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June's Best Selling Gaming Hardware Was... the NES Classic June's Best Selling Gaming Hardware Was... the NES Classic
- August 05, 2018

Video games industry analyst Mat Piscatella wrote on Twitter , "The NES Classic was June 2018's highest unit-selling hardware platform, while the PlayStation 4 led the market in dollar sales". According to the NPD Group , Nintendo was also the top-selling publisher in June followed by Ubisoft. Make it so Nintendo. "Gains were driven by Fortnite , promotions around the E3 period, and reinvigorated distribution of the NES Classic , among other factors", read the NPD's commentary. (more...)
BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X announced with big batteries BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X announced with big batteries
- August 05, 2018

The two phones share several features, such as a 4,000mAh battery, 6-inch full HD+ screen, and 64GB of storage. Similar to the Key2, the Evolve X is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz. X factor - Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core processor and the Android 8.1 Oreo OS, the smartphone offers smooth and seamless performance. (more...)
PUBG Mobile Game Gets a Mission Impossible: Fallout Crossover PUBG Mobile Game Gets a Mission Impossible: Fallout Crossover
- August 05, 2018

The two-hour hike did not put off any of these fans, eager to catch a glimpse of the sixth instalment in the franchise. Mission Impossible: Fallout is the latest film in Tom Cruise's bombastic action series, and seems an appropriate fit for the gritty gunplay of PUBG 's free-for-all game mode, which sees 100 players duke it out to be the last one standing. (more...)
Facebook Dating feature to be added soon Facebook Dating feature to be added soon
- August 05, 2018

Facebook has since confirmed that they are testing out the feature but declined to go into further details. Think of dating apps , and the likes of Tinder , Grindr and Match.com spring to mind, and now Facebook is looking to take itself a slice of the action. (more...)
Resorts Casino Strikes Deals To Provide Sports Betting In New Jersey Resorts Casino Strikes Deals To Provide Sports Betting In New Jersey
- August 04, 2018

In its product release, DraftKings details that it wants to bring a premium sportsbook app to the New Jersey market, featuring functions that have dominated European markets such as, in-play betting, match streaming and cash-out markets. (more...)
Fortnite for Android Not Coming to Google Play: Epic Games
- August 03, 2018

Instead, suggested files found on Epic Games' website, Epic would host its own launcher for the mobile title. The developer didn't confirm when the game is going to be released. In a newly published interview, Epic Games has now confirmed that Fortnite Android will not be available on Google Play. "There's a rationale for this on console where there's enormous investment in hardware, often sold below cost, and marketing campaigns in broad partnership with publishers...30 percent is ... (more...)
Samsung pretends Galaxy Note 7 never existed Samsung pretends Galaxy Note 7 never existed
- August 03, 2018

According to CNET , Samsung has published the pre-order announcement for the Galaxy Note 9 on its website , ahead of the launch. The phone will be able to hold up to 1TB of storage, thanks to a microSD slot. This won't be the only version of the phone - the advert says in the small print "for 512GB models", suggesting there will be other models with less storage. (more...)
Mobile phone charger catches fire on Ryanair flight Mobile phone charger catches fire on Ryanair flight
- August 03, 2018

Instagram user Anthcarrio , who filmed the explosion, said he had never seen so many people scared for their lives after the charger "blew up" in his row of seats. The owner is believed to be from New Zealand, but the passenger's identity is yet to be confirmed. According to the Daily Mirror , the Ryanair flight was preparing to depart from Barcelona-El Prat Airport at around 5.30 p.m. (more...)
Android P is coming on August 20: Evan Blass Android P is coming on August 20: Evan Blass
- August 03, 2018

To recall, the company released the first beta version of Android P at its annual developer conference Google I/O 2018. On Thursday, serial tipster Evan Blass tweeted an image of a calendar with a P marked on August 20, suggesting Google has plans for the operating system that day. (more...)
Reddit was just hacked-here’s what you need to do right now Reddit was just hacked-here’s what you need to do right now
- August 03, 2018

Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey said Reddit should be doing more to protect its users. Reddit pinned the incident on the hacker's ability to bypass 2FA. In the mean time, site admins are encouraging users to change any passwords on affected accounts. Are backups of all data, all accounts, all post information, etc. (more...)
Valve's Artifact will launch in November with 280 cards available
- August 03, 2018

