Nintendo of Canada kiosks to offer Pokemon: Let’s Go demos, giveaways this weekend

Select Nintendo of Canada kiosks will run a special Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! demo and giveaway event this weekend.
On Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th, Nintendo fans in Oshawa, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta will be able to play the critically-acclaimed games, which released exclusively on the Switch last November.
Further, the first 25 people each day to play either game will receive a digital download code for Pokémon Yellow for the Nintendo 3DS system. Nintendo says codes are limited to one per person, while supplies last.
Last weekend, the Edmonton and Oshawa kiosks ran a Family Day-centred demo event for games like New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Source: Nintendo of Canada
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Israel wants SpaceX’s help to become the fourth country to land on the moon

– A A + Listen Israel is aiming to land on the moon after hitching a ride with SpaceX.
A communications satellite for Indonesia is the main cargo aboard the Falcon rocket, scheduled to blast off Thursday night. But Israel’s privately funded lunar lander – a first not just for Israel but commercial space – is generating the buzz.
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Israel seeks to become only the fourth country to successfully land on the moon, after Russia, the U.S. and China. The spacecraft – called Beresheet, Hebrew for Genesis or “In The Beginning” – will take nearly two months to reach the moon.
“We thought it’s about time for a change, and we want to get little Israel all the way to the moon,” said Yonatan Winetraub, co-founder of Israel’s SpaceIL , a non-profit organization behind the effort.
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Fortnite’s Marshmello concert brought in nearly 11 million players

Fortnite drew in an audience of 10.7 million people across all gaming platforms with its recent Marshmello concert, according to developer Epic Games.
This easily tops the previous record of 8.3 million concurrent players during Fortnite’s in-game butterfly event in November.
“Fortnite recently had two record highs for peak concurrent players,” Epic told The Verge in a statement. “On February 2nd, Fortnite had its best event day ever with 10.7 million players showing up for the Marshmello concert. Additionally, this past weekend on Saturday, February 16th, the game saw its best non-event day ever with 7.6 million players in the game concurrently.”

What’s even more notable about the 10-minute Marshmello concert is the fact that it was such an unorthodox type of gaming event. In a game made popular for its battle royale combat — where up to 100 players fight to eliminate one another — it’s particularly impressive that its biggest audience ever turned up for a non-violent music show. Epi..

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Why Mojio keeps announcing its Series B funding

Mojio has announced, yet again, its Series B funding round.

Early yesterday, the connected car startup announced the close of an oversubscribed Series B funding round of more than $52 million CAD ($40 million USD). Mojio stated in the release that the round included strategic investment from Assurant, Bosch, and T-Mobile. It also noted that the round was led by Kensington Capital, with participation from Trend Forward Capital, Innogy Ventures, as well as re-investment from Series A investors, Amazon Alexa Fund, BDC IT Venture Fund, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, and Relay Ventures. The story was covered by multiple outlets, including VentureBeat, The Globe and Mail, and PE Hub.

This is not the first time that Mojio has announced this Series B funding.

The Vancouver-based company first announced a $30 million CAD ($23 million USD) Series B in November 2017 to support the growth of its software-as-a-service (SaaS) connected car solutions. Kensington Capital led that round.

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Chrome OS 73 beta tests offline Google Drive folder availability

Chromebooks will be more functional offline with a new option to make individual Google Drive files and folders available when you don’t have an internet connection.
The new option popped up in version 73 of Chrome OS, which is currently on the beta channel. Further, it works mostly as expected, but has a few oddities and bugs that can be chalked up to it still being in beta.
To mark a folder for offline use, you’ll have to right click on it in the ‘file view’ section of the Chrome OS file manager. Right-clicking on it in the tree view in the navigation pane on the left side of the window doesn’t give you the same option.
Once you’ve selected the offline option, Chrome OS will show a progress indicator if the files are large enough. Once a folder or file is downloaded and available, right-clicking it will display a checkmark beside the ‘make available offline’ option.
Additionally, once you have files and folders marked for offline availability, a new ‘Offline’ section at the very bott..

