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Google Stores Your Location Data Even If Location History is Turned Off Google Stores Your Location Data Even If Location History is Turned Off
- August 14, 2018

AP's findings suggest that when you tell Google to turn off location tracking, it's only stopping the display of location markers in your apps . After all, the Google support page says , "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored ". (more...)
Inject some Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay directly into your veins Inject some Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay directly into your veins
- August 13, 2018

For a while now, many of us gamers have been assuming that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be 4k resolution on the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro. You're probably just watching the thing already. 'In and out of the camp, the world is alive and responds to the player, ' the voiceover says. Morgan can greet passing riders in friendly or belligerent ways; square-up to local tough guys and cool down an angry sheriff with an itchy trigger-finger. (more...)
DOOM Eternal’s brutal gameplay revealed at QuakeCon 2018 DOOM Eternal’s brutal gameplay revealed at QuakeCon 2018
- August 13, 2018

The rebooted Doom released in 2016 was a critical triumph , an impeccably designed balance of shooting and melee, based on the idea that video game gunfights are more exciting when you need to keep moving and can't just hang back and shoot from cover. (more...)
Fallout 76 is completely changing how perks work Fallout 76 is completely changing how perks work
- August 13, 2018

According to Howard, Fallout 76 will offer players "packs" of Perk Cards every other level during the start of the game. "We turn the assholes into interesting content", said game director Todd Howard. When you die, the only effect is that you drop the junk you're collecting, which is used to build. Armor and weaponry isn't lost upon death, so the only decision you have to make after dying is whether you want to go back and collect your resources. (more...)
Fortnite Android beta comes to non-Samsung phones, but invite still needed Fortnite Android beta comes to non-Samsung phones, but invite still needed
- August 13, 2018

As Epic Games made a decision to skip the Play Store, users will need to first download the Fortnite launcher from the company's website. Here's all we know about Fortnite for Android including how to install it, smartphone exclusivity, gameplay and more. (more...)
Intel's first 9th-generation Core processors may arrive October 1st Intel's first 9th-generation Core processors may arrive October 1st
- August 13, 2018

Sources close to Wccftech have reported that three of Intel's flagship desktop processors in the 9000 series will land on October 1, with the remainder of the family being released in the first quarter of 2019. The chip features 16MB of L3 cache, Intel UHD 620 graphics, and 95W TDP. There would also be a mid-tier Core i5-9600K processor with six cores, six threads, a 3.7GHz base clock and a 4.3GHz boost with all cores (4.6GHz with one). (more...)
Palm Palm "Pepito" leaked as a tiny comeback destined for Verizon
- August 12, 2018

The phone was developed under the codename "Pepito" by TCL , and is destined to be a Verizon exclusive when it launches later this year. Keeping the lights on will supposedly be a small 800mAh capacity battery. Android 8.1 is the expected operating system and it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chip paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. (more...)
New Pokémon: Let's Go! trailer highlights Vermilion City and Team Rocket New Pokémon: Let's Go! trailer highlights Vermilion City and Team Rocket
- August 12, 2018

The trailer shows off the vibrant atmosphere of a familiar Vermillion City that's now been transformed into a moving 3D landscape. Fans can explore a newly-rendered version of Kanto, battle its gym leaders and catch its pokemon while also enjoying a combination of completely new features and others borrowed from the series' recent past. (more...)
Torchlight Frontiers brings the series back as a Torchlight Frontiers brings the series back as a "shared-world action-RPG"
- August 12, 2018

The first Torchlight game was released in 2009 with its sequel coming in 2012. Announcement of the closure prompted Runic studio head Marsh Lefler to reassure the public, stating "you haven't heard the last of us". The latest iteration will be a shared-world action-RPG, bringing back numerous features and mechanics the Torchlight series is known for, with Schaefer assembling "an all-star team of developers", according to Perfect World Senior Vice President, Yoon Im. (more...)
Discord Targets Steam With New Online Game Store Discord Targets Steam With New Online Game Store
- August 12, 2018

As for the store, rather than have every game available on it, Discord wants to make it a carefully curated shop with specific titles and recommendations based on player interest. Everyone in the beta can buy Dead Cells , Frostpunk , Omensight , Into the Breach , SpellForce 3 , The Banner Saga 3 , Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire , Hollow Knight , Moonlighter , This is the Police 2 , and Starbound . (more...)
Nintendo Switch Online Launches in ‘Second Half’ of September Nintendo Switch Online Launches in ‘Second Half’ of September
- August 11, 2018

