Play Your NES Games In 3D Thanks To This Emulator

Back before the likes of the Playstation and the Xbox, there was the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES for short. With classic games like Megaman and Super Mario Bros. bringing hours of enjoyment for anyone who played them. The classics can come back with the help of an emulator that lets you play your favourite NES games in 3D.

When it comes to playing old games these days, there is a tear down the middle. Some believe that the old games don’t have enough to keep up with the latest releases, stating that everything from the graphics to the gameplay missing everything that makes them fun. Others believe that a classic is a classic no matter what you do, it would seem that Geod Studios are a company who want to be somewhere in between.

Geod Studios have released a new emulator, titled 3DNES, which not only lets you play the classic Nintendo games but with the added bonus of 3D effects.

The emulator in question can be played from your web browser (provided that you are using Firefox) and means that childhood favourites like Megaman, Dr. Mario and even Castlevania are enjoyable in a whole new light.

Having grown up with these games, you can’t help but appreciate them and the fun they helped create, back then and even now. Giving them the 3D treatment is a nice twist, and is made all the better by the fact it’s been done right. Here’s hoping that Nintendo will take note and support this project!

Google Allowing Twitter Like Posts Straight From Businesses

Google is not one to shy away from experimenting with new features and thanks to someone’s keen eyes they’ve even spotted that you could see twitter like posts in your google searches.

Similar to their mobile “cards”, you could soon see the adverts appear when you search for certain things, letting you swipe to another related piece of news or “card”, tapping it would, in turn, reveal more information and possibly a link to its source. The twitter-like feed was spotted by search expert Mike Blumenthal, who was in the process of searching for engagement ring stores in Buffalo, New York when he noticed a stream of jewelers posts. Tapping on one of the cards opened a full-screen web page, with text and photos galore.

With a similar project, Google Posts, letting the presidential campaign in the US share their latest news and policy announcements, it may not be long before Google adopt this new tool on their search engine permanently.

The full page feature reminds me of Facebook’s latest version of Notes. Could it be that google is looking to integrate more social networking-like features into their search engine? With the ability to “like” links or prioritise links from certain sources, you could customise what you see when you do everyday searches.

Explore Google Maps As Link

When a game gets released there is normally a hype around, helped only by the extra content and materials that are released alongside it. From short videos or web series to limited edition events or releases, but rarely do you see external companies get involved but that’s what’s happened as Google has made it so you can explore Google Maps as Link, the brave adventurer.

The little hero is here to celebrate the release of the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U in Europe and North America today. If playing as the young adventurer isn’t enough for you, then you can now drag the little adventurer anywhere in the world on Google Maps.

As a person who grew up saving the kingdom of Hyrule, fighting off Mario and stopping the moon from destroying the clock tower, being able to do little things like drag Link over the ocean is strangely rewarding.

You will be able to explore with Link till the 10th, the day the game will release in Japan, so for five days feel free to go on adventures but don’t forget to pick up your copy of the game to experience the real adventure.

Steam Hardware Available Now!

It’s a day we’ve all been waiting for, the official launch date of the Steam hardware! For those that just wanted to wait for reviews before committing to purchase, it shouldn’t be long now. I’ve personally been eyeing up the Steam Controller as a viable alternative to the Xbox controllers with a more innovative interaction design.

Steam is the multi-platform gaming service that allows PC, Mac and Linux users to use the same service to download and play games and now they can do it wherever they are (assuming there is a strong internet connection). The hardware is split up into a Steam Controller, Steam Link and Steam Machines:

“Steam Controller — An innovative input device that allows you to play games from all genres, including traditional gamepad style games as well as games usually reserved for play with a mouse and keyboard. Steam Controllers are wireless, completely configurable, and available for a suggested retail price of $49.99/?54.99/£39.99/$59.99CAD.”

“Steam Link — The Steam Link allows Steam gamers to easily expand the range of their current gaming set up via their home network. Connecting any TV to your Steam host PC or Steam Machine, the Steam Link allows you to stream your games anywhere via your home network, and is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99/?54.99/£39.99/$59.99CAD.”

Sadly no video on the Steam Machines due to the diverse nature of each manufacturer.

“Steam Machines — Available from Alienware, Zotac, Cyberpower, and other manufacturers, Steam Machines can serve as a stand-alone device for enjoying the Steam gaming experience in one box, with more than 1,500 titles available for native play. In addition, Steam Machines have the ability to broadcast and receive In Home Streaming, allowing you to stream your games to a Steam Link, or receive a stream from another Steam Machine or PC. Steam Machines will vary in price, offering a range of hard drive sizes, graphics performance, and more. Starting at $449.99.”

