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Development has begun on a new generation of USB connector. Called “Type-C,” it will be thinner and reversible (like Apple’s Lightning connector).
The smaller size will be closer to micro USB plug.
The connector will not work with currently existing plugs without the use of adapters. In return, USB Type-C will allow for changes in design and smaller devices.
“While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman in a press release.
No images of the new plug are currently available.
USB Type-C and the USB 3.1 specification are expected to be finalized by the middle of 2014.
Next Generation USB Connection Definition Underway [USB 3.0 Promoter Group]
Thor sticks out like a sore thumb.
Among the characters in Marvel Studios’ stable, the Asgardian hero is the least grounded in reality (at least, as grounded in reality as you can get in a universe filled with green rage monsters, soldiers frozen in time and a “genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist”).
Like its titular character, Thor: The Dark World is very different from the other films in Marvel’s cinematic universe to date. It’s a cosmic, strange and sometimes playful adventure that, despite some issues maintaining a consistent tone, makes for a very enjoyable film.
The Dark World takes place soon after the events of The Avengers. Thor (Chris Hemsworth, Rush) attempts to bring peace to the Nine Realms. Odin (Anthony Hopkins, Red 2) has locked up Loki (Tom Hiddleston, War Horse, The Avengers) as punishment for his crimes.
Meanwhile, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman, Your Highness, Thor) is still waiting in London for Thor to return to Earth. Her assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings, Two Broke Girls) finds some strange activity in London that leads to Foster becoming infected with the Aether, an old weapon of the Dark Elves. Thor brings Foster to Asgard to seek treatment when the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who) seeks to gain its power and fill the Nine Realms with darkness.
Unlike the first Thor, The Dark World eschews Earth for the majority of the film to explore Asgard and a few of the other realms. It’s visually stunning. It’s a good chance to get heroes away from New York and Los Angeles, which makes the movie fresher.
Everyone has demons. Jodie Holmes has demons. David Cage has demons.
Beyond: Two Souls explores them all, and then some.
Jodie Holmes (a spectacular Ellen Page, The East) is tied to Aiden. Aiden is a mysterious entity with supernatural powers such as moving objects, possessing people and healing the wounded. Naturally, this scares the bejesus out of Jodie’s parents and other children, so her family drops her off to be cared for and observed by Nathan Dawkins (Willem Dafoe, John Carter).
The game covers 15 years of Jodie’s life, which is mapped out on a timeline in chronological order. The game tells the story out of order. You’ll move from Jodie struggling to be a normal teenager (despite her gifts) to her first night under the Dawkins’ care to hitchhiking in the desert and back again.
In each of these scenes, players interact with Jodie in a number of ways. This brings us to David Cage’s aforementioned demons.
Ubisoft’s open world, hacking adventure title, Watch Dogs, has been delayed to spring 2014.
The game was scheduled to launch on November 19 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC and alongside the launches of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
"We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now? We struggled with whether we would delay the game," The Watch Dogs team wrote in a statement. ”But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality. As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.”
You can read the full release here.
Ubisoft also delayed its upcoming open world racing title, The Crew, to its 2014-2015 fiscal year.
For the past 99 weekdays, I’ve been reading a ton of stories online. That’s not something new. I do that every day.
What was new was that I was picking five stories each day for you to check out. I did it every Monday through Friday (except for a federal holiday here and there) since May 28. I really hope you found it informative and useful.
But now it’s over. I’m sending The Daily Gathering to a nice farm upstate, with lots of room for it to run and play and discuss the government shutdown and the next generation of video game consoles.
Five stories from today that you should check out:
Since November 2011, law enforcement agents have made over 100 undercover purchases of illegal substances from Silk Road vendors, both from and shipped to the Southern District of New York, including heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine. The document states that their samples, which came from 10 different countries, “have been laboratory-tested and have typically shown high purity levels.”
New York Times: C.I.A. Warning on Snowden in ’09 Said to Slip Through the Cracks
Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion.
The move comes days after nearly 40 lawmakers pressed the USOC for more action to protect athletes who will be competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia against potential anti-LGBT discrimination.
Fans, celebrities and press attending New York Comic Con on Thursday sent out laudatory tweets expressing excitement to be at the annual convention — or at least it looked like they did, as the tweets were published entirely without their permission or knowledge.
As Rockstar continues to work out the persistent server and gameplay issues plaguing players of Grand Theft Auto Online, the company has promised that a $500,000 “stimulus package” of in-game cash will soon be deposited into all player accounts.