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'League of Legends' pirate Gangplank is dead; long live Gangplank

EngadgetHD - July 30, 2015 - 5:14pm

Gangplank is dead. Riot, the developer of League of Legends, took an unprecedented move this week and killed off one of its champions, the pirate Gangplank. He's completely unavailable in the game right now, even for people who have thrown down real money for skins. Gangplank's surprising death came as part of the Bilgewater event, which builds up the lore in League of Legends' more pirate-y champions, including Gangplank and his apparent assassin, Miss Fortune.

"We encourage all Gangplank fans to remain calm for a few days until we can fully assess the situation," Riot writes. "At this time we are not addressing refund requests for him or his skins but please know that over the next several days we'll do our best to make things right for everyone." The fact that Riot has killed a champion and isn't offering refunds to dedicated players suggests that a larger plot is afoot. What do you think Riot plans to do with Gangplank, now that he's taken a long walk off of his own, short plank?

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Tags: gangplank, hdpostcross, LeagueOfLegends, Pirates, poll, riot, RiotGames

Latest Apple TV rumor: new box in September, but no TV service yet

EngadgetHD - July 30, 2015 - 3:50pm

If you thought that the lack of a new Apple TV during the company's last developer conference would put a halt to the rumors then... you must not have been paying attention for the last few years. Buzzfeed sources say a revamped set-top box will arrive in September with the previously rumored slimmed-down size, more powerful hardware inside, touchpad (and perhaps TouchID) equipped remote and most importantly, an actual App Store. The third gen Apple TV has gone several years without changes so a refresh is certainly in order, but the other half of the rumor says Apple's long-rumored subscription TV setup will not launch with it. While the folks in Cupertino work out those last few deals and decide if they really want a Sling TV or Playstation Vue-style slim bundle of channels, you can decide if buying a soon-to-be-outdated model is worth keeping access to YouTube.

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Tags: apple, AppleTV, hdpostcross, remote, rumor, subscription

JXE Streams: A piece of puzzle pie in 'The Talos Principle' DLC

EngadgetHD - July 30, 2015 - 1:40pm

There's nothing about pies in The Talos Principle. We're probably just hungry. Either way, today we jump into The Road to Gehenna, a bit of DLC for The Talos Principle that features brand new puzzles, a fresh storyline and (most likely) philosophical questions about the meaning of life, humanity and the technological singularity. We're going deep, people. The Talos Principle is a truly incredible game, blending a rich story of gods and robots with mind-bending spatial puzzles in a gorgeous 3D environment. Join us at 5PM ET (2PM PT) on Twitch.tv/Joystiq, the Engadget Gaming homepage, or right here in this post. And, please, try not to laugh too hard when it takes forever to figure out some of these riddles. We can't all be puzzle gods.

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Tags: CroTeam, devolver, DevolverDigital, DLC, hdpostcross, jxestreams, TheRoadtoGehenna, thetalosprinciple, twitch

Microsoft launches free, 90-day trial of Windows 10

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 12:24pm
It's the Windows 10 Enterprise edition, but it gives you a chance to test-drive the new OS before deciding if you really want to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1. However, there are some key drawbacks.









Take a 360-degree GoPro ride on winning horse American Pharoah

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:47am
Your only chance to ride the newest Triple Crown winner comes from an immersive GoPro video that puts you in the saddle of the elite horse.









'ZombiU' reborn for PS4, Xbox One and PC as 'Zombi'

EngadgetHD - July 30, 2015 - 11:45am

Ubisoft's undead-infested, survival-horror game ZombiU was exclusive to Wii U when it launched in 2012, and back then we called it a "wonderfully frightening experience" thick with tension, death and a brilliantly unforgiving atmosphere. Now, the game is dropping the "U" and heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC as Zombi on August 18th, complete with a few upgrades and changes. Since Zombi can't take advantage of the Wii U's second screen -- which displayed the mini-map, radar and gear -- these aspects have been moved to the main screen. "We maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible," Zombi producer Hélène Henry says. "It disappears when not required, giving the game a very lonely feeling."Slideshow-308298

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Source: Ubisoft

Tags: hdpostcross, pc, ps4, Ubisoft, WiiU, XboxOne, zombi, zombies, zombiu

Uber partners with senior citizen group in hunt for new drivers

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:43am
As part of a new charm offensive, the startup giant is hoping to attract more than 100,000 drivers from an unlikely place: AARP.









