Since Pokemon Go has launched, the game has generated its share of headlines. Pokemon, a series of video games developed by Game Freak and Creatures Inc and published by Nintendo based on a cartoon series. The cartoon series features 10 year old Ash who aspires to be the greatest Pokemon trainer in the world. In his effort he enlists the help of two friends, Misty and Brock, and his own Pokemon, Pikachu who also becomes more his friend. Together they search their world for all Pokemon while avoiding Team Rocket and their Pokemon, Meowth.I myself have recently been pulled into the game and found myself walking around looking for Pokemon. Some being rather unreachable due to having to trek into other people’s backyards that may or may not have dogs while Pokemon gyms are located near bus stops and state buildings. I will probably head out after this on my own quest to “Catch em all.”

Now some headlines have been true like 4 teens using the game to rob Pokemon Go players. Another story is about a lady who found a dead body while playing the game. CNN has mentioned these incidents while also mentioned that people’s private homes are being turned into Pokemon gyms. You gotta read the CNN article as it mentions some more interesting things revolving around the game.

On the opposite side of things there is a lot of fake news out there involving Pokemon Go. Let me just get straight into it.

Pokemon Go Teen Kills Brother

    1. Pokemon GO, a mobile game that has captured the attention of millions of fans worldwide, is yet again the cause of a tragedy. Timmy Richards, A 15 year old Florida teen, was arrested Sunday morning after stabbing his 13 year-old brother to death because, according to authorities, he thought his younger brother had deleted his Pokemon, when in reality, he had simply logged him out.Since the release of Pokemon GO earlier this week, it has been a hit, attracting millions of players from all age ranges. Encouraging players to travel on foot to find and capture the various Pokemon available. “Tragic, tragic, tragic” said Officer Gary Philips, who arrived at the scene a few minutes after the murder, “It’s sad to see a game capture it’s players so much that they are willing to kill others. Especially in this case, as it was all just a misunderstanding”. According to his family, Timmy was a very smart and peaceful person, rarely seen angry or agitated.

pokemonGo ISIS

    1. Some users are having problems logging into or playing Pokemon Go the infamous terrorist group know as ISIS is taking responsibility for this attack.ISIS leader Ahmad Aklahar HanhJob says “America will feel the pain of not being able to catch them all” he claims the terrorist group has stopped purchasing illegal firearms and is now moving the war online. He claims they own several computer with over 500gb of ram something that could cause mass destruction.Using a simple dial up connection they have managed to shut down Pokemon Go’s servers.Stay woke and keep updated by checking back as this story develops.

pokemonGo hit by car

    1. Charley Lewis claims he was walking home when he felt a vibration from his phone upon checking it the notification was from the Pokemon Go app.He told his family that he didn’t feel the car hit him he simply awoke at the hospital with fractured skull and both his legs broken doctors say he might never walk again. His friend who wants to remain anonymous recorded the incident and immediately dialed 911.Charley Lewis says his life goal was to “catch them all” but with his inability to walk his dreams have been crushed he said “I felt like they set me up for disappointment” he is expected to live but he might never catch them all.His family has already started the suing the Pokemon Go company they feel that a 500 million dollar settlement will be enough to satisfy his disappointment. We have yet to hear from the Pokemon Go company.

pokemonGo accident

  1. 26 Year-Old Lamar Hickson is accused of causing one of the worst highway accidents after stopping in the middle of the highway to catch a Pikachu.Lamar Hickson admitted to police that he was playing the newly released Pokemon app game know as “Pokemon Go” while driving. He said “Sh*t if you wanna catch them all you gotta risk it all so I put my car in park and started tossing these balls”.Charges against Hickson are still unknown, nobody was seriously hurt but this raises concerns about future accidents. We spoke to one of the car accident victims and he also says he was also playing the game.We spoke the officers Fredrick Jones who says “Texting and driving was already a very serious issue, but now playing Pokemon Go and driving could make things worse.” He said this could double or triple the amount of incidents that happen due to driving while using a mobile device.The hashtag #dontpokemongoanddrive has since started trending on social media.