The Steam Controller and Steam Link will be available direct from Steam and Amazon, while the Steam Machines are currently only available from the dedicated manufacturers website. More information on the products can be found on the official Steam Hardware website.

Valve Wants More and Enters the Physical Store Market With Steam Sections

Valve isn’t satisfied with selling their newly designed hardware online, they also want to take it to the physical store world. For this, they have partnered up with GameStop in the USA, Game UK, and EB Games stores in Canada to create dedicated Steam sections this fall.

It has been over three years since the Steam prepaid cards launched in the same shops and they’ve been highly successful since then. Now it is time to expand on that for Valve with their Steam Hardware products such as the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and Steam Machines. The three shops, GameStop, Game UK, and EB Games will be the exclusive non-digital retailers for the Steam Hardware, making it available for those who don’t want to order it directly from Valve’s online platform.

The previously announced deal where you get the two games Portal 2 and Rocket League for free with the purchase of Steam Hardware still goes and applies to the physical sold versions too that have been pre-ordered. Users have already been able to pre-order at these shops for a while and the deal also applies to all of them.

I can see this be very successful, especially for the Steam Controller but also the Steam Link. You no longer need to wait long for a delivery, instead you can head down to your local shop and get a new controller when you need it.

Free Rocket League and Portal 2 for Steam Hardware Pre-Orders

Rocket League has got an extremely popular launch on Steam and already sold more than 1 million copies on the platform since release last month. A milestone like that has to be celebrated and the first way that is done is by creating a SteamOS and MacOS version of the game, bringing it to even more platforms and potential gamers.

The second way they are celebrating this is even better, at least for those of us that pre-ordered Steam Hardware or still plan on doing so before the launch. Valve announced late last night that all those will get a free copy of Rocket League. That offer is valid for the Steam Controllers, Steam Link, and Steam Machines.

The initial email from Valve on this didn’t really specify how people would get the free games, whether they would show up as coupons or you’d had to claim it somehow. I am personally one of those who pre-ordered a Steam Controller from the first pre-order batch and as such I was extra curious. So I reached out to Valve to hear how I could redeem my new free game. The reply was almost instant and the news is good. You don’t have to do anything at all, it will automatically show up in your steam library and all you have to do is install it.

This morning when I logged into Steam the news got even better as Valve put one more on top and also gave out Portal 2 on top of Rocket League. Both games are available in my library and they are probably in yours too if you pre-ordered some hardware.

Usually, it’s a sad thing when you already have a game on Steam and get another copy through a pack or freebie, because you’ll lose it. But not this time. If you already have one or both of the games, then you’ll get a coupon to give the extra to a friend instead. The terms did not specify if you’d get multiple codes if you order more than one part of Steam Hardware, but I’d assume you will.

“User reviews, sales of Rocket League on Steam, and its surging rise among eSports enthusiasts make it clear that the game is an absolute sensation,” said DJ Powers at Valve. “In addition to being tremendously fun, our testing shows it plays brilliantly with the Steam Controller. So it was a natural decision for us to work with Psyonix and offer it to gamers free of charge when they pre-order a Steam Hardware device.”

“We’re extremely excited about SteamOS and Mac,” said Dave Hagewood, Founder and President of Psyonix. “Our PC players have already proven how much passion they have for our game, and this is a great opportunity for us to bring Rocket League to an even wider audience inside the Steam family”

For the next 48 hours, to celebrate the popularity of Rocket League, the game will be on Sale in Steam with a 10% discount. That is for all those who haven’t pre-ordered any Steam hardware.

Your Smart Home Appliances Are Not as Safe as You Think

Are you a proud owner of smart lock? How about motion sensors, temperature sensors, bulbs or other Internet of Things gadgets? Well, if they’re made by ZigBee, chances are your house is vulnerable to hacking, according to a paper revealed at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

ZigBee, a company that specializes in IoT smart appliances that supplies big name companies such as Samsung, Philips, Motorola and Texas Instruments, is said to have implemented just enough security measures to pass the requirements to ship, which means that security measures are almost non-existent. Hackers are said to easily be able to sniff out exchange network keys, gaining access to the entire network and all smart appliances.

