Nintendo Switch’s First TV Commercial Features The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo Switch’s First TV Commercial Features The Legend of Zelda

Nintendo’s first commercial for the Nintendo Switch highlights both the portability of the console and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of its launch titles.

Nintendo has just released the first television commercial for the Nintendo Switch, and the 30 second video unsurprisingly focuses on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its strongest launch day title. The video also features a healthy split of focus between both showing off the console’s portability, and displaying some snazzy gameplay footage courtesy of Breath of the Wild.

It’s no surprise that Nintendo would choose to focus on one of their most exciting Nintendo Switch titles of 2017 for the company’s first foray into Nintendo Switch television advertisements, as other more high profile titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe won’t be arriving till further after the console’s launch. As it currently stands, Breath of the Wild is the de facto launch day attraction, sharing the launch day roster with just 4 other titles.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a good choice to give the masses for their first look at the Nintendo Switch, though the title itself isn’t exclusive to the console. Nintendo has promised that the game will arrive for the Wii U on the same day, and failure to deliver on that would upset a lot of Wii U-based fans. While the gameplay will be completely the same for both consoles, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma stated that the Nintendo Switch would feature faster load times and a higher resolution. However, when stored locally the game will take up half the space of the Nintendo Switch’s entire HDD, which means many Nintendo gamers will likely be expanding this storage with SDXC cards.

Nintendo revealed in a recent Switch Presentation that the console would sport between a 2.5 to 6 hours of battery life depending on what is being run on the console, so whether gamers could feasibly take the device from home, onto a public bus, and then onto a flight in one go remains to be tested. That being said, the guy in the commercial didn’t take any luggage with him, so it was probably a short trip.

In any event, the Nintendo Switch is certainly more portable than its rival consoles, although the facts revealed at the presentation weren’t enough to prevent Nintendo’s stocks from falling after the event concluded.

What do you think about the Nintendo Switch, Ranters? Does the commercial do a good job in showing off both the console and Breath of the Wild?

The Nintendo Switch will release on March 3, 2017, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


[Source:- GR]


First Iron Banner of Destiny: Rise of Iron Begins Next Week

First Iron Banner of Destiny: Rise of Iron Begins Next Week

After a long break, Iron Banner returns to Destiny next Tuesday bringing new weapons and armor for players to earn as well as changes to the way the PvP event works.

Destiny: Rise of Iron is practically themed around Iron Banner. Its story focuses on the Iron Lords, its main quest giver is Lord Saladin, and the Rise of Iron record book rewards armor that will adorn players and equip them to become a new Iron Lord themselves. So, it’s no surprise that Iron Banner is returning for the first time since the launch of Destiny‘s new expansion, with some changes in store.

First off, Iron Banner officially commences on Tuesday, October 4th at 10 a.m. Pacific. For the first time, it will feature Rise of Iron’s new Crucible mode, Supremacy. For those who haven’t played it, it is basically Call of Duty‘s Kill Confirmed mode.

Bungie has also put some changes into how fans rank up in Iron Banner, with the hopes of making it more rewarding. Here is the full list of changes:

  • The Tempered mechanic is gone
  • There are now 4 Weekly Bounties
  • Bounty rewards include:
    • An Iron Banner item not featured on the Vendor
    • A chance at an Iron Banner Artifact or Vanity Item
    • 25 Legendary Marks
    • 750 Iron Banner Reputation
  • Victory in a match grants 250 Reputation
  • Iron Medallions grant 150 Reputation each, upon Victor

If Bungie’s design goes to plan, all these changes should allow players to hit rank 5 sooner, with a focus on completing the weekly bounties and continuing to play throughout the week for more post-match rewards.

As far as weapons go, brand new Iron Banner weapons will be up for grabs, adorned with that Viking, Knights of the Round Table theme. The Unbent Tree auto rifle is in the same family as the Doctrine of Passing—insanely high rate of fire and very low impact. The Proud Spire shotgun will also be in the loot pool, which is a pretty middle-of-the-pack shotgun, especially when compared to all the insanely good Matador 64s running around the Crucible. But with the right perk rolls, it could prove itself.


[Source:- Gamerant]


Windows 10 finishes first year on 1-in-4 Windows PCs

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Windows 10 wrapped up its first year powering nearly one-in-four Windows PCs, a record adoption pace fueled by the now-expired free upgrade for consumers and many businesses.

