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4th September 2017

Indie titles could be changing how major games are made

Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney says indie games could be changing how major releases are made in the future. – Source

Top 5 unlikely (but true) ways to get hacked video – CNET

We enlisted the help of Hak5’s Shannon Morse to find the world’s craziest hacking methods. – Source

Sony’s new 3D Creator app won’t be exclusive to the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact

Last week, Sony debuted its Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact handsets to mixed reactions — their top-tier specs and somewhat reasonable price were overshadowed by their derivative design and lack of unique features. Well, almost: the one standout feature is the 3D Creator app, which lets users scan three-dimensional objects using their device’s rear camera, and then use it in various cute and/or creepy ways.
But once you think about it, this app doesn’t seem to rely on any particular hardware feature of the XZ1 duo, whose chipset and camera are identical … – Source

Security lapse exposed thousands of military contractor files

Thousands of files containing the private info of US military and intelligence personnel have been exposed online. The documents (which included a mixture of resumes and job applications) were found on a public Amazon Web Services server by cybersecu… – Source

[Deal] Honor 8 for $249.99 ($150-off) at B&H

The Honor 8, the 2016 flagship smartphone from Huawei sub-brand Honor, is now on sale at B&H. The device can be snapped up in 32 GB or 64 GB variants, coming in at $249.99 and $299 respectively.

To pick up the handset at these prices, you’ll have to select the white color variant: the 64 GB model in black is still priced at $449.99 and the 32 GB blue model is at $399 — so you’d be making a $150 saving.

The Honor 8 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, Kirin 950 octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, a dual-lens 12 MP rear camera (with f/2.2 aperture and dual-tone flash), 8 MP front camera and 3,000 mAh battery. It launches with Android Marshmallow but can also now be upgraded to Android Nougat. An upgrade to Android Oreo somewhere down the line is expected but has yet to be confirmed.

See also:Huawei Mate 9 and Honor 6X receive permanent price dropsHuawei Mate 9 and Honor 6X receive permanent price dropsJuly 26, 2017

The device supports GSM networks, meaning that it won’t be compatible with Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular. You’ll be able to use it with T-Mobile and AT&T SIM cards with full LTE capabilities, though.

The Honor 9 has now succeeded the Honor 8 and comes with better cameras and a faster processor, but if you want a rock-solid phone on a budget, last year’s Honor flagship is still an excellent choice: read our full Honor 8 review here and check out the B&H deal below.

Buy Now: Honor 8 at B&H for $249.99
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Some Verizon and Sprint customers have their Samsung Galaxy Note8 units shipped

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 official US launch is set for September 15, but some pre-orders might be arriving much sooner than that. Reports are pouring in that shipments for the phone have already begun.

Sprint and Verizon customers have confirmed that they have already received shipment notifications for their unit. Following is a screenshot shared by someone on Verizon:

Some say their order is scheduled to arrive on today, others say their estimated delivery date is September 5 – tomorrow.

Samsung followed a similar strategy with the Galaxy S8 duo, where those who pre-ordered got…

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‘The Witcher’ turns 10 and it all gets very emotional

2017 is a great year for The Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski’s beloved fantasy-novels-turned-videogame.

Netflix recently announced it is developing a show based on the adventures of Geralt and Ciri, which may or may not become the streaming service’s own Game of Thrones.

And the videogame series is 10 years old this month!

SEE ALSO: Incredible ‘Witcher 3’ cosplayer is our new hero

To celebrate the milestone, developer CD Projekt Red produced this teary video which shows Geralt reminiscing during a birthday party at the Corvo Bianco, Toussaint, where the characters are playing Gwent, naturally. …

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Spotlight: Screens is one of the best multi-window managers for Android

With split-screen multi-tasking already a pretty big part of Android, it’s no surprise that users and developers will explore ways to make this feature as convenient as possible.
Today, we are about to show you a really neat app that allows you to create your own custom multi-window app setups. Dubbed Screens, the app allows you to choose any two multi-window-compatible apps and create a desktop shortcut that will launch them both in split-screen as soon as you tap on it.
The interface of the app is as intuitive as it gets and doesn’t allow for much customization, … – Source

A third royal baby’s on the way to rival George and Charlotte’s cuteness

Prince George and Princess Charlotte might be the cutest children in all the land, but they’re about to get a rival to their cuteness. Yep, you guessed it, there’s a third royal baby on the way.

