ARK Survival Evolved update PS4 patch arrives as Xbox One fans wait for news | Gaming | Entertainment

The new ARK Survival Evolved update was released on PS4 today, arriving in the early hours.

“PS4 Patch v515 will be deployed in 20 minutes. It is currently going through the PSN Network,” a message from developers Studio Wildcard explains.

The latest update to the popular crafting-survival title provides a short list of improvements, including an Ice Wyvern Model.

There are other more useful additions too, with fans now able to build in orbit camera mode.

Other much-needed updates include better translations, and the ability to cancel PGM Generation.

Fans may also notice a smoother ride when it comes to the latest creatures added to The Island.

Both the Phoenix and Otter were apparently not showing up for some users, with various fixes now deployed for the two in this latest build of the game.

And while it’s all good news for PS4 fans, Xbox One ARK Survival Evolved players are still waiting for this latest content.

The delay may have something to do with fixing the Phoenix and Otter, as neither creature has arrived on the Microsoft gaming machine, as of yet.

Studio Wildcard developers have confirmed that a new ARK patch for Xbox One is in the works, and has reached the Microsoft certification process.

Some of the delay is also down to Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida last week and affected Wildcard’s teams.

“Ok power’s finally back on post-Irma. Time to go survey the damage, ARK update: Xbox Phoenix/Otter update in Cert (long-cert for retail),” a message from the Studio reads.

The ARK Survival Evolved Patch Notes for PS4 can be found below:

  • Enabled building in orbit camera mode
  • Updated the Ice Wyvern Model
  • Updated Translations
  • Added option to cancel PGM Generation
  • Fixed various content issues with the Phoenix and Otter

Here’s what’s coming in the next ARK Survival Evolved update for Xbox One:

  • New Creature: The Otter
  • New Creature: Phoenix
  • Fixed some UI text display/alignment issues
  • Increased client-side UI performance of large scrollable lists (inventory item lists, engram list, server list, etc)
  • Client-side CPU performance increase
  • Fixed Cluster Session List UI incorrectly applying search filters
  • Fixed various client crashes
  • Enabled building in orbit camera mode
  • Updated the Ice Wyvern Model
  • Updated Translations
  • Added option to cancel PGM Generation

Injustice 2 Black Manta release date: Xbox One DLC live as PS4 players wait | Gaming | Entertainment

Injustice 2 Black Manta fans on Xbox One are reporting that the new character is now available to download.

The same has not been confirmed for PS4 players yet, although it could happen at any point from this time on.

PS4 fans have seen their wait times last a little longer than their console counterparts in the past.

One fan commented on the recent trend online, explaining: “The last three DLC characters have came out at 11:00 am EST so it’ll probably be the same here, so around 11:00 am, restart your console and manta should be available to download.”

Black Manta is just the first of a new wave of DLC Fighters which make up the second DLC collection from NetherRealm Studios.

But however long it takes to appear on PS4, Injustice 2 fans will see the launch of Black Manta on September 12, at least for those who own a Special Edition of the game.

It’s likely that the general release of Black Manta will occur the following week, although more is expected to be announced later this week.

Fans may have also noticed that Black Manta has his own character selection slot, that’s currently blacked out on PS4.

The official DLC description from NetherRealm reads: “As forces converge upon Atlantis and its King, a current of vengeance flows through the ruthless undersea mercenary known as Black Manta. 

“Sworn to avenge the death of his father, Black Manta has long waited in darkness for his moment to strike.”

Black Manta will be followed by the release of MK’s Raiden and Dark Horse’s Hellboy, both of which will arrive separately in the coming months.

Hellboy is a character created at Dark Horse comics, a half-demon occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse. 

There are, at this moment, 13 Hellboy graphic novel collections, several spin-off titles (BPRD, LOBSTER JOHNSON, ABE SAPIEN and WITCHFINDER), 3 anthologies of prose stories, several novels, 2 animated films and 2 live action films starring Ron Perlman. 

And the version of Raiden coming to Injustice 2 is likely to be the one from Mortal Kombat X, who was having a bit of trouble in his own universe.

