Why Is Steve Bannon a Keynote Speaker for a Gaming Conference?

The International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, a relatively niche academic symposium in its 15th year, is embroiled in a white-hot controversy over its keynote speaker: Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist and founding member of the right-wing publication Breitbart. According to the conference organizer, Bannon—who has no academic background in … Read more

Twitter tests homescreen button to easily switch to reverse chronological

Twitter is digging one of its most important new features out of its settings and putting it within easy reach. Twitter is now testing with a small number of iOS users a homescreen button that lets you instantly switch from its algorithmic timeline that shows the best tweets first but out of order to the … Read more

Lime will reportedly test car-sharing service in Seattle

Lime’s new car-sharing service would be similar to its scooter and bike rentals, as well as programs already in use by Car2Go and ReachNow. With those services, you can reserve cars scattered around the market area via smartphone app and drive them to your destination, leaving them for the next user. Lime’s decision to add … Read more

Telecamere negli asili contro i maltrattamenti: la Lombardia si prepara ad approvare la legge

La Lombardia sarà la prima regione a installare le telecamere negli asili, per prevenire e monitorare casi – come ce ne sono stati anche nelle scuole lombarde – di maltrattamenti sui bambini. La commissione Sanità del Consiglio regionale della Lombardia ha iniziato la discussione sui due progetti di legge che riguardano “la tutela dei minori … Read more

With Netflix Show ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat,’ the Food TV Renaissance Continues

Samin Nosrat begins the final episode of Salt Fat Acid Heat with an apt metaphor: “Heat is the element of transformation.” Nosrat, a chef and author, is calling attention to one of cooking’s essential tenets—but also, slyly enough, to a new movement of food shows on Netflix and elsewhere that spurn the pallid and passé … Read more

After canceling ‘Rift 2’ overhaul, Oculus plans a modest update to flagship VR headset

Facebook’s virtual reality arm may soon find itself in the unfamiliar position of playing catch-up with hardware competitors. Last week, TechCrunch reported that Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe had decided to leave Facebook partially due to his “fundamentally different views on the future of Oculus” and decisions surrounding the cancellation of a next-generation “Rift 2” project. … Read more

Experimental AI lie detector will help screen EU travelers

The real guards will use handhelds to automatically double-check documents and photos for these riskier visitors (including images from past crossings), and they’ll only take over once these travelers have gone through biometric verification (including face matching, fingerprinting and palm vein scans) and a re-evaluation of their risk levels. Anyone who passed the pre-border test, … Read more