4 Things to Expect From Nintendo’s New Console

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So Nintendo has been teasing us for a while now by keeping the details of their new console, the NX, pretty much confidential. Finally, we’ve gotten more of an idea of what to expect in the NX thanks to a number of sources that have confirmed details to Eurogamer.

  1. It’s a totally new concept – The NX is going to be pretty different than what we’ve seen from Nintendo in the past. This new console will be both a handheld and a console you can play on your TV. Basically, the NX as a whole will work as a handheld console that has its own display, which doesn’t sound too far out there – Nintendo has always been known for handheld consoles. Well, what sets it apart is the two controller sections on the side, that can either be attached or detached as needed.

    (Illustration by: Eurogamer)

    (Illustration by: Eurogamer)

  2. It’s basically 2 consoles – Nintendo knows that sometimes you get home and want to play on the big screen, and the NX totally reflects that. Yup, you can connect the console directly to your TV through the dock station. So it’s kind of like 2-consoles-in-1.
  3. It’s going back to cartridges – Physical media will be in the form of cartridges instead of discs, although we’re pretty sure that you’ll still have the option of digital downloads. Sources have also shut down the rumors that the system will run on Android. Instead, we’re expecting the NX to run on a totally new operating system from Nintendo.
  4. It’ll be very different from Nintendo’s previous consoles – Nintendo won’t confirm everything until the console’s unveiling, which is expected to be this September. However, one thing that Nintendo has made apparent is that this will be much different than the Wii and Wii U. Nintendo president, Tatsumi Kimishima stated, “It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”

 

Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see a new console from Nintendo and the secrecy that has been behind it is only building up the suspense.

 

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An Interactive Love Story

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, interactive novels are becoming more popular. The NTT Solmare Corporation in Japan is one of the leading content creators for interactive stories. They’ve created a series of dating simulation titles called “Shall We Date?” which features beautiful art and an aesthetically-pleasing design. Their versions include Ninja Shadow: Her One and Only Love, Eternal Vows: Love Beyond Time, Oz, Pirates, Destiny Ninja 2, Blood in Roses, Wizardless Heart, The Niflheim, Ninja Assasin, Ninja Love, MySweetPrince, Destiny Ninja, My Fairy Tales, Lost Island, Scarlet Fate, Magic Sword, Angel or Devil, and Mononoke Kiss. Their newest title in the series is called Love Tangle: Finding my Better Half.

Love Tangle follows the story of a beautiful young woman who moves into a luxurious apartment building where she soon finds herself involved in a salacious love triangle. You start by reading the prologue to get familiar with the story before you begin the first 4 chapters of the novel. At the end of the third chapter you have to decide which man you want to advance the story with. Depending on the choices you make throughout the novel, you’ll experience a different ending and ultimately a different story. Your fate is decided by the decisions you make along the way. Will you be able to find your better half? As a bonus there are mini-games that you can play to help you earn in-app points and gain access to exclusive stories.

Love Tangle is free to download with an option to buy in-app coins. It’s available on iOS and Android devices. So head to the app store, Google Play store, or http://shallwedate.jp/en/ to download it today.

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AppWatch STAMP – Easily Transfer Music Between Streaming Services

We’re in the age of streaming music. CDs are a thing of the past and digital downloads seem to be headed in the same direction. With services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music we’re flying high. Now if you subscribe to more than one of these platforms there’s a good chance you’ve run into the headache of trying to manually move tracks and playlists from one service to the other. Well lucky for you we’ve found a solution to make it a whole lot easier. Check out Stamp.

Stamp allows for easy importing and exporting of your songs and playlists between popular streaming music services. Stamp has a proven record with millions of transferred tracks. All you have to do is select a source where you want to transfer music from – like Spotify or Google Play Music. Then select the destination. Meaning, one of the other streaming services. Now select the playlist, kick back and let Stamp do all the work. Currently you can import from Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube, Apple Music, Rdio and Deezer. And you can upload or transfer to Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify and Excel. While the transfer is being done you can continue to use your device –  like your computer, phone or tablet.  Just make sure you don’t turn any of them off. Now there are a few ways to use the app. The basic version is free and allows you to move up to 10 songs per session. You can also pay for unlimited transfers between platforms or buy a bundle package.

If you do decide to buy a bundle you’re in luck because as a NewsWatch viewer you get a 20% discount when you use the code “NewsWatch.” Stamp is compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices. Just head to your app store or freeyourmusic.com today to download it.

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How to Check if Pokémon Go is Down

 

How to Check if Pokémon Go is Down

If you’ve paid any attention at all to anything going on over the past few weeks, you probably know that Pokémon Go is huge (Seriously, even Andrew tried it out!). And with the servers constantly going down, it has become apparent that the response this game has received is way more than the developers had expected. Impressively, the game is so big after only being out a week it had more daily users than Twitter and people have reportedly spent more time on the Pokémon Go app than Facebook. According to TechCrunch, 5.92% of the Android population in the U.S. engages with Pokémon Go daily. That’s A LOT of people playing this game, no wonder the servers can’t handle it. And now with the game finally being released in Japan, the servers are really getting out of control with constant crashes.

There has to be a way to be able to check if it’s worth it to go outside to start hunting some Pokémon. Well, here’s a website that some developers made that will check for you whether or not the servers are down or about to go down – IsPokemonGoDownOrNot.com. The site runs on a pretty simple algorithm. Basically, it uses an automated account that attempts to log-in in thirty second intervals. If the log-in takes over fifteen seconds, most likely the Pokémon Go server is down or about to go down.

