• Tencent posts a surprise profit drop as regulators hobble games
Tencent posts a surprise profit drop as regulators hobble games

In a report via TheStar China has effectively put a temporary ban on all new game releases due to a massive shakeup in the censorship agency. The company did secure a license to launch and monetise the Monster Hunter game, its president, Martin Lau, told an earnings call on Wednesday.

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  • Android 9 Pie requires root to record voice calls
Android 9 Pie requires root to record voice calls

The timeline is still in question as HTC hasn't officially updated the timeline yet. Android 9 .0 Pie is the 9th iteration and a major update of Google's Android OS. Users will enjoy bundled and smarter notifications , auto-fill improvements, and tons of "smart" features throughout. Maps Go now features navigation, making it possi...

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  • Sprint and LG Confirm 5G Smartphone in 2019, Sparse on Details
Sprint and LG Confirm 5G Smartphone in 2019, Sparse on Details

LG Q8+ With Snapdragon 625 Spotted On Geekbench: Launch Imminent? . It did say that more details would be announced later this year. Incidentally, Sprint is considering a $26 billion merger with rival T-Mobile US as part of its strategy to win in the 5G space.

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  • Google telling users that the Play Store doesn't have Fortnite
Google telling users that the Play Store doesn't have Fortnite

Yes, that's right - Epic has the ability to not only ban accounts but can also pull unique device identifiers and make sure that those devices can't access its server. After that, you'll need to wait again. In addition to making the game a Samsung exclusive (for a few days , anyway), Epic Games chose to bypass Google Play and host APK download...

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  • Limited edition PS4 celebrates 500 million PlayStation consoles sold
Limited edition PS4 celebrates 500 million PlayStation consoles sold

In order to commemorate this moment, the company has revealed the details of a new limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro model as a "thank you" to all of the fans that made it possible. A 500 Million Limited Edition Gold Wireless Headset featuring the same dark blue transluscent design with copper detailing will also be released for $99.99 United St...

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  • You’ll get your first look at Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay tomorrow
You’ll get your first look at Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay tomorrow

Red Dead Redemption II will be the third instalment in the franchise following the original Red Dead Revolver , a release on the PS2 and Xbox in 2004. Red Dead Redemption 2 seems like it is going to be blowing expectations out of the water, and our expectations are already extremely high. Red Dead Redemption 2 is gearing up to be one of Roc...

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  • Special edition of 'Smash Ultimate' comes with a GameCube controller
Special edition of 'Smash Ultimate' comes with a GameCube controller

Simon wields the Vampire Killer and some of the original Castlevania's sub weapons, and his whip has full control and longer reach than any other regular attack. Bomber can be held up and creates a massive explosion after a few seconds. Some of these Pokémon include Abra, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu and the enormous Alolan Exeggutor.

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  • How to download Android Pie on to your phone right now
How to download Android Pie on to your phone right now

Android 9 Pie is officially available for Pixel owners. The update is available for Pixel, Pixel XL , Pixel 2 , Pixel 2 XL and Essential phone right now . The Material Design approach isn't new to Google or Android, but the new theme adds white space and rounded corners. Once you've accepted your invitation, Digital Wellbeing will app...

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  • Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod launched in US
Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod launched in US

In addition, Motorola , which has been owned by the Lenovo brand for two years, has also partnered with Qualcomm to launch a 5G Moto Mod which will allow access to the next generation Moto Z3 network. As of now, there is no information on the exact pricing of the Moto 5G MOD what so ever. The Moto Z3 , for now, will be available only in a s...

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 retail box confirms specs
Samsung Galaxy Note9 retail box confirms specs

Samsung is including AKG tuned stereo speakers and the Galaxy Note9 will have an IP68 rating for water and dust protection. Let us know in the comments section below. Who knows. Samsung has posted other revealing photos, such as the preorder page showing a headphone jack . That's only major change that can be seen on the entire design of the p...

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  • Google to Manufacturers: No More Than Two Notches Per Device, Please
Google to Manufacturers: No More Than Two Notches Per Device, Please

According to the Android Developers Blog , Google will be mandating certain requirements for app compatibility on devices, that all smartphone makers on the Android program will have to adhere to. And it says, "By default, in fullscreen or landscape orientation, the entire cutout area must be letterboxed". The company explained how it had made i...

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  • Honor Note 10 now official with massive 6.95-inch display, gaming focus
Honor Note 10 now official with massive 6.95-inch display, gaming focus

Plus, the phone also supports HDR10, making the Note 10 one of the few premium mid-end phones to come with such feature. The Honor Note 10 flaunts a staggering 6.95-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with HDR 10 support, sleek borders and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

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  • Huawei Overtakes Apple as New #2 Smartphone Maker
Huawei Overtakes Apple as New #2 Smartphone Maker

At the same time, Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo are all slowly pushing their customer base upstream at a price tier slightly lower than the top three. Korean tech giant, Samsung , has retained its lead with 73 million Q2 shipments. OnePlus officials in Bengaluru said OnePlus 6 was the best-selling model in the premium segment this quarter, even as ...

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  • Battlefield 5's Grand Operations mode will be playable at launch after all
Battlefield 5's Grand Operations mode will be playable at launch after all

Update: DICE updated the original blog post mentioning that the information it included was outdated, and Grand Operations will actually be available at launch. So it looks as though players will have to wait just a tad bit longer in order to play the new Grand Operations mode in the upcoming Battlefield game.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9's first teaser is out; here's what it shows
Samsung Galaxy Note 9's first teaser is out; here's what it shows

Multiple leaks and rumors have already given us an idea of what to expect from the Galaxy Note 9 . Rest assured, both the variants will offer the same level of performance and would set a new benchmark in performance among Android phones.

