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EA Might Be Defending Loot Boxes in Belgian Court EA Might Be Defending Loot Boxes in Belgian Court
- September 11, 2018

The Belgium Government earlier declared that lootboxes in some specific games are in violation with the Belgium Gambling Laws and of all other publishers, EA seems to be in trouble, yet again. It highlights EA CEO Andrew Wilson as the man behind the decision to continue loot boxes throughout the summer, after Wilson stated in May that "players always receive a specified number of items in each pack". (more...)
Musk ditches two auto paint options to simplify Tesla production Musk ditches two auto paint options to simplify Tesla production
- September 11, 2018

The company is trying to iron out production bumps after struggling to produce Model 3 sedans and failing to meet several production deadlines. Tesla has said the Semi will begin production in 2019, but has yet to announce where it'll be produced. (more...)
Where to watch Apple’s iPhone launch event live Where to watch Apple’s iPhone launch event live
- September 11, 2018

Apple iPhone Xr will the name of the 6.1-inch LCD variant of the iPhone X 2018. The new iPhone X iteration is also expected to be joined by a larger version, possibly called the iPhone XS Max rather than "Plus", "Pro" or other monikers as used in previous bigger versions such last year's iPhone 8 Plus . (more...)
Qualcomm's new Google WearOS smartwatch chips announced days before Apple Qualcomm's new Google WearOS smartwatch chips announced days before Apple
- September 11, 2018

A " Traditional Watch Mode " turns off smart features to let your device last an entire week with only 20 percent battery remaining, which is particularly useful if you want to travel without worrying about packing a charger or having a dead brick on your wrist. (more...)
OnePlus 6T will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor, OnePlus confirms OnePlus 6T will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor, OnePlus confirms
- September 11, 2018

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S10 is not the only mainstream device that will be shipping with an in-display fingerprint sensor in the near future. The new OnePlus Bullets Wireless buds have been recently spotted at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), and we even have a picture of them that reveals the well-known collar design. (more...)
Samsung may show off its oft-rumored foldable smartphone this year Samsung may show off its oft-rumored foldable smartphone this year
- September 11, 2018

Koh says users will be able to take advantage of most of its functions when folded, but if they need to browse or see something, they might have to unfold it. Samsung's device may include a 7-inch single display, according to a report earlier this year from The Wall Street Journal . Koh said that the development process of the device has been "complicated", but Samsung has "nearly concluded" it. (more...)
Microsoft announces Microsoft announces "media event" for October with expected Surface refresh in tow
- September 10, 2018

There won't be a Surface phone or a whole new category of device, but rather updated models in existing lines, which now include tablets and laptops, according to a person familiar with the company's plans. This is also true of the rumored Andromeda (if it ever comes), a new Surface Book, and probably a new Surface Studio. Ruled out completely by tech analysts: the long-fabled Surface Phone. (more...)
Cheaper ‘iPhone XC’ leaked ahead of Apple's announcement this week Cheaper ‘iPhone XC’ leaked ahead of Apple's announcement this week
- September 10, 2018

As The Verge reports, however, it appears that some early information has been leaked to the internet via popular social media platform Twitter - the information in question indicating that the entry level iPhone will be called the iPhone XC . (more...)
Apple keeps iPhone fans guessing ahead of launch Apple keeps iPhone fans guessing ahead of launch
- September 10, 2018

Then the trillion-dollar United States company has also been rumored to be introduce a new affordable handset that will mirror the same all-screen design of the iPhone X but will sacrifice some specific premium specs to keep the retail price much lower. (more...)
PUBG and Microsoft partner on greaseproof Xbox controller PUBG and Microsoft partner on greaseproof Xbox controller
- September 10, 2018

The full version introduced us to the smaller Sanhok map, as well as dynamic weather, several new vehicles, and weapons. The update also features a large amount of bug fixes and tweaks that are part of the game's " Fix PUBG " campaign. As CNET notes, this refers to polyurethane, which is used in plastics and sealants, not the urethane that's used as an animal aesthetic, thankfully. Most notably, Update 21 brings the "much-requested" Training Mode into the game that allows players to ... (more...)
Nintendo Delays Direct Due To Hokkaido Earthquake Nintendo Delays Direct Due To Hokkaido Earthquake
- September 10, 2018

