Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a second helping of treasure hunting joy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy looks like another great adventure

Even though you won’t be following Nathan Drake on another globetrotting treasure hunt, it looks like there’s lots to enjoy in The Lost Legacy if you’re an Uncharted fan.

by Ashley Esqueda

It’s only been just over a year since we said goodbye to charming treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his pals in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but we’re already being treated to more from the universe in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. What started as an expansion turned into a fully-fledged game in the Uncharted universe set about a year after the events of A Thief’s End. So if you weren’t ready to stop climbing, fighting and exploring on your PS4, Naughty Dog’s got you covered.

So what’s different in The Lost Legacy? This time around, recurring Uncharted character Chloe Frazer is the hero. She’s exploring India in search of the fabled Golden Tusk of Ganesh. Since she faces off against Asav, a notorious war profiteer also on the hunt for the tusk, she enlists the help of a woman familiar with combat: Nadine Ross, one of Uncharted 4’s villains. It’s an interesting pairing, as these two don’t have any allegiance or long-time loyalty to the other; because of that, interactions I got to see offered rich backstory and fun banter.

My play time was brief, but packed with all the things that make an Uncharted game: I discovered lost treasures, flung myself across vast crevasses, climbed precarious rock faces, fought armed goons working for my foe, solved a couple puzzles and drove recklessly around a massive open space. There’s a definite callback to Uncharted 4’s Madagascar area, which was one of the highlights of that game’s features, but Naughty Dog chose to expand The Lost Legacy wider than they’ve ever done before.

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The area I played in (India’s Western Ghats) was a good example of the game’s “linear freedom.” Instead of seeing a vast area with one lone destination and some smaller points of interest, Chloe and Nadine offer a variety of options for you to check out. You’ll still need to end up in the same place, but it is a little less linear than previous installments, and I liked being able to decide which areas to tackle and in what order. Naughty Dog calls this “wide-linear,” which is a nice way of saying “a really, really big line,” but for Uncharted, it totally works. 

According to Game Director Kurt Margenau, the team also chose to narrow the scope of Lost Legacy compared to the globe-trotting locales of its predecessors — you’ll spend the game in one region of India this time around. It’s still really beautiful, even if you aren’t galavanting across the planet (bonus: it looks even better on PS4 Pro). In addition, the multiplayer and survival modes from Uncharted 4 are included with The Lost Legacy, so anyone hoping for some online play should be satisfied.

There are some new game mechanics, including a fun little lock picking function for Chloe, a  new collectible that’s tradable for in-game items, some added stealth abilities for avoiding combat, and Chloe’s cell phone, which can snap pictures of any magnificent sights you happen to come across.

From what I saw (which was pretty close to the finished product, since the game ships August 22), if you’re hoping for Naughty Dog to remake the wheel when it comes to Uncharted, this probably won’t satisfy your needs. But if you loved Uncharted 4 and want a second helping of some really good comfort food? Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will probably be your jam.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/uncharted-the-lost-legacy-preview/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Qualcomm: Apple supporters are trying to misdirect regulators

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Qualcomm wants the US International Trade Commission to ban the import of certain iPhones that don’t use Qualcomm’s chips.


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Qualcomm is defending itself against critics who say its patent dispute with Apple is really about quashing competition.

Earlier this month Qualcomm filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, accusing Apple’s iPhones of infringing six of its mobile patents. As part of the filing, Qualcomm wants the ITC to ban the import of certain iPhones that don’t use Qualcomm chips, as well as ban Apple from selling devices it has already brought into the US. That would include iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models running on ATT and T-Mobile, as well as certain iPads. Those devices use Intel’s 4G chips, while phones from other carriers like Verizon use Qualcomm’s processors.

Last week, Intel and others critics accused Qualcomm of trying to use the courts to snuff out competition. In a public statement to the ITC, Intel described itself as “Qualcomm’s only remaining competitor” in the mobile chip market. The Computer Communications Industry Association — a trade group that represents Google, Amazon, Facebook and other tech companies — also urged the ITC to reject Qualcomm’s proposed ban, saying it would harm consumers by enabling anti-competitive behavior.

In response to those comments, Qualcomm said its critics are waging a “coordinated effort aimed at misdirecting” the ITC.

In a filing with the trade regulator Monday, the company argued that its proposed important ban isn’t about competition with Intel. Qualcomm called the mobile chip market “robust” and said “Apple can purchase and utilize any LTE modem it chooses so long as it does not infringe Qualcomm’s asserted patents.”

Instead, Qualcomm said, the import ban is about Apple devices that infringe “technologies relating to the design, structure, and operation of products with envelope tracking technology, voltage shifter circuitry, flashless boot, power management circuitry, enhanced carrier aggregation, and graphics processing units.”

Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting over patents since January, when Apple filed suit against Qualcomm in the US and said the wireless chipmaker didn’t give fair licensing terms for its technology. It wants to pay a lower amount for using Qualcomm technology in its devices.

Qualcomm, the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, maintains that no modern handset — including the iPhone — would have been possible “without relying upon Qualcomm’s fundamental cellular technologies.” The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing that technology to hundreds of handset manufacturers and others.

