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Google Allo now on desktop

Google finally released the Allo service on another playform! Android users will be able to connect their accounts to a desktop version of the app. That means that IPhone users and all 3 Windows phone users wont be able to use it. No word on when it will be avaliable but Google did say support is coming soon.

Some features wont be avaliable online at launch, such as:

  • Managing your Google accounts, that means no connecting switching or removing
  • Managing existing group members, you can add or remove them
  • No backing up info, notifications and privacy setting
  • Sadly no chat features like, deleting a conversation, blocking someone, or starting a chat with someone not in your contacts

Enough talk, here is how to get it done.

  1. Google and Comicstacks both recommend you update your Android to the latest version before using it on the web. *It takes 2 seconds, just do it
  2. Open Allo on your phone and scan the QR code thats on the Allo website.
  3. You're all set, have fun

New Division Update! 1.7 is finally here!

Ubisoft just launched the 1.7 update for Tom Clancy's The Division. Its avaliable on the typical PS4, Xbox One and PC systems.

The long awaited update will bring a few updates such as:

  • Global Events – The update will introduce a new event system that will challenge players to find new ways to play through time-limited activities featuring new gameplay modifiers. New Events will be available regularly and grant exclusive rewards upon completion. Players will also be able to activate additional modifiers for some missions and incursions, adding an extra layer of challenge that gives them a chance to yield more rewards.
  • Commendations – Previously called Feats, Commendations are a new built-in achievement system that will provide players with a series of tasks and subsequent rewards.
  • Encrypted Caches – Caches are loot boxes with random customisation items and emotes inside. Players will be able to obtain Caches by gathering keys in the world, or purchase them with Premium Credits.
  • New Gear and Customisation Options – New gear includes Classified Gear sets, new facemasks and Arm Patches. Players will also be able to re-customise their agents for free at the Barbershop.
  • Survival DLC improvements – New scoring items will allow players to achieve higher scores. The reward economy has also been reworked so that time investment is more on par with other activities.

The Update is one of two free updates that will come out this year. Apart from this update the dev team has been commited to continuously improving the game with gameplay and quality updates that should be coming in the months to come. The event, Outbreak, will start today August 15th and end on the 22nd. It will "challenge  palyer with the new enemy behaviour due to the severity of the virus outbreak."

The second expansion, Survival will be free this weekend from August 18th to the 20th on all platforms. It of course adds the Survival mode which is a whole new way to play the game, more on that in this article.

The Guardians of future past

Since the very beginning of the Marvel cinematic universe back in 2008, comic books began to gain more and more followers that were new to the scene. Families and casuals were enjoying the movies, so aside from buying the merchandise, they decided to take a trip to their local comic book shop. Superhero books have not always been very mainstream, to the extent that Marvel early on gave away certain licenses like X-Men away to Sony and Fox. The reason for this, was their lack of hope in comic books going forward that much longer or at least superhero films themselves. Now after 16 Marvel movies and millions of dollars made, the popularity of the movies is beginning to dictate or at least influence how writers continue certain books.

One of the main books that has been affected is Guardians of the Galaxy and all of its incarnations. Many fans might want to kills us for saying this, but as good as the Guardians were before the movie, they were not as popular as some might like to believe. A lot of heads turned and asked if a Guardians movies was really coming out when the announcement came. For every fan who loved the idea, there were probably two more whom were either indifferent or were not too confident in it. It was an odd period of time, because we had seen heroes like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, whom even though had their unrealistic parts, they were movies that attempted to keep realistic elements intact. Eventually the worry of Guardians being a horrible movie were washed away, when it was released to high praise. It had everything to keep the casual fan’s interest and did an excellent job to impress comic book fans. James Gunn delivered a film with excellent visuals, fun story and well done humour. After such great success, an obvious sequel was announced but something more interesting happened. The comics saw a boom in sales and interest, but they were also beginning to show the writers influenced by the movie. Characters were acting more like their movie counterparts and the team was cut down to the movie roster. There is nothing wrong with this, if anything it is quite enjoyable, but some fans have expressed some worry. The reason for the stress is that they fear Marvel will begin to write their books with the films in mind in order to gain more casual followers.

As the years pass by, more and more movies are being made. Their popularity only grows and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Please understand, we are not claiming to know Marvel’s plans, instead this something we have noticed. What do you guys think? Are you worried or excited about Marvel writing their books with the movies in mind?