These four are the main rumor/articles going around that are fake works of fiction originating from the CartelPress website. CartelPress looks like a normal news site but its stories are actually manufactured stories. See if you scroll down to the bottom of the site you will see a link to their Term and Conditions. Once you click on it you are shown this at the top:

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So…..there you have it. I have done some research of the site and apparently Huzlers.com regularly publishes fake stories and that CartelPress may be just a mock-up for another site they plan to create which will allow its users to create their own stories and share them on social media. The guy behind the idea even tricked Facebook users into believing he had predicted many milestone events in 2016.

Other stories:

TOLEDO, Ohio — Police say two people in Ohio have been arrested while playing “Pokemon Go” after they climbed over a fence at the Toledo Zoo. The pair was arrested early Thursday after they were spotted on a zoo security camera. Police say the two went over a fence near the zoo’s tiger enclosure in search of the smart phone game’s cartoon monsters. Officers say the pair was walking through the zoo when they were caught. Both were charged with criminal trespass. Twenty-five-year old Robin Bartholomy and 26-year-old Adrian Crawford, both of Toledo, are due in court Friday. Court records do not list attorneys for them. A message seeking comment was left with Crawford. There was no telephone listing for Bartholomy. WTOL reports that Bartholomy posted on Facebook just days before her arrest: ‘I am not above breaking and entering for a Pokemon.”   *** True

 

 
Pokemon Go Users getting injured, car crashes, and sunburns…***True

The first reported car crash attributed to Pokemon Go…

A 15 year old killed trespassing while playing Pokemon Go…***False

Pokemon player stabbed and keeps on playing… ***True

Two former Marines playing Pokemon Go help nab attempted murder suspect…***True

Two Men Fall off a cliff while playing Pokemon Go… ***True

A guy gets caught cheating through Pokemon Go…    lol!!!

A Bakery charges different prices depending on what Pokemon Go team you are on…

You can hire a professional Pokemon Trainer….    You gotta read this one.

 

Some are being led to some not-so-great places.
The whole point of Pokémon Go is that you have to go out in order to play the game. In theory, this is great. So many games we play on our phones keep us stationary, but Pokémon Go has us exploring the world. However, the game’s creators might want to rethink where they’re stashing the Pokémon: Users have reported being led to a strip club, cemeteries, private homes and even a Holocaust museum in pursuit of their prizes.

So with all that has been going on be careful when playing the game and limit where you go. Pokemon appear everywhere even across the street in a neighbor’s backyard that owns two big pit bulls………………………………..


Hello readers. Gaming has only gotten better and better. Now not without a few hiccups but better yes. As we move into 2016 and eventually into 2017 there will be a lot of games coming out that will literally amaze you.  One type of gaming coming out on the horizon are virtual reality games. Sony will be spearheading the movement with their new PlayStation VR, which is a virtual reality headset set to release in October 2016 for $399… Now how cool this sounds to me until the price comes into play. It’s like buying another PlayStation 4. So if you do not have a PS4 now and you want to play in VR then be prepared to kick out at least $800 to get you started. I know there is a bundle that will come with a game for $499.99. (If you clicked the link you will have seen that already.)

Three flavors of PS4 for ya.

So… what about Microsoft the the Xbox???  Well nothing definite was mentioned but Microsoft has announced a new more powerful XBox One referred to as Project Scorpio. Check out the IGN video:

 

Okay enough of that stuff, with all the new hardware coming out boasting more powerful GPUs (Sony also has mentioned a better PS4) what games are we going to be to play on these all of this??? Let’s see shall we???

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I want to start with the game that has my attention. I am talking about Resident Evil. If you are a fan of Resident Evil you know that the franchise has moved from the horror we all loved about the game to more of a RPG fighting type of game with some puzzles in the mix. Well Resident Evil 7 is on the move. The game now will not be out until about Jan of 2017 but you can get a glimpse at what this game will be like now. There is a demo that some people can play and a trailer.

 

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Hello everyone we all know the  american horror Friday the 13th with that bad ass slasher Jason Voorhees, that boy that drowned at Camp Crystal Lake due to stupid camp counselors.  The movie itself has gone on to make 12 parts to the story starting from Friday the 13th in 1980 to Friday the 13th in 2009 which is a reboot of the film.  Crazy thing is the films were not popular with critics, yet they are considered one of the most successful franchises in America.  It is on halloween where Jason Voorhees lives on as people opt to dress up as the infamous Jason Voorhees.  He does make a great costume doesn’t he?

