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Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

Jessica Alba of The Honest Company The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told The Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients.
The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, healthier and more environmentally sustainable than those of mainstream brands in the U.S.
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Meerkat, star app of 2015, is officially dead

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

mk Remember Meerkat? It came out of nowhere in early 2015 — a star of SXSW, in particular — and was on everyone’s tongue for weeks. Then came Periscope, a strikingly similar competitor built mostly in stealth mode, and word that Twitter had acquired it for nearly $100 million dollars before much of the world even knew it existed. Suddenly, interest in Meerkat fizzled. A year and… Read More


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Updated: 11 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

Updated: 11 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into

Introduction

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Update: Forza Horizon 3 has newly topped our list of the best racing games you can play on PC. Continue on to find out why!

Few genres manage to unite people from all walks of life like a good racing game. Whether your preference is for outlandish fun or intense realism, the vast collection of racing titles available for PC is sure to offer something that gets your pulse racing and your cheeks aching.

In 2016 the list of racing games is seemingly endless – every single genre of motor racing is covered in some capacity. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the selection and pick out some of the best PC racing games out there today.

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

1. Forza Horizon 3

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As indicated in our review, Forza Horizon 3 is “a petrol-head’s dream,” and we don’t use that phrase lightly. Iterating on 2014’s Forza Horizon 2, exclusive to the Xbox One, Forza Horizon 3 is the first full game in the entire Forza racing franchise to appear on PC – more specifically on the Windows 10 Store as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program.

As such, Forza Horizon 3 brings all the beloved elements of the Forza Horizon sub-series to a wide range of capable gaming machines, and in stunning 4K at 60 fps if your rig can handle it. Along with the visual prowess the series is known for, Forza Horizon 3 brings along with it a distinct convergence between arcade and simulative racing.

Included in Forza Horizon 3 are all the outrageous damage bonuses, Speed Zones and barn finds of its predecessor, accompanied by a slew of customization options, head-to-head drivatar challenges and circuit races that appease sim racing fans and casual players alike. All of this takes place on an Australian map of the largest open world the series has seen to date.

2. Obliteracers

Obliteracers

While the motorsport enthusiasts amongst you have plenty of racing simulations to drool over, those who prefer something a little more casual are often told to buy Nintendo’s latest console and stick to Mario Kart.

The dodgy Italian plumber is unlikely to ever make its way to the PC in any official capacity, but Obliteracers does a mighty-fine job of filling the pixelated void with a game that allows up to 16 players to compete on a single PC using gamepads, laptops and smart devices as extra controllers.

The hectic, combat-focused racing features a wide variety of weapons and tracks, and plenty of game modes to keep the party rolling. The courses themselves are well designed and refreshingly varied, with plenty of jumps, loops, bends and areas to overtake – thanks to a burst of speed that is given to players that successfully drift through the corners.

3. Assetto Corsa

Assetto Corsa

While the name might allude to the altogether underwhelming Vauxhall Corsa, this fully-fledged racing sim packs in everything you might expect to live up to the translated title of ‘Racing Setup’.

First released to Seam users on the Early Access program back in November 2013, the finalised game arrived on PC just in time for Christmas 2014, and features meticulously reproduced tracks based on laser scans of actual circuits from around the world.

In many respects, Assetto Corsa is a direct rival to Project Cars, though it claims to have better handling, more detailed cars and more user-generated content available. The game is now compatible with VR headsets such as Oculus Rift, which provides a truly immersive racing experience you won’t find on any console.

4. Rocket League

Rocket League

If you haven’t already heard of Rocket League, then welcome back from that comfy rock you must have been snoozing under. Rocket League may not be your typical racing game, but as it features cars, power-ups and competitive vehicle carnage it had to be included in our list.

It’s the 2015 follow-up to the relatively unknown, but snappily titled ‘Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars’, which while almost identical in basic gameplay, didn’t capture the imagination of critiques or gamers back in 2008.

