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Xbox Adaptive Controller add-on turns power wheelchairs into joysticks

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is one of the most powerful devices for enabling anyone to play games despite differences in how their body functions. But a lot of the capabilities of the Adaptive Controller come its expandability. And one of the best examples of that is the new Freedom Wing Adapter that turns a power […]

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Google open-sources LaserTagger, an AI model that speeds up text generation

Sequence-to-sequence AI models, which were introduced by Google in 2014, aim to map fixed-length input (usually text) with a fixed-length output where the length of the input and output might differ. They’re used in text-generating tasks including summarization, grammatical error correction, and sentence fusion, and recent architectural breakthroughs have made them more capable than before. […]

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The RetroBeat — Warcraft III: Reforged is a harsh lesson in reviving classic games

Warcraft III: Reforged came out earlier this week, and the response online has been full of negativity and angst. Part of it is a reaction to some scaling back that Blizzard Entertainment did for the project. When it announced Warcraft III: Reforged in 2018, it promised things like upgraded cinematic cutscenes with movie-like camera angles, […]

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Echo Show devices can now add items to your shopping list by barcode

If you manage your grocery list using Amazon’s Alexa, good news: It just became easier to add items in need of restocking. Amazon today announced that Alexa on select Echo smart displays — the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 — can scan the barcodes of common grocery items to add to Alexa’s built-in […]

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Nidec bets on electric cars and acquisitions to triple sales

(Reuters) — Japan’s Nidec plans to more than triple its revenue over the next five years by focusing on electric vehicle powertrains and buying specialists in motor technologies, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The world’s leading maker of precision motors which supplies parts for Apple’s iPhones is expected to detail its plans […]

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Unity now supports Vulkan for Oculus Quest

The Unity game engine, which powers most of the apps on the Oculus store, now supports the Vulkan graphics API with Oculus Quest. Vulkan is the successor to OpenGL, the industry standard graphics API that has been in widespread use for over two decades. OpenGL is similar to DirectX up to version 11, but controlled […]