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By Namerah S
Sony launches PS4 Tournaments: Challenger Series, a seasonal gaming competition
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Sony announced today a series of seasonal gaming competitions which will be held online for PlayStation 4 owners, dubbed the PS4 Tournaments: Challenger Series. If victorious, gamers who participate in the competitions will be awarded prizes. Additionally, the prize value will escalate as the players progress further into the competition.
Participants may compete against friends or other members of the PlayStation community. A launch trailer has also been posted on YouTube, giving a taste of what players can expect to experience.
There will be three stages in every tournament season, with Stage 1 being the first. To proceed to Stage 2, players must win three out of four matches of Mortal Kombat 11. In order to advance further to Stage 3, participants will compete at a 'higher skill level' to achieve victory. In the third and final tier, the remaining contenders will battle for the championship title.
The first season launches on August 6, just a few days from now. Mortal Kombat 11 has been chosen as the first title for the starting round of Sony's PS4 Tournaments: Challenger Series, followed by FIFA 20, Battlefield V, and Warface, with other AAA games coming later this year.
Those interested in participating can find more information about the PlayStation 4 tournament on its official website. Alternatively, PS4 owners can visit the designated slot for the PS4 Tournaments: Challenger Series under the tournaments section below the events tab on the PlayStation 4.
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Engineering students develop fastest Hyperloop pod
by Paul Hill
Engineering students based in Munich, Germany, have developed a pod designed for a Hyperloop system which reached a top speed of 457km/h (284mph) in the 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition hosted by SpaceX - setting a new record. The pod was tested on a 1.2km (0.75 mile)-long test track with SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, coming up with the idea for the tunnel network.
The competition brought teams from universities based all over the world, to California. The team that broke the record, WARR Hyperloop from the Technical University of Munich, has already won three competitions in a row, but in the most recent round, it managed to surpass even its own record of 323km/h (200mph). The other two finalists included the team from Delft University, which only managed to reach a speed of 141.6km/h (88mph), and EPF Loop team from Switzerland, which fared even worse, achieving a top speed of just 88.5km/h (55mph).
Discussing the competition, Musk said:
Despite the latest record, we’re still a long way off from the 1,200km/h (760mph) speeds that Musk envisaged in his Hyperloop Alpha white paper that he published in August 2013.
Source: Hyperloop (Twitter) via BBC News | Image via SpaceX
By Timi Cantisano
New gallery shows off impressive shots taken by Google's Pixel 2
by Timi Cantisano
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced last week and while the specifications were in line with most top-end handsets released this year, it was all about the firm flexing its software muscle. Although one is smaller than the other, both phones will carry the same camera optics and technologies, with the quality being touted quite highly by the firm.
Now, photos and videos taken with a Pixel 2 by a Google employee have been discovered on Google Photos and the samples look quite good. There are plenty of photos in different kinds of environments and lighting, but the most impressive have to be the portrait shots. Most smartphones rely on a dual camera system to achieve this effect, whereas Google's Pixel 2s rely on a single lens with clever software processing.
Using software to achieve the portrait effect isn't anything new, but Google's execution of this is quite stunning. If you zoom into the images, you can still see digital blurring masking some strands of hair, but this is a huge improvement over what we have seen in the past. If you want to take a closer look yourself, be sure to hit the source link below.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now available for pre-order, with shipments expected to arrive within six to seven weeks.
Source: 9to5Google via Google Photos