#67 What’s The Best Way To Play Pokemon GO?

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spends $200M on toilet technology

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates unveiled a futuristic toilet Tuesday that doesn’t need water or sewers and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer. It is the brainchild of research projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s biggest private philanthropy organization. There are multiple designs of the toilet but all work by separating liquid and solid waste. “The current toilet simply sends the waste away in the water, whereas these toilets don’t have the sewer,” Gates said. “They take both the liquids and solids and do chemical work on it, including burning it in most cases.”

Sony’s new noise-canceling headphones are great traveling companions

Looking at the qBoseSony WH-1000XM3, a pair of wireless/wired cans that truly outshine everything else. These $349 headphones come with a USB cable, audio cable, international audio adapter, and a compact case that holds the whole thing in a tight package. The headphones also support Bluetooth and will automatically swap to wired mode when you insert the headphone cable. The WH-1000XM3s support full noise cancellation that turns even the noisiest situation into a blissful escape. An ambient audio feature lets you listen to external sounds at the touch of a button and there is even a “Quick Attention” feature that turns the headphones down instantly when you need to speak to someone. Sony touts 30 hours battery life on one charge, a claim […] still going strong.

This Taiwanese grandpa shows the best way to play Pokémon Go is with 11 phones

A 70-year-old man in Taiwan has gone viral for playing Pokémon Go with 11 phones attached to his bicycle. Chen San-yuan has made headlines internationally for the strange setup. Chen also keeps external batteries and charging cables on him so he can enjoy up to 20 hours of battery life per phone. Since first getting caught on social media and going viral in August, Chen has upgraded to a waist mount, so he can travel with his 11 phones on foot. His neighbor also commented on how Chen’s unique approach to catching pokémon has turned their street into a tourist attraction.

It looks like there’s a problem with the hitbox for new Overwatch hero Ashe

As u/DarkyPaky discovered, the latest addition to Overwatch might need a hit box adjustment, as hers is currently very noticeably oversized. It appears that not only does the hitbox for Ashe’s head include her wide-brimmed hat, but it also seems to extend above her visible model entirely. Ashe has one of the smaller character models in the game, but as it stands she might well be one of the easiest to land a headshot on right now – a problem for a hero with only 200 points of health.

The best weapon in ‘Just Cause 4’ is Mother Nature

Just Cause 4 arrives at the end of a busy season of open world games. Fortunately, the series has always done things differently from the likes of Assassin’s Creed, Read Dead Redemption, Far Cry and the rest. It’s the game that coaxes you into causing destruction and explosions, offering a shamelessly hard-boiled physics playground for you cut loose inside. During a lengthy playtime session last week with what appears to be very close to the final game, Just Cause 4 begs to be live-streamed, clipped and shared on Twitch, Twitter, Reddit, Discord and everywhere else.

Fortnite hits concurrent player count of 8.3 million

Fortnite launched in South Korea this week, complete with a new set of challenges. This week saw the introduction of Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode in South Korea, where players were encouraged to play at PC Bang cafes to complete PC Bang challenges. Epic Games Korea gave an interview where its spokesperson, Sung Chul Park, stated that Fortnite now has 8.3 million concurrent players worldwide. Yep. You heard us: 8.3 million people playing Fortnite simultaneously.

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#40 Spider-Man Sells 3.3 Million Copies In 3 Days

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Twitch suddenly blocked in China

The livestream platform Twitch is no longer available in China. After a surge in popularity last month among esports fans, this week the Twitch app was abruptly removed from the iOS App Store in China, leaving fans in the lurch.

PS4’s ‘Spider-Man’ Just Broke God of War’s Sales Record With 3.3 Million Copies Sold In 3 Days

It’s been a hell of a year for Sony, coming in the wake of a hell of a console generation. The PS4 has been the clear sales leader this generation from the start, partially because it avoided Microsoft-like stumbles at launch, partially because it’s produced a huge number of must-have exclusive titles for the system.

