When a timer appeared on the website of asymmetrical multiplayer shooter Evolve this week, many thought the game's sequel would be announced once it reached zero.But when the title was removed from Steam yesterday, another theory was put forward: it was going free-to-play.Developer Turtle Rock Studio has now announced that the speculation was accurate; Evolve s free-to-play PC build goes into Beta later today.The team hopes to use this testing phase to fix bugs and make the game more stable over a period of weeks and months.Evolve isn t just becoming free-to-play, it s also getting a major overhaul.Some of the changes include a reworking of the Hunter class so teams are less reliant on having experienced Trappers and Medics, and a redesigned progression system and tutorials.
Behind the glossy surface are dozens of minerals, processed in hundreds of factories, touched by thousands of hands.The more I ask about my phone s roots in African mines and Asian assembly lines, the more uncomfortable I become.The $580 Android-powered Fairphone 2 has responsibly sourced materials and labor, and a design that makes it both consumer and earth friendly.There are too many people involved, a global supply chain full of complicated relationships and trade secrets.Take gold, which smartphones need for connectors.Bas van Abel, Fairphone founder and chief executive of Fairphone.
When will Star Wars Episode 8 rumours end, and the film finally answer these burning questions?To say Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended by asking more questions than it answered is a bit like describing World War II as a bit of a kerfuffle .Unfortunately, there is still some time to go until the release of the as-yet-untitled Episode VIII – but details are starting to emerge from official channels, leaks and from endless fan speculation.So if you haven t seen the former and want to go in blind for the latter, go hum the theme tune or something instead.The thinking appears to be that he ll stay involved and play a role similar to Kevin Feige with the Marvel Cinematic Universe – helping shape the overall narrative and franchise, but leaving camera pointing up to other directors.Stepping into the director s chair is Rian Johnson.
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Want to grab some Windows 10 games with serious price reductions?Then you're in luck, because Microsoft is hosting its 'Ultimate Game Sale' on the Windows Store right now.And there are some big-name games which have been given the discount treatment, including Quantum Break, which has had 25% lopped off its asking price, being reduced to $45 £33.59 in the UK .Post-apocalypse survival game Sheltered has had a third chopped off its price tag, and it will now run you to $10.49 £7.99 .And the same reduction goes for the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10, which is now priced at $19.99 £15.39 , down from $29.99 £22.79 .Naturally, there are plenty of other bargains to be had – just head on over to the Windows Store and take a gander, with Redmond highlighting the main reductions on the Ultimate Game Sale page.
Former London mayor and avid Brexit supporter Boris Johnson announced on Thursday he will not be entering the race to become the next Conservative leader of the early favourite to take over from the outgoing PrimeUS federal investigators are looking into the first death potentially caused by a self-driving car.
B Play has just launched the Beoplay H5 earphones, a pricey wireless set targeted at runners, which will hang securely around your neck with the power of magnetism.The earphones, which are connected by a cable covered in sweat-loving braided textile each have an inbuilt magnet.Whenever you need to pop them out of your earholes, simply click them together to form an attractive -- Get it?-- necklace of sorts, and rest easy in the knowledge that you ll only lose them if some douchebag actually rips them off.The magnets also connect the earphones to the £29 cubic charger that comes included with them.Battery life is a claimed up to five hours, which is enough time to complete a marathon twice if you try hard enough and stop being a pathetic, limited human being.
This weekend, Americans from this site will join others from around the country, and you will be celebrating the largest annual fireworks display in the history of our nation.This playlist from Spotify user Jason Lawson, will help put you in a patriotic mood almost as effectively as Bill Pullman.This Monday, we will be united in our common interests with songs from Guns n Roses, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin, and Kenny Loggins.And should you get the day off, Monday will no longer be known as the day when you grudgingly go back to work, but as the day when you launch questionably legal fireworks.The day you fire up the barbecue and remember that Lee Greenwood exists.On Monday, we celebrate our Independence Day.
