Archive For August 6, 2017

HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Will Be Able to Scan Your Face While Device is Lying Flat

HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Will Be Able to Scan Your Face While Device is Lying Flat

The newest discovery found within the HomePod firmware has shed some light on the iPhone 8’s facial recognition software, and how it could potentially scan a user’s face even when the smartphone is lying flat on a table. Uncovered by iHelp BR, code within the firmware related to “Pearl,” which is Apple’s internal name for the new facial recognition system, also includes multiple references to the word “resting” alongside “unlock.”

The feature was discovered to be categorized as an accessibility option, specifically called “AXRestingPearlUnlock” and “com.apple.accessibility.resting.pearl.unlock”. While not an exact confirmation, the HomePod firmware discovery does corroborate a report by Bloomberg from July that said Apple was working on an “improved” facial recognition system for iPhone 8, which would replace Touch ID and allegedly work even when the smartphone was flat on a table. read more

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The Paladin Death Knight Hero Card offers a new way to win the game

The Paladin Death Knight Hero Card offers a new way to win the game

The new Hero Cards are one of the biggest draws to Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s next expansion. Hero Cards turn your Hero into a Death Knight that provides both a powerful ability when it enters the battlefield and a new Hero Power.

In today’s Hearthside Chat with Matt Place, the Paladin Hero Card was revealed. read more

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Supa RetroN HD Revealed, Plays 16-Bit Carts In HD For Less Than The SNES Classic Edition

Supa RetroN HD Revealed, Plays 16-Bit Carts In HD For Less Than The SNES Classic Edition
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The upcoming SNES Classic Edition has the public hungry for 16-bit gaming goodness – perhaps a little too hungry. Nintendo has promised the SNES Classic won’t be as rare as the coveted NES Classic, but let’s be real, it will still be hard to get your hands on one. Nintendo insists on making their retro consoles limited editions, so not everybody is going to get one.

Thankfully, it seems there’s going to be another inexpensive option for those who want to easily play SNES games on their HD TV! Hyperkin, the makers of retro hardware like the RetroN 5 and the SmartBoy have officially announced the Supa RetroN HD. You catch a first glimpse of the machine, below, courtesy of Hyperkin’s product designer Chris Gallizzi. read more

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Why “Follow Your Passion” Is Horrible Advice (What To Do Instead)

Why “Follow Your Passion” Is Horrible Advice (What To Do Instead)

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You’ve probably seen this advice somewhere while surfing the internet, watching a TV show, or reading a book.

Or perhaps, at some point in time, you’ve asked someone you considered an expert – someone you highly look up to – for advice on how to build your own business so you can escape the Rat Race.

They undoubtedly gave you the same misguided advice:

  • Follow your passion.

I’m here to tell you that this is the worst advice you’ll ever get, and therefore, you need to stop paying attention to it.

Unfortunately, this mantra has become one of the most popular pieces of career advice in recent times. read more

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Mayo Won Splatfest, But Some Splatoon 2 Players Worry The System Is Broken

Mayo Won Splatfest, But Some Splatoon 2 Players Worry The System Is Broken

The Splatfest festivities are over and the results are in: mayo may have lost the popular vote, but it still managed to take home the prize. And yet, many salty ketchup players are calling shenanigans.

This is a good chunk of the Splatoon fandom right now:

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Splatfest, as many of you know, is an event where players pick a side between two things. From there, players go out into the battlefield, repping their desired vote, and try to win matches for their team. The side with the most votes and win percentages is declared the victor. read more

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Announced, Watch First Gameplay Footage

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Announced, Watch First Gameplay Footage

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Square Enix announced today that Dragon Quest Builders 2 is in the works, and is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Details are currently scarce, but we do know that the sequel to last year’s Dragon Quest-themed building game will feature cooperative multiplayer, the ability to use a glider, and the ability to swim underwater. It has a great core to build upon, so the announcement is definitely an exciting one for fans (many of which were already happy after it was confirmed that Dragon Quest XI would be coming to North America and Europe). read more

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HomePod Firmware Possibly Reveals Apple Watch With LTE and 4K Apple TV With HDR10 and Dolby Vision

HomePod Firmware Possibly Reveals Apple Watch With LTE and 4K Apple TV With HDR10 and Dolby Vision

iOS developer Guilherme Rambo‏ has discovered a reference to a 4K HDR display mode in the HomePod’s firmware, lending credence to rumors that Apple is testing a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K resolution video.


HomePod doesn’t have a display, and iOS devices lack the resolution for native 4K playback, so the discovery likely pertains to the Apple TV.

Rambo also discovered strings kCADisplayModeDolby and kCADisplayModeHDR10, suggesting that a 4K Apple TV could support both the Dolby Vision and HDR10 color formats for high-dynamic-range video. read more

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Destiny 2’s PC Beta Will Include A New Map, But May Also Exclude A Major Feature

Destiny 2’s PC Beta Will Include A New Map, But May Also Exclude A Major Feature
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This past month Xbox One and PS4 owners got a chance to test out Destiny 2 via the game’s open beta, and later this month PC gamers will get their turn. So, what will this version of the beta include?

The Destiny 2 PC beta is similar to console one, but there are some key differences, including a new Crucible map to try out. You can check out Bungie’s full rundown of the PC beta, below:

Last week at Bungie, we told you that the Destiny 2 PC Beta will begin in August. We promised that there would be more information to come, and it’s time to deliver the goods. The PC Beta will also include evidence of some additional tuning of the player experience. We’ve answered feedback on how often you have access to power ammo or your super abilities. These changes will be subtle. If you were onboard for the console Beta, see if you can detect them. If this is your first dance with Destiny, be sure to tell us how it feels. read more

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Why the iPhone 8 may play hard to get

Why the iPhone 8 may play hard to get
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As of today, Apple’s flagship phone comes in two sizes. (We’re not counting the iPhone SE.)

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For the past three years, each September has brought us two new iPhones: the “regular” 4.7-inch model, and the “extra large” 5.5-inch one, with a bigger screen and better camera.

This year? A long-rumored, radically redesigned iPhone may finally be on deck. To picture it, imagine if the 5.5-inch screen of an iPhone Plus could fit in the body of a regular iPhone — but in a sleek new design without big bezels to get in the way. Rumors suggest it could have an OLED display, amped-up augmented reality capabilities and wireless (inductive) charging, too. read more

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NES Classic Mini UPDATE – You can order a pint-sized console TODAY, but there’s a catch

NES Classic Mini UPDATE – You can order a pint-sized console TODAY, but there’s a catch

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The NES Classic Mini is a pint-sized version of the classic NES 8-Bit console

The NES Classic Mini was discontinued earlier this year after the tiny console was regularly seen sold out across the world.

The pint-sized version of Nintendo’s classic console was launched last November and was hugely popular.

Whenever retailers got restocks they were snapped up within minutes, and it was often seen selling on eBay for more than QUADRUPLE the asking price. read more

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