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Switch Pokémon fighter Pokkén Tournament DX adds Blastoise and more

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:57

Pokkén Tournament DX on Nintendo Switch is getting new DLC with more Pokémon fighters and supports.

You'll be able to play as sword Pokémon Aegislash in the first, which arrives on 31st January. Also included in the pack are support Pokémon Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu.

The second pack arrives on 23rd March and is fronted by Blastoise, with support from mythical creatures Mew and Celebi. Blimey!

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Super Mario Odyssey free update adds a new mini-game

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:43

Super Mario Odyssey will get a free update in February with a new mini-game to play after you've finished the main story.

Luigi's Balloon World sees you hiding or searching for balloons within the game's existing levels, with leaderboards attached so you can see how you match up with others.

When searching for balloons you'll be looking for those hidden by others around the world - so good luck tracking down all the hidden spots you'll likely have missed.

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More Colleges Than Ever Have Test-Optional Admissions Policies

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:41
Back in the 1980s, Bates College and Bowdoin College were nearly the only liberal arts colleges not to require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores. On Jan. 10, FairTest, a Boston-based organization that has been pushing back against America's testing regime since 1985, announced that the number of colleges that are test-optional has now surpassed 1,000. From a report: This milestone means that more than one-third of America's four-year nonprofit colleges now reject the idea that a test score should strongly determine a student's future. The ranks of test-optional institutions include hundreds of prestigious private institutions, such as George Washington, New York University, Wesleyan University and Wake Forest University. The list also includes hundreds of public universities, such as George Mason, San Francisco State and Old Dominion.

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Wii U games Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors headed to Nintendo Switch

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:10

Wii U games Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors are both getting enhanced versions for Nintendo Switch.

Tropical Freeze, the side-scrolling platformer developed by Retro Studios, originally arrived on Wii U back in 2014.

This new version will add the ability to play as Funky Kong - making stages a lot easier. It will arrive on 4th May.

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Nintendo Switch is getting Dark Souls Remastered

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:10

UPDATE 2.35pm: Dark Souls Remastered has unsurprisingly just been confirmed for non-Nintendo Switch platforms as well.

It will arrive on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the same day - 25th May.

ORIGINAL STORY 2.00pm: FromSoftware's legendary Dark Souls will get a new lease of life on Nintendo Switch.

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Donkey Kong stars in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle DLC

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:09

The brilliant Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is getting new DLC starring Nintendo's chimp champ Donkey Kong.

Expect the new levels featuring a fresh story to be Doled out soon - sometime this spring.

Donkey Kong's unique weapon type appears to be a boomerang-style banana weapon. See some of his moves in the brief trailer above.

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Nintendo announces Mario Tennis Aces, dates Kirby

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:05

Mario Tennis Aces has been announced for Nintendo Switch, and launches this spring.

It's not a port - unlike some other games announced in today's Nintendo Direct - but a fresh project from long-time series developer Camelot.

Interestingly, Aces has a story mode and bosses in addition to the usual sporty gameplay.

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The World Ends with You is headed to Switch

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:04

Do you like Shibuya? Do you like RPGs set in Shibuya? Are you willing to accept "urban fantasy" as, if not a genre, then at least a milieu?

Then oh boy, are you going to love The World Ends with You, Square Enix's gloriously colourful RPG, which is headed to the Switch over ten years after it landed on the DS. The new version is called The World Ends with You - Final Remix, and it's the first reveal of today's Nintendo Direct.

The World Ends with You is a gorgeous looking thing, all colours and angles and haircuts and shopping for clothes. It hinges on a band of teenagers in modern-day Tokyo who find themselves caught up in a battle for their own fates. I appreciate that sounds like they have crippling student loan repayments, but it's all a bit more supernatural than that. On DS, the game's unusual battle system made brilliant use of the console's two screens, but the while thing's been ported to smartphones since then as TWEWY: Solo Remix and it seemed to work fine with just the one screen.

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Bitcoin Conference Stops Accepting BTC Due To High Fees

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 16:02
An anonymous reader shares a report: Next week the popular cryptocurrency event, The North American Bitcoin Conference (TNABC) will be hosted in downtown Miami at the James L Knight Center, January 18-19. However, bitcoin proponents got some unfortunate news this week as the event organizers have announced they have stopped accepting bitcoin payments for conference tickets due to network fees and congestion. Bitcoin settlement times, and the fee market associated with transactions, have become a hot topic these days as on-chain fees have risen to $30-60 per transaction. These issues have made it extremely difficult for businesses to operate, and many merchants have stopped accepting bitcoin for services and goods altogether.

