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'Call of Duty: Mobile' drops action-packed trailer 'Call of Duty: Mobile' drops action-packed trailer
- March 21, 2019

That said, beginning today, fans can sign up and pre-register for Call of Duty: Mobile at www.callofduty.com/mobile. The mobile version of the game is based on competitive multiplayer matches in different modes such as Search-and-Destroy and Team Deathmatch. (more...)
Apple launches new Watch bands in India, price starts at Rs 3,900 Apple launches new Watch bands in India, price starts at Rs 3,900
- March 21, 2019

Apart from new colors for the Apple Watch bands, Apple has also refreshed the iPhone and iPad cases. Besides these, the Cupertino-based tech giant will also launch an "exclusive gradient watch face for Apple Watch Hermès that transitions with the passage of the minute hand". (more...)
The Zelda Series is Crossing Over With Crypt of the Necrodancer The Zelda Series is Crossing Over With Crypt of the Necrodancer
- March 21, 2019

Something closer to the series' roots? It's a rather significant development when considering how protective Nintendo is of its IP. In addition, both Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda will serve as playable characters in Cadence of Hyrule . (more...)
Samsung's Galaxy Fold foldable phone will be here in months Samsung's Galaxy Fold foldable phone will be here in months
- March 21, 2019

Samsung recently unveiled a torrent of new hardware, including its all-new Galaxy S10 series and a 5G-enabled smartphone set to launch later this year. But Samsung officials say that part of the reason it's taken them so long to develop a foldable phone was that it took them ages to invent a screen that was flexible enough to fold, but strong enough not to break easily. (more...)
Nvidia GauGAN AI transforms scratch scribbles into photorealistic images Nvidia GauGAN AI transforms scratch scribbles into photorealistic images
- March 21, 2019

Nvidia presented a neural network that transforms sketches into photorealistic scenes. Although some details in the dynamics of this neural network still need to be worked out, the results are fantastic. Image: Nvidia. The company says that this program is able to synthesize hundreds of thousands of objects and their relationships with other objects in the real world. (more...)
NVIDIA Announces Quake 2 Rtx Support NVIDIA Announces Quake 2 Rtx Support
- March 21, 2019

Remedy has released a new trailer for Control from GDC 2019, with the trailer specifically highlighting that the game will feature support for GeForce RTX's real-time ray tracing to give some added depth and immersion to its visuals. The other specifications are largely in common with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and the other Turing GPUs aside from lacking the RT/tensor cores. As expected, enabling ray tracing effects will have a negative impact on performance, though Nvidia didn't ... (more...)
Oculus Rift S VR Headset: An Upgraded Virtual Reality Experience Oculus Rift S VR Headset: An Upgraded Virtual Reality Experience
- March 20, 2019

Launching this spring for $399, the Oculus Rift S upgrades Oculus' flagship PC virtual reality headset with features like a higher-resolution display and better room tracking, all while maintaining support with every game and app in the existing Rift library . (more...)
Cuphead for Nintendo Switch Announced, Release Date Confirmed Cuphead for Nintendo Switch Announced, Release Date Confirmed
- March 20, 2019

Well, that's really exciting. Studio MDHR announced today via the Nintendo Switch Nindies Showcase Spring 2019 that Cuphead will land on the Nintendo eShop on April 18, 2019! Studio MDHR's incredibly hard Cuphead title is making its way to the Nintendo Switch. (more...)
Amazon Launches New Kindle with Front Light for $119.99 in Canada Amazon Launches New Kindle with Front Light for $119.99 in Canada
- March 20, 2019

Amazon has increased the price of the entry-level Kindle by $10, meaning you have to hand over $89.99 to get into a Kindle these days, and that's with ads thrown in, too. These new software features will be delivered as a free update to the all-new Kindle, Kindle Oasis , and Kindle Paperwhites released in 2013 or later in the coming months. (more...)
Apple Launches 2nd Gen AirPods: Longer Talk Time & Hands-Free 'Hey Siri' Apple Launches 2nd Gen AirPods: Longer Talk Time & Hands-Free 'Hey Siri'
- March 20, 2019

An optional Wireless Charging Case is also available, but it's not cheap. Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco, California, U.S. It is priced at Rs 18,900 (in the U.S. - $199) and will be in the coming months. The wireless charging case will be available separately for $79. The company is also selling just the wireless charging case for the existing AirPods users for Rs 7,500 (in the United States - $79). (more...)
European Union hits Google with $1.7B fine for blocking rival ads European Union hits Google with $1.7B fine for blocking rival ads
- March 20, 2019

