Friday, April 20, 2018

Childhood Games that Deserve to be Remade for Mobile

Childhood Games Deserving To Be Remade On Mobile

There are these childhood games that deserve to be remade on mobile. We wish to have these games that we enjoyed during our childhood be available on Android and iOS.

Gaming is one thing most of us enjoyed during our childhood. Through the years, some of us even continue to do so. It may be on gaming consoles or smartphones.

Let us look back and see what games we enjoyed during our childhood deserve to be remade on mobile.

Super Mario Brothers

The game with the famous plumbers was first released by Nintendo 32 years ago. Super Mario Brothers is one game most of us would have played. This was a successor to the Mario Bros, which was released back in 1983. Players must control Mario, or his brother Luigi, to overcome various obstacles in different environments in the Mushroom Kingdom. The ultimate goal is to save the princess from the evil kidnapper Bowser.

Road Rash

Road Rash is a classic motorcycle racing game released by Electronic Arts (EA) back in 1991. The player has to win illegal street races which tend to get violent. The game became so popular that EA decided to turn it into a series. This gave much income for the company for years. Road Rash first debuted on the Sega Genesis console and over the next few years made its way on to other systems as well.

Pokemon Red/Blue

Nintendo got into the smartphone gaming space recently, with games like Pokemon Go and Mario. The games have seen a lot of downloads and positive reception till now. But still, many people want to bring back the original Pokemon games like the Red and Blue to the mobile platforms.

Pac-Man

Pac-man is considered to be one of the classics and remains to be popular up until now. This is an arcade game developed and released by Namco Bandai back in 1980. It is so popular that on May 2010, Google created an interactive playable doodle of the game for its homepage. The players have to navigate Pac-Man through a maze filled with dots. Pac-Man must eat all the dots and while doing so, there are four ghosts hunting Pac-Man while he finishes the objective.

Childhood games

Contra

Contra is a run and gun action arcade game. The gaming world was taken by a storm, back in 1987, with the release of Contra. This game was developed and published by Konami. The game was so popular that it went on to spawn 10 sequels over the years.

We truly miss these childhood games. Games which made us enjoy childhood. Simple and uncomplicated though these games may have been, but we had fun with it. Thus they deserve to be remade on mobile. So children of today’s generation may experience the fun that we experienced before.

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In-Display Fingerprint Scanner for Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy 10 Confirmed To Have In-Display Fingerprint Reader

The New Samsung Galaxy 10 is confirmed to have an in-display fingerprint reader. According to reports, the technology is currently being developed by three separate sensor companies.

More About The Report

The news follows T3’s speculation that the Galaxy S10 would likely feature both an in-display fingerprint reader and Face ID-style 3D sensing technology.

Reports say that the Galaxy S10’s fingerprint reader will be located under a brand new Infinity Display. This increases the size from the 5.77 inches of the Galaxy S9 to 5.8 inches of the Galaxy S10. Most likely because the phone’s bezels will once more be reduced in size.

The new Infinity Display with in-screen finger print reader is reportedly finalized and set to go into production on November 2018. This confirms the previews news story that Samsung will not Debnut the tech in the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone.

All About This Technology

This technology is currently being developed by three sensor companies: Qualcomm and Synaptics in the US, and Aegis Tech in Taiwan.

The S10’s panel tech also seemingly confirmed that its long-rumored foldable phone will not feature this year. Reports also confirm that Huawei is closest to launching one.

These information leads us to believe that the Samsung Note 9 musty have some other new feature or hardware this year. Samsung seems to be very confident of its capabilities.

An engorged, super-sized battery makes sense. As too does faster hardware and extra HDR display smarts. This would really help the handset push on from last year’s already excellent Galaxy Note 8.

Reports also state that Samsung will improve the 3D sensing camera technology in the next S-series flagship to help improve the performance and security of its face unlock feature.

In-display fingerprint

Although production of the Samsung Galaxy S10 is said to start in November, things can, of course, change from now and then. This would tie with the reports that Samsung will begin production of the foldable screen for its Galaxy X smartphone. While Galaxy S10 will be the 10th anniversary for the Galaxy S-series.

Although there are these leaks and rumors, it should be taken with an open mind. Especially at this early stage. But some details of the Galaxy S!0 have already leaked out. We can expect more leaks and rumors in the coming months.

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New Amazon App Feature Makes International Shopping Easier

Amazon is finally making its e-commerce easier for international shoppers.

