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Review: GNews - Google News Reader UWP

Added: 15.02.2019 7:45 | 0 views | 0 comments

The latest in a series of web-scraping super-apps from developer Fetisenko, GNews - Google News Reader UWP presents (as it sounds) the might of Google's news gathering abilities from around the globe, but presented in full dark-themed, carded, glossy form for Windows 10, especially on the AMOLED-screened phones, where the dark theme can save a lot of battery power. It's free, though you do have to skip over the occasional in-line advertorial headlines. A price worth paying, I think...?


Google: Feedback on Project Stream Was 'Super Positive'

Added: 12.02.2019 11:28 | 0 views | 0 comments

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said early feedback on the Project Stream test was super positive and more tests will be conducted in 2019.


‘Pokemon TCG Card Dex’ from The Pokemon Company International has soft launched in Sweden

Added: 05.02.2019 6:09 | 2 views | 0 comments

The Pokemon Company International has quite a few apps on the App Store and Google Play. Unlike the Nintendo published ...

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The Best Google Cardboard Games of 2018

Added: 31.01.2019 11:26 | 3 views | 0 comments

These are VRFocus' favourite videogames from the last 12 months.


Lumia 950 XL/Mate 20 Pro/Pixel 3 XL - all updates in, imaging redone

Added: 20.01.2019 5:22 | 5 views | 0 comments

A few months ago I pitched the (then new) Huawei Mate 20 Pro against the Lumia 950 XL and found that the former's edge enhancement rather ruined the phone's imaging scores against the purity of the classic Lumia. I suggested that software updates were key and Huawei was listening, it seems. The update that hit my Mate 20 Pro a few days ago significantly dials back the horrific image processing that the phone started with. So a re-test was in order, and I've thrown in the Google Pixel 3 XL, which has also had a big 'feature' update in the last few days. It'll be a battle royale, so sit back and let's see how the three flagship camera phones do...


Should You Play Jurassic World Alive?

Added: 30.05.2018 20:43 | 0 views | 0 comments

The trailers for the forthcoming film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hint that dinosaurs are no longer contained in the park and are on the loose in your neighborhoods and houses. Ludia's latest video game, Jurassic World Alive, echoes this premise, as it invites players out into the real world to use their mobile device's GPS to track down dinosaurs on the run. Yes, this game has a lot in common with Pok&eómon Go, but it also builds on the concepts introduced in Ludia's other mobile Jurassic Park and Jurassic World games.
I'm a big fan of Pok&eómon Go (with a level 36 character), and am finding Jurassic World Alive to be every bit as enjoyable in its opening moments. Tracking down new dinosaurs is a good time, and battling dinosaurs is a strategic affair, but I do worry about mid- to late-game progression, which appears to be tied to numerous types of in-game currency.
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The opening hour of play, however, is hassle free. When you boot up the game, you see yourself standing on a map. Ludia uses Google Maps to give players a precise world to explore, right down to building and road placements. Much like Pok&eómon Go's gyms and stops, Jurassic World Alive players will find destinations on the map called supply drops. You'll need to physically walk over to these spots to be able to collect the drop, which contains coins, cash, and darts.
You'll also see various dinosaurs wandering wandering the wilds. You won't see many of them in any particular area. The most I've seen is three in one clickable space, and it's a much wider space than Go. You can click on a dinosaur that is a few blocks away and still engage with it. When you perform this action, you don't capture or battle it. You instead launch a drone into the sky, and are tasked to shoot darts at the dinosaur to retrieve some of its DNA. This action is handled through a timed minigame, which demands precision. You are trying to hit the center of a circle on the dinosaur. The better your aim, the more DNA is extracted. If you miss, the dart will either deflect off of the dinosaur or fall to the street. Again, darts are finite. I haven't run out of them in these early stages of play, but I wonder what would happen if I went for a five-mile walk and captured everything along the way. This minigame is fun, but it takes way too much time to load. From what I can tell, the game is more stable than Go, but it is much slower in its gameplay and interface.
When collect enough DNA from one dinosaur, you can recreate it in the lab and add it to your collection, of which there appears to be 100 different types of track down. If you keep farming the same type of dinosaur, you can level it up. I did this with my stegosaurus, which is now level two. I'll need to collect 150 more DNA samples to evolve it again. Evolving a dinosaur requires gold. The first level for a common stegosaurus cost me five gold. This next level will cost me 10 more.

