Our holographic future: a Q&A with HoloLens head Scott Erickson

It’s been almost a year since we first learned about Microsoft’s HoloLens, the experimental augmented (actually, Microsoft prefers “mixed”) reality headset that can run Minecraftreconstruct Mars, and take Skype calls. It doesn’t do these things flawlessly, but after months of tight secrecy, we’re slowly getting a better look at what the technology is capable of. Applications are currently open for development kits, which will be shipping next year. And Microsoft is getting more comfortable with publicity — unlike my first experience with HoloLens, the team didn’t confiscate all my electronics when I tried out its new Volvo showroom yesterday.

After my demo, I got a few minutes with Scott Erickson, senior director of the HoloLens…

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Tesla recalls all 90,000 Model S cars over faulty seat belt

Tesla is voluntarily recalling every Model S it has ever made — some 90,000 cars — because of a single report from Europe where the seatbelt wasn’t assembled properly.

In that case, someone in the front passenger seat turned to talk to other passengers in the back seats and her seatbelt became disconnected. According to Tesla (via Jalopnik), a “bolt that connects the outboard lap pretensioner, which pulls the seatbelt tight in the event of an accident, wasn’t assembled properly.” There were no injuries in the incident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government agency in charge of automotive safety, has been notified but didn’t order Tesla to perform the recall. It’s doing that on its own. The recall will amount…

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Gaming Deals: $34 GTA 5, $28 Madden 16, $70 Guitar Hero Live

Star Wars Battlefront is still $50 on PS4 and Xbox One at eBay.

Xbox Live Gold members can get early access to the Xbox Game Store’s Black Friday deals right now. You can see a full list here; highlights include Dark Souls II for $20, Mortal Kombat X for $30, Forza Horizon 2 for $25, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s Game of the Year Edition for $20. Xbox 360 games are on sale too, including some that are backwards compatible on Xbox One, such as Mass Effect for $4 and Super Meat Boy for $5.

Buy an Xbox One at Best Buy and receive a free game of your choice. Amazon is also offering a free game of your choice when you buy an Xbox One, as is Target and GameStop.

Get a free Star Wars Funko Pop figure when you buy Star Wars Battlefront at Best Buy. The store is also taking $5 off the season pass and/or $10 off a year of PlayStation Plus with the purchase of the game.

Pick up Star Wars Battlefront in-store at Target along with a 6-pack of 16.9-oz Coke and get a free $10 gift card. Coke Zero at Target comes with an exclusive in-game emote.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform.

PlayStation 4

Amazon Prime members get $25 off the price of the Uncharted Collection PS4 bundle, bringing its price down to $324.

The first episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is free on the PlayStation Store. This includes full access to Raid mode, albeit with a limited selection of characters.

Get a free Star Wars Funko Pop figure when you buy a select PS4 at Best Buy.

Check out all of this week’s deals on the PlayStation Store here, and all of the PlayStation Plus member-only deals here.

Other PS4 game deals:

  • Star Wars Battlefront — $50 (eBay)
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection — $42.50 (Amazon)
  • Fallout 4 — $50 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • Madden NFL 16 — $52 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy) / $28 (Walmart)
  • Guitar Hero Live — $70 (Amazon)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $34 (Amazon) / $34 (Walmart)
  • Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below — $48 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse — $26 (Amazon) / $26 (Walmart)
  • Snoopy’s Grand Adventure — $40 (Amazon)
  • Lego Dimensions — $85 (Amazon) / $85 (Walmart)
  • Far Cry 4: Complete Edition — $40 (Amazon)
  • The Wolf Among Us — $14 (Best Buy)
  • Tales of Zestiria — $50 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • Lords of the Fallen — $26 (Amazon)
  • FIFA 16 — $50 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy)
  • Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition — $47.45 (Amazon)
  • Bloodborne — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Best Buy)
  • Until Dawn — $49.49 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • DMC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition — $18.46 (Amazon)
  • Sniper Elite III: Ultimate Edition — $25 (Walmart)
  • God of War III Remastered — $26 (Amazon)
  • MLB 15: The Show — $35 (Amazon)
  • Tearaway: Unfolded — $34 (Amazon) / $20 (GameStop)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 — $38 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • Mad Max — $47.60 (Amazon)
  • NHL 16 — $40 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy)
  • Lego Jurassic World — $39.50 (Amazon)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 — $20 (Amazon)
  • Mortal Kombat X — $47.68 (Walmart)
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection — $36.47 (Walmart)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign — $28 (Amazon)
  • Evolve — $20 (Best Buy)
  • The Order: 1886 — $19 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD — $28.67 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD — $35 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy XIV — $22 (Amazon)
  • Alien: Isolation — $17.35 (Amazon)
  • The Last of Us Remastered — $19 (Amazon digital)

The free PlayStation Plus games for November are now available and include The Walking Dead: Season Two and Magicka 2.

