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E3: It's finally here! 'The Last Guardian' set for release in October

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Jun 2016 19:29

E3: It's finally here! 'The Last Guardian' set for release in October Gaming fans rejoice: 'The Last Guardian' will finally make its way to Sony's PlayStation 4 on October 25th.

The company announced the end of the Ico trilogy in 2009, but the game has been killed by delays for years, making it one of the most highly-anticipated games in PlayStation history.

Sony did not reveal much at E3 yesterday but did show off some touching scenes and some gameplay.

As we have known for years, TLG revolves around a boy left in ancient ruins with a giant bird-dog hybrid creature named Trico. The two must escape by solving puzzles.

Some footage of the game:

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WWDC: As expected, Apple renames OS X to macOS

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jun 2016 22:19

WWDC: As expected, Apple renames OS X to macOS As expected, Apple used their WWDC event today to officially change the branding of their Mac operating system OS X.

The OS will now go by macOS, a smart move by the company that will simplify its ecosystem which now includes watchOS, tvOS, iOS and macOS.

In addition to the name change, Apple also announced the upcoming macOS will be called Sierra and it will include built-in Siri support. Available for iOS since 2011, Siri for desktop will work similarly. Click on the Siri icon and you'll be able to use the 'personal assistant' to look up whatever you need, or set timers, reminders, calendar items, etc. You will also be able to search your on files using Siri, which could be useful.

Finally, Apple is updating 'Continuity' by adding a universal clipboard for copying between iOS and macOS devices and adding automatic unlock options if you have an Apple Watch. iCloud has also been updated on the file management front, letting users sync between desktop and documents folders on multiple devices.

Expect a Sierra beta soon and a final release in September.




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'Warcraft' sets opening week record in China

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jun 2016 21:57

'Warcraft' sets opening week record in China Despite a tepid opening week in the U.S., the Duncan Jones directed 'Warcraft' film has set the record for largest debut in China by a foreign film.

The film brought in an astounding $156 million in its first five days in China, on its way to a $300 million gross worldwide.

In scope, the number is huge. The previous record holder was Avengers: Age of Ultron and the blockbuster film had a lifetime gross of $240 million in the nation. That figure seems to be beatable relatively quickly at its current pace.

The film's distributor, Legendary, used financing partnerships with Chinese companies like Tencent, and sponsorship and promotional partnerships with other Chinese companies to build hype in China, which appears to have worked nicely.

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Microsoft officially unveils the slimmed down Xbox One S

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jun 2016 21:29

Microsoft officially unveils the slimmed down Xbox One S As leaked yesterday, Microsoft has confirmed and launched the new slimmed down Xbox One S console, available for pre-order now.

The new console is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, and now comes in the "robot white" color scheme. On the outside, the Xbox One S has lost the gigantic power brick of its predecessor and will come with the option to buy a vertical stand.

On the inside, Microsoft has upgraded the raw processing power of the console, adding 4K video support (including 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays), HDR support for gaming and video and a built-in IR blaster. Aesthetically, the USB ports have been moved to a more convinient spot up front, along with the controller pairing button.

"The Xbox One S for us was a realization that first, we want to make a smaller Xbox, but there was also some capability that we saw growing out in the market around HDR and 4K video,"
Xbox head Phil Spencer noted. "So we said, if we're going to do an upgrade to our console, let's go ahead and embrace some of the technologies that are coming and make those part of our core SKU."

In addition, the console comes with a modified controller that has textured grips and the addition of Bluetooth.

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'Halo Wars 2' beta now live

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jun 2016 20:40

'Halo Wars 2' beta now live Microsoft has announced today that its highly-anticipated 'Halo Wars 2' will be released late February next year, with a beta now live following the company's E3 keynote.

The sequel will follow the events of Halo 5, and will be an RTS game just like its predecessor.

In the new game, humanity is fighting back against a new race of aliens called "the Banished," and we have a nice gameplay trailer for those interested.

The game has been developed by Halo studio 343 Industries in partnership with The Creative Assembly, the team behind the popular Total War games, suggesting Microsoft has really amped up the strategy aspects.

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Microsoft acquires professional social network LinkedIn for $26 billion

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jun 2016 20:25

Microsoft acquires professional social network LinkedIn for $26 billion Earlier today, Microsoft agreed to acquire professional social network and job posting site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

The companies say LinkedIn will keep its "brand, culture and independence" and current CEO Jeff Weiner will remain at the helm. The executive will now report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

LinkedIn revealed some membership and financial figures following the acquisition, including 433 million current members worldwide, a jump of 19 percent year-over-year, 49 percent growth in mobile usage and 101 percent growth in active job listings.

"The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world's professionals," Nadella added. "Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet."

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Check out the new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer here

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jun 2016 1:15

Check out the new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer here Ahead of E3, EA has unveiled the latest trailer for BioWare's upcoming Mass Effect sequel, a title in which BioWare says will give gamers "more freedom" than they've had in past games.

Andromeda uses the Frostbite engine used in recent hits like Battlefront, Battlefield 1 and Mirror's Edge, so the graphics will certainly be stunning.

The game is set for release in March 2017.

