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'Tales of Berseria' Takes The Tales Series To The Next-Gen

Following on from the recently released PS3 exclusive Tales of Zestiria, Bandai Namco are keen to update the Tales series and bring it onto next-gen hardware. As such they have announced Tales of Berseria for PS4 and PS3.<p>The game will also be a first for the series, as it will feature a female …

No Chance of Fallout 4 on Xbox 360 or PS3

Last week Bethesda finally announced the hotly anticipated Fallout 4. The game's official website only listed an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions, but just in case there was any confusion, the developer yesterday confirmed that there's no chance the game is coming to the Xbox 360 and …

2 killers escape from maximum security prison in upstate New York

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York by cutting through a steel wall and following a series of tunnels until they emerged from a manhole outside the prison walls, authorities said Saturday afternoon.<p>Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, were …

Hypersonic aircraft to go 5 times the speed of sound

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force aims to develop an unmanned flying weapon by 2023 that would travel at least five times the speed of sound and might transform the nature of warfare.<p>"The key thing is, hypersonics go really fast," outgoing Air Force chief scientist Mica Endsley told CNN …

Aviation

Google begins reporting robocar wrecks

Google has launched a website devoted to its robocars that, among other things, reports accidents involving the vehicles. That's a shift in position for the tech giant, which previously had intended not to reveal incident details.<p>The website, launched Friday, will provide information on any …

Roads

Feds can charge you with obstruction of justice for clearing your browser history

In the early 2000s, former US Congressmen Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Michael Oxley (R-OH) crafted a bill that would put pressure on corporations to comply with federal prosecutors during investigations. It was largely a response to 2001's Enron scandal, when the energy company was able to hide …

Google begins publicly reporting self-driving car accidents

Google is beginning to publicly detail its driverless car accidents in light of heightened concern about their safety following reports that they've already been in several collisions. Accidents will be detailed on a monthly basis as part of a new report that Google is starting to release on the …

Chrome for Android will let you search any term on a webpage with just a tap

Google is bringing a new feature to Chrome for Android soon that should make it a lot easier to get answers to the questions that pop up in your head as you’re browsing the Web.<p>Soon, you’ll be able to get quick search results on specific terms on a webpage by just tapping on it.<p>It’s even a bit …

Google wants to log you in if you’re standing in the right spot

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you have GPS turned on on your phone, it knows exactly where you’ve been. Google wants to use that data to figure out if it’s really you logging into your email, calendar or bank account, by matching past logins to your current location.<p>In a patent awarded to Google …

Google patents contact lens that collects your ‘iris fingerprint’

Google has a thing about contact lenses. The company has done a lot of work with contact lenses used in health applications. It’s now patented a technology that employs the contact lens as an identification device.<p>The new patent describes a contact lens that covers all or part of the iris of the …

'The Witcher 3' Puts A Whole Lot Of Pressure On 'Fallout 4'

The internet has been awash with breathless praise for The Witcher 3, and with good reason. It’s a shocking accomplishment, setting a new bar for world-building in video games and offering a world of staggering scope and depth, especially coming from such a small team at CD Projekt Red. Expect …

The Witcher

How to pick the right hero in Heroes of the Storm, Dota 2, and League of Legends

One of the most difficult things about multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs) is learning the nuances. Learning a new game’s jargon and idiosyncrasies can bog down even the most hardened veterans; if you go into League of Legends from Dota 2 and expect “stack camps” and “pull creeps” for your …

League of Legends

Google simplifies security and privacy with new account hub

Many of us are dependent on Google apps like Gmail and Photos, but Google has a rep for being less than transparent on security and privacy, especially in Europe. Now, the search giant has put all the ways you can protect yourself into one big hub in an attempt to give you more control. The new …

Apps

How Google Finally Got Design

Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software is the story of how tech itself has evolved in the mobile era.<p>It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, …

Google Photos Reminder: Smile, It’s Free — You’re The Product!