Ramez Younan, the managing director of PCCW Solutions.PCCW, the flagship company of media and telecommunications tycoon Richard Li Tzar-kai, is on the hunt for mergers and acquisitions to expand its information-technology services business across Asia this year.It all depends on the opportunity and the target, PCCW group managing director Bangalore Gangaiah Srinivas told the South China Morning Post on Thursday.PCCW agreed to acquire controlling interest in Vuclip for an undisclosed sum in March last year as its PCCW Media unit expanded into the so-called over-the-top OTT video services market.Based in California s Silicon Valley, Vuclip was operating a mobile video-on-demand service in 10 markets that include India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt prior to the PCCW acquisition.Srinivas said planned new investments would support the expansion of PCCW Solutions across mainland China and in Southeast Asia, where it was now establishing a regional information-technology services hub in the Philippines.
Autonomous driving aids have made parallel parking much less of a hassle… that is, if you have a newer car equipped with the proper technology.If you re rocking an older ride, you still need to master the technique yourself or follow in the footsteps of YouTube user William Liddiard and outfit your car with omnidirectional wheels.In the video s description, Liddiard said he had to use the materials he had on hand aka, lots of improvisation and work on it sparingly when he could find the time.The system supplies 24,000 pounds of torque directly to the wheels and although it is a proof-of-concept prototype, Liddiard said the wheels are designed to be used in all weather and road conditions.Back in March, Goodyear unveiled a set of spherical, levitating concept tires that essentially do the same thing albeit on a much more polished and advanced scale.Found is a TechSpot feature where we share clever, funny or otherwise interesting stuff from around the web.
Yes, it's not easy to keep track of what is was when the catalogs are distributed between film services online. But with Just Watch announced today it is actually disturbed easily. Just type in the title of what you want to see you get up the services that have the streaming, rental or purchase. And you want to have inspiration, you can also use filters to find for instance drama from the 90s. Photo: Just Watch The service cataloging services Netfilm, Viaplay, HBO Nordic, C More, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store and Mubi. You can also save titles you want to see in a to-see list, list of newly released titles, and go directly to the title of the service with a single click.
Inom fem år ska kinesiska Huawei ha ryckt åt sig ledartröjan och passerat Samsung och Apple på smartphone-marknaden.Det säger Richard Yu, som är chef över företagets konsumentelektronikdivision, till Wall Street Journal.Yu preciserar med att företaget om fem år ska ha en marknadsandel på 25 procent inom smartphones.– Vi vill bli nummer ett på smartphones i världen.Läs också: Googles mobil kan snart vara här - "de försöker få större kontroll"Och det ska sägas att Huawei hela tiden krymper avståndet till de två dominanterna.Första kvartalet i år ökade Huaweis försäljning med 59 procent i volym, medan Samsung låg ganska stilla jämfört med ett år tillbaka och Apple tappade 14 procent, enligt analysföretaget Gartner.
How automated tests protect your security online.CAPTCHA is an automated system which tests a visitor to a website to verify that they are human.A CAPTCHA requires the person submitting information to complete a test, usually a visual one, that only a human could complete.This could involve showing a picture of text, distorted enough that a human can recognise it but a machine couldn't if scanning it automatically.New alternatives to CAPTCHA simply ask humans to click a box, asking "are you a human?"CAPTCHAs are used when there is a threat that an automated piece of software called a bot might submit information for spam purposes or to extract data from websites.
But in the case of machine intelligence, researchers are cracking that black box open and peering inside.What they find is that humans and machines don t pay attention to the same things when they look at pictures – not at all.Researchers at Facebook and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg got humans and machines to look at pictures and answer simple questions – a task that neural-network-based artificial intelligence can handle.Comparing the two could provide insight into whether computers are looking in the right place .First, Zitnick and his colleagues asked human workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk to answer simple questions about a set of pictures, such as What is the man doing?The researchers then asked the same questions of two neural networks trained to interpret images.