According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 was on 21.1% of the planet’s personal computers in July, and on 23.5% of those machines running Windows. The difference between its user share of all PCs and only those running Windows stemmed from the fact that Windows powered 90% of all personal computers, not 100%.

The July increase of about 2 percentage points was larger than June’s gains but fell short of May’s; the latter was the largest one-month growth since August 2015, the first full month of availability.

At the one-year mark — Windows 10 celebrated its anniversary Friday — the new operating system easily bested the 12-month adoption record set six years ago by Windows 7. At the end of October 2010, Windows 7 powered about 20.1% of all Windows PCs, and around 18.9% of all personal computers worldwide.

Windows 10 now runs about 352 million machines, according to calculations using Net Applications’ numbers and Microsoft’s claim that Windows powers 1.5 billion machines. The new figure represented an increase of about 32 million over June, or slightly more than 1 million each day last month. By comparison, nearly 4 million Windows PCs were upgraded daily to Windows 10 during the first complete week of its availability, Aug. 2-8, 2015.

Microsoft’s latest claim for Windows 10 was made on June 29, when the company said 350 million devices ran Windows 10. Unlike Net Applications, which tallied only personal computers, the Redmond, Wash., company also counted tablets, smartphones and Xbox One video game consoles.

Other data sources confirmed Windows 10’s growth last month.

The Digital Analytics Program (DAP) pegged Windows 10 at 28.1% of all Windows PCs, an increase of 2.5 percentage points over June. DAP tracks visits to more than 4,000 websites maintained by U.S. government agencies, so its data largely originates in the U.S.

As measured by DAP, Windows 10’s July growth was about eight times larger than June’s, strongly suggesting a last-minute rush to get the free upgrade.

Meanwhile, Irish vendor StatCounter put Windows 10’s global usage share — a metric that represents online activity — at 23.5% for July, an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the month prior, slightly smaller than June’s 1.9-point gain.

The end of the free upgrade deal will certainly affect the uptake tempo of Windows 10, and most expect growth to decelerate in the near term. Microsoft has begun charging consumers for the operating system, and PC shipments remain in a historic slump, but gains should return as enterprises hit their Windows 10 deployment stride in 2017 and 2018.



[Source: CW]

First look: every week with macOS Sierra

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I’ve been fortunate enough to use the developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12 built-in view that quickly after it was added at WWDC 2016. because it is nevertheless built-in improvement now not each feature works just yet, but what i’ve seen shows Sierra is built-in precise shape for an OS with the builtintegrated be made to be had as a public beta built-in July, for full creation built-in Fall.
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The massive trouble i’ve with Siri is that it listens.

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First Look: Messaging Everywhere (Beta) on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft recently announced that a preview of Messaging Everwhere would be arriving soon for Insiders, but here at WinBeta we’ve managed to get an early first look at how the feature works. Unsurprisingly, it works exactly like Skype integration used to work, except instead of using Skype, it uses your cellular connection instead.

Yes, Messaging Everywhere finally brings SMS texting to the desktop, beamed straight from your phone. This feature should arrive in preview form in the next Windows 10 Mobile insider build, which could arrive next week at the earliest. Currently, as the feature is still in beta, it can sometimes be slow/not work at all, but when it does work it works well.

How does it work? Well, using your Microsoft Account, the new Messaging apps sync your conversations to the cloud, and beam them to which-ever device is requesting them. For example, sending a text on your desktop will beam that message to the cloud, then your phone will sync that message and send it via its cellular connection. It happens very quickly too, almost instant.

Accounts with multiple phones/devices have the option to switch between phones in the Settings area of the Messaging app on desktop, which is also pretty handy. We’ve embedded a video above demoing the new feature in action, so check it out!


[Source:- Winbeta]

Gears of War 4: Cliffy B Reacts to First Trailer

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After the release of the first cinematic trailer for the upcomingGears of War 4, former Gears of War head developer Cliffy B takes to Twitter to praise the game.

