Feb 18 2014
Apple has been linked with an acquisition bid for electric car maker Tesla.
The Cupertino firm's head of mergers Adrian Perica has held meetings with the automaker's chief executive Elon Musk, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The newspaper also claims that Musk has met with Apple boss Tim Cook at the company's headquarters in California, speculating that such high-level talks indicate a buyout is on the cards.
This is not the first time that Apple has been linked with Tesla, with German analyst Adnaan Ahmad urging the iPhone maker to join forces with the car company in an open letter last year.
Apple has taken steps into the automotive industry in recent years, teaming up with manufacturers to introduce Siri integration to their vehicles and bring in-car features to iOS via future updates.
Both Tesla and Apple have declined to comment on the speculation.
Feb 18 2014
Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone will feature a whopping screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, a report suggests.
A leaked screenshot posted on a Dutch website dedicated to the handset appears to indicate that it will sport a 5.2-inch display capable of hosting 560 pixels per inch.
By comparison, the Galaxy S4 comes with a 441ppi screen, while the Retina panel on the iPhone 5S offers just 326ppi.
The report echoes previous rumours that the Galaxy S5 will feature a 5.25-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED display, which emerged when a photograph of its alleged packaging surfaced.
Other listed specs included a 2.5GHz quad-core chip, 3GB of RAM, a 20-megapixel camera with 1080p video playback and recording, and a 3000mAh battery.
Samsung will unveil the handset at the Mobile World Congress on February 24.
Feb 18 2014
Apple's unannounced iWatch could be used to predict potential heart attacks, according to a report.
The wearable device will monitor the user's blood flow and alert them if medical attention is required, a purported inside source has told the San Francisco Chronicle.
THX and 10.2 surround sound inventor Tomlinson Holman, who joined Apple in 2011, is said to be heading up research into the potential health applications of the iWatch.
Apple previously sparked rumours that the product will feature a health and fitness focus when it hired medical tech specialists Nancy Dougherty and Ravi Narasimhan.
Meanwhile, recent reports have suggested that the iWatch could feature a display made of sapphire glass and include solar charging functionality.
Apple is yet to officially announce the product.
A potential remake of Final Fantasy 7 has been discussed by series producer Yoshinori Kitase.
Although he hasn't ruled out the possibility of an HD remake of the PlayStation classic, Kitase suggested that there's a very slim chance that the project would ever materialise.
"I can honestly tell you I would love to do that," Kitase said in an interview with Eurogamer.
"If you simply ask me if I personally would like to do that, yes I would. Definitely. There's no lie about it. But you must believe me when I say it would take a lot to happen."
He continued: "Even if I casually say I would like to do that, because it would be a huge project I would have to motivate myself to the level that I really am prepared to take on this huge responsibility.
"I won't rule out the possibility, but it would take a lot to make it happen."
Square Enix is currently working on Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The publisher recently explained why it delayed the release of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster, which launches next month.
Grand Theft Auto studio Take-Two Interactive has insisted that it has no plans to release new entries in the series more frequently.
Company CEO Strauss Zelnick told MCV that titles such as GTA Online enable the studio to generate money from the franchise without rolling out an annual instalment.
"It is great that consumers anticipate our titles, like they anticipate the next James Bond film. Our goal is to create permanent franchises," he said.
"A few years ago, we'd launch a title, it would be sold physically, then we would sell catalogue versions of it. Today we launch a title, and often - if not always - put out DLC. We've talked about recurrent consumer spending, where we have offerings where fans can engage and spend money on an on-going basis."
He added: "With GTA 5, we have sold 32.5m units to date, which is extraordinary. 70% of people that have played GTA 5 while online have played GTA Online, which is a free-to-play experience.
"And recurrent consumer spending related to GTA Online represented nearly half of our digitally delivered revenue in the quarter. So people are voting that they want to stay engaged and they are voting with their wallets."
GTA 5, The Last of Us and Tearaway lead the way in the BAFTA Games Awards 2014 nominations, with the ceremony to take place on Wednesday, March 12 at London's Tobacco Dock.
Feb 18 2014
Microsoft has confirmed that it will be offering cheaper digital games for Xbox One on a trial basis.
Ryse: Son of Rome will be the first title on sale at the lower price of $39.99, with the discount running between February 18 and 24.
"Lot of people asked for better deals on our digital marketplace, so we're testing some," Microsoft studio manager Mike Ybarra wrote on Twitter.
"That's far better than the used price at GameStop and others! Go digital!"
Ybarra went on to say that he is "99.9%" sure that the promotion will be launched in the UK, where select digital titles are expected to be offered at £29.99 under the terms of the trial.
A further trial on discounted add-on content will be launched next week.
Apple and Google have reportedly begun rejecting apps with the word "flappy" in the title following the removal of Flappy Bird from Google Play and the App Store.
Developer Ken Carpenter told TechCrunch that his app Flappy Dragon was pulled from both storefronts on the grounds that it "attempts to leverage a popular app".
"The first time I assumed it was because I included a phrase about Flappy Dragon being the best flapping game to play now that Flappy Bird is dead," he told the website.
"My app was originally published with no issue and was online and searchable for a few hours."
Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen withdrew the popular mobile game from app stores earlier this month, claiming the game had become too addictive.
Numerous similar games have sprung up in its absence, including Flappy Plane, Flappy Bird Flyer and Flappy Bee.
Carpenter got his app past Apple and Google's authentication systems after renaming it Derpy Dragon.
Feb 18 2014
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will receive a special edition PlayStation 4.
Kojima Productions revealed on Twitter (via Kotaku) that limited edition console featuring the Fox Emblem from the game will be released next month.
The Fox Edition console will be available in Japan for 46,980 yen (£275) from March 20.
It has not yet been revealed if the console will be released in any other countries.
Serving as a prequel to Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes is priced at £19.99 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and £29.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game can be played through within two hours.
It will be available on March 20 in Europe and March 18 in North America.
Borderlands 3 is not currently in production.
Gearbox Software head Randy Pitchford said that the game is not on the horizon, but more material for the franchise is in the works, as well as two new IP titles.
"We are not working on Borderlands 3," he told Polygon.
"That is unqualified. We have more to do in the franchise, but no, there isn't a Borderlands 3.
"When you think of what Borderlands 3 should be, it should be massive. It should be bigger and better than Borderlands 2.
"It should carry forward the story. It's probably crazy multiplatform, depending on timing. It would have to be a next-gen game and a current-gen game, if it was coming at any time in the reasonably near future."
Pitchford added: "I'm not going to f**k around with you like Valve does with Half-Life 3. Look. We know we want it and we know it should exist, but we don't know what it is yet."
Gearbox is also working on Furious Four, a new Brothers in Arms game, and two Homeworld remasters, alongside two unrevealed original properties.
There are also a Borderlands 2 PS Vita port and the Telltale Games collaboration Tales of the Borderlands in the works.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes' resolution difference between consoles has been revealed.
The PS4 edition will run at a full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, while Xbox One will offer 720p and the same framerate.
Meanwhile, both Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will run at 720p and 30 frames per second.
Konami has also released a number of comparison screenshots showing the differences between current and next-gen versions.
Recently journalists confirmed visual differences between the two next-gen systems, as well as more side content beyond its reported short story length.
Achievements for Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes were recently posted online.
Recent next-gen release Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition boasted a higher frame rate on PS4 than Xbox One.
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be available on March 20 in Europe and March 18 in North America on current and next-gen consoles.