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Gamescom ONL - Kojima Reveals New Characters and Gameplay Footage
- August 20, 2019

Hideo Kojima went on stage today to present Death Stranding's gameplay trailer at Gamescom . Keighley will be one of many cameos featured in the game. According to Kojima, Sam must connect the fractured cities and people from the east to west, while avoiding obstacles such as BTs and terrorists. The director also says afterward that you'll never see Norman Reedus' penis, as Sam will always turn away from the camera while you're peeing. (more...)
United Kingdom launches 5G Broadband service in London
- August 20, 2019

Three UK is basing its claims of superiority on the fact that it has nearly three times as much of the valuable 5G spectrum as any of its rivals, which means faster download speeds, and is the only operator to have a 100MHz block, which is considered the gold standard of 5G. (more...)
Three's 5G home broadband service goes live today Three's 5G home broadband service goes live today
- August 20, 2019

Three has announced that it is switching on its 5G powered home broadband service today in London. For now, Three 5G is only available as a home broadband connection. Though now only available in parts of London, Three has said its 5G service will be available in 25 towns and cities across the United Kingdom before the end of the year. (more...)
PUBG Getting Cross-Platform Play Between Xbox One and PS4 Players PUBG Getting Cross-Platform Play Between Xbox One and PS4 Players
- August 20, 2019

The new season on console also introduces Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath , which provides unique missions and rewards to players looking to get the most out of the season. After around "a week in beta", it will hit the live game server in early October. "With the release of cross network play and faster console edition updates, we're looking forward to creating a more integrated experience". (more...)
Sony Acquires Insomniac Games Sony Acquires Insomniac Games
- August 20, 2019

Insomniac will become the 14th studio in Sony's current lineup of Worldwide Studios development studios. "We've enjoyed a special relationship with PlayStation practically since our inception", Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price said in the acquisition's announcement . (more...)
Apple Watch 5 to come in ceramic and titanium versions Apple Watch 5 to come in ceramic and titanium versions
- August 19, 2019

Apple usually launches new Apple Watches every September, but this time around there's been barely been any rumors about the Apple Watch Series 5, leading to some questioning whether we will even see the launch of the Series 5 Apple Watch this year. (more...)
Nintendo Switch nabs a former Microsoft exclusive, and two iconic indie games Nintendo Switch nabs a former Microsoft exclusive, and two iconic indie games
- August 19, 2019

Victor of several prestigious awards, " Ori and the Blind Forest " tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics through a visually stunning Action-Platformer crafted by Moon Studios. The same Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition experience that Xbox and PC players know and love will be coming to Nintendo Switch, bringing with it the same stunningly lovely graphics running at 1080p and 60fps, plus all of the same great features from the original release, including new areas ... (more...)
Spotify Premium Family plan streams to 6 users, offers parental controls Spotify Premium Family plan streams to 6 users, offers parental controls
- August 19, 2019

Other new features include " Family Mix ", giving you access to personalized playlists for the whole family. The updated Spotify Premium Family plan now offers on-demand access to 450,000 podcast titles and more than 50 million tracks of ad-free music. (more...)
Disney+ to go int'l in November Disney+ to go int'l in November
- August 19, 2019

Thanks to Steeldiver for the heads up! The launch of Disney Plus in Australia and New Zealand will follow on November 19 . Disney + is coming to Canada on November 12 , in tandem with the USA and the Netherlands. There are, however, some notable exceptions with no mention of support on Samsung Smart TVs or Amazon's Fire TV platform. In fact, as a way of adding to the pile, Disney recently announced reboots of the HOME ALONE and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM properties as well. (more...)
Watch Gamescom Opening Night Live Right Here, New Reveals, World Premieres Watch Gamescom Opening Night Live Right Here, New Reveals, World Premieres
- August 19, 2019

And 2019's version will start off with its own formal opening ceremony, courtesy of Geoff Keighley hosting the Gamescom Opening Night Live . So far he's promised appearances from Destiny 2 Shadowkeep , Call of Duty: Modern Warfare , Disintegration , Need for Speed Heat , the Gears 5 campaign, Predator , and Death Stranding . (more...)
Huawei wants to make a mapping service of their own Huawei wants to make a mapping service of their own
- August 19, 2019

