#58 Patreon Is Partnering With Reddit

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TO FIND NEW FANS (AND THEIR MONEY), PATREON PARTNERS WITH REDDIT

THE PROMISE OF Patreon, the membership platform for independent artists and creators, has always been simple: If your fans like your work, they will pay you for it. No need to slough off cash from advertisers, or make shady deals with brands. It’s just you, your fans, and the stuff you make for them. Patreon has slowly introduced new ways for creators to milk the most out of these fan relationships. They can give subscribers (called “patrons”) a peek into their lives behind-the-scenes with Patreon Lens, a Snapchat dupe specifically for creators. They can host live Q&As with fans on Discord, the voice-and-text chat app. Now, Patreon has another trick up its sleeve: It’s announcing an integration with Reddit, aimed at bringing creators closer than ever to the fan networks that support them.

Facebook Rolling Out Redesigned Messenger App With Simplified Interface and Customizable Chat Bubbles

Facebook today announced that it’s rolling out a redesigned, simplified version of the Messenger app on a global basis starting today. Messenger 4, as Facebook is calling it, will refocus on conversations, making it easier to navigate through the app. Instead of nine separate tabs, there will be three tabs, with conversations quickly accessible through the “Chats” tab. Quick access to the camera for sharing photos and for video chats is also included in the Chats tab.

Arcade1Up is next-level retro gaming with cabinets for Street Fighter and other classics

The retro gaming trend gives us many ways to spend new money reliving old memories. Systems like SNES Classic, C64 Mini and the upcoming PlayStation Classic top the gift charts as consumers yearn for the good ol’ days. But now, the company Arcade1Up is taking the craze to the next level with build-it-yourself home arcade cabinets. The machines are now on sale in retail stores, starting at $300 (which converts to roughly £288, or AU$420). There are several flavors of machines, with each cabinet featuring a handful of iconic arcade titles: Street Fighter, Rampage, Centipede, Asteroids and Galaga are among the first batch.

HP’s latest Spectre x360 has a new angular design and 22.5 hours of battery life

HP is updating its popular Spectre x360 convertible laptops today. Both the 13- and 15-inch versions are getting a new “gem cut” design with a more angular look and feel. The new design also includes a USB-C port that’s angled on the edge of the Spectre x360 to improve cable management. As you’d expect, HP is including Intel’s latest 8th Gen quad-core processors inside the 13-inch Spectre x360, and six-core options for the larger 15-inch model.

Alexa, be afraid

“What was your favorite thing today?” I heard the question from at least five different Amazon executives last month in Seattle, when the online megaretailer introduced us to about a dozen new Alexa gadgets. “What jumped out at you?” All of it? None of it? I really wasn’t sure. I didn’t see a new, breakout hit like I saw when Amazon first compressed Alexa down into a Dot-sized speaker that cost just $50. Instead, I saw a mess of tangents, an Echo for everything. Alexa, throw the spaghetti at the wall. Alexa, tell us what stuck.

Those painted sculptures in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey are true to history

When Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey debuted earlier this month, it received widespread praise for the quality of its world-building and narrative. Some historians say it also deserves high marks for its attention to historical detail in recreating ancient Greece. Notably, the game showcases colorfully painted statues, temples, and tombs dotted about the virtual city. Yes, it’s true: contrary to all those pristine, gleaming white marble sculptures we see all the time in museums—the ones we long thought defined the Western aesthetic of the Classical era—Greco-Roman art was awash in color. Art historians have known this for a while, of course, but the knowledge hasn’t really moved beyond the confines of that rarefied world. That might change, now that it’s a feature in a hugely popular game.

Monster Sanctuary – Monster Taming Metroidvania

Monster Sanctuary is a monster-taming RPG with party-based combat and metroidvania-like exploration. New monsters provide additional strategic options in combat and allow you to overcome obstacles to explore new areas and find hidden treasures. The turn-based combat focuses on team synergy and combos, distinguishing Monster Sanctuary from other popular monster collecting games.

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#46 Google Hid Major Google+ Security Flaw

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Google hid major Google+ security flaw that exposed users’ personal information

Google exposed the personal information of users of its Google+ social network, the company announced in a blog post this morning. The news, originally reported by The Wall Street Journal ahead of Google’s announcement, means that Google+ profile information like name, email address, occupation, gender, and age were exposed, even when that data was listed as private and not public. However, Google says that it has no evidence to suggest any third-party developers were aware of the bug or abused it. The bug appears to have been active between 2015 and 2018.

