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Programmers use TensorFlow AI to turn any webcam into Microsoft Kinect

A pair of AI developers turned a $10 webcam into a motion-tracking system. It’s like a DIY Kinect with a Google brain. And best of all they named it Skeletron.<p>The project, a collaboration between Or Fleischer and Dror Ayalon, was developed using TensorFlow, an open source AI platform created by …

Augmented Reality

Destiny 2 players can contribute to the Houston recovery

Bungie Foundation will benefit Direct Relief, a non-profit already helping victims of Hurricane Harvey<p>The team at Bungie are surely focused on tonight’s launch of <i>Destiny 2</i>, but they’re also making time to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.<p>Just a few days ago, Bungie created a listing for a …

Mario Is Officially No Longer A Plumber

Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality this year

Iconic board game <i>Settlers of Catan</i> is coming to virtual reality. A new version is being developed by game studio Experiment7 — which previously created a pair of VR takes on chess — with feedback from the original minds behind <i>Catan</i>. The VR game, which is coming to both Oculus Rift and Gear VR and …

China starts 200-day simulation of living on another planet

The US definitely doesn't have a monopoly on long-term simulations of living on another planet. Four university students in Beijing have begun a 200-day isolation experiment, Lunar Palace 365 (why not Lunar Palace 200?), where they'll live solely on the resources they would have on the Moon or …

Sony’s Playstation Now streaming service now includes PS4 games

Game subscription services now look like they’re here to stay, and Sony’s Playstation Now just got an exciting update: The first PS4 games on the service are now available to play. The debut list includes 24 games that originally came out on PS4, bringing PS Now to the contemporary console era of …

Red Dead Redemption

Xbox One X Specs, Pricing, Release Date And Everything You Need To Know

The game console formerly known as Project Scorpio has evolved into the Xbox One X and it’s being touted as the most powerful game system in existence. That’s absolutely true (until a new system comes out trumping these specs). The Xbox One X is an absolute beast of a home system, and it should …

Xbox One X

Tiny keychain-sized Game Boy is infinitely better than the SNES Classic

The thirst for <i>anything</i> Nintendois too real.<p>The company can't keep the Switch in stock and people are hyped AF for the SNES Classic dropping in …

The world's first glasses-free holographic phone is coming, and it's not from Apple

Forget the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8.<p>RED, the company that makes professional digital cameras for shooting Hollywood movies, is making a …

'Diablo 3's newest update is super creepy, gory, and everything else 'Diablo' is meant to be

<i>Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls</i>' just debuted a new Necromancer class and two brand new zones, and they are everything that <i>Diablo 3</i> should always have been.<p>…

Here's a flying car you will actually be able to buy this year

Flying cars are the future, right? In the 1960s, the world imagined a future in which anyone could afford to take a drive above the scenery, but the …

There's a university in Utah which is sponsoring gamers to study eSports

<b>The University of Utah has become one of the first US colleges to offer eSports scholarships.</b><p>It makes it the most high-profile entry into competitive college gaming in the United States.<p>The university is creating its own varsity eSports team to play League of Legends and compete in Riot Games' …

College & University

T-Mobile’s ZTE Quartz is a dirt-cheap Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with cellular support

After so many traditional watch, clothing and jewelry brands, it was about time another tech company joined the Android Wear 2.0 party. Not counting …

Startups in Japan seeing ample cash but lack of innovators

TOKYO (AP) — Japan Inc. where companies with roots going back decades, if not centuries, have long dominated, is finally warming up to startups.<p>Major banks and venture capitalists are keen to tap into faster growth by investing in innovative entrepreneurs, when they can find them. Money raised for …

Google Duo audio calling now available worldwide

In March, Google announced it was beginning to roll out support for audio-only calling in its FaceTime and Whatsapp competitor, Duo, which had previously focused on video calls. Initially, support for audio calls was available in Brazil, but the feature is now live for all users worldwide, a Google …

