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Nintendo doesn’t seem to be “looking into” VR very much anymore

Ars Technica - January 15, 2018 - 6:37pm

Enlarge / It looks like this patent image that surfaced in 2016 is as close as we're going to get to a Nintendo-approved VR headset anytime soon.

Readers with decent memories may remember early 2016, when Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said the company was looking into the virtual reality space at an investor's briefing. Coming months before we had concrete details on the company's upcoming Switch, the statement set off industry alarm bells about Nintendo's potential future plans. A vague Nintendo patent for a head-mounted tablet holster that surfaced in late 2016 got the chatter going even further.

Fast forward to today, and it's increasingly clear that Nintendo has finished "looking" and has decided VR shouldn't be part of its plans for the time being. The latest evidence comes from a recent interview with Nintendo France General Manager Philippe Lavoué in French publication Les Numeriques. "If you look at VR headsets, I doubt they can appeal to the mainstream," Lavoué said in a translation of that interview. "Consumers are not patient with entertainment if you’re not able to deliver an all-inclusive package."

Lavoué goes on to downplay any need for Nintendo to invest in hardware capable of full 4K images, saying that the TV display technology has "not been adopted by the majority" and would therefore be a premature investment for the company. "And what novelty would we bring compared to our competitors?" he said. "If we do the exact same thing as everyone else, we’re bound to die because we are smaller than them. With the Switch, we offer different uses, adapted to players’ pace of life. Its advantage is being able to fit into your daily life."

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Epic Harry Potter fan film explores Voldemort's dark origins - CNET - News - January 15, 2018 - 6:19pm
Magical sparks fly in a fantastic fan-made Harry Potter prequel film that delves into the early life of Tom Riddle.

Reports of credit card fraud pile up from OnePlus customers

Ars Technica - January 15, 2018 - 6:18pm


Android OEM OnePlus says it's investigating claims of credit card numbers being stolen from customers who have purchased a phone from OnePlus' site.

Over the weekend, a customer claimed on a thread on the OnePlus forums that recent credit card fraud he experienced was connected to his OnePlus purchase. Almost 100 people have chimed in on the thread's poll, claiming they too experienced fraudulent charges after making a OnePlus purchase.

A FAQ from OnePlus says its e-commerce platform is built with "custom code" and that "card info is never processed or saved on our website." It says credit card data is "sent directly to our PCI-DSS-compliant payment processing partner over an encrypted connection, and processed on their secure servers.​"

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CES 2018: Time machine camera lets you record 'missed moments'

BBC Technology News - January 15, 2018 - 6:10pm
A wearable camera lets users record events that have already happened over the past 10 seconds.

Vikings Minnesota Miracle was sweetened by social media - CNET - News - January 15, 2018 - 6:09pm
Commentary: Hate Twitter and Facebook all you want, but when your team's finally on the winning side, all is briefly forgiven.

2019 Ram 1500 gains hybrid smarts, 12-inch screen for Detroit - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2018 - 6:07pm
The new Ram 1500 debuts at the Detroit Auto Show with less weight, a mild electric assist and a huge new infotainment display.

Super Micro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver

The Register - January 15, 2018 - 6:05pm
Watch out Intel, there's a new mini-ruler in town

Analysis Super Micro has a supernaturally dense thin server with up to half a petabyte of flash using unannounced Samsung SSDs.…

Make your garage door smart for $55 - CNET - News - January 15, 2018 - 5:57pm
The Chamberlain MyQ is compatible with most modern garage-door openers and originally sold for $130. Plus: a modern take on the Game Boy Pocket for just $17!

The James Webb Space Telescope has emerged from the freezer

Ars Technica - January 15, 2018 - 5:53pm


After spending three months at a temperature of just 20 degrees Celsius above absolute zero, the massive James Webb Space Telescope emerged from a large vacuum chamber at the end of 2017. Now, after reviewing data from testing done there, scientists have given the instrument a clean bill of health, moving it one step closer to space.

