Better Visuals and Modding Tools Promised in Latest Wasteland 2 Engine Update

Unity’s latest release, Unity 5, is nearly here and since more and more games are being developed with its Game Engine, a lot of developers will receive new and improved tools to tweak their games. The release promises more flexibility and power, as well as a more simplified process of developing games for a variety of platforms.

inXile Entertainment is one of the companies which are already keen on using Unity 5’s power and is currently planning on ways to upgrade its Wasteland 2 title. Chris Keenan, the project lead for Wasteland 2, posted what to expect in the near future from the title, having significant “visual improvements” and “better tools for modders” as a result of the new changes.

“…one task we’re working on right now is migrating the Wasteland 2 codebase from the Unity 4.5 engine to Unity 5, which will enable some new possibilities for us. A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the tools from Unity 4.x Pro. We relied on many of these tools during our development (like creating and building navigation meshes), and they will be available to modders without having to pay thousands of dollars for a Pro Unity license … Unity 5 offers physically based shading, which is already starting to look amazing in the scenes we’ve touched up.”

inXile stated that it has a few unique features planned as well, but it isn’t ready to reveal them. However, since modding and better visuals are the main topic, it’s hard to imagine the ‘unmentioned’ features being a disappointment.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Mad Catz Announced S.U.R.F.R Wireless Media And Game Controller

Mad Catz announced the S.U.R.F.R, a wireless media and game controller designed to integrate into today’s connected living room while staying portable enough to take it with you anywhere you want to go.

The controller connects with Bluetooth enabled devices to control your smart TV’s running Android TV, Android-powered streaming media devices such as the Amazon Fire TV and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-Console as well as connected devices including smartphones, tablets and home theater PC’s.

The controller also featuring a full QWERTY keyboard and mouse capabilities along with integrated media controls allowing you to easily control pretty much any aspect of the connected system.

Gamers can enjoy the gamepad controls with action buttons positioned around dual analog thumbsticks, four buttons positioned on the left thumb stick mimic D-pad control, while buttons on the right serve as the traditional four action buttons commonly found on console-style controllers. The controller also features a removable mobile clip for docking a smartphone.

“Today’s living room is rapidly evolving beyond proprietary cable boxes and gaming consoles. While consumers continue to gravitate towards connected devices as their preferred platform for streaming digital media content, gaming, surfing the web and social media, current controllers just don’t deliver on the experience they desire. The S.U.R.F.R has been designed to get the most out of these different devices we are now accustomed to in our daily lives,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We are confident in the multiple opportunities presented by the S.U.R.F.R and look forward to it contributing to sales of our GameSmart suite of connected products throughout 2015 and beyond.”

The new Mad Catz’ S.U.R.F.R will debut on March 1st at the MobileFocus Global 2015 in Barcelona and will be on display the next day at Mobile World Congress in the Silicon Image/MHL booth.

No word on pricing or general availability yet, but the controller can be pre-ordered from the official site.

Thanks to Mad Catz for providing us with this information

NZXT DOKO Remote Desktop Gaming Review

Introduction


NZXT already has a rock solid reputation with the PC gaming community. They’ve created some of the best gaming chassis on the market, such as their stunning H440, they’ve created some of the best coolers, such as the X61 and their CAM software is great for keeping your system running smoothly. However, they’re now pushing further into the world of PC gaming with the release of the DOKO. The DOKO is the latest device to follow the game streaming trend, with Steam and other gaming platforms such as the Nvidia Shield allowing you to stream games from your PC to your big screen TV, NZXT think they can compete in this market too.

The DOKO simply connects to your network and software will stream your PC game to the DOKO, which connects to another display, such as the TV in your living room. This means that you can break away from your desk and enjoy your games, or any other media, on the big screen, without the need for a second gaming PC, or HTPC style system. What we have here then is essentially a remote desktop client, but it has a few extra features on board that certainly help it stand out from the crowd.

In the box, you’ll find the DOKO unit its self, as well as a high-quality RJ45 cable and the power cable. Unfortunately for myself the plug is a US plug, but the unit will be getting a UK/EU release in March this year; so for now I’ll have to use a US to UK adaptor to be able to use the device.

The unit is quite small, so there should be no issues in finding a comfortable home for it under your TV. This is great for people like me, who already have four consoles, a cable box and an AV receiver crammed under the TV as I could easily tuck this in between other devices.

