first_imgThe HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR are all dropping in price, smartphone VR is improving significantly, and Google and Facebook are betting big on standalone VR helmets. It’s taking a long time, but virtual reality is slowly working its way into the mainstream. So if you want to make something new and exciting on VR, you’ll definitely want to check out today’s SkillWise bargain. • The Complete VR Development Bundle for $34 (List price: $377)When you purchase this bundle, these five courses are included: • VR Game Development with Unity for Beginners (a $200 value) • WebVR for Beginners: Build VR Websites with A-Frame (a $49 value) • Unity VR Development: Night with Mosquitos Game (a $49 value) • Unity VR Development: 360° Photos Experience (a $29 value) • Unity VR Development: 360° Video Quiz App (a $50 value)If you put all of that together, you’ll get 13 hours of video instruction, delivered across more than fifty individual lessons. Whether you want to work with polygonal 3D environments or 360 degree video, these five courses will help you understand the basics of developing VR apps that work well using the Unity toolset.While buying each of these courses separately could cost you over 350 clams, snagging this SkillWise bundle can save you hundreds of dollars. And the best part? SkillWise is willing to back up this bundle with a 15-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with these instructions, you can return it for store credit, and use it towards something more to your liking.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the SkillWise site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

first_img One of the best parts of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the naval battles. This aspect is so good that Ubisoft decided to make an entire game out of it: Skull & Bones. During this year’s E3, I had a chance to play the pirate simulator for myself. In that brief time, I engaged in battles against AI and other players, looted booty, and boarded ships. It was actually a lot more fun than I expected.Skull & Bones takes place on the Indian Ocean during the last days of the age of piracy. You control a ship and engage in all manner of pirate activities in the South Pacific Ocean. You must contend with fleets of AI-controlled ships who represent the colonial powers of the time as well as other pirates and marauders. Since this is a multiplayer title, you must also either team up or go against other players. Players can choose to play solo if they wish, but the game is really made for multiplayer. As such, I teamed up with another player. This was a wise choice considering how hectic things became during my time with the game.To start the 20-minute long demo, I first had to choose a ship. Two vessels were fast and maneuverable, while the other was massive and lumbering. Though tempted by the giant galleon and its wide assortment of cannons, I went with a medium-sized ship. The one I chose was excellent for ramming and attack with the side cannons. I’m going to assume the final game will have a greater number of ships to choose from. But for the purposes of the demo, the small ship selection worked.My mission was to lure an enemy pirate ship out by destroying or capturing ships carrying ivory. While these merchant ships were plentiful, getting to them was far from easy. The major obstacle before me were the ships from British, Portuguese, and Ottoman empires. The other challenge was wind direction. Unlike Black Flag, you need to carefully watch which way the winds come from. You won’t get anywhere going headfirst into oncoming wind. I had to find another route to the ivory ship because the winds prevented me from proceeding. Accounting for wind direction became frustrating at times, but it does add an element of strategy to the gameplay.It’s no surprise that combat is nearly identical to the naval battles from Black Flag. You can strike with forward-facing cannons and cannons on either side of the ship. There’s no definitive way to attack foes, but I found it best to destroy their sails before bombarding the ship’s body. Once you weaken an enemy ship, you can board it and take its loot. This mechanic is just a cutscene, which is disappointing. Between skirmishes, you can repair your ship. This is important considering how much damage you’ll take during battle. Overall, combat is simple to learn but difficult to master.While combat is easy to grasp, the same isn’t true for the rest of the game. There’s a lot of stuff happening in the UI, and I can’t say I understood half of it. These elements disappear when you go into the crow’s nest, which I found extremely strange (and disorientating). I hope the full game cleans up some of the UI clutter. There’s already a lot happening on screening without having to deal with so much info thrown in your face.The sea is vast and you can’t always see everything from your position behind the wheel of the ship. To locate objectives, you can press a button to see the world from the crow’s nest. From there, you’ll get a better sense of where you need to go and what possible dangers await. The crow’s nest is an essential part of the game, and one must get used to using it at every possible opportunity. Constantly going back and forth between controlling the ship and using the crow’s nest kills the flow a little, but it helps keep you on track.The crow’s nest also gives you a chance to better appreciate the game’s graphics. This is easily one of the best looking titles I played at E3. Everything has such an organic and natural look to it. The lighting goes a long way to making the world feel believable. I love the way the sun illuminated ships and the oceans they ride on. During combat, you can see debris flying off ships stuck by cannonball fire and see water splashing around the deck. It’s absolutely stunning to look at.Though I had fun during the demo, I am concerned about Skull & Bones‘ longevity. While there’s nothing technically wrong with the game, it doesn’t feel like it has a lot of depth. It’s all very surface level. Multiplayer games live or die on their longevity, and I’m not entirely convinced this one has a long shelf-life. With that said, I am not privy to Ubisoft’s long-term plans. If their other multiplayer titles are anything to go by, Skull & Bones will end up having a huge and dedicated player base. But at the moment, I’m having difficulty seeing how the game will hold up in the long term.Questions about its lifespan aside, I did thoroughly enjoy my time with Skull & Bones. I suppose I should, given my love for the naval battles of Black Flag. The game won’t release until 2019, so there is plenty of time for Ubisoft to fine-tune things and make the title as strong as possible. Even if that isn’t the case at launch, I’m sure future updates will address any issues users have. Either way, I think this is a game to keep an eye on, even if you aren’t particularly interested at the moment. It certainly has the potential of becoming the next Ghost Recon: Wildlands, For Honor, or Rainbow Six: Siege.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack Stay on target It was fascinating to see the fall of the Samsung Galaxy Fold play out in real-time. I think most people were pretty skeptical as to how useful a folding phone would actually be. But all of the demos of seamlessly turning the Galaxy Fold into a phone, a tablet, and then back again were pretty slick for tech enthusiasts. Good idea or not, it looked like it at least worked.And the idea might still work. But it’s pretty obvious now that at least this initial wave of Samsung Galaxy Fold devices don’t work. So color us shocked that Samsung has now decided to delay the phone.The trouble all started when the Galaxy Fold left the tightly controlled stage demos and wound up in the hands of real-world tech reviewers. Within literal hours people whose job it is to review phones were accidentally breaking this device. They peeled off screen covers that looked optional but super weren’t. They saw debris get stuck inside the hinge that sliced the larger foldable screen down the middle. They refused to write reviews of essentially a beta product.When a tech reviewer accidentally breaks a phone, they can typically return it to the vendor for a new one. But the process wouldn’t be so cordial if all of a sudden huge amounts of people started breaking their $2,000 fancy new phones after a single session with it. They’d rather the battery explode!So while the Samsung Galaxy Fold was initially slated to launch April 26, Samsung cancelled launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai before announcing a vague new “one month” release window. Samsung also said this delay will allow for a “thorough inspection” of the issues writers have uncovered. But if we’re being pessimistic this is probably just enough time for them to print bigger stickers saying “DO NOT REMOVE THE SCREEN COVER” while failing to address any fundamental issues of the hardware.So if you were jazzed for the Samsung Galaxy Fold this is actually good news for you. Yeah you have to wait longer but you’ll be rewarded with (in theory) a more durable phone as well as all this new knowledge of what not to do with it when you get it. In the meantime though we still suggest checking out some other Android phones.last_img read more