Qualcomm declined to comment beyond the filing. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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TiVo’s voice-controlled Bluetooth remote has a Netflix button

The TiVo peanut-style remote has only changed slightly over the years, but ZatzNotFunny points out that a new revision is close to release. Labeled S6V, this Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connected remote popped up in FCC filings, while a clearer image appeared in an earlier leak along with a trademark for TiVo Bolt Vox and TiVo Mini Vox. TiVo will hardly be the first company to put a microphone inside its remote, as the Apple TV control is built around Siri and even Comcast has a version already available. The manual included in the filing describes a two-button pairing process with the TiVo and back buttons, for the company’s first Bluetooth unit since the TiVo Slide keyboard-equipped remote.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/25/tivo-voice-remote-bluetooth-fcc/

The McLaren 570S Spider is topless supercar perfection video

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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/videos/the-mclaren-570s-spider-is-topless-supercar-perfection/#ftag=CAD7f780fb

‘The Defenders’ review: A Marvel-Netflix series you’ll actually want to finish

“The Defenders” is the superhero power-group payoff we’ve been waiting for. Personal preference and style influence your favorite Netflix-Marvel show, but this one has something for every fan and makes some of the solo stories pale in comparison.

Premiering Aug. 18 on Netflix, “The Defenders” is the latest of Marvel’s ever-expanding Cinematic Universe. And before you ask, no, you don’t need to have seen any of the previous Netflix-Marvel shows or any of the MCU films to “get” this one. It would definitely help you fill in their backstories, but it’s not imperative.

And you do not need to watch “Iron Fist” in order to fall in love with this show. Plus, as an added bonus for anyone who couldn’t finish “Iron Fist,” he gets put in his place early on (and again, and again) and it is great. 

“Defenders” focuses on four small-screen heroes who come together to fight a big-bad who showrunner Marco Rodriguez told us they’ve been headed toward since even before the very first season of “Daredevil.” “The Defenders” stars Charlie Cox as blind lawyer/superhero Matt Murdock/Daredevil; Krysten Ritter as super strong, snarky Jessica Jones; Mike Colter as bulletproof strongman Luke Cage; and Finn Jones as the man with the glowing hand, Danny Rand/Iron Fist.

A unique ensemble show bringing together established characters, “The Defenders” doesn’t waste time building up who the superheroes are or where they come from. If you want to know more about their backstories, each has at least a 13-episode series to mine, with more on the way. This is probably why after the first episode and a half, the pace of “Defenders” is near frenetic.

Early on, episodes are crammed with supporting cast members: Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Misty Knight (Simone Missick), Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), and of course Stick, played by Scott Glenn.

And that’s just in the first three episodes.

If you follow along with the shows, you likely know that every major character has his or her own color: red for Daredevil; purple/blue for Jessica; yellow, Luke; green, Iron Fist. These were also reinforced early on in the trailers and marketing for “The Defenders.”

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When we jump from Daredevil to Luke Cage, the sudden palette shifts are fine and make a lot of sense considering each character’s background aesthetic, but they’re often dragged down by basic transitions. 

Ahead of a Jessica Jones segment in the first episode, you get a fast shot of a subway car zooming by with a shift from Daredevil’s red to Jessica’s blue palette. It feels forced and over saturated, and not at all helpful. As the show goes on, these awkward jump transitions are less noticeable and cut altogether; and while it doesn’t make them easier to watch, in hindsight they’re there for a reason.

They begin to blend, and the Defenders meet this season’s main antagonist, Alexandra. Our heroes begin to understand that while each is strong in different ways, together they are spectacular.

The villain Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver, exudes a regality not yet seen in Marvel shows — due in large part to her…well, to avoid spoilers let’s just say situation and “talents.”

Alexandra’s fury simmers beneath the surface, and even previous head honcho Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho; first seen in “Daredevil”) seems to defer to the lady in white. While she could easily hold her own in a fight, you can see Alexandra has no need for such trivialities anymore — not when she has “an army of ninjas,” Weaver said.

With just eight episodes, our four meet up sooner than expected to come together to fight Alexandra and her organization’s agenda.

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The duo and the quartet’s banter and interactions drive the comedy, and the best parts of the first half of the season.

“I know enough, and I know privilege when I see it,” says Luke to Danny Rand early on. Of course the two butt heads immediately, but their buddy cop chemistry is evident quickly. 

Luke is never afraid to put Danny in his place, and he tries to talk some sense into the inexperienced boy billionaire to get him to grow up. “Defenders” makes decent use of Danny, even though you totally agree when he’s called a “thundering dumbass.”

Each hero brings a fresh perspective to the table and it’s those differences that contribute to making “The Defenders” one of the best Marvel shows to experience.

My wishes for the last four episodes: continue the snarky banter; give us more about mysterious Alexandra and the organization’s backstory; and keep up the pace. Oh, and save New York.

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“The Defenders” premieres Aug. 18 on Netflix. 

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Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/the-defenders-review-marvel-netflix/#ftag=CAD590a51e

2018 Ford Mustang GT hits 60 mph in under 4 seconds

For a midcycle update, there’s quite a lot that’s new in the 2018 Ford Mustang. EcoBoost four-cylinder models are getting the Line Lock feature, a new styling package is coming — and it’s even getting an ice cream named after it. Now, Ford is coughing up details about the improvements to the V8-powered GT model.

With a 0-to-60 mph time that Ford says is less than 4 seconds, the 2018 model will be the quickest Mustang GT to date. Updates to the 5.0-liter V8 engine push horsepower from 435 to 460 and torque from 400 to 420 pound-feet.

Acceleration also benefits from an available Drag Strip mode that maintains peak power between new 10-speed automatic transmission’s gear changes. Compared to the outgoing six-speed automatic, the new 10-speed unit also delivers quicker shift knows and low-speed tip-in response.

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More impressive performance numbers also trickle down to the EcoBoost four-cylinder, which retains its 310 horsepower rating, but sees torque increase by 30 pound-feet to 350. In Drag Strip mode with the optional Performance Package and 10-speed auto gearbox, it’s capable of hitting 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The updated 2018 Ford Mustang will arrive in dealerships this fall.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-ford-mustang-gt-hits-60-mph-in-under-4-seconds/#ftag=CAD590a51e

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