So why talk about Jason Voorhees on a techy/gaming site?  Jason Voorhees lives on in games and has made several appearances. Jason’s first appearence was in 1985’s Friday the 13th game for the Commodore 64. The game idea was simple: you play one person in a group of people who is to find a safe place for the whole group.  One of part of the game was to find a safe spot. This part you grab an item, the Sanctuary Cross and dropped in any location. Once you did that you had to run around the map to find and convince people to come to it while being stalked by Jason. You could also just attack all the survivors and go for Jason himself. In the game Jason could also be one of the survivors but disguised.  The game did not do too well but will more work I really think it could have been great.




Jason’s next appearance, in 1989’s Friday the 13th for the NES, was……    well rather bad I would say.  Okay you are a camp counselor (Jason really wants you now) and you have to find and beat Jason before he kills all of the counselors and children.  When a counselor was attacked you could switch and control the attacked counselor in an effort to survive.  Alot of the game though tediously moving through a map and killing zombies and bats before Jason even appears. Killing Jason was a terror itself and most of the game just had nothing to do with movie. Oh wait, Jason is in it…

On a third appearance, Jason showed up on cellphones in a 2D slasher style game.  Not much really to say about it. This was about 2006 and I have never actually played this game. I heard about it. I believe this is the game in this video that I am posting.  Back then I would think any phone games were based on java so.  This is where the last officially licensed games that follow the franchise end.  Friday the 13th has a large fanbase and you can find other games made by these fans as a way to inspire new games to come out.  One called Friday the 13th 3D by JC Powell (the poster of the video is a little silly) lets you run around as Jason killing camp-goers. You find different weapons along the way that you can use to kill as well as power ups.  The point is simply to kill which get boring rather quickly without new things to kill.  There is not even a score so no going for that highest score in this one but the map is huge and you can find easter eggs along the way for the fans.  So the game’s point becomes killing and finding those easter eggs. I would also like to mention that during my search I found another Friday the 13th 3D game by Havoc. I’ll just let you view the video for that one since the storylines for the games are basically the same.



Another fan game, which was well received, called Terrordrome was a fighting game filled with movie characters like Leatherface, the Candyman, and Jason.  You can download this game and play for free.  I am not sure about support for the game and with new versions of windows out you never know how or if it will run on your computer. You can go here to check it out.

I have to also mention another game.  I remember this game as a kid and I used to hit the neighborhood store to play it all the time.  This game was called Splatterhouse. Yeah, all you gamers know this game. Now this is not Jason but you play as a guy named Rick who is trapped in the West Mansion.  He is resurrected by the Terror Mask and you go through the mansion fighting your way through in  an attempt to save his girlfriend.  This game was fun to play actually.  The game has been ported to several different systems and a part two and 3 was made.  The game is mainly a sidescrolling beatem up game but there is a more 3D version out there which was made for the XBox 360 and the PS3. I think it is really cool cause I will now venture into playing those however way I can on my computer.  As I was researching things I found all of this. I knew about and played part one but the rest I remember hearing about but never played them.  (After today though I will…trust.)


Warning this video has graphic violence!!!


The coolest part about all of this is Jason in his latest appearance is now in Mortal Combat X. I love what they did with him in this game. Mortal Combat has always been a good game (Can’t say that totally about the movie.) and is still an awesome game. You just have to see this one and they continue to add more characters to the game.

Finally there is a game called Summer Camp. When the game was announced it was automatically assumed to be a homage to Friday the 13th. So much so the makers even got Friday the 13th vets to work on the game like Tom Savini, Kane Hodder, and Harry Manfredini. The game caught peoples attention and recently the game has changed is name. The game is now called Friday the 13th now because Sean S. Cunningham gave them access to the license. I am not sure of details but this makes it an official Friday the 13th game which is set to release this month. The game will be a third-person horror, survival game where you will be able to play as a teen counselor or as Jason himself. This sounds really cool me but will it do well? The Friday the 13th franchise has a large following and I think avid movie freaks who are not even gamers may try this out. We will see…..enjoy the video. If you like the idea and wanna help out and donate. You can do that by going here.