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  • Google launches free Wi-Fi hotspot network in Nigeria
Google launches free Wi-Fi hotspot network in Nigeria

Google's WiFi project that aims to bring wireless connectivity across all developing countries is now launching in Nigeria . Similar services have been launched in India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand. Google reported the twelve startups that graduated the program to have directly created 132 jobs between them and raise funds over $7 million ...

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  • Sony announces industry-first 48MP smartphone camera sensor
Sony announces industry-first 48MP smartphone camera sensor

The new sensor should also improve images on smartphones that use digital zoom rather than optical zoom. Sony is labelling the new unit "compact" - it measures up at 8millimetres diagonally, meaning phones that adopt it should not have to carry a huge camera bump.

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  • Xiaomi Mi A2 India launch set for August 8
Xiaomi Mi A2 India launch set for August 8

Xiaomi Mi 5X was rebranded as Mi A1 , while Mi A2 is the global variant of Mi 6X , which made its debut in China in May. The Mi A2 boasts a metal unibody design and an edge-to-edge display with small but observable top and bottom bezels.

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"Fortnite" Developer Epic Games Shutting Down Playground Mode

The Playground mode was a heavily requested feature since Fortnite Battle Royale first gained popularity, allowing players to practice their building without the pressure of a real match. In Fortnite Playground v2, Epic Games is hoping to give players the ability to choose teams, in groups of 1v1 or 2v2. The game mode was originally added ...

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  • Facebook’s Privacy Blunders Continue - Company Reports a New Bug That Unblocked People
Facebook’s Privacy Blunders Continue - Company Reports a New Bug That Unblocked People

The tech giant started an email service that offered users an @facebook.com address, in November 2010. For some people, who noticed that their block list had gotten shorter without their doing or knowledge, it would have been an unsettling notion that these blocked people now had access to their lives again.

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  • This is the OnePlus 6 Red
This is the OnePlus 6 Red

Succeeding the Lava Red OnePlus 5T from past year, the new color version of the flagship device will be available in all markets where OnePlus usually does business. What do you think of the OnePlus 6 Red? The phone carries a dark red finish, which OnePlus claims to have designed by using a never used before blend of optical coating, ev...

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  • The NES Classic is back in stores. Here's how to get it
The NES Classic is back in stores. Here's how to get it

Gamestop is offering two options: you can buy the system for $60 (£45.45) as is or purchase a $105 (£79.55) bundle that includes a controller and a case. No, you didn't misread that, the NES Classic is back in stock. The NES Classic is a modern and mini version of the original home console. Amazon began listing the Nintendo Entertainment...

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  • Google Pixel 3 Android Flagship Line Leaks In High-Res Renders
Google Pixel 3 Android Flagship Line Leaks In High-Res Renders

Both devices will keep their fingerprint sensor located on the rear back panel and have multiple cameras in the front - we are not yet sure if it's to enhance security (a la FaceID) or to enhance your selfie game. Alos, the Pixel 3 is tipped to measure 145.6x68.2x7.9mm, while the Pixel 3 XL is tipped to measure 158x76.6x7.9mm. For helping peopl...

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  • Google is Rolling Out a Fix For The Chromecast Outage
Google is Rolling Out a Fix For The Chromecast Outage

A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that there's an issue affecting "some" of its customers of these platforms, and it's now investigating the issue and working on a solution. "OK Google, start working again". Google is acknowledging the issue, confirming the problems to TechCrunch , but isn't getting specific at this stage.

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  • Our iPhone friends can now download the iOS 12 public beta
Our iPhone friends can now download the iOS 12 public beta

Earlier this month, Apple had announced iOS 12. All of those devices are turning five-years-old this year, so to see Apple supporting them with new iOS releases in 2018 is definitely an exciting thing. In case if during the testing phase you would like to move back to the public release on your Apple device, Apple has provided an option to u...

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  • Instagram Hits One Billion Users Worldwide And Launches New IGTV
Instagram Hits One Billion Users Worldwide And Launches New IGTV

Facebook-owned Instagram announced a new addition to its photo-sharing app on Wednesday: the ability to share long-form 4K videos a la YouTube . Instagram said it has signed up internet stars for IGTV , including Lele Pons , who has 25 million followers. There are also channels, and celebrities themselves can be channels.

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" Archive " Disney, Nintendo partner for eSports competition

The hybrid console "succeeds as both a home game system and a gaming handheld, offering a new flexibility in how you play", we wrote. While the content will be featured on Disney Channel, Disney XD and on the DisneyNOW app, it is a one-time only contest, not a new series.

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  • Oppo Find X is an all-screen phone with slide-out cameras
Oppo Find X is an all-screen phone with slide-out cameras

Trying to squeeze both a front-facing camera and a bezel-free display into a smartphone requires some imagination, and the Oppo Find X turns to motorization in order to deliver it. It may be available in two colour options, Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue. So, each time you want the phone to unlock securely, the motorised section will need to p...

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  • Booking Uber rides no longer possible via Google Maps on Android
Booking Uber rides no longer possible via Google Maps on Android

This partnership seemed to have expanded even further this year a version of Google Maps Beta was found to be able to create an Uber account directly. This means that users who previously used Google Maps to book Uber rides will now need to use the standalone Uber app for Android to continue using the platform.

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  • Fortnite For Nintendo Switch Released
Fortnite For Nintendo Switch Released

This has caused problems this week for Fortnite fans because while most people don't bounce between PS4 and Xbox One , the hybrid home/handheld Switch system enables fundamentally different opportunities for play. Perhaps the Sony rep who crafted the above statement should consider a second career in politics. Brandwatch has released thei...

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