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The Sims gets its own in-game Alexa-style assistant, Lin-Z

There’s nothing like The Sims to log off from reality for a bit. Getting away from the increasingly ubiquitous world of smart assistants, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. EA announced this week that the perennial favorite life simulation series is getting its very own smart assistant. Lin-Z is a lot like an in-game version of Alexa — or, for that matter, Google Assistant or Siri or Bixby or Cortana, et al. Accessed via a smart speaker with a familiar glowing green diamond, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gaming, Siri, Tech, EA, Alexa, The Sims, Lin Z. There, Lin Z, Australia Canada India


How to trade with other trainers in ‘Pokémon Go’

After literally years of waiting, Pokémon Go finally gives trainers the option to trade Pokémon with others. It's not easy, though, and the cost is quite high if you try trading with strangers. The post How to trade with other trainers in ‘Pokémon Go’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Gaming, Trends, How-to, Pokemon, Niantic Labs, Apple iOS, Pokemon Go


Verizon is testing a game streaming service targeting Android devices

The Verge reports that Verizon is the latest company to throw its hat into the game streaming ring, with a trial of its upcoming service that it’s quietly running with some customers on Nvidia Shield set-top boxes. According to the report, Verizon is testing its cloud-based service by sending participants a Shield, an Xbox One controller, and login credentials to access more than 135 games. The titles are currently available through a Verizon Gaming app that’s pre-installed on these Shields, and...
Tags: Google, Startups, Verizon, Gaming, Nvidia Shield, Verizon Gaming


'Verizon Gaming' cloud-based games service coming soon to Android

'Verizon Gaming' is coming soon to Android, and a beta is already running on the Nvidia Shield, per a report from Chris Welch at Verge. “The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia Shield set-top box and will, according to the company’s documentation, eventually make its way to Android smartphones,” Chris writes: The Verizon Gaming app comes pre-installed on the Shield device, and Verizon will also be distributing it to testers privately through Google Pla...
Tags: Google, Android, Verizon, Gaming, Post, Games, Technology, News, Tech, Nvidia Shield, Chris, Picks, Red Dead Redemption, Chris Welch, Verizon Gaming, Fortnite Red Dead Redemption


'Verizon Gaming' soon on Android, cloud-based games service now on Nvidia Shield

'Verizon Gaming' is coming soon to Android, and a beta is already running on the Nvidia Shield, per a report from Chris Welch at Verge. “The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia Shield set-top box and will, according to the company’s documentation, eventually make its way to Android smartphones,” Chris writes: The Verizon Gaming app comes pre-installed on the Shield device, and Verizon will also be distributing it to testers privately through Google Pla...
Tags: Google, Android, Verizon, Gaming, Post, Games, Technology, News, Tech, Nvidia Shield, Chris, Picks, Red Dead Redemption, Chris Welch, Verizon Gaming, Fortnite Red Dead Redemption


Improbable urges Unity to unsuspend their license, rectify ‘farcical’ situation for developers

Improbable may be pissed at Unity, but they still want them back. In a blog post titled “A final statement on SpatialOS and Unity,” the team at the cloud gaming startup aimed to tell their side of the story and implored Unity to “clarify their terms or unsuspend our licenses.” Unity is a game engine that developers use to create, among other things, games. Improbable offers a cloud solution to developers that basically enables large multiplayer online gameplay by rendering the game worlds acr...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Epic Games, Improbable, Unity, Crytek Epic


Improbable urges Unity to unsuspend their license, to rectify ‘farcical’ situation for developers

Improbable may be pissed at Unity, but they still want them back. In a blog post titled “A final statement on SpatialOS and Unity,” the team at the cloud gaming startup aimed to tell their side of the story and implored Unity to “clarify their terms or unsuspend our licenses.” Unity is a game engine that developers use to create, among other things, games. Improbable offers a cloud solution to developers that basically enables large multiplayer online gameplay by rendering the game worlds acr...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Epic Games, Improbable, Unity, Crytek Epic


Amazon is reportedly building a game streaming service to rival Google and Microsoft

The Information reports that Amazon is putting together a game streaming service that will beam titles from the cloud right to your devices, so you can play without installing them, or even owning a powerful machine to run them. The service will see Amazon compete with Google – which is currently testing its Project Stream service in the US – as well as Microsoft, which is building its own platform, hardware maker Nvidia, and publisher Electronic Arts. Sony‘s PlayStation Now service is already u...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Gaming, Microsoft, US, Nvidia, Electronic Arts Sony


Improbable and Epic Games establish $25M fund to help devs move to ‘more open engines’ after Unity debacle

Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The UK-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of Fortnite, establishing a $25 million fund designed to help game developers move to “more open engines.” An incoming blog post penned by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and Improbable CEO He...
Tags: Gaming, UK, US, Tech, Epic Games, Improbable, Unreal Engine, Unity, Tim Sweeney, Herman Narula, Devs, Unreal Unity


Unity pulls nuclear option on cloud gaming startup Improbable, terminating game engine license

