Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, delves into this week’s latest tech and gaming news. World of Warcraft changes, Amazon crashes on Prime Day, No Man’s Sky may finally live up to the hype, and more!
- The Battle for Azeroth pre-patch just launched this week, and introduced a plethora of new content to the game as well as some welcome changes. But a major development that many may not have noticed was the removal of the Battle Chests. Blizzard has now made all previous expansions free, as long as you pay the monthly subscription. If you haven’t played World of Warcraft in quite some time, this means you could activate your sub and instantly have access to all content up to and including Legion. Battle of Azeroth however, will still require a separate purchase.
- ‘Amazon’s website crashed as soon as Prime Day began‘ is likely not the headline that Amazon was hoping for after this year’s Prime Day, but it is the one they got. Prime Day 2018 was projected to earn Amazon about $4 billion in sales, but this appears to have been considerably hampered by a full-blown outage that many potential shoppers experienced. Some users were greeted with the infamous ‘dogs of Amazon’ whenever they attempted to access the site, even on mobile, as early as 6 minutes into the sale; whilst others experienced a never-ending loop of the ‘Shop All Prime Deals’ page, without every actually being able to purchase anything.
- No Man’s Sky is no stranger to headlines, despite it actually being a pretty fun experience. The next major update, Next, is looking to be a complete game-changer and releases on July 24. The update looks amazing, so rather than subject you to a wall of text about the new features, check out the teaser trailer here.
- Vodafone has just launched their ‘Gigafast‘ broadband service in the UK. Offering speeds of up to 1,000Mb, the new service is about 20 times the average UK broadband speed of 46.2Mb. The service is initially being rolled out in Milton Keynes, and should be available later in places such as: Aberdeen, Peterborough, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, and Stirling. Whilst no exact figures of the upload speeds have been published, Vodafone Gigafast broadband should have fast speeds in that regard as well. Claiming that a 16GB folder of photos for example, will take just two minutes to upload.
- The Culling 2 has apparently ‘bombed so hard’ that the developer is removing the game from digital stores. If you were not aware, The Culling was an early access title that had been launched on PC in March 2016. It quickly gained some popularity and eventually became available on Xbox One through the ‘Game Preview’ program. The game was quickly overshadowed by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and the studio halted development on the game in order to work on a sequel instead. The Culling 2 released on July 10 -just 10 days ago- and is already being pulled, so that development of the original game can resume. When The Culling re-launches, it will be available as a free-to-play game.
- Just last week, we discussed that Apple had launched their new 2018 MacBook Pro models, with the 15″ variant featuring the option of a 6-core i9 CPU (featuring Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz), up to 32GB of DDR4, and Radeon Pro graphics. As it turns out though, due to the chassis being unable to properly cool the CPU properly, the MacBook Pro’s i9 cannot even maintain the base clock speed of 2.9Ghz. Whilst the MacBook Pro is a good-looking laptop, it is clearly a case of style over substance, with the 2017 models with an i7 outperforming this year’s i9 offering.
JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, Rainbow Six Siege, or Monster Hunter: World