Neowin: Latest Minecraft Earth beta rolls out crafting, smelting, and ruby mechanics

Neowin: Latest Minecraft Earth beta rolls out crafting, smelting, and ruby mechanics. “Having been originally announced back in May as part of tenth-anniversary celebrations for the release of Minecraft, it was announced late last month that Minecraft Earth would enter its early access phase for Android and iOS during the month of October. While we caught a glimpse of the IOS version of the title earlier this year, we now have our first look at the crafting and smelting implementations in beta version 0.4.2 of the game.”

Mashable: ‘Minecraft Earth’ will open up to players in October and you can sign up right now

Mashable: ‘Minecraft Earth’ will open up to players in October and you can sign up right now . “Minecraft Earth is an augmented reality game in the vein Niantic’s 2017 hit, and its ‘early access’ phase of release is officially set to begin in October. Fans interested in participating can sign up starting on Sep. 28 at the game’s website.”

Minecraft: Education Edition gets a new world focused on the Māori culture (Neowin)

Neowin: Minecraft: Education Edition gets a new world focused on the Māori culture. “Now, Minecraft: Education Edition’s New Zealand team has unveiled a brand new world for learners, focusing on the indigenous Māori culture in the country. Coromandel-based Piki Studios, the driving force behind the creation of the first official world for the title based in New Zealand, has now also become an official member of the Minecraft Partner Program.”

MIT Technology Review: Facebook is creating an AI assistant for Minecraft

MIT Technology Review: Facebook is creating an AI assistant for Minecraft. “Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time, having moved over 170 million copies. More than 90 million people play every month. But what makes it useful for AI research is that while the Minecraft world offers infinite variety, its rules are also simple and predictable within certain limits. AI researchers have already begun to use it to train and test various kinds of AI systems.”

Engadget: The ‘Minecraft Earth’ beta begins its global takeover this month

Engadget: The ‘Minecraft Earth’ beta begins its global takeover this month. “It’s been a couple of months since we first heard about Minecraft Earth, the augmented reality version of Mojang’s game that makes the real world a playscape full of your blocky creations. It promised a beta release of the game would arrive this summer and now, along with a new trailer, the company says it will launch on iOS within the next two weeks, with Android following ‘soon thereafter.'”

University of California Davis: Internet Communities Can Teach Amateurs to Build Personalized Governments

University of California Davis: Internet Communities Can Teach Amateurs to Build Personalized Governments. “The internet has its perils with privacy breaches and fake news, but on the plus side, a whole generation of youth have been teaching themselves skills in leadership and community-building, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.”

CNET: Microsoft unveils Minecraft Earth, an AR game for the Pokemon Go generation

CNET: Microsoft unveils Minecraft Earth, an AR game for the Pokemon Go generation. “Microsoft on Friday announced a new take on Minecraft as the game marks 10 years since its initial release. The free title, called Minecraft Earth, uses ideas similar to those in 2016’s hit mobile game Pokemon Go. And just like that game, it’ll be available on Apple and Android-powered devices when it launches later this year.”