At the GDC 2018 Indie Megabooth on Monday, Silver Dollar Games showed off One Finger Death Punch 2, the sequel to its popular 2013 brawler. Fans of the original — and fans of smash-em-ups in general — are not going to be disappointed. Engadget RSS Feed
The United States Senate is just a single vote shy of passing a resolution that would override the Federal Communications Commission’s December vote to rescind net neutrality rules. All 49 of the upper congressional chambers’ Democrats are being joined by a single Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, in support of the resolution.
However, 50 votes are not enough to pass the bill as the tied vote will trigger a breaking vote from the President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence. Even more, if Democrats were able to flip another Republican vote the legislation would face two more daunting obstacles in the form of a much larger Republican majority in the House, as well the veto power of the President, who voice significant support for the decision.
In a statement, Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, “With full caucus support, it’s clear that Democrats are committed to fighting to keep the Internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumers are left with far inferior options.” The bill was introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and attracted more than 30 cosponsors. According to Senate rules established in the Congressional Review Act, this guarantees the bill must be brought up for a vote.
Senate Democrats are taking an opportunity to force Republicans to be on the record with a position on this divisive topic. This could put some senators in vulnerable seats in a tough place as more than 80 percent of voters oppose the FCC’s ruling on net neutrality, according to a poll from the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation.
Flanking with the Courts
At the same time, the Attorneys General of 22 states have now officially filed a lawsuit challenging the FCC’s controversial ruling. In a statement announcing the move, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “An open internet — and the free exchange of ideas it allows – is critical to our democratic process. The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers – allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online.”
Several other lawsuits are expected to be incoming from public interest groups which argue that the order was done too quickly and without adequate public input.
Saving net neutrality through the courts is a much more arduous process than congress coming together to pass meaningful legislation that a great majority of the country is in favor of, if not adamantly calling for. A definitive decision could remain elusive for years as the case winds its way through courts and appeals, leaving consumers in limbo throughout the process.
Internet activists stress the importance to stay vocal in defending the momentarily defeated rules governing a free and open internet. The Senate vote will make it clear where each senator stands on this issue, and the November elections will be a chance for the electorate to weigh in at the ballot box.
Formally announced as the new year fell upon us, Content Analytics, a leading provider of eCommerce Analytics and Product Information Management (PIM) solutions, and Bazaarvoice, the world’s largest network of active shoppers, have confirmed a new strategic partnership.
“In today’s competitive eCommerce landscape, identifying opportunities for content improvement and acting on those opportunities as quickly as possible is essential to growing sales online,” reads a media statement provided to MMW.
“Obtaining high quality product content is one of our top priorities at Walmart. As we build the world’s largest product catalog by scaling from millions to hundreds of millions of products, that problem is becoming ever more important,” said Ram Rampalli, Director of Product Content at Walmart Stores, Inc.
We’re told that the two companies will collaborate to identify opportunities for clients to improve reviews, ratings, imagery, descriptions and attributes. Content Analytics will provide on-going reporting for selected Bazaarvoice clients. Bazaarvoice will support Content Analytics clients by offering tools and methods to build review volume and syndicate into the Bazaarvoice Network.
“Not only can we identify opportunities for improvement,” said Kenji Gjovig, Director of Parnterships at Content Analytics, “but in partnership with Bazaarvoice we can also help our clients improve the quantity and quality of reviews for their products. This capability is a welcome addition to our existing capabilities for identifying content improvement opportunities and storing and syndicating supplier content for those products.”
Even more than thirty years after its original release, Punch Out! is still one of the best arcade boxing games in the world. At least I think so, but I doubt I’m alone. The mechanics are simple enough to grasp without being overly complex, and the cast of characters is bursting with personality. There have been plenty of attempts to bring a similar experience to mobile with varying degrees of success, and the latest attempt is a game called Prizefighters by Koality Games and it looks like it has some serious promise. As you can see below the character models are highly inspired by Punch Out! but so are the mechanics. Games will revolve around left and right high punches and mid punches and blocking or dodging, as well as learning your opponents’ moves to know what to react to. Check out these early gifs.
