The Chrome browser is finally muting the sound of autoplay videos by default. The update, in Chrome version 66, has arrived three months later than planned. During that delay period, users were able to actively choose to mute all autoplay videos on a specific site. Now that will not only be the default, but the […]
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Unpublished work by Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax will be turned into video games. His family is searching for developers to make the adaptations. Perhaps most excitingly, the source material will include Gygax’s personal campaign that he used for game nights. He never published details of that campaign for fear that the people who […]
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Scientists investigating bacteria that can eat plastic have accidentally made the relevant enzyme even more effective. It could significantly improve the options for recycling plastic bottles. Such bottles are commonly made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in which the bond between molecules is particularly strong. That’s a big benefit when the material is being used and […]
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Sega is going all-in with retro gaming, not only confirming the Genesis/Mega Drive Mini, but also talking of bringing Dreamcast and Saturn games to the Nintendo Switch. The Mega Drive Mini (which is a working name) isn’t a great surprise but has now been officially announced and a prototype was shown off at Sega Fest […]
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Billy Mitchell, star of the documentary King of Kong, is no longer officially the first man to score a million points on Donkey Kong. Twin Galaxies, the leading data keeper on competitive gaming, has removed all his records after investigating allegations of cheating. The organization investigated disputes into three of his Donkey Kong scores: the […]
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Universal Studios is adding a Pokemon section in Orlando. It appears it will be part of the kids area rather than a new Nintendo park. The news comes from ABC’s Channel 9 in the city. It reports that the Pokemon park will be added to Universal’s KidZone section. That’s an area that’s come in for […]
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The FTC has privately warned six companies that customers using third party components or servicing can’t automatically void warranties. The companies haven’t been named but are “six major companies that market and sell automobiles, cellular devices, and video gaming systems in the United States.” The move isn’t introducing any new rules but rather warning the […]
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A Japanese designer has created a typeface that allows written characters and Braille to appear in the same space to save space. Kosuke Takahasi hopes it will be adopted for signage when Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. The idea is to get around the problem of a lack of space deterring […]
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‘Ridehailing’ services such as Uber are making traffic congestion worse rather than more efficient according to a newly-published study. The results contradict previous studies and forecasts. Bruce Schaller explored data from New York streets over the past four years. He notes that the number of licensed ‘ride-sharing’ drivers is around five times the number of […]
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Isao Takahata, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, has died aged 82. Alongside colleagues including Hayao Miyazaki, he was a key figure in the development of Japanese animation. While Studio Ghibli began in 1985, Takahata worked on television and movies from the early 1960s and made his name directing 1968’s The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince […]
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