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Activision Patents System to Make Microtransactions Even More Obnoxious

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Years ago, you would buy a game for an agreed upon amount of money, and that was the end of the transaction. Then, horse armor happened. Paid downloadable content (or “microtransactions”) has only gotten more popular in the games industry since then, culminating in the current raft of free-to-play and heavily monetized “premium” games. The now-common “loot boxes” might not be the ultimate form of microtransactions. Activision has been granted a patent for a system ...

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Activision Patents System to Make Microtransactions Even More Obnoxious

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Years ago, you would buy a game for an agreed upon amount of money, and that was the end of the transaction. Then, horse armor happened. Paid downloadable content (or “microtransactions”) has only gotten more popular in the games industry since then, culminating in the current raft of free-to-play and heavily monetized “premium” games. The now-common “loot boxes” might not be the ultimate form of microtransactions. Activision has been granted a patent for a system ...

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Nest branches out with alarm system and face-detecting doorbell

Nest security cam now has eyes outside Nest wants to keep you from being robbed, as well as help you track your kids and let your dog out to pee at 3 am. The Alphabet(GOOG) owned company announced a trio of new products on Wednesday, all designed keep your home safe with a combination of motion sensors and constant video monitoring. They include optional face detection to tell who is outside your house, ringing your doorbell, or making waffles in your kitchen. It’s launching Nest Secure, a home alarm system, ...

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How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. While many of us were stuck sitting behind a school bus in rush-hour traffic this morning, far away from us a much higher-speed spectacle took place. After thirteen years of sometimes bootstrapped and often surprising science, Cassini has reached the end of its mission, and NASA deorbited it into Saturn this morning at about 8AM EDT. Cassini launched on October 15, 1997, as Cassini-Huygens. Huygens, in this case, refers to the name of the probe’s ...

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Flood insurance: Harvey tests a broken system

See dramatic rescues as Harvey flooding spreads The flooding in the Houston area caused by Hurricane Harvey is just the latest problem for the already troubled National Flood Insurance Program. The federally-funded program, which is part of FEMA, is the only protection against flooding that most homeowners and businesses can hope to get, since private policies typically only cover the wind damage that’s associated with hurricanes, but not flood damage. But after a series of major storms causedfloods in the last 12 years, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Superstorm ...

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Students explain new GCSE grading system

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Students and schools have struggled to grapple with it and there are fears that it’s even less understood outside the education system, particularly by employers. BBC News – Home

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HBO says full email system likely not compromised in data breach

HBO’s ‘Confederate’ announcement draws backlash HBO is the latest victim of a large-scale security breach, and the company is still investigating just how big it is. In an email to employees this afternoon, HBO CEO Richard Plepler said the company does not believe its email system as a whole was compromised in the breach, but a review is still ongoing. “We are also in the process of engaging an outside firm to work with our employees to provide credit monitoring and we will be following up with those details,” Plepler ...

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How IT Can Save Our Healthcare System

The health care debate continues to rage in Senate, the media, and in the public discourse. Call it Obamacare, Trumpcare, AHCA, ACA, Better Care Reconciliation Act – the current law, and the current proposals in Congress to change it – all claim to provide affordable access to health care for Americans. In reality, the law is about health insurance reform, and curbing the steep rise of the federal government’s subsidizing of health care for our citizens. The big underlying problem with affordability in health care is an industry that has not ...

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Cyberattacks Disrupt Chernobyl’s Automatic Monitoring System

There are certain things that everyone on planet Earth should be able to agree on. I say that as someone who periodically writes about issues that impact global security, in both the physical and cyberworlds, and who tries to bring a fact-based reasonable perspective to topics that are often rather overheated. For example, if you want to understand global politics and why Russia or North Korea might make some of the decisions that they do, it’s important to consider how different issues look from their perspectives, and you can certainly ...

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Possible Mars-sized Planet Detected in the Outer Solar System

A new paper published in the Astronomical Journal suggests that the unusual tilt of some Kuiper Belt objects could be explained by a Mars-sized planet lurking in the outer solar system. To be clear, this hypothetical planet-sized mass is not the same thing as the hypothesized Planet 9 that we’ve discussed at several points over the past year. It’s difficult to find a single diagram that shows all of these areas in proper relation to each other, so we’ll have to split this up a bit: The highly unusual (and ...

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