Microsoft today released the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition launch trailer, with a throwback to the original title's "Mad World"-backed promo. Featuring the melancholy Gary Jules tune, the new ad highlights in-game footage, "showcasing the first Gears at its very best," the Xbox Team wrote in a blog post. Kicking off the franchise in 2006, the original "Mad World" trailer became one of the most recognized in the gaming business. Now, in tribute to its famous predecessor, the new video opens with CG footage from the first Gears of War, before transitioning into Ultimate Edition play—remastered in 1080p, with 60fps multiplayer. The game, available now to pre-order in standard and deluxe versions ($39.99 and $59.99, respectively), goes live on Aug. 25. Purchase the Ultimate Edition or Ultimate Edition Bundle for Xbox One, and you'll be rewarded with the entire Xbox 360 Gears collection for use on the next-gen console. Players can tap into the new game on Xbox Live between Aug. 25 … [Read more...] about ‘Mad World’ Gears of War Trailer Remade for Ultimate Edition
For the past several decades (at least), we've heard about the looming threat of technological unemployment—the takeover of human jobs by automation. But these days, it seems especially imminent. Case in point: When earlier this year, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin dismissed the notion of robots putting humans out of jobs, the science and technology community responded with stats and charts slamming that assessment. Artificial intelligence is finding its way into an ever-increasing number of domains, heralding an unprecedented disruption of the employment landscape. And neural networks and machine learning algorithms, the most prominent constituents of modern AI, are either promising or delivering better performance than human professionals. The AI revolution is coming at a fast pace, and it is as good a time as any to start preparing our educational and economic infrastructure for a future in which humans will become less and less involved in performing certain types of tasks. … [Read more...] about AI: The Ultimate Job Creator?
Ultimate Ears is giving its popular Boom wireless speaker an upgrade. The company on Tuesday introduced the UE Boom 2, which is 25 percent louder than its predecessor with a longer wireless range of 100 feet. The second-generation Boom also offers some fresh new color combinations with fun names like Cherrybomb (red and pink), Yeti (white), Phantom (black and gray), GreenMachine (green and blue), Tropical (purple and orange), and BrainFreeze (dark and medium blue). Like other UE speakers, you won't have to worry about taking the Boom 2 on all your outdoor adventures—it has a waterproof rating of IPX 7 and is drop-proof from up to 5 feet. It's about the size of a water bottle, so you can slip it into your bike's drink holder or clip it to your bag. The Boom 2 is expected to launch in the U.S. and in select countries in Europe and Asia this month for $199.99. It has a 15-hour battery life, plus new tap controls that let you skip songs on the speaker when you don't have your phone … [Read more...] about Ultimate Ears Unveils UE Boom 2 Wireless Speaker
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition ($29.99), the first DirectX 12 PC title, almost sets the standard for what a remastered game should offer. The third-person shooter was already a great game when it debuted a decade ago on Xbox 360, but this updated title adds 4K resolution, unlocked frame rates, and content that was once paid DLC. That said, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition isn't perfect; it doesn't work well with AMD GPUs, bugs from the original game are still an issue, and it lacks some of the updated mechanics found in later Gears games. I played the incredibly fun Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on PC (in fact, it only runs on Windows 10-powered computers), but it's also available on Xbox One. Welcome to Delta 4 Photos in Gallery Delta Squad consists of playable-character Marcus Fenix, his war-hardened partner (and second player character) Dominic Santiago, and the A.I.-controlled Augustus Cole and Damon Baird. What makes the Gears of War plot so engaging is that it harkens … [Read more...] about Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (for PC)
Your Ultimate Ears speaker is about to get a whole lot more social. The company on Tuesday introduced a new feature, dubbed Block Party, which lets up to three friends play deejay and pump up the jams from their favorite music services through the same speaker. The feature is available now via the UE apps for the Boom 2, Roll, or Megaboom speakers. "We live in a world with multiple music services and devices," UE General Manager Rory Dooley said in a statement. "With Block Party, we've made it as simple and as easy as possible for you to share your music." The update also brings Tap Controls to the Megaboom, so you can leave your phone in your pocket and play, pause, and skip songs by simply tapping the top of the speaker. This feature is already available on the Boom 2. Meanwhile, the UE apps also let you set an alarm clock so you can wake up to your favorite jam, custom-tune your speaker using the five-band equalizer, remotely turn the device on and off, and pair multiple UE speakers … [Read more...] about Ultimate Ears Block Party Lets You (and 2 Friends) Play DJ