Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,518 Reviews & Articles | 55,357 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 42

Call Of Duty WWII confirmed by Activision

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 4:06 am

The recent leaks were spot on: Activision has officially confirmed Sledgehammer Games' new Call of Duty game will be set in World War II.




Call of Duty WWII is the official name of this years annual FPS, and Activision is set to reveal the game during a livestream next week on April 26 at 10AM PST / 1PM EST. Sledgehammer Games' Michael Condry confirmed the game would release in November, as every Call of Duty game has before it.


Sledgehammer Games has teased that their new Call of Duty will "return to its boots on the ground roots" and make us go "absolutely nuts" when its revealed. Call of Duty WWII is Sledgehammer's biggest game project yet.

Continue reading 'Call Of Duty WWII confirmed by Activision' (full post)

Google loses AI experts to most secret AI team on Earth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 3:07 am

Google had some of its best engineers on its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) project, but some of them have departed the search giant for one of the most secretive AI projects in the world.




The engineers left Google, teaming with one of Silicon Valley's top venture capitalists, Chamath Palihapitiya. The company that Palihapitiya lured the engineers to is called Groq Inc., at least for now - but there's little known about Groq. There are a few SEC filings from October and December, with the company raising $10.3 million. In its SEC documents, Groq named three principals: Jonathan Ross, who helped invent the TPU, Douglas Wightman, an entrepreneur and former engineer at the Google X "moonshot factory" and Palihapitiya, the founder of investment firm Social Capital. The listed address is Social Capital's headquarters, reports CNBC.


Palihapitiya said in an email: "We're really excited about Groq. It's too early to talk specifics, but we think what they're building could become a fundamental building block for the next generation of computing". The fundamental building block for the next generation of computing? Alright, now I'm excited.

Continue reading 'Google loses AI experts to most secret AI team on Earth' (full post)

Elon Musk wants to end languages with brain implants

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 1:29 am

Languages... who needs them? These are the thoughts that go through Tony Stark's Elon Musk's mind, so the Tesla and Space X founder and his think tank have devised a device that would plant a neural plant inside of your head.




Musk's grand plan would make AI assistants of today look like they were made in the stone age, for one big reason: languages. These brain implants would push through "uncompressed" communication between people, so that you could upload your thoughts instantaneously between your brains - without language barriers. It sounds fantastic, doesn't it?


During a recent interview, Musk said: "If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy. There are a bunch of concepts in your head that then your brain has to try to compress into this incredibly low data rate called speech or typing. If you have two brain interfaces, you could actually do an uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another person".

Continue reading 'Elon Musk wants to end languages with brain implants' (full post)

HTC's upcoming flagship will be named the HTC U 11

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 11:23 pm

HTC's latest flagship, announced in April last year, was called the HTC 10 so when we first started hearing about this year's flagship, the HTC 11 was a logical name choice.


However, shortly after the company announced the U Ultra and U Play in January, the rumors started floating around that the Taiwanese company would name their latest flagship the HTC U.




According to the latest report from Evan Blass, a trustworthy leaker, neither rumor is correct. Or both are true. Blass says that phone would be named the HTC U 11. This information reportedly arrived from an individual briefed on the company plans.

Continue reading 'HTC's upcoming flagship will be named the HTC U 11' (full post)

Tesla recalls more than 50,000 cars over brake issue

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 10:17 pm

Tesla Motors has issued a voluntary global recall for some Model S and Model X cars. In a statement, the company said that around 5% of the 53,000 vehicles built from February to October 2016 were affected, but all of those cars are being recalled.


A potential manufacturing issue with the electric parking brakes installed on certain Model S and Model X vehicles could prevent the parking brake from releasing. Tesla determined that around 53,000 vehicles may contain a small gear that could have been manufactured improperly by their third-party supplier.




"If this gear were to break, the parking brake would continue to keep the car from moving, but the parking brake would then be stuck in place," said Tesla's spokesperson in an official statement.


The company says that because of the design of the gear it is difficult to tell exactly which vehicles are affected, which is the reason why all the cars manufactured from February to October 2016 are being recalled.

Continue reading 'Tesla recalls more than 50,000 cars over brake issue' (full post)

Battlefront 2's story inspired from original trilogy

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 9:30 pm

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will feature a fully-fledged singleplayer campaign that bridges the 30-year gap between Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Episode VII: The Force Awakens. While penning and plotting the story arc, EA's Criterion studio worked closely alongside Lucasfilm and analyzed the old original trilogy for inspiration, hinting the campaign should hearken back to the original Star Wars magic.




What interests me the most about Battlefront 2 is the singleplayer campaign. Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams help plan out a 30-year multi-perspective story arc that shows the fall of the Empire from the eyes of the Imperial forces, and how they carried on, emperor-less, scrapping together the rubble and ruins to eventually make The First Order. EA says the story is "emotionally gripping" and features "revenge, betrayal, and redemption." Players will literally be turned to the dark side for the campaign, humanizing a foe that's always been the villain...but the intrigue thickens as we take the role of characters like Luke Skywalker, and even Kylo Ren.


