Sony E3 2014 Media Briefing

Sony E3 Coverage


The PlayStation E3 2014 media briefing was the very last conference to attend for the day here in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Sony hosted an array of big announcements and reveals, setting out an exciting year ahead for PlayStation gamers.

The console war was almost completely lopsided in Sony’s favor but with Microsoft’s strong showing to the media  Sony’s going to have to step up their game. Primarily in the games department because that is definitely something that is lacking since the PS4 was released. Granted, the Xbox One was suffering from the same problem but things should be changing soon.

First and foremost, the show saw a number of major new exclusive first party games unveiled for PlayStation consoles.

Destiny

Set in the distant future, Destiny casts players as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who will traverse the ancient ruins of our solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Able to wield incredible power, players must battle humanity’s enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind’s Golden Age. 

Destiny’s many destinations will feature areas called Public Spaces where players journeying solo or with friends will seamlessly cross paths with other players and Fireteams, some on similar missions, others engaging in completely different activities. And in the public events, gamers can join real-time dynamic events that players and Fireteams in the area can choose to engage in. These Public Events are short skirmishes where multiple players work together to defeat their common enemies and collect awesome loot.

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It was announced that Playstation+ members will have exclusive 30 access to the beta starting on July 17th. Along with the release of Destiny is the PS4 bundle that includes the great looking white PS4 and a 30 Playstation+ voucher.

Microsoft E3 2014 Media Briefing

 

E3 has always been the staple for developers to showoff all their exciting games they have in the pipeline for consumers who are constantly hungry for the next big game they need to get their hands on. Whether it be graphical fidelity, intuitive game-play, or even dynamic social capabilities. This year’s expo is giving everyone a taste of what’s to come in big ways.

Before I move forward I have to mention that Microsoft did nothing but impress me this year compared to most of Sony’s offering later in the day. The biggest reason why was the show of force in their game lineup. In fact, the briefing was entirely about the games which for a hardware manufacturer is pretty hard to do as we’ve seen in past conventions. I’m not saying that all of the game were as high caliber as Assassin’s Creed Unity. But you can see that Microsoft still knows what it takes to please their continuously growing fan base.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

It was no surprise that the game of choice to start the show with was Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. While the game did have some impressive graphics, it’s the same old game-play and pacing that we’ve seen in every release for the franchise. Most of what was shown at the briefing was pretty much covered in the most recent leaks along with a full length article by Game Informer a couple months ago.

Call of Duty has been known to take pages out of Michael Bay’s playbook to create an intensified experience that was once again apparent in Advanced Warfare. Flying drones, exoskeletons, smart grenades are a few new items at the players disposal, but again, a one trick pony. We’ve all seen this before. No multiplayer footage was shown and it won’t be till around August time frame till we see more, so let’s just hope that Sledgehammer will take this franchise to new heights in the game mode that matters most and is the driving force behind their bread and butter.

Continuing the tradition with all previous Call of Duty releases, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that the Xbox One will have exclusive access to all add-on content first.

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Bitcoin Going To Outer Space

Bitcoin is preparing to launch satellites into space as a means of ‘Global’ backup to the blockchain. Bitcoin’s blockchain is to be sent into space in order to reduce coin volatility and ensure safety from major cyber attacks. The blockchain is a constantly changing documents that records all transactions as well as who owns all coins. Bitcoin is dependent on access to the blockchain to verify all transactions and now Jeff Garzik, one of the main contributors to the Bitcoin source code, has announced that he intends to launch a number of satellites into space to host copies of the blockchain and continuously send it back to earth. Garzik, who currently runs Dunvegan Space Systems, intends to launch a fleet of satellites that host fresh blockchain copies and continuously send it back to earth.

This development will allow anyone to obtain “free Bitcoin bandwidth” anywhere in the World, regardless of the performance of their current internet connection or provider. Garzik went on to say that this would protect the blockchain from cyber attacks that set out to manipulate the blockchain. This will be a fantastic development for Bitcoin; although already a groundbreaking development in finance, the currency has suffered from both bad publicity and volatility as a result of concerns about blockchain malleability and the possibility of fraud. Having the code would seek to manipulate the blockchain file. Secure upload centres would need to be put in place across the globe, that would continuously update the blockchain, and these centres would then beam the code into space, the satellites would then receive the code and in turn, beam it to every bitcoin user on Earth. Garzik believes that he could launch some ‘Cubesats’ into space and that this would be the most affordable way to achieve the plan.