Around the front of the device, you’ll find four USB ports, which are perfect for connecting a keyboard, mouse, control pads, headsets or any other USB device you may need. There’s also a large power button, giving you the option to power off the device with ease when not in use.

Around the back, you will find a power jack, a single HDMI, a 3.5mm audio jack and the RJ45 network port.

It’s a pretty simple looking unit overall, but NZXT have given it a funky style thanks to some smooth rounded edges on one side.

While the other side has a slight overhanging panel. It’s not much in terms of design, but it’s enough to keep this simple box from looking boring.

On the base of the DOKO, you’ll find four small rubber feet; just enough to keep it from sliding around on your surface of choice. Also, looking at the design, there are no air vents, as the device is passive cooled and runs completely silent.

Sony Receives Four IF Design Awards for 2015, One of Them for the Xperia Z3

Sony Mobile seems to have gained four IF Design Awards for 2015. The awards were given out to Sony’s Xperia Z2, the SmartWatch 3, LifeLong app and the Xperia Z3.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 appears to have been appreciated for its rounded corners and light weight, making the slate easy to handle. Another key feature for its awards was the minimum number of components used, the water and dust proofing, as well as attention to detail, receiving the IF Design Award 2015, Discipline Product – Gold.

“It is particularly difficult to stand out with a product like a tablet – but exactly this was achieved with the extremely flat Xperia Z2. The rounded edges and the ultra-light weight (only 439 grams) make the Z2 particularly easy to handle. The amount of components has been reduced to a minimum; details such as the connection of frame and back are excellently executed – furthermore, the Z2 is water and dust proof. The result is an honest, outstanding device.”-IF Design Jury

Sony also received IF Design Awards last year for its Xperia Z Ultra phablet, Sony SmartWatch 2, Sony Xperia C, Bluetooth Handset SBH52, and Xperia Z1 Compact.

Thank you PhoneArena for providing us with this information

Apple Posts Live Stream For March 9th Event

Apple will be live streaming their event on Monday, 9th March. Titled “Spring forward”, the presentation is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch. The event starts at 10am PDT, which is 5pm GMT.

We expect to see a number of new details, perhaps new features that are included with the Apple Watch. The company has been limited in the information it has shared regarding the device since its debut in September last year. Since then it has apparently been under continued development, with Apple readying the software and hardware ready for release. A number of rumours have suggested that the company has been working on improving the device’s battery life, with the only official information suggesting that it will need to be charged nightly.

Besides the watch, the company is rumoured to be introducing a new MacBook Air, perhaps with a radical redesign. Either watch live here or keep your eye on eTeknix on March 9th to find out.

Source: Apple

What to Expect from Tomorrow’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Event

Samsung is having its Galaxy S6 reveal tomorrow, marking the first day of Mobile World Congress. The event will take place 18.30 CET, 17.30 UTC.

There’s been a lot of anticipation surrounding the announcement, with Samsung and T-Mobile positing a number of teasers, alongside a few supposed leaks of the new device. It’s expected to feature all the usual upgrades, including a new display resolution, processor and camera. The camera is a big subject of discussion, as it’s expected to be a significant improvement over its predecessor.

The display resolution is one thing, but the actual shape of the display is another. The official teasers and those leaks we’ve seen have pointed towards a curved display on both sides of the device – somewhat similar to the Note Edge. However, while it’s pretty certain that Samsung will release a device with a curved screen, we’ve also seen leaks suggesting that there is a second model, one without the curved edges. It’s suggested that this could be a cheaper variant, and perhaps Samsung’s way of playing it safe just in case the possibly gimmicky screen doesn’t go down so well.

Watch live here or stay tuned to eTeknix to find out what happens.

Source: Samsung

Waterproof Rubix Cube-Like System Runs Linux, Heads to Kickstarter

Is it a new shiny rubix cube? It could look like one, but in fact Cuberox is a Kickstarter project that includes 16×16 screens on a waterproof casing, having it powered by Linux and wireless charging.

The coolest rubix cube-like project is said to give you the ability to run various applications, making it the perfect home or even office solution. Having it based on a Unix platform, it gives the user limitless possibilities of running a separate app on each side of the cube. From a developer’s perspective, the device could be a gold mine and JavaScript, which is the main coding language for the device, would be the pickaxe.

