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Carphone Warehouse is running a nice promotion on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. You can get the SIM-free 128GB Pixel 2 for £559. The Kinda Blue model is only 64GB, though, so you’ll have to choose between the Just Black or Clearly White. For reference the Google Store lists the 64GB model at £629 for and £729 for the 128GB one. The SIM free Pixel 2 XL is down by £170 as well – £629 for the 64GB model and £729 for the 128GB model. The Google Store in the UK is running its own promotions for that one – the 64GB Pixel 2 XL for £699 (discounted from £799) and the 128GB 2 XL for… – Latest articles

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The Google Clip camera retails for $ 249.

The big news from this week has been Amazon’s proposed acquisition of Ring for $ 1 billion or more. Kevin and I explain the deal and share our concerns before turning to the issue of smarter cameras, including the recently reviewed Google Clip. From there, we discuss news from Mobile World Congress and then dig into financings, Google winning over a former Alexa exec, the death of Staples Connect, and a new device from Fibaro. This week’s guest is Dominik Schiener, who is a co-founder of IOTA, a distributed ledger for machine transactions. It’s a fun interview.


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Opinion: Marketers Have to Start Thinking Seriously About Deep Learning

The following is a guest contributed post from Jeremy Fain, CEO and founder of Cognitiv.

A lot of people have asked me about my thoughts for 2018, and what I think the overarching trends in advertising technology and deep learning will be in the coming year. Far be it from me to disappoint my fans – so here’s my take on next year’s biggest topics:

  1. Marketers will have to start thinking seriously about deep learning.

AI has been a buzzword for the past several years, as clearly evidenced by the vast numbers of products claiming to be AI currently on the market. While most of these applications don’t really live up to the picture of AI that most people have in their heads of a Jetsons-like robot, there have lately been a series of discoveries, most notably in the field of deep learning, that are sure to have a serious impact on the way that most businesses operate.

Deep learning and neural networks are at the heart of some of the most astonishing machine learning developments, from image recognition to the natural language processing that enables gadgets like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home to operate. But access to the technology and insights of deep learning is no longer limited to the big players, as new tools have arrived to bring the computing power and analytical insight of deep learning to marketers.

In some ways, the current wave of AI products is good, because it means that more people, including marketers, have become aware of what AI has the potential to do as well as its possible limitations. As more advanced forms of AI become market-ready, deep learning will be at the forefront of any of those conversations, and marketers will begin to understand the value of using deep learning to buy media and create audiences to advertise against, becoming better equipped to lead their businesses to success in 2018 and beyond.

  1. Mobile ad networks will be forced to become more transparent.

Before programmatic became a mainstay of digital advertising, ad networks performed an important function as an intermediary between digital advertisers and publishers. They could help publishers find buyers for their inventory, and they could put inventory from multiple publishers together to make it easier for advertisers to buy. Because most inventory came from smaller publishers, it cost less, and was a cost-effective value proposition for most advertisers.

The rise of programmatic, however, created a way for advertisers to directly buy from any publisher with added transparency into pricing and websites.  Suddenly, ad networks had to deliver more value than just inventory aggregation.  This transition took place in the traditional digital display world years ago but has yet to take place in mobile advertising.  2018 will be the year where mobile ad networks will have to prove their added costs or face the reality that mobile advertisers have begun to use programmatic for user acquisition and retention campaigns.

  1. Header bidding will become a problem on the agency side, so its use will diminish.

This relates in some ways to the general theme of greater transparency in the digital advertising markets. Header bidding code allows a publisher to offer the same impression in multiple exchanges at the same time, ultimately leading to the impression being sold for a higher price than if a single exchange was used. This means advertisers are bidding multiple times on the same inventory and, because of the nature of programmatic, they are likely paying more.  Originally, header bidding was meant to allow advertisers to compete programmatically for all of a publisher’s inventory, instead of just the unsold “dregs” that were left over after directly sold insertion orders had been fulfilled.  The technology, however, is now being used to offer the same impression through multiple exchanges to the same DSP.  This has driven DSP costs up because of the skyrocketing number of “duplicate” bid requests being received from multiple exchanges and has given rise to an entirely new ad tech industry of trying to sift through these duplicate impression requests.

