Tuesday, October 4

Tag: technology

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This Deluxe Steam Deck Kickstand Makes A Huge Difference

Photo: KotakuWhile the Steam Deck, Valve’s souped-up mini PC, offers a wealth of gaming experiences in a portable format, the lack of a kickstand has been a sore spot. Enter the Deckmate: A simple, plastic bracket that lets you attach not just a very handy kickstand, but also several other specialized mounting solutions to the back of the Deck.The Deckmate is the brainchild of product design engineer Siri Ramos. Ramos has described how the Steam Deck community’s enthusiasm and support has helped them grow what was once a fun personal project into a fully featured product. To be sure, the community’s love for small maker-style projects is evident just from scrolling through r/SteamDeck. The Deckmate evolved from a series of prototypes and early 3D-printed parts to a professional-feeling fin...
Technology a Major Driver Behind Increasing Youth Distress, Australian Commission Says
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Technology a Major Driver Behind Increasing Youth Distress, Australian Commission Says

Technology plays a key role in the worsening mental health of young Australians, according to Australia’s leading mental health task force. Up to 1,200 Australians participated in sharing their experience of the nation’s mental health and suicide prevention system through the “Making Connections for Your Mental Health” program launched by the National Health Commission (NHC) in July. NHC chief executive Christine Morgan said one of the key themes of the national listening tour was increasing concerns about the well-being of young people.  “The resting pulse for our young people is much higher in terms of anxiety and psychological distress,” she told AAP. “When we dig deep into that, there’s a lot of conversation around the role of technology … it’s almost like it’s created a new form of sc...
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Logitech’s Game Pass Streaming Handheld Is Too Expensive

Having a (relatively) small device that can play basically any big game on it is a cool idea, and that’s what I love about Valve’s Steam Deck. But the Deck can be a bit bulky, and its battery just doesn’t last sometimes. Plus it doesn’t work easily with Xbox Game Pass. So the idea of a new, smaller handheld dedicated to streaming Game Pass and Xbox titles sounds great! However, at $300, it seems too expensive in a world where the Steam Deck and Switch OLED exist at around the same price point. Announced today by Microsoft and Logitech, the new G Cloud handheld gaming console is a small Android-powered device built around streaming video games. 10 years ago this would have seemed like a weird idea. But today, you can stream practically every game across most platforms with enough tinkering....
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Star Citizen Site Has Now Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars

Image: Cloud ImperiumStar Citizen, a video game that exists as a Forever Promise, was first revealed to the world back in 2012 via a Kickstarter campaign that raised $2.1 million. In the decade since, through the announcements of spin-offs, modules, in-game economies and countless other features and half-baked ideas, the game seems no closer to an actual release.One thing it has accomplished, though, is make some money. Lots of money. As pointed out earlier today in this Reddit post, the game’s official “funds raised” tracker on its website just ticked over the $500 million mark. At time of posting it stands at $500,089,473 raised, from 4,096,539 backers. Half a billion dollars. For a video game that has been in development for over a decade. Were this five years ago, this is the point whe...
The 60th Farm Science Review to showcase the newest technology in agriculture
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The 60th Farm Science Review to showcase the newest technology in agriculture

With 10,000 people expected to be in attendance, Ohio State will host its 60th Farm Science Review Tuesday. Credit: Katie Good | Asst. Photo Editor Ohio State will host its 60th Farm Science Review Tuesday through Thursday at Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, to educate attendees with new agriculture technology and learn from the industry’s experts.  Nick Zachrich, FSR manager, said when the event first started in 1963, it was a way for the agriculture industry to show off its new technology, and it gave Ohio State a chance to showcase its research. Zachrich said what started out with around 100 exhibitors on 20 acres of land now has hundreds of exhibitors spanning 90 acres. There are over 100,000 people expected to attend, he said. According to the Farm Science Review...
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Big GTA VI Leak Shows How Blockbuster Video Games Are Made

Last night a ton of videos leaked online that are likely from Grand Theft Auto VI, a video game currently in development and probably years away from release. The footage is rough, in many instances using little more than placeholder assets, and it is both the most remarkable and most normal thing you’ll see this week.It’s remarkable, of course, because of the scale of the leaks. This is one of the biggest video games series on the planet. Rockstar are notoriously secretive. To get any kind of credible leak out of a Rockstar game development studio is rare; to get footage like this is unprecedented. Yet it’s also normal because this is what a video game in development looks like. It’s supposed to be rough, because it’s not finished. Comparing the “game” in this footage to the finished prod...
Experts Warn US Is Falling Behind China in Key Technologies
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Experts Warn US Is Falling Behind China in Key Technologies

At a gathering of current and former U.S. officials and private-sector executives Friday in Washington, concern was rampant that the United States has fallen behind China in the development of several key technologies, and that it faces an uncertain future in which other countries could challenge its historic dominance in the development of cutting-edge communications and computing technology. The gathering was convened by the Special Competitive Studies Project, an effort spearheaded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the stated purpose of which is "to ensure that America is positioned and organized to win the techno-economic competition between now and 2030, the critical window for shaping the future." Among attendees, the prevailing sentiment was that the nation's ability to actually w...
Gamiotics Technology Makes Waves Overseas with Impressive Showing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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Gamiotics Technology Makes Waves Overseas with Impressive Showing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 16, 2022 / Audiences were abuzz during the sold-out run of The Twenty-Sided Tavern, the D&D-like show that let audiences control the adventure using Gamiotics technology. With more than 3589 users during the 25 performances, the groundbreaking technology has gone far beyond proof of concept and well into a new era of audience agency in live performance.Starburst Magazine explains that "the show uses… Gamiotics to allow the audience to interact with the show; you'll need to scan a QR code with your phone. The audience is divided into three separate groups, one for each of the players, and then you get to make choices for that player throughout the show. Everything from what sort of character they get to play to how they should respond to certain thi...
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Classic Jurassic Park Scene Recreated In PlayStation Game

The video you’re about to watch was built in Dreams, which is a video game but also some kind of mystical toolset that allows you to make anything.You may have seen many, often confusing Dreams videos if you spend long enough on forums or Twitter. I say confusing because the game is so flexible, and powerful, that many of its best creations start looking almost identical to the things they’re trying to recreate or pay homage to.I wrote about a Sonic the Hedgehog game last year, for example, that...looked just like something Sega would have released 5-10 years ago. Jack Yarwood’s excellent feature on the game for us in 2020 contained a bunch of other excellent examples as well, from static images (like the one below) to game homages.Screenshot: Martin NebelongThe video I want to talk about ...