PC Gamers in Myanmar Cannot Access Origin, EA Pledges a Fix ‘Soon As Possible’

PC Gamers in Myanmar Cannot Access Origin, EA Pledges a Fix 'Soon As Possible'

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gamers in Myanmar are unable to access or play PC games bought via Origin
  • Some claim this may be due to sanctions imposed on Myanmar by the US
  • EA tells Gadgets 360 it’s looking to resolve this as soon as possible

FIFA and Battlefield hit-maker EA may have reduced its presence in India over the past few years, but you can still get its games officially via Amazon or Origin – the company’s digital distribution platform for PC. Which is a bit better than what has happened in Myanmar.

According to a thread on Reddit, EA has revoked access to Origin completely in Myanmar.

“I live in Myanmar, and I own about 20 games on Origin, and have spent hundreds of dollars on the platform. I’ve bought the full editions of all of the Battlefield games up to this point, with their season passes,” claimed Redditor trivial_sublime.

(Also see:EA Wants to Win PC Gamers Back, but Its Actions Say Otherwise )

“ I was trying to log into Origin a few days ago, and got a bizarre ‘Access Denied’ message. I googled it, and found that ‘Origin is no longer available in Myanmar’, the post continues. “None of us has been offered a refund – just a ‘sorry, all your games are gone.’”

One of the comments on EA’s own forums claims it could be due to US laws.

(Also see:Steam vs Origin vs Uplay vs GOG vs Windows Store – A Definitive Guide

“Yes, with the Origin 10 update, US laws (which is where EA is based) forced them to block certain countries. Unfortunately you live in one of those countries. I’m sorry but there is nothing we can do here to allow you access again,” stated DarkAmaranth1966. This user is labelled as a Champion – a support volunteer picked by EA to assist other users but not an employee of the company. The response is odd considering that sanctions were lifted on October 7 and services such as Steam – which is also US-based, works fine.

(Also see:Here’s Why You Can Buy FIFA 16 and Other EA Games Only From Amazon India)

It’s chilling that legitimate paying consumers can lose access to their purchases at a moment’s notice. Yet another reason to avoid buying games digitally aside from the obvious costs on bandwidth and storage space.

Update, October 31, 2016:

EA has replied to Gadgets 360 with the following statement via email:

“We are working to restore access to Origin for our players in Myanmar.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we’ll share updates on timing as soon as possible.”

Headline updated to clarify that EA is working on a solution and story updated to incorporate the company’s statement.

Tags: Myanmar, EA, Origin, Digital Distribution, PC Games, PC Gaming
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Google Brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Features to Street View, Voice Commands, and More; Daydream Magic to Follow Soon

Google Brings Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Features to Street View, Voice Commands, and More; Daydream Magic to Follow Soon

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can say the spell “lumos” to switch the flashlight on
  • ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sticker pack announced for Allo
  • VR game based on the spinoff movie announced

Harry Potter has been an integral part of an entire generation’s childhood and given that a spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from the same franchise is about to release, the hype around wizards is at its peak. Google has tied up with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring some of the magic from Harry Potter universe to its services and the results are downright amazing.

The most impressive update has made way to the “OK Google” voice commands, which turn your smartphone into a magic wand. After saying “OK Google,” you can now use magic spell “lumos” to turn on the flashlight of your smartphone and say “nox” to switch it back off. If you want to put all the notifications and ringer to silent mode, you already know the spell, just say “silencio” and let the magic unfold by itself.

Google clearly didn’t want to stop there and has added the locations from New York in 1926, as recreated in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to its Google Street View service. “Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski; the underground speakeasy The Blind Pig; and the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two of the film’s key characters,” the search giant said in its blog post.

To make sure that the magical experience from Harry Potter doesn’t end there, the company has announced a VR game on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for its Daydream View headset, which will be available from later this month (http://vr.google.com/daydream/headset/).Just like it did with ‘Stranger Things’, Google has also announced a ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sticker pack for its chat application Google Allo, which will be made available for download soon.

