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New 3D renders show beautiful Google Pixel 2 design

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 11:26 pm

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are among the most anticipated smartphones this year which isn't surprising considering the success of the last year's devices.

 

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Both phones should be unveiled in October, and as we recently learned, the duo will be the first devices featuring Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836.

 

A month ago we saw a concept video showing the stunning Pixel XL 2, and now 3D renders of the Pixel 2 suggest how the final design could look like.

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Brawlout fills Super Smash Bros void on Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 10:27 pm

Angry Mob Games is bringing its "smash and bash" indie to the Nintendo Switch, where it will fill the noticeable Super Smash Bros.-shaped recess on the console.

 

 

Brawlout, the new party fighting game that's very much like Super Smash Bros., is coming to the Nintendo Switch handheld-console hybrid later this year. Brawlout features six characters with unique movesets and abilities that battle in specific stages, with up to 4 players being able to play at once. Gamers can battle in local couch co-op and online sessions across a variety of modes, including timed, stock, or team battles.

 

Unlike Smash Bros., Brawlout features a unique Rage Meter that allows characters to unleash powerful special attacks. Another major change is that the game does away with shield blocks completely, pushing players into a more aggressive strategy--but there's plenty of air dodges and wavedashes to keep you out of harms way. The devs will update the roster with new characters to keep the battles nice and fresh, including crossovers like Hyper Light Drifter from the acclaimed indie of the same name.

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OPPO announces R11 Barcelona Edition

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 9:33 pm

OPPO has long had a good relationship with one of the world's biggest soccer clubs, FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona recently lost one of their star players, Neymar, to Paris Saint-Germain for a hefty sum of money. However, they probably aren't hurting too badly after seeing how amazing this new Barcelona OPPO R11 edition looks.

 

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The OPPO R11 x FC Barcelona Limited Edition (yes, that's the whole name) features an 18 Karat Gold FC Barcelona logo that splits the two-tone Barcelona colored body of the phone. The internal specs of the R11 are the same as the original version of the device, however, this one is remarkably better looking and is sure to get any big FC Barcelona fan excited about owning such a phone.

 

Obviously, having a case on such a phone is likely out of the question since it is mostly about bragging rights with a gold FCB logo, but it may be work protecting with a clear case.

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Nintendo's new rewards scheme is very smart

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 8:31 pm

Nintendo's new rewards scheme gifts in-game items to players when they read news posts and updates.

 

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Nintendo has kicked off a new unique rewards platform that allows Switch users to earn in-game items simply for reading news posts. The initiative was launched with the Zelda tips channel, which will feature a number of articles and updates to show players unique things to do while playing the game. Zelda: Breath of the Wild players that read these posts can also earn free in-game rewards such as ingredients, miscellaneous items, and possibly weapons and armor.

 

This is a very, very smart move on Nintendo's part. Why? Because it engages players on a whole new level; gamers will--and I repeat will--read over the news posts just to get free goods, and maybe they'll learn something they didn't know about. This will create a natural form of engagement, which is the lifeblood for modern gaming, and it will help pull in lapsed players and incentivize them to return to the game. For example, if someone learns they can do something interesting in Breath of the Wild that they didn't know about before, they're more likely to jump back in and recreate what they've learned. More importantly, though, users will likely look at other posts on the news section too, especially those advertisements of new Switch games on the eShop and/or future Nintendo first-party games.

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More details about Note8 Emperor Edition 8/256GB emerge

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 7:28 pm

Samsung is all set to announce the Galaxy Note8 on August 23rd, but, according to the reports, the company has also prepared a special edition of the device - Emperor Edition.

 

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The Galaxy Note8 Emperor Edition should come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, expandable up to 512GB with a microSD card. A new leak from a well-known leaker confirms the existence of this device, and it also reveals some more info.

 

According to the leak, the Emperor Edition will be available in Korea, which is in line with previous reports. It was also earlier rumored that China might also get this version of the device. Unfortunately, at this point, we don't know if the Emperor Edition will ever be available globally.

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No Man's Sky celebrates birthday with big portal update

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 6:32 pm

Hello Games continues adding content to No Man's Sky a full year after the game's hotly controversial release in an effort to heal gaping wounds and expand upon the sci-fi adventure.

