Here’s an interesting development to start your Monday: Yuji Naka, best known as the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has joined Square Enix.This somewhat big news is the world of gaming for a couple of reasons, the biggest being that it marks his return to game development after spending many years in the role of producer.He came on board at Square Enix earlier this month, and it seems that he already has a new game in development.Yuji Naka is best known as the creator and lead programmer on the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis.With the success of that title, he became one of the key components of Sonic Team and continued his lead programmer duties on the rest of the Genesis Sonic series.From there on out, he took on the role of producer for a lot of big Sega games, such as titles like Samba de Amigo, Phantasy Star Online, and Nights into Dreams.
Almost 1,500 software developers registered to use HMRC's sandbox or API platform have had their email addresses blabbed in a mass email.The snafu happened on Friday afternoon, when an email about the HMRC Developer Hub was accidentally sent with users' addresses visible in the CC field.The email, with the subject line "API Platform update", was sent by the software developer support team at 1604 GMT."Please note the HMRC Developer Hub will remain shuttered over the weekend to allow us to continue testing the service.The Developer Sandbox for testing remains available.The API Platform is working as expected," the seemingly innocent email stated.
Looking for a unique new wallpaper for your Android smartphone?The app was created by developer Justin Fincher and combines satellite imagery and aerial photos to build interactive images that can then be used as your phone’s wallpaper.When sliding between pages on your smartphone, the image will shift a bit.It also moves when the smartphone is rotated.It looks impressive, but using Skyline is easy.The app can determine your location through your phone’s GPS service, so you’ll have no trouble setting it up.
On the heels of hitting a 1.5 million subscriber milestone and bringing on a new marketing chief, the subscription service for watching movies in theaters, MoviePass, today announced it’s going to start buying movies, too.The company says it will begin to invest in films so it can share in their success beyond the box office, including on other platforms like streaming, DVD, and on-demand.At present, MoviePass is seeing rapid growth thanks to dramatic cuts to its subscription pricing, rolled out last year.Essentially, the company is subsidizing the cost of its subscription with the capital it raised from data firm Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (HMNY), now its majority owner.HMNY believes it will eventually be able to sell the data and insights gained from a large subscriber base to studios, who could then do targeted marketing for their films to the most active movie-goers.The model, of course, is risky.
Amazon's map of the top 20 contenders for its second headquarters, HQ2.AmazonAmazon has announced a list of the 20 cities it's considering for its second headquarters.Amazon announced its shortlist of the North American cities that are still in the running for its second headquarters on Thursday.The company has promised a $5 billion investment and says HQ2 will bring 50,000 jobs, making it one of the largest corporate-civic giveaways in modern American history.Business Insider looked at seven rankings, which included ones from Moody's Analytics, Sperling's BestPlaces, Everest Group, The New York Times, CityLab, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC.We then noted how many times each city appeared on these lists and its position, giving each list equal weight.
The National Weather Service has said that the most likely explanation for an object which sent out illumination and a sonic boom throughout southwest Michigan, five other states, and Canada on Tuesday night was the break up of a meteor, WXYZ reported.The American Meteor Society collected at least 200 reports of the incident, which for around a second was so bright it lit parts of the Detroit region like it was daytime.Gizmodo reader Dan McGhee sent in the above footage of the meteor, saying a motion-triggered camera installed on his house in Ypsilanti, Michigan, some 30 miles (roughly 48 kilometres) west of Detroit, caught the object at about 8:08pm ET.After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor.We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor.— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) 17 January 2018
The gene-editing technology CRISPR could very well one day rid the world of its most devastating diseases, allowing us to simply edit away the genetic code responsible for an illness.Now Microsoft is hoping to use artificial intelligence to fix this problem.You see, CRISPR is fawned over for its precision.More so than earlier genetic technologies, it can accurately target and alter a tiny fragment of genetic code.But it’s still not always as accurate as we’d like it to be.Thoughts on how often this happens vary, but at least some of the time, CRISPR makes changes to DNA it was intended to leave alone.
CES 2018 has been a great event for new and innovative technologies, but there have also been some brilliant examples of traditional PCs at this year’s show.While some may argue that desktop PCs are going out of fashion, the machines we’ve seen at CES 2018 show there’s plenty of life left in the form factor, with no shortage of desktops offering power and performance that mobile devices can only dream of.And, while the traditional PC has been around for decades, we're still seeing how far some manufacturers are willing to push the envelope to create some truly impressive and desirable machines – here are the best we’ve seen at CES 2018.
