Mashable
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The Overwatch developers' goal was not to make a diverse game, but an inclusive one. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan spoke about Blizzard's hit competitive shooter game at the D.I.C.E. Summit Wednesday, discussing some of the design decisions that led to the game's colorful cast of characters and the team's overall goals for Overwatch . You can watch his whole discussion (starting at 7:25) here: "I think it's really interesting that people think that diversity was the goal of the Overwatch team when it was not," Kaplan said. "What we cared about was creating a game in a game universe in a world where everybody felt welcomed. And really what the goal was was inclusivity and open mindedness." Read more... More about Jeff Kaplan , Esports , Gaming , Blizzard Entertainment , and Overwatch
RT
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Futurity
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Autocar
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New UK Government bill to require a single policy for passengers and the autonomous vehicle they are in New insurance legislation that will require a passenger and their autonomous car to be covered under the same policy is being introduced in Britain today. The measures come as part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill and aim to simplify the insurance process for passengers and insurers before driverless cars become popular. Using a single policy places more pressure on manufacturers and software developers for autonomous vehicles because they will be liable to pay compensation in the event of an accident. The UK Government has prioritised consumers in the process in order to speed up access to compensation after an incident. Caterham boss: autonomous cars are an opportunity Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “We must ensure the public is protected in the event of an incident and today we are introducing the framework to allow insurance for these new technologies.
Techradar
5 days
That's a big difference for someone considering which tech to add into their life. Convergence is coming The only thing that's missing is decent hardware and that's going to come to the smartwatch. The GPS chips, heart rate monitors and accelerometers that power the high-end running watches today are going to one day fit into the smartwatch, and while I don't think we'll ever see a smartwatch with a week-long battery life from Apple or Samsung, three to four days is possible. When you've got a device that's got all this hardware on board, everything starts to spiral upwards. App developers make use of those sensors to give you a watch that can provide you with daily notifications, track your weight reps, log your runs and remember your shopping list for you. And that entices more casual runners to buy one runners who are unwilling to pay a fortune for a watch that only does one thing, but fine with paying out for something that services a lot of needs at once, while tracking all they need it to when it's time for training.
MacRumors
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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second public beta and one day after releasing the third 10.12.4 beta to developers. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the third 10.12.4 macOS Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store . Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website , which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas should not be installed on a primary machine due to the potential for instability. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's popular Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure in the evening. Believed to affect sleep by upsetting the body's circadian rhythm, blue light is thought to be more harmful than yellow light.
MacRumors
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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 10 .3 update to public beta testers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second public beta and one day after providing the third iOS 10.3 beta to developers . Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 10.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device. Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas are not stable and include many bugs, so they should be installed on a secondary device. As a major 10.x update, iOS 10.3 introduces a new "Find My AirPods" option to help users locate a lost AirPod. Located in the "Find My Friends" app, the Find My AirPods feature keeps track of the last known location where AirPods were connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth, and it allows the AirPods to play a sound to make finding them nearby easier.
Windows Blog
5 days
It has been quite inspiring to see what they have done using HoloLens. On behalf of everyone on the HoloLens team, I share my thanks and admiration for every one of our customers, partners, and developers who are creating the future with mixed reality. The work you are doing to bring the potential of mixed reality to people and organizations across the globe is truly inspiring. I can’t wait to see what’s next! Lorraine Start developing on HoloLens and join us on our mixed reality journey. HoloLens available now at the Microsoft Store.
MacRumors
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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta and just under a month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.3 . The third macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who have previously installed a beta. macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac for the first time. First introduced on iOS devices with iOS 9.3, Night Shift is designed to gradually shift the display of a device from blue to yellow, cutting down on exposure to blue light. Blue light is said to disrupt the circadian rhythm and is believed to interrupt sleeping patterns. Night Shift can be activated through the Displays section of System Preferences, where a setting to have it come on at sunset and turn off at sunrise is available.
MacRumors
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Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 10 .3 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second beta of iOS 10.3 and more than a two months after the release of iOS 10.2 , the last major update to the iOS 10 operating system. Registered developers can download the third iOS 10.3 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed. iOS 10.3 is a major update, introducing several new features and changes to the iOS 10 operating system. The biggest new consumer-facing feature is a "Find My AirPods" feature, which is designed to help AirPods owners locate a lost earphone. Find My AirPods records the last known location of when an AirPod was connected to an iOS device via Bluetooth and can play a sound on a lost AirPod. Apple's latest update also introduces a new Apple File System (APFS), installed when an iOS device is updated to iOS 10.
