Terry Pratchett Predicted the Rise of Nazis Online During an Interview with Bill Gates in 1995

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Most Americans weren’t online back in 1995, let alone getting most of their news from online sources. But the late fantasy author Terry Pratchett knew what was coming. And a newly unearthed GQ interview from 1995, with Bill Gates no less, reveals that Pratchett really could see the future.

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https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/terry-pratchett-predicted-the-rise-of-nazis-online-duri-1835120775

Microsoft Announces Minecraft Earth, A Minecraft Version Of Pokémon Go

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In a move that’s equal parts surprising, inevitable, and brilliant, Microsoft today announced Minecraft Earth, an augmented reality game that will let people build all sorts of blocky creations as they’re walking down streets and trying not to get hit by cars. It’ll be out later this year for phones, with a beta…

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https://kotaku.com/microsoft-announces-minecraft-earth-a-minecraft-versio-1834839262

Microsoft Patent Imagines an Xbox Controller Customized for Gamers With Visual Impairment

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Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller was a big leap towards making gaming accessible to all players—not just those who can hold and manipulate the console’s standard controllers. Now it looks like the company is planning to expand its accessibility efforts. A Microsoft patent from last year reveals a special

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https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-patent-imagines-an-xbox-controller-customized-1834579413

Showtime’s Halo Series Has Found Its Master Chief

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When news first broke about Showtime’s live-action series based on Microsoft’s Halo franchise, one of the more surprising details was that the show would revolve around the video game franchise’s hulking Spartan warrior whose face is never actually revealed, because he never removes his helmet. See that face up there?…

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/showtimes-halo-series-has-found-its-master-chief-1834116900

Fake FCC Comments, Shark DNA, and the Edge of Everything: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

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Hopefully your week has been better than leading New York politicians, like NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew “Amazon” Cuomo—both of whom are still dealing with the disastrous fallout from the failed deal to subsidize a new Amazon facility in Queens’s Long Island City neighborhood. (Adding insult to injury:…

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https://gizmodo.com/fake-fcc-comments-shark-dna-and-the-edge-of-everythin-1832858113