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.
Electronic Arts kicked off E3 2017 with a brand new Madden NFL story mode starring Mahershala Ali and ended with a very, very long look at Star Wars Battlefront II's multiplayer. In between was A Way Out, a split-screen prison break game from the creators of Brothers, a very fast and furious new Need for Speed, and a tease of Bioware’s new sci-fi franchise, Anthem, which we should learn more about tomorrow.
There were, alas, no Sims this year.
via The Verge
Online gaming will be available for Nintendo Switch owners starting in 2018, and just like XBox and Playstation, it's gonna cost you. The service will launch at with a $20 a year price tag, which is fairly reasonable compared to the competition.
The great news for Switch owners is that online play will continue free of cost until the official launch in 2018. After that the $20 price tag kicks in, or you can choose to pay monthly at a cost of $3.99 or three months for $7.99.
In addition to multiplayer access, the new subscription service also opens up eShop deals, meaning members will get money off new games bought through Nintendo’s digital download platform. Also included in that fee is access to classic games from Nintendo’s back catalog, updated with multiplayer support and playable on the new console. Nintendo had originally indicated that these games would only be available for download for a month at a time, similar to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service, but the company today confirmed that all the games under this umbrella would be available for all subscribers in a library.
At launch, the service will only carry NES games, although it is unknown at this time which one will be available. Down the road, Nintendo is open to possibly adding SNES games as well.