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Here’s what one of those $80 custom-made Xbox One controllers looks like

27 Jul

A look at a custom-made Xbox One controller.

Microsoft revealed Xbox Design Lab at E3 2016 in June. This new website offers anyone willing to pay a bit extra for an Xbox One controller, the ability to customise one for him or her.

The available options are relatively extensive, with around 40 colours to choose from, not to mention the ability to customise each part of the thing separately. The buttons, thumbsticks, d-pad, bumpers and triggers and more can be individually coloured.

This costs you $80, which is $20 more than the RRP of a standard controller. You can also engrave the bottom to say whatever you want, which runs you another $10.

In the video above, Windows Central does an unboxing of one of these. The video shows off the package itself, which is definitely different from the regular controller’s, as well look at the device itself.

It takes around two weeks from the time you place your order for the controller to be manufactured, according to the video. The controller in the video appears also to not have the textured grip seen in the white one that comes with the Xbox One S, though maybe that will change in the future.

Dota 2 International 2016 Prize Pool Breaks eSports Record – $18.5 Million Plus

27 Jul

Valve’s 6th International pro tournament for Dota 2 today broke the eSports prize pool record. The 16 best Dota 2 teams in the world will fight it out for a share of the record-breaking $18,580,479 (at the time of writing – the live updated total can be found here) prize pool next week and the winning team of five can expect to walk away with around $7 million.

The record was previously held by last year’s Dota 2 International, which managed to achieve a prize pool of $18.4 thanks to community contributions (in the form of a cut of the revenue generated by a purchasable in-game compendium for the event and other cosmetic DLC Valve released for the game).

The continued growth of the player base and a similar compendium-styled round of DLC has propelled this year’s total to new heights and it will probably break the $20 million mark as there are still just over two weeks left to go before DLC purchases stop contributing to the prize pool.

Full Article – http://www.vgchartz.com/article/265207/dota-2-international-2016-prize-pool-breaks-esports-record-185-million-plus/

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says NSA would know if Russia is involved in DNC hack

27 Jul
The former security agent also said that the NSA could prove Russian involvement using its data analysis program XKeyscore.

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Brexit could perversely benefit European technology sector with risk-reducing M&A run

27 Jul
Silicon Valley investment firm Magister Advisors has completed its H1 report, The State Of European Tech Up To Brexit

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WWE 2K17 Gets Stephanie, Shane, AND Vince McMahon for More Fun

27 Jul

WWE 2K17 roster is increasing and getting more and more interesting by the day. WWE owner Vince McMahon along with his two children, Shane and Stephanie, have been added as playable characters in WWE 2K17. The announcement was made by Stephanie McMahon herself through her own Twitter account. This marks the start of the five week roster reveal […]

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Egg, Inc. Tips, Cheats and Strategies

27 Jul
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Ever dream of owning your own egg farm? Probably not, but just in case you’d considered it, Egg, Inc. is here to help you live out your dreams. In the near future, eggs do more than just feed us, potentially unlocking the secrets of the universe. To get there, you’re going to need to lay a ton of eggs.

Gamezebo’s Egg, Inc. Tips, Cheats and Strategies are here to help you get started and learn a few neat things about how best to develop your egg farm. In no time, you’ll be at least a partial success in the field.

The Basics

Egg, Inc. Tips, Cheats and Strategies

  • Tapping is the best way early on to get those eggs flowing. You can choose to have a small space to tap, or a much wider area, all by hitting the blue button on the bottom of the screen. It’s down to you and your style, as to what works best for you.
  • Once you’ve accrued some money, dip into the various upgrade screens. Ideally, you don’t want there to be a bottleneck anywhere.
  • That means you want to upgrade the shacks for your hens, about equally with the vehicles you buy to transport the eggs. In each case, tap on the building and you can see how utilization is going. Does the bar on the max capacity for space look high? Now is the time to upgrade. It’s as simple as that. Go for a big upgrade wherever possible.

