Genius hack turns your Apple Watch into a retro Game Boy

Retro tech is making a huge comeback and one developer has decided to tap into the nostalgia by running a Game Boy emulator to the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch has hundreds of different features to stop consumers from getting bored, but Toronto-based software developer Gabriel O'Flaherty-Chan (Twitter / @_gabrieloc)  has now added a Game Boy emulator to the device to keep him entertained. If you like emulators, I open sourced a Game Boy emulator for the Apple Watch, and wrote about it here! #pokemon— GABRIELOFLAHERTYCHAN (@_gabrieloc) March 17, 2017 He can now play Pokémon Yellow, his favourite game on the retro handheld gaming device, on his Apple wrist device. “Since getting an Apple Watch last fall, I’ve been disappointed by the lack of content. To help address this, I made my own game a few months ago, but obviously it still didn’t address the bigger issue,” he explained in a blog post. “The result is a surprisingly usable emulator which I’m calling Giovanni after the super-villain from my favourite Game Boy game, Pokémon Yellow. “Ironically, I’ve only ever played the game on an emulator, as growing up I didn’t have access to the real deal. In a way, I feel this is my way of giving back to the community. “That feeling from accomplishing something you thought was too crazy to actually work is phenomenal.” [email protected] It's kind of painfully slow at the moment but I've got some ideas for optimization— GABRIELOFLAHERTYCHAN (@_gabrieloc) March 7, 2017 OK, figured out how the pixel data was laid out— GABRIELOFLAHERTYCHAN (@_gabrieloc) March 7, 2017 He admitted it can be “a bit sluggish and unresponsive”, but added, “as a prototype, I think it answers the question of ‘is this possible’.” Continue Reading

They have become one of the most popular ways to watch telly

KODI boxes have been headline news since they became a popular way of watching TV. The technology made its name by allowing users to live-stream content from apps and on-demand services — but are they legal and will you get fined for using them? Here are the details... What is Kodi? Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is a free and open source media player application for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and other content. It's essentially a device for bringing all of your digital content together and enables you to then share it across multiple devices. It basically enables you to stream your content to any device in your home. What is a Kodi box? A Kodi Box, advertised for its Plug and Play capability, is essentially a set-top box or a HDMI stick with the software installed on it. It allows people to stream shows and watch them on any platform including a computer, smartphone, tablet or set-top box. But some boxes are being modified to access paid content channels using third-party plug-ins, illegally allowing people to watch the shows without paying. Are Kodi boxes legal to use in the UK? Kodi boxes are legal. Users are able to buy a box, and watch free content. But it becomes illegal when a box is used to stream subscription channels for free. It is also illegal to buy or sell these modified devices which have become known as "fully-loaded" - a term that describes how the software has been altered to allow access to subscription-only channels. The European Court of Justice sided against a Dutchman named only as Mr Wullems, who sold multimedia players through a website. That means anyone selling a box which is intended to be used to infringe copyright will be treated as if they have infringed copyright themselves, and could be put behind bars. The government has issued a strong warning to people using Kodi boxes and streaming sites to watch pirated films, and KODI fans have been warned that they are being Continue Reading

Who Are The World’s Blockchain Stars? 8 People To Watch In 2018

Hundreds of people are flocking to the blockchain industry to get “hilariously rich,” as the New York Times stated in an article about the rise of cryptocurrency. Yet not everyone is going coo coo for crypto puffs because of prospective riches. Here are eight blockchain industry influencers to watch in 2018: 1. The Bank Whisperer Amber Baldet, Blockchain Program Lead at JP Morgan Photo: Benjamin Spradley Amber Baldet, the executive director of JP Morgan’s Blockchain Center of Excellence, is perhaps the most prominent cypherpunk on Wall Street. CoinDesk listed her among the world’s most influential blockchain stars because her secret superpower is connecting enterprise players with hackers, cryptocurrency innovators and rogue developers roaming the open source outlands of experimental technology. She’s a driving force behind the blockchain platform Quorum, which international corporations and banks are using to explore the same technical features that make cryptocurrency so interesting. If you missed my #BSidesNYC talk about how blockchain and renewed interest in applied cryptography could change the way we think about enterprise IT & infosec, video is here: — Amber (@AmberBaldet) January 22, 2018 Just like most bank employees, it’s almost impossible to get a statement about what she’ll be up to in 2018. But keep an eye out for Baldet’s rare Twitter announcements. Sometimes, news of the blockchain industry’s infrastructural milestones are hidden in plain sight. 2. The [Reluctant] Messiah Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin Photo: John Phillips/Getty Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin is perhaps one of the most famous developers to emerge from the cryptocurrency boom. This Russian-Canadian programmer was swamped with offers to join initial coin offerings in 2017. Although he constantly says he is more interested in strengthening Continue Reading