The touch controls also sound really well-designed. Here’s the developer explaining them: “The screen is divided up in half horizontally and vertically so that there are four total inputs. The left side of the screen controls your left arm, and the right side controls your right arm. Tapping the top half of the screen will target the face, and tapping the bottom half will target the body. These are your basic attacks and are quick to execute.
Holding your finger in any of these quadrants will ‘charge’ up your punch for a strong attack. For example, holding your finger on the top and right side of the screen will charge up an uppercut for the strongest attack in the game. Because these punches take longer to pull off, you’re more vulnerable to a counter attack by the opponent and can result in a stun, so be cautious of when to use them. They also consume more stamina than a basic attack.
You can guard your face by holding down two fingers anywhere above the horizontal axis, or guard your body with two fingers below. Dodging is executed by swiping either left or right. If you get knocked down, tapping the screen will get your fighter back up.”
Prizefighters will also add an RPG-ish progression, where you’re able to create your own boxer and then upgrade their abilities in various ways. There will be a meaty-sounding Career mode where you start out as a lowly up-and-comer and must battle your way through 29 of the top boxers to bring yourself to the top of the world rankings. Opponents are randomly generated so no career is the same twice, and along the way you’ll battle against three champions in your pursuit of obtaining the world title. This is in addition to a more pick-up-and-play Arcade mode and an online multiplayer mode that’s planned for a later date. It all looks really great to me so far and there’s TONS more information about Prizefightersin our forums. Plus an open beta test will be starting up soon so head over to the forum thread and check out more about the game and throw your hat in the ring for potential beta testing.
Yesterday, security researchers published a paper on ‘KRACK,’ a security vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol. I won’t re-explain how it works here (click the above link if you want to learn more), but almost every modern operating system and device that can connect to Wi-Fi is affected.
Yesterday, security researchers published a paper on ‘KRACK,’ a security vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol. I won’t re-explain how it works here (click the above link if you want to learn more), but almost every modern operating system and device that can connect to Wi-Fi is affected. This includes Android, and if you’re running Marshmallow or later, you’re especially vulnerable.
Google said that the fix for KRACK would arrive as part of next month’s security updates.
I’m back again with another one of Fugoo’s 2017 offerings: the Go. This little Bluetooth speaker is built to withstand whatever you throw at it and go with you wherever you might tread — and sound good while doing so, of course. The Fugoo Go represents one of the best bang-for-your-buck Bluetooth speakers right now. It’s IP67-rated, it’s rugged, it has a mounting strap, and best of all it’s $ 80.
The App Store is like an awful b-list zombie movie at the moment, with classic games fading left, right and center at the hands of Apple’s relentless 32-bit Appocalypse. While a number of titles have since been updated to 64-bit to stay around when iOS 11 rolls into town, the very nature of this new requirement for applications means a number of true classics will soon suddenly disappear, which is disappointing for the platform as a whole. Thankfully, one such cult iOS hit has today confirmed its continued presence on the App Store. As we first reported last week, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden’s Punch Quest [Free] has been updated to bring it into compliance with Apple’s 64-bit regulations, and the developers have also strongly hinted at later successive updates that could add features such as Apple TV support.
Having followed Rocketcat religiously since the early Hook Champ [$ 2.99] days, I can vividly remember eagerly anticipating Punch Quest all the way back in 2012, and so I’m naturally delighted by its continued presence on my iPhone. It’s a little sad that developers have to take these steps so that perfectly functioning games have to remain relevant, but that’s just the reality of 2017’s App Store, I suppose. However, the official Rocketcat Games Twitter feed has suggested that another Punch Quest update is possible sometime down the line, with main man Kepa Auwae suggesting Apple TV support on our Discord Server. This is by no means confirmation of such an addition to the game, and the developers have underlined that Death Road to Canada [$ 8.99] and its upcoming COCCYX update remains their immediate priority. Regardless, support five years down the line is awesome – if you have any suggestions for the future of Punch Quest, swing by our vibrant community on the TouchArcade Discord Server for more discussion.