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Sony's stubborn stance on cross-compatibility is holding video games back

Posted on: Tue, 2018-06-12 - 22:11 By: admin

Sony's stubborn stance on cross-compatibility is holding video games back

With the arrival of Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch Tuesday, it's become abundantly clear that Sony is holding back the video game industry.

Why? Because Switch users can play Fortnite with players on every platform — Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile — except for PlayStation 4. In fact, if you have an Epic Games account for Fortnite on PS4, you can't use that same account on Switch or use any of the cosmetics you've paid money for.

This is bad, pointless, and does nothing but hold back the video game industry from becoming a more open marketplace where friends can play games together without needing the same system.

This isn't a problem that's exclusive to Fortnite. This same problem has come up with Minecraft and Rocket League, both of which were some of the first games to foster cross-play between consoles.

See https://mashable.com/2018/06/12/sony-cross-compatibility-fortnite/

#sony #crossplatform #gaming


Sony's stubborn stance on cross-compatibility is holding video games back
Get with the times, Sony.

Torus - South African high school prodigy's game tops Apple app charts

Posted on: Tue, 2018-06-12 - 20:32 By: admin

Torus - South African high school prodigy's game tops Apple app charts

He is not even out of high school yet, but Brandon Kynoch’s mobile game Torus is racking up impressive numbers in the app world.

The 16-year-old game developer from Johannesburg released the game to 100 000 downloads in its first day alone in global Apple app stores.

Kynoch told Fin24 on Monday that his journey as a game developer began five years ago.

"I first started at the age of 11 and I have always been artistic. I started with graphics design and digital arts, but I later moved into game development. I did this for a few years, focusing on pure gaming developments, and got my renders published in magazines in London," said Kynoch.

Kynoch taught himself how to programme and design the game. The success of Torus may seem sudden, but the game was not Kynoch's first project of this kind. "Kynoch's success with Torus follows on the breakthrough of his first game called Blast, which he developed just under two years before working on Torus," the statement said.

The mobile action game is free to download from Apple's App Store, where it has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

See https://www.fin24.com/Companies/ICT/sa-high-school-prodigys-game-tops-apple-app-charts-20180611

#torus #ios #app


SA high school prodigy's game tops Apple app charts
The 16-year-old game developer from Johannesburg released his game Torus to 100 000 downloads in its first day.

Being Poirot - A Personal Journey by David Suchet

Posted on: Tue, 2018-06-12 - 20:15 By: admin

Being Poirot - A Personal Journey by David Suchet

David Suchet embarks on a very personal journey as the man behind the moustache explores Agatha Christie’s most enduring character.

Out of a handful of authors, Agatha Christie is one of my all-time favourites. I have read (and own) 109 of her novels, and one biography and an A-Z reference guide. I can re-read these stories many times over and enjoy them every single time. David Suchet is one of the most memorable actors to have portrayed Hercule Poirot.

See https://youtu.be/FX3ITew9Mpw

#davidsuchet #agathachristie #herculepoirot #poirot


Winepak Could Make it Easier to Install Windows Apps on Linux

Posted on: Tue, 2018-06-12 - 19:46 By: admin

Winepak Could Make it Easier to Install Windows Apps on Linux

It might soon be easier to install your favourite Windows apps on Linux, thanks to a fledgling new project. It’s called Winepak and, as you might guess from the name, it’s focused on packaging Wine applications as Flatpak bundles for faster, fuss-free use.

So, rather than you having to head out and find, installer, open it with Wine, and jog through the various steps needed to install it correctly you’d simply install an application from Winepak.

Although it’s early days for the project a number of games appear to be available on the Winepak repo already, including Fortnite, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft.

Also available is Internet Explorer 8, a frustratingly difficult game in which you navigate the web in search of a rare, little-seen gem: a website that doesn’t appear broken.

Some games and apps rely on specific Wine extensions or ‘wine-tricks’ scripts being run. Winepak could automate their inclusion.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/06/winepak-flatpak-for-wine-apps

#wine #linux #windowsapps


Winepak Could Make it Easier to Install Windows Apps on Linux - OMG! Ubuntu!
It might soon be easier to install your favourite Windows apps on Linux, thanks to a fledgling new project. It’s called Winepak and, as you might guess from the name, it’s focused on packaging Wine applications as Flatpak bundles for faster, fuss-free use. So, rather than you having to head out and find, installer, open it with Wine, […]

The mighty Red Devil locomotive steams again in Cape Town on trips out to Robertson Wine Valley

Posted on: Mon, 2018-06-11 - 22:13 By: admin

The mighty Red Devil locomotive steams again in Cape Town on trips out to Robertson Wine Valley

The moment we have all been waiting for is FINALLY upon us – for the first time since winter 2004, the Red Devil locomotive will be on the tracks again. Join Ceres Rail Company for a 3 day trip on the Red Devil from Cape Town to Robertson with visits to various wine estates & numerous photographic run pasts.

