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Month: February 2018

Chrono Trigger for Android gets update, is a little less awful

Droid Gamers Chrono Trigger, one of the greatest games of all time, got a very flawed port to Android back in 2012. Slightly updated in 2014, the game just recently got a complete set of updates that fixed a lot of issues. Many flaws remain, and reviewers are longing for a true, 1-to-1 port of the original. Chrono Trigger is one of the greatest video games of all time, for any console, of any genre, in any decade. This isn’t just us saying that.It’s practically set in stone by the gaming community. You can imagine if the game got messed with in any capacity, there would be a lot of angry nerds. It would be like the Special Editions of the original Star Wars trilogy all over again. That’s exactly what publisher Square Enix did in 2012, when it released a port of Chrono Trigger to Android phones via the Google Play Store. It was, shall we say, not too well received. Editor’s Pick 5 best Nintendo DS emulators for Android The Nintendo DS is among the most popular handheld consoles of all time. Its iconic value is right up there with that of the Game Boy and the PSP. There were some amazing games for … Poor sound, forced aspect ratios, a hard-to-read font, and little-to-no support for gamepads were the chief complaints from reviewers when the 2012 port popped up...

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'Part Time UFO' Review – It Works Hard for Its Money

For many years, mobile gamers dreamed the impossible dream of having Nintendo games on their platform of choice. When that dream finally, improbably, came true, it didn’t come in the form that many of those players had hoped for. There are a lot of factors to consider when thinking about why Nintendo’s mobile efforts are what they are, but regardless of the why, the fact remains that they’re not quite the same as what the company puts out on its own hardware. Well, HAL Laboratory isn’t Nintendo, but they’re quite close in a lot of ways. If you were one of those people looking for a Nintendo-like experience on your mobile device, you may find that HAL’s latest release, Part Time UFO [$3.99], scratches the itch nicely. HAL Laboratory did have a life before Nintendo, primarily making games for computers such as the Commodore VIC-20 and the MSX. But it’s best known for its work that came out of its partnership with the console giant. Games like Kirby’s Dream Land, EarthBound, Super Smash Bros., and Pokemon Snap were all developed hand-in-hand with Nintendo, and wunderkind programmer and once-head of HAL Laboratory, Satoru Iwata, eventually became Nintendo’s president. It’s a little strange to see HAL doing work on non-Nintendo platforms again, but I suppose if even Nintendo itself is doing it, it’s not that strange. Most of HAL’s games since...

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Improve Your Online Sales Strategy with Sellfy Pro

If you’ve come up with a winning digital product then congratulations, you’re already more of a creative than most of us. No sarcasm implied, and only a touch of jealousy. Now it’s time to start watching the money roll in, but how are you going to sell your product? Here are some ideas: Stick it on eBay with 90% of the worlds tat; Pay a techy-type half your profits to build and manage an online store for you; or Spend dozens of hours learning to build your own online store, then panic when it starts quoting prices in gold coins (return to idea no.2). Here’s a better idea: Sellfy Pro. Sellfy is a personalised online storefront for your digital wares which can be up and running in just minutes. We’re throwing some light on it today because right now you can sign up for a fixed fee as low as $29.99. ‘An affordable and beautiful storefront for selling digital products to an established audience.‘ 4.6/5 Stars – Ecommerce Platforms Ok full disclosure, there’s also a transaction charge of 2% when you make a sale. Mind you, that’s peanuts compared to the costs of having your own store set up. And while you may be paying peanuts, you’re not getting monkeys. Sellfy Pro do everything for you, and we mean everything. Here are the highlights: Showcase your product from all the...

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Sony, we deserve more than a copied HTC design

This is what we’ve been waiting for? A Sony-made HTC U11? The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are two of the nicest phones at MWC this year. Just like every other high-end device made by the company, both phones come with top-of-the-line specs, beautiful displays, and some impressive new camera features. The biggest news with the XZ2 line isn’t what’s under the hood — rather, it’s the hood itself. Ever since the Xperia Z, pretty much every Sony phone has looked the same. The gigantic bezels above and below the display and angular design were defining features of the Xperia lineup, and that wasn’t always a negative thing. Back in 2013, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t find the Xperia Z line attractive. Back in 2013, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t find the Xperia Z line attractive. Smartphone design drastically changed in 2017, when OEMs started adopting taller 18:9 displays and shrinking bezels. We were introduced to smartphones like the Galaxy S8 and Essential Phone which really stood out with their sleek, nearly bezel-less designs. Sony obviously needed to change up its four-year-old design to keep up with the competition. We all knew it had to be done. Then word got out the company was actually going to do something, and I was hyped. I always wanted to like Sony’s phones so badly, but the lack...

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Google will teach you about AI and machine learning for free

Google Google created a new site that it hopes will be a hub of information for artificial intelligence and machine learning. On the site is a crash course on the two subjects, that Google initially developed for its employees. In the future, the company hopes the site will expand with more courses and information, all free for everyone. These days, you can’t open a tech blog without seeing headlines about artificial intelligence and machine learning (there is a difference). Google knows that many folks don’t have a clue how these technologies work, even people in technology industries where AI and machine learning are going to be incredibly useful, such as app development. To combat this, Google launched a new site called Learn with Google AI. This information hub will be a place where people can “learn about core ML concepts, develop and hone your ML skills, and apply ML to real-world problems.” The site is technical in nature, but it is intended to be a resource for everyone, from advanced researchers to total beginners. But the crown jewel of the site is the Machine Learning Crash Course. When Google first started pursuing ML/AI technologies, it created the MLCC as an internal resource for its employees. Now the company has posted the entire, 15-hour course online for free, available for anyone to take. Editor’s Pick Machine learning is already a...

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