Microsoft is planning to automatically add HDR support to games played on its upcoming Xbox Series X console. While existing games will automatically play better on the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is also doing some work to add HDR support and even improve some games from a 30fps locked framerate to 60fps, or 60fps to 120fps.
In partnership with the Xbox Advanced Technology Group, Xbox Series X delivers a new, innovative HDR reconstruction technique which enables the platform to automatically add HDR support to games, explains Jason Ronald, a partner director of program management for the Xbox platform team. As this technique is handled by the platform itself, it allows us to enable HDR with zero impact to the games performance and we…
Its not exactly hard to play old games. There are plenty of ways to get a retro fix outside of collecting the original hardware: plug-and-play consoles, classic game collections, and subscription services like Nintendo Switch Online. Even so, Evercades solution is something different. At its most basic, Evercade is a solid handheld device, sort of like an updated version of the Game Boy Advance that can also connect to your TV. But instead of having a big collection of old games built in or available for download, Evercade supports proprietary cartridges. The result is an $80 device that straddles the line between modern and retro in a way thats very satisfying.
The Evercade is a pretty slick piece of hardware. It features a bright…
Why’s this on TechCrunch? We hear that occasionally when posting things outside of our general programming. Generally, there’s a tech hook; there isn’t here with this $100,000 2020 Lotus Evora GT. The Lotus Evora GT is supersized go-kart with nary an advanced technical feature. And I love it. While most cars are coming equipped with […]
The USB audio interface is a fairly standardized device for those who might not know, that’s the hardware you use to take a microphone or instrument that uses an XLR or 1/4″ output and get that into your computer via a USB connection for recording or streaming. There are a lot of choices in […]
If you’re looking for more quarantine activities for yourself, or your kids, or something to do together! the British rock magazine Kerrang! is now offering coloring book variants of some of their covers, featuring famous rock bands:
We have turned seven Kerrang! magazine covers (plus a bonus My Chemical Romance photo) into elaborate colouring-in pages for you to turn into Technicolor masterpieces. Weve got Slipknot, Lemmy, BABYMETAL and Ozzy Osbourne [and more] to choose from.
Not only will it give you (or your young ones) a chance to practice your artistic skills, colouring-in is ideal for relieving stress and improving mental health.
You can download all available Kerrang! coloring book pages here. And if you email your best designs to the magazine, you could get featured in an upcoming issue!
In my 90s childhood Star Wars obsession, I remember hearing a lot about the fabled NPR radio drama adaptations (read: “podcast”) of the original trilogy. They were supposed to be canonical, in-as-much as they were Lucas-approved stories that expanded on the familiar ones we already knew.
Now, someone has finally compiled them all on YouTube (although apparently you can find the MP3s on Archive.org as well). And wow, they are expanded the A New Hope radio drama is 13 hours long!
It’s quite a stark departure from the movies I’m used to. The first chapter focuses exclusively on Luke, and highlights his relationships with his friends at Tosche Station Cammie, Fixer, Deke, and the OG prodigal son, Biggs Darklighter (there’s a version of some of this material floating as a deleted scene, but it’s not nearly as expansive as this). Chapter Two turns more attention to Leia and her relationship with her father, as well as the information that lead them to the Death Star plans in the first place. It’s not even until the third chapter that we get to the opening scene of the movie (that’s as far as I’ve listened yet). It definitely conflicts with the newly established canon, especially Rogue One, but I’m enjoying the experience of re-discovering this world in a different format, with different and exciting details filling out the edges. I’m eager to find out what other ancillary characters might get more of a spotlight treatment here.
From the editor who posted these compilations on YouTube:
I have combined all episodes of the original radio drama using excerpts from John Williams’ original soundtrack and Ben Burt’s sound effects for a more seamless blending from one episode to the next.
Microsoft surprised everyone with its new Windows Package Manager (winget) last week, but it looks like the company copied the core mechanics from a developer it interviewed and ghosted. Keivan Beigi, the developer behind package manager AppGet, has provided a detailed account of Microsoft reaching out to him last year with interest in his work before going quiet and then launching its own winget rival. It sounds like Sherlocking a term that refers to Apple undercutting third-party apps by building their functionality directly into macOS or iOS but in the Microsoft and Windows world.