The ‘Cubesats” are micro-satellites with dimensions of approximately 10cm cubed. For $2 Million he can put one into space and for $5 Million he can put eight into space, providing almost continuous coverage to all of the World. He has announced that he intends to begin fund-raising at the end of the summer, and if this is successful, as he expects it to be, he will be in a position to launch the satellites by August of next year (2015). There are, however, potential flaws in this brilliant idea. For one thing, the satellites would have to ensure that the ‘Bitcoin-Bandwidth” did not conflict with other satellites already in space. Further, the satellites have a useful life of no more than two to three years, and this will in turn mean there will be a need for future fundraising for future launches.

 

Thank you to The Telegraph and Virtual Mining for providing us with this information.

Amazon Unintentionally Created a Shopping List for Drug Dealers

So the story begins with a supposed drug dealer buying a the AWS-100 scale from the online retailer. And then another drug dealer bought the same scale. Then another. Then another.

As most consumers are well aware of, when you search an item on Amazon, a data tracking system will use your search history to recommend other products that other users may have purchased. Well it turns out that these drug dealers bought a lot of their materials from the online retailer. Now when any customer searches for the particular scale they are recommended a laundry list of items for your own DIY drug kits.

The team at Mashable provided some of their recommended results based on searching the AWS-100 scale:

  • Many “spice” grinders
  • Pipe screens
  • A rolling paper and tray bundle
  • Bulk pure caffeine powder (perhaps to cut heroin?)
  • Baggies
  • More baggies
  • Skull baggies
  • Pot-leaf baggies
  • An encapsulation machine and gelatin capsules
  • A scientific spatula
  • A diamond tester (?!)
  • “Air Tight Odorless Medical Jar Herb Stash Medicine Container”
  • Digital caliper
  • Tweezer and snifter set for “miners and prospectors”
  • A tool for cleaning a gun part
  • A safe in the form of a Dr. Pepper can
  • Potassium Metabisulfite (for decontamination?)
  • A drug testing kit (“this kit contains the same reagent chemicals as found in Justice Department test kits”)
  • A really powerful magnet
  • “TAP DAT ASH” ashtray
  • Beta alanine powder (maybe for bodybuilders?)
  • An actual drug called kratom (big in Thailand, apparently)

This was obviously unintentional on Amazon’s part but it’s hard not to find the comedic aspect of this.

A great point that was brought up by Mashable was the possible impact this could have on how long it is before authorities begin requesting account info based on shopping trends by users on Amazon.

The Digital Rights Advocacy Group, The EFF, has stated that  “the service is not making clear to their users what standards and rules law enforcement must follow when they seek access to sensitive user data.”

Thank you to Mashable for providing us with this information.

Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

When it comes to generating electricity out of water, most people probably think of dams and the use of the water pressure to turn large turbines and generate electricity by means of magnetic turbines. Scientists are looking at another method though.

Specifically, they are once again exploring other prospects of hydroelectricity, like dragging water over nano-structures. And with graphene being one of the most popular nano-structures to date, it was obvious that someone would eventually test out the idea on it.

The results, as it turns out, are very promising. Researchers from China were able to generate electricity from graphene by dragging small droplets of salt water over it.

Normally, to harvest electricity from nano-structures needs an ionic fluid (liquid with charged ions in it) to be pushed through a system with a pressure gradient. The amount of energy that can be acquired this way is small  because the gradient needs to push the ionic fluid through a small tube.

The Chinese team grew a layer of graphene instead, and placed a drop of salt water on it, which they dragged at various speeds. There seemed to be a linear relationship between the speed and the energy (faster was better). A drop made of copper chloride and placed on a graphene surface generated 30 mV when the surface was tilted to one side and gravity came into play. The technology should not only be usable in small devices, but eventually can be applied to larger scaled applications as well.

Thank you to Gizmodo for providing us with this information.

OnePlus One’s Performace Is Top Notch

 

As some of you know, OnePlus is a brand new China-based mobile company created by a former Oppo executive. His goal is to create the perfect, no-compromise smartphone at a lower price than what we’ve gotten used to pay for flagship phones.

