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'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture' creator goes 'dark'

Pinchbeck makes no bones about Chinese Room's bottom line: there were "financial pressures" that included keeping the full team running. Add Pinchbeck's own health concerns and the usual stress of wrapping development on a game (many studios are all too familiar with crunch time ), and it was clear that it was time to have a "good think about the future." Right now, just three people are working on upcoming titles like The 13th Interior and...
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Recommended Reading: Behind the scenes of 'Blade Runner 2049'

Recommended Reading: Behind the scenes of 'Blade Runner 2049' Latest in Gear Recommended Reading: Behind the scenes of 'Blade Runner 2049' 1h ago View Moleskine’s smart planner requires too much effort to use 3h ago View The Morning After: Weekend Edition 5h ago View Apple's former GPU maker Imagination agrees to £550 million sale 7h ago View Image credit: Alcon Entertainment/Warner Brothers The best long-form writing on technology and more...
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Facebook will show ads based on the stores you visit in real life

At the same time, your friend who's sitting at home can get an ad meant for new customers that you won't see if you've been to one of that certain business' stores. Since Facebook is giving thousands of businesses across the globe access to people's store visit data, you might encounter the behavior even while abroad. You might also come across advertisements for companies you've recently interacted with in the real world. Real estate firms...
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Lilu is a pumping bra that promises more breast milk in less time

On its own, the Lilu looks kind of like a large sports bra, though it can be worn over an existing nursing bra. But when the mother is ready to pump, she can pull the two flaps down and apply a regular breast pump through the opening. She can then snap it on, attach the bottle and have it pump as it normally would. To turn the bra on, just press the button in the middle. The bra will then start massaging the breast in a compression pattern ...
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'Half-Life 2' mod puts the sequel inside of the original

As you might imagine, the game isn't pretty. But, the end result might make you nostalgic for that resonance cascade we witnessed at Black Mesa in 1998. As Kotaku notes , that original toolset was a mod itself, expanding on the Quake engine's framework. When Half-Life 2 was first released in 2004 on its newly developed Source engine, it was a benchmark for what games were capable of in terms of physics, facial animation and overall graphics...
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Facebook hands Russia-backed ads to election investigators

The insiders claim that Facebook rejected House and Senate Intelligence Committee attempts to get the ads. The site's policy, in line with the Stored Communications Act, requires a warrant before it can hand over search data. Mueller's spokesperson declined to comment, and Facebook would only say that it continues to "work with the appropriate investigative authorities." Don't expect to learn many specifics, then. All the same, this both hi...
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Apple bans misleading apps on iOS

As soon as you get your shiny new iPhone 8, you'll probably want to download some apps. So Apple took the opportunity to update its developer app review guidelines to make sure the App Store is in tip top shape. According to 9to5 Mac , it's now officially cracking down on misleading apps. The App Store has already had policies against such apps already, but the recent update makes it more explicit. The ban is against apps "including content...
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Fox's takeover of Sky referred to the UK's competition regulator

In a statement, the Culture Secretary said that the CMA will focus on "the genuine commitment to broadcasting standards as well as media plurality grounds." Fox already owns 39% of Sky but announced in December last year that it launching a fresh bid to acquire the rest of the company. Less than 48 hours earlier, Bradley had updated MPs on her findings -- including 30,000 "representations" that produced evidence against a Fox-Sky merger -- ...
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'Destiny 2' studio will remove armor that looks like a 'hate symbol'

1/2 It's come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol. It is not intentional. We are removing it. — Bungie (@Bungie) September 12, 2017 A second tweet offered the company's deepest apologies, saying that such hate symbols do not represent its values. The team is "working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms." While Bungie gave no specifics as to which armored gauntlet it was referri...
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Tesla plans to add more Superchargers in big cities

The bottom line is that for Teslas to fully take off, charging them has to be as convenient as pulling into a gas station to refuel. Right now, that's just not the case, and the company is well aware of it. The bulk of Superchargers are currently along major highways at hotels and restaurants. Tesla plans on expanding into urban grocery store parking lots, shopping centers, and downtown districts. They've redesigned the Supercharger to give...
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