Feed aggregator

Most Shocking K-Pop Dating Scandals - Are Your Favorites in the List?

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 23:00
Joining HyunA and E'Dawn, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and EXO's Baekhyun is among couples that successfully shake the entire industry with their dating reports.
Categories: Celebrity

2018 Woodward Dream Cruise in Pictures | Dreaming on

Auto Blog News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 22:30

Filed under: ,,,,

40,000 cars, 1 million people — check out this gallery and join the dream.

Continue reading 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise in Pictures | Dreaming on

2018 Woodward Dream Cruise in Pictures | Dreaming on originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Aug 2018 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Categories: Cars

BBC Business News Feed: Superdry founder's £1m Brexit vote pledge

Business Now Mag - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 20:50
Multi-millionaire tycoon says he donated because "we have a genuine chance to turn this around".
Categories: Business

H1Z1 Battle Royale PS4 Review: All Kills No Frills

Gamespot News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 20:00

Battle royale games have established themselves as more than just a fad, and as the space becomes more crowded, games strive to carve out their niche. With the console port of H1Z1, focusing on simplicity and streamlined mechanics is how it stakes its claim. Significant changes were made to H1Z1's original formula on PC to get you moving and encourage more action, which is further supported by intuitive controls. Where H1Z1's lacking is in variety, due in large part to an uninspired map that's missing interesting setpieces for its most intense firefights. But if the thrill of besting 100+ other players is what you seek, H1Z1 delivers just that.

As with many battle royales, your first objective is to quickly scavenge the dropzone for anything to improve your chances of survival. H1Z1 limits what's available on the ground and in abandoned structures to common loot, but you'll find enough to stay competitive in the opening minutes of a match. It's not too difficult to get equipped with a pump shotgun, basic assault rifle, a few healing items, low-level armor, and small backpack, which alleviates the frustration of coming away with nothing even after combing through buildings. However, the good stuff is tucked away in supply crates that litter the map as the match progresses. Boxes of high-level equipment dropped from the sky is a genre staple, however, H1Z1 focuses on this element by strictly keeping the best items exclusive to crates.

By cranking up the frequency of supply drops and shining brightly colored beacons on them (that are visible in the distance), crates serve as hotbeds for action. The risk-reward nature instigates tense firefights, and encourages improvising a tactical approach; will you stake out the crate from a distance and use it as bait, or do you rush to loot it and get out of dodge before you're preyed upon? When powerful weapons like the RPG, scoped burst rifle, or automatic shotgun are likely within grasp, it's impossible to ignore these drops. Even if you're unfamiliar with the effectiveness of specific gear, traditional color-coding to indicate rarity--white, green, purple, gold--makes it easy to identify what's worth swooping up. It's not groundbreaking, but H1Z1 devises a way to sensibly deliver the better elements of battle royale.

It also helps that H1Z1 doesn't hide much from you as it conveniently plots out nearby vehicles and supply crates on the map. While it takes some of the mystery out of this style of game, it's another tweak that gives you the tools get to the fun parts without delay. Especially because the deadly gas zones close in on the remaining players quickly, it's nice that the means for mobility are readily available. Considering that players parachute into the map at random locations (there's no choosing where to drop), making resources available and visible upfront mitigates the feeling of getting the short end of the stick.

The systematic changes to the core of H1Z1 would be all for naught if there wasn't a practical control scheme to tie it all together. Thankfully, the changes to gameplay mechanics feel as if they were done with a gamepad in mind. Support items like grenades, bandages, and first-aid kits have dedicated buttons, and swapping out weapons or changing your armor is as easy as picking up a replacement. Small backpacks open a third weapon slot, while the rare ones grant a fourth slot in a simple weapon wheel, effectively negating cumbersome weight management that'd be tough to incorporate for gamepads. Most significantly, item crafting has been nixed altogether. As a result, combat flows smoothly, and you're a lot less likely to fumble around with the controls under high-pressure situations since there aren't any clunky menus to navigate.

As with the PC version of H1Z1, though, there's a dissonance between its military-sim DNA and quirky rules of engagement. Movement and weapon behavior are still very much in line with what you'd see in a tactical shooter. But being able to instantly pop out of cars at full speed without taking damage itself seems incongruous, and using that as a tactic to close the distance for shotgun kills adds further dissonance. To top it off, vehicles don't inflict damage when ramming players. The wide-open design of the map makes these oddities stand out in a way that feels both thematically incoherent and disparate in a gameplay sense.

H1Z1 also falls short in its single map that's largely made up of open fields and a scattering of deserted buildings. There's a striking lack of features or interesting backdrops to stage the frantic firefights and make encounters feel fresh from match to match. The more dense locations like Pleasant Valley, Ranchito, or Dragon Lake offer some of those tense moments when you don't know if enemies are weaving through buildings or peeking around corners. But overall, even marquee locations are visually uninspired and plainly laid out, which makes battles grow stale over time. Outside of outlandish cosmetics, the distinct lack of style or variety to how the game presents itself makes it hard to want to stay for long.

As a free-to-play game, microtransactions come part-and-parcel. Crowns work as purchasable in-game currency, and Credits are solely earned through playing the game and completing daily challenges. Here, H1Z1 has evolved with the times by incorporating a Battle Pass which unlocks an exclusive line of rewards--like cosmetics, emotes, and in-game currency--to earn as you level up (though nothing that provides gameplay advantages). It may be irksome that a loot box system remains the prevailing method for rewards, but it's worth noting that each box spells out the rarity of the items you'll receive.

