Listen to Kanye West’s new single ‘Facts’

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It’s New Year’s Eve, but that’s not stopping Kanye West from working. The iconoclastic rapper released new single “Facts” tonight, just a few hours before the ball was set to drop in Times Square. It’s his first single since this year’s grimy “All Day,” and it’s ostensibly cut from West’s upcoming new LP Swish. (The title may have changed — Kanye isn’t precious with names — and there’s no release date in sight.) There’s no embeddable version yet, but you can listen to it on SoundCloud here.

West’s wife Kim Kardashian West kicked the hype train into high gear with a tweet Thursday evening that suggested new music was on the way. The song is West’s take on Drake & Future’s “Jumpman,” one of the highlights from the duo’s collaborative…

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Oculus To Ship “Lucky’s Tale” Game With Rift

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An anonymous reader writes: Oculus has announced that a second game, Lucky’s Tale, will come bundled with their virtual reality headset. The system will also come with another free virtual reality game: EVE: Valkyrie from CCP Games. An announcement reads: “Today, we’re excited to announce that Lucky’s Tale, the incredible made-for-VR platformer by Playful, will be included free with every Oculus Rift! Lucky’s Tale, an Oculus Studios title, takes you on an adventure of a lifetime with Lucky, the fun-loving fox. The game takes you to a charming new world, with dozens of locales and lush environments.”

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Oculus delays Touch motion controllers until second half of 2016

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Oculus’ Touch motion controllers have been delayed until the second half of this year, the company recently announced. “On the path to perfecting Touch, we’ve decided that we need more time before release,” reads a statement released this morning, noting that preorders will begin “a few months prior to launch.”

This won’t affect the availability of the Rift virtual reality headset, which is still supposed to ship in the first quarter of 2016. As we’ve heard before, Oculus says that preorders for the Rift will open “very soon.” The Rift will launch with an Xbox One gamepad alongside a variety of controller-oriented games, like platformer Lucky’s Talewhich is bundled with the headset.

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We’re Close

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15751836930_315ffa1902_k All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types.
For example, before anyone ever sat to watch a movie we’d hang out at a playhouse to watch a live show. The people who actually enjoyed sitting in the back were few and far between. They were probably there… Read More

Final Fantasy IX is coming to PC and mobile

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Final Fantasy IX, one of the most memorable role-playing classics of the early 2000s, is coming to PC and mobile devices in 2016, developer Square Enix announced today in Japan. It’s unclear when exactly the game will be out next year, or how long North America and Europe fans will have to wait following an initial Japan release. Square does specify that the game is coming to both iOS and Android platforms, which should please fans who are still waiting for an Android release of Final Fantasy VII.

As was the case with the FFVII ports, Square is promising to update FFIX with modern game features like auto-save and a high-speed mode, as well as graphical improvements. The game’s trailer doesn’t show much beyond cutscenes, although the…

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George Lucas Criticizes the Force Awakens

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RogueyWon writes: While many critics have responded positively to JJ Abrams’s take on Star Wars, one particular industry figure seems rather less impressed. George Lucas has criticized the “retro” tone of The Force Awakens and lamented his own lack of involvement in it. Speaking to television talk-show host and journalist Charlie Rose, Lucas quipped that he had sold his “kids to the white slavers that take these things”. “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” he said. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that any more, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”

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Qualcomm video shows how much smarter drones will get in 2016

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Earlier this year, chipmaker Qualcomm announced it would be producing a custom version of its widely-used Snapdragon chipset for drones. The company says that its Snapdragon Flight processors will bring down the cost of drones, improve their battery life, and make advanced features more widely available. This new video from Qualcomm offers a preview of Snapdragon Flight’s capabilities, showing a drone autonomously dodging obstacles and mapping out 3D spaces with built-in sensors. (A warning, though, the music is pretty atrocious.)

Qualcomm says its chips will more than halve the average price of 4K camera drones

Qualcomm say this is just a “sneak peak” (they mean peek — there’s nothing mountainous about the video), but it will be…

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Twitter’s updated Mac app wasn’t made by Twitter

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Twitter’s oft-neglected app for Mac got a much-needed update today, adding support for inline GIFs, videos, quote-tweets, and other features that mobile users have had for ages. But while many users were glad to see the app getting attention, others criticized it for performance issues: laggy scrolling, repeating old notifications, and login issues. If the app doesn’t appear to be totally in harmony with Twitter’s efforts on mobile apps, here’s one possible reason: Twitter didn’t build it.

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Uber just completed its billionth trip

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By most measures, Uber has had a pretty good year: numerous political victories, new product launches, and scary amounts of cash raised. And the hits keep coming. On Christmas Eve in London, the ride-hailing company added a cherry on top: its billionth trip.

An uberX driver named Ara picked up a man named Marvin in his blue Honda Insight Hybrid, and drove him 1.6 miles from London Fields to Hoxton in the East End. The trip cost £5, or about $7.40.

The lucky rider is getting free Uber rides for a year

Uber’s come a long way from its start as a two-car operation in San Francisco in 2009. At the end of 2014, the company bragged that it was up to a million trips a day. A year later, it said it was logging 3 million trips a day in 66…

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AT&T is ditching two-year contracts for good in January

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AT&T is preparing to permanently rid itself of two-year contracts at the start of 2016. Engadget was first to report that the number two US carrier will soon allow customers to purchase smartphones (and dumb phones, for that matter) only through the company’s Next installment plan or by buying devices outright. As of January 8th, two-year contracts, which AT&T has gradually been working to phase out, will no longer be available — at least for regular consumers. An AT&T spokesperson confirmed the news with The Verge.

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AT&T Snaps Up Assets, Talent From Carrier iQ, Phone Monitoring Startup Goes Offline

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magnifying glass, explore Remember Carrier iQ? In the years before Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, the name and its software became synonymous with creepy, unseen monitoring of everything that you do on a smartphone on behalf of carriers and phone makers — allegedly in the name of better user experience. Now the company appears to be no longer. TechCrunch has confirmed that AT&T has… Read More

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