Now that we know how the graphics worked on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, The iBookGuy wants to tell us all about how the Apple II and Atari 2600 got their groove on. In the latest video he says that the Apple II actually used two different techniques for producing visuals depending on whether you had a monochrome or color monitor unit. And the reason white text on a black background appears almost rainbow-like in nature on color machines has to do with pixel placement. For example, blue and green being next to each other on screen requires perfect alignment lest you want white mages to have spots of the former bleeding into them.
Activision announced on Monday that Nuk3town, the single most popular map in the Call of Duty franchise’s entire history, will be available on CoD: Black Ops 3. Anybody that pre-orders BO3 for the PS4, XBone or PC will receive a download code that unlocks the legendary map when the game hits store shelves on November 6th. Nuk3town made its debut back in the first Black Ops game and returned as Nuk3town 2025 for BO2.
The never-ending saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that were famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to benefit the small town. Last November, a selection of games (including E.T., Asteroids and Missile Command) that were recovered in the excavation were put up for sale on eBay, and now we know just how much cash they generated. According to the Alamogordo News, the game sales totaled $107,930.15, with more than $65,000 going directly to the town. In addition, the Tularosa Basin Historical Society received over $16,000 while more than $26,000 was spent on shipping and other expenses. A total of 881 cartridges covering 60 different titles were sold overall; a copy of E.T. was the highest single sale at $1,535.
After delaying its finale a week, Mr. Robot wraps up its run this week on USA. Of course, you’ll probably want to check out Max Max: Fury Road on Blu-ray first, or the accompanying videogame on several systems. This weekend college football is also back on the schedule, and while we’ve listed some major games, you can find a comprehensive list here. We’re also looking forward to the season premiere of Drunk History, and Amazon’s latest series Hand of God. Look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).
So you want to put your latest action camera footage on Instagram or Vine, but you’d rather not transfer the entire video to your computer or phone just to produce a seconds-long highlight. What to do? As of today, GoPro has an easy answer. It’s rolling out a trimming feature that produces short, share-worthy clips, whether you’re editing in the mobile app or on the camera itself — you could post a video of your mountain bike adventures while you’re still taking a breather. You’ll need a full-size Hero4 to trim on-camera, but the Hero4 Session and any other WiFi-capable GoPro cam will play nicely with app-based trimming.
Rumors suggest that Apple is finally ready to introduce new Apple TV hardware next week, but that’s not the only part of its new video strategy. According to Variety, Apple is preparing to launch its own original video programming in an effort to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and the many other tech companies that are making their own movies and TV series. It doesn’t sound like this content will be ready to show off next week, though. Variety reports that Apple is having “preliminary conversations” with big players in Hollywood; the company’s content lead Eddy Cue is apparently leading the effort.
Jailbreaking an iPhone gives you the freedom to run the apps and interfaces you want (rather than those allowed by Apple), but it also carries some inherent risks — you’re giving apps much more control over your phone. And unfortunately, some of these users are discovering this the hard way. Researchers have discovered a strain of iOS malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, that has stolen over 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken devices. The software takes advantage of Chinese app repositories that let people directly upload and share their own titles. If you happen to download the code, it’ll either scoop up your Apple account data (to give rogue users “free” apps) or hold your phone for ransom.
When Nintendo decided to release only the New 3DS XL in the US this winter rather than its smaller New 3DS sibling, it left many scratching their heads. Why would Nintendo deprive American gamers of a smaller, more travel-friendly handheld? Well, it’s making amends for that mistake very shortly. Nintendo has revealed that it’s bringing the New 3DS to the US on September 25th as part of a $220 Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer bundle. So long as you like having the game’s charming art plastered all over your handheld, you too can have a more portable option. The NFC Reader (needed to load up on Amiibo figurines and card) will also arrive that day for $20.
In 2012, Anita Sarkeesian asked for $6,000 on Kickstarter to create a YouTube series dissecting the way video games commonly portray women, to be housed under her Feminist Frequency brand. Sarkeesian’s project raised $160,000 and she’s since released eight videos in the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series, covering the “Damsel in Distress” trend, “Ms. Male Character” theme and the idea of “Women as Background Decoration.” The latest video, released today, covers “Women as Reward” and it discusses the myriad ways women are offered as hyper-sexualized trophies in some popular video games.
They say bigger is better, but that doesn’t appear to be true when it comes to smartphones — especially curved-screen ones. As much as we loved Samsung’s 5.1-inch Galaxy S6 Edge, we found the larger GS6 Edge+ harder to hold, thanks to both its larger 5.7-inch panel and its uncomfortably contoured back. That said, while we might not recommend it to the dainty-handed among you, we still liked the device enough to award it a strong score of 87 out of 100. All told, we found that its gorgeous looks, premium build quality, fast performance and stellar camera were enough to mostly outweigh its less-than-ergonomic footprint. That’s the gist of our quickie review video up there, but if you have time for a long read (and have big enough hands that you might actually consider buying this), you can check out our full review here.