Xbox One

Walmart has an offer where you can get the Gears of War system bundle (white or black) with your choice of select games for $349. Game choices include Halo 5, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, WWE 2K16, Batman: Arkham Knight, Mortal Kombat X, Destiny: The Taken King, Forza 6, and Madden 16.

The first episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is free on the Xbox Game Store. This includes full access to Raid mode, albeit with a limited selection of characters.

Trade any Xbox 360 in and buy any Xbox One at Target, and receive a $100 gift card.

EBay has a one-year subscription to Xbox Live Gold for $34.50.

This week’s Deals With Gold are now available and include Devil May Cry 4, ScreamRide, and Tower of Guns.

Other Xbox One game deals:

  • Star Wars Battlefront — $50 (eBay)
  • Fallout 4 — $50 (Amazon – Prime only) / $55 (Newegg digital)
  • Madden NFL 16 — $47.59 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy) / $28 (Walmart)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $34 (Amazon) / $34 (Walmart)
  • Guitar Hero Live — $70 (Amazon)
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate — $52 (Amazon)
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin — $20 (Amazon)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain — $45 (Amazon) / $45 (Walmart)
  • Halo 5: Guardians — $50 (Amazon – Prime only) / Limited Edition — $70 (Amazon)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider — $50 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • Snoopy’s Grand Adventure — $40 (Amazon)
  • Forza Motorsport 6 — $47.47 (Amazon)
  • Sunset Overdrive — $24 (Amazon) / $30 (Toys R Us)
  • Far Cry 4: Complete Edition — $39 (Amazon)
  • The Wolf Among Us — $13 (Best Buy)
  • Evolve — $16.45 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Walmart)
  • FIFA 16 — $49 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy)
  • NHL 16 — $40 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy)
  • Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition — $49 (Amazon)
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 — $20 (Amazon)
  • DMC: Devil May Cry – Definitive Edition — $20 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight — $37 (Amazon) / $38 (Walmart)
  • Sniper Elite III: Ultimate Edition — $24.66 (Walmart)
  • Toy Soldiers: War Chest – Hall of Fame Edition — $22 (Amazon)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 — $43 (Amazon)
  • Mad Max — $47 (Amazon)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — $38 (Amazon) / $38 (Walmart)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome – Legendary Edition — $21 (Best Buy)
  • Alien: Isolation — $17 (Amazon)
  • The Crew — $22.58 (Amazon)
  • Titanfall — $10 (Microsoft Store)
  • Dying Light — $38 (Walmart)
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect — $10 (Microsoft Store)
  • Shadow Warrior — $10 (Microsoft Store)
  • Mortal Kombat X — $42.50 (Amazon) / $42.57 (Walmart)
  • Forza Horizon 2 — $50 (Amazon)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $40 (Amazon)
  • Thief — $12 (Amazon)
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection — $39 (Walmart)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD — $22 (Amazon)
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved — $10 (Amazon) / $17.60 (Walmart)
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition — $15 (Microsoft Store)
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two — $13 (Microsoft Store)
  • The Evil Within — $20 (Amazon)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity — $11.65 (Amazon)

November’s free Games With Gold games are now available and include Pneuma, Knight Squad, and the backwards-compatible 360 game Dungeon Siege III.

PC

The Humble Store’s two-year anniversary sale continues with new deals every day, including FTL for $2.49, Tales From the Borderlands for $15, and Shovel Knight for $10.

GOG has a selection of Syberia, Tex Murphy, Atlantis, and Double Dragon games on sale, among other things.

If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area, where you’ll find deals like Dragon Ball Xenoverse for $25, Might & Magic Heroes VII for $25, South Park: The Stick of Truth for $10, and Rocket League for $15.

You can save 20 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher SAVE20-NOVEMB-GAMING.

Regular Green Man Gaming customers should be aware the site is changing its loyalty program, which will result in the expiration of any existing credit on November 24. You should use any you have by then.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is Origin’s free On the House game.

