FCC chief praises T-Mobile’s Binge On despite net neutrality concerns

FCC chief Tom Wheeler has praised T-Mobile’s Binge On promotion, describing the deal, which gives customers access to video content from certain providers without using their data, as “highly innovative and highly competitive.” According to a report from Ars Technica, Wheeler made the comments at a recent FCC meeting when asked by a reporter if Binge On raised any concerns regarding net neutrality.

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Author: James Vincent

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Valkyria: Azure Revolution Trailer Has Cool Hair, Big Swords, and Massive Battles

Sega has released the debut trailer for Valkyria: Azure Revolution, the newly revealed sequel to the PS3 cult classic Valkyria Chronicles. The trailer, which you can watch below, provides another look at the game’s vivid visual aesthetic, which has been a hallmark of the series .

As of yet, Sega has not released more details on the game. What we know so far, however, is that the game is set in a world where the Rus Empire has rapidly expanded thanks to an industrial revolution. This was instigated by the discovery of a mineral called Ragnite.

The Empire’s growth has brought it into conflict with Jutland, which has been blockaded. The small country must now fight for “independence and freedom.” The main protagonist is a commanding officer in the Judland Kingom’s Anti-Valkyria Unit.

Valkyria: Azure Revolution is being developed by Media Vision, which also worked on Valkyria Chronicles 3 for PSP. It is scheduled to launch in Japan in 2016. A demo will be included with Valkyria Chronicles Remaster, which will be available for PS4 on February 10 in Japan. The remaster will feature improved visuals, include DLC, and Trophy support.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Sony confirms it’s working on PS2 emulation for the PS4

What exactly is Sony up to with emulating PlayStation 2 games on the PS4? A report this week from Wired confirmed that the company is, in its own words, “working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation,” but it seems that the PlayStation 4 already has this capability (at least in part), and Sony has done nothing to publicize it.

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Author: James Vincent

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Kudo Tsunoda Leaves Xbox Division to Head Windows Apps Studio

Kudo Tsunoda, former creative director of Kinect, has left the Xbox group to assume a role at Microsoft with a much broader remit. The announcement was made by Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group in an email sent to employees.

Tsunoda has been appointed as the president of the company’s Windows Apps Studio and, as part of this role, will focus on the development of applications across multiple Microsoft devices and services. Among these are HoloLens and the Microsoft Edge browser.

On the heels of the successful release of the November update for Windows 10 and the New Xbox One Experience, Microsoft added two new members to the Windows and Devices Group Leadership Team,” an unnamed Microsoft representative told GameSpot.

“Kudo Tsunoda [joins] as CVP Windows Apps Studio and Chuck Friedman as CVP Windows Shell Program Management. These changes will help Microsoft continue to deliver great experiences on Windows 10 and devices, including Xbox, Surface and HoloLens.”

On March 9, Tsunoda was promoted within the Xbox team and tasked with leading Microsoft Studios across the US, Europe, and other territories around the globe, a role that had previously been delegated to Phil Harrison, the Xbox executive who exited the company in April. Tsunoda also worked on software for Microsoft’s augmented reality headset, HoloLens.

Replacing Tsunoda as head of Microsoft’s studios are Hanno Lemke and Shannon Loftis, who will report to head of Xbox Phil Spencer.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Leica introduces a cheaper, cut-down M rangefinder camera

Leica has announced the M (Type 262), a more affordable version of its M (Type 240) rangefinder camera. It’s more or less the same as the M from 2012, with a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and optical viewfinder that helps you focus manually, but it’s missing a couple of the Typ 240’s biggest features: there’s no live view and no video recording functionality.

To be clear, a large chunk of Leica’s audience won’t care in the slightest about these losses — the Typ 240 was the first Leica M to include the features in the first place, and the line has always prioritized pure photography through an optical viewfinder. But neither feature is difficult to implement on any camera with a digital sensor, so the removal feels somewhat arbitrary….

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Author: Sam Byford

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The new Warhammer 40,000 iPhone game lets you 3D Touch aliens into oblivion

In preaching the virtues of its 3D Touch technology, incorporated into its latest iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, Apple has emphasized its practical applications for opening menus, switching tasks, and navigating your phone. But 3D Touch, which can recognize how hard you’re pushing on the screen, has another application — video games. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade is one of the first games to utilize the tech, allowing iPhone 6S owners who download the free  iOS-exclusive shooter to switch between weapons by varying the strength of their taps on their phone’s screen.

Freeblade throws players into the cockpit of an Imperial Knight, a gothic take on a bipedal mech suit designed by by British company Games Workshop for its Warhammer 40,000 tabletop…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Watch the first trailer for the Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss

Next year, Melissa McCarthy will star in a comedy whose plot centers around something we’ve known for a while: she’s a boss. Unfortunately, McCarthy as a boss in the movie The Boss is not a great boss. McCarthy’s character is powerful and insanely rich, but not really very nice. After she’s sent to prison for insider training, she decides to revamp her personality once she’s released so that people will like her again.

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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