#17 Valve Changes Everything

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Parents worry about their teens’ smartphone habits. But what about their own?

Take the dinner table, the cliched scene where a parent tries to have a conversation with their cell phone-wielding teen, headphones in and distracted. Seventy-two percent of parents feel their teens are often or sometimes distracted by their phones while trying to have a conversation. But when Pew asked teens the same question about their parents, 51 percent of them said they believe their parents are either often or sometimes distracted by their phones during real-life conversations.

Analyst says Apple’s App Store could take $16B hit as commissions under fire

Some game developers feel that the commission levels charged by both Apple and Google are unfair, and they may take a strong stand. Epic Games already opted out of the Google Play app store when it launched Fortnite on Android, though it does sell the iOS version through Apple’s App Store.

Valve Changes Everything: Windows-Exclusive Games Now Run On Steam For Linux

Windows games with no Linux version currently available can now be installed and run directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support.

Yup, we know exactly when Apple’s 2018 iPhones will be released

Despite the fact that Apple’s iPhone lineup will be completely different in 2018 than it has been in previous years, the events that have taken place in the lead up to their unveiling is exactly the same. First, a few rumors start to trickle out, then the world’s top Apple insider weighs in and tells us exactly what to expect, then as months go by the picture he painted gets more and more clear as subsequent leaks back up all of his claims.

Zynga to Develop ‘Star Wars’ Mobile Game

The developer has struck a multiyear deal with Disney to develop a mobile game based in the Star Wars universe. New Star Wars titles will be managed by the San Francisco company’s NaturalMotion studio, which is based out of the U.K.

No New Assassin’s Creed Coming In 2019

Reflecting on the decision to stop Assassin’s Creed’s yearly launch schedule and give Ubisoft’s developers the time to reinvent the series for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Guillemot said it was ultimately worth it.

“[The time] gave the team the possibility to really bring what they wanted to. The community has been responding very well to it and when I see what we are bringing with Odyssey I know that the community that got back in with Origins will be amazed.”

Overwatch’s D.Va Gets Her Own Animated Short, Watch It Here

Blizzard has released a new animated short for Overwatch called “Shooting Star” and this time the focus is much-loved Meka pilot D.Va. With Gamescom 2018 going on in Germany, the short was shown at Korea Fanfest, where Blizzard also debuted a brand-new Overwatch map. The video starts with a news report about D.Va, who has become a national hero by defending her nation from the Omnics.

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Mobile Productivity Solution Viira™ Launches Android App for Getting Things Done® (GTD®)

As the popularity of Android-powered smartphones grows at an ever-increasing rate, so does the need for quality software applications that help people stay organized and get things done in their day-to-day lives. Karta Mobile, a leading provider of mobile productivity solutions has stepped in to fill the void and provide a version of its leading Getting Things Done® (GTD) app Viira™ for Android smartphones. Viira provides support for all key aspects of a GTD Android implementation such as projects, context, day tasks, an in-basket and more.

“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” is a best-selling time management book by David Allen that shows readers how to organize their projects, commitments and communications in an effective, intuitive and stress-free manner. Unlike traditional organizational methods, Getting Things Done calls for the creation of a powerful task classification system that enables the effective filing and retrieval of tasks and to-dos. Despite the wide availability of many productivity apps and to-do list managers, few of them possess the key requirements necessary to build a portable GTD system.

Following in the footsteps of the BlackBerry GTD application Viira, Viira for Android enables powerful yet intuitive organization of a person’s to-dos and commitments in a comprehensive system that resides entirely on his or her Android smartphone. Users can simultaneously organize their tasks by project, context and day in order to quickly retrieve the right task exactly when it is needed. Viira for Android has a clean, intuitive user interface and also provides an In-Basket to enable users to quickly collect and record to-dos and ideas. Fast iterative search ensures that no to-do or commitment gets forgotten or left behind.

Viira is a native application on the Android platform and does not require wireless internet access to function properly. Users can stay organized and apply the principles of Getting Things Done from areas with low or no wireless coverage.

Participants in the Viira for Android beta program can download version 0.9 of the software for free from the Android Marketplace as well as from the company’s website. Viira for Android is supported on Android OS 2.2 or later.