Quake Is Back, Facebook Declares the Philippines at War… [Tech News Digest]
Quake is back, Facebook Declares the Phillipines at War, Siri Adds Search for SyFy and Bravo, Google Tango will map inside buildings, and DJBootyButt delivers.
Quake Is Back
In a press conference for the upcoming E3 2016 event, Bethesda made the huge announcement that Quake was indeed coming back with a new game, Quake Champions. The game is described as being a competitive arena-style PC shooter, and intends to still be fun for people who aren’t the best at shooter games.
“Yes, Quake is back.” — Bethesda
Quake Champions aims to run with unlocked framerates, so you can go nuts building your gaming machine to capitalize on this. Check out the Quake Champions trailer from the press conference below.
In more Quake news, Quake e-sport support will be expanded globally beyond Quakecon, with more details to come in August.
Also announced was that Elder Scrolls online will be updated to let players wander around the world freely. Known as the “One Tamriel” update, players will be able to explore regardless of level.
Impressive graphics for Skyrim Special Edition were demonstrated at the press conference, while new features and VR previews were shown for Fallout 4 and Doom. Fallout 4 will be available on the HTC Vive in 2017.
Meanwhile, we’re hoping Nintendo can still impress us during the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Facebook Declares the Philippines at War
In an attempt to celebrate Independence Day in the Philippines, Facebook inadvertently suggested the country was in a state of war. The graphic presented to users had the flag’s colors reversed, with red on top and blue on the bottom.
Philippine law states that the flag should only be displayed in this way when the country is at war. Filipinos were quick to comment on the issue.
— Camille Conde (@Cam_Conde) June 12, 2016
Facebook apologized to The Philippine Star regarding the error.
“This was unintentional, and we’re sorry. We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake.” — Facebook
Siri Adds Search for SyFy, Bravo & More
Just ahead of the WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple has increased the number of TV and movie services that can be searched by Siri on your Apple TV. Now included is SyFy, E!, Bravo, and USA.
Here is the full selection of movie and TV services now covered by Apple TV search:
- United States: Movies and TV shows in iTunes, Bravo, CBS, Disney Channel, Disney Jr, Disney XD, E!, FOXNOW, FXNOW, HBO GO, HBO NOW, Hulu, Nat Geo TV, NBC, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME Anytime, Starz, Syfy, USA, Watch ABC
- Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and United Kingdom: Movies and TV shows in iTunes, Netflix
- Other countries and regions: Movies in iTunes
The timing of this move, along with the recent announcement of opening up Siri to third party apps, shows that Apple wants Siri to take a central role in all of your dealings with Apple products. It’s expected that Siri will soon be able to order an Uber ride or a pizza, just as we’ve seen from its competitor Amazon Alexa .
We’ll see later today at WWDC 2016 what else Apple has in mind for Siri.
Google Tango Will Map Inside Buildings
What if Google Maps could show you exactly where you were inside a huge airport such as Heathrow? Currently, Google Maps shows you the building outlines and a few noted businesses within, but nothing about where the baggage terminals are or anything else. Google plans to fix this.
Google Tango is a project to map the interior of the world’s buildings, and Google already has a few official partners ready to upload their maps soon. Public buildings and retail stores are obvious targets for this project, but Google also has plans to map the shelves and products on them.
However, the technology to map and upload building interiors will soon be in the hands of gadget-lovers everywhere.
The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was recently unveiled, and it contains the technology required to map buildings for Google Tango. With this device in your hands, you can make detailed building maps and then choose to upload them as you wish.
DJBootyButt Delivers on Reddit
And finally, DJBootyButt delivers. For those of us who love to see Reddit at its best, this is something you must see.
With only a two-hour turnaround, user DJBootyButt delivered an amazing rendition of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” after saying it’s not that hard to perform and then being asked to prove it. Delivered.
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