‘NBA 2K20’ Reveals Star-Studded Story ModeNBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and Number Stay on target The National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive have partnered to create an official NBA 2K eSports League. This will be the first organized video game league that is operated by a professional U.S. sports league.The NBA 2K eLeague will premiere in the 2018 season. Each of the virtual teams will be run by their real-world counterparts. The plan is to eventually have all 30 NBA teams involved. Each team will recruit eSports players to fill their rosters.The virtual league will mimic the real one as much as possible. Every season will start with a player combine, a draft, and then a shortened scheduled of regular-season games and playoffs. Each NBA team will have its own five-player digital team for the season. At the moment, it isn’t known if teams will be able to trade (eSports) players or have a virtual bench for reserve players.In an official statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: “We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the young and growing eSports community.”For all intents and purposes, the NBA 2K eLeague will be run like a professional sports league. This means that players will be salaried and get bonus team prizes for regular and postseason wins. Each player will have digital versions of themselves, so don’t expect to see avatars of real-world NBA players. Currently, Take-Two and the NBA are hashing out plans for broadcasting games either online or on television.Given how the sudden rise of eSports in North America, this news isn’t the least bit surprising. You may recall that ESPN2 showed the EVO finals on TV last year. Since the NBA is so massive, this venture could propel eSports to a whole new level of popularity. Don’t be surprised when the NFL or other sports leagues eventually have their own eSports leagues.
Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Stay on target The hot new way to prepare your kids (or yourself) for the future is education in technology. That could be taking a class to learn how to code. That could be using Nintendo Labo or Lego Mindstorms toys to learn the philosophy of making something yourself. Or that could be straight-up building and programming a PC with a Raspberry Pi.There are lots of models of Raspberry Pi, each offering their own take on the cheap, tiny, and intuitive single-board computer concept. Depending on how much complexity you want, and how much you’re willing to pay, there’s a different version for you. But one of the best recent all-around models is the Raspberry Pi Model A+ ($30). Like its cousins, the Raspberry Pi Model A+ is all about encouraging users to build their own little PCs and learn more about the PC building process. You can use it to make whatever smart device you want as long as the ARM processor (64-bit 1.4GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM2837B0) can handle it, from karaoke machines to Etch-A-Sketches. The 40-pin GPIO headers lets you attach all sorts of sensors and motors to this brain.The Model A+ only has one USB port and no Ethernet port, a step down from pricier versions, but it does have an HDMI port, headphone jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and microSD card slot for installing the operating system. The limited 256MB or 512MB memory and lack of overclocking means you’ll want to stick with the modest Raspbian Linux OS for a smooth experience.But again comparing the Model A+, or any Raspberry Pi, to a typical computer is totally missing the point. The real value of this device is how it affordably opens the door for creative and experimental technological engineering anyone can enjoy and learn from.For more on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for other Raspberry Pi products check out these starter kits.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Amazon Echo Wall Clock Tells Time With TechGeek Pick: Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote Geek Pick: Casper Glow Is a High-Tech ‘Night Light’ With Soothing Vibes