Студия MoonGlint представила свой новый проект под названием Residence of Evil: The Game. Игра разрабатывается под влиянием серии Resident Evil на движке Unreal Engine 4, и выйдет на PC совершенно бесплатно. Новый анонс совершенно очаровал фанатов серии RE, и они с нетерпением принялись ждать игру.
Команда разработчиков MoonGlint представила дебютный трейлер и первые скриншоты нового ужастика Residence of Evil: The Game. Проект предложит игрокам собственный сюжет и оригинальных героев, а все действие будет происходит с фиксированной камерой от третьего лица в стиле первых частей Resident Evil. Особенности игры можно увидеть в первом трейлере.
В комментариях к видео игроки восторженно приняли новый проект, отметив, что «крайне ждут выхода полной версии». По мнению многих, «спрос на такие игры до сих пор очень высок, и Capcom зря решила осовременить серию Resident Evil». Многие зрители отметили, что игра «явно сделана фанатами для фанатов», и сказали, что даже готовы купить игру Residence of Evil: The Game за полную стоимость, когда она выйдет. В целом игру назвали очень впечатляющей, а сам трейлер анонса проекта удостоился более 2,5 тысяч лайков, при этом количество дизлайков видео составило лишь около сотни.
В Residence of Evil: The Game геймеров ждет напряженный экшен, разнообразные локации, полные секретных тайников, а также сложные головоломки. В трейлере можно увидеть различные локации, как на открытой местности, так и в темных зловещих особняках, кишащих зомби. Интересно, что игру Residence of Evil: The Game планируют выпустить на PC совершенно бесплатно.
Проект Residence of Evil: The Game будет выпущен для персональных компьютеров уже к концу 2018 года.
В популярной игре Grand Theft Auto V от компании разработчиков Rockstar добавили новую возможность, благодаря которой игроки смогут стать карманниками.
У геймеров всегда была возможность воровать в игре автомобили и даже оружие, однако не было возможности украсть чьи-то наличные деньги, телефон или даже пачку сигарет. Энтузиаст под ником iLLo рассказал, что в настоящий момент заканчивает работу над модификацией, которая поможет геймерам обшаривать карманы жителей Лос-Сантоса в поисках денег или мобильных телефонов.
Создатель модификации также поделился тем, что собирается предоставить игрокам два подхода к обшариванию карманов — с применением силы и без нее. По словам разработчика, можно будет сразу быстро и грубо ограбить игрового персонажа, а можно будет делать это аккуратно и медленно, преследуя свою жертву, обчищая при этом ее карманы. iLLo отмечает, что украденные вещи потом можно будет продать ближайшему дилеру.
Разработчик также заявил, что он также запланировал в будущем добавить еще более сложную систему карманных краж, и большее количество дилеров, которые могут предать и ограбить самих геймеров.
В сети были опубликованы первые скриншоты и видео проекта по воссозданию оригинального шутера Half-Life от студии Valve на графическом движке Unreal Engine 4.
Группа энтузиастов опубликовала первые наработки по своему проекту воссоздания шутера от первого лица Half-Life на современном графическом движке. Разработчики отмечают, что не ставят перед собой цель воссоздать игру полностью, но намерены закончить создание первой части, и выпустить ее бесплатно на PC. Свой прогресс авторы показали в небольшом ролике.
На видео можно увидеть пролог к игре Half-Life, в котором Гордон Фримен прибывает в Черную Мессу, чтобы принять участие в новейших исследованиях. Пока вагонетка движется по монорельсу, геймеры могут оценить обновленное окружение известного шутера и то, насколько ему подходит новый движок.
Авторы нового проекта по обновлению графики в Half-Life не уточнили сроков выхода своей модификации Project Lambda, а также то, насколько объемной и длительной она получится.
It is no news that Android Wear is dying. Google has rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS, probably a move to get attention towards the dying brand. The name will appear in the coming weeks on watches and the app.
The smartwatch culture seems to be heading nowhere. Priced more than a mid range smartphone, smartwatch did not make sense to the price conscious consumer. Android Wear smartwatch were always a thing of luxury with even the cheapest of them priced upwards of $150. Long back, the Pebble caused a ripple which resonated and led to the rise of affordable non-android wear smartwatch. But due to lack of support the Pebble became a thing of memory.