If a virtual reality gaming center, trees with email addresses and the opportunity to cuddle a koala weren’t enough to tempt you into taking a trip down under, perhaps an opportunity to participate in a massive-scale selfie project will do the trick. At least, that’s the aim of a new service launched by Tourism Australia called GIGA Selfie.
Remember that time Samsung teased a new smartwatch after unveiling some phones we knew were coming? You should! This was seriously only two weeks ago, guys. Anyway, Samsung is finally talking specifics about the watch — known as the Gear S2 — ahead of the murky mobile maelstrom brewing in Berlin right now. First off, it’s actually even smaller than we thought it would be. Earlier leaks pointed to a round smartwatch with a 1.65-inch screen running at 360 x 360 — turns out the resolution was right, but the Gear S2′s screen is only 1.2 inches across.
If you think the 50-megapixel sensor in your new DSLR is hot stuff, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Department of Energy has given the all-clear to build the Large Synoptic Survey Telecscope’s 3.2-gigapixel digital camera, which promises to be the most advanced in the world. It’s not just the resolution (which easily eclipses that of sophisticated airborne surveillance cams) that lets scientists make such a bold claim. It will photograph patches of sky 40 times larger than the Moon, and pick up more light than any optical telescope on Earth — both important factors when you’re trying to study the early universe, track poorly-lit asteroids and understand dark energy. While the LSST’s camera won’t even see its first test runs until 2019, the output could easily justify those years of work.
Ultra HD 4K video is still in its infancy, but there’s no doubt the format will become increasingly popular in the next year or two. Huge players like YouTube and Netflix already support it, but delivering such high bandwidth video content remains a challenge. Google’s trying to do its part to solve that problem by developing a more efficient video compression codec called VP10. The new codec has been in the works for nearly a year, but the company gave some details about how effective it can be over the VP9 format it’ll eventually replace. In an interview with CNET, Google product manager James Bankoski said that VP9 uses half the bandwidth needed to deliver the same quality video as the popular H.264 format — and with VP10, the company is trying to cut it in half again.
The Taken King is a massive expansion due to hit Destiny on September 15th, bringing new strike missions, three new subclasses (including skill trees), exclusive gear and more goodies. The expansion’s new raid, King’s Fall, will not be available at launch, but director Luke Smith tells IGN that Bungie has “a plan for when it’s going to be available.” Smith promises to give fans a heads up before it goes live.
A group of German researchers have created an algorithm that basically amounts to the most amazing Instagram filter ever conceived: a convolutional neural network that can convert any photograph into a work of fine art. The process takes an hour (sorry, it’s not actually coming to a smartphone near you), and the math behind it is horrendously complicated, but the results speak for themselves.
Apple isn’t content to expand its foothold in the workplace solely through major app deals and developer initiatives — it wants corporate networks to be Apple-friendly as well. The Cupertino crew has teamed up with Cisco to optimize enterprise networks for iOS devices and apps, especially Cisco-made videoconferencing and collaboration tools. It’s not hard to see why the two would forge a deal. This theoretically boosts iPhone and iPad sales to companies that want the smoothest possible experience, especially if they have thousands of users crowding their networks. Cisco, meanwhile, stands a better shot at selling network hardware and software to firms that are already set on using Apple gear. It may be hard to notice the change unless you’re an IT manager, but you shouldn’t be surprised if your next company-issued device has a fruit logo on the back.
Want to know why it’s important to have checks on mass surveillance programs? Colombia should serve as a good example. Privacy International reports that the country not only collects bulk internet and phone data on a grand scale, but violates the law in the process — it’s supposed to require judicial approval for any surveillance, but regularly ignores that oversight. Colombian agencies have also relied on controversial tools like IMSI catchers (which scoop up nearby cellphone data) and Hacking Team’s spyware, and they’ve sought to expand their powers rather than rein things in.
Beating Pandora to the punch, iHeartRadio has just launched a Windows 10 app that takes full advantage of Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. So, in addition to streaming music and radio stations from the app the usual way, you can also shout commands at Cortana to spin up some tunes. (Yes, it also works with Cortana text search.) It also packs in Live Tiles support, allowing you to make your favorite songs or artists accessible right from the revamped Start menu. The new app could be a smart way for iHeartRadio to add to its user base, which already clocks in at over 60 million people. It’s surprising that Pandora still hasn’t delivered a dedicated Windows 10 app yet, so iHeartRadio might be able to satisfy some of the demand for streaming radio on Microsoft’s new OS.
When spending big on audiophile headphones, folks may look at over-ear models like Masters & Dynamic’s MH40 or open cans from the likes of Ultrasone. But earbuds? I doubt those are topping many people’s sonic bucket lists. With that in mind, it’s rare to see products like Swedish company Jays’ new q-Jays unveiled for $320 — on sale, no less. Yet, quality earphones can sound just as good as high-end headphones, as companies like Shure have proved. And I believe Jays has put enough style, engineering and sound quality into its next-gen ‘buds to justify that lofty price.
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