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Rare, Sealed NES Game ‘Stadium Events’ Sells For $42,000

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Old video games might not necessarily look the best, but they represent a piece of gaming history, which is why sometimes older games can fetch a pretty penny. In fact recently it seems that a rare and sealed copy of NES game “Stadium Events” managed to fetch close to $42,000 after being sold to a serious buyer.

According to Kotaku, the seller had originally tried to sell the game on eBay where someone actually won the bid, but apparently the winner of the bid decided not to pay for it. Thankfully the seller was contacted by a “serious buyer” and a deal was struck. What makes Stadium Events so valuable is the fact that the game was only released for a very short period of time before it was pulled and replaced with “World Class Track Meet”.

This means that there aren’t that many copies of the game in the world, and what made this auction fetch such a high price was due to the fact that the game was still in its original packaging and sealed, which in an assessment by Video Game Authority saw the game rate 85 out of 100, giving it a near mint condition. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the game fetching an absurd amount, and we expect that we’ll be hearing more stories like this in the future.

Rare, Sealed NES Game ‘Stadium Events’ Sells For $42,000 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Kingdom Hearts 3’s Producer Clarifies Statement On A Switch Port

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

The other day following the launch of the new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3, the game’s producer Tetsuya Nomura was interviewed in which he spoke about the possibility of the game arriving for the Nintendo Switch. According to the translation, Nomura was quoted as saying that the Switch port would only be considered after the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game was launched.

However it seems that there might been something lost in translation. According to DualShockers, they are reporting on a new interview with Nomura with Famitsu where he clarified some of his statements, which apparently have been misinterpreted. According to Nomura, basically he said in the original interview that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are a top priority at the moment.

He also did not single out the Switch specifically when asked about ports, but rather he talked about other platforms in general, and how they might be considered once the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are done. This was said to clarify reports that he might have “promised” the Switch version once the PS4 and Xbox One versions are completed, which is not the case.

Of course Switch gamers are clearly hoping that this will be the case, but only time will tell.

Kingdom Hearts 3’s Producer Clarifies Statement On A Switch Port , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ Is The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Singer Justin Bieber is no stranger to breaking online records. Back in 2012, the singer broke the record for the most Vevo views on YouTube in 24 hours, where his song “Boyfriend” managed to hit 8 million views in 24 hours, breaking the previous record held by Rihanna which was at 4.9 million views in 24 hours.

Fast forward a few years later, it looks like Justin Bieber is breaking yet another record, and this time it is with a song that wasn’t his to begin with. According to a report from The Guardian, Justin Bieber’s take on “Despacito” managed to rack up 4.6 billion streams globally, making it the most streamed song of all time. It also looks like Bieber broke the previous record which was also held by him for the song “Sorry” which managed 4.38 billion streams.

The original “Despacito” song was sung by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, but a version which was sung (partly) in English and featured Bieber’s vocals was the one that helped it to achieve mainstream success. According to Universal CEO Lucian Grainge, “Streaming has opened up the possibility of a song with a different beat, from a different culture and in a different language to become a juggernaut of success around the world.”

The song is currently sitting at the top of the UK charts for the past 9 weeks out of 10 weeks since its release, and has also made it the longest run for a foreign-language song.

Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ Is The Most Streamed Song Of All Time , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Razer Could Be Working On A Smartphone For ‘Hardcore Gamers’

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Razer is a company that rose to fame thanks to its gaming mice, but the company has since expanded its offerings with keyboards, speakers, headsets, and even computers. This is why the idea of Razer potentially expanding into the mobile market doesn’t really come as a complete surprise, especially with their recent acquisition of Nextbit.

Now it seems that according to a report from Bloomberg (via Gadgets 360), the company is apparently developing a smartphone of its own that would be targeting the “hardcore gamer”. Details about the device are scarce at the moment so it’s hard to imagine what they could be working on that would result in a device that is aimed at gamers.

However it seems that the idea might not be so ludicrous, thanks to a report from last month where Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan revealed the company’s plans to disrupt the mobile gaming market. Tan was quoted as saying, “Right now I don’t see any mobile device or software platform that really fulfills the needs of the [mobile] gamer.”

We have seen companies create phones designed for gaming, like with the Nokia N-Gage and the Sony Xperia Play, although neither really quite achieve mainstream success, possibly due to the fact that both are rather niche products, but given that Apple managed to take tablets mainstream, we suppose Razer could be the one to take gaming phones to new heights.

Razer Could Be Working On A Smartphone For ‘Hardcore Gamers’ , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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WhatsApp Video Could Soon Get Picture-In-Picture Support

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

It wasn’t too long ago that WhatsApp launched the video calling feature for its platform. Given that there are a ton of other messenger apps that support video calling, we guess it’s only a matter of time before they introduced the feature, and now it looks like the feature could be getting a bit of an upgrade.

In a recent tweet by @WABetaInfo, it seems that in the latest beta for WhatsApp for Android, it looks like the video calling feature will be a picture-in-picture (PIP) mode. What this means is that users will be able to shrink the video calling window and move it around the display, thus allowing them to chat with others while maintaining the video call connection.

However according to the tweet, it seems that this particular feature is for Android and for Android 8.0. We’re not sure if by that they mean that it won’t be supported on older Android builds, or if it is only currently being tested on Android 8.0. There was also no mention of iOS, but we expect that if the Android version were to have it, the iOS version should be getting it too.

No word on when this feature will be exiting beta, but if you do rely on WhatsApp’s video calling feature, then this could be a convenient feature to look out for in the future.

