Nintendo is updating Super Mario Run with a new character, mode, and world

Nintendo will issue a new update to its iOS and Android game Super Mario Run on September 29th, which will include a new world, mode, and playable character.

The update will introduce a new mode called Remix 10, which randomly splices together 10 sections from the game’s various levels in quick succession and rewards players with rainbow medals. Completing the various stages will allow players to rescue Princess Daisy and subsequently play as her throughout the rest of the game. Players will also be able to unlock a new world called World Star, which includes nine new levels, enemies and some additional gameplay mechanics.

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Polygon notes that there’s some other minor updates: players can get new items to put in their Mushroom Kingdom, and can listen to their own music while they play — when they do so, their runners will wear headphones. Nintendo is also temporarily cutting the price in half starting on September 29th through October 12th.

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Latest BlackBerry Device Touted As Super Thin, Super Secure with a Super Cool Camera

Most Secure Android Phones - Latest BlackBerry Device Touted As Super Thin, Super Secure with a Super Cool Camera

If there is one thing BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) phones are known for, it is security. And the company’s new DTEK50 phone lives up to that reputation while adding a great camera in a super thin body. According to the company, the DTEK50 is the “world’s most secure Android phone,” which may make it one of the best moves BlackBerry has made in sometime as it continues to find its place in the smartphone market.

The Android operating system currently has more than 70 percent of the market, and it is growing globally as iOS is shrinking. One bone of contention with Android however has been security. So when BlackBerry started protecting Android on its Priv smartphone continuing that protection with the DTEK50, reviewers and potential customers began to sit up and take notice. So what is so super about the security, camera and size of the BlackBerry DTEK50?

Company Claims ‘DTEK is One of the Most Secure Android Phones’

BlackBerry DTEK for Android controls what is shared on your device and with whom. You might think you have control of your device at all times, but there are tens of thousands of apps out there designed to take control of many of the features on your phone. And if you’re not aware, these apps can turn your microphone on, send text messages, access your contacts and location and steal your personal information.

The DTEK application has an easy-to-use and visual user interface that lets you see the status of your phone immediately with four essential functions:

  • Monitor, giving you a security rating of your device so you can identify what kind of actions you need to take to improve the protection level of the phone with specific security measures;
  • Control, adjusting the security settings of your phone to improve its rating;
  • Track, monitoring what the apps on the device are doing with advanced tools that let you know what information they have accessed, how they’re using it and for how long. This includes whether or not the apps are accessing your camera, microphone, location and personal information; and
  • Alert, notifying you when a specific app is active doing something it is not supposed to be doing.

Most Secure Android Phones - DTEK by Blackberry's Security Rating
The security also extends to the screen, which has an oleophobic layer to help prevent the oil residue from your fingers from sticking to the glass. Believe it or not, the smudges left by those oils on the glass give criminals a way to access your smartphone. But if the oil doesn’t adhere to the glass, it doesn’t leave a smudge.

The Camera

The DTEK50 features an 8MP front-facing camera with flash and a 13MP auto-focus rear camera. The front camera is rated at f/2.2, and it can capture images at a pixel size with an 84-degree field of view. The camera also has automatic image and video stabilization, selfie flash and a wide-angle/panoramic selfie mode.

Most Secure Android Phones - DTEK camera

The rear camera is BlackBerry’s fastest-performing model. It uses a 6-element auto-focus f/2.0 lens with 4x digital zoom along with live filters to deliver professional grade photographs. It has dual toned LED flash, automatic face detection and a continuous focus and touch-to-focus feature which you can toggle to get the best image.

The Design

Most Secure Android Phones - DTEK is Thin

At 147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm (5.79 x 2.85 x 0.29 inches) and weighing in at 135 g (4.76 oz), the DTEK50 is not the slimmest or lightest phone ever, but when you compare it to previous BlackBerry models, it is definitely much slimmer and lighter then the company’s previous devices.

Here are some of the more notable features for the DTEK50:

  • Display — 5.2″ 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, scratch-resistant glass and the aforementioned oleophobic coating
  • Processor – Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 with Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Memory and Storage – 3 GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with a microSD that can support up to 2 TB
  • Connectivity – WLAN, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2
  • Battery – Non-removable Li-Ion 2610 mAh battery with up to 17 hours of talk time on 3G

If the DTEK50 looks familiar to you, that is because it is a modified Alcatel Idol 4, a slightly different version of another recently released phone by a different company.