The security experts say that the main cause for the lack of security is due to the companies, who want to quickly ship out the latest tech, make it communicate and interact with everything, all while keeping prices down to a minimum. As a consumer, I get the bit to keep prices down, but if I have to pay a bit extra to prevent someone opening my door or fiddling with my lights, I think that would be an option all of us may opt for. In the end, security is more important than cheap product, don’t you think?

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

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YouTube Is Getting Ready to Launch Its Own Twitch Rival This Summer

Twitch has been the most appreciated games streaming service available on the market lately. It now has over 35 million unique visitors a month and more than 1.5 million broadcasters. Now YouTube wants to get in on the streaming action by announcing that it will launch a new service dedicated to gamers in the US and UK this summer.

YouTube has announced its own YouTube Gaming app and website, where people can visit to watch, broadcast streams and even search for what they want to find out in games. Google’s video streaming service plans to use its existing YouTube features, such as 60FPS streaming and DVR, along with new features like allowing steamers to share all their streams with one link.

“YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.” YouTube wrote on their blog.

YouTube Gaming is said to launch this summer in the US and UK and YouTube plans on promoting its new service at E3 next week too. If you’ll be at the event, be sure to check out what YouTube has planned for its Gaming service! If not, head on over to YouTube’s E3 streaming page to find out more.

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Steam Machines Specifications Announced

The Steam Machine has intrigued PC gamers for a little while now; a PC aimed directly at the console market with a huge and cheaper array of games and upgradeability.

Today, Valve announced the launch date for the Steam Machine, Steam Link streaming box, and Steam controller; on November 10; although it’s not clear whether that is a global release or regional. Customers that have pre-ordered will have an exclusive ‘while stocks last’ early shipment due for October 16th.

The Steam Machine will have two main manufacturers, Alienware, and Cyberpower. The Alienware version will range from $450 to $750, starting off with an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD; moving up to the higher bracket scores an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD. All of Alienware’s offerings will be equipped with an NVIDIA GTX 860M+ mobile graphics card.

Cyberpower will offer a much more enthusiast friendly version; starting off at $500 for an Intel Core i3 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 desktop graphics card. This is set to be the ‘baseline’ Steam Machine ready for enthusiasts to take home and upgrade themselves.

Are you looking forward to the Steam Machine launch? Will you be converting from a console to join the PC gamers? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Corsair Displays RMi Series PSU at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Corsair is showcasing their PSUs among other things at this year’s Computex and we stopped by to take a look. On display is the RMi Series with 1000W, 850W, 750W, and 650W models.

The RMi series are high-performance power supplies with gold certification for efficiency. They are built with high-end Japanese capacitors and the fans use high-end fluid dynamic bearings.

The RMi series is fully modular, allowing you to create the best possible cable management.

Corsairs Digital Link allows you to connect the digital PSU to your system for temperature and output monitoring.

On display was also a 600W SFX PSU featuring a 92mm fan and modular cable sets.

Specifications

  • 80 PLUS Gold certified: High-efficiency operation for less excess heat and lower operating costs
  • 100% all Japanese 105°C capacitors: Premium internal components ensure solid power delivery and long-term reliability
  • Zero RPM Fan Mode: Allows for virtually silent operation at low and medium loads
  • Configurable +12V rail options: Can be run in the default multi-rail +12V mode, or toggled to single-rail operation
  • Corsair Link Digital: Advanced desktop application lets users monitor and log fan speed, voltages and power consumption, as well as control fan speed and toggle the +12V rail from multi-rail to a single +12V rail
  • Seven-year warranty: A guarantee of reliable operation that will last across several system builds
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    – 650W – $129.99 MSRP
    – 750W – $139.99 MSRP
    – 850W – $159.99 MSRP
    – 1000W – $189.99 MSRP

Microsoft Reveals How Their Bing Algorithm Determines ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Websites

Microsoft first revealed their interest in mobile-friendly web pages and finding a way to figure out some guidelines for them last year. It seems that the company has been busy since then and finally revealed how they plan on determining which page is good or bad for a mobile device.

If you saw the ‘Mobile-friendly’ tag in the brief website description result of pages found by Bing, then you might already know that Microsoft has rolled out its new mobile-friendly detection algorithm. For those of you who do not know, then a web page which is mobile-friendly in Bing’s eyes is marked with a ‘Mobile-friendly’ tag like in the picture below.