In terms of specs, the device is said to feature built-in speakers, multicolored smart backlit technology, wireless connectivity and charging, all encased with a waterproof seal.

The device has currently surpassed the $35,000 mark for its ultimate $150,000 goal and has less than 30 days to go. More information on the device and project can be found over at Kickstarter.

Thank you Kickstarter and Tweak Town for providing us with this information

Can We Expect a New IP from Rockstar This Year?

With the ongoing success of their latest Grand Theft Auto title, shipping more than 45 million units only on consoles with the PC version soon to follow, it’s only obvious that Rockstar would follow with a new title this year. Many are expecting a new Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption sequel to be the company’s next title, but Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter disagrees.

“I don’t think the sequel to Red Dead Redemption is the next Rockstar game. Remember when I said there was some new IP that they’ve been working on since at least ‘09? I think that comes before Red Dead Revolution. I think a sequel to Midnight Club comes before Red Dead Revolution, and it wouldn’t shock me if a sequel to Manhunt came before Bully or Red Dead.”

“I think Rockstar has a really amazing number of great games and great IPs, and I don’t think that Rockstar are motivated by money. I think Rockstar are motivated by high quality game experiences. And I don’t think that they’re willing to abandon those other brands in order to generate higher sales for their parent company. I think that they want to keep all those brands alive. So I think before Red Dead Revolution you will get Midnight Club sequel and a new IP.”

The prediction given by Pachter points to a new IP being revealed by Rockstar close to E3. However, since Rockstar is not keen on showing their work at the E3 event, Pachter says that the company might host their own event somewhere in May.

Thank you GamingBolt for providing us with this information

Foxconn to Replace More Humans With Robots

Foxconn, which is Apple’s primary supplier for components, expects to deploy more robots in their factories to help with production in the next three years. While human workers are the main resource in their factories today, the company expects to automatize 70% of its assembly line work.

The Taiwanese manufacturing plant currently employs 1 million workers in China. However, company CEO Terry Gou said that he has been investing in robotics research and hopes to one day deploy a “robot army” at the company’s factories to offset labour costs and improve manufacturing.

“I think in the future, young people won’t do this kind of work, and won’t enter the factories,” said Gou.

A while back, Foxconn has faced criticism regarding working conditions, long hours and harsh treatment from its employees and both Foxconn and Apple have promised to improve the labour conditions. The resulting outcome proves to be a good quality and production improvement, but the cost of achieving it would most likely displease Foxconn’s employees even more.

Despite the increase in automation, certain Foxconn facilities in China still heavily rely on human workers. The factory in Zhengzhou, China, assembling Apple’s iPhone for instance, has been known to employ 300,000 workers.

Thank you Computer World for providing us with this information

HIV Can Now Be Detected in Just 15 Minutes – With A Smartphone!

Researchers from Columbia University have apparently created a $34 plastic smartphone STD scanner which would “accurately” identify HIV and syphilis antibodies. The scanner is said to be compatible with Google Android and Apple iPhone smartphones.

In order to perform one of these tests, a pin-prick of blood is needed for the scanner and from there onwards, the app is said to spit out the results in just 15 minutes. It is said that the device is able to replicate the mechanical, optical and electronic functions of a traditional lab-based STD analysis.

“This work is a proof of how technology can improve diagnosis and care, making it faster and simpler and cheaper without compromising the existing quality,” said Sabin Nsanzimana, the Rwanda’s Ministry of Health manager of STDs. Although “it may take time, or bigger studies” before additional knowledge of the dongle is known

However, attaching such a device to a smartphone should have raised concerns on power consumption. This is where the researchers stated that they chose a “one-push vacuum” instead of a power-consuming electrical pump.

The device is said to have been field-tested over two weeks at three health clinics in Kigali, Rwanda. The outcome stated that the accuracy was “on par with ELISA tests, but are significantly cheaper”. This means that similar tests can be completed in remote villages and health clinics.

The ultimate goal of the researchers over at Columbia University is to expand the testing beyond HIV and syphilis. But until then, additional testing could drive the price down while allowing mass adoption of the technology in the developing world, which is a good start.

