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We just wanted to take a moment to show you a Shark in a Christmas hat! so now we have your attention we'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, we hope you all enjoy lots of nice food and have a great day with family and friends. For those who don't celebrate Christmas let us wish you a happy Monday instead!

Also if you enjoy the Pokemon content here on Digiex, we have a special present for you this year. The Pokemon Aura Mew Distribution. 10 years after the Aura Mew distribution for the GameBoy Advance Pokemon games took place, it’s now possible for you to distribute your own Aura Mew to your Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, LeafGreen or FireRed GBA games at home.

Do let us know if you got anything interesting for Christmas this year.
With all the news going around about Apple and Amazon's fight back in the day with de-listing of Apple TV's from the Amazon Store, Amazon's refusal to make an Apple TV App and how they have now made up and released the App - something bigger seems to have gone totally unnoticed. It seems you can now officially buy Subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video in the Apple App Store app directly via In-App Purchases.

This feature doesn't seem to exist in the US (which is why most the US based tech news sites are not covering it), but if you are in an Amazon supported region outside the US, you can now directly pay for your subscription via the Apple App Store. The big question is, does Apple get a 30% cut like it forces on Spotify and other services, or have Amazon and Apple come to some sort of agreement and in turn Amazon becoming the first provider to get around Apple's In App Purchases Policy?

Screenshot: Apple App Store in UK Region

If Amazon and Apple can come up with some business deal like this, does this then give leverage to other providers of Services like Spotify who have struggled with Apple's aggressive 30% cut on all subscriptions?

10 years after the Aura Mew distribution for the GameBoy Advance Pokemon games took place, it’s now possible for you to distribute your own Aura Mew to your Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, LeafGreen or FireRed GBA games.

Various members of Digiex and the Pokemon community have come together to obtain the Aura Mew event distribution, originally used in the United Kingdom. You can use this to distribute yourself your own legitimate Aura Mew, exactly as if you had attended one of the Aura Mew distributions a decade ago back in 2007.

You might be surprised to learn that this Aura Mew distribution cost a significant amount of money to obtain, however we’re pleased it’s been preserved so yourself and future generations of Pokemon fans are able to enjoy this event Pokemon at no cost, the way it should be.

In addition you are able to trade the Aura Mew up to Sun and Moon too.

Head over to our Pokemon Aura Mew Distribution Cartridge Download post to discuss and learn more about how you can distribute your own Aura Mew.

Once again a big thank you to all those who made this possible, almost a year went in to making this release possible.

Nintendo have made an official announcement about the Pokemon Crystal release on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Crystal will be released on January 26, 2018 for $9.99.

Pokemon Crystal will also have Pokemon Bank compatibility, meaning its now finally possible to bring Pokemon all the way up to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon from every single core Pokemon game ever released.

For those that prefer physical releases, there will also be a boxed version that contains the game's download code released in Europe and Japan.

In addition it has been confirmed the Japanese version of Pokemon Crystal will allow you to obtain the GS ball in Goldenrod City's Pokemon Communication Center after beating the Elite Four. It has been confirmed the international releases will also be able to encounter Celebi, however as to how hasn't been confirmed yet. We suspect this will likely be from obtaining the GS ball from the Goldenrod City Pokemon Center after beating the Elite Four, as the event was programmed in to the international game when originally released on the GameBoy, however never used.

Needless to say it will be nice to officially have all the original Generation 1 and 2 Pokemon games available on the 3DS.

View: YouTube Trailer for Pokemon Crystal

Will you be purchasing Pokemon Crystal?

Humble Bundle is giving away Homefront on Steam for a limited time.

Homefront is a first-person shooter video game developed by Kaos Studios and published by THQ. The game tells the story of a resistance movement fighting in near-future against the military occupation of the Western United States by a unified Korea. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011.

If your in to first person shooters and have some free time Homefront is certainly worth checking out, I remember quite enjoying this on the 360 back in 2011.

Link: Homefront on the Humble Store

Humble Bundle is giving away the complete edition of Sid Meier's Civilization III for free. The game launched back in 2001 so you will have to have been a PC gamer for a fair while to remember this one.

Civilization III, like the other Civilization games, entails building an empire, from the ground up, beginning in 4,000 BC and continuing slightly beyond the modern day. The player must construct and improve cities, train military and non-military units, improve terrain, research technologies, build Wonders of the World, make war or peace with neighboring civilizations, and so on.

If that sounds interesting to you head over to the Humble Store and claim your free copy of the game, which can be redeemed on Steam.

View: Civilization III Complete Edition on the Humble Store

If you were a gamer or a kid growing up in the 90's then you probably played Tomb Raider 2 back then, or at least heard of it. A group of fans have got together and started to re-make the game in the Unreal 4, with stunning results.

The team behind the project have now released a playable demo for all to enjoy.

View: Tomb Raider 2 The Dagger Of Xian [Unreal 4 Fan Remake] Screenshots and Demo Download

After not updating the Wii U for over a year and a half Nintendo released the 5.5.2 update, which patched some vulnerabilities in the web browser which had been used by the community to launch Homebrew on the Wii U.

However its rumoured the Crunchyroll App can also be exploited for Homebrew purposes. With that in mind if you have updated to 5.5.2 we'd recommend download the Crunchyroll App, just in case. Better to be safe than sorry right?!

Nintendo have released a new Wii U system update, after not updating the Wii U since January 2016.

The only thing Nintendo state has changed is in firmware version 5.5.2 is "Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience" what this translates to is patching the web browser exploit used to gain access to homebrew.

Surprisingly however the IOSU and Kernel exploits have not been patched, just the web browser entry point required to install these exploits.

So if you have followed Digiex's Wii U Permanent Homebrew Channel / Launcher Exploit Tutorial [Haxchi 2.0 Wii U Hack] and installed the Homebrew Channel to a DS this should still work fine, as should all your homebrew.

Haxchi and CBHC work as normal if already installed.

However I would still suggest not updating, as you gain nothing and lose the only way to ever install the Homebrew Launcher in the unlikely event you mess something up at a later date.

If you followed the tutorial linked to above you should have already blocked your Wii U from auto updating, if not then follow this guide here to block Wii U System Updates if you care about Homebrew and Hacks.

Backing up your important data is something not everyone does, backing up that important data off site in another location, also known as a cloud backup is something even fewer people do.

Until recently having a cloud backup is not something i've done either, however it is something i've thought about for a couple of years now, but could never find a system I was happy with.

You might be wondering why a backup of your most important data in a different location to your house is important?

Well what happens if your computer / backup hard drive got stolen, or some natural disaster such as a flood ruined your computer and backups? you would loose everything unless a copy of that data existed somewhere else.

The most easy solution is to backup your most important data up to the cloud, however for maximum security and privacy you only want to store encrypted data no one else can make use of, which is where things get a bit more difficult.

I've looked at a lot of different solutions and come up with something inexpensive that works great for multiple Windows or Mac computers.

View: Personal Encrypted Secure Cloud Backup - All You Need To Know

I'd also be interested to learn about your own cloud backup system if you have anything in place.