Gaming Trends of 2017: Rick Predicts!Either way, we all try to briefly forget the futility of our existence as the UK government tanks its own economy and a giant baby in a blond wig becomes the most powerful person in the world.At this year s E3, Microsoft will unveil a thrilling roster of games that won t be appearing on your Xbox.Head of Gaming Phil Spencer is expected to announce that Microsoft is committed to making Xbox as unattractive as possible to fans and newcomers alike, and ensuring that gamers make the right choice of platform to play on.The presentation will kick off with the announcement of a new Halo which will continue the story of Master Chief s battle against science-fiction s least interesting aliens and will release exclusively on PS4.Microsoft also intends to announce Fable 4, the most ambitious RPG yet by Lionhead Studios.
A new restaurant concept by Leon is giving aspiring West End performers a fresh shot at discovery.The "all-singing, all-dancing Leon" opening at 62 Shaftesbury Avenue is right in the heart of London's theatreland, so is a natural choice for a performer's day job while waiting for their big break - a fact the restaurant chain is fully embracing by only hiring performers to work at the branch.Opening on the 8th of February, the new location for the fast-expanding national chain will have a staff of around 40, which a Leon rep tells the Evening Standard will allow enough flexibility to give employees time off for those all-important auditions.Theatre workers visiting the branch will also get a 15% discount on food.A panel of Leon staff has been holding auditions for new hires, which will continue until the 26th.Successful applicants will be serving up musical numbers as well as snacks, with the aim of helping them get 'spotted' by a theatre exec on their lunch break.
Microsoft s aggressive advertising push inside Windows 10 is going beyond pop-ups for Microsoft Edge.Myce recently spotted yet another pop-up ad on the taskbar in Windows 10.This time around Microsoft was advertising its extension for Chrome dubbed the Personal Shopping Assistant Beta .The extension is a Microsoft Garage project that lets you compare prices across shopping sites.Prior to the Chrome extension pop-up, Microsoft was advertising its rewards program for Microsoft Edge, which we spotted in early November.The earlier ad appeared to be targeted at people who didn t use Edge that frequently.
A software engineer is calling on netizens opposed to Donald Trump to visit the Whitehouse.gov site and overload it with traffic tomorrow.The call to mark inauguration day by "occupying" whitehouse.gov as a form of protest against Donald Trump s presidency is likely to succeed only in getting participants into trouble, security experts warn.Kyle Wilhoit, senior security researcher at DomainTools, commented: Protestors across the globe continue to utilize denial of service and DDoS attacks to propagate their viewpoints and spread the concept of civil disobedience.In this situation, the White House likely has protections in place to help prevent simple page refresh denial of service attacks, so in order for this style of attack to succeed, it would require a very large volume of traffic from thousands of personal machines.Amichai Shulman, CTO and co-founder of Imperva, compared the protest campaign to similar action by the Anonymous hacker collective in 2010 / 2011.Anonymous, which declared "total war" on Trump before the US election last November, this week called on supporters to dig up and release any damaging information they could find on the incoming US president, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Impact Radius is out this week with a new tool that it says is the first to let brands find affiliate partners outside given networks.The Santa Barbara, California-based company provides a platform for tracking advertising and affiliate performance.Affiliates are those publishers — ranging from online magazines to individuals blogs — that include links to the brand s product in their editorial content or elsewhere.When a reader clicks on the link — say, a link to a mentioned Canon camera in a story about the latest photographic innovations — and buys that product, the publisher gets a fee.Search Engine Land's SMX West is returning to San Jose in 2017!We're celebrating 10 years of providing proven tactics, networking, industry-leading vendor solutions and demos, and top notch conference amenities to hard core SEOs and SEMs.
Stop us if you've heard this one before – billionaire fights to turf people out of private paradiseFacebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is suing dozens of families in Hawaii to force them to give up land they've owned for generations.The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that the Zuck's secluded sanctuary on the garden island of Kauai is at the heart of court proceedings between islanders and the billionaire exec.As the paper explains, thanks to land claims dating back to the 19th century, parcels of Zuckerberg's 700-acre estate on Kauai are also owned by families who have the right to access those areas.In an effort to get control over the entire estate and secure it from outside access, Zuckerberg has filed suit against the dozen families to force them to sell their parcels at auction, where he can purchase exclusive rights to the land.As the Star Advertiser explains, the Hoodied One, who shelled out $100m for the estate, is looking to invoke a commonly cited state law on property rights and land sales.
