Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

The ping system and redeploy beacons have become, and still are, staples of the FPS genre that other developers (like Activision Blizzard, developers of Overwatch) are eager to bring to their own games, and while Respawn's new methods aren’t always practical from the start (see “heat shields”), they’re consistently rewiring the importance of team communication.

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

12 April 2021, Rome - European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet was named Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador today, the International Day of Human Space Flight.

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command

Inequalities persist, but three senior-level women at the National Security Agency and Cyber Command offered WIRED rare insights into how those organizations have evolved—and the hard work that remains to be done.

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

China Hijacked an NSA Hacking Tool in 2014—and Used It for Years

More than four years after a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers began wantonly leaking secret NSA hacking tools onto the internet, the question that debacle raised—whether any intelligence agency can prevent its "zero-day" stockpile from falling into the wrong hands —still haunts the security community.

Worrisome New Coronavirus Mutations Are Emerging. Why Now?

Worrisome New Coronavirus Mutations Are Emerging. Why Now?

For months, these researchers had been periodically doing similar genomic surveillance work to keep tabs on the dozens of strains of SARS-CoV-2 that were circulating around the country, looking for any problematic mutations in the virus’s spike protein.

The SolarWinds Hackers Used Tactics Other Groups Will Copy

The SolarWinds Hackers Used Tactics Other Groups Will Copy

Once an attacker has the network privileges to manipulate this authentication scheme, they can generate legitimate tokens to access any of the organization's Microsoft 365 and Azure accounts, no passwords or multifactor authentication required.

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General calls for urgent scale-up of Africa’s Great Green Wall

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General calls for urgent scale-up of Africa’s Great Green Wall

11 January 2021, Paris/Rome - The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, today appealed for an urgent scale-up of Africa's Great Green Wall initiative to restore degraded land, create jobs and address climate change.

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

After nearly two decades as an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Chao had left the space agency to commercialize a seafaring generator that can harness the limitless thermal energy trapped in the world’s oceans.

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

When people feel crushed by the everything-all-the-time of the moment, when they’re a bundle of nerves and reactivity, they can generate all kinds of stormy energies of their own.To minimize information fatigue on Twitter, I’ve organized everything into lists: left- and right-leaning sources, news organizations, Fox News, and so on.

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

Genshin Impact Is Too Good to Be a Zelda Clone

Genshin Impact Is Too Good to Be a Zelda Clone

An anime Breath of the Wild knockoff or a charming, character-forward adventure that’s too fun to put down, Genshin Impact is plainly fantastic, and there is no reason you shouldn’t play it.Whatever fighting style you like, Genshin Impact probably has it.

'Genshin Impact' Is Too Good To Be a ‘Zelda Clone’

'Genshin Impact' Is Too Good To Be a ‘Zelda Clone’

An anime Breath of the Wild knock-off or a charming, character-forward adventure that’s too fun to put down, Genshin Impact is plainly fantastic, and there is no reason you shouldn’t play it.Whatever fighting style you like, Genshin Impact probably has it.

Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short

Activists at Amazon Say Its Climate Efforts Still Fall Short

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice has demanded that the company commit to reaching zero carbon emissions by 2030, a far more ambitious agenda than the one Bezos announced last year.

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

It might not seem like much, but figuring out when to seek clarification requires considerable artificial intelligence , and it’s a step towards having machines learn from humans on the fly.“The ability for clarification will be a fundamental property of any good conversational artificial agent,” says Roger Levy, a professor at MIT who specializes in AI and linguistics.

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Facebook’s project comes as more AI researchers, including the social network’s VP of artificial intelligence , say the field needs to broaden its horizons if computers are to become capable of handling complex, real world situations.

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

CryptoHarlem’s Founder Warns Against ‘Digital Stop and Frisk’

Mitchell says law enforcement agencies routinely use tools that trawl social media for posts on particular topics, and that they have been used, for example, against people protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.“If you live in the United States and you’re exercising your rights to free speech and assembly to march and demonstrate, you might not realize that the entire time there’s a lot of data being vacuumed up and used against you,” Mitchell said.

Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls

Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls

On July 1, Marlbrough, now 22 years old and a recent college graduate, launched the Georgia Youth Poll Worker Project, with the goal of recruiting at least 1,000 young people to staff polling sites in the general election.

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

The NIH Launches a Global Hunt for Animal-to-Human Diseases

What was not at at all normal: The group was launching an international network to detect pathogens that can jump from wildlife to the human population, a field of inquiry that’s become politicized since the coronavirus pandemic began—and they were doing it with federal money, even though the United States government has been the source of the politicization.

‘Marvel's Avengers’ Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip

‘Marvel's Avengers’ Is a Multiplayer Hero-Spree You Can Skip

The second half of this opening sequence, which will be familiar to players of the generously sized beta, familiarizes the player with how to play as Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow.

The FBI Botched Its DNC Hack Warning in 2016—but Says It Won’t Next Time

The FBI Botched Its DNC Hack Warning in 2016—but Says It Won’t Next Time

"I see a key change in practice and emphasis, getting our special agents in charge keyed up to gain the full cooperation of potential victims," says Herrington, who says he's personally notified dozens of victims of hacking incidents over his career.

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging "widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

Based on the president’s comments and those of FDA head Stephen Hahn and HHS director Alex Azar, the data that tipped plasma into getting this Emergency Use Authorization came from a nationwide program to give people wider access to convalescent plasma, led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies

Branching Out. As in the Twitter hack, the perpetrators don't appear to be state-sponsored hackers or foreign cybercrime organizations, but young, English-speaking hackers organizing on forums like the website and the chat service Discord, says Zack Allen, the director of threat intelligence at security firm ZeroFox, who has also worked with the industry group tracking the incidents.

ATM Hackers Have Picked Up Some Clever New Tricks

ATM Hackers Have Picked Up Some Clever New Tricks

Criminals have increasingly tuned their malware to manipulate even niche proprietary bank software to cash out ATMs, while still incorporating the best of the classics—including uncovering new remote attacks to target specific ATMs. During Black Hat, Kevin Perlow, the technical threat intelligence team lead at a large, private financial institution, analyzed two cash-out tactics that represent different current approaches to jackpotting.

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?

Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K., specializes in miniature pandemics.

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

“Deep neural networks are very computationally expensive,” says Song Han, an assistant professor at MIT who specializes in developing more efficient forms of deep learning and is not an author on Thompson’s paper.

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

Tessera has spent the past two years developing a new class of molecular manipulators capable of doing lots of things Crispr can do—and some that it can’t, including precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA.It’s not gene editing, says von Maltzahn.

What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic

What the Data Really Says About Women Leaders and the Pandemic

While they didn’t find a significant difference in Covid-19 cases and deaths based on leaders’ gender, they did find an effect after using modeling to match pairs of male- and female-led countries with similarly-sized elderly populations, healthcare expenditures, and openness to tourism, among other factors.

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI

PTC’s software combines several different approaches to AI, like generative adversarial networks and genetic algorithms.A generative adversarial network is a game-like approach in which two machine-learning algorithms face off against one another in a competition to design the most optimized component.

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