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 Minecraft, reconstruct 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…
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…
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.
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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…
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.”
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.
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…
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.