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Nintendo NX is a Tablet with Detachable Controllers (Maybe)

Rumors have been flying around as to what the Nintendo NX console actually is. Nintendo says it's a new way to play games, and I immediately assumed that it was going to be VR. As time has marched on, it appears that it could be more of tablet with detachable controllers. Think of it as a console-less Wii U controller with removeable nunchucks...sort of. More details will be leaked soon I'm sure, but in the meantime, check out the link below for all we know.

It's not the first time cartridge-based media has been mooted for NX. Back in May, eagle-eyed fans spotted The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's trademark included cartridge-based games. This was a change from Nintendo's usual wording for home console trademarks, which only refer to digital downloads and discs.

Source: Eurogamer

BlackBerry's New Android Phone is Secure

BlackBerry has been slipping in market share for a while now and they are trying different things to get back in the game. I think the Passport and the Priv were good attempts, but they came 2-4 years too late. Their latest phone - the DTEK50 (codenamed Neon), claims to be the most secure Android device ever - and not only is it secure, it's actually affordable. Make sure you check it out and the link below.

BlackBerry's leaning heavily on security features to sell this phone; primarily that means a hardened kernel, a hardware "Root of Trust," full disk encryption, a more secure bootloader and a bunch of other features designed to keep you feeling safe. The end-to-end encryption provided by that Root of Trust ensures only authenticated devices can connect to an organization's network, which should help it appeal to its intended business audience.

Source: Engadget

Dota 2 Breaks its Own Prize Pool Record

Last year Dota 2 set a prize pool record by giving away an astonishing $18,429,613 worth of prizes and this year they have crept past the last years total with just over $18,537,000 worth of prizes - and there are still funds and prize money rolling in. If you want to be an eSports athlete, there is actually some money to be won - but you'll have to spend a lot of hours in your parents basement practicing.

The company provides $1.6 million of its own money each year to get the ball rolling, which it then augments with sales of in-game perks, quests, and cosmetics to fans and players of the game. Dota’s consistently rising prize pools are thus just an expression of its enduring and growing popularity. In 2016, Valve has stepped up the sophistication of its enticements for players to buy so-called Battle Passes and Compendiums, staging strategically timed weekend sales and setting stretch goals that tempt people into buying more levels to unlock more cool loot.

Source: TheVerge

Microsoft Trying to Break Steam

Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform sounds like a good idea, but it has the makings of a disaster for anyone else that wants to sell games to Windows 10 users. Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, hates the idea as future Windows 10 updates could close the platform and make programs like Steam and Origin useless. Everything would have to be sold through the Windows Store - making Microsoft a ton of money and running everyone else into the ground. I don't think it will get that far, but I'm sure Microsoft would like to try.

"There are two programming interfaces for Windows and every app has to choose one of them," he said. "Every Steam app – every PC game for the past few decades – has used Win32. It’s been both responsible for the vibrant software market we have now, but also for malware. Any program can be a virus. Universal Windows Platform is seen as an antidote to that. It’s sandboxed – much more locked down."

Source: PCGamer

Which iPhone is the most Fireproof?

Are some of the older iPhone actually more durable than new iPhones? Apple seems to try and make things tougher with each generation, and one guy trys to find out which one can handle being on fire the longest.

 

$239 Tablet Boots WIndows and Remix OS

If you can't decide if you want an Android tablet for simplicity, or maybe you want a Windows tablet for productivity, you don't actually have to pick one. With the new Chuwi talebt, you can have both - in one unit. This little machine dual-boots Windows and Android and can run applications written for either OS. It actually has pretty decent specs for the price - which is set at a mere $239. It's not a bad choice, but I have a feeling that 99% of the time you'll just boot to Windows.

Here's where the two versions differ: the Vi10 Plus that comes with Remix OS alone has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage; the model that dual-boots both Remix OS and Windows 10 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Aside from that, the two models are identical.

Source: Neowin

Nintendo Slumps as Pokemon Go Details Emerge

Nintendo looked like they had a landslide winner with Pokemon Go, but they have just let their investors (and the public) know that it wasn't originally their idea and that they only get about a 13% share of the App profits. This is a bit different picture than we all believed at launch and the shareholders reactied. Nintendo is still doing well, but they don't get everything that you're spending online.

In a press release after the market closed on Friday in Japan, the Kyoto-based company said the game’s financial impact will be "limited" and that it is not necessary to revise its annual forecast even after factoring in current conditions. It also said revenue from Pokemon Go Plus, a Nintendo-produced accessory for the game expected to go on sale soon, has already been factored into the current guidance.

Source: Bloomberg

Final Fantasy XV - Kingsglaive

The new Final Fantasy XV trailer is out. If the story is half as good as the trailer - it will be fantastic.

 

Verizon Snags Yahoo for $4.8 Billion

There has been rumors that Yahoo was looking to sell off their core business, but it was unclear as to who would buy them. Many thought that Microsoft would be the logical choice - or even Google may be a decent idea as they could integrate some search, patents and more. Out of left field comes Verizon however. They swooped in and snagged the ailing company for under $5 Billion, but the downside here is that this is only Yahoo's core business and the stuff that has been actually making the company money is not included. I hope Verizon has deep pockets.

In the end, the company was done in by Google and Facebook, two younger behemoths that figured out that survival required a continuous process of reinvention and staying ahead of the next big thing. Yahoo, which flirted with buying both companies in their infancies, watched its fortunes sink as users moved on to apps and social networks.

Source: NYTimes

Gears of War 4 PC Details

The Gears of War franchise has been console-only, but that is about to change. Gears of War 4 brings the COG to your PC screen and with it a few extra exclusive details, bonuses and extra goodies. This game won't be a simple port, there are a lot of extra features, settings, and more that will set it apart. That being said, I'll probably still play this over-the-should game with a controller rather than a keyboard. More details at the link below.

Some of the work designed to give smoother Xbox One performance is also being redeployed on PC in order to further enhance the experience. The game features a dynamic resolution scaler, designed to lock the gameplay at 30fps in single-player (it seems to be doing a great job based on the E3 performance analysis on this page) and 60fps in multiplayer.

Source: Eurogamer

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