In the past year, Twitch Prime Membership, included with an Amazon Prime subscription, has given users free games such as The Banner Saga, but the offerings have been sporadic — until now.Twitch has announced Free Games with Prime, a program in the vein of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Games with Gold that will give users a collection of free PC titles each month.The program will replace the originally planned Twitch Prime Indie Amplifier promotion which would have allowed users to cast votes to determine which game would be given out for free.The first batch of free games will be available starting March 15, headlined by the innovative puzzle shooter Superhot and supernatural adventure Oxenfree.Along with those two critically acclaimed indies, Prime subscribers can also nab Shadow Tactics, Mr. Shifty, and Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation.Shadow Tactics, a stealthy real-time strategy game, actually won the Indie Amplifier Vote before Twitch decided to give them all away instead.
Sandvine insists report is inaccurate and misleadingInternet users in Turkey, Egypt and Syria who attempted to download legitimate Windows applications have been redirected to nation-state spyware through deep-packet inspection boxes placed on telecom networks in Turkey and Egypt, according to a report issued Friday by security research group Citizen Lab.Citizen Lab, a Canada-based security and human rights research group run out of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, said it has found Sandvine PacketLogic devices being used on the networks of Türk Telecom and Telecom Egypt for distributing malware designed for varying purposes, ranging from political censorship to cryptocurrency mining."The apparent use of Sandvine devices to surreptitiously inject malicious and dubious redirects for users in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt raises significant human rights concerns," the report says.Targeted internet users in Turkey and Syria who attempted to download Windows applications from official vendor websites, including Avast Antivirus, CCleaner, Opera, and 7-Zip were silently diverted to malware-infested versions of the software through HTTP redirects, the report says.In Turkey and Syria, the malware in question is said to be similar to spyware known as StrongPity.
On May 15 & 16, more than 250 startups will be gathered at our conference floor, showcasing their novel solutions to over 5,000 tech fans at Tech in Asia Singapore 2018.Previously, we brought you local startups you should keep an eye out for.Beyond the local scene, we’ve also got international startups flying in to exhibit at Startup Factory.Upon registering at the venue, visitors will be given a smart pass, while booths in the event space have receivers installed that keep track of smart passes nearby.In addition, organizers have access to real-time analytics including heat maps and hot paths.By enabling online interactive communication between teachers and students, as well as among students, a learning atmosphere similar to that of a classroom is achieved.
Genetic testing powerhouse 23andMe announced today that it’s officially received the FDA go-ahead to launch a direct-to-consumer testing kit for genes linked to various forms of cancer.The forthcoming kit, which will be made available without a prescription, tests for BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are linked to higher risk of ovarian, break and prostate cancer.“Being the first and only direct-to-consumer genetics company to receive FDA authorization to test for cancer risk without a prescription is a major milestone for 23andMe and for the consumer,” the company’s CEO Anne Wojcicki said in a release tied to the announcement.“We believe it’s important for consumers to have direct and affordable access to this potentially life-saving information.We will continue pioneering a path for greater access to health information, and promoting a more consumer-driven, preventative approach to health care.”Of course, the test shouldn’t be taken as the be all, end all of cancer risk — nor is it meant as a replacement for a proper screening.
Let's go to all-flash arrays' house insteadDespite the storage market growing 13.7 per cent annually in the fourth 2017 quarter, the external array section grew less than 2 per cent and is forecast to decline, according to IDC's worldwide enterprise storage systems tracker.NetApp's position is also weakening as HPE overtakes it in external storage revenues and IBM regains strength.Total factory revenue was just under $13.6bn with HPE and Dell in joint first place, IBM and NetApp in a tie for third place, and Huawei and Hitachi sharing fifth position.IDC Research VP Eric Sheppard said: "Investments on enterprise storage systems are increasing at a very healthy pace.Infrastructure refresh, a broad market shift towards server-based storage, and rapid expansion within public cloud data centres are combining to creating strong demand for enterprise storage systems."
We have written about Honomobo’s modular shipping containers being used by customers as homes, getaway cabins, and even multi-family homes.Now, the Canadian innovators are taking a shot at transforming the bar scene with a completely independent container cantina that can be shipped and set up anywhere.Naturally, it’s called the Honomobar and it’s a moveable bar forged out of a shipping container.The bar container is 8 feet by 12.6 feet with a 100-square foot footprint, giving it just enough room to host quite a lively party or drop a pop-up restaurant on the fly.A black aluminum roll shutter allows for nightly or seasonal lock up.Inside, Honomobo has kept to its meticulous aesthetic standards, using Canadian fir-treated butcher block for the bar top, a three-foot cedar overhang to keep the rain or snow away, and acid-wash steel panels to add sleek accents to the joint.
