Nvidia will be having a Black Friday sale for the Shield Portable and Nvidia Shield tablet

Black Friday is almost upon us and when that day arrives, the general population of the United States loses their minds and goes on a shopping spree. Of course this is because every merchant puts all their goods on sale with deep discounts. Nvidia is planning to jump in on the action with offering up a Black Friday sale for their Shield Portable and their 32GB LTE Shield Tablet.

If you are looking to pick either of these devices up on Black Friday, here is what you can expect in terms of pricing nd what each will come with:

Nvidia Shield Portable – On Black Friday the Nvidia Portable will be available for $199 and will come with a free carrying case and glossy black armor. Nvidia's on-demand game streaming service GRID will also be available for free. Regular price for this would be $258.

Nvidia 32GB LTE Shield Tablet - Of the two deals Nvidia is putting up for Black Friday, this is the best one. When you purchase a 32GB LTE Shield Tabler for $399 you will also get a free Shield game controller, the Green Box Bundle of games, as well as access to Nvidia's on-demand game streaming service GRID for free. The Green Box Bundle is that game bundle from Valve we have previously talked about which comes with Half-Life 2, Portal and introduces Half-Life 2: Episode One to Android as well. Regular price for this would be around $488.

Both promotions will be available on Nov. 28, 2014, from 12:01am PST to 11:59pm PST only. You can read more about this Black Friday sale, or purchase it through the Nvidia website when it launches, through the link below.

Official Website: Nvidia Shield Black Friday Sale


Venom will be coming to Zen Pinball next month with his own table

One of Spider-Man's biggest enemies is Venom and this big bad guy will be getting his own pinball table within the Zen Pinball platform next month. Depending on whether or not you follow the comic book scene, Spider-Man, or the villains he fights, Venom has to be one of the coolest and yet baddest of Spider-Man's enemies… or at least that is what I think about him.

The new pinball table that will feature Eddie Brock and his Symbiotic suit which transforms him into the murderous Venom. While the new pinball table will feature Venom, players will actually be playing as Spider-Man who has to defeat Venom. If this isn't cool enough, Carnage will also be making an appearance in this table as well.

Interestingly enough, as the saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Venom and Spider-Man will actually have to team up to defeat Carnage at some point in this pinball table as well. So while you do have to deal with Venom, players will ultimately have to take on Carnage as well who has his origins explain in a sort of mini-game within the Venom pinball table.

The Venom table will be available on December 8th, 2014 via an in-app purchase for $1.99 within the Zen Pinball app or on any copy of Zen Pinball you have on any platform. We will post an update when it goes live.

Official Website: Zen Studios Blog


15 hot new keyboards you can download on iPhone and iPad

Apple finally announced that it will allow the integration of third-party keyboard apps in iOS 8. So far, leading alternative keyboard creators SwiftKey, Swype, and Fleksy have confirmed that their keyboards will work on the new version of iOS.

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Sky Force 2014 Reimagined for Android TV

By Jamil Moledina, Games Strategic Partnerships Lead, Google Play

In the coming months, we’ll be seeing more media players, like the recently released Nexus Player, and TVs from partners with Android TV built-in hit the market. While there’s plenty of information available about the technical aspects of adapting your app or game to Android TV, it’s also useful to consider design changes to optimize for the living room. That way you can provide lasting engagement for existing fans as well as new players discovering your game in this new setting. Here are three things one developer did, and how you can do them too.

Infinite Dreams is an indie studio out of Poland, co-founded by hardcore game fans Tomasz Kostrzewski and Marek Wyszyński. With Sky Force 2014 TV, they brought their hit arcade style game to Android TV in a particularly clever way. The mobile-based version of Sky Force 2014 reimaged the 2004 classic by introducing stunning 3D visuals, and a free-to-download business model using in-app purchasing and competitive tournaments to increase engagement. In bringing Sky Force 2014 to TV, they found ways to factor in the play style, play sessions, and real-world social context of the living room, while paying homage to the title’s classic arcade heritage. As Wyszyński puts it, “We decided not to take any shortcuts, we wanted to make the game feel like it was designed to be played on TV.”

Orientation

For starters, Sky Force 2014 is played vertically on a smartphone or tablet, also known as portrait mode. In the game, you’re piloting a powerful fighter plane flying up the screen over a scrolling landscape, targeting waves of steampunk enemies coming down at you. You can see far enough up the screen, enabling you to plan your attacks and dodge enemies in advance.


Vertical play on the mobile version

When bringing the game to TV, the quickest approach would have been to preserve that vertical orientation of the gameplay, by pillarboxing the field of play.