Over the past couple of years, Twitter has offered developers numerous services to help them build, test, deploy and maintain their apps as part of its modular Fabric platform.Now, the company is selling it off to Google.The move is likely an attempt on Twitter s part to slim down in troubling times.The good thing is that none of Fabric s useful services – including Crashlytics for reporting crashes, Digits for user authentication, Answers app analytics and Nuance for speech recognition – are going away, as Google will continue to offer them to developers as they are.The people behind Fabric will join Google s Developer Products Group and work alongside the Firebase team.During the transition, Digits will continue to be maintained by Twitter.
Meet Patty Brennan, she has one of the most interesting jobs that anyone could possibly ever have because she s an evolutionary biologist who studies the genital structures of sharks, birds, snakes, and more.Basically, she finds out how animals bone by dissecting them, making silicon molds, creating 3D models, looking at them under microscope, and testing them.And it gets much more complicated than you d think because of spiky hemipenises, corkscrew spiral penises, reinforced vaginas, and so much other good stuff.It s pretty fascinating to see how nature works, especially since how so much is still unknown.
LONDON AP — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wanted to praise his daughter on Twitter — instead he accidentally sent his message to another Ivanka.Trump retweeted a message from a Twitter user that said his daughter was "great, a woman with real character and class."But the user tagged the wrong Ivanka, a mistake repeated by Trump — and the message was directed to a woman named Ivanka Majic in Brighton, southern England.The tweet quickly gained attention, with thousands of retweets and favorites overnight Tuesday.Majic, a local government worker, replied to Trump Tuesday, saying on Twitter: "And you're a man with great responsibilities.May I suggest more care on Twitter and more time learning about climate change."
If you ve ever accidentally included the wrong username in a tweet, you ll know that it has the potential to be pretty embarrassing, especially if it s then quoted by someone with 20 million followers and who is about to become the leader of the free world.Yes, Donald Trump s Twitter activities are once again under the spotlight after the President-elect sent out a quote from another user praising his daughter, Ivanka Trump."Ivanka Trump is a great woman with real character and class," wrote Seekonk, Massachusetts resident Lawernce Goldstein late on Monday.But instead of using the correct @IvankaTrump handle, he mistakenly wrote @Ivanka – the username of Ivanka Majic, a council worker from Brighton, England."@drgoodspine: @realDonaldTrump @Ivanka Trump is great, a woman with real character and class."— Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump January 17, 2017
Newly uncovered patent filings from Microsoft give us a glimpse of a foldable design that could find its way onto the mysterious Surface Phone.While the company is yet to confirm the name of its upcoming mobile device, we know it's hard at work on such a product, and the new patent, uncovered by MSPowerUser, reveals a possible design.The patent, first filed in October 2014 and only recently made public, details a 2-in-1 foldable device with a flexible hinge which can act both as a smartphone and a tablet.Of course, patents are by no means a guarantee that the tech will ever be introduced in a consumer product, but Microsoft will be looking to stand out in an increasingly saturated mobile market so it makes sense for the firm to be considering such a novel approach.During an interview with the Australia Financial Review last year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said: We will continue to be in the phone market, not as defined by today s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device.The device in the filings can be configured into various shapes, either folded out like tablets, or folded back inwards to create a smaller phone-like handset.
BMW has given the 4 Series a modest mid-cycle update.As you d expect from the Munich-based brand, the visual modifications are minor at best.Out back, the tweaks are limited to revised LED tail lamps and a redesigned bumper.Four additional alloy wheel designs and two new paint colors named snapper rocks blue and sunset orange, respectively, round out the changes.The cabin has been spruced up with additional chrome and high-gloss trim, while double-stitching on the dashboard adds to the upscale ambiance.Buyers can personalize the 4 by selecting from three new upholstery colors and three additional trim materials, including real wood and glossy black.