Due to the public demand, they have split this trip into 3 options:
– OPTION A: a return trip from Cape Town to Robertson excluding the day trip (Accommodation, all meals and transfers for your own account)
– OPTION B: a day trip around Robertson including lunch and 2 wine tastings
– OPTION C: full trip which includes the return trip from Cape Town to Robertson (Accommodation, all meals and transfers for your own account) & the day trip around Robertson including lunch and 2 wine tastings

Once on your way on any of our trips, you will get to enjoy comfortable lounge cars with hot beverages and savoury snacks in the Selati Dining Car – which dates back to 1932 and was originally part of the blue train. They also have a fully licensed Bar Car where you can purchase beer, bubbly, wine and soft drinks.

History of the Red Devil - The original locomotive from which the Class 26 was rebuilt entered service in 1953 as the last of the Class 25NC 4-8-4 Northern type locomotives to be built. Work on Class 25NC no. 3450 began at the end of 1979. The manufacturing of all new items and modifications to existing parts were carried out at the SAR workshops at Salt River in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Beaconsfield in Kimberley, Koedoespoort in Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg, the work being allocated to the workshop best suited to the particular task at hand.

The primary objectives of the modifications were threefold.
- To improve the combustion and steaming rate.
- To reduce the emission of wasteful black smoke.
- To overcome the problem of clinkering.

Compared to an unmodified Class 25NC, the Red Devil achieved a 28% measured saving on coal and a 30% measured saving on water, measured during freight service, and a 43% increase in drawbar power based on the maximum recorded drawbar power. Its approximate maximum range in full-load freight service on 1% to 1¼% grades is 700 kilometres (430 miles) based on its coal capacity and 230 kilometres (140 miles) based on its water capacity.

More information on the Red Devil itself can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Class_26_4-8-4.

Bookings and info at http://www.ceresrail.co.za/booktrip/

#reddevil #steamlocomotive #locomotive #southafrica #tourism


BOOK YOUR TRIP – Ceres Rail Company
As part of our day trip, our train will stop at Tulbagh Road Station (at around 10:45) to pick up passengers that would like to do this short journey through Mitchell's Pass with us. Upon arrival in Ceres, passengers can book for a lovely lunch after which the train will depart back to Tulbagh Road Station (at ...

Early Father's Day Gift to Myself - A Redragon K550 Yama Mechanical Keyboard and a Redragon M801 Mammoth...

Posted on: Mon, 2018-06-11 - 21:50 By: admin

Early Father's Day Gift to Myself - A Redragon K550 Yama Mechanical Keyboard and a Redragon M801 Mammoth Gaming Mouse

No-one knows what to buy me when it comes to gadgets so I tend to just pre-empt it myself... The keyboard allows each key to be set to its own individual colour (a total of 18 backlight modes, 8 different colors, 5 backlight brightness levels, breathing speed, and 6 dedicated keys to program user-defined backlighting). So this allows me to colour groups of keys in certain colours for gaming eg. commonly the A, W, S, and D are used for movement so I can colour that group the same colour for quickly finding it. The mechanical keyboard keys give a more precise tactile feedback (yes and louder typing noise that I'm not sure my wife is going to love).

There are also 12 dedicated macro keys which can be set up to fire off pre-determined key combinations you may use in a game (or even for normal typing). The keyboard is programmed on the keyboard itself into non-volatile RAM so no software drivers are required, and it, therefore, works across Windows, Mac or Linux equally well.

The mouse's DPI theoretically goes up to 16,400 DPI with a max 1,000Hz polling rate, and has 9 programmable buttons. The point of the mouse was to obtain finer grained movement control (unless I just want to gaze at its 16 million LED colour combinations - well you don't see it if you're actually using the mouse).

#redragon #gaming #keyboard #mouse

11/06/2018


22Motor’s ‘Flow’ electric scooter will warn you of potholes on your commute

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-10 - 23:14 By: admin

22Motor’s ‘Flow’ electric scooter will warn you of potholes on your commute

India has been ripe with new electric vehicle offerings lately, in large part due to a government policy to shift away from foreign imports and domestic pollution. Combine the cheap workforce with a wealth of local skilled tech workers, and you get really cool and affordable designs like the $1,125 Flow electric scooter by 22Motors.

The Flow was designed from the ground up to be an AI-infused, smart-connected scooter. Now the company is revealing more details on the high-tech features designed into the scooter.

