Let The Hype Commence – Bethesda Hiring for ‘Bleeding-edge of RPG Development’

It’s no secret that Bethesda is working on a new game, they’re a development studio, it’s what they do! However, with Fallout 4 now out of the way, and smaller teams working on patches and DLC releases for the game, the main teams will be moving onto the next big project, although for now, we have no idea what they’re going to be doing.

Bethesda has teased already that they’ve got several new games on the way that are “different to anything” they’ve done before. This would suggest that these new games aren’t part of the Fallout or Elder Scrolls series. However, we already knew these were in the works, so their new job postings spark interest for their next long-term investment.

Four new positions are now available, for an engine, gameplay and two graphics programmers. All touting that they’re required for “bleeding-edge RPG” development. If the current projects are different from what they’ve done before, it stands to reason that this one, an RPG, is a return to Elder Scrolls or Fallout. However, this is extreme early stage hiring, so we should likely expect it to be around about a year before we get hints of what it is, two years before we start to see anything from it and likely four years before it hits the market.

My gut instinct says Elder Scrolls 6, but as a fan of the series, I prefer to lie to myself and imagine that it’s been in development for a few years already and is coming much sooner than this project will; I can only hope!

Picking through some finer details, Fallout 4 lead producer, Jeff Gardiner, is listed as working on an “unannounced” project, as is Dave Schreiber, sound designer for Skyrim who’s listing says “unannounced future project.” Add to that Diego de Almeida, a freelance illustrator, has been on an “unannounced project” since the end of the Fallout 4 main development cycle last November.

Let’s cross our fingers, because as more names start to get put into this new project, leaks are bound to happen.

Blizzard Job Post Suggests Classic Games Will Receive HD Remasters

Blizzard’s back catalogue contains a number of astonishing titles including Diablo II, Starcraft and Warcraft III. Sadly, many of these games struggle to run on modern operating systems and lack native support for high resolutions. As a result, it seems a cogent tactic to re-release these iconic titles with upgraded graphics and a more streamlined user-interface. According to a job post which you can find here, it appears Blizzard is preparing to remaster a number of old classics. The job listing reads:

“Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.

We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.

So if you like wearing many hats, know small teams are the most effective, and look forward to challenges that will create millions of new adventures for our players: we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities: 
Make gameplay first again on modern operating systems.
Create conditions for experiences that look as good as they play.
Own implementation and curation of features new and old.
Combat hacking to improve multiplayer.
Diagnose and fix all the things: crashes, deadlocks, overflows, heap corruptions, etc.”

This is a very exciting prospect although I’m guessing the games will remain exclusive to Blizzard’s store. Some of my earliest memories which made the PC platform so enticing revolved around Diablo II. Over the years I’ve tried to get to grips with Starcraft but failed miserably. Overall, I think this a sensible decision by Blizzard which allows a new audience to experience what makes their previous works so special.

What is your favourite Blizzard game of all time?

Rovio to Cut Over a Third of the Workforce

Why is it, when I think of Rovio and cutbacks, I imagine the big bosses sitting on their perch and throwing stuffed birds at the workforce to determine who leaves? Just me? Okay!

The studio of the massive mobile gaming hit, Angry Birds, has announced their huge cut of 260 of 700 jobs from the team. This follows poor revenue for the 2014 business year, which could be pinned on anything from less interest in the game or even the toys, which was stated by the current CEO, Pekka Rantala “The year on year decline of consumer product licensing revenues impacted revenue and profit.”

This cut follows a previous cut back in October 2014 of 130 jobs, which was again linked to falling profits. Rovio has failed to disclose any profit information for 2014, but for the financial year 2013 to 2014, profits were  down to $34 million from the previous years $70.2 million.

I personally never liked the game, but with well over 2 billion downloads of Angry Birds alone, I doubt we will see the end of Rovio anytime soon.

Do you currently own any Angry Birds products (T-Shirt, plush toy, board game, etc…)? Have you made any in-app purchases or even bought the game? Let us know in the comments.

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Is Apple Planning An iCar?

