Fairphone's Google-free open source OS is now available to download

Phone manufacturer Fairphone is all about making smartphones that are as accessible and ethical as possible. This includes trying to find conflict-free minerals for use in their phones’ construction, but also the software that lives on these devices. Yesterday, the company released its own open source Fairphone OS — an Android-based operating system that doesn’t include Google services. This means users will have to find their own apps for email, maps, and a browser, but in exchange they get more control over their software.

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This certainly won’t be something than many users will want. For most of us on Android, Google’s services are just too integral to give up, and the benefits of an open source mobile OS…

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Author: James Vincent

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Fable Dev Lionhead Officially Closes

Lionhead Studios, the team behind the Fable and Black & White series’, has officially closed its doors.

“We can confirm that, after much consideration over the six week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer.

“We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry.”

Employees from the studio have since posted updates about the closure on Twitter:

Last day of Lionhead:-( pic.twitter.com/zfXobF7wzY

— Stuart Whyte (@stuwhyte) April 29, 2016

Getting ready to go to work at #Lionhead for the last time. Hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. #BestTeamEver pic.twitter.com/0dFakXIqLw

— Callum Macarthur (@ThirteenOranges) April 29, 2016

Lionhead was founded by Peter Molyneux in 1996 and was acquired by Microsoft in 2006. Molyneux left Microsoft and Lionhead in March 2012.

On March 7, Microsoft revealed it had ceased development of Fable Legends and was in discussions to close Lionhead Studios.

“After much consideration we have decided to cease development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK,” it said.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Jazz drumming to Super Smash Bros. is better than any commentary

I usually have a hard time following competitive Super Smash Bros. matches, but honestly, they make so much more sense when accompanied by some freeform jazz drumming. The video above shows what a perfect pairing this is — with drummer Caleb Goss providing a soundtrack to a January 2015 bout between players Armada_UGS and L3ff3n.

It’s amazing how well Goss matches his drumming with the characters’ attacks. Look at 1:04 for example, when Goss taps out Fox McCloud’s laser hits on the cymbal, or at 1:32 when he matches Princess Peach’s killer turnip blow with a knock on the wooden block. Hits on the tom-toms accompany most kicks, and when the two fighters get close we get a rumbling drum roll on the snare.

Watching this video just makes…

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Author: James Vincent

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Overwatch's Cool New Comic Explores Reinhardt's Backstory

In the lead up to the release of Overwatch, Blizzard is delving into the backstory of the various heroes. On April 21, it released a short digital comic focusing on McCree, the vigilante cowboy. It has followed this up with a 10-page comic starring Reinhardt called “Dragon Slayer.” Read it here.

The comic was written by Blizzard’s Matt Burns, with art from Nesskain, who has a DeviantArt page full of gorgeous artwork here. It follows Reinhardt as he attempts to rid a village haunted by dragons. You get to see some of his unique abilities and eventually, don his armour.

Blizzard has promised it will release more comic shorts for other Overwatch characters, including Roadhog and Junkrat. There will also be a at least one six-issue series in addition to a graphic novel called Overwatch: First Strike that’s coming later in 2016.

Overwatch officially launches for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on May 24. An open beta is set to kick off in early May. You can learn more about the game in GameSpot’s three-part series.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Elon Musk now has a heavy metal tribute band

What sort of music do you imagine Elon Musk listens to when he’s looking over SpaceX rocket designs at home? Smooth jazz, perhaps? Some country, or show tunes? No. When Musk is hanging out in his secret lair with his secret robot butlers he turns to one genre: power metal. Only power metal’s ceaseless rhythms and symphonic splendor can match Musk’s soaring ambition, and now, one band has had the courage to try and capture this spirit in musical form. Raptor Command are a self-described “heavy metal tribute to Elon Musk” and their first single is the no-nonsense “Elon: Champion for Humanity.

The lyrics are vaguely focused around the idea of Musk flying a Falcon 9 rocket to Mars, but more broadly they’re about his often-stated desire to…

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Author: James Vincent

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Conan O'Brien Plays Mario Kart 8 With Seth Rogen and Zac Efron

Late night talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien has brought Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 onto tonight’s Clueless Gamer Segment. He was joined by actors Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, who raised the stakes on the races with some classic frat house-style antics. Without spoiling too much, the video hilariously appears to skirt the line on acceptable safe-for-broadcast standards. You can watch it for yourself in the embed below.

Like many of the other games O’Brien has played in the segment, Mario Kart 8 proved to be a quite challenge for the host. The game was released exclusively for the Wii U in 2014 to positive reception, earning 8 out of 10 in GameSpot’s review. We praised the game for its excellent racing mechanics, assortment of interesting tracks, and level of challenge, but criticised the weak selection of characters.

You can see which other games O’Brien has struggled through in other Clueless Gamer segments including Doom, Far Cry Primal, Fallout 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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FCC approves real-time text proposal to aid people with disabilities

The FCC has approved a proposal to help people with disabilities use telephone services more easily through real-time text technology. Real-time text, or RTT, is a replacement for TTY typewriter devices that work across conventional phone lines and help people who have difficulty hearing; RTT is designed for wireless networks. Text is sent as soon as it’s typed without the need for a separate “send” command, which the FCC says lends a more conversational rhythm and also allows for at least some information to get through if it’s not possible to complete the message.

The transition to RTT became more pressing last year as American mobile carriers engaged in a public spat over the issue. AT&T accused T-Mobile and Sprint of launching Wi-Fi…

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Conan O'Brien Plays Mario Kart 8 With Seth Rogan and Zac Efron

Late night talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien has brought Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 onto tonight’s Clueless Gamer Segment. He was joined by actors Seth Rogan and Zac Efron, who raised the stakes on the races with some classic frat house-style antics. Without spoiling too much, the video hilariously appears to skirt the line on acceptable safe-for-broadcast standards. You can watch it for yourself in the embed below.

Like many of the other games O’Brien has played in the segment, Mario Kart 8 proved to be a quite challenge for the host. The game was released exclusively for the Wii U in 2014 to positive reception, earning 8 out of 10 in GameSpot’s review. We praised the game for its excellent racing mechanics, assortment of interesting tracks, and level of challenge, but criticised the weak selection of characters.

You can see which other games O’Brien has struggled through in other Clueless Gamer segments including Doom, Far Cry Primal, Fallout 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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Author: Zorine Te

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