Shinnok’s attack on Earthrealm included his army of Netherrealm demons, as well as the Earthrealm kombatants that were killed during Kahn’s invasion.

Uber is totally dysfunctional. Oh, wait. That’s slant.

(The Knife Media) The outlets we analyzed for this story, like much of the recent media coverage of Uber, give the impression that the company is dysfunctional and unstable. They portray incoming CEO Khosrowshahi positively, yet depicting him as a savior further reinforces the idea that Uber needs saving.

Take a look at this sampling of the coverage:

  • Uber is “embattled”(2) and “dysfunctional”(1)
  • it’s coming off a “wave of scandals”(2) or a “series of scandals”(4)
  • it’s dealing with “months of turmoil,”(2) or a “multitude of problems”(1)
  • the board is “bickering,”(1) has “infighting,”(4) “bitter infighting,”(2) or is “bitterly divided”(3)
  • the company needs to “shore up”(4) its finances
  • the company has “unusual dynamics”(3)
  • the new CEO will have “an incredibly tough job steering [Uber] back to stability”(2)

1. AP, 2. Business Insider, 3. Reuters, 4. The Wall Street Journal

Certainly, Uber is facing some challenges. A number of lawsuits have been filed, including one by Google’s parent company and another by one of Uber’s biggest investors (see the Context section for more details on the lawsuits). There are a number of vacant leadership positions, and the company reportedly lost more than $3 billion last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

But here’s another perspective:

  • Uber is the most valuable venture-funded startup company in the world.
  • It has a valuation of $68 billion, higher than long-established companies such as Ford and General Motors.
  • In eight years, the company has expanded to operate in 633 cities in more than 75 countries.
  • It employs 14,000 people and has over 1 million independent-contractor drivers who use their own vehicles and choose when to work and which rides to accept.
  • More than 2 billion rides have been taken with the Uber service.
  • The Knife spoke with an investor in the company who is confident in its finances regardless of the lawsuits.

Did your impression of the company change after reading this last information? Few of these details were included in the coverage. This is a clear example of slant — that is, the media’s tendency to emphasize certain information (in this case, negative info) and de-emphasize or completely omit other data (in this case, more positive info). That doesn’t mean the negative should be excluded, but ideally it’s presented in a balanced manner.

And then there’s the spin described above. The outlets mix the data with words like “turmoil” and “embattled,” which don’t actually tell us what the problems are at Uber. These vague and sensational words make it hard to keep track of the actual facts.

People who work for, use, invest in, or are otherwise linked to Uber likely want to stay updated on company news, whether it’s positive or negative. Yet if they read this week’s media coverage, they’ll probably get a one-sided and spun picture that makes for a dramatic and entertaining story, but doesn’t inform objectively. They’re better off reading our Raw Data.

Written by Julia Berry López

Edited by Jens Erik Gould

Visit the original story with ratings on Knife Media’s website

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Kel’Thuzad was worth the wait for his Heroes of the Storm debut

I feel he’ll be pertinent for a whilst

Kel’Thuzad is a massive part of Warcraft‘s background. Not even including his two highlighted WoW raids, Kel’Thuzad established Arthas on his route to come to be the Lich King, and is one particular of the original Undead heroic models in Warcraft III.

The wait for him to enter Heroes of the Storm‘s Nexus has been prolonged, but I’m just glad the crew received him appropriate.

Despite the fact that I’m commonly at odds with how Blizzard handles stability variations or particular heroes more than time (what provides with Chen?), I really feel that they definitely nail new hero releases. Even if they you should not in shape the fantasy for every se they still present up a fun playstyle to engage with, as was the situation with Garrosh and Probius. I’m partial to Kel’Thuzad  because really, you can usually use a lot more mages.

There’s a great deal of inherent ability built all around his primary talents. You have to have to hit to fuel his baked-in quest for a lot more damage, and virtually all of his powers are either skillshots (his plague region-of-outcome even demands to hit a goal manually) or delayed actions. Every thing demands to be deliberate and chained, but if you can take care of that, he’ll dish out a massive quantity of soreness.