At its I/O developer conference last week Google announced a big revamp of its cloud-based photo sharing and storage product, uncoupling it from the Google+ social network, where usage was inevitably constrained, and sending it winging its way onto the wider web and iOS as a standalone app.<p>Its …

Nvidia's New GTX 980 Ti Delivers Titan X-Level Performance For $350 Less

I really, really liked Nvidia’s Titan X. Yes, it carries an exorbitant price tag of $999, but it remains the most powerful single-GPU graphics card on the market and it integrates nicely into everything from super towers to compact mini-ITX builds. But would I sacrifice a paltry 3% of performance …

Nvidia

AU New Releases: Heroes of the Storm Launches For PC

This week at Aussie retailers, a starter pack for Blizzard's MOBA Heroes of the Storm will be released for PC on June 3. The pack has a recommended retail price of $29.95 and includes an exclusive golden tiger mount, a Ronin skin for the hero Zeratul, and five heroes unlocked in-game: Sonya, …

Why Feminist Frequency Is Dead Wrong About 'The Witcher 3' [Updated]

Confirmation bias is dangerous. When you’re always looking for evidence of something, you begin to see it even where no evidence exists. Perhaps especially when no evidence exists.<p>Take the recent tweets of the Feminist Frequency duo—Jonathan McIntosh and Anita Sarkeesian—regarding the recently …

Feminism

Google unveils Project Soli, a radar-based wearable to control anything

Leading into Google I/O, one session caught everyone’s attention. Google ATAP — the company’s skunkworks division tasked with creating cool new things we’ll all actually use — teased their session with talk of a new wearable that would “literally” blow our socks off.<p>Project Soli is that wearable, …

Wearable Tech

Google launches Polymer 1.0, lets developers bring app-like experiences to the desktop and mobile Web

At its I/O 2015 developer conference today, Google launched Polymer 1.0. The Web app toolkit is designed to help developers bring high-quality app-like experiences to the browser, across both desktop and mobile.<p>Polymer is Google’s library for the Web that builds on Web Components and is “designed …

Google’s Nuttiest Project Is Making Big Progress

Project Loon, Google’s ambitious plan to deliver Internet access to remote places via balloons, is becoming more than just a moonshot. At its annual …

Google will hold a summit on ubiquitous computing with developers this fall

Google might be fresh off of its massive I/O developers conference, but that doesn't mean there aren't any other events on the horizon. The company has announced that it will be holding a Ubiquitous Computing Summit this fall in San Francisco.<p>That name is a bit vague, but the summit will center …

Google goes head-to-head with Apple Pay

Google has unveiled Android Pay, a contactless payment system that rivals Apple Pay<p>Google has stepped up its rivalry with Apple by announcing its own contactless payment system and revamping the Android Wear smartwatch.<p>The search giant unveiled Android Pay at its annual I/O conference in San …

Google Calendar will stop sending SMS notifications on June 27, 2015

Google has decided to drop support for SMS notifications in Google Calendar. Starting on June 27, 2015, users will no longer receive text messages from the service.<p>Google’s explanation for killing the free feature is simple: “SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a …

Google I/O Was Boring This Year, And That’s Okay

Why? Because it means Google’s solved many of its most pressing problems.<p>Let’s admit it: Google I/O is boring this year.<p>I know! I’m here! It’s boring!<p>To put things in perspective, last year, Google announced a new universal design language, an overhaul of Android built on that language, an array of …

Smart Lock Passwords is cool, but Google Project Abacus puts us closer to a password-free world

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has been on a tear at I/O these past two days, demoing lots of new and interesting innovations that may one day hit production and make all of our lives much, much better. One of such projects is Project Abacus, which is seeking to all but …

Google Now gets smarter with 'Now on Tap' and ability to work inside apps

Very cool, and maybe a little creepy<p>Google Now is getting even smarter. At the company's I/O 2015 keynote moments ago, Google unveiled a new feature that lets Android's personal assistant examine whatever is happening on your screen and automatically take relevant actions. Basically, Google Now is …

Google just showed us one area where it's miles ahead of Apple

Arguably the most exciting announcement at Google I/O was the introduction of Google on Tap: A more advanced version of Google Now that can actually anticipate what you need before you ask.<p>It does this by assessing the information on your phone to pull up relevant bits of data, such as locations, …

Getting started with Google Photos

You can have your Android M, your Brillo, your Cardboard and any of the other products announced at Google's I/O developer conference yesterday.<p>I just need Google Photos , a product I've been waiting for to create order out of my sprawling photo library. I have used Picasa for years to share photos …

Apps

With Android Pay, Google gets mobile payments right

Even though Google started the whole mobile payment thing years ago with Google Wallet, it never really took off with the masses. Google's newly announced Android Pay, however, might. Just like Google Wallet, Android Pay lets you simply tap your phone on an NFC terminal to make a purchase, but with …