Pokémon Go Coming To Apple Watch

Photo: Apple

Niantic Labs announced today at Apple’s event, that Pokémon Go will soon be available on the Apple Watch. Cool features on the watch app will include; telling players how far they will have to walk to hatch an egg. Required experience points till the next level, and additional information about the player’s fitness. The Apple Watch app will also let players see when a Pokémon appears, and when a Pokéstop is nearby, without looking at their smartphones. Pokémon Go is set to be released on the Apple Watch sometime this year.

This announcement leaves me with some questions. Could the Apple Watch app replace any need for the Pokémon go plus? (If it ever hits shelves.) Will Niantic release the app on android watches? As an android user, this could convince me to invest in an apple watch. Being able to not constantly be looking at my phone while walking, and playing Pokémon Go would be a big plus. Let us know what you think of the announcement. Would you use it? Does it make you consider buying an Apple Watch?  Do you think the app will come to android watches? I guess we will have to wait and see how good the Pokemon Go Plus does at the much smaller price.

Sources: Apple

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Another Species Taken Off Endangered List

Most Humpback Whales taken off endangered list

Earlier this week, we talked about how the Giant Panda was no longer on the endangered list. Well even more good news this week for all animal lovers. Most Humpback Whales join the Giant Panda, and have been taken off the endangered list. All Humpback Whales were listed as endangered by the US Government back in 1970. Commercial whaling was the cause of the dwindling number of humpback whales.

However nowadays Humpback Whales are grouped into 14 distinct populations. After a scientific review, nine of those populations no longer need to be on the endangered list. Angela Somma, Chief of the Endangered Species Division, said that “Most of the Humpback Whale populations have increased, and increased substantially from where they were.”

Whales still considered endangered include populations in Central America, off northwest Africa, in the Arabian sea, and in the western north pacific, and a population near Mexico. For the Whales that are no longer considered endangered, nothing will change. They will still be covered under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and under the International Whaling Commission Moratorium on hunting them. This was imposed in 1982, and will remain in effect.

Somma said “That many of the day-to-day protections and activities will continue to occur.” Officials have filed regulations about how close a vessel can come to whales, and about maintaining proper distance. Collisions with ships are a danger to whales. They also face fear of getting tangled in ships nets. There have been 40 reports off the west coast just the first half of this year.

A humpback whale surfaces next to a boat off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
(Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Just like the Giant Pandas, international efforts have succeeded in saving another species from certain extinction. Hopefully efforts like this can continue, and the rest of the Humpback Whale population can follow, and even more endangered animals join the formally endangered family.

Sources: Associated Press

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No Man’s Sky Patch 1.08 is Live

Sean Murray’s No Man’s Sky Gets Patched

No Man’s Sky gets a patch numbered 1.08. There seems to be zero communication from the developer about what was patched. This game studio is so disorganized and out of the loop when it comes to modern game releases. AAA game titles have community managers who collect information from the developers and release that information to their players via channels of social media.

This is just another example of an overpriced game. Hire some people Sean, it’s absurd.

We had to dig through Reddit and other places to find information on what “seems” to be different from previous patch to now.

This what we found:

  • the game no longer freezes after saving a location.
  • opening galaxy loading screen is much smoother than before.
  • this patch really smoothed out the edges it seems.
  • reports that space combat has been changed.
    • the lock-on feature has been changed so that locking on is more difficult now.
  • reports that way points have disappeared.
  • noticed an improvements regarding:
    • lens flares
    • weather (storm) effects
  • new puzzles in the transmission towers.

If you have found other changes please list them in the comments below and we will update the list as we can. We also heard their are new bugs from this patch.

We heard that the galaxy map is no longer working correctly so that you can’t advance to the galactic core.

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The Giant Panda Is No Longer Endangered

The Giant Panda Is No Longer Endangered

Good News And Bad News For Animal Lovers

The Giant Panda population has rose 17 percent from 2004 to 2014, allowing the IUCN to downgrade from endangered to vulnerable. The Giant Panda population in the wild in China has grown from 1,596 in 2004 to 1,864 in 2014.  An intensive campaign to save them has been underway since the 1970’s.

The trading of panda skins was banned in 1981, and a wildlife protection law was enacted in 1988. The law banned poaching and conferred the highest protected status to the panda. The Chinese government even partnered with international nongovernmental organizations and Zoos to spread research and conservation, and breeding efforts. Recently 19-year-old Lun-Lun gave birth to twins at the Atlanta Zoo.

However, the rise in the Panda population in the China wild seems to come from reforestation and forest protection efforts. However, climate change still threatens 35 percent of the bamboo Habitat. Which is why the Giant Panda is now listed as vulnerable, with the chance of extinction.

WWF Director General Marco Lambertini said “The recovery of the Panda shows that when science, political will, and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity.”

However even with the good news about the Giant Panda, there are still so many species at risk. Climate change is a serious threat. However the pandas are a good example of how we can all come together to save others species.

