Your phone can see in the dark and measure heat with this attachment

Phone cameras have gotten extremely powerful. The one in your phone right now can capture your kid’s quick moves at the soccer game, take day-spanning time-lapses, and it probably has a chance to take a decent picture in low light. Maybe it can even stabilize the image to protect your photo from your shaky hands.

But it can’t see in the dark, and it definitely can’t help you see if you undercooked your food. The Flir One lets you do those things by turning your phone into an infrared camera. Visible spectrum photos are so last year.

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC Problems Reported [Update 8]

The PC edition of Batman: Arkham Knight appears to be carrying noticeable bugs and glitches, especially for those using AMD graphics cards, with message boards lighting up as players report numerous problems.

Chief among the PC version’s technical issues are sporadic freezes, frame-rate stutters, and audio glitches. Some players had expected issues after Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment adjusted its system requirements, leaving with it a warning about AMD compatibility problems.

[Update 1: Developer Rocksteady has released a statement: “We’re aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously. We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible.”]

[Update 2: A mass of disappointed customers have begun to criticise the game on its user Steam page. At the time of going to press, 70 percent of customers have not recommended the title, with some 2,000 customers penning negative reviews.]

[Update 3: Retailer Green Man Gaming has pledged to offer refunds if the next patch for the game does not fix most of the issues. Ahead of its patch, publisher Warner Bros has offered guidelines on which Batman Arkham Knight PC settings people should select to curb some of the problems.]

[Update 4: Ahead of its patch, publisher Warner Bros has offered guidelines on which Batman Arkham Knight PC settings people should select to curb some of the problems.]

[Update 5: Warner Bros. has suspended sales of the PC version of the game until the issues are fixed.]

[Update 6: Graphics card giant Nvidia has said it is offering its QA and technical assistance to help quell the problem.]

[Update 7: GameSpot has produced a graphics comparison video, below, which shows that the PC edition lacks some of the key graphical features of the PS4 version.]

[Update 8: Warner Bros. has requested that UK retailer Game cease selling PC copies of Batman: Arkham Knight. Update ends.]

Gary Lake-Schall, the VP of game technology at Warner Bros Interactive, wrote on Steam that “there are some known issues with the performance of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC owners using AMD graphics cards.”

He added: “We are working closely with AMD to rectify these issues as quickly as possible and will provide updates here as they become available. We thank you for your patience in this matter.”

Following the publication of this message, AMD has released numerous driver updates in a bid to help resolve the glitches. Nvidia has done the same, though it should be noted only those using AMD cards have found problems.

Technical discussions on the games forum NeoGAF offer some unofficial workarounds to various problems, including means to lift the 30-frames-per-second cap.

Batman: Arkham Knight shipped across North America and Europe on June 23.

GameSpot’s Batman: Arkham Knight review was praiseworthy overall, but aired many reservations.

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Microsoft ignored focus group feedback about 'leering' Clippy

What was wrong with Clippy? Well, where to start. Microsoft’s now-defunct digital assistant has long been a byword for disastrous software design, but it seems there are still new lessons to be learned from the anthropomorphic paperclip’s demise. One problem identified in the recent documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap and reported by The Atlantic, is that Clippy was the product of an unthinkingly male environment.

Roz Ho, a former Microsoft executive who was at the company during Clippy’s conception, said that early focus group feedback from female users on Clippy and other Office assistants was “kind of negative.” In the documentary Ho says:

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC Problems Reported [Update 6]

The PC edition of Batman: Arkham Knight appears to be carrying noticeable bugs and glitches, especially for those using AMD graphics cards, with message boards lighting up as players report numerous problems.

Chief among the PC version’s technical issues are sporadic freezes, frame-rate stutters, and audio glitches. Some players had expected issues after Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment adjusted its system requirements, leaving with it a warning about AMD compatibility problems.