A pair of highly-funded gaming unicorns are publicly skirmishing and the deal could have major repercussions for game developers. Today, UK-based cloud gaming startup Improbable, announced that Unity, a hugely popular game development engine, had terminated their license, effectively shutting them out from one of their top customer sources. If permanent, the license termination would be a significant blow to Improbable, which enables studios to host large online multiplayer games across multiple...
Tags: TC, Gaming, UK, Tech, Improbable, Terms Of Service, Unreal Engine, Unity, Tim Sweeney, Devs, Softbank Andreessen Horowitz, Unity Software, Unity Runtime, Unity on Twitter, Unreal Unity


A Pong table managed to wow CES 2019

That’s not the kind of headline one expects to write going into the week. But here we are. Universal Space’s analog Pong table is a mindblower in a whole unexpected way. The tabletop machine goes more retro than retro by bring pong into the real world through the magic of magnets (some day, perhaps, we’ll discover how they work). There’s a square “ball” and a pair of rectangular paddles on either side, moved back and forth by spinning a wheel. Like the classic game, spinning faster and hitti...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Hardware, Pong, CES 2019


Bungie takes back its Destiny and departs from Activision

Bungie, creator of the popular Halo and Destiny franchises, is splitting from publisher Activision and will go its own way, the company announced today. It’s almost certainly good news for gamers and the company itself, but it also won’t fix the problems that plagued Destiny and its sequel since their launches. In a blog post, the company explained that the partnership had run its course: We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership o...
Tags: Gaming, Microsoft, Halo, Tech, Destiny, Alexa, Activision, Kotaku, Bungie, Rockstar, Destiny 2, Jason Schreier


This extra-large handheld Nintendo works (and feels) like the real thing

Handheld retro gaming machines come and go, but few go so simply and effectively to the point as My Arcade’s Retro Champ. You stick in your NES cartridge, hit the power button, and assuming you blew on it beforehand, it powers up. This one sets itself apart with a big ol’ screen, Famicom compatibility, and a whopping 35-hour battery life. I played with the Retro Champ at CES, where they had one under lock and key — it’s not the production version, but that’s coming in the Spring. But it works ju...
Tags: Travel, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Nes, Ces, David, Nintendo, Retro, Amir David


Lenovo's Legion Y44w monitor can expand your gaming horizons

Double your viewing pleasure with this ultra-wide 32:10 beast
Tags: Gaming, Lenovo


Razer integrates Amazon’s Alexa voice controls and haptic feedback into its gaming platform

Razer, the company that makes high-end hardware and software specifically tailored to gaming enthusiasts, is adding new voice and touch features to its platform to bring it into the next generation of computing and take the Razer gaming experience to the next immersive level. Today at CES, the company announced that it will be integrating Amazon’s Alexa into its gaming platform to let users control certain aspects of the Razer gaming experience by voice; and it also announced a new range of devi...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gaming, Microsoft, Tech, Sony, Razer, Voice, Alexa, Chroma, Alexa Voice Service, Lofelt, SUBPAC, Razer Chroma, Haptic, Min Liang Tan


After 5 years, Sony’s PS4 is still killing it

After a successful holiday season, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is nearing some pretty wild milestones. The company announced Monday that they had sold over 5.6 million PS4 units over the holiday season worldwide, bringing the total number of current-gen consoles sold to 91.6 million, a number that suggests the popular console is still vibrant even after five years on the market. Microsoft has been in a losing position throughout the “console wars” and while it hasn’t released its own numbers recently, ...
Tags: Gaming, Microsoft, Tech, Playstation, Sony, Nintendo, Ps4, Nintendo Switch


Daily Crunch: Nvidia breaks with tradition at CES 2019

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Nvidia launches the $349 GeForce RTX 2060 Nvidia broke with tradition and put a new focus on gaming at CES. Last night the company unveiled the RTX 2060, a $349 low-end version of its new Turing-based desktop graphics cards. The RTX 2060 will be available on Jan. 15. 2. Elon Musk’s vision of spaceflight ...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Asia, Europe, Elon Musk, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Siri, Tech, Venture Capital, Nvidia


holoride: A Virtual Reality Platform For In-Car Entertainment

Launched at CES 2019 as an Audi spin-off, the first demo impresses The problem with most virtual reality experiences is that there’s a disconnect between the action you see on the screen and your movement (or more likely, stasis) in the real world. Omni-directional treadmills like the Inifnadeck and immersive experiences like The Void successfully map what you see to how you move, but until now there …
Tags: Gaming, Design, Disney, Tech, Ces, Vr, Virtual Reality, Audi, Avengers, Start-ups, CES 2019, Holoride


Acer’s launches new high-end gaming laptops with Nvidia RTX 2080 GPUs

Acer today announced two new gaming laptops at CES, the 17-inch $4,000 Predator Triton 900 with a convertible 4K display and the somewhat more affordable all-metal 15-inch $1,800 Triton 500. What sets these laptops apart is, among a few other interesting features and some interesting design choices, support for Nvidia’s new(ish) RTX 2080 GPUs, the most powerful graphics processors on the market today. The Triton 900 features the RTX 2080 by default, while you’ll have to shell out an extra $70...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Tech, Intel, Acer, Nvidia, Triton, Gaming Laptops, CES 2019, nvidia RTCX 2080


