When asked if Prey, the developer s forthcoming first-person sci-fi action game, has anything to to do with the 2006 Xbox 360 shooter from developer Human Head, or its canceled sequel, Arkane Studios Austin lead designer Ricardo Bare was very clear.The original Prey, an early Xbox 360 shooter released in 2006, was far from a smash hit, but its Native American every-man hero, gravity-defying level design, unique spirit powers, and alien-abduction plot earned it a respectable cult following.Aside from abundant rumors and speculation, the fate of the once-promising series was unknown… Until a brand new, Arkane Studios-developed Prey popped up at Bethesda s E3 2016 media briefing.As anyone who s possessed a plague rat, blinked through time, or reduced enemies to fleshy ribbons with a Spring Razor might guess, Arkane s version of a game includes the ability to unleash and layer an arsenal of skills that enable dynamic gameplay systems and mechanics.Prey s character-progression is fueled by neuromods, sinister looking medical devices that grant human and alien powers when graphically injected into Yu s eyeballs.In an early encounter, Yu fought a set of black, spidery, smoke-like baddies called Mimics, which can shape-shift to avoid detection.
Welcome to another bumper edition of The Week in Geek.We haven't forgotten all of the important geeky news of the week, but there's an awful lot of news about DC's TV slate.Arrow watchers will know that for the past four years the show has featured flashbacks to Oliver's time away from Star City - most of it spent on the island of Lian Yu.Apparently the flashbacks will be continuing, but in a different sort of way.We've also established over the first four seasons of proof of concept that we can do flashback stories that don't involve what I call the island narrative, even when he's not on the island.Thankfully if things go well, and the network's schedule clears up a bit, they do have the option of asking for an extra nine episodes.
Welcome to another bumper edition of The Week in Geek.We haven't forgotten all of the important geeky news of the week, but there's an awful lot of news about DC's TV slate.Arrow watchers will know that for the past four years the show has featured flashbacks to Oliver's time away from Star City - most of it spent on the island of Lian Yu.Apparently the flashbacks will be continuing, but in a different sort of way.We've also established over the first four seasons of proof of concept that we can do flashback stories that don't involve what I call the island narrative, even when he's not on the island.Thankfully if things go well, and the network's schedule clears up a bit, they do have the option of asking for an extra nine episodes.
Here s our recap of what happened in marketing technology, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.Confirmed: New AdWords interface rolling out to more usersAug 10, 2016 by Greg FinnGoogle has confirmed the rollout of the new user interface to more AdWords users.SEO and the CMO: Communication and board room metrics that matterAug 10, 2016 by Jim Yu
MoreIn this April 22, 2016 photo, Hwang Sang-gi, father of Hwang Yu-mi, a former Samsung factory worker who died of leukemia at the age of 22, wears shoes in order to an interview outside Samsung buildings in Seoul, South Korea.Four years later, she died of leukemia.Sang-gi launched a movement demanding the government investigate health risks at Samsung Electronics Co. factories after learning another worker at the same semiconductor line of Yu-mi also had died of leukemia.SEOUL, South Korea AP -- As a high school senior, Hwang Yu-mi went to work bathing silicon wafers in chemicals at a Samsung factory that makes computer chips for laptops and other devices.After Yu-mi's death in 2007, her father, Hwang Sang-gi, learned a 30-year-old worker at the same semiconductor line also had died of leukemia.When Hwang sued after his first claim for government compensation was denied, he struggled to get details about the factory environment because Samsung did not release that information to worker-safety officials.
Parse cofounder and Y Combinator partner Ilya Sukhar announced today that he has joined Matrix Partners as a general partner, where he ll be investing in a variety of companies, but perhaps more so startups with an engineering bent that focus on a durable mission.This is the latest step for Sukhar, who left Facebook in 2015 after the social networking company acquired the mobile developer backend that he started along with cofounders Tikhon Bernstam, Kevin Lacker, and James Yu in 2011.He had also been active with Y Combinator, the startup program Parse had been incubated in, since 2014 as a part-time partner.Matrix Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California and has a $1.7 billion fund at its disposal — it s already on its tenth fund.It specializes in enterprise, ecommerce, security, software as a service, advertising, media and entertainment, hardware, financial technology, and mobile startups.Among the more notable investments are Namely, Canva, and Quora.The firm also led the first round for Oculus VR and counts Apple, SanDisk, Aruba Networks, HubSpot, and Zendesk among its many wins.Focusing on engineering solutions is something that suits Sukhar, especially for all the work he s done not only at Parse, but also Facebook, and in his experience advising startups such as Gitlab, Clearbit, Airtable, and numerous others that have gone through the Y Combinator program.
