Researchers develop cross-platform app to test for anemia with a single photo

Emory University researchers have developed a cross-platform mobile app which can test anybody for anemia with just one photo of their fingernails.

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LinkDesk’s Devices app for HomeKit lets you control smart accessories using ARKit


It’s no secret that Apple is incredibly bullish on the future of augmented reality, having introduced ARKit 2.0 as part of iOS 12. Now startup LinkDesk is using ARKit to allow you to control your HomeKit accessories.

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Nintendo Switch And Carnival Games Given To Entire Audience At The Ellen DeGeneres Show

As part of its Twelve Days of Giveaways promotion, The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently gave away Nintendo Switch consoles bundled with Carnival Games to the entire audience. WWE wrestler John Cenaappeared alongside talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to announce the giveaway, as shown in the embedded video below. In addition, from now until December 11, anyone who visits ellentube.com can take advantage of a 30 percent discount off Carnival Games at GameStop.

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Fortnite developer planning to launch online game store soon on Mac, rivaling the Mac App Store and Steam


Epic, which is known for making the ever-popular Fortnite online game has today announced that it is launching its own Epic Games store on Mac and PC, soon.

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Eurogamer: Crash Team Racing Remaster Could Be Unveiled At Game Awards 2018

You may have seen that PlayStation Access presenter Hollie Bennett teased the following photo which is related to The Game Awards 2018 on Twitter.

They are Crash Bandicoot coloured dice that would normally be hung up in a car on the rearview mirror. Eurogamer understands that the tease is “the real deal” and will be shown off by Activision during the awards which are happening on Thursday evening. It might be a timed PS4 exclusive like the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.

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Video: V-Rally 4 On Nintendo Switch

Rally fans who own a Nintendo Switch will be pleased to finally see some footage for the forthcoming V-Rally 4 on the Nintendo Switch system. Today, the developers showed off a video of the game running on the platform and also announced that V-Rally 4 will be available on the 13th of December in Europe and a delayed release in North America, as it will arrive there on the 5th of February 2019. Have a watch below.

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Rumour: Swedish Retailer Inet Lists Metroid Prime Trilogy For Nintendo Switch

Update: Thanks to reader Taumi Smaïlaye who says that the listing translated into English from Swedish says the following: ”This product is only a rumour but we think it will likely be revealed at the game awards with release early 2019 (feb?)”

A Swedish retailer named Inet has published a listing for Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Nintendo Switch. With online chatter hinting towards a Metroid Prime 4 reveal at tomorrow’s The Game Awards 2018 a revamped version of the iconic video game trilogy would be most welcome. We shall have to wait and see what transpires on Thursday evening.

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Hulu and DirecTV to start showing ads when users pause content in 2019


Streaming video services and TV providers are always looking at ways to optimize and evolve advertising. Now, a new report from Variety details how and why both Hulu and AT&T plan to use start using new “pause ads” next year.

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Starlink Nintendo Switch Developers Give Advice For Developing On System

Development studio Virtuos, who are no strangers to the Nintendo Switch, have participated in an interview with Geek. In the interview the team has given other developers advice on how best to approach development on Nintendo’s latest platform. The company was behind Starlink: Battle for Atlas and Dark Souls Remasteredon the Nintendo Switch. Here’s what they had to say:

Our best advice: Don’t try to force what worked on other platforms on the Switch. You might need to change your approach to get the most out of the hardware.

Common areas to focus should be data compression, forward vs deferred rendering, vertex processing and a scalable threading model. Teams should also start considering Lotcheck requirements from the beginning, especially for features that involve multiplayer or something non-standard, in order to avoid surprises during the final phase of bug fixing.

Nintendo has a pretty sophisticated online system for creating Lotcheck related documentation, test cases and even automated testing, so take advantage of it. Start preparing these things early, upload a build for automatic test as soon as possible and deal with any issues even before your final crunch. Don’t forget about Amiibo – if you are considering Amiibo, make the decision early so that you have as much time as possible to design and test full support including extreme cases and failure scenarios.

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Trainer Battles In Pokemon GO Will Be Detailed Today

The official Pokemon GO Twitter account has revealed that details regarding the long-awaited trainer battles will be announced today. The company teased that player vs player was finally coming to the game last week, but it is today when the company will divulge all the details.