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FBI Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses' For Making iPhone Cracks Difficult

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:00
troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: A forensics expert from the FBI has lashed out at Apple, calling the company's security team a bunch of "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for making it more difficult to circumvent the encryption on its devices. Stephen Flatley told the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York on Wednesday that one example of the way that Apple had made it harder for him and his colleagues to break into the iPhone was by recently making the password guesses slower, with a change in hash iterations from 10,000 to 10,000,000. A report on the Motherboard website said Flatley explained that this change meant that the speed at which one could brute-force passwords went from 45 attempts a second to one every 18 seconds. "Your crack time just went from two days to two months," he was quoted as saying. "At what point is it just trying to one up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement? Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff," Flatley added.

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Overwatch League launches with a bang and dominates Twitch viewing figures

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:14

Overwatch has struggled as an esport but yesterday Blizzard's big hope, the new Overwatch League, launched with a bang.

For several hours, Overwatch League dominated Twitch viewing figures, dwarfing League of Legend's and PUBG's most popular streamers.

The Overwatch League follows a dozen professional teams headquartered at major cities around the world, although not necessarily made up of people from those cities or actually housed there. They have rich owners (buying an Overwatch League team reportedly costs $20m) who have bought in the best players from around the world, as the top football teams do in the Premier League and so on. London Spitfire's team, for example, is owned by esports powerhouse Cloud9 and all the players are South Korean.

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New Ingestible Pill Can Track Your Farts In Real Time

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:00
A group of Australian researchers have developed an ingestible electronic capsule to monitor gas levels in the human gut. "When it's paired with a pocket-sized receiver and a mobile phone app, the pill reports tail-wind conditions in real time as it passes from the stomach to the colon," reports Ars Technica. The invention has been reported in the journal Nature Electronics. From the report: The authors are optimistic that the capsule's gas readings can help clear the air over the inner workings of our intricate innards and the multitudes of microbes they contain. Such fume data could clarify the conditions of each section of the gut, what microbes are up to, and which foods may cause problems in the system. Until now, collecting such data has been a challenge. The capsule is 26mm in length, with a 9.8mm external diameter -- like a large vitamin. Its polymer shell surrounds sensors for temperature, CO2, H2, and O2, as well as a button-size silver oxide battery and a transmission system. One end of the capsule contains a gas-permeable membrane that allows for fast diffusion of gut gases.

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Nintendo fans spent all of last night waiting on a Direct announcement

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:21

Nintendo fans are convinced there will soon be a Direct, the company's semi-regular YouTube bulletin of news and surprises, and many stayed up all of last night waiting for an announcement.

Nintendo itself did little to quell the flames - and posted numerous knowing pictures from official Twitter accounts seemingly acknowledging the fan excitement.

As fans waited for the announcement to drop at the top of each hour, Nintendo broke off from its usual pattern of PR tweets to send out (or simply retweet) the following:

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Code Vein is anime Bloodborne with added buddy bonding

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:00

A third-person action-RPG with XP loss on death, bonfire mechanics and a taste for the grotesque, Code Vein has been billed as Bandai Namco's in-house alternative to the Souls series, trading Bloodborne's fetid strain of European Gothic for a world of anime vampires. Witness the marketing tagline, "prepare to dine". So it's a slight shock to find that the new game breaks from one of From Software's unwritten core principles straight out the gate. Integral to every Souls game is the experience of loneliness, that sense that you are the only moving object in a cyclopean expanse of dead architecture and stagnant myths. True, you can summon allies to aid you, but these are presented as fleeting, ethereal interactions, and you never feel like you have "companions", exactly. It's more a question of being haunted by kindred spirits as you set out through the wasteland alone.

Code Vein also deals in wastelands, but you'll have plenty of more persistent and straightforward company throughout, for better and possibly worse. The game is set in a shattered semi-urban environment where amnesiac Revenants search for the Blood Tear fruits they need to subsist without feeding on humans, battling hordes of misshapen Lost vampires who have been consumed by their own bloodlust. Each Revenant you meet in the eponymous Vein has different capabilities and is on a quest of their own, often involving their missing memories. You'll be able to recruit some of them as co-op buddies, and as I discovered, these buddies are a little on the chatty side.

During my demo I was paired with Mia, a baby-faced predator with a powerful rifle. She kept up a running commentary as we explored, responding to everything from lower player health through collecting items to opening the inventory screen. Her remarks were always brief and to the point, in fairness, and the script has a certain, pleasing self-awareness to it: at one stage, the character praised me for swinging at a corpse to ensure that it was genuinely dead, one of the more time-honoured Souls player traditions. Still, it's easy to imagine that trickle of small-talk becoming an annoyance as you push deeper into each dungeon. This kind of thing makes sense in an Uncharted game, but when I'm probing the ghastly secrets of post-apocalyptic catacombs, the last thing I need is background patter.

