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Facebook Has 2 Billion Monthly Users

Eventually I feel that Jason and I will be right and Facebook will start to lose popularity. At this point though, they are doing nothing but climb and there are now 2 billion monthly users. That's 2,000,000,000 for those of you that like visual references. That's a lot of users. As Facebook becomes even more "popular" I am using it less as I'm tired of all the video content that autoplays on every device I own. It's a great way to consume data and make people mad. I'm sure I'm not the only one - but 2 billion people apparently don't mind.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone today in a quick post (on Facebook, of course) saying, "We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together." That sounds a lot like he wants to do more of the same -- but you know what they say about things that ain't broke.

Source: Engadget

Star Fox 2 Developers Celebrate Game Release 20 Years Later

The Nintendo SNES Classic was announced earlier this week and Jason has posted up a list of the games that will be shipping on the mini-retro console. One of the games is Star Fox 2 - which was never released at the time and it's kind of odd that Nintendo chose to release the game now - 20 years later. If you're a Star Fox fan, you'll be thrilled, but I can't help but feel that it took and place of a better game that could have shipped instead.

Star Fox 2 never made it to the market due to its aging look and the anticipated release of the Nintendo 64 in the then not-too-distant future. Unfortunately, the game was completed in a time when the SNES had already been out on the market for many years and its competition was pushing far more polygons with the likes of the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

Source: Neowin

OnePlus 5 Now Available for Everyone

The OnePlus 5 is now available for everyone now that their pre-orders have all been filled. The biggest feature and upgrade to this device is the dual-camera setup, but it seems a little clunky at best. I'm still impressed that this company came out of nowhere and has managed to stick around this long - becoming a household name among cell-phone enthusiasts. If you're in the market for a flagship device and don't want to spend the $1000+ on a Samsung or Apple, consider checking out the OnePlus 5.

After an initial rollout for OnePlus superfans, the new OnePlus 5 flagship is now available for any jerk who visits the OnePlus online store. The phone, which comes in $479 and $539 flavors, is currently in stock and "ships immediately." Once this wave of inventory runs out, the OnePlus store will switch back to preorders for "foreseeable stock" until that runs out as well.

Source: TheVerge

Laser Only Vaporized Bad Bugs

The gentlemen over at Intellectual Ventures Labs have been working on a "Photonic Fence" that is the Sci-Fi laser grid that we have all dreamed about. This fence will only keep out bad bugs though as a series of sensors, cameras and more detect bug movement, velocity, wing-beats and more and identify it as harmful or helpful before zapping it into oblivion. I don't see how this could fail! I'd would hate to be the guy downrange of this though when someone hacks a ransomware onto it. Pay up or we fry everything that moves. Zing! Either way, it's a nifty idea to protect crops and orchards.

It's not yet clear when the trial began nor when the results are expected, although the test was slated to start this summer. There's still a ways to go before the Photonic Fence becomes available to individual farmers (nor corporations), not to mention us regular folks who want a good bug zapper for our balconies or porches. Still, pending the test results, it shouldn't be too long before we can keep our plants and living areas safe from harmful pests.

Source: Engadget

Galaxy Note 8 Renders

The Galaxy Note 7 fiasco is still fading from memory - thanks in large part to the success of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Still, the Galaxy Note 8 has a lot to live up to and overcome. According to the latest renders and 360 video, it has some pretty solid looks and goes with the "Infinity Display" that we find and love on the S8. The S8 is a pretty fragile device though, and there are a few design issues that I have with the Note 8. Still, it's a ultra-premium device with a matching price that should be available later this year.

While Samsung is expected to board the dual-camera bandwagon with the upcoming Galaxy C10, the Note8 is also expected to sport this feature. As indicated by the renders, the Note8’s dual cameras will be configured horizontally, and in fact, come placed on a reasonably large camera bump. The tipped dimensions say the phablet will measure 162.4 x 74.5 x 8.4mm, and that thickness will go up to 9.5mm when the camera bump is included.


Source: 91Mobiles

Xbox One S and One X Download Different Game Assets

While it shouldn't really come as a surprise, the difference between the Xbox One S and Xbox One X is more than a little speed boost. In fact, the games are pretty much completely different and will download a different set of game assets, textures and more for each console. The Xbox One X is much more powerful - capable of producing 6K rendered content, and this of course requires a different download. The downside is that this will further fragment the development of games and that publishers that want to maximize both platforms will have to develop for both - in addition to PS4 and PC. More development is not what is needed.

According to the online publication Stevivor, the upcoming console will be the only model that can download 4K assets for compatible games. The download of assets is apparently tied to the console and not simply in terms of output resolution. That means that even with you have an Xbox One S hooked up to 4K display, it will still be downloading the 1080p assets and up-scaling them.

Source: Neowin

Super Nintendo Classic Edition announced

When Nintendo announced that they were stopping production of the NES Classic edition they launched last year, it didn't take a rocket scientist to realize something must be up. The Super Nintendo Classic Edition was what was up and it'll be hitting store shelves September 29th. Like the NES Classic, the SNES Classic will be a miniature version of the original and come preloaded with 21 SNES titles:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

They've announced a price of $79.99 USD (which will probably mean that it'll be sold out everywhere like the NES Classic). This will most likely be a scalpers dream and the price on ebay will be much higher unless Nintendo changes their distribution system (unlikely). We'll keep you updated when pre-order information is available closer to the launch date. 


Amazon Echo Gets a Face

The Amazon Echo has been the standard which most virtual assistants strive to achieve, but Amazon isn't content to just set the bar - they are raising it with the Echo Show. This is the same brain but with a screen attached to a great speaker. It has a built-in camera, 8 microphones and is powered by an Intel Atom processor. While it is much more bulky than the previous Echo, this device would go well in a kitchen or high-traffic area and is useful for so much more than the original.

Source: Engadget

Prey Beaten in Under 7 Minutes

Aside from loading times, the new Prey game can be beaten in under 7 minutes. If you use the GLOO canon, things get pretty crazy, pretty quickly. While I think that many games offer a single-player experience for kicks, this speed run is just silly. Either way, it's an impressive feat.


Xbox One X Can Do 6K

The Xbox One X is a beast - despite the name and the new Titanfall 2 title actually gets scaled up to 6K at some points of the game as it renders at an impressive 3200p. The consolt's GPU is incredible and this apparently looks absolutely fantastic on a good 4K display. I'm actually now getting a bit excited about the "next gen" consoles that we've been using for a while. Face it, the Xbox One X is not an Xbox One - it's an Xbox Two or whatever you want to call it. With improvements like this, it's more than a small upgrade.

According to a NeoGAF forum post, although the Xbox One X outputs at 4K, there are times when Titanfall 2 can actually render higher. Naturally, this isn't a scenario that is a constant occurrence, but it is still impressive to hear that the upcoming Xbox console can render the title at 3200p, which is a little above 6K resolution. Of course, every game will be different depending on how much load is being put on the GPU.

Source: Neowin

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