Batman Arkham HD Collection Coming to Xbox One and PS4

When it comes to superhero video games, few did it as well as the Batman Arkham series, gripping fans as they explored the prison and then the city in the hopes of fighting crime in Gotham. If you enjoyed the games but miss being able to play them on your Xbox One or PS4 you may be in luck with leaked images showing the Batman Arkham HD Collection.

Leaked via an image sent by a reported GameStop employee, the images appear to show a release date of the 10th June, with preorders going live today (19th April). The collection will include both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with “updated visuals optimised for Playstation 4 and Xbox One” while also letting you enjoy all the DLC that was previously released for both of the games.

With the last game in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight, giving you control over the Batmobile and a larger city, it didn’t take long before the technical problems scared people off of the game with many companies even offering refunds to anyone who had purchased it on PC. With the Arkham Knight being the last game made by Rocksteady for the dark hero, could this collection tide over fans while we await news about the next superhero series to grip our hearts?

Google Plans to Build its Own City

As part of its reorganisation last year, Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. converted its private city planning outfit Sidewalk Labs – tasked with modernising US cities to help integrate new technologies – into its own subdivision. The mission statement of this new subsidiary, though, appears to be more than just guiding existing cities into the future, with plans revealed that it is seeking to create its own “digital districts”; in effect, new, Google-built cities.

“The idea under consideration is for Sidewalk to create an area in the U.S. that serves as a testbed for new technologies from superfast Internet to autonomous cars, according to several people involved in the effort,” reports The Information (paywalled, via re/code). “Some 100 city planning experts, researchers and technologists have been involved with the project, including Stuart Miller, the CEO of home builder Lennar, Anthony Townsend, research director of Institute of the Future, Stanford professor Balaji Prabhakar and Harvard economist Ed Glaeser. The consulting firm McKinsey has also been advising.”

When approached for comment, a representative of Sidewalk Labs called the plan “speculation,” while Alphabet refused to comment.

Sidewalk Labs’ major contribution to US city modernisation thus far is the LinkNYC free WiFi network established in New York last Summer.

The CITE That No One Will Live In

When it comes to technology, people are constantly told to test it before release. Car makers are being warned that they need to slow down the release of automated driving in order to help people find and understand the risks and dangers of having a machine make decisions which will ultimately affect thousands on a daily basis, and with large companies like Tesla and Apple looking to get in on the automated car business, everyone wants to be safe before their cars hit the road. The site for Apple’s testing may have become revealed, though, in a brand new CITE.

No that is not a spelling mistake, CITE stands for The Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation, a 15 square miles of desert located within New Mexico. Set to cost around $1 billion and begin sometime this year, Pegasus Global Holding will begin the construction of the city for 35,000 people, but no one will ever live there.

Dubbed a “City lab” the city will feature everything from hospitals and highways to schools and could be used for testing self-driving transportation and green energy systems, with a research campus designed to help people study and understand technology on a city-wide scale before it’s released to the real world. With an estimated operational date of 2018, it could be a while before we see a city that’s fully automated, which is all good for us as long as they don’t name any of the systems Skynet or the Red Queen.

Sky Mile Tower Aims To Reinvent The Skyscraper

The evolution of the humble skyscraper has been nothing short of amazing over the last half a century, from the US and its range of towering buildings that have included the “Trump international Tower” which stands at an eye- watering 423 metres tall (1,389ft) to the current king which is situated in Dubai and goes by the name the “Burj Khalifa“, this structure stands at an incredible 829.8 metres (2,722ft).

Surely this will not be beaten? Well, apparently it might well be after it was recently announced that a new structure is in the planning stage and goes by the name the “Sky Mile Tower”, below is a summary concerning this proposed building.

  • The Sky Mile Tower will have a hexagonal design.
  • The Sky Mile Tower building will be around 1 mile high
  • The Sky Mile Tower is expected to house 55,000 people
  • The Sky Mile Tower will be surrounded by a series of hexagonal designed man-made islands.

Below is the concept computer generated designs for this new building, as you can see, they are certainly exciting. The islands will also be used with the aim of both protecting the city from flooding and also acting as a foundation for homes with the potential to house 500,000 people, the building is also earmarked for the city of Tokyo.

There will also be various multilevel sky lobbies that will house among other things restaurants, gyms and various health clinics. This all sounds amazing, but, there is one slight caveat when you consider the estimated completion of construction is expected to be around 2045.

Below is the current world’s tallest building, in case you’re wondering, it is the one on the left.

It will be interesting to note if there will ever be a limit to how far a skyscraper can go, after all, there surely has to be a ceiling.