Amazon

Although the retail giant has already been offering international shipping, it’s not readily available to a lot of users. And the process wasn’t easy, having to go through the Amazon U.S. website and scroll through tons of listings.

However, with the new feature announced this week, international shoppers would have an easier time shopping through the app. The feature now displays pricing, shipping costs and import duty estimates. Amazon would also be managing the courier services and customs clearance.

“We are always innovating on behalf of our customers, and with today’s launch, we are making the shopping experience on mobile devices even better and more convenient for our customers who live outside the U.S.,” Samir Kumar, VP of Amazon Exports and Expansion, said in the statement. “Customers have been asking for a way to easily find and shop only for products available to be shipped to them.”

In its statement, Amazon didn’t specify the exact number of countries that they are now able to ship to. They did however, say that they can ship to “over a hundred countries.”

The international service now supports five languages — English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, German and Brazilian Portuguese. Users would also be able to purchase with 25 different currencies.

Unfortunately, none of these countries will be able to get the benefit of Amazon Prime and free video and music streaming. However, it is a good start for the company in reaching out to an even broader audience.

 

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Nokia 7 Plus : The No Nonsense Android Phone Review

Nokia 7 Plus Phone Review

The Nokia 7 Plus smartphone has been reviewed. This phone is known as the no nonsense phone. The Nokia 7 Plus priced at Rs 25,999 claims to be a flagship for everyone.

How Nokia 7 Plus Performed In The Review

HMD Global stole the thunder by announcing a total of five phones. This happened at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. These five phones include the Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 8 Sirocco may be the company’s answer to the iPhone X and Galaxy S9. But it is hard to ignore the Nokia 7 Plus. The mid-end smartphone appears to be the company’s most interesting offering to date.

The Nokia 7 Plus is certainly a reliable phone. It focuses on practicality and functionality. The Nokia 7 Plus is powered by Android 8.1 Oreo. It is also the star campaigner of Google’s Android One platform.

Nokia 7 Plus Specifications

The phone has a 6-inch IPS LCD (2160 x 1080) 18:9 display. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, microSD card support ( up to 256GB). Its features also include a dual rear camera set-up (12MP + 13MP), 16MP front camera, 3800mAH battery, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and Android 8.1 Oreo.

Nokia 7 Plus Design, Display

A lot of emphasis has been made on the design aspect of the Nokia 7 Plus. The handset is made out of a single block of aluminum and coated with a “ceramic feel” paint. There are no antenna lines visible on the phone. Thanks to the 6-layer ceramic paint coating.

The unit came in the black color option. And the company went with the bronze, copper accents for the frame. The phone looks fantastic. And most importantly, the phone appears to be an expensive device. If only the company made the Nokia 7 Plus water and dust resistant.

The design of the Nokia 7 Plus reminds us a little of the Google Pixel 2 XL. With rounded corners of the screen and of course slightly thick bezels on the top and bottom. The volume rocker and power can be seen on the right side. On the bottom is a USDB Type-C charging port and a mono speaker.

Found on top of the phone is the headphone jack. On the left side is a hybrid dual-SIM tray. When you flip the phone, you will find a dual-camera system with Zeiss branding, a dual-tone LED flash, Fingerprint scanner and the Nokia logo. Its finger print scanner is assured to be fast, responsive, and accurate.
Because the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 6-inch panel, the phone is great for watching movies and playing games.

Nokia 7 plus

Performance Of The Nokia 7 Plus Performance And Battery

Speaking of performance, the performance of the Nokia 7 Plus is more than satisfactory. The mobile processor is snappy, thus no lags or random crashes may be experienced. Apps load quickly and games work well in the Nokia 7 Plus.

Its battery life is one and a half day on a single charge, if you make it your primary device. Its quick charging support means it takes around 95 minutes for you to fully charge the battery and fill the phone from zero to 100%.

Other Information

Its built-in mono single speaker is just fine for occasional YouTube videos. Not ideal for listening to music out loud though. There are three microphones built into the Nokia 7 Plus that takes advantage of Nokia’s OZO Audio Technology. This allows you to capture surround audio while recording videos.

The Verdict

Perhaps the best smartphone ever made by HMD Global, the Nokia 7 Plus is very well made, feels good in the hand, and performs well.

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ To Drop Single-Player Campaign

Avid fans of the popular game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would no longer be able to play a single-player campaign. This is according to sources who are privy to Activision’s plan; Polygon reported this week.

