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May 22, 2015

Destiny Diary, Issue 15 for 5/22-5/24: House of Wolves!

If the future of Destiny DLC looks anything like House of Wolves, I think we’re all in for the game we envisioned at the start.

I don’t want to get too deep into things — I’ll do an official review of the content next week — but I’ve found myself pretty pleased with the way Bungie treated this expansion when compared to The Dark Below. I’m most impressed by the voice work (Petra Venj and Variks are great) and the breadth of activities to take part in. Add the Prison of Elders, Trials of [...]

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May 18, 2015

Today’s Play: Thoughts on Dark Souls, D4, Never Alone, Deus Ex; This Week’s Schedule

I think I’m actually enjoying this.

In case you missed last week’s post, I’ve committed to trying out a lot of new games — around four or five a week — so that I can experience more than the one game that’s hooked me (hint: starts with “D”, ends with “estiny”). I played four games in the past seven days that I’d never touched before, and aside from one, I thought they were all good, fun games that I plan on coming back to.

The one that isn’t making the cut for me (and the one that will make the “hardcore” crowd [...]

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May 15, 2015

Destiny Diary, Issue 14 for 5/15-5/17: Patch 1.2.0, Xur’s Goods, and Weekly Strikes

If you’ve tried to jump on Destiny today, you were likely greeted by a large update file. Indeed, Destiny is asking users to download and install a patch, 1.2.0, but this is probably one of the cooler patches you’ll ever have to download for a video game. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty about specific fixes, but read on for the highlights of what else the patch brought us.

Patch 1.2.0 Faction reward packages won’t turn into shards anymore The Speaker now plays a bigger part — he can exchange [...]
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May 13, 2015

Domino’s Lets You Order a Pizza in the Most Ridiculous Way Possible

Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle says, “It’s the epitome of convenience.”

I think it’s silly.

I’m talking about the newest way to order a pizza from Domino’s — via tweet. But here’s where things get ultra-weird. You can either send a tweet to Domino’s using #EasyOrder… or you can send the pizza emoji.

This thing. 

We’ve seen companies fool around with accepting orders on Twitter — Amazon’s #amazoncart comes to mind — but none [...]

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May 11, 2015

Today’s Play: An Experiment in Trying New Video Games

Back in January, I wrote about my video game backlog and how desperately “in the hole” I was. I’m doing a bit better now, thanks to the fact that I knocked out a few of the games on my list (Wind Waker HD, BioShock Infinite, Portal 2, The Stanley Parable). Unfortunately, a significant backlog still remains.

My situation got me thinking — what can I do to get myself to at least *experience* some of these titles? That’s half the battle, really. Starting something new can be tough. And when you’re like me, and you find it hard [...]

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May 8, 2015

Destiny Diary, Issue 13 for 5/8-5/10: Bring On the Thunder

We’re eight months into Destiny, and Xur is finally selling one of the most rare exotic weapons. Before you get your hopes up, no, it’s not Gjallarhorn. It’s something highly sought after, though — the mighty Thunderlord.

Destiny’s Xur is Selling Thunderlord

Thunderlord is a high-impact, high-accuracy machine gun that does nasty, nasty Arc damage. I’ve been watching the Destiny reddit page go crazy over the realization that this weapon is on sale, and that combined with having had one drop a [...]

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May 3, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Google is Buying Patents to Help Protect Them from Trolls; Ouya Puts Itself Up for Sale

Thanks for stopping by for this weekend’s edition of the Wrap-Up! Companies in the news this week include Google, Ouya, Microsoft, and Apple. Let’s find out why.

Google is Buying Patents to Thwart Trolls

Patent trolls are individuals/companies that don’t actually do anything with a patent; instead, they sue whoever they believe is infringing on it. Google has an interesting idea for how to deal with this problem: buy all the patents. Well, not all the patents, but Google will be accepting submissions from [...]

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April 28, 2015

Ouya Fails to Restructure Debt, Puts Itself Up for Sale

Nearly two years ago, I said that the Ouya could become the next Atari Jaguar. That system lasted about three years. The Ouya, for as much promise as it held, might not even get that far; Fortune is reporting that Ouya has found itself unable to restructure its debt, and as a result, the company needs to “quickly” find itself a buyer.

Fortune goes on to say that Mesa Global — the company that facilitated the sale of Songza to Google last summer — has been hired to locate a match for Ouya. That match, of [...]

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April 26, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Google Launches Project Fi! :) On its Poor-Selling Nexus 6 :(

This may have been a big week for Apple, with the launch of its Apple Watch, but let’s be real — we’ve known it was coming for weeks now. You can’t have news without the word new. Google, however, did manage to make a couple of headlines (for good reasons and bad), as did Microsoft. And Apple did manage to sneak in for a bit of a kerfuffle with its App Store, and, yes, it is related to the Apple Watch.

Let’s jump in.

Google Launches Project Fi

If you’ve been waiting for a wireless [...]

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April 24, 2015

Apple Rejects App for Mentioning Pebble Support, Puts Apps Supporting Other Devices On Notice

I’m a Pebble owner, and I’m content with my smartwatch. It zips notifications to my wrist, and it works with my iPhone. Until now, I haven’t seen a clear cut reason to check out the Apple Watch.

So it appears Apple is inventing one.

According to ReadWrite, Apple just rejected an app from its App Store because it mentioned Pebble support in its metadata. The app, SeaNav US, had no issues with the App Store previously; then again, the developer wasn’t submitting an update so close to the Apple Watch [...]

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