It's not only in the mobile market that the two have been competing. Huawei's service is rumored to be for software developers, allowing it to be used for other apps such as ride sharing services or other apps that plan to use the mapping service without having to come up with their own. (more...)
'WhatsApp from Facebook' tag added in latest beta 'WhatsApp from Facebook' tag added in latest beta
- August 19, 2019

WhatsApp has also launched a new feature titled "Frequently Forwarded" which enables fingerprint unlocking and smart spam messages on fingerprints on smart phones with fingerprint sensor. After WhatsApp, Instagram will reportedly be Facebook's next target and you can expect it to be called "Instagram from Facebook " soon. This change is a part of Mark Zuckerberg's efforts to unify the most popular Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger products. (more...)
Minecraft Is Getting Ray Tracing Minecraft Is Getting Ray Tracing
- August 19, 2019

Last Monday, Microsoft announced it will no longer be releasing the Super Duper Graphics Pack that was supposed to introduce a new look for Minecraft due to performance and technical issues. Despite its enormous popularity, I've never really cared for Minecraft - mostly because I'm not keen on crafting games, but also because I'm not into the low-fidelity art style that's all large pixels and flat colors. (more...)
Bluetooth Security Vulnerability Fixed by Updating Core Specifications, Apple Issues Patch Bluetooth Security Vulnerability Fixed by Updating Core Specifications, Apple Issues Patch
- August 19, 2019

The vulnerability has been given the name " Key Negotiation of Bluetooth attack " or "KNOB" for short and it affects Bluetooth BR/EDR devices using specification versions 1.0 to 5.1. The team presented the findings at the USENIX Security Symposium this week, and worked with the CERT/CC at Carnegie Mellon University to coordinate the disclosure with affected vendors. (more...)
Twitter tests filter to bury unwanted DMs even further Twitter tests filter to bury unwanted DMs even further
- August 19, 2019

Users can then choose to see them particularly. For women, and other groups that are subjected to online harassment, a lot of abuse comes in the form of direct messages , (the feature requires both parties to follow each other, or for the recipient to keep their inbox open to DMs from anyone). (more...)
Pokemon Sword and Shield Battle Stadium detailed as new trailer drops Pokemon Sword and Shield Battle Stadium detailed as new trailer drops
- August 19, 2019

There are two formats for all battle modes - single and double. Trainers will then be matched with others of their tier, allowing players of similar skill to seek out match-ups that will give them a proper challenge, and presenting Trainers with ever-increasing battle difficulty as they work to climb the ranks. (more...)
Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo to Launch Cross-Platform 'AirDrop' Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo to Launch Cross-Platform 'AirDrop'
- August 19, 2019

First and foremost, the partnership seeks to create a file-sharing system for allowing a one-step, direct file sharing channel that will remove the hassle of installing a dedicated, third-party file sharing app. With this established alliance, the initiative is to offer a better file transmission experience for the users. The popular Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi , OPPO , and Vivo , have collaborated to launch a new "AirDrop" - like feature across their Android devices recently. (more...)
Cook meets Trump, explains how iPhone tariffs help 'very good competitor' Samsung Cook meets Trump, explains how iPhone tariffs help 'very good competitor' Samsung
- August 19, 2019

Cook and Trump shared a widely covered dinner on Aug.16 where both men exchanged views on an array of topics but reserved most of the conversation on Trump's trade war against China and the harm it's inflicting on Apple. The letter said Trump's proposed tariffs will hit Apple's major products, including iPhone, iPads and Airpods. Apple would be hit by new tariffs set to come into effect September 1 because its products are largely made in China, while Samsung would avoid such a hit thanks to ... (more...)
Google Assistant beats Alexa, Siri again on smartphones Google Assistant beats Alexa, Siri again on smartphones
- August 19, 2019

As the war between digital assistants intensifies, Google Assistant has once again beaten Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri when it comes to answering queries correctly on smartphones. Google Assistant was once again the best performer, correctly understanding all 800 questions. Siri was able to handle phone functions like calling, adding things to your calendar, and email better than any of the other apps. (more...)
How to Upgrade Your Existing Nintendo Switch with the New Version How to Upgrade Your Existing Nintendo Switch with the New Version
- August 19, 2019

CNET confirmed with Nintendo Customer Service that this program is available to those who purchased a console in the United States or Canada after July 17, which was the day it was announced . Of course, if you'd rather trade your old Switch in for a Nintendo Switch Lite, then you can use your $225 trade credit towards a pre-order for that instead. (more...)

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