 

Single-player campaign to end on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4?

 

But Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s game developer has not fully addressed the issue. Instead, Activision pointed out that it does not issue a statement based on rumour. The rumor has originated from Charlie Intel, a popular fansite of the game.

 

“We don’t comment on rumour and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th,” Activision told Polygon. For game enthusiasts, Activision’s failure to address the rumour is not an issue.

Also, a quick check of the Polygon’s article sounded like Treyarch’s decision to end the single-player campaign was attributed to “time.” It can be recalled that the game’s series has been moved from early November to October 12.

 

With this, game enthusiasts claim that this prompted Treyarch to eventually shift its focus on the game. Specifically, Treyarch has beefed up the competitive multiplayer and cooperative Zombies mode. And if such rumour is true, there’s a possibility that in the future players would be playing a Black Ops 4 battle royale game mode.

 

Meanwhile, Charlie Intel also reported that Black Ops 4 would have a battle royale mode. This came after recent report suggests that the game mode is being developed by Raven Software. The same company that previously managed the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.

 

Game developer Activision is slated to unveil Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on May 17. The game is expected to launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC come October 12.

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Crypto Exchange Kraken Pulls Out of Japan

San Francisco-based Kraken is ending its trading service in Japan after being in the country since 2014.

Kraken

Kraken is bidding goodbye to Japan, for now at least.

The company, who has had their presence in Japan since 2014, expressed their “deepest regret” in the emailed statement.

According to Kraken, the revenue against the costs and resources required to maintain the service was part of the decision.

“Suspending services for Japan residents will allow us to better focus on our resources to improve in other geographical areas,” the company said.
They emphasise that the suspension of the service is only for those who are residents of the country. Japanese citizens and businesses residing outside the country are not affected and are still be able to use the services.
However, the company does not see this move as something permanent. “After we have had a chance to better catch up to our rapid growth, we will consider the possibility of resuming service for Japan residents.”
The last day of deposit is around mid-May. Japan residents can continue trading until mid-June. It’s also important to note that the last day of withdrawal is at the end of June this year.
Despite this news, Japan is still seen as one of the friendliest countries for trading digital currencies. While other countries choose to ban ICOs, Japan actually chose to to take the first step in legalising them earlier this month.

 

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League of Legends Update : Patch 8.8 Notes

Patch 8.8 Notes: League Of Legends Update

League of Legends update Patch 8.8 notes. The next few months will be jam packed with several events such as the launch of Clash, MSI, and the beginning of summer split, to name a few. This puts much pressure on the patches. So big or small patches will just all be medium patches.

Patch Highlights

Let us look at the highlights for Patch 8.8. Let us have their Champions.

• LeBlanc – developers wanted champions to have more time to play against assassins. For LeBlanc, one of the goals was to reinforce her identity as a combo-based assassin who cared about the order in which she casts her spells. The goals can be exemplified by two abilities: Passive – Sigil of Malice, and R – Mimic.

• Ahri – a lot of players enjoy to play Ahri. She is an aggressive, snowballing assassin who specializes in isolating her opponents and eliminating them. Her playmaking and reach allow her to surge into other lanes. She likes to kill and lead her team to victory. Her ability to prioritize all of the damage into one champion has been updated. This will give her the chance of going from fed to victorious.

• Irelia – Irelia’s laning phase is pretty weak. But she is extremely strong if she makes it to late game. Her late game power is being trimmed, by decreasing her ult’s base damage. This gives her more consistent lane change in exchange.

• Azir – Azir’s high waveclear in the early game gives him too much control over the tempo of a lane.

• Braum – Braum is said to be very tanky. His armor growth has been decreased.

• Galio – R cooldown increased. As players have learned how to position themselves preemptively to use Galio’s ultimate well, it has become pretty clear that it is available too often.

• Graves – Health growth increased, R cooldown decreased. For a ranged champion, Graves has to get up close and personal to help. His baseline tankiness is not doing anything to sustain that.

Champions With Changes

Other champions with changes or upgrades are: Xayah, Rek’Sai, Swain, Vi, Varus, Tahm Kench, Taliyah, Sion, Ryze, Naautilus, Lissandra, Kai’Sa, and Janna.

League of legends update

More Upgrades

Additional upgrades in the game include Archangel’s Staff (item), Lethal Tempo and Dark Harvest for runes. There are also changes in trinkets, homestart, and bug fixes. There are also upcoming skins and chromas.