"We now have verified that NASA and its partners have an outstanding telescope and set of science instruments," said Bill Ochs, the Webb telescope project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "We are marching toward launch."

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Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

BBC Technology News - January 15, 2018 - 5:40pm
They are accused of sharing explicit videos of two 15-year-olds via Facebook Messenger.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is the most daring Lexus in some time - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2018 - 5:34pm
It's a bold move from a company best known for being a bit boring.

Ford giving 'leccy car investment a jolt to the tune of $11 BEEELLION

The Register - January 15, 2018 - 5:32pm
Detroit giant plans 40 full and hybrid models by 2022

American auto enormity Ford will increase its investment in electric vehicles to $11bn (£7.97bn) in the next five years, it announced yesterday at the North American International Auto Show.…

Hostile workplace accusations rock PlayStation developer Quantic Dream

Ars Technica - January 15, 2018 - 5:24pm

A trio of French media reports over the weekend accuse high-profile PlayStation developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, the upcoming Detroit: Become Human) of fostering a "toxic corporate culture" where inappropriate behavior and homophobic, racist, and sexist jokes were tolerated, if not encouraged.

The reports spring from a complaint reportedly filed last spring by five former Quantic Dream employees, centering on what French newspaper Le Monde describes as "degrading photomontages." French magazine CanardPC includes some examples of those (NSFW) montages on its Web version, showing Quantic Dream employees photoshopped onto sexually suggestive or explicit images. Le Monde's report cites a collection of roughly 600 such images that circulated around the company via group email since 2013, including some with "homophobic or sexist slurs." French online news site Mediapart has a similar report.

Quantic Dream founder David Cage is accused in the Le Monde piece of making racist remarks toward a Tunisian employee surrounding CCTV footage of a burglary. Cage is also accused of making repeated dirty jokes in work situations and sexist remarks about female cast members in his games.

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Ford Ranger: A retrospective ahead of the new 2019 model - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2018 - 5:20pm
A look back at the US story of Ford’s small pickup before it returns in 2019.

1,000 Danish youths face charges for sharing 15-year-olds’ sex videos

Ars Technica - January 15, 2018 - 5:12pm

Enlarge / The Nyhavn canal in Copenhagen, Denmark. (credit: Chad Sparkes)

More than 1,000 young people are facing charges in Denmark after allegedly sharing two sexually explicit videos and a photograph involving underage subjects on Facebook Messenger. Danish police announced the charges on Monday morning, according to the Danish publication The Local.

The sharing occurred in late 2017 and depicted a sexual encounter between two 15-year-olds. The young people charged with sharing the materials ranged in age from 15 to the early 20s. When Facebook learned that the material was being shared, the company notified US authorities, who in turn alerted authorities in Denmark.

“We want to give out a warning to young people: think about what you’re doing," said Flemming Kjærside of Denmark's National Cyber Crime Center in a statement. "But they possibly do not know that it is illegal and that they can be convicted for distributing child pornography."

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UK taxman has domain typo-squatter stripped of HMRC web addresses

The Register - January 15, 2018 - 5:06pm
Panama corporation owns nearly 54,000 dot-UK sites

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has insisted on having a Panama company trading as the “Whois Foundation” formally stripped of a handful of dodgy web domains, even though the firm instantly offered to hand them over when challenged.…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated in Google Doodle - CNET - News - January 15, 2018 - 4:53pm
The Doodle depicts a young girl enthralled by Martin Luther King Jr.'s powerful words.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt rocks Detroit with Molly McQueen - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2018 - 4:50pm
Steve McQueen's granddaughter reveals the latest and greatest version of today's Mustang.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt projects effortless retro cool - Roadshow - News - January 15, 2018 - 4:49pm
Ford's limited edition Bullitt Mustang adds tons of style, a little extra power and a lot of cool to a Mustang GT.

Microsoft wants to patent mind control

The Register - January 15, 2018 - 4:28pm
Battling Zuck for the brain-computer interface

Microsoft has applied to patent a brain control interface, so you'll be able to "think" your way around a computer device, hands free.…

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