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29
Oct

It looks like Sony’s 10-year-plan for the PS3 is over


Yesterday, Sony announced that MLB The Show 17 will launch on PS4 next March — but it won’t be coming to the PS3. As the previous year’s edition of the sports game was the last first-party title to come to the aging console, this probably means Sony won’t put out new content. If so, we’ve reached the end of the company’s 10-year-plan to support the system. Goodnight, sweet prince.

There’s no sign that Sony will stop giving PS3 owners free old games through PS+, but without first-party support, owners of the legacy console don’t have much to look forward to. The last third-party developers making content for the old system have quietly stopped in the last year, which is still a long time to keep content coming out after the PS4 debuted in 2013.

Back in June, Bungie stated that the next Destiny expansion coming in the fall would split character progression along two paths, preventing players from earning anything when they jump between systems. As we noted when the new content went live at the end of July, it’s likely the developer’s first step in jettisoning support for last-generation console owners. At least they’ve held out longer than Activision, which announced last year that PS3 and Xbox 360 owners would be getting neither the single-player campaign nor the fourth DLC maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

As for the latest harbinger of the PS3’s end days, MLB The Show 17 will come out on March 28th, 2017. Legendary slugger Ken Griffey, Jr. will bestir the cover of the American version, though Sony hasn’t announced which players will stare out from the international covers at the dejected faces of PlayStation 3 diehards, for whom brand-new digital baseball experiences are now the stuff of memory.

Source: Playstation blog

29
Oct

White House plan will train coal workers for 21st century jobs


Stepping away from fossil fuels is incredibly important, but our move toward a sustainable future will invariably leave countless workers unemployed by no fault of their own. The White House knows this and this week, the Obama administration announced $28 million in funding for 42 “economic and workforce” development programs across a baker’s dozen of (mostly southern) states.

A chunk of the programs specifically focus on former coal workers and coal production jobs. One will invest $2.2 million in making Virginia a “national destination” for a drone-pilot workforce by funding training programs at the Mountain Empire Community College (specifically calling out former coal industry workers as future trainees). Considering that many with drones already want to help during times of crises, this can only be a good thing.

Further down the page is $790,118 to figure out new uses for coal byproducts. One such example? Evaluating the “feasibility of converting coal pitch to carbon fiber.” Another program earmarks $500,000 for entrepreneurs who are former coal industry workers, or were suppliers to coal-fire power plants.

Another $400,000 will go to the Technical Assistance for Coal Communities which aims to help the parts of Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming who have been “severely impacted” by a decline in demand for coal.

There’s also a $1.4 million grant that aims to bolster training for jobs in cybersecurity in southwest Virginia and hopefully entice new employers to set up shop in the area. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are a bunch of other funding programs in place to bring in-demand jobs and growth to areas that need it most.

Via: Recode

Source: White House

29
Oct

Giphy is giving orphaned Vines a new home


Yesterday, Twitter announced that it will effectively kill off the struggling short-form video platform Vine in the coming months. The news did not go over very well with the service’s fanbase, many many of whom took to Twitter to express their outrage. Today, Giphy offered disgruntled Vine users a lifeline: the ability to transfer their existing video content to the animated image site.

The Vine.io website will not be shut down, as Twitter’s earlier announcement specified, but instead will act as a digital archive for the videos. Giphy is offering its importation tool as an alternative means of saving that content. Giphy, however, has not specified when the tool will be released, only stating that “it’ll be launching very soon”.

Source: Giphy (Medium)

29
Oct

Red Bull’s 2018 rallycross cup is getting an EV class


Off-road racing is going electric with the announcement that Red Bull is adding an EV class to its Global Rallycross events. The United States Auto Club will help serve as the governing body for the circuit, but aside from that bit and news that this won’t take place until the 2018 season, little else is known. The energy drink purveyor/space jump funder says that this will exist alongside gas-powered events and “will never replace the current formula.” The Verge notes that as of now, there aren’t any manufacturers or drivers onboard, either. Maybe Audi will sign on. After all, it just backed out of the FIA World Endurance Championship in favor of Formula E.

Via: The Verge

Source: Red Bull

29
Oct

Thunderbolt 3 explained: The one port to rule them all


Let’s face it: ports are boring.