So how are the websites marked for their mobile-friendliness? Well, Microsoft looks to have focused its interest into four major areas. The first one is Navigation, where the algorithm checks the size of buttons, links and menus. Nobody likes it when they try to tap on something and accidentally hit a link or button next to it, no?

The second and third marking criteria are Readability and Scrolling, which are assessed by checking the website’s font size and viewport settings. A mobile-friendly website, like all websites, should have its contents clearly visible without having the user to manually zoom and scroll horizontally on the web page to view its contents.

Last, but not least, the fourth requirement is Compatibility. From my point of view, this is the main decisive criteria to take into account. Web developers should try to make an effort to drop all external or third-party dependencies such as flash content and plug-ins and look into fully exploiting HTML5 that not only has a variety of support, but is also cross-platform compatible.

While the criteria mentioned above shaped the algorithm, some polishing was needed as well. Thanks to a lot of feedback received from users, it was determined that they prefer to use mobile-friendly websites in contrast to non-mobile-friendly ones. With this in mind, Microsoft has made a few changes to the website rankings, shifting mobile-friendly websites towards the top as much as possible. However, this does not mean you will be fed a lot of mobile-friendly websites that have no business with what you are looking for.

Microsoft noted that sites which are “highly relevant to the given query that are not yet mobile-friendly will not get penalized”, which essentially means you will still be getting websites with the most relevant information for your search at the top. But if there’s a mobile-friendly page among them, you will have that given to you first.

More information about Bing’s new mobile-friendly algorithm can be found over at Bing Blogs. So how likely are you to switch to Bing as your default search engine?

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Dyre Wolf Attack Reels in over $1 Million in Wire Transfers

IBM’s Security division has been researching a malware attack they have named ‘The Dyre Wolf’ which is said to have been responsible for stealing over $1 million.

It is said that the hacking campaign uses targeted spear phishing emails, malware and a phone conversation on organisations that use wire transfers.

IBM stated that the attack starts with a single user opening an infected email attachment, having it contacting the attacker’s website and downloading the Dyre malware that hijacks the user’s address book and mails itself through the organisation.

After the infection mentioned above takes place, if a user attempts to log into a banking site, it loads up a new screen that says the site is experiencing issues and shows a phone number for the user to call and make their transaction.

Once the attacker has all the user’s details, a wire transfer is made that runs through a series of international banks. IBM recommends that companies train their employees not to open suspicious attachments or links and remind them that banks do not request their banking credentials in any way.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information

Valve Wants to Make Your House ‘Steam-Ready’ with Steam Link

GDC bring a lot of announcements, one of them being from Valve. The company has announced its new Steam Link, which is a gadget that will “extend your Steam experience to any room in the house”.

Steam Link is said to work by streaming content from Steam, providing that both Steam Link and the streaming source are on the same network. The device is said to be compatible with the PC, Steam Machines, Mac and Linux.

Judging from what steam has made here, we can safely say it is a receiving device for its In-Home technology, which lets you stream and play on your low-end notebook, for example, all your games straight from your high-spec PC. The only difference is that Valve wants you to hook up its new Steam Controller, which was also advertised at the event, and your TV to it.

In terms of hardware specs, Steam Link comes with three USB ports and a HDMI output. It is able to output video at a resolution of 1080p and 60Hz with “low latency” and will be available in November for a price tag of $49.99 .

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Ford Reveals Two New Prototype E-Bikes

Ford recently revealed two prototype e-bikes at the Mobile World Congress that aim to make travelling around cities a bit safer. The two e-bikes are called MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro and have a 200-watt electric motor, along with a 9-amp per hour battery. They are said to have a top speed of up to 25 km/h.

The bikes feature a rear-facing sensor that alerts the rider if a car is approaching quickly from behind by making the handlebars vibrate. Also, if you have an app open, it will also show the warning on the display.

There are also lights on the side of the handlebars and read of the bikes to warn a car’s driver of a possible impact with the bike, suggesting him or her to slow down in order to avoid it.

Both bikes are said to connect to Ford’s prototype app named MoDe:Link, currently compatible only with the iPhone 6. The app helps the riders plan their route and helps with direction by giving feedback through the handlebars, telling the rider when to turn. Blinking indicators are said to also automatically activate in order to inform other drivers of a turn being made by the rider.

Due to the bikes being foldable, the app can take the user to a bus or train stop, should it be quicker than any alternative. It is said to also display the cost of any public transport fees to the destination.

