BMW, let's have a serious talk about this typeface

These days, Helvetica is an uninspired choice for much of anything; its perfected simplicity has been torpedoed by overexposure and overuse. You can probably find a typeface for your logo or missive that conveys a little more creativity.

But BMW is an exception. Helvetica is so deeply ingrained in the branding of BMW that the company quite literally has its own version of it, aptly named “BMW Helvetica.”

Picture a BMW logo, or ad. Try to picture it in anything but Helvetica. You can’t! (Actually, you can — they’ve used what appears to be Futura in some old ad campaigns, among other typefaces here and there — but Helvetica is the elephant in the room.)

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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Destiny's Spring Update Brings Light Increase, New PvE Challenges, More Gear

Bungie has been teasing a larger update coming to Destiny this spring. On the heels of the announcement that the game is getting a big expansion later this year and a sequel in 2017, the developer has teased what’s due out in the next few months.

Specifics are still hard to come by, but here’s what we know. The spring update offers “a significant” increase to Light levels, new gear, and new PvE “challenges” for those “seeking some more fun experiences and replayability.”

Bungie didn’t detail what that Light increase will translate to exactly or if these new challenges will be reserved for those who have reached the highest Light levels. Since The Taken King’s release, Bungie has added a Challenge mode for the King’s Fall raid and limited-time modes. The latter have been exclusively available for Crucible, like the Sparrow Racing League and ongoing Crimson Doubles mode.

Activision hasn’t said what will and will not be free, but based on the language–what’s coming in spring is an “update,” but we’re getting an “expansion” later this year–it sounds like the spring additions will be free, while what’s coming later in 2016 will not be.

Destiny introduced microtransactions late last year. Activision made it clear that these wouldn’t necessarily serve as a complete substitute for the types of paid expansions seen during Destiny’s first year.

A Bungie designer said in December that, in lieu of new expansions, Destiny would be supported through events (presumably in the lead up to the release of a sequel later this year). However, as Activision confirmed today, plans to release Destiny 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) this year have been scrapped, and the new game will instead be coming in 2017. In its place, we’ll be getting a “large new expansion” in 2016.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Watch this McLaren 650S GT3 break the lap record at Bathurst

Bathurst is one of the most interesting tracks in the world. It has massive straights, necessitating a top speed-friendly setup — but there are also narrow s-curves over much of the map, undulating up and down with the Australian terrain.

It’s an incredibly tricky course, especially for an endurance race like the Bathurst 12 Hour. But, like any challenging course, when someone is really on their game, it’s a sight to behold. And that’s what we have here, with McLaren driver Shane Van Gisbergen in qualifying for the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this month.

2 minutes 01.286 seconds

Van Gisbergen took his McLaren 650S GT3 race car around the course in 2 minutes 01.286 seconds, setting a new track record. Give it a watch and you’ll see why….

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Author: Jordan Golson

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Photos Reveal Some Characters' Fates

HBO has released the first photos from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. As is to be expected, they’re filled with spoilers–they reveal who is alive (or not), at least at the start of the season. As such, you should avoid reading any further if you want to go in without knowing anything–and you might want to stay off Twitter for now, where these were first shared.

There are more than 20 images in all; you can see these in the gallery below the image above. You’ll find looks at Sansa and Theon, having survived their fall; Jaime looking upset over the apparent death of Myrcella, who we see back at King’s Landing; Arya, who can’t see anything; and Ramsay Bolton, looking as punchable as ever; among many others.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO in just over two months, on April 24.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Uber agrees to largest settlement ever, but your cut will be pitifully small

Uber is seeking to settle two class-action lawsuits that allege the ride-hail company improperly marketed its safety record to passengers by charging them a flat fee for “safe rides.” It says it will pay $28.5 million to around 25 million passengers who paid “safe ride fee,” which will amount to less than a dollar per passenger. Still, if approved by a judge, the settlement would be the largest in the San Francisco-based company’s six-year history.

Uber has long-touted its safety record as compared to other for-hire vehicle services like taxis and black cars. But under this agreement, Uber will now have to avoid using certain language when marketing itself, such as “safest ride on the road” and “gold standard in safety.” It will also…

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Author: Andrew J . Hawkins

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Fallout 4's New Xbox One/PS4 Patch Has It Looking Better Than Ever

The recent 1.03 patch for Fallout 4‘s console versions brought with it a number of bug fixes and some visual improvements. While Bethesda didn’t talk up the latter point on consoles much, a new technical analysis reveals some marked upgrades.

Over on Eurogamer, Digital Foundry has examined the game following the release of the patch and discovered “surprising improvements to draw distance settings for geometry and foliage.” What’s most surprising, perhaps, is the fact that there’s little-to-no impact on performance; frame rates are deemed to be on par with where they were prior to the patch. The PS4 version is said to experience a 2-3 FPS drop when overlooking Diamond City, but this is the only area where any new problems were found on either console.

“Given frame-rates are broadly unchanged, this is a win-win situation on console overall,” Digital Foundry says. “It’s all gain on the visual front, especially in broad views of Lexington where we now see cars, bollards, and extra terrain rendered in from the rooftops.”

On the PC side, we already knew the game was looking better, provided you have the necessary hardware. The 1.03 update added a new HBAO+ setting, as well as weapon debris effects with PhysX.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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