The dinosaurs are nicely detailed and animated, allowing the user to click on them to watch them roar or swing their tails. Just collecting the beasts is an engaging affair, but their true purpose in this game is battling against other players' dinosaurs. When you collect four different types of beats, you can enter the Proving Grounds to learn how to battle against A.I.-controlled dinos. These fights are turn-based, pushing players to use different attacks and strategies to take down their opponents. Each dinosaur has a set amount of health (based on its level), as well as a variety of attributes for strength, speed, armor, damage, and critical chance. The strategies vary widely between each dinosaur type. My stegosaurus can deal 1.5x damage with its "thagomizer" attack, which also lowers my target's speed by 50 percent for three turns. My einiosaurus can stun opponents, and my velociraptor deals twice as much damage. While only one of your dinosaurs can be on the battlefield at once, you can swap it out at any time to change up your strategies. Again, only four dinosaurs can enter the fray.
Graduating from the Proving Grounds reveals the Fallen Kingdom, the area where you can battle other players and take on other missions. Matchmaking seems to work well, with opponents being found quickly and at the same level. The battles are quite intense, most coming down to one dino left on either side. There's definitely some guess work involved as to what your opponent may do, but using stuns and special attacks at the right times can turn the tide of war in your favor, allowing you to coast to victory in the final moments. Winning rewards you with coins and incubators that take time to open. Incubators hold a random number of darts, dino DNA, and the various forms of currency. You can wait a few minutes or hours to open one, or exchange the in-game cash to unseal it immediately.
I'm going to stick with Jurassic World Alive for a while. It isn't replacing Pok&eómon Go for me, but I can't say no to collecting dinosaurs, especially when it's handled this well. I'm still in the fact-finding stages, and have plenty of questions I need answered. How evil the in-game currency ends up being is a big one. I also want to know if specific dinosaurs are spawning in specific regions or if they are just randomly spawning all over the place. What can I say, I'm a sucker for these types of games, and can't wait to see what Niantic is planning with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.


Sea of Thieves is having a "digital treasure hunt" to win an £80,000 bunch of golden bananas

Added: 11.03.2018 10:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

Rare is ushering in Sea of Thieves' launch on March 20th with a "digital treasure hunt" to win a bunch of golden bananas valued at £80,000.
The four bananas have been forged by celebrated London goldsmiths Smith & Harris, the duo responsible for the so-called Kate Moss Siren. And if you're unfamiliar with the Kate Moss Siren, be aware that it mightn't be something you want to Google while in polite company.
For those that haven't been following Sea of Thieves' development, the banana theme isn't quite as random as it might first appear; in-game, bananas are currently the only item that can restore health, so have a kind of skewed prominence during your swashbuckling escapades.


Anyone knows the mobile game? Waves of Zombies?

Added: 18.08.2017 10:19 | 0 views | 0 comments

I found a game on App Store a few days ago, named Waves of Zombies, a zombie survival game. Maybe can find it on Google Play too. I like the...

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The Mad King of Juice: Inside the Dysfunctional Origins of Juicero

Added: 18.05.2017 18:35 | 0 views | 0 comments

Juicero began in secret. The startup, a sort of Keurig for cold-pressed plant-water—which made headlines for the $120 million in venture capital it secured from the likes of Google and Kleiner-Perkins between 2013 and 2015, and again when it announced its wi-fi-connected countertop appliance would cost a jaw-dropping…


Beta registration is now open for Nexon's upcoming strategy game Total Clash, and you could win a Google Play voucher for participating

Added: 05.04.2017 6:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

Nexon's gearing up to launch Total Clash, a mobile strategy game in a similar vein to Clash of Clans. You know the drill, build a fortress, gather resources, upgrade everything, and battle other players. We've seen it all before.
We haven't had a chance to check this one out yet, but there are some pretty cool perks for signing up to the beta. If you pre-register right now, you could win a Google Play voucher to buy something you might actually play. They're giving 50 away just for signing up.
But if you do so happen to like it, you'll grab a reward each day you sign in during the beta. There are a total of seven rewards being given away, which will give you a sizeable advantage over any players that pick it up on day one.
On top of that, you'll also get a random gift in your mail every day you play as well. Say what you like about Total Clash, but Nexon really knows how to run a pre-registration event!
We'd say it's worth a punt for the chance to win a Google Play voucher alone, but if you're a fan of the genre you really should give this a try. The rewards sure are worth it.
You can pre-register for the beta right now by visiting the .


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