BlackBerry apparently decided to modify an existing device rather than going back to the drawing board and designing one of its own.

This allowed BlackBerry to quickly deliver a reliable phone that is much cheaper than the Priv’s $699 price tag.

Cost was one of the biggest complaints about the Priv when it was introduced last year.

At $299, the DTEK50 is more affordable, while still maintaining the BlackBerry security standard along with new features that were never previously a priority in the company’s phones.

Image: Blackberry

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Latest BlackBerry Device Touted As Super Thin, Super Secure with a Super Cool Camera

Most Secure Android Phones - Latest BlackBerry Device Touted As Super Thin, Super Secure with a Super Cool Camera

If there is one thing BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) phones are known for, it is security. And the company’s new DTEK50 phone lives up to that reputation while adding a great camera in a super thin body. According to the company, the DTEK50 is the “world’s most secure Android phone,” which may make it one of the best moves BlackBerry has made in sometime as it continues to find its place in the smartphone market.

The Android operating system currently has more than 70 percent of the market, and it is growing globally as iOS is shrinking. One bone of contention with Android however has been security. So when BlackBerry started protecting Android on its Priv smartphone continuing that protection with the DTEK50, reviewers and potential customers began to sit up and take notice. So what is so super about the security, camera and size of the BlackBerry DTEK50?

Company Claims ‘DTEK is One of the Most Secure Android Phones’

BlackBerry DTEK for Android controls what is shared on your device and with whom. You might think you have control of your device at all times, but there are tens of thousands of apps out there designed to take control of many of the features on your phone. And if you’re not aware, these apps can turn your microphone on, send text messages, access your contacts and location and steal your personal information.

The DTEK application has an easy-to-use and visual user interface that lets you see the status of your phone immediately with four essential functions:

  • Monitor, giving you a security rating of your device so you can identify what kind of actions you need to take to improve the protection level of the phone with specific security measures;
  • Control, adjusting the security settings of your phone to improve its rating;
  • Track, monitoring what the apps on the device are doing with advanced tools that let you know what information they have accessed, how they’re using it and for how long. This includes whether or not the apps are accessing your camera, microphone, location and personal information; and
  • Alert, notifying you when a specific app is active doing something it is not supposed to be doing.

Most Secure Android Phones - DTEK by Blackberry's Security Rating
The security also extends to the screen, which has an oleophobic layer to help prevent the oil residue from your fingers from sticking to the glass. Believe it or not, the smudges left by those oils on the glass give criminals a way to access your smartphone. But if the oil doesn’t adhere to the glass, it doesn’t leave a smudge.

The Camera

The DTEK50 features an 8MP front-facing camera with flash and a 13MP auto-focus rear camera. The front camera is rated at f/2.2, and it can capture images at a pixel size with an 84-degree field of view. The camera also has automatic image and video stabilization, selfie flash and a wide-angle/panoramic selfie mode.

Most Secure Android Phones - DTEK camera

The rear camera is BlackBerry’s fastest-performing model. It uses a 6-element auto-focus f/2.0 lens with 4x digital zoom along with live filters to deliver professional grade photographs. It has dual toned LED flash, automatic face detection and a continuous focus and touch-to-focus feature which you can toggle to get the best image.

The Design

Most Secure Android Phones - DTEK is Thin

At 147 x 72.5 x 7.4 mm (5.79 x 2.85 x 0.29 inches) and weighing in at 135 g (4.76 oz), the DTEK50 is not the slimmest or lightest phone ever, but when you compare it to previous BlackBerry models, it is definitely much slimmer and lighter then the company’s previous devices.

Here are some of the more notable features for the DTEK50:

  • Display — 5.2″ 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, scratch-resistant glass and the aforementioned oleophobic coating
  • Processor – Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 with Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Memory and Storage – 3 GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with a microSD that can support up to 2 TB
  • Connectivity – WLAN, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2
  • Battery – Non-removable Li-Ion 2610 mAh battery with up to 17 hours of talk time on 3G

If the DTEK50 looks familiar to you, that is because it is a modified Alcatel Idol 4, a slightly different version of another recently released phone by a different company.