Overwatch Finally Reveals What Torbjorn’s Much-needed Overhaul Will Look Like

Overwatch’s feisty dwarf engineer Torbjorn has long been considered a“troll pick.” In my experience, it’s common for teammates’ blood pressure to skyrocket whenever players pick him. We already knew Torbjorn was getting a much-needed overhaul, and today, Overwatch’s game director Jeff Kaplan finally announced what Torbjorn 2.0 will look like.

FALLOUT 76’S WORLD SEEMINGLY HAS AN OFFICIAL NAME

Bethesda Softworks has seemingly revealed where exactly Fallout 76’s country roads will be taking players home to. It was already known that the game is set in a version of West Virginia, but fans can now put a name to Bethesda’s wasteland version of the Mountain State.

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#21 Blue Unveils The Yeti Nano

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Is The 2019 BMW Z4 Super Sexy Or A Giant Misfire?

The 2019 BMW Z4 had the unfortunate luck of images leaking at least three times, which means most people had already formed their opinion of its new design direction before the car was even revealed. But now it’s here, so does it look good or did BMW overdo it?

Blue’s Yeti Nano is built for simple, high-quality desktop recording

When it comes to podcasting and livestreaming, USB microphones are a great option due to their plug-and-play design. And perhaps no name is more synonymous with these recording devices than Blue Microphones. The company that’s best known for it’s popular Yeti and Snowball modes (in addition to a line of pro-level studio mics) is introducing its first new product since it was purchased by Logitech for $117 million last month. Meet the Yeti Nano.

‘OVERWATCH’ NANO COLA CHALLENGE: HOW TO UNLOCK FREE D.VA SKIN

At the end of Overwatch’s new “Shooting Star” cinematic, we briefly see a new D. Va skin. Now, you can unlock the skin yourself with D. Va’s Nano Cola Challenge. Starting today until Sept.10, you will unlock special in-game rewards for playing Quick Play, Competitive or Arena. For winning three games, you’ll get two new sprays, for six you’ll get a new icon and for nine you’ll unlock the Nano Cola D. Va skin. Click the image below for a larger version.

Bad North, a Real-Time Tactics Roguelite, is Available Now on Xbox One

Bad North is a minimalistic, real-time tactics roguelite where you defend a series of small islands from hordes of Viking invaders. That genre description is a bit of a mouthful, so let’s break it down and explain what this game really is. The core gameplay is real-time tactics which (in Bad North) is a mashup of real-time strategy, turn-based tactics, and tower defense. You defend small, charming islands (and the houses on them) against wave after wave of Vikings using just a handful of adorable soldiers.

Overwatch Pulls Loot Boxes in Belgium After They Were Declared Gambling

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In April 2018, the Belgian Gaming Commission published a report that was endorsed by the Belgian Ministry of Justice in which they concluded that paid loot boxes in Overwatch are considered gambling under local law. While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law. As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.

No matter what, we want to make sure that our players around the world have the best entertainment experience possible. While players in Belgium will no longer be able to purchase paid loot boxes in Overwatch and loot chests in Heroes of the Storm, they’ll still be able to earn them by playing the games, and they’ll still have access to all in-game content.

These measures will be implemented shortly. We also remain open to further discussions with the Belgian Gaming Commission and Ministry of Justice on this topic.

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#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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Venetian ‘Rialto’ PayLoad Map Is Now Live In ‘Overwatch’

Blizzard’s popular hero shooter Overwatch is getting a new escort Rialto map.  The map is set in Venice, Italy and players would recognized the game’s setting. Blizzard said the setting is at Realto for the special Retribution co-operative mode.

 

Overwatch’s Rialto Map

 

Overwatch’s new map is not set at broad daylight. The game developer said that players would be escorting a payload via three checkpoints. Previously, the map is set at night and players are tasked to gun down Talon soldiers.

 

 

The game’s escort map comes with a new patch that introduces essential changes in the game’s characters. Of the major changes, the significant change that has been introduced in the game is Hanzo’s controversial Scatter Arrow ability.

