Monday, May 22, 2017

Microsoft Supports "Minecraft" in Switch

Minecraft Switch
Something weird is going on with Microsoft. It happened when company executive Phil Spencer celebrated the launch of "Minecraft" for Nintendo's hot new game console, the Switch. As of 11 May, Switch users can buy and play "Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition," a fact Spencer touted on Twitter:

What makes this so weird is Spencer is the guy in charge of Microsoft's gaming division. That makes him responsible for sales of Microsoft's Xbox One game console. And the Switch is Nintendo's latest rival to the Xbox One.

In the game business, great games drive hardware sales. Consumers often buy particular consoles because they want to play a hit new game.

But such weird situations are nothing new. Microsoft has been placed in them repeatedly ever since it purchased "Minecraft" back in 2014. After that, Microsoft has continued to support the game on a whole slew of platforms it doesn't control.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Blizzard Treats Man With StarCraft's Source Code

Blizzard
A man purchased a "lot off eBay with a ton of Blizzard stuff" last April. However, he was not sure what the box would contain, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to receive a near priceless piece of Blizzard Entertainment's history — the original StarCraft's "Gold Master Source Code" disc, printed in 1998.

As reported by Kotaku, Reddit user Khemist49 posted about his perplexing find and initially wasn’t sure what to do with the disc. Naturally, some users asked him to copy the contents of the disc and upload them for all to see, but others chimed in to say it would be wrong to reveal Blizzard’s secrets.

Blizzard apparently got wind of the ordeal and had its legal team politely ask him to return the gold disc that housed "intellectual property and trade secrets." The man inevitably took the safest route and obliged with Blizzard’s request.

Blizzard, in turn, gave him a copy of Overwatch and US$ 250 Blizzard store credit. However, it seems that Blizzard thought that was not a big enough reward.

To sweeten the deal even more, Blizzard rewarded him with an all-expenses paid trip to BlizzCon, sent him a box of Blizzard-themed gaming gear: An Overwatch edition of the Razer Blackwidow Chroma keyboard, matching headphones, mouse, and mouse pad. Additionally, he received a Diablo-themed bottle opener and journal.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Anybody Can Be Fit, Trim And Happy

Overweight Mom
A plus-size mom is sharing a "reverse transformation" photo and she thought she's doing everyone a favor.

Allison Kimmey, a mother of two from Cocoa Beach, Fla., routinely shares candid bikini selfies with her 72,000 followers on Instagram. Her latest post is a split-screen image depicting Kimmey at a previous size 6 and at her current size 16, and she wants to make a point that happiness doesn't always stem from body perfection. Nobody argues with that, but she failed to mention that happiness also did not stem from health problems like heart disease and diabetes.

Her other photo has the following caption:
"Does being smaller make you a better person? No. Does weighing less make you nicer? No. Does wearing a smaller size make you smarter? No. Does gaining weight make you lose all that was good about you? No. So then why are we all so deathly afraid of fluctuating sizes and shapes? It doesn't change your worthiness."
She should have said this instead:
"Does being fat make you unhealthy? Yes. Does weighing less make you less prone to lifestyle diseases? Yes. Does regular exercise makes you live longer? Yes. Does dieting and eating healthy food makes you a better person inside and out? Yes. So then why are you contented in being fat and huge? Why are you afraid of losing fatty weight? It doesn't change your worthiness."

Monday, May 15, 2017

Rumored Features of Nokia 9 Are Exciting

Nokia 9
The long rumored phone from Nokia is expected to give the Galaxy S8 and S8+ a run for their money, as a new leak teases beefier specs and a potentially much more versatile camera.

According to a recent report from Nokiapoweruser, the Nokia 9 Android phone could boast 22-megapixel rear and 12-MP front cameras, which are sharper than the 12-MP and 8-MP shooters on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. More important, the Carl Zeiss camera on the back is expected to be a dual-lens setup, which could enable true optical zoom.

The Galaxy S8 has a single rear camera, and the lack of dual lenses is the biggest thing missing from Samsung's flagship.

The other key difference, at least on paper, is that the Nokia 9 could come with a 3,800 mAh battery. That would be more capacity than both the Galaxy S8 (3,000 mAh) and Galaxy S8+ (3,500 mAh).

In addition, the Nokia 9 could feature a Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM, as opposed to the 4GB on the Galaxy S8. Other rumored features include a 5.5-inch OLED display, iris and fingerprint scanners, IP68 water resistance and 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage.

Friday, May 12, 2017

One Overweight Ballerina Is Confused

Confused Ballerina
There was one ballerina who is misinformed and tried to change the ideal of a "dancer’s body." Colleen Werner, an unknown ballerina in New York City, posted a confusing rallying cry for anyone whose body has made them feel out of place in the industry.

Posing by the water in her leotard and pointe shoes, Werner shared a lengthy story on Instagram about the body issues she's encountered in her years as a dancer. "The dance world is FAR from body positive, and I want to help change that," she wrote.

She's calling out for other dancers to follow her and increase her online visibility to possible advertising companies by linking to the hashtag #BopoBallerina.

"There is no wrong way to have a dancers body," she writes. "It’s dangerous to only represent one body type in dance companies, dance brands, and dance ads. Dancers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities, all dancers deserve to love their bodies, and it’s time that we start bringing body positivity to the dance community."

All good and laudable, but she is gravely mistaken. Actually, she has the wrong body types for ballet.

It's not "shaming" to say that. Think about it: a man who weighs 165 lbs does not have the proper body type to compete in the world's strongest man competition. This is not "shaming", it's the reality of the situation. As excellent as Micheal Phelps is at swimming, he doesn't have the right body to be an NFL linebacker - and vice versa. The more these women make issues out of nothing, the less inclined everyone is to take them seriously.