There's only a few weeks left until Nintendo Switch Online launches, according to a press release from Nintendo. One such detail is Switch Online's release date, as thus far, Nintendo has only said that the service will launch in September. (more...)
Samung Galaxy Note 9: Hands-on! Samung Galaxy Note 9: Hands-on!
- August 11, 2018

If the details are pretty thin on the ground at the moment, there's good reason why; Samsung hasn't announced the speaker yet, with more information expected at a developers' conference in early November - right in time for the festive season. (more...)
Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare
- August 11, 2018

Thing is, the company that created it, Epic Games, just announced that it won't be publishing it via Google Play , the market where most users - in the Western hemisphere, anyway - get most of their apps. With the option on Android to release its app without going through Google's official channel, they also skip having to give Google a slice of the in-game purchase pie. (more...)
One Week Until DOOM Eternal’s Gameplay Reveal
- August 11, 2018

Id Software will share more details about that mode at a later date. There's even a few new bad guys DOOM will debut with Eternal . Pain Elementals, Arachnotrons, and Arch-Viles are making their comeback in DOOM Eternal . Bethesda revealed the first gameplay footage from DOOM Eternal - their highly-anticipated sequel to 2016's reboot of the iconic first-person shooter franchise - during their keynote address at QuakeCon 2018 today (August 10th). (more...)
[H]ardOCP: Magic Leap One Is Available to Creators Starting at $2,295 [H]ardOCP: Magic Leap One Is Available to Creators Starting at $2,295
- August 10, 2018

However, thanks to some tantalising hints on the official Magic Leap website , we might now know the launch date. Rather, the Creator's Edition is primarily aimed at developers with an eye-watering price-tag of $2,295, although just $700 less than the development version of Microsoft's Hololens headset. (more...)
Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9, targeting younger customers Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9, targeting younger customers
- August 10, 2018

That's the issue - smartphones are now so capable that there's not really that much further to go, so unless a brand materially changes the design and ways of using the phone (as Apple did with the iPhone X ) then there's not much to really excite consumers. (more...)
Samsung To Spend $22 Billion On AI, Auto Tech, 5G 08/08/2018 Samsung To Spend $22 Billion On AI, Auto Tech, 5G 08/08/2018
- August 10, 2018

As it pertains to AI, Samsung is looking to significantly expand its research efforts. With its investment in AI, it will increase its own capability, increasing the number of researchers to 1,000 across its global AI Centers. Samsung is making a big push on automotive parts business since the unit was set up in December 2015. Through such investments, Samsung plans to foster AI, 5G, biotechnology and electronic components as key future growth engines. (more...)
WhatsApp Officially Marks The Message Forwarding Limit In India To Five Chats WhatsApp Officially Marks The Message Forwarding Limit In India To Five Chats
- August 10, 2018

Other measures aimed at curbing the spread of misinformation will be rolled out in phases. In July, WhatsApp said message forwards will be limited to five chats at a time, whether among individuals or groups, and said it will remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages. (more...)
Messenger launches multiplayer AR games for video chat Messenger launches multiplayer AR games for video chat
- August 10, 2018

In one, " Asteroids Attack ", plays have to navigate a spaceship around asteroids. It remains to be seen what sort of a deal gets worked out between USA banks and Facebook in the long run. Facebook appears determined to radically change how video calls work - the company is planning the release of two additional games "in the coming weeks and months". (more...)
God of War's New Game+ mode gets a release date God of War's New Game+ mode gets a release date
- August 10, 2018

All things considered, it's great to see Santa Monica Studio following through with yet another solid piece of post-launch support for God of War , as director Cory Barlog initially wasn't promising New Game Plus would even make it into the title. (more...)
PS4 Pro is getting a 500 Million Limited Edition release PS4 Pro is getting a 500 Million Limited Edition release
- August 09, 2018

The console will be on sale from August 24 and will cost $500. In addition, a limited-edition Gold Wireless Headset and wireless controller will be sold separately. 500 million PlayStation consoles sold since the system launched in 2013 is an unbelievable feat. The PlayStation brand has meant big business for Sony over the past [nearly] 25 years, and during that time, we've seen the release of the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 , PlayStation 3 and the current PlayStation 4 . (more...)
Red Dead Redemption 2's first gameplay trailer has arrived Red Dead Redemption 2's first gameplay trailer has arrived
- August 09, 2018

