Sonos wasn’t the first company in the world to release a wireless speaker, but there’s little question that the company played a major role in popularizing the category. Thanks to the success Sonos has had, every audio company imaginable has jumped head first into wireless speakers.
While there’s no question whatsoever that Sonos remains one of the best in the business when it comes to wireless home audio solutions, one size never fits all. Some people want different designs, and others might not want to work within the confines of the services Sonos supports. Whatever the case, rest assured that there are plenty of other great options out there for people in search of a new wireless speaker. In this post, we’ll check out five Sonos alternatives that offer great designs and fantastic sound.
Two separate reports emerged around the same time on Monday claiming to offer new details on a number of key iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus specs. According to the claims, much of what we’ve seen and heard thus far about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is accurate. They’ll feature a new 16nm Apple A10 processor, 2GB or 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM depending on the model, upgraded cameras including a new dual-lens setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, and bigger batteries. That’s all good news.
But there was some bad news to be found in yesterday’s leak, and the more I think about it the more annoyed I get.
Adding the new Tumble Mini Game, support for Battle Map Pack 3, six new Trophies for the Battle Mini Game, and more, Minecraft update 1.33 is now live on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita in Europe and Japan. Expect it to be available later today in North America.
“A frantic competitive clash in which players destroy the very floor beneath their enemies’ feet, sending them plummeting to their doom,” Tumble is the second mini game released for the Console Editions of Minecraft. Inspired by Spleef, Tumble includes two variants: one where you can throw snowballs, the other equipping you with shovels. Each fight is a best of three and takes place on a series of semi-randomized maps, each with several layers of differing materials and hazards.
Here’s the full list of patch notes for today’s Minecraft update on PlayStation platforms:
Re-enabled the previous Birthday and Minecon skin packs for players who had them.
Battle Mini Game: Made some changes to chest refilling logic to make things harder for players camping beside chests.
Battle Mini Game: Made some balancing changes to items spawning in chests.
Battle Mini Game: Fixed some map issues in Cavern, Siege, Ruin, Lair and Atlantis arenas.
Introduced a ‘vote to kick’ system for mini games. When there are more than three players in a public game, a player will be kicked from the game when they have received three votes. This scales down when there are less players.
Battle Map Pack 3 is available for free in the Season Pass, or $2.99/€2.99/£2.49 on its own.
An update is also available today for the Xbox versions of Minecraft. The Wii U version, meanwhile, will receive the update later this week.
The Fun Pimps’7 Days to Dieis coming to PlayStation 4 courtesy of Telltale Games. It’s basically a realistic Minecraft, as players will have to craft items and build defenses in order to survive in this post-apocalyptic game. The focus is definitely more on survival rather than building, though, so if you just want to create cool buildings then this might not be the right game for you.
Dragon Quest Builders
Dragon Quest Buildersis coming to North America later this year, but Japanese players have already had the chance to check out this Dragon Quest spin on Minecraft. It’s a pretty straightforward adaptation, as you’ll be collecting items like rock, wood, and slime ooze to craft new objects. There’s also familiar enemies to deal with.
Set to release later this year, DayZis a survival game based off the ARMA 2 mod of the same name. There’s a zombie filled world to roam, and you’ll have to determine if other players are friend or foe. While the focus is definitely on survival here, you can also build bases in order to protect your items.
Available on PS3, Vita and PS4,Terrariais essentially a 2D version of Minecraft. That description does do it a bit of a disservice (as it adds some cool stuff such as boss fights), but the core gameplay will be familiar to any fan of Mojang’s title. There’s a lot of depth here, and I’d argue that it’s a more focused (and better) game than what inspired it.
Don’t Starvefeatures one of the best crafting systems in any survival game. You’ll start off by creating simple objects like a pickaxe, but later on you can create stuff like a staff that shoots fire. It’s available on both PlayStation Vita and PS4, and its multiplayer sequel Don’t Starve Together is releasing later this year on consoles.
Endnight Games’The Forestis a first-person survival game where players crash onto a mysterious island. Oh, and the island is filled with cannibals who took your son. So, yeah. The situation is pretty dire here, and this realistic-looking survival game has received rave reviews on PC. According to the developer, it’s set to arrive on PS4 “sometime in 2016.”
