If you are planning to design your very own Xbox controller ahead of the Xbox Series X and S launch on November 10th, you might want to act fast. Microsoft is temporarily shutting down its Xbox Design Lab on October 14th.
Announced back in 2016, Xbox Design Lab brings a lot of flexibility and personal flair to the Xbox One controller. For $80, you have access to over 40 different color options for the various parts of the controller, adding up to over a million different combinations in total.
A couple years ago, I designed one for a close friend and was amazed how much customization I could do; it didn’t feel like I was just creating another color variant, but a truly unique personalized product. My friend loved it, telling me they...
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As part of its Battery Day presentation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off video of the new “Plaid” version of its Model S sedan, a step up from its “Ludicrous” model. According to the specs on Tesla’s website, the long-awaited Plaid powertrain will have a range between charges of 520 miles, get from zero-to-60 in under two seconds, and a top speed of 200mph. The price is listed on Tesla’s website at $139,990.
Musk has been teasing the Plaid for a while, and showed a video last year of a Tesla with the Plaid powertrain, noting it would “cost more than our current offerings.” (The name is apparently a reference from the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs.) The Plaid Model S debuted last September at the Laguna Seca raceway, where it ran the course...
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Schools that rely on remote learning during the pandemic are trying to ensure that all kids have the devices and internet bandwidth they need. While important, it takes more than everyone having comparable equipment and working WiFi for all children to get an equal shot. In my new book based on the sociological research I conducted at three middle schools before the COVID-19 pandemic, I explain how even if all students could get the same hardware and software, it would fail to even the academic playing field. I saw many technologies used in unequal ways. And I observed teachers responding… This story continues at The Next Web
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The UK’s revenge porn helpline has dealt with more cases so far this year than it did during the whole of 2019, amid fears of a post-lockdown “new normal” when it comes to online image abuse.Some 2,050 reports of so-called revenge porn had been made to the government-funded helpline as of Monday. This represents a 22% rise on the 1,685 reports over 2019 and its busiest year on record.The helpline, run by the charity SWGfL, part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, saw cases almost double in April compared to the same month the previous year – from 122 to 242.Advisers thought this spike may settle, but despite the coronavirus lockdown easing, cases have remained high through to August.Related...
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From April to the end of August, 1,387 reports were made, the equivalent of nine every day. Last month, the helpline dealt with 285 cases, a 63% increase on the 175 dealt with in August 2019.The sharing of private or sexual images or videos of a person without their consent became an offence in England and Wales in April 2015.Research by Refuge found one in seven young women have received threats that their intimate photos will be shared without their consent, suggesting this is a common form of abuse.Around two thirds of cases reported to the helpline involve women. It has helped remove 22,515 images this year – 94% of the 23,913 reported by victims.Its experts predict the UK total could rise to 2,700 reports by the end of the year – 60% higher than the 2019 total.Helpline manager Sophie Mortimer believes the sustained rise is evidence of a long-term behaviour triggered by the lockdown, and greater awareness of the crime and support. “It’s interesting it hasn’t dropped and for me, that really does confirm we were only seeing the tip of the iceberg,” she told PA news agency. “I think it did show that there’s a lot more going on behind closed doors, and the tighter those doors are closed, the more intense some of that behaviour has become, and maybe brought things to a head that otherwise would have taken a lot longer or might have taken a different shape.”Sextortion cases – when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them images of a sexual nature – have also risen since lockdown, and now make up almost a fifth (18%) of the total cases dealt with by the helpline. Before the lockdown, they accounted for 13% of the total.While around three quarters of the 363 sextortion cases involved male victims this year, figures suggest a greater number of women are being exploited. In March and July, 30% of the sextortion cases flagged to the helpline involved women.David Wright, director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said: “The lockdown produced an extreme set of circumstances which are bringing a lot of problems.“What we are seeing here, however, suggests something more long-term has happened which could mean we will be busier than ever before.“It’s worrying to think this could be the new normal.”Related...
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Tile, the company that makes trackers to monitor your stuff, is offering a new premium subscription plan starting this fall that’ll allow people to claim money for lost items. The plan, called Premium Protect, costs $99.99 per year and includes all of the perks of its premium subscription, including free battery replacements and a 30-day location history as well as item reimbursement up to $1,000. Premium, the original plan, is still available and costs $29.99 per year or $2.99 per month.
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You and your siblings may have grown up in the same house and shared the same parent or parents, but that doesn’t mean you experienced those first chapters of life in the same way.Maybe you were close when you were little but drifted apart as you got older; maybe you were sworn enemies when you were kids but now you’re tighter than ever — or somewhere in between. Regardless of how well you think you know each other, there’s a good chance you’ve only begun to scratch the surface.We’ve compiled 35 conversation-starting questions — along with help from psychologists Rebecca Leslie and Erlanger Turner and therapist Nicole O-Pries — that can help deepen the bond you share with your siblings.Ask your brother or sister some of these during your next phone call or family visit. You might be surprised by their answers.1. What would you change, if anything, about our experience growing up?2. What do you admire most about mum and/or dad?3. In what ways did mum or dad let you down?4. What’s something you wish you could have told me when we were kids? Why didn’t you tell me then?5. How could I have been a better sibling to you when we were growing up?6. What’s your favourite childhood memory of us?7. What’s the worst fight we’ve ever had?8. Who was the first person to break your heart?9. Were you ever bullied? Did you ever bully anyone?10. What’s my most annoying habit or quality?11. What memory of us still makes you laugh?12. Do you think our parents had a favourite kid? If so, who and why?13. What was your biggest insecurity as a teenager?14. How did you lose your virginity?15. What’s your love language?16. If you had a Saturday with no plans, how would you spend it?17. What event in your life has had the most significant impact on you?18. What is your biggest worry these days and why?19. Where’s a place you wish you could live for a few months?20. Do you consider yourself successful?21. What’s your hidden talent?22. What’s one healthy thing you do to manage stress? And one unhealthy thing?23. Do you believe in God or a higher power?24. What’s something you wish more people knew about you?25. What’s the social or political cause you’re most passionate about?26. Who would you want to give the eulogy at your funeral?27. What’s a mean comment someone made about you that’s stuck with you to this day?28. What’s the most rebellious thing you’ve ever done?29. When do you feel the most confident?30. How would you describe your relationship with money?31. What song or movie scene makes you cry without fail?32. If salary and experience didn’t matter, what job would you most want to have?33. If we could go on a dream trip together, where would we go and what would we do there?34. How do you feel about getting older?35. What’s something that scares you now that you hope you do before you die?Related...
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