If you haven’t tried out the spells for yourself yet, stop being a muggle and please go ahead to unleash the child in you.

Tags: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Google Update, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Google Update, Daydream View, Apps, Gaming, Wearables, Internet, Google Street View Update
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Facebook Launches Events App for iPhone; Android Version Is ‘Coming Soon’

Facebook Launches Events App for iPhone; Android Version Is 'Coming Soon'

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The app lets you browse for happenings based location or interest
  • Events is a stand-alone spin on a section at Facebook
  • More than 100 million people daily use Facebook’s events section

Facebook on Friday released a mobile app for finding local happenings to enjoy with friends.

The Events app tailored for iPhones (not available in India yet) hit Apple’s App Store, with a version “coming soon” for smartphones powered by Google-backed Androidsoftware, Facebook product manager Aditya Koolwal said in an online post.

Events is a stand-alone spin on a section at the leading online social network that lets people share plans for concerts, poetry slams, plays or other types of events they are interested in attending.

“When you open Events, you can quickly catch up on new events your friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the Pages you like, and updates from events you’re already connected to,” Koolwal said.

More than 100 million people daily use Facebook’s events section to discover activities they can take part in with friends, according to Koolwal.The Events app lets people browse for happenings based on factors such as location or interest, and to explore potential outing options with the help of interactive maps.

Plans made in Events are organised on a calendar and shared back to Facebook friends.

California-based Facebook has been building a family of mobile applications to stay tuned into modern lifestyles in which smartphones are used to quickly connect and share with friends or colleagues.

Facebook has a mobile app for the social network, as well as Messenger and WhatsApp messaging programs that each claim more than a billion users.

Facebook also owns photo and video sharing app Instagram, which reported earlier this year that it topped 500 million users.

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Don’t Have a Website? Your Competitors Soon Will

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A majority of small businesses don’t have a website, according to a recent survey.

Specifically, 55 percent of U.S.-based small businesses (59 percent, including all the various countries that participated in the research) don’t have a website, according to a GoDaddy-commissioned global survey.

That percentage stands to shrink, however, as 55 percent of these small businesses voiced an intent to launch an online presence for their small business within two years.

Of the small business owners that have a website up and running, 83 percent believe that they have a competitive advantage over those without an online presence.

Key perceived obstacles for companies that have not yet launched a website have to do with company size, as well as the expense and technical expertise believed to be related to the creation of  the website.

“Some said they believed they were too small for the Web, either in terms of employees or revenue,” Steven Aldrich, GoDaddy’s senior vice president of business applications, told Small Business Trends. Others claimed technical difficulty and the alleged related costs were among the reasons they had not launched a website yet, he added.

None of these concerns holds much weight, Aldrich noted.

“You are never too small to be on the Web. And you don’t need technical expertise; that is no longer a barrier,” he said.

As for cost, Aldrich said that today a business can purchase a website, domain and email address for one year for $1 from GoDaddy.

Companies that plan to roll out an online presence in the next two years tend to be younger. In fact, newer small businesses are nearly twice as likely to have plans to create a website compared to their older counterparts.

Business that dedicate their websites to effectively explaining why they are unique are most likely to see benefits from an online presence, Aldrich said.

“Service businesses do well—such as accountants and consultants,” he said. “They use their websites to tell their story and specifically why they are the best solution for you.”

Focusing the site on telling the company’s story in a compelling way, including highlighting what is unique about the company’s offering, whether it’s a product or a service, is the key to creating an impactful website, Aldrich said.

“You don’t need a lot of widgets and gadgets,” Aldrich said. “Explain why your business is unique.” Businesses with sites that follow this guideline about highlighting differentiation tend to perform better, he added.

One promising statistic in the survey, Aldrich highlighted, is that 84 percent who plan to build a website will ensure its mobile optimized.

“They recognize the power of all those people carrying around smartphones,” he said. “It’s great to see that small businesses realize the importance of the mobile economy.”

