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.
The company's new E Ink touchscreen notepad now comes in a smaller size with a lower price tag.
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The suit represents 4.4 million iPhone users, who reportedly could get a payout of about $1,000 each.
The company says it's getting behind competitive play in a big way.
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The CEO of Intel-owned Mobileye, Amnon Shashua, gives us his perspective on Tesla, Waymo and the state of the self-driving industry.
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The Ryan Reynolds superhero comedy knocks Avengers: Infinity War to second place for the first time.
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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.
Movies, documentaries and shows -- oh my. Barack and Michelle Obama's deal with Netflix will bring multiple programs to the streaming service worldwide.
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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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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.