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Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 top selfie-quality rankings Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 top selfie-quality rankings
- January 23, 2019

The models that are now leading on the selfie camera scale of DxOMark are the Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with overall scores of 92. However, the top spot is shared by the Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9 that both scored 92. Shortly after its release last fall, users took to Twitter, YouTube and chatrooms to complain about how the XS selfie-cam seemed to change skin color and texture. (more...)
Honor releases its latest View20 handset Honor releases its latest View20 handset
- January 23, 2019

UPDATE THREE: Honor View 20's time-of-flight (TOF) camera has been discussed. Specifically, the View20 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will retail for RM1999, and will be available in two colour options, Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. (more...)
How do you draw an X? Twitter is divided over it. How do you draw an X? Twitter is divided over it.
- January 23, 2019

Not everyone sees how to write the letter x the same way. "This is so interesting to me - which way do you draw an X?" Chances are, you have never thought twice about the way you write the letter "X" - and that would make you just like the rest of us. (more...)
Here’s how the Anthem demos will differ from the launch version Here’s how the Anthem demos will differ from the launch version
- January 22, 2019

This will be BioWare's first real chance to sell people on Anthem , as many folks seem to have reservations about the developer's ability to pull off a live service-type product. Because of this, there will be six weeks worth of less bug fixes, only one story arc, the mission/stronghold/freeplay balance will be off, the PC controls (specifically flight controls) will be less nuanced, and things will have been renamed for clarity in the main game. (more...)
Apple revives its cheaper iPhone SE as expensive models flop Apple revives its cheaper iPhone SE as expensive models flop
- January 22, 2019

Last week, Qualcomm obtained the preliminary injunction that prevents Apple from using a statement that it released to the press following the courts' decision to cease the sale of iPhone 7 and 8 models in Germany. It's also cheaper than the $249 United States dollars pricing from Apple.com (about $331 CAD), which recently had the device on clearance. On Monday, the affected models of the iPhone remained on the Websites of many mobile phone providers and retailers can be ordered. (more...)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro tops DxOMark rankings Huawei Mate 20 Pro tops DxOMark rankings
- January 22, 2019

The latest triple rear-camera toting flagship from Huawei has scored an impressive 109 points on DxOMark's smartphone photography and videography tests and now sits at the top of the chart with another Huawei smartphone - the P20 Pro. This highlights a major flaw in Huawei's smartphone camera and that is the absence of quality computational photography, unlike the Google Pixel lineup. (more...)
Resident Evil 2 getting classic costumes, new mode called Ghost Survivors Resident Evil 2 getting classic costumes, new mode called Ghost Survivors
- January 22, 2019

The announcements, spotted by ResetEra , start with The Ghost Survivors, a new mode coming to the game at some point post launch for free. It will also feature randomised elements and an in-game shop for players to visit and stock up on items to fight back the undead. (more...)
Samsung Gear S3 receives major software update with lots of new features Samsung Gear S3 receives major software update with lots of new features
- January 22, 2019

The update is now available in the United States, with a wider roll out expected in the coming days. The update is now being distributed in the United States, but should also roll out to other regions in the coming days or weeks if no serious bugs are discovered and automatically offered on the Gear S3. (more...)
Windows 10 Mobile support to end in December 2019 Windows 10 Mobile support to end in December 2019
- January 22, 2019

Amusing thing about all of this is that Microsoft is actually recommending users of Lumia devices to switch to Android or iOS smartphones. Users taking advantage of some features, such as device back-up, might need to seek alternatives. The denizens of Twitter are also offering their own off-the-cuff suggestions, and popular ones include officially getting original Xbox and Xbox 360 games running on Windows 10, and, erm, ditching the Microsoft Store - or at least giving the latter an overhaul. (more...)
How to complete the How to complete the "Destroy Golden Ice Brutes" Ice Storm Fornite challenge
- January 22, 2019

Ice Fiends , which are zombies but also cold (so way worse) are spawning across the map, and new challenges revolve around killing them in various ways. These guys are bigger and tougher than the ice fiends , but a few well-aimed headshots with a crossbow will take them down quickly. Defeating them requires significantly more firepower, so make sure you can a weapon like a Shotgun equipped and maybe leave a Trap nearby for extra damage. (more...)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on Twitch stream to support trans rights Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on Twitch stream to support trans rights
- January 22, 2019