If you re a marketing executive, you may feel like the ground is constantly shifting under your feet.Everything that the industry thought was a best practice ten years ago is now obsolete, buried under an increasingly mountainous pile of data.Oh, and wait: You actually now have 20 different mobile apps, plus two for wearables Apple Watch and Android , and your product guys are working on an augmented reality app that will be totally amazing, and just wait until you get the engagement data from those users, all of it tagged with geodata and more!In fact, AI offers an array of benefits that can help turn gigabytes of unmanageable data into workable insights and real-time decisions.360-degree view of your customerYou ve probably sunk tons of effort into combining your CRM data with other internal sources, but that data is by definition limited: It only includes information on your customer s interactions with you.
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If you've always fancied yourself a bit of a Thomas Edison but can't seem to hit on, you know, an actual idea, this website might be your saviour.ExPatents with the hilariously easy-to-misread URL patentsexpiringtoday.com gives you a list of the US patents that expire today, to inspire you to come up with new ways to make use of them.As the site's creator puts it, "the majority of patents are never commercially exploited or licensed" - despite all the effort put into applying, paying for and being granted the patent.It seems a shame to put all that ingenuity to waste, especially when one man's Amazon Fire Phone could be another man's - nah, there's no saving that one.It's worth noting that there are some major caveats to using the site.For instance, they're US patents, which means the same idea might be very much protected elsewhere.
How would you show off the functionality of a console designed with more than a few discrete control schemes in mind, ranging from traditional gamepads, to a touchscreen, to pared-down mini-controllers made for local multiplayer?The first game was, as we mentioned, a classic old-west quick draw.The game will show you how long each person took to fire and, using the accelerometer and gyroscope, shows how high or low you raised your gun before shooting.It s particularly frantic when facing back-to-back so you have to turn and shoot in close proximity.It s the data that makes it thrilling.Facing your opponent, you move your arm up and down in a straight line, and press the shoulder buttons in sequence: At the top of your movement, you press the top shoulder button, then switch to the lower shoulder button as you lower your hand.
Influencer marketing is an old concept, despite the increased attention it receives today.The popular airbrush brand knew the power in a co-sign, so its influencers were always integral to its business, with the company even going as far as creating a sister site dedicated to showcasing the work of professionals using its products in the entertainment space.Having recently completed a redesign of its consumer site Temptu.com, Temptu was in the market for help in revamping its Temptu Pro site.But the two companies first had to work through a couple of issues.Like other beauty brands, Temptu was still focused on creating and pushing its own content, a sound strategy in almost any other vertical.Brands have to create so much content, but they just aren't fast enough... and it doesn't scale with every single consumer being a media company today, Higgins says.
Google is adding a little treat for audiophiles in the next version of Chrome.Chrome 56, which is expected to roll out by the end of January, is coming with native support for FLAC Free Lossless Audio Codec audio files meaning you can play the high-quality sound files directly in the browser, as first noticed by 9to5Google.Chrome isn t the only browser rolling native FLAC support into its feature set.Mozilla is also adding FLAC support to Firefox 51, which is scheduled for mainstream release around January 24.The current version of Chrome s FLAC support isn t particularly robust or beautiful to look at.If you select to playback a FLAC file with Chrome it will start playing in its own tab with a basic player.
Audi just gave us a glimpse of its electric car plans.The Volkswagen subsidiary unveiled its new SUV concept, the Q8, at the Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday.The hybrid SUV will serve as the basis for a production model slated to arrive in 2018.Scroll down for a closer look: View As:
Star Wars: Episode VIII is the middle film in the new sequel trilogy, and because of that, everyone expects it to be dark like The Empire Strikes Back.Some of its actors have even made that comparison.But director Rian Johnson has another idea.I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars movies were, Johnson told USA Today.Now, in a shocking revelation, The Empire Strikes Back is actually one of the original Star Wars films Johnson is referring to, which means Episode VIII may also have its darker moments.After all, The Force Awakens killed off one of the most beloved characters of all time and is still considered fun.