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Microsoft and Google team up to bring more web apps to the Play Store

Microsoft’s support for Android is going beyond native apps and devices like the Surface Duo. Thurrot reports Microsoft is collaborating with Google to help bring more (and importantly, better) progressive web apps to Android devices through the Play Store. Apps built using Microsoft’s PWABuilder tool will use Google’s Bubblewrap utility and library to take advantage of new features, including a new standard for web shortcuts, “deeper” push notifications and visual customizations. Web apps should feel more at home on your phone, to put it simply. The expanded features shouldn’t require significantly more effort......

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Devolver made a free game about a canceled game convention

E3 and virtually every other in-person gaming expo for 2020 has been canceled due to the pandemic, but that isn’t preventing Devolver Digital from doing something to fill the void in a very self-referential way. It just released a free Devolverland Expo game on Steam that — what else? — has you sneaking through a canceled convention. It’s ultimately a plug for upcoming games like Shadow Warrior 3 and Carrion, but it’s a real game that has you dodging “advanced security systems” to watch videos and find secrets. The game itself isn’t violent......

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'The Thing' Fans Take Note: Carrion Hits This Month

If you like the idea of playing as the shape-shifting creature from John Carpenter’s The Thing, you’ll want to keep your eyes on Carrion, a Metroidvania-like adventure from Phobia Game Studio. Today, during the Devolver Direct livestream, Carrion was shown and given a July 23 release date for Switch, Xbox One, and PC. In Carrion, you control a monster that feeds on humans, grows larger, and uses its many tentacles to navigate an underground facility. Playing as a bad guy is one thing, but playing as a bad guy with a form you......

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Facebook paid for a tool to hack its own user, then handed it to the FBI

According to Cyberscoop, Judge William Alsup questioned the evidence the prosecution provided and expressed doubts that the government could prove its case. Regardless of Alsup’s doubts, Nikulin is now scheduled to be sentenced on September 29th. He’s facing up to 10 years on prison for each count of selling stolen logins and installing malware, as well as five years for each count of hacking and conspiracy. US Attorney David Anderson said in a statement: “Nikulin’s conviction is a direct threat to would-be hackers, wherever they may be. Computer hacking is not just a......

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Tesla drops Model Y price by $3,000

Tesla just gave would-be Model Y buyers an unexpected treat: a sudden price drop. Electrek has discovered that Tesla lowered the cost of a Long Range AWD variant by $3,000 to $49,990 before taxes and incentives. The electric crossover still isn’t a trivial purchase at that price, but it might be easier to justify if the earlier price was just a little too hard to swallow. There are perks if you’re willing to spend more, too. The Performance trim (priced at $59,990) now includes the previously optional Performance Package as standard. That nets......

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Trump confirms cyberattack against Russian trolls during 2018 midterms

The 2018 US attack on Russia was reportedly meant to disrupt efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of midterm results, which saw the Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives. The confirmation is a change of tune for Trump. He previously claimed that Russia had stopped cyberattacks agains the US and has supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of interference in the 2016 election despite evidence. Here, Trump is directly confirming at least one Russian interference attempt. It’s not certain how Russia will respond to Trump’s statement, although history suggests it’s......

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Carrion: Become a Monster on July 23

Today, we’re super excited to announce that Carrion, our grisly reverse-horror experience will launch for Xbox One on July 23! Our little team of sci-fi fanatics has been working hard to create an experience we think you’ll love, especially if you’ve always dreamed of portraying an amorphous blob of gristle, teeth and tentacles! We can’t wait for Xbox gamers to get their feelers on Carrion, so we’re thrilled that it will also be available with Xbox Game Pass. But, what is a “reverse-horror experience”? Carrion immerses players in the role of an abominable......

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Wells Fargo wants employees to delete TikTok from company phones

A separate New York Times report claimed that Amazon told employees to remove the social networking application from devices that can access company email. The note reportedly warned them, as well, that they need to uninstall TikTok by Friday for email access to continue. However, an Amazon spokesperson told Engadget that the email was sent to some of its employees “in error” and that there’s no change to its policies “right now with regard to TikTok.” The lip-syncing app has been under scrutiny due to concerns raised about Bytedance, its parent company that’s......

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Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. You could almost hear the internet cracking apart this week as international businesses pulled away from Hong Kong and the US considered a ban on TikTok. Software can no longer eat the entire world like it had attempted last decade. Startups across tech-focused industries face a new reality, where local markets and efforts are more protected and supported by national governments. Every company now has a smaller total addressable market, whether......

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EA's 'UFC 4' focuses on your fighter's backstory

It’s been three years since EA last released a UFC game, and the company is clearly eager to show some progress. The publisher has unveiled UFC 4, where the focus in is on developing your fighter’s backstory in Career Mode. Every action feeds into your character’s skillset — kick often and you’ll get better at it over time. You can also develop friendships and rivalries that influence your skill development. In theory, it’s a more wholistic progression system that encourages you to play in your preferred style. There are changes to the core......