 

 

In case you don’t know, Hanzo is an archer and the latest update has removed his Scatter Arrow ability. Blizzard has replaced this with Storm Arrows ability. Using the new ability allows him to fire five arrows in quick succession. In addition, the game’s Hanzo character has also received a new horizontal leap ability.

 

 

This new ability works similarly to his brother Genji’s double jump. Hanzo also received several other tweaks like an increased projectile speed and more frequent use of his Sonic Arrow. According to Blizzard, Hanzo is actually the most notorious character that is difficult to play well.

 

 

Meanwhile, Blizzard said that Rialto features various canals. Omnic-piloted gondolas and other similar Venetian setting. The game developer admitted that the Realto is actually the first map to be added in the game after the Blizzard World.

 

 

New Overwatch Tease Hints A New Hero’s Weapon

Game developer Blizzard has released new information related to Overwatch. This involves the speculation about Overwatch’s new hero. If this speculation is true, a game’s new teaser would finally give a hint of the hero’s owned tools.

 

A New Hero is coming to Overwatch

 

A quick check of the Overwatch’s official Twitter account gave a hint of the game’s new hero. The company tweeted “I’ll knock some sense into you!” which was accompanied by a teaser image.

The leaked teaser photo revealed of what appears to be a schematics for some kind of tool. The game’s new hero has a tool named Slaga v3.0, which looks like some kind of a pickaxe which can be converted into a hammer.

 

Apart from the tool, the leaked teaser photo has also revealed other details. These details include some materials like a tablet-like device in the bottom right. Fans of the popular Overwatch game would certainly probe the leaked material photo. Another object that could be found in the photo was a mouse toy and a cat’s paw swiping at it from just out of frame.

 

Also, the recently leaked details follow the earlier rumor of the game’ “after-action” report for something called Operation White Dome. The Operation White Dome creatively described an incident which involved Torbjörn, Reinhardt, including a character named Private First Class Emre Sariogulu.

 

Following the earlier leaked detail was that players claimed to have seen a letter Torbjörn wrote to his wife. With these, avid fans of the game believed that the game’s new hero is Brigitte.

 

It can be recalled that Blizzard announced previously that it was actually conducting a test of the game’s rumored hero. Meanwhile, game director Jeff Kaplan stressed that the new character is “very needed.”

Overwatch Year Of The Dog Event Begins Soon, Adds A New Map

It’s the Year of the Dog! And the game developer of Overwatch has already kicked off this year with an event. Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event is actually a game’s iteration that was conducted last 2017. Now, the game’s recent update brings new content for several gaming console platforms like Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

 

Overwatch Year Of The Dog Event

 

With the new update, Overwatch fans would be getting the game’s new skins. In fact, developer would be rolling out a total of six new skins. These new skins include Genji, Mercy, Zarya, and Pharah, among others.

 

Also, the game’s new update brings more than 50 new seasonal items that players can collect. Players could take a peek at the game’s new Year of the Dog Legendary skins in a gallery. They could also take advantage of this as the Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event runs until March 5.

 

Apart from the skins, the update includes a map called as the Ayutthaya. The map is actually set in Asia’s Thailand. Gamers said that the Ayutthaya map is the game’s first Overwatch map for specifically Capture the Flag.

 

The game developer further noted that the game’s flag went several revisions already as part of the update. This means that players could actually pick a flag and eventually drooped when they used a specific abilities.

 

However, the game’s update has also a fan-requested feature. This feature gives players an opportunity to change skins of any given character before they could start a match. This can be done from the Assemble Your Team screen and players continue to gather increasingly large collections of skins.

‘Overwatch’ Downgrades Mercy, adds 4K on Xbox One X

Game developer Blizzard has implemented changes in its popular game Overwatch. The developer has tested the game for a week. Now the changes would involve moving from the game’s test servers to the wider gaming population.

 

Blizzard said that it would implement a patch for its 4K team shooter for Xbox One X gaming console. However, the developer said that the big change would really affect the game’s two characters: Junkrat and Mercy.

