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Breaking News: Outlook Restored After Outage

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The Outlook website is a webmail client that is provided by Microsoft to help users manage their emails and schedules. It can help by organizing the mail into various folders. It is just another service similar to Gmail and Yahoo mail. Hotmail users were recently upgraded to the Outlook website, and all their data, emails and other settings, was brought in as well. When the beta version had been first released existing hotmail users had the option of upgrading to the new interface, and then they could downgrade back if they didn’t like it.

If you use an Outlook account, you could have experienced some Outage that prevented people from receiving their email. Many users weren’t able to receive their email from Saturday on, for another 3 days. This was due to caching problem in the EAS (Exchange Active Sync), which allowed users to synchronize their company email and contacts with their smart-phone. Microsoft had restored service to the web after 2 pm PT on Wednesday, according to an update on Microsoft’s blog. This comes seven hours after Microsoft first acknowledged some users having had a problem with receiving emails.

Some users may still have problems accessing their email on mobile devices, according to a Microsoft statement. Earlier that day people had trouble accessing the files stored on Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. Even if only a small number of people seemed to be affected by the problem, millions of people could’ve been inconvenienced. Microsoft claims to have more than 400 million active users on The Outlook website.
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Microsoft transferred the users of its other Web email services including Hotmail and MSN domains to Outlook earlier this year, as part of its attempt to build a larger network than Google’s Gmail and Yahoo’s Y Mail. If you have any Microsoft problems you can contact Microsoft support for more details.

Microsoft provides great software solutions but they don’t always provide good software support along with it. Microsoft ought to provide good support along with their products to ensure that people continue using it. When people buy paid products, they expect good service along with it. It is not the same when you are using free services.

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Soldier of Fortune – Just Reviewed

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At the end of last year, things started to look up for the Dreamcast-owning shooter fanatic. We finally got Quake III Arena and a bunch of strategy shooters, as well as being promised Unreal Tournament and Half-Life in the first quarter of the New Year. While it looks like the aforementioned titles will be released in the next couple of months, news about one of the proposed shooters has all but dried up. Oh Soldier of Fortune, where art thou?

Soldier of Fortune would have represented a first on the Dreamcast. Sure, there are plenty of violent games available for our console, but the violence in Soldier of Fortune is different, because it is extremely realistic and over-the-top. Your enemies look like living, breathing humans, and the damage that occurs when you put a bullet through one of them brings that reality home. Shoot people point-blank in the head with a shotgun and their faces will dematerialize in a spray of crimson, leaving jagged stumps where their ugly mugs used to be. Use a belt-driven machine gun to saw an opponent’s leg off, and you can then choose to shoot that severed leg in half out of spite as your enemy hops around on the leg you spared. Ghoul technology made it possible for every character in Soldier of Fortune to have over 30 damage areas — each one doing a specific amount of damage to the target (unlike Quake or Unreal, in which a head shot is no more damaging than a leg shot) and causing a different reaction or death animation.

There is a story behind the game, something about an escalating environment of terrorism and crack, gun-for-hire John Mullins being the only man capable of cleaning it up. But what really makes Soldier of Fortune such a fun game — and such a worthy addition to the Dreamcast library — is the Deathmatch. Though it was never confirmed whether or not Crave would make SOF SegaNet compatible, our saliva glands were stimulated by the very thought of bringing that level of carnage to the Dreamcast.

So What Happened?
Over the past few months, we at Sega Radar have continuously attempted to mine any information we could find about SOF. Why? Because we think it’s one hell of a game, and could just be the title the Dreamcast needs to appeal to the violence-loving older market it has had some trouble capturing. Unfortunately, the information we found was vague at best. The game seems to be perpetually moving backwards and, despite our attempts, we have yet to even see a screenshot of the Dreamcast version.

We called Crave’s PR firm this morning to ask about Soldier of Fortune. They told us that the game will definitely be released this year, but were unable to give us any more details. Hopefully this story will have a happy ending, but in this weird period of the Dreamcast’s history, nothing is guaranteed.

This Just In! Seconds before press time we finally heard back from Crave’s PR firm that Soldier of Fortune will be shipping in April and that we should be seeing the first screenshots sometime next week (the ones below are from the PC version).

SimCity Buildit – Utterly Boring Game?

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We be bias. No one has ever been hunting in our lives, so maybe we aren’t qualified to judge the quality of games like EA’s latest contribution to the canon, SimCity Buidlit. All we can tell you is that the game has mediocre graphics, poor sound, stability problems, an awkward premise and a whole lot of standing around. It may be utterly realistic, although the lack of any falling damage and the fact that wooly rhinos can magically sprint up sheer cliff walls make us doubt it. Sure it’s free-to-play, but could actually buy you a fun game.

