#17 Valve Changes Everything

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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

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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

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Zynga to Develop ‘Star Wars’ Mobile Game

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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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Lumia 610 problem: Can’t run certain apps

The Nokia Lumia line of devices may be Nokia’s key to salvation. But it seems that the company and Microsoft are having trouble with their Lumia 610 device, as CNET reported that the latter is having difficulties running several popular apps.

Nokia’s entry level Lumia is the company’s first Microsoft powered smartphone with a 256MB of RAM can’t seem to run Angry Birds and Skype, which by the way is owned by Microsoft.

Other apps that won’t run on the Lumia 610 are Plants vs. Zombies, Assassin’s Creed and PES 2012. When someone’s tries to download these games, an error message would appear.

The popular Android platform doesn’t have any problems with running these apps, so what happened to the Nokia Lumia 610?

According to CNET, Microsoft has set standards for the hardware on smartphones that would want to run on the Windows platform. With the Android, this is not a problem because the software of the latter is open sourced and apps can be tested in a wide range of devices.

Microsoft on the other hand, the company lowered their standards for phones running on Windows Phone. This process may have caused the problem. By lowering the standards of the phones, this allowed companies to develop cheap smartphones for the budget strapped individual.

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