 

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A year ago No Man's Sky was launched on PlayStation 4 and PC as a fully-priced AAA game, kicking off a massive wave of frustration. We've chronicled how No Man's Sky underdelivered in our official review. Instead of a final release, the game was simply the foundation for things to come. Now those things are here.

 

No Man's Sky is getting its third major overhaul update this week. The free expansion is called Atlas Rises, and adds a bevy of new content to the game including portals that allow players to fast-travel across the galaxy, and more story-based content. Hello Games head Sean Murray confirmed Atlas Rises' content with a mass email blast to No Man's Sky players, saying:

 

"It's been a year since No Man's Sky first released, and it's been an exciting, intense and emotional year for us at Hello Games. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently.

 

"We've spent that year working hard on free updates for this game our team cares so much about.

 

"Update 1.3 will release this week and will be available for free to all No man's Sky players. We're calling it Atlas Rises. It focuses on improving the central story of No Man's Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals."

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ASUS ZenFone 4 and 4 Pro prices leak: Up to $650

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 5:29 pm

ASUS is expected to announce multiple devices this month, including the ZenFone 4 Pro flagship.

 

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The company recently published a teaser revealing that the phone will come with a dual camera. According to previous leaks, the ZenFone 4 Pro should come with a QHD 1440p display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, which powers this year's flagships such as the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11.

 

But don't expect it to come cheap. According to the latest report, the ZenFone 4 Pro will be priced at $650, for 6GB/64GB configuration.

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Blizzard dominates PC gaming in July

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 4:30 pm

Blizzard's slate of games is becoming more and more enviable as the company rolls out new content that's attracting millions of players across North America and Europe.

 

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Blizzard games like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch are among the top 20 most-played PC games in July in North America and Europe, analyst firm Newzoo reports. According to the findings, Blizzard games took five spots in the top 20 list, and three spots in the top 10 list. Blizzard's massively lucrative and popular card game Hearthstone topped the publisher's other games at #3, with the still-popular World of Warcraft coming in at #6 and the hugely engaging shooter Overwatch ranked at #7. Diablo III jumped onto the list at #12 to dethrone Rainbow Six: Siege thanks to the new Necromancer DLC and free content updates. Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA was farther on the list at #20.

 

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These findings clearly align with Blizzard's current yearly plan to roll out more digital content updates to its slate of games instead of releasing a brand new title. The company says it will not release a new game in 2017 and will instead provide more value to current titles like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Diablo III and Hearthstone, which in turn spins the engagement-to-monetization flywheel formula and leads to more earnings.

 

In fact, Blizzard games dominated Activision's earnings for the fiscal Q2'17 period. Games like Hearthstone and Overwatch remain one of Blizzard's most popular and lucrative properties, and helped the company pull in $556 million in net revenues in the three-month period.

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Samsung to introduce new color options with the Note8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 3:21 pm

We are just two weeks away from the official Note8 launch, and we already have a pretty good image of the highly-anticipated phone.

 

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A new leak has appeared now showing the alleged Galaxy Note8 color options, and it appears that Samsung is ready to introduce some new color choices. According to the leak, accompanied by a photo, the Note8 will be available in Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Gray/Violet, Coral Blue, Dark Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Pink, and Gold.

 

The S Pen should come in a matching color.

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Gearbox teases new card-based shooter hybrid Project 1v1

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 2:29 pm

Having failed to capture the FPS market with its now free-to-play shooter Battleborn, Gearbox Software is ready to try again...this time making a game that combines two key lucrative industry trends into one.

 

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Borderlands developer Gearbox Software today announced a new experimental game codenamed Project 1v1, a "competitive first-person shooter" which aims to combine "the action of a fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game." Essentially what Gearbox wants to do is hit two birds with one stone by tapping the massively lucrative CCG world of Hearthstone as well as the popular, engaging eSports scope of shooters like Overwatch and CS:GO.

 

Key industry trends tell us that Project 1v1 will feature microtransaction card packs, and that it will need to be available on all platforms, from PC to consoles and mobile devices in order to make strong revenues. Combining these money-making strategies into a single game is quite complex, and after Gearbox dropped the ball with Battleborn, I'm not sure they're ready to take on such a burden.

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