 

The developer has reportedly downgraded the Overwatch’s popular character. This means that their skills and capabilities were affected by the changes Blizzard implemented. It added that the biggest adjustment was with the healer Mercy targeting her Ultimate ability and Resurrect.

 

Here’s the changes made by Blizzard affecting the Overwatch’s popular characters: Mercy and Junkrat, according to Engadget.

 

Mercy

Valkyrie
No longer makes Resurrect instant
No longer grants a bonus Resurrect charge
The speed bonus Guardian Angel receives when activating Valkyrie has been decreased by 50%
Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds

Junkrat

Concussion Mine
Now will deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center

 

Engadget reported that the changes would take a tool on Mercy’s ability to resurrect teammates when showing her Valkyrie ultimate to slow down the other teammates.

 

And for Junkrat’s part, the concussion mines would be needing more accurate targeting to implement damage. Junkrat’s concussion mines would also prevent players from spamming and it would kill easily.

Blizzard Releases Overwatch’s New Legendary Hanzo Skin

Game developer Blizzard has teased the fans of Overwatch for several skins that will be released on January 23. A preview of the skins surfaced recently and one of which is the
Kabuki Hanzo legendary skin.

 

Blizzard to release skins, emotes, maps for Overwatch

 

Before the Kabuki Hanzo legendary skin was revealed, Blizzard has also released a Capoeira Lucio outfit, Asp Pharrah, among others. The company said that five heroes of Overwatch would also be receiving new epic skins.

 

These skins, according to Blizzard, will be rolled out during Tuesday’s launched. Apart from these, gamers would also enjoy the new skins for Symmetra, Reaper, McCree, Junkrat, and Zenyatta, respectively.

 

Also, the game developer has teased fans that a legendary skin for D.Va will be revealed anytime soon. Blizzard said that both the new skins, emotes, and sprays, as well as the game’s new map, will be revealed on Tuesday, January 23.

 

Meanwhile, the developer added that fans would be getting a timely update until Tuesday. This means that fans of the Overwatch will soon expect some changes to loot boxes. This information was shared by Jeff Kaplan, the game’s director.

 

So what’s inside the Overwatch’s standard loot boxes? Inside the standard loot boxes, Kaplan said, are tons of new content.

 

With this, players should be able to unlock things at their convenience. The new way is a departure to the usual practice of having a time-limited event loot boxes.

Blizzard News: Overwatch Update Adds New Skins, Mode

Game developer Blizzard offers good news to its avid gaming fans. The company has just released an update to its popular game Overwatch. The game’s update now contains new skins, and modes, among others. Not only that, Blizzard had kicked off the yuletide celebration with the Winter Wonderland event last year.

 

But this is not just the simple holiday treat for Blizzard’s gamers; they can now access new skins, and a limited-time mode, and other gaming perks as part of the update, a report from Gamespot said.

What’s new with Blizzard’s update?

 

Apart from the limited-time mode, Blizzard has also teased the players of the Junkrat and Roadhog skins. These skins are supposed to be part of the Legendary skins. Game developers branded the Overwatch’s skins as the major highlights of the yuletide update.

 

 

Also, fans of the Overwatch will get to enjoy the fresh added looks of both Ana and Sombra. In the update, gamers can also view all Overwatch Winter Wonderland skins in the game’s gallery. Blizzard added that the update the includes an innovative and fresh Black Forest which has a winterized version. Included also is the expected come back from the holiday-themed version of King’s Row and Hanamaura.

 

 

 

On the other hand, gamers can also play the Mei’s Snowball Offensive Brawl in the winterized Black Forest. They can also play a new brawl that the gaming studio introduced. Blizzard’s new brawl offers more excitement and adrenaline-packed actions compared to its previous counterpart.

 

 

Gamers can play the Winter Wonderlands by January 1. The game is expected to be rolled out on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The game is packed with last year’s skins and content, among others. Gamers can buy the Legendary skins for 1000 credits, Epic skins for 250, Rare skins for 75 and Common skins for 25, respectively.