Nintendo Faces Familiar contenders in Return to China With Switch

Tencent Holdings Ltd and Nintendo Co announced they’ll begin selling the Switch console in China Dec 10, a long-anticipated entry into the world’s biggest gaming arena. Nintendo’s signature device will sell for 2,099 yuan (RM1,241), about the same as elsewhere around the world.

PlayStation Celebrates 25th Anniversary This Week

The original PlayStation will be turning 25 years old tomorrow. Sony launched the console in Japan on December 3, 1994. The console sold 100,000 units in its first day in Japan and was the first to sell 100 million units worldwide. 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity.
Facebook Launches a Photo and Video Sharing Tool For Google Photos

Facebook Launches a Photo and Video Sharing Tool For Google Photos

Facebook Launches a Photo and Video Sharing Tool that allows you to take all the photos you've uploaded to the social network and transfer them to another service, such as Google Photos. Announced in a blog post, the new tool is an extension of Facebook's existing tools made available to download all your information from the site.
Google Stadia has Offered Refunds for New Free Games

Google Stadia has Offered Refunds for New Free Games

Hard as it might be to believe, Stadia has only been out for a little more than a week now. In that time, Google's first foray into the console market has been plagued by problems. Take, for example, this latest controversy; each month, Stadia Pro users get free games to play. For the month of November, they could download Samurai Shodown and Destiny 2: The Collection.
TikTok company apologizes and restore the banned US teen

TikTok company apologizes and restore the banned US teen

Chinese-owned social network TikTok has apologised to a US teenager who was blocked from the service after she posted a viral clip criticising China's treatment of the Uighur Muslims. The firm said it had now lifted the ban, maintaining it was due to 17-year-old Feroza Aziz's prior conduct on the app - and unrelated to Chinese politics.
Beat Saber developer Beat Games is now owned and managed by Facebook

Beat Saber developer Beat Games is now owned and managed by Facebook

Virtual Reality has not been the second coming of gaming – and is such a small segment of the gaming market that it’s barely there. It makes sense that Xbox head Phil Spencer isn’t rushing to implement VR on the platform, with data corroborating spencer’s stance.
EU nations react over plans for more WhatsApp, Skype regulation

EU nations react over plans for more WhatsApp, Skype regulation

Plans by the EU to impose additional privacy obligations on tech firms that offer communications services have been derailed by disagreements among member states. The process was launched two years ago amid concerns that applications such as WhatsApp and Skype are not subject to the same rules as traditional mobile and broadband operators, despite the fact that users make and receive calls and send messages.
FCC bans the purchase of Huawei, ZTE gear for subsidized wireless networks

FCC bans the purchase of Huawei, ZTE gear for subsidized wireless networks

The FCC is acting on its vow to keep Chinese technology out of American wireless networks. Commissioners have unanimously approved an order barring any carrier receiving Universal Service Fund subsidizes from using that money to buy equipment from companies deemed a "national security threat" -- and of course, Huawei and ZTE are the first two companies considered threats.
Russia bans the sale of devices that did not have Russian software

Russia bans the sale of devices that did not have Russian software

arlier this month, Russia signed a law giving it the power to censor the internet. Now, it has passed another law banning the sale of smartphones, computers and smart TVs that don't have Russian software pre-installed, the BBC reported. Those devices can still be sold with their normal software, but Russian alternatives must be installed, as well.
Tesla launch its first electric pickup, the Cybertruck, starting at $39,900

Tesla launch its first electric pickup, the Cybertruck, starting at $39,900

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s all-electric pickup, the Cybertruck, on Thursday night at one of his company’s signature promotional events in Los Angeles. The vehicle, which represents a large metallic trapezoid, will start at $39,900. The truck is Tesla’s sixth vehicle since it was founded in 2003, and its most experimental.

Super Mario Land Has Been Ported To The SNES, And It Looks Amazing

Super Mario Land is one of the most beloved entries in the early Mario canon, despite the fact you can finish it in an evening and it has rather crude visuals, even by Game Boy standards. Still, it was, for many gamers, their first taste of 'Mario-on-the-move', and its gloriously oddball shooter levels, engaging soundtrack and unusual setting have ensured that it has gone down as something of a classic.
Apple and Intel collaborate to take down Softbank-owned patent troll

Apple and Intel collaborate to take down Softbank-owned patent troll

Intel has collaborated with Apple in a bid to fight a Softbank-backed investment company it accuses of being behind a wave of patent trolling. Intel first filed a patent lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group back in October, but Reuters reports that the chipmaker has withdrawn that suit and teamed with Apple to this week file a new version in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
Aston Martin unveils first ever SUV and names it ‘adaptable’

Aston Martin unveils first ever SUV and names it ‘adaptable’

Aston Martin has unveiled its first sports utility vehicle (SUV) in its 106-year history. The British luxury car maker hopes the £158,000 DBX will boost its flagging sales. Other specialist automotive firms such as Porsche and Lamborghini have previously enjoyed success by launching SUVs. The DBX will be built at Aston Martin’s newly built factory in St Athan, South Wales.
PlayStation 5 Rumoured Release Date And Price Leaks Online