SEE ALSO: Prince George is tired of your niceties and wants you to board the plane immediately

In an official statement released Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “very pleased” to announce that they’re expecting a third addition to their royal brood.

Read the press release in full ↓

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017

“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news,” the statement read. …

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Best Labor Day 2017 deals: Note 8 savings, up to $300 off on iPhones and Galaxy S8

Happy Labor Day! As parades and barbecues are organized around the country to celebrate the American labor movement, you can also get some great deals on the hottest devices out there.
Labor Day is an opportunity for tech shoppersBest Buy is stepping up its game with a bunch of awesome sales, slashing prices on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and others.
We have rounded up the best Labor Day 2017 deals on mobile electronics right below, highlighting the ones on the devices you care about and skipping … – Source

Xiaomi Mi 7 to arrive in Q1 2018 with Snapdragon 845

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is already a few months old and the manufacturer is allegedly already moving on to its Mi 7 successor. According to a Weibo leakster, the phone should have the Snapdragon 845 chipset. It also would update from an LCD, as seen on the Mi 6, to a Samsung-built AMOLED with a 6″ diagonal.

All the rumored specs sound logical, but what is intriguing is the alleged announcement. The Xiaomi Mi 7 might appear in Q1 2018, making it the first smartphone with the newest Qualcomm chipset. Other sources suggest a 6 GB RAM and even a possibility of 8 gigs version.

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LG V30 camera app modded for G6, adding new manual regimes and other features

Back when we previewed the new LG V30 a few days ago at the IFA expo prebriefings, we started wondering whether you would need the G6 anymore, for reasons explained in our hands-on of the V30. Well, the new phablet is only slightly larger than the G6, more powerful, and, although it doesn’t have Dolby Vision-certified display, it is probably the most media-centric Android at the moment.
Those of you who got the G6 already, however, needn’t worry, as it turns out that a lot of these media features and camera shenanigans that the V30 offers can be ported over to … – Source

Badass ‘Star Wars’ toys reveal new info about Supreme Leader Snoke

Apart from being very large and unpleasant-looking, we didn’t find out a whole lot about Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens.

What’s his end game? Where does he come from? What does he even look like when he’s not sitting in that unnecessarily dark and misty room?

SEE ALSO: If you’ve ever wanted to build your own droid, Star Wars just made your dreams come true

Well, even though the new Star Wars toys unveiled on Force Friday don’t give us any answers to the first two questions, they do give us a better look at the leader of the First Order:

SNOKE funko!!!! #forcefriday

— Darth Shaun (@ShaunTheJedi) …

More about Toys, Star Wars, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Funko, and Star Wars The Last Jedi – Source

Nintendo loses court case over Wii motion controllers

The games company is told to pay $10m to a medical-device maker for infringing a motion-sensing patent. – Source

Nokia 6 vs. Moto G5 Plus: Back to the basics

HMD Global has a compelling phone in the Nokia 6, but Motorola has been doing this for a lot longer.

Ten years ago, Nokia was on a high — the N95 launched to critical acclaim, and the company could do no wrong. Nokia had a commanding lead in the mobile space with a market share of 40%, selling over 130 million phones in just the last quarter of 2007 alone.

The exact opposite scenario was playing out at Motorola. The company was in second place behind Nokia in 2006 on the back of the first-generation RAZR, which turned out to be massive hit. The momentum didn’t last long, however, as the RAZR was overtaken by newer and more innovative devices from the likes of Nokia and Research In Motion. The downturn led to Motorola losing nearly half of its market share in just under the course of a year, leading to the company splitting into two halves and an eventual sale to Google.

