Apex Legends: New Legends GeForce Game Ready upgrade live ahead of Battle Pass launch

Apex Legends players on PC can optimise their gaming experience before the big Battle Pass release later this month. Developers Respawn Entertainment has not announced when Season One will begin, or when we can expect the Battle Pass to drop. Respawn CEO, Vince Zampella, provided the latest update on the situation, confirming that his team […]

SpaceX set to launch critical Dragon demonstration mission tonight

A pretty day at Kennedy Space Center on Friday, as remote cameras were set up. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars Technica. ] It’s finally go time. For the first time since 2011 and the space shuttle’s retirement, a rocket and spacecraft stand on a launch pad in Florida capable of blasting humans into space. Launch time […]

SpaceX set to launch Israeli private mission to the lunar surface

Enlarge / An artist’s concept of the Space IL lunar spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. (credit: SpaceIL) SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday night, and while it may not be the primary payload, a small Israeli lunar lander is by far the mission’s most intriguing payload. The 180kg […]

Dreams will finally launch this Spring on PS4 for $30—in “limited early access”

Enlarge / This Spring, Media Molecule’s latest “play, create, share” game could be yours… once we figure out what they mean by “limited early access.” (credit: Media Molecule) Dreams, the first major PS4 exclusive from longtime PlayStation developer Media Molecule, is finally almost here. But if you think its protracted development cycle is anywhere near […]

SpaceX is building a ‘test hopper’ Mars spaceship in Texas — and Elon Musk says it could launch by March

Chris Carlson/AP Elon Musk said SpaceX is building a “test hopper” vehicle in Texas that could launch by March or April. The vehicle is a squat version of a full-scale Starship spaceship — one that’s being designed to reach Mars as part of the Big Falcon Rocket system. Photos taken by locals in Boca Chica, […]

Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch

Enlarge / Civil CEO Matthew Iles, as seen in this promo video. (credit: Freethink / YouTube) In March 2018, Matthew Iles—the head of Civil, an ambitious blockchain-for-journalism startup—stood in a tiny New York conference room with a few colleagues seated around him. Wearing a peach-colored sweater, Iles looked up at a mounted camera to speak […]

Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol

Enlarge (credit: Niantic) How could Niantic, the leading developers of Pokémon Go, possibly top its augmented-reality (AR) gaming sensation? Today’s announcement from the studio hints at its future strategy: find someone else to do it. The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest talks up a prize pool of more than $ 1 million, but the real […]

Chris Evans CONFIRMS launch date for Virgin Radio show – it's sooner than you think

Chris, 52, will be returning to Virgin Radio at the beginning on next year, having had a show on the station 20 years ago. The former BBC Radio 2 breakfast show presenter stood down from his role on the broadcaster in September after 13 years hosting his show. However, in an announcement on his departure, […]

Russia, Iran & Turkey agree to launch Syrian constitution committee by January

Top diplomats from Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to ensure that a 150-strong committee to draft a new Syrian constitution will convene for the first time early next year as they wrapped up a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. “We have agreed to take efforts aimed at convening the first session of the Syrian […]