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In recent years, Nintendo has used the Electronic Entertainment Expo as a platform to preach the word of Wii U multiplayer gaming. Nintendoland, in particular, was the test case for a new era of couch play revolving around the console’s controversial, screen-loaded GamePad. You’ll want to play one-versus-four games all the time with our new tablet-ish controller, the company insisted!
The most shocking thing about Nintendo at this year’s E3, then, is the stubborn company’s choice to publicly kiss that spiel goodbye. Nintendo veteran Shigeru Miyamoto may have whispered about GamePad-centric experiments yesterday, but the company shouted something else by devoting its show floor to two big multiplayer, online-friendly offerings—and tremendous ones, at that.
Third-person shooter Splatoon, a brand-new IP about shooting paintballs and transforming into squids, joined fan favorite series Super Smash Bros. to control over half of Nintendo’s E3 booth space. Our play sessions with both revealed a one-two punch of multiplayer fun that the Wii U desperately needs, unique to Nintendo not because of GamePad gimmicks but because of Nintendo’s design chops.
With a recent high-profile buyout to the tune of $2 billion, you might think Facebook and Oculus are expecting the forthcoming release of the first consumer-targeted Rift VR headset to be an immediate, multimillion-selling, console-level success. But in an E3 interview with Ars Technica, Oculus CEO Brandan Iribe scaled back expectations, saying that he's conservatively hoping for just north of a million units in sales over the life of the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift.
It's not going to be a console-scale market, Iribe continued, regarding that first consumer unit, which still doesn't have an official price or release window. It always could be, but that's not the goal. The goal is to set expectations low, get the enthusiasts and early adopters to get into the space, get their feedback, get developers making really great content...
It's only after that first consumer version has been out for a year or two that Oculus will be ready to release its second consumer version, Iribe says. That's when he sees VR and the Rift really starting to reach their full potential, market-wise. That's when we'll get these incredible, holy grail games, the killer app for VR, he said. And that's when we think the scale will really goal, and hopefully you'll get many millions of people into VR, playing great games and other stuff.
Automatically updating Android apps could get riskier thanks to a change Google developers have made to the way the OS discloses new app permissions, such as the ability to send potentially costly text messages or track a user's precise geographic location.
Previously, automatically updated apps displayed explicit details when a new version gained additional privileges. For example, an app that previously tracked only coarse GPS coordinates would warn users if an update would begin receiving fine coordinates. Similarly, a newly assigned ability to send SMS messages would also be disclosed. Under changes implemented through the latest Play store app, neither new privilege is displayed if a user has previously accepted any other permission in the same category as the new permission. In other words, by accepting one permission from a category, users agree that every other permission in that category can be added without notification in future updates.
The change is an attempt by Google to streamline and simplify the process of installing updates. Rather than providing lengthy details many users likely don't understand, the new permission disclosure is much less verbose. Permissions are indicated only by a very general category such as Location, SMS, or Contacts/Calendar. Users who want to track precisely how a permission may have changed must click the category to see if specific new capabilities have been added. As a result, an app update that replaces coarse location with fine location simply shows the location category. End users must manually drill down to learn of the change.
In a new contract dispute with Warner Home Video, Amazon is flexing its supply muscles and restricting preorders for upcoming releases like The Lego Movie and 300: Rise of an Empire, according to a report from the New York Times Wednesday. Despite those movies having featured placement in Amazon's search results, sales are uncharacteristically low for the highly anticipated releases on the site.
The restriction comes in the midst of another higher-profile conflict over e-book pricing with Hachette Book Group, where Amazon has stopped taking preorders and has dragged its feet on shipping Hachette products. Amazon wrote at the end of May that these contract disputes are normal, and customers who wanted Hachette products should buy from Amazon's third-party sellers or go elsewhere.
Amazon now appears to be in a similar situation with Warner, and customers are complaining in the site's forums that they cannot preorder the above movies, as well as titles like Winter's Tale, Transcendence, and Muppets: Most Wanted. The Times says that the lack of a Lego Movie pre-order might be the hardest blow to Warner's bottom line, as it's one of the biggest releases of the year so far.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has spoken several times about how he plans to preempt state laws that limit municipal broadband networks. In 20 states, there are legal restrictions making it tough for cities and towns to offer Internet service to residents.
Wheeler hasn't yet offered a specific proposal or time frame in which the FCC would take action, but yesterday he spoke on the topic again and detailed how the laws deprive some Americans of broadband Internet service. Wheeler wrote a blog post titled Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband shortly after meeting with Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
EPB, a community-owned electric utility in Chattanooga, offers fiber Internet, TV, and phone service to residents. Mayor Berke and the city’s leaders recognized that today’s high-speed broadband networks will be the indispensable platform for tomorrow’s economic growth and the jobs of the future. That’s why Chattanooga invested in building out one of the nation’s most robust community broadband networks, Wheeler wrote.
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The Los Angeles Kings look to win their second title in three years, while the New York Rangers hope to avoid becoming the first team since 1998 to be swept in the Stanley Cup final when Game 4 goes on Wednesday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).[text] [text]_version_ #1
San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture has undergone surgery on his hand that was injured during a fight in the playoffs.[text] [text]_version_ #2
The Edmonton Oilers confirmed Tuesday that they have Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach.[text] [text]_version_ #3
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