Most Android Wear watches suffer from the same problems, bulky design, poor battery life, no solid system of updating old watches to newer versions and minimal developer support. What’s worse is that make OEMs have pulled out of the Wear business and expensive fashion brands have taken a step in. Now the watches are even higher priced.
Smartwatch were supposed to bring about ease and flexibility at a price that was affordable. Although they did bring about the former, the latter is something that few have managed to get close to. Currently, the only smartwatch that does both of those things is the To watch, although it might too see an end if enough support isn’t received.
The Oppo F5 had a Youth version which had slightly downgraded specs when it launched in India last year. With the confirmed launch of the Oppo F7, a poster of the Oppo F7 Youth has now appeared online. The Youth variant also cost a bit less than the standard variant so we can expect the same thing this time as well.
In fact, the poster shows three variants of the F7. The standard variant is a given, there’s a 128GB variant and an Oppo F7 Youth variant. Other than that, it also shows a 25MP selfie shooter will be a common thing in all these three handsets. Oppo has already announced the launch event will be inaugurated by a number of Indian cricketers. The poster also has some of them on the phone’s display.
The Oppo F7 is expected to be a copy of the Oppo R15 that is also expected to launch this month. It features a notch design with a supposed 6.2-inch display. Oppo is likely to pack a MediaTek chipset in the handset as it did with the Oppo F5. More specs of the handset have not surfaced yet. The selfie shooter should also come with some software tricks like AI beautification and more such stuff.
The Oppo F7 launches on March 26 as declared by the brand on its Twitter handle.
Xiaomi has introduced the Redmi Note 5 smartphone in China today with some distinguished features. The handset which launched in India first comes with AI Dual cameras as the highlighted feature. Most of the specs of the handset are borrowed from its Indian counterpart but there are some key differences.
Design-wise, the Redmi Note 5 is every bit the same as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. More specifically, the handset supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.
As for the specifications, the Redmi Note 5 features the same display as the Redmi 5 Plus. The processor in the driving seat is the Snapdragon 636 SoC assisted by an Adreno 509 GPU.
But here are the key differences. The Redmi Note 5 rear camera does have the same sensors as the Indian variant. However, the primary 12MP sensor has a f/1.9 aperture whereas the Indian variant has a f/2.2 aperture. The Chinese version also has Dual PD dual-core speed focus for fast autofocus. The rear camera is packed with EIS, HDR, Burst Mode and Panorama. There’s also support for 720p slow-mo videos.
Another big change is the front camera that is of 13MP. The Indian variant has a 20MP selfie shooter. Both the front and rear shooters support AI Portrait modes.
Moreover, Chinese netizens get to play with Android 8.1 Oreo all packed with Treble support. Of course, there’s MIUI as well on top of it. Another difference is dual SIM 4G VoLTE which is not in the Indian version.
The Redmi Note 5 has gestures out of the box, the company announced at launch. It has dual SIM support, 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth 5.0, and hybrid microSD slot.
The Redmi Note 5 has three variants. Refer to the below image for price details. It is available in Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold colours. The handset goes on sale on March 20 at 10 AM on the official website.
3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage 1,099 Yuan (~$173)
4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage 1,399 Yuan (~221)
6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage 1,699 Yuan (~$268)
Elephone brand managed to re-ignite the fire recently and the Elephone U / U Pro models are actually very good phones. And today we received some news about a new phone coming from them soon, this time a bit more conventional without any higher-end experiements like using the Snapdragon 660 processor. But the upcoming Elephone E4 will be surely cheaper too.
According to the tiny bit of the released information the Elephone E4 will once again be sporting the 18:9 display aspct ratio and the notched screen design. The makers just can’t help themselves copying the iPhone X design. It will be powered by the Helio P23 processor and the last bit of news is about the back panel arrangement. For the first time they decided to arrange the dual camera lenses vertically in the corner, as you can see in the picture below.
So far not a word about the actual release date of the pricing for the phone, but we can safely assume the price of the Elephone E4 will be certainly way lower than the slightly pricy U/U Pro. More details will be surely revealed soon throught their official website, so we will keep an eye out for the news.
It appears that this is the season of Android Oreo release to devices. In recent times, a couple of manufacturers and carriers have either released or announced their desire to release the Android Oreo update for its devices. Now, its the turn of Sony and the Japanese company just released the Oreo update to three of its devices – Sony Xperia XA1, XA1 Plus and XA Ultra.
