Fans of action novels who haven't read Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series owe it to themselves to start reading the series right now. I have read every book in the series and Flynn's Rapp is one of the best action heroes ever put on paper. Fans of the books were saddened when Flynn died just over a year ago.
Despite Flynn's death, his beloved Mitch Rapp series will continue with the Flynn estate and publisher Simon & Schuster agreeing on a new author who will continue the Rapp series. The new author is Kyle Mills, and he will first work on completing a book that Flynn had started prior to his death called "The Survivor."
Star Wars fans are very happy right now that there are three new movies coming in the franchise that follow some of the original characters and their kids from the first three classic films in the 70s and 80s. Along with new films in the main franchise, new stand-alone films that focus on main characters are also in the works.
A new rumor in the Star Wars universe is making the rounds, and this rumor claims that Tom Cruise might get a cameo in Star Wars Episode VII. Cruise reportedly met with director JJ Abrams in London about a possible part in the film. Abrams and Cruise first met on the set of Mission: Impossible III.
The NHTSA has been more prone to launch investigations and examinations of vehicles that are on the roads around the US since the GM ignition switch issue became such a point of controversy. Recently the NHTSA has started what it calls an examination of the 2011-2014 Ford Explorer SUV.
This is specifically called an examination, not an investigation. The NHTSA has received complaints from owners of 2011-2014 Ford Explorer SUVs that claim fumes or strange odors are making their way into the vehicle. These fumes and odors are believed to be coming from the exhaust system of the vehicle.
A new rumor was making the rounds late last week that has to do with Google Nest Labs and the purchase of Dropcam. Dropcam is a company that sold Wi-Fi enabled streaming cameras that could be used for surveillance. Both Google and Dropcam acknowledged that the purchase had been made on Friday.
Rumors circulating around the web suggest that Google paid $555 million to purchase Dropcam. If the $555 million rumor is true, it means that combined with the purchase of Skybox for $500 million, Google has spent over a billion dollars in recent weeks on acquisitions.
A rumor has hit the web claiming that some of the specs of the new Nexus 9 tablet have been revealed. The specs leaked on the tablet claim that it will be an 8.9-inch unit with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1440 with 281 ppi.
The leak claims that the processor under the hood of the tablet will be an NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit unit paired with 2GB of RAM. The tablet's rear camera is pegged at 8MP resolution with a 3MP front facing camera. Other specifications tipped for the tablet include 16GB and 32GB storage options.
YouTuber 'XBLToothPik' has modified the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto V, adding in an incredible looking first-person view. There's a video below which gives you a closer look at how the first-person feel would translate into the third-person smash hit.
It actually looks quite impressive, even more so that it's modded on the console. The PC version of the game has been promised to be something truly special from Rockstar, so we should expect modders to do some truly awesome things with the PC version of GTA V. Now all we need is some Oculus Rift support, and we could spend the next few years in GTA V.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency used the Boeing-led Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) System, which intercepted and destroyed a dummy target over the Pacific Ocean. Military researchers have big hopes of using the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), attached to the intercept booster, to help prevent ballistic missiles from hitting the mainland United States.
If the test was unsuccessful, the Pentagon would have likely reevaluated deploying more interceptors on the west coast - there are 30 of them in silos located in California and Alaska.
"The operational complexity of the GMD system is a major engineering challenge, but we have drawn upon our unmatched expertise to work toward today's successful intercept," said Norm Tew, Boeing VP and VMD program director, in a press statement. "This test enables us to continually modernize and improve the system, providing even greater capabilities to protect this country."
Intel is poised to launch its X99-based chipset in September, where we should see the launch of the 16-threaded processor from the company - the Core i7-5960X. Well, DDR4 is what will be getting slotted into the motherboards, something that has just hit Japan retail shelves.
The DDR4 RAM is being sold in 16GB and 32GB modules, which are priced at $350 and $685, respectively. Expensive, but you could actually build a system with 128GB of RAM, which is a great thing for high-perfomance and enthusiast users. Intel should better introduce us to both DDR4 and its X99 chipset at the upcoming IDF event, so continue checking back until then.
It wasn't even 48 hours ago that I wrote my article about Ubisoft and the future of PC gaming, but now there is news floating around that Crytek is in some serious trouble. The studio is reportedly not seeing developers using CryEngine that much, with German videogames magazine Gamestar throwing around the word bankruptcy.
Gamestar has said that the adoption rate of CryEngine is not that great, and that word of mouth at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) a couple of months back was negative. During GDC, Crytek announced that it was offering up CryEngine as an 'engine as a service' which should've seen more developers jumping onto the graphics engine, but this wasn't the case.
Another problem was the Xbox One exclusive 'Ryse' which didn't sell well for the company, and Microsoft. Ryse was a 'catastrophe' for the company, with the studio only completing it by getting more staff onto the job. There is reportedly a cash injection deal close to completion, which will see the company hopefully headed toward a brighter future, but DSO Gaming is reporting that "a lot of big publishers are waiting for a possible bankrupt in order to sign the talent and shop the IPs from Crytek".
To celebrate this week's release of 'Three Days to Kill' on home video formats, our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment Australia have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.
We took a look a the film in its theatrical release earlier this year, leaving suitably entertained and garnering a 72% score.
To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply answer the following question:
If you had just three days left to live, what would you do and why?
To enter, simply 'like' this post via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to Ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on June 27th. The total prize pool is approximately $199.75.
'3 Days to Kill' is available on Blu-ray + digital combo pack, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers on June 27th.