Weekly Nerd News: August 13


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:

It sounds like a new iPhone will be introduced September 10. Though there has been no confirmation, rumors are swirling the announcement will be about an upgraded version of the iPhone 5. The new phone is said to have an improved camera, upgraded processors, and an integrated fingerprint scanner. The new iOS7 may also be revealed at that time.

Disney has confirmed Star Wars Episode VII will be released in summer 2015. The news was announced at their D23 convention. It will be a big summer for the company, with The Avengers: Age of Ultron coming out May 1, a new Terminator June 26, and Assassin’s Creed June 19, plus Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Independence Day 2 also coming out on yet-to-be-released dates.

Speaking of Star Wars, Dark Horse Comics will soon release an eight-issue graphic novel mini-series based on George Lucas’ original version of the franchise. It will follow the rough draft of the original script, “The Star Wars,” which he wrote in 1974. The first book in the series will be published in September and will come out one-a-month until April 2014.

Microsoft will require an Xbox Live Gold membership to access the new Xbox One’s Game DVR functions. The new console will allow paying members to record up to five minutes of game footage for editing and then upload it to the Xbox live service. Players can also save the last 30 seconds of a game when pausing may not be possible. An Xbox Live Gold membership costs $60 and the Xbox One will cost about $500 and be released in November.

Ubisoft and Hasbro have announced plans to bring digital versions on board games to consoles. EA, which previously held both the console and mobile licenses, will now only handle mobile. A few games that will be developed include Scrabble, Risk, Battleship, Cranium, and more. No word on when the games will come out.

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