Not long ago, the OnePlus One (which is the name of the phone in question) has been recently compared with the HTC One M8, as well as the Galaxy S5. The gadget is set to be made official in less than two weeks from now (on April 23), so we’re really eager to see if it actually has what it takes to deliver on its promises.

If you haven’t already figured this out, what you’re looking at is the OnePlus One smartphone being compared with the rest of the competition in AnTuTu. The gadget has apparently scored 38,179 points, which catapults it in the lead.

The OnePlus One is expected to pack a Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.5 inch IPS display, 16 / 64 GB of storage, a 13 MP Sony Exmor camera with 6 lens and an f/2.0 aperture, and a 3,100 mAh battery. The gadget runs on CyanogenMod 11S, and is expected to hit the shelves at a lower price than $400.

 

Thank you to Phone Arena for providing us with this information.

Quixter Shows How Your Palm Can One Day Replace A Credit Card

Quixter, created by engineering student Fredrik Leifland at Lund University, aims to replace the standard method of  paying at your local retailer by removing the need for a card or device completely. Instead it uses your palm and a phone number. NFC was aimed to speed things up by allowing you to just wave a device over a machine. But there’s still a lack of NFC-enabled devices on the market and it still requires a device be present.

The technology works by integrating a biometric scanner into the payment device. Then, once signed up, the user can pay simply by allowing their palm to be scanned for a couple of seconds and then entering the last four digits of their phone number. It’s secure because every vein pattern in a hand is unique. It’s also very convenient as you aren’t fumbling in your pocket for the thing that allows you to pay.

Quixter is only working as a system at Lund University right now with 1,600 users. It’s possible that it may expand into the consumer space, but for now NFC looks like the safer bet.

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Thank you to Tech Crunch for providing us with this information.

Google Buys Titan Aerospace For $60 Million

Google had made it very clear that they would progressively build their R&D division specifically gearing towards robotics which has been recently made more evident in not only their investment into robotics firm Savioke, but in this latest acquisition of Titan Aerospace. This latest purchase by the search engine giant makes sense all around.

According to Business Insider, the Titan project will be used in a number of situations such as:

  • The ability to collect photos from around the planet from high up, which could help with Google Earth and Google Maps.
  • Contribute to Google’s Project Loon, which is sending balloons into the atmosphere which then beams Internet to parts of the world that are not yet connected.
  • It’s also likely to work with Makani, another company Google bought, that gets wind power high in the sky, and delivers the energy back to earth through a long cable.

The technology behind these drones is remarkable. With the top skin covered in solar panels, and enough battery storage to remain aloft during the nighttime hours, these drones can remain in the air pretty much indefinitely, though Titan does state a finite mission range of roughly 2.5 million miles, or 4 million kilometers. The drones can reach an altitude of about 12 miles (20km, 63,000 feet). Google will also find prompt industrial uses for these drones, but it is only a matter of time before we see commercial and consumer applications.

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Thank you to Business Insider for providing us with this information.

Obama Allows NSA Exploit Internet Flaws All For National Security

Recently reported by the New York Times, President Barack Obama has said that the NSA must reveal any Internet vulnerability that it finds. But there’s a catch. The security agency is not obligated to disclose vulnerabilities whenever there’s “a clear national security or law enforcement need”.

“This process is biased toward responsibly disclosing such vulnerabilities,” said Caitlin Hayden, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council. Despite the assurance, the exception is being widely viewed as a loophole that will likely allow the NSA to continue to exploit security vulnerabilities.

The decision was made by the President in January when he started working on NSA reforms, but it wasn’t publicly revealed until last Friday when the White House denied that it had any prior knowledge of Heartbleed, a security bug which has reportedly affected almost two-thirds of the internet, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and more.

There is already widespread concern that the security agency may have been secretly using the Heartbleed bug for years to serve its own purposes, something which the agency has denied. On the other hand, documents released by Snowden reveal that the security agency was already looking at ways to accomplish exactly what Heartbleed did through a program code-named ‘Bullrun’.

 

Thank you to the New York Times for providing us with this information.

University of Bristol Builds 3D Interactive Fog Screen

Designing buildings could become more futuristic and interactive with new technology from the University of Bristol. A new interactive tabletop system combined with personal screens, built using fog, will be unveiled at an international conference this month.

