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Pac-Man on Hololens: Bandai Namco shows us how they made it not suck

Ars Technica - 3 hours 38 min ago

Enlarge / Bandai Namco Creative Director Hirofumi Motoyama shows off his Hololens at the 2018 Game Developers Conference. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

SAN FRANCISCO—"It surprised us how Pac-Man on Hololens created interaction between people who are complete strangers!"

Bandai Namco Creative Director Hirofumi Motoyama declared this while standing next to a photo of arguably the world's largest Microsoft Hololens game experience to date. In it, two players sporting Microsoft's "mixed reality" headgear are seen high-fiving—which is both a fun photo moment and a bit of a cheat.

Pac in Town, which premiered in January exclusively at one of Namco's Japanese theme parks, actually requires players to high-five each other in order to beat its challenges. But as Motoyama's presentation at the Game Developers Conference made clear, that action is but one way that Bandai Namco answered an important question: how do you make a full-room, multiplayer Hololens game that doesn't suck?

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Why you should watch 'Star Wars: Forces of Destiny' - CNET - News - 3 hours 42 min ago
Commentary: Suffering from Star Wars withdrawal symptoms? The new season of Disney's animated micro-webseries "Forces of Destiny" reveals some interesting secrets.

Three's a cloud: Toshiba picks its NVMe over Fabrics storage node

The Register - 3 hours 48 min ago
Kumoscale software presents fabric access NVMe flash drives virtually

Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game?…

A “tamper-proof” currency wallet just got trivially backdoored by a 15-year-old

Ars Technica - 3 hours 53 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Saleem Rashid)

For years, executives at France-based Ledger have boasted their specialized hardware for storing cryptocurrencies is so securely designed that resellers or others in the supply chain can't tamper with the devices without it being painfully obvious to end users. The reason: "cryptographic attestation" that uses unforgeable digital signatures to ensure that only authorized code runs on the hardware wallet.

"There is absolutely no way that an attacker could replace the firmware and make it pass attestation without knowing the Ledger private key," officials said in 2015. Earlier this year, Ledger's CTO said attestation was so foolproof that it was safe to buy his company's devices on eBay.

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old from the UK proved these claims wrong. In a post published to his personal blog, Saleem Rashid demonstrated proof-of-concept code that had allowed him to backdoor the Ledger Nano S, a $100 hardware wallet that company marketers have said has sold by the millions. The stealth backdoor Rashid developed is a minuscule 300-bytes long and causes the device to generate pre-determined wallet addresses and recovery passwords known to the attacker. The attacker could then enter those passwords into a new Ledger hardware wallet to recover the private keys the old backdoored device stores for those addresses.

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Video: Robotic muscle and sensitive polymer fingers

Ars Technica - 4 hours 2 min ago

Ars talks with Hod Lipson about "sailing west" into the uncharted waters of robotics. Click for transcript. (video link)

Research has traditionally been broken down along simple lines. There's basic, fundamental research into how the world works, and there's applied research that attempts to take these insights and make something useful out of them. The two have very different end goals and require very different approaches to the research process.

But there's a large gray area in between, where the approach is more applied but the end goal may be little more than "make something cool": things like tiny flying robots or 3D computer displays that rely on beads levitated by lasers. How do researchers find direction for these open-ended engineering challenges?

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Seen from spaaaaace: Boffins check world's oceans for plastic

The Register - 5 hours 9 min ago
There's plenty of fish in... Oh

European Space Agency (ESA) scientists plan to use satellite shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensing to detect plastic litter concentrations in the oceans.…

None of my flash rivals NVMe: Analyst spills tea on who's who in fabric-access NVMe arrays

The Register - 5 hours 37 min ago
Array types, riders and runners

It may be a surprise to some, but a tech consultancy has said that the existing all-flash array market is in no danger of losing market share to NMVe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) types – saying they're not competing in the same areas. It also said mainstream storage array suppliers would soon be snapping up the NVMeoF startups for their technology.…

Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

The Register - 5 hours 50 min ago
Myth, legend and the lucky escape of Bennerley

Geek's Guide to Britain The pell-mell expansion of Britain's railways in the 19th century has bequeathed some impressive feats of engineering. Great stone viaducts like those at Calstock in Cornwall and Harringworth near Melton Mowbray get the glory, but for my money it's the iron bridges that are the real marvels.…

World's last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya - CNET - News - 6 hours 5 min ago
Wildlife officials at Ol Pejeta Conservancy euthanize the rare rhinoceros due to severe pain from health issues affecting his muscles and bones.

WhatsApp co-founder says it is time to delete Facebook

BBC Technology News - 6 hours 53 min ago
WhatsApp co-founder joins #DeleteFacebook movement after Cambridge Analytica accusations.

No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world's first 'blockchain election'

The Register - 6 hours 54 min ago
Blockchain voting outfit ran its own count, but only as an observer

Blockchain enthusiasts may be a little deflated today, after the nation of Sierra Leone took to Twitter to debunk claims it had conducted “the world’s first blockchain election.”…

ESA's Ariel mission will boldly spot exoplanets not seen before

The Register - 8 hours 4 min ago
The meter-long telescope expected to launch in 2028

The European Space Agency is launching a mission to find out how planets form and how life emerges in space, it announced on Tuesday.…

WhatsApp co-founder, who sold to Facebook, says time to delete - CNET - News - 8 hours 23 min ago
Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp and sold it to Facebook for $19 billion, sent out a short tweet in which he said, "It is time."

Telegram still won't hand over crypto keys it says it does not store

The Register - 9 hours 8 min ago
Russian judge upholds 2016 FSB order, company will appeal

Secure messaging service Telegram says it will appeal a Russian Supreme Court order to hand over encryption keys to the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – the FSB.…

Blizzard pushing back on Pepe the Frog memes in Overwatch - CNET - News - 9 hours 9 min ago
You'll be seeing a lot less Pepe at Overwatch events, and from Overwatch pro players.

Mozilla petition asks Facebook to make app private by default - CNET - News - 9 hours 51 min ago
"Facebook's current app permissions leave billions of its users vulnerable," the nonprofit argues as a privacy crisis engulfs the social network.

Google doodle honors Mexican astronomer Guillermo Haro - CNET - News - 9 hours 58 min ago
Among his greatest contributions, Haro discovered the existence of flare stars -- red and blue stars that experience dramatic increases in brightness.

Creaking Chromebooks getting Meltdown protection soon

The Register - 11 hours 10 min ago
Chrome OS 66 to protect older Intel units, still working on ARM

Older Chromebook owners should keep an eye open for Chrome OS updates, because Google has announced they'll get Meltdown protection soon.…

What does the future hold for humanoid robots?

BBC Technology News - 12 hours 25 min ago
Machines that can fully mimic natural body movements are still a long way off, says Will Jackson.

Are driverless cars safe? Uber fatality raises questions - CNET - News - 12 hours 25 min ago
After a woman is killed by a self-driving car in Arizona, police investigate whether a human or the car was at fault.

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