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‘Overwatch’ takes top spot at The Game Awards

The Game Awards, the Oscars of video games, was held last Thursday, Dec. 1, in Los Angeles. The event was live streamed online across various platforms including, but not limited to, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Live and Twitch. It was also the first time a live event was streamed through VR technology. The award show began with acclaimed game designer Hideo Kojima receiving the Industry Icon Award. Last year, Kojima was unable to attend the Game Awards due to his unceremonious departure from publisher Konami. “Last year I thought I lost everything, but I didn’t lose anything thanks to all...

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Nintendo switching focus

A few weeks ago, the Nintendo Switch was finally presented to the world. Like any new product, it was shrouded in secrecy. There was a lot of speculation about what it was and, most importantly, what would be Nintendo’s focus in the next generation of videogame consoles. The Nintendo Switch is a combination of a handheld and a home console. It features a tablet with a six-inch screen that the player can take anywhere and detachable controllers that attach to the its sides. The Switch becomes a home console when the tablet is put into a dock. When docked,...

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YouTube announces initiative for digital clean-up

YouTube has launched a program called YouTube Heroes that will allow users to report inappropriate content in the form of a game. Members will earn points, advance in levels and gain access to exclusive rewards and features on the site dependent on the quality of their contributions. How do these “Heroes” earn points? By flagging inappropriate videos, adding captions to content and sharing their knowledge with other Heroes in message boards and Google Hangout sessions. This development was released right on the heels of YouTube’s sudden — and uneven —  enforcement of their Terms of Service, which some content...

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Content creators speak out against YouTube’s ‘ad-friendly’ censoring

Recent changes in YouTube’s content moderation system have caused some uneasiness in its community of content creators, and many are expressing disdain for the Google extension. Over the past week, users have been receiving notices from Google, explaining that certain videos were being barred from making money through YouTube’s ad service. What pushed buttons even more, videos were often flagged for reasons that creators deemed unfair and completely censorious. Statements from YouTube suggest that the real problem isn’t the new policy, but the long-term conflict between its stated rules and their poor execution. The censoring began to receive widespread...

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2016 Apple Conference unveils new iPhone 7, Apple Watch, big updates

The iPhone 7, Apple Watch series 2, and AirPods were the highlighted points of the September 2016 conference. The new iPhone 7 adds improvements to brightness quality, camera functionality and waterproof capabilities. New designs include the double camera, black and jet black finishes and a new home button. The new power chip promises to be twice as fast as the iPhone 6, and the longest battery life on an iPhone yet. The natural speakers on the iPhone 7 are now stereo, and twice as loud as the iPhone 6. You can still use earpods with a lightning connector, but...

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FGCU alumni Jeffrey Shafer creates social platform for nation-wide players

When the globally anticipated Pokemon Go app first launched, FGCU alumnus Jeffrey Shafer was anything but privy to the idea of running after alternate reality monsters, let alone knowing that the game even existed days after its release. It was during a visit to downtown Fort Myers that he noticed the impact the game had on the community around him. “I was wondering what these people were doing walking around and staring at their phones,” Shafer said. “My friend walked out on the street and almost got hit by a car, so we were kind of making fun of...

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Instagram releases new zoom feature for pictures and videos

A new iOS update rolls around, and Instagram has another feature to show for it. As of this newest update, Instagram allows its users to “pinch” pictures and zoom in. The feature is accessible not only on photos, but videos as well. Instagram states that the feature will be accessible from all points of the app, whether it be a picture on the user’s feed, a profile picture, or a picture found on explore. The zoom feature is done by placing two fingers together, and spreading them away from one another to expand the photo. Android versions of this...

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Google introduces new ‘Duo’ app

FaceTime, in its mass popularity, has always been a favorite app of Apple products that Google had not paralleled in its own apps. As of recently, however, Google has produced Google Duo, an app similar to FaceTime with very simple and to-the-point characteristics. The app does not require a Google account to activate but rather mandates your phone number and permission to your contacts instead Duo’s home screen includes a face cam, video call button and settings tab. The video call feature allows you to call anyone who also has the app or invite anyone in your contacts to download the app as well. Google Duo also...

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Instagram introduces new ‘stories’ feature

The latest update of Instagram has introduced more than what users are accustomed to. Similar to the update that made Instagram comparable to Vine with its video feature, Snapchat has now come into the picture as well. As of Aug. 2, you can now have “stories” on Instagram that allow you to share your all-day moments. Each video uploaded will be formatted into a slideshow on your profile. According to Instagram’s official blog, “with Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about over posting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as...

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Pokemon GO app takes world by storm

Pokemon Go — the newest mobile release from The Pokemon Company, the parent company of Nintendo, and Ingress founder Niantic — has swept across 34 countries including the U.S. The app allows trainers everywhere to catch Pokemon through the use of their phones’ GPS and camera. Nintendo released their free-to-play app July 7 and has accumulated over 10 million downloads to Apple and Android devices, according to CNN Money U.S. The game gives trainers a chance to catch ‘em all by utilizing augmented reality software, which switches the phone’s camera to a first-person view and uses the real life...

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