Unreleased footage of cancelled Doom 4 shows why they restarted

Unreleased footage of cancelled Doom 4 shows why they restarted

By now you've probably heard all about that new Doom teaser that was released yesterday as a build-up to Bethesda's full unveiling at E3 next month. But did you know that developers id Software completely restarted the project back in late 2011? Prior to that, they had gotten pretty far on what they were then calling Doom 4, but eventually realized it just didn't have the "soul" of a Doom game, and needed to be scrapped. A brief, unreleased video of that old version has surfaced today, and it's pretty clear they made the right call.

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Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

Ekocycle Field Band for Misfit Shine is made from recycled bottles

The Coca-Cola company is working to ensure that all the plastic bottles that it produces for its soft drinks are recyclable and don’t end up buried in a landfill somewhere for eternity. The PET plastic the bottles are made from is intended to be recyclable and are used in all sorts of products including automobile interiors. Misfit, the company behind the fitness monitor called Shine has announced a new accessory for the fitness monitor that aims to give users a new way to wear the monitor.

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MediaTek Pump Express Plus takes on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge

MediaTek Pump Express Plus takes on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge

Cue inappropriate jokes. MediaTek is really putting the heat on Qualcomm, more so after seeing a chink in its armor courtesy of Samsung. Just recently it tried selling the idea of a three-tier deca-core mobile processor even while Qualcomm has just gotten started with 8 cores. Now with its own "Pump Express Plus", it is taking aim at Qualcomm's fast charging technology, Quick Charge 2.0, that is slowly snaking its way into the latest flagships and quickly becoming a much wanted feature in smartphones.

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Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google's recent mobile app, YouTube Kids, a version of the popular video service that curates safe content for young children, has come under fire from two child and consumer advocacy groups claiming that the app is deceiving. The Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed a complaint with the FTC, stating that "the app is rife with videos that would not meet anyone’s definition of 'family friendly.'" The complaint included evidence of video clips that had been found on YouTube Kids that were described as disturbing and/or harmful to young children.

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Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

If there is one thing Android users might get jealous of their Windows Phone counterparts, it would be this. Microsoft will practically be taking charge of all Windows 10 updates on all devices. And yes, that includes mobile phones. This means, in theory, that it will no longer matter what device you're on or what carrier you're subscribed to. You will get those updates more or less at the same time as anyone else, no excuses. In practice, however, it remains to be seen if Microsoft can pull this off.

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Facebook Messenger platform’s next target: games

Facebook Messenger platform’s next target: games

We should have seen this coming a mile away. After all, it seems to be the trend with popular instant messengers these days anyway. Facebook is said to be now eying adding the power of games to its Messenger service, leveraging the nascent platform announced barely two months ago. But while the move may sound like a no-brainer in retrospect, Facebook's motivations might be somewhat different, driven instead by reports that its Messenger Platform as a whole is starting to become a slow-moving flop.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global tournament

Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global  tournament

Microsoft Solitaire first appeared on Windows 25 years ago. In that time, new time-wasting games took over. Solitaire used to be the ultimate way of killing time at work, with Minesweeper coming in at a close second place finish. Nowadays, games like Candy Crush are ubiquitous. Solitaire never had a the kind of social components that makes games so catchy today. That's about to change. To mark the silver anniversary, Microsoft will be hosting a global solitaire tournament in June. Hopefully it will have more than just ranking, and there should be a social element as well, if it wants to regain ground against games from a newer generation.

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LG G4 Stylus, G4c: G4 in name, mid-range in nature

LG G4 Stylus, G4c: G4 in name, mid-range in nature

Like before, LG is going to squeeze out every bit that it can from a winning name. Just as the LG G3 last year had almost half a dozen devices bearing its name, none of which even comes close to the flagship's specs, so to the LG G4. Although it already has an LG G Stylo, LG is announcing a rebrand of the stylus-bearing smartphone named, of course, the G4 Stylus. And the LG G4c we saw leaked last week is also now official. Both squarely aimed at the mid-range market.

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ISS could mount lasers to blast away space debris

ISS could mount lasers to blast away space debris

As the ISS floats above earth, it's actually hurtling around its orbit at 17,000 mph. Any debris that it encounters at that speed could have major consequences, so the ISS often has to change course throughout its orbit just to avoid space debris from previous missions. According to NASA, there are about 3,000 tons of space debris in a cloud around Earth in low-Earth orbit. There is another belt of debris higher above the earth in geo-synchronous orbit. A team of Japanese scientists proposed a solution using lasers to blast the debris before it can damage the ISS.

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Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

Apple forgoes TV sets, focusing on online viewing platform

It looks like we're unlikely to see Apple branded television sets anytime soon. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said back in 2013 that Apple had a "grand vision" for television, but the latest interpretation of that concept is that moving further away from actual TV sets and closer towards an online viewing platform.The television set market is already highly competitive, with Samsung leading the pack. Apple may be reticent to fight for ground in the saturated market when it can always the lead in new, emerging markets, like Apple Watch in the smartwatch market. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is gearing up to compete with a new online TV service.

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