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TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
The Epic Games Store is now live Jon Russell @jonrussell / 8 hours It’s a busy week for Epic Games . Fresh from pushing out a major season 7 update for Fortnite, so the gaming giant has taken the wraps off its own games store. First announced earlier this week, the Epic Games Store is targeted squarely at Steam — the giant in the digital game commerce space — and it quietly went live toda ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
The 2018 Game Awards were packed with honors, tributes, entertainment and gaming announcements. One of the biggest came from the legendary creator of the Mortal Kombat series. Yes, it's true. Mortal Kombat 11 is on its way and it will arrive with a plethora of fanfare. A trailer for the new game was revealed along with some pre-order details, the date for a community reveal and the official release ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
Crash Team Racing Nitro-FueledCredit: Activision First came Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, followed recently by the amazing Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and now we have yet another retro-inspired remake on our hands. Even though it feels like Activision is just mining our childhoods for gold at this point, I’m not complaining, because what we’re getting in return is just too damn good. Crash ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
Epic Games announced earlier this week that it was entering the digital game store business, and just a few days later the Fortnite developer is ready to open its marketplace. The new Epic Games Store, which will live inside the Epic Launcher app for Windows and Mac, is now live after a surprise launch in the middle of the Game Awards in Los Angeles this evening. Epic is only confirming 14 titles ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
God of War is the 2018 Game Awards’ Game of the Year, beating out stiff competition from games both big and small including Red Dead Redemption 2 and Celeste. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Spider-Man, and Monster Hunter: World also came up short in the category, though a few of them picked up honors elsewhere during the night.“You guys, the fans around the world, together we all dream big dreams and th ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
We were wondering what would become of the Stranger Things franchise in the game world after Telltale’s proposed project based on the hit series ended up being cancelled following its closure. But there’s some good news -- it does indeed live on, though with a completely different retro-style title. A new trailer for Stranger Things 3: The Game was revealed tonight, set to debut sometime in 201 ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
As Bethesda takes Fallout multiplayer, the original creators of Fallout are making a brand new single-player shooter-RPG along with the studio that made Fallout: New Vegas. It’s called The Outer Worlds, it’ll be out next year, and it’s basically New Vegas in space. Game studio Obsidian announced The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards tonight, with a two-minute trailer showcasing the game’s setting (sp ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
BioWare’s Dragon Age series, which has been quiet since 2014, is back with a brand new game and a very short trailer to go with it. Though as we’ve already reported, we shouldn’t expect it any time soon. Over the past few months, BioWare has essentially transformed into a single-game studio as it…Read more ReadHaving recently been rebooted, Dragon Age 4 is still very early in development, but the t ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 7th December 18
'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order' Announced for Nintendo Switch Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was revealed to be an exclusive game for the Nintendo Switch on Thursday night at The Game Awards. The third game in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance series is the first to be released exclusively for one platform. The trailer shown for the game featured prominent Marvel cha ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
SteamedSteamed is dedicated to all things in and around Valve’s PC gaming service. It’s a big day for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Valve’s tactical shooter mainstay has gone free-to-play, and it’s added a battle royale mode called “Danger Zone.”The change to free-to-play is pretty straightforward. The base game is now entirely free, giving players instant access to “all game modes, matchmaking ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Lyft Inc. has filed confidential paperwork for an initial public offering, a key step that keeps the ride-hailing firm on pace to hit the public market early next year. Lyft’s planned IPO is one of the most anticipated Silicon Valley debuts in recent years. The filing, which was expected, would suggest Lyft remains a step ahead of rival Uber Technologies Inc. as both work toward IPOs in 2019. Ly ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Rapper 2 Milly, who said in November that he was considering legal action against Epic Games for its use of his Milly Rock dance in Fortnite, has followed through and filed a lawsuit against the company. Posted by the Hollywood Reporter (via Gamasutra), the lawsuit says Epic "capitalized on the Milly Rock's popularity, particularly with its younger fans" by selling it as the "Swipe It" emote, but ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