Egg, Inc. Tips, Cheats and Strategies

  • See a drone flying around? Tap it to knock it out. When it hits the ground, you’ll gain some money. If you’re really lucky, you’ll gain a golden egg which is Egg, Inc.’s main form of premium currency.
  • Keep an eye out for alerts on the right hand side of the screen. These will inform you if you’re running out of space. They’ll also let you know if a random bundle of cash has been dropped at your door. This can make a huge difference to your income, so don’t miss out!
  • Tap the check list button to see what your current mission is, and work towards it. Sometimes, these are quite hard, but in every case, you should be able to achieve them by playing the game in a regular manner anyhow.
  • Sometimes, you’ll be given the choice of watching a video in exchange for gold eggs. The videos are dull adverts, but the egg reward is usually pretty substantial. Take advantage of it. Those gold eggs are important to your long term game plan.

Research is important

Egg, Inc. Tips, Cheats and Strategies

  • Hitting the research button takes you to a bunch of new ways of boosting your output. They’re laid out in a series of tiers.
  • The choices can seem overwhelming at first. You want to aim for increasing your overall money output, first and foremost. That means putting money into Comfortable Nest, and Nutritional Supplements. Combined, they increase your egg laying rate, while also increasing how much each egg is worth. Money means you can upgrade even faster.
  • Leave Better Incubators till last, as you only really want to use this to unlock later tiers.
  • It’s a similar concept when you unlock tier 2 and above. Tier 2, you want to focus on Padded Packaging, and Bigger Eggs, again with them both helping your money output drastically.
  • Consider upgrading Internal Hatcheries if you’re AFK a lot, as it’ll gradually increase your chicken total while you’re away. Don’t worry about boosting vehicle upgrades until you’re just interested in unlocking new tiers. It’s the least important form of upgrade.
  • The Epic tier of upgrades requires gold eggs, but they keep working, even after you’ve switched to a new egg type. Think long and hard about where to put the gold eggs. Again, focus on boosting your output!

Everything going great?

  • Doing well? Had the offer of upgrading to a new egg type? Get to it! Sure, you’ll be back at the beginning (sorta), but that’s the whole point of how the game is laid out. Onwards and upwards is everything.

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Businesses and countries need to invest over $100bn to cope with cyberattacks, says Intel Security

27 Jul
Over 200,000 cybersecurity jobs were left vacant in the US in 2015.

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Pokemon Go Plus: Nintendo delays bluetooth accessory until September

27 Jul
Wrist-mounted device allows players to find and catch Pokémon without opening their phones.

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Google rolls out emergency Android GPS service for 999 calls

27 Jul
The service is live for Android users in the UK and Estonia with a global rollout in the offing.

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This is why Tesla has split from Autopilot tech company Mobileye

27 Jul
Tesla boss blames Mobileye's need to update older self-driving tech on slow development.

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We Happy Few Now Available on Steam Early Access, Xbox Store Game Preview, More

27 Jul

Compulsion Games' We Happy Few is now available for purchase on Steam Early Access, Xbox Store Game Preview, GOG.com Game in Development, and Humble Store Early Access.

To celebrate the title's Early Access launch, a new gameplay trailer has been released, which you can view below:

We Happy Few is Compulsion Games' follow up to 2013's Contrast.

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Report: The Division Movie Might Star Oscar Nominee “Jessica Chastain”

27 Jul

Ubisoft seems to be determined to convert its video game properties into films. With Assassins Creed Movie on the way to release this December, Ubisoft is stepping up its game to develop The Division movie. Now a report suggest that Ubisoft is trying to get another high profile actor for its The Division movie. According […]

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Nintendo NX: all the news, leaks and information on the next big thing

27 Jul

Nintendo NX is so close we can taste it. Here’s everything we know – and everything we suspect – about Nintendo’s brand new hardware.

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Nintendo NX: confirmed details, direct from Nintendo

Nintendo first confirmed the existence of the console codenamed NX in March 2015. It shared very little, but said the console is a “brand new concept”.

Alongside the NX, Nintendo announced smartphones games and a new hardware-agnostic Nintendo Account system, as the NX is will be more connected to users’ digital lives than previous Nintendo hardware.

