Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller Went Through A Unique Evolution During The Design Process

Microsoft has focused a lot of energy over the last few years into making Xbox more accessible, with the Xbox Adaptive Controller being a positive step towards addressing the unique needs of players. A product of the Xbox accessibility movement and a team of engineers in the Xbox gaming division, the controller went through numerous iterations when it was in development. Direct feedback from gaming and disabled communities helping to shape the final product into its current form.

“The Xbox Adaptive Controller looks absolutely nothing like the first prototype created,” Brannon Zahand, Microsoft’s senior gaming accessibility program manager, explained to Game Informer. “It changed many, many times over the course of development. The reason was that we built the device with the Gaming & Disability Community, not for them. As such, feedback constantly was rolling in that forced us to continually re-examine the design of the product during development.”


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Vancouver, B.C., Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lomiko Metals Inc. (“Lomiko”) (TSX-V: LMR, OTC: LMRMF, FSE: DH8C) is focused on the exploration and development of flake graphite in Quebec for the new green economy.  Lomiko is pleased to announce the Lomiko Technical, Safety and Sustainability Committee (“LTSSC”) has recommended the acceptance of a Proposal by SGS Canada Inc. to conduct a Metallurgical Process Development Program to the Board of Directors.  This Program has been accepted and approved by the Lomiko Board.

SGS Metallurgical Process Development Plan

Lomiko plans to ship four composites weighing 30 – 35 kg each consisting of high-grade and low-grade samples from the Refractory and the Graphene Battery mineralized zones will be shipped to SGS in Lakefield.  The main scope of the work program includes:

  • Sample Preparation
  • Chemical Characterisation
  • Comminution Testing
  • Flowsheet Development
  • Environmental Testing 

The samples will be stage-crushed in a series of jaw and

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Massive Computer Chip Could Process Simulations “Faster Than Real-Time”

As smartphones and computers have got smaller, the pressure is on technology companies to keep up and produce computer chips that are faster than before, but the same size or smaller than their predecessors. However, one company still believes that bigger is better.

Cerebras systems have designed a goliath computer chip that may be capable of sailing past the competition in specific tasks, claims a collaboration between Cerebras and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in a preprint paper (not yet peer-reviewed) published on arXIV and presented to the SC20 conference this week. Designed to “revolutionize deep learning,” the CS-1 measures 8.5 inches (21.6 centimeters) across, packs in 1.2 trillion transistors, and, according to the company, is 200 times faster than rival supercomputer Joule 2.0 (the 82nd fastest supercomputer in the world) in a combustion simulation.

In fact, this chip could be so fast that it could simulate an event

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Alpha Lithium Hires Chemical Process Engineering Specialists to Advance Development at Tolillar Lithium Project

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alpha Lithium Corporation (TSX.V: ALLI) (OTC: ALLIF) (“Alpha” or the “Company”), sole owner of one of the last large, undeveloped salars in Argentina’s Lithium Triangle, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Beyond Lithium SA to provide in-house expertise regarding processing brine and direct lithium extraction (“DLE”) processes. This is an integral step towards the extraction and processing of brine from Alpha’s 100% owned, 27,500 hectare, Tolillar Salar.

Beyond Lithium consists of an internationally recognized team of chemical process engineers with decades of experience in advising and directing global leaders in the lithium sector. The principals of Beyond Lithium have previously worked extensively on high profile projects including SQM’s Atacama Project in Chile, Orocobre’s Salar de Olaroz Project, and Lithium America’s Salar de Cauchari Project, both in Argentina.

The principals of Beyond Lithium

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Apple responds to privacy concerns over Mac software security process

Last week, a number of Mac users had trouble opening apps — a problem that seemed to be caused by an Apple security protocol responsible for checking that software comes from trusted sources. The slow-down prompted some to criticize Apple for collecting too much information about users’ activities; criticism which the company has now responded to with promises that it will change how these security protocols work in future.

Apple announced the changes via its support pages, adding a new “Privacy protections” section to a page entitled “Safely open apps on your Mac” (as spotted by iPhone in Canada). Apple says a service known as Gatekeeper “performs online checks to verify if an app contains known malware and whether the developer’s signing certificate is revoked.” It goes on to clarify how Apple currently uses the data, and outlines new safeguards that are being introduced over the next year.

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