Donkey Kong 64 is outside of my wheelhouse. "I never owned an N64, though I do think it's probably the best system out of all of them", she said on the livestream. "If you'd like to use this as a good moment to support the queer community, there's a charity twitch stream going on for [ Mermaids ]". Hbomberguy's Twitch stream started on Friday to have a little fun, to hopefully raise a couple of quid for Mermaids , and to spite Graham Linehan . (more...)
Motorola Razr 2019 patent shows foldable phone with retro design Motorola Razr 2019 patent shows foldable phone with retro design
- January 22, 2019

The display will have a cutout on the top, similar to the notch on the iPhone X, to house the earpiece, while the thick chin below will have the mic and the speakers. When opened, that small screen and camera move to the backside and you get a lengthy display inside. One can also spot a fingerprint scanner, found on the second shell of the phone. (more...)
Photos Galaxy S10E, S10 and S10 + leak out Photos Galaxy S10E, S10 and S10 + leak out
- January 21, 2019

Samsung is working to make the Galaxy S10 everything to everybody, as trademark registrations indicate plans to develop a cryptocurrency wallet. The Galaxy S9 and Note 9 both came with their fingerprint sensors on the back. You can assume they'll be available for purchase alongside the new Galaxy S10 phones. Interestingly, however, these scores still can't touch Apple's iPhone lineup from previous year. (more...)
Bungie thanks Activision studios for their work on Destiny 2 Bungie thanks Activision studios for their work on Destiny 2
- January 21, 2019

First, Smith opined on the new Black Armory's Power requirement being too high for the first forge, explaining that it wasn't a "great chance" for players to get started with new content. Destiny 2 could be fine as the content has already been streamlined however, what about Destiny 3? "Long-term, Bungie is committed to Destiny ", Smith said. (more...)
WhatsApp is cutting its forward limit to 5 from 20 - straight away WhatsApp is cutting its forward limit to 5 from 20 - straight away
- January 21, 2019

The policy of forwarding messages to a maximum of five recipients had been implemented in India last summer after the spreading of rumours on social media led to killings and attempted lynchings. WhatsApp has brought into force a limit on the amount of messages each user can forward on to their contacts. WhatsApp users will be blocked from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups under new rules the messaging service is rolling out worldwide to fight the spread of ... (more...)
IPhone XS Smart Battery Case Work With iPhone X? Yes, With Caveats IPhone XS Smart Battery Case Work With iPhone X? Yes, With Caveats
- January 21, 2019

All three of the cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are now available from Apple in the U.S. and they all retail for $129. The case is actually compatible with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, however you will not be able to use the wireless charging function of the newer handset with the case on. (more...)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout's New Mode Allows Player Respawns Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout's New Mode Allows Player Respawns
- January 21, 2019

The new game mode is called "Ambush" and was originally leaked through the game's app which showed users a description of the mode that'll be around for a limited time when it's released. In contrast to previous years, 2018's edition of the annual franchise dumped a traditional single-player story mode, and its associated spectacle, for Blackout and, on console, a bumper helping of a more co-operative Zombies mode that has likewise become a hallmark of the series. (more...)
Blizzard Reveal Launch Date For Overwatch Lunar New Year 2019 Blizzard Reveal Launch Date For Overwatch Lunar New Year 2019
- January 21, 2019

Guan Yu Reinhardt follows Lu Bu Reaper and Huang Zhong Hanzo as the first three skins to be revealed for Year of the Pig. The two such events so far have been some of Overwatch's best-received, and there are already people looking forward to it in the replies to yesterday's tweet. (more...)
Verizon to offer Call Filter service to all of its customers Verizon to offer Call Filter service to all of its customers
- January 21, 2019

This week, Verizon announced that it will offer free spam and robocall protection to its subscribers starting in March. Verizon said it alerted customers to a billion sketchy calls since. Lastly, we support stronger federal laws to outlaw spoofing and to shut down illegal robocallers . The government now must prove the caller meant to defraud, cause harm, or illegally obtain something of value. (more...)
Moto G7 Play spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB RAM Moto G7 Play spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB RAM
- January 21, 2019

