Iowa is Mark Zuckerberg's kind of place, according to his Facebook story - Mashable

A man who loves Iowa.
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A man who loves Iowa.

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By Emma Hinchliffe2017-06-24 15:00:59 -0400

Everyone's best friend, Mark Zuckerberg, has a new Facebook story and he's having a great time in Iowa. 

Zuckerberg used Facebook stories—that product Facebook introduced to add onto Instagram Stories but that hasn't quite caught on yet—to document his trip midwest. The Facebook CEO traveled to Iowa as part of his 2017 promise to visit U.S. states he's never been to. 

That trip led Zuckerberg to declare, "Iowa is my kind of place." Everyone on Facebook who follows Zuckerberg was basically guaranteed to see his trip, since no one else is really using Facebook stories. Zuckerberg's story waited to be watched in a little bubble all alone, without any other friends' stories to distract from exciting photos of Iowa. 

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Fan Transforms Old Game Boy Advance SP Into A Nintendo Switch Dock - Kotaku

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This used to be an ordinary Game Boy SP until DIY-er Alexander Blake decided to make it into a retro-accessory for his Switch. It’s a lot more work and less sturdy than the one that comes packaged with the console, but you have to admit it looks way cooler.

“In the process of tinkering with a second Nintendo Switch Dock, I realized the circuit board was pretty much the exact same size as a Gameboy Advance SP,” Blake said in a post on Imgur. “And then I remembered one of my old SPs doesn’t work anymore. So I got to work.”

He removed the handheld’s guts and replaced them with what’s inside the base of a Switch dock, carving out a hole above and inside the screen so that the port that actually connects to the Switch would be snug and protected. Blake’s solution isn’t the most structurally robust given how light-weight the SP is, but that’s also part of its advantage when it comes to portability.

Ever since the Switch came out a few months ago, people have been playing with different designs for carrying cases and the system’s Joy-Con controllers. But most of all, people have been searching for a more elegant solution to the Switch dock, an accessory that feels too big and a little cheap. The conundrum as led to a number of different results, from simple, external boxes to docks, like Blakes, that are made out of old Nintendo hardware. For anyone not interested in messy DIY projects, however, it’s hard to beat the practicality of Nyko’s micro-dock coming out later this year.

“It’s crude in some places but it works,” he said, admitting that this was his first time trying to physically mod a console (most of his previous work was in painting controllers). He also did it all with an X-Acto knife instead of a dremel (a small, electronic hand tool for cutting metal and plastic) and even made a short video showing the creation in action in case people didn’t believe him that it worked.

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When the going got tough, Nintendo and Microsoft decided to go for broke on video-game strategy - Seattle Times



An attendee plays on a Nintendo Co. Switch video game console during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. For three days, leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products is showcased at E3. Photographer: Troy Harvey/Bloomberg
An attendee plays on a Nintendo Co. Switch video game console during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. For three days, leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products is showcased at E3. Photographer: Troy Harvey/Bloomberg
Fans try out the Xbox One X at E3 in Los Angeles. The reception to the device was mixed.  (Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft)
Fans try out the Xbox One X at E3 in Los Angeles. The reception to the device was mixed.  (Casey Rodgers/Invision for Microsoft)

Facing speculation that they would have to reboot or rethink their video game businesses to respond to rival Sony’s dominance, Nintendo and Microsoft instead doubled down on what makes their devices stand out.

LOS ANGELES — Nintendo was hemmed in on both sides and in deep trouble.

The company’s Wii U video-game console, an effort to add a small, semiportable screen to the hit motion-sensing Wii, was a flop. And Nintendo’s handheld consoles, descendants of the legendary Game Boy, were suffering as people opted to play games on smartphones instead.

This was in 2014, the year the Japanese gaming giant recorded its third consecutive annual loss, a setback that followed decades of profitability. Critics called for the company to reboot its hardware, or perhaps reduce the emphasis on its own devices by bringing beloved characters like “Super Mario” or “Zelda” to smartphones.

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Release: March 2017

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A game that isn't even out yet has already racked up $100 million in revenue - Business Insider

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In 2000, a bizarre and controversial film called "Battle Royale" was released. In the film, dozens of Japanese high-school students are placed on an island, given weapons, and forced to kill one another until one person remains.

That person is crowned the winner.

Perhaps you recognize Chiaki Kuriyama? She was a key character in "Kill Bill: Volume 1." Toei Corporation

If that sounds a lot like the plot of "The Hunger Games," it's because it's not far off. Though the plots are similar, "Battle Royale" is a far more brutal film. There is no prevailing heroine, no odds overcome. "Battle Royale" is a bleak, suspenseful, violent movie.

A new game with a bizarre name, "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" aims to re-create the tension and brutality of "Battle Royale." And unbelievably, it succeeds.

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Pokemon Go: How to Fix Red Error Message When Trying to Join a Raid - Heavy.com



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The brand new Raid Battle system is now in place in Pokemon Go. But unfortunately, a lot of fans are having difficulty playing it, as they receive a red “error’ message on the screen when trying to join one. So are there any solutions to this glitch?

One fix that has worked for some (but not all) players is to go into your phone’s settings and enable network-provided time. On an Android, you can do this by going to settings, date and time, and making sure “automatic” is checked off. On an iOS device, go to general, date and time, and make sure “set automatically” is selected. Raid Battles are set to begin at a specific time, and so the theory is that if your phone’s clock isn’t quite syncing up with the game’s clock, the game won’t start the raid properly. Still, this trick has worked for some players and it hasn’t worked for others.

If that doesn’t work for you, some trainers have had better luck uninstalling the game and reinstalling it. Just make sure you remember all your log-in details, but as long as you do, you’ll be able to log back into the game and still get back into your account.

A lot of players have tried both of these tricks, though, and are still receiving the error message. It seems that to some degree this might just be on Niantic’s end and an issue associated with sever overload. After all, far more gamers are playing Pokemon Go this weekend than have played in months, and when there’s a huge flood of traffic back into the game, there are always some glitches.

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