A War Photographer Embeds Himself Inside a Video Game

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Ashrules24:

A must play!

Originally posted on TIME:

The Last of Us Remastered is a post-apocalyptic video game released earlier this year on PlayStation 4 with an in-game Photo Mode, which freezes the game and lets players shoot, edit and share photographs of their achievements.

TIME assigned conflict photographer Ashley Gilbertson to use the Photo Mode to document the game’s protagonists as they fight to survive in a zombie-infested world. Gilbertson writes about his experience.


I’ve spent a few days inside the body of an angry Hugh Jackman-lookalike.

TIME asked me to work as a photographer within the video game called The Last of Us Remastered, a hyper violent game in which a player must kill people that are infected with some type of brain and flesh condition. The game, which is very carefully rendered to look as real as possible, gives the player access to a wide variety of weapons, but it also provides players with…

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You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile

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Ashrules24:

What the F*CK ??

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Today Facebook began letting users select a “legacy contact” who can partially control their Facebook profile after they die.

Legacy Contact_ChoosePreviously when you bit the dust, your friends could notify Facebook to lock your profile into a memorial page. But now if you’ve set a legacy contact, that person can pin an announcement to the top of your profile to provide details for memorial services, approve friend requests and change their profile and cover photo.

Alternatively, if you’d rather banish your Facebook profile to the shadow realm alongside your soul, you can tell Facebook to permanently delete your profile when you go to the big social network in the sky.

Facebook product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch tells me that the company’s community operations team that responds to people’s requests to memorialize profiles heard “a number of poignant stories of what…

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TC Makers: Inside The IT Room Of A High-Tech Cruise Ship

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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In order to prevent electrical fires, cables on a ship can’t be spliced. This means that a cable that starts at one end of the massive Quantum Of The Seas, Royal Caribbean’s latest pleasure ship, has to be over 1,139 feet long to reach the other end. That’s a lot of cable and it’s a lot of cable management.

Welcome to the world of on-ship IT, a discipline with its own rules, requirements, and techniques. This isn’t like setting up your LAN party because your LAN party doesn’t have to survive 10-foot waves and massive data downloads as passengers stream, Tweet, and Facebook all day and night.

We were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Quantum Of The Seas just as it was going into service. The ship has O3b satellite 600 Mbps connectivity and specially laid-out Wi-Fi access points that take into consideration its…

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Watch The New Phorm iPad Mini Case Generate Physical Keys Out Of Thin Air

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Apple’s touch-based devices have changed the way we interact with computers entirely, but that hasn’t stopped users from occasionally thinking wistfully of the days when physical keyboards ruled the roost. Tactus has taken that desire to heart, and the startup’s first consumer product, the Phorm, is about to bring a tactile experience back to your iPad mini’s software keyboard.

Tactus co-founders Dr. Craig Ciesla and Dr. Micah Yairi have been working on technology that can generate physical keys from a flat surface on demand, giving you a smooth, unbroken surface for general touch-based interaction, and a physical keyboard when you need one. The company’s innovation uses a microfluidic panel to achieve its magic, routing liquid through invisible channels to expand specific areas of the top layer of a touch panel, producing protrusions and bumps where previously there were none.

Phorm is the first product from Tactus that is ready…

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CliniCloud’s Smart Stethoscope And Thermometer Lets Doctors Check Your Vitals From The Cloud

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We are getting that much closer to building the doctor’s office of the future, right within our homes today. Digital health diagnostic tools startup CliniCloud has launched a line of Bluetooth-connected stethoscopes and thermometers that enable consumers to check their own vitals and have a doctor access them via the cloud.

These digital devices can track things like your temperature and heart rate and send a history of these  recordings to an on-demand physician. The physician can then give a diagnosis without patients having to leave their homes.

“The stethoscope and thermometer are the two most important tools we have in medicine for diagnosing common conditions,” says CliniCloud co-founder Dr. Andrew Lin. “We are putting these powerful tools into the hands of everyday users, allowing them to accurately record vital signs that can be shared with their primary care doctor as well as a network of on-demand physicians to determine if a cough…

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You Can Now Download The Windows 10 Technical Preview

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Ashrules24:

After skipping a Windows 9 we have Windows 10 for you. Good news is that we can download the Technical Preview right away!

Note: The Technical preview is not a complete build. So make sure you download Windows 10 in a secondary computer, just for safety. Or you can backup your data as there are high chances of crashes and occurrences like that to happen.
So, people best of luck!

To read in detail about Windows 8, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BMGPd6mqnI

Haffun. :)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Morning, everyone, have some fun: You can download the Windows 10 technical preview here.

The new code is only a partial look at the coming operating system, something which Microsoft told TechCrunch again, and again yesterday. It does start to field a perspective at what Microsoft has in mind for its new platform, however: An environment where touch and more traditional mouse and keyboard input sit in harmony.

Also, the company is looking for feedback. If you want to go technical preview, you will be their testing source. That’s true for all operating system previews, but in this case, a little more so.

The next preview, aimed at consumers, will land in the first quarter of 2015, likely the earlier end of that date range. For now, the current preview has a number of user interface tweaks that, in conjunction with new features and capabilities, make the Windows 8-themed operating system…

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Mobile Payments Are Finally A Reality Thanks To Apple

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Robert McCarthy has designed, developed, researched and evangelized mobile products and technologies, with a focus on mobile and emerging payment eco-systems, for more than 15 years. At Mobiquity, Robert advises clients in areas including mobile communications, network and mobile security, and cloud infrastructure design.

A song lyric from “All That Jazz” comes to mind following Apple’s big announcement about mobile payments on Tuesday: “Everything old is new again.” Amid rumors and leaks surrounding the new Apple phone, operating system and peripherals, Apple clearly saw – and took advantage of – the looming perfect storm in mobile payments that’s been swirling and growling on the horizon for the last few years.

It is now clear: Apple is taking advantage of partnerships more than technology in order to innovate in this burgeoning space.

Apple has been focused on delivering some intriguing solutions to problems on the periphery of…

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Kickstarter: Augment modular charging solution for #iPhone 5/5s reinvents the battery case (Hands-on video)


Kickstarter: Augment modular charging solution for iPhone 5/5s reinvents the battery case (Hands-on video)

http://9to5mac.com/2014/05/16/kickstarter-augment-modular-charging-solution-for-iphone-55s-reinvents-the-battery-case-hands-on-video/

Lix, A More Precise 3D-Printing Pen, Passes Its Kickstarter Goal In 2-Hours

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Ashrules24:

Lix. 3D printing pen!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The 3Doodler 3D-printing pen, as my TC colleague John Biggs recently pointed out, is a fun toy but a silly tool. It’s big and its output is frustratingly wonky. But then it was created by a pair of veteran toy makers so focusing on the fun was clearly the primary intention.

Now a U.K. startup is taking aim at building a more precise 3D-printing pen for the professional user — designers, architects and so on. Their Lix pen prototype passed its Kickstarter goal of £30,000 two hours after the crowdfunding campaign launched yesterday, and is fast approaching has passed £100,000 in pledged funds after one day in the wild, with 29 days left of the campaign to run.

“We have a small and lightweight product that is power supplied from any usual USB port. Lix Pen is very portable and comfortable to use. 3Doodler on the other hand, is heavy, big, difficult…

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