Fighting video games, "Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS" and "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U," collectively known as "Super Smash Bros. 4" is welcoming a new playable character in the person of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7. Nintendo made the announcement during last week's Nintendo Direct. According to a report in IGN, the announcement came as a surprise mainly because Final Fantasy 7 has not appeared in any Nintendo systems before, so seeing one of its protagonists in the game is a first.
The trailer that was shown during the broadcast showed off Cloud's gameplay features which includes limit breaks, an Odin summon and another costume that harks back to Cloud's Advent Children look. One of the fight scenes featured in the trailer showcased a stage that looks like one from the city of Midgar, a familiar setting in the Final Fantasy 7. According to the report, Nintendo has not yet revealed when this character and setting will come to the game.
According to another report in Tech Times, "Super Smash Bros." has more to watch out for in December as the final Nintendo Direct in December will be focusing the episode on the game again. If fans go by how previous episodes went, the coming Direct may also feature the announcement of other characters. For example, Nintendo has not yet released the results of the online fan ballot for the characters that fans want to see in the game. more >>
After Samsung unveiled its newest processor, the Exynos 8890, another piece of news has started circulating about when the Korean manufacturer will likely unveil its next line of flagship smartphones. According to a report in Tech Times, a February 2016 launching of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may be in the works.
If reports are true, Samsung will make the announcement one day before the start of the yearly Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The MWC 2016 officially starts on February 22. This follows the pattern of unveiling that Samsung did last year, when it unveiled the S6 and the S6 Edge also at the MWC.
According to the report, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge brought about changes in the way Samsung built its flagships. It signaled the start of the use of more premium materials such as metal and glass and ditching the old plastic design that previous Samsung phones used. When it comes to the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, Samsung is expected to continue the use of premium materials and with the Exynos 8890, the premium look will also come with high-end specs. more >>
The tablet wars continue to wage now that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has been released and Apple's iPad Air 3 is coming out soon.
The newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is already being pitted against the upcoming Apple iPad Air 3. While customers already know the specs and features of the Tab S2, they have yet to come across the confirmed specs of the next iPad, according to Christian Today.
The Galaxy Tab S2 boasts of a slim body that is only 5.6 millimeters thick and weighs just 392 grams. It has a plastic back panel and metal frame, Live Mint reports. The iPad Air 3, on the other hand, is rumored to be 5 millimeters thick. If the rumors prove to be true, it would definitely trump its Samsung competitor. more >>
Google has informed developers that it will start labeling ad-supported apps listed at the Play Store as part of its Designed for Families program.
In the note sent to developers recently, Google said Android apps with in-app purchases will be labeled in its official listings at the Play Store. Starting Jan. 11, 2016, developers will be required to register to the Play Developer Console and declare their ad-containing apps, according to Tech Times.
Google announced the Designed for Families program in April and it was implemented in June. The said program is part of Google's Play Store dedicated to kid-friendly apps. The program originally covered apps for this year, but Google has decided to extend the program until the first quarter of 2016. The requirement will include apps with third-party ad networks, native ads, banner ads, and display ads, the report explains. more >>
At first, all is calm along the White Salmon River in Washington State, its roughly 100-year-old Condit Dam doing its job to maintain a reservoir.
Then blaring sirens sound, signaling that the dam has outlived its purpose and river restoration is on the agenda.
With a shout of "fire in the hole" the thundering noise of explosives is heard followed by a cloud of dirt and a rush of water as the reservoir is broken. more >>
The action role-playing video game "Xenoblade Chronicles X," pronounced as "Xenoblade Cross," is now available for pre-orders, according to a report in Tech Times. The game's publisher, Nintendo, has allowed the digital version of the game to be available for pre-purchase through the Wii eShop. The digital version of the game consists of four loading packs, which Nintendo promises to be easy to use for those who purchase it.
The pre-order announcement also came with a new video trailer for the game. The game is set for release on December 4 for North America and Europe and December 5 for Australia.
Among the four loading packs is the 2 GB Basic Pack which is said to be "very effective." It is said to contain the game's basic data, like the game's frequent terrain elements which will "hasten the load up process within Planet Mira, as well as the individual cities." more >>