Other key features within the app include identifying bike-friendly roads and generate warning feedbacks regarding other potential hazards. To be noted is that the DoMe:Pro is designed for couriers, having the ability to be folded and stored in the back of a van, while the DoMe:Me is designed for regular commuters.

Thank you TheNextWeb for providing us with this information

Legend Of Zelda TV Show In the Works at Netflix

Netflix is developing a live-action adaptation of Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise, according to the Wall Street Journal. The series, following the story of the games, is said to follow the adventures of Link as he travels through Hyrule to rescue Princess Zelda.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the show is being pitched as a family-friendly Game of Thrones but, being in the early stages of development, not much more is known about the endeavour. Let’s just hope that it improves upon the last Nintendo live-action adaptation, Super Mario Bros.

Source: TechCrunch

Hidden from Google Website Details Just What Sites Google Search Is Blocking

Hidden From Google is a website that shows you exactly what its name suggests. The site now claims to have had hundreds of tip-offs from its users that highlight the pages that have been removed from Google’s search data base, most importantly would be that most of these articles are blocked due to a ruling in the European Court of Justice, which states people can have articles about them deleted from search results generated by certain search terms.

“There is an information gap there and, where you can verify examples, you can curate a list,” said Afaq Tariq, the US web developer who set up the site in June this year. “It is not as if the links are going away, it is just Google results within Europe that they are removed from, so you have this before-and-after picture with Google US. Some seem to have been removed, but are not any longer – that is part of the reason the list remains short. Until I can verify that an article is being censored consistently across European domains, I cannot put it on the list in good conscience,” he added.

It’s the start of something big, with scandals and cover-ups usually going hand in hand this site could soon be the hub for people who want to see what is being censored and more importantly, why it is being censored. Especially strange that articles from the BBC have been removed in relations to subjects like Carlos Silvino, who was convicted for abuse of children and procuring them for others. If he hadn’t admitted it and could have been innocent, perhaps there is a reason for removal of the article, but that isn’t the case here.

Obviously there are no doubt hundreds, if not thousands of articles out there that are being blocked, so it will take some time for them to be validated and sourced properly and who knows, maybe people will realise that you can’t hide from the truth just by removing a few links on Google, or that it would be best just leaving the original links in Google, rather than being ridiculed on sites like Hidden From Google.

Check out the rest of the block links on hiddenfromgoogle.com

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

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Watch Dogs Browser App Brings the Hacking Experience into Your Browser

Everyone who has played Ubisoft’s latest hacking game title, Watch Dogs, knows about what Aiden Pearce, the main character in the game, has in his smartphone. For those who do not know, his smartphone is basically a mobile NSA tracking and hacking ‘supercomputer’, having the power to disable traffic lights, fiddle with bridges, smartphones, power lines and even the city’s grid.

Although in the real world you cannot do all of this with just a smartphone, Ubisoft has apparently made a ‘light’ version (without all the hacking features of course) of the app, which is available in your browser. Real world data from cities such as Berlin, Paris and even London can be displayed and accessed via the Watch_Dogs WeAreData browser app, displaying publicly accessible location-based data.

The application in question appears to display where mobile phones are, show and read tweets from the locations they were triggered, link CCTV feeds, traffic lights and more. It is said that each city displays a host of data, including transportation, network nodes, city infrastructure such as ATMs and public toilets, social media data from Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Flickr, all displayed with location data and positioned accordingly.

Though this seems as an incredible tool, it has its limitation. All data gathered by the app is said to come from sources which gave their consent on sharing location information. There is no information or data from unauthorized sources from, let’s say, the government. Nonetheless, it is fun to click around and see how the connected world is and looks like daily, and even spy on ‘unsuspected’ victims who post location tags and/or pictures all around these cities. Anyone interested in looking at one of the three available cities can go on the Watch_Dogs WeAreData website here.

Thank you Cult of Mac for providing us with this information
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Petition to Make Link a Young Black Female in next Zelda Game

A new petition which seeks supports to change Link into a black female for the next Wii U release in the Zelda series. The campaign only recently launched on Change.org and doesn’t seem to be getting too much support at this time, but it does raise some interesting thoughts. I mean, would a games developer ever bow to pressure to make such a big change to a gaming icon? After all, the gaming community did manage to make EA re-do the end of one of their games, and it really can’t be too difficult to include a race selection, even in many iconic franchises.