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Senior Citizens Will Lead the Self-Driving Revolution

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:00
The Villages in Florida -- home to 125,000 residents, over 54,000 homes, 32 square miles, 750 miles of road, and three distinct downtowns -- will soon get a fleet of robot taxis. "Voyage, a startup that has been operating a handful of self-driving cars in the San Jose, California-based retirement community also called The Villages, announced today that later this year it will expand to the much-larger Villages north of Orlando," reports The Verge. "This is thanks to a successful Series A fundraising round that raked in $20 million in 2017." From the report: It's an indication that, strangely enough, many of the first people to fully experience the possibilities presented by self-driving cars will be over the age of 55. Most experts agree that robot cars will first roll out as fleets of self-driving taxis in controlled environments -- college campuses, business parks, dedicated freeway lanes, city centers, or retirement communities. Self-driving startups get to boast about providing a real service for people in need, while seniors get to lord over their grandchildren about being early adopters of a bold new technology. They're also getting something a little more valuable: Voyage is giving the owners of The Villages and the smaller San Jose development equity stakes of 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, according to The Information. Voyage's self-driving cars aren't fully driverless. Safety drivers will remain behind the wheel just in case there's a need to intervene. And to compliment its digital mapping capabilities, the startup says it will partner with Carmera, a 3D mapmaker for autonomous vehicles. This type of partnership is necessary for what Voyage believes is "the largest deployment (by area size) of self-driving cars in the world."

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Violating a Website's Terms of Service Is Not a Crime, Federal Court Rules

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 05:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Good news out of the Ninth Circuit: the federal court of appeals heeded EFF's advice and rejected an attempt by Oracle to hold a company criminally liable for accessing Oracle's website in a manner it didn't like. The court ruled back in 2012 that merely violating a website's terms of use is not a crime under the federal computer crime statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. But some companies, like Oracle, turned to state computer crime statutes -- in this case, California and Nevada -- to enforce their computer use preferences. This decision shores up the good precedent from 2012 and makes clear -- if it wasn't clear already -- that violating a corporate computer use policy is not a crime.

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Future Samsung Phones Will Have a Working FM Radio Chip

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 03:25
A few months ago, LG announced a partnership with NextRadio to unlock the FM chip in its smartphones. Now, Samsung is doing the same. Android Police reports: NextRadio made the announcement, rightly explaining that FM radio is essential in areas with low connectivity and in emergency and disaster situations where a connection might be difficult to obtain or maintain and where access to information could be a matter of life and death. With the chip unlocked, users will be able to listen to local radio on their phone using the NextRadio Android app. The press release mentions that "upcoming [Samsung] smartphone models in the U.S. and Canada" will have the FM chip unlocked, however I did find several existing Samsung devices with their FM chip enabled on NextRadio's site.

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Apple To Transfer Chinese iCloud Operations To Chinese Firm

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 02:45
Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month, the tech giant has confirmed, though Apple will still have access to all data stored on iCloud. The company said it had made the move to comply with the country's cloud computing regulations. iCloud accounts registered outside of China are not affected. BBC reports: The Chinese cyber security rules, introduced in July last year, include a requirement for companies to store all data within China. The firm, Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China. Guizhou is where Apple opened a $1 billion data center last year to meet the regulations. iCloud data will be transferred from February 28, Apple said. Customers living in mainland China who did not want to use iCloud operated by GCBD were given the option to terminate their account. Apple said the "partnership" with GCBD would allow it to "improve the speed and reliability of our iCloud services products while also complying with newly passed regulations that cloud services be operated by Chinese companies." It added that Apple had "strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems." However, some on social media have said the step gives Beijing more opportunity to monitor its citizens and others living in the country.

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Samsung Will Unveil the Galaxy S9 Next Month At Mobile World Congress

Slashdot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 02:03
Samsung will unveil its next flagship handset, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC). DJ Koh, the company's smartphone chief, confirmed the launch to ZDNet at CES yesterday without offering a specific date. The Verge reports: The S9 (and, presumably, an S9 Plus) will be the successors to the S8 and S8 Plus, which launched at a Samsung event in New York last March before going on sale in April. The S8 and its bigger brother were a hit with critics, who praised the phones' gorgeous design and brilliant cameras. The phones were even good enough to make consumers forget about the disaster of the Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding batteries. Not much is known about the Galaxy S9 at this point, though we're not expecting any radical departures from the S8. A handful of leaked renders suggest it will look near-identical to its predecessor, with a slight tweak moving the rear fingerprint sensor to below the camera (rather than its current, awkward position of off to one side).

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This month's Splatoon 2 Splatfest goes global, asks fists or funny bone?

Eurogamer - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 01:50

This month's Splatoon 2 Splatfest, the first of the new year, is doing things a little differently: it's the first globally themed Splatfest face-off since last year's Ketchup versus Mayo.

And what will the world be joining hands and taking sides to fight for when Splatoon 2's international action commences? Well, it's not exactly the most inspiring of themes. This time around, Nintendo pits Action against Comedy - which isn't a whole lot more scintillating than the Book or Film option that European players got stuck with last month. We're certainly a world away from the halcyon days of The Great Toilet Roll Controversy.

Granted, Nintendo's rather bland choice of subject matter is probably to ensure that it travels well across all three participating territories, what with players from North America, Japan, and Europe all able to fight it out for their chosen cause.

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