News Hightech

Target promises EV chargers at more than 100 stores

Walmart isn't the only big retailer installing a slew of EV chargers in its parking lots. Target and a collection of retail property owners (PDF) have unveiled plans to add a horde of charging stations in the (relatively) near future. In Target's c...

Read more »

HTC's latest Vive Pro VR kit is built for business

You can already get HTC's Vive Pro in a bundle aimed at first-timers, but what if you're a business buyer who needs it for VR design and training? You're covered now, too. HTC has released a $1,399 Vive Pro 2.0 Kit that includes just about everythi...

Read more »

YouTube mistakenly pulls video exposing Alex Jones conspiracy

YouTube has been trying to reduce instances of mistaken video takedowns, but it's evident there's still some work to do. The company temporarily pulled a video from watchdog group Media Matters that exposed Alex Jones' conspiracy theories surroundin...

Read more »

Facebook starts verifying political advertisers in the US

Early this month, Facebook announced it will change how political ads appear on the company's platforms. Anyone advertising about elections or issues would need their identity 'verified' before the messages go online, and the messages themselves woul...

Read more »

What's on TV: 'Handmaid's Tale,' '3%' and 'Archer'

This week the NFL Draft takes place, squeezed in between NBA and NHL playoffs action. At the same time Archer is back to open another season, along with Netflix's 3% and The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. We also have the season finale of Homeland, and a s...

Read more »

Target promises EV chargers at more than 100 stores

Walmart isn't the only big retailer installing a slew of EV chargers in its parking lots. Target and a collection of retail property owners (PDF) have unveiled plans to add a horde of charging stations in the (relatively) near future. In Target's c...

Read more »


Video games

Maxis Changes The Sims 4's Insane Trait To Erratic Following Criticism

Since 2009 with The Sims 3, Maxis has been using a trait named "Insane" for a behavior modifier for Sims in the games of the same name. The behavior involved giving Sims unprompted and seemingly random mood swings, behaving inappropriately in social situations, rummaging through trash, being randomly aggressive and insulting with other Sims, and "speaking madness." It could be chosen at creation, or birth, of a Sim and essentially made them act out of concert with standards of behavior and is represented by a picture of a Sim in a straitjacket.  Maxis has seemingly changed this name from "Insane" to "Erratic" without mentioning why or even including it in the game's patch notes. Kotaku, which has criticized the naming of the trait in the past, picked up on the story today. They note that, aside from the name, nothing else has really changed, including the icon, but that Erratic better fits the theme and is an actual trait. We have reached out to Electronic Arts for further comment, but have not heard back at the time of writing. [Source: Kotaku]   Our TakeIt is a change for the better, though admittedly I never really thought that hard about it when it was still called Insane. This is one of those things that was probably created with zero malice, but it's still good to look at it and question if something else wouldn't fit better. Stigmatizing mental illness as the thing that makes people speak gibberish and dig through the trash is something media in general is getting better at, slowly but surely.

Read more »

First Look At Tom Hardy As Venom Appears In Leaked Footage

While the last Venom trailer for Sony's new Spider-Man universe movie ended without showing the titular symbiote at all, it seems like a new trailer has a look at everyone's favorite anti-hero. Footage today, which appears to be from an early preview of a trailer set to air at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, shows a quick clip of Eddie Brock transforming. Brock, who is played by Tom Hardy, holds someone up by the collar and says "We are Venom" while the symbiote face begins forming around him.   Venom looks like Venom pic.twitter.com/6mQqcrhT87 — Jacob (@TheAgeOfThanos) April 23, 2018   Tom Hardy posted on Instagram that he's bringing a full trailer to CinemaCon, so this slight tease is all we have until or unless that trailer becomes public. Venom is part of Sony's attempt at a Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, which is separate from Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but includes Spider-Man Homecoming. It's directed by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and is releasing on October 5.

Read more »

Miramar Map Coming To Xbox One Battlegrounds Test Servers Tomorrow

Players hoping for some map variety for the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds can start testing the game soon.. Owners of the game will notice a Test Server build of Battlegrounds available to download starting at midnight tomorrow for the timezone your Xbox One is set to, which allows access to the new map. You can log in at certain times to play in Miramar with other test server users using this client. U.S. (PDT) SCHEDULE 4/25, 4/26, 4/27: Servers available 5:00 PM PDT through 11:00 PM PDT4/28 & 4/29: Servers available 11:00 AM PDT through 11:00 PM PDT EUROPE (CEST) SCHEDULE 4/26, 4/27, 4/28: Servers available 2:00 AM CEST through 8:00 AM CEST4/28 & 4/29: Servers available 8:00 PM CEST through 8:00 AM CEST Microsoft and PUBG Corp. plan to release the map sometime in May, though it is unclear if that is just for more testing or as a full release for everyone.

