‘Jurassic Park Alive’ Brings Dinosaurs To The Real World

Augmented reality games are taking mobile app stores by storm this year as franchises like Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, Maguss, and now Jurassic Park.

Players will assume the role of a Dinosaur Protection Group (DPG) member tasked with saving dinosaurs from a second extinction.

Unlike other AR games that require the user to travel in the real world, ‘Alive’ will let players send out a drone to collect DNA samples.

The game will take on a realistic approach to collecting dinosaurs with players using location-based technology to track and observe dinosaurs habits in their natural habitats.

Users Collect rare and powerful breeds of dinosaur by flying a virtual drone in-game, and collecting DNA samples to maintain a full roster of dinosaurs in hand.

Battles will take place between dinosaur ‘strike teams’.

Collectible items will come in the form of supply drops which will contains in-game currency or things like battery life for the drone.

The game is set to release this spring according to a trailer released by Ludia, the developer of the game.

Interested dinosaur wranglers can pre-register here.

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Snap, Inc. Stocks Plummet $1.3 Billion After Kylie Jenner Leaves App

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Snap, Inc. (SNAP) stocks closed down 6% Thursday after a tweet from Kylie Jenner, suggested she no longer uses the titular app, went viral.

The percentage drop decreased Snap’s market value by $1.3 billion dollars.

This drop comes after a noticeable rollercoaster of market value in Snap after the newest update left users of the app unhappy and crying for a revert to the previous user interface.

“Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.”

The tweet by Jenner suggested that she didn’t use the app anymore because of the new interface changes, something that caused over 1.2 million users to petition against.

In a second tweet, Jenner comments that Snapchat is still her first love.

Snapchat is set to release an update that will make the app easier to use by using tabs in the Discover and Friends portions of the app.

Snap closed out at 4.65 percent with market price valuing at 18.00 after hours on Friday.

Will AI Replace Journalists?

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In the rapidly growing field of Artificial Intelligence, it’s hard to determine exactly what AI is capable of, but we know it is capable of many complicated and advanced tasks.

Just recently we witnessed the AI human who got Saudi Arabian citizenship and who claimed to want to kill the human race in an interview.

Some routine or simple jobs are already being replaced by the new technology, easing up simple manual labor but also putting some white-collar workers at risk of layoffs.

When it comes to journalism, writers tend to think they are safe from the clutches of artificial intelligence, but that may not be the case in the future.

Recent progress in AI has seen the increase of natural language generation (Think Alexa, or Google Home) and this type of technology could eventually help artificial intelligence write hundreds of articles a day.

UK news agency Press Association already uses this technology to create 30,000 localized news stories every month.

Unlike Alexa, Siri, and Google Home, this news based AI works together with humans to create articles based on data that is fed to it.

The Press Association project is known as RADAR – Reporters and Data and Robots – and relies on data sets from government, local authorities, and public services.

No news office can handle writing 250 localized, but this automation technology could handle it, and without taking any journalists job.

Human journalists are still very much needed in the still growing field and as journalism transitions to being mostly online based, humans are needed to make crucial decisions in the article writing process.

The hope for this technology, which is set to be available to other local UK news organizations, will mostly be used as a building block to creating local content.

Local journalism has taken a hit recently as online journalism becomes the standard, but without local journalism, who will keep local authorities responsible for their actions?

That is the idea behind this artificial technology, not to take jobs, it is meant to be a savior for local news organizations who have refused to adapt to technological change.

Rest assured, journalists are safe for now.

 

Review: Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

It is a true wonder when a mobile game impresses the gaming community, but that is exactly what happened when Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition was released on mobile devices just a week ago.

What began as a ‘do we really need this’ became a ‘this is truly a great portable edition of Final Fantasy XV’.

Honestly, who knew that the gaming community needed a 3DS-like ‘demake’ of an already great console (and now PC edition) game but it proves to be a great option for those who haven’t played Final Fantasy XV or those who just want to play through the game again portably.

GAMEPLAY

One thing players will notice about Pocket Edition is cutscenes are nearly perfectly recreated, though now in the ‘chibi’ graphic style.

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Players of the console edition of the game will feel right at home, with dialogue between characters copied word for word, complete with voice acting for nearly every text bubble.

Banter between characters is still funny and an important piece of the story and atmosphere.

Movement has been reduced to just tapping or holding onto a point on the screen but somehow it works, especially in battle.

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Though simplified, the battle system in Pocket Edition feels right. Attacks are automatic once you target an enemy with Noctis’ warp ability returning, and the having the camera facing down, you can see exactly what you are doing at all times, which is a breath of fresh air fom the hectic camera system in FF XV.

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Areas of the game are fairly large for a mobile game, though it certainly isn’t open-world.