Earlybird ticket offer due to fall off perch tonightYou’ve got just hours left to save upto £100s on up to four days of the best of DevOps, Continuous Delivery, serverless, microservices and containers.Whether you want a solid introduction to key topics, or indepth sessions that will show you how your peers have squeezed the most of the latest tools or tackled thorny problems in software development, testing and deployment, our two day conference from May 16 to 17 has you covered.If you want to dive even deeper into core concepts around Agile or Continuous Delivery or get hands on with key technologies, from Serverless to Docker to Kubernetes to Microservices, you can bookend your conference ticket with one of our deep dive, all day workshops.The emphasis throughout is on tech pros and industry experts who can offer practical, hands-on experience and advice on how to put both concepts and tools into practice.And that includes you and your fellow attendees - we’ll make sure you’ve got time, space and food and drink to help you connect with each other and our speakers.
From baby drivers to libidinous mermen, 2017 was a very good—and somewhat strange—year at the movies.And yet not even the pulse-pounding sensation of watching Daniel Day-Lewis consume yet another mushroom omelette could match the collective jaw-dropping that came in the final moments of last year’s Oscars ceremony, when the makers of La La Land handed their Best Picture statuette over to the makers of Moonlight—the award’s actual winner—in what will likely go down as the weirdest moments and worst mix-ups in Academy Awards history.Still, there’s no denying that it’s a film full of powerful performances—Rockwell, Frances McDormand, and Woody Harrelson are all vying for gold—and a story worth telling: a young woman is raped and murdered in small-town Missouri.Writer-director Greta Gerwig, who is now one of a small handful of women to be nominated for Best Director, manages to capture the reality of the transition into adulthood with all the pain and humor that comes with it.Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunesThough director Joe Wright may be best known for making lush period dramas starring Keira Knightley, his unwavering attention to detail and the past make him a perfect fit to recount Winston Churchill’s earliest days as Prime Minister, and the history-altering decisions he was faced with making when it came to dealing with Adolf Hitler.
An international team of scientists on Monday published the most detailed look yet at the genetic makeup of several different species of elephants, including extinct giants like mammoths and mastodons.The paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and describes elephants' evolutionary picture as complicated and full of widespread interbreeding."Interbreeding may help explain why mammoths were so successful over such diverse environments and for such a long time," says evolutionary geneticist Hendrik Poinar, one of the senior authors on the paper and director of Canada's McMaster Ancient DNA Center, in a news release."There's been a simmering debate in the conservation communities about whether African savannah and forest elephants are two different species," explained David Reich, another co-senior author from MIT's Broad Institute and the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School."Our data show that these two species have been isolated for long periods of time making each worthy of independent conservation status."The new research could also boost elephants' chances of survival over the long term through more high-tech and unorthodox means: by showing that it may be relatively easy to genetically engineer a mammoth/elephant hybrid that can survive in different climates and is less attractive to poachers.
The rumor has emerged on ResetEra where an administrator and industry insider said that anonymous sources have said that a Super Smash Bros title for Switch will release at some point in 2018 and will be an enhanced version of the Wii U title, much like Mario Kart 8 was an enhanced Wii U title.If you’re not a fan of the series (yet) then it’s a pretty barmy idea at first glance, but spend a few rounds brawling your way through a four-player showdown and you’ll be forever convinced of its unique brilliance.You can imagine, then, just how much the Super Smash Bros community wants a new entry in the series, particularly now that the Nintendo Switch is consistently proving itself to be a system worth investing in.Super Smash Bros has featured on most of Nintendo’s major systems (including Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Wii, Wii U and 3DS) so a Switch version certainly seems likely.The highly anticipated fifth entry in the Nintendo fighting game seriesWhen can I play it?
Samsung’s latest flagship, announced at Mobile World Congress 2018, boasts quality of smartphone life improvements: Minor changes to the Galaxy S8’s design make for a much better smartphone experience.In particular, it addresses one of the biggest disappointments of the S8 — how similar its camera was to the Galaxy S7.Do you hate the placement of the fingerprint sensor on the S8 Plus?That’s a good thing, because the Galaxy S9 continues to look stellar — super sleek and ultra-modern.The old placement made the sensor difficult to reach; it’s certainly much improved now.And this is largely a part of the biggest and most noticeable design difference between the S9 and the S8 devices, The sensor is lower, the flash is on the right side of the camera, and specifically on the Galaxy S9 Plus, you’ll find a dual-camera system.
In the building’s foyer is a bust of Keir Hardie, the founder of the Labour party who made his first speech as the local MP from the balcony above, way back in 1892.Whereas he had previously been automatically selected, this month party wards voted unanimously for a contest and he now has to beat rival councillor Rokhsana Fiaz in a one-member, one-vote ballot to stand in May’s election.Locals are at pains to point out this is not a Left-Right battle, although Wales makes clear that ‘Trots’ have long been his local enemies and critics.Wales was a key passenger on the so-called ‘Ice-Pick Express’, a coachload of Scottish students who travelled to a key Labour student conference to ensure the Trotskyite group was defeated.Labour MP Mike Gapes, who represents nearby Ilford, was elected as the moderate chair of the national student body.He had a short stint on Newham council, in the 1980s, but “I didn’t know how to change things” and opted instead to focus on his career and family.