Users of this smartphones can now rejoice. The update comes with a build number 48.1.A.0.116 and it weighs about 900MB. In addition, this update comes with the February security patch. Android Oreo is a good improvement from Android Nougat and it has a couple of additions including better performance, smart reminders, Xperia Assist and more.
Have you ported to Android 8 already? Let us know your experience in the comments below.
LEAGOO is on the roll recently and seems like that they are primed to release yet another new phone model very soon. We have seen plenty of the new phones from them at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona, but this should be something else and special. Because the leaked LEAGOO XRover will be a rugged device and we know the full specs of it already.
As a proper rugged device it will be of course sporting the necessary IP68 certification for the tri-proof qualities. In terms of hardware it will quite nicely equipped rugged phone with 5,72-inch 18:9 HD+ resolution display, octa-core Helio P23 processor, 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 128 GB eMMC 5.0 internal storage, dual rear camera with 13MP Sony IMX258 + 5MP secondary, front selfie 8MP Sony IMX219 shooter, 5000 mAh battery capacity with 9V/2A fast charge support and LTE bands FDD – B1/3/5/7/8/20 and TDD -B38/39/40/41.
All the information is taken directly from LEAGOO’s official Facebook post so it should be pretty much spot on. LEAGOO XRover should launch in April and the retail price should be set at $269.99. Looking good and at least it’s not yet another notched design phone.
Wireless charging has been the highlight for quite a few smartphones recently and the tech itself is indeed very handy. It is a quicker and easier method to charge the phone as you don’t have to plug and unplug each time – you just place your device on top of your wireless charging pad. No more fumbling with tangled cables when receiving a call or a message during charging.
Another one going the route of wireless charging with the Qi standard should be the rugged Ulefone Armor X, which will sport trendy 5.5-inch 18:9 all screen display, 13MP/5MP dual camera combo on the back and a 8MP selfie shooter. The phone will be powered by a MT6739 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM.
Though the Armor X support wireless charging, a wireless charging pad is not included in the basic package. According to Ulefone, they will be releasing la portable charging pad named UF002 too, which is compatible with Qi-enabled devices. And because Ulefone is planning on producing more devices with the wireless charging tech it will surely come in handy.
Ulefone Armor X and UF002 are supposed to hit the market at the end of this month together so we don’t have to wait too long for all the pieces necessary.
Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, recently attended the 2018 China Home Appliances and Consumer Electronics Expo (AWE) where its Yunmi sub-brand released the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) range hood – Yunmi AI hood, dubbed EyeBot. The Yunmi AI hood is equipped with the latest artificial intelligence system, built-in fume identification camera, and it uses AI image recognition technology to execute a dynamic fume tracking.
As long as the fire is turned on, the hood will automatically open and the wind moves with the smoke. The smoke is large, and the small breeze is small. You don’t need to worry about cameras being damaged by soot. EyeBot’s AI smart algorithm will automatically detect and intelligently remind you to clean regularly.
At the same time, Yunmi uses the spatial noise reduction technology on the hood for the first time, and the suction can also allow you to enjoy a quiet kitchen.
UMIDIGI just released pretty much all the info we needed to know about the upcoming UMIDIGI A1 Pro. If you were waiting for a really interesting budget phone then stick around to learn more about this device!
So, let’s begin with the internals, which is what most of you guys are probably interested in. The UMIDIGI A2 Pro is set to arrive with the new MediaTek MT6739 SoC along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable). The handset will feature what we can call an averagely sized 5.5-inch SHARP display sporting an 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution.
Camera wise, we’re getting a 13MP+5MP rear combo with F/2.0 aperture that should take advantage of the more advanced CPU for dual camera setups, meanwhile on the front we find a 5MP selfie shooter.
Other specs include a good sized (for the form factor) 3150mAh capacity battery which supports 5V2A quick charge and can be filled via the USB Type-C port at the bottom. Finally, the smartphone will be running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
Gusto, formerly ZenPayroll, is the rare startup unicorn that has stayed relatively mum on its product and growth — its last press release, for instance, was more than a year ago. The company’s core offering remains payroll for small businesses, and it has been working to expand its customer base across the nation, including having its CEO, Joshua Reeves, go on a tour of the country to visit SMBs in an RV.
Now the company is opening up a bit on its recent progress. Gusto has just hit 60,000 customers nationwide, or roughly 1% of all employers in the United States, according to the company.