A much more elegant, and likely solution in 2018, will be that advertisers through their agencies will require the use of the ads.txt standard.  This file is meant to be made available by every publisher wishing to sell their inventory programmatically.  It lists the exchanges their inventory is available in.  Ads.txt was created to stop a flagrant type of fraud where websites list themselves inaccurately as more valuable websites, but Ads.txt can also be a great tool to cut down on duplicate impressions.  A publisher has the right to sell its inventory any way it chooses, and different exchanges may have different strengths for different types of inventory,  so I do not predict (or advise) that advertisers will require pubs use only one exchange.  In the end though, I predict that header bidding as it is used today is on its way out.  The costs are too high for DSPs and advertisers will realize they are bidding on the same exact impression and ultimately paying a higher price.  I’ve never met an advertiser that liked that.

If there’s any overarching theme here, it’s the idea that marketers and advertisers are constantly getting more savvy about the tools they’re using, whether it’s AI, ad networks, or ad exchanges.  They will begin asking tough questions and demanding accountability in 2018 in new ways that will, as always, lead to big changes in the advertising ecosystem.

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How Deep Learning AI Will Help Hologram Technology Find Practical Applications

Easier, Faster, Holograms

In two new studies, researchers at UCLA used artificial neural networks to reconstruct a hologram — not just any hologram, though. Not only is the technique an advancement of holographic technology, but the resulting microscopic images could have fascinating medical applications.

In the first study, published in the journal, Light: Science & Applications, researchers used deep learning to create images of biological samples like blood, Pap smears, and other thin tissue samples.

The neural network technique proved to be easier and faster than the usual methods used to make holograms, which often require an abundance of physical measurements and computational input.

In the second study, the team applied their deep learning framework to improve the resolution and quality of the microscopic images, which could help doctors detect very small abnormalities in a large blood or tissue sample.

As holograms are rendered they can lose information in the process, which can sometimes make “artifacts” appear in the image; something that looks significant (like a dark spot that’s really just a shadow but could be interpreted as a cancerous growth). This also happens at times with radiological scans, especially if the patient moves when the scan is being performed.

However, the UCLA team’s deep learning AI was successfully able to address the problem: once it was properly trained, the neural network could separate the spatial features of the true image from any interference (often caused by light).

Practical Holograms

Layers of artificial neural networks allow deep learning algorithms to automatically analyze data. The technology has already demonstrated its use for improving real-time speech translation, video captioning, and many other tasks previous left up to humans — who, perhaps, don’t accomplish them as speedily or accurately as the algorithms do.

Since machine learning can sort through enormous amounts of information much faster than humans can, one area that the technology has begun to establish a presence is medicine. The algorithms are already finding applications in diagnostic radiology, where they’ve been used to read x-rays and have even managed to catch cancers that were missed by human physicians on scans.

As we strive to develop tools to help bring these views “to life” holographic image reconstruction will be integral — especially if they’re able to repair and recover the images.

Beyond the remarkable potential deep learning has to advance hologram technologies, Aydogan Ozca, who led the research, believes it could open up new possibilities in imaging. In a UCLA press release, Ozca said the technology could even lead to the creation of entirely new, coherent imaging systems. Future imaging systems could even use UCLA’s findings to incorporate other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum into the tech, like X-rays and visible wavelengths.

If the future is anything like we’ve seen in science fiction for the last 40 to 50 years, holograms will play a major role, but UCLA’s research doesn’t just support the fantastic future of holograms; it offers realistic applications for the incredible technology.

The post How Deep Learning AI Will Help Hologram Technology Find Practical Applications appeared first on Futurism.


Out Now: ‘Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition’, ‘Dandara’, ‘Dig Dog – Treasure Hunter’, ‘Grand Summoners’, ‘Light a Way’, ‘Bluebird of Happiness’, ‘Ninja Attack!’, ‘StrikeMaster Bowling’, ‘The X-Files Deep State’ and More

Ok, so, a little game called Final Fantasy (maybe you’ve heard of it?) decided to release its latest mobile version a little earlier than planned, so Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is kind of dominating this week’s list of new releases arriving one day earlier than its previously announced February 9th release date. It’s free to try though, so try it out! But don’t let it overshadow some of the other excellent releases this week like Dandara, which we loved in our review, the quirky roguelite digger Dig Dog from Rusty Moyher, or even the over the top new bowling game StrikeMasters Bowling from the folks who brought us the Great Little War Game series. THAT’S unexpected. Anyway, check out the full list of this week’s new games below and let us know which ones you’ll be checking out.


