SpaceX leads off its rocket doubleheader with Falcon 9 re-launch and re-landing - GeekWire

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from its Florida launch pad, sending the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into space. (SpaceX via YouTube)

For the second time ever, SpaceX has sent a telecommunications satellite into orbit on a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket – but today’s launch of BulgariaSat-1 is notable for other reasons as well.

The first-stage booster landed successful at sea after liftoff, marking the first time the same rocket has made successful touchdowns off America’s East Coast as well as the West Coast.

And if the schedule holds, yet another SpaceX launch will take place two days from now, to put 10 more satellites into orbit for the Iridium NEXT telecom constellation.

The two launch pads are a continent away from each other: BulgariaSat-1 went up from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, while Sunday’s Iridium NEXT liftoff is set for Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Rockstar is talking with OpenIV developer, issues new statement on mods - PC Gamer


The drama between modders, Rockstar Games, and Take-Two Interactive continues to unfold. Rockstar has issued another statement, this time on singleplayer mods in general. And, there's some potentially hopeful news as to the fate of singleplayer modding tool OpenIV.

First, Rockstar Games has added a topic to its support page in regards to singleplayer mods for the PC versions of its games. This is obviously in response to the controversial decision of GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive shutting down OpenIV. Take-Two declined our invitation for further comment, and Rockstar initially only issued a brief statement, but it seems it has a little bit more to say today.

Under the question "Are Single-Player mods Allowed?" the answer is as follows:

"Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project. This is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization of any third-party project. Take-Two reserves the right to object to any third-party project, or to revise, revoke and/or withdraw this statement at any time in their own discretion. This statement does not constitute a waiver of any rights that Take-Two may have with respect to third-party projects."

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How To Take Down Susano, FFXIV Stormblood's First Primal - Kotaku

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Primal battles in Final Fantasy XIV are massive spectacles that pit a group of players against powerful creatures that usually show up in the series as summons. Stormblood’s first primal, Susano, gets more massive than most, but a well-coordinated group can take him down pretty easy.

Susano is a take on Susanoo, the Shinto god of storms, making him a fitting first primal fight in an expansion that explores new areas inspired by ancient Japan. His appearance at the end of a lengthy quest line in the Ruby Sea area of the Doma region came as a surprise. I was not expecting a primal to show up at that particular time. Judging by the looks on their faces, neither were my non-player character companions.

He looks intimidating, but there’s something infectious about his enthusiasm. He revels in battle, and the prospect of an epic fight against me and my fellow players genuinely seems to make him happy. It’s infectious.

Like many Final Fantasy boss fights, the Susano battle is split into three phases. I’ll timestamp them so you can skip around in the video above. Our party, assembled at random via the game’s Duty Finder, consists of two tanks, two healers and four damage dealers. As a red mage, I’m on hurting the demigod duty.

Phase 1 - 01.35

The battle begins! Positioning is very important in the first phase. The main tank grabs Susano’s attention and faces him away from the party. The rest of the group gets behind him and blasts away with everything they’ve got. During the battle the circular play area will occasionally be filled with either orange area-of-affect damage spells or purple lasers.

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Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads - The Verge

Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, the company announced in a blog post today. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allows the company to digest the contents of email messages and use them to deliver targeted ads within Gmail itself.

Google is trying to convince more businesses to use its cloud services

Users are allowed to opt out, and Google also reserves the practice only for personal Gmail users and not those of corporate accounts. However, the practice has made it difficult for Google to find and retain corporate clients for its cloud services business, according to Diane Greene, Google’s cloud division head, who spoke with the Financial Times. This is due to general confusion over Google’s business tactics and an overall apprehension to trust the company with sensitive data, the report says.

“G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service,” Green wrote in today’s blog post. “Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change. This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products.”

Greene’s role, since her hiring in November 2015, has been to convince more companies to rely on Google’s G Suite and to move more data off competitors’ services and onto Google’s cloud. This has been a bit of an uphill battle for Google, as both Microsoft and Amazon have emerged as two of market leaders in providing cloud services, with Amazon primarily providing hosting and Microsoft providing corporate productivity services. Now, Google hopes it can bring more customers on board by convincing them that its practices won’t jeopardize corporate privacy.

The move to end targeted advertising in Gmail doesn’t mean users won’t still see ads. Google can still parse search histories, YouTube browsing, and other Chrome activity as long as you’re signed into your Gmail account. But for those who might have been wary of Google’s ad-targeting practices in the past, this may put those worries to rest. The company certainly hopes it will do so for the worries of potential corporate clients.

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Leaked parts pieced together to show us Apple's iPhone 8 - BGR


What happens when you combine an iPhone 8 dummy unit built using schematics that supposedly leaked from Foxconn and a leaked iPhone 8 screen protector with a little bit of creativity? If recent rumors and speculation wind up panning out, you might end up with a glimpse of almost exactly what Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 8 will look like when it’s unveiled later this summer.

Budding graphic designer Benjamin Geskin has been one of the most prolific sources of potential iPhone leaks so far this year. While his early attempts to spill the beans on Apple’s upcoming new iPhone are believed to have largely been misinformation, his more recent leaks are in line with what we’ve heard and read from other sources. As such, his renders and mockups likely bear a close resemblance to the tenth-anniversary handset Apple will unveil this coming September.

We’ve seen plenty of iPhone 8 dummy units already, and they’re believed to have been crafted based on actual iPhone 8 schematics that leaked from Foxconn. We’ve also seen leaked screen protectors that reinforce the idea that Apple’s iPhone 8 display will have a potentially hideous, though not unsalvageable display design.

Since we know what the housing probably looks like and we have screen protectors that likely resemble the iPhone 8’s front side, Geskin sandwiched a photo between them and gave us our potential first taste of what the iPhone 8 will look like when it’s powered on.

That cutout at the top of the screen where the ear speaker, cameras, and sensors are located still looks positively hideous, and we’re hoping Apple uses a solution like the one we described rather than the layout seen in the photo above. There are still nearly three months to go until Apple actually unveils the iPhone 8 though, so we’ll undoubtedly learn more in the coming weeks as details continue to leak. After all, Apple can’t even keep its secret war on leaks from leaking.

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