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Microsoft Surface Go review – Stuff

Stuff Microsoft Surface Go review Stuff However, Microsoft think it's worth having a bash at creating an affordable stylish tablet which has all the functionality of a PC , throw in some of the creative muscle you expect from an iPad and what you get is the Surface Go - a tablet which hits a ... and more »

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Omega Wars (Games)

Omega Wars 1.11.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: Free, Version: 1.11.00 ( iTunes ) Description: Claim your place among the Cosmic Legends! Master unique Champion abilities, collect powerful characters and spells, construct mighty decks, and battle against opponents in 1v1 & 2v2 real-time PvP action MOBA! Deploy troops and cast spells to take control of the ever-shifting arena. Develop unique strategies and combinations to outsmart and outmaneuver your opponents. Clash with friends and challenge players from around the world – the Omega Wars await you! Omega Wars: Champions of the Galaxy Features: Ω PLAY AS ONE OF THREE UNIQUE RACES Take command and battle as the Champions of the Human, Phantom, or Demon Race. Each Race has its distinct abilities, attributes, defense formation, and exclusive cards. Confuse your opponent into attacking the fake Phantom tower, or go on an all-out attack with an assault as the Demon Lord! Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each Race and adapt it to your playing style! Ω MERGE CARDS TOGETHER IN BATTLE Combine cards directly in the live arena through the game’s unique pairing system. Protect your Airtroopers from damage by placing them inside a Defender unit, or blast your Treant units directly at your opponent by loading them up in a Treant Cannon! Ω CRAFT & UNLOCK SPECIAL CARD ABILITIES Unlock special active or passive abilities for your troops and spells with the game’s crafting system. Shift the tide of battle and catch your opponent off guard by “flipping” to your card’s alternative form during battle! Ω DYNAMIC 2V2 ARENA BATTLES Team up with friends and clanmates in the most competitive and action-packed 2v2 arena battle mode yet! With a dynamic tower formation system based on the Champions selected, teammates can develop different synergies and strategies with their cards and abilities en route to victory! Ω GLOBAL AND LOCAL LEADERBOARDS Compete against the best in the World to earn your spot on the Global and Local Leaderboards! Master each Champion as you earn recognition in the Race Leaderboards, and join up with the best of the best as you compete for glory in the Clan Leaderboard. Ω CONTROL YOUR VIEWS WITH AR MODE* Bring your arena battles to life with an awesome augmented reality feature! Omega Wars’ AR mode puts you in control of the camera angle - zoom in up close to see the Demon Lord lay waste to his foes, or spectate a match from afar with your pet as the backdrop! Ω LIVE SPECTATOR MODE AND REPLAY FEATURE Cheer on your friends and clanmates while watching them battle live in Spectator Mode, or watch and share favorite battles and highlights with the Replay Feature! Enjoy watching battles from three different camera angles, or control your own spectator experience while in AR mode!* The battle for the Galaxy awaits - download now and join the War! *available only for ARKit-compatible devices An internet connection is required to play. Use of this application is governed by the Ludare Terms of Service. These Terms are available at http://www.ludare.com/terms.

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The top 10 startups from Y Combinator’s Demo Day S18 Day 2

