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    With the PlayStation VR arriving in time to meet up with a couple of new PlayStation 4 variants, Sony would have done well and good to start planning 360° TV and movie content a long time ago. Alas, we're hearing today that the Japanese company will likely be licensing content from other multimedia outfits at first. The PlayStation VR will be released on October 13, which gives the company less than a month to implement its wider content strategy. The company claims more than 230 developers to its effort working on more than 50 projects in gaming, karaoke, cartoons, music videos and ...

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    Harassing fellow players? Using location emulation? Manipulating the Pokemon GO app? Just breaking any of the Pokemon GO Terms of Service? You can be permanently banned from the game. "Submit a ban appeal" is a new entry to Niantic's "Frequently Asked Questions" section of its Pokemon GO site. "Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone,"  the FAQ answer reads. "We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system." Because what's the fun of jacking up ...

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    Samsung's new Game Launcher and Game Tools that launched with the Galaxy S7 and is on the Note 7 is about to make its way down across the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 and all of its siblings. That's according to SamMobile, which first found the Game Launcher app in the Galaxy Apps store. The Game Launcher puts all the games on the device front and center for users to access while Game Tools adds on to the experience with screen recording, the option to disable navigation keys and locking out notifications. The Game Tuner feature is integrated into the Game Launcher which helps reduce games' ...

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    In a game like Pokemon GO, where the GPS is blaring its location out constantly and the screen and the camera and the GPU and everything is going crazy and hot and tiring and ugh — yeah, batteries be runnin' out. Fast. That's why people bought 1.2 million portable batteries for their phones in the two weeks since the game's launch, according to The NPD Group. Okay, technically since a few days after the debut, on July 10. Sales pace has essentially doubled between that date and July 23. The trend's pretty positive overall. In the six-week period prior to Pokemon GO's debut, sales were up ...

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    The base rate for an unlimited data plan on T-Mobile is $95 per month. On Sprint, it's $75. Spread that difference over two years and you've got enough money for another good phone if you wanted it. The Now Network feels it's important to point that out in this micro-age of Pokémon GO madness, even as the Un-carrier is offering unlimited high-speed data to all of its customers for a year while on the app. "Unlike some of the other carriers, Sprint offers unlimited data at a fair price so you don't have to worry about using data while Playing Pokémon Go," Sprint stated in a press ...

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    Another week, another major tech acquisition — this time spanning across the globe. Japanese telco Softbank is selling its 84 percent stake in Finnish mobile games maker Supercell. Chinese multimedia company Tencent will acquire the stake for up to $8.57 billion. The deal is expected to close next quarter. Softbank is going through a period of transition after years of losses and its CEO, Nikesh Arora, resigned this week. Softbank founder and replacement CEO Masayoshi Son has a $55 billion stake of Tencent. That company is looking to expand its lucrative gaming portfolio after picking ...

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    10 million unique users may not be enough to save the fall of Nintendo's virgin venture into the mobile world. According to SurveyMonkey, daily download numbers have fallen faster and are, on the whole, lower when compared to two recent games from mobile giants King and Supercell. But that's not the only problem Miitomo's facing. It's been perceived as having a less stimulating activity cycle — you ask and answer questions and gain credits to purchase clothes for your Mii avatar. SurveyMonkey said in its Intelligence Blog that on average Miitomo is opened about 2.3 days out of the week. ...

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    Google-owned Niantic Labs, the maker of Ingress, has been working with // The Pokémon Company to literally bring a beloved video game franchise into the real world. That project is being called Pokémon GO. Excitement has building around the game with gameplay footage leaked continuously onto YouTube. When it came time, fans in Australia and New Zealand got to the chance to field test the game on iOS and Android. It's now the US's chance to join in on the capturing, trading and battling fun. You can sign up for a chance to play around at the source link below. Keep in mind that the ...

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    Nintendo's first mobile app, Miitomo, has proven to be a popular social pad so far. It's also shown that the company seems to acquiescing to how the freemium revenue model works for it. We're now learning that its first two mobile gaming titles will be "free-to-start" from DeNA Co., Nintendo's main development partner for Miitomo. A Nintendo spokesperson confirmed the statement. The makers of Mario previously announced that the games — to be available on iOS and Android — would be based off of the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises. Mobile revenue is being viewed as a ...

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    The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M is not the GTX 970. If you're thinking of buying a high-power laptop to connect your HTC Vive to, you should make sure that you have at least a proper GTX 970. HTC has its own recommendations to make — it says that HP, Alienware and MSI have all made "Vive Optimized PCs". MSI is going so far to say that it has the first VR-ready notebooks as certified by both HTC and Intel. In fact, it has five of them — all have either the GTX 980 or the GTX 980 SLI cards which exceed the GPU requirement of the Vive. Of course, you can probably search through the ...

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    Maybe the Snapdragon 820 is actually the beast we all make it out to be. Maybe the Exynos 8890 kicks constant butt? Maybe we should give dues to the Apple A8 ... what? Okay, so forget the amazing Geekbench and GFXBench scores and blah blah blah we've seen because that stuff can be gamed. Like, we've seen it gamed. Many times. Gizmodo decided to give this spring's big Android smartphone releases and iPhones of new and old a big test. In fact, the outlet rolled its own by running tests on Gamebench, a benchmarking app that measures FPS, CPU, GPU and energy consumption performance through ...

