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Droidcon lands in IFA

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From 3 to 5 September 2017 droidcon Berlin, an independent Android developer conference, will take place at IFA for the first time.

Around 1,000 software developers and experts are expected to attend the conference, who in particular will discuss technical aspects and innovations of the operating system and its applications.

According to data released by market researchers Gartner, in late 2016 the Android operating system developed by Google had more than 80 per cent of the smartphone market. This makes it the most successful mobile platform for smartphones worldwide, and it has long since found its way onto other devices as well. The operating system has become a key element of smart home solutions, including smart washing machines and refrigerators as well as internet television sets, and is built into many exhibitors’ products at IFA. As a result, it plays a pivotal role in the increasingly important connected home.

“With droidcon Berlin we are thrilled to have another partner conference on board. As an established symposium for head developers boasting high-quality, carefully chosen content, it perfectly augments the IFA program. It also strengthens our portfolio in the software segment”, said Dirk Koslowski, Senior Executive Manager IFA.

“droidcon Berlin opens up new possibilities for both sides. IFA also provides an opportunity for exhibitors to let their Android developers gain extra knowledge and present their products to other Android development teams”, is how Boris Jebsen, who established droidcon, explains its benefits. “At the same time these projects can provide other Android developers with fascinating insights.”

droidcon Berlin 2017

3 – 5 September 2017

CityCube Berlin, Hall A, Room A1-A3

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Smash hits the Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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