Two campers are to blame for a fire that has consumed more than 500 acres in Voltaire Canyon in the US state of Nevada as of Wednesday night, according to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.Furlong said the campers were burning poo in a hole, reports the Reno Gazette Journal.They have been detained by the sheriff’s deputies.The sheriff’s office and a Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest spokesperson did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s requests for more information on why these campers were burning poo in a hole.And I can think of no reason why someone would need to burn poo in a hole.2nd hour of the VoltaireFire as seen from McClellanPeak @nvfirecams as it descends downhill toward Carson City.
Camp Anytown is not pictured.Camp Anytown and its spinoff leadership camps across the country focus on teaching teenagers about diversity with racial slurs and labels.The San Francisco Chronicle reported that two of these camps exist in the Bay Area, and attended two four-day sessions to find out what it's like.At the camp, high school attendees of all racial backgrounds go through exercises that re-enact segregation and degradation to teach kids about real-world injustices.Advocates for the camps argue that these immersive activities help better prepare youth to confront discrimination in the real world.But The Chronicle asked 28 experts, and 27 of them aren't convinced.
Bitcoin now hovers around £4,700, but not long ago it had spiked to nearly £15,000 per coin.Sceptics have wondered how such a rise was even possible, and a paper authored at the University of Texas suggests a fairly reasonable answer: price manipulation!Specifically Amin Shams and Professor John Griffin’s 66-page paper looks at the relationship between Bitcoin and Tether, a “stablecoin” supposedly backed by and pegged to the US dollar.The paper, as summarized in the New York Times, “identified several distinct patterns that suggest that someone or some people at [Bitfinex] successfully worked to push up prices when they sagged at other exchanges,” using Tether as the mechanism to inflate those prices.The paper also speculates that “if Tether is pushed out to other crypto exchanges rather than demanded by investors with dollars in hand, Tether may not be fully backed by dollars when issued,” something critics of Tether have long suspected.The prices of so-called “alt-coins” tend to be strongly correlated to the price of Bitcoin, meaning that if the manipulation described in the paper is found to be accurate, it has bitter ramifications for the market as a whole.
Translation apps can be incredibly useful tools when you need quick guidance on translating a phrase or word from one language to another, but tools like Google Translate often fall short when you’re travelling and can’t get online.On Tuesday, Google announced it’s upgrading its own translation app specifically for offline use by incorporating previously online-only neural machine translation (NMT) technology.The change is rolling out to users in the next week with support for 50 different languages.Google says its NMT tech takes a more nuanced approach to translation by looking at an entire phrase rather than individual words.This enables the service to generate more precise translations of phrases.Google even provided a comparison of how the quality of translations should soon improve for offline users.
Byton wowed the crowds at CES in January with the debut of its at-the-time unnamed electric SUV concept.Now it's back with a sedan, and it's looking just as good.The Chinese-based startup has retroactively renamed its SUV concept the M-Byte, and these two vehicles will be part of a three-car lineup relying on "Byte" names.All three will be built on a single shared platform, which should help keep costs low.It has the same sort of everything-jammed-together front end that we've seen in other concept cars such as the Lucid Air and the Faraday Future FF 91.The back sort of mirrors the front, but there's some interesting styling on the C-pillar.
Snapchat continues ramping up its commerce platform as the Los Angeles company tries to keep up with Facebook.After introducing “Shoppable AR” lenses in April, Snapchat is now testing Shoppable Snap and Story ads that can run both on the “Discover” page of the app and between stories.Additionally, Snapchat is letting any advertiser use the Snap Pixel to see the total number and value of purchases of an advertiser’s Snapchat campaign.It’s a continued push into social commerce that many people in the industry see as the future—including Rachel Tipograph, founder and CEO of social video commerce company MikMak.“The future of commerce will continue to be highly distributed.”The new Shoppable Snap ad is simple, and it’s familiar to anyone who’s browsed through brands on social media: an ad with a product catalog at the bottom.
We anticipated Sony would end the PlayStation E3 2018 press conference with a look at The Last of Us: Part II, but the company instead showed Naughty Dog’s latest post-apocalyptic game to kick off the show.The gameplay trailer gave us our first look at The Last of Us: Part II in action, and it emphasized how deadly Ellie has become since the events of the first game.Beginning in a church during a small party, we’re introduced to an older Ellie, who waits patiently for her girlfriend to approach her for a dance.Ellie remarks that people are staring at them together, but her partner doesn’t seem to mind.The two share a kiss before a very sudden transition occurs.Next, Ellie is in a forest hiding from several enemies who appear to be murdering survivors nearby.
