Electronic Arts has revealed that NBA Live 18 will feature both the current teams and rosters of the WNBA. Although the Women's National Basketball Association has existed for over 20 years and legends like Lisa Leslie and Sue Bird have appeared in EA's NBA Street, no game has allowed you to play with the full squads of the L.A. Sparks, Dallas Wings, New York Liberty, or any of the other WNBA teams until this year. This follows EA's inclusion of women's teams in the FIFA series, which began with FIFA 16.
NBA Live 18 is scheduled for release on PS4 and Xbox One this fall. A free demo on PS4 and Xbox One is scheduled for release on August 11, 2017 although it won't feature the WNBA content.
Better late than never, as they say. Google has brought the Motion Stills App to Android users. The app, which has been available since June of 2016 on iOS, allows users to transform their Live Photos into GIFs and longer videos. One good thing about android users having to wait is that they can record new clips within the app, something the iOS app doesn't offer.
A second added feature, called “Fast Forward,” allows users to “speed up and condense” up to 60 seconds of video into a shorter clip, complete with video stabilization. Users can change the playback speed (from 1x to 8x) after recording a clip.
Motion Stills is available to download for free on Google Play. Google encouraged users to share their creations on social media using the hashtag #motionstills.
Apple users have been eagerly awaiting the newest iOS software update, as it always brings some fresh and fun items with it. The newest update will feature some brand new emojis to spice up your text conversations.
The new emojis will reportedly include such things as dinosaurs, sandwiches and coconuts, but they will also include emojis that are way more progressive. The new update is said to include a woman breastfeeding and a woman wearing a hijab/headscarf.
In 2015, Apple unveiled different skin tones for their human-like emojis, after receiving backlash for a lack of diversity in the text message enhancers.
Netflix says it added more US customers in the last quarter than it has since 2011. The company is now up to 103.95 million subscribers worldwide, up 5.2 million from last count.
The company has also topped 50 million paying customers in the US alone, and anticipates "the first ever annual contribution profit from our international segment" in Q3. Overall it's rosy news for the streaming service, which plans to debut 40 movies this year.
Pokemon fans have a lot to celebrate this month as the widely popular mobile game, Pokemon Go, turn one this month. To celebrate this occasion, Niantic launched a new event that will allow players to capture a special Pikachu for a limited time.
From now through July 24, players will have the chance to encounter and capture Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat from the Pokemon animated series. In addition, players will have the option to purchase a special Anniversary Box in the game’s store, containing Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass. This Anniversary Box will only be available for a limited time.
.Fans of the game have more than in-game content to look forward to. Several more events are scheduled to take place throughout the summer, including a real-world event called Pokemon Go Fest, which takes place in Chicago on July 22. The event has sold out but more are being planned.
Pokemon Go is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The game has been downloaded more than 750 million times, and it has driven more than 500 million visits to sponsored PokeStops, such as Starbucks restaurants and Sprint stores, since its launch.
We all heard rumors about Nintendo debuting a Super NES classic, but now we can officially report that the SNES Classic is real, and it's coming on Sept. 29.
Like it predecessor, the NES Classic, the SNES Classic will be a miniature version on the original console pre-loaded with many classic games. According to reports, the system will have a price tag of $79.99 and will come with
SNES era games and two SNES style controllers.
Here's the full list of confirmed games:
If you want to get your hands on the SNES Classic, you may want to pre-order if you get a chance. Last year when the NES Classic debuted, it was one of the most hard to find items of the Christmas season.
When it comes to smart phones, Google's Android system is far and away the most popular operating system and has the most variety of styles. Despite this fact, Virgin Mobile, a prepaid cell service powered by Sprint, is moving away from Androids completely. Beginning June 27, the carrier will only carry Apple's iPhone.
In an effort to entice would-be iPhone owners over to Sprint’s sub-brand, Virgin Mobile is offering customers 12 months of unlimited talk, text, and data for just $1. After the year is up, the plan will revert to the normal rate of $50 per month.
“There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else,” Virgin said in a blog post. “At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone. Because life in the Inner Circle is about living big, expanding your horizons and pursuing your passions. And it starts with an iPhone you’ll adore.”