Hackaday
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Fast Company
9 days
The (contested) refugee ban has led to the creation of several new apps designed to help refugees, who often carry smartphones. The (contested) refugee ban has led to the creation of several new apps designed to help refugees, who often carry smartphones. For refugees escaping conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere, simply communicating with people in new countries can be a big challenge. Read Full Story
Techradar
9 days
GDC 2017 is almost upon us, bringing in professionals from every end of the gaming biz to convene, show off their craft, and get the insiders take on what direction the industry is headed. Though GDC (full name: Game Developers Conference) is geared more towards demonstrations between fellow game developers and less the kind of massive reveals you'd see dropped at an event like E3 2017 , the event occasionally takes a break from its myriad inside-baseball lectures to give us onlookers a taste of whats new and exciting in the gaming world. As the stage gets set for the annual melding of the minds in electronic entertainment - the official GDC 2017 dates are February 27 - March 3 - here are five topics we hope GDC dives into to capture the imagination of both players and producers of games alike. What's next for VR gaming? Last years GDC might as well have been renamed The Virtual Reality Tour 2K16, with VR technology from the likes of Oculus Rift , HTC Vive , and PlayStation VR all vying for the spotlight.
Techradar - Reviews
9 days
Final verdict Xbox One is finally picking up steam. It's moved to sell at $350 and there are a plethora of great, platform-exclusive games ready to pick up right now, not down the road in 2015. It's the best place for media enthusiasts with DLNA support, removed Xbox Live Gold requirements to access streaming services and the much-improved OneGuide. There's still a lot of potential locked away inside the hardware of the system that developers are just beginning to figure out. So while PlayStation might have the upper hand for now when it comes to certain third-party titles, it may not always remain that way. In truth, Microsoft hasn't had the best year. But progress is painful, and that's what we've seen. Thanks to reduced pricing and clearer consumer messaging it's likely that Xbox can brush the dust off before entering the next year of its lifecycle, which will be full of great new games like Halo 5: Guardians, Evolve and Fable Legends.
Android Police
10 days
Games on Android Wear are, for the most part, terrible. Oh, that hasn't stopped developers from trying. You can usually kill time better by simply playing a game on your phone, though. ChronoSpin is a new game for Android Wear that might actually be worth playing. It tells the time (because watch), but it's actually a simple arcade game. Let's get this out of the wayChronoSpin is not a watch face. I was frankly a little bummed about that. Read More ChronoSpin is a game for Android Wear that looks like a watch face was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
Techradar
11 days
This will allow you to have two apps running side-by-side without negatively affecting the way they are displayed. This will be useful within the camera app as well, allowing you to shoot in the popular 1:1 aspect ratio (favored by the likes of Instagram), while also being able to view your last shot on the other side of the screen. LG says more and more app developers are making their applications for the 18:9 aspect ratio, but the reality is many are still favoring the 16:9 ratio which is the norm among smartphones. Prospective G6 owners shouldn't fear though, as LG says its new flagship "includes a feature that allows users to view existing 16:9 ratio content easily in 18:9 format." We'll be reporting live from MWC 2017 in Barcelona at the end of the month to bring you all the latest news from the show - including everything you need to know about the LG G6 on February 26. Everything you need to know about the LG G6
Techradar
11 days
Microsoft will likely use its E3 event to go beyond the hype and give us details on what exactly Scorpio can do, plus show off games intended to take advantage of its souped up internals. We may even get a look at the console, too. With Project Scorpio the star of its E3, Microsoft may put less of a focus on games in general this year. For starters, the company has closed down several of its own studios and cancelled a number of titles - including Lionhead Studios, the makers of the Fable franchise, and Platinum Games' Scalebound. What's more, game developers may be drawn to the PS4 's more robust sales numbers, giving them pause before signing up to be an Xbox-exclusive. While games will no doubt be a part of Microsoft's E3 experience (Forza! Halo! Gears of War!), Xbox head Phil Spencer and squad may put a greater emphasis on hardware than they have at past shows.
