (@pbdes) January 8, 2018de Selding noted that the 45th Space Wing had congratulated SpaceX on the successful launch, but has been silent since:
The Taiwanese company, best known for making slick-looking smartphones, on Monday at a CES press conference unveiled an upgraded Vive Pro, which like the original Vive system requires a high-end PC and a cable attachment connecting the two, but has enhanced resolution, integrated headphones and a number of other improvements.The Vive Pro will be available this quarter as a headset upgrade to existing customers, with developers getting it later.In addition, HTC showed off the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which can hook onto either the original or Vive Pro and wirelessly connect to a nearby PC.It will be available in the summer.The Vive Pro and the wireless adaptor are two features that may help foster more interest from mainstream consumers.That's particularly the case for high-end VR systems like the Vive or rival Oculus Rift, a headset from Facebook's Oculus unit.
Anker, known for its battery packs and mobile accessories, has slowly been becoming more of a fully-fledged hardware company, dipping its toes in various tech categories.In its expansion comes a structural reorganization: Anker Innovations is now the parent company for five key sub-brands, including Anker, Eufy, Roav, Nebula, and Zolo.Its latest creation is the PowerHouse 200, which is a smaller version of the regular PowerHouse.It’s akin to a generator, as it can power all sorts of devices, and it’s still quite bulky and big (6.61 lbs) — though it is a more portable version of the original PowerHouse.It’s expected to launch this summer for $300.Roav is Anker Innovations’ brand focusing on “in-car” products.
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of “letting the Tories off the hook” and a “pathetic” lack of leadership after rejecting a cross-party invite to fight to stay in the single market.The SNP’s Ian Blackford said the Labour leader was failing millions of working families after he rebuffed his offer to attend a summit on blocking the Government from a Brexit that rips the UK out of the single market.Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, is due to meet with the leaders of the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party on Monday to discuss a common approach to the issue in the weeks ahead.Corbyn declined an offer to take part, saying the initiative was based on a “flawed” assumption about the single market.Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has said Labour wants a Brexit deal which “retains the benefits of the single market and the customs union”, but does not support membership beyond a limited transition period after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.In his letter to Blackford, Corbyn said: “Your proposed summit appears to be based on the flawed assumption that the single market is a membership club – it is not.
An issue with Intel's processor design that may date back 10 years could leave systems vulnerable to hackers.As first reported by technology site The Register, security researchers have published some details of the flaw, which can expose information from a computer's kernel, a secure part of the operating system that controls key functions.The flaw, which can affect Windows, MacOS and Linux systems, could allow software to access protected information in the kernel, which would allow for secure information to be leaked, or for malicious software to be installed.Extensive patching may be required to close the vulnerability, and Linux updates are already available.Windows and MacOS software updates are expected soon.One potential issue is that the most likely fix, which further separates the kernel from the rest of a computer's operations, may add extra steps to almost any process, leading to a significant impact on performance.
iPhone X TrueDepth-like radar (see: Face ID) may be employed on the next generation of Android Wear devices.In a set of concept drawings made by Google, we’ve seen the ways in which radar could make the next generation of wearable devices not only more usable, but useful, too.Google’s Radar-Based Gesture-Recognition Through A Wearable Device might well be the reason why the future of Android Wear is a reality.This device is not necessarily the one iteration Google might use, but it presents a couple of ways in which the idea can be executed.One emanates radio waves from the bottom of the wrist, the other does the same thing from the top of the wrist.For example you might put up one finger for your lamp to turn on with a yellow light, and two fingers might mean that light switches to blue.
Without it, you are locked out and the cold reality of using free cloud services like Google is that you don’t have a human arbiter to help you.About a month ago, I went to sign into Google.I was asked to send a confirmation to my phone they had on file.I responded and was asked to send a confirmation code to my email.I was asked when I first opened my account.On December 5th, I sent a note to a PR contact who I work with on Google-related news and I told him about my problem.
National Association of Head Teachers cautions against machine learning scheme for school inspectionsA teaching trade union, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), has cautioned against the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to rate schools and prioritise Ofsted inspections.The union said that school inspections should not result from a data-led approach, after it emerged that a government data science unit has been developing algorithms to rate schools, using machine learning (essentially a form of AI).The development comes amid growing concern over the use of AI in everyday life, as evidenced by warnings about its dangers from the likes of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking.The criticism from the National Association of Head Teachers comes after a report from Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), which is described as ‘social purpose company’.The Behavioural Insights Team report details how data science has great potential to be used in public policy.
As tragic as it is to accidentally drop an elaborate Lego creation, it can also occasionally be quite cathartic to watch thousands of plastic bricks shatter in all directions.But I’m glad it was David Windestal and his crew who went to all the trouble of building this 3,152-piece Lego Super Star Destroyer before completely obliterating it on a 67 mph rocket sled.The resulting carnage is, as always, infinitely more satisfying when you watch it play out in slow motion.And it’s doubtful this Lego model will ever be fully assembled again, because it looks like some of its pieces were launched into low earth orbit during the crash, never to be seen again.But that’s OK, because we’ll never get tired of seeing Lego crash tests like this.
Biz is DRAM happy for now – though 3D XPoint not as perkyMemory and flash maker Micron posted great quarterly results following booming demand for its mobile, server and SSD products – a sign of what it is hoping is an enduring market change.The memory and flash maker said revenues in its first fiscal 2018 quarter were $6.83bn, 71 per cent up on a year ago, and 10.8 per cent up on the quarterly compare.GAAP net income was $2.68bn, compared to $180m a year ago and $2.37bn a quarter ago.Charting its quarterly results shows a six-quarter growth trend.In the earnings call he said the results HAD "demonstrated the company's continued strong execution, a market environment that reflects the strategic importance of memory and flash storage and healthy supply and demand fundamentals".
Vodafone is set to appoint a new head of its Internet of Things (IoT) business unit.Stefano Gastaut is to become the new global director of the division from January 1.Gastaut, who is currently the chief executive of Vodafone Egypt, will be taking over an IoT business that currently generates more than €700 million in revenue, manages 62 million IoT SIMs, and supports services in more than 190 countries.Before taking over at Vodafone Egypt, Gastaut was CEO of Vodafone’s partner market business, responsible for forming strategic alliances with local mobile operators around the world.He built on his experience to grow Vodafone Egypt’s revenues, launch a 4G service and improve market share from 40% to 45%.Vodafone’s IoT business is particularly strong in the automotive sector, where it has been positioned as a leader in the relevant Gartner Magic Quadrant report for the last four years.