Thank you Daily Tech for providing us with this information

HoloBridge – London’s 1st Virtual Reality Arcade

Whether you are an Assassin’s Creed fan who wanted to experience something similar to the Animus or just want a truly unique adventure like you have never seen or experienced before, HoloBridge apparently is willing to help you out. The company is said to take full advantage of VR-glasses similar to the Oculus or Samsung Gear VR, and gadgets, like Cyberith or Virtuix Omni.

In the heart of vibrating Shoreditch you will find a cool place to meet up with your friends and try the latest technological developments in VR. We will offer the most exciting content to make your visit a breathtaking journey. Just book your ticket online, come to us and enjoy.

HoloBridge is the idea of German entrepreneur, Andreas Lohaus, who is said to be passionate about the emerging virtual revolution. His first encounter with VR devices was back in 2012, being one of the first backers of VR-devices, including Oculus Rift. After receiving and testing his first VR dev kit, he knew “this will be huge!” and has actively been connected to the VR scene in his hometown, Cologne, Germany.

While the HoloBridge team is said to start off with 10 VR Glasses and 2 Treadmills, they are also awaiting more feedback on which content and technologies would people like to see and toy around with.

More details about the project can be found on Indiegogo, where people can contribute a minimum of £5 towards the project’s budget (having the HoloBridge team send a special personalised Tweet to people who decide to contribute). Should you feel like spending more, the £199 perk will get your name and signature perpetuated on one of the VR Glasses showcased at HoloBridge. On top of that, the perk will also let you use the same device for free for the first 20 slots booked.

Source: Indiegogo

Almost 10,000 UK Driving License Details Leaked Online

It looks like the NSA or other government agencies might not be the only ones that have access to your personal details. Everyone with Internet access could have seen your address, name, email and photo just by navigating to a website. This is the case of a private parking ticket company by the name of PaymyPCN.net, who allegedly published one of their clients’ database online. It is said that a security flaw on the private parking firm’s website allowed public access to around 10,000 motorists.

“[The] breach at PaymyPCN.net demonstrates that even with basic IT security measures in place, perimeters are still permeable.” said Sol Cates, CSO at security vendor Vormetic. “In this case, it appears that, while motorists’ data and fine payments were encrypted once inputted into the PaymyPCN.net website, a backdoor link left the computer database wide open – providing access to private information provided to PaymyPCN.net by the DVLA. Although the information was encrypted, just as important is the control of access to the encrypted information – and this is where PaymyPCN.net appears to have failed,” he added.

Michael Green, a consumer activist, is said to be the one who uncovered the flaw after it had been “sent to a motorist in error”. The site is said to have been taken offline by PaymyPCN.net immediately after the breach, but it has since returned. PaymyPCN.net activities involve the collection of parking charge notices, acting as an agent of both private and public sector parking operators.

Thank you The Register for providing us with this information

be quiet Pure Rock 120mm CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


By now I think everyone will have heard about be quiet! A company that is known to release excellent quality products such as PSUs, CPU coolers, fans and even recently a case. All these products are made with three things in mind – quality, performance and aesthetics. The downside to this is that the products are sometimes expensive, but they have always been most certainly worth it, as they include be quiet! fans, which have proven to be some of the best fans on the market.

Today we are going to look at the be quiet! Pure Rock, a budget 120mm fan CPU cooler for multiple sockets. It will be interesting to see how this product performs as it’s the cheapest cooler I have seen from be quiet! let’s hope that they haven’t compromised on the quality or performance.

The Box for the be quiet! Pure Rock follows the same pattern as all of the other be quiet! products we have seen. It has a very nice black background with some rather nice photos of the product. I like to see a uniform theme between products as it instantly tells you which brand the product is from and what to expect.

Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. As you can see it supports many of the Intel and AMD sockets that we’re used to, so it will fit most modern motherboards. We can also see that this cooler comes with a be quiet! PURE WINGS 2 120mm fan, which is a 1,500 rpm 12v 4-pin PWM fan, which is very quiet.

Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. One thing that is missing is a tube or sachet of thermal paste. be quiet! have actually pre applied this to the cooler which for one time application, but if you make a mistake, or want to re-seat the cooler then you are going to have to purchase more thermal paste.

Included with this cooler is also this little spanner, this helps when you are installing the cooler. Using this tool you won’t necessarily need to take the fan off the tower to install which is always good.

As always with be quiet! products you get one of their excellent fans. This is a pure wings 2 and we know from previous experiences with these that they are an excellent balance between cooling and silence.

