Minecraft Dungeons hands-on: A shameless Diablo clone—and better for it

Minecraft Dungeons hands-on: A shameless Diablo clone—and better for it

Enlarge / Gather some friends, kill some mobs, get some loot. (credit: Mojang / Xbox Game Studios)

LOS ANGELES—The years between Diablo II and Diablo III were ripe with isometric, dungeon-action clones, all trying to feed gamers’ next-gen hunger for click-and-loot adventures. That era has long passed, but now that I’ve played Minecraft Dungeons, I wish I could go back in time and drop Mojang’s very solid Diablo-like game into that late-’00s fray.

There’s really no getting around it: this is Diablo through a Minecraft prism. The 20-person team behind this Windows 10, Xbox One, Switch, and PS4 game admits as much, calling Blizzard’s legendary series “one source of inspiration, certainly.” But after name-dropping other modern co-op games like Vermintide and Left 4 Dead, the Mojang developers at E3 2019 made one point emphatic to Ars Technica: “We want to make sure this is Minecraft.”

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Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US

Group to fund and operate first hydrogen fuel ferry fleet in the US

On Wednesday, a plan to put hydrogen fuel cell-powered ferries in US waters moved forward as startup Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM) announced a partnership with Switch Maritime, an impact investment fund that will finance and operate a fleet of such vessels.

GGZEM received a $3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) last November to build a 70-foot, 84-passenger, hydrogen fuel cell-powered boat. Named the Water-Go-Round, the vessel will be used to take passengers across the San Francisco Bay. The ferry, which is currently under construction in Alameda, California, is expected to be complete in September. After its completion, it will undergo three months of testing so researchers can gather data on its performance.

Switch Maritime (sometimes styled SW/TCH) is the new operator of the ferry, and it

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AT&T Business Customers Can Get the Galaxy S10 5G Starting June 17

AT&T Business Customers Can Get the Galaxy S10 5G Starting June 17


Starting June 17, customers of AT&T Business will have access to the Galaxy S10 5G for use with the carrier’s 5G network. According to AT&T, its 5G+ network is available already in very limited parts of 19 cities, with plans to reach limited parts of at least 30 cities.

For pricing, AT&T states that for a limited time, businesses can order the Galaxy S10 5G with 256GB storage through their AT&T account representatives for $999. Access to the 5G mmWave network comes at no additional charge should they use the carrier’s new AT&T Business Unlimited Preferred Plan.

Our Business Unlimited Preferred plan gives businesses the connectivity and features to be truly mobile. With 20 GB of tethering and a Private Wi-Fi app, the plan helps customers keep their  new Samsung S10 5G connected and highly secure while on the go. Prices start at $90/month with AutoPay for a single

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Apple wants to acquire Intel’s 5G business to build its own modems, sources claim

Apple wants to acquire Intel’s 5G business to build its own modems, sources claim

Enlarge / A 5G Intel logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona. (credit: Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)

Apple is still looking into the possibility of acquiring Intel’s Germany-based modem business, The Information claimed yesterday, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans.

Intel has reportedly considered selling off pieces of its modem business, and the heart of that business is in Germany, where Intel acquired and integrated Infineon for $1.4 billion in 2011. The engineers that ended up in that division previously worked on chips that ended up in the iPhone about a decade ago.

This is not the first we’ve heard of Apple’s interest in Intel’s business. A Wall Street Journal report in April claimed that Apple was looking into making an acquisition then. In a statement to CNET and others, Intel said that it has seen “significant interest” in its 5G modem business but

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Poll: Pixel 4, Hot or Nah?

Poll: Pixel 4, Hot or Nah?


Since Google went has decided to get out ahead of the wave of leaks that accompany every single one of its in-development hardware products by outing the Pixel 4 today, we now know what their next phone will look like. Well, we at least know what the design of the backside will be.

The render that Google shared shows a clean black device with large square camera housing that hosts a dual camera, flash, and some other sensor. We then have a backside that appears to ditch Google’s dual-texture aesthetic, with only a “G” logo left to represent the company.

We don’t know when the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are coming, but you have seen enough to tell us what you think. This phone hot or not?