USB, Firewire, eSATA, etc. They’re not sexy, but they’re important. They decide what you can do on your device and how quickly you can do it. So, when Apple introduced its latest MacBook Pro laptops with Thunderbolt 3 ports, you probably didn’t think much about it – until you realized Apple ditched every single port on its old machines and replaced it with just Thunderbolt 3 on the new MacBook Pros. So, what does that mean?

Well, if you want to connect anything to the new MacBook Pro laptops, you’ll need to via any of the Thunderbolt 3 ports. You can’t simply plug in your devices via old USB cables or HDMI cables or whatever. If you want to do anything with the new MacBook Pros, you’re going to need to buy new cables with a USB Type-C connector (about £226 worth, in fact). Why would Apple do this to us?

The answer is easy: Thunderbolt 3 is the one port to rule them all. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Thunderbolt 3?

Intel introduced the Thunderbolt platform in 2011 at a time when USB 3.0 was all the rage and could transfer data at speeds up to 5Gbps. But Thunderbolt was capable of twice that. Plus, it could transfer multiple types of data, not just serial data to storage devices. It could, for instance, pipe video data to displays. It could also daisy chain devices together, such as your hard drive to your computer and a display to your hard drive.

Intel

Thunderbolt 3 is the latest version of Thunderbolt, and it uses a USB Type-C connector. Intel uses the new connector for a number of reasons. Early versions of Thunderbolt relied on a Mini DisplayPort connector, and Apple was the only major manufacturer to embrace Thunderbolt, but now that Thunderbolt uses a USB Type-C connector, it is starting to show up in not just new MacBook Pros but also new ultrabooks and notebooks.

Thunderbolt 3 first appeared with Intel’s Skylake chips that rolled out in 2015, so that’s why you’re seeing a tonne of devices showing up this year with Thunderbolt 3 ports, including the new MacBook Pro laptops. Apple is sticking with Thunderbolt 3 because it can do a lot with a single cable. It supports the DisplayPort protocol, for instance, so you can use one cable to daisy-chain and drive two 4K displays at 60 Hz.

Thunderbolt 3 allows for connection speeds up to 40Gbps, double the speed of the previous generation, USB 3.1 10Gbps, and DisplayPort 1.2. It also offers USB speeds of up to 10 Gbps, and it can connect up to two 4K displays, outputting video and audio signal at the same time. It also supports DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and 10 GbE fast networking. Plus, Thunderbolt 3 is backwards compatible to Thunderbolt 2.

What is USB Type-C?

Thunderbolt 3 first features a USB Type-C connector. A connector is found at the end of the cable you stick into a device. USB Type-C, for instance, is the latest USB connector that’s all the rage. It’s replacing Micro USB connectors used by most Android phones and even USB Type-A, which is the standard USB connector people imagine when they hear “USB”. Apple’s 12-inch MacBook even has a single USB Type-C port.

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USB Type-C is well-known because it allows for quicker data transfer. By default, USB Type C offers 7.5W and 15W transmissions, whereas USB 3.0 offers 4.5 W transmission. USB Type-C also allows your devices to charge, because it can transmit up to 100W, which is enough to charge most laptops. That means you can use a single cable with a USB Type-C connector to quickly transfer data to your device while you charge it.

But the most interesting thing about USB Type-C is that the connector is reversible. There is no “right way up” for the connector. You can blindly just stick it into a port on a device, and it’ll smoothly go in and just work.

Why is Apple using Thunderbolt 3?

Apple has embraced Thunderbolt 3 not only because of its USB Type-C connector but also because of Thunderbolt 3’s features.

One computer port can connect you to Thunderbolt devices, all displays, and billions of USB devices. It provides four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other cable, while also supplying up to 100W of power. You can use it to connect your Mac to displays, transfer data quickly between computers and hard drives, daisy chain external devices, and power up – all with just one physical connection.

Intel

For years, Macs have had USB ports and Thunderbolt ports. Now, they’re combined. The thing to remember about Thunderbolt 3 is that it uses the same design connector as USB Type-C, but it offers support for a wide range of different standards (like HDMI, USB, DisplayPort), and it does everything faster while supplying power. You just need the right cable to plug into it.

Not all USB Type-C ports support Thunderbolt 3. While smartphones and tablets may use the connector, the Thunderbolt platform is only available on devices with Intel processors. So, you while you can technically plug any USB Type-C device or cable into a Thunderbolt 3 port, it won’t support Thunderbolt’s features. And a Thunderbolt 3 peripheral plugged into a regular USB Type-C port won’t support Thunderbolt features either.

