Nintendo, Cygames Partner to Make Mobile Games, Dragalia Lost Coming This Summer

Nintendo, Cygames Partner to Make Mobile Games, Dragalia Lost Coming This Summer


  • Nintendo is buying a 5-percent stake in Cygames
  • Cygames is best known for Granblue Fantasy
  • Dragalia Lost is a action role-playing game

Japanese video game maker Nintendo said on Friday it has teamed up with Tokyo-based online games developer Cygames, aiming to step up the mobile gaming business and reduce reliance on volatile console sales.

The Kyoto-based company will buy a 5 percent stake in unlisted Cygames, known for its blockbuster Granblue Fantasy game, for an undisclosed amount.

As part of the tie-up, Nintendo will release a jointly developed action role-playing game called Dragalia Lost for smartphones this summer, Nintendo said.

The game will be launched in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau at first, and later in North America and Europe.

Nintendo entered mobile gaming under partnership with online gaming firm DeNA Co in 2015 as part of an effort to stabilise earnings highly dependent on its volatile games console business.


It has since released several mobile gaming titles including Super Mario Run, using its popular Super Mario Bros characters.

Nintendo said on Thursday it expects operating profit to rise 26.7 percent in the year through March to a nine-year high, as its Switch games console maintains sales momentum in its second year.

The initial success of the hybrid home-portable Switch has boosted Nintendo’s gaming software sales and encouraged more third-party publishers to make games for the console, a cycle which could further push up console sales.

The Kyoto-based company also said it named Managing Executive Officer Shuntaro Furukawa as new president to succeed Tatsumi Kimishima, effective after the general shareholders meeting in June.


Windows Store to Get iTunes; Fedora, SUSE Linux, and Ubuntu Are Coming as Well

Windows Store to Get iTunes; Fedora, SUSE Linux, and Ubuntu Are Coming as Well

Microsoft’s Build conference is underway, and the company is announcing a bunch of interesting things. Microsoft highlighted all the big features that are arriving with the Windows 10 Creators Update in the fall. One fresh big announcement includes the addition of iTunes to the Windows Store. Furthermore, popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora are coming to the Store as well, and will be available to install and run in a virtualised environment complete with command line options.

There is no tangible timeline as to when some of these apps will arrive in the Windows Store, or how they will look like when they go live. The introduction of iTunes in Windows Store means that it should run on Windows 10 S as well, as will the other Linux distributions. There were no screenshots shared on how iTunes will be designed for Windows, but it will provide all the functionalities that the current Windows app provides. This includes access to Apple Music and iTunes Store.

With the advent of the new education-focused Windows 10 S, it is only natural that developers are flocking to the Windows Store to make them accessible there. How did Microsoft rope Apple in to do this? Your guess is as good as ours. We just hope that iTunes is more adaptive to Microsoft’s Fluent Design language, and not remain clunky like the current one we see on Windows. However, we doubt that. Thanks to Microsoft’s Project Centennial desktop app conversion tool, Apple can easily make its desktop app available on the Store, without much work.
The arrival of Linux distributions is possible because Microsoft decided to bring the Bash Shell to Windows, which resulted in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). VentureBeat explains that the WSL compatibility layer allowed Linux binary executable to run on Windows. Its partnership with Canonical allowed Ubuntu tools to run natively on top of WSL.

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Ubuntu is already available on Windows Store, while SUSE Linux and Fedora will bring their distributions to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10. The two apps will come to the Windows Store apps eventually. Microsoft has also announced that Spotify will be available on Windows Store as well. Notably, Ubuntu is not showing up in the Windows Store for all users right now, but should be rolled out eventually.




Leaked Images/Specs Suggest New HTC M9 Phone Coming in Two Sizes

HTC’s newest flagship smartphone will be coming soon — and it may be coming in two distinctive sizes.

The company is reportedly close to introducing the new devices and some information about them seems to have already been leaked. The company has scheduled an event for March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. And it’s believed the event will be used to introduce the new HTC One (M9).

The new device would be the successor to the company’s M8.

But the event — known as Utopia in Progress, per the early media invites sent recently — may also be the launch of a larger version of the M9.

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Jeff Gordon @urbanstrata

Get excited! HTC will show you something new and utterly spectacular on March 1!



The phablet device is reportedly going to be called the One Plus M9 or the One Max M9, according to a report from

If this is true, HTC would be following in line with Apple and its recent smartphone introduction. When the company introduced iPhone 6, it also gave the world the iPhone 6 Plus, a phablet device.

Noted smartphone leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) recently Tweeted images of the purported new offerings from HTC.

If the renderings are to be believed, the smaller M9 will look similar to the M8 with one notable difference. The new device has no “black bar” just below the display screen like the earlier phone did.

The “HTC logoblack bar” was a source of some contention with users the last time around.  Those who demand effective use of space on a smartphone barked that the “HTC logo black bar” just below the display was a waste of space, and a big one at that.

The issue even prompted a statement from HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon:


Jeff Gordon @urbanstrata

That black area with the HTC logo on M8? Underneath is a huge amount of circuitry, antennae, etc. It’s not “empty” by any means.



Well, based on the renderings from @evleaks, it’s a non-issue on the new M9. The logo will apparently be placed below the display, on the phone’s body.

That black bar is still clearly visible on the rendered version of the new HTC One phablet device, though.

Apart from the new design and the introduction of a larger phablet device, the M9 is likely to feature an improved camera experience, both on front and back, according to a Bloomberg Business report.

That is likely to mean a 20-megapixel rear-mounted camera and HTC’s UltraPixel front-facing camera.

HTC may also stock its new smartphone with an industry-leading octa-core processor.

That’s technology developed by Samsung and believed to be included in the new Galaxy S6 smartphone. No word yet on what the cost might be of the new HTC devices. But more will likely be revealed at the upcoming March event.

Image: Evan Blass (@evleaks)


Samsung Alternative to Siri and Cortana Coming With New Smartphone

Siri for Samsung? The company announced it's adding a new generation of artificial assistant to the upcoming Galaxy S8 phone to be released in Spring 2017.

Samsung (KRX:005930) announced it is adding a new generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the upcoming Galaxy S8 phone to be released in Spring 2017. With Alexa, Cortana, Google Now and Siri as the established AI platforms for mobile, PCs and homes, Samsung looks to outdo all of them with Viv, the AI company it acquired last month.

As reported by Reuters and AP, this early announcement is in part designed to highlight a positive outlook after the Galaxy Note debacle the company went through for the past several months. Samsung said it finally figured out what caused its phones to catch on fire, but not before it discontinued the model and lost around $5.3 billion.

Siri for Samsung? More Like Siri’s Smarter, Younger Sister

The future is AI, and unlike the current slew of systems, Viv (which by the way was created by the same creators of Siri) uses a propriety platform that continues to learn and answer increasingly more complex queries. It is an AI technology that teaches itself using infinite number of web connections to answer almost any query and perform many tasks.

This technology puts it ahead of Siri, its main competitor in the mobile segment, but it will also transform smart home connectivity. Samsung appliances, consumer electronics, wearables and other devices will become part of this ecosystem.

The AI segment has some heavy hitters in the tech industry investing a considerable amount in the technology. Google’s Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and of course Apple are just some of the more prominent brands.

Where Samsung is going to differentiate itself is with an open AI platform. This means third party developers can add services using Viv.

Samsung Executive Vice President Rhee Injong told Reuters, “Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease.”

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