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Google Pixel 2 to feature squeezable frame - Active Edge

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2017 12:34 am

Along with the Galaxy Note8 and the iPhone 8, Google's Pixel 2 and XL 2 are certainly the most anticipated smartphones that are yet to be unveiled this year.

 

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The Pixel 2, as we recently learned, will be the first device to feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836 platform.

 

A new leak has now appeared revealing more info about the upcoming devices. According to the leaks, the Pixel 2 is made by HTC while LG is working on the Pixel XL 2. The Pixel 2 will reportedly feature a squeezable frame, like the HTC's U11, but it will carry a different name - Active Edge. This feature will let you invoke the Google Assistant by squeezing the phone's frame.

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Tencent didn't invest in PUBG studio Bluehole

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 11:23 pm

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds publisher Bluehole denies Tencent investment.

 

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Reports from Yicai Global maintained that Chinese titan Tencent had backed PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds publisher Bluehole with an undisclosed sum. Now the South Korean publisher has spoken out, squashing the report. "These reports are not accurate. Tencent didn't make an investment into Bluehole," the company told the Esports Observer in an official statement.

 

With the massive success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it's easy to see why companies like Tencent would mull an investment. The game has crested multiple milestones, including selling 4 million copies in three months and making a whopping $100 million in revenue. The game enjoys a massively engaged playerbase that continues to grow, and now sits at the top non-Valve game on Steam in concurrent players.

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Galaxy Note8 will be the first Note with 6GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 10:26 pm

In just a little over a week, Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note8. Considering last year's fiasco with the Note7, it's pretty clear why the Note8 is one of the most anticipated devices this year.

 

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The company published the first official teaser this week, but it didn't reveal much about the phone. However, according to numerous reports, we pretty much know what to expect. The Note8 will feature a dual rear camera setup, which will be the first with Samsung's smartphones.

 

Benchmarking results have also leaked showing Note8's performance with Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895, the two processors that the company will use, depending on the market.

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Amazon Instant Pickup has orders ready in two minutes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 9:30 pm

With its new Instant Pickup initiative, Amazon has made a big move on convenience stores, big box retailers, and traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

 

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Amazon has rolled out its new Instant Pickup program, which allows customers to pick up select "daily essential" products ordered on Amazon.com. Instant Pickup locations will have orders ready within 2 minutes, Reuters reports, and targets quick impulse buys such as cold drinks, pre-packaged food, and other products like phone chargers. Company execs affirm Instant Pickup aims at bridging the gaps in Amazon's delivery service by offering convenient and fast pickup stations for items that don't translate well to delivery.

 

"I want to buy a can of coke because I'm thirsty," Amazon's director of student programs Ripley MacDonald told Reuters. "There's no chance I'm going to order that on Amazon.com and wait however long it's going to take for that to ship to me."

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The future of Faraday Future looks clearer

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 8:23 pm

Faraday Future, the electric car company, looking to compete with Tesla with their own high-performance electric vehicle has begun to clear up some of the doubts around their business. They previously had issues finding enough funding to build a new factory that would allow them to start to deliver vehicles based on pre-orders that people have made.

 

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In a blog post, the company revealed their new California manufacturing facility which was rumored to replace their Las Vegas facility that they couldn't get enough funding to build from scratch. Instead, Faraday Future bought an existing factory for $14 million in Fresno and today unveiled the new factory's look and location.

 

On Twitter, Faraday Future actually posted a video with a sneak behind the scenes peek of the factory itself and inside the operations of Faraday Future.

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Rovio's earnings soar from Angry Birds film success

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 7:34 pm

Rovio, the mobile titan behind the massively popular Angry Birds, sees its second quarter and first-half revenues take flight.

 

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Following an earnings slide in 2016, Rovio Entertainment has rebounded thanks to the mighty success of the Angry Birds film, which helped kickstart new interest in its mobile titles. The Finnish games-maker today posted second quarter earnings of 86.2 million euros ($101.31 million) in total revenues, up a mighty 94% year-over-year. Of that value, 61.3 million euros ($72.04 million), or 71%, was gleaned from its games segment, representing another strong 65% year-over-year increase. Rovio reports that new mobile games like Angry Birds Evolution and Battle Bay saw the most ARPDAUs (Average Revenue Per Daily Active User) in company history at launch.

 

"The second quarter of 2017 evidenced true delivery of our Games-First strategy with very strong growth in revenues and profits. During the second quarter, we also finalized Rovio's restructuring and moved towards a licensing model of lower operating and capital expenses in the consumer products and animated content businesses. The benefits of these structural changes, however, have not yet been reflected in the strong financial performance we achieved in the first half of 2017," said Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta.

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Huawei Mate 10 renders leak: Expected price over $1,000

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 6:28 pm

Huawei should announce the Mate 10 flagship sometime in October, and we already have some idea of what to expect.

 

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The company's CEO already confirmed that the phone would have bezel-less design and some reports suggest a 6.1-inch QHD screen. A new video has now appeared showing the 3D renders based on the actual schematics.

 

The phone does look good in the video, but we can't confirm if this is the final design, at this point. The phone should also feature a dual front and rear camera setup.

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Rovio valuation may soar to $2 billion with IPO

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 5:32 pm

Angry Birds developer Rovio may take some big steps for the company's future earnings.

 

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Rovio Entertainment has laid plans to publicly trade its shares via an IPO that may value the company at a staggering $2 billion, sources have told Bloomberg. People familiar with the matter assert Rovio may start the initial public offering as early as next month, and the Angry Birds-maker could rake in as much as $400 million from a local market listing.

 

The company recently reported strong earnings growth for its second quarter and first-half cycles, up considerably from last year's drop in revenue which triggered restructuring and job cuts across the board. Rovio reported second quarter revenues of 86.2 million euros ($101.31 million), up 94% year-over-year, and 61.3 million euros ($72.04 million) from its games division, up 65% year-over-year. First-half revenues sit at 152.6 million euros ($179.35 million), up a substantial 94.3% year-over-year, of which 77% was made from games, or 117.9 million euros ($138.56 million).

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Blizzard keeps Battle.net naming scheme

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 2:20 pm

After much soul-searching (and realizing its a bad idea to erase 21 years of brand awareness), Blizzard reverses plan to scrap the Battle.net naming scheme.

 

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Blizzard has announced that it won't go through with its plans to remove the instantly recognizable Battle.net moniker from its online service and games. The Battle.net network, which serves as the core to mighty Blizzard IPs like Overwatch, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft, is still getting re-named, but the "Battle.net" brand name will still be attached.

 

In a recent news post, the billion-dollar games-maker says the service will be re-named to "Blizzard Battle.net". The company had originally planned to simply call the service "Blizzard" and remove the Battle.net name completely, but had a change of heart due to strong fan feedback.

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Apple to introduce new color option with the iPhone 8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2017 1:21 pm

We heard that Samsung plans to introduce at least one new color option with the Galaxy Note8, and according to the latest rumors, Apple will do the same with the iPhone 8.

 

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Multiple reports state that the company would introduce a color allegedly called Blush Gold. The color seems to be slightly darker than Apple's Rose Gold color.

 

Earlier rumors suggest that the iPhone 8 might come in fewer color options than Apple's previous phones. We will certainly see a black color option, but others are unknown at this point.

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