[Update 1: Developer Rocksteady has released a statement: “We’re aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight. This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously. We are working closely with our external PC development partner to make sure these issues get resolved as quickly as possible.” Update Ends]

[Update 2: A mass of disappointed customers have begun to criticise the game on its user Steam page. At the time of going to press, 70 percent of customers have not recommended the title, with some 2,000 customers penning negative reviews. Update ends]

[Update 3: Retailer Green Man Gaming has pledged to offer refunds if the next patch for the game does not fix most of the issues. Ahead of its patch, publisher Warner Bros has offered guidelines on which Batman Arkham Knight PC settings people should select to curb some of the problems. Update ends]

[Update 4: Ahead of its patch, publisher Warner Bros has offered guidelines on which Batman Arkham Knight PC settings people should select to curb some of the problems. Update ends]

[Update 5: Warner Bros. has suspended sales of the PC version of the game until the issues are fixed. Update ends]

[Update 6: GameSpot has produced a graphics comparison video, below, which shows that the PC edition lacks some of the key graphical features of the PS4 version. Update ends]

Gary Lake-Schall, the VP of game technology at Warner Bros Interactive, wrote on Steam that “there are some known issues with the performance of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC owners using AMD graphics cards.”

He added: “We are working closely with AMD to rectify these issues as quickly as possible and will provide updates here as they become available. We thank you for your patience in this matter.”

Following the publication of this message, AMD has released numerous driver updates in a bid to help resolve the glitches. Nvidia has done the same, though it should be noted only those using AMD cards have found problems.

Technical discussions on the games forum NeoGAF offer some unofficial workarounds to various problems, including means to lift the 30-frames-per-second cap.

Batman: Arkham Knight shipped across North America and Europe on June 23.

GameSpot’s Batman: Arkham Knight review was praiseworthy overall, but aired many reservations.

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French taxi drivers lock down Paris in huge anti-Uber protest

French taxi drivers today blocked roads to airports and train stations in Paris, as part of a nationwide protest against Uber. Thousands of drivers are expected to participate in today’s strike in the French capital and other major cities, where tensions between taxi unions and private car services are running high. Protestors burned tires and turned over cars along major thoroughfares, and there have been reported scuffles between taxi drivers and other chauffeurs. Police in riot gear intervened at one point with tear gas, Reuters reports.

French taxi unions have long held grievances against Uber, and the company’s UberPop service, in particular, which relies on a network of non-professional drivers. They argue that enlisting amateur…

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Shenmue 3 Creator Says Sony's Won't See a Cent of Kickstarter Funds

Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series, has addressed questions regarding the funding of Shenmue 3 and Sony’s involvement in the project.

In a update posted on the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter page, Suzuki ensured fans that crowdsourced “funds are going strictly to Ys Net for development of Shenmue 3.”

“Sony and Shibuya Productions are not seeing a cent of your Kickstarter dollars,” he added.

According to Suzuki, Sony will provide assistance on production, marketing and publishing.

“While it is not business practice to discuss the specific details of such arrangements, I can say that with their assistance on the production and marketing end, and in Sony’s case with some publishing support as well, Ys Net is able to use more of the money we collect through Kickstarter purely for Shenmue 3’s development.”

Continuing, Suzuki laid out his ambitions for expanding the game, provided that stretch goals are reached. At the $5 million mark there will be “an all new gameplay feature,” and at $10 million “a much larger, completely open world will be yours to explore.”

“Even if these Stretch Goals are not reached, Shenmue 3 will already be a sequel true to its name, and one we can all be proud of,” he said. “It is my hope though, that together we can make this Shenmue just as revolutionary as the first two were.”

Shenmue 3, the long-awaited sequel to a Dreamcast classic, was announced during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, when Suzuki appeared on stage beside PlayStation’s Adam Boyes to launch the Kickstarter.

Development is being handled primarily by Ys Net, a studio founded by Yu Suzuki in 2008. Shibuya Productions, a Monaco-based company that produces and promotes animation, games and movies, is also involved in the project, alongside Sony.

Suzuki has said the game will be a “full-on Shenmue experience,” and initially asked for $2 million in funding to start work on the project.

Within a couple of hours the campaign crossed $1 million mark, and just a few hours later, its funding goal. At the time of writing this it has raised over $3,600,000, with 22 days to go.

Take a look at some of the artwork for the game in the gallery below.

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PC sales of Batman: Arkham Knight suspended due to crippling performance issues

Warner Bros. released Batman: Arkham Knight earlier this week on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. While Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners have — by most accounts — enjoyed the third game in the punchy action series, PC players found a world beset by more than just Gotham’s thugs. Bugs, glitches, and performance issues ruined the Bat-fantasy for a significant number of PC gamers, making the game essentially unplayable in extreme cases. The situation is so dire that now, less than a week after it was launched, Warner Bros has decided to suspend sales of the game’s PC version until the problems are fixed.

The company posted a statement on its forums confirming that it was removing the game from sale. “Dear Batman: Arkham Knight PC owners,”…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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