This first announcement was made much, much earlier in the hardware’s lifecycle than Nintendo would normally speak up about a new product, possibly to keep investors quiet despite discontent over the Wii U’s unhappy performance the 3DS’s naturally ebbing life cycle.

As such, Nintendo hasn’t yet had much to say about the console. What is has said is pretty ambiguous: the NX is not a direct successor to the 3DS or Wii U, but a “a new way of playing games”; it won’t just iterate on existing hardware and isn’t pushing the envelope power-wise. It boasts some sort of secret “idea”, which Nintendo wants to keep under wraps until close to launch.

Here’s something a bit less nebulous: because Nintendo has confirmed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will release on both Wii U and NX, the NX will almost certainly have second-screen and Amiibo support.

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Nintendo NX leaks, rumours, patents and reports

This is where things get really interesting: back in October 2015, rumours broke that Nintendo was sending out development kits for its new console, and that the NX was a console-portable hybrid.

This story had legs, popping up again in January 2016 in a survey conducted by one of Nintendo’s usual research firms, but really took off this week when Eurogamer published a lengthy report claiming development sources verified the NX is a portable-console hybrid with a Tegra processor.

According to the report, which collates information from multiple sources, the NX functions primarily as a portable, looking something like a cross between a 3DS and a Wii U Game Pad – rectangular screen in the middle with analog sticks on either side.

What makes it unique is that the controls on either side of the screen are designed to detach. The screen then docks with a base station, which outputs to your TV or other big screen.

The controls on either side of the screen are designed to detach. The screen then docks with a base station, which outputs to your TV or other big screen.

The leak also suggests the NX will use some sort of cartridge rather than optical discs – echoing a report from May 2015 which made the same claim. While you may scoff, portable devices and loose optical media don’t mix, as nobody’s really found a way to smooth out the jostling caused by movement while playing, and Nintendo is committed to portables kids can use without breakages. Consider the PSP’s plastic-bound UMDs – a stop-gap solution Sony abandoned as soon as storage technology allowed for the cartridges of the Vita.

The heart of the NX, according to these same sources, is an Nvidia Tegra processor – one of the most powerful chips for its size, and capable of running games like DOOm in “near flawless 1080p 60FPS”, according to Digital Foundry.

Nintendo’s intention with the NX is something like “gaming on the go”, apparently, and the leak’s sources tip a September 2017 reveal; extremely likely given Nintendo has announced a March 2017 release, and the Tokyo Game Show is held in September.

The ideas match up with some earlier reports. In February, a well-regarded tipster said the NX would have stream to any screen via an HDMI dongle, have Bluetooth connectivity, focus on social gaming ala Pokemon Go, sport haptic feedback analog sticks, and have a power level similar to the Xbox One.

There have been less substantiated stories, of course; in August 2015 Nintendo filed a patent for a digital-only console. Nobody took these especially seriously, and the most recent leaks suggest Nintendo considered and then rejected the idea – which would explain the rumours.

Nintendo also filed a patent for an unusual portable liked a controller with a screen. The images used don’t match the most recent leak, which suggests this might be another dead end. That said, some of the technology may be at play in the NX, too. In the same vein, a Nintendo patent for a portable with vibrating 3D audio might well make up part of the NX’s uniqueness.

Finally, some whisperers reckon the NX was delayed to add AR and VR features. With Facebook, Steam and PlayStation all pushing VR, this isn’t as far-fetched as it seems – but if the console really is a low-powered device designed for portable gaming, it’s probably wishful thinking.

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Nintendo NX release details

The Nintendo NX has not been formally announced, so all details in this section are subject to change – and frequently the product of speculation.

Nintendo NX release date

The Nintendo NX will launch in March 2017. The March release date was chosen to ensure a solid launch lineup of NX games, Nintendo said.

No more precise release date is available for the NX, as it has not even been formally announced; the March 2017 release window was provided to investors in April 2016, to explain the console’s absence from then-upcoming trade show E3 in June 2016.

Nintendo has had multiple opportunities to update its investors in the interim, and has not done so, meaning there’s little reason to doubt the NX will miss its March 2017 release window.

A May 2015 report suggested manufacturers expected to kick off NX production ahead of a July 2016 launch, suggesting the hardware has already been pushed back at least once.

