New Lord of the Rings Game Coming From Weta Workshop

Yet another new Lord of the Rings game is coming, this time from the same team that helped bring Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy to life. Wētā Workshop, the New Zealand-based special effects and prop studio, is partnering with publisher Private Division on a new game set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth universe, it was announced Monday. … Read more

Watch out for the ‘extreme heat belt’ developing across the central US

An “extreme heat belt” that stretches across the center of the US is expected to emerge over the next 30 years, subjecting millions more Americans to dangerously hot days. That’s according to new research published today by the nonprofit research group First Street Foundation. The belt is expected to extend from Texas and Louisiana all … Read more

Signal says 1,900 users’ phone numbers exposed by Twilio breach – TechCrunch

End-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal says attackers accessed the phone numbers and SMS verification codes for almost 2,000 users as part of the breach at communications giant Twilio last week. Twilio, which provides phone number verification services to Signal, said on August 8 that malicious actors accessed the data of 125 customers after successfully phishing … Read more

Android 13 Arrives on Google Pixel Phones Today

Android 13 is live. Google’s latest operating system will begin rolling out Monday to Pixel phones and devices. People with Android devices from Samsung, Asus, Motorola and others will have to wait until later in the year to receive the update. The Pixel lineup includes phones, watches and tablets made by exclusively by Google. The … Read more

How should web3 companies approach fundraising during a downturn? – TechCrunch

The financial market crash this year has had a unique effect on the web3 industry. Web3 companies are the newest members of the fintech ecosystem, and the current downturn marks the first major “hit” for the industry. Fundraising can be hugely challenging in times like these, and it’s an essential lifeline for web3 companies intent … Read more

Does your company need a data architect?

Few companies have dedicated data architects, but every company wants one. How can you better organize your data with limited resources? Image: bakhtiarzein/Adobe Stock Must-read big data coverage A data architect defines “how the data will be stored, consumed, integrated and managed by different data entities and IT systems, as well as any applications using … Read more

The Story Behind the Wrenching Finale of ‘The Anarchists’

The HBO docuseries The Anarchists opens with a roaring beachside bonfire. Shirtless children squeal happily as they rip pages from books and toss them into the flames. A hyped-up middle-aged man holds a textbook up to the camera and yells “Fuck you!” as his young son looks on attentively. “Bitch!” another kid yells, throwing crumpled … Read more

Mobot secures capital to grow its fleet of robots that bug-test mobile apps – TechCrunch

Mobile apps have to be bug-tested across countless devices to ensure they work as intended. Users don’t look kindly on poor experiences — 88% say they’ll abandon apps based on minor glitches, according to software testing vendor Qualitest (which admittedly has a horse in the race). Testing is a time-consuming and expensive process, with 31% … Read more