Officials said that by pre-installing the Chrome browser and Google search app on Android devices, Google had an unfair advantage over its competitors. "We've always agreed that healthy, thriving markets are in everyone's interest", he said. From today, users that buy an Android-powered smartphone (as well as those that already own one) will be prompted to choose not just their preferred browser, but their preferred search engine too. (more...)
Inbox by Gmail Is Officially Shutting Down on April 2 Inbox by Gmail Is Officially Shutting Down on April 2
- March 20, 2019

Opening the Inbox interface now warns that "this app will be going away in 15 days" adding that "Your messages are already waiting for you". Google let Inbox users know quite a while ago that it would be shutting down the app in March 2019 and Google has continually promised that users' favorite Inbox features would be integrated into Gmail before anyone was forced to leave Inbox. (more...)
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold shows up in a hands-on video from Vietnam Samsung’s Galaxy Fold shows up in a hands-on video from Vietnam
- March 20, 2019

Now, the company has extended its Galaxy A smartphone series with the launch of the Galaxy A20 smartphone in the market. The Exynos 7884 has an octa-core 64-bit CPU and Mali-G71 MP2 GPU. The Galaxy A20 has been launched only in Russian Federation so far and comes with an octa-core Exynos 7884 SoC, dual rear cameras, and a large 4,000mAh battery. (more...)
Jacinda Ardern refuses to speak gunman's name Jacinda Ardern refuses to speak gunman's name
- March 19, 2019

Mustafa Boztas, from Turkey, was shot in the leg during the horrific massacre at the the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch , New Zealand , on Friday, which left dozens of people dead and injured. The PM said told parliament she would look at what could be done "on the worldwide stage and in unison with our partners". Lawyer Richard Peters, who was assigned to represent Brenton Harrison Tarrant at his initial court appearance on Saturday, told the New Zealand Herald that Tarrant dismissed ... (more...)
Internet Archive Team Begins Saving Google+ Content Before Doom Internet Archive Team Begins Saving Google+ Content Before Doom
- March 19, 2019

To delete a post , you will have to first sign to your Google + account. However, both the sites noted that all private or deleted content will not be preserved and posts with over 500 comments will rather be preserved in a "truncated form". (more...)
Intel Is Working to Build an Exascale Supercomputer Intel Is Working to Build an Exascale Supercomputer
- March 19, 2019

What is exascale? It means 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second-a computer fast enough to begin approximating the human brain, said Bobby Kasthuri, a neurobiology researcher at Argonne and University of Chicago , which manages the lab. (more...)
Stanford reports that Apple Watch can detect heart rate irregularities Stanford reports that Apple Watch can detect heart rate irregularities
- March 19, 2019

Comparisons between irregular pulse-detection on Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography (ECG) patch recordings showed the pulse detection algorithm (indicating a positive tachogram reading) has a 71 percent positive predictive value. (more...)
Nvidia to enable ray tracing for non-RTX GPUs Nvidia to enable ray tracing for non-RTX GPUs
- March 19, 2019

Nvidia has announced that Pascal GPUs beginning with the GTX 1060 all the way up to the Titan XP will support ray tracing following the release of an official driver update due out in April. However, that falls to two times for Shadow of the Tomb Raider , and 1.6 times for Battlefield V , because both of those games use ray tracing less. (more...)
Apple Updates Regular iMac Lineup with New Intel Processors, AMD Graphics Apple Updates Regular iMac Lineup with New Intel Processors, AMD Graphics
- March 19, 2019

The smaller 21.5-inch iMac is now equipped with 8th-generation quad-core and 6-core processors (the bump to 6-cores is new), giving it a performance bump of up to 60 percent compared to the previous generation hardware. You get processor and either a Radeon Pro 555X GPU or a Radeon Pro 560X by default, but the top-end model comes with 32GB RAM , AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 GPU (with 4GB of memory) for much faster performance, with a standard 4K Retina display . (more...)
Spotify gets last word against Apple for now in European complaint Spotify gets last word against Apple for now in European complaint
- March 19, 2019

Apple has denied Spotify's claims that the company manages its App Store in a way that "purposely limits choice" and "stifles innovation". "And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn't something we can do". In Apple's view, Spotify's iOS app users are Apple customers, but Spotify contends that all its app users are its own customers. Ek said: "This is not a Spotify vs Apple issue" and the firm just wanted to promote healthy competition. (more...)
Report confirms derpy Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL names Report confirms derpy Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL names
- March 19, 2019