Tech companies used to be very much specialized to their own field, from the standard PCs and Software to advanced medical equipment. Over the last few years, these same companies are now beginning to challenge the established status quo of many other industries, such as the automotive industry. The rumours of Apple designing a vehicle have become stronger after hiring a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc

Apple have been looking to build a team of automotive design experts with the aim of producing a car for market and now James Carlson has been appointed after leaving Tesla. How do we know of these secret plans? He placed his new job on his LinkedIn or course, this is along with at least 6 others which have experience developing self-driving technology and systems which have also advertised their new position in the same way.

Sources for Reuters have also stated that Apple are actively developing a car and studying self-driving technology, but it is yet unclear if the iPhone maker is designing a vehicle that could drive itself.

When you view the hirings which Apple have made, it is clear the plans are very much in motion, below is a list of recent appointments along with each individual’s previous jobs.

  • Megan McClain – A former Volkswagen AG Engineer
  • Vinay Palakkode – Graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University specializing in automated driving research
  • Xianqiao Tong – Engineer who developed computer vision software for driver assistance systems at microchip maker Nvidia Corp
  • Paul Furgale – Former deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Other Apple appointments since September 2014 with similar experience have worked at automakers BMW, Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co, automotive suppliers Delphi Automotive and Robert Bosch GmbH.

One thing is clear, Apple looks almost certain to be developing an automotive vehicle in some capacity with the aim of competing with similar manufacturers. The tech giant would have an excellent chance of succeeding considering the wealth and investment which has underpinned its performance in the last decade.

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Xbox One Users May See Some GPU Optimizations Heading to Their Consoles Soon

There has been a lot of debate between PS4 and Xbox One users and which is best powerhouse console in terms of performance. The truth is that it all comes down to optimizations performed on the OS. Just like Apple makes their low-spec older devices run as smooth as the new ones, the same principle can be applied to every device running on an OS.

Microsoft tends to agree and it looks like the company is now drawing in some new staff to help out with improving the Xbox One graphics performance. According to their job listing, the company is looking for an experienced Software Engineer that has a lot of C and C++ experience and knows his stuff around DirectX, GPU performance optimization, HLSL, texture formats and compression.

The listing also states that, aside from the above, Microsoft’s ideal candidate is someone who can really push GPUs to their limit and get the best kick out of them. Also, the candidate is required to work closely with game developers in sorting out the glitches and low framerate issues that give headaches when trying to develop something with amazing graphics on Microsoft’s console.

What this means is that we can possibly look forward to some framerate increase and maybe even see that 1080p gameplay we are all looking forward to see on our consoles? Who knows. But fingers crossed either way.

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AMD Has Plans to Optimize Their Drivers for Better CPU Performance

AMD’s GPU drivers aren’t on level with Nvidia’s when it comes to the CPU load created and AMD knows that. They created the Mantle 3D API that is basically just a CPU optimization in disguise, but it might not be all developers that wish to implement it in their games and software.

AMD is fully aware of this and they’re now looking for an engineer to better optimize graphics drivers for CPUs via a new LinkedIn job post. A more CPU-efficient driver across the standard APIs is something AMD could benefit greatly from, and so could all of their users. So let us hope that they find a great talent to take on the task, maybe even you?

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Job Posting Confirms Apple Pay International Expansion

A new job posting discovered by iClarified suggests that Apple is hard at work on expanding Apple Pay across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa. Apple Pay is currently only available in the United States, with Apple saying that they are “working hard” to bring it to more countries.

The job posting details that there is now a team in London working on bringing the NFC service to more countries.

“Apple Pay is a new and exciting area in Apple that is set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Apple Pay will change the way consumers pay with breakthrough contactless payment technology and unique security features built right into their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to pay in an easy, secure, and private way. The new London-based Apple Pay team will work to drive the roll-out of this technology across EMEIA by working with a variety of internal and external partners, including teams in the US where the product will first launch and the EMEIA organisation, as well as Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe.”

The service was introduced in the US to great acclaim, with users finding the system easy to use, efficient and secure. Oddly, it also brought praise from users and supporters of Google’s Android as Apple’s efforts to get the service accepted by banks and merchants has led to the wider use of NFC-compatibale readers that are of course compatible with any type of NFC payment system, including Google Wallet.

