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27Jun/190

A ‘narrative experience’ is coming to the ‘PUBG’ universe

Schofield at least has the experience to make it something special. He's best known for leading the development behind Dead Space at Visceral Games, but you may recognize him as the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games. There, he spearheaded work on Call of Duty games ranging from Modern Warfare 3 through to 2017's WWII. It's now clear where Schofield ended up after the turmoil at Sledgehammer.

There's no firm timeline for the game. However, the real question may be about its chances of success. PUBG's archrival Fortnite also has a more story-driven mode ("Save the World," which preceded the battle royale option). As virtually anyone can tell you, though, its audience is a tiny fraction of the multiplayer base. Striking Distance will have to convince gamers that it can avoid that outcome and create an experience that stands well on its own.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/striking-distance-pubg-narrative-experience/

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27Jun/190

Apple hires one of ARM’s top chip designers

Filippo signed on in May. He's working in Austin, a known hub for Apple's semiconductor plans.

His experience bodes well for many Apple products, since Apple uses ARM-based chips not just as the heart of its mobile hardware, but as companions in Macs. You could see iPhones and iPads that continue to push boundaries. However, he may play a crucial role in expanding Apple's use of custom processing power. The company is rumored to be making custom ARM processors for Macs, not to mention an augmented reality headset. Both of those will need both a lot of computing power and exceptional battery life, and Filippo could help Apple achieve those goals.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/apple-hires-arm-top-chip-designer/

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27Jun/190

The White House may host a social media summit next month

News of the summit comes shortly after President Trump told Fox Business Network that the US should sue tech giants like Google and Facebook and alleged that Twitter makes it hard for him to get his message out. Trump has already held private meetings with both Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook, Twitter and Google have appeared before Congress multiple times.

Given the upcoming 2020 election and how social media played a part in the last election, the summit could be very important. But it's unclear exactly what Trump hopes to discuss, especially given his recent criticism of the largest social media players. Engadget has reached out to Facebook, Google and Twitter and will update the story with their responses.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/white-house-social-media-summit/

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27Jun/190

eBay promises ‘can’t-miss’ deals if Amazon crashes on Prime Day (again)

In fact, you might actually be crossing your fingers that Amazon's servers buckle under the Prime Day pressure again. If the sale does force Amazon offline for a spell, that'll trigger a bunch of "too-good-to-be-true" deals on eBay. As things stand, eBay says you can claim more than 50 percent off goods from the likes of Apple, LG, Samsung, KitchenAid and Garmin. It'll have more deals in the hopper in the lead up to the Crash Sale, with deals on items like robot vacuums, stand mixers, smart home gear and more, with up to 85 percent off certain items for three weeks, starting July 1st.

"eBay is primed to deliver exactly what shoppers want during this year's crash (sale)," Jay Hanson, COO of eBay Americas, said. "July has become a massive shopping season, and our summer sales include blockbuster deals that will not disappoint."

It'll be worth keeping an eye on whether other retailers hop into the fray, as Amazon seems to be leading the charge towards another major, widespread shopping holiday, albeit one that's in the summer rather than the day after we've all stuffed ourselves with turkey.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/ebay-crash-sale-amazon-prime-day-deals/

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27Jun/190

FAA discovers another potential risk with the Boeing 737 Max

"On the most recent issue, the FAA's process is designed to discover and highlight potential risks. The FAA recently found a potential risk that Boeing must mitigate," the FAA told the news agency. "The safety of our airplanes is Boeing's highest priority," a Boeing spokesperson told Engadget in a statement. "We are working closely with the FAA to safely return the MAX to service."

While the FAA and Boeing didn't disclose the exact nature of the flaw, CNN reports government pilots found an issue with the microprocessor that may lead to the plane pointing downwards if the chip fails. According to one of the outlet's sources, during the simulator tests, "it was difficult for the test pilots to recover in a matter of seconds. And if you can't recover in a matter of seconds, that's an unreasonable risk." It's not clear if the microprocessor played a role in the crashes.

The 737 Max has been out of service since earlier this year after two crashes killed 346 people. Last month, Boeing said it completed an update to resolve software flaws that contributed to the incidents.

