Friday, December 23, 2016

Cars Talk to Each Other?!? - Author: Sara

In a few years new cars might be able to talk to each other.  Cars won’t be able to speak like you and me but they will be able to communicate through airwaves.  This could be a good thing and it could make driving safer.  Its called V2V or vehicle-to-vehicle communications.  It sends other cars all of your information including direction, speed, etc.  No information about the driver is given to the cars though.   This could help because it lets you know if the car in front of you behind you, or next to you is about to do something dangerous.  V2V will be put in all new cars and light trucks.  I am with this idea but against it.  The reason I am with it is because it will prevent car crashes, not all but some.  The reason I’m against the V2V is only new cars will get the V2V so the older cars won't be able to communicate.  So if you’re the only one with the V2V then it's useless. Also they would try to put it in all cars but I honestly don’t think it would work to transport them in all cars.
-Sara Brown

Sombra Article - Author: Michael

Wow! Another Overwatch article! So here we are, Overwatch got another game-breaking update. The whole system of Overwatch has changed. There are new modes added to the game, along with new maps. How could we forget about the main focus of this update!? There’s  Overwatch’s second new character! Let’s dive right into it.

Let’s start with the new mode. Blizzard has made Quickplay to be more of a practice mode, for competitive. That means it now has a one-hero limit. This has disappointed some people, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. To compensate for this, Blizzard added a whole new game mode, Arcade! In arcade there is a plethora of different games to play from. It’s truly an arcade! I’ll walk you through it. First off, there’s a mystery 1v1 mode. You’re queued with one other person and you have to beat them in a best out of three! The heroes are chosen randomly and you have to beat a person with the same hero they’re using. There’s also elimination. If you know Trials of Osiris from Destiny, it’s like that. It’s a 3v3 mode with one life, whoever wins is who gets to five wins. There’s no limits mode, which is the old quickplay. Finally there’s all brawls, which is a combination of a few of the weekly brawls.

There’s a new map! Exclusive for the arcade mode it’s Ecopoint Antarctica. This map is Mei’s home where she came from. It’s a fairly small map, hence why it’s only in arcade. There’s also a new map coming soon, called Oasis. It has a new mechanic that no other map has, JUMP PADS! So yeah that’s that!

Now what all the hype is about! The new character! Finally after about 5 months of speculation, and an ARG, it’s Sombra! She was announced at BlizzCon and her abilities may seem overpowered! Her primary is an smg with a high magazine size, but the spread of the bullets is severe. She can “hack” people and health packs, as well as Torbjorn’s turrets. When hacking someone, they can’t use any of their abilities; Torbjorn’s turret shuts down and it can be destroyed. The special thing, is when hacking a health pack it respawns quicker than a normal healthpack. Next she has the translocator. This lets her throw a beacon, and at any time within 15 seconds of the throw, she can teleport to it! This lets Sombra get into places other people can’t get into. After that, she can go invisible! She moves faster, and is invisible unless you are very close to her. Any ability that Sombra uses though, will interrupt the invisibility. Finally, her ultimate! She uses her EMP, which hacks everyone in the radius, and all shields will be destroyed(Zenyatta, Zarya, Symmetra)!

After playing Sombra, and seeing her in competitive matches, Sombra is definitely a game changer! She could use a few buffs however, for example the spray of her gun. Sombra isn’t used much in competitive, and there’s good argument for that. Overall, Blizzard’s gotten us hyped for whatever comes next!

Door Decorating Challenge - Author: Natalie

In advisory, we are doing a very intense challenge. It is a door decorating challenge. You have to make a winter wonderland decorations. It is a challenge for all advisory groups. There are 6 categories that you can try to win. Our group is very competitive and hopeful that we can win. You can use anything besides glitter to decorate the door. We will have two more advisory classes to come up with ideas and decorate the door. Good luck!

Wii U Cancelled - Author: Sara

If you’re a fan of nintendo or of videogames in general you’ll want to hear this news.  The Wii U is being canceled.  Some of you or even most of you reading this are asking “What is the Wii U?”  and that was exactly the problem.  No one knows what the Wii U is so no one buys it.  What actually is the Wii U?  The Wii U is a gaming console, the console is the same shape as the original Wii.  The controller is a Wii U GamePad it’s a white box with a touch screen in the center.  The controller also has buttons and directional knobs just like on normal gaming controllers.  I do not own a Wii U but I have the original Wii, the Wii U had so many commercials on that I’m surprised more people didn’t buy it.  

The problem was the Wii was released in 2006 and it sold rapidly, it sold over 100 million times.  With the Wii U falling behind with only selling over 13 million and they were released in 2012.  I believe the issue is that the original Wii was a hit, and Nintendo wanted the Wii U to be the exact same way but it didn’t work out that way.  The Wii U isn’t living up to Nintendo's expectations .

Fossil Watches - Author: Michael

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Apple Watch. This is in my opinion the most popular smartwatch, of course there has to be others though. There’s another big title which is the Samsung Gear S2. Now though, there is a new kid on the block. There’s been a watch company called Fossil, and they have quality watches of every kind(I suggest you check them out). Now they’ve taken a shot at smart watches!

Fossil now has a system called Q wearables. They are a bunch of smart watches that can connect to your phone. Fossil’s motto for it is, “Connected accessories that are smart and look smart, too” The price range of these watches are between $275 USD to $315. The great thing is, there are 15 different watches to choose from(they’re all touchscreen too)! These watches have great functionality as well. You connect the watch to your phone via an app, and tada! The app is called, “Android Wear.” You can do awesome things with your watch! You can answer texts with a voice controlled dictation mode. You can control music going into (wireless)earbuds or headphones. You can manage notifications on your phone, and even take pictures with it! There’s a button on the watch and if you phone’s camera is on it takes a picture!

Of course, like a fitness watch or another type of smartwatch, the Q watches can track things. It obviously tells the time. Yet it also tracks your steps, which is great for jogging or hiking etc. It also tells you how many calories you’re burning which is great for exercising. Now, I’ve taken a trip to the FAQ section of the Q. All the watches can connect to Android and IOS devices(sorry Samsung). The general setup is easy, you will open the app and follow instructions on how to “pair” your watch and phone. You’ll get an included charger and then you can plug the charger into a USB outlet. The fun part is that you stick the charger to the watch by placing it on the back of the watch. When the watch turns on you can continue the process. It’s also dust and splash proof, but of course it’s not recommended to expose it to dust and water.

If you’re not about fancy watches, or if you’re more into vintage things, they have the hybrid watches. This has most of the features of the normal Q watches, except it has an analog clock face. The battery life is up to six months. The watch can also track time in different time zones, and can track steps. It pretty much does the same thing as the normal watch, but it’s cheaper and some people in our school could actually buy it.

What’s my take on it? Honestly I love it! It’s not as good as an Apple watch, yet it seems great for small things. I like how it can do normal watch things, and it’s also like a fitness app. I like the style of Fossil watches and I think the Q system is a great add-on to everything the company has done! I think if I bought one I would get the hybrid watch, simply because it’s cheaper. I would love to have a traditional Q watch though. So now you know about a new smart device you can have on the go!