Outside of battles players will explore areas looking for barrels to smash, or sand piles to grab items out of. Exploration is still fun, with features like camping returning.

Of course, Ignis’ cooking sessions have returned as well.

The first time I saw Ignis snap his finger and exclaim, “I’ve come up with a new recipe,” I smiled, knowing I was about to embark on another adventure with Noctis and gang.

GRAPHICS

The game is still beautiful, though everything has been shrunk down to ‘chibi’ size.

With graphic settings set to high, light blooms seep onto the scene, colors are deeper, but even with settings set to low, it feels like playing a 3DS game, which is an amazing feat for mobile.

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Battles are still action packed with effects and characters all working flawlessly.

I experienced almost no lag, though there were a few slowdowns in some areas when transitioning from one place to the next, though it isn’t always noticeable.

The game runs in 30fps by default but I found playing in 60fps was a more enjoyable experience personally.

SOUND

Everything is nearly identical to the console version in the sound department. Music, sound effects, dialogue, its nearly perfectly adapted to the mobile edition.

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Hearing ‘Somnus’ play on the main menu when opening up the game was a nice touch, and instantly made me want to play through the game again.

One noticeable difference is right in the beginning scene. When Noctis and the gang are pushing the car along the road, I expected ‘Stand by Me’ to start playing but instead another song began to play, with no lyrics.

It’s a small complaint but the only noticeable one during my playthrough of the game.

SUMMARY

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is a great feat for mobile gaming. It is a true Final Fantay experience that feels just like a 3DS remake of FF XV, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

It doesn’t feel like mobile game. I never once thought, ‘I’m playing on my phone right now’. Most of the time I was too engrossed in the game to worry about what device I was playing on.

Essentially, they recreated the entire game for mobile devices. Everything is intact, including cutscenes.

It is certainly an enjoyable experience for the price and definitely worth the investment.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is available to try for free. The full game is $19.99 for all 10 chapters.

New Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer Confirms Monsters, Inc. World

In a new trailer, developer Square Enix finally confirmed another Pixar world that will be in the upcoming release of Kingdom Hearts 3, Monsters, Inc.

Complete with monster forms for each of the main characters, Sora, Donald, and Goofy can be seen meeting Sully and Mike and their little human friend, Boo.

Also in the trailer are reveals and hints towards a renewed Organization 13 and a glimpse of Vanitas approaching Sora in a cutscene from the game.

The game is supposedly still on track for a 2018 release with rumors panning the game towards a Holiday 2018 release, in time for the 13th anniversary of the titular series.

Review: Final Fantasy Dissidia: Opera Omnia

Even with a title that makes little sense and proves to be a mouthful, Final Fantasy Dissidia: Opera Omnia proves to be a shining title on mobile app stores just a week after its release in the United States.

The game features over 25 notable Final Fantasy characters so far with updates seeming to come at a fairly quick pace.

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Like other mobile games of the same nature, it runs off of quests that allow for a 3 character party to bring into battle. Various spots on the world map open up at a time with more opening as the story progresses.

Each spot either contains a story progression spot, or just a random enemy battle, with bosses interspersed towards the end of each “island” on the world map.

The battle system is what really makes Opera Omnia shine, however, with a strategic and turn-based style with added flair.

Battles work like classic RPG systems, turn-based but Opera Omnia has added new twists.

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The player will now have to deplete the enemies Bravery (brv) before they can inflict damage on the opponent. Once the opponents bravery has been lowered or broken, the player can inflict HP attacks, allowing for damage to be dealt.

The upside, players also have bravery, meaning enemies must first deplete that before characters can sustain damage, sometimes giving players an extra layer of protection against strong attacks.

STORY

The story follows a meager moogle (that’s a mouthful) and it’s mission to band together the best warriors from multiple universes to fight back against Torsions that have been opening across the games various islands. These torsions threaten the entire world, including the universes that each of the characters originally belong too, giving each character a motive to fight alongside strangers against the darkness brewing in the games universe.It’s not the most intricate or deep story, but nobody asked for a mobile game to contain a AAA story, it just has to be fun, and Omnia definitely is.

GAMEPLAY

Gameplay is standard fair for games of its type on mobile, there’s no open-world to explore. Instead you tap around on nodes on the world map to navigate to different battles or dialogue sequences.

The game mostly centers around battles with dialogue in between. Chat sequences of course either reveal a character or further the story. The balance of the two is well done.

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The battle system is the main focus of the game. The refreshing new bravery system is nice and the strategy it adds makes the usual RPG fair exciting and fast.

SOUND

The usual Final Fantasy soundtrack can be heard in certain moments in the game. Gone is the prologue song usually played at the beginning of each entry, but an original soundtrack replaces it.

