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The Alienware VR backpack prototype (pictures)

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"Yes, Quake is back": The classic arena shooter returns with a focus on esports

A full 20 years after the first Quake launched, the classic competitive shooter returns with Quake Champions.

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After Orlando massacre, Donald Trump takes to Twitter to ‘appreciate’ congratulations

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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Trump’s tweet.

screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Reacting to the horrific terrorist massacre of 50 people in an Orlando gay club, major figures expressed their grief on Twitter.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: “Praying for the victims, their families and Florida in the wake of this horrific massacre and act of terrorism.”

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called for practical help: “If you live in Central Florida, blood donations are needed after mass shooting at #PulseNightClub.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered: “Our hearts go out to the victims of the unspeakable tragedy in #Orlando, their families and all who grieve with them.”

Hillary Clinton, in a tweet she wrote personally, said: “Woke up to hear the devastating news from FL. As we wait for more information, my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act.”

This was a theme followed by presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump. Until it wasn’t.

“Horrific incident in FL,” he tweeted. “Praying for all the victims their families. When will this stop? When will we get tough, smart vigilant?”

Those prayers were interrupted by another tweet: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness vigilance. We must be smart!”

Some might think it isn’t smart to speak of congratulations when so many bodies lie on the floor and phones still ring with loved ones desperate for word.

For Trump, though, the instant loudhailer of Twitter is there to proclaim that he was supposedly right.

The New York Times reports that there’s no clear indication that the the man responsible, Omar Mateen, had radical terrorist connections.

Trump’s tweet incited virulent reaction. For example this from Adam Mordecai: “FYI: turning worst mass shooting in US history into a Trump humble brag isn’t smart. It’s childish, arrogant, thoughtless.”

Many however, supported Trump’s instant message. 18,000 retweeted it. 43,000 “liked” it.

Article source: http://www.cnet.com/news/after-orlando-massacre-donald-trump-takes-to-twitter-to-accept-congratulations/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Now, this is how to use YouTube to create news

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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So very clever.

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You don’t like soccer?

OK, you can go.

But wait. You like liquor, don’t you?

Please stay then and consider the clever maneuverings of Portuguese liquor brand Licor Beirão.

It placed an ad alongside the field at a recent soccer match between England and Portugal.

During the game, a Portuguese player accidentally kicked England star Harry Kane in the head.

This happened right in front of the Licor Beirão ad.

Given that the Euro 2016 European soccer championship began Friday, the company thought it would capitalize on this dramatic piece of action. So it took to YouTube and created a video that’s beautifully intelligent.

The company didn’t want its liquor brand to be associated with, well, a headache.

So please watch a work of art that is so meticulously wise that you imagine the product must be too.

It takes the form of an apology letter, but it’s so much more than that.

Though its governmental processes can sometimes resemble a 3-card trick with 17 cards, Portugal has a long history of entrepreneurship — and excellence in food and drink.

On a recent visit, I experienced the astonishingly soulful creativity of 26-year-old Marco Silva at Lisbon’s Raizes restaurant. (Sample: One night Silva announced that we’d be drinking only wine made by Portugal’s finest women winemakers.)

At the Ervideira winery, I tasted not only invisible wine, but also wine that had been aged at the bottom of a lake.

Creativity is at the heart of many of Portugal’s finest elements — even its soccer team, one that enjoys the world’s second best player (though he doesn’t think so), Cristiano Ronaldo.

Licor Beirão’s YouTube creativity has already enjoyed more than 327,000 views in three days.

Even more than that, in a place where comments are very often much worse than the things you hear at a soccer game, YouTubers are voluntarily saying nice things.

Article source: http://www.cnet.com/news/now-this-is-how-to-use-youtube-to-create-euro-2016-european-soccer-championship-news/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Disturbing new site scrapes your private Facebook and informs landlords, employers

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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It sounds so helpful, doesn’t it?

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Euphemism is beautiful.

It holds within it darkness and creepiness and emits only softness and lightness.

For example, these words: “Unlocking big data to bring you insightful referencing.”

This is the promise of a new site called Score Assured.

Now let me tell you what this promise means.

Score Assured takes control of all your social media, scrapes it for keywords such as “loan,” “pregnant” and, who knows, “libertarian,” analyzes them and then offers a picture of the supposed real you to your potential landlord or employer.

Here’s the sheer joy of it. Your potential, say, landlord sends you a request for full access to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or even Tinder account.

Once you say yes, Score Assured’s machines waft in and scan every word you’ve ever uttered in private online.

Then it filters all these words through neuro-linguistic programming and other fine software and gives a report to your landlord.

This report suggests that you’ll either be a fine tenant, a not-so-fine tenant or, who knows, that you’re into doing strange things with Samurai swords.

You might wonder if Score Assured feels slightly tawdry delving into your personals. Might it not feel like being a burglar going through someone’s underwear drawer? Might it also be against Facebook’s terms of service?

Neither Score Assured nor Facebook immediately responded to a request for comment.

You may not, however, be reassured by a comment made to The Washington Post by Score Assured’s UK-based co-founder, Steve Thornhill: “If you’re living a normal life, then, frankly, you have nothing to worry about.”

Why do these words remind me of then Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who opined about privacy in 2009, “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”?

The onus is, indeed, on you to make sure that everything you do won’t be one day found by someone and interpreted in some — perhaps entirely false — way.

There’s no reason to believe that Score Assured’s “analysis” will offer in any way an accurate portrayal of who you are or your financial wherewithal.

States across the country are already preparing or enacting legislation to ensure that potential employers have no right to ask for your password to Facebook or other social media. In Washington, for example, it’s illegal for an employer to ask for your password.

Score Assured offers landlords and employers (the employer service isn’t live yet) the chance to ask for such passwords slightly more indirectly.

Psychologically, the company is preying on a weakness humans have been displaying for some time now: the willingness to give up their privacy to get something they think they really want.

Your choice, then, should you get one of these Score Assured requests, is to say no. Oh, and also to write to the potential landlord or employer and tell them what sad little creeps they are.

But what will you do?

Article source: http://www.cnet.com/news/disturbing-new-site-scrapes-your-private-facebook-and-informs-landlords-employers/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Red, white and blue (cars): Our week on Instagram

Yeah, maybe I forgot to do this last week. Whoops.

Article source: http://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/red-white-and-blue-cars-our-week-on-instagram/#ftag=CAD590a51e