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Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a new Borderlands title is confirmed by Gearbox, a spin-off to Five Nights at Freddy's is teased, and a Blizzard developer reveals the stress a team feels after the major project it was tasked to work on "failed horrifically"
Time Magazine has again named Apple CEO Tim Cook to its list of the 100 most influential people, in the business-oriented category of "Titans." The short induction article is written by Apple Board of Directors member and Chairman/CEO of Walt Disney, Robert Iger, who said Cook is "committed to doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time and for the right reasons," and "a leader of great courage and character who demands excellence, upholds the highest ethical standards and routinely challenges the status quo."
While lower-level swaps of employees between Tesla and Apple are not uncommon, it is rare that a senior executive from the popular electric automaker jumps ship to join Apple. In the wake of reports that the alleged former head of the mysterious Apple automobile project, Steve Zadesky, left Apple earlier this year, the iPhone maker may have recently lined up his replacement for what is sometimes referred to as "Project Titan:" former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering (and also form Aston Martin chief engineer) Chris Porritt, who appears to have joined Apple to work on "special projects."
Apple is expanding its operations in Sunnyvale, California yet again, with the rental of a former Pepsi bottling plant. A report claims the company signed a lease for the 96,000 square foot industrial facility on Kifer Road last November, recently discovered via a loan document filed with the county clerk's office on February 22, with initial rumors about the potential purpose behind the rented property suggesting it has something to do with Apple's automotive efforts.
Turcom has unveiled a pair of Bluetooth speakers that are said to be durable enough to withstand the elements without compromising on sound quality. The Titan is a lightweight IPX5 water and shock resistant speaker housed in a compact aluminum shell, while the AcoustoShock is a larger speaker in a rubberized casing designed to protect the device from impacts and drops, as well as water, sand, and dust.
Nvidia has revealed more details for two high-end graphics cards at the GPU Technology Conference earlier today. The GeForce GTX Titan X, initially unveiled as the company's new flagship card for PC gaming at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, was joined by a new professional card in the Quadro range called the Quadro M6000.
Nvidia is still producing new products in its Titan high-specification graphics cards range, with the company making an unexpected announcement during the Game Developers Conference. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang handed Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney the first GeForce GTX Titan X, declared by Huang to be the "most advanced GPU the world has ever seen."
At BlizzCon 2014, Blizzard Entertainment shocked fans by unveiling Overwatch, a team-based shooter game that is coming to beta in 2015. Overwatch marks the first new intellectual property for Blizzard in 17 years, with the company jumping back into the shooter genre for the first time since it toyed with Starcraft: Ghost in 2002. The title features a wide array of heroes with a loose storyline, giving players a number of options to enjoy.
A marketing firm has littered New York City with marketing beacons, a report has discovered. Hidden within phone booths in Manhattan, approximately 500 of the Bluetooth beacons have been installed, with the devices able to help retailers and advertisers track the movements of smartphones owned by passers by, as well as potentially pushing marketing messages to devices.
Blizzard fans waiting for details on the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game codenamed Titan to be officially revealed from the developer should be set for disappointment, as the company announced it has cancelled development. While the game was never officially announced by Blizzard, it has been teased for several years as the next-generation MMO to follow the company's successful World of Warcraft.