H1Z1 doesn't shake up the battle royale formula in any big way, but instead offers a simple, streamlined experience. It differentiates itself from its PC counterpart to its benefit by revamping the core systems at play, giving you just enough to work with in battle without being overwhelmed. But it's still missing diversity in its action that would create lasting appeal. Bare presentation aside, the only map available isn't the best vehicle for solid gameplay as its largely made up of uninteresting locations. In a crowded space of battle royale games all vying for your attention, H1Z1 makes room for itself by just focusing the action-packed moments--nothing more, nothing less.

Categories: Games

Red Bull Reveals $80 Million 'Junior' F1 Budget

Forbes News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:51
Energy drinks giant Red Bull is spending almost as much on its junior Formula One team as it is on its flagship outfit according to its latest financial statements.
Categories: Business

SSC Tuatara's twin-turbo V8 showed off ahead of Pebble Beach

Auto Blog News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:20

Filed under: ,,,,,,

You're looking at 1,350 hp and 1,280 lb-ft and a top speed beyond 280 mph.

Continue reading SSC Tuatara's twin-turbo V8 showed off ahead of Pebble Beach

SSC Tuatara's twin-turbo V8 showed off ahead of Pebble Beach originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Categories: Cars

Relax, binge watchers. Netflix is not adding commercials

CNN News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:03
Netflix is setting the record straight: It's not adding commercials.
Categories: Money

Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Pad Just Weeks Away, New Report Hints At Price

Forbes News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 19:00
The much-anticipated wireless charging pad was announced almost a year ago - now it seems it's almost here.
Categories: Business

Xbox And PS4 Join Forces To Make Cutting-Edge Games Look Even Better

Forbes News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 18:52
Setting aside rivalries for the good of gaming? That’ll do nicely.
Categories: Business

Twitter's Jack Dorsey: 'We are not' discriminating against any political viewpoint

CNN News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 18:05
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey knows the tech world has a problem. He's asking big questions like "How do we earn peoples' trust?"
Categories: Money

United Will Soon Charge More for Economy Seats Toward the Front of the Plane

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 17:05
<p>United Airlines will soon begin charging extra for seats toward the front of the economy cabin, <a href="https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/United-to-charge-extra-for-economy-seats-in-front-of-cabin" target="_blank"><em>Travel Weekly</em> reported</a>. The change comes with the introduction of <a href="http://unitedcorporatepreferred.com/" target="_blank">new corporate perks for business clients</a>.</p><p>Preferred corporate clients as well as passengers United's Mileage Plus Premier status will have access to booking the front economy seats without paying a fee, according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>. But regular economy passengers will now see these seats available only for an additional fee. If they don't want to pay, they can select a seat toward the back of the plane.</p><p>United, of course, isn’t alone in charging more for “select” economy seats. Budget airlines like Norwegian Air and Spirit Airlines charge an additional fee to select a specific seat ahead of time, as do legacy airlines like American when passengers buy <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/american-airlines-basic-economy-carry-ons" target="_blank">a basic economy ticket</a>. Etihad Airways now charges more for people to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/airlines-charging-for-seat-assignments" target="_blank">select their seats in economy</a> class. With that airline, passengers can expect to pay $25 to select a standard seat.</p><img alt="United's preferred seating "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534521655/united-MOREECON0817.jpg?itok=durzIoen"><p>United has not yet announced pricing for the front economy seats. However, according to <em>Travel Weekly</em>, if the seats are not yet filled by the time passengers are checking in, they will be available first come, first serve, no extra fee required.</p>
Categories: Travel

The Beckhams Visit Impoverished Kids at Local School in Sumba

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 17:00
Victoria posted a series of videos on her Instagram Story timeline, including one clip of seven-year-old Harper playing with a young girl.
Categories: Celebrity

Entrepreneur: Impressive Isn't Always Impactful in Experiential Marketing

Business Now Mag - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 16:00
Here is a new way to think about experiential marketing.
Categories: Business

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS to start at $24,995

Auto Blog News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 15:55

Filed under: ,,

Undercuts the Toyota Camry SE and Honda Accord Sport.

Continue reading 2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS to start at $24,995

2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS to start at $24,995 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Categories: Cars

Chinese tariffs may delay Elon Musk's boring projects

Auto Blog News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 15:01

Filed under: ,,

In order to "restore the now-dormant American tunnel boring machine industry."

Continue reading Chinese tariffs may delay Elon Musk's boring projects

Chinese tariffs may delay Elon Musk's boring projects originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Categories: Cars

R. Kelly Hit With Lawsuit Over Damaged Rental Property

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 15:00
SB Property Management Global, LLC files the lawsuit, claiming two properties he rented in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015, 2017, and 2018 has been wrecked.
Categories: Celebrity

The Key Facts Every Franchisor Needs To Know About Financial Performance Representations

Forbes News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 14:19
For franchisors, there are few things more confusing and potentially risky than managing financial performance representations. Here are the key facts that you need to know.
Categories: Business

Kroger starts testing driverless grocery delivery in Arizona

Auto Blog News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 14:01

Filed under: ,,,

Nuro's R1 driverless delivery van will begin testing this autumn.

Continue reading Kroger starts testing driverless grocery delivery in Arizona

Kroger starts testing driverless grocery delivery in Arizona originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Categories: Cars

Fans Invited to Pay Final Respect to Aretha Franklin at Public Viewing in Detroit

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 14:00
A private funeral service will follow at the city's Greater Grace Temple on August 31, when close family and friends will bid a final farewell to the legendary singer.
Categories: Celebrity

Pages