This have to have for accuracy is exasperated by the way anything performs jointly, as most of his abilities participate in off one particular a further. Kel’Thuzad can use his chains to pull enemy heroes jointly (or tie them to buildings briefly), but in solo scenarios with the appropriate expertise, he can build a block of ice that can be employed as a chain goal — so even in a one particular-on-one particular match chains is a fantastic resource if you develop all around it.

Even with primary talents and any supplied heroic  he’s a beast. Shadow Fissure, my beloved heroic, is just a delayed region-of-outcome blast that has a 15 next cooldown — if you choose for the level 20, you can reset it instantaneously after a hit (not a destroy, a hit). He can also get a interesting shade ability at 20 or a dash that resets after a destroy (considerably like Genji’s E). Kel’Thuzad’s structure also tends to make an effects on the battlefield. He has his original voice actor (the exact same one particular as Arthas and Uther), arrives with a built-in floating mount outcome, and feels as imposing as he should. Perhaps a small much too imposing (his model is enormous), but imposing all the exact same.

Because of to his difficult mage design that has the prospective for enormous burst when enemies are rooted (from his very own toolkit and other get together associates), I feel we’ll be seeing a first rate quantity of Kel’Thuzad participate in. Even with tweaks or nerfs at launch (which I you should not essentially feel are coming), he’ll have a area in a great deal of compositions.


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A new Chromebook Pixel is rumored to be coming and I can’t wait

A new Chromebook Pixel is rumored to be coming and I can’t wait

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One thing is certain about Google’s fall event: A Pixel will steal the show. It just might not be the one that fits in your pocket.

A rumor published by Android Police says Google is working on a follow-up to its discontinued 2nd-generation Chromebook Pixel, which hasn’t been available for purchase since mid-2016. A new model would be a pleasant surprise for fans of the Google laptop, which was hailed at the time as the best Chromebook ever made. The third model could be the charm that brings premium Chrome devices mainstream.

The story behind the story: When a new Chromebook Pixel didn’t arrive last year, some speculated Google would retire the premium laptop as it focused on building its own smartphone. That assumption seemed correct when senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh seemingly declared the Chromebook Pixel dead earlier this year, bluntly stating the company had “no plans” to introduce a new model. However, Osterloh would quickly revise his statement with a less definitive, “we just have no plans to share at this time­.” Now it appears Google will indeed have plenty to share at its fall event, especially since it will pack a killer feature: the ability to run Android apps.

Shiny and Chrome

Android Police’s report is extremely light on details, but a previous rumor about a “convertible” laptop arriving in the third quarter of 2017 (which could either mean a 360-degree hinge like Samsung’s Chromebook Pro, or a detachable keyboard like the Surface Pro) offered some more info: a 12.3-inch screen, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and 8GB or 16GB of RAM, all in a device around 10mm thick.(By comparison, Apple’s MacBook is nearly 13 mm thick, and the 2nd-generation Pixel was 16.3 mm thick.) The hybrid device is also expected to include an optional Wacom stylus.

But the biggest difference between a 2017 Chromebook Pixel and the 2015 one would be Android apps. While it’s highly unlikely that Android and Chrome will ever merge into a single OS (despite the persistent rumors), Google opened up the Play Store to Chromebooks last year and has slowly been rolling out Android app support with newer models.

The overall experience, however, remains pretty hit-or-miss. A Google-designed machine could spur more developers to optimize their apps for the platform. Chrome would be more viable to power users with a full catalog of Android apps. An app-empowered Chromebook Pixel could actually pose a challenge to Apple’s MacBook and iPad Pro. Add LTE connectivity and a stylus, and you have the world’s first must-have Chromebook.

While some nicer Chromebooks have shipped over the past two years (including the Dell Chromebook 13 and HP Chromebook 13), they’re still largely built for price rather than power. A new Chromebook Pixel—especially one that pushed the boundaries of design—would solidify the Pixel line as the premier brand for Google’s OS platforms. In short: The time is ripe.

Along with the new Chromebook, Android Police also says that Google will be introducing a new mini version of Google Home to challenge Amazon’s Echo Dot.





