UBER PLANS TO FILL THE SKIES WITH FLYING CARS.

Uber plans to fill the skies with flying cars.

Take a flight to work and skip traffic in DC or San Francisco. Just like the Jetsons. It’s finally going to happen. Uber has developed a near 100 page document released today that describes how they will get there. Aviation experts say the time line of 10 years is realistic.

Within five years Uber expects the market to produce a fully electric, vertical takeoff and landing plane that can fly 100 miles at about 150 mph, carrying multiple passengers and a pilot.

Jeff Holden, Uber’s product chief says, “You’ve got the potential for a new transportation method.” Once the pieces are in place, Uber can do what it’s already done with cars: enrolling pilots, connecting them with its massive customer base, and collecting their share of the fare. “We’re just turning the corner now to make that possible,” Holden says. “Our intent is to help the industry get there faster.”

Holden predicts Uber Elevate will operate fixed wing, tilt-rotor aircraft, which take off from helipads instead of space-hungry runways, then swing their propellers forward for efficient level flight a few thousand feet up.

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Uber estimates at first the price from San Jose to San Francisco will be $129 and then gradually lower to $43 and then settle around $20. Today those costs on the ground are $111 for uberX, $83 for uberPOOL, and $31 for uberX + transit.

“There is a clear market for on-demand aviation if you could make it practical, and that’s driven a lot by service road congestion,” says R. John Hansman, who runs MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation.

“One of the most fundamental problems of most transportation solutions is that they lack infrastructure,” says Mark Moore, NASA’s chief technologist for on-demand mobility. But that’s not a problem here because America already has over 6000 helipads. “That’s pretty cool, and potentially much more agile and nimble.”

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Gwent Will Be Cross Platform

Developers have confirmed that Gwent will support cross network play for both Xbox One and PC. PlayStation 4 is not yet been confirmed.

We can confirm cross-play between Xbox One and PC — all other options are being discussed.

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GWENT has been extremely popular among fans of the game The Witcher 3. The developers did not anticipate that the mini game would be so popular.

We wanted to make a fun mini-game that players would enjoy in between saving the world in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. That was the plan when we were creating GWENT. And then it turned out players were actually spending a whole lot of time playing GWENT, much more than we anticipated.

GWENT The Witcher Card Game has been announced for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. No specific release date has been announced.

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Microsoft Surface Studio

surfacestudioThe new Microsoft Surface Studio built to immerse the creator into the experience. The screen is so thin made with a forged aluminum closure. A 28″ monitor and is the Thinnest 12.5 mm LCD ever created. 13.5 million pixels more than a 4k tv. Doesn’t pixelate no matter how close or far away you are from the display. 99% better color than any other monitor. Uses TrueColor and DCI-P3. 3:4 ratio and 192 PPI.

1 inch on the screen is 1 inch in real life for MS Word and office products. Allowing you to see what you create in perfect sense and true scale.

1 Cable comes out of the back.

Device is made with an i7 processor, GeForce 980M card, 32GB of RAM, and a 2TB hybrid drive. and xbox one wireless controller transponder. Built in microphone array for use with Cortana from anywhere in the room. Studio HD camera built in for easy video conferencing.

The circular control device called the Surface Dial and pen work together on the screen to provide more options for creation and design. The screen folds down to be a draft table. 13 pound display feels weightless as it moves because of the special design of the arms holding the screen up.

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Release date: 12/15/2016

Price: $2,999.00 – $4199.00

 

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Microsoft Surface Book News

Microsoft reveals the Surface book to have a better Frame rate and more battery life.16-hour-battery

The new Surface book is redesigned from the inside out.

Will contain an I7 processor and a PixelSense display. The new Surface book will have 30% more battery life over 16 hours. The laptop will have 200% more graphics power than previous models which is almost 300% as much as the best macbook. Cost will be starting at $1499.

 

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Microsoft Gaming News

With Creators update every player can become a game broadcaster with in game broadcasting with http://Beam.pro/Xbox built right into Windows 10.

Custom tournaments coming to Windows 10. Create single or double elimination tournaments for your friends and viewers instantly. Integrates with XBOX Live and does the stats automatically. No need to administer scores and allows the creator to concentrate on playing.

XBOX play anywhere allows you to play on Windows 10 and XBOX One seamlessly after only purchasing the game on one device.

Dolby Atmos support coming to XBOX and Windows 10 live for bluray.

