Dying Light cancelled on Xbox 360, PS3
As you probably know, we're wrapping up the development of Dying Light, our biggest and most ambitious project to date. We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience.
Much of this "next-gen feel" is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light. For instance, up to 200,000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits. Features like these along with our core gameplay pillars – such as the player-empowering Natural Movement, threefold character development system, and vast open world – are all an inherent part of how Dying Light plays. However, combining all of these into one fluid experience is only possible on technologically advanced platforms.
Therefore, after thorough internal testing, we have come to the conclusion that we have no choice but to leave past-gen systems behind and release Dying Light exclusively on the next-gen consoles and PC.
With Apple Pay, Forget Cash, Just Pull Out Your Phone | MIT Technology Review
That is indeed an easier process than the other digital wallets, which require unlocking the phone, opening an app, checking into a store, typing in a code, or other steps that can take much longer than swiping a credit card. Apple’s ability to create elegant, user-friendly products helped it popularize and seize commanding positions in music players and smartphones. If Apple Pay works as promised, it could do something similar for payments, making mobile wallets appeal to the masses, starting with its influential army of iPhone users. “Mobile payment is finally hitting that pivotal moment when all the pieces are coming together,” says Matthew de Ganon, senior vice president of product and commerce for Softcard, a rival mobile wallet joint venture of T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.
Cyber Attacks Likely to Increase
Lee McKnight , a professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, said, “Cyber security extortionists just made $100 million in 60 days (see ‘Cryptolocker’ ). So on one hand it is easy to extrapolate and imagine significant harm done to individual users and institutions given the black hats’ upper hand in attacking systemic vulnerabilities, to the extent of tens of billions in financial losses; and in loss of life. But security systems are progressing as well; the white hat good guys will not stop either. While inter-connected digital systems will be far more pervasive in 2025, they will still be, largely, amalgams of not fully automated and interconnected systems, which also provides a degree of insulation against national cyber attacks causing the degree of harm to people and property imagined by this question. While in principle all systems are crackable, it is also possible to embed security far more deeply in the Future Internet than it is in the present Internet environment. Obviously it is in the interest of the cyber security industrial complex and its participating firms to hype threats.
It Only Took Apple Three Days To Sign Up One Million Credit Cards On Apple Pay
Although Apple seems to have convinced a decent number of users to sign up for Apple Pay relatively quickly, some retailers are refusing to adopt the system. Rite Aid and CVS are among these merchants, and it's unclear exactly why they're blocking customers from using Apple's new payment service. Some have speculated it's because of the Merchant Customer Exchange, a consortium of the largest retailers in the US, which happens to be testing its own mobile payments service.
Comics History 101: Who Is Ms. Marvel? - IGN Video
Comics History 101: Rumors say she might be getting her own movie eventually, so here's everything you need to know about Ms. Marvel!
Sweat Equity: Benchmark Takes Stake in Tinder in Exchange for Matt Cohler Joining Board
In a statement, Sam Yagan, a director of Tinder and the CEO of the Match Group, said: “Matt will complement Sean’s proven product leadership and the expertise in the social and dating categories we already have on the board. I’m confident Benchmark’s involvement will help Tinder achieve its huge growth potential and am excited about continuing to build out the Tinder team.”
Never-Before-Seen Sketches That Inspired the Birth of Alien | WIRED
The alien xenomorph may have first appeared onscreen bursting through poor John Hurt's chest, but it originally spawned from the mind of surrealist H. R. Giger, whose work on a failed Dune adaptation (sorry, Jodorowsky) caught the eye of writer Dan O'Bannon. Though Giger's preproduction work on Alien has occasionally surfaced online, fans won't have to hunt through the darkened corridors of the Internet any longer: The new book The Archive , out today, is the first complete collection of concept art and photography from the franchise. Just don't put your face too close to the pages.
Ascension Trailer Shows Off Syfy's New Space Mutiny Series
Ascension , otherwise known as the drama that Syfy is banking big time on bringing back their brand, has a slick new trailer. And what it's showing is a whole lotta spaceship—and we like that.