Nintendo NX price

The Nintendo NX has not been priced, nor has there been any leak indicating Nintendo’s intentions in this matter.

It’s difficult to guess at the Nintendo NX’s price range at this point, but we can probably take a lesson from Nintendo’s recent history. The Wii released in November 2006, roughly one year after the Xbox 360, and about the same time as the PS3. At $250, the Wii was significantly cheaper than its generational mates; the Xbox 360 was $300-$400, and the PS3 was $500-$600.

Successor Wii U launched in November 2012, and doesn’t really fit into either the PS3/Xbox 360 or PS4/Xbox One generations. At $300, it was about the same price as a standard model Xbox 360 and PS3, following price cuts to both rival consoles – and cheaper than the Xbox One and PS4, which launched one year later at $500 and $400 respectively.

Nintendo has also indicated it believes the price of the Wii U was one of the reasons for its underwhelming sales, and is not expected to make the same error with the NX.

It’s likely Nintendo will attempt to price the NX conservatively, as with the past two generations of consoles, inline with its philosophy of making gaming accessible to everyone – and as a result of lessons learned with the 3DS. Although it has said it won’t sell the console at a loss, we also know Nintendo won’t try to compete with Sony and Microsoft in terms of expensive components and raw power – and a good thing too, as the pair are currently in an arms race to produce new and more expensive versions of existing consoles.

Nintendo has also indicated it believes the price of the Wii U was one of the reasons for its underwhelming sales, and is not expected to make the same error with the NX. With all that in mind, we expect the NX to cost about the same as the PS4 or Xbox One at launch, but maybe a bit more than their current, post-price cut RRPs. It probably won’t be as expensive as luxury upgrades PS4 Neo or Project Scorpio.

So while we can’t give you a firm answer on the price of the Nintendo NX, putting aside about $400 in your budget isn’t a bad call.

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Nintendo NX games

As soon as Nintendo indicated the existence of the NX, it pretty much gave a green-light for third parties to cautiously admit they might be working on games for it. Nintendo itself has announced one guaranteed NX title. Here are the NX games we know about so far.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild NX

Nintendo won’t talk about the NX, but it will say The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is releasing cross-generationally on Wii U and NX. As well as making Wii U owners feel a bit better about the console’s lacklustre catalogue, this news tells us a little bit about the NX: we know it must be able to support Breath of the Wild’s console-specific features like second screen use and Amiibo bonuses.

Just Dance 2017 NX

Revealed at E3 2016, Just Dance 2017 was the very first formally announced third-party NX game. Ubisoft has always been very energetic at new hardware launches, and still believes very firmly in Nintendo’s ability to capture a broader market than core gamers, something the publisher is very keen on.

Project Sonic

The second formally announced third-party NX game, Project Sonic will release on NX in holiday 2017, as well as many other platforms. Although the companies had a historic rivalry, Sonic has become something of a favourite on Nintendo platforms, and Sega has published a number of Nintendo-hardware exclusives.

“A new kind of Mario”

Much more tenuously, Nintendo has dropped hints about some sort of evolution of the Mario franchise currently in the works. We don’t know anything about it except that it may be ready to go on show by E3 2017. It doesn’t seem far-fetched to assume it’s a new Mario game designed with the NX’s unique hardware features in mind.

A new Metroid Prime

This one’s much less concrete than many of the other games on this list. What series producer Kensuke Tanabe actually said was if there is a “proper” Metroid Prime game – ie, a first-person shoot affair – it will be on the NX, because it will be years before it is ready. Tanabe did seem keen on the idea, and floated several ideas for the possible sequel. Nintendo is keeping the franchise alive with spin-offs in the meantime.