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Microsoft News

Windows 10 Creators Update coming early 2017 to all Windows 10 users for free.

Empowering everyone to be a 3D creator.

Scanning 3D objects with mobile device camera to create 3D structure.

MS Paint gets a free update to Paint 3D. It keeps all the great options of the Paint App we grew up using and adds 3D creation tools.

Input the 3D structure into Paint 3D. REMIX3D.com allows Minecraft creations to be exported directly and shared to this community to be used by all. Also allows SketchUp imports. In turn, you can import any 3D image from Remix3D.com to the new Paint 3D app. Sticker tool allows manipulating any 2D image into a 3D image. Can use paintbrush tools directly on 3D images. Share your MS Paint 3D images directly to social media.

Powerpoint allows 3D objects and easy animation of the objects between slides using built in transitions.

Hololens allows taking your 3D creations and put them right in the room for you to walk around and inspect in real life mixed reality. Inspect products in mixed reality before you purchase them. For instance, take couches and chairs and other items and place them in your home or office before purchasing to see if it’s the right fit.

Virtual Reality shared spaces allow you to create your own world and experience other’s worlds. Also through apps can go explore 360 degree videos on the web. For instance you can tour Rome with Holotour.

Most of the VR devices start at $299.99.

 

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1.11 Minecraft Features Announced

1.11 Minecraft Update News

We got some minecraft 1.11 news from MineCon today. While no set date on the release of 1.11, the snapshot is expected to go live wednesday, September 28th, 2016. Here is a list of additions, that are coming to 1.11. The information comes from MineCon, so there are no concrete sources, besides what players learned at the convention.

 Evoker:

  • Has ‘fang attack’
  • Summons a stream of fangs coming out of the floor, damaging mobs.
  • Has own sounds.
  • Spawns “vexes” described below.
  • Spawn in Woodland Mansions.
  • Drops Totem of Undying

Vindicator:

  • Has an iron axe in one of their hands
  • Hostile toward player
  • Has own sounds
  • Spawn in Woodland Mansions

Vex:

  • Small, flying mobs.
  • Hostile towards the player.
  • Can fly through walls (noclip)
  • Has own sounds.

Spawn in Woodland Mansions

Llamas:

  • Spawn naturally
  • Passive Mob.
  • Spit their llama goo on wolves.
  • Can be ridden.
  • Instead of a saddle can be equipped a carpet of any color
  • Like donkeys can be equipped a chest
  • Has 6 slots
  • Has own sounds.
  • When a lead is put on, surrounding llamas in a small radius will be attracted and try form a caravan behind the leaded llama.
  • Have multiple tinted skins.

Librarian villager:

  • New career, Cartographer.
  • Sells maps, compasses, and Ocean and Woodland treasure maps.

Blocks:

  • Observer block
  • Ported from Windows 10 Edition/Pocket Edition versions
  • May behave have slight behavior differences due to different redstone systems in Java edition compared to Pocket Edition

Shulker Box:

  • Crafted using a chest in the middle with 2 Shulker Shells, one above and one on the bottom of it.
  • Can be placed down and has 27 slots.
    When destroyed, does not drop contents, but stores them in the block item, just like backpacks.
  • Can not be placed in each other.
  • Can be used with hoppers, droppers and dispensers, just like any other item.
  • A dispenser will place the shulker box on the ground
    Break into item form when pushed with a piston.
  • When opened, the top will spin up, similar to a Shulker opening.
  • Will show it’s contents when hovered over in the inventory
  • Will show up to 5 slots

Items:

Shulker Shells:

  • Drop from Shulkers
  • Can be combined with Chests to craft Shulker Boxes
    Totem of Undying.
  • Dropped by Evokers
  • Will save your life when you receive a killing blow, while holding it in either hand.
  • Gives regeneration and absorption for a couple of seconds.
  • Shows a ‘particle’ just like the curse from an elder guardian.
  • Golden ankh like animation whenever the item is consumed.