View photosIn this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, Kim Mi-seon, 36, former Samsung display factory worker who lost sight in 2014 since diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, sits on a hospital bed while speaking during an interview in Seoul, South Korea.An Associated Press investigation has found South Korean authorities have, at Samsung s request, repeatedly withheld crucial information about the chemicals that workers were exposed to at its computer chip and liquid crystal display factories.Without this information, government officials commonly reject their cases.SEOUL, South Korea AP — Samsung Electronics, the leader in the global computer chip and smartphone industries, is South Korea's biggest company, with about 100,000 workers.A worker-safety group has documented more than 200 cases of serious illnesses including leukemia, lupus, lymphoma and multiple sclerosis among former Samsung semiconductor and LCD workers.It is extremely difficult for workers to get compensation for occupational diseases from the South Korean government, and without details on their exposure to toxins in their workplaces it is almost impossible.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is extending a hand to companies such as SAP SE keen on operating in China, proffering a window into a market that s increasingly hostile to foreign technology.China s largest e-commerce company is aiming to help them comply with local regulations and sell their products, as it seeks news areas of growth to combat a slowing economy at home.Its new AliLaunch program makes use of its cloud computing platform and can help clients with joint ventures and marketing.Its biggest customer so far is Germany s SAP, which will sell its Hana data-software and services on Alibaba s cloud.Securing an influential Chinese partner has become key to cracking the domestic market.China has championed homegrown services over foreign technology, after saying last year it will block software, servers and computing equipment.A tightening of regulations on everything from data to content has also threatened the ability of U.S. companies to participate in China s $465 billion market for information products.Alibaba Cloud is able to help its overseas technology partners comply with data security laws in the country,  Alibaba Vice President Yu Sicheng told a conference in Beijing.The company said it aims to sign up 50 partners over the next 12 months.Alibaba is betting on internet-based computing and big data to boost growth in the next decade.
Have you ever clicked a Gizmodo post and wondered whether it was written by a 17-year-old?Are you the commenter who recently wrote fuck this site is gizmodo run by children?fuck this shit and fuk all of yu ?As a matter of fact, Gizmodo employs only one bonafide teenager.But this week, we re all embracing a youthful joie de vive for our very first and probably last!Senior Week at Gawker Media.
Ancient Chinese legends tell of a catastrophic flood along the Yellow River that led to the founding of the Xia dynasty, roughly 4,000 years ago.A legendary hero named Yu is said to have established the Xia dynasty after figuring out how to stop the flood waters by dredging, thus marking the dawn of Chinese civilization with a feat of landscape engineering.Now, a group of geoscientists and archaeologists in China has discovered that this flood actually happened.Now, scientists are certain there was a megaflood on the Yellow River in roughly 1900 BCE.Ancient Chinese historiographers placed the rise of the Xia dynasty during the 2200s BCE, so their dates were about 300 years off.The flood waters, he said, "reached up to 38 meters above the modern river level."
Bethesda has unveiled a terrifying new gameplay trailer for its upcoming Prey reboot at Quakecon 2016Bethesda and Dishonored developer Arkane Studios have unveiled a brand new gameplay trailer for its upcoming Prey reboot at Quakecon 2016, giving gamers a quick glimpse of how the first-person shooter plays as well as the terrifying, hostile enemies that await.Set in 2034, players are cast as Morgan Yu, a test subject of some "morally dubious" human experiments who aims to discover the truth behind the alien-ridden space station called Talos 1."I'm just staring into the black between the stars.There's something there; I know there is.You know what I'm talking about, but you will soon."
