Ark: Survival Evolved Lawsuit Has Been Settled

Who doesn’t love building a base? Well, when it comes to building a base having some help from your tribe sure comes in handy, even more so when they bring a T-rex to help keep you safe while you finish your little hut. Ark: Survival Evolved allows players to enjoy this amongst so much more, but the future of the game was brought into question when its origins were questioned in a lawsuit, don’t worry through because the lawsuit has now been settled.

The final word was said on the 13th of April 2016 according to the documents both parties involved filed, saying that they had finalised a “written settlement agreement”. The parties involved are Wildcard, the creators behind Ark: Survival Evolved and Trendy, the creators of the popular co-op game, Dungeon Defenders.

Earlier in the week Susan Stieglitz, wife to Jeremy Stieglitz, the man at the core of the lawsuit, posted the following hinting at the sum that Trendy were after.

https://twitter.com/SusanCStieglitz/status/719987095796711424

In a Reddit post there appears to be an image capturing a conversation in which Susan Claire Stieglitz states that “we ended up settling for 40”. With no confirmation and the details not being publicly released, there isn’t any hard evidence to talk about the outcome of the lawsuit expect speculation and the fact that it has in fact ended. With Ark: Survival Evolved still marked as early access on Steam, losing out on any income (especially something as large as 40 million), the game is sure to feel the impact and people will want to know if they have had to pay this money rather than towards developing an outstandingly exciting game.

Updates for Grand Theft Auto 5 Coming to PC and Consoles at the Same Time

Grand Theft Auto 5 will finally hit the PC platform soon (after an eternity of waiting), having it be delayed several times due to the amount of work required to port the title. Since the release date is getting closer, Rockstar has disclosed how it will handle the PC version in relation to the console counterpart.

It seems that the developer plans to work on all platforms at the same time, having them release updates for the PC and consoles simultaneously. At least this is what Lead Gameplay Designer, John Macpherson, stated in a conversation with GameSpot.

“We plan to deliver updates to PC and consoles simultaneously. There can be occasional variations in timing based on specifics from one console to another but PC will not be on a separate timetable to other platforms.”

Macpherson has also given some insights on why the PC version always arrives after it’s released on consoles, stating that the company wants “each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be”, thus taking a lot more work and time to get it to the Rockstar standards.

“It comes down to bandwidth. We want each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be, and that means having the core members of the original GTA 5 team working closely with the best PC developers from across all Rockstar studios.”

“The same crew that did great work on the PC versions of Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and GTA 4, essentially. A large portion of the team that worked on GTA 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360 also worked on the PS4 and Xbox One versions and all of the GTA Online content, including Heists.”

“Since the new generation console versions and the PC version share similar architecture, the team also continued to work on the PC version. With each version adding features and requiring the focus of the same key people, that takes time.”

Rockstar will be releasing Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC on April 14th, having Macpherson eagerly awaiting for gamers to experience the company’s “ultimate version of an amazing game”. How excited are you for the title’s release?

Thank you Gamingbolt for providing us with this information

Make Your Own Mario Game With “Mario Maker” in September

Some awesome news for Mario fans just came out of Nintendo during its live stream. In September “Mario Maker” will be launched, it is a game that allows players to create their own Mario levels.

Players will be able to create the levels that they have dreamed of for so long using styles from across the Mario series history.  A really nice feature that should see a lot of use is the ability to share user-created levels with the community. The levels are able to be easily created using the Wii U GamePad touch screen interface. Unfortunately it seems that the levels will be limited to the side scrolling variety and not the 3D open world types, but nonetheless still should be very enjoyable.

Source: Nintendo

Microsoft HoloLens Project Designer Killed in Drunk Driving Hit-and-Run

Microsoft’s HoloLens project has a lot of people excited, including the entire staff here at eTeknix. The project has however suffered one of the saddest setbacks it could as one of its project designers was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident last weekend.

Mike Ey was just 30-years old and described as a caring and reliable person by those who knew him. According to news reports, Mike was hit from behind on State Route 520 in Redmond, WA by a drunk driver. After barely missing another driver with speeds in excess of 100mph the drunk driver rear ended Mike Ey, who died from the injuries. The driver was seen fleeing the scene and arrested by Police shortly after. He is now facing vehicular homicide and felony hit and run charges.

“He was the most reliable person ever. You could ask him anything and he would make sure it got done, whether he knew how to do it or not,” said Kelley Piering, Mike’s girlfriend.

May he rest in peace.

Thank you CanadianOnlineGamer for providing us with this information.

Did Apple’s Jony Ive Design the New Lightsabers?