Now this is where we forget that this is actually a cheap product from be quiet! It looks just as good quality as their high-end, high budget models. I don’t need to say too much more on the aesthetics, pictures say far more than I could ever hope to, they just look beautiful.

The tops of be quiet! coolers are always finished excellently and this one is no exception. I think that having the caps over the 4 heat pipes is an excellent idea. I know be quiet! are not the only company to implement this idea, but they certainly do it well and it adds to the overall quality and finish of the cooler.

The underside is made of CNC machined copper, which ensures the best possible thermal conductivity, as well as a little more eye candy. Unfortunately there is pre-applied thermal paste, which is great for one time use and for people who are a little unsure about applying paste but it does mean that if for whatever reason you need to take the cooler from the CPU then you will have to purchase some aftermarket thermal paste. I much prefer seeing a nice syringe of paste with a cooler rather than it being pre-applied like this. You can also see that this cooler has 4 6mm heat pipes to help dissipate the heat.

Installation for the be quiet! Pure Rock couldn’t be easier, you simply add the back plate to the motherboard using the thumb nuts to hold it in place. You then use the same 4 thumb nuts to screw in the brackets for your desired socket type, once this is done you simply add the cooler and use the provided screws and holding plate to secure your cooler.

Once the cooler is fitted, the fan does very slightly go over the top of our RAM. This isn’t much of a problem as with the be quiet! Pure Rock you are able to move the fan to the other side of the cooler, but for those who wish to have it on the same side of the RAM or have motherboards with RAM on both sides of the cooler, then you will need low profile RAM.

So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!

Arkham Knight Delay Explained by Rocksteady

With the plethora of broken games being released recently – DriveClub, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection spring to mind – it’s refreshing for a publisher to push back a release date to ensure their product is up to scratch, as frustrating as that may be (Grand Theft Auto V for PC is getting side-eyed so hard right now).

Arkham Knight is one such game, its release delayed to allow its developer, Rocksteady, enough to time to fulfil its vision. Sefton Hill, the game’s Director, told EDGE that had the release of Arkham Knight not been pushed back, they would have been forced to submit a shorter, more diluted version of the game:

The vision for the game just meant we weren’t going to get it finished to the standard we wanted in time. It’s as simple as that. We had to decide: is it a case of reducing the scope to try to get something out? Or do we delay the release in order to make sure we can achieve the vision? That’s the discussion we had with [Warner’s] senior management. Fortunately, after a lot of grovelling, we got the time, because those guys believed in the vision too.

The question was never whether it was good enough. It was whether we were going to get it done. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but we were very confident in that direction. We just didn’t have time to finish what we wanted to do. It’s fair to say that’s my fault: the reason we didn’t ship in 2014 is because of the game I wanted to make. It couldn’t be done in the time we had.

Arkham Knight is due for release on 2nd June, 2015, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Worlds Factory

Final Fantasy XV Gets Three English Gameplay Videos

Thanks to the latest Active Time Report, we have three new videos showcasing gameplay in Final Fantasy XV, and this time they’re in English.

The videos, introduced by Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, show the approach to a dungeon, played on Xbox One, and inside the dungeon, taken from the PS4 version. Finally, we have a BBC-esque “World of Wonder” documentary, which shows off some of the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the game’s milieu.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ExfN-qTW-d8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=liW836zMys8

Source: DualShockers

Tim Cook: Apple Watch Can Be Used as Car Key Fob

Tim Cook is still on his unannounced international tour, today stopping in London. He paid a visit to the flagship Covent Garden store, meeting with employees and customers (some even posed for pictures, as you can see below). He also took the time to give an interview to The Telegraph, offering some more details about the Apple Watch in the process.

Cook said of the key fob functionality that “This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted it and bought for a particular reason, perhaps for browsing, but then found out that they loved it for all sorts of other reasons.” That feature, like many, is yet to be properly announced. We expect to hear more about the watch on March 9th, when Apple will be holding an event, believed to be largely focused on the new device ahead of its release in April.

That event will hopefully reveal the actual release date of the device, as well as the prices – something highly anticipated as many still try to figure out just how much the 18-karat gold version will cost.

Source: The Telegraph 

Microsoft Releases Android Keyboard for Excel

The Microsoft Garage, an initiative to support extracurricular projects by the company’s interns, employees, and teams, has released an Android tablet keyboard developed specifically for use with Microsoft Excel.