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will come with 5.6-inch and 6-inch displays respectively. With appearance that's essentially similar to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL , the 3a and 3a XL are expected to employ a predominantly plastic design. (more...)
Samsung's Galaxy S10: Everything You Need To Know Samsung's Galaxy S10: Everything You Need To Know
- March 19, 2019

The renders also show a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the device. Samsung has another smartphone launch event lined up for us already, and it looks set to be a range of new mid-range Galaxy A series devices. The top of the line Galaxy S10 smartphone has been eagerly anticipated for months now to be one of the biggest steps towards mainstream adoption for the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. (more...)
Activision announces Call of Duty Activision announces Call of Duty
- March 19, 2019

Surprisingly, it's not developed by Activision, but by Tencent's Timi studio. Activision has announced that a brand new Call of Duty mobile game will be launching worldwide soon. Since the iPhone took off all those years ago, there have been numerous Call of Duty clones that haven't lived up to the hype. Activision has also said that it will be optimising the game to run on "high-end phones and to make it broadly accessible for as many other devices as well". (more...)
Google’s New Controller Might Literally Stream Games To Your TV Google’s New Controller Might Literally Stream Games To Your TV
- March 19, 2019

The exhibit also has numerous copies of a squished S logo, as seen above. Kotaku reports that the streaming service will apparently be playable on "any hardware", including PCs, Macs, phones, TVs, and more. This comes after a patent for a Google controller was found last week . Most notably, the Play Store's pre-registration feature is now available for everyone to use - making it easy for devs to promote and market their games leading up to their release. (more...)
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 To Be Launched In Malaysia On 1 April Xiaomi Black Shark 2 To Be Launched In Malaysia On 1 April
- March 19, 2019

The Black Shark 2 comes in Black, Ice Silver, and Blue color options. Andy Foo of Intelligent Earnings Sdn Bhd, the exclusive marketing and sales partner of Black Shark in Malaysia, shared with us during the launch event in Beijing last night that the company aims to begin selling the Black Shark 2 in Malaysia starting 1 April 2019. (more...)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Cards Getting Ray Tracing Support Soon NVIDIA GeForce GTX Cards Getting Ray Tracing Support Soon
- March 19, 2019

Interestingly the new Turing based GTX cards, the 1660 Ti and the new 1660, offer advantages over the older Pascal models. DXR is one of the major features of its newest RTX GPUs using its Turing architecture announced previous year. RTX sales have been slow, so by bringing DXR to Pascal cards, NVIDIA is exponentially increasing the install base that can leverage ray tracing. Nvidia also announced Integration of real-time ray tracing into Unreal Engine and Unity game engines as well ... (more...)
Team Sonic Racing Customization, Animation Trailers Debut; New Sonic Title in Development Team Sonic Racing Customization, Animation Trailers Debut; New Sonic Title in Development
- March 18, 2019

Finally, to close the panel at SXSW, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka did announce that the next Sonic game is now in development. The game supports both offline and online races. The series will be directed by Tyson Hesse and Neko Productions, who produced the well-received Sonic Mania Adventures web series. But it looks like Sega understands that one of fans favorite pastimes is pretending they are a designer on Pimp My Ride , because it went above and beyond for Team Sonic ... (more...)
Apple unveils new iPad, updates Mini ahead of video streaming launch Apple unveils new iPad, updates Mini ahead of video streaming launch
- March 18, 2019

A report by 9to5 Mac, quoting a tweet from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, claimed that Apple would launch new iPads and iMacs. Let's take a quick look at what's actually the same here though. The Apple Pencil is sold separately for $99. Selling a greater number of iPhone XS Max smartphones than iPad mini tablets contributes a lot more to Apple's bottom line. (more...)
10.5-inch iPad Pro killed off by new iPad Air 10.5-inch iPad Pro killed off by new iPad Air
- March 18, 2019

The new Air, which starts at $499, sports a 10.5 inch, 2224 x 1668 display, an 8MP camera , support for the Pencil, and up to 256 GB of storage. The new iPad Air with Apple's Smart Keyboard and Pencil accessories. While the iPad mini 4 came with 128GB of storage for $399, the smaller storage option of the new entry-level is more than made up for by the host of modern improvements to the device. (more...)
You can play Halo: The Master Chief Collection early on PC You can play Halo: The Master Chief Collection early on PC
- March 18, 2019

Halo Insider is a testing program 343 debuted when it made a decision to go back and fix all remaining Halo: The Master Chief Collection issues previous year on Xbox One. From there, you'll be able to link your Steam account to Halo Waypoint, and provide some details about your PC specs. Even if you do get into the Halo Insider Program, you might not get selected for each flight. (more...)