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Microsoft patented a braille-displaying controller accessory for the blind

Those rows of dots would display in-game text as finger-readable braille dots. Last year, Microsoft released its highly customizable Adaptive Controller as a way to further engage with gamers facing a variety of “limited mobility” disabilities. But a newly surfaced patent first filed in 2017 shows that the company was also looking into a braille-compatible …

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Vader Immortal world premiere: Star Wars comes to VR with story, humor, stakes

Vader Immortal, as captured from live Oculus Quest hardware. While this captured image is a bit fuzzy, Vader’s animation and presentation within the VR experience is quite satisfying.”> Enlarge / This dramatic staredown moment from Vader Immortal, as captured from live Oculus Quest hardware. While this captured image is a bit fuzzy, Vader’s animation and …

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Hackers breached 3 US antivirus companies, researchers reveal

Enlarge / An infographic from Advanced Intelligence showing the hacking group Fxmsp’s breach-selling business model. (credit: AdvIntel) In a report published Thursday, researchers at the threat-research company Advanced Intelligence (AdvIntel) revealed that a collective of Russian and English-speaking hackers are actively marketing the spoils of data breaches at three US-based antivirus software vendors. The collective, …

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Senator Hawley announces bill banning loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (credit: Senate.gov) Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today announced plans to introduce “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act,” which would target “the exploitation of children through ‘pay-to-win’ and ‘loot box’ monetization practices by the video game industry,” according to a summary released by Hawley’s office. As outlined, the bill would mirror …

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SpaceX had a problem during a parachute test in April

Enlarge / SpaceX performs its fourteenth overall parachute test supporting Crew Dragon development in the Mojave Desert in March 2018. (credit: NASA) SpaceX had a problem during a test of its Crew Dragon parachute system in April, NASA confirmed on Wednesday. “The test was not satisfactory,” said NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, Bill Gerstenmaier, at …

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HBO drops first teaser for its upcoming Watchmen series

HBO’s new Watchmen series. The clock is ticking faster and faster as the world escalates toward destruction in the first teaser for Watchmen, HBO’s forthcoming new miniseries based on the hugely popular graphic novel by Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons. (Some spoilers below for 2009 film and Watchmen and Doomsday Clock comics.) Watchmen is one of …

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Unless you want your payment card data skimmed, avoid these commerce sites

Enlarge (credit: Mighty Travels / Flickr) More than 100 e-commerce sites around the world are infected with malicious code designed to surreptitiously skim payment card data from visitors after they make purchases, researchers reported on Wednesday. Among those infected are US-based websites that sell dental equipment, baby merchandise, and mountain bikes. In total, researchers with …

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