See a mad inventor's high-voltage ejector bed in action

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:39am
A new video from mad inventor Colin Furze shows his latest creation, a bed that ejects snoozers when it's time to wake up, in action. One thing's for sure. This guy will never oversleep again.









NASA's Golden Record made for alien ears now on SoundCloud

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:23am
An album full of dogs, weather and human noises meant for the listening enjoyment of extraterrestrials is now available in its entirely for online streaming.









Imperial Spherificator gizmo turns virtually any food into caviar-size pearls

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:21am
Cheesecake with blackcurrant pearls? Rum with coke pearls? Chicken with Tabasco pearls? This super-fun kitchen device will make your modernist cuisine dreams possible.









Silent Circle's Blackphone 2 to support Android for Work

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:19am
The move aims to enhance the privacy-focused smartphone's appeal in the corporate world, where the separation of personal- and work-related information is paramount.









In this fake city, cars learn to talk to each other

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:13am
As part of Road Trip 2015, CNET visits Mcity, a 32-acre fake city in Michigan designed to test self-driving cars' navigation and communication abilities -- and to keep research from migrating to Silicon Valley.









Star Wars Battlefront delay? 'That's not going to happen' EA exec says

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 11:11am
"If something was to go wrong with Star Wars Battlefront, we would just push it. But that's not going to happen."









'Minority Report'-type insect robots jump on water

Reuters Technology - July 30, 2015 - 11:03am
A Minority Report-type insect robot that can launch itself from the surface of water has been created by international researchers. Jim Drury reports.

OnStar hack remotely starts cars, GM working on a fix

EngadgetHD - July 30, 2015 - 10:58am

Hacker Samy Kamkar unveiled his latest triumph this morning: OwnStar, a tiny box that acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot and intercepts commands sent from a driver's OnStar RemoteLink app, allowing an unauthorized user to locate, unlock or start the vehicle. Simply place the box somewhere in an OnStar-connected car and wait for the driver to start up the RemoteLink app within range of the vehicle. The driver's smartphone should automatically connect to OwnStar's network and, voila, the hacker now has all of the car owner's information (email, home address, final four digits on a credit card plus expiration date), and control of the car. GM has already issued one patch this morning aimed at securing the RemoteLink app, but it was unsuccessful, according to Kamkar.

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Source: Wired, CNET

Tags: car, gm, hack, OnStar, ownstar, remotelink

The Big Picture: VHS monstrosities invade Iceland

EngadgetHD - July 30, 2015 - 10:36am

French artist Ob Rey mashes together a number of different media for his latest series, dubbed "V"HS. The five apparitional black and white images, each of which is accompanied by a short film, is supposed to represent a post-human world in which monstrous beings burst forth into a confusing and frightful existence, their skeletal frames clad in VHS ribbon and whatever detritus could be found during the Icelandic production. Their visages are meant to invoke thought and questions regarding the forced obsolescence of humans and their electronics in our ever-accelerating march of technological advancement. Or something like that, at least. It's art -- it means whatever you think it means.

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Source: Humantropy

Tags: art, hdpostcross, iceland, mixedmedia, ObRey, photography, thebigpicture, vhs

Samsung's battle with Smartflash put on hold over patent scrutiny

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 10:35am
A US Court of Appeals says that the case should not proceed until the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a chance to review the validity of Smartflash's patents.









GM quickly issues fix for OnStar hack, but service still vulnerable

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 10:29am
Just last week Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles after hackers revealed a software bug. Now, a new hack exposes a vulnerability in GM vehicles equipped with OnStar. GM issued a quick fix, however, hacker Samy Kamkar has confirmed the problem still exists.









China's Huawei overtakes Microsoft as world's No. 3 mobile phone vendor

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 10:15am
A higher market share for Huawei and a lower one for Microsoft have reversed the global rankings of the two, says research firm Strategy Analytics.









Groupon to launch its own food delivery and takeout service

CNET Media 2.0 - July 30, 2015 - 9:56am
The daily deals company is branching out into territory already covered by Uber, Yelp, Instacart and even Amazon. How will it fare against the competition?









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