More personal posts and less commercial content will be promoted on users’ Facebook Newsfeed, CEO saysFacebook is to undertake a major shakeup of its newsfeed after concern that public content (i.e.adverts and clickbait from businesses, brands and media) is crowding out people’s personal moments.The significant change was announced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page, and is part of his effort to ensure that people’s time on Facebook “is time well spent.”It comes after Zuckerberg recently vowed to “fix” Facebook in 2018, and he pledged to protect users from abuse.Zuckerberg in his post explained that Facebook had always been designed from the start to help “people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us.”
If you’re worried you still haven’t gotten your head around 2017, never mind the changes that 2018 will bring, don’t worry: our next tranche of Register Lectures will give you the required brain charge.Or at least give you the opportunity to enjoy some talk, beer and chat with your fellow Reg readers.On January 31, 2018, the National Physical Laboratory’s Dr Gareth Hinds will join Reg readers to discuss What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies and what the ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2040 means for the future of transport.If you have already bought a ticket, please get in touch to confirm whether or not you can make the revised date.On February 27, 2018, we will be joined by Professor Coral Dando and Professor Thomas Ormerod, who will be telling us about a promising new approach to Detecting Deception - Controlled Cognitive Engagement (CCE) - that they claim is 20 times more effective than existing security screening practices.In an age of increasing automation and biometric verification, the approach is revolutionary: engaging with people directly, as opposed to simply relying on automated techniques, such as facial recognition.
The supermodel has recreated her iconic 1992 Super Bowl ad with a new 30-second spot for the Big Game on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.The new version, which will also star her son, Presley Gerber, kicks off yearlong a campaign about “Pepsi Generations” that will feature other icons from Pepsi’s past.“Since our brand was founded more than a century ago, Pepsi has stood for a youthful spirit and the choice of a new generation,” said Chad Stubbs, vice president of marketing for Pepsi in North America, in a statement.“2018 will be a year to celebrate the past while embracing the future; always reminding consumers to do what they love and have a little fun in their lives.”It is not clear which agency is behind the new ad or when it will run during the game.A brand representative declined to provide any further details.
We’ve talked quite a bit about Future Motion’s Onewheel hoverboard here on Digital Trends, including chatting with the company’s (then beardless) CEO Kyle Doerksen during last year’s live coverage.Kyle and Future Motion have returned to the DT CES booth for 2018, this time showing off the new Onewheel+ XR.As we mentioned earlier this week, the biggest upgrade on the XR is its range.Riders will get between 12-18 miles per charge, which is more than double the range of the previous model.Doerksen says this is the result of a complete rework of the Onewheel’s battery system, which now uses new NMC battery cells — and more of them.While the new model does boast significantly more battery capacity, the overall thickness of the board grew by only a few millimeters.
In 2015, a black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company’s Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as “gorillas.” Google declared itself “appalled and genuinely sorry.” An engineer who became the public face of the clean-up operation said the label gorilla would no longer be applied to groups of images, and that Google was “working on longer-term fixes.”More than two years later, one of those fixes is erasing gorillas, and some other primates, from the service’s lexicon.The awkward workaround illustrates the difficulties Google and other tech companies face in advancing image-recognition technology, which the companies hope to use in self-driving cars, personal assistants, and other products.WIRED tested Google Photos using a collection of 40,000 images well-stocked with animals.But the service reported “no results” for the search terms “gorilla,” “chimp,” “chimpanzee,” and “monkey.”Google Photos, offered as a mobile app and website, provides 500 million users a place to manage and back up their personal snaps.
[10 January, 2018] Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, especially the developed world.To help address this problem, a team of researchers in the NUS Medicine lab of Associate Professor Matthew Chang have found a way to turn a humble cocktail of bacteria and vegetables into a targeted system that seeks out and kills colorectal cancer cells.At the heart of this cancer-targeting system is an engineered form of E. coli Nissle, a harmless type of bacteria found in the gut.The idea was for the cancer cells in the vicinity to take up this anticancer agent and be killed.True enough, the mixture of engineered probiotics with a broccoli extract or water containing the dietary substance killed more than 95% of colorectal cancer cells in a dish.Dr Ho and Associate Professor Chang, along with colorectal cancer specialist Dr Yong Wei Peng at the National University Hospital, envision that these probiotics could be used in two ways: 1) as prevention, and 2) to clean up the cancer cells remaining after surgical removal of tumours.