Bluebird of Happiness

iTunes Description

Your brother finds a stuffed bluebird while the two of you visit a festival. Later that night you have a dream that takes place inside of a strange forest with a man having the head of a bird

Try to escape the dream by collecting items and solving puzzles.

Can you save your brother?

Forum Thread: Bluebird of Happiness (by Daigo Sato)

Caravan War

iTunes Description

Take complete control of an epic empire and defend it at all costs in the medieval fantasy tower defense strategy game, Caravan War. Collect a variety of resources to build and expand your empire by establishing friendly caravan trades or launch colossal raids to seize all kinds of goods from other caravans. Battle with others worldwide via online multiplayer or fight solo in an offline campaign mode. Can you build the best kingdom of all time?

Forum Thread: Caravan War (by Hiker Games Joint Studio)


iTunes Description

The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free spirits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arises a heroine, a ray of hope. Her name is Dandara.

Welcome to a unique 2D metroidvania platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls, and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Empower Dandara for combat and survival against enemies bent on oppression.

Awaken, Dandara, to bring freedom and balance to this directionless world.

Forum Thread: Dandara (by Raw Fury)

Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor

iTunes Description

When the Day of Eclipses arrived, a dark shadow appeared, and from the sky, a mysterious lady descended… Join Haley, Anis and Luke in an epic journey and unravel their destiny!

-Explore the world of DawnBreak with familiar voices from Rie Tanaka, Ryohei Kimura, Hikaru Midorikawa, and other fan favorite voice actors and actresses!
-Release your full potential with a well-timed “Ultimate” to turn the tide of combat and annihilate everything in your way!
-Meet a lovely cast of fairy companions who fight and scavenge items for you!
-Gather your friends to conquer legendary monsters in a real-time co-op- daily challenges await you!
-Prove your strength in a 4-player battle royale arena, where you will have the chance to play as epic bosses to destroy other players!

Forum Thread: Dawn Break:The Flaming Emperor (by Our Game Entertainment Limited)

Defender Heroes:Castle Defense

iTunes Description

The war broke out and dark monsters are back to attack your castle. Not only orcs, but also goblins, witch, spirits, devils and other monsters are trying to destroy your kingdom! Use the power of the bow and crossbow to defend the realm and the kingdom from attacking enemies. Equip the castle with a bow, arrows and defeat all the demon and zombies that are coming to your castle.

You are not alone in this battle. Choose your legendary warriors and fight together with the legendary heroes. Summon the ancient gods will lead your army and defend your precious kingdom.

Forum Thread: Defender Heroes:Castle Defense (by Unimob)

Dere Exe

iTunes Description

You find a strange message from a relatively unknown app developer and a mysterious mobile game called ‘Dere Exe’. Like other platformer games, it has challenging levels, nostalgic pixel art graphics, retro music, but it has horror elements as well.

‘Dere Exe’ is an immersive narrative thriller using the interface of a normal platformer game. This game is not for the faint of heart. You were warned.

Forum Thread: Dere Exe (by Darius Immanuel Guerrero)

Dig Dog – Treasure Hunter

iTunes Description

Dig Dog is an action roguelike platformer. Dig to discover treasure, adventure and bones! Jump, dash, stomp and dig your way through a strange world inhabited by stranger creatures. Simple, expressive control scheme – Run, dig, drop, jump or dash using only three buttons! Also supports game controllers.

Play both Game Modes:
Bone Hunt – The roguelike treasure hunt. Dig for bones across four worlds of increasing difficulty. Battles enemies above perilous cliffs. Die a lot.
Free Dig – An endless digging experience. Dig through an infinite set of levels with minor challenge and no game overs. Progress is saved.