As always, take the below image with a grain of salt. This is the leaked box-art for Ubisoft's new off-year Far Cry game, apparently called Far Cry: New Dawn. It could be a fake, but I suspect it's the real thing. Far Cry: New DawnCredit: Ubisoft The box-art and title were leaked hours before The Game Awards ceremony goes live (you can watch the livestream right here.) Ubisoft was supposed to ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
The “X” stands for “extreme.” That’s what Qualcomm’s marketing department wants you to think about the new Snapdragon 8cx. It’s a brand-new processor for always-connected Windows laptops and 2-in-1 convertible PCs, and from Qualcomm’s perspective, it might seem a little extreme. Physically, it’s the largest processor the company has ever made, with the most powerful CPU and GPU Qualcomm has devis ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
The fossil of a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur from the Jurassic era has been discovered and it contains evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day dolphins than previously thought.The fossil of a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur from the Jurassic era has been discovered and it contains evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
This Hawaiian monk seal got an eel stuck in its nose. Scientists say this is a rare, but not unheard of, occurrence. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Brittany Dolan So, no one told you life was gonna be this way. The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program released a photo on Monday of a poor Hawaiian monk seal, squinting in what can only be a what-is-my-life look, with a probably-also-distressed eel st ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Microsoft is announcing some significant changes to its Edge browser today. The software giant is beginning to rebuild Microsoft Edge to run on Chromium, the same open-source web rendering engine that powers Google’s Chrome browser. This means Edge will soon be powered by Blink and the V8 JavaScript engines. It’s a big move that means Microsoft is joining the open-source community in a much bigger ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Amazon announced today that it’s beta testing Alexa Answers, an invitation-only program for users to add responses for questions that Alexa can’t answer. Amazon says that in the last month of its internal Alexa Answers beta program, 100,000 responses have been added and served to customers “millions of times.” Starting today, selected customers who have received email invitations can participate ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
After four preview releases, Microsoft has released the cumulative update KB4469342 for systems running Windows 10 version 1809. The update fixes a raft of issues in Microsoft's disastrous Windows 10 October 2018 Update that was stalled for over a month and is almost weekly blocked for another subset of Windows 10 users. Cisco will release an update today for its AMP malware shield to res ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Apple has announced that watchOS 5.1.2 will be publicly released today and will enable the long-awaited ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 models in the United States. The update will also enable irregular heart rhythm notifications on Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, Series 3, and Series 4 models. watchOS 5.1.2 should be available through the Apple Watch app on a paired iPhone around 10:00 a.m. Paci ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Check out the new skins in Fortnite's Season 7 Battle Pass.Credit: Epic Games Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 7 is almost upon us, and with it major changes to the game's huge map including a brand new ice biome. We already have the crazy new patch notes which you can read here, and you can watch the festive new cinematic trailer here. And check out the rest of the Battle Pass for Season 7 her ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
AT&T flips switch on iPhone XS and XR eSIM support in US [u: Verizon rumored for Friday] By AppleInsider Staff Wednesday, December 05, 2018, 02:57 pm PT (05:57 pm ET) AT&T became the first major U.S. carrier to support Apple's eSIM technology with the rollout of iOS 12.1.1 on Wednesday, providing owners of iPhone XS and XR models access to two numbers on a single device. Apple's Dual SIM ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
A new video gives an amazing rocket's-eye view of a SpaceX booster's unsuccessful bid to return to terra firma today (Dec. 5). A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station for NASA today, lifting off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Dragon got up and out as planned, fulfilling the day's primary mission objectiv ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Adding to the signs that the newest iPhones are not meeting Apple’s internal sales targets, let alone the lofty ambitions of significantly increasing the annual sales of the iOS-powered smartphones, details of the actions taken by Tim Cook’s team to boost sales have come to light. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple speaks while unveiling new products during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