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Fun Microsoft Surface holiday ad mocks the iPad: ‘my dreams are big so I need a real computer’


Riffing on the tune of ‘Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer’, Microsoft has posted a new ad for the Surface Go which pokes fun at the iPad for not being a real computer …

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Foxconn considering iPhone factory in Vietnam as China trade war uncertainty continues


Apple’s biggest supply chain partner, Foxconn, is looking to start a new facility in Vietnam as a way to hedge against instability and uncertainty in its current production facilities due to the ongoing trade war between China and the US. As reported by Reuters, Vietnamese state media are reporting Foxconn and the Hanoi People’s Committee […]

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D-Link Omna Cam with HomeKit to add arm/disarm feature, summary clips, more


D-Link’s Omna 180 Cam was the first home security camera to support HomeKit, and now D-Link is teasing a handful of new features. The features are detailed in an update the Omna app on iOS, but the actual firmware update to the camera itself still appears to be rolling out.

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Video: Extremely Brief Trailer Teases SSGSS Gogeta For Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

SSGSS Gogeta is officially joining the cast of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 as part of the fighting game’s Extra Pack 4 DLC, which enables fans to witness the ultimate power of Goku and Vegeta’s fused form. Players will also be able to take on the role of the film version of Broly, whose powers have been increased to match or even exceed that of Goku, allowing him to fight with pure battle instinct. To learn more about what’s included in Extra Pack 4, click here and check out the official teaser trailer below:

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First Alert’s Safe & Sound HomeKit smoke alarm adds Alexa Calling & Messaging features, more


First Alert’s Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm was originally unveiled earlier this year, integrating both HomeKit support as well as Alexa. Today, First Alert is rolling out an update to the device that adds some useful Alexa enhancements, but those hoping for AirPlay 2 support will have to continue waiting.

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Gartner: Global smartphone shipments eke minor Q3 2018 growth as next sales boom awaits 5G and foldables


Global smartphone sales increased 1.4 percent YoY as compared to Q3 2017, according to a new report published by Gartner. The report details Apple retaining its 11.8 percent share of the smartphone market, with Samsung losing 3.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Tumblr set to remove all adult content from platform after being removed from the App Store


Earlier this month, Apple removed Tumblr from the App Store after it was found to be serving child pornography. Now, as spotted by The Verge, Tumblr is set to ban all adult content from its platform later this month.

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Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu And Eevee! Uses Silicon Studio’s Yebis 3

Dr. Serkan Toto has mentioned on Twitter that the recently released new entries in the Pokemon franchise use Silicon Studios Yebis 3 middle ware post processing solution. This has in turn seen stock soar an impressive 17.72% in a single day. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee are available right now on the Nintendo Switch eShop and at retail stores near you.

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UK: Nintendo Announces Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle For £279.99

Nintendo UK is launching one of its hottest deals of the year, and just in time for the festive season – a great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle which includes a Nintendo Switch console and a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game download code is available to purchase from the Nintendo Official UK Store now for just £279.99, a saving of £49.99 if purchased separately*. This limited bundle which includes a FREE full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the ideal gift for friends and family looking to rev their engines and race together anytime, anywhere this Christmas. This great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle is also available to purchase across selected retailers from today whilst stocks last.

Comprising a Nintendo Switch console, a pair of Joy-Con controllers (Neon Red/Neon Blue), and a free full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a game which has already to date sold a staggering 11.71 million copies globally, this great value bundle has got everything two players need to start racing right from the get-go**. Up to four players can get in the fun by using additional Joy-Con controllers, sold separately. And because Nintendo Switch can be played anytime, anywhere, with anyone, those races could be on the big TV screen at home, in the back of the car, or wherever else the racers in your life feel like hitting the track.

Available on the Nintendo Official UK Store and across selected retail outlets today whilst stock lasts, the great value Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle – containing a Nintendo Switch console, a pair of Joy-Con controllers, and a free full game download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – is ideal for the gift-giving season.

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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition at Cars and Caffe

This World Record Edition Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, one of just 5 in existence, surprised everyone when it showed up at Cars and Caffe. This is the second one of these WRE Veyrons I’ve seen in person, here’s the first, so I’ve laid eyes on 40% of them.