Includes an original retro soundtrack from 8bitmatt!

Forum Thread: Dig Dog – Treasure Hunter (BY Rusty Moyher)


iTunes Description

Exception is a game about AI programming. During the game, the player is required to assist the unit to defeat it’s enemy in the virtual world. However the player need to control the units by programming instead of control them directly.

This is a challenging single player game need to go through in chapter sequence. In each chapter, the player is demanded to think about the strategy and realize it by programming the units. The player need to program for different types of units to achieve cooperation between them and pass the chapter in the end.

Forum Thread: Exception (By Kunpo)

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

iTunes Description

“Explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XV
with a cast of cute and cool characters! “

Now you can enjoy the FINAL FANTASY XV story across 10 exciting chapters

Tap to move, tap to talk, and tap to fight
Easy for anyone to pick up and play!

Forum Thread: Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition (by SQUARE ENIX)

Grand Summoners

iTunes Description

This is a story of memories and bonds. Raktehelm, a land where Gods and Demons once fought for supremacy. Hundreds of years have passed since the end of the Great War and humans lived in peace. However, these days of peace will come to an abrupt end when the once sealed Demons return…

– Characters that Bring the Story to Life – Summon ancient heroes and head on an adventure! Create your very own all-star team to bring peace to the world!
– Exhilarating Battles – Original and intuitive battle system for action-packed combat!
– Multiplayer with Up to 4 Players – Play with friends to make battles even more exciting! Fight against strong bosses together with fellow adventurers!
– Intricately Detailed Graphics – Units, bosses, backgrounds are all drawn with the highest quality! We are proud to present RPG fans with state-of-the-art pixel graphics!

Forum Thread: Grand Summoners (by GOOD SMILE COMPANY)

Ink or Swim

iTunes Description

Time your taps to stay afloat, dodging killer coral and salty sea-enemies!
Power up with the super starfish and turn the tables on your foes!
Collect over 30 underwater worlds from Captain’s Cove to Rockabilly Bay
Simple to learn yet hard to master, Ink or Swim is a squidstastic time for all!

Forum Thread: Ink or Swim (by Valorian Games)


iTunes Description

The awesome 3D turn-based battle game Inochi is here. Battle your way through dynamic worlds, defeat the Rust King’s hordes and free your AniMech heroes.

The AniMech’s world, Shine Planet, is under attack from the enigmatic Rust King and his massing army of Rust infected slaves. Inochi brings you a quirky universe of Robot Animals called AniMechs, each with their own special moves and abilities.

Unlock awesome new parts to customise and upgrade your AniMech with crazy cross over creations; there are millions of different combinations so you can make your Hero as unique as you are! Master an expanding arsenal of powerful moves and abilities.

Forum Thread: Inochi (by KISS Publishing)

Island Golf

iTunes Description

If you were stuck on a desert island and could only take one app with you, which app would you take? Yeah, probably some sort of “come and rescue me” app. But while you waited for help to arrive, you could use an app like Island Golf to help pass the time!

Island Golf is a simple, easy-to-play arcade game where you play a quick round of golf with fairways on little lonely islands. There’s no complex system of club types, swing meters or wind direction here. You just tap, drag, and release to take a shot.

Every day a new course appears. See if you can beat par on each hole, and how low you can score through all 18. If you do well, you may even make the high score board for that day. If not, there’s always tomorrow.

Forum Thread: Island Golf (by CleverMedia)

Just Ski and Snowboard

iTunes Description

Just Ski and Snowboard is the „premium“ combination of Just Snowboarding and Just Freeskiing. The game is a highly authentic snowboard and freeski simulation with sheer endless possibilities to tweak (3D Touch), style and combine realistic tricks! The numerous Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big-Air, Jibbing (Rails, Boxes) and Backcountry challenge locations are covering a huge variety of freeskiing and snowboarding.

The game features a powerful yet simple steering technology with supportive in-game tutorials and simple buttons for beginners and advanced possibilities (2x taps, swipes, etc.) for Pro’s. Summarized, the aim of the game is to beat the world’s best scores and to master given challenges in order to improve your overall skiing and snowboarding skills.

