Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Next Xbox One Backwards-Compatible Game Arrives

Hitman: Absolution joins the program

The Xbox One's backwards compatibility catalog grows again today with the arrival of Square Enix's stealth-assassination game Hitman Absolution. Microsoft's Major Nelson announced this on Twitter.

If you already own a digital copy of the game on Xbox 360, it should show up automatically in your Xbox One game library. If not, you can buy it on your console or through this Xbox Store link. Absolution, which was released originally released in 2012, costs $20 and takes up 7 GB of space.

In other Xbox One backwards compatibility news, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said recently that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will not join the lineup this week. He really wants the game to be added to the catalog but said you shouldn't expect it soon.

The Xbox One's backwards compatibility library has more than 320 games in it, including Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV--you can see them all here.

Source: Gamespot

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To compete with YouTube, Facebook is preparing to launch connected TV apps

Facebook wants its users to upload and consume more videos, and it’s making a couple of changes to the way that it displays and distributes those videos

Today at CODE Media, Facebook VP of partnerships Dan Rose said the company would also launch a series of apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV.

For Facebook, the ability to stream on the TV is just one more step in a larger effort to make its site and apps a place where more creators want to share their videos. According to Rose, that started with autoplay video ads that appeared in the news feed, and expanded with the introduction of live and Instagram videos.

Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate

Unsurprisingly, they do both

In the future, it’s likely that many aspects of human society will be controlled — either partly or wholly — by artificial intelligence. AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but leaving aside the problem of whether or not they can do their jobs well, there is another challenge: will these agents be able to play nice with one another? What happens if one AI’s aims conflict with another’s? Will they fight, or work together?

Nokia 3310, 'the most reliable phone ever made', to be re-launched at MWC 2017

The phone was first released in 2000 and some are still going strong

Nokia will re-launch the 3310, perhaps the best-loved and most resilient phone in history.

The phone, originally released in 2000 and in many ways beginning the modern age of mobiles, will be sold as a way of getting lots of battery life in a nearly indestructible body.

The new incarnation of the old 3310 will be sold for just €59, and so likely be pitched as a reliable second phone to people who fondly remember it the first time around. It will be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to leaker Evan Blass who first revealed the details.

Source:  Independent

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

I Am Not Dead

Hello readers, I know I haven't been posting lately but my year was so hectic.

I had to buckle down for my French B2 exam. Serious advanced stuff. But now,  je pense que je peux un peu parler français

If you are an avid follower, you'll find my Facebook Page  was a bit more updated.

I'm glad to inform I'll be getting back to my normal schedule soon....

The Chief Technomancer
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