We've had a couple of teases of Fallout 4 lately, one where the trademark was filed and we thought it was close to being announced, and another teasing that 'nuclear winter is coming soon'. Both of those, seem to be weird, detailed dreams to the news we're about to break to you.
Bethesda's game director, Todd Howard, has come out and publicly said: "We don't [have a timeframe for our next game announcement], but I think it's gonna be a while". We've gotten fairly used to all the questions and curiosity over the years. Everyone wants information. Right now, we're just trying to figure out which of our ideas are going to stick and finding an appropriate time to talk about it.
It's not all bad news, as it seems that the PC is important to the developer, where Howard was enthusiastic about the best platform in the world. He said: "PC is resurgent. Skyrim did better than we've ever done on PC by a large, large number. And that's where the mods are. That feeds the game for a long time. And it's exciting that the new consoles are very PC-like. That opens up avenues for us going forward to do things that we've wanted to do in the past. There are kind of random ideas we're working on right now, and it's like, 'Wow, I think there's potential here to do some really cool stuff".
We knew it was coming, but it is now official: LG has announced the G2 mini smartphone. LG's new G2 mini is the company's first ever "compact" smartphone, and will be unveiled in detail, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.
The G2 mini features a 4.7-inch qHD IPS panel with a resolution of 960x540, comes in two SoC variants: with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, or the 1.7GHz clocked NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 4i SoC. 8GB of on-board flash storage expandable through an SD card is available, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (or 13-megapixel camera, depending on the market), and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel snapper.
A removable 2440mAh battery will be featured on the G2 mini, while Android 4.4 KitKat will serve as the OS. The new G2 mini will be LTE-capable, and will feature Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and will come in four colors (depending on the region): Titan Black, Lunar White, Red and Gold.
It's almost that time again, and this year Google is making it a little tougher to get into its I/O conference. Today Google announced that it will hold its I/O Developer Conference on June 25th and 26th, and that the conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Google did not really give any information on what will be shown off at the conference, but they did elaborate on how to get tickets for this year's event.
Google I/O has become so popular that its 2013 event sold completely out in about 45-minutes, so to make it fair for everyone, Google says that those wishing to attend need to submit their interest with the company and it will then randomly draw names to the lucky group that gets to attend. For those unable to attend, Google will live stream all of the keynotes and sessions on Google+ like it did last year.
The original Doom series developed by John Carmack and ID Software had a cult following and is still held as one of the best FPS games ever made by its fan base. When word first came that Bethesda and ID Software were working on DOOM 4, the internet roared with cheers, but hopes and dreams were soon thereafter crushed when Bethesda announced that development had ceased on the game.
It appears that things have taken a turn for the better and today Bethesda announced that entry into Doom 4's beta program will be happening soon. There is a catch however, and it involves pre-ordering Bethesda's upcoming Wolfenstein remake which opens up on May 20th of this year. Bethesda says that beta keys will be placed inside boxed copies of the game, and that an open beta is still a possibility, but at the moment, the only sure way to get into Doom 4 Beta is to purchase Wolfenstein.
The recent security breach at Target stores across the US has certainly hit consumers hard, but the real pain is being felt at the banks and financial institutions who hold the accounts of those consumers. A new report is suggesting that the damage done to Banks is upwards of $200 million and counting with no end in sight.
The security breach saw more than 40 million credit card numbers stolen, and only about half of those cards have been replaced by bankers, leaving the other half still venerable to fraudulent use. This means that that $200 million estimate could grow to more than a half billion dollars before this is all over. In total more than 110 million customers in the US were affected by the breach and saw not only their credit card numbers stolen, but other personal information such as names, mailing addresses, email addresses and more. Target has began offering affected customers a year of free credit monitoring to help ease the pain some.
Roadshow Home Entertainment in Australia has set an April release for the second film in The Hobbit franchise; The Desolation of Smaug which will hit in four different versions on the 16th of April.
Leading the way is a four disc 3D Blu-ray set which includes multiple 'production video' featurettes, an on-set featurette hosted by director Peter Jackson, and a promo for New Zealand: The Home of Middle Earth (which was a prerequisite for the production receiving millions in Government tax breaks) along with an UltraViolet digital copy. This is joined by a standard 2D two disc set with the aforementioned extra features, along with a further variant which also includes a DVD and UltraViolet digital copy.
Following the strategy implemented by its predecessor last year with An Unexpected Journey, a more elaborate expanded version of Desolation of Smaug is expected to be released on Blu-ray and DVD in November, featuring copious extra features dubbed "The Appendices", produced specifically for the release.
The final film in The Hobbit saga; There and Back Again is due for a theatrical release on boxing day this year.
The new Google Maps has been in beta form for quite some time now, and today the company made the move to take the refreshed maps public. The new Google Maps is now live for everyone, and the service is better than ever. As with all Google products, search functionality is better than ever, as well as being more intuitive. Lets say you needed a computer repair shop, all you need to do now is type Computer Repair in the search box, and Maps will find the best options for you.
The new maps also allows users to easily flip from 2D maps to 3D Google Earth maps as well as displaying handy information such as bike routes, traffic information, and even terrain maps. Street view has also been updated, and there are even overlays similar to how Google Glass projects augmented reality onto maps. Overall the new Google Maps feels like a fresh look at an old friend, and the changes definitely make it much easier to use from the browser.
WhatsApp is the largest messaging service in the world and today the biggest social network in the world took notice. Today Facebook filed a document with the SEC that confirms the massive acquisition which was valued at $16 billion in cash and stock. Facebook says that WhatsApp will remain independent from Facebook and its competing messenger app, and the acquisition is part of Facebook's ongoing plan to connect the world with each other.
Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, said, "WhatsApp's extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We're excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world."
"WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "I've known Jan for a long time and I'm excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected."
One of the biggest problems in Battlefield 4 is the pace at which different players rank up their weapons and unlock new ones. Each person unlocks weapons at different rates due to their skill level, time spent in each class, and even their campaign and challenge participation. EA and DICE have just released a new feature for Battlefield 4 that they hope will level the playing field for some players who are new or are falling behind.
Known as Shortcut Kits, these new packs allow players to purchase (free for premium players for a limited time) kits that fill out their Handgun, DMR, Grenade, and Shotgun kits by simply buying the pack from the in-game store. During February and the beginning of March, 4 shortcut packs will be available, with more to come in the coming months.
One of the things that makes the Forza franchise so popular is that the development for each version continues well after the game is introduced. That means that you get new cars and in the case of Forza Motorsport 5, you get new tracks as well.
The first track add-on for Forza Motorsport 5 has been announced. The track is one of the premier facilities in the US and is called Road America. The track is fully integrated into the Forza 5 experience. Players will get to drive the track at events in Career mode.
The player can also drive the virtual track in Career bonus events after the mini-Career series is complete. Players will also be able to play against each other on the track with availably in the Rivals Mode and multiplayer lobbies.