Sony’s giant, $700 e-paper tablet is a great example of Weird Sony

Huge screen, huge price<p>For years, science fiction has promised that one day, technology will make paper obsolete. Instead of carrying around folders of dead trees and bulky books, we’ll use miraculous tablets instead that can store a limitless amount of information and knowledge in a single, …

Sony

The 'Smash Bros.' Nintendo Switch port should take a few lessons from this Kickstarter

It may be a while before <i>Super Smash Bros. 4</i> on Nintendo Switch comes our way; Nintendo fans can look forward to a Direct live announcement on April …

Apple is expected to remove 32-bit app support from iOS 11 altogether

The official announcement, first public demo and beta release of iOS 11 are almost certainly drawing near, and unlike the more distant next-gen …

Basically every college student has Netflix (but guess how many pay for it)

The checklist for college freshmen in 2017? Textbooks, mini-fridges, and Netflix.<p>A new study reports that a whopping 92 percent of college students …

Overwatch Director Addresses Bringing the Game to the Nintendo Switch

Addressing the Difficulties of Bringing Overwatch to the Nintendo Switch<p>Since before the launch of the Nintendo Switch, fans of Overwatch have been …

Marshadow is on the way to Pokémon Sun and Moon soon

Details on how to capture it to follow<p>The next mythical Pokemon, Marshadow, has been known since November, when <i>Pokémon Sun</i> and <i>Moon’</i>s Z-moves were revealed. This new teaser video means Marshadow will finally be available soon.<p>Dataminers pulled out Marshadow's vitals long ago, though the creature has …

Scuf unveils two new PS4 controllers

PS4 finally gets an elite controller<p>Scuf today unveiled two new controllers: one built on the company’s popular Infinity line and another redesigned from the ground up specifically for the PlayStation 4.<p>The Scuf Infinity Pro starts at $129.95 and the Scuf Impact starts at $139.95. Both models are …

Self-healing phone screen can fix itself in 24 hours

The days of scratched and cracked smartphone screens could soon be numbered after researchers created a "stretchy" screen that can repair itself.<p>Researchers at the University of California Riverside have designed a new polymer that can heal itself, opening up the ability to fuse cracks and paper …

Mobile Technology

How to find and tame the Giant Horse in Breath of the Wild

Taming Zelda’s wildest and biggest horse<p><i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i> gives you tons of options to explore its world. One of the best ways to do that is by taming and riding a horse. There are special techniques required to taming horses and once you’ve master the art, you might want to …

YouTube TV — regular TV, over the internet, for $35 — has arrived

You can get it in New York, LA, San Francisco and two other cities. Do you want to get it?<p>YouTube is going to start selling TV today. At least to people who live in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and two other cities.<p>This is the 50-plus channels, $35-a-month service YouTube announced in …

Smart TV

10 more handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis [Video]

A few weeks ago I posted about 10 handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis. To follow up, I’d like to share 10 additional iOS tips that I often use. Like I said before, chances are that hardcore iOS users will know most of these, but there’s usually at least one or two tips that catch users …

iOS

Facebook Announces New Ways to Prevent ‘Revenge Porn’

The relationship may have faded long ago, but the intimate images you shared have not. If you’re lucky, your ex deleted them. If you’re not, the photos have sprouted up online.<p>Victims of such nonconsensual posts, often referred to as “revenge porn,” now have some help in preventing their spread: On …

Google says its custom machine learning chips are often 15-30x faster than GPUs and CPUs

It’s no secret that Google has developed its own custom chips to accelerate its machine learning algorithms. The company first revealed those chips, called Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), at its I/O developer conference back in May 2016, but it never went into all that many details about them, …

Early adopters can grab the Windows 10 Creators Update now

We've already explained a lot of the new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators update, but maybe you don't want to wait until April 11th. Starting today, the new Game Mode, Paint 3D and friendlier auto-update scheduling are easily obtainable before it's released through Windows Update. Just …