Firefly algorithm error shortened Lockheed satellite mission
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by Suswati Basu
2h ago
A Firefly software algorithm error caused a Lockheed Martin satellite to malfunction, resulting in a much shorter mission than expected following a botched Alpha launch. According to Firefly Aerospace’s mission update, the investigation determined the mishap was due to an issue in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) software algorithm that prevented the system from sending the necessary pulse commands to the Reaction Control System (RCS) thrusters before the relight of the second stage. This resulted in the 300-pound payload, an Electronic Steerable Antenna (ESA) demonstrator, going i ..read more
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Wizards of the Coast brings the wastelands of Fallout to Magic
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by Brian-Damien Morgan
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Wizards of the Coast have taken the irradiated wilds of Fallout’s Wasteland and brought them to the realms of Magic the Gathering (MTG). The new set showcases a range of characters throughout the history of the gaming franchise and the iconic Pipboy Bobbleheads. The Walking Dead, Warhammer 40k, and Doctor Who have all been featured in MTG as Universes Beyond sets of content for the tabletop and the digital realm of Arena. Wizards of the Coast is also responsible for the fantasy setting of the smash hit game Baldur’s Gate 3, which has already seen many of the title’s characters represented in ..read more
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ChatGPT goes rogue with incorrect responses and gibberish interactions
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by James Jones
2h ago
ChatGPT appeared to go rogue on Tuesday evening as users reported the AI chatbot responding with incorrect answers and talking gibberish, as reported by 404Media. Members of a ChatGPT subreddit shared their experiences with screenshots of extraordinary exchanges with the technology, responses either making no sense or answers to questions being way off the mark. One screenshot showed this response to a question: “This is the work of service and any medical today to the data field.” It continued: “The 12th to the degree and the pool to the land to the top of the seam, with trade and feature, c ..read more
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WhatsApp rolls out new text formatting features for enhanced messaging
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by Maxwell Nelson
2h ago
WhatsApp has introduced four new text formatting options, enhancing the way users can communicate and organize their messages. Starting today, WhatsApp users across Android, iOS and web platforms, including those utilizing the app’s Channels feature, can access bulleted and numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code formats. These additions complement the existing text formatting capabilities such as bold, italic, strikethrough, and monospace. Enhanced messaging on WhatsApp with new formatting options The introduction of these formatting options is aimed at improving readability and inform ..read more
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Orbital Materials uses AI to create climate-friendly materials
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by Suswati Basu
2h ago
AI has been used to produce everything from images, movies, as well as chatbots. Now a former Google DeepMind engineer is said to be utilizing GenAI to create actual physical materials. Orbital Materials uses new technologies and LLMs to develop novel green materials for clean water, air, and energy. Founded by Jonathan Godwin, he wrote in a blog post in 2023 that “dramatic innovation” was needed in the field of Material Sciences. He continued, “the global market for aviation fuel is projected to be ~$650bn in 2030, and we need a sustainable and, crucially, affordable alternative.” He called ..read more
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US sports betting industry revenues soar in 2023, 45% year on year increase
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by Graeme Hanna
2h ago
The regulated US sports betting industry posted $10.9 billion in revenue last year, contributing to an all-time high of $14.4 billion in state and local gaming taxes. For 2023, the $10.9bn figure represented a year-on-year increase of almost 45%, as revealed by an annual report from the American Gaming Association (AGA). The study revealed a massive $120 billion was staked on sports last year, up to around 30% on the previous 12 months which saw just over $93bn wagered. Fresh openings were heralded in the AGA study, which outlined that the overall growth in sports gambling revenues was “large ..read more
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Grounded and Pentiment first Xbox exclusives to head to Switch
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by Paul McNally
2h ago
Nintendo Direct today confirmed one of the worst-kept “secrets” in gaming and gave us a date that the first two former Xbox exclusives would make the cross-console leap to Nintendo’s handheld. The first of the four games confirmed by Phil Spencer last week are Penintent and the excellent Grounded, which should make a terrific Switch game. Neither is a title that people would have bought an Xbox for, so does keep some of the froth from the mouths of the angry mob, but are good testers for Microsoft to see how some of the more obscure exclusives land. There is no real reason to keep games such ..read more
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Call of Duty to make Game Pass début, but fans may have to wait
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by Brian-Damien Morgan
2h ago
Call of Duty and a number of first-party titles from Activision Blizzard, and Zenimax (including Bethesda) will be making their way to Game Pass on Day One of launch according to Microsoft Gaming Chief Phil Spencer. The situation around the flagship title from Activision Blizzard has kept fans waiting. Up until now, Call of Duty and other major titles being confirmed for Microsoft’s monthly subscription offering has been a little bit vague. In a recent interview with Game File, Spencer would address a number of topics including the Call of Duty franchise and those from Activision Blizzard whe ..read more
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CrowdStrike report unveils alarming rise in cyber threats in 2023
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by Maxwell Nelson
2h ago
In 2023, the cybersecurity landscape witnessed a dramatic escalation in cyber threats, with attackers honing their skills and exploiting the weakest links in business defenses. According to CrowdStrike’s 2024 Global Threat Report, the year marked a notable surge in the severity and sophistication of cyberattacks, with cloud intrusions increasing by 75% and data theft victims named on leak sites up by 76%. The report highlights a concerning trend: 75% of attacks were malware-free, complicating detection and prevention efforts. The report underscores the widening gap between the advanced tactic ..read more
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Mixed reactions as Borderlands movie first look images released
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by Suswati Basu
2h ago
Lionsgate has finally released the first images of the highly anticipated movie adaptation of the “Borderlands” video game series, which has received rather mixed responses. buckle up. we’re not asking nicely.#BorderlandsMovie coming soon… pic.twitter.com/XRVTme7rNn — Lionsgate UK (@LionsgateUK) February 20, 2024 The film studio has been trying to produce a film based on the action role-playing, first-person looter shooter video game franchise since 2015. It has faced various interruptions over the years, with Hostel director Eli Roth taking the helm in 2019.  Beginning filming in Apri ..read more
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