Good news for fans of 2018's God of War: it looks like a development team is being put together for a sequel to the critically-acclaimed action game.As spotted by GamesRadar, Developer Santa Monica posted job listings last week for a number of roles across its programming, art, design, and tech art teams – with one listing clearly citing the God of War reboot.Applicants for Senior Combat Designer "Must have knowledge of God of War (2018) and be able to speak in depth about the combat systems, mechanics and enemies."PS5 release date: when will we see the next-gen console?And what are the best PS4 games to play before it launches?A listing for Facial Blend Shape Character Artist also specifically mentions "next-gen video game platform experience" for the role: something that should whittle down prospective applicants to relatively few animators, given that the next generation of consoles have yet to launch.
32-bit binaries will still run, insists Canonical, but it may not be good enough for key appsCanonical's decision to cease development of 32-bit libraries in Ubuntu 19.10 "eoan" means it won't support Steam gaming runtime and devs say the Wine compatibility layer for running Windows apps will be little use.The Steam news was reported on Twitter by Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, who said "Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to our users."Ubuntu has caused anxiety with its announcement that "the i386 architecture will be dropped" in the next release.Some presumed this meant i386 libraries would not be shipped at all, meaning that no 32-bit applications would run.Ubuntu says i386 to be 86'd with Eoan 19.10 release: Ageing 32-bit x86 support will be ex-86
The Trump administration is apparently looking into requiring that 5G equipment used in the US be designed and put together outside China.The talks kicked off after an executive order issued last month required a 150-day review of the US telecoms supply chain, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.White House officials want to know if telecom equipment manufacturers can make hardware destined for the US, like cell tower electronics, routers, switches and software, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources.The review deadline isn't until October, so these conversations seemingly are in early stages and any decisions could take years to adopt.Companies like Finland's Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson -- both of which sell equipment to U.S. wireless carriers -- to move some operations outside China to maintain those relationships, the report noted.Trump's May order specifically targeted Huawei, essentially banning the Chinese company in light of national security concerns that it had close ties with the country's government -- a charge it repeatedly denied.
“I have so much respect for entrepreneurs…”Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a C-suite tech industry interviewee.Today we’re pleased to be joined by Informatica CISO, Roger Hale.To be competitive in today’s market requires being able to pivot faster than your competitors; and that means having the right data to make the right decision, at the right time.When data is siloed to a single department within an organisation, the culture needs to shift towards democratising data across the organization by giving control to assigned data owners, or “stewards”, who can expand its access to other departments and people that need it.A lot of today’s technology is designed to solve a point problem, but if you take a broader view, there are plenty of real-world issues to address where technology can provide multiple benefits.
Fasthosts registers all its customers' .uk domain names – just for safekeeping, you understandAnalysis For a £100m windfall that apparently doesn't exist, the release of millions of valuable .uk domain names is stirring a lot of activity in the UK's internet name space.Earlier this month, we pointed out that .uk overlord Nominet had created an entire process seemingly designed to benefit its largest members by giving registrars a week-long opportunity to grab dot-uk domain names worth approximately £100m before the public can get them.This week, however, one registrar has decided that it doesn't like its chances under Nominet's special pay-to-play system and has decided, unilaterally, that it will register all second-level .uk domain names that its customers have third-level registrations to, such as .co.uk domains.Just a few problems with that claim, thoughSo if, for example, you registered example.co.uk with Fasthosts a decade ago but decided not to use to your right to also register example.uk over the past five years, don't worry, Fasthosts is going to register it for you.
It has long been rumored that the iPhone 11 Max will have a triple-lens rear camera, but if you need any more evidence of that then a new accessory provides it.A camera protector for the phone has been listed on MobileFun (a mobile accessory retailer).Built by Olixar – which is a reputable brand – images of the accessory show spaces for three lenses.In fact, the iPhone 11 Max itself is also pictured, with three lenses visible, along with a likely quad-LED flash.Sadly, the listing doesn’t reveal any of the phone’s specs, but it has previously been rumored that it will have three 12MP lenses, with a new ultra-wide one joining its predecessor’s main and telephoto lenses.Here's everything we know about the iPhone 11
One of the biggest questions we’ve been asking about the worldwide rollout of 5G networks is when compatible handsets will be affordable for everyday users, as the current phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and Oppo Reno 5G cost a lot.But it looks like Samsung has an answer, and that answer is "pretty soon!".That’s according to a report from Galaxy Club claiming Samsung is working on the Samsung Galaxy A90, which is being tested on 5G networks - and, judging by the name, could be the first affordable 5G phone.It’s not clear how Galaxy Club got this information (although the report hints it’s through their sources) so take this information with a grain of salt.These are all the 5G phones we're expectingThe report describes the Samsung Galaxy A90 as having a 32MP main camera and 8MP secondary snapper, presumably with a specific lens like telephoto or wide-angle, but that isn’t detailed.