GoDaddy commissioned RedShift Research to conduct the study, for which it surveyed 4,009 small businesses (meaning with one to five employees) in June and July of this year. Businesses located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States were part of the study. GoDaddy commissioned the research to look at how very small businesses utilize the Internet.

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Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon
HIGHLIGHTS
The DualShock 4 will work in Steam natively
Support for other controllers will be added too
The DualShock 4 gets it first as it is similar to the Steam Controller
Soon you’ll be able to use your PS4 controller natively in Steam. Valve will release an update to allow full configuration of the DualShock 4 controller for Steam. This was announced at Steam Dev Days, the company’s biennial developer conference.

“This means that players can pair their PS4 controller directly to their PC and use all the configurability options available to the Steam Controller, including use of the PS4 touchpad and gyro,” said Lars Doucet, developer of Defender’s Quest in a presentation for enhanced controller support.

(Also see: Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More)

This is just one of many controllers that will receive such support. There will be support for all popular controllers to Steam’s API. While this would allow consumers the ability to use the controller of their choice rather than Valve’s Steam Controller or the Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, it also negates the need of third-party software such as Joy2Key in order to achieve compatibility. From a developer standpoint it allows games to ship with a wider choice of input support for free.

“Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller. You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything,” Doucet claimed.
The reason for Valve supporting the PS4 controller first, according to Doucet, is due to the fact that it shares similar functionality to the Steam Controller due to the presence of a gyroscope and a touchpad.

Will you use the PS4 controller for Steam or are you a loyalist to the keyboard and mouse? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: Steam Dev Days, Steam Dev Days 2016, Valve, PS4, PS4 Controller, Steam API, DualShock 4

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You Can Soon Activate Facebook’s Safety Check Yourself, Zuckerberg Confirms

You Can Soon Activate Facebook's Safety Check Yourself, Zuckerberg ConfirmsYou Can Soon Activate Facebook’s Safety Check Yourself, Zuckerberg Confirms
HIGHLIGHTS
Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the feature at his meeting in Rome
Users will be able to enable Safety Check in emergencies
It may be a reform after company received several criticisms about the fe
Facebook will soon let users enable Safety Check on their own in an emergency situation or a crisis. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday revealed company’s plans to be working on the feature that would let users create an alert on Facebook through which their relatives and friends can know if they are safe in disasters or other tough conditions.

While holding a townhall meeting in Rome’s Luiss University on Monday, Zuckerberg received a question from audience regarding the future of Facebook’s Safety Check in the wake of recent earthquakes in Italy. “Yes, we’re working on that already.” he said, confirming that the feature might soon be tested and rolled to the public. Adding to his statements, Zuckerberg highlighted that Facebook is not only made for fun moments with friends, but also to ensure safety of the users who’re in peril or such extreme situations throughout the globe.

Facebook introduced Safety Check back in 2014, saying, “We want to provide a helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike, so we’ve created safety check” in a blog post. Since then, Facebook could be seen activating this feature in several emergency situations and natural disasters in the world, including terrorist attacks – events that Zuckerberg says have “just been too common over the last few years”.
Zuckerberg said in a video of the townhall meeting posted by him on the social-networking website,”If we’re building a community product, this is one of the moments of truth for us…” He added, “We’re working on what you say. When Safety Check got started a couple of years ago, it was only for natural disasters. The next thing we need to do is make it so that communities can trigger it themselves when there is some disaster.”

Facebook recently has been receiving a lot of criticism for the activation of Safety Check only in select places or as a few point out, in the “West”. The Paris attacks saw Facebook deploying this feature extensively throughout the affected region. Later, the California-based Internet company was slammed for being biased for not activating it during the Nigeria blasts, to which company reacted and made the feature available in the region.

While it’s still unclear how this feature will come in use and what all users would ‘qualify’ to be able to create an alert, Facebook surely seems to be sidelining itself from all the backlash it received in the past for being biased.