The company is also working on new products. One challenge small businesses face is getting access to high-quality, yet affordable, software, particularly in HR. “Small businesses actually get that people are the core more than large companies,” Reeves explained to me. “In a 10-person company, you know everyone, your customers are your neighbors, but they never really had access to high-quality software.”
Gusto is hoping to fill that gap, announcing the beta launch of a new product it’s calling HR Basics. The product offers a suite of tools for small businesses to handle the quotidian tasks of HR, including managing vacation time, compiling employee directories and improving the onboarding of new hires. Most importantly, the product is free, and doesn’t require a credit card or a bank account to sign up.
Reeves believes that Gusto has two purposes: to offer “peace of mind” to small business owners around areas like compliance that can lead to negative enforcement actions, and to provide software that can help companies become “great places to work” that are more focused on community. Reeves is particularly passionate about the latter point. “Even the terminology ‘human capital management’ — humans are not capital, humans are not resources, they are people, thank you very much.”
One particular area of focus for HR Basics is around onboarding. Gusto is hoping it can move all HR paperwork online, so that everything required to officially onboard an employee can be done even before the employee walks into work the first day. With that out of the way, Gusto can then focus on helping companies create the right corporate culture. For instance, the product offers a “Welcome Wall” where other employees can write cheerful and encouraging notes for a new employee to make them feel like they belong at the company from day one.
This new product is free for businesses, and Gusto obviously hopes that it creates a funnel of potential customers who will eventually sign up for its payroll service and full HR platform, which charge around $6-12 a month per employee based on the specific plan that a business chooses.
One interesting commitment Gusto is making according to Reeves is that an employee’s profile on the platform will be a lifetime account. If an employee moves from one company to the next and both use Gusto, all of the preferences and other data required to administer HR should work immediately.
That portability mattered less in a world where employees spent decades at a single company, but now that employees often switch employers as often as every year, the repeated savings of time in the transition can be quite significant. Longer term, Gusto sees that sort of portability as critical for facilitating the changing nature of work in the 21st century.
Gusto, which was founded in 2011, is now entering middle age, and the company has 530 employees across its San Francisco and Denver offices, according to Reeves.
Botnets are fascinating to me. Who creates them? What are they for? And why doesn’t someone delete them? The answers are probably less interesting than I hope, but in the meantime I like to cheer when large populations of bots are exposed. That’s what security outfit F-Secure’s Andy Patel did this week after having his curiosity piqued by a handful of strange likes on Twitter.
Curious about the origin of this little cluster of random likes, which he just happened to see roll in one after another, he noticed that the accounts in question all looked… pretty fake. Cute girl avatar, weird truncated bio (“Waiting you”; “You love it harshly”), and a shortened URL which, on inspection, led to “adult dating” sites.
So it was a couple bots designed to lure users to scammy sites. Simple enough. But after seeing that there were a few more of the same type of bot among the followers and likes of these accounts, Patel decided to go a little further down the rabbit hole.
He made a script to scan through the sketchy accounts and find ones with similarly suspicious traits. It did so for a couple days, and… behold!
This fabulous visualization shows the 22,000 accounts the script had scraped when Patel stopped it. Each of those little dots is an account, and they exhibit an interesting pattern.
As you can see, they’re organized in a sort of hierarchical fashion, a hub-and-spoke design where they all follow one central node, which is itself connected to other central nodes.
I picked a few at random to check and they all turned out to be exactly as expected. Racy profile pic, random retweets, a couple strange original ones, and the obligatory come-hither bio link (“Do you like it gently? Come in! ”). Warning, they’re NSFW.
Patel continued his analysis and found that far from being some botnet-come-lately, some of these accounts — and by some I mean thousands and thousands! — are years old. A handful are about to hit a decade!
The most likely explanation is a slowly growing botnet owned and operated by a single entity that, in aggregate, drives enough traffic to justify itself — yet doesn’t attract enough attention to get rolled up.
But on that account I’m troubled. Why is it that a single savvy security guy can uncover a giant botnet with, essentially, the work of an afternoon, but Twitter has failed to detect it for going on ten years? Considering how obvious bot spam like this is, and how easily a tool or script can be made that walks the connections and finds near-identical spurious accounts, one wonders how hard Twitter can actually be looking.
That said, I don’t want to be ungenerous. It’s a hard problem, and the company is also dealing with the thousands and thousands (maybe millions) that get created every day. And technically bots aren’t against the terms of service, although at some point they probably tip over into nuisance territory. I suppose we should be happy that the problem isn’t any worse than it is.