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Oldest evidence of cannabis smoking found in ancient Chinese cemetery

Oldest evidence of cannabis smoking found in ancient Chinese cemetery

Enlarge / This is how the braziers were placed in the tomb alongside the deceased. (credit: Xinhua Wu)

The broken wooden braziers, unearthed from 2,500-year-old tombs in Western China, contained burned, blackened stones, and the interior of the wooden vessels also looked charred. To find out what had been burned in them, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences archaeologist Yemin Yang and his colleagues used gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to analyze small samples of the charred wood and the residue from the stones.

Their analysis turned up a chemical called cannabinol, or CBN—an unmistakable chemical signature of cannabis. Those ancient chemical traces offer an important clue in the history of human drug use and the domestic history of cannabis.

In around 500 BCE, the ancient Greek historian Herodotus described people near the Caspian Sea gathering in small, enclosed tents to breathe in the smoke from cannabis burned atop a bowlful of

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Google responds to Pixel 4 rumors by… posting a picture of the Pixel 4

Google responds to Pixel 4 rumors by… posting a picture of the Pixel 4

So you want some Pixel 4 news, do you? After rumors started flying that the Pixel 4 would support Project Soli, Google’s radar-based gesture chip, Google has offered an official response. It’s, uh, a picture of the Pixel 4.

What you see above comes from Google’s official hardware-focused “Made by Google” Twitter account, which, along with the picture, commented, “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you go! Wait ’til you see what it can do. #Pixel4.” This is certainly not what we’re used to from company PR, but we’ll take it!

With Google’s official picture, we can confirm a number of things about the Pixel 4. First, there’s a giant square camera assembly that looks like it comes out of the phone quite a bit. If the early renderings of the iPhone 11 from in-the-know people like OnLeaks are

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Spanish soccer league’s app caught eavesdropping on users in anti-piracy push

Spanish soccer league’s app caught eavesdropping on users in anti-piracy push

Enlarge / Soccer fans in Madrid on June 12, 2019. (credit: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

La Liga, Spain’s top professional soccer league, has been slapped with a €250,000 ($280,000) fine for violating user privacy after the league’s official app activated the microphones on user cell phones, El País reports. The app spied on users in an effort to identify bars that were showing pirated streams of soccer games.

Spanish users download the app to get game times, scores, and other information about soccer games. But the app also included a function designed to help the league identify venues that were streaming soccer games without paying the appropriate licensing fees.

The app would use the GPS sensor to determine whether the phone was located in a bar or other venue that might show soccer streams. If it was, the app would listen for audio from a copyrighted game. If a bar

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America’s sports car racing series embraces being green again

America’s sports car racing series embraces being green again

When you think of motorsport, you probably don’t associate it with being environmentally aware. But there are actually racing series that take the concept of reducing carbon emissions quite seriously. Obviously, there’s Formula E, which races electric cars powered by biofuels. But well before Formula E was a thing, there was the American Le Mans Series. Back in 2008, the series partnered with SAE International, the US Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency to create the Green Racing Challenge, a race-within-a-race that looked at energy consumption and carbon emissions as well as sheer lap time to determine who went the farthest, fastest, and most cleanly.

The program survived the 2013 merger between the ALMS and another series, Grand-Am, but sadly came to an end of sorts in 2016 when the series aligned itself with a Le Mans rulebook that mandated E20 rather than cellulosic E85

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The long-awaited upgrade to the US weather forecast model is here

The long-awaited upgrade to the US weather forecast model is here

Enlarge / Forecast output from the new version of the model, which goes into service today. (credit: NOAA)

Weather forecasters need a ton of knowledge and a fair bit of experience with local weather patterns to do their job well. They also need a good forecast model. These computer models take in measurements from weather stations on the ground, satellites in orbit, and balloons in between and then simulate the physics of weather forward in time a few days.

For the first time in about 40 years, the guts of the US model got swapped out for something new today. The upgrade brings us a new “Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere” (or FV3) dynamical core, which simulates the basic atmospheric physics at the heart of this endeavor, a change that has been in the works for a while.

The new core had its origins in simulating atmospheric chemistry

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