“For too many years have the black community been underrespresented [sic] in the video game industry,” Watabe wrote on Change.org. “Nintendo went too far this time when they chose to make the new Link white and white only. We need to end this injustice, equality has sadly still not been truly achieved.”

Gaming is a medium that can change and can give users more options, more so than any other kind of media. Personally I wouldn’t mind if Link had a gender and race swap or not, but having this kind of option in more games couldn’t do any harm.

Thank you Stevivor for providing us with this information.

Large Number of Pinterest Accounts Hacked, Weight Loss and Asian Fruit Spams Appear

Pinterest, the popular ‘virtual discovery tool’, has apparently been hacked again. This time however, there were no butt pictures in the spams (unfortunately). Nevertheless, a large number of accounts have been hacked and posts have even ended up even on Twitter.

The spam messages are said to be made out of weight loss bragging and asian fruit. Some of the latter post can be seen below:

The messages and content are funny, but this second incident also comes as a strong reminder that weak passwords are what leads to this type of incidents. The threat also increases with the popularity of the social media service. ComScore is said to rank Pinterest as the 39th most popular website in the US as of February 2014, having a value mark of over $5 billion. This means that it is a potential target for spammers, as what the second incident already suggests, and also other malicious activities.

Users are therefore urged to reset their passwords if their account appears to have been hacked and deauthorize any suspicious apps and services the account is paired to. Also, users should obviously refrain from clicking the link inside the spam messages to avoid having their accounts hacked as well.

Thank you TheNextWeb for providing us with this information
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Shorter .UK Web Address To Replace Some Sites Next Year

New .uk web addresses are looking to be introduced next summer as an alternative to .co.uk and .org.uk domains. Nominet, the non-profit organisation in charge of the naming system, said bringing in the shorter suffix was the biggest change for years.

The domain name can be used in addition to or instead of an existing address. Websites who already have a .co.uk or .org.uk site will be refused for up to five years. Brand new .uk web addresses, where there is no existing equivalent, will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where one person owns the .org.uk domain name and another owns the .co.uk, priority will go to the owner of the .co.uk site. Nominet had initially scrapped the plans amid concerns that .uk domains would be confusing for some users, but is now going ahead with the scheme. The new domains will cost £3.50 per year for one-year registrations and £2.50 per year for multi-year registrations.

Many countries already have a similar system, including France, which uses the .fr extension, and Germany, where websites are given the .de suffix. It was also announced last week that London is to get its own web suffix. The number of generic top-level domains, such as.com and .org, is set to expand massively from 22 to more than 1,400.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers agreed the move last month, saying it wanted to “promote global innovation, competition and consumer choice”.

Thank you Sky for providing us with this information

Nintendo Announces Zelda Special Edition 3DS XL

A new “Golden” edition Nintendo 3DS XL has been officially announced. Though it has been rumoured for quite some time now that there would be a “Legendary” version released. Mr. Eiji Aonuma officially announced this Special Edition Nintendo 3DS XL and has given a release date for November 22.

As the years have gone by we have seen many golden cartridges for Zelda games, now we are getting a Nintendo 3DS XL. Normally the 3DS XL would retail for $199 this special edition will retail for $219 but will also come with a digital copy of A Link Between Worlds which retails for $39. If you’re in the marked for a new 3DS then this may be the way to go, getting yourself a new Gold and Black Zelda themed handheld system.

A Link Between Worlds is set to release on November 22, the same day that the Nintendo 3DS XL bundle comes out.

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“Hello everyone, I am the producer of The Legend of Zelda games, Eiji Aonuma. We have a tradition of making the Zelda series gold. Today, I would like to introduce a new product that follows that tradition. A gold-colored Nintendo 3DS XL that will be on sale the same day as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I am grateful for the fans supporting Zelda over the years. Please enjoy Link’s new adventure with the gold system”

The system is gold-colored just as you may remember the cartridge for The Legend of Zelda on the NES. Keeping true to the tradition the new 3DS XL will Gold on one the front, while the back will be black representing parallel worlds that Link travels to in the game. Both sides will feature the iconic Triforce on the exterior.

The game will be familiar to those who had hours of enjoyment playing A Link to the Past on the SNES, taking place in the same Hyrule after many years have passed. In A Link Between Worlds Link will venture between Hyrule and Lorule using a power that lets him become a drawing on walls. Players will get to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way.

Thank you ZeldaDungeon.net for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Youtube.com.