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The family of Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of Dungeons and Dragons, today announced it’s partnering with crowdfunding platform Fig to bring his unpublished works to the world as videos games. Gary Gygax developed D&D in the 1970s with Dave Arneson, and Alex Gygax (Gary’s youngest son, who is taking the lead on the operation) says he’s determined to ensure future games stick to the spirit of his father’s original work. As he told Polygon: [My father] always had the intention of taking certain product lines and transferring them to the digital realm, it just never came to fruition. There are… This story continues at The Next Web

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Virtual reality (VR) has made some impressive progress in the past few years. Despite a false start a few years back, VR headset sales are improving, with more than a million units shipped in a single quarter for the first time at the end of 2017. Sony, HTC, and Oculus are seeing increased sales, and VR developers are moving beyond gamers to target a broader market. So far, most VR engineers and developers have been focused on solving problems like how to make a more comfortable, portable headset, and how to decrease the costs of production so headsets are more… This story continues at The Next Web

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A former employee of the notorious data broker Cambridge Analytica (CA) today testified the company had several other quizzes on Facebook besides the one which started Facebook’s current audit — and potentially they could have compromised far more than the 87 million people Facebook estimated. The British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is now conducting an inquiry into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s misappropriation of user data. Yesterday, former CA executive Brittany Kaiser testified before the committee about the company’s actions. You can read her full written testimony here. With regards to CA’s Facebook activities, here is the most interesting… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with all the breakthroughs in the field of AI can be exhausting, we know. Robot consciousness is a touchy subject in artificial intelligence circles. In order to have a discussion around the idea of a computer that can ‘feel’ and ‘think,’ and has it’s own motivations, you first have to find… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sonos speakers have always come in two colors: black and white (and those aren’t even technically colors, depending who you ask). If that’s a bit too drab for your tastes, you can now buy the Sonos One in a few colorful options. The new, limited edition colors came about as a partnership with Danish design brand HAY. They’re designed to match HAY’s current product line, in neat shades of red, green, and yellow. Curiously, there’s also a pink speaker in the marketing images, but it’s not clear if that version will actually be on sale. They’ll cost you $229 and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Humans have navigated by starlight for thousands of years, but NASA has a new appreciation for the twinkling bodies in our night sky. Using perfectly timed X-ray flashes from pulsars, scientists are building a Galactic Position System that will work quite similar to the global one here on earth. NASA sends an unmanned spacecraft to photograph a distant planet or moon in a process similar to pointing a rifle at the sky and firing a bullet. That projectile travels through space and takes pictures as it zooms by its target from a safe distance. It can be steered, to a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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A few months after Snapchat opened its Lens Studio, allowing anyone to make their own versions of the app’s augmented reality filters — the company today announced it’s now allowing its users to make their own face Lenses, a.k.a. the ones Snapchat is famous for. When the Studio first opened last year, its creators were given multiple tools for creating Lenses that worked in the world, which many of them used to great effect. Nevertheless, while several have been very inventive and amusing, none of them have quite risen to the level of ubiquity that Snapchat’s face filters enjoy. The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Snapchat

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Apple is reportedly planning to update Apple News with a premium option. The Cupertino company recently purchased Texture, a magazine subscription service, and plans to integrate it into its baked-in news app for iPhone and iPad. The story broke earlier today when Bloomberg reported sources familiar with matter state Apple will roll out the paid option as early as this year. It’s expected the service will cost $9.99 per month, the same as Texture’s subscription fee prior to the Apple purchase. Assuming the ad-free paid subscription model works out and sticks– Apple’s been tweaking its News recipe for years –… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Another day, another bit of OnePlus 6 news. A day after we learned the phone would likely be water-resistant, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took it upon himself to share the first images we’ve seen taken using the new camera. Lau shared the photos on Chinese platform Weibo. The photos are a set of simple daytime images taken in Standford, California. Have a gander: You can view and download the 16MP samples here. The photos certainly look nice, although they don’t tell us very much. Most flagship smartphones can take solid photos in daylight conditions, and OnePlus has convenient tripped away… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tuesday snooze day, amirite? Tomorrow, marijuana mogul Socrates Rosenfeld is taking over TNW’s Big Spam before hosting TNW Answers on 4/20 (Friday). Tell everyone you know. 👀 Top trending tech news: 💰Facebook is reportedly testing payments in India (TNW) 😮...their facial recognition is also facing a class-action lawsuit (BBC)😬 Weibo is backtracking from a gay content ban (BBC) What we’re talking about: The Pentagon is focusing on AI even though the president possibly doesn’t know how to spell it. It’s time to boycott Amazon.    .  Drones will soon decide who to kill. Reddit nerds are competing to prove their country is the most Bitcoin-friendly. Elon Musk replaces robots at Tesla factory because “humans are underrated.” We beg to… This story continues at The Next Web