The technology, called MisTable, allows users to move images and push them through the fog-screens onto the display. The creators are hoping it will help change the way people interact and collaborate in the future.

Professor Sriram Subramanian, University of Bristol said: “MisTable broadens the potential of conventional tables in many novel and unique ways. The personal screen provides direct line of sight and access to the different interaction spaces.”

He added that “Users can be aware of each other’s actions and can easily switch between interacting with the personal screen to the tabletop surface or the interaction section. This allows users to break in or out of shared tasks and switch between ‘individual’ and ‘group’ work.” The personal screen allows a range of customization and novel interactions such as presenting 2D personal content on the screen as well as 3D content above the tabletop for augmenting and relighting tangible objects differently for each user.

 

Thanks to Geek for providing us with this information.

Weed Vending Machines?

After the first recreational dispensaries opened in Colorado earlier this year, NPR reports that the state has finally reveal its first marijuana vending machine.

Located in Avon, Colorado, the bright green machine sits outside Montana’s Smokehouse and is stocked with a variety of edibles.

Unfortuantely the machine can only be utilized by users with a medical card, who must also scan a valid idea in order to gain access.

However, with Washington and Colorado both legalizing marijuana without any major issues and the latter expecting to earn almost $100 million dollars in tax revenue thanks to the end of prohibition, it would be surprising to see these be a bit more widespread as more and more states begin to relax their laws.

In a few years, maybe you’ll be able to buy your weed in one vending machine and your munchies from the one right next to it.

 

Thanks to NPR for providing us with this information.

Amazon Paying Up To $5K For Employees To Quit

In a move that will immediately leave people confused, Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon, has instituted the “Pay To Quit” Program via his letter to his shareholders recently.

According to the details of this new program, this program pertains to warehouse employees. Newer employees are offered $2,000 to quit. The plan is to increase that offer by $1,000 each year until the amount hits $5,000. Mr. Bezos stated that “The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want and in the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.”

Apparently the company has played around with this program in the past, but rolled it out to its 40,000 warehouse employees in January, according to a company spokeswoman. Fewer than 10% of the employees who got the offer took it and left the company.

Amazon is in the process of adding warehouses so that it can cut delivery times to customers. Today is has 96 such locations. Company filings show it had 117,300 full-time and part-time employees at the end of last year, up by nearly a third from its employment level a year earlier.

According to data gathered last year by career website Glassdoor.com, Amazon pays its warehouse workers an average hourly wage of about $12 an hour, which comes to just about $25,000 for a full year. Its full-time workers also get stock grants which Amazon said last year had averaged about 9% of employees’ pay.

 

Thanks to CNN Money for this information.

Tron with Oculus Rift!

Independent developer The Arcade Man has brought to life a Tron:Legacy Light Cycle that’s primary purpose is a first-person driving game to play with an Oculus Rift.

The evolution of tecnology allowed us to have amazing experiences. How many of us dreamed of being inside a game, this is a fantasy in the mind of all the nerdiest geeks.

Thanks to an amazing little device that allows us to be “inside a game” and the project I’ve developed in the last month, I think I can say that we are in a very good way to materialize a great part of Kevin Flynn’s dream…

I present you the RiftCycles Project.

This is a stunning and unique arcade prototype that combines the Oculus Rift with a Light Cycles simulator  that I built from scratch.

The game was developed (using Unity) by the portuguese startup Overflow Interactive and it’s a game based on the Light Cycle Battle from the Tron universe and fully compatible with the Oculus Rift

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gKcNau57jQ[/youtube]

 

Thank you to Prosthetic Knowledge for providing us with this information.

Google Glass Available to Everyone in the U.S.A…For One Day

According to news leaked out today, Google will be making the sought after wearable available for one day to the open public.

Google Glass has definitely seen its fair share of public scrutiny, but that hasn’t stopped the search giant from heavily marketing the device. This latest stunt is most likely being used to turn around the general public’s negative outlook on the unit by getting it into more consumer hands for them to genuinely give their feedback.

