Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wows Rio Olympics finale as Super Mario

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s brief but showstopping gig at the Olympics closing ceremony as the Nintendo game character Super Mario offered a tantalizing glimpse at Tokyo’s plans for the 2020 games. science news

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An Exhaustive Guide to Every South Park Video Game Reference

At this point, whether you’re an avid South Park fan or just a casual viewer, the World of Warcraft and Guitar Hero episodes are pretty much legend. But did you know that Trey Parker and Matt Stone have referenced a ton of other video games over their nineteen Seasons? In honor of the upcoming Season 20, […] Syndicated from Hulublog

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Here’s All The Data Pokémon Go Is Collecting From Your Phone

Here’s All The Data Pokémon Go Is Collecting From Your Phone:

In the five frenzied days since its American release, Pokémon Go has become an economic and cultural sensation….

And as millions of users wander the country collecting Pikachus and Jigglypuffs, the Alphabet spin-off Niantic, Inc. that developed the game is collecting information about the collectors. And it’s most definitely catching them all.

Like most apps that work with the GPS in your smartphone, Pokémon Go can tell a lot of things about you based on your movement as you play: where you go, when you went there, how you got there, how long you stayed, and who else was there. And, like many developers who build those apps, Niantic keeps that information.

According to the Pokémon Go privacy policy, Niantic may collect – among other things – your email address, IP address, the web page you were using before logging into Pokémon Go, your username, and your location. And if you use your Google account for sign-in and use an iOS device, unless you specifically revoke it, Niantic has access to your entire Google account. That means Niantic has read and write access to your email, Google Drive docs, and more.

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Here’s a look at Kit Harington in ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’

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Kit Harington is going from one war zone to another.

It was announced recently that Harington, known for playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, will be taking a step toward the dark side to play the villain in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and now we finally have some on-set photos to tide us over until the game’s release.

Kit Harington acts in a scene for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in London. June 6, 2016.

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Kit Harington undergoes facial scanning in London for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. June 6, 2016.

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The 2016 MSI: North America vs. Korea…Darshan vs. Faker

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Recently, Riot Games hosted a major eSports tournament, the Mid Season Interventional (MSI), for League of Legends. At MSI, each region is represented by a professional team. Notably, this is the first year North America made it to the final round of an international League of Legends tournament. Unfortunately, they played against, arguably, the greatest team in the existence of League of Legends, Korea. The NA team, CLG, performed exceptionally well, even beating the Korean team during the group stages thanks to Darshan (Olivia’s favorite player), who carried the team. Similarly, SKT’s gameplay solely depended on their star player, Faker. Regrettably, SKT ended up beating CLG 3-0.

One of the highlights of the finals was before the second game began. North America challenged Korea with the exact same conditions as the first game, which North America lost. Clearly, CLG wanted to convey the message that they believe they could have won the previous game. Korea called their bluff, also choosing the same team composition from the previous game, proving that they are the stronger team. Though I am disappointed, I am confident that CLG will come back stronger for their next tournament.

There’s one more thing I want to discuss about the MSI: the aftermath. Because of the loss, many fans were angered with Darshan, claiming that he underperformed throughout the finals. Many even called for him to be kicked off the team; however, even though he made several mistakes during the finals, CLG as a whole underperformed and would not have made it to the finals without Darshan. To improve, CLG should assess what they did wrong and determine how to prey on the opposing team’s weakness. Specifically, CLG needs to figure out how to play against Faker because he won’t disappear from the professional scene anytime soon.

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