If you’re not already familiar, Psyonix’s car-battling concoction is essentially football with cars – a combination that proves to be simultaneously intoxicating and incredibly frustrating. It’s one of those games you’ll desperately want to succeed at, and risk damaging your controller at the times you don’t.

Released simultaneously on PS4 and PC, Rocket League came along at just the right time and with more refined gameplay that quickly afforded it a very strong following. A string of upgrades, add-ons and game mode enhancements continue to keep Rocket League fresh and fun, but we’re sure there is still plenty more to see.

5. Project Cars

Project Cars

If you are looking for a racing game to push the graphical limits of your gaming PC, Project Cars is likely where you’ll end up. This gorgeous racing sim features some truly stunning weather and lighting effects that make each of the cars and tracks look particularly spectacular.

Whether you’re excited by 1970s F1 cars or would prefer to test the limits of your skill in a modern Le Mans prototype, Project Cars offers a substantial selection of cars and tracks that have been reproduced in lavish detail.

While it takes a fair amount of fiddling to get the AI and difficulty settings set right, one you’ve found the sweet spot, Project Cars can keep you on the edge of your seat for hours at a time (particularly if you take on one-too-many laps of the Nurburgring Nordschleife).

6. Grid 2

Grid 2

While there are plenty more realistic racing games out there, few are as satisfying as Codemaster’s Grid 2. This perfectly balanced racer manages to be accessible for casual and more experienced gamers alike, while offering a wide range of licensed cars and exciting tracks – including several real circuits.

The aim is to beat the best drivers around in a number of races, and although the hammy voice acting and predictable story – that loosely ties the game together – have been heard and done before, Grid 2 combines superb graphics with rewarding gameplay that’ll keep you going back for a quick thrash about.

7. Dirt Rally

Dirt Rally

Few will forget the impact that Colin McRae – the Scottish rally-driving legend – had on the sport, and indeed any game that followed the first bearing his name, which came out in 1998. While the latest incarnation from Codemasters drops the Scott’s name, the high-octane motorsport of rally driving has never felt better than this.

Dirt Rally is a proper rally game that does away with so many of the arcade touches that have seeped into the series over the year. Pulling off the perfect ‘Scandi Flick’ is immensely satisfying, and gives players a sense of reward that’s difficult to come by in less enduring racers.

As well as being stunning to look at, Dirt Rally features beautiful lighting and weather effects that make it all the more engrossing. Since its release in December 2015, a community of modders has already grown up around the game, who have assisted in tweaking and refining the game to make it even more enjoyable and realistic.

8. MXGP2

MXGP2

Not everyone prefers their racing set firmly on four wheels, and for those that don’t, the sequel to one of the best motocross games ever is finally here.

MXGP2 is – without a doubt – the most beautiful way to experience the mud-flinging, dirt drifting sport of motocross, and features enough detail to keep anyone entertained – even if you haven’t played any older motocross games.

Red Bull rider Tony Cairoli did extensive testing with Milestone studios to refine the gameplay and ensure the physics and feel of riding a motocross bike is as true-to-life as possible.

With a huge customisation system and a whole host of tracks and stadiums to compete at, MXPG2 offers enough variety for the die-hard fans, whilst keeping us amateurs entertained, too.

9. TrackMania 2

TrackMania 2

TrackMania 2 isn’t exactly the most conventional of PC racing games around, but this arcade racer combines Hot Wheels-esque high-speed thrills with a powerful level editor that gives players a limitless number of tracks to enjoy.

Originally released in August 2011, TrackMania 2 is split into three different games: Stadium, Valley and Canyon – though you don’t need all three to enjoy the stupidly enjoyable stunt racing on offer. The game’s multiplayer offering is firmly at the heart of the action, where player-made creations firmly take centre stage.

It’s the perfect game for a quick blast, but you can quickly get sucked into hours of racing without even noticing, largely because the loops, sweeping barrel-rolls and ridiculous jumps are so utterly enjoyable.