Of course, it doesn’t come without its stipulations. First of all, like stated above it will only be available to the U.S. market for one day, units are very limited so signing up won’t guarantee you one, and lastly…it will set you back $1500. You read that right…$1500. But the promotion might net you a pair of shades or one of its custom frames for free. Sound like a better deal now ? 😉

The leaked document document displayed by The Verge shows that the decision on this promotion was scheduled to be made today. The announcement of the deal could happen as soon as this coming Tuesday April 15th at 9AM EST (6AM PST), with production ramping up that same day.

So who’s interested in Glass? Any takers?

 

Thank you to The Verge for this information.

 

U.S. Navy’s Railgun Blowing Stuff Up

Ever watch BattleTech as a child? Well if you haven’t you’re missing out, but if you have then you’re hopes and dreams of being able to see a railgun being fired are about to be realized.

The United States Navy is set to release it’s electromagnetic railgun on a single joint high-speed vessels (JHSV) in 2016 according to the report.

Since 2005 the U.S. Navy has been testing this technology and from the looks of it they’ve been doing a very good job of progressively improving it.

According to the Navy, the weapon uses “an electromagnetic force – known as the Lorenz Force – to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails.” The weapon will be able to shoot projectiles at an increased velocity than any weaponry available right now, which in turn will allow each round to travel much greater distances. Because of this ability to maintain velocity for a greater period of time, this means that it will not require a “high explosive payload” when it reaches a target. The Navy has stated that this will make its ships safer because they won’t have to carry as many explosives on board. Once the weapon is ready for deployment, the Navy states that the railguns will be able to launch “guided, multi-mission projectiles to a range of 110 nautical miles.”

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJQfAcBs5vQ[/youtube]

 

Thanks to Engadget and the U.S. Navy for providing us with this information.

 

 

 

 

Windows 8.1 Update Now Available!

Microsoft’s latest iteration of Windows has been having incredible difficulty being adopted by Windows users around the world. So much so, that many users fall back to the great Windows 7 or even all the way back to the legendary Windows XP which will be making its way into the history books soon. But the first update for Windows 8.1 is hoping to change all that. It’s bringing back some old tricks and even adding in a few new ones.

This is the first major update to Windows 8.1 and Microsoft is hoping that it’ll help put it’s latest version into the faces of more users.

Some new features include the ability to pin apps to the taskbar, a right-click context menu on the Start screen and a plethora of keyboard and mouse functionality improvements. The one key feature that will still be missing is the highly sought after Start Menu button but it should be added in within the next update or so according to Microsoft.

Also for users that were annoyed by the placement of the power menu which included Shutdown, Restart, Hibernate, and Sleep will hopefully be satisfied where Microsoft has added those options to.

So if you can’t wait to get your hands on the latest and greatest head on over to Neowin for the update files.

 

Thank you to Neowin for providing us with this information.

Battlestar Galactica Movie Moving Forward

A Battlestar Galactica movie!? So say we all!

According to Variety, Universal is aiming to create a complete “re-imagining story” to bring new life to the franchise that primarily consists of multiple TV series.  A writer has already been chosen and none other than Jack Paglen, writer of “Transcendence”, is the right person to bring everyone this re-imaging of this amazing series. Jack Paglen was also recently announced as assisting Ridley Scott with the sequel to the 2012 sci-fi file Prometheus which will be starting production this fall. Apparently in late 2009 Bryan Singer was speculated to be helming the movie, which to be completely honest, I’m glad never happened.

As most fans are well aware of, Battlestar Galactica has seen three different TV variations since the late 1970’s. While the story has been primarily based on humans vs a cybernetic race called Cylons, the latest TV franchise that ended in 2009, starring Edward James Olmos, bounced around many different story lines that included Cylons and humans working together towards a coexistence that left fans with an ending almost on par with that of the hit series “Lost”.

Thank you to Variety for providing us with this information.

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 808 and 810 Processors

Qualcomm certainly isn’t wasting any time.

Now that the Snapdragon 801 processor is being pushed out into the wild via phones like the HTC M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, it’s only fitting that they announce their next generation line. According to Qualcomm these new chips are looking at a Q1/Q2 2015 release time frame which makes sense since we will most likely see Snapdragon 805 equipped devices released in late summer.