Forum Thread: Just Ski and Snowboard (by Randerline GmbH)

Just Slide

iTunes Description

You can’t run, can’t flip, can’t even jump, all you can do is Just Slide!

Do you like casual, one-tap and one-finger controls in games?
Bad news, we don’t have it. Why? Because it’s boring and not even close to challenging.

Imagine blob, cat, doge, rabbit, ghost or even santa. Now put them on oiled, very slippery and rotating platform. And finally drop tons of deadly traps, spikes, bombs, arrows and black holes. Perfect. Now you have to save them without losing your mind. Welcome to ‘Just Slide’.

Forum Thread: Just Slide (by FunnyStoryHa)

Landslide Ninja

iTunes Description

How high will you be able to climb the avalanche?

Landslide Ninja is an endless climbing adventure through amazing worlds and planets with exciting landscapes. Avoid getting smashed by the falling blocks while you race against the rising waters! Earn FIVE unique ninja belts ranging from the magma belt to the crystal belt. Level up to earn awesome powers to make your climb easier. Can you climb the highest? There’s only one way to know.

Forum Thread: Landslide Ninja (by Eternal Studio)

Light a Way

iTunes Description

Darkness has enveloped the sun and from within it, emerge the dark beings with a sole purpose to consume all beings of Light. It is now up to you, the Guardian. Gifted with the magical Staff of Flare, you must set on a path to restore the Light back to the world and rid the darkness that has tainted the very lands that you step on.

Bring the Light back to the world as you channel the powers of Light. Tap to radiate flare onto your enemies, empower yourself with magical artifacts, and befriend cute glowing Lumis as you battle the forces of the abyss and restore Light to the world.

Forum Thread: Light A Way (by AppXplore)

Nest Quest

iTunes Description

Evade obstacles and stomp baddies to help Mildred through her quest to find a safe place for her egg to nest in this light-hearted, 2D side-scrolling game.

• Levels are easy to complete, but hard to master
• Flexible design that enables you to play for a minute, or for an hour
• One hand play using tap (to flap) and swipe (to change direction and stomp)
• Quick, simple tutorial to help you learn the controls
• Each level is hand designed to maximize the fun

Forum Thread: Nest Quest (by Moltow)

Ninja Attack!

iTunes Description

The year: 1984. The place: Brooklyn, New York Dojo Number 7. The time: of no real consequence.

“Ninja Attack!” is the result of a bizarre thesis statement: If Hunter S. Thompson was head of the art department at the Sega Corporation Ltd. in the early 80s, what would the bonus round in Shinobi look like?

Forum Thread: Ninja Attack! (by The Frosty Pop Corps)

Reporter 2

iTunes Description

The continuation of the popular action-horror game – “Reporter” from “AGaming+” studio, will shock you to the core! Turn off the lights, connect headphones and be careful, because only the attentive and cautious person can finally unravel this dark history!

You somehow miraculously survived in the hospital! Do you think it is over? And what about that strange call about 7 days? The time is running out! Carefree dreams are left behind: now you are hostage of nightmares and wake up in a cold sweat every morning. And nightmares are becoming more realistic and eerie every day. That’s why you are trying to find out something about that mysterious girl, who is following you in nightmares. One of your friends found out something interesting and you need to start your action, immediately! It’s time to go!

Forum Thread: Reporter 2 (By Igor Migun)

RPG Dragon Lapis

iTunes Description

The dawn of a new hero!

A thousand years ago, a great battle ensued between two dragons, one gold and the other silver, where they were sealed away. However, the real tale begins many centuries later after the Silver Dragon reawakens, and launches an assault on a frontier village in the far north.

There, a royal knight by the name of Lucas serves as a guard after being relegated to the rural and much isolated location by the King. Yet, little does he know he is, in fact, a descendant of the hero, Alaric, who once sealed the Gold and Silver Dragons in human form. Nonetheless, when tragedy strikes, he soon finds his place, and after teaming up with a band of unlikely companions, sets out on an adventure to save the world.

