Archive For August 4, 2017
The first proper Splatfest in Nintendo’s colorful Switch shooter, Splatoon 2, is set to begin soon. The event kicks off in the US tonight, August 4, at 9 PM PT/12 AM ET and in the UK on August 5 at 3 PM BST.
This Splatfest runs for a full 24 hours and, like the World Premiere Demo that took place before the game released, revolves around food. This time, players are asked to choose which condiment they prefer: mayo or ketchup?
To take part in the Splatfest, simply pledge your fealty to your condiment of choice at the voting booth in Inkopolis Square, and the wins you amass in Turf War will go toward your team’s overall score. Depending on your rank by the end of the event, participants will be rewarded with a number of Super Sea Snails, rare items that can be used to add additional slots to your gear.
Update: For the time being, the issue has been resolved, according to Microsoft. This wasn’t the first service interruption of the day, so be aware that Xbox Live may continue to suffer issues heading into the weekend.
Original Story: If you’ve had trouble purchasing new games or downloading past purchases on Xbox One or Xbox 360, it’s not your internet that’s at fault. There are apparently issues plaguing Xbox Live that are restricting players’ ability to make purchases and access content and games they own.
As Business Insider’s Alex Health reported on Thursday, Google has looked into buying Snapchat for as much as $30 billion.
Who knows whether this deal would ever happen? But in the meantime, it’s worth examining what such an acquisition would do for Google (besides keeping Snapchat away from Facebook).
At top of the list: a marriage of Snapchat and Google’s mega global video platform YouTube could help Google make a serious bid for the biggest prize in advertising — the $72 billion TV market.
As its title suggests, Knights of the Frozen Throne is themed around Warcraft‘s Lich King and the Frozen Throne. It introduces another 135 cards to the game, including those with the Lifesteal keyword, which heals players for the amount of damage the card deals. Legendary Hero cards are also new; when played, they replace the user’s character with a Death Knight version that sports a new look and ability.
Apple supplier Wistron is preparing to expand its India-based iPhone manufacturing, with production geared towards the next-generation iPhone SE, according to local sources (via Focus Taiwan). Apple is hoping to build its share of the Indian smartphone market by giving Wistron the majority of the orders for the new iPhone SE, which is said to ship in the first quarter of 2018.
Wistron was targeted as a supplier for the new iPhone SE due to its existing status as a manufacturer for the current iPhone SE, which it officially began assembling in India in May at a plant in Bangalore. That same plant will be the location of assembly for the new iPhone SE as well, and the sources made an unlikely claim that Wistron will target India first when it begins shipping the device to market, and then expand the launch worldwide. Within India, the device will be aimed at customers looking for a cheaper and smaller device.
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The world around us is full of little things and experiences that shape us, our way of thinking, but also how we tackle our work. Influenced by these encounters, every designer develops their unique style and workflow, and studying their artwork — the compositions, geometry of lines and shapes, light and shadows, the colors and patterns1 — can all inspire us to look beyond our own horizon and try something new.
It doesn’t really take much to let your mind wander. Always remember to take a closer look at things around you; you’ll be sure to find inspiration in the little things2. But for now, let’s dig into another collection of brilliant illustrations and photographs.
It looks like AMD’s high-end desktop lineup won’t be limited to XFR-compatible chips after all. While the initial salvo of Threadripper CPUs—the 16-core Threadripper 1950X, 12-core Threadripper 1920X, and 8-core Threadripper 1900X—all sport the telling “X” designation, CPU support pages from several motherboard vendors have tipped off a non-X Threadripper 1920 that AMD hasn’t announced yet.
Tweakers discovered the Threadripper 1920 listed on websites for Asus, Gigabyte, and ASRock. PCWorld was able to confirm the listing on Gigabyte and ASRock’s sites, though Asus has since scrubbed its support page for the $550 ROG Zenith Extreme entirely.
We’re a little over one month out from the expected September unveiling of the ten year anniversary iPhone, which has come to be known as the “iPhone 8” ahead of release. While recent HomePod firmware discoveries have essentially confirmed the iPhone 8’s edge-to-edge design and front-facing sensor bar notch, it’s still unclear how iOS 11 will be incorporated into all of these drastically redesigned hardware upgrades.
New mockups shared by Allen Pike and Max Rudberg this week have taken a look at how these changes might be realized in an iPhone 8 running iOS 11. Particularly, the mockups address one of the more curious additions in the iOS 11 beta: large, banner pieces of text that sit atop apps like Messages, Mail, and the App Store. Pike pointed out that these “Large Title” banners sit below navigation buttons in many of the apps, with plenty of “weirdly empty” white space on current model iPhones.
The Moto Z2 Force is a really good phone, and that has nothing to do with its mods.
Thin? Check. Powerful? Check. Flexible? Check. Durable? Check.
The phone to beat? Hard to tell.
Motorola’s newest premium phone, the Moto Z2 Force, arrives at a strange time. The biggest and best phones of the year are right around the corner, most likely: Samsung’s , the (or, iPhones) and an expected .
Where does that leave the Z2 Force? The sequel to last year’s Z and Z Force phones is thin with a sharp design and very good specs. In several significant ways — processor, camera and display — it’s a step up from the excellent midrange . And, it adds Motorola’s shatter-resistant ShatterShield, a feature that used to be a Verizon exclusive on the older .