Nokia also suffered a similar fate a few years after that, with the Finnish company uncharacteristically late in recognizing the potential of the smartphone. Exclusivity with Windows Phone didn’t help matters much, and Nokia ultimately had to sell off its devices unit to Microsoft in 2013. The company is back, albeit in a new avatar. Nokia is licensing its brand name to HMD Global, the Finnish company made up of ex-Nokia staffers. Thankfully, Nokia is siding with Android this time around.

Following its acquisition by Google and subsequent sale to Lenovo, Motorola managed to carved out a niche for itself in the handset segment by focusing on a clean software experience coupled with fast updates.

Nokia is taking a similar approach — the company is focusing on the budget segment, combining its expertise in industrial design with an uncluttered software experience to differentiate its phones from the rest of the pack. With the Moto G5 Plus leading that pack, it’s time to see if the Nokia 6 has what it takes to hold its own in this segment.


The Nokia 6 is one of the best-looking budget phones you can buy today. The design aesthetic is classic Nokia — solid aluminum unibody construction, chamfered sides, and a matte finish at the back. The antenna lines are tucked away at the top and bottom, and if you’re using the matte black edition, you’ll barely notice them. The phone certainly looks premium, and the build quality is right up there with the best phones in the market.

Motorola finally switched to a metal back for its budget phones with the G5 Plus, but the phone has plastic inserts at the top and bottom for the antenna bands, and the sides are also made out of plastic albeit with a metallic feel. The design is a significant improvement over the G4 Plus, but when seen next to the Nokia 6, the Moto G5 Plus fails to impress.

There are pros and cons to – Source

Android 8.0 Oreo, thoroughly reviewed


Android 8.0 Oreo is the 26th version of the world’s most popular operating system. This year, Google’s mobile-and-everything-else OS hit two billion monthly active users—and that’s just counting phones and tablets. What can all those users expect from the new version? In an interview with Ars earlier this year, Android’s VP of engineering Dave Burke said that the 8.0 release would be about “foundation and fundamentals.” His team was guided by a single question: “What are we doing to Android to make sure Android is in a great place in the next 5 to 10 years?”

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The Morning After: Monday, September 4th 2017

Morning to you all. We’re still diving deep into Europe’s biggest tech show: the weekend included pianos that can talk with Alexa, and testing out both LG and Nokia’s newest phones’ photography — including selfies. – Source

LG V30’s “Game Tools”: What is it and how to use it?

The recently revealed LG V30 comes with a bunch of new features and improvements on board, one of which is the so-called “Game Tools” menu that lets you tune the settings of each game you play. Ready to sacrifice battery life for better performance or vice versa? Then “Game Tools” is something you should definitely look into on the V30!

Whenever you launch a game on the V30, you can swipe from the edge of the screen where the navbar is and you’ll see the new “Gamepad” icon next to the “Back” button. Tapping the icon brings up three (or four, depending on the game) … – Source

Shiny, new ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ stamps are here and they even feature Porgs

Everyone is waiting for The Last Jedi to hit the theatres, but in the meantime you can whet your appetite with these new stamps featuring all the main characters — and there are even Porgs.

SEE ALSO: These are the droids you’re looking for

The UK’s Royal Mail announced a special series of eight stamps, illustrated by UK digital artist Malcom Tween, some of which feature secret details, revealed by UV light.

Pre-order the new STAR WARS™ stamps and discover their secrets, revealed only by UV light @starwarsuk #StarWars

— Royal Mail Stamps (@RoyalMailStamps) …

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LG V30 retail price might have just been revealed

At this year’s IFA tech show, LG officially announced the latest member of its high-end V series. The Korean company revealed many of the specs and features of its new V30 smartphone, yet it stopped short of providing concrete info about its pricing and availability. Nevertheless, a couple of clues about the MSRP did emerge online.
Those of you who read about LG’s V30 Twitter sweepstake might have noticed that the terms and conditions of the campaign outline an “approximate retail value” of $749 for the new phablet. This … – Source

Xiaomi aims to upstage the iPhone with successor to acclaimed bezel-less smartphone

Xiaomi’s bezel-less Mi Mix smartphone grabbed a huge amount of attention when it launched last October. Now the Chinese phone maker is getting more opportunistic with the follow-up version, which it plans to unveil at an event in Beijing one day before Apple’s iPhone launch. The timing is perfect for Xiaomi. Its last device was a smash and there’s huge expectations on the… Read More