Other PC game deals:

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – The Complete Edition — $10 (Amazon digital)
  • Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series — $22.49 (Steam)
  • Space Engineers early access — $12.49 (Steam)
  • Dying Light — $30 (Steam)
  • Hotline Miami 2 — $9 (Steam)
  • Galactic Civilizations III — $25 (GOG)
  • Anno 2205 — $33 (GMG)
  • Knights of Pen & Paper: Deluxier Edition — $5 (GMG)
  • Magicka — $2.48 (GMG)
  • Frozenbyte Collection 2015 — $15 (Steam)
  • Edge — $0.79 (Steam)
  • Knight Squad — $10 (Steam)
  • Hard Reset: Extended Edition — $2 (Steam)
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls — $19 (Amazon) / $20 (Walmart)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $38 (Walmart)
  • SimCity — $7 (Best Buy)
  • StarCraft II: Battle Chest — $20.49 (Amazon)
  • Evolve — $16 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs — $10 (Amazon) / $10 (Best Buy)

Wii U

Toys R Us has a buy one, get one 40 percent off deal going on for Wii U and 3DS games. Some games, like the more expensive Lego Dimensions and Skylanders bundles, aren’t included.

Preorder Xenoblade Chronicles X at Best Buy and get a $10 credit toward pizza for some reason.

If you don’t mind buying a refurbished system, Nintendo’s online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225, or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Nintendo Land for $235.

  • Guitar Hero Live — $70 (Amazon)
  • Snoopy’s Grand Adventure — $30 (Amazon) / $34 (Walmart)
  • Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Bundle — $50 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • Mario Kart 8 — $45 (Amazon)
  • Lego Dimensions — $85 (Amazon) / $85 (Walmart)
  • Splatoon — $55 (Walmart)
  • Mario Party 10 — $42 (Amazon)
  • Hyrule Warriors — $48 (Walmart)
  • Just Dance 2015 — $22 (Amazon)
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World — $45 (Amazon) / $45 (Walmart)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge — $10 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD — $39 (Walmart)
  • Wii Fit U + Fit Meter + Balance Board — $25 (Nintendo Store)
  • The Wonderful 101 — $30 (Nintendo Store)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate — $18 (Amazon)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut — $14.49 (Amazon)
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two — $11 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition — $15 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs — $19 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $24 (Amazon)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited — $18 (Amazon)

3DS

The NES-controller themed 3DS XL is $170 at GameStop.

Nintendo’s online store is offering refurbished 2DSes for $60.

  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – Premium Edition — $42.67 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — $35 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D — $33 (Amazon)
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl — $10 (eShop)
  • Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight — $40 (eShop)
  • Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash — $23 (Amazon)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate — $29 (Amazon)
  • Fantasy Life — $32.65 (Amazon)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker — $34 (Amazon)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour — $26 (Amazon) / $20 (Walmart)
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS — $33 (Amazon)
  • Code Name: Steam — $19 (Amazon)
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening — $34 (Amazon) / $34 (Walmart)
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf — $27 (Walmart)
  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon — $22 (Amazon)
  • Steel Diver — $5 (Best Buy)
  • Tetris Ultimate — $16 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate — $12.39 (Walmart)
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion — $11 (Amazon) / $8 (Walmart)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $23 (Amazon)

PlayStation Vita

Check out all of this week’s deals on the PlayStation Store here, and all of the PlayStation Plus member-only deals here.

  • Persona 4: Golden — $20 (Amazon) / $10 (PlayStation Store)
  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night – Disco Fever Edition — $68 (Amazon)
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed — $22 (Best Buy)
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss — $18 (Amazon)
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two — $13 (Amazon)
  • Muramasa Rebirth — $20 (Amazon)
  • Freedom Wars — $15 (Amazon)
  • Tearaway — $22 (Amazon)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection — $21.37 (Amazon)
  • LittleBigPlanet — $13.57 (Amazon)
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz — $14 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale — $13 (Amazon)
  • Gravity Rush — $23 (Amazon)
  • The Wolf Among Us — $14 (Amazon)
  • Mind Zero — $26.59 (Amazon)
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed — $18 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for November are now available and include Dragon Fin Soup and Invizimals.

Hardware

  • Polk Audio Striker Pro ZX Wired Stereo Headset for Xbox One — $100 (Best Buy)
  • Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5 Controller — $60 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • Xbox One Controller — $40 (Groupon)
  • PlayStation 4 Camera — $45 (Walmart)
  • Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $42 (Amazon)
  • Wired Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $30 (Amazon)
  • Xbox One Controller + Play & Charge Kit — $58 (Amazon – Prime only)
  • PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset — $22 (Amazon)
  • 16 GB Vita Memory Card — $33.49 (Amazon)
  • 32 GB Vita Memory Card — $62 (Amazon)

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Amazon now lets Prime subscribers share their unlimited photo storage

Amazon is expanding the perks of Prime membership to give it a better chance of taking on photo storage services like Flickr and Google Photos. Prime members have received unlimited photo storage since this time last year, and now Amazon will allow Prime subscribers to share that perk with one other person in their household. It’s a very minor expansion, but it’ll let more people consider choosing Amazon’s Cloud Drive as their photo backup solution rather than a competition option.

