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Samsung ditches 'Edge': Welcome Samsung Galaxy S8+

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2017 9:12 pm

There were some arguments whether Samsung would name their next phone the Galaxy S8 Edge since both the S8 and the bigger version will have a curved display.



Now, Evan Blass has confirmed that we will not see a Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge this year. Instead, the company will go with a name Galaxy S8+. The company decided to put a plus sign in the name of the phone instead of naming it "Plus," as Apple does with its phones.

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New Moto G5 Plus leak shows rear panel

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2017 7:46 pm

Lenovo is expected to announce the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus very soon, possibly in March.




Specs and images of the Moto G5 Plus have already leaked, and now a new image showed up on Weibo. The image shows the rear panel of the device and the design confirms what we have seen in the earlier photos.


The device will be bigger and more powerful than the G5. It should have a 5.5-inch display and a Snapdragon 625 processor. The phone will have 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The camera should have 12MP, and the battery capacity is expected to be 3,000 mAh.

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iPhone X has wireless charging, and it's about damn time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2017 2:35 am

Apple is the last major smartphone maker to not leap into the warm, embracing arms of wireless charging freedom - but it seems with its ambitious iPhone X smartphone, Apple will finally adopt wireless charging.




The new rumors are coming from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is normally pretty spot on with rumors, stating that all three new iPhone 8 models will have wireless charging tech. Apple adding wireless charging to the new fleet of phones will be expensive, but with rumors of the iPhone X costing over $1000 - wireless charging better be included - or else the expensive price begins to be scrutinized even more.


We should also expect an upgraded 3D Touch module that will add an "additional graphite sheet lamination" to the new iPhone, which will reportedly keep the new iPhone from overheating. Kuo said: "While we don't expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone".


I really doubt Apple would release what could be the Next Big Thing in smartphones with the iPhone X, and not have wireless charging - but the iPhone 8 with wireless charging? That's a good step, too

The top For Honor PC deals as we near release

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 9:09 pm

For Honor's Open Beta is now available for those looking to partake in the action. The Beta started up Thursday, February 9 and runs up to the game's official release date of Tuesday, February 14. If you give the Beta a whirl and she looks like a keeper, or if you're just enticed by the hype, For Honor also has some decent pre-order discounts available.




PC gamers have three good options to choose from as far as authorized PC gaming retailers go: GMG, GamesPlanet, and GamersGate. If you're in North America you're limited to GamersGate and GMG, who are 22% and 20% off respectively. Both retailers are authorized by Ubisoft and delivery keys instantly via email.


For Honor PC Gaming Deals



In the EU/Africa/Middle East, there's also GamesPlanet. There you'll find the price listed in British Pounds, but you can buy world wide... and with the weakness of the British Pound in the last few months for many the favorable currency conversion makes an even better deal. GamesPlanet is not selling North American keys, so beware of this.

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Samsung foldable phones might arrive in 2018

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 3:25 pm

Although we won't see the Galaxy S8 at this year's MWC, there are rumors that Samsung might show their foldable smartphone to their partners.




A new report says that Samsung might not launch the foldable smartphone until next year with the mass production starting in H2 2018.


The main reason for the delay is said to be technical issues involving the key component of foldable smartphones.

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HMD's first Nokia-branded phone arrives in Europe

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 2:31 pm

HMD Global has launched two Nokia-branded devices so far - the Nokia 150 and Nokia 6. Both devices were available only in China, until now.




The Nokia 150 is as of this week available in Netherlands for a price of 37 euros (around $39). This might not be the phone that the Dutch wanted, and they would probably be happier with the release of the first Nokia-branded Android smartphone, the Nokia 6, but it shows that Nokia does plan to expand outside of Asia.


The phone comes in two versions - Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM. Both phones have 2.4-inch QVGA screen with a resolution of just 320 x 240 pixels. They come with a built-in FM radio and MP3 player.

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WhatsApp now enables two-step verification

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 1:21 pm

WhatsApp has introduced two-step verification feature for its Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. The feature was initially available only to beta users, but now is officially available to everyone.




The feature is optional, and it allows you to create a six-digit passcode which you will have to enter when your phone number is being verified on the app.


To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

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Gabe Newell: Valve developing 3 full-length VR games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 12:46 pm

We all know who Gabe Newell is, but for those of you living under a rock - Newell is the boss of Valve, the company behind Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, DOTA2, oh - and that little thing called Steam.




Gabe recently said Valve is working on 3 full-length VR games, and these new games won't be small VR demos like The Lab. Newell said that the games will use both Unity and Valve's in-house Source 2 engine to build the new VR games, but Newell also teased that Valve is working on a separate single-player title - something he said in January.


It seems Valve is going down the Nintendo route with the development of what these Valve-built VR games, as Newell had some interesting things to say: "So one of the questions you might ask us is 'Why in the world are we making hardware?' So right now, we're building 3 VR games. And what we can do now is to be designing hardware at the same time that we're designing software. This is something that [Nintendo Representative Director Shigeru] Miyamoto has always had, right?".


Newell continues: "[Miyamoto] has had the ability to think about what the input devices & the design of systems should be like while he's trying to design games. Our sense is that that's going to allow us to actually build much better entertainment experiences for people. So the idea isn't like oh - we suddenly thought we could make more money by building hardware - because hardware's actually traditionally been a lousy low-margin business".

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UE4-powered Insurgency: Sandstorm looks AMAZING

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 8:20 am

New World Interactive is working on something that might be a surprise with Insurgency: Sandstorm, with the Unreal Engine 4 powered first-person shooter to be more fleshed out than the FPS games we're used to. The developer has been working on new features, which will include:




  • Expanded environment scale.
  • Light vehicles for transportation and fire support.
  • New game modes designed for vehicle gameplay.
  • Competitive matchmaking, anti-cheat, and rankings system.
  • Improved ballistics system including bullet drop and travel time.
  • Interacting with the environment by climbing ladders and door breaching.


Insurgency: Sandstorm will have a very strong single player component, where up to 4 gamers can play together. New World Creative Director Andrew Spearin explains the first-person shooter story modes that plague games now, and how Insurgency: Sandstorm will be different:


We are very excited to venture into the realm of storytelling to offer more depth for Insurgency. Shooters do not have to be about mindless killing, so players can stop and ask questions about the world a game represents, and find answers within the narrative. Historically, the avant garde in many art forms are who disrupt and redefine genres. For a decade Insurgency has been in that position, and we are emerging from indie obscurity to innovate the FPS genre.

Chinese factory: 250% productivity boost without humans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 6:56 am

The world is quickly stumbling into the world of fully autonomous everything, and it looks like factories are going to really win with robots if the results of a Chinese factory are anything to go by.




Changying Precision Technology Company (CPTC) replaces 600 human workers with robots, and saw a gigantic 250% increase in productivity, while they also noted an 80% decrease in defects. Factory workers can't be happy with that, as I don't think that even with the best training, they could provide a 250% productivity boost overnight like their robotic overlords did.


CPTC has 60 human workers remaining, which will be sliced down to just 20 in the coming months. Now we've all got to sit back and think: where will we all be in 10-20 years, and is your job truly safe from robotics or a fully advanced AI-based system?