PlayStation 5 Rumoured Release Date And Price Leaks Online

While we know the PlayStation 5 is due to arrive before the end of 2020, we still don't know exactly when to expect the next-gen console. However, a recent leak suggests that the PS5 will be releasing on November 20th, 2020 at the fairly eye-watering price of $499 in the US (roughly £380).
Researcher revealed that Saturn’s moon Titan is like Earth, but insane

Researcher revealed that Saturn’s moon Titan is like Earth, but insane

NASA’s Cassini orbiter spent over a decade orbiting Saturn, the planet at the core of its mission wasn’t the only target of its observations. The probe also spent time spying on Saturn’s moons, including Titan. Now, with the Cassini mission just a distant memory, the data it sent back is still being mined for new discoveries.
Google's Stadia Game Streaming Service comes To A Collective 'Meh'

Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service comes To A Collective ‘Meh’

There's a laundry list of potential issues plaguing Google's attempted entry into the game streaming space via Google Stadia, not least of which is the US' substandard broadband networks and arbitrary broadband caps. Stadia eliminates the physical home game console and instead moves all game processing to the cloud. And while it's clear that this is the inevitable path forward and somebody is going to eventually dominate the space, there's no solid indication yet that it's going to be Google.
Google Stadia will only have 12 games for launch

Google Stadia will only have 12 games for launch

Most recent game platforms have shipped with a decent amount of games available on day one. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both had 23 titles at release, but if you were hoping for as much variety from Stadia, you'll have to wait a few months.
Google Map App makes foreign travel easier by pronouncing place names and helping with translation of locations

Google Map App makes foreign travel easier by pronouncing place names and helping with...

Google Maps is a reliable way to locate your way to local and far-flung destinations, though sometimes while travelling, knowing where you want to go isn't enough. The search giant announced features that bring the company's popular Maps and Translate apps closer together.
Mark Zuckerberg revealed that TikTok is a threat to democracy, but didn't say he spent 6 months trying to buy its predecessor

Mark Zuckerberg revealed that TikTok is a threat to democracy, but didn’t say he...

Facebook tried to buy Musical.ly, the Chinese lip-syncing app which was eventually acquired by Chinese social media giant ByteDance and merged with its app Douyin to form viral video app TikTok, according to reports from BuzzFeed and Bloomberg . Three sources familiar with the talks told BuzzFeed's Ryan Mac that Facebook spent the second half of 2016 trying to buy the Shanghai-headquartered Musical.ly in an attempt to break into the Chinese market.
Epic Games acquires Megascans creator Quixel

Epic Games acquires Megascans creator Quixel

Epic Games has announced the acquisition of development asset and toolset creator Quixel. Quixel Megascans, a library of over 10,000 2D and 3D photogrammetry assets, will become free for all Unreal Engine developers at a yet-to-be-determined date following the completion of the acquisition.
Microsoft set to Apply California’s Privacy Law to All U.S. Users

Microsoft set to Apply California’s Privacy Law to All U.S. Users

Microsoft is extending a California law aimed at protecting users privacy to all of its users in the United States, an unexpected move supporting tougher requirements to disclose exactly how the company uses the consumer data it collects. The California Consumer Privacy Act, known as CCPA, is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. It demands more transparency from companies about how user data is being used and disseminated and requires them to give consumers a way to opt out of these actions.
PS5 will Use SSD cartridges, reveals new design patent

PS5 will Use SSD cartridges, reveals new design patent

A patent filed in by Sony Interactive Entertainment in Brazil suggests that the forthcoming PlayStation 5 will use cartridges in some form or another. That leads some to believe that Sony will make its own, swappable solid state drives (SSD). You want to upgrade your storage capacity? Slot a new cartridge into your PS5.
Google Is Working On A Project To Collect Personal Health Data Of Americans

Google Is Working On A Project To Collect Personal Health Data Of Americans

Google is reportedly collaborating with the second-largest health care system in the U.S. in an effort to collect health data on millions of Americans, according to people familiar with the matter. The partnership with Ascension to collect health data including lab results and patient birthdates is part of a secret project by the tech giant that was launched in 2018 called “Project Nightingale,” The Wall Street Journal reported Monday citing those familiar with the project and internal documents.
Google Stadia app has appeared in Google Play Store ahead of launch

Google Stadia app has appeared in Google Play Store ahead of launch

The Google Stadia app has landed on the Google Play Store and can be downloaded on supported phones, ahead of its official debut. However, Stadia - Google’s cloud-based game streaming service - is officially set to launch on November 19.

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Nintendo Faces Familiar contenders in Return to China With Switch

Tencent Holdings Ltd and Nintendo Co announced they’ll begin selling the Switch console in China Dec 10, a long-anticipated entry into the world’s biggest gaming arena. Nintendo’s signature device will sell for 2,099 yuan (RM1,241), about the same as elsewhere around the world.