Source: iClarified Via: MacRumors

Job Posting Reveals Apple Working on Virtual Reality

One of the best ways to get an idea of what Apple is doing behind the scenes is to check their job boards.

9to5Mac reports on a new posting that reveals that Apple is looking for a software engineer that can “create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping”. 

They say they need someone to work on the “next generation” of software – a sign that Apple is getting serious about Virtual and Augmented Reality. This certainly isn’t the first peep we’ve had from Apple concerning the world of VR, they’ve been granted a number of patents recently for the technology too.

Whatever Apple is doing with VR, we may never get to see it, because after all, Apple is a company that says no more times than they say yes.

Source: 9to5Mac

Private Web Cam Site Shut Down, Owner Seeks Job

The creepy site we reported on that streamed thousands of private IP cameras has been shut down, with its owner after a new job.

Visiting the site in question now only displays a message saying “programmer looking for a good remote job”. The site caused a storm in the media, with the authorities deeply concerned about the type of content being streamed to the site without the consent of the camera owners.

Visitors to the site were able to see people’s bedrooms and CCTV feeds from bars and shops among many others. The fact that the site has now been closed suggests the owner may have been pressured to shut it down.

Security experts have suggested that all of the feeds on the site were and probably still are publicly accessible, due to the fact that owners of the cameras were unaware that they left remote access open, without password protection.

If you are interested in giving a programmer “a good remote job”, you now have one new candidate to consider.

Source: BBC News

First Robot Olympics To be Hosted by Tokyo in 2020

Japan has high hopes of bringing a new type of Olympics in 2020, alongside the actual summer games. Shimzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, said that he hopes to bring the world’s first Robot Olympics, having discussed the creation of ‘robotic revolution’. He apparently wants to gather all robots around the world and place them in an event where they could compete based on their technological skills. Abe states that this event could increase the value seen in the robotics industry, while also boosting the nation’s economy and encourage people to sign up for the robot factory workforce.

It is not currently clear on what to expect from the event just yet. The Prime Minister is said to be keen on showing off technical talents for robots, focusing on care and industrial use. It is said that there are more and more reports about robots taking over human jobs, with 47% of the US labor (702 humans) being threatened by the change. One example of a technologically advanced robot is Baxter, made by Rethink Robotics, who can already learn from human factory supervisors. Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are also said to be working on a robot that can think like a person, with many more examples being out there. Therefore, it’s everybody’s guess on what to expect from the 2020 Robot Olympics.

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Microsoft Pulls The Plug On Xbox Entertainment Studios

It seems that Microsoft has not finished cutting their employee count following an announcement that they are pulling the plug on Xbox Entertainment Studios with immediate effect – around 200 more employees could be losing their jobs.

It is not entirely known at this moment in time if this group of employees are going to be searching for new jobs in the next few months or if Microsoft are going to reallocate them elsewhere within the company, but the axing of the entertainment studios wing will obviously mean that the original TV content for Xbox Live will be coming to an end.

Microsoft has said however that they will be seeing their current TV series through to the end rather than just cutting them off half way through, but for fans of Halo: Nightfall and Signal to Noise will have to say goodbye to the series sooner than expected.

Following the announcement that XES was closing, Phil Spencer, the head of the studios issued a memo to clarify any confusion surrounding the closure:

Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like ‘NFL on Xbox,’ and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates. Additionally, our app partnerships with world-class content providers bringing entertainment, sports and TV content to Xbox customers around the world are not impacted by this organizational change in any way and remain an important component of our Xbox strategy.

Although the studios are obviously not a huge part of Microsoft’s portfolio, they are key to Xbox and it is not entirely known just yet why the division is getting the cut. Cost cutting is one theory whilst pulling resources to other areas to improve their development is another. I guess we will find out soon enough.

Source: Time.com

Microsoft Swiftly and Silently Removes ‘Hints’ of Next Generation Xbox from Job Ad

Microsoft has published an ad, searching for a “super creator” industrial engineer, a few days back. The company stated that it was looking for someone who would like to work on the “next generation entertainment hardware for Microsoft”. However’ the ad has been silently removed, along with all reference to the “next generation” keyword.