It does the job, its not as catchy or exciting as the soundtrack for Brave Exivus, but it does the job, and does it well.

GRAPHICS

The game isn’t beautiful by any means, but it’s nice to look at. The graphics are akin to 3DS graphics, with characters taking on chibi-like forms.

Light rays come from the top of the screen in grassy plains, and cutscenes are done well with characters taking on their respective traits, armor, and weapons.

OVERALL

Opera Omnia is a wonderful mobile experience, especially when waiting for Final Fantasy 15: Pocket Edition. It has all your favorite FF characters such as Cloud, Tifa, and Warrior of Light from FF1.

The gameplay is addictive, with co-op quests to participate in when you’re done playing alone for a while.

With planned updates and more characters added, Final Fantasy fans will enjoy the experience.

Overall, the game is a unique take on the typical RPG battle system with added features and graphics alike to a 3DS game.

Tile: No Longer Just For Floors

Lost or misplaced items are a hassle.

They have been known to make people late, stressed out, and they can, in severe cases, be life-altering. But now you can keep track of those important items with a platform called Tiles.

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The app is designed to be paired with small “Tiles” using Bluetooth technology, which can be tracked directly from your Smartphone. Simply attach a tile to whatever you think might become lost and forget about it, literally.

The Tile app, when triggered, will send a signal to the specified tile which will then emit a beeping sound. It can be a revelation to those who can’t keep an eye on their keys, purse, anything you occasionally misplace.

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Since the app and corresponding Tiles use standard Bluetooth, you’ll have to be within 100-200 feet to trigger the beep.

So, for those thinking of putting it on the collar of any pesky dogs, think again. However, since the app uses a proximity indicator telling you when you get closer, maybe that’s not such a bad idea after all.

If, by chance, someone finds themselves out of range and unable to track their tagged possessions, they may still be in luck. By using “crowd GPS”, a function that utilizes virtually all phones which have downloaded the app, a user can report the lost item and any nearby user’s app will send an anonymous update to the item’s owner. Scavenger hunts may never be the same.

The Tiles associated with the app can be purchased as single units for $35 or $60 for a pack of two. Batteries within the Tiles cannot be replaced but, according to past users, they typically last for a year.

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Existing users can take advantage of the ReTile program, where one can send out their depleted Tile and receive a new one for $25.

If those car keys won’t stay put, that purse likes to go missing, or you just want to make a preemptive strike to keep prized possessions where you know where to find them, this might be the ultimate app for your smartphone.

Solar Powered Speaker Makes Tunes Green

By Josh Cardiff

Music can have powerful and positive effects on the human condition, but what’s the point of music if we don’t have a sustainable planet on which to listen upon? Introducing the California Roll, and we’re not talking about sushi.

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It is the first solar-powered speaker that combines 3D sound quality with voice-activated technology, a device that might change the way people listen to music forever, not to mention anything else they want to hear.

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From audiobooks and podcasts, to lectures, anything that can be played through a normal speaker can be played through the California Roll, with no need for traditional power sources.

The California Roll is produced by Lemon, an innovative young company based out of California, founded by Vincent Dupontreue, who admitted that his hatred for tangled wires and lack of sockets when traveling is where the idea was born. His product is far from the only device to implement this technology, even if it was the first. However, it’s other functions, versatility, and sleek design make for a product that may change the future one song at a time.

On top of it’s already coveted design features, the California Roll boasts multiple functions, some that may be worth the pricetag alone. It can be used as a power bank, meaning it can successfully charge any supporting devices, such as Smartphones and Vape-pens, via the sun. Now that’s hot!

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The new technology supports Bluetooth, multi-connection, and an advanced pairing system. It is also shockproof, temperatureproof and completely waterproof. This thing, in theory, could bounce along the steep inclines of the Grand Canyon, fall into the Colorado River below, and bake in the sun for hours, all without harming it.

Fans of music and green technology alike, along with anyone trying to purchase a product that is built to last, may just find everything they need in the California Roll.

“Our team cares about the quality of the music but also about the environment. In this day and age, opting for green technology should be the norm,” Lemon’s mission statement says. “By choosing solar panels, our mission is to bring forward great sound without damaging the environment.”

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Green technology is possibly the only solution to an ever-growing problem, as masses continue to increase the carbon footprint on Earth, a dilemma many companies are trying to solve. Green technology and people’s love for tunes can, now more than ever, go hand in hand with products such as solar-powered speakers.

 

The Fidget Diaries: Day 2, Full-Time Job

Time to Work

Not much has happened today in-game. I leveled up to 21, one inch forward to finally getting the fortress at level 25 and up some ranks in the leaderboards. In order to fuel my alcoholic questing, I took on a 10-hour guard position to gain 40 gold coins. I managed to defeat some people in the arena Capture