Techradar
11 days
Microsoft will likely use its E3 event to go beyond the hype and give us details on what exactly Scorpio can do, plus show off games intended to take advantage of its souped up internals. We may even get a look at the console, too. With Project Scorpio the star of its E3, Microsoft may put less of a focus on games in general this year. For starters, the company has closed down several of its own studios and cancelled a number of titles - including Lionhead Studios, the makers of the Fable franchise, and Platinum Games' Scalebound. What's more, game developers may be drawn to the PS4 's more robust sales numbers, giving them pause before signing up to be an Xbox-exclusive. While games will no doubt be a part of Microsoft's E3 experience (Forza! Halo! Gears of War!), Xbox head Phil Spencer and squad may put a greater emphasis on hardware than they have at past shows.
Techradar
11 days
Microsoft will likely use its E3 event to go beyond the hype and give us details on what exactly Scorpio can do, plus show off games intended to take advantage of its souped up internals. We may even get a look at the console, too. With Project Scorpio the star of its E3, Microsoft may put less of a focus on games in general this year. For starters, the company has closed down several of its own studios and cancelled a number of titles - including Lionhead Studios, the makers of the Fable franchise, and Platinum Games' Scalebound. What's more, game developers may be drawn to the PS4 's more robust sales numbers, giving them pause before signing up to be an Xbox-exclusive. While games will no doubt be a part of Microsoft's E3 experience (Forza! Halo! Gears of War!), Xbox head Phil Spencer and squad may put a greater emphasis on hardware than they have at past shows.
Techradar
13 days
Apparently Dark Souls 3 has already been made to run on the console, and discussions are occurring about whether to release the entire trilogy on the console with all its DLC bundled in. We also saw games being played competitively in a multiplayer setting, which may indicate Nintendo's intention to make eSports a focus of the console. At the presentation, Nintendo announced that it had 50 companies currently developing 80 games for the console. Nintendo has announced a lot of companies that we're not surprised to see such as Activision, EA and Ubisoft, but it's more surprising to see a company like FromSoftware, developers of the Dark Souls series, mentioned, due to its focus on more adult games. Given that the new console fully supports the Unreal Engine (so much so that Nintendo's own developers are getting acquainted with the engine), hopefully many more third-parties will follow suit.
Techradar
13 days
While not for the everyday user, Spectator View will likely lead to a proliferation of holographic images, videos and live demos from developers and others with their hands on the $3,000 (2,719, AU$4,369) HoloLens. Not only will these be compelling to look at, but by literally showing more people what HoloLens can do, it could lead to more sales once a consumer version becomes available. The best VR headsets you can buy this year
Techradar
13 days
While not for the everyday user, Spectator View will likely lead to a proliferation of holographic images, videos and live demos from developers and others with their hands on the $3,000 (2,719, AU$4,369) HoloLens. Not only will these be compelling to look at, but by literally showing more people what HoloLens can do, it could lead to more sales once a consumer version becomes available. The best VR headsets you can buy this year
Techradar - Reviews
16 days
And yes, it's just as cool as it sounds. If you want to be specific about it, PlayStation VR can handle 1080p games on its 920 x RGB x 1080 OLED display at either 90Hz (meaning that the image refreshes itself 90 times per second) or at 120Hz depending on the VR game or application. And for those concerned about latency, Sony says that PlayStation VR's response rate is locked in at around 18ms – which is about 0.002 seconds faster than the highest acceptable latency before you would notice the lag in VR. Those numbers are great, but they're matched by both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The one advantage Sony has that neither Oculus nor HTC can claim is that it's actually a world-class game publisher. While the other two have been trying to create connections with developers over the past few years, Sony already has them. To that end, Sony is promising 50 new titles on the platform before the end of the year, some of which will be made by Sony's extremely competent first-party studios.
South China Morning Post
18 days
The publisher behind Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider has a new subject for its next video game: superheroes. Square Enix recently announced it will partner with Marvel on a video game based on the superhero team The Avengers. No details were provided on when the game will launch or on what platforms. Two studios have been enlisted to work on the project: Crystal Dynamics, developers of the recent Tomb Raider reboot, and Deus Ex developers Eidos Montreal. The Avengers project is part of a multi-...