Top 5 Reasons You Should Wait to Buy an Xbox One X

5 Reasons You May Want to Hold Off on Buying Xbox One X

With the recent announcement the Xbox One X  will be available for pre-order starting this Sunday, August 20th, many people will be lining up to get a crack at the newest console from Microsoft. While it’s marketed as the most powerful system on the market, and the hardware is certainly impressive, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right time to buy one. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons you should wait to purchase an Xbox One X.

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5) 4K Support

Okay, I’m not saying that the reason not to pick up an Xbox One X right now is because it supports 4K resolution. That would be silly. I am; however, saying that when upgrading to the Xbox One X, you’ll want to own a decent 4K TV. Do you need a 4K TV in order to play the Xbox One X? Absolutely not, but considering the hardware will use super sampling to detect the resolution of your TV and adjust accordingly, this means that a 4K game will downscale to 1080p if the TV doesn’t support 4K. Which in turn means that while players will be able to experience visual enhancements, they will not be able to actually play in 4K. It’s going to make it impossible to truly see the 4K improvements made to the games without a TV that supports them. If one of your reasons for wanting to pick up the newest Xbox console is because you want the best of the best, shouldn’t the same be said for the TV it runs on?

4) Bugs/Glitches With the Software

As with any hardware launch, there are bound to be some glitches and bugs that will be fixed in the next batch of systems. Remember the red ring of death that plagued the early models of the Xbox 360? Or the ‘yellow ring of death’ that were problematic for the first edition of the PlayStation 3? Or if that’s not recent enough, what about the annoying freezing and random reboots of the PlayStation 4, or the inability to read Xbox One discs? It is very likely that there will be some sort of hardware issues in the first generation of the Xbox One X that need to be smoothed out, and if not, it is just as likely that the software could hold bugs and glitches as well. You might just want to wait to pick up the latest Xbox console, at least until the second generation of consoles have fixed the problems at launch. At the very least, it’s usually the best policy to err on the side of caution with new technology.

Click here to find out the last three reasons you might want to wait before pulling the trigger on the Xbox One X.

Alexa finally listens for Fire TV. It was worth the wait

Amazon added Alexa to its popular TV-connected streaming devices, the Fire TV box and Fire TV stick, way back in 2015, but it wasn’t the Alexa most people know and love. 

Instead of being able to say, “Alexa, what’s the weather?” into thin air, you had to speak into the remote while holding a button, walkie-talkie style. It worked, but felt far less futuristic than “real” Alexa on an Echo speaker.

Now, nearly two years later, Fire TV owners can finally command their devices with a simple “Alexa…” command, without having to use any remote. To do so, you have to own an Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show speaker. So how does it work?

In short: very well.

I commanded the various currently compatible Fire TV devices — a $40 Fire TV stick, a $90 Fire TV box and an Element Fire TV edition television (starting at $450) — with just my voice, hands-free, and came away impressed. I found that like many Alexa skills I had to get the commands right (namely, remember to say “Alexa” a lot and “Fire TV” occasionally) but once I got the hang of that, it worked great. Just don’t throw away the remote just yet.

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The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot (round thingys) can now control Fire TV (square and rectangle thingys) without a remote.


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Setup was a cinch, mostly

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As detailed on Amazon’s Use your Alexa device to control your Fire TV support page, my first step was to link my test Alexa device, an Echo Dot in this case, to my Fire TV device. If you only have one Fire TV device, Amazon says Alexa can link them automatically using a voice command, but since I wanted to test multiple Fire TV devices, I had to link them using the Alexa app.

Linked devices have to be registered to the same Amazon account, and each Alexa device can only control a single Fire TV on the same Wi-Fi network. The reasoning, I’m guessing, is so you can just say, “Fire TV,” instead of a unique name such as “living room Fire TV” or whatever.

The Fire TV box and television I tested linked fine, but I did encounter one issue with both of the Fire TV Sticks. Despite appearing to be linked, and having the latest software according to the menus, both failed to work with Alexa. Instead my Dot issued responses such as, “I had trouble communicating with your device. Check its network connection and power supply,” or, “Sorry, I couldn’t launch Home.” 

