It’s a good Christmas holiday for Squadron 42 fans. The single-player campaign of Star Citizen got delayed multiple times from its original release date (2014, according to the Kickstarter campaign), and is now tentatively scheduled to enter beta testing in Q3 2020, but today Cloud Imperium Games shared a stunning new visual teaser trailer to demonstrate what they’ve been working on throughout 2019.
The ambitious Squadron 42 campaign is star-studded when it comes to the actors who’ve voiced and lent their appearances to the main characters: Gary Oldman is Admiral Ernst Bishop, Mark Hamill is Lieutenant Commander Steve Colton, Mark Strong is Captain Thomas Wade, Liam Cunningham is Captain Noah White, Gillian Anderson is Captain MacLaren, Rhona Mitra is Executive Officer Kelly, John Rhys-Davies is Randall Graves, Ben Mendelsohn is Julian Wexler and Andy Serkis is Thul’Oquray.
The plot will see the player character enlisting in the Earth Navy and trying to stop the encroaching Vanduul invasion, likened by the developers to the Vandals and Visigoths invasions of the Roman Empire. Players will get the opportunity to receive the United Empire of Earth (UEE) citizenship in Squadron 42 and then take that into the persistent universe of Star Citizen, though playing Squadron 42 isn’t mandatory for those wanting to get into Star Citizen for the multiplayer elements.
Cloud Imperium Games head Chris Roberts has previously fueled the hype surrounding Squadron 42 as he stated that the level of ‘connection and acting and characterization’ will surpass even the best single player games out there.
I know there are elements — whether it’s God of War or Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Last of Us, other games have similar elements to this. I feel like we’re at a level that’s above that, a level of connection and acting and characterization. But of course, I’m very biased. I’m hoping it will push forward that sense of interactive — whatever you want to call it. In the old days, we’d call it interactive movies. This story where you are the star, that you’re driving forward.
In a year from now, barring any further delays, we should be able to assess it all for ourselves. Meanwhile, Star Citizen is about to get to $260 million pledged through crowdfunding, not even a month after surpassing the $250 million milestone.
MDA gets $35.3 million contract from Canadian Space Agency for Canadarm 3 components – CTV News
The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a contract worth $35.3 million to MDA Ltd. to design a key component of Canadarm 3.
The funds will be used to design Gateway External Robotics Interfaces or grapple fixtures for Canadarm 3, which is Canada’s contribution to the United States-led Lunar Gateway, a small space station that will orbit the moon.
The contract is a follow-on to the first phase of interface work awarded in August 2019. A construction phase will likely be awarded in about a year.
The first elements of Gateway will launch in 2024, with Canadarm 3 scheduled to launch two years later.
The contract is the third awarded to MDA for the multi-phase Canadarm 3 program valued at more than $1 billion.
Canadarm flew on 90 space shuttle missions after debuting in 1981. Canadarm 2 has been operating on the International Space Station for more than 20 years.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.
Motorola's next Edge flagship phone might drop the curved display – Yahoo Canada Shine On
Motorola might soon release a sequel to its flagship Edge phones — albeit without their signature feature. OnLeaks and Pricebaba have shared what they say are CAD-based renders of the standard Edge 20, and Motorola appears to have dropped the highly curved “endless” display in favor of a 6.7-inch flat screen. It would be just another phone on the outside, even if the 120Hz,1080p panel could make it feel extra-responsive.
You’d also get a triple rear camera system that reportedly includes a 108MP primary sensor, a 16MP secondary cam and an 8MP tertiary sensor (likely for telephoto and wide-angle shots). This regular Edge 20 model would be an upper mid-tier device on the inside between a Snapdragon 778G chip, up to 8GB of RAM, a peak 256GB of storage and a 4,000mAh battery.
There is a chance the rumored Edge 20 Pro would keep the curved screen, and it might offer improved performance from the Snapdragon 870. An Edge 20 Lite is supposedly in the works as well. If Motorola does use this design for the mainstream Edge 20, though, it signals a change of tack. Rather than relying on an eye-catching (if somewhat impractical) design for the entire Edge line, it would focus on delivering value for the money. It’s just a question of whether or not the price will be low enough to draw you away from rivals.
Oppo Watch 2 leaks ahead of July 27 launch, but will it get the new Wear OS 3? – Android Authority
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- Renders of the Oppo Watch 2 have leaked.
- Successor to the Wear OS-powered Oppo Watch, the new wearable will launch on July 27.
In the four images of the Oppo Watch 2 leaked by Blass, we see a square-shaped device that looks akin to its predecessor. It’s got two buttons on the right side and the renders depict blue, red, and black colorways for the straps.
One of the leaked images of the Oppo Watch 2 shows that it’ll have the ability to receive calls, something we also saw on the original Oppo Watch. A retail listing of the smartwatch on China’s JD.com confirms that it’ll feature eSIM support in its home market. This was also the case with the previous Oppo Watch. However, it remains to be seen if the second-gen Oppo Watch will come with eSIM capabilities globally.
Meanwhile, another render of the Oppo Watch 2 shows map directions on display. This suggests the device could come with built-in GPS like the first-gen Oppo Watch.
Oppo Watch 2 specs
Under the hood, the Oppo Watch 2 could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus SoC coupled with the Ambiq Apollo 4s coprocessor. The second chip is expected to help the smartwatch run a low-powered RTOS in addition to the main operating system.
As for the latter, it’s unclear if the Oppo Watch 2 will feature Wear OS this time around. With the Snapdragon 4100 Plus at its core, the wearable should technically be able to run Google’s new Wear OS 3. However, Google recently shared a list of current and future supported devices for the software and the Oppo Watch 2 wasn’t on it. That said, things could change by the time the Oppo Watch 2 steps out of China.
Elsewhere, the Oppo Watch 2 is rumored to have seven models divided into 42mm and 46mm sizes. It might get 16GB of storage, up from 8GB on the current model. It is also tipped to feature stress detection, remote camera control, a tweaked UI, and a new Relax app. However, these findings only pertain to the Chinese model of the smartwatch.
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