June 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The web browser is by far the most important piece of software on your PC—at least for most users. Unless you’re at a workstation crunching numbers or editing the next Star Wars you probably spend the majority of your computer time staring at a web app or a website.That’s why it’s important to make sure you’ve always got the best tool for the job, and in 2018 that does not include Internet Explorer. If you still want the built-in option for Windows, that would be Edge—but it’s hard to stick strictly with Edge when you’ve got other choices including Google’s…

June 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Back in Android’s early days, the system’s open-source generosity offered a huge advantage to phone manufacturers. In the Android Eclair and Froyo eras, there was palatable whimsy in interface design. Owning an Android phone was fun, and manufacturers developed identity by interpreting the system in their own special ways.But the modern Android experience is a mess of unnecessary customizations, ugly designs, and bloated app drawers. In short, Android’s biggest problem in 2018 may be Android itself.But it never had to be that way. For years, Google has been trying to show phone makers that its pure vision of Android is…

June 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Octopath Traveler has no planned DLC because the title is a ‘complete game,’ says producer Masashi Takahashi. Square Enix’s Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch won’t be getting any DLC because it will release as a fully complete game, says the studio. “We haven’t even thought of having DLC,” producer Masashi Takahashi said in an interview with Dengeki Online (via Siliconera). “The retail version is a complete game.” Takahashi also confirmed that there would be New Game Plus, saying that the studio has made it so that “you can finish the game in one playthrough,” but “depending on the order you go about things, the…

June 18, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple’s iOS 12 securely and automatically shares emergency location with 911Nashville, Tennessee — iPhone users in the United States who call 911 will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with first responders beginning later this year with iOS 12, providing faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times. Approximately 80 percent of 911 calls today come from mobile devices, but outdated, landline-era infrastructure often makes it difficult for 911 centers to quickly and accurately obtain a mobile caller’s location. To address this challenge, Apple launched HELO (Hybridized Emergency Location) in 2015, which estimates…

June 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Crosley’s Star Wars Cruiser portable turntable is ostensibly an easy-to-operate record player for vinyl newbs who also happen to have a Star Wars-geek streak. As a first-gen Star Wars fan who started collecting records the same year that movie came out, I found the idea as seductive as the dark side of the Force. Unfortunately, real-world usage revealed this Cruiser (available on Amazon) to be more of a space-opera showpiece than a legitimate turntable. Check out our Star Wars Gift Guide for other products we tried and liked a lot better.  To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

June 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Jump Force is not the first time the worlds of Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto have crossed over in video game form. Seeing as its announcement comes on the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump — the weekly shonen manga anthology that houses each of those series — Jump Force feels like it was designed to be a little extra special, even if its poorly tuned E3 demo seemed like it was designed to hold it back. Mechanically, Jump Force will feel very familiar to those who have played the Tenkaichi games. In the 3-on-3 tag fighting game, the…

June 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Virtual reality and mixed reality gaming mostly took a backseat at E3 2018, with the big three console makers focusing on traditional games. And while Sony is still supporting its PSVR headset on PlayStation 4, Microsoft apparently has no interest in releasing a competing headset for Xbox. “We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality,” Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols told GI.biz at E3. “Our perspective on it has been and continues to be that the PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR. As an open platform,…

June 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Telltale Games co-founder and former CEO Kevin Bruner is reportedly suing the studio he helped start in 2004. The Marin Independent Journal reported Bruner’s lawsuit. He and Telltale parted ways last year, a move Bruner’s lawsuit alleges was the result of Lionsgate investing in Telltale in 2015 and pushing for a new CEO. The suit claims some Lionsgate board members wanted to bring in an “outside” CEO to replace Bruner. Although it eventually did so by installing former Zynga General Manager Pete Hawley as chief executive in September 2017, that was some five months after Dan Connors took over the position on an…

June 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 made a showing at E3 2018 with an action-packed trailer featuring what appears to be the Sinister Six and a tease for their mysterious leader, but thanks to a free Daily Bugle newspaper distributed to E3 attendees, there’s now a whole lot more to pore over. Here’s everything we found in our read-through, including Easter eggs for Iron Man, Daredevil, and what we think is the setup for a late-game plot twist. Before you check out what we found, make sure to watch what was shown at E3: Warning: it’s impossible to tell which parts of…

June 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Watching The Last of Us Part II’s stunning E3 demo, it’s immediately clear that this is a very different game than its predecessor. Compared to the Infected from the first game, the enemies in the demo are people who can think, coordinate, hide, and react in ways most of Part 1’s enemies never could, and Ellie herself has matured far beyond who she was before. After a behind closed doors demo of The Last of Us Part II at E3 this week, we spoke to co-game directors Kurt Margenau and Anthony Newman about how the team rethought everything about combat…