A closer look at SageMaker Studio, AWS’ machine learning IDE

Back in December, when AWS launched its new machine learning IDE, SageMaker Studio, we wrote up a “hot-off-the-presses” review. At the time, we felt the platform fell short, but we promised to publish an update after working with AWS to get more familiar with the new capabilities. This is that update. Pain points and solutions […]

Tom Hall interview — Why Doom co-creator is making virtual reality games

Tom Hall is a versatile game designer with more than three decades of experience. He has worked on hardcore games such as Doom, Duke Nukem, Rise of the Triad, Wolfenstein 3-D, and Anachronox. But he has also shown interest in the broader craft of making games for other platforms, and that’s why he worked on […]

Is It Legal for Cops to Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

Indiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Fifth Amendment allows a woman accused of stalking to refuse to unlock her iPhone. The court held that the Fifth Amendment’s rule against self-incrimination protected Katelin Seo from giving the police access to potentially incriminating data on her phone. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, […]

Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

Julian Assange was back in the news this week, but so was a group called Distributed Denial of Secrets that has in many ways taken up the WikiLeaks mantle. Over the last year and a half, DDoSecrets has released troves of sensitive leaked data from anonymous contributors. And this week it published a dump called […]

The US now has more covid-19 tests than it knows what to do with

So how much testing should the US really be doing? American public health experts have never agreed. The economist Paul Romer has said we need to be doing 30 million tests a day. A model developed by the Safra Center at Harvard called for 10 million tests a day.  Ashish Jha, the director of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, […]

Learn how to double your reading speed and improve your memory with this training

As numerous industries begin reopening measures around the world, it’s time to start thinking about whether you’re as hirable as you can be. Do you struggle to remember important tasks or read as quickly as you’d like to? While you are likely still spending more time at home than usual, why not take advantage and […]

GamesBeat Decides 154: More ‘Not E3,’ The Last of Us Part II, and more

On this week’s episode of GamesBeat Decides, reviews editor Mike Minotti and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb talk about playing The Last of Us Part II. But first, they discuss the recent barrage of harassment and sexual misconduct claims against people in the video games industry. They also talk about a series of announcements coming […]

Torchlight III opens third act and addresses feedback with massive patch

Torchlight III launched earlier this month as part of Steam’s Early Access program. Now, after gathering feedback from players, developer Echtra Games is rolling out some new content. This update, called Echonok, hits June 30. It adds the third act as well as new enemies, loot, and more. This is also an opportunity for Echtra […]

A supermassive black hole lit up a collision of two smaller black holes

Astronomers from Caltech have reported that they’ve observed a collision between two black holes. Normally such an event is invisible, but this time a more massive black hole sitting nearby helped illuminate the other two as they collided. If confirmed, the findings, published in Physical Review Letters, would be the first optical observations ever made […]