Hello Games, the developer behind space exploration title No Man’s Sky, announced today that the game’s largest update ever will arrive later this summer alongside a launch on the Xbox One. Details about the update, which the company is referring to as No Man’s Sky NEXT, are scarce. It will be free, like previous updates such as last year’s Atlas Rises, which introduced planetary quick-travel, land vehicles, and base building. But beyond that, we don’t know what the update will involve.
“We called this update NEXT, because it’s an important next step on a longer journey for us and the community,” writes Hello Games co-founder Sean Murray. “We’ve been working our socks off on this and it’s by far our biggest update so far. It will be…
That Apple would just a choose a massive high school in the Midwest to host a press conference was peculiar enough. Then Apple went and crafted class schedules for everyone and set up a room where people could try on Romeo and Juliet costumes,… Engadget RSS Feed
Cloud storage and collaboration company Dropbox — which started 10 years ago as a small startup in the San Francisco-based Y Combinator incubator program — went public today, and its shares were up nearly 36 percent as of market close this afternoon. The successful performance makes Dropbox the biggest tech IPO since Snapchat’s in March 2017. Dropbox ended the day of trading, under the ticker symbol “DBX,” with a market valuation of around $ 10 billion.
We knew Dropbox was likely expecting a favorable outcome, considering it priced its shares at $ 21, above its initial projected $ 18 to $ 20 range. But the surge in share price, which helped Dropbox match its last private funding valuation, is a welcomed vote of market confidence for a…
Beijing, like many of the planet’s largest cities, can seem like a dystopian hellscape. The city sprawls to accommodate its 21 million people or so. Buildings are erected and knocked down in the span of a few months, the product of unchecked economic development. Pollution chokes the air, rendering it smoggy as it drifts between the skyscrapers.
Recently, the Chinese government decided that these problems are the product of overpopulation. So the country has decided to put a cap on population in two of its biggest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, in an effort to contain the number of residents to 23 and 25 million respectively, by 2035.
The logic is sound. Fewer people mean less air pollution, greater access to medical services and public transportation. Overall, people will be happier and healthier if there are fewer of them.
As part of the plan, China Daily reports, the Beijing Municipal People’s Congress is working on meteorological disaster prevention, building affordable houses and encouraging the use of non-motorized vehicles.
In reality, though, rural migrants that move to the city looking for higher wages and a better lives are the ones that suffer. Authorities have cracked down on illegal housing, unregistered shops, and street vendors and shops has already driven tens of thousands of domestic migrants out of Beijing, stripping some of the most popular neighborhoods of their history and culture. Choking red tape restricts access to schools for the children of migrants, who must present a special ID, called hukou, tied to their parents birthplace. According to Chu Zhaohui, research fellow at the Chinese National Institute of Education Sciences, who spoke with the Toronto Star, the so-called “Five Documents System” leaves 30 percent of migrant students, or children of migrants, out of Beijing’s public schools.
It’s already working. According to The Guardian, Beijing’s population dropped by 20,000 between 2016 and 2017. Shanghai’s population was also down by 10,000.
Families are forced to split up. Children are brought back to rural areas where they can access schools, while the parents keep working in the big city where the wages are higher. And as the new measures push the poor away, cities become increasingly inhospitable for the low-income workers that remain.
“This urban gentrification is not a good thing for the city,” Yan Song, director of the University of North Carolina’s program on Chinese cities, told The Guardian. “The demand and the need for the lower end of services will still exist, but those people will just live further and further away from the city centre, and have to spend longer getting to work.”
Reducing congestion in the world’s biggest cities is an important goal, especially because urbanization is poised to become unmanageable in many parts of the world. But keeping poor people out isn’t the way to do it. Inequality doesn’t bring growth — it exacerbates instability. Engineering an unequal society may help solve a short term problem, but it will likely create a much bigger one down the line.
Some 13 years after Intel turned down the opportunity to make the CPU for the upcoming iPhone, is it now considering the world’s biggest ever tech acquisition to deal with the threat that decision continues to pose today.
In 2005, when Apple was working on the first-generation iPhone to be launched in 2007, Steve Jobs invited Intel to pitch for the CPU business for the planned smartphone. Not believing Apple’s sales projections, and not seeing any way to make money from it, Intel turned him down …
When Apple decides to change things, you can bet your wallet will feel it. And no changes in recent memory have proved more difficult on my finances than Apple’s decision to shift its entire laptop lineup to USB-C. The change was a welcome one, I just wish we had a bit of a period to segue, since many products still haven’t caught wind of the awesomeness that is USB-C. Personally, I have four USB-C ports, which is enough i/o for just about anyone. The problem isn’t in the number of ports, though, it’s in the requirement to buy dongles for…
With the first developer preview of Android P out today, we’re getting our first look at the visual refresh that Google was rumored to be working on a few months ago. This is an extremely early build of the software, so it’s very likely that more changes are on the way — and some of what’s here might look different come the next preview. But even this barebones developer preview 1 makes clear that Google is taking things in a rounder, more colorful direction.
The next developer preview of Android P is expected sometime in May, so that’s the next opportunity we’ll have to see additional changes to Android as it appears on Google’s Pixel devices and other products. Here’s what’s new in today’s initial release:
More rumors are circulating that Apple is planning a trio of iPhones in the fall of 2018, with one the largest ever produced by the company, and all three incorporating Face ID authentication technology. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
It’s long been rumored that Apple is going to launch three new iPhones this fall, all with a design very similar to that of the iPhone X from last year. One model will keep that device’s screen tech and size, another is apparently coming with a 6.5″ OLED panel, while the third model will be a more affordable 6.1″ handset with an LCD display and lower resolution. Today a report from Bloomberg basically confirms all of that, adding a few new bits and pieces of intel allegedly coming from “people familiar with the products”. The biggest iPhone yet is to have a screen “close to 6.5 inches”,…