Quake Champions wasn t the only big trailer to hit QuakeCon; we also got to see the first gameplay trailer for the new Prey title.Like the Quake reboot, Prey was first unveiled with some CGI-heavy footage back at E3.Prey looks like it features elements from a number of dark games, such as System Shock 2, Bioshock, Alien: Isolation, Dishonored, and even a bit of Dead Space.Combined with some unique aspects of its own, Prey could turn out to be quite special.Set onboard Talos I – a space station orbiting the moon - in the near future, you control Morgan Yu, one of the subjects being experimented on by scientists within the station.As is always the case with space-based human testing, something has gone horribly wrong and aliens have turned up.
Chinese legend tells of a great flood, and how Emperor Yu drove back the floodwaters, founding the Xia dynasty and giving rise to Chinese civilization.Now an international scientific collaboration has discovered the first geological evidence that such a flood may actually have happened—and the founding of the Xia dynasty may have happened hundreds of years later than historians previously thought.Great floods occupy a central place in some of the world s oldest stories, the University of Washington geologist David Montgomery wrote in an accompanying commentary on the new findings.There are different versions of the Great Flood myth, handed down through oral tradition for hundreds of years before finally being written down around 1000 BC.Whether or not the Great Flood actually happened has been a longstanding bone of contention among scholars.In a press conference yesterday, lead author Wu Qinglong of Peking University in Beijing described the accidental discovery of unusual sediment in the Jishi Gorge of the Yellow River.
China has attempted to control the Yellow river by constructing large dams.For nearly 4 000 years ago burst a sweeping, natural dam that caused massive flooding.According to the legend of the emperor Yu, he should have tamed the flooded Yellow river through the organisation of dredging and lead on water flows.Thus, he shall also have received "the divine mandate to found Xiadynastin", the first dynasty in China.Now has a team been able to establish such a flood around the year 1920 before Christ with the help of the carbon 14 method, and some ancient barnskelett, writing Science.It means that the dynasty must have begun several centuries later than researchers hitherto have believed.
The world s largest telecommunications equipment supplier now plans to open 15,000 new retail stores around the world this year.Huawei Technologies, the world s largest telecommunications equipment supplier, plans to open 15,000 new retail stores around the world this year as it aims for a record-high shipment of smartphones and greater sales of premium-priced models.We are optimistic and confident about reaching our target shipment of 140 million smartphones this year, Richard Yu Chengdong, the chief executive of Huawei s consumer business group, said on Tuesday in Shenzhen.Unfazed by the lingering economic slowdown, Yu indicated the company s retail store expansion would help its ability to reach more consumers and drive sales of its high-end smartphones priced in the US$500 to US$600 range.It has 11,000 stores located on the mainland, the world s biggest smartphone market.It also has 6,500 stores spread across the rest of Asia, 6,200 in Europe and 1,500 in South America.
HONG KONG—The head of consumer products for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. said Tuesday he is confident the company will reach its target to ship 140 million smartphones in 2016, a 30% increase from last year.Speaking at a news conference, Huawei Consumer Business Group Chief Executive Richard Yu said his division is aiming to book $28 billion in revenue this year, up 41% from $19.9 billion in 2015.The sales would be partly fueled by about 15,000 new retail stores the company plans to open this year, he said.Huawei has more than 35,000 stores world-wide, according to its latest earnings presentation.Shenzhen-based Huawei said it shipped 60.6 million smartphones in the six months through June, up 25% from a year earlier.Revenue from its consumer business group, which mostly sells smartphones, rose to 77.4 billion yuan $11.59 billion in the first half of this year on strong demand from Europe and emerging markets.