first_imgGet started on your dream project with the Humble Full-Stack Web Development Bundle. Featuring dozens of online courses worth well over a thousand bucks, this bundle will help you build up the skills needed to make a web app that can really deliver the goods. • Humble Full-Stack Web Development BundleWant to jump into your new project with Next.js and Bootstrap? These two intro courses are great guides to get started. And if you’re a little shaky on the underpinnings, the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript courses will get you up to speed.Spend at least $1Intro to BootstrapIntro to Next.jsBite-Sized HTMLBite-Sized CSSBite-Sized JavaScriptNeed more courses to achieve your goal? When you beat the average bundle price, you’ll also unlock coverage of the likes of HTML5 game dev, jQuery, and Express.Beat the averageCreate Interactive Pages with JavaScript and the DOM APIAdvanced JavaScript and ES6Express for BeginnersTypeScript for BeginnersBite-Sized jQueryBite-Sized HTML5 Game DevelopmentThe Complete Responsive Web Design CourseLearn Angular by Creating a Web ApplicationJump up to the top tier, and you’ll nearly double the number of courses. Learn the ropes in Node.js, GraphQL, MongoDB, and more with these classes from Zenva Academy.Spend at least $25Responsive Admin Pages with Semantic UINode.js For Beginners – Create Server-Side Apps with JavaScriptMongoDB for BeginnersServer-Side Rendered Webapps with Node.js, Express and MongoDBCreate REST APIs with Express and MongoDBBuild Web Applications with ReactIntermediate React and ReduxIntroduction to GraphQLGit and Github – Version Control and CollaborationAWS Deployment for Node.js ApplicationsAzure Deployment for Node.js ApplicationsProject-Based Next.js – Games WebsiteWant to help the world get a little bit better? Well, some of your purchase price goes toward three non-profits: the V Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, and a participating charity of your chosing.Sale Ends: May 8th, 2019 at 11:00AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