These new chips are the first high end processors to be based on 64-bit architecture which is obviously the ammo needed to battle Apple since they had released their own 64-bit processing in the iPhone 5s. The low end will be covered by the recently announced Snapdragon 410, 610, and 615. With native 4k Ultra HD interface and video capturing support baked in its looking to be a beast of a SoC. With an upgraded camera suite using gyro-stabilization and 3D noise reduction for producing high quality 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at 120 frames per second, there’s no doubt that it will lead the next generation of mobile devices. There’s also a combined 14-bit dual Image Signal Processors (ISPs) capable of supporting 1.2GP/s throughput and image sensors up to 55MP. With the current crop of high end devices capping out at around 20mp (excluding the Lumia 1020 of course) this will help mobile devices cut deeper and deeper into the Point and Shoot camera market in the future.

The real meat of these processors is from combining Cortex-A53 cores and the more powerful Cortex-A57s. The A57 is supposed to be bringing a 50% increase in performance over the current A15s. Memory will be  supported by advanced DDR4 along with other bonuses like Cat 6 LTE-Advanced speed of up to 300 Mbps as well as enhanced carrier aggregation

Saving the best news for last is that with new processors comes better graphical processing as well. The Snapdragon 808 will come packed with an Adreno 418. According to the San Diego chip manufacturer this gpu will be about 20% faster than Adreno 330. The 810 processor will be armed with Adreno 430, which is roughly about 30% faster which will most likely only marginally surpass that of the Adreno 420 paired with the 805.

 

Thanks to Qualcomm for providing us with this information.

Drone Hacked and Injures Athelete…YIKES

On the heels of our post about unmanned helicopters here’s a great one to follow 🙂

In Western Australia, a drone used to capture footage of a Triathlon was “channel hopped” and crash landed on someone. “Channel hopping” can cause the drone to be uncontrollable to the original operator via a form of hacking. According to investigators the hack was most likely done via mobile phone.The camera drone that was filming the Endure Batavia Triathlon can be seen in the image above with the athlete bleeding as the drone is crashing down.

Also, unfortunately for the camera equipped drone operator, Warren Abrams, his company was not certified to be utilizing drones for the event and will most likely be fined an unspecified amount. CASA has stated that there are strict rules regarding the operation of an unmanned aircraft, which includes the requirement of flying at a minimum of 30 meters away from people. Abrams had admitted that he had earlier in the day experienced a similar occurrence that caused the drone to crash but thought it was a fluke. According to Abrams a full inspection was completed and tests in different areas were unable to replicate the issues thus giving the operator confidence to use it during the event.

“In a statement, Geraldton Triathlon Club president Simon Teakle said a full investigation would be conducted into how the accident occurred and the circumstances surrounding it.”

OUCH!

Thank you to the team at ABC News Australia for this funny article.

U.S. Navy Testing Pilotless Helicopters

The Naval Research Labratory has been testing pilotless helicopters for some time now. In fact, they’ve been using them in Afghanistan already but due to their inefficiencies in operating the technology it isn’t being used to its full potential.

Marines primarily use the unmanned helicopters for the delivery of items like water, food, and gear from place to place, where ever it might be needed.

The improvement in technology brings a greater level of  autonomy to these units. According to officials associated with the project, the technology has been tested on three different helicopters already as well as two versions being produced by both Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences.

Check out the rest of the Article over at MSN.

Thank you to MSN for providing us with this information.

Mobile Game Dev Millionaires feel…Guilty?

The New Yorker released an article about the “pressures” that game developers can incur making millions of dollars on cheap games.

Taken from the article is the following quote from Rami Ishmail, a game dev from the Netherlands that developed Ridiculous Fishing which is available on iOS:

Ever since I was a kid I’ve watched my mom wake up at six in the morning, work all day, come home, make my brother and me dinner—maybe shout at me for too much ‘computering,’ ” he said. “My first thought that day was that while I was asleep I’d made more money than she had all year. And I’d done it with a mobile-phone game about shooting fish with a machine gun.

Would you feel guilty? Or would you be pulling off a Scrooge McDuck and swim in all your cash? Tell us what you think.

Thanks to The New Yorker for this interesting piece.

 

Sony Unleashes the A7S w/ 4k Video

Sony has brought a third model into the new A7 family named the A7s. Like it’s older brothers, the A7s maintains the super small form factor that houses a beast of a full-frame sensor.

The star of the show is its new full-frame 35mm sensor pushing 12.2 megapixels that is capable of providing the user with improved ultra low-light performance when shooting both pictures or even in movies. Now remember not to focus on that pixel count because just like the A7 and A7R, Sony is banking on boosting individual photoreceptor pixel sizes.

