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Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 runs Red Dead Redemption 2 through emulator at 10FPS on REDMAGIC 9 Pro

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 8, 2024 10:22 PM CDT

The new REDMAGIC 9 Pro smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's very latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC, with Red Dead Redemption 2 running through an emulator at just 10FPS... unplayable but impressive nonetheless. Check it out:

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 runs Red Dead Redemption 2 through emulator at 10FPS on REDMAGIC 9 Pro

Serg Pavlov used the REDMAGIC 9 Pro smartphone running a Windows emulator called "Mobox" and playing Rockstar's incredibly successful Red Dead Redemption 2. The game was running with an in-game resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) with low graphics settings, which, through the emulator... pumped out 10FPS on Qualcomm's best Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC.

You have to remember that this isn't running natively; it's running through a Windows emulator, so performance falls off a cliff. But it's a promising tease into the future. If an emulated version of Red Dead Redemption 2 can run at 720p 10FPS, we can expect a few more years to pass before we get to a stable 30FPS in games like this.

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Google's unannounced Pixel 8a has leaked again with matte finish and more

Oliver Haslam | Apr 8, 2024 2:45 PM CDT

Google hasn't yet officially announced the budget-oriented Pixel 8a but we know that it;'s coming. The Pixel 7a was a popular device, and we can be sure that the Pixel 8a will follow suit. And while Google is yet to officially announce the product we've started to see it leak here and there - and it's leaked once more in a post on the X social network.

Google's unannounced Pixel 8a has leaked again with matte finish and more

The leak comes via images posted by the TechDroider account in which we appear to see a phone with a large display and a matte finish.

The display that is expected to be up front on the Pixel 8a is a 6.1-inch panel and the leak appears to show some fairly big bezels all around. It isn't bad by any stretch, and these bezels are no bigger than those that can be found on the Pixel 7a so that's a positive. That display is also expected to have a 120Hz refresh rate which means that it will offer a silly smooth experience.

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Your Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro can now be found whether or not it has any battery left

Oliver Haslam | Apr 8, 2024 1:00 PM CDT

If you're the owner of a Google Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro who finds that they are all too good at losing it, you're going to be in for a treat. Now, both of those phones can be located even when their batteries have run dry.

Your Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro can now be found whether or not it has any battery left

The new offline tracking feature is made possible thanks to an upgraded Find My Device network with Google saying that it's only made possible thanks to the Pixel hardware that is in its latest devices. There has so far been no information on what that exactly means, however. We can surely expect whatever magic chips are inside these devices to also make an appearance in the upcoming Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro models, not to mention the new Pixel Fold 2 -notably, the Pixel Fold isn't in on the new feature.

If this feature sounds familiar, you probably already have an iPhone or something with a Samsung logo on the back. This technology isn't new, but this is the first time that it's been available to those who have Google's Pixel devices.

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Apple's new OLED iPad Pro is going to be more expensive than your old one, report warns

Oliver Haslam | Apr 8, 2024 12:45 PM CDT

Apple's long been expected to launch new tablets within the next few weeks with a recent report pointing to the second week of May being a potential release timeframe. The 2024 iPad Pro is going to be the best iPad ever sold, but there have been some rumors that buyers will have to pay a pretty penny to get it. Now, a new report has further suggested that will indeed be the case.

Apple's new OLED iPad Pro is going to be more expensive than your old one, report warns

That report comes via the normally well-connected Mark Gurman, writing in the weekly Power On newsletter. According to Gurman one of the drawbacks of upgrades that are coming to the new iPad Pro will mean a higher price point. The current iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 11-inch model, suggesting that buyers of the 2024 model can expect to pay at least $849 or likely more.

As for why the new tablets will cost so much, there are a couple of changes that will give these 2024 models a notable edge over the ones that are currently on sale. Those tablets launched in 2022 and are pretty solid options. But they're going to be eclipsed by what Apple has coming up.

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New iPad Pro and iPad Air on track for launch in the second week of May, we're told

Oliver Haslam | Apr 8, 2024 12:30 PM CDT

There have been so many rumors of the 2024 launch of a new OLED iPad Pro and a refreshed iPad Air in recent months that, at this point, there is little doubt that such a launch is in the cards. We still don't know exactly when this will happen however, but as we get closer to the launch the window is starting to shrink. Now, a new report claims that we can expect the tablets in the second week of May.

New iPad Pro and iPad Air on track for launch in the second week of May, we're told

That's according to a new report by Bloomgerg's Mark Gurman who, writing in the weekly Power On newsletter, says that the week of May 6 is likely to be the one that sees a new tablet launch.

Apple famously didn't launch any new tablets throughout the entire of 2023 which was the first time that had happened in the entire history of the iPad lineup. That hiatus is going to come to an end soon, however, with Gurman having said for some time that a May window was the most likely.