Forum Thread: RPG Dragon Lapis (by KEMCO)[+Free]

Side Jumper: Cube Brick Smash

iTunes Description

You are that orange cube which is running around the 5×5 board made of squares. Tap on the screen to jump with your orange cube on blocks from one side to another and try to destroy and demolish them all. The higher the number in the numbered squares – the more strength they have. Your player also has a jumping power. It reduces the power of board tiles by that number, or if it’s higher – smashes the cube completely. Try to clear the board, collect cubes with plus sign to level up and increase your player’s smashing power. Collect bombs to destroy the nearby squares. Try to score as many points as possible and compete with others in worldwide leaderboard.

Forum Thread: Side Jumper: Cube Brick Smash (by Eduardas Klenauskis)

Stickman Disc Golf Battle

iTunes Description

Stickman Disc Golf Battle is a PVP game all about disc golfing and builds on the successful multiplayer formula of Stickman Skate Battle and Stickman Cross Golf Battle. Use various realistic discs (Fader, Curver, Ranger, etc.) combined with players with different abilities to beat your opponents in spectacular landscapes. There are tons of cool stuff to unlock like golfers and discs and various challenges like daily, weekly and monthly live events and tournaments with realistic physics. This and more makes Stickman Disc Golf Battle the ultimate disc golfing multiplayer game.

Forum Thread: Stickman Disc Golf Battle (by Djinnworks)

StrikeMaster Bowling

iTunes Description

• ONE SWIPE BOWLING – gets you bowling Strikes in no time, but lets you develop skills to master the lanes

• DESIGN YOUR BOWLER – select face type, hair, eye color, clothes and more to create your unique bowling character

• MULTIPLAYER ACTION – take on the best, or your pals in online or local multiplayer matches and tournaments

• SKILL SHOT CHALLENGES – 40+ hand-crafted special shots with pins in lines, pinball-style poppers, ramps and more

• CHOOSE YOUR LEAGUE to play in Rookie, Amateur, Pro or Elite categories

• 11 TOURNAMENT MODES to play, including Free Roll, Small is Beautiful, Strike Master Challenge and Risky Rumble

Forum Thread: StrikeMaster Bowling (by Rubicon Development)


iTunes Description

Tabletopia is a digital online platform for playing board games just like in real life. There is no AI to enforce the rules. Read the rulebook, choose a seat at the virtual table, and let the game begin!

Or easily create digital versions of your own board games to promote, playtest, and demonstrate them!

Mobile (Beta) features:
• Solo or Pass & Play modes on iOS tablets (Online Multiplayer mode coming soon)
• Six games are already available with many more on the way

Forum Thread: Tabletopia (by TableTopia, Inc.)

True Legacy

iTunes Description

True Legacy is a text-driven puzzle adventure game. Investigate a politically sensitive murder in a dystopian, 21st century metropolis, riven by rampant economic and genetic inequality. Both your ethics, and puzzle solving skills will be tested in this sci-fi noir thriller.

Taking the role of investigator Claire Thornhill, players navigate the world of True Legacy via interactive text, immersive 3D scenes and forensic puzzle gameplay. The branching narrative pushes you to express your ethics in a harsh world transformed by unregulated technological advances.

Developed in partnership with Failbetter Games and the Wellcome Trust, True Legacy is a plausible glimpse into the future. Researched with the help of various UK universities and experts working at the cutting edge of robotics, AI, and genetics, the noir thriller plot presents the player with very realistic dilemmas around the ethics of labour market automation, population surveillance and genetic engineering.

Forum Thread: True Legacy (by Blindfire Limited)

Weapon Shop Fantasy

iTunes Description

Weapon Shop Fantasy is a shop simulator with a whole lot of RPG elements.

Or maybe it’s an RPG with a whole lot of shop simulation…
You decide.


Craft mighty weapons!!!!

Enchant them with magic!!!!

Forum Thread: Weapon Shop Fantasy (by Digdog Studios Ltd.)[+Lite]

The X-Files: Deep State

iTunes Description

The Truth Is Out There – do you have what it takes to find it?

Delve into the unknown, investigate mysterious cases of the paranormal and unravel an international conspiracy in a thrilling, story-driven hidden object X-Files adventure game.

