WoW is a game that is near and dear to my heart. I have played it on and off for over 13 years, starting out in the original game (referred to as vanilla or classic), all the way up to now, the eighth expansion, dubbed "Battle for Azeroth." An expansion is an odd way to describe World of Warcraft's huge fully-priced content drops, which contain hundreds, possibly thousands of hours worth of juicy gameplay, dwarfing the definition of "expansion" as we know it in other games (looking at you, Destiny 2). Of course, World of Warcraft is funded by a subscription-based model, with well over ten million players paying $15 per month for the right to access the gargantuan open worlds that make up the land of Azeroth and the game's other planets (yes, planets). Yes, you can travel to those mountains. World of Warcraft has many imitators (and WoW itself borrowed heavily from other MMOs that preceded it), but few have managed to achieve Blizzard's level of execution. WoW is an action RPG that is … [Read more...] about Should you play World of Warcraft in 2018? Here are the pros and cons.
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caption VIPKID Founder and CEO Cindy Mi speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 at Pier 48 on September 20, 2017 in San Francisco, California. source Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch The Chinese education startup VIPKid, which connects fluent English-speaking teachers with Chinese students, raised $500 million in April for a valuation of over $3 billion. The company is led by its 35-year-old high-school dropout founder, Cindy Mi, who believes the company can help bridge cultural gaps between China, the US, and elsewhere while making high-quality education accessible and increasing interactions between people of different cultures. The company faces stiff competition but has thus far succeeded in large part because of its fervent community of more than 38,000 teachers, who generally seem enthusiastic about both the mission and the opportunity for supplemental income. At the same time, some teachers of color have reported … [Read more...] about A 35-year-old who dropped out of high school had a vision of a utopian future for China, the US, and the world — and it’s led her to the forefront of a tech startup worth $3 billion
What kind of industry is this?When you think about it, it really is ridiculous that an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars is seeing most of that dough go to just one single company — Apple. Yes, yes, Samsung makes money off Android devices, too, but nothing like what Apple has going on, and it just so happens that it's pretty much the only Android maker that is actually making anything worth talking about. The trouble is that, as of late, it's been having trouble keeping up, and there's no telling where the bottom is.I won't get into the nitty-gritty here and pretend that explaining how the industry came to be this way wouldn't be an impossibly complex undertaking — it would be based on a ton of speculation anyway — but I think it's worth talking about what's on every Samsung loyalist's mind (and not only): "Why is my favorite company standing less and less for what it used to, and becoming more and more like... Apple?!".Now, before we begin, humor me … [Read more...] about Samsung’s gambit: Is dropping features and being more like Apple really that good of an idea?
This review is for the 13-inch version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2. If you’re looking for the Surface Book 2 15-inch, go here. Microsoft wowed us when it introduced the original Surface Book and showcased its ability to produce innovative products that create entirely new PC categories. Watching the display tear off to become a usable tablet with active pen support felt like gazing into a time machine set firmly to the future. Two years later, Microsoft continues to leverage the design, releasing two versions of the Surface Book 2: the 13.5-inch and 15-inch. Other than size, they’re nearly identical in appearance. In fact, they’re even hard to tell apart from the original and the mid-term Performance Base upgrade — that is, until you turn them on and start running them through their paces. The model we’re reviewing here is a higher-end configuration, decked out with an eighth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7-8660U (the fastest available), Nvidia GTX … [Read more...] about With surreal speed and battery life, the 13-inch Surface Book 2 is hard to beat
“How fast can it go?” There are many ways to measure automotive excellence, but top speed is the one everybody secretly cares about the most. Aldous Huxley was right about speed being the only truly modern sensation — but he left out the part about how much fun it is. These 25 cars are more than just fun — they’re the fastest production cars on the planet. The emphasis here is on “production” — racers and one-off custom jobs need not apply. We also tried to limit our selections for the fastest cars in the world to those with claimed top speeds that have been generally recognized as legitimate by the automotive media and sanctioning groups. There are also some cars on the horizon that appear ready to knock names off this list. SSC still hopes to reclaim the title of world’s fastest car with its 1,350-horsepower Tuatara, and Bugatti will officially test the Chiron’s top speed in 2018. For now, though, … [Read more...] about Tesla’s Roadster isn’t the fastest car in the world, but it’s damn close