‘DreamWorks Universe of Legends’ is an ARPG With Characters from ‘Shrek’, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, and More

Now this is the kind of game I can get behind. DreamWorks has decided to gives us an action RPG game called DreamWorks Universe of Legends starring characters from some of its biggest hits of the last few years, and it sounds like it’s going to be a blast to play just based on the characters. Who’s invited to the party? Well, we’ve got characters from 12 franchises including Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Madagascar, The Croods, Penguins of Madagascar, Megamind, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Rise of the Guardians, Turbo, and some that haven’t been announced yet. I mean, that’s a pretty all-star cast that gives the developers a ton of interesting characters to work with.

As with most other action RPGs, you’ll get to assemble your team from over 40 upgradable heroes and villains and fight across all kinds of levels inspired by the movies included in the game. The game will have a real-time combat system with the usual upgradable gear and various skills, but it will also offer a PvP Arena, which is probably going to see some crazy character combinations. DreamWorks Universe of Legends is free-to-play and will launch on both iOS and Android.

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Apple’s New ‘How to’ Video Series Highlights iOS 11 on iPad

Apple on Thursday released a new series of short yet informative ‘how to’ videos focusing on tips for getting the most out of its upcoming iOS 11 software update on iPad.

As iDrop News noted in our exclusive review of Apple’s latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the company’s next-generation software for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices will contain a bounty of new features and advancements — several of which have been designed specifically to help maximize the iPad’s user experience.

The series is comprised of six short videos — each lasting about a minute and featuring the same style/format, simple narration, and light background music. The topics are wide-ranging, and cover key iPad features including “how to harness the power of the amazing new Dock”, “how to manage and fly through your files”, “how to get more things done more quickly with multi-tasking”, “how to effortlessly scan, sign, and send a document”, “how to mark stuff up with Apple Pencil”, and “how to get the most out of your hands” — a short on how to use iOS 11’s new multitouch gestures on iPad.

Apple released iOS 11 developer beta 6 earlier this week, and as of this morning, iOS 11 public beta 5 is available to download. The final, public build of iOS 11 should be released shortly after Apple unveils its new iPhone flagships sometime next month. Check out the entire ‘how to’ series below.

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We Can Stop Climate Change Ourselves. This is How.

Climate Change is Here

When it comes to discussing the fight against climate change, there are two facts we must behold: First, climate change is here; it’s happening; it’s been happening…and we’re already feeling the impact. Second, for those living in the United States, the current political climate is not one of change. The current administration has, in fact, taken steps that have sent us backwards in the fight against global warming, not forward.

But we can change the tide (literally).

Ten years ago, Former Vice President Al Gore released a documentary entitled An Inconvenient Truth. For many Americans, especially those of younger generations, the film brought about the first meaningful conversations they’d had about global warming. Notably, the film did more than just encourage awareness, it placed the responsibility of changing our course (and the culpability of creating our current path) firmly in the hands of corporations, politicians, and—most notably—everyday citizens.

Now, a decade—and a demonstrably warmer world—later, the Former Vice President is releasing another film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

There’s really only one place to start: Education.

In an exclusive interview with Futurism, he acknowledged that the current political climate is a precarious one, calling President Trump’s environmental policies “reckless and indefensible.” But the Former V.P is not without hope, largely due to the grassroots movement that has risen up around the country in response to some of President Trump’s more drastic decisions — such as withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Former Vice President Gore believes that the momentum behind the movement, and the commitment at the local level to uphold the work of the Paris Agreement, will be successful, “regardless of what Donald Trump says.”

But if we want to tackle climate change from the ground up, so to speak, where — and how — should we truly begin?

Where to Start

As far as the Former V.P. is concerned, there’s really only one place to start: Education. “Number one, learn about it,” he said, “People sometimes feel that it’s hard to talk about the climate crisis. But the more you know, the more confident you are, the easier it is to talk about it.” And he clarifies that his films, and their corresponding books, were conceived as tools to help facilitate these conversations. 

But as they say, talk is cheap. It’s one thing to know that we need to reduce our carbon footprint collectively, but how do we do it individually? And furthermore, given the enormous, far-reaching scope of the problem, how do we convince ourselves that our efforts to do so aren’t futile?

When you go into the marketplace, choose the most climate-friendly, environmentally-friendly alternative,” he offers, adding:

That may seem like a trivial matter, because it only reduces your impact a little bit as an individual, but it sends a signal to business and industry that — together with what others are sending — really does drive change.

Knowing whether or not something truly is environmentally-friendly, though, can be a challenge. One strategy is to buy locally when you can — whether it be food or other products. When you know exactly where something is coming from, how it’s been produced, who is producing it, and what it’s been sourced from, you can be more confident about any claims of “green” status it may tout. You’re also not just supporting the environment, but your community by strengthening local economies.

Investing in the assets readily available to you in your own neighborhood (and even your own backyard) can also help to reduce your carbon footprint in other ways, like using your car less. Whether you’re walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transit, you’re not just reducing emissions, you’re also sending a message to your municipal government. That message being that your community wants, and would use, infrastructure that would help you to drive less. Whether it’s repairing sidewalks or creating bike paths, the more people who come out in support (or who show up at town halls to bring up the issues), the more likely it is that a local government would deem it worthy to invest the time, money, and resources in development.

“We can, and we will, win this.”

Which brings us to the Former V.P.’s third suggestion: Getting involved in politics, whether it be at the city, state, or federal level. “Let the candidates asking for your votes know this is important to you,” he said. “Let the office holders who hold town hall meetings know that you really care about this.” 

He concludes, “We can and will win this.” And there’s reason to hope he’s right. While governments and corporations play a role, and can have a major impact in terms of setting standards and writing policy (and, ideally, adhering to them), they aren’t the only ones who need to step up. 

Regardless of where you live (and whether or not your local or federal government supports the efforts). the first step is to acknowledge our responsibility for what has already happened and start a conversation. This is how all of our greatest movements—from the Civil Rights to the Campaign for Women’s Sufferage—got started.

We can’t reverse the damage that has already been done, but we can set our sights on what’s happening right now — and commit to doing better. 

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Google Wants to Make the Internet Faster. Here’s How.

Congestion Control

As technology continues to advance at unprecedented speed, it sometimes seems as though the internet can’t seem to keep up. If we could improve internet speeds, however, it could allow emerging technology to flourish, as well as speed up research that’s already ongoing. Engineers at Google well understand the desire for faster internet, and have taken it upon themselves to ramp it up. The company plans to achieve this by creating a new congestion control algorithm, BBR (Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time). 

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BBR, an algorithm that was standardized back in the 1980s, detects when a network is overwhelmed and responds by slowing down data transfers. The algorithm might not seem all that significant, but it actually plays a huge role in internet speed. BBR is currently allowing companies and individuals that use Google’s Cloud Platform to access it and the speed that comes with it. But Google wants to take this algorithm one step further by publicly publishing it, and incorporating it into the TCP transmission standard. That move would have a ripple effect across the entire internet.

A Need for Speed

If this algorithm is actually incorporated into the standard which is intrinsic to the internet, its impact could be major. Even if internet speeds increase by a small percentage, it could do more than reduce the minor inconveniences and annoyances of a slow connection. Just about every facet of modern life depends on our ability to transfer data to and from the internet. From international communications to software development and technological innovation, the ways in which the internet propel us forward as a society are endless. Increased speeds could support this progress.

In the 1980s, it would have been hard to fathom just how far the internet could take us, or how fast we could surf the web. As this algorithm from that decade is hopefully integrated, we’re on our way to seeing just how far this universal tool can take us.

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