Valve says its Linux-powered Steam Machines aren’t dead yet

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Earlier this week, Valve removed the listing for Steam Machines from its Steam gaming store’s site, leading many to believe that the company had axed its project to launch an open Linux-based OS and accompanying hardware to rival consoles in living rooms. The company now says its ambitious initiative is far from dead. Pierre-Loup A. Griffais, a developer at Valve, took to Steam’s forums to explain that the link to the Steam Machines page was removed because users weren’t clicking on it (the page is still available), and that the company is still hard at work improving SteamOS (the Linux-based…

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3 Injured in YouTube HQ Shooting, Female Suspect Dead

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A female suspect is dead and at least three people were wounded in a mass shooting incident Tuesday at YouTube headquarters in California. Hundreds of company employees fled the chaotic scene. San Bruno police swarmed the YouTube offices after receiving numerous emergency calls reporting shots fired. Police Chief Ed Barberini said that officers encountered one victim with an apparent gunshot wound in front of the business and soon thereafter encountered a female who was dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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Telltale’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Final Season First Look Coming Next Week

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Telltale is famous for picking up every IP in sight and using its famous (or infamous) recipe to turn it into a serialized game, a tactic that has led to the company running out of steam and letting go a large part of its employees in what was the loudest sign that somewhere along the way, Telltale lost its way. Still, Telltale does have some important games coming out in the near future, and The Walking Dead: The Final Season is definitely the one fans most want to get their hands on. If you are one of the many who want to see how Clementine’s story ends, you can get the first peek of the game next Friday, April 6th, at 12:30 PM ET during the developer’s PAX East panel. The reveal will also be streamed on Twitch, so everyone can get to enjoy the show.

If you’ve been following Telltale’s games, you probably know that The Walking Dead [Free] is the series that put the developer on the map and, for many, season one of the game was the best the company has produced (though others see Tales from the Borderlands as the best series). Clementine, the female protagonist who was a child in the original season and has become the protagonist of later seasons, is for many the best character in the series and is the focus of the final season. Telltale cleverly showed that passing of the baton from Lee Everett, the main character of the original series, to Clementine in a screenshot revealed today. The Final Season screenshot shows Clementine wielding an axe and defending a young child from incoming walkers in a pose identical to a screenshot from the original series, where Clementine was the child in danger and Lee was wielding the axe. If you had any doubts that the series has come full circle, this screenshot should dispel them.

Speaking of the series as a whole (spoilers following), the journey hasn’t been a pleasant one for any of the characters. Clementine, trying to survive in a world infested by walkers just like in the TV show with the same name, lost Lee at the end of the first season after a pretty harrowing journey and some awful choices only to see more people lose their lives defending her in later season. In addition, she has had to deal with other survivors thinking she’s been bit, witness all kinds of abuse, and other, similarly “pleasant” experiences. In the previous episode, A New Frontier, Clementine had to deal with a group of survivors who started out with good intentions and ended up twisted in all kinds of ways—which is par for the course in this series and the TV show. The end of the episode finds Clementine heading out of Richmond (where her journey had taken her) to find AJ, the baby of one of Clementine’s fellow survivors that Clementine once thought dead.

We don’t have too much information on the plot of the final season, but I have a hunch it won’t be a happy one. Clementine, as the developers have pointed out, has become a symbol of hope throughout the franchise, so I’m very interested to see what her ultimate fate will be. One of the screenshots Telltale tweeted today shows Clementine’s famous cap abandoned in the middle of a field, which I wouldn’t describe as a hopeful screenshot. Still, I have a hard time believing Telltale will kill this extremely popular character. No word yet on a release date, but I don’t think it’s too far into the future. Looking forward to seeing where Clementine’s journey ends?

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No Privacy For The Dead: Police Reportedly Using Dead People’s Fingerprints To Access iPhones

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Questions surrounding the use of a deceased person’s finger to unlock a smartphone have been asked a lot of late, and now, a new report has taken a more in-depth look at just what goes on when someone wants to get into a device while its owner is no longer in a position to argue.