In terms of ISO it has a staggering range of 50-409,600. So imagine having the incredible ISO ranges of high end DSLR’s like the D3S or the D4 but in a small form factor that is more comfortable to bring along with you where ever you travel. Sony is using its BIONZ X processor to be able to stream 4K video through its HDMI port.

This is one little beast and it looks like Sony is out for blood for any other competitor in this category of products. Let’s just hope that the price point is some what reasonable.

 

Thank you to Slash Gear for providing us with this information.

 

New Android TV Interface to Fill Your Screens

It’s been sometime since Google released it’s planet shaped Google TV into the wild back in 2012. Despite not lasting long in the market mainly due to pricing, that hasn’t stopped Google from working hard at something that will take over your living rooms.

The Verge released an exclusive look at the new interface and it’s looking sweet. There is a definite flavor from XBMC’s receipe book but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The biggest change in Google’s approach this time is that instead of trying to make it less computer platform and more entertainment interface. With Google’s strong offerings in voice and notifications baked into the platform behind the scenes. This time around should be  huge game changer in the battle for your living rooms.

Check out the full article at The Verge.

 

Thanks to The Verge for the screenshot and provided information.

Goat Simulator Madness

Goat Simulator is AWESOME.

This is gonna sound really stupid but the game actually has a lot of depth to it. Everything from achievements, “mutators”, in-game trading cards, and a whole slew of collectibles. The possibilities are endless.

There’s so much destruction to be done in this game that the guys from Machinima have started a top ten destruction video. Check it out!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUu4KZHwV6Y[/youtube]

Thanks to Machinima for providing the great video 🙂

Goonies Sequel!? Take My Money…NOW!

Hey, you GUYYYSSS!!!

Someone slap me! It sounds too good to be true!

According to Director Richard Donner he is working on bringing the original cast together for the sequel. Can you just imagine how amazing this will be? To see Chunk, Mouth, Data, Mikey….and SLOTH on the big screen again? Nerdgasm level 1,000,000.

Please make Chunk do the truffle shuffle 😉

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Ln03xgaUc[/youtube]

 

Thanks to Variety for providing us with this information.

Marvel Movies Planned Till 2028!?

Look out DC…Marvel isn’t playing any games.

According to talks with Marvel’s own Kevin Feige they have currently cataloged about 8,000 Marvel characters that can possibly have their own stand alone films.

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier just released, we have Guardians of the Galaxy to look forward to soon in order to expand the story pertaining to Thanos and the Infinity Gems which you would have already been pointed out to starting with the first Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. After that we have Avengers 2: Age of Ultron next year then the sky is the limit! Ant-Man anyone? Doctor Strange? Black Panther? And who knows, maybe if Sony and Marvel can reach an agreement we can hopefully see our favorite web slinger Spiderman make an Avengers appearance 😉

Marvel isn’t slowing down so let’s hope that DC can get their act together starting with Batman vs Superman. But with Ben Affleck as Batman the future is uncertain…

You can check out the full article over at The Guardian.

 

A huge thank you to the team at The Guardian for providing us with this information.

 

Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 Making Waves

Battlefield 4 has seen better days. With game launch woes and continuing server issues EA needs to step up it’s game if it’s going to want to stay relevant against the likes of Call of Duty or the recently released Titanfall.

But one thing you can definitely count on DICE for is easter eggs. This one for example is a monster of one. Ever see the movie Sharknado? No you say? What rock have you been living under? Go watch it…NOW!

But if you’re one of those lucky ones to have seen the movie you can relive all that amazing B rated goodness over again as long as you have 9 other buddies that are willing to lose their lives just so you can live to tell the tale.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6UM7-YFIOI[/youtube]

The people at IGN list out the rather easy steps to bring out the beast:

  • 10 players are needed to bait out the shark.
  • Load Battlefield 4’s Naval Strike DLC, specifically the map Nansha Strike.
  • Head out to the water’s lonely buoy with 9 other suicidal players, just outside of C.
  • Once all 10 players have gathered the shark will break the surface, landing atop of anyone brave enough to swim it’s waters

A huge thank you to the team at IGN for providing us with this information.