Fully Charged: Nintendo's figurine-shaped plan to save the Wii U, tech giants back net neutrality, and the web service that knows your photo's fake

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Nintendo planning Skylanders-esque figurine platform

It’s been a rough 24 hours for Nintendo, considering its dismal earnings report, but the publisher is already hinting at its next moves to get back into the black. Most notably, the company plans to launch the Nintendo Figurine Platform for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, the platform will utilize plastic toys with embedded NFC chips, which can communicate with compatible games. Nintendo intends to offer numerous titles that utilize the same figures, which can be read with the Wii U GamePad or a new infrared reader for 3DS. The platform is expected to launch on Wii U later this year and 3DS in 2015.

Expect more details on the Nintendo Figurine Platform at the E3 conference next month. Nintendo also announced Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby for 3DS yesterday, with both Game Boy Advance remakes due out in November. Who needs innovation when you've got tried and true monkeymaking concepts?

[Source: Polygon]

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Google, Facebook, and more form coalition against FCC’s proposed net neutrality changes

Ever since Netflix cut a check to Comcast to ensure speedy streaming, net neutrality advocates have been extra vocal about the threats against an open Internet. Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission in the United States hasn’t been listening, as it’s considering a proposal that will essentially clear the way for future such deals for preferential traffic treatment.

Top tech companies are urging the FCC to reconsider, however, as a letter drafted yesterday by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Yahoo, and more than 100 others asks the Commission to continue protecting net neutrality without compromise.

Whether or not it will sway the Commission’s decision is to be determined, but it’s certainly heartening to see so many giants (many of them competitors) working as one. Oh, and no Comcast on that list? Total shocker.

[Source: The Verge]

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Izitru helps detect doctored photos

If a photo on the Internet seems too good to be true, then it most likely is—thanks to the incredible proliferation and ease of use of programs like Photoshop. However, if something seems amiss but you can’t quite tell, simply enlist Izitru to do a little detective work.

The new web service lets you upload any photo, which is then vetted to alert you as to whether it’s been modified or remains in its original state. Izitru also then hosts the image and provides a trust rating, so you can share it while imparting a little bit of extra confidence in any viewers.

[Source: The New York Times]

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