I asked Amazon’s rep for help and they were able to fix the problem. Their explanation: “Occasionally, it takes devices that aren’t used on a regular basis a day or two to receive new software updates. That seems to have been the case with your Fire TV sticks. Customers who are running into this problem, can either contact Amazon customer support or check for updates from Settings and then leave the device idle for a few hours to allow the update to be installed.”

Here’s what I asked Alexa and how the Fire TV responded. In most cases, happily, I just had to say “Alexa, ___” not “Alexa, ___ on Fire TV.”

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What worked

  • “Home” or “Go home” returned to Fire TV home page.
  • “Launch Netflix” and “Launch Hulu” launched those apps.
  • “Play ‘Transparent'” and “Play ‘Manchester by the Sea'” immediately started playing the most recent episode of the Amazon original show and the movie.
  • “Find Tom Hanks” and “Find Maggie Gyllenhaal” pulled up search results lists of the actors’ names.
  • “Movies about dogs” and “Shows about hackers” led to relevant search results appearing.
  • “Hackers” — the movie from 1995 appeared.
  • “Pause,” “Stop,” “Play,” “Rewind” and “Fast-forward” all worked fine.
  • “Skip forward/back X seconds/minutes,” where X is a number, but it worked best on Amazon’s videos. In Netflix, it wouldn’t skip minutes, only seconds.
  • “Next episode” skipped to the next episode on “Transparent.”

What kinda worked

  • “Watch ‘Stranger Things'” launched a show page reading “Watch on Netflix.” To start it watching I had to say, “Alexa, play.”
  • “Watch ‘Handmaid’s Tale'” showed search results with the Hulu show and the movie, and I had to use the remote to select one.
  • “Watch season 1, episode 1 of ‘Transparent'” played the Amazon original, but not the episode I asked for.
  • “Launch Plex” — instead of launching the app on Fire TV, she guided me to the Plex Alexa skill. To launch the app itself I had to say “Launch Plex on Fire TV,” which worked fine.

What didn’t work

  • “Watch Fire TV” is supposed to turn on the TV and switch to the right input using HDMI CEC, a command protocol, but it didn’t work on the CEC-enabled TVs I tried.
  • “Next episode” when watching “Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu or “Stranger Things” on Netflix, nothing happened.

I also tried a bunch of stuff that’s not officially supported, like navigations command such as “Right,” “Left,” “Back,” “Select” “Menu,” and so on, but they didn’t work. I had to resort to the remote. I also wasn’t surprised when stuff like “Turn off Fire TV,” “Volume Up,” and “Mute,” didn’t work. Until I tried them on an actual Fire TV, that is.

What worked on an Element Fire TV Edition television

All of the commands above were tested with a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV box, but Amazon’s new Fire TV Edition televisions allow even more Alexa voice control. Here’s what worked on the one I tested:

  • “Turn on Fire TV” and “Turn off Fire TV.”
  • “Volume up on Fire TV” and “Volume down on Fire TV” which increased and decreased in increments of 5 percent.
  • “Mute Fire TV.” 
  • “Switch to PlayStation” and “Switch to HDMI 1.”
  • “Watch NBC on Fire TV” tuned to the antenna channel.
  • “Open TV Guide” called up the program guide for antenna channels.
  • “Pause,” “Stop,” “Play,” “Rewind” and “Fast-forward” worked on the antenna input to control live TV.

It might have been too long in coming, but now that it’s here, voice control of Fire TV without having to use the remote is pretty great. You’ll probably still need to keep the clicker around for some tasks, but for many others the system finally fulfills the promise of TV control via voice in a satisfying way: getting what you want by speaking into thin air. 

Google Home vs. Apple HomePod: But, WAIT! Siri Isn’t That Smart…

They already compete in so many areas—operating systems, phones, and online services—but now Google and Apple are adding a new area of competition to the mix: smart speakers.

Here, Google has a massive head start on Apple, with its Google Home speaker released in November 2016. Apple’s new smart speaker, the HomePod, won’t be released until December 2017, giving the search giant more than a year’s head start.

But while Google Home has the advantage of time, Apple has clearly designed its upcoming HomePod, first previewed at WWDC 2017, to compete.