Update

Since it was made official the game had been pushed back for the building of the game. The creator have since created a Kickstarter and Backerkit fund and as of this post date have raised about $937, 998. The current goal being $950,000. You can currently pre-order the game for $60.  The expected delivery date currently is Oct 2016 so it seems you will be able to play some Jason Voorhees goodness (more badness really) soon.

Click to preorder your copy.

Friday the 13th

4 March 2017


The developers at Gun Media have been at work getting the game ready for launch. They have been posting images and videos to help keep its supporters up to date on its progress. The latest official release window for the game is early 2017. So below you can view the games progress with their latest posts from several social media sites that they use.

Facebook

Twitter

Gun Media Youtube Channel Updates



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The Top 10 Video Gaming Controversies

mortalKombatDid you know that, once upon a time, PETA freaked out about everyone’s favorite pint-sized creature game Pokemon? Or that “Mortal Kombat” and “Night Trap” are the two games that led to the creation of the ESRB?

Today, WatchMojo brings us a list of the top 10 video game controversies in history. All instances were covered by more than one news source, and made major headlines across the country.

From banned games to Congressional hearings and protests, these are the ten instances where gaming stirred up the most national (and, sometimes, international) outrage (warning: this video contains some mature content):

 

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Any controversies to add to the list? Comment…..

You like using Chrome cause Internet explorer just sucked to you right and while you are filling in a form to register your info to that cool social media website and you make a mistake. You hit the backspace key and for some reason the browser goes back to a previous page. You are a little surprised and confused and you find out eventually all of that typing you did is now lost and you have to fill the form out again. You are now frustrated.Well you are not alone cause this happened to alot of people and soon your frustrations will be alleviated. Google Chrome is fixing the issue. In Chrome’s next big release it is removing the shortcut that has the “backspace” key returning you to the previous page.  To be more specific, as in the example I mentioned latter while filling out a form if you were not focused in the text box that you were typing in, Chrome interpreted the backspace key as a “back” button which would cause you to lose all of the data you had just entered.

Engineers from Google say that years of user complaints have finally pushed them to get rid of the shortcut. Well some more hardcore users have complained about it but Google said that the numbers and the ease of the change prove it worth the move.

Google product manager, Tyler Odean writes, “We’re definitely aware of the frustration that this causes users who have come to rely on the shortcut…… However for users who *don’t* understand the behavior of the shortcut, which is the majority of users, the loss of data is also super frustrating and they are less equipped to understand or prevent their frustrations.”

BUT……. People who still want the shortcut to stay can either use alternates (alt+left arrow on Windows, command+left arrow on Mac) or install a Chrome extension that brings it back again.  So you have until late July to decide when the fix will officially roll out.

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Here goes another battle of Samsung verses Apple were so much seems to reside on how much a person likes the phone as opposed to whether or not the phone is actually better. The phone industry battle still mainly involves Samsung and Apple.SammyApple You do have other companies who throw there bombs in like LG and Huawei. Companies like Huawei and Blu have made a dent into this battle as far as sales go mainly because they have offering phones with some pretty good specs for less money and less money spent is always enticing. A good number of consumers do not want to spend a lot of money on a phone to then have to spend a lot monthly to keep that phone on. At the end of the day you buying that flagship phone is still better than buying the cheaper copies. Main reason is longevity and yes a new version comes out every year and yet I am still right. Why? I will give you an example. The Note 3 is years old now. We are about to see a Note 6 soon and the Note 3 is still a great phone. I have seen Note 3 phones with Note 5 software on them giving these phones new life for the owner that wants to wait to upgrade and let’s face it, it is not always beneficial to upgrade every year (i.e. Note 5 removal of the SDCard) but a worthwhile upgrade also depends on where you are coming from.
Now we have the Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. the Apple iPhone 6s. The first thing that comes to mind is the “s” in the iPhone 6s which to me just tells me that is but a minor change from the 6 at first glance but come to find out the 6s is just what the 6 should have been from the start (gotta know to read between the lines). So first let us start with what is different with the 6s vs the 6.

Screen: Same screen but with 3D Touch
Design: .2 mm thicker, 14g heavier, another color option of Rose Gold, and 7000 anodized aluminum as opposed to 6300. So the design is worse actually but for a worthwhile reason if anyone remembers the “bend-gate” scandal of the iPhone 6.