The racer has been succeeded by TrackMania Turbo, a console port that brings prettier graphics but lacks many of the customization options – and charm – of its PC predecessor.

10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need For Speed Hot Pusuit

GTA V isn’t the only game where you can get chased by cops, you know. You may have heard of the more recent remake of this classic Need for Speed game, which harks back to the 1998 original ‘Hot Pursuit’ title – the third instalment in Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed series.

While there’s plenty of standard racing available, the real fun comes in the form of racing other players and evading cop cars – or you can even play as the cops yourself. There’s a wacky races element as you can deploy EMPs, jam your competitors’ radars and set up roadblocks to help you get away.

The game’s Autolog feature lets you pit your racing skills against your friends and logs stats accumulated by playing online multiplayer races with up to eight other players. If you’re looking for a racer that stil looks decent and prioritises fun over physics, Hot Pursuit is a brush with the law you’ll want to get into.

11. Test Drive Unlimited 2

Test Drive Unlimited

In 2006, Test Drive Unlimited was considered by many to be one of the most ambitious racing games ever. Set on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, it featured over 1,000 miles of road making it one of the largest racing games ever produced.

Besides the mile-upon-mile of roads to explore, its sequel, Test Drive Unlimited 2, features a huge wealth of content to keep completists busy. Released in 2011, few corners were cut in the selection of cars available, and there’s an even greater degree of customization than the original – from avatars to vehicles and the abiltiy to buy property, clothes and other goods with your race winnings.


Source: TechRadar

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Garmin's new fitness tracker might convince your kids to do their chores

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

Garmin's new fitness tracker might convince your kids to do their chores

Fitness trackers are all the rage, and now your kids can get in on the fun, too. Today, Garmin announced its new vivofit jr fitness trackers just for kids. The band tracks steps, sleep and how long your little one has been active.

The vivofit jr shares a similar look to the vivofit 2, but come in a variety of funky colors and designs. However, the junior model is a one-piece band that stretches over a child’s wrist, making it harder to lose than the normal vivofit tracker, which relies on a clasp.

To make things more interesting for kids, Garmin has game-ified chores by giving virtual coins for completing tasks. For example, you can assign your child to brush his or her teeth for a full two minutes. You can assign tasks and rewards with Garmin’s free mobile app.

After completing a task, kids will receive virtual coins that can be used for agreed-upon rewards. You can also create a family leaderboard to add a bit more motivation for your kids to stay active.

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What’s missing from vivofit jr is GPS tracking, making it just a fitness tracker and not a monitoring device.

The standard vivofit jr band will fit children with wrists up to 145 millimeters. If the band is too tight for your rapidly growing child, there are XL accessory bands that will fit wrists between 146 to 170 millimeters. Note that the tracker is designed for kids aged from four to nine.

The band is intended to last up to a year until you have to swap out its CR1632 coin cell battery. It’s also waterproof up to 5 atmospheres, so it’s safe to use in the pool.

At $80 (£80, AU$130), the vivofit jr isn’t cheap, but if your child needs a bit more motivation to do chores or to go outside, it may be worth the price.

The vivofit jr is now available at Target and BestBuy and will be coming to Toys R Us, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and other retailers this fall.


Source: TechRadar

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Here’s how you can stop jumping back and forth between Google’s calendar and map apps

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

Google Brings Quirk And Clout To New DC Digs Logistics are difficult, especially when every day you’re trying to keep track of 9 meetings, 13 phone calls, a dinner, a post-dinner, and a post-post-dinner. In a recent update, Google has decided to do its part to make daily logistics easier by more fully integrating its Maps and Calendar offerings for Android users worldwide. Now when you open Google Maps, you’ll be able to… Read More


Source: TechCrunch

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Twitch's new subscription service is Amazon Prime for gamers

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

Twitch's new subscription service is Amazon Prime for gamers

When Amazon bought Twitch in 2014, there were many throughout the gaming community who thought it could spell the end of the fun-loving streaming website. But, despite those fears, little actually changed.