Keeping it real: When Apple derangement ruins an argument
Aaaaand then selling them later and getting more than the price of the competitor’s product. The Macalope got $200 for his first-generation iPad three years after its release. Please point him to the “competing” device that was a) available in 2010, b) could do what the iPad did (as elegantly and had as many apps) and c) had a net cost of $300 plus tax and the time value of money.
Logitech's rugged new iPad keyboard looks like it belongs on a Surface instead
The Touch Cover is one of the most clever things about the Surface. Having a keyboard that takes up almost no space and requires no care, that you can use when you want it and forget when you don't, is a terrific addition to a tablet — Logitech's really not breaking any new ground here, but it's a nice new accessory for the iPad nonetheless.
Apple VP Greg Joswiak On iPhone 6 Plus Sales, iOS 8 Bugs, And Apple’s Watch | TechCrunch
One of the big aspects of that involves factoring how people are buying and using iPhones. Recode’s Mossberg asked how many iPhone 6es the company has sold since its launch last month and referenced the fact that last night, T-Mobile CEO John Legere claimed that the 6 Plus is selling in greater quantities than they expected. Joswiak said that for right now, sales are limited by output, so the ratio of 6 sales to its larger sibling is a function of production.
The Flash: "Going Rogue" Review - IGN
Cold was a focus from the early moments of “Going Rogue,” as he and his partners attempted an armored car robbery. I appreciated that Johns and co-writer Kai Yu Wu didn’t go overboard with an origin story for Snart. We got hints of his rough upbringing and motivations for breaking the law, but he remained cool and enigmatic throughout. It helped that his intelligence was frequently emphasized. The previous villains haven’t had much in the brains department. It was a little disappointing that Snart wasn’t presented as the inventor of his cold gun (as he is in the comics), but we still saw him as a very meticulous criminal who spends weeks casing out each assignment.
YouTube Star Michelle Phan Was Once Denied A Job At A Makeup Counter — Now Her Makeup Startup Does $84 Million A Year In Sales
YouTube Star Michelle Phan Was Once Denied A Job At A Makeup Counter — Now Her Makeup Startup Does $84 Million A Year In Sales
The Surprising Countries That Are Closest To Eliminating Their Gender Gaps
Nicaragua is in fact an interesting example. It is the top-ranking lower-middle income country, as well as the top country in Latin America and the Caribbean. More importantly, it is one of the most improved countries since 2006, the year WEF began the rankings. In 2006 and 2007, it ranked #62 and #90, but in the last three years, it’s been in the top ten. While its levels of female economic participation still leaves a lot to be desired (the country ranks #95 globally on this metric), it has completely closed the gender gap in the categories of health and survival and educational attainment. On political participation, women achieve at 54% the rate of men in Nicaragua--which doesn’t sound that great, but because overall huge global inequality in this category, actually puts Nicaragua at #4 in the world.
DigitalOcean Partners With Mesosphere To Allow Developers To Focus On Apps, Not Servers | TechCrunch
For DigitalOcean, today’s announcement is the second in a row that focuses on its potential as a platform for server clusters. In September, the company launched support for CoreOS , the container-centric Linux distribution for massive-scale deployments. While DigitalOcean quickly made a name for itself as a hosting platform for cheap virtual private servers (starting at $5/month), it clearly wants to be more than that. If it wants to be taken seriously as a competitor to larger cloud platforms like AWS, it needs these kind of partnerships to allow it to offers its users similar services without giving up its core philosophy, which has always centered around simplicity and ease of use. Today’s Mesosphere announcement is a good example for this. While it would take an engineer quite a while to set up a Mesos cluster on AWS, it only takes a few clicks with DigitalOcean.
An Open Source Platform That Makes Building Apps Cheap and Easy | WIRED
Schmidt didn’t set out to create a programming framework when he left Asana. He and his co-founders Matt DeBergalis, who co-founded the fundraising service ActBlue, and Nick Martin, who co-founded music streaming company MixApp, originally planned to make a travel recommendation app. The trio was accepted into the prestigious startup incubator Y Combinator, and it was there that they built the original version of Meteor to power their own product. “We noticed that everyone at Y Combinator was struggling to do what we were doing already because we had experience from these companies like Asana,” Schmidt says. “So we realized that our framework for building this stuff was way more valuable than our travel guide.”