Alright, so the main game ofFallout 4isn’t really like Minecraft at all. You can make some awesome settlements, though. Just look at the screenshot, which was made by Redditor RuxConk. It’s a fun game in general, and the settlement building has a lot of depth if you want to dive into it.
Starboundis very similar to Terraria, but it also has the distinction of being in space. Players are able to use a space shuttle to explore the rest of the galaxy and this futuristic take on the genre is something special. It’s already out on PC, and is in development for PS4.
Ark: Survival Evolved
One way Minecraft could be made better is if it had dinosaurs, mainly because everything is better with dinos. Fear not, asArk: Survival Evolvedhas plenty of the feathered reptiles (over 60 if you’re counting) that want to stomp you out of existence. Thankfully, players can tame wild dinosaurs to use themselves and build bases in order to conquer the game world.
The Tomorrow Children
Q-Games’ The Tomorrow Childrenis one of the most anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusives, and it should be releasing relatively soon. It’s a mixture between Minecraft style building, gorgeous graphics that look straight out of an animated film, and a Soviet Union theme. Players won’t have to wait too much longer to check out the latest idea to come from Dylan Cuthbert.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has made no secret of its desire to push further into big data, and on Tuesday it announced two key new offerings: HPE Haven OnDemand Combinations, an extension of the “machine learning as a service” platform it released earlier this year, and Vertica 8, a major new update to its analytics software.
Launched in March, HPE’s Haven OnDemand cloud platform offers machine learning APIs (application programming interfaces) and services designed to help developers and businesses build data-rich applications. The platform now has 70 artificial intelligence APIs and more than 18,000 users, and HPE is extending it to make development easier.
A destructive ransomware program deletes files from web servers and asks administrators for money to return them, though it’s not clear if attackers can actually deliver on this promise.
Dubbed FairWare, the malicious program is not the first ransomware threat to target Linux-based web servers, but is the first to delete files. Another program called Linux.Encoder first appeared in November and encrypted files, but did so poorly, allowing researchers to create recovery tools.
After attackers hack a web server and deploy FairWare, the ransomware deletes the entire web folder and then asks for two bitcoins (around US$1,150) to restore them, Lawrence Abrams, the founder of tech support forum BleepingComputer.com, said in a blog post.
New chips can be a reason to upgrade PCs. But does Intel’s latest 7th Generation Core chip, code-named Kaby Lake, have enough bite to trigger replacements of old PCs?
Intel hopes so. The company is framing Kaby Lake PCs as go-to devices for productivity, virtual reality, and 4K gaming and video.
So far, Kaby Lake is off to a good start. About 100 laptops, 2-in-1s, and tablets with Kaby Lake installed will be available from PC makers by the end of this year.
On paper, Kaby Lake’s launch comes at an inopportune time. PC shipments are slumping, the replacement cycle has slowed to six years, and consumers are instead using smartphones and phablets for computing. Many older PCs are powerful enough to run Windows 10.
Thankfully, Transport for London (TfL) has just released an official Tube map showing the number of steps between stations in zones one and two, so you can plan how to sneak in some extra steps each day.
The map is designed to encourage Londoners to get walking.
The Mini is a new, smaller, take on the company’s signature Powerstation line. The 3,000 mAh batteries come in five different colors — pink, blue, purple, black and white — and provide up to 12 hours of additional battery life for your smartphone, according to Mophie.
The company is also making new additions to the rest of its Powerstation line: The 6,000 mAh Powerstation, the 10,000 mAh Powerstation XL and the 20,000 mAh Powerstation XXL, which is also Mophie’s biggest battery to date. Read more…
Stepping in front of a self-driving car is the automotive equivalent of a trust fall. You believe the car can see you and does not plan to run you down, but you can’t catch the eye of a driver, since whoever is sitting in the driver’s seat is not actually in control — or paying attention. There’s no nod or wave, or even a “good day” smile. Stepping off the curb and crossing the street while the intelligent vehicle purrs at the intersection is a leap of faith.
It shouldn’t be. Self-driving cars will, by at least one measure, save thousands of lives and billions of dollars. But that does little to console those who find the idea of driverless cars creepy. The reality is, though, that there is almost no scenario in which, at least in the near term, robot cars will not mix with people. And that could cause some problems. Read more…