Amazon’s service stores photos at their full resolution. It’ll even hold large RAW files without counting them toward a storage limit, which is something you won’t find elsewhere. The major downside is that you’ll need to remain subscribed to Prime (or the…

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Minecraft Update Adds New Components, Areas to Explore, Fluffy Rabbits

A new update for the Windows 10 and Pocket Edition of Minecraft has been released, giving players access to “basic redstone components,” and introducing new desert temples to explore. Additionally, players can also collect “four types of cute, fluffy rabbits,” which is arguably the most important addition.

On top of all that, dwellings can now sport five new door types, and new biome settler character skins are also available. The full list of new additions can be found below.

  • Redstone Circuits: Today’s .13 update is sure to light up your life by delivering one of the most player-requested features for Windows 10 and Pocket Edition–redstone. Mining blocks of this very useful, rare material produces a substance called redstone dust. This dust can then be used to carry signals between objects and build some of the more advanced items in Minecraft. Players can make a wire out of redstone dust by placing it on blocks next to each other. By adding a redstone signal and components, players can create anything from doorbells to switchable lights to mob grinders to rollercoasters.
  • The .13 update brings the first of three groups of simple redstone items to the Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta and Pocket Edition including redstone wires, redstone torches, redstone lamps, levers, buttons, pressure plates, tripwire hooks, note blocks, trapped chests, detector rails and TNT. But don’t worry- Minecrafters who’ve already mastered advanced redstone can look forward to advanced blocks like Pistons, Repeaters and others are planned in future updates with the final two groups of redstone functionality.
  • Desert Temples and Rabbits: Redstone is a huge, much-awaited update, but we’ve also got icing to put on top of the cake! While exploring desert biomes, players may find mysterious desert temples emerging from the sands. Built from sandstone, these structures offer adventurous Minecrafters a chance at grabbing some valuable loot–provided they can make it out in one piece. Players will also now find six types of adorable, cuddly bunnies hopping around their Minecraft worlds. We’ve invested the most sophisticated in revolutionary Bunny AI Technology to ensure that, just like in real life, these skittish bundles of fur will help themselves to your crops when they are hungry. Cute, but destructive.
  • Biome Settlers: Also available today, the Biome Settler Pack I ($1.99 USD)–the first of a series of forest, tundra and desert biome-inspired skin packs, adds more than two dozen new character skins to the game. This new skin pack brings a slew of new settler characters like archers, hunters and brewers into the game, offering Minecrafters biome-themed skins they can use to roleplay with their friends.

Microsoft spent $2.5 billion to buy Mojang and the Minecraft property in September 2014. According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, its in-development augmented reality headset, HoloLens, was a major part of the decision to acquire the studio and its game.

“Let’s have a game that, in fact, will fundamentally help us change new categories,” Nadella said. “HoloLens was very much in the works [when Microsoft announced the deal last year], and we knew it.”

Microsoft has also confirmed that it will introduce Oculus Rift support for Minecraft in 2016.

On November 12, Minecraft was listed for a Wii U release by European ratings board PEGI. According to the listing, the Wii U Edition will be released this year. However, Nintendo, neither Mojang, nor its parent company, Microsoft, have officially announced the release yet.

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Teens can't tell the difference between Google ads and search results

The familiar narrative of teens and technology is one of natural proficiency — that young people just get technology in a way that older generations don’t. But research suggests that just because children feel at home using smartphones, it doesn’t mean they’re more aware of the nuances of how the web works. In a new report published by the UK’s telecoms watchdog Ofcom, researchers found that only a third of young people aged 12 to 15 knew which search results on Google were adverts, while this figure was even lower — less than one in five — for children aged 8 to 11.

“The internet allows children to learn, discover different points of view and stay connected with friends and family,” Ofcom’s director of research, James Thickett, told…

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Watch Trailer for Thrilling New Sci-fi Adventure Midnight Special

With all the sequels, adaptations, remakes, and reboots due to hit cinemas in 2016, it’s exciting when a trailer for a great-looking original film appears. This is the case with Midnight Special, a new sci-fi thriller with definite overtones of the classic sci-fi of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. Check it out below:

The film stars Man of Steel‘s Michael Shannon, together with Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver, who will be seen next month as the villainous Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is written and directed by Jeff Nichols, whose most recent film was the highly acclaimed Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey.

In an interview with ScreenDaily, Nichols spoke about the influences on Midnight Special, which focuses upon a government hunt for a young boy with mysterious powers. “My next one is a sci-fi chase film,” he said. “However absurd that sounds, it’s more grounded than Mud. I really wanted to make a 1980s John Carpenter film like Starman. I love the way those films look.”

Midnight Special will hit cinemas on March 18, 2016.

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