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Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Social, Apps, Safety Check, Paris Attacks

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Moto Z Tipped to Get Hasselblad Camera Mod Soon

Moto Z Tipped to Get Hasselblad Camera Mod Soon

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Leak suggests module will carry a Hasselblad branding
  • Camera module expected to be launched next week at IFA
  • Camera module tipped to have a 10X optical zoom

When Moto Z was about to be launched, there was an excitement around the smartphone less because of the actual hardware specifications on it and more because of the swappable mods that could enhance the utility of the device manifolds. As the various mods were introduced, the anticipated camera module was found missing. If we go by the latest leaks, it seems like the module might finally be coming to Moto Z- that too in partnership with one of the most legendary professional camera makers in the world, Hasselblad.

Leaked images posted by fan site Moto G3 suggest that the much awaited camera module will not only come with a Hasselblad branding, but will also feature a powerful 10X optical zoom lens that will ensure that your images look sharp despite zooming in from a long range.

Even though there is no information regarding the sensor on the camera mod, because of its small size, the Hasselblad’s signature medium format sensor probably won’t make it to the Moto Mod. The images include promotional material, which point to a Xenon flash, Raw format option, and automatic backup feature. A live photo shows f/3.5-f/6.5 aperture range, and a 4.5-45mm focal range.

According to the report, the module can be expected to be launched at IFA event in Germany, which starts September 2. Despite no leak regarding the price of the camera module, the Hasselblad branding suggests that the addition might not come in cheap.

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Based on the focal length, the report speculates the use of a 1/1.7 to 1/2-inch sensor like in some of the premium compact cameras, giving a field of view close to a 21mm to 24mm lens on a full-frame camera. As with every other leak, we will have to wait till the actual announcement by the company for an official confirmation.

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Motorola Moto Z

Motorola Moto Z

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2.2GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

2600mAh

See full Motorola Moto Z specifications
Tags: Moto Z Camera Module, Moto Z Mods, Camera Mods, Android, Mobiles

 

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Lenovo Z2 Plus Set to Launch in India Soon

Lenovo Z2 Plus Set to Launch in India Soon

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lenovo India has released a teaser image on Twitter
  • The company is set to bring the Z2 Plus to India
  • Launch details are not known as of now

Lenovo appears all set to launch the next smartphone from its Zuk series in India. The Chinese company’s India handle on Monday tweeted “Wait for it….. NOT! #FastForward” along with an image of a red and black impression of a smartphone.

As we see, the image has a caption that says “Impatience is a virtue” with a superimposed ‘Z’, which suggests it could be Lenovo Zuk Z2, which was launched in May in China. There is no information on the date of its launch unfortunately. The company in an emailed statement confirmed it would be launching the Lenovo Z2 Plus in India, the successor to the Lenovo Zuk Z1.

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The Lenovo Z2 Plus can be expected to be an India-branded of the Lenovo Zuk Z2, which was launch in China in May at CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,400). The Zuk Z2 has 2.5D 5-inch full-HD display with anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protection. It is powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of LPPDR4 RAM.

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The camera modules in the smartphone consist of a 13-megapixel on the rear and an 8-megapixel on the front, along with slow-motion video recording at 960fps. The Zuk Z2 also bears a 3500mAh battery, which may be what the teaser is alluding to.

At the time of launch, the Zuk Z2 already supported Indian LTE bands (Band 40). It was made available in Black and White colour variants in China.

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Lenovo Zuk Z2

Lenovo Zuk Z2

DISPLAY

5.00-inch

PROCESSOR

2.15GHz

FRONT CAMERA

8-megapixel

RESOLUTION

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android

STORAGE

64GB

REAR CAMERA

13-megapixel

BATTERY CAPACITY

3500mAh

See full Lenovo Zuk Z2 specifications
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    Lenovo Zuk Z1 (White, 64GB)
    Rs. 13,499
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    Lenovo Zuk Z1 (Space Grey, 64GB)
    Rs. 13,499
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    Lenovo A269i (Black)
    Rs. 3,400
Tags: Lenovo, Zuk, Android, Mobiles, Lenovo Zuk Z2, lenovo z2 plus

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Pokemon Go Out in 15 Countries Across Asia and Oceania; India Release Date Soon?

