Author: Raj Deut

…Snap’s fourth quarter earnings were significantly higher than Wall Street expectations, with sales of $285.7 million, or a 72 percent increase over the same time a year ago, and a net loss of $350 million.

Well stick a tree up my butt and call me a Paddle Pop, Snap Inc didn’t lose as much money as everyone thought they would last quarter and investors are lapping it up. Perhaps our (my) continuing comments about its impending end are a little presumptuous?

They did still lose US$350m here, lets not gloss over that. It’s just they were expected to lose US$405m so Wall St sees that as a win.

The other actual positive for Snap is that their daily “Snaps sent” figures have trended up for the first time in a while. Is it enough to stem the flow?

Source: Snap stock soars on first ever better-than-expected earnings – The Verge

Vaunt is simply a system for displaying a small heads-up style display in your peripheral vision. It can show you simple messages like directions or notifications. It works over Bluetooth with either an Android phone or an iPhone much in the same way your smartwatch does, taking commands from an app that runs in the background to control it.

So Intel’s Vaunt are really nothing more than a concept at this point and one that they’re spinning up to gain some investment or potentially a buy out of the tech.

With that said, they’re pretty cool. For a start they look like actual glasses! Huge plus.

They also don’t have a camera in them either so people don’t need to have any privacy concerns, which was a major issue for Google Glass.

Finally the image is projected into your retina using a class 1 laser. This sounds scary but a class 1 is so low powered you don’t even have to licence or certify your product that uses one (in the US). It also means people you’re talking to don’t see flickers of imagery on the lens as it’s beamed directly into you.

Source: Exclusive: Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses actually look good – The Verge

Hoyts and Gfinity will work together to build a chain of broadcast-ready esports arenas within existing Hoyts theatre locations. The idea is that, with these state of the art locations already installed and ready to go, they will be well placed to pull global touring esports events looking for a base in the Oceanic region.

The first location ear-marked is Moore Park in Sydney beginning in the 2nd quarter of 2018 for the inaugural Gfinity Elite Series.

The first of these events spans seven weeks and includes competitions for Counter Srike: GO, Street Fighter V and Rocket League.

Source: Gfinity Esports and Hoyts are building a chain of esports arenas here in Aus | The Iris

We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish.

It’s ok Rockstar, you take as long as you need to get this baby just perfect. Although; if you have a look through the screenshot gallery below I’m not sure how much more “polish” they can add?!

God damn this game looks good. Gimmie, gimmie.

Source: Red Dead Redemption 2 is Coming October 26th 2018 – Rockstar Games

Australia’s largest car-sharing service GoGet has revealed that its systems were compromised in June last year, with a man scabbing more than 30 free rides using the service.

GoGet informed the NSW police department about the breach as soon as it was aware however is coping criticism for waiting over six months to inform those affected.

The company was in fact asked by the NSW Cybercrime squad to keep the breach under wraps while their investigation continued allowing them to monitor the malicious activity.

It’s an interesting conundrum as it left their system vulnerable with an open hole they were not allowed to plug and the potential for others to access the system.

GoGet have advised that customer’s directly affected have now been individually informed and whilst no credit card information was obtained user’s address, drivers licence details, phone numbers & date of birth were all accessible.

Source: A Car-Sharing Service Says It Was Hacked By Someone Who Wanted Free Rides

Apple is working on at least three updated Mac models with custom co-processors for release as soon as this year, including updated laptops and a new desktop…

The writing’s been on the wall for a while and fuel-to-the-fire now is the massive security flaws in all Intel CPUs currently plaguing us all.

Most telling is the pieces’ final line;

Apple watchers believe it’s just a matter of time before the company designs the entire CPU, at which point Intel would lose its fifth-largest customer.

It’s not like Apple has been scared of jumping architectures before, long time users will know (and loathe) the later half of the PowerPC days. The bigger question is can they continue to race ahead with their custom SoCs or when push comes to shove do they end up lagging behind in a walled garden where history repeats itself?

Source: How Apple Built a Chip Powerhouse to Threaten Qualcomm and Intel

Sea of Thieves has been one of Microsoft’s tentpole showings at industry events like E3 and Gamescom for well on two years now.

Described as a “shared world” pirating adventure, you play as a pirate who’s crewed with partied friends and/or strangers of varying sizes to go on “voyages” in search of treasure.

Everyone you encounter in the game is another real world player whom you can interact with via a gesture system or proximity based audio chat similar to the likes of PUBG.

The game is beautifully rendered in a cartoonish pirate style and has a very jovial, “Pirates of the Caribbean” feel to it but it’s reliance on a co-operative based play mechanic had me slightly worried going into the recording.

In the video you’ll see me go through my first hour of the game’s closed beta and encounter a variety of locations, people, enemies and systems.

While I don’t expect anyone to watch the whole way through I do encourage you to skip around more than you might normally would to get a good understanding of the games many systems in play.

As always, should you wish, you can skip to the end where for the final eight minutes you’ll find my post-play impressions.

Sea of Thieves is available March 20th for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.  Pre-order now at https://www.xbox.com/seaofthieves

50 Cent took a chance on bitcoin years before anyone knew what cryptocurrency even was … and it’s paid off more than 7 million times over.

Rapper and now-apparent Bitcoin genius, 50 Cent, had the forethought to sell his 2014 album “Animal Ambition” online with the digital currency as a payment option.

At the time he sold approximately US$400k in sales via the currency, which then sat dormant (was forgotten about) for 4 years as the currency’s value exploded.

Now, out of pure luck and potential lack of knowledge on how to withdraw the funds, “Fiddy” now has a Bitcoin wallet stacked with approximately US$7m.

Ga, Ga, Ga, G-Unit!

Source: 50 Cent’s Earned Millions Selling His Album for Bitcoin | TMZ.com

Today, we’re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service.

Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

Xbox Game Pass is A$10.95 a month. That’s A$131.40 per year or one collectors edition of a single triple-A title. Maybe 2 triple-A’s if you get them on special at Big-W, but definitely not if you’re buying things digital at full RRP these days.

So when you add day one, triple A releases to an already attractive package at what I think is a fairly reasonable price for the available catalogue,  that’s makes Xbox Game Pass a really, really, really attractive package!

Source: Xbox Game Pass Expands to Include New Releases from Microsoft Studios – Xbox Wire

People of PlayStation the world over, God of War is launching April 20, 2018.

Get excited people! Probably my most anticipated title of 2018, the new God of War is a combination of old and new.

This latest version has you playing as “Pappa” Kratos who battles in the lands of the Norse whilst protecting and helping his son in the shadow of the gods.

Source: God of War Out April 20 on PS4 – PlayStation.Blog