Day: November 8, 2019

The RetroBeat — Warcraft III: Reforged looks to balance the old with the new

New games like Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 dominated headlines at this year’s BlizzCon, but Blizzard Entertainment is also working on a project with a more retro vibe: Warcraft III: Reforged.

This remake of the classic 2002 real-time strategy game was a big announcement at last year’s show. This time, Reforged took a back seat. It’s just started its beta phase, so people are playing it now.

Nevertheless, Reforged had a presence at BlizzCon, and I interviewed with production director Kaeo Milker and senior animator Keith Sizemore. I asked them about the challenge of reviving a classic for a modern

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Flywheel bike is now one of Oprah’s ‘favorite things’

Oprah Winfrey‘s list of Favorite Things for 2019 has arrived, meaning it’s now socially acceptable to commence holiday shopping. Only this year, you’re going to have to buy a whole lot more wrapping paper because one of the her top finds is a spin bike. And it’s not Peloton.

Featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Winfrey’s list has everything from eco-friendly reusable coffee cups to cozy matching holiday pajamas. Something that really caught her eye, though, is the Flywheel Home Bike ($1,600) with the optional built-in tablet.

Winfrey says she can’t handle airplane small talk

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Lyft will add Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its self-driving fleet, open new road test center

Lyft is doubling down on its self-driving car efforts with this week’s announcement that it will open a second road test site. The center will be in Palo Alto, California, near its self-driving HQ — the Level 5 Engineering Center. Lyft also took the wraps off a new car that will join its autonomous fleet: a modified Chrysler Pacifica minivan equipped with cameras, radar, and lidar sensors akin to those employed by Alphabet’s Waymo.

Lyft told TechCrunch that work at the new facility will complement the GoMentum Station testing center it uses in Concord, California, enabling a larger number of

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The 80-20 rule for financial wellness works for all people

No matter who you are, what you make, or how much you have saved, anxiety about money in at least some form is a common denominator for most of us. Sure, the way in which we freak out about it differs (maybe you essentially hold your breath until your next payday, or maybe you’re more concerned about stock market fluctuations, or maybe both). No matter where you stand in your financial journey, the concept of money itself can be freakout-inducing to an extent that forging a friendly relationship with it can feel impossible. But during our latest Well+Good TALKS, which

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Aston Martin reveals limited edition AMB 001 racing bike

The AMB 001 made its debut at EICMA, the Milan Motorcycle Show and marks the beginning of the partnership between Aston Martin and Brough Superior.

Aston Martin AMB 001 Motorcycle

Strictly limited to just 100 examples, the track-only AMB 001 combines the Aston Martin design DNA with Brough Superior’s engineering expertise.

Among the distinctive feature of the sports bike concept is a chassis configuration with a double wishbone front fork and structural carbon fibre body.

Taking their inspiration from the new series of mid-engined Aston Martin cars, the Aston Martin Design team worked on clear principles of form and function, where design and engineering had

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Lawmakers call for pause on false micro-targeted political ads

(Reuters) — An international “grand committee” of lawmakers on Thursday called for a pause in online micro-targeted political ads with false or misleading information until the area is regulated.

The committee, formed to investigate disinformation, gathered in Dublin to hear evidence from Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet’s Google, and other experts about online harms, hate speech, and electoral interference. The meeting was attended by lawmakers from Australia, Finland, Estonia, Georgia, Singapore, the U.K., and the U.S.

The committee’s inaugural session in London last November featured an empty chair for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after he declined to be questioned.


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IBM’s DRAM inventor Bob Dennard gets chip industry’s highest honor

If you’re using anything electronic, from a smartphone to a laptop, you’re using Robert Dennard‘s fundamental invention: the single-cell dynamic random access memory chip.

While working for IBM back in 1956, Dennard invented DRAM, a kind of semiconductor memory that stores data while the power is turned on. When you turn on your PC, the operating system software loads into DRAM.

So it’s appropriate that the chip industry is recognizing Dennard, now an IBM Fellow Emeritus, with its highest honor: the Robert N. Noyce Award, itself named after Intel’s first CEO. Dennard was awarded the honor (in absentia) at the

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