Gadgets, Game & Mobile News

White House launches site to highlight AI initiatives

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 14:41
Now that the US government has been ordered to prioritize AI, it's launching a website to promote its AI efforts. The newly available AI.gov showcases a number of initiatives over the years, including Obama-era moves like the strategic AI research p...

'Nuclear Throne' and other Vlambeer games come to the Switch

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 14:21
Vlambeer hasn't really had a presence on the Switch, but it's rectifying that in very short order. The indie studio is bringing three titles to Nintendo's current console, starting immediately with Nuclear Throne. While the top-down wasteland shoot...

Disney revives Lucasfilm Games as EA flounders with 'Star Wars'

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 14:03
There hasn't been a Lucasfilm Games-badged release since before 1991's Monkey Island 2, but that isn't stopping Disney from resurrecting the classic label. The company recently posted several job listings for producers and marketers under the Lucasfi...

Volvo will use cameras to fight drunk and distracted driving

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 13:53
Volvo plans to use cameras and sensors inside cars to combat drunk and distracted driving. The vehicles may intervene if a driver doesn't respond to warning signals -- cars may limit their speed, alert the Volvo on Call service (which will contact th...

Snapchat admits its age-verification system doesn’t work

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 13:40
Confronted by the UK's Parliament, Snapchat admitted its age verification process doesn't keep users younger than 13 years old from signing up. That's not exactly a big secret. Users are simply asked to enter their birthday, which could easily be fud...

Epic Games has 250 million 'Fortnite' players and a lot of plans

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 13:20
When Tim Sweeney built ZZT in 1991, he didn't know how to program graphics. Instead of coding actual characters and objects into his game, he used text symbols, and the main character was simply a smiley face trailing across the screen. "That includ...

'Detroit', 'Heavy Rain' and 'Beyond' will hit the Epic Games Store

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 13:20
Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain are all making their way to PC for the first time in 2019 through the Epic Games Store. To date, the games have only been available on PlayStation 3 and/or PS4. The Quantic Dream titles are a bi...

Amazon creates its own skincare line called Belei

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 13:01
Amazon loves to capitalize on popular products, and that apparently extends to the recent fascination with skincare products. The internet giant has introduced its first "dedicated" skincare line, Belei, to snap up customers who'd otherwise hunt dow...

'Cadence of Hyrule' for Switch puts a Zelda spin on an indie classic

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 12:57
Hyrule is about to get down. Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (what a mouthful) is heading to the Nintendo Switch this spring. It's a top-down 2D roguelike that infuses the universe of The Legend of Zelda int...

'Stranger Things 3: The Game' arrives alongside the show on July 4th

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 12:48
When the Duffer Brothers said Stranger Things 3: The Game would tie in with the third season of the Netflix series, they weren't kidding. Bonus XP's suitably retro beat-em-up is due to launch on the Switch (and most likely other platforms) on July 4t...

Double Fine's radioactive adventure 'Rad' arrives this summer

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 12:40
Tim Schafer and Lee Petty of Double Fine Productions made a short appearance on Nintendo's Nindies Showcase today to help introduce a new rock-flavored action game. And no, it's not Brutal Legend 2. Instead, it's a new property titled Rad, which foll...

'Cuphead' hits Nintendo Switch on April 18th

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 12:13
The delightfully difficult game Cuphead is making its way to the Switch this Spring, Nintendo announced at GDC 2019 on Wednesday. The game will be ported with the same hand-drawn cell animation and jazzy soundtrack by Kristofer Maddigan that endeared...

AIs are better gamers than us, but that’s OK

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 12:00
We're only just beginning to scratch the surface of what artificial intelligence is capable of, from medical advancements to movie recommendations. Despite AI being a potential goldmine of help to humanity, even the greatest minds are partial to the...

The new Oculus Rift S arrives this spring for $399

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:40
Oculus announced at GDC today that an updated version of its Rift virtual reality headset is on the way this spring. Oculus Rift S will cost $399, an increase of $50 from the Rift, while it's set to offer improved resolution and the same integrated a...

Optimus Ride is testing its self-driving shuttle in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:18
New York City is getting a self-driving shuttle, sort of. Optimus Ride announced plans to deploy its self-driving system at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the second quarter of this year. The vehicles will run in a closed loop on the Navy Yard's private r...

Google's first AI-powered Doodle is a piano duet with Bach

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:00
Google has created its first ever AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, and it can turn your tunes into masterpieces in the Baroque composer's style. Starting on March 21st, you'll be able to play with the interactive Doodl...

Leaked memo promises major Xbox streaming news at E3

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:40
Google had some major news on the gaming front Tuesday when it announced Stadia, its game-streaming service. Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer was among those who paid attention to Google's event, and he was quick to remind his team Stadia wasn't t...

Konami is bringing 'Castlevania' and 'Contra' to modern consoles

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:19
Konami is celebrating its 50th birthday with three new compilations based on Castlevania, Contra and its early arcade games, each available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC (via Steam).

Grado Labs GW100 review: A blessing and a curse

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:00
Grado Labs was late to the wireless game. The company knows it, and it has good reasons for not jumping in sooner. "Wireless technology has never been very good, so just like closed-back, we could make them, but people would expect them to sound lik...

First 'Stranger Things 3' trailer reunites the gang

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 09:32
After giving us a brief Stranger Things 3 teaser yesterday, Netflix is treating us to the show's full-blown trailer. The clip crams plenty of action into its almost three-minute-long duration, with more nods to Spielberg (possessed toys for the Polte...

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