Out with the old…twenty years after it was first launched, Yahoo Messenger is to be retired in mid JulyVerizon has announced it will retire the veteran messaging service, Yahoo Messenger, on 17 July.To give users an indication of just how old the messaging app is, Yahoo Messenger was originally launched back in March 1998 under the name Yahoo!Verizon of course acquired most of Yahoo last year via its “Oath” division, after a lengthy acquisition process complicated by the massive data breaches at Yahoo in 2016.Despite being a pioneering messaging service, Yahoo Messenger now lives in a world where it is competing with messaging giants such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Microsoft, all of which are offering their own messaging services.But for many people Yahoo Messenger was considered an industry pioneer in chat software, alongside the now-defunct AOL Instant Messenger.
The long-term future of transportation might see less people owning cars, but today a lot of private vehicles are still on the road, and now a startup that’s building a multi-faceted marketplace to help fix them has raised some funding.Caroobi, a Berlin company that connects individuals with mechanics, and mechanics with parts suppliers, has picked up $20 million, money that it plans to use to expand its business into new markets — it’s active today only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and is just starting to open for business in the UK — and its platform to cover a wider range of services.The Series B round was led by NGP Capital, formerly known as Nokia Growth Partners, a fund backed by the Finnish telecoms giant.“We are looking for promising companies in the mobility sector globally and believe that the integrated model across the value chain that Caroobi is building has huge potential.The team is great and we are looking forward to supporting the company’s international expansion and building a global category winner,” said Walter Masalin, Partner at NGP Capital, in a statement.Other investors in this round include Target Global, BMW iVentures, DN Capital and Cherry Ventures.
First, it’s relatively small when compared to the vast size of the baby boomers, Gen X, millennial and the newly-minted Gen Z.And while that education was certainly a rudimentary MVP of today’s digital curricula, it gave us a unique understanding of two distinct worlds: a world pre- and post-digital.While baby boomers scoffed at them and called them “slackers,” we understood that their perceived malaise was really more of a disaffected middle finger to “the man.” It wasn’t that Gen Xers didn’t care—they just didn’t care to follow the path of the generation before them.Many of those same baby boomers now sit side-by-side with Gen X executives, their differences harder to discern in the light of today.These groups often malign the entitlement and haughty expectations of millennials, citing their lack of understanding for how the world really works.They are forcing companies to consider different ways of operating that break from convention and put the employee experience first.
Hi-Rez Studios‘s Realm Royale is the developer’s fantasy take on the battle royale genre, and though it started its life as a mode in the developer’s team shooter Paladins, it has now spun off into a standalone game.An Early Access version of it is available for free on PC today.Realm Royale naturally shares similarities with giants in the genre like Epic Games’ Fortnite and PUBG Corp.’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.Players can squad up in teams of four to try to take out all the competition.But Hi-Rez is trying to differentiate itself with its medieval aesthetic as well as a few new features.In Realm Royale, players can choose different character classes, each of which has its own abilities.
Ars Technica's gaming trust has always strived to recommend the best in clever and killer video games.But a rising trend has made that mission more difficult: a seemingly endless fountain of content.This statement of fact is by no means a complaint.But this means that good, interesting, and uneven games alike are falling through the Ars editorial cracks more than ever before.The idea is that, on a regular basis, an Ars staffer will flip on a webcam and hit the "stream" button while catching up with semi-recent video games, particularly games that might otherwise escape our editorial calendar.You can either follow our Twitch channel to get alerts for when these videos will go live or just stay tuned to our traditional site, where we'll post those recordings' archives a few days later.
Reg vulture gets its claws on Reolink's Argus 2Review One of the interesting side effects of being asked to test smart-home technology is that you get grumpier about it.But if you are in the fortunate position not to be invested in the technology because you didn't spend your own hard-earned cash on it, after a while you look at each new piece of shiny equipment with almost a sneer: ok, let's see what you've got.At $129.99 that is a pretty good deal, especially when you consider products like the Arlo Pro 2 costs $220 and the Nest Outdoor IQ costs a whopping $349.If there was one thing we didn't like about the Argus 2 when we unpacked it and figured out where to place it to properly test its capabilities it was that the company was too anxious and apologetic.And there is a risk that if you placed this camera in a busy place – facing out onto the street or at your front door where there's lots of traffic – you risk slowly running the camera down to nothing.
