Welcome to your Monday. The world's premier mobile show, MWC, kicked off over the weekend, and the biggest launch might have been a 17-year-old dumbphone. Yes, as rumors suggested, Nokia (well, the company that now owns its phone branding) has resurrected the 3310. That was just the start, however.
For expert players, most video game AI amounts to little more than target practice -- especially in fighting games, where it rarely accounts for the subtleties of human behavior. At MIT, though, they've developed a Super Smash Bros. Melee AI that should make even seasoned veterans sweat a little. The CSAIL team trained a neural network to fight by handing it the coordinates of game objects, and giving it incentives to play in ways that should secure a win. The result is an AI brawler that has largely learned to fight on its own -- and is good enough to usually prevail over players ranked in the top 100 worldwide.
Ever since PlayStation VR, speculation has been rampant: is console-based virtual reality here to stay, or will it die an early death? Apparently, its near-term future is secure. Sony's Andrew House tells the New York Times that the company had sold 915,000 PSVR headsets as of February 19th, just over four months after its October 13th debut. That doesn't sound like much for a company that has sold tens of millions of PlayStation 4s, but it's well ahead of expectations -- Sony had hoped to reach the 1 million mark by mid-April. Sales might have been better still if the company hadn't been purposefully cautious with production, leading to shortages centered primarily in its home turf of Japan.
Source: New York Times
NONNI - The Scope Galactic News Network has learned that a State-wide manhunt has been ordered by the Chief Executive Panel, after the remaining members of the Kasaras family have been revealed to be missing.
Jaron and Akira Kasaras, the father and sister of Ohmon Kasaras, who was killed during an unauthorized breach of the Kyonoke Pit quarantine cordon earlier this month, are sought for questioning in relation to the incident. The breach of the Kyonoke Pit is believed at this stage to be the root cause of four separate quarantine containment events across New Eden, which have claimed an estimated quarter of a million lives so far.
During a Chief Executive Panel session today that ratified the manhunt, representatives from the Kaalakiota corporation, for which both fugitives previously worked, confirmed that both are now registered missing, with their last known locations listed aboard Nonni I - Kaalakiota Corporation Factory.
In a heated exchange among megacorporate leaders, Home Guard CEO Sunmenas Ikydoishin asserted her belief that Jaron Kasaras, a well known weapons development and research manager for the Kaalakiota Corporation, "may have been abducted or persuaded under duress to assist operations within foreign borders."
When questioned regarding clarifications to her statement, Ikydoishin simply stated that she believed that "Jaron Kasaras may have been seized by the Federal Intelligence Office for interrogation, given the scale of the issue in Postouvin."
Wiyrkomi's leadership reacted angrily, with CEO Kuruta Irio expressing his disgust at the allegations and branding the statement "tactless, undiplomatic and entirely uncalled for during a time of interstellar crisis." His viewpoint was echoed by the Chief Executive of Hyasyoda, who called the statement "completely unfounded accusations, with no supporting evidence."
When contacted for comment, the Federal Intelligence Office's press department failed to respond, however Lead Field Agent & Administrator Thoun Gaterau of the Special Department of Internal Investigations passed comment to Scope reporters while leaving a Senate hearing in Villore, calling the allegations "absolute garbage, with no substance" before remarking that "perhaps the State should focus on the thirty six million citizens they have living in a toxic bubble, rather than the infighting in their leadership's echo chamber, and the tossing around of wild accusations."
The Chief Executive Panel's Corporate Relations Director was unavailable for comment when questioned about the Federal response to the accusations.
Humans by nature can be a little bit wasteful. Recycling helps, of course, but some things are too good to throw away. That's where upcycling comes in. Karen has the idea to repurpose laptop screens to create a Legend of Zelda-inspired lamp. However, not just any laptop screen will do. As the team rips apart old hardware they soon discover the different types of panels that have been used in various laptops over the years. With the optimal screens identified, Karen gets down to business with Adobe Illustrator and designs suitable laser-cut frames. Watch the episode to find out tips and tricks to make the perfect design. Have you upcycled any old hardware? Think you could enter your project in a design competition? Find out more on the element14 Community.
While there was no shortage of new Samsung hardware, the company's MWC showcase also had a new Gear VR headset to show off, with a new controller. Adding motion input (as well as a few more buttons) lets you navigate and interact with VR content without having to paw at the headset's buttons like we had to do previous iterations. Alongside a clickable touchpad, there's a trigger, home, back and volume keys. The controller also has an accelerometer, gyrometer and magnetic sensors built-in, and the new hardware will work with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, the Note 5, as well as the Galaxy S6 series.