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Xiaomi reports record smartphone shipments

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2017 12:06 am

Xiaomi has had some difficulties in the past, but it seems that's now behind them. The company has announced that the Q2 2017 was the most successful quarter for the company's history, so far.

 

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Xiaomi reported that the company sold 23 million phones globally in Q2 this year, which is 70% more than in Q1.

 

The company recently launched its flagship, the Mi 6, and several other phones. It is also expected that Xiaomi will launch the Mi MIX 2 sometime in the second half of the year.

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BioWare hiring tons of devs to make new Dragon Age game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 9:37 pm

BioWare is making what appears to be a big AAA mainline Dragon Age game alongside its massive new IP, Anthem.

 

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We've known for a while now that BioWare is developing a new Dragon Age game, and now we have more clues that the title will be a huge sequel that furthers the franchise. Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw recent confirmed that a "new Dragon Age something" is in the works, echoing brief DA concept art teases from BioWare's Mark Darrah back in January.

 

Now we have our latest clue that the new Dragon Age game will be a massive RPG project in the vein of Dragon Age: Inqusition. BioWare's core Edmonton team is on a hiring spree to bring in new talent to specifically work on the new Dragon Age project. The developer currently has 14 positions open that are explicitly for the Dragon Age franchise, many of which are higher level jobs like lead cinematic animator and senior character and technical artists.

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HTC U11 beats OnePlus 5's camera on DxOMark

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 7:50 pm

Back in May when HTC announced its flagship, the company revealed that the U11 has the highest DxOMark score, outranking Pixel and Galaxy S8. DxOMark score is the ultimate guideline when it comes to smartphone cameras.

 

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The HTC U11 received score 90, which is the highest score on DxOMark so far, and it will take a mighty phone to take it off its throne.

 

We've had high expectations from the OnePlus 5, especially since the company partnered up with DxO itself for the phone's camera, but the phone didn't manage to beat U11's camera.

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Vivo's new smartphones have dual front camera setups

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 6:14 pm

Vivo, the company that recently launched the first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display, has released the successor to its X9.

 

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The X9s is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen and runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

 

The phone comes with a 16MP rear camera and a dual front camera setup, 20MP + 5MP. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and a 3,320 mAh battery. The device is priced at $396.

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Steam sells most of its games in North America

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 4:50 pm

Valve Corp's Alden Kroll reveals key metrics of its titanic PC games storefront Steam, and highlights future updates coming to the platform at the Indigo showcase in the Netherlands.

 

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Steam, Valve Corp's colossal digital PC gaming storefront that houses thousands of games from AAA juggernauts to indies, is getting bigger and bigger every year, and Valve is finding new ways to ensure the platform doesn't get too unwieldy in size and scope. According the latest data from Valve, Steam has absolutely massive DAU and MAUs to compliment gigantic sales figures: Steam currently has 33 million active users per day, 67 million monthly active users, and gamers are buying an average of 1.5 million new games per month.

 

Although North American gamers spend the most on Steam games, the marketplace has a strong grip throughout the world thanks to Valve's widespread localization efforts. Mr. Kroll revealed that Steam currently supports 26 languages across the globe, and accepts payments in 28 different currencies across over 70 types of payment methods. Valve has even peppered online servers throughout the world to spread resources across key regions. Thanks to key features like localization options, forieng currency conversion, a widespread social infrastructure and an ever-growing catalog of content, Steam users are not only loyal to the platform, but they're buying more games with every passing year--Valve reports that new game purchases increase cumulatively year-over-year for existing users.

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Samsung launches another affordable smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 2:13 pm

A month after the launch of the Galaxy J5 (2017), Samsung has launched a new smartphone, the Galaxy J5 Pro.

 

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The phone is powered by Exynos 7870 processor with octa-core 1.6GHz processor and Mali-T830MP2 GPU. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

 

The device features a 5.2-inch display and runs Android Nougat (7.0). The Galaxy J5 Pro comes with a 13MP rear and 13MP front camera.

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Forza Motorsport 7 will be a massive 100GB download

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 1:28 pm

Imagine having to download 100GB for a single game just 10 years ago... I just can't. Even though the Xbox One X version of Forza Motorsport 7 was revealed to be 100GB, thanks to all those beautiful 4K textures, the upcoming Windows 10 version of the game will be an "approximate size" of 99GB.

