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Nintendo is bringing Mario Kart to smartphones

No details about the game have been made available as yet

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February 1, 2019


Putin says no Russian Olympics boycott after IOC ban

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia would allow athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag, after the country was banned from the Games over a state-orchestrated doping programme. There had been speculation Moscow could boycott the Games entirely after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday barred the…

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December 6, 2017


Decline of Sports in Pakistan Badly Affects Our Youth

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently I came across a blog written by an Australian cricket journalist Dennis Freedman. In the blog he said, “We all saw the large crowd outside of Sarfraz Ahmed’s home when he returned victorious with the Champions Trophy. If roles were reversed and that was Steve Smith, the only thing outside his…

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August 5, 2017


Adobe bidding Flash farewell in 2020

NEW YORK: Adobe on Tuesday said its Flash software that served up video and online games for decades will be killed off over the next three years. The software giant said in a blog post its software, once considered a standard, was being supplanted by open standards such as HTML5 which have matured and become…

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July 26, 2017


Nintendo reboots with new Switch game console

TOKYO: Nintendo unveiled its new Switch game console Friday, which works both at home and on-the-go, as it tries to offset disappointing Wii U sales and compete with Sony’s big-selling PlayStation 4. The hybrid device — which goes on sale March 3 for $299.99 — comes as Nintendo also dips its toe into the mobile…

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January 13, 2017


Here’s a look inside Apple’s AirPods

By: Noman Naushad Lalani AirPods introduce an unforced wireless listening experience crammed with high-quality audio and long battery life. These mystic wireless headphones use advanced technology to reinvent our music listening experience, make phone calls, revel in TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri, providing a wireless audio experience that was never…

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December 22, 2016


Facebook brings mobile games to Messenger

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Tuesday unveiled “Instant Games” allowing users of the world’s biggest social network to play from its Messenger application or directly on their news feeds. The new games effort could be a step toward eventually monetizing Messenger, which now has more than one billion users. “This new games experience allows people to…

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November 30, 2016


Facebook’s Oculus pushes virtual reality with new gear

SAN JOSE: Facebook on Thursday worked to ramp up enthusiasm for its virtual reality line, unveiling new gear including a lower-end wireless headset prototype. The company’s Oculus virtual reality division is set to release in coming months a new “Touch” controller and a more affordable computer for powering virtual experiences using Rift headsets. “We are…

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October 7, 2016


Facebook out to play at Electronic Entertainment Expo

LOS ANGELES: Facebook has come a long way since early days when “Farmville” players reached out to one another for help tending virtual acreage. But, the leading social network was very much in the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that ends Thursday in Los Angeles. Facebook global games partnerships director Leo Olebe led…

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June 17, 2016


Video game giant Ubisoft thinking young at age 30

LOS ANGELES: French video game star Ubisoft is still diving into new worlds at the age of 30. At a packed booth on the show floor of the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo trade event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Ubisoft took players from dance floors to snow-covered Alps and the virtual deck of a “Star…

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June 16, 2016


Leaner Xbox One model plays for gamers

LOS ANGELES: Microsoft unveiled a leaner Xbox One model and a lineup of coming games as it strived to make up lost ground on Sony’s market-leading rival PlayStation 4. Xbox team head Phil Spencer used a Microsoft press event on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game extravaganza to introduce an Xbox…

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June 14, 2016


Facebook gets in game-streaming with Blizzard

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday announced that it is getting into the eSports game, jumping into the field of video games as spectator sports against Amazon-owned Twitch and Google’s YouTube Gaming. Later this month, people will be able to use Facebook accounts to log in to Blizzard Entertainment computer games such as “World of Warcraft.”…

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June 7, 2016


PS4 sales hit 40 million as Sony console dominates

SAN FRANCISCO: Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Thursday that PlayStation 4 sales hit 40 million units, being snapped up at a record-setting pace. PS4 has dominated the market for the latest-generation consoles, with industry trackers pegging sales as being nearly double those of rival Microsoft Xbox One. “We are truly grateful for the enormous support from…

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May 27, 2016


‘Uncharted 4’ video game for PS4 snapped up worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO: Sony announced that sales of a much-awaited final installment to the hit video game series “Uncharted” topped 2.7 million copies worldwide in its opening week. “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” made by Naughty Dog studio for PlayStation 4 consoles set a record in North America, where it became the fastest selling exclusive title…

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May 24, 2016


Lego sticks to bricks, despite apps, games and flicks

BILLUND: In a low-rise factory on the outskirts of Billund, a small town in western Denmark, robots stand holding trays at the ready as pistons spit out hundreds of pieces of Lego every few seconds. The plant churns out 100 million of the brightly colored plastic bricks every day and is set to increase output…

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March 10, 2016


Online gaming harassment forums canceled after threats

WASHINGTON: Two forums on online harassment in the gaming industry have been canceled by the South by Southwest festival in the wake of “threats” against them, organizers said. The interactive festival’s director Hugh Forrest made the announcement Monday to scrap the discussion panels at the March 2016 event in Austin, Texas. The move comes a…

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October 28, 2015


YouTube Gaming adds mobile play streaming

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube Gaming on Thursday ramped up its challenge to Amazon-owned Twitch by adding streamed play of mobile games and a new subscription option. The new application lets people stream from Android-powered gadgets, tapping into cameras to display players’ faces in small frames on screens with game play. “Every day, games are played while…

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October 16, 2015


Xbox, PlayStation present new games ahead of E3 conference

LOS ANGELES: Videogame console titans Microsoft and Sony vied for attention ahead of the industry's annual E3 conference, giving fans sneak peaks of the latest Xbox and PlayStation games. Microsoft also told gamers that new Xbox One consoles would have “backward compatibility”, meaning they will also be able to play games made for the older…

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June 17, 2015


Living dead come out to play in Spanish zombie games

OLIAS DEL RAY: As night falls in a small Spanish village, horror movie fan Noelia Vacias prepares for a night as a zombie invasion survivor, her eyes glowing white from tinted contact lenses, her arms covered in fake blood. Nearby Enrique Morales wears a helmet and dark glasses and carries a fake gun. Like the…

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June 6, 2015


U.S. will bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics

REDWOOD CITY: The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1996, the country's Olympic committee said on Tuesday. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington are under consideration as sites and the United States Olympic Committee said it expects to make a final…

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December 17, 2014


Bach landslide as Games innovations ushered in

MONACO: Radical changes to how cities will bid to host Olympic Games, and rules allowing more sports to feature, were among 40 innovations ushered in on Monday as International Olympic Committee members took bold steps to revamp their movement. On a day which will define the modern IOC for decades, sweeping alterations to the bidding…

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December 8, 2014