Yakuza 6: The Song of Life hits western shores on March 20th, 2018 - Gaming Age









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And here we go.  Sega has confirmed the 6th and final installment in the epic, long-running Yakuza series is officially headed to North America and Europe.  Yes!

Yakuza 6 will be available in standard and Premium editions too (see below), and will be available on March 20th, 2018 for the PlayStation 4.

Fight, Explore, and Play in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life:

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The final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima and main protagonist of SEGA's long-running Yakuza franchise, will soon come to a close when Yakuza 6: The Song of Life debuts in the Americas and Europe on March 20, 2018. The game will be available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4, and thanks to the new "Dragon Engine," is the most technologically advanced Yakuza title to date. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is localized by SEGA and will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99/CA$79.99 in the Americas, £49.99 in the United Kingdom, €59.99 in the rest of Europe, and A$89.99 in Australia.

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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Trailer Reveals New Details And Highlights Some Differences - GameSpot

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Nintendo has released a new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the upcoming alternate versions to last year's installments. While brief, the video showcases some of the differences that await players in this version of the Alola region.

Among the changes highlighted in the trailer are the games' avatars, who sport a new look for these installments. The video also gives players a closer look at Dusk Form Lycanroc, the recently revealed new form of the wolf Pokemon. It reiterates that only special Rockruff will be able to evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc; everyone who picks up a copy of the game before January 10 will receive one such Rockruff as a free DLC gift.

Most interesting, however, are the changes that have been made to the region itself. The map of Alola looks a bit different than it did in Sun and Moon; the game's official website says "ominous clouds are spreading in the sky" above the region and players will encounter "new buildings and landscapes" that weren't around in its previous incarnation.

The trailer also teases that "new secrets of the Alola region will be revealed," which will presumably relate to the Ultra Beast Necrozma. The mysterious Pokemon will play a much more prominent role in these installments, and some secrets about the monster that were "undisclosed in the previous games" will be revealed in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon.

While it wasn't touched on in the trailer, the games' website reveals that Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon will feature new Z-Moves as well. According to the site, players will acquire a Z-Power Ring that allows them to unleash "even more varieties of Z-Moves" than they could in Sun/Moon.

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Essential Phone review - The Verge











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Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference, there's already enough mythology surrounding the Essential Phone to fill a book. It comes from a brand-new billion-dollar startup led by the person who helped create Android itself, Andy Rubin. That origin binds it up with the history of all smartphones in a way that doesn't usually apply to your run-of-the-mill device. The phone was also delayed a bit, a sign that this tiny company hasn't yet quite figured out how to punch above its weight class — which it's certainly trying to do.

Although it runs standard Android, it's meant to act as a vanguard for Essential's new ecosystem of smart home devices and services connected by the mysterious Ambient OS. Even if we trust that Rubin's futuristic vision for a connected home will come to pass, it's not going to happen overnight. Instead, all we really have right now is that future's harbinger, a well-designed Android phone that I've been testing for the past week.

Available unlocked or at Sprint, the $699 Essential Phone is an ambitious device. It has a unique way to connect modular accessories, starting with a 360-degree camera. It has a bold take on how to make a big, edge-to-edge screen paired with top-flight materials such as ceramic and titanium. And it has a dual camera system that is meant to compete with other flagship devices without adding any thickness to the phone.

That would be a lot for even a massive company like Samsung or Apple to try to do with a single phone. For a tiny company like Essential, the question is simply this: is it trying to do too much?

It won't be long now before we take edge-to-edge screens like the one on the Essential Phone for granted, but for the moment it's still something special. There's a cutout at the top for the selfie camera (and a couple of sensors) shaped like a little U, splitting the status bar in half between notifications and your radio status icons.

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Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story - TechCrunch

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Instagram inception, here we come. If somebody sends you a photo or video in a private conversation on Instagram, the app will now let you play around with the original photo so that you can reply in a creative way and keep the context of the conversation.

If you receive a photo or video, there’s now a reply button in the conversation thread. If you tap on this button, the original photo is instantly turned into a sticker in the top right corner. You can leave it there and reply with some context

But you can also move it around, tilt it and draw around it. If you’re replying to a video, it looks like Instagram only keeps a screenshot of the first frame.

If you tap on it, the original photo fills the top half of the screen. You can then take a selfie for the bottom half of the photo. It reminds me of Frontback, a photo-sharing app that lets you take a photo of what you have in front of you, and a photo of your reaction with a selfie. Instagram works the same way as it features both the context and your reaction.

The comparison stops there as you can still apply filters, draw on your photo, add stickers, write text and use all those creative tools together. Your reaction doesn’t have to be a photo either. You can record a video, a boomerang, use a selfie filter and more.

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BMW unveils Z4 Concept car at Pebble Beach - The Week UK

BMW has taken the wraps off its Z4 Concept car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, previewing the next-generation of its popular sports car.

The Concept has a radically different design to the outgoing Z4. AutoExpress says its "low shark-nosed front-end" rises in a "wedge shape to the muscular rear haunches" and this gives the car a look of "lithe aggression".

Much of its styling has been taken from the company's 8 Series Concept that appeared at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este motor show in Italy earlier this year, says the magazine. This includes the "delicate sliver of carbon fibre jutting out as a front spoiler element."

But there are a number of styling elements not seen before on a BMW, such as a stacked headlight cluster and a new version of the company's signature kidney grilles.

The head of concept design at BMW, Marc Girard, told Evo: "It's a driver's car, a sports car, it's super agile, it's light, it's light-footed – and extremely dynamic".

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