October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Remember when every puzzle game wanted to be Portal? We’re a few years on from that trend now, but every now and then it resurfaces.Sometimes the connection is a little more distant, like The Talos Principle. Other times it’s practically hitting you in the face. Shady tech corporation? Snarky sense of humor? And always, the puzzle gimmick, the underlying foundation and ostensibly the raison d’etre.Problem is, very few of these puzzle mechanics are ever as fresh or as malleable as Portal’s portals. Such is the case with The Bradwell Conspiracy, an adventure that starts strong but runs out of ideas…

October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Sony has announced that PlayStation 5 will be released during holiday 2020. Revealed in a PlayStation blog post, the console is (as you might have expected) officially called PlayStation 5. The blog also reveals that the console’s controller will feature two key new innovations – haptic feedback (replacing the traditional rumble) and adaptive triggers. It will also feature USB C charging, a higher-capacity battery and is a little heavier than its predecessor (but still lighter than an Xbox One controller with batteries inside). Wired got more detail from system architect Mark Cerny. Haptic feedback will come through “highly programmable voice-coil…

October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft Excel is an incredibly capable and complex spreadsheet program. If you’re just getting your feet wet, these tips will help you get started on making a spreadsheet and writing a formula. Once you learn the vocabulary, the rest gets easier.Open Excel and choose a blank workbook JD Sartain / IDG Worldwide Open a new blank Excel workbookTo read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Respawn has announced its plans for Apex Legends’ Halloween festival, ‘Fight or Fright’, which includes a new solo zombie game mode set in Kings Canyon, skins, and a Lifeline heirloom. The new zombie mode is called Shadowfall, and takes place in Apex Legends’ original map. Kings Canyon was replaced in season 3 by World’s Edge, but is now back for Halloween with a nighttime twist. According to a post on EA.com, Shadowfall takes place in the dark and is “a warped version of the Apex games hosted by a mysterious figure.” 34 players drop solo into Kings Canyon, but if…

October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

In the world of ultraportable 2-in-1 tablets that can work as hard as they play, there are but two options: the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro. And on October 2, Microsoft unvieled not just a refreshed Surface Pro 7, but the brand-new Surface Pro X, an always-on, always-connected tablet that seems solely designed to take on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. So let’s dive in and see how these two tablets stack up.Surface Pro X vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Design With either the Surface Pro X or the iPad Pro, you’re getting a modern tablet with a giant display surrounded by…

October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

The Grid games have been through a couple of moderate reinventions since the TOCA spin-off franchise first debuted just over a decade ago. For this fourth instalment – simply titled Grid – Codemasters has instead hit the reset button, opting for an overt return to this series’ 2008 roots rather than yet another metamorphosis. Grid Junior is very much the resurrection of 2008’s Grid Senior and, like its namesake, it straddles the line between arcade thrills and something slightly more demanding, delivering exciting and dramatic racing action alongside a modern makeover. Codemasters has earned a good deal of acclaim in…

October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

What’s more important to you in a browser: faster performance, greater privacy…or memes? With Opera 64 for the PC, Opera says you can have all three.Opera 64 already includes a built-in ad blocker, which the company has said can increase performance. Opera 64 now includes a technology that blocks tracker scripts as well, improving performance by an additional 20 percent. One of the advantages, Opera says, is that the blocking script will prevent scenarios in which an item you checked out or bought online will “stalk” you, appearing in numerous ads on Web pages. Opera Opera’s menu system appears to…

October 8, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Update: Following the interview, Blizzard has announced that Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung was in violation of the 2019 Hearthstone Grandmasters Official Competition rules. Blizzard says it will remove Blitzchung from the Grandmasters, and he will not receive prize money for his performance in Grandmasters Season 2. Furthermore, Blitzchung has been banned from Hearthstone esports for 12 months starting on October 5, 2019. Both casters have also lost their contracts with Blizzard. According to Blizzard, Blitzchung’s actions during the interview violated Rules section 6.1 (o) which reads: “Engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute,…