Google’s Android is facing a tough battle against malware apps, and there seems no end in sight.The two year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Data61, analyzed more than a million Android apps on the platform.“We were able to find 2,040 potential counterfeits that contain malware in a set of 49,608 apps that showed high similarity to one of the top-10,000 popular apps in Google Play Store,” the study noted.“We also [found] 1,565 potential counterfeits asking for at least five additional dangerous permissions than the original app and 1,407 potential counterfeits having at least five extra third-party advertisement libraries.”Games Temple Run, Free Flow, and Hill Climb Racing were among the most commonly counterfeited.To carry out the study, researchers designed a convolutional neural net to identify similarity in app icons, thereby proving that unsuspecting users can be fooled into downloading a fake app that has a similar image style and iconography.
Thanks to the internet and all the apps and services that run on top of it, we can now ping someone on the other side of the world instantly—but that person doesn’t necessarily want to hear from you in the middle of the night.The same goes for social media sharing, because the time when inspiration strikes may not be the best time for sharing.If you’re composing an email on the web, open the little drop-down menu next to Send then choose Schedule send, and you get to specify a date and time (or just choose a preset like “tomorrow morning”).Queued up emails can be viewed and edited from the Scheduled link on the left of the web interface.The feature has made its way to Gmail on Android and iOS as well: When you’re composing a new message or a reply, tap the three dots in the top right corner, then choose Schedule send.Whichever platform you’re using Outlook on, scheduled emails will stick around in the outbox until the designated time, so you can edit or cancel them if needed.
Data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey reveals that adults often feel resentment towards their richer friends after seeing their positive social media posts.The research, which surveyed 9,987 households, was conducted by social scientists at the University of Brawijaya and Yogyakarta State University in Indonesia, and academics from the UK’s University of Manchester.The study looked specifically at Facebook, Twitter, and chat, and analyzed 22,423 individuals across almost 300 districts in a country of 264 million.Although the effect of social media on mental health has been documented globally, this new research pinpoints particular issues in developing countries such as Indonesia.“In a society like Indonesia with such dramatic inequality, social media may lead to envy and bitterness, since poor individuals are exposed to the happiness and positive images of their richer friends,” said the study, published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.Inequality in Indonesia has been rising fast since 2000, and the country has the third fastest-growing economy among G20 nations.
Today, Raspberry Pi is introducing a new version of its popular line of single-board computer.The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the fastest Raspberry Pi ever, with the company promising "desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems."The new model is built around a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC, which, with four 1.5GHz Cortex A72 CPU cores, should be a big upgrade over the quad core Cortex A53 CPU in the Raspberry Pi 3.The RAM options are the even bigger upgrade though, with options for 1GB, 2GB, and even 4GB of DDR4.The Pi 3 was limited to 1GB of RAM, which really stung for desktop-class use cases.There has been some upgrades and tweaks to the Pi 4 I/O, too.
Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart is planning to tap into the US equity market by 2022, reported The Economic Times, citing people familiar with the matter.CEO Kaylan Krishnamurthy formally informed Flipkart’s top execs about the IPO timeline, the sources added.According to a separate report, Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal sold an additional US$76.4 million worth of shares in the company to a Walmart entity a year after the US company acquired Flipkart.Walmart snapped up Flipkart for roughly US$16 billion in 2018, during which Bansal sold 1,122,433 shares for about US$159 million.
Blizzard esports suffered another major blow with a new high-profile departure amid reports of turmoil within the division.Kim Phan, Blizzard’s global esports director who has been with the company for over 13 years, revealed her exit in a post on the official Team Liquid forums, which she discovered early on in her career.“What a complete honor and privilege it has been to serve this amazing community.I will always remember the moments we created together, the blood, sweat, and tears we all poured in, and the late night hours we spent cheering on our favorite teams and players,” Phan wrote.Phan revealed that her last day at Blizzard was June 14, and that she will be pursuing “a new endeavor” within the video game industry.“As I hang up my sword and shield, I look forward to a bright future and wish all my Blizzard friends and family the very best.”
