Nintendo confirms Wii Vitality Sensor’s death

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Oh Wii Vitality Sensor, we hardly knew ye… in that we didn’t know you at all. Nintendo introduced the pulse-sensing Wii peripheral at its E3 2009 stage show, and said we’d hear more in “the future.” That future never came, despite occasional assurances that the device still existed. During a recent Q&A with Nintendo head Satoru Iwata, an analyst brought up the device once more, and Iwata said it encountered too many issues in quality assurance testing to bring to market.

“We have not been able to launch it as a commercial product because we could not get it to work as we expected and it was of narrower application than we had originally thought,” he told investors. According to Iwata’s estimates, approximately 90 out of 100 people were able to use the Vitality Sensor without a hitch, though he (thankfully) requires that it work with “1,000 of 1,000 people.” However, he admitted “but [since we use the living body signal with individual differences] it is a little bit of a stretch to make it applicable to every single person.” He’d still love to make the Vitality Sensor a reality “if technology enhancements” allow, but thus far, testing renders it “insufficient as a commercial product.”

In other Nintendo news, Iwata assured investors that he will continue to monitor employee cafeteria quality-related concerns. Seriously though, that was a question.

Walking Dead Episode 2 Walkthrough

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In this episode of Walking Dead by Telltales Games…

Lee and other survivor went to the St.John Diary.Lee and Mark went out to scout the Perimeter to reassure the security system is properly in place while few other went back to invite the whole group out for Dinner!Lee and Mark stumble upon an ambush by the so called “Bandits”!Then there was a heated argument between the group and the St.John’s people.Then Mark never return after Brenda took him! Is St.John’s as good as they present themselves to be?Check it out only on http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL46HNnsU8W7hblVaQ9D9ooqpXK9e_AsQM&action_edit=1

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The Walking Dead: 400 Days release date announced

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Last month, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Telltale Games confirmed its plans to release The Walking Dead: 400 Days, a bridging episode between the first and second seasons of its hit episodic adventure game.

Today, the company confirmed that the additional chapter will launch on selected platforms this week, landing first on the North American PlayStation Network on July 2, Steam and the Telltale Games Store on Wednesday July 3, and worldwide on Xbox Live from July 5. European PlayStation owners will be able to download the game from July 10, while the iOS version will launch globally on July 11.

The game takes place over 400 days in the same time period as the first season, but will not focus on Lee or Clementine. Instead, the game will be split into five short stories, each from the perspective of a different, new character in the universe. Players who have an existing save file from the first season will have their decisions carried over, while all choices made in 400 Days will also impact the upcoming second season, which will begin later this year.

The Walking Dead: 400 Days is not included in the original season pass, and will cost around $4.99. The game will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, iOS, and, for the first time, Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld.

Possible Photos of Plastic Rear Shell from Apple’s Lower-Cost iPhone [Updated]

Nowhereelse.fr shares [Google translation] a pair of photos of what may be the rear shell of Apple’s rumored lower-cost plastic iPhone. While the site acknowledges that the part could simply be a Chinese clone of an iPhone 5 rear shell, certain features such as a round rear microphone hole and rounded rear edges are consistent with previous claims for the lower-cost iPhone, including leaked design drawings from a case maker.

Apple has been said to be planning to release the lower-cost iPhone later this year in an array of colors, with one report claiming that Apple would be using essentially the same colors as found in the company’s line of iPhone 4/4S bumpers, although that report indicated that green appeared to have been excluded from the set. This green rear shell is indeed fairly close in color to the green iPhone bumper.

Update 10:03 PM: Nowhereelse.fr has spotted two more photos showing the same part also in yellow and red.

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Apple Has Also Filed for an ‘iWatch’ Trademark in Japan

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Bloomberg reports that Apple has filed for a trademark for the term ‘iWatch’ in Japan:
The maker of iPhones is seeking protection for the name which is categorized as being for products including a handheld computer or watch device, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week.
‘iWatch’ is one of the possible names for the long-rumored Apple wristwatch that has generated increasing buzz over the past year.

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Amazon Weekly Deals

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Are you looking to buy a great smartphone at this time of year?Perhaps as a Father’s Day gift?Or maybe just a treat for yourself?Well either way this is without a doubt the best time to do so!Why,you asked?Well because Amazon smartphones are going on sales for this season,as a Father’s Day present to y’all!Here are links to smartphone I mention that are going…

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Apple reportedly clinches TSMC chip manufacturing deal

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Rumors of Apple switching its chip manufacturing from Samsung to TSMC have persisted for a long, long time. However, they may be more substantial this time around: the Wall Street Journal claims that Apple quietly signed a deal with TSMC earlier this month. The agreement reportedly has TSMC taking over some of Apple’s chip production in 2014. Technical setbacks kept the agreement from happening any sooner, according to the sources. Neither company is commenting on the accuracy of the story, although few would doubt Apple’s incentives to reduce its dependency on Samsung-made silicon — it’s not keen on funding a primary competitor.