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Latest OxygenOS Open Beta for the OnePlus 3/3T recalibrates display, adds photo watermarks, and more

OnePlus’ Open Beta program for the 3 and 3T has been going on for quite some time now — 23 releases, to be precise. And as it happens, the latest of these was released just a couple of hours ago, and as usual it brings several major improvements to the two devices’ software.
However, the first thing most users will notice in OxygenOS Open Beta 23 (or Beta 14 for the newer 3T) may actually seem like a regression: the … – Source

This woman’s message exchange with her grandma has gone gloriously viral

You may think you have a cool grandma, but your grandma surely isn’t this cool.

On Saturday, Charlie from Lincoln, UK, tweeted three screengrabs of a recent message exchange she’d had with her grandmother.

SEE ALSO: This 88-year-old lady has better streetwear style than you

The tweet was captioned “get a best friend like me”. In the two days since it’s been retweeted over 43,000 times.

get a best friend like me

— charlie (@charliebrxdley) September 2, 2017

Here’s a better view of those screengrabs:

Image: twitter/@charliebrxdley

Image: twitter/@charliebrxdley

Image: twitter/…

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Xiaomi CEO says Mi Mix 2 has entered mass production, shares retail box photos

The CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has been posting teasers about the Mi Mix 2, sometimes even from the Mix 2 itself. Yesterday, he shared that the phone has entered mass production and today he even posted a few shots of the retail packaging.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 retail packaging (shot on Mi 6)

Here are the beginnings of the promo campaign – the schtick is that the phone is nearly invisible when you turn on the camera, because the bezels are barely there.

Some Mi Mix 2 teasers

And here are some more official teasers:

More Mi Mix 2 promo images

Jun also shared the…

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China bans ICOs for being full of fraud and pyramid schemes

The ICO — Initial Coin Offering — has recently become a very popular way to fund a startup, as it adheres to few rules requiring little to no regulative oversight. Companies such as Tezos and Bancor raised hundreds of millions of dollars within days by letting investors purchase their newly created cryptocurrencies (also known as tokens) with Ethereum or Bitcoin.

But now, this wild, wild west of fundraising appears to be at an end, at least in China. The People’s Bank of China has issued a …

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EE’s new broadband router is a 4G MiFi for the home

EE and parent company BT both offer fixed-line broadband services already, but today EE is launching a new router that uses 4G to keep the whole household connected. The “4GEE Home Router” is basically a bigger, beefier MiFi that needs no formal inst… – Source

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Hand-On

Sony’s back in the mid-range field and ready to take on some
stiff competition in the higher end of that category. The Xperia XA1 Plus has been
announced alongside their latest flagships. Retailing for $379.99, we take a
first look at whether the device itself is premium for a mid-range, or just the
price.Design and Display

The Xperia XA1 Plus is a hybrid of sorts between the XA and XA
Ultra. In fact, the 1080p screen size is smack-dab in the middle of the two,
sized at 5.5 inches and delivering 403 pixels per inch. Keeping in the trend of
its … – Source

New camera can see through human body

The device has been designed to help doctors track medical tools during internal examinations. – Source

How IS agent tried to groom a reporter for London attacks

A recruiter tried to groom an undercover BBC reporter via secretive messaging sites. – Source

Apple ARKit app lets you record Mannequin Challenge style videos with virtual objects

While some developers working with ARKit are trying to figure out how to make augmented reality apps for productivity, even more are using it to let us have fun in new ways.

That’s definitely the idea behind a new app from Ataru Tou called MagicMovieCamera, which lets you place various virtual objects in real spaces and then record yourself reacting those objects.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s already winning the augmented reality wars against Google

What is this good for? Why an enhanced version of the Mannequin Challenge, of course. Or maybe even pretending you’re Neo in The Matrix.

MagicMovieCamera with ARkit! Real time Time stop!!just like DIO’s THEWORLD!! #MagicMovieCamera #ARkit #jojo #Iphone8 #CG #vr #IOS11 #AR


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