However, you simply cannot talk about smart speakers without mentioning The King: Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot.

Amazon’s been operating in this space for the best part of two years now and it has learnt a lot in the process. The net result of this is that Alexa, Amazon’s AI, is smarter and can do more than Siri and Google Assistant combined.

In time, that gap with shrink but for now Amazon’s Echo is very much out on the cutting edge. And compared to Apple’s HomePod, it is exceptionally cheap!

But just how does Apple’s HomePod compare with Google Home? We took a look at both smart speakers to find out.

Google Home vs. Apple HomePod: Design

Both smart speakers are squat and relatively round in shape. At 172mm tall x 142 mm in diameter, the HomePod comes in both taller and larger than Home’s 142.8 mm x 96.4 mm body.

Another defining design difference is Google’s Home has a polycarbonate body while the HomePod is covered in a mesh material. Both smart speakers also feature a touch-capacitive top which allows you to interact with the device. 

And not that it matters too much because you won’t be moving them around a lot, but the Home is literally 1/5th the weight of the HomePod, at 1.05lbs versus the HomePod’s 5.5lbs. While the HomePod comes in white or black models, the Home always features a white top, while its lower half can be customized in one of seven different colors.

And not that it matters too much because you won’t be moving them around a lot, but the Home is literally 1/5th the weight of the HomePod, at 1.05lbs versus the HomePod’s 5.5lbs. While the HomePod comes in white or black models, the Home always features a white top, while its lower half can be customized in one of seven different colors.

Google Home vs. Apple HomePod: Conversational Commands

The way you primarily interact with both smart speakers is by voice. For the HomePod you are interacting with Apple’s Siri. On the Home you are interacting with Google Assistant, which is basically a voice given to Google’s powerful search engine. The fact that Home doesn’t have an assistant with a human name is a bit of a turnoff. Why? When you’re speaking in your home it’s nice to think you are talking

The fact that Home doesn’t have an assistant with a human name is a bit of a turnoff. Why? When you’re speaking in your home it’s nice to think you are talking to something like you instead of a cold computer mainframe. Apple’s Siri name is more beneficial because you activate it by saying “Hey, Siri” and then speaking your command. For the Home, you say “OK, Google.”

Naming conventions aside, Home’s AI seems to beat Apple’s Siri because it’s got the power of Google’s search engine and machine learning behind it. Home has the ability to carry out tasks based on conversations, not just commands. For example, you could say:

“How many States are there in America?”

“Which one is closest?”

“Show me a map on TV.”

These are three different queries that rely on each other. Google Home can follow your line of questioning and though. HomePod, as far as we can tell, can’t. Currently, Siri’s commands are limited to doing one thing at a time. It can’t connect the dots of conversations. However, that could change by the time HomePod ships as it will use the newly refined version of Siri shipping with iOS 11.

Google Home vs. Apple HomePod: Media Abilities

Another area where Home wins is in its media capabilities. Like the Echo before it, Home can stream from a number of music services including Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and others.

However, at the time of this writing HomePod only supports Apple Music. Both speakers also have the ability to stream music to play multi-room audio. That’s because the HomePod can stream music to multiple rooms thanks to AirPlay 2 and Home can work with Chromecast to do the same to non-Home speakers.

Google Home vs. Apple HomePod: Personal Assistant Tasks

Right now, it seems both Home and HomePod are about tied in the tests front. Both HomePod and HomePod can do tasks such as adding items to a calendar, setting a timer, reading you the news, making a shopping list, making a to-do list, checking flight statuses, and tracking a package.

It’s unclear whether Apple will allow HomePod to support third-party apps (which would be similar to the “Skills” found on Echo) or not by the time it ships. If it does, the HomePod could become more useful than Home.

Google Home vs. Apple HomePod: Third Party Smart Home Device Integration

Here, both also seem tied. Both can support third party smart home devices from Philips Hue, Nest, Samsung SmartThings and Wemo. But by the time HomePod ships it’s likely it will support devices from those and much more smart home manufacturers via its HomeKit platform.

