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One more quest: How mobile gaming reshaped online RPGs

One more quest: How mobile gaming reshaped online RPGs

Smartphone and tablets have changed the landscape for gaming. For one, it has made a gamer out of those who would have never even imagined playing a PC or console game, much less consider themselves a gamer. But even for those who have already been whiling away hours in front of the TV or the monitor, the culture of mobile has also changed a few things. Take for example the corner of the gaming world known as online RPGs and how the ubiquity of smartphones have somewhat redefined that genre, for better or for worse.

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Infinite Crisis has a finite crisis, closing in August

Infinite Crisis has a finite crisis, closing in August

Late have we known you, DC's Infinite Crisis MOBA, which turns out isn't anywhere near "infinite" at all. The multiplayer online battle arena adaptation of DC's comics universe arc of the same name hasn't even been in the market for a year and now it is announcing that an anniversary ain't going to happen at all. Infinite Crisis now has a finite deadline and Turbine and Warner Bros., who handle the development of the game, will be shutting down servers on August 14 this year.

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Halo Online closed beta launches in Russia

Halo Online closed beta launches in Russia

The latest announcement for the Halo world will leave PC gamers anywhere but Russia feeling left out. 343 Industries has announced that it has been working on a project with partners Saber Interactive and Innova Systems called Halo Online. Halo Online is an all-new and completely free multiplayer PC experience that will launch in Russia.

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Target just undercut Amazon on free shipping for online orders

Target just undercut Amazon on free shipping for online orders

When you think online shopping, we bet you don’t really consider Target. The big-box retailer might be your go-to for — well, everything ever — but when you’re shopping online, you’re likely looking to Amazon. That might change, though, as Target just stepped up their online shopping game in a big way. Now, all orders of $25 or more ship for free. That’s $10 less than Amazon’s threshold, and half of Walmart’s $50 minimum purchase amount for free shipping. Target is also offering free returns.

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Microsoft dumps a load of new features into Office Online

Microsoft dumps a load of new features into Office Online

Microsoft seems to be increasing its efforts to keep its products relevant even today, when many have migrated to using web apps inside browser or tablets and smartphones. Trying to start the year right, Redmond is kicking off 2015 with tons of new features for the web-based version of its Office suite designed to keep you from feeling that you're only working inside a web app. Of course, until you realize you're shuffling files around in the cloud, particularly inside OneDrive.

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Police stations becoming safe locations for Craigslisters

Police stations becoming safe locations for Craigslisters

Despite the number of crimes surrounding online classified ads like Craigslist and its ilk, there is no stopping people from resorting to these services and transactions to make a quick buck or buy some rare oddity. And despite all that has happened, some still agree to meet in very shady locations or circumstances. So in the absence of some common sense, what are law enforces to do? Why offer to become the witnesses and the drop point of said transactions, of course!

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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Volvo eyes selling cars online to boost marketing

Volvo eyes selling cars online to boost marketing

Trying to build up a fresh new image, Swedish car maker Volvo will go where few car makers dare to go: online car sales. Though there is no hard date yet, Volvo has already outline its plans to utilize the Internet as an added venue for striking deals with customers. This move is part of a grander marketing shift, which will also see Volvo focusing more on digital advertising instead of the traditional channels that most, if not all, automobile makers rely on.

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iOS users outspent Android by 25% online yesterday, says IBM

iOS users outspent Android by 25% online yesterday, says IBM

Market share is a fun metric for comparing a product’s popularity, but there is a better way to gauge if those who own a device actually use it. Data regarding online shopping is a really good way to see who is putting devices to use, and IBM has compiled some shopping and purchase stats for Thursday shopping. Apple iOS device users spent a solid 25% more than their Android counterparts during online shopping sessions yesterday. The reason, according to IBM, is that Apple users are more “affluent”.

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