report this adFans of “Crank That” rapper Soulja Boy know that the artist is a keen gamer. Most recently, Soulja Boy revealed that developer Epic Games had plans to add the “Crank That” dance to Fortnite. However, few expected his latest video game-related announcement. In a tweet posted earlier today, Soulja Boy informed his fans that the “SouljaGame Handheld” had gone on sale on his tech merchan ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
If you want a 5G phone next year, you're going to pay much more for it. How much more? In the case of OnePlus, it could be $200 to $300 higher than this year's flagship OnePlus 6T, CEO Pete Lau said in an interview with CNET. That's a whopping 36 percent to 55 percent increase.The Chinese handset maker has made waves by delivering a premium phone experience for close to half the cost of many premi ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Capy, the game developer behind beloved indie gems Super Time Force and Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP, is finally ready to release its next big title. Called Below, the moody roguelike survival game has been in the works for five long years, and now it’s coming out next week on December 14th. The title remains an Xbox console exclusive, but you can also play it on PC. There’s no word yet on ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
Apple today officially released iOS 12.1.1 to the public, teasing in the update’s release notes that it includes “eSIM for additional carriers iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.” Corresponding with today’s iOS update, AT&T has officially become the first major US carrier to support eSIM for iPhone. Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip AT&T detailed the launch in a support document updated ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 6th December 18
In the most shocking twist yet, Fallout 76 players' private information was just revealed to the whole world.Credit: Bethesda In what may very well be the most bizarre and unsettling twist in the ongoing saga that is Fallout 76, players reported Wednesday that they inadvertently gained access to the support tickets of fellow Fallout 76 players. Not only did other gamers gain access to these t ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Five years is an awful lot of time in the tech industry. Darling startups find ways to crash and burn. Trends that seem unstoppable sputter-out. In the field of artificial intelligence, the past five years have been nothing short of transformative. Facebook’s AI Research lab (FAIR) turns five years old this month, and just as the social media giant has left an indelible mark on the broader culture ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Yesterday, Tumblr announced that it will ban all adult content starting December 17th. As users logged into their accounts, they have seen that some of their posts now have a red banner across them, marking them as flagged for explicit content. The problem is, a lot of these posts are hilariously far from being pornographic. It’s pretty clear that these flags are being done based on an algorithm, a ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Apple just released iOS 12.1.1, an update that brings even more features and, of course, bug fixes to an OS release that has been largely successful from the get-go. While iOS 11 was plagued with any number of performance issues, Apple with iOS 12 decided to focus on system stability and reliability, a decision which has paid off swimmingly. As we covered yesterday, iOS 12 adoption already stands ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Wow, this came out of nowhere. Ubisoft has revealed that a new Far Cry game will be announced tomorrow at The Game Awards 2018... And it's got a post-apocalyptic setting? No, you read that right -- there's gonna be a new Far Cry game that takes place, going by the teaser trailer, after a nuclear apocalypse. We don't know how much of it we'll see at The Game Awards, but this could be pretty cool. O ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Microsoft is launching a new version of its Outlook mobile app for iOS today. While big app updates usually involve a lot of new features, Microsoft is taking a different approach as this is nearly all about design. There are subtle changes here and there that are designed to polish up the Outlook for iOS experience. The calendar icon animates when you’re moving backwards and forwards, and swiping ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the CRS-15 Dragon cargo mission for NASA from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 29, 2018. A new mission, CRS_16, will launch on Dec. 5, 2018. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX is set to launch a cargo mission to the International Space Station and land a rocket back on Earth today (Dec. 5), and you can catch all the action live. A Falcon 9 rocket is ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
The development process for self-driving cars has been called a race by many -- I've certainly referred to it that way many times. But if you're going to start a race, you'd best define the finish line, and I'm afraid nobody was entirely clear on that front. Still, if the winner is the first company to launch a functional and economically viable self-driving car on public streets, then Waymo has j ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Now is a great time for workers looking for a job. According to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American economy added 250,000 jobs in October, and unemployment remained at just 3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969. This tight labor market means that companies must compete to attract and retain talent. Each year, job search and salary comparison site Glassdoor determi ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
