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Huawei to unveil the Honor Band 3 with the Honor 9

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 10:26 pm

Not even a month after Huawei unveiled the Honor Band A2, the company is preparing to launch another smart band - the Honor Band 3.

 

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Huawei sent out press invitations for the event on the June 12th when they will also unveil the Honor 9.

 

The invite reveals that this smart band isn't the successor to the Band A3 since it doesn't contain the letter 'A' in the name. The Honor Band 3 should be a more premium product, meaning it will come at a higher price than the Honor Band A2, priced at $29.

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Samsung's mid-range Exynos chips leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 9:21 pm

Two new Exynos SoCs have leaked online suggesting that Samsung could be introducing new SoCs for mid-range devices.

 

The first processor is the Exynos 9610 which is a step below the company's current leading SoC, the Exynos 8895. The Exynos 9610 is expected to use the 14nm process similar to the one used by the Exynos 8890 inside of the Galaxy S7.

 

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The 9610 doesn't use a combination of Samsung's Mongoose cores with A53 cores, but rather off-the-shelf A73 cores instead. The interesting development is the inclusion of ARM's new G72 GPU which was announced at Computex and should be a pretty sizable upgrade over the G71 in the previous generation. It also has Cat. 13 LTE which isn't quite as fast as what's in the Exynos 8895.

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PS2 games on PS4: Sony won't improve selection

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 8:23 pm

Up until the PS4, Sony's new consoles have always had strong backward compatibility support. But with its current PlayStation 4 platform, the company has butchered a potential lucrative games foundation with its weird, fractured backward compatibility solutions, which rely on clumsy PS3 game streaming via PS Now and a handful of remastered PS2 games. And it looks like Sony isn't changing course any time soon.

 

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Sony has a wealth of old beloved fan-favorite games that it could monetize and re-release onto the PlayStation 4, but instead of putting forth major efforts to make backward compatibility linear and painless, the games-maker has opted for a non-popular PlayStation Now paid streaming service for its PS3 games. But what about the golden era PS2 games (you know, the games that helped the PS2 become the best-selling console of all time?) and nostalgic PS One games? According to Sony exec Jim Ryan, we shouldn't expect a massive influx of classic PS2 or PS1 games on the PS4 any time soon.

 

In a recent interview with TIME, Sony Head of Global Sales and Marketing Jim Ryan took a page from Don Mattrick's playbook with his stance on backward compatibility; gamers make a lot of noise about it, but don't use it (probably because PS Now is clunky, awkward, and gamers already pay $60 a year for PS Plus and $60 per game). Of course, Ryan then slams the fidelity of old-school PlayStation games, which obviously look terrible on 1080p HDTVs. That's why Sony would remaster them and sell them for $14.99 a pop, like it does with its other PS2 games on PS4.

 

"When we've dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much. That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?"

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Battleborn's PVP is free-to-play

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 7:27 pm

In an attempt to save its beleaguered MOBA Battleborn, Gearbox has made a strange hybrid scheme that combines a free to play structure with microtransactions while retaining the $30 retail version.

 

 

With Battleborn, 2K Games has found a way to merge freemium-style microtransactions with actual retail sales. Battleborn now has a "free trial" mode that offers unlimited PVP play with 30 free heroes across four modes, with a rotating cast of heroes. To offset the free trial mode, Battleborn will have premium digital currency that is purchased with real money, which is redeemed form cosmetics, gear, EXP boosters and more. The full game will still be sold for $30 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and upgrading to the full game unlocks all 25 characters, the full story mode campaign, and private matches. The free trial mode is now available on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One.

 

Existing Battleborn owners who purchased the game before today get access to the Founder's Bonus Content loot pack, which includes premium platinum currency, credits, exclusive titles and skins, loot packs, and more. Gearbox meticulously outlines all of the changes to Battleborn in this huge post, so give it a read if you're interested.

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LG to launch G6 Plus and G6 Pro with Snapdragon 835?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 6:28 pm

Back in February when LG launched its flagship, the G6, many were left disappointed that the device was only powered by last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 instead of the newer Snapdragon 835.

 

However, it seems that the company has an ace up their sleeve. According to a report from South Korea, LG is planning to launch two new devices - the LG G6 Plus and LG G6 Pro.