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    Is this whole "online ordering" thing just a crapshoot to you? Want to get away from the evils of Amazon Prime? Or the shipping confirmation pages of those cartel cargo movers? Do you absolutely abhor the Oculus Rift? Have we got news for you! A select few Microsoft Stores and GameStops in both the US and Canada will have demo areas to show off the purported magic of SteamVR as experienced through the HTC Vive. For Microsoft, it has initially setup space in its New York flagship outlet as well as stores in Bellvue Square and Salt Lake City's City Creek Center. The Microsoft Store at Park ...

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    It's 2016 and Sony is finally ready to make its bid in the advancement of mobile gaming beyond casual titles like Candy Runner and Subway Somethingorother. After taking care of the ephemeral space with its announcement of the PlayStation VR, it's now put together ForwardWorks Corp., a new unit that will incubate and sell "full-fledged game titles in the new filed(sic) of the smart device market." The effort is focused at the Japanese and other Asian markets, unlike the products that Nintendo is developing. Miitomo is the first application of several that's expected to reach American, ...

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    Well, that took long enough. At the start of February, NVIDIA has made good on its promise to update its original Shield gaming tablet after upgrading the Shield K1 just before Christmas. Everything gets a refresh from wallpapers to new HD Image Effects and all of the stock goodies Android Marshmallow provides. With gaming apps taking a whole lot of space, the integrated SD card storage feature of 6.0 should really help here. Wi-Fi only tablets will see what's dubbed "Upgrade 4.0" soon while the version with US LTE antennas will need a few weeks' of extra work. Source: NVIDIA (1, 2) Via: ...

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    I’m in the cockpit of a spaceplane, a control stick in my right hand and a throttle in my left. All around me, dotting the space between asteroids, are the explosions of my enemies. Their fiery destruction is recorded by the computer screens surrounding me, bathing me in a serene glow that reflects off the canopy over my head. In short, I’m in my own personal, impossible heaven. So why does it feel so … conventional?     The Vive Pre is the updated version of the original HTC Re Vive VR headset I tested nearly a year ago, the device that singlehandedly made me a VR believer by ...

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    I have so many mixed feelings about the NVIDIA SHIELD. Most do. It was such an intriguing product – at least in theory – at first. Some of its specifications are drool-worthy. Specifically, the Tegra 4. In my short time with the device, the Tegra 4 was a monster chip. Clocked at 1.9GHz, the quad-core Cortex A15 CPU, paired with the 72-core GeForce GPU, blew through the most graphically intense games found on Android without a problem – hot knife through butter. It also has 2GB RAM, 16GB of fixed storage, a microSD card slot, massive 28.8Wh battery, a 5-inch 720p LCD, and some massive ...

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    Love or hate them, tablets are rather fun little machines. Android tablets and iPads, at the core, are actually little more than scaled-up smartphones. They come with roughly the same class of specifications as their high-end smartphone counterparts, run the same software, and have access to virtually all the same applications. Those who only look at that side of the equation, however, totally miss the point of tablets. Those are the people who say, "A tablet doesn't do anything more or better than my phone. I don't need a tablet." There's a fair argument in there that no one needs a ...

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    I love games. I've been playing video games and board games my entire life. I don't have nearly as much time as I used to have for gaming, and I have yet to pull the trigger on a current-generation console. But I've spent a lot of time and money on mobile gaming. And every chance I get, I like to break out a smartphone or tablet and get in a race or two, play a round of Phase 10, or if I have more time, get into a lengthy round of Catan on the iPad. As much as I love smartphone gaming, however, the hardware never seems to provide the experience I've come to expect. Games like Asphalt 8, ...

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    Some of us here at Pocketnow enjoy a nice summer's afternoon slaving over a smartphone or tablet, trying to beat the last level in some new game. A few of us went nuts yesterday, over the launch of one of the most highly anticipated mobile games this summer, Asphalt 8. Suffice it to say, mobile gaming is improving quite rapidly. In just four year's time, we've graduated from platformers and side-scrollers to real 3D graphics that rival console games from less than a decade ago. Riptide GP2, for instance, looks phenomenal and plays as smooth as many of my PS2 and early PS3 racing games. And ...

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    Just because it's a new year doesn't mean things are changing with the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. We're still shaking up the host roster on occasion, and we're still squeezing more than 90 minutes of discussion out of the mobile-technology news sector, even in the pit of the post-holiday lull. On our first podcast of 2013, Joe Levi joins us to talk Android amid a sea of pre-CES leaks, but not before we dive into a long and detailed discussion about the new mobile version of Ubuntu - a platform we'll learn how to consistently pronounce someday, but not today. We also touch on Sailfish and ...

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    As a child, I had no use for organized sports. Though this was somewhat detrimental to my early social development, it at least ensured I had plenty of free time on after-school afternoons. Often, I'd get off the school bus early and spend the waning hours of daylight at the public library, in front of an Apple IIe. That's where I discovered interactive fiction, or text adventures. Those terms will be instantly familiar to most people who grew up amid the whirring of floppy drives, but they'll seem completely foreign to younger users. For them, I offer the following brief description: ...

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