Google Home vs. Apple HomePod: Price & Verdict

It’s really too early to call which is better considering HomePod doesn’t ship until November. But as is the case, if you’re already tied into Apple’s ecosystem, HomePod is probably the better choice for you thanks to its integration with Apple’s services.

If you’re tied to Google’s Android ecosystem, then the Home is probably a better choice—not to mention it’s already out. Right now Home is sold in the UK for £129, while the HomePod doesn’t have UK pricing yet, but will retail in the US for a hefty $349 (about £270).

Personally, I’d get Amazon Echo over both of them

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date REVEALED and it seems there’s not long to wait | Tech | Life & Style

It seems Samsung Galaxy Note 8 fans haven’t got too long to wait before they get a glimpse of this latest flagship.

This new device is expected to include a swathe of improvements over its predecessor including a new curved AMOLED Infinity display and dual-lens camera which should help boost its photography credentials.

Other rumours suggest a super-fast Snapdragon 835 processor will supply the brains and there could be a refreshed S Pen tucked inside.

This new stylus should make scribbling on the screen more precise with it thought to vibrate as it touches the giant display.

So when will this epic new phone be revealed?

A new rumour from South Korea is reporting that the Note 8 will be unveiled at a major Unpacked event on August 23.

Although there’s no confirmation of this launch date from Samsung, it would make sense as it falls just before the IFA technology show in Berlin.

Thousands of gadget fans attend the yearly IFA event and the Note 8 would certainly mean Samsung grabs all of the headlines.

By launching the Note 8 in August also gives the device some breathing space before Apple unleashes its new iPhone.

It’s likely that the iPhone 8 will be shown to world in September although, again, there’s no confirmation of an official launch date.

After the exploding Note 7 debacle, Samsung will be wanting to make sure the Note 8 grabs the attention of consumers for all of the right reasons and it certainly appears to have all the hallmarks of an award-winning phone.

However, all of this technology could come at a price as the Note 8 looks set to break the $1,000 barrier.

If that price becomes a reality it will make this new phablet one of the most expensive smartphones ever.

Samsung will no doubt reveal full pricing and availability at its launch event.

Express.co.uk will bring you full official details of the launch as soon as Samsung reveal more.

ARK Survival Evolved update: PC launch today as fans wait for PS4, Xbox One, Ragnarok news | Gaming | Entertainment

Studio Wildcard have confirmed that a new PC patch is being released today.

The new ARK Survival Evolved update is expected to arrive before the weekend, although the rollout has not been without its problems.

One member of the community team gave this update: “Update regarding PC Patch: Currently not able to make builds due to an issue with a piece of software we use for developing the game.

“Cause we can’t make builds, we can’t release a patch. We’ve contacted the company responsible for the software and are waiting an answer.

“No real ETA for when the patch will be released, could be few hrs, could be half a day. Can’t release w/o a new build.”

While there could be a delay, Studio Wildcard do seem confident that the patch will rollout today.

Which is not the same situation as ARK Survival Evolved on PS4 and Xbox One.

PlayStation fans are still waiting to be brought up to speed with their console counterpart, with no current ETA given.

An earlier post from Wildcard confirms: “We won’t be getting a console update out for either Xbox or PS4 on the 12th. Still have some issues to work out. Sorry guys!”

There were hopes that the new patch would be released sometime this week, however, it appears that more work is needed before it can launch.

Fans are worried that this latest delay could affect the launch of the ARK Ragnarok mod, which is due out on July 19.

ARK Survival Evolved Ragnarok was announced during E3 by Studio Wildcard and is already available to play on PC.

It’s the first mod to be integrated into ARK as part of the ARK Sponsored Mods Program, and will be launched on every platform.

Unlike the full game, Ragnarok has been developed by the former creators of popular ARK mods Valhalla and Umassoura.

The team includes David Miller, Matt Janz, and Jackson Lawrence, who came together to work on their latest project to offer yet another gaming alternative. 

Global Cross-ARK and isolated Official Ragnarok servers will be available on all platforms, although the mod itself isn’t a completely finished product.

“Ragnarok is still in primary development, and so it will continue to expand with updates over time,” a message from Studio Wildcard explains.

The full patch notes for the latest ARK Survival Evolved PC update can be found here.