Yesterday we reported on the new profile of Apple’s Jony Ive, the senior designer behind the look of many of Apple’s iconic products. There is a host of interesting tidbits of information in that profile, covering things from the Apple Watch to Ive’s secret design lab. However, one little section in that profile talks about the design of something deadly, something from out of this world.

That is of course the new lightsabers to featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the upcoming Star Wars movie. Apparently Ive, more suited to designing things made from aluminium and glass, gave director J.J. Abrams some “very specific” suggestions about the future design of lightsabers – suggestions that Abrahams says he listened to.

“Ive once sat next to J. J. Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York, and made what Abrams recalled as “very specific” suggestions about the design of lightsabres. Abrams told me that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn’t say how.”

While Ive says that “it was just a conversation”, it’s still pretty interesting to think the new lightsabers might just have been designed by the same person that designed the iPhone.

Source: The New Yorker Via: The Verge

Samsung’s New Designer Has Something in Common With Jony Ive

Samsung has hired a new designer who just so happens to have something in common with Apple’s Jony Ive. Lee Don-tae formerly worked at Tangerine – the British design company that employed Ive before he started working at Apple.

According to The Korea HeraldDon-tae “will work to elevate Samsung’s design prowess overall rather than focusing on a specific product,” – something that sounds rather familiar to Apple’s arrangement with Jony Ive, leading many to speculate whether there will be a design renaissance at Samsung.

Samsung is already Apple’s biggest competitor in terms of smartphone sales and this announcement poses the question – could this mean Samsung will now become a competitor in design too?

Does coming from that same company mean he’ll be anything like Ive? No, not really. But of course only time will tell. Maybe we’ll have a better idea of Samsung’s direction when they release their upcoming flagship phone – the Galaxy S6.

Source: The Korea Herald Via: The Verge

LaCie Unveiled Mirror Portable Hard Drive

LaCie, a premium brand of Seagate’s, has introduced their new Mirror portable hard drive created by the French designer Pauline Deltour. The drive is enclosed in scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3, making this 1TB drive both stylish and useful.

“You have to look twice to discover the LaCie Mirror’s true ambition,” said Deltour. “Covered by mirrored glass, it’s first an elegant and functional object, and only on second glance is it revealed to be a slim high–performance hard drive.”

 

The drive connects through USB 3.0 and offers LaCie Backup Assistant and Private-Public that is an AES 256-bit software encryption. The drive itself measures 80 x 128 x 13mm and the wooden stand measures 80 x 155 x 14mm. The drive weighs 230g without the stand, so it’s highly portable.

The new 1TB LaCie Mirror portable hard drive will be available in late January for an MSRP of $279.99 at LaCie.com. Wider availability will come later this year. The drive also comes with a carrying pouch and cleaning cloth to keep it pretty and great looking.

Thanks to LaCie for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of LaCie

Buy an Apple Pirates Flag for $1,900

Susan Kare, the designer of the original Macintosh’s graphics, fonts and icons, has announced that she is to start selling hand painted pirate flags.

The flags have been designed to resemble the flag once flown above the Bandley Drive building at Apple’s campus – the building where Apple’s top secret Macintosh team were hard at work building the legendary machine in the early 80s.

Steve Jobs said “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy”, hence why programmer Steve Capps thought it would be a good idea to get Susan Kare to paint a Pirate Flag and fly it above the building. Something that was initially a joke about Jobs’ insistence on the Mac team being rebellious pirates, ended up becoming a “permanent fixture of the building”. You can read more about the flag’s origins at folklore.org.

You might wonder who would spend that much money on a flag. Well, I must confess, I have spent about £120 on a beautiful print hand signed by Susan Kare, that will soon be on the wall above my desk.

You can order the flag here, but be sure to take a look at all of her other designs, whether you’re an Apple, PC or Android user – I’m sure you’ll find something that appeals to the tech lover in all of us.

Source: The Verge

 

One for the Ladies – Wireless Finger Nails with Colour Changing Displays

It may only be the start of the weekend, but here is something that to me sounds so unbelievable, you might even think its an April fools. If the headline doesn’t give it away, what we are looking at are images of a new concept that involves nail tips that contain a wireless receiver, battery and display – yep, that’s right, technology is coming to your finger tips – quite literally.

As crazy as this sounds, for any of the ladies out there that feel like they need to have their nails match their outfit each day, this latest concept will allow them to do just that.

Each finger nail tip connects to your smartphone through a wireless transmitter and through an app you can change the pattern or colour that is being displayed.

Obviously powering these tiny screens is going to be an issue, but this has already been thought of. Each night the set of nails are removed and then placed on a wireless charger – similar to those used for smartphones I guess and the following morning the nails hold enough charge to last the day.

