While Rockstar Games has remained mum about the next installment of its "Red Dead Redemption" IP, rumors about the game have been circulating the Internet. The latest one is a leaked map, which is rumored to be the map for the upcoming game. According to a report in Tech Radar, the map was posted by a NeoGaf user but was later taken down. The report however claimed that the map was authentic, based on the report's own anonymous source who is close to the development team.
The source confirmed that the map was indeed part of the game and it reflected the "very recent" art direction map for the game. Even though its original source had taken down the map, other users were able to capture it.
According to the report, their source also mentioned that the next game will not be a sequel but will be a prequel, with events occurring before the timeline of the first game. The new map is also said to be a map of a setting that is located east of the first game's setting. more >>
With the advent of virtual technology, applications for such technology follow suit. Now, it's the graphic novel by French comics artist Marc-Antoine Mathieu's titled "S.E.N.S." that is getting its own virtual reality game. According to a Tech Times report, a new VR game that is based on the popular graphic novel is coming soon and will be released sometime September.
The project is the very first ever VR adaptation of a graphic novel and is being done by French production company Red Corner. As it is based on the novel, the game is set in same monochrome landscape which shifts shape and form, where the player needs to follow the arrows in order to get through the game.
The player needs to follow the trail of an "anonymous gumshoe" who goes around the world that is called "Alphaville." One must contend with the changing landscape, which changes both in scale and proportion, as a player searches for something. According to the report, the object of the search differs from player to player. more >>
The legal battle between the Cupertino-based technology company, Apple, and the federal government rages on and this time, the battleground is in New York. According to a report in Tech Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation have gone back to court again to compel the tech company to assist them in cracking the PIN code of a handset that was once possessed by a confessed drug dealer.
The iPhone in question is an iPhone 5S that runs on iOS 7, and the action that the FBI wants Apple to do is to help decipher its PIN code so that the device's data can be accessed. A few weeks ago, a magistrate court ruled that federal authorities could not compel Apple to assist them. After this decision, the Department of Justice informed a federal court that it will appeal the magistrate court's ruling. Apple followed suit, and asked the federal court to uphold the ruling made by the lower court.
On April 15, Apple filed their response to the federal court, citing that the federal government has not proven that it has "exhausted alternative means for extracting data from the iPhone at issue here." According to a report in The Verge, Apple contends that government may be able to find other means as it did in the San Bernardino case where they found a third-party to assist them. For Apple, the FBI has yet to show that they do need Apple's assistance in this case. more >>
Writer Julian Fellowes, who is more popularly known for his series creation, "Downton Abbey," is back with another period drama called "Belgravia." Unlike "Downton Abbey" which was serialized on television, this latest creation of Fellowes will be delivered via an app that will bring one episode per week for fans to read and even listen to. According to a report in Entertainment Weekly, this move is not surprising for Fellowes, who is known to use multiple genres in publishing his works.
The app was released on April 14 and according to another report in The Telegraph, Fellowes expressed how flattered he felt to have been asked to approach his work in this manner. He called it "a cross between a novel and a computer game." He added, "I felt it was rather flattering to be asked to do this in my middle sixties – to be the adventurer forging through the undergrowth. It was such a change from Downton."
The app is based on his upcoming novel, "Belgravia" which is set to be released via traditional publishing on July 5. If consumers get the app, however, it will bring them each of the ten installments every week along with bonuses that will only be available in the digital version. Each installment can be listened to as an audiobook. Special features will include period fashions and character portraits of the novel's interesting characters. more >>
The U.S. government recently announced the recommendation directed to Windows-based computer users to immediately uninstall and delete Apple's QuickTime video player after an earlier admission from security software maker TrendMicro Inc. that there are two bugs in the program.
Reuters mentioned in a report that TrendMicro discovered two crucial vulnerabilities in the QuickTime media player, particularly the version designed for the Windows operating system of Microsoft Corporation. The same bugs, according to the software company, can be used to perform attacks on Windows-based PCs if the user visits an infected file or a malicious website.
The QuickTime program has been Apple's staple for playing a wide variety of third-party tools and data, while most computer owners use it as a reliable media player for both audio and video. But because Apple seems to be not really concerned about fixing the issues, particularly considering the fact that it doesn't apply to any of their platforms, both the U.S. government and TrendMicro are doing the initiative to inform users. more >>
The "Dark Souls" series is notoriously known for being one of the most difficult role-playing games around so it is but natural for anyone who wants to try their hand with the latest installment, "Dark Souls III," to look around for information about the game. There are several reports that provide tips and tricks about the game that might be useful for anyone new to the game series.
One report in The Verge mentioned five things that players should watch out for, without spoiling anything about the game. The report describes the game as one where the player is "an interloper in a strange world where pretty much everything wants to kill you." The first tip cited is for players to "watch their corners." Before entering any room, one must look in every direction constantly to check if any assassins are hidden somewhere, ready to strike when one least expects it.
The second tip has to do with one's choice of weapon, but beyond the choice of weapons, one must take note where they use a particular weapon. One example given in the report is using a Greatsword which is known for horizontal slash attacks in a wide corridor rather than a narrow hallway, or using an arrow in a narrow corridor so that one's enemies do not have much room to dodge it. more >>