You wake up, it’s dark and you’re lying in a pool. You don’t remember how you got here. You stand up, stretch your aching limbs, walk towards the exit and out into the brilliant sunshine. As your eyes adjust to the light, the world comes slowly into focus – and it is beautiful. The greens of the open plains contrast with the dark black of Death Mountain, which is streaked with orange lava on the distant horizon. As the sweeping orchestral soundtrack swells, you realise that you can go anywhere and that this is not like any Zelda you’ve played before. Released on Wii U and Switch in March, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BotW) is the biggest Zelda title ever made. One-and-a-half times the size of open-world trailblazer Skyrim and 12 times the size of Twilight Princess, it provides a vast terrain to explore with barely any restrictions beyond a few hours of subtly enclosed preparation. For many developers, the idea of making a 100+ hour game … [Read more...] about Is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild the best-designed game ever?
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See the city from the water As well as the pretty old houses and historic warehouses that line the waterside, many of Copenhagen’s key sites are also best viewed from the canal that runs north-south through the city. A great way to enjoy a water tour is to avoid the expensive tour operators and jump on one of the local Movia harbour buses. These clunky, chugging yellow barges run roughly every 10-20 minutes, starting at Refshaleøen island and finishing at industrial Teglholmen. Buy a 24-hour ticket for DKK 80 (£7.60) and you can get on and off as many times as you like (price includes land buses, too) or pick up a single for £2.30 (both half-price for kids under 15) and just sit tight and tick off the Black Diamond library, royal buildings and hippy Christianshavn as you float past. Eat Noma-worthy food Noma, on the Christianshavn waterfront, may be the “best” restaurant in the world, but you don’t have to pay its eye-watering prices to sample … [Read more...] about 10 of the best ways to enjoy Copenhagen … on a budget
Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas specials may have changed format over the years, but they've always delivered some of the show's fanciest footwork. In its first few years, the festive edition of the ballroom dancing competition welcomed back stand-out celebrities from the most recent series. This saw some of the most competent contestants battle it out to see who would be crowned the ultimate Strictly champion. In recent years though, the BBC talent show has used the special as a way to attract celebrities who don't have time to commit to the full series. This year, Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays, comedian Rufus Hound and EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood take to the floor. Joining them on Christmas Day are DJ Sara Cox, chart-topper Matt Goss and Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige. From pop singers, to sports stars and the biggest names from our favourite soaps, we've collected eight of the best Strictly Christmas special performances. Jill Halfpenny Video Loading Video Unavailable … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing: 7 of the best Christmas special dances with Kelly Brook, JLS’ JB and more
The 18th of March 2018, was the day tech insiders had been dreading. That night, a new moon added almost no light to a poorly lit four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona, as a specially adapted Uber Volvo XC90 detected an object ahead. Part of the modern gold rush to develop self-driving vehicles, the SUV had been driving autonomously, with no input from its human backup driver, for 19 minutes. An array of radar and light-emitting lidar sensors allowed onboard algorithms to calculate that, given their host vehicle’s steady speed of 43mph, the object was six seconds away – assuming it remained stationary. But objects in roads seldom remain stationary, so more algorithms crawled a database of recognizable mechanical and biological entities, searching for a fit from which this one’s likely behavior could be inferred. At first the computer drew a blank; seconds later, it decided it was dealing with another car, expecting it to drive away and require no special action. Only at … [Read more...] about Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code
A WhatsApp flaw that could let hackers steal users' chat messages, pictures and private information has been uncovered by security researchers. If left unpatched, the bug could allow hackers to remotely compromise smartphones by sending a video file containing malicious code to the victim's WhatsApp account. When the video file is downloaded - something that can happen automatically in the app - the malicious code infects the account and lets the hacker steal information from the device. WhatsApp quietly released a patch for the vulnerability last month, and said there is no evidence of it being exploited by hackers to steal data. The vulnerability affects WhatsApp on all major platforms including Android, iOS and Windows. It also affects the home and business versions of the software 'In this instance, there is no reason to believe that users were impacted', a WhatsApp spokesperson told HackerNews. In order for hackers to exploit the bug, the video file would need … [Read more...] about WhatsApp bug ‘could have let hackers secretly steal chat messages and pictures from victims’ smartphones’, security researchers claim