first_imgStay on target With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits For the longest time, Nerf has been creating colorful and increasingly powerful and tactical blasters for children. Now that Fortnite battle royale has become the most popular game ever for kids, and that game is chock full of people blasting each other, it’s no surprise that Nerf is trying to bring some of that success over into the physical world. Even as we wrap up an E3 2019 full of exciting new games, none of them are dethroning Fortnite anytime soon.Check out our exclusive reveal of Nerf’s fall Fortnite lineup.View as: One Page Slides1/91. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The Nerf Fortnite Microshots are the cheapest option at $10. These are pocket-sized blasters you can probably sneak into school. They’re modeled after various Fortnite gear including the famous Battle Bus. Fire one dart at a time through manual action.The Nerf Fortnite HC-E Blaster ($15) is a more substantial piece of equipment. It fires one dart but with a tremendous amount of force. Wrap both hands around the barrel to pull back and prime.And for $30 you can go all out with the Nerf Fortnite RL. Forget flimsy darts. This is a straight-up rocket launcher. Just eliminate your opponent with these huge foam missiles to earn that chicken dinner. Wait, that’s the wrong game.Don’t be a default skin, and pick up this Nerf Fortnite gear coming soon. I’m so old. For more on video game toys check out these reality-warping Pokemon: Detective Pikachu toys, the best Assassin’s Creed and Overwatch toys, and the most fatal Mortal Kombat toys.last_img read more

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Glenn “Kane” Jacobs will not be appearing at WWE Live Events despite being advertised Glenn “Kane” Jacobs’ autobiography “Mayor Kane” to be released on November 26 Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Shawn Michaels Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The following is scheduled for tonight’s 10/17 WWE Smackdown on Syfy.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (non-title match).* WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Layla (non-title match).* WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust & Stardust and The Miz vs. WWE U.S. Champion Sheamus and The Usos (Six man tag team match).* Appearances by the Big Show, Rusev and Lana.* Naomi vs. Nikki Bella.* Kane vs. Dean Ambrose.Check back later tonight for a detailed recap of Smackdown here on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Downlast_img read more

first_img Last night’s 3/22 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.40 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.466 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.416 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 3.317 million viewers.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.46 million viewers.RAW averaged a 1.19 rating among adults 18-49, down from 1.28 last week.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Velvet Sky Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

first_imgFOREST GROVE, Ore. — A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed — sexual aggression among classmates.Unsure at first what to do, the districts adapted the same early-intervention approach used to handle potential school shooters: Based on observations or tips, school staff now quietly keep an eye on kids they worry are sexually aggressive. Parents help the school try to understand why their child is acting out. And the school intervenes if behavior threatens to escalate, whether the student is a kindergartener or about to graduate.This awakening puts the districts at the forefront of grassroots efforts to grapple with a sensitive and complex challenge that U.S. universities already have been forced to confront but elementary and secondary schools have mostly avoided.A yearlong Associated Press investigation uncovered about 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults by students over a recent four-year period, a figure that doesn’t fully capture the problem because such violence is greatly under-reported and some states don’t track it.AP also found that only 18 states required training for teachers, school administrators or students focused on peer-on-peer sexual assaults, leaving many educators to struggle with both how to protect victims and manage the risk of offenders.last_img read more

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. — The widow of a Eugene man who died five days before his 29th birthday seeks $10 million in a lawsuit against a hospital, doctors and physicians’ groups.The suit says Aaron Martineau died in September 2014, a day after he was incorrectly diagnosed with non-cardiac chest pain and released from McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, Ore.The suit says his death resulted from aortic dissection, a condition in which there is a tear in the wall of the main artery carrying blood from the heart.A McKenzie-Willamette spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. Officials with the physicians’ groups told The Register-Guard newspaper  they are not authorized to comment.The suit says Martineau was suffering from chest pain, shortness of breath and a slow heart rate, and the tests performed were insufficient to rule out or confirm serious conditions consistent with his symptoms.www.registerguard.comlast_img read more

first_imgResidents say not much has happened in the Parkside neighborhood over the last two years, after its neighborhood association fell inactive.But now, a group of neighbors, led by Cheryl Aichele, is ready to see some change and unite the neighborhood in the process.“When you don’t have an active association, you can’t do much,” Aichele, 38, said.She reached out to other neighbors and the city about revitalizing the association, she said, after seeing an April 10 story in The Columbian about issues with the Truman Neighborhood Association. A couple other neighbors joined her.“We came together to figure out what we need to do,” Aichele said.Members of the former neighborhood association fell ill, moved away or simply became too busy with their daily lives to keep up the group, said 50-year-old Ralph Heiser, the former vice president.After reaching out to Judy Bailey with Vancouver’s Office of Neighborhoods, more than 50 Parkside neighbors met Aug. 17 to elect new leaders, including Aichele as president. They also filled the spots of vice president, secretary and treasurer, and created a traffic safety committee — a major concern for many residents, Aichele said.Longtime resident Sharron VanHovel, 82, said she was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who attended the meeting, because usually only a handful come.“I think it’s great. I’m all for it,” she said of the revitalized neighborhood association. “I can’t count how many times it just went to a handful of people. I’m hoping this works out; it’s really important.”last_img read more