Fifty-nine startups took the stage at Y Combinator’s Demo Day 2 , and among the highlights were a company that helps developers manage in-app subscriptions; a service that lets you create animojis from real photos; and a surplus medical equipment-reselling platform. Oh… and there was also a company that’s developed an entirely new kind of life form using e coli bacteria. So yeah, that’s happening. Based on some investor buzz and what caught TechCrunch’s eye, these are our top picks from the second day of Y Combinator’s presentations. You can find the full list of companies that presented on Day 1 here , and our top picks from Day 1 here.  64-x With a founding team including some of the leading luminaries in the field of biologically inspired engineering (including George Church, Pamela Silver and Jeffrey Way from Harvard’s Wyss Institute),  64-x  is engineering organisms to function in otherwise inaccessible environments. Chief executive Alexis Rovner, herself a post-doctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute, and chief operating officer Ryan Gallagher, a former BCG Consultant, are looking to commercialize research from the Institute around accelerating and expanding the ability to produce functionalized proteins and sequence-defined polymers with diverse chemistries. Basically they’ve engineered a new life form that they want to use for novel kinds of bio-manufacturing. Why we liked it:  These geniuses invented a new life form. CB Therapeutics Sher Butt, a former lab directory at Steep Hill, saw that cannabinoids were as close to a miracle cure for pain, epilepsy and other chronic conditions as medicine was going to get. But plant-based cannabinoids were costly and produced inconsistent results. Alongside Jacob Vogan, Butt realized that biosynthesizing cannabinoids would reduce production costs by a factor of 10 and boost production 24 times current yields. With a deep experience commercializing drugs for Novartis and as the founder of the cannabis testing company SB Labs, Butt and his technical co-founder are uniquely positioned to bring this new therapy to market. Why we liked it:  Using manufacturing processes to make industrial quantities of what looks like nature’s best painkiller at scale is not a bad idea. RevenueCat RevenueCat  helps developers manage their in-app subscriptions. It offers an API that developers can use to support in-app subscriptions on iOS and Android, which means they don’t have to worry about all the nuances, bugs and updates on each platform

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Facebook assigns you a fake-news-flagging trustworthiness score

A new way to attack Facebook is to fraudulently report a news story as false in hopes of reducing its visibility, either because someone wants to censor it or just doesn’t agree with it. Sometimes known as “brigading,” a concerted effort by trolls to flag a piece of content can reduce its visibility. Facebook now sends stories reported as false to third-party fact checkers, and these purposefully inaccurate reports can clog the already-overcrowded queues that fact checkers struggle to worth through. That’s why Facebook gives users a trustworthiness score ranging from 0 to 1 depend on the reliability of their flags of false news,  The Washington Post reports. If they flag something as false news but fact checkers verify it as true, that could hurt their score and reduce how heavily Facebook factors in their future flagging.  If users consistently report false news that’s indeed proven to be false, their score improves and Facebook will trust their future flagging more. Facebook’s News Feed product manager Tessa Lyons confirmed the scoring system exists. There’s currently no way to see your own or someone else’s trustworthiness score. And other signals are used to compute the score as well, though Facebook won’t reveal them for fear of trolls gaming the system. Friend-ranking scores This isn’t the only way Facebook ranks users, though. It assigns you a shifting score of affinity toward each of your friends that determines how frequently you see them in the News Feed. This “friend-ranking” score is essentially a measure of graph distance from you to someone else. If you like a ton of someone’s posts, get tagged in photos with them, search for them, view their profile, communicate with them, have lots of mutual friends, are in the same Groups and have similar biographical characteristics like location and age, your score toward them is lower and you’ll see more of them in your feed. However, they have a different score for you depending on their behavior, so constantly viewing someone else’s profile won’t make you show up in their feed more if they don’t reciprocate the interest. I first reported on these friend scores almost exactly seven years ago, and you can still view them for yourself using this browser bookmarklet built by Jeremy Keeshin. Visit this site , drag the “Facebook Friends Rankings” link into your desktop browser’s bookmark bar, open Facebook while logged in, and tap the bookmarklet to reveal the Friend Ranking scores of your friends

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Facebook assigns you a fake-news-flagging trustworthiness score

A new way to attack Facebook is to fraudulently report a news story as false in hopes of reducing its visibility, either because someone wants to censor it or just doesn’t agree with it. Sometimes known as “brigading,” a concerted effort by trolls to flag a piece of content can reduce its visibility. Facebook now sends stories reported as false to third-party fact checkers, and these purposefully inaccurate reports can clog the already-overcrowded queues that fact checkers struggle to worth through. That’s why Facebook gives users a trustworthiness score ranging from 0 to 1 depend on the reliability of their flags of false news,  The Washington Post reports. If they flag something as false news but fact checkers verify it as true, that could hurt their score and reduce how heavily Facebook factors in their future flagging.  If users consistently report false news that’s indeed proven to be false, their score improves and Facebook will trust their future flagging more. Facebook’s News Feed product manager Tessa Lyons confirmed the scoring system exists. There’s currently no way to see your own or someone else’s trustworthiness score. And other signals are used to compute the score as well, though Facebook won’t reveal them for fear of trolls gaming the system. Friend-ranking scores This isn’t the only way Facebook ranks users, though. It assigns you a shifting score of affinity toward each of your friends that determines how frequently you see them in the News Feed.