Huawei, the world s third largest smartphone brand, posted a 40 percent increase in first quarter sales revenue when they reported their earnings on Monday.The company says they expect to maintain their current growth trajectory throughout the year.Huawei recorded $245.5 billion yuan $37 billion USD in revenue during the first six months of 2016, claiming they have managed to beat the sluggish market with upgraded smartphones and strong network gear sales.Despite hearty growth figures, Huawei s operating margin dipped to 12 percent from 18 percent the same time last year.The privately held company diversified their smartphone stock heavily in late 2015 and early 2016, pushing into the premium space occupied by Apple and Samsung.A saturated Chinese market, particularly in first-tier cities, has slowed smartphone sales and put local vendors under pressure.Huawei has managed to come out on top of competing local brands, including Xiaomi, by aggressively marketing their high-end models abroad while maintaining a significant share of the local budget smartphone market.In line with previous rhetoric, Huawei CEO Richard Yu said the company s ultimate aim is to displace market leaders Apple and Samsung to become the world s largest smartphone vendor.The company will release the results of individual business groups on Tuesday.Flowing on from an aggressive local campaign, Huawei has been exerting its influence more openly abroad.In recent months the company has engaged in a tit-for-tat legal battle with Samsung over patent infringements.
Robin Li Yanhong Chief Executive of Baidu speaks to the media in Beijing on March 03, 2015.Baidu s Chairman Robin Li has dropped a US$2.8 billion bid to buy out the shares of the company s video-streaming service Qiyi.com iQiyi , after a major shareholder objected to his lowball offer, in a setback to his plan to spin off China s top online video site.Li and iQiyi s Chief Executive Officer Yu Gong had not been able to reach an agreement with Baidu on transaction structure and purchase price after rounds of discussions and negotiations , Baidu said in a press release on Monday night.Li and Yu proposed to buy 80.5 per cent of iQiyi in February, valuing the entire business at US$2.8 billion.That s lower than the US$4.8 billion valuation for iQiyi s competitor Youku Tuduo, owned by Alibaba Group Holding China s top online video site by subscribers, iQiyi has more than 20 million subscribers paying for content as of June, and is valued at US$5.8 billion by Shanghai market-research firm 86Research.In an open letter to Li last week, New York-based hedge fund Acacia Partners, which owns US$400 million in Baidu shares, said the proposed iQiyi sale is an inherent conflict of interest which could create the impression that Baidu was the extension of the pocketbook of one man .
Baidu Inc. s billionaire Chairman Robin Li pulled out of talks to buy control of the company s streaming video service iQiyi after failing to reach an agreement on its price and structure.An investor group led by Li and Qiyi.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Yu Gong offered to buy out Baidu s 80.5 percent stake in February - a deal that conferred a $2.8 billion enterprise value on the Netflix-like service.The pair informed the board they re retracting that offer after failing to strike a deal despite several rounds of discussions, Baidu said Monday.The collapse of talks comes a week after the proposal drew sharp criticism from shareholder Acacia Partners LP, which condemned the price as far too low and cited research valuing Qiyi.com at $5.8 billion.Selling the loss-making streaming business had been viewed as important to whittling down rising expenses as China s largest search engine spends billions diversifying its business, from on-demand internet services to driverless cars and artificial intelligence.The purpose of separating Qiyi.com from the core business was to raise money in China s stock market, said Henry Guo, an analyst at M Science LLC.The deal was scrapped because of changes in the regulatory environment that s made it difficult for loss-making companies to go public, and not because of the opposition from Acacia Partners LP, Guo said."It s really hard for the iQiyi business to go public anytime soon in China -- the business has to be profitable," Guo said in an interview."In the future, huge investments in iQiyi will continue to pressure Baidu s business.
Ever since Marvel s All-New, All-Different universe began, tensions between the Inhumans and Mutants of the Marvelverse have been high.Scott Summers supposedly died doing something to majorly tick the Inhumans off.Terrigen mists are sterilising and poisoning mutants.And now, those tensions are boiling over.Announced at today s Cup O Joe panel with Joe Quesada at San Diego Comic-Con, Inhumans vs. X-Men will be a six-part miniseries by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule, with art by Leinil Yu.The story will see the current situation with the Terrigen mists reach its climax, as the mists—the biological gas that contact with triggers latent Inhuman genes in humans, beginning their transformation into Inhumans, vital to the continuation of the Inhuman race and responsible for the current rise of prominence in the Inhuman population—achieving complete global saturation in the Earth s atmosphere.