TIME Video Games

This Video Game Trailer Will Raise Your Pulse and Make You Sweat

Everything is exploding

Just Cause 3, the next installment in the go-anywhere, destroy-anything open world series, is scheduled for a 2015 release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Developer Avalanche Studios just unveiled a new trailer for the title (above) that gives a pulse-quickening sneak peak at the new title’s gameplay. It looks, well, explosive.

Tech blog The Verge spoke to Avalanche Studios founder and creative director Christofer Sundberg about the title:

[We’re] designing a game that constantly encourages exploration and challenges players not to break the game, but explore the game. I like to see our players as anarchists. You can’t really tell them what to do. If you tell them to go right, they will absolutely go left. Or up and down, in this case. So, design a game that really encourages experimenting and exploring and not trying to set up rules for the player. Because many games try to limit. It’s sort of a caged freedom.

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TIME Apple

Tim Cook Just Teased a Huge New Apple Product

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, on March 9, 2015
Stephen Lam—Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook attends an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, on March 9, 2015

Something for the Apple blogs to go nuts over

Apple’s earnings call was full of interesting numbers and nuggets. The company is on a tear, with massive iPhone and Mac sales. After years of trying, it seems to have finally understood what Chinese consumers really want. And though details were sparse, CEO Tim Cook sounded a positive note about the early results of its initial Apple Watch sales. (Not everything is going so well; iPad sales continue to flag as laptop and larger iPhone sales cut in.)

After months of waiting and speculating about what Apple’s next all-new product—the Apple Watch—would actually be like, Cook seemed to throw a small bone to Apple fans and analysts wondering what might be coming down the pipeline post-wearables. Here’s what he said on the subject of television, in response to a question about the recently launched HBO Now service on AppleTV:

Cook: It’s about giving customer something they want. Giving it with Apple’s classic ease of use. I think HBO in particular has some great content. We are marrying their great content and our great ecosystem. There is a lot [of] traction in there. Where could it go? I don’t want to speculate, but you can speculate… We’re on the edge of major major changes for media and I think Apple can be a part of that.

The world may get a glimpse of that future at the company’s World Wide Developers Conference early this summer.

TIME Retail

Apple Pay Is Coming to Your Favorite Store

Best Buy
Scott Olson—Getty Images The Best Buy logo hangs above a store on April 16, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

The electronics retailing giant is going to work with Apple's digital payments

Electronics retailer Best Buy is joining competitors in supporting Apple Pay. The company released an update to its iOS app that allows customers to buy items with Apple’s digital payments service. Later this year, the firm will let shoppers pay by iPhone or Apple Watch at checkout counters in its stores. Apple CEO Tim Cook talked up the news during his company’s record earnings call.

Best Buy, as well as retailers such as Walmart, Sears, and CVS, is a member of the Merchant Customer Exchange, which backed an alternative payments system. So far, that service, dubbed CurrentC, has had trouble gaining traction. Apple Pay, in contrast, has had a strong start. It will soon have the support of all four major credit card brands.

Best Buy indicated it was still supporting the rival plan but that it had to support its customers’ preferences. “Today’s consumers have many different ways to spend their money and we want to give our customers as many options as possible,” a Best Buy spokesperson said in a press release.

TIME Apple

Behold the Glory of Unboxing a Brand New Apple Watch

This is what it's like to open a new Apple Watch

Apple’s long-awaited Watch is finally available. Customers who bought the device are starting to get their devices in the mail today, April 24. (The Watch is not being sold in Apple Stores.) Developers, include TIME, are releasing have rolled out apps for the device. If you’ve ordered one but not received it yet or still unsure, here’s a closer look at what comes in the box:

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Cubie King for TIME; Gif by Joseph C. Lin for TIME

Read more: 7 Apple Watch apps you’ll actually want to use today

TIME

See the Massive Monuments Silicon Valley Is Building

The tech world's crown jewels

On March 30, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the Menlo Park, Calif.—based company had finally moved into its newest quarters, a 433,555-sq.-ft. box with a parklike roof created by architect Frank Gehry. “The building itself is pretty simple and isn’t fancy,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. That may be, but it is also carefully designed open space. The company is building on decades of data—and its own experience–showing how free-form connections among employees are important in generating new ideas. Earlier this year, Google submitted a plan to redevelop part of its Mountain View, Calif., campus into four futuristic hubs under sweeping glass canopies. Instead of immovable concrete buildings, the company wants to construct lightweight structures that can be easily reconfigured as it explores new businesses (think self-driving cars or medical technology). Similar megaprojects under way at Apple and Amazon point to a wider break with the past. Technology’s most powerful (and wealthy) companies are grappling with how to be environmentally responsible while recruiting and retaining workers and continuing to foster innovation. “They’re betting that if you’re in the right space, you’re going to work hard; you’re going to be happier,” says Margaret O’Mara, an associate professor at the University of Washington who has studied the rise of Silicon Valley. “This signals a different phase in their history.”


This appears in the April 20, 2015 issue of TIME.
TIME Recaps

The Walking Dead Watch: “Spend”

Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee - The Walking Dead _ Season 5B, Fog Gallery - Photo Credit: Ben Leuner/AMC
Ben Leunee/AMC—© AMC Film Holdings LLC. "Wait, what just happened?"

Back to the show's gory, gory roots

“Spend,” episode 14 of the fifth season of The Walking Dead, doesn’t skimp on the gore. Perhaps the title is a nod to what the producers anticipated having to do to pull off so many stomach-churning (also, stomach-dismembering) visual effects. Or perhaps it’s a nod to the writers’ willingness to let blood toward the end of a season. Whatever the case, this isn’t one to watch while eating.