Whilst this seems to be a crazy idea, the concept, known as ‘Bloom your nails’ has won an Intel design contest for technology involving ‘wearable computers’. In addition to being able to display colours and patterns, Gin Lee – the mind behind the concept, states that users will even have the ability to upload their designs to a type of shop where other user can purchase their ideas.

Whether or not this will ever materialise is another question, but rest assured there are probably be enough people who would take hold of the product if it ever came to production.

Source and images courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Not Satisfied With Google Glass? Try Google Frames On You Own Personal Glasses

Google Glass had its fair share of ups and downs, with its announcement of features and specs, to getting fined and arrested for using them in the wrong place at the wrong time. But now Google has also delivered on its promise to release a frame version of the popular gadget, priced at $225.

The frames are reported to be separate from the Glass, which costs roughly $1500, a steep price for a mainstream style of Explorer shades. But Google promised that it will release a frame version, a key requirement set by Google, before the product hits the retail shelves. There are reportedly four versions of Google Frame devices and are mainly dedicated to people who need prescription glasses and therefore cannot use the Explorer edition. However, they have also set up some pretty neat ‘geeky’ non-prescription lenses versions of their own.

Google is reportedly naming the frame collection “Titanium collection”, having being designed by Google rather than a third-party contractor. The frames are made of titanium, hence the naming, having a limited style ranging from thin to light weight. However, they are described as being ‘evocative’ by lead Glass designer, Isabelle Olsson.

“When you walk into a glasses store they have thousands of styles,” Isabelle says. “When you start to categorize them you realize that there are only about six to eight styles that people wear.” she added.

Don’t confuse the Google Frame as being a different product, they are still in the same category as Google Glass, being dubbed as “a new accessory to the technology”. The four frames are available in a choice of eight colors, including the original palette of Charcoal, Cotton, Shale, Sky, and Tangerine, and new arrivals Classic and Edge. Google says that the new frames and colors now provide more than 40 different style combinations for would-be Glass owners.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eneEmDtSvzI[/youtube]

Thank you The Verge and TheNextWeb for providing us with this information
Images and video courtesy of TheNextWeb

Adobe Has Fun At The Bus Stop #CreativeDays

Yesterday Hypervocal published an article about Adobe – Creative Days. A group of people that have plotted a 14 day event to express creativity and expressiveness across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. There are only a few days left to check out this event. For more information on the next fun, and creative event, check out “Adobe Creative Day Nordics” an online event!

May

  • 21 Johannesburg
  • 23 Milan
  • 24 Istanbul
  • 28 Warsaw
  • 30 Moscow

June

  • 4 London
  • 7 Barcelona
  • 11 Paris
  • 11 Stockholm
  • 12 Berlin
  • 13 Amsterdam
  • 14 Zurich
  • 18 Cologne
  • 20 Munich

#CreativeDays from May 20 through June 20, might seem like a bit of a prank if you check out this video, but really it is much more than that. Artist Erik Johansson worked with Adobe to feature colorful advertisements on a sign at a bus stop. Johansson waited in a van close by while photographs were snapped of the unsuspecting, working his magic very quickly he was able to transform simple photos into works of art in just a matter of minutes.

Johansson showed off some amazing talent being able to bring us some great fun showing us some fun at “The Bus Stop”. Adobe is doing some amazing things, this is primarily to show off Adobe Creative Cloud, where with one membership you have access to every Adobe tool when you need it, using it with any device or anyone you chose!

If you’re an artist, creative professional, designer, developer, video professional, photographer feel free to join them to exchange ideas & inspiration.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRAM8MpqIeA[/youtube]

eTeknix Are Hiring – Web Developer

For those of you who are avid readers of eTeknix, you’ve seen how quickly eTeknix has grown in terms of content and of course, staff members. Our team has grown by huge amounts, allowing us to produce more content than ever before for both news and reviews.

With lots of content comes functionality, and that is something we are looking at increasing here at eTeknix, as well as the overall design. You may have noticed recently that we’ve upgraded our forums to the latest Xenforo package, which gives a lot more functionality over vBulletin (which we were using before).

Job Description

The ideal candidate will be fluent with WordPress as well as PHP and CSS to allow the addition of extra functionality and styling. You will be responsible of working with eTeknix to come up with solutions to ideas on grabbing the audience and bringing ease of use to them, while designing a pleasant style that is easy on the eyes. The work needing to be done will be done in stages, allowing for full completion of each task as we work through it together.

Job skills

  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • jQuery
  • MySQL

If you feel that you are right for this job, please email over your cv to jobs@eteknix.com with a covering letter.

We will continue searching for the right candidate until they are found.