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You might have to keep your opinions to yourself for the time being: Twitter is down for many users worldwide. It remains unclear what is causing the issue, but numerous users in the US East Coast, Central Europe and Japan are reporting experiencing intermittent server downtime, according to data from DownDetector. There are currently more than 800 filed complaints from users. The micro-blogging service has yet to respond to the complaints from its official channels. Its status page continues to say that all systems are “operational.” But this is clearly not the case. According to reports, users are able to… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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Big dogs like Valve, Stripe, and Reddit are all pulling the plug on cryptocurrency payments for the time being, but there is a new force gearing up to fill up the gap: Pornhub – and you won’t believe who they’re partnering up with. The adult entertainment titan has announced it will now accept payments in anonymous cryptocurrency Verge (XVG). This means now you now have the option to pay for your premium subscription without leaving any trails. “Here at Pornhub, we’re all about convenience and security, which makes cryptocurrency an attractive form of payment for us,” VP Corey Price told… This story continues at The Next Web

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The security of cryptocurrency wallets has recently come under security with increased number of hacking reports. Researchers have shown that even hardware wallets — which are designed for extra security — are prone to hacking. As such, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin thinks there’s a need to better secure cryptocurrency wallets for regular users — and the Ethereum Foundation is willing to invest in any project working towards that goal. The foundation had earlier announced a grant for projects that help improve the scalability, usefulness, or security of the Ethereum network. One thing that needs to be a major priority of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The latest in my ongoing series of Global Digital reports for We Are Social and Hootsuite shows that the number of people around the world using social media grew by more than 100 million in the first three months of 2018, reaching almost 3.3 billion by the end of March.There’s loads of new data to cover in this quarter’s analysis, and I’ve saved some of the best numbers for the end of this article too — a massive breakdown of Twitter users — so go grab a coffee and get comfortable before you begin. Essential stats There was plenty of… This story continues at The Next Web

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IBM today announced the launch of its Adversarial Robustness Toolbox for AI developers. The open-source kit contains everything a machine learning programmer needs to attack their own deep learning neural networks (DNN) to ensure they’re able to withstand real-world conditions. The toolbox comes in the form of a code library which includes attack agents, defense utilities, and benchmarking tools that allow developers to integrate baked-in resilience to adversarial attacks. The company says it’s the first of its kind. According to IBM Security Systems CTO Sridhar Muppidi: One of the biggest challenges with some of the existing models to defend against… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: IBM