WhatsApp Video Could Soon Get Picture-In-Picture Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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The New Nokia 3310 Undergoes A Durability Test

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

There are many who consider the Nokia 3310 as being one of the most classic feature phones in existence. This is because the handset was great to use, had pretty amazing games on it, and it was built like a tank where the running joke is that it would be impossible to break. This is why many were excited to see HMD Global relaunch the handset earlier this year.

Now it is clear that based on the design that the new Nokia 3310 is not exactly the same as its predecessor, and so the question is will it be able to withstand the rigors that its predecessor did? That’s a question that YouTuber JerryRigEverything decided to find out for himself as he put the new Nokia 3310 through a durability test.

This involved a variety of “torture” tests such as scratching, burning, and bending. Unfortunately it seems that the new Nokia 3310 scratches easily, thanks to the fact that it is made out of plastic. There was also a bit of melting during the burning processor, although it seems to have made it out of the bend test just fine.

We suppose it’s safe to say that they probably don’t make phones like they did back in the day, but so far reviews of the Nokia 3310 are pretty positive, or at least as much as you might be able to expect from what is essentially a feature phone. That being said if you’re hoping to pick up the handset for yourself, do note that there are no plans to launch it in the US at the moment.

The New Nokia 3310 Undergoes A Durability Test , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Might Not Launch A Bixby Speaker After All

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Following the success of the Amazon Echo, we saw it spawn devices like the Google Home and the Apple HomePod. Given Samsung’s competitive nature, it was reported that Samsung might have something similar in the works that would be powered by Bixby. However accord to the latest reports out of Korea, that may no longer be the case.

In a report from The Investor, it seems that Samsung might have given up on their plans to launch a Bixby-powered speaker. The device, apparently codenamed Vega, was in the works for more than a year, but it seems that Samsung has decided that such a device might not be very marketable.

The source was quoted as saying, “Samsung currently does not view Al speakers as marketable, as the global market is already dominated by unbeatable Amazon and the Korean market is too small to make profits.” It is true that Amazon’s Echo speakers are pretty dominant at the moment given their varying price points, but considering that the market is still pretty new, the number one spot isn’t necessary set in stone yet.

According to analyst Kim Jong-ki, he suggests that Samsung may instead take a wait-and-see attitude instead of jumping right in. At the moment Bixby Voice is only just rolling out in the US, so it remains to be seen if the service is used often enough and is well-received for Samsung to consider a Bixby-powered speaker in the future.

Samsung Might Not Launch A Bixby Speaker After All , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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First Nintendo Switch Cartridge ROM Dumps Are Appearing Online

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Regardless of whatever medium developers choose to release their games on, there will bound to be piracy. Whether it be a digital or physical release, somehow, someone will find a way. In fact it seems that less than half a year since the Nintendo Switch was released, it looks like cartridge ROM dumps are finding their way online.

This is thanks to a group called BigBlueBox who claims to have successfully dumped Switch game cartridge ROMs. However they are hard to find and a bit inaccessible at the moment, and obviously we won’t be linking them here, but we suppose if you try hard enough you should be able to find them.

There are some pretty big titles that are part of the list at the moment, which includes The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and ARMS. However despite these dumps, like we said they are inaccessible because it seems that figuring out how to get them running on the Switch hardware is still in the works.

It is possible that eventually hackers and developers will figure it out, although we have to admit that we are curious as to what Nintendo will do about it, or if they’ve already got a plan in place.

First Nintendo Switch Cartridge ROM Dumps Are Appearing Online , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New iPhone 8 Leak Shows Off Rear-Facing Fingerprint Sensor

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

In a recent set of renderings uploaded by Forbes in collaboration with Nodus that are allegedly based on the actual iPhone 8 CAD files, it would seem to suggest that one of our fears of the iPhone 8 has passed, which is that Touch ID will not be placed on the back of the phone. However a recent set of photos posted on Slashleaks (via BGR) tells a different story.

As you can see in the photo above, it shows the alleged rear casing of the iPhone 8, and at the back there is a circular cutout below the Apple logo that seems to suggest that’s where Touch ID could be relocated to. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the possibility that Touch ID could be placed on the back, but at this stage of the game, it certainly is confusing.

It is possible that what we are looking at is a prototype. After all companies like Apple tend to go through multiple prototypes, even working ones, to decide on which is the best solution. In fact if Apple were to fail to put Touch ID under the display of the iPhone 8, the previous report from Forbes suggested that it could instead be placed on the power button at the side of the phone ala Sony.

In any case clearly this should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but with all the back and forth, it’s starting to get a bit hard at telling which is the real deal.

New iPhone 8 Leak Shows Off Rear-Facing Fingerprint Sensor , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Intel Has Reportedly Disbanded Its Wearable Division

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

When Intel acquired Basis, it appeared as though the company was interested in pursuing the wearables market. However according to a report from CNBC (via AppleInsider), the publication cited sources who claims that Intel has apparently disbanded its wearable division where the company will now apparently focus on augmented reality.

If this sounds familiar, it is because earlier this year during CES, Intel’s VP of wearables seemed to suggest that Intel could be moving away from making their own wearables and instead focus on partnerships/collaborations. The latest report from CNBC seems to have all but confirmed it, except that Intel seems to be out of the wearables game for now.

In fact there have been signs that this was an inevitability. CNBC quotes a TechCrunch article from back in November last year which said that Intel was taking a step back from wearables. This was after their plans for the Basis fitness watch did not pan out the way that they had hoped. The company at that time had denied that they stepping back, but given that we have since seen a lack of new wearables from the company, it is clear that won’t be happening anytime soon.

Intel has yet to comment on CNBC’s report or issue an official statement, so for now we guess you should probably take it with a grain of salt.

Intel Has Reportedly Disbanded Its Wearable Division , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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