Treasure Maps:

  • Just like a map, except will show terrain outlines and a specific structure with treasure.
  • Only Ocean and Woodland maps are confirmed
  • Ocean maps have a blue tint on the item
  • Woodland maps have a brown tint on the item
  • When exploring, it will fill in the outlines.
  • Can be bought from cartographers.
  • The locator dot on the map will be smaller the farther away you are

General:

  • Return Portals
  • Look like end gateways, but teleport you to the main island’s spawn platform, instead of outwards to the outer islands.
  • Generate randomly throughout the end

Gameplay:

  • Woodland Mansion
  • Generates naturally in forests.
  • Spawns 3 new mobs.
  • Evoker
  • Vindicator
  • Vex
  • Can be found with a Woodland Exploration Map.
  • Consists mostly out of wood.
  • Curse Enchantments
  • Basically Enchantments, but instead of a positive effect, carry a negative effect.
    Curse of Vanishing
  • Items with this Curse will vanish upon death, instead of drop, regardless of the gamerule keepInventory.
  • Curse of Binding
    Items with this Curse will stay on your player until they break, they cannot be removed manually.
  • Death will make you drop this item.
  • Locate Command
    syntax: /locate <StructureType> [x y z OR selector] Locates the nearest structure, like EndCity or NetherFortress.
    It will start the search at what the “x y z” or selector was set to
    When finding structures similar to “temple” structures, it cannot differentiate between types. So you may get a desert or a jungle temple, for example
    Pushes coordinates in chat for the executor of the command.
    Will display “y” coordinates as (y?) for some structures

We will keep you updated on any more 1.11 news we hear.

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Pokémon Go Plus Finally To Be Released

Pokémon Go Plus Finally Releasing Next Week

Nintendo announced Thursday, That the Pokémon Go Plus will launch September 16th. The device connects via Bluetooth to your compatible device. The LED lights will flash when a Pokémon is near, and lets the player catch the Pokémon without having to open the app up on your device.

No price was mentioned Thursday, but Nintendo mentioned back at E3 in June that the device would cost 35 dollars. This announcement comes shortly after the big Apple Watch announcement. I am excited to try it. 35 dollars is a lot cheaper then the Apple Watch. However with all the features the apple watch had for the app, it got me hopeful that maybe an android version will come out on an android watches. Some android watches retail for half the cost of the apple watch.

Would anyone be interested in seeing us review the Pokémon Go Plus? I plan to be picking one up to try myself.

Sources: Nintendo

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The New Sony PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation 4 Slim Announced

Sony held a press conference of their own Wednesday to a packed house. Sony announced not only one new PlayStation 4, but two. PlayStation’s Project Neo is now officially called PlayStation 4 Pro. The PlayStation 4 Pro will launch November 10th at the cost of 399. Which is great considering with updated hardware, Sony could have charged more.

The PlayStation 4 Pro will be able to output games in 4K. The Pro will also include a 1TB hard drive. The pro will be able to play other PlayStation 4 games, and even HDR video thanks to the upgraded GPU. Mark Cerny, the man behind the PS4 said YouTube, and Netflix are currently developing apps just for the PlayStation 4 Pro, while pointing out that the PlayStation VR experience would be ramped up with the Pro, allowing for more detail, Higher frame rates, and other improvements.

The other PlayStation 4 announced was a new slimmer model. The PlayStation 4 Slim will come with a 500gb hard drive, and a new price of 299. The new slim option is only .5 inches more narrow, and .75 inches shorter. Sony has removed the power, and eject invisible touch zones, and replaced with actual buttons. These buttons had been angering fans since the PS4 launch. The new slim model will launch September 15, 2016.

Sony seemed to impress today, and is probably looking at a very successful holiday season. I have held out on buying the PS4 personally because I tend to do most of my gaming on the pc. However, with the 299 price tag, I will finally purchase one.

Sources: Sony

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Pokémon Go Coming To Apple Watch

Photo: Apple

Niantic Labs announced today at Apple’s event, that Pokémon Go will soon be available on the Apple Watch. Cool features on the watch app will include; telling players how far they will have to walk to hatch an egg. Required experience points till the next level, and additional information about the player’s fitness. The Apple Watch app will also let players see when a Pokémon appears, and when a Pokéstop is nearby, without looking at their smartphones. Pokémon Go is set to be released on the Apple Watch sometime this year.

This announcement leaves me with some questions. Could the Apple Watch app replace any need for the Pokémon go plus? (If it ever hits shelves.) Will Niantic release the app on android watches? As an android user, this could convince me to invest in an apple watch. Being able to not constantly be looking at my phone while walking, and playing Pokémon Go would be a big plus. Let us know what you think of the announcement. Would you use it? Does it make you consider buying an Apple Watch?  Do you think the app will come to android watches? I guess we will have to wait and see how good the Pokemon Go Plus does at the much smaller price.

Sources: Apple

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