Sources: IUCN

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Sony Jumpstarts Mobile Gaming Division

PokEmon Go causing Sony to aggressively pursue Mobile Gaming

Sony has been watching Nintendo’s success with the immensely popular Pokemon Go App. Sony Chief Executive Kaz Hiarai said that Sony will be “Aggressively getting into” mobile gaming. He should have said, again.

Hiarari told the Financial Times at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin that “It’s quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well.”

This marks another console maker to reluctantly pursue the platform of mobile gaming. Nintendo had also been resistant for years, before Miitomo, and now Pokemon Go this year. It should be noted, however, that Nintendo is part owner of the company that made Pokemon Go. Also the Pokemon Go Plus device that they made to go with the app, has yet to hit shelves.

Sony in the past has had a handheld device called the PlayStation Portable and even an Xperia smartphone line. It seems that Sony will use the Apps, not to make money, but to sell more consoles and games with them. Sony even tried cross platform development using it’s Vita handheld and Android games, and announced it would leave mobile gaming in 2015.

Sony established ForwardWorks Corporation in March of 2016, which will make apps based on PlayStation games, and characters.

As someone who has played PlayStation Games since the PS1, I am looking forward to seeing what Sony has in store for us mobile gamers.

Sources: SCEI Press Release

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Pokemon Go Buddy System

Pokemon Go Buddy System

The ever popular Pokémon Go app will be getting a new update soon. This update will add Buddy Pokémon to the game. The Buddy Pokémon system will make it easier and more fun to evolve a Pokémon of your choosing.

According to a post made on Pokémon Go creator Niantic’s Facebook page: A player will be able to pick one Pokémon to be their buddy. You can also change this Pokémon at any time to another Pokémon. Buddy Pokémon earn candy as they walk. They will walk alongside the player. So the more you walk, the more candy your buddy will earn. Which means they can evolve faster. (However it is unknown at this time, just how much candy they earn.)

All Pokémon that a player has caught, will be eligible to become a Buddy Pokémon. This feature will help take out the tedious work out of catching multiples of one Pokémon just to obtain candy for evolution.

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Bruno Tries Earthlock

Bruno Tries

Earthlock: Festival of Magic

The game, Earthlock: Festival of Magic is free for XBOXLIVE members who have Games With Gold between September 1st and September 14th. If you are a fan of turn based action games and beautiful music scores, this game is a priority for you. The story is there, but the music is so intense I was just jamming the whole time. I am very big into gameplay and functionality. The game played perfectly well, no hiccups or glitches.

My personal opinion is I won’t play it again. The reason is because after 25+ years of gaming my days of turn based action is just over. Too bad too, because this game probably deserves a whole play through.

Tell you what, I’ll make you a deal. If the video gets 100 likes I’ll finish the game all the way to the end on stream.

Love you all to pieces – Bruno

 

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Free Munchlax For Pokemon Sun and Moon

Free Munchlax For Pokemon Sun and Moon

Buyers who purchase Pokemon Sun and Moon between launch and January 11, 2017 will get Munchlax over their 3DS device internet collection as part of their purchase. The exclusive new Pokemon is a pre-evolved format of Snorlax.

First purchasers also get one “Snorlium Z”. This is a special item for Pokemon that teaches Munchlax the move “Pulverizing Pancake” when it evolves into Snorlax. Munchlax’ other moves include “Hold Back” and “Happy Hour”. Hold Back is a move that reduces the health points of the opposing Pokemon to 1 even if it were to be knocked out. Happy Hour is a move that doubles the money you win in any battle it participates.

“Pokemon Sun and Moon” games are scheduled to launch on November 18 just in time for the holidays.

Munchlax
Munchlax
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Netflix Gets A New Bill Nye Show

Netflix Gets A New Bill Nye Show

Seemingly re-invigorated by the recent flat Earth debates and other outspokenness of Bill Nye, Netflix has hired the “science guy” for a chat show. The show will be titled “Bill Nye Saves The World” is scheduled for release in 2017. The show is expected to be Bill Nye unfiltered about every range of topic he wants to discuss.

I, for one, can’t wait.

Interesting that this Science Guy got his start as a skit on a comedy show, and has grown to be a paternal figure of science for so many of us millennials. If you look up the show KING 5 you can find the clip that got him started.

If you want to catch up on ‘Bill Nye “The Science Guy”‘, there are about 100 episodes to watch.

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Legend of Zelda Amiibos

Today at Nintendo Direct, 3 new Legend of Zelda Amiibos were announced.

These 3 new Legend of Zelda themed Amiibos will be available in retailers on December 2nd, 2016.

The 8 bit Link Amiibo:
8Bit Link Amiibo
8Bit Link Amiibo
The Link with ocarina Amiibo:
Link with Ocarina Amiibo
Link with Ocarina Amiibo
The Link and Princess Zelda cartoon Amiibo:
Link And Princess Zelda Cartoon Amiibo
Link And Princess Zelda Cartoon Amiibo

These Amiibos are normal in every way except they are stated to have special abilities for the upcoming release “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” which is scheduled to release in 2017.

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