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Xbox One S leaks, is 40 percent thinner than original, has 4K support and new controller

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Jun 2016 0:03

Xbox One S leaks, is 40 percent thinner than original, has 4K support and new controller Microsoft's oft-rumored slim Xbox One has leaked ahead of an expected launch during E3 next week.

The reported Xbox One S (S for 'Slim') will be 40 percent thinner than the original, and we have some leaked images to back up the claims.

With the pictures, we also have some leaked specs which suggest the slim console will include 4K video playback, HDR support, include a 2TB hard drive, and a new "streamlined controller."

Finally, the power supply appears to built-in to the console, a first for the Xbox One. We will know more for sure tomorrow.

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Apple iPhone 7 will use some modems from Intel

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Jun 2016 23:30

Apple iPhone 7 will use some modems from Intel In an effort to diversify their supplier base, Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 will use modems from Intel rather than Qualcomm in some models.

According to sources, the Intel modem chips will be built into the iPhones developed for AT&T, as well as for some overseas carriers. AT&T expects to sell about 25 million iPhones this year, while Apple sells over 200 million a year globally.

Importantly for Qualcomm, their modems will still be in Verizon models as well as all models sold in China.

The news is big for Intel, which currently has under 1 percent share of the smartphone baseband market.

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Rumor: Apple to unveil iMessage for Android at WWDC

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Jun 2016 23:13

Rumor: Apple to unveil iMessage for Android at WWDC According to a new article, Apple will unveil iMessage for Android next week at WWDC.

While unconfirmed, a move to bring the encrypted messaging service to the world's most-used mobile OS would make good business sense for the tech giant. There are millions of Android users that would prefer to use the emojis and other features of iMessage in a group chat with friends and family with iPhones.

Apple recently launched Apple Music for Android, making it clear the company is willing to expand their ecosystem when the bottom line demands it.

For now, take the report as rumor but we will learn more for sure next week at the company's WWDC keynote.

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33 million Twitter accounts potentially compromised

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Jun 2016 22:31

33 million Twitter accounts potentially compromised Twitter has notified over 33 million account holders that their accounts are at risk following a database leak not related to the micro-blogging company.

The data dump was part of a much larger release that included millions of MySpace and LinkedIn usernames and passwords and tens of millions of logins for Russian-language sites.

Twitter, for their part, says there is "no indication that we have been compromised," suggesting the names and passwords were stolen from other sites but users used the same details across multiple sites.

There have been some prominent takeovers in the last few days due to the leak. Attackers took over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter account, Twitter co-founder Evan William's account and the account of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, among others.

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Apple leaks more evidence that OS X will soon be MacOS

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Jun 2016 22:21

Apple leaks more evidence that OS X will soon be MacOS Apple has revealed even more evidence that the longstanding OS X name will soon be MacOS, as the company tries to keep the brand naming in line with the rest of their products.

The tech giant is likely to unveil the change next week at WWDC 2016, alongside updates to iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

Supporting documentation released yesterday show the macOS name (for the third time now in an official doc), this time in relation to the changes in revenue split for subscription-based apps.

Apple quickly replaced macOS with OS X in the docs but not before it had been screened.

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Sony confirms a mid-generation PlayStation 4 upgrade with 4K is coming

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Jun 2016 21:25

Sony confirms a mid-generation PlayStation 4 upgrade with 4K is coming Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House has confirmed the rumored "PlayStation 4 UHD" is indeed coming; but not at E3.

The mid-generation upgrade, codenamed "Neo," will be capable of 4K video output as previously rumored, in addition to a more powerful GPU.

Neo won't launch at E3, but it is expected before the end of 2016. House did also say that the console will cost over $350 in the U.S. when it launches.

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For some reason, someone built a new Sailfish OS phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Jun 2016 12:43

For some reason, someone built a new Sailfish OS phone Even though Sailfish OS creator Jolla has had its fair share of challenges in the past two years (including a failed tablet and a near bankruptcy) it appears that its operating system lives on.

Russian phone maker Plural has released its new Oysters SF phone powered by Sailfish, thanks to a partnership with Jolla.

Here are the full specs:

5-inch 720p display
MediaTek MT6753 ARM Cortex-A53 octa-core processor
2GB of RAM
16GB of storage
13-megapixel rear camera
5-megapixel front-facing camera
microSD slot
3,000 mAh battery

Regardless, the smartphone world has been and will always be a two-horse race.

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Minecraft: Education Edition now available in beta

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Jun 2016 11:53

Minecraft: Education Edition now available in beta Microsoft has announced the open beta of Minecraft: Education Edition, which it hopes to get into schools by the end of the third quarter.

The software giant hopes teachers will access the beta to create lesson plans that will engage students using the block world, for example recreating scenarios from books or historical landmarks.

For the most part, Education Edition is identical to the standard game, but it includes an "in-game camera" for screenshots, in-game chalkboards for letting teachers write and place text, and a "Classroom Mode," for teachers that will "grant resources to students, view where everyone is on a map, send chat messages, and teleport people to specific places, which will be useful should students run off or get lost."

The beta is free until September and then licensing will be anywhere from $1 to $5 per year, per student for schools.

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