All sports evolve over time, with new rules and standards incrementally changing the way the game is played. But what happens when the entire game fundamentally changes?Such is the question Super Smash Bros. players are trying to answer with the advent of the highly-anticipated new installment of the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, for Nintendo Switch, which releases Friday.Ever since the first ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Continuing improvements to Apple's popular AirPods wireless earphones will trigger an intense round of ear-device innovation and competition in 2019 as tech companies look to other avenues for growth amid declining smartphone sales, according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note published today and obtained by MacRumors, Kuo predicted that AirPods, which are the most successful cu ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Verizon has confirmed to The Verge that it will be launching RCS Chat on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL on December 6th. Only those two phones on Verizon will have the feature, but the company tells me that it is “committed to bringing advanced messaging to other Verizon smartphones in the future.” In other words, the rollout for Chat on Verizon will probably be a little slow, but it’s still earlier than we ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
It’s still going to be a little while until Nintendo has a decent library of games available on their Nintendo Switch Online service. They’re adding to it, but progress is slow. For now though, subscribers at least have a few of these games to play around with, and they’ll have a few more starting on December 12; that’s when Nintendo will be adding Wario’s Woods, Ninja Gaiden, and Adventures of Lol ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai On, Tuesday, Google launched Flutter 1.0, a new open-source toolkit for developers to design mobile apps.The idea is that app developers can write an app once, and deploy it on both Apple iOS and Android.Flutter is similar conceptually to Microsoft's Xamarin, a $400 million acquisition in 2016 that helped Microsoft rope developers in to its Micro ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
FILE PHOTO: A Didi Chuxing driver checks the information on the application in his car in Beijing, China August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason LeeSHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing on Wednesday announced a reorganization plan aimed at improving safety on its platform, as it works to address public and government concerns raised after the murders of two of its users. In a post on i ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Now that smartphones are capable of taking photos that can, in some instances, rival those of DSLRs, companies seem to be getting more and more comfortable swapping actual DSLR photos into their advertising. The problem is, most phone cameras are still far from DSLR quality, so it’s rarely a fair representation. And Samsung is the latest to get busted trying to pass one off. Over at DIYPhotography ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Electronic Arts’ DICE studio has delayed Battlefield V‘s Overture chapter in the Tides of War series due to the discovery of a bug. The Overture update was due to arrive today. It adds new multiplayer and single-player content for those who bought the game, which debuted on November 20. [Update: 12/4/2018 at 4:16 p.m.: DICE tweeted that the update will come on the morning of December 5]. But DICE ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
We already know Samsung’s 10th-anniversary Galaxy S10 is the biggest shake-up of the Galaxy range in years. There will be four models (including a new, more affordable version), up to six cameras, massive displays and ‘gradient’ colour schemes. And now Samsung isn’t even trying to hide its biggest upgrade of all… In a pair of official announcements which are about as subtle as a brick, both Verizo ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Angela Lang/CNET Get ready for lots of 5G phones in time for the holidays next year. The first devices for the fast, next-generation network will hit the market in early 2019. Samsung, for one, said it will have a phone for Verizon, AT&T and other networks in the first half of the year. By the holidays next year, every flagship handset -- at least when it comes to those running Google's Androi ...
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TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Today Google is launching Flutter 1.0, the first stable release of its open source, cross-platform UI toolkit and SDK. Flutter lets developers share a single code base across Android and iOS apps, with a focus on speed and maintaining a native feel. The announcement was made today at Google's Flutter Live conference in London—a show dedicated entirely to the launch of Google's new developer track. ...
TECH/SCIENCE | 5th December 18
Now that smartphones are capable of taking photos that can, in some instances, rival those of DSLRs, companies seem to be getting more and more comfortable swapping actual DSLR photos into their advertising. The problem is, most phone cameras are still far from DSLR quality, so it’s rarely a fair representation. And Samsung is the latest to get busted trying to pass one off. Over at DIYPhotography ...