Performance: Apple A9 64bit dual core 1.84GHz (CPU), PowerVR GT7600 (GPU), 2GB RAM. What this means is the 6s has a newer CPU and GPU which is faster and the phone has more memory than 1GB (finally an iphone with more than 1GB) More memory translates into more you can do at once and more webpages opened. Oh also any review you read about the Apple CPU do not be impressed by how much more percent the CPU is faster cause all that matters is how that CPU can handle the Operating System period.

Camera: 4MP higher camera with all the same features while adding 4K video and 5MP front camera instead of the 1.2 the 6 had. Oh and they added a Live Photo feature.

Battery: It is a smaller battery than the 6 but supposedly the newer iOS in the 6s is more power efficient.

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So now that you know the differences between the iPhone 6 vs the 6s (it is relevant…..trust me as I will go into more info on that later) let’s get into business. I am not going to go into a long review of these phones but instead show you a spec comparison and then explain it.

iPhone 6s

OS : iOS 9

Dimensions : 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)

Weight : 143g

Display

Size : 4.7 inches

Resolution : 750×1334 pixels

Pixel Density : 326 ppi

Type : IPS LCD

Features : Light & Proximity Sensor, 3D Touch, Scratch resistant glass, Oleophobic coating

Camera

Flash : Dual LED

12 MP

Aperture : F2.2

Camcorder : 3840×2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280×720 (720p HD) (240 fps)

Front-facing camera : 5MP

Hardware

System Chip : Apple A9 APL0898

Processor : Dual-core 1840MHZ (1.84GHZ), 64bit

Graphics Processor : PowerVR GT7600

Memory : 2048MB (2GB)

Storage expansion :

Battery

Capacity : 1715 mAh

User replaceable : no

Wireless Charging :

MSRP : $849

Galaxy S7

OS : Android 6.0

Dimensions : 5.61 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches (142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm)

Weight : 152g

Display

Size : 5.1 inches

Resolution : 1440×2560 pixels

Pixel Density: 576 ppi

Type : Super AMOLED

Features : Light & Proximity Sensor

Camera

Flash : LED

12 MP

Aperture : F1.7

Camcorder : 3840×2160 (4K)

Front-facing camera : 5MP

Hardware

System Chip : Exynos 8 Octa 8890 / Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820

Processor : Octa-core, 2300 MHz (2.3GHZ), Exynos M1 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit / Quad-core with a
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo

Graphics Processor : Mali-T880 MP12 / Adreno 530

Memory : 4096MB (4GB)

Storage expansion : microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 200 GB

Battery

Capacity : 3000 mAh

User replaceable : no

Wireless Charging : Optional

MSRP : $650 – $795 (Edge version costs $100 more)