Dragon Quest 10 and Dragon Quest 11 NX

Way back in July 2015, well before any NX games had been announced, Square Enix blithely said it would port Dragon Quest 10 and Dragon Quest 11 to the NX. A hasty retraction was issued in which the publisher said what it meant really was that it would consider releasing games for the new hardware. Sounds a heck of a lot like someone dropped the ball when it comes to development kit NDAs to us.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 NX exclusive

Take this one with a massive shovel of salt, as with everything to do with Ubisoft’s vaporous Beyond Good & Evil 2, but word has it the long-anticipated sequel is happening, and happening exclusively on NX. It’s not inconceivable: Nintendo made Bayonetta 2 happen when nobody else would, for example, and everyone knows Nintendo and Ubisoft always fall passionately in love with each other whenever new hardware turns up.

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Nintendo NX news

Although Nintendo has not formally announced the NX, there’s been plenty of news about it. Below you’ll find a list of the biggest headlines. Look for updates in this space over the next few months as we build towards the reveal.

The story of the Nintendo NX is just beginning. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for updates over the coming months; with an expected March 2017 release window, the NX will surely come out of hiding soon.

Can we expect the NX at Tokyo Game Show in September this year? We won’t give you long odds. Stay tuned. It’s going be an exciting second half.

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Former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske Returns to the Gaming Industry

27 Jul

Tom Kalinske was the man behind SEGA of America in the 90’s and played a crucial role in the 16-bit console was with Nintendo. He overturned Nintendo’s dominance in the United States before Nintendo bounced back and SEGA was in a vulnerable stage. As a result, SEGA disappeared from the mainstream console business and the […]

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How fintech and microfinance remove intermediaries and loan costs

27 Jul
Zidisha lets web users lend directly to individual borrowers in developing countries without any intermediary

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Catch a glimpse of the new Rainbow Six Siege Brazil map

27 Jul

The new map coming to Rainbow Six Siege soon looks pretty dense.

Rainbow Six Siege is due for a major update pretty soon. Ubisoft recently revealed some of the headline changes, and detailed the two new operators.

As with every new content release for the game, a new map gets added for free, alongside two new playable classes (operators). Operation Skull Rain is the name of the upcoming release. It’s set in Brazil, and naturally, the map is a favela.

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Although we don’t know much about it yet, the video above showcases some of the key points Ubisoft mentioned when it was first revealed. For instance, it’s going to feature more opportunities for destruction than any other map. The rooftops will be accessible, too, making for a some outdoors encounters.

Close-quarter encounters seem to be the focus of the new map, which makes sense given its location. This was also the first time the developers invited pro players in to test the map during development.

The full reveal, including a look at the new operators, will take place during the Xbox One pro league finals on Saturday, July 30 at 3am CET/7pm PST.

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Rainbow Six Siege Favela Map Revealed, Makes You Nostalgic for Modern Warfare 2

27 Jul

With Operation Skull Rain expansion just a week away from the release, Ubisoft has revealed Rainbow Six Siege Favela Map. The map is one of the notable aspects of the new update. Ubisoft has released a small trailer for the reveal of Rainbow Six Siege Favela Map. However, the trailer only gives us a glimpse of […]

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Obama puts FBI in charge of responding to cyberattacks following DNC hack

27 Jul
The presidential directive includes a five-level grading system for cyberattacks.

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Pokemon Go Player Finds Himself in the Middle of a Shootout While Looking for Magikarp

27 Jul

The craze of Pokemon Go has spread across the United States and Las Vegas is no exception. In the midst of everything Pokemon Go, some very unfortunate incidents have occurred. Authorities have warned players to not be out of the house playing Go at wee hours. Unfortunately, players do nothing but contravene these warnings. Now, […]

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You get Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition when you pre-order Rise of the Tomb Raider on PSN

27 Jul

Sony and Square Enix will throw in the remaster of the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot with every digital pre-order of the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

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If you’ve been holding out for Rise of the Tomb Raider to come on PlayStation 4, you’re surely happy with the big bag of free stuff the PS4 release is going to come with.

If a new story chapter, a new co-op mode, and PlayStation VR support for the aforementioned story episode are not enough incentive, maybe a free copy of the prequel would sway you over.

That’s what the current offer on the PlayStation Store gets you. Valid in both North America and Europe, every digital pre-order of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration gets a free copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

This is only available when buying directly from the store, not third-party retailers. The PS4 release is out October 11, alongside an update to the PC and Xbox One versions.

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