Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nintendo NX Rumors Not Favorable Among Video Game Enthusiasts

Depiction of Nintendo NX, according to rumors

The Nintendo NX is making headlines in video gaming news, with rumors and speculation around their new mobile console. The problem is, most people view the new Nintendo NX - judging by the rumors and pictures - that it will be essentially the same as the WiiU. The biggest of this news, which many people think negatively about, is that Nintendo is moving back to video game cartridges.

This TechInsider article calls the Nintendo WiiU a "tremendous flop" - which you can see below in the picture detailing video game hardware sales. The WiiU had only sold 10.73 million units through September 2015.

Published Sept. 2015

The Nintendo NX sounds very much like the Failing WiiU

The Nintendo NX is described by Eurogamer sources as a powerful, portable video game console with its own display screen and detachable controllers on both sides. As mentioned above, it will run on cartridges, rather than mini discs. It is supposed to have NVIDIA Tegra graphics, and have a docking station that allows it to be projected into a larger screen. However, it will be marketed as allowing you to take your video games on the go.

Does any of this sound different from the failing the WiiU yet?

WiiU Perception may impact Nintendo NX

One of the biggest problems among video game enthusiasts, is that they perceive that there are not enough big title games on the WiiU. The perception is that Nintendo titles are somewhat limited. Nintendo seems to have taken their own path in the video game industry, and while Xbox and Playstation release similar titles that crossover both consoles, Nintendo does not do this. Nintendo creates their own brand of games, but has trouble convincing serious gamers to buy their console. This perception has hurt Nintendo with recent consoles. However, Nintendo has found much success with releasing the Pokemon Go app on iPhone and smartphones.

Editorial Note: I do not own a WiiU, nor have I played any video games on the WiiU. I have owned and played games on the NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube console gaming systems. I have played video games on the Wii, but have not owned one.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Clean Energy Electric Commercial Transport Truck

Mercedes-Benz electric truck prototype (July 2016)

Mercedes-Benz shows off Fully Electric Heavy Transport Truck Prototype

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first fully electric heavy transport truck prototype on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. This "clean energy" commercial truck has an admissible weight capacity of 29 US tons, and operates with considerable less noise attributed to having no internal combustion engine. The obvious benefit to an electric commercial truck is that it doesn't run on fossil fuel, which improves the air quality versus the current trucks on the road today.

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck not Expected to roll out until 2020

Mercedes-Benz calls it the "Urban eTruck" with a maximum driving range of about 124 miles on one charge. Daimler points out on PRNewswire that these clean energy commercial trucks may not be available for commercial use until about 2020. Daimler says that this is due to the "cost-to-efficiency" ratio of building them and an expected decrease in cost to produce the batteries they will use.

Light Distribution Electric Truckers being Tested with Customer trials

Also, fully electric light distribution Daimler trucks are currently being tested with customer trials. This shows that Daimler is actively seeking to compete with Tesla - the car company that only offers electric vehicles - which recently revealed that they are working on an electric semi transport truck.

Mercedes-Benz Rescue Assist App

Mercedes-Benz has developed a "Rescue Assist App" which allows emergency responders to have access to rescue cards in their vehicles. The app gives responders access to rescue cards for all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and vans since 1990 and all smart models built since 1998. These rescue cards show first responders the safety components in the vehicles, such as the airbags, batteries, and the fuel lines. This app can operate without the need of internet, and is available free of charge.

Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class

Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class

Mercedes-Benz 2017 E-Class Commercial

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Confusion in "Controversial" TV Commercial

Mercedes-Benz did have a TV commercial that compared its 2017 E-Class to the F 015 "autonomous" concept car, but it did not stay on the air for very long before it was pulled. This is because viewers believed that the new E-Class is an autonomous car, when it is not. It has the self parking feature, and advanced driver-assist systems, but the E-Class is not self driving. The U.S. commercial that was pulled from the air can be watched below.

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