Loki is joining 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3' for Switch

The latest entry in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise is dropping for the Nintendo Switch today, July 19th, and it comes with a nice surprise for fans of the god of mischief. Loki is joining MUA 3: The Black Order as a playable character from da…

Source: Engadget – Loki is joining ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3’ for Switch

AMDGPU/AMDKFD Queue Up Early Linux 5.3 Fixes For Navi & More

While the Linux 5.3 kernel merge window isn’t even over until this weekend when it will kick off with 5.3-rc1 and headlining new features like Radeon RX 5700 series support, AMD has already sent in a batch of AMDGPU/AMDKFD fixes. Making these fixes notable are some early fixes around the new open-source Radeon RX “Navi” support…

Source: Phoronix – AMDGPU/AMDKFD Queue Up Early Linux 5.3 Fixes For Navi & More

Google Chrome Update Will Close 'Loophole' That Tipped Sites Off to Your Incognito Mode

In a move that is bound to piss off more than a couple of publishers, Google is readying to fix the “loophole” that allowed sites to see when you’re browsing in Incognito Mode.

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Source: Gizmodo – Google Chrome Update Will Close ‘Loophole’ That Tipped Sites Off to Your Incognito Mode

Google Glass May Have an Afterlife As a Device To Teach Autistic Children

While Google stopped selling its augmented-reality glasses to customers due to privacy concerns, Google Glass lived on as something to be used by researchers and businesses. The New York Times reports of a new effort from Stanford researchers to use Google Glass to help autistic children understand emotions and engage in more direct ways with those around them. The glasses could also be used to measure changes in behavior, something that has historically been difficult to do. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an excerpt from the report: When Esaie Prickett sat down in the living room with his mother, father and four older brothers, he was the only one wearing Google Glass. As Esaie, who was 10 at the time and is 12 now, gazed through the computerized glasses, his family made faces — happy, sad, surprised, angry, bored — and he tried to identify each emotion. In an instant, the glasses told him whether he was right or wrong, flashing tiny digital icons that only he could see.

Esaie was 6 when he and his family learned he had autism. The technology he was using while sitting in the living room was meant to help him learn how to recognize emotions and make eye contact with those around him. The glasses would verify his choices only if he looked directly at a face. He and his family tested the technology for several weeks as part of a clinical trial run by researchers at Stanford University in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently detailed in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, the trial fits into a growing effort to build new technologies for children on the autism spectrum, including interactive robots and computerized eyewear.

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Source: Slashdot – Google Glass May Have an Afterlife As a Device To Teach Autistic Children

Easy way to create a Debian package and local package repository

This article describes a simple way to create a home made debian package and include it into a local package repository. Although we could use an existing Debian/Ubuntu package, we will start from scratch by creating and packaging our own trivial application. Once our package is ready, we will include it into our local package repository. This article illustrates a very simplistic approach, however it may serve as a template in many different scenarios.

Source: LXer – Easy way to create a Debian package and local package repository

The Mediocrity of Batwoman Also Feels Like One of Its Biggest Strengths

It’s difficult to critique the pilot of Batwoman. There are certainly issues with it. There are criticisms to spare. But there’s something powerfully unique about the CW’s latest superhero show and it makes it really difficult to get too bogged down in the faults. This is the first solo superhero series centered on a…

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Source: io9 – The Mediocrity of Batwoman Also Feels Like One of Its Biggest Strengths

Tesla opens Vegas V3 Supercharger station powered by solar and battery

Tesla is opening a V3 Supercharger station right on the Las Vegas Strip. The automaker released a video today with more details about its newest charging site, located next to the LINQ hotel’s High Roller ferris wheel. Drivers can take advantage of T…

Source: Engadget – Tesla opens Vegas V3 Supercharger station powered by solar and battery

Agents of SHIELD Had an Emotional Panel Hours After the End Was Announced

With the sixth season of Agents of SHIELD currently in full swing, one may have thought the show’s Comic-Con panel wouldn’t be that huge of a deal. Then, a few hours before the panel, it was confirmed that the next season of the show, season seven, would be its last.

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Source: io9 – Agents of SHIELD Had an Emotional Panel Hours After the End Was Announced

Startup Aims To Tackle Grid Storage Problem With New Porous Silicon Battery

New submitter symgym writes: Recently out of stealth mode is a new battery technology that’s printed on silicon wafers (36 million “micro-batteries” machined into 12-inch silicon wafers). It can scale from small devices to large-scale grid storage and promises four times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries for half the price. There should also be no issues with fires caused by dendrite formation. “When you use porous silicon, you get about 70 times the surface area compared to a traditional lithium battery… [and] there’s millions of cells in a wafer,” says Christine Hallquist of Cross Border Power, the startup that plans to commercialize the battery design developed by Washington-based company XNRGI. “It completely eliminates the problem of dendrite formation.” If all of this is true, it’s a massive disruptive invention. Hallquist also notes that the new batteries are 100% recyclable. “At the end of the life of this product, you bring the wafers back in, you clean the wafer off, you reclaim the lithium and other materials. And it’s essentially brand new. So we’re 100 percent recyclable.”

“Hallquist says the battery banks that Cross Border Power plans to sell to utility companies as soon as next year will be installed in standard computer server racks,” reports IEEE Spectrum. “One shipping container worth of those racks (totaling 40 racks in all) will offer 4 megawatts (MW) of battery storage capacity, she says. Contrast this, she adds, to a comparable set of rack-storage lithium ion batteries which would typically only yield 1 MW in a shipping container.”

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Source: Slashdot – Startup Aims To Tackle Grid Storage Problem With New Porous Silicon Battery

This Is The All-New 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray, And It Looks Absolutely Amazing

This Is The All-New 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray, And It Looks Absolutely Amazing
Well folks, here it is: the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, aka C8 Corvette. The vehicle isn’t officially supposed to be unveiled until a little over an hour from right now, but as with most things these days, it has leaked early.

Just look at it, damnit! It looks downright amazing with its new mid-engine proportions. The Corvette Stingray is

Source: Hot Hardware – This Is The All-New 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray, And It Looks Absolutely Amazing

Chuck Schumer Asks FBI To Investigate FaceApp

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FBI to investigate FaceApp after privacy concerns have been raised about the Russian company which developed the app. In a letter posted on Twitter, Mr Schumer called it “deeply disturbing” that personal data of U.S. citizens could go to a “hostile foreign power.” The BBC reports: Wireless Lab, a company based in St. Petersburg, says it does not permanently store images, and does not collect troves of data — only uploading specific photos selected by users for editing. “Even though the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia,” a company statement reported by news site TechCrunch said. Mr Schumer however has asked that the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate FaceApp. “I have serious concerns regarding both the protection of the data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of who may have access to it,” his letter reads.

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Source: Slashdot – Chuck Schumer Asks FBI To Investigate FaceApp

SpaceX shows off a highlight reel of Crew Dragon parachute tests

As SpaceX continues its progress toward a Demo-2 launch of its Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts aboard the company put together this reel of parachute tests. According to the tag, “SpaceX is returning human spaceflight capabilities to the…

Source: Engadget – SpaceX shows off a highlight reel of Crew Dragon parachute tests

Gabriel Luna on Whether Hulu's Ghost Rider Will Change His Version of Robbie Reyes

Hulu’s Ghost Rider series is officially underway, with star Gabriel Luna confirming to io9 that writers have started work on the solo series that will feature his return as Robbie Reyes. This series doesn’t look to be connected to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, where Luna made his debut. So, how much of the character will…

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Source: io9 – Gabriel Luna on Whether Hulu’s Ghost Rider Will Change His Version of Robbie Reyes