Keyboard for Excel includes a 10-key numpad, a tab button, plus a series of symbols commonly used to create formulas in the spreadsheet program.

Though the keyboard was developed for use with Microsoft Office for Tablets, it does not support Google’s Nexus 7 device. The keyboard also lacks autocorrect and gesture-based typing.

Source: The Next Web

Man Creates Combat-Ready Protective Batsuit

A Philadelphia University student has built a Batman-styled combat suit. Jackson Gordon, an Industrial Design student, has crafted the custom Batsuit to resist against punches, blunt trauma, and even sharp objects like machetes. Sadly, the suit is not bulletproof.

Gordon first created a Batsuit for cosplay, but soon started to adapt his design to become more functional. The first prototype was ready by September 2014, with the more recent version starting development mid-November last year, after a successful Kickstarter. The suit was completed a few weeks back, and Gordon invited investors to the Katsucon event in Mayland to test the suit out.

Though the suit weighs 25 pounds, with the helmet alone weighing 3 pounds, though Gordon insists that it does not impede mobility, saying, “It sounds like a lot, and when you have it in a bag over your shoulder it weighs a ton, but when you are actually wearing it, you barely feel it. If this were to inhibit my movement, it would be completely useless.”

More details on the combat Batsuit can be found at the Armatus Designs Facebook Page.

Source: io9

Apple Opens Up iWork Web Apps To People Without Apple Devices for Free

Apple has just made it possible for anyone, even those who don’t own an Apple product, to access iCloud web apps. Previously, only those who owned an iOS device or Mac could use the online versions of Apple’s productivity apps including Pages, Keynote and Numbers.

From today, anyone can go to iCloud.com and access Apple’s apps in a similar fashion to Google Docs or Microsoft Office. The big difference though, is that Apple does not directly monetise the service. There are no ads or subscriptions and the apps can be used in Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox for free. However, free users only get 1GB of storage, while users of a Mac or iOS device get 5 GB of storage. Owners of Apple devices can pay for more.

The move is seen as significant, with Apple deciding to put themselves directly in competition with such services from Google and Microsoft. Whether they will pose any threat to those services remains to be seen.

Source: MacRumors

Sony Might Be Looking Into Testing as a Service, Early Access and Crowdfunding

Sony has revealed some of their possible future plans in a job posting for a new Director for the Worldwide Studios Quality Assurance Business operations. Of course the job possibilities mentioned here aren’t always a hundred percent indication of what to come, it does paint a picture of the companies plans.

PlayStation now appears to be looking into TaaS, GaaS, Crowdsourcing and early access test efforts. Crowdfunding and Early Access are both terms we already know, but you might not have heard of GaaS and TaaS before. The two terms stand for Gaming as a Service and Testing as a Service.

The TaaS basically involves outsourcing part of testing to external companies. This possibility could end up in one of two ways: either we’ll get more polished games while the company can adjust the hired workforce better than having them all in-house and it could also go the other way with a lot more leaks of early version and information before the games hit the retail market. Although one doesn’t exclude the other.

Sony doesn’t want to be left out in the dark when it comes the cloud trend either, so of course they’re also looking into Gaming as a Service, something that also could help to prevent piracy.

Description

The director of QA business Operations and Development is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive internal and external operational programs, processes and services to determine how competitive and current we are within the gaming industry. This position is expected to uphold the mission and values established by the organization.

Strategic Duties:

The Business Operations and Development Director works to improve an organization’s value and improve financial optimization. These duties include: assisting to define mid and long-term operational plans, helping to track and refine global organizational goals, builds key customer relationships, identifies business opportunities/ services, negotiates, opens and closes new business services, maintains extensive knowledge of current market conditions and oversees trends and analysis of global business operations regarding Test Efforts.
The Business Operations and Development Directors will also help manage existing clients and ensure they stay satisfied and positive. They will work with clients, often being required to make presentations on solutions and services that meet or predict the efforts of services and work with the clients’ future needs.