Pokemon Go Out in 15 Countries Across Asia and Oceania; India Release Date Soon?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pokemon Go is now available in 15 countries across Asia and Oceania
  • The news comes via the official Pokemon Go Facebook page
  • With third-party services disabled, expect an India launch soon

Following the release of Pokemon Go in Brazil and Japan, now 15 more countries can now catch Pokemon officially.

“Trainers in 15 new countries and regions across Asia and Oceania can now officially download Pokemon Go from the Play Store or App Store. Discover Pokemon in the world around you,” a post on the official Pokemon Go Facebook page reads.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Player? Here’s How Much Mobile Data You Can Expect to Burn)

These countries include: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

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Last week, Pokemon Go developer Niantic revealed the reason for the game’s delayed launch in countries such as India. “We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokemon Go to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokemon Go around the world an… interesting… challenge,” admits the company, reiterating its desire to bring the game to other nations.

(Also see: How to Download Pokemon Go APK, Install, and Play on Android)

Most of these third-party services such as Pokevision are now unusable after the latest Pokemon Go update. Plus, there’s the added side-effect of being unable to catch Pokemon while commuting or on a bike. It’s just a matter of time before the likes of China and India receive Pokemon Go as developer Niantic has cleared what it deemed were impediments to a release of the game in every country officially. Not like the absence of an official release has stopped eager fans from playing it as we’ve seen in the past few weeks.

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Tags: Niantic, Pokemon Go, Pokemon Go Asia Release Date, Pokemon Go India Launch, Pokemon Go India Release Date,Pokemon Go Release Date, Pokemon Go Update, Pokemon Go iPhone, Pokevision, The Pokemon Company

 

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Pokemon Go to Launch in Roughly 200 Markets ‘Relatively Soon’

Pokemon Go to Launch in Roughly 200 Markets 'Relatively Soon'

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nintendo’s Pokemon Go was launched on Wednesday last week
  • It is currently available in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, US, Germany & UK
  • Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm since its launch

The head of the developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd’s Pokemon Go said he wanted to launch the smash-hit mobile game in roughly 200 countries and regions “relatively soon” and was working on bolstering server capacity to enable the wider rollout.

The game, which marries a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, has taken the world by storm despite having been launched in only five countries – the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and Germany.

“Why limit it?” John Hanke, chief executive of Niantic, which developed Pokemon Go jointly with Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Company, said in an interview with Reuters on Friday.

(Also see:  How to Play Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

He declined to go into a detailed timeframe for further rollouts but noted that the company’s first location-based augmented reality game Ingress had taken a month or two to reach that number of markets.

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(Also see:  Pokemon Go Now Available to Download in UK, Germany – When is India?)

His comments helped Nintendo shares on Friday surge another 10 percent, setting a record in daily trading volume for an individual stock on the Tokyo bourse. The shares have climbed 86 percent in just over a week, adding $17 billion (roughly Rs. 1,14,028 crores) in market value.

He confirmed that the game would soon be coming to Japan and that he expects “ultimately to launch” the game in South Korea, where Google’s mapping functions are restricted due to security issues with North Korea.

Hanke said Niantic, which was spun off from Google last year, is working on the mapping issue. “There are solutions to that,” he said.

South Korea is the world’s fourth-biggest gaming market after China, the United States and Japan, according to Amsterdam-based research firm Newzoo.

But he was more reticent about prospects for a launch in China, saying only that there are regulations that have to be considered.

Hanke said the company is considering introducing a sponsorship scheme similar to one it has with Ingress, which designates sponsors’ stores and vending machines as spots in the game.

Sponsors pay per customer visit, providing a revenue stream in addition to in-app purchases. Niantic currently has eight corporate sponsors for Ingress globally, including SoftBank Group Corp, and the number is likely to be similar for Pokemon Go, he said.

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Tags: Android, Apps, Gaming, Internet, Nintendo, Pokemon, Pokemon Go, US

 

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