AppGet is a free and open source package manager for Windows, which automates installing software on Windows PCs. It caught the attention of Microsoft…
Aside from having more RAM, the new miniature PC is functionally unchanged. | Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has doubled the maximum amount of RAM available in the Raspberry Pi 4 to 8GB with a new device its selling for $75. To take advantage of the RAM increase, the foundation is also releasing a new 64-bit version of its operating system in early beta. The new Raspberry Pi 4 is otherwise identical to the device that was announced in June last year, meaning it has the same ARM-based CPU, and HDMI, USB 3, and Ethernet ports.
8GB is a lot of RAM considering the Raspberry Pis size and price. Its the same as many flagship smartphones released this year, and enough for an entry-level gaming PC. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says the additional memory should be useful for compiling large pieces of software, running…
Nate Powell is the writer and artist behind About Face, a brilliant webcomic about America’s obsession with fascist fashion. His latest comic, Hide Out, is less of a macro-scale political analysis, and more of a quiet, reflective, internal piece about life in apocalyptic scenarios but it’s just as powerful, and just as much worth reading.
icymi, my new comic Hide Out is up at The Nib old, romantic visions of The End shattered by the disorienting quiet of mass deaths in our slow motion catastrophe. https://t.co/GnMbczHjFU
Biometrics — like using your fingerprint as a password — is certainly convenient and are pretty commonplace on phones and laptops these days. While their overall security could be a problem, they certainly fit the bill to keep casual intruders out of your system. [Lewis Barclay] had some sensors gathering …read more
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new version of its flagship model, the Raspberry Pi 4. In addition to the models that come with 2GB and 4GB of RAM, theres a new 8GB model. This model costs $75, which makes it the most expensive Raspberry Pi out there. As always, you get a single-board […]
The box that syncs Philips Hue lights with whatevers on your TV is getting a big update today: it now supports two major HDR standards: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
At launch, the longly named Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box could analyze content playing at up to 4K at 60Hz, but it only supported regular HDR10. For people with newer TV sets or who are serious about home theater, thatd be a major miss, since the HDR10+ standard and Dolby Vision are now more common and offer better image quality. Until now, the box has just done nothing when those higher-quality signals were passed through.
After todays update, the box should work with a lot more systems and content. The device analyzes pretty much any video content thats being passed to…
There’s nothing worse than a lightswitch that’s nowhere near where it should be, leaving you fumbling around in the dark. [supersquirrel72] had just this problem, and decided to put an Arduino to work instead.
Rather than using the original mains lighting that was poorly positioned and not enough to light …read more
While being Nodes most popular session management library, express-session has its set of flaws and weaknesses especially when it comes to security. This article will analyze the good and bad parts of express-session so that you can make an informed decision for your next app. We will be using a point system where one point will be awarded for performing well on a metric, and one will be deducted for bad performance. At the minimum, we want a positive number at the end of the analysis (and the higher the number is, the better). Here are the metrics we will be using:
Security: This is especially relevant because were talking about user session management.
Reliability and Correctness: It is imperative that the library takes care of technical issues like keeping its state consistent despite network or server failures and taking care of synchronizing its logic in a clustered environment.
App User experience: We want to use a library that can provide the right experience for your app users for example, does the library enable a user to be logged in for weeks or months whilst also providing good security?
Time to production: We will look at factors such as time to integrate the library into an app, available support, and ease of understanding of the library code.
Maintenance cost: We will assess the costs of maintaining the library over time.
For a background on why session security is important, read this blog post (Facebook, Docker, Gitlab have all had session vulnerabilities in the past 2 years). Session attacks can occur across 3 attack vectors; the frontend, in transit (over the internet), or on the backend.
We all have our favorite text editor, and are willing to defend its superiority above all other editors by any means necessary. And then there’s Notepad. But what Notepad may lack in text manipulation features, it compensates with its inconspicuous qualities as a gaming platform. Yes, you read that correctly, …read more
Apple TV Channels first launched last year as a way to watch content from many different service providers all in one app, meaning you wouldnt have to bounce around between different third-party apps to watch different content. Now, though, it seems HBO wants to push users to watch HBO Max content on the HBO Max app instead of through Apples.
If you already subscribe to HBO through Apple TVs Channels, you can apparently still see it in the Apple TV app, but it wont…
The humble ATmega328 microcontroller, usually packaged as an Arduino Uno, is the gateway drug for millions of people into the world of electronics and embedded programming. Some people just can’t pass up the challenge of seeing how far they can push the old workhorse, and it looks like [Guido PE1NNZ] …read more