One of those features is pothole mapping and warning, which relies on a combination of sensors in the scooters and GPS location to create a virtual map of existing potholes and road imperfections in an area. That information can then be provided to each rider based on their location to help them better avoid potholes or poor roads altogether.

The Flow sports a 2.1 kW Bosch rear wheel hub motor and can reach speeds of 60 km/h (37 mph). It has a maximum range of 80 km (50 mi) with one removable battery, or twice that with a second optional removable battery.

The battery, which supports fast charging up to 70% in one hour, is rated for 50,000 km (31,000 mi). For even more peace of mind, 22Motors promises free battery replacements if you ever wear your battery down.

For myself, that range is just fine for commuting to work and back. The 60km/h top end is certainly a bit light for motorways but it would certainly do fine in my rush hour commuting where the average car speed is 10km/h.

See https://electrek.co/2018/06/09/22-motors-flow-electric-scooter-potholes/

#elctricscooter #scooter #EV


22Motor’s ‘Flow’ electric scooter will warn you of potholes on your commute
India has been ripe with new electric vehicle offerings lately, in large part due to a government policy to shift away from foreign imports and domestic pollution. Combine the cheap workforce with …

BNEF expects 34% fall in PV module prices in 2018

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-10 - 14:41 By: admin

BNEF expects 34% fall in PV module prices in 2018

The saying is that as California goes, so goes the nation. But in solar, as China goes, so goes the world.

As the result of an abrupt withdrawal of support for the nation’s solar PV market, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has predicted a 34% decline in multicrystalline solar module prices in China.

This would be roughly equivalent to the fall in module prices in 2016, and only exceeded by the 40% fall in prices in 2011.

And as China is by far the world’s largest solar market, this is expected to spread globally. “Oversupply is universal,” states a note by BNEF, written by four members of the organization’s Chinese team.

BNEF provides a benchmark monocrystalline module price of US$0.37 per watt for the fourth quarter of 2017, and expects this to fall to only $0.24/watt ex VAT by the end of the year.

The note predicts “market panic” in the short term, and for developers to suspend installation throughout the third quarter while waiting for the release of the new quotas and cheaper module prices.

See https://www.pv-magazine.com/2018/06/05/bnef-expects-34-fall-in-pv-module-prices-in-2018/

#PV #solar


BNEF expects 34% fall in PV module prices in 2018
The organization is expecting carnage throughout the solar value chain as the result of reduced policy support for deployment in China.

What Is Torrenting? What You Should Know if Using Torrents

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-10 - 14:32 By: admin

What Is Torrenting? What You Should Know if Using Torrents

Torrenting is a popular file sharing protocol based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. It allows vast numbers of users to connect and share content without having to rely on a single source for downloads. Torrents are so popular it’s estimated 3.35% of all internet traffic is handled by BitTorrent, bringing the total number of monthly users to over 250 million!

On the surface torrenting is simple and easy to use. There are a lot of moving parts to the torrenting experience, however. You don’t need to know the ins and outs of file sharing to make it work, but it’s nice to know what makes torrenting work so you can get the most out of your downloads.

One thing in addition to the useful info provided in this article is to remember that torrent downloads are usually pieced together from others who have downloaded the files previously, meaning that if you are on capped Internet you may not want to leave your Torrent application open. Whilst it will help others find and download the file, your computer will be serving (uploading) the file to others.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/vpn/what-is-torrenting/

#torrenting


What Is Torrenting? What You Should Know if Using Torrents
Torrenting is a popular file sharing protocol based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. It allows vast numbers of users to connect and share content without

Volvo unveils electric garbage truck that won't wake up sleeping babies

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-10 - 14:20 By: admin

Volvo unveils electric garbage truck that won't wake up sleeping babies

Garbage trucks may soon be much quieter. Volvo introduced a new electric garbage truck design this week called the Volvo FE Electric. The truck is built to optimize efficiency and quietly hauling away trash.

The lithium-ion powered truck has a 125-mile range and is envisioned as the perfect trash compacting truck with no emissions. It's specifically built for a quieter ride with fewer vibrations for garbage workers riding along — and for residents who can typically hear large garbage trucks rattling through the neighborhood.

The Volvo FE Electric will be available in Europe in 2019 starting in Hamburg, Germany. The new garbage truck follows Volvo's unveiling of the FL Electric last month. The FL Electric, similarly, is an all-electric truck with a longer 185-mile range and an electric motor with 185 kilowatts of max power.

The new FE dual-electric motor model can handle heavier lifting and hold up to 60,000 pounds — perfect for garbage pick-up needs.

See mashable.com/2018/05/10/volvo-fe-electric-garbage-truck/


Volvo's electric garbage truck promises to dramatically reduce noise pollution
Electric power means quieter trash pick-ups.
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