To weave this interconnected 30-year story--and make no mistake, the campaign is indeed a full story that spans three decades--Criterion looked closely at everything that made the original Star Wars story so great.

"We take all of our cues from how to tell a Star Wars story working with Lucasfilm story group, analysing the movies, breaking down the beats and flow of Star Wars storytelling," Battlefront 2 single player game director Mark Thompson told Eurogamer in a recent interview. "So yeah, it is a continuous story with a beginning, middle and end and you follow Iden's journey for 30 years from the end of Jedi up to the Force Awakens at Starkiller base. It isn't a discrete set of missions or separate War Stories like Battlefield 1, you do follow Iden through this journey whilst from time to time, switching sides and playing from the perspective of one of the iconic heroes because again that's just part of Battlefront's DNA. Sometimes you're a Trooper, sometimes you're a pilot and sometimes you're Luke Skywalker with a lightsaber."

Continue reading 'Battlefront 2's story inspired from original trilogy' (full post)

Payday dev says singleplayer games aren't profitable

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 7:15 pm

Starbreeze Studios has ascribed to a common trend in the games industry: moving away from traditional singleplayer-only experiences, and pushing towards multiplayer-based games. Why? Money, of course.




The games industry's biggest players have long been embracing the mega-popular FPS and action genres, leading to more casualized "genre-melding" video games that're typically built around online microtransactions. Today's games are less finalized shipped products and more of a continual service: instead of buying a finished game, players buy a kind of starter set that publishers expand with add-ons, microtransactions, and DLC, driving up recurring spending. Publishers like EA and Activision have mastered this approach, and Ubisoft is doing the same with most of its games by incorporating online multiplayer in some way, namely The Division, For Honor, and Rainbow Six: Siege.


Now Payday 2 developer Starbreeze Studios flat-out acknowledges what EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix and Activision have known for a long time: offline singleplayer games just aren't as profitable as multiplayer action/FPS games.


Speaking at the Reboot Develop event, Starbreeze's Almir Listo said the studio is a lot less likely to make games like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and more likely to make games like Payday. "You need to find the thing that makes it replayable. One of the problems that Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons had for sure was that it's not replayable. It's a beautiful story, but it ends. And as many lovely emails as we've received about that game, it doesn't pay salaries.""Payday, however, because the game is replayable like few other games... it allowed us to continue pushing out content for the game, which allowed us to keep monetising the players who were interested in the game," Listo said. And boy did Starbreeze monetize the Payday series. Payday 2 is notorious for its huge array of in-game content and DLC packs, representing one of the most saturated shooters in the industry.

Continue reading 'Payday dev says singleplayer games aren't profitable' (full post)

Samsung's total cost to manufacture the Galaxy S8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 4:39 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ cost more than their predecessors, and the reason for that, according to a report by IHS Markit, is that the costs of manufacturing the new devices are higher.




The new Samsung Galaxy S8 with 64GB of internal storage carries a BOM (bill of material) cost of $301.60. After the basic manufacturing costs are added, that amount rises to $307.50.


This makes the costs of materials in the Galaxy S8 $43.34 higher than the costs of the Galaxy S7 and $36.29 higher than the total build cost of the Galaxy S7 Edge. The unsubsidized price for the 64GB Galaxy S8 starts at around $720.

Continue reading 'Samsung's total cost to manufacture the Galaxy S8' (full post)

Nintendo Switch outsold PS4 for seven weeks in Japan

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 3:31 pm

If Nintendo could only keep up with demand and supply consumers with enough hardware, its new mega-popular Switch console may very well de-throne Sony's juggernaut PlayStation 4 console.




It's no secret that Nintendo's new handheld-console hybrid is selling extremely well: the system has triggered a meteoric rise in Nintendo stock with over 2 million consoles sold across the globe. Japanese gamers are quite receptive to the Switch, with 330,637 units sold in Japan in the first weekend alone. But can the Switch topple the PlayStation 4's mighty reign on the console sales market? It actually kind of already has.


When comparing Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 respective launch sales in Japan, the Switch actually beat the PS4 by 20,000 units. In fact, in the total seven weeks of the Switch's availability, Nintendo's new console outsold Sony's juggernaut for six weeks. Japanese forum site 2ch recently compared the Switch's first seven-week sales with the PS4's respective early sales, showing the demand for the Switch is consistent over every single week.

Continue reading 'Nintendo Switch outsold PS4 for seven weeks in Japan' (full post)

Nike announces limited edition Apple Watch - NikeLab

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 2:19 pm

Back in September last year when Apple introduced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, they also unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 and their partnership with Nike which resulted in the Apple Watch Nike+.




The smartwatch is a special edition of the Apple Watch, which the two companies call the "ultimate tool for anyone who runs."


Now, Apple and Nike have introduced a new smartwatch named Apple Watch NikeLab. The limited edition watch maintains the features of its predecessor but comes with a new design (and by "design" they mean "color option"). While the Nike+ comes in a black or white color options, the NikeLab variant combines both, with a Space Gray aluminum body and Light Bone/Black band.

Continue reading 'Nike announces limited edition Apple Watch - NikeLab' (full post)