The second DLC for the adventure video game "Rise of the Tomb Raider" is arriving on March 29 for the Xbox One and Windows PC. Entitled "Cold Darkness Awakened," this DLC is said to be the last expansion pack that the game will receive, according to a Tech Times report, as well as through an announcement on the Xbox Wire.
According to the Xbox Wire post, this final DLC will bring Lara in close and deadly contact with "an army of nightmarish predators." These dangerous predators are actually Trinity soldiers who have been infected by something that was created at a Cold War research base somewhere in Siberia. The infection started when the research base was infiltrated and thereby turning the soldiers into "bloodthirsty killers who thrive on carnage." The game's heroine, Lara Croft, must battle these soldiers, while trying to keep the infection at bay and eventually close down the base. In doing so, she must rely on her combat and survival tactics and crafting abilities as always.
"Cold Darkness Awakened" brings Lara Croft to the cold and wintry lands of Siberia. As always, she is fighting against an organization called Trinity. Unlike the previous DLC, "Baba Yaga," which had Lara dealing with supernatural forces in a forest setting, Lara Croft in this new DLC will be facing "zombie-like" Trinity soldiers in what looks like the dead of winter. more >>
A well-known Japanese newspaper, Nikkei, recently published a report that Nintendo is planning to stop the production of its console, the Nintendo Wii U later this year. According to a Tech Times report, the Japanese company is finally giving up on its low-performing console and is also paving the way for its upcoming console, the Nintendo NX.
The Nikkei report which was translated from Japanese and cited by Tech Times, mentioned that the console's poor sales since it launched, lack of third-party support as well as technical limitations may well be the reasons why Nintendo is finally letting it go. According to the report, production on the Wii U will end later this year. In fact, some of the accessories for the console have halted production already and Nintendo is reportedly planning to sell off whatever is left of its inventory by the end of the year.
With the Wii U, Nintendo will likely focus its efforts on the announced upcoming console, the Nintendo NX. Not much is known about the console including when it will released to the market. If the Nikkei report is true, then the timeline for the NX release may be sometime soon. The Tech Times report speculates that an announcement may happen during the E3 convention in June. more >>
What's the difference between a pet Burmese Python and a human baby? Nothing. Or everything. It depends on your worldview.
Americans have a thing for the exotic, no matter how costly it may prove to other people. For instance, the Florida Everglades are home to, among other species, Nile crocodiles, green anacondas, and most famously, tens of thousands of Burmese pythons.
As words like "Nile" and "Burmese" suggest, none of these species are native to Florida or even to this continent. Their presence in the Everglades, and the damage they're causing to that fragile ecosystem is the result of people indulging their desire for exotic pets and then dumping them when they become inconvenient. more >>
Developer Telltale Games has been doing well with its "Walking Dead" game series since it released Season 1 back in 2012, when it introduced the episodic survival video game to players on PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Mac. Since then, the game has developed two seasons, each season with five episodes. Season 1 also featured downloadable content. Season 3 was announced to be in development in June 2014, during the E3. After this, however, Telltale has been mum about when the third season is arriving, until recently.
In an interview with Mashable, Telltale Games CEO Kevin Bruner shared that they are eyeing a late 2016 release for Season 3. He also said that they are taking an "unexpected approach" to the next season, considering what fans of the series have been clamoring for. According to him, the third season will try to "tie together all the possible threads" without being "so obvious."
Season 2 featured many twists and turns in the story, as well as different possible story endings. The player's choices ultimately dictated how the story will end for the game's heroine "Clementine." Given this, Telltale has to find the right approach to the start of the third season that will not simply be picking up where the story left off in Season 2. more >>
On Monday, March 21, tech giant Apple unveiled its new signature iPhone, a downsized version of last year's iPhone 6S.
The company's move to come out with a cheaper 4-inch premium model that is basically the same as its previous offering comes from Apple's goal of appealing to first-time buyers and to those who find using the company's bigger-screen models cumbersome. At the company's Monday event, Apple executive Greg Joswiak said that it sold 30 million of its 4-inch iPhones in 2015 - proof that consumers do want smaller smartphones.
The iPhone SE, which combines the size of the iPhone 5 and the performance of the iPhone 6S, has what most smartphone users look for: speed, high quality graphics, a sharp camera, and the use of Siri. It is also being touted as the "most affordable" new signature smartphone Apple has offered. With a starting price of $399, it is almost half the price of its predecessor, the iPhone 6S Plus, which had a starting price of $750. It is also $50 cheaper than the model it replaces, the iPhone 5S, which was released in 2013. more >>
On the first day of spring, March 21, Apple introduced two new additions to its line up of devices, as well as new bands for its Apple Watch. Aside from these new products and accessories, it also unveiled the latest iOS, the iOS 9.3. In terms of the company's social projects, it also talked about its health-related efforts, particularly the CareKit.
A report in The Verge rounded up the important announcements made by Apple during their March 21 event. In terms of consumer products, they finally took the wrap off the smaller variant of the iPhone. Originally rumored to be called iPhone 5 SE, it was unveiled as merely the iPhone SE. The iPhone SE brings back the 4-inch size screen, which was last seen on the iPhone 5S. Unlike the iPhone 5S however, the insides of the iPhone SE is more powerful with an A9 processor and an M9 motion coprocessor like that in the iPhone 6S. A 16GB variant of the device will be selling for only $399 while a 64GB variant will be at $499. Pre-orders will be accepted starting March 24, with shipping to start on March 31.
As earlier rumored, instead of releasing the successor of the iPad Air 2, Apple released a smaller, 9.7-inch iPad Pro. As the name suggests, it is part of the new iPad Pro line that started with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that is made for more productive uses. According to the report, it is indeed a smaller version of the larger iPad Pro, with four speakers for better audio and support for the new Apple Pencil. It also comes with a Smart Connector in order to connect it to a Smart Keyboard. This time around, there is a rose gold variant that consumers can have. A 32GB variant will sell for $599, while a 128GB one will sell for $749 and the largest 256GB model will be sold at $899. more >>