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That Possible Assassin’s Creed Comet Reveal Was Actually For Batman Arkham Knight DLC

Yesterday we reported that GameStop were planning to reveal something special and they posted an image to accompany the news which looked suspiciously like an Assassin’s Creed protagonist. This led many to believe that Ubisoft were going to reveal the rumoured Assassin’s Creed Comet for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and possibly Wii U. Well it turns out the big surprise was DLC for Batman Arkham Knight for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The DLC contains playable character Red Hood and is a GameStop exclusive.

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ARMS Party Crash Tournament: Spring Man Vs Springtron Begins 7th December

The official ARMS Twitter account has revealed that a brand new ARMS Party Crash event is happening on the 7th of December. This time it is the flexible Spring Man Vs Springtron and it is sure to be an interesting battle. Hopefully the fact that Super Smash Bros Ultimate launches on the Nintendo Switch the same day as the event won’t affect combatants.

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Japan: Samurai Warriors 4 DX Announced For Nintendo Switch

Koei Tecmo has revealed that Samurai Warriors 4 DX is Nintendo Switchbound. This version is dubbed the complete edition and contains a gargantuan amount of free downloadable content included within the package. Japanese Nintendo Switch owners will be able to get hold of the game on the 14th of March 2019. Here’s what the Special Edition includes:

A copy of Samurai Warriors 4 DX for PlayStation 4 or Switch, 64-page art book, Soundtrack and music video set including four CDs featuring background music from the Samurai Warriors series, and four DVDs featuring music videos that mix event scenes with background music from each title, all housed in a special case144-card postcard set featuring illustrations used for “Treasure Box” editions of previous Samurai Warriors titles

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Dragalia Life Comic Strip Issue 38 Available Now

The Dragalia Life comic strip has been updated once again, giving fans another lighthearted look at the mobile game’s narrative and vast array of characters. Titled Egg Breaker Vixel, issue 38 of the ongoing comic-style sequence is now available on the official Dragalia Life website. You can check out the latest entry in its entirety below. To view all the English versions of the Dragalia Life comic strips, click here.

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Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse Getting Physical Version On Nintendo Switch

Shantae fans will be delighted to hear that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is getting a physical release on the Nintendo Switch via Limited Run Games. There will be two physical editions

There will be two versions for the game – the standard edition that opens pre-order on December 7, 2018 at 10am ET, and a Collector’s Edition that will be sold as part of a Limited Run sale.

Those of you wanting the standard edition will have to make up your minds by the 21st of December. More details regarding the Collector’s Edition will be revealed at a later date.

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Senran Kagura Producer Says Next Game Could Take Time Due To Regulations

The Senran Kagura games are no stranger to controversy in recent times and the producer behind the series says that the next game could take even longer to develop due to new regulations regarding sexual depiction. Here’s what Senran Kagura series producer Kenichiro Takaki had to say:

“Recently, worldwide regulations regarding sexual depiction have been getting stronger, and in that respect, we have to make games in a way that they aren’t misunderstood. Certain things are harder than they’ve ever been before. Given that, I think [the game] is going to take some time… We want to make it happen, so right now we’re at a place where we’re thinking about how to do that, and various other things overall.”

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If You Have A Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee Or Pikachu Save, You Can Unlock A Partner Eevee Or Partner Pikachu Spirit In Smash Ultimate

Pokemon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are Nintendo’s big holiday titles. If you have both games, and a save file for the former, then you will unlock a little surprise in Smash Ultimate. If you have Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, you can unlock the Partner Eevee Spirit. Owning Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu unlocks Partner Pikachu Spirit. If you don’t have Pokemon Let’s Go, don’t worry. You can still unlock them by completing challenges. An official tweet about the matter can be seen down below.

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In Super . Ultimate, those with save data for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! will unlock the Partner Pikachu Spirit, and those with save data for , Eevee! will unlock the Partner Eevee Spirit! They can be unlocked by completing challenges too!

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Video: A Look At Gear.Club Unlimited 2 On Nintendo Switch

Racing fans are gearing up for Gear.Club Unlimited 2 which launches on Nintendo Switch this coming Tuesday courtesy of Eden Games. One person who has test driven the game before release is NintenDaan who has produced the following video showcasing what to expect from the first couple of tracks that you’ll play through on release. Check out the fast-paced action below.

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