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Australia Post testing delivery drones

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Drones | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 8:07 pm

The Australia Post is currently testing drones for small package delivery. Assuming all goes well, they will be used to test home delivery later in 2016.




The company -- the first of its kind to test this kind of thing, beating Google's plan by some margin -- believes the drones will mean quicker delivery, including for imperative items like medication.


It's said the testing will be rigorous as it's carried out over the next few months. The Post's goal is to to determine exactly what the drones can deliver, how far it can deliver it, and how customers will receive their goods.

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Titanfall 2 listed for 2016 release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 7:31 pm

Titanfall 2 will release sometime this year, according to listings found on GAME UK's storefront.



Last week EA dropped a Titanfall 2 bombshell with a new teaser trailer that confirmed a PS4 and PC launch. While the publisher plans to announce a release date on June 12 at E3, it looks like UK games retailer GAME spilled the beans early.


The British retailer lists Titanfall 2 as "TBC 2016", hinting that Respawn's sequel will release sometime this year. These dates are always placeholders, but more often than not its the months that are placeholders, not the years.

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GameStop is now a full-fledged game publisher

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 7:03 pm

GameStop isn't just a purveyor of fine gaming wares and a place to economize physical game merchandise. Now they're fully entering the publishing business with their own fully owned, and separate, division created specifically for publishing games; GameTrust.




They've already tried their hand at publishing their own games in the past, but now they're officially entering fray with their own, non-traditional mechanism for letting developers get their games out there, and funded even. It's non-traditional in that they have a completely hands-off approach to the development process. The goal of GameTrust is to provide their clients with exclusive real estate, as they're calling it, both online and in their stores to allow for a higher degree of discoverability. Right now they're working with Insomniac Games, Frozenbyte, Read At Dawn and Tequila works, but there's plenty of room for more developers to join their new business model.


Even though it might at first seem the antithesis of their unspoken policy to protect their own physical merchandise business, however, the extension into the digital release business is actually a natural progression and now another source of income for them. GameStop is striving to be more relevant in an evolving climate. They plan on distributing to as many platforms as possible, consoles and PC, with their sites set on including a dose of VR content as well.


The move into the publishing business is a smart business decision as their sales continue to rapidly drop while the industry moves in a direction that precludes their older, slightly archaic, business model. They're changing and evolving as the industry does, and this is a natural fit since they're already well-positioned in the industry to offer these services to indie and larger developers alike.

Mafia 3 release date rumored for October

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 6:30 pm

The latest open-world entry in the beloved Mafia game series will release in October across PS4, Xbox One, and PC if rumors can be believed.




In a recent Tweet, renowned industry insider Wario64 predicted that Mafia 3 will release on the same month as Gears of War 4--in October 2016. 2K will reveal a brand new trailer tomorrow at 8 AM EST, and it's highly likely we'll get an official launch confirmation in the footage.


If you need a refresher, Mafia 3 takes place in post-Vietnam 1960's and follows Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam vet who starts up his own crime syndicate. The Big Easy's organized mob strikes out against Clay, murdering his entire gang as well as his family and friends, leaving him with nothing. Players then build up Clay's gang once again to unleash revenge on the mob, while taking over the city's vice-ridden streets.

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Netflix US subscriber count double that of Comcast

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 6:01 pm

Comcast is America's cable giant and Netflix is the poster child for new wave programming, so it's only logical to compare the two in light of their recent company reports. As fate would have it, Comcast boasts 33,347,000 cable subscribers, but Netflix does them about 22 million better with 44,740,000: a 100.2% differential.




Mind you, Comcast does business by charging a lot lore to fewer customers, whereas Netflix charges a lot less to a lot more. So while the user gap is major, the revenues for the competing services would tell a different story.


Meanwhile, subscriber growth rates show Comcast doesn't really have a growth rate (not too surprising given how long cable has been around), whereas Netflix has been increasing its base steeply each year.

Amazon unbundles Prime, offers video streaming for $8.99 per month

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 5:06 pm

Amazon is now directly competing with Netflix and Hulu: the company today offers Prime Video, an $8.99/mo service that streams movies and TV shows.




Previously, it only offered Amazon Prime as a bundle for $99/yr ($8.25/mo), which included movies, TV shows, and music -- a better deal overall, but with a higher upfront cost. The bundle will also be offered at a $10.99/mo rate, while the $99 option will remain.


Netflix and Hulu are priced at $9.99/mo and $7.99/mo, respectively.

BioShock dev is making an interactive Twilight Zone movie

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 4:34 pm

BioShock dev Ken Levine will use Rod Serling's beloved anthology series to blur the lines between film and games.




I absolutely love The Twilight Zone. I've watched every episode of the 1960's series and the 1985 reboot, along with the terrible 2000 run. So when I hear that Irrational Games' Ken Levine is not only writing but also directing an interactive Twilight Zone film that "explore sthe spaces between movies and games", I get pretty excited. I've always wanted a Twilight Zone game, something akin to Alan Wake's Night Springs in video game form.


"Interactivity is a spectrum, it's not binary," Levine told Wired in a recent interview. "I think of it as the viewer's angle in the chair. When you watch something, you're sitting back in the chair. When you're gaming, you're leaning forward in the chair. This is an interesting place in between ... your brain is forward in the chair."

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Seagate HDD sales well below expectations in third quarter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 4:11 pm

Seagate shipped 39 million drives worth 40 percent of the HDD market in its third fiscal quarter, and while it sounds like a lot, it's well below expectations.




The company put the blame in part on reduced demand in the desktop PC sector, which is expected to only continue until the Windows 10 hardware refresh hits (with any luck, in the latter half of this year). One can point to the success of SSDs in the high-performance space as well; the more advanced drives should supersede HDDs soon, although not before SSD demand and thus prices increase, which should ease the pressure on HDD makers for awhile.


Tom's Hardware Contributing Editor Paul Alcorn says the solution right now for HDD makers is to focus on the high-capacity market where SSDs can't compete: this is in line with Seagate's 8TB enterprise drive success, which represents the only success last quarter as well as a market shift to the cloud. Seagate Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Luczo agreed when explaining the situation.

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Feral Rites from Insomniac blends Zelda and God of War in VR

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2016 3:13 pm

Insomniac Games , the traditional spunky console developer, is seriously breaking out of their comfort zone now with three VR-focused games coming to the PC, of all places, and for the Oculus Rift. Feral Rites, is one of those, and places you in control the son of a slain tribal chieftain in third-person.




The game blends different elements that might be best recognized in the Legend of Zelda series of games as well as God of War. It's best used with a traditional gamepad, Insomniac's Cameron Christain says, and has a fixed camera angle similar to God of War, but with adventuring elements that are more akin to Zelda. You'll have the ability to transform from human, into a jaguar-type beast, though they say it isn't a power-up of sorts or special ability, but a main component of the game. You'll have to switch strategically in order to solve some problems that crop up. The best part is that it's in VR, meaning completely in your face with the gore and blood.


The fighting style is also similar to God of War in that you can string together different combos for maximum damage. You'll also be able to fight in mid-air, striking taller opponents in the face, if need be. Just how this will work out in VR, or make use of the advantages of VR, in this case is unknown. If the camera angle is fixed, then it takes away the greatest advantage of VR in the first place.

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