Boeing statement via a spokesperson:

The safety of our airplanes is Boeing's highest priority. During the FAA's review of the 737 MAX software update and recent simulator sessions, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified an additional requirement that it has asked the company to address through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months. The FAA review and process for returning the 737 MAX to passenger service are designed to result in a thorough and comprehensive assessment. Boeing agrees with the FAA's decision and request, and is working on the required software. Addressing this condition will reduce pilot workload by accounting for a potential source of uncommanded stabilizer motion. Boeing will not offer the 737 MAX for certification by the FAA until we have satisfied all requirements for certification of the MAX and its safe return to service.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/737-max-faa-boeing/

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27Jun/190

‘Orange is the New Black’ trailer previews its final season on Netflix

The final season of the Netflix hit series also sees a return of favorite inmates like Taystee (Danielle Brooks) and Nickee (Natasha Lyonne, most recently seen in Netflix's Russian Doll). Dasha Polanco returns as Daya, whose story took a dark turn in the last season after she partnered with Daddy (Domingo Duarte). We're also reunited with Gloria (Selenis Leyva) and her kitchen staff.

The women's prison drama has been a critical success for Netflix since the first season debuted in 2013. The Emmy award-winning show's diverse cast of mostly women broke new ground, and quickly rose to become one of the most popular original shows on the streaming platform. While Netflix usually refrains from releasing viewership figures, Nielsen revealed that a whopping 5.3 million viewers caught the first episode after season six of Orange is the New Black debuted in 2018. You can watch the trailer for the final season -- which debuts on July 26th -- below.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/netflix-oitnb-trailer/

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27Jun/190

Boeing teams with flying taxi startup Kitty Hawk on ‘urban air mobility’

Both sides have clear incentives to forge an alliance . Kitty Hawk has already shown promise with Cora (above), an autonomous electric taxi prototype that's already in testing in New Zealand. However, it's still a relatively small outfit. Even with former Google exec Sebastian Thrun at the helm and the backing of Google's Larry Page, it doesn't have nearly as many resources as industry veterans. Boeing's help could both give it a safety net and ensure that any finished air taxis reach large customers.

As for Boeing? Simply put, this could help it maintain a competitive edge against Airbus and other rivals. While the aircraft maker already has an autonomous electric taxi prototype, that doesn't mean it's completely comfortable with its progress to date. This could help it catch up or pull ahead in areas where it's currently weak. Whatever the exact reasons, you might sit in an airborne taxi sooner than you think -- once the infrastructure is in place, that is.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/boeing-teams-with-kitty-hawk/

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27Jun/190

What’s on TV: ‘Super Mario Maker 2,’ ‘Into the Spider-Verse’

This week Nintendo's Super Mario Maker 2 brings the series to the Switch. Gamers can also check out Samurai Shodown, while Democratic presidential candidates take over NBC for two nights. Netflix has a ton of releases headed our way including the Thom Yorke/ Paul Thomas Anderson collaboration Anima, and a new anime series 7Seeds that's just in time to follow Evangelion. Also, it's just added Sony's animated Spider-Man movie, Into the Spider-Verse.

Starz kicks off its new series The Rook, while MTV has a new season of Are You the One? Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/whats-on-tv-this-week/

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27Jun/190

WhatsApp test shares your Status to Facebook with one click

According to The Verge, WhatsApp won't require users to directly link their Facebook account to the chat app in order to port their Status to their Story. Instead, the transfer is made via the data-sharing API used by iOS and Android. While the content will be shared across apps on a person's device, the accounts won't be linked. There is also no option to automatically share a Status to another platform -- users will have to actively choose to share it. Engadget has reached out to Facebook for additional information and will update this story if we hear back.

Creating a direct link between WhatsApp and Facebook has been a sensitive subject, as the social networking giant promised it wouldn't start collecting data from the messaging service when it acquired it back in 2014. Then it started doing exactly that just two years later. European countries have frowned upon the company's data sharing practices, with the European Commission fining Facebook for misleading regulators during its acquisition of WhatsApp.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/whatsapp-status-sharing-facebook-instagram-gmail-google-photos/

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27Jun/190

Tesla is quietly developing its own EV battery cells

It's not hard to divine the reasoning behind the move. In-house cells would let Tesla optimize its battery packs for its cars, whether it's longer range, more acceleration or better sustained performance. This could also cut costs by eliminating go-betweens like Panasonic, making that $25,000 EV more feasible.

Moreover, it might provide a failsafe in case the relationship between Tesla and Panasonic goes south. The Japanese firm recently froze its investments in Tesla's Gigafactories, however temporarily, and it recently reached an agreement with Toyota to make car batteries. Elon Musk also blamed Panasonic for serving as a "constraint" on Model 3 production. Internally-designed cells could ensure that Tesla isn't held back and, as technology VP Drew Baglino put it, make the company the "masters of our own destiny."

This doesn't mean Tesla is about to drop Panasonic completely. It still needs its partner in the short term, and Panasonic's capacity might be crucial as Tesla expands its reach. Panasonic might just want to have a backup plan in case it's no longer the center of Tesla's universe.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/26/tesla-developing-own-ev-battery-cells/

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