Sebastian Korda follows in father’s footsteps at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — If Sebastian Korda wasn't already nervous enough playing at the Australian Open, one of his first impressions of Rod Laver Arena was seeing the giant sign in the Walk of Champions bearing the name of his father, Petr Korda, and the year he won the title in 1998.No pressure or anything.On Saturday, the younger Korda captured the boys singles title at Melbourne Park with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over Taiwan's Tseng Chun-hsin in the final. He marked the occasion with his father's trademark celebration: a leaping scissor kick at Rod Laver Arena."My dad won his only Grand Slam title here, so it's very special," the 17-year-old Sebastian said after the match.His father also turned 50 on Tuesday, making the win ever more meaningful. "Definitely, that was the main goal here, was try to get this tournament for my dad on his 50th birthday," he said. "My mom's birthday is on the 5th of February, so it's special, as well."Petr Korda didn't make the trip from the family's home in Florida to watch his son compete in Melbourne, but he's very much here in spirit, particularly on the 20-year anniversary of his victory over Marcelo Rios for his only Grand Slam title."It's definitely fun just walking around and seeing the poster when he won it," Sebastian told The Associated Press in an interview during the tournament. "It's awesome, definitely."Sebastian grew up in a sports-obsessed family in Florida, where his Czech parents settled after getting married. Korda's mother, Regina Rajchrtova, was herself a tennis player, ranked as high as No. 26 in the world.And his sisters are now professional golfers who, like Sebastian, compete for the United States — 24-year-old Jessica, who won her own Australian Open title on the LPGA Tour in 2012, and 19-year-old Nelly, currently No. 70 in the women's golf rankings.Sebastian gravitated toward hockey until he went to the 2009 U.S. Open to watch Czech player Radek Stepanek, whom his father was coaching, play a Continue Reading

15 companies that are defying the retail meltdown by opening hundreds of new stores

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Top Cryptocurrencies 2018: Zcash, Monero And Other Altcoins To Watch Next Year

Bitcoin prices surged this year from around $1,000 on Jan. 1, according to CoinMarketCap, to around $15,800 by the last Wednesday of 2017. Ethereum, arguably the world’s second most popular blockchain network, skyrocketed from around $8 at the start of 2017 to more than $755. Many cryptocurrency newbies are now pondering which cryptocurrencies they should watch out for in 2018. Bitcoin veterans and celebrity technologists like Edward Snowden are often most excited about anonymous cryptocurrencies like monero and zcash. Editor’s note: This is not investment advice. Cryptocurrency markets are extremely risky and no one should invest more in any token than they can afford to lose. 1. Zcash I'm with Vitalik. ( — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 19, 2017 Zcash is being developed by a startup, not a strictly grassroots community like its rival monero. However, there are several interesting dynamics that set zcash apart from other cryptocurrencies, such as a partnership with JPMorgan through the open source Quorum project. Zcash’s privacy enhancing technology could soon be applied to all kinds of different cryptocurrencies and blockchain networks, including  Ethereum-based tokens. CoinMarketCap estimates the zcash’s global market cap is more than $1.6 billion. It is much cheaper than bitcoin or ether, which makes it very attractive for cryptocurrency newbies. On the other hand, the similarly anonymous cryptocurrency monero is currently more than a $100 cheaper and has already achieved a market cap well over $6.4 billion. Zcash CEO Zooko Wilcox and Israeli professor Eli Ben-Sasson in Haifa at a computer science conference organized by the Technion's Hiroshi Fujiwara Cyber ​​Security Research Center. Photo: Rami Shelush, Technion spokesperson's office 2. Monero Monero is quickly gaining notoriety thanks to a Christmas merchandise Continue Reading

15 Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

Technology trends are often difficult to nail down because, well, it's astonishingly hard to predict the future. But there are indicators from 2017 that point pretty strongly to what we can expect to see in the technology sector next year. While many of us think of technology in a very specific sense of the word (i.e., smartphones, drones, etc.) this tech trends list also includes more complex technology ideas like robotics, laser-transmitted internet, decentralized medical record systems, and other ideas a little bit off the well-worn tech path. If even half of these trends expand beyond where they're at right now, then we're in for a very exciting year. Blockchains are digital ledgers that can be shared and accessed by anyone to keep track of transactions between two parties. The term received lots of attention in 2017 because the cryptocurrency bitcoin uses one decentralized blockchain to keep track of all of its transactions. But the tech can be used far beyond Bitcoin. Some people want blockchains to be used for things like medical records, where a person's patient data would be stored in a cryptographic database that accepts information from multiple different medical databases and software programs. The benefit here is that a patient's personal medical history could be kept in one safe, decentralized location, and accessible to different doctors' offices and medical centers, without those offices or their software having to coordinate with each other to update the records. There's a lot of talk about artificial intelligence these days, but the real benefit for companies in 2018 will be the adoption of algorithms and computer intelligence that are good at doing one very specific task, which is commonly referred to as narrow artificial intelligence (AI). Narrow AI differs Continue Reading