There s still some confusion about the exact launch date of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — but we do know that it s set to arrive sooner rather than later.To that end, Microsoft is releasing rapid-fire preview builds in an attempt to iron out any remaining issues before the big day arrives.Build 14376 is now being distributed to users in the fast ring of the Insider program, and reportedly contains some 1,800 bug fixes over the previous preview build.Those on the slow ring will instead be receiving build 14372, which received its initial preview release just a few days ago on June 23.A new update to the Windows Store should improve performance, and make operation a little more reliable.Extra accessibility features have also been added.
Yandex, a Russian search engine, said legislation would cause an "excessive limitation of the rights of the companies and users."The Telegraph quotes Andrei Soldatov, an expert on the Russian security services, as saying that it would be "technically impossible to implement the eavesdropping measures."The maximum sentence for this is seven years of imprisonment.Russia already has thoroughgoing surveillance operations in place, including SORM.Wikipedia says of her: "She gained fame as the author and co-author of multiple controversial, very unpopular and very low-quality laws, including the toughening of responsibility for violation of the rules of holding rallies, tightening immigration, criminal libel, and registration requirements for 'foreign agents' for non-profit organisations with foreign funding."Two of the harshest measures proposed in the original draft of the new law—the ability to revoke convicted criminals' Russian citizenship and their right to travel abroad—were dropped at the last moment.
Nintendo's top gaming man Shigeru Miyamoto has given a brief comment to the press about his company's plans for the Nintendo NX, suggesting that there is indeed some sort of weird new element to it that goes beyond the humble decisions about button colour and controller shape faced by other gaming companies.Nintendo probably won't want to spend the money necessary to give the NX enough power to compete with today's VR platforms.Maybe it is just swapping the letter on the buttons around or adding an extra 20cm to all the wires?This confusion and delay in revealing the NX's Big Secret has led industry observers like the omnipresent Michael Pachter to claim there's little chance of Nintendo making its previously announced March 2017 launch date for the NX, as if they're still working on its magical and mysterious new features now what chance any actual games that use them being finished in time?AP via Express Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
Mixed marriages: A look at how many Republicans marry Democrats and more.Speaking of politics, what it s like to be named Donald Trump amid all the hoopla surrounding the most famous Donald Trump.Book buzz: Barnes & Noble to test serving beer and wine at some of its stores.And why Michelin, a tire company, publishes the Red Guide, the famous foodie bible.Photo illustration from Thinkstock
But the latest addition to the microblogging site is one that has been popular with other social media apps, especially Snapchat, for years: stickers.When the feature is launched, Twitter says users will be able to select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun.While adding stickers to photos isn't groundbreaking, Twitter is giving the feature a unique spin of its own by making them searchable.Essentially, tapping on a sticker inside a tweet takes you to a new timeline, where you can see how people across the world are using the same sticker in their images.Coming soon!Unleash your creativity by adding fun Stickers to your photos on Twitter: https://t.co/Ph92Oivyhy pic.twitter.com/NZoM6nHenD— Twitter @twitter June 27, 2016Stickers are the latest update to Twitter s suite of photo editing features, which includes filters, tags, cropping, and accessibility options for users who are visually impaired.
Men reaktionen från svenska it-företag med verksamhet i Storbritannien är mer avvaktande.Vd:n Daniel Hasselberg säger att de långsiktiga effekterna av det här är svåra att överblicka och att alla företag vill ha så få förändringar som möjligt.Om den här studion inte varit det då så är det väl osäkert om det skulle ha gjorts.– Vi har passerat det stadiet att vi är beroende av Storbritannien och pundet, så jag ser inte någon jättestor risk i det här, säger vd:n Axel Kling.Särskilt hårt drabbas Storbritannien självt där Gartner tidigare trodde att investeringarna skulle öka med 1,7 procent i år, men nu tror på en negativ utveckling.Det här är en så unik händelse att det kommer att ta tid att analysera.