Facebook’s Portal Is the Jetsons Videophone That We Thought Humanity Skipped

Facebook announced its new Portal hardware today, a limited-purpose device that allows users to video chat on Facebook almost exclusively. And there’s something strangely retro about the concept: This is the standalone videophone device that George Jetson had in the 1960s and that AT&T imagined in the 1990s—the device that we were supposed to skip over.

Sony patent hints at PlayStation 5 backward compatibility

A Sony patent suggests the company is looking to make the PlayStation 5 backward-compatible. The US Patent and Trademark Office published the patent “Remastering by emulation” on Oct. 2. Sony filed the patent, which was previously published in May, in November 2016 — suggesting this idea has been around for at least two years. The 14-page document outlines a process by which textures from old games are remastered “on the fly” for higher-resolution displays, as previously noted by Eurogamer. This could mean games from previous console generations will look slightly improved on HD and 4K displays when played on the PS5.

‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’ Weapons Get Made In Real Life Thanks To Man At Arms

The episode, which you can see above, covers the creation of the weapons in just over 20 minutes and really gives you an idea of what went into their detail. The team goes over each step, starting with some exploration of Greece, combining steel bolt edges with iron, and talking about other parts that would help put the weapons together. It’s really something — and totally makes us want to open a workshop so we could try building. It’s a complex effort by several of Man At Arms’ staffers, even going as far as to manually craft certain parts so they match what’s included in the game. And it’s a process that comes together beautifully, with the weapons finally being completed around the [18:30] mark.

Telltale’s Walking Dead Final Season Will Continue After Massive Layoffs

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s company, Skybound Entertainment, has announced it has partnered with Telltale Games to finish the studio’s Walking Dead: The Final Season. “We’ve successfully negotiated with Telltale Games for our company Skybound to come in and see Season 4 of the Telltale game to completion,” Kirkman said during an appearance at New York Comic-Con this weekend. “We can’t lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year.” Skybound has been involved with Telltale’s The Walking Dead franchise since the start. After Telltale announced it was winding down last month, many wondered about the fate of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Telltale announced that it was working with multiple potential partners to finish the series, and it appears Skybound was among them.

Hands-On With Fallout 76, A Very Different Type Of Post-Apocalyptic RPG

Ever since Bethesda first revealed its newest game in the Fallout series, it’s been difficult to get a sense of what Fallout 76 is all about. While the concept of an online Fallout experience is enticing, it also comes into conflict with the series’ typical brand of role-playing. Though Fallout 76 does lessen those traditionally single-player details to a noticeable degree, it offers up an alluring opportunity to explore uncharted, irradiated territory with other players online. With the pivot to multiplayer, Fallout 76 focuses a lot more on exploration and survival in West Virginia’s Appalachia, with all its regional oddities and newfound horrors coming in large doses. Recently, Gamespot played three hours of the game ahead of the game’s upcoming October beta, and spoke with developers from Bethesda Game Studios about the particular challenges of making a different kind of Fallout.

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#43 Fortnite Cross-Play Announced For PS4

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Facebook is burying Snap, as Facebook and Messenger Stories hit 300 million daily active users

It’s not just Instagram Stories that Snapchat has to worry about. Facebook and Messenger Stories now have 300 million daily active users, the company announced Wednesday. A user counts as one person, meaning they would not be counted twice across both apps. Facebook did not share the breakdown between each app. By comparison, Snap-owned Snapchat reported 188 million daily active users in its second quarter earnings report in August.

OCULUS’ $399 QUEST TO TAKE VR MAINSTREAM

TWO YEARS AGO, Facebook-owned Oculus quietly began demoing a prototype of a stand-alone VR headset codenamed Santa Cruz. Unlike the Oculus Rift, this prototype didn’t need to be wired to a PC to work. Like the Oculus Rift, it promised an immersive quality that might help people actually understand why they’d want to hang out in a virtual environment, wearing a device on their face. Now that prototype is coming out. At its annual developer conference today in San Jose, Oculus unveiled the Quest, the official name for the Santa Cruz headset. Oculus plans to ship it next spring for $399.

Rematch: iPhone XS versus Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for ‘Fortnite’ gaming

About two weeks ago, AppleInsider compared the iPhone X to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 while playing Fortnite, but some complained putting a just-released phone against last year’s model. With the release of the iPhone XS and XS Max, is there as much of a difference between the flagship models of both companies as last time?

PlayStation 4 gets cross-play with Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss John Kodera announced the news in a blog post today. “The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective. ”

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