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Nintendo issues apology regarding shortage of Amiibo products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2015 7:12 pm

Nintendo has publicly apologized for its continued struggle to keep Amiibos, little plastic figurines based on popular Nintendo characters, in adequate supply for gamers. For gamers trying to find their favorite Amiibo, some will admittedly be easier to find than others in the foreseeable future.




"We may continue to see consumer demand outpace supply levels for certain characters at times, but we will do our best to prevent that from happening," Nintendo said in a press statement. "As our library of amiibo continues to grow, some figures will be easier to find than others. We are constantly looking for the opportunity to reissue amiibo and are already making plans to bring back some currently out-of-stock Amiibo figures. Stay tuned for details."


The gaming company wasn't as proactive as needed when updating gaming fans, and said it will work to resolve those problems. A chaotic labor dispute also led to major delays along west coast shipping ports, which also added to supply problems for Nintendo.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin helping push the limits of space tourism

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 4, 2015 6:59 pm founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, a space venture company, successfully test launched its New Shepard spacecraft last week. The New Shepard reached 307,000 feet, powered by a 110,000-lbf thrust liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen BE-3 engine. The boundary between Earth and space is 62-miles above the Earth's surface, so the New Shepard maximum altitude of 58 miles was close to the limit.



"Any astronauts on board would have had a very nice journey into space and a smooth return," Bezos said in a blog post. "In fact, if New Shepherd had been a traditional expendable vehicle, this would have been a flawless first test flight."


The space capsule demonstration was successful, but the reusable rocket booster was unfortunately not recovered. Bezos said his company is working on an improved hydraulic system, and hopefully the next launch will not lose pressure during its descent.

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May the Fourth Be with you with the Star Wars Gamer Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 4, 2015 4:15 pm



Celebrate Star Wars Day 2015 in true Jedi fashion with an exhilarating 'May the Fourth Be With You' gamer bundle. The four-game pack is just $12.50 at TweakTown Deals and includes:


- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, an adventure-packed walk on the dark side.

- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a top-rated role-playing experience.

- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, an intense first- and third-person game that allows you to create and train your own Jedi.

- Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, the critic favorite that puts the fate of the galaxy in your hands.


Valued at $50, you can get all four games for $12.50 at TweakTown Deals. May the fourth be with you!

The race is on for the No. 3 mobile OS position behind Android, iOS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 4, 2015 10:40 am

Google Android and Apple iOS control the majority of the mobile operating system market, but there is an intensifying fight for the No. 3 position. Consumers and businesses are expected to embrace wearables, connected vehicles, smart products, and the Internet of Things (IoT) on a larger scale in the next 10 years.




"For both new and incumbent OS vendors, capturing the next wave of users will require support of new device types, a strong focus on developing markets, and support for universal development processes," said Eric Abbruzzese, research analyst at ABI Research. There will be a number of new consumer products hitting the market, so it's up to software developers to create appealing software environments that are easy-to-use and extremely flexible.


Companies must work on creating an OS that is appealing in developing markets, paying close attention to Southeast Asia, India and China - and can heavily modify Android to their own needs, but must be prepared to invest a large amount of capital to make the effort successful.

Valve taking requests from developers to ban disruptive gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2015 9:20 am

Valve has worked diligently to improve VAC so it's able to identify and remove cheaters, but trying to get rid of annoying and disruptive players is extremely difficult. However, Valve has given game studios the ability to identify and permanently ban players, including those found to be cheating.




"Playing games should be fun. In order to ensure the best possible online multiplayer experience, Valve allows developers to implement their own systems that detect and permanently ban any disruptive players, such as those using cheats," according to the Steam website.


Game developers must still inform Valve when they spot a disruptive player, but the developer is "solely responsible for the decision" - with Valve enforcing a game ban as needed. Banned players will have to speak directly with the developer if any problems arise, and Valve can remove a developer's ability to enforce their own systems.

Microsoft announces Sydney, Australia for its new flagship store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2015 8:35 am

Microsoft is continuing its retail takeover with Microsoft Stores throughout the United States, but the Redmond-based OS giant has just announced that its 'first Microsoft flagship store outside of North America' will be at Westfield Sydney, in Australia.




Rumors were circling that it would be built in the UK, but Microsoft has decided to take the retail experience Down Under. The company hasn't said when the store is opening, teasing that they "can't reveal too much now" but if you want to keep up with the new Microsoft Store that's headed to Sydney, you can follow Microsoft on Facebook.

Batman: Arkham Knight DLC lets you play as Batgirl

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2015 7:31 am

With Batman: Arkham Knight inching closer to release, we're finding out more and more about what the DLC will include post-release. In one of the dedicated "story expansion" releases for the game, Batgirl will become a playable character.




The downloadable chapter will be called "Batgirl: A Matter of Family" and has been described by WB Games as "an all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location". Batman won't be missing out with the DLC though, with new story missions that will be "featuring legendary super-villains" and "Gotham City Stories" that will provide "key allies" of The Batman "in narrative missions extending their storylines" before and after what takes place in Arkham Knight.


Batgirl and Batman won't be the only playable characters in Arkham Knight, with Robin, Catwoman and Nightwing to be all playable in the game as part of Arkham Knight's "dual play" character-switching feature that will let you switch between Batman and his various allies.


Batman: Arkham Knight drops on June 23 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Tesla begins selling used Model S vehicles online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 4, 2015 6:31 am

If you've been waiting for the price on a Model S to drop, you might be waiting for a while, but if you wanted to grab a second hand electric vehicle from Tesla Motors, you can now buy one online.




Tesla has opened up an online pre-owned store where you can buy a used Model S electric car at a much cheaper price, but for the time being, it's limited to just a few cities in the United States and Canada. The cars still include a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty to ensure that you don't just buy a car that will break down in a few months time.


The 'entry' model Model S can be had for around $59,000 which isn't too bad at all.

'Force Awakens' set photos, video published by Vanity Fair

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 4, 2015 6:30 am

In a tradition dating back to 'The Phantom Menace' Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz has visited the set for the upcoming 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens' for a spread in the latest issue of Vanity Fair Accompanying the release is a very interesting behind the scenes video which unveils some new characters and locations that haven't been glimpsed in either of the two trailers released thus far.



SPOILER ALERT: Amongst other things, the video confirms that the mystery character being played by actor Adam Driver is the villainous Kylo Ren, glimpsed in both trailers.


The latest issue of Vanity Fair is hitting newsstands worldwide now. The film is of course released on December 17th.

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Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning unveiled in Berlin

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 4, 2015 5:53 am

Depending on which part of the political spectrum you hail from, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are either dangerous leakers, or freedom fighting whistleblowers, but either way, the trip have been commemorated in a art project which has been unveiled in Germany, according to a report published by RT News.



The work of Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the installation 'Anything to Say?' encourages members of the public to join the trio on the empty chair situated next to them, telling media that "the fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want. This chair is, I guess, a place of free speech".


Meanwhile, last month in the US, a bust of Edward Snowden was placed in New York's Fort Greene park, but removed within hours by parks department officials.

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