Month: April 2021

Facebook buys the studio behind VR shooter ‘Onward’

Facebook is adding another developer to its growing Oculus Studios stable. The company has acquired Downpour Interactive, the team behind multiplayer first-person VR shooter Onward. Facebook didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal, but did say the entire studio is included in the transaction. [embedded content] As for what this means for the future …

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Disney gets special “theme park” exception to Florida’s anti-tech bill

Enlarge / Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Miami on April 08, 2021. Joe Raedle / Getty Both houses of Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature have passed new legislation banning social media companies from deplatforming political candidates or censoring large journalistic organizations. Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed support for the bill and is expected to sign it into law. …

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2 key Ethereum price metrics prove pro traders are behind ETH’s new highs

As Ether (ETH) made a $2,800 all-time on April 29, so did its futures open interest. The $8.5 billion figure marks a 52% monthly increase and shows robust trading activity behind the meteoric price rise. Some analysts might dismiss Ether derivatives, considering CME’s future has $355 million in open interest compared to Bitcoin’s $2.4 billion. …

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Facebook acquires the developers of VR military simulator Onward

Facebook’s Oculus division has snatched up yet another popular virtual reality game developer. On Friday, the company announced it has acquired Downpour Interactive, the studio behind the hit multiplayer military simulator Onward. “We’ve seen great success with Onward on the Oculus platform for several years — first on Rift and more recently on Quest,” Mike …

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NASA, SpaceX pause work on the lunar lander deal due to contract challenges

Although NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to work on a Starship-based lunar landing system two weeks ago, both companies that lost out on the deal have filed protests with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Now NASA says that while the challenges from Dynetics and Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin are reviewed, SpaceX will have …

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More US agencies potentially hacked, this time with Pulse Secure exploits

Enlarge Getty Images At least five US federal agencies may have experienced cyberattacks that targeted recently discovered security flaws that give hackers free rein over vulnerable networks, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said on Friday. The vulnerabilities in Pulse Connect Secure, a VPN that employees use to remotely connect to large networks, include …

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Beijing Is Collecting Data From Local Datacenters Involved in Cryptocurrency Mining Activities

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Authorities in Beijing have been conducting checks on cryptocurrency mining datacenters to assess and understand its energy consumption and thus the impact on the electric infrastructure. Although it was reported as a rumor by international media outlets, Chinese state media confirmed it.</strong> Authorities Sent an ‘Emergency Note’ to Three Biggest Telecom Operators …

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Save $360 on a Surface Pro with weekend deals from Best Buy – CNET

It seems that Best Buy has a blowout 3-day sale more or less every weekend. But even during weeks when there are no advertised 3-day sale, there are still deals to be had. This weekend, for example, there are a bunch of discounts on electronics as diverse as convertible tablets, TVs, routers and smartwatches. We …

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The NYPD retires “Digidog” robot after public backlash

Enlarge / The NYPD’s Digidog is just a Boston Dynamics robot in blue livery. Daniel Valls/FNTV freedomnews.tv The Guardian reports that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is retiring “Digidog,” a Boston Dynamics Spot robot the state started testing in December. The department described the robot as a tool that could be used to …

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Mysterious health attacks like those seen in Cuba have come to DC

Enlarge / The White House, the South Lawn, and part of the Ellipse are seen from the observation deck of the Washington Monument on October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC. Getty | Chip Somodevilla At least two US government officials in the Washington, DC, area have experienced mysterious health incidents that are strikingly similar to …

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