 

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According to a Microsoft rep: "The team is expecting the install size to be 100GB, with the download size being a bit smaller". The exact download size of Forza Motorsport 7 isn't finalized just yet, but the team has "a continued focus on improvements to download experiences". For PC gamers without 4K displays, the massive 100GB download isn't going to go down too well. Microsoft could possibly change things for the 100GB download by splitting the high-res textures into an optional download, bringing the overall download size of Forza Motorsport 7 significantly.

 

Forza Motorsport 7 launches on October 3.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: 6 months until completion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 6:26 am

UPDATE: PUBG developer Brenden Greene has issued a statement to PC Gamer saying that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds may not be released by October after all, but the team will do everything they can to ensure the game comes out of early access in Q4 2017.

 

The amount of work that has been put into PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is an achievement in itself, with quick updates that improve performance, stability, gameplay, and more. Developer Bluehole along with the creator himself Brendan Greene, are now talking a little more about PUBG.

 

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During an interview between Greene and RockPaperShotgun, the PUBG creator said: "People tell us we're not going to be out of early access in six months; challenge accepted. I can guarantee you, six or seven months and we're out of early access. It's the team. It's a matter of honour, you know? We will finish this game in six months".

 

Greene also talked about the development on DayZ and H1Z1, with the former modder defending the developers of those games in Bohemia Interactive and Daybreak Games. Greene added: "Game development is hard. What makes it hard is, we work with Unreal, which is a joy because they have a company that is focused on making an engine. So there's 40 people just working on code for the engine. You look at Daybreak and Bohemia, they're working on their own engines, and that's just infinitely harder. I think the ForgeLight engine is a ten year old engine. Now, they've improved it considerably since then, but it's the same with the Arma engine, it's 15 years old. Now DayZ are making a new engine, and that's just something which takes time".

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Tesla announces largest battery storage project on Earth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 5:16 am

Tesla has just announced it will be building the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world in South Australia, nearly a year after a 50-year storm knocked out the entire electrical grid, leaving 1.7 million residents without power - myself included. This news is close to home, well - it is home, as I'm based in South Australia - where Tesla is building this massive battery storage project.

 

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After the infrastructure failure, the South Australian government (which was already a leader in renewable energy) looked into a sustainable solution so that this wouldn't happen again. The state government askedw for solutions on grid-scale energy storage solutions of at least 100MW capacity, with Tesla today announcing they will be making a 100MW/129MWh Powerpack system that will be teamed with global renewable energy provider Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm located near Jamestown, South Australia.

 

Tesla's Powerpack will be used to charge renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm, which will then deliver electricity during peak hours ensuring reliable power is delivered to South Australia's electrical infrastructure. SA was already a leader in renewable energy, but Tesla's investment into the state will only highlight that fact.

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Qualcomm unleashes the dragon, wants to ban iPhone sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 7, 2017 3:43 am

Qualcomm is taking its legal battle with Apple to the next level, unleashing its flock of legal dragons and requesting that the US government ban new iPhones from being sold in the United States. Qualcomm is also seeking that a sales ban is placed on iPhones that are in the US right now.

 

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The creator of Snapdragon claims that Apple is violating on six patents that it holds, all to do with extending a smartphone's battery life. Qualcomm adds that none of the patents are essential to a standard, meaning it doesn't need to license them, as it is with other patents that Qualcomm and Apple are fighting over now. Qualcomm's General Counsel, Don Rosenberg, said in a statement: "Qualcomm's inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards. Apple continues to use Qualcomm's technology while refusing to pay for it".

 

Qualcomm has now heightened the dispute with Apple, but there is a fair bit going on between the companies as it is. It all started with the Federal Trade Commission suing Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices in relation to sales of its smartphone modems, and then Apple jumped on filing a lawsuit which was very similar to the FTC. Apple expanded that lawsuit into two other countries, while Qualcomm slapped its own lawsuits onto the table against not just Apple, but it's suppliers.

 

Apple is complaining that Qualcomm is asking for "disproportionately high" fees for its patents, and is reportedly abusing its position as market leader in smartphone modems. But you know what, Apple? You're making untold billions of dollars selling iPhones, and if you can't make those modems yourself - cough the cash up. It's quite simple, really. On a side note, I think Apple is trying to poke a dragon, and it's going to breath fire in a snap of Qualcomm's fingers.

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