Weekly Nerd News: July 29


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:

Sherlock series three is almost here! While at Comic-Con, producers revealed major storylines that will be happening come November. Read on if you want to know, but be aware, there are SPOILERS. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss confirmed Sherlock survived his fall (duh!), John will marry Mary Morstan (who is played by Martin Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington), and Moriarty really is dead. But now who will fill the villain role? Lars Mikkelsen has been cast as Charles Augustus Magnussen, who is presumably inspired by Sherlock Holmes canon baddie Charles Augustus Milverton, a murderous blackmailer.

Gearbox has announced the first details regarding the Borderlands 2 DLC. The Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 will add 11 extra levels to the current cap, as well as the Digistruct Peak Challenge. It will allow players to “over level” the game for an added challenge for more ambitious gamers. No release date has been announced for the upgrade pack, but Gearbox confirmed it will cost $5 and is not part of the season pass.

Author Neil Gaiman is venturing into the video game world. It will be called “Wayward Manor” and is inspired by strategies of early 20th century filmmakers. It’s a puzzle/adventure game where gamers play as a ghost trying to scare away the owners of a New England home and will be released this fall on Mac, PC, and tablet.

Activision has confirmed six new titles for the Wii U coming this fall, including Call of Duty: Ghosts. Other titles include Skylanders: SWAP Force and Angry Birds: Star Wars. Another title of theirs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, a downloadable title, is coming to Xbox Live and The Playstation Network this summer.

Apple has bought Locationary in an effort to improve its mapping services.

The technology is said to improve search and navigation results for mobile apps as well as increase advertising and commerce performance. No word on when it will be implemented, but could it be in September, when the next generation iPhone is rumored to be released?

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