Back in February, we first reported that Apple is considering a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a totally new design, and while a more recent rumor suggested that it might not arrive until 2020 (or 2021), yet another piece of speculation has cropped up which believes it actually will ship this year, as reported by Forbes.According to the London-based market analysts at IHS Markit, Apple is readying its 16-inch MacBook Pro for reveal at an event in September, which is traditionally the time of year when the Cupertino company unveils its latest iPhone range."We foresee that Apple will release a new product [at the] Sep’19 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue," said Jeff Lin, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit.While we reported a couple of days ago that Apple could be plotting to switch to OLED for its tablet and laptop displays, the specifications detailed by IHS Markit suggest otherwise, citing a 16-inch TFT-LCD oxide display from LG with a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920.Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as there's no telling how accurate IHS Markit's information is.This isn't the only prognostication that the British analytics outfit has made today – the company also believes a foldable Microsoft Surface with Android app compatibility will arrive in 2020.
It could be Niantic Labs’ biggest hit or it could replace Ingress as its most forgettable.One thing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite isn’t is slow.Although the AR game developer never really gave a timeline other than “soon”, it has just announced the expansion of the game to more-real world countries, bringing the total to 144 more countries just over the weekend.That’s definitely a lot faster than Pokemon GO.Staged rollout for game launches, especially online mobile ones, isn’t exactly new.There are various reasons for it but one of the biggest reason for Niantic Labs is server overload.
Of course, since many folks tend to get time off work to celebrate this American holiday, more than a few retailers are going to be dropping big savings.So if you have some time away from barbecuing, launching fireworks, or just relaxing with family and friends, it’s actually one of the best times of the summer to save some money — other than Amazon Prime Day 2019.Whether you’re looking for price cuts on mattresses, major appliances, kitchen gadgets, outdoor gear, or just about anything you can think of for summer, there’s bound to be a sale with your name on it.We’ve gathered all of the info you need to be prepared for the best 4th of July Sales of 2019, so if you don’t want to waste too much time searching for the best deals, we’ve got you covered.REI is currently offering up 40 percent off clothing, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and just about everything in between.Amazon Sale: Though Amazon isn’t having an exclusive sale for the 4th of July, it does still have some of the best discounts going on online right now.
If you were hoping to find some Apple deals on Prime day, you’ll have to wait a few more weeks, but if you’re looking to pick up an Apple Watch, there’s really no need to wait.It may not be the latest Apple Watch series 4, but it’s still a fantastic wearable, and with a price tag under $200, it’s the best smartwatch deal you’ll find online right now.For starters, Apple Watches are one of the best fitness trackers you can buy.While not specifically designed as a fitness watch, like the Fitbit Versa or Garmin Forerunner, it does come packed with some great fitness-focused features.Additionally, it comes equipped GPS for more accurate activity tracking while jogging, walking, or hiking.It can also easily pair with your iPhone, allowing you to send and receive texts, calls, and adjust your music directly from your wrist.
The long-awaited Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, which Square Enix finally announced at E3 2019, will come with features that will enable faster progression.Series producer Yoshinori Kitase said in an interview with Famitsu magazine that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will integrate the features of triple speed, which will make the game run at a much faster pace; battle enhancements, which will keep all characters’ HP and ATB gauges at max and Limit Breaks always available; and no random encounters, for uninterrupted movement across maps and areas.The features will allow players to replay the Final Fantasy VIII story without having to go through the same grind as during their first crack at the 1999 PlayStation classic RPG.PC players will be able to enjoy additional features that will allow them to acquire all items, abilities, Limit Breaks, and triple triad cards, as well as boost GF levels, gil, and magic to maximum.The PC version will also offer highly customizable system settings, though it remains unclear what exactly this means.Kitase did not reveal in the interview why the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will not come with the PC exclusive features.
The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.It’s a drone deal day, and the Spectre Drone from Trndlabs has caught our eye.This powerful and nimble quadcopter has an HD camera, and for the next few days, it’s available for only $69.The Spectre is a great option for beginners and expert flyers alike.For first-timers, the controls are intuitive and user-friendly.Add to that flight-assistant functionality and auto-takeoff and landing, and you’ll be dominating the skies in no time.
Another study has called into question existing alcohol limits, this one focusing on the impact of low quantities of alcohol and how it may impact drivers.It’s generally believed that consuming one low-alcohol beverage has minimal effects, but new research warns that may not be true.A single glass of wine or pint of beer, the study claims, may have a major impact on one’s sense of agency.A ‘sense of agency’ refers to one’s sense of self-control over personal behaviors, including both the decision to perform any given action or to resist certain behaviors in light of possible consequences.Alcohol is known to inhibit one’s sense of agency, potentially leading to unacceptable behaviors that may put people in danger.This impairment is associated with drunkenness, which is defined as the actions that result from consuming too much alcohol: heightened aggression, inappropriate or risky behaviors, and acting on impulse with little awareness or care of the consequences.