Motorola is expected to be taking the wraps off its new G7 lineup next month at MWC 2019 . Meanwhile, the G7 Play and G7 Power will have an iPhone X-like notch. Motorola is expected to launch four smartphones under the new Moto G7 series of smartphones namely Moto G7 , Moto G7 Play , Moto G7 Plus and Moto G7 Power. (more...)
‘Speed Limit’ feature on Google Maps expanding in the US ‘Speed Limit’ feature on Google Maps expanding in the US
- January 21, 2019

As per android policy, not just Google Maps display the speed limits on the front screen of the navigation display. On one hand, it makes sense that Google is trying to keep the two services different - after all, they excel in different things, and while Waze is a driver-focused experience, Maps caters more to exploring areas on foot. (more...)
Golf GTI TCR officially revealed Golf GTI TCR officially revealed
- January 20, 2019

And now the production TCR is here. looking rather like a 290hp Golf GTI with some nice options. The Golf GTI TCR is street-legal, meaning buyers can take the 286 horsepower (stronger than the Golf GTI Performance), 370 Nm of torque turbocharged engine out for a spin around the block. (more...)
New Update Has Been Released For PUBG Mobile New Update Has Been Released For PUBG Mobile
- January 20, 2019

The MK47 Mutant is the new assault rifle being introduced to the mobile version of the game . It fires 7.62mm rounds and has two firing modes. In 2018, PUBG MOBILE took home multiple awards and nominations, just eight months after the game's release. (more...)
Mobile takes heat for lobbying scheme centered at Trump hotel Mobile takes heat for lobbying scheme centered at Trump hotel
- January 19, 2019

It's entirely possible that T-Mobile's executives stayed at Trump hotel with no ulterior motives, but with such a big merger on the line, it's hard to not want to connect the dots. "'And it's very convenient for that'". It surely is convenient for meetings with the DOJ, an agency with an anti-trust division now reviewing the T-Mobile/Sprint deal and that sometimes intervenes to stop such mergers. (more...)
Microsoft Sends Out Invites for MWC 2019, Will Likely Talk HoloLens 2 Microsoft Sends Out Invites for MWC 2019, Will Likely Talk HoloLens 2
- January 19, 2019

Microsoft has hinted it could reveal the long-anticipated HoloLens 2 mixed-reality headset at MWC 2019. Engadget reports that the HoloLens 2 will include a custom AI chip , and speculate that the revamped HoloLens will be more comfortable than its predecessor. (more...)
Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 for Rs 7,990, M20 for Rs 10,990 Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 for Rs 7,990, M20 for Rs 10,990
- January 19, 2019

Samsung might offer a configuration with more RAM and storage. Samsung will launch two industry-first Galaxy "M" smartphones in the under Rs 10,000 price segment in India on January 28 that will be available on Amazon.in from March 5. The phone will have a dual rear camera setup, expected to be a combination of 13MP and 5MP cameras. However, it seems only the Galaxy M20 will offer a fingerprint sensor, while the Galaxy M10 will rely on face unlock as the only biometric option. (more...)
WhatsApp is Facebook’s Most Popular App - App Annie WhatsApp is Facebook’s Most Popular App - App Annie
- January 19, 2019

App Annie's report highlights several key trends in the app economy, especially the greater adoption of mobile shopping in the U.S. previous year marked a turning point for U.S. "Consumers spent $101 billion on apps globally in 2018". In short, the apps industry is doing rather well. The firm's global marketing and insights EVP Danielle Levitas said consumers spending on apps globally past year was larger than the global live and recorded music industry and double the size of the ... (more...)
Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review
- January 18, 2019

Google is rumored to start selling it at some point this spring, after I/O 2019, which means we'll see it in even more leaks soon. The video comes courtesy of Ukrainian tech blog Andro News , which appears to have uploaded its first video a mere six days ago. (more...)
Zimbabweans hurt in protests stream in for care Zimbabweans hurt in protests stream in for care
- January 18, 2019

Referring to allegations of night-time door-to-door searches against demonstrators and beatings by police, United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said hospital medics had treated more than 60 people for gunshot wounds. In the capital Harare and in Bulawayo demonstrations took a violent turn with several fatalities and hundreds of arrests. " The total shutdown of the internet is simply to enable crimes against humanity", he said. (more...)
Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Coming To Nintendo Switch, April 2019 Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Coming To Nintendo Switch, April 2019
- January 18, 2019

Battle for the Grid appears to be a new Power Rangers game where characters from the universe can battle it out. The biggest draw for the game, however, is that the game will include cross-platform play across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. (more...)