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One hundred meeeeellion dollars: Epic dumps serious cash into Fortnite esports

Ars Technica - 20 min 41 sec ago

Enlarge / Apparently, enough people are buying Fortnite's wholly optional outfits and dance moves to fuel $100 million of prizes for the game's first year of esports tourneys. (credit: Epic Games)

How serious is Fortnite as a video gaming phenomenon? Today's announcement of the shooter game's first esports prize pool is a pretty stark indicator, as publisher Epic Games has promised to invest no less than $100 million into the game's first year of competitive gaming.

You read that correctly: $100,000,000.

To understand how huge a number that is, a few comparison points are in order. The online five-on-five video game Dota 2 has enjoyed a robust esports life across the entire world since Valve took over the series' development, but that game needed five years of competitive life to crack the $100 million mark. According to the Dota 2 Prize Tracker site, that games' worldwide esports cume since 2013 currently totals $105 million, which doesn't include the $10 million-and-counting prize for the upcoming International 2018 tournament being held later this summer.

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Sony Digital Paper 10.3" DPT-CP1 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 22 min 18 sec ago
The company's new E Ink touchscreen notepad now comes in a smaller size with a lower price tag.

The Lego Movie 2 teaser photo, subtitle debut - CNET - News - 39 min 33 sec ago
But will everything still be awesome?

Google stands to lose up to $4.3 billion in UK privacy suit - CNET - News - 40 min 58 sec ago
The suit represents 4.4 million iPhone users, who reportedly could get a payout of about $1,000 each.

Epic Games to drop $100 million on Fortnite esports tournaments - CNET - News - 45 min 35 sec ago
The company says it's getting behind competitive play in a big way.

Bill Gates wants you to read these 5 books over the summer - CNET - News - 54 min 33 sec ago
Beach-read like a billionaire with touching novel Lincoln in the Bardo, a biography of renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci, and more.

Mobileye CEO: Tesla accepting higher risk to lower its autonomy costs - Roadshow - News - 59 min 37 sec ago
The CEO of Intel-owned Mobileye, Amnon Shashua, gives us his perspective on Tesla, Waymo and the state of the self-driving industry.

OnePlus 6 review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 11 min ago
Yet another unmissable deal from Android's indie star.

Deadpool 2 takes box office with $301 million opening weekend - CNET - News - 1 hour 11 min ago
The Ryan Reynolds superhero comedy knocks Avengers: Infinity War to second place for the first time.

Game of Thrones composer rocks theme on Nintendo Labo piano - CNET - News - 1 hour 21 min ago
Watch composer Ramin Djawadi play the game of cardboard.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (2018) review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 39 min ago
Showcasing a new hybrid chip developed by Intel and AMD, the 15.6-inch convertible has power for content creation and gaming in a superslim body.

Netflix mints Barack and Michelle Obama as media moguls - CNET - News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Movies, documentaries and shows -- oh my. Barack and Michelle Obama's deal with Netflix will bring multiple programs to the streaming service worldwide.

Nokia 8 Sirocco review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 54 min ago
The Nokia 8 Sirocco is the best Nokia Android phone yet, but not exciting enough to justify the cost.

FCC is hurting consumers to help corporations, Mignon Clyburn says on exit

Ars Technica - 1 hour 55 min ago

Enlarge / FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn speaks at a Kaiser Family Foundation panel discussion on November 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Larry French)

As Mignon Clyburn left the Federal Communications Commission, the longtime telecom regulator worried that the FCC is abandoning its "prime directive" of protecting consumers.

"I'm an old Trekkie," Clyburn told Ars in a phone interview, while comparing the FCC's responsibility to the Star Trek fictional universe's Prime Directive. "I go back to my core, my prime directive of putting consumers first." If the FCC doesn't do all it can to bring affordable communications services to everyone in the US, "our mission will not be realized," she said.

The FCC's top priority, as set out by the Communications Act, is to make sure all Americans have "affordable, efficient, and effective" access to communications services, Clyburn said. But too often, the FCC's Republican majority led by Chairman Ajit Pai is prioritizing the desires of corporations over consumers, Clyburn said. "I don't believe it's accidental that we are called regulators," she said. "Some people at the federal level try to shy away from that title. I embrace it."

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80 percent of buses will be electric by 2040, study claims - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 58 min ago
Bus fleets will become electrified far more quickly than regular cars, according to a new study.

Inside an Amazon warehouse that ships your supersized purchases - CNET - News - 2 hours 13 min ago
Because if you want a javelin or a life-size Yeti statue, you need it with two-day shipping.

LG Q7 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 20 min ago
Big display. Some AI. Coming soon.

NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster

Ars Technica - 2 hours 23 min ago

Enlarge / The Earth's magnetic field is remarkably sneaky. (credit: NASA)

It was bound to happen eventually. A group of researchers that may actually be competent and well-funded is investigating alternative thrust concepts. This includes our favorite, the WTF-thruster EM-drive, as well as something called a Mach-Effect thruster. The results, presented at Space Propulsion 2018, are pretty much as expected: a big fat meh.

The key motivation behind all of this is that rocket technology largely sucks for getting people around the Solar System. And it sucks even worse as soon as you consider the problem of interstellar travel. The result is that good people spend a lot of time eliminating even the most far-fetched ideas. The EM-drive is a case in point. It's basically a truncated hollow copper cone that you feed electromagnetic radiation into. The radiation bounces around in the cone. And, by some physics-defying magic, unicorns materialize to push you through space.

Well, that explanation is at least as plausible as any of the others. There is no physics explaining how this could work, but some people at NASA have claimed that it does.

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Get the Cheapskate Mystery Box for $60 - CNET - News - 2 hours 23 min ago
With a total value of over $250 and all net proceeds going to charity, it's a triple-win!

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