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Magic creator Richard Garfield on why he put a paper game on the blockchain

Nov 30, 2022

Richard Garfield is a name familiar to many in the tabletop gaming world, most notably as one of the creators of Magic: The Gathering, the most prominent trading card game out there. But Garfield is dipping his toe into the world of digital and in particular blockchain-adjacent games, and TechCrunch took the opportunity to quiz the veteran gamemaker on the pros and cons of this and other new approaches to gaming. It should be noted at the outset that unlike the dubious profit-focused gameplay o ...read more

With new chip, augmented reality startup Ixana claims breakthrough in quest for ‘wearable brain’

Nov 30, 2022

Ixana’s three co-founders, L-R: Shovan Maity, head of research; Angik Sarkar, CEO; and Shreyas Sen, a Purdue university professor who came up with the new chip. A previously unknown Seattle startup, founded by semiconductor and technology industry veterans, says it has developed an energy-efficient chip capable of running advanced AI applications on lightweight, wireless augmented reality headsets that will operate all day without recharging. The company, Ixana, says devices that incorpo ...read more

Daily Deal: OMNIA Q5 5-in-1 Wireless Charging Station

Nov 30, 2022

Deals from the good-deals-on-cool-stuff dept Tue, Nov 29th 2022 10:37am - Daily Deal The OMNIA Q5 power station is specifically designed to support iPads, Apple Watch, iPhones, AirPods, and Apple Pencil simultaneously while providing optimum charging ability, storage convenience, and ergonomic with the necessary safety features in place. It’s on sale for $90. Note: The Techdirt Deals Store is powered and curated by StackCommerce. A portion of all sales from Techd ...read more

The James Webb Space Telescope was a Career-Defining Project for Janet Barth

Nov 30, 2022

Janet Barth spent most of her career at the Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md.—which put her in the middle of some of NASA’s most exciting projects of the past 40 years. She joined the center as a co-op student and retired in 2014 as chief of its electrical engineering division. She had a hand in Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, launching the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, and developing the James Webb Space Telescope. About ...read more

NASA’s Orion capsule goes into a far-out orbit around the moon, setting a record

Nov 30, 2022

A Flight Day 9 view from the Orion spacecraft shows Earth in the distance. (NASA / ESA) NASA’s uncrewed Orion capsule successfully executed an engine burn to enter an unusual type of orbit around the moon on the 10th day of the weeks-long Artemis 1 mission, and it set a distance record on the 11th day. During Friday’s course correction, the orbital maneuvering system engine on Orion’s European-built service module fired for 88 seconds as the capsule traveled more than 57,000 miles abo ...read more

Apple eyes Sony's advanced image sensor for iPhone 15

Nov 30, 2022

In a nutshell: Sony will reportedly supply Apple with its latest image sensor for use in the next iPhone, bringing mobile photography one step closer to rivaling what's capable with a traditional DSLR camera. According to Nikkei, Sony Semiconductor Solutions' new image sensor nearly doubles the saturation signal level of each pixel. This allows the sensor to capture more light and reduce the chances of underexposure or overexposure in scenes with strong contrasting lighting. For example, it c ...read more

Austin-based ICON awarded $57.2 million NASA contract for lunar construction tech

Nov 30, 2022

ICON, a construction tech company that’s raised more than $400 million in funding, has landed a new contract from NASA to develop new systems to build on the moon and Mars. The $57.2 million contract is a continuation of a previous Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) dual-use contract with the U.S. Air Force, which was partly funded by NASA. This award will support the development of what ICON is calling “Project Olympus,” an ambitious plan to build structures on the moon and ...read more

Appeals Court Denies Immunity To Officers Who Fabricated Evidence To Wrongfully Convict A Man For Murder

Nov 30, 2022

from the something-that-happens-far-too-often dept When cops decide they’ve found the right perp, very little can persuade them to look elsewhere. This tunnel vision has the tendency to take years of freedom away from innocent people. And it would be terrible enough if officers simply refused to consider exonerative evidence. But in this case (like far too many others), the investigators went beyond simply ignoring other evidence to falsifying the “evidence” they had to ensure the perso ...read more

AWS adds automated agent monitoring to Amazon Contact Center

Nov 30, 2022

AWS introduced Contact Center, its customer service-oriented product, some years ago, putting it smack dab in the middle of enterprise applications. It also places the company in the position of competing directly with the likes of Salesforce and other established enterprise SaaS vendors. When you are competing in that space, you need some powerful features, and today at AWS re:invent in Las Vegas, AWS CEO Adam Selipsky introduced three features to help bring more automation to managing ...read more

‘It’s like driving a spaceship’: Amazon’s Rivian electric delivery vans spotted across Seattle

Nov 30, 2022

An Amazon electric delivery van in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood on Saturday. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) “Small Business Saturday” turned out to be a good day to spot a growing effort by one very big business to shrink its carbon footprint. Across Seattle, GeekWire spotted Amazon’s distinct electric delivery vans made by Rivian. The tech giant began rolling out the vans in Seattle and select U.S. cities this summer, but spotting them in the wild has still been a bit of a ra ...read more