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‘Retro City Rampage’ is getting a ’16-bit’ sequel

Retro City Rampage is getting a sequel named Shakedown Hawaii. Like RCR, Shakedown is a top-down action game in the same vein as the original Grand Theft Auto. The new game is set 30 years after RCR and promises a large open world to explore. It also swaps in “16-bit” graphics in place of the original’s “8-bit” look, and adds destructible environments to the mix. It’s been confirmed for launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Developer Vblank says this isn’t a Sony console exclusive per se, but it’s not going for an Xbox One launch as RCR hasn’t been ported to Microsoft’s machine, making development more complex. It’ll also come to “at least one Nintendo platform” at some point. Vblank tells Polygon that a 3DS release is being targeted, and it’s waiting to hear more about Nintendo’s next-gen “NX” console before it makes a decision on a port.

Source: PlayStation Blog


New in our buyer’s guide: The iPhone 6s, Surface Book and much more

Sorry we haven’t updated the buyers’s guide in a couple months — we’ve been too busy pumping out reviews of all the new devices. Now that things have finally started to slow down (fingers crossed), let’s take a step back and look at all the awesome stuff we’ve had a chance to test this fall. For starters, there’s a bunch of excellent smartphones that we absolutely need to add to our guide. Namely: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Nexus 6P and 5X, and the Moto X Pure. On the tablet side, we’re inducting both the iPad mini 4 and the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft makes another appearance in the laptop section, where we’ve added the Surface Book, along with Dell’s Chromebook 13. Rounding out the list, we threw in a few miscellaneous items, including the new Xbox One Elite Wireless controller, the redesigned Sonos Play:5 wireless speaker and Google’s $35 Chromecast Audio.

Source: Engadget Buyer’s Guide


Bing Maps’ traffic cam views let you preview your commute

When you switch on the traffic layer in Bing Maps, you’ll now get a lot more info than color-coded route details. On top of letting you know how bad (or good) traffic is along your route, Bing allows you to see where traffic cameras are for a look at that commute. You can also check multiple cameras at the same time if you want to take a glance at the places where you typically encounter delays along the way. Like Google Maps and other navigation apps, Bing Maps already let you know if you should expect a backup, and now you can take a look at the congestion, or lack thereof, for yourself with this latest addition.

Source: Bing


Make your ‘Halo 5’ Spartan into a 3D-printed trophy

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Halo 5‘s campaign is hot garbage if you’re playing through it solo, but the multiplayer suite is pretty much the opposite if you’re into competitive shooters. It’s a likely reason why Microsoft is shifting its latest ad and PR focus around the mode — pre-release hype centered on the game’s flaccid story. The latest step in that? Bringing your customized Spartan soldier into the real world via 3D printing. Redmond has aligned with custom 3D printing house Sandboxr and printer manufacturer 3D Systems to put your unique Slayer combatant (sorry, Kerry King) in the palm of your hand. Using the web interface, Xbox Wire says you can choose from 175 armor and helmet options, over 30 color variants and five different poses with a quintet of weapons. The classic “teabag” pose isn’t one of the available selections, however, but you can make an 18-character moniker for the statue.

Source: Xbox Wire, Halo Waypoint


Apple and Microsoft’s advocacy group is against encryption backdoors

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Following Tim Cook’s lead, the advocacy group behind Apple, Google, Microsoft and plenty of other big tech firms has come out against calls to weaken encryption, which authorities argue would make it easier to track criminals. “Weakening encryption or creating backdoors to encrypted devices and data for use by the good guys would actually create vulnerabilities to be exploited by the bad guys,” said Dean Garfield, the CEO of the Information Technology Industry Counsel (ITIC), who also represents Facebook, Twitter and AOL. It “would almost certainly cause serious physical and financial harm across our society and our economy,” he added. The backlash against strong encryption is particularly heated today, following the recent Paris attacks. While secure communications are generally a good thing for consumers, governments (including the US and UK) have argued for backdoors that would allow them to intercept encrypted data. Naturally, that would make life easier for intelligence agencies, but it defeats the point of having encryption at all.

Via: The Guardian

Source: ITIC


Microsoft app tries to lure you from Android to a Windows phone

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It’s true that Windows Phone (and now Windows 10 Mobile) doesn’t have as many apps as Android or iOS. However, the perception of that app deficit may be just as problematic — why would you switch to a Lumia 950 if you assumed that none of your favorite apps had Windows equivalents? Microsoft clearly isn’t happy with this state of affairs, as it just released AppComparison for Android to help set the record straight. The app (a spiritual sequel to the old Switch to Windows Phone) tries to match the Android apps on your phone with their mobile Windows counterparts, either giving you an exact parallel or the next best thing.

Via: VentureBeat

Source: Google Play


20 majestic HD wallpapers of the beautiful night light

Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean beauty stops. It make take a different eye to catch where the beauty may lie at night, but I assure you it is there. Check out the 20 HD wallpapers of the night we curated for you and please enjoy. My personal favorite is the Milky Way in the night sky. And if you have an OLED display you can find on devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note5, S6, S6 edge, Nexus 6P and the like you will absolutely love the deep blacks your display will put out with these wallpapers.

The wallpapers are all in the scrolling images above, and if you want to save them, follow these instructions:

  1. Click the left/right arrows to scroll through the images
  2. Maximize the image you like by clicking on it
  3. Long press or hold down on the image and click “save”
  4. Go to your gallery or Google Photos and find your image
  5. Click “use as” and then click wallpaper

If you see a wallpaper that belongs to you and you would like to receive credit, I would love to give it to you! Just drop a comment in the section provided below with some proof (You know, just so we don’t have people claiming things that are not theirs…) So, please choose those that you like and enjoy!



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Microsoft launches AppComparison tool for Android

Microsoft_AppComparison_tool_playstore_application_112115_1AppComparison is an all-new tool available on the Google Play Store just in case you want to switch from Android to Windows Phone.

AppComparison gives you an idea of the apps you have installed on your Android device that are also available for Windows Phone. The app also gives suggestions based on your likings and introduces some popular apps for Windows Phone. Users can start off by taking a survey on the categories that interest you. It’ll then pull up a list of recommended apps and matches. From there, you can investigate the cost and read the ratings if you so choose. A nice and useful tool if you’re thinking about transitioning over to Windows Phone.

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Microsoft HoloLens to provide AR demos in Volvo showrooms

Microsoft and Volvo have joined forces, thankfully not for the sake of creating a gaudy car-themed phone, but to equip the automaker’s showrooms with HoloLens headsets. Starting next year, Volvo will be able to showcase things not usually possible to demo instantly and indoors — say, its cars’ safety features, such as collision avoidance, and various possible customization options — through holograms. The two companies have recently exhibited a prototype version of the system at Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond using the upcoming S90 luxury sedan as their subject. Thanks to augmented reality, they were able to display not only holographic models of the unreleased car, but also cross sections of its parts.

Source: Bloomberg, Volvo


7 awesome gaming gifts

Steve Heighway playing Pong, 26 September 1977.Winter is coming. And with it also comes the need to show the loved ones in your life just how much you care for them by spending, spending, spending on gifts. Trouble is, there are just so many options to choose from. What you really need is someone, some outside force to hold your credit card-holding hand. And boy, do we have some suggestions for you. Happy Holidays! You’re very welcome.

Chances are you know someone you hold dear who just loves video games. Heck, that person might even make a living from playing them online for an audience. Whatever the case may be, there’s no better way to treat the gaming enthusiast in your life this holiday season than with a fresh new console and some interactive art. Take a peek at our picks below.


Image credit: SSPL via Getty Images


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