Battlefield Hardline launches in March 2015
The next entry in EA's Battlefield franchise abandons the series' traditional military setting in favor of the urban battlegrounds patrolled by civilian police officers. Unlike past entries in the series, Battlefield Hardline will not be developed by DICE, but is instead being crafted by Dead Space developer Visceral Games. Despite this, and the change of setting, the game includes at least four distinct character classes, a multiplayer map dubbed "Downtown" and game modes with such names as "Blood Money" and "Bomb Squad." The fan-favorite "Carrier Assault" mode was also listed.
UNITE Live: Hashing out the future of cloud privacy (in progress)
How big of a concern is the privacy of the public cloud? And what can we do to make it more privacy-friendly and secure? Join us today at 2:30pm ET for a live discussion on those questions and others regarding the future of cloud computing.
Why This Google Wallet And PayPal Vet Thinks His New Product Will Be A 'No Brainer' For Businesses
Bedier describes Poynt as a "no-risk no-brainer" for merchants because it works with all payment types: Traditional swipe cards; near-field communication services like Apple Pay or Google Wallet; Bluetooth; beacons; QR codes; or EMV chip and pin cards. No extra hardware required.
Captain America: Civil War - How Avengers 2 Will Lead to Civil War - IGN Video
Eric, Joshua, and Roth talk about what may bring Iron Man and Captain America to blows in Civil War.
YouTube finally arrives on the PlayStation 4
While Sony’s newest console has let users upload videos to Facebook and post screenshots on Twitter, a native YouTube app has been a long time coming. Given that the Xbox One has had a YouTube app since November, we’re pretty sure PS4 fans are happy to finally receive their own from the Google-owned company.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: "A Fractured House" Review - IGN
Certainly, regardless of what Christian may or may not have done, Ward breaking free and killing the innocent men guarding him erases any chance of him being on the path to redemption right now, which I’m glad to see. He’s turned out to be a fun continuing presence on the show, but let’s keep him dark. Oh, and Simmons of all people, telling him if she saw him again, she’d kill him was great – given we’d never seen her confront him since he tried to kill her and Fitz.
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Here's What You Missed at Day Two of Code/Mobile
Though you might not know about it, “deep linking” could be the future of search functions on your smartphone. The CEOs of two firms working in this area — Tomer Kagan of Quixey and John Milinovich of URX — explained what deep linking is all about , why Google isn’t interested in it and the sordid state of searching for and in apps today.
Quixey CEO Tomer Kagan Says They Don’t Need Developers To Make Apps Searchable | TechCrunch
Despite also talking up his company’s deep-linking standard (and in a post-panel chat, tools for developers slated to arrive next year), Kagan claims that in the long run, Quixey doesn’t need support from developers to make a search engine for mobile apps that can find all of the information in a native app that you’d be able to get from a website using a traditional search engine like Google. He thinks that Quixey will be able to crawl every native app on Android and iOS to find every single state and automatically make them into searchable pieces of data.
Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells | TechCrunch
This project is in the exploratory phases but Conrad was hopeful that we’d be seeing this technology in the hands of every doctor within the next decade. He also mentioned that his team has explored ways of not just detecting abnormal cells but also delivering medicine at the same time. “That’s certainly been discussed,” he said, but cautioned that this was something that needed to be carefully developed so that the nanoparticles had a chance to show what was happening in the body before destroying the cells.
Matt Taibbi Disappears From Omidyar’s First Look Media
When he was hired, amid much fanfare, Taibbi's website was meant to be the second in an envisioned fleet of titles to be published by First Look, an ambitious digital journalism company funded by Omidyar, the founder of eBay and one of the richest tech moguls in America. Like its counterpart the Intercept, launched earlier this year by Glenn Greenwald and others to pursue investigations of NSA surveillance and the intelligence world, it was a venture centered around a brand-name polemicist without much management experience. Prior to joining First Look, Taibbi made his name by gleefully skewering fat targets for Rolling Stone — most famously, he described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity" — and he said at the time of his departure that he was lured away by the chance to lampoon the financial industry in the "simultaneously funny and satirical voice" associated with the legendary magazine Spy . Over the succeeding months, the mission of the publication broadened to encompass political satire as well, and it brought on a number of high-profile names from the New York digital scene, including deputy editor Alex Pareene , formerly of Salon; Laura Dawn, a digital video producer who formerly worked with Moveon.