In the 90’s, there was one name synonymous with trigger-happy, twitch-reflex shooters: Cliff Bleszinski. Bleszinski, better known by his online handle Cliffy B, played a vital role in crafting the popular Unreal Tournament series for Epic Games, which emphasized big guns and even bigger explosions of gore. Cliffy B’s success with the Unreal franchise lead to the developer taking the lead role on Gears of War, a series that would go on to sell millions of copies and become synonymous with the Xbox. Under Cliffy B’s watchful eye, the grub shooting, chainsaw hacking action of Gearsbecame a fan favorite, spanning two sequels and one prequel.

But after the release of the critically praised Gears of War 3, Bleszinski decided to part ways with Epic and blaze his own trail, founding Boss Key Productions and announcing the FPS titleLawbreakers. But now that the Gears series has been passed along to The Coalition, gamers wait to see what the first post-Epic Games Gears of War game will be like. While fans wonder if Gears of War 4 will live up to expectations, Cliffy B had nothing but good things to say about the upcoming game on Twitter.

With the release of the first cinematic Gears of War 4 trailer, dubbed “Tomorrow,” fans got their first real look at JD Fenix, son of beloved Gears protagonist Marcus Fenix. The trailer, set to a dark cover of “The Sound of Silence,” evokes Gears iconic “Mad World” trailer that got fans talking back in 2006. While Cliffy B is not involved in the production of the latest Gears, he was quick to offer words of praise on Twitter, tweeting:

Cliffy B also went full fanboy in response to the official Gears of War twitter account tweeting the trailer, posting a short glowing review, leading to The Coalition’s studio head Rod Fergusson thanking Cliffy for the kind words.


[Source:- Gamerant]

Canonical launches first ‘converged device’ for Ubuntu OS

Ubuntu joins Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan with cross-device support

Canonical, maker of Linux-based operating system Ubuntu, has launched its first “fully converged” device, claiming to offer a hybrid smartphone-PC experience.

The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, produced in partnership with European technology company BQ, features the latest Ubuntu software and an adaptive user experience, which the company says is capable of “providing both a true tablet experience and the full Ubuntu desktop experience”.

The tablet represents the first in a new series of devices fulfilling Canonical’s long-running project to develop converged devices, which are devices capable of running the same platform and libraries, making it straightforward for users to access the same applications across all their Ubuntu devices.

“Ubuntu is now the only platform that runs both a mobile-based full touch interface and a true PC experience from a single smart device,” the company claimed in a statement introducing the Aquaris M10 on itscorporate blog.

Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, said: “We’re bringing you everything you’ve come to expect from your Ubuntu PC, now on the tablet with BQ, soon on smartphones.

“This isn’t a phone interface stretched to desktop size – it’s the right user experience and interaction model for the given situation. Also, in terms of applications, we have something no other OS can provide: a single, visual framework and set of tools for applications to run on any type of Ubuntu smart device.”

Beside convergence, headline features of Ubuntu’s latest tablet include: access hundreds of apps from the Ubuntu App Store, fluid multitasking and window management, a broad range of desktop apps and thin client support for mobility and productivity, access the underlying OS if desired, mobile messaging on desktop, and security and reliability updates.

The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet has a 10.1in multi-tactile FHD screen with Dragontrail Asahi protection, is powered by a MediaTek quad-core MT8163A 1.5 GHz processor and includes a 7280 mAh LiPo battery. It is 8.2mm thick and weights 470g.

Convergence is not unique to the Ubuntu OS though. Both Apple and Microsoft have sought to bring their mobile, tablet and desktop OSes closer together in the last 12 months. Windows 10 was built with cross-device support specifically in mind, while Apple’s continuity feature, which debuted on iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite, enables users to open the same documents on their iPhone and Mac.

Today’s announcement therefore brings Ubuntu in line with such competitors.

Canonical believes the convergence present its new Ubuntu OS and tablet make it ideal for enterprise use, because it offers enterprise-grade, system-based security.

Built on the open-source Linux OS, and continuing the principle of openness, Ubuntu has been adopted by public sector departments and hobbyists. Its total number of users can only be estimated, but Canonical said in 2015 that it has over 40 million desktop users.

[Source:- ITpro]

Royal Mail raises first class stamp price to 64p

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The cost of a first class stamp will rise to 64p this week, taking the price increase to 100% over the past decade.

First class stamps prices are rising by 1p, while a second class stamp will rise by the same amount to 55p. The price of stamps for large letters weighing up to 100g will also rise by 1p, to 96p for those opting for first class postage.