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iMessage-on-Android farce Sunbird is making a comeback, whether we want it or not

Oliver Haslam | Apr 8, 2024 4:09 AM CDT

Making iMessage work on Android has been the holy grail for plenty of companies over the years with limited success. Sunbird was one company that seemed to have managed it, although there was some debate over how safe it actually was. However, Apple subsequently blocked Sunbird's route into iMessage but the company now says that it's back on track.

iMessage-on-Android farce Sunbird is making a comeback, whether we want it or not

Sunbird's stability and security aside - it was found that the company's partnership with Nothing to bring iMessage to its phones was leaking data - it's easy to see why the idea was popular. Being able to use iMessage on an Android phone would be a big deal for those who don't want to use third-party apps like WhatsApp, and with Apple not set to support RCS until later this year, iMessage is still the best option around.

In a press release shared by Sunbird, we learned recently that the company is now starting to roll its iMessage features out in small phases with some able to try it out as of April 5. However, the press release hasn't explained what Sunbird has done to deal with the privacy issues that were highlighted last year before the service was taken down indefinitely. However, it has been confirmed that it now uses an updated AV2 architecture and those interested in the details can get them via that press release.

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Did Google just leak its own Pixel 8a budget smartphone?

Oliver Haslam | Apr 6, 2024 3:15 PM CDT

If you're in the market for a new, budget Android phone you might want to hold off making a purchase with Google thought to be working on a new Pixel 8a device. We know that it's in development and while we don't know when it will launch, it might not be all that far away if a new leak is what we think it might be.

Did Google just leak its own Pixel 8a budget smartphone?

With Google's new Pixel 8a on the way, a Google Fi Wireless ad appears to have potentially leaked it ahead of time. The ad shows two phones which don't seem to be anything that is already on the market.

First spotted by GSM Arena, the ad shows a phone that doesn't seem to be the Pixel 8 due to the lack of a microphone hole between the cameras and the LED on the back. And they don't appear to be Pixel 8 Pro models because of the matte frame, which suggests these phones might be an all-new model.

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Apple reportedly paid up to $50 million to train its iPhone AI tech on Shutterstock's photos

Oliver Haslam | Apr 6, 2024 2:00 PM CDT

Amid ongoing rumors that Apple is getting ready to unveil some big new artificial intelligence technologies as part of the iOS 18 and macOS 15 software updates later this year, a new report suggests that the company has been using a popular image website as a way to train its AI.

Apple reportedly paid up to $50 million to train its iPhone AI tech on Shutterstock's photos

It isn't yet clear what Apple's new AI functionality will offer, but a new Reuters report claims that Apple and other companies struck agreements with the stock image provider Shutterstock that would see them use millions of the service's images, videos, and music files as a source of training for AI. No source is given other than a person familiar with the arrangements.

The same report claims that the companies paid between $25 million and $50 million each. Shutterstock's Chief Financial Officer Jarrod Yahes told Reuters that the big tech companies have also been joined by other, smaller ones in the past few months. However, he wouldn't comment on individual contracts for obvious reasons - including the deal with Apple.

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Apple's ultra-thin iPhone 16 bezels could be scuppered by manufacturing complexities

Oliver Haslam | Apr 6, 2024 1:45 PM CDT

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro devices later this year and we've been hearing that at least some of the models will feature ultra-thin bezels. While it's expected that the change will come to the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, a new report on the subject simply says iPhone 16 - it isn't clear whether that's simply a misunderstanding or if all four new iPhones will benefit from the switch this year. Regardless the news for the new bezels as a whole isn't promising.

Apple's ultra-thin iPhone 16 bezels could be scuppered by manufacturing complexities

According to the report by The Elec, Apples supply chain is struggling with the new Border Reduction Struction, or BRS, technology that is used to shrink the bezels yet further. In fact, the report claims that no company has so far been able to produce the displays to Apple's satisfaction.

The new BRS technology makes the bottom bezel thin in particular. It does that by more tightly packing the circuitry beneath the display and bending some wiring in the process. It's that which is thought to be causing supply partners some issues, with LG Display and Samsung Display struggling currently. The two companies are familiar with Apple, the iPhone, and the standards required but have so far struggled to meet them.

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Yet more new iPads appear in regulatory database entries as a launch nears

Oliver Haslam | Apr 6, 2024 1:15 PM CDT

With Apple now strongly rumored to be ready to announce multiple new iPads as soon as next month, a pair of new Apple tablets have appeared in an Indian regulatory database as the company gets its ducks in a row ahead of time.

Yet more new iPads appear in regulatory database entries as a launch nears

The devices must go into the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) database before they can go on sale in the country and we'd already seen two tablets make their debut earlier this week. Now, MySmartPrice reports that an additional two tablets have been added carrying the model numbers A2898 and A2899. This comes after two models with the model numbers A2836 and A2837 had previously popped up.

Apple is expected to announce four new tablets next month. According to reports Apple will launch new OLED iPad Pros in 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes while a refreshed 11-inch iPad Air will be joined by an all-new 12.9-inch iPad Air.

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