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“Flip Grip” brings classic arcade screen orientation to portable Switch

Ars Technica - 37 min 1 sec ago

Video game collectible maker Fangamer is now seeking Kickstarter funding for the Flip Grip, a new Nintendo Switch holster that lets you more easily and portably play select games in their vertical "TATE mode" orientation.

The Flip Grip was first publicly mulled last April by Retronauts podcast co-host and classic gaming expert Jeremy Parish, who's working with engineer Mike Choi on the device. Parish then teased the grip in March as a way to hold the Switch and two Joy-Con controllers comfortably in your hands with the screen oriented vertically.

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Tesla lawsuit target called “horrible human being” by CEO Elon Musk

Ars Technica - 38 min 1 sec ago

Enlarge / Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Tesla store in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images)

Martin Tripp, the recently fired Tesla employee who the company sued under accusations of "hacking" company systems, told Ars on Thursday morning that he is actually a whistleblower who is trying to reveal internal waste and safety flaws in Tesla batteries.

He also denied to Ars on Thursday that he had made a comment to a friend to "shoot the place up," which prompted a visit by the Storey County Sheriff. The local authorities ultimately determined that there was "no credible threat."

"Absolutely not!" he told Ars. "The ONLY thing I have said to any ‘friends’ is I sent a link to the CNBC article to five of them and asked if they really thought I was a hacker."

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is an Android phone for the masses - CNET - Reviews - 49 min 5 sec ago
This Chinese-made phone gives you midrange specs at under $200.

nuTonomy gets permission to test self-driving cars throughout Boston - Roadshow - News - 52 min 13 sec ago
Until now, the autonomous cars were only allowed in one part of the city.

Supreme Court lets states charge internet retailers more in taxes - CNET - News - 57 min 50 sec ago
The decision should wipe away a big tax advantage internet retailers get over brick-and-mortar stores.

Steam now lets you see how much you've spent on games. Here are CNET's totals - CNET - News - 58 min 11 sec ago
We've spent an embarrassing amount on Steam games -- how about you?

NASA snaps fetching 'blue dune' on Mars - CNET - News - 1 hour 33 sec ago
One of these dunes is not like the others.

In the immigration debate, one picture powers thousands of tweets - CNET - News - 1 hour 5 min ago
A photo of a crying toddler went viral on social media and helped put a face on a controversial story. It’s not the first time.

Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way

The Register - 1 hour 5 min ago
Firm disputes findings of taxman and First-Tier tribunal

Manchester-based reseller Aria Technology Ltd is appealing against a tax tribunal finding that MD Aria Taheri “knew or ought to have known” that it took part in a VAT carousel fraud.…

The Xbox One won't support VR, because Microsoft broke its promise - CNET - News - 1 hour 19 min ago
A bummer for virtual reality enthusiasts.

Whoa! Elon Musk tweets video showing enormity of SpaceX rockets - CNET - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Get some perspective on the Falcons and BFR by seeing them with the Statue of Liberty.

Ars on your lunch break, part two: History, reality, and robots for the elderly

Ars Technica - 1 hour 37 min ago

Enlarge / Robots are everywhere. (credit: NBC Universal)

Today we present the second installment of my wide-ranging interview with the world-renowned roboticist and AI pioneer, Rodney Brooks. Part one ran yesterday—so if you missed it, click right here.

Today’s installment starts with the new robotic era that dawned when Brooks' latest company—Rethink Robotics—launched its Baxter robot. Baxter and its successor, Sawyer, shifted the industry in both obvious and subtle ways, which we discuss. We then consider the ancient legacy equipment and standards that still plague so much factory automation. Next, we dive into society’s urgent need for robots to assist with elder care in the coming years. This capability is currently remote, though many are starting work on it.

Click here for a transcript and click here for an MP3 direct download.

One of the most entertaining and provocative sections of the interview follows, when we get into self-driving cars. Brooks finds most of the industry’s launch forecasts and timelines to be absurdly aggressive. This is unwelcome news for those of us who want fully autonomous cars yesterday! But this realm sits at the very intersection of robotics and AI—two fields that Brooks has occupied for decades—and his arguments are powerful (and often quite funny).

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WannaCry is back! (Psych. It's just phisher folk doing what they do)

The Register - 1 hour 50 min ago
Spamming scum fire out phishing frighteners

An unusually large wave of phishing emails was spewed out this morning, with recipients warned that all their devices had been infected by WannaCry.…

Intel shares down after CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship with employee - CNET - News - 1 hour 52 min ago
The surprise move comes after a board investigation found he violated the company's nonfraternization policy for managers.

Ninja Coffee Bar: Up your coffee game for $76 - CNET - News - 1 hour 56 min ago
Enough with the pods! Normally at least $110, this brewer can make a single cup or an entire carafe and comes with a frother. Plus: A BOGO movie deal.

These are the best coolers you can buy this summer - CNET - News - 1 hour 56 min ago
If you enjoy a frosty beverage on a hot, sunny day, you'll need a dependable cooler this summer. Here are our top picks out of the 12 that we tested.

Twitter punishes users for doxing White House advisor Stephen Miller

Ars Technica - 2 hours 15 min ago

Enlarge / White House advisor Stephen Miller in 2017. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

White House advisor Stephen Miller is widely seen as the mastermind behind President Donald Trump's controversial policy of separating parents from their children at the US southern border. Yesterday, Splinter, a news and opinion site that was previously known as Fusion, published Miller's personal cell phone number.

When Splinter and others started tweeting out Miller's number, it got the attention of Twitter's content police. Twitter doesn't allow users to post private information about someone else without their consent, and this rule doesn't have an exception for people responsible for intensely controversial policies.

(credit: Splinter)

Users who shared Miller's number were forced to delete the tweet and had their accounts locked out for several hours. Some people have reported that users could get suspended just for linking to the Splinter story—even if the tweet itself didn't contain Miller's number.

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Buzz Aldrin reminds world that he took first space selfie - CNET - News - 2 hours 33 min ago
The astronaut beat the selfie trend by decades with the 1966 photo.

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Alexa turns on your TV, and it feels like magic - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 34 min ago
With the ability to infuse your own TV, sound bar, AV receiver and cable with voice commands, Amazon's Fire TV Cube can take you one step closer to living room bliss.

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