It’s almost that time of the year where every gamer looks forward to — the E3 week. The Electronic Entertainment Expo is a yearly event where game developers and console makers showcase their upcoming wares and gamers get a look at what the industry would look like for the year.
This year’s E3 is probably one of the most anticipated in recent memory because of the ongoing console battle for supremacy. Both Sony and Microsoft have been boasting about their upcoming new-generation consoles for months but no concrete sighting has happened yet. However, it seems like the two companies are finally ready to show what the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720 really looks like. Speaking of gaming consoles, Ouya and the Steam Box are also expected to be making an appearance and might just steal a little bit of thunder away from Sony and Microsoft.
Gamers also look to the EA3 for a glimpse of what games they might soon be playing. According to reports, Sony has around 6 games in the pipeline while Nintendo has 8. Most of the games that will be featured might not even be playable yet but others, like Final Fantasy and the Wii’s Mario Kart, Super Mario 3D and Super Smash Bros.4, have been confirmed. Sadly, but not unexpected, no new Xbox games have been pegged for release.
EA 2013 is slated to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 11 to 13.
Apple’s design chief Sir Jonathan Ive has received another honor, as he’s been named to Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Ive is listed in Time‘s Artist category, along with writer George Saunders, musicians Miguel and Frank Ocean, and stars of the big and small screen Jennifer Lawrence and Bryan Cranston. The accompanying vignette on Ive was written by popular musician and activist Bono.
Bono praises Ive’s sense of simplicity, and his dedication to a ”pursuit of greatness over profit.”
“What the competitors don’t seem to understand,” Bono writes, “is you cannot get people this smart to work this hard just for money. Jony is Obi-Wan. His team are Jedi…”
Ive has been a prominent member of Apple’s team for quite some time, but has risen to a new level of prominence since the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Previously involved with designing hardware for Apple, Ive now leads the software and interface design team, where it is expected he will bring the look of iOS more in line with the minimalist hardware design that Ive has always preferred for Apple’s devices.
Earlier this year, Ive accepted another award, from BBC children’s show Blue Peter. As a lifelong fan of the show, Ive was visibly affected when he was handed the gold Blue Peter badge.
It is praised extravagantly as the next version of Facebook by founder Mark Zuckerberg but the new Android-based Facebook Home still have to prove its worth to a billion of FB users more than half of whom probably doesn’t have a smartphone yet. It’s an integrated UI app that works with the Android OS for easy navigation and prompt notification especially with emails and social network browsing, something that replaces the common screen environment with a FB look.
It acts like a “hub” for other apps rather than being a part of it eliminating the common lagging experience associated with a standalone FB app. A substantial change was made to the popular News Feed to fit with the integration process and showing the Cover Feed first at the initialization of Facebook Home. Zuckerberg admits that the Android’s open platform has made it easier to implement the integration which is not now possible with iOS because of Apple’s restrictive policy.
Facebook-iOS integration is possible only through a partnership and some corporate control phenomenon. The same thing goes to Microsoft Window mobile platform but this is less restrictive than the iOS and Facebook-Windows integration in the near future is likely to happen first before Apple surrenders to FB. Facebook Home will launch simultaneously with HTC First in April 12.
More new details on the upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield 4 have been leaked over the Internet. Battlefield 4 is a video game in the first-person shooter genre concocted by EA Digital Illusions CE. It is the next iteration to the highly successful Battlefield 3. The new game would feature Frostbite 2.5 engine, dynamic weather effects, an upgraded Destruction 4.0 system, and the tessellation technology.
The game will be set in China in the year 2020. It will feature the US and China as the game’s main infantry factions. The game’s single player mode is assumed to be 5 to 6 hours long. Similar with the collapsing of the main tower in the Capsian border from the end part of Battlefield 3, the new Battlefield 4 will show the collapse of the Orient Pearl tower found in Shanghai China at the game’s ending.
While Battlefield 3 focused on environments that are highly destructible, Battlefield 4 would focus on a dynamic weather environment. It will probably have the familiar modern military weapons though the multiplayer mode would put an emphasis on bigger maps and vehicles.
The game will be formally announced at GDC 2013 on the 26th and 27th of March. It is scheduled to be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, and other next-gen game consoles. You can visit its official website and see its interactive home screen.
Attention to some Porsche car owners! The German automaker is recalling its – said to be the Car of the Year- Porsche 911 models manufactured from March 7 through Nov. 12, 2012. The recall affects some 2,263 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 coupes and convertibles.
The retraction is due to the problem with the cars’ tailpipes. Reports claimed that if the car has the 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine and the standard exhaust system, the tailpipe could fracture and fall off the rear muffler.
This problem- which can be very dangerous and may cause serious accidents- was determined through the company’s test of its cars with higher mileages, those with greater than 25,000 miles.
Dubbed to be the highest-rated sporty car, Porsche 911 costs about $ 85 000 to more than $ 100 000, with the more expensive model Carerra 4 selling as expensive as $ 140,000.
As of the moment, the automaker hasn’t announced provided a notification schedule but vows to notify owners and dealers soon. The company will then replace the rear mufflers free of charge.
For more information, car owners may contact Porsche at (800) 767-7243 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov. In addition, the company’s safety recall number is AD01.