The last few pages can feel like a kind of death (a sense of foreboding, a final ending), which is why I often sequentially, and sometimes obsessively, read the works of a writer I like.Ten years ago, I read Me Talk Pretty One Day, and that year I read so much David Sedaris that I’d observe something—say, a man in a Santa suit waiting in line for a sandwich—and I’d think, “David would love this.”So when I tried to choose my top recommendations among the books I read in 2017 that will make you a better writer in 2018 … well, it was agony.New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast documents the decline of her aging parents in this memoir that reads like a graphic novel.(By the way, if you’re a fan of literary graphic novels generally, Book Riot can hook you up.)It’s written by my friend Mindy Fried, a sociologist who writes about caring for her 97-year-old father in the final year of his life, with a political backdrop (her father was an actor, writer and a labor organizer who was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee).
You don’t need a scientist to tell you that a good night’s sleep is important to your health.Your body tells you that every time you try to climb out of bed after a late night.So to help maximise what sleep you are able to get, Philips has created a headband that plays special sounds designed to encourage your brain to remain in its most restful deep sleep state.Deep sleep is also commonly referred to as slow-wave sleep because while you’re dozing, the electrical activity in your brain slowly rises and falls as neurons take a moment of rest, followed by a moment of over-excited activity.Researchers believe that slow-wave sleep is when the brain is able to fully process and stores memories, but it’s also a time when the brain can finally take a breather and recover from the day’s mental activities.That’s why it’s so hard to focus the next morning after a short or disruptive night’s sleep.
Razer’s recently released Android smartphone could end up as its next laptop.The company revealed its Project Linda concept today at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Linda is a hybrid laptop dock for the Razer Phone.When you connect the two devices, the phone powers a 13.3-inch screen, a full-sized keyboard, and the option to plug in external devices like a mouse.This means you can even play competitive mobile games like Vainglory with a keyboard and mouse, which could give you an advantage in esports competitions.The laptop body doesn’t have any of its own processing power, but it does feature a 200 GB storage drive, a 720p webcam, its own microphone, and an extended battery (with a 53.6 watt-hour capacity).
Not only might this electronic pill one day shape custom diets for optimal gut health; it could also help doctors distinguish between the early signs of different GI disorders, such as malabsorption syndrome, Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even colon cancer.A colonoscopy can only reveal inflammatory lesions or cancerous polyps that are visible with a camera—and by that point, people have often suffered with gut discomfort and without a diagnosis for years.“If gas profiles around the norm change,” he explains, “then we’d know we have a problem with the gut.”On its surface, the gas capsule looks like an over-the-counter supplement you’d buy at any GNC or Vitamin Shoppe.Some can also relay pictures of the esophageal and stomach lining.For the pilot trial, Kalantar-zadeh teamed up with nutritionists and gastroenterologists from Monash University to test the capsules in two men and three women, all of healthy weight, who were fed either a low- or high-fiber vegan diet for two days.
It’s 2018 already but it’s not yet a happy time for Samsung fans.Although it’s not exactly unexpected, the Galaxy S8, much less the Galaxy Note 8, are still not on Android 8.0 Oreo.Of course, some Galaxy S8 owners have been enjoying the very exclusive club of beta testers, but that club will soon be shutting down in two weeks’ time.Hopefully that means that the final Android Oreo build for all Galaxy S8 and S8+ models is just around the corner.According to a Reddit post by one such beta tester, Samsung’s Oreo program for the Galaxy S8 ends on January 15.That brings the total number of beta releases to five, depending on where you are.
One of the most basic premises of computer security is isolation: If you run somebody else's sketchy code as an untrusted process on your machine, you should restrict it to its own tightly sealed playpen.So when a security flaw in computers' most deep-seated hardware puts a crack in those walls, as one newly discovered vulnerability in millions of processors has done, it breaks some of the most fundamental protections computers promise—and sends practically the entire industry scrambling.Theoretical attacks that exploit that bug, based on quirks in shortcuts Intel has implemented for faster processing, could allow malicious software to spy deeply into other processes and data on the target computer or smartphone.And while the researchers say that Meltdown is limited to Intel chips, they say that they've verified Spectre attacks on AMD and ARM processors, as well.Ben Gras, a security researcher with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam who specializes in chip-level hardware security, says that the attacks represent a deep and serious security breach."Every process can spy on every other process and access secrets in the operating system kernel."