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[Update: Samsung responds] Some Galaxy S9 and S9+ units have large dead zones on the touchscreen

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The touchscreen on your phone is the primary way you interact with it, so it absolutely needs to work. That makes problems like so-called “dead zones” or ignored/unregistered inputs among the most annoying out there. Based on reports, many are running into those types of touchscreen input problems with Samsung’s Galaxy S9+.

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Samsung investigating Galaxy S9 and S9+ touchscreen dead spot issues

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The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are premium, flagship smartphones, but unfortunately for some people, their expensive new phone is having some issues.

Some Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ owners are reporting issues with their touchscreens. Specifically, those people have large dead zones on their displays. Some owners are having issues near the top of their touchscreen, making it difficult to pull down their notification shade, while others are having problems closer to the bottom of their display.

In searching for a fix, some S9 and S9+ simply turned up the touchscreen sensitivity of their device. One person says that a factory reset fixed their issue.

Samsung has chimed in to say that it’s aware of a “limited number” of reports of Galaxy S9 and S9+ touchscreen dead spot issues and that it’s looking into them. Here’s Samsung’s full statement to Engadget:

“At Samsung, customer satisfaction is core to our business and we aim to deliver the best possible experience. We are looking into a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues. We are working with affected customers and investigating.

We encourage any customer with questions to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.”

Having touchscreen dead spots is a big deal, as they can hinder you from using your device normally. While it’s unclear exactly how widespread this issue is, hopefully Samsung figures out what’s happening with these affected units and takes care of their owners.

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Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ Users Reporting Dead Zones On Display

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users are reporting screen issues related to dead zones. Here are the details.

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Police using fingerprints of dead suspects to unlock Apple iPhones

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While there have been some failures, U.S. law enforcement agencies have indeed used the fingers of corpses to unlock iPhones and obtain evidence, a report revealed on Thursday.
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Police are using fingerprints of dead criminals to access locked iPhones

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Following the 2015 terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, California, the FBI found itself unable to access a passcode protected iPhone 5c belonging to one of the shooters. Subsequently, the FBI asked Apple to create a custom version of iOS that would enable the bureau to enter in an endless number of passcode guesses, a request Apple outright refused.

Flash forward a few years, and the dynamics surrounding iPhone security have shifted dramatically. These days, most iPhones in use aren’t protected by a passcode, but by a fingerprint. Of course, with the introduction of Face ID last year, it won’t be long before most iPhones are protected by an individual’s face. In the interim, though, the vast majority of iPhones today are secured by Touch ID, a fact which, interestingly enough, has made it easier for law enforcement authorities to access a device belonging to a criminal or suspect who has died.

According a new report in Forbes, police and law enforcement officials have started accessing ostensibly locked devices with the fingerprints of dead owners.

Separate sources close to local and federal police investigations in New York and Ohio, who asked to remain anonymous as they weren’t authorized to speak on record, said it was now relatively common for fingerprints of the deceased to be depressed on the scanner of Apple iPhones, devices which have been wrapped up in increasingly powerful encryption over recent years. For instance, the technique has been used in overdose cases, said one source. In such instances, the victim’s phone could contain information leading directly to the dealer.

As for any legal hurdles which might prevent law enforcement from placing the finger of a dead individual on an iPhone, legal authorities claim that the dead do not enjoy a right to privacy. In other words, a search warrant to access the device of a deceased individual is not needed, though the ethical considerations of such a practice are reportedly a topic of fierce debate.

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The Walking Dead mobile game developer using iPhone X TrueDepth camera as motion capture tool

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The developers behind the upcoming mobile game for The Walking Dead, Our World, are using the iPhone X’s TrueDepth’s camera system as a motion capture tool for facial expressions for characters in the game. The developers record actors in front of the iPhone X, using a specially-built app to export the facial motion into their 3D character modelling apps.

Going beyond simple cartoon figures like Animoji, the developers feel the iPhone X sensors are good enough that they can use them to animate realistic face rigs of human characters.

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