There’s a reason these hunting games keep coming out: Someone, somewhere actually buys them. While we don’t want to downplay the significance of a genre that has brought virtual cans of buck urine to the gameworld, the fact is that a lot of people find these games compelling — but not us.

SimCity Buidlit uses a standard point system to gradually increase the difficulty. Players begin with 100 points and can spend them across a variety of categories. Some of the tougher cities are off limits to the rookie, as are the powerful tools and dangerous challenges. There are also miscellaneous accessories such as the indispensable radar, camo, cover scent and double ammo, some of which reduce the amount of points earned by making the hunter’s job easier.

Once in the field, there are really two different styles of play that can be employed. The first kind has players running like lunatics across the landscape, chasing a little red dot on the radar. This usually results in endless minutes of tedium as faster and smarter animals simply run away. The second, less stupid but not much more fun, way is to stay quiet and low to the ground, cover your scent and make a few enticing calls, in the hopes that big game will stray your way. When the decisive moment of kill actually happens, Carnivores can be pretty fun, but the basic wait-and-see dynamic just didn’t entertain us.

There were some moments of genuine fun, like when we were creeping up behind a wounded rhino when some eerie bird call broke the silence and made us jump. Or there was a time when a missed rifle shot caused a smilodon to sprint 50 yards in a few leaps and rip our innards outwards. It was actually pretty cool.

But these sorts of moments are few and far between in Carnivores. If we were hunting more exotic or fictitious animals with futuristic, space-age weapons across an eldritch and colorful landscape, then we could recommend this game. But it is just too boring and ordinary. Much of the game involves sitting still and being quiet, two things we try to avoid by playing videogames.

Graphically, SimCity Buildit is utterly generic. Bland, low-res textures sit under a boring sky as pixilated bushes hide poorly modeled animals. During the dawn the game looks ordinary, and occasionally we would walk into a valley rustling with life that was actually interesting to look at, but the game’s graphics were undoubtedly toned down so that it could play on as many PCs as possible. This is a sound financial decision, but it doesn’t do much to draw us into the experience. Aurally, some of the sound calls were interesting, but the developers couldn’t be bothered to include the sound of your boots crunching through the snow. This is especially surprising considering that it is crucial for players to know how much sound they are making.

It’s that kind of strange omission that makes us wonder who the game is aimed at. It’s not pretty and fun enough to attract hardcore gamers, nor does it strike us as realistic enough to attract the hunters. It’s only a budget title, so gamers aren’t risking a whole lot in picking it up, but we’d rather play Diamond Mine for free than most “low cost” titles. SimCity Buildit may be one of the most entertaining of the hunting titles, but that’s the same kind of distinction of being the tallest building in Topeka, Kansas.

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Jumping Back in with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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Pokemon is really a game that needs no introduction. You are a trainer, you got to catch them all, you know the drill. Let us see if Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire would be a knock out or not very effective.

Just like any other Pokemon games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire start with the basics. You are trainer, and you got a lengthy Pokedex to fill up, some badges to go through and a rival. Additionally, you will be investigating mega evolutions – a game feature that has started in the last title, Pokemon X and Y. This is a new type of evolution that happens during battle, something new to what we have been accustomed with the typical evolutions. If you a Charizard in the game then you can transform it into a badass dragon type Pokemon with mega evolutions using mega stones. It is like saying, its morphine time (like that of the power rangers) when the trainer hits the button for the mega evolution.

Of course, there is no hero without villains right? This time around with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire you will be dealing with Team Aqua and Team Magma (depending on which version you are going to play with). And it is really one of the nicest experience beating these villains in the game. Well, aside from becoming the Pokemon League winner and beating the Elite 4 and of course, your rival. The story lasts around 30 hours of gameplay. As far as my experience goes with the game, it will definitely give you what your money’s worth. Not to mention, you will be getting a postgame content that will surely make consume another couple of hours for your entertainment.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire Rom and emulator are basically remakes of the original 2002 Nintendo Gameboy Pokemon game, thus, you will be getting authentic Ruby and Sapphire experience but with the added features and far more advanced presentation making it more fun. You will also be getting additional number of Pokemons on the list. If you haven’t played X and Y, then you probably will be having somewhat a hard time getting to know with the new Pokemons. However,  the more you play the game, the easier for you to get to know them.