Images courtesy of burjkhalifa and metro

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A Look At The World’s Largest Model Trainset Railroad

When I saw this story I was half expecting a slightly scaled up version of your standard railroad train set, it turns out I was wrong, and by wrong I mean really wrong as this train set boasts more than eight miles of track, lifelike scenery, 3,000 buildings and a 40-foot bridge.

The reports convey that Northlandz is the vision of “Bruce Williams Zaccagnino and his wife Jean” who began to develop the concept around 44 years ago, below are a selection of stats which really captivate this remarkable achievement.

  • The Railroad Layout is around 20 years old
  • It has over 100 trains
  • There are 500,000 tiny trees
  • 400 bridges
  • It is located in a 52,000sqft building in Flemington, New Jersey.

Now for the images, below is Bruce Williams Zaccagnino who is standing by this fantastic creation, as you can see, the detail is phenomenal and certainly captures the intended surroundings and then some, it reminds me of a real life open gaming world, so much so that Mr Zaccagnino is a “multi-award winning computer software game developer and publisher who has solitaire’s Journey and Perfect General accredited to his name, he also loved model trains as a kid“.

Below is another image of this amazing achievement, it really does look like a Hollywood film production stage.

Below is another image of what appears to be a large city, “Northlandz has been open to the public since 1997 and took some 16 years to build”. The detail would certainly make for an educational visit for budding film, game and TV production students who would like to pave a career in the creative industry.    

Below is the last selected image, it looks akin to a miniature version of the Truman Show and feels as if it is a world within a world, by all means check out the links above for a full set of images.

Oh, and below is a video which conveys this achievement.

A Visual Photographic Collage Of China’s Air Pollution

China’s air quality is poor to say the least, recent reports of families having to use an air purifier in their own homes to avoid breathing the air is quite shocking. The atmosphere in China has become worse over time to the point whereby it is difficult to recall a situation when the countries skies were not full of pollution, luckily, China and its Weather Network has produced a visual representation and it’s certainly worth a look.

Below is a series of snaps which has been stitched together and conveys the Beijing sky conditions most for most of the time in 2015, it is quite revealing when you consider how toxic the pollution is and is particularly evident when you look at images labelled 2015-12-1 and 2015-12-25.    

Image Below appears to be a colour chart of images that represent around 300 days of 2015, how do I know? yes I did count them and I came to around 290 days which I rounded up to 300, so give or take it is close to a year in total. The image also conveys the levels of extremes that exist and how it can be a danger to anyone’s health.

Below is an image which is quite fascinating, the sky here looks pretty natural and there is a good reason for this,  “during the Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese War and the World Anti-Fascist War commemoration of the 70th anniversary of victory” celebrations, the government  imposed air “quality protection measures”, this included a shutdown of factories and a ban on cars and high emission facilities. The result was a dramatic change that started from August 20th and continued until August 24th, 2015.

These images are interesting because tech has been used to document a hot topic climate issue in today’s world.

Image courtesy of geonews

“Improve Detroit” Cell Phone App Helps Fix More than 10,000 Problems in the City

Any massive city has problems that need addressing that slide by the people in charge. In a city like Detroit, they saw an opportunity to change this. That is how they started thinking about creating a phone app “Improve Detroit”. In April, the app was launched and it residents to directly alert city hall to things like potholes, illegal dump sites, abandoned cars, water main breaks, broken traffic signals, and broken hydrants. So far more than 10,000 problems have been fixed claim city officials.

There have been about 6,500 app downloads since it was released. And the city claims that the app so far has helped

  • Clean more than 3,000 illegal dumping sites
  • Repaired 2,092 potholes
  • Shut off water to 991 abandoned buildings
  • Removed 565 abandoned vehicles
  • Repaired 506 water main breaks
  • Fix 277 traffic signal problems

Mayor Mike Duggan said,“The Improve Detroit app has ushered in a new era of customer service and accountability in city government, It’s never been easier for Detroiters to get their voices heard and their complaints taken care of.”

This is a great concept that many cities should follow since no doubt that it took load off of city halls phones and staff with people calling in these issues every day. One can definitely see that there is a market for app developers to seize this new field.

Thank you Motor City Muchraker for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Huffpost.

Electric Bus Hopes To Power Your Normal Routes Envioromentally

We’ve all heard about electric cars. They’ve gone from the thing of dreams to powering sports cars and family friendly SUV’s. It’s hard to deny that electric vehicles are clearly something for the future, with companies and countries looking at new and innovative ways to use the environmentally friendly vehicles. The British government is even looking at building roads which will help charge your car while you drive down the motorway, how can that not show that electric cars are here to stay? But what about other modes of transportation?

