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Google built a weird DJ rig to promote the Pixel 4’s Motion Sense

The Pixel 4‘s radar-based Motion Sense was supposed to be the phone’s coolest feature. When the ‘Soli’ sensor inside the device was first announced in 2015, it promised intuitive gestures to let us interact with our devices in new ways. Yet, in its first public iteration, the sensor is reliable but does little more than help you silence alarms and skip songs. But hey, it’s at least a cool party trick, right? Sure, but not if you use it the way Google did in its latest Pixel 4 ad. In it, a DJ adds uses an eight-phone rig to add… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Google

Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s next big game – and it’s in VR

After almost a decade of making non-Half Life things — much to the frustration of fans — Valve today announced via Twitter it’s making something called Half-Life: Alyx, a “flagship VR” game. We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. Can’t wait to share it with all of you! — Valve (@valvesoftware) November 18, 2019 Other than the fact that it’s VR, we don’t know anything about the game. Presumably, from the title, it’ll have something to do with Alyx Vance, one of the main characters of Half-Life 2. The existence of the… This story continues at The Next Web

Sony patents shows what the PS5 controller might look like

A new patent filed with the Japanese Patent Office may have given us our first glimpse of the PS5’s controller. And, despite the console itself looking bizarre as heck in all its leaked images, these images of the controller that’d accompany it show something very familiar and not much different than what we have now. There’s no way of knowing for sure if this is the “Dualshock 5″ or whatever Sony intends to call their next-gen controller, of course. It could be a prototype for something meant for this generation, or just a basic concept the company’s patenting just in… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Sony

Apple is holding a surprise event in December, but don’t expect much

Here’s a surprise: Apple has one more event in store for the year, and this time it’s for… apps? The company sent out invites to an event “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019” taking place in NYC on December 2. This is unexpected. Apple Event. December 2 in NYC. — Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) November 18, 2019 While Apple hands out awards for the year’s best apps every year, it’s never hosted a physical event it. For some reason, Apple decided it needed to go bigger. It seems highly unlikely there’ll be new hardware on December 2, especially… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Apple

Microsoft’s killing the Cortana app in most markets next year

The latest blow to the world’s greatest Halo shout-out, Microsoft revealed via support pages that it’ll soon be shutting down the Cortana app — not for everyone, but certainly for some of its biggest markets. The change was quietly revealed in a Cortana support article on Microsoft‘s site. Microsoft said it’s “integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps” and therefore discontinuing the app itself. Starting January 31, you’ll no longer be able to download the Cortana app. According to Microsoft, the app will be pulled from the Google Play and App Stores in UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China, Spain, Canada, and India at… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Cortana,Microsoft

The Modern Warfare reboot is alright, but it’s no Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

A tiny speck of light reflects off the enemy’s scope and flashes in my peripheral. I’ve got a few milliseconds to react before a projectile rips through my on-screen avatar’s head. Exposed and unable to find cover, I try unsuccessfully to distract the sniper with hip-fire. I make a mental note of the marksman’s position and decide to switch to a different class when I respawn. I’m not going to shoot the enemy soldier, that wouldn’t be satisfying enough. I’m going to eat them. I’m going to burrow under the ground, explode from the dirt like a muddy phoenix, and… This story continues at The Next Web

Report: Apple is giving the 13-inch MacBook Pro a new keyboard next year

Apple may have announced a new MacBook Pro with a 16-inch screen last week, but it seems the star of the show was the new keyboard. Well, ‘new’ is something of a misnomer. Apple finally realized the butterfly keyboard it introduced with the 2015 MacBook kinda sucked, so the company reverted to scissor switches to much acclaim. Now a new report from DigiTimes (via MacRumors) claims Apple plans to launch a new 13-inch MacBook with an improved keyboard in the first half of 2020. Though DigiTimes has a spotty track record, it does corroborate reports from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Of… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: MacBook,MacBook Pro,Apple

IBM’s ‘Code and Response’ documentary proves developers can be superheroes too

IBM‘s upcoming “Code and Response” documentary is an hour-long tour-de-force showcasing several developer–activists using technology to mitigate the harm caused by natural disasters. I recently had the opportunity to watch an advanced screening, and it’s the single most touching, inspiring documentary I’ve seen this year. The past few years have been some of the absolute worst on record for natural disasters. Hurricanes and wildfires have raged out of control causing thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage. Entire communities have been ravaged. Not only is there no end in sight, but current trends indicate things are only going… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: IBM

FBI spoke with George Bush’s brother over $300K meeting with OneCoin’s missing ‘Cryptoqueen’

The attorney for alleged OneCoin money launderer Mark Scott has made an interesting claim in court: that Neil Bush, the brother of former president George W. Bush was paid $300,000 to meet with the scam‘s missing “Cryptoqueen,” Ruja Ignatova. Scott’s attorney has told US court that Bush met Ignatova in regards to a $60 million loan to buy an African oil field using, in part, OneCoin cryptocurrency, Law360 reports. The deal was to be funded by Hoifu Energy, a company run by Chinese businessman Dr. Hui Chi Ming, who was also said to be in attendance. Hoifu Energy was to… This story continues at The Next Web

Ubisoft turns Assassin’s Creed into an audio drama with Audible

Ubisoft today revealed it’s collaborating with Audible on a new audio drama, set in the Assassin’s Creed series. This new venture, called Assassin’s Creed Gold, is the company’s latest effort to branch out into new ventures using the Assassin’s Creed series. The battle between Assassin and Templar continues ⚔ Don't miss @assassinscreed Gold, an-all new audio adventure coming to @audible_com from February 27 🎧📖 — Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) November 18, 2019 According to SyFy Wire, the story is set, as almost all AC stories are, partially in the modern day and partially in the historical setting du jour — in this case, the Great Recoinage of… This story continues at The Next Web