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Diablo 3 For The Nintendo Switch Officially Confirmed – Ubergizmo

Diablo 3 For The Nintendo Switch Officially Confirmed Ubergizmo Yesterday thanks to an article published by Forbes that went up a bit too early, it appears that Diablo 3 for the Nintendo Switch was announced. For those wondering if it might be true, you'll be pleased to learn that Blizzard and Nintendo have ... and more »

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Messenger Kids rolls out passphrases so kids can initiate friend requests themselves

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents’ approval of new contacts. To use the feature, parents will turn on a setting that creates a four-word passphrase that’s used generate these contact requests, the company says. Parents can opt to use this feature, which is not on by default. Once enabled, Facebook will randomly generate a four-word phrase that’s uniquely assigned to each child. When the child wants to add a friend to their app’s contacts list in the future, they will show this phrase to the friend to enter in their own app. Both parents will then receive a contact request from their child – and both have to approve the request before the kids can start chatting. In other words, this doesn’t represent a loosening of the rules around parental approvals – all contact requests still require parents’ explicit attention and confirmation, as before. However, it does make it easier for kids to friend one another when their parents aren’t Facebook friends themselves. That’s been an issue with the app for some time, and one Facebook first started to address in May when it made a change that finally no longer required parents to be friends, too. While most parents will at least want to know who their child is texting with, there are plenty of times when parents are friendly with someone on a more casual basis – like through the child’s school or their extracurricular activities. But just because two people are neighbors or fellow soccer moms and dads, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re also Facebook friends. The change introduced in May allowed parents to do a search for the child’s friend’s parents, then invite them to the app so the kids could connect. But this still required parents to take the initial steps (at the urging of the child, of course).

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Siri is now trained to recognize your local, weirdly named small businesses

Getting directions to the nearest Starbucks or Target is a task Apple’s virtual assistant can handle with ease. But what about local businesses with names that Siri has never heard, and might mistake for another phrase or the user misspeaking? To handle these, Apple has created libraries of hyper-local place names so Siri never hears “Godfather’s Pizza” as “got father’s piece.” Speech recognition systems have to be trained on large bodies of data, but while that makes them highly capable when it comes to parsing sentences and recognizing phrases, it doesn’t always teach them the kind of vocabulary that you and your friends use all the time. When I tell a friend, “let’s go to St John’s for a drink,” they know I don’t mean some cathedral in the midwest but the bar up the street. But Siri doesn’t really have any way of knowing that — in fact, unless the system knows that “Saint John’s” is a phrase in the first place, it might think I’m saying something else entirely. It’s different when you type it into a box — it can just match strings — but when you say it, Siri has to make her best guess at what you said. But if Siri knew that in the Seattle area, when someone says something that sounds like St John’s, they probably mean the bar, then she can respond more quickly and accurately, without having to think hard or have you select from a list of likely saints. And that’s just what Apple’s latest research does . It’s out now in English, and other languages are likely only a matter of time. To do this, Apple’s voice recognition team pulled local search results from Apple Maps, sorting out the “places of interest” — you (or an algorithm) can spot these, because people refer to them in certain ways, like “where is the nearest…” and “directions to…” and that sort of thing. Obviously the sets of these POIs, once you remove national chains like Taco Bell, will represent the unique places that people in a region search for. Burger-seekers here in Seattle will ask about the nearest Dick’s Drive-in, for example (though we already know where they are), while those in L.A.

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