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Microsoft to bring Xbox Game Pass, Project xCloud to Nintendo Switch: report

Microsoft is planning to bring its Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud services to the Nintendo Switch, according to a report from YouTube channel Direct Feed Games.
As noted by Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan, Direct Feed Games has a strong track record of accurately reporting on Nintendo-related rumours.
In theory, this would mean that Nintendo Switch users could take advantage of Xbox Game Pass’ 100-plus library of games, which includes every Xbox Game Studios-published title. In other words, this means that Xbox One console-exclusive games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Gears of War 4 and Crackdown 3 would be playable on the Switch, on top of, hypothetically, any future entries in those and other Xbox franchises. The service works similar to Netflix, although games are downloaded for better performance rather than streamed.
Meanwhile, Project xCloud would, in theory, allow for full game streaming on the Switch. The still-in-development service, which Microsoft unveile..

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You haven’t lived until you’ve used the Galaxy S10+ to charge the iPhone XS Max

In what I can only describe as a ridiculous combination of costly smartphones, it’s actually possible to charge Apple’s iPhone XS Max with Samsung’s recently revealed Galaxy S10+.
This means that I am using the $1,419 CAD Galaxy S10+ to charge the $1,519 iPhone XS Max, amounting to a total of $2,938, or, pretty much the definition of excess.
Though Apple doesn’t release official technical specifications regarding battery size, the iPhone XS packs a 3,174mAh battery, according to ZDnet. On the other hand, the S10 features a 3,400mAh battery, the S10+ includes a 4,100mAh battery and the S10e includes a 3,100mAh battery.
The S10’s ‘Wireless PowerShare’ works with all Qi wireless charging compatible devices. This means that while the feature is compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy Buds, it’s also possible to charge any Qi device with the rear of the S10.
In order to get the S10’s backwards charging feature up and running, swipe down from the top the S10 and tap the ‘Wireless PowerShare’ option..

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Players will be able to change teams in Pokémon Go next week

On February 26th Pokémon Go players will be able to buy a ‘Team Change Medallion’ and join a new squad.
The Medallion is going on sale at 4pm ET/1pm PT and it is priced at 1,000 PokéCoins to buy, which costs roughly $14 CAD.
Once you buy a Medallion you can’t buy another one for another year.
That’s all the Medallion does, but lots of players are probably pretty happy now that they can join the same teams as their friends.
Source: Niantic
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The cheapest options for getting a Galaxy S10 series phone in Canada

Canadian carriers are all eager to sell you a new Galaxy S10-branded phone and are already offering trade-in deals and incentives in order to bring the cost of the phone down from its hefty price tag.
Not all of these deals will be suitable for everyone, and some may not even be cost-effective in the long run, but if you’re desperate for a Galaxy S10 phone right now, these are the cheapest ways to get one.
The cheapest optionsIf you live in a region that has decent Eastlink or Freedom Mobile service, both of those carriers are offering the S10, S10+ and S10e phones for $0 on contract, which is hard to beat. Although, tying yourself to a smaller regional carrier come with the hassle of having a small home network.
If you’re looking for a cheap way to buy the phone outright, we’ve added a Best Buy deal at the bottom.
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Nintendo of America president to retire, Bowser to take the helm

– A A + Listen No, not that Bowser: senior vice-president of sales and marketing Doug Bowser will replace long-serving president and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé when he retires on April 15, the video game company announced on Thursday.
Fils-Aimé has been with Nintendo of America for 15 years and has served as president and COO of the company for 13 years.
Nintendo fans, Reggie has a message for all of you. Please take a look. pic.twitter.com/EAhaEl5oEJ
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 21, 2019
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His tenure with the company began during the GameCube and Game Boy Advance era, and he led the firm through the release of its two most profitable consoles, the Wii and the 3DS.
“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aimé said in a release. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude — for the incredibly talented..

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‘A real risk’: U.S. warns allies against allowing Huawei in 5G networks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning that “there’s a real risk” if his country’s allies allow Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to participate in the development of their next-generation 5G mobile networks.

“If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won't be able to share information with them,” Pompeo said in a Thursday interview with the Fox Business Network. “We won’t be able to work alongside them.”

Washington’s hardline on Huawei could have major implications for Canada, which shares intelligence with the U.S. as part of the Five Eyes: an alliance that also includes Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

Ottawa, however, has yet to make a decision about whether or not Huawei can participate in the development of Canada’s 5G network.

“There's no need to panic here,” Minister of Transport Marc Garneau told reporters on Thursday. “We're doing the thing that we need to do in order to come to our own decis..

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