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Avast acquires CCleaner and Speeccy developer Piriform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 21, 2017 1:30 am

Avast has just announced that it has acquired Piriform, the developer behind CCleaner and Speccy. The deal was announced over a year since Avast coughed up $1.3 billion to acquire its rival, AVG Technologies.




Piriform makes various device performance optimization software, but CCleaner is used by a huge 130 million people, and even 15 million users on Android. In November 2016, the developer announced CCleaner had been downloaded over 2 billion times, with a Piriform product installed over 23 million times per month.


Avast CEO Vince Steckler had the following to say about the acquisition of Piriform: "We see many commonalities between CCleaner and Avast, allowing for great new products for our user bases. Avast and CCleaner are the top two downloaded products on popular download sites. They are both known by advanced users as focused on performance, so we believe there will be a great interest from our CCleaner customers in using Avast security products and vice versa".


He continued: "In today's connected world, it's all about speed and high performance, and with Piriform's robust technology we can address this need perfectly. We look forward to working with the Piriform team to grow the business together".


Avast added that the team at Piriform will become part of the overall Avast consumer business unit, and will report to Avast CTO Ondrej Vleck.

Ubisoft hints AC Origins' RPG elements will be monetized

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 21, 2017 12:32 am

Ubisoft has stated that all of its games will have live services that tie into recurring player investment, hinting that Assassin's Creed: Origins may be monetized with in-game purchases and microtransactions. In a Q1 earnings call, key Ubisoft executives give more clues on how the next Assassin's Creed will continue earning money long after initial sales.




French games-maker Ubisoft has made a tremendous transformation in the last few years, and its digital-first strategy is paying off big. Instead of focusing on single-release games, Ubisoft has embraced the next evolution of gaming which sees digital titles being treated as a service--the Games-as-a-Service trend, or GaaS--to ensure its games keep pulling in revenues months or even years after release. One of the main ways it achieves this goal is by infusing microtransactions into its games. While online multiplayer games like Rainbow Six: Siege and For Honor are obvious choices for this monetization path, traditional game like Assassin's Creed are prime targets as well.


The Assassin's Creed series is no stranger to in-game microtransactions, and I expect the upcoming Egypt-based Assassin's Creed: Origins to be no different. I've already predicted that Ubisoft will monetize AC: Origins with loot boxes that contain randomized items, gear, or skill buffs, and now key corporate Ubisoft execs are adding weight to these predictions. In a recent Q1 earnings call, Ubisoft exec Alain Corre hints that the company may use Origins' heavy RPG focus as a path to recurring revenues.


"As far as the digital potential for Origins and its engagement capability, as we've said we really invested heavily to increase the RPG side of the game. [As a result of this investment] we clearly feel that we have better potential to increase the engagement of the game, and we believe that therefore the player recurring investment will continue to grow," said Alain Corre, Executive Director of Ubisoft's EMEA branch.

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Google Pixel XL 2 looks amazing in the new concept video

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 11:16 pm

Google's Pixel smartphone was one of the best phones of last year, and the company confirmed that its successor would come this year.




We recently learned that LG will be making the upcoming Google Pixel XL 2 smartphone and that it should feature a "squeezable" frame that activates Google Assistant. This feature would be similar to HTC's Edge Sense introduced with its latest flagship, the U11.


While not much is know for sure at this point, there are some rumors floating around, and Concept Creator has posted a short video on YouTube showing a concept of the upcoming Pixel XL 2 based on recent reports.

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GIVEAWAY: ASUS Cerberus V2 Gaming Headset

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 11:14 pm

Global entry! We have teamed up with ASUS to give away a Cerberus V2 gaming headset to one lucky winner!




Cerberus V2 gaming headset with 53mm ASUS Essence drivers, stainless-steel headband, and wrap-around ear cushions


  • Exclusive 53mm ASUS Essence drivers deliver incredible audio quality
  • Brand-new stainless-steel headband provides better durability and a more stylish look
  • Wrap-around ear cushions improve comfort and sound insulation
  • Dual microphones capture clear sound for both gaming and general audio tasks
  • Comes in three colors (red, blue, and green)



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Samsung reveals the Galaxy Note8 launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 9:49 pm

Samsung has just revealed the launch date of the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note8. As rumored, the phone will be unveiled on August 23rd at an event in New York.




The promotional poster also reveals a few things about the upcoming phone. Of course, we can see the stylus which is expected with the Note line, but also that the phone will feature Infinity Display.


We recently saw some reports that Samsung could move away from the symmetrical design of the S8. However, according to the poster, the Note8 will be very similar to the S8 and S8+.

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LG launches Q8, mini version of the V20

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 9:26 pm

Ahead of the V30 launch, LG has quietly launched the Q8 smartphone, which could be best described as a mini version of the V20.




The phone features a 5.2-inch QHD panel with a secondary display to the side of the selfie camera. The back is also similar to the V20 with dual camera setup.


The Q8 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 and comes with 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

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Blizzard killing support for WinXP, Vista this October

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 8:21 pm

Blizzard is making good on its promise to kill off support for legacy Windows operating systems in its popular franchises.




Blizzard has announced that Windows XP and Windows Vista users will no longer be able to play StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm after the killswitch is flipped in October.


"Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.

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Nintendo's Fire Emblem mobile game rakes in $114 million

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 7:12 pm

Nintendo's third smartphone game is booming, raking in considerable six-month sales.




Fire Emblem Heroes has made $114.9 million in revenues since its release on February 2, analyst firm SensorTower reports. These substantial earnings were generated with a rather smallish 11.7 million user install base compared to Super Mario Run's 90 million downloads in its first two weeks. Unlike Nintendo's "Mario on mobile" smartphone game, Fire Emblem Heroes has generated significant revenue from in-game purchases thanks to its specific earnings strategy.


The star mobile game leverages the massively lucrative "gacha" free-to-play business model, which sells in-game currency called "orbs" starting at $1.99 all the way up to $74.99. These in-game orbs are used to unlock new characters, upgrade stats, and other bonuses. Although the playerbase is smaller than most high-earning smartphone games, Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo's most profitable mobile game to date.

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New leak shows iPhone 8's fingerprint reader on the back

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 6:24 pm

By now you probably heard that Apple is having some serious issues regarding the placement of the fingerprint sensor. We anticipated that the fingerprint scanner would be embedded under the display on the home screen, but due to certain issues, it seems that option is out of the picture.




Some reports suggest that Apple might ditch the Touch ID altogether and that the iPhone 8 might feature facial recognition only. We also saw a report stating that Apple will go with an enlarged power button on the side of the phone which will also serve as a fingerprint scanner.


Now, a new leak has emerged showing the simplest yet slightly disappointing solution. According to the report supported by images of the alleged iPhone 8's back panels, the company will place the fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, right under Apple's logo.

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Elon Musk gets approval to build NYC-DC Hyperloop

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 20, 2017 5:12 pm

Elon Musk has stated he has received permission to build an underground Hyperloop which will connect New York and Washington D.C.




Musk explained on Twitter that he got a "verbal government approval" for the Boring Company to start the project.


The proposed route would include stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore, while the entire trip from New York to Washington DC would take 29 minutes.

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