Hands-on with coming-of-age puzzle game ‘Where Cards Fall’

The game’s main mechanism involves building houses of cards to create pathways around the landscapes, though figuring out where and how to craft these buildings is easier said than done. The cards are human-sized and generally rest on the ground in black-and-white piles, with shapes on the top indicating which type of structure they’ll create, from sloped roofs to flat-tops. Drag out a pile and it expands to fill the space; let go and a building instantly pops up, changing depending on how big you decide to make it.

You can create cafes, record stores, houses, newsstands and all manner of spaces — and not only are they used as rooftop platforms, but you can actually enter the buildings and mess around with whatever (and whoever) is inside. Take a break and listen to some vinyl or pop into the coffee shop for a latte. The interactivity offered by these interiors brings the entire game alive — you’re not just making pathways to race to the end of each read more

Yet another security vulnerability afflicts India’s citizen database

ZDNet is withholding details about the security lapse because it says Indian officials haven’t done anything about it. Karan Saini, a New Delhi-based security researcher, spotted the vulnerability and says a data leak in a state-owned utility company’s system is letting anyone retrieve information on any Aadhaar member. Names, Aadhaar identity numbers and bank information are all exposed.

ZDNet spent over a month trying to get in touch with Indian authorities and after receiving no replies, it contacted the Indian Consulate in New York. ZDNet spent two weeks describing the problem, but it remained unaddressed. It said the vulnerability was still accessible at the time of publication.

Aadhaar has experienced a number of other security issues in the past. Earlier this year, reporters at Indian publication read more

Spielberg doesn’t think Netflix should win Oscars

Spielberg responded to a direct question about Netflix’s threat to the cinematic form by criticizing studios for preferring tentpole blockbusters to making smaller movies, which have been subsequently driven to streaming services. Television (presumably including streaming content) is thriving with quality and art, he said, but it endangers film as a form because creators won’t brave the indie awards scene and just go to SVOD providers instead. But once you do, the creation crosses a Rubicon to become television, and shouldn’t be considered for an Academy Award.

Others in the old guard of the film world similarly reject content on streaming services. Cannes banned Netflix from competition this year after last year’s uproar over allowing Okja and The read more

Proposed law would insist on work-life balance for New Yorkers

The New York Times notes that the average New Yorker works more than 49 hours per week, which is longer than those in other large cities across the US. In addition, the Times reports that workers spend an extra eight hours per week managing email after work, according to a 2017 survey.

The new bill won’t make it illegal to ask employees to check email or other electronic communications after work hours, but would allow employees to ignore such missives with no threat of retaliation. “This bill would make it unlawful for private employees in the city of New York to require employees to check and respond to email and other electronic communications during non-work hours,” says the bill’s abstract. The law would apply to any business with 10 or more employees doing business in the municipality. If it passes, other cities could potentially look at similar legislation, freeing us all up from having to stay connected, even after the workday is over.

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A ‘Warhammer’ AR fantasy card game is coming to PC this year

Gamers may know Games Workshop’s popular tabletop game Warhammer: Age of Sigmar (the fantasy counterpart to Warhammer 40,000) is getting its own card game for PC later this year — and it’ll benefit from augmented reality. Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Champions, as it’s called, includes physical cards, a digital game and an augmented reality engine to animate the former.

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Uber’s self-driving policies, tech face questions after fatal crash

Its report also confirms what Jalopnik found: that unlike every other companies testing self-driving car technology, it’s only using a single driver for both safety and performance monitoring. Toyota, Nissan and Ford all confirmed the use of two operators as their policy, while Waymo said that since 2015 it has a single driver when using “validated” hardware and software, but adds a second tester when any of that changes, or for new drivers, cities and types of roads.

The NYT report also notes that unlike California’s publicly available reports, Arizona has no such requirement, and Uber’s test in California haven’t been going on long enough for it to issue one there. Additionally, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is said to have considered shutting down the program.

Another major question is when and if the car’s sensors picked up the victim, Elaine Herzberg. Velodyne Lidar makes read more

OnePlus is done selling its flagship 5T in North America

For those keeping track, the 5T was only on the market in North America for about four months. While leaving would-be fans to wait for their chance to buy the OnePlus sequel doesn’t sound great, Kiang says the circumstances that brought the company to this point were much more positive. Last year, OnePlus doubled its global revenue to $1.4 billion and saw 139 percent growth in North America — it’s gotten to the point where North America accounts for about 25 percent of all the company’s online sales.

For Kiang, these numbers are validation for a production and marketing philosophy that often seem unorthodox. Remember: when it comes to smartphone production, OnePlus is a little unorthodox. It only builds one flagship model at a time, and it ceases production once it hits a target number forecasted in advance. And since OnePlus has recently gotten into the habit of pushing out two smartphones a year, that means each of those devices is only really on sale for a handful read more

Apple won’t livestream its March 27th education event

Apple’s education event next week is a break in tradition in more ways than one. Not only will it take place in Chicago instead of the company’s usual homestead in Northern California, it will also not be livestreamed. Instead, the video will only be available on the site after it’s over. It’s unclear just what Apple hopes to show off at this mysterious “field trip,” though signs seem to indicate that it plans to unveil computing devices aimed at students. You can read more about what to expect at the event in our preview, and since there isn’t an official livestream, we highly encourage you to bookmark our liveblog link and check back on March 27th.

Catch up on all of the news from Apple’s education event right here!

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Catan VR gets closer to the real thing than any app

But at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, I was ready to reacquaint myself with an old friend. That’s because the makers of Catan have partnered with publisher Asmodee Digital and developer Experiment 7 to create, you guessed it, a VR version of the popular board game, and release it at the show. It was even set up in a special area in the Oculus booth, complete with a giant mural of the Catan board on a wall and a fake board game table set in the middle. To be honest, I was skeptical that Catan in VR could capture the feeling of playing a real board game, but I was willing to give it a shot.

The Catan demo in the Oculus booth was set around the aforementioned fake board game table, with an Oculus headset set up in each of the four sides. One of the upsides of Catan VR is that it’s compatible with all Oculus systems — it’s playable on Samsung’s Gear read more

The story of the Duke, the Xbox pad that existed because it had to

Rather than starting from scratch, Chaudhari had to work from Xbox creative director Horace Luke’s concept sketches. They’d already been approved from up top, and a third-party supplier had built circuit boards based on those early drawings. Instead of coming up with the shape and ergonomics first and figuring out how to fit the device’s internals into the shell after, Chaudhari needed to work backward.

She got to work, sculpting physical models with a wood-like modeling material called RenShape. You can see the legacy of Chaudhari’s work in every Xbox gamepad that followed. Its A, B, X, Y face button layout and button style remain today, for starters. But it’s the thumbstick placement that has made the most lasting impression on controller design. While the DualShock had parallel sticks at the bottom of the controller, the Duke’s were offset, with the left sitting higher than the right by about two inches.

It wasn’t until her conversations with read more