 

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The same source claims that at least one of those devices, if not both, will be powered by the Snapdragon 835. Both devices are also said to come with upgraded features.

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Sony: Japanese games are super important to us

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 4:18 pm

Much to the approval of gamers everywhere, Sony's PlayStation 4 console has been the home for traditional Japanese games for quite some time. As the region leaves consoles behind in favor of mobile games, Sony says that Japanese console games are "coming back," and re-affirms its commitment to hosting these experiences on its PlayStation platform.

 

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Freemium mobile games reign supreme in the Land of the Rising Sun, and the region makes up less than 10% of the PS4's near 60-million global salesbase. However, Japanese console games are quite popular in the West, and Sony has done its part to keep these unique experiences alive by hosting titles like Resident Evil 7, NiOh, NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5 on its PlayStation 4 ecosystem. Due to strong growth and widespread appeal Sony has no plans to change this trend any time soon--Japanese games have always had a home on PlayStation.

 

"Japanese publishers are coming back, and that's super important for us," Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Shawn Layden said in a recent interview with TIME. Layden goes on to tease some major Japanese game reveals for E3 2017, igniting hope for the fabled Bloodborne 2. "I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they're coming back to console in a major way. And speaking of, we'll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein."

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Switch getting Pokken, not Pokemon Sun & Moon remaster

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 3:16 pm

Nintendo today announced some surprising news: Pokken Tournament DX is coming to the Nintendo Switch handheld-console hybrid, not the rumored Pokemon Sun & Moon HD remaster.

 

 

The rumors were wrong: The Pokemon Company is bringing Pokken Tournament DX to the system, not the anticipated "Pokemon Stars" remaster of Pokemon Sun & Moon.

 

Pokken Tournament DX is slated to arrive on Nintendo Switch this September, bringing with it the myriad of form factor playstyles the Switch offers. Pokken Tournament Deluxe offers the 16 playable Pokemon from the original Wii U release and adds in five extra characters like Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon, Croagunk, and Decidueye from Pokemon Sun & Moon. The fighter also features 3v3 battles, ranked matches online, and friends-only group matches. Also remember that Nintendo Switch's online service will be free up until its launch in 2018.

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Huawei confirms the Honor 9 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 2:25 pm

Honor 9 was expected to be unveiled on June 20th, but last week's leak claimed that the company would unveil the device a week earlier, on June 12th.

 

Now, Huawei has confirmed the launch date, and it is indeed the June 12th. The promotional poster, revealed by the company, shows a huge number nine next to Honor's logo for dual camera setup.

 

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The sign on the poster says "Beautiful and colorful," and we have already seen that the Honor 9 might come in some bold color options such as yellow. Huawei is clearly focused on colors this year; a trend they started in February with a Pantone green Huawei P10.

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ZTE's Nubia Z17 sold out in just 51 seconds

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 1:21 pm

ZTE launched its long anticipated flagship, the Nubia Z17, last week, and it seems that the reception has been fantastic.

 

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The Nubia Z17 went on flash sale in China through online retailer JD.com where 10,000 units were offered. The company has announced that they sold out the devices in just 51 seconds.

 

The next flash sale will be on June 12th, and it will be interesting to compare the numbers.

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Apple refreshes 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2017 7:33 am

Apple has unleashed a bunch of new products today including the Radeon Pro Vega-powered iMac Pro with its 5K display and can be configured with an 18-core Intel Xeon CPU, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro units, and now the new iPad Pro refreshes.

 

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Apple refreshed its 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but also ditched the older 9.7-inch iPad Pro size and stretched it out to a slightly bigger 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which replaces the 9.7-inch version. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro rocks a native resolution of 2224x1668 (264 PPI) with 20% more screen real estate over the 9.7-inch model, and 40% smaller bezels. This leads to a 10.5-inch iPad Pro that is only a little bigger and roughly the same physical size as the smaller 9.7-inch predecessor.

 

The new iPad Pro has some high refresh rate goodness tucked up its sleeve with Apple's new ProMotion technology ramping up the refresh rate on the 10.5- and 12.9-inch panels to 120Hz.

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