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February 3, 2016

News, Video Games

Hitman explains its ‘season’ structure, offers exclusive missions to PS4

Beta gets going for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 12, a week later on Windows PC Hitman will favor the PlayStation 4 with exclusive content when it launches, Io-Interactive said today in an update on plans for the game. In addition to getting a week with the beta before Windows PC, starting Feb. 12 (next Friday) PS4 owners will also get six bonus missions all to themselves, under the heading "The Sarajevo Six." Hitman launches, or perhaps "premieres" is a better word, on March  ...

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News, Video Games

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is free on Origin

Thanks, EA Electronic Arts is giving away 2012’s Need for Speed Most Wanted on its Origin service starting today. The Windows PC version of the game is the latest addition to EA’s On the House offerings, joining the group of free, downloadable games. An Origin membership is required to download the game; registration for an account is free, and all On the House titles are yours to keep forever. The previous On the House game was Jade Empire, the role-playing game from BioWare.  ...

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News, Video Games

Assassin’s Creed Identity finally sneaks out stateside

Ubisoft has launched Assassin’s Creed Identity for iOS, the company announced in a press release. Developed by Ubisoft studio Blue Bye, the mobile game is available on the App Store for $4.99. You can see it in action above. Assassin’s Creed Identity stands as the franchise’s first action-based role-playing game, in which customizable assassins take on missions throughout Renaissance-era Rome. Players can control their characters by tapping the touchscreen, with a  ...

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Lifestyle, News

Japanese Denim Maker Edwin is Set to Launch a Contemporary Men’s Line

Japanese denim label Edwin has been at it since 1947 when founder Mr. Tsunemi began importing product from the United States. At the time, Japan wasn’t manufacturing denim at all so the venture quickly became a runaway success. In 2016, the label continues to look to the future, this time unveiling a men’s contemporary line called E.N.D. Edwin and Denim. It’s certainly an exciting new move for the maker. Shop the full collection online now and check out the accompanying video below. The  ...

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News, Video Games

Nintendo details new rewards program and first smartphone game

In a call for investors following the release of some less than stellar third-quarter earnings, Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has provided details on a couple of important new initiatives for the company. First up is My Nintendo, a new general online service that replaces the old Club Nintendo rewards program while offering some extra features. Some of these have already been put in place in Japan. Once registered with a Nintendo Account, the company’s new catch-all ID  ...

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News, Technology

Watch the first trailer for Amazon’s sci-fi satire Creative Control

Creative Control, a sharp, dark send-up of present-day tech culture, made a big splash when it debuted at SXSW last year. Now, with a release both in theaters and online due some time in the coming months, Amazon has provided The Verge with a brand new trailer to get audiences excited about what’s to come. The film, directed by Benjamin Dickinson, explores the life-changing aspects of a new pair of AR glasses called Augmenta. The glasses, in the words of one hyper-hip executive, aim  ...

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News, Video Games, Virtual Reality

Nintendo is exploring VR again, 20 years after the Virtual Boy flop

Nintendo is reportedly exploring a return to virtual reality, with the company’s president Tatsumi Kimishima describing VR as "interesting technology" in a recent earnings calls. According to a report from The Financial Times, the Japanese firm says it’s researching virtual reality but has no specific plans to launch any products any time soon. Nintendo famously released one of the first ever commercial VR devices in 1995, but the Virtual Boy (above) was a significant  ...

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Luxury Cars, News, Technology

Google’s self-driving cars rack up 3 million simulated miles every day

Google uses its giant data centers to simulate 3 million miles of autonomous driving per day, the company has revealed in its monthly autonomous driving status report. That’s a really long way — like driving more than 500 round trips between NYC and LA — but it actually makes a lot of sense. Americans drove some 2.7 trillion miles in the year 2000 alone and Google needs all the data it can get to teach its cars how to drive safely. The real advantage comes when Google’s  ...

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Luxury Cars, News

“Smokey and the Bandit” Pontiac Trans Am Sells for $550,000

Mechanically speaking, the late ‘70s were not kind to the Pontiac Trans Am. In 1977, the most potent engine under the muscled-up Firebird corralled a worrisome 200 ponies. But the same can’t be said about the breed’s popularity. The Trans Am was arguably the automotive star of ’77, and that’s largely thanks to one unforgettable flick, Smokey and the Bandit.  This past weekend, one of the original Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans Ams rolled across the Barrett-Jackson auction block in  ...

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Luxury Cars, News

Acura NSX #001 Auctions for $1.2 Million

The ordering process for the all-new 2017 Acura NSX officially kicks off on February 24th, but interested buyers won’t be able to snag NSX #001 any longer. The very first NSX just sold at this past weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, and gaveled for a whopping $1.2 million, in the process setting the record for the highest-selling VIN #001 vehicle in Barrett-Jackson auction history.  The winning bidder of the first long-awaited NSX supercar was none other than Rick  ...

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