The group is now more or less fully integrated with the Alexandria community. Daryl is out recruiting. Abraham is working on the construction gang. Noah wants to be an architect. Maggie is part of the town government. Glenn, Tara, and Eugene are doing scavenging runs. And Rick and Carol are preoccupied with the mundane whodunnits of small-town life.

Carol and Rick slowly suss out that something’s not quit right about the town doctor. He’s probably hitting his wife, Jessie, and maybe their son, Sam, Carol decides, before telling Rick the family drama is going to end in bloodshed. Meanwhile, Abraham shows himself a born leader at the construction site by saving one of the workers and taking command of the terrified crew.

But most of the action occurs at the warehouse where Deanna’s son, Aiden, leads a scouting party to find parts to fix the community’s power grid. Things go fubar almost immediately: Aiden is impaled on some metal shelving when he accidentally sets a grenade off; Tara is also knocked unconscious. While Eugene takes care of Tara, Glenn, Noah and the coward Nicholas try to un-impale Aiden to no avail. They fail, and he gets slowly, squishily eaten from the middle out by a pack of walkers.

When Glenn, Noah and Nicholas find themselves trapped inside a revolving door, the coward Nicholas makes a run for it, sacrificing Noah in the process. He gets slowly, squishily eaten from the face out by a pack of walkers. Glenn, Eugene, Tara and the coward Nicholas make it out alive.

The show ends with a prophetic warning. Gabriel tells Deanna that Rick’s group is corruption itself and to be wary for what is sure to come in episodes 14 and 16.

Zombie Kill Count
1 bullet to the head by Noah; 1 knife to the skull by Tara; 1 rifle shot to chest-mounted grenade by Aiden; 1 knife to the head by Noah; 1 shot to the head by Glenn; 9 shots to the dome on the construction site; 7 swings of a construction implement by Abraham; 1 shot to the head by Eugene; 4 shots to the head by Noah; 3 shots to the head by Glenn.
Estimated total: 29

Read next: The Walking Dead Spinoff Coming This Summer

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TIME Apple

Use This Ingenious Trick to Choose the Right Apple Watch Size

It basically costs a dollar to tell which one's right for you

Gif by Lon Tweeten for TIME

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday answered a lot of questions about the company’s upcoming smartwatch. CEO Tim Cook revealed how much the various models will cost, ranging from $349 to $17,000, what the device’s various apps can do, and when it will be available for purchase (April 24).

One of several surprises was a slight price difference in the two planned body sizes of the Watch, which will come in 38-millimeter and 42-millimeter variants. After last year’s unveiling, many onlookers assumed the two versions were more or less women’s and men’s editions and would likely be priced according the material they’re made of and the accessories they come with. Instead, an entry-level 38-millimeter Apple Watch Sport costs $349 compared to $399 for the 42-millimeter version, for example.

The difference is negligible, but might become a deciding factor for some consumers. Apple will accept pre-orders for the device starting April 10 and said it would schedule in-store fittings to help customers decide which watch suits them best. This is going to be the best way to find the right device. The company is also providing life-size version in its Apple Store app for iOS devices.

But what if, you know, you simply can’t wait or don’t want to hold your phone in front of your wrist? Here’s a one-dollar hack that shows you (approximately) what the dimensions of the smaller Apple Watch are. Fold a bill (U.S. currency) as directed below and you can get a quick approximation of which size will look best on your wrist. Enjoy.

TIME Apple

Everything We Just Learned About the Apple Watch

It goes on sale April 24 and ranges from $349 to upwards of $10,000

Apple gave more details about its upcoming smartwatch, the Apple Watch, at a press briefing in San Francisco Monday. Some six months after unveiling the device, CEO Tim Cook filled in many of the blanks, such as how much various versions will cost and how long the built-in battery will last.

Cook revealed more about the device’s price. The Watch, which comes in three distinct lines and various metals, is the most customizable device the company has ever sold. The entry-level Watch Sport will cost $349 and $399, depending on the size of the body, 38 millimeters or 42 millimeters. The mid-tier Watch collection will range from $549 to $1099. The top-of-the-line Watch Edition will retail for $10,000 and up. Cook said the later device will be available in limited quantities and only in certain stores.

Apple will begin taking Watch pre-orders on April 10, and is planning to offer a preview program to let customers try the devices on in stores. The Apple Watch will go on sale April 24.

Cook also reviewed the device’s major features, including receiving and making phone calls, reading email, making wireless payments, controlling the music on a connected iPhone, and tracking exercise. Apple’s CEO touted features that let two Apple Watch owners send each other animated messages and imprints of their heart beats. Many of those features had been presented last year.

The Apple Watch will be able to run third-party apps, much like iPhones and iPads, and the firm showed off a few new examples. Kevin Lynch, the company’s vice president of technology, demonstrated a weather application powered by The Weather Channel. Another, messaging app WeChat, works on the Watch much like it does on a smartphone, allowing users to send one another text and images. Other apps included Facebook’s Instagram, ride-hailing app Uber, music app Shazam, and a ticketing system for American Airlines.

Lynch said the Watch connects to a user’s iPhone over both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, meaning the phone doesn’t necessarily have to be in close range of the watch to provide data connectivity.

Cook for the first time showed off the company’s Apple Watch iPhone software, which will allow users to download apps for the device and configure their wearable via their phones.

He also addressed the Watch’s battery life, one of the device’s biggest unanswered questions. He said the device would last 18 hours on a single charge.

Cook showed a video of former model Christy Turlington using the device. She wore the Watch during a half marathon she ran for charity in Africa. She spoke about how the device tracked her run, including distance and pace. In a departure from previous Apple presentations, Turlington then came on stage wearing the device to give a testimonial. “We want to the Apple Watch to help you prepare for your next marathon,” Cook told her.

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