Earlier this morning a magnitude 6.7 struck the Japanese northern island of Hokkaido. Experiencing multiple natural disasters like deadly floods, typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, and heatwaves. More than seven people are reported dead and 32 individuals are missing. Gamescom and PAX West were two occasions for Nintendo to highlight some of the upcoming indie titles for the Nintendo Switch . (more...)
Huawei overstates the results of the sweep of smartphones in benchmarks Huawei overstates the results of the sweep of smartphones in benchmarks
- September 09, 2018

There's still no direct admission from Huawei that it had meant to deliberately cheat the benchmarking test, but using AI to to optimise resource allocation in that way could be considered cheating from a certain point of view. The phones have this liberty to adjust their performance depending on their workload. A benchmark testing application tests the single-core performance, multi-core performance, and GPU performance. (more...)
Battlefield V's Firestorm Battle Royale Mode is Being Made By Criterion Battlefield V's Firestorm Battle Royale Mode is Being Made By Criterion
- September 09, 2018

In a table posted on the Battlefield V website , it seemed that Firestorm would be locked to anyone who had purchased the standard version of the game, and only open to those with the deluxe edition, or to those with Origin Access Premier. (more...)
Fortnite: Shifty Shafts Treasure Map & Treasure Location (Season 5, Week 9) Fortnite: Shifty Shafts Treasure Map & Treasure Location (Season 5, Week 9)
- September 09, 2018

Just like last week, players who complete Week 9's challenges will have another hidden banner to find, and here is where to find it. And while Visiting Stone Heads is just a regular difficulty Battle Pass challenge which rewards 500XP, it's another easy one to finish the location-based challenge. (more...)
Amazon Adds Hands-Free Alexa Access to New Fire HD 8 Amazon Adds Hands-Free Alexa Access to New Fire HD 8
- September 09, 2018

The device promises to offer up to 10 hours of battery life, and it's available in 16GB and 32GB models , the latter cost $109.99 whereas the former comes in at $79.99. The new Fire HD 8 includes an upgraded front-facing 2MP camera over last year's VGA-quality sensor. The new one has a more sensible 1280x720 resolution. (more...)
Google leaves prototype Pixel 3 in a taxi Google leaves prototype Pixel 3 in a taxi
- September 09, 2018

As the launch date of the Google Pixel 3 XL is coming closer, more pictures of the smartphones are getting leaked. He belief his acquire Pixel 2 XL had somehow fallen motivate, however he realized it modified into once the three XL after seeing the notch and Google logo on the motivate. (more...)
Turn-Based Strategy Game Civilization VI Is Headed To Switch This November Turn-Based Strategy Game Civilization VI Is Headed To Switch This November
- September 09, 2018

Capcom also surprise-released a demo for Mega Man 11 on Switch last night, likely an "out now" announcement that was planned for the Direct. No confirmation of Civilization VI having touchscreen support on the Switch has been made either. (more...)
New Tor browser Alpha released on Play Store Today with better features New Tor browser Alpha released on Play Store Today with better features
- September 09, 2018

The Tor Project is now calling on its dedicated fanbase to help test the Android version. This latest version of the Tor Browser is based on Firefox ESR 60 , which was released in May 2018 and which marks the launch of Firefox Quantum in the ESR channel. (more...)
Samsung's new Galaxy Watch on sale in UAE Samsung's new Galaxy Watch on sale in UAE
- September 09, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to be unveiled in the first half of 2019. Samsung Galaxy A6 is all set to have 3GB RAM and internal memory of 32GB which can be expanded upto 400GB via SD Card. It is sold in two distinct versions: a silver-colored 46 mm version, and a rose-gold 42 mm version, with suggested retail prices of P16,990 and P15,990 respectively. (more...)
YouTube is finally enabling a dark mode on its Android app YouTube is finally enabling a dark mode on its Android app
- September 09, 2018

Once you have the updated YouTube for Android on your smartphone, you can transform its background from pure white to complete dark grey by switching on the Dark theme . YouTube's Dark Theme appears to be rolling out to everybody. It is still hard and not super-obvious how to sign out of the YouTube app on Android . (more...)
Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months
- September 09, 2018