The ad stated that Microsoft was looking for a “passionate designers who want to help us create next generation entertainment hardware” for the company, having “leadership, inspirational creative output, and passion to the Xbox entertainment space” as the main requirements for the job at hand. The ad has now been “slightly changed”, having both the original and modified versions available below:

Old New

The Xbox Industrial Design studio is building a world class in house team. We love entertainment. We live for building transformative entertainment experiences that resonate with consumers. We are looking for passionate designers who want to help us create next generation entertainment hardware for Microsoft.

Primary Responsibilities
This is a design position within the Xbox industrial design studio. You will be joining a team that drives vision and product development for Xbox hardware programs. The right candidate will be a “hands on” individual contributor that will bring thought leadership, inspirational creative output, and passion to the Xbox entertainment space. In essence, this position requires nothing less than a “super creator”.

Join the world class, in house Xbox Industrial Design studio. We love entertainment and live for building transformative experiences that resonate with consumers. We are looking for passionate designers to help create new Devices and experiences for Microsoft.

Primary Responsibilities
This is a design position within the Xbox industrial design studio. You will be joining a team that drives vision and product development for Xbox hardware programs. The right candidate will be a “hands on” individual contributor that will bring thought leadership, inspirational creative output, and passion to the Xbox entertainment space. In essence, this position requires nothing less than a “super creator”.

There are two possible explanations as to why Microsoft changed their job ad description. The first one might be that the text was misleading and the company is not planning their “next generation” of consoles just yet, or the second reason might be that Microsoft does not want anyone to know what they might be planning for the next Xbox models. Either way, what is certain is that the “super creator” will be working on “new devices and experiences”. The Microsoft job ad can be viewed on their Careers website here.

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Head Hunters Could Use Video Games to Recruit New Talent

To help try to recruit potential new employees, banks could take a look at overall gaming skills to help match job candidates with the appropriate role.  This doesn’t mean Call of Duty, as the games will be focused on big data and neuroscience, providing a realistic game-based recruiting option.

The use of certain games can help companies gauge which people would be appropriate for certain job roles.

Here is what Frida Polli, CEO and co-founder of Pymetrics, a company focused on gaming research, said in a recent statement:

“It’s only an upside to students because it’s a sourcing tool.  We are going to recommend you to a bank where we see you will be a good fit.  But if you want to apply to another bank independently, they will never know that you weren’t a match.  It will always feel like a win situation for them.”

Polli went to MIT and has a PhD in neuroscience, and her program is currently in negotiations or early pilot stages with several banks – and her team has proof of concepts with several major banks in the United States.

It’s not uncommon to hear technology and biotech companies use interesting recruitment tools to find the best and brightest talent – so it’s not surprising to hear financial institutions also want to utilize the technology.

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Twitter Hiring Marketing Specialists, Twitter Commerce Platform Confirmed?

Recent rumors point to a new ‘Buy’ button and Twitter Commerce feature, but lack of confirmation did not have a huge impact on its credibility. We now learn that the marketplace-style project might become a reality with new positions surfacing at the social media company.

Twitter posted job ads for people with experience in commerce services, marking it as one of the rare moments that the social media giant reveals what is planning to do according to recent rumors. The roles available are for a commerce product manager, a commerce product marketing manager and a senior manager for commerce partnership, as Tech Crunch specifies in an article.

“We’re hiring an experienced marketer for a PMM, Commerce role: https://twitter.com/jobs/positions?jvi=osOcYfwa,Job … Help build Twitter as a shopping discovery platform!” Twitter marketing official, Bryan Sise, posted in a tweet.

There is no clear information regarding a payment method, though Stripe and PayPal were mentioned as ‘to be considered’. Twitter seems to also focus on a link between the advertising sold on the Twitter platform and the goods which will be sold on Twitter, according to the product marketing manager role posted.

There is also more questions unanswered as to what products will be sold on Twitter. Though, we can expect to see third-party associates as well as Twitter specific content being available as per the description of the jobs recently posted.

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