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Super Mario Run Won't Have In-Game Purchases

Nintendo is getting the idea that mobile games can be profitable and they releasing "Super Mario Run" next month - but it won't be cheap. This game will launch of December 15 and will set you back $9.99 USD - not cheap for a run-based game, but thankfully, there won't be any in-game purchases and if you spend the money, you get it forever - with no paid upgrades. Would you ranther get a free game and given options to help your gameplay for a fee. or get the whole thing for $10? Please sound off in the comments below.

Nintendo has finally confirmed the release date for its upcoming mobile game, Super Mario Run. The game was announced at Apple's event alongside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus back in September. Super Mario Run is also slated to come to Android at a later date, but we still don't know when. The website says that it will be available "for iPhone and iPad" on the given date; however, it seems extremely unlikely that supported iPod Touch devices will be left out.

Source: Neowin

Apple No Longer Sets Trends

There was a time when Apple was considered to be a trend-setting and they did in fact push a lot of boundaries and push companies to be better, smarter and make more beautiful pieces of technology. While Jonny Ive is their main designer and Tim Cook does know how to run a company, without the harsh inspiration of Steve Jobs, the company has taken the idea that a few new features are "revolutionary". The public has tired of this idea and their revenue has declined for the fouth quarter in a row. Apple isn't going anywhere for a while - and that includes to the top of the stock portforlio.

Yes, Apple has brought us better smartphone cameras and fingerprint sensors, but there are more areas where it has whiffed. Cook has been saying for five years that the TV industry is broken and needs an overhaul. He was right. Now the way people watch television is being upended by Netflix Inc., by "cord cutting" and by video on smartphones. Apple is barely a participant in that transformation.

Source: Bloomberg

Encrypted Email Sign-Ups Double in USA

One thing that politicians need to worry about is email security, and now the American public is also worrying about that in light of the recent election. Some are afraid that the direction the government is going may be very intrusive to the citizens, but I personally feel that time has already come and probably won't ever leave. Still, this is good news for companies like ProtonMail that offers end-to-end encryption. It's a solid service that I've been using for about a year and now others are seeing the benefit of this as well.

ProtonMail was launched back in May 2014 by scientists who had met at CERN and MIT. In response to the Snowden revelations regarding collusion between the NSA and other email providers such as Google, they created a government-resistant, end-to-end encrypted email service.

Source: TheRegister

Smartwatch Matrix Powered By Human Batteries

The idea behind the Matrix Powerwatch is pretty nifty. The capture heat generated by the wearing and convert it into energy that will actually power the device. A few years ago, the idea was possible, but now the reality is possible through better TEC devices. It's hard to say how good this will end up in the real world, but the fact is humans are batteries and the watch is the Matrix. It kind of reminds me of a world I don't want to be in...


Source: Indiegogo

Google Play Gets a Major Overhaul

Not only is Google Play Music getting a total facelift, Google is putting the technology behind "Google Now" into the music platform. This is tailor music selections, playlists and recommendations to you specifically - all while introducing you to some new content as well. I've really enjoyed the simplicity and depth of the App and the music selection. Let's hope that this won't be a case of one step forward and two steps back.

Using machine learning and clues like location, activity, and weather, the app tries to serve up a smorgasbord of playlists that will match your mood and moment. "At a high level, Google’s mission is to make the world of information really accessible and useful to people," said Elias Roman, the lead product manager for Google Play Music.

Source: TheVerge

YotaPhone 2 Dual-Screen Phone now $119.99

If you've wanted one of the YotaPhone 2 devices ever since they came out (as Jason and I have), you may be excited to know that you can now pick one up for as little as $119.99. While the hardware is a little dated, having a device with an dual-screen (one e-Ink, one LCD) is pretty sweet and the week of battery life is pretty incredible. This just may end up being my backup phone and mobile device for holidays, as I can read everything Kindle on one side, without sacrificing battery life.

Nothing to write home about as we approach the end of 2016, but it is still a pretty good phone… especially at only $119.99. Not to mention it is still one of the most interesting Android handsets the industry has seen. It will be fun playing around with and will guarantee great conversations, as well as looks.

Source: AndroidAuthority

Microsoft's Sweet Black Friday Deals

Microsoft is getting ready to blow the doors off their webstore for Black Friday. They have some great Surface Pro 4 deals including up to $430 off the solid Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD version that will be available for $999. If you need to save a few more bucks, the Core m3 will be a mere $599 - without pen. Also Xbox One & One S will be discounted making Sony even more uncomfortable with their issues. It's going to be an interesting Black Friday this year as companies seem a little more eager to move hardware.

  • Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, bundled with black Type Cover at Microsoft Stores for $999 ($429.99 off). Limit one per customer.
  • Surface Pro 4, Core m3, 128GB storage, bundled with Signature Type Cover at Best Buy for $599. No pen included.
  • Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB storage, for $799.
  • Surface Book, 128GB storage, for $1249.
  • Surface Book, Core i5, dGPU, 256GB storage, for $1499 (normally $1899).

Source: Neowin

Sony's PS4 Pro Won't Connect to TVs

The PS4 Pro has had a rather rocky launch. First off, the breakout box acccompanies the PS4 doesn't support HDR (High Dynamic Range) signals on either the PS4 or PS4 Pro. Now there are many, many reports that the PS4 Pro simply won't connect to many TVs and users are being fed a blank screen by their TVs. That's a little disappointing when expecting to be looking at breathtaking 4K HDR. Affected TVs and PS4 Pro combinations include TVs from Samsung, Philips, LG, Vizio as well as Sony themselves. This is a huge disaster for Sony, but good news for Microsoft. Xbox One S sales have taken another jump.

The problem was already so widespread by the end of Thursday November 10 – the PS4 Pro’s launch date – that it had garnered an official response on Sony’s EU PlayStation Forum. Online Support representative KingGobbo admitted the issue’s existence and suggested a convoluted temporary fix involving switching the console into its Safe mode and changing its digital rights management setting from HDCP 2.2 to 1.4.

Source: Forbes

Google Night Mode Might Come Back to Android

"Night Mode" is a feature that was set to release in Android 7.0, but was axed for a number of reasons. This mode allows for a darker theme and a lower color temperature to be added to your screen so that less blue light is emitted from your device screen making it easier to fall asleep. A number of studies show that blue light keeps you awake and alert more than a softer reddish light. I've enabled the mode on my Nexus 6P and while it works well, I don't often use my phone when I should be sleeping anyhow.

The decision is being followed after a thread named ‘Bring Back Night Mode’ was posted on the company’s issue tracker. Google’s Night Mode allows users to adjust the screen colour temperature for the purpose of minimizing excessive strain on the user’s eyes.

Source: DeccanChronicle

Yahoo knew they'd been hacked in 2014

It's been a couple weeks since we talked about Yahoo in the news, and once again they are making headlines. It is being reported that Yahoo became aware that they'd been hacked back in 2014 which makes the whole "we didn't know" argument a tough one to sell as they are in the midst of being bought out by Verizon for a cool $4.8 Billion. This information doesn't appear to have been told to Verizon when they made the bid and of course could be the reason they back out of the deal which appears to be getting closer to happening by the day. Arstechnica takes a closer look at the massive data breach.

Yahoo admitted to the world—on a news day dominated by a guy called Trump—that some of its employees were aware that it had suffered a breach shortly after a "state-sponsored actor" hacked into the ailing Web firm's systems in 2014.

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