Tesla Energy lives, Grooveshark dies, Microsoft knows how old you are, Night Terrors invades your home, download P.T. from PlayStation Store, and elders react (badly) to Mortal Kombat X.
Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Energy
Whoa. The cost of Tesla Energy is only $3500 — far less than what most in the industry had been predicting.
— Jason Hiner (@jasonhiner) May 1, 2015
Elon Musk has unveiled Tesla Energy, his company’s ambitious plan to change the way homes and business use and store energy. There are two elements to Tesla Energy: The Powerwall, a home system comprising of single batteries up to 10 kWh, and Powerpack, an “infinitely scalable” system for businesses that comprises of 100 kWh battery blocks.
The Tesla Energy system is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery unit designed to store solar energy for when it’s needed. The capacity of these batteries means Tesla Energy could enable consumers to live off the grid, as well as bring energy to homes in remote areas to which the existing grid doesn’t even extend.
Never short of blowing his own trumpet, Musk suggested Tesla Energy could change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world”. While that may be true, he’ll need to persuade people to actually buy the batteries first, which start at $3,000 even before you add in the cost of installation and solar panels.
The Music Industry Kills Grooveshark
Grooveshark shut down today. My heart is now officially broken.
— Say (@sayomgwtf) May 1, 2015
Grooveshark has finally bitten the dust after many years of fighting off legal challenges from the music industry. In the end, the music streaming service was faced with a stark choice: either pay up to $736 million in fines, or shut down and hand over the website, apps, and patents to the record labels it has been battling against for years.
Suffice to say, it chose the latter, and Grooveshark is now in the hands of Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and Warner Music Group. As part of the settlement, Grooveshark published an apology to those companies, admitting:
We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite [the] best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service. That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.
As a final farewell to fans, Grooveshark listed a number of alternative music streaming services, all of which are, unlike Grooveshark, entirely legal. The list includes Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, and Rdio. But not Tidal. Never Tidal.
Microsoft Offends Both Young & Old Alike
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 30, 2015
Microsoft thinks it can guess how old you are simply by looking at your photograph. Unfortunately, How-Old.net, the website showing off its face recognition API seems to be offending both old and young alike.
To test Microsoft’s age-guessing skills, just visit the website and either search for a photo of yourself that already exists online or upload your own. The #HowOldRobot will instantly guess your age, but there is no guarantee it will do so accurately.
Night Terrors Brings Nightmares to Life
A new augmented reality game promises to bring your nightmares to life, literally. Night Terrors turns your home from a place of sanctuary into a cauldron of horrifying imagery, with photo-realistic monsters stalking your hallways and landings.
The plot — to save the girl and survive — is very simple, but if done well this could, as the developers hope, be “the scariest game ever made”. Night Terrors is currently being funded through an Indiegogo campaign, with the goal being to raise $70,000.
You Can Still Download P.T. for PlayStation
Although Konami has delisted P.T. from the PlayStation Store, that doesn’t mean it’s unavailable. If you have downloaded it to your PS4 then you can continue to enjoy the frightening thrills, and even those who have since deleted it from their system can download it again from their Library.
P.T., which stands for Playable Teaser, is a short horror game which offers more spooky scares than a lot of full-length titles. Unfortunately, Silent Hills, the game P.T. was designed to promote, has since been canceled. It’s a great game, but whatever you do, don’t pay $1,500 for a PlayStation 4 which has P.T. pre-installed on it. Unless you’re a mug with money to burn.
Watch Elders React to Mortal Kombat X
And finally, this video shows what happens when you lock a group of older people in a room together and make them fight to the death… on Mortal Kombat X. Sure, watching them do it in real-life, Battle Royale-style, would be more fun, but this will have to do.
What’s interesting is the disconnect between the way they play the game and their attitudes towards it afterwards. They all seem to love digitally kicking the crap out of each other, but in their minds Mortal Kombat X still shouldn’t exist, simply because it’s violent. The hypocrites. [H/T Game Informer]
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