What does this all translates to?
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Screen:
The Galaxy S7 screen is better by far with more pixels resulting in a much better look. Quite frankly nothing beats out a Samsung AMOLED display. The Iphone has 3D Touch an all which sounds cool if you use it. 3DTouch is a feature that allows the screen detect pressure which you can use to preview emails and websites. Let us not forget the Edge version of this cool display with its curve edge which adds more features to the phone.
OLED technology is the future where future phone can be flexible and foldable. These displays are lighter, thinner, faster in response time, have more vibrant colors, better viewing angles, high color accuracy, and like you see in the new line of Samsung phones an always-on display mode.
Performance:
The S7 is the winner here while both perform great with their respective operating systems. The S7 no matter which variant you get whether the Exnyos or Snapdragon (US versions) you are still getting more cores for your buck along with more memory. Double the amount of memory (think like your home PC or laptop) translates into faster performance and more multitasking. You can basically do more with 4GB and you can with 2GB. More open apps and more opened webpages. Now some will say the Apple is better here and I ask…. Based on what test? These 2 phones are very different while using different operating systems and frankly there is no true way to compare them performance-wise. If there was some way to test these phone on equal grounds while using the same OS then maybe as performance depends greatly on software. So when you see performance benchmarking reviews take them with a grain of salt cause what matters is if it runs good for what you use that phone for.
Software:
Which OS being better depends largely on what you like and want. Which one actually being better won’t matter to most if not all people. iOS and Android are both great but here we run into that age old battle of windows verses Mac OS, though not same per say but definitely is the same battle based on the same pros and cons. Apple’s closed management of iOS makes it better as far as upgrades are concerned as long as your device can run it which Apple also dictates. Android is more open by far with an app store that offers a lot more at the price of zero. Updates take longer and if you are a techy person you can do a lot more with your phone by installing customized versions of android on your phone by going to certain sites like xda-developers. This option is what can largely increase the life of your phone as I have mentioned latter in my reference to the Note 3. Not to mention those movie apps people find like Showbox or Moviebox.
Camera:
The camera is something you have to test out no matter what the specs are and a lot of reviews are stating the S7 camera is better. We use our phone to take selfies and capture those special moments which are usually in low light environments. Samsung has focused on this and the S7 has proven to be better in low light. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews, of course, but most of them praise the S7 on its low light performance. Even an Apple fan site, iMore, says the S7 won in their comparison of the cameras. Anyone reading this can look this up and you will find these camera shootouts going on, on websites. Other sites to check are Yahoo and CNET.
Battery:
The S7 has a bigger battery but at the same time needs it and still has not beaten Apple yet on battery life.
Overall I would have to say the S7 is better. I have chosen to not get into the design cause both phones are beautiful phones and no one can knock the Samsung phone for not having the metal, premium design. Samsung screens have been the best since the Epic 4G in 2010. Note that this was not the first phone to use OLED technology. Nokia has that win with the N85 but after that Samsung did make the i7110. Back then though these were not what you see today and they performed rather bad in direct sunlight. Anyways the S7 having more memory is a definite win here and to add the new Marshmallow Android OS along with a more robust processor but…..
The Apple iPhone 6s is already halfway through its lifecycle and there are rumors already on the iPhone 7. These rumor go as follows:
  • Removal of the headphone jack
  • Faster LTE modem made by Intel instead of Qualcomm
  • Wraparound screen using OLED technology (I doubt this very much. Maybe later down the road in like 2018 or something as Apple is always behind.)
  • Copying of some S7 specs like the dual-lens camera.
  • A new chassis that allows radio signals through it or just redesigning the antenna lines. (Hmmm great for signal increases but bad if you one of those people that are into the effects these signals can cause on people.)

So if you have an upgrade up and are looking to upgrade you probably should wait till around September/October time to see what this new iPhone 7 will be then decide what to upgrade to then. Oh will add that the Note 6 will also be a choice then too as I hear Samsung will be bringing back the SDCard. When it comes to the Note series of phones even if you do not use the S-Pen they are great phones and from what I hear the Note 6 may sport 6GB of memory, 4000mAh battery, and the same water and dust resistant features as the Galaxy S7. Yeah another feature the S7 has. Check out this video.

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If you want to read more on the S7 you can checkout the S7 rumors post.




Lately on Facebook, you might have seen an exciting little news nugget in the corner of your homepage. “Dreamcast 2,” it read, “Sega Reportedly to Release New PC-Console Hybrid.” Well someone showed it to me and I was like…..cool…but is it real?

“Dreamcast 2” has been one of the top items on Facebook’s Trending Topics which by the way is kind of annoying at times. Just another way for Facebook to make money I assumed but then I looked more into it and well the semi-new feature has helped spread all sorts of half-truths and incorrect information.

I mean I saw this a day or so ago (image pulled from  another site but did actually see this):

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Well it is not totally true (or true at all) so FB users will be disappointment when they find out that this isn’t going to happen. What is actually going on is  there’s a fan club, by a group of Sega fans who launched a change.org petition in an attempt to convince the  publisher to release an HD-supporting limited edition of the Dreamcast. This petition organized by a handful of people including Ben Plato and Patrick Lawson, has a Facebook group called “Dreamcast Revival” with 2,518 members (as of Dec 23rd, 2015).

I guess Lawson was interviews by several websites over the past few days, which has led to incorrect headlines like this site and this one which led to Facebook concluding that Sega “reportedly” plans to release a successor to the Dreamcast. Mind you this is nearly 15 years after leaving the business. Lawson says his group has yet to make contact with Sega but want to hit them up. He apparently is looking for people to help fund an idea for which he and others are looking to start a Kickstarter fund at building the money up. A project that can take millions (maybe 1 million) to fund. I don’t know. So this is really just a group of fans with a goal. There are no real specifics to it really and I’m thinking it may not even be a Dreamcast idea. Lawson was quoted as stating that he was not sure where the Dreamcast 2 idea came from. Bouncing from site to site I can only see alot of speculation and some clarification like on this site here.