Responsibilities:

  1. Monitors external and internal environment for development of new services: TaaS, GaaS, Crowdsourcing, early access test efforts, etc.
  2. Implements the recommendations of the strategic mid-year plan with WWS.
  3. Performs market research and analysis to stay competitive regarding the leading game industry testing technology and methodologies.
  4. Furnishes global best business practices, advice, counsel, service improvement and general staff support to all departments within the organization.
  5. Evaluates operational issues to determine how competitive and current it is with the latest trends in the industry.
  6. Assists in or produces feasibility studies/business plans for said new services: Service Catalog
  7. Manages specific Quality Initiative Programs: audits, CSI etc.
  8. Assists in capturing and developing ongoing customer relation evaluations.
  9. Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
  10. Assists in planning of any event that highlights Test services: GTC, Post Mortems, etc
  11. Assists in developing and maintaining our evaluation process to continue gaining feedback from clients.
  12. Performs public speaking to organizations, committees and groups regarding new services, operations and testing practices.
  13. Develops and maintains Global Business Operations budget.

Thanks to PlayStation for providing us with this information

Amazon Experimenting With Fitting 3D Printers in Delivery Vehicles

Amazon is pretty much doing everything it can to get goods to you as quickly as possible. From Amazon Prime next day delivery to their conceptual Prime Air drone service. It’s almost like they’re working towards having no time between clicking the buy button and receiving your goods.

Well now the company has got one step closer to that goal, by filling a patent for a system that would produce the goods in the delivery van while on the way to your house. The application details that Amazon’s delivery trucks,  or “mobile manufacturing hubs,” would contain 3D printers that could physically manufacture the items you ordered. They say that the concept could mean “time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues generated.”

Such a system is purely conceptual at the moment, but could mean delivery of goods in significantly less time than ever before. Perhaps Amazon should try and get the drones in the air first though.

Source: The Verge

Resident Evil 4: HD Project Gets Stunning Comparison Screenshots

Modder Albert Marin has just released some new comparison screenshots of the RE4HD Mod project for Resident Evil 4. Compared to the vanilla build of the game, this mod is certainly looking amazing and for those who loved the original, this is shaping up to be a perfect reason to re-visit one of the greatest games in the series.

The textures have been overhauled and a few other tweaks applied along the way to transform the now aging title. Enjoy the shots below and be sure to check out the video!

 

Silicon Power Scores Two iF Design 2015 Awards

SP/ Silicon Power is well known for their storage products and they are often wrapped in a gorgeous outside. SP has once again received one of the most influential and prestigious recognitions from iF Design Award 2015 for the Stream S06 3.5-inch external hard drive and the Mobile X31 USB 3.0 OTG flash drive.

The iF Design Award was founded in Germany in 1953 and has since become one of the most reputable and famous design awards all over the world. iF Design Award attracted 4,783 entries from 53 countries this year and SP was one of them.

The Stream S06 3.5-inch External Hard Drive is a 4TB USB 3.0 hard drive wrapped in an elegant look. The handle combines design with functionality and allows for easy carrying from place to place.

The Mobile X31 USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive takes advantage of a micro-USB and a USB 3.0 connector in a compact form factor. The duality allows the use on both OTG enabled Android devices as well as an ordinary USB host like your PC. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface allows for those speedy transfers while the swivel cap design allows quick and easy use as well as protection.

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Leonard Nimoy, Mr Spock From ‘Star Trek’ Dies Aged 83

Leonard Nimoy, the actor famous for playing Mr Spock in the iconic Star Trek, has died at age 83. He died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to his son, Adam.

Nimoy captured the hearts and minds of generations for his role in Star Trek, playing a half-human, half-Vulcan character. He was famous for his catchphrase “live long and prosper” and the hand gesture seen above.

Poignantly, he effectively bid farewell via Twitter, on February 23rd he posted “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

Source: BBC News

The Tesla Model S Has a James Bond ‘Easter Egg’

The Tesla Model S really is a car of the future. It has more gadgets that you can imagine and it looks like something from a movie. In fact, if James Bond didn’t spend all his time in an Aston Martin or a Lotus, he’d probably drive a Tesla.

While Bond doesn’t drive a Tesla, Elon Musk drives a Bond car. You may remember that Musk, the founder of Tesla, bought the famous submarine Lotus from The Spy Who Loved Me for $866,000 a few years ago. He seemingly likes that car so much, that every Tesla Model S has a secret reference to it in its giant dashboard tablet.

If you hold the “T” logo on the dashboard, and then login with “007”, you’re greeted with the screen below, in which you’re able to choose how many ‘leagues’ under the sea you want to go down.

Source: The Verge