Welcome to The X-Files, Special Agent. The following intel is classified Top Secret / For Your Eyes Only. You and Agent Dale have been selected to investigate mysterious crime scenes that defy explanation.

Forum Thread: The X-Files: Deep State (by Creative Mobile)


Dig Dog Guide – Dig Deep to Discover Your Innner Dog

Dig Dog is a platforming game that feels something like a cross between the arcade simplicity of Dig Dug and the ultra tough (but unwaveringly fair) Spelunky. Here’s a few tips to help you get better in your dogged pursuit of bones.

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The X-Files: Deep State is bad, even for a hidden object game

As any X-Files fan knows, the truth is out there. And well, the truth is The X-Files: Deep State is an appalling release. Even when you take into consideration that this is a casual free-to-play hidden object game, it’s still bad when compared to any of the similar titles found within the genre.

The first clue that this is a thoughtless cash grab meant to take advantage of the nostalgic X-Files fanbase is the fact that the in-app purchases range all the way up to $ 349.30.

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‘The X-Files: Deep State’ Review – The Truth is Hard to Get To

Calling The X-Files just another science fiction show is doing it a slight disservice. It became a cultural phenomenon by mixing aliens and the supernatural, as well as mythology and standalone episodes, all while introducing iconic characters led by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Similarly, you can’t really call The X-Files: Deep State [Free] just a hidden object game, seeing as it also has numerous other mini-games, dialogue-driven decisions that affect the story and much more. It’s an intriguing mix of elements worthy of its source material, but it’s plagued by a sinister array of free-to-play headaches as menacing as anything cooked up by the Cigarette Smoking Man.

You star in Deep State as a young FBI agent of your own design, which could serve as X-Files wish fulfillment until you realize that horrible things tend to happen to the agents on the show. Along with your partner, you start off investigating a murder case that quickly takes a turn for the bizarre. An influential attorney is dead, but was it really her soon to be ex-husband who did it? Which one of the parents abused their child, and why is said child claiming he saw a blue monster before his mom died?

The X-Files: Deep State

Like good episodes of the TV show, the first case leads you in one direction and then veers off in another, and the hidden object portions of the gameplay are well thought out in terms of how they fit into the story. So well designed, in fact, that you might not even ponder how you’ve played plenty of games like this before. You also get to sample other small mini-games in-between, with some levels featuring things like pattern matching, assembling torn pictures from their pieces, hunting for fingerprints, and even rudimentary combat sequences. There are occasions where it’s not that obvious what you are supposed to be doing, which wouldn’t be so bad except almost everything you’re doing in this game is racing the clock.

You have a partner, naturally, but whether you fall into the classic believer Mulder and skeptic Scully roles is entirely up to you. The narrative provides plenty of moments where you have dialogue choices that affect how the story proceeds (though their impact isn’t necessarily apparent right away), culminating in one big moment at the end of each level where you have to make a binary and difficult decision. Deep State gives you a rundown of how your choices align with all of the other players who have finished the same levels, which is a nice touch.

The X-Files: Deep State

The issues with some of the game’s systems don’t really come into play as you complete the first episode, and it definitely is a fun and appropriate storytelling choice to package everything like it’s a TV series in its own right. It’s only when you make your way through the second episode that it becomes apparent how many forces are working against you, and we’re not talking about extraterrestrial conspiracies here.

(Although, one supposes you can’t entirely rule it out … )

For starters, there’s an energy system, albeit not a particularly restrictive one. Every time you tackle a hidden object scene, you have to spend some energy, including re-upping if you fail the scene and have to go through it again. By itself, not so bad, since you can ask friends for more energy and but more with the game’s premium currency.

The X-Files: Deep State

You also have to go back through scenes more than one time to earn enough stars to advance the story. In the first episode, you barely notice this, but it becomes a much digger deal beginning with episode 2. Thankfully, the developers tweak each scene so the challenge is slightly different each time, by making you recognize objects only by their shape or name or rendering the whole picture black and white. It’s still a little frustrating to backtrack, and you end up doing so without the cool story bits you’re used to getting by that point.