The idea though may be called called “Ringedge Zero” after the Ringedge arcade board which should be familiar to some or more. I don’t think Sega will ever re-enter the business given their history. BUT… what would the Facebook Trending Topic looks like if they did?

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Floating on the web I find an article on the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation website (Not sure how I got there. So don’t ask.) whose headline catches my attention, The feasibility of a brain-computer interface functional electrical stimulation system for the restoration of overground walking after paraplegia. So I think the article is basically saying how feasible would it be to make a paralyzed man walk using a computer. As I read on I find that has become very feasible.




Well the University of California has been researching this question and has made it possible. How was it done? The scientists used a computer to link 28-year-old Adam Fritz’s brain to his legs over, get this, a Bluetooth connection. The idea here is bypass the severed region of his spinal cord to in effect complete the missing connection by using an EEG to pick up the signals from his brain which were sent by a B.C.I. (brain control interface) computer to electrodes on his knee(s). I found a youtube video of it and the guy was supported and did walk about maybe 13 feet. Even so this is like a very cool thing. What comes to mind is stuff I have seen in movies, you know, and how movie theory is literally coming true. From what I read paralyzed patients have only been able to walk through the use of some sort of bionic suit. (The Million Dollar Man)

The article mentions alot of training involved and if I read it right (which took awhile to make sense of…lol) the participant had to go through hours of training before and after final testing. So Fritz basically had to go through alot of physical rehab to strengthen his muscles and learn how to use the BCI device. The article talks about a “decoded model” which translates to me as some sort of virtual figure of maybe a person, an avatar of sorts. (Cool he was playing a game with his head.) Here check out the video:

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I would again say this is getting more and more feasible because today I found another article that says that Case Western Reserve University has attempted the same thing and have been able to allow a patient the use of his arms using the same idea. You can read more on this if you click here. Yeah I was geeking out today.

Okay now for you all you sneaker freaks who are losing closet space because of all the pairs of sneakers you just have to have.  Technology of today now can help you stack up on pairs even more now.  You can have your next new pair of ‘kicks’ 3D printed.  How about that Kanye West? In case you missed the memo, Kanye West seems to think that 3D printers will destroy the fashion industry.  Sneaker companies are now embracing the concept and are making their own 3D printed sneakers. Let’s start with Adidas shall we?




The idea from Adidas is something we all know and run into eventually in our lives.  You ever want the best and most expensive sneakers and yet when you buy them…  Your feet hurt in time and you begin to think why you bought them in the first place.  Yet those things look good on your feet so you tell yourself you are okay with them. Well no foot made is created equal.  Funny thing is even your own feet are not identical to each other.  Adidas has announced today the Futurecraft 3D, its first 3D printed shoe.

The Futurecraft 3D looks to me like a running shoe but the shoe has a midsole which can be customized to anyone’s foot “matching exact contours and pressure points,” as Adidas is saying.  Adidas is involved with Materialise who is a leading 3D printing software provider.  I looked into Materialise and they did some work with some fashion designer named Melinda Looi back in 2013.  I don’t really know how that is but apparently that  is a big thing.

Now this trend has been in the heads of companies for some time now.  Nike was the frontrunner by being the first to release a shoe with 3D-printed compoents.  The Vapor Laser Talon had a 3D printed plate.  If you don’t believe me just ask Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson.  After that Nike released the Vapor Carbon Elite.  You know I’m not one to throw a lot of letters at you so just scroll down to watch the videos.

So it is coming people… The day where you will be able to buy your ‘kicks’ and have the midsole talored to your unequally sized feet. This can be huge though really especially for anyone with foot problems.  If you have flat feet you will possibly be able to buy that casual shoe, like the Nike Cortez or the Air Force Ones and just simply have the midsole made for your feet and you will be good to go.  Now so far Adidas is talking this game and Nike started it but as we all know, others will follow suit to compete.

 

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