Think about how many times you see that buses pass you, is it once a day or do you see it every hour like clockwork? Proterra, a new start-up, looks to help cities run a cleaner service by replacing those old petrol based buses with a new electric bus.

With the bus allowing automated docking with a charger, and with the charger looking to take at most five minutes, it could see that bus running the same schedule with almost none of the pollution. Currently, they have recorded a single charge lasting as much as 258 miles, a little longer than just popping down to the shops.

With towns and cities replacing their old petrol buses for new hybrid vehicles with a mixture of electric and petrol, we could maybe see cities push out petrol all together in their public transport.

Could you see your daily bus route running green and silent? Would you be willing to wait a few minutes at the start of your journey knowing it’s going to be cheaper and nicer on the environment?

Thank you Fast Co Exist for the information and images.

 

See How the BMW EnLighten App May Help You in Traffic

Traffic lights could become a nightmare in heavy traffic, to the point where you never know if you can send a quick text or take a sip of your morning coffee before the light ahead changes. You always need to keep your eyes peeled and check if the light turns green before the guy behind you honks you to death, or you may never know if that green light will change before you try passing the intersection.

BMW has been working on solving this and came up with the EnLighten app, having it work with participating cities by communicating with the traffic light control system. This means that the app makes use of your phone’s GPS and knows which light you are approaching, then gives you a counter to see how long it will take for the light to change.

However, don’t think that the counter is 100% accurate, so don’t try forcing your luck on that last second. The data is received and processed based on red, amber and green cycles, as well as traffic flow cycles at different times of the day.

While there may be a slight time deviation, the app is still useful in giving drivers a chance to time their arrival at intersections when the light is green, or give them a chance to do something else while waiting at a red light.

The app is currently available on iOS and Android for use in any BMW car and a map of participating cities can be found here.

Thank you Gizmag for providing us with this information

Is E-Ink The Future of Remote Controlled Traffic Signs?

Wouldn’t it be better to have signs that change themselves when you want to if you live in a city with a lot of traffic or events? Sydney’s State of New South Wales’ Road and Maritime Services seems to agree and started using Visionect’s digital signage to help with all the traffic changes happening around the city.

Sydney is well-known for having a lot of football and cricket matches events, so on those days, drivers are faced with a hectic traffic. Up until now, RMS used to put up and take down different signs to show traffic changes, but since they started using the e-ink signs, they say things just got a lot faster and easier.

The e-ink displays were used for the signs due to the fact that they use a lot less power, so hooking them up to a solar-powered battery wouldn’t be a problem. The signs are also equipped with wireless broadband and can be updated remotely, so you can update and turn them on or off with the press of a button. Now imagine placing them, taking them down and changing them manually… it’s a really great improvement, isn’t it?

For now, RMS rolled out 15 of these signs on George Street in the Sydney CBD and some in Moore Park area. However, the signs are so time and cost efficient that they can almost replace every sign which requires to be changed every now and then to reflect traffic changes. Will this be the future of traffic signs? What do you think?

Thank you The Register for providing us with this information

Batman: Arkham Knight Will Not Have a Physical Release for Windows in the UK

Rocksteady Studio’s latest Batman: Arkham franchise title has been announced not to have a physical release for the Windows platform outside of North America. This means that Windows users in the UK will not have an option to buy the game as a physical copy.

After being delayed twice now, the game is scheduled to be released on the 23rd of June in the UK. Warner Bros. confirmed that a physical release is in the books for North America, but the UK will only see Xbox One and PlayStation 4 physical copies on shelves; Windows fans will have to stick to purchasing a digital download with no option for a physical disk.

Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have yet to comment on why the UK market is being restricted to digital download, but one guess is that it would serve as a test market for the future withdrawal from physical distribution. Previous Warner Bros. titles, including those in the Batman: Arkham franchise, have come with in-box redemption codes designed to restrict second-hand sales, pointing to a shift from resellable physical copies to account-locked downloads is a logical next step.

Thank you Bit-Tech for providing us with this information

London to be 5G Enabled by 2020 Promises Boris

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged that London will roll out their 5G network across the city by 2020, something that could give the city a massive economic boost and put it ahead of many other parts of the world in terms of technological infrastructure.

5G is a performance hammer blow compared to 4G, which looks like dial up in comparison, using around 10Gbps (that isn’t a typo) it aims to throw internet at mobile devices faster than ever before, as well as allowing huge numbers of connections that could really change the way we use the internet, especially given that the service will be faster than most wired connections, this could pave the way for more people to cut the cable from their desktop router.