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Fortnite Is Earning $25 million On Mobile, says Sensor Tower

Sensor Tower, a market analyst, based in the US, reported that Epic Game’s Fortnite: Battle Royale mobile is earning millions. The popular game has reportedly earned $25 million, an income earned in its first month.

 

Fortnite is raking millions on mobile

 

The research company said that Epic Games’ income was only from iOS devices. They projected that such income could reach over $500 million for this year. The game has just recently launched on Android.

 

Obviously, the game is consistently gaining popularity among players. Aside from popularity, the game was continuously attracting the pockets of players too. Fortnite had launched its Battle Royale game mid-March of this year. The company’s revenue has tripled since Fortnite opened the game publicly to players.

 

 

Although Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to play, it earned income through in-app purchases. Fortnite players could buy cosmetic items for the game’s new characters, emotes, and skins. Also, you can also buy Battle Passes for you to level up faster and collect more items.

 

Apart from mobile, the developer’s battle royale game is performing well on various consoles. In fact, under the free-to-play game category, Epic’s battle royale game reached 359 percent year-over-year growth back in February.

 

Fortnite’s battle royale beat out other rival games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, according to market analyst Newzoo.

 

Meanwhile, Sensor Tower also learned that in the first half of April, Fortnite’s battle royale game was the second highest-earning app on the Apple App Store. What’s good with the game is its cross-platform play features.

 

 

This means that if a player bought an item, it would be available on PS4, iOS, PC and Xbox One. The game’s matchmaking is also great because players can play across platforms too.

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Apple To Launch Subscription News Service For Texture

By 2019, tech giant Apple Inc. has something new to offer to its customers. The Cupertino-based company is planning to offer a subscription-based news service for Texture, Bloomberg reported this week.

 

Apple will soon roll-out a news subscription service

 

However, the tech giant has reportedly declined to issue a statement in reaction to Bloomberg report. According to Bloomberg, Apple’s subscription-based news service will be part of Texture.

 

 

Texture is actually a digital magazine app, and it would be integrated into the company’s Apple News app. The company’s news app would be available for both iPhone and iPad. To date, this remains pending as an agreement between the company and Apple should be produced before its approval.

 

Texture

“We are committed to quality journalism from trusted sources and allowing magazines to keep producing beautifully designed and engaging stories for users,” Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue said, detailing Apple’s plan on acquiring Texture.

 

 

The digital magazine app has provided unlimited access to more than 200 digital magazines. The subscription fee is pegged at $9.99 a month. In Texture, you can read various magazine titles such as People, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic.

 

 

Included also were GQ, Sports Illustrated, Wired, Maxim, Men’s Health, GQ, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, as well Entertainment Weekly. Regarding business model, Apple’s news service would likely be similar to Apple Music.

 

While Apple Music offers unlimited music streaming service for $9.99 a month, Texture would be both for news and magazines.

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Learn How To Code With Google’s Grasshopper App

Users can now learn and practice writing JavaScript with Grasshopper, an app from Google’s Area 120.

Grasshopper App

Learning how to code isn’t as difficult as it was before. Of course you wouldn’t be an expert coder in an instant, but Google’s Grasshopper will at least help you get started.

Developed by a small team of Googlers from Area 120, the mobile app is designed for beginners. Grasshopper teaches would-be coders the basics of writing JavaScript with just their phones. This will help users in developing their proficiency with the core concepts and build on them for future skillsets.

The first course, aptly named The Fundamentals, tackles on how coding works and various terminologies that students will encounter in the coding world. As they progress, students will get on more complicated tasks such as drawing shapes using the D3 library. The lessons are designed as quizzes and puzzles to make it more interactive and fun.

“Each coding puzzle has the student writing real JavaScript code using a custom built code editing environment. The student is given a challenge, and the user has to solve it using code, but it only takes a few taps to write out,” Grasshopper founder Laura Holmes explains.

“Each time the student runs code, they’re given real-time feedback to help guide them towards solving the challenge. Many students have told us that this real-time feedback feels like a tutor, since the feedback feels so tailored to the student’s current state.”

Although Grasshopper has been available internally for a while now, it is only today that they made the app public.

Area 120 was started two years ago by Google as an internal incubator. Its goal is to provide an avenue for talented engineers to work on their own passion projects and startups. Of course, discovering the next breakthrough product isn’t too bad either. 😉

 

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