Telltale Games previews ‘The Walking Dead: Michonne’

As promised, Telltale Games has delivered a six-minute preview for its next The Walking Dead game. TWD: Michonne will focus on the dual-katana wielding character in a story that fits into a bit of missing time from the original graphic novel. It won’t have anything to do with the new episode that aired on TB tonight, but instead players will follow along as Michonne turns pirate and hits the zombie-infested high seas. The first episode of the $15 miniseries will come to PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on February 23rd, before arriving on Android and (more…)
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Google’s self-driving car project is on a hiring spree

The listings include a variety of roles, including mechanical, automotive NVH, vehicle safety, and reliability engineers. There are other positions for marketing, policy analysis, and even real estate and workplace services related to the project. The hiring spree suggests that Google is ramping up its self-driving car program.

"The self-driving car project aims to improve people’s lives by transforming mobility and making it easier and safer for everyone to get around, regardless of their ability to drive," reads the introduction to many of the job listings. "So far, we’ve self-driven over one million miles and are currently out on the streets (more…)

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Kodi takes the fight to sellers of pirate TV boxes

One look around YouTube reveals setups touting "The Beast," "Genesis" and others that promise access to current movies, cable TV and more without the issue of actually paying for any of them. Sales of these boxes on places like eBay or by resellers who load the software have become so popular that some believe it was behind Amazon’s UK shortage of Fire TV sticks last year. The biggest problem for the team behind Kodi is that some people, both in the industry and end-users who buy the boxes, think it is behind these sales, or the pirated content played on (more…)

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The Navy wants to deploy railguns on its latest destroyer

Zumwalt destroyers are designed to attack land-based targets, a function that also suits the railgun perfectly. The projectiles have so much kinetic energy that they don’t need large explosive charges (see the video, below). That, in turn, lets them take the place of missiles for a fraction of the price. If the railgun is deployed on the USS Lyndon B. Johnson, scheduled for service in 2018, it will replace a forward 155mm gun that fires rocket-propelled weapons.

The Navy’s director of surface warfare, Pete Fanta last month mused that that the railgun could be deployed directly on battleships. Testing them (more…)

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Mattel will launch a redesigned VR View-Master this fall

Mattel refreshed the View-Master for virtual reality last year with a version based on Google Cardboard, and this weekend it showed off an updated design at the New York Toy Fair. The View-Master Viewer DLX has better optical lenses, focal adjustment and, most importantly, a headphone connector. Gizmodo got some hands-on time with the device during the show, and also noticed a redesigned smartphone bracket that’s ready to deal with more phones no matter what size or shape they are. It will also apparently see a price bump from $30 to $40, but the changes seem worth an extra $10 — (more…)
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LG’s ‘Specialist’ phones each bring one high-end feature

The X cam has a dual 13MP / 5MP rear camera setup to go with a curved finish up front, while the X screen steals its small always-on second-screen display feature from the V10, with a 1.76-inch screen that displays notifications, battery life and other info. We’re learn more about these phones in a week at Mobile World Congress 2016, and LG says they’re coming to certain Asia, Europe and Latin America markets next month.

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