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A beginner’s guide to robot programming with Python

Let’s face it, robots are cool. They’re also going to run the world some day, and hopefully, at that time they will take pity on their poor soft fleshy creators (a.k.a. robotics developers) and help us build a space utopia filled with plenty. I’m joking of course, but only sort of. In my ambition to have some small influence over the matter, I took a course in autonomous robot control theory last year, which culminated in my building a Python-based robotic simulator that allowed me to practice control theory on a simple, mobile, programmable robot. In this......

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LinkedIn faces lawsuit over claims it 'secretly' read iPhone clipboard data

The clipboard detection in iOS 14 isn’t just prompting developers to rethink app privacy — it’s also putting these companies in legal trouble. Reuters reports that iPhone user Adam Bauer has sued LinkedIn over claims the job-focused social network “secretly” read iOS clipboard data often, including the Universal Clipboard that shares copied content with nearby devices. The Microsoft-owned firm was spying on users, according to the lawsuit, and allegedly violated California law in the process. We’ve asked LinkedIn for comment. A spokesperson previously said LinkedIn doesn’t store or transmit clipboard data, and that......

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With the release of “Hamilton” on Disney+, Jordan and Darrell finally got to watch the musical biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton — albeit in recorded form, rather than live on-stage. And as we discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, they were pretty delighted by what they found. Not that a Broadway hit that’s won virtually every award really needs defenders at this point — but the Disney+ version is beautifully filmed, and it’s nice to see that five years later, “Hamilton” still works for new viewers. Anthony, meanwhile, saw......

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Hitting the Books: What astronauts can learn from nuclear submariners

As hostile an environment as Antarctica is, the icy continent still has one thing that the Moon and Mars doesn’t, and that’s air. When we go into space, we need to bring along air, or otherwise make it—not only for breathing but also for pressurizing the space suits. That’s the added challenge of living off of the Earth. Yet there is one place on Earth that’s exactly like deep space. This is an unworldly environment of complete darkness, low temperatures, abnormal environmental pressure, no natural supply of breathable oxygen, cramped quarters, and chilling......

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than......

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Australia to start paying EV owners for transferring electricity back to the national grid

Electric vehicles can help keep the air clean in our cities – as we’ve seen recently with the reduction of traffic through COVID-19 lockdowns – but they face two obstacles. In the short term they’re still expensive. In the long term charging millions of vehicles from the electricity grid presents challenges. I’m part of a new project, launched today, that tackles both of these obstacles head-on, and it could mean owners earn more money than they’re likely to pay for charging their electric vehicles. Paid for battery power The Realizing Electric Vehicle-to-grid Services......

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Heavyweight Boxing Champions Tyson Fury And Anthony Joshua Are EA Sports UFC 4 Pre-order Bonuses

EA Sports UFC 4 was just announced with Jorge Masvidal and Israel Adesanya as the cover athletes. The promotional cycle may be incredibly short, with just over a month before launch, but EA Sports still wants to entice players to pre-order the fourth iteration in its UFC-licensed series. Those who pre-order EA Sports UFC 4 get a collection of customization items, but the biggest additions come in the form of heavyweight boxing superstars Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Fury, who most recently won his rematch against the powerful puncher Deontay Wilder by TKO in February,......

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EA Sports UFC 4 Does Not Have Ultimate Team Mode

Announced this morning, we now know a ton about EA Sports UFC 4’s various improvements. From gameplay overhauls to upgraded modes, fans have a lot to be optimistic about as we speed toward the release date next month. One thing that isn’t making the jump to UFC 4, however, is the divisive Ultimate Team mode. Ultimate Team is a mode that exists across nearly all EA Sports titles, from Madden to FIFA. In the mode, players can earn or purchase packs of cards to improve their teams. In EA Sports UFC 3, the......

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EA Sports UFC 4 Releases In August, Jorge Masvidal And Israel Adesanya Are The Cover Athletes

As the Ultimate Fighting Championship readies its massive UFC 251 pay-per-view card tonight, EA Sports has officially announced the existence of the fourth iteration of its UFC-licensed franchise. Not only that, but EA Sports has also given us our first look at this year’s cover athletes, as well as the welcomed surprise that we only have just over a month to wait for the game’s release. Gracing the cover of EA Sports UFC 4 are two of the biggest names in mixed-martial arts coming off enormous years: Jorge Masvidal and Israel Adesanya. Masvidal,......

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From the Ring to the Octagon, UFC 4 Brings on Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua

EA Sports UFC 4 on Xbox One is the latest edition of the world’s most popular mixed martial arts video game and with each new iteration, the game gets bigger, deeper, and more detailed. The latest pre-order announcement continues that tradition of delivering surprising modes, improvements and fighters to fans of the UFC. Players familiar with the EA Sports UFC franchise have seen the fighter rosters grow significantly with each new title. The first UFC game offered up a total of 97 playable characters. Flash forward to UFC 4 and you can now......

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