MLB's Yasiel Puig Says Video Games Helped Him Break His Slump

Major League Baseball slugger Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday got two hits and drove in three runs, ending a hitting slump where he recorded just two hits in 24 previous at-bats. What helped turned things around for the MLB 15: The Show cover star? Video games, of course.

Puig told Los Angeles Times beat writer Bill Shaikin that ditching soccer video games for baseball games helped him improve his real-world performance.

“I just stopped playing soccer video games,” he said. “I’ve found, when I play baseball video games, I do better.”

Puig didn’t say which game helped him return to form, but we’d have to wager it was MLB 15: The Show, seeing as he is that game’s cover star.

Also helping Puig break out of his slump was the fact that the Dodgers held a Yasiel Puig bobblehead night on Wednesday, when his mom also threw out the first pitch. According to Shaikin, Wednesday night was the second Puig bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium. In those two games, Puig has four hits in seven at-bats, including a home run, double, and four RBI.

“I’m going to ask the Dodgers to see if they can have some more bobblehead nights,” he said. “And have my mom throw out the first pitch as much as possible.”

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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New trailers: Beasts of No Nation, Black Mass, The 33, and more

Usually I try to keep our weekly trailer roundup at least modestly focused, but I just couldn’t do it this week. The trailers are all over the place. Some are amazing. Some are too huge to ignore. And some are just totally bizarre. Please do your best to enjoy the ones that feel right for you. Oh, but also watch the trailer for Room — I think that’s the one I’m most impressed with this week. There are 14 in all.

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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Listen to One Direction's first post-Zayn single, 'Drag Me Down'

One Direction surprised fans by sneaking their new single “Drag Me Down” — their first piece of new music since losing original member Zayn Malik in March — onto iTunes and Spotify early Friday morning. It’s also the band’s first bit of new material after Four, the album they released last November. The single is arriving two days after Malik announced that he had signed a solo deal with RCA, one that will give him the opportunity to show you who he really is.

“Drag Me Down” is a slight departure from the music the band was making with Malik in tow, which tended toward power-pop and classic rock on their later records. There’s a bit of The Police in the loping, reggae-lite bass line and guitar riffs, and the song’s structure is cribbed…

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Nvidia Shield Tablets Recalled Over Fire Hazard

Nvidia on Friday acknowledged a potentially serious design flaw with some of its Shield tablets and has issued a voluntary recall for the devices.

The affected units are Nvidia Shield 8-inch tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015. According to Nvidia, the company “determined that the battery in these tablets can overheat, posing a fire hazard.”

You can find out if your Nvidia Shield tablet is part of the recall by identifying the battery type. To do that, first make sure you have the latest software installed, then follow the instructions below.

  • From the Home screen in Android, select the Apps icon
  • Select the Settings icon
  • Scroll down, select About tablet
  • Select Status
  • Under the “Battery” category, you’ll see Y01 or B01
  • If B01, your unit is NOT affected by this recall
  • If Y01, your unit needs to be replaced. Please select Y01 to launch the recall application on the device

If you have an affected unit, Nvidia will replace it free of charge You can visit this page for more information about how to replace your device.

The company also stresses that you should stop using recalled devices immediately, apart from as needed to complete the recall process. The recall does not apply to any other Nvidia products.

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Nvidia recalls all Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard

Nvidia promised spectacular, unprecedented gaming performance from its 8-inch Shield Tablet last year, but its pursuit of extreme performance seems to have gone a tiny bit too far. The company is now recalling its first Android tablet device due to a potential fire hazard posed by the battery, which can overheat. No details are provided about the circumstances in which the problem might arise, though Nvidia is being extra cautious and “asking consumers to stop using the recalled tablet, except as needed to participate in the recall and back up data.”

When it launched the Shield Tablet, Nvidia made a big deal out of the extra thermal dissipation of its design, claiming it was double what you’d get from a typical tablet. So the Shield…

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Windows 10 Reaches 14 Million Installs

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, launched on Wednesday and is currently rolling out in phases. It now appears the first phase was a big one, as Microsoft says on its official blog that Windows 10 has now been installed on 14 million devices. Many more upgrades are still to come.

“We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade,” Microsoft marketing boss Yusuf Mehdi said.

“Rest assured we are working 24×7 to continue the upgrade process and are prioritizing the quality of your upgrade experience over anything else,” he added. “We are grateful for your excitement and enthusiasm and we appreciate your patience over the days and weeks ahead as we carefully roll out Windows 10 in phases to all of you that have reserved.”

People who reserved a Windows 10 upgrade will be notified through the system tray (see image) when their upgrade is ready. If you didn’t reserve an upgrade already, you can do that here.

Mehdi said demand for Windows 10 has been off the charts.

“We’re humbled and grateful to see the response to Windows 10,” he said. “We have seen unprecedented demand for Windows 10, with reviews and customer feedback overwhelmingly positive around the globe. We are doing everything we can to upgrade the world to Windows 10 as quickly as possible over the coming days and weeks ahead.”

Overall, Microsoft hopes Windows 10 can reach 1 billion devices by 2018. As part of a special offer, Windows 7 and 8 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first year after launch.

GameSpot sister site CNET has a full review of Windows 10. Editor Nate Ralph wrote, “Microsoft gets it right.”

“Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that’s equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs,” he said.

Windows 10 features an all-new Xbox gaming app, Cortana integration, and a new browser called Edge. These are just some of the changes; be sure to read CNET’s full review for everything you need to know.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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