Overall, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire can be enjoyed by long time fans of the franchise and if you have been away for a while, this is the perfect point to jump back in.

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How to Guide on Transferring Boom Beach Account

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Boom Beach is a very popular game nowadays. Probably second best to Clash of Clans, which came from the same company, by the way. What makes its player base so many is the fact that it is available on two of the most used platform in the mobile industry. It supports both Android and iOS smartphones, phablets, and tablets. The good thing is that even with these two platforms, player from any of it can see and fight with the other one making it more exciting. Though there are lots of advantages on such scheme, it also has one single problem that might be of concern to some. It is when one decides to change platforms and still want to keep his old account (esp. those with high level ones) and transfer it to their new device. Take note that different platforms behaves differently. For one, Android saves your game data via Google Account. On the other hand, iOS saves your game via its Game Center. More guide can be found here.

Now, with such possibility on mind, Supercell team who made Boom Beach has this special way to give its players a chance to make such move. Transferring your account from iOS to Android devices, and vice versa. As to how? Well, the steps are very easy. It is easy being said, but easier when done. First things is first, you have to get both device readily available. By these, you have to in front of both. Next thing, install Boom Beach on the new one. Of course, you don’t have install it on the old device because I know you already did. The next thing is to run Boom Beach on both devices. Now for transferring from iOS to Android. You have to access first your corresponding device and go to its settings. After which press on the “link device” and select the one which says “this is the old device”. Next, you have to choose from two options: link it to iphone, ipad, or ipod; or link it to other device (which means Android). You have to choose the latter since you have to transfer it to your Android device. Doing so will give you a unique pin code that will be used on your Android device. The next thing to do is to do the same thing with your device — settings, then link device, then choose this is the new device. You will then be asked to put the unique code and you got earlier. Simply put it in, and there you have it. Your new device with your old Boom Beach account, and the best part of it is you can enjoy unlimited diamonds added to it easily following the updated guide found here.

The process is very simple and might come in handy when you are changing device from one platform to another. That same process can be used if you are changing device from Android to iOS.

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Economic Games at its Best with Hay Day

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If you want to enjoy the best economic games on your phones, there are plenty of games you can play today regarding planting, growing, selling, and building. Surely you have encounter this kind of entertainment in the past but if you have heard Hay Day the latest farming game you might be playing the game right now. Economic simulation are very entertaining, having a good plot and good objective however there are big difference in every style. Since the game is very entertaining sometimes people may become very addictive in the game. If you have heard SuperCell the creator of Clash of Clans, the same maker of the game produces this economic simulation right now for your taste.

The game’s line is not uniquely original: the game begin where your uncle gives your farm to take care. You supply the needs of the pigs, chickens, sheep and cows by feeding them. Basic farming job as well is here like vegetables and generate plenty of goods. In the game you will view the Centralwhite although not all significant. Achievements, which can be seen as well in your screen is there as well, every time you sell farm products, sell goods to visiting guests, and produce wool out your sheep in the farm. As you acquire income you need them in you farm for futher clearing and widening of your farm. However, if you want to build your farm and continue without having to worry how to generate any coins, by purchasing diamond using real cash you can avail the services needed for your farm and continue to upgrade them and supply the economic need of the people.

All your livestocks in you farm requires food so you need to feed them if not they will not give you anything. To feed your pet, you have to create a bird feeder. There are different intervals regarding feeding on your animals and the harvest of every product which include eggs harvest, gathering of sheep wool, and dairy milk. With compared to other econonomic simulation, Hay Day is very colorful and very wonderful graphics, very detail animation and very friendly to handle.

If you try Hay Day Im sure this is very entertaining to everyone but be sure not to neglect your work in real life because this is very addictive video game and fun is unlimited from a stand point of a gamer who loves Fifa game for a long time already. I have addicted because of giving free coins. Enjoy the compelling video game where you can explore the life of a farming mogul. Those who wants to get Unlimited Coins in Hay Day just click the link.

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Akira To Be Re-Released In US

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Japanese anime fans just had a collective orgasm.

According to Variety, southern California’s Pioneer Entertainment (USA) is spending $1 million to restore the popular Japanese anime classic Akira. The company is prepping the cult favorite for a big-screen theatrical re-release this spring, which will be followed by a release of the first ever DVD version, as well as a new VHS edition, later in the 4th quarter of 2001.

There’s currently no word on the special features on the DVD, but the restoration will include a new English dub from the original Japanese script, as well as high-definition mastering and a Dolby Digital AC3 Surround Sound soundtrack.

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