Amazon Quietly Acquired Shoefitr To Improve How It Sells Footwear Online

It looks like Amazon has made another acquisition under the radar, this time to boost online sales in fashion. The company has purchased Shoefitr, a startup based in Pittsburgh that has developed 3D technology to help match online shoppers with shoes that will fit them better. We were passed the news of the sale by a reliable source very close to the company, and we have reached out to… Read More …read more

PSN Pick: Krinkle Krusher, tower defense as the palm of a hand

Brazilian developer Ilusis’s recently released Krinkle Krusher is a tower defense game in which the player is a large, sentient glove working to help a wizard fend off incoming hostile creatures. Rather than placing defenses and watching to see how they fare, however, the player must cast spells directly in front of the enemies to damage them, giving the game a more action-oriented feel.

The game is shown with the place being defended at the bottom of the screen and a long lane arching away from the player. Enemies come from the far end of the lane. The left stick moves the player’s avatar, the right stick moves the camera, and the face buttons are used to cast spells. As the game progresses, the player also gains access to items like a cart full of meat which lures in the incoming monsters temporarily. These are deployed using the D-pad.

Spells are given to the player one at a time as the campaign progresses. Each spell has different characteristics such as delay between casting and effect, size and shape of the area of effect, and whether or not it applies …read more

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Home Arrives on PlayStation in Europe Next Week

Horror adventure Home is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in Europe on April 15.

Just like in North America, Home will be Cross Buy, and PS Plus users will get the Cross Buy bundle for 50 percent off during the first week.

Home is a narrative-focused game with a story that you control. More information can be found on the game’s website.

It first came out back in 2012 on PC. You can find out what IGN thought of Home in our review.

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Destiny – Xur’s Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of April 10

Happy Xursday, everyone! It’s Friday, which means we’re running down Xur’s stock for the weekend. If you haven’t run your weeklies yet, you might want to given what’s on offer in the weapon category.

So, sit back, take a look at the stock, mull over the stats, and then angrily comment about what Xur does or doesn’t have. Or just angrily comment because this post exists. It’s cool. You won’t hurt my feelings.

Location: He’s in the hangar this week. From the spawn point, head right, pass the Cryptarch, go down the hallway and the stairs to the hangar. Turn right and pull out your wallet.

Suros Regime (Auto Rifle) – 23 strange coins

  • Kinetic
  • Attack: 302/331
  • Focused Fire (When zoomed, this weapon fires slower, but causes additional damage)
  • Suros Regime (The bottom half of each magazine deals bonus damage and has a chance to return health when dealing damage)

The Armamentarium (Titan Chest) – 13 Strange Coins

  • Defense: 444/488
  • Light: 30/36
  • Discipline: 114/122
  • Special Weapon Ammo (Increases the amount of special weapon ammo you can carry)
  • Heavy Weapon Ammo (Increases the amount of heavy weapon ammo you can carry)
  • Grenade Booster (Carry an additional grenade)

ATS/8 Arachnid (Hunter helmet – The Dark Below) – 13 strange coins

  • Defense: 407/447
  • Light: 30/36
  • Discipline: 66/71
  • Strength: 62/67
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Chinese users can now book and pay for karaoke sessions inside WeChat

China’s wannabe pop stars can now subject their friends to drunken renditions of Jay Chou tunes without carrying cash. WeChat, the popular messaging app owned by Tencent, announced yesterday it will incorporate karaoke services from inside the app.

Techweb reports that several karaoke chains spread across China – where it’s know as “KTV” – have integrated WeChat into their IT systems. WeChat users can book rooms, order food, select songs, and pay for bills all through the app.

Techweb points out that WeChat’s product for karaoke chains recalls a move from Changba, an app that lets users record and share their own recordings with users. Last autumn, the startup announced it would begin forming partnerships with small karaoke chains to allow its users the same kind of services – room booking, song selecting, and payments through Alipay.

WeChat remains a fast evolving platform, particularly in online-to-offline payments. Back in February it launched a “city services” feature for booking doctors appointments, paying municipal bills and fines, and even monitoring traffic from inside the app.

It’s also experimenting with monetization through good old-fashioned advertising. Last week it began placing banner ads and app-install ads inside articles that media outlets published to WeChat.

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Grocery delivery startup Grofers acquires rival store to strengthen presence in Indian capital

Grofers, an online grocery delivery service that helps people buy from nearby offline retailers, today revealed that it’s acquired a rival store named MyGreenBox. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Grofers is similar to Instacart in the US, which helps offline retailers to go online and connects them with customers in their locality. The startup’s Android app allows users and businesses to get their delivery done by just selecting a pickup and a drop location. It serves products across categories like groceries, bakeries, fresh produce, baby products, and pet food.

“MyGreenBox is one of the leaders in the space in Gurgaon [a suburb capital city Delhi] with a team that has a proven track record of execution. Besides access to client base, the acquisition will be a good source of talent,” says Saurabh Kumar, the co-founder of Grofers. MyGreenBox served about 200 orders per day. The site will shut down as all business is moved over to Grofers.

See: Amazon goes hyperlocal in India, taps mom-and-pop stores for speedy groceries

Grofers is backed by Tiger Global and Sequoia which invested US$10 million in series A round of funding. It has been able to achieve scale with a 90-minute local …read more

What Keeps You Awake in The Empty Inn?

Ah, the middle of the night in an inn in an RPG. It’s a time of exposition – of characters confessing their deepest thoughts on conflict, love, and the days to come. No one is coming to talk to you in Candlelight Studios’ The Empty Inn, though. This isn’t a night when someone is going to tell you how they really feel about the main character, BUTT (just because you have four letters and can call the characters anything doesn’t mean you SHOULD), but one filled with subtle terror as you stumble your way through the dark. Who shut off all the lights, anyway? And why is this inn so empty?

Players of The Empty Inn find themselves inside the abandoned location from the game’s title, and will have to keep a candle lit while exploring the dark place and solving puzzles within it. Candlelight Studios hasn’t said much beyond that, but I’m still intrigued at the idea of solving puzzles and finding items in the game’s early RPG style. Especially the finding items. Who doesn’t love walking into a stranger’s house in an RPG and taking their stuff? Screw you …read more

IGN AU Pubcast 114: In Search of the Nub

This week an Aussie judge decided that anyone caught pirating Dallas Buyer’s Club could potentially be fined up to $9,000. The good news is that no one is going to fine you for pirating this week’s episode of the Pubcast, in fact we openly encourage it. Please upload this thing to Napster immediately! Or you know, whichever pirating software kids use these days.

“Yarrr, which swarthy lad deleted my eDonkey 2000 shortcut?”

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Ken Levine Talks Characters and Relationships in His Next Game

BioShock Creator Ken Levine recently opened up about his upcoming untitled game, emphasizing the importance of an interesting main character.

“The whole system that I came up with and that we’re developing is based upon the fact that to make an interesting character, you have to have a character who has a bunch of passions, wants, and needs,” Levine told Game Informer. “The player now has the ability to facilitate those wants or needs or go against those wants or needs or ignore those wants or needs.”

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