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Although Facebook makes most of of its money by selling ads, it’s now looking to monetize other parts of its business in India. FactorDaily reports that the social network is testing a payments service for users in the country, and that it’s looking to hire people to champion the program. It’s said to be trialing an option for Messenger users to top up their pre-paid mobile call and data services straight from the messaging app. Up next: payments for purchasing goods through its Marketplace shopping service for communities, and peer-to-peer money transfers, as well as payments to merchants through Messenger.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Facebook has been embroiled in a major data privacy scandal over the past several weeks – one that got its CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of the US Congress. One of the ways it’s trying to fix its image is by offering up explanations of how its collects and uses data – but it fails to see the problem in these processes. In a blog post published today, product management director David Baser said that Facebook collects data about web users who aren’t logged into Facebook, and even those who don’t have an account. We’ve known this for a… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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The Koss Porta Pro are some of the most iconic headphones ever. Their retro aesthetic and open-backed design has survived the test of time, making them a popular entry-level recommendation for over 30 years. But in this age of disappearing headphone jacks, even the classics have to adapt. As spotted by Ars Technica, an FCC filing registered by Koss way back in December looks a whole lot like a Bluetooth version of the Porta Pro – not to mention a user manual refers to them specifically as the “Koss Porta Pro Wireless.” As far as we can tell, the headphones look nearly… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony’s little-loved handheld, the Vita, is rumored to be winding down, and the gaming world will be lesser for its absence. Earlier today, TechSpot reported the Spanish PlayStation Twitter said the Vita had been discontinued in its region. Sony earlier this year announced that, starting March 2019, it would no longer be offering Vita games via its PS Plus subscription service. If the device isn’t dead already, the prospects of the now-seven-year-old handheld are certainly looking grim. The market for the Vita has never been very good. Compared with the industry-altering success of the Nintendo 3DS and Switch, the Vita hasn’t had the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Playstation,Sony

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National Geographic today released the first-ever 3D VR video filmed in space. Featuring footage captured both inside and outside the International Space Station (ISS) the clip is an amazing glimpse of something only a handful of humans have ever seen. The video was filmed by National Geographic in partnership with Humaneyes Technologies aboard the ISS for the TV show “One Strange Rock,” a documentary series focused on describing the Earth as seen by astronauts. Other VR experiences have sought to recreate the experience of being an astronaut in space, such as BBC’s Home: A VR Spacewalk, but this is the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Many aspects of the media seem to take great delight in pointing out the differences between generations in the workplace. We have all seen the videos where smug parents mock their Gen Z kids for not knowing how to dial a call on a rotary phone or operate a VCR. The truth is these skills 20th-century life skills remain in the analog world. To thrive and survive in a fast-moving digital era, workers are developing a new set of skills and requirements across multiple industries. There is an increasing belief that digital natives have very different ideas of the traditional… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pentagon technology chief Mike Griffin last week announced US military plans to form an office dedicated to procuring and deploying artificial intelligence technology. Meanwhile, the White House still doesn’t have a science adviser. The US military appears to embrace AI at every strategic level, and the creation of a new office to manage the burgeoning technology is further evidence that machine learning is the future of warfare. According to Federal News Radio’s Eric White, Under Secretary Griffin and fellow top brass are “alarmed at recent advances” in the field of artificial intelligence and seek to form the office as a matter… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve written a lot about the OnePlus 6 as a steady stream of rumors, leaks and official information have given us a solid idea of what to expect from the device. But today, OnePlus’ official Twitter account is heavily hinting at one feature that hasn’t been a prominent part of the rumor mill: water-resistance. Don’t you just hate it when you have to stop using your phone when it rains? So do we 😉 pic.twitter.com/QEnOdm3Xtk — OnePlus (@oneplus) April 16, 2018 Unless OnePlus is being exceedingly facetious – April Fools is over, guys – it sure looks like this will… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sega announced last week that it was making a new mini console based on the Genesis, also known as the Mega Drive. It’s called the Mega Drive Mini — why someone passed on the chance to call it the “Mini Drive,” I have no idea. Sega joins its former rivals Nintendo and Atari on the mini console market, and the Mega Drive Mini appears to be patterned directly on those consoles, in that its tiny and incapable of playing the same media as its original version. #セガフェス 2018で発表した、『メガドライブ ミニ』(仮称)。 30年前の1988年に発売した「メガドライブ」のデザインを再現しつつ、約1/4のサイズとなり、テレビにつなぐだけでお楽しみいただけます。 具体的な発売時期や収録タイトルなどの詳しい情報は、後日発表いたします。#メガドライブミニ pic.twitter.com/I7K7nWdA3Q — セガ公式アカウント (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) April 16, 2018 Curiously, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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