Do other laptops use Thunderbolt 3?

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Apart from Apple’s latest MacBook Pro laptops, tonnes of laptops offer Thunderbolt 3 ports. The Asus Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro, Alienware 13, Dell XPS 13, HP Elite X2 and Folio, HP Spectre and Spectre x260, Razer Blade Stealth, Lenovo ThinkPad Y900, and dozens more have shipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ultrabook Review has a comprehensive list of all the laptops now available with Thunderbolt 3.

Want to know more?

Check out the Thunderbolt 3 promo video above and Intel’s FAQ page.

29
Oct

This ‘White Hat Hacker 2017’ course bundle can teach you how to hack for a living for a price you pick


When it comes to online security, companies are willing to pay a premium if it means their data is safe.

That’s why ethical hackers are some of the highest-paid tech pros out there, and becoming one is easier than you think. With the Pay What You Want: White Hat Hacker 2017 Bundle, you can learn the essentials behind keeping networks safe all for a price you pick.

Here’s how the bundle works: just pay what you want, and you’ll automatically unlock the last two of the bundle’s eight courses. However, you’ll need to beat the average price paid if you want to unlock all eight.

The complete bundle includes the following courses:

  • The Complete Ethical Hacking Course for 2016-2017
  • Learn Ethical Hacking From Scratch
  • Networks From Scratch to Advanced Implementation
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Information Security Management Fundamentals
  • Web Security: Common Vulnerabilities & Their Mitigation
  • Python For Android Hacking Crash Course: Trojan Perspective
  • Wi-Fi Hacking with Kali

Featuring over 60 hours of training, this course collection offers a comprehensive look at all things ethical hacking. You’ll learn how to pinpoint vulnerabilities in your networks, detect common hacking threats, and even prepare to ace a leading certification exam.

The Pay What You Want: White Hat Hacker 2017 Bundle comes with more than £1,000 worth of content, but you can now get it all for a price you choose.

29
Oct

Get monthly shipments of exclusive geek gear with the Geek Fuel Mega Pack (64 per cent off)


There are plenty of nerd culture subscription boxes out there, but few match the value offered by Geek Fuel.

With the Geek Fuel Mega Pack, you can score loads of comics, games, exclusive t-shirts, and more at a huge discount. For just £65.64 ($79.99 USD), you’ll get an exclusive welcome box and three mystery box shipments.

Featured on IGN, Digg, and Mashable, Geek Fuel has a reputation for delivering the best from geek culture. To start, each mystery box comes with an exclusive t-shirt to add some flair to your outfits. On top of that, you’ll also find a full downloadable game as well as the latest copy of Geek Fuel magazine, so you can stay informed on the latest geek news.

In addition to these goodies, each box comes with five to eight other items, including toys, comics, collectibles, and more from your favorite titles. Previous Geek Fuel boxes have included products from Star Wars, The Avengers, Doctor Who, and Super Mario Bros. Whether you’re an avid gamer or a comic book junkie, you’ll find plenty of gear tailored to your liking in each box.

With each Geek Fuel mystery box worth at least £41, you’ll be getting some serious return on your investment when you pick up the Geek Fuel Mega Pack. Normally £184, this colossal shipment of geek goodness is on sale for just £65.64 ($79.99 USD)

29
Oct

Hey Twitter, hiding usernames won’t help you


Once Twitter announced that links, pictures and usernames would no longer count towards a tweet’s 140-characters, it also started testing changes to how @ reply messages look. This week my account was included in that test, and as a longtime user, I don’t think this change is a good one. As you can see from the screenshots, it puts more emphasis on accounts “real” names. that would be fine, except I’ve spent ~8 years getting used to the usernames of people I follow and commonly tweet to. Now, I can recognize some of those names faster than the person’s “real” one, because this is Twitter, not Facebook.

Of course, Twitter would love to have Facebook’s real name ties (and its ever growing user base), and maybe it thinks that phasing out the hacky @reply convention is a way to siphon people away from that other social network. Whatever the reason behind the move is, I don’t like it.

WI know who @nicole is, but who is Lunaticole Lee?

