Microsoft wants Xbox Scarlett to support cross-gen Play Anywhere

Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed at last week’s X019 fan event that Microsoft intends for the Scarlett to support the Xbox Play Anywhere, offering an easy way into the new console generation. Specifically, he told Stevivor,” Our goal for our first-party games is that your entitlements will be cross-generation and your Achievements will move effectively with your save game because that’s where they stand.” The idea behind Play Anywhere is that when you buy a game you’d be able to play it on any of your Microsoft platforms. Saves and achievements transfer across those platforms. So any game you play… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Xbox,Microsoft

Kickstarter’s new budget tool helps keep projects accountable for your money

We’ve all seen it happen: a crowdfunding project makes a ton of money and gets rave press only to get delayed by months, years, or never ship at all. Today Kickstarter is launching a ‘Project Budget’ tool that hopes to minimize these occurrences by letting creators share a project’s budget publicly. While Kickstarter launched a Funding Calculator tool earlier this year, this was a private feature for creators. The Project Budget uses this data and displays it publicly on a product’s campaign page, forcing a degree of accountability and reminding creators of expenses they might not have fully considered. According… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Kickstarter

Google will sell a $15 ‘Claw’ to attach your Pixel to the Stadia controller

Google Stadia launched to mixed reviews, but it remains an intriguing concept for the future of gaming. If you’re one of the people who bought into the device and was fascinated by the idea of playing console-quality games on your smartphone, Google will soon begin to sell a ‘claw‘ accessory that will allow you to attach your phone to the Stadia controller. While the Stadia controller is not absolutely necessary to use Google’s gaming service on a PC or phone, the company has claimed it offers the best Wi-Fi experience. This is because the controller bypasses your device and connects… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Google

Celebrate 10 years of Angry Birds by beating the crap out of this vending machine

In a recent NPR poll, 84 percent of respondents said that people were angrier today than they were a generation ago. And who can blame us? The idiots representing (insert political party you hate here) are full of crap and they don’t know what they’re doing. So many people are wrong about AI and vaccines, and other things you care about, it’s enough to drive you bonkers. And way too many people care way too much (or not enough) about that stupid (or important) movie that just came out (or is about to). If only there were some way we… This story continues at The Next Web

Disney+ accounts are being stolen and sold online

Scarcely a week after the service debuted, Disney+ accounts area already being hacked en masse. Users report their accounts being hacked within hours of creation, and now those same accounts are being sold online. The reported account theft goes about how you’d expect: the malicious party logs into the account and changes the email address and password, effectively nabbing the account for themselves. ZDNet conducted a dark web investigation and found hundreds of accounts for sale, some for as little as $3. Depending where you looked, you might find some given away for free. The BBC later corroborated those findings with… This story continues at The Next Web

Spotify now suggests which podcasts you should listen to next

Spotify is best known for music, but in recent years, it’s made an effort to up its podcast game. Podcasts, after all, are rapidly becoming more popular, to the extent there are now state of the art recording studios just for podcasts. After adding a dedicated podcast tab in its app earlier this year, Spotify now offers a daily playlist to make it easier to find your next podcast obsession. Similar to Spotify‘s ‘Daily Mix’ and ‘Dicover Weekly’ features, the new playlist uses Spotify‘s finely honed algorithms to try and puzzle out what type of podcasts you might be interested… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Podcasts,Spotify

AI creates the perfect(ish) Nike commercial after studying 7 years of ads

Working in advertising can’t be easy. For every “I’m lovin’ it” or “Just Do It” there’s thousands of crappy, forgettable slogans that never caught on. But it’s nearly 2020 and that means the brave front-line marketers tasked with capturing our hearts, minds, and wallets have a powerful new ally: Artificial intelligence. Take this unofficial Nike advertisement that a neural network spit out after being trained on seven years worth of the company’s commercials: TNW caught up with the faux-advertisement’s creator, Jean-Baptiste Le Divelec, via email, who shared their inspiration for the project with us: I work in advertising as a… This story continues at The Next Web

Facebook’s testing a meme-creation app called Whale

Facebook’s testing out its latest bizarre spin-off app aimed at recapturing its youthful audience — in this case, a meme creation app called Whale. From what we can tell, the purpose of the app is to make meme creation easier by packaging together stock images and basic photo-editing tools. You can apply filters, crop, add emoji and stickers, and “share to social media and message threads right from the app,” according to the app’s description. The creator of the app is listed as “NPE Team from Facebook.” According to The Information, this is the name of an internal testing group… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Facebook

This AI system predicts seizures an hour before they happen with 99.6% accuracy

A pair of researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have developed an artificial intelligence system that predicts epileptic seizures with 99.6 percent accuracy. The World Health Organization estimates that between 4 and 10 in every 1,000 people suffer from epilepsy-related seizures. According to numerous studies, 70 percent of those afflicted have symptoms that can be mitigated with medication. The problem is that many patients are unable to tell when they enter the preictal stage (the period directly before a seizure occurs) when such intervention would be effective. Professor Magdy Bayoumi and researcher Hisham Daoud, the duo who created… This story continues at The Next Web

We can’t just regulate — we must teach our AIs values

For the first time, humans are creating machines that can learn on their own. The era of intelligent technology is here, and as a society, we are at a crossroads. Artificial intelligence (AI) is affecting all parts of our lives and challenging some of our most firmly rooted beliefs. Powerful nations, from Russia to China to the United States, are competing to build AI that is exponentially smarter than we are and algorithmic decision systems are already echoing the biases of their creators. There are numerous regulatory bodies, non-governmental organizations, corporate initiatives, and alliances attempting to establish norms, rules, and… This story continues at The Next Web