The Nation Goes Open Source

Of all the many changes at, the one you won’t readily detect is the technology underlying the new site – the open source content management platform "Drupal." With redesigns, readers naturally focus on the "front-end," (did the colors change? are there new features?) but the real innovations are often in the "back-end," the platform, or language, that runs the site. In this case, the "back end" is an important part of the story, as The Nation opted to use a technology that also makes a political statement. "Open source" software code is published and made freely available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute it without paying or earning royalties or fees. It’s like a song that a musician can sample or remix for free. This creates a community of global web programmers who can share and improve the platform. The idea is rooted in community: One person creates, another person improves, and the knowledge is widely shared. If he understood open source, Glenn Beck might well denounce it as a socialist practice. Open source as a concept goes beyond software. Its political analogy, "open politics," reflects core values which The Nation has long advocated: government that is transparent, open and rooted in the public interest. Applied to political organizing, co-founder of the Personal Democracy Forum and former Nation editor Micah Sifry summarized in a 2004 Nation article, "open source would mean opening up participation in planning and implementation to the community, letting competing actors evaluate the value of your plans and actions, being able to shift resources away from bad plans and bad planners and toward better ones, and expecting more of participants in return. It would mean moving away from egocentric organizations and toward network-centric organizing." This past February a "good government" manifesto in The Nation by Lawrence Lessig, author of the book Free Culture expanded on the idea of open Continue Reading

Eric Campbell optioned to Triple-A as Mets finalize roster for Opening Day

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Terry Collins saved the hardest cut for last. Eric Campbell walked into the manager’s office in the visiting clubhouse at Globe Life Park and the Mets manager told him to close the door. Collins didn’t even try to sugar-coat it. “It stinks,” Collins said. “He did nothing wrong, he did everything we asked of him. But this is baseball and it’s a business. We have to protect ourselves with the pitchers so he does not get a spot.” RELATED: SCOUTING THE METS: A POSITION-BY-POSITION BREAKDOWN The Mets finalized their roster Saturday morning before their final exhibition game against the Rangers. As the Daily News first reported on Thursday, the Mets decided to go with eight relievers and just four bench players. So Campbell — who came into camp expecting to be on the 25-man roster — and right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel were optioned to Triple-A. “I guess I was the only position player with options left,” a visibly disappointed Campbell said, “so I was the odd man out. “I am just going to go down there and work hard and try to make it hard on them (to not recall) me,” Campbell said. As expected shortstop prospect Matt Reynolds was reassigned to Triple-A Las Vegas along with second baseman Danny Muno. That is yet another sign that Daniel Murphy, who was left behind in Florida to continue rehabbing his strained right hamstring, will be ready for Monday’s season opener in Washington. Catcher Johnny Monell and righthanded reliever Zack Thornton were also reassigned. Sunday the Mets will also officially put relievers Vic Black and Bobby Parnell on the 15-day disabled list to start the season. The Mets will also put Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin, both of whom will miss the entire 2015 season after having Tommy John surgery last month, on the 15-day disabled list. They will later be moved to the 60-day DL when the Mets need to make Continue Reading

Jets have received trade inquiries on cornerback Dee Milliner: sources

Now that Mike Maccagnan has completed his free agent spending spree, the future of the forgotten man in the Jets’ revamped secondary is murkier than ever. The new general manager’s decision to dole out nearly $60 million of fully guaranteed money for cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine last week was an indictment of the failed John Idzik regime that placed its hopes on a talented, but fragile college star the past two years. So, what will happen to Dee Milliner now? The Daily News has learned that teams have made trade inquiries about the Jets’ 2013 first-round pick in the wake of the cornerback upgrades. On the surface, Milliner, who is rehabbing a season-ending torn Achilles tendon he suffered five months ago, appears expendable. His extensive injury history coupled with the new additions in the secondary prompted some teams to think that they could acquire him on the cheap. However, the Jets have told interested teams that Milliner isn’t available at a drastically discounted price . . . yet, according to sources. RELATED: PATRIOTS OWNER ROBERT KRAFT TAKES DIG AT JETS Although the Jets aren’t actively shopping Milliner, it’s fair to wonder whether Maccagnan would part ways with a player betrayed by his body at such a young age if the price is right. For now, the Jets are content waiting for the third-year player to get healthy to properly evaluate him as he competes for the No. 4 cornerback spot. A trade down the road, however, has not been ruled out, according to sources. Milliner, the ninth pick and consensus top cornerback of the 2013 draft, has missed 16 games in his first two seasons due to four different injuries after undergoing five surgeries at Alabama. Three front-office executives of cornerback-needy teams told The News that Milliner’s unclear health status following his latest setback coupled with a $971,000 preseason roster bonus will make it Continue Reading