Report: PS4 users report myriad issues following 2.0 update
Though today's PlayStation 4 system update brings with it a host of new features - most notably Share Play functionality - the new software has also been causing problems for a number of users.
As Videogamer points out, numerous reports of issues stemming from the 2.0 update have appeared across the spectrum of social media. On NeoGAF , PlayStation 4 owners are reporting problems ranging from odd volume fluctuations to issues connecting to YouTube to an inability to play previously purchased games. Responses to Sony Europe's PlayStation.blog announcement include players unable to sign in to the PlayStation Network following the update.
Despite these reports, these issues seem to affect a relatively small number of PlayStation 4 owners, though our own Alexander Sliwinski is one of them. We've attempted to reach Sony for more information on these update issues and its plans to fix them, but have yet to receive a response. If you're having an issue with your PS4 post-update, let us know in the comments.
Microsoft opens Office 365 to programmers
Extending Office 365 functionality to third-party developers, Microsoft has exposed a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) so other companies can add features and capabilities to the online productivity service.
Captain America 3 Is Civil War, Announced for 2016 - IGN
The Civil War comic storyline revolved around The Avengers' differing philosophies regarding the Superhuman Registration Act, which fractures The Avengers' and pits Captain America against Iron Man. Chadwick Boseman will debut as Black Panther in Civil War. Boseman, Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America) all took the stage today to tease the film.
We Need More Fat Phones With Killer Battery Life
Your smartphone has a terrible battery life. I can say this with confidence because it is universally true. Phones today have ludicrous screens and processors that rival the supercomputers of days gone by, but they can't last a day. We need more thick-ass phones that make it through the weekend.
What's Up With That: People Feel the Weather in Their Bones | WIRED
I was reminded of this yesterday. I’d been working on my laptop when my ankle, titanium-braced from an old break, started throbbing. I thought nothing of it until I stepped outside, and into a surprise rainstorm. I’d always been skeptical of grandma’s arthritic omens, but limping down the sidewalk in the wake of my own revelation gave me reason to reconsider. Could science have an answer for why some people seem to feel the weather in their bones?
Here's How One New College Grad Made $66,000 In One Month--Without A Full-Time Job
After his junior year at Brigham Young University, Nick Walter, now 25, landed a great summer internship in the Seattle office of Pariveda Solutions, a Dallas-based tech consulting firm. Though he enjoyed the work and liked his clients and colleagues, he felt stifled. Used to jeans and t-shirts, he didn’t like wearing khakis and polo shirts and most of all, he says, “I hated that I had to be at this office every day for X amount of time doing what they said I had to do.”
The Fireside SmartFrame Surfaces Family Memories From The Cloud | TechCrunch
The Fireside SmartFrame is the startup’s solution for dragging memories out of the cloud and into our homes. It’s a 15-inch, 1080p IPS display driven by the same system-on-a-chip as a low- to mid-range Android phone. Once plugged in and connected to the cloud using Fireside’s upcoming iOS app, the frame downloads photos and videos uploaded to Fireside from family member’s iPhones and iPads to 64 GB of onboard flash memory.
How Nara Found The Restaurant Supernodes
In the process of indexing venues for American cities, the team made an unexpected discovery: There are a few "supernode" restaurants that connect every eating establishment in large cities. Specifically, the top 1% of restaurants in large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are connected to between 60-70% of all the restaurants in their city. Although they aren’t necessarily the top-rated restaurants in a market, they do tend to share the most connections to other restaurants both among employees and customers, as well as other external sources.
Mobile Internet investment hits record $19.2B --- up 232% in last 12 months
The good news is that not only are mobile entrepreneurs pulling in serious capital pre-exit, investors in post-IPO mobile internet companies are achieving an average 28 percent return on investment. On the positive side, that means that mobile internet companies that have gone public are generally doing well. On the negative side, only nine of the 16 stock market sectors Digi-Capital tracks generated positive returns for investors in the last twelve months.
Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch Pad
Update 9:55 EDT: At this point, it will probably be several weeks before it’s clear when Orbital Sciences will be able to fly another Cygnus to the International Space Station. The full cost of the spacecraft and rocket was over $200 million, at least some of which was insured. The total cost of the damages on the ground is still unknown. That concludes the press conference.