However, the Extended Security Updates (ESU) will cost customers and are offered on a per-devices basis. Although Windows 10 has officially surpassed Windows 7 in terms of adoption, the latter is still prominent in the enterprise world despite maintenance costs . (more...)
Eight New Teams Come To The Overwatch League Eight New Teams Come To The Overwatch League
- September 09, 2018

There are now 12 teams: Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior and Philadelphia Fusion in the Atlantic Division and Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty and Shanghai Dragons in the Pacific Division. (more...)
Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition Is Available On Consoles Now Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition Is Available On Consoles Now
- September 09, 2018

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition , an abridged version of Final Fantasy XV for Android, iOS and Windows devices released earlier this year, is now available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition costs $29.99 Dollars on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; however, if you purchase the game within its first week on the market, you'll receive a hefty 40 percent discount. (more...)
The new BMW X5 xDrive45e will arrive in the United States in 2020 The new BMW X5 xDrive45e will arrive in the United States in 2020
- September 09, 2018

The latest iteration of BMW's X5 SUV will soon receive its first hybrid powerplant option, and based on the numbers it looks like quite the bruiser. Drive is to all four wheels via the X5's standard all-wheel-drive system. The combustion engine and electric motor drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive ("xDrive"). (more...)
Mega Man 11 gets a surprise demo on Switch Mega Man 11 gets a surprise demo on Switch
- September 09, 2018

Hailed by Capcom as Mega Man's most powerful upgrades yet, it allows people to swap to the Speed Gear to make Mega Man faster and the world slower or the Power Gear to make special weapons stronger and fire double Charge Shots. Alongside the demo, Capcom also revealed Mega Man's latest adversary: Bounce Man. The park is childproofed, if you ignore the Gabyoalls robots trying to kill you, of course. (more...)
Fortnite Monopoly Replaces Boardwalk With Tilted Towers Fortnite Monopoly Replaces Boardwalk With Tilted Towers
- September 09, 2018

But the non-3D effort has been billed as a brand new take on the classic board game. Get your wallets ready gamers, Fortnite Monopoly is on the way. Also, rather than both dice focusing on movement, one die will determine an action. Monopoly is a board game that regularly ends with you cursing out your family. (more...)
Getaway Mode, Deal Damage To Jewel-Carrying Opponents Getaway Mode, Deal Damage To Jewel-Carrying Opponents
- September 09, 2018

While the way it works is relatively simple in theory, facing down other squads of jewel hunters will not be an easy task. Doing so earns the players a victory royale. 12 red "Pursuit" Supply Drops land at the very beginning of the match. It'll be interesting to see how many Fortnite players will like that. This mode will only feature rare or higher weapons. (more...)
New Call of Duty trailer shows off Fortnite-style 'Blackout' mode, zombies New Call of Duty trailer shows off Fortnite-style 'Blackout' mode, zombies
- September 09, 2018

And as you can see, there's a lot to do - and a whole bunch of chaos to cause. There are also the previously confirmed zombies for the mode, but it isn't clear how they're utilized. Starting on September 14, those who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4 can check out Blackout for themselves. The title is set to hit PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on 12 October, but the Blackout beta will go live on 10 September on PS4. (more...)
Splatoon 2 and Pokémon: Let's Go Won't Support Cloud Saves Splatoon 2 and Pokémon: Let's Go Won't Support Cloud Saves
- September 09, 2018

Without that cloud back up, there's no way to easily back up your saves. That means if your Switch is lost or stolen - or you send it into Nintendo for repairs and it have to replace the console but can't transfer you data - you're out of luck. (more...)
Razer Phone 2 leaked specs suggest small hardware upgrade Razer Phone 2 leaked specs suggest small hardware upgrade
- September 09, 2018

The smartphone was discovered by the folks at AnTuTu in their database, who took to its official microblogging site Weibo to shed some lights on the specifications. The gold edition of the Razer Phone is the same price as the regular variant, which means you're also getting the device for $400. There's now no word on a Razer Phone 2 release date, but the original handset landed in November 2017, so we'd expect the same timing this year. (more...)