We’re glad we found this because we’re sick of getting stoked to play the game only to unfortunately realize once we’re outside that the server is down. Pokémon Go is addicting, so knowing when it’s available to play makes it even better.

Are you going to be checking this site before you go hunting for Pokémon? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

 

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Clear Audio for those with Hearing Loss

So hearing loss is a global health issue, affecting an estimated 360 million people worldwide, nearly 50 million Americans, with another 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk for hearing loss. One of the most common early indicators of hearing loss is no longer being able to clearly understand the TV. This is where Turtle Beach’s revolutionary HyperSound Clear 500P comes into play.

It uses directed audio to significantly improve sound clarity and speech intelligibility for individuals with hearing loss. To explain how it works, think of traditional audio like light from a lightbulb – light leaves the bulb, goes everywhere and loses brightness over distance. Now think of HyperSound Clear’s directed audio like light from a flashlight – light comes out in a focused beam, shining brighter and further than the ordinary lightbulb. By directing HyperSound Clear’s audio beam, it’s able to target a specific location, like someone on the couch watching TV. When sitting in HyperSound’s audio beam, sound becomes crystal clear and feels like wearing a surround sound headset. Outside the beam, HyperSound audio is barely noticeable. So why does this matter? If you’re living with hearing loss, chances are you’re watching TV with the volume turned-up, because when you start to lose your hearing, typically the first thing to go is high-frequency audio, and that means no longer being able to hear and understand what’s being said on TV. This is where HyperSound Clear does something amazing – it delivers an additional layer of crisp, clear high-frequency audio to the targeted listener. HyperSound Clear works in conjunction with your home audio setup, whether just a TV or a surround sound system. Your TV or home theatre system still provides the full audio range (highs, mids and lows), but at a normal volume level that doesn’t overwhelm everyone else, while HyperSound Clear delivers a beam of high-frequency audio to the person with hearing loss, providing them a better TV listening experience they can once again share with loved ones or friends. Imagine, instead of having to use closed captioning or cranking-up the TV volume, people with hearing loss can comfortably hear TV audio again, while everyone else in the room can enjoy watching TV with them at a normal volume level. What’s even better is that the HyperSound Clear 500P can be programmed by a hearing healthcare provider to a person’s specific hearing loss to suit a listener’s exact hearing needs.

Currently, HyperSound Clear is available through hearing healthcare providers, and Turtle Beach is looking at expanding availability possibly later this year, early next. For more information on Turtle Beach’s HyperSound Clear 500P, head over to the official website at: http://hypersoundhearing.com.

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4 Events to Check Out at Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego

Comic-Con International: San DiegoOkay, so Comic-Con International: San Diego started on July 20 – bringing fans, self-proclaimed geeks, movie critics, and a lot of people that just want to see what the hype is about from all over the globe to San Diego…so basically everyone. With so much going on, it’s hard to keep up with the must-see events and panels. Here’s four events we think you should check out:

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

  • Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick talking about their upcoming film, Trolls. If you haven’t already heard about Trolls, it’s an animated movie from the creators of Shrek and it has a great cast of voice actors besides JT and Anna – Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, and so much more joined together to make this film. We think it’s safe to say it’s a good idea to check out the panel with Justin and Anna to get an inside scoop on this movie coming out in November 2016.
  • Christina Milian, Laverne Cox, and Victoria Justice will also be having a panel on this day. They’ll be discussing the new Rocky Horror Picture Show TV-movie. With a great cast like that, you can see why it’s important to check out this panel.

Friday, July 22, 2016

  • If you’re a fan of Vanessa Hudgens or her soon-to-be released NBC DC Comics series, Powerless, make sure to check in to the screening and Q&A. As DC Comics fans, we’re pretty excited to see this series.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

  • One of the events we’re most eager to see is this Saturday – Warner Bros. will have a presentation of its upcoming movies…Meaning Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robie, Brie Larson, and Tom Hiddleston will be there talking about two movies we are dying to see –Suicide Squad and Kong: Skull Island.

 

 

If you’re not into anything we listed above, there is still a ton going on at Comic-Con, including a Pokémon Go Bar Crawl, concerts, fan meet-ups, and parties – so you’ll have a lot of fun no matter what you decide to do.

 

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Stress-free Paddle Boarding

If you have been out on a stand-up paddle board then you know the sense of tranquility that comes with practically walking on water. Now we have a water sport company, Current Drives, taking paddle boarding to the next level with the ElectraFin.

If you like to paddle board, you really need to check this thing out. ElectraFin is the first electrically propelled conversion kit for stand-up paddle boards that allows you to go further and faster. This electric propulsion system requires absolutely no modification to your board. It mounts into the standard finbox of almost any paddle board and converts in less than a minute. By turning your stand-up paddle board into a human/electric-powered board, you can cover greater distances, much like an electric bike but on water instead.  So let’s say you are fighting strong winds or strong currents or are simply just trying to fish, the ElectraFin will help take the stress off paddling while it keeps you moving silently and with zero emission. This thing is seriously awesome and essential for anyone who loves to paddle board. It comes with a paddle mounted wireless remote so you can choose forward or reverse, and speed, with the touch of a button. The speed settings are amazing. Seriously, the adjustable speed settings allow you to choose from a leisurely, casual cruise or a “Mad Max: Watery Road” speed. And did we mention this thing is completely silent? The ElectraFin is a must-have for any paddle boarder out there.

So, do you think you are ready to eliminate the stress out of paddle boarding? Right now the ElectraFin is available for $1,625. For more information about the ElectraFin go tocurrentdrives.com/products/ElectraFin today.

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