Last year's 10th anniversary of the "World of Warcraft" brought huge rewards and gifts for long-time players of the game. As "World of Warcraft" marks its 11th year this year, the rewards as expected are not as big as the previous year's. However, there are quite a few that players can look forward to this year. According to a report in Tech Times, although the rewards this year are "tame" compared to last year's, loyal players should still want to avail of them.
Game publisher Blizzard announced what's in store for players come November 16. According to a report in Kotaku, all players need to do is to check their mailbox between November 16 to 30. They will receive mail with a box that contains the in-game rewards that they will receive. These include:
- Celebration Package: gives 11% experience boost from kills for one hour with a 10 second cooldown more >>
"Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Online" Lowriders Week brings players special sale on Benny's Original Motor Works for lowriders the whole week.
When "GTA Online: Lowriders" was released on Oct. 20 as an update to "GTA V" and "GTA Online," gamers got acquainted with Benny's Original Motor Works, where they can buy lowriders and interior customizations. The update also opened new missions for Lamar Davis, and new weapons, clothes, hair, accessories, and other freebies and specials, according to Realty Today.
Lowriders Week comes just a month after the game was launched, and the special brings a week-long sale at Benny's Original Motor Works, Clapway said. Gamers can avail of a 25 percent price drop lowriders in the shop. Another 25 percent discount is up for grabs for the same car, and a 25 percent discount is being offered on selected items, Game Zone reports. more >>
Movie piracy website Popcorn Time has re-launched just a month after it announced it would stop its operations immediately.
In a move that defied copyright group's efforts to put a stop to piracy, Popcorn Time re-launched a new version of its site just a month after it ceased the operation of its PopcornTime.io site. It was later revealed that the company shut down the site because of legal and internal financial issues, according to the International Business Times (IBT).
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) had been pushing for the shutdown of Popcorn Time. After the cessation of its operations in October, its virtual private network VPN.ht Movies announced that the movie download service will be resurrected, the report details. more >>
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sent humanoid robots to two universities to prepare them for assisting in the journey to Mars and other manned missions.
NASA wants to use humanoid robots as replacement for astronauts in extreme space environments. For this reason, they sent a robot prototype to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts to be trained in the program Robust Autonomy for Extreme Space Environments. Another robot was sent to the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts for the program Accessible Testing on Humanoid-Robot-R5 and Evaluation of NASA Administered (ATHENA) Space Robotics Challenge, according to NASA.
The NASA R5 "Valkyrie" robot, which was originally designed for disaster-relief missions, measures 6 feet (1.9 meters) in height and weighs 290 pounds (125 kilograms). Unfortunately, it failed in its original purpose and ranked at the bottom. But the prototype could be studied further to help develop robotic astronauts that could be sent to missions before human astronauts arrive. They could also function as assistant to human crew in space, Gizmag reports. more >>
Fighting video games, "Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS" and "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U," collectively known as "Super Smash Bros. 4" is welcoming a new playable character in the person of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7. Nintendo made the announcement during last week's Nintendo Direct. According to a report in IGN, the announcement came as a surprise mainly because Final Fantasy 7 has not appeared in any Nintendo systems before, so seeing one of its protagonists in the game is a first.
The trailer that was shown during the broadcast showed off Cloud's gameplay features which includes limit breaks, an Odin summon and another costume that harks back to Cloud's Advent Children look. One of the fight scenes featured in the trailer showcased a stage that looks like one from the city of Midgar, a familiar setting in the Final Fantasy 7. According to the report, Nintendo has not yet revealed when this character and setting will come to the game.
According to another report in Tech Times, "Super Smash Bros." has more to watch out for in December as the final Nintendo Direct in December will be focusing the episode on the game again. If fans go by how previous episodes went, the coming Direct may also feature the announcement of other characters. For example, Nintendo has not yet released the results of the online fan ballot for the characters that fans want to see in the game. more >>
After Samsung unveiled its newest processor, the Exynos 8890, another piece of news has started circulating about when the Korean manufacturer will likely unveil its next line of flagship smartphones. According to a report in Tech Times, a February 2016 launching of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may be in the works.
If reports are true, Samsung will make the announcement one day before the start of the yearly Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The MWC 2016 officially starts on February 22. This follows the pattern of unveiling that Samsung did last year, when it unveiled the S6 and the S6 Edge also at the MWC.
According to the report, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge brought about changes in the way Samsung built its flagships. It signaled the start of the use of more premium materials such as metal and glass and ditching the old plastic design that previous Samsung phones used. When it comes to the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, Samsung is expected to continue the use of premium materials and with the Exynos 8890, the premium look will also come with high-end specs. more >>