Niki de Saint Phalle: Google doodle marks 84th birthday of French artist
Google’s latest doodle celebrates the birthday of Niki de Saint Phalle, the artist and sculptor who rose to prominence in the 1960s by developing a trademark style of “shooting” paintings in which colour was shot on to canvasses.
Watch Mike Tyson try to punch out video game Mike Tyson - CNET
Still, Tyson can take solace in the fact that he actually won, in some way. Plus, the whole spectacle brought me back to my childhood. I spent a good amount of time with "Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!" as a kid, and despite being able to knock him out on occasion, I more often found myself on my back, looking up at a victorious Mike Tyson. Now, Mike Tyson knows what that feels like too.
BuzzFeed Acquires Startup Torando Labs To Create A New Data Engineering Team | TechCrunch
Mark Wilkie is the Chief Technology Officer for BuzzFeed. He has built and grown the team, software and technology that helped make BuzzFeed a state of the art, technology driven media company. Mark has over 20 years of experience, and prior to joining BuzzFed in 2006, he led the technology team for Kinja Media, a startup founded by Nick Denton/Gawker Media.
He was a Senior Software Architect at United …
MIT Media Lab Unveils a New Visual Identity
Design studio Pentagram and its team members Michael Bierut and Aron Fay rose to the challenge. Using the seven-by-seven grid of Richard The’s and Roon Kang’s 25th anniversary design, they created a minimal “ML” monogram for the media lab itself. The lab is not only one entity however, since it encompasses 23 research departments under its umbrella. Bierut and Fay then used the grid as a base to create 23 new configurations to build a system of pixelated hieroglyphs. While the design still holds on to the diversity, MIT’s Media Lab now has a streamlined identity that unifies all of its unique creatives.
Winter is coming, and so is a 'Game of Thrones' video game - CNET
And thanks to a tweet from Laura Perusco, Telltale's community and PR specialist , we now know that the first episode of "Iron from Ice" is still on target for a 2014 release. While it's not a firm release date, it gives us hope that we'll be able to play at least a few episodes of the game before the next season of "Game of Thrones" hits the HBO airwaves, which should happen around April 2015.
Motorola on Whether Its Moto 360 Smartwatch Can Get You Laid (Video)
Motorola on Whether Its Moto 360 Smartwatch Can Get You Laid (Video)
Tim Cook Calls Merchants Disabling NFC a Skirmish
Cook called the ongoing issue a “skirmish” and indicated that he believed that it’ll be customers that will decide which payment service retailers will end up supporting. Of course it helps that Apple activated 1 million cards in the first 72 hours according to Cook.
This Is The Most Advanced Flying Car Prototype Yet
Whether it will ever fulfil the ultimate promise of the flying car of science fiction remains unclear. While Klein insisted the vehicle does not need a full airport with a big runway to get up into the air, takeoff and landing still require a 200-metre grass strip. When you’re stuck in traffic, even AeroMobil’s flying car won’t be able to help you.
21 Insightful Quotes From Bill Gates, Who Just Turned 59
How did the world's wealthiest man get to where he is today? Gathered from 20 years of interviews, these quotes show how Gates grew from startup nerd to software titan to history-shifting activist.
Give me a ring: North Korean couples mark engagements with mobile phones
Given that 1kg of rice sells for roughly 6,500 North Korean won, these devices come with a hefty price tag. As a result, it is mainly the children of Party cadres and the upper-middle classes who exchange phones as gifts after getting engaged, the source said.
If Da Vinci Had A Desktop, It Would Be HP's $1,899 Sprout
All the same, Monsef notes, there are 4 million to 5 million desktop computers sold each year in the United States at prices of $1,500 or more. While that’s way down from the desktop computers’ golden age in the 1990s, it remains a surprisingly sizable market. With Sprout, HP is hoping that it can draw desktop owners back into the stores to for an upgrade that, perhaps, they didn’t know they wanted until the new machines hit the market.
Facebook shares down 11% on warning of rising costs
Facebook shares down 11% on warning of rising costs
Facebook reported $3.2 billion in revenue and adjusted earnings per share of 43 cents.
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