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In ‘Ghost of Tsushima,’ Sony saves PS4’s best for lastBased on the Mongol invasion of Tsushima island in the 13th century, Ghost follows the exploits of Jin Sakai, a samurai and nephew of the local lord, as he attempts to rally the island’s populace and drive back the invading horde after a crushing defeat at Komodahama beach. The mission structure is similar to FarCry or Assassin’s Creed, with a mix of quests that either advance the overall story, assist one of the game’s primary side characters, clears towns of their occupying forces, earn goodwill with the populace or gain new powers and weapons. Being a samurai game, you’re going to be slicing and dicing your way through enemy crowds using the Sakai family’s heirloom katana but your wakizashi won’t spend much time in its sheath either.
Spotify debuts podcast charts to let you know what's popularLike the company does for music, Spotify will now offer charts that rank the most popular shows based on audience and the biggest trending selections. They’re called Top Podcasts and Trending Podcasts, and they’ll be easy to find under Browse > Podcasts > Podcast Charts on both iOS and Android.
Lego's buildable NES console comes with a 'playable' gameFollowing yesterday’s tantalizing tweet, Lego has officially unveiled its brick-based replica of the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System (which just so happens to turn 37 tomorrow). The kit also comes with a special 'Action Brick' that can be scanned by the Lego Mario that comes with the upcoming Starter Course play set. Of course, any NES wouldn't be complete without a rectangular controller and cartridge.
Kano's $300 DIY Windows 10 PC Kit is finally readyA little more than a year ago, Kano unveiled a colorful build-it-yourself tablet running Windows 10. The Kano PC was sold, it turns out, but only to a small group of fans that were happy to act as unofficial beta testers. The Kano PC is a chunky tablet that you have to assemble with components wrapped in colourful plastic.
You can now build custom synths for the Sensel MorphSensel’s Morph is, by design, a bit of a shapeshifter. Obviously, this is only going to be useful if you know how to program in Pure Data. But, thankfully, it’s a relatively easy programing environment to wrap your head around. But, even if Pure Data is a bit too much for you, don’t worry.
SoundCloud now offers Dolby audio mastering for $5 per trackThe company says the Mastering on SoundCloud will be the last step in the upload process, making tracks “release ready” in minutes. If you’re unfamiliar, the mastering process is what makes professional recordings sound... professional.
The UK will remove Huawei equipment from its 5G networks by 2027Oliver Dowden, the UK government’s culture secretary, said mobile operators shouldn’t buy the company’s 5G equipment from December 31st, 2020. If a provider has already bought or installed Huawei hardware, it must be removed from their 5G networks before the end of 2027. In a press release, the UK government said it made the decision following “new advice” by the National Cyber Security Centre.
Your next White Castle slider could be cooked by a robot“The industry is facing some real, fundamental challenges,” Buck Jordan, Miso Robotics CEO and Co-founder, told Engadget. “When we started to look to the future in the kitchen, we didn't want to wait,” White Castle VP Jamie Richardson added. The two companies have been collaborating for about a year to integrate Flippy’s ROAR (Robot on a Rail) system into White Castle’s existing kitchen layouts and workflows.
Amazon's smart shopping cart knows what you're buyingIn its bid to further automate grocery shopping, Amazon today unveiled a smart shopping cart that can automatically detect products placed inside it and let customers pay for shopping without visiting a cashier. The “Dash Cart” — the company calls it — looks like any other grocery cart, but uses a mix of cameras, sensors and a built-in scale to work out a person’s purchases and then deducts the total amount from the card associated with their Amazon account. The process might sound familiar, especially considering Amazon has opened a number of automated Go stores over the past year.
What's on TV: 'Paper Mario,' 'Psych 2' and 'Ghost of Tsushima'This week NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service launches on more platforms, bringing tons of archival content, new shows and a second movie for the old USA series Psych. For gamers, there's Paper Mario: The Origami King on Switch, Death Stranding on PC, an early preview of Ooblets for PC or Xbox One and last but not least, Ghost of Tsushima for PlayStation 4 (you must see the PlayStation Japan trailer). For sports fans there's plenty of soccer and fighting on tap, along with two NASCAR races including the All-Star event on Wednesday night, while Formula 1 moves to its second track of the season.
'Flight Simulator' for PC arrives on August 18thNearly one year after we first got our hands on a pre-alpha build of the next Flight Simulator, the game is almost complete. Microsoft Flight Simulator will arrive on PC on August 18th, and it will be available with Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta). The deluxe edition ($89.99) adds five planes to the fleet and five additional international airports.
Reuters: Google vows not to use Fitbit data for ads to avoid EU probeGoogle revealed that it was purchasing Fitbit for $2.1 billion back in November 2019, but the deal has yet to be finalized. One of the organizations the tech giant has to convince for the acquisition to go through is the European Commission, which gave Google until July 13th to offer concessions. EU regulators will decide on their stance on the 20th, and they could launch a full investigation if the companies fail to make a convincing case for themselves.