Richard John Opie

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The rise and rise (and rise) of ’Fortnite'

When a video game that counts Drake among its fans has breakfast TV shows around the world discussing its effect on younger players, it has truly made it. No, we're not talking about <i>Grand Theft Auto</i>, but <i>Fortnite</i>, Epic Games' mass-multiplayer shooter that has more than 40 million players across …

Gaming Industry

Thank you for my new Raspberry Pi, Santa! What next?

<i>Note: the Pi Towers team have peeled away from their desks to spend time with their families over the festive season, and this blog will be quiet for</i> …

These secret codes will unlock Netflix's hidden categories - and there are LOADS of them

If it takes you ages to find what you want on Netflix then this handy hint will make things a lot easier<p>Netflix has a lot of content to choose from - …

London's amazing underground infrastructure revealed in vintage cutaway maps

Londonist's roundup of cutaway maps -- many from the outstanding Transport Museum in Covent Garden -- combines the nerdy excitement of hidden tunnels …

England

Second Life’s Immersive Sequel Is World-Building at Its Finest

Through immersive world-building, 'Sansar' wants to make VR social.<p>After a few months of an invite-only preview phase, Linden Lab is opening up their virtual reality successor to Second Life, <i>Sansar</i>, to the world. Users are now able to sign up for Sansar to begin creating and sharing their social VR …

Top piracy sites South African ISPs may be forced to block

SAFACT has reportedly issued ISPs with a request to block numerous piracy sites - here are popular domains which could be in the firing line.

Nova Launcher to provide new shortcuts for even more ways to customize your device

We all love the Android 7.1 Nougat shortcuts. Everything that saves time these days is welcome functionality, especially when it comes to multitasking on our smartphones. That being said, many users would like to do more with shortcuts, but are limited by what Google provides.<p>This is now changing, …

The data that transformed AI research—and possibly the world

In 2006, Fei-Fei Li started ruminating on an idea.<p>Li, a newly-minted computer science professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, saw her colleagues across academia and the AI industry hammering away at the same concept: a better algorithm would make better decisions, regardless of the …

Deep Learning

Learn how to build your own Android apps in two days

Being a developer is awesome. The money is great, the hours are great, and you pick up on all kinds of hidden jokes while watching <i>Silicon Valley</i>. But …

Everything you need to know about the ‘Dagga Couple’

Myrtle Clarke and Julian Stobbs are the “Dagga Couple”, the name the media coined for them a few years ago.<p>But if you were to omit the word ‘dagga’ …

14 Surprising Things You Can Do with Google Maps

Google Maps does so much more than get you from point A to point B. Here are our favorite features, along with some hidden tips and tricks.

Burning Man Has Become A Testing Ground For Extreme Architecture

Designers descend to try their creations against the heat and wind of the Nevada desert.<p>French photographer Philippe Glade has been going to Burning Man for 20 years. But unlike many other photographers, who document the festival’s famous art installations or Black Rock City’s sometimes eccentric …

Black Rock

Seven Years On, Red Dead Redemption's Greatest Mystery Remains Unsolved

You can probably remember your favourite character from <i>Red Dead Redemption</i>. Most likely, it’s good ‘ol straight-talking, gun-slinging John Marston. …

Wander Westeros with 'Game of Thrones' Google Maps guide

<b>Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."</b><p>Even if you can't book your "Game of Thrones" dream vacation, you can still visit many of the filming locations in your browser. Google posted a Google Maps location guide on Thursday that'll take you from the cool confines of Winterfell in …

TV Series

Five map and compass skills every outdoorsman should master

How to master the art of finding your way home.<p><i>This story originally appeared on</i> fieldandstream.com.<p>In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, as you may remember, Johnny Depp’s character, Capt. Jack Sparrow, navigates with a magic compass whose needle points toward the object of the heart’s desire. …

Use your Samsung smartphone to unlock any Windows 10 PC

As long as you have a Samsung smartphone running Android Marshmallow or higher, you can now unlock any Windows 10 PC using Samsung Flow.<p>Apple has had Continuity for years now. The idea is simple – Apple lets its devices communicate with one another so that you can start a task on your iPhone and …

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge update hub: Sprint rolling out Oreo OTA now!

<b>Update (06/19/2018):</b> Attention all Sprint Galaxy S7/S7 Edge users! It’s been a long wait but it seems as though Sprint is finally rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for Galaxy S7 phones.<p>Users on both Reddit and the Sprint community forums have reportedly received the OTA update on the regular …

Android News

It is ridiculously easy to bypass a Windows 10 local account

Windows 10 local account password protection can be bypassed with only a few commands and a Windows set-up USB drive.

Weird, fun, and useful tools for getting more out of Steam

Steam has become such an integral part of our daily life that it's second nature to have it launch on startup and chug along all day, even when we're …

PC Gaming

Hands-On With New Chinese VR Camera That Shoots At 7k Resolution

A new Shanghai-based start-up has launched on Indiegogo a US$99 camera that can capture 360-degree photos and videos in 7k and 3k resolution, respectively. I was fortunate enough to play around with a prototype today (in Los Angeles, of all places), and while the software is quite raw and will need …

More Than A Pretty Picture: What Businesses Should Know About Satellite Imagery

Getting and staying ahead of competitors often boils down to one thing: access to information. More organizations are starting to look to the sky for new insights, thanks to emerging tech and the growing number of small imaging satellites. Satellite imagery has never been as affordable or …

Google Gboard now lets you draw to search emoji because why not

Google’s excellent Gboard for Android is getting a few updates today meant to speed up your conversations a little bit.<p>Most notably, you can now draw emoji. No, this doesn’t mean you get to turn your scribbles into your own emoji, but Google will recognize what you’re trying to draw and offer up …

“Underground” routes to Canada: showing the lines of travel of fugitive slaves, 1896.

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

This 20-Year-Old Designs Some of the Internet's Best Maps

'Cheap' maps don't stand a chance.<p>Thousands have seen Alexandr “Sasha” Trubetskoy’s maps. But not everyone knows the internet-famous cartographer is …

Maps

Anthony Michael Hall Spills Some Secrets About the '80s Brat Pack, Including Which Member Got "Laid" the Most

| Wed., Jun. 14, 2017 6:06 AM<p>This member of <i>The Breakfast Club</i> is spilling the tea.<p><b>Anthony Michael Hall</b>, a notable figure of the '80s Brat Pack, …

The Breakfast Club

How to create pure react SVG maps with topojson and d3-geo

Since d3 has been split into smaller components in v4, pairing it with react has become more streamlined. Making declarative SVG maps with react, …

Data Visualization

ADSL and fibre users to get more value

ISPs have applauded Openserve for its recent wholesale price cuts, which are set to improve the value consumers receive.

Create more with the latest Windows 10 Maps updates

Hello! I’m Dave Alles, Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Maps team. Our team delivers the Windows Maps app and the underlying map …

You Might Soon Be Able To Get Samsung Galaxy S8's Dual Audio Feature On Any Android Phone

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched in the U.S. on March 29 and comes with many high-end features. But, for consumers who are fond of music and use …

Anybody can make a Google Assistant gadget with this new toolkit

Go grab your Raspberry Pi<p>Today, Google is announcing the general availability of the Google Assistant SDK. What that means is that anybody can download and run the Google Assistant on a gadget of their choice — Google says it will run well on Raspberry Pi 3 devices and also on Linux.<p>The obvious use …