Read more »

Starcraft II Premium Fan-Made Maps On The Way

It's been roughly nine years since Blizzard announced the map marketplace for Starcraft II and the next update will finally make good on the initial promise. Patch 4.3 adds the ability to buy and sell maps to Starcraft Arcade, the map-creation mode where fans have been able to create and share maps among themselves. While these were previously entirely free, Blizzard is now selecting maps to offer for sale from "prominent community creators," with "a share of sales" going to said creators.  The two first maps to launch the program are "ARK Star," a turn-based RPG focusing on the Protoss by creator Pirate, and "Direct Strike," an evolution of Desert Strike HotS by creator Tya. The maps are $4.99, though Direct Strike has both free and premium variations. The feature should be coming with version 4.3, which is itself undated so far. You can find the full blog post on the subject here.   Our TakeIdeally Blizzard shows why this service benefits consumers and map creators in a way that justifies the change. That said, it's kind of impressive they instituted it nine years after announcing it.

Read more »

Agony Avoids Adults Only Rating By Shifting Content To Optional Patch

Agony, a kickstarted survival horror game, has adjusted some of its content to avoid a higher rating while offering a patch to restore that content on PC. The game has a number of violent kills that the ESRB, the ratings body that applies the content ratings on game boxes, has deemed excessive for a Mature rating. This is not surprising, as the game's Kickstarter promised that it would be the most disturbing game of all time, so some degree of brutal violence has been sold as part of the package.  Developers PlayWay have stated they have worked with the ESRB to reframe the camera to ensure the spirit of the violence stays, but the game get to avoid an Adults Only rating. As the game is coming out on consoles as well as Steam, all of which refuse to certify or sell AO-rated games, and most stores refuse to carry any, the changes had to be made to get the game released. PlayWay assures players miffed by the changes, though, that the PC version will have an optional patch to restore the original content and camera angles that would have gotten the game an Adults Only rating before the changes. The announcement is public, so the ESRB is aware that this is what's happening, but the version being released still retains the M rating. This is not uncommon on PC titles, especially those sold on Steam, where adult content is freely available and discussed in the game's forums to be patched in. Obviously, this method does not work on console versions, but it has seemingly become accepted practice on PC for circumventing store rules around ESRB ratings. Agony releases May 29 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. [Source: RockPaperShotgun]   Our TakeIt is definitely a weird situation where the ESRB knows its ratings are being subverted, but it's not breaking any rules. That said, I could also see the reverse being a slippery slope of mods counting against a game's ESRB rating, which has some precedence in isolated instances. I don't necessarily think there should only be M-rated versions, the whole dance is just strange to me.

Read more »

Maxis Changes The Sims 4's Insane Trait To Erratic Following Criticism

Since 2009 with The Sims 3, Maxis has been using a trait named "Insane" for a behavior modifier for Sims in the games of the same name. The behavior involved giving Sims unprompted and seemingly random mood swings, behaving inappropriately in social situations, rummaging through trash, being randomly aggressive and insulting with other Sims, and "speaking madness." It could be chosen at creation, or birth, of a Sim and essentially made them act out of concert with standards of behavior and is represented by a picture of a Sim in a straitjacket.  Maxis has seemingly changed this name from "Insane" to "Erratic" without mentioning why or even including it in the game's patch notes. Kotaku, which has criticized the naming of the trait in the past, picked up on the story today. They note that, aside from the name, nothing else has really changed, including the icon, but that Erratic better fits the theme and is an actual trait. We have reached out to Electronic Arts for further comment, but have not heard back at the time of writing. [Source: Kotaku]   Our TakeIt is a change for the better, though admittedly I never really thought that hard about it when it was still called Insane. This is one of those things that was probably created with zero malice, but it's still good to look at it and question if something else wouldn't fit better. Stigmatizing mental illness as the thing that makes people speak gibberish and dig through the trash is something media in general is getting better at, slowly but surely.

Read more »


News in brief

Van strikes and kills pedestrians in Toronto

A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians, police said.

Read more »

France's Macron at White House, Mount Vernon as state visit begins

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday kicked off a three-day state visit to the US at the White House -- a test of whether his studied bonhomie with President Donald Trump can save the Iran nuclear deal and avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war.

Read more »

Senate committee paves way for Pompeo to become top U.S. diplomat

A U.S. Senate committee approved the nomination of President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Monday.

Read more »

George H W Bush hospitalised a day after his wife's funeral

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalised in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday.

Read more »

Armenian PM Sarksyan resigns after days of street protests

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan said he was resigning on Monday to help maintain civic peace following almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis.

Read more »

Van strikes and kills pedestrians in Toronto

A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians, police said.

Read more »

Real estate


nextnews.me provides the world's information based on different sources of information and creating a portal usable by everyone regardless of the type of information searched.
Using the latest technologies for its implementation, the site is updated daily with full editorial in different areas. It is a website to visit and revisit every day.

© 2017 nextnews.me All rights reserved.    Contact us