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Nintendo delays release of Pokemon Go Plus

Jul 30, 2016 - 7:03 AM - by Reverend
The Japanese video game developer said Wednesday it's delaying the release of Pokemon Go Plus, an accessory for the wildly popular smartphone game. It also posted a net loss of $233 million for the latest quarter.

On Monday, the company's shares plunged after it said that Pokemon Go will have only a "limited" effect on its bottom line.

Nintendo's share price had more than doubled following the release of the hit augmented reality game earlier this month, adding $23 billion to the company's market value. But the stock is now down around 30% from its high last week.

Pokemon Go was actually developed and distributed by a company called Niantic. Both Nintendo (NTDOF) and The Pokemon Company, one of its subsidiaries, have invested in the privately-held Niantic -- but so have other firms including Google.

The Pokemon Go Plus, a separate device that enhances the gaming experience, is another way for Nintendo could profit from the game's runaway success. But it said Wednesday the release has been pushed back from the end of this month to September.

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Instagram will soon let you filter comments on your own account

Jul 30, 2016 - 6:57 AM - by Reverend
Instagram is taking an unusual step to deal with the complicated ethics of online commenting. It's giving users the ability to make the choice about what's acceptable or not for themselves.

The network will soon allow users to filter their own comment streams -- and, if they wish, completely turn off comments -- on their own posts. While Instagram has general policies for what constitutes acceptable speech on its network, different words or phrases are offensive to different people. So this new feature is designed to let users take the mood of their accounts into their own hands and weed out comments that use terms that account holders find personally offensive.

“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression," said Instagram's head of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, in a statement to The Post. "We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience. As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community.”

Is this the feature that was rumored to be used by Taylor Swift during her spat with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West last week? Instagram declined to comment. But, as Jackson Colaco's statement said, the firm has been testing the feature on prominent accounts ahead of its release.

High-profile accounts will also be the first to get the feature as it goes live in the coming weeks, as this gives Instagram the most valuable feedback in the shortest amount of time. All users will see changes to their comments in the coming months.

Instagram will also let users decide to switch off comments on their accounts on a post-by-post basis. That feature will roll out to high-volume accounts first, but it may roll out to more accounts in the near future.

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Jul 26, 2016 - 8:30 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


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Nintendo NX detailed in new leak as a portable, cartridge-based console

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:22 PM - by Reverend
Nintendo's NX is still a console shrouded in mystery, but today a massive new leak might is dishing a lot of details about what it will offer when it arrives next year. Falling in with previous rumors, this leak also tips the NX as a portable console, but Nintendo is taking a more daring approach to handhelds this time around. Apparently, the NX will feature its own screen and detachable controllers that are housed on the device itself.

Unnamed sources, who delivered all of this information to Eurogamer, stated that when you want to play your NX at home, you can attach it to a docking station and play its games on your TV. We've heard in the past that Nintendo was planning to go with a hybrid design for the NX, and a portable console equipped with detachable controllers that can be connected to your TV though a docking station seems to fit the bill perfectly. The NX is also said to be housing a NVIDIA Tegra mobile processor, so it'll have a fair amount of power under the hood.

Of course, for as good as the NVIDIA Tegra is, it does indicate that Nintendo will be making some visual concessions to make a home console that's also easily portable. That shouldn't surprise anyone who has purchased any of Nintendo's last three home consoles, as the company hasn't cared about being the best from graphics standpoint for quite some time. Instead, it has been focused on bringing unique hardware to market, and that's worked out better in some cases than others.

These anonymous sources also say that the NX will indeed be a cartridge-based system, which has been another long-rumored feature of the console. Apparently Nintendo is recommending a size limit of 32GB for the cartridges the NX uses, further supporting the idea that graphical fidelity won't be a main selling point of the console. This also means that backward compatibility is out, so don't go selling those Wii Us once Nintendo unleashes the NX on the world.

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RIP VHS: World's Last VCR Will Be Made This Month

Jul 24, 2016 - 5:07 PM - by Reverend
Be warned, vintage videophiles: Japan’s Funai Electric, a company that claims to be the last manufacturer of videocassette recorders (VCRs), will manufacture its last VHS player this month.

Funai, which manufacturers the VCRs in China for Sanyo, says the decision comes after selling only 750,000 units last year, down from a peak of 15 million units per year. The decreased production numbers have made parts costly and difficult to source, the company says.

JVC’s VHS configuration debuted in 1977, sparking the VHS/Betamax configuration war. VHS trumped Betamax, which debuted in 1975, thanks in large part to its embracing of the X-Rated market; Sony banned the adult industry from releasing movies on its configuration, leading many consumers—who didn’t want to purchase two different devices—to choose VHS. A decade later, in 1987, VHS controlled 90% of the $5.25 billion VCR market. (Last year, Sony announced it would finally stop selling its blank Betamax cassette tapes.)

VHS ruled the home entertainment world for more than two decades. Sony created the DVD player in 1994, but the technology did not debut in the U.S. until 1997, due in larger part to copyright concerns from major movie studios. With early DVD players retailing for $1,000 or more, VHS remained the top configuration in the United States into the new millennium.

In 2001, retail DVDs topped VHS sales for the first time, capturing $4.6 billion of an annual $16.8 billion buying-and-rental market. However, only 25% of homes owning DVD players in 2001, and VHS remained the top rental configuration until mid-2003. The final nail in the VHS coffin came in 2oo6, when A History Of Violence became the final major Hollywood movie was released in the format.

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Twitter opens up application process for verified accounts

Jul 19, 2016 - 7:23 PM - by Reverend
The little blue checkmark on certain Twitter profiles has long been an elusive identifier to obtain. Verified accounts are often awarded to personalities on Twitter to identify them as "authentic," and you'll generally see them on profiles owned by musicians, television personalities, actors, and other important figures.

But it's not always been simple to ensure your profile receives the badge that denotes it as authentic to audiences. Twitter is introducing a simplified application process for users to apply for verification on their own, beginning today.

"We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification," Tina Bhatnagar, Twitter's vice president of User Services explained in a press release. An open application process makes sense, especially when even larger entities such as WikiLeaks can fall for spam requests for verification and several personalities, aside from the 187,000 verified accounts out there, that yet to have been verified.

You can head over to Twitter and begin the process right now, though it isn't available in all areas right this moment. It's expected to expand globally throughout the rest of the week.

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Kim Dotcom plans 2017 relaunch of Megaupload

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:18 PM - by Reverend
Net entrepreneur Kim Dotcom plans to relaunch the Megaupload web storage system in January 2017.

The original Megaupload file-sharing site proved enormously popular and was thought to have about 50 million users a day at its peak.

It was shut down in 2012, following accusations by the US that copyright pirates made heavy use of it.

The new service would reinstate the accounts of all former users of the original Megaupload, said Mr Dotcom.

Plans for the revived Megaupload were revealed in a series of tweets by the German-born entrepreneur, who now lives in New Zealand.

He said it would be formally launched on 20 January - five years to the day since his home was raided by police investigating the "massive" amount of pirated material available via Megaupload.

Since the raid, Mr Dotcom has waged a lengthy legal battle to fight accusations that he profited from others abusing Megaupload and to recover the assets seized at the time.

He is also fighting attempts to extradite him to the US to face trial over his control of Megaupload.

The tweets suggest that the new Megaupload service will involve the Bitcoin virtual currency.

However, it is not clear whether it is being used as a payment system or as a way to track what people share via the service.

It is also not clear how accounts created on the original service will be reinstated.

Mr Dotcom wrote that emails would be sent to former users when the service was ready for them to rejoin it.

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FrostWire 6.3.3

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:35 PM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.3.3

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