Lighthouse AI, an artificial intelligence startup founded by self-driving car and computer-vision experts, today announced the general availability of its debut consumer product: the Lighthouse security camera.The brains behind Lighthouse, however, think this product has more smarts, specifically around the implementation of AI and the kind of computer-vision prowess that helps software see and understand the world.It records a 1080p, 24-hour feed and stores it for up to 30 days, but from the moment it’s plugged in, the camera also works on recognizing faces and adapting to the series of manual pings you set up in the Lighthouse mobile app.The manual pings you can set up include prompts for activity, like “tell me if you see anyone you don’t recognize when the primary user is out of the house.” The pings can also be for the absence of activity, like one for “tell me if you don’t see someone enter the home between the hours of 3PM and 5PM.” These pings, which send notifications to a user’s phone, can be set up using natural language, involving just a spoken command to the Lighthouse app.The app can also create profiles for other family members and friends, as well as guests like dog walkers, babysitters, or house cleaners, who the camera can learn to recognize and omit from activity alerts.Lighthouse is selling the AI companion service for $10 per month, or a one-time $200 fee for lifetime access.
Ryan Reynolds is the latest celebrity to get into the alcohol business.The Deadpool star has purchased an ownership interest in Portland, Ore.-based Aviation Gin.Reynolds will now be the face of the brand and be involved in the “entire creative process for Aviation, including Aviation’s marketing and strategy,” explained Andrew Chrisomalis, CEO of Aviation Gin’s parent company Davos Brands.“This gives the brand huge awareness considering Ryan’s following and fan base,” said Chrisomalis.“The gin category itself is undergoing a global renaissance, so having Ryan involved with a premiere (and the highest rated!)craft gin like Aviation will introduce new consumers to the brand and category.”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been adding new gameplay features and content — including the Miramar map — over the last several months, but the PC version of the game has run into a significant problem with cheaters.It has grown severe enough that the development team has delayed new content as it works toward making the battle royale phenomenon fair once again.“Early this year, development of some of the major features and systems [in the game] was delayed as our focus shifted toward tightening our anti-cheat effort,” the Battlegrounds development team said in an update post.“Also, due to other reasons, we have not been able to show you the team’s development road map for 2018.We would like to ask for our players’ generous understanding that despite the team’s eagerness to share what we have been planning and working on, the timing had to be changed.”New changes planned for the PC version of the game include the free “militia” crate and the paid “fever” crate, which contain a variety of cosmetic items such as belts, boots, shirts, and hats.
I had working space in photo studios just off Camden High Street in North London, an area with a vibrant live music scene still enjoying the tail end of its post-Britpop cultural high and a large number of venues such as Underworld, Barfly, and The Dublin Castle.Though I certainly couldn’t claim to be working in the London music scene, I was certainly on the edge of it.Back in the early 2000s, your options for entertainment while traveling were somewhat limited.From the late ‘90s through to the early ‘00s, I was regularly journeying between Europe and the US to shoot commercial work.I never seemed to remember to label them correctly, which resulted in finding the same tracks on different disks and realize I was missing the ones I actually wanted.My first iPod was the smaller 5GB model (it also came with 10GB of storage) with a movable scroll wheel, a tiny 2-inch black and white backlit LCD display, an open Firewire 400 port and 10 hours of battery life.
Tone controls and equalizers went out of fashion in the 1980s, and I've missed them ever since.Audiophiles in their search for ever greater sonic purity saw any deviation from "flat" frequency response heresy, but that's not always my goal, so I was thrilled to check out Schiit's Loki four-band equalizer.This ultra-compact component is priced at just $149, £140 or AU$299, and is the best audio "toy" I've played with in ages.Loki is a tiny thing, just 5 by 3.5 by 1.25 inches (12.7 by 8.9 by 3.18 centimeters), with four knobs squeezed onto its front panel.The knobs from left to right control 20- and 400-Hertz, 2- and 8-kHz, and the toggle switch on the front right engages the equalization in the up position, and bypasses the EQ in the down position.So it's easy to switch between flat and equalized sound.
Everybody and their dog know about the latest Elephone U & Elephone U Pro released a couple days back.The two phones sport very sleek designs and quite good hardware as well as some neat software features.Let’s check out the video below!As we can see in the video, both the Elephone U and Elephone U Pro feature what we could call “Edge Lighting” – something that Samsung pioneered on their flagships.The Edge Lighting works when calls are received and changes according to the ringtone you’re using.This feature is really useful when you’re in a meeting and you want to place your phone face down to hide personal info, or for any other reason.
If you have been working for months trying to get higher search rankings with little to show for it, you are not alone.You can easily spend six months or more — and a lot of money and effort — and achieve little.In this article, I will share four ways to increase sales from organic search traffic that don’t require high rankings.The example report below is from the new Google Search Console.Revenue from Organic Search = Traffic x Sales Conversion Rate x Average Order ValueTraffic = Search Impressions x Click-through Rate