Rockstar specifically referred to it as a gameplay trailer, so we're hopefully getting a walkthrough featuring actual gameplay - maybe even a look at the online mode, if we're lucky. Kevin Tucker is a long-time gamer and writer with an eye for technological news and a drive for extensive research. Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place prior to the events of its predecessor and follows Arthur Morgan, an outlaw running with the Van der Linde gang ran by Dutch Van der Linde. (more...)
West Virginia to Experiment With Mobile-Phone Voting by Overseas Troops West Virginia to Experiment With Mobile-Phone Voting by Overseas Troops
- August 09, 2018

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner told the network that the technology has been tested in smaller private elections . The mobile voting platform, Voatz , will use facial recognition software to match each user's "selfie-style video of their face" to their government-issued ID, according to a CNN report . (more...)
Mobile Unveils 'Essentials' Unlimited Plan For Customers On A Budget Mobile Unveils 'Essentials' Unlimited Plan For Customers On A Budget
- August 09, 2018

T-Mobile has announced the launch of a new lower cost "T-Mobile Essentials" plan for customers who just want the basics. One other tidbit: T-Mobile will throttle Essentials data speeds when its network is congested. Well have to wait until T-Mobile releases its terms and conditions for the new plan to see exactly which of the T-Mobile perks it will or will not include. (more...)
Samsung Note 9 to have 512GB internal memory Samsung Note 9 to have 512GB internal memory
- August 09, 2018

New for the Note 9 is a intelligent camera system that uses AI to perform object recognition and detect blinks, notifying the user immediately if a shot is blurry or other issue. Not only is Fortnite an exclusive for the Galaxy Note 9 , but Samsung's looking to target two birds with one stone this time around. Mass media obsession " Fortnite " is available on select Samsung Android phones now, but other Android phone owners will have to wait until later this month to download and play ... (more...)
Alexa will tell you when it has done its homework Alexa will tell you when it has done its homework
- August 09, 2018

Editor Bret Kinsella said he first encountered the feature on Monday when Alexa asked if he wanted to enable it. It's rolling out to users in the coming days; Amazon clarified to TechCrunch that it will be offered randomly. The Amazon Alexa Answer Update feature will notify you when it learns the answer to a previously asked question. The capability can also be enabled by saying, "Alexa, turn on Answer Update". (more...)
Mi A2 Pre-Orders in India Starts Today on Amazon, Xiaomi Store Mi A2 Pre-Orders in India Starts Today on Amazon, Xiaomi Store
- August 09, 2018

After launching the Mi A2 globally, Xiaomi has launched the phone today in India. Xiaomi has finally introduced its second Android One smartphone, the Mi A2, in India. There is a 3,400 mAh battery and a USB-C port, with a grill speaker keeping them company on the bottom. The front panel has Corning Gorilla Glass 5. (more...)
'Fix PUBG' is a 3 month dev campaign to address player concerns 'Fix PUBG' is a 3 month dev campaign to address player concerns
- August 09, 2018

While I love the idea of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds , the trickle feed of game updates has been really tough. For instance, the site contains a roadmap, a fix log, and an FAQ, with the developer promising that it will be "entirely focused" on bug fixes, "fundamental" performance issues, and "long-needed" quality of life improvements. (more...)
Blizzard has multiple Diablo projects in the pipeline Blizzard has multiple Diablo projects in the pipeline
- August 09, 2018

Community manager Brandy Camel has popped up in a new video over on the official Diablo YouTube channel, and in it, she confirms that Blizzard is working on "multiple Diablo projects". So whether you first joined us in "D3" or you're a seasoned veteran, thank you. "Some will take longer than others", Camel explains, and news will apparently be shared later this year; a clear setup for a BlizzCon reveal in November. (more...)
Fallout 76 Beta Will Feature Full Game Fallout 76 Beta Will Feature Full Game
- August 08, 2018

It was previously announced that expansion DLC for the game will be free, but there will be paid cosmetic items. Find out more about the game in our handy 101 video below. Pay attention, however, and you'll realise Bethesda has been trying to do this for years. It's a little surprising given that Fallout 4 was released on Steam, but Bethesda is probably confident that their own launcher is mature enough. (more...)