But wait, there’s more. Occasionally, you collect evidence and have to wait for the results while it is being examined back at the lab. The first episode gives you wait times of under a minute, luring you into thinking this will be a minor inconvenience, even if experienced mobile gamers will know those timers are going to be longer as you go. Sure enough, the second episode presents one that lasts an hour … unless you pay $ 0.99 to skip it. That’s not so much building a paywall as picking it up and smacking you in the face with it.

The X-Files: Deep State

Last but not least are the loot boxes. While working on your cases, you can earn lockers full of goodies like energy items, points boosters or in-game currency. They come in three tiers, the first of which can be opened for free, but the second requires premium currency and the third asks you for $ 1.99 in real money. That’s kind of a big ask, and even though the premium currency can be earned doing lots of different things throughout the game, there are so many things asking for you to spend it that even that starts feeling a little offensive after a bit.

By the end of the first of the game’s five cases (not counting the one you start with since that’s labeled as a prologue), I had already run into an hour-long timer wait, had two prize lockers I was never going to open since I wasn’t spending real money on them and was stuck having to replay two more levels at the hardest difficulty just to move on to the next case. Any one of these situations would be fine in any F2P game, but added together they made me question whether I wanted to continue seeking the truth.

That’s a shame, too, because The X-Files: Deep State is otherwise assembled from some quality parts, and it just starts to tease you with the involvement of Mulder and Scully themselves when it starts to wear on you. I can only imagine that Fox would find himself getting sucked into playing it for a while between weird encounters only to end up ranting about how “they” were out to get him by striking at him through his wallet. Even if you generally trust no one, you should heed my warnings before you get in too deep.


Deep Brain Stimulation Could Keep Dementia Symptoms at Bay

Stimulating Response

Doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are experimenting with an implanted “pacemaking” device in Alzheimer’s patients to them retain independence. The device allows the patient to undergo Deep Brain Stimulation therapy.

This therapy involves implanting electric wires deep into a patient’s brain and connecting them to a battery pack implanted in the chest. The pack sends electric currents through the wires to stimulate the part of the brain that controls the abilities to plan, problem-solve, and use judgment.

The therapy is already in use by hundreds of thousands of patients living with Parkinson’s disease to help overcome tremors. The use of Deep Brain Stimulation to treat Alzheimer’s is still in the experimental stage. While previous studies have focused on stimulating the brain regions governing memory, this new study moves the focus area.

The Ohio State tests have shown positive results in all three of the patients in the pilot study, and the progression of the disease significantly slowed in two patients, according to a paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. By turning back on parts of the brain, the two patients could be able to retain quality of life longer than those not undergoing the therapy. While it may not be able to defeat the disease itself, Deep Brain Stimulation seems to have the potential to provide patients and their families some welcome, immediate relief.

However, the science behind the therapy’s effectiveness for Alzheimer’s is still developing. Andres Lozano of the University of Toronto is also undertaking studies to test the therapy’s effectiveness with Alzheimer’s patients. Lozano stressed in an interview with the BCC that the treatment is not meant to cure the disease, and it does not cease cognitive decline altogether.

Assault on Alzheimer’s

Researchers around the world are painstakingly working to better understand Alzheimer’s to fuel future breakthroughs in treatment. To that end, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced a $ 100 million initiative late last year to help defeat the debilitating disease along with other forms of dementia. Part of this initiative will focus on easier and faster diagnoses to treat the disease earlier.

A promising new blood test being studied in Japan could increase the time doctors have to treat the disease by up to three decades. Not only could early detection let doctors form better treatment plans, but it could also help researchers learn more about how the disease progresses over this long period of time, giving greater insight into its development.

Other researchers are working on treatments that could potentially delay or even prevent the disease from developing. Scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo, are targeting a specific gene variant that increases the risk of developing the disease by a factor of 12.

Human trials are also underway for two preventative measures that could also prevent the disease from ever developing. Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine are testing an oral medication as well as a vaccine that target the proteins which build up in the brains of disease sufferers.

However, all of these procedures are still under investigation. Deep Brain Stimulation therapies could be a very welcome addition to treat the symptoms of the disease while researchers work on ending the disease once and for all. Allowing patients to retain greater levels of independence is a fantastic step forward and will buy families more time as the researchers continue their important work.

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