The newest ‘Dota 2’ shoutcaster is Valve boss Gabe Newell

In addition to the Valve CEO’s bone-dry delivery (“Email me at gaben@valvesoftware.com and let me know about your rampage”) for kills, you’ll also unlock a sticker set and some cosmetic items, according to Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Cool. For this year at least, it looks like Newell’s occasional cameo at The International is just a little different.


And for all of Newell’s lines in quick succession, check out the video below.



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Trump’s New Power Plan Comes With a Deadly Price

West Virginia is second only to Wyoming in both coal production and President Trump’s winning vote percentage in the 2016 general election. So it was no surprise that Trump flew to the Mountain State Tuesday to stump for his new plan to boost coal-fired power plants by cutting regulations on planet-warming carbon emissions.

“We love clean, beautiful West Virginia coal,” Trump told supporters at the Charleston Civic Center, while mocking renewable energy and natural gas, which have displaced coal in electric utilities across the US. “We love [coal],” he said. “You know, it’s indestructible stuff. In times of war, in times of conflict, you can blow up those windmills. They fall down real quick. You can blow up those pipelines real quick. You can do a lot of things to those solar panels, but you know what you can’t hurt, coal. You can do whatever you want to coal.”

Trump’s new power plant proposal—released by the EPA [...]  read more

Watch the Gamescom After Dark show tonight for behind the scenes games news

Gamescom week is finally here, with game developers from all over the world gathering in Cologne, Germany to showcase their biggest upcoming offerings. Not able to make it there in person? Don’t worry, because GamesRadar has you covered.

Gamescom After Dark, GamesRadar’s live stream in association with Honor, will be bringing you exclusive interviews, playthroughs and live demos with the teams behind highly-anticipated titles such as Anthem, Forza Horizon 4 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – alongside a selection of upcoming indie treats such as BioShock-like Close to the Sun and immersive horror The Inner Friend. In addition, there’ll be some top tips and tricks from Fortnite pros and a mystery announcement from a very special guest.

The live show will be hosted by GamesRadar’s video team video team James Jarvis, Zoe Delahunty-Light and Brandon Salt.

How to watch

You can catch Gamescom After Dark on GamesRadar’s [...]  read more

‘Legacy system’ exposed Black Hat 2018 attendees’ contact information

A “legacy system” was to blame for exposing the contact information of attendees of this year’s Black Hat security conference.

Colorado-based pen tester and security researcher who goes by the handle NinjaStyle said it would have taken about six hours to collect all the registered attendees’ names, email and home addresses, company names, and phone numbers from anyone who registered for the 2018 conference.

In a blog post, he explained that he used a reader to access the data on his NFC-enabled conference badge, which stored his name in plaintext and other scrambled data. The badge also contained a web address to download BCard, a business card reader app. After decompiling the BCard app, the researcher found an API endpoint in its code, which he used to pull his own data from the server without any security checks.

By enumerating and cycling through unique badge ID numbers, he was able to download few hundred Black Hat attendee records from the server. The API was not rate limited [...]  read more

Netflix signs Tiffany Haddish for a stand-up special

Over the last few years Netflix has become a leading player in stand-up comedy, and now it’s announced that next year Tiffany Haddish will record an hour-long special for the service. Her profile exploded with the hit movie Girls Trip plus a role in The Last O.G. on TBS, and she’s already linked to Netflix for a new animated series, Tuca & Bertie, from the team behind Bojack Horseman. She’ll voice a toucan on that show while Ali Wong, who already has two well-regarded Netflix specials under her belt, will co-star.

Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy Lisa Nishimura said in a statement that “she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers.” The service has already locked up specials from massive names like Ellen Degeneres, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and more, as well as serving as a platform for lesser-known comics to reach international audiences. Earlier this year Mo’Nique famously [...]  read more

Adyen charges ahead in its first earnings as a public company, with H1 revenues up 67% to $298M

After Adyen’s huge debut on the public markets in June that saw the stock go up 92 percent on its first day of trading, the company today published its first earnings as a publicly listed business. The figures underscore to how Adyen — which provides services to merchants and others to power both online and offline transactions — continues to charge ahead in its growth. In the first half of the year, Adyen made revenues of €256.4 million ($298 million), up 67.3 percent compared to a year ago, with net income of €48.2 million, up 74.6 percent.

For some context, in the year that ended December 31, 2017, Adyen generated net revenues of €218 million, up 38 percent compared to 2016. In other words, in the first half of this year, Adyen has already made more than it did in all of the year before.

The stock is currently trading at €574 per share, versus a close of €548.10 the day before.

Adyen said it processed €70 billion in transactions in the period, up 43.1 percent compared [...]  read more

Anova Precision Cooker Nano Review: Sous Vide on a Budget

They say you never forget your first sous vide precision cooker. Actually, nobody says that. Even now, in an era when vacuum-sealed food bags having become the latest benefactor/victim of the app-guided cooking trend, most people genuinely don’t know what I’m talking about when I tell them I sometimes cook with a sous vide wand.

But there’s a good reason why home chefs—or those who fancy themselves chefs—have embraced sous vide, a method of cooking that involves dropping food (meat is an optimal choice, though you can cook other things) into vacuum-sealed plastic bags and submerging it for an extended period of time in a temperature-controlled water bath. The result is meat that’s incredibly tender, juicy, and evenly-cooked. Cook a fine piece of salmon sous vide, and it can come out looking so perfect that it resembles the fake food you see in display cases. Also, many sous vide dishes are finished off with a light sear from a blowtorch. That’s the fun [...]  read more

Google is working on yet another podcast app

According to a trademark filing discovered by The Verge, Google has a brand new podcast app in the works. The new filing refers to a tool called Shortwave, which “allows users to search, access and play digital audio files, and to share links to audio files”.

That’s quite vague, but a Google spokesperson has confirmed that Shortwave is being created for “spoken word” content and has no connection to any of the company’s existing apps. That includes Google Podcasts – the smart podcast recommendation app that arrived on Android devices just two months ago.

Tune in for more

Shortwave is being created within Google’s Area 120 incubator – a testbed for the company’s more experimental tools. Its past projects include Google Reply – a kind of chatbot for social media services that predicts your likely responses, taking the effort out of communicating with friends and loved ones.

The company’s spokesperson said there are no more details to [...]  read more