With Sky Force 2014, Infinite Dreams considered their options, and decided to scale the gameplay horizontally, in landscape mode, and recompose the view and combat elements. You’re still aiming up the screen, but the world below and the enemies coming at you are filling out a much wider field of view. They also completely reworked the UI to be comfortably operated with a gamepad or simple remote. From Wyszyński’s point of view, “We really didn't want to just add support for remote and gamepad on top of what we had because we felt it would not work very well.” This approach gives the play experience a much more immersive field of view, putting you right there in the middle of the action. More information on designing for landscape orientation can be found here.

Multiplayer

Like all mobile game developers building for the TV, Infinite Dreams had to figure out how to adapt touch input onto a controller. Sky Force 2014 TV accepts both remote control and gamepad controller input. Both are well-tuned, and fighter handling is natural and responsive, but Infinite Dreams didn’t stop there. They took the opportunity to add cooperative multiplayer functionality to take advantage of the wider field of view from a TV. In this way, they not only scaled the visuals of the game to the living room, but also factored in that it’s a living room where people play together. Given the extended lateral patterns of advancing enemies, multiplayer strategies emerge, like “divide and conquer,” or “I got your back” for players of different skill levels. More information about adding controller support to your Android game can be found here, handling controller actions here, and mapping each player’s paired controllers here.


Players battle side by side in the Android TV version

Business Model

Infinite Dreams is also experimenting with monetization and extending play session length. The TV version replaces several $1.99 in-app purchases and timers with a try-before-you-buy model which charges $4.99 after playing the first 2 levels for free. We’ve seen this single purchase model prove successful with other arcade action games like Mediocre’s Smash Hit for smartphones and tablets, in which the purchase unlocks checkpoint saves. We’re also seeing strong arcade action games like Vector Unit’s Beach Buggy Racing and Ubisoft’s Hungry Shark Evolution retain their existing in-app purchase models for Android TV. More information on setting up your games for these varied business models can be found here. We’ll be tracking and sharing these variations in business models on Android TV, including variations in premium, as the Android TV platform grows.

Reflecting on the work involved in making these changes, Wyszyński says, “From a technical point of view the process was not really so difficult – it took us about a month of work to incorporate all of the features and we are very happy with the results.” Take a moment to check out Sky Force 2014 TV on a Nexus Player and the other games in the Android TV collection on Google Play, most of which made no design changes and still play well on a TV. Consider your own starting point, take a look at the Android TV starting point on our developer blog, and build the version of your game that would be most satisfying to players on the couch.


Sky Force 2014 Reimagined for Android TV

By Jamil Moledina, Games Strategic Partnerships Lead, Google Play

In the coming months, we’ll be seeing more media players, like the recently released Nexus Player, and TVs from partners with Android TV built-in hit the market. While there’s plenty of information available about the technical aspects of adapting your app or game to Android TV, it’s also useful to consider design changes to optimize for the living room. That way you can provide lasting engagement for existing fans as well as new players discovering your game in this new setting. Here are three things one developer did, and how you can do them too.

Infinite Dreams is an indie studio out of Poland, co-founded by hardcore game fans Tomasz Kostrzewski and Marek Wyszyński. With Sky Force 2014 TV, they brought their hit arcade style game to Android TV in a particularly clever way. The mobile-based version of Sky Force 2014 reimaged the 2004 classic by introducing stunning 3D visuals, and a free-to-download business model using in-app purchasing and competitive tournaments to increase engagement. In bringing Sky Force 2014 to TV, they found ways to factor in the play style, play sessions, and real-world social context of the living room, while paying homage to the title’s classic arcade heritage. As Wyszyński puts it, “We decided not to take any shortcuts, we wanted to make the game feel like it was designed to be played on TV.”

Orientation

For starters, Sky Force 2014 is played vertically on a smartphone or tablet, also known as portrait mode. In the game, you’re piloting a powerful fighter plane flying up the screen over a scrolling landscape, targeting waves of steampunk enemies coming down at you. You can see far enough up the screen, enabling you to plan your attacks and dodge enemies in advance.

Vertical play on the mobile version

When bringing the game to TV, the quickest approach would have been to preserve that vertical orientation of the gameplay, by pillarboxing the field of play.

With Sky Force 2014, Infinite Dreams considered their options, and decided to scale the gameplay horizontally, in landscape mode, and recompose the view and combat elements. You’re still aiming up the screen, but the world below and the enemies coming at you are filling out a much wider field of view. They also completely reworked the UI to be comfortably operated with a gamepad or simple remote. From Wyszyński’s point of view, “We really didn’t want to just add support for remote and gamepad on top of what we had because we felt it would not work very well.” This approach gives the play experience a much more immersive field of view, putting you right there in the middle of the action. More information on designing for landscape orientation can be found here.