The 5G standard still has a long way to go, as the final details are yet to be defined, but early tests are promising and all this stuff has to start somewhere! Of course it remains to be seen if Boris can uphold this promise, but with David Cameron visiting CeBIT earlier this year to secure the technology for 5G, it certainly looks like we’ll see something big in the next few years.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Edward Snowden Plans on Working with Russia to Develop Anti-Spy Technology

Following his calling to hackers all over the world and instigating them to work on anti-spyware technology, ex-NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, has now stated that he will be working with Russia in order to develop anti-surveillance technology aimed at divulging government spy operations around the world. He is stated to have asked support in his ‘quest’ at the Moscow Hackers on Planet Earth conference.

“We the people — you the people, you in this room right now — have both the means and the capability to improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day,” he said. “And that’s what a lot of my future work is going to be involved in, and I hope you’ll join me in making that a reality.”

Following his statement in Moscow, ZDNet has apparently reported that he also made another telelink remark to the New York City attendees, while also taking some time to defend his activities involving leaked government information.

“If we’re going to have a democracy and an enlightened citizenry, if we’re going to provide the consent of the governed, we have to know what is gong on, we have to know the broad outlines of a policy, and we can’t have the government shut us out from every action that they’re doing”

Thank you Washington Times for providing us with this information

US Government Wants To Create Experimental Wireless-Tech City

The US Government are looking to push forward with their experimental city / town ideas. While building something isn’t completely out of the questions, they’re really looking for a couple of towns or cities to volunteer some of their land to test theories on “spectrum sharing.”

With much of the airwaves held by the US military and private TV broadcasters, they want to run experiments where more of the bandwidth is shared for individuals, this can be used for things like Wi-Fi connections and other connectivity applications and could pave the way for future wireless technology and internet applications, that are generally much faster than what is available today.

The FCC and the NTIA want to test “one of more” cities with support for “rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities.” The only thing that remains to be worked out is who will run these model cities, the FCC, the NTIA, the city itself, private companies or local government.

If it goes ahead it could prove vital for future technology deployment to more parts of the country, much like Google did when they first rolled out Fibre to small areas.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Inferno Development.

Batman Arkham Collection Edition Revealed

Batman: Arkham Collection Edition unites Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins in one seriously awesome trilogy boxset of gaming goodness. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the Batman: Arkham Collection Edition this week and The blockbuster Batman: Arkham videogame franchise has been united into one staggering package. The new bundle will be made available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and of course PC.

The Batman: Arkham Collection Edition will be available in the UK from 22nd November 2013. Developed by WB Games Montréal and Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Collection Edition brings together the full collection of Arkham Games:

  •  Batman: Arkham Asylum
  •  Batman: Arkham City
  •  Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be available as digital downloads, while the latest game, Batman: Arkham Origins is obtainable as a physical disc. So I guess it would be fair to call this a special release of Arkham Origins rather than a true trilogy boxset as you only get one physical copy, but it still marks a great value for money collection none the less and it is perfect for those who have yet to dive into the series.

The Windows PC versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be Game of the Year editions. Included in the PS3 version of Batman: Arkham Origins will be the Knightfall DLC pack.

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Thank you WB for providing us with this information.

Breaking News: Sim City for Macintosh Pushed Back To August

SimCity’s senior producer Kip Katsarelis announced today vai the Sim City Blog that they will not be bringing SimCity to Mac users, yet, and not on June 11th either, as stated before. Mac users will not be able to play their version of SimCity until at least August, the new date has not yet been announced. Could this hurt sales, or promote them? Some Mac users may pull back their pre-order copies of SimCity because of this delay. Though I think that this may be a good thing, and I almost wish that they would have done this with the PC version. Katsarelis stated that the makers of SimCity “do not believe it is ready for primetime yet”.

Many users believe that PC was released to soon, with many glitches and other problems with the game. SimCity has changed their stance though for the Mac users, and want to make sure that they have a great experience. The developers of SimCity are opting to take more time in perfecting the game, pushing the game back a few weeks, at least that is what they are saying right now.

SimCity is still working of many fixes for the PC users and server fixes and will likely bring players Update number 5 which should be available in a couple of weeks. At the same time, work has already started for Update number 6, primarily focusing on residential, commercial and industrial improvements.

Sim City developers have been seeking feedback from their userbase on their forums, you are also able to see what they are working on by checking their “Currently in Development” thread.

As a bonus to all Mac fans, and as a thank you from SimCity, they will be giving the SimCity Launch Park to all who have purchased the mac version.

What are your thoughts on the pushback of the game? Let us know in the comments below.

Original image courtesy of SimCity.com