That was until today, when Amazon and Twitch announced a new service called Twitch Prime that might feel oddly familiar to Amazon Prime subscribers.

The program was announced by Emmett Shear, CEO and Co-founder of Twitch, at TwitchCon 2016’s keynote held in San Diego, California.

According to Shear, Twitch Prime is available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers will offer free games, free in-game content, one free channel subscription, exclusive discounts, release-day delivery on any game bought on Amazon and ad-free streaming through Twitch.

“We are now happy to bring you what we believe is the best deal for gamers,” Shear said.

The first game to be included in Twitch Prime is Streamline, a fast-paced multiplayer game built for broadcasters to play with their viewers, while Hearthstone players will get access to a new hero, Tyrande Whisperwind. Shear says that new games and in-game bonuses will be rotated in periodically, meaning that the program will share some commonalities with Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold.

To activate your Twitch Prime subscription as an existing Amazon Prime subscriber, all you need to do is link the two services together on twitchprime.com.

Twitch Prime will be available starting today, and Twitch is offering a free 30-day trial of the service.

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Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

nsfw_score Ever wonder how things get marked NSFW on the internet? It’s Yahoo. Yahoo does it — with their special-made, smut-trained, porn-detecting neural network. And now you can, too, because the team behind the system has made it open source. I guess you could say they’re down to fork. Read More


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Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

atomic-3 Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time. The startup launched the version 2 this week adding a bunch of new features that make your design… Read More


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New Google Tilt Brush demo shows what it’s like paint with friends in VR

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-10-42-50-am One of the more fun usages of virtual reality to have already emerged is Google’s Tilt Brush. The VR painting simulator is often one of the first things I demo to first-time VR users and it really allows people to lose themselves in a VR world and make it whatever they want it to be. Art is more fun with friends, and it appears Google is discovering that as well. Today, the company… Read More


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Nintendo NX praised by major game publisher before it's even announced

Uncategorized September 30, 2016

Nintendo NX praised by major game publisher before it's even announced

We still don’t know much about Nintendo’s mysterious NX console, but that’s not stopping Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot from praising Nintendo.

Guillemot said, “I believe Nintendo will be back in the race with the NX” during a meeting with Ubisoft investors, according to French journalist Chloé Woitier.

“The new Nintendo [console] is a fantastic machine,” said Guillemot according to GameSpot. “It’s really a new approach, it’s really Nintendo, [which is] coming with something new again. We love it.”

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This is a stark contrast to the strained relationship between Nintendo and Ubisoft during the days of the Wii U. Back in 2014, both Activision and Ubisoft backed away from Wii U development, instead concentrating on the Xbox One and PS4.

Of course, it’s in Ubisoft’s best interest to hype up the Nintendo NX. Ubisoft will likely release a ton of games for the new platform when it launches, giving the publisher another platform to sell its games. It was Nintendo that helped popularize Ubisoft’s Just Dance franchise in the early years of the Wii. Just Dance 2017 is confirmed for the Nintendo NX and Ubisoft says it’s working on “other projects” for NX according to GameSpot.

What we know about NX so far

Although Ubisoft may be hyping up the Nintendo NX, we actually don’t know very much about it. There are rumors that the Nintendo NX will be a console-handheld hybrid, revisiting the Wii U’s controller concept. You’ll allegedly be able to take it on the go and dock it when you’re at home to be able to use it like a traditional console.

Nintendo unofficially revealed the release date of the NX console for March 2017, which means the company will miss the critical 2016 holiday season. Competing consoles from Microsoft and Sony will beat the NX to market. The Xbox One S, which offers 4K movie watching and a slight performance bump, is already available starting at $299 (£249 / AU$399). The PlayStation 4 Pro, which supports 4K gaming, will be available November 10 for $399 (£349 / AU pricing TBA).


Source: TechRadar

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