Multiplayer

Like all mobile game developers building for the TV, Infinite Dreams had to figure out how to adapt touch input onto a controller. Sky Force 2014 TV accepts both remote control and gamepad controller input. Both are well-tuned, and fighter handling is natural and responsive, but Infinite Dreams didn’t stop there. They took the opportunity to add cooperative multiplayer functionality to take advantage of the wider field of view from a TV. In this way, they not only scaled the visuals of the game to the living room, but also factored in that it’s a living room where people play together. Given the extended lateral patterns of advancing enemies, multiplayer strategies emerge, like “divide and conquer,” or “I got your back” for players of different skill levels. More information about adding controller support to your Android game can be found here, handling controller actions here, and mapping each player’s paired controllers here.

Players battle side by side in the Android TV version

Business Model

Infinite Dreams is also experimenting with monetization and extending play session length. The TV version replaces several $1.99 in-app purchases and timers with a try-before-you-buy model which charges $4.99 after playing the first 2 levels for free. We’ve seen this single purchase model prove successful with other arcade action games like Mediocre’s Smash Hit for smartphones and tablets, in which the purchase unlocks checkpoint saves. We’re also seeing strong arcade action games like Vector Unit’s Beach Buggy Racing and Ubisoft’s Hungry Shark Evolution retain their existing in-app purchase models for Android TV. More information on setting up your games for these varied business models can be found here. We’ll be tracking and sharing these variations in business models on Android TV, including variations in premium, as the Android TV platform grows.

Reflecting on the work involved in making these changes, Wyszyński says, “From a technical point of view the process was not really so difficult – it took us about a month of work to incorporate all of the features and we are very happy with the results.” Take a moment to check out Sky Force 2014 TV on a Nexus Player and the other games in the Android TV collection on Google Play, most of which made no design changes and still play well on a TV. Consider your own starting point, take a look at the Android TV starting point on our developer blog, and build the version of your game that would be most satisfying to players on the couch.


Apple kicks off (RED) charity campaign in App Store

Apple teams up with app developers and the (RED) campaign to raise money for the treatment of AIDS/HIV around the world. The purchase of select apps and products will result in a donation to the Global Fund.

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Behind the scenes: How Sunset Overdrive got its gritty punkpocalyptic soundscapes

Take a peek behind the scenes at the making of Sunset Overdrive’s dynamic punk rock soundtrack, crafted in a collaboration between developer Insomniac Games and producer Pyramind Studios.

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Watch a semi truck jump over an F1 car

The Lotus F1 team arranged for a semi truck to jump over one of its race cars for a stunt that garnered a Guinness World Record for longest jump by a truck and trailer. Don’t try this at home.

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Shots fired: AMD ambushes Nvidia with unexpected Radeon R9 295×2 price cuts

To further heat up the uber-competitive PC GPU wars, AMD has once again slashed the prices of dual-GPU graphics cards based on the Radeon R9 295.

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Production Audi quattro could be more extreme than either of the two recent concepts

A heritage name and some serious powertrain hardware have put Audi’s recent quattro concepts high on enthusiasts’ wish lists, but the carmaker could be working on an even more extreme production version.

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Top job shake up possible at Samsung after Galaxy S5 sales disappoint

According to a new report, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 hasn’t been the big hit the company expected, and has sold in far fewer numbers than the Galaxy S4. Its poor performance may cause a management reshuffle at the firm.

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OnePlus Two news: Customizable design, great specs, and a low price

OnePlus has revealed that the OnePlus Two is currently in the works, with a mid-2015 launch date possible. We’ve gathered up all the information, official and otherwise, about the new phone in one, handy roundup.

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Sony’s Quad HD monster, the Xperia Z4, may arrive at CES

Sony could be ready to abandon its six-monthly refresh cycle on its greatest Xperia smartphones, beginning with the Xperia Z4. It’s shaping up to be an exciting device, and here’s what we think we know about it.

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The Walking Dead weekly recap: ‘Crossed’ signals

The AMC zombie drama offers up an uneven hour of television, as four separate story lines spin their wheels and never really get anywhere.

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Unofficial CM12 for Android One, Disabling Encryption on Nexus 6 – XDA TV

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Android One devices have received an Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of a Jolla Sailfish OS tablet and be sure the check out the article talking about how to disable data encryption on the Nexus 6! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jared shows you how to Bump! unlock your LG G3. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video talking about the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. And if you missed it be sure to check out Jordan’s Review of the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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