Now, Artifact is ready for the public, and has a final release date. While the likes of Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls Legends make their money by locking you down into buying card packs, Artifact will make use of the Steam marketplace. (more...)
Facebook to Start Monetizing WhatsApp Amid Sluggish Earnings Growth
- August 03, 2018

The blog post stated that WhatsApp had heard from people that they find it easier to chat with a business team rather than connecting through calls or emails. Though the WhatApp Business API, businesses will still be able to respond to customer messages for free for 24 hours. Facebook paid $19bn to buy WhatsApp in 2014 and there has always been speculation about how Facebook meant to make money from it. (more...)
Parents Are Now Hiring Parents Are Now Hiring "Fortnite" Coaches For Their Kids
- August 03, 2018

While some have expressed concern over the game and the impact it is having on children , others view it as an opportunity to cash in. Why would parents want to encourage their children to stay inside and play video games all day? One parent in the article, Nick Mennen, is thinking long term, hoping the lessons he pays for his 12-year-old son will help he get a college video game scholarship. (more...)
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Physical Edition Has Big Catch Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Physical Edition Has Big Catch
- August 03, 2018

Well, in order to have access to all three games in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy you purchased, you will be required to have an internet connection so you can download the other two online on your system. Of course, that's just speculation, and until Activision offers an official explanation, we won't know for sure why it made this decision. It would also be nice if fans could learn whether or not the rumored PC and Switch versions of the game are in the works as well. (more...)
Moto Z3 announced - Verizon exclusive with 5G Moto Mod support Moto Z3 announced - Verizon exclusive with 5G Moto Mod support
- August 03, 2018

In terms of specifications, the Moto One Power will feature a 6.18-inch display with a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels. As of now, there is no clarity on whether Motorola will stream the event live. The base variant is going to have 64 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM , while the maxed out version should come with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM . The smartphone could pack a relatively large battery pack. (more...)
Sony’s PS4 Worldwide Shipments Top 82.2 Million Units Sony’s PS4 Worldwide Shipments Top 82.2 Million Units
- August 03, 2018

The figures are Sony's first quarterly results under new chief executive officer Kenichiro Yoshida, who replaced Kazuo Hirai in April. "It has been a smooth power transfer", after Sony's recovery and the company "is forecast to continue displaying a strong performance at quite high levels". (more...)
Fresh trailer lands for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Fresh trailer lands for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- August 02, 2018

You will get a chance to play as 10 specialists in 6 new maps and 6 different game modes. A quick skirmish between a helicopter and ATVs is shown, before teasing the mode's September beta . A code will be displayed on the website and can be redeemed by following the instructions. Besides Activision clearly mentioned that PS4 and Xbox will feature " Private Beta " for Call of Duty Black Ops 4 BETA . (more...)
Huawei Launches Honor Note 10 With A 7 Inch Screen Huawei Launches Honor Note 10 With A 7 Inch Screen
- August 02, 2018

Even with its 19:9 aspect ratio, the Honor 10 GT has its fingerprint scanner in front. The smartphone sports dual rear camera (13MP+2MP) and 16MP selfie camera. An extra 400 yuan, or around $60, bumps up the entry-level storage space from 64 to 128 gigs while retaining a generous 6GB RAM . There is a 5000 mAh battery that would be pretty good to withstand its power and GPU Turbo graphics. (more...)
Fortnite Update V5.10 Features Fly Explosives LTM, Return of Guided Missile Fortnite Update V5.10 Features Fly Explosives LTM, Return of Guided Missile
- August 02, 2018

It's called " Fly Explosives " and it's all about using jetpacks to rise above your opponents and shoot explosives down at them. The following weapons and items have been added to the Playground LTM only. "This week kicks off with a new LTM, Fly Explosives ". The Guided Missile returns from the Vault! Healing item spawn rates have been normalized, and bandages have been removed to give players a better chance to get items that completely restore health and shields. (more...)
Google Clock App Lets You Wake Up to Spotify Google Clock App Lets You Wake Up to Spotify
- August 02, 2018

The updates are beginning to roll out to devices running Android Lollipop and above now. If you don't already have it on your phone, head over to Google Play to download it. "We basically got to a point where we felt like what we had was good, ready to see the light of day", said Roman about the launch of YouTube Music . (more...)
Google is developing a censored search engine for China
- August 02, 2018