One of my biggest issues is due to Twitter hiding the names of additional people you’re replying to behind an “and others” link that leads to a checkbox menu. When you could see the usernames, it was easy to pick and choose who to reply to without making that extra click. Additionally, since people often change their “name” on Twitter (at least, more frequently than they change their handle), what displays may not even be something I can recognize. I’m not the only one with complaints about the new look, and hopefully, it will get tweaked before it rolls out to everyone — Vine didn’t die for us to lose @replies this way.

29
Oct

Tesla unveils its solar roof and Powerwall 2


At Universal Studios in Los Angeles Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off the company’s solar roof-top panels and new Energy initiative. It also showed off its new $5,500 Powerwall 2 high-capacity residential batteries and Powerpack 2 for businesses.

Musk and company have been teasing the photovoltaic cell-embedded rooftop panels for a few weeks. It’s also using the announcement of the new product as an explanation for why its acquiring Solar City. Musk said that if the merger doesn’t go through, the launch of the new tiles will be difficult.

During the event, Musk sort of talked about the price of the panels. He said that when a house has these the “installed cost is less than a normal roof and the cost of electricity.” But there was no concrete pricing announced. The company will sell the tiles directly to customers instead of working with a home builder.

The event was held on a Hollywood backlot where Solar City and Tesla had installed non-operating solar panels onto the houses you might recognize for the TV show, Desperate Housewives. The houses didn’t attract any attention before the event because they appeared so normal.

He also showed off a house with a Tuscan style glass tiles that to the naked eye, you would be hard-pressed to notice that the roof was actually sucking up the energy of the sun. “People love their homes and we want them to be better,” Musk said.

Of course the entire equation requires batteries for a home to stay powered up when the sun goes down. With that in mind, they also introduced a new version of its Powerwall. Tesla says it will power a four bedroom house with lights, refrigerator and other appliances for an entire day.

Musk said that they expect to start installing the glass tiles in summer 2017 and for the roofs to last a very very long time. “We expect this to have two or three times the longevity of asphalt. It’s really never going to wear out. It’s got a quasi-infinite lifetime. It’s made of quartz,” he said.

Tesla and Solar City are working with 3M on the coating on the glass tiles.

Tesla has just come off an impressive quarter where it posted a profit for the first time in two years. It also announced earlier this month that all vehicles produced going forward would have the hardware capable of full autonomous driving.

Developing.

Source: Tesla

29
Oct

Thunderbolt 3 Ports on Right Side of 13-Inch MacBook Pro Have Reduced PCI Express Bandwidth


Apple has published a detailed support document highlighting the capabilities of the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro, unveiling some previously unknown details and outlining the different adapters that are needed to connect various accessories.

According to the document, while all of the ports on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar offer full Thunderbolt 3 performance, only two of the four ports on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar support Thunderbolt 3 at full performance.

The two ports on the right side of the machine have Thunderbolt 3 functionality but with reduced PCI Express bandwidth. For that reason, Apple recommends plugging higher-performance devices into the left-hand ports on that machine.

Late-2016 MacBook Pro models vary slightly in the data speeds they provide to each Thunderbolt 3 port.

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) delivers full Thunderbolt 3 performance on all four ports.

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) supports Thunderbolt 3 at full performance using the two left-hand ports. The two right-hand ports deliver Thunderbolt 3 functionality, but have reduced PCI Express bandwidth.

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) delivers full Thunderbolt 3 performance on both ports.

As for USB, all of the USB-C ports on all MacBook Pro models offer USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) transfer speeds when connected to a USB accessory.

Other interesting tidbits in the document include the fact that six devices can be daisy-chained to each Thunderbolt 3 port on the MacBook Pro, and only one power supply can be used to charge the machine. You can attach multiple power supplies, but it’s only going to draw power from the one that provides the most power.

Power supplies that exceed 100W have the potential to damage the Macbook Pro, and accessories like the USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter or the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter can only provide up to 60W of power, which will offer slow or delayed charging in the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Apple recommends charging the 15-inch model with the power supply it ships with.

Apple also outlines powering attached devices with Thunderbolt 3 ports. The 15-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can power two devices that use up to 15 watts and two additional devices that use up to 7.5 watts. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar and two Thunderbolt 3 ports can power one device that uses up to 15 watts and one device that uses up to 7.5 watts.

If you’re planning to purchase a new MacBook Pro and are confused about which adapters you’re going to need so it will work with your existing equipment and accessories, Apple’s support document is a good reference to check out.

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