Microsoft Research launches game to teach programing

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years, 2 months ago)

Microsoft's Research division today launched Code Hunt, a browser-based game aimed to teach anyone how to code. The premise of the game is pretty simple: in order to advance to different levels, you have to write code. The inbuilt tutorial specifies that the 'code hunters' (i.e. users) "have been sent into a top-secret computer system to find, restore, and capture as many code fragments as possible." The game uses puzzles, which players explore through clues presented as test cases. Players are encourage to use their code to 'capture' it. Any work is scored based on the complexity of the...

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You can now text 911

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years, 2 months ago)

In a reasonably more popular move than this one, the FCC have announced that people will not be able to send texts, videos and photos to 911 in the event of an emergency. The service is live right now across four networks, these being AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile, but only in select counties within a handful of states. These include Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Virg...

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PS4 still beating Xbox One in the U.S.

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years, 2 months ago)

Sony's PlayStation 4 has not let up its lead in the U.S. yet, with it placing first in the best-selling consoles list for the fourth month running. Microsoft's Xbox One is tailing in second place with 115,000 units sold, although it is unclear how big the gulf is given that Sony has not published figures yet. According to reports, combined sales of the PS4 and Xbox One have beaten sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 by more than twice as much, in the same period of time.

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Google Play Store now accepting payments via PayPal

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years, 2 months ago)

Following a huge amount of user requests, Google has decided to include PayPal as a payment method in the Play Store. Customers in 12 countries can use their PayPal accounts to buy apps, games, music, and movies. At the moment, supported countries include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and, of course, the U.S. With PayPal's widespread influence and the fact that two-thirds of Play sales happen outside the States, Google is hoping to up its sizeable revenue even further. The only restriction for PayPal are physical items ...

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FCC to go ahead with controversial proposal

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years, 2 months ago)

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