Once the app is completed, if Google believes the product excels China's current leading search engine , Baidu, and it gets approved by China's government, Dragonfly would be the US search giant's biggest step in the Chinese market. If Google does relaunch in mainland China, it would represent a major u-turn. "Documents seen by The Intercept , marked 'Google confidential, ' say that Google's Chinese search app will automatically identify and filter websites blocked by the Great Firewall". (more...)
Instagram and Facebook are implementing a time limit setting
- August 02, 2018

Now you can put a limit on the time you are spending on these apps. Facebook and Instagram (a Facebook-owned app) are both introducing new tools connected to the company's recent commitment to the time well spent movement. But you'll still have to do some of the leg work to make sure you're happy with how you're spending your time. You can set a custom daily time allowance, and suspend push notifications so you aren't distracted throughout the rest of your day. (more...)
Google Chrome Released On Daydream VR Headsets
- August 02, 2018

Google is also introducing a Daydream-specific feature to Chrome called Cinema Mode , which will optimize web videos to better fit the VR view. Chrome on Daydream is available with the latest update to Chrome for Android, and you can see a demo of the browser below. (more...)
Argos leaks details of DJI Mavic 2 drone? Argos leaks details of DJI Mavic 2 drone?
- August 02, 2018

Just because Argos has accidentally printed an ad for the Mavic 2 doesn't mean the launch of the new DJI drone is imminent. And hey presto, DJI had already given British retailer Argos the outline details and an image of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom for its famous catalogue (although not, unfortunately, with pricing). (more...)
NVIDIA announces GeForce Gaming Celebration ahead of Gamescom 2018 with spectacular surprises NVIDIA announces GeForce Gaming Celebration ahead of Gamescom 2018 with spectacular surprises
- August 02, 2018

CNET will be there in person, and you'll also be able to livestream the announcements as they occur. Adding to the curiosity, Nvidia has oddly not specify the exact location of where the event will be held, although logically it will most probably take place around the vicinity of Gamescom 2018 (Cologne, Germany). (more...)
Mozilla To Redesign Famous Firefox Logo Mozilla To Redesign Famous Firefox Logo
- August 02, 2018

In asking for feedback, the Firefox team asked for users to share their thoughts in comments on the blog post announcing the change. So they are looking for feedback from you, the user. The design systems also include general goal browser icons set in various colours, which would be used across desktops; special browser icons, to represent Firefox's new browsers now in development, including its virtual reality browser Firefox Reality and privacy-focused mobile browser Firefox Focus; and ... (more...)
EA Launches Origin Access Premier on PC for R200 a month EA Launches Origin Access Premier on PC for R200 a month
- August 02, 2018

Of course, to get such access it's not going to come cheap at all. The service is priced at $14.99 per month with an option to purchase a yearly subscription for $99 (a savings of $80 per year). The Origin Access Premier subscription is now available via the Origin website following a 30 July 2018 launch. Other gaming companies have tried similar subscription services, with Sony and Microsoft most notable among them. (more...)
Consumers show cynical attitude at LG's new super-premium phone Consumers show cynical attitude at LG's new super-premium phone
- August 02, 2018

The South Korean tech giant said the LG Signature Edition smartphone will hit store shelves on august 20 after a two-week pre-order period, with just 300 devices to be sold overall. In addition, users can also expand the storage capacity of the phone up to 2TB, via microSD card. Apple's premium model iPhone X, released in September 2017, has better cameras and displays than its brother iPhone 8. (more...)
Nokia and T-Mobile agree Dollars 3.5 billion 5G deal Nokia and T-Mobile agree Dollars 3.5 billion 5G deal
- August 02, 2018

T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in the joint statement that every dollar it is spending from now onward will be on 5G-related equipment. 5G networks will deliver ultrafast speeds, high capacity, and, eventually, ultra-low latency that will power all manner of new applications, such as Virtual Reality, connected cars and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). (more...)
Google planning comeback in China after eight years
- August 02, 2018

Google's latest search engine in China is being developed as an Android mobile app, and will screen out sites banned by government censors, such as Wikipedia and BBC News, according to the Intercept report. Google, which quit China's search engine market in 2010 , has been actively seeking ways to re-enter China where many of its products are blocked by regulators . (more...)