BlackBerry apparently decided to modify an existing device rather than going back to the drawing board and designing one of its own.

This allowed BlackBerry to quickly deliver a reliable phone that is much cheaper than the Priv’s $699 price tag.

Cost was one of the biggest complaints about the Priv when it was introduced last year.

At $299, the DTEK50 is more affordable, while still maintaining the BlackBerry security standard along with new features that were never previously a priority in the company’s phones.

Image: Blackberry

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Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder Modes Explained

Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder Modes Explained
HIGHLIGHTS
Super Mario Run has three modes
World Tour plays out like classic Mario games
Toad Rally is the game’s multiplayer mode
Super Mario Run is now available to download on the iPhone, iPad, and even the iPod touch so as long as you have iOS 8.0. Android gamers will have to wait it out until next year, when Nintendo will finally release Super Mario Run on that platform. For the rest of us, here’s what you need to know to get the best out of Super Mario Run on iOS.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Android Early 2017 Release Date Is Bad for Nintendo and Gamers)
Super Mario Run controls
In Super Mario Run, Mario runs from left to right automatically. Tapping the screen makes him do a small jump. Hold the screen longer, and he jumps higher. That’s all there is to it – you’ve just got to get into the flow and get the timing right.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Release Date Is December 15, Download Size, Price, and More )
Super Mario Run World Tour mode gameplay shows it’s not an endless runner
Like every classic Mario game, your objective is to make it to the flagpole at the end of the level before the timer runs out. This is how the game plays in the World Tour mode — similar to classic Mario games.

Endless runners don’t have a definite end point, while Super Mario Run does, making it more of an auto runner than an endless runner. It might sound like semantics, but the difference exists and it’s an important one. Also, just because there are levels doesn’t mean there’s no replayability.
Super Mario Run coins are plentiful, and colour-coded
If you like collecting every single coin in Mario games, you’re in for a treat. Aside from the usual gold coins, each level has three sets of special coins to collect — pink, purple, and black. Collecting one full set unlocks another version of the level, with the coins hidden in places that are more difficult to reach. Since Mario runs automatically, timing is crucial to collect them all. Otherwise you’ll have to replay the level from the very beginning.

(Also see: You Will Need an Internet Connection to Play Super Mario Run)

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Super Mario Run bubble system explained
Much like New Super Mario Bros on Nintendo consoles, Super Mario Run uses bubbles. These let you rewind your progress in a level as far as you’d like, allowing you to collect a coin you missed. Keep in mind that the timer does not reset. This means that if you use too many bubbles or go back too far, you might not finish a level. As for finding these bubbles? Hit the blocks with a question mark to get these power-ups.

Super Mario Run Toad Rally is Super Mario Run’s multiplayer mode
In Super Mario Run Toad Rally, your goal is to beat your opponent — which is essentially the performance data of another player – with style. What this means is, you won’t be competing in real time but against someone’s high score that’s visually represented as a character running across the screen.

This is known as asynchronous multiplayer. You won’t just be tasked with outrunning them though, there’s an audience to impress. Pull off stunts like fancy jumps and flips and toads — citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom – will join you. You can’t access this Super Mario Run mode without Rally Tickets, which can be earned by performing in-game feats such as clearing a level in World Tour mode.

(Also see: Super Mario Run Development Was Not ‘Simpler’: Nintendo)
Super Mario Run Kingdom Builder
Remember the coins and toads we mentioned? You can use them in Super Mario Run Kingdom Builder mode. This mode lets you make your own Mushroom Kingdom. It resembles a world map in other Mario games. You’re limited in what you can buy, by the number of Toads that you’ve impressed. Hit the requisite number of Toads, and you can use your coins to buy different items. There’s little in way of gameplay, but more by way of bragging rights, with cosmetic items such as green pipes, flags, and question mark boxes among others, to decorate your kingdom with.

Super Mario Run’s three modes don’t appear to be that disparate, unified by a common currency system and interlocking elements that could ensure you don’t stick to one specific mode alone. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo doles out Rally Tickets or modifies mechanics to earn more Toads in the weeks to come.

Are you playing Super Mario Run on iOS? Or are you waiting for it on Android? Let us know via the comments.

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