It was not too long ago that Virgin did not have a strong relationship, in fact in 2015 they stopped selling iPhone completely. The company just weren't selling enough to keep the phone in stock. They are hoping that this time will yield better results.
Although Virgin Mobile calls its plan unlimited, there are some caveats. If you go over 23GB a month, your data service may be “deprioritized.” Additionally, video streams will be capped at 480p, while roaming is capped at 800 minutes and 100MB of data.
You’ll have to sign up before July 31 in order to take advantage of the deal.
Reply threads on Facebook are about to get a lot more animated. To mark the 30th anniversary of the GIF format, all users will get the new GIF comment button that Facebook began testing three months ago. Facebook also announced that almost 13 billion GIFs were sent on Messenger over the past year, with 400 million GIFs sent just on New Year’s Day 2017.
The GIF button lets people search and post GIFs from different services, like Giphy and Tenor, directly in the comments box (on desktop browsers, the GIF button also displays trending GIFs, just like in Facebook Messenger).
Facebook added GIF support two years ago, but until now users had to enter the URL of a GIF hosted somewhere else. The GIF button makes the process a lot easier, especially on mobile. It’s currently only available for comments, but Facebook may eventually also make it available for News Feed posts because user demand for GIFs shows no signs of abating.
Facebook reportedly had support for GIFs ready for years before it was finally added, but was hesitant to deploy it because of the visual impact it would have on the News Feed. Despite the company’s initial reluctance, however, users kept finding workarounds to post GIFs. The lack of GIF support also gave other services like Imgur an advantage. Now Facebook has started embracing News Feeds with “richer” (some would say busier) media and in addition to GIFs, that includes auto-play videos and colored statuses.
For fun and to mark the anniversary of when GIFs were first introduced by CompuServe in 1987, Facebook is also running a poll asking users how GIF is pronounced, a debate that continues to rage on even though the creator of GIF, Steve Wilhite, has already declared his allegiance to the soft G.
The Pirate Bay has been one of the top torrent hub websites for years, and while the founders have long since been shut down, the site continues to be reborn time after time. Law enforcement in the US and across Europe have constantly targeted the site and have been successful at shutting it down for brief periods of time, but now European courts hope they can finally land a fatal blow.
In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) told Dutch ISPs today (June 14) that they must block access to The Pirate Bay because it facilitates an "act of communication" by allowing users to obtain pirated material.
The case has been ongoing since 2009, after Dutch anti-piracy group Stichting Brein (BREIN) took action against local ISPs Ziggo and XS4ALL. In 2012, the District Court of The Hague ruled that the providers must block customers from accessing The Pirate Bay, but Ziggo and XS4ALL successfully overturned the decision two years later. The case was then referred to the Supreme Court before it eventually ended up at the European Court of Justice.
While judges accepted that content submitted to The Pirate Bay is placed online by users and that it doesn't physically host illegal media, they did say that it does "play an essential role in making those works available." Because the site's operators index files, provide a search engine and categorize content, users are quickly able to locate the files they wish to download.
Today's ruling is the second judgement in as many months that focuses on platforms that facilitate the distribution of illegal content. In April, the CJEU confirmed that the sale of hardware that come pre-loaded with add-ons -- including so-called Kodi boxes -- constitutes copyright infringement. Both cases are expected to set precedents that will allow rightsholders to enact similar blocks in local courts across Europe, even if providers are likely to circumvent any blocks placed on their services.
Satellite radio firm SiriusXM said Friday it has agreed with Pandora to make a $480 million strategic cash investment in the personalized online radio service.
The cash purchase of Pandora stock will give the satellite radio company a 19 percent stake in Pandora, which has been on the block for some time. The deal includes a provision to curb SiriusXM’s ability to take over the entire company, at least for now, by limiting SiriusXM from acquiring more than 31.5 percent of Pandora without the approval of the Pandora board.
The deal announced on Friday includes an agreement for the two companies to work together on internet streaming on mobile devices and in cars. For Sirius XM—part of the constellation of companies controlled by Liberty Media—the new stake in Pandora will give it an important toehold in a number of businesses, including ad-supported radio and particularly internet radio.
The news sent Pandora shares up 6.4 percent to nearly $9.00. SiriusXM was basically flat.