Spotify doesn’t want to police the content on its platform and the company finally admitted as much in a press release on Friday.The Swedish music service has updated its ‘Hateful Conduct’ rules by effectively walking the entire idea back.The policy that was announced in May resulted in the removal of the artists R. Kelly, Tay-K, and XXXTentacion from the company’s playlists, immediately sparking intense pushback from the music industry.Spotify acknowledged that it didn’t do its due diligence when enacting the policy, saying:[While] we believe our intentions were good, the language was too vague, we created confusion and concern, and didn’t spend enough time getting input from our own team and key partners before sharing new guidelines.This statement itself is a little confusing.
A man in the US state of Florida was reportedly struggling with a roach infestation at his flat earlier this month when he realised the problem had migrated to his ear canal.And this is your last chance to stop reading before you have to live with this knowledge for the rest of your life.The Tallahassee Democrat reports that Blake Collins got himself to hospital after he realised one of his cockroach nemeses had lodged itself in his ear.He’d been battling an influx of German roaches for three years and the problem was now personal.It felt like someone was shoving a Q-tip all the way inside my head and there was nothing I could do to stop it,” he told the paper.Once a doctor was able to see to him, the emergency room physician used a syringe filled with lidocaine to exterminate the vile creature.
US Department of Defense insistent on single vendorThe Pentagon has pushed back its controversial single vendor cloud contract deal, saying it doesn't want to "rush toward failure".The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract will cover all branches of the military, run for a maximum of 10 years and, crucially, be handed to one vendor.This has drawn widespread criticism from tech advocacy groups who argue it will damage innovation and security, and vendors who think AWS, with its existing government clearance and contract wins, is a shoo-in.But the US Department of Defense has insisted the single award structure is necessary to reduce complexity, citing that it currently runs more than 500 cloud instances as well as fragmented on-premises storage systems, and that multiple vendors would slow down progress and add expense "without commensurate increase in capabilities".However, the department missed the date it planned to open up bids – 15 May – for the lucrative contract, which could go into the billions, and the final request for proposals has still not been issued.
Just last week, Acer announced a bunch of new gaming PCs and accessories, but it apparently held back something for Computex 2018, which kicked off in Taipei today.The company's new 17.3-inch Predator Helios 500 gaming notebook and Predator Orion 5000 and Nitro 50 desktops will be available with AMD Ryzen 7 processors as well as options for AMD Radeon discrete graphics.These are in addition to Intel and Nvidia configurations previously announced.Options for the Helios 500 will include up to a second-gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor and AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics with 8GB of second-generation high-bandwidth memory.The full HD-resolution display will feature a 144Hz refresh rate and support for Radeon FreeSync that eliminates blur and tearing during gameplay.Those are in addition to versions with up to a new hexa-core Intel Core i9+ 8950HK processor with Intel Optane memory support and overclocking along with an overclockable 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU.
imToken, which claims to be the world’s largest Ethereum wallet, will focus on expanding in Asia and the United States after raising a $10 million Series A from IDG Capital, it announced today.The capital will also be used to add new features, including support for Bitcoin, EOS and other blockchains.imToken is the latest addition to IDG Capital’s cryptocurrency investments, which include Coinbase and Circle.In a press statement, global chairman Hugo Shong said “imToken has developed its product into one of the top crypto asset wallets in the world with such a sound reputation.We’re excited to back imToken.”Founded in 2016 by chief executive officer Ben He and based in Hangzhou, imToken’s core market is currently China.
Google’s Project Fi is an innovative a phone network, but it’s been hampered by a scarcity of device choices.So far, you’ve been limited to Google’s own Pixel and Nexus phones, with the Moto X4 being the sole exception introduced late last year.But today Google added three more options: The Moto G6, the LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V35 ThinQ.The Moto G6, which I’m currently in the process of reviewing, gives users a great budget option, while the G7 and V35 are the first non-Google flagships to grace the service.Project Fi, which operates primarily on the T-Mobile and Sprint Networks, offers the most sensible data plan out there, and has some clever techniques to switch between Wi-Fi and LTE.But all that is meaningless if the phones you want aren’t actually available.
At what was called a "Pokémon 2018 Video Game Press Conference" in Japan Tuesday, Pokemon Company announced a brand new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch.We know very little about this game, only what's being revealed at the conference, which was not livestreamed.Pokemon Quest features a simplied, Minecraft-esque aesthetic and is "free-to-start", meaning the game doesn't cost any money upfront and will most likely rely on microtransactions.Pokemon Quest will be available on both Nintendo Switch and mobile phones.No official release date was revealed, but Pokemon Quest will be available at some point in 2018.