A first class stamp cost 32p in April 2006, while a second class stamp has more than doubled in price since then from 23p. If a first class stamp had increased in line with RPI inflation, the cost would now be around 43p.

Royal Mail has previously said it had “carefully considered” the impact of price rises on customers and its own business, opting to apply the “smallest possible increase”.

It pointed out that the price of a first class stamp in the UK remains well below the European average of 78p, and less than the 64p average for second-class letters. It argued that the price rises were necessary to pay for the the universal service obligation, which delivers post across the country six days a week at flat rates.

However, the charity Citizens Advice has said that while the increase might seem modest, consumers will be disappointed that the rise is above inflation.

[Source:- Gurdian]

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake Shows Off First Gameplay

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Just weeks after the fan collective Apeiron announced that aStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake is underway, gameplay footage of the project surfaces on YouTube.

The gaming world was sent into a state of frenzy a few months ago when rumors surfaced that aStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake may be in the works. That rumor turned out to be false, but when fan effort known as Apeiron stepped forward and announced their own remake just a few weeks ago, a new Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic may actually soon be a reality. And based on some in-game footage that’s recently been released, it looks like the Apeiron team are putting together something special so far.

After being given the greenlight from Apeiron, YouTuber MrMattyPlays was the first to show some gameplay footage from the Knights of the Old Republic remake, and his four minute video reveals some very interesting details about the upcoming game. It must be noted that the gameplay footage was taken from a very early pre-alpha build of the game, so it appears that it will be some time before development of the remake will be complete.

One big takeaway from the footage is that it is in first-person rather than the third-person perspective from the original Knights of the Old Republic. Granted that this won’t be the first instance of a Star Wars FPS game, but it is an interesting development direction that Apeiron is going in. The video then shows off some very impressive reinterpretations of four Knights of the Old Republic levels: Lower City Taris, Upper City Taris, Endar Spire, and Anchorhead on Tattooine.

The footage doesn’t have much in the way of combat or gameplay, and is more of a tech demo for what the final game may look like, but the work Apeiron has done so far is incredibly impressive. For those wanting to see the Knights of the Old Republic remake gameplay footage themselves, check it out here.

While this is all impressive work from the Apeiron team, the biggest issue that may cripple the project is Disney. Regardless of where fan allegiances may lie, Star Wars is still the intellectual property of Disney, and the multimedia giant may not be too keen on seeing a high-quality project like this competing with some of their own games –  just ask the creators behind the recently-canceled Metal Gear Solid remake.

Remaking one of the best Star Wars games ever is a tall task, but based on what’s been revealed, it looks like Apeiron is doing an admirable job so far. Let’s just hope that the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake may actually see the light of day rather than being shuffled off to the cancelled video game graveyard.

[Source:- Gamerant]

Swedish researchers, Wikipedia develop first crowdsourced speech engine


Swedish, English and Arabic will be the first languages launched on Wikipedia’s synthesised speech platform. Credit: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

By 2017, English, Swedish and Arabic speakers will find that Wikipedia is talking their language—literally. The online free encyclopedia is collaborating with Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology to develop the world’s first crowdsourced speech synthesis platform.

The platform will be optimised for Wikipedia but freely available as open source, and readily usable by any site that uses the MediaWiki software on which Wikimedia is based.

Joakim Gustafson, a professor of speech technology at KTH, says that the project aims to provide access to Wikipedia and other wikis to people with reading difficulties or visual impairment.

“Initially, our focus will be on the Swedish language, where we will make use of our own language resources,” Gustafson says. “Then we will do a basic English voice, which we expect to be quite good, given the large amount of open source linguistic resources. And finally, we will do a rudimentary Arabic voice that will be more a proof of concept.”

An estimated 25 percent of all Wikipedia users—nearly 125 million people per month—need or prefer text in spoken form, according to PTS.

Like Wikipedia’s content, the speech output will be crowdsourced, with users contributing to the continuous development of the synthesizer.

Once the English, Swedish and Arabic speech engines are produced, sometime around September 2017, it will be possible with the help of users to extend synthesized speech to the remaining 280 languages in which Wikipedia is available.

All material produced will be freely licensed and can be used for free by anyone, in line with the rules of Wikimedia Commons.

The Wikispeech pilot project is a collaboration between KTH, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, Wikimedia Sweden and STTS speech technology services. PTS is financing the project.