Samsung steps up its game with the new Notebook Odyssey

Reviews of the Notebook Odyssey line have been…mixed. Hopefully the electronics giant can right the ship as it navigates the tricky waters of high-end gaming systems. At very least, the latest version of the line — unveiled tonight at CES in Vegas — certainly looks the part. The 15.6 inch laptop features an aluminum design and a display attached with an innovative hinge connected only in the center to mimic a standalone monitor. The bezels have been shrunk down considerably as well, at 6.7 m...
Tags: Gaming, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Nvidia, Samsung Notebook Odyssey, CES 2019, Notebook Odyssey, Samsung Odyssey Mode


Security researchers find over a dozen iPhone apps linked to Golduck malware

Security researchers say they’ve found more than a dozen iPhone apps covertly communicating with a server associated with Golduck, a historically Android-focused malware that infects popular classic game apps. The malware has been known about for over a year, after it was first discovered by Appthority infecting classic and retro games on Google Play, by embedding backdoor code that allowed malicious payloads to be silently pushed to the device. At the time, more than 10 million users were affec...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Gaming, Apps, Privacy, Tech, App Store, Covington, Golduck, Michael Covington Wandera


The best Moto Mods for the Moto Z-series

Moto Mods, the snap-on accessories compatible with Lenovo's Moto Z-series smartphones add a lot of value without adding a lot of bulk. Looking to try one out? Here are a few of our favorite Moto Mods. The post The best Moto Mods for the Moto Z-series appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Motorola, Gaming, Accessories, Trends, Home Theater, Lenovo, Buying Guides, Moto Mods


Zelda has a minus world

Listen, everyone. It’s not every day that a new fact comes to light regarding a game that came out more than 30 years ago. And I happen to love it when retro games get broken in fabulous and entertaining ways. So the news that The Legend of Zelda for NES has a minus world like Super Mario Bros. and others hit me like a freight train. The phenomenon was discovered by YouTuber SKELUX, who starts off his video with a quick explanation of how minus worlds work. If you think about an NES game as a bi...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Nes, Nintendo, Retro, Zelda, Legend Of Zelda, Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda for NES, YouTuber SKELUX, SKELUX, Molblin


Scratch 3.0 is now available

The only kids programming language worth using, Scratch, just celebrated the launch of Scratch 3.0, an update that adds some interesting new functionality to the powerful open source tool. Scratch, for those without school aged children, is a block-based programming language that lets you make little games and “cartoons” with sprites and animated figures. The system is surprisingly complex and kids have created things like Minecraft platformers, fun arcade games, and whatever this is. The new ve...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Tech, Software, Computing, Minecraft, Scratch, Platform Game


The best MacOS games for 2019

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans to enjoy. The post The best MacOS games for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Mac, Trends, Steam, Computing


Ninja raked in nearly $10 million in 2018

Twitch superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has finally settled the debate over just how much he earned in 2018. CNN reports that the gaming phenom pulled in close to $10 million last year, a little tidbit that he revealed to CNN during his press campaign on New Years Even in New York City. (He also tried to get the good people of Times Square to ‘floss.’ They weren’t having it.) Ninja has more than 20 million subscribers on YouTube, and 12.5 million followers on Twitch, 40,000 of whom are pai...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Entertainment, Youtube, New York City, Tech, Cnn, Lebron James, Twitch, Epic Games, Times Square, Ninja, Fortnite, Tyler Ninja Blevins, NickMercs, UberEats Samsung




These are the 10 most important tech news stories of 2018

From Facebook scandals to unprecedented space travel, 2018 has been a year of important, turbulent, exciting, worrying, and delightful tech news. We count the 10 tech stories that will be influencing the future. The post These are the 10 most important tech news stories of 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Business, Cars, Trends, Social Media, Tesla, Web, Nasa, Features, Computing, Emerging Tech, Movies & TV


Epic Games surprises players on New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year! The folks over at Epic Games have a special treat in store for players hopping on Fortnite today. In celebration of New Year’s Eve all around the world, Fortnite is having an in-game live event where a massive, dropping disco ball descends on the map each hour, on the hour. The virtual ball drop has the same affect on players as a boogie bomb, meaning that everyone playing Fortnite is collectively dancing each time the minutes on your clock read :00. Obviously, the clock ha...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Entertainment, Tech, Epic Games, Nick Chester, Fortnite, Nick Chester Epic


Epic Games surprises players on New Years Eve

Happy New Year! The folks over at Epic Games have a special treat in store for players hopping on Fortnite today. In celebration of New Years Eve all around the world, Fortnite is having an in-game live event where a massive, dropping disco ball descends on the map each hour, on the hour. The virtual ball drop has the same affect on players as a boogie bomb, meaning that everyone playing Fortnite is collectively dancing each time the minutes on your clock read :00. Obviously, the clock has...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Entertainment, Tech, Epic Games, Nick Chester, Fortnite, Nick Chester Epic



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